2018 Week 25 Update

School holidays have ended and the children have gone to school for term 3 & 4 this morning. The house feels a bit empty this morning after being filled with their voices for a month.

This week we also managed to get their passports renewed. I could not get an e-appointment to pick up the passports, so we decided to just walk in. We had to wait for around 45 minutes, but this being Singapore, it was done very efficiently and quickly. The passports now have retina scans and fingerprints for the children also.

I also received notification from the ministry of manpower that my helper R’s contract is expiring in two months time. I am now in a real bind and don’t know if I should renew the contract or not. Without full-time work, it makes no sense for me to have a helper at home, especially since she does not have much to do now that the children are older.

One option is to wait for a couple of weeks to see if something clicks in the job front. If that happens, then it’s back to status quo and I don’t have to have any difficult conversations with R. Otherwise, I need to have to the difficult ‘it’s not you, it’s me‘ talk and ask her to look for other options. I will then become a SAHM for the next 16-18 months till the children complete their ‘O’ Levels and then look for full-time positions. We will not have any helper at that point since the children will be out pretty much the whole day. I will probably get some part-time helper to come help once or twice a week for the more intensive chores, but yes, that will be it. In the meantime, I am going to see if I can get some part-time work which I can do when the children are in school or some freelance work from home.

Anyway, let’s see what the future holds for us and me specifically.

Have a good week everyone!

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2018 Secondary 3 Week 25 Update

School holidays end for BB & GG today and they start term 3 of Secondary 3 tomorrow.

Schools here have new timetables for the second semester and this is a chance for them to make changes depending on the class strengths and weaknesses.

BB’s school has listened to parents feedback and now has incorporated a lunch period for the days when they do not have CCA. This means his class ends around 40 minutes later each day. This does not include any supplementary lessons or extra classes like the Maths Olympiads.

GG’s timetable also has been released and the timings are pretty simple to the previous semester except on one day when she has an extra period of physical education.

The holidays have ended quite quickly and these terms will be quite short. Before we know it, it’ll be the end of the school year and the children will be in Secondary 4!

2018 Week 24 Update

This was a very quiet week for us. We returned back from our driving holiday to Melaka on Monday and though the drive from Melaka to Johor was done in around 3 hours, it took us more than two hours to make the drive from the bridge connecting Singapore and Malaysia to our home! This was because of a horrible jam on the bridge with heightened security. On a normal day, this should not take more than 30 minutes. I guess this increased security and checking was because of the Kim-Trump summit which was to happen in Singapore the next day. We also encountered this long jam going into Malaysia and a trip which should not take more than 25 minutes to clear Singapore immigration, then cross the causeway and clear Malaysian immigrations took more than two hours. This completely put us off going in the next day, so we just chilled at home.

The week ended with a long week due to the Hari Raya or Eid Al  Fitri holiday and again, we pretty much stayed at home. The week rounded off with a home-cooked Father’s Day dinner for S.

Have a great week folks!

2018 Secondary 3 Week 24

Week three of the school holidays and both the children were more or less at home most of the week.

GG did go out with her friend one of the days and she had quite an adventure there, what with her shoes breaking at the mall and she had to buy replacement shoes, the first for her.

BB also had a first this week. His desk chair broke suddenly and over the weekend we went to Ikea to buy a new one. And BB was the one who put his chair together (with some instruction from me). He was quite good at it and did a good job!

That was all for the children during this week. They have one more week before school starts.

2018 Week 23 Update

I’m typing this sitting down for breakfast in my our hotel room in Melaka. We check out and drive back to Singapore in a few hours more and this holiday is about to come to an end.

We had a good time here in Melaka and I will do a proper post once I am back home. We’ve done Jonker Street which was very crowded and some shopping which was very nice given the difference in the currency of both countries and also got some nice family time.

During the drive into Melaka, we spent around two hours traversing a couple of kilometres between the Singapore and Malaysia checkpoints. At that point, it seemed to me that a significant portion of Singapore’s car population was there in the queue with us.

Anyway, got to go now, but here’s wishing you all a wonderful week.