Thursday, May 28, 2015

Aviva Superfundae At Gardens By The Bay (Ticket Giveaway!)

I love carnivals where there are performances, good food and huge spaces for my kids to run wild. It’s a pity we have very few of such events in Singapore, but when there is one, I make sure we go for it. Good news if you are just like me! A really fun carnival for families is happening during the June school holidays at Gardens by the Bay on Sat, 20 June 2015, 10am – 9pm. That’s a whole day of activities, performances, games, food, movies and lots of fun!

ACTIVITIES

Expects lots of entertainment for both adults and kids. Check out what they have in store that day – Click to find out the details. :) For outdoor plays, there are stations for nerf gun missions, Transformers, Ninja quest, family dashes, beer dash for adults and kid races! At the Imaginarium, kids can indulge in arty parties, mosaic workshops, play dough and soap clay making, speech and drama activities etc. As if that’s not fun enough, there are water play area, a canon that fires up FREE gummies every hour (say what??!), giant foam blocks for building fun and bubbles parties!

FOOD

What’s a carnival without great food, right? You’ll be pleased to know that Pasarbella will be setting up their marketplace at Aviva Superfundae, so you can have a really relaxing picnic with yummy food - Make sure you go on an empty stomach!

BAND PERFORMANCES & MOVIE

After a whole day of play, your kids (and you of course!) should be exhausted, but don’t be in a hurry to leave! Stay on for the evening, lay down your picnic mat and relax with a nice cold craft beer, and be charmed by famous bands – 53A and PennyLane. There after, the kids would be thrilled to watch Mr. Peabody and Sherman on the giant outdoor screen. How else to end a brilliant day out?


So much to enjoy for one ticket price??? Hurry up and get your tickets already! Individual tickets are going at S$28 per ticket.(Discounted rates for bundles of 4 or more, and kids below 2 years old enter for free)

Your all-day admission ticket comes with:
1. An awesome Aviva Superfundae pack worth S$50
2. Free & easy roaming across wondergrounds
3. Free entry to all activities and materials used (if any)
4. Nursing room for mommies and babies
5. Baby diaper changing room
6. Free use of toddler play room

Get your tickets here.

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GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to the kind organizer, I have 3 sets of 4 tickets each to give to three readers. Please join via Rafflecopter to qualify!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Peppa Pig Live Treasure Hunt (Ticket Giveaway!)

How many of you have kids who are fans of Peppa Pig, hands up!!!

I’ll be the first to admit that my 6-year-old Jayne has influenced me to like this cute pig character and his very cute family members as well. Judging from the way she chants “This is Papa pig, snort snort… this is Mama pig, snort snort…”, I can safely say that my girl loves them to bits. Now, she has more reasons to snort away because….. Peppa Pig is coming LIVE in Singapore!!!!

Peppa Pig Treasure Hunt giveaway

The Peppa Pig live theatre show has been seen by more than half-a-million people around the world and is at last on its way to fans in Singapore for the very first time. In this beautiful new theatrical production, Peppa Pig and her friends set off on a treasure hunt. Peppa, her brother George and friend Danny Dog get up to fun and games on a day out on Grandad Dog's boat. There are clues aplenty as Pedro Pony, Polly Parrot and Zoe Zebra help them find their treasure as they all enjoy a day of adventure. Get ready for lots of sing-a-long and laugh-a-long! I reckon it’ll be a perfect start to the June school holidays. Wait no more, get your tickets from Sistic!

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GIVEAWAY!

I’ve got a set of four Category 1 tickets (Worth $448) to give away to one family to catch the special preview show of Peppa Pig Live Treasure Hunt on Friday, 29 May 2015. Do take note that this is a preview show and tickets are not available for sale at this moment, so you’ll be among the 1st to catch the show in Singapore! Please read through the following terms & conditions before joining the giveaway via Rafflecopter. Closing Date of giveaway: Tue, 26 May 2015.

Terms & Conditions:
1. Time of the show for giveaway tickets will be confirmed soon. No requests for change of show timing will be entertained.
2. Judges’ decision is final and all incomplete entries will be automatically disqualified.
3. Tickets cannot be exchanged for cash.

 

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Who Doesn’t Want Some Joy & Wisdom?? (Review & Giveaway!)

There are two things I absolutely cannot resist in life – Pretty stationeries and personalized products. When the two gets merged into one, it just gets irresistibly better. A package arrived at my place from Joy & Wisdom recently, and I seriously liked everything I saw inside. Fell in love with the first thing I saw - that’s an extremely beautiful typography of my name with a personal note!

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Joy & Wisdom is an etsy shop that sells handmade wrapping paper sets, note cards and tags from Manila. Apart from their really beautiful and classy designs, what I really like about their products is that everything is personalized with your name! That makes whatever I order one of a kind that is unique to me only – How awesome is that?

Check out the shop and the designs they have – I had a hard time deciding which one to go for because I liked everything that I saw - Just look at those prints! *OMG*

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The best part was that my personalized products came packaged in this beautiful way – Made my day already!

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This is one wrapping paper set – Comes with 4 different designs of wrapping paper and matching note cards. You can put any wordings you like on it, actually. So if you prefer not to put your name, you can also put customized messages such as ‘Happy Graduation!”, “You’re Awesome!”, “I Love You!”, etc. The possibilities are endless.

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I’m sure you would have noticed the gold wrapping paper with a chinese character? That’s one of my favorites of the lot because it’s really unique. That character is my husband and kids’ surname, by the way. :)

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I’ve got so many ideas bubbling in my mind on what I can do with my personalized papers. Apart from wrapping presents, I also wrapped up the kids’ storage boxes to dress them up a little. The paper quality is extremely good – It’s thick, sturdy and wraps really well.

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The kids’ origami storage box got a pretty makeover! Now, we can be sure no one will miss out this box anymore.

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Using a matching note card, I made a label for the box so that everyone knows what’s in there.

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This Christmas, I am excited to wrap many of our presents with our personalized wrapping paper and note cards! They’ll look so lovely, don’t you think? :)

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Browse and place your orders today on www.etsy.com/shop/joyandwisdom ! :)

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GIVEAWAY!

Joy & Wisdom has kindly sponsored one wrapper gift set and one note card gift set to be given away to 2 winners respectively. Please join via Rafflecopter (Closing Date: 28 May 2015):

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sponsored Video: Be A Junior Zoo Keeper!

There was this one time I asked Joey what would she like to be when she grows up and the answer she gave me was not one I expected. She didn’t say doctor or lawyer or teacher – She said she wanted to be a zoo keeper! For the very obvious reason that she could have lots of time to play with the animals everyday, of course. It was until I painted a picture of massive dung-clearing that she suddenly realized that it might not be such a glamorous job after all. Truth is, you might be surprised at how many people’s ambition was to become a zoo keeper. I have a friend who was like that and really did go on to become one eventually. It’s pretty cool, actually. Compared to most of us who hold 9-to-5 deskbound jobs, zoo-keeper is definitely a job that gives a unique experience.

Now, when I heard about the ‘Junior Zoo Keeper’ programme offered by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, I thought it was a fabulous idea! Not only will the kids go about the duties of a zoo keeper (dressed in mini zoo keeper uniforms of course!) by preparing food for the animals, feeding them and bathing them, the little ones will also learn about the importance of animals’ overall physical and psychological well-being. They would also get to try their hands at preparing an animal enrichment activity and implementing it. I think that’s awesome and the kids would surely learn much from the exercise! Not only is the whole program fun and educational, the kids would inevitably leave with a deeper appreciation of the wildlife. To know more about the program, be sure to follow Singapore Tourism Board on their twitter here.

Take a look at the following video to see how the Singapore Zoo bonds with their ardent little fans, encouraging them to come back for more!

 

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Singapore Tourism Board, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sudio Earphones (Discount Code & Giveaway!)

Aesthetics appeal to me in a big way. That is to say, if I can choose between normal functionality with extremely good aesthetics and extremely good functionality with normal aesthetics, I’ll most likely go with the former. Of course, if I can strike a delicate balance between the two, it’ll be perfect. Anything that’s pretty makes me feel happy, and there is this natural inclination to want to possess them. Well, this is something I call ‘the woman human nature’. =P

When Sudio contacted me to review their earphones, I browsed through their product catalogue and fell in love immediately. First and foremost, I use earphones on a daily basis – They are such a vital and necessary part of my lifestyle. I use them on the roads when I travel to and from work; I use them to listen to music while I work in the office; I use them at home at nights after the kids go to bed. I cannot live without my earphones. And such pretty-looking earphones, I certainly cannot say no to.

See what I mean?

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I seriously had a hard time deciding which one to go for. Every one of them appealed to me aesthetically. I love the clean-cut look, the sleek design and great packaging. Yes, everything comes in a package – But this package is exceptionally gorgeous. In the end, I went for Sudio Klang in a most beautiful brown. When it reached me, I was practically in love – It was so pretty!

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Sudio is a Swedish company who believes that making earphones is an art of craftsmanship. While machines have come a long way, they just cannot match up to the intrinsic and delicate touch of human hands, and that is why Sudio has chosen to stay with handmade details for the most part of their production process. Their design philosophy is that designs should be elegant and timeless, and suitable for everyday use.

Look what’s inside that sleek box delivered to me? Everything’s packed neatly and categorized properly. This would please an OCD to no end. I know, ‘cos I am also a closet OCD at times. =P

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As if the earphones were not awesome enough, this leather casing for the earphones made me leap for joy. It is so sleek, elegant and compact, yet functional and protects my earphones well. Finally, I have something proper to store my earphones and protect them from the harsh environment of being crashed by anything and everything in my big bag. I absolutely love it!

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My wonderful daily companion now, which I cannot live without. Still can’t get over how pretty it is. =D

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If you are looking for a new pair of earphones, what are you waiting for? Order online now, and enjoy free delivery worldwide!

Sudio
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Official Website:
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DISCOUNT CODE FOR THE J BABIES’ READERS!

Quote Klessis15 during your checkout to enjoy 15% discount exclusive to readers of this blog. :)

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GIVEAWAY!

Sudio has kindly sponsored two sets of Sudio earphones (Worth S$75 each) to be given away. If you are interested to win a set of elegant earphones for yourself, follow the instructions via Rafflecopter to participate. Closing date:  Mon, 25 May 2015, 2359hrs.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

The Smurfs Live On Stage! (Ticket Giveaway)

THE SMURFS LIVE ON STAGE is coming to Singapore for the very first time!!!!

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Brought to you by MediaCorp Vizpro together with RWS at Resorts World Theatre on 12 – 14 Jun 2015, Smurf Live is a live stage show for kids, promoting family values and the power of team spirit. When I told my kids about it, they got mega excited because they fell in love with Smurfs ever since we watched the movie in theatres some time back. Needless to say, I cannot contain my excitement as well because Smurfs were such a huge part of my childhood!

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It’s every Smurf’s favourite time of year: Spring! Which means, it’s time for the annual Spring Parade. But which Smurf will be chosen as the Leader of this year’s Parade? If Gargamel has his way, there won’t be a parade at all. He comes up with a plan to trick Mother Nature, turn Spring off bit by bit, and catch the Smurfs in the process.

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Will the Smurfs be able to save themselves? Will they save Mother Nature? Will they stop Gargamel from turning off Spring forever? Find out in this magical musical story where your favourite Smurfs are together, Live On Stage!

  

Happening right smack in the June school holidays, I think this is a perfect show to catch as a family! Tickets are going like hotcakes at Sistic, so make sure you grab your tickets fast to avoid disappointment! But WAIT, there’s more! There is a great promotion that’s tied in with the ticket sales - Anyone who purchases a $130 or $120 category ticket can redeem a free Smurfette plush toy that is worth $50! That’s extremely value-for-money, don’t you think? And the best part is – the kids would be very thrilled to bring this cute plush toy home with them!

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Wait no more! Get your tickets NOW!

Ticket Prices: $130 (Premium), $120, $95, $75, $65, $45 (excludes booking fee)
Booking Channels :  6348 5555  | 
http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/smurfs0615  |  Resorts World Theatre

GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to RWS, we have a set of 4 tickets to give away to one family to have a happy time at The Smurfs Live On Stage this June. Please note the terms & conditions and join via Rafflecopter! Closing date of giveaway: 20 May 2015

Terms & Conditions:

1. The giveaway is sponsored by RWS and is a set of four Category III tickets ($75 each excluding booking fees) to catch The Smurfs Live On Stage.
2. The tickets are tentatively for show on Friday, 12 Jun 3pm show but this is subject to confirmation at a later date.
3. Decision of the Organizer is final.

 

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Sponsored Video: Spend A Little, Share A Lot!

One of the earliest memories I have of Mother’s Day was when I asked my mum for $10 because I wanted to buy a pair of earrings for her as a gift. It didn’t seem weird to me then because I felt that it was very important to get presents for my mum on Mother’s Day and because I didn’t have any money, the only way was to ask my mum for it! Looking back now, my naivety makes me laugh of course. How amused my mum must have felt at that time! =P

Just a few days back, Joey asked me for extra pocket money because there was a stalk of plastic flower she wanted to buy from the school bookshop for me for Mother’s Day. I laughed – I am reaping now what I sowed many years back. I gave her the money nevertheless – It’s the thought and love that counts, isn’t it?

But really, we all know that it’s not the cost or price of the gift that matters. Mummies, especially, are just touched when our kids have us in their mind. When my kids draw or make me something to appreciate me, I feel happier than receiving a bought gift from them. It’s really the effort and thought that matters the most. Perhaps that’s why McDonald’s mother’s day 2015 video struck a cord in me. Showing love can be very simple – You don’t have to spend lots of money and you can share a lot of love and joy. :)

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by McDonald's, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Review: Learning Piano At Home With JoywaltzStudio

Service Review

Joey has asked me several times to let her learn the piano. I had been hesitant because I was not sure if her interest would last, and most importantly, logistically, it was a little tough for us to bring her for lessons. When Joywaltzstudio approached me on a review opportunity, I thought it was a perfect chance for Joey to try it out.

Since 2011, Joywaltzstudio was the first to introduce the Little Pianist Course and private courses with the use of the innovative flexible Rollup Piano and currently they are widely offered & highly received in several international schools & clubs like Etonhouse Pre-school, Canadian International School (Lakeside & TKG), etc.

The private course offered by Joywaltzstudio was great for me because the classes are conducted in my house, which saves me the logistical nightmare of sending my kid for lessons. I was told that a full length course lasts 10 weeks of one-hour class each, but in a private setting, the pace is much faster as the child gets full attention of the teacher. It is expected that Joey should be able to play simple songs by the end of the 4th lesson, which is great! I was excited to see how she would progress and if we should proceed with a full piano course after that.

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The teacher came with the course books for Joey at the first lesson, and I sat through half of the lesson to see what was being taught. The course books helped to explain the basic music concepts in simple terms so that kids can understand them fast. The teacher, Ms Fiona, was friendly and gentle, and was able to gain a rapport with Joey fast. That definitely made the lessons more enjoyable for her. :)

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Joey’s 1st lesson was conducted …… on the floor because Joey insisted. Ms Fiona agreed to do that because she was mainly teaching Joey the theory portion at the 1st lesson. Subsequently, all the lessons were conducted on a study table so that Joey could play on the roll-up piano with the right posture, sitting upright.

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For a beginner like Joey with no prior background in music or piano, I understand that she was bombarded with many musical concepts at one go and that can be quite stressful. But Ms Fiona was patient and would remind her again and again when she forgot what’s a crotchet or treble clef. =P Ms Fiona also loaned us the lyra roll piano so that Joey could practise at home whenever she was free.

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From someone who has absolutely zero knowledge and skills of piano when she started, Joey managed to play a decent song (with all the correct timing!) by the 4th lesson. That’s pretty amazing, I say!

So, what do I like about the course provided by Joywaltzstudio? I like it that the classes are conducted in the comfort of my home at a timing that is good for us. The lyra roll piano is also one of the best options offered by Joywaltzstudio because it allows my kid to go through some basic piano lessons without me having to commit to buying a real piano yet. This is especially useful if we are not sure if our kids are serious about learning the instrument, and are just trying out the lessons first. Above it all, I feel that their charges are very reasonable for private courses. If you are also looking at starting your kid on piano, perhaps on a trial basis first, check out http://joywaltzstudio.com/ or contact them to find out more.

Thank you Joywaltzstudio for four weeks of trial lessons!

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That was Joey’s selfie with Ms Fiona! :)

Monday, May 04, 2015

Department Of Caffeine & Littered With Books

Outram & Tanjong Pagar are great places to explore if you have a few hours on hand. There are many cafes, restaurants, boutiques and interesting shops along that stretch, and even if you don’t pop into any one of those, just strolling in that vicinity is therapeutic enough. I love to take a stroll there along with my camera in hand, and admire the beautiful vintage architecture and lovely street scenes there. On one fine day, I walked into two of the shops located just a few steps away from each other, along Duxton Road and had some soulful and quiet time by myself.

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Department of Caffeine, or D.O.C, is a nice quaint cafe that serves coffee (of course), snacks and full main courses such as pastas, all-day breakfast set, waffles etc. The cafe’s located at one corner and it’s pretty easy to miss it if it’s not open. I say that because when I passed by the same place again late that day after it’s closed for the day, I realised that this signboard was gone! And the signboard was the very thing that helped me spot the cafe in the first place. So, be sure to check the opening hours before you head over.

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The cafe’s not big, but cosy enough for small gatherings of friends.

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The cakes looked not-bad too, but I’ve just had my lunch, I settled for just a long black and a basket of French fries. Both were not bad at all. The fries were sprinkled with paprika, which I liked.

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After I’ve had my fill, I headed over to Littered With Books, which is a nice bookshop selling all kinds and all types of books. It’s extremely quiet on a weekday afternoon, and the staff basically just leave you alone to your browsing, so it’s a great place to hang out especially if you are a book-lover.

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Littered with Books is a two-storey shop, and I like the 2nd storey even more. Lots and lots of treasures waiting for you to unveil, and there’s the smell of new books in the air everywhere. I can spend my whole afternoon there!

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Department of Caffeine
15 Duxton Road

Littered With Books
20 Duxton Road