Setting the stage for Singapore 2065. Let’s #BuildSG2065!

In 50 years, Singapore turned from this…

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to this…

Singapore in 2015, #BuildSG2065
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So how do you envision Singapore to be in the next 50 years? Well, this is how Ayra sees her Singapore in 2065…

Ayra's Singapore in 2065, #BuildSg2065
Ayra’s Singapore in 2065

Singapore will be made of colourful buildings of interesting and fun shapes. Every building will have everything under one roof, like home, shopping malls, offices, schools, playground, so we will not need to go out of the building too often. There will also be giant robots that help do anything we want him to……

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Besides wanting colourful buildings and invincible robots, Ayra and Zara have got their own visions too for what they will become when they are in their 50s…

Well with such great innovations and creativity from our generations and beyond, really nothing is impossible. And everyone can dream and hope right?

The Straits Times and CapitaLand are asking Singaporeans to cast their minds into the future and share your ideas on building a better and sustainable environment for us to live, work and play in Singapore in Singapore2065. The entries could be showcased in a forthcoming exhibition featuring the past, present and future of Singapore through the pages of The Straits Times, which celebrates its 170th anniversary this year. Ideas submitted will also stand to win attractive prizes!

There are also weekly prizes ($50 CapitaVouchers) for top 5 ideas with the most ‘Likes’ and more.

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For #BuildSG2065, no ideas are too big, no ideas are too silly. If a 4 year old Ayra can dream and have her ideas too, you can dream even bigger ideas! The sky’s the limit! Your ideas submission should fall under one of the following topics:

  • Go Green (anything to help save our earth)
  • Smart Spaces (you know Singapore very small lah)
  • Space-Age Kampungs (bringing the kampung spirit back)
  • Weatherproof World (think REAL snow in Singapore!?)

Ideas submitted can be in text, video or images. The video below may help give you some sparks for your next big idea…

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Don’t forget to tag #BuildSG2065 when sharing your ideas online to get more likes! Only Top 50 ideas from the submissions will be eligible for the win of the Top 3 prizes. Find out more on #BuildS2065 website.

This post is brought to you by OMY.

Family Craft and Fun Time with the New and Bigger PIXMA town

The school holiday is around the corner, though Ayra isn’t going to stop going to childcare in June cos the Mummy me still needs to go to work, I am planning to spend a little more time and effort to make it a fun month for my family. Hopefully with some help from the Father who is the only one who’s going to be (finally) taking a break from school.

Last year, we created some stationery and games from Canon PIXMA town. This year, I am excited to see so many new stationeries, crafts, games and even story books that we can print and create from the new PIXMA town!

Love this colorful and cheerful introductory video of PIXMA town…

With so many new things to do in PIXMA town, it will keep you and your kids occupied throughout the entire June school holiday for sure! For us, we started off with our first “snake-and-ladder” like game by the Doooodolls – Doooo Game.

Ayra watching over the pieces of printouts I made from PIXMA town and deciding which we should embark on first.

In the meantime, check to make sure we have enough sticky tapes to use for the craft.

While Ayra drinks her milk on the sofa, I went on to cut and paste to put the game together and this is what we got…

It took me less than 10 minutes to finish this, and it also took just 10 minutes for Ayra to fall asleep…

The Doooo Game and her Playmobil friends will have to wait till she wakes up to play with them the next day.

And she did! Ayra deciding which of her friends she should pick for the game.

We had a mini game of Dooo with her toys and shortly after, she invented her own version to play on her own.

The Dooo Game became a great play mat too for Ayra and her playmobil friends! Can’t stop her from using her imagination to use things around her for different purposes, and with such colorful sheet of printout from the Canon Pixma printer, it makes role-playing even more fun!

[box]Head over to the PIXMA town to download this fun game and more to do with your family this weekend![/box]

This post was also published on OMY x Canon Pixma blog.

We Are Family Crafting Fun Time with OMY and Canon Pixma

For the second time, Ayra attended her mass crafting session with OMY and Canon Pixma. This time round, it was held at the InterContinental Singapore at Bugis. We almost couldn’t make it as Ayra was unwell and temperature shot up to 39.5 the night before. I was prepared to stay at home, but this girl of mine was up and being her chirpy self in the morning. So we went ahead, and am glad we did.

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Instead of being surrounded by Mummy’s adult friends like the previous session, this time she had other elder kids at the same table. Though she is still too young to interact and play, she was less shy and enjoyed the event more comfortably than the previous one. She’s probably one of the youngest crafter present at the event, and she didn’t partake in any of the mass activities hosted by the emcees.

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She sat and tried to catch the happenings around the stage area. And one lesson learned from previous session, get lunch before heading to the event venue! So we sat and enjoy the session while we munch on our FiletOFish and Cheeseburger.

Kids at the event were all above 5 years old and they were running around looking for answers to a crossword puzzle activity hosted by the emcees. They were also tasked to retrieve materials for the day’s craft activity from the various stations setup around the venue. Good idea by the organiser this time round, kids need to move around more often, don’t expect them to sit through a 4 hour session obediently!

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Participants of We Are Family crafting event also got to try out first-hand printing on the Canon Pixma printers. This time round, all the models on display were their latest offerings from the Pixma family. And that means wireless printing for all! Adults and even some kids, printed photos directly from their mobile phones, tablets and iPads. This is done through the Canon Pixma Printing Solutions application, available on the Android Play store and Apple App store. I’ve previously shared how easy it is to print from my mobile phone wirelessly to my Canon Pixma printer, you can read more about it here.

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Besides crafting, printing and lots of running about for the kids, the organiser also prepared cut-outs and frames for photo opportunities. This I felt could have been better carried out if they had set up a nicer backdrop, I totally missed this as I entered the ballroom. Nevertheless, kids and families had fun taking photos and some attempted selfies and wefies with these props. As usual, Ayra was too shy to even take a photo with me. So no photo booth love for us again.

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This time round, I brought along embellishments and tools from my home for the event. Knowing the challenges I would face attending this alone with a anytime-can-get-grouchy-girl, everything must standby and be well prepared. Ayra was engaged throughout the first craft activity, a door-hanging-photo-frame, with popping out the sticker chipboards, pasting and decorating it with washi tapes.

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The end product, with lots of help from Mummy, was a very bright and cheerful frame which is now hanging on her crafting table. We had one boo-boo in the completed masterpiece which I only spotted when we were home! Can you spot it?

TheLovingMum x OMY X Canon Pixma

Thank you OMY and Canon Pixma for attending an invitation for us to be part of the Craft Guru team for We Are Family crafting event. Though we didn’t get a new Pixma printer *coughs*, we still had a funtastic session together throughout this season. Without this campaign, I probably wouldn’t have the push to do these fun activities with Ayra, nor have time to touch-up our long overdue photo wall.

Till the next event, keep on crafting and love your family!

Ditch those USB Cables! Wireless Printing made simple with Canon Pixma

For the third time in a row, I’m back with OMY x Canon Pixma as one of the 10 craft gurus! And this time the theme is “We Are Family”! Super excited to catch up with fellow Mummies – Angeline, Ting, Irene, Winnie, Waiwai and meet up with new Mummy friends at the coming workshop on 31 May 2014 at Hotel InterContinental! As we countdown to a fun day of crafting with our family and friends, we are sharing our experiences and ideas with Canon Pixma printers. Well, I have been using mine for more than a year, and it has been a very useful and convenient gadget for all household, especially family like mine, whom snap too many photos every day! It is my personal practice and routine to have the best shots printed out every few months so that if ever *touch-wood* my external hard disk breaks down, I’ll still have these precious memories stored in physical copies. With wireless printing feature it is really super easy to print print print!

If you have never tried the PIXMA print app yet, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get acquainted with it. I will also be sharing my personal tips and tricks to getting organised with your photos!

The PIXMA Print application is available for download on iTunes and Android Play stores for FREE of course! With the app, you can print and scan wirelessly with your compatible Canon Pixma printers. For the new models of Pixma printers, you can also use the Pixma Cloud Link print feature to print from anywhere around the world as long as your printer is on and connected to the internet, and you’ll also be able to print documents and files from Facebook, Flickr, Dropbox and Evernote.  The model I have at home does not support this new feature though, perhaps its time to upgrade! To a A3 printer perhaps!

From the Photo Print selection, the app will load all your photos in your phone default storage. And from here, you can tap to select multiple photos you want to print.

After selection, you will then be able to set the printer to print from (in case you have more than one printer in your network), you will also set your print paper size and number of copies per image. Easy peasy!

And from the paper setting, you can also select the type of paper and whether or not you want a border around your print out. My personal preference for all my photo print with the Canon Pixma, is to go with Canon Original Photo paper in either Glossy Plus or Premium Semi-Glossy. If you need reference for their packaging, refer to my previous post here.

Once all your setting is done, just go ahead and tap on print! Then watch as your beautiful digital photos get printed out. When photo printing is made so easy, walls around your house will never be dull and empty anymore! Create a unique Family Photo WallSetting up your own photo gallery is quick and easy. With the right tricks, you’ll be able to swap the photos out easily too over time. Here are some useful tips from me to you for decorating your walls with nice family photos.

Tips #1 – Print photos in variety of sizes to spice up a photo wall.

Tips #2 – Use frames of matching colors and attach them to the wall with 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips. You can remove the frame without damaging the strips and will be able to reuse it after replacing your photos.

Tips #3 – When in need of fresh inspiration for display of photos around your home, try Pinterest.

Tips #4 – Keep adding to the wall! Though I can easily swap the photos out from the frame, but I prefer to just keep growing my photo wall! My kids’ playroom and our study room each have a photo wall that I hope to fill up over the years.

Hope these tips will be useful! Ending this post with few more tips on how I organise my photos and ensuring that they will never be lost.

  1. I snap photos primarily on my mobile phone and either of my 3 digital cameras. All my photos from my phone is backed up automatically daily to a cloud-link external hard disk drive at home. Or you can do so with Dropbox or Flickr, set it so that whenever you have your phone connected to a wireless connection, the phone automatically backs up your latest photos.
  2. For photos taken with my digital cameras, they are never deleted from the SD cards. This is my first and original copy backup. Yes, I do have a lot of SD cards stored in a dry box with month and year labelled on it.
  3. Besides the SD card backup, I also copy all my photos (from phone and cameras) into a external HDD connected to my computer at home. This is my second copy of backup. These are categoried in monthly folders.
  4. Lastly, my final backup is up into my flickr account. I used to do monthly uploads of all my photos into flickr as private (so only I can view them), but lately I only upload the better ones few times a month.
  5. FINALLY, I print out those photos I love on my Canon Pixma or Canon Selphy printers. These are stored in a Muji box according to the month and date they are taken. On days when I see good Groupon deals for photo books, I will buy them and compile yearly photo books for my girls. This they can flip through when they grow up.

That’s how I keep my photos and memories safe and forever. Kinda kiasu, but this is what happened when one has lost too many precious photos from years ago due to a bad HDD! So now you know my tedious but necessary steps, if you have got better ideas do share them with me!

This post was also published on OMY x Canon Pixma blog.

Christmas Gift Idea – Handmade Photo Display Album

Here’s a quick and easy personalized gift you can create for your family and friends this Christmas! It is so easy, you can make one in less than an hour, and the more you make, the easier and faster you’ll get. And this will not look shabby at all, in fact, the receiver will love it very much I’m sure.

Personalized Handmade Photo Display Album

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What makes me want to keep pieces of memories in scrapbooks?

I’ve been asked many many times, why do you spend time creating scrapbooks and why spend so much money on it?

Well, this is one reason why…

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Ayra browsing through her 1st year’s scrapbook album, handmade with love by Mummy

I was lucky to grow up in a family where my Uncle owns a camera and loves taking photos of major events or outings. I’ve got quite a lot of photos from birth and personally started snapping photos with my first film camera when I was in Primary school. But these photos aren’t kept in an organized or recorded manner, so many times when I dig them out to see, everyone will have to start guessing or recalling when those photos were taken. On the other side of my family, my husband didn’t have that many photos of him from young. Only a few small albums are still kept and he doesn’t have any physical memories from his past.

Personally I find it essential to have some form of record for our children from birth, so that they can look back when they grow up and see how they have changed and progressed. These keepsakes are great storytelling tools to their own children and grandchildren too. Yes, blogging can be everlasting and kept for years, but nothing beats touching the photos with our hands and reading handwritten notes in the scrapbook albums. I hope to create at least one album every year for my children to record their growth and events in that year.

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Ayra is still young now and only sees and touches the album because of the cute embellishments stuck on the pages. But when she is able to read on her own, these albums will mean so much more to her and our family.

Scrapbooking or creating these mini albums need not be an expensive nor time-consuming affair. I have shared a not so expensive and effective way to start your very first mini album to document your memories with your love ones. Check it out over at OMY Canon Pixma and don’t forget to vote & win too! Voting ends 7 July!

Could Singapore Blog Award be Our First Blog Award?

The chance is super slim, with all the power bloggers in the Top 10, for our humble blog to push our way through to even the Top 3 is going to be a super tough climb. We are very delighted to be in the Top 10 and we are contented as it is. We will of course still give it our best effort to get everyone we know to VOTE for The Loving Mum, winning the Best Family Blog is going to be a big bonus for us.

Here’s how you can help us make this tough climb up to Top 3…
Singapore Blog Award 2013 Finalists
See the cute Baby Ayra with her chou-chou on this page? Click on it and register/login to cast your vote. You can vote for each category once EVERY DAY! If you have few seconds each day, login and help vote will you? Not that difficult. 😛

Voters will stand a chance to win prizes too! And these JBL Speakers sure look swanky enough for your home don’t you think?
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To motivate you and you and you to help vote, we have got a banner embedded at bottom of all our posts. So there’s no reason why you should forget to vote for us whenever you visit our humble blog ok! 😛

What you waiting for? One month to go before voting ends! Click away!