Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Invisible Man

I think most parents would agree with me – The most important characteristic we look for in our kids’ teacher is genuine concern for our kids’ well-being, academically as well as emotionally.

Joey came home a few weeks back and related an incident in class to me, that totally startled me. During their music class, the teacher suddenly turned to a group of rowdy students and said, “I can hear someone talking. There is an invisible man here in the room.”

According to Joey, 3 students broke down in tears because they were so traumatized and the teacher had to bring them out of the room to pacify them. My Joey almost cried too, apparently. I may be a bit of a scaredy cat, but this sure sounds spooky to me. For a teacher to say something like that to a group of 9-year-olds, I am quite sure they believed her and were freaked out.

It so happened that the Meet-the-Parents session was just a week later, so I made sure I told the Form Teacher about this incident after most of the other parents left. I wasn’t willing to let it go just like that – My kid was sent to school to learn and be inspired, and not to be frightened in that manner. And so I told the Form Teacher about it, and though she appeared a little amused at the beginning, explaining that the music teacher was probably trying to ‘scare’ the noisy students to make them stop making noise in class, she said she will investigate and get back to me.

A week later, the Form Teacher gave me a call and explained that she had already spoken to the music teacher, and the scenario was indeed what she envisioned it to be – The group of students were making a lot of noise and not paying attention in class, so the teacher tried to get their attention by making up about the ‘Invisible Man’. The Form Teacher agreed with me that it was not an appropriate thing for a teacher to do, and that she has spoken to her about it. The music teacher will clarify about the incident at the next class, and tell the whole class that there was no such thing as an ‘Invisible Man’.

The incident was resolved and at the end of it, I was happy with the way the Form Teacher handled it. Even though she did not think that the matter was so serious, she did not sweep my concerns aside. She looked into it, found out all the details and got back to me about how it was resolved. I appreciate her genuine concern for her students and good accountability to the parents. Looks like my Joey is in good hands this year. =)

Speaking of which, we finally bought Joey’s scout uniform! I thought she would look to boyish, but turned out, she looked adorable to the max! =D This coming Saturday, she’ll be officially inaugurated into the company of Scouts – So looking forward to more fun activities!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Four Eyes (Review & Giveaway!)

Online shopping is not just a trend – It’s a way of life. I may be a late bloomer in online shopping, but I still struggle with the urge to over-indulge every single day. What to do? Online shopping is convenient, easy and comfortable. I don’t even have to step out of the house – I just browse page by page, and choose what I like. Yes, I turn to online shopping even for groceries – It’s way too convenient.

When I was approached by Four Eyes for a review, I was pleasantly surprised to know that I can even make a new pair of spectacles online! All you need to do is to browse through the available frames (so many of them, ohmygosh!), send them your prescription and your spectacles will be delivered to you in no time!

Now, you might be wondering how you can find the perfect spectacle frame for your face. Four Eyes offers the Home Try-On Kit, where you can choose up to 3 different frames and have them delivered to you to try on at home. How cool is that?!

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The steps are simple.

1. Browse the latest eyewear collection, and pick 3 frames that you would like to try.

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2. See that Home Try-On option? Just choose that.

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3. Choose from different payment options and then checkout your order. Fill in your delivery details.

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4. Delivery should be 2-5 days. Upon receiving the HTO kit, you are given 5 days to choose.

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This is what mine looked like:

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It was fun trying on the different frames and asking my girls to choose the best for me. :) Best of all, it’s all done in the comfort of my home! P/S: I did not even step out of the house. Hooray!?

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5. Once you have selected the eyewear you want, it will be delivered to you very soon. Enjoy your new eyewear from Four Eyes!

This was my final choice – BIG & NICE, don’t you think?? =D

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If you are more particular about the type of lenses fitted onto your eyewear, there are several (even photochromic ones!) for you to choose from. So, you don’t have to worry that eyewear bought from Four Eyes cannot match up with those bought from optical shops.

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Apart from prescription spectacles, Four Eyes also offers a range of sunglasses for you to choose from! With most of the prescription eyewear going at S$88 (includes normal lenses!) and sunglasses at S$44, I think their prices are very reasonable! Might be a perfect excuse for you to change a new pair of spectacles once you are tired of the style. =P

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Thanks to Four Eyes, I had a brand new pair of spectacles delivered to my door step within a few doors! And all I did was to click a few buttons and the whole deal was done! Easy and hassle-free. =)

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Sakura International Buffet Has Been Revamped! (Review & Giveaway!)

Media Invite

My mum’s favorite choice of restaurant to go to whenever she felt like ‘having a good meal’ is always Sakura International Buffet. She raves about it often to me, but I’ve never had a chance to visit it. Thanks to their kind invitation, I attended the Grand Opening of their newest outlet at Ang Mo Kio, and was wowed by their extensive selection on their buffet line. This is also their first revamp after 8 years in the market, and you can expect a lot more selections and more premium offerings, definitely. Who did I bring with me to the Grand Opening event? My mum of course! =D

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A total of eight counters at the buffet offer over 170 delights from Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Thailand, the US and France. In particular, there are several items on their buffet line that are highly recommended, and I personally enjoyed the Boston Lobster Hokkien Mee and the Bird Nest Egg Tarts very much!

The Boston Lobster Hokkien Mee was so savory, and had generous servings of lobster meat and prawns. They are cooked on the spot (live stations) and tasted very good! Both my mum and I couldn’t stop praising it. :)

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The Bird Nest egg tarts had a crispy and flaky crust and really wobbling and soft centre. They, too, are prepared on the spot, so that they can be served hot and fresh! They were really going off the shelves like hot cakes that night and many people had more than one. Too good and strongly recommended!

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Salivate as I bring you through the buffet line and what it has to offer. Seriously, I was spoilt for choice that evening!

Hainanese Chicken Rice

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Otah

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Satay

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Prawn paste chicken wings

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Laksa & Chicken Noodle Soup DIY Station

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Thai Fish Cakes

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Thai Deep-fried Tofu

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Thai curries & Pineapple Rice

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Grilled Large Prawns

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Japanese Teriyaki Chicken

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Tempura & Fried Items

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Yakitori

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Garlic Fried Rice & Japanese Curry

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Assorted Sushi Selections

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Chilled Seafood Station – Full of yummy goodness & delicacies!

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“Whelk a la Bourguignonne” – A popular French dish

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Small bites of French Fries & Nacho Chips

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Baked sausages, meatballs, macaroni

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Small bites of wantons, ngoh hiang, etc

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Good Dim Sum selections! Look out for the Liu Sha Bao – and eat to your fill!

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Cold cuts, Sashimi & Salads

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Hearty Pastas & Pizzas

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And you think that’s all? NO! At every table, there is a steamboat pot for some shabu shabu. And this is no ordinary steamboat pot – It’s collagen steamboat full of goodness for our skin!

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The selections for steamboat are great as well. The prawns, especially, were HUGE!

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And of course, how can desserts be missing from any buffet line? The selections here will blow your minds away. Seriously – Everything looks so good but there is only limited space in the stomach!

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Fruits are always good at the end of a good meal. There’re even longans and fresh durian puree!

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Now, even if there is no more space in your stomach, do not leave without trying the Lava cake served with a scoop of Haggen-Dazs ice-cream. This brings you straight to heaven.

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As you can tell by now, the newly revamped Sakura International Buffet line is more than amazing. Not only is the selection mind-blowing, the quality of the food is ensured as well. I’ll surely be back for more meals with my family and friends! Thanks again for the invitation! =D

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