Friday, October 2, 2015

DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe

We brought the kids to MBS for a skating session on YS's birthday. You know...after a great workout and everyone was feeling so hungry. We chanced upon this cafe full of super heroes characters and were enticed to go in to take a look. The cafe was located just beside their retail outlet and so we decided to have our dinner there.

There was a short queue and we waited quite a while to get a seat. I'm not sure if the timing was a bit late but most of the food we wanted to order were not available. Anyway, we ordered what was available and waited quite a while for our food to arrive.

Everything in this cafe including the food menu is related to DC Comics. We were seated at the Wonder Woman section :)

The Dynamic Duo's Double Choc Craack!
A very sweet drink but the kids loved it.

Aquaman's Fish & Chips. Just fish and chips lah! Pretty normal...nothing to elaborate on.

Batman's Dark Knight. My boy gave a thumb up for this burger. There's wagyu beef with grilled portobello mushrooms, vege and cheese.

Superman Has Gone Bizarro For Bolognaise. Linguine with minced wagyu beef and bolognaise sauce. I reckoned the beef made everything nicer.

I forgotten to take a picture of another main course coz we were so famished...lols! I would not say the food was super fantastic but still acceptable in my opinion.

2 Bayfront Avenue 
#01-03/04/05 Marina Bay Sands
Singapore 018956

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September Is Over

September just gone in a flash!

The 1 week school holiday was over and haze took over, wondering when this haze problem will start to improve. So many people are panicking over the PSI level everyday, N95 masks and air purifiers are selling like hot cakes now. Our life still goes on whether the haze is good or bad.

I finally moved my butt to put up some of the kids' artworks (which they have done in the past), there are still a whole lot which I'm still keeping. At least, their artworks brightened up the boring corner of our white wall. 

We have been making full use of our 6 months USS passes for the past few months. We managed to go there during one of the better haze free day and we had so much fun due to lesser crowd.

We celebrated Mid-Autumn festival the same day following after our USS outing. This was the first time they tried the old school lanterns with real candles inside (no weird music). We had fun walking around our estate with those lanterns.

It was a month which I tried to be more adventurous and prepared some food for the family.

We also made some last minute decision to change the childcare for Junior YS. I think this decision will be good for him and good on our wallets..lols! I should have made this decision ages ago. Hope he will enjoy and learns more in a new environment. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A Light Debate With The Hub

On a random morning:

Hb: How many times do you want the kids to bath in a day?
Me: At least twice? Once in the morning and once in the evening...
Hb: Do you know the water bill is very expensive?
Me: Do you want to pay more water bill or more medical bill?
Hb: ..................................

Yah, I'm a firm believer to "shoo" my kids into the bathroom to take their morning bath after they wake up or after they finish breakfast. I don't think I have OCD in cleanliness in that sense because I have my reason for doing so. Probably it's a habit I cultivated since young and probably I have read some where about the gross things that are living on our bed. Yah...please do not think that "things" you can't see through our naked eyes do not exist at all? 

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Imagine all the dead skins and million of dust mites lingering inside your pillows, mattresses, blankets *eww...*. I have one kid in my household who has sensitive airway (the amount of medical bills he has accumulated since young is quite huge, luckily he has no more relapse and hardly fall sick anymore) so it gives me more reason not to take any chances. 

Frequent change of bedsheets is a must and we do vacumn our mattresses and pillows using Dephin vacumn which I have invested a few years ago. When the weather is bright and sunny, my mom will take out our pillows to the balcony area and place under the sunlight. 

On a side note, I feel refresh after a bath in the morning. For my school going kids, it is good for them to feel the same way too. Fresh body and fresh mind to start the day!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Happy Cleaning with Method Products

The nice folks from Method Singapore sent me a few cleaning items and our house has been smelling nice and fresh ever since. We have sensitive skin problems but it does not trigger any rashes outbreaks on our body too while using these products.

Some of the benefits about these products are:
*Biodegradable formulas free of dirty ingredients like parabens, phthalates, triclosan, EDTA or animal by-products. 
*Recyclable bottles made with 100% recycled plastic (PCR)
*Gentle on the skin
*Fragrant by essential oils and synthetic ingredients

I love how the products were designed. Its lightweight and easy to use for busy working mothers like myself. With just a few pumps and we can clean happily and easily without fearing of making a mess of the house.
Ginger Yuzu Floor Cleaner
Ginger Yuzu Dish Soap
Laudry Detergent - Lavender Cedar

These limited edition Americana range of products are made with natural ingredients such as aloe + vitamin e. No harsh chemical was used and leave your skin soft and sweet :)
Americana Range - Desert Lily
Gel Handwash
Foam Handwash
Body Wash

3 types of fragrance for these Limited Edition range:
1. Coastal Redwood
2. Southern Peach
3. Desert Lily

Method's Limited Edition Americana products are available at the following retail outlets:
*Cold Storage (selected products only)
*Isetan Singapore
*Meidi-Ya Singapore

Disclaimer: We received some Method's products for review purpose. No monetary was compensated.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Happy Birthday to my tween boy!

Time flies and YS has turned 10 years old. This year, he requested to go for ice-skating but the actual ice-skating rink is located in Jurong *__* As the children ended their enrichment late so we decided to come over to MBS for a little bit of skating fun.

As YS is entering into tweenhood, his request for presents also differs from what he usually likes. This year, he wanted a "not so kiddy" wallet so I brought him to the Wallet Shop and he chose this by himself. lols! You can imagine the father's expression when he saw this.

Ah Ma got him a new set of colour pencils.

His very generous sister paid for this book with her own savings.

Of course, what was meant to be "just taking a look in the shop" while we were waiting for our food at DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe and came back with this black paper bag. Hb really "sayang" our kids, he does not mind to splurge on the kids at all. Hope YS will take good care of this cap coz its quite expensive in my opinion.

We bought a premium eggless mango cake from Emicakes and celebrated for him before the day ended.

Dear YS,

You have been calling me "Mommy" for a decade now. It's been quite a journey, from the first time I cuddle you in my arms till now you are growing almost as tall as me. Not forgetting that now you are wearing the same shoe size as me too. Deep down, I know time will not slow down and I'm embracing the tweenhood that you will be going through.

Over time, you have shown me that you have grown up not only physically but also on your attitude in life. You set yourself a goal to do well this year and so far you have not disappoint me with your results. I'm sure as long as you continue to strive for the best, you will be able to achieve what you want to be.

Many times, I asked you "what do you want to be when you grow up?". You replied :"I don't want to be a doctor, a lawyer or anything". Recently you told me you want to be a banker...sounds good to me. No matter what aspiration you have, I hope you will be good in it and be successful in life.

Happy 10th Birthday my son! 


Monday, September 7, 2015

Dorling Kindersley's Books Series from McDonald's Happy Meals

My kids love to read and they look forward to their weekly trip to the public library. As a parent, I believe reading habit has to be cultivated from young. I am glad to say that even the youngest child has progressed to quite an advanced reader now. When I showed them the full series of DS books from McDonald's, they were so HAPPY.

From now, McDonald's is introducing Dorling Kindersley's (DK) "Watch me Grow" and "WOW" series of books in conjunction with every Happy Meal purchase. Each customers will receive a free Happy Meal book (a choice of two new titles that will be launched every Thursday at 11am) with every purchase of a Happy Meal, while stocks last.

Week 1: 3 Sep - 9 Sep
1. Watch me grow! Panda

Week 2: 10 Sep - 16 Sep
1. Watch me grow! Butterfly

Week 3: 17 Sep - 23 Sep
1. Watch me grow! Elephant

Week 4: 24 Sep - 30 Sep
1. Watch me grow! Penguin

To add even more fun into reading, there are Art & Craft sessions happening at these outlets stated below:
12 September - McDonald's (West Coast Park) - 10am to 12pm
13 September - McDonald's (Jurong Central Park) - 10am to 12pm
19 September - McDonald's (Bishan Park) - 10am to 12pm
20 September - McDonald's (Ang Mo Kio Park) - 10am to 12pm
26 September - McDonald's (Kallang) - 10am to 12pm
17 September - McDonald's (Ridout Tea Garden) - 10am to 12pm

McDonald's kid-sized fare also includes meal options that come in 500 calories and below. On top of that, I am glad to know that McDonald's has switched their cooking oil to canola oil to fry Chicken McNuggets which is a healthier option for children. As a working mother, I have the tendency to bring them out for dining. Now I won't feel so guilty when they request for Happy Meals.

Disclaimer: We received a set of DK books from McDonald's for review purpose. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are  our own.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pizza Party

Our family loves to eat pizzas, especially those thin crusted pizzas. Dining out as a family at most pizza restaurants can easily cost us around $60-$80 per meal. That's because the kids' appetites are so good when it comes to the food that they love. It just so happened that my cooking mood was super on, I decided to gather a few ingredients for the pizza making session with the kids.

We bought wraps (okay I cheated a little coz I did not make the base from scratch), mushrooms, shredded mozzarella cheese, hams, tomatoes, capsicums, tomato paste, smoked salmons and etc.

Washed and sliced all the ingredients. Let the kids put any ingredients they liked on the wrap.
I put them into the oven and within 15 minutes the pizzas were ready for consumption.

They were enjoying the fruits of their labour.

Hb also gave me a thumb up for the yummy pizzas!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A TEA-rrific Teacher's Day Presents

The kids has been telling me that they need to prepare Teacher's Day presents this year. Googled online for ideas and decided to prepare a simple gift for their teachers. YQ is involved in her class rock band performance on Teacher's Day so they were tasked to prepare gifts to give to more teachers this year. YS only need to prepare a few for his own teachers. As for Junior YS, I have decided to switch him to another childcare centre so this will be his last Teacher's Day celebration with his beloved teachers. I'm sure he will miss all his teachers and friends at the current school.

I bought some plastic containers and washi tapes from Daiso. The quality is cheap and good.
Got them a few boxes of different tea bag varieties and packed them into the containers.
Decorated the container with washi tapes.

They wrote their personalised notes on small pieces of paper and sticked on top of those containers.
Simple & fuss free! 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Scholastic In-Action Series Review + Giveaway

Thanks to the kind folks from Scholastic, we received 2 mini series of In-Action books to review. The bookworms in the house were so excited and could not wait to start reading these books.

During my schooling days, I remembered my tutor bought me a thick book that contained all these phrasal verbs. It looked exactly like a dictionary. There were no colours and no pictures in it so you can imagine the bored look on my face +__+. I did not even want to touch or read the book no matter how good my tutor try to convinve me how it will benefit me in my composition writing. The book is still sitting in a quiet corner on the book shelf. I tried get them to read the book and they had the same reaction as me.

When I saw these In-Action mini series selling at Popular bookstore late last year, I did not hesitate to buy 2 mini series for the kids to read so as to entice them to learn more new phrasal verbs and idioms. Here are the reasons why my kids (including myself) like to read these series:-

1) Colourful

2) The explainations are easy to understand.

3) Comic style pictures to further illustrates about the meaning.

Although the recommended age for In-Action series is for 9-14 years old but if you have a child who is an advanced reader, I am sure they will enjoy reading these series too.

Currently there are 16 In-Action mini series and 2-3 books per series. All series have 60 language items in each book. They are retails at all Popular Bookstores and selected Times Bookstores.
Don't be confuse with the "More" series, they are just a continuation of the original series.
You can go to this website for more info on other series.

Scholastic will be giving away In-Action series to 2 lucky winners from my blog.
You can choose between "More Idioms In Action (Book 1-3)" or "Proverbs In Action (Book 1-3)".

Giveaway Terms and Conditions:
* Giveaway ends 30 August 2015, Sunday 2359 hours (Singapore time) 
* The winner will be selected on 31 August 2015
* Limited to one winner per household
* Open to anyone and everyone living in Singapore
* Incomplete or invalid entries will be automatically disqualified without notice
* Please provide correct details for contact purpose
* All personal details provided in this contest will be kept confidential. Only details of the winners will be shared with Scholastic to facilitate the redeeming of prize.
* Winners will have to come to the Scholastic office for prize collection
* We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice

Disclaimer: We received 2 mini series of the In-Action Scholastic books for review purpose. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are our own.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Day We Celebrated Nation's 50th Birthday

Sil and her family invited us to her house on National Day for a little party this year. All of us were dressed in red to join in the nation's 50th birthday celebration. The kids went to get all the temporary tattoos from the NDP fun pack and requested me to put it on their faces and hands.

We went up to the sky garden again to take a look at the magnificent view of Singapore. Some of us went up to the sky garden to catch the fireworks show, while most of us catched the fireworks show from the comfort of sil's house. It was the first time that my auntie from KL tagged along with us to come and celebrate this special moment in Singapore.

Managed to capture the last burst of fireworks using my mobile phone.

We brought along a cake to celebrate with everyone.
Happy Birthday Singapore!