Category Archives: Kids

First day of school

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It’s now February and this post is way overdue.

I’m couldn’t believe that Zayed is now in Primary One.  Sigh … boy, is he growing fast.

Zayan is going the preschool in the same school.  He hasn’t got his custom uniform yet.  It arrived mid of January.

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The cousins: Zayed, Zareeq, and Zayan; all going to the same school

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Taking a time-out after running here and there, up and down …

Zayed’s glasses are ready ….

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Zayed has finally got his glasses

Zayed has finally got his glasses

Zayed got his glasses last night.  He chose a black and orange frame.  It took about a week to have the glasses done.

Zayed trying on his brand new glasses

I’m very happy now that Zayed’s vision has improved.  All the while I’ve been quite worried particularly when he starts to constantly blink his eyes while watching TV and when he complains of dizziness every now and then.  I just found a website for little children with glasses.  I wished I had found it earlier.  Click here.

Last week, we all went to see the ophthalmologist or eye specialist at the Sarawak General Hospital (a.k.a. SGH).  We had a reference letter to see Dr. Adrian.  Well, as usual, there were tons and tons of people at the eye clinic.  People coming and leaving.  We had to wait outside because there was no place to sit inside.  We had to queue for the reading the eye chart, then the eye test to see if Zayed’s eyes are suffering from any disease and finally to find out the power for his glasses.

English: A typical Snellen chart. Originally d...

English: A typical Snellen chart. Originally developed by Dutch ophthalmologist Herman Snellen in 1862, to estimate visual acuity. When printed out at this size, the E on line one will be 88.7 mm (3.5 inches) tall and when viewed at a distance of 20 ft (= 609.6 centimeters, or 6.09600 meters), you can estimate your eyesight based on the smallest line you can read. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a Snellen chart (on the right) that tests the reader’s vision over a distance.

Dr. Azma has written a simple explanation in Malay on how the chart will help to evaluate the vision acuity.  The one that Zayed had to read were not alphabets, rather numbers.  I do not know if there is any difference whether they’re alphabets or numbers.

The 20/20 line represents normal vision.  For the British, they use 6/6 instead.

This means if a person sees 20/30, he/she actually sees the smallest letter at 20 feet could be seen by a normal eye at 30 feet.

Now, Zayed is adjusting to the glasses.  He said it’s painful when he just puts them on and after he has put them on for some time, it will hurt when he takes them off.  I guess his eyes are adjusting to the glasses.  I hope things will be better for Zayed after this.

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Before we came to Kuching almost a month ago, Zayan was sad and had been crying.  He didn’t want to go.

“Mummy, I don’t want to leave Daddy alone.”

“Who’d look after you?”

“Daddy will”

“Daddy needs to go to work.  How will Daddy look after you?”

“You have to come with us, Zayan.  Mummy will look after you.”

Zayan was silent …

“How long will we be in Kuching?”

“A month”.

“What’s a month?”

“Thirty days.”

“Auww … That’s long!”

And … just the other day …

“Mummy, when are we going home?”

“Soon.  Next week.”

“When?”

“Sunday.”

“How long is that?”

“”About ten days.”

“Auww … Ten days??  That’s a long time away.”

Zayan was silent … Then, “Mummy, you were right.”

“I’m right about what?”

“1 month isn’t long.  We’re going home to Daddy soon.”

And … every day since, we have been counting down to the day we’d be leaving on the plane  🙂

 

This is Zayan, Daddy’s boy …

 

We’re going home soon

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Two days ago, my sister-in-law, Haniza introduced me to a lady who runs a hair salon at home, somewhere in BDC, Kuching.

If I remember correctly, her name is Maggie.

Home-run business means low cost, thus cheaper rates!  Yeay!  With four kids, I could do away with cheaper haircuts 🙂

Haniza told me the lady was shocked at how I could take care of 4 boys on my own …. huhuhu … yeap, till today, whenever I think back  since I left my job to take care of the boys, I still can’t believe it … Bravo to me!! hehehehe …

 

Haircut day

An afternoon out in the yard

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This afternoon we were out in the yard.  The boys had a lot of fun running around.  We took some pictures …

Ooops … he’s got the wrong shoe on the wrong foot

A clear view of the neighbour’s new wet kitchen. They had it built too close to the fencing, which is against the town council’s guideline. Who’s gonna tell? 😛

The attack of the mozzies …

He purposely closed his eyes 😦

A fine place to relax 🙂

Boat-making with Popo

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Super heroes assemble!

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Zayed had been continuously pestering me to make super hero masks for him and his brothers.  In the end, I couldn’t hold up and had to give in to the request.

Their requests:

I found examples here and here … which I could follow.  I made the templates and started drawing on construction paper and old cereal boxes …  The boys helped with the colouring.