Thursday, August 24, 2017

First Day in Sixith Grade

We were just back from our vacation for one week and now I am back to school. Found out my class teacher to be Mrs. Kymmberly Mann. Mrs. Katherine Windsor and Mrs. Jessica Jackson no longer teaching 6th grade. One of them is going to be a 4th grade teacher and the other a 1st grade teacher. We have two new teachers for 6th grade - Tim Pardo and Kristy Campbell (she was a teaching assistant last year).


I woke up before 7am this morning without my mom's help. I also took a shower and change my cloth immediately after shower. Mom made me scrambled eggs, toast bread with butter and a cup of soy milk. She made marinara pasta lunch for me to bring to school.


We arrived at school before the bell rang.  But most of my classmates were already there.  I might be the last one to arrived but still before the bell.  I saw some my friends in my class and I was glad.  A moment later, the teacher came out.


She was very excited with her new 6th graders.  I couldn't wait to go to class.


Most of my friends are in Mr. Pardo's class (Sebastian, Taketo, Nathan, Matthew). I have Aldo and Luka in the same class with me. The others familiar kids are JC, Austin, Brandon A., Caleb, and Jacob M.

So first day of school went OK.  We get to choose our own seating - flexible seating.  We have stools, wobble cushions, bean bags, swivel chairs, game chair and student can also work at a standing table.  We don't store our stuff in the desk anymore.  We have cubies to put our stuff in.  I guess they are moving us forward to be like middle schooler where they have their own lockers.

Here are the links for the First Day of School from last few years:
First Day in Fifth Grade
First Day in Fourth Grade
First Day in Third Grade
First Day in Second Grade
First Day in First Grade
First Day in Kindergarten

"My teacher is Mrs. Mann.  I woke up early so I can shower.  Aldo, Caleb, Jacob and Thang are in my class.  We did attendance.  We then did Icebreaker.  Then it was recess.  After recess, we did a acticity called "Save Wendell."  It was fun.  Then it was lunch.  After lunch we played a game.  Then we passed out forms.  At 2:40pm we were dismissed.

Ice breaker:
We shared what we did with partners and presented it.

Save Wendell:
We were supposed to rescue a worm from a capsized canoe using a paperclip.  A cup was the canoe.  We were supposed to lift Wendell up and turnover the canoe.  Then we had to put a lifevest (Lifesaver) on Wendell."


Written by Brandon

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Premium Economy from SIN to LAX

This was my first time flying on Singapore Airlines Premium Economy Class.  We were on regular economy class from KUL to SIN.  Then from SIN onwards, we were in the Premium Economy Class.

Seats are slightly larger and it can recline a bit more then economy.  I still prefer Business Class because the seat can recline all the way flat, like a bed.  Anyways, I am not complaining, just saying if I get a choice, of course I will prefer business class.


The seating layout is 2-4-2.  We were seated at 32H and 32K, near to the window.  Our flight departed SIN at 2:25am for Seoul Incheon Airport.  The total flight time was less than 6 hours.  However, I wasn't sleepy at all.  So I watched a movie.  But after two hours, I was still awake and my mom asked me to go to sleep.  I did and I was sleeping quite well until I skipped the breakfast that was served.


I was really tired when we arrived at Incheon Airport and hungry too.  We went to the Asiana Lounge where I grabbed something to eat while my mom went to take a shower.  Our layover was only 1.5 hours so we have to be quick.


After I was done with my breakfast, it was my turn to take a shower.  I changed to another T-shirt (picture above).  We packed up and lefthe lounge, went to the gate and a few minutes later, they were already boarding.  It will be about 10 hours flight time from ICN to LAX.  The flight took off around 11:30am from Seoul.

I was wide awake after boarding the plane.  I watched TV most of the time.  Repeatedly watching this movie - Guardian of the Galaxy 2.  We had two meals during this flight segment.  I did sleep a bit but not long enough according to my mom.

Mom's vegetarian lunch

My spaghetti with shrimp

After I woke up, I continued watching movies.  They served breakfast and I had pancake with egg.  My mom had vegetarian porridge.  It wasn't too long after that, we were almost flying above LA area.  The plane had to line up to land.  I saw downtown from my window.  It was a cloudy day.

The flight landed safely around 6:30am.  No bad landing like the time we took the United Airline from Dulles to Las Vegas, that was really bad.  We got out the plane fairly quickly.  While we were lining up to pass immigration, my mom met her friend and her family from Irvine (Aunty Siew Hoon, Uncle Chris, Sarah and Simon).  They were in the same flight as us but we didn't know until then.

After immigration, we went down to pick up our luggage.  They came out fast.  And quickly, we went through custom, and there was no line.  We were out at the arrival hall by 7:10am.  Dad came to pick us up by the curbside.

We stopped at my grandma's house because we didn't want to hit traffic going back to Irvine.  But my grandma wasn't home.  So we drove around the neighborhood to look for her.  We didn't find out so we went back to her house to wait for her instead.  She came home a while later and was very happy to see us there.

Initially, dad suggested we had lunch there.  But mom and I were tired so we left Gardena around 10am and went to had brunch at Pacific Whey Cafe.  Then only we went back home.  Home sweet home!!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

First Week in Malaysia Summer 2017

July 20th 2017 (Thursday)
Referred to this blog post.

July 21st, 2017 (Friday)
I had Hokkien Mee for breakfast.  YumYum.

We had to go to China Embassy to apply for our visa to China.  Took us a while there because we didn't have complete documents and we had to ask dad to Whatsapp to us the documents to print at the embassy.  We also didn't have pictures so we had to take pictures there, each of us for RM18 for 4 pieces of photograph.

After that we went to have lunch at Yut Kee.  They are famous for their rolled roast pork chop.


July 22nd, 2017 (Saturday)
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July 23rd, 2017 (Sunday)
For lunch we went out with Jaffre kaufu and Bee Cheng kammo to have vegetarian at Yishensu at One Utama.  After that, we went to Llao Llao for yogurt.  Each of the kids, including Avril and Ashley, had a mini cup with 1 topping.

Guess what?  For dinner, we returned to the same restaurant.  And I ordered the same curry.  But this time was with kaugong, kampoh, kaufu, Shen kaufu and my mom.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

MRT to Pavilion

I had black noodles from Annie One for breakfast. Before noon time, we decided to take the new MRT to Pavilion mall in KL to have lunch there.  We left home around 12:15pm and headed to the TTDI station.  We found a parking and went up to the station.  Got our tickets (50% off till end of Aug), and not long after we got to the platform, the train arrived.

We arrived at Pavilion in 20 minutes.  But I was already very hungry.  We went to Pig and Wolf for lunch.  I ordered a meal set to share with my mom.  I had the Wolf's Favorite Spaghetti with cream sauce.  The set came with a small bowl of mushroom soup, a drink and a small tiny piece of cake for dessert.

Took this selfie using kaugong's new Hua Wei cellphone


We headed home after lunch.  At around 4:30pm Ah Mei yee yee came.  The adults were chatting in the kitchen while I took the opportunity to play with kampoh's ipad without being notice.  hehehe

For dinner, we had vegetarian at Taman Megah.  Elise came too.  She ate noodles.  She came back to TTDI with us after dinner and we two watched TV together.  Until I fell asleep and woken by my mom to go upstairs to brush teeth and take a shower.  I fell asleep immediately after shower with my glasses.

Friday, July 21, 2017

First Day in Malaysia 2017

We arrived early in the morning at KLIA.  The flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur was 90% full.  I took a nap even before the plane took off and slept thru the flight until arrival into KL.  The flight was only 40 mins and it was short compared to the one I just took from LA to Seoul and from Seoul to Singapore.

When the flight arrived, we went took the train to the main terminal.  We passed immigration very quickly and waited about 10-15 minutes for our bags.  Then we passed through custom smoothly too.  My mom contacted Nizam, my grand uncle's driver to pick us up at Door 8.  Our ride to my home for the next four weeks was nice, no traffic jam.

My kampoh, 'grand aunty' greeted us when we arrive at her home.  I was so excited to see her and my other relatives.  I was quite hungry when we arrived but I didn't feel it until later.  My mom was busy unpacking the luggage and passing out the stuff she helped to carry over.

After she was done, my kaufu, 'uncle' (mom's brother) drove us to One Utama for lunch.  We had lunch at Wondermama, a fusion restaurant.  I had the spicy spaghetti.  I quite like it.  We also ordered the chicken chop with salted egg sauce, which I don't fancy.



We walked around the mall for about an hour after lunch.  Mom got some herbal tea for herself and me.  I was so happy to be back here at One Utama.  We saw a few new shops around the mall.  We met up with my kaufu and then we went back home.

For dinner, kampoh ordered some togo dishes and we had rice at home.  I like the special tofu and I ate so much rice.  I was tired and I slept early that night.