Monday, May 25, 2015

Posters at Klinik Kesihatan

For the past 10 years, I have been visiting the Klinik Kesihatan (Health Clinic by the Min. of Health) for my pre-natal and post-natal check-ups and children's vaccinations. 

Unless we're there at the stroke of 8, it's likely that we'll have to wait for our turn. 

What do I do? Look around at the posters on the notice board and pamphlets at the counter. 

I learned a lot from this series of posters on "Pencegahan Kecederaan Kanak-kanak di Rumah" (or "How to child-proof your home")

There was another poster with a nicer name "Membesar dengan Selamat" but don't you think that the design and layout focused more on the cute children's faces on the left?

Lastly, I thought that this public awareness poster on general hygiene is a good effort until another person next to me commented that the X should be on the hand too :)

Anyway, I am going to miss this kampung house-style Klinik Kesihatan because it has been demolished - everyone will now have to go to a spanking, new building Pusat Kesihatan.

Learn New Words: Make Your Own Dictionary

One of the fun ideas I've implemented in the classroom is "Make Your Own Dictionary", which helps ESL learners to remember new English vocabulary, especially if they are basic, everyday objects.

You may find students who are not used to freehand drawing baulking a little at this idea - do assure them that it's a personal reference for them and it's not for public display.  

Young children love this idea and older students who are self-conscious about their drawings are actually delighted when you praise their drawings. I know I've been surprised by artistic talents among my students :)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Angry Bird Cupcakes

Of all the crazy fads that ran the earth, I wonder if there'll ever be one as crazy as the Angry Birds?

Rovio launched the game in 2009 but we only caught on with the craz3 in 2012 with Angry Birds coin boxes, lunch bags, photo frames and a free, gigantic bowl by Darlie toothpaste!

Please excuse me as I was crazy enough to buy 2 boxes of Darlie toothpaste just so my kids could enjoy soup from an Angry Birds bowl LOL

Here's a photo of a set of Angry Birds cupcakes we had ordered for someone's birthday:

The kids started with the basic Angry Bird game, then begged for Angry Birds Space only to be disappointed with it - aargh, money down the drain! That point on, I put my foot down on game downloads.

Somehow, the kids got the Bad Piggies (free?) and were obsessed with coming up with the correct mix of parts and connections that would enable the piggies' cart to run faster and longer.

How are the Angry Birds doing now?

In October 2014, Rovio announced a 130-staff layoff :-(

In March 2015, they reported a drop of 73% in 2014 profits but remained optimistic about the movie coming out in May 2016. 

It's now May 2015 and my kids are now into designing games, which involve a battle-like strategy with a map and a contraption that looks like the Bad Piggies cart. 

Last year, they were crazy over Frozen and the song "Let It Go", which now no longer excites either of them - let's see if they'll have any nostalgia for Angry Birds next year.