Monday, April 2, 2018

Q1 of 2018: What we have been up to lately...

In a blink of an eye, the first quarter of 2018 has come to an end. Everyday 忙忙碌碌 until March so I have decided to do a recap instead. We have been taking things slow and easy since the beginning of the year and now our kids are starting their engine gradually and working hard towards their goals.


Our annual visit to Chinatown to check out Chinese New Year stuff. This year, we went in and out of the place within 15 minutes, the fastest record so far! 

Lo-hei tradition is a must during Chinese New Year!

Every year, everyone will gather around the big round table to lo-hei together for good luck, prosperity and good health! As for me, I prefer to be the person behind the lens to capture the live action.

Recently, little bro-in-law bought a very cute puppy named Chewie and the kids had so much fun with this furry animal. Believe it or not, that was their very first close encounter with a puppy too.

The girl brought back a small tube of henna dye from the school one day and asked me to draw on her hand. Thanks to Google, I managed to copy a simple design and my first henna artwork on her hand looked pretty decent, isn't it?

Ever since the eldest started school, he has been coping pretty well in the new environment. We love the strong camaraderie of this school too. No doubt there are more school work, projects and assignments to tackle now, we can sense our boy is getting more serious in his studies. We are quite pleased with his recent CA1 test results.

The eldest has chosen to join the Scouts as his CCA and this picture was taken during the Scouts Investiture Day!

Although I have stopped their art enrichment many years ago but was very happy to see his drawing skill has not deteriorated much anyway. He was trying to finish up his school's graded art assignment by drawing a self-portrait.

The boy was surprised to be chosen for the annual inter-house competitive cross-country run. He wanted to train up his stamina by running at the nearby park. We showed our moral support by cycling along with him.

Discovered the boy has another hidden talent in modern calligraphy.


This year, none of the kids is taking PSLE so I can relax a little bit. Personally, I felt this is the crucial year for the daughter to build up the foundation on weaker subjects so that next year will be slightly less stressful for her. I just hope she will understand my reason for sending her to coaching lessons this year (coz this girl has no tuition in the past). Recently, she has been involved in too many school activities such as selection interviews and camps. I hope she doesn't overwhelm herself with too many stuff so that she can spend more time on her studies.

Practised ballet on her own at home because there was no ballet lesson for 6 weeks and the upcoming ballet exam is in April. I just hope she can continue ballet for as long as possible (hopefully till Grade 8) although I know sometimes kid's interest will change as they grow up. 

The daughter went for 3D2N Chinese Cultural Camp in school. One of the highlights they learnt in this camp is about filial piety. Parents were invited to watch their skit performances and students were tasked to wash their parents' feet to show their filial piety.

She enjoyed the camp and is looking forward to a longer cultural exchange program overseas during the June holiday break.

I remembered the first time I brought Junior YS to this playground. He could not climb any higher due to his fear of height. After I brought him there a couple of times, he has finally conquered his fear and is able to climb to the top of the structure by himself.

That sums up our 1st quarter of 2018!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Safari Zoo Run 2018 (Post Event)

It was a great start of 2018 to start out with our first family run. This year was the 10th anniversary of the Safari Zoo Run and glad we were able to play our part to help raise awareness for the endangered animals. As our 2.5km Safari Zoo Dash started at 9.30am, we reached there in time before the flag off timing.

All participants were allowed to have free entry access to River Safari and Singapore Zoo after the run. Last year, we spent the majority of the time exploring the River Safari. Thus, we decided to explore the Singapore Zoo this time. Luckily the weather was gorgeous, we visited all the animals slowly and leisurely. The kids went around snapping pictures of these animals non stop as well. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and look forward to the run next year.

Pardon for the smiley face because hb was media shy.

My DASH taking part in the Safari Zoo Dash.

Group picture of our shoes.







The close encounter with the rabbit.

Back dab!

We had to leave early because the eldest had a lot of homework and revision to complete at home. Nevertheless, we had a great bonding session as a family.

Disclaimer: We were invited to take part in the Safari Zoo Run. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are our own.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Fresh Durian from Durian Delivery Singapore

I am a durian lover! There's no doubt about it, I can have it for breakfast, lunch and even dinner. Some people love to eat it freshly opened (the traditional way) while some people love to eat it chilled (opened and packed nicely to keep in the fridge) and some people love to mix it with rice or bread. My late grandmother used to sell durian during the durian season and she would reserve the best durian for us to savour at home, it was such a fond memory to me. But now whenever I have cravings for durian, hubby will drive to the durian vendor and buy some back for me :)

I love to eat durian mainly because of the distinct smell and taste that linger in my mouth even after a few hours of consuming it. Some durian has a buttery taste, some have a very sweet taste and some has a bitter taste. 

Although the trend of delivering durian to the household is becoming popular nowadays, I have not try it out yet. Being a firm believer that "what you see is what you get", my mindset has changed since the Durian Delivery Singapore sent us a few boxes of durian in sealed boxes for us try recently.


Durian Delivery Singapore sells a variety of durians, such as D101, Hand-Picked Royal Old Tree MSW Durian, Mao Shang Wang, D13 Red Prawn and XO D24.






They offer free delivery for purchase of $200 & above. To guarantee their freshness, these durians will reach your doorstep within 6-12 hours after they are plucked. Air-conditioned vehicles are used to deliver these durians to your doorstep to make sure these durians reached your place in good conditions.


Each packet is packed with 400g worth of durians. These boxes are sealed carefully and there is no trace of durian smell lingering in the fridge. After a round of durian tasting, the hot favourite in our household is the Hand-Picked Royal Old Tree MSW. 

Durian Delivery Singapore
https://duriandelivery.com.sg/
Whatsapp / Text: +65 9387 4394
Email: admin@durian delivery.com.sg

Disclaimer: We received a few packets of fresh durian for review purpose. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are my own.

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!

~DISCOUNT CODE~
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
Email: info@somos.sg
Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/somossummercamp/

Disclaimer: The children were sponsored to attend 5-day camp conducted by SOMOS Summer Camp. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are our own.

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.