Monday, April 27, 2015

Crochet Baby Groot in Pot

Inspired by "Guardians of the Galaxy" and also after seeing the crochet pattern from Twinkie Chan, I decided to make the Baby Groot too!

I first made my Groot with a solid dark brown acrylic yarn which looks great but not as lively as I like.  The Groot looks a bit dull and I can't really see the big grin on his face so it was yarn hunting time after that.


Lucky for me, I managed to find King Cole Fashion yarn (30% Wool 70% Premium Acrylic) with tweed-effect shades. I wasn't sure about the effect it will turned out when I bought the skein but fell in love with it when I finished the Groot's head. The shades on the yarn makes the Groot looks more "alive", now I can see its big grin!

And to make him more real life like, I went to buy a super duper expensive packet of moss from Art Friend, I hot-gun glued them bit by bit using a tweezer onto the "dirt" in the pot.

The pot is 1/3 filled with plastic pebbles to create some weight so that it does not topple over easily.


Groot is sewn onto the pot thus it is not removable. It has pipe-cleaners in its arms and body I can bend it this way and that way to my liking.  


So what do you think of my Groot?

He's cute to the max right?  Ok ok I am being so proud and not humble but I've never been so satisfied with my own creation.  This is up for pre-order in my etsy shop - Shop of Curios, takes about 2 weeks to finished it and mail it out either locally or overseas.

Follow my craft creations at my facebook page of the same name Shop of Curios over here where I constantly post snippets of my current projects and musing of the day while out yarn hunting or corcheting.

I am thinking of my next project now and this fella is a big hit with every one; both young and old.  Want to know the answer?  Head off to my crochet facebook page to check it out!


Friday, April 24, 2015

Momma Don't You Worry [Kindle Edition] - Book Review

About the Book

Title : Momma Don't You Worry [Kindle Edition]
Author : Louie Lawent
Publisher: Ladybee Publishing
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Pages : 12
Recommended Age : 2 - 6
Summary : This illustrated books tells a poetic story from a six year old's viewpoint. His mother worries too much in his opinion, until they go on a shopping trip and he gets a real appreciation for just how right his mom is.
Excerpt :
She watches me with eagle eyes
Like I’m a treasured jewel
She cramps my style, oh man alive
“MOM, THIS JUST AIN’T COOL”

My Review

Great read a loud book to younger kids to instill the good habits of always holding to Mum's or Dad's hand and be near them whenever they are outside.  It is really a very "dangerous world" out there for a young kid.  Through this book, the younger kids will know that even kids who are nearly 6 years old needs to always follow these rules too.

For the older kids who thinks like the boy in the book, this could serve as a reminder the importance of holding hands, it is more for safety reasons than to embarrass them.

The book also give hints of what to do when the kid gets separated from the parents, this is important and useful because some kids will panic and cry their eyes out instead of seeking help.  

I love the simple illustrations and the simple words used, though the rhyming could be better in some ways.

Purchase


About the Author

Louie Lawent is the author of the picture book "Gerty The Pig" which is in schools across the United States. The book is part of the National Accelerated Readers Program. He is also a lyricist with his works featured on rock, country and children's releases. His co-written song "One More Father's Son" is on Grammy award-winning D.L. Byron's latest CD "Satori." He co-wrote "Slippery Forces" with Boz Boorer which appears on Boz's CD "Some of the Parts." Louie co-wrote 10 children's songs with Steve Goodie which are featured on Steve's "Refrigerator Art" CD. Also, he co-wrote "Worms In The Can, Wieners On The Bun" on Canadian children's recording artist Erick Traplin's CD "A Little More." Louie is an avid Green Bay Packers fan and enjoys table tennis.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Kids react to Old School Gadgets - Hardware Zone Tech Awards 2015

During the recent March school holiday a family friend asked if we are interested to let our kids do a video interview where the kids will be shown some old school gadgets/items asked about their views on these gadgets.  Usually I will ask DinoBoy if he is interested to go but this one, I decided for him because it will be fun to see his reactions to some old school stuffs.

I did not prep DinoBoy about this, the only thing I told him a few days prior to that day was "I arranged for a video interview for you, nothing serious, just for fun.  There will be some gadgets from long ago which they will ask your opinion about it, you just say whatever that comes to your mind." he didn't protest, just asked what exactly are the gadgets which I replied that I am not sure, after that he just went "Okay, I can do that." and that's the end of it.

On that day, we went down with another friend and we were shown to a small room with simple set up, after getting the kids to relax and get acquainted with the 2 kor-kor (big brothers) the interview started.  It lasted for slightly more than half an hour for each kid, we had a good laugh at the unexpected things/answers the kids gave.  

Here is the video interview with the 8 kids that was shown during the Hardware Zone Tech Awards 2015.  (Video link taken from Hardware Zone youtube channel)



PS : About the cassette tape with a whooping price tag of $3000, they did not show the part after DinoBoy said the price, according to him its an antique so it cost that much now.  

Overall it was a fun experience for DinoBoy. as you can see from the video he's got great imagination and very creative on his answers that leads him (and the other kids) to say the darndest things! A friend who was at the Tech Awards recognized DinoBoy and told me about it, she said he gave "memorable answers".  So, after watching that video....

Wa~chachachachacha~
What's on your mind Baby~

Disclaimer : This is not a sponsored post. We are not affiliated with Hardware Zone SG nor its management.  All opinions in this post is 100% ours.  Thank you SPH Magazine for the great job in compiling the video.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Night of Magic at Raffles with Joe Labero and Burnt Out Punks

Besides those magic show I watched during kiddies party or some events, I have always watched those magic shows by magic masters like David Copperfield on the tv, never have had the chance to watch it live, with the magician doing the tricks right in front of me.  Imagine my excitement when an invitation was extended to the DinoFamily to watch a magic show by 4th time Merlin Award winner Joe Labero, we of course accepted the invitation gladly!

However, as the day for the show draws closer we were informed that the 3pm show was cancelled due to some technical faults, so we have to go for a later show at 730pm.  On that night, the small theater (or ball room, since its held at Raffles Hotel) was packed full with people.  I think they were trying to accommodate as many people from the earlier 3pm show as additional rows of chairs were added at the back of the theater, with many chairs added at the end of each row of seats. 


Despite the *blocked views and having to stare at the tv screens up at the wall most of the time, we truly enjoyed the whole show!  The wittiness and sense of humour of Joe Labero with his magnificent illusion, the spectacular performance by the fire artists - Burnt Out Punks makes it a night to remember, many a times we were left in awe, dumbfounded and wowed after each tricks.  My jaws literally dropped when I saw a pair of beautiful long legs walked out onto the stage, we can't see any upper body on top of these legs!  Besides the usual "cut the man and move his body parts around", in this case it's Animal, tricks there are many many unbelievable ones such as walking through the body of the beautiful Elin, walking into the mirror and many many more.  I'm not going to let the cat out of the bag any more.

We also love the solo fiery performance by the Burnt Out Punks duo where they swallow, swing, throw balls of fire while doing difficult and dangerous acts with great agility (no safety harness attached too!).  You've seen these on tv but its a different feeling when you see them do this in front of you, it was breath taking!

Photo Credit : Krall Entertainment
Photo Credit : Krall Entertainment
At the end of the show there is a standing ovation as expected because Joe Labero's performance is just too amazing!  We didn't want to leave our seats after the great magician disappeared, we were half expecting him to come back from some where.  Oh well, he is gone for good, ok ok not for good but instead to outside of the theater to get ready to meet & greet all his fans!

We would very much love to have a little chat and a photo with the great magician himself but the queue was so long!  Nevertheless, we were happy to took a photo with the Burnt Out Punks, they were so friendly and not as scary as we have seen them on stage.  DinoBoy saw the right bandage on Animal's hand and asked him about it.  Animal said he got injured when he was rehearsing the act earlier.  Wow, it is DEFINITELY danger acts they are doing, we were glad that he was ok.

DinoBoy with Animal and beautiful Elin


Having entertained millions of people with a number of sold out tours to his name, I strongly suggest that you quickly buy your tickets to watch Joe Labero and be enthralled with his illusions, magic and comedy.

“My belief is that, as an artist, you cannot really ever be completely satisfied. There are always things that can be improved... I believe in constantly striving, looking and preparing for the next big step. It ́s an evolution in learning.” - Joe Labero

A Night of Magic at Raffles
Date: 26 March to 3 May 2015
Venue: Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel
Time: Weekdays – 7.30pm
Saturdays – 3.00pm, 7.30pm
Sundays – 3.00pm
Prices: VIP Reserve (Meet & Greet) – Adults: $230, Children: $215
Standard – Adults: $125, Children: $60
Restricted View – Adults: $75, Children: $50

* A Little Flaw in a Perfect Night
I was initially not very happy with it, so here is my little rant about it. Well, my excitement for the show was immediately snubbed half when I collected our tickets, we were given seats that was far back to the side.  Since we were invited to watch and review the show I would have thought we will be getting seats with better view so that I can be immersed in all the actions which would have enable me to write a better blog post later.  Ok, never mind that, I told myself to enjoy it as much as possible.  And as people started to fill up the seat, DinoBoy's view was blocked and all he could see were the back of many heads.  Yes there were booster seats available but they were not the usual ones you see in theater or cinema, they were more like those padded cushion you buy to put on your office chair.  So what do this Mama do?  I went to grab another 2 more cushions and we have a happy DinoBoy but a not so happy person behind him (Sorry friend at the back!).

I've voiced my concerns in an email to the PR company who were apologetic and really nice to offer us tickets to watch the show again but we declined because we like to let others have chances to watch this great performance.

Nonetheless!!! This does not prevent us from sharing with all of you~ Come come, try your luck to win one of the 3 sets of 4 tickets to A Night of Magic at Raffles with Joe Labero in our giveaway!

Giveaway Details

Prize : 3 sets of 4 tickets, worth SGD500
Ends : 21 April 2015 2359hrs
Open : Singapore only
Entry Requirements :
2. Share this post in your facebook with the words "A Night of Magic at Raffles with Joe Laberao" and tag us @dinomama
Bonus Entry :
1. Follow us on instagram @din0mama
2. Repost our instagram post of this giveaway and tag us
Terms and conditions of giveaway are as follow:
- To avoid being disqualified without prior notice for the giveaway, please read carefully the following and fulfill ALL the requirements stated;
- Participants must be of legal age of 18 years old and above.
- Winners will be randomly picked, double chances for those who shared via instagram.
- Winners will have 3 days to respond by replying to our notification email otherwise, a new winner will be picked.
- Only one winner per household.
- This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook

IMPORTANT Things you need to know
1. Date of performance will be arranged by the organisor after the giveaway ends.
2. Collection of tickets will be an hour prior to the performance time outside the theater.
3. Children under age of 5 will not be allowed entry, this is because special effects are used during the performance and may scare the little ones.

Disclaimer : We were invited to watch Joe Labero's A Night of Magic at Raffles for the purpose of this post & giveaway, no other forms of compensation were received. All opinions are 100% ours and based on our first hand experience at the magic performance. All photos, unless otherwise credited, are copyrighted and belongs to the DinoFamily, you may not use it for any purposes without seeking our approval.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Singa and the Kindness Cubbies Live!

Those born in the 70s & 80s will know Singa the Lion very well, during my younger days he was a big icon and almost every school kids are his fans.  I remember that I drew many pictures of him, entered into my primary school's courtesy drawing contests; and won some, had erasers, rulers, pencil cases with him printed onto it which I treasured much back then.  One of the best memory I have is the campaign song, what I call the Courtesy Song but it's official song title is Make Courtesy Our Way Of Life. I can even remember and sing the lyrics, and believe it or not it is these words that makes me insist that DinoBoy learn and knows all the respectful and good manners.



For those who are not familiar with Singa the Lion was the mascot for our country's National Courtesy Campaign that was launched in 1979, a move to encourage us to be kind and considerate with each other.  You can read more about Singa and the campaign here and here.

Anyway, DinoBoy first saw Singa about 4 years ago when we were walking along a pathway in Dhoby Ghaut Green.  Singa was sitting on a marbled chair looking sad, lonely and a little bit dirty, but I was happy to see him there, I eagerly introduced him to DinoBoy.  Told him loads of things about "Mama's favourite mascot", his absorbs as much as he could into his little brain but did not want to take a photo with Singa because "he's dirty Mum."  *sigh*  Needless to say I was heart broken, not because of what DinoBoy said but because for every thing Singa represents, here he is being left alone, vandalized no doubt and without friends.

When DinoBoy enters into Primary school I caught glimpse of Singa from the things he brought back, like newsletters, bookmark etc.  I was pretty excited when I know that Singa is coming to a mall in our neighbourhood and he's bringing 4 cubbies too!  I know I just have meet Singa and so off I went with DinoBoy on tow to see my favourite macot.

Singa with Kindness Cubbies Tosh, Sher, Kalle and Tomeo
Us with Sher & Tomeo
We joined the many other kids and adults in singing and dancing with Singa and the Kindness Cubbies.  What happened in Kindsville when the Cubbies think that the 5 magic words are useless and decided to stop using them?  Find out the answer by heading down to the next 2 malls (details at the end of the post).

Besides the live show, there are 3 booths; Love Letters, Word Scramble and Kindness! Spot it!, all packed with games and activities where the kids can enjoy. I can vouch that the Love Letters booth is the favourite among the kids because they get to write and post a letter all by themselves~

Sending a Love Letter to Mummy~
Can't get enough of Singa and the Kindness Cubbies?  Go to Kindsville to watch Singa and the Kindness Cubbies animation, download the Kindville Times and learn how to make Cubbies clay pin craft.

If you haven't catch Singa and the Kindness Cubbies yet, you still have till 3rd May 2015 to do so, here are the show venues, dates and time.

#1 Northpoint Shopping Centre
17th April (Friday) – 7:30PM
18th April (Saturday) – 2:30PM & 7:00PM
19th April (Sunday) – 2:30PM & 7:00PM

#2 Downtown East
1st May (Friday) – 7:30PM
2nd May (Saturday) – 2:30PM & 7:00PM
3rd May (Sunday) – 2:30PM & 7:00PM

Disclaimer : We were invited to watch the Singa and the Kindness Cubbies Live! show and pose with them after the show. We were not compensated in any form or ways and all opinions in this post as 100% our own and based on our experience during the event.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Naturally New Zealand exhibition at Changi Airport

A few weeks ago, we were invited to Changi Airport to take an epic trip to Middle Earth but was unable to share our experience earlier as we joined the rest in the National Mourning for the lost of our founding father of modern Singapore Mr Lee Kuan Yew (1923 - 2015).  We thought we would disappoint our readers when we shared our post now whenr the event has ended on 5th April 2015 but lo and behold!  It's extended till 19 April 2015!


The Naturally New Zealand exhibition features two facets of exhilarating New Zealand - Middle-earth and the modern New Zealand. 

Fans of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies can explore the Hobbit Holte, meet Gandalf the Grey as he stands guard over The One Ring and learn about the various scenic terrains that make up The Shire, Erebor and Bobbiton Woods.

Having created the first Hobbit Hole in London specifically for the world premiere of the final film in The Hobbit Trilogies in December 2014, the one you see here is the second authentic version out of Matamata.

Click here to watch how the Hobbit Hole was built in 10 days, featuring more than 40 types of plants & real props from the Hobbiton!



On the other side you can enjoy snippet of modern New Zealand where popular sports such as rugby, golf and cycling are featured.


We had a great time hitting some golf balls at the mini golf range.  There are some stuffs we did there too but did not manage to take a photo because we were just too busy exploring!

Be sure to head down to Changi Airport, level 2 of Terminal 3 to explore a little bit of New Zealand and redeem exclusive souvenirs.

I'm sure you will be thrilled that the year 2015 is significant for New Zealand and Singapore as the two nations commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations and the return of Air New Zealand to the direct route.  So, check out the exciting travel offers at the travel booths there and plan for your next holiday with the family!  

Here are some of the more exciting things you have to do when you are at the Naturally New Zealand exhibition.

Super excited DinoBoy with MotherKao & KaoKids
5D SIMULATOR RIDE
Take an exhilarating ride on a 5D simulator. This holiday special is available during March school holidays, subsequent weekends and public holiday during the event period.

Date: 14 to 22 March, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 April 2015

HOW TO REDEEM PASSES TO THE RIDE:
* Present a single same-day receipt with a minimum spend of S$40 (S$80 for supermarkets) from any Changi Airport Shop or Dine outlet to redeem one (1) activity pass.
* Redemption starts from 12pm and ends at 10.30pm or when the activity passes are fully redeemed; whichever is earlier.
* Each 5D simulator ride pass admits up to two (2) persons for a single ride session.
* Limited activity passes are redeemable on a first- come, first-served basis.
* The Ride schedule is allocated based on earliest available time slot, limited to a maximum capacity of 8 participants.
* Participants of the 5D simulator ride must be above 1.05m in height and at least 4 years old.
* All participants must sign an indemnity form before participating in the activity. Participants under the age of 18 will require their parent's/guardian's signature on the indemnity form. 


LUCKY DRAW CONTEST: WIN AN ALL-EXPENSES-PAID TRIP FOR 4 TO NEW ZEALAND
Answer a simple question regarding New Zealand on the contest form and stand a chance to win an all-expenses-paid 8D7N trip for 4 to New Zealand on Air New Zealand!

Date : 14 March to 19 April 2015
Time : 12pm to 11pm, Daily
Grand Prize : All-Expenses-Paid 8D7N Trip* for 4 to New Zealand
*trip covers economy class return air tickets departing from Singapore, hotel accommodation and land tours.
Consolation Prizes: Includes travel vouchers, land tours within New Zealand and more!

HOW TO REDEEM THE LUCKY DRAW CONTEST FORM:
* Present a single same-day receipt with a minimum spend of S$10 (or S$20 for supermarkets) from any Changi Airport Shop or Dine outlet to redeem one (1) contest form in the exhibition guide.
* For Changi Rewards members, present any valid same-day single receipt with no minimum spend.
* Limited to one (1) contest form per qualifying receipt, regardless of spending amount.
* Participant must be 18 years old and above as at 14 March 2015.
* Redemption of exhibition souvenir is subjected to the completion of the question (correct answers only) found in the Exhibition Guide.
* Full set of terms and conditions can be found on the lucky draw form



WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED ALL BLACKS RUGBY BALL
For the rugby fans, especially the All Blacks die hard fans, visit the All Blacks section at and stand a chance to win an exclusive Rugby Ball autographed by the All Blacks.

HOW TO WIN ALL BLACKS RUGBY BALL:
Step 1: Take a picture with the autographed ball and show us how big of an All Blacks fan you are.
Step 2: Upload the picture onto your Twitter or Instagram account(s) with the hashtag '#ChangiNZ'

We are looking for the wackiest and most creative photos and you may just be the lucky winner to walk away with an exclusive All Blacks rugby ball! Contest ends 19 April 2015. Winner will be selected by the Changi Airport social media team and notified by 30 April 2015.

Disclaimer : We were invited by Changi Airport for the opening of the Naturally New Zealand exhibition. No other form of compensation was received. All opinions are 100% ours and unless otherwise stated on the photos, the DinoFamily reserves the copyright of all the photos in this post.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Get Active, Get Healthy with Cold Storage Kids Run 2015

Well, I'm not a very lay back Mum even though I play badminton with the boy frequently I do not like to do any sports, not even running (except for running for the bus occasionally), I was telling a girl friend just the other day "I don't like to run, if I run all my fats in my body will protest." However, that does not stop me from letting the boy has any chance to enjoy the outdoor and sports so I am signing him up for the Cold Storage Kids Run 2015.

Photo Credits
Cold Storage Kids Run, the annual running event for kids that aims to encourage the young ones to start early with healthy lifestyle and eating, is back for its 8th consecutive year on 17 May 2015!  With a better route design, you can look forward to an even smoother race experience.  

Organized by Enterprise Sports Group (ESG) and title sponsored by Cold Storage, this event has the distinction of being Asia’s first kids-focused running event and one of the best sporting events that caters to the entire family, and won awards such as the Best Retail Event Award of the Year 2009 by the Retailers Association of Singapore.


What to look forward to the run
Kids from six months to 12 years old can also participate in 13 categories, consisting of competitive (Sprint) and non-competitive (Family Fun) races ranging from 800m to 1.6km.  

New Race Category
This year’s Cold Storage Kids Run also features the 3Gen Family Fun Run category to promote inter-generation fitness and bonding.  Wow!  Quick, grab grandma and grandpa to join in the fun, the healthy way!  Don't worry if Ah Gong and Ah Ma cannot run as this is a non-competitive category, the of you; kid (aged 4 to 12 years old), Mum/Dad and Ah Gong/Ah Ma can choose to walk or run the whole 800m.

Fitness Clinics
To further encourage families to stay active, fun fitness classes will be held before the race, Slots are running low for fun fitness classes. Hurry click HERE to register now!!!

#1 Running Clinic (1 Parent & 1 Child)
Training professionals will coach parents and children on proper running postures and techniques to avoid injury while having fun.

Dates: 4 April, 11 April, 18 April, 25 April 2015
Time: 1 pm – 2pm
Location: Radiance Physiotherapy, AXA Towers, 8 Shenton Way, #01-02 & #02-02
Fees: $10 per parent & child pair

#2 DynaKids Classes (1 Parent & 1 Child)
This class is aimed to get children exercising with confidence. A functional fitness programme, DynaKids participants will get to use agility ladders and jump ropes along with body weight and resistance training.

Dates: 4 April, 11 April, 18 April, 25 April 2015
Time: 2 pm – 3pm
Location: Radiance Physiotherapy, AXA Towers, 8 Shenton Way, #01-02 & #02-02
Fees: $10 per parent & child pair

Cold Storage Kids Run 2015 Details
So lets all Get Active, Get Healthy with Cold Storage Kids Run!!!  Mark down this date and join in the run!

Race Day Details
Date: 17 May 2015 (Sunday)
Location: The Meadow @ Gardens by the Bay
Time: 7am – 12pm
Registration period: 19 March – 16 April at www.kidsrun.com.sg
(Early bird discounts available 19 – 9 April 2015)
Activities include a sports-themed carnival, running clinics, sports introductory classes and more.

Discount Code for our readers
And since this is the first time the DinoFamily enters into such run, we must celebrate it!  Here's a discount code *terms & conditions applies* for all my wonderful readers!

Photo Credits


Terms & Conditions
1. For registration on or before 9th April 2015, enjoy an additional 10% off on top of the early bird rates.
2. For registration on or after 10th Apri 2015, enjoy 10% discount off the original ticket prices.

Hurry, you have 3 more days to use this discount code!  We hope to see you there!

Disclaimer : We are in no way affiliated to the staffs and management of Cold Storage or Enterprise Sports Group. We were invited to participate in the Cold Storage Kids Run 2015. No other form of compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% ours and based on our experience during the kids run.  Unless otherwise stated on the photos, the DinoFamily reserves the copyright of all the photos in this post.

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