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Old Siglap Flats: Goodbye Yesterday, Hello Tomorrow

Four blocks of low-rise HDB flats (pictured) at the junction of East Coast Road and Siglap Road are set to be demolished under the Selective En Bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS).

Officially opened in 1964 by Siglap assemblyman Rahim Ishak, the flats were built to house residents whose homes were destroyed by a fire in 1962. It was learnt that  the fire was sparked by firecrackers near the then-famous Siglap Market (now rebuilt into Siglap Centre) during the Chinese New Year celebrations of 1962.

Capturing the photographic memories before the estate is demolished to make way for new development.

One of the ten commercial shops that once, used to serve many residents here. This traditional barber shop had operated for more than 40 years.

There are a total of four blocks which are made up entirely of two-bedroom units. Do you know that these HDB blocks have no lifts and each block is only served by a single staircase.

Most of the 117 units are two-bedders, with a third comprising rental flats.

Walking in, you will notice a neighbourhood preschool. The little ones who had attended the school would have been grown up by now.

Searching high and low for some outdoor activities to motivate your kids? Surprised to discover an outdoor playground, still in good condition, at the back of the estate.

With the advent of modernisation, the old Siglap HDB flats and its decaying surroundings have not escaped from the throes of urban redevelopment. Being a popular residential location, it looks like construction will continue to take place in Siglap, building onto its existing popularity. This trip has been fruitful, bringing back these precious pictures to archive in my photo library.

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Sleepwiz Eye Mask: Sleep Better Effortlessly

One of the most useful essentials that one should have would be the eye masks. It is known that poor sleep can interfere with every aspects of our life but with SleepWiz™ eye masks, you can sleep as soundly on a brightly lit environment as you would at home in your comfy bedroom.

SleepWiz™ eye masks are specially designed to create the ideal environment for us to get some good rest so that we can wake up relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. Making a name for itself, SleepWiz™ was also featured in BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post as a recommended hack to fall asleep quickly.

For the Side Sleepers

Everyone has a propensity toward one position or another, but side sleepers are the most common of the variations. It is not common for side sleepers to find themselves tossing and turning more than back sleepers which could lead to poor sleep.

SleepWiz™ has introduced an eye masks for the side sleepers which include:

Luxiere™ 100% Silk Eye Mask for Side Sleepers

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For the Back Sleepers

SleepWiz™ has introduced an eye masks for the back sleepers which include:

ErgoDream™ 3D Ergonomic Eye Mask for Back Sleepers

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Why Sleepwiz?

We had the opportunity to try and after using for 2 nights and we felt it was comfortable for the following reasons:

 A restful night to feel refreshed the next day – The luxiere boosts melatonin levels naturally without the use of pills or chemicals while the DreamWeave technology makes the eyemask impenetrable to light, allowing for longer deep sleep phases, while retaining the natural fibre’s luxurious softness

            Comfort and practicality – by using thin dual straps that ensures the mask stays in place which is useful if you’re a side-sleeper or tend to move a lot when you sleep. The extra wide design also makes it adaptable to faces of different sizes.

                    100% mulberry silk – to ensure your skin stays hydrated and reduce fine lines 

SleepWiz™ eye masks are light, flexible and practical. It certainly doesn’t take up much space. Hey, did we mention this makes a good travel essential items during your road trips? Free shipping within Singapore is provided. You should get one too!

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POSB Smart Buddy – FREE Watch with E-Payment for Schools and Selected Merchants

The POSB Smart Buddy programme / 储蓄银行智能伙伴计划 was launched in in 19 primary schools in August. This ground-breaking programme uses wearable tech (a free watch) to teach students how to save and spend wisely by helping them track their savings and spending habits digitally. Continue reading “POSB Smart Buddy – FREE Watch with E-Payment for Schools and Selected Merchants”

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Singapore Parenting Congress 2016 {Giveaway Tickets to 3 Winners!}

The Singapore Parenting Congress 2016 is here again. If you missed last year’s event, that’s all the more you should give it a go. Parenting is a lifelong journey which we can learn and here at the Singapore Parenting Congress be ready to pick up essential tips how we can be better parents. Continue reading “Singapore Parenting Congress 2016 {Giveaway Tickets to 3 Winners!}”

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A Rock ‘n’ Troll Musical for Kids: The Three Billy Goats Gruff 三只山羊 Review

I previously blogged on The Little Company’s Mandarin version of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. This is our first time watching a kids musical production and I must say, we enjoyed every single moment!

SYNOPSIS

The Three Billy Goats Gruff (affectionately known as “Big”, “Middle”, and “Baby”) are a close-knit bunch who graze happily together with their caretaker, Little Bo-Frilly. But one day, it dawns on them that they are in the middle of a horrible drought. As the grounds turn a dreadful shade of brown, they’re slowly but surely running out food.

Unfortunately, as the gang decides to cross the bridge to the other side of the valley for survival, they will have to take on a frightening troll that – gulp – loves to feast on goats!

继2015年英语原创制作广受好评之后,新加坡专业剧场属下的小剧团再接再厉,推出充满欢乐、让人难忘的华语版音乐剧《三只山羊》!

故事中的三只山羊———羊老大、羊小二和小咩咩——感情要好、关系亲密,经常和照顾它们的牧羊人在草原上玩耍,大伙儿快乐地生活在一起。可是,干旱以后,大地变得一片枯黄,快没有食物可以吃了。

不巧的是,当它们正要过桥到山谷的另一端寻找食物时,却遇见爱吃羊肉的怪兽。而这只可怕的怪兽最喜欢吃的,就是肥嫩嫩的羊肉!

欢迎你一起走进《三只山羊》的精彩童话世界,一同来欣赏这部让你开怀大笑、禁不住咩咩叫的音乐剧吧!

OUR REVIEW

We arrived at the Singapore Repertory Theatre full of anticipation of what to expect out of this musical.

We were clearly impressed by the stage props and of course…

Professionalism of the actors and actresses. They engaged the entire audience totally and we were impressed by their pronounciation, enthusiasm, body language and expression when they were performing. It was an eye-opener for us.

We were glad to watch the Three Billy Goats Gruff musical as it delivered strong educational values for audience to bring back:

  1. Children get to grips with the concept that the grass is not always greener on the other side and to appreciate what they have.
  2. Provides exposure for children studying or wanting to acquire Mandarin.
  3. The importance of being resourceful and thinking on one’s feet is demonstrated in a fun and engaging way.

Big and Small M learn the importance of cultivating a love for Mandarin and how to express themselves better in the use of this language.

We really eat paper!

All thanks to the Singapore Repertory Theatre, our tickets include a photo session with the cast.

It comes with a photo frame as well 🙂

YOUR KIDS SHOULD WATCH IT!

This is an honest opinion from us, at least. After the show, Big and Small M were asking if we can bring them back to SRT again for the next musical production. Rather than watching from a TV screen, why not bring your kids to watch The Three Billy Goats Gruff and be entertained and educated by a real cast? It is definitely value for money.

Rating: 4.5/5

Event Date

  • 18 Feb (Thursday) – 26 Mar (Saturday)
  • Mon – Fri: 10am
  • Sat: 11am, 2pm
  • Fri (25 Mar): 11am

Through All SISTIC Channels
18% Discount for MasterCard Holders
[Applicable for Cat 1 only]
[Valid from 30 Jan till 20 Feb 2016]

10% Discount for MasterCard Holders
[Applicable from 5 Nov 2015 onwards]

S$95(Cat 1) tickets for Family Package of 4 (Weekdays)
S$107(Cat 1) tickets for Family Package of 4 (Weekdays)(with TLC CD Vol.2)
[Applicable from 5 Nov 2015 onwards]
[Applicable for Cat 1 only]

Weekend Family pack prices (4 tickets)
Cat 1 (with photo taking): $163
Cat 2 (no photo taking): $129

Weekend Family pack prices w TLC CD (4 tickets)
Cat 1 (with photo taking): $175
Cat 2 (no photo taking): $141

Through SISTIC Authorised Agents Only
15% Discount for Treasure Island Ticket Stub Holders
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10% Discount for StarHub Customers
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10% Discount for SPH Staff
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20% Discount for MasterCard Staff
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20% Discount for Starhub Staff
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20% Discount for Nexus International Staff
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20% Discount for Abbott Staff
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20% Discount for Berries Staff
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A Brand New Beginning @ Tao Nan School

Many parents experienced their “first” today. Regardless of which year the children were in, it was their first time stepping into Tao Nan School after it went through a major upgrading. Yes, two solid years. Gone were the days they had to bear the heavy traffic at the previous holding site at Bedok South. Continue reading “A Brand New Beginning @ Tao Nan School”