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Thinking of closing the blog for the last few weeks ...
Since September, I did not have my camera in my bag as usual.
I am in a state of depression as iza's new school year starts.
Everyday.
Iza rushes to finish her homework
and nothing else.
NOTHING.
It was a rare occasion that I had my camera with me for the last set of images.
iza was so happy ...
she danced.
When I edited the last post,
I recalled this series of pictures
which was taken in APRIL 2010.
Juxtapose two sets of images,
I'm astonished.
Only HALF a year,
iza has grown A LOT!!!!!
She is growing in the speed of light.
I know
I will be regretted
if I lose this journal ...






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29 comments:

Fei An said...

Dear Alliot, I understand your feelings. All of us have good days and bad days. Then we take a break...It will be really a pity if you stop this journal. I promise you I will not stop mine even though sometimes I do have no mood to update. It is our journey with the children no matter good or not so good...There can not be good and perfect all the time as we all know.
Take a break if you don't have the mood.

Iza is such a treasure to all of us, I believe. Yes, she grows so fast!!! She is so tall looking at her pictures from the last post.

I said before 大不了让Iza长大以后去国外读书. Let her have as much fun as possible in the weekend. Cheer up:)
my best wishes to you . You will fine again:)

Justine said...

Oh please don't stop your journal! Sometimes, it's hard because we don't have as much time as we'd like but this is so important. It's a diary Iza will keep all her life and Fein An is so right when she says she's a treasure to all of us. Watching her growing is like she's part of our family even if we never met. Emilie thinks she's her cousin because she's so used to see her on my computer. Sometimes I feel depressed too because I don't have enough time to play with her but I try my best to enjoy the weekends with her. Everything will be fine. We're all here for you and Iza :-)

Yoli said...

Iza like Justine said feels like part of our famly. You have no idea how my youngest daughter Salome admires her. She truly looks up to her like an older sister. She wants to play violin and be an excellent student just like Iza, not to mention that she ALWAYS wants to dress like Iza. I totally understand your feelings like Fein An said. Not every day is good and we ourselves can get depressed from time to time. This blog, all our blogs have made us friends, we reach out to each other we worry about each other, it is truly amazing. I hope one day we can all meet and share stories of our children. Please don't go, you and Iza are so dear to so many. Take a break if you are tired and do not feel like blogging. Sending you hugs across the miles.

Yoli said...

I meant to say "eldest" daughter Salome.

Mireia from Kids Fashion Land said...

There is a long time I follow your blog, I love your pictures and the way you explain your life with Iza. I send you a big hugh!
Today we have made a post from your blog in our blog.

alliot / iza said...

Thanks so much my dear friends.
Since iza starts her grade 2, her homework becomes a hugh burden ... I DO NOT understand the "philosophy" of having children to do 2-3 hrs homework after 9 hrs stay at school ...
I'm wondering is iza too slow or are there too many assignments?
But i definitely know that as she becomes more confident in rituals, more skillful in managing exercises, tests, dictation, exams ... she becomes more cautious and less courageous ... In the school system, there's too much emphasis on academics, intellectuals, reading ability ... and children are losing their senses towards the real world we are living in ...
I DID make a complaint on the amount of homework on the parents day last Friday. It seems the teachers are listening. Iza is able to finish her assignments within an hour for these 3 days. I wish the situation will keep on improving.
Thanks Mireia from Kids Fashion Land for the post.
Like Yoli said, I hope one day we can all meet and share stories of our children :)
Kisses to my lovely little friends Anja, Anette, Emilie and Salome!

Yanyan said...

Oh...Alliot... Sorry to know how you have been feeling. I will be very sad if you end this journal, you have been a big inspiration for many, for sure to me. But I know how you feel...We all fallen love to Iza, I looked at your older posts, really amazed how fast she grows. I am sending lots of love and strength to you. Big hug. Yanyan

Jeanne-ming said...

Alliot,
I am coming to Hong Kong in November and this time I have lots of time to paint and enjoy days. I will find you and impress upon you how unique and talented you are and how IZA is brave the way she faces her education burdens. Sending you tons of love and support.

Heidi said...

Dear Alliot,

I totally share your feelings. You have been very good at helping Iaz to adapt the Hong Kong school system.

To a certain extent, it is really a little bit sad that our education system becomes too over focus on the academic results. Both parents and children become super super super busy to rush for completion of homeworks, preparing for tests, dictations, etc. Such kind of system may deprive our children to explore, create and innovate the world around them!!!!!!

But please don't forget that it takes only a short period time for Iza to attend school in compare with her life time. Hence, be courage to tackle the current difficulties. I am here to support you.

winterlude said...

Oh please, stay with us. visiting your blog is like a walk in a land of beauty.
you probably need a little break. it's very difficult when children grow up. oblige my children to do something in which I couldn't trust (too much homeworks, for example) made me too sad and 3 of them are now homeschooled. it's a lot of work for me and I often feel anxious, but they have time to play music, to draw and to dream. I don't know what they'll choose next year.
I'll miss you

Kickcan and Conkers said...

Take a break, but please don't go for good!

nath said...

Sending you my dearest thoughts... I hope things will get a bit easier for her after your mention to the teachers... such a shame to deprive them of precious family time as such young age...

Evelyne said...

Comme je te comprends Aliott...le système scolaire est désastreux pour les enfants...dès l'âge de 3 ans on les maintient assis pendant des heures à faire du graphisme ou des mathématiques...
Je t'écris très vite.
Bon courage à vous deux.

l i s e said...

never wrote a comment my first one to tell you that i love your photos and i'll miss you

Yoli said...

I miss you so much. I know you have been gone but a couple of days.

Agnes Leung said...

I don't know why, I nearly break into tears when I read this post. I deeply echoed your thoughts. How my daughter spent her primary school years flashed into my mind...homework, study, test, exams...that's sucks!!

As parents, we can only support our kids to live a happy life, out of their study pressure, but this is surely not as easy task in HK...

Keep up, recording those precious moments, your daughter will taste them like honey in the years to come!

Thilda said...

Please, don't stop writing this blog!

kenza said...

Oh Alliot stay among us! I have missed you and Iza so much since going off line! I have missed so much. Blogging can be a bit off center sometimes but it also brings so much with the exchanges and the care that is really true since unbinding.
Stay with us!
Kisses to all.

kenza said...

Hello! (just wrote a comment but it seems failed to be posted)
Just to say I missed you and Iza while not connected.
Please remain ... blogging can be off center at times but the gentleness is there from all to you! It is wonderful as it is really true since unbinding. Don't you think?
stay well my sweet Alliot!

Margaret said...

Please take a needed break but please do come back. We so enjoy your beautiful photos of your daughter.

We will continue to check in.

Wishing you well, from the U S A.

Fei An said...

Are you really taking a break, dear Alliot? I am not used to this. Hope you are coming back soon. Have a great start of the week!

Yanyan said...

Please take your time and enjoy the fall, just want to let you know I miss you and Iza and am thinking of you two! Hugs, Yanyan

Guusje said...

Good luck with these hard days, Alliot. I hope to see you soon again!

snitch-snotch said...

I made a post of you today. I will be sad to see your beautiful blog going. But as a mother I understand how it is. I wish you luck xx

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Dom said...

je n'ai pas dû laisser beaucoup de messages mais j'aime vos pages et vos photos, et l'ambiance que vous partagez. Alors, quand vous reviendrez sur la toile, je le saurai
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la casita said...

Hello hope you feel better...
I got emotional looking at your blog.
I have a 5 years old daughter, my only child and I know that feeling of time going so fast.
I think there's too much pressure on children nowadays and so they miss so much...but you are a wonderful mum.
wish you all the best to you and sweet Iza.
Alessandra

CdP said...

Love , love , love
.Amicie lost even Peruvian hat knitted by hand ... This saddens me!

CdP said...

No and I imagine that you can not go ...