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Protecting my kids means…

I never knew I could love this much until I gave birth to my kids – all four of them.

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When I grew up in the 80’s, children wandering in the neighbourhood on their own without parental supervision were a common sight. I then thought to myself, “Why aren’t their parents with them? What if something happens to them?” Even though I was still a kid back then, I knew that a parent’s job is to protect his/her kids. I guess my mum has brought me with so much love and hence I know I must reciprocate when my turn comes to be a mother myself.

Being a mother means I need to always be ready to take care of my kids emotionally, physically and financially.

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I work from home and hence; I am there with and for my kids almost 24/7. And that also means that I am always updated with even the slightest change in any of my kids. For instance, I will detect it first when any of them is about to have fever. Mother’s instinct, you think? Super power, I think. But what’s the bigger picture here?

They may have just the normal fever now, and that’s fine. Nothing much to worry about. Medications are still affordable. But what if something even worse were to happen to them in the near future? What if the medical expenses or hospitalisation bill cost a lot more than I could ever afford? Will I be prepared financially?

I feel like it is my responsibility if anything bad were to happen to them – I am taking every extra step possible to ensure that I am not overprotecting my kids at the same time. When parents overprotect, that will create more problems for their kids in the long run. But I will save parental overprotection for another post.

Even though I am always with and for the kids, I can never quite prepare myself enough for my kids.

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But I can certainly protect them for the future.

Having children also means that we already have the basic instinct of parents to        protect them.

Our children are completely dependent on us for all their needs.

Of course, before we can attend to our children’s needs, we need to protect ourselves first, financially. In this way, if anything bad to happen to us, there is always something that we leave behind for our kids – financial safety net.

Financial safety net is meant to protect us AND OUR FAMILY from losing our financial security should an unexpected event like a catastrophic illness or personal tragedy happen to us.

Before anything, start with a rainy day fund.

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Rainy day fund is so crucial yet so hard for many to attain and maintain, especially due to the high cost of living here in Singapore.

The objective of a rainy day fund is mainly to be easily accessible in times of emergency. Without rainy day fund, many will resort to taking loans from the bank with high interest rates. That may help us in the short run but will add burden to us financially never in the long run. Something for us to think about.

Did you know that an average working Singaporean would require at least $626,000 to meet their Protection needs?

WOAHH.

Health care costs have also increased over the years, and hence we need to be adequately covered against life uncertainties.

How can we possibly achieve that?

(1) TM Term Assure: Covers mainly working adults and parents

  • Basic and affordable term plan that provides significant lump sum payout upon death, terminal illness and total permanent disability
  • For someone aged between 25 to 35 years, it is as little as less than S$1 a day for a 5-year TM Term Assure plan with coverage of S$500,000.

 

(2) KidAssure GIO Rider: A juvenile rider that provides coverage for 24 medical and hospitalization conditions

  • A death benefit is also payable regardless of prior claims.
  • Can be attached to most of Tokio Marine’s basic plans
  • Only need to pay 5 years of premium and coverage is till 19 years old.
  • A refund of 80% of the total annual premiums paid for the rider when the child reaches age 19.
  • Guaranteed acceptance with no medical underwriting required

For more information on how you can protect yourself and your kids, click on www.tokiomarine.com/protect

 

Or come on down to Baby World 2017 and visit the Tokio Marine booth (K15) for exciting fun and games!

Are you going? I definitely am!

 

Date: 30 June to 2 July
Time: 11 am to 8pm
Venue: Suntec City Exhibition, Level 4

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What my family means to me.

My kids mean the world to me.

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It’s saddening to see how people fall victim to dengue fever unexpectedly.

If it can happen to them, it can happen to anyone of us including our loved ones.

Dengue fever can lead to death. Even if it doesn’t, one does not have it easy when he or she contracts dengue fever. Do read up on my first blog post on Dengue Fever by clicking HERE if you have missed it.

It’s also worrying to know that dengue cases have increased from 11,298 in 2015 to more than 13,000 in 2016 and two-third of the cases occur between the ages 15-45 years old in Singapore. This means, I’m one of the potential candidates for dengue! Dengue can be contracted up to 4 times as the 4 sero-types of dengue (DENV-1 to 4) co-circulate in Singapore all year round.

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I often imagine how it would be like if any of my loved ones, including myself, were to get dengue fever. With four kids in tow and a baby to handle, dengue fever could actually cause havoc to my daily routine with my family. I don’t think I’d be able to cope – it would be an extremely tiring process. And when that happens, that would also mean that my husband would need to take time off from work to help me with the kids.

Just imagine the many things you would not able to do as a family and for your family if you were to get dengue fever!

  1. Who would take care of the kids?
  2. Who would settle their meals?
  3. Who would help the kids with their school work?

Family time means everything to me. Nobody can and should take that away from us.

With just a few simple changes to your everyday life, you can help protect your family and yourself from dengue.

How so?

Step 1: Follow the 5-step mozzie wipeout

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  • Turn over all water storage containers.
  • Change water in vases / bowls on alternate days.
  • Remove water from flower pot plates on alternate days.
  • Loosen soil from potted plants
  • Clear blockages and put Bti insecticides in roof gutters monthly.

 

Step 2: Protect yourselves from applying insect repellent

Dengue fever is passed on to humans through the bites of an infected female Aedes aegypti mosquito, which mainly acquires the virus while feeding on the blood of an infected person.

We can avoid being bitten by applying insect repellant regularly.

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Dengue cannot be stopped or controlled if it’s only you taking action for your family and yourself.

Let’s all play our part in preventing dengue so that it does not disrupt our lives. Share your dengue story or how would your lives get disrupted if you get dengue using the hashtag #BeAWallAgainstDengue

STOP THE VIRUS. STOP DENGUE.

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Share me your dengue fever experience by clicking HERE! The best comment will receive a little token of appreciation!

 

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The CHOICE is mine

Just recently, I decided to change the sofa in my living room to a leather sofa.

 

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As you can see, someone’s certainly pleased with the choice.

 

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Here’s why.

My previous sofa was a fabric sofa and we were pretty okay with it except for the size that it occupied, and the fact that it was pretty challenging to maintain.

The initial colour of my previous sofa was cream.

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And then I changed it to black.

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Didn’t help that much.

See, maintenance was pretty challenging as it absorbed odours easily. Now, my mum does a lot of cooking on a daily basis – not a good idea to have fabric sofa! My sofa often ended up smelling like the dishes my mum cooked. HAHA.

So I thought I should opt for a leather sofa instead for the following reasons as well:

 

  1. Leather is a very durable material and can last long – for parents with kids who like to jump and do stunts on the sofa (lol), leather sofa is indeed the solution!
  2. Spills and dirt can easily be wiped off – this one will really help me since I have kids who are so clumsy and keep spilling everything they eat!
  3. Leather is easier to clean and maintain – just use a damp cloth
  4. Sofa will look better as it becomes worn down with age.

 

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I came across Choice Furniture, and decided to visit their showroom to have a look at their collection.

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Their showroom is HUGE!

 

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LIKE, VERY HUGE!

 

 

 

And if what you want is not there, you can refer to their catalogue to view even more of their collection! (That was what I did, actually!)

Another option is shop online via www.choicefurniture.com.sg

Nowadays, everyone prefers to just shop online anyway.

Let me share with you some of their online catalogue.

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Look at the prices Choice Furniture offers. I am sure you will agree that they do not overcharge and everything is reasonably priced.

With the rising cost of living in Singapore, every homeowner will definitely not want to spend beyond his or her budget without compromising on the quality of the furniture.

Buying furniture has always been a perilous and complex affair.

Choosing the right furniture store is just as important as choosing the correct furniture for our home. Falling in love with the look of the furniture, without considering its construction and durability is one of the biggest pitfalls customers often encounter.

As customers, we need to be satisfied with our purchase(s). But sometimes, we do not know about the products that much and that’s when the sales person’s genuine and honest recommendations will really come in handy. Some furniture stores will just totally ignore our concerns and complains the moment they deliver the furniture to us. Many times, I have seen customers complaining because what they received was not the same as what they ordered or what was promised to them.

There were also occasions where the furniture vendor became so hostile just because customers noticed defects in the product, and wanted an exchange.

Dan from Choice Furniture was so accommodating to all my needs right from the start, and he delivered what he promised promptly.

Most importantly, I like how patient and polite he was throughout.

Needless to say, his customer service was tip top.

So based on my budget, needs and lifestyle, Dan recommended several sofas before I decided on THE SOFA.

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HOW DOES ONE EVEN DECIDE ON THE IDEAL SOFA, ANYWAY? 

Let me help you!

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Here are some tips on choosing the correct sofa:

 

  1. Size matters: If you have a bigger living room, how much of the living space do you want your sofa to occupy? Do also consider your walking space.
  2. Orientation: Decide how and where the sofa will be placed. Start by analyzing your lifestyle. Do you watch TV? What do you do most in that space? Do you like to sit in front of the TV? Or do you use the living room simply to relax and read?
  3. Sofa shape: Decide which shape will best suit your living room. L-shaped sofas are usually great for separating the living room from the dining room. A rounder shaped sofa is better for a smaller space.
  4. Material: Which one is best for you? I have mentioned earlier on the reason for my switch of sofa fabric from fabric to leather.
  5. Style: Choose a sofa that complements your home. Do not have a modern theme furnishing and then go for a vintage couch. Like errrr?
  6. Colour: Choose a colour that will suit your lifestyle most importantly.

 

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Thank you Choice Furniture for making my living room now so much easier to maintain.

We are pleased with the choice, indeed.

Now now, of course my readers will also get the furniture of their choice plus the special treatment.

Enjoy 10% all products when you shop online at www.choicefurniture.com.sg All you need to do is to typeDIAH10’ on the check out page.

If you prefer to walk-in to their showroom instead, just mention my name Diah to enjoy the 10% off too! Oh I have to mention that you can just park right opposite their showroom! Ample parking space, guys!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/choicefurnituresg

Instagram: @choicefurnituresg

Website: www.choicefurniture.com.sg

Location: 63 Hillview Avenue, Lam Soon Building, #01-05 S669569

BLOG GIVEAWAY TIME!

This bird nest swing (worth $399) can be yours, you know?

 

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I KID YOU NOT.

All you need to do is to go to my FB (click HERE) and follow the instructions there on! I will pick the winner based on your creativity because the CHOICE is mine.

Closing date will be 30 April 2017!

ALL THE BEST!

Special thanks to Zee & Marina for the sofa shots. If you are looking for a lifestyle photographer, look no further!

Right, Shakeel? <3

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Hari Raya Open House

Each year without fail, I always look forward to revamping the house or at the very last, rearrange/replace the furnishings right before Hari Raya! Of course whenever possible, I will try to reuse the same thing so that I do not end up wasting too much money on the unnecessary

I TRY, okay. I TRYYYYYYYYY.

LOL.

I am sure you too are guilty of the same thing?

With that in mind, Icon Interior Design has decided to have their Hari Raya Fair/Open House earlier this year and that will be from 8 to 9 April 2017!

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AWWW I MISS HAVING A HEAD FULL OF COLOURFUL HAIR!

Anyway.

Why have the Hari Raya Fair so early? The new moon is not sighted yet. It’s not even fasting month!

Let me tell you why.

If homeowners like you are deciding to renovate your house in time for raya, here’s your chance to do so, only with Icon Interior Design!

WHY SIGN UP WITH ICON INTERIOR DESIGN?

Firstly, let’s look at their space planning & furniture layout at the beginning stage of discussion.

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Space planning is an in-depth analysis of how the space is to be used before the designer draws up a plan!

No matter how beautiful your house is, it will not matter at all if the rooms do not meet the most critical criteria – functionality.

Makes sense?

Once space planning has been done, you can proceed to furniture layout.

Both of these can actually prevent impulsive choices or buys!

So do be sure to go through the space planning with your designer!

Secondly, let’s compare their 3D designs and the photos of the actual house after renovation is completed.

3D Designs

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Actual House Photos After Renovation

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IMPRESSIVE!

I like how Icon Interior Design really takes the extra effort in their 3D drawings so that customers get the feel of how their house will look like, before allowing customers to make changes if there’s a need to!

Remember that one renovation company (under the block) which I approached before? I told them to do up a 3D drawing for my girls’ room. They googled it and emailed to me with the subject “Your 3D Drawing is ready!”

When I googled for bedroom inspirations, I saw the exact same picture which they claimed to be their 3D Drawing!

BASKET!

No wonder they charged so cheap!

I could already sense how unreliable they were and decided not to proceed with the renovation.

Third reason why you should sign up with Icon Interior Design?

Icon Interior Design does not have any hidden cost when they do up the quotation for you. Everything is listed for you, together with the pricing. And from there, it’s up to you to decide whether you would like to omit or add on certain works.

Best of all, you can choose whether you want to choose to sign up for their ala carte (you choose what you want to include in the renovation) or a complete renovation package where everything is already provided for you.

Most renovation companies out there will just quote you the lowest price possible just to make you sign up with them!

Come on, cheap and nice deals do not exist in the real world.

Even if the ID firm or contractor is able to offer you a super low price package, the only way for them to still make a profit is by cutting down on the costs. And that will also mean them choosing cheaper materials with low quality. Or they can even hire some unprofessional handyman or carpenter with poor workmanship to do up your house.

Most people will actually fall prey to the cheap tactics used by those ID companies or contractors. And then what? Endless fixing problems. You keep spending money to repair or maintain. 

Let’s now compare two quotations – one from Company A and the other from Icon Interior Design.

RENOVATION PACKAGE FROM COMPANY A

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So short and so unprofessional. And so cheap.

Nothing mentioned about the basics such as haulage and debris fees, electrical work, bathroom accessories installation and lighting. That’s how they hide the cost to tempt you with the low renovation package price!

No company logo also. No registration number even.

How to trust?

QUOTATION FROM ICON INTERIOR DESIGN

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So long but so detailed.

And if you feel like some of the descriptions or works listed do not apply to your house, the ID will just strike that off from the list! As mentioned earlier, Icon Interior Design allows you to go ala carte!

The individual price for every single work was actually also mentioned for this specific quotation. But for confidentiality purposes, I have decided to omit that from Icon Interior Design’s quotation.

But you get what I mean, don’t you?

THAT’S HOW IT SHOULD BE! 

WHICH COMPANY WOULD YOU TRUST YOUR MONEY WITH?

WHICH COMPANY IS MORE RELIABLE?

Would you trust the quotation that is so cheap yet ambiguous or the quotation that is so detailed and precise? 

I especially love it whenever they have their CNY and Hari Raya fairs because the deals are always too good to be true! Their renovation packages are really super duper reasonable!

And I dare say that Icon Interior Design offers…

THE CHEAPEST BTO PACKAGE STARTING FROM AS LOW AS $6588!

THE $6588 INCLUDES A 20 FT KITCHEN CABINET WITH COUNTER TOP, MIND YOU!

Believe me when I say it’s going to be a Hari Raya Open House because strictly for the first 10 homeowners to book an appointment to meet up with the ID during the open house, you will get to receive SuperShiok Nasi Ambeng food vouchers!

OH YEAH BABY, THE FOLLOWING SET IS YOURS, IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE FIRST 10 CUSTOMERS TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT WITH ICON INTERIOR DESIGN ON EITHER 8 OR 9 APRIL 2017!

 

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Yes, it’s on the house! Oh, while they are still in the Raya mood, they want to also give you a bottle of SuperShiok Sambal!

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(SuperShiok Nasi Ambeng & SuperShiok Sambal can be purchased online via www.shiokuntilblur.com )

And just by mentioning ETRANGLE OR DIAH OR MASTURA, you will also get a WMF CASSEROLE FREE!

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You will also get to choose one of the following WMF products.

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YOU DON’T MENTION MY NAME, YOU WON’T GET LOR!

Wait a minute, I am not done yet with the freebies!

For every homeowner who book an appointment and come during the Raya Open House by Icon Interior Design, you will also get a $20 dining voucher by Eighteen Chefs!

 

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HEART ATTACK (RICE)!!!!

WHAT A SUPER COOL DOOR GIFT!

I am not trying to brag but that’s what you get for reading my blog and mentioning my name!

(There were actually some readers who did not or forgot to mention my name during the previous fairs and did not get the freebies mentioned in my blog. Then they asked me why. I am sure the answer is pretty obvious, right? Hmmpff!)

Eh, so what then happens when you sign up with Icon Interior Design during the Hari Raya Fair?

You will get to choose pick your LUCKY KETUPAT!

In that LUCKY KETUPAT is your gift!

ARE YOU PREPARED TO KNOW WHAT YOU CAN STAND TO RECEIVE? 

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The LUCKY KETUPAT can be any of the following:

  • $2,000 CASH (OMG OMG OMG)
  • $2,000 CASH REBATES
  • I-Phone 7
  • Apple MacBook Pro
  • $100 Studiofrost.Net Shopping Voucher (Think our Hari Raya collection which will be launched soon!)
  • Branded Home Theatre System
  • Branded Refrigerator
  • Branded Hood & Hob
  • Branded Microwave
  • Branded Cake Mixer (Good for your Hari Raya goodies!)
  • $50 – $500 IKEA giftcard
  • $50 – $500 Courts voucher
  • Carousel Dining Voucher for Iftar
  • Eighteen Chefs Dining Voucher for Iftar
  • Branded TV
  • Branded Air Conditioner
  • Branded Water Dispenser

 

OH MY GOD!

ICON INTERIOR DESIGN, CAN YOU JUST GIVE ME ALL OF THE KETUPATS?

THE FREE GIFTS JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER AND BETTER!

I CANNOT TAKE ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT. LITERALLY! 

So guys, be sure to not miss the Hari Raya Fair by Icon Interior Design!

 

FAIR DETAILS:

 

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When:

Saturday to Sunday

8 to 9 April 2017

10 am to 8 pm

Venue:

441 MacPherson Road

Singapore 368152 

How to make appointment?

Whatsapp or SMS 8212 7652

 

(Remember to book your appointment fast & mention ETRANGLE in order to be one of the first 10 customers to receive one SuperShiok Nasi Ambeng platter set + one bottle of SuperShiok Sambal each)

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And just for my followers, participate in my FB giveaway on Monday 3 April 2017 by clicking HERE  in order to win for yourself a $50 H&M giftcard!

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All you need to do:

  • Like & Share my FB post (click HERE to go to my FB. Do note giveaway only starts on Monday 3 April 2017)
  • Tag 3 of your friends or family members who you think/suspect will be renovating their house anytime soon. Or if you are not that sure, just tag any 3 friends just to annoy them! LOL
  • Leave a comment in my post & give one out of the so many freebies mentioned in the blog post that you will receive just by booking an appointment with Icon Interior Design!
  • The more creative or convincing your reason is, the higher your chance of winning that $50 H&M gift card!

ALL THE BEST!

 

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Disney On Ice: The Aftermath

Disney On Ice was soooooooooooooooo magical!

Yeah I cannot believe that I actually typed that. But it’s true – my eyes were glued to the show for 2 hours straight!

All my favourite Disney princesses took turns to perform. Imagine this lineup. Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, Aladdin & Jasmine, Ariel, Rapunzel, Anna & Elsa, and then followed by all of the Disney Princesses at one go! Pretty much a breathless situation for me when that happened, I must say.

I WENT “WAHHHHHHHH!!!” and “OH MY GOD OH MY GOD!” all the way. Actually, coming to think of it, I was more animated than my girls. They were just keeping it cool by munching on their popcorn and whispering to each other.

But really, you must not miss Disney On Ice, especially if you have little girls who are at that stage of liking anything pink or princessy. It’s so much better than the previous Disney On Ice shows that we have been too! Even my girls agreed.

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And pssst! Anna and Elsa from Frozen has the longest segment, just so that you know! 🙂

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Disney On Ice is not just for the little girls or kids. Why, almost every adult was singing along to all the Disney songs from the different tales!

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Some of the songs that I remember singing along (very loudly) to were:

  • A Whole New World (Aladdin)
  • I See The Light (Tangled)
  • Part Of Your World (Little Mermaid)
  • Under The Sea (Little Mermaid)
  • Love Is An Open Door (Frozen)
  • Let It Go (Frozen)

To make things even sweeter, my girls got the once-in-a-lifetime cart-ride experience on the ice together with Aladdin, Genie and Jasmine!

 

 

 

Yes, that happened while they were performing! I had goosebumps when I took videos of my girls. At that moment, I actually whispered to myself “OMG SO MAGICAL!”

Okay perhaps I should not type so much because you are only left with….

LAST TWO DAYS TO WATCH DISNEY ON ICE!!!!!

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SHOW DATES:

15 March 2017 (Wed): 6.30pm
16 March 2017 (Thur): 6.30pm
17 March 2017 (Fri): 2.30pm, 6.30pm
18 March 2017 (Sat): 10.30am, 2.30pm, 6.30pm
19 March 2017 (Sun): 10.30am, 2.30pm, 6.30pm

Where to purchase tickets?

Tickets can be purchased from www.sportshubtix.sg,

Oh they even have family friendly tickets starting from just $25!

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Categories & Pricing

Magical Moment Package: $200
Rinkside: $120
VIP: $95
Cat 1: $65
Cat 2: $45
Cat 3: $25
Cat 4: $25

For more show information:

Follow @disneyonice #disneyonice in Instagram 

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After the show, Sharleez asked me, “Mummy, first time watching Disney princesses is it?”

GRRRRRRRRR.

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