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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!

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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

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.

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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

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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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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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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!

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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

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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

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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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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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Soaking in nature is lots of fun too!

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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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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.

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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.

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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…

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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

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

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

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Playing with sand at ECP

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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

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.

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Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

Playing with sand at ECP

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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

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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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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

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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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Perth, Margaret River, Amaze

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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Perth, Margaret River, Amaz

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.

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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

The berry farm, Margaret River

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.

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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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Elusyf SP800

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.

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Benefits of painting

CHILDREN LOVE FOR ART

Children naturally love art – painting, drawing, acting, singing, making music… And I am really glad that Learning Vision appreciate the importance of art in building a kids’ brain because there are so many benefits of arts to kids. Both Sonia and Arnold do lots of crafting, drawing, cutting, pasting and painting in school, and most importantly, they love it!

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At home, our little artists paint a lot too, at least once a week! Most of the time, I let them go freestyle. No lines, no boxes, no rules.

Benefits of painting

To me, the process is more important than the product. But there are times, Sonia will request to paint a “princess” for example, and Arnold will request to paint a “lion” or an “elephant” (depending on his mood). Whatever their choice of painting subject, be it abstract painting or object painting, I refrain from offering too much help. We need to learn to have faith in their art work and tell them so, accept their creative products without placing a value judgment on the artwork. These help them to build self-confidence!

Sonia and Arnold love painting so much! Something about painting on an easel makes them super excited!

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Actually, I thought that’s a better option too. Unlike painting on a table, they need not reach to dip paintbrushes, and that means no tipping over of paint pots! Less mess and clearing up for me! Unfortunately, we only have one easel, so my kids need to take turns to paint. Both wants to paint on an easel stand!

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Here’s Arnold waiting patiently for his turn!

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And then, not so patient now!

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Jiejie saw how eager Arnold wanted to paint, she gave up her turn! I was actually very impressed with her! Well done, jiejie! And so we spent our afternoon, painting, sheets after sheets.

 

DO YOU KNOW?

Benefits of painting

 

Painting allows children to express their creativity and have fun! Researchers from the Michigan State University have found a very strong correlation between childhood engagement in the creative arts and measurable success later in life. Children who were exposed to a wide variety of arts and crafts were more likely to create unique inventions that is worthy of patents, come up with ideas good enough to start a new company, or publish provocative papers on science and technology. The researchers suggest that children exposed to arts and crafts are able to think “out of the box” since a lot of working with hands involve figuring out how to solve problems creatively. After studying many scientists Co-authors Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein reached this conclusion: “The most eminent and innovative among them are significantly more likely to engage in arts and crafts avocations” than the average Joe.

Impressed? There are MORE benefits of arts to kids!

 

BENEFITS OF ARTS TO KIDS

Benefits of painting

FOSTER CREATIVITY

Children who paint learn to think with an open mind, to look at situations creatively. They learn to express themselves more deeply through their art and their words. They develop critical-thinking skills and must make decisions about what works and what doesn’t on their own. They also learn to observe and describe, analyse and interpret.

FUN FUN FUN

Splashing pain across a canvas is fun! It’s a past time children can take part in that’s both constructive and enjoyable. And when someone sees their artwork, they’ll gain immeasurable joy from seeing people’s reactions.

SELF ESTEEM

By learning to paint, children gain a skill which they can be proud of. Arts build confidence because there is not just one right way to make art, every child can feel pride in his or her original artistic creation.

STRESS RELIEF

Children have stress too! There are times when they feel troubled too and painting provides a sanctuary for children. When they are stressed, they can turn to painting to lose themselves in the brush strokes. The act of creating provides a soothing place for them to turn to, and the feeling of accomplishment from completing a project can help replace negative feelings about other things. It can act as a type of therapy, helping to bring out their feelings through painting.

RICH CONVERSATIONS

Responding to and encouraging children’s painting is important. See if the invitation is open for conversation first. A good way to start may be to describe what you see, “Sonia, your painting has many long horizontal lines and pink patches”. Wait to see if your child responds; she may want to share more with you or just return to her painting. Interrupting may interfere with the painting process. When they child seems ready to share, ask provoking questions, for example, “What other colour might you use?”, “This part of your paper is blank, is there something you want to paint here?”, “What are you going to do with your painting when it’s done?”.

 

REMEMBER!

REMEMBER, there are no rules when it comes to painting. There is no determined product, just a process. Hmm… ok, I take back my words; perhaps, one rule – no painting on the walls. Other than that, I’m pretty cool with Sonia and Arnold painting on papers, canvas, toilet rolls, carton boxes, ice-cream sticks or what not. I used washable paint, so I’m not too worried if they stained the easel stand, table or chair, but I cannot handle dirty walls!

If the weather is good, we just go outdoor (usually to our roof terrace)! There, they can really go freestyle because washing up is a piece of cake! No sweat!

Enjoy painting with your kids!

 

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Importance of spending quality time with your family

SPENDING QUALITY TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY IS IMPORTANT

I am a happily married woman and a mother of two children, and many readers ask me how do I maintain a happy marriage and a good relationship with my kids. Honestly, there is no secret – that is to spend quality time with my family on a regular basis. That might sound obvious, but it is a problem for many families.

I know, most of us are caught up in a hectic whirlwind of activities which start on Monday morning, end on Sunday night, and then, repeat. You cannot live without checking your email on your mobile phone even if you aren’t at work. You are constantly solving problems, answering endless phone calls and exchanging text messages with your boss, while your kids sit before the big television watching Angry Bird. You are often angry and frustrated because you felt torn and guilty for not spending enough time with your family, yet doing nothing to bring the family together. Yes, yes, yes, all of those are important, but so are your family, your kids, your spouse! It doesn’t take a genius to realise that but it takes a lot of effort to build strong bonds with your family.

Spending quality time with your family is important – it helps our children to feel more confident and secure, builds stronger family bonds and is good for our own emotional health.

 

10 TIPS TO FREE UP TIME WHEN YOU ARE OVERWORKED

  1. Figure out what’s essential and prioritise
  2. Make dates with your family, put it on the schedule, and make it the most sacred
  3. Get the important stuff done early so you don’t have to work late
  4. Realise you won’t get everything done
  5. Cut back on meetings
  6. Watch less TV
  7. Limit your time online
  8. Start work early
  9. Learn to say no
  10. Stop checking email after working hours (whenever possible, I know it’s tough, we’ve all been there)

Ultimately, remember your priorities. Remember what’s important to you, who’s important to you. You worked so hard for your family. It would be ironic if you lose your family because you worked too hard and neglected them all. Find the balance.

 

CONNECT WITH YOUR FAMILY

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Connecting with your spouse, children and parents are very important. And to connect, we need to create time to talk and listen to each other. There are ways to maximise family time! And it really helps when our folks lead by example because we subconsciously follow their footsteps! I’m fortunate to come from a loving family and more fortunate to marry a man whose family treasures time spent together! Strong family values are important! If you find it really hard to squeeze time for your family, here are some small but good ways to start connecting with your family.

 

HAVE DINNER TOGETHER

Importance of spending quality time with your family

Make it a point to leave work on time so you can make it home in time to sit down to dine with your family. We always make it a point to have dinner together as a family, and here I’m talking not just with hub and our children, but also with my parents-in-law and grandma! I’m not sure about you, but I grew up having dinner daily, or at least on weekdays, with my entire extended family. And I love the cohesiveness! I guess, the kind of togetherness we had in old days had rubbed onto me, thus I don’t have issues living with a big family. If you must know, we are a family of four generations, living under the same roof!

 

FIX THINGS TOGETHER

Importance of spending quality time with your family

Children love to help fix things. To us, it may seem like a mundane task, but to most kids, it’s a new experience and they look forward to learn and help! Even changing batteries for a toy is fun to them!

 

HAVE TEA TOGETHER

Importance of spending quality time with your family

We are Toast Box loyal members! We have tea and coffee there so many times a week, they should make us their ambassador! Sonia and Arnold are not left out in our usual family tea sessions! They drink milo while we savour our beverages and talk about almost anything under the sun. Yes, the kids join in our conversation too, whenever they can or cannot! Haha… And times when we are not at Toast Box, we head to East Coast or Bedok 216 market for a cuppa coffee and local delights!

 

READ TOGETHER

Importance of spending quality time with your family

Every night, hub and I make it a point to read to the kids. First, it’s a good habit. Second, it’s a great way to spend time together. Sonia and Arnold will choose the books they would like us to read to them, and through reading, we share ideas and values with our kids!

 

BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL OR CLASS

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Make it a point to personally bring your children to school or class as much as possible. It allows you to spend more time together. Make travel time, together time! I always remembered how my dad always sent me to and from school, and to any tuition centres daily. Don’t underestimate travel time however short. I had the best conversation with my dad in the car and he learned about my school life while chatting with me over the fifteen-minute car ride.

 

BAKE TOGETHER

Importance of spending quality time with your family

I’m not sure if baking is your kind of thing, but it is my kind of thing! And I try to rope in my kids! Well, this is tough but I try to let them help as much as possible! Sometimes they make me feel like pulling my hair out but the sense of accomplishment of baking a cake as a family is very satisfying. Awesome opportunity to bond! Whether the cake turned out nice or not, is secondary. There’s so much love in it already! And if you would like the recipe to my soft and fluffy, slightly charred on the outside and moist on the inside, kind of pandan cake, click here. Have fun with your kids!

 

LEARN SOMETHING NEW

Importance of spending quality time with your family

Pick up a new activity together. Learning something new can open up new ways of communicating and bring interest and life back into your conversation with your family. Recently, my MIL and I took up pilates again and we totally enjoyed it! I tried teaching Sonia some moves but she was not the least interested. LOL! And my kids and I took up photography! We just learned off the Internet. For now, it would be an achievement for them to just be able to capture us in the picture!

 

CELEBRATE ALL FESTIVE TOGETHER

Importance of spending quality time with your family

Besides CNY, and Christmas, keep track of important events such as family birthdays, job changes, graduation, anniversaries, births, etc. Recognise these important events and make time to celebrate with your family. Remember milestone events is often appreciated and remembered.

 

HAVE BREAKFAST TOGETHER

Importance of spending quality time with your family

Try to work around your schedule. For me, I have breakfast with the entire family every weekend. And on weekdays, I try to have breakfast with hub as much as possible. Bonding between spouse is as important as bonding with the kids. And once or twice a week, I have breakfast with my MIL. Yes, I know many have heaps of issues with their MIL and having breakfast with them is beyond them but I happened to have a very kind, thoughtful, and considerate MIL. You might be interested in reading about my relationship with my MIL here.

 

CREATE A GROUP CHAT

Importance of spending quality time with your family

It’s nice to keep your family updated about your life despite the distance. I create group chats for both hub’s and my family. With our brothers all around Australia, it’s an awesome platform to share our day-to-day life with each other! Keeping in touch and knowing how everyone is doing becomes a lot easier when everyone is on the same conversational page. When you make it easier to know what is happening in each other’s lives, you make it easier to appreciate and understand each other. And when we meet during their summer breaks, we don’t feel like strangers.

 

TRAVEL AS A FAMILY

Importance of spending quality time with your family

Travelling is good for the family. If you have some spare cash to spend, invest in a vacation for the entire family. It need not be somewhere far aways. There are lots to explore in neighbouring countries too. The key here to to break away from daily routine so you can get relief from the continuous stress and make time for the family. Beside bonding the family, traveling allows you to learn experiences, create memories, and connect with each other.

 

PLAN WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

Importance of spending quality time with your family

It doesn’t need to be an elaborated excursion. Just doing things together as a family works! It could be painting, swimming, dancing, crafting, cycling, taking photo, or what not! As I’m typing this, hub brought the kids down for a dip. Don’t judge, I was under the weather, thus I gave it a missed! What I’m trying to say is that, doing activities as a family isn’t difficult. We all just need to find time and be committed to spend time with the family. Impossible is nothing.

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Benefit of playdates

PLAYDATES ARE NO CHILD’S PLAY, THEY ARE IMPORTANT

Remember those days when we were kids, we ran out and played in the neighbourhood with other kids. Play was arranged by stepping out the front door. Arranging a playdate was probably foreign to my mum. Parents those days need not face this parenting challenge. Today, parents need to decide and arrange for playdates regularly. What happened to the kind of community environment that allows spontaneous play? Why are people more distance these day? Well, that’s another conversation for another post. Today, we want to talk about the importance of playdates!

 

IMPORTANCE OF PLAYDATES AND WHY THEY MATTERS

Playdates are VERY important for children! Do you know, from the time children are three years old and recognise that there are people their age on this planet, they want to interact with playmates (Sperling, 2014). Children develop their brain power through interaction with people. So playdates are a necessity in this increasingly isolating society of ours. Many times, kids battles over toys and crayons, or who plays the teacher (for example), but these also lead to problem solving skills, compromise, creativity, and the use of their imagination. The way your child interacts with others has impacts on their future character.

Affection, empathy, negotiation and appreciating someone else’s point of views are just some of the things your child starts to grasp during that playdate with her peers. “By interacting with their peers, children begin to learn about perspective-taking, where they can realise how others may have different thoughts and feelings,” says Dr. Theodote K. Pontikes from Loyola University in Chicago.

Children also learn from watching. When we (parents) show them how to share by divvying up the colour pencils, they are taking that in and filing it away for next time. Children also learn from doing. Practice makes perfect and kids get better at cooperation the more they work their sharing muscles. When you take your child out of your home and into another’s, she gets to work on her manners. She must ask nicely to play with those new toys. Both kids learn to take turns. Your child also has the chance to utilise her right brain without spending money attending Heguru classes. The kids can make-up games together, have a picnic, play dress-up or just put on an apron and pretend to be a chef.

Playdates are important for children. They are not a waste of time. As much as socialising is important for adults, playdates are important for children, maybe even more important.

 

BENEFITS OF PLAYDATES

Benefits of playdates

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OUR RECENT PLAYDATE BY THE POOL

That saying, I’ve been setting my kids on playdates since Sonia was about one year old. Just recently, we had another playdate with the neighbours’ kids! This time round, my friend, Deb organised a picnic by the pool. That was so much fun! Both Sonia and Arnold had a whale of a time! We need to do this AGAIN!!

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The kids, all dressed in their colourful swimsuits, geared with their water guns, dived into the pool! If you must know, there were a total of five kids. Small groups are easier to handle.

Benefits of playdates

We seldom take Arnold to the pool, so he took a little longer to warm up and drop his fears. It’s a good thing that Sonia is now more confident in the water, so I had more time with Arnold.

Benefits of playdates

We sat at the stairs for quite a while a long while before he decided to take a step down into the water.

Benefits of playdates

Benefits of playdates

Jiejie now prefers hanging out with her friend than me! LOL… Through the 1-hr while we were in the pool, she was on her own with Heidi and Tiffany!

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And Arnold was by my side ALL THE TIME! We need to bring him down more often!

Benefits of playdates

Watching her play and socialise with her friends made me felt like she had grown sooooooooo much! Where is my baby?!?

Benefits of playdates

Benefits of playdates

After having a splashing good time in the pool, we came up for a picnic!!! Deb had prepared kids’ friendly food, drinks and snacks. And I simply brought an empty stomach. Opss! Let me prepare the food the next time, so I don’t feel so bad!

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Here’s Heidi distributing the drink to all the other kids (like a da jie da)!

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Nom nom nom…

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This is probably my favourite picture! Precious bonding time, priceless.

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If you ask me, what have the kids learnt today? Plenty. They learnt to share, to mingle, to accommodate, to compromise, and the list goes on. And my kids tried new food. Though they are fussy eaters and refused the corn and chicken nuggets, at least they tried eating them.

They are already looking forward to the next playdate!

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Benefits of Beading

Not too long ago, I was browsing on Taobao, looking for a foot spa machine for my FIL when I came across images of beads for crafting. The colours and shapes were captivating enough for me to click on them! That was when Sonia (my three-year-old daughter) walked in and squealed with excitement “Mummy, this is VERY nice! Are you buying them for me?” Before I could even reply, she went on telling me which type she prefers and why she liked them more, etc.

And so we lost focus. We didn’t buy a foot spa machine that day, instead we bought a few boxes of beads and some elastic cords.

Benefits of Beading

We have a few other boxes of beads in brighter hue but we have both decided to use pastel coloured beads today.

Benefits of Beading

Benefits of Beading

 

 

If you follow my blog, you will know how much Sonia enjoys crafting! She loves drawing, painting, pasting, stringing, stacking, and what not. So when the boxes of beads arrived, you could imagine how delighted she was! Beading is one of our favourite mother-daughter activities! We can spend an entire hour (or even longer) making bracelets and necklaces. For her, beading is pure fun but what she doesn’t know is that, she has benefited so much from the same activity. I know what’s your next question – “How can beading be beneficial?”

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BENEFITS OF BEADING

Benefits of Beading

 

Beading is an excellent leisure activity which can promote children’s development in many ways!

 

#1 FINE MOTOR SKILLS

Benefits of Beading

 

They learn how to grab! Yes, “grabbing” is a skill. Remember what school teachers always repeatedly tell you about practicing pincer grip with your child? When picking up smaller beads, children use their pincer grip, thus strengthening the small muscles of their hands. And when they are grabbing larger beads, they use a different grip. They use their thumb, pointer and index fingers, similar to holding a large crayon or marker.

Many components of making a beaded craft increase strength and coordination in the small hand and finger muscles. They work on in-hand manipulation skills. For example, picking, pinching, shifting, moving, rotating, and transferring the beads. These will help improve dressing skills (zipping her jacket, buttoning her blouse), and writing skills as they learn to better control their pencils during colouring and writing activities.

 

#2 VISUAL MOTOR SKILLS

Benefits of Beading

 

Here we talk about hand-eye coordination. Threading beads onto a string involves bilateral coordination of the child’s hands, and requires their eyes and hands to work together. Similar skill is required to play sports, read and write. Sonia did a great job with threading beads but I can’t say the say for Arnold (my almost two-year-old son). The elastic cord seems too challenging for him. I did a quick search on the Internet and learned that toddlers his age are using pipe cleaners for threading activities.

Pipe-Cleaner

 

I might get some of those soon, so he can participate in the same activity when jiejie is making her necklace!

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#3 COGNITIVE SKILLS

Benefits of Beading

 

In layman term, we call them “Problem-Solving Skills”. It is the ability to process information, reason, remember and relate. Sonia will need to think how she wants to design her necklace, for example. What colours to use, what pattern to adopt, what size, how many beads required, etc. By answering these questions, she develops her planning and problem-solving skills.

 

#4 COUNTING SKILLS

Benefits of Beading

 

My girl has little interest in numbers so I made use of activities she likes to introduce numbers. I asked her how long her necklace is going to be? How many beads she needs to form the particular design? How is she going to sequence her beads? My intention was to motivate her to think through these functional math problems and hopefully enjoy math more! The next time, I will include number cards so she can learn to recognise numbers with the digits.

 

#5 DISCIPLINE AND PATIENCE

Benefits of Beading

 

To complete making a necklace or bracelet, your child needs to be discipline. She needs to be organised, focused and patient. These are life skills that will come in handy as they grow older. And I will like to emphasise the importance of patience in life because patience transforms relationships, helps you to be empathetic, helps acquire positive attitude, and makes you healthier! Patience is an important tool in overcoming frustration. It allows us to suspend judgment long enough to make informed decisions, thus paving the path to a happy and peaceful life. I wont’ go at length preaching about “patience” because this could well be a blog post by itself! Anyway, what I am driving at is that beading can help cultivate patience in your child!

Benefits of Beading

 

Here’s how her final product looked like! Very pretty, I thought! And very symmetrical. She did that with some help but I hope someday she would be able to complete making a necklace on her own.

Benefits of Beading

 

Last but not least, beading can provide your child with a sense of accomplishment. It is plain fun and fun is good for kids!

I’m already considering a Beading Party for Sonia’s fourth birthday!

Have fun bonding and beading with your children!

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2015 had been an awesome year for WESA. Along the way, we learned so much. Parenting two toddlers was fun and enriching! We’re truly thankful for all that we have and all that we can give. It was an exciting ride and now, we look forward to the next roller coaster ride ahead of us. Bring it on, 2016! And to everyone out there, have a happy new year!

 

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Best play mat in town

Which is the BEST play mat in town? There is a hundred and one different play mats in the market and it’s really tough choosing the best one for my gems. We previously gotten one from some retail outlet under some HDB flats at SGD 98 and thought that might serve our purpose well. It’s after all “just a mat”, and so I thought. I was W.R.O.N.G. The make and quality is IMPORTANT! The texture is important, the thickness is important, the material is important, the size is important, basically the comfort of using the play mat is important. So I’ve just wasted almost a hundred bucks, thinking I might save some money, but ended up spending more because I needed to get another play mat. This time round, I did my research. I want to get one right one.

WESA’S CHOICE

Among the many big brands that promise a comfortable and toxic-free play mat, I chose the JUNI JUNE PLAY MAT.

Best Play Mat In Town

 

WHY WE LOVE JUNI JUNE PLAY MAT

 

Best Play Mat In Town

 

8 WAYS TO USE JUNI JUNE PLAY MAT

The Juni June Play Mat can be transformed into a table, couch, standing screen, diaper changing mat, educational tool, or a play tunnel for hours of fun for your little ones. Let your children be creative and explore! The Juni June Play Mat can also keep your children ‘healthy’ – it provides them with insulation from the ‘cold’ floor. Just in case you don’t know, walking or sitting on cold floor is bad for your child’s health, and yours too! My kids are not the only ones benefiting from this “transformer” play mat; I use the same mat for pilates too!

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WHERE TO GET THE BEST PLAY MAT IN TOWN

Juni June Play Mat

You can get the JUNI JUNE PLAY MAT here or here. They come in two colours – solid colours or pastel colours. We prefer the solid colours but really, it just boils down to personal preference! I just thought that kids in general are attracted to bolder colours!

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Sussie is watching her favourite Peppa Pig program on the television. Susan sits focused on her computer screen. Suzanne is enthusiastically playing games on her mobile phone. What do these common sights have in common? They are all taking place indoors. This has become more typical in the lives of Singapore children. And this disturbing trend is unhealthy. Tons of researches have shown that children who play outdoors regularly are happier, healthier and stronger; yet few are taking it outside. WHY?

There are many reasons but among all, the most common reason is – lack of time. Parents these days work day in and day out. You can practically work anywhere with a smart phone; and so most parents have little time to supervise outdoor play or take their children out to a playground.

Try to take an hour or two off from work over the weekends. Keep your smart phone in your drawer and entertain the never ending emails later. Take your children out to play, and you will realise the importance of outdoor play and how they contribute to learning.

 

BENEFITS OF OUTDOOR PLAY

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There are many reasons why kids should play outside. Sure, playing outdoor is fun (and some times tiring for the adults), but it brings many health benefits, both physical and mental health benefits.

Children becomes fitter and leaner

Outdoor play gives children the opportunity to run, jump, climb, swim, dance, and more, all of which provide aerobic exercise and strength training.

Develop stronger immune systems

Outdoor physical activity also strengthens the immune system and improves vitamin D levels, which can provide protection from osteoporosis and health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. It is recommended that children get moderate to vigorous activity that adds up to at least an hour per day.

 

Improves vision

A study reported by Optometry and Vision Science found that children who spend time outside have better distance vision than those who primarily play indoors.

 

Help kids learn to interact with and understand the natural world

Taking it outside gives children contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather. Playing and learning outside also helps children to understand and respect nature, the environment and the interdependence of human, animals, plants and lifecycle.

 

Have a more active imaginations and play more creatively

Unstructured outdoor play promotes creativity, which children can apply to their academic learning, helping them see the material in another way.

 

Offers a chance for more social interaction with peers

When children play with other children outdoors, it encourages their social development. Play gives children opportunities to learn how to work in groups, including learning how to share, how to negotiate and how to resolve conflicts.

 

Increases attention span

Outdoor play has been shown to help children focus better in a classroom setting, increase attention span and to enhance readiness for learning, easing the transition to school.

 

TAKE IT OUTSIDE, PLAY OUTDOOR TODAY

So what are you waiting for? Let’s take it outside!

We take the kids out everyday! Sonia goes running in the evening at least twice a week (more, if the weather is good), and we head down to the outdoor playground whenever we can. Sometimes we grab the skate scooters and go out for a ride about the pool (don’t worry, I make them keep a safe distant from the water). And other times, we just head out for a walk.

This evening, we decide to take it outside at the PLAYGROUND!

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So my children climb…

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And spin…

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And climb…

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And slide…

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And jump…

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And run…

We had an awesome day and I really love their cute rosy cheeks after a good hour of outdoor play!

Take it outside, MORE!

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What is black, white and red all over?

A sunburnt penguin

Why do cows go to New York?

To see the moosicals!

Why did the whale laugh?

Because he saw the sea’s bottom.

Why can’t a leopard hide?

Because he’s always spotted!

Why is it dangerous to do math in the jungle?

Because when you add four and four you get ate (eight).

What did the banana say to the judge?

I’m sure to win this case on a-peel!

Why was the computer late to work?

He had a hard-drive.

What can run, play and move around yet it cannot breath?

A CD.

Why did Tigger look in the bathroom?

To find Pooh!

There are 5 fish and 2 drown. How many are left?

Fish don’t drown.

What do you call a dinosaur that is sleeping?

A dino-snore!

Why can’t a car play football?

Because its only got one boot.

The person who makes it sells it, the person who buys it never uses it, the person who is in it doesn’t know it, what is it?

A coffin.

Why don’t they play cards in Africa?

There are too many Cheetahs!

What pet does everyone have?

A carPET!

What do you call a deer with no eyes?

No idea (No eye deer)

Why was 6 afraid of 7?

Because 7 8 9 (7 ate 9).

There are 10 cats in a boat. One cat jumped out of the boat. How many cats were left?

None, they were all copycats.

What do polar bears eat for lunch?

Ice berg-ers!

What do you give a sick bird?

Tweetment!

Why did the kid throw the butter out the window?

To see the butter fly.

What do you get from a pampered cow?

Spoiled milk!

Where do cows go for entertainment?

To the moo-vies.

What did the farmer call the cow that had no milk?

An udder failure!

Why did snowman call his dog “Frost”?

Because Frost-bites!

How do you stop an elephant from charging?

Take away her credit card!

What happens when you throw a white hat into the Black Sea?

It gets wet!

Why did the tomato turn red?

Because it saw the salad dressing!

What does a sick lemon need?

Lemon aid!

What type of songs do the planets sing?

Nep-tunes!

What is a cat favourite song?

Three-blind-mice

Why shouldn’t you tell a secret on a farm?

Because the potatoes have eyes and the corn has ears!

What did the nut say when it sneezed?

Cashew!

Two waves had a race. Who won?

They tide!

When is the moon the heaviest?

When it’s full.

What is the shorest month?

May, because it has only 3 letters!

How many months have 28 days?

All of them.

Why was everyone so tied on April 1st?

They had just finished a March of 31 days!

Why are Saturday and Sunday the strongest days?

Because all the others are weak-days!

What’s the worst vegetable to serve on a boat?

Leek!

What has four wheels and flies?

A garbage truck.

What did tornado say to the sport car?

Want to go for a spin?

When is a door not a door?

When it is ajar (a jar).

Why did the banker quit her job?

She lost interest.

The is the coldest country in the worl?

Chili

What is the longest word?

Smiles. Because there is a mile between the first and last letter.

Why wasn’t the girl sad when her flashlight battery died?

Because she was de-lighted!

Why did Superman cross the road?

To get to the supermarket!

What nails do carpenters hate to hit?

Fingernails!

You can break me easily without even touching me or seeing me. What am I?

A promise.

I was born big, but as the day passes, as I get older, I become small. What am I?

A candle.

You will throw me away when you want to use me. You will take me in when you don’t want to use me. What am I?

An anchor.

I will always come, never arrive today. What am I?

Tomorrow.

I am full of keys but I can’t open any door. What am I?

Piano.

People buy me to eat but never eat me. What am I?

Plate.

I don’t have wings but I can fly. I don’t have eyes but I can cry. What am I?

Cloud.

I am a word. If you pronounce me rightly, it will be wrong. If you pronounce me wrong, it is right. What word am I?

Wrong.

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2015 10 22 - WESA Parenting - Reading

THE KIASU PARENTS

Start reading at birth

Hubby and I have introduced books to Sonia and Arnold since birth. Yes, since birth. In fact, we were already reading books to them when they were still in my belly (I know lah, we’re kiasu but we can’t help it).

Why we did what we did? Because we believe by doing so, we can build close bonds with our children and provide a window into a world of literacy that they will eventually enter.

 

SONIA’S MILESTONES

Is that an ant?

From the day Sonia said her first word, till she learned how to string a proper sentence, and later manage a paragraph, we never stop reading to her daily. Yes, everyday, every single day, we read to her, no matter how tired we are because it is the best way to instill love for and interest in reading.

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I’m glad we persevered because today we reap what we sow. In her free time, she wouldn’t ask for toys or to watch cartoons, but pick books and sit by her bed to read. Sometimes quietly, other times aloud. She’s three-year-old and doesn’t know how to read those prints on the books (yet) but she knows the stories by heart and will recite them in her own words.

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So what she knows? A lot, actually. And we are so proud of her. Sonia knows the names of her favourite books. She knows how to hold a book correctly, turn pages, recall familiar words and phrases, pretend to read, and make up rhymes or silly phrases. She can also predict what might happen next in a story. And she knows we read from left to right, not the other way round.

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And I’m glad to see how Arnold rub off good reading habits from Sonia. He wasn’t exactly reading; just flipping and seeing pictures but that’s a good start.

We do not develop literacy by only reading, we take it out to the streets, supermarket and everywhere else. Sonia can recognise some prints on the street, stop signs, and familiar store signs. We help her to see how text is already a part of her daily life. Point out the name of her favourite snacks. And show her the labels on clothing.

When we are out and about, we play games involving letter and number recognition. She always screams in delight when she sees words containing alphabets that make up her name (S.O.N.I.A). She also always point out words that contain “W” and “E” because she recognises hub and my name (Winnie & Edmund). Learning was fun and we will leave it that way. Developing text awareness should never be a chore.

READING ACTIVITIES WE DO AT HOME

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#1 – REPETITION AND RHYME

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

WHAT TO DO

  • Pick a story with repeated phrases or a poem you and your child like. For example, read:
    3 little pigs
    WOLF: “Little pig, little pig, let me in.”
    LITTLE PIG: “Not by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin.”
    WOLF: “Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down!”
  • After the wolf has blown down the first pig’s house, your child will soon join in and mimic after you.
  • Read slowly, and with a smile or a nod, let your child know you appreciate his or her participation.
  • As the child grows more familiar with the story, pause and give him or her a chance to fill in the blanks and phrases.
  • Encourage your child to pretend to read, especially books that contain repetition and rhyme. Most children who enjoy reading will eventually memorise all or part of a book and imitate your reading. This is a normal part of reading development.
  • When children anticipate what’s coming next in a story or poem, they have a sense of mastery over books. When children feel power, they have the courage to try. Pretending to read is an important step in the process of learning to read.

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#2 – ACT IT OUT

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Children grow as readers by connecting feelings with the written word.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • A short story or poem. It could be from a book or something you invented.

WHAT TO DO

  • Read the story slowly to your child, and bring all your dramatic talents to the reading. The key is to ham it up!
  • Suggest acting our a favourite line. Be sure to award such efforts with delighted enthusiasm.
  • Ask your child to make a face the way the character in the story is feeling. Remember that facial expressions bring emotion into the performer’s voice.
  • Be an enthusiastic audience for your child. Applause is always nice.
  • If you child is comfortable with the idea, look for a larger setting with an attentive appreciative audience. Rope in the grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins. Perhaps an after-dinner “recital” for family members would appeal to your child.
  • Mistakes are a face of life, so ignore them.

MORE LITERACY ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS

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  • Younger children love rhyme, rhythm and repetition. They also love patterned and alphabet books. When you’re looking at these kinds of books, encourage your child to turn the pages and talk about what she sees. Use your finger to guide your child’s eyes from left to right across the page as you read, and point out certain words or phrases. Ask questions about the pictures, and ask your child to point to different things.
  • Children love reading the same book over and over again. You can make the most of this by asking your child to direct book reading – for example, ‘Where do we start from?’ Every so often, stop reading and ask your child what he thinks will happen next.
  • Link books with real-life experiences. If you’ve read a book about playing in a park, you might like to take your child to the local park and point out swings that look like the ones from the book.
  • Visit the library with your child, and encourage her to choose books she’d like to take home. I take my kids to the library once every fortnight to borrow new books. Having new books every week breeds excitement about reading!
  • When you’re out and about with your child, take a book along as well as a toy. We always keep books in the car and both Sonia and Arnold always pick them up!
  • Read books with rhymes to help your child develop awareness of sounds and words. Dr Seuss and Pamela Allen books are a hit with many children – try The Cat in the Hat or Doodledum Dancing.
  • Teach your child the separate sounds in his name. For example, ‘Sonia’ has three sounds – sss-ooo-nia’.
  • Make touch cards for babies and toddlers with objects they like to look at and touch – soft fabrics, wool, foil, paper that rustles. Then look through the book together and talk about how each page looks and feels.
  • Expose your kids to BIG ideas. Instead of the usual “How was your day?” kind of conversation, talk to them about something you read that was interesting. It stretches and excites your children and helps them prepare to enter the world of reading with more understanding.

More activities for kids can be found here.

Have fun reading with your children! Remember, READ & REAP!

 

Ciao!

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NOT TOO LONG AGO…

I was happily baking with Sonia, and that’s when something really dangerous almost happened. Nope, nothing happened to Sonia or myself. It was Arnold.

SO WHAT HAPPENED?

While Sonia and I were mixing the batter, Arnold was playing with Lego at the living room. I wasn’t sure when but he actually walked pass us without us noticing and sneaked into the kitchen. Just so you know, the oven was running at 170°C.  I could not imagine what would happen if my helper wasn’t there to carry him away from that hot box. And that was a warning for me.

There are many times, we, parents, cannot be watching our children every second of the day. You might need to go to the loo, or do the laundry, iron some clothes, clear the thrash, wipe the table, clean up their mess, and the list goes on. Sometimes we leave our children to play while we multitask and work on something else. You might think “it’s only for a few minutes” but a few minutes is a long time and you never know what might happen in those few minutes (or even seconds).

That was when hubby and I decided, we needed a PLAY YARD in our living hall. We did consider buying a playpen but it was too small for both Sonia and Arnold to play in it. So I started researching on the different types of Play Yards available in the market. To my surprise, they cost pretty much the same as a playpen. I am expecting a Play Yard to be dearer since it is much bigger and sturdier and literally uses more materials to build. Well, I was happy to learn that I was wrong. Now I can make my money worthwhile, make my kids happy and more importantly, keep them safe! Triple-Win!

It wasn’t difficult to make a choice. As long as my children are concerned, the make and quality of the Play Yard comes first. I’m sure most parents share the same sentiments.

After much research, I’ve decided to get the nihon ikuji Musical Play Yard.

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DO YOU KNOW

  • This nihon ikuji Musical Play Yard emerged as the No. 1 Best Selling Play Yard brand at the recent biggest baby fair in Southeast Asia held at Expo just in October. There must be good reasons why they rank No. 1. I can’t speak for other mummies but I can share my two-cent worth review on the Play Yard.
  • When I received the “boxes”, I was pleasantly pleased. They were clean and totally undamaged (not a dent).
    Nihon Ikuji Musical Play YardAnd better still, each panel is individually packed in plastic sleeves. Again, not a single blemish on the play yard. I’m impressed!
  • Last but not least, a fun fact – The correct way of spelling “nihon ikuji” is with small caps “n” and “i”. Very unique, no?

 

WHY WE CHOSE THE NIHON IKUJI MUSICAL PLAY YARD OVER OTHERS

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4 WAYS TO USE THE PLAY YARD

#1 Reading Corner

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Sonia loves reading books, especially the “Mr Men & Little Miss” series and Disney stories. And I like what a good influence Sonia is on her little brother. Just recently, I saw Arnold picking his Tractor book from the book shelf. That’s a good start for a 20-month-old. He would mimic jiejie, sit with her and flip through the books! For now, Arnold’s favourites are books with pictures of animals and vehicles. I can leave them in the Play Yard with a stack of books for at least 30 minutes! For me, that’s an achievement! More importantly, I know they are safe, not anywhere near my oven or pulling the T.V. console down.

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And because a the Play Yard is much bigger and sturdier than a playpen, I can join in and be there with them. I can sit in the Play Yard with Sonia and Arnold and read them a book.

 

#2 Play Area

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So sometimes, the kids just want to play with toys! Nothing new. All kids love playing toys.

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You know, kids can create a HUGE mess but the Play Yard has helped to contain the mess. It makes packing up much much easier for them. Yes, for them, not me. Because I make them keep their toys after playing. Cultivate good habits from young (as young as 1 year old) because these habits will stick through even when they are grown ups.

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If you are hosting a playdate and needed a larger Play Yard, fret not. You can purchase add-on panels to increase play area and still keep them safe within the ‘fence’. When you do not need such a big Play Yard, just dissemble the panels and keep them in your storeroom. They are very compact and easy to store.

#3 Ball Pit

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Nihon Ikuji Musical Play Yard

You know how kids always go crazy when they see a pool of balls? My kids go hysterical when they see balls!

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Remember this very overly used phase “Kids learn better through play”? Indeed. So I take every opportunity to teach my kids while playing. Surrounded with so many coloured balls, I took it on myself to teach them colours. Just throw in the multi-coloured balls in the Play Yard and place one basket/pail/container outside the Play Yard. Go through the colours with them in both English and Mandarin; then pick just one colour ball, for example, blue; and tell them to place all the blue balls into the basket. After picking so many blue balls, I’m almost sure your children will recognise the colour “blue”. Do this for the rest of the colours!

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We also play Treasure Hunting with the pool of balls. First, I hide a “treasure” into the pool of balls. It could be a toy car, a water bottle, a packet of biscuit, or really, anything at all. Then throw both my kids into the Play Yard and have them find the “treasure”. It brings them great satisfaction being able to “find the treasure”. If your child is older, you can ask him to spell the “word” before allowing him to add that item into his treasure collection.

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#4 Sleeping Corner

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No, I’m not kidding. You can turn the Play Yard into a sleeping corner by just turning off the light, and throwing in a small mattress, your child’s pillow, bolster, and blanket. Your kids can take their afternoon nap there while you do the laundry and iron the clothes.

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It’s very open; you can see them and they can see you when they wake up.

 

WHERE TO GET THE PLAY YARD

You can purchase their Play Yard online at http://playyardandplaymat.com.sg/.

Prices are competitive, they provide excellent service and delivery is fast!

 

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PROMO CODE

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And to top that off, PREMIUM BABY HUB is offering a 10% discount off all items on his online store. That is a 10% off the already discounted price on his online store! All you need to do is to key in the Promo Code: LovewesaNihonikuji upon checkout. Easy peasy!

 

THE NEXT BIG BABY FAIR

Baby Fair In The West 2015

PREMIUM BABY HUB specialises in bringing premium baby products and has established presence across South East Asia; namely Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, since 2007. They have participated in countless Baby Fair but THIS is the first baby fair that’s held in the West end of Singapore. Those living in the West now need not travel all the way to the East for the Expo Baby Fairs. There’s one just around the corner.

BABY LAND FAIR
DATE: 13 to 15 November 2015 (Fri to Sun)

TIME: 11 am to 8 pm
VENUE: BIG BOX, Jurong Exhibition Hall, Level 3, 1 Venture Ave, (S) 608521

Get ready to grab all your pregnancy and newborn essentials at the BABY LAND FAIR. Diapers, milk powder, strollers, cots, playpens, car seats, pumps and more! Not forgetting the nihon ikuji Musical Play Yard! Check out the Play Yard and Play Mat booth at the fair!!! You can see it, feel it, touch it, compare it and be impressed!

It is the BEST QUALITY plastic Play Yard and the only one you ever need!


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Do check out their newly launched Facebook Page!

 

GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY CONTEST - Nihon Ikuji Musical Play Yard

LOVEWESA has an exciting GIVEAWAY for you today with PREMIUM BABY HUB! We’ve teamed up with them to giveaway a nihon ikuji 4 Panels Play Yard (worth SGD 269) to one of you! Mine (6-sided Play Yard) have served me well and both my kids love playtime, reading time, ball time, and napping time, all in their Play Yard. We use it a lot these days and I’ve managed to keep them out of my kitchen. You have no idea how hazardous it is to have kids in the kitchen (no pun intended).

To enter GIVEAWAY FB CONTEST:

  1. “LIKE” Play Yard and Play Mat & LOVEWESA Facebook Page
  2. “TAG” at least 2 friends
  3. And tell us why you will like to have a nihon ikuji Musical Play Yard

Giveaway Contest ends 30 November 2015.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  1. One entry per person, but you can increase your chances of winning by submitting a Blog and Facebook entry. That means each person can have a maximum of 2 chances!
  2. Giveaway Contest ends 30 November 2015 at 2359 hrs.
  3. The nihon ikuji Musical Play Yard will be delivered to the winner’s residence.
  4. Winner must respond to private messages within 48 hours or new winner will be drawn.
  5. Contest is opened to residents of Singapore only.
  6. All shared posts must be made public so that we can see your entires.

Good luck, people!

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2015 10 17 - Arnold's first playdate at the SEA Aquarium

WHY THE S.E.A. AQUARIUM AT RESORT WORLD SENTOSA

On Arnold’s FIRST playdate, the mummies decided upon the S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa. Perfect destination for the 1.5 years young babies. Why? Because it’s comfortable (air-conditioned), spacious, engaging, colourful, lively, and appealing!

SEA Aquarium Sentosa

INTERESTING FACTS

As we stare at them swimming in the aquarium, I wonder who is actually watching whom. They seems to be ogling at us from the other side of the glass tank. In this magical marine world, there are more than 80,000 underwater animals from 800 species, swimming in 42.8 million litres of water. Unbelievable!

SEA Aquarium Sentosa

Do you know, Resorts World Sentosa’s S.E.A. Aquarium is now the official record holder of two Guinness World Records – it is the world’s largest aquarium and has the world’s largest acrylic panel in its Ocean Gallery (read full article here).

SEA Aquarium Sentosa

The world’s largest acrylic panel in the Ocean Gallery at the aquarium measures 36 metres wide by 8.3 metres tall and weighs more than 250,000 kg. Its surface area is equivalent to two rows of three double-decker buses stacked on top of one another.

Here’s probably the kids favourite hangout (and ours too)! While the little ones walked about and sticked their nose on the glass panel, admiring the hundreds or even thousands of colourful fishes swimming in the enormous tank, we got to rest our feet, sit and chat till they exhaust themselves.

SO MANY FISHES!!!

It was fun! They love watching the fishes and we love whatever they love.

SEA Aquarium Sentosa

SEA Aquarium Sentosa

SEA Aquarium Sentosa

SEA Aquarium Sentosa

SEA Aquarium Sentosa

SEA Aquarium Sentosa

SEA Aquarium Sentosa

SEA Aquarium Sentosa

SEA Aquarium Sentosa

SEA Aquarium Sentosa

There were so many fishes and I would love to snap more pictures of them with the kids but our hands were full (most of the time). Maybe the next time, I’ll drag daddy along to do photo taking (haha).

SEA Aquarium Sentosa

Midway, Katie fell asleep. She could literally sleep anywhere, and at anytime. Impressed! Soon, the boys were tired too, so we left for home after a good 2 hours tour about the aquarium.

SEA Aquarium Sentosa

We will be back!

DETAILS

The S.E.A. Aquarium is located at Resorts World Sentosa.
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway #01-85/86 Resort World Sentosa, Singapore 098269
Contact number: +65 6577 8899
Opening hours: 10am to 7pm daily
You can purchase your ticket online to skip the ticket queue!

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I got myself an annual pass because I know I will keep returning to this magnificent aquarium!

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2015 10 12 - Friso

Both Sonia (3 years old) and Arnold (20 months old) love going to indoor playground. Which child doesn’t? But now we have our very own mini playground at home and my kids were delighted! This Friso Experiences Play Set worth $300 consist of a tent, a slide with a basketball hoop, 2 cushions, a storage box and a green carpet. Amid the haze period, this was a perfect gift. Thank you, Friso!

HOW TO GET THE FRISO EXPERIENCES PLAY SET FOR FREE

From 1 September 2015 to 31 October 2015, parents who spend SGD 350 on any Friso participating products at participating retailers will receive the FRISO EXPERIENCES PLAY SET (worth SGD 300) for FREE!

WHAT’S IN THE PLAY SET

It consists of:

  • A tent
  • A slide with basketball hoop
  • 2 cushions
  • A storage box
  • A green carpet

FRISO is giving away this set so that parents can bring the outdoors into their homes and experience more together with your child. We enjoyed ourselves so much and I hope you would too!

PARTICIPATING FRISO PRODUCTS

The participating Friso products included in this promotion are Frisomum, Friso Gold Cereal and Friso Gold 2, 3, 4. It excludes all infant formula for 0-6 months.

FRISO EXPERIENCE PLAY ZONES

There will also be special FRISO EXPERIENCE PLAY ZONES at selected outlets. Their ambassadors will be around on-site to snap photos of you and your little ones during the weekends.

Here are the details:

  • FP Xtra JEM Mall  (1 to 30 September 2015)
  • FP Xtra AMK Hub (1 to 30 September 2015)
  • FP Xtra Sport Hub (1 to 30 September 2015)
  • FP Xtra NEX mall (7 to 30 September 2015)
  • FP Xtra Jurong (1 to 30 September 2015)
  • FP East Point (14 to 30 September 2015)
  • Guardian Plus Taka (17 to 30 September 2015)
  • Guardian Compass Point (B1) (21 to 27 September 2015)
  • Guardian Causeway Point (B3-4) (28 September 2015 to 4 October 2015)
  • Cold Storage Compass Point (Atrium Space Level 1) (27 September 2015 to 4 October 2015)
  • Sheng Siong Woodlands 6A (1 to 31 October 2015)
  • Sheng Siong Bedok 209 (1 to 31 October 2015)

WESA FAMILY’S EXPERIENCE WITH FRISO EXPERIENCE PLAY SET

When Sonia came back from school to see this little playground at home, she was leaping with joy (literally)! And the first thing they wanted to do was to S.L.I.D.E.

 

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I really like how Sonia will always watch over Arnold and makes sure he doesn’t trip or fall. So warm-hearted!

 

19 months young but definitely capable of climbing and sliding all by himself. Yeah! Play needs no teaching, uh?

 

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He later realised that there was a hoop beside him and wondered what it was for. Patiently, jiejie explained to him and told him to grab a ball.

 

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There you go.. the big sister doing a demo.

 

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And now the little one is ready to shoot!

 

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I gave them 3 balls of different colours and sizes. Why? Because I want to take the opportunity to teach them colours and sizes. We have a small ball, a smaller ball, and the smallest ball. We also have a big ball, a bigger ball, and the biggest ball.

 

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It didn’t take Sonia long to understand comparison adjectives but it was quite a challenge for Arnold. Well, he’s only 19 months young, right? No stress, he will eventually learn those.

 

After a few throws, the ball went rolling under the table. When this happen, DO NOT PICK THE BALL UP FOR THEM. Let them problem solve. First, Arnold tried reaching for the ball but with no avail. After some ten seconds (yes, kids have no patience), Sonia asked Arnold to move aside and let her try. Because she has longer arms, picking the ball was a piece of cake!

 

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And they carried on playing…

 

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Until this happened – snatching of ball and refusing to take turns sliding. Things like this happen too frequently but I refused to interfere just yet. I want them to resolve conflicts on their own. See, there’s always something to learn, even in a fight. This is part of the “experience”.

 

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I left them to work things out on their own and they ended up crying for me. So I got them to sit together on the sofa (side by side) and talk things out. Again, both simply cry their lungs out. I guess, they both felt that they were RIGHT and wanted justice done in their favour. Here’s my usual practice – I tell them “Children, let me know when you are done. I can’t talk to you when you are louder than me.” and then I walk away. Soon enough, they will tell me that they are done. REALLY!!! So I stepped in to explain and try my best to not take sides. In such cases, both are in the wrong. Snatching is wrong, not taking turns to slide is wrong, and so BOTH should apologise to one another. I won’t let things pass until something is done. Soon enough, this happened…

 

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Arnold took the initiative to apologise by hugging jiejie.

 

Sonia reciprocated with a hug.

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And they wiped off each other’s tears. Aww…

Through playing, we can learn so much! Now that they are good together, they continued playing.

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I told Sonia to take a bigger ball and she did!

 

I told Arnold to take the orange ball and he did. He’s better with colours than comparison adjectives, so we work on colours first.

 

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And when I told Sonia to take the smallest ball, she did!

 

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And now, the biggest ball!

 

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After sliding, they looked at the box and asked me what it was for. I threw back the question and Sonia said “mummy, it’s a bus, for me and my Arnold to ride on”! Kids are imaginative, no? I’m just impressed at how the two of them managed to squeeze into that box?!?

 

Soon, yeye and daddy came home! We needed help with setting up the tent and they came just in time! This is what I love best about living under the same roof with 4 generations. We always have each other’s back! And we are always there for one another. So much love!!!

Here’s yeye, helping to fix the tent! Yeah!

 

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As soon as the tent it up, Sonia and Arnold rushed in!

 

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This tent wasn’t very big but big enough for my two imps!

 

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They love the tent so much, they wanted to spend the night in there.

 

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Now that the full FRISO EXPERIENCE PLAY SET is up, we spent a good 30 minutes monkeying around, with daddy!

 

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Boy, we had so much fun!

Even in their dreams, they were sleep talking about the play set. Family time is very important and precious. Thanks Friso for this amazing play set and for recognising the importance of bonding as a family. It’s a good thing to campaign on! You have our support! Go, Friso!

HOW TO REDEEM YOUR FRISO EXPERIENCE PLAY SET

You can find out more about Friso meaningful campaign and how to redeem your Friso Experience Play Set here.

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