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[Review & Giveaway] Swensen's New Breakfast Menu and Swensen's SG50 Moon Gems Mooncakes

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Good news for all Swensen's fans! 

Our family have always been a fan of Swensen's and we were thankful to be invited for a scrumptious breakfast a few weeks ago. Swensen's has expanded its breakfast menu to include three new dishes. 

Mini Good Morning Sunnies - $8.50 
Credit: Swensen's Singapore

Salted Egg n Honey Toasties - $6.90

Simply Pancakes - $7.50

We tried the Salted Egg n Honey Toasties, Simply Pancakes, Swensen's Sunrise Omelette and Triple Cheese Toasties.

Our favourite is the Salted Egg n Honey Toasties. It consists of two thick cut Japanese bread grilled golden brown and generously spread with homemade salted egg and honey butter cream. More of the salted egg and honey butter cream are provided on the side so that you can spread more of the cream onto the toast. Believe me, you will finish all the cream in no time because it is so addictive. 

I always love salted egg dishes such as salted egg crabs, prawns, chicken, etc. This time, salted egg with toast is something of novelty to me. The taste is a tint of saltiness from the salted egg and sweetness from the butter and honey. I can say that the balance is good that it doesn't make me feel 'jelak' after eating.

The boys' favourite is of course the Simply Pancakes. The vanilla buttermilk pancakes are fluffy and soft and served with homemade honey butter cream and cheesy sausages. I think the honey butter cream, which is smooth and creamy, plays a big part in giving the pancakes more flavour. Big J especially love the honey butter cream and finished all of it!

Big J stuffing his mouth with the pancakes and sausages

Apart from the food, the breakfast sets comes with a beverage - coffee or tea for adults and orange or apple juice for kids. You can also choose other choices of drinks when you top-up a bit. 

Availability

The breakfast menu is available on weekends and Public Holidays from 8am to 11am and is available at all outlets except Bukit Panjang Plaza, City Square Mall, ION and Plaza Singapura outlets. Click here for more information about Swensen's breakfast menu.


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With the Mid-Autumn festival coming, Swensen's has launched its SG50 Moon Gems mooncakes. In celebration of Singapore's 50th birthday, this year's mooncakes feature the iconic Merlion emblem.

Credit: Swensen's Singapore

These mooncakes feature six delectable flavours - Crunchy Milo (New), Lychee Dreams (New), Yummy Yam (New), Sticky Chewy Chocolate, Durian Royale and Strawberry Fields Forever.

Crunchy Milo
As local as Singaporean flavours go, bite into the Crunchy Milo mooncake that features the rich malty taste of Milo filled with plush marshmallows and crunchy almond. Definitely the choice flavor combination in honor of Singapore’s 50th birthday.

Lychee Dreams
Get invigorated with the light refreshing taste of the sweet, fragrant translucent white flesh of lychee blended with Swensen’s Lychee ice cream. The unforgettable taste is the stuff of dreams.

Yummy Yam
Back by popular demand, Swensen’s signature Yam ice cream returns with its beckoning, all-familiar taste and texture. The aroma and sweet, creamy taste is a definite crowd pleaser and will have you reminiscing of the good old days.

Sticky Chewy Chocolate
This Mid-Autumn, fall in love again with the all-time best-selling Swensen’s signature Sticky Chewy Chocolate ice cream. Wrapped in our soft pastry skin, this rich chocolaty goodness will linger in your mouth with every bite.

Durian Royale
Behold the King of Fruits is back! Get ready to savour the rich pungent flavors of D24 durian ice cream. But be warned, this aromatic flavor will keep you coming back for more.

Strawberry Fields Forever
Reminscent of Singapore’s eternal summer days, Swensen’s creamy strawberry ice cream mooncake is abound with fresh ripe strawberries from the sweetest harvest.

The mooncakes are encased in a beautiful Lantern Box complete with LED lights and batteries.

Credit: Swensen's Singapore

Be sure not to throw away the box after eating the mooncakes as it can be used as a lantern.


If you are a regular of Swensen's ice-cream cakes, these ice-cream mooncakes will be a hit with you. We tried out the mooncakes and the kids love the Sticky Chewy Chocolate flavour while the adults love the Durian Royale flavour.


Price and Availability

Swensen's SG50 Moon Gems Mooncake Collection is priced at $35.80 for a box of 4 (with choice of flavours). It is available from 14 August 2015 to 27 September 2015 at all Swensen's and Earle Swensen's outlets

Credit Card Promotions

ANZ, BOC, Citibank, Diners, HSBC, Maybank, OCBC, Standard Chartered Bank, and UOB cardholders can enjoy an early bird special of 15% discount before 15 September 2015 and a 10% discount thereafter till 27 September 2015.

Swensen's Cool Rewards & Kids' Club members can enjoy 20% early bird special before 15 September 2015 & 15% discount thereafter till 27 September 2015.


GIVEAWAY

Swensen's is giving away 1 box of SG50 Moon Gems Mooncake, worth $35.80, to one lucky winner.

Just complete all the steps below to win! Giveaway ends Monday, 31 August 2015, 2359 hrs. Winner will have to self collect the mooncake from any Swensen's outlets by 6 September 2015.

To Win, 
1) Like The Js Arena
3) Like and share this facebook post. Remember to set your post to public.
4) Comment on this facebook post naming one of the new dishes from the breakfast menu and tag 3 friends.

Bonus entries. These are not compulsory but you could earn bonus entries to increase your chance of winning.
1) Follow @TheJsArena on Instagram.
2) Repost the Giveaway photo and hashtag #thejsarenagiveaway on Instagram.

Terms and Conditions:
1. Giveaway ends on Monday, 31 August 2015, 2359 hours (Singapore time)
2. Winner will have to self collect the mooncake from any Swensen's outlets by 6 September 2015.
3. All entries have to be completed. Incomplete or invalid entries will be disqualified without notice.
4. Limited to one winner per household.
5. Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
6. We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice.


About Swensen's Singapore

A household name in Singapore, Swensen’s is synonymous with sweet memories of good times spent with loved ones. It first arrived in Singapore with the opening of a 200-seater restaurant at Thomson Plaza in 1979, and has since won the hearts of many with its warm, unpretentious ambience and a casual atmosphere. Over the years it has developed to become a restaurant chain offering not just ice cream, but fun and friendly casual-dining with a wide selection of hearty food, desserts, beverages, ice cream cakes and takeaway novelties. Today, Swensen’s has expanded to over 20 full-service restaurants serving an all-day menu of food and ice cream sundaes, and continues to bring people together for hearty meals and shared memories.



Disclaimer: We were invited to a food tasting at Swensen's for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was involved. All opinions, texts and photos are mine, unless otherwise stated.

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My Journey, My Home

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

We had just celebrated Singapore's 50th birthday. Happy Birthday Singapore! Check out what we did over the long weekend

Singapore has come a long way since her independence 50 years ago. Given the amount of time and effort that everyone has put into the celebration of her birthday, we can see how much Singapore's golden jubilee means to everyone in Singapore. 

What does Singapore's golden jubilee mean to you?

For us, we are extremely grateful that Singapore is a safe country to live in. We can walk the streets late at night and can be pretty sure that we will reach home safely. Healthcare is also another aspect that means so much to us. When the boys are sick, I know I can find a doctor even if it is in the middle of the night. We do not have a car and we are glad that the government has not forsaken people like us and give us a great public transportation system so that we can still get around Singapore. How about the parks and gardens that allows our kids to run and play freely?

Just like the lyrics from this year's national day theme song, Our Singapore, this is 'Our home, Our heart, Our Singapore'.

In celebration of SG50, EZ-Link, Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) and National Arts Council (NAC) jointly organised an EZ-Link card design competition. The theme of the art competition is 'My Journey, My Home' where the public is invited to illustrate what Singapore's golden jubilee means to them. 

The competition received many entries, but four art pieces eventually emerged as the final winners. These winning designs will be printed on 200,000 EZ-Link cards and are available for sale at all TransitLink Ticket Offices islandwide.    

The winners with their designed EZ-Link cards. Credit: EZ-Link Facebook

Let me share with you the winning designs from these talented artists.

By Tang Chun Kit Matthew Hubert, 11 years old (DAS Category, aged 12 or below)

By William Choo, 15 years old (DAS Category, aged 13 to 25)

By Neo Hui-Shyan, 11 years old (Open Category, aged 12 or below)

By Nur Amalia Bte Kamal, 16 years old (Open Category, aged 13 to 25)

As you can see above, each of the winning pieces have their own stories. They show the development of Singapore from the past to the present and also the icons of our beautiful island. I think these cards would be a good keepsake for us to remember how difficult it was for us to achieve what we have today. They also bring back the memories from our good old days. Our future generations might also think how is it possible that we are travelling on buses and trains and they could possibly fly!

As part of the support for children with dyslexia, EZ-Link will contribute part of the sale proceeds to DAS. The raised funds will help to provide financial assistance to these children, providing learning support to students who may not be able to afford the programmes without financial support. While many of us have benefited from the progress of Singapore, why not do our part to help those in need? These special commemorative SG50 EZ-Link cards are available for sale at all TransitLink Ticket Offices islandwide.    

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Our SG50 Jubilee Weekend

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

And we have come to the end of the 4 days long weekend. The whole nation has prepared so hard for this big party for our country, Singapore. Of course, this is not the end, we are looking towards SG100! Not sure if I will still be around to witness the next grand milestone of our nation.

Although, we didn't managed to visit all the places we would like to go, we had a very fulfilling weekend. A pity that we didn't managed to take much photos, because our hands are full with the boys and our barang barang.

Day 1: National Museum + Gardens by the Bay

We wanted to go to the Science Centre, but went I checked its FB page, it says all the session for KidsStop and Omni-theatre are fully redeemed. =( Plus, it was a rainy day.

So we lazed around at home until my parents called in the afternoon and we all went to the National Museum. Masak Masak was still on and it is ending that weekend. We also caught Singapura: 700 Years and 50 Made in Singapore Products. The best part for the boys was playing on this merry-go-round. It is an ironic that during my younger days, we hopped on and off without much thoughts, while now I am so paranoid that the boys would fall off the merry-go-round, despite them sitting down and holding on to the bar.


We then had an early dinner at a very famous claypot rice at Chinatown and ended the night at Gardens by the Bay. 

We were waiting at these trees for the SG50 Garden Rhapsody. It was until the very last 5 minutes that we realised that we were waiting at the wrong tree! Gasp, we quickly make our way to the correct Supertree Grove and were just in time to watch the light display. 


We stood there and watched the lights danced along to the familiar Singapore's songs, followed by a glimpse of a short fireworks from the Marina Bay area which was largely blocked by MBS. We reached home feeling drained and still wanting to try Science Centre again the next day.


Day 2: ArtScience Museum + Fireworks

We woke up late and by the time we were done with the preparations, Science Centre was full again. I heard that the queue started as early as 7am! Big J was upset because we said we will be going to the Science Centre today. I promised him that we will go the next time when it is not so crowded.

So we changed our plans to ArtScience Museum. When we reached, there was already a very long queue. We joined the queue with our Singapore spirit of queuing. After an hour plus, we were in, a much shorter wait than I was expecting.

We went to the Singapore STories: Then, Now, Tomorrow exhibit first. We learnt about the many stories of Singapore from the past till now from the Straits Times cutting shown in the exhibit. This exhibition is free and is available till 4 Oct 2015.


Pondering about their future

After this, we proceed to the DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition. We saw lots of displays of the characters from many DreamWorks movie and how the final animations that we saw are first created from sketches. My favourite is the Dragon Flight show, though I feel a bit giddy after the show. 


Next at The Deep, we get to know more about the life in the deep sea. We saw lots of weird looking sea creatures and some are really scary looking, in my opinion. 

After the exhibitions, we had our late lunch and decided to stay on to catch the fireworks later at night. We walked around MBS, bought some tidbits to munch on later and had an early dinner. We then settle down at the events plaza and chopped a nice place to catch the fireworks. The boys ran around, had our snacks and watched Singapore Chinese Orchestral performance. And of course the fireworks! No photos taken because phone was dead but it was great that we could fully immerse in the moment.



Day 3: NDP

We woke up late again and I checked Science Centre's FB. As expected, it was full again. We stayed at home. I worked on my busy bags exchange, which are coming due soon and I still have a lot to do. The boys had their nap before we made our way to hubby's office to watch the NDP. After the celebration, we took a super crowded MRT home. We were super tired after 3 days of activities and decided that we shall skip Sentosa which we had initially planned for Day 4.





Day 4: Resting at home

There is free cable car rides on this day. We had initially planned to go Sentosa on this day but decided against it because we were super tired from the previous days of activities. I came to know that the queue for the cable car is insane and it was also crowded in Sentosa. We rested and try to recover our energy before we are back to our normal routine the next day. 

However, we still slipped out to Jurong Birdpark for a short play.


We are very thankful for what our forefathers and the pioneers had done for Singapore. It is a blessing that we have a clean and green country, easy access to healthcare and most importantly, a safe environment for us and our children to grow up in. We hope Singapore will continue to prosper and everyone to stay happy, healthy and safe.

We hope you have enjoyed your Jubilee weekend too. To the next long holidays!

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Rockin' Drypers Drypantz

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Small J is finally toilet-trained for the daytime! Yeah... happy dance for us! Because this means more savings from buying less diapers. At home, he usually doesn't wear a diaper. He will tell us if he needs to go to the potty.

However, we still let him put on a diaper when he is sleeping or when we are going out. There is too much excitement outdoors that he might just forget to tell us or we might not find a toilet in time. 

For that, we love Drypers Drypantz. I remember when we first put on the pants for him, he was laughing away because it was something different from his usual tape diaper. Maybe he thought it was very cool, ya?

Checking out his pants

Small J shows us that he is ready to be toilet-trained when he first started telling us 'poo poo'. No thanks to always seeing KorKor going to the toilet. During the beginning days of toilet training, we used the normal tape diaper. Whenever he needs to go to the toilet, we must bring him there at a lightning speed. Then, we have to fumble with the tape and find a place to put down the diaper, before we can bring him up to sit on the toilet seat. After he has finished using the toilet, we will have to lay him down on the play mat or sofa to help him put on the diaper again. During those days, I was thinking 'hey... why not just pee on the diaper?'

When we are out, there are more troubles with tape diapers. We are not able to leave the taken-off diaper anywhere we like, due to the toilet being dirty or wet. To put it back on is another big ordeal as there is no place for him to lie down. I have not mastered the skill of wearing a tape diaper standing up though.

Finally, we changed him to Drypers Drypantz. Toileting is now a breeze. We just need to pull down the pants when he needs to use the toilet and pull it back up when he is done. Just like wearing normal shorts! I like the Comfort Fit™ in the waist and that the elastic is not too tight to leave deep and uncomfortable marks on his waist. Nor is it too loose that the pants will sag down after wearing it for a long time.

The cloth-like waistband is so soft and comfortable to Small J's delicate skin 

We know how hot and humid Singapore is, especially when we are outdoors. Imagine how uncomfortable it will be for a toddler to wear a diaper while still being active? I'm glad that Drypers Drypantz comes with Activ-Core™ that helps to quickly absorb urine, prevent flow-back and provide up to 10 hours of longer-lasting dryness, so that Small J is always feeling dry. Furthermore, to protect the little ones' delicate skin, Drypantz contains Aloe Vera, Olive Extracts, Chamomile and Vitamin E, all helping to keep his skin feeling comfortable.

On weekends, we love to go out as a family and there are many instances when we are out for more than 10 hours. With Drypers Drypantz, toileting in public places is so much easier. Back at home, when I took off his diapers, his skin is still feeling dry and there are no significant red marks. Best of all, we have not experienced any leakages with Drypantz!

Drypers Drypantz Rocks!!

This year, Drypers is launching its Drypers Drypantz mega pack. This is so convenient for busy parents because a pack of pants can now last longer and there is no need to run to the supermarket to grab a new pack so frequently. The mega pack is also more value for money!

You can get a limited edition of the Drypers Drypantz mega pack which comes with a rock themed packaging and a FOC sleeveless shirt for kids at selected Giant and FairPrice outlets, while stocks last.



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Contest

Amazed by the rockin' comfort provided by Drypers Drypantz? Here's your chance to win a rockin' 2 days 1 night staycation in the Drypers Rock Themed Room at Hard Rock Hotel.


1) Snap a picture of your baby (0-36 months) wearing Drypantz with the best rocker's pose.
2) Think of a cool caption and hashtag #Drypantz and #diapers
3) Upload the photo to Drypers Singapore Facebook contest page.

Grand Prize
1 winner per week will win a 2D1N Staycation at Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa. The stay includes breakfast for two persons. 1 winner will be chosen each week, there will be 6 lucky winners for the whole contest period.

Consolation Prize
3 winners per week will win a designer bag worth $162.

Contest period: 13 July 2015 – 23 August 2015
For more information and rules and regulations, check out the contest page or Drypers Singapore Facebook page.

In conjunction with the contest, Drypers engagers who are dressed up like rockers will be roving around selected shopping malls to spread the news of the contest. You can take photos with them and upload them onto any social media platform to get a Drypers 10s Wet Wipes in return. Do check out Drypers Singapore Facebook page for more details.


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Have a Rockin' Staycation

We know how difficult it is to pack for a staycation, especially when you have a baby to bring along. But fret not, because Drypers has taken care of some of your headaches. We had a sneak peek at the unique Drypers Rock Themed Room.

The lucky winner will get to stay in the Deluxe King room at Hard Rock Hotel. It comes with a king-sized bed and a pullout bed below it. Check out our review of Hard Rock Hotel during one of our staycation and a checklist of what to bring for a staycation.

Notice all the goodies on the bed? These are all generously provided by Drypers and yes, you can bring them home. (PS, the pillows, cot, bumper, comforter belongs to the hotel.)

Bed full of goodies!

Rock star t-shirts for the family

Props for the photo-taking and social media fanatics

Drypers cutie cushions

A pack of Drypers Drypantz

A guitar plushie to accompany the little rock star

Toiletries and baby wipes for the little ones.
Included here are the baby head-to-toe wash, baby talcum, baby shampoo and baby bath.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Drypers. All opinions, texts and photos are mine.

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Rise & Shine Festival 2015 + Giveaway

Monday, 3 August 2015

The annual Rise & Shine Festival 2015 is back again. This year, the event will be held from  28 to 30 August at Suntec Convention Hall 401 - 404. 


In this 3-days event, there will be loads of exciting programmes happening such as:
  • Kids Workshops
  • Parenting Seminars
  • Toy & Book fair
  • Educational / Enrichment fair
  • Meet & Greet with Sesame Stree (Elmo & Cookie Monster) and Pororo

More details of the Rise & Shine Festival 2015 can be found here.

GIVEAWAY

We are giving away 5 pair of tickets to the following parenting seminars. Winners can choose which seminar they would like to attend.

1) The Secrets To Raising A Healthier, Smarter Child


Date: Saturday, 29 August 2015
Time: 3:30pm – 7:00pm
Venue: Suntec Convention Room 300 – 302
Fee: $30/Couple, $20/Single
Registration: http://riseandshine.com.sg/seminar-the-secrets

Details of this seminar can be found here.


2) Getting Results in Teaching your Child


Date: Sunday, 30 August 2015
Time 11:30am – 2:30pm
Venue: Suntec Convention Room 300 – 302
Registration: http://riseandshine.com.sg/seminar-key-getting-result-in-teaching-your-child

Details of this seminar can be found here.

Just complete all the steps below to win! Giveaway ends Monday, 9 August 2015, 2359hours (Singapore time).

To Win, 
1) Like The Js Arena
2) Like Rise & Shine
3) Like and share this facebook post. Remember to set your post to public.
4) Comment on this facebook post with the seminar you would wish to attend and tag 3 friends.

Terms and Conditions:
1. Giveaway ends on Sunday, 9 August 2015, 2359 hours (Singapore time)
2. Open to Singapore residents only.
3. All entries have to be completed. Incomplete or invalid entries will be disqualified without notice.
4. Limited to one winner per household.
5. Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
6. We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice.

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