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Leyun Curious 乐云快乐班 Mandarin Programme

Saturday, 30 January 2016

I previously shared about Small J going for his first Mandarin class at Sparkanauts -乐云快乐班. Time flies, now we have finished a term! We thoroughly enjoyed the class and I'm pleased with his progress. You may read about the details of the class here.

One of the greatest improvement I have noticed is J speaking more Mandarin. He is also able to say his Chinese name. Of course, I can't say it is all due to the class at Leyun, though they do play a role in cultivating his interest in the language. His teacher has told us that the best way to learn the language is to speak more and listen more. Back at home, we do speak Mandarin, read Chinese books and watch Chinese shows. 


Every week, the children will be doing a hands-on craft that is related to the theme of the week. We don't do much crafty stuffs at home so I think this is a very good opportunity for us to bond over some crafts. Apart from learning about the theme, sensory and fine motor skills are integrated as part of the crafts.


Of course, J is no longer a stranger to the gross motor circuit. With the extra practices from his Junior Pilot class, he is a pro at this. He is so much confident in overcoming the circuit. Look at that big jump! Sorry for the blurry photo though.


Another amazing part of the class is the 汉语拼音 segment. In this segment, children are introduced to the phonetic sounds using a rhyme and with actions that goes along with it. The catchy rhyme and exaggerate actions certainly helps to capture the children's concentration. In fact most of the children are able to sit through it, no matter how distracted they were previously. 

One day, I tried saying the rhyme to J and surprisingly, he knows how to say it! I am amazed!.
Me: 嘴巴张大
J: A, A, A
Me: 公鸡一叫
J: O, O, O
Me: 妈妈洗衣
J: I, I, I


Similar to his Junior Pilot class, we are so going to miss going school together. I really treasure the 1-on-1 time spent with him. Small J has always been looking forward to going to school. Even now as we past by any preschools, he will say he wants to go to school to find his friends.


Unlike the Sparkanauts Junior Pilot class, Leyun programme do not have any take-home materials. I really like the Parent-Child Bonding Package given in the Sparkanauts Junior Pilot class because it allows parent to reinforce the learning back at home. I wish the same could be done for the Leyun class too.

Small J attended 乐云快乐班 (Curious), which is for 18 to 36 months. There are other 乐云 classes for different age group. If you would like to try out the 乐云 classes, check out here for more details (scroll to the bottom). 

Sparkanauts
Address: 293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, SAFRA Toa Payoh, #02-01, Singapore 319387
Contact: 6259 0307
Email: info@sparkanauts.com
Website: www.sparkanauts.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sparkanauts
Operating Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9am to 5pm


GIVEAWAY

Sparkanauts is generously giving away 5 Leyun programme trial passes worth $48 each to 5 lucky readers.


Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below to win! Giveaway ends Monday, 8 February 2016, 11:59pm.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions:
1. Giveaway ends on Monday, 8 February 2016, 2359 hours (Singapore time)
2. This giveaway is for first-time Sparkanauts students only.
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.

Disclaimer: We were invited to attend the classes at Sparkanauts for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was involved. All opinions, texts and photos are mine.

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Personal Consultation at D'Elegance (Review & Free Consultation)

Monday, 25 January 2016

Chinese New Year is coming! It is one of the festival that I really look forward to. However, there is one little thing which I don't really fancy, the buying of new clothes. You must be thinking which girl doesn't like shopping? Well... I did enjoy shopping for new clothes before my status was upgraded to a Mom. After acquiring this new title, shopping is not as enjoyable as before, because I always can't seem to find clothes suitable for me.

My tummy never return to its flat state, hip area has expanded, while the bust area didn't increase, except when I was breastfeeding. Think a thin pear! Lol! I have turned to wearing loose fitting clothes to hide the tummy fats. Good-bye tight fitting dresses... =(

To be honest, I don't really mind my current body shape. In fact, I have been getting comments that I am still so slim even after two kids. However, I do wish that my tummy can be flatter and breast fuller. There are some special occasions where I'll need to fit into a dress and it is not going to look so nice with a bulging and flabby tummy.

I can't remember when, but I did went to buy a girdle hoping to hide my tummy fats. However, I only used it for a few days and decided that it was too uncomfortable for me and ditched it for good. 

When D'Elegance wrote to me about reviewing their range of shapewear, I was still undecided to take up the offer because I thought it is going to be uncomfortable and hard-selling. I am so glad that I didn't reject it because all these worries are needless. 


"Every woman deserves beautiful shapewear that fits so she can feel confident and comfortable all day long, at work or play."  - D'Elegance

Most of the shapewear that we see in the market are from the western countries. These are usually too hot and uncomfortable for our Asia climate and also doesn't fit well for our smaller body build. Henceforth, D'Elegance's founder, Ms Elida Teh specially designed and created her own range of shapewear that suits Asian women. D'Elegance was also featured on various magazines and Channel U's Ladies Nite. 

With the understanding that every woman is shaped differently, D'Elegance offer 1-to-1 personal consultation to ensure that you get the best fit. Here are 5 reasons why I really love the consultation session. 

1. SUPER NICE SHOWROOM & FITTING ROOM


The showroom is conveniently located at International Plaza which is just above Tanjong Pagar MRT. For the OLs working in the CBD area, you could just pop by during lunch hour. Do note you will need to make an appointment beforehand and make sure your boss doesn't mind you going for a long lunch break. Otherwise, you can go after working hours. My consultation took close to 2 hours, but that's because the consultation is super detailed and I took time to take photos.

Once you entered the showroom, you will feel that you are in a luxury showroom. Floor is carpeted and there is a nice table and chairs at the reception area for you to sit down. I sat on the comfortable chair to fill in my consultation form.


I was privileged to have Ms Elida to be my consultant. After filling in the form, she showed me to the fitting room where we will be having our fitting session. The fitting room is big. At the corner of the room, is the changing area. There is a platform with two big mirrors and curtains. A small table and two armchairs are also placed in the fitting room for the consultation. I was served a nice pot of tea while listening to the presentation by Ms Elida.

The lighting in this photo is very bright but during the consultation, warm light is used instead. The whole ambience is very cosy and warm, with soft music playing in the playground.


2. AN EXCLUSIVE & INTIMATE SESSION

My experiences of buying intimate wear at department stores were not so wonderful. You know, the staff with super eye power, thinking that she knows your size without measuring. Or moments when she shouted out your measurements and you trying to hide your face from the crowd. And perhaps, the feeling of awkwardness in the fitting room because she is busy attending to other customers at the same time.

At D'Elegance, the consultation is 1-to-1. That means you will be the only customer in the showroom and will be getting full 100% attention from the consultant. Isn't this like a VIP treatment? The whole session is done in the privacy of the fitting room, behind closed doors so you can confide your concerns to the consultant without any worries.

3. USEFUL ADVICES & TIPS

After changing into a gown and robe, I eased myself onto the armchair and listen to a presentation by Ms Elida.


During the presentation, I learnt about why our body shape changes, all thanks to Newton and hormones. Although our body shape may change, it is not the end of the world. Wearing a good set of undergarment or shapewear and with the proper way of wearing them, will provide good support and hold our body in shape. Over a long period, shapewear can actually help to sculpt our body to a better shape. Once you see yourself in better shape, your confidence level will increase too. It could even entice you to adopt a healthier diet and lifestyle to achieve that stunning silhouette you always wished for.

Ms Elida is a very amiable and friendly lady. Throughout the session, she shared a lot of her experiences and valuable tips with me. She also emphasised that I should take good care of my body and don't wait till I'm too old to regret. This is really a 一言惊醒梦中人 moment for me. I have to admit that I don't really take good care of my own body. I do not have a regular beauty or exercise routine and I don't control my diet too.

4. PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

After our short chat, it's time to get the measurements. I do not like to have my measurements taken because I ever came across some salesperson who likes to comment about my size, which made me feel uneasy. Ms Elida measured me very detailed and swiftly. Seeing the way she did the measurements, I knew she must be doing this for so many years. She did not talk about the numbers during the measurement, so I don't have to feel embarrassed with my not-so-perfect body.

After the measurement, she went out of the room to get different type of shapewear for me to try on - bra, bodysuit, girdle, corset, etc.  I do not know how to put on the shapewear correctly and I was so glad that Ms Elida was waiting in the room. She helped me with it and she did it with much professionalism that I did not feel embarrassed or uncomfortable at all. She also provided tips on how to put on the shapewear and how to adjust my body fats to enhance my body shape.

While trying on each piece of shapewear, Ms Elida explained how they are different and how they work on different parts of the body. She won't hesitate to bring more pieces for me to try. In fact, I think I tried almost all the different types of shapewear in the showroom.

5. INSTANT RESULTS WITHOUT SWEAT

After putting on the shapewear, I could instantly feel the difference - my tummy is flatter and my bust is fuller. I did not feel uncomfortable in the shapewear, I could still breath as per normal! Ms Elida then helped me to take another set of measurements to compare the results after wearing the shapewear. I was totally blown away with the numbers. My waist and abdomen line lost a total of 7cm, my bust is fuller and higher, the length of my leg even increased 2cm!

In the chart below, the red hexagon is my ideal body shape. The blue solid line is my current shape and the dotted line is my shape after wearing the shapewear. From this, I can see that my problem lies in my waist line and my small top.


I tried to put on my shorts with the shapewear and my shorts instantly became looser at the waist. Isn't that amazing, I can achieve a flatter tummy instantly without sweat or going on a hunger strike. This is so useful when you have an important dinner or event to attend and need to wear a nice looking dress.

For all of you who are still thinking of how to look better this Chinese New Year, I would strongly recommend D'Elegance to you. Do stay tune for my next post where I will share more about the shapewear I went home with.



FREE CONSULTATION

To encourage you to take the first step towards achieving a better shape, D'Elegance is giving a free consultation, worth $100, to all our readers. And if you decided to make a purchase, there will also be a 5% discount on your first purchase. Simply quote 'The Js Arena' when you are making the appointment.

D'Elegance
10 Anson Road #03-15/16
International Plaza
Singapore 079903

Tel: 6226 3013
Web: http://www.delegance.com.sg
FB: https://www.facebook.com/delegance.shapewear


Disclaimer: I was invited to a free consultation session with D'Elegance and products for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was involved. All opinions, texts and photos are mine.

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Sparkanauts: Then and Now

Thursday, 7 January 2016

It has been one month since Small J attended his final class at Sparkanauts. We always take the train to Sparkanauts and that is a 1.5 hour trip there and another 1.5 hour back. Though the journey is long, he is always looking forward to the class and I greatly treasure the 1-to-1 moments that we spent together. Sobs... I am already missing the time spend alone with him. It is rare that Big J is not around to 'fight' for attention from me.

J has really progressed a lot since he first started back in April 2015. I can still vividly remember how he was so clingy and couldn't stop crying. Fast forward half a year later, he became a happy toddler and always excited to go to Sparkanauts.

First day: Looking unsure and needed a pacifier to calm him down.
Now: Happily showing his trophy and always eager for class.

Sparkanauts prides itself on its holistic curriculum of a balance between physical and intellectual acitivities. I am glad that Small J has developed well on both of these aspects. 

Intellectually, he is able to match the words to the pictures. He is also able to count the number of fruits he has collected after the fruit relay. He has learnt lots of new words  

Matching the word to the picture

Super happy with his tuxedo

Counting the number of fruits he has collected

On his motor skills, he has become much more confident and can do the circuit time all by himself. He can even swing on the trapeze without the support from the teacher. Although I was super worried that he will fall. 

Trying to jump over the little fence

Walking by himself on the balancing beam

Swinging on the trapeze.
He is able to hold on without the support of the teacher.

Thank you Sparkanauts for giving us a chance to fully enjoy the class and playing a part in Small J's growing up journey. 

With his favourite teachers, Teacher Amanda and Teacher Rachel

If you would like to give Sparkanauts a try, which I strongly feel you should, do drop them an email or give them a call to arrange for a trial. You could also read about our experiences at here.

Sparkanauts
Address: 293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, SAFRA Toa Payoh, #02-01, Singapore 319387
Contact: 6259 0307
Email: info@sparkanauts.com
Website: www.sparkanauts.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sparkanauts
Operating Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9am to 5pm


GIVEAWAY

Sparkanauts is generously giving away 3 trial passes worth $58 each to 3 lucky readers of The Js Arena.


Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below to win! Giveaway ends Monday, 18 January 2016, 11:59pm.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions:
1. Giveaway ends on Monday, 18 January 2016, 2359 hours (Singapore time)
2. This giveaway is for first-time Sparkanauts students only.
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.

Disclaimer: We were invited to attend the classes at Sparkanauts for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was involved. All opinions, texts and photos are mine.

If you enjoy reading this post, I would be glad if you could follow me on Facebook or Instagram. You could also subscribe to my newsletter (on the left hand column) and be updated of my latest post.


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