Monday, September 23, 2019

Changi Experience Studio @ Changi Jewel

I won a family ticket for 4 pax from an online FB giveaway during July. It was until the start of the September school holiday and also the birthday of my big boy that we decided to come here to experience something different on his special day. We paid for 2 more extra tickets so that all of us can go in and enjoy. Each of us was given a "travel guide" to gain access to the premise. We were amazed by all the digital interactive games. 

Not only did we get to play, but we were also given a brief history lesson of Changi Airport. The children reckoned the most interesting and fun part was the Amazing Runway & Smile Challenge.


Butterflies came to life as you opened the "travel guide".


Went through a history lesson about Changi Airport.

Hanging Garden

Amazing Runway - everyone was trying to pedal very hard to win the race.

Sky Deck

The children tried to pose differently at the photo booth.



This was the first time, my children smiled the longest and widest for such a long time. They were trying to beat each other's score and get a very high score in order to be able to make it to the Hall of Fame. 


Who would have thought YQ was able to appear 3 times in a row on the Hall of Fame?


It was a very fun and meaningful day spent at Changi Experience Studio.

Friday, September 20, 2019

YS turns 14

YS's birthday happened to coincide on a school holiday and it was a great day to be able to sleep in later than usual. We prepared his presents early and told him to open only on his actual birthday. There was no plan or agenda to do anything on that day as we wanted to take it slow and easy since the daughter is having her tuition in the morning.


Of course, we did not forget about the birthday cake. Since the birthday boy has specially requested to order the cake from the same bakery as last year, I could not turn down his request. The cake arrived at our home slightly before noon time and we decided to hold the cake cutting session before we went out. 


Since hubby's schedule was quite free in the afternoon, we decided to make use of the family tickets which I have won from the online giveaway and took the opportunity to visit Changi Experience Studio at Changi Jewel. We purchased additional tickets at the counter so all of us were able to go in together. We spent almost 2 hours inside the studio and it was amazingly fun.


After the activity, we proceeded to have our dinner at one of the restaurants. The birthday boy decided to have Mexican cuisine on his special day. We dined at Tonito Latin America Restaurant.






Dear YS,

You're finally 14 this year!
You have slowly display your matureness even though I never tell you so. Taking the initiative to do well in your studies is something which I do not have to nag at you anymore. Your perfectionist and detailed nature is something which I admire and I hope you will continue to excel in whatever you are doing.

Growing up, mummy hopes you can learn to take some time to show more care and concern toward people around you. 

Xoxo,
Mummy

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

A Review On BenQ Eye Care Monitor GW2480T

It's a true fact that myopia rates are rising and Singapore has one of the highest rates of myopia in the world. Having that said, all my kids are myopic and two of them has astigmatism. The youngest kid is currently under the atropine eye drop treatment every night. 

We are basically using our laptops, tablets and even mobile phones for many hours a day. Everything is almost going digitalised. Newspapers, magazines and books are easily available in digital forms. Even schools are allowing their students to revise online through e-learning. Our visions are getting affected in one way or another when we do not take action to take proper protection or care for our eyes.   


Very often, we are not conscious of how we use our gadgets. We tend to read closer to the screen, we slouch, we tend to read under dim lighting and etc. As time passes, our eyes condition deteriorate and the long hours of wrong sitting posture affect our spinal development. 


Setting up the monitor is very easy. The monitor screen can be adjusted up and down, swivel left or right and tilt up or down to suit your angle.


BenQ Eye Care Monitor GW2480T screen comes in 24-inch that is big enough for comfortable viewing and minimises the chance to strain our eyes. The screen can be adjusted according to our sitting height (up to 110mm from the base) so we are able to sit with the correct posture. 

To protect our family's eyes, BenQ has designed Low Blue Light Technology that removes blue light (420~480nm) and Low Blue Light Plus Technology that filters harmful radiation (420~455nm) to reduce damage while maintaining picture quality without a colour shift into shades of yellow. This is one of the features which I felt is vital in order to protect our eyes.

One of the unique features which I really like is the Brightness Intelligence Technology (B.I. Tech.). This special feature can automatically adjust the display brightness by detecting the ambience lighting. 

3 types of input

4 types of lighting style to choose from


Adjustable volume

More settings to choose from according to our preference.


BenQ is having a promotion for the month of August. It's never too late to take care of our eyes by using the right monitor screen. They are having 7% off from now till 31st August 2019.
GW2480T at BenQ Brand Store (7% off now): http://bit.ly/2MQLtqG
Other GW Series Eye Care Monitor: http://bit.ly/2yOpisY

Disclaimer: We received a BenQ monitor for review purpose. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Junior YS turns 9

We held a very simple birthday celebration for the littlest this year. Our initial plan to bring him to the SuperPark was cancelled due to the roadblock near Suntec City area on a Saturday afternoon. In the end, we decided to have a simple lunch and spent some time at the arcade in the town area instead. Luckily this boy was understanding and did not make a big fuss about the last minute changes.


When we reached home, we sang the birthday song and ate the birthday cake. 


I guess the only consolation for him was his birthday presents. He is a fan of collecting Pokemon trading cards so all of us bought Pokemon cards for him. Since we spent so much money on Pokemon cards, I thought why not play a little "prank" on him instead. I wrapped several layers of newspapers and wrappers around the present and he was having a hard time trying to open layer by layer. The children had fun doing the unboxing video.



Dear Junior YS,

We hope you are growing wiser as you gain a year older. Sometimes, you tend to give us the most unbelievable answer out of the blue. You are funny in your own way and its a joy to see that you are such a joker in front of us.

Even though I feel annoyed at times when you want me to accompany you to wherever you go but deep down inside my heart I know you will slowly outgrow your fear and gradually you might not need me to be with you anymore.

I hope you will stay cheeky as always and bring more joy and laughter to our lives.

Xoxo,
Mummy

Monday, July 22, 2019

Celebration with yummy cakes from whYZee.sg

The kind folks from whYZee cake delivery came just in time when I was busy sourcing for a birthday cake for Junior YS's birthday. Since the birthday boy decided that he has enough of cartoon character cakes for so many years, he told me specifically not to order cartoon character cake this year since he is no longer a small baby. 

whYZee cake delivery offers a good selection of birthday cakes, swiss rolls and other healthy bakes which is available on their website. Last-minute delivery or self-collection can be arranged by giving them a call or via Whatsapp. Free delivery is available for orders above $80.




About whYZee

whYZee was established in 2017 by a couple who are extreme cake enthusiasts from young. Their initials were Y and Z thus the name of the company. As both their parents were diabetic, one main focus of the company is to create healthier bakes while not compromising on the taste. Everything is made from scratch in the bakery and sold fresh.

Their goal is to offer the best tasting and freshest artisanal bakes for their customers. By keeping their price affordable for all to enjoy without burning a hole in their pockets. Furthermore, they have a wide variety of healthy bakes with no artificial flavouring and colouring for people who are on a healthy diet.


We selected a Rainbow Layer Cake for the little boy's birthday.


The colourful rainbow cake looked very enticing and the sweetness of the cake was just right.

Everyone was asking for a second helping to the cake.

The next day, we tried the Japanese Fruit Swiss Roll. Even though it was left in the refrigerator overnight, the swiss roll was still very soft when I cut it.

Fresh strawberries with fresh cream brought out the refreshing taste and complemented well with the softness of the sponge cake. The sweetness was just right for our tastebuds.
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Not forgetting all of you, good food must share right???
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4. Remember to share this blog post your Facebook (remember to set your profile to public) for a bonus chance to win.

Terms & Conditions:
* Giveaway ends on 28th July 2019, 2359 hours (Singapore time) 
* The winner will be selected on 29th July 2019
* Open to anyone and everyone living in Singapore
* Incomplete or invalid entries will be automatically disqualified without notice
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* Unless otherwise stated, or agreed upon, the prize is non-transferable
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* We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice

Congratulations! The winners are:
Sharon-Kwok Tan
Daphne Ho
Wendy Yun

Disclaimer: We received some yummy cakes for review purpose. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are my own.

Friday, June 21, 2019

YQ turns 12


I'm not the kind of mother who loves to plan big birthday parties for my children every year so I promised them that I will organise one for them during their significant milestones (such as 12 years old, 18 years old or 21 years old). 

TWELVE is the last year before they embark to teenage years (I know...that's when the rebellious phase starts or maybe even earlier for others). TWELVE is also the final primary school years before the majority of them venture to their new secondary schools.

Planning a party seems so easy on the surface but to execute the whole thing is not an easy peasy task...at least for me. Kudos to all mummies and daddies who put in so much effort to plan their children's birthday parties every year. 

2 years ago, we did not organise the birthday party for my eldest since he just wanted to hold a small celebration within ourselves. But this year, my daughter was looking forward to this birthday celebration and I could not possibly disappoint her, right? 

The first thing I checked out was the birthday venue. There were too many options available but to find one that suits her personality and interest was a bit of a challenge at first. As I narrowed down the choices from indoor to outdoor activities, my girl decided to go for something she loved and tried a few years ago. We felt that it will be an activity which will be more fun and interesting for her friends. Wakeboarding sounded like an excellent idea since none of her friends has tried it before. The only concern for outdoor activity was the weather. I went to check the weather forecast a few days before and it was stated afternoon shower on my weather app.




Guess what? It was drizzling that morning and we kept praying that the rain can quickly stop soon. I was worried the wakeboarding session will be cancelled due to the rain but we were told that the session will proceed as per normal and will stop if there's thunder or lightning. We rented part of the cable-ski area for 2 hours to cater for 11 beginner riders. Instructor, ski and safety equipment was provided for us. The instructor was very engaging with the children and taught them the techniques of wakeboarding. Although my children have tried it a few years ago, I was still quite surprised to see them being able to wakeboard confidently.


The second thing which I checked out was the dining venue. Part of the reason why I chose Singapore Wake Park was because there's a cafe (managed by the same management) located just right beside the activity area. Since these children will be so hungry after 2 hours of intense workout, this was the best option to cut down on travelling time to another place to eat. 


Lastly, I planned this surprise cake for my girl a few weeks before the party. She did not have a single clue on the theme of the cake until the actual day after their meal time. Since most girls of her age are crazy about K-pop now so I decided to look for a home baker who can make BT21 jelly cake. The baker went the extra mile to order these jelly mould just to customise this cake for her. Of course, the surprised look on her face was priceless! The girls were in awe of the cute jelly cake design too.



 A mandatory group photo with all her closed girlfriends.

After meal activity - foosball

Overall, I should say the birthday party was a success and I hope the next one (in 3 years time) will be less challenging for me.


Dear daughter,


Being 12 means that you are more sensible and wiser now. Although this is a challenging year for you, we believe you can achieve your goal if you set your heart to do it wholeheartedly.

Friendship seems to be the biggest hurdle for you this year. I just want to let you know true friends will not do things to hurt your feelings. Sometimes, things happened for a reason and you will realise who are your unworthy friends. I am very proud of your maturity in how you handled the whole situation.


I know you are dreading to go through all these growing up and puberty phase. This is part and parcel of life, we need to learn how to embrace how our body changes.  


We love you and Happy 12th Birthday!

Xoxo,
Mummy

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Family bonding on a Good Friday!

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A few hours of family bonding spent at the MBS on a Good Friday. Instead of squeezing with the crowd to explore the newly opened Jewel Changi Airport, hubby decided to bring us to try their famous crazy milkshakes at Black Tap. Black Tap originates from the United States and there is only one outlet in Singapore so far. The queue has started outside the outlet when we reached there slightly before 12pm.

What is the "hype" at Black Tap? :P

Too many choices to choose from...

Guac & Chips
A very yummy snack paired together with the refreshing sour dressing, diced tomatoes and avocadoes. 

Spicy Korean BBQ
If you are not a spicy lover, can always request to separate the sauce from the chicken wings.

Chocolate milkshake: Brooklyn Blackout

Current special milkshake: Alice in the Wonderland

To be honest, we could not finish the 2 crazy milkshakes. It was too much for 2 adults and 3 kids. Next time, we will just order 1 milkshake instead.

After the meal, we rented a few E-scooters which were located beside the MBS. It was our first experience riding an e-scooter and it did not take me very long to get used to it. It was a fun experience for us to explore the city on an e-scooter. I hope we can try it again on another day.

Taking a quick pit stop at the helix bridge.

Beautiful scenery as we scooted around the city.

Final pose with the "big chair".