Public Garden Consumer Trade Show {24 – Sun 25 Sep 2016}

It was a real treat for flea-market lovers on 24 and 25 September. Public Garden Consumer Trade Show held at Suntec Convention Hall 403 gathers the best of progressive brands and home-grown designers from the region.

The event was held just from 1pm to 7pm and I was pleasantly surprised by the great turnout. I have seen flea markets that managed to attract lukewarm crowds but definitely not here. If you are appreciative of independent labels and brands from Southeast Asia, you are sure to come and walk away fully satisfied.

Look at the massive turnout.

Participating regional brands are specially invited to this event. For the first time, we can get to see many products designed creatively and layout for shoppers who are looking for a different retail experience. Let’s take a tour to see some of these cute products on sale.

Apparels. Tops. Bottoms. Dresses. One-Piece. Outerwear. Bags. Shoes. Shoppers with penchant for these are going to have a hard time to choose!

Charcoal Bar Soap, Himalayan Salt Bar Soap and more by Dappers.

DIY craft ideas for gift giving. A nice touch.

Sale of plants and bring home a mini-world full of lush and beautiful plants in the form of terrarium.

Remembering Singapore in the 70s and 80s. Game to play Tikam-Tikam?

Magnets with Singapore theme at $3.90 each.

Full of wholesome nuttiness, The Hunters’ Kitchenette® gourmet nut butters are made fresh from the oven daily with the finest handpicked ingredients. Open a jar and enjoy these fragrant, creamy treats that melt in your mouth!

We particularly like these wooden utensils and bought some back. These are made in Thailand.

Public Garden Consumer Trade Show is a very well-planned event that can be summed up as an eye-opener for shoppers. Looking to get something exquisite or just want to immerse into the atmosphere of browsing goods from the region, get connected to The Public Garden here.

Event Details

Venue: Suntec Convention Hall 403, Level 4, Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039593
Date: Sat 24 – Sun 25 September 2016
Time: 1PM – 7PM
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Family-Friendly Activities at Millennia Kids Challenge!

The Millennia Kids Challenge is returning to Sengkang during the November holidays, to encourage children and their families to lead a healthy lifestyle! There will be sports, games and quizzes to enjoy on 05 Nov 2016, with attractive prizes to be won.

Participants can sign up as a family to complete either (1) obstacle games challenge  or (2) 9km community cycling.

Obstacle Game Challenge

Form a team of 2 to 4 members, with your parents/guardians and have a go at the Obstacle Game Challenge. Conquer your limitations and overcome 10 obstacles to win a medal.

Photo Credit: Millennia Kids Challenge

As we keep ourselves fit and healthy, we should not neglect the well-being of people around us. Games 1 and 2 are designed by Sengkang Health’s Occupational Therapists to create awareness and experience how the elderly and people with disabilities carry out common everyday activities.

Strengthening or conditioning our body is important to prevent injuries. Games 3 and 4 are designed by Sengkang Health’s Physiotherapists to introduce fun and easy exercises that involve buddy work.

Diabetes is a growing problem in Singapore today. It can deeply affect one’s quality of life if not well-controlled. The Health Promotion Board will be conducting interactive games to share healthy tips such as choosing wholegrain food, exercising and stress-relieving activities to prevent diabetes.

Playing sports is a great way to keep ourselves healthy and bring the community together. ActiveSG by Sport Singapore will be showcasing these sports in various formats for the community to experience and share the joy of living better through sport.

Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5
Experience what it is like to be visually impaired and have numbness in the fingers. Try picking up coins to buy items. Experience how do you pick up items (with a reacher) after having hip surgery. Move across the agility ladder to improve foot speed and coordination and perform various buddy workouts. Playing tic-tac-toe in a shuttle run version. Interactive games on diet and physical activities to prevent diabetes.
Game 6 Game 7 Game 8 Game 9 Game 10
 

Football

 

Basketball

 

Tennis

 

Flippaball

 

Aqua Obstacle

 

9 Km Community Cycling

Enjoy the speed and thrill of riding on two wheels?  Grab your family and join the Tobacco-Free Generation 2000 (TGF2000) riders on a 9km road cycling journey round the Sengkang neighborhood, to show your support for a Smoke-Free Singapore.

Photo Credit: Sengkang Health

Team requirements

  • Minimum team size: 2 members
  • Maximum team size: 4 members
  • All members must be at least 10 years old
  • At least 1 member must be a supervising adult, aged 18 and above
  • At least 1 member must be a child, aged between 10 to 17
  • All members must bring their own bicycles.
  • The following vehicles are not allowed during the community ride:
  • Motorised bicycles
  • Bicycles with no brakes
  • Unicycles
  • Scooters or kick scooters

Attire

  • Riders must be properly attired.
  • Helmets must be worn at all times.
  • Shoes must be worn during the event.
  • Ride bibs must be displayed prominently on the back of the rider

Wet Weather

In the situation when there is bad weather, the indoor Obstacle Game Challenge will still carry on. Announcement will be made for the Community Cycling to be called off. Participants affected are welcomed to take part in the obstacle game challenge.

Participants’ Entitlement

  • Exclusive Millennia Kids Challenge Event Tee for all participants.
  • Exclusive Millennia Kids Challenge Finisher Medal and Goodie Bags for participants upon completion of Obstacle Game Challenge or 9km Community Cycling.

Click here to register for this event!

Click here to learn more about Sengkang Health.

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Climb Central: Climb-a-ton Marathon Climbing Carnival

Something exciting is coming to Climb Central this October. Come 8 and 9 of October, be challenged by Climb-a-ton, a first-of-its-kind marathon climbing carnival organized by Climb Central. Everyone will be challenged to climb higher than they ever have before.

The best part of Climb-a-ton is that it is suitable for climbers of all levels. All participants are invited to Climb Central’s 2nd Birthday Party on 9th October 2016 from 5pm onwards.

KIDS DASH Climbing Monkey

Format:

Finish 10 climbing routes on our 8m Autobelay systems. Climb as fast as you can to be the fastest monkey on the block. Leave your kids with our instructors who will be around to ensure that your kids have a safe and challenging experience.


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Who:

Individual sign up
Kids between 5 to 12 years old
Participants need to be a minimum of 20kg and 1.1m


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Cost:

Early Bird Registration (before 8 Sep) – $25
Normal Registration (8 Sep to 7 Oct) – $30
On-the-spot Registration (8 and 9 Oct) – $35
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Timeslots:

Dash 1: 9:30am to 10:30am
Dash 2: 11:00am to 12.00pm
Dash 3: 12:30am to 1:30pm
Dash 4: 2:00m to 3.00pm

Registration and Briefing starts 45 mins before the climbs

42.195 Climbing Buddies

Format:

The ultimate test of endurance. Pairs have 3 hours to complete 42.195 climbing routes in the shortest time possible. No belayers are provided so participants are expected to belay each other. Receive an exclusive finisher t-shirt on completion.


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Who:

Sign up as a pair
Youths and/or adults ages 13 and up
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Cost:

Early Bird Registration (before 8 Sep) – $55
Normal Registration (8 Sep to 7 Oct) – $60
On-the-spot Registration (8 and 9 Oct) – $70
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Timeslots:

Climb 1: 9am to 12pm,
Climb 2: 1pm to 4pm
Registration and Briefing starts 1 hour before the climbs

FUN CLIMB Climbing Kakis

Format:

Gather your friends or family to complete 42.195 routes together. Goodie bags and event t-shirts available to all climbers. Fastest 3 teams walk away with prizes and medals too!


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Who:

Sign up as a group of 3
Everyone can climb! (Children meeting facility entry requirements can participate but are not allowed to belay)
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Cost:

Early Bird Registration (before 8 Sep) – $75
Normal Registration (8 Sep to 7 Oct) – $80
On-the-spot Registration (8 and 9 Oct) – $90
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Timeslots:

Climb 1: 9am to 12pm,
Climb 2: 1pm to 4pm
Registration and Briefing starts 1 hour before the climbs

Kids Should Give This A Go!

I’m sure Kids Dash category of the carnival would interest the kids out there. Kids (aged 5-12) in this category will attempt to complete 10 climbing routes within 1 hour, under the supervision of one of Climb Central’s instructors. So rest assured! On top of prizes for the fastest girl and boy finisher, there will also be goodie bags and lucky draw prizes for participants.
Good news for our readers, Climb Central is offering a special discounted rate to register your children for the Kids Dash category of the carnival. Using the coupon code (MONKEYMADNESS), participants can get $10 of the registration fee of $30. Input the coupon code at the registration page to enjoy the discounted rate.
Click here for more information of Climb-a-ton.
Click here to read our experience at Climb Central.

So, come and have a blast at Climb Central

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KSL City: Ah Piaw Wanton Mee 阿標雲吞面

There are food-goers who claim Ah Piaw Wanton Mee is the best in the whole of Malaysia. Food tasting is subjective and it is best left for each to decide. Located at KSL City is Ah Piaw Wanton Mee which serves delicious wanton mee. If you are not aware, Ah Piaw’s noodles are self made and when topped up with slices of char siew and wantons, your meal is complete.

Here’s a look at the menu.

This is my order – Dry Signature Wanton Mee (non chilli) @ RM $6.50

The dish is usually served in a hot broth, dry slices of char siew (typical of JB style), garnished with leafy vegetables, and filled with wanton dumplings filled with mince pork.

7 wanton dumplings in all.

Overall, a price of RM $6.50 is worth a try. The portion is decent and filling to the stomach. If you are in KSL City, do check out Ah Piaw Wanton Mee 阿標雲吞面 !

Address: L2-132(A), KSL City Mall
33, Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad
Johor Bahru 80250

Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm

 Check out our food discovery in Johor:

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KSL City: D’Shanghai Dim Sum Restaurant (大上海点心)

It is not often that we get the chance to hop across the causeway and if we do, food discovery is very much a part of our itinerary. We were at KSL City and stopped by to satisfy our hunger pangs. We thought this dim sum specialty restaurant by name of D’Shanghai would be interesting to check out.

As D’ Shanghai is located inside KSL Mall, it is fully air-conditioned and you can dine at your comfort. We heard they also have branches in Permas and Sutera Mall.

What We Ordered

We like the food selection over at D’ Shanghai. Prices wise, we have no qualms as you know it’s not cheap but yet decent in Johor.  These were what we ordered.

Fried Fen Pi – RM $11.90

Fried Avocador Rolls – RM $8.80

Spring Rolls – RM $4.80

Prawn Rice Rolls – RM $7.20

Signature Xiao Long Bao – RM $5.20

Scallop Xiao Long Bao – RM $7.20

Siew Mai – RM $5.20

Har Gao – RM $5.80

Prawn Dumpling – RM $5.80

Spare Ribs – RM $5.80

Fried Chicken Wings – RM $10.80

There’s nothing to shout about on D’ Shanghai’s ambience and service. We were here to dine and the taste and prices were what we were looking for. Overall, it offers a good selection of dim sum for diners to choose from and we satisfied. Will we return again? Why not.

Address: 56, Jalan Permas 15/1, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, 81750 Masai, Johor, Malaysia
Hours: 8am to 10pm
Check out our food discovery in Johor:
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Freedom Japanese Market: Snacks Straight from Japan {Giveaway Family Pack!}

If you love everything about Japan, you will love to find out what’s in store in this blog post. With Freedom Japanese Market, you can celebrate the goodness of Japan snacks and candies just at a click of a button and delivered right to your front door!

Freedom Japanese Market is a family business which brings the unique sweet, savory, sour, salty and seasonal snacks to you at an affordable price. We were so blessed to receive these specials all the way from Japan.

Most of the items are sold exclusively in Japan. When you subscribe to Freedom Japanese Market boxes, expect to receive them containing some limited snacks and candies that are only available in Japanese stores for a month or two. One can argue that you can buy such products locally but hey, do you know the “Made for foreign market” versions of these products sold in most Asian markets are usually made in third party countries, and shipped in container ships to different parts of the world. In short, you are not buying the originals!

We are so thrilled to receive our July box contents and just can’t keep our eyes off them!

Parfait Neru-Neru – Combine the strawberry puffs, wafers and chocolate sauce to create your own parfait

Porickey – Mini pretzel sticks with a summer barbeque flavor

Sugar Rusk Umaibo – A crispy puffed corn tube coated in sugar for a twice-baked sweet treat

Mame-Mame Corn – Mini corn puffs with an extra delicious salty coating

Mashuro – A pudding flavored twisty marshmallow treat

Pandaro – Mini butter biscuits in the shape of cute Panda faces

Mochi Taro – These bite-sized rice crackers are a staple in any traditional Japanese snack store

Pizza Puchi – Cheese and tomato pizza flavored rice crackers

Awa-Dama – Sweet lemo-lime hard candy that fizzes in your mouth

Umaibo – Takoyaki (red) and Corn Pottage (yellow) flavored tubes of puffed corn

Chocolate Collon – Delicious bite-sized crispy wafers filled with chocolate cream

Aerial – Baked corn wafers coated with creamy cheddar cheese

Hana-Suna – Deliciously salty flower-shaped puff of corn

We simply love our family pack from Freedom Japanese Market. Here is a list of attributes we think really make their Japanese candy and snack box subscription stand out.
  • Free Shipping Worldwide
  • All products are shipped fresh from Japan.  These items have never seen the inside of a container ship.
  • An itemized list with pictures is included in each box, so you don’t have to read Japanese.
  • About a pound of candy and snacks are packed into each box.
  • We only ship products we would eat ourselves, and only send boxes we would be happy to receive as a gift.
  • You can subscribe through PayPal for maximum security
  • Club members can buy additional boxes and send them (to other addresses) as gifts.  Some companies use these boxes as corporate gifts or thank you packages for hard working employees.  You can also get all of your holiday shopping done quickly this way!
  • You can create a gift subscription that sends a monthly care package to a friend or relative.
  • You can create a one-time payment for boxes sent out over 3, 6 and 12 months.
  • Cancel at any time without fees or penalties.
To Katong Kids Inc’s readers, when you add our blog’s name to the order notes, you will receive a free bonus candy in your first box!  Click here to subscribe🙂

GIVEAWAY!

Congratulations to our lucky winner: Melanie NginWee

Special thanks to Freedom Japanese Market, they are giving 1 winner with this exact Family Pack of snack and candies:

All you need to do is:

  1. Like our Facebook at Freedom Japanese Market & Katong Kids Inc
  2. Follow our IG @ freedomjapanesemarket & katongkidsinc
  3. Share this blog post of the giveaway on Facebook to as many friends, remember to set it to public.

We will be strict and disqualify ALL fake social media accounts (eg. Facebook accounts set up purely to take part in contests with no or very few real friends).

Terms & Conditions:
1. The winner will walk away with a box of Family Pack.

2. The winner must be agreeable to self-collect the Family Pack and for his/her contact details to be provided to Katong Kids Inc.
3. Judges’ decision is final. Closing date: 16 Sep 2016.

Tanjong Katong Road: Chefy Bakehouse, Handmade Bakery at its Best!

These chocolate chips cookies & almond cookies were insanely delicious! Chefybakehouse is definitely our kind of bake house for cookies – not too sweet (chocolate chips), ever so slightly and full of flavour(almond). We prefer a crisp cookie and Chefybakehouse delivered. It was crisp on the outside, and yet despite how thin it was, remained soft on the inside (but not too soft). My family was instantly hooked.

Good cookies are commonly found but when it comes to tasting heavenly cookies that are baked straight from the heart, we have found one that you will surely fall in love with. Nestled in the heart of Tanjong Katong Road is where this cafe by the name of with a pinch of salt is located. This is the exact spot where Chefy Bakehouse is stationed as well.

Photo Credit: Chefy Bakehouse

Cookies with a twist are what you will find at Chefy Bakehouse. Every cookie is made from scratch with secret recipe, added with craftsmanship that is irreplaceable by machine and on top of everything, is freshly baked. All these would not be possible without the dedication of Chef Chan, an award-winning pastry chef of Sheraton Towers.

Photo Credit: Chefy Bakehouse

Photo Credit: Chefy Bakehouse

Photo Credit: Chefy Bakehouse

Since 1995, this homegrown establishment has baked countless cookies of happiness to satisfied customers. With flavors of almond, butter, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, florentine and matcha cookies, you will be spoiled for choices!

Photo Credit: Chefy Bakehouse

That explains why every bite of the handmade Chocolate and Almond cookies by Chefy Bakehouse that we ordered for Small M’s birthday party with personalized label is so crispy and irresistible. It was well-liked by everyone!

We thought these cookies meet all the criteria for a marvellous gift and souvenir for friends and visitors.

Would you like to try them?

Chefy Bakehouse takes pride to ensure its cookies are all creatively packaged and beautifully displayed. If you wish to order online, Chefy Bakehouse caters to it also. This is just the place to go when you yield to the simple pleasures of biting into a flavorsome cookie!

Photo Credit: Chefy Bakehouse

Pick-up address:
297 Tanjong Katong Road
Singapore 437080

To order fresh baked goods, ask a question or say something,
Email hello@chefybakehouse.com
Call WJ (65) 8654 7355
or call Chan (65) 9786 2589

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