Education, Kids/Children

Story behind Em’s song “Thank you God for everything”

Past few weeks were long & busy. One of the nights was punctuated by Em spilling his full glass of milk on his table all the way to the floor & piano. Mr Eio was working OT. This happened when Mrs Eio was bathing El. Hoping to chase Eio kids to bed asap. Em’s pyjamas was wet. Milk was everywhere. When the Eios had a helper, this probably won’t be so frustrating. But now everything’s diy. Mrs Eio was speechless.

Em kept apologizing that he spilt his milk accidentally. Well… Em just swam a few laps during his swimming lesson that evening so Mrs Eio tried to control all her emotions as she cleared up the mess… But looking at the extent of the spillage, Mrs Eio had to bite her tongue real tight. Well… It’s worth it!


Eio kids has been running after Mrs Eio to read bedtime Bible stories with them every night. Frankly, by the time Eio kids are about to go to bed, Mrs Eio is absolutely “low battery”. Sometime, Mrs Eio hope to skip it all together. That particular night, she read the story of Abraham to Eio kids.  Eio kids gave thanks to God. Em prayed to Jesus to chase the rain away that afternoon as he wanted to have his swimming lesson. True enough, the dark clouds went away & it didn’t rain that evening. So em could have his swimming lesson. After the kids gave thanks to God, em sang this…

 Thank you God for Everything

 Thank you God for a butterfly

Thank you God for everything

Thank you God for the land & the sea

Thank you God for everything

Thank you God for a beautiful tree

Thank you God for everything

Thank you God for fish that swim

Thank you God for everything

Everyone is so happy &

God created you & me.

Link to the song that em sang is attached below:
http://picosong.com/QsZG

Mrs Eio thought em learnt this song in the Sunday school but he said no… Em said,”these words just came into my head.” Mrs Eio googled & can’t find a song with similar tune & lyrics. Interesting… Once in awhile, em will blurt out songs like this.
Mrs Eio wondered if she had just burst out in anger & scolded Em when he spilt his milk. Will he still has a heart of thanksgiving & worship? He’ll probably be crying non-stop just before bedtime & the frustration & drama could overspill to Mr Eio who was home late that night.

Mrs Eio was glad that she exercised some self-control. Oh wells… This is life.

Education, Family, Kids/Children

Eios @ National Gallery (Keppel Centre for Art Education)

Finally the National Gallery is opened this week. Eios make our trip there with lots of excitement & anticipation!   
Mr Eio booked the tickets online. We thought we had to park at Funan center & walk over but we were so glad to find carpark in National gallery itself (basement). 

Once our e-tickets were  scanned, our journey began…

 
Eio kids having fun with this maze- like structure. The gallery is actually quite big. So it’s good to grab a map at the entrance before proceeding. 

   
Walk walk walk to another wing to enter the Keppel Centre for Art Education. 

  

Mrs Eio loves the benches & chairs she sees along the way…

At the former Supreme Court holding cell. Em amazed at the toilet in the cell. Nowadays, kids seldom see squatting toilet right?

Look at the structures & designs…  
  

Yes! Finally Keppel centre for art education!!

  

Due to the large number of visitors, we could only have 45 minutes in this centre. 
  

There are a number of “work or exhibition rooms”. E.g, 1 room where the kids can colour & do different kinds of worksheets (different level of difficulties) FOC. The project gallery where the kids can do some crafts (chargeable).  Children museum etc. 

  

Eio kids enjoyed themselves at the Art playscape. There’s a guide telling them stories & bringing them around the area. 
  

Going up the slope for kids 1m (height) & below. El was fearful to go up alone. 

  

How about having tea with papa…
  

Beware of crocodiles…

Finally, El went up the slope with Em.   
  

Spot Mr Eio!

  
  

After the story telling session, the kids were free to roam around. 
  

Roar like a tiger with the “tigress”! Lol. 

  

After exiting from the playscape, eios went into the woods. 
    

Rest time…

   
   

More chairs…

  

More galleries…
  

Tired & squatting around. Lol.   
  

Victorious!!

    

Errr… Frankly speaking, Mrs Eio must say only the Keppel Centre for Art education is more suitable for El (3 years old). The rest of the exhibitions are more for the adults. Em could probably understand some of them as he asked thousand & one questions. 

  
  

If you are bringing young children to the National gallery, Mrs Eio would strongly advise you to do so after their meals as there ain’t cafes or restaurants suitable for them. If you brought snacks for the children, you may want to exit the gallery & feed them outside as we really don’t want to dirty the place. (Not sure if food is allowed too…)

  

Time to go home… Mr & Mrs Eio will visit the gallery again. Err.. Probably just the 2 of them. Heehee…
 

For more info, visit their websites:

https://www.nationalgallery.sg

https://www.nationalgallery.sg/learn/keppel-centre-for-art-education

Education, Family, Kids/Children

Visit to the Fire station (Tampines)

Every Saturday from 9.00 am to 11.00 am is Fire Station Open House. (except for Jurong Island Fire Station). Eios decided to visit Tampines Fire Station on one of the Saturdays. 

  

Eio kids were excited about this trip. Once we reached the station, Mrs Eio presented her Nric to one of the officers on duty at the entrance to exchange for an entry pass into the station. 

  

The children visiting the station will receive the SCDF helmet. Once Eio kids put on these helmets, they were all ready to act as firemen! 

  

When we were at the Tampines Fire Station, the alarm went off 3 times. The fire engines & ambulances went off immediately. What a busy day for our Civil Defence Force!
  

We are very grateful to the officer who took us for a tour around the station. With his wealth of experience (more than 20 years), we learnt a lot from his explanations. 

  

Some hands-on & sitting in a fire engine. 
  

Powerful water spray gushing out from the fire hydrant. All kids are excited to have a try to on off the hose. 

  

Em’s turn… He tried a short while… let not waste water & give other children a chance to try it out. 
  

This pole is 3 storey high.  The firemen could injured themselves if they are not careful when they are sliding down the pole. 

  

In the command center… This is when we filled in the feedback forms. We were really pleased & truly enjoyed this trip. 

  

Taking Fa mily photo before making our way home. Really appreciate our SCDF for saving lives & making Singapore a safer place to live in. 
    

Thanks to our SCDF officer for our fruitful trip! 


Individuals who want to learn more about scdf & parents with children should visit one of our fire stations this school holiday. For a group of more than 10 people, it neccesary to submit an online application.

Link as below: 

http://www.scdf.gov.sg/content/scdf_internet/en/scdf_247/others/visit_our_fire_stations.html
For smaller group, you can just walk-in. Mrs Eio doesn’t want to disappoint Eio kids, so she called up the fire station a few days before the visit to make sure they are not holding any event on that sat. 

    
Salute to our SCDF! 

 

Transfer of learning. Role play at home after our Fire station visitation. It’s educational, on a non-sch day (sat), absolutely FOC. So what are you waiting for? 😃

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. 👍