Thursday, March 5, 2015

Overloaded Homework + Stress = a major Meltdown

Before DinoBoy started his Primary 3 journey this year we already anticipated that there will be loads more of homework and things to do; with the additional Science subject and the other subjects being more challenging than in Primary 1 and 2, plus there will be more classmates then before; 40+ as compared to 30+.  An additioal of 10+ students may not seem too many for some but not in DinoBoy's case.

We have talked and discussed about how to handle too much routine work, too many noisy classmates, too much things going in the classroom at the same time, having lesser time to slack or relax then before etc.  We thought we were all prepared to tackle Primary 3 challenges but the day my 8+ year old went berserk, yes BERSERK! because he felt so overwhelmed and stressed up with home work, we know we must do something to ensure this primary school journey flies by as breezy as possible for him.  

To start off, we weren't joking when we say there's going to be busy schedule in Primary 3, besides ending school later @ 2.30pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, he has the following;

- Supplementary classes on Mondays @ 2.30pm to 3.30pm and Tuesday @ 2.30pm to 4.30pm in Term 1.
- Wushu training on Wednesdays for school team training and Thursdays for CCA activities @ 2pm to 4pm.

So far there were homework but the load is still ok and he managed to finish them during the time he's in student care centre, that leaves me to go through both English and Chinese weekly spelling list within the hour when we are at home, I made it a point to ensure that every thing are finished before 9.30pm.  Some nights we were even able to do a few pages of assessment books, other nights we simply just laze around the house before hitting the sack at 1030pm.


The first day, first week then first month of school went on peacefully. Then came February, which is a short month but shorter because the lunar new year holiday which starts on 19 February 2015, this means there no school from Wednesday 18 February 2015 till Friday 20 February 2015. I guess the teachers were all trying to make up for the lost time on these days because a week prior to that there was a significant increase of school work!

Doing homework on eChinese website

On that particular unfortunate day, DinoBoy had 7 home work to finish, these includes copying of a Chinese compo passage, corrections for Chinese spelling, Maths & English, 2 - 3 pages of English and Chinese worksheets.  On top of that there is also the English spelling practice paper given by Ms R, his student care centre's form teacher.  I am sure DinoBoy has been handling his homework load quite well, but on that day it appears that everything seems to be too much for him to handle.  Plus that day being a Friday, the "last day of the week", it sort of added some pressure to the urgency to finish the work by the given time frame; which is by 6pm that day.

At that moment, he broke down....  He started to scream and shout in the classroom, scaring the hell out of every one, tore up the English spelling practice paper not once but TWICE in his fit of anger.  When Ms R tried to calm him down he was kicking, fighting her with all his might and screaming out loud "I have so many work to do!  I have no time to finish them today!  Later at home I have to finish the assessment books my Mum gives me!!  Tomorrow I don't have time to do it because I have class at Teacher Elizabeth's and swimming!! I will not have time to do it!!!!"

My poor little boy totally lost it... he lost all his sense of logic and rationale thinking and exploded...

No one has told him that he has to finish all the home work by TODAY, the class was told to try to finish it before the day ends, if can't then finish it at home so that they can enjoy their weekend and the upcoming Chinese New Year.  Neither did I tell him that morning or even the day before that we MUST revise his work by doing some practices in the assessment book(s).  Even though I drew up our home revision timetable last year, we never actually follow it strictly.  It has always been ad-hoc decision at that moment whether to let him do assessment books or not as this will depend on the time left after doing his school work & spelling.

That night we sat down and had a talk.  I told him that I know he felt bogged down by the amount of homework but this is how the school work will be from this year onward.  He wasn't happy about it at all, I guess I will too if I am in his shoes.

We talked about Stress, what is it and how it comes about and how it affects a person.  When some one feels threaten or is in a state of panic the body's defense system kicks in by making you go into "Fight, Flight or Freeze" reaction.  I explained to him that what he did in class earlier was his body's way of dealing with the overwhelmed feeling he is experiencing.  And since this is the first time, his body reacted naturally, releasing the pressure by screaming and shouting - which is the Fight reaction.


Now that he experienced that dreadful thing call Stress, we have to work on keeping it at bay and preventing this episode from happening again.  We also have to deal with this Homework issue so that he can work on them in a calmer and rationale way.

Here's what I suggest he try to do the next time homework load is a lot again;
Step 1 Take a deep breathe (more if need to) to calm mind and body
Step 2 Take a minute or so to study the homework list
Step 3 Label the work with 1, 2 & 3; 
#1 - the easiest and takes shorter time to finish; such as spelling corrections and #3 - requires longer time to finish; such as compositions or Maths worksheet.
Step 4 Start doing the homework according to the numbering, taking a short breather in between.

I hope he can remember these simple steps and tackle his school work in a more balanced state of mind and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that such episodes will not happen again.  I am also hoping that there will not be any after school supplementary lessons for the rest of the year but I think that's highly unlikely.  I have no intention of withdrawing him out from Wushu because he's passionate about it and is happy to be back into the school team again this year after the coach took him out of the team mid last year due to his undesired behaviour and attitude.

In the mean time, I will try not to pressure him unnecessarily, revision at home will still have to continue but may have to move one session to Sunday.  I know he may not be happy (I know I am not in favour of it myself) because Sunday is really our ONLY rest day, but really, time is not enough to use!  On the other hand, more outdoor play time for him, both as a form of exercise and also a chance for him to set free his mind and body after being cooped up in school for most of the week.  Time to dust off the cobwebs from our badminton rackets!  

At the end of the day, we know we have to constantly adjust ourselves and our schedule to accommodate the ever changing activities in school.  I know we can do it and survive the school days!

Photo Credit

Friday, February 13, 2015

Kids Fiesta 2015, A FUNTASY Adventure

So the end of 1st school term is coming to an end soon, and for most of the kids it also means that the dreaded CA1 (Continual Assessment) test.  Don't ask me when is DinoBoy's CA test, I am the Oblivious Mum when it comes to school work and activities.  ANYWAY~ let's all see beyond this CA thing and concentrate on the March 2015 school term break, woohoo~~

First up on our recommendation list is Kids Fiesta, it is back; TWICE the size and THRICE the FUN!


If you have not been to Kids Fiesta you are missing out a whole load of fun.

Held every year, Kids Fiesta aims to ensure that every child who participates in Kids Fiesta has a ridiculously wonderful experience. They want to show mums, dads and kids, too, that learning goes beyond the pages of textbooks and the walls of tuition centres.  This is something which the DinoFamily believes in too!
Using a holistic approach, Kids Fiesta (think of us as dream makers!), will help your child become a person who reaches for his goals — with a touch of flair and ingenuity, of course.

How about the meet and greet sessions with Pikachu, Dora the Explorer and Batman, just to name a few, sounds to you? Too great to be true?! Well, we thought so too!

When is it Happening

Kids Fiesta
Date: 13 to 15 March 2015
Time: 11am to 9pm
Venue: Suntec Convention Halls 401 and 402
Admission: FREE
FUNTASY Passport: $20 (UP $25) Early bird sale ends 27 February 2015.

Exclusive Promotions 

Expect to see many great and trustworthy brands during the event, here are some of them with some exclusive deals for you.

Images provided by Kids Fiesta

Exclusive Promotions from our Presenter, Kidz Education City (KEC)
• Climb Asia
Let your kids be Spider-Man for a day and try rock climbing at $10 per pax.

• Cristofori
FREE $30 cash vouchers and $200 off every piano purchased upon enrolment.Colourful ukeleles from $28.

• Dancepointe
Bring a friend along and enjoy 50% discount on 1st term school fees for both! Savings up to $210!

• Genius R Us
Little Bakers follow your noses to Genius R Us booth and learn to shape, bakeand decorate your own Sweet Treat Cookies at only $15 per child + a bonus treat!

• LEAP SchoolHouse
Sign up for a trial class at only $38 (UP $60) and receive a Free Gift plusenjoy 15% off your first term fees!

Grab the FUNTASY Passport holders - A MUST!


What’s in for FUNTASY Passport holders?
Each FUNTASY Passport entitles the holder to:
• Any 5 FUNTASY rides
- Western Train
- Inflatable Obstacle
- Pirate Ship
- Orbitor Cars
- Laser Maze
• Any 4 FUNTASY activities
- Glitter Tattoo
- Balloon Sculpturing
- Photo Booth
- Face Painting
• A goodie bag worth $50 (while stock lasts.)
• A lucky draw chance
- First prize: The Wall Story Customised Wall Mural worth $2,000
- Second prize: Wave House Customised Children’s birthday party worth $1,000
- Third prize: Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore 1N Deluxe Pool View Room worth $585

PLUS! Get Kids Fiesta’s customised ice cream from $3.90. There’s complimentary candy floss for grabs too!

Don't wait, click the link here and grab your FANTASY Passports now, early bird sale will end on 27 February 2015.  Hurry now as they are selling out FAST!

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The DinoFamily received some goodies from the good people from Kids Fiesta to host giveaway in our blog~  And its not only one gift but its TWO!  Now I know both of the prizes are great I would like to request all my readers to show and exercise graciousness, so please enter to win only ONE of the prize.

Anyway I am fair (hahaha~), the Airport Traffic Control game set is Boys friendly while the Suncoat Girl Nail Salon Kit is Girls friendly.  Of course we are not trying to sterotype games based on gender but I am using this to help you decide which giveaway you should join.

 We thank you for your consideration and kind gesture.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS



Prize #1 : x3 Airport Traffic Control game set
Prize #2 : x3 Suncoat Girl Nail Salon Kit
Contest Ends : 27 February 2015 @ 2359hrs
Open : Singapore
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- 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.
- Overseas winner will have to pay for all overseas postage charges.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Come Fly with Me @ iFLY Singapore

Couple of months ago, while walking towards the Beach Station in Sentosa...

DinoBoy : Mom, (points at a building) what is that place?
DinoMama : Oh, that's iFLY.
DinoBoy : What do you do there? Fly?
DinoMama : Yupe, something like that. You get to experience flying indoor.
DinoBoy : (Eyes widens in excitement) Can we go there please?
DinoMama : Errmmm... next time, its the end of the day and its time to go home.
DinoBoy : Okay! But promise me that you will bring me there, I want to FFF~LLLYYYYY!

Fast forward to recently, the day we get to FFF~LLLYYYYY~~~  We were so excited!  Lucky for DinoBoy, he was 8 years old at that time because iFLY Singapore has a regulation that all kids MUST BE at least 7 years old base on birth month and year.  Means if your child is born in March 2008, and you plan to go in February 2015, your child will not be able to join you.  so please take note of this to avoid any disappointment.

About iFLY Singapore

Images taken from iFLY Singapore
You are probably wondering what is so exciting about iFLY Singapore.  Well, standing at almost 5 storeys high, they are the world's first largest themed wind tunnel for indoor skydiving.  The state-of-the-art patent technology ensures a high degree of safety and accommodates all types of flyers; from first timers to seasoned skydivers.

Your iFLY Singapore experience will be fully supervised by skilled instructors who are certified by the International Bodyflight Association.

Our Flight
We were already at iFLY Singapore an hour before our scheduled flight time.  If you are thinking that you could start flying immediately, sorry to disappoint you.  This is not going to be something that you can jump in and just do it right away.  Like all sports, it needs some training to know the proper way to fly and precautions to take.  Your body have to stay straight, heads looking up, elbows bents and keep them up by the side.  

Since it will be too noisy and impossible for verbal communication inside the wind tunnel, you have to know the simple hand signal from the instructor.

Hand Signal by You
- Thumbs up - GOOD!
- Thumbs down - I want OUT!

Hand Signal by Instructor
- A Victory sign - Keep your feet straight
- A bent Victory sign - Bend your knees


Next, its time to gear up. After removing all you accessories like ear rings, necklaces, rings, watches etc etc, proceed to the counter to let the people in charge size you up for the flight suit, helmet and goggle.  Ear plugs are optional, we didn't use it and we are not deaf at the end of the flight.  If you are like me, who forgot that laced up shoes is a MUST, don't worry you can get a pair of sneakers at the counter, socks are priced at $4 per pair, it comes with stylish iFLY logo.  Since its an open area where the public watch the flyers fly, we suggest that you stuff your barang-barangs into the lockers provided by iFLY, it does not comes free though, you have to pay $3 for each locker.

My advice to those who wear spectacles like me, they have special goggles for us but I suggest that you remove your spectacles and use the normal goggles because it does not give any added secured protection to the spectacles.  During the second flight, the wind was so strong that it pushed my goggles up towards my forehead, half the time I was worried that the goggles will give way and there goes my dam expensive spectacles.  It will be my greatest nightmare because I will be as blind as a bat without it!

Plus, there isn't anything interesting to see while you are in the wind tunnel.  You see that beautiful big glass panel in the photos below with the beautiful scenery outside?  Sorry, you will not be watching that beautiful scene while enjoying the flight, instead you will be facing inside, looking at the faces of your fellow flight mates getting jittery and excited while waiting for their turn.  So, ya remove your spectacles so that you can enjoy the flying experience fully.

While looking at your flight mates, remember to smile beautifully so that the camera and video recorder can catch you in your best pose.  After the flight experience you can proceed down to the counter to get your pretty photos printed out and take home to display so that every one knows that you flew~ woohoo!



Now that you have seen the photos of us flying, here are some of the IMPORTANT THINGS you have to know before you heads off to their website to book your flight.

iFLY Singapore pre-flight requirements and guidelines:
Who Can Fly
Flyers must be 7+ years of age and above, 120 kg maximum if under 1.8m tall, 140 kg maximum if over 1.8 m tall, not pregnant, have no hard casts, nor be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. No history of shoulder dislocation, back or neck injury.

Pre-Flight Requirements
- Flyers are required to check in 1 hr prior to the flight time as you will be required to attend professional training to ensure safety throughout your flight experience.
- Attired in tee-shirts, shorts, jean or pants. Ladies are advised not to dress in skirts or dresses.
- Closed toe shoes with laces. Preferably sneakers / track shoes.
- Please avoid wearing accessories like necklaces, earrings, bracelets, watches, etc.
- Flyers are required to bring along their Identity card / passport for verification purposes.

***Cue Michael Bublé sexy crooning voice***

Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away
If you can use some exotic booze there's a bar in far Bombay
Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away

Come fly with me, let's float down to Peru
In llama-land there's a one man band and he'll toot his flute for you
Come fly with me, let's take off in the blue

Yes! We enjoyed our skydiving experience with iFLY Singapore and would like to send a couple to experience it too!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Prize : 1 pair of iFLY flight voucher (worth $198), all terms & conditions applied
Contest Ends : 18 February 2015 @ 2359hrs
Open : Singapore
How to Enter : Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below
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;
- 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.
- Overseas winner will have to pay for all overseas postage charges.
- This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook

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iFLY Singapore Current Promotion
In case you are as eager as a young bird that can't wait to take your first flight, iFLY Singapore is currently having a CNY 2015 promotion, remember to grab a family member or a friend who is born in the year of Goat to enjoy the promotion!


Terms & Conditions of iFLY CNY 2015 Promotion
- Valid for on-site purchase only
- Book and fly from 1 Feb to 6 Mar 2015
- Redemption is strictly for customers born in the 'Year of Goat' with the purchase of 2 x First Timer Challenge Packages.
- Free flight have to be utilised in the same flight session
- Valid photo ID for all flyers must be presented prior to flight upon check-in and purchase.
- Valid for all flight slots, including eve of and on Public holidays, subject to flight availability
- Not valid with any other promotions, vouchers, privileges, membership/loyalty programmes.

Address: 43 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore
Telephone: 6571 0000
Operating hours as follows:
Mon, Tues, Thurs-Sun: 9.00am – 9.30pm
First Flight: 10.00am/ Last Flight: 9.30pm
Wed: 11– 9.30pm
First Flight: 12.00pm/ Last Flight: 9.30pm

Image taken from iFLY Singapore

Disclaimer : We are in no way affiliated to the staffs and management of iFLY Singapore. We were invited by iFLY Singapore for an indoor skydive experience for the purpose of this post. No other form of compensation was received. All opinions are 100% ours and based on our flying experience with iFLY Singapore.  Unless otherwise stated on the photos, the DinoFamily reserves the copyright of all the photos in this post.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Amigurumi Baa-Baa Sheep to welcome the Year of Sheep

Early last week, a fellow crafter posted a link from Stephanie of All About Ami suggesting that I should try to make Lambert the lamb, since its the year of Goat in 2015.  I must say that when I saw Lambert I was excited, but not so keen when I saw that it uses bouclé yarn, as I don't think I am experience enough to handle those type of yarn yet.  I scrolled further down and saw Fluufie the sheep and instantly fall in love with it.  However, these 2 are not in my To-Do List, just something that I admire and hopefully I will make them some day.

So everything changed when I was yarn shopping and saw this bouclé yarn; Sublime Woolly Merino and I KNOW I just GOTTA have it!  What's more, this time I have something to make it almost immediately!  So I put this SGD13.80 super duper expensive ball of yarn into my shopping basket and left the shop feeling like I'm walking in clouds.


Despite my enthusiasm it took me one day and one night to finish Bailey (I decided to name my sheep this because of the color).  The yarn calls for 5.5mm hook which I do not have, I have 1mm, 2mm, 3.45mm, 4mm and 6.75mm.  My fellow crafters suggested that I used a bigger hook size to work on this yarn so I went for the largest size I have; 6.75mm.  The stitches were humongous!  Ok I exaggerated a bit but I wasn't happy with it when I could see my finger tips when I pulled the worked piece slightly.  Nevertheless I decided to go ahead and finish the body.

Next came the issue with the rest of Bailey's parts, since I did not follow the hook size as indicated in the pattern nor did it cross my mind that I have to find the same weighted yarn for these parts.  And as all Murphy's Law or whatever Law is working, I.do.not.have.it.  *throws hands into the air* "Pfffttt!!!!"; you probably thought I would say that out loud and threw the fluffy ball a side and let it become another an unfinished project. NO WAY!  After stopping to think for like 30 seconds I had my solution, work with 2 strands of yarn on my 6.75mm hook and viola~!


I love to crochet but not a fan of attaching the parts together ("Pfffttt!!!!"), I mean I have eyes for details; so say... errmm.. ME! hahahha~ but when it comes to aligning the parts together and sewing them according to places I pinned is really really REALLY challenging!  Regardless how many pins I stick onto the part, they seems to always, always seems to have shifted on their own.  So I finished Bailey excitedly and he is "distorted", sorry Bailey, I'll send you to plastic surgery later.


Nonetheless, I love my Bailey very much, though he looks like a ball of califlower if I am staring at his butt.  As he is about palm size, he is very squishable, just nice for some stress relieving, that's why I brought him to work.  

Will I be making another Fluufie or Bailey?  Well, maybe not in the near future... but then again I never know when my inspiration or the urge to make another lamb/sheep will hit me.  Also if I chance upon some crochet hook sale I'll probably grab the required sizes to make Fluufie and crochet away~  


With the Chinese Lunar New Year just around the corner, I want to take this opportunity to wish every one

Good health, good luck and much happiness throughout the year!


祝羊年,
做人羊眉吐气,
生意羊羊得意,
前程羊关大道,
烦恼羊长而去。
羊年发羊财,
天天喜气羊羊!


Monday, February 2, 2015

itsy bitsy ME! where boys gets unique, stylish clothes!

Ok, so for every reviews I would put a disclaimer at the end of the post to say if the post is sponsored or not.  Well, today I am going to do the opposite.  Today I am going to tell every one right at the begining that this is NOT a sponsored post but I am affiliated with the shop, or rather with the owner, Mei.


Yes, we don't look alike, our personalities are worlds apart but ya lah, she is my sister lah, real life blood related Sister.  Regardless, I will still give my unbiased review on her online shop itsy bitsy ME!.  

So my dear Sis started her online shop some time in 2006 selling babies clothes, accessories etc, it has since moved on to include some good quality chic clothing that are eco friendly and ethically manufactured in limited quantity to reduce wastage, selected brands are made with natural fibre such as organic cotton or bamboo viscose.  Their toys, accessories and everything else in between are made with sustainable materials, contains no harmful ingredients and are designed to be recycled or responsibly disposed of at the end of its life.

Ok, from a Mum of 1 boy, let me ask you a question, how many times have you said or heard your friends commented in exasperation that they have limited choices when it comes to buying clothes for their boys, especially clothes that are as candilicious yummy & colorful as the girls' clothes.  

Well, you must have not seen DinoBoy's wardrobe, he's been wearing clothes from itsy bitsy ME! since he was 3 years old.

(BTW I paid for all the clothes I get from my sis, with the usual 10% discount.  I rarely get it FOC unless its the last piece and out of season for long time.  I don't expect to receive anything FOC, not my style, even with family members.)


Just like DinoBoy's personality, these clothes are colorful, fun, quirky, vibrant and so full of LIFE! The quality of the clothes are so good that the color does not run nor fade even after many many washes in the washing machine. They also did not loose their shape too!  When I showed him the new clothes I got for him, DinoBoy always asked excitedly "Are these clothes from Da Yee's (Aunty in Chinese) shop?!!"  He sure knows good quality stuffs when he sees one!

Did we mention that the clothes are manufactured in limited quantity?  Oh yes we did!  What does that mean or what's so great about that?  Well, there will be lesser chance that your child will bump into another child donned in the same outfit on the street or worse, at a same event!

DinoBoy's latest tops are from 4funkyflavours, I adores their design because its so 50s & so retro with the thick collars, slim-fit cutting, I especially love the contrasting colors on their designs, both in the front and at the back. He look smart in these 2 pieces, definitely a very versatile line of clothes where he can wear for casual play dates or some formal dinner.



4funkyflavours clothes are soft and thick but not too much for our local hot & humid weather, they are definitely value for money.  And of course they are also Oeko-Tex certified; which in layman terms it means they are safe, free from any harmful substances and does not pose any risk on health, otherwise itsy bitsy ME! will not bring them into their store.

Credits : itsy bitsy ME!


Besides 4funkyflavours itsy bitsy ME! also carries Mini Shatsu clothes, for the boys (or parents) who wanted prints that are out of the ordinary, they will fall in love with these collection instantly!

Credits : itsy bitsy ME!

Come All'ye Mums & Dads of boys!!! Save itsy bitsy ME! website in your computer and mobile phones, your boys will NEVER wear uninteresting, dull, boring clothes from now on!  Why not try to impress your friends and relatives this Chinese New Year by dressing them in outfits that are different from the rest?  I guarantee you that besides looking smart & handsome, you boys be the centre of attraction and talk of the town this Chinese New Year that you will be beaming with happiness.

Hop by to itsy bitsy ME! online shop now as they are offering some discounts for purchase of their items.  Both discount codes are valid till 19 February 2015, all terms and conditions applies.

Credits : itsy bitsy ME!

Tell you what, let us, the DinoFamily gives you a headstart, we shall giveaway a SGD10 itsy bitsy ME! store credit to TWO of our lucky readers!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Prize : x2 SGD10 store voucher from itsy bitsy ME!, all terms & conditions applied
Contest Ends : 09 February 2015 @ 2359hrs
Open : WorldWide
How to Enter : Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below

Terms and conditions of itsy bitsy ME! Voucher are as follow:
- The SGD10 store credit is applicable with a minimum spend of SGD50nett in a single transaction.
- The SGD10 store credit can only be combined with itsy bitsy ME! current promotion of MC20 and FB10, not applicable with other credit, vouchers or discounts. The respective terms of each promotion codes apply.
- The SGD10 store credit is not convertible to cash.
- The SGD10 store credit expires on 26 April 2015.

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;
- Winners will be picked randomly by Rafflecopter widget.
- 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.
- Overseas winner will have to pay for all overseas postage charges.
- This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook

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Disclaimer : Besides being affiliated with management of itsy bitsy ME!, no other form of compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% ours and based on our shopping experience with itsy bitsy ME.  Other then the screenshots take from itsy bitsy ME! website, the DinoFamily reserves the copyright of all the photos in this post.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bento Days #3 - Chewy Chewy Fried Udon with Teriyaki Chicken

So I did my first fried noodles for the last bento, so I was thinking "Frying udon should be sup-sup-water (or easy peasy)."  Next morning I woke up at 5am (15mins earlier than my usual time) and started to prepare every thing.

I gathered the ingredients from my fridge. I only did the marination that morning, about 20mins, but the chicken is full of teriyaki flavour.  This time I used 2 eggs instead of one because the last time I realized it was too little for 3 of us.


Today I am going to share a very handy gadget that I love. See the plate of nicely shredded carrots?  I did not spent minutes cutting the carrots into thin slice, instead I used the super duper cool vegetable slicer.  Took me about a minute to shred half a carrot and yields about half a bowl of shredded carrot.


I can't remember where did I buy mine but I think you can find them in those bigger supermarkts like NTUC Finest or Giant. It does not cost a lot, probably about $2+ if my goldfish memory serves me right, it could not be too expensive otherwise I would not have bought them. You can find something slimilar in Daiso too.


The Cooking Instructions
So anyway, I started off with boiling the udon for about hmm... not sure how long, 10mins?  I turned off the fire when I see that the udon are semi opaque.  While I poured away the water and draining the udon I added some oil into the wok, after that's heat up I added the 2 eggs (beaten) into it to make a nice omelette, dish out and set aside to cool off before I cut them into stripes.  Next I threw in the marinated chicken and shredded carrots to stir fry till almost cooked.  I did not add in any more oil because its already quite oily from frying the eggs.  After that I added in the drained udon, added a little bit more teriyaki sauce for flavouring, stir fry and mix every thing up.  Lastly the eggs are added and toss to mix with the udon.


A half filled lunch box for DinoBoy to enjoy during his recess time.  However he came home and said he couldn't finish it during recess as it was too much so he left some to eat it during lunch break, but it is NOT enough so he had to buy food to eat.  *opps*  Sorry son, let's hope this do not happen again.


DinoPapa said that the udon is a little bit hard, I should boil it long to make it soft. Well I didn't because I was afraid the udon will turn too soft or become soggy after I fried them, next time I shall boil them longer and see if the overall texture will be better or not.

Do you like udon as much as us?  Try this simple recipe and start bringing your own lunch to work~

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A 2015 New Year Resolution of some sort

I NEVER have the habit of making new year's resolution because I know I will not be able to keep on track and half way through I will probably forget what they are (ya see how ambitions I am, I have MANY resolutions).  However, when Rachel, the Dai Ga Je or Big Sister of SMB initiated a blog train "15 Things I will do differently in 2015" I thought "Why not?" and jumped on it.

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I thought it would be an easy-peasy job, snap of a finger and 15 things would pop up. Boy~ I was so so wrong, I was stuck like forever with 8 things and I must admit that there were a couple of times I wanted to just do 5 things (we have an option to do either 5 or 15 things) but I decided to stick to my guns and so after scratching my head and pulling my hair for the past 2-3 days I present to you. in random order, the 15 things that I will or hope to achieve before the end of 2015.

#1 Blog Lesser
When I got back into blogging in 2012 I worked very hard to bring the stats of my blog from near zero to a level where it's being noticed by the general public and brands.  Then in 2013/2014 a series of things happened in the family and I went into hiatus not once but TWICE!  My stats suffered tremendously and I only managed to slowly bring it back on track recently.

With the boy in Primary 3 this year, I would think that there will be more things for us to tackle so I am bracing myself to handle these new school work with him together.  This probably means lesser opportunity to sit down to blog as and when I feel like, I could burn some mid night oil but this old Mama can't keep her eyes open after 10pm so that is not an option.

Being a responsible blogger, I get very stressed up if I am not able to churn out posts for many days, this decision will mean lesser chance for me to beat myself up for not doing the job well.  So yeah, blog lesser, perhaps 2-3 posts per week on an average would be just nice.  However, that does not mean that I will any-o-how write a post, contrary to that the content will be better, more informative, specific and more apt to the direction of this blog and beneficial to my faithful readers.

#2 Read More
I have neglected my books for a long time (they are screaming "Read Me! Read ME!" whenever I step into the study room), its time I pick them up again, hopefully I will be back doing book reviews and recommend some great books for both parents and children.

#3 Cook/Bake More
I have 72 pins in my Pinterest board "DinoMama's Kitchen" since I started to seriously cook back in August 2012.  I have moved from a not-so-confident home cook Mum who relied on cookbooks and scoured the website for recipes for our weekend meals to some one who can simply whip up a simple dish based on memory (and you people knows I am famous for having Goldfish Memory right?) and boldly cooks based on agar-agar or estimation on the seasoning, I still scour the website for inspirations though because there are simply too many recipes that I want to try my hands on!

We've started our to bring bento to school and work earlier this month, you can see them here, I hope to continue doing it for as long as possible, not only it will save on lunch money, it is also healther too.  Home cooked meals are Zee Best!

I also wanted to try my hands on making those mouth watering kueys and snacks that I've seen others posted on facebook.  Things like chwee kueys, chee cheong fan, kuey lapis, oneh-oneh etc.


#4 Crochet More
Definitely MORE of these!  Currently I am blessed to receive many orders that will take me some time to complete all of them.  However, crochet has been my passion since I was a little girl, there are so many items that I have been wanting to do but did not have the chance then, so I'd like to start striking them off my "Crochet Project List" slowly this year.

#5 Play More
We've been slacking in our board games and outdoor activities since late last year because this Mama has no energy or mood to do that.  DinoBoy has been complaining that we have not been playing badminton for so long!  Time to play harder!  So... Who want go catch some BayMax Frisbee with us on weekends har? Come! PM me NAO~

#6 Visit the Library More
We have occasionally visited the public library after our dinner for the past years, I am thinking more trips to the public library especially when I  have a child who is a book worm with an appetite as humongous as a dinosaurs, the neighbourhood public library is the best place to "feed" him.

Despite the kids running, screaming, laughing, squealing in the children's section, it is actually a great place to wind down after a tiring day at work and in school.  Sounds weird?  Not so, you just have to learn how to block out these noise.  I find it calming to do my crochet at a corner in the library without distractions and I can usually finish quite a fair bit of work as compare to when I do it at home.  DinoBoy love to grab a pile of books and hide in the "hole" (if he is able to get one) and lost himself in which ever adventure he picks up.  We never leave the library empty handed, there are always some books that we wanted to borrow and read them later.


#7 Family Gatherings More
Once a week dinner at my house was a norm where the siblings gather to catch up on things with each other and the cousins play together and made a mess in DinoBoy's room.  After Mum passed away and we got caught on with our busy schedules, we haven't been meeting up often enough.  I'll have to bring this family gatherings routine back before we become stranger to each other!

#8 Friends Over More
We used to open our house and have friend over for weekend gatherings accompanied by some food and wine.  We have stopped doing that a few years back, I miss those days where we just sit around the house, relaxing, chatting, munching on food while the kids play among themselves.  Time to send out some invitations.  Potluck at my place anyone?  I'm thinking Roast Pork Belly, so what say you?  

#9 Travel for Holidays More
We have been making trips back to Penang to visit our relatives for the pass years, I am hoping to travel to other parts of the world.  I want to let DinoBoy have an eye-opening travel experience on the sight, sound and culture of other countries.

#10 Save More
So that I can go for the above right?  I have been putting aside a certain fixed amount for savings and feeding my Moo-Moo Bank with the spare $1 or 50 cents coins but I think there is a better & smarter way to save MORE.  I have not think about it yet, if you have nay idea, please share with me.


#11 Grocery Saving More
This is one of the challenge I am facing currently.  How to save on groceries?  For now, when ever I need to cook I will just pop by the supermarket to grab the necessary ingredients.  I know the supermarkets have some kind of sale on certain days, such as Buy 2 at cheaper price or special price for certain items.  I have to find out when these dates are, do up my meal plans and head off to the supermarkets to do my grocery shopping.  This would probably save some money and waste lesser groceries (I cringe when I thought of the vegetable I bought, forgotten about them while they got lost in it and eventually rot in the fridge.)

#12 Gift More
This has been on my mind for a couple of years.  I have always wanted to give back to the community but never got around to do it.  I don't have much cash nor the luxury of having time on my hand so donating monetary or volunteering is out of the question.  I would however like to gift back in the form of my crochet crafts, perhaps a baby cap for babies, beanie for cancer patients, something along the line.  I'll have to explore on the options later.

#13 Be More Positive
For years, I have been dwelling on the bad stuffs that happened to me, it was manifesting me.  I started to think positive late last year but I think I need to work on that MORE this year.

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#14 Love Myself More
To hell with people who says I'm fierce, snobbish, stick-in-the-mud, Tiger Mum (RAWWRRRR!!!) and all those negative name labeling, because It's not your job to like me...it's MINE! ~Byron Katie

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#15 Stick to my Resolution
Ok, so I cheated on this but this is the first time I am making some kind of resolution and I want to make sure I follow through.  Good enough reason?

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Next on the "15 Things I will Do Differently in 2015" Blog Train is Evelyn.

Evespiration was born out of the little life in Evelyn some 5 years ago. The little one's precarious birth turned out to be one of the greatest miracles in her life. A mother of 2 active boys; Evelyn blogs on her motherhood journey and how her young ones peppered her otherwise-mundane-life with WWF fights, hard-helmet knocks and stubborn tug-of-wars. She juggled all these while trying to maintain sanity and enjoy a good cup of coffee at the same time. Read on as she shares the reality journey in her life.

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