Encouraging Independent Play

Like most preschoolers, my son enjoys his play time especially through role-playing and imaginative scenarios. We have all the right toys in our home to create such an environment. What he lacked though was a playmate as he is the only child. Guilty about not giving him a sibling and being a working mother who could not spend as much time with him. I tried to make it up by being his favourite playmate. The pressure to continuously keep him entertained evening after evening finally took its toll one night. I felt like I had lost myself, having deprived myself of personal time because of my guilt. That was when I decided that he had to learn to play alone.


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Festive Nails With Etude House’s Play Nail Polish


Achieving gorgeous festive nails for this Christmas is made easy with all that gold and glitter from the Etude House’s Play collection. Here we have a wine red shade that is perfect for a base color which compliments both the gold glitter nail polish as well as the green and red confetti nail polish. Continue reading

[June Holidays Special] Activities With Toddler

It is no simple task trying to keep a toddler captivated, since he started crawling at around 9 months old, Asher has always been more keen in exploring than sitting down to complete activities. They should put a warning on these toy packagings. I mean, they often show these happy babies expertly stacking rings. I bought him a similar toy too, expecting him to do the same but he never had much regard for the toy except to toss the rings around the house.

Soon, I learnt that toys weren’t enough. And that was when I started googling for activities to keep him occupied and stumbled upon all these pinterest-worthy activities online. “Sensory play” is a phrase that often popped up whenever I was searching for new activities. Sensory play refers to play that involves and stimulates the five senses; (the senses of touch, sight, smell, taste, and hearing), as this is how young children explores the world around them.


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[Review] Indoor Playground eXplorer Kids At AMK Hub

It is the school holidays! I am running out of ideas on how to keep Asher entertained. And it’s just the start of the June holidays only. Some parents find Hokey Pokey rather subpar but I think it’s fine and I really enjoy the kitchen section where Asher gets to pretend he is a chef or cafe patron. Anyway, I was delighted to learn that AMK (Ang Mo Kio) Hub had an indoor playground by NTUC called eXplorere Kids. I thought that maybe we won’t need to travel down all the way to town the next time Asher wants to indulge in some ball pit fun.

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So we arrived at AMK hub level 4 where the indoor playground is situated at. Toddlers aged 13-24 months pay only S$5 during off peak period and S$10 during peak period. for a 2 hour play time. Basically, it was peak period since it is the June holidays. What a waste of money it turned out to be.


The place was terribly small that even Petite Park at Changi Point somehow seems so much bigger than it even though I find it to be quite tiny. And that’s not the worst part, the play station’s lack of sufficient lighting made it an undesirable place for both my toddler and I. This was the first time I had to use the FLASH function to snap photos of Asher in an indoor playground.

The toddler’s area turned out to be JUST a pathetic ball pit corner. I’d rather spend my money at Hokey Pokey or Cool De Sac instead. Even Singkids at United Square which Asher finds to be quite boring is actually more exciting than explorer kids AMK Hub. This is the first and last time we are ever heading over there. I guess the next round we would be visiting Polliwogs, we went past the playground the other day and it sure looks fun from the outside.

[Classes for Toddlers Review] Bilingual Tots @ Bibinogs

Asher is turning 18 months this April, that’s the best age to start on enrichment classes (if we intend to) because he can walk now and able to express himself better. We tried a baby class when he was much younger, say 9 months old, but I don’t think he quite understood what was going on. Then again, I wasn’t too impressed with that particular class either and felt that I could do everything the teacher did on my own.


Asher’s favorite part was bubble time

I’m not trying to be a Tiger Mum here. I know some mothers probably have their babies sent to right-brain training and language classes the moment they turn 6 months old. My main purpose of bringing him to such classes is to expose him to other kids of his age group and let him socialize.

This week, we tried 2 parent accompanied classes. One of them was a trial Bilingual Tots lesson at Bibinogs. It runs for 1.5 hours which I felt was slightly too long for Asher. There were parts of it where he got restless but then again it’s his first time so maybe he just wasn’t used to it. The Bilingual Tots lesson consisted of 15 mins of mandarin lessons which included some songs, poems and playtime interaction to promote bilingualism. The rest of the lesson was conducted in English.

Like most toddler classes, it starts with free play. The kids sang songs, read a book together, played some games and were involved in a hands-on activity of painting with lemon juice. There was also a snack break where they served honey stars and the mini wang wang round biscuits. They were also taught a new alphabet each lesson, this round it was the letter L. So this lesson had some phonics incorporated into it.


Overall, I do like the class but I can’t say the same for Asher. Maybe we would try out this other class they have called Mandarin Tots where the lesson is conducted entirely in Mandarin before deciding. I like Bibinogs because the classes focus on Mandarin, our mother tongue which I hardly use at home with him. I think it’s great to expose him to some mandarin before he goes to school.

Trial is at S$45 for weekday lesson and S$55 for weekend lesson. Check out Bibinogs website for more information.

[Classes for Toddlers Review] Jiggle Wigs – Music, Movement & PE

This is the one of the parent accompanied class we tried last week. It’s a music, movement and PE class for little kiddos aged 7 months up till 3 years of age. Best of all, Asher LOVES it! He wasn’t that enthusiastic when they started off with some songs but soon got excited when the props were brought out. Expect song and dance with lots of balls, bean bags, scarves, shakers, bubbles and more.

We learnt a couple of new songs but were also treated to the classics such as Itsy Bitsy Spider and 5 little ducks. Both of which Asher were very familiar and it got him pretty excited. And as usual, bubble time was a big hit among the babies.


The lesson lasted for 45mins which was just right for us. Even though Asher went to the door twice in bid to escape. The little rascal has problem staying put in 1 location for long.

We loved the class and I signed Asher up for a block of 5 lessons at only S$50. Trial or random lessons are at S$15 each. Check out their facebook page for class schedule.

What I Have Been Up To While On Mom Duty

So it has been a week plus since I started mom duty and boy, it sure is tiring. I wake up even earlier than I usually do for work and don’t even get much sleep at night because Asher is currently teething. And that means sudden screaming spells in the middle of the night. But it’s still all good, I’m still alive and kicking.


So what have I been up to all week? Well, lots and lots of baby play. During the other 10 over hours when Asher isn’t taking his nap, he is up and about doing all his busy baby activities. Sometimes that includes taking out all the wet tissue from its packaging, one by one.

Check out his play area!


I’m currently revamping our living room to be a cosy and safe place for him. Somewhere he can enjoy himself, learn through play and still be safe. I got him a crawl tunnel to compliment his sensory mini ball pit. Probably one of the best baby shower gifts we had gotten because he enjoys it a lot. I also tried to cover up most of the flooring with foam mats and sharp edges with bumpers. We got most of our baby proofing materials from Daiso. Almost every possible ‘bump’ corner has been fixed with cushioned tape.


I was inspired to create this place of fun and learning for him after I attended a trial enrichment class for babies. Apparently, it is a norm here in kiasu Singapore to start sending your 6 month old to school. Right brain training are very popular here with famous institutions here such as Shichida having long waiting lists for their classes. I reckon that Asher is gonna have many years ahead of him to be stressed over studies, so I decided against it. And what they do at enrichment classes, such as free play, read books, sing and dance etc. I believe you can do it at the comforts of your own home too. The only benefit I see a baby getting out of these enrichment courses is social interaction. But you could always arrange for play group sessions, right?

7894_10152202051759606_784397815_nAsher & Linus enjoying their 2nd play date together

Play date for babies can be so much fun, sure, they are too young to really interact with each other socially. But it’s still a perfect opportunity for them to just hang around people and be with others whom they are not so familiar with.

So yeah, that’s what I have been up to of late. Getting in touch with my inner child while I look after my own. I really enjoy the bonding time we get to spend together through play and reading. You just can’t put a price tag to that. Last but not least, I do not miss working at all. Hah!

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