Our FIRST OctoBurst!

I’m glad that I brought my kid down to Octoburst! at Esplanade last Sunday. Octoburst it’s a children’s festival from 5-8 Oct 2017 (in conjunction to Children’s Day – I guess). I got to know that this isn’t the first Octoburst (why didn’t I know about this last year).

Find out more of Octoburst! here.

There are a series of activities and events and I’m glad that my kid completed most of the activities (as we need to go back home for dinner) and we even went for a musical performances in the Concert Hall!CIMG1719

We count ourselves LUCKY as are there on the FIRST Sunday of the month where Esplanade presents “Beautiful Sunday” where there’s a series of FREE concerts by homegrown music groups and everyone is invited as it’s open to ALL AGES (I’m definitely going every first Sunday from now!). My kid managed to sit there the full hour (with some fidgeting in the mid-way through).

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This year’s Octoburst! features Mother Nature and the environment where they teach you how to use dry leaves to create the mascot’s costumes. The kids are invited to colour on the dry leaves and then pin the leaves on the mascot using a pin.

The kid could also unleash their creativity by using plasticine and different type of beans to  replicate any reptiles or insects (or anything) and display it in the “Nature”. (See my kid’s snake – in blue on the below right picture and the snake’s house)

He then went off to draw the leaves using torch light and magnifying glass to look at vein of the leaf. (He looks like a professional!)

Just opposite of this leaves drawing area is the “My Little Story World” by Berries. There’s a total of 3 stories sharing. The stories were from the top three winners of the Children Chinese Picture Book Creation Contest held by Berries in 2016.

Last but not least, the last activities of the day (and I’m glad that we managed to get a slot for the last slot): “Grow a Garden” by Mrydette where they recycle the water bottle by creating a self-watering mini garden!

That’s how we spent about 3hours in Esplanade last Sunday and I’m looking forward to the next Octoburst!

Till then..~

 

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Dumpling from SCRATCH

It’s kind of mind-wrecking when I started to make my own chives dumpling. Knowing how cheap and easy it is to make the dumpling, I was put off by how much those dumplings are selling outside. 50CENTS for a piece of dumpling without much chives! Hahahah.. T-T

I have been craving for chives dumplings for a while so I decided to make it (again) this time – making everything FROM SCRATCH with my KIDDO! Hahhaa.. I have already formed the production line in my head: HIM – rolling the dough to form the skin and ME – wrapping the dumplings.

(This time) I didn’t measure the all the ingredients, I just use estimation.. 😀 But according to the website measurement is as follows.
Recipe (adapted from thewoksoflife):

  • 7 cups all-purpose flour20171001_164323
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 lbs ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 7 cups Chinese chives, chopped finely
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • salt to taste

I added some Shaoxing Hua Tiao Chew for the extra taste

STEPS:

  1. Put the flour in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add the water to the flour and 20171001_151153knead into a smooth dough. (This time, I used a spatula to mix instead of my hand. Previously, I knead it using my hand and it all the dough ended up sticking on my hand). Cover with a damp cloth and let the dough rest for an hour.
  2. While the dough is resting, prepare the filling. Start by adding the oil to a small pot over medium high heat. Heat the oil for about 7 minutes and allow it to cool. This “cooking” of the oil is supposed to bring out a nuttier flavor in the filling. (I find that you could skip this step if you’ve added the sesame oil as the filling gets too oily – too oily for my liking)
  3. Once the oil is cooled, add the ground pork to a large bowl, along with everything else and you’re ready to go! (So here is what the dough looks like, after an hour of “proofing” the dough is ready for rolling – dough in white bowl in the bottom right picture)

Do ensure that you have your hand and table top full of the all-purpose flour as things can get really STICKY. You can see how diligent he is rolling the dough and he doesn’t even want me to help him with it.  After he roll the dough to a big circle shape, I will try to fit in AS MUCH ingredient as I could in the small thin skin and then wrap it up in a BAO shape (sorry guys that it comes in a BAO shape instead of those JIAO ZI shape as it’s easier to wrap as a BAO).

We just REPEAT the same step over till we finished all the ingredients and the dough. Leave the “JIAO ZI BAO” in the freezer for it to harden up before transferring it to ziplock bag (to save space).

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We realized it is definitely CHEAPER and MORE ENJOYABLE to make our own skin but it’s more troublesome because of the rolling. However, my KIDDO enjoyed rolling than using pre-packed skin and I see us making more JIAO ZI using this “ROLLING” skin instead of pre-packed. 😀

If making everything FROM SCRATCH is too STICKY for you, you could click HERE for my post using pre-packed skin.

Till the next batch, we’re thinking to try making MANTOU..

Hidden Area of National Gallery Singapore!

This is [PART 2] of my National Museum Post! Our second visit after we got out annual pass. Well, after you got the annual pass, you tend to just visit a few exhibits in one trip instead of completing all to get most value out of the entrance fee.

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow exhibition is till 3 September 2017. Do come on down before it’s too late.
Click here for the exhibition overview..

Children’s Biennale (Dreams & Stories) will end on 8 October 2017. Click here for more information..

I got the Children’s Biennale handbook at $5 where there are a few activities worksheet for the kid to do while they visit the galleries. We also got ourselves the tickets to Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow.

Come on and follow us on our National Gallery Singapore journey..

Former Supreme Court Holding Cells
We were just wandering and found out about this holding cells. National Gallery Singapore used to be a Supreme Court which holds key war crimes trials. We were glad that we are able to see how holding cells looked like. Do you notice that the toilet flushes are outside the cells?!?

 

 

The Blue Who Swims All This Way by artist Betty Susiarjo

Under the sea creatures and the displays are all touchable and kids are encouraged to climb into those giant rocks and hug the hanging soft sculpture..

 

 

Keppel Centre for Art Education – Children’s Musuem
Where on will take a glimpse at how ceramics are created and you could design your very own virtual ceramic pots at the interactive station.

 

 

Yayoi Kusama –  Life is the Heart of a Rainbow (Gallery C)
There are 2 exhibits in Gallery C. I was amazed by how the dots, lines will ended up with such colourful artwork. Well, it’s an artwork which could be appreciated by both the young and the old especially The Obileration Room!!
(1) With all my Love for the Tulips I pray forever (2013 – 2017)

 

(2) Life is the Heart of a Rainbow (2017)

 

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Yayoi Kusama –  Narcissus Garden (1966/2017)
I was more captivated by the structure instead of the artwork.. Hahha..

 

 

 

Till then, we’ll be back to National Gallery Singapore as there’s still places we yet to explore.. >.<

 

Sunburn Freeze @ The Rink!

After procrastinating for a few months, we decided to head down to The Rink @ Jcube to Ice Skate after our late morning swim on my off day!

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The Rink is located at 2 Jurong East Central 1, #03-11 JCube, Singapore 6097311
FB: www.facebook.com/therink.sg

It cost us a total of $47.00 for 1 child and 1 adult admission (Per 2-hour session):
20170804_141942 Skating Admission only: $14.00 (adult); $12.00 (child)
– Skate Boots Rental: $3.50 per pair (per 2-hour)
– Gloves: $2 per pair
– Penguin Skating Aid: $10.00 (per 2-hour)

Do check out their website for more prices details..
Website: http://www.therink.sg/


It’s J’s first time to skate so he keep falling down even though he has his Mr Penguin with him. I wasn’t a good skater to begin with so I just followed closely behind him and skate very near to the grab bar just in case I fall.

J was happy even though he fall and he said that his butt was cold! Hahah, it’s great to go ice-skating after having sunburn from the morning swim as the coldness in The Rink cool down the sunburn on the shoulder area.

I saw people doing some really fancy figure skating and got interested in it so I googled about it and found Yuna Kim, a Korean Figure Skater. I’m so looking forward to Pyeongchang Olympics 2018 which is going to take place in February next year! Can’t wait! Intending to go to Korean end of next year during their Autumn period. Shall save money now!

Anyway, back to The Rink ice-skating.. So after 1+ hour of walking on the ice (for him) and slow skating (for me), we decided to call it a day and head home! (We got bored as what we did is just walking around in circles, it’s just like running around a football field/stadium track >.< Maybe cause we aren’t good in ice-skating so we can’t try on different ways of skating)

I had a big blister on both my ankle after the skating session, not too sure what’s that but I realised that I have 2 protruding bone at my ankle area (or don’t know what’s that area..) so no matter it’s ice-skating or inline skating, I will have blister! T-T 

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Speed! National Gallery Singapore

Dropped by National Gallery Singapore (NGS) as I’m not sure where to go after J’s medical appointment this afternoon. Thought that today will be a good time to the polkadot sticker exhibit which everyone posted on their instagram and I’ve missed it the previous visit to NGS as it’s crowded!

We went to only 4 exhibits, but will definitely go again soon as Yayoi Kusama exhibition is till 3 Sep 2017 while the Children’s Biennale is till 8 Oct 2017!

  1. Yayoi Kusama –  Life is the Heart of a Rainbow (Gallery A) 
    This is where you could see Kusama’s “Infinity Nets” painting (didn’t notice) as we head straight to “The Spirits of the Pumplins Descended into the Heavens” where we’ll go to this polkdot room with a huge cube mirror right at the center where one could just climb up the small steps to see the illusion of the artwork using just mirrors! 
  2. Gallery Children’s Biennale – Homogenizing and Transforming World
    There’s lots of balls of all sizes and will change it’s colour and produce some sounds when you touch it..
  3. Gallery Children’s Biennale – The Obliteration Room
    Where you will pay a donation fee of $2 for a sticker sheet and you’re free to paste those colourful stickers all over the exhibits (be it on the fixtures, furniture)
  4. Who’s in the Woods?
    One could colour the animal and then see them come to live on the wall!

Till then, we’ll have another part 2 soon!

Baking Time – Butter Cookies

I admit that I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to when the new school term start, as such, my “viewership” took a dip and went quite for weeks (well, not as if this blog if popular, but still, thanks to those who are following! I know you miss me! I’m back!)


Baking it’s definitely a great way to bond with the kids (although sometimes I do find it WAY faster to bake it ALL BY MYSELF and lesser messier without him beside me). This receipt it’s definitely a MUST TRY for beginner and also for people who loves butter cookies (like myself).

I’ve started to grow some interest in baking which I ended up getting about 3kg worth of flour just to get ready to bake some butter cookies (well, flour doesn’t just comes in small packing and this recipe asked for 3 different type of flour + butter). Initially, I wanted to bake egg tart, so I went to Poon Huat with that mindset that “Yeah man! I’m going to get the egg tart ingredients!”, but after some thoughts and knowing that egg tart doesn’t taste nice keeping overnight (can’t bring it to work for my colleagues) then I though of baking pound cake, but after much thoughts and googling, I’ve then finalize on baking BUTTER COOKIES.

The butter cookie was adapted from Miss Tiam Chiak (a mimic of Jenny Bakery – the famous melt-in-the mouth cookie, although I never taste it before).

http://www.misstamchiak.com/recipe-ultimate-butter-cookies/ 

So with all the ingredients prepared, we’re ready! The recipe could yield about 60 cookies. I haven’t been baking of a while so you keep seeing me looking at the book! Hahhaa.. (Oh yah, remember, the butter as what Miss Tam Chiak mentioned, you should use Golden Churn brand. I bought the block one instead of the tin version and the butter came out the same, just that it’s not that watery and easier to manage – IMO (In My Opinion).. I’m going to try using other brand of butter next time as Golden Churn it’s expansive! That one block cost me $5.10! )

Then you have the kid which will help you in ALMOST everything! Hahahaaha..

& that’s how the cookie looks before it’s in the oven -> after -> in the air-tight container..

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And that’s what left of today! Well, the butter cookie it’s popular among my colleague and parents and they mentioned that the texture is nice! Can’t wait to try it again using another butter to see if it’s really the butter that contribute to the melt-in-the mouth kind of texture or? 😀

Till then, I’ll make non-baked oreo cheesecake soon!

UNRAVEL – AN ESCAPE ROOM THAT’S UNIQUELY SINGAPORE!

Unravel is a real life escape room game based on urban legends and iconic landmarks from Singapore’s colourful past.

You’ll be joining KAI on the numerous baffling case files he have come across over the years. Using a combination of logic and observation, can you solve the cases and escape the dead end?

It’s located at 470 North Bridge Road #05-20 Bugis Cube, Singapore 188735. Currently, they are having some promotion. You could always drop by their facebook page for the latest promotion updates https://www.facebook.com/unravelsg/ 

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It’s my 3rd time to escaped themed room and 2nd time to Unravel and it never fails to disappoint me.. Hahha.. There are basically 4 case-file (themed room) in Unravel and you will assist Kai (the former detective, who now runs a private investigative service) to solve each case file and to ‘escape each room‘ within 60 minutes.

It’s such a pity that we didn’t managed to escape the room within the 60 minutes time frame. We’ll so close to it as we’ll in the last segment of the room and we couldn’t extend the time as there’s a next group waiting in line..

Well, we do like Unravel as unlimited hints are provided throughout the whole game and there’s a Q&A session after each game so clarify any doubts (if you have any)! Definitely recommended!

To end off with it, a group photo of us, although we didn’t managed to solve it! img-20160923-wa0004