Thursday, December 18, 2014

RELAX & PLAY @ Happy Willow -One KM

With the recent daily showers, it is simply impossible to lug both kids out. When comes to such situation, if you really have to get out of the house, what else but some indoor playground fun would be most ideal !
People, there is a new mall in the east and Happy Willow opened up a new branch just right at One KM ! And how happy Xav was when I told him "let's go to Happy Willow !" Before the opening of this outlet, we used to go to the outlet at Fushionopolis (One North MRT)

Let's play for the morning !

Before I lost sight of Xav, thank you to the staff of Happy Willow who took this for us.

Right behind the ticketing counter where the spacious Willow Lounge is, parents can chill out over a cup of coffee while waiting for the little ones.

Xav checked out the Toddlers' Turf with Vera. This area is recommended for the age between 9 months and below the age of 3 years to enter.

Ride ons for the little ones
Waddling away on the giraffe

James "zoomed" in and joined Vera.

uh oh ! Did I squashed that lady bug !

Just nice, James was on the other side while Xav helped to balance up her side.

The best combination would be the two younger ones on one side, Xav on the other. What happened when she went up ? SCREAM in delight of course !

She was totally enjoying the see-saw ride !

Not forgetting to say hi to the cuddlies sitting by the side.

Aunty Danessa,can I give a kiss to bunny ?

Some games mounted on the padded walls for the toddlers to exercise their eye hand coordination.

Both had a ball in the pool of balls, busy covering each other with the balls.

Just right beside the ball pit, let's pretend play ! An area equipped with toys like wooden toy trains, kitchen set, push carts to allow the kids' imagination to run.

Kids who are of 3 years and above, welcome in to the Kids' Den. A mini trampoline on your right to expand their energy.

My happy Tarzen !

There are a total of three slides of which, one lands you into a pool of balls !

Rock climbing wall

Thank you Happy Willow @ One KM  ! Korkor and me had a great time ! My smile said it all !

To celebrate the official opening of Happy Willow @ One KM, do not miss out the fabulous discount entitled to the following for both outlets :

- Get 7 play sessions at the price of 6 ! Package can be used among the two outlets and shared between siblings and friends who are in the same age group.
- Get $50 off for any party packages booked.
- Get $100 off for any private party packages booked.

Note, the above discount is until 30th Jan 2015 at both outlets.

For more details, you can email to : or call :
6466 6300 (Fushionopolis) / 6341 6468 (One KM)

Happy Willow ONE KM is located at :
11 Tanjong Katong Road
#02-01/02 One KM 
Singapore 437157
By Car
- From Paya Lebar Road, turn left to Sims Avenue, then right to Tanjong Katong which leads you to the car park entrance of One KM.
By Train
- Paya Lebar MRT Station
Take the Circle or East-West line and alight at Paya Lebar MRT station (Happy Willow is located just a few minutes from the station).
By Bus
- Services 2, 7, 13, 21, 24, 26, 28, 30, 40, 43, 51, 67, 76, 135, 154, 155, 197, 853C, NR7 
Drop-off / Taxi Stand
- Driveway is along Tanjong Katong Road (near Bossini and Esprit)

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Disclaimer : We were invited by Happy Willow @ One KM for a session of fun, no monetary compensation is involved and all opinions are of my own.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I didn't throw it away !

Mummy, I spotted a funny looking coin ! Why is this coin so weird looking ?  I was searching through my pouch for some loose change to pay the exact amount to the taxi driver, when  Xav spotted me handling the 10 cent coin which is no longer circulated in the market to the driver.

I believed I won't be labelled as a hoarder if I were to keep things of monetary value ? How did I get started in collecting these old coins and notes ?  When I was younger, my mum was busying working to bring bread and butter back home, she hardly have time to bring us around or got us started on any outdoor kind of hobbies.

Back then, she had plenty of such notes back and would give it to us whenever she got the notes. That got me started keeping these notes. As I grew older, I had to save pretty hard in order to have an one to one exchange with my mum for the notes that I wanted.

Sadly, I lost my whole envelope that contained the Singapore old notes (Orchid, Bird and Boat series) when we shifted house. The whole wallet was misplaced or was lost in the midst of packing, I didn't know. Perhaps it was just not fated to be mine. This was what was left and I have been safekeeping them till now and isn't it wonderful that now I can show it to the kids.

If you would like to see more of the notes, Singapore Coin & Notes Museum does display a wide range of notes and coins, both from locally as well as from other countries. But do note that they will be relocating and will be operating till 22nd Nov 2014 at the current location.

Spot that $5 coin ?
25 Years of Public Housing * MS UNC Coin, 1985 Singapore 5 dollars

Another hobby which my mum started us on, phone card collection ! Long before mobile phone came into our lives, we used mainly 10 cent coins or phone cards with a certain value in it via the public phone booths. And my collection was pretty massive, but due to space constraints, I kept a selected few for Xav and Vera.

A phone card which was used up of it's credits. Spot that tiny dot embossed after the "0"

I kept my first student Transitlink card too before I decided to purchase bus stamps instead. Each time, we boarded the bus, we would have to insert it into the machine to pay for a ticket for our rides. I fondly remember folding the rectangular tickets into paper hearts and got them filled up glass bottles ! Gone were the tickets but I kept the card till todate somewhere deep down in one of the boxes in the storeroom.

This post is part of a blog train hosted by Agatha from Green Issues by Agy on “I Didn’t Throw It Away”.

Follow the daily posts on this blog train and read about the stories behind the things we have kept for many years and why we didn’t throw them away.
Next in the blog train is Yaney, a versatile crafter from paper craft to needle works. In 2009, she was stumbled across the art of making amigurumis and that was when the Ami Zipper Buddies are born!

 Green Issues by Agy

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas card making - "O Christmas Tree "

You don't need to be talented in craft to make Christmas cards don't you ? I was making some for a friend's order and thought of just sharing one of the simplest you can do with just papers of Christmas theme, some washi tapes, some ribbons and glitter glue.

1. I cut the paper, making into a 6" by 6" card.
2. Using another Christmas theme papers, simply just cut out three triangles and stick them on top of each other as shown above.
3. Stick the bottom of the card with washi tapes, since it's Christmas, I decided to use the grey "Merry Christmas" washi tape. Probably am not making enough ! Been a few years and I have yet to finish using. =P
4. Tie and make into a mini butterfly knot and sticked onto the base of the "tree"
5. Use a sparkling gold glitter glue, mark an X on the top of the tree to make the christmas star.

There you are all ready to pen down your wishes to the receiver and send it out. =)

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Princessy outfit from << The Sunshine Kids >>

{ Sponsored Review + discount code)

All of you who have known me, will know that dressing up girly or princessy is definitely not my style. The only time I felt and dressed up like one is on my wedding day. Not until after having a baby girl, I realised it's kind of fun to dress her up and started to take a liking to certain flowery print dresses and accessories. This mummy here is crossing fingers, hoping that Baby Vera will grow up to be more feminine and not like the mummy who is always in shorts and jeans.

I thought it was really sweet of the big brother, when he exclaimed excitedly upon seeing the beautiful dress from The Sunshine Kids , "I want meimei to be a princess !" It warmed my heart when Xav excitedly took the dress and tried to do a fitting on Vera. He was more than happy to turn his little sister into one, pretty, little princess !

The Sunshine Kids is an online store (partnered with Agape babies) selling dresses designed for special occasions for the girls while they are working on widening the selection to include a casual line for both the girls and boys.

I could not make up my mind on which pretty dress to choose for Vera. Took me a few days to decide on taking one of the best seller, Louisa Gold Striped Princess Dress. I loved the simple yet classic combination of white and gold.

Louisa Gold Striped Princess Dress (Photo Credit : The Sunshine Kids)
My little princcess

She was so just not used to it when the dress covered up her legs, gave her some poms poms and she was on all smiles again.

Something just happened to tickle her funny bones, she was laughing ! I am hoping that she could be on her feet real soon so that I can capture more pictures of her in the pretty dress before she outgrows it !

Coming back to The Sunshine Kids, the partnership with  Agape babies makes shopping online between both stores a breeze when it comes to checking out, you can simply checkout in 1 shopping cart.

 Agape babies, partnered with over 150 premium brands and retail over 3000 products, specializing in a range of baby essentials such as diapers, milk, organic food, skincare, toys books and lots more.

Plan to get some pretty dresses for some special occasion or a Christmas photoshoot  (Check out the post for a discount code) ?

The Sunshine Kids is giving our readers a 15% discount off the selection (Not inclusive of sales items) with the coupon code “Xavvylicious” upon checking out. The discount code is valid from 5 Dec 2014 - 2 Jan 2015.
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Disclaimer : We were gifted with a set of pretty dress from The Sunshine Kids. No monetary compensation is involved and all opinions are of mine.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

[Review] " Five Days of Christmas " Speech & Drama + Craft & Tell @ Bluetree Education

It's the season to be jolly ! Put away the books and we were indeed more than happy to be invited to jingle with Bluetree Education for their "5 days of Christmas" Holiday Programme !

The 5 days were soaked with Christmas theme related story-telling,

The kids' eyes were fixated on Teacher Liz's book

crafting with Teacher Diana, another activity well liked by all ! The children made the most adorable stuffed snowman you can ever find using socks. How I loved them ! Too adorable !

The children made themselves Towel reindeer wraps , as well as their antlers too !

Happy boys turned reindeers, Xav and  Isa with their towel reindeer wrap
Trying to cut out and piece the felts together.

A very focus Xav (Photo credit: The Loving Mum)

The completed jolly felt elf  !
One of the craft amongst all that the kids can't take their eyes off upon completion, Snow globes !

Snow globe making in progress (Photo credit: The Loving Mum)
The pretty, glittery snow globes !
Whose here for a visit?
I sticked the above up on my main door and I will be cutting out some foam snow flakes to create the snowy effect just right outside my unit.

The children had a ball of a time with the games played during the workshop which allowed them to comprehend and learnt new words through play.

Photo credit: The Loving Mum

Of course apart from the Christmas related activities that were going on, the children established new friendships,

the mixture of age 4 -6 years old children in a class do give the older kids an opportunity to look out and care for the younger ones.

Photo credit: The Loving Mum

Oh well, what's Christmas without Santa Claus ! Highlight of the workshop is to meet SANTA !

Photo credit: The Loving Mum

You bet how all the kids loved him !

A group picture with Santa (Photo credit: The Loving Mum)
It was a fun filled 5 days workshop, with each day having Xav to be looking forward to. Thank you teachers from BlueTree Education !

There is still another workshop on the 1st -5th December 2014 if you are keen to sign up your little one.

BlueTree Education is run by a team of ex-moe teachers and curriculum specialists, it offers pre-primary and primary programmes. Do check them out in the website and do quote Xavvylicious to get a $50 off for any regular programmes that you will be signing up. (Note that it does not apply to the special programmes : Intensive PSLE Revision, K2 English Camp for primary 1 readiness and current affairs club)

Location of BlueTree Education(@ Balmoral Plaza)
Nearest MRT : Newton MRT (Exit A) , approximately a 8 mins walk
Buses : 48, 66, 67, 170, 171, 700, 700A and 960 (Stops right in front of Balmoral Plaza)

Email :
Contact : 9106 4702

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Disclaimer : We were invited to attend the above workshop. No monetary compensation is involved and all opinions are of my own.
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