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. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Fancy to have some Noodles in the pool? me "suaku" but I only knew about these "Pool Noodles" when I was searching online for different type of floats for the kids to try out during swimming. I have seen them before but never knew what these long coloured thingy were called. After looking through the demonstrations in the You-Tube, I was even more convinced to get these for them since these are more fun and easier to use than those boring swimming boards.

These noodle floats were more versatile and they could do front float, back float and even sat on the float as if they were cycling in the water. The children feedback to me that they loved swimming with their new floats and double the fun of course.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Salt Grill & Sky Bar @ Ion Orchard

How did I feel while eating and sitting on the 55th~56th storey in a building? My answer was I felt like I'm on top of the world. Okay, we did not make any prior reservation so we were not seated by the window side otherwise everything will be perfect just the way we wanted it to be :P

While waiting for our food, they served tomato soup in the cup (initially I thought it was some fruit juice) and fresh warm bread. It's complimentary :)

We started with tapas: Confit duck & mustard fruit wrapped in brick pastry, apple mayo ($28)
The dish looked like our chinese version of "spring roll" except the content inside was different. A mixture of sweet and salty on the taste bud.

Hb ordered confit belly, braised cheek, bacon wrapped loin, 
spring cabbage and apple ($70)

I ordered Wagyu cut of the day ($89).
It was very yummy for sure. I think the way the meat was cooked and presented to the customer was very thoughtful coz it was cut into several smaller pieces.

Finally, we ordered Mango and coconut bomb Alaska ($21) for dessert.
Something new and we have never tried before. I'm not a fan of coconut but the coconut they have inside is not too empowering and just nice for my taste bud.

So remember next time if you want to get a good seat with a nicer view, its better to make a reservation beforehand :)

Salt Grill & Sky Bar by Luke Mangan
Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn
#55-01 Singapore 238801
Tel: 6592 5118
(Their concierge counter is located on the 4th level in the shopping centre)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to handle bus bullies?

As a parent, the word which I do not wish to hear from my children is "bully". Apart from the little episode my eldest went through during Primary 1, luckily I was able to step in and informed the teacher to investigate further. Other than that, I seriously hate to see my children or other children being the victims of these bullies. I can't deny that there are bullies everywhere and how to handle these situations is beyond our control at times. That is why if parents have children who are very soft spoken or shy will tend to be the target of these bullies.

Now...I have been the chauffeur for my children for more than 2 years and its more or less part of our plan to put them back to school bus next year so that I can have more time dedicated to my work. When I try to tell YQ about this arrangement, she told me:" Mommy, my classmate XX told me that there are a lot of bullies in the bus and they even stole her basketball and twisted her hand....blah blah." When I heard these, negative thoughts started to form in my mind and I was seriously starting to worry about them. 

Maybe I was too paranoid, I started to imagine these scenarios whereby they will come home crying about these and that. All these students are coming from different classes and how is one bus driver going to control all these nonsense while he is driving? I consulted my hb about his thoughts and his answer was try to let our kids to handle these situations by themselves. After all, being too over protective is not going to solve all the problem. We'll just have to take one step at a time and observe.

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Have any of your kids encounter bus bullies before? How does your kid handle this problem?