Sunday, 31 May 2015

Today is the last day of May. Before we step into June, don't forget to check out my list of activities happening during the June holidays

Just yesterday, we took part in the Bare Your Sole 2015 walkathon. We are not the 'exercise keep fit' kind of family, so this is pretty challenging for us. Furthermore, this was our first time taking part in such an event. We walked barefooted for 2km and it was definitely not an easy walk for us. The weather was hot, the terrain wasn't exactly smooth and the smallest boy insisted to be carried for most of the distance. Not that I am complaining, but it made us realise and treasure the simple things we have - a pair of shoes! We saw people from all walks of life coming together to do their part to help the underprivileged. I am happy that we did our part for a good cause! Check out the Bare Your Sole website.

First, let us take a wefie

Just keep on walking

The crowd and the beautiful scenery of Sentosa beach

Boys enjoying themselves walking on the sand.
Small J took a super long time before he is willing to walk on the sand.

Sand-covered feet

And we are done!

For the rest of May, we visited the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. The station is only opened to public on public holidays. Which means, it will be opened again tomorrow, Vesak Day. So don't miss it ok?

We also went to the Zoo, zoo, zoo! We watched the beavers swim, the white tigers lazing around, saw a new animal, the Red River Hogs, watched the Elephant show, etc. The boys favourite was feeding the giraffes and the goats. If you are going to the zoo anytime soon, do check out Mummy Ed who has created a Zoo, River Safari and Bird Park Bingo printable.

Each time we visit the Zoo, Big J always ask to feed the giraffe

Big J had fun digging in the sand at the Dinosaurize Me! event at Plaza Singapura. More about this in another post.

In our kitchen, we made a Frozen Yogurt Bite. This is super easy to make and great for getting the kids involve. More about this in another post.

These are some of the highlights we have for May. Onto June we go!

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What to do During the June Holidays

Thursday, 28 May 2015

And the June holidays are here! Thinking of how you can occupy your child? Here is a list of fun and enriching activities happening this June holidays.

Sparkanauts June Holiday Camp
Safra Toa Payoh
15 - 19 Jun 2015 & 22 - 26 Jun 2015
$350 / child

Choose between the 'Stamps' and 'Sea Creatures' themed holiday camps. Children will be engaged in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and hands on activities relating to each theme. At the end of the week, they will go on an excursion to the Philatelic Museum or the River Safari to further enhance their learning experiences. Details and discount code available here. For more information, check out their website.

Jelly Wobble
ION Art Gallery, Level 4 ION Ochard
30 May - 9 Jun 2015
$35 / child

Inspired by the book, The Jelly Who Wouldn't Wobble, this arts experience workshop will have children enjoy a stupendously funny performance, then do Drama based on the story, make art, and dibble, dabble, and even wobble to discover personal expressiveness and creativity. For ages 4 to 8. For more details, please check here.

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
1 Jun 2015 (& other public holidays)

Bring your family to discover part of Singapore's heritage at the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. Opens to public on every public holiday. Read our blogpost when we were there.

Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas
SAM at 8Q (Singapore Art Museum)
Now till 19 Jul 2015
Free for Citizens & PR

Imaginarium is a contemporary art exhibition for children and inspires us to dream big and think large. What might we be able to envision and aspire? What worlds could we imagine for ourselves and create for others? With interactive and immersive artworks and hands-on activities at every turn, Imaginarium offers creative space where inspiration can bloom freely, and joyfully! Read about our review. For more information, check out their website

Dinosaurize Me
Plaza Singapura, Main Atrium, Level 1
29 May - 14 Jun 2015

Discover the lost world of dinosaurs at Plaza Singapura this June holidays with the Argentinosaurus – one of the world’s largest dinosaur. There will be dinosaur-themed art workshops, science shows and a digging pit with hidden fossils waiting to be uncovered! Review here. Details here.

Dinosaur Adventures
OneKM & United Square
Dinosaur Trail @ United Square (27 May - 8 Jun 2015)
Jurassic Challenge @ OneKM (29 May - 18 Jun 2015)
Spend $80* to qualify for an Adventure Pass

Explore the world of Dinosaurs and get up close and personal with these prehistoric creatures in the Dinosaur Trail at United Square. Be a Junior Paleontologist and dig for ancient fossils. Don’t forget to take a photo as a mark of your achievement.

If you are up for more challenges, head over to OneKM Mall, where you can experience a series of high-altitude Jurassic Challenges, such as Rock Climbing, Flying Fox, Abseiling and Para Jump. Proper sports attire with sport shoes and socks are required. Details here.

Nickelodeon Slime Cup
Downtown East
6 Jun - 7 Jun 2015

Get ready and get set for a Nickelodeon weekend of slimey sports and games! Besides meeting Dora the Explorer, Diego, SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, kids stand the chance to take home Nickelodeon goodie bags and instant photos.

Come down, compete in the various SEA Games inspired sports challenges at the Nickelodeon Slime Cup at Downtown East. Don’t forget to bring extra clothes for the slimey games. For more information, please check here.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dojo Experience
Downtown East
29 May - 28 Jun 2015

Explore the Turtles’ Dojo training grounds and learn the ways of the ninja through participating in a series of secret ninja activities, which include tackling obstacles in the Turtles’ Dojo and zipping through all the way to the finish line. Kids from age six and up have the opportunity to test their courage, teamwork, accuracy and agility through a variety of Turtles-themed games. 

Date: 29 May - 28 Jun 2015
Time: Weekdays (including Vesak Day) – 1pm – 8pm; Weekends – 11am – 8pm
Location: Event Square at Downtown East, Singapore
*NTUC/nEbO members receive 2 entry passes with a $20 spend, while general public will receive 1 entry pass with a $20 spend.
For more information, please check here.

There is also a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Meet & Greet session during the following timings. Passes will be issued 30 minutes before the Meet & Greet session.

Barney's Jukebox Party
City Square Mall
6 - 21 Jun 2015

Barney, BJ and Baby Bop are back this June school holidays with a super fun retro show featuring your favourite hits with a new twist! Catch Barney's Jukebox Party live on stage at the L1 Atrium from 6 to 21 Jun (daily except Mondays) at the below showtimes:
Tues - Fri: 1pm and 7pm
Sat and Sun: 1pm, 4pm and 7pm

Fun with Spongebob Squarepants & Friends
1 - 14 Jun 2015

Aviva SuperFundae
Gardens by the Bay
20 Jun 2015
$28 / person

Let your kids be entertained with over 20 super fun activities such as outdoor play and imaginative play. Then treat them to lots of free gummies and sundaes. End the day by watching a movie under the stars with your family. For more information, check out their website.

The Kidz Academy 2015
Suntec Singapore
5 - 7 Jun 2015

Join free trial classes, enjoy stage performances and many activities to keep your kids entertained. There are prizes to be won and meet and greet session with characters from Pocoyo and Minion. Details here.

Storytelling Comes Alive! with Playmobil
Palawan Beach, Sentosa
6 - 28 Jun 2015
Free (does not include Sentosa's admission fee)

Let your imagination take you on a fantastic storytelling journey! Enjoy interactive storytelling session and watch the characters come alive right in front of your own eyes. Event highlights include three customised stories, life-size rides at the Carnival by the Beach ($5 per ride) and create your very own arts & crafts piece at Little Hands & Minds ($5 per craft).

SEA Games Carnival
Singapore Sports Hub
31 May - 16 Jun 2015

Immerse yourself in the SEA Games spirit by heading down to the 28th SEA Games Carnival. Have a go at giant inflatables in the junior zone, creative sports try-outs, Laser Tag and walk-on-water for the more adventurous. Coupled with a slew of light shows and artist performances, the carnival is the perfect option to complete your 28th SEA Games experience. For the list of activities, check here.

Singapore Zoo
30 May - 28 Jun 2015 (Weekends only)

The latest addition the Singapore Zoo. Come visit the 4 little cute Koalas and enjoy an exciting array of activities at the koala’s housewarming party. For more information, check out here.

June Holiday Programmes @ KidsStop
Various dates

Choose from 3 holiday programmes for your child to learn about science and exploration. Learn to make ice cream, a shadow puppet or try to solve a mystery. For more information, check out their website.

Children's Season @ Science Centre
Science Centre
30 May - 28 Jun 2015

Looking for a unique experience for your inquisitive child? Look no further! Check out these fun activities that fan across Children's Season! More details here.

Children's Season 2015
Various museums
30 May - 28 Jun 2015

Children’s Season is an annual event for the young ones to go on a trip to discover heritage, art, culture, and science, as well as other everyday aspects of life in Singapore. With dedicated children’s exhibitions and interactive activities to delight and enlighten, it will be a fun time for all! More information here.

Children's Season Open House @ SPM
Singapore Philatelic Museum
31 May, 7 Jun 2015
Details here

Cadets, Fall In!
Army Museum of Singapore
Various dates
Free for Citizens & PR

Let your boys or girls experience the life of Basic Military Training in this special event. There are various time slots on selected dates. Check here for more details.

Flowery Fun Times with Nursery Rhymes
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
22 May - 19 Jul 2015

Step into a world filled with beloved characters such as Mary and her little lamb, the old lady in her shoe, and Old MacDonald with his farm animals. Amidst a field of colourful Lupins, Delphiniums and Foxgloves, find Humpty Dumpty before his fall and visit Mary in her garden! Local favourites such as " 客人来" will be featured as well! More details here.

A Narrow Escape
Central Public Library
14 Jun 2015
$5 / person

Explore Singapore's national monuments and unravel a mystery from the past. Begin your adventure with a story-telling session and hop on to a bus trail to collect clues to find out the story's ending.

Smurfs Live On Stage
Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
12 - 14 Jun 2015

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. Will the Smurfs be able to stop Gargamel? Find out in this magical musical story where your favourite Smurfs are together, Live On Stage! Details here.

Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt
Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
30 May - 1 Jun 2015

Oink! Oink! 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. Full sail, ahoy! Details here.

Heritage Trails
Various places in Singapore

These Heritage Trails are part of Singapore's on-going efforts to document and promote the different areas that Singaporeans live, work and play. Many of these areas have rich historical or social memories that we may not be aware of. Embark on these heritage trails and experience the untold stories behind the streets and landmarks of Singapore. Details here.

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QuickGrab Fragranced Nappy Disposal Bags

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

If you have ever entered a public baby diaper changing room, you would probably identify the strong smell coming from the room. Yes! The smell of a mixture of baby's poop and urine. *pinch my nose*

On many occasions, as I was trying to change Small J's diaper in the changing room, I had to hold my breath, quickly change him and dash out of the room. If he had a poopy diaper, I would also feel guilty of contributing to the stench.

At home, lazy Mommy me, would just simply throw his diaper into our rubbish bin inside our house instead of the main rubbish chute outside the house. Then, as the day goes by, the stench gets worst. If it was a poopy diaper, I would bag it in a plastic bag first before throwing into the bin. However, the odour still managed to drift out of the bin. 

Do you face the same stinky problem too? QuickGrab Fragranced Nappy Disposal Bag to the rescue!

When I first opened the QuickGrab nappy bag, my first thought was 'Eh... Isn't this just a normal plastic bag?' But when I took a quick sniff, I could smell the powdery scent from the bag, just like baby powder. These bags are specially scented to neutralise any unpleasant odours and able to provide long lasting odour protection. As stated on the product information,

'The fragrance is embedded into the bags and will not 'evaporate' over time. The fragrance stays and diffuses into its surroundings, leaving a clean and fresh scent.'

After using the bags for about one week, I must say I am very satisfied with them. I have tried putting a poopy diaper in the bag and tried to smell it from the outside, but I could only smell the fragrance of the bag, not the poop! My house also does not smell of smelly diapers anymore.

How do you use these bags? Just use it like normal plastic bags!

1. Change baby's diaper.
2. Grab a QuickGrab fragranced bag.
3. Placed the dirty diaper, along with any wet wipes or tissues, into the bag.
4. Tie it up and throw it into the bin. 

Easy peasy! The bags are just the right size, not too big and not too small, perfect for our little ones' diapers.

As you know, plastic bags can be quite slippery. While I was pulling the bag from the pack, I am worried that all the bags would slip out together, resulting in a huge plastic bag mess. Fret not, because these bags are specially packed such that they get dispensed one bag at a time. This makes it so easy and convenient to use. The QuickGrab nappy bags are naturally degradable and environmentally-friendly too.

I know some of you might be thinking that using these bags means an additional step of bagging the diapers. Just throw them straight into the bin, why so troublesome? Well, for your own house, I have nothing to say if you like it smelly. But when you are using a public diaper changing room, let's do our part for the other users. There are some nursing rooms which have the diaper changing facilities in the same area. Can you imagine another Mommy trying to nurse her little one in a smelly room?

You can get these QuickGrab Fragranced Nappy Disposal Bags from Vaby and Kulily at just $4.50 for a pack of 125 bags. For more information, check out their Website and Facebook Page.


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My Cooking Journey: Spare Ribs with Black Beans

Monday, 25 May 2015

Spare Ribs with Black Beans is one of the common dimsum dish. I tried making this at home and I think it should be a success because both hubby and I think the taste is great!

This is another easy dish on my list. I love steamed dishes because that means less things to clean up too.

Spare Ribs with Black Beans
250g Spare Ribs
1 tbsp Black Bean, crushed slightly with a fork
Ginger, strips (amount to your preference)
Garlic, minced (amount to your preference)
1 tsp Oyster Sauce
1 tsp Sesame Oil
1 tsp Sugar
1 red Chilli, cut (Optional)

1. Heat wok with oil. Put in black bean, ginger and garlic and stir fry till fragrant. Set aside.
2. In steaming plate, put in the Spare ribs, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sugar, chilli and the fried black beans from step 1. Mix everything together.
3. Heat up steamer. When the water has boiled, put in the spare ribs and steam for 20 mins on medium. Serve.

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If I Were a Time Traveller

Thursday, 21 May 2015

If you have the power to travel through time, what would you do? Would you choose to travel to the future to take a look at your life at that point in time? Or to find out the winning lottery so you could have a windfall? Or would you choose to travel back in time hoping to change something that you had done in the past? Either way, how would your life be different now? 

If I have a time travelling machine, I think I would not use it to change anything in the past. I would not choose to travel to the future because I think it is quite scary to know about our future. However, I would love to travel back in time to reminisce those happy moments once again.

These are many memories that I would love to go back and rejoice the moments again. If I were to only choose one, it would be my childhood days.

My faint memory of my childhood days was pretty carefree and worry-free. At least that's how I remember it to be. Not sure how my parents felt at that time though.

Those were the days when we were free to run and play with neighbours after school. There were no worries of mountains of homework or enrichments. The neighbours' kids and us were free to play downstairs without having our parents standing at the side to look after us. Neighbours were kind enough to help keep a look out for each other. These neighbours were also very kind to offer food whenever they had extras. There were Chinese, Malay and Indian food. Not forgetting, the doors in our neighbourhood were always open!

I also remember waiting for the snacks and goodies van or motorbike which would come around every evening to sell delicious street foods. When we heard the honk, many people would flock towards the van. Yummy!

Of course, there were also time when we spent time as a family which I still treasured even till now. My parents would bring us for swimming every Sunday, not for swimming lessons, but just having fun in the pool with my family. My dad would drove me around on his motorbike just downstairs our house, psst... without helmets! My mum would also prepare many delicious food and snacks for us too!

Those were the days!

How would you use your time travelling machine? Which are the moments in life that you would love to relive again?


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Tomorrow, May from A Million Little Echoes will be sharing about her day.

Embark on an adventure with us at A Million Little Echoes as we unfold our stories by bits and pieces. This is our cosy alcove. A diary which I hold dearly, providing a chronological framework of my family’s walk with life. My duties are innumerable but life has become more purposeful because I am now a mother. One that stays at home for a boy and a girl. Join May on her time travelling machine

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