Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sony Creative Toys Submission

Every year, the kids will bring back a form from the school. It's actually the Sony Creative Toy Competition organised annually by the Science Centre Singapore and the Sony Group of Companies in Singapore Pte Ltd with the support of MOE & A*STAR.

This year, the kids decided to brainstorm for some ideas (of course with some help from us) and here were their works:

YQ named this game "Amazed", its actually a maze created out from coloured ice-cream sticks. There are 2 parts with identical maze route so that 2 players can compete with each other using the magnetic force to move the object from the beginning to the end. 

Probably it was a very common idea/game, she only managed to be shortlisted to present her toy in front of the judges in the school hall and eventually got booted out. Of course, we told her to take it as an experience and come up with a better idea to design another toy next year.



YS named this toy "Air Force" as this toy was using the concept of pneumatic method to move the fighter jet slowly along the tracks made from ice-cream sticks. It used compressed air from the big syringes, forced the air through the air tubing and transferred the air to other syringes attached to it.

Lucky for YS, he managed to be shortlisted by the school to participate in the Sony Creative Toys Competition which is going to take place at Science Centre. I'm sure it will be a very good experience for him. Good luck to my boy!



Saturday, May 9, 2015

Training to be independent

It was a normal visit to the GP as YS was having flu symptoms for the past few days.

We waited for our turn as usual (1hr) and finally it was our turn to go into the consultation room.

GP: Yes! can you tell me what happened, boy?

*YS was looking at me initially thinking I would tell the doctor about his discomfort. Instead, I signalled him to tell the GP by himself.

GP: So where are you feeling unwell?

YS: I have flu and cough. I also feel a bit dizzy...

GP: So how long has this been going on?

YS: ....................for about 2-3 days.

* So the Q&A continued until the GP stopped and checked his body.

Suddenly, the GP turned around and looked at me. The very first thing he said to me was...

"Well done mommy! You have trained your son well. You are one of the very few mommies I saw that will let their children tell the doctor about their own symptoms by themselves. Good job!"

Of course I was still feeling quite blur by all his praises.

"You know...I have seen boys who are about 20 - 21 years old and their mothers still have to tell the me what happened to them. I feel they should let their children speak up for themselves since they are the ones who are feeling unwell."

Oh....so now I knew what the GP was talking about. I never knew that my way of teaching my son to be more independent actually earned praises from the doctor.

I believe my boys will have to learn how to take care of themselves then they will learn how to take care of their family. Which is why, I'm gradually learning to let go and let them take charge of certain things in their life. Of course, I will always be there whenever they need me.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

We had a BALL of a time!

The kids were busy mugging for their coming exams at home and the youngest one had been playing too much ipad. Just so happened that hb bought this basketball at a very good deal and decided to let them to have some workout session at the basketball court.

Of course the master coach is none other than hb, who used to play basketball so regularly during uni days and stopped for a very long time due to a minor injury a few years ago. They learnt to dribble the ball, chest passing the ball and shoot the ball into the net. Hopefully they can master the technique slowly and able to play the game properly with their father in future.






Although there was some crying and squabbling involved during the game but no one was hurt and everyone had a ball of a time!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Birthday Celebration @ Issho Izakaya

My mom loves Japanese cuisine so it was not that difficult to figure out what cuisine we should go for. Since hb wanted to check out the Kallang Wave Mall, we decided to try our luck at one of the Japanese restaurants there. 

The location of this restaurant was not visible within the mall because the main entrance was located facing outwards of the mall. We walked around so many times on that day trying to look for the restaurant's main entrance =_=

It was a very last minute booking and I was surprised we were allocated seatings inside a tatami room. I loved the privacy and the kids can act as crazy as they wanted to be inside the room. The service was not as fast as I was expecting probably due to peak hours (dinner time). Otherwise, the food was great and we will probably come back again some other day.


Kaze Sashimi

Nama Kaki

Ika Maruyaki

Ebi Tama Don

Steak Don

Salmon Ikura Don

Zaru Soba

Issho Ramen

Chocolate & Toasted Marshmallow Cake from Pine Garden

Happy Birthday mama!


Issho Izakaya
1 Stadium Place #01-13
Kallang Wave @ Sports Hub
Singapore 397628
Tel: 6702 4708


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

RAD Ballet Grade 1

This year, YQ had put in some extra practising before bedtime by doing her stretching and dance routine. 
She was not as nervous as before probably she knew she has prepared well for this coming exam.
When exam was over, there was a smile on her face.
Reassured me that everything went smoothly.

Teacher was putting the hairpiece decoration on her bun.

Looking at the back view, made me realised that she is growing up way too fast.

One last round of practising before going into the examination room.

Mommy hope you will pass with flying colours!

Monday, April 6, 2015

A night of MAGIC at Raffles

It was our first experience watching a live MAGIC show and I'm totally blown away by the performance that night. The kids were super attentive throughout the show and I was bombarded all the "Why? How? Huh?" by their questions after the show. Of course, I was unable to answer their question because I left the hall with a big question mark too :)

The "WOW" factor was definitely there and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves that night. 
You have to come and watch it for yourself to understand what I meant.

Together with the hottest guest performers and fire artistes - Burnt Out Punks, the renowned Magic Master Joe Labero is returning back to Singapore to present "A NIGHT OF MAGIC AT RAFFLES" from 26th March 2015 ~ 3rd May 2015 at Raffles Hotel. The four-time Merlin Award Winner has conjured hypnotizing illusions as awe-inspiring as they are mind blowing and spectacular to dazzle the audience.







Venue: Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel
Date & Time:
April 2015
7.30pm show on 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 28, 29
3.00pm show on 4, 11, 12, 18, 19
May 2015
7.30pm show on 1, 2
3.00pm show on 2, 3


Disclaimer: We received complimentary tickets to watch the show. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Remembrance

It was a sad and dark week for the nation as we mourned for the passing of Lee Kuan Yew.
The kids understood why everyone was sad.
Tears were flowing uncontrollable at times.
We just have to say our last goodbye to this great man.

Dear Mr Lee,
Thank you for your sacrifices, dedication and vision.
Because of youf foresight and determination,
Singapore has become what it is today.
May you rest in peace...





Monday, March 30, 2015

Asian Premiere of The Fantastical Story Factory

For the coming month of May, there will be a special musical production making its Asian Premiere of The Fantastical Story Factory in Singapore! Imagine stories filled with the craziest characters, funniest scenarios and the silliest plots, the young ones make the best storytellers in the world! 


Suitable for ages 5 and above, The Fantastical Story Factory brings the wild imagination of children to life through its musical. The Fantastical Story Factory brings the same cast from The Showstopper! The improvised Musical to recreate a family friendly comedy musical, transforming the suggestions from children as young as 5 years old to a wacky production. 

At The Fantastical Story Factory, children decides where the story is set, what happens next, who the characters are, and they are also encouraged to join the cast on stage for the musical! The young ones are sure to have a whimsical afternoon exploring the magical kingdoms with the cast of The Fantastical Story Factory. 

As Mary Poppins once said, ‘Anything can happen if you let it’. So let your imagination run wild, create the most ridiculous story and watch the best musical unfold right before your children’s eyes!

Show Information: 
1st May 2015 – 3PM 
2nd May 2015 – 3PM 
3rd May 2015 – 3PM 

Venue:
SOTA
Drama Theatre School of the Arts, 
1 Zubir Said Drive 
Singapore 227968 

Prices: $38/$48/$58

Tickets can be purchased from the following: 
- Phone (Hotline: 6348 5555) 
- SISTIC 

For more information:
www.facebook.com/ABASingapore


Disclaimer: We received media invitation to attend for this upcoming musical production.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Mr Bean's Themed Playground @ T3

I hardly bring my kids to the indoor playground to play so they were very excited when I told them that we were going to a Mr Bean's themed playground. They watched Mr Bean show on television pretty often so the character was nothing new to them.

From what I know, they have revamped the existing SingKids Playsystem to Mr Bean's themed indoor playground. It is also the world's first Mr Bean's Playground that has just opened at Changi Airport Terminal 3.

The counter area.

You can park your strollers here and there is a small waiting/sitting area for parents.

Parents can also get a good view just by standing outside.

Mr Bean's best friend - The bear!

Panorama view

Lazed on the disco lighting slide.

See! That's my tarzan girl!

Chit-chatting!

YS tried to balance the ball with his head :)

Colourful slides.

Simply a joy to see them enjoyed so much.

Sat on a "peanut" looking swing.

Swing car zoomed to the finishing line.

When you're too tired, just relax at one corner!

Of course, the level of excitement has to depend on individual child.

Disclaimer: We received a complimentary goody bag and entry into the Mr Bean's themed playground for review purpose. No monetory compensation was received, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The reality of being a FTWM

"Mommy...I miss you!"
"Mommy....can you fetch me earlier?"
"Mommy...can I just come for half the day?"
Recently, my youngest has been telling me these when we are about to reach the school's entrance.

"No, I can't. Mommy has to work full day."
"If mommy don't work, we won't have enough money."
"I promise you, I will come to fetch you as soon as my work is finished."
I can only reply to him like these and it's quite heart pain to see his disappointed face.

In the end, I will leave the school still hearing my son calling out to me and cries at the same time.


At times like this, I wish I can be a SAHM.
Maybe just work part-time, no need to worry about money.
No need to worry about not spending enough time with the kids.
I try my best to spend more time with them.
Bringing them to enrichment classes, trying to understand what they learnt outside.
Making sure their school work is not slagging off.

Husband is working hard for the family, his weekends are usually burnt off.
I can understand his absence most of the times becoz he is trying to bring more moolah home.
This is reality of life we are facing everyday!
I can only pray that one day we can all get out of this shit hole soon.....