Category: Learning

Beyond the Tiger Mom by Maya Thiagarajan

I enjoyed reading this book a lot more than I thought I would! Maya Thiagarajan writes about both the overt and subtle differences between Asian and Western parenting today, and offers her rich perspectives on how best to educate and nurture our children for the coming age. What hit me first was her well-researched journey into the inner psyche of a… Read more →

Junior Explorer – Sharks in the Mexican Gulf Coast

It has been six months since we received our first Junior Explorer kit! And every month, the girls are delighted when a new package arrives with the Mission for the month. This month, it was Mission Gulf Coast, which was all about Sharks, and other creatures that inhabit the Gulf (of Mexico’s) Coast. The Shark Chart has already earned its… Read more →

The Singapore “Education Condition”

I recently read an article written by a friend on “Modern Education: The One Best/Worst System“, and it provoked so many thoughts. It’s well worth reading it in its entirety (I read it very slowly). Thought I’d share some excerpts, which are such an apt rendering of the “education condition” (vs the “human condition”) we face today, and I’ve added some reflections too.… Read more →

不要被世界改变 – A postcard by Little Notes Jetty

那天,我在草根书室时,看到了这个明信片。读了,感触很多。 小时候,总想改变世界; 长大后,才发现要很努力, 才不会被世界改变。 不就真的是如此吗? 很欣赏画家的画与词。在我的潜意识,龙头和鹈鹕游乐场象征我快乐,无忧无虑的童年。它们逐渐的消失,让一代新加坡人惋惜。它们的消失,也是因为世界在改变,马不停蹄地改变。 与其试着去挽回,不如多注意内心。世界变就变吧,重要的是,我不易被它的波浪不由自主地掀走。世界由经济,政治推动。世界往往是黑暗的,自私自利的。不要被这样的世界改变,就要很努力,很刻意地活着。 也许是我的信仰吧,圣经说我们 “不屬世界”。所以我要继续努力。波浪更汹涌,就要站得越稳。   Read more →

Grassroots book room 草根书室

Tucked along Bukit Pasoh Road is a Chinese bookshop named “草根书室“. It translates to Grassroots Book Room – which somehow just doesn’t give the same feel. 新加坡是一个金钱挂帅的社会,大家都急着开能赚大钱的生意。这样的书室近年来已寥寥无几。它的生存,一定不容易。租金,工资等,肯定是非常大的开支。它的存在,象征毅力,象征一种不屈不挠的精神,不是吗? It is a wonderful book room, and there is so much to see. A post card caught my eye, so I bought two, one which I mailed to a friend. It prompted a… Read more →

NEWater Visitor Centre – truly impressive

I was thoroughly impressed by the NEWater Visitor Centre when we dropped by one hazy Saturday morning. Do make an online appointment if you wish to visit – we forgot, but they very kindly accommodated us when we arrived as they opened at 9am. They were expecting a larger group, but they were late, and the NEWater tour (free!) starts very… Read more →