Saturday, January 24, 2015

Things that Jnr YS says...

Among the 3 kids, Jnr YS is considered the funniest and most dramatic child in our house. Very often, he would surprise me with very interesting answers.  

~Naptime Talk~
I knew how grouchy he can be when he is feeling tired.

Me: It's time to take your nap
Junior YS: No! I'm not tired and my eyes are still very BIG! (forcing his eyes to look bigger than usual)

~Talking about Marriage~
He loves to shower me with kisses everyday, sometimes on my lips or on my tummy. He would give me a mega big smile after that and says "I love you Mummy!".

Me: You know you can't anyhow kiss other girls except your Mummy, Ah Ma, Jie Jie, Kor Kor and Pa Pa.
Junior YS: Why?
Me: You can only kiss the girl you want to marry.
Junior YS: Mummy, I want you to marry me.
Me: I can't, I'm married to your Pa Pa.
Junior YS: Huh? But why? I want you to marry me...*started to cry*
Me: Because you are my son and I am your mummy, that is why mother and son cannot marry each other.

~Drinking Alcohol~
Junior YS learnt about drink driving from the school and started to tell Pa Pa about it...

Junior YS: Do you know that drinking alcohol is bad?
Papa: Yes...
Junior YS: Drinking alcohol and beer will make you feel funny...
Papa: How did you know?
Junior YS: Teacher told me about it and it's very dangerous to drink and drive.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Flying Without Wings @ iFly Singapore

Thanks to iFly Singapore's invitation, we were given the chance to try out their indoor flying experience located at Sentosa Island.

I knew the older kiddos were eager to try out this long long time ago so their wishes were finally granted (Remember, the minimum age for kids to try out the indoor skydiving need to be at least 7 years old and above). I did not join them for the flight on that day for some foolish reason and I regretted it. When hb finally persuaded me to join them, there was no more slot for me unless I joined the next available flight. Oh well...I decided to let them to go ahead and I will definitely come back again with my hb another day (you will know why later...)

See how happy and excited they were...

Flying at iFLy can be done at any time and any day (of course during their opening hours), no need to worry about not being able to fly due to bad weather. Everything is conducted indoor and there's no need to fear about kenna strike by thunders or lightnings.

iFly Singapore has a group of qualified instructors that will guide you during the one hour lesson. I sat in with the rest of the participants during the lesson and did not "eat snake" okay! I tried to remember as much info as possible while the instructor was teaching them all about the safety precautions and what to do during the flight.

You will be taught on how to position your body during flying as well as hand signs that you need to understand and follow when the instructor shows you any of these signs (pictured below). Don't worry, the instructor will always be by your side during the flight although I'm sure most people won't be able to see where or what the instructor is doing :P

There are certain flight criterias to take note, some people are not recommended to take the flight especially people who has dislocated shoulder before, history of back/neck injury, and has heart problem.

1. Dressed in comfortable clothing (no top with collar and girl is not advised to come in dress or skirt)
2. Wear covered shoes with laces and socks (best is sport shoes or sneakers)
3. Remove your jewelleries before the flight
4. Put on the flying suit and safety gears
5. Smile, relax & enjoy the flight.

My Superman, Superboy and Supergirl were fully dressed up from head to toe.

Waiting for their turns to fly...

After the flying session, every participant received a certificate.

YQ showed her graceful move while flying.

Overall, they enjoyed themselves while trying to "fly without wings" like those superheroes. Hb even went for a 3rd round with the instructor (of course there was a $30 additional charge) and he was not afraid at all even though he flew much higher than the previous 2 rounds. The children were a bit little nervous but nonetheless they have done it and I'm so proud of them :)

From their experiences, I was told by them that locking the knee part is very important during the flight and try to close your mouth because saliva will flow out and dirty all over your face, haha! Next time, I will come back and conquer iFly Singapore...just wait for me okay!

Terms & Conditions
- Valid for on-site purchase only
- Book and fly from 1 Feb to 6 Mar 2015
- Redemption is strictly for customers born in the 'Year of Goat' with the purchase of 2 X First Timer Challenge Packages
- Free flight have to be utilised in the same flight session
- Valid photo ID for all flyers must be presented prior to flight upon check-in and purchase
- Valid for all flight slots, including eve of and on Public Holidays, subject to flight availability
- Not valid with any other promotions, vouchers, privileges, membership/loyalty programmes

Operating Hours:
Mon, Tues, Thur-Sun: 9am - 9.30pm
First Flight: 10am / Last Flight: 9.30pm
Wed: 11am - 9.30pm
First Flight: 12pm / Last Flight: 9.30pm

Good things must share right?
The kind folks from iFLY Singapore agreed to sponsor 1 pair of iFly vouchers to one lucky winner. All you need to do is to follow the instructions from the rafflecopter below:

Giveaway Terms & Conditions:
* Giveaway ends 25 January 2015, Sunday 2359 hours (Singapore time) 
* The winner will be selected on 26 January 2015
* Limited to one winner per household
* Open to anyone and everyone living in Singapore
* Incomplete or invalid entries will be automatically disqualified without notice
* Winners will be contacted by iFly Singapore ( Please provide correct details for contact purpose)
* Unless otherwise stated, or agreed upon, the prize is non-transferable
* All personal details provided in this contest will be kept confidential. Only details of the winners will be shared with iFly to facilitate the redeeming of prize.
* We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice

Disclaimer: We received complimentary flying experience at iFly Singapore for 2 pax for review purpose. We paid for the 3rd pax and 1 extra flying flight by ourselves because it was so fun. No monetary was compensated and all opinions are our own. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Educational Trip @ Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa is probably one of the oldest tourist attractions in Singapore. I remembered vividly that my mother used to bring me here a few times often during my Primary school days and we need to pay for the admission fee (now is free admission). I was definitely shocked to know that we have to pay $5 per entry for parking.

Anyway, we decided to bring the kids to visit the place one day and brought along their scooters (of course, safety is very important because of the steep slope).

They were scooting and enjoying the scenery, its like killing 2 birds with 1 stone :)

Learning more about the story of "Haw" & "Par" brothers.

Special tiger car.

Learning about the "Ten Courts of Hell"

Junior YS was not very interested partly because the lightings inside the "Ten Courts of Hell" was very dim and he was quite scared of looking at those bloodied statues. Oh well...I think we need to bring him here again when he's slightly older.

When there's nothing more to do, just have fun posing!

We will come again another day, probably not on a hot sunny day or rainy day.
You can read more about the stories from this website.

Haw Par Villa
262 Pasir Panjang Road
Singapore 118628
Opening Hours: Daily 9am to 7pm
Admission is free

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Time To Reflect For 2014

Year 2014 is coming to a closure soon. Year 2015 will be another brand new year with new routines in the house. I am glad I have survived and probably I should just say this year is not a very "fantastic" year for me but I am trying to keep my head above the water and hopefully situation will improve next year.

As for the children, I'm glad they are coping well in their studies and they are very healthy (despite them looking very skinny) lols! I'm not very concern whether they look very skinny or what but sometimes I just feel slightly annoyed when people started to comment how skinny they looked, or whether they are taking enough supplements and so on. They hardly fall ill this year and that is a very clear indication that they are strong enough to fight away those germs & bacterias.

I am a very simple person, I just want everyone to be healthy, happy and hopefully we are able to achieve what we want in our lives.


Monday, December 22, 2014

Part Of Growing Up...

I know...I'm quite lame but I just want to document my son's 1st pimple breakout during late November this year. I remembered I started to have pimples during Secondary school days and now my son started way earlier than me. It's his first and he's still pretty clueless about these pimples. I did not start him on any mild cleanser yet so we shall see..
Welcome to the reality of growing up!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Early CNY Reunion Dinner @ Gu Ma Jia

Thanks to Gu Ma Jia's invitation, we had the chance to taste nice home-cooked dishes at the restaurant. The food served was yummylicious and gave me a feeling as if we were coming to a relative's home for dinner. 

About The Founder
The founder, Mdm Chan Mei Yan is the face of Gu Ma Jia and the restaurant is established since November 2009. She used to live in Pulau Ubin and literally grew up cooking dishes for her sibling since the age of 7.

She opened a food stall that sold chicken rice and wanton noodles and even had a hand in steamboat business. In 2007, she also opened a Chinese restaurant in Shanghai which served authentic home-cooked food.

All their dishes use less oil and less MSG. They do not use instant processed food or preservatives. All their ingredients are bought fresh from the market daily. Gu Ma's business philosophy is to serve every customer with love and passion.

Many awards are displayed on the wall...

Ubin Lala Bee Hoon
This is one of my favourites, personally found that lala and the bee hoon in gravy taste just nice on my taste bud. The lala is fresh and the bee hoon is moist.

Gu Ma Signature Traditional Bean Curd Soup
The soup is very flavourful, packed with lots of nutritious ingredients. It is boiled for 6 hours with salted fish head, Chinese ham, pork ribs, peanuts and fresh bean curb. Definitely it is a soup packed with so much goodness!

Homemade Yam Ring with Kyoto Pork Ribs
The sweet & sour pork ribs complement very well with the yam ring.The yam ring is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. This dish is definitely one of my children's favourite!

XO Prawn Noodles
This looks like the improvised version of prawn noodles soup. These prawns are cooked in special homemade superior XO sauce with noodles. The soup base is very strong and slightly spicy due to the cut chillies.

Satay Cuttle Fish
The cuttle fish is quite soft and tender, taste extremely yummy with their special homemade satay sauce.

Claypot Pork in Sesame Oil
This pork is soft and tender and cooked together with premium Chinese Wine, ginger, black fungus and sesame oil. It will be a very comforting dish during rainy days.

We also tried other dishes such as.... 

Herbal Chicken

Lotus Leaves Rice

Drunken Prawns

Thumbs up from the kids!

If you are looking for delicious and authentic home-cooked food for family dining option or planning to look for CNY reunion dinner venue next year, this will be PLACE to try out! Do check out their website for any updates on the upcoming promotions.
Their 2015 Reunion Set Menu are priced at $488, $588 and $888 with no servie charge and GST.

Gu Ma Jia is located at:
45 Tai Thong Crescent
Sennett Estate
Singapore 347866
Tel: 6285 2023

Operating Hours:
Daily 11am to 3pm (last order 2.30pm)
5.30pm to 10pm

Disclaimer: We were invited for a complimentary food tasting at Gu Ma Jia for review purpose. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are our own.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dance Like A Graceful Swan...

Finally, YQ is progressing to the next level in her ballet lessons. Next year April, she will be like all other girls taking her Grade 1 exam and I will be the same usual (freaking out) mother bringing her to the exam venue and hoping she will be able to pass with flying colours.

The parents were invited to sit in and watched all their daughters dancing like little swans in the dancing studio during one of the ballet exam rehearsals. While watching my girl dancing, I became the "strict invigilator" subconciously and trying to see which moves she has done wrongly. While watching the repeats of my videos, I blamed myself for being too conscious of her mistakes. I should be the happy parent enjoying every moves she made, be it right or wrong. Whatever it is, she will always be the swan in my heart!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

An Early Christmas Surprise From The Santa (Hasbro Singapore)

It was a pleasant surprise when the kids received these early Christmas gifts from Hasbro Singapore. Look what Santa gave them this year?

All the nerf products (gun, bow, darts and protective eye gears)

Transformers Grimlock, Jenga & DohVinci

Look at their happy faces and I bet they will be so occupied with these toys and their mommy (that's me) will have some time to relax :)

Are you still looking for ideal Christmas gifts for children?
Don't worry, now there is a convenient and fuss-free way to choose and select recommended toys without the need to think so long on what to buy. Hasbro Singapore launches a Christmas e-Catalogue, Hasbro Christmas Toyland.
Just go to this website and try it out yourself.
Who knows? Maybe you will be able to find the perfect gift for your kids :)

We even created a special "thank you" video for our SANTA!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Timbre @ Gillman: Saturday Social BBQ

Looking for family friendly restaurant whereby the adults can eat in "peace" without having to worry about the noise level the children are creating? Free activities were available for children such as craft activities, jump inside the bouncy castle and let loose in the open spaces without any restriction.

Timbre @ Gillman is just the right place for families to hang out together and relax. The kind folks from Timbre Group Pte Ltd invited us to come for the Saturday Social BBQ for a review and we had a great time. 

Probably it was due to the weather on that day, the children were attacked by mozzies. I must say I was quite impressed with the attentiveness of the service staff as we were given a few packets of mosquitoes patches the moment they saw my children were scracthing themselves. 

A Berry Delicious Mocktail, Butter Root Beer and Watermelon & Basil Iced Tea

Virgin Sangria and Strawberry Basil Cooler

Special platter prepared for the kids:
Mantou Burger, Battered Fish & Chips, Grilled Minute Steak, Fries and Nachos

Special platter prepared for the adults:
Baby Back Ribs, Bacon Cheese Burger, Spicy Paprika Prawn Skewers and Slow Smoked & Grilled Beef Brisket.

Their usual live band from Timbre Music Academy starts from 8pm onwards but sometimes their special performances start earlier than the designated timing.

During the month of December 2014 & January 2015, here are some of their weekend highlights:

6, 20 Dec 2014
It's an outdoor Christmas at Timbre @ Gillman's Saturday Social BBQ this December? Gather your friends and family to celebrate Christmas in the tropics with bubbles, carolling performances, Yuletide themed arts and crafts, delicious food hot off the grill and craft beers. 

3, 17 Jan 2015
Did you know that despite the small space we live in in Singapore, we can still do some farming? January 2015 SSBBQ takes you into the world of urban farming!Apart from the usual activities, we will be conducting farming and plant-art activities suitable for families to participate in. Our urban farmers will show you how to grow your own plant, whether on a table or within a small space at home. There will also be a sharing session by a home-farmer who will be sharing the tricks and treats of growing herbs and vegetables at home.

For more information:
Timbre @ Gillman
Block 9A Lock Road Singapore 108926
Tel: 6694 4201
Fax: 6694 4202

Opening Hours:
Mondays to Thursdays from 4pm
Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm

Disclaimer: We were invited for a complimentary food tasting by the Timbre Group. No monetary was compensated, all opinions, taste buds and bellies are our own.