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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. 

Gosh. 

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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My life, My All: Etiqa Term Life Insurance

I am too sure whether I overthink most of the time, but I do worry about so many things in life every single day. My kids are my everything.

When I first found out that I was pregnant with Sharleez, needless to say, I was ecstatic. I told myself that I would be the best mother for my daughter. I did a lot of readings, research, and I wanted to get only the best for her while waiting for her arrival. It was no longer about me. It was no longer about how much money I had. As long as I could give the best for her, I did not mind it at all. Funny how the priority shifted almost instantly to Sharleez the moment I conceived her.

And a year later, I got pregnant with the twins. Likewise, I told myself that I would not want to deprive my twins of anything, and they would also get the same attention from me. It was not easy though when I first gave birth to my twins because Mysha and Myreen are twins, and obviously I had to divide myself into two most of the time just so that I could give both of them the same amount of attention. Really not easy. Initially, I had a breakdown on most nights when Tatek was working and I had to handle both of the twins on my own. The feeding part was really, really challenging. Fortunately my mum came to my rescue. Never be afraid to ask for all the help you can get if you know that will help you be a better mother to your kids.

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My focus has been on my girls ever since. It’s like I breathe them and want to do everything for them.

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I dare not imagine how life would be like for them if I were no longer around. What would happen to my kids if something happened to my husband or me? Would they be cared for? Would they be loved the same way I love them? Would they be lost without me?

As it is, it’s always “Mummy, I want you!” or “Mummy, I want a hug!” or “It’s my turn to sleep next to Mummy tonight!”

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Now, we usually do not think about insurance because human nature is such that we will only start to worry and panic when something happens to us. Death for instance, is not a topic that we will readily discuss or prepare for.

But we cannot have this mentality if we really care for our kids’ future, which is why I have insurance for my kids and myself.

Now let me take a breather while we enjoy this video.

 “Small Actions. Big Returns.”

 Indeed.

Watching the video made me and Tatek rethink about what could happen to our kids and their lives if we could no longer be around for them.

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“Purchasing insurance is a small act, but when you need to be covered in the event of an unfortunate circumstance, you will receive a ‘big return.”

Agree? 

Etiqa is currently offering free Term Life insurance to newly-weds and to Singaporean and PR parents with children under the age of 1 year.

What can Etiqa Term Life insurance do?

Say, if death occurs to you or your spouse (the insured person) within the policy duration, with Etiqa’s free term life insurance, your loved ones will received a guaranteed pay out of $25k in the event of death of the Insured Person only

Term life insurance is often the most affordable coverage because it offers protection for a specific number of years.

Say, how does the insurance work? 

  1. The cover lasts for 12 months.
  2. The plan pays out $25,000 if the life insured (either you or your spouse) dies during the policy term.
  3. For eligible Singaporean and PR couples, it means a total of $50,000 free coverage at $25,000 each.
  4. This promotion aims to encourage young couples and parents to think about how important it is to cover their families with insurance in the event of unexpected death.
  5. Application must be made online via Etiqa’s website.

Click on this website link to learn more about the T&Cs

Here’s the best part! 

Etiqa’s Term Life insurance promotion is free!

No payment is required for the first 12 months

To apply for Free Term Life Insurance promotion, click on the link!

Thank you Etiqa for being so thoughtful to provide free term life insurance to help newlyweds and new parents kick-start their financial planning!

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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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A Jolly Seafood Fare: Fish & Co.

Just the other day, I received this really special delivery from Fish & Co.

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Why, of course I would want to bring my family for a Christmas meal at Fish & Co.

After all, my girls LOVE Fish & Co. and get so excited at the mere mention of having lunch or dinner there!

And come on, just look at their Christmas specials!

 

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I love trying out anything that is available for a limited time period only because I know that it is often a now or never kind of situation.

So we arranged to have lunch at their newly opened Bugis+ outlet right after our Treasure Island play.

 

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(Their Bugis+ branch is soooooooo beautiful, by the way! A birthday party there will be wicked! Heheh.)

 

First up, our drinks. 

 

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Blue Dream, Jazz Me-Up and Double Yellow Line for us!

Mysha and I especially loved the Jazz Me-Up because it has a fine mixture of sweet and sour! Really refreshing to the max, if you ask me.

 

Grilled White Fish with Ebiko

 

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OH MY GOODNESS, THIS ONE IS REALLY REALLY REAAAAAAALLLY NICE!

What is it basically?

It is Grilled White Fish baked with ebiko roe and mozzarella cheese. We like how the fish is not too cheesy or rich. It’s almost like not eating cheese at all.

We might just substitute the usual Fish &  Chips with this instead for our future Fish & Co. visits, if they have plans to retain this one!

Shrimp & Clam Aglio Olio

 

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If you are an Aglio Olio lover like me, you will definitely like this one too.

And at long last…

We got to feast on this luxurious pot of Seafood goodness! 

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It is like dipping yourself into a cream mushroom ocean of prawns, clams, mussels, scallops, fish!

REALLY, REALLY GOOD AND SUCH A SATISFYING MEAL!

And how can we leave Fish & Co without their famous Hot Fudge cake?

 

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Thank you Fish & Co. for yet another satisfying meal!

And thank you so much to The Good Folks for making this possible. 🙂

If you would like to try out their Jolly Seafood Fare, you can do so till 3 January 2016! 

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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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