Since I was on leave to take care of my 2 kids before of the closure of their childcare centre, I brought them to their new childcare at Yishun to do the registration. That's the reason why we went to the Zoo, as we passed by the Zoo on our way to Yishun. The kids were shouting, Zoo, we MUST go to the Zoo! So Zoo it was.
Since it's a weekday, we got to take the tram ride FOC (for Friends of the Zoo). And I remembered to bring a pram along. Such a nice trip, with 5 hours spent at the Zoo, with me alone with the 2 kids, every minute went passed peacefully without any scolding or shouting. Couldn't believe my luck! Many people were staring at us, as it's a very unusual combination - 1 adult + 2 kids. It's more common to see in Singapore / Malaysia / countries common with live-in helper, the combination of 1 kid + at least 2 adults, even up to 1 kid + 5 adults (parents, grandparents, and helper). So yeap, I was asked a couple of times - you are alone with 2 kids? The kind mums asked in half pitying and half unbelievable tone. My answer was, yes, me alone with 2 kids, I am used to this, but not for every day though :-) Worst thing I faced was, they were people who were so unsympathetic, seeing me carrying Xi Yu, who was sleeping, holding on to Hao Re, who was trying to hold an umbrella to shield Xi Yu from the rain, and me trying to close the pram to get on to the pram, not only these people not giving a pair of helping hands (yes, true, they were not obliged to), they even gave you those, aiyoh, why you so slow, quick lah, delay our time already. What kind of a society we live in?
This trip was a special trip because - 1) without Baba coming along, 2) stuck in a heavy rain, 3) took 3x of the tram rides, 4) didn't catch any show as all afternoon shows were cancelled because of the heavy rain. We enjoyed the trip a lot, more if not for the heavy rain.
To end this post with some conversation I have with my little boy, who is going to turn 4 years old in just a little more than a month time.
On the way to the Zoo:
皓日：太阳公公今天很生气月亮婆婆 kacau 它睡觉，它睡不好就很生气。
p/s: kacau (in Malay) = disturb.
On the way back home:
These conversations made me thinks that:
1) we adult simply complain too much, never happy with the situation - when the sun is out, we complain it's too hot, when it starts to rain, we complain that raining is very troublesome. Kids don't complain like us, they appreciate the nature more than us, they appreciate, adapt and accept every situation they are in.
2) whatever we said to them, intentionally or unintentionally, they take it seriously and remember everything we said, and trust us wholeheartedly. So really have to be careful of what we said. Best method to raise a kid - show by example 身教和言教！
It's really fun to talk / chat with the kids. Hao Re in particular as he now thinks and reasons with you, and likes to tell stories. Xi Yu is not doing any worse, she likes to listen to us, and she would join in whenever she can, she can talk very well for her age, not only that she talks in full sentences, but her vocabularies are really amazing!
Since it's hard to me to post photos in the coming week or so, probably I should do more posts recording our conversations. Yes, I think I should really do so.