Saturday, December 02, 2017

Media Invite: Celebrate A Merry MINIONS Holiday @ NEX

Our family were invited by NEX to experience a Merry Minions Holiday at the largest Mall in North-East region of Singapore! I am sure everyone must have been to this huge Mall that has everything you need - our personal favorite hunts there are Isetan, NTUC Xtra, Popular and shopping at H&M and Uniqlo! This school holiday, NEX is one highly recommended mall for you to bring the family there to do your Christmas Shopping while the Little Ones get to feel like a SVIP for the day!

Image from Nex, please go to for more details

I have summarised all the funs that you can look out for below!

1. Daily Live Christmas Show

Location: NEX Atrium, Level 1
Date: 1st to 10th December 2017 
Time: 1pm and 7pm 
Admission: Free!

First and foremost, look out for their live on stage "Wacky Tropical Christmas" show which happens at the level 1 Atrium daily at 1pm & 7pm! Dance and sing along with Santarina and her jolly friends on a beach holiday and groove with life-sized animal balloon floats!

Wacky it may seems, but check out the crowd and how all excited and engaged the children are!

For those who are not travelling like us, I feel it's ok to have a Tropical Xmas in Hot & Sunny Singapore too!

2. Tropical Balloon Land

Location: NEX Atrium, Level 1 
Date: 1st to 10th December 2017 
Time: 12pm to 8pm 
Admission: Free! 

The 4 activities that you can find at the Tropical Balloon Land! 

Step into the Tropical Balloon Land and enjoy activities such as waterfall fishing, monkey feeding and pineapple golf. Don’t forget to grab a photo opportunity at the Surf & Shoot! booth, where you can ‘surf’ on a wave made of balloons. Best of all, all the activities here are FREE! You just have to queue orderly! And you can repeat the activities again if the queue is not long!

The Brothers enjoyed themselves at the 4 different stations!

They had lotsa fun!

3. Meet & Greet the Minions!

Location: NEX Atrium, Level 1 
Date: 1st to 3rd December 2017, 8th to 10th December 2017 
Time: 1:15pm and 7:15pm 
Admission: Redeem a photo pass with $30 spent per receipt. (Each pass admits a family of four. Limited to 50 passes per session.)

Check out the snaking queue to take a pic with The Minions!
No one can resists them!

Your favourite Minions – Kevin, Stuart and Bob – will be visiting NEX from 1st to 3rd December and 8th to 10th December at 1pm and 7pm. Redeem a "One in Minion" photo pass to get an up-close and personal experience with these adorable yellow characters. For more Minion fun, head down to the NEX B1 Walkway near KFC to guess the number of Minions plush there. One lucky winner will walk away with a $500 nexVoucher. Visit NEX Facebook to find out more.

Note: Redeem a photo pass with $30 minimum spent in one receipt. Photo passes are limited to 50 passes per session. Each pass admits a family of 4. All passes are available 1 hour before each session from the Atrium, Level 1. Strictly 1 pass per shopper/NRIC per day.

4. Kids Party

Location: NEX Atrium, Level 1 
Date: 1st to 10th December 2017 
Time: 4pm to 5pm 
Admission: Redeem a Party pass with $50 spent per receipt. (Each pass admits one child aged 4-12 years old. Limited to 30 passes per session. Passes are available one hour before each session at Atrium, Level 1 and are limited to one pass per shopper/NRIC per day.)

The exclusively for kids only party where kids are the VVVIPs!

Photo opportunity with the surprise guests at the Tea Party!

Every Kid get to bring home a Christmas Sand Bucket filled with treats!

Surprise the little ones and let them get creative at the Kids’ Party happening daily at 4pm, where 30 children will get to play with Santarina! The tea-time activity is complete with entertaining Christmas songs, yummy ‘catch of the day’ snacks and craft-making. Every child will bring home a balloon sculpture, handmade reindeer headband and a Christmas Sand Bucket filled with treats – perfect for outings in sunny Singapore this December!

Note: Limited to 30 kids (aged 4-12 years old) per party. Each pass admits 1 kid only. All passes are available 1 hour before each session from the Atrium, Level 1. Strictly 1 pass per shopper/NRIC per day.

5. Christmas Meal

Of course, the trip to the mall will not be completed if you didn't dine there! We made our trip to NEX more Christmas-y by dining at the super family friendly Swensons as they have a special Christmas menu just for this season only!

We tried the Swenson's Christmas Menu while the boys ate their favorite kids meals!

6. Holiday Bonanza 

Date: 23rd November to 31st December 2017

For shoppers busy with their last-minute Christmas shopping, there's another great reason for you to spend more at NEX! Spread the Minions festive cheer with your friends and family. Stand a chance to win a 5D4N trip for two at the Minions Theme Park in Osaka, Japan, when you participate in their exclusive lucky draw.

Double your chances by simply charging to your American Express Card! 

If it begins drizzling in this tropical paradise, take shelter with the NEX Inverted Umbrella! The exclusive umbrellas can be redeemed with a minimum spend of $200 or $350* and American Express Card members need only charge $150 or $200*.

Note: Only applicable with every $50 spent. Maximum 20 chances per shopper/NRIC per day or 40 chances per American Express Card Member/NRIC per day. For American Express Card Members, payment must be made by American Express Card issued by American Express International Inc in Singapore (excluding American Express Corporate Card and American Express Cards issued by DBS Bank Limited, United Overseas Bank Limited and Citibank Singapore Limited). All spending must be charged to the same American Express Card.
*Including Cold Storage and Fairprice Xtra receipts.

7. Share the Holiday Cheer 

Date: 14th December to 15th December 2017

During this festive season, let’s not forget to embrace the spirit of giving! NEX is partnering with Make-A-Wish Foundation® Singapore (MAWSG) to make giving back an easy and enjoyable experience for the family. Take home an 8-inch Minion plush for $10 or a 12-inch Minion plush for $20. Your donation will go towards making a child’s wish at MAWSG come true this Christmas.

NEX is the largest mall in the north-east region of Singapore, located at 23 Serangoon Central. Opened in November 2010, the seven-storey mall is a vibrant, social and recreational hub for the community. Fully integrated with the Serangoon Bus Interchange and Serangoon Interchange Station, where the North-East Line and the Circle Line intersect, it houses 334 retail, entertainment, lifestyle and food and beverage outlets. To serve late-night shoppers and fitness buffs, tenants such as Cold Storage, FairPrice Xtra and Anytime Fitness are open 24 hours.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Review + Discount: Gaston Luga PRÅPER Backpack

Earlier this year, I owned my first Gaston Luga Backpack! It became my staple backpack that I super LOVE and TREASURE!! The black backpack that I had was from the classic collection, that comes with a front pocket for accessible storage, which makes it very convenient for a mom like me, when i go on outings with my boys!

But for the past few months, I couldn't stop thinking of the Gaston Luga Pråper range of backpacks too! I was stalking their Instagram and one day, I held my breath and my heart skipped a beat when I saw the new Pråper White BackPack!! The backpacks in the Pråper range are simpler and classier than the classic backpack. But the pure white leather and canvas made the backpack too beautiful and extremely stylish!

So, who can resists owning a second Gaston Luga?! Haha! This is how women works right! If it's good quality and beautiful, we'll really love and don't mind paying for it!

Gaston Luga Pråper Range of Backpacks

Drumrolls for the Pråper White Backpack!

Did your heart skipped a beat like mine when you first see these pictures of the Pråper White? I really wished that I can hug it in my arms!! It's really very stylo milo! 😂😂   But I also know how rough and casual a person I am.. anything white will become black in my hands in no time!

Bring pragmatic again, I decided to get the Gaston Luga Pråper in Olive Black!

My Gaston Luga Pråper in Olive Black backpack!

There was a slight drizzle and I forgotten my brolly, but my Gaston Luga backpack is still fine (even till now) from getting wet

Close up to show the workmanship of the Gaston Luga Backpack

The special expandable metal hook closure and adjustable shoulder straps

Gaston Luga's signature Passport & Ticket holder for quick access behind the backpack

Anticlockwise from top left: Key Ring Holder for you to personalise your bag, four metallic feet under the bag, and drawstring closure for quicker access

Comes with inner 13-15" laptop sleeve and two smaller pockets

More about The Pråper
The dominant, simplistic and elegant design that will look good in any situation. The strong hooks will keep valuables secure when chasing your next train or flight, adjustable with four levels to suit your current packing need. Make your bag unique and match up your personal style with a coloured leather address tag. Equipped with Gaston Luga's signature passport pocket. 
  • Highly durable canvas 
  • Expandable metal hook closure 
  • Inner 13-15" laptop sleeve and two pockets 
  • Passport & ticket pocket 
  • Adjustable shoulder straps 
  • Key ring holder for Leather Address Tag (to be purchased separately) 

Made of thick and strong cotton fabric for durability. Hard metal hooks close the main compartment, which contains a 13-15” laptop pocket and two smaller pockets for your phone, wallet etc. On the back, the unique Gaston Luga pocket can hold your passport, flight and train tickets, making them safe yet easily accessible. The inside is dressed with a 100% cotton fabric. Your valuables are therefore held in a soft and elegant looking compartment. Under the backpack are four metallic feet, giving your backpack extra protection and a cooler look.

30 x 42 x 15cm, 18L 

Available Colors 
Black Pink Olive & Black Navy & Brown

I am totally digging my second Gaston Luga Backpack!!


  • It's 25% off sitewide! (Biggest discount ever! For Limited Time Only!)
  • Additional 20% off as tax rebate for Non-EU country!
  • FREE gift packaging
  • FREE Plånkan cardholder and

You can own a Gaston Luga from below S$200 from the Black Friday Sale!
Remember to choose which Plånkan cardholder you want as your free gift!

This is definitely the best time to get your own Gaston Luga now!
But if you missed the Black Friday sale, fret not! 

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You can still get your own Gaston Luga with my discount code! I am excited to share how you can purchase your own Gaston Luga with almost a whooping SGD100 off!!
  • Get 20% off as tax rebate for purchases made from a non-EU country! (Yeah!!)
  • Enter discount code "miracule15" for an additional 15% off on the price after tax rebate! (Double Yeah!!) 
  • Get free EXPRESS shipping to Singapore!!! (Triple Yeah!!!)
Remember to apply coupon code "miracule15" for extra discounts! 

More Information
Official Website:

Gaston Luga loved his elegantly custom-made piece. We understood the industry was lagging when it comes to what customers today want. Most products are designed with big fluffy shoulder pads, plastic materials and thin fabric, which brings thoughts back to the first day of school. It was important for Carl to create something he would wear himself and be proud of. The vision was to make a line with Scandinavian minimalism and elegance to suit all different occasions. As time went on, leather parts, thick quality cotton, metal details and a mix of carefully selected colors were put together and became the foundation of the new brand named after its predecessor, Gaston Luga.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

No Monday Blues

When SA2 are over for the Big Brother... it means time to go out to play!

We headed out to the Zoo as it also happened to be the last day of our Friends of Wiildlife Annual Pass!

Us on the Tram Ride!

Us while waiting for the last Tram to get out of the Zoo!

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Toddler Learning Colours + Free Printables

This post was actually in draft mode for so long, collecting "dusts" in my draft folder! 😂

When Big Brother just entered Primary One last year, I finally had LOTS of time with the then 2+ years old Little Brother! One day while i was folding clothes and the 2+ years old little brother looked at me like he is sooooo bored, so i passed him the dot-a-art markers and papers and realised that he is able to do doodling on his own quite independently!  

Unlike his elder brother who had learning difficulties, Little Brother's motor skills were impressively good! He didn't even needed any help from me and proceeded to unscrew the caps of the markers all my himself. It's interesting that he knew exactly what he wants to do too. He knew to use different colours and dot within the lines without me saying anything! It's really fun to observe the young ones sometimes! 

For a 2+ years old, this is really neat!

Looking at how focus he was, and how he was able to complete an activity all by himself with little distraction, I felt he was ready for some table activities and home-learning!

Previously, I had printed many great FREE Printables that I found online. You must please visit my previous post if you want to access the links of great printables to use at home with your little ones! So, I sort and took out those that were related to learning colours and used them together with him!

Acitivity 1: Sorting Colours

This printable is a Paint Brush Colour Matching Game by Confessions of a Homeschooler! It allows the child to sort the paint brushes into respective "bottles" that match the colours on the brushes! It's great for introducing colours, or for older kids to learn the words of colours too! 

Activity 2: Colour Matching

This is a Ice Cream Colour Matching Game by Mr Printable! Child can learn colors with the colorful cut out scoops and ice lollies that need to be matched with the correct cone or stick, both through word recognition and color matching.

Activity 3: Visual Discrimination and Identifying & Grouping Colours

Visual discrimination is an important skill to pick up and so, I printed this Colours Visual Discrimination worksheets by SchoolSparks! I slotted the worksheets into clear transparent plastic sheets and gave them to Little Brother with a box of whiteboard markers in different colours! First I asked him to identify what colour does he think we are learning about by looking at the word on top, and asked him to choose to correct colour marker to use. Then he is to circle the items on the pages that is of the same colours. :) I am very impressed with his motor skills! 

With this, I end my sharing on teaching colours to the little one! 

Happy Printing and Learning! 

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

9d8n Taiwan in Pictures (Day 2) Exploring Miaoli

Day 2 Itinerary: Exploring Miaoli

Travel Period: 31 Jan to 8 Feb 2015
Group consists of: Hubby & I, my two boys aged 1+ and 5+, and my parents aged 60+

Day 2 Itinerary:
Check out Spentime Minsu--> 採草莓--> 明德水庫--> 獅頭山--> 薰衣草森林--> 勝興車站--> 龍騰斷橋-->Check into In One City Inn in Taichung--> Explore FengJia Night Market

P/S: As mentioned in my previous post, I planned the itinerary myself and book a car with Xiao Li our driver who drove us around.

As we woke up early in the morning freezing cold from the Taiwan winter, we took a hot spring soak right in the comfort of our own room, peeking through the wooden window vanes into the lake our room was facing. The hot spring here is too good! You should read more about the hotspring in my previous post!

I took this pictures of the swans swimming about in the lake

After we were done soaking, we went down for our first breakfast in Taiwan! The minsu provided very hearty breakfast for the guests!

We explored the restaurant of the minsu as we waited for them to allocate a table for us

Us having breakfast taiwanese minsu style

Look how sumptuous our breakfast dishes were! There were also many dishes that I had not shown here!

The beautiful areas within our minsu

Meanwhlie, our driver Xiao Li were back waiting for us in the car park about an hour earlier than the time he told us! We didn't realised until we were strolling in the vicinity after our breakfast and saw him! So we quickly went back to our room and bring down our luggages for check out of the Minsu.

Just less than 3 minutes away from the Minsu is our first stop! There were many strawberry farms located outside our Minsu and we decided to visit the one below!

This is really a fun activity for the very young to the very old!

I am intrigued by how a strawberry plant looks like, its flowers and the fruits itself hanging from the plant!

Check out how much strawberries we picked!! It was expensive cos we picked A LOT! haha

Next, we went to MingDe Dam (明德水庫) as it was one of the places which I googled that is possible to visit in Miaoli. I read that it has a bridge connected to 日新岛 that is really beautiful on pictures. There are also many cute small animals after the bridge! (if you can read chinese, you can take a look here to find out more about this place. )

But when we arrived, I was lost. The lake is beautiful, we walked around but everything looked a little not familiar from what I expected. I have no idea where to find that bridge too. 😂😂 So we just took some pictures and spend about half hour there before taking the car to another point.

Beautiful flower blooming just by the road side

If Singapore is a Green country, Taiwan must be a Flower Country! Everywhere we went, it's not hard to spot seas of flowers blooming! So as our driver drove, he will point to us the wild 花海 that he spotted and asked us if we want to stop for photos! And so we did!

a random field by the road filled with flowers! 

He also spotted beautiful Cherry Blossom blooming right outside a private house and asked if we would like to stop for photos! 

And we did! Taking pictures right at the door of a very wealthy house! 

When i was doing research of places to visit in Miaoli, I came across this 獅頭山 which mentioned that you can see it looks like a Lion's head from afar. So i added it into the list of places to go. However, when we arrived, again I was stumped. It looked nothing like what i saw in the pictures i googled leh.... I also asked around the locals there and while most do not know what I am talking about, a shop owner told me that we can view it from a primary school nearby. So Xiao Li was very kind to oblige to drive us over. But alas, we still cannot see anything like that.. I google about it again when I am back in Singapore, and realised that DAMN!! There are many 獅頭山 in Taiwan! LOL! So we probably headed to the wrong one!

But nevertheless, this 獅頭山 is still pretty! There were so many cherry blossoms all over the hill!

Next, we took the drive to the Lavender Cottage! It's far from my imagination! Haha, i had thought i will be able to immerse myself in a field full of blooming lavender, but haha, nah! It's not so much! Just bushes of it but enough to make me happy!

we had lunch there too!

Next, we headed to 勝興車站! it's a small quaint place, surprisinly FULL of people! The train tracks were full of people so we waited to take pictures! It's picture worthy, but haha, its quite a boring place though! We went there to take some pictures and shopped around for some bookmarks! 

Just nearby to 勝興車站 is the 龍騰斷橋, which is another photo taking spot. There is nothing else there except for this broken bridge. 😂

After this, we headed straight all the way to Taichung to check in to our accommodation at In One City Inn! Our driver was the one who assisted me to book the accommodation as I am not very well versed with reading the traditional chinese! Just below the hotel is the Fengjia night market and of course we wasted no time to explore the market on our own!

With this, we end our second night in Taiwan. Thank you for reading! If you are keen to continue reading about our adventure in Taiwan, please follow me on Facebook or bookmark this post. :) I will update it along the way.

9d8n Taiwan Family Trip with young children and grandparents

Day 1: Touch down in Tao Yuan and Transit to Miaoli Hotspring stay
Day 2: Exploring Miaoli and transit to Taichung

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