Monday, March 27, 2017

Cold Storage Kids Run 2017

Cold Storage Kids Run is an annual running event specially organised for kids in Singapore and this will be their 10th year event to promote healthy eating, active living and awesome family fun. This will be our 2nd time to participate in the Cold Storage Kids Run 2017 this year. It's a good opportunity for family bonding and also for our kids to relax a bit after their mid-term examinations.

~Changes for this year run~
This year, the run is going to take place at a different venue from the previous year. Families will be able to enjoy the sun and the sea at Palawan Beach, Sentosa. Post-event activities by the beach will be available for families to participate after the run.

Timing has pushed back to 7.15am so as to allow families to have more preparation time.

Non-Competitive Run:
This year, up to 2 parents are allowed to form a team with a child.

Do check out the details regarding Runners Entitlements for this year.

Discount Code
Do key in the code "MMTREF17" during your registration to get 10% off. The code is valid until 10th April 2017. 

Save the date (28th May 2017) and see you there!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Hougang 21 Seafood

If you have a husband and a son who constantly have crabs cravings on most days then I think it's worth to check out this place. It's YUMMY, FRESH and AFFORDABLE! I think probably it's located within the neighbourhood area and that explains why the price is not that exorbitant.

After we spent a bomb at one of the seafood restaurants located at Punggol Settlements recently, I was determined not to go back there to get "slaughtered" again! I saw there was a promotion in my FB feeds and informed the hub that we should check out the place one day. 

Last weekend, hub brought us to Hougang 21 Seafood. People started queuing outside the shop when we arrived. While waiting patiently for our turn to be served, I noticed most tables ordered crabs. 

I was so excited to order their "3 crabs for $25" but the auntie told me the promotion was finished. I wasn't sure if the promotion was gone for good or just for that day only coz I was too lazy to clarify in detail with her. In the end, we ordered the "2 crabs for $35" deal and we paid $3 extra for the salted egg yolk sauce.

Be prepared to self-service if you want to order drinks. Just go to their drinks cooler and get your own drinks, take your own cups and put your own ice. Overall, it's definitely more worth to come back again for the kind of price we paid here.

Hougang 21 Seafood
212 Hougang Street 21
Singapore 530212

Thursday, March 2, 2017

S.D.S Bakery & Cafe: Bukit Indah branch

Recently, we found another cafe with good food with reasonable price. With the recent dropped in the Malaysia currency exchange rate, more people are going into the neighbouring country to enjoy better food, shopping and leisure purpose. My kids loved the food here and so we came back to SDS again.

Their menu is quite extensive, from local fare to western fare.

We just need to write down our own order and just press the bell once we are done.

This drink was ordered during our 1st visit, I thought it looked kinda of cute. The flavoured ice ball was separated from the soda water and we could just add the soda water according to our preferences.

During our 2nd visit, we ordered the grilled sambal fish with rice.

The kids' favourite! Creamy spaghetti with baked salmon.

My ceasar salad, the only thing which I did not like was the bread crumbs coz tasted slightly "lao hong"
Another baked salmon with potato wedges.

If my pickiest kid loved the food there then it meant that the food was NICE! Oh! I forgot to mention that their range of cakes were yummy too!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Running in the "wild" at Safari Zoo Run 2017

We kickstarted 2017 by taking part in the Safari Zoo Run 2017 at the Singapore Zoological Gardens. Although we were no strangers to the venue but definitely it was our very first time to run within the compound. We took part in the non-competitive 2.5km family run this time and it was a wonderful experience running in the "wild" leisurely and made multiple pit stop to take pictures and enjoyed the scenery. 

Great weather to start the family run which we had been anticipating for.

Firstly, the kids wanted to take a picture with their favourite Ah Meng coz we were #TeamAhMeng

Everyone waited in an orderly manner for their turns to start the run.

Not forgetting to take more pictures along the way.

After a few experiences of taking part in family runs last year, we decided not to bring water bottles this time coz we knew water refreshment will be supplied by the organiser. 

 Needless to mention, everyone was so happy to see the word "finish". We made a dash to the finishing line.

Collected the Singapore Zoo Run 2017 Finisher's Medal design and each of us had one more medal to be added to our collection.

One of the highlights of the run we were looking forward to was to gain free access to the Singapore Zoological Zoo and River Safari after the run. The participants did not have to worry about not having enough time to visit all animals in the zoo because they could go in multiple times using their bibs to gain free access. 

Food was easily available located near the entrance and we went to replenish our energy at the KFC fast food outlet before venturing back to these two places. Here were some pretty awesome pictures I took on that day:

We are so looking forward to the Safari Zoo Run next year and probably by then, my kids will game enough to take part in the competitive run by themselves.

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

Monday, February 20, 2017

The journey to PSLE

This year marks the 12th year as a mum to my eldest child. Not a year I am looking forward to, especially this four letter word "PSLE" (no pun intended). It is the year where majority parents start to get super concerned about the changes to the PSLE examination format, the scoring system, examination dates and so on. Yes! Welcome to the reality of PSLE in Singapore. 

PSLE was never been one of the big life changing phases in my entire education life. I never knew what stress was until I took my O-level examination. In fact, my mum was the cool one, never interfere or gave me any pressure about my studies or ask me which Secondary School I was aiming for. She just let me be myself and I would follow the tuition/self-revision schedule set by the student hostel I was staying at that time. All she did was asked me how many marks I had gotten for my PSLE score. Yup! Short and sweet question indeed.

Now, PSLE has taken over parents in Singapore as if the storm is brewing. Sometimes I think being parents of the current generation is living a more stressful life than the past. It could be due to the reason that we no longer think our children can handle their revisions or examinations on their own. Looking at the vast education changes, the topics they are learning now are much in depth than we used to learn in Primary School (no wonder nowadays there is a need for parents to go for "tuition" in order to teach/guide their children). There are times whereby I could not even help to explain some questions which my son is doing now.

As a mum, I try to give him whatever support he lacks in terms of studies. Sourcing for suitable PSLE books that will be beneficial for him as well as trying to outsource external help so that he can have the best people to guide him. Despite all that help he needs, we try to let him enjoy himself by doing stuff he likes to de-stress. At least the minimal effort to strike a balance is better than none.

School exams have started and mountains of worksheets and test papers are waiting to be done on top of school work. I hope for nothing but the best my son can do to achieve his goal. Giving him the moral and mental support is more important for reassurance and let him aware that family is always behind him no matter what happened. 

Having said that, we were taking a walk leisurely the other night and our son commented about his thought on PSLE. In return, hb gave him some advice "It does not matter which Secondary School you go to or what marks you are getting, what matters is you are applying what you have learnt during these six years of your Primary School education and apply it during your PSLE examination."

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

CNY 2017

This year, the kids had a slightly longer CNY break and they were so happy. Luckily none of them falls sick from all the feastings and late night hours spent at relatives and in law's place. For us, we had a longer break than our kids coz our office opened on Day 7 of CNY.

This year, not much of the festive mood for us. Even though we managed to settle the kids' clothing in December last year. We were so busy with work that we did not really have much time to shop for ourselves. More than half of my clothing were purchased online and not enough time to look for new shoes for myself. CNY decors and goodies were purchased last minute too.

On the eve of CNY, kids dressed up for their school celebration and we had the annual reunion dinner buffet at in law's place.

Our mandatory trip to visit ancestors (fil's side) and also made a trip to the temple to pray to the tai sui for those whose Chinese zodiac happened to offend the tai sui in the year. Of course house visiting started on day one of CNY.

Another visit to pay respect to ancestors (mil's side) and children spent a long time at the nearby outdoor playground.

We went for a nice breakfast at Safra Punggol and went house visiting at one of our relatives' place.

Finally a day with no house visiting, we decided to have an active lifestyle (I mean cycling) at Coney Island. Last minute relatives from KL came to Singapore and we met up for a lou hei dinner to end the day before the school started.

We managed to spend some quality couple time sans kids the day before we went back to work. Hb brought me somewhere and introduced me to a new game (darts) while leaving the 2 older kids home alone for a couple of hours. Bliss!!! Wish we can do this more often :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hello 2017

Well...Year 2016 has ended and we have breezed through half of January 2017 so fast. No new year resolution for me coz no matter what I have set out to do for the year, it normally won't materialise anyway :P

This year is an important year for us because the youngest has just embarked on to the Primary School system. The second child is going through streaming year and the eldest will be taking his PSLE this year *sweat*. I hope they will buck up this year and do better than their own expectations. I know it's not going to be an easy year for all of us but we will survive somehow. My nagging will still continue as long as I live...haha!

Other than studying, we hope to be able to bring them out as much as possible amidst from their self-revisions, tuitions and enrichment classes. Life is more than just studying, isn't it?

A mandatory picture to take with mummy on the first day of school.

I managed to dig out all 3 kids' "first day of school" picture. Can't believe they are growing so fast every day...

Trying our best to make time for family outing as often as possible. Since the youngest has started to ride on 2 wheels, we are able to cycle freely as much as possible from now on.

We cycled to the Road Safety Park and they had a taste of how to pump petrol at the petrol kiosk. Such a pity that this place is no longer in operation, hb and myself used to have nice childhood memories here.

I think as parents, its good to know they are progressing well not only in academic area but also in other areas which they have shown great interest in. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Nasa Exhibition @ Art Science Museum

We may be living in a little red dot but we never have a problem to bring our children out for some enriching and fun activities. Just the other weekend, we brought them to the Nasa exhibition to learn more about the history of spaceships and how astronauts prepare themselves and survive in space. It was educational and fun for them as well as for us and we tried the G-Force - Astronaut Trainer Ride and experienced what it felt like to be the astronaut taking off from the earth. 

Tip: To avoid spending too much time queuing up to buy tickets. We were advised to either buy it online and claim tickets directly at a counter (which we did) or purchase from any SISTIC outlets beforehand.

The types of food eaten by astronauts

Space suits

The exhibition is ending on 19 March 2017.