Big Blue Sponges Make Great Imaginative Play at Kaboodle Kids

Yes, we had so much fun playing in a sea of blue sponges (foam blocks to be exact) at Kaboodle Kids some weeks back, and we’ve got passes to share with our readers!

Kaboodle Kids is Singapore’s first and only indoor playground that uses Imagination Playground, these includes bricks and cylinders, accented with chutes, channels and parts that suggest motion or connectivity. They inspire children to design their own inventions, environments and activities.

This greeted us that morning when we arrived, built by the experts at Kaboodle Kids.

When we arrived at Kaboodle Kids at East Coast Big Splash, the pieces were built and they place look so fun! Both Ayra and Zara were excited when they saw what was waiting for them, and went straight to play mode the moment they got their socks on and hands sterilised.

The girls started pushing blocks together and then this was formed. Some obstacle course or sort perhaps?

These modular, rectilinear parts are easy to stack, line up and move around. The kids and parents who were with us that day at Kaboodle Kids enjoyed endless play with these blue blocks! Most importantly, everyone were engaged, active and had lots and lots of fun. Both my girls were super tired after 2 hours in there but they refused to leave.

Zara trying to play hokey perhaps?

What I love about this play system is that my girls can do whatever they want in there and I don’t have to keep close to them to ensure their safety. The space is designed such that parents can just sit and chill along the long stretch of seats and watch the kids play. Or we can join in the building and playing fun! The girls were kept busy the entire time we were there and I didn’t have to encourage them to try out anything, they just go around doing their own things with their own imagination. I was very impressed that these blocks are able to maintain their interests for that long. If only our home is big enough! LOL!

These blocks make good resting beds when they get tired. Obviously need sleep but they just didn’t want to leave!

See some of the things we did in the video I compiled from that day.

I do hope they start another outlet soon where it is more accessible by train, I would bring my girls there often for sure!

A well thought out party room at Kaboodle Kids! With a washing sink, whiteboard walls for decorations and creative drawing, basic party ware and accessories too.

They are currently having a promotion for party room booking, check their Facebook page for details.

Kaboodle Kids also has a party room where you can bring in your own food and beverages or they provide catering options too. That day, we were treated to super yummy food from one of their caterer, Pondok Gurame Indonesian Restaurant located at Big Splash too. The kids and the parents all enjoyed the food served, it was delicious!

A different kind of kids meal and it was so good! Better than the usual party food.
And finally you can get decent and delicious adult food at kids party! This one was amazing!

If you have not heard or been to Kaboodle Kids, here’s your chance!

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We’ve got 10 play passes to giveaway to our readers and fans. Each play pass entitles ONE child and TWO adults for unlimited play on weekdays and 2 hours of play on weekends/public holidays. Play pass is valid till 31 March 2016. To win yourself one, simply follow these steps:

  1. Tell us why you want to bring your child to Kaboodle Kids on THIS POST on Facebook page.
  2. Share this giveaway with your friends by tagging them in your comments or sharing the post with your friends on Facebook.
  3. You got to be a fan of The Loving Mum and Kaboodle Kids on Facebook or follow @claudia10 on Instagram.

Giveaway ends 31 January 2016. Winners will be contacted via Facebook.

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Awesome fun time at Kaboodle Kids with Singapore Parent Bloggers! Find out more about us at http://singaporeparentbloggers.com.

About Kaboodle Kids

Started in 2014, Kaboodle Kids uses Imagination Playground to encourage children to develop their imagination and creativity, as well as nurture their emotional, physical, social and cognitive development through play. Kaboodle Kids offers great parent-child bonding through play, and believes that children should not be too fixated on academic achievements and also make time for creative play. For more information, visit www.kaboodlekids.com.sg and check out Kaboodle Kids on Facebook.

 

My Encounter with EVF in New Zealand and You Won’t Know You Need It Till Now

Thanks to technology, we no longer have to go snapping photos through the tiny hole in our cameras. When was the last time you did that anyway? Unless you’re a DSLR user, I’m assuming 99% of us go around snapping looking through the LCD monitor or our mobile phone screen. But my oh my, when I had the chance to try out the Canon PowerShot G5 X when traveling to New Zealand, I wouldn’t be able to snap some of the photos if I had my own camera with me on that trip. Because the electronic viewfinder was super useful and awesome! I could see what I was capturing even if the object was far far away and under bright sunlight.

The advantage of electronic viewfinders is you get to see exactly what the camera’s sensor sees and your view of a scene is never obstructed when taking a photo (Source). Especially useful when trying to take photos of object far away under glaring sunlight, you just can’t see clearly through the LCD monitor.

Before zoom as viewed on the LCD viewfinder
Viewed, zoomed and taken as seen on the electronic viewfinder

The Canon PowerShot G5 X equipped with a high definition EVF and a vari-angle touch screen LCD panel was a great companion for trips oversea, weighing lesser than my own Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II, I was super tempted to switch over but my current camera is still so new and awesome. Anyone wanna take it over from me? 😛

Air New Zealand domestic flight, my first flight on a propeller plane

The Canon PowerShot G5 X comes with a large, 1.0-inch type, 20.2-megapixel image sensor, DIGIC 6 processor, bright f/1.8-2.8 aperture, and 4.2x zoom lens. Making this camera an almost all purpose compact camera that gives superb image quality.

The camera also has a large grip that is more secure to hold and has many dials that enable quick, convenient setting adjustment. Once you are used to the dials, switching between different settings is a breeze. This is something that I don’t get on my G1 X Mark II. The vari-angel LCD touch-screen is very useful too and I could take low or high level shot and still able to see the subject through the screen.

Here’s sharing some of the shots I took with the Canon PowerShot G5 X camera when I was in New Zealand.

Couldn’t get close to these sheep as they will run away, so this was taken with help of the 4.2X zoom on the G5 X.
Wide view of the beautiful scenery from on top The Farm Cape Kidnappers at Hawke’s Bay.
And with the help of the EVF I could see and zoom all the way in to capture this from where I was standing. (See previous photo above for the wide view.)
That’s our bus that brought us all up to The Farm Cape Kidnappers and presented us the amazing view of the birds nesting.
Even spotted one baby amongst the many birds and eggs. So cute right?

Overall I personally feel that the Canon PowerShot G5 X is a great camera for anyone who wants an all-round, all-purpose kinda camera that’s light and compact that captures great photos. I can’t wait to print my own coffee-table book from all the photos I took during my trip.

The Farm Cape Kidnappers is located at 446 Clifton Road, Te Awanga, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Find out more about them at http://www.capekidnappers.com.

More of my New Zealand adventures coming up on Alvinology and The Loving Mum. Look out for it! 🙂

All photos in this post taken with the Canon PowerShot G5 X, no post-processing done on the photos.

Be Prepared for Your Next Pedestrian Night Experience

Last weekend we checked out Pedestrian Night at Orchard and it was our very first time checking it out. We were also told that there will be quite an exciting line-up for the next two Pedestrian Night in 2016. So to prepare those who have not been to one of these yet, here’s what you got to do and be prepared for your next Pedestrian Night experience.

Bring a Stroller

For families with kids do bring along a stroller if you intent to hang around Orchard Road to catch all the performances and activities. My two princesses were stuck to their stroller throughout our stroll from the start to the end of Pedestrian Night. Cannot imagine having to carry them if they refused to walk when without the stroller.

Stay Hydrated

At the last Pedestrian Night, there were free drinks distributed along Orchard Road. Not sure if this is the norm for all Pedestrian Night, but always good to be prepared. Bring along a bottle of water so you can stay hydrated while enjoying the night under the stars.

Coca-cola gave out can drinks to everyone along Orchard Road that night.
Free drink redemption with OneOrchard app.

Dress Light and Enjoy

In the hot and humid weather here, always dress light so you can have fun participating in the activities lined-up at Pedestrian Night.

Be Prepared to Queue and Wait

In typical Singaporean style, when there’s freebie, expect to wait and expect to queue! In December’s Pedestrian Night, there were a few collection counters for freebie redemptions and photo taking along Orchard Road for all who downloaded the OneOrchard app. There were already a huge crowd waiting to dash into the queue for the more popular freebies, like shopping vouchers and movie combo tickets.

See the crowd waiting for the road to be opened so they can get in line to redeem for free ice-cream.
Instant photo taking with Santa Clause at Pedestrian Night
Instant photo taking with Santa Clause at Pedestrian Night

Download the OneOrchard App

Play, to further enhance visitors’ experiences. The app features star deals which allows user to enjoy shopping vouchers from Orchard Road’s brands.


OneOrchard will also integrate the ORBA Privilege Card, another initiative of the Association and its participating merchants for use by ORBA member organisations’ employees. Cardholders no longer need their physical card as identification as all the details will be housed on the application.

Get the iOS app here and Android app here. And be prepared for Pedestrian Night on Orchard in January and February 2016! Happening first Saturday of every month, from 6pm to 11pm.

Check http://www.orchardroad.org for more details and follow their Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/orchardroad.sg.

See you at the next Pedestrian Night in 2016!

Family Time Indulging Yummy Wings, Sushi Making and Creative Session at City Square Mall

And we are back to City Square Mall again! Not just cause we were invited to, even if we aren’t invited, we go there almost every month on our own. Because its just so convenient getting there by train from home. So what got us all excited this second round of fun trail around the mall? Because we were in for great family time indulging yummy wings, sushi making and a creative session at City Square Mall.

First stop: to fill up our tummies! 

It was my 3rd time at Wingstop and I knew exactly what I wanted to order form their menu. But that day, even before we arrived, they have everything planned out for us. And boy the amount of wings that were served stopped my pumping heart. We almost had all their 10 flavors served in the same sitting, I had to stop them from pushing out more when our tables were already filled. Can you spot which are our favourites?

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When I crave for wings, there are only 2 places I would go to and Wingstop is one of them. Just because I cannot get enough of their Mango Habanero and their limited time only Kacap Manis! And we will always order their fried mushrooms too because they are super juicy and nice.

Do you know?

Wingstop is originated from Texas in 1994 and has more than 700 restaurants open across the United States, Mexico, Russia and Asia which includes Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and the UAE.

Wingstop is widely known for freshly made, piping hot chicken wings that are sauced and tossed in your choice from their 10 mouth-watering flavors. They offer two variations for their wings – Classic Wings with no additional flour batter or breading. Just skin-on wings fried to perfection, sauced and tossed. And the Boneless Wings, 100% succulent boneless leg meat lightly breaded and fried to be crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

For those who likes to get all messy and finger-licking goodness, go for their Classic Wings. For those like me who prefer to keep our hands clean, I’ll go with the Boneless Wings every time!

Wing Stop at City Square Mall, Basement 1
Wing Stop at City Square Mall, Basement 1

After we got our tummies VERY filled, we proceeded to the upper level for our very first sushi making workshop with Genius R Us. That was the first time we headed up to that level at City Square Mall. We usually end our shopping at level 4 for Daiso, quick munch at the food court and then some play time at Time Zone.

Genius R Us is an enrichment centre that offers children unique learning experiences through Kidz Can Bake!, Tots Can Bake!, and Kidz Can Craft! series of workshops and concept birthday parties. Their workshops are tailored to bring out the genius in every child and orientated towards uncovering the child’s innate talents through the process of creative learning and self-discovery.

Set up in 2002, Genius R Us have been actively engaging the community and to date, they have created learning experiences to more than 75,000 happy children through their many workshops and camps.

Our experience that day was with their mini-workshop series for Sushi Making. We took these…

and made them into these!

Yes all 5 of us made our own sushi boxes that day. And the girls sure had fun creating and learning the steps. They don’t normally eat sushi but that day they ate those which they made on their own! I was surprised!

Guess they wanted to enjoy their fruit of labour after all the hard work they put into making their sushis.

There was also a party happening that day and I got to take a quick shot of their party room setup.

If you are keen to find out about their workshops and party packages, go check out http://www.geniusrus.com/.

And last but not least, we had an hour of hands-on painting and colouring class with Global Art at level 4. They just moved in not long ago and already have got many students signed up for classes. If you are interested in their programs, can check out http://www.globalart.com.sg/.

That day the big girls got to try our hands with acrylic painting with palette knife while the little girls explored shading and doodling with their instructor. It was an hour of fun yet stressful time for the big girls as we were unsure of what we were doing since it was the first time we tried this style of painting.

The little girls doing their own pieces of art.
While the two big girls struggled with their palette knifes and got their hands all stained with acrylic paint.

After trial and error and lots of touch-up, we were all very happy with our pieces of art! It was in fact not so bad and of course the instructors were all very proud of our creations. big grin

The mother and daughter’s creations.
The mangosteen by Ayra.
The mangosteen by Ayra.

It was indeed an awesome family fun and bonding time that day at City Square Mall. A different experience from our usual shopping and eating and rushing kids out of toy stores kinda day.

Thank you City Square Mall and the above mentioned tenants for hosting us that day. We will be back!

Meet Spongebob, Patrick Star, Squidward and Plakton at City Square Mall Before They Get Washed Away

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Spongebob SquarePants of course! He and his friends are here in Singapore and you must go catch them live on stage before the pack up and return under the sea.

From now till 20 December 2015, catch SpongeBob SquarePants Krabby Patty Celebration ‘Live’ On Stage at City Square Mall Level 1 Atrium. Show time at 2pm and 7pm from Tuesday to Friday, and 1pm, 4pm and 7pm for Saturday and Sunday. No shows on Monday ok!

The 15 to 20 minutes performance tells the story of a special day for SpongeBob and friends as they celebrate the best sandwich in Bikini Bottom – the Krabby Patty! The adventure sets sail as SpongeBob prepared to celebrate the Krabby Patty and everyone is invited to the party. Expect loads of sea-antics and even learn to do the Krabby Patty Dance moves from SpongeBob himself! For super fans of SpongeBob and friends, you can get a Meet & Greet pass to go on stage after the show to take photos with the characters with minimum of $50 spent. Remember to exchange your pass one hour prior to each show. Limited to just 50 passes per show.

After the grooving with SpongeBob and friends, head outdoor to SpongeBob Playland at Level 1 City Green Park. We missed checking out the playland when we were there as it was raining! We will be back soon to snap lots of photos and partake in the activities at SpongeBob Playland. You can exchange for an activity pass at the Level 2 Customer Service Counter with minimum spend of $30. Activities are suitable for children age 3 and above, though I’m sure Zara would still be thrilled to play the mini-games, jump in the SpongeBob’s Super Bouncer and snap lots of funny photos in the Pineapple House. Check out these cool giant structure over at Alvinology feature of the SpongeBob Playland.

Here are some shots taken during the stage show with SpongeBob SquarePants and friends.

Pre-show interaction with audience.
Ayra was delighted to see SpongeBob come on stage. The girls were introduced to these underwater creators by their Ayah who’s a big fan of the silly Patrick Star.
The funny trio dancing and spinning around the stage.
SpongeBob doing his thing irritating Squidward as usual.
Spot Plankton as he pops in and out of the stage doing his evil things throughout the performance.
And there’s the captain who tells the story. I feel he should speak up a little more, I could hardly make out what he was saying in his soft pirate voice.

“Don’t miss the show ok! Must catch them at least once while you still can!”

Imagine Zara saying that in her pose.

Cafe Hopping to Brunches Cafe with Quaker, Chic Vintage Cafe and Bakery at Rangoon Road

Surrounded by chic vintage decorations, retro furnitures, sumptuous food and if you’re lucky to get the special seat in the house, you’ll be enjoying your meal on a sofa set converted from a mini-cooper. I wasn’t that lucky that day, but still it was a delightful lunch at Brunches Cafe along Rangoon Road, Little India.  The purpose of my visit was to check out their special limited time only menu, in collaboration Quaker Singapore.

The Cafe

Brunches Café serves All-day Breakfast Menu, Gourmet Sandwiches, Waffles, Coffee, Tea and other Beverages to the funky café-goers. They also serve limited High-tea sets suited for those who wants to gather, relax, chill and have light nibbles in the afternoon. Bakery and Pastries are freshly made daily in their kitchen.

Brunches Cafe house many Vintage Furniture Collections where you get to relax and dine in. If you like something, you can purchase the vintage piece home too as long as you spot a price tag on it. There is also retail corners featuring genuine vintage collectables and unique products.

Power Up Your Day with Quaker

In collaboration with Quaker, Brunches Cafe is now serving three special items in their menu. This menu won’t be around for long, so go try them before they stop serving these yummy and wholesome food.

Creamy Chicken Risotto, $15

Very well prepared and a good mix of risotto and Quaker Oats for Rice, adding a little more oomph into every bite. I was pleasantly that I actually enjoyed this dish a lot. I don’t usually order risotto but this one I like!

Quaker Sweet Corn Oatmeal Porridge, $12,50

Don’t get turned off when you see “oatmeal porridge”, it’s not at all tasteless nor boring! In fact, this porridge will make the young and young at heart go “ohhhhh…“. Served with sautéed asparagus, mushroom and a sunny side-up, this dish is suitable for vegetarian. Try this for a hearty lunch that’ll keep your tummy happy and filled for many hours.

Quaker Multigrain Cereal Parfait, $6.50

I’ve been eyeing on all the pretty creations and postings of variety of parfait on Instagram and always wanted to try make my own. But lazy me, always ended up with rojak bowl of everything in it and the serving isn’t worth snapping a photo of. This however was nice to look at, and nice to eat too. Layers of Quaker Multigrain Cereal, greek yoghurt and topped with mixed berries, this is a nice alternative to wrap up a hearty meal.

A hearty lunch

It was a relaxing and slow lunch, catching up with fellow blogger from Lemon-film Blog. Not sure how we managed to clear the plates, but we did finish everything you see below after almost 2 hours. That of cos include the mandatory photo taking especially when dining at such exquisite cafe for the first time.

Go check out Brunches Cafe one day and do give the special Quaker menu a try before the promotion ends.

Brunches Cafe
96 Rangoon Road S’pore 21838
+65 8685 8488
Weekdays 10:30 am to 9 pm
Weekends 9:30 am to 9 pm
(Closed on Every Tuesday)

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#26hourswithJen – An Extended Weekend Staycation in Heart of Orchard Road

Forget about fixed check-in and check-out time, we all know we hated this when we book our hotels room in Singapore for staycation. Why confine to only checking-in after 2pm and checking-out before 11am? We don’t even get to enjoy a full 24-hour stay in the hotel we are paying for. When Jen shares about their latest stay package at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway, I was delighted! You can do so much more with 26-hours extended staycation with Jen. Read about our experience and review of their Panorama Club Room here.

Here’s a recap of how we spent our #26hourswithJen

Sat, 5.00pm

We checked-in to Hotel Jen OrchardGateway at 5.oopm on Level 19, at their Club Lounge. This time it was a chance to get some couple time over our dating anniversary weekend. So we took our time to relax and enjoy our quiet time together. While waiting for our room keys to be ready, we chilled at the Club Lounge and helped ourselves to some snacks and refreshing drinks.

Sat, 5.50pm

We laze around in the room, channel surfing and just hanging by our window to watch the cars drive by while enjoying the sweet treats prepared by Jen.

Club Room at Hotel Jen OrchardGateway

Sat, 6.30pm

We had a dinner reservation at Makan@Jen that evening and was welcomed by this yummicilious sight at the entrance! It was a get-drunk-with-seafood-kinda-night. At the end of dinner, I was super high from the dozens of crawls swimming in my tummy.

Bottomless Oysters! Yumz!

Sat, 8.30pm

What better way to digest away the sumptuous dinner than a walk down Orchard Road on a Saturday night? Boy we were both shocked to see the crowd hanging around even late into the night. It has been so so long since we were in the heart of Orchard at this hour. We did some shopping of course and bought some new outfits for ourselves and the girls.

Sat, 11.00pm

The night was spent snuggling in the comfortably bed and watching late night movies just because we can! When at home, we don’t get to watch any movies, in fact we don’t get to watch anything much at all, because time is spent accompanying our girls every night after work. And by time they fall asleep, we’ll be too tired to walk back out to the living room for any form of entertainment.

Sun, 8.00am

We got up bright and early to continue feeding ourselves again with breakfast at Makan@Jen. Being able to slowly enjoy a undisturbed breakfast at a slow and relax pace is so precious. We took our time to enjoy we-time together.

Sun, 11.00am

Back chilling in our room while we waited for the girls and our family to join us for lunch.

Sun, 1.00pm

And AGAIN we are back at Makan@Jen, this time with everyone in our family for their Weekend Brunch Buffet. We paid $360 nett for the buffet voucher booklet which comes with 10 vouchers for weekend brunch buffet till 13 December. With 6 used, we’ll be back again real soon to finish the remaining 4. Anyone wants to join us? 🙂

Sun, 3.30pm

It was time for some pool time fun after lunch. So we chilled by the pool and had a dip in the water.

Sun, 4.30pm

Back into the room, but now with a crowd of 6 adults and 3 kids! The room was just nice to fit us all quite comfortably with some chilling by the window seats, kids snoozing in bed and some of us resting by the bed side too.

Sun, 6.00pm

Still an hour before we are due to check-out, so we headed up to the Club Room to have a quick drink and snack, while the rest continue snoozing with the kids in the bedroom.

Sun, 7.00pm

And this marked the end of our 26-hour with Jen experience. It was definitely an extended weekend well spent with my love ones.

Thank you Jen once again for such a great experience! Read about our experience and review of their Panorama Club Room here.

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Latest Promotions and Deals at Hotel Jen OrchardGateway

From now till December 31, 2015 (date inclusive), guests may indulge in a totally value-added worthwhile staycation at Hotel Jen every Saturday and Sunday. Gone are the rules of checking in at 2 pm and checking out at 12 pm. These Weekends with 26 Hours A Day room package, guests can check out 26 hours after whatever time they check in.

From $200* per room, per night, guests may stay in one of the 499 well-appointed rooms featuring an abundance of sunlight and which are well decorated in soft earth-tone colours. All guests who love this idea are welcome to stay at the hotel and post a picture of their stay that is relevant to the property onto their Facebook wall and tagging @Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore with the hashtag #26hourswithJen during their stay.
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Disclaimer: The hotel stay and dinner experience was provided by Hotel Jen OrchardGateway for the purpose of this review and post. We paid for the Weekend Brunch Buffet vouchers on our own. All opinions and photos are our own.