Fun at Road Safety Park

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Where’s a place in Singapore where kids can cycle and scoot freely on the road?
The Road Safety Community Park, of course!

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I remember coming to this place when I was just a kid. Those days, it was common for schools to bring their students here for excursions and to let them learn about road safety.

This was the first time our trio visited the park. The moment we stepped into the park and I told them that there was a pretend-play petrol kiosk, they zoomed off excitedly.

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They were extremely amused to be able to pretend pumping petrol into their “vehicle”. They have seen their daddy doing that before and it was fun for them to finally be able to give it a try. Even Elly was able to try pumping petrol!

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At the Road Safety Park, the kids get to learn to follow traffic directions. We told them to make sure they followed the arrows on the road and not to go in the opposite direction. It was great for them to learn such traffic rules in a very safe learning environment.

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They also learned to stop at traffic lights.

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As an adult visiting the Road Safety Park, I find these mini road replicas really cute. There is even a mini roundabout!

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This is a great place to bring the kids to, with either their bicycles or kick-scooters and let them have some fun driving cycling or scootering on the road, without us having to worry that they might get knocked down!

We only wish that the management of The Road Safety Park could provide some mini cars for kids. It would be really fun for the kids if they could get to drive around the Park in a mini car, like what they have at Legoland. The Road Safety Park could even earn some revenue from the rental. Good business suggestion, no? :)

Things to note when visiting:

1) Bring mosquito repellent. We were bitten quite a number of times!
2) Let your kids wear caps/hats/sunglasses as it gets quite hot in the afternoons.
3) Bring your own “vehicles”.

Visitor Info:

The Road Safety Community Park
Address: East Coast Park Service Rd, Singapore 449889
Phone:6440 5254
Opening hours: All Day, Every Day!

Easy Recipe: Shishamo Fish

Have you heard of shishamo fish?

It is a common Japanese dish and the entire fish can be eaten whole, from head to tail! No need for de-boning!

Best of all, it is a moderately oily fish filled with healthy omega-3 oils. Which is why I’m glad that Jay and Elly love eating this fish. Elly calls this “My Favourite Fish” and every other day, she will ask me, “Mommy, did you cook my favourite fish today?” :)

I’m sharing this easy shishamo recipe at I.A.M. Woman 3 today. Hop over and check it out!

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Have a Tasty Tuesday!

The Paradox of Being a SAHM

I am thankful to be able to stay home with the kids. I know there are many who would love to stay at home, being with their children, spending more time with them and watching them grow up.

Being a stay home mother can be exhausting. A great friend of mine just told me yesterday, that my daily routine can be summed up in one word: INSANITY. To that, I laughed and yes, I do agree with her.

On a good day, I would be full of energy, tackling lots of stuff with the kids.

On a bad day, I had thoughts of running away and escape to a deserted island somewhere and not coming back!

But, ask me if I regret staying at home and if I would do it all over again if I were to relive my life, my answer would be, NO and YES!

No, I do not regret making the decision to stay at home 4.5 years ago.
Yes, if I were to relive my life, I would still choose to stay home with the kids!

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Simple Craft: DIY Musical Shaker

It has been ages since I last did craft with my kids. Elly has been asking me to do things with her and I have to admit, I have been REALLY BUSY! So busy that I had no time to do anything with her.

Last week, she came home from school with an assignment. They had to make a musical shaker for their year-end school concert. It was also a parent-child-craft homework, to encourage parents to spend time crafting and bonding with their kids.

So, that finally gave me a chance to slow down, and spend some time making this musical shaker with my girl.

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Looming for a Cause: Rainbow Looms for Club Rainbow

Ever since I bought a box of Rainbow Looms for Jay a few months ago, he has been hit by the rainbow loom craze. For weeks, the first thing he would do when he woke up was to make rainbow looms. And the last thing he would do before he slept was… you guessed it, make rainbow looms!

I was not expecting my boys to enjoy making rainbow looms. After all, isn’t this more of a girl’s craze? :)

But… Jay enjoyed it so much that he would ask us to buy him refill packs, so that he could make more looms.

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So, when I heard from Susan (who blogs at A Juggling Mom) that a group of mothers are selling their handmade looms bracelets and charms to raise funds for Club Rainbow, I knew I had to get my two boys involved.
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The Final Quarter

October is here.

Which means we’re into the final quarter of the year. Where did all the time go? I vividly remember the kids just started their first day of school! Hadn’t we just celebrated Christmas not long ago?

There are usually two times in a year when I get into a deep reflective mode – the beginning of the year, and the last quarter of the year. Not that I don’t reflect at any other time! It’s just that these two seasons make me reflect and think more about my life, my goals, what I want to achieve and what I have achieved.

So, today marks the beginning of the final quarter of the year. And for this year, it also means that my days as a Stay-at-Home-Mom (SAHM) is nearing an end. I have to return to teach when school starts in January next year.

There is a lot of thinking and planning to be done. What will happen to the kids? Who is going to look after them? Do we have to send them to child-care or student-care centres? Do we have to get a domestic helper?

A lot of adjustments will have to be made.

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Penang With Kids

We spent 5 days in Penang with our 3 kids and my parents during the June holiday last year. Being our first time visiting Penang, we didn’t really know what to expect and whether our kids would like it there. Turned out that we had a blast during those 5 days!

I would say that Penang is generally kids-friendly. The place is safe, food is aplenty, and the few taxi-drivers whom we met during our trip seemed to like kids too. There are kiddy rides at the malls, toys sold at night markets, and fun stuff for kids to do!

These are some of the highlights of our Penang trip with our 3 kids, who were 2, 5 and 7 years old when we visited last year.

THE ADVENTURE ZONE

I’ve heard so much about this place that we’ve got to bring our kids there. True enough, our boys love it! Even our 2 year-old Elly had a great time going down those long, wavy slides. My hubby and I tried the slides too, and believe me, it’s truly not for the faint-hearted.

The red, 7 metres, vertical drop slide is the scariest one I’ve ever seen. Our 2 boys courageously tried it… but only once. Their verdict? “Wah… very scary…” and didn’t dare try it again.

They prefer the blue slide, with the additional fun of plunging into a ball pool at the end.

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The ones which all of us enjoyed the most are these colourful, wavy slides. We went on it countless times. My parents relaxed at the cafe outside the small area, sipping their coffee and watching us play.

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Away with the Mommy Guilt!

Mommy guilt. We all have it, don’t we?

When we thought we should have done better as a mom.

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When we serve instant or hawker food to our kids out of desperation and lack of time to prepare more nutritious meals.
When we allow our kids to stare at the screen (be it TV, iPad, iPhone, computer) just so that we can have an hour of uninterrupted peace to complete our work.

When we see the creative activities that other moms are doing with their kids and we are not.
When we hear about the places that other moms are bringing their kids to but ours are stuck at home, bored.

When our kids drive us up the walls and we snap at them.
When we’re so exhausted and stretched beyond our limits that we get impatient with our kids.

Mommy guilt.
We all have it.

But when we strip away all the external reasons for our guilt, what exactly is the source of it?
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Do Exam Results Matter?

As we enter Term 4 of the school calendar, many are feeling the heat of examinations.

I have always been a tad skeptical about schools’ seemingly obsession of assessing students. What is the big deal of all these assessments?

Exam results are but just a one time mark, graded in a one time situation. They do not determine a person’s worth.

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Very often, the student has only one chance to get it right. It doesn’t matter if you were too tired, too distracted, or simply made a careless mistake.

You are given a mark for what you wrote once, in an instant.

There is no second chance.

And for major exams, such as the PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examinations) in Singapore, that one chance determines where you will spend the next 4 or 5 years of your Secondary School life.

No wonder both students and parents are stressed when examinations are near!

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If we look at examinations objectively, how many of us today are a failure in life because we have failed some exams during our school days?

And how many of us can say that we are truly successful today simply because we have excelled in our exams?

Perhaps some of us are.

But I am pretty sure that there are many out there whose outcome in life has not been determined by the results they received years ago in an examination.

I have seen school dropouts turning into successful entrepreneurs and those with doctorates living miserable lives.

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HeArtfelt Clayworks of Gratitude 1

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This is an amazing work of clay art created by Growing HeARTS as gifts for the teachers on Teacher’s Day. It sure takes alot of HeART work and hard work!

Originally posted on Growing HeARTS:

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I was very impressed by Sun Hats & Wellie Boots’ Clay Play. And we did our version for Teacher’s Day. I didn’t share earlier due to the long process it took and I wanted the gifts as a surprise to the recipients. : )

Materials needed for Clay Station Set Up:

  1. Clay (I used Jovi Brand from Art Friend)
  2. Cookie Cutters
  3. Sequins, beads and old/unwanted jewellery (thanks to my mum) to be recycled.
  4. Rolling Pins
  5. Clay Tools
  6. I had 2 large ceramic tiles from my previous owner who left it in our store which was perfect for Clay Play!

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The below are examples of how they used a cookie cutter to cut the shape and applied PVC White Glue before embedding the beads and Sequins into the Clay for a firm grip when it dries.

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This process below shows the steps to take to roll an even piece…

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