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When we live far away from our family and friends, it is always important to remember our roots, our loved ones overseas, and most of all, introduce and share our traditions, culture and values with the younger generation – and the easiest way is through our cuisine.

By introducing your cultural dishes to your children or your grandchildren, you are actually introducing your cultures to them indirectly, which in turn, allows your children to have a better understanding of your culture, heritage and your background. Thus, it is easier for them to establish deeper and more meaningful relationships with you and your extended families.

Your children may be limited by language or may have adopted different lifestyles and attitudes to their relatives back in your home country due to generational gaps, but it does not mean they need to miss out on understanding your culture and their heritage.

Modern Day Electronic Gadgets and Your Children – Friends or Foe?

By |2019-01-16T13:16:51+00:00January 16th, 2019|Your Family|

I have talked about the advantages of modern day electronic gadgets and their roles in family dynamics, so today let’s explore their roles in your children’s lives. When I was running [...]

How to support your child transit from primary to high school with ease and joy

By |2019-01-16T11:52:04+00:00January 16th, 2019|Your Family|

The challenges of high school What happens when you children moves from primary to secondary school? How would they feel? How do they adjust? During the transition, it is a [...]

Connect and bond with your children through meaningful interactions – Involve them!

By |2019-01-16T08:45:32+00:00January 16th, 2019|Your Family|

I still whole heartedly believe that children can learn so much from HOME, play and interacting with people they love and trust. They learn through being hands on, i.e. helping you [...]

Wishing you and family a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year

By |2018-12-28T17:06:11+00:00December 24th, 2018|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|

Christmas time is a time to re-connect with your family and friends, re-evaluate your priorities and make time for what is important in your lives. I would like to take [...]

Reconnecting to Family, Culture and Heritage through childhood dishes

By |2018-10-29T07:37:16+00:00October 29th, 2018|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|

The easiest way to share your culture and heritage with younger generations is through the cuisine you grew up with. I wrote about why it is important to embrace our [...]

Why it is important to embrace your culture and heritage with love?

By |2018-10-19T10:00:25+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|

"If you don't know your roots, you are like a leaf that does not know you are part of a tree". Source: The Little Nyonya drama series I told myself [...]

Parenting in a new culture and the opportunity for stronger bonding and connections

By |2018-05-28T05:20:39+00:00May 28th, 2018|Your Family|

Parenting in a new culture and the opportunity for stronger bonding and connections As parents, irrespective of our background or culture, our primary goal is to have great relationships with [...]

Five fun interactive activities that create connections during the school holidays

By |2018-04-19T07:21:57+00:00April 19th, 2018|Learning Starts from HOME: Fun in the Kitchen with your Children!, Your Family|

School Holidays… Just relax and breath… School holidays – the best time of the year! That's my experience. It is a great time to relax, lay around the house and [...]

United We Shine! Parenting In A New Culture – Opportunities For Growth and Deeper Connection

By |2019-01-13T12:00:39+00:00April 10th, 2018|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|

Nyonyalicious store - pdf format Amazon: https://amzn.to/2M5vcvh (Kindle version) I would like to share something really exciting with you today ... Over the past few years I had been thinking of [...]

Make every opportunity to connect and bond with overseas relatives count

By |2018-04-09T05:46:57+00:00April 9th, 2018|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|

Building relationships and bonding with relatives - Make every opportunity to connect and bond count. I have just communicated with my relatives overseas about planning our travel itineraries for the [...]

Gardening with kids – one perspective from a non-gardening enthusiast

By |2018-03-12T07:26:20+00:00March 12th, 2018|Learning Starts from HOME: Fun in the Kitchen with your Children!, Your Family|

Personally, coming from an Asian family, my love for gardening is not that great. However, my brother and mother would not support this view as both of them love their [...]

Strengthen your relationships with your children through your childhood dishes

By |2018-03-01T06:23:13+00:00March 1st, 2018|Your Family|

Strengthen your relationships with your children through your childhood dishes What is your favourite childhood dish or food memory? Why is it so special? Last week I talked very briefly [...]

The significance of Tok Panjang in today’s society

By |2018-07-06T07:05:31+00:00February 26th, 2018|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|

Tok Panjang setting courtesy of PAA NSW Tok Panjang Chinese New Year Dinner While helping to plan for the Peranakan Association Chinese New Year dinner, I was asked about Tok [...]

Why are Traditions and Cultures Important to Families?

By |2018-07-06T07:05:54+00:00February 15th, 2018|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|

Your Traditions and Your Values – sharing cultures February 16th 2018 is Chinese New Year; it is also known as the spring festival or lunar new year. It goes for [...]

I want you to invite your children to your kitchen and here is why

By |2018-01-22T15:05:35+00:00January 25th, 2018|Learning Starts from HOME: Fun in the Kitchen with your Children!, Your Family|

Source: Body and Soul section of The Advertiser newspaper, 21 Jan 2018 Enlarged article: https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/tokpanjang/Images/kidsinkitchen.jpg My editor just sent me this article to highlight and enforce the messages I am sharing [...]

Meet my editor Dr. Dana Skopal and hear what we discussed during our lunch meet catch-up

By |2018-01-08T16:47:36+00:00January 11th, 2018|Your Family|

Lay Ean and Dr. Dana Skopal - Editor for Tok Panjang Just had a wonderful lunch with my editor, Dr. Dana Skopal. For those of you who have not met [...]

The one birthday ritual that I still practice in Australia

By |2018-07-06T07:06:02+00:00January 8th, 2018|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|

Last weekend was my daughter's birthday. So how do we celebrate birthdays in Australia? Do I still follow the ritual from my childhood? It is not possible to do everything [...]

Wishing you and family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

By |2017-12-27T07:43:55+00:00December 24th, 2017|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and family. Christmas time is a time to re-connect with your family and friends, re-evaluate your priorities and make time for [...]

3 joyful ways to connect with your community during festive season

By |2018-01-02T10:16:31+00:00December 21st, 2017|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|

Simple ways to connect to your community Even though I have left home more than 30 years ago, I still miss all my family and friends in Malaysia. This is [...]

Benefits of involving your children in festive preparations

By |2018-07-06T07:06:19+00:00December 17th, 2017|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|

It is only a few more days until Christmas. Have you organised your greeting cards? What about your gifts? Your presents? Your treats? Your guests? Family gatherings and hosting people? [...]

Tips on how to guide and share your culture with your grandchildren from your kitchen!

By |2018-01-02T10:13:01+00:00November 20th, 2017|Learning Starts from HOME: Fun in the Kitchen with your Children!, Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|

Guide and share your culture with your grandchildren from your kitchen! I was at a tea shop talking with the manager about various teas...  and somehow our topic of conversation [...]

Stop longing and start connecting to your favourite childhood dishes in under 30 minutes

By |2018-07-06T07:06:28+00:00November 2nd, 2017|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|

Start reconnecting to your childhood dishes with readymade ingredients! One of the many things migrants miss most is the food they grew up with. Are you one of them? I [...]

From the kitchen to connections and empowerment

By |2018-01-22T07:01:39+00:00July 12th, 2017|Your Family|

Your kitchen - a natural classroom! My amazing editor, Dana, sent this link to me: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-18/childrens-literacy-study-links-hearing-words-to-reading-ability/8697138 There are two amazing articles in there, but for today, we are going to [...]

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