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Monday, July 21, 2014

[Giveaway] Singapore Parenting Congress 2014 - "Connecting with Digital Teens and Tweens"

Singapore Parenting Congress 2014 is here!
Taken from http://www.familiesforlife.sg/activities.html
Jointly organised by Mediacorp and Families for Life, the sold-out event for the past 9 years *gosh, my eldest kid wasn't even born 9 years ago*  will be returning on 2 & 3 August 2014. 

The theme this year is “Connecting with Digital Teens and Tweens”, a topic very close to the hearts of many parents in this digital age we live in.  This event provides an excellent opportunity for parenting experts as well as parents to come together and share insights! 

Check out the programme schedule here: 
Taken from http://www.familiesforlife.sg/activities.html
Date: 2 & 3 August 2014
Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Level 3

Tickets (per session): $18/ticket or $24/ couple (GST inclusive, Coffee and tea are served at breaks)

More details of the event can be found here:  http://www.familiesforlife.sg/activities.html.

We have 4 sets of tickets up for grab!
(Thank you, Families for Life for sponsoring them):

English session (3 pairs of tickets to be won)
3 August, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Mandarin session (1 pair of tickets to be won)
2 August, 2.30pm – 5.30pm

Winners may collect the tickets on the event day. 

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Friday, July 18, 2014

What is Love?

"So, was it love or familiarity?"

There under the scorching sun, my friend and I were on our way back to office from lunch.
We took a short-cut which required us to stroll through a patch of tall grass. The soil beneath was loose from the rain the day before. I was careful not to dirty my new flats, treading my way and trying to decide my next step when his question broke my rather dull train of thoughts. How did our careless conversation land us there?

"Did you marry him because of the comfort of familiarity?"
"I don't know", I replied. It was the immediate thought that came to me.

We were finally at the end of the grass patch. I adjusted my dress and checked my new golden scandals- perfect, all was good. Then I lifted my head and saw a pair of widened eyes staring at me. "Married with 3 kids and you DON'T KNOW?" I could almost hear his thoughts.

"Erm, but what is love? It's something that stand the test of time, right?"
Glad I could somehow string something decent together albeit my brain was probably half-baked under the sun.

Being married with 3 kids, most of my single friends (understandably) assume that I kinda figured it out - ya know, got an idea of what this whole men-women relationship is about. Frankly, I do not have much of a clue. I mean, how do you measure the electricity between relationships? (I am not sure if I can handle a Ammeter but it's probably not of much use here.) Or tell if it was TRUE LOVE? (I'd wake up to any kisses. I am a light sleeper.)

I married my best friend. We knew each other when we were 10. He was my classmate. I was a head taller, and he was alot smarter. But we caught up with each other, in many ways. Was it love? I think so.
Was it more love than familiarity or more familiarity than love? Erm...
Our primary school gang at marina south steam boat. It was a gathering during our secondary school days.
Sam's the one standing at the left and I am the big head at the bottom left of the photo.
Haiz, why can't they take a glam-er photo of me. Lolx. 
KTV with primary school friends when we were 19.
Newly minted couple then, and he couldn't get his hands off me ;p *blush*
At a gathering with primary school friends shortly after our wedding.
Well of course, there were more electric-charged kisses and dreamy candle light dinners *now, I hope Sam won't read this post*. There were other boys that made me feel more like a princess (my hubby's more like a buddy). But they were all history now. Over. Period. The fact that they didn't last didn't quite agree with my idea of a marriage.
"It (Love) always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."1 Corinthians 13:4-8 
Familiarity's a very good feeling and a good soil for love to grow. Love has many facets and my favorite would be that it (should) perseveres.

So, was it love or familiarity?
I asked my hubby and he said "both". Of course!
More than 2 decades since we sat in the same classroom, he is still more capable at offering a better answer.

Now, we'll just need to work together for it to last. :)

Mr and Mrs Foo.
Self-ie taken at our corridor earlier this year during Chinese New Year. 
Here's to love!
"Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses."- Ann Landers

Photo credit: Our P4 monitor (bottom right of photo) tirelessly organised gatherings for our primary school classmates for many many years. Most of the photos here were 'coop-ed' from his fb account. :) Thank you Kelvin!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

I (Heart) Snowflakes Felt Necklace and Belt



I love JULY!
Why so? Cos it's my Renee's birthday month! We just celebrated our second child's birthday recently. We had 3 mini celebrations - at home, with extended family and in school, of which, her favourite was the mini party we had at home with her friends from the childcare she attended previously.

It was a simple party with a few of her closer friends. Nothing too elaborated, just good company, simple snacks, a DIY Frozen pinata, a DIY Frozen character cake, Frozen DVD playing on the background and a simple felt craft activity for the Frozen fans (okay, more than a handful, but still simple. We had simple stuffs). Yes, Renee's a big Frozen fan. 

I'll share more about her 3 mini celebrations on the blog in time to come. Frankly, I haven't got the time to sit down and download all the photos from my camera and phone. But I really should be doing so soon. I'm sure it would be long before Renee ask to see them. :) 

For now, I'll share about the little craft activity we invented for the party. It's super easy to do. 

Step 1: Cut out felt circles into 3 sizes and place them in the following sequence. 

Step 2: Apply glue and stick a length of ribbon across the sequence. 

Step 3: Apply more glue on top of the ribbon and stick another layer of felt circles on top.

Step 4: Stick 2 small felt circles onto the 2 medium circles. 

Step 5: If you are making a necklace, here's how to fix the hook:

First you fold down a length of ribbon and sandwich it between 2 small felt circles with glue. 

Sandwich the other end of the ribbon with 2 felt circles and glue too. 
To fasten the necklace, simply loop this end into the other. 

Step 6: This is my favourite step. It's time to decorate!

Give it some time for the glue to dry and tadahh!

Here you are, your child's very on felt necklace. 
She can wear it around her waist too! It will make a pretty cool belt, don't ya think? 


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Friday, June 20, 2014

Flying with Super Heroes - Singapore Cable Car


Imagine you were standing at the peak of Mount Faber, 100 metres above the sea. 
Photo by  Mount Faber Leisure Group
The buzzing city under your feet, you turned to your side and there they were...


Super heroes on a mission to save the world! 

You thought that was AWESOME... 
and then you lifted up your head and saw...

“It’s a bird! It’s a plane!... It’s Superman!” and more, he was flying with Singapore Cable Car! 


Yes, that was how thrilled the kids were. They were not just boarding the cable car for the first time, they were on their first mission with the Super Heroes.
We started the day having breakfast and crafting capes fit for super heroes at Spuds & Aprons. 

Breakfast, the super hero style - My super baby having his super hero cupcake.
After breakfast and a presentation by the organizers, it's crafting time!

That's me trying to show Chubby what we were going to make.
Photo by  Mount Faber Leisure Group
Because Chubby only recognized Superman, I had little choice but to make a Superman cape for him.  

Chubby sticking the pieces together.
I cut out the pieces and got Chubby to help with sticking them together.

Tadahhh!!! 
This is my Super Hero!
Photo by  Mount Faber Leisure Group
Upon donning his cape, Chubby started his super hero duties right away - zooming around the dining room and making friends with other super heroes. 

When Superman met Batman...
Photo by  Mount Faber Leisure Group
They cheered and rooted for their respective themed cable cars, not knowing that there wasn't a competition. :p
Photo by  Mount Faber Leisure Group
Who's cooler? Superman or Super baby?
Cape checked, Super hero attitude checked. Off we went to save the world on Singapore Cable Car!


Chubby and I, with the world at our fleet and Superman by our side. Woo hoo!

After our joy-ride, the girls and daddy came to join us for more fun together.  They had ballet classes earlier thus, were only able to join us in the afternoon.
The girls made their capes at the craft booth.


Chubby defeated the Joker
and had his Super Heroes Tattoo done.
Then, off we went for more cable car rides with all 3 kids!

We downloaded the free 'Fly with Super Heroes' app and had much fun taking photos with it. 

This app is available on both Google Play and iTunes
The Super heroes came to live when we pointed the phone at the QR codes on board. 


We had so much fun at Mount Faber that day. Thank you Singapore Cable Car for having us, the kids had a ball of a time flying with Super Heroes and enjoying the scenery. 
Happy kids on Singapore Cable Car
If you are keen on a Singapore Cable Car ride, here's a good reason to do so during to June Holidays: 

June School Holiday Activities – The love for comic books is cultivated from a young age, so a series of Super Heroes-themed fringe activities has been planned for the young ones (and the young at heart!) on weekends. Other highlights include meet-and-greet sessions with the characters, an interactive motion experience, exclusive campaign merchandise and more. Visit www.flywithsuperheroes.com.sg for more details.

Ticketing information here:
The DC Super Heroes Cable Cars are here till March next year (yes, not forever). So, be sure to catch them before they fly away. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Why won't you sleep? (aka The night my girls camped in our living room)

It's half past 3am now and I cannot sleep. I am extremely tired but I cannot catch a wink, I cannot rest my head down because my little girls are sleeping in our living room tonight.

This was what happened...
For months, we've been struggling to tuck Renee into bed, and keep her on her bed through the night. Daddy sleeps in the same room with the girls (while I sleep with our youngest next door), yet she just won't stick to her bed.

Last night however, she slept decently early (not too far off bedtime) but Shanice started waking up a times times through the night and woke Renee up in the process. It seemed like our eldest was having sleep issues too. For 3 consecutive nights she's been waking up at unearthly hours saying that she had nightmares. It seemed like a likely cause at first until when I further probed... turned out to be more like her excuses to snuggle in with a parent.

Tonight particularly, she said she didn't want to sleep in her bed. I asked her why and she reasoned that since Renee gets to sleep with daddy, she should too.

So the hubby has been allowing short cuts for the meimei to reduce the disturbance at night and the jiejie is feeling indignant. In a fit of anger, I sent the girls to the living room and told them they can sleep there for the night if they don't like their beds .

To my surprise, meimei was the one who took it at her stride and slept through the night on the play mat. Jiejie however, kept wailing until daddy lost it once, I blew up twice, then she finally gave up and slept at 2am.

If this is a consequent for bad behaviour, I am not sure who is paying for this - the child or everyone else in the house.

Honestly, I would if I could carry them both to their beds once they were asleep. But I couldn't and I shouldn't because it was a lesson they needed to learn. I wanted them to learn to appreciate what they have and not live in envy - Why meimei gets this and that and i don't?

This whole sleep training thing has been long overdued and way to painful for everyone at home. I cannot wait for it to be over.

My little girls, please don't hate me. One day you will understand how precious sleep is. I haven't quite slept well since the day Shanice was born. You need to understand that your bedtime does not equate to mine. I sleep much later as I need to catch up with work. I need u to sleep on time so that I can get some sleep too. You really need to help me here. Unless you want a short tempered, sleep-deprived mom-ster screaming at u throughout the day, please do yourself a favour - Stick. To Your. Beds.

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Updated at 11.30am:
The kids are now camping in the living room, nicely tucked into their 'sleeping bags'.
Not sure if I should be happy that they don't seem to have hard feelings from the 'camping' experience last night or worried that the girls would prefer to spend tonight in the living room too. -.-!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dinner at Bricks N Cubes


Have you been to Bricks N Cubes?
Yup, the Lego themed cafe at The Cathay. We were there last Sunday for dinner. Here's blogging down our experience there. 

The husband has been wanting to dine there for a while, and since the kids were reasonably well-behaved that day, we decided to head out for a treat. 
The girls changed did's diaper and even prepared his outfit for him before we headed out.
I must say I was very impressed.  
Off to Bricks N Cubes we went! It was pretty amusing to see little faces (and big boy's face) lighted up the moment they saw the little cafe - that was many many Lego in one cafe. 

Lego QR Code. How cool! I reckon it should work. Didn't try though. 

Look! The Lego Man's taller than Nat!
There was Lego here...

and there.... 

and there too...
Basically everywhere! It's a LEGO paradise! 

The kids were well entertained at the play area where there were lots of Lego and Duplo for all to play.
At the play area

Taa Dahhh! Here's what they built.
Taking a photo with their creation
Nat fascinated with what another kid built.  

Pretending to sleep
We were seated at the Priority Seat for families. 
It gave me a view of the kids while I sat back and skived :)

The kids were well-entertained even at the dinning area.
Pre-loaded Lego game apps in the in-store iPad which works as an electronic menu too. 

Everything was AWESOME (I could sing to the tune of the Lego movie song!) until dinner arrived...


Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, the worst pizza I've ever had!
It was so bad, none of the kids managed to finish their slice. They usually enjoy pizza and would ask for second servings. I guess that pretty much said it all. We had pasta and some finger food too and they were okay.. mediocre but okay. 

The consolation... 

At least they served us decent gelato and the waffle was good. 

Will we be back again?
YES, for play and desserts for sure. But save the pizza, and the pasta. I'd eat dinner somewhere else and pop by for play and desserts after.