Built Tower with Popsicle Sticks

Triangle is the strongest shape a structure can have to build a bridge. It is the strongest shape because any added force is evenly spread through all three sides.

Squares or cubes also can be strengthened by adding a diagonal pieces across the middle making it two triangles linked together. Here then i thought kids on a simple illustration activities of the strongest shape and show them.

Then to make it more interesting, we make a build game contest to compete whose tower the strongest.

To construct the towers, we used colourful popsicle sticks which you can buy at Mr DIY and use cellophane tape to sticks them together. We avoid using glue because it would be messy and more time needed to let it dry.

The strongest tower could withstand more books and should be the winner.

After completion, we tested the robustness of each tower by putting slowly books on top of it.

The strongest towers as follows:

  1. Mom + hadien
  2. Hadeef
  3. Aliesha

Way to improve my kids BM writing skills plus increasing knowledge.

Last year (2018) school holiday, I asked my both kids to read Bahasa Malaysia books on Islamic historical due to this main reasons;

  1. to improve Bahasa Malaysia vocabulary and;
  2. learn writing essay in Bahasa Malaysia the right way

At first kids didn’t show any interest and reluctant to read it. I still encourage them to read by making sure at first they summarise to me pages they read. But after few times reading it, they become excited to read more other books – related to Islamic heroes.

Lucky i have those collection at home so they can picked from there.

Then from there I proceed for them to summarise whatever they have read at Google Sheet created and shared to me for easy review. Hope this is some of encouragement and support system for them to improve their BM vocab whilst learning the good values in Islam.

Below are the list of the books.

Valuable Life Quotes

“Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.”- Jack Canfield

“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu

“All your dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” – Walt Disney

“If you want your children turn out well, spend twice much time with them, and half as much money.” – Abigal Van Buren

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, LOVE of what you are doing.” – Pele

“I caught some lucky breaks along the way. But I’d say the harder I work, the luckier I got.” – Brian Roberts, CFO Lyft

At Last, both Deef & Lish Can Ride 2 Wheels Bicycle

I am happy on 18/11/2018, both my kids Deef & Lish can ride 2 wheel bicycle.

Deef persistent by keep trying, less talking and focus on learning making him able to cycle 2 wheels quite fast. Within 2-3 weeks, he was able to ride on 2 wheels.

Lish talked more than trying to ride and overthink made her learning longer than Deef. When she saw Deef successfully rides 2 wheels she started to focus and trying more.

Lish never give up attitude even after suffered few bruises made her success more sweet.

 

 

Continuous Practice on Hands Stand

 

Consistency and determination towards something you want to achieved can always help you build path to success.

Since my daughter yet to master her hands stand. She will make sure to do lots of practicing. She is aware that she still unable to do hands stand and that’s why she wants to practice.

But for safety and encouragement we will make sure allocate some time to be at her side. Hope one day she can master the skill.

Kids Two-Wheels Bicycle Practice

Today is public holiday thanks to Diwali! So I spent time with my kids and let them learn by themselves riding bicycle with 2 wheels. No more support wheels!

Deef with few tries managed to ride 2 wheels.

Lisha fall down and cried. She went inside the house. I thought she gave up. After few minutes, she came out and tried again. I respect her attitude for not giving up.

When Hadeef saw Lisha crying, he said his remarkable words. “Cry won’t solve your problem”.

After they finished practicing, Lisha showed her bruise on her knee.

lisha bruise on her knee
lisha bruise on her knee

Arduino Beginner Starter Kits Arrived!

I bought Arduino Starter Kits from Lazada. I bought it to teach my kids on programming from young age. Furthermore it is school holiday soon. So I want to expose them to new activities instead of just playing iPad, read books, play drums or gyms.

arduino package bought from lazada
arduino package bought from lazada

I did compare between Rasberry Pi & Arduino. From my findings Arduino is the easiest one especially for kids.

I bought 3 items.
1) Arduino UNO R3 Advance Beginner Learning Sensor Starter Kit v5
2) Arduino 4WD 2 Layer Smart Car Robot Chassis Kit Base Set
3) Arduino Range Finder Ultrasound Ultrasonic Sensor HC-SR04 HC SR 04

The Arduino Starter Kits comes with lots of electronics components such as LED, resistors, breadboard, light and temperature sensors, stepper motor, USB cable, LCD display and many more.

arduino beginner starter kit
arduino beginner starter kit

arduino uno starter kits
arduino uno starter kits

arduino uno starter kits
arduino uno starter kits

arduino uno starter kits
arduino uno starter kits

arduino uno starter kits
arduino uno starter kits

In total, I bought all the items for RM158++ and it arrived on time and in good conditions.

Before I can teach my kids, I need to learn first how to use Arduino. Surprisingly there is a lot of tutorial for beginners on the internet and lots of cool projects.

Genting Highland Pahang AirBnb Occupancy Rate

I bought one condominium at Windmill Upon Hills last year. I want to do AirBnb.

Interesting Places in Genting Highland

  • 20th Century Fox Theme Park
  • Genting Premier Outlets
  • Strawberry Farms
  • Colmar Tropicale
  • Organic Farm
  • Zouk

and few more.

Now my next concern what would be the occupancy rate of Genting Highland AirBnb.
To do that, I compare with Midhill condominium as it is already completed and similar concept with Windmill Upon Hills and owners already rent them out as AirBnb units.

AirBnb Occupancy

I calculate how many days a unit is occupied in a month. A unit is occupied if on the day it is strike through.

genting highlands airbnb rooms availability
genting highlands airbnb rooms availability

Genting Highland AirBnb Occupancy Rate

Then I compiled few units and calculate average occupancy rate and I did it for few months.

statistics genting highland airbnb occupancy rate as of 4/11/2018
statistics genting highland airbnb occupancy rate as of 4/11/2018

Conclusion

Occupancy rate is still low around 35%, maybe 20th Century Theme is not yet opened.

It is way off from my estimation of 90% plus from my previous post Genting Rooms Occupancy Rate Estimation

I noticed there are agents who manage the AirBnB units (have same owners for different units) which is good for me as in long term I plan to outsource my AirBnb unit management.

Repair Floor Tiles That Popped Up & Replace Vinyl Floor

Last September, 2018, suddenly my floor made a lot of cracking sound. It sounds like firecracker. I noticed that our living hall floor started to pop up.

floor tiles popped
floor tiles popped

The vinyl floor also popped up due the tiles floor.

I called my contractor asking for quotation to repair the popped tiles. The contractor said popped tiles happened due to low workmanship e.g not enough cement under the tiles (it produces hollow sound if you step on the tiles) or due the not enough cement glue during the mixture.

Steps Repairing The Pop Tiles

1) Remove the Popped Tiles

remove popped tiles
remove popped tiles

2) Pour New Cement mixed with Cement Glue

floor tiles popped up
floor tiles popped up

 

cement glue
cement glue

3) Install New Tiles

installing new tiles
installing new tiles

new tiles installed
new tiles installed

4) Wait Till It Dries & Make the floor flat and smooth using patching compound

make the tiles smooth even
make the tiles smooth even

 

5) Install The New Vinyl

 

new vinly installed
new vinly installed