Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Specy Khye for 3 Mths @ 4 1/2yo

Khye Wearing Specs Temporarily @ 4 1/2 yo - 3 March 2017

Shern was having a case of eye blinking for about a week and that was when I decided to bring him for an eye checkup before I conclude that it was just his bad habit.
And also the last time he had his eyes checked was when he was 4yo.

Took him back to Eyecon Optometry and requested for Miss Ho as I had good experience with her. 
After about 1/2 hour checkup, it was concluded that there was no eye infection or so and his vision is still very good. 
But Shern had very dry eyes and it may lead to him blinking his eyes more often. She gave Shern 2 weeks to see if the blinking goes away, and if not he might need some artificial tear drops to help him. 

I brought Khye along for an eye test too, although I did not not hear any vision complaints from Khye, but just to make sure there were no lazy eye symptoms or anything.
And what a good thing I did because it turned out Khye was the one that has some problem with his vision.

As a child optometry centre, they have special child optometry tools such as below shapes to replace the usual alphabet chart we are used to.  

Miss Ho just like last time was very patient and thorough. She checked his eyes for everything, long sight, short sight, 3D vision, colour vision, and many others.
She made everything sounded like a game, asking him to be a pirate and read out shapes. It was all fun for Khye.

It turned out Khye has a problem with his long sightedness (which means he can't see near very well), and somehow affected his 3D vision as well.
He has also a slight short sightedness when he reads all the shapes as "circle circle circle" in the last few rows. 

Miss Ho suggested he wears specs full time for 3 months, and then if makes good progress, then will only need to wear during eye strenuous activities such as reading, or watching the tv.
It can be corrected since his is slight and diagnoses early, so maybe in a while he may no more need the glasses. We will see.

Khye was apparently very happy he needs to wear spectacles and was happily choosing one for himself. He wants a purple, pink or a brown one as these are his favourite colours.

In the end, he settled for this one, which is purple AND pink! :D 

For those interested to know the price/fee;
Consultation for Shern was RM43.
Consultation for Khye was waived because he did spectacles. His lenses was RM90+ and the frame depends on the one you choose. His was RM100+.
I find the prices quite reasonable.

This is Khye when daddy took him to collect his spectacles. 
I think he looks quite good in them. And the purple and pink specs suits him! ;)

I'm so thankful there are no problems of all asking Khye to wear his spectacles. He happily wears them day in and day out, except for when he is sleeping. So far so good.

These are some photos of Khye wearing his spectacles happily.

It has been more than a week now and he is still good.
I just need to teach him to take care of his specs.
Some photos of Khye with Mummy and Pho-pho.

For those who are looking for Child Optometrist, please look for Miss Ho at Eyecon in Burmah Road, Penang (same row as Tan Mark boostore, Koe Klinik, Raffe Nasi Kandar, 7-11)

Tan & Ho Child Optometry Clinic Sdn Bhd

No 269D, Jalan Burmah,
Pulau Tikus,
10350 Pulau Pinang,

Tel: +604 226 1410
Fax: +604 226 1410

Specialization:Infant / Toddler Vision Assessment, Binocular Vision Assessment, Vision Therapy for Lazy Eye, Squints etc., Visual Motor/Perceptual Skills Assessment, Myopia Control.
Practitioner: Ho Oi ChingB. Optometry (Hons), UKM

***Please take note that this post is NOT sponsored. I purchased this Eyecon Checkup Session/Spectacles with my own money. All text and opinions are of my own and represents my honest opinion of the product(s).

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Kids DIY Costume - The Making of Harry Potter Costume

Shern's school is celebrating Book Week this week.
His school has always been promoting the enjoyment of reading, and so naturally they really was into the Book Week celebration.

They invited parents to go to school to share stories with the children, so that the children are exposed to stories from all over the world. 
They also had a book swap in which the student can bring their books they'd finished reading to swap for different books from other students. 

And the biggest event of the week is the Dressing Up Parade. 
Students are encouraged to go to school dressed as a character from a book. Everyone will have a mini parade in the field and parents are encouraged to stay too.
It was all fun stuff in his school the whole week!

Shern came home and told me one week before that he wants to be Harry Potter. 
I was busy last week and also this week so I just started thinking of ideas in my head. I knew I needed to have a black robe of some kind and Harry Potter's glasses. 

I did publish in my personal Facebook page to ask if I can borrow a black trench coat or a black coat of some kind. No such luck. No one has a black trench coat his size. 
So I needed to improvise.

Two days before the Parade day, I went to Mr. DIY and thank goodness I found the last pair of a circle black rimmed sunglasses for just RM2.30!
It was actually quite difficult to break the tinted shades in the sunglasses. Hubby helped and voila, that was Harry Potter glasses!

Went to Mr. DIY and Daiso to find a tie or a scarf in Gryffindor colour (scarlett and gold/red and yellow) but couldn't find any suitable one!
We ended up printing a tie from the internet and then coloured it ourselves, and tada....Harry Potter Gryffindor Tie! We also put a black rubber string for the punched tie so that it goes around his neck. 
(For those interested, please click for the Harry Potter Tie Template)

As for the Gryffindor Crest badge, I just printed it off the internet too, and attached a safety pin behind with a Scotch Tape.

I gave him a chopstick as his wand. We had this suitable dark brown wooden chopsticks with a slight curve at one end, so it was perfect as his Harry Potter Wand!

 And the most important one of all is the lightning scar. I took my eyeliner, and just drew on his forehead and so he has a Harry Potter Lightning Scar!

I dressed him in a white shirt, and in the end, borrowed my mum's clingy sweater robe and it was perfect. I pinned his Gryffindor Crest onto the robe. I then paired it with black pants and black shoes and he looks great in his Harry Potter Robe!

 This was how he looks like all dressed up as Mr. Harry Potter!

A last photo of him posing with his lightning scar!

Have a good Book Week people! Happy reading!

To see more of our previous Kid-Friendly Halloween Costumes, click below

Rain Cloud Costume

Dragon Cape and Mask Costume

Titanic Costumes

Jet Packs Costumes

Train Costume

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

An Evening At Countryside Stables Penang with Friends

Kids Riding a Pony and a Horse @ Countryside Stables Penang - 25 Feb 2017

Met up with some friends for a visit to Countryside Stables in Balik Pulau. 
We met up at 4pm and it was a good time, as the weather was cloudy and not too sunny.

Entry fee was RM5 for adult with MyKad, and RM3 for children with MyKid.
Non MyKad Holder RM10 for children (12 years and below) and RM15 for adult.

There were other chargeable activities, such as RM5 per packet of imported hay for feeding, and guided fun ride for RM17 for children, and RM20 for adult. 

We bought a pack of hay and let the kids do some feeding.
It was a bit scary for the kids to feed the big horses as there was a sign which said "Beware, the horses bite".
Some bigger horses even stomp their hooves when we walked near with the hay, asking for attention. But the stomping made my kids scared so the horse ended up with no hay as my kids refused to feed the angry horse the hay. lol

Vern was initially quite scared of the horse so he clung on to me real tight. I was babywearing him but still I could feel his legs and arms clinging on tight to my body.
This was so funny as Vern is usually the king of the house! "_"

We walked a little and also saw some miniature horses that were really cute.
The horse with the cover on its eyes was wearing an eye mask, to protect his sensitive eye area from the flies.

They ended up feeding the hay by the tray instead of using their hands because their teeth were too scary looking for them. Haha.

Khye who is very fond of animals went to give this little pony a hug. I think her name is SilverWhite or something like that. He knows her name, not me.

One of the owners, Doris gave the kids some brushes for the kids to do grooming.
The lady in blue is the lady owner Doris.

All the kids had so much fun. She also taught them not to stand directly behind the ponies/horses, but to stand in front or next to them.
Look at this lucky many kids doing grooming for him!

Shern and Khye also took a brush each and had fun doing grooming for the ponies. 

We paid for our kids to have a pony/horse guided ride. 
To ride on the miniature horses, you need to be 12kg or below. And since Khye is already about 17kg or so, he rode the medium sized pony named Sonia.
And Shern was above 20kg and so he rode the horse named Don!

I liked that they were given helmet cover, for hygiene purposes. They wore that before putting their helmet over their head!

The man in yellow is Encik Wan, which is Doris' husband, the other owner of the stable. He was very gentle with kids and he helped both my kids got up their ride. 
Here he was helping Shern getting onto his horse Don. 

Shern on his horse. 

A little short clip of Shern as he galloped away.

And then it was Khye's turn.
This was Encik Wan helping Khye now.

Khye on his pony, Sonia. 

Khye galloping away. 
This was his second ride on a pony. His first was when he was in Cape Town in Dec 2016

It was a guided ride with 2 people taking care of a kid. Very safe for a small child.
And it was the longest ride my kid ever sat. Instead of the usual one or two rounds, they got up to 5 or 6 rounds.


Encik Wan also let them stop together at the fountain for some photo taking.

And they were also so nice to help us take a family photo of all 5 of us.

After 5+ rounds and the photo taking, they took the kids and their ride to the back and had another walk for a round or two as well.
So well worth my money haha!

See how Encik Wan helped Khye down the steps? 

Khye posing with his pony ride, Sonia.

Shern posing with his horse ride, Don!

Vern finally got brave and was no more afraid of the horses and ponies and got down from my baby carrier and ran around.

We bought some ice-cream for the kids at RM2/per cone and after the snack, we left the place happy and contented.

And since we were all at this side of the island, we decided to have dinner at Khun Thai Seafood place.
Lovely place as it was by the beach. Kids had such a swinging time (literally!)

Love, love, love this photo of Khye with Lucas. So happy together!
Pic courtesy of Alex!

And we took a group photo of all of us before we left the place!
8 adults and 8 kids. 16 of us in total! 1 little girl was sleeping in the stroller. :)
Pic courtesy of Alex!

Pic courtesy of Alex!

It was a great outing! We should all do it again! :)

For those interested, below are the address. 
Anyway, we reached both places by using Waze! 

Countryside Stables Penang
Add: Lot 603 Pantai Malindo Kampong Sungai Burung (off Jalan Baru), 11000 Balik Pulau, Penang.
Opening Hours: 2pm - 7pm
Tel: 012 4080678 / 012 4871107

Khun Thai 
Address: 1052, Mukim 9, Pasir Belanda, Teluk Kumbar, 11920, Penang
Operating Hours: 11am - 11pm daily.
Tel: 04 6251155