Valley of Hope

It is an honour to be asked by world-renowned artist and illustrator Heng Swee Lim to help translate his book, The Valley of Hope, into English. It’s a beautiful story about courage and love, and beautifully illustrated by the author himself! And the most beautiful thing is that 100% of all proceeds from the sale of the book goes to the Valley of Hope – the beautiful folks at the leprosy Center in Sungai Buloh. ❤️ Do support by pre-ordering the book! thank you in advance! 🙏🏻🙏🏻

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A fun morning with nonsense rhymes!

When I read the posting by Malaysian writer, YK Lim, about his intention to have a small gathering to read his poems from his fresh-out-the-oven book, titled 61 Mostly Nonsense Rhymes For Malaysian Students, my curiosity was piqued, partly because I LOVE nonsense rhymes (!) because they are so much fun to read, and also they are great teaching materials for students of English and creative writing. And so, I volunteered to organise the event and Love18 cafe was kind enough to host it!

And so, just like old times, we descended upon the chocolate cafe which was started by a fellow unschooling couple, Eddie and Aileen Lee, who make the most delicious handmade chocolates in the region! Although we were supposed to start at 10.30, we were so comfortably seated, chatting with one another over delicious hot chocolate drinks that we ordered, and nibbling on chocolates on the house! that we only started the poems session 10 minutes after 11am. But no one really minded!

And we quickly dove into the poems read out by the author himself, and after reading aloud a few of his selected poems, he invited the children, and later, the parents, to read out the poems. And they had so much fun doing it that they didn’t want to stop!

It’s so refreshing to read poems with a Malaysian flavour – one gets to savour its unique language, foods and culture through poems! Here are some samplings of it:

I can imagine many of them being turned into songs to be sung instead of recited. That would be very interesting indeed! And the author agrees so!

And we didn’t want it to end because it was so much fun, but all good things have to come to an end eventually. And so, it was autograph session and the photograph session that capped the happy event!

And so, till our next meet-up at Love18, we bid you sayonara and have a very happy MALAYSIA DAY!!!

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Learning history with Legos!

History can be a very dry subject for most people. But when it is told via stories, it gets more interesting. And when the stories are told via Legos, it’s AMAZING!!! Whoever came up with this idea is a genius! Haha!

So do catch the exhibition at the lobby of KLPac and take them all in! But if you can’t make it all the way there, here are the exhibits – photos of the photos! Enjoy :))


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How do you get schooling out of your system? You unschool!

Unschooled kids learn what they want – no curriculum, no homework, no tests




As kids across the country gear up for another school year in pursuit of an A average, a parallel universe exists where kids don’t do homework, don’t take tests and don’t worry about grades.

For acolytes of unschooling, kids call the shots and direct their own learning. There’s no rigid structure, no provincially prescribed curriculum and no bell at the end of the day. An unschooled kid with a preternatural interest in the Jurassic Period, for example, might spend a few weeks learning about every single dinosaur of that era.

“In a nutshell [unschooling] is letting the learner choose what they learn, when they learn, how they learn and where they learn,” says Judy Arnall, president of the Unschooling Canada Association. The Calgary author’s latest book, Unschooling to University, published by Professional Parenting Canada and due to hit bookstores in late September, follows the trajectory of 30 unschooled children who entered or graduated from postsecondary institutions.


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Unschooling is different from homeschooling, where parents follow the provincial curriculum. Like homeschooling, it is legal across Canada, although provincial registration regulations vary. For the most part, parents are only required to notify or register with the school board at the beginning of the year.

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Unschooling is not without its critics, who contend this unorthodox approach to education leaves room for knowledge gaps, doesn’t impart higher-level learning and can shut kids off from certain career paths, especially in math and science, if parents blithely allow children to avoid subjects that don’t interest them.

Arnall refutes this type of thinking. Having unschooled her own five children, who range in age from 16 to 27, she counters that at least half the kids profiled in her book pursued careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Two of Arnall’s children work in STEM fields – one in computer science and the other in bioscience, and another child is in university majoring in biology and chemistry.

While hard stats are difficult to come by – no educational or other regulatory body tracks the number of unschoolers – the Unschooling Canada Association Facebook group has 1,500 members, up from about 1,000 members last year, according to Arnall. The association has representatives in every province and territory, from Nunavut to Newfoundland.

So what is unschooling like for those who practice it? Four parents shared their experiences with The Globe and Mail.

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• Children: Ronan, 12, and Zahra, 9

• Location: A farm in northern Alberta, a little more than an hour outside of Grande Prairie

When Robyn Robertson’s kids were in Grade 1 and junior kindergarten, she pulled them out partway through the school year to travel abroad. While spending six months in Jamaica, where she has family, Ms. Robertson homeschooled her kids, intending to enroll them back in their Edmonton area private school upon the family’s return to Canada.

She began with structured days, setting a timer while Ronan and Zahra focused on subjects for set periods of time.


“With kids and school and activities and sports we were never home, it was always rush, rush, go, go, you got to get up in the morning,” says Robertson, who previously worked in marketing and outreach at the same school her children attended but now is devoted full-time to unschooling. While in Jamaica, “I started seeing that the times when they were learning the most were the times when we were not doing structured activities,” she adds. “That’s how we eventually got to unschooling – I slowed down on the structure and let things flow a lot more.”

Although she doesn’t follow a set curriculum, Robertson will engage in “strewing,” which she describes as an invitation to learning. It’s a no-pressure way for unschooling parents to introduce something new to their children or encourage kids to delve further into a subject of interest by placing various items (such as books, games or other materials) around the house.

“The whole day is considered a learning day, so we’re going to talk about math during the day, and we’re going to reflect it in our real life.” For example, cooking and baking may include talk about fractions, multiplication and division.

“I want my kids to understand that math is not just a textbook,” explains Robertson, who plans to unschool her kids throughout their high-school years, while maintaining they’re welcome to go back to traditional school if they want. She adds that kids lose accountability when they are obeying orders from teachers. “It’s not the child taking personal responsibility for their learning,” she says. “That’s the biggest goal for us.”

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Junior Peace Ambassador Workshop

Junior Peace Ambassador Workshop

Introduction to Peace and Diversity

Training Date: 25 to 26 August 2018 (Saturday to Sunday)

Registration Saturday 8:30 to 9:00 AM

Finishing Time Sunday: 6:00 PM

Saturday Night: Cooking Together & Watching Video

Training Venue: The Blue Ribbon – Peace Center, 59 Jalan Raya Barat, Kawasan 1, Klang 41100

Participants will be camping overnight in the TBR Peace Center compound.

Please bring own pillow, towel, sleeping blanket, and mosquito repellent.

Tent and meal will be provided for both days.

Kindly wear comfortable shoes and suitable clothing for outdoor activities.

All participants need to seek their guardians’ approval prior to attending this camp.

See you soon!

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Music Marathon for “Healing Through Music”

Music Marathon was conceived as a private initiative by Md Chong Wai Leng, a music teacher, to help with another fund-raiser by the Hotels Association – Healing Through Music – to raise funds for 3 charities:

1. Paediatric Intensive Care Unit of University Malaya Medical Center

2. Food Aid Foundation

3. Saluting Her Endeavour (S.H.E.)

How it worked:

1. People pledged to perform on July 1st at Music Marathon 2018

2. By Purchasing the charity tickets at rm15 per ticket or rm150 per booklet (at the event)

3. People coming to watch the performances also purchased tickets, 100% goes to the “Healing Through Music” charity fund-raiser.

There were 30 sign-ups to perform on that day, and the Steinway & Sons piano showroom at Bentley Music was a full-house! The event started at 2 sharp with the first group of performers playing from 2-3pm, followed by the second group playing from 3-4pm, and the final group from 4-5pm. The ages ranged from 6 years of age to 39, with a varied repertoire, from Bach to Beethoven and Animenz to Yiruma! Most of them were piano performers except for some who played the guitar, a German lyre, a keyboardist, a violinist, and a few singers who sang beautifully!

At the end of the day, everyone was positively happy to have performed at the acoustically lovely Steinway & Sons showroom, on an exquisite Essex grand piano, and most of all, to be doing a good deed in helping raise funds for a meaningful cause! And the tickets could be used on the big charity event on July 8th at Holliday Villa, Subang Jaya for food and games, and lucky draws! Total ticket sales of Music Marathon was: rm1575! A BIG THANK YOU to everyone involved, and especially to BENTLEY MUSIC and STEINWAY & SONS MALAYSIA! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Lets do this again next year!!!

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Selamat Hari Raya aidilfitri!

We would like to wish all our Muslim friends a very blessed Raya celebration and happy holidays to everyone!!!

Here’s Suasana Hari Raya for you from Amrita Soon :))

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