Monday, August 31, 2015

Alive Museum in Singapore

Alive Museum has been in Singapore for a year plus, we have visited it last year and this August we decided to visit it again because we had so much fun the last time.

Every space in the museum is put into full use to accommodate the 84 pieces of fine artworks, you can find them in even the narrowest or small corner at the wall.  The place is full of vibrant colors with beautiful and life like masterpieces which perhaps will scare the younger kids; like this Dragon below, with its long sharp teeth and fierce look, it will sure send some of them running away screaming.




The amazing thing about Alive Museum is that the same masterpiece will have different effect on each person, just take a look at me and DinoBoy. The naughty Elephant just "molested" me while it looks like he's blowing air into DinoBoy's ear.


I bet this masterpiece is very popular especially with the kids because they can sit on the swing and swing till their hearts content or till the parent ask them to come down.  It looked so real that you can that adrenaline rush when  you sit on the swing above the ferocious man eating  monster crocodile.    


Tips When Visiting

* Purchase your tickets online, you may be able to enjoy some discount like now!  20% off basic tickets!
* Go with a group of friends or your whole village aka Family.  The more the merrier and will guarantee much more fun and tummy pain laughter when every one try to pose with the masterpiece.  A great family bonding time!
* Look for the sticker on the floor which indicate the best spot to stand to take photo.
* Look around before you stand around, see if you are photo-bombing some other's photos.
* Get hydrated by bringing water along, running around  + laughing  non stop + air conditioned place = 1 thirsty You!

What's New?

Well, how about Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private? Who can resist these intelligent, hilarious, quirky spy penguins from Madagascar?




September & October 2015 Promotion


It's Teacher's Day this Friday 04September 2015 and Alive Museum wish to say Thank You to all teachers. Simply present your staff pass from the Ministry of Education, or if you are from a private school, a letterhead with your NRIC and name at the ticket counter.  All terms & conditions apply.  More details here.

Last but not least...


Giveaway Details

Prize : A set of 4 tickets to Alive Museum
Contest Ends : 07 September 2015 @ 2359hrs
Open : Singapore
How to Enter : Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below
Terms and conditions of giveaway are as follow:
- To avoid being disqualified without prior notice for the giveaway, please read carefully the following and fulfill ALL the requirements stated;
- Winners will be picked randomly.
- Winners will be notified in their facebook shared post so remember to share you post as "Public".
- Winners will have 48 hours to respond by replying to our notification otherwise, a new winner will be picked.
- Only one winner per household.
- This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook
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Disclaimer : We were invited by Alive Museum for the purpose of this post & giveaway, no other forms of compensation were received. All opinions are 100% ours and based on our experience at the museum. All photos in this post unless otherwise credited, are copyrighted and belongs to the DinoFamily, you may not use any of the photos for any purposes without seeking our approval.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

50 Fun Facts about Indoor Skydiving @ iFly Singapore

Remember our first indoor flying experience at iFly Singapore earlier this year (you can read about it here), today we share with you 50 things that you do not know about iFly Singapore.



50 Fun Facts about Indoor Skydiving

1. The official opening of iFly Singapore on 18 May 2011 was officiated by former foreign minister, Mr. George Yeo! The guest-of-honour suited up in his own personalised red flight suit and helmet, and flew in the wind tunnel with the rousing support of invited guests.

2. Vertical wind tunnels were initially created to test aircraft spins, helicopter blades, and parachutes. These days, they are very popular in realising people’s dream of flight and are used by pro-flyers to train and compete in the sport of body flying.

3. iFly Singapore is the first wind tunnel in the world to be accredited with the ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 standards. These certifications ensure that every possible step has been taken to safeguard that the customer’s flight experience is undertaken in a risk-free environment.

4. iFly Singapore is the world’s first themed wind tunnel! The entire body flight facility is themed like an airport terminal and offers a consumer flight journey unlike any other wind tunnel!

5. When vertical wind tunnels were first introduced, it served as a valuable device for skydivers as they were able to learn the skills required to become better skydivers and train in all disciplines of flying.

6. The military uses vertical wind tunnels as an important part of their training regimen in order to better prepare and train for military applications.

7. A traditional freefall typically lasts no longer than 50-60 seconds, so the goal of a wind tunnel is to create a smooth, laminar flow of air which enables skydivers to practise for an unlimited period of time.

8. Popularity of indoor skydiving amongst the public grew after the use of vertical wind tunnels during the closing ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics, which were held in Turin, Italy.

9. The oldest person to indoor skydive is an adventurous 103 year old lady from Florida.

10. There’s four positions of body flight. First time flyers will experience ‘Belly Flying’ which is a basic position where one flies with the belly prominently exposed to the wind.

11. At most indoor skydiving facilities, the first time flyer experience lasts 1 and a half hours, and the flight experience takes just as long as it would take for a traditional skydiver, which is like falling through the air from 12,000 to 3,000 feet, twice!

12. The stainless steel elastic net located at the base of most wind tunnels is strong enough to hold two adult elephants (or 200 people of 100kgs each)!

13. iFly Singapore is the largest indoor skydiving wind tunnel in Southeast Asia and is able to accommodate up to 20 professional flyers at one time!

14. Many with Acrophobia (fear of heights) use indoor skydiving as one of the way to overcome their fears.

15. The slightest adjustment of your appendages causes your body to go up, down, or move laterally in a wind tunnel.

16. To date, iFly Singapore has an impressive record haul of 10 Guinness World Records titles under its belt.

17. iFly Singapore recently made it into the list of TripAdvisor’s 50 iconic places to visit in Singapore and was awarded the 2015 Certificate of Excellence for its impeccable customer service.

18. The Guinness World record for the longest indoor freefall of 4 hours 22 mins and 20 secs, which is equivalent to falling from a height of 2,766,720 feet or 843,296 meters through the air, is held by iFly Singapore.

19. Recirculating wind tunnels use powerful fans to produce an upward air flow capable of levitating human beings. Did you know? The wind is actually generated from above, not below, the air chamber! The fans are mounted in the upper segment of the tunnel, and wind is funnelled down the sides where it flows underneath the chamber then up again through the mesh floor, which then lifts the flyer into the air.

Image taken from iFLY Singapore

20. As it is near impossible to hear amid wind blowing more than 100 miles an hour, indoor skydivers communicate using hand signals inside the wind tunnel.

21. According to a research conducted in the UK, indoor skydivers can burn up to 325 calories for every 26 minutes spent in the wind tunnel.

22. An indoor skydiving instructor can expect to burn nearly 2,000 calories a day – that’s equivalent to burning three-and-a-half Big Macs!

23. Indoor skydiving makes for an all-rounded exercise as it utilises almost all the muscles in the body at one time, similar to swimming.

24. Most first time flyers experience a huge adrenalin rush as their first time in the wind tunnel triggers the release of serotonin, or the "feel good" hormone, in the brain.

25. The first indoor skydiving world championships in Asia Pacific was held at iFly Singapore in 2012 and saw some 400 competitors from more than 10 countries, and a prize pot of $150,000.

26. ‘So You Think You Can Fly’ is the first ever indoor skydiving YouTube reality series, launched by iFly Singapore. The charity initiative featured a series of 5 webisodes that documented the training of 5 local celebrities going through the training of indoor skydiving to win cash and prizes, fund by iFly Singapore, for their elected charity.

27. 13 is the number of Most Skydivers in a Wind Tunnel, according to the Guinness World Record and is held by iFly Singapore. The 13 skydivers consisted of 12 children and one adult who flew for a total of 5 minutes.

28. At present moment, there are over 130 vertical wind tunnels available around the world!

29. The International Bodyflight Association was founded with a mission to promote safety in the sport of indoor skydiving and to host events and competitions to take the sport to new levels. Today, indoor skydiving has become its own entity outside of traditional skydiving.

30. Cordura is a common type of material used on indoor skydiving flight suits. It is a durable synthetic fabric recognized for their long-lasting durability and resistance to abrasions, tears and scuffs.

31. The first Singaporean to propose marriage in the wind tunnel at iFly Singapore was in 2011. The bride-to-be was literally swept off her feet by the surprise!

32. The Most Head Spins in a wind tunnel in one minute is 50, and was achieved by a flight instructor Jonathan Loh, from iFly Singapore on 21 May 2015!

33. The area above and below a flyer in reference to the wind is called the “burble”. This area is essentially a low-pressure area which gives a feeling of low/no-wind when flown through.

34. Competitive indoor skydiving, also known as body flight, shares many of the disciplines of competitive skydiving, such as formation skydiving and freestyle skydiving.

35. Free fly and Freestyle are known as artistic skydiving disciplines. Flyers use both horizontal and vertical flying axis and choreograph a flowing routine.

36. During indoor skydiving competitions, athletes compete to successfully complete a certain number of manoeuvres in an allotted amount of time. Athletes can compete as teams, working to complete manoeuvres and grips, or as individuals.

37. Most indoor skydiving flight suits are customised with grab handles, called grippers, to make it easy for the instructors to assist the flyers.

38. When you visit an iFly indoor skydiving facility, after your flight you will receive an Indoor Skydive Certificate showing what components you mastered!

Yupe, ours were laminated and displayed at home

39. The free fall sequence seen in movies such as ‘Quantum of Solace’ was performed by the actors doing indoor skydiving! Other movies include CZ12 by Jackie Chan!

40. iFly Singapore is a great place to spot celebrities! International celebrities from Zhang Ziyi to Michael Schumacher have been spotted taking flight. Even Emeritus Senior Minister, Mr Goh Chok Tong visited the facility with his family.

41. The Red Lions, those daredevil freefallers who have been a fixture at every National Day Parade since 1996, practice their leaps indoors at iFly Singapore!

42. Since opening in 2011 iFly Singapore has flown over 180,000 visitors. That is more than 135,000 hours of flight time clocked in the wind tunnel!

43. Indoor skydiving may have only gained popularity in recent years however the sport has been around for years! The first human to fly in a vertical wind tunnel was in 1964!

44. During the 28th SEA Games Opening Ceremony in Singapore in 2015, Nila, the mascot, skydived into the stadium and he trained for his grand entrance into Singapore Sports Hub at iFly Singapore!

45. iFly Singapore is the only wind tunnel that offers flyers an unparalleled view of the South China Sea

46. The first human flight at iFly Singapore is by none other than Mr Lawrence Koh, Founder and Managing Director of iFly Singapore, on 26 Nov 2010.

47. To mark iFly Singapore’s 4th anniversary and to commemorate the nation’s 50th birthday, the iFly Singapore team attempted 5 Guinness World Records in under 30 minutes!

48. Due to the lesser surface area presented and their flight experience, flight instructors are able to stand in the wind tunnel! The more surface area you present to the wind, the slower you will fall. The less surface area you have, the faster you will fall!

49. Flying should not impair your breathing abilities. Some first time flyers claim it is hard to breathe, as they are often holding their breath. Relax and remember to breathe when you are in the wind tunnel!

50. The wind tunnel is a great way to learn about science, physics and aerodynamics. iFly Singapore’s very own youth ambassadors, Team Firefly- Kyra Poh and Choo Yi Xuan are featured in the local physics textbook!

*Information accurate as of 11 Aug 2015

So, after reading the above Fun Facts about iFly Singapore, I bet you are all pumped up to give it a try.  Book your flight here, go down to iFly Singapore, gear up and re~lax~~~ like what DinoBoy is doing in the phto.  Enjoy the indoor flying experience~~ and be back for MORE!


Giveaway Details

Prize : A pair of iFly Singapore Flight Voucher (Worth SGD198)
Contest Ends : 31 August 2015 @ 2359hrs
Open : Singapore
How to Enter : Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below
Terms and conditions of giveaway are as follow:
- To avoid being disqualified without prior notice for the giveaway, please read carefully the following and fulfill ALL the requirements stated;
- Winners will be picked randomly.
- Winners will be notified in their facebook shared post so remember to share you post as "Public".
- Winners will have 48 hours to respond by replying to our notification otherwise, a new winner will be picked.
- Only one winner per household.
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Disclaimer : We were invited by iFLY Singapore for another round of indoor flying experience for the purpose of this post & giveaway, no other forms of compensation were received. All opinions are 100% ours and all photos in this post unless otherwise credited, are copyrighted and belongs to the DinoFamily, you may not use any of the photos for any purposes without seeking our approval.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Logitech M238 Play Collection Wireless Mouse

Sometime in June 2015, a package arrived at my office.  I didn't know what to expect and as, I peeped into the package I saw Francesca, the beautiful fox staring up at me.  She is one of the 5 of Logitech's M238 Play Collection Wireless Mice (Retail Price of SGD29.00).  Logitech must have some how know that I prefer her than Ophelia and Marc *giggles*

“Our goal was to evoke a little fun, and remind you to smile when you’re using your mouse. We combined a splash of colour, a touch of playfulness and a dash of spirit to create this year’s 2015 Logitech Play Collection. The colour combinations and designs are inspiring, cheerful, and add personality to your desk.” said Moninder Jain, Managing Director of Logitech Southeast Asia and India.
Well, they weren't kidding when they said that, just look at the designs available!  Definitely brightens up any one's table instantly!

Source : Logitech

Key Features
Playful Design: The collection features friendly animal faces and bright geometric designs, so you can now find a mouse that is as bright, playful and high-spirited as you are.
Reliable battery life: Keep the fun going for up to 12 months without having to switch batteries. The mouse offers smart sleep mode and an On/Off switch to save power, while an indicator light eliminates low battery surprises.
Long Wireless Range: This mouse can roam up to 10 meters away from the computer without losing connection.

System Requirements
+ Windows® 8/RT, Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows® XP
+ Mac OS® X 10.5 or later
+ Chrome OS™
+ Linux® kernel 2.6 or later
+ Powered USB port

Product Specifications
+ Dimensions:
   Height: 95 mm (or 3.74 inches)
   Width: 55 mm (or 2.16 inches)
   Depth: 38.7 mm (or 1.52 inches)
+ Weight (including battery): 84 g (2.96 oz)
+ Unifying ready mouse
+ Sensor technology: Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking
+ Sensor resolution: 1,000 dpi
+ Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity

You can immediately start using your M238 Wireless Mouse after you plug in the USB receiver.  Looking at the design and tried using it with both my hands, I can safely say that its made for both left and right handed users.  It fits so comfortably into my palm plus the scroll wheel with precise scrolling makes no sound (as compared to my previous mouse that made clicking sound as I scroll).  The mouse uses one AA sized battery and is able to "keep the fun going for up to 12 months without having to switch batteries", I guess it all depends on individual's usage level and whether you have a habit of switching off you mouse when its not in use. 


Now, even though they are Play Collection mice, do note that they are not suitable for gaming so you gamers don't fly out to grab these hard to resist mice for your gaming purpose.

I sent my dull looking black & silver mouse to early retirement

And so I sent my old mouse to early retirement, I didn't dumped it into the bin, it sits quietly next to Francesca and watch us work.

I know all of you would lurrvveee~~~ to have one of these colorful companion, so here's your chance!

Giveaway Details

Prize : x2 Logitech M238 Play Collection Wireless Mouse (1 Francesca Fox and 1 Marc Monkey)
Contest Ends : 30 August 2015 @ 2359hrs
Open : Singapore
How to Enter : Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below
Terms and conditions of giveaway are as follow:
- To avoid being disqualified without prior notice for the giveaway, please read carefully the following and fulfill ALL the requirements stated;
- Winners will be picked randomly.
- Winners will be notified in their Instagram account so remember to share you post as "Public".
- Winners will have 48 hours to respond by replying to our notification otherwise, a new winner will be picked.
- Only one winner per household.
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Disclaimer : We were given one Logitech M238 Play Collection Wireless Mouse for the purpose of this post & giveaway, no other forms of compensation were received. All opinions are 100% ours and based on our experience with the usage of the mouse. All photos in this post unless otherwise credited, are copyrighted and belongs to the DinoFamily, you may not use any of the photos for any purposes without seeking our approval.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Munch Munch Travel Survival Kit

Since a couple of years ago, many of the old school stuffs have been popping out around us.  We have been going "Oooo" or "Ahhh" when we see snacks or toys from our childhood days.  And since this year we are celebrating our Nation's 50th Birthday, of course we must include these old school stuffs in our giveaway~

Presenting to you Munch Munch, started by Ken who love every thing old school, it's a place where you can indulgent yourself with the piah, kacang & keropok, tng etc and our personal favourite, the masak-masak and kiam sng tee!  What's more, they are pocket friendly too!

Oh boy! I'm craving for this now, again!

Munch Munch put together a Munch Munch Travel Survival Kit especially for our SG50 Giveaway, so wonderful of them.


WooHoo!!! I think it is a great idea because how else can munch on all the snacks all in one go?!! And after we are done enjoying those snacks, we can relive our childhood by playing with those simple but engaging old school games.

Oh, you see that black package with a big question mark in the photos? They are the Tikam Tikam Surprise that Munch Munch put together to make this a MORE exciting giveaway.  What is Tikam Tikam?  Gosh we are so from different era if you are asking that question and that also reveals my age to you *opps*  Tikam Tikam means guessing game in Malay language, it is also a popular game in the early years where a cardboard is filled up with tickets with numbers, you can purchase a ticket for a minimal price of 5cents each to reveal the price behind the number.  I remembered my Mum sold them in our shop at Bras Basah Complex, it was fun to see the students from the nearby schools came by to buy them and see their expressions when they won the prizes.

Each Tikam Tikam Surprise consist of different things so I am not going to let the cat out of the bag by showing mine to you hehehe~


Unlike me, DinoBoy did not attack the snacks, he just took a look, asked what they are and put them aside.  Instead he look at all the toys and ask me about them then settle down to play with them, one by one, slowly.  Look at him so engrossed in playing with the toys! And he got all the triangles into the holes on the FIRST try! *jealous*

Look Mum!  I managed to get all the triangles in to the hole!

DinoBoy always like spinning tops, its obvious coz he made a spinning top out of Lego when he was about 5 years old, so it's not surprise that he love these mini tops.



Board and card games plays a big part of our family bonding time, we were thrilled to find Animal Chess included in our Munch Munch Survival Kit! Can't believe that we do not have this yet in our collection.  And DinoBoy managed to win DinoPapa in a couple of games, that surprise both DinoPapa and myself.  Now I foresee this will be a game that DinoBoy picks first during family game nights.


DinoBoy was very intrigued by this simple toy, the Wall Crawling Man he calls it and every time he threw this red little  man onto our store room door he's squealing with dramatic words like in the video.  A note though, this Crawling Man only moves on our smooth surfaced store room door, he will stick onto our walls AND our ceiling (DinoBoy misfired and the  little red man landed above him), refusing to move a single bit. 



I have already put a whole load of snacks into my shopping cart in Munch Munch online shop, they offers free delivery for orders over SGD100 so that's some savings for me (so that I can buy MOR snacks! YAY!).  Excuse me while I go back to my shopping.  And if you around these 2 areas below, why not check out Munch Munch?

Where to find Munch Munch
Location #1 
Connexis
No 1. Fusionopolis Way,
Connexis #B1-23
Singapore 138633

Operation Hour:
Monday to Saturday
11:00am - 8pm

Loction #2
The New Chinatown Point
133 New Bridge Road,
The New Chinatown Point #B2-03
Singapore 059413

Operation Hour:
Monday to Sunday
10:30am - 9:30pm

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Ok ok! I'm not so evil to keep this goodie stuff to myself, so here's a chance to win a Munch Munch Travel Survival Kit.

Giveaway Details

Prize : x5 Munch Munch Travel Survival Kit + Tikam Tikam Surprise
Contest Ends : 28 August 2015 @ 2359hrs
Open : Singapore
How to Enter : Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below
Terms and conditions of giveaway are as follow:
- To avoid being disqualified without prior notice for the giveaway, please read carefully the following and fulfill ALL the requirements stated;
- Winners will be picked randomly.
- Winners will have to collect their prizes from me in Orchard area.
- Winners will be notified in their shared post of our giveaway. So remember to share you post as "Public".
- Winners will have 48 hours to respond by replying to our notification otherwise, a new winner will be picked.
- Only one winner per household.
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Disclaimer : We received a Travel Survival Kit + Tikam Tikam Surprise from Munch Munch for the purpose of this post and giveaway, no other forms of compensation were received. All opinions are 100% ours and all photos in this post unless otherwise credited, are copyrighted and belongs to the DinoFamily, you may not use any of the photos for any purposes without seeking our approval.


Monday, August 17, 2015

National Geographic Live Presents: My Nine Lives with Steve Winter

Behind every great National Geographic story, there is a storyteller who travels to the wildest places on earth to bring home epic tales of adventure and discovery. Returning for its second year at the Esplanade Concert Hall, National Geographic Live Singapore will feature one of National Geographic’s veteran photographers – Steve Winter who’ll share stories from life behind the lens on 25 August 2015

In this not-to-be-missed presentation, Big Cat legend Steve Winter will share his intense encounters and astonishing images of the big cats of India, Brazil, and Hollywood.

Steve Winter is one of the world’s most extraordinary wildlife photographers. For Steve, doing whatever it takes to document these majestic creatures in the wild is all in a day’s work, whether it’s camping at 15,000 feet in -40 degree temperatures or being charged by rhinos. Part of each assignment is simply trying to stay healthy – and stay alive.

Steve will share his gripping tales live on stage, from coming face-to-face with tigers in India’s Kaziranga National Park – one of the last places where tigers still share the land with elephants, rhinos, and deer – to capturing nocturnal adventures of a mountain lion in the Hollywood hills.

Steve Winter has been charged by a grizzly in Siberia and trapped in quicksand in the world's largest tiger reserve in Myanmar. He's flown over erupting volcanoes and visited isolated villages where residents had never before seen a blond foreigner—or a camera.

Throughout it all you can’t help but be inspired by Steve’s mission: to share the beauty of big cats whilst reinvigorating efforts to save them. 

“By saving the world's top predators, we save huge forests, rivers, wildlife, and ultimately, our planet,” says Steve Winter.

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Here, Steve Winter shares more about him and his work in an interview.

1. What would you say is the most memorable moment in your storied career as a photographer with National Geographic Society?

Every story has a memorable wildlife encounter. Some are scary and others are just amazing. But the most important ones end for me with an amazing image. I was watching a tiger hunting elephant babies one day and he was unsuccessful as the matriarch would not allow him to get close to the young. As he walked away after an hour I took a photograph of why tigers have stripes – camoflague – a tiger walking thru burnt grasses – amazing.

Photo Credit : Steve Winter

2. Tell me about your relationship with your Dad. I understand he was the one that planted the passion for photography in you.

That’s right, he was a big influence. My father was an amateur photographer, so I ended up reading his books and magazines. It never crossed my mind to be a wild life photographer, it was more documentary and social photography I liked. At 7 years of age he got me my first camera, and then at the age of 8 I decided I wanted to work for National Geographic – I’ve now been working for them for 24 years!

When I was young my father and I used to enter Kodak photography competitions together, he always ended up coming first! But I came a close second.


3. How did you manage to score a role with National Geographic and how does an aspiring wildlife photographer start to follow in your footsteps?

Following my dream. I wanted to be a NGM photographer since I was 8 years old – you need to believe in yourself and your dream and never ever give up!!

I started out working on small stories pieces for the magazine and then changed my concentration from people to animals.

For aspiring photographers, learn to be a visual storyteller. Learn to tell visual stories close to where you live. If you can find something near you and tell a compelling story close to home you will not need much money and you can put the time into learning about your subjects and understanding their lives.


4. What is the furthest you have gone or done to capture the perfect image? Similarly, how close to the jaws of Death have you come just to capture that perfect shot?

Working with wild animals can be a bit dangerous and you need to work with local people that know the area and animals. You need to have a very high level of trust in their abilities, as your life is in their hands. Getting charged by rhinos was the scariest situation I’ve been in while in the field. We were out in India with an anti poaching patrol riding on elephants when we came across a highly territorial rhino. The rhino chased us on elephant back for over 400m and bit the elephant’s trunk! I went flying, just managing to hold on to a thin bit of cloth. I thought I was going to die! This was just the start of the trip; I had 5 more weeks in field. During the trip I had to replace my jeep door twice due to rhinos charging! Unpredictable animal behavior is the worst. You simply cannot be prepared, but you just always have to be prepared for that sort of thing- like the boy scout motto!


5. The title of your exhibition is My Nine Lives with Steve Winter. How many more lives do you think you have left?

I hope many more! I feel very lucky to be doing what I do, and I hope to it for many more years to come!


6. What would you say is your favourite animal and why? 

I appreciate the beauty of all big cats, but tigers are very close to my heart.


7. Wildlife photography is the field that defines you today as a person. But when Steve Winter is not following animals, what other photographs do you like to take? Also, what do you do in your free time? 

Chilling out reading or watching movies. I love HBO and the BBC, My wife and I are currently enjoying Homeland, Orange is the new Black and Game of Thrones. This winter has been pretty cold where I live (New Jersey), so we’ve had lots of time to catch-up on our favourite programmes. I love taking all types of images. I actually started out taking social and documentary photographs. I got into wild life photography quite by accident. I had a commercial shoot in Costa Rica, working with scientists in the rainforest. The forest blew me away with its incredible diversity. And coming from being a photojournalist covering politics and the economy spending my days with passionate and dedicated researchers in the rainforest really excited me. Also one of the scientists I met told me of a story that had both wildlife and people – about the quetzal – the sacred bird of the Maya that had never been photographed by NGM – that began my career in wildlife. I did not take a photograph of an animal until I was 34 years old – while I was on that trip in Costa Rica. It was of a marine turtle coming back into the sea at dawn after laying its eggs under the sand on a beach.


8. What would you like to be remembered for? 

Trying to save big cats and the landscape they call home. I spend a lot of time in the field getting difficult images. My work as media director for Panthera, a nonprofit dedicated to saving wild cats, helps bring these images and the work of their scientists and field staff to the world.


9. You’ve travelled all over the world and have seen and experienced many things the average city dweller will never be able to fathom. What advice do you have for the world, especially when it comes to wildlife and the environment? 

I'd ask people to get involved in the conservation issues they feel close to, anything from protecting land in their communities to saving tigers, placing pressure on decision makers to address climate change or pollution issues—the key is passion. There are many ways to participate, to help, close to home or on the web. For those that can donate money, I'd warn them to make sure that money actually goes to the organizations with boots on the ground—to scientists and local people that are making a real difference.

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We strongly suggest that you do not miss this once in your lifetime show to be up close and personal with Steve Winter.  Tickets are selling out fast so grab yours today!

My Nine Lives with Steve Winter
Date: 25 August 2015, Tuesday
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Concert Hall
Ticketing details: Tickets are priced from $39*General tickets sales begin on 15 June 2015 and can be purchased from SISTIC.

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Incidentally we have a pair of tickets to be given to 1 lucky winner to experience this extraordinary encounter with the greatest wildlife photographer.

Giveaway Details

Prize : A pair of tickets to watch My Nine Lives with Steve Winter
Contest Ends : 20 August 2015 @ 2359hrs
Open : Singapore
How to Enter : Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below
Terms and conditions of giveaway are as follow:
- To avoid being disqualified without prior notice for the giveaway, please read carefully the following and fulfill ALL the requirements stated;
- Winners will be picked randomly.
- Winners will be notified in their shared post of our giveaway. So remember to share you post as "Public".
- Winners will have 48 hours to respond by replying to our notification otherwise, a new winner will be picked.
- Only one winner per household.
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Disclaimer : We were given tickets to watch My Nine Lives with Steve Winter for the purpose of this post and giveaway, no other forms of compensation were received. All opinions are 100% ours and all photos in this post unless otherwise credited, are copyrighted and belongs to the DinoFamily, you may not use any of the photos for any purposes without seeking our approval.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

SG50 Celebration - What Singapore Means to Me

In 2012, I was honoured to be part of the Loving My Spot (In Singapore) blogtrain hosted by The Playful Parents, that blogtrain was part of the celebration to our Nation's 47th Birthday on 9th August.  15 mummies from Singapore Mom Bloggers introduced and shared places in Singapore where they had fond memories of during their childhood days.  I wrote in my post about Bras Basah Complex, a place that is still so dear and close to me.

3 years later I am honoured to be on another blogtrain to share my love for my country, The Little Red Dot, who turned 50 years old on 9th August 2015. Plans were made earlier this year to celebrate this great year, events and programs were lined up where people share their personal memories, show their gratitude and love for our country. You can find out more here at Singapore50.  Our Nation's birthday falls on a Sunday this year, the government declared that Friday as a public holiday and we have Jubilee Weekend from 7th to 10th August 2015, to celebrate our 50th year of independence.  

We did not visit any events or places of interest during the Jubilee Weekend because we anticipated that there will be crowds every where and we are not fond of that.  Instead we spent quiet times at home watching television programs or doing stuffs together.  DinoBoy learned a dish or two from DinoPapa too!

On 9th August 2015, we sat in front of the tv as we always did over the past years to watch the National Day Parade held at the Padang.  People bought tickets to watch the parade, some swarmmed to places near the Padang to catch the aerial display and the fireworks, we choose to celebrate it in the comfort of our home.


Watching the performances by the thousands of Singaporeans both young and old, telling the story of Singapore starting from 50 years ago I feel blessed to be in this country.  We have been through a lot, we struggled to make our tiny country known to the rest of the world and looking at our achievements I can safely say that the Little Red dot is not little any more.

This year we lost our beloved ex PM Mr Lee Kuan Yew on 23 March 2015, the whole nation mourned our lost and every one came together to support each other in getting through Mourning Week.  I was affected too, he was a great leader with great foresight and I admire him for that because look at where we are now.  I remember him in the only way I know, I wrote down my thoughts here, it was one of the saddest post I have written.

With every lost, there are more things to celebrate.  This year we put ourselves in the limelight again when our Singapore Botanic Garden was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site at the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee in Bonn, Germany on Saturday (July 4).  Our athletes did us proud during the 28th South East Asian (SEA) Games where a significant number of games records, national records and personal records were broken. For once, we are truly proud of our athletes and their achievements.


Singapore is a multi culture, safe and stable country, we have good infrastructure, being one of the largest financial centre and busiest port in the world it is no wonder many flocked to Singapore.  Whatever the reasons they made them decided to make Singapore their home, and whether we like it or not, they are here to stay.

We have walked together for half a century, what will happen after that?  Frankly, I have no idea, I am not sure will there be A Future for the younger generations, our true blue young Singaporeans.  However things will turned out to be I am confident that our government will prepare us for any changes or challenges ahead.

I never have any big dreams, in fact I always have this thought that I will just be a humble housewife where I can fuss on my family and go on afternoon high tea with my friends.  Alas, dreams and reality often differ but I got the better end of the deal because I am blessed to have a wonderful husband and son.  

In addition, I have everything that people from other parts of the world wish their country will be, I should be content, I AM contented.  I am just a humble Me, who wanted nothing bombastic going on in  my life but I wish with all my heart that my beloved country will go all out and make a mark for herself.



This is my Country, my Home, where I Belong.  We are small but we are mighty.


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This blog train was initiated by Finallymama, join us while we let you see Singapore through our eyes.

Finally Mama

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Next up on the blogtrain is Bumble Bee Mum who is a stay-home mum who blogs about her adventures with the kids around Singapore (and beyond). Growing up in Singapore and subsequently bringing her kids up in Singapore, find out what Singapore means to her on her blog tomorrow!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Play Doh and Singapore Food Creations

When we approached Hasbro to seek sponsorship for our SG50 August Giveaway, little did we know that they would throw a challenge to us in return.  So they sent us their Super Color Pack that consist of 20 tubs of Play Doh of different colors and a note saying "Using Play-Doh and Food Creations, relate back to SG50 by creating models of food in Singapore such as satay, ang ku kueh etc."

We were stunned like ve-gee-table... and took us a few days to think about the theme.


Well, the easy part is the food that is so Singapore because we are a family who love food but the real  challenge is in the making of it.  How to mould and shape it to look like what it was suppose to look like.

For example this one, I wanted to make my favourite snacks chwee kueh, its a steamed rice cake made from rice flour and water, topped with diced preserved radish and served with chilli sauce.  As you can see, my chwee kueh looks nothing near to the actual thing.  I tried shaping it into nice bowl shape but I don't know how it turned out to look like fish ball.  And the preserved radish looks like sesame seeds instead.  Oh well, at least I get a plus point for trying to make it.  So its Failure #1...


Then I thought, "CHILLI CRAB!", it should be easy to make the crab, just have to think how to make it look like its cooked with chilli.  Instead of mixing the various shades of orange to get that nice color of the gravy (waste of play doh lah in my opinion) I thought I will just make 1 or 2 chilli and put it beside the crab.  Then I realized... there are NO red color doh in the pack!  And you have it,  a bright fiery cute crab sitting nicely on a white plate without any gravy nor condiments.  Failure #2...


Feeling rather amused than frustrated, I did not give up, many different type of food flashed through my mind such as laksa, Hainanese chicken rice, char keuy teow, fried carrot cake etc.  Then I tried to make satay, very simple right?  Not so simple to make it... the end product looked like something else that is not so pleasant so they have to be ditched *sigh*  And then I remembered one of my favourite snack, the pig's ear biscuits!  This time I am determined to make it right, I mixed 2 different shades of brown, roll them out, slightly flatten them and roll it up like a pinwheel then push the centre upwards to make a concave shape.  Not bad eh?  Success finally!


And while I am doing mine, DinoBoy also tried his hands in making some food too. He loves Play Doh and has been playing with them since he was younger, he is an expert in this area.  Look at his cheese burger, looks good right?  I told him cheese burger is not a food that represent Singapore, he protested and said "But MUM!  IT IS because every one's eating Mcdonald's cheese burger!"  


Next he made ice cream, those milk ice cream coated with frozen lime flavoured ice or Splice ice cream and chocolate mint ice cream cone.  Again, nothing Singapore related but I guess these are his childhood snacks and titbits which weren't a lot since we sort of control on that.


I merely commented that he is not making any "Singapore Food" and he made this, his favourite dessert - ice kacang.  As you can see, he did it half way, so few corns and then only 1 colored cubed jelly... where are the red beans, attap chee or attap seed, the red and green cube jelly?


Later, I pointed to a packet of ice gems on the dining table and said "Perhaps we could do that but how should we do the colorful icing?"  I left him to try and do it while I take photos of our creations. Minutes later he presented these to me!  See, I told you that he's better in this than me, they look pretty close to the real thing.


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