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May 31

Every single one of my four children knows how to swim and play some sports like football, badminton and skateboarding. In fact, every kid should at least play a few sports because character building starts from sports. It teaches them teamwork, confidence, determination and other positive qualities that will give them a headstart.

Basically, for swimming we started with allowing them to play in the kiddies pool. The most important thing is to watch over them carefully, ensuring that they are not traumatized by any sudden splashes of water. Next is to make sure that we ourselves are not the panicky kind of parents. Kids pick up our bad vibes easily and they can sense any feelings from us.

As for the other sports, we started with playing balls with them as soon as they can walk. It is a good way to get the kids to learn to walk and run on the green, grassy field as it is a healthy exercise as well.

So, how do I get my children to swim or do any kind of sports? We provide them the opportunities to try out new sports and games and allow them space to master them. When my children see the trend of skateboarding, they too wanted to be involve in this sport and it takes a lot of courage to do all the skateboarding tricks.

Meanwhile, my little boy loves badminton and will pester my hubby to play badminton with him in the evenings. He has these rosy cheeks after a good game and the little man comes home feeling proud that he has played a good game. This also teaches him to be disciplined, have good manners and competitive.

Like all the other sports, I think swimming is the best activities because they to be courageous, responsible and adventurous. Beside that, playing sports together is also a good time for family bonding as well. We had shared so many funny moments in the pool, at the field and the skatepark.

I think this will also lift off some worries when they have to venture away from home on their school trips or other activities. Knowing that they can somehow swim and deal with playing a game with others is a lot comforting. The children will inevitably go somewhere far away from us on scout camps, school field trips or national service. We can rest assured that should they be asked to do any , they will be alright with them.

In conclusion, do not make playing sport or swimming as a lesson but instead, a play time for the whole family.

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Apr 04

Gulai lemak cili api from Negeri Sembilan – Hanz

1. Lots of cili padi
2. Kunyit
3. Santan (coconut milk)
4. Asam keping / Asam jawa

* No bawang (onion)

My mom likes to simmer the main dish like fish, chicken, meat & seafood 1st b4 putting santan. Mom always keep a homemade blended mixture of chillies, kunyit & [salt (for durability-tahan lama)] ready. So, it’s like when oil has heat-up, the mixture will simmer together with fish/chicken, etc..until fragrance. Reason being, to discard the water & the smell of the raw item. Few minutes later add-in santan & MUST continously stir ‘untuk pecahkan lemak santan’ OR u will get 2 layers of milk & water of the santan separated Asam keping/ asam jawa is to tone down the spiciness & the extra oompph flavour. The gulai must be yellowish in colour, thick milky gravy & milky & spicy & very light sourish & tangy taste – this can be call gulai.

Mom is innovative. Try prawn with pineapple, meat/chicken with potato, fish with asam gelugur/brinjal/’terung pipit’/. Remember that Mom only use onion when want to make gulai ikan bilis (anchovies) with onion.

Have u all eat gulai pisang? Or betik muda? Or umbut kelapa?
(Must be jargon to some, he, he)

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Apr 02

Masak Lemak Cili Api (whatever … easiest is telur ..) – Lyza

1 box of santan (liquid)-add water (depends on the consistency u like – I like it to be real thick)
Chili Padi (5pc would give an ok degree of hotness)-pound
1 inch of fresh tumeric (pound)
1 or 2 daun kunyit
1 chicken stock cube (cheat a bit)
salt to taste

Put everything into a pot and boil. Stirring all the time. When gravy about to reach boiling point, break in the eggs and reduce fire. Done.

No need bawang … but tumeric must be fresh ….
Those who like tempoyak … can add in also ..

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