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Author: Rachel Chan

Asher’s progress on the violin three months on with Aureus Academy

Three months have passed since Asher has taken violin classes at Aureus Academy. As mentioned in my first blog post about Asher embarking on his education in classical music, Aureus Academy specialises in one-on-one music lessons. All of their 75 teachers are full-time staff and are tertiary-qualified performers. Under Ms Alice Wong’s tutelage, Asher is enjoying his violin-playing, which was one of my goals in the first place. In the beginning, he learned how to hold the violin, the names of the four strings, and how to hold the bow. Then he proceeded to learn how to use the...

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How do you prove that a preschooler deserves concession price?

How does a six-year-old boy prove that he holds no other occupation but “full-time student” in pedantic Singapore? The reason I’m asking is because students get awesome perks. They get discounts on public transport, pay less when buying Apple computers, get to tour Europe at lower prices, and qualify for concession ticket prices when going for concerts. Your student concession pass is as good as a discount card. But what if you’re too young to get a student concession pass, because you’re only six, and in K2? I had to deal with this question yesterday when I was at a...

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Influence how much you pay for motor insurance based on how you drive

In a game-changing move by NTUC Income, drivers can now influence their motor insurance premiums with their mileage and driving behaviour. If you’ve been consistently keeping to the speed limit on the road and wondering when the car fairy will pat you on the back for your good driving behaviour, now’s the time. You could up to 20% savings on your premium, provided that you install a smartphone app which tracks your driving speed, manoeuvres, drive time and mileage when you embark on a journey. Called the Drive Master, it is an insurance scheme which leverages telematics. Very simply...

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[Promo code inside] The best place for a five-year-old to learn the violin

I won’t deny being quite the Asian tiger mum, so I was delighted when Asher told me that he wanted to learn how to play the violin. As a toddler, he had told me a couple of years ago that he wanted to play the electric guitar when he grows up, and he reminds me every year. His music teacher at his preschool has him started on the ukulele, but when she told him that he had to learn to play violin or piano in order to “become really good at the ukulele,” he promptly demanded lessons. I don’t have a...

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Quick breakfast ideas to boost your kid’s energy (and IQ!)

Breakfast-skippers, did you know that your brain uses 20% of the glucose in your diet? That’s probably why you feel lethargic and out of pep in the morning until you’ve had a bit of lunch. Mothers of breakfast-skipping children, if you’re wondering whether your child’s lack of nutritional intake in the morning negatively impacts him or her – the answer is a resounding “yes”. According to a local study on the breakfast habits of school-going children in Singapore, more than 50% of respondents felt irritable, tired and not able to concentrate without breakfast. And you’re very much not alone. Conducted...

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