11.8.11: Toy creations

The boys created some items from their brick toys.

E made this anteater by himself. Can you see its snout? He also also made a crocodile, but before I could take a picture, he had dismantled it and turned it into an anteater. 
S made this vehicle thing. 

10.8.11: Flower printing

We bought some new pots of "Bunga Tahi Ayam" flowers recently. Some of the flowers' stem had broken after being squashed in the plastic bag when we brought it back home. Instead of seeing it go to waste, I thought that we could do some creative printing with it.  

They look like a display of fireworks

10.8.11: Calling grandma

The boys got bored and decided to call grandma in Melaka. I told them the number and E is pressed the numbers on the telephone. A good way for him to learn and revise his number recognition.

4.8.11: Watercolour painting in Penang

I sat at the Tanjung Bungah beach and drew the landscape in pencil. When the sun came out, it was too hot to sit at the beach, so I decided to paint in the hotel. However, my art materials got hijacked by the boys.
S drew a house and a car by the river. 
He can hold the brush pretty well now.
E decided to join in to draw and paint

5.8.11: Fort Cornwallis Penang

We paid a visit to Fort Cornwallis in Penang. I parked the car by the roadside. They used parking meters over here. Entrance fees: RM2 per adult. The boys got in free.

Bridge over the 'moat'. 

He had expected to see army tanks, but was disappointed when he didn't see any
The room where they used to keep gunpowder. 
Checking out the gunpowder room.

Statue of Sir Francis Light, founder of Penang

Captain Francis Light (1740 - 25 Oct 1794) was the founder of the British colony of Penang (in modern-day Malaysia) and its capital George Town in 1786.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Light

This was a chapel in the olden days.  
Chasing the birds
The boys asked why the soldiers are dressed 'funnily'. 

4.8.11: Tanjung Bungah Beach Penang

Early in the morning and in the evening, we went to the private beach that was attached to Corpthorne Orchid Hotel in Tanjung Bungah. It got hot quite early there as there wasn't much shade.

There were some small crabs scuttling in and out of their holes. The boys observed that the crab walked sideways.

Drawing in sand

These are another 2 more pictures of Tanjung Bungah Beach. They were taken from the Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel, which we visited. The beach is so long and there is more shade. 

4.8.11: Penang Youth Park playground

In the morning, we went to the Penang Youth Park playground area. Penang Youth Park is also known as the Penang Municipal Park and it is located near to the Penang Botanical Gardens. It was raining in the night and the place was damp when we arrived.

It was a nice place in nature and we could hear the sound of insects. It reminded me of the Lake Gardens (Taman Tasik Perdana) in KL, except that this playground here was smaller. I didn't have the time to check out the water play area, and will have to do that some other time.

Practicing counting - Counting the planks and the screws. 
Learning to feel the 'qi' energy of a tree
Obstacle course wall

3.8.11: Visit to Penang

After Ipoh, we headed for Penang. We stayed at Corpthorne Orchid Hotel. It was the Ramadhan month and there were very few people staying at the hotel. The hotel had its own private beach. We stayed there for 2 nights.

The additional space in the suite 
The bathroom was quite large.

The next day, we went to the pool. We spent nearly 2 hours there. 
S learnt to float on his back, with his armbands.
The boys with their newly bought swim board from Ipoh Parade @ RM10.90 each. 

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