Friday, May 19, 2017

NDP 2017 Special: #OneNationTogether

Media Coverage

Some of you may not know this, but I am not born in Singapore. I was born in Malaysia and lived there for about three years before I came to Singapore with my parents. But I am a true blue Singaporean in every sense of the word because I grew up and lived my entire life here the last 30 over years, and am really proud to be called a Singaporean. There are many things I love about Singapore and when it comes to the month of August every year, I celebrate the victories and unity of our nation on National Day with great pride and joy. So far, I’ve only made it to the National Day Parade live once when my kids were still little, but that experience was so wonderful that I still reminiscence it every now and then. Yup, that’s Jayne enjoying herself on that day 7 years ago!

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If you’ve been to any of the National Day parades before, you know what I’m talking about – The emotions, pride and joy you feel as a Singaporean at a NDP is indescribable and nothing quite like watching it on the TV – I say every Singaporean should attend the NDP live at least once in their lifetime! Obviously, I’m not the only one who thinks that way – The balloting for the tickets is hot every year! (Don’t say I bojio: Balloting starts next week!!!!)

In less than three months’ time, we will be celebrating our nation’s 52nd birthday once again, and this year’s NDP will be back at the Floating Platform. Can’t wait to dress up all in red and have a wonderful celebration with fellow Singaporeans on that day!!

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Credit: NDP 2017 Organizing Committee  

At the first NDP 2017 media conference which happened yesterday, the theme, logo and song were revealed!

THEME – #OneNationTogether

#OneNationTogether is the theme for NDP 2017 and I think that is so apt for a nation like ours. We have also prided ourselves to be a country with great racial and religious harmony, where people from all walks of life, beliefs and backgrounds can dwell happily together with no conflicts. On National Day, this is certainly a uniqueness that we can celebrate together. The future may be full of challenges and uncertainties, but when a nation unites together and puts aside all our differences, there is really nothing we cannot overcome together. I believe that Singapore has a bright future and every Singaporean has a part to play in that. :)

Interestingly, the hash symbol (#) has been incorporated into the NDP theme for the very first time. Not only is this encouraging Singaporeans to display their love for the nation on social media platforms, the hash symbol is also symbolic of home because most Singaporean home addresses have this symbol. Did you know that Singapore is the only country in the world that uses the hash symbol in our addresses?  This is truly #uniquelySingapore.=D

LOGO – Interlocking Hands

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This year’s NDP logo features four hands clasped and interlocked with each other in unity. The logo is inspired by the iconic image on Singapore’s first ten dollar Orchid series note launched in 1967.

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The intertwined hands symbolise Singaporeans from all walks of life setting aside their differences, and coming together with the conviction of building a better Singapore of tomorrow. It also reflects the important role that racial harmony has played in our 52 years of nation building. Red is the primary colour of the logo, reflecting our celebratory mood as we commemorate Singapore’s 52nd year of independence. It also represents the unwavering determination and passion of our people. The white in the logo symbolises the everlasting purity and virtue of our nation. The image of our island, nestled in the centre of the four hands, represents the special place that Singapore will hold in the hearts of all Singaporeans.

 
Credit: NDP 2017 Organizing Committee  

Theme Song – “Because It’s Singapore!”

I look forward to the unveiling of the theme song for NDP every year. While I love many of the previous theme songs that I grew up singing such as “Count On Me, Singapore” and “Stand Up For Singapore”, the newer theme songs always surprise me with their lovely melodies and meaningful lyrics. This year is no exception – “Because It’s Singapore” is jointly produced by Jay Lim (singer and lyricist) and Lee Wei Song (composer), and they hope to touch the hearts of fellow Singaporeans through the joy of music that is simple and moving.


Credit: NDP 2017 Organizing Committee  

Enjoy the song performed live at the media conference yesterday!

Title: Because It’s Singapore
Music and Lyrics by Jay Lim


Step by Step
Together we’ll build our dreams
Heart to heart
Together we’ll stay as one nation, undivided
Back to back Together we’ll brave the heat, the cold, the storms
Hand in hand Together we’ll grow this land that we call home

Nothing in this world compares
It’s our Singaporean Life
Everyone is family, friend and neighbour
Living in harmony

Nothing in this world compares
To this island where it’s home
Where we love and know we’ll never be alone
Because it’s Singapore (Just Believe)
This is Singapore (We Can Be)
Our Singapore (The world will see)
We are Singapore


Send Your Wishes For Singapore!

Want to send in your wishes for Singapore’s 52nd birthday? You are invited to tag your photos, well-wishes, reflections or stories on your personal social media platforms and/or NDP social platforms such as Facebook (www.facebook.com/ndpeeps), Instagram (@ndpeeps_2017) and Twitter(@NDPeeps), with the following hashtags: #OneNationTogether, #NDP2017, #NDP17, #SG52. The hash-tagged photos, well-wishes, reflections or stories will be compiled and published on the official NDP website (www.ndp.org.sg). :)

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Stay tuned for more updates on NDP2017 that will be progressively revealed as we draw near to the celebration event in August, and I have some special giveaways coming up in my next few posts too! =D

Disclosure: This is part of a series of publicity posts done in collaboration with the NDP2017 Organizing Committee.

Friday, May 12, 2017

5 Unique Features Of An Amazonia Party Experience!

Sponsored Review

My kids love a good party, so every year, we try to do something different on their birthdays. This year, we decided to do a combined birthday party for them since their birthdays are only a month apart. We chose a midway point and had a birthday party last Sunday at Amazonia Indoor Playground. The kids had only been to Amazonia Indoor Playground once before this, and they couldn’t stop raving about how fun the place was since then, so it was their Number One choice of venue for their birthday party this year. I’m glad we did so – My kids, as well as their friends, had a blast of a time! I had many parents coming to me after the party, telling me how much fun they had! I was certainly glad they did. :)

There are many indoor playgrounds in Singapore and if you are planning on a party at such a venue, I have to say, hosting your birthday party at Amazonia is a brilliant idea because you get 5 unique features in one place – That’s like paying a price and getting 5 different experiences all at one go! If you know your Math, you should know how worthwhile that is. =)

1. 4D Themed Decorated Party Rooms

Yes, this is the only indoor playground with such elaborate party room setup in Singapore. The girls’ party room has got horse carriages as seats, while the boys’ room has got racing cars! Initially, we were only booked for the girls’ room, but because the boys’ room happened to be available last minute as well, our host opened up both rooms for us to use! Very glad for the extra space for the kids to run around, and the parents to hang out too!

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I imagine it must be a very magical experience for the kids, to have their meals in the carriages and racing cars. Just look at all their big smiles! =D

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The good thing about such a setup is that you don’t have to crack your head about decorations. This makes for a really fuss-free party experience, and that’s good I say! All I did was to do up simple calligraphy pieces with my kids’ names and hang them up using paper frames by Masons Home Decor, and it looks good enough!

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Close-up of the pieces I did for the party. Doesn’t take much to dress up a party, does it? :)

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2. Space Ball

Depending on the package you choose, Amazonia Parties can include Space Ball and 3D Glow Golf games for the guests, both of which are unique to Amazonia Indoor Playground. In the Space Ball room, the kids were split into two teams and took turns to shoot the target boards of their opponents’ team. It was so much fun!

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Don’t worry about safety issues because the balls used here are all soft and spongy, and won’t hurt a bit even if you are hit by it! The party host would dim the lights and everything starts glowing in the dark, making it even more fun.

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3. 3D Glow Golf

This is another unique feature that you can only find in Amazonia Indoor Playground. Using golf sticks, the kids have to navigate through different obstacle golf courses in the dark, with glow-in-the-dark installations that move and make sounds!

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4. Four-Storey-High Play Structure

In between different programmes during the party, the kids are free to roam and play in the four-storey play structure inside Amazonia Indoor Playground. This is the biggest and tallest in Singapore, and don’t say I don’t warn you, parents – If you follow your kids in, you have to be extra flexible, agile and fast to catch up with them! It’s amazing how good in directions the kids become once they enter an indoor playground! Also, get ready for adrenaline rush when sliding down those long slides! I am amazed how the kids can go over and over again consecutively! Even my Joey and her friends, who are 11 years old, love running up and down the structure. And don’t worry, the structure has been tested to be able to withstand weight of both parents and kids, so it is absolutely safe.

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5. Outdoor Trampoline!

Now, how many indoor playgrounds come with an outdoor extension as well? Amazonia Indoor Playground not only has an outdoor element, it is the very in-trend trampoline jump & bounce area! The kids went crazy over here, I tell ya! There is always a staff to ensure that only a certain number can play at any one time and to control any dangerous stunts that the kids may attempt. With their supervision, you can be assured to let your kids play! This can of course be included in your party package as well. :)

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So, what did I say? Having a party at Amazonia is like having a 5-in-1 party, where the kids can try different activities and games, and have so much fun. This is definitely more fun and unique than a typical birthday party where you play the usual party games. My 11-year-old came to me after the party and said, “Thank God we didn’t have to play any of those lame party games, Mom. Thank you very much.” =P

Amazonia Indoor Playground has many different party packages for you to choose from, depending on your preference and budget. You can opt to have a magic shows, Science performances, laser tag and even wildlife appearance at your party where you can come up, close and personal with live animals such as snake or even crocodile! Sounds amazing, isn’t it? Find out more here.

Of course, what’s a party without cakes and singing of the birthday song, right? Our party host gathered the kids together and led them in the whole celebration, as well as photo-taking. It’s always easier when there is a host around, don’t you think? =P

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Amazonia prepared food for the kids, and I got my mom to make some macaroons, which were surprisingly quite a hit with the kids!

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Finally, a video summary of what happened during the party! It aptly sums up our Amazonia Party experience! =D

So, did the kids enjoy themselves? YOU BET THEY DID! They left the party claiming that it was the best birthday party they’ve ever had, and even after the party, various parents told me how much fun their kids had. We are so glad everyone had fun – Big thanks to Amazonia Indoor Playground for hosting our party and making it a memorable event for everyone.

Planning a party soon? Check out Amazonia Indoor Playground or contact them to find out more. :)

AMAZONIA
Great World City Mall
level 3 Unit #03-08
1 Kim Seng Promenade
Singapore 237994
http://www.amazoniafun.com/parties/

References:
1. 95% of the photographs used in this post are taken by Joshua Pwee Photography.
2. Birthday cakes are courtesy of Emicakes. (http://www.jbabiesinthedaisies.com/2017/05/emicakes-for-every-occasion.html)
3. Paper frame decorations are courtesy of Masons Home Decor.

Disclosure: Amazonia Indoor Playground sponsored a Classic Party package for review purpose on the blog. Food for the party was paid for by The J Babies. All photographs and opinions presented in this post are property of this blog.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Emicakes For Every Occasion!

Product Review

When it comes to delicious cakes with fresh and abundant ingredients, the first name that comes to my mind is always Emicakes. There may be many other bakeries that make cakes with beautiful decorations and exquisite designs, but I always trust Emicakes if I want good quality cakes that would amaze my guests at any event. That was definitely the case at Joey & Jayne’s combined birthday party last weekend.

In my opinion, the birthday cakes make up a huge part of the whole party experience. For that few minutes at least, everyone’s attention would be on the birthday kids and the cakes when everyone sings the Happy Birthday song in unison. Thereafter, the birthday kids would take pride in serving the cakes to their guests who would savour them. Usually, when nobody says anything about the cake, you can assume it was just an okay cake with nothing to wow about, but when everyone starts praising how yummy the cake was and asking where the cake was from, you know you have hit jackpot. =D

So, since we did a combined celebration for my two girls, we decided to go with two cakes so that they can both blow out candles on their own cakes. Plus, these two girls can be as different as North & South poles when it comes to their taste buds, so having two cakes mean we can have two different flavours! If you do not yet know, Emicakes makes the BEST durian cakes ever, so if you are a fan of durian, you HAVE to try them! Joey loves durians and Jayne loves chocolates, so those were the two obvious choices for us. Check out their adorable cakes!!

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(Photo by Joshua Pwee Photography)

I first saw this design on Emicakes’ Facebook page and thought it was adorable! This was actually one of their Mother’s Day cake designs, but I couldn’t resist requesting for it for my party. Emicakes customised the colours of the bows to the kids’ favourite colours and made Joey’s cake with longer hair since she has longer hair than Jayne. They were perfect! You should have seen the kids’ expressions when the cakes were revealed to them on the day itself! =D

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(Photo by Joshua Pwee Photography)

The Mao Shan Wang cake had abundance of fresh durian puree, so every bite was bursting with the fragrance of my favourite fruit! I am not a gourmet but I thought the cream used in the cake was also durian flavoured, so everything just came together very nicely and perfectly. I took a huge slice and felt so satisfied! My durian-loving friends had high praise for the Mao Shan Wang cake – Even my mom who makes durian desserts and cakes herself couldn’t resist taking more than one slice! She’s a real critic when it comes to desserts, I would know! But she kept going on and on about how awesome the cake was - “It’s the real deal”, she says. =P

Jayne’s cake is filled with Chocolate Truffles, and according to the guests, was easily one of the best chocolate cakes they have ever eaten. I was too busy running around the party to try the chocolate truffle cake, but my girls tell me it’s perfect. Seeing the smiles on my guests’ faces, I think it must be true. Chocolate always makes us happy, doesn’t it? =D

Speaking of which, if you are thinking of where to get a sweet treat for your moms this coming Mother’s Day, I think you should look no further. Emicakes always deliver the best quality and you can be sure the whole family will enjoy the cakes together – young & old! Check out their selections for Mother’s Day:

The Mother’s Day Premium Cempadak cake is one of the recommendations – It’s unique and definitely delicious with all the fresh and sweet cempadak used. Expect one layer of cempedak mousse and another layer of premium cempedak filling in between soft & fluffy vanilla chiffon – Sounds amazing already??

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Another one of their recommended cakes this Mother’s Day is the Premium Pure Addiction Chocolate Cake, which comes with lots of chocolate treats on top of the cake! Such a happy cake for both the eyes and the tummy!

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If you are a Mao Shan Wang fan like me, you can always go for their signature cake – Guaranteed to satisfy!

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You can also opt to have the cake in some of their best-selling flavours such as yam, premium D24 or pure addiction (chocolate!). Depending on your preference, every flavour is bound to wow your taste buds.

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For the quirky at heart, you might like these new Emoji cake designs by Emicakes! More designs here.

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There are ongoing promotions for Mother’s Day cakes till 14 May, so make sure you make your orders asap! Delicious cakes cannot wait! :)

Website: http://emicakes.com.sg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Emicakes.com.sg/

Disclosure: The J Babies was sponsored two birthday cakes by Emicakes for purpose of review. Each cake measures 25cm and is suitable for 25 pax. No other financial compensation was received. All opinions presented in this post are solely ours (& our guests).