Thursday 29 May 2014


Fractions in Chinese/分数

1/2 一半
1/3 三分之一
1/4 四分之一
1/5 五分之一
1/6 六分之一
1/7 七分之一
1/8 八分之一
1/9 九分之一
1/10 十分之一

2/3 三分之二
2/4 四分之二
2/5 五分之二
2/6 六分之二
2/7 七分之二
2/8 八分之二
2/9 九分之二
2/10 十分之二

10% 百分之十20% 百分之二十30% 百分之三十
40% 百分之四十
50% 百分之五十
60% 百分之六十
70% 百分之七十
80% 百分之八十
90% 百分之九十
100% 百分之百

Converting whole numbers to fractions 把整数变为分数

Sunday 25 May 2014


Shallot Oil

- 250g scallots chopped
- 200ml canola cooking oil

1. In a small sauce pan, heat cooking oil, add scallots and fry until golden and fragrant.
2. Garnish it with food immediately or pour into an air-tight container for storage.

Serving Ideas:
1. Add a teaspoon to garnish your Chinese noodle soup.
2. Toss it with some steam vegetables.
3. Add a teaspoon to any sauce you are making.

Can store for a long time in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Additional Information:
I learned this from my friend, Elvina.

Saturday 24 May 2014


Chinese Minced Pork Noodle/Bak Chor Mee (肉脞面)

Dry version with mee pok noodles
Soup version with rice noodles
Serves 4


1. 4 portions of mee pok noodles (best mee pok, but otherwise rice noodles will also work)
2. 200 grams minced pork 
3. 100g lean pork in bite slice (optional)
4. A few leaves of romaine lettuce
5. A handful of baby spinach
6. A handful of bean spouts or caixin (optional)
7. 1 stalk spring onion chopped
8. 50g dried shiitake mushrooms thinly sliced (optional)
9. 1.5 litre water

Marinade for the minced pork
1. 1 TBS light soya sauce
2. 1 TBS oyster sauce
3. 1 tsp sesame oil
4. 1/2 tsp cornstarch
4. Salt & pepper

Marinade for the lean pork - half that of minced pork

Noodles seasoning per portion
1. 1 tsp light soya sauce
2. 1 tsp Chinese black vinegar
3. 1 tsp oyster sauce
4. 1 tsp garlic oil (optional)
5. 1 tsp tomato ketchup (optional)
6. 1 tsp chilli oil (optional)
7. 1 tsp braised mushroom sauce (optional)

Braised mushrooms (optional)
1. 50g shiitake mushrooms
2. 3 TBS light soya sauce
3. 3 TBS oyster sauce
4. 3 TBS Chinese black vinegar
5. 2 TBS dark soya sauce
6. 2 TBS sesame oil
7. 2 TBS sugar
8. 1 TBS fish sauce


Braised mushrooms:

1. Soak dried shiitake mushrooms in a bowl of hot water for 45 mins or in cold water overnight in the fridge.

2. Bring a pot of water to boil, add mushrooms and seasonings, lower heat and braised for at least 1 hour.


1. In a mixing bowl, marinate the minced pork with soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, cornstarch, salt and pepper and mix well and set aside.

2. Wash and prepare the noodles and the vegetables ready for cooking on the kitchen counter.

3. In each noodle serving bowl, add 1 tsp light soya sauce, 1 tsp oyster sauce, 1 tsp Chinese black vinegar,  tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp garlic oil or shallot oil, 1 tsp tomato ketup, 1 tsp of chilli oil and 1 tsp braised mushroom sauce.

4. Bring to boil 2 pots of water, one for cooking noodles and the other for cooking the meat and vegetables.

5. When the water for the pot boils, add noodles one portion at a time, cook and stir for 1 minute or until the noodles is cooked. Drain and toss into a serving bowl with the noodle marinade and mix well immediately. Do the same for the other 3 bowls.

6. Tuck a few leaves of lettuce and raw baby spinach on the side of the noodles.

7. In the pot with the meat, add in bean spouts and caixin and cook for 1 minute or until cooked. Apportion and add to each bowl of noodles.

8. When the water for the meat boils, add in the minced pork and stir for 30 seconds or until cooked. Drain and portion them as topping for each of the serving bowl.

9. Top with a few braised mushrooms for each bowl.

10. Garnish with spring onion a little garlic oil for each bowl.

11. Scoop the soup into 4 soup bowls and garnish with spring onions.

12. Serve the noodles and the soup.


To make the soup version, after cooking and draining the noodles, add lettuce, baby spinach, minced pork and pour the soup from cooking the minced pork over the noodles and serve.

Video Demonstration from The Meat Men:

Additional Information:

This is a Singapore Chinese national dish, which I love when I go home to Singapore for a visit. I learned this from my friend Elvina. I also like the video from The MeatMen. This is a simpler version, which is much quicker and easier, and tasted equally good to me. It suits our life style with young children, when we have to wipe up lunch or dinner fast. I made it today and J loves it.


Marinate the meat with soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, salt & pepper

Monday 19 May 2014


J Summary (5Y2M14D) - J Said He Loves God...

J is fascinated by this Children illustrated Bible. This Bible was written in an encyclopedia style with magnificent color photographs of plants, animals, people, maps and places of the Bible lands. This Bible has translated God's word into story-like form for children. This morning, I went to J's bedroom and noticed him flipping through this book. I allowed him to bring it down for breakfast and he was flipping through it during breakfast. He was very curious about the past and the history of the Bible. He was very curious what Jerusalem looked like. He looked at the church in the olden days.

We looked at the Tower of Babel, and I explained that the people tried to build a tower to reach God, and during those days, there was only one language. J then said to me that thereafter, the people dispersed to the 4 corners of the earth, and from there came different languages and different people. And I was amazed. I can only thank the FIBC preschool teachers.

At bedtime, J said that he wanted to read all the stories in this Bible book, because he loves God and wants to know all about God. We read two of the stories. I explained that the Bible consisted of 66 books written by different people over more than 1000 years. He counted each of the books in the Bible until the 66th book.

I pondered over his words... so simple, yet so profound. Did he know what he was saying? I hope I will have faith like a little child. Nevertheless, it puts me to shame and inspire me to thirst deeper for God. I hold this close to my heart.

It is available from Amazon:

Sunday 18 May 2014


Montessori Activity: Subtraction Board (减法[jiǎn fǎ])


AGE: From 4.5 years old


To teach counting and subtraction of the unit place value in a concrete manner seeing the minuend and then taking away the subtrahend:

- Minuend (被减数 [bèi jiǎn shù]): the first number in a subtraction (a quantity or number from which another is to be subtracted).
- Subtrahend (减数 [jiǎn shù]): the second number in a subtraction (the number to be subtracted)
- Difference (剩[Shèng])


1. Homemade Addition Board using drawing block and green ribbon, green being the Montessori color for subtraction and making sure that your child associates the color of green with subtraction
2. 1 cup with glass pebbles
3. 1 set of number cards or number tiles (optional)
4. 1 set of equation cards (optional, you can also write the equation on a piece of paper)
5. 1 subtraction worksheet/paper, 1 pencil and eraser
6. 1 mat


1. Lay out the materials on the table.

2. Explain that addition means putting things together and subtraction means taking them apart.

3. Read the problem to your child, e.g. 7-5=?

4. Have your child place 7 pebbles onto the minuend section on the subtraction board counting them as you go along. Then point to the number 7 in the problem and say, "You have 7 pebbles." Place the number tile 7 below the pebbles.

6. Transfer 5 pebbles from the minuend to the subtrahend section counting them as you go along, point to the number 5 in the problem and say, "You took away 5 of them. Place the number tile 5 below the pebbles.

8. Ask, "How many pebbles do you have left?"

9. Transfer the 2 pebbles from the minuend to the difference section, counting them as you go along and say, "You have 2 pebbles left. We say 7 take away 5 equal 2." Place number tile 2 below the pebbles.

10. Ask your child to repeat the problem and answer, saying "7-5=2" and write the answer on the worksheet.

11. Repeat this process with other subtraction problems.



J tried this on 17 May 2014 (5y2m12d) for the first time. He was able to do them. We continued with this activity every day. However, J prefers the Singapore Maths Assessment book though to this Montessori subtraction board... children can be very different. It doesn't matter which method as long as they are learning. J had fun coloring the answer from the Singapore Maths Assessment book (so black and white pages can be a blessing after all.)


18 May 2014 (5y2m12d)

19 May 2014 (5y2m14d)

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