Monday, February 27, 2017

Young Living Thieves Cleaning Products

Keeping a home spick-and-span requires a lot of work and a whole load of cleaning products.  Like all home owners I went out to buy the necessary cleaning agents to help me with that, products such as floor cleaner, bleach, dish washing detergent, laundry, toilet cleaner, just to name a few.  And like most of the consumers, I chose and decide which brands to get based on the following criteria;

1. value for money; best if they have twin pack promo deal
2. kills 99% bacteria
3. has a nice fragrance that we like

Then about a decade ago I suddenly find that the floor cleaner I have been using causes the grout between my floor tiles to come off.  Later I find that the synthetic scents of my laundry detergent is not so "nice smelling" any more, must be the effect of being pregnant.  That's when I started to look around for alternatives, one that has no fragrance, does not cause damage to my home and still meets the other 2 criteria.  I was feeling quite vexed because I took a whiff of every laundry detergent on the supermarket shelf and find them either too over powering or smell funny; yupe pregnancy hormones at work.

My search leads me to look towards eco-friendly cleaning products as they are usually fragrance free, they did claims to clean better without causing any damage to the house BUT they do burn a big hole in the pocket in long run.  I managed to find a "Clean, Green Company" eco-friendly brand that focus on "environmental wellness" and is serious in "getting harmful and toxic chemicals out of your home". Their price is not cheap too but because their cleaning products are concentrated, such as one bottle of 480ml toilet cleaner may last me 2 to 3 months, which works out fine for me.

I took a step further earlier this year and decided to "go green" on my laundry, I decided to exchange my laundry detergent with a naturally occurred item - baking soda.  This seemingly unimportant item actually is a versatile ingredients that can be used around the house.  Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and cleanser, it makes white clothes whiter and colored clothes brighter.  Well, I could go on and on about baking soda but that's for you to read it up since the info is easily available online.

Anyway, in my journey to be more eco-friendly, I am also in search of things that can enhance protection for my family against the daily bacteria, germs and virus YUCKS!

Today I am introducing 2 products from Young Living, the world leader in essential oils and wellness solutions. These products are safe to use around children and pets, they are concentrated, all-natural formula Thieves household products which is a must-have products in all homes.

What is Thieves Oil Blend

Thieves is an essential oil blend that includes Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata and Rosemary. It is a highly versatile blend of oils that can be used for cleaning and for healthy immune support.

Thieves® was created based on research about four thieves in France who protected themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. This proprietary blend was university tested and found to be highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health. - taken from Young Living website

Thieves Household Cleaner (Retail price 426ml SGD48.68, 1.8L SGD189.48)
The Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner can be used to remove stains on various surfaces with its safe general-purpose concentrate without the use of harsh chemicals.  It is a non toxic house cleaner made with natural surfactants and Thieves leaving a refreshing welcoming scent in every room. The natural ingredients include Deionized Water, Alkyl Polyglucoside, Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate derived from coconut, Disodium 2- Sulfolaurate and Soy Lecithin (a natural emulsifier).

Thieves Dish Soap (Retail price 355ml SGD29.61)
As with the Thieves Household Cleaner, the Young Living Thieves Dish Soap (is also non toxic and made with natural derived ingredients, it is free from SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), petrochemicals, dyes, formaldehyde, phosphates, synthetic fragrances and perfumes that may dry and irritate skin. The natural botanicals in it leaves your dishes sparkling clean with a fresh scent!  However, this dish soup cannot be used in automatic dishwasher and remember to keep it away from direct sunlight.

Both products are in concentrated form so you have dilute it with water before using it take a look below for the guide diluting ratio for Thieves Household Cleaner

o Light degreasing – 60:1
o Medium degreasing – 30:1
o Heavy degreasing – 15:1
o Floors – 100:1
o Walls – 30:1
o Fabrics and Carpet-spotting – 40:1
o Glass – 320:1

* Dilute with water in spray bottle or bucket, or use directly for extra effect.

Notice: Before cleaning upholstery, fabric or carpet, perform a spot test in an inconspicuous location.  Discontinue use in the unlikely event of staining or skin irritation.

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My Verdict
Since thieves is such a versatile oil and with disinfection properties I used the Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner in my laundry washing, a half cap is enough for half load of washing.  I love the spicy smell that lingers even after my clothes are washed.  

I use a lot of utensils, cutlery and pots when I'm cooking, plus I like to wash as I cook so you can imagine the number of times I have to use the dish soap for washing.  With Young Living Thieves Dish Soap a little bit of it is good for all the washing I have for one meal preparation.

Concentrated household cleaning products may be more expensive than the store bought ones but a little goes a long way, don't you agree with me?  

Also, since Thieves Household Cleaner can replace a few other cleaning products my budget for household cleaning products will be reduced significantly. How not to like about that?!  These eco-friendly products are definitely going to be in my house from now on. 

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The full range of Yong Living Thieves Cleaning line includes:
Thieves Household Cleaner – providing a deep clean for oil remover, mirror and glass stains, and carpet spots.
Thieves Spray – easy-to-use spray for regular clean on knobs, handles and frequently touched surfaces.
Thieves Wipes – a quick way to clean tables, toilets, kitchen surfaces.
Thieves Automatic Dishwasher Soap and Thieves Dish Soap – gentle to hands yet effective on the dirtiest dishes, leaving dishes sparkling clean.

You can get your Young Living Thieves Cleaning products over here.

Disclaimer : We received a bottle each of Thieves Household Cleaner and Thieves Dish Soup for the purpose of this post.  No other compensation were received.  All opinions in this post are 100% ours and based on our experience with the products.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice 2017

Last year we went for our first Disney On Ice show and had a blast of time. The Magical Ice Festival 2016 was truly magical and mesmerizing, we were dazzled by Mickey, Minnie, Donald & Goofy, together with Frozen Princess, Beauty & the Beast, Tangled and Little Mermaid.

This year's The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice, join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy as they walk down memory lane and re-awaken Disney moments that span generations.

Get ready for Finding Dory when Dory, Nemo and Marlin set off on an adventure to discover the true meaning of family. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn how powerful a love between sisters can be. Reach for your dreams with Rapunzel, as her determination illuminates her inner strength.

Experience the beauty of Walt Disney’s first animated feature film, as Snow White creates her own happily ever after with the help of seven new friends. Indulge in an exhilarating foot-stomping hoedown with Buzz and Woody, prowl the Pride Lands of Africa with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa, learn the meaning of true friendship with Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie.

Like last year, we present to you 10 Wonderful things you should know about The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice.


Ticket Prices

*Magical Moment Package (S$200)
- Only available for 15 & 17 March 6:30PM shows
- Limited to 100 rinkside seats per show
- Online purchase only

Each Magical Moment Package will include:

  • 1 Rinkside seat (1st row)
  • Priority entrance access
  • Crowd-free merchandise shopping opportunity (30 mins before general doors open)
  • VIP lanyard & poster
  • Post-show meet & greet

All prices reflected include GST and exclude booking fee.
Booking fee for tickets S$30.00 and below: S$1.00 per ticket.
Booking fee for tickets S$30.01 and above: S$4.00 per ticket.

Sales Channels

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival can be purchased through these channels;

1. Online via
2. Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office
3. Via telephone @ +65 3158 7888
4. All SingPost Outlets

Show Schedule

Show Duration: Approx. 2 hours (including 15 mins interval)

Doors Open Time: 1 hour before event start time

All information is correct at the time of publishing but subject to change.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Giveaway Questions

We have a set of tickets to giveaway to ONE lucky winner! Simply answer these 3 Questions correctly by commenting in this blog post to stand a chance to win the tickets to watch The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice 2017.

Q1. What is the name of Woody’s television show?
Q2. Where do Mufasa and his family live?
Q3. What is the name of Jasmine’s tiger?

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Giveaway Details

Prize : x1 Family Package of 4 Cat 1 Tickets to The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice
Contest Ends : 03 March 2017 @ 2359hrs
Open : Singapore
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Baked Cheesy Spinach & Eggs

Yes, we are still on "cheesy" recipes to get rid of the cheese in my freezer.

We know some kids dislike vegetables, some prefer leafy ones to non leafy ones, some eat roots vegetable while some loves fruit vegetables. In this family, we love vegetables too and have taught DinoBoy not to be picky on his food so he eats vegetables of all types and color.  Most of the time we stir fry them in either oyster sauce or with garlic and frankly it can get kinda bored on some days.  Today I am sharing another way of preparing one of our favourite vegetable - spinach, simply bake them in ramekins instead.

Spinach is a power food, that's why Popeye loves them! It is packed with vitamins A and C, folate, calcium, magnesium and iron. Having spinach in your diet helps boost your immune system and supports skin and hair health.

This dish is so easy to prepare and its so tasty that you could probably introduce them to your I-Don't-Like-Vegetable children, they may fall in love with this power vegetable and I think that is better than not having any vegetable in their diet right?

Grab a packet of baby spinach from the supermarket, rinse them, throw them into the wok or non stick frying pan, add a little bit of water and stir fry them till they wilted.  Be sure remove them from heat once they have wilted as overcooking will the oxalic acid in the vegetable to give a lingering bitter taste.

Pack the spinach into the ramekins or any oven save dishes that can accommodate the portion, depending on the size, add 2-3 eggs or more to cover the top. Sprinkle some salt before adding the eggs, sprinkle some pepper and salt, add in a generous heap of cheddar cheese.  Mine was not enough coz that was what's left in that opened packet of cheddar cheese, I was too lazy to open another packet so decided to just make do.  Ok, so now you know you can NEVER be lazy when it comes to cooking.

You can use other cheese that you fancy, I probably will add some mozzarella cheese the next time.

Pop the ramekins into the oven that is preheat to 200 deg and bake it for 15 to 20 mins or until the eggs are cooked, that means the egg yolk looks firm and egg whites turns errmm.. white.  If you like your eggs to be a little bit runny, that's ok too, just make bake them a shorter time or til the eggs are cooked to your liking.

This dish taste good as part of the dish with steaming white rice  or pasta. or even its own as afternoon snack and I strongly suggest that you choose this healthier choice over instant noodle! With just 2 ingredients you have a whole loads of vitamins and minerals from spinach and protein from the egg.  I say this recipe is for keep!

* 1 bag fresh baby spinach
* 3 to 4 eggs depending on the amount of spinach used and size of oven safe dish
* some salt and pepper
* half a cup of cheddar cheese or more, depending on the amount of spinach used and size of oven safe dish

1. Preheat the oven to 200 deg. Lightly grease the ramekins or oven safe dish with a little of oil.
2. Heat up the frying pan, add the spinach with 2 - 3 tablespoons of water.  With medium heat, cook the spinach till it has wilted.  Remember not to over cook it and remove from heat immediately.
3. Drain any excess water from the spinach and distribute them equally among the ramekins or oven safe dish.
4. Sprinkle a pinch of salt onto the spinach.
5. Crack an egg into the ramekin, season it with some salt and pepper.
6. Top it with cheddar cheese or cheese of your choice.
7. Place ramekins on a baking tray and put into the oven to bake for 15-20mins.  It is done when the eggs are cooked.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Air-fried Butter Mayonnaise Prawns

With too much cheese in the freezer since couple of weeks ago, I am still trying to clear them as fast as I could.  A few days after the Air-fried Bacon Wrapped Cheese Drumsticks, I decided to make a seafood dish, I rummaged the fridge and found that I have some tiger prawns to spare (bought them to keep for Chinese New Year steamboat), further digging around the fridge and found some more ingredients to go with the prawns.  If you love prawns you will love this dish - Air-fried Butter Mayonnaise Prawns.

As with all prawns recipes, they are fast to prepare and cook which is great for busy nights where you have limited  time and needs to put dinner on table, pronto!  You only need 7 ingredients; lesser if you wish to omit pepper and salt, thaw the prawns, mix the ingredients for the topping together, prep the prawns and pop them into the air fryer or oven.  30mins is all it takes to make this dish and have it together with pasta.  

Remember to cover the prawns with aluminum foil to prevent the heat from charring the shell, then you will not have prawns as pretty as these~

I was happy to see my prawns turning out well, I closed the basket and went off to cut my veggie for cooking, suddenly the air fryer let out an "ommphh" and went silent.  I thought I accidentally switched it off while pushing in the basket, pressed the power button and this happened...

I bet you could hear me wailed "NNNNooooooo~~~~~~~~~~~!!!!!!!!!!!!" all the way from Jurong on that dreadful night! Yes, I was devastated! My beloved air fryer had thrown in the white towel and decided to retire.., right in the middle of cooking! How could YOU; my best kitchen gadget, do that to ME!!!!!

With the prawns not fully cooked I would probably be lost but lucky I still have my conventional oven which, by luck again, I was using to bake some thing earlier thus it was still quite warm.  However there wasn't time for it to heat up to 200 deg before putting the prawns in so I just pop them into the oven and set the timer for 10mins, crossing my fingers that it will turn out well.

10 mins later, I removed the prawns and as you can see it didn't turn out quite well, the butter mayonnaise topping looks droopy and sad.  I couldn't risk the prawns being over cooked by baking them any longer than that so just have to make do with them this time.

They tasted great even after the messed up cooking, prawns were not over cooked, instead they are still tender, juicy and tasty.  The tangy buttery taste from butter mayonnaise topping makes the prawns tastier, Dinoboy & DinoPapa took their share within minutes and DinoBoy asked for more but too bad there were none.  He requested me to make this dish again - SOON! like the next day because, in his words "they taste SO GOOD!".

* 6 Big Tiger Prawns
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 2 tablespoon mayonnaise
* 1 tablespoon minced garlic
* 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
* half teaspoon black pepper
* pinch of salt

1. Remove the butter from fridge and let soften in room temperature.
2. Cut away the prawn's rostrum, use a sharp knife to cut the body length wise from head to tail till you can open it up.  Remove the intestine.  Set prawns aside for use later.
3. Mix butter, mayonnaise, minced garlic, salt, pepper and parsley to make butter mayonnaise topping.
4. Take a sheet of aluminum foil and fold it into a tray to fit the air fryer's basket.
5. Spoon the butter mayonnaise topping onto the prawns and place them onto the aluminum foil then into the air fryer.
6. Cover the prawns with another piece of aluminum foil to prevent the prawns from getting burnt.
7. Air fry the prawns at 160 deg for 5 mins, remove the aluminum cover and air fry it at 200 deg for another 5mins or till the prawn surface is golden brown.
8. Serve while hot.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Air-fried Bacon Wrapped Cheese Drumsticks

I have goldfish memory and peg that with the bad habit of not making a note (physical or mental) before I head off to the supermarket to get groceries, I sometimes ends up with too many of 1 or 2 ingredients. Recently I found myself with a few half packets of Cheddar, Mozzarella, Parmesan cheese which made me feel so mad with myself.  

Staring at these packets of cheese in the freezer I was determined to use them up, every piece of them.  Not wanting to bored DinoPapa and DinoBoy with cheesy baked rice or creamy pasta, I started to think how else can I use them up.  And there we have it - Bacon Wrapped Cheese Drumsticks!  Air-fried juicy tender drumstick with crispiness greasy smokey bacon and a little bit of stringy Mozzarella cheese.

Oooo~~ just by looking at this photo I have an urge to sink my teeth into those drumsticks!  That is how good there are!

For the main ingredients, l only have to get the big nice drumsticks because I found a packet of streaky bacon in the freezer (Yes, my "buy - stuff into freezer - forget about it - dig & discover weeks later" habit hit again) and I could harvest 10 to 12 basil leaves to get about a tablespoon of minced basil that is needed for the stuffing.

Side note on chicken, if I am doing bake chicken dish I will go for Halal chicken because of the way the chicken is prepared. There are no blood nor frozen blood in the chicken parts which may become messy or unsightly after they are baked them.

Mix the Mozzarella cheese with the basil and stuff them under the chicken skin.  If you like cheese as much as we do, then stuff MORE.  Get the cheese stuffing into every single available pocket on the drumstick.  See how stuffed our drumsticks are~

Next, grab the bacon and start wrapping it around the drumstick starting from the top all the way down towards the feet area.  Remember, don't pull it too hard lest you break the bacon, not too loosely too otherwise the bacon will not "stick" to the chicken.

Mix the ingredients for the marinade and brush them all around the drumsticks.  Since streaky bacon has some salt in it you can opt not to add in salt in the marinade.

Set airfryer to the temperature of 160deg and timing for 30 minutes; I'm using Philips Avance XL air fryer.  Fold a piece of aluminum foil into bowl-like, greasy it and place the drumsticks on top.  Cover it with another piece of aluminum foil to prevent the heat from burning the bacon.  I forgot about this and got myself a blacken bacon on one of the drumsticks.

While the drumsticks were cooking, the aroma of chicken and greasy bacon made DinoBoy came into the kitchen trying to find the source of  "that delicious food smell".  He opened up the air fryer to check out the food; yes, you can open up the Philips Airfryer to check the food without compromising the cooking, was licking his lips and went "Mmmmm~~ drumsticks~~~ "  He really attacked the drumsticks the minute he sat down at the dining table. And he said "this drumstick taste soooo good and delicious!" while chew on the meat.  Even DinoPapa also gave it a thumbs up.

If you like to make this but does not have an air fryer or you need to prepare a bigger quantity, you can still do it on your oven.  Just change the temperature to 200 deg to bake for around 25 mins and change the setting to top heat at the last 5 to 7 minutes.

This is a recipe to keep for our family even though its sinful it is sort of a comfort food especially you have a craving for greasy food.

* 4 chicken drumsticks
* 8 streaky bacon
* 2 tablespoon of of Mozzarella cheese
* 1 tablespoon of minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon of dried basil

* 1 tablespoon of olive oil
* 1 teaspoon of Yellow mustard
* some pepper
* Salt (optional)

1. Mix Mozzarella cheese with minced basil together.  Pull up the chicken skin and stuff the mixture in.
2. Wrap 2 streaky bacon one after another around the drumstick, ensure that the bacon is wrap nicely on the drumstick, not too loose nor too tight.
3. Combine the marinade ingredients, brush them onto the bacon and drumsticks
4. Fold a piece of aluminum foil into a small bowl to fit the air fryer basket, spray some oil on it.
5. Place the drumsticks on the foil, and cover it with another piece of aluminum foil to prevent the bacon from getting burnt.
6. Air fry the drumsticks with 160Deg for 30mins or till the drumsticks are thoroughly cooked.  Poke them with a fork to ensure bloody water flows out.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Happy Chinese New Year Concert 2017 欢乐春节 - 新春音乐会 2017

Come celebrate the Year of the Rooster with Ding Yi Music Company at their Happy Chinese New Year Concert 2017. Soak yourself with some Chinese folk songs & tunes with them and get into the joyous festive mood.  Better yet, how about enjoying the newly arranged compositions a capella style? This is a performance that is definitely worth looking forward to!

Concert Synopsis 
After the well-received Chinese New Year concert in 2016, Ding Yi is honoured to collaborate with the China Cultural Centre once again to present their Happy Chinese New Year Concert 2017 at the China Cultural Centre Theatre.

This is no ordinary concert coz it was initially staged for China’s President Xi Jinping at the state banquet hosted by President Tony Tan in 2015, Ding Yi has extended this year’s concert to the Singaporean public for them to enjoy a similar presidential experience.

The Performers
Be mesmerized by the soaring vocals of renowned soprano – Zhou Xiao Man, contemporary sounds of home-grown a cappella group The Apex Project; led by Ng Cheeyang, winner of Campus SuperStar, and Ding Yi’s talented soloists Fred Chan and Soh Swee Kiat who will be playing the Cantonese gaohu and traditional sheng respectively.

The Apex Project

Fred Chan

Soh Swee Kiat

Under the baton of Assistant Conductor Dedric Wong, Ding Yi has added some local flavour to classical Chinese folk songs to give Singaporeans a fresh take on the tunes that has accompanied us throughout the years. You are welcomed to waltz with the performers on 12 February 2017, with their Singaporean take on classical Chinese folk songs such as Beating the Long Drum (长鼓敲起来), A Good Day (好日子) and Heavenly Road (天路).

Dedric Wong

Ding Yi Music Company
Founded in 2007, the first Chinese chamber music ensemble in Singapore, Ding Yi Music Company charms with its distinctive approach to composing and interpreting a wide repertoire that ranges from traditional Chinese music to contemporary and even cross-genre works.

Ding Yi has become an active ambassador of Singapore, performing, collaborating and winning awards at key music festivals locally and internationally. Led by principal conductor Mr Quek Ling Kiong and assistant conductor Mr Dedric Wong, the 20-musician strong ensemble continues to experiment and create more unique sounds from Singapore

Ding Yi Music Company
Concert Details
Happy Chinese New Year Concert 2017
欢乐春节 - 新春音乐会 2017
Date : 12 February 2017, Sunday
Time : 3.30pm and 7.30pm
Duration : ~75 Mins (including interval)
Venue : China Cultural Centre Theatre – Level 4
Ticket prices : $25. $15 (Per ticket, for 4 or more)
Ticketing : Sistic

Admission Rules
Rating / Age Limit
* No admission for infants in arms and children below 7 years old
* Children 7 years and above must purchase a ticket for entry
* Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance

Photography / Video Recording Rules
No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is permitted for this event

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Review : Monster Trucks 2017

Genre: Comedy
Cast: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Barry Pepper, Thomas Lennon, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover, Amy Ryan, Holt McCallany and Frank Whaley
Directed by: Chris Wedge
Written by: Matthew Robinson and Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger
Produced by: Mary Parent and Denis L. Stewart
Rating : PG

Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars.

After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.

Melding cutting edge visual effects and state-of-the-art CGI, Monster Trucks is an action filled adventure for the whole family that will keep you on the edge of your seat and ultimately touch your heart.

A little bit more about the story
Teenage loner Tripp (Lucas Till) has always dreamed of escaping his confined life in a sleepy North Dakota town. In a town rich with oil money, Tripp and his mother Cindy (Amy Ryan) struggle to make ends meet, so Tripp takes a job at Mr. Weathers’s (Danny Glover) junkyard. Tripp’s father (Frank Whaley) left when he was young therefore he’s always entertained this idea that if he builds his own truck, he’d be free to go find his dad, so he starts to collect odds and ends to build a truck of his own, one piece at a time.

Tripp's mother has a boyfriend Rick (Barry Pepper), the local sheriff who tries his best to be a father figure to Tripp but they’re very different people, which is reflected in their trucks – Rick has an immaculate white patrol truck that he’s constantly cleaning; Tripp’s built a dirty old Frankenstein truck from rusty parts. Rick is by the book, and believes in rules. Tripp’s young and rebellious, and wants to test the boundaries Rick and Cindy set for him.”

Across town, a massive drilling operation is underway. Just as the Terravex Oil Company pushes into an unknown underground oil reserve, three subterranean creatures unexpectedly find their way to the surface.

They are intelligent animals that come from a place we didn’t know was down there...

One of the subterranean creature found it's way to Mr. Weathers’ and made friend with Tripp, here's where the excitement starts. After taking up residency under the hood of Tripp’s engineless truck, the creature or Creech as Tripp named him, discovers he can power the vehicle by spinning the truck’s axels with his prehensile limbs. The truck is like a super-suit for him, allowing him to move in a powerful and surprising ways.

Now, what sort of adventure will these two encounter? Well, MONSTER adventure for sure!

Our Review (3.5 4 out of 5 Stars)
Ok, I'm bias, the reason I gave the movie an additional 0.5 star is becoz of Lucas Hill, the cute lead guy in MacGyver (2016 TV series) and Alex Summers / Havok in X-Men movies.  Yes, eye candy moment for me #auntiesimmoment.

The plot is simple and predictable, how predictable? Boy meets Alien, Boy help Alien escape from evil claws, Boy help Alien go home.  In the course of it, throw in some thrilling, exciting, blood pumping chase from the bad guys.

On top of that, there were some scenes that did not link or add up, like how in the world Rick knows where Tripp, Meredith is going with the 3 Monster Trucks?  I mean, initially he didn't believe Tripp's report about seeing a monster in the junkyard, then suddenly he is driving a humongous mining truck and stopping the Terravex guys from getting to them?  The only weak link that I can see is he saw a playback of the police car dashboard camera and saw Creech's tentacles sticking out from the bottom of the truck while it jumped over a train.

The flow of the movie was not as smooth too, except for Tripp and Creech, the rest of the characters were not given time to develop, its like the movie is eager to show the audience how Creech "merge" with the truck and become invincible.

As for our alien character, he's cute, above the head, below that he looks like a lump of thing with tentacles.  And he's cute only if he don't show his teeth.  There were some scenes that Creech got mad and show a mouth full of sharp mean looking teeth, a zillion of it, gave me a shock the first time he did that.

Creech lives in lakes and caves way way way below in the ground so the minute he is in the water he glows and becomes a beautiful creature, much like octopus.

In short, this movie is great for the little ones to get fascinated by the alien, the car chase, the truck with BIG wheels that climbs the side of house, jump over roofs and trains.  For the adults, well... just be entertained and enjoy the bonding with your kids because they will have tons of things to tell and discuss after that.  I know because my 10 year old can't stop talking about it for the next couple of days.

So go ahead and book your tickets to Monster Trucks which is in the cinema this weekend, a great way to unwind after the anxiety of a new school term.

Disclaimer : We were invited by United International Pictures (Singapore) to the preview screening of Monster Trucks, no other compensation were received. All opinions about the movie are 100% ours after watching it. All photos and movie trailers in this post belongs to United International Pictures (Singapore).

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