Saturday, March 22, 2014

Article: Speak with Confidence

In the next few weeks, my students will be busy putting finishing touches to their with individual oral presentations: doing research, adding details, working on their visual aids and of course, rehearsing their speeches…

I hope that they have downloaded and read the article “Speak with Confidence” (pdf) I wrote for the Star newspaper. In this last article before the column “Mind Our English” was discontinued, I provided an overview of all the steps involved in preparing for an oral presentation:
 i) gathering information,
 ii) organizing ideas - read "How to Kick-Start Your Writing",
 iii) choosing visual aids, which may include multimedia technology,
 iv) how to rehearse for the big day and
 v) having a back-up plan.

The students have proposed topics, fine tuned their ideas, exchanged ideas with their course mates and are raring to go!

Since I have been given sneak peeks and soundbites of their actual presentations, I am most definitely looking forward to their oral presentations next week :D
Believe in yourself: you can do it!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Babywearing 101: Ring slings, mei tais and soft structured carriers

Now that I'm on a roll here, here's an article I wrote for The Star's Parenthots portal, which I hope will help new Mums who are curious about babywearing.

When I wrote the article in Nov 2010, my little girl had just started cruising. She's already walking now but I still wear her in my SSC when we go out as it's sometimes more convenient than taking a stroller.

Please feel free to ask me any questions, ok? Be happy to help.

Babywearing is the best!

Babywearing International ( defines “babywearing” as “holding or carrying a baby or young child using a cloth baby carrier” and “babywearers” around the world recently celebrated International Babywearing Week from Oct 6-12, 2010.

If you’re new to the concept of babywearing, I hope that my experiences with a sarong sling, a mei tai and soft structured carriers (SSCs) will help you decide if babywearing is for you too.

Article: Stylish sarong slings

This is an extremely belated post (Oct 2010) as I have been swamped with one thing after another. That's the spice of life, right?

Anyway, I wanted to record the last article I wrote for The Star newspaper, which focuses on Malaysian mom entrepreneur, Syazrina Ismail, the founder and designer of Jumpsac sarong slings. She was a joy to interview especially as I'd been infected by the babywearing bug myself!

You can read about my first babywearing experience here. If you're a babywearer too, do say hi :D

Here is the article for your reading pleasure:

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The importance of multiculturalism

***backdated post***

As we celebrate our 52nd year of Merdeka, I can’t help but reflect on my children growing up in multicultural Malaysia today and my own growing up experiences more than 20 years ago.

Coming from a bicultural background, I am extremely fortunate to have grown up experiencing two cultures: Chinese and Eurasian.

Speaking to my mother in Chinese and switching to English when I spoke to my father was as natural as the act of switching TV channels. So was eating koay teow thng or chapati with dhall for breakfast or nasi tomato with beef rendang or rice with sweet and sour fish.

While I lived in a predominantly Chinese neighbourhood, I had friends who were Chinese, Malay, Indian, Punjabi, Punjabi-Chinese, Chinese-Indian, Indian-Malay, Malay-Chinese and other mixes!

We were so muhibbah that we often joked about the day we would get our shot at fame when we would be featured on Malaysian TV for National Day advertisements ….