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Chocolate is the answer.

We love chocolates because they taste so good.

Whenever I am not quite feeling my best, I often look for chocolates too to lift up my mood.

And oh, let’s not talk about my girls.

They are chocolate lovers, except that they do ask for the impossible at times.

How impossible?

THIS IMPOSSIBLE!

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Just look at them! Edible teddy bears? Colourful teddy chocs? And this Myreen even asked for one with her name on it! hijrisharleez2

What again, Sharleez?

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OMG. A talking teddy bear?

And OMG again, edible and colourful teddy chocs? With their names on each teddy?

This is ridiculously insane! Or am I the one going insane?

WATCH THE FOLLOWING VIDEO AND SEE HOW THE NADYAS REACTED. LOL.

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So what is the surprise that you teddies have for my girls?

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OMG YET AGAIN!

You mean, each teddy has a lot of baby teddy bears? And they are all edible?!!!

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This will definitely drive every child and adult craaaaaaazy. 

THANK YOU SO MUCH HIJRI CHOCOLATES FOR THESE WONDERFUL HOMEMADE SURPRISES!

HIJRINADYAS 

I am sure every kid or adult would love to receive this. So mummies or boyfriends or husbands, go and surprise your special ones today!

Maybe your wife is not talking to you for forgetting your 39th dating anniversary with her?

How about you get her a big heart choc filled with many tiny hearts inside?

That’s your way of telling her that YOU LOVE HER MANY MANY LA!

Pun intended. Hehe.

You do not have to stick to just teddy bears. I mean, some people might be allergic to teddy bears. You can choose from many other shapes or errr…animals? The nice people from Hijri Chocolates will advise you based on your preferences and they can mould it for you effortlessly, worry not. Sometimes, you guys just worry too much.

SMILE NOW! :D 

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Hijri Chocolates specialize in handmade chocolates, especially 3D versions. Their chocolates can last long outside the fridge even without melting. Tried and tested!

And because they do not use milk in their chocolates, you do not have to worry about the chocolates turning bad for at least a month.

Hijri Chocolates have been around since 2010, and their menu also includes the following!

~FOR KIDS & PARTIES~

1) lollichocs

2) cake pops

3) marshmellow dips

4) oreo chocolates

5) mars bar / marshmellow crips bar

6) chocolate bars

7) chocolate spoons

~BAKES~

1) smores blondies (square pan)

2) congo bars (square pan)

3) brownies (square pan)

4) brownies pizza (10″ & minis)

5) chocolate batik (cups/rectangle block)

6) blossoms (polkadots/swirls/angry birds/beetles/minions)

7) rainbow steam cake pushpops

~ FOR EVENTS & WEDDINGS ~

1) pralines

2) truffles

3) rochers

4) oreo chocolates

5) chocolate bars

~OTHERS~

1) caramel popcorns

2) chocolate boxes

3) 3D

4) bouquets

5) pretzels

And oh, it is Hijri Chocolates’ 4th anniversary this year, and they want to celebrate with every one of you!

Two sets for you to enjoy at promotional prices!

Set A > $35

congo bars or known as blondies and bake chewy

– they use Ghirardelli chocolate chips & president butter

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Set B > $13.50/-

  • 2 pcs brownies with caramel drizzle (bake chewy)
  • 2 pcs smore blondies (bake 1/2 moist with hersey chocolate chips & Cadbury mini chocolate bar & 1/2 bake marshmellow)
  • 2 pcs mars bar
  • 2 pcs oreo chocolates with roses top
  • 4 pcs milk chocolate almond rochers drizzle with dark chocolates

hijri6   Yup, all these goodies in a box for just $13.50!

Great for gifts!

And do you want to know more gift ideas from Hijri Chocolates? Say, how about a tower of colourful blossoms? hijri3   You can even request for them to personalize everything for you, with your name and a message, and maybe a cute little ribbon too! hijri4

PSST. MOTHER’S DAY IS COMING! YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO.

——————————————————————————————————————- Contact details:

Contact Person: Aida Samad

Facebook : Hijri Chocolates

Instagram : @HijriChocolates

Email : hijrichoc@gmail.com

Blog : hijrichocs.blogspot.sg

Hp No : 94871092

“I could give up chocolate, but I am not a quitter.” 

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Why Q?

My girls love reading.

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WAH. THANK GOD FOR THAT. 

I mean, reading wouldn’t be as fun if we have to resort to forced reading all the time.

My Nadyas’ bedtime story session is so precious to them that they will still proceed without me sometimes if I take too long to get to their room. They take turns to tell the story every night, so everyone gets a fair share of being the storyteller. Sometimes, they do fight over who gets to be the storyteller. Gone are the days where they would only want me to tell the story. Nowadays I can just sit back and listen to them reading the book instead. I guess this is a very good way to encourage reading. It’s only when they get to be the storyteller will they feel like they are in control. The confidence to read independently with expression and gusto will come naturally.

Confession time. We do spend quite a bit on books besides the fortnightly visit to the library to borrow books, of course. 

One of my most favourite e-bookstores will have to be NoQ Store! 

Wait, what am I saying? I only shop at NoQ Store nowadays because it is just so convenient.

At NoQ Store, they have a huge range of paperbags and hardbacks, most importantly.

I repeat, HUGE!

The books that I am looking for will always be available at NoQ Store, so they definitely have not disappointed me this far. And oh, the books will not take like forever to reach me too, unlike other e-bookstores. Waiting time is usually about two weeks! :)

NoQ Store has thousands of titles for children spanning across different genres, such as Fiction, Educational, Arts, General Knowledge and many, many more. So do not worry about not being able to find some fantastic reads for your little ones or yourself!

For a start, I can recommend you some of our favourite books which I have purchased for the Nadyas from NoQ Store.


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No fair, I shared with you our favorite reads. Now your turn to share yours!

I AM GIVING AWAY ONE SGD20 VOUCHER FROM NOQ STORE.

Want to know what you have to do?

Simply do a short yet interesting review of one of your most books in Instagram, and hashtag #etranglelovesbooks 

I will repost my favourite review, and that’s how you win the voucher!

CLOSING DATE FOR YOU TO SUBMIT YOUR BOOK REVIEW WILL BE 27 APRIL 2014!

SIMPLE, WHAT!?

Now now, don’t you pout if you are not chosen to win the SGD20 Giveaway Voucher.

Being my blog reader always has its benefits, regardless. 

Want to know the benefits?

All my blog readers are entitled to 15% discount on all purchases made via NoQ Store website and Mobile App.

Promotion is valid from 25 Dec 2013 – 30 April 2014. 

EH ONLY ABOUT 10 DAYS LEFT FOR YOU TO ENJOY THE 15% DISCOUNT, SO DO HURRY ORDER NOW!

Discount Code?

‘ETRANGLE’ LAH OF COURSE!

To be directed to the website, CLICK HERE!

Certain things to take note of, though.

Promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers and discounts.

To enjoy the offer, enter promotion code under the ‘Voucher and Promotion Code’ tab during checkout.

Only one promo/voucher code can be used in one transaction.

Promotion code can only be applied upon checkout and not to orders already placed

Promotion not applicable to shipping and tax charges.

HAVE FUN! One can never have enough of books…and reading! 

 

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What The Fish?

Living in the modern world today with almost everything concrete and covered with asphalt, it is no surprise that we push our children indoors instead of outdoors.

Hectic family life, heavily scheduled weekdays, and never-ending schoolwork are perhaps some of the factors why many families tend to keep their activities indoors. As a result, most kids lack the opportunities to see, feel and learn from the nature since they spend most of their time at home or in the classrooms.

What then happens to their tension or stress? Will they go unnoticed?

And then, the sedentary and most convenient activity for them at home will be the television or video games. No need to go out, no need for parents to entertain the kids. Just let them be with the TV or games, and that should pretty much keep them occupied.

RIGHT?

I am pretty sure I have mentioned this before but let me just reiterate my point one more time.

I CRINGE WHENEVER I SEE MY GIRLS WATCHING THE TV OR PLAYING GAMES VIA THE HANDPHONE OR IPAD.

And do you think I am sorry for that?

ABSOLUTELY NOT.

Of late, we have gone back to nature, and we are really enjoying it so far.  Now, do note that I am not so much of an outdoor person. I get into a panic attack each time I see a trickle of sweat on my forehead.  But I also do realize that that trickle of sweat will not kill me. Besides, what’s a trickle of sweat compared to the neverending joy that these activities can bring to my darling girls?

Outdoor activities help kids to relief the hidden elements of stress, most importantly. Sharleez especially, has been really occupied with school ever since she started primary school. She hardly has time for play nowadays, and that got me worried for a bit.

I just want Sharleez and her sisters to let loose as much as possible.

Forget the rules. Forget the do’s and don’ts.

Studies have also shown that kids who spend most of their time indoors doing activities like playing games or watching tv are more prone to getting sick more frequently as compared to children who participate in outdoor games or activities.

OUR KIDS NEED ALL THE FRESH AIR THEY CAN GET!

Just yesterday, Tatek and I were planning where to bring the girls to. Tatek suggested going to the movies initially, but I thought we could do better than that in terms of planning something more meaningful for our three girls. I mean, I am very particular about the time I get to spend alone on days when Tatek and the girls are not around – I make sure I get to do stuff which I truly enjoy doing like reading and the works. So when the time comes for us to spend it together as a family, I make sure we get to do something that EVERYONE enjoys as well. Activities like going to the movies and indoor playgrounds can potentially turn into routines, and we wouldn’t want that.

SO WE WENT LONGKANG FISHING!


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The last time we went longkang fishing, the girls were still very small. They lost interest after a few minutes and started whining. I remember ending up catching the fish instead.

Yesterday was different. The girls were especially excited when we told them that we would be catching guppies in the small pond. To make it more exciting for them, I even turned it into a competition. In this case, the person with the most number of fish would win. No prize or anything for the winner; it was all done in the name of fun.

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But because it was a competition, my girls were truly gung-ho about it and were so focused throughout. Tatek and I were not even allowed to borrow their fishing nets for more than three seconds. LOL.

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Mysha was super serious about catching that she ended up catching only three fish. LOL.

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In fact, there was even one time where Sharleez exclaimed to me, “Mummy go and get your own net and catch your own fish la.” 

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CHEHHHHH.

 $4 per person for 30 minutes of longkang fishing.

Fishing net and bucket provided.

WHERE AT?

MAINLAND TROPICAL FISH FARM.

No.1 Pasir Ris Farmway 1,Singapore 519352

Telephone: (65) 62873883, 65843643, 65812550

Fax (65) 62884200.

Email: enquiries@mainlandfishfarm.com

Website: http://www.mainlandfishfarm.com

You might also want to try the Pasir Ris Kids’ Kampong, which I personally prefer due to the more kid-friendly environment and activities there. Click HERE for more information.

Do not worry if you do not catch any fish or enough fish because they will give you more fishes in the oxygen-packed bag, which you get to bring home.

You can even purchase the fish food at $1 for a small packet to feed the Koi fish.

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Myreen caught the most number of fish yesterday, just for the record. And she was also the most relaxed one throughout. No pressure, no nothing. Just plain good fun! :)

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Oh, what happened to these three bags of fish?

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Did we bring them home? YES.

Did we transfer them into a fish bowl? NO.

Did we fry them and serve them with nasi lemak? NO.

Did they survive? NOT ALL. SOME ALREADY RIP THIS MORNING.

I was telling my girls that the fish they caught would not survive for long if we were to keep them at home. The girls got all so worried and asked whether there was anything that we could do.

“Yes, we could release them back into the longkang and let them be free.”

And we decided to do just that today. Believe it or not, that was our main agenda today. Before Tatek went out for the SuperShiok delivery, he said the following to me.

“B, go and get ready. Later we go out with the girls to release the fish.”

We went to Pasir Ris Canal, and boy were we excited to see that the water level was very, very low. Must be due to the dry spells. So what does this mean?

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WE WENT RIGHT DOWN TO THE CANAL TO RELEASE THE FISH!

My god, it was so fun! The adrenaline rush when I was down there was indescribable.

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At this point, you must be wondering where Sharleez was, right?

Well, she did not want to go down because she feared the police might come and catch us. LOL.

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Good job girls for setting the fish free! I am so sure you girls must have felt really glad and relieved right after you did that good act. :)

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See, nature can provide our kids with a sense of wonder, and a deeper understanding of their responsibility to take care of the Earth and the things around them. When we as adults model admiration and respect for the natural world, our kids will do just the same. And that will in turn help to shape them to become more compassionate and responsible individuals, don’t you think? Some life lessons are best taught in the most subtle way possible. :)

And oh, let’s learn some English together while we are at it.

“Fish” can imply singular or plural, e.g. one fish, five fish of the same species

“Fishes” can imply many individual fish(es) of differing species

So now do you understand why I was using fish instead of fishes throughout my blog post?

So do not go emailing me to tell me that it should be fishes instead of fish. :S

LIKE WHAT THE FISH, MAN?! 

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It’s HALAL!

Just the other day, we went to Cathay Cineplex at Downtown East to watch Mr Peabody and Sherman.

Frankly speaking, I was wayyyy more excited to EAT because…

CATHAY CINEPLEX HAS ACHIEVED THE HALAL FOOD CERTIFICATION FOR FOUR OF ITS CINEPLEXES WHICH ARE:

  • Cathay Cineplex Downtown East

  • Cathay Cineplex AMK Hub

  • Cathay Cineplex Causeway Point

  • Cathay Cineplex West Mall

Yes, you read it right, alright!

My goodness, this is super convenient because we will often go to only Cathay Cineplex (in particular the outlet at Downtown East) whenever there is a new movie that we need to check out.  Super duper near to my house, you know? Whatever for should we travel so far just to watch a movie, right? I mean, I would have done just that back then during my dating days because the further the cineplex, the longer the date! But nowadays, we use a different theory altogether – the nearer the cinema, the faster we finish, the earlier the bedtime. LOL.

So okay, for our movie outing the other day, we tried out almost everything!

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KIASU MAH!??

We ordered the following!

  • Wicked Wings Combo
  • Chicken Bolognese Combo
  • Large Popcorn Combo
  • Nuggets Combo

Your turn. So what do you normally eat while watching a movie?

EXCUSE ME, NO OUTSIDE FOOD HOR.

I don’t know about you, but the hotdog is a must have, besides the popcorn. It’s like the ideal thing to have when you are feeling either hungry or not so hungry.

Have yet to eat your meal prior to the movie? BUY HOTDOG.

Have eaten your meal hours before the movie but still not that full? BUY HOTDOG.

Not hungry at all? BUY HOTDOG…pout, complain that it is too big a portion, and share it with your partner for that romantic kick! :D

THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS…

BUY HOTDOG! LOL.

So hotdog lovers, you might want to try…

 CHICKEN BOLOGNESE COMBO. 

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*salivates*

FORGET THE CONVENTIONAL HOTDOG BUN WITH MUSTARD AND CHILLI SAUCE ONCE IN A WHILE!

Want to know what the Nadyas had?

OKAY LET THEM TELL YOU NOW!

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Ya man, the nuggets are really crispy!

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Now, just because you guys are my precious blog readers, you will get to enjoy…

$2 OFF F&B COMBOS!

 

Eh, $2 is a big deal especially when there is a whole lot of you watching a movie together! Say, you will say $20 if there are 10 couples sharing a combo together. Pray tell me how MUCH MORE you will save if those couples are super hungry and decide not to share a combo? In this case, each person decides to buy a combo. LOL.

What do you have to do in order to enjoy the $2 discount? 

  • Present a printout of blogpost
  • Valid from time of post till 30 Apr 2014
  • Valid only at Halal certified outlets (AMK Hub, Downtown East, West Mall & Causeway Point)
  • Not valid with other discounts, promotions or redemptions
  • Limited to one redemption per transaction
  • The Management reserves the right to alter the terms of this promotion or withdraw any of the prizes featured without prior notice.
  • All information stipulated is correct at the time of print/post and is subject to change without prior notice.

 

And oh, Mr Peabody and Sherman is damn awesome! 

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MUST WATCH.

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knOWLedge.

Mummy A: “Eh you send your child for tuition or not?

Mummy B: “NO LAH, MY CHILD DOES NOT NEED TUITION! So smart already for what go tuition!” 

Mummy A: “My child also smart, what. But I still send her for tuition!” 

Mummy B: “That means she is not so smart lor.”

Mummy A: “Okay la I want to go market before the fresh chickens all turn rotten like your mouth.” 

How many times have we heard some parents stressing and insisting that tuition is only for those who are weak in their studies? How many think that tuition is a waste of money? How many skeptical parents have we met? But at the same time, how many parents out there who are pretty secretive when it comes to sending their kids to tuition? Those are the same parents who believe in the pros of sending their kids to tuition, but yet are pretty hesitant about sharing the goodness with other parents. After all, they want their kids to be smarter than the rest. Correction- they want their kids to be THE SMARTEST, period. They want others to think that their kids are smart without getting any help/the extra boost from tuitions. So obviously, the secret to their kids’ success will forever remain their secret. LOL.

GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN IT WAS THOUGHT THAT TUITIONS WERE ONLY FOR CHILDREN WHO COULD NOT COPE WITH THEIR STUDIES. 

Take it from me, I had tuition when I was taking my O levels, out of my own willingness. I knew back then that I needed all the extra help and boost that I could get, and the only way I could do so was by going for tuition. I didn’t mind travelling the distance just to get that extra help. Besides, what was there not to love about going to tuition? My tutor was really cool and fun, the room was air-conditioned, and there were only a few students at the tuition centre. I felt really relaxed and comfortable – the environment was perfect for me to concentrate. In addition, I felt more confident during my tuition classes and did not hesitate to ask lots of questions if I did not understand a certain concept or topic. I knew I did not have the same privilege in school because my teacher could not possibly be attending to just my questions all the time. I did not want my classmates to judge me for not quite understanding a certain topic.

And due to my hard work AND TUITION, I did well for my GCE ‘O’ level.

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Now parents, we all know that avoiding asking questions in school can really affect our kids’ grades. The more they do not ask, the more they will not understand, and the more they will be left behind.

On the other hand, as the child learns more, there will a tendency to retain more in the mind also.

At knOWLedge inc., the tutors raise learners’ academic potential through quality and targeted learning in a motivating and nurturing environment.

Don’t believe me?

BELIEVE HIM THEN!

 

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LOL! HOW COME SO CUTE ONE THIS BOY?

 

Learning is indeed made fun at knOWLedge inc.

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As you can see, the same boy could not contain his excitement throughout.

I seriously need to arrange to meet him personally just so that I can pinch his cute little cheeks. LOL.

Let me now tell you the Owl Story at knOWLedge inc.

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Four owls – Ellie, Chullie, Mellie and Scullie, are used to represent the four subjects taught at the centre.

The owl itself, as we all know it, is a creature of great integrity and a wise observer of human society. With a reputation for intelligence, its calm and insightful personality gives it an air of nobility and quiet confidence.

At knOWLedge inc. everyone is an owl – passionate in the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom.

And if you must know, I do know one of the main tutors at knOWLedge inc. because one of the tutors used to be my colleague back then when I was still teaching. And trust me when I say that she is really a SUPERB, SMART AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, FUN TEACHER! And that’s exactly what we need in tutors. We do not need strict or lackluster tutors who are just good at…boring us to absolute boredom. We do not need tutors who do not have the basic knowledge or qualifications to teach. We do not need tutors who are too comfortable in their own comfort zone and not updated with the current MOE syllabus.

So what can you expect at knOWLedge inc. then?

 

  • MOE-trained HODs, Senior Teachers & Subject Specialists as tutors
  • teaching of effective and relevant strategies
  • conducive learning environment
  • dedicated full-time, experienced MOE-trained teachers
  • customised in-house worksheets & notes aligned with current MOE syllabus
  • tuition classes for Primary 1 to Primary 6 (Eng, Math, Sci & Chinese)
  • tuition classes for Sec 1 to Sec 4 (Math & Chinese)
  • preparing foreign students for the entrance tests by familiarizing them with the education system in Singapore.

 

You know, what the teacher teaches in school may be different from what the tutor teaches, in terms of input. So when the child has two different perspectives on the same subject, this will help him to think more, and have a wider understanding of the subject.

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Yes, do join Josh Lee because he did so well for his CA1 2014!

Read Josh’s testimonial for  knOWLedge Inc.!

I want to thank all my teachers at knOWLedge inc. for helping me improve in ALL my subjects for CA1 2014!

I scored 3As & a B for my P6 CA1!  Most significantly, my Chinese Language results improved from a ‘C’ grade to ‘B’ in just three months!

I love the lessons at knOWLedge inc. as they are interesting & are customised to my needs. My knOWLedge inc. teachers are also dedicated, caring & highly experienced.

I believe that I will ace in all my subjects under the superb tutelage at knOWLedge inc.! 

Josh Lee / P6

Learner @ knOWLedge inc

AWESOME JOB JOSH.

AWESOME JOB knOWLedge inc.!

 

Besides tuition classes, knOWLedge inc. also offers Learning Science Through Play – Building Your Own Science Toys  enrichment programme for children 6 to 12 years old.

The workshop will consist of 4 sessions. During each session, participants will learn to build a toy and learn about the scientific principle behind the toy.

Something like this!

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This is so cool!

Learning through play is definitely the most effective yet subtle way to teach kids!

When is it? 

Day & Time: Saturdays

10 am to 11.30 am for children 10 to 12 years old

12 pm to 1.30 pm for children 6 to 9 years old.

Fees: $150, inclusive of all materials.

Minimum of 4 pupils to start a class.

Maximum of 6 pupils a class.

CONTACT knOWLedge inc. NOW!

Where is it?

222A UPPER THOMSON ROAD

SG 574354

Contact numbers:

Phone: 64588540

Handphone: 96651738

Email: knowledgeinc1@gmail.com

Website: Click HERE.

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And hey, how about an ice-cream treat right after that tuition or enrichment class at knOWLedge inc.?

After all, life is like an ice-cream. Enjoy it before it melts!

 HE HE HE.

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