Sunday, May 29, 2016

City Square Mall - Our Green Tour

[Media Invite]

We've been to City Square many times, mostly for various mall activities for the kiddos. You know, the various meet and greet of cartoon characters etc. I always knew that the mall was being touted as Singapore's only Eco mall, but I never really knew what that meant, till our last visit to the mall a couple of weeks back. 

The merry-go-round is all inclusive and even wheelchair-bound kiddos or adults for that matter, can join in the fun!
These swings are also safe for kiddos and would allow persons with disabilities to sit in safely too.
The first thing that attracted the kiddo was the outdoor Eco playground. At first glance it didn't really look much different from any other playgrounds. However after reading the description on the signage, I now know that much care had been taken to ensure that the materials sourced are all from accredited suppliers who do not add to the problem or illegal logging etc.

The roof allows sunlight to pass through, providing ample lighting to the basement below while the solar panels providing energy for air-cooling, Rainwater is also harvested for non-potable uses.  
Being in the land scarce Singapore, it is refreshing to have malls with such greeneries instead of the usual conversion of every inch of lettable space for retail / commercial usage.
And this Angsana tree is a beneficiary of the green thinking of the mall owners.
Ever wondered where the butterflies from our urban district comes from? This might be a clue.
Natural sunlight flows through the mall. One doesn't feel claustrophobic at all with all these space.

I have always loved science and it's great that one can read about nature if you only looked around the mall. Besides, the mall has dedicated bins for separating the recyclables from the usual waste. A good initiative that should really be rolled out islandwide.   

Media Tasting

Traditional Sarawak Noodles ($8.90) - Springy homemade noodles with char siew, fried wanton and minced pork. Much like your usual wanton mee but with added minced pork.
Fried Wantan ($4,00) and Bacon Cheese Ball ($5.50)
Caramel 3 Layer Tea ($4.50) - Sweet stuff, my cup of tea really.
Genki Herbal Chicken Soup Pan Mee ($12.90) - Tender chicken with Mee Sua in not too over-powering ginseng soup base. A little oily though.
Multigrain Soybean ($3.50) - This is not your usual soybean milk, but it has some grain bits in it and taste a little malty. Nice healthy drink I would say.
Curry Chicken Pan Mee ($11.90) - Fat yellow noodles with chicken, bean sprouts and baby potatoes. With beencurd sheets and tofu puffs too. 
Happy Louie snacking on fried wantan.
There is a new noodle house at City Square Mall named 面对面 or "Face to Face" in English. It is located at unit #02-23/24 and is its first overseas franchise. The noodle house's offerings would not go wrong, and will probably suit the tastebuds of most, however the pricing may seem to be a little on the high side. Luckily there are having various value combos with drinks and sides that make it really worthwhile!

PUB at City Square Mall

PUB was also at the mall for a one-day exhibition on the day of our visit that showcased a series of beautiful photos contributed by Instagrammers that go by the theme of the four seasons. It showed how they visualized Singapore to be like in the various seasons. And to reward its followers on Instagram and Facebook, followers were also given a sure-win spin to win attractive Water Wally plushies!

Thank you City Square Mall for the invite, we thoroughly enjoyed the mall visit and will be looking forward to more!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Meet Mister Maker or Miss Mister Maker?

[Event Listing & Giveaway]

I had watched Mister Maker on the telly together with Steffi, then Leroy and Stacci and now Louie. The shape song was sure catchy and I can hear it playing in my head even after the shows! But I never imagined meeting him in person, in Singapore no less.

It will be his first theatrical performance here, together with all the shapes too! However, he will only be here for 7 shows from 10 - 12 June 2016 at D’Marquee Downtown East Paris Ris so blink and you will miss Mister Maker!

Now that you know about the show, share the information with your friends and family and stand to win a family set of 4 x tickets to the 5pm show on 12 June 2016 worth $300 in total! Sounds good? Read on to find out how to win.

Useful Information

Dates: 10 – 12 June 2016
Venue: D’Marquee Downtown East Paris Ris

Performance Times:
Friday 10 June: 6:00pm
Saturday 11 June: 12:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:30pm
Sunday 12 June: 10:30am, 2:00pm and 5:00pm

Ticket Price: From S$35 * Excludes the booking fee of SGD$4 per ticket
Bookings: Book online here, all Sistic outlets or call +65 6348 5555

Ticket Giveaway Instructions
  1. Follow The "Perfect" Father Facebook Page and Instagram Account;
  2. LikeShare this Facebook post publicly and Tag 3 friends under comments once done; and
  3. For another EXTRA chance, LikeShare this Instagram post publicly and Tag 3 friends under comments too!
Winners can be selected either from the Facebook or Instagram entries. There will be ONE family packages of 4 x tickets to  5pm show on 12 June 2016 worth $300! Giveaway ends on 2359hrs on Fri, 03 June 2016.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

La Roche Posay – Now They Say

[Sponsored Review]

Following our initial review of the cream a couple of weeks back, we got some of our friends and readers to try out the Cicaplast Baume B5 from La Roche Posay for a myriad of skin problems they are facing as well. It was only then I realized that eczema is indeed a very common problem faced by many in this tropical country, and that many had already sought out medical treatments, often involving steroid cream just to attempt to control the problem.

Out of the 5 testers I sent the cream out too, 4 of them were suffering from eczema of varying severity while the last was someone down with an irritating rash that refused to go for a few days already. That really prompted me to do some reading on what causes eczema. And the more I read, the more irritated I would be, especially if I am a sufferer. Why? This is because no one can effectively pinpoint the cause of the eczema, and many sufferers may have the condition for life! But the worst is that whatever eczema one may be suffering from, medication can only treat the symptoms such as flared skin, blisters or itchiness. In short, there is no cure unfortunately.

Test Subject 1

He recently experienced hand eczema on his index finger just 6 months ago and didn’t have any inkling on why and how it happened. The finger itched occasionally but it wasn’t that bad. The skin flaked quite easily. The cream moisturized the problematic area although it required more than the recommended twice daily application to keep the dryness in check. 

Test Subject 2

She had atopic dermatitis on her neck since the age of three as well as the occasional outbreak of rashes on other parts of her body and this condition has accompanied her through adulthood. The joint areas are especially prone to rashes due to the hot weather. She felt that the one-week treatment did not bring about any significant improvements to her old problematic areas, but the skin was better moisturized.  However she pointed out that applying the cream at new breakout areas provided a cool protective screen over the small rashes that erupted. 

Test Subject 3

Subject is an avid runner and he has experienced mild eczema on the sole for quite some time, especially after running. His condition is not particularly serious but he mentioned that the itch is really bad at times. Following the application of the cream for a week, he had noted that the new skin had formed and he felt relief from the itch, especially after applying. 

Test Subject 4

He has had serious eczema for over the last 10 years and is currently on antihistamines to alleviate the itch. He had also tried various remedies but yielded little success.  According to his feedback, he did experience slight relief from the itch after applying the cream and it had also aided in his skin recovery. 

Test Subject 5

She had rashes at the back of her neck for a few days prior to the usage. The rash appeared out of nowhere and she had suspected it to be an allergic reaction to certain external factors. She was able to see improvement in her skin condition within 2 days of applying the cream as compared to previously when she did not do anything. Her condition had cleared up by day 4 of twice-daily application. 

The Verdict

The experiment revealed that La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 is still no miracle cream for eczema, which is understandably so. Even doctors are baffled as to the exact cause for eczema, which can range from anything like allergens, irritants, temperature, genes, hormones, stress to and even food. And there is no cure for it.  

Although the cream does not cure eczema, it did aid in the relief of itchiness and helped in the skin recovery for the testers. To be fair, the subject had only tried the product for a week and the results should be better over a longer period of usage. 

As a whole, the cream had proven to be effective for mild rashes or skin irritations and is a much safer formula that is suitable even for babies, or anyone with sensitive skin for that matter.  It would be a good idea to have one in the house to help soothe any skin irritations that might pop up unexpectedly at times, be it insect bites, burns or rashes from allergies. A definitely safe way to #RepairMySkin for sure!

Where to buy?

Generate a special promo code here that will entitle you a free gift worth up to $15 with any purchase at the following stores before 31 May 2016-

Watsons Ngee Ann City 
Watsons Toa Payoh 
Watsons Bugis 
Guardian Paragon 
Guardian Vivocity 
Guardian NEX 
Dermacenter @ Westgate

Otherwise, Watsons and Guardian stores sells Cicaplast Baume B5 at $21.90 for the 40ml and $45 for the 100ml tube.

Instagram Photo Contest

Happy with your Cicaplast Baume B5 purchase? Well, be even happier by posting your results on Instagram and hashtag #repairmyskin to stand to win a La Roche-Posay hamper worth $200! Contest ends on 31 May 2016 though!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

LEGO Star Wars Days 2016

[Media Listing]

Really sad to have missed this year's LEGO Star Wars Days media launch recently, knowing that the kiddos would have been so happy to attend. But being such great a LEGO-loving family (read our latest Yahoo article here), we still ought to share with you on the Star Wars event that is taking place at LEGOLAND Malaysia for the entire month of May this year.

What's Happening?

This year, The LEGO Group and LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort have joined hands in the region’s largest collaboration, and brought in the world’s only father-son Master Builder who had just completed the world’s largest LEGO Millennium Falcon, now on display! The Resort’s own Model Builders will also complete two replicas of the LEGO TIE Fighter over the weekend of May 7 and 8

Look out for a Imperial March by the 501st and Label Legion, and view this year’s My Own Creation (MOC) competition entries from Star Wars fans from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia if you visit on May 7 and 8.

Master Builders Dan and Chris at LEGOLAND Malaysia.
If not free this weekend, how?

Any kids below the age of 12, dressed up as Star Wars character will enjoy FREE entry with every paying adult, valid for the entire month of May. But must be in full costume hor, not only a mask. And if you visit on Saturdays and Sundays of the month, you would get to build their very own limited edition mini LEGO Millennium Falcon at the LEGO Academy and bring it home. You better check out LEGOLAND Malaysia Facebook page for more building activities that could net you prizes like hand signed mini LEGO Millennium Falcon by the Master Builder duo and in Park tickets.

The completed world's largest LEGO Millennium Falcon on display now!
Complete all the LEGO Star Wars Days activities in the Park to complete the Star Wars Activity Trail and get a highly collectible Star Wars Days LEGO Duplo brick on a first-come-first-served basis. Gotta hurry because it is limited!

Darth Vader is beckoning you to join him soon!
Thus if you are thinking of bringing the family over to LEGOLAND Malaysia any soon, I would think that this month would be the perfect time. Dress the kiddos up and save a lot too! 

Aviva Superfundae

[Event Listing & Giveaway]

Following the success of the inaugural Aviva Superfundae last June, the one-day fun-filled carnival is back again this June! I have not been to the first carnival but after reading about how awesome it was and how well-organized the activities were last year, I cannot wait to bring my 4 kiddos this year!

This year, the carnival is going to be held at The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, on  Sat, 4 June 2016 starting from 10.00am all the way to 9.00pm. There will be lots of fun activities for the whole family. You can expect the following highlights at Aviva Superfundae 2016 this year - 

Circus Centre

You must come to this zone just for the Mega Candy Cannon! They are shooting free Haribo gummies out of it every hour! Come over in the evening and catch a movie under the stars too, and relax after a full day of fun.

Speedy Zone 

As the name implies, this is where the races take place. Join the Ninja Quest obstacle course, a giant inflatable obstacle course at The Meadow. Kids get to zip around in the Speedy Zone on skate scooters, squiggly cars and push bikes.  While daddies can take part in the Double Daddy Dash, Daddy Donut Dash or even the Daddy Mommy Piggyback! 

If you feel hot, join the Beer Dash and get a refreshing beer after it, but kids will have to make do with a 60m Milk Dash though. 

Dream Castle

Love LEGO and building block? Look no further. Create your own life-sized buildings and mazes with the the blue foam blocks from Kaboodle Play. Mosaic Workshop, JayJayJolly and Da Little Arts School will able be there with activities for the budding artists in the kiddos!

Pirate Island

It's not all dry fun, so prepare extra clothings for both your kiddos and yourself, and battle it out with Nerf Super Soakers at Craycrayspray Water Play. Or pop by the Pirate Island and make your own Treasure Boat using origami paper, float it down the winding river and see if it survives the rapids! 

Jungle World

Little ones can take part in the Squirrels & Acorns while parents can form a parent-child team and navigate through the Numakiki Jungle Obstacle! A super fun circuit that puts your brains and motor skills to the test. Want some goodies? Hop onto a 14-ft trampoline, then Jump ‘n Grab them from above. 

Baby Care Zone

So how if you have got really little ones who can't join in the activities above? No worries, your toddlers can explore and engage in interactive group-play at the Johnson’s Baby Toddler Play Room. There will of course be sufficient nursing facilities here as well!

Useful Information

Date: 4 June 2016, Saturday
Time: 10.00am to 9.00pm
Venue: The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay
Ticketing: $19.90 for all, avail at all Sistic outlets or book online here. (kiddos below 3 years old enters free with paying adult)
Official Website:

Ticket Giveaway Instructions
  1. Follow The "Perfect" Father Facebook Page and Instagram Account;
  2. LikeShare this Facebook post publicly and Tag 3 friends under comments once done; and
  3. For another EXTRA chance, LikeShare this Instagram post publicly and Tag 3 friends under comments too!
Winners can be selected from the Facebook or Instagram entries. There will be 2 family packages of 4 x tickets to the carnival up for grabs! Giveaway ends on 2359hrs on Fri, 20 May 2016.

Discount Code

Thanks to the fun peeps at Aviva Superfundae, we have a special link for you to enjoy 20% off ticket purchase to the event! All you need to do is to clink on this link to make the SISTIC booking directly. Promo code is asfdtheperfectfather.