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Creating Storage for the Bedroom

Sometime last month, we decided that we were done with our old bed. It had a padded purple headboard that was quite comfy to lean against but not much good for anything else besides taking up a lot of space. We couldn’t even really put anything under the bed! We were also dealing with storage issues. We had towels and bedlinen taking up precious space in our wardrobe, my various tote bags and backpacks were strewn around the room, I usually had a pile of books on the floor next to me and ever so often, the books would come tumbling down, you get the idea.

So we got a new bed and that solved several problems at one go because the BRIMNES bed frame and headboard provide loads of storage! I loved that we could display stuff on the headboard (like Adam’s Van Gogh cat painting in a RIBBA frame that Anya refuses to let us put anywhere else in the house because she’s scared of it).

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our new bed

Let’s digress from talking about storage for just a bit to admire this lovely ALVINE KVIST quilt cover and pillow case set. The pattern was first created in the 1700’s and is now kept at Musée de l’Impression sur Etoffes in France. I’ve been eyeing it for the longest time! And since I’m the sort who needs to have a blanket on me even when it’s a warm night, we bought the cooler version of the RÖDTOPPA quilt to replace the one that we’ve been using for ages.

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love these sheets

Ok, back to storage now. The BRIMNES headboard has shelves at the side! Whee! So instead of a pile of books on the floor that I trip over every single morning, the books I’m reading can fit nicely into the shelves at the side. And I can even display some of the books that I bought simply because they were so pretty.

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storage at the side of the headboard

There are four large drawers underneath the BRIMNES bed frame so all our bedlinen and towels are now in one of the drawers, freeing up valuable wardrobe space. My tote bags and other similar things are also stowed away and less of an eyesore but still within easy reach.

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storage under the bed

Here’s another look at the side of the headboard. Each shelf is adjustable to 3 different positions and the top shelf has holes for cables to lamps or chargers so it helps to control the messy wire situation. There’s space for the random things that the kids like to leave behind in our room (like this DUKTIG toy cash register) and I have random odds and ends (like nail clippers, medicated oil, etc) in a GODMORGAN box.

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love having my books on display

We’re quite stoked that we managed to get our storage issues in the bedroom under control by getting the BRIMNES bed frame and headboard. Now to snuggle under my pretty quilt and read a book before I sleep!

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 up to a certain amount. All ideas are mine.

Clip ‘n Climb at Our Tampines Hub

I generally find that activities for kids can be quite boring for adults. Clip ‘n Climb is an exception and I may even enjoy it more than the kids do. A quick tip: you can get a discount if you have a PAssion Card but the discount is only applicable for the cardholder so what we did was to use the PAssion Card to get a Savers Pass (10 climbs) and that’s not much more than the $122 (5 x guest price, 1 x PA price) we would have had to pay for the 5 of us, but we get double the number of climbs.

There’s no minimum age and any kid above 10kg can climb, but I feel it’s more suitable for kids above 4. D is above 10 kg but he was not willing to climb any of the walls. So with the exception of D, we all had a lot of fun (despite their expression in the last photo) and decided to book a room there for Anya’s birthday party. Will let the (many, many) pictures do the talking.

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Clip ‘n Climb

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safety briefing

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Anya on the ladder

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Adam on the Big Cheese

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one of my favourite structures

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reminds me of Tetris

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rolling around on the floor, refusing to climb

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still not climbing

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we call this the Elsa ice wall

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face-to-face climbing

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the husband had fun too

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disregard Anya’s expression

 

Clip ‘n Climb
HomeTeamNS Tampines
51 Tampines Ave 4
#03-03 Our Tampines Hub
Singapore 529684

Storage for Lived In Rooms

Let me be very honest with you: my home is not showroom-worthy and will never appear in any interior design or home decor magazine. I am in awe of people whose living rooms show no evidence of the mess that kids leave behind them as they tear around like mini tornadoes.

There is a general order to things in our home but we have so much stuff and the kids’ toys and clothes are everywhere. While we have quite a bit of storage built in, we don’t use it as much as we should because we need to have everything within reach, especially for the daily morning rush otherwise known as ‘getting the kids ready for school and out of the house on time without anyone going mad’.

Ok, the point I’m trying to make is that my living room is a lived in room and is very messy so I’m going to show you a wee corner of it, just part of the TV console area. Since our last IKEA post was a massive undertaking and we made over the entire kids’ room with new beds and tables and all, I wanted to focus on just a few of our living room storage items for this post.

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as a dollhouse

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in bookshelf mode

Presenting my favourite new item from the Children’s section: the FLISAT doll’s house that doubles up as a wall shelf. When I first saw this back in December, I was so excited because it’s such amazing value for a solid pine doll’s house. Sadly, it was sold out then and I had been eagerly waiting for it to be restocked. Of course, the HUSET bedroom and HUSET living room furniture are a must for the doll’s house.

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furniture packed away

The HUSET bedroom and living room furniture fit very nicely into a small SAMLA box and you can get the SAMLA lid to keep everything dust-free and to allow the SAMLA boxes to stack on top of one another. The SAMLA box is also perfect for the kids’ magnetic tiles that they play with every day. The transparent boxes help the kids to locate their favourite toys easily and without making a mess.

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love these boxes!

We are also rather fond of the TROFAST storage boxes (we talked about them in our last post as well) and have several of them all over the house. There are three under the TV console holding the kids’ uniforms so they can get dressed quickly in the morning without too much fuss. Before we implemented this, we used to have stacks of clothes on one side of the sofa. Ahem.

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kids’ uniforms and such

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altogether now

One final storage idea to share (although this is in our bathroom and not the living room) and I’m really just looking for an excuse to post a picture of my Gudetama beauty products peeking out from their GODMORGAN box. The GODMORGAN box comes in a set of 5 with lids. The 4 smaller boxes fit into the biggest one so you can either use them to create compartments in the big box (that’s what we do for our First Aid kit) or stack the smaller ones on the biggest.

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bonus storage tip

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 up to a certain amount. All ideas are mine.

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)

Mister Maker and the Shapes Live on Stage!

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Mister Maker and the Shapes live on stage!

If there’s one programme that my three kids can agree on, it’s Mister Maker. They love watching him create art from anything and everything around him. We’re really excited that we will be able to catch Mister Maker live in his first ever theatre tour in Singapore! There are seven shows only from 10 to 12 June 2016.

During this interactive live show, there’s going to be a big ‘make’ to take part in, lots of opportunities for audience participation and The Shapes! When we watch Mister Maker at home, the kids all get up and bounce around when Circle, Square, Rectangle and Triangle appear on screen.

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the kids will be delighted!

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watch Mister Maker in action

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lots of fun for the whole family

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don’t miss it!

TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION

Mister Maker and the Shapes Live on Stage
Season: 10 – 12 June 2016
Venue: D’Marquee Downtown East Paris Ris
Performance Times:
Fri 10 Jun: 6:00pm
Sat 11 Jun: 12:00, 3:00 & 5:30pm
Sun 12 Jun: 10:30am, 2:00 and 5:00pm
Ticket Price: From S$35 (Excludes the booking fee of $4 per ticket) from SISTIC

GIVEAWAY

We are delighted to be giving away one set of 4 tickets for Mister Maker and The Shapes Live on Stage to one lucky winner. The tickets will be for Sun 12 June at 5pm.

To qualify, simply do the following by Sunday, 29 May 2016, 2359H (Singapore time):
1. Like the ‘In the Wee HoursFacebook page.
2. Like the ‘Sliding Doors Entertainment’ Facebook page.
3. Like and comment on this Facebook post telling me why you love Mister Maker.

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. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

 

Imaginarium 2016, SAM at 8Q

We checked out Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea at SAM at 8Q today. While the kids had fun with some of the installations, generally it was a lot less interactive than we had hoped it would be.

First up, there’s Underwater Labyrinth by Janice Wong (yes, the chef) and the corals are made from 1,000 kg of isomalt sugar and 200 kg of chocolate. The installation smells pretty darn good but it’s for your eyes only so don’t try licking it or anything. You’re not in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory!

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Underwater Labyrinth

Also on the ground floor is Dimana Mogus? (Where is Mogus?) by Indonesian artist Mulyana. The sea creatures and the coral landscapes are all crocheted from yarn! The kids liked this because of the giant fish cushions they could throw themselves onto but they aren’t actually supposed to handle the sea creatures and coral which was a pity because they are so soft and cuddly.

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Dimana Mogus?

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skeletal octopus

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viking?

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running from cushion to cushion

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that boy in the background!

Along the staircase landings is Apex Predator by Yuree Kensaku from Thailand. The murals appear happy and colourful but a closer look forces us to think about Man’s insatiable greed and exploitation of the oceans. Some kids may find the murals a little scary.

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posing with the wall

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the baby looking glum

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Adam and little N

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scary for some

My favourite installation was ADA by Polish artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski. ADA is a giant glowing sphere with charcoal studs affixed to her surface and she leaves her mark as she is moved through the room by the visitors. The marks are only seen when she sheds light on them. Be prepared for blackened hands and faces when your kid is done pushing ADA around!

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ADA

The series of sculptures by Thai artist Krit Ngamson was probably the least interactive of all the installations. The 3 sculptures reinterpret iconic artworks to explore issues concerning the oceans and pay homage to artists Marcel Duchamp, Damien Hirst and Salvador Dali. There’s absolutely no touching allowed. The kids got bored here pretty quickly.

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Damien, I’m finished

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run, fishies!

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Bryde’s Fountain

Suara Muara (The Sounds of the Estuary) by Papermoon Puppet Theatre from Indonesia engages visitors aurally with sounds of overlapping waves. The mixed media installation brings to mind an old fishing village that time has forgotten. Pretty interesting to look at but you will have to constantly remind the kids not to touch anything except the headphones.

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Suara Muara

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listening in

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not sure what’s going on here

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helping Adam with the headphones

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turning

Plastic Ocean by Singaporean artist Tan Zi Xi is highly thought-provoking, recreating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with 14,000 pieces of non-biodegradable items. Kids are supposed to walk through and not touch anything and they have to keep to the path instead of trying to duck underneath the suspended trash (in case of sharp edges, I think). The concept is really interesting but I wish it could be more interactive. I probably have enough trash at home to come up with something like this.

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Plastic Ocean

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14,000 pieces of non-biodegradables

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playing it forward

Imaginarium 2016 is worth a visit and encourages kids to think about the oceans and our impact on marine creatures. However, it is not very interactive or hands-on so be ready to supervise the kids closely to make sure they don’t touch anything they are not supposed to.

Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea
14 May – 28 Aug 2016
SAM at 8Q
8 Queen St, Singapore 189555
Mon to Sun: 10 am to 7 pm;  Fri: 10 am to 9 pm
Free for Citizens/ Permanent Residents & Children below 6
Adults: $10, Students/ Senior Citizens above 60: $5
More info here.

Follow that Rainbow

Growing up, I spent a lot of time at Rochor Centre. We would get our groceries from the NTUC Fairprice there and my sister and I loved going up to Oriental Emporium to look at the toys. I also have fond memories of riding on battery-powered vehicles at the open area.

But like many of my childhood places, Rochor Centre will be gone soon. Come September, these rainbow blocks will have to make way for the North South Expressway. I guess that’s the price we pay for living in Singapore, a tiny island where people can’t bear the thought of slowing down and are always in a rush to get somewhere else. We dropped by earlier today to say goodbye and to take some photos.

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the boys

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chasing pigeons

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getting in some exercise while we’re there

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looking for pigeons

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goodbye, rainbow