chase those dementors away!

Harry Potter movies are a recurring theme in our living room now. AE has started to watch it, a bit here and there. He likes the scenes with werewolf, dragon, spider, trolls and dementor. Haha. I have no complains coz I have enough of cartoons, and magic is refreshing for a change!

Watching the movies over and over again, I just realised that the patronus charm, the ‘expecto patronum’ chant (pronounciation: eks-PEK-toh pə-TROH-nəm) actually exists in the real world.

A little background: the patronus is a protector to shield yourself from dementors. The dementors are soulless creatures, feeding on the positive emotions, happiness and good memories of human beings. The very presence of a dementor makes the surrounding atmosphere grow cold and dark. To conjure a patronus, you need to think a very happy powerful memory while chanting the spell and be very focus, only then your patronus will appear. A perfect patronus will be able to chase the dementors away, but a weak one will vaporized once the dementors approached nearer to you.

Okay back to the real world. Now that I’ve thought about it, patronus and dementors are actually metaphors. Dementors refer to sadness or depression. As such, whenever you are feeling down, try conjuring ‘patronus’ to shield yourself from being moody or pessimistic. Remember, the dementor can feed on your positive emotions until you’ll die.

It might be good if you keep track of your happy memories coz when dementor comes, you have your happy memory ready to overcome it. My ex-boss gave me this small book to jot down all my happy memories, and I find it is quite handy. It makes you count your blessings and be more optimistic with the surroundings.

In addition, your patronus will be very convenient in pain management. Whenever you need to undergo something fearful like perhaps injection, dentist appointment, epidural, etc, get your happy memory inside your heart and insyaAllah the procedure will not be too painful. But remember, the memory has to be powerful enough. Prof Lupin said Harry’s first selected memory (riding a broom) was not powerful enough that’s why the charm failed the first time. Another thing, you really need to focus. In other word, shift your focus from the nervousness to your chosen memory. I tried this trick a few times and it does work. Of course you don’t need to chant the spell out loud! Adult wizards use non-verbal spells okay:).

I remembered my friend Suria also gave me idea on how to shift pain. 13 years ago we were on one of the crazy ride on Sunway Lagoon (can’t remember which one) and it made me nauseous. Since it was on a weekday with no people queuing, those college kids ask the Sunway worker to repeat the ride. So the worker did, before I can go out! I wanted to vomit but Suria asked me to pinch myself, so that you shifted the pain in your mind to other parts of your body so called. It kinda of work. So if you don’t have time to think of any powerful memory, try pinching yourself next time hehe…But you can’t pinch yourself while waiting for epidural rite..hehe…

Okay practice your patronus! Have a happy weekend!

Preschool in Ampang (Updated Nov-14)

Hi readers. Since this post has got so many hits (especially year end), I’m adding some more latest information. But please take note that this is just based on words of mouth of other moms in Ampang area. (this post was originally written 4 years ago!). Feel free to add in comments so we parents can share their experiences.

disclaimer: post under the comments section are personal opinion of other blog readers and does not represent the views of this blog host.

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At first I don’t feel like sharing about preschool here in the blog, coz perhaps it might affect others’ decisions and preschool operators might not be too happy about that. But when more than one people queried and after some thinking I thought I should just share some information from our research. It will at least help you gather the basic details and do review of your own.

Plus when you google about preschool in Ampang, there are not as many results / reviews come out, compared to let say Damansara or PJ areas. So I hope my list here can get you started. Well, sharing is caring:) These are some preschools that I’ve found from my google search / sightseeing around Ampang Jaya area. Please note that the information was gathered from the internet / personal observations / phone calls/ and might not be accurate.

1.Kidz Cabin
It is located at Jalan Page (off Jalan Pakat ), Ukay Heights. The teachers were previously from another preschool at Taman Tar (if I’m not mistaken Young Ambassador) and when the school moved, they decided to open their own. The school don’t really have exams or homework. In my opinion, geographically the location is a plus point in comparison with other schools. It is a single-storey bungalow, tuck away from the busy street. Hence the fresh air and kids can stay longer at the playground, which comes with swings, monkey bar, trampoline, sand box and small football field. Transport: available in Ampang Jaya area, provided by the teacher.

The place also offers extra classes like fardhu ain, taekwondo, art and music so you don’t need to send your kids to a few places if they need these electives. Teachers will give you weekly updates, FB updates and emails notifications on what are the things going on at school. They replied your WA promptly, too.

2. Buzzy Bee
This school is located at Hillside Estate, Ampang Jaya. It has been there for a long time and has established reputation. I think their alumni are already in the university or something. The school practices Montessori method and is famous amongst the expatriates. The teacher told me that they suggested kids to change to different kindie at 6-yrs old if they decided to go to the public school in standard 1, so that they are adjusted well. When we visited the place, I think 80% of the kids are expats. Fee is around RM900/month. Playground has swings and trampoline, but small compound as it is a terrace house. Classes are also a bit packed, but all are air-conditioned. Transport: available, provided by the teachers.

3. Real KIDS Ampang

My friend send her daughter there and love the place. Not a playgroup type though. Oh yeah the school has swimming pool!

4. ICDC Ampang (Taman Mamanda)

Now the center has grown to primary school. Good reviews from moms. http://icdc.com.my/

Other nearby preschools with no details:

i. Tadika Qasrina (bungalow opposite near Ampang Point).

ii. Kindicare (Ukay Heights).

iii. Seri Mawar.

iv. Cherie Hearts – bungalow opposite Ampang Point

v. Atfal Kids (Taman Mamanda) –new?

vi. Medina Zaara (Ampang Jaya) –they moved to a bigger house in Kg Melayu Ampang. Good review from parents, they have islamic english sylabus, starts at 3yo. Fees around rm500/mth if I’m not mistaken.

vii. Brainy Bunch Ampang Point.

Of course there are a few more at Ampang Hilir, such as Children’s House, TreeTop House (good review!) ,and latest I saw is Graceful Hands, but we decided not to even bother look there coz of possible traffic hassle at that area. Plus I think it’s good for the preschool to be in the neighborhood so that in case of anything, my relatives are nearby. Imagine last time I went to Tadika Fatima, Jalan Ampang! Walaweii traffic jam giler that area nowadays!

Good luck searching for school! Do go for visits!

Some notes:

~looks for passionate teachers

~More than one time visit is okay, you deserve to have that positive, comfortable & safe feeling for your children.

~Dont just rely on the branch/franchise names. Every branch operates slightly different from one another.

*Oh yeah there are also parents hopping to my blog looking for daycare. This is another BIG problem, we are short of quality daycare! Anyway, same goes – do visits on the one that you have shortlisted. MPAJ do list the one with license, you can check them below:

http://www.mpaj.gov.my/inventori_taska

**Kindergarten is under MOE, whilst daycare is under Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat. But there are a lot of Kindergartens that operates under daycare /company licenses as they have children age below 4years old and above 6 years old.