Monday, November 23, 2015

Get Fit with Fitbit Flex

After giving birth to 3 kids, the amount of weight I have piled on over the years is quite a significant number. My lifestyle & eating habit have changed (I think majority of mothers out there probably will agree with me on this). Sad to say, I have been quite unproductive in my exercise regime and hardly find the time to hit the gym consistently to shed off those fats.

When I was approached to do a review for Fitbit, I was thinking to myself that probably this would be a good chance to encourage myself to exercise more and keep track of the amount of calories I have burnt in a day. Not a bad idea huh! I took up the challenge and amazed how many steps I have done for that past few days.

Fitbit is so user friendly that I downloaded the App from the Play Store on my mobile phone. It only took me a few minutes to set up everything.

Select the type of Fitbit model that you are using. For my case, I'm testing out the Fitbit Flex.

Fitbit Flex comes in various interchangeable bands to suit different colour clothing or mood of your day. The band is water resistant and each time you charge the tracker, the battery life will last for at least 5 days.

Some of the functions that Fitbit Flex can track on a daily basis are:
-Amount of steps
-Calories burnt
-Active minutes
-Monitor how long you sleep

Fitbit Flex can sync easily with my mobile phone when I turn on the bluetooth function. Everything will be reflected on the Fitbit App once I log into my account.

I also get to earn badges for each milestones I have hit.

It's not bulky and I can wear like an extra accessory on my wrist all the time.

It comes in 2 sizes (small and large) and it fit nicely on my kid's wrist too,

I realised that whenever I am wearing the product during office hour, I will make a conscious effort to walk more. At least it is a reminder to me that I should "walk more" and sit less in the office.

Lastly, the kind folks from Fitbit is giving away to 1 lucky winner:
1 x Fitbit Flex
1 x Trio Flex Accessory Wristbands Pack
(as shown in the picture above)

Who wants to get fit and healthy with me?
Then come and participate in this giveaway!!!

Giveaway Terms & Conditions:
* Giveaway ends 29th November 2015, Sunday 2359 hours (Singapore time) 
* Winners will be selected on 30th November 2015
* Open to anyone and everyone living in Singapore
* Incomplete or invalid entries will be automatically disqualified without notice
* Please provide correct email address for contact purpose
* All personal details provided in this contest will be kept confidential
* Winners will have to collect the prizes by themselves
* We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice

Disclaimer: I received a Fitbit Flex and accessory wristbands pack for review purpose. No monetary was compensated. All opinions are my own.

Friday, November 13, 2015

A short visit to the Coney Island

Pictures after pictures were showing on my FB feeds about Coney Island. The place seems to be quite a popular destination for families to check it out. Hb was interested to bring the kids to somewhere they have never been to and the weather was so nice after their swimming class. We packed a few bottles of water and a bottle of insect repellent spray into the bag and left the house hurriedly.

Hb drove us to The Punggol Settlement (you can google it to check out on the direction to get here) and parked his car there. We saw quite a few seafood restaurants here and probably we could try the seafood here one day.

We brought along the kids' scooters. There was a bike rental shop there and the public are able to rent bikes to cycle towards the Coney Island. We decided to walk there and enjoy the scenery this time round. Due to time constraint, we did not venture until very far in and did not get to see the famous "cow" that everyone was talking about. Older kiddos brought along their cameras to take picture of the scenery. 

East entrance of Coney Island.

Peaceful & serene nature

YQ was trying to take pictures of the nice scenery.

As we were walking, we saw butterflies, insects, flowers and different types of plant.

Informative board about the various types of birds found on Coney Island.

It was a good idea to bring along the scooter for him to distract him from all the walking.

We bought ice-creams for the kids to cool them down from the hot weather.

Junior YS's method on eating his ice-cream without dirtying himself, lol!

We reached here at around 11am and the weather was slightly hot. I reckon it will be nice and cooling if we went in the morning or probably in the early evening.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Happy Birthday to our Superman!

Happy Birthday to hb!
We know that you are working extremely hard for the family.
All those irregular working hours and lesser time to spend with the family.
We try to make sure our home is in order, 
the kids are doing well in their studies so as to give you one less problem to worry about.
We love you and hope your dream will come true soon!
Working hard to reach our goal for next year.

From US

Soft Toy Drawing Competition @ Ikea

Since they love to draw, decided to make a trip down to Ikea and let them participate in the Soft Toy Drawing Competition. They were given a certificate for participation after their drawing submission. I felt its a good exposure for them. They do not have to be a pro in drawing, selected winners will be base on their creativity.

YS drew an alien.

YQ drew a pirate rabbit.

Lastly, Junior YS drew a

The competition starts from 7th till 22nd November.
For more info, visit their website

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Journey to the East

It was kind of strange for me when Junior YS started to display less interest in Chinese since young. All along I thought if his older siblings are better in Chinese so I assumed that he will follow suit. The process of trying to entice him to speak more Mandarin was quite challenging to us. Whenever we speak to him in Mandarin, he will usually replies back in English.

He absorbs and responds faster when we converse in English to him. He has the ability to start reading simple words at around 3 years old. Sometimes he surprises us by some of the words he said when we thought a boy at his age would never say. Now he is five years old and he don't need me to read out word by word anymore unless he is unsure about the pronunciation. 

Of course, as parents we know that being bilingual is very important in Singapore. I have my fear that he might not be able to cope with his Chinese when he starts P1 (although he still have about a year more to enjoy). Personally I feel that he should start to put in more effort in his Chinese so that he won't feel too much to cope when he start Primary school. 

During the 4th semester of this year, I switched childcare centre for him and realised that the Chinese standard taught at the new school is slightly more difficult. They have weekly "tests" to make sure they apply what they have learnt in the school. Well...I guess it's never too late to start now, he still have one more year there to improve on his Chinese.

In order to escalate on his Chinese language learning and to be able to build a better foundation, I signed him up for an external Chinese language lesson. So far, he has been enjoying his classes and hopefully he will overcome his "journey to the east" :)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

48 Hours In Hong Kong (Part 2)

What did we do after all the walking and shopping in Hong Kong? Of course we need to replenish our energy with some food right? When we are in a foreign land, we must try the local food. The street food in Hong Kong was so good that we kept going back for more. 

These were some of the food we tried and loved. There's stinky toufu (臭豆腐) , eggettes (ji dan zai), grilled squids, HK fishballs (魚蛋), hotdog wrapped with bacon and many more.

In Hong Kong, we also tried various types of roast meat. Its really yummy~~

We tried to eat at one of the local eateries along the street. Since we are clueless which one was good, we randomly chose one that was quite crowded. Hb ordered the congee with lotus leaf glutinous rice and he commented that normally he don't like to eat lotus leaf glutinous rice but this one was real good. I had my pork chop noodles "gong zai mian", its basically instant noodle with pork chop and a fried egg.

We actually tried one of those "zhi char" stalls along the Ladies Market. It was a bad choice, we ordered the praying mantis shrimps and the quality was not fresh. The stir-fry vegetables too oily and salty. The only consolation part was the claypot rice was yummy and the beer was very nice :)

Of course, I got to try my favourite "lao po beng"!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

48 Hours in Hong Kong (Part 1)

We went a very short business trip to HK over the weekend and at the same time was trying to remind myself not be too ambitious to do "so much" over there. The last time I came to HK was almost 30 years ago with my mom and I was pretty excited about this short trip. Not so much on retail therapy but actually to spend some quality time with hb since this was the 1st time we were travelling together without the kids...wahahaha! I did my own research on the Internet beforehand but realised that we did not have much time to venture around so basically we will just roam around free and easy.

With my half past six Cantonese language, we managed to eat and shop like locals. Learning to bargain like a local took me some practice and glad we managed to buy stuff that the children will like. Don't fret if you can't speak even a bit of Cantonese, most of them are well versed in Mandarin & English (for younger generation). 

We took a budget airline to HK

We were pretty clueless what train tickets we should buy, after looking at the machine for about 5 minutes, we gave up! We proceeded to the MTR information counter to purchase directly.

There's a list of tourist attractions on the various MTR stations stated on the board. At least you will now what you are expecting to see if you alight at these individual station.

We purchase a "group of 2" ticket from Airport to Tsing Yi Station. Then we need to buy tickets to take from Tsing Yi station (in between transit at Lai King station) to Yau Ma Tei station which was very near to the hotel we stayed.

The MTR system is pretty much the same as our MRT system in Singapore. The map is very user friendly and after a while we pretty much know how to get around on foot or by MTR.

We spent quite a bit of time at the ToyMart looking for toys. I reckon this will be a toys haven for toy collectors.
It is located at CTMA Centre, 1N Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok, Kowloon.

Knowing YS loves to collect toy figurines, I managed to buy an Iron Man figurine from Hot Toys (name of the shop) and that series of figurines were solely designed by them.

Due to the lack of time,we could not check out many places. In the end we decided to take an hour ferry ride from the Star Ferry's Harbour Tour. We paid HK$90 per person and inclusive of refreshment on board the ferry.

Interior of the ferry quite warm and cosy

During night time, we walked to the Temple Street & Ladies Market for more shopping. Basically, its something similar to the bugis street in Singapore or Chee Cheong Kai in KL. Most of the stalls were selling similar items and be prepared use your bargaining skills to bargain for the best prices.

There is a street solely for street buskers to perform along the stretch of road.

Why am I putting a picture of the lift panel here? Ah...good question!
People in HK can be quite "pantang" (superstitious), can you see what numbers are missing from the lift panel? >_<

On the 2nd part on our HK trip, I will share what local food we tried. Please do not expect any fancy restaurants or michelin star restaurants coz we are trying to eat like locals there, lols!