Monday, December 28, 2015

Australian International School (AIS) Speech and Drama program

Recently we were invited by Australian International School (AIS) to watch Kidsfest - Dear Santa, a Christmas Production based on the book by Rod Campbell. This invitation is to introduce their new Speech and Drama program that will be launching in January 2016 for 3 year olds and above as part of their core Early Years curriculum.

The Australian International School (AIS) is launching an Early Years Speech and Drama program in association with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). A further partnership with Kidsfest, launched in celebration of this program, offers increased theatre exposure to AIS children and the wider community.

LAMDA, the oldest drama school in the UK with 150 years of proven experience, builds a structured drama program that leverages research linking a performing arts education to benefits for children including better academic achievement, improved standardized test scores, as well as the ability to nurture confident speakers with a rich and varied vocabulary.

AIS’ Speech and Drama program is an integral part of an enhanced specialist Early Years curriculum for children aged 18 months to 5 years. The curriculum includes daily maths, Mandarin, the weekly Accelerated Literacy Program and the SMART Steps physical education program.

Andre Casson, Principal at AIS comments, “We are exceptionally excited about our collaboration with specialist educators in delivering an enhanced curriculum.”
To complement the new specialist Early Years curriculum, AIS is building a new state-of-the-art campus complete with a 22m swimming pool, a large sports gym, 5 library and learning resource centers, 9 arts and language specialist classrooms in one centrally-located facility. The new campus will be an extension to the existing Lorong Chuan School, 10 minutes from Orchard, and opening in 2017.

The Australian International School (AIS), is the world’s most popular Australian school offering the best of the International Baccalaureate and the Australian curricula from 18 months to 18 years.

Disclaimer : We received complimentary tickets to watch Kids Fest - Dear Santa! performed by London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in exchange for this post, no other compensation was received.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Kampung Day - a community affair by Ground-Up Initiative (GUI)

I got to know about Kampung Day last year, planned to go down but was unable to coz someone (forgot whether its me or the boy) had taken ill.  I was disappointed and when I saw this in my email I quickly mark this down in my calendar, we must make it down this year!  From the event poster, it sure look like there's going to have loads of fun activities for us to enjoy! 

We'll see you there on Kampung Day on 12 December 2015!

Who is Ground-Up Initiative (GUI)?

Kampung Day is a community affair by Ground-Up Initiative, a non-profit organisation founded to bridge the disconnect that modern society creates between people, their communities and the environment.

GUI currently sits on a 26,000 sqm piece of land in a land-scarce Singapore, an effort only possible with the persistence of its founder, Tay Lai Hock, and his core volunteers to win the support of the government over a period of two years. It started from only a 100sqm space and has grown to its size of 26,000sqm currently through a proven sustainable model and affirmation from both the local government and overseas entities.

Through deliberate and thoughtful design of its programmes, GUI has created a space for its community of volunteers and visitors to grow, connect and inspire. The Kampung was raised from mostly discarded materials based on the 6R approach: Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair and Recycle. With the power of community coming together, GUI is cultivating a space that nurture rootedness and resilience by allowing people to experience groundedness, hard work and connection.

GUI has a vision for a 5G society: Gracious, Green, Giving, Grounded and Grateful. The 5Gs form the foundation for GUI’s 21st Century Kampung Culture that cultivates holistic solutions for a happier, liveable and sustainable future for modern society

Read more details about GUI over here;

What to Expect on Kampung Day

There would be lots of activities to partake in that brings out the art of sustainable living at their Kampung Kampus in Yishun!

Exciting workshops are available on a registration basis at, and other activities are open to the general public to walk in.

Not only will there be Kampung Play games and fun hands-on stations (eco play dough; mini mud bricks; Kampung tours etc), chemical-free fruits and vegetables by Farmily 家和农as well as kopi and snacks will be on sale!

All activities are available on a contribution basis that goes toward supporting the operations of the Kampung Kampus.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Hasbro Transformers Combiner War 2015

Early last week we received a pleasant surprise from Hasbro Singapore, they sent us 2 Transformers Combiner War toys, a 2016 calendar and a sweet little note.  Its an early Christmas surprise for DinoBoy~

Later that day when I stepped into the house, I showed DinoBoy the plastic bag, he took a peep inside it, exclaimed with a loud "WOW! Its it for me?" and went off to his room to explore the toys, without giving me any hugs *hmmpphh*  Toys over Mum... Transformers toys OVER Mum!  Nevermind, I forgive him coz I know how much he love Transformers.

When I saw on Hasbro Singapore facebook that they are going to host a Transformers Combiners Challenge on 28th & 29 November 2015 I know immediately that we MUST take part in the challenge!  

The challenge starts from 1pm to 6pm on both days, we reached at 1.30pm and there was already a crowd gathering at the area!  We quickly register for the challenge and waited patiently for our turn.  Here is DinoBoy doing the challenge, so focus and serious.  

When we were there, there were only young boys of not more than 10 years old taking the challenge., what happened to the girls?  Too shy to take part?  I am sure there are many girls who love Transformers just like this Mama *grins*

eh I don't know how they do it! Finished transforming and fixing Air Raid and Sky Dive onto Silverbolt in 1.03 seconds!  Steady lah!  

DinoBoy's time was 2:30+ seconds, he didn't win but it's ok, he had fun trying~

There was a bundle promotion on that day for 2 particular sets of Transformers Combiner, I was pretty happy to see this deal as I told DinoBoy that he can buy 1 or 2 Transformers toys when we head out of the house with the Takashimaya vouchers I had, with this bundle pack he gets FIVE Transformers instead!  What's more, I used my Takashimaya vouchers to pay for it and only top up $27.50 for the set, super good deal to me!  *All terms & conditions applies to the Bundle Pack and only while stock lasts*

I thought it would be an easy "grab & go" thing but it took us 30mins before the boy was satisfied with the set.  This is because one of the small bots - Firefly is OOS!!!  Horror among horror!!! Yes! Especially when you have a child who is stubborn in certain things and this happens to be one of it.  DinoBoy did not take it well that Firefly is NOT there, he searched fanatically at the shelf, bugging the Hasbro promoter about it, going on and on that he has to find Firefly etc etc.  This Hasbro promoter was very patient and tried to calmed DinoBoy down, he tried to get him to buy another bot but he would have none of that.  Geezz!!!

DinoBoy asked the Hasbro promoter when the stock will be in and he has to call his supervisor to check.  The event emcee Mr Derrick Lee of Cream of Maestro saw the commotion and approached us, later on he tried his best to help by making a call to some one in Hasbro to check if we are able to exchange the bot with Firefly when the stock comes in.  I almost want to give up and drag the boy home because we are not going anywhere with his persistence attitude, plus I felt so embarrassed for causing so much hassle and trouble to so many people! After some discussions with the Hasbro promoter (Gawd knows what did he drilled and asked him!) , the boy decided that it is OKAY to have ONE different bot from the picture.  *Phew*  Hallelujah for all!  We can finally head off to have our ice cream treats.

Super happy with his Transformers Combiners

The friendly and helpful Derrick

More Transformers Promotion!
Besides the Transformers Combiners War Bundle Pack I mentioned above, here are a few other promotions worth checking out for. Check out Transformers Combiners War over here.

- Transformers Generations Leader Class Assorted now $69.90 (U.P. $99.90)
- Transformers Super Bumblebee now $99.90 (U.P. $159.90)
- Transformers RID Mini-Con Deployers Assorted now $29.90 (U.P. $39.90)

*All terms & conditions applies for the promotions and only valid while stocks last*

More Great Deals from Hasbro!
I am sure your Christmas list will include toys, then you really have to keep your eyes glue to Hasbro Christmas Advent Calender coz they will be sharing some great deals on favourite toys from Nerf, Transformers, Play-Doh and more!

Disclaimer : We received 2 Transformers Combiner War figurine from Hasbro Singapore but was not required to blog about it.  We decided to do it because we had such great fun during the Transformers Combiner Challenge and something that we want to document as part of DinoBoy's childhood.