Thursday, July 30, 2015

Betty Crocker World’s Largest Cupcake Mosaic for SG50 (And A Flash Giveaway!)

 

For a baking noob like me, Betty Crocker cake mixes are godsend. I’m sure many of you out there are the same as me – I have a full-time job and when I get home from a long day of work, I have a long list of tasks to do before I can finally plonk myself down on the bed to rest. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for tips on how to get things done faster and easier, so that I don’t burn myself out. That is why I adore Betty Crocker cake mixes so much – They make me look like a super mama in front of my kids without too much hassle. If I want to impress my kids with a delicious cake, all I need to do is to reach out for one of my Betty Crocker cake mix, get some eggs, vegetable oil and water, and viola! A cake appears some 45 minutes later. Easy peasy. Why do I want to prepare and use 10 ingredients when I can simply use 3, right?!

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As part of Singapore’s 50th birthday celebration this year, our familiar cake mix brand - Betty Crocker, will be attempting to set a Guinness World Record for "Largest Cupcake Mosaic”! This initiative will see people from all walks of life - regardless of whether they have baking experience - in a collaborative effort to give back to the community as the finished product will be distributed to partner beneficiaries and charities.

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I imagine that it would be quite a sight to see mosaic artworks made out of cupcakes, so it’s definitely something you don’t want to miss. Drop by the event with your family and friends, and you can experience for yourself how easy it is to make delicious cupcakes with Betty Crocker cake mix! Witness this record-breaking moment at Witness on Saturday 1 Aug, 4pm at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Concourse. For any enquiries, you may email BETTYCROCKERSG50@GMAIL.COM

GIVEAWAY!

Just the other day, Betty Crocker sent over a hamper full of my favorite Betty Crocker goodies and they make me so happy! Now, you can be happy just like me too and be one of the 3 readers to walk away with a Betty Crocker (Worth $50)!

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Hamper includes:

  • Betty Crocker Comp Buttermilk Pancake mix
  • Betty Crocker Brownie Family Fudge
  • Betty Crocker DBL Choc Chunk Cookie
  • Betty Crocker Cookie Chocolate Chip Mix
  • Betty Crocker Supermoist Devils Food Cake Mix
  • Betty Crocker Supermoist Yellow Cake Mix
  • Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffin mix
  • Betty Crocker Supermoist Cake Mix Red Velvet

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4. Judges’ decisions are final and non-disputable.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ikea Project: 3 Ways To Spruce Up Your Living Room!

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Most Singaporeans live in a HDB flat and the room that we spend the most time in as a family is usually the living room. It’s the largest space in the whole house and in that space, we hang out, watch TV, play games, do homework, dine and do all sorts of things together. Therefore, it’s really important to have a comfortable, cosy and functional living room. My personal opinion is that everyone must feel at ease and relaxed in that space, and it must also reflect the unique personality of the family. Making little changes and sprucing up the living room every once in a while injects fun and breaks the monotony, so I love to do that. When inspiration hits, I head to my favorite home furnishing store in town. Ikea, of course. Smile with tongue out

Because I like to make changes to my space often, Ikea is able to meet my needs in terms of pricing and variety. I know there are many people who go for expensive and timeless pieces that can be used for a very long time, but for the very fickle me when it comes to design and furnishing, reasonable pricing is more important. I also need new ideas and design concepts constantly, so the frequent introduction of new product ranges at Ikea works perfectly for me. I recently just did a simple sprucing up of my living room because I got tired of the look and the space had gotten so messy with the kids’ stuffs everywhere! Don’t believe me? Here’s the before and after:

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It’s not tough to spruce up your living room, really! Today, I share 3 simple tips on how you can do that easily and economically. You can thank me at the end of the post. LOL!

1. Showcase your Family Moments

The best way to personalize a space or to give it a unique personality and flavor is to display photographs of the family in the space, either on the tabletop or on the walls. Not only do the beautiful photos remind us of the happy moments we spent together as a family, they also enhance the space aesthetically. Simple designs can make a big difference!

Selected these favorite photos from my family outings and overseas trips, and framed them up with these basic black frames from Ikea. Frame your family moments in different sizes and form a design on your wall however you like it. The good thing about this is that you can update the photographs to give it a different look every once in a while. I love looking at my wall now – Brings me so much happiness!

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2. DIY A Signature Item

I love to DIY my stuffs, because then, they would be unique and cannot be found anywhere else. To spruce up my otherwise dull sofa, I decided to personalize some plain cushions I bought from Ikea with the initials of the husband and my name. Do you like them?

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They are very simple to make, really. First, get your cushions and covers from Ikea. I got the black plain ones because they are the easiest to spruce up. Then get some colorful fabric – I found these stripped ones at home.

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Then draw up your design (in my case, alphabets) on cardboard for easy drawing on the cloth (You can go freehand direct on the cloth if you are confident enough, of course). Cut out the design accordingly.

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I used a craft glue to stick the alphabet cloth onto the cushion cover before using the sewing machine to stitch them on.

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With thick white thread, I sewed a tracing outline around the alphabets, and also some felt buttons I got from Daiso. Completed!

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3. Add A Warm Light Source

Lightings make a big difference to a space. Most of our homes would have white lights in our living room because we need good illumination for most of the activities done in that space. But adding a warm light source can give it a very cosy touch and a different ambience for those quiet moments, especially after the kids have gone to bed and peace returns to the household. Smile with tongue out

This simple Japanese-style HOLMO  floor lamp from Ikea works perfectly for me. It’s extremely affordable (Less than S$10!) and lights up very well. I love the warm glow that comes out of it.

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I like to light some scented candles occasionally and the BORRBY lantern from Ikea works great for me. Makes the whole living room smell so good! Even when not in use, I like it as a d├ęcor too.

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I hope this has inspired you to make some little changes to your living room. Go ahead and do it – You’ll be surprised how much happier that makes you feel. Smile

 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ikea Singapore. The J Babies was provided with vouchers to purchase some of the items mentioned in this post, and no other financial compensation was received. The ideas, photographs and text are all solely mine.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hi-5 Live In Concert: House of Dreams (Ticket Giveaway!)

The ever-popular Hi-5 Live Show is coming back to Singapore!

I thought my kids would have gotten over the Hi-5 craze by now as they got older, but it stretched way longer than I thought. Every year, I would go to them and ask if they would like to watch the Hi-5 Live Show and they would get so excited and high, it’s unbelievable. So yes, we are going again this year!

If you remember, my kids had a blast the last two years when Hi-5 Live Show was in town:

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I was in both shows myself, and I saw with my own eyes how popular Hi-5 really is. Before the show started, they played some of Hi-5 songs and ALL the kids sang along, some complete with the dance moves as well. I hate to admit it, but it was some solid good atmosphere.

This year, join Ainsley, Dayen, Mary, Stevie & Tanika as they enter a world of dreams and find themselves in the jungle, fairy gardens, outer space, underwater and even in the super cool world of superheroes! Be treated to a magnificent visual and audio extravaganza as the stage changes and evolves as the Hi-5 crew enters into the different dreams. I can already foresee that every kid watching the show would be jumping up and down, singing along to the familiar tunes and songs. :)

Get your tickets NOW from SISTIC before everything runs out!

HI-5 LIVE SHOW IN SINGAPORE: HOUSE OF DREAMS

Date: 12 – 13 Sep 2015 (Sat – Sun)
Time: 10.30am, 2.30pm, 6.30pm
Venue: MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
Ticket Pricing(Excludes Booking Fee):
VIP 1 : S$115
VIP 2 : S$105
A Reserve : S$65
B Reserve : S$45
VIP Box (For 4 Seats) : S$260

TICKET GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to the Organizer, I have a set of 4 tickets (Cat 3 worth $65 each) to give away to one family for Hi-5 Live Show (13 Sept, 10.30am show). Join via Rafflecopter now!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

OSIM uHip Review

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I have to say that this is not a typical product review vlog as OSIM’s new product, uHip, is so easy to use that there is no need to explain or describe too much about it. So, I’m just going to share 3 things that I like about the OSIM uHip, and perhaps, these are the same reasons why you should get one for yourself:

1. It is EASY to use the uHip.

I dislike complicated things because I am just not too good at such. The OSIM uHip is a simple equipment that massages and relieves pain on various parts of the body and you can easily choose the setting you want, based on your preferences. Everything is very intuitive –

Need firming of your butt? Select the ‘Firm’ option and place your butt into the uHip.
Need some massaging on your tummy area? Select tummy and place the uHip on your tummy.


It cannot get more straightforward than that.

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2. It is CONVENIENT to use the uHip.

The uHip can practically be used anywhere. Use it while you are doing some work on your laptop, or when you are watching TV. That’s a pretty awesome way to maximize your time usage – Multi-tasking at its best. For busy working mums like me, that’s the perfect solution.

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3. It is RELIEVING to use the uHip.

Probably the most quantifying reason why the uHip is a useful product to own. As a full-time working mum who sits at my office desk typing away for 8 hours or more everyday, I suffer from frequent backaches at the end of the day when I get home. The uHip helps to relieve the pain and aches, like a pair of hands massaging away gently. And like many mums who are constantly battling with cellulite at the usual areas such as tummy and thigh, the uHip can also help to tone the areas without taking up too much of our rest time (we know how precious those are!).

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Get your uHip today from any of the OSIM stores islandwide, or check out their website for more information.


Disclosure: The J Babies received a complimentary unit of the OSIM uHip as well as OSIM vouchers for review purposes. All photographs, videos and opinions presented in this post are copyrighted materials of The J Babies.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Our Hotel Intercontinental Bangkok Experience–Part 1

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Bangkok is one of my most favorite holiday destination and I try to make a trip there once a year. There are so many reasons to love Bangkok – The cheap fashion and home wares I lug home on every trip, yummy street food, affordable restaurant prices and the warm hospitality of the Thais. After my most recent trip, I’ve got one more reason added to this list – Hotel Intercontinental Bangkok.

Truth be told, I’ve almost always stayed at low-cost hotels whenever I go to Bangkok. The reason is simple – I spend most of my time on the streets and the I only return to the hotel in the wee hours and all I need is a clean bed to rest. This time round though, my mindset has been totally transformed. I’ve come to realize that a great hotel not only gives me better rest, it also makes me happier emotionally! Unlike my past Bangkok holidays where I usually return to Singapore all exhausted and drained, this particular trip left me feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. And that is exactly how a holiday ought to be like!

Holiday Intercontinental Bangkok may not be the cheapest accommodation option in town, but it is definitely worthwhile to pay a little more for a luxurious and pampering stay. I was elated that they agreed to host the husband and I for three nights’ stay when we were there a couple of weeks ago, and both of us confirmed that it was one of the best hotels we’ve stayed at on a holiday. There are many reasons why and if you are considering between different hotels to stay at in Bangkok, here are the reasons why we would recommend Hotel Intercontinental Bangkok:

A VIP Welcome

I’ve experienced airport transfer services from different hotels, but Hotel Intercontinental Bangkok wins hands down. We were travelling with two other friends and they sent a MPV limousine to pick us up. It was not just spacious, but was equipped with complimentary wifi, bottled water, Perrier and wet tissues. Our chauffeur was warm and friendly, and promptly informed us how to connect to the complimentary wifi within the limousine. We were very impressed and it was certainly a wonderful start to our holiday in Bangkok. Note: The airport transfer service is chargeable and can be requested upon booking of hotel room.

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Perfect Location

During my previous trips to Bangkok, I would usually opt to stay at a hotel right smack in the Pratunam area where Platinum shopping mall is. Even though that meant that I could get back to my room very quickly after shopping, it also meant that I needed to walk at least 10 minutes to the nearest BTS station (the Bangkok equivalent of our SMRT). Because of that, we would often take taxis instead of the BTS (cheaper option) to get to different places. If you are unaware, traffic jams in Bangkok are really massive! So travelling via taxis can be very frustrating. Hotel Intercontinental Bangkok is located just in front of Chit Lom BTS station, and connected to various BTS stations by sheltered walkways. Because of that, we took the BTS everywhere we went this time round – Saves time and money, and very convenient!

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Parents who plan to bring your kids to Kidzania Bangkok, Hotel Intercontinental Bangkok is your best option. Kidzania is located just one BTS station away, and if you feel up to it, you can even take a leisure stroll from Kidzania back to the hotel via the sheltered walkway! Rain or shine, you will not be stuck anywhere. :)

Stepping into the beautiful lobby of Hotel Intercontinental Bangkok, I was anticipating what our room would look like. You know, the  lobby of a hotel speaks volumes.

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Cosy & Stylish Rooms

Our room met all our expectations. It was beautifully furnished, cosy and very spacious!

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The bed was a king sized one, with a bench extension. The main color theme of the room was white, beige and brown – very soothing for a restful stay.

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A workspace for us to get some work done at night, with many power ports on the wall for our various charging needs. The TV was exceptionally huge for a hotel room, which was awesome of course.

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The room was spacious enough for a sofa couch too, and that was a perfect spot for some relaxed lounging away.

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Excellent Facilities

A tour around the hotel premise surprised us because Hotel Intercontinental Bangkok has the largest gym I’ve ever seen in a hotel! It spans over an entire level in the hotel and are complimentary for guests’ use 24 hours a day.

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Apart from gym, guests may also make use of the luxurious indoor jacuzzi pool absolutely free-of-charge. Even the changing rooms amazed me big time - It looks like a professional gym club!

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Not a perfect photo of the indoor jacuzzi pool because of the steam, but it’s a heated pool with a fabulous view! Definitely one of the perks of staying at this hotel. :)

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The outdoor swimming pool was another draw for me. It was not big, but it’s got a tropical and relaxing vibe. Again, great views from up there.

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If you are a fan of spa treatments, Hotel Intercontinental Bangkok has got a wonderful spa centre to offer. There are even suites for couples who wish to do their treatments together and indulge in a private jacuzzi bath thereafter. Luxurious and pampering!

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Great Dining Options

Expect a wonderful breakfast buffet spread when you stay at Hotel Intercontinental Bangkok! I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

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What impressed me about the breakfast spread was the different types of healthy options provided – There were cold soaked oats, yoghurt, parfait, salads, etc. Many hotel breakfasts I’ve taken would probably have only a couple of such options, but at Hotel Intercontinental Bangkok, there were at least 7 different types to choose from!

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Even though it was a buffet spread, the staff would come to every table and ask the guests how they would like their eggs done, and serve them right to the table. Coffee and tea are served the same way as well. That’s personalized service mixed with buffet style – I like it!

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Apart from the buffet breakfast, we were also hosted to a buffet lunch on the last day of our stay. It was one yummy and satisfying meal!

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Very fresh sashimi prepared on the spot by the Japanese chef. Just look at that huge tentacles of the octopus!

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We especially enjoyed the Wok station, where we could choose our ingredients available and they were cooked freshly on the spot for us. The stir fried squids were yummy!

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The pasta cooked on the spot was also delicious – We had the aglio olio and couldn’t have enough of it!

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Go for the desserts at the end of the meal. They have so many selections that you’ll have a hard time choosing.

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As you can probably guess by now, we left Bangkok with extremely full stomachs and hearts that day!

Thank you Hotel Intercontinental Bangkok for your great hospitality in every way possible. We had such a wonderful stay that we cannot stop telling our friends about it! Hopefully, the next time when we return to Bangkok with our kids, we can stay at Hotel Intercontinental as well. Can’t wait for that trip to happen! :)

My next post will be exclusively on Hotel Intercontinental Bangkok’s Club, which is another reason why we enjoyed our stay so much. Stay tuned for that.

Disclosure: We were sponsored a 4D3N stay at the Deluxe Room at Hotel Intercontinental Bangkok, for review purposes. The hotel also sponsored our two-way airport transfers via limousine, Club access and a buffet lunch for our friends and us. No other financial compensation was received, and all opinions & photographs in this post are as usual, all mine.