Playtime! – Rochee the Friendliest Cockcroach

Esplanade Presents PLAYtime often Organised highly subsidised plays that are suitable for children. We first watched “The Bird who was Afraid of Heights” and instantly fell in love with PLAYtime plays for kids! 

This time, we were invited to watch Rochee the Friendliest Cockroach! 

The show was just as interactive as expected, which was the main reason we fell in love with their productions. Kids are not required to always sit down still and keep quiet. They will have tasks to do and will be involved in the play itself. 

The setting of the stage is different from the usual. We will sit on the floor in clusters and action could be ANYWHERE in the room! 

Before the show, we were taught some dance steps so we could be part of the play later on! 

Rochee the cockroach starts the show by singing and inviting us to sing along with it. 

As you can see in the photo below, we were sitting at the right back cluster and could still have full view of the front (photo below) and back (photo above). The play requires you to look to the left sometimes, and right sometimes. The cast is always moving around and this keeps the little children engaged. 

During another interactive portion, the  kids were all required to pick up the blue balls that rolled out from the sides of the room into a large container. (What did this represent you may ask? Watch the play to find out!)

This required everyone to get off their feet to complete the task. 🙂

And the same thing happened when we all had to stand up to move around. Was the cockroach dancing? What was everyone doing? 

All in all, my Son (turning 4) was very engaged by the show whilst my Daughter (just turned 2 yesterday) was a bit afraid and so she did not want to participate in the action. It was fine too. You could just sit there as well. 🙂 It is of course not expected that all the children will participate. Parents will know that it all depends on the child’s mood on that day. 

Rochee the Friendliest Cockroach will be running at the Esplanade until 05 March 2017. Tickets are at $20 each and you can purchase them here. Sensory-friendly performances are available too!

Follow them on their Facebook page for more information and updates on other plays. 

This was us at the play. :). Hope you enjoy the show too! 


[Review+Giveaway] EZPZ Happy Mat

So when I first heard of the EZPZ Mat from my fellow mummy group friends, I was really skeptical. After all, with 2 kids now and a 3rd on the way, I have tried out various brands of suction bowls and toys, and NONE will stick to the surface if the kid tries to pull it off. And pull if off they will, with the force they have to apply to pull the suction off, the food goes projectile onto themselves and everywhere else. So no, no suction bowls for me anymore. Maybe when they are below 12 months old? But none after.

Thanks to Mumspick, who is the exclusive distributor of EZPZ in Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia, we received a EZPZ Happy Mat to try out. And I was certainly impressed!

The EZPZ Happy Mat is an all-in-one placemat + plate made from high quality silicone that captures your kids’ mess. It suctions directly to the table, making it difficult for tiny hands to tip over. At a height of 1 inch, the bowl is perfect for a variety of foods. The mat is made from FDA approved 100% silicone; BPA, PVC, lead and phthalate free and designed for infants and toddlers above 6 months old. The EZPZ series is easy to clean with warm soapy water (silicone doesn’t support the growth of fungus, mold or bacteria), dishwasher and microwave safe (WOW!), and built to last (silicone doesn’t corrode or deteriorate).

When my helper first served my 22 month old her dinner in the EZPZ Happy Mat, she was so excited she started eating her rice which is something she doesn’t usually do!

With the height of the plate being about 1inch, she is able to scoop up the rice easily. Unlike the usual plates with compartments, it is not easy to scoop up things.

After her rice she moved on happily to her egg and brocolli. (yes, she eats meat as well but we feed her fish/chicken/pork directly.)

If you noticed, the mat is actually larger than the ikea high chair table. You might want to try happy bowl or mini mat for it to fit better. Alternatively you can just remove the Ikea high chair tray and push the table nearer to the table, so the child eats from the table as well, together with the parents. Anyhow, it does not affect the movement of the placement. it is still JUST AS DIFFICULT to move it. She is unable to pluck the plate from the table. She is unable to shift it left/right (I can’t either). She needs help to move it away from her before she starts on her next course of dinner, soup.

So what makes it so difficult to move the mat? It doesn’t have suction cups at the bottom of the mat. It is just made of very good antislip material. As you can see in the picture below, it is slightly glossy. And this glossy silicon practically STICKS to any table surface.

To add on to that, the sides are tapered. Which means I have to use my fingertips to pry the mat off the surface. Habit makes me want to shift the plate sometimes, but it is impossible to do so and I have to pluck off the mat to move it somewhere else. If an adult has to do that, imagine how stable it is for the kids to use it! 🙂

Mumspick sells the EZPZ Mat series in many colours, eg. Coral, Lime, Blue, Grey, Pink, and their latest limited edition Berry. You can browse their collection here.

One thing to take note of though. There are many counterfeit, fake EZPZ products in the world. EZPZ works hard to maintain the highest and most rigorous standards for safety, non-toxic materials and quality. If you do not see the EZPZ brand name, there is a high chance the product is sourced from another manufacturer. This manufaturer may not be compliant with regulatory requirements. So do take note. Fight false products to keep our children safe!

Discount Code:

Use  code BEAUTIFULCHAOS16 for 20% off when you buy from Mumspick! (code expires 8th Jan 2017)

Giveaway time! (ends 10th Jan 2017)


Maternity Wear Review – Jump Eat Cry

Thank you to Jump Eat Cry for sending me a couple of lovely maternity wear from their Mothercot series! [Scroll all the way down for a discount code!]

Jump Eat Cry is a Singapore-based online e-commerce store that aims to provide stylish yet affordable maternity and nursing clothes to pregnant and new mothers. Their in-house label, Mothercot is designed by them. Designs are delicately hand drawn, and materials carefully picked to provide the best comfort for mothers. They also aim to bring comfort and infinite wearing to all mothers (can be worn before, during and after pregnancy).

The first piece is a top, Purple Duo Tone Nursing Top Size M. 

This piece allows me more room for my baby bump to grow. The bigger the bump is, the more whites of the top will be seen. The flaps can also open up to have easy access for nursing after birth! The material of the item is of good quality and not flimsy. 

The second is Empire Lines Nursing Dress Size S. 

The dress is very light and flowy and is very comfortable on my ever-itching growing tummy! It is also very cooling to wear this dress. I love this feature about it because of the terribly hot weather in Singapore! This dress is also a nursing dress. The best part is that it doesn’t look like a nursing dress at all! Under the ribbon is actually a zip which allows easy access for nursing. 🙂

The ribbon is tied simply at the back and this measles you look less round and plump than you should! Here’s also a photo of me matching my Jujube with the dress. The very light silvery grey of the dress makes it easy to match! 

Just a note, I’m 1.72m tall, 58kg, and 5 months pregnant at the time of the photo. 

Jump Eat Cry extends a 15% discount on all their products including sale items to all readers! Code:beautifulchaos15 (expires 30 September 2016)

For more info and to shop, visit their website: https://www.jumpeatcry.com/

Happy shopping! 🙂 


Painting Day

As mentioned in the previous post, we thank Nippon paint for this chance to collaborate with them.

Prior to the actual painting day, we had to ensure that we packed out living room up a bit. We had toys lying EVERYWHERE.

The appointment was at 9am. And they were so punctual! They arrived at 8:58am! And immediately got to work.

First up they moved all our furniture to the centre of the room and proceeded to cover everything with a plastic cover. They also removed all my bits and pieces of tape and blu-tac which we have on our walls and were unable to remove for the longest time.

They started by painting the ceiling and doing a base coat on the walls. There was some paint smell at this point though. I think it should be from the ceiling paint. I asked them if they will need lunch so I can order in and both said they brought their lunch! Wow! Nippon Paint has such dedicated workers!

By 12nn, they had finished the ceiling and a coat of paint of the actual Colour. So they took a quick lunch break to allow the paint to dry.

After lunch they proceeded with the next coat of paint and also the base coat for the feature wall. My place isn’t exactly the easiest to paint with all the hidden places caused by air con trunkings and false ceilings. But they did not cut corners. They painted everywhere. Even those places I knew I wouldn’t be able to see.

By 2:30pm they were all done, and had to wait for the Momento artist to arrive to do up the feature wall. The smell was strong though. Or maybe it was because of my ultra sensitive pregnancy nose. So the painting team arranged for a smell extracting machine to come by after the entire project was complete to remove all the smell! Sounds really interesting. I have never heard of it before and I can’t wait to see how it works!

And the Momento artist arrived and did up the feature wall with Nippon Paint’s Momento! She was really skilled and quick in her brush movements. The wall was very quickly done in less than an hour!

The Painters did the final touch ups and clean ups and moved back all the furniture after the session. They even helped to put our TV back up on its rack!

To see the final product, look out for our next post HERE!


Pre-Paint Job Consultation – by Nippon Paint

My family would like to thank Nippon Paint for this opportunity to collaborate with them on revamping our living room. Our last paint job was done 5 years ago. However due to the hacking/rebuilding, we have many cracks in the walls. We also have many blu-tac stains from pasting up posters for our kids to read. Our walls really needed a make-over!

At our Pre-painting Consultation, Nippon paint sent their professional painter down to have a discussion with us. Both hubby and me are very bad artistically and we really appreciated the professionalism of the painter in advising us on the colours we can have that is suitable for our home.

Nippon Paint had a wide selection of colours and styles to choose from. They showed us books of catalogs and sample pictures. The painter was very patient with us as we discussed and consulted him not only on the colours/designs we should have but also the kind of paint they will be using.

Due to my pregnancy and having 2 really young kids in the house, we opted for something that is odorless for our base paint. This was really important to me and so we decided that we will use their odorless Medifresh Paint series.

Nippon Paint Odour-less Medifresh is enhanced with antimicrobial protection to provide continuous protection against mold, mildew and bacteria that cause stains and odors on the paint film. It gives walls and other surfaces a long lasting elegant finish. It is ideal choice for eco-sensitive commercial and residential areas such as elderly, children or nurseries’s rooms. It has the following features:

  • Virtually no paint odour (My favourite point!)
  • Ultra low VOC
  • Durable & washable film
  • Ammonia-free
  • Non-toxic and lead, mercury and heavy metals free (My favourite point too!)
  • Fungus & mould resistant
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Spatter resistance
  • Excellent flow
  • Excellent coverage


For our feature wall, Nippon will be doing something with special effects using their Momento Special Effects Paint. Nippon has a few painters who are trained in this design and each masterpiece will differ from the next. The wall(or room) will be textured and some series will even sparkle under light!  Nippon Momento is also formulated with low VOC, and contains no lead, mercury, chrome or heavy metals, creating a healthier environment. Most importantly to me as well, it has almost no paint smell at all!

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To seal up our cracks in the walls, the painter recommended the Nippon Paint Expresskote Sealer. The Expresskote Sealer is formulated with a special styrene acrylic polymer for excellent alkali and efflorescence resistance properties and has the following features:

  • Good adhesion
  • Good alkaline & efflorescence resistance
  • Fast drying time
  • Easy to apply
  • Environmentally friendly paint certified under the Singapore Green Building Product Certification Scheme
  • Anti-fungal and algae resistant


They will be doing up our ceiling as well with Nippon Paint’s Odourless Anti-Mould Ceiling White. It has the following features:

  • Anti-mould properties with a broad spectrum protection against most species of mould
  • Environmentally friendly green emulsion product
  • Non-toxic, does not contain lead, mercury and heavy metals
  • Easy application and touch -up
  • Minimum roller splatter
  • Excellent coverage and hiding power for minor surface imperfections


Finally we came to a conclusion on the colour and design with a lot of professional help and advice from our painter consultant and I can’t wait to see the end product! 🙂

Click HERE to see the painting process;

or HERE to see the finished product!


Confinement Tingkat Reviews

Thank you to all the mummies who have contributed to this article!

These are captured by mummies-to-be who have tried out the various confinement tingkats and what they have to say for each.

Natal Kitchen

“Smells good, tastes quite good like home cooked food, not too oily. Soup a bit bland but think it was because I just ate something salty. Rice has ginger and seasoning and it is delicious! Portion is huge. Seems like for 2 meals or for 2 pax.” (Review by Tracy Nagel,2016)

“Soup is a bit blend, other than that I think it is not too bad. A lot of ginger especially in the rice. The red date tea is nice too! Very sweet from the longan. I feel very hot after eating the meal, not sure if it’s due to the ginger.” (Review by Cindy Guan,2016)

“I had Natal Kitchen for my confinement. Big and generous portion. The person in charge is very detailed and careful on my orders as I have special request on my food as I have allergies. Actual packing is in plastics in thermal bag but i paid extra for stainless steel thermal and end of the day thermal is mine (this is optional services they provided). Soups are good (not oily as my confinement time i have very small appetite light soups are good), all vegetables has ginger (helps me reduce wind in my body), there’s different meat / fish for the main (I don’t really get too repeated food as maybe i never request too many food I don’t eat) + every meal will have 2 bowls of red dates drink, Friday dessert and different type of rice on different day. I think every mommy should try all different tingkat caterer trial meal so can get the right taste you want / like. 😄” (Review by Jovina Yeo, 2016)

Kim’s Kitchen

“Taste ok and the red date water was good. Downside is they do not use a lot of ginger and herbs. Like that might as well ‘da-bao’ normal zi-char from outside! Oh and no meat?! I din order vegetarian! 😓 Food is relatively oily. Made me feel gassy after eating.” (Review by Tracy Nagel,2016)

“I ordered 14 day lunch from Kim’s Kitchen. Portion was big – enough for 2 pax. Had a variety of pork, chicken and fish – thread fin, cod, salmon, etc. every alternate day. Herbal soup everyday although herbal taste was not strong. Not much ginger in their dishes though. Overall above average because I don’t feel thirsty after the meal. Shown in pic is pig trotters vinegar, broccoli with dried scallop, mushroom and sea cucumber, chicken herbal soup and red date longan drink.” (Review by Joyce Xu,2016)

Natal Essential

“Food is tasty, plenty of ginger and herb and portion is huge. The big portion is beneficial as I will be super hungry at times after breastfeeding so she can eat again haha.” (Review by Angie Cheung,2016)

“Portion is big! I think i can only finish half. Food is yummy! Lucky me got vinegar trotters today! Serving of it is huge!” (Review by Caroline Huang,2016)

Chili Padi

“Tastes really good, I finished all the soup even though I usually hate soup! It’s a bit oilier and saltier than Natal Kitchen though. Which probably contributes to the yummies. So I’m not sure what to choose 😂” (Review by Tracy Nagel,2016)

“I like how they package the lunch. Came in thermal bag sia! Hmm portion is just nice for a meal I’d say. Red date tea is thicker than Natal Essentials! Dishes are tasty, dunno they purposely put ginger in both dishes just to fulfill ‘confinement’ requirement or that’s the recipe. And i like that they put a fried egg into the chicken even though the chicken itself can do without the egg! Quantity though, I think it is not enough for a just-give-birth mum, because I now can finish the sides plus rice.” (Review by Carol Huang,2016)

Sizzling Dyyana

“Very generous portion, certain dishes are really tasty! And her tea time cakes/cookies/muffins are really delicious!” (Review by Arissa Madeline,2016)

“Food was awesome, portions and variety were great, no msg added. And for Muslim mums, they are halal.”(Review by Aisyah Jamaludeen,2015)

Rich Food

“One of the dishes of the night from Rich Food! I love their food and portion! I had almost different menu everyday and their food is not that oily and I find it healthy. Red dates tea is nice too with longan and red dates in it. (Natal essential red dates tea doesn’t have longan and red dates)  By the way, the red dates tea is not that little when it came. Only occurred to me to take photo of it after I drank it half way!” (Review by Qiuhui Chua, 2016)


The Bird who was Afraid of Heights

My hubby and I loved to watch plays and musicals and it was one of the places we would go to when we were dating. However we stopped when we gave birth to our #1, now 3 years old. Plays do not usually allow us to bring in kids. But we have always thought about how we can expose them to the arts. Most kids plays were for 3 and above. And when my Friend invited us for this one that was suitable for ages 2-4, we jumped at the chance!

Not knowing how a play for 2-4 years old would be like and if our kids would make a fuss or enjoy themselves did not bother us. We finally could bring them for a play!


It was held at the Esplanade Theatre Studio (4th floor) and it was by Playtime! and Pip’s Club. It was a small room where all the kids with their parents were seated in clusters on the floor (blue carpet). There were walkways around the blue clusters where cast and props would be moving around. All around are the stage backdrops. 

Sometimes the action the here and sometimes there. Sometimes at all 4 corners. Sometimes they speak across the room to each other. These kept the young ones engaged as they had to listen out for where and who is speaking. Occasionally you will get a couple of kids wandering around but that is ok. This play is for kids that age anyway! Kids are free to walk although parent should try to get them closer. And they are free to comment too, not like adult plays where we have to observe theatre etiquette. 

Sometimes we had to stand up to dance together, sometimes we had to do some simple tasks, in this case we had to pick up some fruits and put them into the correct baskets. The kids (and adults) were very much involved in the play itself!

I love seeing my kids engaged at what is not a screen and this play, less than 1 hour long did just that. I love it that the play was very interactive and they got to move around!

I heard that the next play would be in October and I can’t wait to bring them again! I went to check the website though and found out that they had 2 plays coming up in October, as part of a Children’s festival called Octoburst. It will be on 7-9 October and it includes activities like drawing/colouring contests, a dance and 2 plays. The plays are more suitable for above 3 years old though which means I can only bring my elder one for it. Good for some one to one time with my Son! I hope there will be more for ages 2-4 again soon! 

To find out more information on Octoburst, you can visit their website here

To like and follow them on Facebook for Octoburst and future plays, you can click here

The current play “The Bird who was Afraid of Heights” is still ongoing until 28Aug so catch it while you can! 🙂 (Link is here)