Monday, April 30, 2012

Pyrex and Thunder

While I've been missing from Blogger, I've been fairly active on Facebook.  When Facebook moved into Timeline, I was hoping it would make searches of past posts easier, instead, I'm finding scrolling through past post more cumbersome than ever. It's pretty useless as a journal of what we've been up to. I plan to dig up my old statuses and post them here; the boys sometimes go through this blog and chuckle about the stuff they said and did in the past

Posted on Facebook 20 March 2012


 
About 2 months ago, I was heating up a Pyrex measuring jug over my stove, intending to use it to melt some butter, but I think I heated it up too much so when I dumped in the cold butter, the jug immediately split into a few pieces with a very loud pop. If you've seen a Pyrex jug, you'll know the glass is very thick. The pop was so loud (I wouldn't even describe it as a pop, more like PRAWWWWWPPPPP!!!!), the boys ran to the kitchen to see what happened. I was shocked too, worried that my stove's glass top had cracked too cos the sound was that loud.

Here's the science connection.

Just now, Sean looked up from his book and asked, "Mummy, do you know how thunder is made?"
No.
"Do you remember when you heated up the bowl very quickly, and then you put the cold butter in which cooled the bowl very quickly, and it broke?"
Yes?
"That's what's happening when thunder is being made. The lightning heats up the air very quickly and the air gets cooled down very quickly. This creates shockwaves which are vibrations which are heard by our ears as thunder."

Kitchen accidents can also be unwittingly turned into science lessons :P Who says I'm not a good teacher?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Bangkok life the past year


It's hard to believe that just about half a year ago, we were living in anxiety, worried about the 2011 floods in Bangkok.  I call that the Big Flood That Never Was*, cos I never saw any waters anywhere near where I was.  Of course I count my blessings but what an experience that was.  We were storing water, filtering water, hoarding food, imagining waters approaching from the next soi, worried about our kids' 45 min bus journey to school.  School was closed for a while too and much to Brian and his friends' annoyance, they had to do e-learning from home.  Unlike many others, we decided to stay put in Bangkok, as it turned out, that was a really good decision.

Again, blessings...the boys' school wasn't affected either.  Just east of where the school was located, another international school, Harrows, was flooded badly.  So much so that lessons eventually had to be conducted at a school (NIST) in the city, with lessons starting after 3pm (after lessons for NIST kids were done).  I'm not sure how long that arrangement lasted, but it wasn't a short time.

Other than that, the year went by pretty uneventfully.  School continues to be wonderful for both the kids, well, all of us love Bangkok a lot.  Even when it's crazy hot like it's been this week, 40deg!  But here's a video of a flood relief trip we made during those trying times.  Here's wishing only good things for this beautiful country.


video

*Okay, the Big Flood that Never Was is probably insensitive to the tens of thousands who suffered terribly during the floods.  What I mean was the flood never came to most of inner city Bangkok yet the media portrayed it as if all of Bangkok was submerged.  My mum was calling me often asking me to leave Bangkok and warning me to keep the boys home from school.  In fact, at the time, there was more chance of seeing a flood in inner Singapore than it was in Bangkok.  

Checking out the new Blogger

Oooh Blogger has a new interface.  When did this happen?  I'm testing it out now, was really fed up with the old Blogger.

So how's everyone been?  I see from my stats that there are still visits to this blog, who's actually visiting?  Been almost a year since my last post.  I've posted some old comments, sorry for not doing it any earlier, I just couldn't be bothered for a time to even go on Blogger, it's just how it is, go google "How Facebook killed the Blogger" to understand this phenomenon.  There was someone who asked me about my Seoul ski trip, which provider I used, sorry, I don't have that information anymore.

Okay, so far this is going real smoothly.  I'm liking the new Blogger, haven't uploaded any photos yet so we'll see.

Let's get this started, I've got tonnes to update.  Maybe...:D

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Okay, the verdict's in, I just posted a video (next post) and the process was FAST!  This is the blogging experience I've been waiting for.  It's a good thing I was too lazy to move to Wordpress, thanks Tsulin for discouraging me.