Simplicity

Yesterday I learned a lesson from my team mate.

We were trying to come out with a solution to a problem we’ve been facing. Initially I was searching all over the web and downloading software to test. We also discussed about writing our own software to solve the problem.

In the end, he suggested that we go back to the basics. Instead of getting the most fancy tools, we could do the same thing with a basic calendar app.

My natural tendency when faced with any problem is to find the most advanced, high tech solution. I guess in my mind, whatever is newest must be good right? But I’m glad I learned that is not always the truth.

Sometimes the most simple solution might get the job done. I look forward to applying this concept in my daily job from now on.

Making Baby Fish

In the last few months, I’ve started taking care of some fish in a small aquarium.

I have this pink zebra fish that showing signs of laying eggs. So I decided to try letting the mummy fish lay eggs.

This is the second time I’m attempting this. The first time I had to improvise by using some of their toys to create a barrier to prevent the fish eating their eggs. I got over 100 fry from that batch, but somehow or other only 6 fish survived until today.

This time I’ve bought some marbles so the eggs can fall between the gaps. After I had my dinner, Caleb followed me around while I cleaned a small plastic baby fish aquarium.

When everything was ready, I let Caleb put the marbles in the plastic fish tank.

After he was done, it was time to move the fish mummy and fish daddy from the aquarium to the small plastic tank.

The two of them exploring the tank. They move too fast for me to capture a sharp image. The big black thing in the center is a small rock I’ve placed there to hold down the marbles and a small plant.

As I’m writing this blog post, I’m peeping at them. Last time, they swam round and round each other. Tonight not so much. I hope they’re in the mood, and daddy fish can perform.

My only worry is one of them burying themselves in the marbles and getting stuck.

They normally spawn at dawn so I’m hoping they have a comfortable night. Hopefully I’ll have something to report tomorrow!

Update: Silly fish. I’ve had to go rescue one of them from the marbles. I added another rock inside to weigh the marbles down and also added more water so they won’t swim so near the bottom.

Update 2: No eggs this time, will try again in a few days!

Rachel’s First Day in Primary School

 

 

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This morning was Rachel’s first day in primary school. We’re sending her to SJKC. Let’s not go into the reasons for that.

Woke up early to bring her to school because they were having orientation this morning.

Walking in the school, lining up… it reminds me of general election day haha.

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She held my hand so tight when she was nearing her class room. She didn’t want to go in but after a few minutes she sat down and we settled all the registration stuff with the class teacher.

I don’t know if she will remember me holding her hand at that moment. I just feel blessed that my girl is able to start her education in school.

It’s a big, emotional milestone for me. Because I always think far ahead to her future. Will she hold my hand the same way when she’s grown up?

But we men don’t show these sentimental emotions.

I have to confess this sudden kiasu moment I was having, trying to help her find the best seat under the ceiling fan and not too far from the black board.

I also had memories of my first day in school, my mother waiting at the canteen and wearing a blue Esprit T-shirt.

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After done registration, we brought her around to look for her kindergarten friends. Some of them were in the class next door. And her cousin was in a class in the next block. She also met an older girl from day care.

It’s good to have some people she knows.

We explored the school with her for a bit.

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The school looks well organized. The skeptic side of me says maybe it’s all just a show for the parents. But we’ll see.

We parents were in the school hall listening to some introduction speeches (which I only understood about 75%). Couldn’t understand those “uncommon” Mandarin words and phrases.

Rachel told me they didn’t do anything in class, but she did have some conversations with other girls about Elsa and Frozen (what else!?).

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I see most schools having orientation. It’s good. Remember when we were in Standard 1? Totally lost and chaotic.

I guess the orientation also helped me to have a better understanding of Chinese school environment.

We’re just a bit worried about the transportation next Monday. Hope she gets on the correct school bus haha.

I’ll follow up with another post shortly, because Daryl will be having his first day in kindergarten on Monday.