Wordless Wednesday: Twins!

About the only time these two are going to appear similar…

Twins!

Twins! (This only lasts for a few minutes though)

The Miss btw is wearing one of Rockstar’s old coats in the picture. She loves taking over his hand-me-downs – because she thinks she completely turns them into her own look. As in, This Was Ko-ko’s ‘Boy Coat’. Now It’s Mine It Doesn’t Look Like Anything Ko-ko Wears Anymore.

Usually, this is more what they're like.

Usually, this is more what they’re like.

Rockstar will be carrying everything and waiting for his sister with slightly exasperated expression because, in the words of our too-serious 8 year old, she is “Going Mental.”

 

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Dances With Pigs: 3 Little Pigs Like We’ve Never Seen ‘Em Before

A post about seeing things through new eyes…

The Miss’ Kindy had a field trip to watch 3 Little Pigs at the HK Theatre of Performing Arts recently. The Miss’ first reaction was “How come they get to wiggle their butts?” To which her teacher replied, “Because they’re pigs” 😀 (Seriously though, I’d been struggling with the Miss’ whole tail-wiggling thing because to everyone else she doesn’t have a fluffy, curly or waggly racoon/siamese cat/porker/labrador tail to vigorously wave about, so…….. No I Will Not Be Typing That Which Miley Cyrus Is Infamous For In A Post Where My Daughter Is Concerned.)

This is the Miss with morning and afternoon session classmates even as their teacher keeps them busy (and from wandering off) before the show starts with several sit-down-stand-up numbers

This is the Miss with morning and afternoon session classmates even as their teacher keeps them busy (and from wandering off) before the show starts with several sit-down-stand-up numbers

Now, the rockstars’ ESF Kindy especially likes to organise theatre trips, after reading the corresponding stories out to them, and here and there we would hear stories from both kids about acting out the various roles in class.

(Back in Kindy Rockstar’s first theatre trip btw was Stick Man, but it was Snow Dragon Sometimes Wolves You Meet Are Not Wolves  (fine that was my old blog post which elicited a response by the show’s UK director/producer in the Comments section – the actual play is Snow Dragon) that we really got the most out of, way back then..)

But back to Pigs. The story line was never one of my favourites, but this theatre production is something else – if you have not see Stiles and Drewes’ Three Little Pigs, then you haven’t seen what music and dance can do to the grossest simplest of ideas. It’s a lot easier to make erm, princesses appealing. This trailer doesn’t do it justice, there is actually a lot more dancing than this, but anyways see if you notice anything else in particular:

Yup, the Wolf. Big Bad Wolf issa rockstar. Or buaya 😀 . These people just have wayyyyy too much fun with this thing, especially the wolf. Don’t get me started how many little kids gave the pigs up to the big bad wolf “There!! There’s a little piggie theeeeeere!!” 

Eat The Fat Porker, You Supercool Wolf. Who does your wardrobe?

The Miss was dubious about his intelligence, “Why can’t he find the pigs, they’re right there?” but decided his wardrobe made up for it. Whispered approvingly, “I like his jacket!” (She has very strong feelings about her outfits)

pic from officiallondontheatre.co.uk

pic from officiallondontheatre.co.uk

For real though, the very charismatic wolf does some serious flirting with the audience. The Kindy doesn’t advise you to bring siblings under 2, and sure there was a smattering of one or two tears among the young audience when the theatre dramatisation got a little loud, but the real crying was when the wolf fell in the pot and quietly went under, because some of the kids felt sorry for him 😀

The Miss didn’t see it that way.

Shortly after, at curtain call, the Big Bad Wolf makes a reappearance for a prolonged closing song and dance, to which the Miss concludes authoritatively ……………………………………..

“After he fell in the pot, he came out nice.” 

pic from Gettyimages.com

This Wolf Dances With Pigs, now -pic from Gettyimages.com

And so it was a very happy ending.

Social media and cyberspace are responsible for so much – for providing us with a ton of information and education……. In a world of double-edged swords (cuts both ways) however, the information bombardment both enhances as well as skews what we see.

A reminder, this week, of how much our prior knowledge and expectations can affect how we view things.  

ps: Oh, and I much prefer the ending where Wolf gets Cooking Pot Lobotomy and is now Vegetarian.

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Rockstarism #380 – Sometimes You Know They Have You On The Ropes…

#380

Sometimes you know they have you on the ropes…

So the Miss likes to do “online math practice” which is really super simple pre-school stuff, when she sees Rockstar on his laptop… I walk by this one time and she’s “counting” one dot on the screen, and so…

Me: Erm, you don’t think you want to do something a little more challenging?

Miss: <conversationally> Why? 

Me: W-ell, you’ve done the same really easy ones a gadzillion times. Not to mention you could do that one in your sleep.

Miss: I like it. 

Me: (walking into kitchen) Fine, I was just asking…

Miss: Why? 

Me: Thought you might be bored and want to try something new. Something more challenging…

Miss: Why, Mum-may? 

Me: Well, sometimes if you push yourself a bit, like when you’re climbing uphill, when you manage to achieve it it feels really good. You’d look back down and say “Wow, I did all that,” it feels –

Rockstar: <barks> Ay. You want to be stupid or smart ah? Ha? Ha? 

Me: Wh –

Miss: <appears to be seriously considering> 

Rockstar: You. Do this kind of exercises all the time then how to be smart ah? Ha? 

Me: <splutters> Firstly –

Rockstar: No, Mum, wait, I got this. <To Miss> So? Smart or stoo-pid? 

Me: First of all, WHERE is that accent coming from?

Rockstar: Whart. 

Miss: Ko-ko, you are stupid. 

Rockstar: <barks> MUM!!

Me: Um… um… Miss, you’re not supposed to call people “stupid”.

Miss: Then what do I call them when they’re being stupid? 

Sometimes.... its... a balance?

Sometimes…. its… a balance?

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