Vyktore & His Academic Achievement

 

Two days ago, Vyktore called me from school to tell me he got 100% for Mathematics and 95% for Chinese. He’s so happy. When he came back, he quickly urge me to recalculate his average marks for this term. His average score came up to 97%. This is an important day to remember, because for once he scored so well. Whereas Faythe only made it to 96% this round, due to her Mathematics marks.

Faythe was really upset because she lost to Vyktore, first time after so many years. All this while, she is always ahead of him. Victor is always pushed by me to work harder and set his target to be as good as Faythe. He finally did it. He really deserve a good reward from us.

One of the reason why he work so hard is the reward system that we impose on both of them. It’s a simple & straightforward reward, but overtime, it’s working really well.

Our reward system is based on $$$ & Internet time.

We give them a target of 80 as starting point. For each point above 80, they will get $10 & 5 mins of internet time.

When we first started (around 2 years ago), Vyktore only had the average of 83 (after averaging all the main subjects). This means he only get $30, and 15 mins of internet time. He proof himself from time to time, slowly inching towards average of 90s, whilst Faythe maintained above 90 average all the time.

This time, is his first time getting above 95, and also beat Faythe by 1 point. Amazing, all his handwork finally reap the fruits.

Here’s a conversation captured with Vyktore 1.5 years ago when we were discussing about his results.

VMHK: Mommy I’m now in the middle.
Mommy: Middle of what?
VMHK: Middle in my class. As I’m no. 8
Mommy: Oh..yeah..you gotta work harder to be on top, at least top 3.
VMHK: I will get closer to the tree….
Mommy: What tree?
VMHK: The tree. You know all these scores are like climbing a tree. Now I’m in the middle. Then later I’ll climb closer to the top of the tree.
Mommy: Oh I see. What tree is this? Money tree?
VMHK: No. It’s the food tree 
Mommy: What? Food tree? So what do you get when you arrive at the top of the food tree?
VMHK: All the food that I want to eat 
Mommy: LOL…my son and his food…

Well Done Vyktore!!! You truly deserve it after many years of hard work. You are getting close to your food tree LOL

The Foodie Vyktore

Vyktore has very much grown to a foodie since we moved to Hong Kong. I remember he used to eat just fried rice & grapes. That was before he discover the delicious sweet & sour pork & maggie mee. Thereafter, he was unstoppable when it comes to food (except for seafood).

We always have funny conversations when it comes to Vyktore eating food. Here are some conversations that I previously noted down.

On eating Steak
VHMK: Mommy, the steak is so good
ME: Yes
VMHK: Suck the blood first…..*slurp sound*….then eat meat
ME: 

On eating fried chicken – 2 Jan 2017
VMHK: *Slurp*…*Slurp*…
Faythe & ME look at Vyktore
VMHK: I’m sucking the oil Mommy
ME: 

On eating seafood – 22 Feb 2017
FHMY: Vyktore’s worst nightmare would be prawn wrapped in bacon!! That’s a Trojan Horse!! Looks good on the outside but inside is the nasty surprise
ME: LOL
FHMY: It’s a trojan horse except that it’s a prawn. So it’s Trojan Prawn. 
VHMK: Then, I’ll block you and barricade the house, block you in email and what’s app
FHMY: You can’t do that cause it’s our house and we live together
VHMK: Then I’ll do the lock down, like in spongebob. Squid ward
ME: 

Mommy’s Flying Eyes

People always say kids say the darnest thing. I’d say my kids says the most imaginative & entertaining things ever. I’ve been writing their conversation down for years, but so far haven’t put them for laugh in my blog. So this is going to be the 1st of many.

Conversation took place on 20 Jan 2017

Received this text on my whats app.
VHMK: Mommy, I’m currently in the toilet
ME: Yes I know
VHMK: How?
ME: Flying eyes (actually I saw him going in, while I was busy in the kitchen)
VHMK: Oh…I didn’t see that coming
ME: It’s invisible
VHMK: OK

When he came out from the toilet, he came to me and said.
VHMK: Mommy, I want to have that special power also
ME: Huh, what special power?
VHMK: The one you can see people…
ME: Oh you mean the flying eyes?
VHMK: Yea…so I can keep an eye on things and make good use of it
ME: Oh this is special power, only for mommies
VHMK: So I can’t have it?
ME: No. Exclusive for all mommies only
VHMK: So all mommies in this world got?
ME: Yes
VMHK: 

My kids are always amazed how things get to me so fast. Why I know certain things even when I’m not there. I told them I have flying eyes and they used to freak out when they were younger. But they have come to accept it that it’s not scary, but it’s some sort of power I have LOL. So they always behave, cause I told them those eyes are always there watching you.

Yes, I’m naughty Mommy. And this is how I keep my kids on toe .

Vyktore: The PvZ Addict

More about games we play at home. Plants vs. Zombies were introduced by Hon few years back. He was totally addicted to it. I didn’t like the game at first, but soon got addicted to it. It’s a very popular game since few years ago and recently they came up with Plants vs. Zombies 2.

When we first played PvZ, Faythe and Vyktore were very afraid. Afraid that the Zombies might jump out of the iPad/iPhone haha..Each time I play, they’ll sit quietly next to me to watch. But when I pass to them to play, 90% of the time they will refuse. Particularly Vyktore, the scary cat.

Look at him, concentrating fully and so serious hahaha…my boy has definitely grown up alot.

But he has outgrown that stage, he’s not a PvZ addict LOL. He spends his free time figuring out the power of each plants, the nature of the Zombies and tries the most difficult stage, fighting against Dr. Zomboss.

Personally, I feel that PvZ 1 was much more challenging to play as compared to PvZ 2. There were some stages which I was stuck like forever and took so long to pass it.

I also miss some of the plants they featured in PvZ 1, but no longer available in PvZ 2, e.g. the smelly garlic.

Mini Uno

Uno, the card game that I grew up with many years ago. I tried teaching Vyktore and Faythe the Uno concept and how to play few years back, but at that time they haven’t quite grasp the concept. But now that they are older and better in maths, Uno is a really fun game.

Recently, we won a mini Uno pack from the school funfair. Best thing to bring along in the handbag. We can play while waiting for our food to arrive, instead of poking at the iPhone LOL.

Yes, look at how tiny they are. Suitable for the little children’s hands. Easy for them to handle.

On weekends, we will also play Uno when we have nothing better do to and the kids are up for a challenge.

Sometimes they get upset cause they are still not smart enough to win ME. So I do give them some chances along the way and at times pretend to be loosing. Just so that a war doesn’t erupt at home.

Here are some photos taken during one of our mini UNO game during the weekend.

And here I am struggling to hold them cause they are too small for me hahaha

Hiking to Wong Lung Hang (黄龍坑道) – 6 May 2014

Before the weather gets too warm and start of summer, church friends organized another hike at Lantau Island. We were not told that it’s a rock/stream hiking trail. Only saw some beautiful photos on some blogs. Hence I packed my camera to ensure I snap some good photos.

Around 15 odd of us met the petrol station across across North Lantau Hospital. I decided to warm up and walked to the petrol station with a Katherine while the kids followed Hon and went there via public transport. Soon, everyone started arrive and we started our hike.

For the first 30mins, it was pretty easy walk along the road. Then we entered the Wong Lung Hang Picnic Site, and thereafter that’s where the torture begins (*.*).

Sharon told us that she hiked before and we need to be prepared to get ourselves wet as there are some parts of the hike we need to go in to the stream. *Gulp*. My biggest worry was not my kids of course. But instead of DSLR which I can’t get it wet.

As we go deeper into the stream and forest, the hike gets more tricky. At some point, you need to stand and plan your route to ensure that you walk through shallow part of the stream. While I struggle to hike up to the waterfall, both Faythe & Vyktore were doing fine. They were so fast and I soon lose sight of them.

In fact, I was the last arriving at the base of the waterfall. Of course the scenery was awesome and was worth the 3 hours climb!!!

The water was so clean and cold. Even the kids who wanted to swim earlier pulled back. We took our break and ate all the food we brought up since we’ve burned all our energy on our way up LOL.

After rest for a while and take some photos, we make our way down. Gosh, going down was much worse. This is because most part of the stream were covered with rocks and you can barely see what’s lying over the rock in front of you. Me being me, keep on worried about my camera getting wet.

This part is like a mini spa. It’s near the main waterfall, but a secluded spot where you can sit down and let the water gush down your shoulder after a tiring hike :).

In the end, we took about 4 hours to finally reach the base. There were only 4 of us left. Hon, myself, Vyktore and Pastor Kevin. Gosh, my legs start to ache as we inch our way to have a quick bite where a few others waited for us there.

To take it further, we walked home after our tea. By the time we arrived home, I could feel the legs aching much more. Kids being kids felt nothing. They were still jumping around after taking their shower. But soon, fell asleep by 8PM.

I fell asleep by 10PM and the next day I woke up and try to remember what happened. I felt as though I was beaten up hahhahaha…

It was a great hike despite all the challenges. It’s worth it definitely. But I’d think twice if you ask me to go again. Definitely not gonna lug the DSLR along :).

Look at the water, so clear, I could see my shoes LOL.

Wish I could swim LOL. This is definitely a rare scenery in HK itself.

Annual School Funfair – 6 Apr 2014

The school organised their 1st ever funfair earlier last month. They plan to make this an annual event. As I’m so busy with work, I didn’t want to volunteer myself to help with the preparation work. Instead I happily volunteer myself as the photographer for the event. I last took photos for the school during Sports Day and they were glad to have an official photographer covering the event.

We arrived at school around 8AM and everyone was still busy preparing for the day. Since we are having it in a public area, there were plenty of stuff we need to help to carry over to the Park. Boy everyone was so excited, especially seeing all the gifts they could win in the Funfair Games Booth.

Faythe is in choir and Vyktore is in Martial Arts. Both of them performing for the day. We headed to the Park and help to setup the Games Booth. The weather wasn’t looking too good. Cloudy and windy. Looks as if it’s gonna rain.

There were many booths mainly games. There were some booths setup for selling food and drinks all prepared by the parents. There were also a few booths setup for art (e.g henna tattoo, stone painting, marbling, etc).

Oh and not forgetting the giant Bouncy Castle that they put on and the kids were dying to jump on it. The HM officiated the event at 11AM. There were some performance lined up apart from Choir and Martial Art.

Right there and then, it started drizzling. At first we stuck ourselves at one of the booth, but the rain got heavier, so we ran over another side to get some cover. It rained for quite a while and kids were getting hungry. I loan an umbrella from a parent and went to buy ourselves some food.

it continued to rain and kids were getting impatient. Faythe was entertaining us with her ukelele and finally Vyktore said that he didn’t care anymore about the rain. He wants to go enjoy himself. So I allowed them to go and spend all the coupons I’ve bought earlier for the funfair while I take cover and sat at one of the booth.

They kept running back and forth to me each time they won toys/gifts from the Games Booth. What fun was that. Wish the rain would stop. But it didn’t. It went on till 4PM and finally I decided to call it a day after we have done spending all the coupons.

The kids had so much fun and they can’t wait for next year’s Funfair.

Geological Trip at 荔枝莊 & Crooked Island (吉 æ¾³) – 29 Mar 2014

I thought it would be fun to bring the kids to see some volcanic rocks and some remote island for a short getaway within HK. So i purchased some Groupon for a visit to Lai Chi Chong (荔枝莊) and Crooked Island (吉澳).

We headed off from Tung Chung at 645AM as the meeting point was pretty far, at University Station (Hung Hom Line). We arrived there 15mins early, hence I quickly bought some bread, drinks and snacks in case they get hungry between breakfast and lunch.

We waited till 0815AM and finally made the move to the Ma Liu Shui Pier near University Station and boarded the boat. There were 20 odd of us and the day was rather gloomy. Praying hard that it won’t rain, else we will end up sitting in the boat instead.

While we were on our way to 荔枝莊, we saw this huge Kuan Yin Statue. Apparently build by Li Ka Shing and spent millions on it. It took us about 30mins when we  finally arrive at 荔枝莊. We took a walk along the rocky beach side. The tour guide busy yakking and yakking, but we didn’t bother. We took our take taking photos and enjoying those green mossy rocks. The moss were amazing, like carpet!!!

The rocks were awesome too. Volcaniclastic sedimentary rock formed millions of years ago. Research has shown that this region has rather complicated geological setting and rock types, with Mesozoic volcaniclastic sedimentary rocks, tuff, rhyolite and Paleozoic sedimentary rocks occurring locally. The uneven stratum on the foreshore near the Lai Chi Chong pier is volcanic ash sedimentary rock. Displaying very distinctive foldings, faults and bedding structure, it is an ideal location for geological study.

seaweed that looks like zombie brain LOL.

Major outcropped sections of Lai Chi Chong Formation can be found on the beach west of Lai Chi Chong pier. Although less than 200m wide, these sections manifest extremely complicated rock properties that include tuffite ,tuffaceous sandstone, siltstone, coarse ash crystal tuff, eutaxitic fine ash tuff and porphyritic rhyolite in current bedding. Bedding development is excellent with a wealth of visible sedimentary structures, such as current bedding, graded bedding, convolute bedding and subaquatic slump. Signs occurring from folding, fault and discordance of strike directions are also clearly noticeable.

There were a group of students that came by too. Probably geologist students. It’s great stuff since I love Geography and I used to learn about Volcanoes. But just wondering how did these rocks end up in Hong Kong, since it’s not like there’s Volcano here.

There was this part of rocks that was black (like burnt) and it looks as if they were scraped by something. The tour guide called it the the dragon’s mouth or something. It forms a U shape, like the dragon’s mouth.

After finish “cerita” and snapping photos, we head back to the Pier and went to another side of the island, just for a walk. But it started to drizzle, so we all went back to the boat. The boat started to head for 吉 æ¾³ and the rain got heavier. At one point it was so foggy, we couldn’t see those rocks formation that we were supposed to stop by. The tour guide quickly did some shuffling of schedule due to the poor weather condition.

Porridge. Faythe had 2 bowls of porridge. Vyktore opt for Rice instead.

We got off at 吉 æ¾³ and headed to the restaurant for lunch. Nothing to shout about, but nice home cook food. They are known for the handmade cuttlefish ball. So yummy, and was lucky that I could have 2 since Vyktore wasn’t too interested LOL.

After lunch, it was still drizzling a bit but we took our chance and started walking towards the Tin Hau Temple at 吉 澳. It was a short walk and by the time we reach there the rain had stopped.

The tourist did his story telling thing again before we were given opportunity to take some photos around the temple.

On our way out, we stopped by a stall selling some local desserts. For once, I manage to convince my two banana kids to try Chinese Desert. Bought the Loh Mai Chi for them. The ones sold here comes with red bean stuffing apart from the normal peanuts stuffing.

We hang around at the Pier while we wait for everyone to be ready to board the boat. After the rain had stopped, the sky was so clear and what beautiful scenery we witnessed in 吉 æ¾³. You couldn’t imagine that’s HK.

We continue our boat trip to look out for more rock formation since the sky was clear now. And we finally made it to witness the oldest rock formation in Hong Kong. Found around Pak Sha Tau and Wong Chuk Kok Tsui on the northern shore are called Wong Chuk Kok Tsui Formation.

A buddha face.

The rock formation was given all sorts of name due to it’s shape and how it’s formed. Some look pretty obvious by their name. Some you really have to squint your eyes and look at only a particular angle to get the meaning of it.

The monster fist.

The monster face.

Good thing is that we didn’t have to get off and walk. Else the kids might be complaining. They were busy eating the snack i bought and having some self entertainment on the boat.

Right after we finish all the sightseeing, it started pouring again. What a day!!! As it takes about 1.5 hours to get back, we all fell asleep in the boat while it sway along the border of China and back to Ma Liu Shui Pier. Yes we went right up to the China border!!!

We were all so tired, when we arrived at home, we were like jelly. Well, I did enjoy myself, seeing something different. As for the kids, they say no more rocks LOL.

HK Wetland Park,香港湿地公园 – 3 Feb 2014

Backdated post.

It’s 3rd Day of CNY and we have nothing much to do. Hence decided to head to Wetland Park to visit the Crocs. Vyktore first heard about this place when he was in Kindy. He’s been yearning to go there to see crocodile ever since then. So when I suggested 湿地公园, he was delighted.

It was an unexpectedly warm day during winter season. so we all went without our Jackets and layered clothing.

The place is located somewhere near Tuen Mun. Hence we took the MTR and changed to the LRT. It was the 1st time kids riding the LRT (they call it the mini MTR).

It was a bit of a walk after we got off from the LRT station and we were greeted by a Secret Garden Maze at the entrance of the Wetland Park. They both had fun going thru the Maze to get to the other side.

We finally got into Wetland Park after taking some photos at the outside compound. As it was still early, it wasn’t too crowded and we decided to do the outside area first. It was a lot of walking and looking at plants, which the kids weren’t too interested at. Vyktore was busy looking out for the crocodile, which was obviously not living in the wetland compound.

There was bird watching houses where people can hide and watch the birds. For someone that doesn’t fancy birds I find it rather boring. Even the kids got bored after watching the birds from far. 

We also went to the muddy swamp area where we saw some crabs.

It got really hot when we finally finished the outside, we headed in for lunch to find a tremendously long queue of people buying food. Then we finally got a peek at Pui Pui, Hong Kong Celebrity Saltwater Crocodile. She was found in one of the river in HK and was moved to the Wetland Park later on.

There was only 1 restaurant there by the way. No choice, they both went and find a seat while I line up to buy the food. We were all in a hurry to eat as there was a Swamp Adventure the kids can’t wait to try on. It’s like a jungle gym. The catch is you gotta line up to get your pass. And thanks to the crowd, the kids were willing to chomp down their food quickly and went to line up for their entry pass.

They enjoyed themselves in the Swamp Adventure (30mins) and when they finally got out, it’s time to head home.

 

Kids School Sports Day, 14th Jan

For many of you who are unaware, we’ve made a bold decision to transfer the kids out from Local Public School to Private School when the school term started in Sept 2013. We (as in the kids and parents) could no longer stand the bulk of homework that bug us every day, long weekend ad holidays. It’s definitely much more costly, given that the school is not even walking distance from home. But it’s probably the best decision we’ve made ever since we’ve moved to HK.

Now, back to the Sports Day, this the 1st year for all of us in this new school and my 2nd time attending School Sports Day in HK. 1st was last year with their previous school and it kinda got me thinking how come sports was about Parents and Kids participating in sports event. This made this year’s Sports event so much better.

The school booked the Stadium at Shing Mun Valley and we all headed there with the school bus. Although there were much fewer students in this school than the previous one, but it was a true sports day. They had track and field events!!

Faythe & Vyktore competed with their peers during the 100m heats and both qualified to the finals.

They were also teamed up in different House Colour (Red, Yellow, Green, Blue), just like back home :).

There were team events as well for each House to collect their points. Red house came in leading the pack. Both Faythe & Vyktore were in that House. Good thing they were not in different Houses!!

The P5 & P6 had a 4 x 100m relay in the afternoon event. And the final event was everyone including parents and teachers run the 400m.

The medal & trophy ceremony followed suit before we were all dismissed and left the Stadium and head back to the school.

Vyktore came in 2nd in the 100m Finals. He was so delighted. Faythe wasn’t the Top 3 since she had to compete with P4 students. We told her to try harder next year and she might even win since she will be competing with P3 & P4 next year.

I totally enjoyed myself attending their Sports Day this year. I’ve never cheered so loud since I left school. Made me felt like part of them :).

Am now looking forward to their next year’s Sports Day.