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. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Stay Strong and Healthy with Omical

The moment a baby is born, MILK is the first source of food. The source of milk supplements for babies are vital to their health and growth. I love to drink milk and even though I am 37 now, milk has become a substantial part of my diet everyday.

Due to convenience sake, humans tend to rely more and more on health supplements to give them the required amount of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy and strong. There are so many brands available in the market that sell calcium tablets and seriously I have never really check if these tablets are really safe for consumption? According to The Straits Times in 2010, unnatural calcium supplements may increase the risk of cardiovascular related disease by 30%. The scary part is sometimes we human really don't really know or can't be bother to find out what we are putting into our mouth.

We know that calcium is beneficial to us and we have to make sure that our consumption is enough in order to have strong healthy bones and teeth. It helps to control blood pressure, nerve transmission, healthy muscle function and so on.

What is the difference between Omical from other calcium supplements?

1) It is made from organic milk
2) Fat free
3) Suitable for lactose intolerant
4) No trace of toxic metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic
5) No calcium carbonate

Knowing what we put in our body is very important and feel safer when we know that the product is organic and free from toxic. Especially from a mother's point of view, its something crucial which we will always look out for before giving anything to our kids to consume.

Omical is available at leading pharmacies Guardian, Watsons, Unity, Mustasfa as well as selected independent retailers. Recommended retail price is $31.90 for a bottle of 60 tablets.

Disclaimer: I received complimentary Omical calcium tablets for review purpose. No monetary compensation was received, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Dose of Disney Magic @ Changi Airport Terminal 3

To all the fans of Disney! Come this 14th November 2014 to 5 January 2015, be prepared to immerse yourself in the festive mood with Mickey Mouse and Friends at Changi Airport Terminal 3.

There is a big Mickey Mouse Club House Bouncy Playground located at Terminal 3 Departure Hall near Row 11.

Children will have a blast cruising down the 3 metre high slide.

Or get themselves stuck on the velcro walls...

You do not have to fly to any Disneyland to see any Disney characters or the castle. In fact, there is a 3 storey high Neuschwanstein Castle bringing visitors through the idyllic charms of Germany's countryside. There will be "snow" at the end of the daily multi-sensory shows.

During weekends, roving performers including Gingerbread Man, Toy Soldier, Drummer Boy, Fairy Princess and candy Cane Stilt-walkers will be appearing around the airport.
There will be meet and greet sessions with Mickey & Minnie Mouse:
19th to 21st December (1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm, 5.30pm and 7pm
Terminal 3 Departure Hall, beside Check-in Row 11

Disney fans can look forward to collecting a full set of six limited-edition Christmas plush toys featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse in various country-themed costumes.
Shoppers and diners can purchase each of these plush toys for S$3 when they spend a minimum of S$60 in a single receipt in Changi Airport's public area, or S$100 in the transit area.

Disclaimer: We were invited by CAG to come and experienced the Disney Magic at Changi Airport. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are my own.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fulfilling year...

This year I am very pleased with all the feedback from their teachers. Irregardless whether it's a small or big improvement, I think they have done very well and put in their best effort not to give me any heart attack.

Ever since the new Chinese teacher came, Junior YS has proved to his teacher that he is willing to listen attentively in the class and very initiative to help out his teacher. He has put in more effort in his writing too. English teacher commented that he is very strong in his English language and spends much of his free play time in the library corner reading books for his peers.

As for YS, he obtained average results for all his subjects but we hope that he will put in extra effort and do better next year. Teacher commented in his report book that he really puts in the effort and improves his penmanship this semester. Well done!

As for YQ, she has done very well and obtained top 3 in the class. I hope she will carry on her correct studying attitude and score well again for next year.

It doesn't matter if their accomplishment for this year is big or small, I think the most important thing in life is to learn how to improve and do it better the next time round. Good job children! Mommy is very proud of all of your achievements!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A visit to the Fire Station

We passed by the fire station everyday and we knew about the open house long time ago. However, it was only recently I decided to bring the kids there to learn more about what firemen actually do. We were late by half an hour and the demonstration had already started when we arrived.

We had some insights on how these firemen operated everyday and they shouldered very big responsibilities over the area they were assigned to look after too.

They had some hands-on experience on how these water nozzles actually worked.

The children pretended to be drivers sitting inside the big firemen truck.

Wacky poses from the children while they were trying out the firehouse pole.

They even demonstrated to us how fast they had to put on the suit and all the gears within 1 minute and 10 seconds.

Nothing to do on a weekend? Brind the kids to the fire station for some insightful fun experience. Open house hours are from 9am to 11am.
Go to their website to book for group visit.

Monday, November 10, 2014

A BBQ Birthday Party

It was a wonderful day to have a Barbeque party at my in-laws' place, a valid reason to celebrate, a chance to indulge and a lame excuse to get fat! haha!

No prize for guessing what food was the hot favourite among the kids....SATAYS! *yums*
Brother in law also prepared very yummy portobello mushrooms with shredded cheese and english parsley, very juicy :)

Lastly, a very yummy durian cake from Emicakes for my hb's 37th birthday celebration. He has been hinting to me to buy durians a few times so I decided to surprise him with one durian cake.

Happy Birthday hubby!
No doubt I'm can be quite harsh with my words at times but you know its all for your own good. Thank you for putting up with all my nonsense all these years and just want to let you know that I nag so often because I care.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Update on Junior YS (Last Term of 2014)

Its been a while since the last update about Junior YS. Time flies and he has been attending the childcare centre for more than 2 years. He has shown big improvements in his academic and character developments.

Personally I felt that teachers play a very important role in nurturing children's interests in certain aspects. I remembered 6 months ago, he was still very uninterested during the Chinese lesson and I was quite worried for him. After the Chinese teacher "resigned" due to some reason, I felt super relieved (I think god must have heard my prayer :P). When the new teacher came, Junior YS told me that he enjoyed the Chinese lesson very much.

When I met both teachers during the Parent-Teacher meeting, they were full of praise for him and I felt that most of the credits have to go to his teachers (who teach with love & patience). I can see why my boy is enjoying his lessons in the school now.