Did You Miss Me? :)

im-backAm honestly shocked at myself that I have not blogged on this blog for 5 months. I think this has to be the longest record. Well, I have not completely stopped blogging as I have been blogging for the website ‘Maybe Baby’ for the last couple of months.

What have I been up to?

Have been doing a lot of travelling in the last couple of months. In these 5 months alone, have actually been to the United States twice, once to Las Vegas and the other time to New York. Both were work trips but Jamie and I managed to squeeze in some time for sightseeing. One of the most awesome experiences I have had this year is visiting the Grand Canyon on helicopter when we were in Las Vegas. Jamie and I have never been to Grand Canyon and we have never ridden on a helicopter before. So it was a double first! The view was simply breathtaking and words simply cannot describe how amazing the Grand Canyon was!!!

On the family front, Corum has started Primary 1 this year. I was quite apprehensive about him starting school as I was worried if he could fit into the local education system, which is generally about lots of drilling and homework etc. Corum is generally a creative and inquisitive boy. He loves to learn but he learns by following his interests. Hence, a classroom-based learning environment might not be the best way forward for him. Well, I must say after my initial anxiety, I am relieved that he is enjoying school so far. True to their word (the school), the Primary 1 kids really do not have to bring home homework every day. The school’s philosophy is to slowly ease them into the primary school. Whatever they are doing, it’s working!

On the business front, we have been expanding our team as well as the reach of our product lines. We are excited about our upcoming plans and developments. This year also see to be a record year of couples getting together and getting married. We receive good news from our couples every week! And it is definitely a morale booster for the team, knowing that we have made a difference in our clients’ lives and contributing to their lifelong happiness!

That’s really a quick update from me. Hope to blog more and share more of what I am working on with you real soon.

Meanwhile, have a great weekend ahead, and Happy Dating! :)

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VIOLET LIM is a real-life modern matchmaker who has founded Asia's leading lunch dating company Lunch Actually (www.lunchactually.com). Violet is the bestselling author of the dating book 'Lessons From 15,000 First Dates'. She is also an acknowledged dating and relationship expert who has been featured on more than 1000 media coverage including ABC News 20/20, Bloomberg, CNBC Asia, CNN Go, Channel News Asia, USA Today, TV Tokyo and Singapore’s National Day Video 2005 as one of Singapore’s most aspiring people. Violet is happily married to her university sweetheart Jamie and they have two young children.

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Born to Fly

Last weekend, I did something I thought I will never ever do in my life – I flew!!!

When presented with the opportunity for sign up for a flying trapeze session at the Trapeze School of New York as an off-site activity, my first reaction was intense fear. Having never been athletic, swinging on a bar, not mentioning hooking up my legs, letting go of my hands and hanging upside down sound downright terrifying. As I listened to the opening keynote speaker at #EOUniNY, and she spoke about living life at the edge and conquering your fear rather than wrapping your comfort zone around you like a coat, something stirred in me. And as she continued on about living up to your “word” which in my case was ‘transform’, I resolved to conquer my fear of heights, my fear of doing something I am convinced I cannot do and I decided to sign up for the flying trapeze. I thank Jamie, my forum mates Hong Ting and Annie as well as Jacob for changing their offsite activity to join me and support me.
When we reached the venue, I started to question what the heck was I thinking when I signed up!!! I was having second thoughts when I was putting on the safety belt. As I climbed up the ladder, I kept praying and visualizing myself completing the entire sequence. Before I knew it, I was off and flying. And the instructor was barking commands, “Knees up”, “Legs up”, “Hands down”, “Arms down”. And before long, I was engulfed in the reassuring safety net. 

It was an amazing and transforming experience. I faced my fear, I conquered it and I had fun in the process. And throughout I was thinking of the experience that 9 year old Corum has shared with me about his own ‘missed opportunities’, where he regretted when he allowed his fear to stop him from trying out something new. I am so glad to come home to tell him that I have been inspired by his story and I wanted to make sure that I would not have a ‘missed opportunity’ like I have had many other times in my life where I would later regret and keep thinking, “I should have done it!”

The actions we take are a result of the story we tell ourselves over and over again. 

That day, I decided to change that narrative, shed the mould of what had served me in the past and create a definitive breakthrough. Since then, there has been an amazing energy shift and I have not felt more inspired, more uplifted, more alive.

Gandhi said, “My life is my message.” A reminder to ourselves – What is our message and how are we living it out everyday? 

 

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VIOLET LIM is a real-life modern matchmaker who has founded Asia's leading lunch dating company Lunch Actually (www.lunchactually.com). Violet is the bestselling author of the dating book 'Lessons From 15,000 First Dates'. She is also an acknowledged dating and relationship expert who has been featured on more than 1000 media coverage including ABC News 20/20, Bloomberg, CNBC Asia, CNN Go, Channel News Asia, USA Today, TV Tokyo and Singapore’s National Day Video 2005 as one of Singapore’s most aspiring people. Violet is happily married to her university sweetheart Jamie and they have two young children.

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If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly…

cigonifeIt all started with the "36 questions". Jamie and I were driving back from San Jose to San Francisco. Still suffering from jet lag, i was getting increasingly sleepy. We decided to answer the ’36 Questions’ to help me keep awake. One of the questions was – “If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?" I realised that there was not much that I would really change about how I would live my life. But one thing came to mind – I would definitely write more. I kept a written journal while growing up. And as technology advanced, I kept a blog. Heck, I even learned HTML just so that I could start a blog. I blogged for a while, but as work and life caught up, blogging has turned into a monthly and now (yikes!) an annual affair when I write my Annual Report – a recap of the year that has passed. I no longer find time to write, other than updating my FB statuses. So I thought… maybe I should take up writing again. To document my life. To destress and unload. To share my lessons learnt. If you like to read what I have to share, bookmark my blog violetlim.com and do check in now and then. :)

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VIOLET LIM is a real-life modern matchmaker who has founded Asia's leading lunch dating company Lunch Actually (www.lunchactually.com). Violet is the bestselling author of the dating book 'Lessons From 15,000 First Dates'. She is also an acknowledged dating and relationship expert who has been featured on more than 1000 media coverage including ABC News 20/20, Bloomberg, CNBC Asia, CNN Go, Channel News Asia, USA Today, TV Tokyo and Singapore’s National Day Video 2005 as one of Singapore’s most aspiring people. Violet is happily married to her university sweetheart Jamie and they have two young children.

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Corum’s First Book: The World of Dinosaurs

For Father's Day this year, Corum decided that he will write a book for his daddy. And what subject matter did he choose? His favourite dinosaurs… of course! :) We worked on the book together. I am quite amazed that he managed to write 11 pages of words. A rough estimation would be the entire book has 150++ words. That is pretty impressive for a boy who's not even 6 years old. I don't remember being able to write a short story when I was that age. Here's his manuscript. :)                               After writing the story, we have to put together 'THE SHOW'. We had the dinosaur props, the background music, and as he read the story, I was moving the dinosaurs around. That video did not turn out very well, hence I recorded him reading his book instead. As for daddy, he was delighted with his present. :)

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VIOLET LIM is a real-life modern matchmaker who has founded Asia's leading lunch dating company Lunch Actually (www.lunchactually.com). Violet is the bestselling author of the dating book 'Lessons From 15,000 First Dates'. She is also an acknowledged dating and relationship expert who has been featured on more than 1000 media coverage including ABC News 20/20, Bloomberg, CNBC Asia, CNN Go, Channel News Asia, USA Today, TV Tokyo and Singapore’s National Day Video 2005 as one of Singapore’s most aspiring people. Violet is happily married to her university sweetheart Jamie and they have two young children.

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Having Fun with Sorting

One fine morning, Cara wanted to do ‘Math’, so I decided to teach her classification.

The photos are pretty self-explanatory. And yes, she had lots of fun! :)

1. “Mummy, let’s bring out our yellow buckets!” (Bought from Daiso)

 

2. Let’s get started with the sorting. Red with red, blue with blue, green with green, yellow with yellow.

 

3. And, ta-dah! I did it! It’s all sorted neatly into the buckets!

What a fun way to bond with my lil’ princess! :)

For more classification and sorting ideas, check out My Playschool.net.

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VIOLET LIM is a real-life modern matchmaker who has founded Asia's leading lunch dating company Lunch Actually (www.lunchactually.com). Violet is the bestselling author of the dating book 'Lessons From 15,000 First Dates'. She is also an acknowledged dating and relationship expert who has been featured on more than 1000 media coverage including ABC News 20/20, Bloomberg, CNBC Asia, CNN Go, Channel News Asia, USA Today, TV Tokyo and Singapore’s National Day Video 2005 as one of Singapore’s most aspiring people. Violet is happily married to her university sweetheart Jamie and they have two young children.

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School Holidays are Here! :)

The school holidays are here!

I used to dread school holidays as I will not know what to do with two kids with endless and boundless energy!

Since I have embarked on the homelearning journey, I am actually looking forward to school holidays! Haha! They spend more time at home, and hence I have more time to do homelearning with them!

Our days are actually quite unstructured. I started out thinking that I should have a timetable i.e. we do this here, and do that there. However, since I have accumulated quite a number of learning tools, I will just let them choose what they would like to do, and we will learn together.

This morning, Cara wanted to do her numbers. She actually likes numbers more than Corum at this age (3+). She took out her mini white board, and started putting the magnetic numbers (that I bought from Daiso) on the board. And then we did some counting by putting the right number of magnets under each number.

After that, I also wrote down the Chinese Characters for each number, so she gets familiar with the Chinese Words for each number. She is very comfortable with counting 1-10 in both English and Chinese now.

After that, she wanted to do her puzzles. So, we started to work on that together. She gets every excited whenever she finishes each puzzle. And we would high-five each other.

For Corum, he woke up slightly later today. While Cara is working on her puzzles, I went through word blending with him using my newly arrived Jolly Phonics Word Cards (bought from www.fishpond.com.sg).

Now, they are playing with their train set and making up Thomas and Friends stories as they go along, with Jolly Phonics CD (also from fishpond.com.sg) playing in the background.

After another day of great homelearning, I am now getting ready and heading off to work! :)

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VIOLET LIM is a real-life modern matchmaker who has founded Asia's leading lunch dating company Lunch Actually (www.lunchactually.com). Violet is the bestselling author of the dating book 'Lessons From 15,000 First Dates'. She is also an acknowledged dating and relationship expert who has been featured on more than 1000 media coverage including ABC News 20/20, Bloomberg, CNBC Asia, CNN Go, Channel News Asia, USA Today, TV Tokyo and Singapore’s National Day Video 2005 as one of Singapore’s most aspiring people. Violet is happily married to her university sweetheart Jamie and they have two young children.

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Lapbooking: Dinosaurs

One of the concepts that I learnt from reading homeschooling blogs is – lapbooking. Heard from some other home-learning mummies that this concept is currently going ‘out of fashion’. Nevertheless, after making our first lapbook, this is quite an interesting and fun activity for the kids, especially kids in Corum’s age group (5-6 years old).

Basically, the idea is for kids to create their own textbooks based on the activities that they done, documented in ‘little books’ that are subsequently attached to a folder. This can be kept for them to review what they have learnt at a later stage.

As Corum loves dinosaurs, it makes sense that we start off with a Dinosaur Lapbook. The entire process took us about 1.5 weeks.

One thing I like about lapbooking is that it teaches the child the importance of patience to follow through a project. Corum will be asking me every day, “Mummy, can we work on my lapbook?”

Most of the material for this particular dinosaur lapbook can be found online.

– The Days of Creation

– Definition of Dinosaur & Paleontologist

– Reptile

– Different Dinosaurs

– Dinosaur World Map

– How Big Were the Dinosaurs

However, we added in some of our own material as well! :)

– The Dinosaur Timeline

– My Dinosaur Menu (Corum had lots of fun doing this. He even added the price to each of the menu item!)

– The Dinosaurs Family Tree

Corum is really proud of what he has created!!! He has been using his lapbook to teach the rest of us (daddy, mummy and mei-mei) about dinosaurs. It has also further ignited his interest in creating ‘books’. Ever since our lapbook project, he has created more dinosaur books (as well as ABC books), not as elaborated as this one, but the concept is there.

We have not decided on the next lapbook we will work on. It will probably be either on space or sea monsters, two of his latest fascinations.

We shall see! :)

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VIOLET LIM is a real-life modern matchmaker who has founded Asia's leading lunch dating company Lunch Actually (www.lunchactually.com). Violet is the bestselling author of the dating book 'Lessons From 15,000 First Dates'. She is also an acknowledged dating and relationship expert who has been featured on more than 1000 media coverage including ABC News 20/20, Bloomberg, CNBC Asia, CNN Go, Channel News Asia, USA Today, TV Tokyo and Singapore’s National Day Video 2005 as one of Singapore’s most aspiring people. Violet is happily married to her university sweetheart Jamie and they have two young children.

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Sink or Float?

Corum and I have started on our Science Curriculum from Sonlight. We are kicking off with SPACE.

However, yesterday, we were playing with one of the File Folder Games that I have made for him using the printables from File Folder Game – Sink or Float. And we squeezed in some time for some science experiments! :)

The game itself is quite simple. There are 12 items that the child would have to sort out. Does it sink or does it float? Corum managed to sort out most of them quite easily. There were 3 that he was not too sure about.

1) Paper Clip

2) Ice Cube

3) Bottle Cork

So, we went about the house to look for these items. We did not manage to find a bottle cork unfortunately. Have asked our helper to keep one for us the next time someone pops open a wine or champagne.

So, off he went putting  a paper clip and an ice cube into the water, and he got his answers! He found the experiments really fun, and kept asking for more science experiments.

Haha! I am sure he’s going to love the ‘Mind Blowing Science’ Holiday Camp that we will be sending him to during the June Holidays! :)

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VIOLET LIM is a real-life modern matchmaker who has founded Asia's leading lunch dating company Lunch Actually (www.lunchactually.com). Violet is the bestselling author of the dating book 'Lessons From 15,000 First Dates'. She is also an acknowledged dating and relationship expert who has been featured on more than 1000 media coverage including ABC News 20/20, Bloomberg, CNBC Asia, CNN Go, Channel News Asia, USA Today, TV Tokyo and Singapore’s National Day Video 2005 as one of Singapore’s most aspiring people. Violet is happily married to her university sweetheart Jamie and they have two young children.

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File Folder Games

Our home learning journey is progressing well.

One of the learning tools that I have been using for Corum and Cara are File Folder Games that I have downloaded from File Folder Fun. There are hundreds of interesting and colourful file folder games for different age groups.

The concept of File Folder is quite simple. It is simply getting a folder, pasting the ‘questions’ on it, and having the ‘answers’ that the child has to match to the ‘questions’.

So far, I have finished preparing and started playing two games – one for Corum and one for Cara. When I say prepare, I mean having to print the free printables, laminating the ‘answers’, cutting the ‘answer pieces’ after lamination and pasting the ‘questions’ onto the folder. Sounds simple, but it can be quite tedious when there are 10 different games. I usually do one task each day, after the kids have gone to bed.

For Cara, she loves the Cupcake Count game. I think it helps that she loves cupcakes… haha!

And the images are very cute and colourful. She would actually take the game from the cupboard on her own just to play with them. It is helping her polish up her counting skills.

For Corum, he enjoys the Sign Language game. He finds it fascinating that there is a sign for each alphabet. It helps that I have learnt the ABCs in sign language when I was a student, as were were student volunteers with deaf children. So I could help him with matching up the sign language ABCs.

Since embarking on the journey of home learning, I have a new ‘best friend’.

I never knew laminators can be so affordable. I bought this A3 laminator from Popular bookstore for less than $100. And it came with 100 free A4 pouches! Now, I don’t need to pay $3 per A4 lamination at stationery shops any more! Hooray! :)

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VIOLET LIM is a real-life modern matchmaker who has founded Asia's leading lunch dating company Lunch Actually (www.lunchactually.com). Violet is the bestselling author of the dating book 'Lessons From 15,000 First Dates'. She is also an acknowledged dating and relationship expert who has been featured on more than 1000 media coverage including ABC News 20/20, Bloomberg, CNBC Asia, CNN Go, Channel News Asia, USA Today, TV Tokyo and Singapore’s National Day Video 2005 as one of Singapore’s most aspiring people. Violet is happily married to her university sweetheart Jamie and they have two young children.

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Sonlight Box Day!

Being introduced to Sonlight Christian Homeschool Curriculum by my dear friend Irene a couple of months ago, I have decided to check it out. I was very impressed by the depth and breadth of the curriculum and decided to purchase a Pre-Kindergarten Multi-Subject Package for Cara:

and also selections from the Core B package and…

Science B package for Corum.

Some of you might be thinking… wow! That’s a LOT of books! That is one of the key reasons why I have decided to go with Sonlight. The reason we wanted to supplement their schooling with home learning is because we want them to exposed to real books and not just textbooks. :)

So after a week or so, it’s Box Day! What Sonlighters call the day when the box arrives from FedEx.

The kids were really excited to see the goodies in the box. First, we started with the smaller box where the folder for the Instructor’s Guide is packed…

Then we moved on to the bigger box, where all the books were!

Corum was every excited when he saw the SPACE book. He said, “This is what I have always wanted!” :) Hence, instead of going with the order of the curriculum which is starting with animals, followed by biology (our body), followed by Space, we have decided that we will start off with Space.

Cara was just very excited to be surrounded by books. She has not shown preference for any one of the books yet.

Looking forward to our first year as Sonlighters! :)

 

 

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VIOLET LIM is a real-life modern matchmaker who has founded Asia's leading lunch dating company Lunch Actually (www.lunchactually.com). Violet is the bestselling author of the dating book 'Lessons From 15,000 First Dates'. She is also an acknowledged dating and relationship expert who has been featured on more than 1000 media coverage including ABC News 20/20, Bloomberg, CNBC Asia, CNN Go, Channel News Asia, USA Today, TV Tokyo and Singapore’s National Day Video 2005 as one of Singapore’s most aspiring people. Violet is happily married to her university sweetheart Jamie and they have two young children.

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