Tuesday, 2 August 2016
It's been 8 years since we moved to Penang. Arata couldn't swim at all when we moved here but he is quite good at swimming by now. The problem here is, it's so difficult to find a good coach.
Ayako, who was helping Japanese Saturday school, turned out to be an ex-swimming coach in Japan. Unfortunately we found it out just a month before she was due to go back to Japan for good. Anyway, 12 Japanese kids learned swimming from her intensively, sometimes 3 times a week, in her last 2 months in Penang.
At Penang Japanese School, swimming lessons are scheduled once a week throughout the year. However there is no opportunity to be competitive with other schools etc., which is such a shame as children need motivation to be better.
We decided Aratakara to join Chinese Swimming Club (CSC) with some of the other kids. CSC is open 7 days a week, and as a squad member, they have to attend the training at least 3 days a week. A day's training includes 45 minutes of basic training, it looks like a proper team training.
Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Arata moved to the Japanese school from year 4. He was quite surprised to see other kids didn't even know how to save or print Word documents.
He is now in year 6 and for the first time, his class did the presentation using PP.....
Monday, 4 July 2016
|４年前のアラタ Arata 4 years ago|
|イギリス人のタカラ A proud Briton, Takara|
At the last Olympics, Takara was still at Nania but Arata was at SCIPS. He joined the NZ team to parade during an Olympics event.
This year, the school asked kids with dual nationalities to represent the countries they are registered with school, and Takara needed to be a Briton, although he remembers nothing about the country...
Friday, 17 June 2016
Takara's best friend, Kosei, has gone back to Japan for good.
They were in the same class at SCIPS and also in the FOBISIA squad and they stayed in the same hotel rooms for a couple of times during their school residential or FIBISIA trips.
Takara is so sad....
Monday, 6 June 2016
And my brother and his wife came to Penang just for durians again (they came here every year)! During their 3 nights/4 days stay, they went to 2 tours. One is organised by Lynn as usual, and on the second day, my friends attended them as we were busy with softball tournament.