Kid writing backward/ mirror image

My little girl loves to do crafts, colouring and drawing as many children do at her age. One day after her 4th birthday she came to me and showed me the paper and said ” Mummy, it’s my name”. I couldn’t believe in my eyes that she can do it even though I have never taught her to do so. She wrote her name for the first time ever! What a milestone!

From that day I can see that she is capable in writing as she started to write my name, my husband’s name and some of her friend’s names. I thought she is enjoying her writing as it’s new skill to her. Now she always write her name on any picture she draws as a signature. And the concern happens from here!

I noticed that sometimes she writes it in the right order and sometimes she writes her name backward or mirror image. It looks funny and interesting and I first saw it and i think it could be her another skill. But when I talked to my sister about this, she said her daughter did the same when she first wrote her name and it’s’ normal thing and most of children will grow out of this habit when they are five or six. Oops, so it’s not a big deal and I don’t have to worry anything. But why do children write backward or mirror image?

Well, I asked Mr Google again. Sorry but he has been so useful if I need an instant answer for any concerns. This answer below from expert explaining everything about writing backward/mirror image and other related concerns if your children still do it at the later age. http://school.familyeducation.com/learning-disabilities/writing/42767.html

So now I just let my little girl enjoy her creativity and natural developments as she is always happy, smiles and healthy.

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Lights on Han River Bridge

Han River is located in Da Nang city Central Vietnam. At the moment there are 6 bridges built across Han River. However Han River Bridge is the first ever swing bridge built by Vietnamese engineer and people. And no one can deny that Han River Bridge plays an important role in Da Nang city’s culture and lifestyle. It becomes the iconic sightseeing in Da Nang.

At midnight, traffic is stopped from crossing the Han River Bridge and it swings on its axis to allow shipping traffic to pass along the river. Besides that you will enjoy a fantastic performance of the lights on Han River Bridge as the dark falling down to the city.

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Burleigh Head National Park

Beautiful rainforest walk around Burleigh Head National Park in a winter morning. Magnificent view to Surfers Paradise high rise and beautiful coast toward Coolangatta.

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P/S At the moment due to the falling rocks, the track is closed at the bottom of the hill.

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Teeth grinding at kid

I just recognise that my little girl grinds her teeth at night when she is sleeping. I know I used to do it when I was a kid too and everybody I know, they also grind their teeth when they are sleeping at times. So, is it normal? is it unimportant? what causes it? will it become a bad habit in life?

Well, I take these questions to ask my friend, a dentist, he said most of kids will grow out of this and it is a common thing. I was in a matrix of information when I searched in google about “teeth grinding”. Yes, people said that you grind your teeth while you are sleeping because you have crooked teeth, sleep disorder, stress… and it’s not harmful but grinding teeth for a long time can damage your teeth, headache or sore jaw when you wake up. So what about my little girl? I can’t see anything of these information related to my little girl’s circumstance.

Then I came across the WedMD website and they gave me some tips on stop teeth grinding and it makes senses to me. You can find more information on this link http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/teeth-grinding-bruxism

Anyway, what I have done to stop my little girl grinding her teeth while she is sleeping is:

* My little girl always loves a little trick after dinner and chocolate is her favourite. So I cut off caffeine on food before she goes to bed.

*Before bed time I ask her to do some relaxing activities such as: drawing, colouring or reading books. Instead of just letting her do whatever she wants… run around and play with hola hoop.

Guess what, it works! My little girl hasn’t been grinding her teeth at all for a week since I applied this tips on her. What an amazing result! That’s why I want to share with all mums about this. Even though grinding teeth is a small thing but it’s very annoying.

P/S the tips above may not work with you or your kids, please seek advices from your dentist for specific cases.

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Townsville – capital city of North QLD

The local people call it Brownsville because of the dry climate and having no rain make the city looks so brown. The UV in Townsville is extremely high all year round so the city is covered with brownie colour. But I always look at the beautiful side of everything so under my eyes Townsville city has a unique beauty of a country town.

The Strand

The Strand

Townsville is spread out a lot and it looks like a giant village with the olden part (city) and new part. The public transport here is very poor so the best way to look around the city is having your own car.

In the city you must go to The Strand, which was built in 1999 after the damage from cyclone Sid in Jan 1998. It’s about 3 km walkway paths with palm trees along the beach. A lot of functions for kid to enjoy like water park and playgrounds. Especially there is a fantastic view to Magnetic Island.

The Strand

The Strand

Castle Hill is an icon of Townsville. I always love to drive up there to enjoy the cool breeze from the ocean and a panorama view down to the city. But Mt Stuart is the best place to see how big it is this giant village. You should follow the track and go around the mountain to have the view to Townsville from East to West.

Castle Hill view from the city.

Castle Hill view from the city.

View to the city from Castle Hill. Magnetic Island is in distant.

View to the city from Castle Hill. Magnetic Island is in distant.

View from Mt Stuart to west of Townsville.

View from Mt Stuart to west of Townsville.

 

 

Townsville Harbour.

Townsville Harbour.

Red Baron Seaplanes.

Red Baron Seaplanes.

An old pub in city.

An old pub in city.

Building in city.

Building in city.

Building in city.

Building in city.

View to Castle Hill from Rowes Bay.

View to Castle Hill from Rowes Bay.

Besides that Townsville also have some nice parks which is worth a visit like Queens Gardens, Anderson Botanical Gardens or The Palmetum.

Anderson Botanical Gardens.

Anderson Botanical Gardens.

The most beautiful nearest picnic area out of Townsville is Alligator Creek. Only 20 mins driving south of Townsville, you have a perfect spot for family’s fun activities all day long with swimming hole for kids and walking track for adults who likes tracking.

Alligator Creek.

Alligator Creek.

Bluewater creek is located north of Townsville and this photo is taken at our friend’s house in Bluewater. The creek runs at the back of their acreage and it looks magnificent.

Blue water creek.

Blue water creek.

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Nasi Goreng made by me

Just another fried rice recipe. I am fried rice lover so I love to make different types of this dish. Not so long before I made Pineapple Fried Rice to challenge the classic one and it turned out really good. Today I make Nasi Goreng for dinner but it doesn’t follow any traditional recipe due to my creative. (Smile).

Nasi Goreng (means fried rice in Indonesian language) is a popular dish among Malaysian, Indonesian and Singaporean community. That’s why there are a lot of different versions of this dish. And my recipe today is just a combination among all of the versions (of Nasi Goreng) I have eaten and add some of my favourite ingredients or sauce.

Here is my recipe. Serve 2.

Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng

 

Ingredients:

–      300gr green prawn (fresh or frozen) peeled and cut tail or tail on if you like.

–      1 fillet chicken breast skinless, diced

–      3 eggs, slightly beaten

–      1 clove garlic

–      1 small brown onion

–      1 bowl of cooked rice (you can use the leftover rice)

–      4 tablespoons of hoisin sauce (Fountain brand – the only brand I recommended to get the best taste)

–      1 tablespoon of soy sauce

–      ½ cup of fresh coriander, chopped

–      2 table spoons peanut oil

–      1 bird eye chilli (optional), chopped

–      1 carrot, finely chopped

Method:

–      Heat the wok on high heat with 1 tablespoon of oil. When the oil is hot, pour the beaten eggs in and spread around the wok to make a thin omelette. Cook the eggs until it is set then roll up together, set aside and cut in thin strips.

–      In the same wok, heat the remaining oil on high then add garlic, onion, chilli. Stir around until the garlic is golden.

–      Add chicken and prawns and cook for further 3 mins or until it is cooked.

–      Add rice and carrots into the wok and continue stirring around to get heat through. Add hoisin sauce and soy sauce then toss to combine. When everything is cooked, just add coriander and the omelette strips on top.

–      Serve hot immediately. Enjoy

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Vietnamese-style Meatballs (Xíu mại thịt heo)

I totally forget about Meatballs in my list of meal for dinner until I read an article about Bánh Mì (Vietnamese bread) and how delicious meatballs is. And I decide to recall my memory about childhood by making this recipe. It’s easy to eat with steamed rice or bread or pasta and still keep the taste.

Meatballs (xíu mại thịt heo)

Meatballs (xíu mại thịt heo)

Ingredients:

–      500gr minced pork

–      1 small brown onion, peeled, finely chopped

–      1 small carrot, finely chopped

–      1 cup of fresh coriander, finely chopped

–      2 table spoons of bread crumb

–      Salt and pepper to seasoning

–      1 clove of garlic, finely chopped

–      1 table spoon brown sugar

–      1 can of crushed tomatoes 425gr

–      1 egg, slightly beaten

–      1 table spoon tomato sauce

–      1 table spoon soy sauce

Method:

– In a large bowl, add the pork, onion, carrot, coriander, breadcrumb, egg, salt and pepper and soy sauce. Mix well all together and shape the meat mixture into small golf ball sized meatballs.

– Put the meatballs into the steamer and steam them for 10 mins to set the shape.

– While the meatball is steaming away, put the medium saucepan over high heat. Add the peanut oil to it and when it is hot, add garlic and stir around until garlic is fragrant. Then put crushed tomatoes, brown sugar and soy sauce, a little bit of water. Cook for 5 mins then add the meatballs. The liquid has to cover all the meatballs. Stir around gentle and put the lid on the saucepan and cook for 15 minutes. You can mix some corn flour to the liquid to make the desired thickness.

– When it is cooked, serve hot with steam rice or pasta or bread. Enjoy!

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