5 Jun 2016

Science Co-Op Marine Creatures

This term at Science Co-op we've been studying about water creatures. For one of the classes, a parent bought frogs from a restaurant for the kids to dissect. Yeah these frogs were meant to be cooked (deep fried, or boiled in soup). A little grossed out by the idea at first, but eventually they got really hands on.

Female Frog..look at the eggs

egg through the microscope

During one of the sessions, kids played outside after class and rescued a Quail which had its legs tied up with plastic bags.
Apparently it was the grass cutter's, but the kids decided to rescue the poor bird by grabbing it and running with all their might to rescue the bird. It was quite hard untying the tight knots around its legs but the bird was quite calm and allowed us to help it. After  observing it a while and making sure it was fit to fly, we brought it to a forest area nearby and released it. What a wonderful adventure.
Video of the release below. Video taken by Nel.

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More art work

Mine merging batik pieces and acrylic with some broken shells

Jo's a mermaid face t o face with a turtle

Nel's stack of hand made cards

Jo wondering how it feels like to move like a turtle :p

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Tambun Cave Ipoh

Upon the invitation of a friend, we visited Tambun Cave. We've always wanted to go, but the dates never matched. Well finally it did!

It was a great learning experience. Phd students from USM led our group and provided interesting facts and info about the caves. We also took part in two interesting activities which were, 1) Map out on a chart where the cave drawings are, and 2) create a cave drawing on plaster boards provided.
Twas a great learning experience!

 To go on one of their trips, watch out for announcements on the Gua Tambun Heritage Awareness FB Page.

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Camping Hutan Lipur Lentang

Together with friends from the HS scouts group we went for a one night camp at Hutan Lentang.
It was one that was activity packed for the children. Building their own bamboo table, learning to weave their own ropes, swimming at the river and waterfall, carving their own swan out of apples and lots of fun games. They were supposed to have a survival night, but alas, it rained. So they ended up singing songs and telling tales.
Jo, K and a new scout, An shared a tent, while Nel slept with us in our larger tent. 
The girls had their own territory, and they made the boys dig a large trench around their territory, and paid the boys in form of twigs! :p   haha..
All in all a short but really enjoyable trip!

The girls built their own campfire, which was just right for marshmallows so in the end...almost all the kiddos who went formed a tight circle around the fire, roasting their own marshmallows.

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2 Jun 2016

Grandpa's birthday

We had a special birthday celebration for dad's 70th birthday. It was a gathering of family and our closest friends. Both Nel and Jo choreographed two dances together with their cousins. Rock around the Clock (which they made everyone dance) and Wind Beneath my Wings. The second was a really touching and beautiful performance. At the end of the dance they held up cards with the message, "Ah Kong, You are the Wind beneath my wings." Then they all ran and surrounded him with hugs.

Girls doing the Rock around the CLock dance before changing into beautiful dresses for the second dance.

Jo baked a cake for her beloved grandpa. Though she's a beginner, she did it well. It was moist chocolate cake with cream and deco all done by her.
Certainly they really love their grandpa, and they are blessed because he loves them even more.

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