Tuesday, 17 January 2017

{Giveaway} The Ant and The Grasshopper by I Theatre

After a sell-out run in 2014, The Ant and The Grasshopper is returning to SOTA Drama Theatre to captivate the hearts of anyone from 3 years old and above.

Based on the very famous Aesop's Fable, it will be a bright, breezy musical suitable for the whole family.  Like every other I Theatre's production, it will be fast-paced, interactive, with catchy songs and tunes.


Once there lived a hardworking and ever-busy Ant who never seemed to have time for play or relaxation.  And then there was Grasshopper, with time on his hands and nothing to do all day.  And visiting from time to time, there is Caterpillar!

Grasshopper will always laugh and say "Why waste the sunshine in labour and toil?  Come, and rest awhile and listen to my song".

Do you think the Caterpillar will do just what the Grasshopper says?

The play will explore themes of friendship, balancing arts, leisure and work, generosity and of course about judging others.

Interested?  Tickets are already on sale at Sistic.  Details here.

With the generous sponsorship by I Theatre, we have 2 pairs of family tickets (4 tickets each) to giveaway! 

To enter:

1. Be a B.C.D.E. That's US Facebook page fan.

2. Be a I Theatre Facebook page fan.

3. Leave a comment below as to what you wish to learn from The Ant and The Grasshopper story, together with your name and email address.

Giveaway ends 31 January 2017, 8pm.

Please note:

- Tickets will be for the 11am show on 19 February 2017.

- Winner will be chosen at random.

- Tickets are not exchangeable for cash or for other showtimes, unless otherwise notified by the sponsor.

- As the play takes place in Singapore, the giveaway is open to Singapore residents only.

- Winners will be announced on blog, Facebook and notified by email.  Please respond within 48 hours, failing which, a new winner will be chosen. 

- The giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
- Tickets are to be self-collected.  Location of collection will be stated in the email.

Good Luck! 

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Monday, 16 January 2017

Of Pineapple Tarts, Cheese Pineapple Tarts and Prawn Rolls

Pineapple tarts are a must-have for me during Chinese New Year.  I love my pineapple tarts buttery.  I dislike pineapple tarts that have a dry crust.  

Pineapple Tarts Singapore has been selling their melt in the mouth pineapple tarts since 1979.  With much demand in Singapore, they started selling them here, together with 47 outlets selling pastries in Malaysia.

Fragrant pineapple tarts, together with a not-so-sweet filling that literally melts in the mouth with each bite.  I have finished almost half a bottle.

With a golden hue, these little buttery balls aren't that little.  Good for 2 bites, the crust is not dry, unlike some other brands that stuck to the sides of my mouth with each bite (do you get such a problem too?).  Now, these are buttery pineapple tarts and I adore buttery ones for I feel they are so much nicer than mediocre tasting ones.  :D

Cheese pineapple tarts are very in these days.  Using parmesan cheese, I thought the smell of cheese is not overpowering.  With a tinge of cheese taste, it balances the sweetness of pineapple tarts.

All pineapple tarts are sold in airtight containers which are reusable and yes, presentable.

Apparently, pineapple tarts are not Pineapple Tarts Singapore only specialty.  These commonly known hae bee hiam rolls a.k.a prawn rolls are da bomb.  If you like spicy prawn paste, this will be one of those that is simply irresistible.

Fried to a crispy golden brown texture, each bite is a crunch.  What I really like is that there is no oily aftertaste.  No oily lips.  And no weird, foul, rancid, or whatever word you use to describe that overused oil.

The above products can be ordered via Pineapple Tarts Singapore website here.  With more than $60 purchase, delivery is free!  And for our readers, key in Cynthia10 to get a 10% discount!

Eat something nice that is worth the calories.  These pineapple tarts and prawn rolls are.

Some FAQ:

1. Sampling / tasting is possible at their warehouse at 39 Jalan Pemimpin, #03-04 Singapore 577182. However, do make an appointment first!

2. Self-collection is also available at their warehouse at 39 Jalan Pemimpin #03-04 Singapore 577182.

3. For any other queries, please email to pineappletartssg@gmail.com.

Disclosure: We were given the above products for the purpose of this review.  No monetary compensation was received.  All photos and opinions are true to my own.

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

"The days are long, but the years are short" - Gretchen Rubin

How true is this phrase.

It is 2017 now and I am thinking back how 2016 was.  It did not seem like 365 days have passed.  It seems like just yesterday.

2016 has been a challenging year (oh well, which year wasn't).  But as the proverb goes, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. 

2016 was the year my older boy started the rat's race.  Of school and tests and examinations.  Of formal education.  Primary 1.  Now, this is a milestone.  As much a chill mum and parents we are, the basics have to be learnt.  I do not demand 100 marks for any and everything and yes, I still believe that tuition is only to help those struggling improve and not to get better when one is already good.

D's primary one life is basically school, student care and home.  Home is rest and play.  Apart from his spelling which we test him, he does no extra assessment books or revision at home.  We play Pokemon Go whenever we think (please do not tell me it is a "dangerous" game) is appropriate, we watch television programmes whenever we feel like it.  We go for walks and runs and a round of playground whenever time and weather permits. That's our primary one life and I hope 2017 will not bring much changes.

2016 also saw me exercising more.  Staying healthy for myself and for the family.  My first time up the Bukit Timah Summit after so long (probably since secondary school).  Slacked off in the second half of 2016; hoping to restart the engine soon in 2017.  Maybe after CNY huh?

Our second couple trip since the boys were born.  It was not easy.  We are the main caregivers with no helper, thus the boys are very attached to us.    We plan our trips such that we use mostly weekends (when my parents in-laws) can help, during off-peak school times (aka no spellings, no tests), or when there is no school (only going to student care for the primary go-er son).  Not easy, but not impossible.  For the record, it was a 3 days 2 nights trip which was in fact, less than 48 hours.  :D

So much easier travelling alone (because I have a very hands-on hubby).  I hiked up Mt Batur with a group of friends.  Totally outdoing myself, it was a gruelling climb.  Up at 1am, with only barely 2 hours of sleep, we started our climb at 4am after a ride of 2+ hours.  In almost total darkness, except for the lights from our hand torches, we walked, climbed, at some times, going on fours.  But the sunrise view, totally gorgeous.  Breathtaking in fact.
What did I learn from this climb?  Mind over matter.  I came back, stronger mentally (and sore legs hahaha).

If you have realised, the 2nd half of 2016 was a crazy half.

The boys had chicken pox (why did they get it when they took the MMRV vaccine, right?).  I had that thought too and am wondering how "lucky" we are to be those few whom will still be infected despite taking the jab.  But oh well, it is possible.  So why the jab?  So that the pox will be lesser and thus, lesser risk of scarring and crazy itchiness.

So there I was, thinking what to cook for the 2 "sick" boys, one after another because the Chinese believe that some food are deemed "poisonous" to be taken during chicken pox.  So one of these days, I shall blog about the food I cooked, and the food good (photo above) to be taken during chicken pox.

2016 also marked the year I organise something for special needs.  Till today, I am still excited and happy about it.  Together with a group of friends, we did a #RunToUnlabel campaign.  Details here.  We have finished running 484km for S$4,840 raised.  Will I do something like this again this year?  Why not?!  If you have any suggestions or advice, let me know!

My first 10km run!
My first half marathon!
Some people think I am crazy.  I might be.  I did my first 10km run as well as 21.1km run in 2016 (both sponsored).  Both runs made me feel that once one sets her mind on completion, it is never impossible.  Both runs made me challenge myself, physically and mentally.  I might not have been able to do it if not for constant support from the family and constant encouragement from like-minded friends.  Maybe a full marathon this year?  No.  :D

Why was 2016 challenging?  Partly also because E was hospitalised.  For pneumonia for 4 days.  It was a challenging period as much was going on in December and our first cruise holiday was just 2 weeks away from his hospitalisation.  Luckily, he recovered fast with the care of the nurses from the hospital and the correct and immediate medical attention by the doctor in-charge.  How important is a doctor to a child, how important are parents' instinct too.  That's a story for another day.

As for now, I am glad 2016 is over.  And hoping 2017 bring us better luck, good health and a year full of achievements, big or small.

Good or bad, a year has ended.  Times flies, but memories last forever.  Happy 2017.  :)