BB Share a Gift 2016

It’s that time of the year! Once again, we are participating in the annual BB Share a Gift by buying groceries and delivering hampers. The kids have been part of this since 2012 and it’s something we intend to be part of every year.

While it’s actually not very convenient to bring the kids along for the delivery, we want them to be able to meet the recipients of the grocery items they have helped to purchase. It helps if you have a trolley to push the hampers on or you can request for some BB Boys to help with the heavy lifting.

So join us in bringing some cheer to the lives of the less fortunate this Christmas season! The beneficiaries are from some 7,108 households who are receiving assistance from Government-funded ComCare programmes and from 198 Voluntary Welfare Organisations.You can help by making donations at various locations, at any AXS station and online as well. You can also volunteer to deliver food hampers. Have a Heart, Share a Gift!

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delivering hope!

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guarding the hampers

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ready to go!

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carrying the hampers in

 

Gudetama Cafe Singapore

I have egg-citing news: the eggs-quisite Gudetama Cafe Singapore is opening tomorrow on 30 November! I attended the media preview yesterday and it was everything I eggs-pected and more. The decor and food are eggs-actly what a Gudetama fan wants to see in a Gudetama cafe.

Some theme restaurants can look very good but the food may be a total letdown. Fortunately, Gudetama Cafe Singapore is by the people behind The Soup Spoon and Joe & Dough so the food is very decent. Also, Little Miss Bento is the co-creator of the menu and food styling so the food looks as good as it tastes. Will let the pictures do the talking so you can see how eggs-traordinary the place is.

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Gudetama welcomes you!

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sitting in one of the egg booths

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egg carton table

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how cute is this??

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with Little Miss Bento

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some of the food available

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just eat me already…

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bacon!

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so nua

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twin Gudetama!

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desserts

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time for lunch!

 

Gudetama Cafe Singapore
3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall #01-361
Singapore 038983
(psst, it’s really near the Suntec Convention Centre)

Fake it till You Make it – Festive Dining for the Undomestic Goddess

Hi, my name is Delphine and I have a confession: I am completely and utterly hopeless in the kitchen. I can’t cook to save my life and the thought of having friends over and having to feed them sends chills down my spine (and not the good sort of chills) and usually makes me reach desperately for the phone to call in a pizza.

It gets a wee bit embarassing during the festive season when friends talk about meeting up and I demur from offering my place as the venue for our gatherings. So I decided that it’s high time I do something about how pathetically un-domestic I am. Obviously we’re not about to have a holiday miracle where I turn into Martha Stewart overnight, so the only way to go about this is to fake it till I make it in 4 easy steps.

  1. COVER UP
    Get a pretty tablecloth and some matching napkins. This instantly makes everything look a lot more fancy and like you have put in a lot of effort. I love the ones from the VINTER 2016 range with a subtle pattern. My daughter was taken aback by how nice the table looked and demanded to know if it was Thanksgiving. LOL.
  2. STACK UP
    If you’re not great with colour coordination, always stick to classy neutrals like black, white, and grey. Honestly, you can never go wrong with white plates. We used white FÄRGRIK plates and side plates and grey ARV bowls on black place mats and everything went so well with the tablecloth and napkins. For serving the food, we used a VARDAGEN pie dish and oven dish.
  3. LIGHT UP
    To make the table look more festive, try some tealights in different sizes (but battery-operated ones if you have small children in the house). Don’t forget to pick up some batteries for the lights! Since my un-domestic nature extends to an inability to put together some flowers for a decent centrepiece, we used a festive garland, some twine, and red wicker balls (can reuse for CNY, yay…)
  4. SERVE UP
    You are probably wondering, ‘What about the food? Are you going to serve pizza when you have such a fancy set-up?’ Of course not! The final and most important step to faking it is to make a stop at the IKEA Swedish Food Market! We transformed frozen meatballs, multigrain bread mix, frozen marinated salmon, and frozen ready-to-bake cinnamon rolls into an EPIC meal. I also harassed my longsuffering sister to bake some cupcakes for the kids and they looked so yummy on the GARNERA serving stand!
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tones of grey and white

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essential meatballs that everybody loves

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multigrain bread and gravad lax

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festive cupcakes by my sister

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tealights

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time to eat

Disclaimer: This is part of a series of posts from our collaboration with IKEA Singapore. All IKEA products seen in this post are sponsored by IKEA. All ideas are mine (and my longsuffering sister’s).   

The Journey – Adam’s Kindergarten Concert

After watching Anya perform 2 years in a row, it was Adam’s turn last Saturday and we attended his kindy performance at UCC. Since he’s just in K1 and it wasn’t his graduation performance, we were quite chill throughout the entire process. Pretty sure it will be a different story when we see him in his little graduation gown next year!

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it’s Adam’s turn

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the three of them

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The Journey

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Adam’s item

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all done

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waiting to be rescued from stage

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mandatory family pic

Day in a Life: The Unbearable Madness of being a FTWM

Right. First off, I was supposed to post this several hours ago. But like almost every single day of my life, I can’t seem to get my act together to ensure that everything happens the way I want it to. I’m just going to ramble on and put in some pictures (from our annual photo shoot with Steph Tan) that are almost totally unrelated to the post and hope that no one notices.

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Morning. Utter chaos. I wake up at 6am. I used to take the firstborn to school and she would have a nervous breakdown and sit outside my room and cry if we didn’t leave the house by 6.30am. These days, she’s decided that Daddy should drive her so I take it easy and leave the house about 6.45am to go to work. Then the husband comes back home and takes the boys to childcare and kindy.

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Mid-morning to late afternoon. I work my butt off. I’m a teacher and I enjoy my job. Of course there are angsty moments but I wouldn’t give it up. While working, I also have to ensure that the kids are alive and in the correct locations and deal with various administrative issues that never fail to pop up. We have forgotten to pick children or they have been missed from the school bus on certain occasions. Not proud of it but it has happened and will keep happening.

Also, at any time, I’m in about 10 different Whatsapp chat groups dealing with various aspects of the kids’ lives (class group, enrichment class group, swimming class group, birthday party group, after school care group, etc.). The husband is not in any of these groups. Sometimes I take a kid to enrichment class in the afternoon. Thanks to a whole village support system (consisting of parents, in-laws, aunts, siblings, friends), we get quite a bit of help with the ferrying around for various things and when work gets in the way.

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Evening. We collect the kids from various locations and get home for dinner. Sometimes I go for bootcamp or rollerblade or even head out with friends. This is quite a recent development now that the baby is a lot more independent. The husband has tennis on some evenings. There’s almost always one of us around to read the kids a bedtime story and put them to bed. After they are asleep is when I catch up with work or blogging.

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The thing about being a FTWM (at least from my personal experience and IMHO) is that I am always tired, I never get enough sleep, I constantly feel like I’m forgetting something or other, and there is an incredible amount of stress when something falls through the cracks. And so many things fall through the cracks. The sheer amount of mummy guilt associated with being a working mum is so insurmountable that I’ve chosen to ignore it altogether and I refuse to feel guilty about my chosen path.

So here’s hoping that all those articles about children of working mums turning out well, that daughters of working mums are more successful and sons more caring, are true. And I can’t emphasise this enough: whether you choose to work full-time, part-time, from home, or not at all, whatever works for your family and keeps you sane is the best decision you can make. Cheers to mothers everywhere.

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Next up is Debs G from Owls Well whose day in a life is all about teaching her youngest kid how to toddler. Debs is a Sunda Scops Owl who married a nice British Barn Owl and is raising a trio of hungry young owlets in a highrise tree in Singapore. Debs is a trained medical professional who is currently training to be A Parent. Debs also blogs about her adventures abroad at Owl Fly Away. Occasionally, she posts pictures on her Instagram account at @4owlswell

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Thank you for hopping on board this blog train hosted by the inspirational Justina of Mum in the Making. Click on Day in a Life blog train to take a peek into a day in the life of other mummies!

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Octoburst! 2016 – 10 Things We’re Looking Forward To

It’s October and we all know what that means. No, not Oktoberfest and the accompanying beer and sausages. We’re looking forward to Octoburst! at the Esplanade! There’s a whole range of ticketed and free performances and activities and here are some of the ones that caught our eye.

1. Little Red Riding Hood

Retrace Little Red Riding Hood’s path in the woods with two little ones as they play a game of ‘what-if’ and pretend! Join the duo as they turn the pages in a light-hearted story filled with new discoveries at every turn. Enter the belly of the wolf and experience the tale of Little Red Riding Hood like never before.

7 Oct 2016 : 4pm; 8 Oct 2016 : 11am; 9 Oct 2016 : 1pm
For ages 3 and up. Buy tickets at $20 each here.
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Little Red Riding Hood

Colouring Fun for children between 2 and 4 years old. Fill the colouring sheet provided with bright and beautiful colours. Bring your artwork home with you and put it up for all to see. Participants have to bring their own colouring materials.

On-the-Spot Drawing Competition open to children aged between 5 and 12 years old and divided into three categories: Cat A: 5 & 6 years old; Cat B: 7 – 9 years old (Lower Pri); Cat C: 10 – 12 years old (Upper Pri)

A3-sized drawing paper with a special Esplanade stamp will be provided on the day of the competition. Participants are required to bring their own drawing materials. Only crayons, pastels and/or colour pencils are allowed.

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the competition to the top 3 entries and 10 merit winners in each category. All participants will each receive a Certificate of Participation. All winning entries will be displayed on Esplanade PIP’s PLAYbox, Level 4, from 8 Oct – 30 Oct 2016.

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Octoburst! Drawing Competition and Colouring Fun

3. Tumbling Tower and Giant Bowling

How high can you stack the blocks before they tumble to the ground? How many giant pins can you knock down with just one roll of the bowling ball? Will it be a strike? From 11am to 7pm at Courtyard Green.

 

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Tumbling Tower and Giant Bowling

4. The Secret Life of Suitcases

Larry works in an office and he likes it very much. He likes sorting and tidying and generally putting things in order – everything in its place, a place for everything.

But one day, a suitcase suddenly appears at his door…A suitcase with a tiny label and a tiny label with Larry’s name on it. And this suitcase has a mission.

Join Larry in The Secret Life of Suitcases as his world gets turned upside down by a fantastical flying suitcase, taking him further than he ever thought possible. Follow Larry’s journey as he discovers the thrill of adventure and the joy of coming home again.

7 Oct 2016: 2pm & 5pm; 8 Oct 2016: 11am & 2pm; 9 Oct 2016: 11am & 2pm
For ages 4 and up. Buy tickets at $20 each here.

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The Secret Life of Suitcases

5. Octopost

Here’s your chance to send someone you love a handwritten postcard. Grab a postcard, design it any way you like and pen your message down. Don’t forget to drop your completed postcard into the Octopost post box, especially created by visual artist, Budi Agung Kuswara.

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Octopost

6. Draw me a Story

Through storytelling and illustrations, Chen Zhao Jin, a familiar name to many, brings laughter and fun to the whole family with entertaining tales. Performed in Mandarin with English synopsis provided. 7 – 9 Oct, 3.15pm, library@Esplanade

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Draw Me a Story《说说画画》

7. Parent-Child Workshop: Animate-a-Story!

Tell a story through animation! Learn the basics of animation in a fun artist-led workshop.. Find out how you can use brainstorming and storyboarding techniques to weave  a story, before drawing and colouring in your illustrations. After the workshop, the artist will use the illustrations to create a short animated clip which will be sent to you.

7 Oct 2016, 2.30pm. For ages 7 and up. Buy tickets at $38 for each parent-child pair here.
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Parent-Child Workshop: Animate-a-Story!

8. A Pipe-Ful Play Garden

This is the perfect place to have some fun in the sun! Back again this year, this activity is about constructing an ever-growing pipe-maze that everyone can participate and play in. Don’t miss this interactive community artwork that encourages teamwork, learning and family bonding through play! From 11am to 7pm at Courtyard Green.

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A Pipe-Ful Play Garden

9. Book Stop

Bring along a pre-loved children’s book to exchange for a new read at the Book Stop. Spend some quiet time reading your new treasure or pick a book to bring it back home with you. 7 Oct, 2 – 6pm; 8 & 9 Oct, 11am – 6pm, TributeSG Corner

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Book Stop!

10. Ants

The ants go marching one by one…but not for long! These giant ants mean business as they scurry around, gather a colony of worker kid-ants and go into nooks and crannies searching for crumbs!

Join the task-focused insects in Ants, an exciting and interactive roving act that brings children together as they discover, play and collaborate.

7 – 9 Oct, Courtyard Green: 1pm & 5.30pm, Forecourt Garden: 2pm & 4pm
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Ants

Are you excited yet? We are! See you there!

Something WICKED This Way Comes

When Wicked played in Singapore in 5 years ago, we enjoyed the award-winning production so much that missing the 2016 production was out of the question. We simply had to watch it again. And after catching Wicked last Friday, we have not stopped listening to the amazing songs on the soundtrack.

Wicked brings to life the untold story of the unlikely friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and the misunderstood (and green) Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the Emerald City, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Wicked has won 100 international awards, including three Tony Awards on Broadway and two Olivier Awards in London’s West End and it’s not hard to see why! This unforgettable stage musical features incredible technical wizardry, stunning costumes and powerful songs by three-time Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz. You definitely don’t want to miss this.

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the students at Shiz University

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Dr Dillamond, the only Animal professor

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Emerald City

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Glinda and Elphaba clash

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I think I’ll try defying gravity!

SEASON & TICKETING DETAILS

WICKED
Season: From 29 Sep – 20 Nov 2016
Venue: Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
Performance times: Tue – Fri: 8pm; Sat – 2 & 8pm; Sun – 1 & 6pm
Ticket price: From S$55 (Excludes the booking fee of SGD$4 per ticket)
Internet:  www.MarinaBaySands.com/ticketing or www.sistic.com.sg
Phone:   +65 6688 8826
In Person At: Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theatres, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 Lobby).

Disclaimer: We received two complimentary tickets to watch this performance. All opinions are my own. All photos used are from Wicked the Musical.