Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Family Trip to Seoul - Day 2

I am so slack to update our travel posts and work has been a bit overwhelming on the front plus this year is another PSLE year again for my 2nd born. Of course, I am trying my best to put up all my Korea travel posts as fast as I could before I forget the major bulk of it.

Moving on to the 2nd day, I really wanted to bring the family to try out the popular Korean porridge at MiGaBon located nearby our hotel at Myeongdong. I mean it is highly recommended online so I thought we should at least try and see what's hype about Korean porridge. We changed our mind upon seeing the long queue outside the restaurant and decided to look around the nearby area for other alternatives. We were stopped and greeted by the friendly staff who stood outside of 多岛海鲜 (Yakiniku Restaurant).   

At the entrance of the restaurant.

We were led to sit on the upper deck of the restaurant.

Quite surprised to see so many famous actors and actresses who patronised this restaurant before.

Some of the yummy local delicacies ordered for breakfast.

When "suaku" tourists like ourselves who were so fascinated with autumn leaves that were as big as our faces. 

An impromptu stopover at Bosingak Bell Ringing Ceremony while we were on our way to Gyeongbokgung Palace. The performance takes place between 11am to 12.20pm daily (closed on Monday). During this duration, visitors can try on traditional outfits, take photos and take part in the bell-ringing ceremony for FREE.

We were very lucky to be able to take part in the free bell-ringing ceremony. We were told to make our wishes as we hit the bell repeatedly. I lost count on the number of times we hit the bell. 

I really love the internal structure and design.

Make a wish! You never know unless you try right?

We finally reached Gyeongbokgung Palace on foot by trying to figure our way via Google map. We decided to just visit this palace because this is the first and largest royal palace built during the Joseon Dynasty.

We decided to follow what the majority of tourists did by renting the Hanbok costume at the nearby costume rental shop.

We rented for 4 hours but in the end, we did not utilise the whole 4 hours because the weather was pretty cold that day.

There is a wide range of sizes suitable for children to women (from petite frame to plus size frame). Staffs working in the shop will assist tourists to wear hanboks after choosing the designs they preferred.

It felt as if we have travelled back in time.

Our next destination was Jogyesa Temple, it is one of the most important Buddhist temples built during the Goryeo period. Serenity and calmness can be found within the temple despite it is located in the city area.

Golden statues of Buddha are located inside this building.

When in Seoul, we must try the Korean Soju.

Of course, not forgetting to end our night with Korean BBQ :)

Sharing what we did on Day 1 of our Seoul trip.

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. 


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):
Other GW Series Eye Care Monitor:

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.