Homeschool turns Vanschool + Hotelschool = Cool!

“So, where are your kids?”

“Oh.. they are at the hotel/motel/resort/guesthouse etc. They follow us wherever we go.”

“How old is the eldest?  He doesn’t go to school yet, does he?”

“Muhammad is 7.  Musa 6.  Maryam 4.  They don’t go to school.  We do homeschooling.”

Hehhehh..this is where the reaction varies.  Frowns.  Blank.  Eyebrows raised. Curious.  Surprised.  Shocked.  Want to know more.  Could care less.  Supportive.  Whatever.

One side:  “You mean, they don’t go school?”   “Is it allowed?”  “How do they learn?” “Whatabout their UPSR?”

The other side:  “Wow!!! That’s interesting.”  “My sis homeschools her kids too.”  “I’ve read about this before.”

The third one:  no response.  conversation ends.  change subject.


Sure, our kiddos miss out on some stuff like ringing of school bells, the joy of canteen cuisine, the group seating (kumpulan anggur, kumpulan ciku) and jadual kebersihan.  Yup, they don’t have the chance to cheer for rumah merah or rumah kuning.  Owh…they might never be school prefects!

But, for now, homeschooling is our choice.  As their parents, we’d like to exert as much influence (and control) as possible on their learning and education.  Selagi boleh, selagi terdaya, InshaAllah.

Seeing real animals sure beats seeing them in pictures.

Maryam creatively colours the right box.  The girl’s got taste!

How comfy and cozy and bouncy.  Homework-on-bed.

Pretending to sleep….

Kota Bharu

Casa-Escuela kids and coaches arrived in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. This is Sarah’s first trip to Darul Naim at the age of 4 months. Hey, this is also Aisyah’s (our nanny/tutor) first trip to Negeri Cek Mek Molek at the age of…..20 somethin’.

We stayed at Rumah Rehat Sri Anggerik in *WCY. A very spacious bungalow owned by Dr. Hisham, who operates his own clinic just across the street. 3 bedrooms, air-conditioned. Fridge, 2 rice cookers, a washing machine and a little TV available. We bring our own DVD player (always do). If any of you heading to KB and looking for a place to stay, e-mail me for Dr. H’s hp no.

*WCY = Wakaf Che Yeh

Maryam in her orange shades, feels at home in KB.

Rumah Rehat Sri Anggerik. (Sorry didn’t take photos of the interior, but on the record – it’s cozy.)

Yati Ayam Percik, Jalan Long Yunus. The best ayam percik gravy ever! Burp..Alhamdulillah.

Missing the net

Salam! Did you get it? Missing U. The letter ‘u’ is missing. 3 days in kota bharu, now in alor staq. Blogging via the lovely P990i sony ericsson.
More photos coming soon!
Mi Casa-escuela still goes on, thanks to Aisyah, our kids’ tutor – graduating engin student. Oh so sad, she’s flying to germany next week to work as a nanny there.
See, when we travel, we take the whole troop plus a helper (maksit) frm Cambodia plus a U-student as part-time tutor.
We are not superparents. We are human after all. We get tired, we get sleepy after talking n seminar-ing the whole day. That’s why we need these tutors to help us. we have a list of them, available on-call.
Wanna write more but typing on this super mini keyboard is troublesome lah.. heheh; TBC.

Hanging out in Kerteh

Alhamdulillah…mi familia has safely arrived to Sri Kembangan from Kemaman. Wanted to buy kopok lekor and hadiah to all my blog buddies..but niatku tak kesampaian. Maybe next time, ok.

If any of my dear readers heading to kemaman-kerteh-paka area, and looking for a place to stay, Kerteh Lodge has my vote. Every year, whenever our big van of fun has programs there, we’d make Kerteh Lodge our crib.

For only RM110 per night, you get a 2-room apartment, fully air-conditioned. Astro also available (minus movie channels). The kitchen is nice and clean. There’s a fridge and a big electric kettle provided. Rice cooker not provided (bawak sendiri le). McD is within a walking distance (the only one in Tganu so far, I think). For dinner, stalls are nearby.

Oh, one more thing, if you do ‘hand-laundry’, the clothes will dry quickly (tpt sidai baju dekat air-cond compressor! hahah). Pictures coming soon.

What to see in Kemaman-Kerteh? The ‘oil-refinery’ (not sure if this is the correct name). You can explain to your kids how the car gets its fuel. See, one topic covered for homeschooling!

In between traveling

My lovely, lovely readers… well mi familia just got back from a week-long stay in Teluk Intan. ‘Berkampung’ at the rest house there. (Quite spacious, so suitable when traveling with kids. Plus, restaurants, 7-E, post office, CC, bundle shop are within walking distance.) Ridz and I had a blast doing our ESB seminar at SMK Tun Abd Razak, Selekoh (STARS). For the whole escuela!!! Form 1 until Upper 6 and the teachers and staff too.

We went to STARS last year, during Ramadhan (yup, we do take bookings in Ramadhan). That was a few weeks before SPM 2007. The students who took part in ESB couldn’t get enough of it *wink*. Pn. Hjh Rahmah, the principal loved it. So, early January this year, she called me and booked us for the whole STARS population. By the way, when the SPM results came out last March, there was a 9% jump for English papers. (The school targeted 5% – so imagine how happy they were..are).

Oh, I must mention that we had a guest speaker for ESB4Teachers and Upper-6 students – Dr. Rohayu. I must tell my readers that she did a superb job inspiring the pre-U students to go ahead and dream. Dream big. I caught some of the girls wiping away their tears. What comes from the heart touches the heart! Bravo Doc!!!

Confession: She inspired me too (if you are reading this Doc, you are the best!) My goal – by November this year I must have registered for post-grad – PhD. Hmm…Dr.Sha.. sounds nice, kan? Ay caramba!!!