Preparing for Best Cafe 2016

This Saturday, May 14th 2016, Breakthru Enrichment Station (BEST) will be having this year’s installation of BEST CAFÉ. BEST Café is held once a year to support our children and help them in achieving their different dreams and goals in life. It also helps to inspire and enlighten them as they are able to serve their family members and friend, thus gaining more confidence in their everyday life.

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Proceeds from this special entrepreneurship project will also help in raising funds to better equip the centre’s F&B Kitchen. This is where our children learn how to cook and be independent in the kitchen, a much needed skill for self-survival and independence.

What to expect on that day:

Come along with your stomachs empty and your hearts full! Be prepared to sample some of the delicious treats that the children have worked very hard to prepare for you! There will be plenty of fun and games as well around the area for you and your children to participate in. Some examples of the games available that day are Seafishing, a game where you have to try and hook the items in a large basin full of water and Rainbowling, where players will be asked to roll a ball to knock down all the pins!

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Friends, family and guests will also get to sample some culinary delights during that day! These are all lovingly prepared and cooked for you by the children and they will be your lovely waiters and waitresses for the day! Below are the food options available:

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1. Chicken Chop Set

Grilled marinated chicken with herbs, parsley, basil, olive oil and topped with mushroom sauce. Served together with vegetable salad, potato salad, mushroom soup and a Ribena Lemon.

2. Nasi Lemak with Rendang Chicken

Fragrance rice with fresh coconut milk, homemade sambal and rendang chicken.

3. Potato Salad

A healthy side dish that consists of potatoes, tuna, red onion and mayonnaise.

4. Chicken Pie

Savoury pie with chicken, egg, potato and mushroom filling. *this is a hot selling item and the chef’s favourite

5. Waffles with Strawberry Jam

All purpose flour, low fat UHT milk, corn oil, eggs and topped with Strawberry Jam.

6. Waffles with Peanut Butter Jam

All purpose flour, low fat UHT milk, corn oil, eggs and topped with Peanut Butter.

There will also be Ribena Lemon and Chilled Mineral Water for sale on the day.

In addition to all the awesome food and amazing games, there will also be very interesting free talks available throughout the day  and will be held in the music room at BEST. The schedule is as below:

1. 10.30 am – 10.50 am: P.L.A.Y策略简介”。  by David Mah (以中文分享)

2. 11.00 am – 11.20 am: Understanding Your Child’s Challenges by Christina Ho (conducted in English)

3. 11.30 am – 12.00 pm: Latest P.L.A.Y Strategies for Stress Management by Phoebe Long (conducted in English and Mandarin)

4. 12.10 pm – 12.30 pm: Doodle Doodle Play: A Window to Whole Brain Vision by Cheng Y.C. (conducted in English)

5. 12.40 pm to 1.00 pm: Switch On Your Brain With Simple Touch For Health (TFH) Technique by Chong W.M. (conducted in English)

6. 1.15 pm to 1.45 pm: Introduction to Essential Oils by Phoebe Long (conducted in English)

7. 2.00 pm to 2.20 pm: 您的孩子预备好去上学了吗? by Foo Wan Ching (以中文分享 .)

Last but certainly not least, we have also set up a flea market with amazing little gifts that you can buy for your kids.

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Coupons will be needed on the day in order to purchase the food and drinks available. Coupons will be available for sale on the day and the café will be opened from 10 am to 3 pm! We’ll be seeing you all there!

Cooking Competition at BEST

They say that a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I say, that’s the way to anyone’s heart! Cooking is an art form, a relevant skill and a necessity in life. Here at BEST, we try to equip our students with cooking skills and to harness their creativity as well as give them the tools to be independent in life.

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To further enhance their interest in cooking, we had a cooking competition today at the centre! Students were involved with the preparation process from beginning to end, starting with preparing the work stations right up to cleaning it up when it ended. Parents were present to help judge the competition and to give moral support to their children. It was obvious that the kids were happy and even more active than usual with their parents present.

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The competition began with delegating the different jobs to different people. Older students began assembling the relevant tools and ingredients needed to bring it from the kitchen to the respective work stations. Once everything was assembled, the competition began! There was such an infectious buzz of excitement amongst the participants as well as the spectators but noise quickly died down the moment the competition began!

The first category had three competitors. The competitors were asked to cut up fruits and assemble them on a plate and they were judged based on their cutting skills and creativity in plating. It was such a thrill to see how fast and skillful the competitors were able to handle the knives and cut up the fruits so well! Their creativity really shined through as each and every competitor had a different flair in plating the fruits.

The second category were for the foundation basic students at BEST. These were the younger children and they were being tested on their comprehension and hand eye coordination skills. Participants were asked to assemble fruits on a stick following a sequence based on the first example given. The winner was judged based on proper completion of the task and how well they followed the sequence. It was such a cute sight watching these young children try their best to follow the sequence with minimal help. Most of the time, it ended with them being more interested in eating the fruits instead! It has been noted that an eating competition definitely needs to happen soon! The children seem to enjoy it BEST!

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The third category was to judge competitors on their cutting skills again as well as their assembling skills. Competitors were asked to make a pizza using cheese, mushrooms, tuna, tomato sauce and a burger bun. These were for the foundation advanced students and you could see full concentration on each of their faces as they worked hard to quickly cut up the mushrooms and cheese into bite sized pieces and assemble it as quickly as possible. It was very apparent during this category that when these children are given a task they’re interested in doing, they had full concentration on it and were very focused in doing the best job possible.

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The final competition was the one everyone had been waiting for: The Sushi Making Competition! The older students were participants in these and we had two groups of four in this competition, Team A and Team B. Teams were awarded marks based on their teamwork, creativity, design/plating and taste. The students showcased excellent teamwork skills as everyone participated equally and when a student had difficulty in their task, their teammate would take over and help them out with it. Team B showcased excellent organizational skills. The minute the competition began, they each knew their roles and waited for their turns in cutting, assembling, wrapping and plating the sushi rolls. They also tried rolling it in different ways. In the end though, there could only be one winner and Team A was the winner for this competition! Their sushi was delicious with the addition of tuna and it was rolled and presented in a neat manner.  Team A was obviously ecstatic at this and there were loud cheers for everyone when it ended.

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This competition brought out a lot of joy in both the parents and the children. Parents were able to see their kids grow and flourish here and the kids really enjoyed just spending a few hours in the morning with their parents. They shared that they all felt accomplished and independent during the competition, something that will be remembering for a long time to come! It was also a great way for the parents to see how their children’s life skills are brought out here at BEST. All in all, it was a successful competition indeed.

BEST Café coming to you! A complete Café experience at BESTCentre.

This coming 7 Sept 2013, we are transforming BEST Centre into a real Café, just for a day to serve all of you. Our children team are all eager to serve you, so come with friends and relatives to support our great event of food and fun day.

 

Happy Chinese New Year !! 恭祝大家新年快乐!!


 (CNY Celebration at BEST Centre, 6 Feb 2013)

Wishing all of you a blessed, successful, and be filled with abundance of joy, love and peace this year!

~ Love from children and staff of BEST Centre ~

Our children celebrates Chinese New Year in 1Malaysia spirit, with Malay, Chinese and Indian, and own-made lion dance heads made with boxes by themselves!

Let’s go to the Zoo, there’s lots of things to do

Visiting the Zoo with friends is different!
We went to the National Zoo!

In order to catch the Multi Animal Show (at Amphitheatre), we have to arrive at the Zoo by 10AM. So we made sure we arrive in time.

A stroll in the er.. Zoo! The weather is just perfect.
The weather was perfect, and the stroll in the park was easy and fun. Parents even provided us with their strollers to aid the walk.

Taking time to appreciate at the animals.
The animals were very kind and all come out to welcome us.

A TIGER came
We met with a hungry tiger, he was walking around to seek for food. That reminded us about our snacks too!

Snack in the park, each eat a part, we'll not be apart.
So along the way, we had a snack break. Lets share  一人一半,感情不散。

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So good to see our bigger children showing brotherly love to the younger ones.

Catch me if you can!
“I am running. Catch me if you can!” says a little one, while running towards the Amphitheatre.

Seal Show.
Continuing the journey, we arrived just in time for the Multi Animal Show at the Amphitheatre.
You should not miss it if you visit the Zoo. It is worth watching.

Wa.. Oh.. Ooo.. Mmm.. Ah.. Really?
.. and the seals’ performances were just jaws dropping AMAZING! (Photo above as proof)

Who can tell me what animal is this?
A special guest appearance in very close distance. Anyone knows what animal is this?

I am always by your side.
Next destination, the Aquarium. We see brotherly care again here.

The Tunku Abdul Rahman Aquarium
We arrived at The Tunku Abdul Rahman Aquarium.

Thinking of sushi? This is not the type we eat.
And these eels are truly an eye opener. Did they use this for sushi?

We had a great time in the National Zoo indeed.
We had a great and enjoyable trip!

Our stroller gang taking a R&R.
After a day of travel, our stroller gang had some R&R

For the hilly part we took the tramp. What a breeze!
.. and yes, we did take the tramp to reach the hilly and deeper part of the Zoo where the rhino is. We learnt many more animals along the way. The tramp is a must-ride too.

We are visiting Logos Hope!

We will be visiting the world largest “Floating Bookfair” MV Logos Hope next Tuesday (4th Oct 2011)! Every children are excited about it. We plan to go in a bus there and join them for a cultural show and check out their books on board.

Logos Hope will berth at the Port Klang Cruise Centre, Pulau Indah (formerly known as Star Cruises Terminal, West Port), on its maiden voyage around the world.

The fair will be opened to the public from 10am to 10pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays, and 3pm to 10pm on Sundays. It will be closed on Monday. Tickets only cost RM1 and admission is free for children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult.

How about you? Will you bring your child for a healthy family trip?

MV Logos Hope is currently at Penang port until 26 Sept. Check out their real-time webcams: http://www.omships.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=376&lang=en

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