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VivoCity Children’s Playground

VivoCity’s 2nd floor outdoor children’s playground have been closed for renovation for some time now. We always drop by to check if it has opened every time we are there and recently it was open! 


Some things remain the same but overall it has been revamped. The water play area is totally different now. 


There is a trampoline area which is new. The slope that was from the previous playground is still there but they added a proper slide to it. 

There is some addition of new playground structures very similar in style to the old playground. The kiddy car rides vendor is still there and the other part of the playground next to it is still undergoing renovation. 


The highlight for us as usual is the waterplay area. Just remember to bring some extra clothes and toys for the kids to play!


At the end of the day if you want to, the nursing/diaper change room is just nearby next to QB kids and world of sports. You can find out more about the nursing room here

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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)

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Freebies and Tips for SuperMom Baby Fair 2016

Dropped by the SuperMom fair at Suntec Convention Centre today Level 4 and brought home lots of loots, of which many were free or free gifts from purchases! Here are some tips I hope will help you enjoy your shopping experience even more!🙂

1. There are 2 entrances. One to Supermom fair and the other to Rise and Shine Carnival, but both are linked inside. 

2. First 500 shoppers to EACH fair will get a goodie bag. Which means, queue up at the goodie bag collection booth first. Left of entrance to the Supermom fair, and right of entrance to Rise and Shine. Many do not know Rise and Shine were giving away goodie bags so when I was there at about 2pm they were still available! (Collection of vouchers can be done later on) 


3. Free Diapers samples can be found at the Mamy Poko booth, tollyjoy booth, and the  Pampers diaper changing room. 


4. Free baby clothes from Cryoviva just by filling up a contact form and no obligation to sit down to listen them at all. (Stemcord and Cordlife are at the fair too)

5. Free walking pet balloon if you sit down to listen to agents at AIA booth. (Prudential is also at the fair)

6. Free copy of August issue of Motherhood magazine with free Frisomum samples at the Motherhood booth. They also ask if you want to sign up for free digital Motherhood magazine. Why not?

7. Mothercare‘s booth is very crammed and crowded. Enter without baby if possible. If you are not alone, get the other adult to queue for you as the payment counter is very slow and long. 

8. Vouchers cannot be used to purchase insurance, milk and diapers. Eg karihome and Guardian booths do not accept the vouchers because they sell those items. Happie diapers do not sell those items but they do not accept the vouchers, but you can bring receipt to the Supermom voucher collection booth at the entrance to claim your cash back in exchange for vouchers. 

9. If you don’t mind them going to your house to clean mattresses, free gifts also from the usual cleaning companies like Delphin, Rainbow and Luna. 

10. Many free gifts with purchase from Clarins booth.

Just to share my loots.🙂 Here’s a list of what I bought today. 

1. Clarins stretch mark cream $90 (used $50 Supermom voucher so total cost is $80) free gifts: 1 really large tote bag, 1 pouch, exfoliating body scrub, body lift cellulite control, body lotion)

2. Chicken Essence from EYS. Original price about $19 each box. Baby fair price $13.50. Bought 4 boxes using $50 Supermom voucher. Spent $44. Means essentially each box only cost $11!!

3. 2 large bottles of Karihome sweets $14 each and got 1 large bottle blueberry flavour free. That’s about $9 per bottle!

4. Crayola magnetic whiteboard and blackboard easel for $76. Used a $50 Supermom voucher so spent $66. 

5. $15.50 for 2 tubes of 25g papaw cream from Tinytree booth. Used my free $5 Supermom voucher here so paid only $10.50!

All my loots and free gifts!!🙂 Do leave a comment if you have any more tips and if there were other stalls giving out free items! :) 

 
And I totally deserved a llao llao after the shopping!! :) 

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Eu Yan Sang Confinement Soup Package

So I’m searching around for confinement herbs packages and have more or less decided on the package to buy before I even started on my search reason being my Aunty who is well versed in herbs and quality is an Eu Yan Sang fan. As such we just tried to read up more about EYS confinement herb soup package and asking others who have tried it. 

We dropped by Eu Yan Sang yesterday. And this is the herb package that they are marketing. 


In it contains 28 days worth of confinement herbs with some of their supplement pills for after pregnancy and also some ingredients for red dates tea and Sheng hua soup etc etc. I had asked initially how many days worth of red dates tea is included but the sales lady was right. It depends on how thick we make the tea and how much tea you drink each day. Just as an estimate, there are 2 packets of red dates inside and we can always buy more to top up. 


The soups are all individually packaged nicely with all the herbs separated from each other and instructions are at the back of each package. 


The entire package cost $268 for members which I feel is a very reasonable and competitive price. 

How do you become a member? Here’s a piece of good news. From now until 8 Aug 2016, you can just produce your PAssion card at any outlet to apply for the membership card for FREE! (You can also use SAFRA card if you have) 


Another lobang that I found. Upcoming at the Supermom fair in August, Eu Yan Sang will be at the fair! Will they be selling confinement herb soup package? This I am not too sure but I would think it is logical for them to market it there as it is after all a baby fair. Supermom is currently selling $50 cash vouchers for $40 only so you get to save some more! Even if they do not have the herb package there, you can definitely stock up on chicken Essence :) 


Hope all these information help you in some way or another in deciding the confinement soup package you would like to take up and if you do choose EYS package that you get it at a good price. :) 

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SuperMom Pre-event Sales Starts!

SuperMom Pre-order starts today (for VIP members ONLY!)! It ends on Wed (29 Jun) so grab your products quickly as hot items tend to sell out.

Here’s the link for pre-order: preorder.supermom.com.sg

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Promotions

  • $5 Cash vouchers with every $40 spend (Note: the vouchers are ‘stackable’ and are as good as cash with no minimum spend to use. Spenders can accumulate the vouchers  with no limit.)
  • $50 Mothercare vouchers with every $500 spend.
  • Be the first 30 to spend $1500 and you can choose premium gifts worth $300.

Here are some other exciting info about the fair:

  • $10 Fisher-Price Toys! (WOW!!)
  • It is Belly & Baby (belly casting) 1st time in Singapore and they are offering more than 50% OFF their services.
  • Pockit was out-of–stock in 2015 and back in stock at the fair!
  • Pigeon products at 50% OFF (Pigeon is an exclusive breastfeeding partner with SuperMom)
  • There will be Korean branded wipes on sale: Bebesup and Natural Organics
  • Installment plans are available with POSB and DBS cards.

Here are some FAQ about the Pre-order Sale:

Q: When will Pre-Orders be launched?
A: Pre-Orders dates are as follows:
– VIP Only Shopping: 27 June
– Online Sale: 28 to 29 June
Register as a VIP HERE to shop on 27 June if you have not done so!

Q: Where do I shop for Pre-Orders?
A: Shop at preorder.supermom.com.sg! Do note that if you are not a VIP, you will not be able to access the webpage on 27 June.

Q: How do Pre-Orders Work?
A: At SuperMom’s Pre-Event Sale, we offer you a chance to shop some amazing deals NOW and pick up your items hassle-free during the actual Baby Fair in August! Simply place your order at preorders.supermom.com.sg to make your purchase!

Q: Why should I Pre-Order?
A: Save yourself the hassle of queueing and shop in your own home! Grab deals even if you’re in confinement and get someone to pick it up for you in August! PLUS no stock-out problems and you have plenty of time to carefully choose your items and shop

Q: Where and How Do I Collect My Items?
A: Collect your items between 12 – 14 August 2016 at SuperMom Baby Fair at Suntec Convention Centre. Collections are to be done from respective Vendor Booths.
Collection Times: 11am – 9pm (Fri-Sat), 11am-8pm (Sun)
Vendor Booths are indicated behind each product name. For example: Tooth Brush (H10) will mean that the booth number is H10.

Q: What Do I Need to Collect My Items?
A: You will need to present your NRIC and a copy of your receipt to each of the respective Vendor Booths. Please ensure that each vendor signs on your receipt as a form of proof of collection. To help you locate the respective booths for collection, the floor plan will be emailed to you nearer the event date.

Q: Are Returns Allowed?
A. You have 28 days, upon receipt of goods to notify the vendor/s if you have received any faulty/damaged item.
Personal items (pumping bras, undergarments, etc) which are opened or have their hygiene seal broken/tampered with are non-refundable, unless found faulty by the vendor.

Q: Regarding the Belly Cast, can I only claim the Free Gift in August?
A: You absolutely do not have to! Within 1 week of your pre-order purchase, SuperMom will contact you to make an appointment for your bellycast! If you have not heard from us, please write into: info@riseandshine-expo.com

Q: What if I can’t collect my Pre-Order Item between 12-14 August?
A: If you are not able to collect it in person, please someone who can do it on your behalf with the necessary receipt print-outs and a copy of your NRIC. Failure to collect your items within the said dates means your items will be forfeited.
However, please note that if items which are not collected between 12-14 August’16 during SuperMom Baby Fair will be forfeited.

Q: Can I Pay by Instalment?
A: Yes you can! There are 6 Month and 12 Month INTEREST-FREE Installment plans available for purchases above $500. Options can be selected at Cart Check-Out Page.
– Only for DBS/POSB credit cards
– An administrative fee of $150 will be charged by DBS Bank if the plan is terminated whether arising from the termination from your card account or otherwise or if you made a pre-payment under the plan.

For more information on pre-orders, you can visit their website HERE.

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SuperMom Pre-Event Sales

In Singapore, there are 3 main companies doing babyfairs now. Namely Mummy’s Market, SPH (Baby Baby Exhibition), and SuperMom, who is starting their Pre-event Sales next Monday!

SuperMom Fair will be held at Suntec City Convention Centre from 12 to 14 August 2016. As compared to fairs at the EXPO, Suntec is a much more convenient place and you can easily pop somewhere else for lunch/dinner and go back to the fair again!

SuperMom Pre-event sales is between 27/6 (Mon) to 29/6 (Wed). Pre-order sales start on 27/6 (Mon) for VIPs. Not a VIP yet? Click HERE to register. Beat the crowd by ordering online and save on must-have products

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You can check out the deals on offer at SuperMom Facebook album “SuperMom Baby Fair 2016 Pre-event Sales”:

  • Up to 90% discount over 300 baby and pregnant mummy essentials: baby care, toys, weaning, breastfeeding, strollers, cots, travelling,
  • Exclusives: Tote Savvy, Pockit, Clarins, Pigeon, Cybex, Ergo Hip Seat, Sarah Wells, TollyJoy, Britax, Chikabiddy, Acomo, Hanil, and more.

Here are some other exciting info about the fair:

  • $10 Fisher-Price Toys! (WOW!!)
  • It is Belly & Baby (belly casting) 1st time in Singapore and they are offering more than 50% OFF their services.
  • Pockit was out-of–stock in 2015 and back in stock at the fair!
  • Pigeon products at 50% OFF (Pigeon is an exclusive breastfeeding partner with SuperMom)
  • There will be Korean branded wipes on sale: Bebesup and Natural Organics
  • Installment plans are available with POSB and DBS cards.

For more information on pre-orders, you can visit their website HERE.

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Bangkok With Kids

Our holidays now are centered around our kids aged 1 and 3. If a place does not have anything for the kids to do, it is not an option for us. We have been to Bangkok many years back before kids and done the usual. Shop, and eat. Bangkok air tickets are so cheap, ($200+ per pax on SQ!) but, is there anything for the kids? Well, we found out that there were so many activities for the children in Bangkok that our 5 day 4 night trip was much too short!

On where we decided to stay, you can read our post on the kids-friendly hotel.

We read up a lot before deciding that Bangkok was going to be our June holiday destination. Here is our itinerary in the end. Remember that our kids are aged 1 and 3. So we need to find places that are suitable for them.
Day 1: Arrive at 4+pm at Bangkok, settle in hotel, go nearby for dinner.
Day 2: SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
Day 3: Safari World
Day 4: Dream World
Day 5: Hang out in hotel, check out, catch 3pm flight home.

Day 1:

Daddy and Mummy were really tired. So we just headed downstairs (Yes! Downstairs!) to Platinum mall to look for some place we can have dinner at. After dinner, we let the kids play in the room to get used to the environment before putting them to sleep.

Day 2:

After breakfast at our hotel, we approached our hotel’s day tour booth to check out the tour packages for the places we are intending to go for. Remember that even if you just buy tickets only, it is cheaper to get them from a tour agency. (Just like USS in Singapore. Agency is cheaper than buying at the door) And you can even bargain if you buy more packages with them. In the picture are the prices at the door. We bought the super package, minus the pepsi and popcorn for about 850baht per person. It was free for those under 3yo so we only had to pay for 3.

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This place is a must go for families with young kids like ours. The kids really love it. My son has been to the SEA aquarium twice. But he still enjoyed himself.

This is the Ocean feeding boat which is what is different from our SEA aquarium. The kids loved it that they could see fishes swimming underneath.

Somewhere in the middle of the Ocean World was a little playground much to the delight of Korkor. He practically ran to it, removed his shoes and started playing, without asking permission!!! Grr… Of course, meimei followed suit and the adults took a little break from walking.

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SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World is located at the Basement level of Siam Centre and it is VERY convenient. You would only take about 2 hours at the Ocean World, so you can spend some time having lunch at Siam area and even do some shopping there too.

Day 3:

For the Safari World we decided to take up the tour package. Safari World is made up of 2 sections. The safari portion and the Zoo portion. The zoo portion is relatively much like our Singapore zoo. The safari portion is a very small section with cars taking about 30 minutes to drive through the entire thing. You can hire a cab to bring you to the safari world, pay for the entrance fees, and change to a safari car to drive you through while your cab waits for you, then take your cab back after 30 minutes. The cab fare would cost about 1500baht for the entire trip, plus the time spent waiting for you. We figured that taking the entire tour was more cost efficient so we did. Each person was about 1500 baht including transport to and fro and within the safari, and also inclusive of lunch. Meimei was free as usual.

We spent the first half of the day catching the shows. The shows were all scheduled so that you can catch all of them. And everyone basically moves from one show to another. Our tour guide was pretty redundant. There was the Orang Utan Muay Thai show, Sealion show and the Elephant show. Lunch was then at an air-con place (Thank God for that!) and it was a sumptious buffet lunch! Love the Som Tam there🙂 After lunch you have the option of paying extra to go for their River Safari boat ride that we did not take up. It was a good chance for us to rest.

It was really very hot. We spent some time at an ice cream cafe which had Lemurs in it and also took pictures as a family with 8 month old baby tigers. The itger sat on daddy’s lap!

Later on we gathered at about 3pm for the Safari ride. We had waiting one whole day for that short 30 minutes of drive through. The zebras do come pretty close to the vehicle. Other than that the animals are not that close.The kids enjoyed themselves thoroughly though.

Day 4:

For Dreamworld we decided to cab there ourselves but pre-bought the entrance tickets so it would be cheaper. The tickets include buffet lunch too and as usual my favourite dish was the Papaya Salad Som Tam. The tickets+lunch cost about 850 baht each. Meimei was free!

We let our 3yo try on rides for the first time. He loved them! It was a great idea to go on a weekday. The queues were almost non existent. Sometimes we could even take a ride twice in a row!

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There was an animal feeding section that we had to pay extra for. It was about 150 baht to enter and extra to buy the foods. There were rabbits as well that you could go into their pen to feed them. I was too excited that the kids loved  it that I forgot to snap some photos! The milk bottles were for the baby pigs, and the carrots and long leaves were for the rabbits, cows and goats. It was a very good learning experience for the kids.

Here were some other rides that daddy and korkor took respectively. There were many rides that Korkor couldn’t take as he was too short, so we will go again next time!

Day 5:

We lazed around in the hotel today. Went to have some fun at the indoor playground in the hotel. We were glad that we managed to have fun and yet relax at the same time.

If we were to change anything, we would have shifted safari world to the 2nd day, so we have a gentler 3rd day at Ocean world.

This is a list of some other places that we considered.

  1. Kidzania – More suitable for older kids, maybe at least 4 years old?
  2. Imaginia Playland
  3. Funtasia (Water Lagoon and Amusement Park) – We nearly went for this too. If only we had 1 more day!
  4. Children’s Discovery Museum
  5. Bounce Park

Hope you managed to find what you were looking for!🙂 Bangkok is a place for kids! We did NO shopping at all this trip (boo!) But the kids had fun and that is what is most important. Objective met!🙂