Chubby Anecdotes | Singapore Parenting and Kids' Art Blog: May 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

A piece of her mind

 Ta-dahhhh! Here's me showing off what my 5 years old drew for me last night. My preschooler loves to draw and she gave me many of her drawings. I used to collect them until it became too many (and too frequent), so I selectively keep some of the better ones and kept digital photos of the rest.  This piece however is a keeper not for the technic but for the details and composition- this is a piece of her mind...

From the right, that's me in my usual boring choice of colours for clothes. In the middle,  that's my little girl in her favourite colour and ponytail.  We were both doing curtsy ('cos she's a ballerina). To the left, that's daddy with his hair gel up as usual and in between them is a pretty big flower. 

What it says:
1. I yearn for more attention (note, no siblings in this picture)
2. I love daddy, but with a 'safe' distance (my hubby is the black face at home. He isn't the most loved person at home when he is angry)

Simple and so powerful. 
I am seriously considering to work up an arrangement that allows me to partially work from home, so that I can spend more time with the kids with some flexibility to allocate time for work. Till then, I'll just have to work harder on weekends and after office hours to make up to the kids. 

Have you even been in my shoes? Hope to hear from you and learn something along the way.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Everybody hurts, sometimes

Wisdom from my 5 years old.  
 "Sometimes we are happy, sometimes we are sad. So, do not be so sad, everyday".
So, the kids do know that I am going through a rough patch lately. *teardrop*

She is my darling and I am her princess ;D

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mini Potted Plant Project For Kids

Pretty little flower pots made of recycled plastic bottles and socks.
Some time last year, I was given the opportunity to conduct a recycle craft class at a preschool.
Since Plant-A-Tree Day was just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to get the kids together for a mini potted plant project. In the spirit of recycling, the school got the kids to bring recycled materials for the project.

I had so much fun that day, I remember seriously re-considering (apparently, it's not the first time I considered) switching profession to early childhood education. I am in fact, still considering... who knows, someday... maybe I would, maybe I would not, but that is another topic for another day. ;D

Because it was so much fun for us, I thought it would be good to share it here, in the blog so others could try it out too. So, here's it.

What you'll need

  1. Buttons or other decorative items (cut-out embroidery from old clothes works well too) gym
  2. Clean worn socks (you know the one sock left hanging around in the closet after your kid misplaced the other at the gym)
  3. Plastic drink bottles
  4. Red bean seeds 
  5. Watering can 
  6. Soil
  7. Ice-cream sticks
  8. Craft glue and scissors
Turning plastic bottles into pretty flower pots
  • Cut bottle into 2. We will need the lower half of the bottle.
  • Stuff lower half of the bottle into the sock and cut off remaining cloth.
  • Decorate with buttons.
Planting Fun-Time
  • Once you are fixing up the pot, it's time for some planting fun-time!
  • Fill pot with soil
  • Use an ice-cream stick to create a few holes in the center of the pot
  • plan seeds into the holes and cover them up with soil
  • Water the soil lightly and you're done! 
With sunlight and care, expect little spouts in about 3 days time.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Holiday Creativity Canon Pixma Workshop

It's been a while since Jiejie and I had an one-to-one outing together. Jiejie's a craft lover, so when we saw Canon's Workshop advertised on OMY website (she likes to sit beside me when I blog or surf around), we immediately signed up for it.

I was so glad to get a place for the workshop. I couldn't imagine disappointing my little girl as she has been looking forward to it. Jiejie in fact had the whole itinerary planned. She wanted to take a train (daddy's car won't cut) to the workshop, after which we would have tea together at coffee bean before proceeding to granny's for dinner. Sounded good to me ;D
Me and my baby on the mrt.
She's been looking forward to this outing since the day I told her about it. 

Craft materials provided by Canon
Love the little cut-out doll. 
Ice-breakers for the kids. Silver and Joanne were such great hosts. Joanne especially was really good with kids. 
Happily cutting away
We got 3 prints of our choice. 
Tea break after the 1st craft session.
Making name tag
Here's what we made at the workshop yesterday.
Passport holder and name tag
My little princess walking down the stairs. LOL
Showing off her goodie bag.
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Global Safety Day 2013

It's been 5 months since the day I started my new job (okie, almost new job) Where did all the time go? o.O
Here's blogging down my first project in my not-so-new job on my 5 month-sary. 

Project Title: Global Safety Day 2013 - Regional Office Staff Communications

Overview: Electrolux celebrates Global Safety Day annually. The main purpose is to advocate workplace safety in the manufacturing plants. All Electrolux factories and offices around the globe celebrate this day in their local premises. For factories, cupcakes were distributed and workers gathered for speeches and prize-giving.

Concept: Localising the Global Safety Day message to create relevance for the staff working in the Singapore Regional Office. Electrolux does not have factories in Singapore. The regional office in Singpore mainly comprise of management and administrative staff. 

The Works:

Event EDM was sent a day before the actual event.
Absolutely love this EDM designed by ToolBox Design
Event posters were placed around the office 3 days prior to the actual event date.
Event Poster
Workplace Safety Signs were placed around the office.
To create the element of surprise, these signs were only up in the office on the actual event day.
I went in to office earlier on the event day to get it all set up ;D
SWITCH OFF computers at the end of the day
Got this one up at the exit. 
DO NOT overload power outlets
This was at the door of a meeting room. 
CLOSE cabinets and drawers after use
These signs were pasted on the cabinets along the walk way. They are kept there to date. 
This is my personal favourite. Check out the toilet sign!
Right behind the door and in the face, the door opens to the FALL HAZARD sign. The message is the keep toliet floor dry. 
Customised cupcake from GoobyCakes. Recommended by the interns I worked with back in Great Eastern.
These are red velvet cupcakes. Looks great and super yummy too.  There were given away at the pantry that morning.

We set up a photo booth at the pantry, completed with safety helmet, goggles and gloves. It was fun taking photos with my Polaroid camera at the pantry that day. Great way to meet new friends in a new office.  These folks are a super fun bunch. Check out flying irons!

Here's my super cost effective display board.
Photo display board cum winners' announcement board (we ran a photo contest), which was also used as a backdrop for the photo booth! 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Lemony Cheese Biscuit

  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 50g sugar
  • 50g cream cheese
  • 150g Top Flour
  • 1 table spoon Lemon Juice

  1. Mix butter, cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice. 
  2. Slowly stir in the flour 
  3. Mix well and put the mixture onto a cling wrap
  4. Wrap up the mixture and gather the cling wrap at the top.
  5. Using the warmth of your palm, gather and squeeze the mixture in the cling wrap until a firm biscuit dough is formed. 
  6. Roll out the biscuit dough and cut out the shapes
  7. Preheat oven at 180 Degree Celsius then bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Cool and serve. 
This recipe is improvised from NoobCook's Christmas Biscuit Recipe

Hip Hip Horray! It's no-work Friday today!
Off to Jes' place for some baking good time with her little boy. What better way to spend a day-off with lovely kids and great friends! 
Early dinner before our baking session.
Thank you Derek,  for the yummilious curry with bread and fry bee hoon. 
The boys helping to prepare the table.  
Yay! That's his hand in the mixer bowl. LOLx!

Jes and the kids.
Ahha! caught that cheeky grin. Somebody has just tasted raw flour.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy...
Mix it well!
Firm up the cookie dough with cling wrap

Cutting out the shapes
Kids and moms waiting anxiously for biscuits.

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