Archive for February, 2018

Random Quotes from Calvin

February 20, 2018

I found a piece of paper where I wrote some stuff that Calvin said when he was 4 or 5 years old.

“I don’t like to shake my head. What if other people think I am silly.”

“I like it when people wave at me. I feel famous”

“I feel down. Like a loser” When he lost a card game (钓鱼). I commended him for being a good sport.


Another one recently,

” When I go to college, I’ll be so happy, I might bump all night” He supposedly bumps around on his bed when he’s excited about something the next day.


Inspiration for Chinese

February 13, 2018

After reading a lot of what others have done to get their kids learning Chinese, I’m pretty sure Calvin will never reach a native proficiency without a lot of painful sacrifices of time and effort on both our part. That’s fine because it was never really my intention. I’ve always been focused on keeping up his interest in the language and giving him the basics so that he can pick it up further if interested. It was also partial insurance in case we have to go back to Singapore and he really needs a second language.

That said, I think I may need to pick up the pace of learning for him or he’ll be depriving instead of maintaining some Chinese proficiency. I think I haven’t been deliberate enough in introducing new vocabulary to him so I might work on that as he practices his reading daily. I haven’t been giving him any writing sheets either especially when we have been working on programming in Scratch. I guess I’m lucky that he can even understand enough to watch Doraemon cartoons in Chinese, which helps gives some televance to his learning.

Ikigai – Finding Meaning

February 7, 2018

I saw an interesting article about this Japanese concept called Ikigai which seems to translate loosely to finding meaning in life. (Ironically, I just read about Japan’s aging population and fertility problem as young people find it hard to start a family due to the long working hours and traditional roles women are expected to play after marriage)

The article talked about exploring four fundamental questions:

1) What do you love?

2) What are you good at?

3) What does the world need from you?

4) What can you get paid for?

I don’t think I’ve found the intersecting point yet. So far being at home and looking after the boys fulfills the top 3 but it doesn’t bring any money to the household unless you count the income brought in by the spouse as a result of having good home support.

Going on strike

February 7, 2018

Kiddoes in school talking about going on strike if the substitute teachet is around so thay she won’t get paid. They think she’s too harsh over minor transgressions. There was talk about rebelling. Well apparently going on strike means they all do not go to school. I’m not sure this is going to work.