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My little chef in the making

My little chef in the making

When Dot was little, she enjoyed watching her grandmother prepared dishes in the kitchen. At about two years old, she had the experience of kneading the sticky pizza dough with her little fingers. Now she sees me in the kitchen every morning preparing breakfast, if she wakes up early. Otherwise, she will only...
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Day 2 : Family Funday Sunday in Sydney

Day 2 : Family Funday Sunday in Sydney

15 Jun 2014 Sydney – Darling Harbour – Manly Beach We left our hotel for Paddy’s Markets to look for a suitable place for breakfast at about 8.30am. It was an easy and comfortable walk. If we have such weather in Singapore, it would be perfect. This strange bird is quite common in Sydney city....
Day 1 : Sydney, here we come!

Day 1 : Sydney, here we come!

We just came back from a 7-day winter holiday trip to Sydney with Kuan Loong, Kelly and their two lovely children. Winter in Sydney is different – no snow, only cool weather, sometimes a little chilly. It was a great escape from the warm and humid weather we have back home in Singapore. God has...
be*U - our bespoke leather shoes

be*U – our bespoke leather shoes

Dot and I have watched different variations of the Elves and the Shoemaker at different occasions. And I’m always impressed with the skillful hands that made the leather shoes – be it the elves or the shoemaker. One day, I thought I could try to make a pair of sandals for Dot from the un-used...
Training a risk-taker

Training a risk-taker

I’m not a mom who goes faint hearted when I see my girl climbing or doing stuff that seems a little “dangerous”. I believe learning how to take thoughtful risks is beneficial for my child’s well being, be it emotionally, mentally and socially. Learning to take risks also helps her to learn to think independently....
Dot is on Cardboard TV!

Dot is on Cardboard TV!

Inspired by the huge television in Explore room of PLAY @ National Museum of Singapore, Dot and I create our own cardboard TV. And guess who’s the news presenter of Cardboard TV? Of course, it’s none other than Dot herself. Related posts on Cardboard crafts: Cardboard giraffe How to make a fluffy sheep Think out...
Play@NMS

Play@NMS

23 May 2014 Dot and Annabelle are privileged to have a special preview of PLAY@NMS, before the official opening on 24 May 2014, 4pm. PLAY@ NMS is the first dedicated play area for young children to take their first steps towards museum-going with interactive exhibits and special activities. This short video captures what Dot and...
Cardboard Giraffe

Cardboard Giraffe

3 May 2014 Dot woke up in the morning and came to me. She said,’I want to make a giraffe like that one I saw at Mat Yo Yo.’ Sometimes, the first thing she wants to do in the morning is to doodle and draw. This was one of those days. There are still a...
NParks heART for Nature workshop

NParks heART for Nature workshop

26 April 2014 It was weekend morning. What a great start of the day at the Bukit Batok Nature Park. Dot and I were there for picnic more than one year ago and we really like this park. This time, we were there to learn more about the birds living there in the NParks heART...
Sgraffito using oil pastels

Sgraffito using oil pastels

I was reading a book on Pastels and Sgraffito technique caught my attention. Sgraffito comes from the Italian word sgraffiare (“to scratch”). Sgraffito is a very old painting technique, which was used for wall decoration and ceramics in Europe since the classical times and was very common in Italy in the 16th century.  A variety of tools...
Disney on Ice Treasure Trove 19-23 March 2014

Disney on Ice Treasure Trove 19-23 March 2014

“Mommy, when are we going to watch Disney on Ice?” This was the question Dot had been asking me since the day she knew that she would be going to watch Disney on Ice Treasure Trove. Every time she spotted the advertisement on the TV, she was be so thrilled and excited. Boasting that she...
Nurturing a sense of wonder in preschool child

Nurturing a sense of wonder in preschool child

How can we nurture a sense of wonder in our preschool child? As parents, it’s important to understand why the sense of wonder is so critical and important in a child’s life; and to revive the delight in the mysteries and beauty of nature. “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of...
Wild Safari INbox

Wild Safari INbox

We received our first iNbox. The theme for this month is “Wild Safari” and there are five activities in the box where parents and child can do together. We have fun playing the boardgame; painting the animals; building the jeep; exploring, observing and drawing the animals when we were at the zoo, and the nights...
Sports and outdoor activities I did when I was young

Sports and outdoor activities I did when I was young

I’m thankful that my parents always made time to bring us outdoor and even for short trips to Malaysia, though we were not well-to-do and my father as a sole breadwinner had to work two shifts to make ends meet. It touches my heart to learn from my mom that my father though he was...
Disney on Ice presents Treasure Trove

Disney on Ice presents Treasure Trove

22 Feb 2014 “Are your excited to see Disney character today?” I asked Dot. She screamed at the top of her voice, “Yesss….! I want to take pictures with them. I want to hug them. Can they carry me too?” She was very excited to meet the Disney characters face-to-face at JEM, though we were...
Learn patience and perseverance on the go

Learn patience and perseverance on the go

10 Feb 2014 After her class dismissal, Dot asked for permission to play at the playground. When I gave her the go-ahead, she dashed for the playground, together with a few of her classmates. Maybe that’s the best part of their school hours – free play at the playground. They chased one another around the...