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Ryan’s ambition, Formula 1 and the parents teacher meet

@ 47 months 3 weeks 5 days

Daddy has always been a F1 aficionado for as long as I can remember. Ryan must have inherited the thrill for fast cars from Daddy. Just the other day he told us he wants to become a doctor so he could earn lots of money to buy a Ferrari. It’s funny when I eventually found out he also said the same to his teacher at school, just a different version. At school, he told his teacher this.. ” My mommy said I must go school to learn so I can buy a Ferrari”. Huh.. did I say that? I remember telling him doctors can earn a lot of money though .. mmm.. but then I also did say the same about singers, lawyers and yadda yadda.

Just now I asked him again.

Mommy: What do you want to become when you grow up?
Ryan: A doctor first then an astronaut (no.. I definitely did not mention a thing about our so called Malaysia’s first astronaut)
Mommy: No.. you can only choose one profession.
Ryan: A doctor!! (he screamed in delight)
Mommy: OK.. that’s good. What kind of doctor you want to become? There’s doctor who treats children, animals, ….
Ryan: I want to become a doctor who treats the aliens and monsters from outer space, and the sea creatures under water.
Mommy: How about a doctor who treats human?
Ryan: I don’t want.
Mommy: Huh??? O-o-o…

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Back to Formula 1. Daddy has gotten 2 grandstand tickets for this year’s Malaysia F1 Grand Prix, 2 – 4 April. We didn’t miss the two races in Singapore but this time round I was quite hesitant to leave the kids at home, esp little B.

I told Daddy I’ll give it a miss but after much consideration and with my MIL’s blessing, I agreed to go for the race day and will give qualifying a pass. Knowing Ryan is also a fan of racing cars, we toyed with the idea of bringing him along. I remember how he would nag us to bring him along when he saw the lights and benches being setup during race period. As much as we wanted to, kids age 7 and below are prohibited from the race due to the noise level. Of course we could sign some indemnity and purchase the earphone et al, but it’s really not worth the risk.

Since we have one spare ticket, Daddy decided to bring Ryan along for the qualifying race. We skipped the Friday practise session. It’s not the first time the Daddy and son went out alone (the first time was when Daddy brought Ryan to the KL Tower back in February so I wasn’t too worried if Daddy could handle. Having said so, little did I expect 4 hours later, I saw father and son came home all drenched. Daddy’s side of story was, apparently Ryan had insisted to go home and Daddy had to carry the 16kg boy to the parking lot 20 minutes away, all under heavy rain. I really don’t understand. Why can’t they wait for the rain to stop? Luckily Ryan had a raincoat on but heroic Daddy refused to wear one. ….. When I questioned Daddy, the ever good daddy said ‘BB wants to go home and how to carry BB with raincoat on, it’s slippery’. *chuckled* Silly nya excuse dia. :P

Visit to KL Tower, Feb 2010

 

Ryan likes tall nice building. His fav building is the Telekom building along Federal Highway. Somehow he finds that fascinating.

 

Notice the same smile? Thanks to Aunty Jane for the Ultraman tee.

 
Same smile part 2

 


Ryan with the RM100 earphone. Super ex!

 


Ryan with the Ninja raincoat. No wonder daddy refused to put on one.

 


Day 2 Race Day. My total 7 hours break away from the kiddos.

 


We saw this babe on our way home. So suaku but can’t resist to take pic as I wanted to show it to Ryan. Thanks to the bumper to bumper jam, we managed a good pic. It’s his favourite Ferrari, the F430. Of course his latest craze is now F458
 

While the boys were out, I went to Ryan’s school alone for the teacher parent meet.

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I reached Ryan’s school at 1pm for the parents teacher meet. I spent about 30 – 45 minutes with his teacher discussing about Ryan’s overall progress. Frankly I have no doubt about the school’s excellence in character building but so much cannot be said when it comes to academic. I did not reserve my bluntness and told the teacher frankly how the school failed my expectation. It’s frustrating to hear from Ryan all they did in school was play bubbles, sing songs, art and craft, stories, as compared to other kids his age are learning who are already catching up on writing, counting, phonics etc.

I’m not trying to be overly competitive.. okay, maybe a little kiasu but I’m just being a realistic mommy. I’m not hoping to groom my kids into a genius with extraordinary achievements but I do have a set of realistic expectations that I think all preschool/kindergarten must achieve in terms of behavioural and academic. As much as I’m pleased with the behavioural improvement in Ryan since he attended this school (he’s more independent, more considerate when it comes to sharing), there must be a strike of balance on both enrichment. Unfortunately I’m not seeing that in Ryan’s current school. The most ironic thing was when I brought my concern up with the teacher, she totally agreed with me that the school’s focus is not academic. For examle. Ryan was already learning to write chinese ‘pi hua’ but in Ryan’s current school, they felt age 4 is too young to even hold a pencil. They will only learn proper writing at age 5.  She supported her point with a piece of research article that emphasises children of age 6 and below should not practise writing. Children age 6 – 7 should not write (hold a pencil) for more than 5 minutes. All due to the hand’s bone structure. I was dumbfounded and simply, I just kept my silence.

Anyway, Ryan’s overall feedback was good. He was above average and notably an all rounder. Teacher also commented there were occassions he imitated the Ultraman pose. When I heard that I bite my tongue trying hard not to laugh. Ryan does that at home all the time so I’m not surprised he did the same in school. Before wrapping up, I told the teacher my concern on Ryan being overly competitive when it comes to play (the cannot lose attitude). Well, since the school received so much rave on character building, I guess I’ll give them the task to help me out on that. Teacher assured me she will look into that and help change Ryan’s mindset on winning and losing. We’ll see how it goes in the coming months but likely we’ll send Ryan to a different pre school next year if we want him to have a better foundation for P1.

Singapore Formula 1 Night Race

@ 41 months 2 weeks 6 days

Hubby has been a F1 fan for more than a decade; since Aryton Senna days. For me.. I don’t follow each and every race  as much as I used compared to when I was in my Uni years. Now I only keep abreast with the general F1 news.

Hubby bought the tickets many months in advance to enjoy the early bird discount ($248 pp). This year we decided to get the grandstand tickets as opposed to the walk about tickets which we opted for last year. It was simply too tiring walking around without a fixed spot to sit. I was telling hubby it was a decision wisely made, otherwise I doubt I would be able to keep up his pace walking around with my current condition.

Ryan knew about the impending F1 race weeks ahead the actual day as we passed by the route every morning when we send hubs to work. He would tell us he wants to bring along his camera (our old Canon IXUS 50D is Ryan’s possession now). You should see how excited he was just by looking at the prep work (fences, seats, lightings) the organiser put up. We wished we could bring Ryan along but kids below 7 years old were strongly discouraged to attend due to the loud noise. We dare not take the risk. :( Hopefully we could bring him along to Sepang’s race next year, at least the track is much further from the seats/spectators.

Day 1 – 25th Sept. I decided not to go for the practise session as I felt heavy hearted leaving Ryan at home alone with my helper 3 days in a row. With a spare ticket on hand, Hubs invited his friend ‘Machine’ who was more than pleased to go with him. Normally Ryan would watch the race with Daddy but tonight he watched the live telecast on TV with Mommy. He asked so many questions about the sport (what team, what they were doing, what was this and that, etc) to which Daddy proudly proclaimed Ryan’s interest on motorsports is definitely from his genes. I have no doubt about that.  

Day 2 – 26th Sept. I felt extremely heavy hearted the whole day anticipating Ryan would be very upset when he learned we had left him behind for the race. Just before we leave home, I quickly got him ready for bed - sponged him and brushed his teeth. He was in the play room with Loida when hubs and I sneaked out. It has been a while since hubs and I had to sneak out. Ryan had been a darling, waving goodbye to us when we were going out for a long time until recently – a couple weeks back to be exact. I could only assume it’s because of the little person in me. Mmm….

The qualifying race is at 10pm but we sneaked out earlier at about 8.00pm anticipating the bad traffic. We reached Suntec at around 8.30pm. So we took a quick bite at Cartel’s Cafe @ Marina Square.  I had their award winning St Louis Pork Ribs and hubs ordered Cartel’s Pan Fried Macaroni. Yummy!!

At about 10.30pm, Loida texted me – “Ryan cried a lot and just slept”. Oh dear.. poor boy. Slept at 10.30pm!! That was kinda late.  :(

The qualifying session lasted about an hour. It ended at 11.15pm. There were people everywhere. So many F1 enthusiasts. I guess the night race is a real big catch and this year there were many supporting races and shows. After the qualifying, we walked a distance until we reached the Suntec Convention Centre to hail a cab. We were lucky. There was no queue and we reached home around 11.40pm.

Loida told me Ryan refused to sleep. He cried so much and demanded Harry-Boat-Harry stories (it’s actually 3 different bed time stories which I would tell Ryan every night. First is about Harry visiting the zoo/animal kingdom, followed by Mickey and Minnie on boat ride and lastly a story of Harry again – can be any storyline) but poor Loida had no idea what stories were they. It doesn’t helped Ryan only wanted the 3 stories and no others.

   

Day 3 – 27th Sept. Ryan woke up demanding us to tell him where we went last night. We told him we went for the race. He seemed to understand that he is too young to attend but can’t denied he was still visibly upset. Poor boy.

We had to leave before 6.30pm for the 8pm race. I had intentionally allowed Ryan to skip his nap today so he could sleep early. I briefly told Loida about the stories in hope tonight will be a smoother night for both of them.

We had our dinner at Crystal Jade. At about 8.30pm, Loida texted me. I was so relieved to read that Ryan did not fuss as much and he was asleep after the stories. Phew. I found out the next morning Ryan slept after 1 Harry story. When I asked Ryan about it, he said it was because ‘kakak”s story was not nice. Hahahaha……

The race ended around 11.00pm. Overall it was a boring race, hahaha at least for me. F1 is really a TV sport. Being on-site is really for the feel and atmosphere. You could only see the car zoomed passed in split mili seconds.


Safety car – I think it was during Heidfeld (BMW) and Sutil (Force India) impact

The race organisation was really poor too. We were literally shoulder to shoulder on our way out. It doesn’t helped with the very limited exit points. Thumbs down to the organiser!

The next day, to make it up for Ryan, I brought him to pick Daddy after work.


He saw this pair of shoes and fell in love with it right away. I thought they were ugly…


Having fun at the indoor playground @ Marina Square


His latest craze is Bob the Builder


Looking extremely auntie and pregnant here @ 22 weeks 2 days