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I’ve been watching you: Netgear Arlo

On normal days, I am generally very busy. There are times where I have to leave my girls at home with my parents and/or the helper due to events, meetings or running of errands. So when both my husband and I are not at home, I will constantly be worried about my kid’s well-being and safety at home.

I have been checking out several home monitoring systems but Netgear Arlo Smart Home Security Camera caught my attention!

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Want to know what is so special about Netgear Arlo Smart Home Security Camera?

IT IS FLEXIBLE!

 

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What does this mean? It means that I do not have to attach it to wall. It means that it does not have one fixed position. It means that I can place it wherever I want without needing to find a power outlet. With its 100% wireless configuration, weatherproof design and night-vision functionality you will be able to place the cameras anywhere at home, be it indoors or outdoors. Each set comes with two cameras, so you can have two different views!

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WHY INSTALL A HOME SECURITY CAMERA?

 

  1. TRUST ISSUES

Some of us may install home monitoring systems at home to monitor the helper who is at home with our kids.

When you leave your kids at home with the helper or when the kids are alone at home alone, it is easy to track what is happening and that will give you a peace of mind. High chances are, the helpers will be more careful and alert knowing that their every movement is being monitored.

As much as I would love to trust the helper or no matter how nice the helper is, at the end of the day, she is still an outsider. No matter what, the safety of our kids comes first. It is always better to be safe than sorry, agree?

Netgear Arlo Smart Home Security Camera measures at about 2 inches wide and 3 inches tall. Pretty small and can be easily hidden if your intention is to secretly spy on the kids or helper. LOL. But if you were to ask me, I seriously do not mind if the cameras are seen.

  1. SENSE OF SECURITY

Some of us install CCTV to give us a high sense of security. In other words, we will know what exactly in taking place when we are not at home. Any theft activity can also be traced easily.

 

  1. KEEP UPDATED

 

And come on, I want to be kept updated about the ongoings at home even if I cannot be home with the girls. It’s like being with the kids even though I am not physically there with them.

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The above video was taken when the girls were having their class with their Ustazah. Even though I was not there with them, I was able to keep track of what they were doing and that made feel feel at ease.

And here’s another angle.

I could even take screenshots of the videos.

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Netgear Arlo Smart Home Security Camera is battery powered that lasts up to 6 months.

One minute I can place it in the girls’ room to monitor what they are doing when I am not at home. Say, if they promise me that they will do their revision or work, then I can check to see if they will really do their work. Then if petty fights happen between them, I can always record, play the video and show it to them when I am back. Want to twist the story and push the blame to someone else? Fat chance, girls. LOL.

It has never been so easy to see what’s happening at home without really being there!

HAHA THEY SPOTTED THE CAMERA! LOL.

As soon as Arlo senses movement, video is being captured and I get the notification(s), like this!

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That’s right, they will only start recording once motion is detected so that no battery power ever goes to waste.

The videos captured will also be stored to the cloud so that I can play it back within 7 days free of charge.

All I need to do is to log in to my Arlo app and view the videos live or later!

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Or imagine this scenario, parents.

You are on a vacation with your spouse, without the kids. Mummy and daddy sometimes need that trip without the kids, right? You can synchronize the cameras and base station with a push of a button, download the Arlo app, and you are set for instantaneous real time video monitoring and recordings. But still, this does not mean you can keep leaving your kids behind. HAHA.

Wherever you are, you can now monitor the movements of your little ones simply through an app.

Netgear Arlo Smart Home Security Camera makes a day at work, a trip to the supermarket or even a vacation overseas less worrying for you!

With its 100% wireless configuration, weatherproof design and night-vision functionality you will be able to place the cameras anywhere at home, be it indoors or outdoors. Snap the camera onto the magnetic mount and you can easily adjust the camera to point to any direction.

Netgear Arlo Smart Home Security Kit with two cameras (VMS3230) is available at Harvey Norman and Challenger at $599.00.

 

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Two cameras mean you can place the cameras at different parts of the house and monitor both areas at the same time!

SIMPLY AWESOME! 

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#MyMandai Moments

The wildlife parks are a treasure trove of memories for almost every family here in Singapore.

Whenever someone mentions the Singapore Zoo or Jurong Bird Park, I cannot help to recall my early memories and unforgettable moments with my family at these wildlife parks.

One of my best #MyMandai moments was during one of my primary school excursions where I had my photo taken with an orang utan. The very thought of bringing back the polaroid photo to show my parents and siblings made me beam with pride.

Yes, it was a big deal to me back then. 

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I have been to the zoos many times playing different roles each time – as a daughter, student, preschool teacher, primary school teacher, mummy, and of course, as a proud Singaporean. Indeed, I have had many great #MyMandai moments over the years.

 

IF ONLY I COULD FIND ALL THE OLD PHOTOS AND SHARE THEM WITH YOU! URGH.

Nobody ever gets sick of the Singapore Zoo. Not me. Not my family. Definitely not my kids.

They went to the zoo when they were still toddlers.

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They went to the zoo with their teachers and friends when they were preschoolers.

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They went to the zoo recently when they are already in primary school!

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It’s like, you can never say no to spending quality family time there because there are just so many activities to do and animals to look at.

And it’s especially fun when you get to show off your intelligence once in a while to your kids by telling them things they do not know about the certain species of animals there. And then they will go, “Wahhhhhhhhh!” or “Really Mummy? I didn’t know that!” HAHAH. Kids these days are too smart; we need opportunities to outsmart them sometimes.

Them with the fake crocodile.

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And following picture was taken by Sharleez during her school excursion.

Real crocodile! She went home and showed me this photo ever so proudly! She was like, “Mummy, I took picture of a real crocodile! Can you believe it?” This is definitely Sharleez’s very own #MyMandai moment.

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It’s very exciting to know that the Mandai area will be rejuvenated into a complete nature destination. I was informed that they are hoping to bring the Bird Park over and add more nature attractions in the Mandai area! The first phase of this rejuvenation will be completed in 2020. This is definitely awesome! Imagine having all the wildlife parks within the same area!

How about you?

What are your #MyMandai moments? Was it a school excursion when you were young, or a recent trip with your family? Well, now you can get rewarded by just sharing your photos. , just by sharing your #MyMandai moment, you will get a S$10 voucher. That’s not all – the most moving entry every week gets S$100 voucher. So go share your photos now at http://www.mymandai.com . I have submitted mine, go check out the website now. I had a great time browsing all the memories from different visitors – some even dated as far back as 1970s! How precious!

ALL THE BEST!

 

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The Sky is the Limit: Creative Writing Workshop:

Every kid can write, in a way or another.
Write an alphabet. Write a word. Write a sentence.
To write creatively is totally something else.

When I was still a teacher, I encountered students who did not want to write in their journal book or composition book because they were too afraid to express themselves. Some could write sentences, but they had difficulties making a story out of those sentences.

Some kids are generally reluctant to write because they do not feel they have anything worthwhile to say.

Encouraging children to write a story of their very own can give them an enormous confidence boost, this is true. And the most effective way to do encourage them is most often by doing it subtly – through play or the arts.

Yesterday, my girls had the opportunity to attend “The Sky is the Limit” Writing Workshop with Claudine.

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Claudine teaches literature full time and she also studied arts in education in Harvard! So she is definitely more than qualified, if that’s what you are asking! Hehe.

But most importantly, Claudine has the characteristics that a a teacher teaching Creative Writing should have!

She is:

1. Patient
2. Encouraging
3. Approachable
4. Attentive
5. Fluent
6. Friendly
7. Creative

My girls enjoyed the workshop because it was basically just fun throughout the 1.5 hours.

First, Claudine let them introduce themselves by writing on their name place card.

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Next, they watched a snippet of Monster Inc. before writing down the answers to questions related to what they watched.

 

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Then they had a sharing session and Claudine was always sure to give them praises like “Well done!” or “That’s really creative!”

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Praise the praiseworthy and keep criticism to a minimum indeed. But in Claudine’s case, there was not a single criticism coming from her.

Come on, if we want our kids to love writing then we cannot be quick to criticize them. Being overly critical is most often than not, the quickest way to kill that desire to write or to even try to write.

Claudine used a lot of oral communication to encourage written communication. She talked to the students before encouraging them to write down those ideas in a more organized fashion.

For one of the activities, the students were also asked to think of their most favourite character in the world and describe + draw that character. Anything that involves drawing will definitely get the thumbs up sign from my girls.

But I had to stress to my girls that they did not have to spend so much time on the drawing and just focus more on describing their favourite character.

This is Sharleez’s work.

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For the last activity, they were asked to create their own masked character by painting it.

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After they were done with the painting, they were asked to introduce their masked character by firstly writing about it before talking about it.

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That was the first lesson they had yesterday and it was all good!
For the next lesson, they will be doing even more fun and creative activities related to Creative Writing.

My girls enjoyed the class so much till they asked me,
“Mummy, you mean we can go for the writing class for three times only during the holidays?”

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Not really.

Claudine has her regular writing workshops or classes that she conducts on a weekly basis.

Next year onwards, Claudine will be conducting her writing classes on Saturdays!

For ages 7-9: 10-11.30am
For ages 10-12: 12.30-2pm

Her rates?
$45 per session or $180 per month

Want to find out more?

You can check out Claudine’s website by clicking HERE, HERE OR HERE for more details!

You can also email her at mail@artisticstrategies.com.sg

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Treasure Island by SRT

Ahoy mates! How be you?

How about free tickets t’ watch Treaaye Island?

I meant to ask, how about free tickets to watch Treasure Island by SRT’S The Little Company?

Hehe. We went to watch Treasure Island just a week ago at SRT.

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Come on, it is an open secret by now – WE LOVE SRT/TLC PRODUCTIONS!

Go on, tell everyone. 

I will also try to dress the girls up according to the theme whenever possible. 🙂

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We first started attending their plays in 2012. That was like 3 years ago when Sharleez was 5 and my twins were 3! Ever since then, we have been hooked and have been going to all of their productions! Their plays and musicals are suitable for kids aged 3-12 supposedly but hey, if adults like me and my husband are entertained just as well all the time, then I guess their plays and musicals are suitable for everyone!

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Their current production is Treasure Island.

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Photo by SRT

I insist that you must bring your kids to watch this production!

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What is it about? 

A new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s popular novel of the same name, Treasure Island follows the adventure of Jim Hawkins, a lion-hearted 13-year-old girl who receives a treasure map from a kooky old seaman. Jim is tasked to help find the hidden treasure, but the road to riches is never smooth sailing.

A swashbuckling, action-packed musical about friendship and trust. This exhilarating show for the entire family will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Source: SRT

Why bring the kids to watch this?

  1. Teaches children the importance of loyalty and friendship, and to practise discernment in those they chose to place their trust in.
  2. This story features a courageous female protagonist who proves that no feat is too great for girls or boys.
  3. Engages the imagination by transporting young children to a foreign land, and expands their world beyond their everyday lives.

 

We loved the amazingly beautiful sets as usual. SRT never fails to put in so much efforts in their costumes and props, so that is another reason why my girls and I look forward to every production of theirs.

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Photo by SRT

Treasure Island has a fine mixture of puppetry, songs, beautiful props and of course, energetic expression by all of their actors.

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Photo by SRT

The musical itself has a slightly different twist from the original story but you will definitely enjoy it. Every single production of SRT/TLC also has a moral or learning point at the end of it. As we all know it, kids will only be relieved once  the story ends nicely – they will always expect the good to prevail and the bad to be punished or to somehow repent. HAHA.

Want a little preview?

Okay watch this!

 

 

LOOKS LIKE FUN, RIGHT?

 

Treasure Island will reiterate to their young audience (and their not so young audience) on the importance of friendship over anything else.

Human relationship is the real treasure in life. 

“Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.”

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Photo by SRT

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So you can either book online via www.sistic.com.sg or call SISTIC directly at 6348 5555

 

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I have a family package of 4 tickets worth $153 to give away for Saturday, 5th December 2015 at 11am!

 

WHO WANTS?

Follow me instructions mates!

1. LIKE my latest Instagram post. Click HERE to be directed to my Instagram

2. Leave a comment in my latest Instagram post regarding Treasure Island and tell me why I should choose you as one of the winners, and how many tickets you will need!

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Selfie in a studio: iSnap

When was the last time I actually went to a photo studio to have photos taken with the family?

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Imagine going to a professionally-equipped personal photo studio with various backdrops/costumes/props for you to choose from, and armed with DSLR cameras and studio lightings for you and your loved ones to take fun and endless number of photos…

 

WITHOUT THE NEED FOR A PHOTOGRAPHER!

In other words, it is like taking a proper selfie using professional camera and lightings instead of mobile phones!

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So the other day, I decided to spend my girls day out with my three daughters by surprising them with a visit to iSnap!

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iSnap is the first photography company in Singapore that offers various professionally-equipped personal studio rooms for you to take personal or selfie photos of yourselves, friends or families without the need of a photographer.

They have 6 individual studio rooms in total with a total of 24 themes/backdrops for you to choose from!

Individual rooms means privacy for you and your loved ones! 

THEY WENT BONKERS THE MOMENT THEY SAW THE COLLECTION OF COSTUMES AND PROPS!

 

I am not kidding! They could not decide on which costume to wear first so I told them to keep calm and listen to what the staff from iSnap had to say.

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  1. First, choose the backdrop that you would like & let the helpful staff know

 

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  1. Choose the costumes and props you would like to wear

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  1. Go to the studio room with the chosen backdrop

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  1. Close the door to ensure that you get all the privacy that you need
  2. Look at the big screen and position yourself for the camera

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  1. Now you are ready to snap, snap, snap using the remote shutter


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  1. Once you are done with the backdrop, you can choose another backdrop!

 

ONCE WE UNDERSTOOD HOW iSnap WORKS, I GAVE THE GIRLS THE PERMISSION TO GO CRAAAAAAAZY.

 

The girls wanted to be animals first. So we chose a backdrop with a safari theme, and then proceeded to choose our animal costumes!

No prize for correctly guessing what happened next.

WE WENT WILD, LITERALLY.

 

 

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Now all the photos taken in the studio that I am showing are the digital copies that iSnap allowed us to bring home!

Next, the girls decided that they wanted to be characters from Frozen! So what did they do? Choose the backdrop. Choose the costumes. Proceed to the studio room with the chosen backdrop. Close the door. Snap away! (Mind you, they took the photos themselves while I had a breather outside.)

Let it go, let it go


Can’t hold it back anymore

Let it go, let it go


Turn away and slam the door

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SO MUCH FUN, RIGHT?

Indeed. My girls kept on laughing and giggling.

Next change? They wanted to be pixies! LOL.

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Then they decided to cast a spell on me and turn me into a frog.

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The spell did not work obviously because you can never wish for a bad thing to happen to your mummy. LOL.

So they had to settle for a loving mummy instead.

Awwwwwwwww.

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And last but not least, we decided to just sit on go easy and sit on the swing chair for some photos with our actual outfits.

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I then let the girls take charge and left them on their own while I had a quick chat with the staff from iSnap.

I was laughing uncontrollably when I viewed the photos later on.

YOU SEE LAH!

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Yes, there is no limit to the number of photos you take within that one-hour of booking!

The best thing is, you get to keep all the digital copies of the photos taken in high-res, and they will even print out for you 5 chosen photos FREE!

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Thank you iSnap for such a fun and memorable experience!

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Barely five minutes after we left iSnap and my girls were asking whether we would be making another visit to iSnap! It was obvious they enjoyed themselves truly.

For more information, you can find iSnap in Facebook by typing iSNAP THE SELFIE PLACE.

Otherwise, you can click

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