Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Doodly Woods by ZOOMOOV

[Media Invite & Giveaway]

Do you know that there is a place in Westgate where your child can craft to his / her heart's content in 15mins - 45mins timeslots, with all the materials provided for at one fixed price? There is no need to worry about the cost of the acrylic paint, markers, decorations, cups or craft paper used because they are all included. But of course to prevent wastage, everything would have to be completed and done on site lah!




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We visited Doodly Woods last weekend and all the 4 kiddos thoroughly enjoyed themselves with the many crafting possibilities, and one is only limited by his / her creativity and imagination, or timing in this case! This is definitely a nice place to hang out for "westerners" and parents with children in childcare can seriously consider coming here whenever you need to help them with their crafting homework from childcare! Saves you trouble with sourcing the materials and cleaning up the house!







The kiddos' creations!
Thanks to ZOOMOOV, we have a pair of tickets (for 45mins sessions on 19, 20, 26 or 27 Aug) at Doodly Woods for 3 lucky readers who completes the following -

Giveaway Instructions

Ensure that you complete the following steps before end of Fri, 18 Aug 2017 -

1) Like and follow The "Perfect" Father Facebook page;
2) Like and follow ZOOMOOV Facebook page;
3) Like and Share this Facebook post publicly; and lastly
4) Comment in the Facebook post once done and tag your friends!

Useful Information 

Address: 3 Gateway Dr, Westgate, Singapore S608532 (Level 4, outside DBS Bank)


Monday, August 14, 2017

Canon Shootout (EOS M10)

[Media Invite]

We were invited to a Canon family shoot out session at South Beach a few weekends back and tried out their latest Canon EOS M10 camera, which in all honesty, I would not have tried, if not for this particular session. And the reason is simply because I am a procrastinator and a laggard who is resistant to change. I was glad I went for that session.

Steffi was really interested to try out the camera too!

I had been using a Sony NEX 5RL for years, and it was actually under the persuasion of my sister-in-law who thought that it was good. It sure was good and takes decent photographs. I especially loved the digital viewfinder and the screen which can be flipped for that easy wefie with the family. However till now, I had never progressed beyond the "auto" mode. So what good is a piece of equipment if the user doesn't improve? I had only been using its kit lens ever since too, even though the lens were inter-changeable!

A wefie but I definitely could use a selfie stick, or longer arms!

Loved the timing of this shot which capture our friend high up in the air! Still in focus some more!
I thought she looked cool!
It was just 5mins of basic instructions before each family got their respective EOS M10 loan sets to try out. Fiddling with the touch screen and the different menus were rather intuitive and even my little ones was able to grasp the concept of how they worked. Loving the different shooting modes and they even had the fishball effect without the need for special lens. I am pretty sure that this camera would serve my needs really well, and the other plus point is that the price of the basic set (comes with Pikachu shoulder plush now) is like only half of what I paid for my Sony NEX 5RL back then! I love the easy operation of this nifty set, and even though I know I would be most likely to be using the only the kit lens, I know for a fact that I can upgrade the lens for this mirrorless, interchangeable-lens camera when I feel like I am ready.

Steffi took this shot of her sister and you should click on the video below too!
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There is this function that takes a short clip of what happened before you clicked on the shutter button and we only found out after reviewing the memory card content. Quite funny lor!

It was sure a fun day out with the kiddos and their new found Pokemon friend, Squirtle as we roamed South Beach for some photography inspiration. Steffi also tried her hands at capturing fun shots of us too and handled it like a pro, although in my heart I was still a little scared that she might damage the camera lol! And just when we got to know Canon EOS M10 a little better, we had to return the loan camera with sadness. Well who knows? I might just get one for myself soon. Thank you for having us over for the fun weekend Canon Singapore! How how got discount some more boh?

Monday, August 7, 2017

Cooking With the Kiddos

To those who wonder how we survived this long having four kiddos, there is actually someone behind the (blogging) scene who helps take care of our household chores so that we can take "play" seriously. We do have a helper, and we are also lucky that ours came well-trained and we never had to tell her once what to cook and where to clean up. Maybe we are also easy-going lah but it sure beats fussing and over-worrying the little things. 

My helper was surprised when I told her to take a rest as I decided to take "play" into the kitchen this time round. Instead of only "play-cooking" with their favorite Play-Doh this time round, I decided to just "let it go" and experience cooking dinner with the kiddos, for real! All my entire married life, I had never ventured beyond the fried eggs or instant noodles, so this time round, it was also a challenge for me as well.



Meatballs and Spaghetti Dinner

Easy does it. Just throw the meatballs (KÖTTBULLAR) from freezer direct into the oven.
Next up, preparing the savoury sauce (GRÄDDSÅS) for the meatballs.
Getting the older ones to stir the sauces while I oversee their performances. Not too bad.
As you can see, Leroy is hard at work distributing the food amongst the sibling into the unmistakable children sets (KALAS)!
How can we not have mashed potato (POTATISMOS) with our meatballs? It just would not be complete without it! 
Aha! Finally we can tuck into a hearty dinner, complete with their KALAS cutlery and plates as well!
There were so many times when we shopped at IKEA, and thought of having a meal of meatballs, but only to be put off by the super long queues at the restaurant. This time round I noticed a promotion at the Swedish Food Market for the full set of ingredients for the meatballs, and it even came with the the Raspberry and Blueberry Jam!

Took a leap of faith and decided to replicate the dish back home. I was glad I did and it was really as easy as following the steps on the food packaging. Even kiddos can do it and the best part is, they tasted exactly like what they served at the IKEA restaurant! After going through this cooking with the kiddos, I am confident of whipping up the same meatball dish, anytime now! Spaghetti was kinda easy too, with ready-to-cook tomato-based sauce.

Oh by the way, we tried the new improved chicken wings at IKEA and they are as juicy as they were now!
 


Tea Party

With my confidence boosted by the success of the dinner, the kiddos were egging me to continue and try out baking some muffins for a tea party as well! So why not? After all, the instructions on the box of box of IKEA muffin mix seemed easy enough.

Steffi loved to help out and here is she pouring the mix into the baking cups. We only needed to add in water and shake VIGOROUSLY that's all! 
As much as I would like to report that everything went smoothly, unfortunately it didn't. The first batch of muffin we did, was a little HARD for us to swallow. If anyone (or anything) is to be blamed, it has to be my itchy fingers opening the door too often to check and also that the oven that we were using is probably not suitable for baking!

Yup, it was really HARD! But thankfully the second batch was much better before my confidence hit ROCK bottom!
The kiddos were not easily disappointed though, and we ended up having a fun time drinking tea and smoothies with the second batch of muffins looking pretty in the 2-tier GARNERA display stand on the MARIT table-runner. It was especially fun for the kiddos because they get to sip from their fun-sized DUKTIG coffee / tea set! To be honest, I found it kind of cute too and for some weird reasons, the drinks must have tasted exceptionally good in these cups. The same goes for the food that we prepared together! 


We had more snacks in the end and the kiddos also decorated the muffins with whipped cream and sprinkles before devouring them. We did end up with a rather nicely framed Instagram shot for the record but left a lot more dishes for the helper to wash! Sorry Yati!



This blog post is brought to you in collaboration with IKEA Singapore!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Miffy's Singapore Adventure

[Media Invite]

So Miffy had arrived at Junction 8 and you can have non-stop Miffy Fun from on Saturdays from 31 July - 8 October (2 pm and 5pm) or daily from 1-10 September, Daily (2 pm and 5pm) at Level 1, Junction 8.


You can redeem a workshop pass for Sand Art, Biscuit Decoration, Shrink Art, Lantern Making with a min. spend of $50 at Junction 8. Reserve your slot for $5 and receive tenant vouchers worth $20 when you turn up for it! Worth it right?


The kiddos had a fun bento making session with Sakae Sushi but it was only over the weekend 0f 5-6 Aug 17. It was super fun for the kiddos and sorry for not writing about this earlier! My bad!

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Get to redeem an exclusive Miffy premium when you spend a minimum of $180 ($240 for FairPrice Finest Receipts) at Junction 8. Redeem an exclusive colouring set with a minimum spend of $60 at Junction 8.


Go check out Junction 8 website for more information on the Meet and Greet and Picnic Party! Thank you for inviting the kiddos over!