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Car Talks : Three Types of People and Their Responsibilities

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Living in Jakarta, I find myself spending a lot of time with the kids ON THE ROAD.
And after a while, I kind of realised that that’s where we discuss many issues and important values too.
Now …

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Catching : ‘Rapunzel – A Tangled Tale’, Disney’s latest movie!

26 November 2010 | Posted in: Advertorial | 3 Comments

These days, we’ve been seeing lots of ‘Rapunzel‘ around. On public buses, posters, etc.

And the kids (especially Anya) pointed it out to me each time and went, ‘LOOK! It’s Rapunzel!’

Frankly though, when I saw the posters, I never quite thought about bringing the kids to watch the movie somehow.

I don’t know.

I guess, I somehow assume that it’ll probably be another lovey-dovey movie (you know, one with many kissing scenes between a boy and a girl who’ve just ‘recently met’). And, I’m one parent who’s not too keen on letting my two young kids watch movies/cartoons that focuses on ‘romantic love between teens or young adults’ (My kids are 6.5yo and 4yo).

[If a married couple love and care for one another, like in the movie 'UP', I totally am fine with that]

So. When I was invited and given tickets to catch the movie premiere of ‘Rapunzel: The Tangled Tale‘ before it’s released to the general public, I frankly was a little … unsure.

What if it’s not quite ‘age-appropriate’ for my two kids? What if the storyline focuses more on romantic scenes? What if. What if. What if.

Hoping that the movie ‘should be okay’, I told the kids about our ‘movie night outing together’.

And they were like, ‘YAY! We’re going to watch Rapunzel!!!’

And you know what?

The movie was totally NOT like what thought it would be.

It was funny. Cute and lovable characters too!

The storyline was not like the traditional Rapunzel story, and the fact that it’s unpredictable was great, I thought!

[Tips: Do NOT read too much about the plot or what the movie is REALLY about. Just go and watch it, and be nicely surprised, is what I'd personally recommend, hehe]

Oh btw, I love the many visually beautiful scenes in the movie too! (Vai was like, ‘Whoaaaaaaaa!’ when he watched the scene above, hehe)

AND, the hair, gee … I must comment on this one. Rapunzel’s hair really looks nicely life-like! I mean, we all know it’s animation and all, but the strands of hair, the lusciousness of it, look VERY real! I was impressed with the details and the graphics!

[Rapunzel's hair is said to be 70feet long in the story, which btw is a bit longer than the length of a volleyball court. Haha, yeah I know, I googled and checked as I was just curious!]

And oh, about my ‘kissing scenes’ concern (read: romantic love that develops too fast between two young people in the movie), here’s what I can share with you: they do kiss and all, but it’s way towards the end.

I personally thought children movies can always do without such scenes, but then again, oh well at least it’s not too bad (And I did casually whisper to the kids at the time how Rapunzel and Flynn, the two main characters, are about to be married there *smile*)

I was glad that the focus is more on their adventure together, and their growing trust and friendship with one another.

[And due to its many 'adventures' and 'actions', I'd personally not recommend this movie to kids below 2.5yo]

Anyway, here’s the official movie synopsis:

When the kingdom’s most wanted—and most charming—bandit Flynn Rider (voice of Zachary Levi) is taken hostage by Rapunzel (voice of Mandy Moore), a feisty teen with 70 feet of golden hair who’s looking for her ticket out of the tower where she’s been locked away for years, the unlikely duo sets off on a hilarious, hair-raising escapade filled with adventure, heart, humor and hair—lots of hair.

Here’s the link to check out the official Disney Homepage:

And click HERE to watch the movie trailer on youtube!

The movie is officially released to the public on 25 November (3D only) and on 2 December ISLANDWIDE.

One last thing.

There’s a ‘MAGICAL HAIR’ contest going on!

Basically, you simply need to share whatever tricks / techniques you usually use to craft, sculpt and shape your hair (or your kids’!). Upload a photo of the hairdo and get your friends to ‘LIKE’ it!

That’s it.

And the top ten people with the highest number of ‘likes’ will win exclusive movie premiums!

Go, check out the site!

And to end the post, here’s Anya and her ‘super braided hair’, hehe.

Here’s how the hairdo was done:

- Start from the middle of the head, start braiding half way down and tie it with something colourful
- Do the same towards the left and the right
- Gather all the ends of the braided hair together and do a final braid.

It does take quite a while! *smile*

Have fun with your own (or your kid’s!) hair yeah!

And don’t forget to enter the contest too!


List of Singapore’s Christmas Shows and School Holiday Events 2010

25 November 2010 | Posted in: Crafts & Activity Ideas for Kids, Daily | 8 Comments


Here is the list of some of the Christmas Shows and School Holiday events that your family can check out together this year!

[Thanks to this family who compiled the list below!]

If you know more of others that are not yet on the list, please do share with the rest of us yeah! Thanks!

I’ll keep on adding more to this list whenever I get updates from the media.

Do check the COMMENTS section for updates!
(And feel free to link my blog to yours)

Have fun spending time with your family this Christmas!

Yogi Bear Meet & Greet
Downtown East, Event Square
15 – 28 Nov (except Tues)
Weekdays: 3.30pm & 7pm
Weekends: 2pm, 4pm & 7pm

Toy Story Chirstmas Galaxy (No Shows)
Meet & Greet Woody & Buzz
Parkway Parade, Basement Atrium
19 – 28 Nov (except Mon)
1pm, 4pm & 7pm
*Spend min. $30 in single receipt for one pass.

Strawberry Shortcake Berry Bubblelicious Show
1pm, 4pm & 7pm
Yew Tee Point, 19-21 Nov (Meet & Greet only)
Compass Point, 23-28 Nov
Causeway Point, 30 Nov – 5 Dec
Northpoint, 7-12 Dec
Centrepoint, 14-19 Dec
Anchorpoint, 21-23 Dec (Only 1pm, Meet & Greet only)
Bedok Point, 21-23 Dec (Only 7pm, Meet & Greet only)
Meet-n-Greet for first 40, no purchase required.

Dora “The Big Pinata” Live Show
Raffles City, Level 3
19 Nov – 5 Dec (except Mon)
Tue – Fri: 1pm & 7pm
Sat – Sun: 1pm, 4pm & 7pm

Dora’s Tea Party
Raffles City, Level 3
4 & 5 Dec, 2.30pm
*Spend min. $30 from 12 Nov – 5 Dec to receive a pass.

Yo Gabba Gabba! Musical
Takashimaya Square, B2
22 Nov – 1 Dec, 1pm, 4pm & 7pm daily

Barney’s Christmas Surprise!
United Square
24 Nov – 6 Dec (except Tues)
Mon-Fri: 2pm & 7pm
Sat & Sat: 1pm, 4pm & 7pm
*Meet & Greet; min. $30 required.

Hi-5 Live Show
Marina Square
26 Nov – 12 Dec (except Mon)
1pm, 4pm & 7pm
*Meet & Greet, limited to first 50 (no min. spend)

The Night Before Christmas
Mad Hatter’s Christmas Tea Party
Forum Shopping Mall, B1
27 Nov – 12 Dec
1pm & 5pm (Both shows alternate between the 2 showtimes)
*Meet & Greet at 3pm, no min. spend

Toy Story Christmas Galaxy
Story-telling Sessions & Games
Parkway Parade, Basement Atrium
30 Nov – 5 Dec
1pm, 4pm & 7pm
*Spend min. $30 in single receipt for one pass.

Care Bears Musical Live Show
Downtown East, Event Square
30 Nov – 31 Dec (Weekends & Public Holidays ONLY)
6 – 6.30 pm (extra show on 21 Nov at 12.30pm)

Care Bears Nite Parade
Downtown East, Event Square, The Alley & E!hub
1- 26 Dec (Weekends ONLY)
8 – 8.30pm
*Additional Parade on 31 Dec at 3pm

The Elves and the Shoemaker retold by Precious Moments™
Jurong Point, JP1 Centrestage
1-12 Dec
*Timings still unknown

The Nutcracker – Musical Spectacular
Vivocity, Level 3 Amphitheatre
2-12 Dec (except 6 Dec)
*Spend $100 between 22 Nov – 12 Dec to redeem a pair of passes.
OCBC Cardmembers need only charge $80.

Dora & Boots Meet & Greet
Raffles City, Level 3
7-12 Dec (except Mon)
Tue – Fri: 1pm & 7pm
Sat – Sun: 1pm, 4pm & 7pm
*Admission to first 50 children per session

Mr. Men & Little Miss Christmas Musical
Takashimaya Square, B2
3-11 Dec, 1pm, 4pm & 7pm daily
*no show on 6 Dec, Mon.

Go Diego Go! – The Iguana Sing-along
United Square
9-20 Dec (except Tues)
Mon-Sun: 12pm, 4.30pm & 7pm
*Meet & Greet; min. $30 required.

Spongebob Squarepants MEET & GREET
United Square
9-20 Dec (except Tues)
Mon-Sun: 2.30pm
*Meet & Greet ONLY; min. $30 required.

Chirstmas at Changi
Changi Airport
13 Nov- 6 Jan

Magical Teapot Gift Sessions
Over 6 metres high, the amazing Magical Teapot comes alive and dispenses surprise treats every hour from 13 Nov 2010 to 6 Jan 2011. No purchase needed.

*Terminal 3, Departure Check-in Hall Level 2 (before Immigration Counters)
*Weekdays: 7pm – 10pm
*Weekends: 1pm – 10pm

Bouncy Fun at the Christmas Fantasy Castle
Kids will love spending hours bouncing and sliding at this giant castle from 4 Dec 2010 to 6 Jan 2011. Simply present any shopping or dining receipt (no min. spend) from Changi Airport to enjoy this fantastic treat!

*Terminal 3, Departure Check-in Hall Level 2
*Daily, 12pm – 10pm

Vai : When My Face Says It All

24 November 2010 | Posted in: Daily | No Comment

So, do you like your marshmallow with chocolate fondue, Vai?


Sometimes, words are simply not necessary, when the face can say it all. Heh.

Finding Contentment in Life’s Simple(r) Things

23 November 2010 | Posted in: Inspirational, Photography | One Comment

In today’s era, gadgets and digital technology do seem to have grabbed our young children’s attention and time.

And thus I do find it somewhat heart-warming to see how in a different part of the world, in a place where perhaps most would regard as ‘less civilised’ or ‘far from modern’, children still do find laughter, fun, friendship and togetherness … in life’s simple things.


I look at these two pictures and thought to myself, perhaps their relationship with one another is stronger than those found in big cities.

Perhaps they somewhat are ‘more content’ with what they (already) have than our modern city kids (ie. kids with endless wants for more of this and more of that, kids who perhaps are generously showered with MORE than what they need).


Food for thought for us modern city people, I guess.

Photos: Taken by Wilson during his mission trip to Jayapura (Papua, Indonesia) recently.

Parenting – When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking

12 February 2012 | Posted in: Parenting | One Comment
Parenting – When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking

Regardless of our children’s age, the reality is, our children ALWAYS look at what we do, and hear what we say, … about them, and about others.
Now the question is, how do WE live our …

Interviewed! Samuelina, Founder of Moms in Mind

14 September 2007 | Posted in: Parenting | No Comment

Anyone who pays a quick visit to my blog will easily find lots of photos of Vai, carried by me, in a blue ‘Moms in Mind‘ sling.
And so I thought if I were to feature …

Parenting: Loving Two. Loving Three.

19 October 2010 | Posted in: Inspirational, Parenting | 7 Comments

I must admit.
One of the questions I asked myself after Wilson and I discussed about trying for baby no. 3 was: Can I actually divide my time, attention, energy and love to THREE kids?
You see, …

Marriage : staying together, staying happy (Part II)

6 September 2008 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships | 3 Comments

We all know when it comes to marriage and keeping the relationship going for a long time, being ‘in love’ alone is not enough.
Because as much as two people love each other, they’re two individuals …

Baby no. 3 : “What Husbands Do to Make Pregnancy More Enjoyable”

5 November 2010 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships, Pregnancy & Babyhood | 2 Comments

[At 9.5 weeks pregnant]

The other day I had a message from a male reader, and this was what he wrote:
I really am happy that men are unable to ‘give birth’ =)

Having said that the …

A little ‘Me-Time’ for Mom

31 May 2008 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships | 9 Comments

I was reading some articles the other day on today’s busy Moms and how everyone needs some ‘Me-time’ to recharge.
One article says:
“When we are stressed, overwhelmed and tired, we have a shorter fuse. We …