Education, Family

Learning journey to NEWater Visitor Centre

Em has been telling Mrs Eio that the Earth is sick & we need to save water. He attempted to draw Water wally so Mrs Eio decided it’s time for Eios to go for a learning journey to NEWater Visitor Centre. 

Eios made an online tour booking prior to their learning journey this morning. You may refer to the link below  

http://www.pub.gov.sg/water/newater/visitors/Pages/default.aspx
  
There isn’t many visitors at the centre this morning. Probably due to the announcement of polling results late last night. 

Our NEWater journey starts off with a video screening. 

 

There’s a Q&A session by our NEWater guide & Eios kids win themselves 2 shower caps for answering the questions correctly. Lol. 

We proceed to the interactive area & Eio kids are thrilled to get hands-on with the touch-screen games & e-lessons. 
   
    

Row row row your boat… Em’s steering the “boat”! Our River expedition.

  

Interactive screen to find out more about Singapore’s water sources.  

  

Peep into the holes to learn more…
  

Wonderful. Recap of what Mrs Eio had taught Em earlier on. Check out Mrs Eio’s earlier post on “Em & Science (Solid-liquid-gas) | I am Mrs Eio”

https://immrseio.com/2015/07/21/solid-liquid-gas/

  

Mr Eio totally excited with what he sees. 😃
  

How can Mrs Eio play her part in saving water? Use water efficient products… Reuse water… Many more…

  

Our NEWater guide shares that on the average, each person only needs to use 50 litres of water per day but the actual fact is on the average every Singaporean is using 152 litres of water per day. This is alarming!  We need to reuse, reduce & recycle water. 

  

Press the buttons to find out how much water is needed to produce certain items. 

  

Innovative ideas. Using pipe in their decor & presentation.   

Entering into Singapore’s award-winning deep tunnel sewerage system – DTSS. 
  

This is the actual size of DTSS. Amazing!!

  

Em’s asking our guide why there a blue light… Make a guess?  

NEWater under our feet!   

  

Turning used water to clean water- the NEWater’s story. 
  

The Seletar NEWater plant is no longer in operation. Singapore’s left with 4 NEWater plants. 

  

Learning about the NEWater process…

  

Seeing the actual machines & treatment plants. 

  

The membranes are cleaned regularly & changed every 5 years. 
  

Be impressed with reverse osmosis. Well… A number of countries are also using RO to purify their used water but NEWater is uniquely Singapore’s. Why? There’s an additional step after the RO process. 

  

The membranes are very dense.  
  

The additional step is the NEWater undergoes UV Rays disinfection to ensure that NEWater is truly safe for consumption.  After this process, the NEWater is slightly acidic. Hence sodium hydroxide is added to neutralize it. 

  

95% of the NEWater is for industrial use as factories need not purify the water anymore as compared to them using tap water. RO water consists of only water molecules. Hence, NEWater is pure water.  5% is released to our reserviors for residential use.    

Kudos to staff working at the NEWater plants everyday. 
  

Feedback session for the trip…

  

Eio’s trip to the NEWater Visitor Center is truly enriching to herself. This tour is more suited for adults & secondary school students. Em could benefit as our guide try to accommodate us & simplify his explanation & there’s isn’t many visitor this morning. 
  

According to our guide, the NEWater visitor Centre does organize tour for preschool children (large group) & teach them more on water conservation etc. You can email them to find out more. 

  

Mr Eio is excited to see their big function room… I’m sure he’s exploring on some possibilities as usual. 

  
 
Eios has a fruitful morning. Em is very happy to have visited a NEWater plant. 

  
  

Love Singapore, love our resources. Save water. 

 

Shower cap from the NEWater guide & unpacking some of the stuff we have learnt today back at home. Hope Eios kids can remember what they have learnt & put them into practice. 

  
Mrs Eio would strongly encourage Singaporeans to make an online booking & visit NEWater visitor center to have a better idea what is this gem all about. Last but not least, admission is free!! Heehee. 

  

Education, Family, Kids/Children

Eio’s election 

Today, PSI more than 100 so Eio kids can’t have any outdoor activites. How? Everyone’s stuck at home… Since election fever is running high in Singapore now, it’s time for the Eios to cast their votes & run their very own election at home. Lol. Still hoping to bring the kids for one of the rallies. Missed one this evening as the kids are kind of affected by the haze & slept very early tonight. 

Mrs Eio has been wanting to do something relating to voting & election with the kids after Em’s thousand & one questions on Singapore’s  upcoming general election. 

  
Em & El can’t come to term with the toy box they wanna play with this school holiday. So yes, the opportunity has arised for Mrs Eio to get the Eio kids to vote. 

Eio kids come up with their very own Party’s name & logo. Em’s Racing Party (RP) versus El’s Princess Party (PP). Pun? Lol.

Below is their Parties’ posters. 

  

The only area designated to put up their parties’ posters is on the shoe cabinet. 😄  
 

Impromptu ballot box & ballot paper.    

Em told Mrs Eio that Mr Eio told him voting is secret so he has to vote in the room!

Well… Frankly it’s no secret at all. Em sure vote for his own party…    

Hmm… He should fold the ballot paper into half before putting it into the ballot box. 

Mrs Eio expects El to do the same as Em but she didn’t. She wanna do it her way since she’s sleepy as she missed her nap. Hence, her vote is invalid (voided ballot). 
    
The voting result is out. Racing party win 75% of the total vote. Hence, Eio kids will be changing the train toy box to car box for this school holiday. Em’s feeling victorious!

 

Next, Eios need to elect a leader for the toy box. The 2 parties contesting for this post is… **Drum roll!!!!!!**
   

Mrs Eio’s Mama party (MP)  versus Em’s Racing Party (RP). Hahaha!! Pun again??  
This is obviously an infringement of the election rules! The RP leader & member are influencing the voter. 

Vote for Mama party!! The party logo is sexy lips. Lol. 

Drawing on ballot paper again! Wasted vote.     
Election result is out! Mr Eio casted an invalid vote! (Zzz… Telling us he’s sleepy) 

So both MP & RP garner 25% of the total votes (same percentage) so they shall have a coalition government. 2 leaders in charge of the car box. 

 

Hmm… Princess gets to “free ride”? No need to keep toys after playing? 

 Purely for the fun of it since the Eio kids have to wait for many years before they can cast their first votes during Singapore’s GE. 

Voting is compulsory.  Your vote is secret! 

May the best party win!👍

 

Education, Kids/Children

Parting the Red Sea

Mrs Eio had a little guest with the Eios weeks ago & they had a time learning about Moses parting the Red Sea. 

Firstly, Em tried sharing the story of Moses parting the Red Sea with the younger children. Well… Mrs Eio took out a basin of water to show the children what it meant to part the water (Red Sea). 

  
Next, The children made use of the recycled materials (from holding the IKEA curtain cloth) to make Moses’ staff. The children were decorating their staff. 

    

Mr Eio showed the kids a 4 min video “Prince of Eygpt” on the TV. The part where Moses was parting the Red Sea & the song “there can be miracle” was played in the video. 

After having some idea what was this story all about, the children were ready to part the sea. 

   
Mrs Eio had 2 big blue towel. Good enough to be the “Red Sea”. 

“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.”

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14:21-22‬ ‭NIV‬‬

 
The children took turns to part the Red Sea & led their “fellow Israelites (other children & their teddy bears) out of Egypt”.    
 

Victorious!!!
  
Hope the children had a fruitful time learning & having fun! 

Education, Kids/Children

Trapped air floats

Em comes home with a sail boat today after school. He says he wants play with it in the water & see if it can float. Mrs Eio realizes there’s a hole on the boat where he attached the sail so she tells Em the boat is likely to sink. Em is extremely excited & wanna Mrs Eio to let him try it out. 

  
Well… Mrs Eio agrees to Em’s request but they can only conduct the experiment AFTER dinner. Heehee…

As expected, Em including El finish their dinner really quickly & it’s time to try out the boat. 

   
Before trying out the boat, let’s have some theory lesson. Let’s see if the assumptions are true.

 
Mrs Eio & Eio kids decided to make 2 boats so that El could also participate. These are the materials that they use simply because they are what they have at home. 

    
 Mrs Eio just finishes using her kitchen paper towel so they can have the roll as one of the meterials. 

Em names his boat Angiri-10. It’s the boat he took when the Eios were in Maldives June this year . 

  

  
El’s boat is the control experiment. So they cut a hole underneath.

  
True enough. El’s boat sinks & Em’s boat is still sailing. They try sailing Em’s boat from school. It doesn’t sink as they have taped the hole. Strong wind from the balcony blows in & the boat moves without them touching. Em asks about the wind & sail. 

  
 El throws the toys onto the boat & so they discuss on incident where the boat sank as there’s too many people on board.

  
Not sure how much Eio kids comprehend but this experiment sure keeps them occupied for very long so Mrs Eio can wash up after dinner. 👍

Education, Food

Bosch experience with Chef John See (part 2- main dish)

In addition to the appetizer salad that Mrs Eio shared in her earlier post when she’s at the Bosch Experience Center, chef John See also shared his recipe on the following main dish & how he used Bosch home appliances to create this dish with ease. 

    
Main dish:

Steamed Salmon encrusted with flaxseed & walnut. Served with beetroot-tomato jam & sautéed kale with soya milk   
This is a dish with lots of superfood ingredients: 

Salmon
2tbsp Olive oil

Pinch freshly cracked salt & pepper 

8 slices lemon slices 

Flaxseed & walnut crust: 

3tbsp toasted flaxseed

Half cup toasted walnut

2 sliced toasted wholemeal fibre bread (cut to cubes)
1tbsp honey 

  
Beetroot & tomato jam:

2 cooked beetroot (peel & diced)

3 cup fresh tomato (cut to quarter)

2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar

4tbsp brown sugar 

Half white onion (diced)

Kale in soya milk:

1tbsp olive oil

2 whole garlic smashed 

Pinch of salt & pepper

300gm Fresh kale leaves

1 firm bean curd

Half cup soya milk


1) tomato jam: Heat up an pot over Bosch stove. Add all the tomato jam ingredients together & simmer to boil. Keep at low heat & keep stirring from time to time for 15 min. 

Use a Bosch handheld blender (see photo above) & purée the tomato jam into fine puree & add in the cooked beetroot cube. Set aside to serve with salmon. 

   

 2) combine all the flaxseed mix ingredients (except honey ) into the Bosch mighty mix blender (see photo below). Roughly blend & set aside. Add honey, then heating it on a pan. Set aside as a crust for the salmon.   

 3) place the salmon onto a tray top with salt, pepper, lemon slices & olive oil. Then into the Bosch Series 8 steam oven (see photo below) to steam for 5-6 min. 

Mrs Eio is impressed with bosch series 8 steam oven. It’s an all-in-one oven that can steam (that’s the container to hold water for steaming function), roast, microwave & bake etc. Recent new developments have very small kitchen, this oven will help save space as there’s no need for a steamer, microwave etc. Of course, this oven is more pricey as compared to the other conventional ovens in the market. 

  

Chef stressed that we should not over-steam salmon. If we see whitish substance on the salmon, it means that the fish is over cooked. 
  4) encrusted with the flaxseed walnut crust & place it onto a plate.   (Mrs Eio loves the taste of this crust. Crunchy & nutty. Can serve the kids as snacks. Lol) 
   

Mrs Eio has tried cooking this black tau kwa. It’s delicious, tougher & taste abit like meat. Well… You can see from the packaging that it contains antioxidants. 

5) lightly sautéed the garlic to golden brown, add kale & bean curd (see photo above & below) . Fry for 2 min. Finally add in soya milk to braise for 3 min.

   

6) serve with beetroot tomato jam. 

 

The final product! 

Steamed Salmon encrusted with flaxseed & walnut. Served with beetroot-tomato jam & sautéed kale with soya milk  

Mrs Eio has not tried steaming fish with lemon! She usually used ginger & garlic. Hmm.. Something different that she can try at home. Hopefully the Eios will like it. 

Education, Kids/Children

Sharing book care pointers at Em’s school

Mrs Eio was asked by Em’s school Vp to share about book care & act as a librarian to issue out the library books to Em & his classmates. Hmm… Come to think about it… Em’s vp has great confidence in Mrs Eio that she can engaged the K2 kids? Heehee… Will the K2 kids be running around in the classroom when she’s sharing?? Lol. 

 
Mrs Eio intended to share 7 pointers on book care with the children. These are the materials that she prepared. 

1) a board (recycled materials. Heehee) with the 7 book care pointers (save the time for mrs Eio instead of writing on the spot)

2) half done book marks (the children are to decorate it during the session) 

3) A label for herself (librarian)

4) treats (halal chocolates) 

5) stickers & coloring materials for the children to decorate their book-marks. The session will be conducted at their tea-break area, mrs Eio’s not sure of colouring materials will be readily available. 

    

 

After greeting the students, Mrs Eio explained on why she’s here today. Em’s very excited. 

   
Mrs Eio set 2 ground rules before starting the “lesson”. 1) Everyone must listen attentively to their friends when they are answering questions. 2) Mrs Eio has prepared little rewards (chocolate snack) for children who can answer questions correctly. Children who have gotten the chocolate snack must give the chance of answering questions to their friends. 

 
Mrs Eio asked the students some introductory questions before sharing the 7 book care pointers with them. Mrs Eio brought with her one of Emmanuel’s book & his book mark made during his CL lesson to show his classmates. 

   
 
Q&A time! The kids were very enthusiastic in answering questions. Everyone has a chance & all of them have gotten their “reward” including Emmanuel. Mrs Eio tried to reinforce their good behavior by reminding them of the “virtue flower” practice from their form teacher. 

  

Some of the children said their classmate doesn’t understand English & another classmate can’t talk. Em did highlight this to Mrs Eio back at home. During Q&A session, Mrs Eio silented the class & encouraged these 2 little boys to speak up. We are all pleasantly surprised that they can understand her sharing. One of them answered the question softly but gave the correct answer. Another boy needed promptly & a little more help but he did well at the end of the day. 

   

Activity time. The children are very excited to decorate their book marks. 
 

Time to borrow books…

   
 
 

As a librarian, Mrs Eio issued out the books to the children. At the end of this “lesson”, she reminded them of the due date & thank the children for a wonderful time together. Thanks to Mrs Eio “PA” (her sister for joining her & taking photos.) 

   

Before leaving, Mrs Eio was approached by the Vp & em’s Teacher again to be involved in the school’s SG50 lesson next week…
Err… She really need to check her schedule as she’s running late in fetching El… We shall see.  😊

◄ Matthew 19:14 ►

New International Version

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Education, Kids/Children

Em & Science (Solid-liquid-gas)

Em loves this Encyclopedia. It’s one of the books that Mrs Eio thinks it’s a good buy. She bought it at a discounted price in Popular bookstore when El is not even born yet. 

  
Em’s been asking my sister to read this book for him & he’s been asking her thousand & one questions. He’s currently interested in the  states of water. So Mrs Eio takes the opportunity to show him a simple experiment on how water change from Solid to liquid & gas. 

  
Mrs Eio has been collecting egg containers recently. She’s still unsure what to do with them. For painting… Art…  Well… She can use one for this experient now so that she don’t have to wet the floor. 

  
3 ice cubes. Waiting for them to melt & by tomorrow disappears from the containers. Using post-it to get em to participate. 

  
Mrs Eio thought if she should set up a control experiment. But she just wanna do a simple experiment without much hassle. As long as she achieves her objectives & em understands, who cares… Haha! 

Education, Kids/Children

Putting on His Armour! 

THE DAY has come! We did the implementation of “lesson plan” last night. The kids were all excited to start decorating their armour. At the end of the day, Mrs Eio hope the kids can have fun & be able to identify at least one item of the armour. In addition, the kids can decorate their armour, put on the full armour & take a photo. The photo is to help them to recap this topic with their parents back at home. 

   
There’s altogether 7 children in our midst last night but Mrs Eio will try to post photos of Eio Kids as it won’t be nice to post the other children’s photo without their parents’ consent. As the children join the activities at different timing, Mrs Eio amended the flow of activities. Some of the children started to work on the helmet, Breast plate & shield while waiting for the rest to join in. After doing 3 pieces of the armour & everyone has arrived, Mr Eio took over to teach the children, the different parts of the armour & the significance of them. After the children worshipped with 2 songs, Mrs Eio did a recap of the items that they had done during the 1st half of the session.

   
Part 2 started with the children decorating & labeling their belt & shoes. By then, the children were so excited that they already started putting on their belts, followed by breastplates. Mrs Eio is so thankful that there’s helpers around to assist the children to put on their armour. 

Mrs Eio & the other helpers gave out the helmet, Shield & breastplate after the child was ready. Assessment of learning: The children were only able to receive their sword & take a photo in their full armour after identifying on of the items in the armour verbally. 

  

    

Challenges😓

There’s a few challenges while executing the activites last night.

1) the children are of different age group. (2-8 years old) . Hence, only children above 4 years old are able to identify the items in the armour. Nevertheless, the children are very cooperative. 

2) some children join in the activities at different timing. Mrs Eio are thankful to the capable helpers who help them catch up & also lending a hand to the younger children. 


Things preempted 👍

There’s a couple of things Mrs Eio thinks she did correctly

1) the armour consisted of 6 items. The items were collected from the children after their have completed their task & redistributed to them at a later stage. 

2) the children were extremely excited to receive the sword. Mrs Eio is concerned that they will be distracted or worst still is to start hitting each other after getting it. So the sword was given at the end of the session & given as a reward for identifying one part of the armour (for 4 years old & above). 

After all the children had taken a photo of themselves in His full armour, Mrs Eio led them to close in Prayer before the children could have their refreshments. 

Mrs Eio thinks there’s always room for improvement. She’s now toying with another idea but not sure if Mr Eio will approve her proposal. Lol. 

“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:13-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Education, Kids/Children

Preparations to put on His Armour!

Mrs Eio wanted to try this out since a long time ago. Hopefully, all the kids can turn up & they will enjoy learning about His Armor tomorrow.   
Mrs Eio included the use of some recycled materials. Eg. Using 2012 Tampines town council calendar as backing & holder for our shield.

  
 
A sense of nostalgia… Feels like Ms Chin waiting to execute / conduct the lesson after writing lesson plan & preparing worksheets/ materials for her students.    

  Are you able to guess what are all these for? 

 
Well… Travel back to the present. Mrs Eio is excited. This time round the class size is smaller, the kids’ age group is much much younger & the venue is at home. 

Sandals making in progress!    
Getting El to try out…

    
   
Of course, Mrs Eio’s target audience includes the Eio kids. Getting all the children to decorate & label their armour. Hope everything turns out well tomorrow. 😊  
“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:13-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Education, Family, Kids/Children

Alive Museum

 Mrs Eio bought some discounted tickets to Alive Museum weeks ago so the Eios better visit this place before the tickets expired.      

Interesting place to go with older children to teach them about illusion & 3D/ 4D art. 

  
    
This is El’s favourite “station”. She loves to be a mermaid. 😄

  

  
 
Eio kids got the idea & are able to pose accordingly. 

  
Mr Eio is having fun too! 

    
 

Something “dramatic” from Mrs Eio. Lol!

  

Em enjoyed the process. After taking 2-3 pictures, he is able to know where he should stand & what he should do to achieve certain effect. 

    
  

There’s an arrow to indicate where one should stand to take photos & pictures to show how should one pose during photo taking. 

  
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

El is too young to understand. In fact she knocked her head & tripped on a stairway as she thought she can continue to climb up the stairs when there’s a mirror reflection in front of her. Lol.   

After that, she became more wary of the surrounding. Well… She learnt. 😊 The museum is not crowded when we visit. So we are able to try out all the “stations” & truly enjoy ourselves & have fun. 

  

http://alivemuseum.sg

Address: Suntec City Mall #03-372 (between Towers 3 & 4) • 

  
Parking information for Suntec during NDP & Rehearsal Period. 

There’s also free access to the Fountain of Wealth at allocated time slot.    

    Eios have fun!


The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.” (‭Luke‬ ‭24‬:‭5-7‬ NLT)