Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe @ Marina Bay Sands Singapore

I've known that there is a unique superhero themed cafe - DC Comics Super Hero Cafe at Marina Bay Sands but did not have a chance to visit it. Firstly, because I do not frequent Marina Bay Sands and even if we do we always end up having a sumptuous meal at the food court instead.  Few weeks ago, we decided to check it out but was disappointed because we were too early and they were not open for business yet, couple of weeks later we finally had a chance!  We were going there for an event and we made it a point to visit the restaurant after that.  Even though we were still early but a 30mins wait till their opening hours at 1130am is still tolerable; to the kids and to our hungry tummies.

As the time crawls nearer to their opening hour, there was a short queue that made up of both adults and kids, the restaurant manager was kind enough to let all of us in slightly early so that the younger kids can have a place to sit & settle down comfortably.  After showing us to our Green Lantern themed booth seats, the waitress politely told us that we can only place order at 1130am, but we can look at the menu first and she'll be back at that time to take our order.  Hmm... perhaps the kitchen has not started to function and needed time to do that, nevertheless, we were grateful to have a comfortable sofa seat to sit and rest our tired feet. 

We were seated near the entrance, away from the main dining area which suited us perfectly coz we tends to be quite loud and noisy a times with our nonsensical chattering and laughter (with 2 kids in tow!  Of course we will be noisy!), I don't think the early crowd would like that.  One disadvantage to me, the blogger, is that I can't really see the rest of the place nor take photos without leaving my comfortable seat (I WAS pretty tired after walking 4km earlier), so the lazy me means I can't show you how special the restaurant is.  That also mean that I will have another excuse to visit the place again!

What Caught Our Attention

However there are some interesting things at our corner too.  Our ultra cool Green Lantern themed booth has got small square pictures of this superhero around us, it also shows his bio-data.  Green Lantern fan will be thrilled to sit so "close" to their superhero.  Next, the restaurant's menu; it is not a simple few pages menu or those folding kind, its a full comic-like menu where one page is comic strips; either full colored or black & white, and the other is their menu.  For first timers like us, you'll probably start reading the comic before looking at the menu. 

We saw this at our table though I am not sure if this is the "Reserved" sign or a "This table's taken" sign but nonetheless it look so cool! I wonder if it comes in just Superman design or they have designs of different superheros. Shall check it out the next time I visit again. Look! Even the paper table mat has comic strip on it.

We were famished after our charity walk earlier so we ordered more food than we usually do, we managed to finish most of our food before we felt so stuffed up and have to leave some fries and nachos on the plates.

What We Ordered

We ordered the Hawkman's Turkey Power @ SGD19.90 as we wanted to have some bites while waiting for our main course to be served.  A thing to note about this salad is that even though the name says "turkey" it actually comes with sliced smoked duck, according to the people at DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe, they are reviewing the name so next time it'll probably be known as Hawkman's Duck Power hahaha!

The salad comes with the usual greens you see in salad like romaine lettuce, rocket leaves, Frisée etc, with some shredded cheese and walnuts, 1 hard boiled egg and of course the smoked duck slices, all these are drizzled with some vinaigrette dressing.  The smoke duck slices are juicy and tender, its so tasty that DinoBoy; who does not like duck cooked or prepared in any form, actually request for more when he tasted it.

Ok, who doesn't love fries?  We simply just love to munch on them even though sometimes they are badly prepared at some places.  I feel that fries are always over priced every where, be it in restaurants or in fast food chain.  With kids around, fries is a MUST and so we ordered the Batty-Batty Meltdown @ SGD9.90, not that cheap but wait!  hear me out first before you strike them off!  These lightly seasoned thick fries are crispy on the outside and soft; NOT soggy, on the inside, dip them in the melted cheese before you bite into them and they taste heavenly.  They taste almost the same 30mins after they were being served, still a little bit crispy and they are not hard like some fries served in some other places.

I'm a mushroom lover, to me they just goes well with any sauces and tastes great in any way you prepare them with.  The Flash Mushroom Linguine @ SGD20.90 cooked in aglio e olio style is no exception, however when I took a mouthful of it the strong garlic taste exploded inside my mouth.  I have to admit that I prefer my pasta to be either creamy or in tomato sauce, I do have them in aglio e olio but they do not taste anything like this.  There was a generous serving of fried garlic in the linguine, the aroma was refreshing but I was skeptical whether that will turn this dish into a disaster. Well, it didn't, instead it give the linguine a strong garlicky taste but it was not too overpowering that I got turned off by it, I actually enjoy it very much.  YUM!

The other adult main dish we had that day is Suicide Squawk @ SGD25.90, it consist of half spring chicken marinated with honey, thyme and lemon grilled to perfection; crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside.  Its served with some sliced hard boiled egg, grilled pineapple, mashed potato, broccoli & cauliflower salad and mushroom sauce.  We got a shock when the waitress put this dish on our table because the plate is so huge that it took up 1/4 space of our square table.  Apparently, food presentation is of some what importance for some dishes in the restaurant.

What's with kids and fries AND hotdog????  The kids took a glimpse of the menu and arrowed in to the Superman's Metropolis Hotdog Stand @ SGD18.90.  This is NOT kid's size meal, we tried to dissuade them to order this but they said they were "so so sooooo HUNGRY!!!!" so we relented.  Well, DinoBoy did managed to finish his hotdog but C only managed slightly more than half and her Mum finished the balance.  This is just the usual hotdog bun with nachos and greens at the side, nothing fantastic to highlight though DinoBoy gave thumbs up for the hotdog and said "its delicious!".  Ok, frankly that is a huge hotdog; not the ones you see at certain home furnishing mall, which may fill a normal adult's appetite.  I like the black Superman sign on one side of the bun, beats the Batman cut out cheese or ham I see on some of the dishes.

We absolutely love our drinks!  Not because they taste great, I mean how great can Batsy Oreo Milkshake, Catwoman's Cool Cat Caramel Latte and Superman's Americano Way @ SGD9.90 each taste?  It's just simple milk shake and coffee but what excites us is the artwork on the beverages and that they are served in cute caped glasses, with 6 packs muscles and all too!  Cuteness to the max!  Oh in case you are wondering, Nope, you can't bring the cup home after you finished your drinks.  

What We Thought After The Visit

Before we visit DC Comics Super Heros Cafe, we did not read any reviews about it, we just went ahead because these 2 Mamas and their kids like superheros and the 2 Mamas just want to go there to soak themselves with all things superhero plus we thought it will be a birthday treat for the kids to try out new makan plances.  

Much like what you will do if you patronize any theme eatery and restaurants, we tuned our mindset to expect the expected; quality of food may be sub standard & service level may not be top notch. 

Quality of food
We were pleasantly surprised with DC Comics Super Heros Cafe food, we didn't have to wait for long for our starters to be served nor for our mains and beverages to reach us, and they reached us hot and fresh.  According to DinoBoy, his hotdog was piping-hot because he burnt his lips while taking a big bite, he had to let it cool down a bit before attacks it again.  The food were flavourful, not overly salty or nor too bland, too dry or overly done/cooked, definitely not sub standard food!  The serving portion is good enough for an adult's share, if you finish the sides and chips you'll probably be stuffed.  

Quality of service
Well, the 50-ish looking waitress who spoke to us while we were standing in the queue looks overworked, stressed and tired, even her monotonous tone screamed that she is not interested in us.  She may have her personal reason to feel that way and projected that feeling outwardly but even though she was not chirpy and friendly as a 20+ young lass, she was polite and courteous.

After she sat us down at the table, another gentleman who looks like the Manager came to take our order a while later.  He was also polite and courteous, of course chirpier looking that that waitress.  Since its our 1st visit, we couldn't decide on our food and thus taking a longer time than usual, he was patient and tried to help us by recommending some food that we may like.  In the midst of this, he had to excuse himself apologetically and left our table (remember, we were sitting near the entrance?) as a queue had formed up outside the restaurant, he has to show them to their tables but was back in a jiffy after settling them.  We took the time to look through his recommendations and placed our order when he returned to our table.

We were among the first few customers that late morning, the crowd has not gather and things were pretty much slow until it was slightly past the noon time where more customers came and things got a little bit busy.   

We think they may be short handed because we only see 3 staffs; including the Manager, through out the one hour plus dining there.  And we kept seeing this Manager walking fast around the restaurant either serving food, taking orders or whatnot, he is also the only one who served our food. and attended to us when we needed some assistance.  

So... perhaps it is best to visit during the non peak hours to ensure you have a better dining experience in the restaurant.

We spent a whopping SGD160+ (taxes and service charge included) that afternoon; 4 mains, 2 sides and 4 beverages for 2 adults and 2 kids, personally I think that its a tad too much but hey we are patronizing a themed restaurant who probably have to pay royalty for using DC Comics Super Hero names in every dishes and beverages.  Plus, going to such restaurants means we are willing to pay for the premium and lucky for us the price we paid was worth it because we had such a good time there.

Last but not least, don't forget to take photos with your favourite super hero before you leave!  Here are a couple that we took, we did not have the luxury of walking around the rest of the shop coz we were rushing off somewhere.  Next time then!

DC Comics Super Heros Cafe
2 Bayfront Avenue
Bay Level 01-03
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Telephone : +65 6688 7610

Operating Hours
Sun to Thu: 10:30pm to 11pm
Fri & Sat: 10:30am to 11:30pm

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Our first experience at Shape Run 2016 with Skechers

Last month we participated in our first SHAPE Run 2016, it is Singapore's first all women race but they have the 1.8km Family Fun Run category.  This is our 3rd family run this year~ woohoo~ on track to run MORE this year!

On 24 July 2016, when we arrived at the event venue I got a shocked because I saw only a few groups of ladies at the carnival. My initial thought was that the participation rate is really bad, but that could not be as this is a very successful running event and it is into its 11th year already! Then I remembered... our 1.8km Family Fun Run has the latest flag off time, all the other lady participants were already running as early as 6am! So, they were all out there running their respective 5km, 10km and 15km competitive races.

And so we have the whole carnival to ourselves... ok almost to ourselves, we took a slow walk around the ground, and suddenly the kids made a beeline to this mist spraying structure.  It was a warm morning; Mr Sun was shinning brightly and isn't selfish in sharing his rays and heat with us, they felt warm and sticky after a long walk from Bayfront MRT.  We were goofing around when 2 young chaps approached us with some photo props asking if we would like to take some photos and get them printed at Biotherm booth.  Of course we would!  Gladly too!  Look at us being so supportive hahaha~  We continued to walked around

A short while later we got bored... No doubt we do not need to queue for long at every booth but "No Fight No Fun"!  There were no one to jostle elbows with and fight for our space to take photos or take drinks and snacks which basically took the thrill out of every thing.

Soon it was time to head to the holding pen to start our fun run, we took our time to stroll there coz there were not many people at the starting line thus we thought we were early.  It turned out that I was not quite right... We've participated in a few family run events, there was always a huge turn out of parents with children so it was kinda shocking for me to see a smaller turn out.  Perhaps it was not a family run to start off with thus the lukewarm turn out. Nevertheless, we hope to see bigger turn out next year!

It's always fun to go for such run with fellow blogging parents~  here we are taking welfie with the SengkangBabies family before doing a warm up exercise proudly brought to us by Salonpas (sorry no photo coz busy chatting).  And then it was flag off time by the flag off party (again, sorry no photos and I did not catch their names, busy chatting lah!)

Here's looking at the 1.8km route, its a simple route without too many turns or slopes, thumbs up for the organisor because family run usually will includes babies in prams or on mummies, young toddlers and kids.  Lesser obstacles will mean that it will not be too tiring for both parent and child.

The first part of the route sees us running past some cafes and bistro along Marina Bay Sands, where the food smells heavenly! And makes my tummy growl coz I did not have any breakfast that morning *cries with tummy*  There are many people running, exercising or on bicycle in this area so we have to run in care though they generally gave way to us.  What's amazing with fellow sports people is they cheer you on!  Even those sitting down and enjoying their cuppa after their work out.

We took a loop back near the Helix Bridge and ran along Marina Bay, the calm water and soft breeze is relaxing to the eyes, mind and body thus I walked most of the way here.  Plus the fact that I did not eat breakfast so am lacking of strength & energy.  *Smack self* MUST remember to have a good breakfast before every running event!

Along the way we saw a few younger kids who got tired and was either complaining or sitting down refusing to move, we encouraged and urged them to continue.  They jumped right up upon hearing, perhaps surprised that stranger auntie talked to them lol.  I remember there was this lady participant doing her after run stretch on one of the bench along Marina Bay, she cheered us on enthusiastically and whole-heartedly that made us ran a little bit faster.  

Photo Credits : Shape Run office site

While we were strolling or jogging along (I've got proof, see photo below lol) by the water, DinoBoy was way way in front of us, giving all he got and running with all his might!  I think he finished the run in way under 30mins, great job son!

Can you see the other ladies running at the far opposite side?

At the end of the race, cups of cold H2O were provided for us to hydrate ourselves, bottles of mineral water were handed out too. We were given our medal and a Uncle Toby's energy bar at the same time.  It was such a relieve to see the drinks that I went back to take another cup coz I needed them and couldn't wait to twist open the mineral water cap.  

This is a great event, not surprising since it's been around for a decade thus consider a pioneer in running events so we expect every thing to be in orderly and well organised.  Having said that, I do feel a little bit left out coz all the excitement was gone together with the other participants for the other competitive categories *cries*.  The carnival in a huge spacious area with the lack of crowd (coz all out running already) filling the empty space makes it look so desolated.  There wasn't much entertainment for us too and we are pretty much left alone to wander around aimlessly with our kids, I do wish they have more games to entertain the kids.

We saw some little girls and mums wearing a pink cape and wondered if we missed that in our race pack, it was only after the event that I know this was purchased separately for a good cause.  This year's Shape Run is supporting Life Community Services Society to raise funds for their educational and welfare programe.  Wow!  I wasn't aware of that, otherwise I would have gotten a couple of those cute pink capes and run like a Super Hero that day!

Nonetheless, cape or no cape, we ran, jogged n walked all 1.8km and we enjoyed it to the fullest!  We hope to be back to the run again next year! 

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We have written couple of weeks ago on the importance of choosing a good pair of shoes for ourselves, if you missed that post, you can read it here.  The same goes for running shoes, besides comfort the shoes must fit properly from heel to toe.  

Tips on choosing a good pair of running shoes
* Always buy your shoes, any shoes actually, near the end of the day because that's when your feet has fully swell up, fitting shoes at that time will mean that it will fit comfortably all day.
* You should be able to wriggle your toes freely.
* You are able to move your feet side to side without them crossing over the edge of the insole.  
* There is a reason why our mums told us that there should be some space between the tip of your longest toe to the shoe because our feet tends to swell due to walking and in this case running so the space should be at least a thumbs's width to allow feet to expand and still fit in our running shoes comfortably.
* The sole of the shoes should be flexible too, most importantly it should bend and crease where your feet flexes.  If it does not it will lead to calf strains, pulled tendons etc.
* Lace up the shoes properly and walk in them for a bit to ensure that they are comfortable and fit your feet's contour and shape.

Skechers shoes for added support, stability and comfort
And if you want to ensure your feet stays happy (like ours) every time you goes out for some sports activity you have to get them a pair or two or three of Skechers GoRun shoes!  These light weight shoes together with Skechers most advance high performance technology will definitely give you an ergonomics experience that you have never felt before.

Apparently there are many like-minded ladies too!  They were flocking to Skechers booth to take advantage of the SHAPE Run 2016 Carnival exclusive offer of 20% discount to get new Skechers footware and apparel for themselves.  Look at the crowd!

Skechers concept stores are located in the shopping malls all over the island, they also have counters in shopping stores or hotels, check the list over here.  Skechers recently open their new concept stall in Bishan Junction 8!  Pay them a visit if you are around the area, I guarantee you that their friendly and helpful staffs will be there to greet you and help you with any questions you have on their shoes.  We know because we've been to their Takashimaya & Waterway Point concept stores and received equally warm and helpful services from them.  Read about our experience at Skechers Waterway Point over here.

Photo Credit : Skechers Singapore

Disclaimer : We were invited by Skechers to participate in SHAPE Run 2016, they have also graciously sponsored our shoes for the purpose of this post. No other compensation was received. All opinions are ours and all photos in this post, unless otherwise credited, belongs to The DinoFamily, you may not take them for your personal use without seeking our permission.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

This is how I celebrate my birthday

Yes, I know I declared that I don't like to celebrate my birthday because it's a waste of money (to spend on me), I am usually doing the planning and celebrating FOR others so it gets kinda awkward when the attention is on me.  However, its exceptional this year as I am celebrating it with 3 other August babies on the same day~

01 Aug - ME!
03 Aug - little niece
12 Aug - DinoBoy 
17 Aug - C

Days before DinoPapa said he will cook dinner for all of us and asked me "What do you want to eat?  I'll cook for you."  I wanted to say "CHILLI CRAB!!!" but decided not too coz it's just too much work! I told him that I will think about it and let him know, well it slipped our mind till that very day where the dinner was supposed to be!  Gosh~ So we sat down and did a quick meal planning and 20mins later, with a grocery list in phone, I headed off to the supermarket to gather all the necessary ingredients.

All the dishes below, except for the curry chicken and stir fried veggie are done by me and my brother respectively, the rest are cooked by DinoPapa (told you #myhusbandisagreatcook already).  Oh there is one dish that is missing, I forgot to take photo of the fruit salad prawns.  So you see, we really had a feast that day.

I mentioned once long time ago that my Mum's Sichuan veggie soup is "red red in color and its not too salty nor spicy".  He tried to re-create it but was not successful coz we did not have a chance to ask Mum the steps to cook that soup when she was around.  Even if we had asked she would have said "just wash, soak a bit, put into the pot to boil with pork ribs lah."  You know how Mums are like the Ultimate Goddess of Chef who cook the best yummiest dishes in our life and they never really have a recipe with exact ingredients and measuring to pass on to us?  Sigh...  nevertheless, the Sichuan veggie soup is still tasty in its DinoPapa's way.

Photo of half eaten dish coz forgot to take photo when it was served earlier

All the guests had a great time digging into the lip smacking, finger linking food, I caught them off guard with an welfie request, every one scrambled to try to fit into the frame (plus ensuring no food in or around mouth lol).

Old School birthday girl prefer old school bakery brand Swee Heng (as of 11 July 2016, they are Halal certified eatery) and The Friend bought it just for me hahaha~  

Such a beautiful chocolate cake and they wants to "destroy" it by insisting on putting 40 candles; 3 big candles and 10 small candles, onto the cake....  Sorry cake for "defacing" you but this makes blowing out the candles so much more fun for 1 Big kid and 3 kids!

Why funny faces means sticking out tongue huh?

Judging from every one's look while eating the cake, you can tell that every one approves of it. The Older Nephew is the happiest coz that's his favourite kind of cake; chocolate, double chocolate or even triple chocolate cake, needless to say he had 2 slices of it.

Ask me how do I feel at the end of that day and I will tell you "of course happy lah!", would you be too?  Doesn't matter that I look unglam with messy hair and sweaty face, what's most important is that I shared that special day with 3 Fs - Food, Family, Friends.  What's more, the ingredients for the feast is only SGD70.42, the cake probably about SGD38, SGD100+ for a birthday celebrate for so many people, so worth it!

I was stuffed full with satisfaction from the delish food, exploding from the love from family and friends, what more can an old auntie ask for? 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Hey Me, it's time to Be Happy!

I actually drafted this post months ago, intending to continue writing as and when I am able to find time to pen down my thoughts.  Well, it never happened as it's still sitting in the draft folder with the same words, however with my birthday just round the corner I suddenly have an urge to finish this post.

4 years ago I wrote a blog post My Story, All 39 years of it, Dedicated to Me for a linky party with fellow mummy bloggers.  It was a post that allowed the public to have a glimpse of my life story and in that post I ended with a note that I'll probably talk to Me again in a decade's time, guess it will have to be a little bit earlier than that.

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Dear Me, 

I know I said that I will write to you when you turn 49 but I decide to write to you just before that.  What prompted me to write this 2nd letter at such a short interval?  Well, it's this photo that came up on my facebook newsfeed.

If I could write a note to You, my younger self with only two words, it will be...

It has been a roller coaster ride these 4 years, along with Mum's sudden departure in November 2013 came the lowest, saddest, darkest moments in your life.  You missed her nagging, the bickering you had with her and then hated yourself for being rude, cruel, disrespectful to her when deep down inside you know she cares about you a lot to fuss over you.  Few months after her departure, you wrote that you just needed a good cry to move forward, we both know it didn't made you go far before you went into hiding again, till date you still can't get over it.

Then things at home started to spiral downwards, one thing led to another, suddenly we are a single-income family with all the burdens and responsibilities landing on your shoulder.  Many a times you felt overwhelmed, suffocating and an urge to scream the hell out loud at every one to just STOP IT!  And I know, there were times where you can feel that your brain is going to snap, you were so so close to crossing that thin line to do something stupid and regretful.  You even felt the presence of depression approaching.  I am so glad your willpower is much stronger than we both thought it is, we fought and won the battles with them.

Some nights you cry yourself to sleep, sometimes calling out for Mum in your heart, asking her for directions, talking to her in your mind and thinking what she would have advise you if she's still around.  Surprisingly, the next day you felt so much better, maybe Mum did really hear you, took away the worry and whispered assurance in your dream that "Every thing's going to be ok."

Your biggest problem and worry is DinoBoy.  You were afraid that you have not done a good job in raising and moulding him to be that better child.  "Tiger Mum" - some of them labelled you as one, it was not a good feeling to be labelled but you turned a deaf ear and did what you thought was right at that moment,.  You taught him using the ways Dad and Mum taught you, instilled in him the core values and discipline of life when he was younger.  Give yourself a pat on the shoulder because you have successfully mould him to be a sensible child.  He may still have his flaws but no one human is 100% perfect, he just needs time to grow out of them.  This is already half the battle won right?

Every one in the family has their own dynamics, including you but you did not have time to deal with yours as you spend most of your waking time trying to help the others deal with theirs because they were lost and stuck at that moment.  

The stressful environment in the house caused DinoBoy to be exceptionally difficult, creating trouble in school and student care, it was taking a toll on you and hurting your relationship with him.  You made a hasty & shocking decision to pull him out of student care when he did something disastrous in the centre that day.  I know, you have had enough of it, removing him from the cause of the problem is the only solution at that moment, of course you know you will not be able to take it if such things keeps happening.  You thought there will be huge quarrel or argument with DinoPapa that night but instead both of you sat down to discuss the next steps to take in a calm manner.  Though it was a battle lost but there is still hope.

Months later, you secretly praised yourself for making that decision as things becomes quieter, your spirit felt lighter as a huge chunk of stress were removed from your shoulder, most important thing is that DinoBoy also becomes happier, more responsible and responsive to your requests and demands too.  Hey, we won that battle! High five for that!

The other day DinoBoy look at you while you were working on your crochet project and casually said "You are frowning again Mum.  Don't frown!".   It struck you that frowning seems to be the permanent expression on your face since god knows when, we both know all the stress are reflecting on your face and it has become a habit that you didn't realized you were doing it.  

Later that night you sat at the work table thinking back, flashes of the unfortunate, unhappy, tense moments in the past 4 years appeared in your mind and you wonder when will this end.  Then you remembered DinoBoy's words.  Yes, you have been worrying for the family for far too long, it's time to start living for yourself, time to enjoy life.

Well, I know you will be doubtful about that, of course you can Be Happy!  No one is destined to live their life in misery if they choose not too.  People says changes require baby steps to start with, I say happiness need no baby steps, you can jump high up in the air at this instant to feel happy immediately.

Photo Credits

Still not convinced?  Well, you are a Abraham-Hicks believer, you love the phrases they shared and agreed to the words.  You've even tried the methods they shared and received positive results, so here's a couple of phrases to you off with.

Yes, look at an issue and instead of finding faults or questioning the "reason" the "why", try looking for a solution.  You've done that before last year by pulling DinoBoy out from student care and look at the result today!  Need I say more?

You've read 5 Love Languages of Children, you know that by filling up his emotional tank and attending to his love languages you are able to get DinoBoy to respond to your requests much easier.  And he loves being praised because it's one of the way he felt assured that he has done right.  The more you assured him, the better he will perform.  Looking back, he has not been giving us as many heart attacks as before.  And let's be frank, you were beaming with joy when you shared with others that he did his homework, assessment book revisions, learning his spelling without us having to nag/scold/yell at him?

And lastly, this...  Yes, what done's is past.  You have come this far and from what I have shown you above I am confident that you have learn a huge load of things since the last time I wrote.  You will be able to tackle every lemons that Life throw at you. Oh ya, where is your Lemonade Empire huh?

From this moment on, I wish you well, I wish you health but I demand you to Go Forth in Joy and Get On with It, live the life in a happier & light hearted tone, TODAY! 

I'd like to see a happier you the next time we speak again.

Just Me

Friday, July 22, 2016

Skechers - Great shoes for every lifestyle

When it comes to choosing a footwear, it's never a "grab-and-go" affair for us as there are many factors to consider before deciding on one pair.  Comfort is the top priority for DinoPapa as he is on his feet almost the whole day, nothing too pointy or constricting at the toe box area, the sole must be wooden instead of rubber (you know how our soles break when we squat down too often?  Wooden soles have lesser chance of that happening) and no fanciful designs for him.  Both DinoBoy and myself has broad or wide feet (How do you know that you have broad feet?  If you try on most of the shoes and your toes feels tight, chances are you have broad feet) most of the shoes we see in the mall and stores are on the slim side thus unable to accommodate our feet.  

Like most parents who are concerned with our children's well being.  Knowing that DinoBoy's little feet is on the wider side, we took extra care to choose the best shoes for him.  It was easy when he was a baby and toddler because most of the shoes for that age are made with softer soles and wider toe box.  It gets a little bit challenging when he's older, we have to resort to purchasing his shoes from overseas, where shipping usually cost quite a fair bit, but for his comfort and the development of his feet, we did not think twice about spending that kind of money.

A Good Pair of Shoes Does Matter
Why did we put in so much money and effort in choosing a good shoes for ourselves?  A footwear that probably last us a year the most, and for DinoBoy it will be lesser since his feet will be growing constantly till he's older.

The reason is fairly simply.  A shoe may fit us length wise but if it hurt your feet at your toe, you won't be able to walk with your natural movement or stride.  This can lead to quite a few problems such as ingrown toenails, blisters, corns and calluses or some thing more serious such as crooked toes, inflamed nerves, pain in the ball of the foot and in some serious cases it can lead to arthritis too.

So it pays to treat our feet well by giving it a good pair of comfortable shoes because they carry our entire body's weight most of our life time.

A shoe brand we trust
Even though DinoBoy has limited choices for shoe brands locally, one of the trusty brand we love is Skechers, a brand that constantly have trending shoes that has won many awards for shoes performance and designs.  With their GoRun, GoWalk, Performance, On the Go, Relaxed Fit, Sports, WorkShoes series, they practically have shoes for every lifestyles and occasions.

Other than added stability, support and comfort, the shoes are light weight too but that does not compromise on the it's performance.  With its Memory Foam technology found on the insole which seems to mould onto your feet, hugging the contours of your feet and provide a perfect fit to your feet.  Do you know that you can throw your Skechers shoes into the washing machine to clean?

DinoBoy owned his first pair of Skechers covered toes sandals when he was about 5 years old. it was both comfy and roomy, great for his growing feet for the next year plus before we have to let it go.  Talk about "durability" and "value for money", Skechers sure meets our top requirements~

Skechers & Us
This year per DinoBoy's request, our goal for 2016 is to take part in as many run and walk as possible.  We went for our first family run in March 2016 and did not stop from there.  In the midst of these healthy activities DinoBoy outgrew his pair of running shoes, we did not think twice and headed off to Skechers store nearby (click here to check store locations) and got him a pair of Skechers GoRun shoes.

Later, we were very lucky to have Skechers sponsoring us a pair of shoes each for the NTUC Fairprice Walks with U in May 2016.  These Skechers GoWalk shoes are so comfortable, the GOmat Technology with high-rebound cushioning and GO Pillars shock absorbing means a lot of weight and pressure are taken off our feet and "transferred" onto the shoes.  We wore them when we are out on weekends, recently we spent a whole day at Pulau Ubin in these shoes and our feet are... well, Happy Feet!

Even though he has 2 new pairs of Skechers shoes, he still hangs on to his Ben10 slipper which kinda just fit his feet nicely, thank goodness he is only wearing it to our weekly trips to the swimming pool for his lesson.  Last week I jumped up with joy when he finally relented and agreed to let us bring him to Skechers to get a new pair of sandals.  Woohoo!

Shape Run 2016 will be happening this Sunday 24 July 2016 at Bayfront Marina, we are taking part in the 1.8km Fun Run Category. Skechers has graciously sponsored us with their running shoes for this event again, here's what we will be wearing for the run.

And DinoBoy just HAVE TO show off his stylo-milo Skechers Boy's ERUPTERS II Sneakers, watch the video and you will know why.

With these shoes we are ready to take on Shape Run 2016 and add it into our list of run for this year.

If you have not decided what running shoes to get for Shape Run 2016 (if you are taking part) or for you daily jogging/running routine, do consider Skechers GoRun series shoes.

Read about our great shopping experience at Skechers Waterway Point outlet over here.

Disclaimer : We received complimentary shoes from Skechers for the purpose of this blog post and another one on SHAPE Run 2016, no other compensation was received. All opinion in this post are 100% ours, all photos in this post belongs to the DinoFamily, you may not use them for your own purpose without seeking our permission.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

National Geographic Live! Presents : Chasing Ancient Mysteries With Albert Lin

Photo Credit : Mark Thiessen
Following sell out shows in 2015, National Geographic Live ! will return to the Esplanade Concert Hall this August featuring modern day explorer Albert Lin.

A departure from the previous years’ focus on the animal wildlife, Lin’s forays into ancient histories is grounded in a strong scientific and engineering background. He leverages on cutting edge technology and the crowdsourcing platform in his expeditions – from exploring Genghis Khan’s tomb to digging deeper into the 2014 disappearance of a Malaysian jetliner, MH370.

In his well-known project “Valley of the Khans” to seek out the Holy Grail of archaeology conqueror Genghis Khan’s long-lost tomb -Lin illustrated the role of technology in preserving the ‘collective cultural heritage’. Respecting the Mongolian tradition that forbids the physical excavation of burial sites, he challenged the traditional barriers of archaeological methods to exploration with the use of non-invasive, advanced technology and other cutting-edge tools to survey the remote region in central Asia.

Photo Credit : Mike Hennig

A UCSD-trained materials scientist, engineer and appointed Emerging Explorer for National Geographic in 2010; Lin is a pioneer in utilizing modern tools to test and push the frontiers of exploration and seek answers to long-standing questions in History and Geography. A rare find in his field, Lin is an advocate of the power of the people and the crowdsourcing platform.

Join this boldly imaginative young explorer live on stage, as he reports on his latest findings in Mongolia and elsewhere and discover how technology is opening up new frontiers for exploration.

“Exploration has always been about going where we haven't been able to go before. Today, technology helps us navigate past those old barriers” - Albert Lin

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Let's get to know more about Dr Albert with this simple interview.  Also, click here to know more about Chasing Ancient Mysteries with Albert Lin

1. What was your passion as a child? Did your parents encourage you to pursue your passion/desire?
As a child I wanted to be a park ranger, I have always been fundamentally at home in the mountains. At an early age my parents encouraged that by constantly supporting my path into the wilderness, if not through camping trips then through climbing lessons. Then there was the addition of wonder that was brought into all aspects of the wilderness with the scientific world of my father’s astrophysics carrier. This was a natural recipe to become a lifelong explorer.

2. What is your key lesson and takeaway for you from all your exploration journeys, especially to the remote locations?
Always bring Tabasco sauce... joking. Actually, honestly, I have repeatedly been surprised at how my limitations in imagination have been blown away by reality. The world is much more diverse and beautiful than I could predict, and every single journey has confirmed that.

Photo Credit  ;Ben Horton

3. Which cultures do you have the most interest in?
Simple – all.

4. How has your experience been in sharing the story of the Valley of Khans for years, to different cities and nationalities across the globe?
Having had the honour to travel and share my experiences across Europe, Africa and Asia, I have realized that the story is really about the human experience (both Genghis Khan’s and ours today), and the power of this global tribe that we call – humanity.

5. How has technology changed the idea and concept of exploring and expeditions?
It’s a continuous evolution, but the most exciting things for me is the role that the global community can play in exploration. In the past century, scientific curiosity and exploration was a privilege of the rich. Now we are connected in a way to more information and resources then in any time in human history, I think we are only at the beginning of how we engage our networked connectivity to change the landscape of how science and exploration is conducted.

6. What else can Singaporeans look forward to from your upcoming talk this 30th August 2016?
From all the experiences and adventures, ultimately it boils down to the reminder that we are actually JUST NOW entering into the great age of exploration.

Photo Credit : Erik Jepsen

Chasing Ancient Mysteries with Albert Lin
Date: 30 August 2016, Tuesday
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Concert Hall
Ticketing details: Tickets are priced from $39

“We have to decide why progress is important. Is it to create things that could make us obsolete, or is it to create tools to help us become more human?” - Albert Lin

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