Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Littlest Turns 6

The perk of being a pre-primary schooler is being able to celebrate his/her birthday celebration in the school as well as another birthday celebration with the family members. 


Since his birthday fell on a public holiday, we decided to avoid the places that were too crowded. We ventured into the very far end of the east side of Singapore and let them had a few games of bowling. Never mind that they were not so familiar with the game, they just anyhow threw the ball out? haha! Bowling used to be one of my favourite past time sports during schooling days, probably we should come back here more often to practice since we just renewed our memberships there.



A cake to end the day is a must in our family tradition :)



Dear son,

Soon, you will be going to Primary 1 next year and I know that you are very excited to go to the same school as your siblings. I think you have more or less quite prepared to proceed to the next phase in the coming year. 

You never fail to amaze me with your funny questions and shower me with lots of kisses before I drop you off at school every day. You are the funniest boy in the family and I hope you stay that way forever.

Happy Birthday my happy pill!
                                                                                 xoxo,
                                                                                 Mommy



Friday, July 15, 2016

Celebrating The Boy's Birthday With Top Kids Party

It's a bittersweet moment when I realised my last born is going to spend his last pre-primary school year before embarking on the next phase next year. Therefore, I decided to give him a memorable birthday party this year by preparing something special for him and his classmates. When you have a boy who is in love with all sorts of cartoon characters, it's quite a challenge for me to finalise on a theme especially when dealing with a fickle minded little boy, lol! After some discussion with him, we decided to go ahead with the superheroes theme *phew*.     


About 2 weeks before the party, I went online to source for superheroes related products for goodies bags preparation. You can see I'm not a very creative person coz I printed out some marvel cartoons pictures and pasted those cutouts to beautify those paper bags.


As per the birthday boy's wish, he chose the superheroes themed cake. 


How time flies, he is enjoying every moment of his time with his friends and teachers. I feel happy that he is allocated to a class he enjoys going to this year, with fun friends to play with and caring teachers to teach him.

To add more fun to the birthday party event, the birthday boy was very lucky to be able to choose one service sponsored by Top Kids Party. Ms Harishma (the founder) is a very patient lady and gladly accepted our last minute changes (from Plan A to Plan B). It was our very first time to engage a vendor to a party and we did not know what to expect (I know I'm quite "suaku"! but there's always a first time for everything right? haha).


When Ms Harishma opened all her colourful palettes of paint, everyone was looking in awe. Curiosity started to build up and everyone started to crowd around her. It was also the first time, the kids had the chance to experience something different in the school. Excitements were written on their faces when they were told to think of their favourite superheroes / cartoon characters to be drawn on their faces or arms. All of them waited patiently for their turn and I enjoyed looking at them while they were being painted by the talented lady. 

No prize for guessing what YQ has requested. 
Wonder woman + Princess Leia

Spiderman for the birthday boy.

Iron man for the big brother.

Here were some of the cute paintings they requested, I reckoned the hot favourites were minions and Princess Elsa. The kids had a blast and all of them could not wait to show their parents their paintings on their faces/arms. 

By the way, all the paints are non-toxic, skin safe, child friendly approved by FDA. They only use high quality brands such as Tag, Diamond FX and Snazroo. The paints are easy to remove with water or wet wipes.




Company Background
The founder of Top Kids Party, Ms Harishma, graduated with distinction in design. She studied in renowned art schools like Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Raffles College of Design and Commerce. She started a creative event management company that specialises in providing entertainment for kid's birthdays, private and corporate parties. She also conducts art lessons for children and adults too.


Top Kids Party
Contact No: +65 9893 9145
Email: harishma89@gmail.com


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Video credit: Top Kids Party


From now till 30th September 2016, simply quote "mamamiethots" to enjoy the discounted rate of $99/per hour (UP$150/per hour) for any of these services:
- Face painting
- Glitter tattoo
- Henna
-Name Art Calligraphy Painting



Finally, Top Kids Party is willing to sponsor a 1-hour service to 1 lucky winner. The winner can choose from one of these services: Face painting, glitter tattoo, henna or name art calligraphy painting. All you need to do is to follow the instructions from the rafflecopter below:


Giveaway Terms & Conditions:
* Giveaway ends 24 July 2016, Sunday 2359 hours (Singapore time) 
* The winner will be selected on 25 July 2016
* Open to anyone and everyone living in Singapore
* Incomplete or invalid entries will be automatically disqualified without notice
* Winners will be contacted by Top Kids Party ( Please provide correct details for contact purpose)
* Unless otherwise stated, or agreed upon, the prize is non-transferable
* All personal details provided in this contest will be kept confidential. Only details of the winners will be shared with Top Kids Party to facilitate the redeeming of prize
* We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice

Disclaimer: Top Kids Party sponsored the face painting service for our dear little boy's 6th birthday party. No monetary was compensated. All opinions are our own.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Keys Edge: 5 Reasons Why We Love The Holiday Camp

School holiday is over and we are back to normal routine finally. The children are still trying to switch back to their studying mode once again. Anyway, I am so glad the kids had an enriching June holiday. 

Firstly, I must thank the kind folks from The Keys Edge (the enrichment arm of The Keys Academy) for giving my kids a chance to attend this wonderful holiday camp.  They have learnt so much during the 5-day camp (something which they do not get to learn during their normal curriculum) and told me that they wish to come back and attend other camps in the future. When my kids tell me something like these, at least I know it's worth to spend the money to send them here to learn something which they enjoy. 

Here are the 5 reasons why we love the holiday camp at The Keys Edge:

1. Great Location
The Keys Edge is located at level 2 of Odeon Towers. It is easily accessible by car or by mrt (City Hall Mrt Station). For older children who are taking the public transport by themselves can actually reach there within walking distance from the mrt station.



2. Great Learning Environment
The interior of the school is clean and spacious. Each individual room is divided by see through glass panels which allow you to see what everyone is doing when you walk pass all the classrooms.


3. Course Transparency
From a parent's perspective, it's good to know what the kids have learnt at the camp every day. I was given a sheet of paper by the staff from the reception (the activities they have done for that day) while waiting for them to come out of their classrooms.


4. Camp Duration + Meal Provided
The duration of the camp is 5 hours per day which I find it is just nice for primary schoolers. If the duration is too long, we might afraid they will probably be too tired to concentrate. If the duration is too short, we might worry that they will have difficulty to absorb what they have learnt.

To save the hassle for parents and children during lunch hour, the school is very kind to provide meals for all students. Thus, we do not have to worry about preparing any food for them to bring during their lessons break. 


5. Interesting Courses
My kids were having a hard time choosing a camp because they wanted to join all the camps. As far as I know, The Keys Edge has added a few new interesting camps starting from July 2016 onward. Children will be spoilt for choices with the range of camps available there.

In the end, YQ chose CSI: Murder Mystery as her top priority choice because she loves to solve the mystery. She enjoyed the field trip to the Supreme Court as well. As for YS, he decided to learn about the latest technology about 3D printing. When children are learning what they love, it will intrigue their interest even more.

At the "crime scene" whereby the children were taught how to study based on the evidence left by the killer.

They did their experiments in the science lab to finalise on their findings. 

On the last day of the camp, parents were invited to be the judges for their case conclusions.

YS was very interested in latest technology. Look how focused he was when the course trainer was teaching him on how to use the software.

On the last day of camp, the children did a final presentation together on how to market their specially designed chess sets to the public.

Thanks to their course trainers, YS learnt how to design a house, a key chain, a screwdriver and chess sets.


At the end of the day, I have to get reviews from my kids coz they were the ones attending the camp right? I gave them a very short Q&A to obtain their honest reviews :) 

YQ (aged 9) attended CSI: Murder Mystery
Q: What have you learnt from the camp?
A: I learnt to use science in the investigations and did a lot of experiments to find the truth of the murder case.
Q: Do you like the camp? Why?
A: Yes, I like it a lot because my teacher lets me and my friends to play music, dance, do experiments and sing. My friends are all kind and funny.

YS (aged 11) attended Silicon Valley 101
Q: What have you learnt from the camp?
A: I learnt how to design 3D objects through the software (123D Design). I designed some chess pieces, a house, a screwdriver and a keychain. I had a great time and hope to go to other courses at The Key's Academy.
Q: Do you like the camp? Why?
A: I like the camp as it helps me to understand the 3D printing process. The camp is very interesting and educational.

For more information about the camps available at The Keys Edge, you can check out their website at www.thekeysedge.com

THE KEYS EDGE

331 NORTH BRIDGE ROAD
ODEON TOWERS, LEVEL 2
SINGAPORE 188720
EMAIL: CONTACT@THEKEYS.GLOBAL
TEl: +65 6734 8559


Disclaimer: The children were sponsored to attend the 5 days holiday camp at The Keys Edge. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are our own.






Thursday, June 23, 2016

YQ Turns 9

It was a fabulous Saturday and the kids were very pleased with that day's arrangement as the birthday girl wanted to go rock climbing on her birthday. We spent about 8.5hrs (including 1hr of lunch break) at Kallang Wave Mall *gulp*. After that we went to have a sumptuous dinner and followed by cake cutting at home.

All the happy faces at Climb Central.

The kids got the chance to use their chalk bag and looking more confident to tackle more challenging climbing routes.

The birthday girl requested for DC Marvels cartoon cake.

Happy kids + birthday kiss :)

A surprised present for her!

Dear YQ,

Time flies, you have turned 9 this year. We can see that you have become slightly more mature in some ways and you are always the most helpful one at home too.

I still remember vividly a few months ago, you were so upset with one of your classmates because he accidentally caused you to fall down and one side of your diamond earrings went missing. You were so angry with him because he did not feel apologetic at all and said some nasty thing to you. When your teacher wanted to find out the cost of the earring so that your classmate had to pay for it, we told you to forgive and forget. My heart ached when I saw you cried so hard and long that night!

When you told me you were so happy that you almost cried that night, we were glad to know that we got you the right present :)

I hope you will continue to shine like a diamond in the sky and stay healthy and happy always!

xoxo,
Mommy!




Thursday, June 9, 2016

Family Trip to Hong Kong 2016

If I'm not wrong, the last family overseas trip was 3.5 years ago and the kids anticipated for this trip for a long long time. Going to Hong Kong Disneyland is one of their must go destination since they heard so much about it from their friends who had been there before.


Since June is summer in Hong Kong, we tried to travel light without bringing too many bulky items this time.


We bought tickets from the airport and took the train and shuttle bus to the nearest hotel near where we were staying.


If you were following my IG account, you might realised that I took quite a few pictures (#followmeto) with the help of my "model" to indicate where we were going (just for the fun of it) :P


Hong Kong still look exactly the same, no major changes to the streets and buildings.


On the 1st day, we wanted to go to The Peak to see the night view of Hong Kong. However, the plan was cancelled due to the overwhelming queue. I think there was some promotion going on, the length of the queue looked never ending. We decided not to tire the kids too much so that they could have ample of rest before we embarked to our next destination the next day.


In the end, we roamed the street in Yau Ma Tei area to do some shopping.


The children woke up super early on the 2nd day and took the special train to reach Disneyland. It's like a dream came true for them since they have been requesting to go there for so long.

Luckily the weather was not too bad, only rained slightly during lunch time and we continued to venture every part of the place after the rain stopped. We spent the whole day from opening till closing time. There was a tinge of sadness when the kids were told to go back to the hotel.











The next day, we took the cable car ride to Lantau Island. 


While walking towards to the cable car, we were stopped by someone along the street who was selling cable car tickets. We were told the price of the tickets were cheaper and the queue was faster. We took the risk and bought tickets from him. True enough, we queued up at the express lane and changed our tickets at the ticketing counter. 


We got on the cable car and was mesmerised by the scenery. The distance of the cable car ride was about 5.7km long which took about 25 minutes to reach the island. We spent about half a day there and by the time we were almost done with the sightseeing, the weather started to rain again. When we came back, we had our dinner at citygate outlets and never did I know that it was a place full of factory outlets. Which meant shopping time again for me right? hahaha!





We prayed for good health and good luck for the family.


The weather was very cooling that day and we felt like we were in air-conditioned place (a bit like Genting Highland). We climbed a total of 536 steps (to & fro) to reach The Big Buddha.


This is one of my favourite photos so far coz my family members (#followusto) were so spontaneous to play along with me during photo taking.


Along the way, people were selling soya beancurd cooked with mountain water. Of course we got to try to know right? so that we would know what's so different from those soya beancurd cooked with normal water right. I could not tell much difference, the only difference was it was very smooth......yums! Also, do expect to see a few cows roaming around the streets too :)


As for the food in Hong Kong, we tried to eat what the Hong Kong people were eating. We passed by this shop selling steamed milk and there were many different flavours of steamed milk. I ordered their original double boiled steam milk, similar to beancurd texture and the aroma of the milk was really strong and yummy. 

Yee Shun Milk Company
513 Nathan Road
Yau Ma Tei
Hong Kong


Breakfast was so so only, we dined at their local eateries and let the kids experienced what local Hong Kong was like.


We wanted to look for local dim sum place, no fancy restaurant, no Tim Ho Wan too. Using my half past six Cantonese, we managed to find this local seafood restaurant recommended by the locals that served dim sums that was patronised by mostly locals. Of course, do not expect tip top service there. Their waitresses (mostly seniors) are mostly loud speaking cantonese people and they do not serve the food gently on your table as well.

Ho Choi Seafood Restaurant
油麻地彌敦道530-538號現時點商場3字樓


Of course, I was very touched by my family members who had planned a suprised birthday celebration in advance for me in Hong Kong. It was a very fruitful trip. The kids enjoyed themselves and they hope to go for another vacation next year. I pray that their wish will come true and we will work extra hard to save up more for our next overseas trip next time.