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[Review+Giveaway] My Little Giant @ Big Box 

My Little Giant is a very new playground which just had its soft launch last week. Thanks to the management, we were invited for a play date there today! It is already open to the public, but the official opening will be on 01 October 2016. *Scroll all the way down for a giveaway!*


Tickets to the playground can be purchased towards on the right side of the main entrance. They are having a soft launch promotion now where kids enter at $12 on weekdays (Mon-Thu) and $16 on weekends (Fri-Sun, PH). Children below 3 are at 50% off for a temporary period of time too!


Original prices are $20 and $25 respectively for weekdays and weekends.

Before you enter, you can change into your socks at the right side of the entrance. There are many shoe compartments here for you to deposit your shoes. If you have forgotten to bring your socks, they can also be purchased at the counter. Bags can be left there as well but do not leave your valuables there. 


At the entrance, the staff will tag you with their wrist tags and Ensure you sanitize your hands before entry. 


Once you step in you will be able to see their major white slide that ends in a humongous put of white and blue balls. The slide is really fast and it is really meant for the strong hearted!Hubby and Lil Nugget loved it. But Korkor and me were not great fans of it. Too much for me I’d say. I screamed from the top all the way until I landed into the ball pit. It was fun though. Just scary. 


Here’s a view of the slide from the top.


The place is a maze. Lil Bub ran in and I couldn’t find him anywhere. That’s what made it so fun for the kids. 


The play area has 3 storeys to it. Each floor is linked to the next via easy to climb steps and smaller slides. They are so easy to climb that my 19 month old needs no assistance!


There are other areas to play as well within the 3 level obstacle course. Eg. A Trampoline, shooting area, swings, and a train at the 3rd floor!


Lil Bub was loving the crawling and climbing through the playground. It helped that the areas were huge and adults could easily maneuver themselves through it too!


More pictures of the playground. All pictures showing a different section of it! Top pic is another slide at the 2nd floor, bottom left is an enclosed slide from 3rd to second floor, and there are also some coupe cars for the little ones to drive around on the first floor. 


Highlight for many kids other than the main white slide would be the HUGE ball pit. This photo shows only half of it or a section where there is not many people. Some kids are playing at the other end of the ball pit. Yes, that’s how big it is!


More pictures of the ball pit just because I love the colours of the balls! 


There is another section of My Little Giant where it is like an arcade for kids. These are charged differently and you will need to purchase a card with credit inside to use it at the rides and arcade machines. There are kiddy rides, game machines, train ride and a Carousel!


Lil Bub loved the excavator the most. What’s surprising right? It was not easy to scoop the balls up into the boxes though and he needed Daddy’s help for that. 

The kids had a lot of fun at the spanking new playground at Big Box. And Daddy and Mummt are glad that they have expended their energy and is now soundly napping at home.🙂

Thanks to My Little Giant, there will be 5 entry passes up for a giveaway! You can go to our Facebook page for details on how to enter. Closing date for entry is 09 Oct 2016. Winners will be announced the next day and passes will be valid until 31 December. All the best! 

Link to enter giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/471d31df8/

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Invitation to En Sakaba

Thank you En Sakaba at Orchard Central for hosting us last week.

En Sakaba opened on 15 June 2016 at Orchard Central (#01-16) and 28 July 2016 at JEM (#01-04). Sakaba means “bar” in Japanese. The new concept emulate En’s motto to be the gathering place where people meet and bond through gourmet food in perfect harmony. Its aim is to create a cosmopolitan space where patrons can enjoy great food and tipple in a convivial, relaxed atmosphere.

En Sakaba blur the lines between tachinomiya (standing bar) and izakaya (bar with seats), which is now popular among trendy bar hoppers in Japan’s major cities. Set in a chic but casual bistro bar setting, En Sakaba will focus on offering a variety of Japanese influenced tapas that are best paired with sake and beer.

Nestled in between Cold Stone and Levi’s, it is a small cosy place in Orchard Central’s Level 1. It is fully packed at dinner time though so remember to call to make your reservations.


They have a grill Chef who does all the grilling at the shop such that you can see your orders being cooked. This was the highlight for my kids as we say right in front of the grilling corner!

We got to try a few recommended dishes and they were all mouth watering delicious and cooked with effort for each individual dish!

Beef Truffle Carpaccio (Thinly sliced sirloin beef drizzled with truffle citrus soy sauce) was a yummy start. The beef was medium rare and the truffle taste was strong. A small salad came with it and my hubby loved the sauce so much he used it as a salad dressing.


Kurobuta Niku No Hoho (Grilled black pork cheek with wafu sauce) was my kids’ Favourite. We tasted a bit but they finished most of it. The meat was so tender that my 18month old who didn’t have any molars yet could easily chew it.

Zuwai Kani Miso Kourayaki (Crabmeat with roe and gut grilled in the shell) is not suitable for me as it has a raw quail’s egg in it and is grilled with Sakae. This fact delighted the hubby a lot and he savoured the entire thing by himself and I can only drool watching him.


Lucky for me I heard the next dish has relatively similar taste to it. Jumbo Hotate Yaki with Mentaiko Cheese (grilled jumbo scallop with spicy cod roe cheese topping) is really not spicy at all. Not even pepper spicy. The scallop is very soft and they pre cut it so it is bite sized and easily removed to be eaten. Like the previous dish, you will end up drinking all the remaining gravy from the shell itself.


Kurobuta Niku No Hoho Don (grilled braised black pork cheek on rice) is a very suitable dish for kids if you are bringing them. It had a half cooked egg at the top though. So if it’s for the kids, you can let them know to fully cook it or not include it at all.


Foie Gras Yakiniku Onsen Tamago Don (premium beef tataki and foie gras with Onsen egg on rice). The foie gras was very tasty as usual. And went well with the entire combination of beef and rice, Jap style.


Finally we had En Kaisen Chirashi (15 kinds of Chef selection sashimi on En’s pink sushi rice: Zuwai Kani, Uni, caviar, negitoro, ikura, aka ebi, Hotate, unagi, anago, hamachi, Maguro, aburi salmon, salmon, tobiko, Tamago Yaki). This dish is really for sashimi lovers where you get the all in one! As I can’t eat this as well, my hubs (who does not usually eat sashimi) finished the entire thing!


We enjoyed our meal at En Sakaba. And hope you will too! They also have an outlet at JEM which has more seating space.

Thank you once again for the invite!🙂

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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! :) 

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Confinement Tingkat Trial Review – Natal Kitchen

Natal Kitchen, though new in the market, have many good reviews that I have heard from other mummies which is why I chose to try them out! They offer trial sets too and sometimes you can get a discount on it at baby fairs!🙂 (Note: Scroll down for a promo code!)

The Natal Kitchen uses zero MSG in all their cooking. Which is a plus point for me! And ensure a healthy balanced meal for all mummies.They have over 24 types of nourishing soup they also change their dishes every week! On top of that, they provide delicious confinement dessert every Friday.

Food delivery, the lady told me, for my house area would be at about 11:30am-12nn. And it did come at about 11:45am! The food was in a warmer bag and still relatively warm so I did not bother heating it up. 


The contents were all in plastic containers with plastic covers on them. 

You are able to put all that in the microwave oven to warm your food up if there’s a need to. Just remember to peel of the plastic film. 


The packaging was very good such that all the contents will not spill and they will also not mix with each other. 


The menu for the day was :

木瓜魚湯,papaya fish soup

泰式炸雞,Thai style fried chicken 

姜汁帝王苗,emperor vegetables in ginger sauce

And Sesame oil fried rice (their Wednesday specialty)

I also added on one more dish to try out. 

另外豬腳醋 pig trotter vinegar 

Overall the serving was very big. I couldn’t finish my meal and kept half of it for my lunch the next day. However it might be just alright for me during confinement when I’m breastfeeding maybe? However I would say it would not be enough for 2 persons to share in case you were thinking of sharing with your hubby. Assuming your hubby is a normal big eater kind of guy. 

The food does not contain MSG and has less salt and oil. So do not expect everything to be Super flavourful like those you eat at the Food courts. The papaya fish soup was tasty but not oily and salty. Nicer when it is heated up to be warmer though. 

Their chicken and vegetables were tasty but not that special so I won’t dwell too much on them. The emperor vegetables were usually less common though. So it’s a good variety from normal veg!

Here’s a closer pic of their pigs trotter vinegar. Don’t expect a very traditional thick kind of dish. It was still very tasty though. And there was a good mixture of lean and fat meat inside with large slices of ginger for those who like to eat. 

This is their Wednesday special sesame rice. The rice itself is flavourful with sesame oil and ginger in it. Upon eating then I realised there were shreds of ginger within the rice! I picked some of them out as I wasn’t a big fan or ginger though it is very good for confinement (unless your baby has jaundice). I shall keep all the ginger eating for my confinement. 


Their meals come with 2 servings of longan red date tea. The tea was very yummy and there were dates and longan in the drink itself. I didn’t need to drink so much in a day so I left the other portion in the fridge. Really yummy to have it chilled too! But shouldn’t do that during confinement!

Promo Code time! 

Quote: TNK2016 (expires 30 June 2017) for the following discounts and free gifts! 

1. Receive 8% discount for 21/28 days meal plan, and

2. Bonus for parents-to-be , if you order dual (lunch and dinner) , you can enjoy free la gourmet 1.8l food jar. 

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Nippon Paint’s Project – Before and After

After 1 full day of work, it was complete! Our boring, white walls with major surface issues of cracks and tapes and blu-tac stains were all gone and in replacement, some spanking bright new wall by Nippon Paint!

If you have been following my previous posts on the Consultation and the Process of Painting itself, here is finally, the BIG REVEAL of the end product!

TA-DAAAA!!!!!

Here are the before and after photos. Notice the stains and cracks especially in my second pic that is no longer there now!


And here is a shot of the feature wall. It is actually sparking but I can’t capture that on my camera. The patterns were even throughout the wall.

Just to recap, the colours we used for the Ceiling was White, the colour for the walls were Vanilla Creme 1150 so they were pale yellow in colour. The Momento wall was Gold Charm MS105 Silver Sparkle Series. All were odorless paints and more details of the various paints we used can be found HERE.

Speaking about Odorless Paints, my sensitive nose (due to being pregnant I think) still picked up the paint smells. However I was surprised that my husband and relatives did not smell anything at all. My aunty even put her nose on a newly painted wall to smell and said there was no smell. Anyway, if you do get Nippon Paint to do your house for you, and you think the room/house has a really strong smell, they will provide an extra air purification service for free. They had offered it to me but I didn’t have time to let them run the machine as it requires 1-1.5h and my kids were reaching home already.


Anyhow the smell diffused really fast. Yesterday, the day after painting, I was out the whole day so could not air the house except for about 2 hours in the evening. By this morning when I woke up, there was no smell at all, not even when I plastered my nose on the wall.

It had been a very smooth process liaising with Nippon Paint from the day they came down to do the consultation with us. Their advice on the colours were indeed so good and we are all so happy with the outcome. It makes our house looks so cheerful and happy. The painters and the Momento artist were very friendly too. They made the whole painting process a very pleasant one.

Thank you Nippon Paint for the collaboration and the new look for our living room! I can’t wait to invite friends over🙂

To read more on the consultation we had with Nippon Paint, click HERE.

To read about the entire painting process, click HERE.

If you would like to engage Nippon Paint for a makeover for your house, you can contact them online HERE, or  contact them during office hours at 63197222.

 

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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!

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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

Lastly, and best of all, here’s what it becomes in the evening. :)