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Weekend Wanderings: Marina Barrage

Friday, 29 August 2014

Where can we go on a bright and sunny day? Off to the Marina Barrage we go!!

The first thing we saw was of course the clear blue sky with the beautiful kites flying around.


Spot the cute Minion kite

... and the gorgeous view of the city skyline.



Upon seeing the vast field, Big J started running about.

Run Run Run

Kpo-ing on how to fly a kite 

He even managed to get a muffin from a group
of KorKors and JieJies who were having a picnic.
Look at that smile!

Wow! That's a super big kite.
The kids were trying to catch its tail.

Small J woke up from his nap and started running about too! All these photos are too cute and I had a hard time selecting which to post.

I'm walking on sunshine!

Love his smiles

Together forever and never to part


Some sensory activity - exploring grass

Look in front...

Look behind...

I'm going to fly!





Vaby Box - August

Thursday, 28 August 2014

It's August! If you are already a subscriber to the Vaby Box, you should be as excited as I am to receive the box. There are lots of fabulous goodies in the box. Talk about Surprise!!


The box arrived nicely protected with bubble wrap.


My favourite from the box is the Korean Adhesive Labra ($49). Finally something for the Mama! It is a strapless self-adhesive bra made of thick, premium silicon gel. Its unique push-up design provides great support and cleavage so you can flaunt your figure in that sexy dress. It is washable and mostly importantly, comes with a storage bag for you to bring it around easily. 


Recently, Small J has started to fight with me for the spoon during meal time. He wants to self-feed. Can you imagine the mess that he made? I am ok with him making a mess at home but not when we are outside on the go. This Skip Hop bib ($4.90) is very light weight and has a handy catch-all pocket to catch spills. It is water resistant so you can simply wash the spills off and shake it dry. Great for mealtimes when you are on-the-go. This bib is staying in our diaper bag!


These are the other items in the box.

Naturally Kinder Natural Cotton Diapers ($17.90),
Lavender Fields Concentrated Laundry Powder ($12),
Nurtureme Organic Food

Big J happily playing with the Portable Pencil Mini Fan

Apart from these goodies, there are also vouchers from Mr Bottle's Kids Party Entertainment and The Playhouse. Check out how much fun we had at The Playhouse.

Tempted to get a box too? You can subscribe to the Vaby box and get it delivered to your doorstep monthly. Read more about the Vaby Box here and here.

Psst... These mommy bloggers are hosting a giveaway for this month's box. So hop on over and try your luck.



Weekend Wanderings: Fountain of Wealth @ Suntec City

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Since we were at Suntec City after our visit to the Alive Museum, we went to the Fountain of Wealth for some 'water play'. It is said that we can improve our luck by walking around the fountain for three rounds in a clockwise direction with our hands touching the water.

Here we go!

Round and round the fountain

See the rainbow? It's a sign of luck!
This touch water session is FREE and available daily at these timings:
10am - 12pm  |  2pm - 4pm  |  6pm - 7.30pm

So if you are there shopping, do drop by the fountain to bless yourself with luck!

Suntec City
Fountain of Wealth
Where: 3 Temasek Boulevard Singapore 038983
Nearest MRT stations: Esplanade Station and Promenade Station
Website: http://www.sunteccity.com.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SuntecCity


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My ABCs: T is for... Thankful

Monday, 18 August 2014

Last week, Big J was confined at home because he was suspected of HFMD. I received a call from his childcare that he was having a fever and had red spots in his mouth. His teacher told me to pick him up and bring him to see a doctor. Thankfully, hubby volunteered to take off and send Big J to a doctor.

The doctor couldn't confirm if he was having HFMD and tell us to monitor at home to see if more spots appear. This means he couldn't go school and we need to take more leave. I have almost finished using up my leave and thankfully hubby said he could take leave and take care of Big J. In the end, we decided that we would share the load.

This also means that we need to separate the boys. I am so thankful of my Mum when she said to leave Small J at her place and she could help to look after him while we took care of Big J.

During Big J's fight with the virus, I kept working real hard to oil him. Lavender, lemon, thieves, purification, immupower, etc to help bring his temperature down and strengthen his immune system so his body can fight the war with the virus. We are so thankful that no new spots appeared and his fever was cleared within 2 days. On the third day, he was so much better and could start to eat some breads and noodles. Though, he still complained of pain in his mouth. By today, he was already all back to normal.

I am also thankful for being able to spend time with him. We talked a lot and played a lot and enjoyed each other's company.


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SoloStep Studio: We have a New Family Portrait!

Friday, 15 August 2014

The last photography session we had as a family was when Small J was still a newborn. That was so long ago. In comparison, we went for more photography sessions during Big J's time. I feel really sorry for Small J. Woes of a second born. 

Recently, we got the opportunity to review the service from SoloStep Studio. This came just in time as Small J just turned One!

Here are some of the photos that we have received.

Yeah... We have a new family portrait

Big J is very happy!

Small J trying to catch the balloon in front of him

SoloStep Studio is a digital photography studio that was setup in 2009. The lady behind the camera is Elena Gorbatenko. SoloStep Studio main works are fashion and beauty photography. Recently, Elena is looking to expand into kids' photography services. 

When we first arrived at the studio, we were amazed by the size of the studio. The studio is really big with two big cycloramas backdrops. Big J enjoyed running around there and this set him in a happy mood for the photoshoot.


The waiting area has a big sofa area for clients to wait or rest. There is also a mirror for you to check yourself before taking the shots. The studio also has a washroom for clients to change.


During the session, we took a quick break in between. Elena had some small talk with us and she shared an important tip for taking great photos - Lighting! Lighting can make an object looks amazing. With bad lighting, the photo might not turn out great no matter how beautiful the object is.

Overall, we enjoyed our experience there. I personally like the style of our photos. Simple and focuses on our expressions and feelings. Frankly, we do not really know how to pose for the photos and most of the time we looked awkward. Despite this, Elena is still able to capture these beautiful pictures of us. She also played some music to make us feel more relax.

You can check out their promotion for kids photography here.


SoloStep Studio
2 Kallang Avenue
#04-04 CT Hub@Kallang,
Singapore 339407

Phone: 9021 7705
Fax: 6635 6100,
E-mail: info@solostepstudio.com
Website: www.solostepstudio.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoloStepStudio

Working hours:
Mon-Sat 11:30am – 8pm


Disclaimer: We were invited to a complimentary photography session by SoloStep Studio. No monetary compensation is involved. All opinions are 100% mine.


Weekend Wanderings: Alive Museum

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Just over the National Day weekend, we went to the Alive Museum and had a crazy fun time posing and taking photos. Here are some of my favourite. 

Riding in the boat

Ouch!!

See me rock this boat!

Don't hit me. I promise to be a good girl.

We spent about about 1.5 hour there. We would have spend a little longer if not for the fact that both boys are cranky and had to rush through some of the exhibits.

Here's sharing some tips to better enjoy the Alive Museum.

1. Avoid Peak Hours
We went in the late morning on Sunday. The crowd was starting to come in. Some of the exhibits are quite cramp and is very difficult to take a nice shot with so many people around. If you need to visit the place on weekends, I would suggest you to go early, like 10am.

Big J trying to climb out of the whirlpool.
See how crowded the place is?

2. Be Patient and Considerate 
Due to the crowd, you will need to wait for others to finish taking their photos. Do also look out if you might be blocking other people or getting into their photos. All of us want to enjoy, so no point getting pissed of by others. 

No fighting please. Peace out.

3. Relax and Enjoy
Try not to rush through the exhibits. Take your time to think how to pose and take a nice shot. There are indicators on the floor to show you the photo point to get a nice shot. At the side of the exhibits, there are also suggestions of how you can pose. But remember not to hog the place (refer to point 2 above).

Baby J relaxing and enjoying the view from the top. But Mummy is so afraid that he will fall!!

4. Be Imaginative 
Before going, you can Google or Instagram to see photos of how others posed. You could be inspired to come up with your unique pose.

Be imaginative. Immerse yourself in the picture, like Small J.
He is crying perhaps he thought the giraffe is really licking him.

Save me Mummy!! The alligator is going to eat me!

The Zombies are coming!

There are many other fun and interactive exhibits which I shall leave you to go explore. If you have been to the Alive museum before, you should go back again. They will be increasing the number of paintings and 30% of the paintings will be changed every 12 to 18 months. On special occasions like Christmas and Chinese New Year, there will be special exhibits specially catered for the festival. There are also paintings that are unique to Singapore, like this.  


Do check out the promotions here.
1) Enjoy 20% off when you purchase your tickets online using code 'aliveopen'.
2) Like Alive Museum on Facebook and purchase a full price ticket to redeem a free Burger King meal.


Alive Museum
Suntec City Mall #03-372 (between Towers 3 & 4)

Ticket Prices:
Adult 13 yrs and above: S$25
Child 3 - 12 yrs: S$20
Child below 3 yrs: FOC
Package 2 Adults + 1 Child: S$60

Opening Hours:
Opens daily from 10am to 10pm (last admission at 9pm)

Disclaimer: We were given a pair of complementary tickets courtesy of omy.sg and Alive Museum. No monetary compensation is involved. All opinions are 100% mine.



My ABCs: S is for... Small Steps to Nicer Meals

Monday, 11 August 2014

Big J has always been a fussy and picky eater. He eats very slowly and always makes us very frustrated. Most of the time he needs to be spoon-fed or else he will simply don't eat. However, he does not have such problems in school. His teachers say that he always finishes his food very quickly and even asks for second helpings. I initially thought that the teachers are just trying to show that he loves his food. However, my Mum had secretly went down to the childcare centre to peek and said that it is true. He has no problem eating outside too. 

I wonder why he has so much difficulties eating at home. I thought it might be because the food I prepare is not nice? But he has the same problem eating at my Mum's too. So it should not be due to the taste. I have tried all ways and finally seen some improvements lately. The secret? Beautify the meals and he will be tempted to eat! Just like how Daddy and Mommy eats!

It started out one day when I cut up his bread into cute little shapes. Before this, he was eating at the most 1.5 slices of bread. When he saw the cute little bread, he finished all 2 slices that I had prepared and asked for second helpings. In total, excluding the cut-off scrapes, he ate a total of 3 slices. And it is the same for the weeks that follows. Every weekend morning, he will say he wants to eat the bear bread or the star bread.

Cute little shapes bread with Nutella spread

I tried to mould the rice using the same cookie cutter, but it was a failure. The cookie cutter is too small and the rice is quite difficult to handle. I'm going to buy some rice mould for this. The steam egg with salmon is presented in a chawanmushi style. The herbal chicken shreds is on the side with lots of gravy. He finished everything by himself. Yeah!

Herbal Chicken and Chawanmushi with salmon

Apart from looking nice, the taste is important too. For this, the pumpkin was not baked long enough and the taste was really bad. Though it looks and smell nice, he took one bite and refused to eat it after that. He finished the tomato and salmon though.

Baked Miso Salmon, Baked Pumpkin with Cherry Tomato

I think I am jinxed in cooking mee sua. It always turns out very dry and overcooked. The soup base and meatball for this is all nice but the mee sua absorbed all the soup and becomes very dry. However, Big J finished everything too.

Mee Sua with homemade Meatball, Carrots and Tomato

Most of these dishes are not new, I have cooked these for him before. It is just a different way of presentation. I guess nice presentation of the food really helps to increase one's appetite huh? Now, I need to go search for more ideals on how to make nicer meals for him.


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