Man Vs Child: What’s it like being a celebrity cook at 7?

With the little time everyday, we seldom get to spend much time in our kitchen preparing meals for the family. We’ve learned the skill of one-pot cooking or simple and fast meals with just one pan and our air-fryer. But whenever we do have time to whip up something different, we try to involve our girls too so they get to try out cooking or preparing the ingredients together.

With hope to inspire them to want to pick up new food to try and explore different taste, we watch cook shows on our Starhub cable tv. With the recent airing of Man vs. Child on Lifetime Asia, I think we may have a little spark of hope for our future little cooks.

Couple of weeks back we were at IKEA Tampines to catch a glimpse of the youngest cook on the show, Chef Estie. She was 7 when she was filming the show and now with the launch of it around Asia, this young cook is jet setting like a rock star.

So what’s it like being a celebrity cook at age 7 and how has it changed her life?

Well, though we didn’t get to interview little Estie in person, but through her sharing and chats with emcee Jamie Yeo that day we learned a few things about her.

#1 – She fly in business class and loves the service.

#2 – She has an elder sister and they don’t get to spend much time together as her sister got to be in school a lot while Estie is busy occupied with her filming and publicity trips.

#3 – She always make sure there’s butter in her pan when flipping pan cakes.

Else she will end up with all her pan cakes on the floor while she tried flipping them.

#4 – She whisk like a pro and can stiffen eggs fairly quickly, and prove it by topping the bowl of egg on your head.

#5 – She loves adorable little kids and would want to cuddle and squeeze them when they’re within reach.

Catch Estie and other young talented cooks on Lifetime Asia, Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown.

Lifetime’s culinary competition series, MAN VS. CHILD: CHEF SHOWDOWN, pits some of the world’s most talented young cooks against the very people they look up to professionally trained, adult chefs. In each episode of MAN VS CHILD: CHEF SHOWDOWN, a team of five child cooking prodigies will challenge a prolific executive-level chef in the kitchen, where they will defend their culinary abilities. Will raw talent and imagination prove to be enough for the first generation of kids raised on cooking shows? Great chefs will be put to the ultimate test, against the food stars of tomorrow. Each week, a new executive chef will face off against the team of minor masters. The competitors’ overall aptitude and areas of expertise will be tested in three dynamic cooking rounds as they’re challenged to create a different dish, under unusual circumstances.

Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown is showing on Lifetime Asia channel on Starhub TV every Tuesday at 7pm.  

Now where’s my oven so I can start baking cupcakes with my cute little silicon glove?

5 Ways To Truly Enjoy Your GrabTaxi Experience

With my new role at work and crazy schedule, I had to dash from one place to the next very often. Thanks to my two sleepy heads, 10am morning meetings mean I have to grab a cab right after I drop them off at childcare. And we all know how crazy morning peak traffic is like here in Singapore.

After a month of trials and real life scenarios, I’m here to share my five golden tips to enjoy a better (and probably cheaper) rides with GrabTaxi.

Tip #1 – GrabCar (Economy) during peak period

Though the app is call GrabTaxi, you can Grab a car too with the same app! I’ve previously been skeptical with GrabCar service as I’ve read about unpleasant experience online, but after using it for more than 3 times over the past month, and the hubby who prefers GrabCar than GrabTaxi, I am a convert. So far I’ve rode in a Mazda 6, Lexus SUV and a MPV which I cannot recall the make.

Especially during peak period when getting a cab is almost impossible. GrabCar is the way to go. And what’s even better? Know exactly how much your ride is from point A to B upon grabbing a car. No more peak period surcharge, running meters while stuck in jam nor additional ERP rates. Everything included as seen on your booking screen in GrabTaxi app. FLAT RATE!

Pss… GrabCar (Economy) is way cheaper than GrabTaxi for evening/night rides! Tested and proven by many. So check GrabCar rate too before proceeding next from GrabTaxi screen.

Tip #2 – Grab a promo code for dollars off your ride

One thing I love about the Internet is the many deals and free coupons we can search online. And for the past one month, I’d managed to find and redeem at least three promo codes already and saved $12 off my rides with GrabTaxi.

Tip #3 – Follow @GrabTaxiSG on Instagram

What better way to find promo code than from the horse’s mouth! Find @GrabTaxiSG on Instagram and follow them. If you’re traveling oversea and if GrabTaxi is available too, follow their respective country account too. Never know when your next ride be discounted with their promo code.

Tip #4 – Check out #GrabSG on Instagram

Yes this is different from following them. This you need to search for #GrabSG in Instagram and scroll through the many user content to find leads to any on-going promotions.

Tip #5 – Look out for FREE rides with GrabTaxi

Remember my previous vroom vroom experience in a supercar with GrabTaxi? If you’d missed it, go read about it here. These special rides are usually free if you managed to book one. It’s almost like a lucky draw but without the need for any minimum purchase. Best way to pick up such promotions? Like GrabTaxi on Facebook!

Grab. Don’t flag.

Because its more enjoyable like that.

Bonus Tip #6 – Enter your destination address accurately when booking

This saves you the trouble to direct the driver during your ride, because I’ve seen the GPS in action on the driver’s app, and boy its super accurate! So enter the right address at booking and you can catch a nap.

Be careful don’t overdo it too often ya. Else you’ll end up like me! Addicted to GrabTaxi! See proof of my Grabbing receipts…

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The Other Two Ladies’ Absolute Slimming Experience

Remember my treatment with Absolute Slimming some months back? Well, because some of you have asked if I know of anyone else who had undergone the treatment and how it has worked for others, I’ve gotten two other ladies who had gone through treatments with Absolute Slimming to share their experience.

Zarah was 74.1kg in April 2015. Now after her 24 sessions treatment, she is at 59.9kg. And here are her answers to my questions about her experience with Absolute Slimming.

How did you get to know about Absolute Slimming?

I got to know about absolute slimming via my sister whose friend had been thru this treatment and thus my sis saw a huge change in her so wanted me to give it a go. She had been bugging me for over 2 years after the birth of my 1st child to shed off the weight but i was never into slimming as I’ve heard many negative encounters of slimming centres being pushy n having no effect thus I’ve given up the idea of slimming down nor foresee myself being able to fit into any of my smaller size clothing.

Many ladies I know always ask if the treatment is painful. After going through it yourself, how would you describe the feeling of gua sha and cupping?

Afterall, no pain no gain yah. Nah.. just joking. Infact, I’ve always been asking the ladies at the centre is it the harder they do the gua sha, the better it is. If so, juz max up their energy. But was told that it doesn’t work that way. They will just do the usual gua sha and if its unbearable for me, i just need to inform them. So far, everything is ok. Pretty bearable for me except for some parts which i deem alittle ticklish. Cupping on the other hand is not an issue. Just some tightening feel.

Following the strict diet is hard! How did you ensure that you do it religiously throughout your 24 sessions? Describe a typical day’s meals.

I’ve got to give credit to my husband whom is very supportive of my diet and in fact, he too switch to my diet as he feel that if we eat the same food, there will be less temptation for me. 🙂 breakfast ill take 2 slice of wholemeal bread with soft boil egg. Lunch ill take fruits or even chicken as I’m usually on the go so need to eat stuff that is easy and mess free. Dinner I’ll take airfried salmon or various permutation of salad such as roast chicken salad with slight wafu dressing etc. Sometimes if I’m not hungry, I’ll just take small bites of fruits. In between meal, if I’m jus feeling greedy, I’ll just eat chia seed biscuit.

How many months did you take to complete 24 sessions? Did you try their heat treatments too?

It took about 4 months to complete the 24 treatments. In between I did skip a couple of treatments as some days my schedule was just filled to the brim and I can’t make a trip down. I’m glad that there isn’t any rebound in weight as I’ve heard al ot of people saying now slim down and once you stop treatment, you will double up in size. I’ve tried heat treatment twice as it was complimentary with package that I paid for.

How has the change in appearance and health affect you?

With the change in appearance, it makes me a more confident person n definitely improve my health. I used to have issues wearing heels as it will add further stains to my ankle thus resulting in me limping (ankle n toes will ache) whenever there is an occasion that I need to wear heels. Nw, i wore heels to work daily and that is pretty important for sales person to be presentable. And most importantly, with the down size, my daughter won’t say that there is a baby in my tummy. 🙂

Here’s a comparison of her before and after self. Looking great Zarah!

Zarah Before and After at Absolute Slimming


Next, we have Val who tried excising and dance classes prior to her treatments with Absolute Slimming. And here’s what she has got to share about her experience with Absolute Slimming.

How did you get to know about Absolute Slimming?

Since young, I have always been a big girl for my height [63kg – 1.59m]. I have come to terms with that and wasn’t so bothered about it. However, once I have hit pass 30 years old, my weight had climb to an all time high of 70kg over the span of 2 years! I was quite worried to be honest as my diet is still the same and have been eating quite healthy over the years [More vegetables, less fried and junk food]. I started going for exercises and dance classes but instead of losing weight, I started to bulk up and my frame looked even bigger. That’s when I started to look for alternatives to aid my slimming process.

I started to do my research on all the available slimming centres. Yes I am very desperate to lose weight but at the same time, do not wish to throw in thousands of my hard-earned money for some slimming treatments that have no effect on me. Slimming pills and replacement meals are out as I do not trust such gimmicks. I read alot of blog posts and reviews about the different slimming centres out there and I was very impressed with absolute slimming. I found that the clients at absolute slimming have nothing but good praises about the professionalism of their staffs and the positive results of their slimming treatments. Furthermore, it was based on TCM methods and the venue was ideally situated at Holland Village which was convenient for me. So I felt that I should just give it a try.

Many ladies I know always ask if the treatment is painful. After going through it yourself, how would you describe the feeling of gua sha and cupping?

I’m gonna be honest and say that gua sha for me is quite painful especially when applied around my inner arms and thighs area. Although I said that, the pain actually wasn’t THAT unbearable and the ladies that do the gua sha for me will adjust their force accordingly if I requested. As for cupping, I will feel a slight sting when first applied but eventually I will feel so relaxed that I always end up dozing off. The ‘circle’ marks left after the cupping session will usually fades within 1-2 days.

What do you like most about the experience with Absolute Slimming?

I like the fact that every visit is stress free. They do not do any hard selling. Prices are fixed and there’s no hidden costs whatsoever. In fact a few times I overheard some clients even requested for additional heat treatments themselves.The ladies that help with the treatments are very friendly, even the founder, Irene is always around to check up on her clients (and me) every time that I went for my treatment and always ready to answer any question that I have about health issues in general.

What is the most obvious change after your treatments?

My weight currently stands at 65kg. I lost a total of 5kg within a month over 8 gua sha & cupping treatments with one heat treatment. I was very pleased with my slimming result even though I did not follow 100% of the recommended diet. I can once again fit into my old clothes and it fitted even better back when I was weighing 63kg. I no longer looked ‘bulky’ and my slim-fit t-shirts looks flattering on my frame now. This really gives me the confidence to continue with the treatments and I’m hoping that I can reached my ideal weight of 58kg.

How has the changes affect you?
My appetite have drastically reduced and for once I actually have difficulty in finishing my food. There’s once I’m craving for my favorite Miam Miam French Toast and I gave in and go for it. I was surprised that I couldn’t finish it and I have to force myself to finish it so as not to waste food. I felt extremely uncomfortable after that and had to drink ginger tea to relieve the bloatedness. I did not feel hungry or cranky due to the reduced food intake. In fact I felt more energized and I do not crave for sugar that much compared to last time.


There you go! Two more success experiences with Absolute Slimming. If you’re wondering how I’ve been progressing since I completed my treatments with Absolute Slimming? Follow me on Instagram and see for yourself! Now that I’m getting more and more “hot date” sessions with my clients and friends for work, I think I may want to consider heading back for more treatments and in the same time sneak in an hour of nap while getting slimmed and toned. Tempting!!

If you’ve missed my sharing about my experiences with Absolute Slimming, go check them out here.

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Free Supercar Rides this F1 with GrabTaxi #GrabSpeed

It was 101% a supercar experience and now I know how it feels to be driven in a supercar that made everyone turned their head and look!

I could feel the torque when the McLaren escalated and I was literally pushed by into the body hugging sports seat. It was WOAH!

Experience the thrill and exhilaration of being chauffeured in a supercar from 15 to 20 September, courtesy of GrabTaxi Singapore. Seven supercars will rove the city, amping up the atmosphere as Singapore gears up for the race of the season. Commuters can travel in luxury and style by booking free rides via the GrabTaxi app.

This F1 weekend is your last chance to try your luck to GRAB that supercar ride and go anyway around Singapore in swag! From 10am to 6pm, you’ll be able to #GrabSpeed via the GrabTaxi app around Orchard, City Hall and Tanglin area. Then from 8pm to 12am these supercars will be waiting for you to grab them around the F1 area. How awesome would it be to ride home in one of the following supercars after the F1 race?

  • Aston Martin DB9 Volante convertible
  • Aston Martin DBS Volante convertible
  • Maserati GranTurismo
  • Maserati Quattroporte Sports GTS
  • McLaren MP4-12C
  • Porsche C4S 911 Cabriolet
  • Porsche Carrera

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How to book?

  1. Download the GrabTaxi app via your mobile app store
  2. Register your account for free
  3. Select the “GrabSpeed” option (swipe towards the end where the type of vehicle can be selected)
  4. Enter your pickup location and destination in the respective fields
  5. Enter the promo code ‘GrabSpeed’
  6. Click Next and await confirmation of your supercar booking

Simple right?

When your supercar ride arrives, don’t forget to snap lots of photos before boarding, while riding and after the ride too! My driver was super friendly and chatty, we had a good ride from Suntec to Punggol. Yes we took a longer route so I could enjoy my #GrabSpeed a little longer. HA!

If you’ve not downloaded GrabTaxi app, go do so now and try it for yourself! Personally my hub and I are faithful users of GrabTaxi and GrabCar since we sold off our car almost a year ago; because it is just impossible to flag any cab from our area.

Couldn’t believe I’m actually going to ride in this dream supercar of mine that day!

Some fine prints to take note:

  1. Due to limited seating capacity of the supercars, users should note that each ride can accommodate only one passenger at a time.
  2. As demand for the supercars is expected to be high, GrabTaxi users are advised to try again if they are unable to confirm a booking. However if they have made a successful booking, each unique GrabTaxi user will be entitled to only one GrabSpeed ride.
  3. Not applicable for advance bookings.
  4. No additional stops are allowed on GrabSpeed rides.
  5. The “GrabSpeed” promo code doe not entitle the user to any discounts on other rides.

Kids & Family Zone at Waterway Point in Punggol

Soooo after my awesome discovery of what’s upcoming at SAFRA Punggol and the awesome Water Playground at Kids Amaze, this next one is probably going to be completed way before and becoming the next big thing in Punggol! Can you sense my excitement already? Can’t wait to check out the new Waterway Point just next to Punggol MRT station.

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Waterway Point especially caters to young children and families looking to spend time together at the Kids & Family Zone on Level 2, an entire floor dedicated to a 19,826 sq ft childcare facility, My First Skool, various learning and enrichment centres, as well as a large outdoor wet and dry playground. Other family-friendly establishments also include the 16,315 sq ft concept food court Cookhouse by Koufu, Swensen’s and the largest Times Bookstore in Singapore that promises an educational adventure.

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Highlights of the mall include round-the-clock entertainment and services on Basement 2 anchored by a 24-hr FairPrice Finest (29,853 sq ft) and 1,500-seat Shaw Theatres. Yet another attraction is the Waterfront Promenade on Basement 1 which will offer patrons the experience of tranquil alfresco dining overlooking the picturesque Punggol Waterway and a wide array of cuisines from well-loved restaurants such as Uncle Leong Seafood, Kuriya Dining, The Soup Spoon Union and Bali Thai to choose from. Basement 1 will also feature other retailers such as Best Denki.

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Waterway Point is a four storey retail and lifestyle hub located in the heart of the new Punggol Town, beside Punggol MRT station. It is the retail component of Watertown, Singapore’s first integrated waterfront residential and retail development. Developed by the consortium of Frasers Centrepoint Limited, Far East Organization and Sekisui House, Ltd, Watertown features a 992-residential unit development in addition to the retail and lifestyle hub. With a net lettable area of 370,824 sq ft, Waterway Point will offer a diverse range of retail, dining, entertainment and education offerings. When completed, Waterway Point will be the flagship waterfront leisure destination for Punggol’s residents and visitors across the island.

I cannot wait for 2016 to come already! Of course Waterway Point is going to be damn packed with human, crying babies and crazy lots of baby strollers, but nothing is going to stop us from checking this first mega mall in Punggol when it opens!

Information source from http://fraserscentrepointmalls.com

Rebuilding Memories with LEGO

With Singapore celebrating its 50th year in a couple of days, we at The Loving Mum played a little part in rebuilding memory with LEGO last weekend at Raffles City where LEGO Certified Professional, Nicholas Foo completed a giant 8.5 foot version of our favorite Dragon Playground.

Since June this year, LEGO has been celebrating and commemorating SG50 with their limited edition Singapore Icons Mini Builds which include The Cable Car, Ice Cream Bike, HDB Flat and the Dragon Playground. All of which are fully redeemed. Well, these limited editions mini builds were flying off so fast so furious I didn’t even manage to grab any with our recent LEGO purchase.

If you have missed the chance to redeem and build your own mini Singapore icons too, you can still do so with your own LEGO pieces! These LEGO build instructions are floating somewhere online, if you find hard enough, you’ll surely get them. Like the one I found in a group on Facebook.

If you are Dragon or heritage spotting this year because “Everything also SG50”, hopefully you managed to head down to Raffles City, Level 3 to snap some photos with the giant LEGO Dragon Playground before it was broken down into LEGO bricks after 31 July 2015. If you did got a shot with it, don’t forget to tag it with #LEGORebuildSG!

And here are some photos of our little contributing role to building the giant LEGO Dragon Playground at Raffles City.

This little piece was added somewhere around the top of the giant LEGO Dragon Playground. Built with care by Ayra and Mummy.
Finishing touches by LEGO Certified Professional, Nicholas Foo.
Because she got to open her LEGO blind bags after taking photo with the dragon, hence that smile. -__-“

In addition the launch of the extremely exclusive mini builds, LEGO has also launched LEGO SG50 Mega MiniFigures. With only 50 pieces available, these Mega MiniFigures are extremely coveted. To stand a chance to win one of these mini builds, you can spend a minimum of SGD 100 on Lego Toy(s) in a single receipt from 5- 31 August 2015 at participating outlets to be one of the lucky ones to receive a LEGO SG50 Mega MiniFigure. The LEGO SG50 MiniFigure is:

  • Limited edition to commemorate SG50, and there are only 50 pieces available
  • The ‘Mega’ size, stands at 31cm tall
  • Back of mini figure comes with a unique serial number and birthday message to celebrate SG50

I saw the below picture on geekculture.co, not sure if this is the real deal. If so, I would be quite sad, shouldn’t a Mega MiniFigure be a MEGA MiniFigure instead of a LEGO brick built one?

Source: http://geekculture.co/lego-sg50-mega-minifigure-anyone/
Source: http://geekculture.co/lego-sg50-mega-minifigure-anyone/

Participating outlets include: All LEGO Certified Stores in Singapore, Toys’R’Us, LEGO Mono Brand Stores, Departmental Stores and select toy stores.

Partial of this post is republished on Getgo Parents.

Five Features I Love of The Revolutionary Baby Bottle by Hegen

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you can squeeze your hand through the milk bottle to remove that bit of powder stuck at the bottom when you are out with your little one? Or wouldn’t it be great if you can find other use (beside using it as measuring cup) for these bottles after your little one has outgrown the tiny 150ml bottle? And wouldn’t it be even greater if you can save space in your kitchen for storing the mountains of breast milk you have painstakingly expressed like a crazy cow?

All the above problems solved with the new brand of baby feeding bottles by Hegen. I tell you, when I saw it for the first time, I am already sold! And now I have three milk storage bottles at home which I used as snack bottles for my girls. Super love!

So what makes this new milk bottle so unique?

1. Designed to fit little hands and yours

I’ve tried it with 6-month old baby Jonas and both my girls, they handled the bottle with ease and confidence. But what’s very useful for having a square and super wide neck bottle is the ability to put our own hands into the bottle for easy cleaning! No more trying to shake bottle as hard as I can to remove that stuck bit inside when washing without a sponge.

6-month young Baby Jonas (http://www.mommychuck.com/) with Hegen bottle.

2. Push to Close, Twist to Open (PCTO)

Hegen’s practical design allows users to minimise spillage and wastage by allowing you to switch the covers easily without having to transfer expressed breast milk from one bottle to another. It’s PCTO technology allows us to close the bottle with just one simple push, no more struggling to twist that bottle cover while carrying your baby in the other arm.

3. Stackable and storage friendly

Hegen’s unique square-shaped design and wide mouth bottle makes it the first-of-its-kind stackable bottles nestle together when empty and stack neatly when filled, freeing up storage space at home or in a mother’s bag. Its snap-on interconnecting storage lids allow multiple containers to be bound together effortlessly, instantly transforming into an organised milk storage system.

See those snap-on buttons? Yup so smart right? Not sure if it holds well when bottles are filled, I’ve yet tried it out!

4. Durable and quality material

I’ve used many (almost all) brands of milk bottles over the past four years. And I am very impressed with the material and build of Hegen bottles.

Hegen products are manufactured with the highest quality standards, backed by our parent factory with decades of manufacturing expertise and accredited with ISO9001, 14001, 18001, and 13485 certifications. Free of Phthalate, PVC, BPA and EA, parents can rest assured that Hegen bottles are always safe for babies to drink from.

5. More than just a feeding bottle

When my girls transited from the small size bottles to the bigger ones, I ended up having 6 bottles still good condition but of no use anymore. I kept them still but eventually they all ended up in the bin after a few months. If only Hegen was launched four years back, I would have perhaps a good collection of still usable containers for all our little snacks at home! These milk storage bottles make very good snack holders because they are air tight and just the right size for kids to hold. And because of the PCTO cover, the kids can close the bottles on their own but will need the adults to open it for them. This is important because I have experienced enough spillage and wastage when the girls tried opening up their own boxes of snacks.

Hegen bottles make excellent storage for snacks!
The girls can now snack while holding on to their own Hegen bottle. No more snatching and crying.

And a little bonus number 6, Hegen is the brain child of a Singapore Mum! Yup, concept and idea from Yvon Bock, a mother of 4 who through her own experience and interaction with like-minded mums, the idea to create the perfect Hegen bottle was born. Kudos to awesome Singapore Mum!

Very nice packaging too, available for in-store purchases. Online purchase packaging will be different so as to save space during shipping.

If you are planning to get new feeding bottles for your newborn, you should go check out Hegen. Available exclusively at Motherswork for now, and soon on Amazon and at Takashimaya too.