Friday, April 25, 2008


Princess Rowena is 2 today. She is still our cuddilicious baby, just more aggresive and grown up. Rowena is quite independant (must be the second child syndrome) and very easy going. She does have her moments but most of the time gets away with just being cute. She has a very lovable personality. I really cant keep up with what she does now as she always has something new and mischievous to do all the time.

Happy 2nd birthday darling Rowena!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


I was looking high and low for an enrichment place where I could send both girls together and Gymboree was the only place that had the sibling programme. It worked out very well as Harvynna's class was a 2 hour drop off programme while Rowena's was during the same time as well. (at that level at that time). So, after looking at all the packages, the management advised me it was best to sign up for the 1 year programme as it would be most beneficial since I will be sending 2 girls.

They calculated it out and it seemed like you get a real good deal and the classes end up much cheaper. (when in fact it is not). You get a total of 48 plus 4 free classes in the package and they worked out a timetable for me where I get 12 of each, play, music, art for both girls. And the 1 year package can be used for all programmes, so they claim it is really worth it. Plus, they kept emphasising that it is really good since both girls will be there together.

So on the day of the 1st trial class, they commented how advance Rowena is and she responds very well in the play class and she should be able to do the music class soon as she seems musically inclined and bla bla bla. So of course, I signed up!!!

In the 1 year programme, you get 52 classes, 1 t-shirt(of poor quality), waiver of annual fee for the following year, 10 play gym vouchers (which nobody uses), RM200 off birthday parties. So what they do is, they add a value to all these things and pro-rate the cost of each class which looks really really cheap.

After 2 months, I decided to enrol Rowena to do the music classes, and they said,'Oh, she has not done enough play to do music. Its still too early, she must do more play first or she will be lost in the class!!' I thought ok, and subsequently converted all the music into play classes.

The girls were really consistent in their classes, missing them occasionally only. About 5 months into the programme, they tell me that we are running out of classes as we have utilised most of them. There were about 5 classes left between the both of them and Harvynna does not have any more art classes. I told them to convert the play into art and they said we cant do that as 1 art class is equivalent to 2 play classes. I was already getting really mad here as they told me to sign up for another year!!! I told them no way, as once Harvynna starts kindergarten, I want her to rest on weekends and they came up with this crap that she can attend during school holidays. ON top of that, HArvynna's and Rowena's classes are not at the same time now as Rowena has moved to a different level. I am not going to go there once in the morning and once in the evening and they just looked at me.

Another thing was HArvynna normally finished about 20 minutes before Rowena's class ends. And being a child, she will play on the play equipment by herself as I have to accompany Rowena for her class. The management commented that Harvynna cannot play on the equipment as the smaller children will be intinmidated. They told me to bring a helper to watch Harvynna while Rowena's class was going on. I told them the reason I signed up for Gymboree was because of the sibiling programme.

So i am really mad with the management and since there was a rebate on the birthday party, I decided I must do Harvynna's party there. Oh yes, when signed up, it was August last year and from the record they saw that the girls birthdays were only in April. So they told me just to throw any party, does not have to be a birthday at that time and i said no way.

For the party, it is for max 12 children. You are basically paying for the 1 hour class they do, which is really good. They include a party pack, but I was really ashamed of the party pack. They did not tell me that all they put inside are their brochures, timetable, i free trial class voucher, 2 small stickers, 1 mask and one blower!!!! If I had known earlier, I would have done my own party pack.

They are really strict about the time. They start sharp at the time stated and of guest are late, they will just minus the time of the programme as they end sharp on time too. Imagine having the poor children rush to eat within less than 30 minutes, and they keep telling everyone they have to close and everyone has to leave (we took the last party of the day). How rude! I felt really embarassed for my guests.
Some of the kids played on the play equipment and were shooed away. Kids will be kids. and Gymboree is supposed to be for kids.

Gosh! no more gymboree. I think the management at the Bangsar Village outlet really sucks!

Harvynna attended Musikgarten when she was 2 and comparing both programmes, musikgarten definitely outshines Gymboree. Gymboree is good to develop social skills, but I found Musik garten more interesting.

Mary Anne's party

We attended Mary Annes 3rd birthday party on the 6th of April. (the week before Harvynna's party) This is her 3rd birthday party we attended. Mary Anne's mum and me used to be colleagues and had a real crappy boss!
We keep in touch by msn and email or sms but only meet up twice a year in April - for Mary Annes and harvynna's birthdays!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Harvynna's birthday

Our little princess turned 4 last saturday - 12 April. She was really looking forward to her birthday and since it was a saturday, we decided to have something for her. It was so last minute and unlike previous years, I really did not have the time to do anything as I have a really big event this weekend for work.

We had the party at Gymboree with very close friends. The kids had fun with the activities - lots of jumping around, dancing and screaming. I am however, not happy with the Gymboree management (will blog about that later).
The cake was really yummy, especially the icing. I just love those butter icing cakes. The party this year was a real kids party - nothing for the adults. But as kids get older, thats what they want. I think Harvynna and Rowena enjoyed themselves. Rowena was in top form that day while Harvynna was really excited.

Daddy's birthday

Some pics of the birthday dinner at American Chillis Mid Valley. The girls were having a good time running around the place and disturbing other diners!!

Daddy's birthday

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Beaconhouse or brokenhouse?

No. I have nothing to complain about the school but that's what Rowena thinks her school name is. I asked Rowena yesterday,

Me: Does Rowena want to go to school?
Rowena: Yes
Me: Whats the name of your school
Rowena: err errr
Harvynna: her school is broken house
Rowena: oh! boken ouse
Me: Whats the name of your school Rowie?
Rowena: Boken ouse.

Poor gal - she always gets sidelined by her sister.

When reading her favourite disney books on Snow white, I will point to Snow White and ask her

Me: Who is this?
Rowena: Awa (harvynna)
Me: Who is this? (pointing at the dwarf)
Rowena: Rowie. Rowie duwaf

I think Rowena is feeling a little left out since all the attention is on Harvynna going to school. We bought Harvynna a school bag yesterday, and Rowena kept asking me' Mummy, where Rowie bag? (while pulling the other bags in the shop?

This morning, when she woke up, she saw her sister dressed up carrying her bag. So she asked
'Mummy,where awa going?
Me: "Harvynna is going to school'
Rowena: Oh, going school
Me: Rowena wants to go to school?
Rowena: No, Rowie baby

Anyway, today was Harvynna's first day at kindy and she was really excited. I packed her a new pencil box with some colour pencils to take along. I prepped her in the car that this is just like Gymboree, where it is a big girls school and daddy and mummy cannot go. So when I left her, she just said 'Bye mummy - see you later' and the teachers were impressed andthat she did not shed a tear for the 1st day. I am a bit worried though as she had to learn Mandarin today and having joint the school late, she might find it all a bit daunting as she has no clue what Mandarin is all about. I guess children adapt faster than we think.

We will see how it goes - shall ask for her adventures later.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Harvynna starts school

Harvynna starts kindy tomorrow - 2 April 2008. We were planning to send her this year but I had to put it on hold as I was changing jobs, and could not decide which offer to take (which means totally different locations). Now, I have selected the job and Harvynna starts at Beaconhouse Bangsar. She is excited but not as excited as me. Cant believe our little girl is starting school.

She will have to come back to the babysitters house in a van. The transport rates are so expensive - from Beaconhouse to Lorong Maarof, which is just one row behind cost RM70 one way. How crazy is that. Before, she can sit comfortably, it will be time for her to get off.

They have run out of uniforms, so she will have to wear her own clothes for now. She has a field trip to the Fire Department on the 9th.

April is such a bz bz month - we are having Harvynna's birthday party on the 12th - just a small one compared to last year. Since her birthday falls on a saturday, we have to do something.
Harvynna wants a mermaid cake and Rowena wants a rat cake, but now she wants a rabbit cake after seeing the rabbits at the Easter thing they had at Bangsar Village. I have not ordered the cake, nor the food nor invited all the guests - really disorganised this year.