What are our plans for 2018?

One of the world’s longest living human planned a year in advance. This is a good habit that we can learn from as the act of planning itself will shape our daily choices and decisions.

For all seasons:

  1. [daily] pray + sleep + eat + smile + exercise + learn + create/do
  2. [daily] brush the teeth of Little Prince + Little Princess
  3. [weekly] back-up essential folders in my laptop: ref2018, Asia2018, etc.

For Spring 2018:

  1. Little Prince to start learning music as inspired by a talented lady/paediatrician married to a Harvard- and Ritsumeikan-educated gentleman. I really enjoyed listening to her soundcloud in the early hours of 20171111, thanks to her early immersion in music since the age of 4!
    1. While I am not like other tiger mothers (虎妈) who insist that their children learn playing musical instruments from the early age, Little Prince himself has been drawn to beautiful pieces of music and excited to perform (anything from storytelling to singing) on stages.
    2. Since we are pretty nomad, what is the simplest instrument to start with? Should we start with a recorder or a melodica/pianica?
      1. Pro of recorder: lighter, cheaper
      2. Pro of pianica: easier to press & transition to piano?
    3. Thank you also to a colleague who started learning piano at age 7 as required by her father, for the suggestion to enroll him in music classes.
  2. Little Prince to start learning the subject that I am teaching, he will be my student/protégé to practice patience and creativity to simplify complex ideas for knowledge transfer to others. (Plan since 20171111)
    1. I will give him a weekly lecture, digitize my voices so that I could learn from the audio and deliver better to my official students.
    2. He has to verbally answer to exam questions.

For Summer 2018:

  1. potty train Little Princess
    1. We let her watch potty training videos and animations, used bare-bottomed method (and hence I had been cleaning his urine and poo at many sites at home), gave her plenty of liquid (water, milk), and even celebrated her success.
    2. We found it challenging. Perseverance and patience are essential.
      1. On 20180725, while Little Prince was obliged to sit on her Bear potty for hours (including having lunch sitting on it and being fed food), she still could not manage to pass urine or poo there, and in the end I brought her to room 1 for a nap before a happy play at the opposite park.
  2. For more, see ref2018/summer2018_plan*txt

For Autumn 2018:

  1. Little Prince to learn English Grammar
    1. use the Casco book that we bought in summer 2018.
      1. After we note down the rules in a Samsung tablet and save the notes, it’s fine if we don’t bring back the book.
      2. It costed us only SGD 8.9 but it’s colorful and educational.
    2. spot the grammar rules in the library books that he borrows weekly.
    3. spot the grammar rules in the magazines that we collect from lounges and airplanes.
  2. After each menstruation cycle, consume Eu Yan Sang Bak Foong Pill
  3. For more, see ref2018/fall2018_plan*txt

For winter 2018:

  1. Little Prince to resume learning Chinese Mandarin: Hanyu Pinyin, reading, and writing.
  2. start completing uncompleted things listed in google keep summer2018
  3. After a menstruation cycle, consume  the remaining Eu Yan Sang Bak Foong Pill in at Home@S2011.

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