“Besides the pool, what else can the kids do beside watch TV in the room?” “Plenty.” I replied to the hubby’s ‘standard’ question whenever we checked into any hotels for staycation. “There’s the VIK PLAYtivities for kids, we can walk around to discover Joo Chiat, have a meal at one of the many restaurants that accept the $40 Village Currency vouchers that come with the stay. Take your pick!” The VIK (Village Important Kids) Family Staycation package is a newly launched programme by … [Read more...]
Arkki Singapore – Creative Architecture Camps for Children (Exclusive Review & Giveaway)!
“When can I go back to Arkki, Mommy?” As a parent of 2 kids, I am all too familiar with holiday workshops that are a dime a dozen but rarely have I seen Buddy feel sad even before the workshop concluded and fervently requesting that we sign him up for the next run. This Arkki (Architecture) workshop proved to be extra special because there was logic, curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, complex problem solving and agency all combined into one. Plus it originated from Finland! One of our … [Read more...]
“Feels like an Astronaut,” GMT Ergonomic Backpacks From Norway
“Wow, Mommy, this bag makes me feels like an astronaut...” The son remarked excitedly as he unboxed the newly delivered GMT Light Ergonomic School Backpack. “Why do you say that Buddy?” I asked bemused. “Because it’s light and strong!” was his ‘matter-of-factly’ reply. The Rigours of School As Buddy enters Primary Two, the rigours of school life slowly creeps in. With that comes thicker and heavier textbooks, more stationeries and other items for his afternoons at the … [Read more...]
Choosing The Right School Bag For Primary School: Facts & Myths
As our son enters Primary School next year, we revisit the importance of a good school bag for our child. Fortunately, we have our elder daughter's experience to glean from. We debunk some myths about school bags so that you can make an informed choice for your school-going kids. Myth, Facts and Choices Here’s sharing some of the myths and facts about choosing a good school bag. Myth 1: All schoolbags are good school bags Fact: Nothing can be further from the truth. … [Read more...]
The Real Birthday Magic in a Virtual Magic Party
There But Not There This is the first time I have organized a party for my kids without me being physically there! Imagine the stress with so many uncertainties. The pandemic has thrown many things to the proverbial wind, including the entire family’s birthday celebrations from April (Dana’s), to May (David and mine) followed by Buddy’s in June. Since this would be Buddy’s last birthday before starting primary school, I was determined to make it special for him even if it meant a … [Read more...]
Sudio ETT Wireless Earphones: The Perfect WFH-HBL Companion
Space – More than Physical Separation: WFH (Work from Home) and HBL (Home-based Learning) have proven to be trying for our family particularly with everyone's unique demands of personal space for work, e-learning and recreation all within the confines of an apartment. We’ve learnt that while it may be easier to separate physically (i.e. finding our own little corners in the apartment), separating sound space is more challenging. Sound permeates and intrudes into our personal … [Read more...]
Family Moments at Park Hotel Clarke Quay – A Review & Giveaway
Stroll. Saunter. Squeal I can't recall when was the last time we did this – taking a slow, relaxed stroll along the Singapore River, taking in the views and the vibes of Clarke Quay, Robertson Quay and Boat Quay all in one. Unhurried, with no particular agenda, except to enjoy a weekend together as a family. Family Moments at Park HotelClarke Quay The Covid-19 situation has made work for the hubby and me busier as we had to make lots of contingency plans at work. When I heard that … [Read more...]
DIY Batam ‘SPA-cation’ with Kids – A Review & Giveaway
3D2N with Spa Central Batam and Harris Resort Belarang Yes, we did it! We visited Batam as a family for the first time and came home rejuvenated. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and the kids, especially our 5 year old Buddy kept asking when we can return. This trip debunked the misconception that Batam is not a family-friendly destination. In fact, I think it makes the IDEAL destination for those long- weekend getaways! Here’s sharing our itinerary and as usual, some tips to … [Read more...]
Jazz Hotel Penang, Malaysia – A Review & Giveaway!
Penang is one of our favorite regional destinations. Aside from being my hubby David’s hometown, Penang has many unique experiences to offer families apart from its famous hawker fare. In this recent September trip back, we wanted to stay in the city for a change instead of the usual beachfront Batu Ferringhi area as I was keen to do some ‘café-hopping’. However, hotels downtown are not only costlier and few are big enough to fit a family of 5 (the kids' Penang Grandma usually joins … [Read more...]
Walking with Dinosaur – The Live Experience. A Review.
A Dinosaur Show? “ This is good,” quipped the hubby as he was driving off after the show, his comment couldn’t be more different merely 120 minutes ago. “ A dinosaur show? I hope it’s not cutesy. Dinosaurs are not cute, you know. We teach the kids the wrong thing if they go away thinking dinos are cute…” the self-professed 'dino-expert' in the family (aka my husband) grumbled while trying to negotiate the rush hour traffic on way to the Singapore Indoor Stadium. … [Read more...]
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