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A Reason to Smile.

Every kid deserves a pretty smile, with AND without teeth showing.

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So when Sharleez’s baby teeth started to fall out one by one and her permanent teeth first poked through, she started to be really conscious about her smile and her set of big new teeth. There was once she looked at the mirror and casually said,

“Mummy, I think I look like a beaver with these funny looking teeth!” 

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NAWWWW MY POOR GIRL. CANNOT BE THAT BAD.

It is not about her being self-conscious at such a young age. It is about how it can result in a low self-esteem in the long run. Some may even experience social anxiety as they also avoid conversations; especially with people they do not know. Children especially will be affected as they sometimes feel embarrassed at how their teeth may look to their friends. The possibility of being teased at school will cause shyness, isolation or reluctance to participate in school activities.

I DO NOT WANT THAT TO HAPPEN TO MY GIRL!

So I decided to find out more about Orthodontics, especially after I noticed that some of my friends’ kids are already wearing braces despite being about the same age as Sharleez.

I was like,

“How come they can start wearing braces so early?”

After much research, I made an appointment with Dr Ooi Jing Liang from DePacific Dental (Balestier) because he is one of the few dentists here who does early orthodontic treatment for kids. Not that many dentists offer the said service, if you must know.

Let me ask you a question first before I carry on.

Can one only start to wear braces once all the baby teeth are gone and the permanent teeth are already in place?

ABSOLUTELY NOT.

(But I used to think like you too.)

There is usually no fixed rule as to when we should start braces. However the American Association of Orthodontists recommends children from age 7 to be seen for an assessment of their facial and dental growth patterns.

In other words, Sharleez should have seen Dr Ooi Jing Liang earlier! She is 9 now!

(AND I THOUGHT WE WERE EARLY!)

BUT LIKE THEY SAY, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER.

In general most children start wearing braces when their last permanent teeth drops out, which usually occurs from 11-14. However in certain cases, it is of great importance to intervene earlier to prevent the problems from getting worse which would then lead to more uncomfortable and longer treatment for the child in future.

Some examples where early treatment is required are:

1) Impacted teeth (When adult teeth are blocked and do not have sufficient space to erupt due to crowding)

2) Crossbite (when the upper and lower teeth do not meet in the correct way)

3) Jaw discrepancy (upper or lower jaw being too forward relative to each other)

There are times also when early intervention is not recommended and we would advise the child to wait till all his/her permanent teeth are out. As every child is different, it would is strongly recommended to see the dentist early so that the dentist can give you all the options available for your child.

Sharleez had her X-Ray done and Dr Ooi Jing Liang discovered that her adult teeth did not have sufficient space in her mouth to erupt and this is causing the crowding of teeth. Crowding of teeth means that she needed to extract some in order for the rest of her permanent teeth to have more space to grow in place.   

So Dr Ooi arranged to have Sharleez’s baby canines extracted. Two top, and two bottom.

The anxious me wanted Sharleez to have all four baby canines to be extracted at the same time. LOL.

But Dr Ooi suggested to have two extracted first so that Sharleez would not be too overwhelmed with the whole process.

When Sharleez first heard that she needed to extract four teeth, she panicked and started asking so many questions like,

“Will it hurt, Mummy?” 

“Mummy, what if I cannot take the pain?”

“Must I really extract my teeth?”

Dr Ooi however assured Sharleez that there would be minimal discomfort. He even told Sharleez that he would not carry on with the procedure if Sharleez experienced pain and wanted him to stop.

That made her at ease, somehow. So we fixed a date for the first extraction to be done!

EXTRACTION DAY:

That’s my girl! Showing the peace sign because everything would be alright.

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Many patients fear going to a dentist because of pain. This is even more so for a child.

At DePacific Dental (Balestier), the extraction of teeth are done with as little discomfort as possible.

It is really true! I witnessed everything myself, and I was there with Sharleez throughout.

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Sharleez was surprisingly calm and composed that day.

Dr Ooi made it a point to give the local anaesthetic to Sharleez slowly to minimize any discomfort.


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He would stop every now and then to check on her and whether she was doing alright. Even his assistant Linda, was really comforting and helpful too in ensuring that Sharleez did not feel so tensed.


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I like how Dr Ooi does not rush through every procedure but instead takes his time each time. That alone is enough to gain the trust from Sharleez.

Sharleez was also able to watch the TV during the whole procedure. Dr Ooi actually played Kung Fu Panda for her while her teeth were being extracted.

In fact, he did not get straight to the extraction business as soon as Kung Fu Panda was played. He chit-chatted with Sharleez about Kung Fu Panda and asked who her favorite character is in the story. 

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Distraction is indeed a powerful tool in allaying one’s fears, isn’t it?

At DePacific Dental (Balestier), the dentists are trained to give a painless injection by firstly using a numbing gel to numb the tissues that the local anaesthesia would be placed. The dental assistant will then place a massager around the cheeks to further distract the patient and the dentist will give the injection slowly and steadily to minimise any discomfort to the patient.

The numbing took some time because as mentioned, Dr Ooi wanted to minimize any discomfort to Sharleez. He explained to me, “The  moment she starts to feel pain and discomfort, that’s when she will not want to continue with the procedure. So we take it slow.”

But once the numbing process was done and it was time for extraction, everything was done within less than 2 minutes!

Yes, within 2 minutes, two of Sharleez’s baby canines were extracted!

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SO FAST? I DID NOT EVEN HAVE TIME TO TAKE SOME PICS OF THE EXTRACTION PROCESS!

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Dr Ooi then mentioned that Sharleez was not to eat anything for a few hours. And should she experience pain or discomfort after a few hours once the numbness was gone, then she should take some painkillers.

But Sharleez did not even experience any sort of pain once the numbness was gone.

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Things were back to normalcy, and she ate like a glutton the moment the numbness went away.

So what’s next after extraction?

PUTTING ON THE BRACES!

But that will be for my next post.

Sorry to make you wait!

MUAHAHAHAHA.

Sharleez looks really cute with braces, by the way. 😀

WANT TO SEE? NEXT POST LAH!

Meanwhile, you can actually find out more about early orthodontic treatment for your kid or even orthodontic treatment for yourself by making an appointment with the super friendly, fun, bubbly, and energetic Dr Ooi Jing Liang from De Pacific Balestier 

Do not make the same mistake as us and see the dentist now to get your teeth or your kid’s fixed before it is too late!

I REALLY LIKE DR OOI!

When I posted about Sharleez’s visit with him the other time, I received so many private messages and comments from his happy patients who agreed that he is such an awesome dentist.

THAT MADE ME AND SHARLEEZ FEEL EVEN BETTER!

So so glad and relieved that I found the perfect dentist for my girl’s orthodontics braces!

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Details:

Tel: (65) 6684 4862


Address: 20 Ah Hood Road, #01-25, Zhongshan Mall,
Singapore 329984

Email: enquirybal@depacific.com

Opening Hours:
 Mondays to Fridays: 10am to 10pm


Saturdays to Sundays: 10am to 6pm


Public Holidays: Closed

GO AHEAD AND GIVE THEM A CALL! THEY ARE REALLY SO FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL!

And oh, if you want me to blog about Sharleez’s braces procedure, LIKE this post first!

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Coz you’re hot then you’re cold : 3M Hot, Cold & Room Water Dispenser

Ever since I started using the 3M Hot, Cold & Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser, I can never imagine drinking water straight from the tap anymore.

3 different temperatures of water dispensed from just one equipment!

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I mean, it’s the most convenient thing to have at home, especially if you have kids!

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Imagine having filtered hot, cold, or room temperature water on hand at all times!

Need to make a jug of fruit cordial for your guests? Just bring the jug to the water dispenser for your cold water, add the cordial and lots of ice!

Husband wants hot tea? No problem, just add the tea sachet, dispense the hot water, and his tea is ready! Instant hot water at the touch of a button. (He can even help himself and make his own drink, if need be.) HAHAHA.

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Girls need to fill up their water bottle for school? Now is the time to teach them to be independent; they can just help themselves and choose between cold or room temperature water! LOL.

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The extended 3M Hot, Cold & Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser can fit water bottles up to 25cm in height!

Green means room temperature water.

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Blue means cold water.

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And red will of course mean, hot water!

The 3M water dispenser comes with a safety feature for the hot water dispenser, though. You will need to press a button before the hot water can be dispensed. This is especially useful for those of you with kids as it will help to prevent potential accidents or mishaps with the hot water.

HERE ARE 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED ONE AT HOME!

 

  1. Fuss free
  2. Water tastes better than normal
  3. Better for your health
  4. Makes it easy to drink more water
  5. Saves you money
  6. Saves you space
  7. Instantly right for tea or coffee
  8. Boiling hot water just by pressing the button
  9. Chilled or ambient water at the touch of a button
  10. You won’t be able to live without it!

 

Thirsty? Just queue up and wait for your turn, girls. 😀

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Benefits of the 3M Hot, Cold & Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser?

  1. Natural Hydration – No additional artificial additives are added to alter the water’s pH level.
  2. BPA free – for all parts that come into contact with water, hence ensuring that no plastic chemicals leach into the water that you drink. Same feature to look out for when buying water bottles and milk bottles.
  3. UV light – to sterilise water up to 99.9% and remove bacteria such as E-Coli. 3M filter removes slime, rust in pipes, asbestos by 99.9% and Protozoan cysts.

 

Now, having a water dispenser is especially useful if you or your kids have highly sensitive noses or are prone to coughs, like my husband, me and Sharleez. The Hot, Cold & Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser reduces lots of the chlorine, bacteria and other naughty contaminants that sneak in to your tap water. This helps to ensures that it’s much healthier to drink.

Having a water dispenser at home also means you save a lot of space, especially if you like to store bottles of water in the fridge! Plus, you can be sure that you only use what you need and there is no need to worry about running out of water…EVER.

Maintenance for the 3M Hot, Cold & Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser is really easy and affordable too.

Only $120/cartridge, which you are advised to change every 6 months or for 4,000 litres of water used. That also means it costs only $0.03 per litre, if you want to do your math!

There is no need for you to worry about running out of water because the dispenser is always automatically topped up with water once any water has been dispensed.

And oh, most importantly, the 3M Hot, Cold & Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser is not bulky or hideous! They come in two colours -BLACK & WHITE!

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I chose white because my kitchen is all white!

From now till 31 March 2016,

Get to enjoy the 3M Hot, Cold & Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser at only $1,488!

Usual Price: $1,888 so this also means you get to save $400 just like that!

PLUS, YOU ALSO GET TO ENJOY THE FOLLOWING FOR FREE:

 

  1. 1 filter cartridge (worth $120)
  2. Free Delivery
  3. Free Standard Installation.

 

THEN RIGHT, IF YOU MENTION ETRANGLEHCD2 WHEN YOU PURCHASE VIA JESTAC, THE 3M AUTHORIZED DISTRIBUTOR, YOU WILL ALSO GET TO ENJOY 

 

AN ADDITIONAL $50 OFF YOUR ORDER (ONLY FOR THE FIRST 20 SIGN UPS)

CLICK HERE HERE HERE HERE & PURCHASE DIRECTLY FROM THEM! 

I mean, why wouldn’t you want the extra $50 discount?

Also, if you place your order before end Feb 2016, you get to enjoy an additional $100 NTUC FairPrice voucher!

Upon signing up, friendly consultants from Jestac will get in touch with you shortly to share more about the product in detail.

If you would like to view the actual 3M Hot, Cold & Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser or try a cup of 3M filtered water, you can visit 3M’s Authorized Distributor at:

JESTAC PTE LTD

No. 2 Kim Chuan Drive CSI Distribution Centre #02-06 Singapore 547080

Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30pm, Sat 8.30am to 2.30pm

Tel: 6288 8290

Email: sales@jestac.com.sg

 

The 3M Hot, Cold & Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser is also available at all Selffix DIY outlets and selected Home-Fix DIY Stores, Popular bookstores, Spring Maternity, Parisilk Electronics and Best Denki outlets.

 

* Promo is only valid from now till end March 2016

 

 

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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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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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