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Archive for May, 2012

1st Book Review

Yehh! I just received my first review of my new book, Grandma’s 80th Birthday. By a parent! I cherish that. You can see the full review at
http://mandarinakids.com/article/parents-review-of-mandarinakids-new-bilingual-book-by-petrina-tan

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Book Launch

MandarinaKids™ Book Launch Event – The only bilingual book at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) 2012

Date: 29 May 2012,

Time: 3.15pm – 4.45pm

Venue: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane Singapore 179429, Earshot Cafe

MandarinaKids™ will be launching its first Bilingual book- The chronicles of Meng Meng and An An: Grandma’s 80th Birthday on 29 May, between3.15pm – 4.45pm at the Asian Festival Children’s Content 2012. The book is written by Pauline Loh, who is one of the four winners in the Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) 2012. The Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An is a Bilingual English/Mandarin book with fun flip-ups and audio-CD to help parents introduce Mandarin to their young children in a fun and interactive manner. This bilingual picture book illustrates the Confucian value of filial piety and the universal importance of the family.

Synopsis: Grandma’s 80th birthday is coming but it looks like the family cannot celebrate together because everybody is either busy or sick. Meng Meng and An An work hard to solve the problem.

WEWAM – May 19 Forum report

We held WEWAM’s third forum on May 19. Fifty five ladies attended this forum and gave feedback that these kind of activities are very necessary for educating and empowering women to balance work and life. I was privileged to sit at one table with one woman who had just started work after more than a decade at home. The ladies at her table showered her with reassurances and tips. A friend, seated at another table, was also starting work on Monday… after 15 years as a homemaker. She had been thinking of ‘ramping up’ for a while and was introduced to this new job after being with WEWAM for the past months. We were all very thrilled for her.

This round, we hosted representatives from Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA). We were also happy to announce that we are now a member of Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO).

It was also timely that we unveiled our brand new website http://wewam.org. The website is very simple at the moment but we hope to develop it such that women will find it a useful and inspiring resource. Do log on and subscribe to the WEWAM newsletter to stay informed of courses and activities empowering women. You can also connect with WEWAM on the go via Facebook.

Singapore Memory Project @ Mendaki

Made new Malay friends when i conducted a training workshop for Singapore Memory Project with participants from Mendaki. I gave them an ‘express train’ introduction to interviewing techniques and writing tips in 2 hours.
These volunteers will be interviewing beneficiaries of Mendaki schemes and recalling the 30 years of history since Mendaki was first formed. Yes, this year is the Malay organisation’s 30th anniversary. We can expect a big bash some time this year. I’m eager to see what important memories our volunteers will collect.

 

Scholastic Asian Book Award

So happy that my story “The Locked Up Boy” is one of four entries shortlisted for the Scholastic Asian Book Award 2012. Really praying that I can win this competition and get a publishing contract.

 

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