Tuesday, December 26, 2017

KidsFest 2018


KidsFest 2018 will be making its highly anticipated return to Singapore next year from 19 January to 11 February for its seventh run! Family favourites like The Gruffalo (a mainstay since 2013), and the immersive and educational Dinosaur Zoo featuring prehistoric creatures will be making a return, so be sure not to miss it this time!
Get your tickets to the shows here and use code ‘KFSG18’ code for 10% off ticket prices! On this Boxing day, we have a Family of Four ticket package (4 x tickets) to catch Hairy Maclary and Friends on Friday, 26th January at 5pm to giveaway, courtesy of KidFest 2018! All you need to do is to follow the instructions below.

Giveaway Instructions

Ensure that you complete ALL the following before the end of Sun, 07 Jan 2018 -

1) Like and Follow The "Perfect" Father Facebook page;
2) Like and Follow Kidsfest Singapore Facebook page;
3) Like and Share this Facebook post publicly (tagging friends whom you think would be interested too); and
4) Comment in the Facebook post and state in the comment what 2 shows you would love to watch! (Tip: Check their website, FB page or the photos lor!)
Good luck to all of you!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Fun With Dad!

As a working father, it is always so tempting for me to consider sleeping in on a weekday or whenever I am off from work. The idea would be to have a good rest to recharge before facing work yet again. But somehow something deep down inside me would make me reconsider, to give up on the idea of rest, and to enjoy family time instead. And if cost is a concern (for me it is), there are many activities around the island that are mostly free too!


These public playgrounds are definitely situated within a stone's throw from the neighbourhoods. It is only that the neighbour's playground always seem to be better than yours. I can still remember my childhood playground where I would spend hours with childhood friends, just playing with the very basic concrete structures and one single merry-go-round. Sometimes it is the company that matters!

But of course if you are looking for those bigger, better and newer playgrounds, the two that you can check out would be the Marine Cove Playground over at East Coast Park, and the Admiralty Park Playground that are also easily accessible by public transport. 

Shopping Centers

Okay, this is something that MOST parents and children would like. Because it is clean, air-conditioned and totally comfortable for the whole family. In fact, you can find everything that you need at some of the bigger shopping centres. Let's be real, these places do not install water playgrounds or interactive play areas for kids of all ages just to have fun. The idea is of course for children to want to visit so that parents can SPEND at the malls. Maybe a meal there is justified for a fun day out at the malls, or you can simply just use the free facilities here!

Check out the outdoor sheltered play areas in malls like Bishan Junction 8 and City Square Mall, indoor air-conditioned play area in Waterway Point or Marina Square or the water play at NEX or Sembawang Shopping Mall!

The above are some of the places that you can bring your kiddos out on your days off from work and the whole idea really is spending as much time with the kiddos and family as possible. Of course with the right amount of cash, there are so many places one can bring the whole family to but the lack of it should never deter a dad from bringing the kiddos out! Some things lost, can never be found and TIME is one of it.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

NTUC Xtra Jurong Hypermart Revamp!

[Media Invite + Giveaway]

I have reached the stage of my life where grocery shopping, besides being necessary, can even be considered an enjoyment of sorts! The thrill of finding something you need, or discovering something you want is rather satisfying, and even more so if you are able to get them at a discounted rate! Lest you be “tricked” into questionable promotions, especially those involving free gifts, you should really check out the unit cost of the item you need up to the cost per gram or millilitre! The “free” gifts can sometimes come with a hidden cost. I am not saying promotions are no good la but you need to suss out the great ones! Fairprice Xtra does have special corners where you can find these deals at a glance too.

Easy to succumb to buying more stuff than necessary with all these offers!
Anyway, all I wanted to say is that, grocery shopping can be an enjoyable process and we jumped at it when we were invited over to visit the revamped 57,000sqft Fairprice Xtra outlet at Jurong Point Hypermarket! The fact that this is a hypermarket, already gave everyone the impression and expectation of a very big outlet stocked with all the good you can find. And this holds true for Jurong Point Hypermart, which despite the extensive range of 26,000 products stocked, was still able to provide  for wide shopping isles for that pleasant shopping experience, even with our shopping trolleys and the kiddos!

Can really be a one-stop for almost everything. They sell ceiling fans and air-conditioners too!
These electronic price tags makes it easy for the staff to update price fluctuations and are also easy to read even for the elderly! 
We went on a short guided tour of the outlet, led by the General Manager, Mr Marcus Wong who went on to explain to us on how the planning of the goods differed from other traditional outlets. One can expect to find all the relevant products or appliances related to a certain task to be grouped together. For example the floor detergents may be housed together with the mops and buckets. So instead of having to pop by the household products to look for mops and then to detergents section as one would need to in a traditional supermarket, the shopping experience would be more streamlined according to the task or mission of the individual in this new experimential outlet.

The aisles were wide and the kiddos can push their own trolleys too ($10 deposit required)! 

All in all there are a total of 5 different zones, namely the “Parenting Zone”, “Health and Beauty Zone”, “Healthy Eating Zone”, “The Kitchen Zone” and “Total Home Solutions Zone”. So if I need to get any stuff related to my kiddos, such as formula milk, diapers or toys, I can just head straight to the “Parenting Zone”. “Healthy Eating Zone” features a very wide range of organic / healthy products within the zone, making it so much easier for anyone to embark on the journey to a healthier body! If you are feeling lazy and not in the mood for cooking some food, you can grab some read-to-eat food and have them microwaved by the friendly staff at the customer service counter, or simply grab some sushi or cooked seafood at “The Kitchen Zone”! There is even a Swee Heng confectionery within the zone!

All your parenting "needs" can be found at this zone.
This section is in the "Parenting Zone" and right near the entrance. There is no escaping!
Wide shopping aisles and low shelvings makes the whole place looks big and spacious!
They did away with the live seafood tanks. But I guess it is for the good of everyone too, since no cruelty and staff need not take care of the fishes!
Fresh prawns for your cooking needs!
If you are not into cooking, get ready-to-eat food items from this section!

The fried sweet potatoes were pretty tasty!

Saves you time to cook the prawns also!

Get ready-to-eat microwaveable sets here and get them warmed up by the customer service counter staff after payment.

Rows of cut fruits for your convenience!
Or you can also get packs of fresh whole berries too!
Louie wants his rainbow cake from Swee Heng!

Wide selection of natural and organic items stocked within these aisles!
They are starting to roll out more of these Tesco stall selling premium groceries within the supermarkets.
With Christmas just round the corner, and goodie bag or gift exchange items to buy, as well as the traditional Christmas Deli to order for the family gatherings, you should check out Jurong Point Hypermart if you happen to be staying in the West side! Because from now till 13 Dec, you will get a $10 return voucher (for use on your next purchase of $50 minimum) for $100 spent. Who would say no to more savings? The terms and conditions stated one redemption per customer per day, thus shopping with your whole family may be a good idea!

You can also order your Christmas Deli instore here!
We will also be giving away a $50 NTUC FairPrice voucher (sponsored by none other than NTUC FairPrice) to one lucky reader who faithfully follows the steps below -

Giveaway Instructions

Ensure that you complete ALL the following before the end of Wed, 20 Dec 2017 -

1) Like and Follow The "Perfect" Father Facebook page;
2) Like and Follow NTUC FairPrice Facebook page;
3) Like and Share this Facebook post publicly; and
4) Comment in the Facebook post and state in the comment what goodies you would like to purchase with the voucher! (Tip: You can also check out their e-catalogue on the Christmas Deli!)

Thank you NTUC FairPrice, for extending the invite to our family for your launch and for bringing us on a fun-filled shopping trip!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Transformers At City Square Mall

[Event Listing]

We returned to one of the kiddos' favourite malls again recently! The one that is connected to a Farrer Park MRT Stations, that has an outdoor playground they loved and an operational choo-choo train too? Yes, that's City Square Mall where the Autobots had invaded this Christmas!

Transformers on Stage

Join the Transformers in their bid to save humanity in the first ever Transformers ‘LIVE’ on stage in Singapore! Featuring fan-favourites Optimus Prime and Bumblebee , and introducing delightful new characters, this will be a show just under 20-minutes you would not want to miss!
Date: 2 - 17 December 2017, daily except Monday
Time: Tuesday - Friday: 2pm & 7pm Saturday and Sunday: 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm
Venue: Level 1 Stage

Meet the Autobots and Mask Making Workshop
Experience the ultimate Transformers Meet and Greet at City Square Mall this December! Spend a minimum of $50 to redeem a Meet The Autobots pass 1 hour prior to each show, and get up close and personal with your favourite Transformers action heroes after every stage show in their first public outing. Limited to 50 passes per show. Transform into your favourite Cybertronian heroes by decorating your own Transformers mask! Don’t miss out on a photo opportunity in Optimus Prime and Bumblebee children’s costumes with a Transformers photo station framing the shot!  

Take note that a pass allow the whole family to take a photo but the mask entitlement is only 1 per pass.
I would have been disappointed with the mask decorating if it wasn't just an extra activity with the photo pass.

Date: 2 - 17 December 2017, daily except Monday
Time: After every Transformers on Stage show 2
Venue: Level 1 Stage ( Meet The Autobots ) & Basement 2, beside the travellator (Mask Making Workshop)

Transformers Photo Station
City Square Mall brings reel to reality with life-sized Transformers statues brought in from overseas for visitors to snap memorable photos with and join their Facebook photo contest to win attractive shopping vouchers! Be immersed in a unique galaxy-like Christmas experience like no other for the entire family, as the set comes to life with smoke and laser.
Date: 17 November - 31 December 2017
Venue: Level 1 City Green Park

Cyber Galaxy
Gather your friends and family and come down to City Green Park for an exhilarating Christmas carnival! With carnival classics like bumper cars, inflatable slides, and obstacle courses to choose from, it will be tons of fun for all! Redeem a Cyber Galaxy activity pass at the Level 2 Customer Service Counter with a minimum spend of $40 at the mall to enjoy all the fun and games.

Date: 17 November - 31 December 2017
Time: 1pm - 10pm
Venue: Level 1 City Green Park

Stellar Light Show
City Square Mall transports you into a starry universe this festive season, a very first in Singapore. Explore a tunnel of stars and gather under the action-packed visual display of lights and music with your loved ones and witness the stunning 10-minute light show of your dreams!

We did not stay for the show but from the photos we saw online, this "tunnel" is surely a great place for photos in the evening!
Date: 17 November - 31 December 2017
Time: Every 30 minutes, 7pm - 10pm
Venue: Level 1 City Green Park

Snowy Playtime
Feel the magic of Christmas when you head down to City Square Mall to have a blast in falling snow with the kiddos. Be transported into a new universe both familiar and new, as you take in the sights and sounds of the season.
Date: 17 November - 31 December 2017
Time: 8.10pm Venue: Level 1 City Green Park

Christmas Carolling by Emmanuel Choir
Christmas simply is not Christmas without carols! Join the Emmanuel Choir as they share season’s greetings with the gift of music. Fala-lalala-lala-lala!
Date: 16 & 17 December 2017
Time: 8pm - 8.45pm
Venue: Level 1 Stage

In-Mall Promotions
Check out the following on what you are entitled too when you do your shopping at the mall!
  1. With a minimum of $40 spent, shoppers can redeem a Cyber Galaxy activity pass to the Cyber Galaxy carnival at City Green Park.
  2. With a minimum of $50 spent, shoppers can redeem a Meet The Autobots pass, where they will be able to take photographs with the Transformers character mascots on stage and access the mask-making workshop at Basement 2 to design their own mask as a souvenir. Limited to 50 passes per show.
  3. With a minimum of $200 spent, shoppers will be entitled to receive a travel essential and a Cyber Galaxy activity pass ($300 if inclusive of NTUC Fairprice receipts): Convertible Travel Bag (17 Nov – 10 Dec 2017) and Transformable Travel Blanket (11 – 31 Dec 2017).
  4. Complimentary add-on : With a minimum spend of $200, shoppers will be entitled to purchase $50 worth of City Square Mall vouchers and receive a complimentary $5 voucher. Limited to 50 redemptions daily during the campaign period, while stocks last.
For more details on the activities and promotions, visit www.citysquaremall.com.sg or check out City Square Mall’s Facebook page. Thank you for inviting us over for the fun activities City Square Mall!