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How brown seaweed extract helps people heal breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes and more!

Deep down in the ocean, a far eastern part of Russia, off the Asiatic part of the Siberian continent, near the Kuril Islands between Japan and Kamchatka, sits a bed of miracle sea plant – commonly known as brown seaweed, otherwise known as Maritech Synergy(patented). They are not farmed; they are ocean grown. And they are not easy to harvest. But these rare plants are so precious. Inside the large elephant-type of leaf is lots of gooey inside (think aloe vera). When you cut it in half, you can even see some of the polysaccharide (that gooey substance inside the leaf). It’s a tedious process to extract those goodness but all effort is worth it. These extracts are then turned into paste or powder form for consumption.

So what’s the big deal?

Sure, it’s a big deal. These extract helps maintain good health and save lives. Ever wonder why the rate of breast cancer in Japan, for example, is significantly lower than in the United States? Exactly.

It also helps people who experience acid reflux and digestion problems. It regulates appetite and keeps your hair nail and skin healthy. I call it a wellness “food”.

While LHL is at the diabetic topic, I thought more people should learn that Maritech Synergy also helps lower serum, thus helping people with type 2 diabetes go off their medication in about a month or two. Type 1 will take less insulin; say one shot instead of three shots of insulin daily when they consume Maritech Synergy.

And this can be found in Mitos Activa!

If you are interested, click here to purchase.
Don’t forget to enter the promo code for discount <9517676>.

Stay healthy!

Any idea what cause dead skin to build up?

We have sebaceous glands that produce naturally hydrating oils and a built-in process that constantly produces new skin cells while shedding the old. Each day, we shed nearly 40,000 skin cells!

As we catch up with age, these innate processes slow down, causing dead skin to buildup. It doesn’t help that many of us are guilty of not cleansing our skin throughly each night. Excess oil, makeup, or other products will block and prevent our body from naturally creating new cells and shedding old ones. Just picture a traffic jam on a weekday along PIE at 6.30pm. When they are too many cars on the road, things slow down and sometimes even to a halt. Same for our skin.

It might also be the types of food we eat, our level of hygiene, and even our climates. And when a buildup of dead skin stays in the pore for too long, and mixes with sebum, our pores get clogged, bacteria grows leading to breakouts.

So what do we do?

Experts say not to rub or use harsh products on our skin, especially not on acne-prone skin; because removing too much natural oil during the process will cause your skin to react and produce more, which can cause more breakouts as the follicles become blocked all over again.

Sure, you should use gentle oil-free cleanser with exfoliating properties which will remove dead skin, but more than working on just the exterior, work on your body inside out. I supplement with Mitos Activa. Just one capsule each morning on an empty stomach.

Precious Ingredients in Mitos Activa

You will find lots of “treasure” in Mitos Activa, such as, Maritech Synergy, Trans-Resveratrol, Dermaval, Rose Placenta, Cordyceps Prime, Aloe Vera Powder, Mangosteen Extract and Pomegranate.

I’m sure that your next question is “what do they do”?

Click here to read more.

Personal Experience

I’ve been taking Mitos Activa for more than a year and it has “rebooted” my health, reduced scaring on my nose bridge, helped with hair growth after pregnancy, shrank my big pores and reduced dead skin accumulation.

On my recent appointment with Kadence, a very established Elusyf consultant, I saw my “skin health reports” and smiled with contentment. There was tremendous improvement in my skin conditions.

Elusyf dead skin

The imaged on the top left was taken in March 2016 and the image on bottom right was taken just about and around a week ago. The accumulation of dead skin one year ago was horrendous. My dead skin was getting out of hand! And because I had sensitive skin, using harsh exfoliating products will cause my skin to react. I needed something that works from within, not just externally. I want to maintain a happy, healthy, glowing, smooth skin and my solution was Elusyf Mitos Activa.

It wasn’t just dead skin issues I had back then. I hated my enlarged pores. It was something that bothered me since my teenage days. My mum brought me to many demonologists but none could fix my problems but Elusyf did. It came late but better than never. I was 30 when I first started on Elysyf Wellness Programme. I’m so thankful to have come across this product and I hope others will benefit from it too.

Elusyf Density of pores

Just look at how the density of my pores shrank. From these images you can also see the crisscross lines forming (collagen). Collagen is a structural support protein that is essential for firm, youthful skin.

As the synthesis of new collagen slows down, Mitos Activa helps boost collagen synthesis and slow its degradation. And to top it off, I also use Elusyf Phytomask which helps increase collagen synthesis, aids in cell regeneration, reduces fine lines, smoothen skin, lighten dark spots, nourishes, hydrates and repairs skin.

I’ve been consuming Elusyf Mitos Activa and Phytomask for over a year and will continue to use them simply because it WORKS! Elusyf Wellness Programme is premium, exclusive, yet it doesn’t break the bank. As cliche as it may sound, I still got to say it – prevention is better than cure.

If you are interested, click here to purchase.
Don’t forget to enter the promo code for discount <9517676>.

Health is wealth.

Piece of Peace

PIECE OF PEACE: WORLD HERITAGE EXHIBIT BUILT WITH LEGO BRICK

One morning, while checking my inbox, the word “LEGO” screamed right into my face. The rest of the email had to wait. Both S&A were into LEGO lately, you could well call them LEGO fanatic. We played with LEGO almost every single day! Needless to say, when I asked my children if they were interested in attending “Piece of Peace: World Heritage Exhibit Built with LEOG Brick”, they concurrently screamed “YES YES YES!!!”, then hopped and jumped around like little bunnies, did a short dance routine and attempted to do a flip! Very dramatic, I know.

So yes, we went for the media invite and we were glad we did.

 

DO YOU KNOW?

Piece of Peace

Singapore is the first ASEAN country to host this exhibition! It will be held from 27 July to 3 September 2017 at the Fort Canning Arts Centre. If you are interested in this exhibition, save the dates. The Singapore leg of the “Piece of Peace: World Heritage Exhibit Built with LEOG Brick” world tour will only be held once, ONCE!

Piece of Peace

The second I walked into the exhibition hall, I was awed. Piece of Peace exhibit is an awesome spectacle of over 40 famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites from 34 counties. These sites are now reimagined by LEGO bricks with stunning details. Some iconic structures include the Australia’s Sydney Opera House, China’s Great Wall, India’s Taj Mahal as well as our Singapore Botanic Gardens!

 

THE EXHIBITION

The Piece of Peace exhibition is spread over two storeys at the Fort Canning Arts Centre. On one level sits the main exhibits which is divided into three zones: (1) LOVE EARTH ZONE; (2) LOVE ASIA ZONE; and (3) LOVE ASEAN ZONE.

LOVE EARTH AND LOVE ASIA zones showcase installations of 34 reconstructed World Heritage Sites from 25 counties.

LOVE EARTH

  • Palace of Westminster, London, UK
  • Acropolis, Athens, Greece
  • Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay, Brittany, France
  • Paris, Banks of the Seine, Paris, France
  • Piazza del Duomo, Pisa, Italy
  • Colosseum, Holy See, Italy
  • Roskilde Cathedral, Roskilde, Denmark
  • Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace, Bremen, Germany
  • Basilica of Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
  • St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia
  • Buda Castle, Budapest, Hungary
  • St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
  • Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout, Alblasserwaard, Netherlands
  • Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae, Lake Nasser, Egypt
  • Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid, Giza, Egypt
  • Statue of Liberty, New York City, United States of America
  • Historic Town of Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Coro and its Port, Falcon, Venezuela
  • Moai, Napa Nui, Chile
  • Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Cathedral of Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil
  • Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

LOVE ASIA

  • Taj Mahal, Agra, India
  • Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon, South Korea
  • The Great Wall, Beijing, China
  • Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, Sichuan, China
  • Sqayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
  • Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto, Japan
  • Himeji-jo, Hyogo, Japan
  • Shuri-jo, Okinawa, Japan
  • Fujisan, Shizuoka, Japan

LOVE ASEAN shine the spotlight on 9 World Heritage Sites found in ASEAN countries.

LOVE ASEAN

  • Angkor, SIem Reap, Cambodia
  • Complex of Hue Monuments, Thua Thien – Hue, Vietnam
  • Borobudur Temple Compounds, Central Jave, Indonesia
  • Town of Lusang Prabang, Luang Prabang, Lao
  • Kinabalu Park, (Represented by Slipper Orchid)< Sabah, Malaysia
  • Pyu Ancient Cities, Myanmar
  • Historic City of Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore
  • Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns, Sukhothai and Kamphaeng Phet, Thailand

 

ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN

Piece of Peace

One level below the main exhibition, the Piece of Peace exhibition continues with a Singapore-themed zone and kids play zone. In the “Cities of Wonders”, kids can delve into separate worlds and run wild with their imagination. They will get to role-play, create with LEGO and discover fun facts along the way!

 

BRICK BY BRICK SG

Piece of Peace

Other highlights include the Brick by Brick SG where you can create your own pieces of work. The most creative models will be kept and be used to build a Singapore inspired topographical map.

 

LIMITED EDITION FOOD CULTURE MINI-BUILDS

Interested in getting your hands on the limited edition food culture mini-builds (Nyonya Kueh)? Spend a minimum of S$40 on PIECE OF PEACE tickets and $80 on LEGO products at PIECE OF PEACE LEGO store in a single receipt.

 

DETAILS

Date: 27 July to 3 September 2017

Time:
Monday to Thursday & Eve of Public Holiday
Operating Hours: 10am – 9pm
Last Admission: 8pm

Friday to Sunday & Public Holiday
Operating Hours: 10am – 12mn
Last Admission: 11pm

Venue: Fort Canning Arts Centre, 5 Cox Terrace, Singapore 179620

Fees: Infant (under 4 years old) Free, Children (4-16 years old) & Seniors (above 60 years old) $13 (Weekdays) $15 (Weekends), All 17 years old & above $17 (Weekdays) $19 (Weekends)

Tickets are available for purchase here.

*To maximise enjoyment of the event, only 1,800 visitors will be permitted per day.

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PJ MASK AT THE PARK

PJ Mask isn’t fiction, it’s real (as if)! I’ve just seen Owlette and Catboy at the park early this morning discussing their next BIG plan. Their real identities are covered for safety reasons. Some times, they are dressed in civilian attire to hide under the radar.

This morning, they travelled on their scooter to the park.

PJ Mask

PJ Mask

 

OWLETTE AND CATBOY’S ADVENTURE AT THE PLAYGROUND

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Playing pretend with his big sister! So now Arnold is steering the ship! Ahoy!

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And Sonia is checking out if there are any pirates out there! Keep safe, stay safe.

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Sonia loves the swing as much as I do!

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Just watching this pair of siblings interacts make anyone smile.

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Grandma on nanny duty!

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BENEFITS OF PLAY PRETEND

All kids play pretend. Sonia and Arnold do that a lot! At the nearby playground, they pretended they were in a ship. On the swing, they pretended they were flying. On the rock wall, they pretended they were Spiderman, etc. They called the leaves “treasures” and stones “diamonds”.

I like it when they experience walking in someone’s shoes. It helps build on their social and emotional skills, and also their self-esteem! Playing pretend calls upon important cognitive thinking skills that they will use in every aspect of their life. And by playing with them allows me a chance to positively enhance their learning experiences and strengthen my relationship with them. Bonding. Especially for Arnold, play pretend helps with language development. I find opportunities to extend on language skills by paraphrasing what he said using more descriptive language and exchanging conversations using expressive language examples. Do not underestimate your child’s ability to learn.

Above all, play pretend is fun and enjoyable.

 

LEARNING ON THE MOVE

PJ Mask

I always find any opportunity to teach my kids new things along the way. There are always some kind of learning materials in my bag and today I took out some new Chinese characters we had just learned not too long ago. It was revision on the move!

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This way, it makes learning less stressful and more fun!

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PJ Mask

After all the fun, it was time for breakfast. We ran to the nearest hut and “chop” the seats. And from my multi-purposes bag, I took out a microscope. They like all kind of “scope” – telescope, microscope, stethoscope…

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Sonia tried using opaque objects (e.g. leaf) and it didn’t work. She later tried water and saw how the molecules looked like.

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Arnold is giving it a go too!

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After a while, I realised they enjoyed playing with the dropper more than the microscope.

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So more water for the Owlette!

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WORKING OUT THE LITTLE MUSCLES

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Arnold offered grandma a shield and she made good use of the shield to shield the sun.

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It was a beautiful day and all of us had loads of fun at the park! What not to like?!?

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TAKE IT OUTSIDE

Her eyes barely opened, still stretching herself in bed, half yawning while asking “Mummy, are we going to school today?”. I threw my arm over her and gave her a tight hug, then told her “no, sweetheart; it’s Sunday”.

“So can we go to the park?”

“Sure!”

And then, suddenly, I saw ‘energy’ in her eyes.

“Arnold, WAKE UP NOW! It’s MORNING! Faster brush your teeth. Mummy said we can go to the park. Are you listening? I say WAKE. UP. NOW.” and she went on as she stomped her way to his bed. #thingskidsdo

It was so early on a Sunday morning, but all of us were awake! We weren’t going to waste our time lazing on bed. Weather was awesome and we had to get out! We did.

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Let’s take it outside!

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2017 07 17 - Take it outside

Outdoor play is so important! It’s the best place for toddlers to practice and master emerging physical skills.

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It is outdoor that children can fully and freely experience motor skills like running, leaping, hopping and jumping!

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And it is outdoors that children are likely to burn more calories, thus preventing obesity and other kind of diseases.

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Work it out, kids!

2017 07 17 - Take it outside

2017 07 17 - Take it outside

2017 07 17 - Take it outside

2017 07 17 - Take it outside

2017 07 17 - Take it outside

2017 07 17 - Take it outside

2017 07 17 - Take it outside

2017 07 17 - Take it outside

Benefits of outdoor play

Outdoor play is also awesome for bonding! We were playing at the swing when a random stranger asked if we would like her to help take some pictures of us! I thought, why not? So she took my camera from the ground and started snapping some photos of us. This is my favourite! I haven’t smiled like this in a long time. I thought I lost my happiness and there it was, happiness. My children brought me happiness, lots of happiness, a different kind of happiness. I’m so thankful and grateful. A stranger showed me what happiness is. Thank you, stranger.

 

BENEFITS OF OUTDOOR PLAY

  • Vision
    Ditch the tablets and go outdoor! A study reported by Optometry and Vision Science found that children who spend time outside have better distance vision than those who primarily play indoor.
  • Health
    With more room to play, children are often more active outdoor, which helps them build strong bones and good fitness levels. It also helps burn off extra energy and calories. Besides, being in the sunshine allows children, and even yourself, to naturally absorb vital vitamin D, a lack of which can lead to Rickets.
  • Explore
    Encourage children to play with slides, swings, see-saw or anything that may seem challenging to them. Teach them to push their boundaries and become good at risk assessment. It may involve children getting dirty, wet, or falling over, these experiences help to build their confidence and is an important part of learning about skills and limitations. Everyday life involves a certain degree of risk and children need to learn how to cope with this from an early age.
  • Social Skills
    Taking it outside, having unstructured play promotes a wide range of skills. It is less crowded and less intimidating; those helps children to naturally come out of their shells and be more social. This means that children will be more willing to join in activities, to play in groups, learn to share, learn to negotiate and learn how to resolve conflicts. They will also be more likely to talk to different children and make new friends. These all encourages children to learn social skills and how to interact with other children. It promotes self-confidence, resiliency and self-advocacy, all of which can help children learn how to develop healthy relationships and to become leaders.
  • Reduce Stress
    Who says only adults have stress? Kids have stress too! Spending time outside playing is such a huge outlet for stress. It’s relaxing and some say that seeing green spaces can help decrease kids’ stress levels. Besides, it is good for their mental health.

 

LEARNING OUTDOOR

Benefits of outdoor play

After exhausting their energy, we went to a nearby hut to have our breakfast. They had their favourite super awesome pumpkin porridge with cod fish, spinach and carrot. Even I love it too! After that, we did colouring, pictures after pictures…

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Benefits of outdoor play

Benefits of outdoor play

Benefits of outdoor play

Benefits of outdoor play

Benefits of outdoor play

Benefits of outdoor play

Arnold got bored very quickly so he took out his portable microphone and started singing. Sometimes he pretends to be a DJ “Good morning everyone, my name is Arnold Ong”. Now the entire neighbourhood knows his name.

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Benefits of outdoor play

Soaking in nature is lots of fun too!

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Benefits of outdoor play

Benefits of outdoor play

Benefits of outdoor play

Now Sonia and Arnold know what a bark is. Bark shading can be fun too!

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Sonia thought the bark was too rough. She wanted to shade on a smooth bark and so we went from tree to tree to shade.

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Benefits of outdoor play

Benefits of outdoor play

Benefits of outdoor play

But none was smooth enough. Finally she found one…

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…a lamp post… That’s NOT a tree! Haha… We all had a good laugh, but shaded against the lamp post anyway.

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So did Arnold. It was a day well spent.

Playing with sand at ECP

I frequent ECP as a kid and later when I learned how to roller blade, I find myself soaking at East Coast at least three times a week. That’s also where we used to cycle and blade. This place holds lots of good memories I can’t let go. And now, I’m building new memories with my children.

Playing with sand at ECP

Filled with excitements, we left home to the beach! Arnold grabbed his scooter and Sonia took her bicycle. My mum dragged a wagon filled with water bottles, wet wipes, change of clothes, towels, tissue paper, biscuits, and everything else she deemed necessary (which is a lot)! I’m not complaining because these things always come in handy and I’m thankful to have such a thoughtful mum like her!

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There she is, following just behind with a wagon filled with love…

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

We were riding, scooting, walking and running along ECP, looking for a nice place to rest our feet. And there we saw a bunch of kids playing by the beach. S&A passed me their “vehicles” and ran to join them.

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Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Just a simple “hi” and everyone were friends already! They shared toys and started building their kind of sandcastles.

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

I still remembered the times when S&A were about a year old; they fear touching sand, let not to say, play in it! Now look at them today!

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My dear son, be bold and brave. Always know that mummy is by your side.

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Standing by the shore, feeling the cool water beneath your feet, sinking into earth, listening to the sound of splashing water. There’s peace.

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Playing with sand at ECP

This smile is priceless.

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By the time we were done playing with sand, we were all sticky and sandy. Just around the playground there were children cubicles and so we washed up a little before heading to the playground.

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Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Magic mirror!

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Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Arnold loves it too!

 

A day at the beach was nothing but fun! We all had a fruitful morning and the kids had a satisfying nap. I’m already looking forward to our next trip there!

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A DAY AT EAST COAST PARK

We were blessed with awesome weather! Thanks god! The past few days’ weather had been unpredictable. This morning when we woke up, we saw a very dark sky and in my head, I was already thinking about our wet weather program. I didn’t want to disappoint Sonia and Arnold, so we went ahead and drove to East Coast Park anyway. The ground was wet but it wasn’t raining, yet (heng ah).

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My gems took their scooter and starting scooting while Jo and I chased after behind them. Just watching them laugh and giggle is priceless.

East Coast Beach, Singapore

East Coast Beach, Singapore

Why that face? Because jiejie didn’t wait for him…

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East Coast Beach, Singapore

East Coast Beach, Singapore

Why that face? Because he saw a BIRD! Gee… Simple joy!

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I love my kids so so much! I believe every mom can relate.

East Coast Beach, Singapore

East Coast Beach, Singapore

East Coast Beach, Singapore

East Coast Beach, Singapore

Actually I quite like the weather – cooling, not sunny, perfect. Along the way we saw a breakwater and the kids asked  what’s that for? Why is there a number 4 written on the rock? Can they climb up the “hill”? Haha.. curious little kids, I like! Even simple trips to the beach can be educational!

If you wonder, breakwaters are there to break the waves before it reaches the coast. This is so the waves energy will be largely reduced by the breakwaters thereby protecting the coast from erosion.

East Coast Beach, Singapore

East Coast Beach, Singapore

Teaching them to climb up a breakwater.

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East Coast Beach, Singapore

East Coast Beach, Singapore

Finally, we are up there!!!

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East Coast Beach, Singapore

I love having small talks with them on the breakwater. So calming, so comfortable.

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And so we spent the next 10 minutes staring into the sea.

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East Coast Beach, Singapore

East Coast Beach, Singapore

East Coast Beach, Singapore

After spending quite some time at the breakwater, the kids wanted to go to the playground and so we did!

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Off we go…

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East Coast Beach, Singapore

They stop each time they spot a set of footprint!

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East Coast Beach, Singapore

East Coast Beach, Singapore

East Coast Beach, Singapore

East Coast Beach, Singapore

East Coast Beach, Singapore

I’m so proud of Sonia! She did this all by herself! #proudmummy

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East Coast Beach, Singapore

Arnold didn’t make it up but never mind. Next time.

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East Coast Beach, Singapore

East Coast Beach, Singapore

East Coast Beach, Singapore

I love this!

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And this.

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And this!

We had a beautiful day but it would be even better if daddy was able to join us. Hopefully the next time! Anyway, aza aza fighting daddy! We know you are busy at work!

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CRAFT WORK FOR VALENTINE DAY

Wool you be my valentine?

I know this is long overdue but I still want to share this craft work with you! About two months ago, we did this – “WOOL YOU BE MY VALENTINE?”

Valentine’s Day hasn’t been special to me until three years ago! No, that’s not when I met my husband or married him. That’s when Arnold was born. That morning, very early in the morning, I was already in the labour room, waiting to meet him. The contraction came and went, and to the cut a long story short, he arrived in this beautiful world in my arms. That feeling was magic, something I will never forget even when I’m old with dementia. I wanted to teach my kids about Valentine’s Day, in a way they could understand, so I thought of this!

Since Valentine’s Day is about love and giving, why not make something special and unique for all their teachers. I printed a picture of a sheep with a header “WOOL YOU BE MY VALENTINE?”.

This crafting activity is simple and easy to do. Even 3 years old kids are capable of doing them!

 

WHAT YOU NEED?

All you need is a paintbrush, glue, and some fluffy pom poms! Easy and not messy! I like! If you do not have pom poms, you can use any other materials as deem fit. Perhaps old magazine, beads, or even plastic or paper bags. Just shred them into smaller pieces and paste!

 

CRAFTING IN PROGRESS

First, I poured some glue onto a small cardboard. You can use a paint plate if you like. After which hand your kids a brush each, so they can spread the glue all over the sheep.

Craft for valentine day

Craft for valentine day

Next, give them some fluffy pom poms to stick on the sheep.

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Craft for valentine day

Craft for valentine day

Craft for valentine day

We went on and on until we finished a whole bag of pom poms!

Craft for valentine day

Craft for valentine day

Even after so, we had a few more cards left; so Sonia decided to colour them with colour pencils and Arnold followed suit.

Craft for valentine day

Craft for valentine day

Craft for valentine day

Craft for valentine day

Craft for valentine day

Craft for valentine day

Very proud of his work!

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Very proud of her work!

Craft for valentine day

I told her to pose and here’s what she did…

Craft for valentine day

Craft for valentine day

Crafting with my kids allow me to bond better with them! Although sometimes I end up clearing a really big mess, we had fun and that’s all that mattered! Kids learn through play.

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REMEDY FOR THE BUSY MUMS AND DADS AND AH GONGS AND AH MAHS

I’m not going to tell you that you will get flawless skin in 5 days, or a flat stomach in 2. Your aches in the bones won’t go away overnight, neither will your scars. Looking good and being healthy takes time, effort, and discipline. And of course some common sense, many people lack. It astounds me that people believe in quick fix many brands promised yet never delivers, because deep within, we all know, there are no magic or miracles. Unfortunately, these take time and that’s how our body works!

If you are looking for a quick fix, you can stop reading now. But if you are looking for a sustainable healthy lifestyle, please read on. I have good things to share!

My secret to good health and great complexion is to look after my body inside out. ‘Inside” I consume Elusyf Cell Activa SP800 supplements; and ‘Outside’ I use Elusyf Activa Phytomask. I know, there are thousands of other supplements out there, all screaming for your attention. Some works, some doesn’t. I’ve tried many myself and finally found one that worked for me and my family too!

I started using Elusyf Activa Phytomask before I learned the existence of Elusyf Cell Activa SP800 supplements. And when I started on my Elusyf Wellness Program, the rest was history. Life gets better each day!

 

ELUSYF ACTIVA PHYTOMASK

I’m have masks, lots of them. Paper mask, gel mask, cream mask, clay mask, scrub mask, thermal mask, natural mask, peel-off mask, and the list goes on. I tried masks from Singapore, Korea, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong, Dubai, and USA! I would call myself a Mask Expert!

In the past, I used to think nothing of paper mask. To me, they were mere convenient packs, something like fast food, easy to use, fills your stomach but may not give you the optimum results. Boy, I WAS WRONG! I just haven’t found the right one!

The Chinese says 一分钱,一分货。It simply means “you get what you pay for”! Elusyf Activa Phytomask is slightly dearer than those Korean sheet masks I buy off the shelves but the effect is “WOW”!

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There is this thin cotton sheet doused in lots and lots of goodness! There are plant placenta, yeast extract, bird’s nest extract, hyaluronic acid, pearl powder and Arbutin. Goodness overloaded!

Effects of Elusyf phytomask

All of these goodness aids in cell regeneration, increase collagen synthesis, reduce fine lines and smoothen my skin. It also helps to lighten dark spots, improves dilated pores and is rich in antioxidant. What I like best is how it hydrates and plump up my skin! Elusyf is very generous with their ‘minerals’! I always keep and save it for later! I use the remaining ‘goodness’ on my face, neck, arms and legs!

1 box of Elusyf phytomask is going for SGD 55.
2 boxes of Elusyf phytomask are going for SGS 99.
And more discounts when you enter the promo code <9517676>.

 

ELUSYF WELLNESS PROGRAMME

Being a woman is not easy. Being a mother is double the toughness! Imagine having to look after two toddlers who constantly require lots of attention; who occasionally decide to thrown a tantrum or even worse, an explosive meltdown; who wake up in the middle of the night and want your company; who mess up the house as you try your very best to tidy it up; who flip over that very nutritional bowl of porridge you painstaking cooked for hours; who tear the drafts you meant to submit the very next morning. How not to age? These are emotionally, physically, and mentally exhausting!

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So where do I find the energy to work, nurture my children, design and create learning activity sheets for them, and still be their playmate? I attribute that to a healthy lifestyle. Here’s my Daily Health Checklist –>

 

Elusyf Wellness Program

The first thing I do every morning is to drink a glass of water with Elusyf Cell Activa SP800 supplement. I place my box of supplements next to my toothbrush so I will never forget eating them!

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I’ve been consuming Elusyf Cell Activa SP800 supplements for more than half a year, and the result – awesome. You know how looking after toddlers takes up so much energy, so much so, at the end of the day, I’m flat, totally drained. And more than often, I don’t get to sleep through the night! While my daughter is much more independent now, my son is only three. Plus, we are in the midst of toilet training him, thus we are always running to the toilet, if not, cleaning and washing soiled clothes and bedsheets. I need to keep my energy level up all day, and night!

After consuming Elusyf Cell Activa SP 800 supplements for about about two to three months, I started to see improvement with my health. I felt more energised, less lethargic, and I could focus and concentrate better. The scar between my eyes (on my nose bridge) significantly lightened. I also realised that my wound healed faster than before. It helps facilitate the regeneration of cells, tissues and organs, and boosts my body’s metabolism! Even better, my pores shrunk and my complexion got so much better! I’ll let the results do the talking!

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I’m hitting the bulleye soon! The one on wrinkles improved so much (from the outer circle all the way to the inner circle). For the wrinkle category, the skin consultant focused on my scar (because she said I have no crow feet, thankfully). And if you are wondering why my skin was so oily? The last time she checked on me, I hit the bulleye but that day, I was rushing all morning, sending my kids to school, taking my helpers to the embassy, and running some errands; thus explains my oily skin. Anyway, take a look at the below images –>

It is evident from the pictures above, you can barely see my scar anymore! Elusyf Cell Activa SP800 not only reduce the appearance of my scar, it improves my skin condition and slows down the natural aging process.

The images below show improvement in collagen synthesis and tightness of my skin. The many crisscrosses you see suggest that I have more collagen under the surface my skin. These don’t happen overnight. I’ve been maintaining a healthy lifestyle and taking Elusyf Cell Activa SP800 for months. Now my skin now feel more supple and radiant!

If you must know what’s in the pill, there are ovine placenta extract, olive oil, shark liver oil, avocado oil, aloe vera gel extract, fish collagen powder, and xanthone! You can find a very comprehensive list of ingredient here!

Of course, you don’t expect Elusyf Cell Activa SP800 supplements to bring you all of these in a day. You need to allow your body to recover and rejuvenate. Again, these take time! And while you are at this, you need to also lead a healthy lifestyle (see my Daily Health Checklist)! This way, you can optimise the stem cell therapy!

If you haven’t tried Elusyf Cell Activa SP800 supplements before, I propose you try their Revitalisation Programme.

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They are not the usual $100 supplements you see at our local drugstores; they are way better. Well, 一分钱,一分货, you will see results in your health in time to come. As I passed my big 30, I realised how much good health meant to me! All the wealth cannot bring you health, so take good care of your health today. I’m almost certain you will come back for more like I did.

If you are interested, click here to purchase.
Don’t forget to enter the promo code for discount <9517676>.

I wish you good health!

Cheers,
Winnie D. Chew

2017 01 30 - CNY with the kids

Chinese New Year is here again! It’s my second favourite festive of the year (the first being my birthday, because hub treats me like a queen… haha)! Besides the routine CNY visiting, this year we had something new!

Well, you see, grandpa and grandma have their fair share of friends they celebrate CNY with. Daddy and mummy have their circle of friends! It is only fair that the kids are allowed to celebrate with their peers too! And so, this year, we had their friends over our place for Chinese New Year! Yeah! It was a blast! The kids enjoyed themselves and so did we! In fact, we are already looking forward to next year’s CNY!

This video clip sums up our day!

 

PAW PETROL FANATICS

For some reason, Paw Petrol is a big hit among the children. This Canadian animated television series created by Keith Chapman was first aired in 2013. Funny it didn’t get popular until late 2016.

The theme song is now Sonia and Arnold’s favourite song! They sing to the tune “Paw Petrol, Paw Petrol, we’ll be there on the double. Whenever there’s a problem, around Adventure Bay, Ryder and his team of pups, will come and save the day…” E.V.E.R.Y.D.A.Y!!! Even I can sing that song now. Thankfully, there aren’t many Paw Petrol merchandises at the mall, else it’s going to burnt a hole in our pockets.

Since everyone loves Paw Petrol, I DIY some customised Paw Petrol cards for the kids! And created some Math worksheets using Paw Petrol characters! This made learning fun, no? If you are interested, you can download those Paw Petrol activity sheets at the end of this blog post!

 

CELEBRATING CNY THE KIDS’ WAY

Now, I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

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We started with colouring Ryder and his pups!

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Then a simple lunch 🙂

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Some snacks…

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One of my favourite picture! Isn’t that sweet, Sonia feeding Ryan his lunch… awwww…WESAlovesCNY

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Feeling very pleased with herself!

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And this cutie pie is baby Ashlyn! Almost a photocopy of Ryan when he was little!

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The pretty one, Kyla!

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My first love!

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Mr Spiderman, who does housework too! 好男人。

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So style, no?
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Busy whipping up lunch for everyone!

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Little princess in her pretty pink dress!

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My gem!

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The ladies couldn’t decide what to cook for dessert.

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It would have been more fun if Amelyn, Ayden, Yi Heng, Jaden, and Kyla could join us!!! Next year, okie?

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Movie time!

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Everyone, thanks for coming, and have an awesome CNY!

Cheers!!

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NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF DEATH AMONG CHILDREN IS CAR ACCIDENTS

If you are a parent or guardian of a young child, you may want to take some time reading this.

As a mother of two, keeping my children safe is paramount to me. There are more traffic accidents involving children in the recent years and that’s worrying. Last year saw an increase in the number of traffic accidents involving children under the age of 12 in Singapore. There were 179 accidents involving children from January to September, which is an increase from 150 in the same period the previous year. And in U.S., around 600 children under the age of 13 die in road traffic accidents. Most of them are in cars which crashed. These same crashes injured thousands more.

Some of these are unavoidable, but many can be mitigated or reduced by taking sensible precautions relating to how and where children are sitting. This includes the misuse of child seats in terms of fastening, position, size, and more. It also includes good driving behaviour.

road accidents

This is why Jenny Holt had written an extensive guide filled with information on how to drive safely with small children in the car. It covers the whole subject in great depth including statistics and good advice for parents. I thought it’s a good read and would like to share it with all other parents.

 

TOP 6 CHILD CAR SEAT MISTAKES

You can find a detail write up on Child Seat Mistakes here.

In summary, here are the 6 top child car seat mistakes parents make.

  1. Using the wrong type of child car seat
  2. Not registering child car seats with the manufacturer
  3. Not properly securing the child car seat in the vehicle
  4. Not properly securing the child in the car seat
  5. Not using booster seats
  6. Not responding to child car seat recalls

 

I hope this article will benefit parents in one way or another. Prevention is always better than cure. Take precautions before something dreadful happens; by then, it’d be too late to regret.

Click here to read more.

Perth, Margaret River, Amaz

You probably have read about our Perth trip HERE and HERE. If not, why not? Haha…

Our trips to Australia had so far been amazing and second to the farmstay at Margaret River, Sonia and Arnold loved hanging out at A Maze in Margaret River (the name is a pun).

AMAZE’N IN MARGARET RIVER, PERTH

Perth, Margaret River, A maze

You could easily spent half a day here! There were so much to see and do. The main attraction there was the HUGE MAZE.

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And here’s a picture before we start our journey through the maze.
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It was awesome! We liked the clean hedges with nice benches in the middle of the maze to take breathers. If you wondered how long we took to complete the maze, don’t bother guessing. We didn’t complete the maze only because I was afraid of getting lost in there. First, we left our diaper bag with the grandparents (that means, no diapers, no water bottles, no nothing). Second, phone signal was weak there (if we did get lost, there was no way to communicate with the people outside the maze). Yes, I chickened out and the rest had to follow. Next time, maybe.

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Besides the huge maze, there were plenty other smaller mazes as well.
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The kids must follow a path that runs up a hill and find their way to the rock in the middle.

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Perth, Margaret River, Amaze

Hurray! Finally up here! Arnold cheated though. He walked straight up without following the route. Haha… Anyhow, there were so much fun and laugher!

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After so much running, the kids got tired and sat on the rock, but not for long. Soon after, they were running around again. I was lucky to capture ‘the moment’.

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I know “Amaze’n” is all about the mazes but there were more than that! If you are interested, you can rent golf balls and sticks and have a game at the 18-hole amaze mini golf ground. We didn’t play golf because I didn’t want anyone hurt. I’m so certain the golf club is going to go every direction.

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So we continued our journey…Perth, Margaret River, Amaze

and we found a life size tic tac toe, chess, and other games…

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These chess pieces weren’t light. After shifting all of those, the kids were exhausted!Perth, Margaret River, Amaze

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So everyone lay on the grass and rested a bit, all except Sonia. She had so much energy and wouldn’t stop jumping about!Perth, Margaret River, Amaze

Soon after, Arnold joined his sister, jumping.

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Now to our next station, shot put. I think the metal balls weigh about 2-3kg!

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Easy peasy for the kids! I’m actually surprised Sonia can throw the ball that far!
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We spent quite a bit of time there throwing metal balls! Simple activity like this can be really entertaining!

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Perth, Margaret River, Amaze

I remembered Arnold used to be afraid of sand when he was younger, so when I saw him playing with sand, I had to take a picture (alright, many pictures). That’s an achievement unlock and I don’t even have to persuade him to do so! Yeah!Perth, Margaret River, Amaze

Amaze’n is a lovely place for family to hang out at! The beautiful gardens have some unusual and rare West Australian Native Species with plenty of bench seats for resting and relaxing in the shade. It’s beautifully landscaped is such a safe haven for birds, butterflies and bees.

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Spot that bee? It took a stroke of luck to capture it in frame.

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While we were out playing in the gardens, our parents and grandma were at the cafe enjoying a nice cuppa coffee and some home made award winning scones and cakes. It’s a great place for snacks, lunch and afternoon tea.

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Just outside the cafe, there were some other games to keep the kids entertained while we sipped on a nice cup of hot chocolate.Perth, Margaret River, Amaz

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If you ever drive down to the Margaret River, you got to visit the Amaze’n Mazes and Gardens!

 

DETAILS

It is nested at 9978 Bussell Highway, Margaret River WA 6285, Australia.
Open every day from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Good Friday, and 5 weeks mid winter).
Phone: +61 (08) 97587439
Web: www.amazenmargaretriver.com.au

ADMISSION PRICES

Amaze’n Maze/gardens/bbq’s/playground/picnic area
$18   Adults (17+ )
$14   Children (4-16) & Students with cards
3 and under free
$16   Card holding seniors
$58   Small family group – 2 Adults + 2 Children
$10 each extra child in the same group

Amaze’n 18 hole mini golf only (no garden access)
$12 per person

Both Amaze’n Mazes/gardens and Mini Golf
Discounted rate of $8 per person for golf when maze ticket purchased

 

THE BERRY FARM, MARGARET RIVER

The berry farm, Margaret River

A mere 15 minutes drive from Amaze’n Maze is The Berry Farm. The famous cottage cafe and garden caters to even the most discerning of tastes.

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DETAILS

Address: 43 Bessell Rd, Rosa Glen WA 6285, Australia
Phone: +61 (08) 97575054
Web: www.berryfarm.com.au
Business Hours: Open 7 days 10am to 4.30pm
(Closed on Good Friday, Christmas and New Year)

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There is nothing quite like relishing a great meal or having a fine cup of tea in a quaint setting. This is the reason why many visit Margaret River – we want to enjoy the beauty and tranquil atmosphere that the region has to offer.

The berry farm, Margaret River

It felt good to be away from the bustling city. Here, is like a secret garden.

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The berry farm, Margaret River

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The berry farm, Margaret River

The berry farm, Margaret River

The berry farm, Margaret River

The berry farm, Margaret River

This is my favourite dessert at THE BERRY FARM! If you’d like to take a look at their menu, click here.

The berry farm, Margaret River

The berry farm, Margaret River

The berry farm, Margaret River

If you wonder where I got all the energy to keep up with my toddlers from dawn till dusk, my answer – healthy living. Besides exercising, eating well and drinking lots of water, for the past 7 months I started taking Elusfy Cell Activa SP800 supplements and I haven’t looked back since. The only reason why I even started taking it is because of the scar on the bridge of my nose, but it has brought me much more health benefits than I have asked for.

 

ELUSYF CELL ACTIVA SP800

Last year August, I accidentally knocked my nose against the edge of the cabinet door. If you must know how I got myself hurt, read my previous post here. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I knocked my nose, went to the hospital, got stitched and am left with an ugly scar smacked right in front of my face.

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I was concern, VERY concern. Of course, I am! The scar is distinctly located in between my eyes, and that’s exactly where people look at when they speak to you (your eyes). The plastic surgeon told me that my scar will lighten in six months and be patient. I applied the gel and cream he prescribed to me faithfully but the scar was still sitting on my nose bridge after six months. That was when my polymate, Kadence introduced Elusyf Cell Activa SP800 to me!

Truth to be told, I was sceptical at first. I am extra careful with what I consume and am not about to risk my life taking supplements I haven’t heard of. So I did my homework and got clearance from both my GP and gynecologist. Well, being kiasu doesn’t hurt, right! So now you know it’s safe to eat! Not only it is safe to eat, it is packed with loads of goodness! Even my doctors say so.

Just recently I had my skin checked by Kadence and the results don’t tell lies.

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It is evident from the pictures above, you can barely see my scar anymore! Elusyf Cell Activa SP800 not only reduce the appearance of my scar, it improves my skin condition and slows down the natural aging process.

The images below show improvement in collagen synthesis and tightness of my skin. The many crisscrosses you see suggest that I have more collagen under the surface my skin. These don’t happen overnight. I’ve been maintaining a healthy lifestyle and taking Elusyf Cell Activa SP800 for seven months. My skin now feel more supple and radiant!

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Above all, it contains ovine placenta extracted from medicinal sheep that helps to energise my body’s revitalising abilities. You know how tiring it is to raise two toddlers? They are not kidding when they say it takes a village to raise a kid. Really, it takes a lot, a lot, a lot, of energy to upkeep with my very active children and now with Elusyf Cell Activa SP800, I have more energy to last through my hectic day!

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I even brought them with me even when I’m traveling! This is like a all-in-one supplement for me! Thank you, Elusyf! I’ve gotten more than I could bargain for!

Cheers to good health!

If you are interested in Elusyf Cell Activa SP800, you can contact Kadence at +65 9322 2223 and quote LOVEWESA.

The Margaret River Chocolate Company

THE MARGARET RIVER CHOCOLATE COMPANY FOR THE CHOCOLATE LOVERS

My favourite food in the whole wide world is C H O C O L A T A E and it seemed that my daughter have taken after me!

The Margaret River Chocolate Company

I’m not sure if this is the best chocolate ever but it is by far the smoothest I have eaten! Each chocolate bit melts in your mouth, surely sinful but you will never regret indulging yourself with the confections produced by these premier chocolate-makers.

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I don’t mean to promote of sell the chocolate but the Margaret River Chocolate Company really creates exceptional gourmet chocolate!

The Margaret River Chocolate Company

Just look at the number of awards they have gotten over the years! They have been making award-winning chocolate products since 1999. Impressive!

The Margaret River Chocolate Company

In fact we bought so many boxes of chocolate for our family and friends that they filled half a luggage!

Besides the chocolates in various shapes and sizes, they also sell hot chocolate, chocolate moisturiser cream, chocolate nogurt, chocolate sauces, chocolate massage oil, chocolate lip bam, and chocolate soap. Basically, everything chocolaty!

 

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD EAT MORE OF CHOCOLATE

The Margaret River Chocolate Company

After reading this, the next time you eat a piece of chocolate, you will not feel overly guilty about it. Despite its bad reputation for causing weight gain, there are a number of health benefits associated with this delicious treat!

#1 TREMENDOUS ANTIOXIDANT POTENTIAL

Today, chocolate is lauded for its tremendous antioxidant potential. The higher the cocoa content, the more health benefits there are, and the less sugar content, which is better for overall health.

 

#2 LOWER CHOLESTEROL

According to a research published in The Journal of Nutrition, chocolate consumption might help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, also known as “bad fats”, and raise levels of “good” cholesterol, potentially lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

#3 PREVENT MEMORY DECLINE

Scientists at Harvard Medical School suggest that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day could help keep the brain healthy and reduce memory decline in older people. A research found that hot chocolate helped improve blood flow to parts of the brain where it was needed. A cocoa extract – called lavado – could reduce or prevent damage to nerve pathways found in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. This means that symptoms of condition – such as cognitive decline – could be slowed.

 

#4 GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN

The flavonols in dark chocolate can protect the skin against sun damage (though you’d probably better still slap on some sun cream).

 

#5 HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT

Really, lah! Neuroscientist Will Clower says a small square of good chocolate melted on the tongue 20 minutes before a meal triggers the hormones in the brain that say “I’m full”, cutting the amount of food you subsequently consume. Finishing a meal with the same small trigger could reduce subsequent snacking.

 

#6 MINERAL RICH

Dark chocolate is packed with beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc and selenium, and a 100g bar og dar (70 per cent or more) chocolate provides 67 per cent of the RDA of iron.

 

#7 DIABETES PREVENTION

I’m not kidding! In a small Italian study, participants who ate a candy bar’s worth of dark chocolate once a day for 15 days saw their potential for insulin resistance drop by nearly hald. “Flavonoids increase nitric oxide production,” says lead researcher Claudio Ferri, M.D., a professor at the University of “‘Aquila in Italy.

 

#8 LOWER THE RISK OF DEVELOPING HEART DISEASE

Research suggests that consuming chocolate could help lower the risk of developing heart disease by one-third. The report was presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Paris, France.

 

#9 HIGHER INTELLIGENCE

Yes, chocolate boost your brain power! A University of Nottingham researcher found that drinking cocoa rich in flavanols boosts blood flow to key parts of the brain for 2 to 3 hours, which could improve performance and alertness in the short term. Other researchers from Oxford University and Norway looked at chocolate’s long-term effects on the brain by studying the diets of more than 2,000 people over age 70. They found that those who consumed flavanol-rich chocolate, wine, or tea scored significantly higher on cognitive tests than those who didn’t.

 

#10 GOOD FOR MOTHERS AND BABIES

A Finnish study found that chocolate reduced stress in expectant mothers, and that the babies of such mothers smiled more often than the offspring of non-chocolate-eating parents. Another research also suggests that by eating 30 grams chocolate during pregnancy may benefit fetal growth and development. Super awesome, no?

If you are interested, you can read up more on why you should eat chocolate, not less here.

 

HAVING FUN AT THE CHOCOLATE COMPANY

Besides chocolate tasting, and watching how chocolates are made, the kids also went outdoor to run and polish their photography skills.

The Margaret River Chocolate Company

The Margaret River Chocolate Company

They took random pictures of plants, floor textures, flowers and people.

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The Margaret River Chocolate Company

And while they were having a whale of a time, I was snapping pictures of them while munching on chocolates! Remember the benefits of eating CHOCOLATE?!? Gee!

 

LUNCH AT CHEEKY MONKEY

Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

Just around the corner (7 minutes drive), sits a large cafe. It almost looked like a warehouse with the really high ceiling and big space.

415 Harman’s Mill Rd, Metricup WA 6280

4259 CAVES ROAD, MARGARET RIVER, WA, 6285
OPENS DAILY FROM 10AM to 6PM

Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

And here’s only half of the cafe. The other side of the cafe where we were seated was much more cozy.

Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

We loved the staff, the venue and atmosphere! And even more, the food!

Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

Child-friendly cafe, I like! Upon arrival, they gave the kids each a kiddo pack. In it was a packet of fruit juice and some colouring materials!

Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

That kept them occupied for a bit while we enjoyed our meal! Among the many dishes, these were my favourite, especially the pumpkin based pizza! Initially, I was quite sceptical when hub ordered that because, really, how can healthy food taste this good? Pumpkin base for a pizza was unheard of until now and the rest was history.

Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

Forgotten to take a picture of my favourite pizza. By the time I remembered, there were only 3 slices left. As soon as I finished snapping this picture, there were none left! Haha…
Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

And these potatoes were divine. No, you are not hearing me wrong; I said “potatoes”, not ribs. Sure, the ribs were delicious but I really really really loved the potatoes. They were the best I ever had! No pun intended.

Besides the good food, they had a nice outdoor playground. The only reason why my kids weren’t at the playground was because it rained just before we arrived. Though it was only a passing shower, the playground was wet and bitterly cold.

Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

Such a PITY!

Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

If the weather wasn’t that cold, we would have lunched outdoor. Look at how beautiful this place is!Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

Margaret River Cheeky Monkey Brewers of Craft Beers and Ciders

After lunch, we chilled for a bit before heading to our next destination! More blog post on Perth coming up! Stay tune!

You might be interested in our farmstay experience here.

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

FAMILY VACAY

We are a family of four generation who lives together under the same roof. Many find this absurd and almost impossible in today’s context but we are living together, very happily! Even when we travel, we travel in a team! This time round, we are heading to Perth for a five-day-four-night farm stay journey! This is our first time doing a farm stay and I am as excited as my kids are!

The flight to Perth was a breeze! Sonia and Arnold had been to Australia multiple times and already knew what to expect. It was nothing new or foreign to them (so no drama), nonetheless, they were anticipating the plane ride!

 

DO NOT BRING YOUR SAMSUNG NOTE 7 ONBOARD

Samsung Note 7

You might want to know this – DO NOT BRING YOUR SAMSUNG NOTE 7 ONBOARD. I brought mine to the airport and was told to either get someone to bring it home for me or keep it in the airport till I return from my trip. NO Note 7 goes on the plane, whether it’s in your hand-carry baggage or check-in baggage. So I had to leave it with the airport personnel and got my Dad to pick it up for me the same morning.

I guess it was blessing in disguise. No phone means giving my family 100% attention. It was nice to go on digital detoxification every once in a while. No Whatsapp, no Facebook, no Instagram, no nothing. And surprisingly, I didn’t feel handicap without it!

 

FARM STAY IN PERTH AT MARGARET RIVER

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Our first destination was to the Margaret River Hideaway! It is located at 22 Osmington Road, 6285 Margaret River, Australia, some three hours drive from the airport to the farm house, and it’s only 5km (NE) of Margaret River township. The nearest supermarket is mere 6 minutes drive from the farm. We patronise Coles daily because of the kids…

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

On a lovely 58-acre property, the Margaret River Hideaway & Farmstay has comfortable country-style accommodations in a rural setting. Upon arrival, they provide us with a free starter breakfast pack which includes fresh bread, cereal, milk and juices. Very considerate, no?

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

There were a total of only 8 farm stay cottages, not many.

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

So if you intend to stay at the Margaret River Hideaway & Farmstay, book early. We booked about four months in advance! Anyway, if you would like to know, we stayed at cottage number 7. Every cottage interior looked slightly different. I was’t sure about the rest but cottage 7 was very spacious (three-bedroom cottage) with a sizeable kitchen and two bathrooms. Perfect for a big family like ours!

There are three types of cottages:
Standard Cottages
Superior Studios
Superior Cottages
(Click here for more information on room types and their facilities)

Each of the cottages and studios has a covered verandah, outdoor setting and gas-fired BBQ where you can cook your favourite food while enjoying the outdoors. All units have enclosed front yards!

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Every morning, we were greeted by farm animals, all lined on the plain of green field just before our cottage. There were hens, sheep, little lambs, cows, alpacas, and peacocks!

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

They sure know which cottage to go to because every day, without fail, we feed them with fresh white bread from Coles! I guess, that was luxury to the farm animals. They had corn and grass all day! A little twist in their menu was much appreciated!

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

For the kids, the highlight of everyday at the farm was animal feeding and we feed them daily with lots and lots of bread! Both Sonia and Arnold wanted to feed the animals but were intimidated by them.

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

So, on our first two days there, we had to carry them most of the time! It got better on the third and forth day!
Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Sonia and Arnold were intimidated by these friendly animals because they were mostly larger than them, and it didn’t help that they all come together in groups, all vying for the same slice of bread on their hands. So we started off with the chickens. Hub lured some hens to our cottage so the kids could get started with the less intimidating animals.

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Soon, bigger animals such as the emu and sheep came. Hub tried to lure the bigger animals in our yard and locked them in for a bit while the kids feed the hens outside the cottage but more and more came, and our yard was full. Not very clever, uh!

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

So later, hub did the opposite.

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

He kept the kids in the yard and lured the animals from wherever they are to outside the yard so Sonia and Arnold could feed them bread from inside the yard and not get overwhelmed by the animals. I thought that was an awesome idea! Unfortunately, peahens do know how to fly and they made their way in, so I had to be the bird chaser while the kids fed the animals. That was so much fun (not the bird chasing part)!

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Even Ah Mah joined in too!Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Just look at how happy she was!

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

While the kids fed the farm animals, I had to chase the peahens away! We locked them out of our yard but they can fly, right! Honestly, I didn’t know peahens or peacocks fly until now! See, learning never stop, no matter how old you are.Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

That’s me chasing peahens in ah mah’s slippers! Gee…Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

While feeding the different animals, we taught the kids about them! For example, what they eat, what you call their young, their characteristics and whatever we knew about the animals. Sonia’s favourite animal was the baby lamb (mine too). The little lamb was only 2 weeks young. And Arnold’s favourite was the little dog (also hub’s favourite).

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Now I kinda feel that the lamb was intimidated by my kids!

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Initially, she was so afraid of him but after a while, she wanted to take him home.

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Here’s hub’s favourite animal in the farm! Arnold’s too!

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

The most charming animal on ground was the peacock!

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Look at how he tried attracting the peahens. Unfortunately, the peahens weren’t very impressed with the peacock. He failed to gain their attention but he didn’t give up. He tried again and again. And when the peahens ignored him, he tried attracting the sheep. That totally cracked us up!

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Besides animal feeding, the kids also learned about hens and how they lay their eggs. Do you know that hens lay an egg every 26 hours? On average, each hen lay about 265 eggs a year! Most hens have two productive years of egg laying and taper off as they age. Therefore, the average hen will lay about 530 eggs throughout her lifetime.

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

The kids got to being home fresh eggs from the farm and Arnold was so eager to show his to 爷爷 and 奶奶!Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

The next morning, I chanced upon the farmer and he gave me six fresh eggs for breakfast!!! Super awesome!

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

My favourite part of the entire twelve-day trip in Perth was the farm stay! While we didn’t get to milk the cows, I got to feed them! And the alpacas too! Don’t forget the sheep… baa baa baa~

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

These bulls were really picky! They only liked the thin kind of hays and rejected the thicker ones. Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

 

HOUSEKEEPING

I liked almost everything about the farm stay except doing the laundry. It would be much more convenient if we had a washing machine and a dryer in the cottage! Still, I was thankful there was a laundry room, else I would have to hand wash all the clothes!

Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Just next to the reception office is the laundry room. There is only one washing machine and one dryer, so you will have to wait for your turn. Each wash/dry is about 45 minutes and it cost AUD 3. From where we are staying (cottage 7), is a 5 minutes walk to the laundry room.Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

We went Coles to buy detergent and softener; but if you are not particular about the type of detergent used, they do provide free laundry powder. Farm stay in Perth at Margaret River

Don’t worry about not having small change. You can always change one dollar coins at the reception.

Our stay at the farm was awesome but of course we didn’t stay in the farm all five days that we were there! There were other places at Margaret River worth exploring too! More coming in my next post. Stay tune!!

Love,
WESA

Learning about body parts for preschoolers

LEARNING ABOUT BODY PARTS

After our episode of numbers, addition and subtraction, I’ve decided to change subject for a while. We will be learning about body parts! This may sound really simple but reading/spelling them isn’t. I don’t expect Sonia or Arnold to learn spelling at this tender young age but at least get exposed to those words. Learning about body parts can be really fun!

Learning about body parts for preschoolers

For Arnold’s sake (he’s only 2), I printed and laminated the body parts so he could fix them like a puzzle. Both Sonia and Arnold had so much fun with this and repeated the same activity at least 10 times. While they fixed the simple 3-piece puzzle, we talked about body parts and what they were used for. For example, I used my eyes to see; I used my nose to smell, I used my ears to listen, etc.

When I asked “what do you use your hair for?” Sonia’s answer cracked me up – “hair is use for making princess pretty”. LOL… too much princess movies already -_- I told her that the correct answer was “hair keeps you warm”, but she insisted that “hair is used to make girls pretty”. Well, that’s not wrong too!

See, simple activities can be really engaging!

Learning about body parts for preschoolers

My two-year-old has really short attention span. Not too long later, he went upstair to play with toys, while Sonia learns to write.

Learning about body parts for preschoolers

We practiced writing simple words…

Learning about body parts for preschoolers

And learned more about our head, eye, ear, mouth and nose.

Learning about body parts for preschoolers

 

CLICK, SAVE AND PRINT

Designing learning worksheets for my children has now become my new hobby! I love creating personalised activity sheets for them and wouldn’t mind the trouble as long as they learn something from it! If you are interested in the worksheets, you can download those printables below. I hope you have as much fun doing them with your kids as I had with mine!

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And here’s the 3-piece puzzle I mentioned earlier.

Learning about body parts for preschoolers Learning about body parts for preschoolers

Have fun!

Tuition for primary, secondary and JC. English.

I’M NOT KIASU BUT I SEND MY KIDS FOR TUITION

Tuition in Singapore has always been a hot topic! When I was little, my parents sent me for tuition and enrichment classes. Funny, but thinking back, I had never resisted going for any enrichment classes my parents sent me to; in fact, I enjoyed attending them all! They never once force me into learning something I don’t want. And when I grew older (sec 1 onwards), I actually requested to attend tuition classes for subjects I was weak in. I guess I felt more responsible for my grades and future, thus more eager to get help from the right people. In the nutshell, tuition did me well! They build my foundation right from young and with strong foundation in my core subjects, it got me through my entire education journey with ease (even as I moved on to get my Bachelor and Master degrees). It’s not just all talk! I have results to prove! I graduated with Dean’s Awards! No dear, I am not trying to blow my own trumpet. What I’m trying to tell here is that tuition worked for me (and many other kids out there) and parents shouldn’t see sending their children for tuition as a form of “kiasu act”. No, it isn’t! There is an average of 40 kids in a primary/secondary school class and every child learns at a different pace, so how can one teacher ensure all her students understands all her teachings in class? We can’t blame the teacher! She has so much on her plate, too little time, and too many children under her care. Sure, it will be nice if the Ministry of Education (MOE) can revise their school policy and perhaps have lower student-teacher ratio (smaller classes), but I won’t get there. That’s another topic altogether. We cannot change the school’s policy overnight, but we can get help for our kids!

 

DO YOU KNOW

Do you know – a 2008 study showed that about 97 per cent of Singaporean students enrolled in tuition and enrichment classes compared to only 49 and 30 per cent of primary and secondary school students who did so in 1992.

This is an unfortunate result of the pressure cooker education system that school kids are constantly facing in a meritocratic society like Singapore. And I constantly remind myself not to send my kids for tuition just to keep in trend but to classes that are beneficial to them, and most importantly, they enjoy attending. Again, I am not kiasu, I’m just being prepared. If they need help, and I can’t help, I employ help.

 

IS GOING FOR TUITION USEFUL?

Tuition for primary, secondary and JC. English.

Truth to be told, my kids are only 2 and 4 years old. I send them for age appropriate classes (for example, Right-Brain Training Classes). But eventually they will get there, be in a class with 40 other students and vying for the teachers’ attention. I will be happy if they can catch up with school and need no extra help from tutors, but if they are unable to, I will not hesitate to send them for classes, good ones!

After being a parent, I suddenly see myself mingling with more friends who are parents too! Some have kids who are already teenagers and they have so much so share! Through our own “parent-meeting-session” I concluded that majority parents see improvement in their child’s school grades and self-confidence after attending tuition for approximately 4-6 months. For me, acquiring knowledge is important, but more important is my children’s emotional health. If, for example, my girl can’t cope with her school work, or can’t speak good English, and starts withdrawing herself from her friends because she feels inferior, that’s NOT healthy. I want my kids to be happy!

So is going for tuition useful? I say “YES”!

  1. For academic purpose. Like it or not, schools and kids in Singapore are graded and ranked. Some times, some kids are just too afraid or embarrassed to ask questions in class, but are more comfortable to discuss in smaller groups with a tutor.
  2. A tutor can impart knowledge that may not be taught in sufficient details in school because there is only that much time for English class, for example.
  3. A tutor can target and work on the child’s weakness but a school teacher cannot do the same with every individual student.
  4. Finally, it helps the child to build on self-confidence.

 

THE MOST IMPORTANT SUBJECT I WOULD FOCUS ON

Tuition for primary, secondary and JC. English.

There are many types of tuition or enrichment classes (whichever you call them). Just to name a few, Chinese, English, Math, Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physic, Ballet, Piano, Violin, Right-Brain-Training, Drama, Painting, and the list goes on…

Among all, I personally feel that ENGLISH is the most important subject, and one that I will give much emphasis to! It is important in both my children’s education and career.

We all know that English is an International language. It is used in all the aspects of communication whether spoken or written in most part of the world, and definitely in Singapore. English is a prerequisite for further study. You cannot go for further study outside your country without the knowledge of English. Even if you want to emigrate to an English speaking country, it is compulsory for everyone to pass the  IELTS test.

For the sake of their future, I will do all I can to help them succeed in life. And I will start with teaching them good English. It will eventually help them with the rest of the subjects since math and science are all taught in English.

It is easy to help preschoolers with school work but as their school curriculum gets more challenging into Primary 4, 5, 6 or even way into J1 and J2, you might need some professional help.

 

WESA’S CHOICE

Again, I am not kiasu, I’m just being prepared. Just like how I have already done my homework on enrolling my kids to the primary school of my choice (hopefully theirs too), I’ve also checked out on some tuition centres which I would give five stars to ✩✩✩✩✩

When it comes to tuition centres, there are more supply than demand, so parents, take your time to choose the right one for your child. The most popular centre may not have the best teachers. In my opinion, a good tutor beats a branded school. Well, you know what’s best for your child.

I have recently chanced upon DO Applied Learning and have visited their centre to make enquires. DO Applied Learning is nested in the East side of Singapore, near schools such as Tao Nan, CHIJ Katong Convent, Ngee Ann, Victoria, St Patrick and more.

I know what’s in your mind now – again, I am not kiasu, I’m just being prepared lah! These tutors can help transform your child into a black belt practitioner of the English language! They have helped many students in their PSLE, O’Levels, and A’Levels examinations, and more importantly, beyond the classroom, way into their careers. The tutors teaches English using Applied Learning methodologies and encourages students to ‘Learn By Doing’, which are in line with MOE’s direction. MOE has announced with it would be supporting all secondary school to each develop an Applied Learning Programme by 2017.

Tuition for primary, secondary and JC. English.

 

DO Applied Learning

Where are classes conducted?

Classes are conducted at Block 86 Marine Parade Central #04-302. Same building as Popular Bookstore.

 

Are classes in groups or conducted on a 1-1 basis?

Their English classes are usually conducted in small groups of no more than 6 students per class.

 

Who is teaching the classes?

Lessons are taught by Mr. Daniel Ong, a former Public Service Leadership Programme (PSLP) officer, who served stints in the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI). During his time in service, Daniel explored practical ways to improve the quality of education for our future generation through participating in major projects such as the national review of the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). Beyond this, he was also involved in drafting documents and speeches for Cabinet Level Ministers. Daniel was also a multi-year Dean’s Lister at the Singapore Management University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude (With Highest Distinction). Above all, he is one teacher with great amount of patience and lessons are never boring.

 

How to sign up for lessons?

DO Applied Learning invite students to first register for a free trial lesson before enrolling with them. I like that the tutors are more concern about the students than mere business. I’ve seen centres encouraging parents to pay upfront tuition fees for a year to enjoy some 20% discount. That’s pure business, but I don’t fault the tutors there. It’s the centres’ management team behind the marketing gimmicks, no? Anyway, at DO Applied Learning, you don’t have to pay upfront school fees for a year or whatnot. In fact, they want you to go for a free trail class before deciding whether to continue attending classes with them or not!

If you are interested in attending classes at DO Applied Learning, do quote “LOVEWESA” to get a 20% discount off the first month tuition fee!

 

Facilities in the classrooms

DO Applied Learning classrooms are fully air-conditioned, and they provide free wi-fi connection (and laptops for students) to search for information, when they are practicing their exercises.

 

Are there registration fees, learning material fees, or any other hidden fees?

No, there are no other fees besides tuition fees. And yes, they provide all the learning materials for the students.

 

What are DO Applied Learning tuition fees like?

S$200 per month for upper primary (2 hrs x 4 lessons per month)
S$220 per month for lower secondary (2 hrs x 4 lessons per month)
S$240 per month for upper secondary (2 hrs x 4 lessons per month)
S$260 per month for JC (2 hrs x 4 lessons per month)

What I really like about DO Applied Learning is that there are no hidden cost. They provide all the learning materials for the students. No additional charges are required apart from the monthly fees. Yes, there is also NO registration fees.

You can find out more about DO Applied Learning on their website here, and on their Facebook here.

Casting Call - Fresh Farmers 2

Casting Call for Fresh Farmers 2 on Toggle

Hi everyone!

Filmat36 is currently in the midst of casting for children and their guardians for an Info-Educational show for Mediacorp Channel 8, titled “小农夫 2, Fresh Farmers 2”.

Fresh Farmers 2

This is the second season following our previous series “小农夫, Fresh Farmers” that can still be viewed at Toggle.

小农夫 2 Fresh Farmers 2

http://tv.toggle.sg/en/shows/fresh-farmers-1/info

小农夫 2 Fresh Farmers 2

They are inviting mandarin speaking children between ages 5 to 9 to join them for an exciting learning adventure on the farms where they will take on challenges with a parent/older sibling/relative with hands-on activities in a farm in Malaysia. In each episode the children will learn a bit more about agriculture and build bonds with their friend and parent through the games.

Do contact Venessa Lim at 93689690 or drop an email at venessalimxs@hotmail.com for more information!

Singapore 51st National Day

51 VERY SINGAPORE THINGS, ONLY SINGAPOREANS KNOW

  1. Speaking good Singlish (the colloquial variety of English that is widely used by ordinary folk)
  2. Chope seats with packet tissue
  3. People love running, a lot
  4. Complain but never protest
  5. Comparing everything
  6. Kids and schools are ranked
  7. We are a very green city, you see a tree no matter which part of Singapore you are in
  8. PAP rules
  9. Durain and Belachan does not stink, they smell heavenly!
  10. Merlion (The Merlion’s body represents Singapore’s humble roots as a fishing village. Its head represents Singapore’s original name, Singapura, or “lion city” in Malay.)
  11. F1
  12. Most Singaporeans are house owners
  13. HDB (Housing Development Board)
  14. COE (Certificate Of Entitlement)
  15. Zero bribery
  16. ERP (Electronic Road Pricing)
  17. We speak many languages and dialects
  18. We have air conditioned bus terminals
  19. Everyone is either uncle or auntie
  20. Malls don’t close at 5pm
  21. We have safe streets to walk on at night
  22. We have taken the art of drinking to a whole new level! We have so many version of Teh (tea) and Kopi (coffee)!
  23. We go to Changi Airport even when we are not flying anywhere
  24. We have one of the BEST airport and we are very proud of that
  25. Most places in Singapore are smoke free
  26. Beautiful skyline
  27. Drinking of alcohol in public places from 10.30pm to 7am is prohibited
  28. Singaporeans are no lack of vitamin D; we have loads of sunshine and no winter blues
  29. We have delicious yet economical hawker food that cost as low at SGD2 for a plate of noodles
  30. We celebrate racial harmony day
  31. We are kiasu
  32. We complain about Singapore but we are strangely patriotic about our country when we get overseas
  33. We are very orderly, we queue for everything
  34. People call us KAYPOH, but we are just really really concerned lahhhhhhhhh
  35. A meal is not complete unless there’s chilli sauce
  36. You would head to Changi Village for Chicken Wings, Boon Lay for Chicken Rice and Katong for Laksa – all on the same day
  37. Kids go to Kumon, DO Applied Learning, Berries or tuition every Saturday. If you are interested in Do Applied Learning, you can call 9105 0593 for your FREE trial lesson (remember to quote “LOVEWESA”).
  38. We take education VERY seriously
  39. You understand what this means: ECP jam, so take PIE to go to AMK but need to pay so much ERP – might as well take the MRT.
  40. Even when I turn 60, I can still sing Majulah Singapura with so much pride
  41. A marriage proposal only Singaporean girls understand: “Let’s apply for a flat!”
  42. Parents will take a month worth of leave just to go through PSLE with their children
  43. We are multi-everything – multi-lingual, multi-racial, multi-religions, multi-cultural, multi-tasking. Not to forget our multi-storey carparks!
  44. We have CWOs (Corrective Work Orders) for litterbugs
  45. When a bunch of Singaporean men come together, they talk about army days, and the women complain about the men always talking about army days
  46. Lots of celebrations! With a population spanning Chinese, Malay, Indian, Caucasian and others, the religions of Singapore include Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Christianity. That adds up to a lot of cultural and religious festivals and public holidays!
  47. Everyone look forward to age 55, when Singaporeans who have worked hard can enjoy CPF and be contented with personal finances
  48. Pink IC
  49. Shopping is practically a national obsession
  50. Our road names are never dull – Kay Poh Road, Rambutan Road, Princess of Wales Road, etc…
  51. Food is a national past time

Majulah Singapura~