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Monday, November 20, 2017

Cute Labels For Kids

"Help! My child has lost his stationery again!"

If you have a child in school, you will know this all too well. One day, they'll come home without their pencil case, next day its the tumbler, or their gym shirt or a book or two or the whole bag. Other lost things include spectacles and even shoes!

So how do you keep yourself sane if your child keeps losing things? The answer is to label everything. That way, there's a fighting chance for you to find them, especially if their pencil cases, tumblers and other stuff look exactly like those carried by their classmates.

You should also know where the school's lost and found cupboard or shelf is. Many things turn up there a day or two after losing the items, sometimes even up to a week. Labelling your child's stuff helps you find them more easily.

How to label? You can use a marker pen for quick emergency jobs or sharpies if you like to add some creativity to it but apart from these old fashioned methods, you can try out cute labels for kids. These labels come in many forms. There are bag tags, shoe labels, iron-on labels for clothing and caps or sticker labels for tumblers, food containers, pencil cases and more. You can get these labels separately or as a set if you don't know which to get. The set covers all types.  Many of these labels can be personalized with your child's name and or favourite cartoon characters or design.

Previously we could only get these kinds of cute labels shipped from overseas. Not anymore, now we can order them online and get them shipped from Malaysia making these personalized labels a lot more affordable.

Check out Fun Printz for these types of cute labels for kids. From 20 November to 31 December 2017, Free shipping applies for orders above RM90. In addition, members of our FB group and readers of our blog post can claim a free bag tag worth RM14 for orders above RM90! Key in promo code MALAYSIAFREETAG select large tag/large tag design, at the end of the check out, there is a discount of RM14. or call 012-213 2821 for more info. Enjoy!

Starting school is an exciting time for parent and child. Make it sweeter with fun labels. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cuti Perayaan 2018

It's out! The official Cuti Perayaan or Festive Holidays for 2018. Earlier on there were some sharings on social media and everyone was wondering whether it was real or fake. When in doubt, always refer to the official sources.

Here's the official source for this announcement: Dato' Seri Mahdzir bin Khalid's post on Facebook

This is the Lampiran C, the part that was missing when the Takwim Persekolahan 2018 or 2018 School Calendar was announced recently.

With these officially out, parents can now start planning for the first cuti perayaan in the horizon which is the Chinese New Year one on 15 February 2018 to 19 February 2018 for all schools.

How does this compare with the Cuti Perayaan from 2017? Well, let's take a look at this year's Cuti Perayaan 2017 below. Looks like we will have shorter festive holidays overall for most and Hari Raya holidays is within the second term holidays. 

Below is the official letter on the announcement of the cuti perayaan 2018.

Below is the Lampiran A and B which was released before the Cuti Perayaan 2018. You can refer to these for the school term holidays for the academic year 2018.

Back To School 2018 Shopping Deals

We're coming towards the end of the school year now and already parents are planning and looking forward towards the new academic year 2018. Retailers have all started their back to school 2018 promotions so now is the time to go shopping!

As with previous years, we do a compilation of the back to school 2018 shopping deals from various supermarkets for your convenience. Check it out. We will be updating this page as more deals become apparent so bookmark this page so you can easily compare the various shopping deals and discounts for back to school 2018.

Aeon Big Great Deals for Back To School 2018 is from 17 November to 2 January 2018. Uniforms are currently going at 20% off with brands like Canggih, Unggul, U-Cemerlang and WHH School. Prices start from RM22.90 to RM44.90 for primary school uniforms and from RM25.90 to RM52.90 for secondary school uniforms.

Go to the website to download the full 16 page Aeon Big Back To School brochure filled with deals on school uniforms, bags, shoes, stationery, tumblers, food containers and including book shelves and other home organization items to get your home ready for school. 

Parkson's Back To School 2018 Promotion starts from 15 November 2017 to 1st January 2018. Uniform Brands sold include Parkson School Shop and Canggih. Shoe brands include Kiki Lala, Justice Leaque and Thomas and Friends for primary or Bata, Pronic and Rhummel for Secondary school shoes. There is a 10% discount for primary school uniforms.  Click here to download the 12 page Back To School Promotion 2018 Brochure from Parkson.

Giant's Bajet Cun Balik Sekolah Lagi Cun Promotion from 16 November 2017 to 9 January 2018. Ending on 9 January, you know where to go for late deals after school has started. Giant sells brands like Canggih, Unggul, WHH School and JT by Jolly Tots. Download the full 24 page Back To School 2018 Brochure From Giant here.

Tesco's Bijak Segak Kembali Ke Sekolah Promo is on from 16 November to 6 December 2017 so you have to hurry on this one. Tesco sells Aplus and Canggih school uniforms. You can view and download the full 20 page Tesco Back To School Catalogue here

Friday, November 17, 2017

Family Room At Gurney Drive Hotel Penang

I was on an overnight trip recently together with my family of four, two adults and two teens. When you have teens who are considered adults, then you can no longer book rooms for 2 adults and 2 kids. You have to book rooms for 4 adults and that raises your cost and reduce your selections tremendously. You may have to book two rooms, and sometimes adjoining rooms may not be possible making it rather inconvenient and costly. If you put your kids together, you also worry about their safety so we usually split our rooms with one parent and one child sharing one room. Sometimes we go for suite rooms which are larger but cost a lot too.

Recently we were in Penang for an overnight trip and we booked The Gurney Resort Hotel and Residences. We had never stayed there before even though it has been around for a long time. The hotel has seen better days but more importantly, it is reasonably clean and roomy. Great for families in whatever configuration, whether it is parents with teens or parents with maid and baby and toddler, or parents with grandparents and active school going kids. To us, that is certainly a bonus. The family room has plenty of space and if you book an adjoining studio room, you will have even more space to run around in.

Here's a video of the room and some photos below it.

We booked a family room from booking.com at RM370* including 4 breakfast. After including GST etc, it came up to RM395. The room had a nice view. It was quiet, maybe at this time of the year, not sure about during peak season.

The family room has two bedrooms, one with a king bed and the other with two twin beds. It comes with a living and dining area, kitchenette with microwave oven and fridge plus sink complete with four sets of plates and cutlery. No washing detergent.

There are two bathrooms, one just outside the twin bedroom and the other is attached with the bedroom with the king bed. The bathrooms have shower stalls and the main one has twin sinks and a Jacuzzi bath in addition to the shower stall. The bath has no dark curtains though! Ironing board was also available.

We also had the adjoining Studio Room at RM198* for two adults without breakfast. The studio room had a king bed, plus dining and living area, no kitchenette only coffee/tea making facilities.

Together, there was room enough for a big family to run around comfortably in.

* Note that rates may differ during peak season.

The rooms have seen better days though so be prepared to see stains and holes on sofa, curtains mended by hand, loose shower hose and old sockets. The basement car park is free with no barrier (you can just drive in) or you can park on the upper floor car parks at RM6 and claim from the hotel.

The hotel is about 17 minutes walk to the Gurney Plaza. There are no shuttle bus to and fro though I wish there were. 

However, you can try out the Link Bike where you can ride and dock at the next Link Bike station. There are two link bike stations at Gurney Drive. They are Link Bike Station 9 at Evergreen Hotel (just next to Gurney Hotel) and Link Bike Station 22 at Paragon, Gurney.

The hotel has a nice looking pool for children and adults from the website. Unfortunately, I was not able to check it out personally.

In short, this is a value for money stay in a large room for families at Gurney Drive if you are not fussy about it being somewhat dated and not getting the finer details found in 5 star accommodation.

Places of interest nearby include the Reclining Buddha Temple (Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram) an 11 minute walk and Northam Beach Cafe a 7-9 minute walk from the Gurney Hotel

Sites mentioned in this review:

Monday, November 13, 2017

2017 Year End School Holiday Activities At Lara's Place

One of the things that is uniquely "Lara's Place" is the sheer number and type of programmes offered by the center. There is something for every child of every age, even accompanying adults! Whether it is public speaking, arts and crafts, cooking, science or chess, you will be able to find it at Lara's Place.

In addition, you will also find not so common classes like Magician's Workshop, Entrepreneurship Training, 3-D Modelling and Students Empowerment programmes at Lara's Place. It is truly a one-stop center for enrichment courses and other family friendly activities.

Check out the full holiday programmes schedule by Lara's Place in the November to December 2017 programmes calendar below.

Another type of activity organized by Lara's Place are the family trips. This year there will be a Family Outdoor Trip on 10th December 2017. Priced at a money for value RM95/person, you can have a fun family outing which includes a picnic lunch minus the headache of organizing one yourself. 

To enquire on any of the above 2017 year end school holiday activities and programmes, contact:

LARA’s PLACE: Activity & Learning Center
Rix Management Services Sdn Bhd (11073-V) 3A, Jalan 17/45, 46400, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia (on top of Organic Leaf Restaurant and same row as Kanna Curry House)
Tel/Fax: 03 79568768

Lara's Place Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/larasplace.my/
Lara's Place Website: http://larasplace.my/

Friday, November 10, 2017

KL December 2017 Holiday Programmes At Lorna Whiston TTDI

Lorna Whiston Taman Tun Dr Ismail has released information on its school holiday programmes for this year end December 2017. They are targeted for kids from age 4 up to 18 years old.

You can select from their English Language Holiday Programme or if it is specific areas you wish to target, go for the Speech and Drama or Public Speaking Courses.

Below are the courses available for different ages.

4 years old

English Language Holiday Programme (Story Time Bears)
Speech and Drama Programme

5-6 years old

English Language Holiday Programme (Eating The Alphabet)
Speech and Drama Programme

7-8 years old

English Language Holiday Programme (Nickety Nackety NooNoo Noo and Other Stories)
Speech and Drama Programme

9-10 years old

English Language Holiday Programme (English Alive)
Speech and Drama Programme
Public Speaking Programme

11-12 years old

English Language Holiday Programme (Writing Workshop: Dragon Academy)
Public Speaking Programme

13-18 years old

English Language Holiday Programme (Young Journalists)
Public Speaking Programme


Dates: 4-8 December 2017
Venue: Lorna Whiston Taman Tun Dr Ismail
Event: December 2017 School Holiday Programmes

Ages: 4-18 Years Old
Call 03- 7727 1909 or visit the following link for more details on the above 

Space Themed Holiday Camp For Kids December 2017

Hi Parents,

Our kids are certainly spoiled for choice these days with many interesting school holiday programmes to choose from. After working hard all year round attending classes, tuition, revision classes and more tuition, it is that time of the year for kids (and parents!) to let down their hair and learn in a fun, no-stress environment. Let the kids be kids again as they play and learn at the same time.

Check out this Interstellar Warrior Camp For Kids from 5-14. This holidays, XSpace @ 1 Mont Kiara is running two 5-day holiday camps for kids. These camps can be attended as a stand alone or as a total programme. It is up to you to pick according to your schedule. You get savings for attending both.

More about the Interstellar Warrior Holiday Camp. The camps are run one week after another with the first camp (Episode 1) running from 4-8 December 2017 and the second camp (Episode 2) running from 11-15 December 2017.

What Kids Will Learn In The Interstellar Warrior Holiday Camp

  • Space Games - there will be plenty of fun and space themed games for kids to take part in. This is the training ground for aspiring Space Warriors
  • Space Quiz- kids will be challenged on their knowledge on the Universe. This is great for their Science and General knowledge.
  • Space Drama- Camp participants will learn to Rewrite, Act, Direct and Produce an alternate universe to kids favorite Space Fantasy learning important speech, drama, presentation and communication skills while doing so.
  • Space Kitchen- your Space Crew depends on you for survival! prepare space food to ensure their endurance. Whenever kids are in the kitchen, they learn Math and Science while preparing yummy food!
Contact organizer for any enquiry and sign up latest before 27th November 2017.

Organized by:​ 
XSpace, Level 3, 1 Mont Kiara Mall,1, Jalan Kiara, 
Mont Kiara 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact: 03-28560312 
Dates: 4-8 December 2017 & 11-15 December 2017
Time: 3.30 pm - 6.30pm daily
Age Group: 5-14 year olds
Fee: RM580/camp or RM950 for both

New by XSpace! Free Trial Class is now available for the latest Music Arts Drama and Dance Performing Arts Programme For Kids (MADD) which is available as a weekend programme or an after school weekday programme.  Read more about MADD here.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Sample Question And Answer For Novel Essay Section In SPM English Paper

Dear SPM candidate, 

Below is a sample question and answer for the Novel Essay Section in SPM English Paper. Hope you find this useful. This sample was brought to you by a guest writer on our blog, Yogeswari Wigneshwaran.

Yogeswari Wigneshwaran is a stay-at-home mom and a freelance tutor with 15 years of experience.  A graduate from Universiti Utara Malaysia, she works with children of different levels and abilities and conducts consistent research in helping students to excel in education. Besides tutoring, she also conducts workshops for KSSR and KSSM students on answering techniques for school exams and central exams. Yogeswari believes that learning is a long life journey.  "Let’s take one step at a time."

Through my teaching experience, I noted that quite a number of students struggle with literature.  The most common issue is the lack of interest in reading the texts.  Literature is a boring subject for most.  In my opinion, the literature segment in PT3 and SPM examinations are a bonus.  Regular reading and practice in answering the questions could provide the needed marks to achieve the A grade.  Everything said, literature also requires an in-depth perspective and critical evaluation. 

A student equipped with the right attitude towards literature could productively utilize this segment.  Furthermore, a proper answering technique is also vital in order to achieve the highest marks for the literature segment.  Students are encouraged to evaluate and deduce the meaning, plot, content, literary devices, values, themes and the characters.  Using your own words is most welcomed.  

I would like to share a sample question and answer with a brief description of the writing method for the novel question in the SPM examination.  Parents too can benefit from the sample given.  Though its quite last minute, I hope this sample answer helps the children for their English examination tomorrow. The sample below is based on the Form 5 novel titled Dear Mr. Kilmer (Selangor/KL/Negeri Sembilan zone). My best wishes to all the SPM candidates.



Suggested answer

Name the title of the novel and author.
There are few characters in the novel that have portrayed the act of bravery in their actions.  The characters that I choose are Richard, Hannah and Mr. Kilmer.


Richard is the bravest of all the characters in this story.  Richard grew up as a lonely and quiet boy.  He pens down his thoughts as poem which he keeps to himself.  His brave action could be seen when he was the only one who signed the sympathy card for the Schermers, even though the entire class protested against Mrs. Hansen’s kind gesture. Later he handed the card to Hannah himself.  Richard was not worried about his reputation or popularity. Furthermore, Richard came forward with his secret about his passion for writing poetry and he was writing letters to a poet named Mr. Kilmer.  Although, his family hesitated and did not believe him but he kept on writing.  Based on Richard’s brave actions, I believe that we should be bold and courageous in whatever we do.  It instills confidence and motivates us to be a better person and work hard towards achieving success.

Hannah, a German girl portrayed as fearless in the novel.  She was an “unwanted” or an outcast in school for being a German.  Soon after, America declared war upon Germany during the on-going war.  Situation got worse for Hannah and her family.  Someone vandalised their family’s  tavern and wrote “Dirty Huns” on the wall. The people in Turtle Lake were being unfair to the Schermers and calling them unpatriotic for following German traditions.  Her brave act was shown while dealing with some of her school-mates.  She did not give up or run away from school even though most of the kids in school disliked and refused to be her friends.  I salute Hannah’s bravery for dealing with her problems and standing up for what she believed in.

Next, it was interesting to know that Mr. Kilmer is a famous poet  and  also a soldier enlisted for war in the story. His brave values is seen as a soldier who wants to make the world a better place to live in.  He made a courageous decision to fight for his country.  Moreover, Mr. Kilmer also advised Richard to be open with his secrets and build confidence in him through his letters.  Soon after, Mr. Kilmer was transferred to France and he was killed while in action.  In my opinion, the act of bravery makes us strong and to face our fears just like Mr. Kilmer.  We should not be afraid to pursue our dreams and passion.

CONCLUSION – write your own opinion on overall discussion.
In conclusion, the characters in the story showed that bravery should be emulated in our actions and decisions. We should be bold enough to take risk in life and face uncertainties.  In turn, we could learn to deal with our fears and dislikes.

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