Finding Peace

After receiving calls about Emmett’s biting for the past two days, I was bracing myself to hear how his next victim got attacked when it turned out to be another teacher instead. “Hello Elise’s mummy, Elise’s contact lens fell out, could you come down to put it back in? We don’t know how to put it back. Please come down now.”

Elise has been using her prosthetic eye for about 2.5 years now.

She is unable to see through that eye and it is to make her appear as if she has two eyes like everyone else. It isn’t immediately noticeable, but as the prosthetic eye is merely a cover, the pupil does not move when her natural eye does. It does not need to be removed daily, but it can be taken out for cleaning. Sometimes, when she rubs on her eye too hard, it may fall out, which is what happened today.

It brought my mind back to the first time it happened when I was alone with her. One moment, she was playing around, and the other moment, she was staring at me with an empty socket. I freaked out and immediately called the prosthetic doctor while alerting my closer friends on WhatsApp “OMG ELISE’S EYE JUST DROPPED OUT WHAT DO I DO”. I was ready to bring her to the hospital so that the doctor could insert it back for her (and me). The doctor encouraged me to try it myself first, instructing me over the phone.

Back then, she was much younger and she would not stay still because she was traumatised by her experience of being held down forcibly for tests, eye dressing changes and her wound was possibly tender and healing. It was like pinning down a squealing piglet destined for slaughter. My feelings were a mish-mash of guilt, fear, shock and pity. Eventually, I slot it in without going to the hospital.

Emotionally, it was saddening for us to come to terms with the fact. Up till now, I don’t think my husband has seen her eye socket yet.

Back to today. The same situation occurred and I saw how shocked her teachers were. They managed to cover Elise’s eye and move her to the office before other children took notice. Her form teacher told me that she couldn’t bear to look. It’s completely natural for them to have that response and I don’t blame them. After all, it’s not something they encounter often and most people can’t deal with seeing something like that. If you’re curious, her eye socket has healed and it is neither bloody or has dangling veins. It appears as pink hollow flesh.

I washed it under running water before popping it back in. Over the years, both of us has gotten used to it. Elise has observed her appearance in the mirror without her prosthetic eye (I advised her not to, she insisted) and her reaction was not one of fear or disgust. It seems that she understands and is living without noticeable problems. She can run, kick a ball and balance on beams.ย  However, at 3 going on 4 years old, people around her are less likely to make snark remarks about appearance. We will cross that bridge when we get to it.

Cheng Hong Children TCM Service – FREE TCM for kids

About

Set up in April 2019 by Cheng Hong Welfare Service Society, this traditional Chinese clinic serves children aged between 3 months old and 16 years old. Funded by the temple and other fund raising activities, the clinicย does not charge for its services, which includes consultation,ย tuina massage and prescription herbal medicine.

Procedure

The clinic doesn’t accept appointments and operates on a walk-in basis. They accept walk-ins until 30 minutes before each session closes.

If visiting for the first time, please bring your child’s birth certificate or have a soft copy on your phone.

During the consultation, Emmett had his breathing and tongue checked, much like at the GP, but here, the physician also checked his pulse.

Next up was the tuina massage. The physicians use some water and flour during their massage. If your child has gluten allergies, you can tell the physicians to skip the flour.

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Squirmish at first, Emmett quickly warmed up to the physician and let her massage him. She explained the steps and purpose of the massage.

Please note that your child should not be bathed or wiped down for at least two hours after the massage. I think it’s to prevent wind.

Kids who are ill can visit the clinic twice a week, whereas if you visit more regularly, the physicians will help to regulate the body for better health.

After we exited the clinic, I made a small donation to the temple as a form of support, since the clinic is funded by the temple.

Location and Operating Hours

No 29 Lor 25A Geylang Level 4, S388234
Mon โ€“ Fri: 2.00pm โ€“ 5.00pm, 6.30pm โ€“ 9.30pm,
Sat: 9.30am โ€“ 12.30pm
Tel: 6746 6511

Little Cookhouse – Kids Baking Studio

About

Little Cookhouse is a baking studio for children that’s not just a baking studio. It’s a Montessori-based bake-and-cook enrichment program designed for children between 3 to 12 years old to learn values and life skills. Children are grouped according to age groups, with age-appropriate tools that they can handle. Each 1.5 to 2 hour lesson has a maximum class size of 8.ย 

Started by parents Yock Song and Jean, Little Cookhouse aims to provide an exciting and fun learning environment while letting the child develop essential life skills. Prior to opening the studio, they conducted cooking classes for children from home.ย 

The studio is bright, with full length windows that allow natural sunlight to illuminate the area. Right in front of the door is a stand that resembles a popcorn booth. There are long stools for the younger children to reach the sink area themselves to wash their hands.ย 

Baking session

Before the start of the session, the children will gather at the table, where instructor Jean will introduce the country related to the creation of the day. As we were making sushi cakes, Jean taught them some simple Japanese greeting phrases, the main regions of Japan and some Japanese food. ย 

The kids for our session were aged 3 to 6 years old and the ingredients were already measured and laid out in IKEA children’s cups. Emmett tagged along and Jean allowed him to use her demonstration set to practise pouring and mixing! Look at their serious faces. Each step was clearly demonstrated and explained before the kids got to work. Both Yock Song and Jean went around to facilitate children who required help but it was mostly all done by the children themselves.ย 

Emmett loved being part of the process and he took his tasks seriously! Elise has somewhat of a competitive streak and powered through most of the tasks herself.ย 

“Break” time

After pouring the batter into moulds and popping them into the oven, it was time to wait. Instead of whiling away, the children were taught how to create simple origami crowns which they could wear on their heads. By the way, edible pencils were used to label each child’s cakes! This shows how much importance they place on safety.ย ย 

Back to work!

Cutting out shapes from the cakes without them breaking into bits proved to be a bit challenging for Elise and she required assistance, which Yock Song promptly provided. The next few steps were to spread buttercream, arrange the chocolate pieces on top of the cakes, wrap cocoa crepes around the edges, pipe gel onto the “sushi” and put jelly bits on top of the gunkan maki sushi.ย 

Anddddd we’re done!

Not too shabby for a first timer, right? I was expecting it to be overwhelmingly sweet, but the sushi cakes were surprisingly palatable! Only two pieces of sushi made it out of the baking studio intact.

You can book classes one-off or purchase a 4-session pass at a discount!ย ย 

Little Cookhouse

Alexandra Central Mall (Next to IKEA Alexandra)
321 Alexandra Road,ย #02-11ย Singapore 159971
Tues-Fri: 10:00am โ€“ 6:00pm | Sat-Sun 10:00am โ€“ 9:00pm
Closed on Mondays

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