Wednesday, April 27, 2011

茅盾 (Game Plan)

有时候,深深觉得自己是个矛盾的父亲。即想孩子们能发奋读书名列前茅,又不想太剥夺他们身为孩童所爱做的事。

看着女儿每天一堆学校功课,加上拜一直拜五的课外补习,可算相当忙碌,到了周末也就不强制禁止她上网或玩游戏。不过女儿的学业成绩却停留在中等阶段,父母亲期望她能更加进步。

儿子虽然只有五岁,却精通各种电脑与手提游戏机,虽然每天都有准时做完功课,学业成绩却也只算是中等。

美国华裔虎妈蔡美儿的新闻让我觉得身为孩子的父亲,也许因为自己不够严厉,以致孩子们的学业中庸。

寻找万全的育儿方针,是做父母的最大考验。。。


Sometimes, I feel that as a parent, I have not been stringent and demanding enough to the children in terms of their academic result.

Seeing the amount of schoolwork they need to do daily and the additional tuition classes after school, I do not impose additional restrictions (such as watching television & playing games) and do not stress them to be exceptional academically. Incidentally, both the children only have mediocre result so far.

Contrary to the parenting style of the controversial American Chinese, Amy Chua, I am more inclined to allowing the kids to have a more balance childhood life, but I am doubtful whether this is contributing to their academic result being mediocre.

Too much game may not be a good game plan. I will need to figure out properly….

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Photographing Birds



I like to take photos of birds, however, it is extremely difficult to get close to the birds in the wild without scaring them away.

In the absence of super long telephoto lens, I resorted to visiting Jurong Bird Park where all the birds were waiting for me and surprisingly I could get in very close to them to take proper photographs.

I ended up taking many photographs of birds including a few that capture the moment of interaction between the birds. I pick a few for sharing here. The rest of the photos are here.

The first photo shows as if the bird was getting to know each other, the second photo captured the joy of the birds playing with each other, whereas the last one shows that it was time to part, probably to meet again in the near future.

Life's Sayings

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life, it goes on. (Robert Frost)

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. (Winston Churchill)

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