Friday, March 15, 2019

Arts in Your Neighbourhood - 07 to 24 March 2019

The 12th edition Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) is coming to an end and the last leg has started on 7 March 2019 and will end on 24 March 2019, this time the focus town is Tampines – Singapore’s third largest new town, once a rubber plantation at the turn of the 20th century, and home to sand quarries for a long time.

Though it is only 3 weeks in Tampines, expect loads of arts activities happening around the neighbourhood, there is definitely something for everyone! Get the programme booklet over here.

Here's what we will try to catch during the March school term break, hope to see you there too!

Music on the Move by Ding Yi Music Company
Both DinoBoy and I agree that this has to be on THE TOP of the list and will definitely join in the fun because we are fans~ 


Look out for a musical truck around Tampines, with a pop-up stage and vibrant music performances! These music performances will be featuring new compositions by young and old residents of  Tampines, inspired by a trip around the neighbourhood led by a historian and composer.

There will be 2 performances (no tickets needed) at 2 locations in Tampines, let's all gather to enjoy some Chinese chamber music uniquely to Dingyi Music Company.  

Do note that fringe activities starts at 5pm so head on down early, perhaps you can get up close and personal with the musicians and their musical instruments.

17 Mar 2019 (Sun)
Performance at 6pm
Tampines, Carpark at Blk 872A Street 86

23 Mar 2019 (Sat)
Performance at 6pm
Tampines Community Plaza

About the Artist
Established in 2007, Ding Yi Music Company 鼎艺团 is devoted to showcasing a vast repertoire ranging from traditional Chinese music to contemporary avant-garde interpretations and cross-genre works to the audience. The group of talented and award-winning musicians will be led by conductor Wong De Li for this AYN programme.

Familiar Favourite by Singapore Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble
What can some trumpets, trombones, French horns or cornets do when they gather together?  Spectacular pieces with superb performance of course!


Pause for a moment in the midst of your weekend rush to experience the classical music of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s brass ensemble. From Baroque splendour to golden classics, to brilliant energy-filled film music played live in bite-sized pieces, these pop-up performances are perfect for busy commuters on the go.

17 Mar 2019 (Sun)
Performance at 7pm
Our Tampines Hub (Festive Plaza)

About the Artist
Founded in 1979, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is Singapore’s flagship orchestra, touching lives through classical music. SSO celebrates 40 years of music-making in 2019.

Acoustic Transformers by Rekupertou
I love "quirky" musical performance and I applause people who chooses this kind of performance because they need to put in extra effort to entertain and appeal to their audience with an unconventional  performance while ingesting some strange and/or funny traits.  Not an easy job!


The Acoustic Transformers is a group of five musicians who interpret varying musical styles such as reggae, calypso and salsa with a unique twist! Featuring covers as well as original music, the band uses instruments made from recycled materials and other quirky objects.

Come experience the “tubatong”, played with flip flops, or the “piti pa” which produces sounds made by stainless steel dishes. Be prepared for a surprising new orchestral experience!

22 Mar 2019 (Fri)
Performance at 5pm & 7pm
Our Tampines Hub (Festive Plaza)

About the Artist
Rékupertou is a French music and theatre company from Nantes, France, with extensive experience in multi-faceted music composition and instrument-making. Recycling elements from trash is a main theme in their spectacular musical and educational endeavours.

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Here are some of the activities that we find interesting and may interest you too.

Charlotte and the Time Machine by Spot Pocket Opera Theatre


Charlotte is a curious time traveller on her way to witness the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819 Singapore. However, due to her malfunctioning time machine, she ends up on a musical adventure across different time periods, encountering everything from classic tunes by Mozart to familiar soundtracks from the Bugs Bunny cartoons.

Expect a bubbly good time with 3 time-traveling operatic singers and a hat-changing music ensemble. Young audiences will be roped in to help perform on stage, while adults can expect to be surprised by their own knowledge of opera!

17 Mar 2019 (Sun)
Performance at 5pm
Our Tampines Hub (Festive Plaza)

About the Artist
Spot Pocket Opera Theatre (SPOT) is a chamber western opera company that consists of locally-based operatic singers, resident musicians in the SPOT Music Ensemble, and a crucial team of media artists, playwright and volunteers. SPOT has performed in many unconventional spaces, as well as for dignitaries both locally and in Malaysia.

Off Cuts Tea House by HF/DF


Take shelter in a place of meeting and contemplation within cosmopolitan Singapore, in this Japanese tea-house made entirely out of recycled and repurposed plastic, steel and wood off-cuts. The tea-house is made to measure the same as an HDB Bomb Shelter – a consistent unit across the island. Enter the space, brew a cup of tea and contemplate nature through a single window and the urban city through the other.

A commission for Arts in Your Neighbourhood, in collaboration with DesignSingapore Council.

This programme is in conjunction with Singapore Design Week 2019.

About the Artist
HF/DF is an interdisciplinary collaboration between artist Gerald Leow and design studio In the Wild. They create spatial experiences, three dimensional objects and installations that intersect between the fields of art and design. All objects are uniquely created within the artist’s studio, a city fabrication lab that embodies interdisciplinary thinking, making and exploration.

7 – 24 March 2019
Tampines Community Plaza

Interactive performance by tea sommelier Kenny Leong
9 -10, 16-17 March from 4pm - 6pm

( , ) Sense: Tampines Curated by Dr Wang Ruobing


( , ) Sense: Tampines is a public art project that injects a sense of humour and play into the experience of the everyday through fun and interactive contemporary art.

The project presents 5 new artworks that offer playful both body and mind to take a closer look at their surroundings and interact with others around them.  This is a commission by the National Arts Council’s Public Art Trust.

About the Curator
Dr Wang Ruobing (Singapore) is an artist and curator who currently teaches at the LASALLE College of the Arts. Her research examines questions of identity, hybridity and transcultural discourses with a focus on contemporary art in China and Southeast Asia.

Friday, January 11, 2019

FABLife - Finely Cup Curve Series Wireless Shaping Bra Lingerie

Confession & Aplogies : This post took longer than usual to finish because I was hesitant. If you have been following us, you'll know that I have a stringent guideline & requirement when I am doing product review because I feel a sense of responsibility towards the public.  I always believe that I should write about these products with 100% true review with ample sharing of photos of results.  When I receive this product I was so sure that I could do it without breaking any sweat. and true to that it was not too difficult to pen down my thoughts about it.  

However, when I was getting ready to put it on and take photo I started to hesitate, suddenly I wasn't feeling comfortable showing the world the intimate part of my body. I struggled and tried to overcome it for weeks and months but simply just could not.  A couple of times I was even thinking of returning the product but I love it too much to go of it (sucker of fine lingerie lol).  This hurdle even held up all my other product reviews, I just couldn't move on without finishing this.  

When I got chased about the review again I knew I had to get it out this second!  So I did a last minute adjustment to my post, sharing photos of very part of the bra instead, and so here is the review post.

My sincerest apologies to FABLife for the delay and not doing a perfect job on this review, and to all of you for not giving my best, this will not happen in the future.

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when your lingerie fits perfectly everything feels beautiful which in turn allows you to be at your sexiest most confident self at all times.
I bet all women will agree to the above but how many of us make the effort to allow that to happen?

Introducing my latest lingerie love - FabLife's Finely Cup, non underwired lace-licious bra series that promise to give you the confident every day.



In the past years I have purchased non underwired bra of different brands, although it gives the required support and enhancement to my breast there is always a thing or two that stops me from buying from them after the bra ran out of shape.  Either the overall design is suffocating  after long wear or the lace feels scratchy against my skin.

I can confidently share that my first encounter with Finely Cup non underwired Curve Series C1218 (UP SGD110.00) was both positive and awesome!

Non underwired? How is it possible?
You must be wondering how could a non underwired bra support and have the push up effect?  Ah~~ modern bra is no longer as simple as it look, there are many things at work at the same time in that seemingly small piece of clothing.

Let's take a peek at the inside of the cups first, which is made up of soft cotton lining and spandex padding.  That piece of seamless loose fabric at the bottom of the cup is cut in accordance to the curve of the breast to give that superior lift.  The 3D memory padding reshapes your breast so that it is no longer sagging.

A Must Mention feature - The inside of the cup is made with lightweight ultra soft pearl fabric material that promotes blood circulation with whitening effects.  Superb pampering for our breasts~


The deep V vest design ensures that the breast tissue stays put at the chest area (psst~ this will definitely increase your cup size).  The U shaped back design not only gives ample support but it distributes the fats evenly thus preventing ugly bulges.

The soft lace of daisy and lavender design makes the bra looks exquisite, the lace extends further from the the shoulder all the way to the back, giving the sexy feel and look.  Those flowery lace edges does not feels scratchy nor irritates my delicate skin.  


The band is made with the softest spandex which I couldn't stop touching it.  The side band of 11cm high and a thicker back band not only provide ample overall support but also prevents muffin top under the arm or at the back.




Here are MORE reasons to love Finely Cup
  • Non wired/seamless for full comfort and outline invisibility
  • Proper shaping and adjustment of bust by effective “gathering” of breasts.
  • Sweat absorbent and breathable
  • Great fit, support and lift.
  • Prevention of breast sagging, and breast going sideways, and helps to shape the “double” meat on the side chest.
  • Gentle, skin-friendly and super soft
  • Flexible and elastic
  • Improves breast shape and breast fat position
  • Prevent and battle breast-related diseases.

When you put on a Finely Cup bra, all the above mechanics are pampering your breasts to ensure they are healthy and beautiful instead of being saggy or sad looking.

Not convincing enough?  Look at all the Finely Cup bra testimonials from other women over here and believe it!

Let's flaunt our most prized assets from today onwards, get your hands on Finely Cup sexy lingerie and become the confident women that YOU supposed to be!

FabLife have a whole range of shaping products that will help you achieve that to-die-for hour glass body with perfect bust.  With so many style and designs, there is one that will surely catch your eye, head off to their website to take a look now.

Last but not least, to get the utmost effect from Finely Cup bra, first you have to get the correct bra size according to your boobs and wearing it correctly, then you will definitely be showing the world your well supported & shaped with deep cleavage boobs that all your girlfriends will envy.  

Don't know how to measure your bra size or wear it the right way?  Read on~

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"Are you wearing the right size bra?"
This seems to be the tag line all bra lingerie brands use in their advertisement since decades ago to get women to pay more attention to their most prized asset - the breasts.  You would have think that women finally gotten their acts together and most will be wearing bra that enhances their boobs.  Wrong!  There are still a significant number of women who are still wearing ill fitted bra.

Physical signs of wearing wrong sized bra
There are usually tell tale signs that there is something wrong with our bra but most of the time we ignore it because we thought we are wearing supposedly the correct size bra so these signs are common issue with all women.  However, if a piece of garment feels uncomfortable or irritable to you than you should not continue to wear it.

The following infograph shows the common tell-tale signs.


Other significant signs are;
- irritation under the breast
- there is space between the cup edges and your breasts
- armpit boobs
- readjustment of bra through the day
- band is squeezing your back
- ribs and backache
- back fats

Get the right FIT!
Gone are the days where bandeau tops or silk handkerchiefs cover and protect the breasts, modern day women need a bra that hold and shapes their breast in the most attractive way.

A well fitting bra prevents the breasts from sagging, going out of shape, it also helps to improve your posture and prevent pulling of ligament caused by breast bounce during exercise. 

Below is a inforgraph taken from Triumph that shows 3 steps in determining your bra size and cup.

Wear it CORRECTLY!
Wearing a bra is not as simple as just putting it on and covering your breasts, it's a lot more complicated than that. 

#1 Wearing it
Slip your arms through the respective arm hole, lean about 45deg forward, let your breast fall into the cup and clasp the bra in the back.  Wear your new bra by hooking it to the out most set of hooks so as it stretches over time you can tighten it by hooking to the next inner set of hooks.

#2 Scoop, Swoop & Smooth
Still bending, with the opposite hand scoop and swoop the breast tissue away from your armpit and into the bra cup. 
Stand up straight, with the pointing finger smooth the breast tissue along the edges of the bra cup.

#3 Adjustment
Raise your arms up above your head, the bra should not ride up.
Adjust the bra strap by moving the slider up or down to tighten or loosen it. 
Adjust the bra band to ensure that it is parallel to the floor and is resting under your shoulder blade.

#4 The 2 Finger Rule
For a final check for that perfect fit, use the 2 Finger Rule.

Place 2 fingers underneath the band at the back, it should fit comfortable.  If it don't this means that you are wearing the bra a size too small, if you are are able to stretch the band a few inches away from your back, it means that your bra is too big.

Slide 2 fingers along your bra strap towards your shoulder, it should stretch comfortably, adjust the strap accordingly till it fit.

If you are still unsure about the above steps, watch the following video on wearing the bra correctly, it is a bit sensual but bear with it and watch it till the end.



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If you do not feel confident in measuring your own bra size give Alice from FABLife a tinker to book a private fitting session with her.

FABLIFE
883 North Bridge Road
#13-02  SouthBank
Singapore 198785

Disclaimer : We were invited to a private gathering at FABLife's flagship store to have first hand experience on their products for the purpose of this post. All opinions in this post are 100% ours and based on our user experience of the products. All photos in this post belongs to The DinoFamily, you may not take them for personal use without our prior permission.

Monday, December 10, 2018

FABLife - Venna Indox: Natural Fruit & Enzyme Supplement

*Overhead in MRT*

"Could you help me tabao (pack) ban mian for me? Tell them don't add vegetable....Yes... remember NO VEGETABLE!"
How many of you have such specific request when ordering food?  *ahem* Not me, I only request for lesser pork or no pork, I prefer my greens to the meat.

Well, there is a reason why your Mum nagged at you to have more fruits and vegetables when you were young. This is because besides being an important part of healthy eating, they are also a good source of many nutrients and vitamins.  (Unless you have a medical condition that restrict your potassium intake you should eat a healthy amount of vegetable every meal.)  Having a healthy serving of fruits and vegetables also helps to lower your risk of getting chronic disease such as heart disease, stroke etc.

And I think the utmost important thing is that the natural insoluble fibers in vegetable, especially found in dark green leafy vegetables, not only strengthen your gastrointestinal muscle but they help food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for a fast quick dump into the toilet bowl.

The Importance of Healthy Digestive System
A healthy digestive system means a healthy body, mind and soul that enable us to live every day to our fullest; without much pain and discomfort, especially as we age.

Digestive disorder can cause diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and heartburn.

All the above can cause serious discomfort and disruption to our lifestyle.  If you had experienced it you will know that it comes with abdominal pain, bloatedness, passing foul smelling wind and a feeling of blockage inside.  So, what is consider a poor bowel habit?  If you visits the toilet to dunk your waste less than 3 times per week, you have a bowel issue.  

Of course many things contributes to having this symptom such as stress, not drinking enough water, lack of exercise, lack of fibers in diet, poor eating habit, holding back the urge to pass stool, medication, chronic illness so on and so forth.

FABLife Venna Indox
Okay, you don't like your greens nor fruits and have a busy lifestyle that makes you neglect your internal body, that is not the end of the world because FABLife's Venna Indox, a natural fruit and enzyme supplement is here!


What is Venna Indox?
Venna Indox (UP SGD48.50) contains 10 major ingredients including apple fiber, oat & wheat fiber, raspberry, plumberry, aloe vera, mutlienzyme, green tea, wheatgrass, galactooligosaccharide and mix fruits powder.   Venna Indox proves effective in promoting a healthy digestive tract, supporting efficient nutrient absorption and boosting metabolism, processes that are crucial in maintaining regular body functions.

Note : Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS), also known as oligogalactosyllactose, oligogalactose, oligolactose or transgalactooligosaccharides (TOS), belong to the group of prebiotics. Prebiotics are defined as non-digestible food ingredients that beneficially affect the host by stimulating the growth and/or activity of beneficial bacteria in the colon - taken from wiki, read more about it here.

Features taken from Venna Indox brochure 
★ Purify Colon 净化肠胃
★ Detoxification 排毒瘦身
★ Boost Immunity 提高免疫力
★ Promote Liver Protection 解酒护肝
★ Beauty & Wellness 美容养颜
★ Enhances Cell Revitalisation 活化细胞
★ Regulate Body Function 调理机能

Why do we need Enzyme supplement?
Simple answer - because our body do not produce enough enzyme efficiently to keep our body healthy and functioning well as we age.

Enzymes are like our kaypoh aunties or busy bodies who love to stick their nose into every activities in the neighbourhood.  In enzymes case, it insist in participating in every chemical reactions in your body!

Enzymes is a type of protein that can be found throughout our body, they help build muscles, destroying toxic and they work with stomach acid and bile to break down food into molecules for a wide range of bodily functions.

As we age, coupled with poor eating habit and lifestyle, it means that we are not getting enough enzyme to replenish those that we lost.  This leads to weak immune system, occurrence of headaches or dizzy spells, muscle aches or joint pains, food or skin allergies, indigestion or constipation.

To compensate that, change in eating habits; means including enzyme rich food, take probiotics or taking dietary enzymes supplements.


How does Enzyme aid our digestive tract?
Every day we consumed food that contains starch or carbohydrate, they are turned into glucose after being broken down by the enzymes in the digestive tract to give our body energy.  

In cases where there are excessive starch or digestive enzyme deficiency, these starch clings to our intestinal wall causing blockage that in turn leads to the issues we mentioned earlier about healthy digestive system.

The same theory goes for Venna Indox, the enzyme in it does the same function too but in the all natural way, check out the video below.



The Smell & Taste Testing
I know some of you do not like to take supplements because of its smell and taste, so let me do a little sniffing and tasting for you.

After I opened up a packet of Venna Indox, I took a whiff at the content inside and as expected it smell like all other supplements - funny dry smell with a tinge of fruity fragrance (DinoPapa said it smell like money hahaha!).


We were told to mix Venna Indox with 200ml of either cold or room temperature water because warm water tends to turn the mixture jello-liked faster, give it some quick stir to dissolve the content  and consume all of them immediately.  You wouldn't want to take you time to sip the drink because it will turn jello-liked in no time.

The color of the mixed drink does not look appealing (as you can see from the photo above) but surprisingly it didn't taste as weird, I actually like it a lot because of the fruity taste in it and I chugged the whole cup down in  few seconds.  YUM~   

We were supposed to consume 2 sachets per day continuously for 6 days to for the optimal effect.

The Conclusion


Recently I had a bad course of constipation, a good time to try out Venna Indox~  yippeee~ 

I took one sachet an hour or so after my dinner one night and thought nothing else of it because it takes about 6 to 8 hours for our body to react to the supplement.  I went on my daily routine as usual the next day, I did not feel any discomfort like tummy churning, hearing rumbling sound in my stomach etc till the end of the day where I started to feel a little discomfort.  After dinner that night, I was relaxing in front of my laptop when suddenly I have this super pain tummy-ache with an urge to purge, I dashed into toilet to the bewilderment of DinoPapa because he has never seen me run so fast into it!

Needless to say, I spent quite some time sitting on the toilet bowl emptying my waste that *ahem* came out quite smoothly.  I was so much relieved when I stepped out of the toilet.

Although we were told that it will take a couple of days for the supplement to help us clear our intestinal waste, it took me 1 sachet and 12 hours, so I guess perhaps individual body will start reacting to it at different time.

Venna Indox is made from natural fruit loaded with enzyme, it worked well on me with no significant side effect (such as allergy) it will be one of the supplement that I will include in my diet to boost my body's energy and health.

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FABLIFE
883 NORTH BRIDGE ROAD, SOUTHBANK,
#13-02 SINGAPORE 198785
Contact by Email
Website : www.fablife.style  
Facebook : FABLife Style

Disclaimer : We were invited to a private gathering at FABLife's flagship store to have first hand experience on their products for the purpose of this post.  All opinions in this post are 100% ours and based on our user experience of the products.  All photos in this post belongs to The DinoFamily, you may not take them for personal use without our prior permission.

An important thing to note : If you are on medication or suffers from chronic illness, please seek your doctor's approval before consuming Venna Indox.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Chinese Composition with Fun Learners' School

All of you know that DinoBoy is a "potato kid" meaning that he converses in English most of the time and that his Mandarin is weak.  I should have persisted and stood my ground to make a greater effort to get him interested in the language when he was a toddler.  I didn't see it as a big issue as he was doing okay in kindergarten but I started to get panic when he enters into formal education, his Chinese language grade has always been along the borderline during the lower primary days, we really struggled to learn the language.  I am glad to say that 2 years ago, our effective ways of learning Chinese managed to pull his grade up a little.

Then comes another challenge - Chinese composition.  For a component that carries 20% weighing, composition wasn't given much attention in the school from the number of composition pieces DinoBoy brought home, this means that the teachers do not have enough lessons to coach the students in this area.  

Chinese being his weaker subject means writing poses an issue too, I didn't want composition to affect his overall marks but I am unable to help him because I do not know how to grade a piece of composition nor have any idea how to coach him on writing, therefore I decided to seek for external help.  

We decided to let DinoBoy join Fun Learners' School PSLE Chinese Composition.  We attended their workshops last year and like the way they facilitate the workshop.  We went for a trial and found out that their lessons are as interesting too.


What goes on in the classroom
The simple white colored wall classroom does not have any fancy furniture, except for that 2 notice at the front there are no posters or anything on the wall.  A long table, some chairs and a projector screen decorates the room.  A clean room means minimum distractions.

A typical lesson starts with spelling which can either be a short sentence or idioms 成语 or powerful words/phrases 好词好句.

Lesson follows with the start of discussion on that day's composition which could be picture based composition 看图作文 or topic based composition 命题作文.  Teacher will guide the students in analysing each picture or the topic with SAFE; Speech Action Feelings Expression, listing down relevant keywords or phrases and writing idioms that best describe the events or situation.  It is then followed by reading model composition, sometimes extra work is given to practice and strengthen their use of language, idioms and characters.

Lastly the students will be given 50 mins; the same amount of time given during PSLE exam, to write their composition.  The students have to finish composition by end of the lesson, no home work will be given to them.

Each student has a Journal where the teacher keep tracks of their individual progress, she will write encouragements & advice to them on their work and praise them when they do well.

I may have written to show that lesson structure is easy and simple BUT if your child does not have a strong foundation for Chinese either written or speech, chances are they are weak in structuring the composition piece with all the necessary elements to score or even ace it.  They will need assistant from experienced tutor to coach and supervise their learning progress. 






What makes Fun Learner's School different from the other tuition centres?
Children are simple minded; so to say, they either love or dislike something or some one.  When it comes to studying they automatically hates it... to the max especially for subjects that they are struggling with.  The more we force them to learn the more they will reject.

Fun Learners' School understands this and they inject some FUN into their lessons; pretty in line with the school's name ya?

For the composition class that DinoBoy attended, the atmosphere in the classroom has always been light-hearted, happy, relaxed and FUN.  At the end of each lesson the teacher will revise the stuffs they learn during that lesson with some games like pop quizz.  Prizes will be given to the one that scored the most during the game.  

This creates a FUN learning environment and we know children learn best when they are relaxed, intrigued and interested.  Fun Learners' School definitely hit the nail right on the head!

InteliNote - One great tool
With so many things to remember just to score that 40 marks, how did Fun Learners' School managed to get the students to remember most, if not all of them? 

Taking notes of course, but not just any notes, its Fun Learners' School InteliNote.

Since this InteliNote belongs to them, they are allowed to decorate the cover in any way they fancy, the same goes for the things that goes into the note book.  For example, the students from the composition class are encouraged to write down the things they learned during lessons, in school or even during their daily life.  They can pen down the idioms, phrases, good opening/ending in the notebook in ways that enable them remember it easily.  Being a visual learner DinoBoy does that by adding sketches or doodling relating to the notes.

I am not sure the true meaning of InteliNote but to me it is the Intelligent Notebook because they can write down so many things in that small note book.  I have seen the InteliNote from Science class, one glance of any page and you will see all the key points and important notes about any topic.  Very impressive!


Revising for composition is easy peasy, he go through his Composition InteliNote every week, here you see him studying the notes the morning before PSLE Chinese composition exam.


We achieved our goal!
Nothing beats showing the results, here are the 2 composition that DinoBoy did during the first lesson on April 2018 and last lesson on September 2018.  He managed to improve his composition in just 6 months with Fun Learners' School.  Now isn't that is amazing!  I would think that he could be scoring over 30 marks if he started months or even a year earlier.



This improvement was also reflected in his school composition.  As you can see from the photo I am sharing below, he scored a pass with the 1st composition he did in Primary 6, this is his "normal marks" as his usual composition marks over the years were between 20 to 22 marks, there were a few times he didn't managed to pass but that was mostly because he wrote off topic/theme.

His last composition in August 2018 showed an improved score of 4 marks, of course the marks fluctuated through the months but he managed to score a record high at the last minute!  I was hearten when I read his Chinese teacher's comment even though he used it incorrectly.  He had never use powerful phrases 好词好句in his composition because he does not know many and does not know how to use them, this clearly shows that he is putting the things he learned at Fun Learners' School into his school work.




Of course he is far from being a prolific writer but I am satisfied with the improvement in such a short period of tme, I can see that he has put in a lot of effort in and I am glad that his hard work paid off.  

Conclusion
We started our composition tuition with Fun Learners School around mid April 2018 till the end September 2018, just 1 day before the PSLE Chinese composition exam.  

Initially I was hesitant to start the tuition with Fun Learners' School as the school is located in the West part of town which is about an hour's travelling time away from our house.  The 2 hour plus travelling time and 1 hour 45 mins lesson time would mean that half of his Saturday is burnt.  I was worried DinoBoy would not have time to rest and revise his school work.  After thinking through and discussing with DinoPapa, I decided to bite the bullet and went forth with it, having the best interest for DinoBoy's learning.

Everything turned out to be fine!  DinoBoy looked forward to lessons every Saturday so he didn't find it a chore to travel that distance to and back.  

During this short journey of with them, I see DinoBoy gaining more confident in conversing in Mandarin and his vocabulary has increased significantly too.  From the pieces of composition he did in school and with Fun Learners School I can see that he is more expressive when describing incidents and feelings.  His sentence construction are more logical and with lesser grammatical error

From the tutor and teacher's comments in his composition, he still have a few flaws that needs to be addressed but with much practice writing he should improve in time to come.

I am impressed that Fun Learners' School helped Dinoboy improved his composition writing in short period of time!
I especially love the vibes in Fun Learners' School.  Most of the students have been with the school for a few years or since they were in Primary 1 so it is like a 2nd home to them, making the school like a big happy family.

The teachers and staffs, even the bosses too are friendly and approachable. Sometimes I meet them along the corridor, we will chat for a while before they rush off to their next class or finish their work.

We rarely see such unique relationship between bosses, staffs, teachers, students and parents.  Definitely a plus point that makes me decided to continue the lessons with Fun Learners' School.

I have asked DinoBoy to pen down his thoughts about attending Fun Learners' School Composition class, here's what he has to say.


Last but not least, if your child needs a boost in his or her Chinese composition, based on our successful journey with them, I will recommend that you give Fun Learners' School a try.  Call them now and arrange for a trial!

About Fun Learners' School

Photo taken from Fun Learners' School facebook with permission.
Fun Learners' School has been established for 13 years by Mr Chee Chin Young (Principal) and Ms Cha Pei Pei (Vice Principal), who are both qualified with Master Degree in Education.  Together with their team of  high achieving and qualified teachers with years of teaching experience under their belt, they have been inspiring children and guiding them to ace their academic with the unique teaching style and method (Concept Mapping, Blooms Taxonomy and Linchpin Competencies).  Their challenging teaching materials are in line with the current school curriculum and syllabus.  

They have classes from pre-primary to secondary, covering English, Maths, Chinese and Science subjects.  They also have classes specifically for PSLE students where they will work with the students intensively to ensure that they perform well during the PSLE exam.

Besides the regular classes they also have Ace my PSLE Camp, Speed Studying Strategies for Science and PSLE Camp.

Read more about the school here.

Fun Learners' School
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Disclaimer : We were requested by Fun Learners' School to try out their PSLE Chinese composition class for a term for the purpose of this post.  No other compensation were received.   We decided to continue by paying for the lesson after seeing the improvement DinoBoy have shown.  All opinions in this post are 100% ours and based on our experience with Fun Learners' School.  All photos in this post belongs to The DinoFamily, you may not take them for personal use without our permission.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Great Moscow Circus Singapore 2018

Boasting the world’s most dangerous and death-defying acts, including the Wheel of Death and the Motorbike Sphere of Fear, THE GREAT MOSCOW CIRCUS sees the mighty red and white circus big top transformed into an astonishing, high octane, fun-filled entertainment destination.
The above was taken from The Great Moscow Circus website and truth to those words, it was an absolutely stunning and magnificent show ever!  We know it because we were there on their opening night on 25 October 2018!  Be prepared to sit at the edge of your seat, feeling tensed, excited and experiencing moments where your heart is in your mouth.  And remember cheer your lungs out for the great performance by all the superstar artists~

This circus is THE talk of the town because it is back after its last appearance here a decade ago, bringing along 16 acts from Russia and beyond!  So all eyes are on the artists who are expected to give their best during the 2 hours show (excluding 15mins of interval).  We were not disappointed!

On that day, we went to the circus feeling excited and full of anticipation, here's us with our exited grin, posing in front of the Big Top Tent.


Look who I spot while strolling in after clearing the security post?  My favourite local artist Ms Zoe Tay doing an interview and posing for photo with a few circus artists.


After snapping that photo we proceeded further in to take photos with some of the props around the small area.  Now that DinoBoy is older, he doesn't like to pose in front of photo props or wall, but he will do it to "entertain" this Mama thus we only have this one photo to share.


We quickly went into the tent and settled down on our seats while waiting patiently for the show to start. We were sitting near the ring entrance, sort of the back of the ring, we realized that we aren't getting the best view of the ring, this means that we will be looking at the back of the artists most of the time *bummer*.  Due to this reason we will only share with you videos and photos of best shots we took on that day.  Nonetheless, there are a handful of bloggers who attended the opening night, they are seated at different part of the ring so do a search and you will be able to see some of the other acts that we did not post here.

So, let's go!  Take a look at some of the acts you will be seeing at The Great Moscow Circus!

Stars from TV show 
You probably watched how Britain’s Got Talent contestant Sascha Williams with his Rolla Bolla balancing act and America’s Got Talent contestant Sixto and Lucia with their quick changing of clothes act stunned the judges, now you have a chance to see them up close and personal. 

Here's Sascha and part of his act on that day, or rather the back view of him (lol).  Now you understand our "plight"?



I have always like the wardrobe changing act since I was young and will glue my eyes to the TV to see if I can catch any flaws or see any loopholes during the act.  I never once managed to catch it, they change the clothes in a fraction of nano seconds.  In Sixto and Lucia's act they pulled it off without a hitch, a few shakes of the curtains and VOILA~ clothes changed!

The Catwalk Trampoline
The show started off with these acrobats jumping off the huge transparent structure onto the 2 huge trampoline to the upbeat music brought us immediately into an anticipating mood.  They wowed us with their acrobatic stunts, bouncing gracefully and effortlessly onto the trampoline in somersaults and flip while nimbly weaved through the structure. Bravo act!



Wheel of Death 
When these double giant wheels or Wheel of Death were pushed out into the ring, every one was in awe!  After they finally secured it and started to raise these wheels up I had a feeling that I am watching an Autobot transforming right before my eye!  I was too excited beyond words that I forgot to take a video of the process.

Here's a teaser of their act in the 2nd video, looks simple and easy but we were already cheering out loud for them (yupe that mad wow-ing was us in the background), wait till the acrobats get to the climax of their act, you will be so light headed from watching their dangerous stunts!





Globe of Death 
If the double wheels are Autobots than this 6.5 ton of steel, The Globe of Death feels mighty and indestructible like Jaegers in Pacific Rims. Just look at how it make its way out into the ring in a painstakingly slow pace.  This metal cage has to be a strong and sturdy to withstand the sheer speed and force caused by 5 motorcycles zipping round and round in high speed.

I didn't managed to catch all their act on video, this partial video was all I got and it definitely did not do justice to it.  You really have to be there on site to feel the adrenaline rush and the nail biting danger these riders went through.  

A note of caution, from where we were siting we can smell a strong whiff of petrol during and after the act, it wasn't choking but just an irritate to the nose.





Mega Skippers 
Some of us are skipping the rope as a form of exercise, we know it is takes a lot of stamina and persistent to continue skipping for that long to burn off some fats in our body. Imagine having to perform stunts while skipping to at least two ropes at the same time!

In this series of photo below you can see The Mega Skippers jumping with THREE ropes!  Not only do they have to swing the rope around for other team mates to jump, they have to jump to another rope too.  Amazing!

The Mega Skippers makes skipping as a big group looks so easy but we know that timing and coordination is an important factor, I bet they have to keep their eyes glued to a few things to ensure they don't mess up the act.


The Contortionist 
The only act that I can't bear to watch is The Contortionist.  I mean, it is one thing to be ultra flexible physically but it is another thing when a person can dislocate joints from all parts of his body easily and strike a pose with it. 

Here you can see The Contortionist coming out from what seems like a 2 feet fish tank to me.  How could some one so tall and *ahem* handsome fit himself into that small space???  This act was, as DinoBoy said "too cringingly painful to watch" thus I did not take any more photos or video after this short clip.  If you want to see more, go search for his act in the web, you will definitely be able to find some video of it.



The Ringmaster and the Clowns
The most important people in a circus is not the acrobats or jugglers, it is the Ringmaster and the clowns.  The Ringmaster plays an important role to keep the show going on smoothly and introducing the act before it starts.  Moscow Circus Ringmaster Stanislav Knyazkov did a wonderful job on that, together with his sidekick Vas  the funniest clowns Dmitry Shindrov and Bella, they kept the audience entertained with their witty act and the atmosphere lighthearted  in between acts or while equipment are being set up.



Stan and Vas

Dmirty and Bella
Everyone should go to the Moscow Circus
What makes The Great Moscow Circus a show not to be missed besides death-defying and daredevil stunts is that each act was performed without any safety rope attached to the artists nor safety net below them to "catch" them in case they miss a step and fall.  Such daring move only meant that the artists have absolute confidence in themselves and their team mates to execute their acts in 100% perfection.

Be captivated, charmed and wowed by jugglers, illusionist, bad ass bikers, aerial acrobats and clowns.  These amazing artists either come from generations of circus performers or are international performers. 

Dance to the lively music performed by a 3 man live band, which is something you rarely see in most circus.  The band provide music to all the acts throughout the 2 hours show, they even had a snippets of interactive performance with the Ringmaster. 

If like me, you have excitedly watched circus only on TV or internet you will be thrilled to see them in real life!  Trust me, nothing beats seeing these astounding performances happening right in front of your own eyes!

A truly fun-filled show that the whole family will enjoy, not forgetting making it a memorable day for every one. DinoBoy and I were cheering and screaming in excitement on top of our voice throughout the whole 2 hours.  This just show what great performance these superb artists gave!

Grab your tickets before it is SOLD OUT!



About the Big Top Tent
Wipe the image of a HUGE breath taking Big Top that you saw in the movies, or in other circus you have seen in real life, The Moscow Circus Big Top Tent is nothing of that sort.  It probably look tiny as compared to those tents.  However, the size of the tent does not mean compromising of sitting comfort and viewing pleasure.

The full air conditioned BIG TOP TENT stands at a circumference of 40m and about 18.5m high, the seats are elevated, and tiered, enough space to guarantee that when you raise your arms to cheer you do not land your elbow on your neighbour's head *ouch*.

The fully air-conditioned tiered tent can accommodate 1,600 people a show, with no audience member being more than 11m from the action in the ring.
- Straits Times

Even though the Big Top Tent promises a good view for every one but there will be some seats with restricted view either because of the steel poles that holds up the tent or the seating arrangement.  We were seated at Section G and there was a steel pole on our right (as you can see in our videos) we pretty much have a small window to watch some of the acts.

Take a look at the seating plan below and decide which section you want to get. If you have the money to spare and wanted a once in a life time experience of watching the act up close and personal then I strongly suggest that you go for ringside seats.

Seating Plan taken from SISTIC


Things to do before heading to the Big Top Tent

  • Have you dinner first unless you can survive on expensive popcorn and drinks for the next 2.5 hours.
  • Visit the little boys or little girls rooms at Marina Bay Convention Centre; unless you don't mind doing your business in those portable toilet that can be found near the Snacks Bar.
  • The air condition system in the Big Top Tent is strong, you may need a jacket if it gets too chilling for you but I doubt so because you will be too pumped up with adrenaline to feel the cold.

Things to note

  • Infant in arms and children below 3 years old may be admitted without a ticket.  Patron 3 years and above must purchase a ticket for entry
  • Show starts on the dot at 7.30pm so arrive early to avoid missing part of the act.
  • No Flash Photography, Video recording and Audio recording are permitted for this event.
  • No outside food or drinks allowed

Show Details
Location
The Mighty Big Top,
Bayfront Avenue,
next to Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Show Date
25 October 2018 to 25 November 2018

Show time
Tue - Fri: 7.30pm
Sat & Public Holidays: 12pm & 4pm
Sun: 11am & 3pm

Tickets Pricing
Standard : S$155, S$145, S$135, S$115, S$95, S$85, S$65
Child [3 to 12 years old]* : S$135, S$125, S$105, S$85, S$75, S$55
Senior Citizen [60 years and above]: S$135, S$125, S$105, S$85, S$75, S$55
Restricted View : S$85, S$65
Restricted View (Child) [3 to 12 years old]* : S$75, S$55
Restricted View (Senior Citizen) [60 years and above] : S$75, S$55

Online Booking
Visit SISTIC for booking

Disclaimer : We were invited to the opening night of The Great Moscow Circus by Sliding Doors Entertainment for the purpose of this post, no other compensation were received. All photos and videos in this post belongs to The Dino Family, you may not use them without our prior permission.  All opinions in this post are 100% ours and based on our experience during the show.