Sand Play at the Beach

It all began with these spades that we bought for the kids from IKEA.

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What’s up with buying spades if there’s no sand to dig?

So, off we went with the kids, to Castle Beach at East Coast Park. Besides the beaches at Sentosa, this has to be our next favourite. The beach here is filled with soft and clean sand, great for building sandcastles.

An added bonus for sand play here are the beautiful sandcastles and sculptures that are on display, built by the folks of Castle Beach. Once in a while, they even provide free sandcastle building workshops for beach-goers.

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Our kids needed no encouragement to start digging and building.

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The kids spent a relaxing afternoon building, digging, hauling water, chasing after the waves and running on the sandy beach. Our only complaint has to be the scorching sun and the insanely humid weather.

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If you’re looking for a sandy beach that is great for sand play for the kids, check out this area at East Coast Park. Remember to bring sunblock, hats and a change of clothings for the little ones!

Directions to Castle Beach

By Car:
ECP – Coming from the CITY
EXIT 7A to CARPARK E2

By BUS:
Bus Service no. 401 (from Bedok Interchange)
Alight at the bus stop: CABLE SKI PK

FoodLine: A Solution To Your Catering Needs

Friends have asked me, “How do you cope with housework, kids, work and cooking?”

This question is usually followed by, “So do you cook every day?”

My answer is “I wish to, but I can’t!” I am not sure how the Supermoms cope, but I am definitely not one. I prepare lunch for the kids on most weekdays, but can only manage to have home-cooked dinner maximum twice in a week.

Last year, I was so tired of cooking that I decided to try out tingkat dinners. With the go-ahead from the hubby, I went googling for the healthiest, tastiest and most economical caterer in town. It was difficult to find a good one. Our tingkat experience lasted for only a month, much to the relief of my kids, who were so sick of the tingkat food that they actually missed my cooking. :)

I wish I had known about FoodLine last year. FoodLine is a Singapore-based catering portal featuring more than 100 caterers and over 5,000 reviews and photographs by past customers. To date, more than 31,500 households and organisations have catered from FoodLine. That is quite an amazing number of customers.

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Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas

For the past few years, I made it a point to bring the kids to the annual Children’s Season at the Singapore Art Museum. This year, instead of the usual Children’s Season, Singapore Art Museum launched Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas, to celebrate SG50 (Singapore’s 50th Birthday).

I brought the kids there a few weeks ago. Our trio had a wonderful time exploring the exhibits, which were pretty interactive and interesting for the kids. We spent about 3 hours in that place and would have stayed longer if not for the fact that the museum had to close for the day.

These are some of the highlights of Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas.

We Built This Estate

In this exhibit, children are invited to be architects and planners of their housing estates. There are huge building blocks in the room for the kids to have fun constructing their buildings. Our boys, who are into Minecraft these days, love this exhibit, for obvious reasons. :) We stayed there for a long time, and I had to pry them away to visit the other exhibits.

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ONLINE SHOPPING: A NECESSITY FOR BUSY MOTHERS

Online shopping has got to be one of the best inventions of our time. When you are busy running after the kids and juggling thousand and one things, it makes a huge difference to be able to shop from the comfort of your home. Shopping online is even more attractive when there are promotions, discounts and perks, such as Mastercard Promotions.

I am more of a practical shopper, which means you won’t see me going shopping just for the sake of it. I shop only when I have things to buy. So, online shopping is a great attraction for me because the shops are available at my fingertips 24/7, whenever I need to shop. I do not have to worry that I have to lug the kids along with me when I shop. I can do my shopping in peace, when the kids are asleep. There are no crowds to jostle with, no parking fees to pay, no heavy bags of stuff to carry home.

After becoming a mom, I find myself looking to online stores whenever I need to buy something for the kids, family, friends or myself. To date, I have done all kinds of shopping online. Some of the stuff I have bought online include books, clothes, accessories, toys, food, health supplements and even groceries!

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Rock Climbing at The Cliff

Rock-climbing is gaining popularity in recent years. Our boys had their first rock-climbing experience about two years ago and they enjoyed it despite the slight difficulties they faced climbing up the steep rock walls for the first time.

The kids had their second try at rock-climbing a few weeks ago, this time at The Cliff which is located outside Snow City.

The Cliff is the latest rock-climbing facility to be built in Singapore, which uses the international Vertigo Climbing System. This system was last used locally at the 2012 World Youth Climbing Championship held in Singapore. The Cliff features 10 climbing lanes of various difficulty levels and is the first Vertigo Climbing System to be installed at a permanent location locally.

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How Motherhood Has Changed Me

I wrote this post exactly 2 years ago and it’s been sitting there in my draft folder.

2 years have passed, and I have to admit, I am still one insane mother.

HOW MOTHERHOOD HAS CHANGED ME

I wish I can say, after becoming a mother, I’ve become more patient, more loving, more nurturing or gentle. Although that could be me in certain situations, that’s not what this post is all about. After becoming a mother, I realised that I’ve actually done things which I’d never have dared to before I had kids.

Here are some of them:

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Kid Hero Stories: Personalised e-Books for Kids

Reading is a common activity in our household. I am glad that our three kids love to read and we have no problem getting them to read for extended periods of time. I attribute this greatly to the fact that we read to them regularly during their toddlerhood and preschool years.

With the advancement of technology, it is easy for kids nowadays to choose gadgets and screens over books. So, I am glad to hear that there are eBooks written specially for kids.

Kid Hero Stories is the brainchild of a mother who has decided to embrace technology instead of fighting it. With this in mind, and motivated by her own children’s love for reading, she started creating personalised eBooks for kids.

As the name goes, the hero in the stories is none other than your own child, complete with your child’s photo in the illustrations of the story.

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Remembering Mr Lee

I never knew that I would feel so sad about the demise of someone whom I have not met personally. I guess although I have not met him in person, he is no stranger to all of us here in Singapore and the world over.

Growing up, we watched him on TV, delivering his speeches and waving to the crowd during National Day Parades.

Our two boys, Zac and Jay, know who he is and we have talked to them before about the things he has done for Singapore.

During last year’s National Day Parade, we watched him on TV. That was the first time Jay became interested in this important yet frail-looking man and started asking us about him.

When we heard news of his hospitalisation earlier this year, Jay remarked that he hoped Mr Lee would be well to celebrate SG50 in August. That was the exact thought that I had too.

So, we were all saddened to wake up on Monday morning to the news of his passing. The boys heard more about him in school that day, where they saw our Singapore flag flying at half mast.

The hubby and I brought our three kids to the Istana on Tuesday evening, to pay tribute to this great man. The atmosphere there was quiet, peaceful and solemn. Many were penning down their messages, while some were taking photos of the tribute site. Our family penned down our individual messages too.

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Standing there, I felt a sudden wave of sadness and blinked hard to push back my tears. The man who has built Singapore from third world to first world is gone.

We will not see him waving to the crowd this National Day.

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Do You Read To Your Children?

Reading to our three kids is such a normal occurrence in our home that I often find it unusual and strange whenever I hear from others that they do not read to their children.

During the first 2 to 3 years of Zac’s life, either my husband or I would read to him every night before his bedtime. Every. Single. Night. It was part of his bedtime routine.

When Jay was born, we started reading to him too. With two kids of different ages, guess what we did? I would read to one of them while the hubby read to the other. On some nights, both boys would be read to together, by either one of us.

Then when Elly came along, life gets pretty hectic with three kids at home. It can get challenging trying to read to the 3 of them together. But we still did, as much as possible, although I have to admit that with Elly, I didn’t manage to read to her as much as to her two brothers.

This is one area that I feel bad about, towards my girl.

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Key to Sanity: Knowing and Setting Your Boundaries

Of all the words in the human vocabulary, the most difficult one for most of us to utter is, ironically, a tiny, two-letter word spelt N-O.

Yet, this little two-letter word is more important than we realised. Without it, we cannot set clear boundaries in our lives, and without clear boundaries, we will be pulled in every direction, running endlessly yet going nowhere, much like a hamster on a hamster wheel.

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