Tuesday, May 23, 2017

More Than A Photographer

Those who know me, knows that I love taking photos of my family, especially that of the kiddos. However, when it comes to photo editing and enhancements whatsoever, I am only able to rely on the Snapseed app on my mobile device. But I have to tell you, that app is da bomb and it is free to download too! Ok back to the topic, it so happened that when my wife was pregnant with Louie, she took on a maternity photoshoot package with home-based photographer, Zheng Liting from A Nic Tay Production. My wife was really happy with her work (and my wife isn't an easy person to please), hence we booked her a couple more times to take photoshoots of the kiddos as well, because she really trusted her.

You can see from the samples of work done for our family, that her work does not merely consist of photographing the subjects, but includes photo art and enhancements as well. Do you still remember when Neoprint booths sprouted everywhere and it was all the rage then? Well, some of the photos had the same kind of magical feel, albeit much more professionally taken of course! Do note that her packages only includes digital touch ups and colour tuning though, and fine art (if any at all) will be complimentary and out of goodwill. It is truly dependent on how well the model performs and how much she is inspired by the subject! This is because it really takes a lot of effort and time on her part to do any fine art. 

Feel free to contact her directly at A Nic Tay Production and let her know you got to know her through us. We earn no commission but who knows it may help us snag a session for Stacci! Lol.... 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Genting International Children's Festival 2017

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Oh, I just found out that there's actually a Genting International Children's Festival! And it is happening right around the June holidays too, how coincidental right? Of course not lah, it is planned with the kiddos in mind mah! But jokes aside, having just came back from Perth, I find that the weather back here in Singapore is really no joke. I perspire and smell soon after bathing every day! Perhaps with the line up of activities and the cooler weather, a family trip up north to Resorts World Genting may be worth considering for this coming school holidays. What say you?

Genting International Children's Festival

To be held from 27 May to 11 June 2017, the resort-wide Genting International Children's Festival 2017 carries the tagline, “art, dance and music,” and is set to be a visual feast where guests can enjoy soaking up the carnival atmosphere. Everyone can look forward to great hospitality and conviviality at the various locations of the resort where activities scheduled for the festival are held.

Three activities that will take place at SkyAvenue are namely “Cheers & Pom: Cheerleading,” to be held at Level 1 of the mall, “Storyland: Cosplay Meet & Greet” at Level 2, and “Street Beats: Brass Ensemble” at Level 3. Two other activities are “Paradise: Forest Fairies Ballet Dance,” to be held at First World Rainforest, and Boulevard's Parade at Genting Grand Open Car Park.

As evident, the Genting International Children's Festival promises variety—there is something for everyone—from cheerleading to cosplaying to ballet.

No doubt kids will love watching the handsprings, and tumbling and twisting skills of the cheerleaders who will light up the atmosphere at Level 1 of SkyAvenue during Cheers & Pom. This is a must-see event for those who enjoy watching the superior dexterity of graceful cheerleaders.

Another wonderful sight awaits at “Paradise: Forest Fairies Ballet Dance” where pretty ballerinas will whirl and twirl away as they entertain visitors in this land of make-believe. Surely there is nothing cuter than the sight of young people in colourful dance skirts and tutus!

People-watching should also be an enjoyable activity at “Storyland: Cosplay Meet & Greet” where cosplayers will have a field day dressing up as their favourite characters, while “Street

Beats: Brass Ensemble” promises fun in music—street musicians playing drums, trombones, and trumpets, among others.

The holiday period is likewise celebrated with pomp and gaiety at Boulevard's Parade at the Open Car Park of Genting Grand. Just basking in this festive atmosphere alone would make an excellent activity for the whole family.

Soul of Shaolin theatrical show

Among the oldest institutionalised styles of Chinese martial arts, Shaolin kung fu is second to none in terms of beauty and artistry. And kung fu enthusiasts would be happy to know that this magnificent martial art form will be on full display at Resorts World Genting when the theatrical event, Soul of Shaolin: Hui Guang's Story takes centre stage from 28 May to 26 June 2017.

A critically acclaimed show that earned a nomination at the 63rd Tony Awards in 2009, it has held more than 500 performances worldwide in such countries as the US, Australia, Italy, Norway, India, Korea, Turkey, Macau, Hong Kong, and Turkey. When it opened at Marquis Theater on Broadway in January 2009, all its seven performances were sold out—and Jan 15 was promptly proclaimed China on Broadway Day by New York City.

At Resorts World Genting, Soul of Shaolin: Hui Guang's Story will be held at Genting International Showroom at 9pm or 4pm*, from 28 May to 26 June 2017. There will be two shows—at 4pm and 9pm—on 24 June. A total of 22 shows are scheduled, with each screening lasting 90 minutes (with 10 minutes intermission).

Billed as China's key cultural export project by China's Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Commerce, the State Administration of Radio, Film & Television, and the General Administration of Press and Publication, the event is deemed “the Best of China” and is brought to you by Asian Arts Connection.

Soul of Shaolin: Hui Guang's Story is a stirring portrait of the life of a Shaolin monk. The tale begins with a woman who is forced to abandon her son when she finds herself pursued by a group of bandits. The woman hides her child among tall grass before jumping off a cliff in her effort to evade capture.

The child is later found by Na Luo, a Shaolin kung fu monk, who also picks up a piece of broken jade he finds near the former. Years go by, and the child, named Hui Guang, grows strong and healthy—raised and taught by Na Luo and also Miao Xing, the abbot of Shaolin Temple. Hui Guang's past is not hidden from him; the truth is revealed to him, along with the piece of jade.

Depressed upon learning about his tragic past, Hui Guang gets drunk and ends up provoking other monks. He is then punished by Miao Xing who places him in a cave known as Bodhidharma. As it turns out, Hui Guang learns about being a paragon of virtue—that it is the real soul of Shaolin.

The story continues with him later crossing paths with his mother. Still out looking for her son, she once again finds herself in trouble when she runs into some ruffians. Hui Guang and Na Luo come to her aid, and while fighting off the hoodlums, the former loses his piece of broken jade. When his mother comes upon it later, she searches for him at his temple.

Mother and son are reunited and both wish to leave the temple to begin life anew. Unfortunately, temple rules dictate that a monk that wishes to leave, must fight his way out. As it turns out, the final opponent Hui Guang must face is Na Luo—and the latter chooses to fake his vanquishing in order to help Hui Guang. The story thus ends well, with Hui Guang and his mother leaving the temple to start a new life.

Tickets for Soul of Shaolin: the Story of Hui Guang are priced at RM156 (VIP), RM126 (PS1), RM96 (PS2). GRC (Genting Rewards Card) members enjoy a 10% discount.

For more information, call +603 2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Music Run 2017

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I have to admit I am no running buff and I join runs only because I would like to the kiddos to have a little more physical activities. If the family is not joining the run, I probably will not as well. Totally no motivation lah! Thus when the whole village was invited over for The Music Run that took place on 06 May 2017, we gladly went! Even though it was just 2 days before my bonding trip with Stacci and I risk injuries from my long period of not exercising! 

Being a first-timer to The Music Run, I do not really know what exactly to expect but I knew that the wife and kiddos were not THAT keen to be running though. However it all changed when we reached the venue and the kiddos were excited by the flurry of activities in the village. Teens and many adults as well were mesmerized by the showmanship of Nathan Hartono, while my kiddos were having fun taking part in some dancing games on Kinect while I went for my favourite bubble tea from Gong Cha! 


Had so much going on in the village that we were probably the last to start the run! There were no fixed stating time that you need to adhere to, and runners were free to start their 5km walk, run or crawl! We all know how uplifting music can be at times, and it was truly the differentiating factor in all the runs we had even been too. As we followed the tracks, we found ourselves humming along and even singing out loud when we heard our favorite tunes. The muscles did ache a little during the run, but the spirit was uplifted by the cheerful, colourful and lively atmosphere throughout! 

The run was inarguably the most enjoyable and entertaining run we had been too so far. Just so to be sure that I was not the only person to feel this way, I checked with my wife and the kiddos and found out that they felt the same way for sure! Thank you for having us over for the awesome run (that the kiddos ran the full 5km) and both thumbs up for the well-organized event!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Aviva Superfundae 2017 Giveaway


This is the third year that Aviva Superfundae is happening and being at the last one, I can assure you that it will be a really fun event for the kiddos! There will be lots of activities lined up for the whole family and what better way to bond with each other through fun games and competitions. Be sure to bring along extra sets of clothings because you will either get wet from your own sweat or from the water play areas! You can check out all the activities available here.

How does FREE Ice-cream all day sounds? Adults also get a free drink, I remembered I had beer last year! All I can say is, for $19.90 per pax (children below 3 goes in free), it is definitely worth your consideration to spend a fun-filled day at Gardens By The Bay, The Meadows on Sat, 10 Jun 2017! Oh, Passion Card holders get $2 off tickets by the way.

But for now, we will like to reward you with 2 x Family packages (consisting of 4 tickets worth $79.60) made possible with the kind sponsorship from Aviva Superfundae! You only need to follow the following steps -

Giveaway Instructions

Ensure that you complete the following steps before end of Mon, 29 May 2017 -

1) Like and follow The "Perfect" Father Facebook page;
2) Like and follow Aviva Superfundae Facebook page;
3) Like and Share this Facebook post publicly with the words, "Aviva Superfundae is back on Sat, 10 June 17 and I want to be there!"; and lastly
4) Comment in the Facebook post once done (and would be nice if you tag your friends who may be interested too)!

For all of your who cannot wait, you can grab your tickets to the event over at Sistic website now!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

LEGO® Star Wars™ Days at LEGOLAND® Malaysia

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While I went gallivanting to Perth with my daughter Stacci on our bonding trip, the rest of the family went on a trip up north to visit LEGOLAND Malaysia for LEGO Star Wars™ Days that is happening right now till 31 May 2017. It is called Star Wars™ Days because it is not a single day event on 4th of May, but it lasts for the entire month! The Imperial March that the family watched over the 13 - 14 May weekend may be over but read on to find out what else you can expect to find at the jolly place!

Kids Go Free

Who wants to pay for more when you can go in free? But the kiddos between 3 - 12 years of age will need to be in full Starwars costume to be eligible. So if you intend to just put on a Star Wars™ T-shirt and carry a lightsaber to swing around to qualify for the free entry, do not bother. Need to put in some effort lah right? For more info, check out here.

LEGO Star Wars™ Scavenger Hunt

For the kiddos, remember to get your LEGO Star Wars™ passport from the friendly staff at the entrance of the theme park because this is not to be missed as you will earn a special limited edition LEGO Star Wars Duplo brick and / or a badge upon completion. Enjoy all the 6 activities listed in the passport (highlighted in RED on this page as well) and get a stamp after every activity. Collect your well deserved prize by presenting the duly completed passport at the LEGO Academy but do note that prizes may be subject to availability ok?

LEGO Build

If building is your game, then head on to the LEGO Academy to Build Your LEGO Star Wars™ World (11am - 5pm) or help Build A Giant LEGO R2-D2 (11am - 6pm) as well. And if you are confident of your skills, take part in the Speed Building Competition (11am - 6pm) at the LEGO City Stage where you still to win prizes for beating the top scores.

Jedi Academy

Little aspiring warriors can don Jedi costumes and learn the moves from the masters in the Jedi Academy at Festive Stage @ LEGO City in the two daily sessions at 2.30pm and 4:30pm. But do remember to register 15mins before the sessions start and earn a certificate after completion too! 

Star Wars™ Miniland ‘Live’ 

You may have visited the Star Wars™ Miniland before but how about having a Jedi Knight guide you through the exhibits once again and perhaps have new discoveries too? It is happening daily 2.30pm and 4:30pm with an additional 12.30pm session on Fri, Sat and Sun! While you are there, lookout for clues on the posters and descriptions to solve the Star Wars™ Trivia in the passport!

Character Meet And Greet

Find Stormtroopers and Jedis throughout the day as well as cute LEGO® Darth Vader. In addition, the Stormtroopers will also be performing a special dance section for your enjoyment too! Check out the official guide for more information! Thank you LEGOLAND Malaysia for having the family over, we cannot wait to visit again!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Shopping for Mother's Day Pressie in Junction 8

Not all mall are created equal. Some are just more well-liked by shoppers as compared to others, and Bishan Junction 8 is definitely one we love and frequent too! For one, it's location is superb and just right to the transport hub, with a bus interchange and connected to both the North-South and Circle MRT lines, and I would pass by it almost every working day. Amidst the gloomy news of Singapore retail slump, Junction 8 is still going strong with its good retail as well as F&B mix. With Mother's Day just round the corner, check out some of the following gems I found while looking for a gift for the missus at the mall!

Look no further if you are searching for a pretty bouquet for your loved ones for any special occasion, such as the coming Mother's Day. Select from many hand bouquets from the chiller, or put in your special request with the sales person! Don't ask me, I am clueless on what to get too, but I guess carnations would not go wrong?

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Citigems launched Lush Love Jewellery Collection and Feng Shui Geomancy Collection, which are specially made with mothers in mind. If flowers aren’t a thing for your mother, perhaps the 999 Pure Gold Luscious Love Floral Gold Coins Set would make an amazing and presentable gift for her.

Do you walk pass OSIM showroom but is scared of "hard sell" or simply "paiseh" to try out the machines? Well I finally got to try out OSIM uLove massage chair and I was blown away. A mere 15-mins in the contraption rejuvenated my body and felt like a full-body massage! With the number of times both me and my wife goes for massages, I reckon if we used it regularly, it would have paid for itself in no time!

The other surprising item was the OSIM uJolly upper body massager I tried. I never expected the device to be able to deliver those powerful strokes that were spot-on as well! Taking care of kiddos or getting on age brings about aches everywhere, but I am sure you can find a perfect gift for all moms out there.

Lampe Berger (#01-42)

Keep the house odour and bacteria free is on every mother’s wish list, especially those with young kids. You can choose from over 30 fragrances and many beautiful catalytic diffusers as a pretty and practical gift for the mother of your children or your mum.

Lampe Berger’s patented catalytic diffuser helps eliminate odour and bacteria by breaking them down into small molecules. There are also solutions with natural biocide that prevents mosquito and render them harmless to humans!

Do you hear of your lady complaining about their skin at times? Mine does and now I know where I can find some pretty good stuff at ORBIS for the skin! I sampled their collagen drinks - Collagen 12,000 and Collagen The Beauty which were pleasantly fruity!

My personal pick was the ORBIS =U Encore Set which comes with the lotion, day milk and night creamy gel. I like how the products blends very well and absorbs immediately into the skin when applied. ORBIS =U ENCORE boasts a DNA damage resistant formula that bolsters robust enzyme regeneration for soft, moist and bouncy skin. Formulated with D.N.A. Hibis Extract and restorative Heat Shock Protein, the range provides powerful enzyme care for wrinkles, laugh lines and sagging skin. Experience unexpectedly light, comfortable and intensely moisturising sensation with its innovative skincare veil made from an original ingredient, even wateroil.

This blogpost is brought to you in collaboration with Junction 8!