Yamaha JMC4 Concert & Gifts

Like all JMC concerts, gift exchange a.k.a party time always take centerstage for the kids.. 🙂 This time around, HY and Mommy had explored clays for the bookmark (almost similar to JMC 3 Souvenirs by using recycled ice cream sticks) to mimic the lego bricks by using a mould while handcrafted the others.. due to the quality of some of the clays, the results are not as good as expected (need longer time to cure) but still acceptable…

As usual one special one for the teacher while the rest for HY’s “comrades”…

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Mini Garden @ Home…

Ever since our main tree (which came with the house planted by MBJB – the town council) was “massively” trimmed, its surrounding’s flowers start to bloom and leaves start to grow… not sure this is because without the shade, all these plants a.k.a. vegetables get their fair share of sunlight OR due to the reduced production rate of the big guy, the nutrients absorbed by the big tree has been significantly lowered…

In any case, it’s mainly good news for the vegetables when the big guy went for his “army hair cut” (except we don’t get to enjoy its shade anymore)… and here are some of the results…

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Basil Leaves

 

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田七草 
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Indian Borage a.k.a Mexican Mint
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Curry Leaves

 

(Super Mario) Yamaha Annual Concert 2017

After 2 months of preparing the props, rehearsing the dance moves on every alternative weekends, the day has finally arrived for the kids to perform live on stage for Yamaha Annual Concert 2017… The prop/costume is none other than the SuperMario Cheep Cheep,  sewn to perfection by Mommy after a few rounds of feedback from HY and after a burning the mightnight oil for almost a week…

The costume is thoughtfully matched with red long sleeved shirt (with felt to mimic the tummy of the fish ^_^), long white pants (after searching high and low for it, we finally bought it in Uniqlo), yellow gloves (bought from Daiso in AEON after failing to find any at nearby school uniform shops) & white school shoes.. Getting all the “components” together is truly, by itself, a piece of “art”…^_^

So, here are some pics of the boy in action… Great Job Mommy and HY!!

Note: Some pictures courtesy of parents of one of the Mario Flower. Thanks ^_^

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Happy Teacher’s Day token of appreciation Year 2017

It’s been more than a year since we last posted the plastic spoon dragonfly and formula milk scoop flower souvenirs for the boys’ Teachers’ Day Year 2016.

So for this year, sticking to the same tradition of using recycled materials, Mommy and boys came up with some greeting cards made of wedding thank you cards, plastic bottle covers, decorative buttons, color papers, glittery powder, etc. and of course with a personalised message for each teacher. Moreover, this year is HY’s graduation year and probably the last hand crafted gifts for his beloved preschool teacher… (how time flies.. ^_^)

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Homemade SuperMario’s CHEEP CHEEP a.k.a The Fish

Come middle of this year, HY, our eldest boy, would be performing in his music school concert… of course, he’s no prodigy to be playing any pieces from Chopin or Beethoven this time (I hope he will one day though 😉) but he would be doing something more age appropriate, Dancing / Acting / Pretend Play (however you name it.. )!!

So I guess u would have known what his character would be on stage by now (with the big caption for this post)… joining his classmates with the likes of Fire Flower, Koopa Troopa, Mushroom, Coin, Star and Blooper (i.e. flower, turtle, mushroom, coin, star, squid in adult term…😂)

Well, when it comes to costume, the ultimate goal is… construct from used/recycled items with lowest cost possible… I guess at least for me, with this mindset in mind, the concert would be such a unforgettable one for the kids as well as the parents who spend all their spare time to make the costume (or at least part of it)…

So here you go, prototype no. 1 from our SAHM…still in “rigorous” test and trial stage in terms of robustness, flexibility, practicality, etc. Note: Most of the joints were hand sewn…

 Materials:

  • Polyfiber from used pillow
  • Cloth from old T-Shirt
  • Felt
  • Swimming cap (where the fish is hand sewn to it… can be substituted by any cap)
  • Liquid silicone glue, thread, needle


TO BE CONTINUED…

Snowy Flower, Cake, Card and Clay Flower… my birthday present for this year…

Glow in the dark Snowy Flower with labels made of wires… the main theme of this year’s birthday gift from my beloved Wife, topped with a card filled with promise from my big boy + clay flower and  a nice home baked banana chocolate chip cake… such a wonderful surprise from all members of the family..

The night started with Thai food at the newly opened Wan Thai Cuisine nearby… Guess it was by far the most challenging dinner we’ve had.. imagine having Thai steamboat “mookata” with an infant, a toddler and a boy… we regretted it the moment the dish was served but at the end, it wasn’t as bad as we thought.. it tasted good and the boys like it too.. felt so blessed the kidos were considered quite well behaved 😀😇 (probably give me some face on my big day.. ^_^)

Mookata.. & Chef of the Day… 🙂

After that eventful dinner, we proceed to have a drink at our favourite Starbucks cafe near our home and celebrated my birthday…

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Finally the closeup pics of the invaluable gifts… Thanks Dear…

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“The” Promegranate Tree…

Since the tree first bore its first fruit in Oct 2016, we were hoping it would live by the slogan, “Grow, Bear Fruits, Harvest, Repeat!”… now it certainly does live up to its expectation ^_^

So, here you go, some blooming flowers, the one and only pomegranate for now (used to be twins but one of them gave up)… and also the person who “nourished” this tree (details in this blog post).. btw, if you’ve not seen a pomegranate tree, it’s the tree at the back of ZY!!!

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p/s: Feel free to view the first post about this “Miraculous” tree if you have missed out on that previously.. it is so far the most meaningful tree to us and our baby, ZY…

Home Grown Pomegranate | Minifury’s Art & Craft https://minifury.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/home-grown-pomegranate/