Hubby’s Birthday – Alive Museum & Staycation at Wanderlust

 

It was the hubby’s birthday so we celebrated with an outing to the Alive Museum at Suntec City. Adult tickets were at S$25 each but if you purchase online, there’s a 20% discount. It is my first time there and we reached slightly before noon so there wasn’t many people around. In fact, it felt like a ghost town. However, this place isn’t recommended if you have a toddler tagging along. Initially, I thought that Asher might enjoy exploring and posing for photos but no, he was just fixated with the Little Mermaid display and kept wanting to return to it. We also didn’t know that once you get past certain doors in the museum, that there was no turning back. Or you could hang around and wait for someone to open the door so that you could sneak back in. I guess that the museum did not want people hanging around for too long.

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My favorite section was probably the Penguins of Madagascar because I love penguins and these animated ones were cute.

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Would You Slap Your Child?

Recently, a video surfaced online showing a mother dealing rather aggressively with a preschooler who was being difficult. The person who filmed the video claimed that the boy was flung onto the ground by the mother, however, he did not manage to get a clear view of that scene when it happened. The internet has since been divided on their views with some expressing their shock and disgust at the mother’s actions while others who are mostly parents (mothers to be exact) empathized with the mother and felt that this issue was blown out of proportion.

The original video still be can viewed via Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152651346326837&pnref=story

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According to the video, it seems that the boy was outside his school, a PCF childcare centre. So he should be a preschooler of no more than 6 years of age. That’s still pretty young to me. A young child of that age is still immature, lacking the capacities to control their impulses, reasoning to guide their behavior, as well as think of the consequences of their conduct. And don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that because of this, children should be allowed to do as they please. Yes, please discipline your child when required but not in a way that demeans their self-esteem and confidence. Continue reading

[Review] Drypers Drynights

I had just received my Drypers Drynights sample a few days ago and I was excited to let Asher try them out. I believe this is the first time a diaper brand has launched a diapers that is specially for night use only. We currently use Drypers in the day only as they didn’t work out for us for long periods. So I was curious at how this new night diaper would fare.

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[Review] Asher Tries Out Moony Diapers

Asher goes to a 2 hour playgroup so I had to make sure that his diaper could withhold pee for that long without any leakages. I also wanted a diaper which required no change throughout night so that I could have uninterrupted sleep.

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I’m no stranger to Moony Diapers, having heard so much about it from friends and reading all the raves online. So imagine my delight and excitement when I got to try the Moony Man L Size Pants on Asher.

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Click here to continue reading about our experience with Moony Diapers.

[Book Review + Giveaway!] Our Chinese Books Loot From Read With Me Mommy!

Asher has been crazy over this classic book, titled “We are going on a bear hunt”. We never fail to read it before bed and he gets excited acting out the scenes from the book. So I decided to search for the chinese version and mind you, it was pretty difficult trying to find this title locally. But I eventually found it!

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Since Asher has shown some interest in mandarin, I wanted to expose him to the language as frequently as possible. And there’s no better way to do it than through our love for books and reading! Check out the books which we’d ordered, these titles (on the left row) are originally in English. He is familiar with the english version so it helps when I start him on the chinese version.

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How Much Are You Willing To Splurge On A Diaper Bag?

This question popped up when I started my hunt for THE NEXT DIAPER BAG. I’ve spent so much money on cheap bags that would last 3-4 months before giving way. I guess it is also partly my fault for buying normal bags and not diaper bags. You see, diaper bags were made to withstand all that battle ammo you throw in. Like the diapers, wet tissue pack, milk bottles, warmer, bibs, books or toys and so on. But yet, the fashionista in me finds most diaper bags boring. I didn’t want to be seen with a bag that obviously looked like a diaper bag. Because let’s face it, most diaper bags are ugly and not stylish.

My first diaper bag was a proper diaper bag but we had so much stuff in it and the sling wasn’t cushioned so it actually hurt to carry it around. After that, I bought a few other bags which eventually had their straps break because they could not withstand the weight I was carrying around.

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Now, I’m wondering if I should just invest in an expensive diaper bag. Maybe a branded one. Or maybe I should just get a branded bag to double up as a diaper bag since branded stuff last longer, right?

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But was I willing to splurge on something which some mothers point out that might be constantly covered in drool, poop and food. (Actually, I had gotten poo on my Prada before) Look at the Louis Vuitton Mini Lin Diaper Bag (discontinued), I think it could pass off as a laptop bag. Oh yes, anything that doesn’t spell out Diaper Bag!

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Adelina Madelina has some really cute prints but I’m still not so sure about the whole design. I know, I know, you must be wanting to slap me hard now because diaper bags look like diaper bags because they ARE diaper bags. Obviously, I am clear on that. I just wished that they could design and manufacture something that didn’t scream DIAPER BAG!

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Maybe something like the McQueen bag which Rachel Zoe decides to use as a diaper bag. Well, I actually have my eye on a bag (and it is not a diaper bag) now but it is gonna cost me a bomb. So it’s between the bag or using the money to pay off life insurance premiums. Hmmm…

What I’ve Been Up To (Toddler Activities & Some Updates)

Firstly, I fell sick then Asher caught the flu bug from me. Since then, we were like sick little bobos for the past 2 weeks. Then just last weekend, we had the car to ourselves, so naturally we have been out almost everyday. So I have been busy busy busy and have not been blogging as often as I wanted to.

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Here’s what I managed to do with Asher. I’m glad to finally announce that we have established a bedtime routine! I know, it is one of the fundamentals that should have been set up months ago but parenting is a journey of lifelong learning. So we are into our first week and hopefully, we will not break out of it.

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We bring in a couple of books, some of them handpicked by the big boy himself. We indulge in some reading after he finishes his milk. It is a calming activity that helps him to relax and get ready for bed.

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I’ve also DIYed a light box for him with materials from IKEA. However, I am still not totally satisfied with it. I think my box is too shallow and small but this would make do for the moment.

IMG_20140720_114318And I got some peekaboo reddish pink highlights done but since they were peekaboos, they are not obvious. I’m not sure if I like it or am regretting it. But I probably would let my hair rest for a month before I do something else to it.

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I was also at a launch event for Creme Simon, check out my blog post on it. And I just had a food tasting at Sakae Sushi this week. Yes, I tried all of the yummy stuff above… Now, this is just a teaser, so wait for my blog review, ok?

Guess that pretty much sums up what I’ve been up to of late. Oh and August, please be good to me.

[Activities with Toddler] Asher’s Extended School Holidays

We have decided to stick to playgroup for Asher for now but it is a new time slot and classes will only begin end of July. That means… another 3 weeks of no school for the little rascal! I have been cracking my brains for activities to do with the boy and I’m so grateful for the Internet and all these lovely mothers that homeschool their preschoolers. The Internet is full of resources and ideas shared by them.

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Wednesday’s activities

We decided to do a fruits theme week since it was something simple and yet engaging for an active 20 months old! It was also easy to incorporate most stuff into this theme and the possibilities were endless. Asher had fun playing with the wooden fruits and doing some crafts. When we were at the supermarket, he got excited exploring down at the fruits aisle.

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Thursday’s activities

I know some enrichment centers targeting at toddlers do such activities at a premium rate. I’m glad that I have the luxury of time to recreate the same with my boy. Furthermore, sending Asher to say, a mandarin class merely once a week isn’t going to make him an expert at the language. That’s one of the reasons why I did not send him for enrichment classes despite going for a few trials. I might probably consider doing so when he is older but for now, it’s all about fun, fun and more fun!

Resources used for the fruit theme:

Books: My very first book of numbers by Eric Carle | The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle

Crafts Inspiration: Watermelon printout | Paper plate apple with worm

Wooden fruits: Melissa & Doug

[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.

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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.

Coolest Library For Little Ones

I think I’d just found my favorite library of all times. I have been bringing Asher out so often, it is starting to burn a hole in my pocket. Indoor playgrounds, enrichment activities   and so on, all these cost money.

So when I found this Treetop section at the National Library at Bugis. It was like a dream come true, the place was done up nicely to resemble an enchanted forest which of course made Asher very excited. And there were books for 0-3 years of age available, which would have made this an education trip, not that he cared though.

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