Goldilocks and the Three Bears

This evening, you asked me again to read this English book to you. I wanted you to sleep earlier but since you can also read along (and hence improve your English) I obliged.

This last page tells about how Goldilocks woke up to find the Bear family staring down at her. And how she jumped out of bed and ran away in panic.

Yui: (that thoughtful expression on her face) Because she ran away in panic, did she eventually get lost? In panic, she could have had taken a different, and unfamiliar road. (Spoken in Japanese)

Me: …….

……Now THAT makes a lot of sense.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! 小学校1年入学式

As preps for your grade school life, we’ve been to your school three times before today’s 入学式 /Entrance Ceremony. And I must admit all those three visits have been less than ideal; what with many issues to resolve and many confusing things to sort out.

But today, today was very nice. Beautiful weather. We weren’t late. We weren’t confused. Everything was orderly. Everything went really nice. There were things we didn’t know, they were a lot. But we sorted them out with beaming faces and hopeful hearts.

And I pray the same for you as you start your journey in your school life. I pray you have passion, a generous and brave heart and soul. God bless you, our dear one. Congratulations!

The Day’s Kudos


I am proud of the schools I've been to. They're not internationally well known nor have they churned out numbers of Nobel Laureates. But they are the best in my hometown and hence home the crème de la crème in my region. Working, however, for an international and multinational company can make you doubt your capabilities from time to time. It's one thing to work with people who come from world-renowned universities with patent-holding alumni, and have the likes of Quantum Physics for Masters … {Continue reading…}

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Life with a primary schooler


We haven't had your entrance ceremony to elementary school yet. But today is your first day with your after-school school. And since we selected a hopefully-good school that could nurture your abilities and talents and expand your horizon, I thought it fitting to have our yearly tradition albeit with the book's cover, not its first page. We pray we did select you a good school. Do great, our little big one. … {Continue reading…}

Yui’s cartoon strips: your bridal entourage


This invokes a number of emotions. Your flower girl is Little Nugget whose gender we still don't know as Nugget is still four months in gestation. Essentially you're only six years older so Nugget should be more like the Maid of Honour, not flower girl. … {Continue reading…}

life with a kindergartener: thirsty

We were waiting for our turn on a shop to pick up your bags that we've order-made for your grade school. Thankfully, there were couches around, so we could lounge while waiting. At first you said you wanted some gumi candy at the neighbour drug store. I've been teaching you some independence recently and so I gave you my PASMO (for our future reference: essentially this is a train pass. But you can charge it so that you can use it to pay your purchases or pay your meals. On hindsight, I should … {Continue reading…}