Friday, May 7, 2010

Holding the Chopstick

Yes, Mommy has been very 'silent' from the blogging scene for the past 2 weeks and has probably kept fellow mummy bloggers wondering where and what Mommy was up to. Well, sorry to keep fellow readers waiting and wondering, but Mommy has been very caught up with work obligations. Mommy's busiest time at work are usually at the end of an academic semester right up to the early weeks of a new semester (the next hectic wave is going to happen again at around end of August to early September *hint**hint*). The end of a semester is a hectic one because Mommy has to mark examination papers of the subject Mommy is teaching, plus all the lecturers under Mommy's department will submit their subjects' marks for Mommy to go through and check for consistency before the marks are submitted to a higher level. With the end of the exam season comes the opening of a new semester. The new semester means dealing with semester timetable adjustments, course selection approval and entertaining freshy students who come knocking at Mommy's door about almost continuously from 9am to 5pm! And that leaves Mommy with no time at all to blog about Juan Or. So for the few blogposts to come, Mommy will be reporting on outdated things and events that happen to Juan Or. Here's the first one:



24th April 2010

Juan Or has just acquired the preference for watching Sesame Street rather than those children nursery rhymes and Vege Tales DVDs. One of his favourite Sesame Street episode is "Big Bird in Japan". This episode shows how Big Bird and his dog were left behind by their tour group, so both of them had to find their own way in Japan. There was this scene where Big Bird and his dog went to eat dinner in a Japanese restaurant (Big Bird has money?!!) and the chief waiter showed Big Bird how to use a chopstick. So happen, Juan Or also has a pair of toy chopsticks that came from a sushi playset that Mommy bought from the Litt Tak Warehouse Sale not too long ago. Somehow, by just watching the programme, Juan Or 'learnt' how to hold the chopstick. Mommy didn't know it at first until suddenly, Juan Or came to Mommy to 'show off' what he had just learnt! And Mommy was surprised too he could hold the chopstick properly, i.e., without the sticks crossing each other - a trait that he probably inherited from Papa (shy to say, until today, Mommy still holds the chopstick crossed!).





Since Aunty Small Kucing had asked Mommy whether Juan Or tried holding food with the chopstick, so Mommy decided to include this photo for her benefit. Answer is yes, Juan Or has tried eating rice using the toy chopstick. His grip on the food so far was only limited to holding rice (because he refused to eat other things!). But then, he was lucky that the rice was fragrant rice, so was sticky and the rice stuck easily to the chopstick - not so much on the skill of holding the rice with chopstick, though. Of course there were moments when he couldn't even hold the rice in place, so he cried out in frustration.




13 comments:

smallkucing said...

alamak! Juan Or hold the chopstick very professional la. Start to pick food with the chopstick yet? If no, i think he will soon be doing that jor. J still using fork. The way he use very ganas..haiz..

Mom Daughter Style said...

i'm old and still having a hard time with chopstick. great job, Juan!I'm wondering when will I teach RC how to eat with spoon. My husband thinks it's too early and she would just make a big mess everytime.

I always thought that being a teacher is such a hard work. My grandma was teaching elementary kids for 35 years before she retired.

It's nice to hear from you again.

~LiLHypPo's mUMmy~ said...

What? Just like that??! He is really smart!!

Alice Law said...

I'm so touched that although you were hustle and bustle with your work, you still constantly checking Juan Juan's blog post!!! Thanks for your support~!(From the bottom of my heart)T-T

I always believe Juan Or is gifted interms of coordination and handy skills, and now he proves that he can do better! Bravo Juan Or!( mind you, not many kids can do that at his age or even older)^-^

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Shenny's mommy said...

Your boy is smart.
I never teach my daughter to hold chopstick until recently. As we don't know how to teach her, so we bought a learning chopstick to assist her to pick up the skill.

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prince n princess mum said...

Bravo!

cheeyee said...

Wah smart boy!

mNhL said...

Wow...learnt on his own.

*shy* I can't hold the chopstick correctly too.

Alice Phua said...

Smallkucing, yup, I have added a little more to that blogpost after reading your question. Btw, Juan Or is still not very good yet with holding fork and spoon....still has spills.

Mom Daughter Style, I also can;t use the chopstick properly. Talking about creating a big mess when eating, I won't really let him use the fork and spoon to eat when at home becos I will have a lot to clean after that, but when eating in restaurants, I'll don't mind letting him have the fun of maneuvering them. ^ ^

LilHyppo's Mummy, ALice Law, Shenny's Mommy, Prince n Princess Mum, and Cheeyee, actually I was in the midst of doing housework when suddenly he ran over to me to show me his new skill....I myself never expected that from him.

mNhL, hehehe....high five, I myself can't hold the chopstick properly too! ^ ^

Sheoh Yan said...

Juan Or held the chopstick quite well. My 4yo still couldn't do it.

Sheoh Yan said...

Juan Or held the chopstick quite well. My 4yo still couldn't do it.

Alice Phua said...

I was caught by surprise actually when he started showing me the chopstick. As for your daughter, I think eventually she will pick up that skill. I myself can't hold the chopstick the proper way even at this age.