Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Change in Swimming Instructor

I learnt swimming a year ago at USCI Swim the World school located at Taman Connaught. The swimming lessons were conducted 30 minutes a week, as individual lessons. Within a year, I have learnt how to swim all four swimming styles. I would not dare say that I am a good swimmer, but at the very least, I can swim and survive in water. I enjoyed learning at UCSI as my swimming instructor makes every lesson fun. I certainly enjoyed my lessons.

I had recently switched to a new swimming instructor at Bandar Tun Razak. The lessons at Bandar Tun Razak are conducted in a group. The group is a reasonable size with a combination of students who can swim, and those who are still learning how to swim.

Why did I switch to a group lesson?

1) Individual lesson at UCSI was costly. As I already know how to swim, I no longer need individual coaching. Group lessons is more than half the price of individual lessons per month. The cost of learning at Bandar Tun Razak is much cheaper.

2) Exercise is important. Learning in the group class would help build stamina. The group lessons are more intensive compared to individual lessons. Please don't get me wrong. UCSI provides group lessons for stamina building too, but again, the cost is a factor.

3) My cousins are learning at Bandar Tun Razak. So, the company of my cousins are certainly an incentive for me. I love playing with my cousins.

4) Distance of the swimming pool is nearer to home.

Then why did I not learn swimming at Bandar Tun Razak initially?
It was because I was very fearful of water. Bandar Tun Razak did not have individual coaching classes. With such fear, Mami thought that it would be better for me to have personal attention. I would be able to learn faster.

Similarly, my Shaun TiTi is now learning swimming at UCSI. Mami hopes that he will be able to learn swimming for a year and eventually switch him over to my group lesson. Although I know how to swim, Mami wants me to continue swimming lessons so that I have weekly exercise. Who knows, perhaps one day, I would be interested to go for swimming competitions. There is no pressure for competitions. At the end of day, it boils down to my interest and determination.

Swimming is a great from of exercise. Fun and refreshing too.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Recipe Finder for my Grandma

A few years ago, my Ah Mah was very ill. Her mysterious illness took a very long time to recover. During that time, she had lost interest in everything....baking, cooking, gardening and many more. It was probably depression that caused her to not want to do anything.

Towards mid of last year, my Ah Mah started discovering back her true passion in life. She started being her true self, regaining her self esteem and confidence. Now, she is very active in every aspect of her life. She bakes, cooks, does gardening and goes out for fellowship with her relatives and friends. Since last week, she had even gone for cell group meetings.

Since she started baking and cooking, I have been very busy googling for recipes for her. She does not know how to use the iPad or computer. So, she appointed me as her recipe finder. I have been searching for many good recipes for her over the internet.

I am a fan of Amy Beh. I do not know why, but I seem to like her recipes. Simple and good. Amongst the recipes I found for Ah Mah were Chicken Chop, Butter Cake, Chicken Rice, Plain Dhal Curry and many more. It makes me very satisfied when Ah Mah serves a dish based on the recipe I have written for her. It takes a lot of time and effort for me to search and copy word for word on a piece of paper for Ah Mah. She certainly treasures all that I have written for her.

I am happy that I can be part of my Ah Mah's recovery. She loves Shaun Shaun and I very much and she has sacrificed much for our well being. We truly appreciate her.