Monday, April 23, 2012

Electronic Distractions

Shame on me! I havent been reading much this past 6 months.

I was clearing my mail basket looking for some documents when I came across all my copies of my Readers Digest. They were unopened. These magazines have always followed me everywhere I go. They used to be my constant companion. Anytime I had a couple of minutes to spare, I would read an article or two.

But since I got hooked on my ipad and the games on it, namely Draw Something, Unblock, Lets Tans and Smuf, just to name a few, I have not been reading, (apart from the daily newspapers).

So here we go nagging the kids about spending too much time on electronic devices, and here we ar4e setting a  BAD, BAD example. I must admit, those games are addictive.

So I resolve to spend less time on that gadget and get back to my reading.

Can I do it?
Like I always tell my kids, there's no such thing as Cannot.
I can, I will and I must.

Friday, April 20, 2012


When your kids are the age of mine (16, 12+, 7+), you stop clocking milestones.

But this is one that I would like to keep on record!

My son made his own way home on public transport. Yippee!!

Well, many parents in this little red dot would chauffeur their kids to and from school (if time and availability permits) when they are in the primary school. Otherwise, they would put them on the school bus. Once they move on to secondary school, the children would usually then progress on to the public bus.

My son started secondary school this year, and this week, for the first time, took a bus home from school by himself!

Due to a cancellation of CCA after school, and a clash of timings with the other kids, I wasnt able to pick him at dismissal. He kindly volunteered to go on the bus. Grandpa was visibly nervous that morning when he found out. He offered to pick the youngest, as he wasnt familiar with my son's school. But as his offer came only after my son had left for school, I decided against it,  as we had already prepped him for the ride, and he was looking forward to it.

The journey was an hour long, and he stood all the way in the bus.

The next day, he again insisted on coming home on his own, despite the rainy weather and my offer to pick him up, as I could fit it into my schedule. He tried a bus that went by a different route from that he had taken the previous day. When he got home, he declared that he preferred the route that went thru Orchard Road, as it offered him more interesting sights on his ride.

I guess, this is like a coming of age thing for him. To ride on his own on the bus, and he even made his own snack after he got home . So proud of him!!

Now to convince that 16 year old that she has to do it too!
(BTW, the one and only time we told her to take a bus home, she took a cab instead!)