Saturday, July 27, 2013

Wonder's Work Robotics Programming

Date:  July 27, 2013

We are at the Wonders Work Robotics Course again.  

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This week problem is to design a car to have a vertical claw to touch the pedal and drop the lego bricks to the ground.  And then, you need to design a horizontal claws to collect the lego bricks, as many as possible.

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This is Jay Jay robot car.  See, the vertical claw is super long.  

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Let's put the robot into work, and see how we can fix the problem one by one.

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This is the lego bricks dispenser.  Touch the pedal and all bricks go down.

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After 3 hours, Jay Jay finally did it!  And he collected 4 bricks.  Good job!


Again, Kee Wei is there together with Jay Jay.

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 This is a compilations for videos how Jay Jay solve the problem step by step.  Notice that he actually make the robot works  but the robot actually broke his claw at the end because the class is designed to be movable initially.


So, back to the drawing board.  Jay Jay has to redesign his horizontal claws.

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Let's try again!

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Improve some more.

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And finally, this claw pair collected 4 lego bricks.  The aim of the project is to collect at least 3.  And he collected 4.  Well done Jay Jay!

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Amazing Benefits of Bananas

Date:  Jul 27, 2013

What I learned today is valuable.  Thanks Google.

1.  Banana is good for woman.  Hahaha  When your girl friends or wife act very moody, you know it is that time.  Buy lots of Banana for them or her.

2.  I did not know that when the banana has a lot of dark patches on the yellow skin, it is actually the best time to eat it as it has TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor) which combat abnormal cells.  When I choose banana to eat, I always choose the nice nice skin one.  Actually the skin that is old, dark patches is the one we should eat.  HaHaHaHa

3.  I also don't know Banana peel (skins) can clean your teeth and whiten it.  HaHaHaHa

Good and amazing info.




Original article from

4 Super Food to Incorporate Into Lives

Date:  July 27, 2013

Take note of the Lemon again.  It alkalises your body.


Lemon is the amazing one...

We all know or have been told that drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is especially good for cleansing the liver and to kick start our digestive system, and it is completely true, but lemon water does much more than that. 10 Reasons You Should Drink Lemon Water >Drink Lemon Water in the morning for health and vitality! 
Here is the top 10, out of many, benefits of drinking lemon water.

1. Boosts your immune system: Lemons are high in vitamin C and potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.

2. Balances pH: Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods around. Yes, lemon has citric acid but it does not create acidity in the body once metabolized, so, you’ll reduce your body’s overall acidity.

3. Helps with weight loss: To fight hunger cravings maintain a more alkaline diet, this is because lemons are high in pectin fiber.

4. Aids in digestion: It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that required for digestion, which reduces heartburn and constipation.

5. Is a diuretic: Lemons increase the rate of urination in the body, which helps purify it from toxins, therefore, helps keep your urinary tract healthy.

6. Clears skin: Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well, this is thanks to the vitamin C component, which helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes.

7. Freshens breath: The citric acid can kill the bacteria, so it can help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis.

8. Relieves respiratory problems: Warm lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs.

9. Keeps you zen: Vitamin C is one of the first things depleted when your mind and body are subjected to stress, and in the lives we lead, who is not?

10. Helps kick the coffee habit: Normally after a glass of hot lemon water, you don’t crave coffee in the morning. Try it yourself!

The recipe is really simple - a cup of warm water (not hot) and the juice from half of a lemon.

Lemons are the topic of the day. I always loved the taste of lemons, especially in my green juices.

1. Antibacterial

When you ingest lemon juice the acid from the lemon juice acts as a antibacterial force inside your stomach.

You can also use lemons to clean your cutting boards and counters.

2. Vitamin C

Besides boosting your immune system, vitamin C helps destroy H. pylori, which is a type of bacteria in your stomach. H. pylori is being research for it's ability to cause stomach ulcers.

Here is a great stomach and gut tonic. This will help you go to the restroom and it will help your stomach fight off any unwanted bacteria like H. pylori. The tonic includes: 1 cup of warm water, 1/2 lemon (juiced), 1 teaspoon of ground flaxseed.

3. Alkalize the Body

Believe it or not but lemon are alkalizing for the body. Many people think since lemons are sour they are actually acidic inside your body. Inside your body lemons don't act acidic, instead they have alkalizing properties that keep your pH balance.

It's best to start your day with warm water and lemon juice.

4. Liver Cleanser

Lemons help stimulate your liver and helps flush out toxins like uric acid and also liquefies the bile. This is part of the reason why lemons are used as a great cleanser.

5. Vitamin P

Vitamin P is a flavonoids. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that help neutralize free radials associated with cellular damage and aging. Flavonoids also help reduce inflammation.
6. Anti-cancer Properties

Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer properties like limonine which slows the growth of tumors. (1)
7. Protection Against Rheumatoid Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is a type of degenerative disease that occurs with aging. Foods rich in vitamin C helps protect agains inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
8. Cleans You Out and Aids in Digestion

Lemon juice like most fresh vegetable juices contain pectin fiber. Pectin fiber is a type of water soluble fiber that helps reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Another great thing about pectin is that it keeps you feeling full and reduces cravings.
9. Natural Diuretic

Lemon juice and warm water also help increase the rate of urination. This is great because toxins and other harmful substances are pushed out of your body, leaving your body in a alkaline state.
10. Hydration of Lymph System

Warm water and lemon juice supports the immune system by hydrating and replacing fluids lost by your body. When your body is deprived of water, you can definitely feel the side effects, which include: feeling tired, sluggish, decreased immune function, constipation, lack of energy, low/high blood pressure, lack of sleep, lack of mental clarity and feeling stressed just to name a few.

When you have these symptoms it might mean that your adrenals are “fatigued.” Your adrenals function in secreting necessary hormones, regulating stress response, regulating blood pressure and much more. So keep your adrenals happy by staying hydrated.

***Remember lemons and lemon juice can strip off the enamel from your teeth.

Add lemons to your favorite green juices!

Why do you need to alkalises your body??














































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c)年輕力壯時吃適量的肉類是對的, 但老年人則以蔬菜或小魚為宜。



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1.強酸性食品:蛋黃、乳酪、白糖做的西點或柿子、 烏魚子、柴魚等。







Fight Cancer with Natural Fruits

Date:  July 27, 2013

Oh dear, I am taking an apple a day.  But not Lemon, not milk and I drink a lot of water.  What is Tulsi Leaf??

Daily Routine for good health

Original paragraph are here.

A Health Poem:
An Apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Some Tulsi Leaf a day keeps cancer at bay.
A Lemon a day keeps the fat off your belly.
A cup of Milk a day keeps your bone strong and healthy.
Drink three liters of Water in a day will keep all diseases far away.


Anti-Cancer Super Fruits are:
Goji Berries
Dragon Fruit
Acai Berries


Recommended Juicing Combination of difference fruits and vegetables for optimal benefits.

Lemon a day keeps Cancer away

Date:  july 27, 2013

I never thought Lemon can Alkalinise your body.  From now on, I will add Lemon into my tea and water.


*Lemon a day keeps Cancer away* 

Just cut 2-3 thin slices of lemon in a cup/container and add drinking water which will become "alkaline water". Drink it for the whole day, just by adding drinking water. 

The surprising benefits of lemon!

Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy. 

You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc... 

It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors. This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types. Some say it is very useful in all variants of cancer. 

Friday, July 26, 2013

National Geographic's Brain Game - My Kids Loves It!

Date:  July 25, 2013

Recently, I watched the Brain Games from National Geographic.  It blew my mind off.  I did not know that I should not trust my brain so much.


So, I let Jay Jay and Kay Kay watch too.  Take note, you need to be there to guide your children and explain the situations.  They may not know, but it is good to teach them.

Look at this opening card tricks.  It has already blow their mind off.  Jay Jay says "I cannot trust my brain again!"  hahahaha


When he continues to watch all the games, he was thrills.  His eyes was staring at the TV.  And I think he could not believe of his eyes.

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One of such example is.  The following two color shades.  Grey colours.  What if these two color is of the SAME color, do you believe it?  If not, use your finger to cover the Center line between the two squares.  Well, did you see both colours are the same?  This is PERCEPTIONS.  hahahaha


Interesting is it not?  hahaha If you like the shows, you can see it below.  :)  I could not find it on Youtube thou...


National Geographic: Test Your Brain Episode 1 - Pay Attention

National Geographic: Test Your Brain Episode 2 - Perception

National Geographic: Test Your Brain Episode 3 - Memory

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Jay & Kay - Truth about Learning Chinese

Date:  July 23, 2013

This is going to be an interesting topic.  You may not agree to my thoughts, but this is what I am facing currently, and I am trying my best to "fix" it (for Jay Jay) and "prevent" it (for Kay Kay).

Look at the following video clips.  It is about Kay Kay flipping thru his Chinese flash cards from Lorna Whiston Pre-School.  Kay Kay is almost 4 years old in a months time.  He has learned all these flash cards from school.  

Hint:  When it comes to "的", he reads "是“ which suppose to be the next card.  HaHaHa… Take note of that.


Now here is my doubts and thoughts….

1.  When Jay Jay is at his age, somehow, Jay Jay also can read almost all his flash cards.  

2.  However, as Jay Jay grows up, and he did not touch those flash cards, Jay Jay actually forgot more than half of it.

3.  This is when I recall the following…. Jay Jay & Kay Kay has very good and special ability to memorise songs.  For example, both kids can sing Teresa Teng's 月亮代表我的心 without seeing or reading the lyrics.  They just listen, remember and sing.

4.  So, when you flip thru the flash cards, it is like singing.  The words are read out in a certain orders.  I believe it has been done many times in school that the school kids all are able to "memorise" the flash cards sequences.  I see both Jay Jay and Kay Kay shows the same "impressive" reading of these Chinese flash cards. 

5.  I used the word "memorised" because after some times they did not practise the songs from their annual concerts, they actually forgot about the lyrics.  So, the same thing happen to these flash cards reading.  Jay Jay actually forgot about all these Chinese words after K2.  So, when he went to P1, he actually struggles for quite some time.

6.  We thought of sending him to Berries 百力果 may helped him, but we were wrong.  We sent him to sent him to "高级中文" (Higher Grade Chinese) in Berries 百力果 and as a result, it confused him, and the learning is not effective for Jay Jay at all.  (Some kids may be better in learning, but not mine!)

7.  What happens in Berries 百力果, is the teachers commented that Jay Jay is a "fast learner" in class, somehow, he forgets what he learned the previous week very fast too.  So, it is actually becomes so ineffective where going to Berries 百力果 becomes a burden to Jay Jay.

8.  Of course, it is also parents fault that we do not spent much time to teach Jay Jay Chinese at home.  We speak in Chinese but we seldom take out his text book and teach him.  We thought leaving it to the teachers will do, but obviously we were wrong.

9.  The key of solving this problem is… immediately, I stopped the Berries 百力果 course for Jay Jay.  And I go online look for a suitable Chinese Tutor for Jay Jay.  And then, we let the Chinese Tutor to resume the "role of parents", revise what the child has learned in school.  This is precisely what is needed by Jay Jay being a P1 students.  He learns Chinese from his Chinese Teacher in class, and when he comes back, one time a week (for 1.5 hours) he revised what he has learned with his Chinese Home Tutor (a professional home tutor) the same materials he learn from school.

10.  I want to share this big joke to you.  Before June holidays, me or my wife will usually gives 听写 (Chinese Spelling) to Jay Jay.  May be June holiday is way too long (one month of vacations and fun and games).  When the school starts in July, we forgot all about Spelling and 听写.  So, Jay Jay happens to have a 听写 on July 11 & July 18.  And me and my wife actually forgot all about it.  But Jay Jay has scored well on both.

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11.  We were very puzzled and thought it was Jay Jay who is in self learning mode, and managed to score well.  And we look at the Chinese writing he did, it was very different and very well written.  It's neat.

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12.  Later, Jay Jay actually explained to me that… The Chinese Tutor Ms. Chen Xian Ru lao-shi, actually gave him 听写 and teach him a week before each 听写.  So, he did have practise and learn how to write it properly.

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13.  I am glad that I got Ms. Chen as her home tutor.  a) we don't have to spent time sending him to Berries.  b) she actually follows 100% the school syllabus and teach Jay Jay in a revising mode.  c)  It is one to one.  And it does not cost too much more than sending him to Berries.  Now we have a person (not us) guiding him how to write proper Chinese.  Revising what he has learned in school.  Teaching him calligraphy.  Teaching him 成语.   

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14.  She bought this book for Jay Jay.  And we did not know there are such a book.  It is actually "based on the latest textbook".

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15.  I like about this book because it actually list out all the words that a student must be able to READ and WRITE (听写).  

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16.  As for Kay Kay, now since he is very good in reading / memorising the flash cards.  Now, we spent extra time reading together with him.  So we have to find books that has all the related words that he has in his flash card packs.  And then, when we read together with him, we asked him to read it out loud.  Some times, he will say he don't know.  But then, when we show him the flash card, he instantly recognise the word and know how to read.

17.  Same as Jay Jay, I don't think we will sent him to Berries.  If we do sent him, we will sent him to "Normal Class" instead of the "Higher learning Chinese". But I think by the time Kay Kay grows up, he will have better foundations in Chinese.

18.  As a conclusions, here is the summary.  If your kid can read the flash cards well, it may not mean that kids is really knowing the words.  It could be a memorising thingy.  So, you have to explain the words or at least ask him to write it out using a Chinese Calligraphy brushes.  And the most importantly, read more story books with him, and most of the time, ask him to read it. (those words he knew).

Of course, after fixing their Chinese.  We need to fix Kay's English too.  

Somehow, when Kay Kay shows strong interest in learning Chinese, his learning ability for English drops.  Not sure why, but let's see how.  May be is in the Gene.  Jay Jay also quite slow in his English.  We have to sent him to BrainFit to fix it.

So, for Kay Kay, I started to make him learn sight words as advised by the teacher in Lorna Whiston.

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so, I bought this book from Popular Book Store.  And it has all these flash cards you can cut out.

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So, each week, you learned 4 words.

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Then, you have some exercise and games that you can do.  And you learn extra 2 words such as ball & boy.  They will put pictures beside the words to help students to remember.

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You then learn another 4 words in the following weeks.

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Then, you can see the sentences has changed to incorporate the new words.  So, the key is the more you learn, the more you read, and with practise, you will recognise this words automatically.

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This is Kay Kay in the morning, after spending time learning the sight words for the past two days.  


Teaching kids is not hard.  You just need to pay more attention to them.  And devise some plan really that can help them.  Sending them to enrichment class is one solution.  But if you sent them there and then you do not revise together with them, that will defeats all the purpose of learning.  What you need your kid to do is to learn and understand.  一起加油吧!

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Jay Inline Skating - Overcome The Slope

Date: July 22, 2013

It's a lovely afternoon.  We decided to go downstairs to do inline skating and cycling after Jay Jay finished all his homework.

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I certainly will do something to get rid of those two extra wheels next time.  This time, let's focus on Jay Jay's inline skating.

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In June holidays, Jay Jay attended a 4 mornings of inline skating camp with "Skate with Us" school.  So, this time, will be the first time he is on the skates after so many weeks.  It will be his 5th time on the skates too.


Of course he is very happy!  Jay knows that he probably are not good at school works, but, this roller blade thingy, he feels very proud of.  Although not yet mastering it, but he just feel proud to be skating.  Just like what he did for the skiing last year at Niseko.

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Of course, he felt down many times today.  Especially going thru this uneven ground.  HaHaHa

He has to learn how to roll thru it without falling.

Each time when he felt, I do not go and hold him up.

自己跌倒自己爬起来.  Yes, we should always let our kid to be independent, and pick himself up when he fell down.


That is the important recipe to make him feel confident.  He has done it in his two wheel bicycle, skiing, now, this kid is going to do it again in his roller blading.


That's the confident I am talking about!  He can even play games with Kay Kay while on his wheels.


A confident smile indeed!


This is the slope that he felt down many times.  And most of the times, he fell on his butt.  Very painful.

Again, of course, I do not go and help him to pick him up.  He has to do it himself.  Got few times, he seems to be unsure about the confident thingy.  That is where you come in and show him how you would do it.  

It is this way that you walk up a sloop.


And it is this way that you roll down the slope.


If you fell down, try to see why you fell.  And learn how to avoid falling.


Yes Jay!  You have done it!  Daddy is very proud of you.


And again and again, you roll down the slope without fear.


There is nothing to be afraid of.

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So, you can see Jay Jay's confident in inline skating increased.  So, in no time, both Father and son can go inline skating at East Coast Park.  :)


Today a lot of parents are at the BBQ pit there, and swimming pool too.  They all turn their head over to watch Jay Jay fall and stand up by himself.  Their eyes trying to get my attention as they were wondering, why this father let his kid fall down so many times.  But each time, when Jay Jay stand up on its own, they face expression turn into smile.

Yes, that is precisely what you as a parent have to do, when you are teaching your kids some sports that will involve falling.

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Jay & Kay, our next fun will be Ice Skating.  We will rule that next time!  Ha Ha Ha.  But first, we will fix Kay Kay 4 wheels bicycle problem.  Ha Ha Ha...

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Kay - About Learning

Date:  July 21, 2013

Mommy is travelling to US again.  so, I will be taking care of Jay and Kay for a week.  :)

So, let's try some new things while Mommy is not around.  HaHaHa

Kay Kay is learning Sight Words in school.  So, I bought a Sight Words book for Kay Kay to try out from Popular Bookstore.  The books comes with flash cards.  So, each lesson, you get to learn 4 new sight words. 

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Some how Kay Kay is very good in his Chinese, but not his English, although his native language seems to be English.  All the Chinese Flash Cards he is very confidently recognising all the words.  But some how not the English words.  So, we need to find some innovative way to teach.

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This is one way you can do it. 

Kay, can you land the airplane on the "He" airport?  

And he has to put the plane on the word "He". 

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He already learned the first set of 4 words.  

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The book teach extra words such as "Ball" & "Boy".

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He was having some problem in recognising the words "The" & "Is".  I am not sure why, but some how, he has a mental block in learning this two words.

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I think we need to find a way to teach him "The" & "Is".

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So, at night time, I told them.  

1)  They can play iPad while I take my shower ONLY if Kay Kay learned those two words.

2)  Jay Jay have to teach Kay Kay those two words using the Flash card.

I guess is the magic of iPad.  They have not lay their fingers on iPads for almost 2 weeks.

So, Jay Jay was using the flash cards to find ways to teach him.

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20 minutes later.

I came back to the kids room, and wanted to keep the iPad.  I tested Kay on the words he cannot pronounce.  And he did correctly pronounce the words.  Hmmm… this should be the power of iPad.

Another few things that I have changed.

a)  Mommy is travelling.  So, I told them, coming into my room at night will not find Mommy.  So, useless to do so.

b)  I am not Mommy, and I am not going to sleep with them.  So, after I read the story book, I will turn off lights and walk out the room, and they have to go sleep mode.

c)  Daddy have to watch golf game - The Majors - Tiger Woods is playing.. 

I actually have done that yesterday, and today is the 2nd time I am doing it.  And they did fall asleep by themselves in the room.

Of course, after I read them this story.  This is a must have.

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I am proud that my son under daddy care, can sleep by themselves.  :)  You sure try it too.  (Disclaimer:  It does not work when mommy is around!)

What else is new while mommy not around?

i)  Kay Kay is eating.  He eats the fried prawns (three of them) and my Unaju rice.

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ii)  Kay Kay is eating meat.  (sausages).

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