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Guess what I found on a hot Friday afternoon? A quiet cozy eating place tucked in the middle of Bukit Timah serving delectable yet healthy food!

When one thinks of teriyaki chicken, one usually thinks of chicken with loads of sweet marinated sauce over it with sticky Japanese rice or white rice. And the chicken almost always comes with the skin. 

Half expecting my teriyaki chicken to turn up this way, imagine my pleasant surprise when this dish below was presented to me. WOW!

The skin of the teriyaki chicken was removed. 1 brownie point. Below the slabs of chicken meat was a toasted brown rice cake which was crunchy. 1 more brownie point. Add some leek on top of the chicken (no fries, sorry folks...) and seaweed flakes. Yet another brownie point. And finally, include lots of fresh garden salad (with no dressing)...Kudos...

The taste was absolutely fabulous. I finished every morsel of food that was on the dish. Bon appetit!


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The healthy version of teriyaki chicken

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Today's workshop started a little later than usual as the children were having a briefing session in the hall. Then I heard the sounds of running shoes as they came in one by one. 

Obviously not shy of seeing a foreign face in class, some of them smiled at me. That's a good start, I thought to myself. Welcome to Primary 5 - Class Earnest!

With the teacher in charge in class, 2 min was all it took for the class to settle down. And this class was more sporting as in there were no squabbles about one kid not wanting to be in the same group as another kid. All were equally sporting. Great! 

It's no mere coincidence that I chose a white shirt again today. The choice of a colour evokes a different emotional response from both ourselves as well as the people around us. Sharing with the kids the psychology of colours, white symbolises purity, innocence and openness to learning. 

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The psychology of colours

One particular group was really adorable. When discussing image destroyers, they didn't take long to brainstorm their ideas. They just looked at one another in the group and started pointing out what they did not like. '' You are fat', 'You stink', You have dandruff on your hair'....'you have pimples on your face'....'your dirty shirt'....'you dig nose'....'you farted'.... I was initially in stitches...but later reminded the group to focus on the destroyer and not attack the person.

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Group presentation

Some kids left indelible impressions on me as they were not shy to come forward to present. So in order to give everyone chance, I laid down ground rules that those who have shared should give others a chance. This helped to motivate the shy ones.

Then as I walked around class, it was evident that each group was trying to outdo the other group. Class Earnest was also more forthcoming in the sense that they were more eager to share their presentation. Some groups volunteered to go first without being cajoled.

It always helps to have some girls in the group as they really are more meticulous, taking time to colour and beautify their flipcharts. Check out this colourful heart!

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First impressions tell me this is the masterpiece of a predominantly girls' group!

Training kids is totally different from training adults. When I train adults, I never get a scenario whereby they will use their rulers to measure the length of their face. But I experienced that first hand when enthusiastic kids used their plastic rulers to attempt to determine their face shapes. Hahaha... 

This is perhaps my most memorable class as the energy of the group was really good. Plus I really took a lot of pictures with the kids... :)

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Certificate presentation - smile for the camera!

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Certificate presentation - smile for the camera!

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Smiles galore as some kids pose with their certificates & me

 

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One class photo for memories :)

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