Peanut Butter Jelly Rice Cereal Bars – Skippy Yippee Media Day

Haven’t been updating the blog because I’m busy looming for Club Rainbow, but just a short post with some pictures of Anya making peanut butter & jelly rice cereal bars during a Skippy Yippee Media Day event we attended some time ago (when she still had her beautiful long hair). Looking at the pictures is making me hungry. I think I need some peanut butter!

helping herself to some food

helping herself to some food

starting with some Skippy peanut butter

starting with some Skippy peanut butter

adding marshmallows

adding marshmallows

eating while preparing food

eating while preparing food

mixing it all up after it's been microwaved

mixing it all up after it’s been microwaved

stirring in the rice cereal

stirring in the rice cereal

getting her hands dirty

getting her hands dirty

pressing the peanut butter, marshmallows and rice cereal mixture into a tray

pressing the Skippy peanut butter, marshmallows and rice cereal mixture into a tray

adding some jam

adding some jam

tada!

tada! Skippy peanut butter & jelly rice cereal bars!

making off with a big bunch of balloons

making off with a big bunch of balloons

The Rainbow Connection – Looming for Club Rainbow

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Some friends and I are selling our Rainbow Loom creations to raise funds for Club Rainbow (Singapore). Club Rainbow is a registered charity committed to helping children and youths suffering from a range of chronic and potentially life-threatening illnesses. The charity currently supports more than 600 children, youths and their families.

All proceeds from the sale of Rainbow Loom creations will go to Club Rainbow. On our part, we are giving our time and effort, as well as paying for postage and the cost of the bands. We are using only original Rainbow Loom bands so you can be sure that there are no safety issues with our loom creations! I’m happy to share that some of the Rainbow Loom bands that we are using have been sponsored by Rainbow Loom Singapore, and some by Twelve by Elly.

I will be taking orders (Singapore only) on my Facebook page from now until 31 October so please place your orders there. It will be $10 for princesses and rainbows and $20 for name bands (maximum of 5 alphabets). These are some of the loom creations you can order:

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rainbow

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Elsa

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Cinderella

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name band

Hairy Maclary and Friends – Review

We caught Hairy Maclary yesterday and the kids had a really fun time watching the adventures of Hairy Maclary and his friends, singing along to the catchy tunes, following the actions, and generally interacting with the cast. I was impressed by how nimble the actors portraying the dogs were and it was quite easy to forget that they are people in costume and not actually dogs! My favourite character? Scarface Claw, the toughest tom in town!

Hairy Maclary and Friends

Hairy Maclary and Friends

Bottomley Potts covered in spots

Bottomley Potts covered in spots

Hercules Morse as big as a horse

Hercules Morse as big as a horse

and Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy

and Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy

Hairy Maclary and Friends is an official stage adaptation of the popular and well-loved Hairy Maclary children’s books by New Zealand author Lynley Dodd. The energetic show is packed with live music, singing, and colourful costumes. Hairy Maclary and Friends is suitable for kids above 2 and is sure to be fun for the whole family!

So make a date with Schnitzel von Krumm with a very low tum, Bitzer Maloney all skinny and bony, Muffin McClay like a bundle of hay, Bottomley Potts covered in spots, Hercules Morse as big as a horse, and Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy! Only 3 shows left!

SEASON DETAILS
Venue: Drama Centre Theatre (National Library Building – Level 3)
Season: Sun 12 Oct, 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30pm
Duration: 55 minutes
Tickets: from $35
Bookings: Tickets available through SISTIC. Quote ABA2014 to save 10%! (Internet:www.sistic.com.sg; Hotline: 6348 5555; All SISTIC authorized agents island-wide)
Official Website: ABA Productions & The Hairy Maclary and Friends Show

National Day Weekend at Port Dickson

I’ve been terribly behind with my travel posts! I haven’t blogged about our Taipei trip in March (!!) and our Perth trip in June (!) but here’s a quick one on our quick getaway to Port Dickson over the National Day long weekend. You can get more info over at my post for Petite Travellers so I’m just sharing a few photos of the trip in this post.

the view

the view

our room

our room

day bed

day bed

the balcony

the balcony

the greenery

the greenery

petting zoo

petting zoo

a rooster

a rooster

one of the pools

one of the pools

the spa

the spa

at the beach

at the beach

our family

our family

twilight

twilight

night

night

夜莺 (The Nightingale) by SRT’s The Little Company

Last month, we caught The Nightingale by SRT’s The Little Company and enjoyed it thoroughly. After the show, the kids went back and read the story it was based on several times and would randomly break into songs from the show. Adam repeatedly asked me if he could watch the show again. So when I told them that we were going to watch 夜莺, the Chinese version of The Nightingale, they were very excited indeed.

万岁,我们中国的皇帝!

万岁,我们中国的皇帝!

As mentioned in my earlier post, The Nightingale is based on Hans Christian Anderson’s story about an emperor who falls in love with the melodious singing of a nightingale and forces the little bird to live in a gilded cage so that it could not leave his side. Eventually, the bird is replaced by a mechanical version made with precious metals and stones and the emperor’s attention is momentarily captured by his new toy until it breaks down one day. He falls gravely ill and his old friend the nightingale returns to his side to sing him back to health.

he had everything but it wasn't enough

he had everything but it wasn’t enough

The Chinese version of The Nightingale features the same catchy tunes and impeccable comic timing. Three of the four actors are different from the ones in the original English version but they fill their roles well.

The spoilt Emperor has everything he wants but is constantly bored and restless and always looking for something new to entertain him. His throne is just a cage and he is a prisoner in his own palace. After reading about the nightingale in a book sent to him by the Emperor of Japan, he sets his heart on hearing it sing and sends his Protector to find the nightingale. A maid leads the Protector to the nightingale.

where do we find the nightingale?

where do we find the nightingale?

The Emperor has a cage made for the nightingale, attaches a golden chain to it and does not allow it to leave the palace. Eventually, the homesick nightingale stops singing and the Emperor chases it away. He substitutes the plain brown nightingale with a shiny mechanical jewelled nightingale from the Emperor of Japan, but the wind-up bird breaks down and, heartbroken, the Emperor falls terribly ill.

The nightingale returns to sing to the Emperor and he recovers and finally takes the bold step of leaving his palace to see the place that inspires the nightingale’s song. He learns the true meaning of freedom, happiness, love, and friendship.

the Emperor and the Nightingale

the Emperor and the Nightingale

the kiddos

the kiddos

In Chinese, the themes and the story come through even more meaningfully and I’m glad the kids got to watch both versions of the show. 夜莺 is playing at DBS Arts Centre – Home of SRT until Saturday, 11 October and tickets are available from SISTIC. This is an excellent local production that should not be missed.

Disclaimer: We received three complimentary tickets to watch this performance. All opinions are my own.

Wooden Kueh Moulds

I was in the midst of writing a long and angry tirade about some other blog using my photos without asking for my permission and without crediting me, but life’s too short to waste my time like that and they have also rectified the situation to the best of their ability. Long story short, always ask for permission if you want to reproduce someone’s content (words, photos, videos) in any form and always, always give credit.

So instead of a rant, I want to show off some wooden kueh moulds that I found this week! I know I’m a complete sucker for retro, nostalgic items but aren’t they just lovely? I’m not planning to make kueh of any sort (severely lacking in time, patience, ability, and know-how) so I’m probably going to stick these moulds up on my kitchen wall as decoration. I was showing them off to my mum and she said that mine are not authentic and she brought out her well-used ang ku kueh moulds (that have actually been used to make ang ku kuehs) to show off.

a basketful of wooden moulds

a basketful of wooden moulds

piglet and fish

piglet and fish

ang ku kueh moulds

ang ku kueh moulds

png kueh moulds

png kueh moulds

my mum's moulds

my mum’s moulds

Hairy Maclary and Friends + A Giveaway!

Hairy Maclary and Friends

When I was a kid, I absolutely loved dogs. I just loved the way they are so completely and unconditionally happy to see you each and every day when you get home. I had one named Lucky, and later on, another one called Bacon, and they were just the sweetest creatures around. While I was in university, however, I adopted a kitten and became a cat person. I had him for several years, then when I got married and had my first kid, we re-homed him because the husband is deathly allergic to cats.

The kids love animals too and are looking forward to HAIRY MACLARY AND FRIENDS for a dose of fun animal adventures. Hairy Maclary and Friends is an official stage adaptation of the popular and well-loved Hairy Maclary children’s books by New Zealand author Lynley Dodd. The energetic show is packed with live music, singing, and colourful costumes. Hairy Maclary and Friends is suitable for kids above 2 and is sure to be fun for the whole family!

SEASON DETAILS
Venue: Drama Centre Theatre (National Library Building – Level 3)
Season: Fri 10 Oct, 5pm; Sat & Sun 11-12 Oct, 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30pm
Duration: 55 minutes
Tickets: from $35
Bookings: Tickets available through SISTIC. Quote ABA2014 to save 10%! (Internet: www.sistic.com.sg; Hotline: 6348 5555; All SISTIC authorized agents island-wide)
Official Website: ABA Productions & The Hairy Maclary and Friends Show

GIVEAWAY!
I have a set of 4 Hairy Maclary and Friends tickets for Friday, 10 October, 5pm to be won by one lucky reader! Tickets can be collected an hour in advance outside Drama Centre Theatre (National Library Building – Level 3) on show day.

To qualify, simply do the following by Mon, 6 Oct 2014, 2359H (Singapore time):
1. Like the ‘In the Wee HoursFacebook page.
2. Like the ‘Kidsfest Singapore‘ Facebook page.
3. Like, share and comment on this Facebook post telling me whether you are a dog person or cat person, and why! Tag a friend when you share the post and make sure your post is public.

Terms & Conditions: This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only. Winners will be contacted through Facebook message and will have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn. All incomplete entries will be disqualified. All entries will be verified before the winners are announced. To be fair to our sponsors, please note that all fake Facebook accounts (e.g. accounts set up purely to take part in contests with no or very few real friends) will also be ineligible to win.