Monday, November 24, 2014

November/December 2014 Fun Activities for the younger kids

I have recommended activities for 9 to 12 years old kids at Science Centre Singapore last week, you can read about it here if you missed it, today I am going to share with you the places where the younger ones will be thrilled to visit!   Bouncing castles, meet & greets, dancing at live shows, its all fun fun FUN for them!

PSST~ I'm a Mr Men & Little Miss fan and I have a soft spot for the trio in Chuggington so perhaps I'll head down to these 2 malls to check them out.

#1 Sentosa PLAYcation 2014
Specially customised for Sentosa, Sentosa PLAYcation will have the widest variety of giant inflatables in Singapore this festive season! Explore and take photos with delightful and colourful inflatables at three magical zones - Candyland, Toyland and Christmas Cheers!

Fun for the whole family, both adults and kids as young as infants can enjoy the PLAYtent* featuring various inflatable fun activities such as a bouncy castle, rock climbing and a rodeo bull challenge. They can even snap a picture inside the unique Snow Globe or enjoy a little shopping and good food during the weekends at the flea market and food street.

Date: 15 November 2014 – 4 January 2015
Venue: Merlion Plaza (Christmas Cheers), Beach Plaza (Candyland) and Palawan Beach open car park (Toyland)
Time: 11am to 9.30pm
Price: *All zones are free except for PLAYtent and Snow Globe. Enjoy one session of free play at the PLAYtent or Snow Globe for those who spend a minimum of $30 on Sentosa. Terms and conditions will apply.

For PLAYtent - $6 per 20 minutes (or 3 tries)
For Snow Globe - $5 (Up to 6 adults)

#2 Dive into Bikini Bottom at Downtown East
The Krusty Krab, the popular burger joint from Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants series, will be opening its doors at Downtown East and we’re looking to “hire" sous chefs and staff for the restaurant. Come join us for an exclusive insider tour and you might just land yourself a ‘job’ at the restaurant!

Head into the restaurant and prove that you know how to cook up the famous Krabby Patty in the kitchen by remembering what the key ingredients of the burger are. Next, show that you are good at handling money, even with foreign currencies, and earn yourself a special employee button badge.

Of course you won’t be working by yourself at The Krusty Krab so be sure to meet your new colleagues, fry cook SpongeBob SquarePants and his best pal Patrick Star, when they start their shift at the restaurant.

Plus get up-close and snap a memorable picture with SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star this holiday season! Snap a picture at Bikini Bottom, share it in facebook and win Spongebob Squarepants premiums.  To know more click here for event information.

Be Part of The Krusty Krab Krew
Date: 15 November 2014 to 31 December 2014 (except Tuesday)
Time:  Weekdays 4pm – 8pm, Weekends 1pm – 8pm
* Spending a min. of $20 at Downtown East participating outlets and redeem your entry passes.  Terms & Conditions apply.

Meet & Greet
Date: 06 to 31 December 2014
Time: 06 December 2014 7pm,    
All other weekends in December 4pm & 7pm
* 30 Meet & Greet passes will be given out 30mins prior to the session infront of Event Square (Main Stage).  Terms & Conditions apply.

#3 A ONE-derful Christmas @ OneKM
OneKM, the latest shopping, gastronomy and lifestyle destination in the East, is all ready to celebrate our first Christmas. Join us for an array of ONE-derful fun activities, celebrations and rewards that will definitely bring an exciting shopping experience. It’s everything you’re expecting + more!

Join the vibrant and dynamic The Little Big Club superstars - Barney & Friends, Bob the Builder and Pingu Penguin on an exhilarating musical adventure, so put on your dancing shoes!

What’s more, Mr Men and Little Miss characters will be spreading Christmas cheer at OneKM! Get a chance to meet and greet Mr. Strong, Little Miss Sunshine, Mr. Bump, Little Miss Hug and Little Miss Princess who have travelled all the way here just to join you for a Christmas season filled with fun!

The much loved and vibrant Mr Men & Little Miss characters come to life in a iconic activity village accompanied amidst an Atrium full of vibrant backdrops, props and decoration. Explore the variety of exhilarating activities at Dillydale Town that continues to entertain your entire family! From 28 November to 08 December 2014 (Weekdays: 12pm to 8pm, Weekends: 11am to 8pm) Little Miss Sunshine Sand Art brings laughter and cheer as children get creative with different colour sand to ‘colour’ a Mr. Men Little Miss picture. Mr. Strong Wire Craft gets children to assemble a wire bookmark in the shape of their names. Mr Bump & Little Miss Hug Shrink Art corner encourages children to make adorable key chains. Little Miss Princess Castle Wardrobe is devoted to bringing imagination to reality as every girl gets treated to dress up as a Princess!

To qualify, simply spend a minimum of $80 to redeem a Game Pass.  (No activities between 4pm – 5pm)

The Little Big Club Move it! Shake it! “LIVE” Musical Shows!
Date: 28 November to 08 December 2014
Live Show: Mon - Fri: 2pm, 7pm
Sat - Sun: 2pm, 5pm and 7pm
(Extra show on, Friday, 28 November at 5pm. No show at 2pm on Sunday, 30 November)
(No shows on Wednesday)
* Spend $40 in a single same-day receipt to qualify. Limited 50 passes will be issued 1 hour before each show.  Other Terms & Conditions apply.

Mr Men Little Miss Meet and Greet
Date: 11 December to 21 December 2014
Time: Weekdays: 2pm, 7pm
Weekends: 1pm, 3pm and 7pm
(No Meet & Greet on Wednesday)
* Be the first 50 families to Meet and Greet Mr. Strong, Little Miss Sunshine, Mr. Bump, Little Miss Hug and Little Miss Princess. Don’t forget to bring your own camera to capture every endearing moment with your family and friends.

#4 All I Rail-ly Want For Christmas at City Square Mall
Gear up for nonstop fun and gifts this festive season from to 28 December 2014, and ready yourself for a jolly good time with the Chuggington Trainees for a Winter Snow Party!

Back by popular demand, the beloved Chuggington Trainees Wilson, Brewster and Koko return for a new adventure at City Square Mall! The Chuggington Winter Snow Party will also see Lorie and Morgan joining the Trainees, introduce new songs, eco-friendly themes and most importantly, a spectacular light up which will fill the atrium with Christmas cheer.  Fans can also get up close and snap a family photo with their favourite characters by redeeming a Meet & Greet Pass with $50* spent in the mall.

Have a great time with your little ones at the Chugg-ful of Fun At The Park located at the City Green (Park) just outside the mall.  Reminisce and immerse yourself in the Christmas Spirit at the Outdoor Carnival! Have a go on the carnival rides such as Horse Carousel, Chair Swing and Heli Jet. It is a joyful time for the family, not to be missed!  Weekdays from 6pm to 10pm; Weekends from 12pm to 10pm

Don't forget to catch the Christmas Light Show & Snow Playtime which is happening from 8pm and 9pm daily.  A myriad of colours and dancing lights fill the air, with a bed of snow for children to frolic in. Witness this charming transformation at the outdoor Chugger Wilson installation, all at City Square Mall!

Hop on the Choo-Choo City Express for a merry ride with your family around the park at City Square Mall from 12 pm to 10pm daily.

Can’t get enough of Chuggington? Pose with the Chuggington Trainees standees for some fun snapshots and add them to your list of wonderful memories at City Square Mall. Simply present your PAssion Card with a receipt of any amount to redeem an exclusive Chuggington tote bag with pencil case set. Limited to one redemption per PAssion Card member and for the first 500 shoppers only.

Look out for Santa and his Reindeer as they rove around City Square Mall L1 Atrium.  Ready your cameras and take a snapshot with them during this cheerful holiday! Date: 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 24 December 2014 from 8pm to 10pm.

For more details on the activities and promotions at City Square Mall, please visit or check out City Square Mall’s Facebook page

The Chuggington Winter Snow Party – Live Show and Meet & Greet
Date: 06 to 21 December 2014 (Daily except Monday)
Live Show: Weekdays @ 2pm and 7pm; Weekends @ 1pm, 4pm, 7pm
Meet & Greet: Weekdays @ 2.30pm and 7.30pm; Weekends @ 1.30pm, 4.30pm and 7.30pm
Venue: L1 Atrium
* A maximum of 3 same-day combined receipts. 50 passes will be given out 1 hour prior to each show at the L2 Customer Service Counter, strictly on a first-come first-served basis. Receipts used to redeem this Meet & Greet pass cannot be used to redeem the Chuggington cushion. Other Terms & Conditions apply.

#5 A Tremendously Goodieful Christmas at United Square
The kids will go mad with happiness when they know that they get to see 2 of their favourite characters in United Square this December holiday.

Go on a musical adventure with Dora the Explorer as she sets out with her trusty companions, Diego and Boots, to search for a very special tree. 

Join the all-time, Larger-than-life superstars – Barney & Friends, Fireman Sam and Angelina Ballerina. Party with your favourite characters as they bring you an extravaganza of music and dance that will ‘Move It, Shake It’ this Christmas!

Dora The Explorer Animalito Adventure - Live Show and Meet & Greet
Date: Thursday, 20 November 2014 to Monday, 8 December 2014 2014
Time: Mon-Fri: 2pm, 7pm
Sat & Sun: 2pm, 5pm and 7pm
(No shows on Tuesdays.)

Barney & Friends, Fireman Sam and Angelina Ballerina - Live Show and Meet & Greet
Date: Thursday, 11 December to Thursday, 18 December 2014
Time: Mon - Fri: 2pm, 7pm
Sat & Sun: 2pm, 5pm and 7pm
(No shows on Tuesdays)
* Spend $50 (in a single receipt) at any retail outlets to have your photo taken with Dora and her friends (20 Nov – 8 Dec) or Barney & Friends / Fireman Sam / Angelina Ballerina (11 Dec - 18 Dec) after each show. EZ Link holders are limited to the first 10 Meet & Greet passes per session from 20 Nov – 8 Dec, while stocks last. Obtain a Meet & Greet photo queue number next to the stage one hour before the show. Bring along your own camera. Meet & Greet is limited to the first 40 families per session.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November/December 2014 School Holiday fun time at the Science Centre Singapore

DinoBoy will be entering P3 soon and the new school term means he will finally get to study the Science subject, something that he has great interest in since he started primary school.  For the past 2 years, the school and the student care centre has arranged a few excursions to our Science Centre Singapore, after he comes back from that place he has so many things to tell me.  He will share with me the activities he did, the exhibits he saw and the things he learn that day.  To him, it has always been a great and fun trips to the Science Centre Singapore.

Thus I decided to take a look at what Science Centre Singapore has to offer to our children all year round at their permanent exhibits and also their school holiday programs.  I was surprise that they have so many activities that are interesting, informative and educational.  No wonder DinoBoy is so happy every time he goes to the Science Centre Singapore with the school.

The following activities we are recommending are for 9 to 12 years old and may not be suitable for younger kids.  To check out their other activities, just head off to their events page over here.  

#1 Colour Your World
Date : 26 November 2014 09:30 - 12:30
Target group : 9-12 years old
Cost: $50/child (excluding admission charges & GST)
Limited to 30 participants per session.
Location: Science Centre Singapore
About the Activity : Paints are found everyday around us – they make objects attractive, prevent rusting and brighten up our lives. In this lesson, we are going to explore how people in the past made paints, as well chemical methods of preparing paint pigments. At the end of the lesson, use the paints you prepared to create your very own masterpiece to bring home!

Discover your inner artist as you learn more about paint and how art and science is linked!

#2 Butchered at the Barber Shop
Date : 28 November 2014 09:30 - 12:30
Target group : 9-12 year olds
Cost : $50/child (excluding admission charges & GST).
Limited to 30 participants per session.
Location : Science Centre Singapore
About the Activity : Someone has been murdered at the barber shop and it’s your job to uncover the mystery! Do you dream of becoming a detective or a forensic scientist? If your answer is yes then come on down to the DNA lab to learn the different forensic science techniques in this fun-filled workshop.

Solve the crime like a forensic scientist in this workshop by learning microscopy and fingerprint dusting techniques!

*Pre-registration required.

#3 Maker Immersion Camp!
Date : 10 December 2014 - 12 December 2014 09:00 - 16:00
Target group : Ages 9-12 years old
Cost : $175/ child (excluding admission charges & GST).
Location: Science Centre Singapore
Maker Immersion Camp 2014 inspires ​kids ​to ​discover ​the ​Maker ​in ​them and is the perfect chance for them to get their hands dirty, break things, fix things, create something, work as a team and learn new skills while having loads of fun!

Click here for the poster.
Click here to register!

#4 Transformers Camp
Date : 28 November 2014 - 29 November 2014 (Camp 1)
12 December - 13 December 2014 (Camp 2)
Target group : 9-12 year olds
Cost : $350/child (excluding admission charges & GST).
Closing date for registration and payment : 21 November 2014 for Camp 1 and 01 December 2014 for Camp 2
Location : Transformers 30th Anniversary Exhibition (Annexe hall) @ Science Centre
About the Activity :You have received an urgent signal from Cybertron: “The Allspark is… the Allspark is…. there…”

Time is crucial. Return to Earth to join your team of transformers and retrieve the AllSpark. But you are not alone... Strange signals of other transformers are near, whom you have never heard of…

Join the green or blue transformers team in this upcoming Transformer sleepover camp! Participants will learn how to build and programme their robots to solve tasks, and also create their own animation! Participants will also get an exclusive guided tour of the exhibition after closing time and also the chance to sleep under the protection of the 6m tall Optimus Prime and Bumblebee!

Who shall win the AllSpark? The answer is more than meets the eye….

*Pre-registration required.
*Click here for more details!

#5 Dare to Climb!
Date : 13 December 2014 10:00 - 13:00
Location : Pauling Lab @ Science Centre, The Cliff @ Snow City
Target group : Parent with child (10 – 12 years old onwards)
Cost : $40 1 parent + 1 child, $20 for any additional parent or child (excluding admission charges & GST).
Closing date for registration and payment : 30 November 2014
About the Activity : Hook up, get up and look up to the sky! Learn about the tips and tricks about rock climbing and more! Understand about the biomechanics of climbing, the main muscle groups used and how climbing equipment are used to ensure our safety during the climb. Then, team up with your family and pit your skills at “The Cliff”. Encourage each other and overcome the difficulties together as you scale our 15m tall rock wall!

Dare to climb is a fun and thrilling programme that will not only put your new found knowledge and body to good use but definitely a engaging family bonding experience that you will never forget!

For more details on registration and fee click here!

*Pre-registration required.

Disclaimer : We are in no way affiliated to the management of Science Centre Singapore.  The sole purpose of this post is to share with everyone the holiday activities we think you will love to participate.  All opinions are 100% on our own, no compensation were received for this post.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

HeART Studio December 2014 Holiday Program

HeART Studio December school holiday program is out!  I know some of you are as excited as me because we love their holiday programs.  This time the kids will look forward to painting favourite characters such as Queen Elsa, Spongebob, the cute litte Eric Carle's caterpilla, Olaf, cookie monster (awww~ my favourite little blue fella) and more!

Here are some of the interesting canvas painting for the Young Masters (7+) workshop and the timetable for the holiday programs. For more details check out HeART Studio's link here.  Sign your kids up now to avoid disappointment as their workshops are popular and will be snatched up real fast.  They are having a early bird 10% discount is till 23 November 2014 too so hurry and call HeART Studio at 6554 7563 today!

And of course the DinoFamily have passes to be given away!  However, it is only for Young Masters (7+) workshops.  So if your child is at least 7 years old per his last birthday year and month, then quickly read the giveaway details and try your luck!

Workshop : Poinsettia (Canvas Painting)
40cm by 50cm
Price: $75 each
Date : 09 December 2014
Time : 1.30pm – 4pm

About the Workshop
It’s the festive season and the children will get to paint the Christmas Flower Poinsettia. They will also learn to blend colors and understand the color values: Contrasting and complimentary colors. This painting program will open a window of experience for the student to try out canvas painting to the many different interesting subject matters that have been chosen for the class.

Poinsettia Flower Facts
The Aztecs called poinsettias "Cuetlaxochitl." During the 14th - 16th century the sap was used to control fevers and the bracts (modified leaves) were used to make a reddish dye. Today it is known in Mexico as Flor de Noche Buena, meaning Christmas Eve Flower.


Prize : x2 Poinsettia (Canvas Painting) workshop passes worth SGD75 each , workshop is on 09 December 2014, 1.30pm to 4pm
Contest Ends : 19 November 2014 @ 2359hrs
Open : Singapore Only
How to Enter : Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below
Terms and Conditions : 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 by Rafflecopter widget.
- The winner will be contacted by HeART Studio directly via email for collection of prize. The DinoFamily's responsibility will end once we pass the winners' details are to HeART Studio.
- Only one winner per household.
- The child MUST BE be at least 7 years and above, based on the month and year of birth.
- No repeat winners are allowed.
- Winners will have 3 days to respond by replying to the notification email or by phone call to HeART Studio at +65 6554 7563 (Quote DinoMama giveaway), otherwise, a new winner will be picked.
No changing of date or time is allowed.  This is because there are limited slots for these popular workshops and HeART Studio has to set aside specific slots for the giveaway.
- We regret that existing HeART Studio customers are not allowed to take part of this giveaway.  We have to give other kids a chance to experience the wonderful art learning from those excellent teachers right?

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HeART Studio Singapore
1 Charlton lane #01-04
Singapore Singapore 539631
Phone : 6554 7563
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Big Hero 6, a MUST WATCH movie for this year

Recently we were invited to a movie premier, our very first one and we are so excited about it.  More when its to watch the action packed comedy-adventure movie Big Hero 6.  DinoBoy has been bugging me, reminding me almost every day that he wants to watch this movie since the day he saw the trailer in Disney XD.  He is whopping up with joy when he knows that he is finally seeing it, way before any of his friends!

We were there almost on the dot and it was crowded! Instead of trying out the games, some thing he will not missed for any reason, DinoBoy made a bee line to the cotton candy queue. It was a long slow moving queue, it took longer than I expected that I just have to check out what's holding up the queue at the front of the line. I like this lady mending the cotton candy kiosk already! She was making sure that every cotton candy looks like Baymax!

There were toys for everyone to see, feel, touch and play a little bit and then decide "I will get these for so-and-so or myself!"

What makes us or rather DinoBoy wants to watch this movie so badly?  Well, I think every one will agree with us that it was the 6 feet tall and 75 pounds inflatable Baymax, a healthcare companion. 

The movie unfolds by introducing Hiro Hamada, a 14 year old boy who not only is a robotics prodigy, but a genius who has graduated in high school and love spending time in back alley robots battle tournament.  Hiro was introduced to Baymax when Tadashi Hamada; Hiro's older brother dropped by the "nerd school" to pick up some stuffs before sending Hiro to yet another  robotic tournament.  Baymax was created by Tadashi with the sole purpose of helping others and with a simple scan he can detect vital stats, and given a patient’s level of pain, can treat nearly any ailment.

You'll think that once Hiro realized that he just gotta get into the "nerd school", which he will eventually be, he'll get to build some great stuffs and every one lives happily ever after.  Well, if that happens then it is not Walt Disney Animation Studio's style, the people inside there will never allow such things to happen.  So they added in a twist of fate where Tadashi was killed in a fire, Hiro found out that his latest invention that presumably was destroyed in the fire was stolen by someone.  He got all emotionally upset and went all out to find that person who caused the death of his brother.

Besides upgrading Baymax with some kung-fu fighting moves, he also helped transformed Tadashi's 4 colleague mates into crime fighting heroes in super hero suits according to the expertise they each are good at, you can meet them here.

On a last note, besides loving the action, this Mama is mesmerized by the majestic view of the sky line where Hiro and Bamax sat on top of a very tall tower, relaxing, and flying with them zipping in between buildings and through the cloud.  I must say the animations are really superb and Walt Disney Animation Studios have out done themselves once again. 

Which Baymax do you like?

So don't miss Big Hero 6, seriously.  Besides having all the famous people working in the movie; directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”), it is an adrenaline-pumping action, heartfelt emotion and plenty of humor movie where both young and old will enjoy.

And I guarantee you that Baymax will touch your heart and soul, we went awwww~~ whenever we see Baymax on screen and DinoBoy clearly love him too because he said this to me one night before bed time..

"Mummy, I can't go to sleep until you tell me that you are satisfied with my care."

... which I gladly obliged of course.

Mark the date; 13 November 2014, which is TOMORROW!  Grab your tickets online NAO to avoid disappointment which you will definitely be if you don't listen to this Mama because this is such a great show that EVERY ONE will want to watch.

Last but not least...

Baymax Figurine Exhibition

#BaymaxHug Activation

- A Southeast Asia initiative to help spread some love, and we wondered if you could help us to get the ball rolling?
- We want to spread the Baymax Hug!
- We hope the way Baymax cares for his buddies will inspire people to show support to the people they care about, and what better way than by giving them a #BaymaxHug!
- But don’t forget if you receive the #BaymaxHug, then it is up to you to pass it forward to another buddy, so that the movement continues!
- Don’t miss out the Baymax inflatable standee at the exhibition area, for a photo opportunity with the lovable character. Snap a picture with Baymax, upload the image to your social media accounts (Facebook/ Instagram) using #BaymaxHug and nominate (tag) your friends to spread the hug this festive season!

Disclaimer : The DinoFamily was invited by Disney Singapore to attend Big Hero 6 premier.  All opinions are based on our review after watching the movie.  All Big Hero 6 official photos were given to us by Disney Singapore for the purpose of this review.  All other photos belongs and are copyright of the DinoFamily.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

I bought a pumpkin for my pumpkin soup and had some leftover pumpkin, I didn't want to cook another pumpkin dish so I explored the baking recipes. At first I wanted to make pumpkin bread but wasn't keen on the time needed for the dough to rise. Further exploration on the net and I found this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe. I've always wanted to bake something with chocolate chip so this is a great recipe for me at that moment.

Since there are only 3 of us in the family, 12 muffins are too much for us to finish within a day or 2, so I scaled down to make only 6 muffins, you can refer to the original recipe at link I have provided above for the 12 muffins servings.

The recipe calls for a canned Pumpkin, since I already have about 300g of pumpkin I simply just cut it up into chunks and steam them till its soft, about 5mins.  I was contemplating whether to try to remove the skin before steaming but decided not to because removing soft steamed pumpkin flesh from the tough hard skin is much easier.  After that I used my Philips handheld blender to puree the pumpkin, took me about 5mins to get it all done.

I love to make muffins, not only they are easy to make but also I do not need to use my mixer, a balloon whisk or wooden spoon does the trick.

So here's my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin, size is a little small because I ran out of muffin cups and used cupcake cups instead,  The top is a little bit dry & hard due to the higher-than-normal oven temperature but I like that crunchiness.  I love the texture, moist and springy with the taste of pumpkin in it, the melted chocolate adds a little excitement while biting into it.  And because of the size I had 2 of them at a go as my afternoon snack. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin

by DinoMama (Adpated from
Prep Time: 15 - 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 - 25mims
Yeild : 6 muffins
Keywords: bake dessert

* ¼ cup and 2 tablespoons white sugar
* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 egg
* ¼ cup and 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
* 2 tablespoons water
* ¾ cup all-purpose flour
* ¼ teaspoon baking powder
* ¼ teaspoon baking soda
* ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
* ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
* ⅛ teaspoon salt
* ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
* ¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease and flour muffin pan or use paper liners.
2. Mix sugar, oil, egg.
3. Add pumpkin and water.
4. In separate bowl mix together the baking flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt..
5. Add wet mixture and stir in chocolate chips.
6. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter.
7. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Speech Bubble Creation, DinoMama's Style

Last week I finished my 2nd prototype Amineko and instead of just posting up photos of it to introduce them in Shop of Curios; my online shop, I decided to make it into a comic strip.  And it was well received, the comic strip that is, not the product *opps*.

Thinking back, my FIRST funny photo was the one taken at Asia Civilisations Museum during their Halloween event; as show in the photo below.  Then I stopped doing them because I went into a hiatus for personal reason.  Earlier this year I did it again and I received positive feedback about them.

My recent creation is for the Transformers giveaway post that went live last week, a friend message me the minute she saw this and said she almost died laughing seeing this photo.  Just last month I mentioned in our facebook page that perhaps I could hold a funny photo dialog contest, it was a casual remark which I didn't have time to think about it.  Who knows that the chance came last week with the Transformers giveaway via instagram! 

I have requests to keep on doing such funny photos or comic strips, I will most likely continue to do that.  Of course I will not do it on my family members and friends unless I get consent from them.  So stay tuned for more funny stuffs from me~

Friday, November 7, 2014

"We Live On." - Transformers, 30 Thrilling Years

The Transformers! More than meets the eye!
Autobots wage their battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons!
The Transformers! Robots in disguise!
The Transformers! More than meets the eye!
The Transformers!

This is MY Transformers, the one I knew long long time ago (ok so now you roughly know my age hahaha!), that made me sat in front of the tv same time every week, joining them for yet another 30 minutes battle. It is a far cry from what we've been seeing now, never mind the flatten, uninteresting drawing, it still has a special spot in my heart. And yes I still hum the original Transformers song when I see them on tv.

DinoBoy was introduced to Transformers when he was about 3+ years old, he saw them from the cable and as with every one, he fell in love with them instantly. He was over the moon when he knows that he is going to meet his 2 favourite Transformers hero. You can read about it here.

Couple of months later he received his first Transformers toy, his favourite amongst the favourite; Bumble Bee from us. Truth to be told, he was the excuse for ME to get a Transformers toy since I did not have a chance to play with their toys during my time. So I gladly purchase the expensive toy to a 4 year old. You would think that DinoBoy will play it like having a car race with his other toy cars its in the Camaro state or fight the baddies when its in the robot state. Noooo~~~ He would not have ANYTHING like that, every 5mins or so he will bring the toy to me and said "Mummy, please change it for me.". Most of the times I obliged but sometimes I was in the middle of doing something and could not do it for him. He will try to change it or wait patiently for me to do it for him later.

On one fatal day, he tried to change Bumble Bee into Camaro and broke the door (can you feel my heart break into million pieces???) Like every kid, once the toy is broken he do not want to play with it and do not take good care of it, I guess Bumble Bee got mad and lost his head, no pun intended. *sigh*

Over the years his love for Transformers grew, he received some more Transformers toys & stationeries from us and friends, he even want to dress up as Optimus Prime on one of the Halloween party in his school. We are glad that he has learn to take better care of them after the Bumble Bee incident therefore no further "casualties" after Bumble Bee was decommissioned.

We went to Universal Studios Singapore in 2013 and the Transformers The Ride was the highlight of the day, we couldn't have enough of it and went on the second time.

Photos contributed by Cat Wong

We have also watched all of the Transformers movies, both in the cinema and reruns of the movies on the cable countless of times. We have the Transformers Dark of the Moon DVD, some nights we will prepare snacks like potato chips or popcorn, snuggle up the sofa and have a Transformers movie night at home.

I especially like Transformers: Age of Extinction; even the storyline is a little bit cheesy, because there are Dinobots! I have a soft spot for dinosaurs, hence the name of this blog hehehe~ My heart was pumping adrenaline when the Legendary Warriors appeared on screen, what a great sight for me!

Photo Credit

This is one of my favourite scene of the movie, the leader of the two groups together, looking mighty, strong, invincible and magnificent.

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If you are a huge Transformers fan as we are you will know that Transformers is celebrating 30th Anniversary.  In conjunction with this celebration Hasbro is sponsoring the DinoFamily 3 sets of Transformers hampers worth SGD100 each to be given to 3 lucky DinoFamily readers!  

Simply pose with your favourite Autobots, flaunt your Transformers collection or share with us your experience at the Transformers movies! You MUST hashtag your Transformers experience with #Thrilling30SG & #HasbroSingapore, #dinomamagiveaway, remember tag us @din0mama and to set your account to public for it to be searchable.

And since I am a self-proclaimed creative DinoMama, I would lurveeee~~ to see some creative entries such as the one below.  I will pick the 3 most creative entries as our winners.

DinoBoy's reaction when he finally finished admiring the Transformer toys that Hasbro sent us

So unleash your creativeness and great photography skill NAO!

Giveaway Details

Prize : 3 sets of Transformers hampers worth SGD100.00 each
Contest Ends : 30 November 2014
Open : Singaporean Citizens and PR residents except employees of Hasbro Singapore.
What you have to do : 
1. Like DinoFamily, click here.
2. Follow us on instagram @din0mama
3. Like and Share this post in your face book and tag us @dinomama
4. Post a photo with your favourite Autobots, flaunt your Transformers collection or share with us your experience at the Transformers movies in instagram.
What you have to take note :
- All entries must be submitted by 30 November 2014 via instagram
- All instagram entries must be posted from a public account to qualify.
- All instagram entries must tag us @din0mama
- All instagram entries must include hashtags #Thrilling30SG, #HasbroSingapore, #dinomamagiveaway
- Prizes are non-exchangeable and non-transferrable.
- By participating, entrants agree to be bound by all terms and conditions, which are final and binding in all aspects and waive any right to claim ambiguity.
- Hasbro Singapore reserves the right to alter any terms and conditions with prior notice.
Terms & Conditions :
- Participants MUST comply to ALL the criteria as stated above, failure to do so means immediate disqualification.
- Winners will be picked by the DinoFamily and be contacted via instagram comment on their photo and they will have 24 hours to respond otherwise a new winner will be picked.
- Winners will be contacted by Hasbro Singapore regarding collection of prizes. The DinoFamily will be relieved off any responsibilities from this giveaway after we give the winners' details to sponsor.
- Only one winner per household.

Disclaimer : We are in no way affiliated to the staffs and management of Hasbro Singapore.  We were gifted a Transformers Hamper as compensation for this post, no other compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% ours and photographs belongs to DinoFamily unless otherwise credited accordingly.

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This is part of a series of giveaway frenzy going on for the months of November & December 2014. This giveaway frenzy is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

High Tea with Mariette

The DinoFamily love cakes and sweet treats, that's no secret.  Imagine our excitement when we were invited by Mariette to attend their high tea so that we can have a chance to taste their cakes, I was intrigued to know more about them after reading this;
"Be it a quick indulgence at the end of a tiring work day or a pick-me-up for an intimate gathering with family and close friends, let Mariette's cake be your perfect tea party companion. These heart-warming and mouth-watering selections are suitable for all occasions and you will leave guests asking for more!" - Mariette

Quick indulgence?  Mouth watering?  And get this, enjoying a mini lava cake in under 15 seconds??  How can store bought frozen cakes achieve that?  

Believe it when I say that you CAN sink your teeth into that sinful chocolate lava cake in THAT short time.  Thanks to Mariette who created the first microwaveable mini lava cake.  All you have to do is to remove the plastic wrapper and paper mould from the cake, flip it over onto a microwave safe dish, heat it in the microwave on high power for 15 seconds and you have it!  As easy as One-Two-Three, literally.

For the assortment of tea cakes simply thaw them and serve chilled like it is or with ice cream, additional frutis/nuts.

After tasting Mariette mini lava cake and tea cakes I was blown away!  These are really really mouth-watering, delicious, to-die-for cakes.   Being microwavable and convenient to prepare, it did not take away the delectable rich flavour and velvety texture of the mini lava cake.  The other assortment of tea cakes are just as heavenly as the lava cake.   

Mini Chocolate Lava Cake - Delicious chocolate cake with a warm chocolate filing that is the ultimate chocolate indulgence.

Double Chocolate Tea Cake - A decadently indulgent and luxurious chocolate cake packed with lots of dark chocolate chip goodness.

Salted Caramel with Walnuts Tea Cake - Indulgent and heavenly salted caramel cake with crunchy walnuts that promises to pamper every palate.

Orange with Orange Peel Tea Cake - A classic orange cake that is tender and full off refreshing flavour with a tangy twist of orange citrus peel.

It's not just a simple "Eat & be Merry" high tea event, they even have a Plating Contest where the winner goes home with an extra Mariette goodie bag!  They prepared condiments such as fruits, marshmallow, chocolate chips, nuts & whipping cream to let us unleash our creativity.  Well, look who's having superb fun decorating his slices of cakes?  He couldn't bear to part with his creation so he ate them up instead of entering them into the contest.  My lava cake entry did not win but that's ok, I had fun creating my beautiful plated cake.

There was even a photobooth to let us show our love for Mariette Tea Cakes.  Every one just went crazy and took so many photos with the props.

Now I'm sure you are eager to know where you can get your hands onto these cakes.  Hold your horses, I'm going to let you know in a minute.

These trans-fat free, Halal certified lava cake and tea cakes are retailing at only $7.90 each, available at selected FairPrice stores, Cold Storage and Giant supermarkets.  Hurry out to your nearest supermarkets and get yours NOW so that you can enjoy such treats in the comfort of your home or in the office while taking a break from the work stress.

Note : Remember I wrote on our facebook page that we attended a great media invite where the organisor had allowed DinoBoy to attend despite it being a non kids friendly event? Well, this is the one, I am really grateful to CROWD & Auric Pacific for accommodating us and 2 thumbs up for a well organized event. 

WAIT!  There is MORE, the nice people at Auric Pacific have generously sponsored their Mariette cakes for the DinoFamily to host a giveaway.  

Giveaway Rules
Prize : 3 sets of Mariette Tea Cakes including one each Mini Chocolate Lava Cake, Salted Caramel with Walnuts Tea Cake, Orange with Orange Peel Tea Cake and Double Chocolate Tea Cake
Contest Ends : 09 November 2014
Open : Singapore only
How to Enter : Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below
Terms & Condition :
- Participants MUST comply to ALL the criteria as stated in the Rafflecopter, failure to do so means immediate disqualification.
- Winners will be picked randomly by Rafflecopter widget.
- Winners will be contacted via email and they will have 24 hours to respond to the email otherwise a new winner will be picked.
- Winners will have to collect the prize at CROWD office located at Ubi Road, Monday to Friday between 10am to 6pm.  The DinoFamily will be relieved off any responsibilities from this giveaway after we give the winners' details to sponsor.
- Only one winner per household.

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Disclaimer : The DinoFamily are in no way affiliated to the management of Auric Pacific. We were invited to attend Mariette High Tea party to taste their newly launched lava cake and tea cakes. We also received a goodie bag with Mariette products for attending the party, no other compensation were received.  All opinions are 100% are our's and based on our food tasting experience during the party.  

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This is part of a series of giveaway frenzy going on for the months of November & December 2014. This giveaway frenzy is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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