Wednesday, January 17, 2018

SOMOS Summer Camp Singapore

Time flies, the kids are into their 3rd week of the school term now. During the December holiday last year, the folks from YCP Education Singapore invited my kids to attend their 5-Day SOMOS Summer Camp. Until this day, they are still telling how much they missed the camp and their friends whom they have bonded during that period. So are you curious to know what SOMOS Summer Camp is all about?

About SOMOS Summer Camp
Singapore' First Summer Camp for Both Overseas and Local Students. They are the first summer camp provider emphasizing on the element of cultural exchange, providing overseas students with an opportunity to experience the world-class education system in Singapore.
They believe that alternative learning is important in supplementing the child's learning by helping him/her to think critically and creatively to prepare for the 21st century. They furnish their own contents and work with the best enrichment institutes to provide the best STEM education.

What I like about this camp is the vast exposure of activities for the children. During the 5-day camp, they were transported by the chartered bus to different learning venues to learn about Clay Arts, Coding, Cooking, Robotics, Design Thinking, Kids' Entrepreneurship, Cultural Activity and Basketball. They were kept occupied with full day activities starting from 8.30am till 4.30pm (with food and transportation provided).

As a parent, I felt this is a good opportunity for them to explore their interest through these activities. Full day camp also allows ample time for them to learn more and the schedule is just nice to incorporate 2 activities into one day. I do not have to worry about my kids idling and do unconstructive activities at home. In fact, they are able to learn useful things to keep their brain occupied at the camp. SOMOS Summer Camp is also very flexible by allowing parents to visit their children during the curriculum hours. I believe it is a win-win situation for both parents and the children. 

What amazed me was that age was not an issue even though children whose age ranges between 6 to 12 were put together in the same camp. They were able to learn and play together.

Cooking lesson at CulinaryOn

Making pizzas

I dropped by to "visit" them during their cooking lesson and get to savour some yummy food too :)

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Graduated from the cooking school!

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Robotics lesson in progress.

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Learnt how to program the robot to move.

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Having fun!

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Children listened attentively during the clay arts lesson.

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Artistic potteries.

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Preparing to mould the clay.

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Finished products ready to be sent for firing which will be collected 3 weeks later.

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Briefing before the basketball lesson.

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Warm up!

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Learnt the basic techniques of basketball.

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Group picture.

If you are keen to know more about their available camp schedule, click on their website link for more information!

Simply key the discount code "SOMOS2018" to enjoy 10% off all course fees from now till 30th June 2018!

SOMOS Summer Camp Singapore
5 Temasek Boulevard 
Suntec Tower 5 #11-02
Singapore 038985
Tel: +65 6910 2604

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Yummy CNY Goodies from Pineapple Tarts Singapore

Chinese New Year (CNY) is approaching in about one-month plus. It is our Chinese tradition to buy new clothing, new shoes and etc. Not forgetting to stock up on drinks and lots of Chinese New Year goodies at home. Thanks to Pineapple Tarts Singapore, we get to savour some of these yummy goodies before CNY.

Pineapple tarts are our house's top favourite and the fastest to finish in record time among other goodies. The sweet and sour pineapple filling is definitely very enticing to the young and old.

Pineapple Tarts Singapore is selling two types of pineapple tarts on their online platform. The Cheezylicious Cheese Pineapple Tarts & Melt In You Mouth Pineapple Tarts.

The saltiness of the parmesan cheese helps to balance out the sweetness from the pineapple paste. It made a great combination between the sweet and savoury taste.

These pineapple tarts have more buttery taste and softer in texture. The whole pineapple ball basically melted in my mouth. Really yums!
This is my kid's favourite coz they can't take the hot stuff. Finally, they can taste the sambal prawn without feeling the heat in their mouth. The size is slightly shorter as compared to the regular prawn roll. 

Crispy Nonya prawn rolls which I can taste the spiciness from the sambal. They made this with their very own recipe and I must say these go very well with beer or cider *laughed*.

When you have bored children, just ask them to play the stacking game. Just kidding!

Even my girl declares that all these are HERS!!!

Pineapple Tarts Singapore's online platform also sell other CNY goodies such as Kueh Lapis, Cashew Nuts, Fried Crab Sticks and Love Letters. Currently, they are having an online sale with delivery service countrywide at a fee of $10 and free delivery on orders above $70.

They are open for pre-orders now and there is a 10% discount on all orders made before 10th January 2018 using the code "HUATAH" at checkout.

Pineapple Tarts Singapore

Disclaimer: These CNY goodies were sent to us for review purpose. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Its a wrap for 2017...

Finally, I can declare that the whole PSLE journey is a wrap for now. I am NOT so keen to see it again in 2 years time when it will be my 2nd child's turn to take her examination. If you think it will be 2nd time easier to manage and know what to expect, then you are totally wrong. Every child is different and the issues faced by each child is not the same. When the time comes, I will have to start scratching my head and face the dreadful cycle again.

The past 12 months seemed to be flying faster than ever. Probably, all those chauffeuring duties, mummy duties on top of my full time job is making my days passed faster than ever. I think the biggest consolation from being so busy this entire year is to witness the eldest's big improvement in his studies.

From the initial panic mode during the first semester after seeing a sudden dropped in his Science result. His concerned form teacher quickly communicated with us to find ways to help him. We were worried too because Science was not his worst subject at all. On days when he had coaching lessons until 9.30pm, he never complaint about coming home late or feeling tired. He was very clear about his goal and was working hard to achieve it. We are truly blessed that all his hard work has paid off and he can move on to the next phase of his school life.

Year 2018 will be even busier for us with the eldest going to a different school. I am sure his schedule will be packed with studies, projects, CCA and all the school activities he has to participate. At the same time, I have to make sure the other 2 kids have to start focusing on their weaker subjects. School holiday is over and its back to reality again!


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Go-Karting Experience @ Plentong

Who loves go-karting? My kids love it when they are playing online or at the games arcade but they have never tried the real stuff before. My first encounter with go-karting was during my university days. We were brought to the karting area by our school during the orientation week. It was so fun! 

With no plan or intention to travel anywhere this December school holiday, we decided to venture into Johor Bahru to try out the go-karting. The cost of go-karting in Singapore is definitely more expensive (about 3 times more) as compared to Malaysia. Hb did his research and decided to bring along his team of staff for a team building session. We braved our way through the causeway jam to reach the destination. If you love the thrill of speed, this is the place worth to check it out.

The first thing we did when we reached Johor Bahru was to fill up our tummies with yummy food. The karting area is situated very way in. We passed by the oil palm plantation, a few cows were standing by the side of the road and the smell of cow dung lingering in the natural air. By the time we reached Plentong Karting it was already 3pm.

We were stopped by someone at the "guard post" which the driver had to furnish his/her driving licence for record purposes.

The children's enthusiastic mood was dampened initially because the working staff told us it was not safe for children to try out the go-kart due to the high volume of people go-karting on the race track on weekend. We were advised to bring them down on weekdays instead. Since we came all the way there, the adults decided not to waste any more time and went for it first.

We paid RM40 per pax for 10 minutes each time and if you are a "safe driver" like me, probably you can go for about 4 to 5 laps within 10 minutes. If you are feeling "young & dangerous", the number of laps will be more than that for sure. Be prepared to get your face dirty and hit by small stones while driving :P

Safety wise, I think it is not 100% safe because the go-kart engine is placed beside the seat. As long as you are careful enough, it should not be a major issue.

We stayed there until about 6pm (the go-kart area closed at 6.30pm) and realised most people had left and we were the last group of people still hanging around. We decided to try our luck and asked if the kids were able to try out the go-kart. Of course, they were given the green light to go for 10 minutes on the race track.

For hygiene purpose, disposable hair nets were available for us to use before we put on the helmet. Children were assessed by the working staff to make sure they knew how to brake and accelerate properly. For shorties like me *haha*, they will insert pillow behind my back to make sure my legs were able to reach for the accelerator and the brake.

For first timer kid, a rope will be tied to the go-kart and held on by one of their staff for safety reason.

YS gave a thumb up before the start of the race.

Once the staff feels the kid is stable enough, they will slowly release the rope and let the kid roam freely on the race track.

There is also a viewing tower for spectators to sit there and watch the race.

If go-karting is not enough for you, buggy will be an alternative option. There are double or single seater to choose from. Be prepare to get muddy and dirty because the buggy is meant to drive on the dirt track. Luckily I brought extra clothing for them to change.

The kids is looking forward to come back again for another round of go-kart.

Permas Go-Kart Club Sdn Bhd
Lot 1195 Jalan Bunga Matahari
Taman Plentong Hari
81750 Johor Bahru

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Marvel 4D Experience @ Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds Singapore has just launched its new immersive zone, the Marvel 4D Experience on 14th December 2017. We were very lucky to be invited to attend the exclusive preview and experience Asia's first Marvel 4D cinema. It was our very first time to step into this Madame Tussauds Singapore although it was officially opened on 25th October 2014.

Feel the thrill and get interactive with Marvel's superheroes such as Spider-Man, Iron Man and Captain America.

Captain Rogers aka Captain America.

Iron-Man and his armoured suit with built-in LED display.

The children took picture with Spider-Man as if they were hanging off the side of the building with him.

Viewers will be transported straight into the action-packed feature. Super heroes have been brought back to life in the multi-sensory 4D experience. Although it was a 10 minutes show but every scenes feel so realistic as if we were really in the movie.

The children were super excited to take pictures with all the famous people around the world.

Now visitors can try out virtual reality racing experience too. 

Interesting Facts!
  • It takes 3 months, and the involvement of around 20 studio artists, to create each wax figure
  • 250 measurements of the head and body are taken so the wax figure is as accurate as it can be
  • Our sittings take 2-3 hours in which we collect measurements, photos, costume donations, a hand cast, hair samples, signature and eye colour matching
  • A wax head weighs as much as a real head, around 4.5kg
  • Each strand of hair is inserted individually, taking approximately four weeks to complete each head (including the eyebrows)
  • Each set of eyes takes 15 hours to create and no two pairs are the same.
  • All figures have their hair washed and make-up retouched regularly
  • Because wax shrinks, wax figures are made two percent larger than the real life subjects they portray

40 Imbiah Road 
Singapore 099700
Tel: 6715 4000

Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri : 10am - 7.30pm
Sat. Sun & PH : 10am - 9pm

Disclaimer: We were invited to attend the preview at Madame Tussauds. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are my own.