Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fidjit Spinners

When there was a sudden craze of fidget spinners among the kids in Singapore, my kids were bugging me to buy one for them to play. I could not understand why I need to buy for them until I started to realise that I used to fidget with my pens while studying too. 

Fidget spinner is believed to be able to help with fidgeting and improves concentration and focus, especially for people with ADHD, autism and anxiety issues. Although my kids do not have these issues, they still love to play it while watching television, reading a book or just try to do small little stunts with these fidget spinners. Of course, we constantly remind them that safety is very important.

Nowadays, fidget spinners come in various designs and we are spoilt for choices. Thanks to Fidjit Singapore, here are some of their products sent to us for review purpose:


R188 stainless steel bearing / 4-5 minutes spin time / 56 grams / 70 mm
Built with bronze frame, the spin is fast and smooth.

608 hybrid ceramic bearing / 3 minutes spin time / 60 grams / 70 mm
Super fun to play at night without the lighting coz it glows in the dark.

606 hybrid ceramic bearing / 3-4 minutes spin time / 65 grams / 70 mm
One of the longer spinning fidget spinners, there are holes at both sides to attach to a keychain.

R188 stainless steel bearing / 3 minutes spin time / 55 grams / 60 mm
It's smaller in size and lighter.

R188 stainless steel bearing / 3 minutes spin time / 55 grams / 60 mm
It's smaller in size and lighter.





 Disclaimer: We received these products for review purpose. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are our own.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Cognitive Whizz x BrainFit: A Science Escapade June Holiday Program

June holidays are over and my kids are dragging their feet back to the normal school routine, you know right? One month of holiday just passed by like wind. Just when I thought I would let Junior YS "nuah" (relax) at home during the June break, the kind folks from Cognitive Whizz decided to let him try out their 4-day June Holiday Program held at BrainFit Studio – “A Science Escapade!”. After the workshop, he still shares about how enjoyable and fun the program was and is looking forward to the next round of Science Escapade during the next holiday! I can't wait to share with you what he has learnt.

During the 4-day workshop, children aged 4-7 years were exposed to Physics and Chemistry concepts.  The lessons were conducted in a very engaging manner. Children had fun exploring and applying the Science concepts through storytelling, role-playing and hands-on experiments. Personally, I feel that children learn faster through such interactive and creative play. There was adequate assistance provided as one assistant teacher was paired with a group of four to five children, to facilitate discussions and guide the children’s thought processes. 

Every day, at the end of the workshop, Denise (the founder) will invite all parents for a short briefing to share key highlights of the program.  This encompasses the experiments conducted, key Science principles behind, and their real-life applications. Parents were also updated daily through WhatsApp messaging to recap on what their children have learnt for the day.  Useful tips on how parents can reinforce the Science concepts with their children at home would also be shared. Overall, I feel that it is useful in allowing parents to understand what their children have learnt, to further enhance their learnings at home.

About the Company:

Cognitive Whizz seeks to instil in every child a passion for lifelong learning, to unleash his / her infinite potential. It believes in partnering with parents and educators, to engage young children in whole-brain stimulation, through holistic joyful learning.  Science Escapade is hence launched to stimulate young inquisitive minds through purposeful play and multisensory, hands-on experiments. Harnessing children’s innate curiosity, an inquiry-based learning approach is used.  This helps children challenge status quo, and develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  Children are also encouraged to link observations with real-world occurrences.  This helps them apply and appreciate Science in their daily lives.   
 
About the Founder: 
Denise, an educator and a mother of two, specializes in illustrating abstract concepts via engaging, concrete activities, to make learning fun for young children.  She believes that every activity that the little ones go through can be transformed into a valuable learning opportunity.  Through extensive research, she sees that it is of utmost importance in 
• nurturing young children’s inquisitive minds, 
• fuelling their innate desire to explore and inquire, and 
• developing their problem-solving skills, benefitting them for years to come.  
Many children have benefitted greatly from the Science Escapade, and the educational resources she has developed and acquired by schools, enrichment centres and parents.

Junior YS getting all hyped up before the workshop started.
 

Each child was given a colourful, fun, Science booklet, which piques his / her interest, and helps reinforce the learning.

Assistant teachers were paired with a group of 4 - 5 children to facilitate discussions and guide the children’s thought processes. 

Through fun and purposeful play, children gained a better understanding of Newton’s Law of Motion.

Children learnt to correlate contact area with friction.  Pretending to slither like snakes, children discovered they were hindered by friction, slowing them down!

Children had great fun playing tug-of-war, another concrete way to reinforce their understanding that friction is always acting in the opposite direction, slowing down movement. 

Children folded a large aluminium boat, and put the concept of density to test! 

Using recycled materials and household items, children built a balloon-powered racer!  

Racers’ race – Children applied the concepts of Potential and Kinetic energy to power up their racers! 

The program ended on a high note, as children made music with bottles!  Applying the concept of how different amounts of water correlated with different pitches, children were thrilled playing “Doe a Deer” with the bottles! 


 For more information about the upcoming holiday workshop, kindly contact:
FB Page: Cognitivewhizz
Email: info@cognitivewhizz.com
Tel: 9009 7086 

Disclaimer: Junior YS was sponsored to attend the June holiday workshop conducted by Cognitive Whizz. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are our own. 
 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

DéJà Vu - The Haircut

I never thought the littlest would do the same thing as his brother did 5 years ago. Yes...they thought it was fun to cut their own hair when their friends dared them to do it with them. Sigh, no one would believe me when I felt like it was just yesterday when the eldest (YS) came back home with a hole in his hair. 

The funny story was the littlest looked extremely sad when I went to fetch him from the school. I thought someone bullied him or he was being scolded by his teacher. At this time, he still did not tell me what happened and I still did not notice about his hair until...I received a message from his teacher when we reached the basement car park of our home. At that instance, I was angry with his foolish decision and yet I could not help laughing at his funny hairstyle. I took a picture, cropped it and put it side by side to the picture I have taken 5 years ago and whatsapp to the hub. Both of us laughed and could not believe they had similar expressions.

Oh well...since there is a small obvious "gap" on his fringe, I decided to bring him for a haircut the next day. To make his "bad haircut" less obvious, the hairdresser has to cut it real short.

After the haircut, the conversation went..
Me: Do you like your haircut?
Junior YS: No....my friend are going to laugh at me. I have learnt my lesson.
Me: So...if your friend asks you to do something wrong by hurting yourself or other people, will you still follow?
Junior YS: No

I really hope he has learnt his lesson well this time round.
  

The guilty look

  The "repentant" look

Monday, July 17, 2017

7th Birthday Celebration at Platform 1094

We just celebrated the littlest's 7th birthday about 2 weeks ago. It was a small celebration for him but I reckoned he enjoyed himself since we made special arrangement for him. Actually he was getting very excited the week before his birthday coz he knew he would receive ang bao and presents from us and relatives. This little boy of ours still loves Transformers and Pokemon so his wish was granted on his birthday. 
 
I think I'm hooked to dining at themed restaurant and so do my kids. After the previous visit to a themed cafe on YQ's birthday the previous month, they loved it. Since Pokemon cafe is not available now, I tried to to look for another alternative instead.

Since there was no Pokemon Cafe, we shall have some Pokemon themed steamed cakes. This was my second time ordering from this home baker and we loved it.
 

This little themed cafe is situated along Serangoon Road and make a right turn into Beng Wan Road. It is just situated in the corner of the roadside.

  Menu

Props are readily available for customers to put on. One thing I realised about going to themed restaurant is we cannot be too "shy", or else we will miss out on the fun of dressing up :)

My very spontaneous daughter who dressed up in oversized cloak. Probably there should be some kiddy size available for children too. 

Our little "witch" trying to cast a spell on us! 

The birthday boy reluctantly put on the props after his sister convinced him that it was fun. Overall, the food was not bad. My favourite was the pork ribs, amazingly soft. I wouldn't mind to come back here again for their main course.

  Pesto Mayo Pork Ribs

Lebanese Grilled Chicken Pasta

  Grilled Chicken Quinoa Salad

 Mr Lick's Flaming Brew (Alcoholic)

  Mrs Lich's Butterscotch Ale

Platform 1094
1094 Serangoon Road
Singapore 328192
Tel: +65 6204 6003
Website: www.ffl.com.sg

Opening Hours:
Weekdays 11am - 10pm
Weekends 10am - 10pm

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

An egg-cellent 10th birthday celebration!

This year YQ's birthday falls on the same day as Father's Day so we had a double celebration. We had a quick and small celebration at the in-law's place and brought her to a themed cafe for dinner. Recently, they are crazy about Gudetama so I decided to surprise them secretly by making a reservation at the Gudetama Cafe.

Grandma will make 2 red eggs + 1 red packet without fail.

After the first disaster order from a home baker 6 years ago for Junior YS's 1st-year birthday party, I have totally avoided ordering from home baker ever since. Until recently, I saw some fave reviews online and decided to take the risk and ordered from this home baker. Oh boy, we fell in love with her creativity and also her yummy steamed cakes.The moment I opened the cake box, all the kids were going crazy with the cute cake designs. I am going to order more from her this year for sure :)

A rare occasion to gather with all the cousins for a celebration!

Sil bought a small chocolate cake to celebrate Father's Day too!

I made a reservation a few days before YQ's birthday and I kept it a secret from everyone else (except the hub). I knew the secret will somehow leak out if I tell any of her siblings. You can imagine the surprised expressions from them when we reached the destination.

Look how cute those cakes were...



We ordered the family platter to share, the food was not very fantastic but maybe we should try to order other main courses next time. I heard that their breakfast set is worth trying though.

We topped up $10 to include these 2 drinks.

My favourite was their dessert range. No doubt its quite sweet but nice.

We ordered their waffles for dessert too.

When you have nothing to do while waiting for food, go and take more pictures.


Their seatings also come in egg shell shape.


Gudetama Cafe Singapore
3 Temasek Boulevard
#01-361
Suntec City Mall
Singapore 038983

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum | Chinese Garden | Japanese Garden


The kids made their maiden trip to the Chinese and Japanese Gardens last weekend after their BASF workshop held at Jurong Regional Library. After lunch, I told them that I was bringing them to a secret place. They were disappointed at first when they knew I was not going to bring them to the Science Centre and complained how bored they will be. My intention was to bring them to somewhere they have never explore before since we hardly come to the west part of Singapore. Guess what? we spent a good 4 hours exploring the whole area and they told me it was actually very fun to come here. 

The last time I came here was during Secondary School days. I remembered there was performance and payment for the entrance ticket was required to enter the premise. Now everything is open for free to public, just make sure you bring enough water, snacks and umbrellas (in case of raining) if you intend to roam around for a while.

  
 We brought along 3 umbrellas because the weather was scorching hot and it rained for a while too.

The live turtle and tortoise museum is located within the Chinese Garden so it's advisable to park at the carpark near the Chinese Garden entrance.


Entrance of the museum

Pictures and newspaper cuttings regarding the history of the museum.

Ticketing counter

Vegetables can be bought from the ticketing booth, it cost $2 for a bunch of vegetables. The children were so facinated with feeding those hungry tortoises and we bought 3 bunches in the end.

Remember to wash your hands after feeding.

 We were told that there are about more than 40 different species in the museum and here are some of our favourites.

It can be quite imiditating to feed large tortoise and its mouth can open quite big.

The children find this pig-nose turtle very cute!

There is a bunch of tortoises that roam freely for you to feed them.


 1 Chinese Garden Road 
Singapore 619795
Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm daily

The boy trying to show his kongfu move on the 13 arch bridge.

Feel so serene....



There is a small garden that features all the different tree bonsai.

  Bonsai garden


  Enjoying the tranquility of the place



  Japanese Garden



Lotus pond


Japanese Garden & Chinese Garden
1 Chinese Garden Road
Singapore 619795
Opening Hours: 5.30am to 7pm daily