Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Event + Giveaway: Drive in Movie and Bouncy Castle at White Sands Mall

What do you say to kick off the June school holidays by bringing your loved ones for a movie under the stars experience? On 28 May 2016, White Sand is hosting an outdoor movie screening of Fantastic 4, with its newly refreshed new look and shopping space!

White Sands is just located next to Pasir Ris MRT Station

It's been a while since I last went to the mall as there are so much more newer malls sprouting up all over the Singapore Island! If you do not stay around Pasir Ris, you might not have know that the mall has been undergoing renovation and is completing all its upgrading works by Mid 2016!



It's a whole brand new spacious experience shopping at White Sands now!

For the June holidays, White Sands has quite a few programme round up for the little ones and young students! While you are there, remember to check out the newly revamped two-level Pasir Ris Public Library which is the first library managed by teens for teens! 

Programmes to Look Out For


Cuddle up with your loved ones and catch a show together under the stars with the outdoor screening of Fantastic Four (2015) on 28 May 2016, at the at the open field beside White Sands. Movie starts after sundown at 7pm. 
You can choose to enjoy the movie in your car by Driving-In or by having a picnic right by the screen! With just $5 per entry for the picnic area or $10 per vehicle for the movie drive-in area, you’d be able to enjoy the actions packed movie while munching on free flow candy floss and popcorn! You  will also bring home a White Sands mini fan, sculpted balloon, and play at bouncy castles and game booths for free!
If you are a SAF/SPF/SCDF personnel, good news for you! Simply flash your 11B at the event venue to get FREE entry (1 free vehicle per pass or 4 pax at picnic area)! Shoppers who spend $250 at White Sands between 29 April to 28 May’16* can also redeem for free entry to the movie! 
That’s not all – you can also shop till you drop at the charity and entrepreneur booths, on 28 and 29 May at the event area and inside the mall. 
*Tickets to be purchased or redeemed at the White Sands Customer Service Counter, level 2. Please read here for more details. 

The flurry of activity kicks off with an Adventurous Play Land and Balloon AniMazon in the Main Atrium (Level 1) of White Sands from 19 May – 26 May 2016. Bring your adventurous spirit along and venture through a giant maze with adorable safari animals, made entirely out of balloons - the fun continues at the Play Land with a mega bouncy castle! You’ll be invited to a whole day of cuteness with just $2 per person for the maze, and $5 per kid (above two years old) per 30 mins play for the Play Land! 

*Tickets to be purchased at the White Sands Customer Service Counter, level 2. Please read here for more details.


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Thank you to White Sands and Asiamalls, I have special tickets to giveaway to nine lucky families reading this blog, for the Drive In Movie Screening on 28 May 2016!

5 x families can win a set of 4 picnic mat tickets each (worth S$20)
4 x families can win a drive in ticket each (worth $10)

To participate in this giveaway, please follow the instructions below:

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3) Leave your Email so that I can Contact You When You Win!
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Terms and Conditions for Giveaway:
  • Contest is open to fans of Miracule residing in Singapore only
  • Incomplete step will be disqualified. 
  • Only one winner per household. Duplicate winners of the same giveaway on other websites may be disqualified. The final decision will be made by the sponsors.
  • Contest ends on Sunday night, 22 may 2016, at 1159pm. 
  • Winner will be announced on the blog and notified via email. Winner is required to provide Full name, IC number and mobile number for prize collection purposes. Please kindly response within 48 hours, else a next winner will be drawn. 
  • Gifts won are not are non-transferable, non-exchangeable and non-refundable
  • Collection of tickets will be at White Sands Customer Service Counter, Level 2 on 28 May 2016 before 4pm. 
  • Winner will need to produce their IC to claim their tickets
  • Facebook, Instagram and Blogger are not associated with this giveaway. Information provided are for Miracule and not for Facebook, Instagram or any other social platform.

ABOUT WHITE SANDS MALL

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White Sands is located at Pasir Ris Central next to the MRT Station and within the recreational area of Pasir Ris New Town. 

White Sands offers its residential catchment the convenience of a one-stop shopping mall in an upbeat shopping environment, focusing on today’s healthy and active lifestyle. Being sited within the recreational zone along the eastern coastline of Singapore, White Sands has naturally become a popular destination among weekend holiday-makers. The mall is also a convenient stopover for young National Servicemen making their way to their Pulau Tekong training base camp. 

In its commitment to sustainability, White Sands has been awarded with the BCA Green Mark Platinum award on 12 March 2015.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

FairPrice Walks With U 2016!

Last year, we were looking forward to attend the FairPrice Walks with U 2015 which was supposed to be in Mar 2015, but it was cancelled as a Mark of Respect for Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Last Sunday, we were so thrilled to participate in the FairPrice Walks with U 2016!


If you have not heard about it, FairPrice Walks with U is an annual non-competitive mass walk brought to us by NTUC Fairprice Co-operative Ltd. It aims to brings together families and members of the community from all walks of life and for maintaining a healthy lifestyle! At the same time, NTUC is taking the lead to show how we can give back to others, FairPrice Foundation pledged a $150 FairPrice voucher for every registered participant of this walk. This year, S$1.2 million worth of vouchers will go towards the FairPrice Food Voucher Scheme, which provides vouchers for needy families to purchase daily essentials through grassroots organisations of all 87 constituencies in Singapore!

From my understanding, the FairPrice Walk is always sold out rather quickly upon launched every year! It's because the per pax rate is only from a mere S$10/pax! And participants will receive the walking tee as well as a super generous goody bag!
Registration fees start from S$10 only!

The super generous goody bag is heavy and full of goodies!

So from only S$10 per pax, we get to keep the event tee and goodie bag, as well as participate in half a day's of family bonding fun, AND on top of that, money is raised and set aside by NTUC Foundation to help the needy! I can't think of any reason why the walk will not be sold out! So if you are keen, act super fast next year!

This year, the walk is held at Singapore Sports Hub. The trail started from around the national stadium and is shaded for a good 1km of the walk! Weather was also very kind! It was cloudy and not hot till after 10am! 

It's the first time we had a multi-generations walk together!



Us at the starting point


My mum was super amazed by the generosity of the sponsors at the event!
Almost every booth was giving out free food, drinks and even some product samples! 



Music and singing kept participants entertained during and after the walk, and while we are queuing for drinks and food!

Do look out for the event again next year and register early to join in this meaningful multi-generations walk!

ABOUT NTUC FAIRPRICE

NTUC Fairprice Co-operative Ltd was founded by the labour movement in 1973, with a social mission to moderate the cost of living in Singapore. From one supermarket, it has grown to become
Singapore’s largest retailer serving over half a million shoppers daily, with a network of over 120
outlets, comprising FairPrice supermarkets, FairPrice Finest and FairPriceXtra. Its convenience arm
comprises a network of over 160 FairPrice Xpress and Cheers convenience stores, which serves over
100,000 customers daily. FairPrice Online caters to over 115,000 subscribers offering a hassle-free
online shopping experience. NTUC FairPrice also owns a Fresh Food Distribution Centre and a
centralised warehousing and distribution company.

Today, with its multiple retail formats serving the varied needs and interests of people from all walks
of life, NTUC FairPrice has kept pace with the changing needs of its customers while remaining
committed to its social mission and its aspiration to be Singapore’s leading world-class retailer with a
heart.

Guided by the philosophy to do well in order to do good for the community, NTUC FairPrice launched FairPrice Foundation in 2008 to focus its giving efforts to provide a better life for the community. FairPrice Foundation focuses its giving on three strategic thrusts – the poor and needy, nation building and community bonding, and advancing workers’ welfare. FairPrice has since donated over S$98 million to the Foundation to further these three areas of focus.

For more information on NTUC FairPrice, visit http://www.fairprice.com.sg

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Monday, May 09, 2016

{Product Review + Discount Code} Makura Health and Neck Support Pillow

I am not sure if I am the only person with this problem or if there are many others like me. 

Since my teenage years, especially when I doing in my Tertiary education, I started having trouble falling asleep because I wasn't able to find the most comfortable position for my head! It's either too high and ended up too low, and the next day i would mostly end up with a stiff neck and migraines. 
I start to develop problems with sleeping well, mainly due to having trouble falling asleep and the constant flipping throughout the night as I couldn't find a comfortable position to sleep in. As a result, I started developing neck and back issues from a young age. 

You know, during my parents time, they know nothing about different pillows - we just buy whichever that is cheaper and we should use it for a lifetime! 

So now (after so many years!), unless I am mindful, else I would be naturally sloughing  (the ugly hunched back) and worst... the back of my shoulders are permanently tightened in high tension (all the masseurs that massage for me would always comment how come the back of my shoulders are so tight), it's as if I am forever in a high tension mode.  And.. I changed my pillow very often, I am still looking for the best pillow for me! 

Somehow, I have tried so many pillows, whatever that seems to be just nice will ended up with me flipping through the night again, for example:
  • The height of pillow was just nice but I ended up waking in sweat around my head and neck even though I am sleeping in an air-conditioned room 
  • When i finally found a pillow that has better air circulation and heat dissipation, it wasn't able to retain its height
  • And when i finally found a pillow that has better air circulation and heat dissipation and can retain its height.... it's slightly too high for me!
  • And.. I am not sure if I am the only sensitive weirdo around, I had trouble finding a right height pillow because the height that I needed changes when I am lying head down or when I am sleeping sideways! 
I had been trying out the Makura Health and Neck Support Pillow for close to one month now, let me share more about this new and very interesting product and how different it is from conventional pillows on the market!

The Makura pillow is made in Japan!

Packaging of product looks like any other pillow.
I love keeping these pillow carriers, it is very good to be used to keep the clothes that children outgrown!

I am intrigued by the grainy fillings within the pillow!
I was really very surprised and impressed when i opened and saw what was inside the pillow!

Within the packaging, it also comes with a pillowcase that I am now using as a pillow protector for this pillow!

So if we look at the product itself, I wasn't sure how different this pillow would be from all my other pillows, on the product packaging, it states almost the usual things that a pillow would promise but something caught my eye! 

Did you see the words "Special Capsules" and you can adjust the pillow height by adding or removing the capsules??

I was in for a surprise! What capsules is it talking about? A pillow is usually filled with cotton, feathers, polymers or memory foam! I had seen husks filled pillows too, but capsules?! And so i turn the pillow all over and found a zip which i open it up to see what's inside!

Are you ready to find out what this pillow is filled with? 
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Tadah! This pillow is filled with these special plastic lookalike capsules in a few shapes!

So having tried the pillow for almost one month now, let me share with you my experiences! 

First Try

When I rested on my head on the pillow for the very first time, the pillow felt very very firm. I immediately thought of how the people slept in the olden days with a wooden pillow (those we sees in a chinese period drama)? I wonder if the pillow would be too hard for me. 

I also can feel the capsules moving itself along with my head and neck as i try turning around! It felt a little I was given a massage whenever i moved! And the pillow quickly fitted into a comfortable height, be it when I am lying head down (which I will need a lower pillow) or sleeping sideways (which I will need a higher pillow)!

After the first night with the pillow

As we co-sleep with Little Brother and I am still nursing him, he would always wake for comfort latching at night, because of this, for the past three years both Little Brother and I had been waking very frequently throughout the night every day!

But the first night I tried the Makaru Health and Neck Support Pillow, I woke the next morning, totally surprised that both Little Brother and I slept through the night!!! 

It was after a few nights that I realised that it wasn't Little Brother waking up at night for comfort latching! It had been ME! It was my frequent turning and tossing in the nights that woke Little Brother, and thus the need to comfort latching to make him fall asleep again. And when he fallen asleep, i would turn and toss again to find my comfort head spot and that's when I risked waking him again!!! If i ignored his fussiness, he would in turn wake everyone else up which again I suffer!

So with the Makura pillow, I had been turning lesser in my sleep, and thus waking Little Brother lesser too! And to think that I had always been wondering why I couldn't wean Little Brother off comfort latching! Hahaha!

So it's important to find the correct pillow, for it not just affect our own quality of sleep, using an unsuitable pillow can affect the sleeping partner's quality of sleep too! 

Key Benefits of Active Hive’s Makura Health and Neck Support Pillow:
  • Better air circulation and heat dissipation
    The unique capsules inside of the pillow provide better air circulation while you are asleep, thus providing more comfort and less heat retention, contributing to a better sleep experience.
  • Pillow retains its height and does not change shape
    In order for optimum support, the pillow retains its height all throughout a good night’s sleep, and does not change, thus it is at the optimal shape throughout the whole night without compromising comfort.
  • Adjustment of pillow height can be done by adding / removing the capsules
    Inside each pillow, there is a certain number of capsules provided. However, not everyone’s natural physique is the same, thus the amount of capsules inserted can be removed in order to suit your most comfortable neck and head position.
  • Uninterrupted, deep quality sleep as neck is aligned in its optimum angle
    The pillow is shaped uniquely such that the neck and head are properly positioned. This leads to deep quality sleep providing proper rest that is uninterrupted. In the case of uncomfortable pillows that do not provide proper posture, one may tend to have trouble finding the right sleeping position and have interrupted sleep, which leads to not feeling well-rested the following day.
  • Hygienic and allergy-safe
    The pillow is 100% allergy-safe without any harm or risks to those with sensitive skin or dust allergies as the capsules are machine-washable, thus ensuring safe use for all. (Place pillow in washing net and place in wash machine to wash and spin dry, leave it to air or sun dry. DO NOT use a dryer.)
  • Relieves and gets rid of neck and shoulder pain
    By adapting to the right sleeping position every night, the neck and shoulder aches caused by poor posture throughout the day becomes alleviated, and corrects posture problems. Without aches and pains, those who have been suffering from poor posture are able to correct their posture even while awake, leading to more comfort in everyday activities.
  • Wake up more alert and well-rested
    By having the right posture and achieving uninterrupted sleep, it directly benefits one’s energy levels and attention. Over time, the energy that you gain from sleeping in an optimal position enables you to achieve more in daily life.


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For those who are keen or in need to find the optimum pillow like me, the Makura Health and Neck Support Pillow retails at $188, available at Active Hive and online at http://activehive.com.sg/product/makura-pillow/.

Only for Miracule's readers: 

Get a special 30% off and free delivery for your purchase of Makura Health and Neck Support Pillow with the coupon code "miracule30"

That's not all, receive a complimentary Minus Calories workout at Active Hive worth $103 with each purchase of Makura Health and Neck Support Pillow!

Do note that the coupon code will expire on 30 June 2016. :) If you are a troubled sleeper like me, hope you can find some good nights sleep too! :)


MORE INFORMATION

About Active Hive
Active Hive is a lifestyle and wellness brand that offers innovative fitness and complementary wellness services to enhance the quality of your life with its high-tech workouts, wellness and lifestyle products and services. At Active Hive, we believe in the 7Rs – Responsible, Right Exercise, Right Nutrition, Right Balance, Right Concentration, Rest and Right Effort. At Active Hive, you can easily achieve your fitness goals and lead an active lifestyle, becoming strong and fit physically and emotionally. We believe that with Health, Fitness and Wellness, the route to true beauty and style can be realised marvelously to achieve a balance to the mind, body and soul!

Active Hive is located at: 
65 Ubi Road 1 #02-88 Oxley Bizhub Singapore 408729
Email: activehive@gmail.com
Tel: 6384 2758 / 9236 4678
Operating hours: (By appointment only)
• Mon to Fri: 10am to 9.30pm
• Sat, Sun & PH: 10am to 8pm

For more information about Minus Calories, check out the following:
• Website: www.activehive.com.sg

Disclaimer: I was invited by AT Marketing Consultancy to try the Makura Health and Neck Support Pillow. I was one pillow for review purposes. No other form of compensation is involved and all opinions and images are my own, unless otherwise stated. No part is to be copied or reproduced without permission.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Event: Madagascar Live! at MBS

Our family had a really great blast at the Marina Bay Sands MasterCard Theatre yesterday evening! We went there to catch the opening of the Madagascar Live! Do you know that they will be in town from 21 to 24 April 2016 only?! Catch them before they fly to another country!

It's the opening of Madagascar Live!

We were waiting excitedly for the show to start!

We had watched all the three Madagascar movies countless time and yesterday night, we get to reminisce the children's favorite cartoon brought alive on stage through lively storytelling, dance and music! At first we didn't know what to expect, but we were treated to the whole of Madagascar Part One brought alive right in front of our eyes - we truly enjoyed the wild and action-packed adventures as Alex the lion, Melman the giraffe, Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo and the plotting penguins as they escape from their home at New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an exciting unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar! From Marty's birthday surprise in the zoo in New York City, to the running away, to getting caught and transferred in crates on the ship to them falling off the ship and castaway to King Julien’s island, every scene is brought alive on stage! My personal favorite is the dramatic animals on subway scene! 

Like the movie, the musical is a fun-filled celebration of friendship and good times, how even though Marty the Zebra, a herbivore and Alex the lion, a carnivores, are the best of friends and stand the test of friendship even though Alex may have eaten Marty because of his hunger! I like how this important message is reinforced live on stage so that it will have a bigger impact on the children. 

The show is also a vivid showcase of imaginative sets and costumes, peppy dance numbers and spectacular new songs that kept us entertained from the beginning until the end! I was admiring the costumes of Marty, Alex, Gloria and Melman! It's so detailed, paddings were added for the extra curves or muscles and I wonder how the actor of Melman kept himself from falling at all!

Love how lively the show was, even love the costumes by the cast!

My boys are not the dancing with the music type, but they were kept glued throughout!

Words alone are simply not good enough to tell you how influencing the show is! I managed to capture and share with you the short excerpt of the "Move it! Move it!" song segment!



Wanna know how "high" the audiences were (both kids and adults) towards the end of the show?



More Information


Families from Singapore and around the region can ‘Move It, Move It’ in April this year with their favourite Madagascar characters coming to the city as part of the ‘Madagascar Live!’ theatrical show based on the blockbuster Dreamworks Animation franchise. Reliving the fun and humour of the animals and their escapades the show promises all-out entertainment for families from 21 April at the MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands. Tickets are now on sale.

The superb family entertainment show is brilliantly recreated in a stage production of lively storytelling, dance and music, and is set to mesmerise fans who can also look forward to tapping their feet to the super hit soundtrack ‘I Like to Move It, Move It’.
After Marty's Bday celebration, Alex and Marty singing the friendship song (Image by Base Entertainment)

The escape in the subway scene (image from Base Entertainment)

King Julient singing the lullaby to luring Alex to sleep (Image from Base Entertainment)


The Finale Beach Party (Image from Base Entertainment)

Language:
English

Duration:
Approximately 101 minutes (including 20 minutes interval)

Event Date: 
Thu, 21 - Sun, 24 Apr 2016 
Thu & Fri: 6pm 
Sat & Sun: 11am, 2.30pm & 6pm

Venue: 
Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands

Ticket Pricing (Excludes Booking Fee) 
VIP Reserve : S$130 
A Reserve : S$100 
B Reserve : S$80 
C Reserve : S$60 
D Reserve : S$40 
VIP Box (For 4 seats): S$520 
Box Seats(For 4 seats): S$240 

Series Pass Saver 25% off standard tickets with Series Pass Saver Save 25% when you buy tickets to more than one Base Entertainment family show. Saving is available for selected shows via Series Saver



ABOUT DREAMWORKS THEATRICAL
DreamWorks Theatricals, a division of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., was established in 2007 to develop and execute live stage and arena show productions inspired by the Company’s franchise properties of How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and Shrek. Current productions – including How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular and Kung Fu Panda Arena Spectacular – are high-quality, immersive entertainment experiences for the whole family, featuring larger-than-life elements such as acrobatics, pyrotechnics and special effects. DreamWorks Theatricals productions are guided by much of the creative leadership team that develops the studio’s award-winning feature films. DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world.

ABOUT BASE ENTERTAINMENT ASIA
BASE Entertainment Asia is one of Asia Pacific’s leading presenters of live entertainment. Based at the spectacular Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort in Singapore, the company has presented many of the world’s most recognised musicals including Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, Jersey Boys, CATS, My Fair Lady, Annie, Starlight Express, The Sound of Music and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Additionally BASE Entertainment Asia also presented concerts such as Michael Bolton, Thriller Live, Beatlemania, Bjorn Again, Cliff Richard, AR Rahman, and Elvis Costello. The company has also presented Disney Live on behalf of Feld Entertainment for the past 4 years plus global children’s performers Hi 5 and The Wiggles. In 2014 BASE Entertainment Asia presented the Asian premiere of the equestrian spectacular Cavalia which enjoyed a sellout season in Singapore. BASE Entertainment founders Brian Becker and Scott Zeiger, have 45 years combined experience in the live entertainment industry. The company has offices in Singapore, New York, Las Vegas, and Houston. For more information please visit www.BASEentertainmentAsia.com

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Event: Shrek The Musical (Roar Like Shrek & Get a Free Child Ticket!)


This coming June School Holidays, bring your children to watch "Shrek The Musical", which will be playing at MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands for the first time ever, from 8 to 19 June 2016 only!

Big Bright Beautiful World with Perry Sook as Shrek
(Production Image from Base Entertainment Asia)

Christian Marriner as Lord Farquaad in Shrek The Musical
(Production Image from Base Entertainment Asia)

Shrek and Fiona
(Production Image from Base Entertainment Asia)

Dragon and Donkey will be on stage too!
(Production Image from Base Entertainment Asia)

This live adaptation of the popular animation film Shrek brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favourite ogre to the stage. In a far away kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey that does not keep quiet, a villain with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairytale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand and his name is Shrek!

Still not convinced if your family will enjoy Shrek the Musical? Just watch the excerpts of the musical below and I am sure you'll feel the same like we do! We wished we were right in the theatre to enjoy the Shrek Magic!


And I sharing a super compelling reason, why you should bring your children to watch the show! 

Do a roar like Shrek and you can get a FREE child ticket for every adult ticket purchased from MBS Ticketing!!!

Simply submit a photo or video of yourselves or your children doing a roar #LikeShrek and upload it onto the contest page at http://bit.ly/1qRTz3Z. Once your entry is approved, you will receive an email with a dedicated booking link, which allows you to get a free child ticket with every "Shrek the Musical" adult ticket purchased on MBS Ticketing!!

p/s: If you can't remember how Shrek Roars, you might want to view it again here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWbaDmzCu8g

Here's a video of Big Brother doing his Shrek Roar!


More Information About Shrek the Musical 

SHREK THE MUSICAL is based on the Oscar® - winning DreamWorks Animation film that started it all. This live adaptation brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to the stage. In a far away kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an ogre - not a handsome prince - shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey that does not keep quiet, a villain with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand and his name is Shrek.

Show Dates
8 to 19 June 2016

Show Times
Wed - Fri: 7.30pm
Sat: 2pm & 7.30pm
Sun: 1pm & 6pm

Venue
MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands

Cast
International Cast

Ticket Pricings
(Excludes Booking Fee)

VIP Reserve : S$175
A Reserve : S$155
B Reserve : S$125
C Reserve : S$95
D Reserve : S$65
VIP Box (For 4 seats): S$700
Box Seats(For 4 seats): S$380

Standard Chartered MasterCard® card holders can enjoy a booking fee waiver on full price or MasterCard pre-sale tickets. To enjoy the booking fee waiver, select the Standard Chartered MasterCard® ticket type only available via Marina Bay Sands Ticketing Website.
Book Your Tickets at http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/shrek0616

NOTE:
  • Children below 3 years of age may be admitted free of charge provided they do not occupy a seat (they must be seated on the lap of a parent or guardian).
  • Children aged 3 years and above must purchase a ticket for admission.
  • All children below 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Outing: Venus Loop Guided Walk By NUS Toddycats

Late November last year, I managed to sign up our family for a free guided walk at MacRitchie Forest organised by NUS Toddycats. They are a group of volunteers with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore.

The walk is very surreal for me and we learnt much during the guided tour. Do you know our Singapore forests are very well loved by Researchers and Scientists of the world? Not only it has everything to learn about rainforests - the different type of trees and plants, the forest stream with freshwater lives, the birds, the monkeys, the insects and the lizards etc (we encounter all of it in our two hours walk!). The best thing of our forest is we can get out of it within hours and have a cold drink from some shops across the road! Haha, in other countries once you enter the forest, it maybe days later before you can get out of it!

We went prepared for the walk, dressed in light colored tops, long pants and covered shoes, with a big bottle of kids friendly insect repellent, and including ample cold drinking water for all kept in a cooler bag! Although we were covered by shades almost throughout the walk, it's still quite hot in the morning sun and we need to keep ourselves well hydrated, especially the little ones. We also brought along a plastic bag to keep our own trashes until we are out of the forest. It's not nice to leave our rubbish behind and, do remember not to take anything out of the forest (no matter how tempting it is to get some seeds etc home for planting!).

it's important to come dress in long pants and if possible long sleeves to protect your skin from insects or cuts, if any.

This is called the "Batman" leaves, the shape looks like the batman logo isn't it?

While they are cute to look at, they are actually harmful weeds to the plantations in the forest!

I love walking through the shades of layers of trees!

Our guide showed us a tiny tiny snail

We saw butterflies fluttering around too

Fallen Tree will become homes to some insects and later decomposed to return back to nature

Decomposition happening

A seemingly small freshwater stream with so much lives in it

a lizard we came across

2.5 years old Little Brother would squat down from time to time to observe the little ants or insects on the ground

A fallen big tree which is later saw across to show the hollow within the tree trunk

Can't remember what this is called but isn't nature amazing and beautiful?

The walk may take between 2 to 3 hours plus, depending on the size and make up of the tour group and if we are lucky to come across interesting animals or plants. 

For us, we heard the calls of interesting birds and insects, and come across monkeys swinging through the trees and squirrels running up trees super fast. We also saw many different types of trees including durian trees in the forest. 

It was about two hours before my children were exhausted and hungry (even though we had a heavy breakfast before the walk). So with our whiny boys, we said our thanks and bidded farewell to our tour guides and group, before cutting short our tour to make our way out before others. It's an easy trail so it's impossible to get lost if you follow on trail. 

Following our experience, I strongly urged families to sign up for the walks before the construction of the new MRT line which will cut across theses forest! Let your little ones have the experience of walking through a rainforest and the wonders of it.  

Of course, the walk is not just for admiring the beauty of our nature, but also to create awareness of how constructions will harm with nature. You can read more here https://lovemacritchie.wordpress.com/why/ to learn about the "Love MacRitchie" campaign and how you can support the Love MacRitchie movement to help encourage our government to reconsider the alignment of the Cross Island Line through the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. 

If you are keen in joining theses free guided walks, you can follow http://facebook.com/lovemacritchie to be updated of future openings.

MORE INFORMATION

A series of FREE public guided walks at MacRitchie Forest.

Join the NUS Toddycats of Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum in discovering the forest! Learn about amazing plants and animals living in our backyard as part of the Love Our MacRitchie Forest movement.

Map of Venus Loop - http://tinyurl.com/map-venusloop

The MacRitchie Forest Trail at Venus Drive meanders along the banks of a crystal-clear forest stream that is full of freshwater life. Here live dragons and damsels, freshwater crabs and prawns, the Puff-faced Watersnake, Pygmy Halfbeak and Saddle Barb.

Look out, too, for the Green Crested Lizard, Red-bellied Squirrel, Long-tailed Macaque, Blue-rumped Parrot and Colugo. Walk in the cool shade of old trees. Feel a kind of natural peace that only a rainforest can give.

The trail here is a dirt path which is relatively level and suitable for children, the elderly and the physically-challenged. Be prepared for some mud.

Come with us, and learn more about this rainforest. Feel our natural heritage at risk.

https://lovemacritchie.wordpress.com/love-macritchie-walks/

To find out how you can support our precious forest, please do visit https://lovemacritchie.wordpress.com/how/

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Learning through Play : Colours, Feelings and Motor Skills

While I had been homeschooling Big Brother last year more systematically, I am used to handling both my children on my own 24 by 7. This year Big Brother has upgraded into a mainstream school and when he is away, I can finally enjoy so many hours of "Mother & Little Brother" time! I find this period quite surreal, to be able to spend quality time alone with him! 

Well, Little Brother is still a little too little for "education". ;p And I found the new freedom of having hours a day to do the household chores at my own pace and in peace~ I teach Little Brother more incidentally, as and when, like when we do the marketing together, counting steps as we walked etc. 

I also found out that I can leave Little Brother with some papers and markers and he is able to do some doodling on his own quietly! Sometimes, we just have to let the little ones try on their own and let them amazed us huh?

So the other day i was going to fold the week's laundry, I gave Little Brother the drawing block and Dot A Art Markers. I asked him to try opening the caps of the markers by himself and was a little surprised that he had no difficulties doing it at all (unlike Big Brother). Then he started dabbling by himself so i left him to it. 

I asked if he knew how to draw and I left him at this stage where he only used the green marker.

When i came back to check on him awhile later, I was blown away! His picture is so colorful! I asked if it's a fish and he replied me no, it's a robot~~ -_-||| Hahaha. 

So i went to take out some paper plates and outline a blue circle on one plate for him and ask him to continue on his own. And immediately he put 2 dots and a line and told me he drew a face!


Pretty cool for a child that almost turned three isn't it? And I went back to continue folding the clothes, only to have him to call me back after a while. He was so excited and told me he drew different faces and honestly, I am astonished by this Little Guy's capabilities!

Him telling me about the expressions on the 4 faces.

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