Friday, June 16, 2017

NDP 2017 Special: Highlights To Look Forward To!

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Looks like there is much for Singaporeans to look forward to for this year’s National Day Parade!!!

National Day is not just a time we celebrate the birthday of our nation together, it is also when we are reminded of our country’s capability in terms of military readiness, preparedness and unity. Two of the segments I always look forward to every year are the Parade & Ceremony (P&C) and Dynamic Defence Display (D3) segments. The P&C segment brings together Singaporeans from all walks of life, from both the uniformed and civilian sectors, in a demonstration of will and commitment to secure and defend our home. The D3 segment, put together by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the Home Team, underscores Singapore’s commitment and ability to defend itself against a spectrum of security threats. I always feel so proud of our nation when I see how united and committed the people are to building a safe and secure home for us all.


P&C SEGMENT

In conjunction with NS50 (50 years of National Service) this year, the P&C segment, involving about 2,000 participants from 31 marching contingents, will pay special tribute to national servicemen in recognition of their contributions as well as to their families and employers for their steadfast support for NS. You can expect to see an NS50 tribute video, a dynamic transformation by the Youth Uniformed Group contingents to form the words “NS50”, and a Salute from the Nation where the marching contingents will salute our national servicemen, their families and employers, with spectators at the parade invited to stand to join in the salute in unison. I think this would be such a meaningful segment because majority of our men have gone through National Service and as they think back about the two years of their lives spent in National Service, it’s bound to bring back fond memories.


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There are also many ‘firsts’ we can expect from this year’s NDP! The signature bomb burst during the P&C segment will be performed by an all Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) F-15SG fighter aircraft line-up, with two of the five F-15SGs flown by NSmen pilots. Singaporeans will also enjoy the largest military tattoo performance in NDP history comprising the Combined Band, the Silent Precision Drill Squad and for the first time, bagpipers from the Singapore Police Force (SPF) Women Police Pipes and Drums! Of course, the traditional celebratory elements such as the 21-Gun Presidential Gun Salute on the M3G military raft (my favourite part, definitely!), the Feu-deJoie, as well as the State Flag Flypast flown by an RSAF Chinook helicopter escorted by two AH-64D Apache helicopters, will be part of the programme this year.

D3 SEGMENT

After a two-year break, the D3 segment will return this year with a two-part showcase, with enhanced pyrotechnics! The first part underscores the role of the SAF as the guarantor of Singapore's sovereignty and independence. Singaporeans will witness an array of technologically-advanced assets from the Singapore Army, the Republic of Singapore Navy, and the RSAF – and the men and women who operate them – in a synergistic display of military might. The second part showcases Singapore’s whole-of-government and community approach in tackling security threats through a multi-agency counter-terrorism display shown for the first time in an NDP D3. It depicts how cyber security agencies deal with cyber-attacks, and how the SAF and the Home Team overcome multiple terrorist threats through swift and seamless coordination. It also emphasises the notion of community trust and vigilance for all Singaporeans to do their part in keeping our nation safe and emerge stronger in times of adversity.

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Involving over 500 participants, the D3 segment will feature more than 50 assets – the largest number in the history of NDP D3 – with the SAF’s Belrex Protected Combat Support Vehicle, Peacekeeper Protected Response Vehicle and Heron 1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle; the SPF’s Tactical Response Motorcycle and Tactical Response Vehicle; and the Singapore Civil Defence Force’s Fire-Medical Vehicle and Rapid Response Fire Vessel making their appearances in NDP D3 for the first time. My girls would be so excited to see such vehicles in action, I’m sure! It’s not everyday we get to witness the capabilities and display of our armed forces in such a manner!

CELEBRATE TOGETHER AS A NATION!

Join in the celebratory mood for this year’s NDP by tagging 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. For information on NDP 2017, visit www.ndp.org.sg or download the official NDPeeps mobile app available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Let’s have fun celebrating our nation’s birthday together this year! =D

Disclosure: Photos used in this post are official photos released by NDP 2017 Committee during media event.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Dino Robot Factory Exhibition At The Science Centre Singapore!

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Science is my Joey’s favourite subject of all times, and I’m really glad. She is in her school’s E2K Programme, which is an additional class once a week after school where she gets to dabble in different science experiments and pique her interest in the subject. Quite expectedly, one of her favourite places to visit in Singapore is the Science Centre and she is always excited whenever there is a new exhibition happening. Last weekend, we popped by to Science Centre to check out their latest blockbuster exhibition – Dino Robot Factory!

This is a special  travelling exhibition curated directed from Japan for our kids, and even though I had doubts whether my kids would enjoy a dinosaur-related exhibition, surprisingly they did! In fact, even though the area of the exhibition was not that big, we spent quite a substantial amount of time exploring the different stations. My favourite has got to be the humongous dinosaur centre-piece as well as the other motion-sensor dinosaur robots that could move and make noise – Very realistic movements!

To guide the kids through the exhibition, everyone will receive a pamphlet where they will search for answers to questions, as well as stamp on their pamphlet after they’ve completed every station. At the end, completed pamphlets also win the kids a mystery gift!

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With the help of a special scope, they can see the T-Rex ‘come alive’!

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The kids spent a fair bit of time at the sand pit digging for fossils. In fact, majority of the kids are congregated at the sand pit, so it’s obviously the most popular station for them.

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These robotic dinosaurs looked really realistic, with eyeballs that even move along with you!

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Other sections of the exhibition include the Body Assembly Room, where you can add skin & muscle to the dinosaur skeletons, and blocks for the little ones to build their own dinosaurs!

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This dome housed within the exhibition is like a mini omnimax theatre. Sit or lie down on the beanbags provided inside the dome and enjoy a short documentary on dinosaurs! The surround sound and great visuals make for a great experience – At different points, it felt as if the dinosaurs were dashing towards us! Such a thrilling show! Make sure you don’t miss this show when you visit the exhibition. =D

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Apart from the Dino Robot Factory exhibition, make sure you check out the rest of the exhibition areas within Science Centre as well. One of the areas we visited for the first time this time round was the Indoor Butterflies Up-Close Enclosure, which is not big but fascinating for the kids nonetheless. I am not a fan of butterflies (I’m terrified of them, to be frank), but it was fun watching the kids interact with them in the enclosure, and learning more about the different life stages of the creature from a caterpillar to a full-grown butterfly!

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I was leaning so near to take shots of these pupae and larvae that I didn’t realise there was no glass covering between me and these creatures until Joey exclaimed it. Yes, jumped 3 steps backwards immediately, with my hair all stood up. =X Very up-close experience, indeed.

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Thankfully, my kids were not scaredy cats like me – They love playing with the butterflies!

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You’ll be glad to know that the Butterflies Up-close enclosure is a permanent exhibition at the Science Centre (Note: This exhibition is separately ticketed from Science Centre). Make sure you pop by when you next visit! So you see, there’re plenty to see at the Science Centre, so take advantage of the June school holidays and bring your kids for a visit very soon. More details can be found on their official website: http://www.science.edu.sg/visitorinformation/Pages/SCBVisitorInformationHome.aspx

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GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to the wonderful folks from Science Centre Singapore, I have a Family Package of 2 Adults & 2 Kids Tickets to give away to one blessed reader of The J Babies! This package includes the following:
- General admission to Science Centre Singapore
- Admission to Dino Robot Factory Exhibition
- Butterflies Up-Close Exhibition

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Disclosure: The J Babies was invited for a media preview for review purposes. All photographs & opinions expressed in this post are solely ours. This giveaway is by no means associated with Facebook or Instagram, and fully sponsored by Science Centre Singapore.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

MEGA FUN At Sentosa Starts TODAY!

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So, if you remember my post a couple of days ago on Free & Fun 12-Hour Itinerary At Sentosa This June Holidays”, we tried it out (well, sort of) yesterday at the Media Preview and I have to say that Sentosa has outdone themselves yet again! Not only are they offering great fun this June school holidays, they are offering it FREE-OF-CHARGE and everyone (kids, youths, families) can have some wholesome fun without burning a hole in their pockets! This totally spells M.E.G.A.F.U.N indeed! You’ll be glad to know that Sentosa’s Mega Fun experience starts TODAY and will be on every Thur-Sun till June 25, so make sure you plan a trip there very soon!

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Check out the map before you set off, so that you roughly know where to go for what. Just looking at the map made the kids mega excited! Pun intended.

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MEGA INFLATABLES PLAYGROUND AT PALAWAN BEACH

This is undoubtedly the key highlight of the entire event, so make sure you check it out! Adults, youths and kids taller than 1.2m can attempt the 3-storey high (10-metres tall) Triple Slide (first & largest in Singapore yo!). This is fast-action, I promise you! When the first kid came sliding down,  my heart nearly dropped out when I witnessed the speed and adrenaline! But when I saw the big grins on the kid’s face, I knew it must be crazy fun! I was even more surprised when my Joey came sliding down more than once!! It must be so fun that she forgot her own fears! Please, a round of applause for Joey please!

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According to the kids, the experience differs between sliding down the centre slide and the side ones, because there is an element of twist & turn if you go by the sides, which made it more exciting. But coming down the centre slide meant a better view as you come crashing down! You decide what you like better! =D

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If your kids are younger or if they dare not attempt the Triple Slide, don’t worry! There are several more fun inflatables for them to have tons of fun! The Balancing Beam was quite a hit with the kids because keeping your balance on that bouncy, slippery horizontal beam was not easy at all! There are many helpers in blue tees around to assist the kids (and make everything more challenging & fun by their constant water sprays & soapy foams), so rest assured that your kids are in safe hands. Plus, nobody gets hurt on inflatables, ever!

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Rock climbing has never been this challenging! I can’t even scale a normal traversing wall, what’s more a wet & bouncy inflatable one?! Then again, the goal was not to scale the entire wall, but to attempt to do so, bounce & drop off onto the inflatable platform and have a good and crazy laugh. The kids did all of that, for sure!

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Cliff-jumping has never been this not-scary. =P Ironically, while Joey conquered the Triple Slide, she hesitated when the helpers encouraged her to jump off from the ‘cliff’ (that green wall) onto the bouncy yellow portion. She probably used up her quota of courage for the day by then. LOL.

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Things got very foamy in the Maze & Horizontal Slide, where the kids got bombarded with soapy foam and had a great time sliding here and there. Wish the Horizontal Slide was much longer though!

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And this was where ball fights happened! I pity the helpers – They must have been shocked when the kids ganged up to attack them! Then again, who can resist doing that in a gigantic ball pool with 200,000 colourful balls? Yes, I kid you not. The Organizer told us that they had to source for and ship in more balls from overseas because they exhausted every supply locally! Say what??!

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Get the kids to do a quick wash-up here before letting them zoom off to the irconic Palawan Pirate Ship from the original POLW, which is now open to public free-of-charge. The same amount of fun but now totally free?? This is reason enough to go now!

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Wait, before we leave Palawan Beach to check out the rest of what Mega Fun offers, check out these beach deck chairs that got me bursting out in laughter when I saw it. This is the perfect photo op!

CRAZY CUTE, ISN’T IT??? THEY ARE HUMONGOUS!!

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While you are exploring the Inflatables Playground, stay around for special bubble shows by the bubblelologist that will take place at specific timings next to the Palawan Pirate Ship! Also, catch a movie with your family at Movies By The Beach, under the night sky! More details on my previous post. :)

FORT SILOSO SURRENDER CHAMBERS

You’’ll be happy to know that Fort Siloso’s Surrender Chambers has just undergone a revamp and is open for free admission TODAY onwards! Rediscover Fort Siloso on a self-guided tour, starting from the Skywalk (Choose from Heritage Trail & Gun Trail) to explore Singapore’s World War II history. The newly-revamped Surrender Chambers will have interactive elements, as well as some of the old wax figures from the old Wax Museum! I’m not kidding, but I totally recognise the Japanese and British soldiers from my childhood days! For our kids, this would be a new experience and fun way to learn more about the history of Singapore! I showed Joey the banana notes used during the Japanese Occupation and she laughed! She loves bananas! =P

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Merlion Magic Lights!

From now till 9 July, be treated to a visual and musical spectacular as the 37-metre-tall Sentosa Merlion transforms! I love this new show – Everything looks so 3D and real! The play of colours & lights is ingenious – make sure you catch this 8-minute showcase yourself! =D Show times are at 30-minute intervals between 7.45pm to 9.15pm (Weekdays) with additional shows at 9.45pm & 10.15pm on weekends, eve of PH and PH.

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More details of Mega Fun at Sentosa on http://www.sentosa.com.sg/megafun