Giveaway 24th – 30th Aug 2016

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Phew. It’s been a crazy week. Finished an event the week of National Day and I needed a week to recover post event. Didn’t help that the boys fell sick as well. Baaah. Hence the lack of posts last week.

But hey, there has been spats of giveaways on my Facebook feed so here are some for you to participate in!

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Things to Do:
1. A Happy Mum: Creativity 521 #98 – Family Fun in Punggol SAFRA Part II {Review & Giveaway of ARTARY} – Ends 31st Aug 2016

Things you Need:
1. Mommy Chuck: Fall in Love with Curated Hand-Wrapped Books – Ends 29th Aug 2016
2. Blessed Family: Little Passports {Review & Giveaway} – Ends 25 Aug 2016

Things to Eat:
1. Says! Happy Mums: {Review + Giveaway} Mid-Autumn Jewels @ Marriot Wan Hao – Ends 31st Aug 2016
2. Ashlyn Thia: Tung Lok Mooncakes 2016 + Giveaway – Ends 30 Aug 2016

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Giveaways 3rd – 9th Aug 2016

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Everyone loves a good giveaway, right? And what more, when they are from the various parent bloggers that I have gotten to know in a blogging community! They have put in the hardwork to review and now let’s hop over to the blogs that are running giveaways so that you can stand a chance to win at something!

But first! We’ve got a giveaway of our own too! Tickets to a seminars on brain development in kids below 5 years, and between 5 – 12 years of age.

Obviously, having 2 kids below 5 meant that I was interested in the former seminar. More details can be found here.

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This seminar covers 2 topics:

The Brain & Language: Prepare your child’s brain to love languages by Dr. Steve Miller

I’m..an arts person (yes, it means I totally detest maths and science). Languages fascinate me and so I try to make sure that my kids get exposed to various languages. We speak English at home, but can also speak dialects like Hokkien & Cantonese, and a smattering of Malay, thanks to my paternal grandma who’s a Nonya. We definitely want to retain some roots to our ethnic group so we are hoping the kids will pick the dialects up! Sad to say, not a lot of people can speak their dialect, so this seminar will definitely provide some tips as how your child absorbs languages in their early stages in life!

The Brain & Movement: Build the body, boost the brain by Ms. Cheryl Chia

Who would have thought that exercising can help boost the brain function! I’ve seen parents doing various sensory activities with their kids and have always wondered about their effectiveness. I mean, sure, fine motor skills are important as kids develop to learn how to write, some other activities may also help in concentration and focus. But to what extent leh? This would also be a major eye-opener for us!

For parents with kids above 5 years of age..don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten you! For more details about the seminar, you can check it out here

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This would probably be especially useful if you have kids who are heading to primary school soon! The class is a whole new playing field and this would definitely come in handy as you prepare yourselves and your kids for the new phase in their educational life.

We’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway for each of the seminars.

To participate, all you need to do is

1. Like SmartParents on Facebook
2. Like Just some Tings on Facebook
3. State which seminar you would like to attend in the comments section and the following information:
 – tell me how old your child is, which of the two topics interests you more and why.
4. Participants may only choose one seminar to participate in. Contest ends 15th August 2016, 2359hrs and winners will be notified by 16th August 2016. Winners will be selected at random. Giveaway consists of a pair of tickets to the seminar of their choice stated in the comments. 

Disclaimer: The tickets to the seminars are kindly sponsored by SmartParents. Tings.sg is not affiliated with SmartParents. Seminars promoted are based on what I believe to be useful to parents. 

Now…moving on to regular programming, the links to more giveaways! =)

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Places to Go:
1. MummySaidDaddySaid: Alive Museum Singapore Family Ticket Giveaway – Ends 5th August 2016
2, The “Perfect” Father: Ninjago Legoland Malaysia (Giveaway) – Ends 31 Aug 2016

Things to Do:
1. Rainbow Diaries: {Giveaway} Raising a Child Gifted – Rise & Shine Seminar by Pamela Lim –
2. Mylilbookworm: Yoga with Serene – Ends 6th Aug 2016
3. The Chill Mom: Facebook Giveaway – $50 UE Vouchers – Ends 22nd Aug 2016

Things you Need:
1. Amazingly Still: NDP2016: National Education (NE) Show – Ends 4th Aug 2016
2. Mummy’s Little Black Book: Cimilre S3 Review + GIVEAWAY – Ends 5th Aug 2016

Things to Eat:
1. Prayerfull Mum: Connecting over Food at Gu Ma Jia – Ends 8th Aug 2016

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being spoilt…by the kids.

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Oliver had been a little clingy lately. Clingy in that he didn’t want to go to school; he didn’t want to stay over at his grandma’s over the weekend. It became a little frustrating to get him to school. He would tear, he would cling on to me and then cry when I left him in the arms of his teacher.

So last Friday, I decided that the boys and I would go for a nice lunch (thanks Daddy Ting! hahaha). And we had a fantastic time. The boys were so cooperative, especially Oliver that I was super duper impressed.

I got him home from school, packed the backpack, grabbed the stroller and off we went.

I told him that he had to help me watch QT and he did. We were all standing in the bus so he made sure his palms were wrapped around QT’s palms when holding on to the pole. Then he would hold QT’s hand when I told him so. He would help me buckle QT up cos QT asked ‘kor kor, help!’

a mother & son moment

a mother & son moment

QT fell asleep on the way, whilst we were talking to the train station staff cos Ollie had a burning qns. He wanted to know why the roof of Eunos MRT station was pointy. Hahaha.I sorta guessed the answer but I figured it would be an experience for him to hear it from the train station manager. Then we had a chat whilst QT slept along the way. We talked about train stations, then he talked about how he didn’t want to grow a long beard cos we saw some caucasians with beards. He mentioned how hungry he was and what he was planning to eat. I explained how he had to watch QT whilst I would go get his food. We took some silly photos together whilst he was on my lap.

Then he ‘helped’ me hold the stroller down the stairs outside Promenade MRT (fml no lift but heng only 3 steps). ‘Mummy, I help you hold so not so heavy for you!’ 😍😍

Oh yar, backtrack abit. Was taking the lift from the bus interchange to the basement to get to the MRT. There are 4 floors, lvl 2, 1, B1 & B2. Taking the lift with us was a couple and a guy. Ollie was holding the door in the lift. When i turned to look, to my horror, level 1, B1 & B2 were pressed! 😱😱😱

‘hoi! Why you go and press all!!??’

The couple quickly said, nono he didn’t. Then couple got out at level 1, guy got out at B1…we got out at B2. 😳

‘Mummy, I didn’t press all’ he said, eyes wide open after the couple defended him. I apologised to him in front of everyone.

‘I’m sorry, Ollie. Mummy thought you pressed all the buttons. Sorry ok?’

What was I thinking man…he has NEVER anyhow pressed lift buttons lor. How could I have simply assumed!! 😳Felt so bad. Hais.

Okay, back to lunch haha. Our table wasn’t ready when we got there. Zzz. They said got sudden huge group so will need 20 mins to get our table ready. Waah i know i am 10 mins late..but another 20mins?? The server was super nice though. I told her the kids were hungry. So she sat us at Chihuly Lounge and went to get food for us. Juices for the boys and dim sum. She said…she would offer me complimentary cocktail or wine..except I am pregnant. So she offered me mocktail

Told hubby after we got hm. Wah piangs..wasted! Else make him drink all the alco hahahaha #sibehauntie

But of cos decline lar. Main concern was to get the table n feed the kids! The boys were happy with liu sha bao, Ollie doing colouring and QT reading the book I brought, sipping juices. Got our table within 10 mins. So not too bad lar. Heng they were starving too!

Told Ollie again he has to watch QT whilst I quickly went to get them food. And he did. We got a booth and he sat near to QT. Could see them play fight with the ridiculously long breadstick hahah. And then peacefully digging into their food. Went back and grab more food so no need to keep taking. Just pile table first. Server also gave them kids’ pack so QT got to sticking and Ollie colouring.

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Then during iPad time..(towards end of our meal) QT was being bratty and not wanting to share. And..what Ollie said next totally blew me away

‘Never mind mummy. Let didi watch iPad. I don’t need’

You don’t need???? What is you don’t need?? Where has my 4yo gone??

He just went back to diligently colouring. 😲😲

Okay. Offered him some kueh and he said let me think about it hahaha. Then he said no thank you, I don’t want it.

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The trip home was great (only not so great is the poop zzz). We got a laugh when Ollie went to poke at a gorilla mascot at City Link and got a fright when it danced (machine mascot). Hahahah damn funny.  We then popped by to see some rabbits & guinea pigs at PLC. We took the narrow escalator up at Raffles City and he told me to stand same step as him so that I can hold him n got more space.

We boarded the train, and he got on an empty seat. I was tired and told him to get off but told him he can sit on my lap again. And he was like, it’s okay, I will stand next to didi.

Really. This kid…amazed me. I told Donald..if he keeps up this behaviour, everyday I also blanjah (treat) him to Colony lah. Would have asked him if he want to have dinner there too! Hahahah

I really need this as a reminder. I was telling hubby, Ollie is really a great kid. We rarely have tantrums. And I think we have it good..to the extent we forget he is a 4yo when he has a tantrum.

We are sorta spoilt by him cos he understands reasoning really well. His logic and comprehension is fantastic. But empathy of cos is a different story. That we are working on it slowly. But it is so easy to reason with him during his meltdowns. It just needs a lot of time. And that we remain calm

He tells hubby stuff like ‘be careful when you go to work!’ at the door.

He tells me ‘oh be careful mummy, there is a step’

He tells Quentin ‘didi, stop!! Later fall down and you cry how?’ Or ‘where painful? Let me see!’

When asked if he will help to take care of Sarah, ‘yes! I will pat her and change her diaper. But only wee wee diaper ok? I don’t want to change pang sai diaper ‘ hahahah

I wing it a lot as a mom. What I can prepare in diaper bag to cope, I will. Everything else is up in the air. I try not to think that meltdowns will happen. So far we’re good. Our outings are really good. I set the expectations when we go out so Ollie knows what is going to happen. That helps him anticipate. Anything else is usually a bonus.

But so so proud of the kid. I do worry I am pushing him too far as an elder brother but he is stepping up himself. Holding QT’s hands, hugging & kissing him willingly. Wanting to wash his cup & bowl.

He wakes up, sets the table for QT & himself and then makes himself breakfast (pouring cereal into his bowl and eating it). He now makes his bed, diligently put his laundry in the basket, getting into the habit of putting things away. Occasionally offers to swiff & mop the floor. Pours water into cups for both QT n himself before asking QT to come drink. Helps to buckle QT into the stroller. Do crazy shit like clean windows hahahah

I think I have it really good liao.

No need to worry about him academically. He is self-driven and has a thirst for knowledge. His memory amazes me. Hahah to the extent my mom and I will ask him for some details that we cannot remember. It’s fascinating to see him processing information. Just earlier..my mom and I couldn’t remember what was under my sis’ desk so we asked him. He stared into space n thought about it before responding ‘no shelf under e-e’s table, just chair only’. Like you know, it’s info he doesn’t need to know

But if someone else need info like this, he has an answer??? Like my aunt’s block number, he knows. We go there every fortnightly and well..he doesn’t need to know the block number but he knows.

We talked about getting lost. He knows the drill about getting separated from us in lift (ie he is in lift but we are outside). Told him what to do for train situations cos we were at train station.

Then he asked me…if take taxi leh? 😰 i laughed n said ‘no lah..won’t happen‘ but then i thought better tell him what to do anyways! I never thought about it! Then he asked next…then bus leh?? 😰 Why your thought process so far one huh???

Okay..going on and on about him..has officially made me feel like wah piangs i got it damn good so please dun complain about him ever again! Hahahah yar i will not take things for granted again man.

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