The Start of Nykki’s British Council Journey

Ever since Nykki turned 4, I’ve been planning to send her for English enrichment classes so she can further cultivate her love for reading and writing just like her older sisters.

I always believe that being able to speak and write is a basic, but to do it well can help one express themselves and communicate even better with others.

 

Nykki has always loved drama thanks to her sisters who created her own series of videos called The Nykki Show and this little munchkin has embraced public speaking from that moment on. As a parent I know that she has a love for sharing stories from her wild imagination and I’m more than happy to support her in developing this interest.

 

This is why I’m so glad that we managed to get a spot for Nykki to attend the British Council enrichment programme.

 

The British Council in Singapore

Building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language is what the British Council aims to do in the 6 continents and over 100 countries that it has established itself in over the years. And here in Singapore, it even has its own preschool located at 11 Tampines Concourse.

 

There are educational programmes for a wide range of age groups and I really love that while sharpening her literacy skills which are aligned to the syllabus set by the Ministry of Education, Nykki will also be able to have fun, be exposed to a different culture and of course stay safe in their facility. Read on to find out about the safety measures taken here at their centre in Tampines.

 

With four centres located island-wide in Napier Road, Tampines, Marsiling and Toa Payoh, the various centres have internationally qualified teachers helping students to succeed in various stages of life and developing the essential 21st century skills and proficiencies for the young ones to be able to thrive in this fast changing world.

 

Out of the four centres, I chose to take Nykki to the Tampines location as its closest to our home, in fact its only a 7 minutes drive away. How convenient!

Find out more about the programmes offered at their various locations here.

English Enrichment classes for The Early Years

When I told her that she was enrolled in an English enrichment programme, she was super excited because she really enjoys learning and I couldn’t be assured sending her to The British Council because not only are the children’s English enrichment classes here aligned to the syllabus set by the Ministry of Education, they also address problems that students face with English, and help develop them into confident users of the language. At the same time, I love how they encourage creativity, socialization and active learning.

She really looks forward to the classes here each week.
Some of the art pieces made by the pre-schoolers here at the Tampines Centre.
Each classroom is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to help the young ones learn efficiently.

There are various courses and programmes for the Kindergarteners including:

  • Kindergarten 1. Students will develop their phonic awareness and read 2 to 3 letter combinations. They will also be introduced to the often used ‘tricky words’ and distinguish some spelling patterns. Show and Tell during their lessons help to develop their speaking confidence and socialisation skills. By the end of the course, they will be able to write and read short sentences accurately.
  • Kindergarten 2. This is where the children move on to become independent readers and develop their comprehension skills via story-related activities and can begin to write simple paragraphs. Show and Tell will continue in this programme and in the second half of the term, students will improve their skills in comprehension and speaking.
  • Reading Booster (for Kindergarten 2 only). This is the programme where the little ones can get the extra support to reinforce their literacy skills before beginning Primary 1. This course is ideal for children who have a basic grasp of phonics but have yet to transit to any reading fluency.

 

All four of the British Council centres here in Singapore offer these courses for the pre-schoolers and you can find out more here.

 

Reassuring Safety measures taken by The British Council centres.

 

After we had done the safe entry check-in, Nykki was brought to her classroom. For the safety of the children, parents and guardians are not allowed into the centre after dropping the children off. And similarly, when it is time to pick them up, we have to wait outside the centre while the teachers guide them out to parents or guardians. The additional step to allow only parents or guardians with allotted cards to pick up their children is very reassuring as it ensures that only authorized adults can be allowed to fetch the children.

 

I love the fact that the kids also have their ID card on lanyards that they wear when they’re at the centre for classes as it helps teachers and staff in the facility to guide students to their respective classes and to help identify them easily when needed too.

Only registered students are allowed into the classes which are capped at a lower limit now due to safe distancing measures. This is where the ID card comes in handy and we know who the little ones have been in contact with.

Getting her temperature checked upon entering the centre.
The various coloured lanyards to help staff easily identify students and their level.
About to enter her classroom here for the first lesson.
Once again getting her temperature checked by the teacher in class.
Getting her hands sanitized by the teacher in-charge.
Each child gets their own designated desk and seat with their names placed on it.

Love how designated spaces are marked out for the children to minimise physical contact.

 

In fact all classrooms are disinfected after one class ends and the before the next group comes in for their lessons.

This is so reassuring for us parents to know and I can have that peace of mind sending her for lessons.

 

In fact, children do not share stationary while they’re here for lessons and they each have their own folders, books and bags given to them when they’re enrolled for classes here.

Note the safe distance in between the various tables and chairs.

Thank you British Council for helping parents like myself feel confident about sending our precious children for classes to build up their confidence in taking on the world. See you again next week!

The Various Centres:

Tampines

Address: 11 Tampines Concourse, #01-02/03/04, Singapore 528729

Hours:

Open ⋅ Closes 7:30PM

Phone6807 1597

 

Napier Road

Address: 30 Napier Rd, Singapore 258509

Hours:

Open ⋅ Closes 7:30PM

Phone6807 1597

 

Toa Payoh

Address: 480 Lor 6 Toa Payoh, #09-01 East Wing, HDB Hub, Singapore 310480

Hours:

Open ⋅ Closes 8PM

Phone6807 1597

 

Marsiling

Address: 1 Woodlands Street 31, #04-01 Fuchun Community Club, Singapore 738581

Hours:

Open ⋅ Closes 8PM

Phone6807 1597

Sculptra for Natural Volumisation at Halley Medical Aesthetics: Second treatment

I always tell my students “change takes time, and the patience and wait is worth it”.
This line also applies with the Sculptra treatment that I did at Halley Medical Aesthetics with Dr. Terence Tan. Unlike several other types of treatment like hyaluronic acid fillers which are used to fill up a localized area of treatment, Sculptra stimulates our skin to generate its own collagen for more natural and healthy-looking skin. With the use of poly-l-lactic (PLLA), this treatment gives a more long-lasting volumizing effect and is ideal for those who prefer letting the body generate its own collagen naturally.

I embrace aging, but I also intend to do it with less lines and droopy skin. Haha. I did the first Sculptra at Halley Medical Aesthetics and really appreciated how quickly and efficiently it was carried out. The second treatment was no different except that I was able to compare the difference and improvements from before I started the treatment as it does take time for the body to produce its own collagen and create that volumizing effect on our skin, and I was pleasantly surprised that the improvements from just one treatment were already so visible!. Read more about the Sculptra treatment and my first visit in my earlier blog entry here: Sculptra at Halley Medical Aesthetics

Needless to say, the second treatment was just as speedy and efficient, and I was off to teach 2 classes immediately after. No downtime is always a great thing as I really detest wasting time.
Note that it does take on average of 3 Sculptra treatments spaced about 6 weeks to 2 months apart in order to achieve the desired result so this will depend on the individual.

The Second Session: Follow up and recommendation for 2nd treatment

Going through the photos from the first treatment

Before the second treatment, Dr. Terence Tan pulled out my images taken earlier during the first visit and we compared them to the new ones taken today during the consult. Boy was I impressed because I do notice the difference and it does have an improvement in the areas around my temples and cheeks where we did the treatment the first time round. See for yourself.

Before first treatment (left) and Before second treatment (Right)

I noticed that my cheeks were not as sunken and my temples were more filled out where they actually had that sunken “Maleficent” look. No its not because I gained weight in case you’re wondering, lol.

Dr. Terence Tan and I were both pleased with the results since the first treatment and he then proceeded to recommend the steps for the second treatment. As the results from the second treatment are expected to be even better, Dr. Terence Tan also said I might not even need a third treatment if the results from the second treatment are good enough to reach my expectations.

Taking the before shots prior to commencing with the second treatment.

Seeing the improvements to the areas that I was concerned about was really great. We don’t think much of it but the truth is, we do lose bone mass and muscle mass as we age and this can cause our facial features to change, not to mention the fact that our skin will start to sag as a result of loss in volume.
So I’m glad that I got this treatment started with Halley Medical Aesthetics!

The Treatment

Outlining the treatment areas

Once I was briefed on the treatment and what to expect, the numbing cream was applied, and Dr. Terence Tan went ahead to work his magic.

Quite honestly, I’ve always been very impressed by Dr. Terence Tan’s ability to help his patients feel so at ease and continue chatting with us while he’s doing the treatments.

I was chit-chatting with him during the very quick few minutes when he was administering the Sculptra solution using the micro-cannula needle and I think it says a lot that I was actually able to just head off for another meeting and 2 classes right after the treatment.

In case you’re wondering about what the micro-cannula needle is about, it really isn’t a needle but a micro-cannula designed to gently slide into the skin and its flexibility allows the practitioner to control the movement.

Because of how blunt and flexible the micro-cannula needle is, there is minimal pain and less discomfort while getting better results as it distributes the filler more evenly.

Dr. Terence Tan in the midst of administering Sculptra

I think my face says it all in this picture. I was able to carry on a conversation with Dr. Terence Tan throughout the few minutes of the treatment and before I knew it, it was done!

Dr. Terence Tan once again reminded me to massage my treated areas 5 times a day for 5 minutes, and for 5 days.

It’s really not that difficult to do that at all because I’d usually do that each time after I wash my face and then add in another couple more breaks during the day to give myself a relaxing face massage. Easy peasy, and it helps you get the most out of the Sculptra treatment and its collagen stimulating effects.

The “After” shots from the second treatment

 

 

Before first treatment and After second treatment.

You can clearly see that my cheeks look less sunken and my temporal areas are more filled up too.

I was really pleased with the results from the quick second and really can’t wait to see the effects weeks after this. As mentioned earlier, it does take time for our body to produce its own collagen, so the effects I saw today are really the saline and Sculptra solution that’s volumized my treated areas. But it’s a good guide for what to expect as the final result.

Yet again, I’m impressed by the results from the treatment here at Halley Medical Aesthetics under Dr. Terence Tan and I absolutely can’t wait to see the improvements again in a few weeks!

 

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