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

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Joy-filled Christmas 2013

And so this is Christmas, what have we done...

It's been a crazily packed December for me, and I have to apologise for the silence on this blog. No excuse, but I've been so busy, it must be the busiest month of the year for me. My typical weekday starts with art classes in the morning and afternoon, private tuition and art classes in the early evening and ends with center tuition in the late evening.

The reason for the jam-packed schedule in December is to create a buffer for January - I hope to "buy" more time to help the kids settle into their new schedule. Shanice is starting Primary 1, while Renee and Baby Nat begin a new journey in the Preschool Shanice graduated from.

I couldn't be more grateful to my mom and helper - my mom for helping up over a couple of weekends when my helper is on leave and my helper for minding the 3 little ones for me while I went about with my schedule. Couldn't imagine how things would have been without them. I also need to thank all my clients for giving me opportunities to work with them (thank you!), without which, I would have starved (nope, not exaggerated at all!).

Though it's been a busy month, I've been very happy working. I love to work, it's in my nature. The only downside is missing the time with my children during the day. I know, it's pretty much like when I was working full-time and it is an irony, cos I quit to have more time with them. But this is necessary, being a self-employed now, I need to be on an "ant-mode", who knows when would winter come?! The ideal plan and target I am working towards is to work more on weekends and save more time on weekdays to be with the children. If you ask me, working 2 days in a week would be ideal! And, that is possible, if I manage to get more face-painting and balloon sculpting orders which are mostly on weekends.

Now, before you click away, this is STILL a Christmas post. I'll fill in more on my eventful December another time, In the mood of the festive, here's sharing some of the little Christmas activities we did in between my work schedule...

Cupcake Sugar Craft
Here's a little project I did with J (my private art student). I brought the left over sugar dough home and continued to have more fun with it with my little ones.
Here's what J and I did for one of our lessons in December.

Here's what we did at home...

Renee was very serious about getting it right

Here's her Christmas tree. I thought it was perfect! 
Shanice was having much fun. She was in a laughing mode, just happy to be doing something together.
From right to left, Smiley and Christmas Tree by Renee and Green Butterfly by Shanice
A prettier picture of the cupcakes we made

The girls gave the cupcakes to our neighbours. And we made more, just for the fun of it! 
Snowing Fun-time
If you haven't been to City Square Mall, here's a good time to visit. They are 'snowing' there till 29 Dec at 8 and 9pm daily.
It was snowing foam and blasting with music and colourful lights!
My girls were having so much fun.
My little boy was amused - admiring the lights and snow.
Renee and her new foam shoes!
The kids in Santa's house
Hey little ones, these are you (you, you, and you) on December 2013

Christmas Cards
I received a call from home after tution one day. Shanice called and in a hasty voice beckoned me to go home as soon as possible. Naturally, I was worried and quickly asked her what happened. She then told me I should hurry home as she wanted to make Christmas cards. I was almost 8pm and I could understand why, she wanted to make the cards before her bedtime at 9.30pm.

Finger Printed Card by Shanice

She made a list of recipients, but only got a few done that night. Up till now, she has yet to complete the list. I doubt it will happen this year :)
Making a card for her friend, Jolin. 
While Shanice had a plan, little Renee was more interested in having fun...
painting her hands and stamping them. 
Little Nat was more interested in milk and tv :)
Apart from the activities we did on our own, we also attended a few parties, and the girls performed in a Christmas Concert. It was Renee's first performance, and she had so much fun!

The girls, in our family car, on our way to the concert venue. 


Friday, December 6, 2013

Call me maybe, not. (aka quick intro to PDPC Singapore's "DO NOT CALL" Registry)

Imagine you were waiting for an important call, akin to Jepsen in her hit, "Call Me Maybe". And your phone rang! It's an unknown number, "could it be...?" you thought, and your heart jumped a beat. You held your excitement, tried your best to be cool about it, cleared your throat and timed yourself before you pick up the phone...

"Good morning, Miss Diana. I am Tom representing ....."

Tom? Who's Tom? How many calls and text messages have you received from a or many Toms in a day? Well, I receive almost an average of 3 a day (Tom loves me, I reckon maybe ;p). If you would like to protect your number from unsolicited telemarketing calls, here's the good news:

Starting in 2 December you can register your number on Personal Data Protection Commission Singapore's DO NOT CALL Registry ("DNC") to protect your number from unsolicited telemarketing activities. 

There are 3 registration methods:
1. Online Registration at http://dnc.gov.sg
2. SMS Registration 
Information taken from dnc.gov.sg

3. Toll Free Numer Registration
Information taken from dnc.gov.sg

The DNC consists of 3 registers, namely:
  • No Voice Call Register
  • No Text Message Register 
  • No Fax Message Register
If your number is not a fax number, please remember to register it on the "No Fax Message Register" too. 

You may still receive telemarketing calls after registration if:
1. You have given clear consent to specific organisation/company before or after registration. So, read the terms and conditions before signing up for a lucky draw or free membership.
2. The caller represents a foreign company. The DNC only protects your number from all organisations and companies in Singapore
3. Within 60 days (starting from 2 Jan 2014) and 30 days (starting from 2 July 2014) from the day you have registered. 

For more information on DNC, please check out the following video or visit www.dnc.gov.sg


If you are keen to find our more, here are 2 upcoming Consumer Talks you may consider to attend:

The Personal Data Protection Act and What It Means to You
15 January 2014, Wednesday. 7 to 8.30pm at Central Public Library. No Fees required.
To register, visit :
http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/Programmes/Business/51530/The_Personal_Data_Protection_Act_And_What_It_Means_To_You.aspx

Knowing Your Choices: Personal Data Protection Act & Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act
18 January 2014, Saturday. 9.30am to 12.00nn at NTUC Center. Fee at $5 (inclusive of GST)
To register, visit: www.case.org.sg/seminars.html

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I've attended a briefing session on Do Not Call Registry by OMY.sg and would like to share the information with my readers. I am not in any way related to PDPC and all opinions mentioned in this post are my own. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

BioSkin Skin Rebirth Treatment Review

What's a Taitai (aka lady of leisure) lifestyle without facial? Albeit, Taitai-dom is still a dream, it's never too early to have a taste of quality facial at BioSkin @ The Central.

BioSkin @ The Central
So, there I was at the classy beauty center for their new and highly acclaimed Skin Rebirth Treatment. I grew up watching Zoe Tay's dramas, so when I heard that she is the brand ambassador for and has personally benefited from the treatment, I was more than keen to experience it too. 

Winnie, the beautician explained the process and benefits of the treatment to me with professionalism and patience. She told pains to draw diagram, show me videos and information on the iPad to assure me that the treatment is safe and non-invasive. 
Fun Fact: There are 4 levels of treatment for Skin Rebirth. Zoe Tay took Power 4. After analyzing my skin conditions, Winnie recommended me to tray Power 1.

Classy and comfortable interiors 

That's me, unedited. The white substance on my face is numbing cream. As the name suggests, it helps to numb my skin. I wear it on my face for 20 mins before it is removed. 
The numbing cream was quintessential if you are like me, has a low threshold for pain. Depending on the intensity of the treatment you choose, expect some minor pricking pain during treatment.

BioSkin Skin Rebirth uses Fractional Radio Frequency for treatment
This is the machine used. 

"So, what is exactly is Skin Rebirth and what's so great about it?" If you have the same query as I did, here's a little something about it :

Skin Rebirth uses a multi-source, phase-controlled Fractional Radio Frequency energy to penetrate deep into the skin in order to enable collagen re-modelling, skin resurfacing and treatment of wrinkles, acne and acne scars.

"How does Fractional RF works?" I thought I heard you say.
Fractional RF energy is emitted by fractional sub-pulses spaced by very short pauses of thermal relaxation time in one treatment pulse. This modality enables to achieve an enhanced effect of deeper penetration and optimized efficacy, with less discomfort to the patient and a deeper gradual dermal effect.

Here's a little something I've taken from their brochure, comparing the various type of skin renewal treatments.

So, who is suitable for the Skin Rebirth treatment? Let's look at what is BioSkin Rebirth recommended for to decipher that. 
  • Skin Renewal
  • Pigmentation / Acne Scar Lightening
  • Lifted V-shaped Face
  • Pores Tightening
  • Wrinkle Reduction 

My face right after the treatment, unedited and no filter used. It was slightly red and sore but still okay for me to do a little shopping right after the treatment. 
It is normal for skin to experience some redness after the treatment. Some mild scabbing might follow a couple of days later. Newly treated skin would require careful care and protection, thus, the good folks at BioSkin have very generously given me a homecare pack.

Homecare Pack - includes soothing mask, moisturizer and spray-on sunblock.

I put on the Cool Pack Soothing Mask the very night I had my treatment. It's a little wet and drippy but it's worth every drip of it. Here's how I look the morning after. 

No make-up, unedited photo. As you can see, most of the swelling has subsided. 
Me at an event at MBS hours later. The redness was almost un-noticeable under a layer of light make-up.

If you are on the fence, wondering if BioSkin Skin Rebirth is for you, here's a good opportunity to give it a try at a discounted cost.

Promotion from Bioskin: 1x Skin Rebirth + Cryo Splash @ $38 (Incl GST $40.66)

Want to find out more? Why not hear it from BioSkin directly at their FB Page here

Disclaimer: Products and services were provided by BioSkin for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. Absolutely, no monetary compensation was received.