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Living in the World of Excessive Labeling: ADHD

When Hiroshi suffered from a hairline fracture this February, I was allowed to pick him up from the school’s general office. And for the days that I arrived earlier than dismissal time, I’ll read whatever that was left on the magazine racks to pass time.

One of those fateful days, I’ve picked up a nicely illustrated book entitled “I Not Naughty!” by Lim Swee Huat. It turns out that “I Not Naughty” is a comprehensive handbook about ADHD/ADD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorders). The book was simple and straight forward. The more I read, the more I thought that symptoms the author was illustrating sounded very much like Hiroshi.

Just to play it safe and to be absolutely sure, I emailed the school’s counselor to voice my concern. She promptly replied and set up an appointment for me to meet a child physiologist and an Occupational Therapist from Reach.

The first appointment with the specialists was long and tedious. We went though a series of extensive questionnaires. Some were really challenging as we ransack our failing memory banks for the required information. It suddenly dawn onto me how quickly my kids are growing. As we were wreaking our poor brains out, the Occupational Therapist gave Hiroshi a quick initial assessment.

A couple of weeks later, we received feedback from the Occupational Therapist suggesting a FULL Assessment to be done on Hiroshi. During the Full Assessment, Hiroshi was required to perform a series of tasks. And there were also observation to his behavior over a number of occasions in classroom activities.

We were recently presented with the final findings, the occupational therapist confirmed Hiroshi’s condition as ADHD. Specifically, Hyperactive-Impulsive Type.

If a child displays at least six of these symptoms,
do get them accessed for ADHD (Hyperactive-Impulsive Type):
(Better safe than sorry. Early intervention always works best.)

-Fidgeting
-Forgetfulness
-Does not seem to listen when spoken to
-Talking nonstop
-Having trouble doing quiet tasks, such as reading
-Touching and getting into everything
-Running from place to place
-Banging into people or objects
-Acting like he’s “driven by a motor”
-Constantly jumping or climbing — on furniture and other inappropriate places
-Being impatient
-Blurting out comments at inappropriate times
-Interrupting conversations or speaking out of turn
-Having trouble waiting for a turn or standing in line

Part of me wants to wallop in self pity and go into my drama-mama “why me” moments, but yet another part of me was full of anger and extremely upset with myself! How could I have misjudged my son for the past 9 years!

I am feeling awfully sorry about all the screaming and smacking over a condition that even he himself has no control over of. It’s definitely a moment that felt like I’ve failed as a nurturing mom.

Now all I want to know is what can be done to help Hiroshi.

The easiest way out of this situation is medication. But, the specialist’s suggestion was to put that option on hold until we’ve exhausted intervention programs. Hiroshi will be put onto a 8 weeks program. In this program, he will be taught skills to help control his hyperactivity and impulsiveness. We will also be working closely together with his school teachers to implement strategies from the program.

Time to make right what has been wrong.
My Son; Hiroshi is Not Naughty!
Even Mommy herself has wronged you for a terrible 9 years.
I am sorry. I will do better to understand you and help you.
Together, I am sure we will be able to weather through this period.

If you are a parent of an ADHD child, I’ll like to hear your strategies of coping.
If you have natural cures and remedies, I’ll love to hear them too.

But above all,
please just pray for us.
We need God’s wisdom badly!

Marina South Curry House | More than just Curry!

Tucked at the 3rd level of a quiet corner in the newly renovated 100 am (which was formerly known as Amara Shopping Center) lies Marina South Curry House. The restaurant’s retro ambiance reminds me very much of a cosy kopitiam and it would have been PERFECTLY 70s, if they had Rediffusion as well! 🙂
Marina South Curry House Interior

Assorted Drinks that doesn’t come from a Can!! Truly healthier choice!
Marina Curry House Drinks Buah Long Long

I am surprised to find Iced Buah Long Long in the menu. Very few places in Singapore offers this refreshing treat! This is a MUST HAVE!

What’s a Curry House without the Curry?
Left: Red Curry Chicken (Individual Portion: $6.90 Sharing: $14.90)
Right: Green Curry Chicken (Individual Portion: $6.90 Sharing: $14.90)
Bottom: Toasted Baguette ($1.20)
Marina South Curry House Red Chicken Curry Green Chicken Curry

In total, there are 13 different varieties of curries on the menu. With that many varieties, I think Marina South Curry House can be dubbed as CURRY KING of Singapore!

Even though the spicy red curries from Marina South Curry House were well loved by its regular patrons, I personally find the yellow and green curries more enjoyable.

My ULTIMATE Favorite dish of the night!
Salted Egg Chicken Wing ($12.90)
It’s in my opinion, die-die-MUST-have!!
Marina South Curry House Salted Egg Chicken Wings

Crispy Tofu ($9.90)
Think Thai style Tofu.
Crispy exterior vs Soft and delicate interior served with sweet chilli sauce.
Marina South Curry House Crispy Tofu

Lou Han Chye ($9.90)
Medley of vegetables served with tofu, taupok and mushrooms.
Delightful one plate serve all solution, especially for the kids.
Marina South Curry House Lou Han Chye

James happily devours his food!!
Marina South Curry House Happy James eating Luo han chye

Signature Claypot Fish Head Bee Hoon (Individual Portion: $7.90 Sharing: $18.90)
You either love this or hate this, there is no 2 ways about it!
And just to set the records straight. I Love it!
Marina South Curry House Signature Claypot Fish Head Bee Hoon

This dish is lovingly simmered over 6 hours with all the good stuffs. Fresh sea bass was a great compliment to the yummy thick bee hoon and the superior soup broth. NO Filler (milk) nor MSG was used in this dish! Absolutely made with love!

There is always room for dessert.
Especially when it is Gula Melaka Chendol! ($4.90)
Marina South Curry House Gula Melaka Chendol

Found this quirky banner and loved the slogan!
It can be loosely translates into
“So Fragrant till you Salivate, so Spicy till you had to Shed Tears!”
Marina South Curry House Slogan | Funny Banner

Nice ambiance, perfect place for a quick meal or get together.
Kiddy friendly. And guide dog friendly too!
Meet my visually impaired friend; Lee Lee and her adorable guide dog NICE.
Marina South Curry house With Lim lee lee and guide dog NICE

Prices are reasonable. Marina South Curry House also offers set meal which includes Lemon Barley and Fresh Fruits on weekdays at great value.

Service was bearable, but needs improvement.

On the overall, pleasant dinning experience. I’ll visit again for Iced Buah Long Long, Gula Melaka Cendol and Salted Egg Chicken Wings!

Marina South Curry House
100am (Next to Amara Hotel)
100, Tras Street, #03-14
Singapore 079027
Phone: 6694 8108

Operating Hours:
Mon – Sun
11:30 – 22:00

Full disclosure: We have been invited by AT Marketing Consultancy for Individual Media Food Tasting Session as well as Retro Yummilicious Press Launch 2014. All view and opinion are my own.

I’ve got the Most AWESOME looking Kids on Planet Earth!

“It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers.
Even when their own child is
the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine,
they still think that he or she is wonderful.”
—Roald Dahl

Can you spot Hiroshi?
Horizon Primary School P3 Reflector Class Photo 2014
Horizon Primary School P3 Reflector Class Photo 2014

3rd row, 4th from the right!
Looks like I am having a John Travolta with the Saturday Night Fever Dance Pose!
Horizon Primary School P3 Reflector Class Photo 2014

Can you spot Sophia?
Horizon Primary School P2 Discoverer Class Photo 2014
Horizon Primary School P1 Discoverer Class Photo 2014

1st row, 4th from the right!
That smile will definitely brighten up any dull days!
Horizon Primary School P1 Discoverer Class Photo 2014

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