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).

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Floral Garage Singapore

Its that time of the year again!  The most important festival for most Chinese, the Chinese New Year! A time where we can feast n snack till #fatdieme with no worries and restrictions or gamble "legally" at every house we visit.

It is also the time where my boss will receive hampers from close associates, these hampers comes in different size and design from different florist & gift companies.  *rub hands together* Let's hope he share these hamper goodies with us too~

Looking at the hampers he received for the past decade, these small bundle of gifts really come through many changes.  No longer are they stacked high up into pyramid style nor plastered with huge auspicious words such as 恭喜发财 or 财源廣进.  Instead they are more stylish and modern looking, some are small and pretty enough to be displayed on the side table for all to admire.

There are so many florist & gift companies in the market that we are really spoilt for choice! Today I am going to introduce one of the better company Floral Garage Singapore.

Who is Floral Garage Singapore
I love how friends come together with a common interest, start a business and grow from there.  Such is the case for Floral Garage Singapore, where Jonah and Justin joined forces in 2015 to form a team of avid floral hobbyists with ONE goal, that is to provide us with lovely bouquets made out of the best flowers, bundled with great gifts, prompt and excellent service.

FGSG feels that no individual should be deprived of the chance to purchase a simple bouquet as a token of appreciation for someone special.

Aww~~ that's so heartwarming to know that Floral Garage Singapore puts customers first before profits.

Floral Garage Singapore caters to both individual and corporate customers, with easy access and ordering from their online website, you can be sure that your orders will be accepted and processed on time. 

For corporate customers you have more options to place your order with your Account Manager through SMS, wassapp, phone or email.  So convenient!  PLUS~ there is a lifetime discount of 11% for all of your staffs!  WOW~~

Since this is a post about Chinese New Year, let's look at their Chinese New Year Hamper.

As you can see, their hampers are affordably priced and packed full of goodness too!  Check out their Ultimate Fortune, their most expensive hamper no doubt but look at the things inside the hamper.  It has Tiger King Abalone, Pomfret King Pacific Clams, Birds Nest, dried scallops, ginseng etc.  I think this hamper is value for money and comparable with those from established gift companies.  What I like about their hampers is they are red in color!  Sure adds some excitement and vibes to the festive mood when you place them in the house.  HUAT AH!

Ultimate Fortune – Grand CNY Hamper

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Do check out their hampers and gifts for various occasions over here.  And they are currently having storewide discount 20% off for Valentine's Day products

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Giveaway Details

More deals for you this Chinese New Year! The good folks at Floral Garage Singapore is sponsoring one of they CNY Hamper for our giveaway~ Check out the details below.

1 x New Moon Razor Clams 425 g
1 x New Moon Limpets 425 g
1 x New Moon Top Shell 312 g
1 x Hock Hua Dried Mushroom 250 g
1 x Ban Yuan Ginseng Jujube 180 g
CNY Artificial Flower and Decoration Packaging

Prize : x1 Imperial Treasure Premium CNY Hamper from Floral Garage Singapore
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Disclaimer : We receive a Golden Prosperity – Mandarin Orange Hamper from Floral Garage Singapore for the purpose of this post. No other compensation was received.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Pineapple Tarts Singapore - As close as home made snacks as you can get

This year, not only the Chinese New Year came earlier that usual, but there is a new kid on the block to woo and wow our taste buds with their savory snacks. This new kid; Pineapple Tarts Singapore, started off as a humble bakery in Penang selling their homemade pineapple tarts which soon became a top favorite among the folks there.  With a total of 47 outlets all over Malaysia, this new kid decided to cross the sea to venture into our island.

Customers will always be our first priority, as long as you are happy, we are happy. It will be our goal to attend to every customers' needs to the best of our capabilities.

Quality is our next most important goal. Here at Pineapple Tarts Singapore, we aim to provide our customers with the best quality products we offer. We want our customers to have the first-hand experience on our pastries the same way we do! - Pineapple Tarts Singapore

We are lucky to be among the first few who have a chance to taste their pineapple tarts and spicy prawn rolls.

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Pineapple Tarts

There are 2 types of pineapple tarts available at Pineapple Tarts Singapore, the traditional Melt In Your Mouth (Retailing at SGD19.90 per tub) and Cheezylicious (Retailing at SGD22.90 per tub).

We first tried the traditional pineapple tarts as cheese has a stronger taste so it may affect our taste bud which may not allow us to taste the true flavour of the other type.

When I bite into the pineapple tart I immediately went "mmm~ not bad!"  True to the description on their website, the pastry is soft and buttery but it is not crumbly.  As you can see from the photo below, I used a knife to cut the tart into half, the pastry still hold it shapes though there were some that breaks off but that is minimum.

For the pineapple filling, we produce it ourselves from scratch with our very own recipe using only the freshest pineapples. - Pineapple Tarts Singapore

How we hate to sink our teeth into gummy, sticky pineapple fillings!  It's worse when there are fibers as thick as rope or it's so sweet that you either have a headache or have sugar rush for hours or so sour that you just can't stomach it (Ok I am exaggerating but you get the idea.).  The pineapple fillings for these tarts are of the right blend of sweetness & sourness, the texture is soft with tiny pineapple fibers. Pop the whole tart in your mouth, the proportion of the buttery taste of the pastry and the acidity of the filling comes together to balance out the overall taste nicely.  

Introducing our very own signature Cheese Pineapple Tarts! For cheese lovers out there, we guarantee these tarts will definitely blow your mind! - Pineapple Tarts Singapore

When I opened the tub of Cheezlicious tarts a strong cheese smell rushed towards me, Woah~ that got my taste bud excited.  These tarts are made with the same fresh ingredients as the traditional pineapple tarts, except that the pastry is infused with Parmesan cheese.  After tasting it, we feel that even though there was a strong cheese smell, the cheese taste was not prominent but we could taste the saltiness from it.  I think they reduce the salt in the pineapple filling for this (maybe I am wrong) because even though there were the saltiness from the cheese, it did not compromise the overall taste of the tart, instead it blends in well and taste almost perfect. 

Crispy Sia (Prawn Roll) or Spicy Prawn Roll or Hae Bee Hiam

A long time ago, when I was a little girl I used to love these savour nibbles and will keep on munching them non stop at every Chinese New Year.  They were so crunchy, full of sambal fragrant at every crunch that I simply can't stop eating them!  One year I had way too much of it and ended up with a very bad sore throat that caused me to lose my voice too.  I was very miserable, took me a few weeks to recover and after that I kept away from the prawn rolls for many years.

When I gathered much courage to sink my teeth into these rolls again few years ago I was disappointed.  Gone are the crunchiness and the shrimp sambal shiokness.  What I tasted was overwhelmed oiliness and sometimes burnt sambal filling. 

I fell in love with Pineapple Tarts Singapore's Crispy Sia or Nyonya Prawn Rolls (Retailing at SGD12.90 per tub) after tasting the 1st piece, I probably found my favourite store-bought spicy prawn rolls as they tasted like those.  As you can see from the photo below they are not stingy on the shrimp sambal filling too.  Instead of just slapping some filling in the middle and roll it up like what you see in most of the spicy prawn rolls found in the market, they apparently cover the whole spring roll skin with it and roll it up.  Every bite is with spicy shrimp sambal filling and crunchy skin, YUM!

Our Verdict
We never really fancy store bought cookies as they do not taste as nice as before, plus they are machine made and price are not justifiable for the quantity sold. If we do buy them it is because we are having friends over during the festive period and gotta have some to entertain them.

A couple of years ago we made our Chinese New Year goodies (did not blog about it though but you can see them in instagram), tried our hands on almond cookies and pineapple tarts. The pineapple tarts that DinoPapa baked was superb! Just look at the photos below and you will agree with me. Yes I'm so not shy to brag about his bakes especially that was his 1st time baking and the result is as good as seasoned bakers~

This also mean that we have a yardstick to compare Pineapple Tarts Singapore's pineapple tart with. Plus the Spicy Prawn Rolls is DinoPapa's favourite and he have not been able to find one that is up to his standard. So this food tasting was not an easy one.  We took time to savour each pieces of snacks and found only minimal things that we do not like.  

The pineapple tarts are as good as the ones that we made it ourselves, which is as close as home made snacks we can get from store.  The spicy prawn rolls are shiokingly good, spicky and crunchy, can't stop at one or ten!

The prices of the snacks is reasonable too; about 20 pieces of pineapple tarts and a tubful of prawn rolls about half my finger length, which I would gladly part my money with in exchange for such great delicious snacks. 

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We always share things when they are really good so here is a promo code if you want to buy from Pineapple Tarts Singapore.

Still unsure after reading my review? (How could you! lol)  Well, you can go to their shop for tasting or sampling of their snacks at their warehouse.  You just have to email them at to make an appointment before coming down to sample their snacks.

You can even self collect your order at their shop too if your order did not hit minimum of SGD60 (a delivery charge of SGD10 if order amount falls under that, otherwise its free delivery islandwide)

Pineapple Tarts Singapore
39 Jalan Pemimpin
#03-04 Tai Lee Industrial Building
Singapore 577182

Disclaimer : We received tubs of pineapple tarts and spicy prawn rolls from Pineapple Tarts Singapore for the purpose of this post. No other compensation was received. All opinion in this post are 100% ours and based on our tasting of their products. All photos in this post belongs to The DinoFamily, you may not use them without seeking our permission.

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Lastly, if the 2 cute little red pack fish caught your eye too, you can learn how to make them too! Click on the link CNY Craft - Red Packet Fish.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Review of our 2016

You guys know me, I am not the sort who writes Year End Reflections or New Year Resolutions; though I think my previous post could probably be my New Year Resolution for 2017, but I have been reading a handful of fellow mum bloggers on their Year End Reflections posts so I thought "Why not?", and here I am, on the last day of the year, trying to pen down if the year has been good.

So, has 2016 been good to us?  Let's take a trip back Memory Lane starting with,,,

This first half of the year was a rough one for the family due to DinoPapa's health which caused more frictions and arguments than before.  There are only 3 of us in the family but we are 3 hot headed ones and not one that will back down easily.  Well, people learn through time and mistakes and frankly how long can one stay angry and bitter?  I know I can't, those difficult months just made me become more tolerant and patient with both DinoPapa and DinoBoy.  For a person who is direct and quick temper, I will never thought of holding back my tongue and look the other way instead of nitpicking and flaring temper.  I am so glad to say that we managed to iron out the differences and compromised with some issues so there are lesser negative vibes in the house.

I am pretty pleased that I still managed to cook dinner for the family, it probably does not save us much more but food is definitely healthier and tastier.  And you know what?  DinoPapa started to teach DinoBoy culinary skill earlier this year and involved him during the cooking.  This boy is a fast learner and is already a junior homechef already!  Look at his proud and happy look!

As DinoPapa's health improves and he was able to cooked on most days where I come home to hot healthy dinner and loving family.  What a blessing for me!

Here's a glimpse of my instagram photo of our meals under hastag #dinomamakitchen.  Follow us on instagram @din0mama if you haven't done so to salivate on our delicious home cooked meals.

Going into hiatus and hiding for almost 3 years means cutting myself off with many friends, I felt sad to have lose some friends but I didn't want to pick up from where we left off because I was not really nice to some of them at that time and I think they would not feel great to accept me back again.  I was however blessed to have a handful of friends who understood my situation and  stuck by me.  They gave me time to grief and embraced me when I took baby steps out from my hiding.  I am glad that I managed to find time to be with them or include them in my life MORE this year.  I am determined to keep these friends safely tucked in my pocket, never to let them go ever.

This year DinoBoy is in Primary 4, a crucial year as it will determine if he will be going to be in a better class next year.  On top of that, PSLE is in 2 years time which is another part of important education milestone for him.  Even though his academic performance has always been good, I was worried (which parent wont't?) that he will be too confident and slipped up, that will be "too costly" and "too risky" for us.  Therefore I decided to be more involved with his school work, for a mum who is pretty laid back on academic performance I suddenly find myself busy as a bee.

I was also dishing out manageable assignments from assessment books almost daily (almost because some days DinoBoy has supplementary lessons or CCA and will reach home later than usual) and DinoBoy did them with minimum complaint.  I actually shouted HOORAY! every time when DinoBoy finished 1 assessment book because for the past years we can never finish 3/4 of a book as we were not disciplined enough to tackle them diligently.

On top of that I did something that I told myself that I will NEVER do it when the boy just started primary school, I emailed the teachers to check on the boy's performance; both academic and socially, I even sent questions to ask them for help when I am stumped.  I guess this practice will have to stay for the next 2 years, hope I won't end up sending wasapp or text messages to his teachers, that will be totally insane just by thinking about it!

This has been a big part of our life and also a feature in this blog.  Sadly, with DinoBoy in primary school we couldn't just take a day off school to go out to play like before.  Weekends were spent on swimming lessons and lazing at home as most of the time I feel too tired to leave the house after a tiring week long work in the office.  Therefore I make it a point to play till we drop during school term break or holiday.  I am happy that this year we still managed to go out and about, experiencing different type of play and having tremendous fun each and every time.

We visited Art Science Museum for the first time (I know right!) earlier this year and went for 2 art exhibitions, you can read about them here and here.  An eye opening exhibitions even for me!  I am not a fan of great height, but we went MegaZip and "flew" down from 75 meters high, down a distance of 450 meters.  100% adrenaline thrill!

This year we make more than 1 trip to 2 places; the ticket price and experience to these places are huge difference, one cost minimum SGD50 for a child ticket while the other cost SGD3 per pax.

The one that has every parent cringed upon hearing it's name is KIDZANIA!  DinoBoy first visited earlier this year with school and subsequently we went back a few more times.  It is expensive and cost and arm & leg if you have more kids but it is a great place for kids to experience "working life", at the same time learn to manage their "salary", whether to spend them on activities, save them for future visits or purchase items they want from the Department Store before leaving this magical land.  On top of that, you get at least 5 hours of peace and Me Time (even though its constrained in a building) with air con and food. 

The other place where you get to leave the mainland and be in the wilderness is PULAU UBIN,  We visited this island in June 2016 during Pesta Ubin, read about our visit here, had so much fun learning about it's flora and fauna during the Kampung Tour.

This December holiday we went back again for the Chek Jawa Walk (I haven't had time to write about it yet), it was totally different from the Kampung Tour.  We learn about this small part of wetland  and about it's animals and creatures.  You think the kids will complain about the sun, the long walk and whine about "it's boring!" then you are wrong!  There are so many interesting things to keep them occupied.

This year's Pesta Ubin was held over 5 weeks, next year it will be held over longer duration!  More time for us to visit Pulau Ubin and take part in all the activities installed for us!

Our next destination to visit next year will be Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum and to more nature walk with various groups.

Due to my commitment to the family, things has been going real slow in the blog and it seems that it has brought itself to another different kind of niche.

It was supposed to be a parenting blog but that "parenting" took a back seat as I wanted to draw the focus away from DinoBoy.  The social media has changed tremendously in recent years, people are quick to judge and spreading things as fast as wild fire.  I wanted to protect him from unnecessary attention.  Also, I have been writing lesser on school work because it seems that syllabus are constantly changing every couple of years, I thought my post would not be helpful for parents a year or so down the road.  I still share snippets of DinoBoy's school work in instagram so you still get an idea of the work, of course I will gladly answer your queries via facebook PM or email.

Attending media events becomes near impossible since my time revolves mostly around the family, I am also hosting lesser contests or giveaways this year .  With lower than usual production I am so grateful that some of the brands still look to me for collaboration and partnership to review their products or services.

One thing that I am proud of the blog is that I am still writing Foodie Fridays posts, a day; which is on Friday thus the name, where I share either a recipe of a dish we prepared or food review of restaurants/eatery places I visited.  It was as often as I love too but you are not missing out anything much.  These days I will share the dishes we prepared on instagram instead partly because we have been cooking 家常小菜 or simple dishes which are either too simple to justify a blog post or its recipe could be easily found on the web.

I started something new on 2nd half of the year though.  We received invitations to movie premier later half of this year and I decided to try my hands on writing movie reviews.  Not sure if it is informative or helpful though but I really enjoying writing them.  Do let us know if you think we need to make some improvement on this, it is an area still new to me so any suggestions will be welcome~

Not shopping, rather its my online shop - Shop of Curios, selling crochet stuffs handmade by yours truyly.  Its been 2 years since I set up this shop and this year it has been very fruitful, I was given opportunities to crochet something that I not normally make like the Christmas tree, Batman & Star Wars key chains and also to challenge myself to create something without any written pattern on hand  and mostly based on photos, such as the Maneki Neko. Essential Oil cozy, Boxtroll key chain, Jiggly Puffs key chain and Spiderman beanie.

Besides feeling excited that my shop has actually taken off quite well, I am also happy that I was able to strike off an item from my Bucket List.  That is to do something to help the needy, you can read about it here.

Our 2016 New Year Resolution
I don't do this New Year Resolution thing, this could be consider as one since I promised the boy at the end of 2015, that is to take part in more family run & walk in 2016.  We achieved that and went to NINE of them!

A Different Sort of Experience
This year, we had a few First Time experience that was both exciting and interesting.  For me, I was being featured in NTUC Fairprice's Financial Report 2015.

DinoBoy had more opportunities to experience something different, first he went into acting. It was a short film 猪灵媒 by Temasek Polytechnic for their year end project or something. They did not make it very clear to me and I did not ask more.  The shooting took a whole day but DinoBoy only appeared in the film for few seconds, look out for him at 13:19 and 13:32 in the video.

Next he had an opportunity to do a voice over for FRED advertisement, he managed to do it with minimum NGs.

Well, 2016 is defintely better than 2015.  There are regrets but let's not focus on that, let's give attention to all the great things that happened which I am grateful and thankful for each and every moment.   And it is with these thoughts that I will step into the new year.  I hope those around me will feel the same and together we will head off to a better year, making happier memories with family and friends.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Don't Worry, Be Happy? Of course YOU CAN!

A couple of weeks ago, I was listening to a motivational speaker on youtube and she shared a story that speaks of my current mindset which set me free from all my bonds earlier this year.

The short version of the story goes something like this;

One day this motivational speaker was out and saw a cat on a leash, she thought to herself that in the night she will try to set the cat free.  Of course she didn't want to set the cat free but instead longed for it to be free.

As she watched the cat, she noticed that the cat was not really yanking at the end of the leash.  The cat seemed to understand its limit and would run very very fast almost till the end of the leash and would stop, looked around, as if saying to her "I know how long this leash is.".  

Well, the cat certainly has a potential of making itself miserable at the end of the leash but it is not doing that.  She was just superimposing how she would feel if she were the cat on the leash over how the cat feels.

After reading that, let me lead you on to do a little bit of imagination.  First, think about the times you have seen in real life or on tv how a cat behaves when it's caught either on a leash or catch-pole or net.  Do you remember seeing them fighting with fierce hissing, fangs showing and claws drawn?  Not a pleasant sight indeed, especially if you are at the receiving end of the fangs and claws.

Zoom in onto the trapped cat.  Did you notice that the harder the cat fight, the tighter the noose of the leash or catch-pole tighten or it gets more tangled up with the net?  The longer it fight what ever that is restricting its freedom the more tired it gets and eventually feeling exhausted it started to give up the fight AND hope, allowing Fate to creeps in and do whatever it has planned for it . 

Allow that image sink slowly into you.  Now, close your eyes and imagine the leash represents all your problems or stress or issues or dynamics you are facing now... then YOU as the Cat...  The receiving end of the injury caused by the fangs and claws are you loved ones and friends.  What are your thoughts now?

Let's pull your attention back to me for a while, many of you knows that I am facing challenges and stress from the family since late 2012, a few of you know some details and a handful knows the full story but all of you saw my roller coaster rides all these years, the Ups and Downs where there were more Downs than Ups.  There were times where I hit rock bottom and crawled into hiding instead of brushing the dust off myself and brave on.  I was constantly feeling miserable, sad, angry, depressed and it was so bad till I started to detest myself to the point of almost giving up!

I was that trapped Cat.  The key word here is WAS.   I am still that Cat but I do not feel as trapped or hopeless as before.

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Friends who heard my life story or was there as a listening ear & support would often asked me "How can you take in all these stress?", back then I replied to with a dejected sigh "What can I do? Just have to shoulder on and face it."  Now when I hear the same question I'd laughed it off with "Well, I ranted and that's enough for me, what's there to worry?  It will past soon."

I didn't have a change of mindset over a night, it took me almost a year to reach where I am now in a slow and steady pace.  It wasn't easy, not for some one who wallowed in negativeness, sadness and bitterness for years but I learned to let go.  "How?" you asked.  First and foremost, you MUST want to change for the better.  Frankly, 3 years is a long time for a me to feel miserable and yes, if I don't step in to make a change I fear the worse will happen to me.  Secondly know the length of your leash and decide which path you want to go.

It's that simple, just two paths to choose from.

Path #1 You can choose to fight and risk choking yourself to death or pass out with exhaustion, scratching and drawing blood on every one who tried to help you along the way.  

OR Path #2 you can make peace with yourself and do not allow yourself or anyone to make you yank that leash ever again.

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What is the difference?  Well, the "right in your face" obvious different will be for Path #1 you'll probably grow old and die immersed in loneliness (OUCH!  Did I just slapped you with the truth?).  Sure, the problems, the chains and the dynamics will still be there for you to tread through (opps!  Another truth), but the whole process will be less damaging on yourself and those around you if you go down Path #2.  

On top of that, your emotional mindset must change.  Even though you wish to crawl out of that suffocating situation it does you no good if emotionally you still feel lousy.  "How to achieve that?" you'll probably ask again.  Well, it is not a secret method but one that has been floating out there since so long ago.  You have always heard the others said "Wake up in the morning, take time to feel grateful, be happy and you will feel better, the day will be better."  

I take it a notch higher and shout "Be happy, satisfied, appreciative, thankful, grateful and all of that, embrace all those great feeling any time of the day!"

It doesn't matter if you hold that happy thought or embrace that thankful moment for 1 sec or 30mins or a whole day (YAY!), what is more significant is that shift you have created within yourself when that happened.  Remember positive vibes will attract positive things, one happy thought leads to another.  This tiny ripple will cause a chain reaction within you which eventually will manifest you and your thoughts thus giving you strength to face your challenges in a positive self healing happier  way.

YOLO or You Only Live Once, don't let this ONE life become a meaningless/aimless journey.  Don't let misery cloud your eyes, mind and soul, preventing you from seeing the beautiful world and wonderful people around you or let failure stop you from perusing that dream you have.  And really, the problems will still be there if you do not have a final solution to it at that moment there is no point in constantly thinking about them and wishing you are at a different situation/era/space/dimension.

At the end of the day, the Earth still rotates, seasons changed,  people moved on, you may have tackled all your challenges or still trying to work towards that solution to end it, all these becomes a learning paths for you, branded into your memory unable to wipe them out.  Perhaps, one day something prompted you to think about them and when that happened, you can most likely smile to yourself for overcoming them and emerged a better successful YOU.

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Don't be that Cat that kept yanking at the leash, be the Cat that sat at almost the end of the leash enjoying it's freedom, however limited it is.

The year is coming to a close and it's time for New Year's Resolution.  This time, why not just make ONE resolution and vowed to keep it for the next 12 months?  Simply shout at the top of your voice for the world to hear

"I Want To be Happy!".

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Yuletide feast with Pezzo Pizza Singapore

Recently I attended an early Christmas party at Pezzo Pizza with a group of fellow bloggers and had a blast of time!  How I wish all food tasting sessions are as fun and as relaxing as this one.  We simply sat around the table and just munch and munch and munch while they keep sending pipping hot pizza and spicy drumlets out to us~

Ok back to business, the purpose of this Christmas party is to introduce Pezzo's 2 new unique festive creations that are specially created by Pezzo’s very own chefs *WOW!*  The Carbonara and Flamethrower pizza, both under their Christmas menu.

Your Ultimate Comforting Indulgences with Pezzo Carbonara Pizza

Think an enticing medley of roasted turkey bacon and ham, oregano chicken chunks, mushroom and mozzarella, all pulled together by creamy carbonara sauce and garnished with cranberries.

My Verdict - Ooo~ I love mozzarella cheese~ and there are a good layer of it on the piece I am chomping into!  Since bacon and ham are salty, coupled with mozzarella cheese which is also on the salty side, this pizza looks like it will not be every one's favourite BUT WAIT!  The sourish cranberries balanced out the saltiness and every thing tasted HEAVENLY~

Spice Up Your Day with Pezzo Flamethrower Pizza

Topped with a potpourri of tender spiced chicken, roasted onion, fresh chilli, and mozzarella all immersed in Pezzo’s special curry sauce

My Verdict - Frankly, the first thought that comes to my mind when I read curry sauce with mozzarella cheese is HUH?  Curry spiced mozzarella pizza? Well, the overall taste is not that bad, a little bit on the salty side; do note that I am not used to eating salty food, but not as weird as I thought it would be.  The onions in the above photo looks raw but they taste soft with no raw onion after taste.  Curry spice is not spicy too, I did not get the fresh chilli so does not know how that goes with the pizza.  I enjoyed this pizza, unique taste but not too over powering taste of the curry sauce.

Spicy Drumlets to Chase the Blues Away

I so love love love  LOVE~~~ these spicy drumlets~  and that is coming from a person who prefer midwings to drumlets and big fat chicken drumstick.  Marinated on a secret blend of herbs and spices, baked in the oven (not oven oven but the pizza baking oven hor) these tiny little fella are something I would eat whole day!

The skin is baked till crispy at some parts and easily tore off from the meat which is soft and juicy.  I can handle chili of any level so did not find these drumlets spicy, DinoBoy who is still learning to handle spiciness said it was ok too but Serene from Xavvy-licious finds it too spicy for her liking.  So eat at your own risk?   Or share with friends who can take spiciness, they are sold at SGD5.60 for 6 pieces, so at least they can finish the rest if you can't take it.  

Overall Verdict

Can you see the pile of ingredients on the pizza?  Pezzo is not stingy on the ingredients nor the toppings and every bite is a mouthful of goodness.  The bread was not hard and dry, probably because they are made daily fresh on site.  We were told that the pizza slice we had on that day was cut smaller pieces as they wanted us to savour the different type of pizza.  I bought a slice of Pezzo pizza today and it was seriously larger that all the pizza slices I have seen.  I was full after I finished that Cheesy Cheese slice.  Will I patronize it again?  Definitely!  Hot pipping pizza on the go, why not?

Great Deals = Great Savings

Yupe, Mysterious Man said it right!  Both the Carbonara and Flamethrower pizza are affordably priced at SGD4.90 per slice.  In fact there are 2 prices for Pezzo Pizza, its SGD4.90 per slice for the Gala Series and at SGD4.50 per slice for the Carnival Series.  So if you are indecisive as these 2 boys; DinoBoy and Xav, grab one each!

And if you are out shopping with your 2 best friends, get 3 slices @ SGD12.90; that will be SGD4.30 per slice OR a group of you decided to gather & have a "catch-up" session, why not order 6 slices that is equivalent to a 14" full pan @ SGD24.90; that works out to SGD4.15 per slice.  Great deal right!

*Price stated are valid for all Pezzo outlets except Pezzo Sentosa.  All terms & condition applies.

About Pezzo Pizza

At Pezzo, fun is a way of life. Their pizzas are inspired by the tapestry of circus life and they go by bold monikers such as “Big Daddy”, “Meat Munchers”, “Supremo” and “BBQ Bonanza”, just to name a few. Located in prominent shopping malls around the island, Pezzo Pizza is where customers can enjoy piping hot handcrafted pizzas baked daily with fresh and premium ingredients. Best of all, customers can enjoy different kinds of pizza flavours at one go as our pizzas are sold by slices.

Click here to see the locations of all Pezzo Pizza outlets.

Follow them at facebook and instagram for their latest updates and promo.

Over at the Artsy Cozy Corner

Amidst the aroma of freshly baked pizza and wings, the noisy chatty us - the food bloggers, at a corner sat a petite sweet looking lady with non food related items laid out all over the small table. Pezzo Pizza has invited Serene Wu, a talented Watercolorist and modern Calligrapher, to do a live brush calligraphy at the event where she will write out our names and we can decorate the card with drawings or washi tapes she provided.  Cool idea!  She wrote both DinoBoy and my name, its exquisite but I can't show you coz I'm don't share my boy's name publicly.

DinoBoy was intrigued by her work and kept hanging around her table watching her work.  If you brush calligraphy is easy peasy than you are wrong!  There are different strokes to use, the pressure to use on each stroke and of course color matching if mixture of color are required.  Not easy I tell you!

Serene is part of the calligrapher team from The Workroom, a place where you can find workshops for calligraphy, rubber stamp making, food painting watercolor illustration etc  Check out their workshops schedule here, this school holiday why not learn something new while taking a break from all the hustle and bustle of kid's schedule?  Beside hosting workshop or engaged in private events, The Workroom also does weddings and art commission too!  Hurry!  Contact them at info(at)theworkroom(dot)sg and engeage them for your year end Christmas and New Year parties!

Last but not least... Behind the Scene!

Others always have an idea or image that during food tasting session, food bloggers only go there to chin chai or anyhow snap photos of the food then start to eat and be merry,  You guys are so totally wrong! We really work hard for the organisors and it gets challenging when we bring our kids along because we know they are not always 100% cooperative every seconds or minute. Here's what we did at Pezzo Pizza Christmas Party.

For about 30mins before the food tasting, we "molested" the pizza and wings from each angle, up close and from far, not a side of them were spared.

Even when we finally sit down to eat, we can't sink our teeth into the food immediately, MORE photo taking!  And we tried to do welfie with the food with an ingenious idea in mind but sometimes failed terribly, like this one hahaha~

Oh, the people who invited us are not spared too sometimes hahaha~ I was in the midst of talking when I press the shutter button, ended up I look so fierce in this photo.

Have a great day every one! And Munch On!

Disclaimer : We were invited by Pezzo Pizza for a food taste session.  No compensation was received and no obligation to write about it but we decided to go ahead and post on the event because we totally enjoyed it.  All photos in this blog post belongs to The DinoFamily, you may not use them without seeking our permission.  

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Christmas Made Perfect at Frasers Centrepoint Malls 2016

Last week we were invited to a media preview at The Centrepoint for the launched of Christmas Made Perfect that promises a series of fun-filled activities, workshops, international acts and giveaways all lined up for the coming festive season!

Alice in Wonderland: A Musical for the Family

When we think of mall shows, it is usually short and entertaining, its more for the kids to go ga-ga over their favourite cartoon or movie characters.  Well, now the tables are turned, sort of, this time when you are there to watch Alice in Wonderland in The Centrepoint I guarantee you that YOU will enjoy it MORE than your kids!

Be enthralled by the Broadway-style singing, dancing, acting and circus at during the hour of performance by an international cast.  The small stage is not limitation where the cast put in 100% effort in giving us an excellent or maybe a world class performance.  I was dazzled by their vibrant color costume and make up, nothing short of the Broadway real thing!  I strongly encourage you to join in the fun, perhaps let your hair down and dance to the music, I know I did~

Be sure to be there to watch the magical cast in their costume parades before the performance and get up close and personal with them at the meet-and-greet session after the show.

Alice in Wonderland Musical Performance
Venue : The Centrepoint, Level 1 Atrium
Dates : 11 to 20 November 2016
Times :
First Show
1.00pm – 1.30pm: Costume Parade
1.30pm – 2.10pm: Stage Performance
2.10pm – 2.40pm: Meet & Greet

Second Show
6.00pm – 6.30pm: Costume Parade
6.30pm – 7.10pm: Stage Performance
7.10pm – 7.40pm: Meet & Greet

Christmas Fun and Discovery with Hi-5

Hi-5, the award-winning children’s musical group from Australia, will be in town this month for two heart-pumping shows featuring the full cast and their talking puppet mascots, Chatter Box and Jup Jup. With the band’s catchy tunes, energetic dance moves and delightful stories, children aged between two and eight years can look forward to a vibrant mix of investigations, imagination and adventure.

"Best Dressed Building" on Orchard Road

Every Christmas long time ago I look forward to the Best Dressed Building entries and The Centrepoint will always take my breathe away with its beautiful, sparkling, blinking Christmas themed decorations.  I was sad when the contest was removed at one period but they brought it back again couple of years ago.  Albeit  its lukewarm participation from the buildings in Orchard Road I am glad they persist and  after a year's break, The Centrepoint is back in the running for the Best Dressed Building Contest with its Christmas Clockwork Kitchen concept, a whimsical theme that runs across all 12 Frasers Centrepoint Malls.  Woohoo!!!!

Featuring the quirkiest festive kitchen, manned by life-sized Gingerbread Men up to their ears in frosting and cream, the Christmas Clockwork Kitchen at The Centrepoint comes to life every hour in a combination of vibrant colours, fantastical lights and melodies. Watch as the industrious Gingerbread Men hoist giant candy canes and cake pop onto a 10-metre Christmas Tree or enter the enormous Gumball Glasshouse for a festive photo treat.

Simply download the free "OneOrchard" Mobile App for iOS or Android and complete the entry form by following the prompts or go on to Facebook to cast your vote. Each voter is limited to 1 vote per day per building, just to make things fair of course.

20 lucky voters will stand to win $150 Gift Card each when The Centrepoint wins the "Voters' Choice Award'. The results will be announced on 9 December 2016, so once you’ve voted for The Centrepoint, vote, vote some more and then stay posted!  More details over here.

Voting period: 12 - 27 Nov 2016
Results: 9 Dec 2016

Exclusively for Frasers Rewards Members - Gingerbread Man Plushie

We were each given sets of Gingerbread Man Plushie; Chef & Noel Gingey, they are so adorable and so soft to hug~ I brought back a set, intending to have 1 for myself BUT the boy declared that both plushies are his to keep and he is NOT sharing with me.  Errmm... Can I get another set from Fraser Centrepoint??? No?  It's ok I'll redeem them from the malls below.

Redemption Period : From 17 November to 09 December 2016; except for The Centrepoint 11 November to 09 December 2016
What to do :
Spend S$50 - Bedok Point
Spend S$80 - Anchorpoint, China Square Central, Robertson Walk, Valley Point and YewTee Point)
Spend S$120 - Causeway Point, Changi City Point, Eastpoint Mall, Northpoint, Waterway Point and The Centrepoint

Limited to one plushie per shopper. All terms & conditions apply.  More about the redemption over here.

Play It Forward Finale

Remember we wrote about this last November?  Time flies and its been a year since the Play it Forward Charity Ball Pool embarked on its journey around Frasers Centrepoint Malls from Causeway Point.

This November, Causeway Point will be hosting the last stop of Singapore’s Largest Charity Ball Pool Event from 5 to 11 December, 11am to 9pm.

Participants of all ages get 15 minutes of play in the giant ball pool filled with 100,000 colourful balls with a minimum S$5 donation. Since the first round in December 2015, Play It Forward has seen over 9,500 participants and raised more than S$100,000 to date. Frasers Centrepoint Malls will present the final cheque to the Community Chest on 9 December 2016.

and many MORE...

A DIY Christmas with the Family
Drum up excitement for the family with fun DIY activities this season. Parents and children can attend workshops at Waterway Point to build, decorate and bring home their own mini Christmas Tree.

Shoppers with a sweet tooth and an eye for details get a chance to decorate their own cupcakes at Changi City Point, and receive valuable tips from experts at Twelve Cupcakes. Similar dessert decoration workshops will be held at Causeway Point and YewTee Point, where shoppers can choose from a wide range of delectable canvas such as cupcakes, donuts, cookies, candy and Gingerbread Man.

Mall-wide Christmas Giveaways and Promotions
20” cabin luggage, and cruise holidays are up for grabs this festive season at Frasers Centrepoint Malls. Frasers Rewards members can also enjoy a S$10 rebate when they shop with their Citi Credit Cards.

For more information on the full list of activities and events planned for the Christmas season across all the malls, visit

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