Friday, November 22, 2013

Kidspeak and Poetry

Sometimes I tend to forget that at the age of 5.5, so many phrases still are not familiar to him. Though one would not think that when you hear him discoursing on various subjects ;).

S: Amma, this homework is tooo difficult.
I have a look, and it says "Name 5 things you come across in your bedroom"
Me: Why S, don't you know the things in your bedroom. I'm sure you can name 5 easily!
S: Bed.
Me: Ok good, write that down first.
S: Writes down "bed", and then demonstrates to me by climbing on to the bed and going "across" it - Yes, you can cross the bed! :).
Me: Doubled over with laughter for about 5 minutes. And then explain to him what "come across" means.

What fun it is to try to teach this language and nuances like how "come across" is not the same as "go across" :P.

And as for D, she is just so creative in so many little ways, it astounds me sometimes. She's been an avid reader for a few years now and I can(and do ;)) take a little bit of credit for passing on that love and encouraging it, but the other aspect is that she loves writing down stuff as well. Sometimes a diary of events, sometimes a short story, and the latest are these short poems that I was very thrilled to read :). Writing creatively is not something that comes easily to me, I only do ok with very mundane descriptions of stuff that has actually happened, so I'm pretty awed at her ability and hope to nurture it the best I can.

Here's one of the latest from her repertoire:

In other news, I still plod on with the big questions of parenting, such as the differences (or are they the same?) between chart paper, KG cardboard and my latest discovery of ivory paper?! :)

Friday, November 01, 2013

Dubai Part III and final :)

If I keep being wordy about this, I might need about 10 parts, so decided to go the photo route ;). Here goes:

Day 5:
At the Aquarium at Dubai Mall 
Stood near the tank of Piranhas for a long time to get a click of those teeth ;).

I hope they can't come out of there!

At the top of Burj Khalifa, actually the 124th floor.
I clicked about 20 pics of the sun setting gradually, will not bore you with all of them ;)
Also saw the Fountain show which is next to the mall, no pics as it was dark by then, but it was quite spectacular.

Day 6 and 7 were spent mainly meeting friends, which was very relaxing after all the hectic sightseeing and walking around and a lovely catching up as well.

Day 8:
A "quick" camel ride at the Desert Safari

Mehndi is a part of the experience, but this "extra shiny" one came at a cost :).
Day 9:
IKEA! No pics allowed inside, which made sense I suppose.

Got driven around on the Palm Jumeirah which is completely reclaimed land
This pic has the Burj Al Arab adjoining the sea and the Burj Khalifah in the background
Another breathtaking sunset from the same location
Day 10:
We nearly gave this one a miss, but as I had promised D some snow we managed to just about make it to Ski Dubai. 

I found Dubai's lampposts most fascinating. I must have seen and tried to click at least 7-8 varieties, here are a couple of them :).




















And it was time to be back and into our routines before we knew it!