Wednesday, September 19, 2018

YS's 13th Birthday

"I don't feel excited about my birthday this year", YS said. I know it's kind of sad to hear this from my first born especially when we do not have the habit to organise any big birthday party for any of our children. I really salute to those parents who did all these fanciful and glamorous parties for their children every year coz it really takes a lot of time, effort and money to organise one proper birthday party. From ordering the type of cake design, food planning, party decor, booking of venue, party activities and the list can go on.

However, I did tell them that I am willing to splurge on a birthday party for them to invite their friends over on their 12th birthday. Why on their 12th birthday? Probably I felt this will be the last year of their Primary School life and it will be more meaningful too. Sadly, this boy of mine has decided to forgo the birthday party last year. 

This year, we did the usual birthday celebration for him by bringing him to eat his favourite food. Before that, I wanted to surprise him by bringing him to somewhere fun. The idea of indoor prawning came to my mind but hb (who was busy at work) suggested to bring them to Escape Room. Silly me heard it wrongly and brought them to Laser Tag instead. Nonetheless, they enjoyed themselves thoroughly. The most rewarding thing was when YS thanked me and told me that he enjoyed himself very much.

Dear YS,

You are officially a teenager now. 
Truth to be told, you have to face the reality of  "growing up" and this phase is not going to be a bed of roses for you.
Learning to be more mature in terms of thinking and action.
Learning to be more considerate and helpful to the people around you.
Learning about how to manage your time properly.
Learning to look at the situation from different perspectives.
Learning to be more positive in your thinking.
I know you are yearning to have more freedom like all your peers and we slowly learning to let go one step at a time.

Happy Birthday my son!

Monday, August 6, 2018

A Day At The Forest Adventure

It's been a long while since I brought the kids out for some outdoor fun. This year, our lives have been pretty boring and I mean really BORING! On most Saturdays, I just want to laze at home and finish up with house chores. When they knew I was going to bring them to try out Forest Adventure, they were so excited. 

Forest Adventure is located inside Bedok Reservoir Park. After we parked the car at the nearby carpark, it took us about 10 minutes to walk to the destination. Booking in advance at their website is recommended in case there is no more time slot for you at the designated time.

It is advisable to come slightly earlier than the designated booking time because it will take a while for them to get ready to put on their gear. 20 minutes of safety briefing will be taking place before they are allowed to start the obstacle course.

There are 3 types of designated course available. The Grand CourseThe Junior Course and The Kids Course. Of course, you can read up on this information from the website about the difference between these obstacles and pricing. I signed the littlest up for The Kids Course and the older kids for The Junior Course. That day, I purposely booked the 4.30pm time slot so that the weather will not be too hot for them knowing that they will take about 2 to 3 hours to finish all obstacles course. 

At the end of the obstacle course, only The Junior Course and The Grand Course participants will get to experience The Big Zip which is a 300m zip line over the water.

Remember to dress your kids well in comfortable tops and bottoms with sports shoes. I brought along their water bottles in case they were thirsty. Do not fret if your kids have forgotten to bring water bottles because the ticket counter sells ice-creams, drinks and some snacks. 

The only downside is the unpredictable weather because it is an outdoor activity. Make sure you check the weather forecast properly before booking. Even after booking, there is a slight possibility that it will rain. We were pretty lucky on that day as the rain only came after we have returned to the carpark.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Happy 8th Birthday, Junior YS!

Our littlest finally turned 8 years old and we decided to hold a simple birthday celebration since his birthday was on a weekday and coincidentally hb was out of town for 2 weeks as well. We went to have his favourite Japanese cuisine and bought a very cute birthday cake from Chateraise. 

He received his birthday presents in advance from all of us but was bugging me to let him open his presents almost everyday. I felt that it will be more meaningful he got to open those presents on his birthday. Therefore, he woke up very early on the actual day and opened all his presents one by one.

The birthday boy received all his favourite toys on his birthday!

8 years ago, you came into our lives after I survived one month of ordeal in the hospital before I gave birth to you. We hope you continue to be that cheeky and fun-loving little boy in the house.
Happy 8th Birthday, my dear son!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Happy 11th Birthday, YQ!

We held a simple birthday celebration for YQ. I planned to give her a surprise by ordering a unicorn cake and so happy to know that she loved the cake. She shares the same birthday month as me (just 10 days after mine) and we share the same taste in most things.

Being an only girl among the siblings and the middle child in the family can be quite lonely at times. I knew she wished that I can give her a sister to play with (but this mama has stopped factory production already). 

Come to think of it, this was the only pregnancy which I tried to deliver naturally (epic failure). Plus YQ chose to come out into this world on the same birthday as my good friend from Aussie.

Once again, Happy Birthday to our dearest daughter! We want you to know that our love for you is equally the same as your siblings. No doubt I can be a bit harsher and stricter to you than to your brothers because I want you to grow up to be a fine young lady with self-confidence and good values.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Q2 of 2018: Where did the time go?

It was a very busy month for us because the children had to go through grading exams and preparing for school mid-year exams. I do believe life is more than just good school grades so I let them pursue their interest out of their school curriculum. Glad that YQ has completed the RAD Grade 4 this year.

The littlest encountered a little problem before the grading exam but luckily jie jie and kor kor were giving him extra lessons at home. All of them passed with flying colours and were able to proceed to the next level smoothly.

April is also my mother's birthday month and this year we managed to give her a surprise birthday celebration.

All the mothers in our family gathered together to celebrate Mother's Day at my in-law's place. Sil bought 2 cakes (one alcoholic cake and one non-alcoholic cake) for everyone to eat.

YQ's first overseas trip without us and went on a cultural immersion trip to Taipei with her school. Glad she was given the opportunity to learn and explored about the culture in Taipei. The eldest went to help out at the P6 camp organised by his tuition centre. He came back a shade darker and voice coarser than before. As for the littlest, he got the chance to experience being an only child when his siblings were not around at home.

We decided to sign the littlest for art lessons during the school holiday. I have not signed him up for any regular art lessons due to the logistic issue. Unlike his siblings, they were exposed to regular art lessons for more than 2 years when they were younger.

June was a very busy and stressful month at work. The kids were very thoughtful to share their pocket money and bought me a gift and a cupcake. 

Father's Day was spent at the Sentosa Island. Despite his busy schedule, we brought the kids to the Luge and had a Father's Day lunch at Vivocity.

Feasting on Japanese food after the activity.

I was very surprised when YS told me that he wanted to shave his hair for the Hair for Hope charity event. Although the amount he had raised for the Children Cancer Society was not a big figure but we were mega proud of him.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Gaston Luga - A Versatile Backpack for Every Mom

Do you love bags as much as I do? The truth is a woman will never complain if she has too many bags. I love bags and I am the type of person who loves to match my bag according to the occasion / my mood and clothing I wear. On days when I need to run a lot of errands for the family, I just want to stuff everything in one bag and not carry multiple small and big bags separately.

When Gaston Luga first approached me to do a review on their backpack, I had a hard time choosing the bag I like the most. There is a wide range of backpack designs for women, such as ClässicPråper and Clässy Each design comes in various colours.

About Gaston Luga
The story of Gaston Luga and the minimalistic backpacks took its start during a trip to a new continent, where our founder Carl Sundqvist met an interesting Frenchman with an elegant and casual style. Gaston told Carl he believed a backpack is the optimal companion when discovering the world. Since he was a person keen of his style, he had put time and effort into finding something different from the regular school style.
Finally, he found himself an elegant Louis Vuitton, to which he had several modifications made. Making it more personal, functional and unique. Inspired after the meeting, Carl decided a few months later to create his own backpack brand with classic elegant style and practical details. Hopefully, these would get to travel the world, just like Gaston. 
I chose the Clässy design because of its size. It suits petite woman perfectly and the overall design looks elegant and feminine. The exterior looks simple and uncomplicated with a classy touch.

The backpack comes with a front magnetic strap closure with metallic studs on the bottom of the bag. 

Strong adjustable shoulder straps with a special compartment on the back of the backpack for holding the passport or other small items.

It is made of strong durable canvas with thick cotton strings which close the main compartment.

Internal comes with 2 smaller inner pockets and an inner 13" laptop compartment.

This will be a very versatile bag for me on days when I need to go and run some errands, bring my children out for activities or even go travelling with my family.

Disclaimer: I received a backpack for review purpose. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are my own. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Gizmos & Gadgets Kit from TOYTAG

It is a fact that children living in this era are getting more tech-savvy than adults. Usually, my children are the ones who will update me with the latest online application and technology related stuff. I am constantly upgrading myself through learning new things from them every now and then. Children are fast learners and they learn things by observing what people do (regardless the source is through online or practical demonstration in front of them). Thus, the task of buying toys for my children tends to be more challenging as the year passes. 

When I told the kind folks from TOYTAG about my children's preference for toys. They sent a box of an educational toy for them to explore. Needless to say, they were so excited when I showed them the exterior of the box. Due to the clash with their exam period, they only have the chance to explore it after their exams have ended.

"As cliché as it sounds, Toy Tag started out as an idea. An idea to house the best, most awesome toys and games and everything else fun, all under one roof. It’s tiring to scour all over for these items in their respective categories, you know. Be it the most cutting-edge gadgetry, the most delightful kid toy, the most stimulating educational game or the most tactical board games, we wanted them all available at one pit stop: which is TOYTAG as you know today." 

What amazed me about this toy is the ability to allow children to use their creativity to create different types of invention. If they are clueless about where to start, fret not!  There is an invention guidebook with step by step instructions on how to create fun electronic gadgets.

What's in the box? 13 bits, materials and accessories in the box.

Each bit has a different function.

There is a step by step invention guidebook to follow.

LittleBits App can be downloaded into the mobile phone.

LittleBits community will share openly about their inventions.

Step by step instruction on how to use the Bluetooth function to control or activate the device.

The bits are colour coded and divided into 4 categories.
Blue: Power
Pink: Input
Green: Output
Orange: Wire

Fan of fortune

We did an unboxing video and the children tested the bits using phone apps to control. They built something which is similar to the "pinball" version and it was fun to see them built something by connecting all the bits and accessories together. 

TOYTAG sells a wide variety of toys ranging from the classic toys to the latest technology toys. These toys are available online as well as at the retail shop.

1 Maritime Square. #03-58,
Harbourfront Centre
Singapore 099253
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
T: (65) 6276 7268


Disclaimer: The toy was sponsored for review purpose. No monetary was compensated, all opinion are my own.