Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Gaston Luga - A Versatile Backpack for Every Mom

Do you love bags as much as I do? The truth is a woman will never complain if she has too many bags. I love bags and I am the type of person who loves to match my bag according to the occasion / my mood and clothing I wear. On days when I need to run a lot of errands for the family, I just want to stuff everything in one bag and not carry multiple small and big bags separately.

When Gaston Luga first approached me to do a review on their backpack, I had a hard time choosing the bag I like the most. There is a wide range of backpack designs for women, such as ClässicPråper and Clässy Each design comes in various colours.

About Gaston Luga
The story of Gaston Luga and the minimalistic backpacks took its start during a trip to a new continent, where our founder Carl Sundqvist met an interesting Frenchman with an elegant and casual style. Gaston told Carl he believed a backpack is the optimal companion when discovering the world. Since he was a person keen of his style, he had put time and effort into finding something different from the regular school style.
Finally, he found himself an elegant Louis Vuitton, to which he had several modifications made. Making it more personal, functional and unique. Inspired after the meeting, Carl decided a few months later to create his own backpack brand with classic elegant style and practical details. Hopefully, these would get to travel the world, just like Gaston. 
I chose the Clässy design because of its size. It suits petite woman perfectly and the overall design looks elegant and feminine. The exterior looks simple and uncomplicated with a classy touch.

The backpack comes with a front magnetic strap closure with metallic studs on the bottom of the bag. 

Strong adjustable shoulder straps with a special compartment on the back of the backpack for holding the passport or other small items.

It is made of strong durable canvas with thick cotton strings which close the main compartment.

Internal comes with 2 smaller inner pockets and an inner 13" laptop compartment.

This will be a very versatile bag for me on days when I need to go and run some errands, bring my children out for activities or even go travelling with my family.

Disclaimer: I received a backpack for review purpose. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are my own. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Gizmos & Gadgets Kit from TOYTAG

It is a fact that children living in this era are getting more tech-savvy than adults. Usually, my children are the ones who will update me with the latest online application and technology related stuff. I am constantly upgrading myself through learning new things from them every now and then. Children are fast learners and they learn things by observing what people do (regardless the source is through online or practical demonstration in front of them). Thus, the task of buying toys for my children tends to be more challenging as the year passes. 

When I told the kind folks from TOYTAG about my children's preference for toys. They sent a box of an educational toy for them to explore. Needless to say, they were so excited when I showed them the exterior of the box. Due to the clash with their exam period, they only have the chance to explore it after their exams have ended.

"As cliché as it sounds, Toy Tag started out as an idea. An idea to house the best, most awesome toys and games and everything else fun, all under one roof. It’s tiring to scour all over for these items in their respective categories, you know. Be it the most cutting-edge gadgetry, the most delightful kid toy, the most stimulating educational game or the most tactical board games, we wanted them all available at one pit stop: which is TOYTAG as you know today." 

What amazed me about this toy is the ability to allow children to use their creativity to create different types of invention. If they are clueless about where to start, fret not!  There is an invention guidebook with step by step instructions on how to create fun electronic gadgets.

What's in the box? 13 bits, materials and accessories in the box.

Each bit has a different function.

There is a step by step invention guidebook to follow.

LittleBits App can be downloaded into the mobile phone.

LittleBits community will share openly about their inventions.

Step by step instruction on how to use the Bluetooth function to control or activate the device.

The bits are colour coded and divided into 4 categories.
Blue: Power
Pink: Input
Green: Output
Orange: Wire

Fan of fortune

We did an unboxing video and the children tested the bits using phone apps to control. They built something which is similar to the "pinball" version and it was fun to see them built something by connecting all the bits and accessories together. 

TOYTAG sells a wide variety of toys ranging from the classic toys to the latest technology toys. These toys are available online as well as at the retail shop.

1 Maritime Square. #03-58,
Harbourfront Centre
Singapore 099253
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
T: (65) 6276 7268

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/toytag_sg/

Disclaimer: The toy was sponsored for review purpose. No monetary was compensated, all opinion are my own.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Cognitive Whizz x BrainFit: Science Escapade December 2017 Camp

The beginning of 2018 has been kind of chaotic for us with the eldest who has just embarked on the Secondary School life. Just when I thought we could have more time after the dreadful PSLE, the erratic schedules of my kids are driving me insane. Which explained why this long overdue post is taking me so long to write, okay...enough of my rambling :P

Back to the topic of this Science Escapade Camp which Junior YS attended during December school holiday last year. He was anticipating to attend the Science camp again not only because it was interesting and fun but also because he got to learn new science concepts as well. He never once complained about being bored because Denise (the founder) and her assistant teachers were making sure the lessons were engaging and interesting throughout the 4 days camp. Children who attended the camp were very curious and intrigued by those stories and science experiments conducted during lessons. As a parent, I am truly impressed by the dedication of the founder who will (without fail) Whatsapp to all parents what the children had learnt every day and giving suggestions on how we can reinforce those science concepts with them at home.

Day 1:
The fairy tale of Cinderella was used to teach them about static electricity and current electricity through the experiment by using static duster and balloons. They learnt about atoms, protons and neutrons.

Day 2: 
Through the story of The Animal Singers of Bremen, children were taught to identify the centre of gravity, correlating the centre of gravity with stability and let the children understand Newton's 1st Law of Motion - Inertia. 

Day 3:
Using the story of The Dreamy Milkmaid, they did experiments to show how soap reduces surface tension. They learnt why water droplets are round, which liquid has a greater surface tension and even transformed milk into curd and whey. There was more milk chemistry experiments shown to them.

Day 4:
One of the most popular children stories, Frozen, was used to unravel the Science behind Osmosis. The children were thrilled using the snow polymer to make fake snow, and observing how concentrated salt water reacted when it was added to the snow polymers. 

Basically, there were many other experiments demonstrated during the 4 days camp but I shall not elaborate too much. The children need to come and attend the camp to experience the fun factor :)  

The children’s curiosity was piqued, as they explored the effects of closed vs open circuits, and conductors vs insulators.

Denise was guiding the children’s thought processes, to apply Physics concepts in building an "electric cleaner" for Cinderella!

Amazed to see them trying to help one of their group members to clear her doubt.

Exploring Science concepts through creative play – assembling and experimenting with the electric cleaner!

The children were all engaged in discovering the concept of surface tension and its ‘magical’ effects.

More discoveries – Adding dish soap to break the surface tension!

The junior chemists had a tremendous fun time transforming milk into curd and whey – a multi-sensorial experiment!

Keen to expose your children to intriguing Science concepts through holistic joyful learning this June holidays?  Sign up for "A Science Escapade!" now - Quote MMMT20 and you'll be entitled to a promotional rate of $290 (UP: $330, 12% off) for sign-ups before 31 May

For more information, check out their facebook page 
You may also contact 90097086 or email info@cogntivewhizz.com to
find out more!

Disclaimer: Junior YS was sponsored to attend the December holiday workshop conducted by Cognitive Whizz. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are our own. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Current beauty favs so far....

Its been a long time since my last update on my favourite beauty products. Currently, these are my usual beauty products which I am using now. Although I am very lazy when it comes to putting on makeup (yah...usually I try to avoid putting layers of makeup) but the basic cleansing and taking care of my skin is still very important in my daily routine.

1. Mary Kay Cleanser Brush
I bought this as a bundle set together with the Mary Kay cleanser. Since I haven't use the cleanser yet, I shall not do any review on that. This cleanser has 2 modes of speed and it is battery operated. Brush cleanser is nothing new to me because I have started using other brands many years ago. I have tried Clarisonic Mia (inbuilt rechargeable battery), Luna Mini (inbuilt rechargeable battery) and Olay Regenerist Cleanser Brush (battery operated) before. I can tell the difference on the cleanliness of my skin by using a cleansing brush and using my own hands. Pimple breakout has lessened and my pores are much smaller too.

2. Vichy Mineral 89 - Skin Fortifying Daily Booster
I have combination skin so I have oily t-zone area. This hydrates my skin immediately and I used it day and night. Usually, I will apply it before I put on my normal moisturiser during the day-time. At night, I will just apply this alone to moisturise my skin. It is lightweight and the smell is lovely.

3. MKUP Real Complexion Cream
I have been using this cream for more than 6 months already and so far I like the light coverage on my face. On days when I don't put on makeup, I will apply this cream as a moisturiser. 

4. Bifesta Cleansing Sheets
I have switched to cleaning sheets for convenience sake. So far, this is the only brand I felt the cleansing sheet has a lot of moisture to cleanse off my make up. Most importantly, it is convenient for me to bring out or for travel.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Q1 of 2018: What we have been up to lately...

In a blink of an eye, the first quarter of 2018 has come to an end. Everyday 忙忙碌碌 until March so I have decided to do a recap instead. We have been taking things slow and easy since the beginning of the year and now our kids are starting their engine gradually and working hard towards their goals.

Our annual visit to Chinatown to check out Chinese New Year stuff. This year, we went in and out of the place within 15 minutes, the fastest record so far! 

Lo-hei tradition is a must during Chinese New Year!

Every year, everyone will gather around the big round table to lo-hei together for good luck, prosperity and good health! As for me, I prefer to be the person behind the lens to capture the live action.

Recently, little bro-in-law bought a very cute puppy named Chewie and the kids had so much fun with this furry animal. Believe it or not, that was their very first close encounter with a puppy too.

The girl brought back a small tube of henna dye from the school one day and asked me to draw on her hand. Thanks to Google, I managed to copy a simple design and my first henna artwork on her hand looked pretty decent, isn't it?

Ever since the eldest started school, he has been coping pretty well in the new environment. We love the strong camaraderie of this school too. No doubt there are more school work, projects and assignments to tackle now, we can sense our boy is getting more serious in his studies. We are quite pleased with his recent CA1 test results.

The eldest has chosen to join the Scouts as his CCA and this picture was taken during the Scouts Investiture Day!

Although I have stopped their art enrichment many years ago but was very happy to see his drawing skill has not deteriorated much anyway. He was trying to finish up his school's graded art assignment by drawing a self-portrait.

The boy was surprised to be chosen for the annual inter-house competitive cross-country run. He wanted to train up his stamina by running at the nearby park. We showed our moral support by cycling along with him.

Discovered the boy has another hidden talent in modern calligraphy.

This year, none of the kids is taking PSLE so I can relax a little bit. Personally, I felt this is the crucial year for the daughter to build up the foundation on weaker subjects so that next year will be slightly less stressful for her. I just hope she will understand my reason for sending her to coaching lessons this year (coz this girl has no tuition in the past). Recently, she has been involved in too many school activities such as selection interviews and camps. I hope she doesn't overwhelm herself with too many stuff so that she can spend more time on her studies.

Practised ballet on her own at home because there was no ballet lesson for 6 weeks and the upcoming ballet exam is in April. I just hope she can continue ballet for as long as possible (hopefully till Grade 8) although I know sometimes kid's interest will change as they grow up. 

The daughter went for 3D2N Chinese Cultural Camp in school. One of the highlights they learnt in this camp is about filial piety. Parents were invited to watch their skit performances and students were tasked to wash their parents' feet to show their filial piety.

She enjoyed the camp and is looking forward to a longer cultural exchange program overseas during the June holiday break.

I remembered the first time I brought Junior YS to this playground. He could not climb any higher due to his fear of height. After I brought him there a couple of times, he has finally conquered his fear and is able to climb to the top of the structure by himself.

That sums up our 1st quarter of 2018!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Safari Zoo Run 2018 (Post Event)

It was a great start of 2018 to start out with our first family run. This year was the 10th anniversary of the Safari Zoo Run and glad we were able to play our part to help raise awareness for the endangered animals. As our 2.5km Safari Zoo Dash started at 9.30am, we reached there in time before the flag off timing.

All participants were allowed to have free entry access to River Safari and Singapore Zoo after the run. Last year, we spent the majority of the time exploring the River Safari. Thus, we decided to explore the Singapore Zoo this time. Luckily the weather was gorgeous, we visited all the animals slowly and leisurely. The kids went around snapping pictures of these animals non stop as well. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and look forward to the run next year.

Pardon for the smiley face because hb was media shy.

My DASH taking part in the Safari Zoo Dash.

Group picture of our shoes.

The close encounter with the rabbit.

Back dab!

We had to leave early because the eldest had a lot of homework and revision to complete at home. Nevertheless, we had a great bonding session as a family.

Disclaimer: We were invited to take part in the Safari Zoo Run. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are our own.