Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pizza Party

Our family loves to eat pizzas, especially those thin crusted pizzas. Dining out as a family at most pizza restaurants can easily cost us around $60-$80 per meal. That's because the kids' appetites are so good when it comes to the food that they love. It just so happened that my cooking mood was super on, I decided to gather a few ingredients for the pizza making session with the kids.

We bought wraps (okay I cheated a little coz I did not make the base from scratch), mushrooms, shredded mozzarella cheese, hams, tomatoes, capsicums, tomato paste, smoked salmons and etc.

Washed and sliced all the ingredients. Let the kids put any ingredients they liked on the wrap.
I put them into the oven and within 15 minutes the pizzas were ready for consumption.

They were enjoying the fruits of their labour.

Hb also gave me a thumb up for the yummy pizzas!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A TEA-rrific Teacher's Day Presents

The kids has been telling me that they need to prepare Teacher's Day presents this year. Googled online for ideas and decided to prepare a simple gift for their teachers. YQ is involved in her class rock band performance on Teacher's Day so they were tasked to prepare gifts to give to more teachers this year. YS only need to prepare a few for his own teachers. As for Junior YS, I have decided to switch him to another childcare centre so this will be his last Teacher's Day celebration with his beloved teachers. I'm sure he will miss all his teachers and friends at the current school.

I bought some plastic containers and washi tapes from Daiso. The quality is cheap and good.
Got them a few boxes of different tea bag varieties and packed them into the containers.
Decorated the container with washi tapes.

They wrote their personalised notes on small pieces of paper and sticked on top of those containers.
Simple & fuss free! 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Scholastic In-Action Series Review + Giveaway

Thanks to the kind folks from Scholastic, we received 2 mini series of In-Action books to review. The bookworms in the house were so excited and could not wait to start reading these books.



During my schooling days, I remembered my tutor bought me a thick book that contained all these phrasal verbs. It looked exactly like a dictionary. There were no colours and no pictures in it so you can imagine the bored look on my face +__+. I did not even want to touch or read the book no matter how good my tutor try to convinve me how it will benefit me in my composition writing. The book is still sitting in a quiet corner on the book shelf. I tried get them to read the book and they had the same reaction as me.

When I saw these In-Action mini series selling at Popular bookstore late last year, I did not hesitate to buy 2 mini series for the kids to read so as to entice them to learn more new phrasal verbs and idioms. Here are the reasons why my kids (including myself) like to read these series:-


1) Colourful

 
2) The explainations are easy to understand.

3) Comic style pictures to further illustrates about the meaning.

Although the recommended age for In-Action series is for 9-14 years old but if you have a child who is an advanced reader, I am sure they will enjoy reading these series too.

Currently there are 16 In-Action mini series and 2-3 books per series. All series have 60 language items in each book. They are retails at all Popular Bookstores and selected Times Bookstores.
Don't be confuse with the "More" series, they are just a continuation of the original series.
You can go to this website for more info on other series.


Scholastic will be giving away In-Action series to 2 lucky winners from my blog.
You can choose between "More Idioms In Action (Book 1-3)" or "Proverbs In Action (Book 1-3)".


Giveaway Terms and Conditions:
* Giveaway ends 30 August 2015, Sunday 2359 hours (Singapore time) 
* The winner will be selected on 31 August 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
* Please provide correct details for contact purpose
* All personal details provided in this contest will be kept confidential. Only details of the winners will be shared with Scholastic to facilitate the redeeming of prize.
* Winners will have to come to the Scholastic office for prize collection
* We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice

Disclaimer: We received 2 mini series of the In-Action Scholastic books for review purpose. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are our own.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Day We Celebrated Nation's 50th Birthday

Sil and her family invited us to her house on National Day for a little party this year. All of us were dressed in red to join in the nation's 50th birthday celebration. The kids went to get all the temporary tattoos from the NDP fun pack and requested me to put it on their faces and hands.

We went up to the sky garden again to take a look at the magnificent view of Singapore. Some of us went up to the sky garden to catch the fireworks show, while most of us catched the fireworks show from the comfort of sil's house. It was the first time that my auntie from KL tagged along with us to come and celebrate this special moment in Singapore.







Managed to capture the last burst of fireworks using my mobile phone.

We brought along a cake to celebrate with everyone.
Happy Birthday Singapore!

Friday, August 21, 2015

The little boy with the little blue glasses

It was the annual eye check up in the school that alerted us he might need to do a further assessment at the Promotion Health Board. When I brought him there, it was confirmed that he has astigmatism on both eyes. After many months of procrastinating, I finally brought him to a nearby optical shop and get his specs done.

After checking, he has no myopia but only astigmatism problem.

He thought it was so fun getting his eyes check +_+

He chose this blue spectacle from the tomato range of glasses. I find this range is quite suitable for young kids as the it is light, the nose bridge area rest comfortably on the nose without slipping down so easily and sides of each ear tip are adjustable to fit nicely.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, we selected and paid for this pair of Tomato glasses on our own.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Friendship Month with My Little Pony + Giveaway

Do you know that August is the Friendship month as International Friendship Day falls on the 2nd of August 2015? During this special month, Hasbro Singapore has teamed up with generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, to use the core cast of characters from My Little Pony to teach children about helping others and the power of the friendship. The initiatives invites children and their families to celebrate friendship, a core value for the My Little Pony brand, by completing acts of kindness and volunteering.

As the chinese saying goes "在家靠父母,出靠朋友".

You can visit http://mylittlepony.hasbro.com/friendshipday for more tips and tools provided online and teach children how they can make a difference and impact their communities through service, caring and giving.



To celebrate this special month with all of you, the kind folks from Hasbro is going to give 1 x $50 worth of My Little Pony Hamper to 1 lucky reader. Good Luck!

All you have to do is:
1) Like & Share this Facebook post
2) Leave a comment on this Facebook post and tell me "How are you going to educate those children around you about being caring / kind towards others?"
3) Provide a valid email address after the comment

Giveaway Terms & Conditions:
* Giveaway ends 23rd August 2015, Sunday 2359 hours (Singapore time) 
* Winners will be selected on 24th August 2015
* Open to anyone and everyone living in Singapore
* Incomplete or invalid entries will be automatically disqualified without notice
* Please provide correct email address for contact purpose
* All personal details provided in this contest will be kept confidential
* Winners will have to collect the prizes by themselves
* We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice

The winner is Alice Jun!

Disclaimer: We received complimentary MLP toys from Hasbro Singapore for the purpose of giveaway.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Explored a little island called Pulau Ubin

It was a beautiful public holiday and we were lazing at home with no plan and agenda. I was preparing breakfast for everyone and hb was surfing the Internet on his mobile phone. It was an impromptu idea from hb that maybe we could check out the little island. We were spontaneous enough to go along with the plan and quickly packed all the things we felt will be useful to use during the trip.

Tips on what to bring for a day trip to an island:
- Umbrella / Poncho
- Hat / Cap
- Small electronic fan / Paper fan
- Small towel (to wipe away all your perspiration)
- Camera (Optional)
- Tissue papers and wet tissues (in case of toilet emergency)
- Water and food (I know there might be shops/restaurants on the island but what if the food is not to our liking? What if the food is very expensive? You never know...all these are for "just in case" situation)
- Some basic First Aid kit (just in case of any minor injury)
- Money (for the boat ride, food, drinks and for emergency cases)
- Insect repellent (which we forgotten to bring along)
- Sunblock lotion

The crowd was building up at when we reached Changi Point Ferry Terminal, but we were lucky enough without having to wait for 10 hours to take a bumboat ride there *laughed*.

The trip cost $2.50 per person for one way. Try to prepare the money in advance as those boat operators are quite kan cheong to collect the money from you as soon as you board on their bumboat. If you are bringing along your own bicycle, you will need to pay $2 for each bicycle on top of your fare. Each bumboat can only accommodate 12 passengers.

I guess we were very lucky that the weather was bright and sunny.

Enjoying the scenery on the sea...

The ferry terminal at Pulau Ubin. 

The signboard that directs you to the place you want to go. I was horrified when I visited their common toilet. Imagine not a single source of water was available. We could not flush the toilet bowl and no water to wash our hand.

The map of Pulau Ubin (don't ask me to read the map coz I'm very bad at map navigation, lols!)

There were a few bike rental shops along the same stretch of road. Their pricing range from $6 to as high as $25 (new bike). There is no limit to the number of hours but the shop assistant told us that all bikes must be returned to them by 6pm. If you are too lazy to cycle up, you can always hire a van near the jetty. I did not have the chance to check out their charges though.

The locals told us that usually the journey is about 45 minutes to reach Chek Jawa by cycling. Honestly I forgot to bring my watch that day and the 45 minutes trip felt like an eternity to me at one point. The uphill slope was so steep and I was trying to catch my breath by pushing my bike up the hill. The downhill slope seemed too dangerous for me to let go at my full speed.

One thing I learnt during this trip:
If you have children who are still on 4 wheelers, then its not feasible for them to ride there as the road can be very bumpy. Since YQ and Junior YS were unable to ride a 2 wheelers, we rented 2 bicycles that can accomodate both adults and children.

We took a few stops along the way to catch our breath as well as to enjoy the nature scenery. No more cycling is allowed when we needed to explore the mangrove boardwalk. We parked our bicycles at one corner and it was time to do some walking.

We took a 10 minutes break trying to cool down at the information kiosk and continued our walk towards the mangrove boardwalk.


Spider webs

Mangrove trees



It was a fun & educational day for them.



We were lucky to see a few monkeys swinging and resting on trees.


My $8 rented bike looked pretty rusty right?

Taking short breaks again to immerse ourselves in the nature surrounding.

Taking a pose at the lotus pond.






The queue started to form when we were leaving the ferry terminal around 4 plus in the late afternoon. Although everyone was slightly sun burnt and tired but the kids enjoyed themselves.

Bye Pulau Ubin! Hope we will come back someday again.