Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Geronimo Stilton Academy - Comprehension Pawbooks

We received a set of Geronimo Stilton books that made the boy jumped with joy but shortly after he was not as keen as before.  This is because he saw the word "Comprehension" on the cover of the book, he thought they were new Geronimo Stilton books but instead its an assessment book to him.  I reassured him that this is not to be added to his collection of assessment books (in case you are wondering, he have less then 10 for 4 subjects), its more for leisure and of course for the purpose of this post - a book review.  That made him happy again and off he went to the study room where he stayed there for about 20 mins and emerged smiling that he had finished Unit 1 - 3 plus Activity 1.

As easy as Comprehension looks and sounds like, it seems to be a challenge for some kids.  The word Comprehension as the dictionary explains means "the ability to understand something" or "an exercise consisting of a previously unseen passage of text with related questions, designed to test a student's understanding". To able to understand something you must first have the interest in that particular topic/item, sad to say comprehension in school does not work this way, they do not ask each and every kids their favourite stuffs and let them read a passage about that favourite something and answer a string of questions about it.  

My way to tackle written Comprehension besides having good command of English, is to do a lot of practice.  So I always emphasized to DinoBoy on the following steps 
1. to read the passage at least 3 times
2. read the questions at least twice, 
3. read the passage again and this time underline the keywords/answers from the questions.

Now, I must applause Scholastic for coming with this series of Pawbook to encourage and get the kids interested in doing Comprehension.  By featuring everyone's favourite new era mouse Gernonimo Stilton and in it's usual style of colorful words.   it gets the kids' mind excited to do "stuffs of my favourite mouse", at least that is how DinoBoy felt.  The colored and picturesque fonts not only add extra meaning to the word but also add some colors to the usual plain old black fonts. These comprehension pawbooks features excerpts from the story books and for die-hard Geronimo Stilton fans like DinoBoy, they will have a great time reading the passages and attempting the questions after that.

Here's a peek into what the pawbooks have to offer.  In each of the 3 pawbooks there are 12 short excerpts about 2 pages taken from 4 different books, at the end of the passage there are exercise and an activity for the kids to work on.

The structured exercise for these 3 pawbooks are written accordingly to each level with easy MCQ, fill in the blanks with helping words provided for Level 1 to much difficult exercise such as summarizing, thoughts provoking questions for Level 3.

Credit : Scholastic

Credit : Scholastic
Due to his busy schedule (I know right! A 9 year old's time is packed till almost the max!), DinoBoy was only able to finish 3/4 of Pawbook Level 1.  So what is his opinion of the book?

"The questions are easy to understand and answers can be found easily.  It's fun to do the questions.  If you do not have that particular book and wants to know roughly the story before you get it, this is good as you can read about it and see if you like it or not." - DinoBoy

From someone who is not a fan of comprehension to say that it is FUN to do the questions, I believe the books are a success already. 

Disclaimer :  We are not affiliated to the management of Scholastics.  We received a set of Geronimo Stilton Academy Comprehension Pawbooks for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are based on our review of the pawbooks.  All photos in this post, otherwise individually credited, are copyrighted to the DinoFamily, you may not use it without our permission.

Friday, May 22, 2015

June 2015 School Holiday Fun Activities

Since 2014 we have been doing up posts that list all the fun activities you can do with your kids, as a family during the school term break or holiday.  We try not to include any academic activities because we strongly believe that our children should spent doing nothing except PLAY TILL THEIR HEART'S CONTENT during these time.  I hope my list of activities helps you have more play time with your children and family.  Let's all make wonderful memory for the family where there are always fun, laughter and bonding time!

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Ubin Day 2015

I didn't know about Ubin Day till recently and when I visited their website I was awed. What is Ubin Day? Ubin Day is Ubin Open House! Once a year, people and groups who love Ubin come together to organise special events for the public to celebrate Pulau Ubin.  Click here to see how to get to Ubin.

List of the types of activities:
- Art
- Birdwatching
- Cycling
- Exhibitions
- Fly fishing demonstration
- Guided tours
- Mountain biking
- Kayaking
- Performances
- Photography
- Stargazing
- Talk on Kampong Houses
- Workshops

Ubin Day 2015
Admission: Most are free, but charges may apply on some activities
Date: Saturday, 13 & Sunday, 14 June 2015
Time: 9am to 5pm
Meeting Point: Assembly Area opposite the HSBC Volunteer Hub
Website: http://ubinday2015.blogspot.sg/2015/04/what-to-do-on-ubin.html

Madame Tussauds Singapore

Madame Tussauds Singapore opens in Singapore on Saturday 25th October 2014. The attraction will be located at Imbiah Lookout, on Sentosa.

The attraction will be an immersive experience tailored for the Singapore market for people of all ages, where visitors can interact with their favorite personalities, from playing golf with Tiger Woods to singing with Katy Perry or riding a bicycle alongside ET!

The attraction will feature famous Singaporeans, as well as the wider Asian regional and international A-list celebrities around the world.

Stefanie Sun, Fandi Ahmad, Gurmit Singh, Jack Neo, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Lewis Hamilton, Johnny Depp, David Beckham and Lady Gaga are just some of the favorite personalities that fans can get up close with and create the ultimate selfie.

Madame Tussauds Singapore is the only Madame Tussauds attraction to have a water ride. It features a unique boat ride called ‘Spirit of Singapore’ which will take visitors on a magical journey, celebrating everything that is iconic about Singapore from Marina Bay Sands to the F1 Night race.

Grab your tickets online now to enjoy $10 off!

Madame Tussauds Singapore
Location: Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa
Telephone: +65 6715 4000

Images of Singapore, LIVE

Images of Singapore LIVE is an actor-led attraction which showcases Singapore’s 200 year history. The attraction has been newly revamped, and now features live actors, special effects and immersive theming to create an almost theatre like experience.
At Images of Singapore LIVE, guests will be taken on a journey to uncover Singapore’s transformation from third world to first. Visitors will be led by actors through fifteen new highly immersive areas which weave together Singapore’s story. These zones include a quayside walk, Malay fishing village, Commercial Square, Jubilee Cinema, television shop and others.

The final leg of the journey will see guests going onboard The Spirit of Singapore, a boat ride that uses dynamic lighting and multi-sensory effects to showcase the best of Singapore.

Images of Singapore LIVE is housed next to Madame Tussauds Singapore and the two attractions are linked together through The Spirit of Singapore boat ride.

Grab your tickets online now to enjoy $10 off!

Images of Singapore, LIVE
Location: Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa
Telephone: +65 6715 4000

Big Eyes, Big Minds

In celebration of their 5th Anniversary, Big Eyes, Big Minds are screening their best and most beloved films from previous years.  Catch Bear Story, The Elephant & The Bicycle, The Gruffalo, The Duckling Gets A Cookie and many more!

Big Eyes, Big Minds
Date: Saturday, 30 May to Sunday, 31 May 2015 & Saturday, 6 June to  Sunday, 7 June 2015
Time: 10am to 5pm (check out individual timing at their website.
Venue: The Arts House

Singapura : the musical

After 3 years of intensive research and interviews about the amazing stories of the unsung heroes in Singapore, we are proud to present Singapura: The Musical.

Singapura: The Musical takes audiences on a journey of love, hope, and new beginnings while exploring the strength of the human spirit during the formative years of Singapore’s history from 1955 to 1965. Through the eyes of ordinary men and women, audiences will witness how hope and youthful determination transcend the struggles of everyday life during this time period as Singaporeans strive towards a better future for themselves and their loved ones. Their passion and drive sees them dreaming, hoping and creating – against all odds – a place where they can truly call home.

Singapura: The Musical
Show Dates: Friday, 22 May 2015 to Sunday, 7 June 2015
Show Time: Tuesday to Friday, 7.30pm 
Saturday to Sunday, 2.30pm & 7.30pm 
Venue: Capitol Theatre
Ticket Price:
$65 - $165 (Weekday evenings: Tue, Wed, Thur)
$65 - $165 (Weekend matinees: Sat, Sun)
$75 - $175 (Weekend evenings: Fri, Sat, Sun)
Enquiry Telephone Line: +65 66029900

Smurfs Live on Stage - Smurfs Save Spring

We wrote about it in our blog post here in April 2015, we hope you have purchased your tickets to be among the first to watch the Smurf Live on Stage in Singapore!

Smurfs Live on Stage - Smurfs Save Spring
Show Dates & Time
Friday, 12 June 2015 - 3pm, 7pm
Saturday 13 & Sunday, 14 June 2015 - 11am 3pm 7pm
Ticket Prices: $130 (Premium), $120, $95, $75, $65, $45 (excludes booking fee)
Venue: Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
Admission Rules:
▸ Children under 2 years of age may be admitted free of charge provided they do not occupy a seat (they must be seated on the lap of a parent/guardian).
▸ Children 2 years and above must purchase a ticket for entry.
▸ All children below 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
▸ Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
▸ No Flash Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is permitted for this event.
▸ Patrons will be asked to place their cameras in the lockers provided.
▸ All outside food and drinks are not allowed to be brought as per venue house rules.

heART Studio

Art also encourages individuals to sharpen their skills and to nurture their imagination and intellect.In heART Studio, children will be able to explore various kinds of medium and learn new things each week. The best thing children can expect in Art is that there is no Right or Wrong! We believe in cultivating children with Art so we can nurture their creativity. - heART Studio
Their June 2015 Holiday programme has various classes to suit all ages.  Learn to draw Superman, Shaun the Sheep, Snoopy or clay modeling.  Call them up and sign up for their programme now.

Heart Studio LLP
1 Charlton Lane #01-04 , Singapore 539631
Telephone: (65) 6554 7563
Fax: (65) 6554 7562
Email: info@heartstudiosg.com

Gardens by the Bay

"Flowery Fun Times" is the third of six chapters in Gardens by the Bay's storytelling journey in 2015. This enchanting series of floral displays for the year will draw visitors into the magical world of folklore, legends, fairy tales and nursery rhymes as told through the language of plants.

Be sure to go on the "Flowery Fun Times" Garden Trial to discover the hidden stories behind the poetic melodies of the nursery rhymes.  While you are there, go on a Scent Walk with  Kate Mclean from the United Kingdom or check out the World of Palm Talk, both are free but you do have to register online for it.  For more details check out Gardens by the Bay Calendar of Events over here.

Flowery Fun Times
Date: Friday, 22 May 2015 to Sunday, 19 July 2015
Time: 9am – 9pmto
Location: Flower Dome
Admission: Admission charge to the conservatories applies.

This June, come to Gardens by the Bay for a megapalooza load of fun! Visit with your family and friends and have a whale of a time playing gigantic board games, enjoying magic tricks and taking in wonderful performances! There’s something for everyone!

Date: Saturday, 27 June 2015 to Sunday, 28 June 2015
Time: 10am to 8pm
Location: Super Grove & Flower Dome
Admission: Admission charge to the conservatories applies.

Last but not least, Gardens by the Bay is having a great savings on their Family Package, grab your Family Package at $50 (usual price $64), which allows entry to both conservatories for two adults and two kids! Offer lasts from Saturday, 30 May to Sunday, 28 June 2015.

Terms & Conditions:
• Promotion applies to Local Resident admission tickets to Two Conservatories.
• Not applicable for online ticketing.
• Not valid with any other offers, promotions or discounts.
• Not valid for Friends of the Gardens Annual Pass.
• Proof of residency is required when purchasing tickets and when entering the conservatories.

Our National Parks

We are known as the Garden City for a reason, we have so many parks and gardens that not only beautify our estates but they have lots of activities happening all year round too!  Check out the June holiday activities at the various parks and garden over here

Among the activities we are interested in the movie screening at Botanic Gardens, we have watch Home Run when it was screened in 2003, it was the best local production we have watched that time.  It has left an impression in my mind, I hope to let DinoBoy watch it and let him catch a glimpse how lives were back then in early Singapore. 

Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a movie under the stars amid the lush surroundings of Swan Lake. Join us for a free movie screening of the local film, Home Run (跑吧孩子) [with English Subtitles].

A local spin on the award winning Iranian Madjid Majidi's film Children of Heaven, directed by Singapore’s home-grown talent director – Jack Neo, who never fails to tug at heart strings with almost all his works. This film- Homerun - later bagged the 2003 Golden Horse Awards. A story about a pair of siblings from an impoverished background, needing to share shoes for school, follows the elder brother’s struggles and differences, with a comical spin, eventually harnessed his sporting prowess in an effort to obtain a pair of shoes.

Movie Screening at Singapore Botanic Gardens - Home Run
Show Date: Saturday, 13 June 2015
Show Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue: Singapore Botanic Garden, Lawn E
Admission: Free

Children's Season - Masak Masak 2015

Photo: National Museum of Singapore

Children’s Season at the National Museum of Singapore returns with another awe-inspiring festival to celebrate the June school holidays. Join us at Masak Masak 2015 featuring familiar playgrounds, interactive installations by Singapore and international artists including Jeremy Hiah, Mademoiselle Maurice and Crystal Wagner. Don’t miss as well the engaging performances, film screenings, and family oriented activities that are specially curated for the festival. Suitable for ages three to seven, let your young ones play around the museum and have lots of fun!

Children’s Season: Masak Masak 2015
Date: 30 May 2015 to 10 August 2015
Time: 10am to 6pm
Venue: National Museum of Singapore
Admission: Free

In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew

In Memorial : Lee Kuan Yew exhibition chronicles the life and political career of Singapore’s first Prime Minister and founding father Lee Kuan Yew. It also highlights the ideals and convictions that shaped Mr Lee and his generation of leaders.

Through a selection of photographic images and audiovisual recordings, as well as artefacts from the National Collection, the exhibition begins with Mr Lee’s formative years as a law student at Cambridge and his early involvement in the anti-colonial struggle.

Date: 25 March 2015 to 28 June 2015
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun - 10am to 8pm 
Fri, Sat - 10am to 10pm 
Venue: Glass Atrium, Level 2, National Museum of Singapore
Admission: Free
Singapore Zoo - Koalamania!

These 4 little furry Koalas flew into Singapore on 13 April 2015, creating a stir in our Little Red Dot.  Finally we get to meet them from 20 May 2015, this June why not make a date with Chan, Idalia Paddle & Pellita at the Australia Outback Zone in Singapore Zoo from 8.30am to 6pm?

The Singapore Zoo have also lined up some fun activities (only during June 2015 weekends) for the family too!  Check out the details here.

Singapore Zoo
Location: 80 Mandai Lake Road
Telephone: +65 6269 3411

Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) Children Programme

Calling all budding detectives! This June, explore Singapore’s National Monuments and unravel a mystery from the past! Begin the adventure, The Fearless Twins and the Magical Kaleido: A Narrow Escape with a 45-minute story-telling session on the time-travelling adventure of a pair of twins. Uncover the story’s ending by hopping on a bus trail to monuments that the twins had been to. Collect clues, follow leads, and put your deduction skills to the test!

The Fearless Twins and the Magical Kaleido: A Narrow Escape
Admission: Free for story telling sessions, $5 for bus trial
Date: 14 Jun 2015
Time: 2pm to 4.30pm and 3.30pm to 6pm
Venue: My Tree House @ Central Public Library

ActiveSG School Holiday Sports Programmes

The school holidays are here again! Join us yet again to keep active, be happy and be sporty! Definitely a fun way to relax before school bell starts ringing again!

If you are a Singapore citizen or a Permanent Resident, sign up as ActiveSG members and use your ActiveSG dollars to offset the payment (up to 30%) for the programmes. 

Click here to find out more about the sports programme and register for them too.

iFLY Singapore

Experience the thrill of skydiving without any of the danger. Take up the whole new sport of bodyflying with iFly Singapore, the world's largest themed wind tunnel for indoor skydiving. There's no jumping, no plunging, no bad weather and no aeroplanes - just sheer exhilaration and an adrenaline rush like no other.

iFly Singapore allows anyone from first time flyer, as young as seven years old to 106 years old, to professional skydivers, the opportunity to experience the thrills and excitement of the sport of skydiving in a safe, realistic and affordable indoor setting.

Visit their website to find out about their rates and packages, if you want to try a different experience you can book your flight at the website too.

iFLY Singapore
Location: 43 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa
Telephone: +65 6471 0000

Skyline Luge Sentosa 

If you are a regular to our blog you will know that we are a HUGE fan of Skyline Luge.  We can never never NEVER get enough of it!  If you still do not know how fun the Skyline Luge is (Where have you been all these while if you do not know??!!!) read about out posts here and here.

This June holiday Skyline Luge Sentosa is out to wow the students with their Student Deal of Buy 1 Get 1 Free deal, meaning you purchase 1 Luge & Skyride combo at $17 and you will receive a free 1 luge & Skyride combo (Total entitlement: 2 Luge & Skyride combo). Geddit?  And only applicable to Student Pass issued in Singapore.

Terms & Conditions
- Simply present your student pass at the point of purchase.
- Free ride must be utilized by same rider and non-transferable.
- Valid for Mondays to Fridays in June 2015 only.

Skyline Luge Sentosa
Location: 45 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa
Telephone: +65 6274 0472

Freedom to Skate with InlineX

Yes, we tried or rather DinoBoy tried inline skating at InlineX and he love it to the max!  I would love to try it too but I chickened out last minute... I am sooo afraid of falling and break some bones.  

InlineX has the biggest range of skating lesson packages. They provide use of their skates, gear and helmets during lessons, so that you can learn how to skate before buying. During the lessons, you will primarily learn how to move, stop and turn. On top of that, you will learn bonus skills to help you skate and look better. Their lessons are fitness-oriented for adults — meaning that after our lessons, you may use skating as your primary cardio work out. For children, they focus on enhancing their motor-skills and limb eye coordination. All these are taught without compromising fun, nor safety. Their instructors are Internationally and Nationally Certified. They are also first aid certified, to ensure that any injury will be attended right away so that you are assured of high quality, safe and fun skating lessons.

They have both indoor and outdoor skating lessons, let your kids try something different this June holiday.  Check out their skating packages and locations over here.  They have Skating Camp during the June holidays too, call them up to check it out.

InlineX Riverwalk
Location: 20 Upper Circular Road #01-16 The Riverwalk Singapore 058416
Telephone/Whatsapp: 6858 2887 / 8123 3425
Opening Hours:
Weekday: 12.00 pm to 8:00 pm
Weekend: 10.00 am to 7.00 pm

InlineX My Village
Location: 1 Maju Avenue #01-02 MyVillage Singapore 556679
Telephone/Whatsapp: 6509 4746 / 9322 4083
Opening Hours: Daily 10.30 am to 9.30 pm


OneKM, the latest shopping, gastronomy and lifestyle destination in the East, is all ready to celebrate the June school holidays. Climb, zip, swing and slide across realistic “life-size” dinosaurs! From the gentle plant eaters to the most ferocious Tyrannosaurus-Rex, see the dinosaurs move and hear them roar!

Experience a series of high-altitude Jurassic Challenges, such as Rock Climbing, Flying Fox, Abseiling and Para Jump. Scaling a 24ft-high rock wall, surging across the mall on a 55ft flying fox, participants will be harnessed and attached to safety lines at all times.

The obstacle courses are designed and built by a team of professional rock climbers from Climb Asia. These instructors with substantial climbing experience, also own a climbing training facility. So, rest assured that you are in good hands!

Jurassic Challenge
Date: 29 May 2015 to 18 June 2015
Mondays to Fridays : 12noon  to 8pm
Saturday & Sunday : 11am to 8pm
Last entry at 7.30pm daily
Proper sports attire with sport shoes and socks are required.
Admission: To qualify, spend $80 in a max of 3 combined receipts to redeem for an Adventure Pass.
Redemption will be at the customer service counter at Level 2.
Terms and Conditions apply.

United Square - the Kids Learning Mall

Let’s go on an adventure this June holidays, as United Square – the Kids Learning Mall brings you to the exciting world of the Triassic era and the magical world of Hi-5!

Marvel at the story of their 200 million year domination of life on earth. Watch them move. Hear them roar. From the ripple of their skin to the glint in their eye, you will think that the dinosaurs really are back!

Dinosaur Adventures is an exhibition set to captivate the young and old alike. Explore a prehistoric world full of moving dinosaurs and be amazed and thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return before your eyes and come alive.

Step into the world of the Dinosaurs and Be a Junior Paleontologist. Children will be provided with an expert digger outfit, and will be able to dig for ancient fossils. At the end of the session, kids will also get an opportunity to take a photo in a dinosaur egg! Remember to bring your camera!

The adventure begins every hour and is 30 minutes long which includes a guided tour at the Dinosaur Trail area, one kids activity and photo taking at the Dino Egg exhibit (bring along your own camera). Activity is recommended for children age 4 and above. Last session at 7pm.

To redeem the Adventure Pass that includes 3 activities - a guided dino trail tour, the Junior Paleontologist and photo taking simply spend $80 . Terms and conditions apply

Dinosaur Trail
Date: Wednesday, 27 May 2015 to Monday, 8 June 2015
Monday to Friday 12pm to 8pm (Last entry at 7pm)
Saturday to Sunday 11am to 8pm (Last entry at 7pm)
Terms and conditions apply

Junior Paleontologist
Date: Wednesday, 27 May 2015 to Monday, 8 June 2015
Monday to Friday 12pm to 8pm (Last entry at 7pm)
Saturday to Sunday 11am to 8pm (Last entry at 7pm)

Terms and conditions apply

Turn Up The Music this June Holiday, as United Square Shopping Mall - the Kids Learning Mall brings you the hit pre-school SUPERSTARS – Hi-5! Sing and dance to the popular tunes in an exclusive ‘live’ performance. Join Ainsley, Dayen, Mary, Stevie & Tanika on this special holiday adventure with loads of singing, dancing and excitement, it's sure to be loads of fun!

Catch Hi-5 ‘Live’, and *Meet and Greet Ainsley, Dayen, Mary, Stevie & Tanika after the performance!

Hi-5 ‘Live’, and Meet and Greet
Show Date: 11 June to 23 June
Show Time: 2.30pm, 5pm and 7pm
No shows on Wednesday.
Admission: 50 entry passes for the Hi-5 ‘Live’, and Meet and Greet will be issued 1 hour before each show.  Spend $50 in a single same-day retail receipt to qualify.  Terms and conditions apply.

Downtown East

Singapore’s slimiest integrated sports festival, Nickelodeon Slime Cup is back! The event aims to encourage children and their parents to bond and get active through play. Nickelodeon’s trademark green slime will be a main ingredient in the games and activities, and is the ultimate holiday treat.Throughout the Nickelodeon Slime Cup event from Saturday, 6 June to Sunday, 7 June, Nickelodeon has the following fun and slimey activities ready and waiting for you:

· Opening / Closing Ceremony: Nickelodeon Slime Cup 2015 will kick off with an Opening Ceremony featuring all your favourite Nickelodeon characters, followed by a fun dance and sing along session for everyone to participate. The Closing Ceremony will include a prize presentation of the final Soccer Showdown challenge with the ultimate sliming of the winner!

· Meet-and-Greet Sessions: Have your camera ready to get up close and personal with your favourite Nickelodeon friends at Meet-and-Greet sessions during the event!

· Mini SEA games in Nickster style: Get excited for the upcoming SEA Games with fun activities and challenges inspired by various sports at the event

· Slime Throne: Capture the surprised expressions of your kids as they get to experience slime all over their body and look out for our instant photo giveaways!

· Main Challenge – Soccer Showdown: In each 2 to 2.5-hour session your kids get to participate in different soccer challenges. The challenge is open to all individuals and no pre-registration is required. There will be 3 sessions daily with 3 winners per session.

Remember to bring an extra set of clothes to change unless you want to walk around in the slime~

Nickelodeon Slime Cup
Admission: Free
Date: Saturday 6 June 2015 to Sunday, 7 June 2015
Time: 11am to 7pm
Venue: Downtown East

Learn the ways of being a ninja – a Ninja Turtle – at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dojo Experience at Downtown East these school holidays! Come on down to try your hand at the various activities at the Event Square, which include tackling obstacles in the Turtles’ Dojo and zipping through all the way to the finish line. Plus, this is your chance to meet the Turtles up close! Time to get active and enjoy loads of ninjatastic fun with the Turtles, booyakasha!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dojo Experience
Date: Friday, 29 May 2015 to Sunday, 28 June 2015
Admission: Entry passes for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dojo Experience will be given to patrons with a spend of $20*.
*NTUC/nEbO members receive 2 entry passes with a $20 spend, while general public will receive 1 entry pass with a $20 spend.
Weekdays (including Vesak Day) 1pm to 8pm
Weekends 11am to 8pm
Venue: Downtown East’s Event Square

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Our 1st Run with Cold Storage Kids Run 2015

I am not a fan of exercise nor sports for the sake of the boy I have to start going outdoor and doing some work out.  Besides playing badminton (which we have stopped for some time and yes we are picking it up again), we hardly exercise, so when I saw Cold Storage Kids Run I thought "Why not?" and so here we are on a Sunday morning 17 May 2015.  I was determined to set out early from home to take the train but the Universe seems to be working against us.  First we missed the bus to the interchange and the 2 trains... ended up we have to take a taxi to Gardens by the Bay.  We alighted at the main entrance and have to take a long walk to The Meadow, aye... warm up before the run...

It was a beautiful day with clear blue sky albeit the blazing sun.  Darn it! Why did I forget to put on sunblock and bring our hats?  We were a bit late, seeing the sign that says "Straight Ahead" to The Meadow we quicken our steps only to be met with a huge sea of people!  I couldn't even find the tent and we have less than 10mins to report to it.  After fighting our way through the crowd we managed to make it with minutes to spare *phew*

After wading through the sea of people we finally located the Holding Tent, which is huge but  they were separated into a few sections with the designated area for each category, there were signs in front of each section so we were able to get into the correct one rather quickly.  Being a super hot and sunny day, we were relieved that the tent was well ventilated and the volunteers were passing chilled drinks out to all the participants while waiting for our designated flag off time.

And in a short while we were shown to the starting line and its Flag Off Time!!!! At first I was walking, then I jogged, in seconds I have to try running and zipping through the other participants because DinoBoy ran off alone!  Now before the race starts, the Emcee said "Parents please hold on to your child's hand.", next time they should also say "Kids don't let go of your Mummy or Daddy's hand when running."  I gave up after few minutes because this little fella was gone like a flash, I couldn't catch up with him, plus Mabel called me at that moment to ask me "Where are you?" and I lost track of him.  I was not the least concerned because the fella is street smart plus the last I saw him, he was trying to catch up with his uncle and cousin.

So the situation is such, DinoBoy running further ahead of me, I'm jogging and walking in my own pace, thus no photos of us running together BUT I managed to snap this photo of us together at the Finished Line.  Yes I made it!  Yes! I walk/ran/stroll the 800 meter.  Yes!  My fats and lungs and muscles all complained to me at the same time all through the 800 meter route.  Yes!  I did not give up (though for a split second at the middle of the race).  So proud of myself!

And I am equally proud with DinoBoy too!  This is also his first 800 meter run and according to my brother he kept on running and jogging, never stop for a while till he finally reached the finish line. 

Lucky for the Running Shots who were there to take random photos of the participants, I managed to find 2 photos that have us in it! *whishpers* so you see I never bluff you all, we really take part and ran at the run.

Credits : Running Shots
Can you see the boy at the background?

Credits : Running Shots
Here's me, trying to catch up with the boy

There was a Sports Carnival Zone too where the kids can try their hands on rock wall climbing, soccer and the Bubble Bump Invasion.  However we did not go there because the sun was too hot for our liking, after a long rest we headed home instead.  

For our fist run we really enjoyed it and I have a rouhg idea what to expect from such run, let's hope they are as well organized as the Cold Storage Kids Run.  Will we be joining any more run?  Well... I have not decide yet but we will return to the Cold Storage Kids Run again!

I have to improve my welfie skill

Disclaimer : We were invited by Cold Storage  for the Cold Storage Kids Run 2015, all opinions are based on our experience during the event and photos; otherwise credited accordingly, belongs to the DinoFamily. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Time travelling - If that is possible

In life there are many regrets which we carry in our Bag of Burdens unknowingly, this Bag usually haunt us and prevent us from moving forward or trying out new things.  Luckily for every one, there are usually more happier memories to keep us going on and become stronger to face every new challenges in life.

If I am able to do time travelling, which moment in my life would I want to go back to?  

Source : Unknown

The moments when Dad and Mum left us
Dad and Mum was stricken with cancer, Dad with liver cancer and Mum with colon cancer.  Both we on medications and/or went through chemo.  I am sure they were feeling the unbearable pains the cancer was bringing upon them but they hang on, fight on.  I was very sadden that they have to suffer like this instead of living their days peacefully and in a much healthier ways.  I made time for them as much as I could but I had my work and family that took me away from them.

My greatest regret is I was not there for both of them till the moment they left us.  

Dad was in coma because of an infection that attacked his brain, we sent him to the hospital that morning and he never wake up.  I did not make it in time to the hospital to say my final farewell to Dad.  

Mum was still out and about when she feels stronger, she will make her way from Bro's house to my house just to visit us.  It was a tedious almost 2 hours bus rides (she do not like train rides and never likes to spend unnecessarily on taxi rides) on those days.  Mum was still up and about the day before but she passed on in her sleep hours later.

I felt something being ripped off from me violently and gruesomely.  Every time I think about this my heart bleeds again and again.

If I can go back in time, I would go back to the moments where we are told about Dad and Mum's medical conditions on both occasions, whisper into the ears of my back-then Me telling Me to spend more time with them, to hint to Me the date of their departure and make Me spend time with them and never leave their side so that I can be there when they finally leave, to let them know that they are not alone, I am there.

However, I take comfort that during the last months they were not being cooped up in the hospital for days and months.  They were with family, even though we can't spend as much time as we would love to to be with them.


20 years from today...
Raising a child is a difficult job and I think we will only know if we pass or fail in this important "subject" years later.  Yes, 20 years later DinoBoy will be in mid 20s, finished his National Service, studied till the highest educational level that he wants to and starting work in the society.  I want to see if I scored an Ace in parenting, if not an ace maybe a good score and most definitely not an F9.  I want to see if the things I was so insistent or forced upon DinoBoy; the life skills, the basic rules of manners, social etiquette, the harsh punishments I dished out to him for anything he did that was undesired or unacceptable to me.  It's cruel and abusive; most of you would say if you ever heard or witness these punishments.  I felt heart broken when I have to discipline him in this way but I know deep inside that I am doing good for him.  

So far, I've got feed backs from friends and teachers that DinoBoy is behaving well, is a sensible boy, respectful, courteous etc, you know, all the good stuffs.  That sets my heart and mind at ease.  For every positive thing there is a negative energy to test us.  He has his challenges and difficult times and they are not small minor issues.  I am constantly thinking of ways to teach, coach, explain to him and trying to make him see the other side of the coin or understand that there is this Grey Area which we really cannot simply use right or wrong or black and white to determine the situation.  It's draining me of my patient, energy and killing brain cells.  I am looking forward to the day when I can really sit back, put my feet on the table and relax completely.

Peeping into the future, I would like to know whether he turned out well, if he is truly happy, conquered his challenges and be as successful as we wanted him to be.  If there is a little bit of flaws I could come back to the present and do some fine tuning.  

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Simple Chicken and Potato Stew

Last Sunday was Mother's Day, it is supposed to be a "big" day for all Mums and judging from the news feeds on my facebook, many friends are celebrating it.  I saw photos of cakes they baked or dishes they prepared for their Mums, mother in law, themselves or even for sisters and cousins.  My blogger friends posted about their personal experience and views about this special day. Well, I did not blog about anything Motherly related because I did a post sometime in March 2015 about Embracing Motherhood and I don't think I need to write about it just because its a special day for all Mums, plus I would probably be repeating myself too.

Anyway, there were no cakes, no feast and no gifts other then the hugs & kisses I received first thing in the morning from the 2 boys in my life, it was pretty much a same old lazy Sunday.  However, there is no lazing around when it comes to meal time on weekends, much as I would love to cook up a storm to feed a whole village the weather is preventing me from doing so.  It has been a hot, humid days for the past weeks and the air simply feels so heavy and stale that I thought I am suffocating.

Luckily DinoPapa went to the supermarket the day before and cooked dinner too, we have a pot of leftover lotus root & peanut soup so I just have to think of some dishes to add to it.  I took a peek inside the fridge and in 30 seconds decided on the dishes, one of them being my favourite dish; chicken and potato stew.

I like to buy a big packet of chicken mid wings to keep in the freezer, sometimes when there is a promo to get 2 packets at a cheaper price I will grab them without second thoughts.  This is because they are so easy to prepare and in so many ways too.  I can baked, air-fried, steam or my favourite; in stew, best of all they taste great even seasoned with just dried herbs.  

I have wings and I have 2 russet potato, not the best potatoes for stewing but I like their texture so what the heck right?  I marinated the wings with soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sesame oil, Shaoxing wine sugar and salt for about and hour.  Pan fry (coz I lazy to take out my heavy duty wok) the potatoes then the wings, move them into my corning ware, add water and simmer it for about 30mins and viola~   

It was a simple 2 + 1 soup dinner but it was satisfying and delicious!  Even though there were no spices added into the stew, it still smell and tasted great.  The wings are soft and the russet potatoes were soft but not crumbly.  The beancurd was fried till its a little bit dry on the outside but still soft on the inside, vegetable was cooked just right and the soup tasted heavenly~ with the crunchy lotus roots and peanuts.  My Mother's Day dinner, cooked by Me (except for the soup) and for My Family, most definitely the Best Mother's Day ever!

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Simple Chicken and Potato Stew
* 8 Chicken mid wings (just nice for 3 pax)
* 1 - 2 Russet potatoes
* 1 small clove of garlic
* 2 - 3 slices or ginger

For the Marinate
* 1½ - 2 tablespoon soy sauce
* 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
* 1 tablespoon of Shaoxing wine
* ½ teaspoon of sesame oil
* ½ teaspoon of sugar
* a pinch of salt
* dash of pepper (optional)

Cooking Method
1. Marinate the chicken wings with the marinating ingredients for at least an hour or if possible over night.
2. Cut the potatoes into small wedges and set aside.
3. Heat up some oil in the frying pan or wok, add in the garlic and ginger to fry them till fragrance.
4. Add in the potatoes to fry till they are golden or half cooked.  Remove them and set aside.
5. Heat up some oil in the frying pan or wok, add in the chicken wings to fry them, browning on both sides .  Do not throw away the marinating sauce.
6.  Add in the chicken wings and potatoes into stew pot or corning ware, add the marinating sauce into it. 
7. Add water to cover the ingredients half way.
8. Cover the pot and simmer for about 30 mins.  If you prefer the sauce to be a little bit thicken, remove the cover and simmer in medium fire for another 10 - 15 mins.  Dish and serve while hot.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Enjoy Mother's Day with Helpling

It's a time to celebrate the great women in your life; Mum or wife or BOTH!  In case you are still clueless (which part of the universe have you been living??!!), its Mother's Day this Sunday 10th May 2015!  Have you prepared for any gifts or have any plans yet?  If you have not, fret not, I have something for you to consider.

In everyday life, many mothers seem to be left on their own with the challenge of balancing job, housework, education, and individual development.  For this reason, Helpling, the leading global online platform for home cleaners, has the perfect solution for you! Show your gratitude to the great women in your life by giving them the gift of clean!

Helpling has partnered up with great brands to bring you some fantastic offers this Mother’s Day. Not only will YOU (I said you because you will be footing the bill hahaha!) enjoy $20 off their cleaning from Helpling, THEY get to enjoy more than $100 worth of gifts from Aramsa The Garden Spa, method, Style Tribute and Foxy Sales.  Best deal EVER!

Starting from the 6th of May, Helpling will be presenting the first 100 customers who book a cleaner a lovely Mother’s Day surprise.

Who is Helpling
Helpling is a dynamic startup company headquartered in the heart of Berlin.  In April 2014, Helpling launched in Germany and, two months later, the new online service was already available in Austria, France, Sweden and the Netherlands. Today Helpling is available in more than 150 cities and is the most widely-available platform for home cleaning.  Helpling serves as an online marketplace that matches consumers with independent cleaning providers.

Never heard of Helpling before?  Well that's because they only launched the Singapore portal in early 2015, it is still consider a new kid on the block but they have a great team to meet your requirements and help you get a trusted cleaner with a few clicks.

How it works 
It takes only three simple steps to find a helper:

Step #1. Enter your postal code
Step #2. Make an appointment
Step #3. Pay securely online

Exclusively for this Mother’s Day, enter code MOTHERSDAY to enjoy $20 off with a minimum booking of 2 hours of cleaning services.  A confirmation email for the Mother’s Day hamper will also be sent to the first 100 customers. The voucher code is only valid till the 2nd of June.

Hamper will includes the following;
* $50 gift voucher for Aramsa the Garden Spa
* $30 gift voucher for Style Tribute
* $23.45 worth of method cleaning products
* $5 gift voucher for Foxy Sales

Have a go with Helpling, I am sure every one in the family will appreciate it.  We will be freeing ourselves by having the major part of the household chores taken care of professionally thus giving us more time to be spent with our family and more opportunities to bond more with each other since we are busy working most of the time.

Disclaimer : This is an advertorial post for Helping

Monday, May 4, 2015

Consciously Loving Mother's Day with Cedele

In our family, we have always celebrate every one's birthday, Mother's Day and Father's Day with a cake, mum will whip up some yummilicious food and we will enjoy the cake after the sumptuous dinner.  After Dad passed on a decade ago these celebrations ceased to a stop *sigh*  then Mum got ill, we tried to cheer her up and did a small birthday celebration for Sis.  That was the last cake we have in the family.  

It's been 2 years since Mum left us, I guess I am still grieving her passing even though about 10 months ago I told my friends that I am done missing her and are ready to step out.  I guess I wasn't ready yet but now I think it's time I let go because only by letting go I can finally move forward.

With Mother's Day approaching, I was prepared to let this day pass by as with other days but when the wonderful people from Cedele wrote to me saying that they would like to send me a cake to me for Mother's Day I immediately said YES PLEASE!  I know Mum will be happy to know that this time I am really trying to let go.

So I came home to this beautiful cake - Pomegranate Zucchini Cake.

Okay, I know what are all of you thinking at this moment... plain bland watery zucchini in a cake and as if that is not enough it is paired with the sweet juicy pomegranate,  a weird combination that makes those who heard of it for the first time a frown or a scrunch up face (if you are not zucchini fan) with "Are you sure? Seriously?"  Alright at least I said those words when I first read the name of the cake.  On the other hand, I know also that this is a great cake ONLY because of these 2 ingredients, let me tell you the reason.

Well, we all know it is usually those ordinary looking fruits or vegetables that are packed full of nutrition.  Zucchini, as plain and simple as it looks, is one of these fruit.  Besides high in water content, it is also low in calorie count and rich in fiber, thus it is a great fruit to eat or include in your meals if you are on a diet.

Pomegranate on the other hand helps lower blood pressure & stress level, , has high level of antioxidants, helps digestions, prevents heart disease and most importantly it aids in the regeneration of cells, slows down aging thus making you look younger.  Wow~ this alone will make me try to include pomegranate more in my diet.

When I open the box I was captivated by the cake!  The bright red pomegranate seeds scattered over the cream background, makes me think of sakura flowers, pretty to the max~  When I sliced the cake I was surprise to see a thin layer of cream instead of thick ones like those I always tasted before.

Here's a close up photo of the cake, you can see tiny thin bits of zucchini, and you noticed that the cake is dense instead of fluffy and soft.  Here goes... I'm going to take my 1st bite of the cake.


Oh pardon me!  That was a delicious heavenly mouthful of cake!

There are so many flavour in my mouth!  Biting into the dense cake that is not too sweet, mixed with the zesty lime cream cheese frosting and the exploding pomegranate with the juice squirting inside my mouth.  The white chocolate flakes at the bottom of the cake adds a little bit of crunch to the cake.  Best part, I couldn't taste the zucchini!  Now those non zucchini fans can have the cake and enjoy the health benefits of it.  The Pomegranate Zucchini cake is baked with grapeseed oil and organic unrefined sugar.  So healthy can!

As you can see, the boys enjoy the cake too!  DinoPapa took a bite of the cake while DinoBoy attacked the frosting, both only managed to say "Mmmm~~" as their mouth were too busy eating the cake.

Oh another thing, because its a dense cake, it can be quite filling.  I made a mistake of slicing too big a piece for each of us and we ended up couldn't finish the slice at 1 go.

Cedele does not only have cakes, they have a variety of pastries and bread too, check them out over here.  If you want to give Cedele cake a try, either contact them or visit them to find out more, just remember that they need at least 3 days advance notice for ordering the cake.

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I have shared in my facebook page last week that this week will be an exciting week for my readers.  YES!  Giveaway for you all!

We were given the Pomegranate Zucchini Cake with no obligations to blog about it but we think the cake has such a unique taste that we want our readers to have a chance to taste it too thus we asked Cedele if they are able to sponsor the cake for our giveaway.  They obliged!  So 3 lucky readers are in for a treat!   And because its for Mother's Day, time is a little bit tight so this will be a Flash Giveaway.  

Photo Credit : Cedele

Flash Giveaway Details

Prize : x3 Cedele Mother's Day Cake  - Pomegranate Zucchini Cake
Ends : 06 May 2015 2359hrs
Open : Singapore only
How to Enter :
1. Like and Share our post in your facebook.
2. In your facebook shared post, tell us about the most memorable thing your Mum had done for you in your facebook.
3. Tag at least a friend in your facebook shared post to tell them about this giveaway.
4. Tag us @dinomama, remember to set your post to "public" otherwise I will not be able to see it.
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.
- The DinoFamily will read all entries and pick the best three entries as winners.
- Winners will be notified on the shared post in their facebook and have 24 hours to respond.
- Prize must be collected before Saturday 09 May 2015
- Only one winner per household.
- This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook

The Winners

Disclaimer : We are in no way affiliated to the management of Cedele or The Bakery Depot Pte Ltd.  We received the Pomegranate Zucchini Cake for tasting only but decided to blog about it.  All photos in this post, otherwise credited, belongs to The DinoFamily, you may not use them without our permission.