Happy Lunar New Year! TWC would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family success and prosperity in the year of the Pig. To spread the festive revelry, all existing customers and new customers who sign up for our programmes will receive a complimentary pack of TWC red packets.
*Red packets will be given out to TWC students during their classes in the week of 14 January 2019. New customers who sign up for our programmes by 4 February 2019 are eligible to receive the red packets. Terms and conditions apply.
Fun-Fact: Did you know that Yu Sheng, a dish synonymous with the Lunar New Year, was quite different from the popular dish that we have today?
Previously, this Cantonese dish was only eaten on the 7th day of the Lunar New Year to commemorate Ren Ri (the day humans were created according to Chinese folklore). Humble ingredients were used to create this dish and most noticeably, there was no use of plum sauce which is very much a characteristic of modern Yu Sheng. Though this dish has evolved significantly from the time our forefathers introduced it to the shores of Singapore, it remains a popular custom to gather your loved ones to toss the ingredients while cheering auspicious wishes to usher in fortune and wealth.
If you are attending a party with a prosperity toss this year, here are some auspicious phrases you can say to wish your loved ones:
恭喜发财 (gong xi fa cai): Wishing you wealth and good fortune
万事如意 (wan shi ru yi): May all your wishes be fulfilled
年年有余 (nian nian you yu): May you enjoy a year of abundance
大吉大利 (da ji da li): May you enjoy lots of luck and success
招财进宝 (zhao cai jin bao): May wealth and good fortune continue to follow you
鸿运当头 (hong yun dang tou): May luck continue to greet you at your door step
青春常驻 (qing chun chang zhu): May you receive blessings of longevity and youth
步步高升 (bu bu gao sheng): May you reap prosperity and promotion at work
金银满屋 (jin yin man wu): May you possess a household filled with gold and silver
生意兴隆 (sheng yi xing long): May you have a thriving business
遍地黄金 (bian di huang jin): May you find riches everywhere you go
甜甜蜜蜜 (tian tian mi mi): May you be surrounded with sweet and loving relationships
Conclude by shouting “Huat Ah!” to enjoy great luck and wealth in the new year
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Selecting the Right Enrichment Programme for Your Child
Undoubtedly, Chinese New Year is a celebration of home and family, hence gatherings with family and relatives around the dining table are de rigueur. Relatives and friends might be interested to find out how your child is doing in school. This could evolve into a sticky situation especially when comparisons are made about your child’s academic performance and school. This year, why not turn the conversation around and offer some useful advice on choosing the right enrichment class instead?
1. What is your child’s learning style?
Find a programme that is versatile enough to adapt to your child’s learning needs. A good programme not only focuses on examination strategies but also encourages students to take charge of their own learning. When students are able to understand the way they respond to learning, they are able to apply the concepts they have learnt better.
2. How does the programme enrich your child’s life?
While the Ministry of Education has made a decision to place less importance on academic achievements and examinations, it is placing a greater emphasis on general knowledge and values. There is a common misconception that enrichment equates to academic improvement. If a student has the ability to acquire new skills in critical thinking and problem solving, they will experience personal growth. These life skills inspire curiosity, develop confidence, and build resilience that will help your child grow in school and life.
3. Is there a good mix of learning and fun?
It is always worthwhile to have a chat with your child and find out what they have learnt. A good enrichment programme will include a mix of fun activities. When your child enjoys the learning process, it will be easier to pick up new skills. An encouraging and conducive environment can also help your child develop an interest in the subject.
If you or someone you know is looking for English writing enrichment or tuition classes, visit our programmes page to find out how TWC can help students (ranging from K2 to Sec 4) with our specially designed programmes!