Thursday, March 19, 2020

Family Trip to Seoul - Day 5

Finally, I get to sit down and write about our final part spent in Seoul. With the recent fear of Covid-19 and the implementation of lockdown in some countries has made me treasure more of those times we got to travel together as a family. I dunno how long this virus is going to lead us to but for now I felt it is best to avoid crowded places as much as possible. 

Our final day in Seoul was spent at Everland. I think parents with kids will understand that no matter where we go, we will try the best of our ability to bring our kids to at least one of their favourite destination in that country. Before the trip, hub tried to ask our Korean friend for his opinion on Lotte World or Everland since we have limited days to spend in Seoul. In the end, Lotte World was ditched from our itinerary and we decided to go ahead with just Everland. 


We took a shuttle bus service located just nearby our hotel in the morning. We were dropped off at the parking lot beside the entrance to Everland.


The whole Everland compound was very big and spacious. The kids had so much fun that day. I shall just let my pictures do the talking....

















We did not stay until the last shuttle bus service. In fact, we left slightly early to go back to Myeongdong to settle our dinner and did some last-minute shopping.


During dinner, we managed to eat at the famous porridge place in Myeongdong. On one of those days we were there, there was a long queue outside the porridge shop "Migabon" early in the morning and we decided to give up after queuing for quite a while.  




After dinner, we wandered around Myeongdong and ended the night with some self-portraits drawn by some street artists.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Coopervision MiSight 1 Day Contact Lenses

YQ was found to be myopic during the school's yearly health check when she was 8 years old. Despite our effort to cultivate good eye care habits to our kids, it's still impossible to have full prevention. In the end, all my kids are unable to escape the fate of being myopic at a young age.

It’s so important to share that Myopia is progressive and irreversible! While it starts off as mild, it can quickly progress to moderate or high myopia. In fact, myopia often rapidly progresses between ages 6-17, the key growing ages for children and their eyes!

We may be very familiar with myopia as being shortsighted/nearsighted but it doesn’t just mean the degree of blurriness of objects viewed from distances. High myopia actually increases our risk of future eye health problems, such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment that could eventually end with a vision loss.

Protecting our future sight is so important, especially with the ever-increasing myopic rate among children in Singapore. 


When YQ was offered the opportunity to try out CooperVision MiSight 1 day contact lenses by CooperVision at W Optics, I thought it's just an ordinary daily disposable lens. After some research, little did I know these lenses are specially designed to help children to slow down the myopia progression. 


MiSight 1 day is a 1 day disposable lens suitable for myopic children, It not only corrects short-sightedness so children enjoy clear spectacle-free vision. It has a special optical design which may help slow down the speed at which myopia progresses too.

MiSight 1 day is a soft contact lens that has been shown to reduce myopia progression in children by 59% on average, over a three year period, compared to a single-vision contact lens.1 MiSight utilizes ActivControl technology, a special optical design, allowing children to see clearly while slowing their myopia progression and eyeball growth. Eyeball growth, the driver for myopia progression, was reduced by 52% over three years in children wearing MiSight 1 day contact lenses, compared to single-vision contact lens. MiSight 1 day contact lens is FDA approved for myopia management.


The fitting appointment was arranged swiftly by the staff from W Optics located at Suntec City branch. This flagship of W Optics store is the largest vision care store – covering 5,000 sq ft – in Singapore. The first-of-its-kind retail concept is committed to changing the approach to vision care in Singapore. Offering optical solutions at the forefront of the industry. 


We were served by a very friendly optometrist and she was very patient with YQ. A detailed eye examination was conducted to confirm the actual prescription for her eyes and to find out her suitability for MiSight contact lenses. Contact lenses classified as a medical device in Singapore and an eye examination is mandatory in order for the any registered optical shop to dispense it. Also, an eye examination is required to find out his/her suitability for such lenses before committing to the treatment.  

Children as young as 8-year-old can also be a suitable candidate with some help from parents. According to Coopervision parent feedback study, parents would usually wonder if contact lenses are suitable for their child. The result of the same study showed that after 1 month of usage, over 80% of the parents are comfortable with their child wearing contact lenses.


After that, the optometrist told my girl to wash her hands and asked her to relax before guiding her through the steps and techniques on how to put on the contact lenses slowly. Being a first-timer, YQ was feeling a bit intimidated to put these contact lenses on her eyes. Therefore, the whole process of putting on and taking out was repeatedly done a few more times to make sure she was comfortable with it. The optometrist also played a huge part on motivating YQ throughout the whole process.



I am so glad that she is starting to get used with MiSight 1 day contact lenses now. Imagine the freedom of not wearing the spectacle when she is dancing or taking part in any active sports. The convenience of using disposable lenses is to be able to discard after using and no more worry about cleaning and disinfection. Most importantly this contact lenses can manage the progression of her myopia.

Ideally, your child should be on the MiSight journey for minimally 12 months. On average, eye growth slows down at the age of 18. However, everyone is different. Once diagnosed, your child’s myopia should be monitored by an optometrist to ensure that it does not progress before concluding the journey of myopia management.

It is very important to manage myopia early than later! Start myopia management early is higher recommended as it will be harder if it’s too late.


If you wish to know more about CooperVision MiSight 1 day contact lenses, do contact any W-Optics outlets for more information.

W OPTICS
Contact number: 67361303
Open Mon – Sun: 10:30am till 9:30pm


Disclaimer: A collaboration with W-Optics on CooperVision MiSight 1 Day contact lenses for review purpose as we will be updating more on our Instagram page or Facebook page.

Friday, February 21, 2020

A Fulfilling Year of 2019.....

I have not been diligently updating for so many months in 2019 but luckily I have tried to update as much as possible at my IG page side....



Started the littlest for his 1st basketball lesson at ActiveSG since I have long stopped his weekly swimming lesson. 



PSLE year is always a busy year for the kid and me. Regular tuitions and revisions have ended the moment the PSLE exam is over! Freedom for both of us and a treat for ourselves for the hard work we have put in for this whole year.



The daughter getting her hard work and contribution recognised by her school was a happy moment for her and I am very proud of her.


The decision to travel to Osaka was the last thing on my mind last year but we were glad to have the opportunity to bring the kids over to experience a different culture. It was an eye-opener for them!




Last year, all of them managed to obtain certification from the Edusave award and the littlest received 2 awards. 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Family Trip to Seoul - Day 4

Prior to our arrival in Seoul, we booked a 10-hour minivan with driver service for ourselves. The driver/tour guide arrived very early at our hotel and we started our adventure as soon as we were done with our breakfast. The itinerary planned for the day itself was done with the booking company via Whatsapp and they were super helpful in giving suggestion. I was glad the day trip was planned smoothly without any major hiccup.


First stop was at Nami Island! After more than an hour plus of car ride, we finally reached the ferry wharf at Gapyeong. There are 2 ways to get to Nami Island, you can either take a ferry over or zipline your way across to the island. 


All of us took the most conventional & economical way to reach the island.


If you are a fan of K-drama just like me, you will see the familiar sight of some scenes shown in "Winter Sonata".


After the Nami Island tour ended, we took a return ferry ride back in time for lunch. Our driver had made our lunch reservation at Kko Kko Chuncheon Dakgalbi.


Food was nicely cooked and warmly served the moment we sat down in the restaurant. Thanks to the driver/tour guide who arranged all these for us.


After the hearty lunch, the next stop was Gangchon Rail Park. The special part about this place was we were able to cycle on the old railroad tracks and enjoyed the scenery at the same time. It was a good workout for the young and the old after a meal.




There are two-seaters and four-seaters options to choose from so our strategy on that day was to pair up some elderly people with young people in a group to evenly distribute the amount of strength needed to cycle together. The whole journey is 6km which takes about 40 minutes to finish the whole course from the bike station to Nanggu Village.


When we alighted at Nanggu Village, we rested for a while and boarded onto a Romance Train which brought us back to the bike station.


Last stop of the day, Petite France!


By the time we reached there was about 1 hour to closing time. Most of the activities were finished by the time we were there. A few shops were still opened for tourists and we managed to watch a performance as well. We tried to grab every opportunity to take as many pictures as possible before the sky turned dark.


Albeit it was a short visit to Petit France but it was fun to be able to "experience" what it was like in a replica of a French village.

Sharing what we did on Day 5 of our Seoul trip.