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Food for Thought : Staying REAL though on Social Media

18 June 2015 – 2:16 pm |

 
Most people today have a Facebook account.
And Twitter, Instagram, Path, etc.
(Mmmm, … I choose to not have a Path account though. Just to many for me to manage =)

Now the thing is, I feel, one …

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Reebonz Kids : Fun Games by Beleduc!

15 March 2011 | Posted in: Advertorial | 2 Comments

I’ve heard of Reebonz from friends. I know they sell good stuff at a fraction of the original price, and the stuff are available only for a short period of time. I’m familiar with its cute little ribbon logo. And yes, I’ve seen Reebonz ad from time to time on the right sidebar of my Facebook too.

But frankly, I’ve always associated Reebonz with adult fashion and accessories.

Well, until they got in touch with me recently and shared how they now have Reebonz Kids as well!

And, Reebonz Kids offers much more than just kids fashion.

Every week or so, they also offer fun and educational crafts, toys and games, ie. Quality brands that are NOT found in Singapore (but are sold by Reebonz at a cheaper price than those in retail stores!).

[Btw, you need to be a member to shop on Reebonz, and membership is FREE. I created my account in a few seconds! Just click this INVITATION LINK to sign up!]

Today they’re launching a range of Beleduc items on its website and thanks to the Reebonz Singapore Team, they sent this Beleduc-TORRETA games for Anya and Vai to test out!

Here’s my first impression when I received the parcel : NICE presentation! I love the carrier and how the box was nicely wrapped in gold ribbon! A great looking gift if you’re getting it for someone special, for sure.

Anyway.

I was really keen to see how the kids would react when they got the games in their hands.

Anya is 7yo now. Vai is 4.5yo, and … the box says that it’s for kids aged 4 and above (and it’s for 2 to 4 players).

Well, I wanted to see whether they’d like it. Whether they’d find it fun. Whether they would play with it in any other ways (you know, kids are kids, and they’re capable of creating new ‘rules’ and games using the same toys!)

So, here’s what happened when they got their hands on the gift from Reebonz!


[Unwrapping a gift is always so much fun!]

A total of 25 colourful bricks and 2 dice. And the kids are challenged to build towers with them!

[Ah, I KNOW the kids would LOVE this!]

You see, they can either use the dice with colours or the dice with dots. Then, depending on the colour OR number of dots that come up when the dice is thrown, the kids need to stack the ‘bricks’ accordingly! The winner is the one who stacks the bricks skillfully and produces the highest tower!

Haha. The suspense and the anticipation! The kids enjoyed the Torreta game a LOT!!

Personally, I like such games because it allows the kids to play together (which is a great way to nurture positive sibling relationships), AND have fun while exercising their fine motor skill too.

AND, if you ask me, I think kids as young as 2 years old can get their hands on this too because while playing, they also learn:

- to stack the bricks steadily (ie. Concentration and fine motor skill)

- the names of different colours (ie. Colour recognition)

- the different proportions in size and quantity

And, errr … as for our little guy, he immediately found a different way to play with the bricks so he can still play when Anya’s not around to play with him!

And, I do find it amazing how he could stack all TWENTY FIVE of the bricks well! =)

Btw, For Beleduc items, here’re some of the ones available for sale starting today!

Anyway.

Do check out the other items available for sale on Reebonz.com!

And oh, don’t forget that you need to be a member to shop. Just click this INVITATION LINK to sign up for free!

And, do ‘LIKE’ their Reebonz Singapore Facebook Page too, coz you’ll then get $5 off your next purchase!

Happy browsing and shopping!

Hope you’ll find something special for your loved ones!

‘Looking after Ourselves’, especially AFTER We’re Married

When it comes to ‘looking after ourselves’, especially AFTER we’re married, there’s this one tip (shared by some ‘seniors’) that I often keep in mind.

They said:

Wives, later on … when you’re busy looking after the children fulltime : remember to look after and keep yourself ‘physically attractive’ in the eyes of your husband.

Because, other than being a mother, you are a wife too. And as much as you need to be there for your children, your husband needs you as well.

When we’ve been married to the same person for years and years, I must say that somehow there IS just this tendency to … take things for granted.

And if we’ve become stay at home mommies (who naturally are busy with our kids and other house matters), we too may somehow forget to ‘look nice’ for the husbands.

[What say you, btw?]

Anyway, I just wrote a post over on the Estee Lauder blog on this.

Click HERE to read it yeah.

And hmmm, I know I need to (shamelessly) ask you this, … errr, have you voted for me?

*blush*

If you haven’t, hope you can support by voting for me yeah. Simply hop over to Estee Lauder Singapore Facebook Page, ‘LIKE’ the page if you haven’t done so, and click the ‘CyberWhite‘ tab on the left sidebar to vote! =)

As promised, if I won, I’ll share half of my prizes with my voters, AND on top of that, there’s also a weekly draw btw, where you can win $200 worth of product hampers from Estee Lauder too!

Thanks everyone! =)

Tips (and Win Vouchers) : How to Save Energy at Home

10 March 2011 | Posted in: Advertorial | One Comment

This is a shot of Daddy and the two kids at Hong Kong Science Museum during our most recent trip there in December last year.

We were at this particular ‘How to Save Energy at Home’ exhibit area for a LONG time.

And the main reason was, … the kids THOROUGHLY enjoyed playing with the laser guns!

You see, there were different ‘settings’ in the hall (eg. Living room, dining room, home office, etc) and we had to point the laser gun to different ‘targets’ set around the area! And when we hit the target (eg. the round thing just below the air-conditioner, pictured below), more info on how we could save energy at home (eg. Consider using a fan instead of switching on the air-con all the time) will appear on a computer screen next to laser gun.

I thought it was a GREAT way of educating visitors and introducing them to the many different ways we can actively conserve energy!

Even our 4yo Vai could remember (until today!) how we should ‘save electricity’ at home.

Personally, I feel we should all consider doing (or start introducing) simple little energy-saving actions at home for two main reasons.

1) For the good of the environment

Each time we switch on the air-con, the TV or our computers, the Singapore power plants generate the electricity we need by burning fossil fuels (eg. oil and natural gas), which consequently releases carbon dioxide (CO2) which is a greenhouse gas. Excess CO2 traps more heat from the sun via the greenhouse effect, causing climate change. And we all know how weird our weather patterns around the world have been in recent years!

[Click HERE to read more on this 'climate change' issue on the E2 Singapore website]

2) To reduce our overall electricity bills

I don’t know if many of you are aware that our electricity tariff has recently gone up (refer to the Media Release above, or click HERE to read the PDF version).

Frankly, this is something I’ve just recently realised, and it does make our little actions / adjustments around the house (ie. To better save electricity) more … justifiable. I mean, the ‘savings’ may not be in ‘thousands of dollars’, but hey … even if we could save just a few hundred dollars a year (eg. less than $300), it still means we’re making good use of the money we have.

Anyway.

Here are three practical ‘energy-saving’ tips (and the respective costs we could’ve saved) that I’d like to share with you today!

1) Use a fan instead of the air-conditioner!

Interesting info:
A fan uses less than 1/10th of the energy used by an air-conditioner!

Savings:
About S$55 a month or $665 a year!

[When it's warm, we switch on our ceiling fans in our dining / living room, and we usually just leave bedroom windows wide open. Btw, we have wrought-iron window grilles at home, for safety reasons, especially when we have kids at home)

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2) The lower the air-conditioner temperature setting, the MORE energy used.


Recommended:
Set the temperature at about 25 deg Celsius.

Savings:
For every degree raised, we save about S$20 a year!

[We occasionally switch on the air-con at night, and when do, it's usually set at either 25 or 26 deg Celsius, and we always have the timer on too, ie. To automatically switch off after a good 4-5 hours]


[One of the things we teach the kids is to make sure that the refrigerator door is SHUT properly whenever they open it. I'm glad our fridge comes with this 'beeping' sound that goes off if the door is not shut well in a few seconds]

3) Go for energy-efficient appliances (eg. air-con, refrigerator) by checking the energy labels.

Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) has this Database of Registered Goods on its website! (For air-cons, refrigerators and clothes dryers). This means, you can actually check how ‘green’ a particular product and brand is and calculate the estimated overall cost of using it at home! SO useful!

Click HERE to go to that NEA page!

And, click HERE to read a whole list of other useful energy-saving tips shared by E2 Singapore!

Here’s one last thing I’d like to bring your attention to!

There’s this Energy Challenge Online Game on the E2 Singapore website where you can win Best Denki vouchers!

Basically, game participants will:

- Be given ‘$5000′ to replace their existing home appliances with those from a shopping cart

- Go around the ‘home’ to : turn off appliances and turn down consumption to achieve ‘maximum savings’ in electricity consumption within the shortest period of time

Game participants who can save the most energy within the shortest period of time will have their chance to win the vouchers!

Click HERE to start playing the online game!

Have fun everyone, and happy ‘cost and energy-saving’ too! =)

Parenting : Human Interactions vs. Gadgets

9 March 2011 | Posted in: Parenting | 4 Comments


[Personally, I much prefer THIS kind of 'human interactions'. It allows the parent and child to bond and have fun together too. Realistically though, we parents are often too tired to be 'engaged'  throughout the bus trip and prefer to simply sit and relax for a while]

I don’t know about you, but I feel there’s one increasing ‘trend’ that’s happening amongst us, that is: we tend to occupy ourselves with gadgets.

Anywhere.

Anytime.

[And I know I'm very prone to this too, and I need to constantly remind myself to 'disconnect to connect' with loved ones who're around me. I wrote a post on this sometime ago, btw, click HERE to read it!]

I do notice that kids are picking up this ‘trend’ as well (without them realising, obviously).

ie. They somehow prefer to keep themselves occupied with ‘some thing’. They find it ‘hard’ to be still and NOT do anything much.

For our case, rather than sit in a car (or the bus or the train) ‘doing nothing’, our kids often ask for our mobile phone (more specifically, Daddy’s Iphone!) so they could play with a game or two.

Anya, for example, would sometimes ask if she could see my phone (to simply fiddle or write some things on the ‘Notes’ page, because my phone has NO games on it!) within 2-3 minutes upon boarding the bus. The bus trip itself may not even last for more than 10 mins!

Sometimes I DO let them play with my phone (or Daddy’s Iphone if he’s with us). BUT, most of the time I would VERY MUCH prefer that they do OTHER activities, ie. Things OTHER than engaging themselves in gadgets. Especially when they have other friends or families around them.

I mean, they (and us) could always  :

- TALK and CHAT with each other

- LOOK OUT the window and check out the many passing cars or whatever other things that are happening OUTSIDE

[When Vai asks to play with our phone, I'd sometimes look out the bus window and ask if he could name the different car brands he sees. It's a simple way of distracting and engaging him in a 'different' activity, and it often works. And as he does it, I'd need to pay attention and listen to him as well, which often requires quite a bit of 'self denial' because I often prefer to just sit quietly and 'not talk']

- PLAY traditional games like ‘chopsticks’, ‘heart attack’, ‘guess the animal’, or even the game ‘elephant, man and ant’ (an Indonesian game using 3 fingers, like what Vai and Daddy were doing in the photo above!)

Personally, I just feel such ‘human’ INTERACTIONS are much better than simply engaging one’s concentration on a small screen (well, a big one if you’re using an Ipad, a laptop or a computer!).

I mean, I’m okay with technology and all, BUT I’m NOT okay if technology increasingly takes away human relationships and interactions.

And, I must say, I do notice that kids often (automatically) ask to play with gadgets because other than the fact that it’s more fun than doing ‘nothing’, the parents often do not regularly initiate interactions with the little ones to begin with, anyway (or are busy with their own gadgets too).

Hmm. I don’t know.

Do YOU notice this trend too? How do you normally respond to it?

Sunday’s Food for Thought – Children, their ‘comfortable’ living and their fighting spirit

12 October 2008 | Posted in: Inspirational, Parenting | 2 Comments
Sunday’s Food for Thought – Children, their ‘comfortable’ living and their fighting spirit

Parents who are materially well-off are to be more careful when raising their children. Because in such families where money tends to not be a big concern, the children – since very young – tend …

Parenting : Young Children Absorb Everything They See and Hear

19 August 2014 | Posted in: Inspirational, Parenting | No Comment
Brie_aug2014_doll

 
Who do our young children spend their most time with everyday?
Mommy? Grandparents? Nanny?
(Or, TV? Electronic Media, like iPads?)

Ever realise that children, especially young children, love to imitate the behaviours of people around them?
Especially those whom …

Parenting : “Why does God give me a Brother?”

8 October 2013 | Posted in: Parenting | One Comment
anya vai brie_oct2013

As much as having siblings can be great and nice, siblings can be irritating too.
They can be excessively playful at times when you prefer to be left alone.
They can accidentally knock over your treasured books.
Their …

Interviewed, SingaporeBrides.com: Together. For TEN years now.

7 July 2011 | Posted in: In the Media, Marriage & Relationships | No Comment

Today, Wilson and I have officially been married for TEN years.
Yes, ten good years.
I say that it’s been ‘good’ because it’s been that long without us ‘feeling’ it.
It sure does NOT mean our ten years …

Marriage : Reasons Why Couples Connect Less With Each Other

14 February 2013 | Posted in: Inspirational, Marriage & Relationships | 2 Comments
Marriage : Reasons Why Couples Connect Less With Each Other

This year, my hubby and I would mark our 12th wedding anniversary.
And you know what they say, … the longer you’re married, the less ‘connected’ you both most likely are?
You think?
Well, these are the few …

Missing my twosome moments

2 August 2006 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships | No Comment
wanaka-2001-nz

I was browsing my old photo collection and saw some of our old traveling ones. Aahh … it brought back sooo many sweet memories.
Frankly right now, with a toddler and a newborn coming very very …