Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Moving on

Dear Olympia,

Papa &  Mama decided that it was time to bring you out of the small inflatable pool and into the 50m Olympic lap pool. 

Hope you had fun! 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

6th SSPA Centralised Test 18th April 2015

Dear Students & Parents,

                Attached is the 6th SSPA Centralised Test Start List.

The “estimated” start time is indicated on each of the event, swimmers are to report to the Clerk of Course (CoC) 20 minutes before the start of each event BUT it is advisable for you to be early for reporting. The Clerk of Course desk (CoC) is located at the left hand side of the viewing gallery (facing the gallery, please refer to attached map).

               The Competition Pool will be available for warm-up from 9:30 to 10:00am and 2 lanes at the Toa Payoh Public Pool are available for warm-up and warm-down from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Parents are advised to supervise their swimmers/children during warm-up and warm-down at both pools.

For Safety reason,  Please take note that PLUNGING PRACTICES ARE ONLY TO BE DONE AT COMPETITION POOL and NO PLUNGING is ALLOWED AT THE PUBLIC POOL, the 2 lanes in the Toa Payoh Public Pool are strictly for warm-up and warm-down cycle swim. Appreciate your compliance.

Please be informed that swimmers are to wear proper swim attire (only one is allowed)so that it will enhance their swim and timing.

Please also remind that the starting protocol during the test is:

-          Short series of whistle from Referee is for swimmers to remove clothing eg T-shirt, track pants etc and stand-by to race.
-          Long Whistle from Referee, swimmer has to take up position on either at the Starting block or at the bulk head. Please note that for Back Stroke event, the FIRST long whistle is for the swimmer to take up position in the water , the SECOND long whistle is to take up the starting position.
-          Once all swimmers are ready, the Referee will hand the Swimmers over to the Starter. The Starter will give the command “Take your Marks”
-          Swimmer must remain stationery (no movement)
-          Once all swimmers are stationery and ready, the starter will trigger the start device.

I noticed that most of the DQs in the past Centralised SSPA Tests are from Breast Stroke events, the most common ones are: 
·         Did not turn or finish with both hands simultaneously
·         Head did not break surface after the arms turn inwards at the widest part of the second  arm stroke (during the start or turn)
·         Arms push beyond the hip while swimming

Please note that due to security and limited accessibility to Toa Payoh COE Competition Pool, the access route to the COE Competition Pool is via the Toa Payoh Public Pool Main Entrance. 

Let the duty officer or SS staff knows that you are here for the SSPA Test. 

All the best and good luck to all!

Monday, 13 April 2015

What my 4 month old baby taught me...

What my 4-month old baby taught me about - Determination.

Dear Olympia,

You tried flipping on your tummy for a good three days.
You turned your body to the side and could not proceed on.
You cried.

At times, Papa gave you a little push,
You were on your tummy but you still cried.

At times, Papa flipped you so that you can rest on your tummy.
You still cried.

It seemed like, you were determined to flip with your own effort.

The first thing you did when you were awake, you tried flipping.

After you were done with your milk, you tried flipping.

When you were asleep, you tried flipping in your sleep again.

Papa & Mama kept telling you to take your time & take it easy.
Yet, you showed us your determination to achieve your flip throughout those 3 days.

Papa was so worried that I might miss out on your successful flip.

That moment when I entered the bedroom and witnessed your flip together with mama, I was overjoyed.
We punched our fists into the air, cheered, clapped & celebrated your success together so loud that you cried.
We were very proud of your achievement.

And yes, now you like sleeping on your tummy.
Papa & Mama will just have to take more precaution and care.

Thank you Olympia for reminding and showing us what determination is.
Keep that fighting spirit going on!

Lots of love,

Friday, 10 April 2015

Olympia 1st Trip to Thailand

Dear Olympia, your 1st overseas holiday was to Bangkok, Thailand. Papa & Mama wanted to bring you there to give thanks and also to let you meet our Thai family. Everyone loves you to the max! Blessed with all the love, we hope you will grow up well.

The trip started out really well when the good folks at Changi Airport decided to give you a Patrick soft toy!

You were really well behaved during both legs of the flight! Or should we say, throughout the whole trip!?

Giving thanks to Phra phrom at Erwan Shine. Thank you for everything.

Thank you to P'Nuch for driving us all the way from Bangkok to Wat Sothon.

Wat Sothon Wararam was built in the late Ayutthaya Period during the reign of King Narai the Great, with its original name being Wat Hong. The temple houses Phra Phutthasothon, a much-revered Buddha image of Chachoengsao created by a craftsman from Lanchang. The image sits in the meditation position and is 1.65 meters in width and 1.48 meters in height.

Legend has it that three Buddha images were floating down a river. The first image was found on the Mae Klong River, placed at Wat Phet Samut and named Luangpho Ban Laem. The second image, Luangpho Sothon, was placed at Wat Hong or currently known as Wat Sothon Wararam. The last image, Luangpho To, was placed at Wat Bang Phli Yai Nai or also called Wat Phlapphla Chai Chana Songkhram.

And the must-visit-to-make-merit temple for us - Wat Arun. A very hot day!

Your 1st visit to Chatuchak market! 1 of our favourite markets!

And you surprised us by swimming 4 laps back at the hotel swimming pool! Woo Hoo~~~!!!

What's a visit to Thailand without taking the Tuk Tuk?! Here's your 1st ride on a Tuk Tuk!

Despite the scorching weather, you didn't fuss as much as we were expecting. Maybe it's because of the temples we visited, maybe it's because of the number of ice packs your mum had prepared or maybe you were being cooperative with us or maybe your parents are just so cool.

Whatever it was, you are really a sweetie to behave so well during the whole trip. More trips to come!