Sunday, September 21, 2014

~ Celebration of Drums 2014 ~

While the screeching sounds of the Formula 1 cars is roaring its way at the Singapore Grand Prix, we were experiencing a thunderous thumping joy from the Celebration of Drums 2014 at Vivocity. It was a free event where public can grab any music-making instruments and join in the fun with the performers.

The crowd seated at the Amphitheatre was extremely co-operative and participative. Using their DIY instruments, everyone followed the cue from the performers and blended in with their drumming.

Check out the various performance items by Singapore Dhol Federation, Djembo Singapore Club, Tenko Taiko (Hibikiya) and Urban Drum Crew.

Singapore Dhol Federation - Established in 2006, the Dhol drumming group unleashed energetic Bhangra-infused rhythms that moved the crowd to dance with them.  

Djembe Singapore Club - It was our first hearing and learning the traditional African rhythms on the goblet-shaped drum from West Africa - Djembe. The performance was presented in a fun and an teasing way which brought smiles on our faces. :)

TENKO TAIKO - the performance we have long awaited for throughout the night. :) We were awed by Hibikiya's Tenko Drums performance at Hibiki IV and decided to re-experience the Japanese drums ensemble once more.

Once again, we felt like being part of Hibiki IV seeing the familiar faces of the performers and the astounding drumming.

Urban Drum Crew - Drumming is taken to new heights with the group improvising their drums with LED lighting and also their Water LED Drums! It's going to be a party wherever the group performs. 
Water LED Drums

After almost 2 hours of drumming, it is time for the Finale! All the performers came back to the stage and joined in a communal music-making finale full of fun and surprises!

Finale for the Night - Let's Drum!

We ended our night filled of energy. Denver & Gladys are honored to have photo-taking opportunity with the young talented Taiko drummer - Domu. He was definitely the limelight for the night where many salute to his awesome drumming performance. ^_^

Looking forward to more drumming performances in the future. :)

Friday, September 19, 2014

~ Homemade No-bake Cheesy Yogurt Cupcake ~

Baking is always a challenge for me, particularly so since I do not have the proper baking tools and equipment. Hence, I usually look out for easy recipes as I do not see myself as a fantastic cook. Lucky for me, my children appreciate and love my cooking no matter how 'badly' I grade my culinary skills.

While there are many no-bake recipes available online and in the cookbooks, I made a little modification to how the dessert can be presented. Plus, the steps are so simple that children can also join in to help.

~ Ingredients ~
30 - 40 digestive biscuits
6 tablespoon of butter
1 packet of 250g Cream Cheese
1/3 cup of plain low-fat yogurt (~ 3 tablespoons)
1/3 cup of sugar (~ 4 tablespoon)
1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of gelatin
5 tablespoon of warm water

1) To make the base of the cupcake crust, we need to crush the digestive biscuits. Gladys is my little helper for the day as she helps me to coarsely chop the biscuits in the zip-lock bag.

2) Mix with the melted butter and finely crush the digestive biscuits with fork.

3) Lay and press the biscuit mixture firmly onto the base of each cupcake tin. Store it in the freezer.

4) Mix gelatin into warm water. Stir it till dissolved.

5) For the filling, put cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice into a large deep bowl and beat the mixture until well-blended and smooth.

6) Take the crust out from the freezer. Spoon fill each cup with the filling. Gladys used the back of the spoon to smoothen the surface of the cupcake.

7) Refrigerate it for at least 2 hours, or until firm.

To add more colours to our cupcakes, I decided to add fruit toppings. Kiwis and strawberries are great choices as they are healthy and perfect for decoration. Once the cupcakes are ready, remove them from the refrigerator. Place the cut fruits onto each cupcake. Children can choose to decorate in accordance of their preference.

BPDG's Homemade No-bake Cheesy Yogurt Cupcake 

Not only does it look appetizing visually, the children love the sweet and cheesy flavour of the cupcakes. :) Success and thumbs up!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

~ Home-cook Delicacies @ Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家) ~

Food Tasting Review: It has been ages since I roamed around the Sennett Estate ever since I got married and moved out. Many good food and nice eateries can be found here, but due to the limited parking space, this area is not included in our list of usual dining hang-outs. After re-visiting the area, maybe it's time to explore for more good food.

I'm delighted to be back here with my family for a food tasting session at Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家). Situated along Tai Thong Crescent, Gu Ma Jia (aka Aunty's House) is well-known for her home-cook delicacies. I'm impressed with Gu Ma's dedication and her tenacious effort in ensuring fresh ingredients are used to uphold the quality of their food. With her culinary skills, creativity and adventurous attitude, Gu Ma created many unique recipes with a personal touch.

Cereal Sotong - The children and I adore dishes cooked with cereal. Hence, we love this dish as it goes perfectly well with our rice. I like the sweet and buttery taste of the cereal which is crispy and not too oily. The sotong (squid) was tender and chewy. This is a nice combi apart from the cereal prawns that we used to have. It would have been perfect if the cereal is a little more sweeter and buttery in my opinion.

Kyoto Pork Ribs - When this dish was served to our table, it was ignited in flames with rose wine on a hot plate. The pork ribs were nicely wrapped within the aluminum foil. When the foil was unfold, you cannot resist the fragrant aroma after all the flavours that was retained within the aluminum foil was unleashed. Seeing the sauce oozing and bubbling from the sauteed pork made us drool instantly. The meat was tender, juicy and sweet. No wonder it was a hit among the children.

Prawn Rolls (Hae Chor) - Crunchy on the outside, meaty on the inside. This is a dish that we will usually order whenever we have Cze Char. The prawn rolls are not too oily and nicely fried. However, Hubby and I felt the taste was a little too subtle for our liking. We enjoy Hae Chor with a stronger flavour of the five-spice (五香) that blends in with the meat.

Crispy Bean-Jal - I was surprised and taken off guard when Gu Ma told us that this is actually crispy brinjal fried with french beans! Hmmmm... I am a big fan of brinjal and yet I did not suspect that the crispy cracker is actually brinjal! Was it the sweet marmite sauce that confused my taste bud? Gu Ma shared that this is one of her secret recipe. The brinjal was thinly sliced and fried. Children who hates brinjal can give this a try.

Kai Lan 2 Styles (Yuan Yang) - Another innovative way of eating Kai Lan from Gu Ma Jia. Just looking at this dish is pleasing and appetizing. As the name suggests, the Kai Lan was cooked in 2 ways - blanched and fried. The end product looks very much like seaweed and it is crunchy and crispy. The kids were intrigued by the outlook which prompted them to give it a try too.

Here comes the signature dish of Gu Ma Jia - Assam Fish Head! According to Gu Ma, all the ingredients were fresh from the market. Apart from the red snapper fish taking the lime-light, I appreciate a good serving of tomatoes, brinjal and lady fingers to complete this dish. Not forgetting the gravy which is not too spicy and sour - perfect blend of flavours mixed with the red snapper meat which is tender and fresh.  

Our dear friend, Irene highly recommend this dish a few nights before we went for our food tasting. I was so tempted because I LOVE Sesame oil. Just the scent of it opens my appetite. :)

Claypot Chicken with Ginger & Sesame Oil - This has to be one of my favourite dish at Gu Ma Jia. Tender and chewy chicken soaked within the pot of soup broth with sesame oil and ginger. I can have this pot to go with my rice without any complains.

Dessert Session! Have you heard of fruit enzyme? It is actually liquid containing the enzymes from fruits made by fermentation process. Enzymes act as catalyst for the human cells to function. It helps digestion and the absorption of nutrients. It is rare to see fruit enzyme dessert and drinks to be served but Gu Ma Jia has the capability as they ferment their own fruit enzyme. :) The bottles containing fermented fruits are labelled with dates on it and stored for a few months for fermentation process to take place.

Fruity Jelly Enzyme with Longans and Wolfberries - For those who are not accustom to the taste of enzyme may find it peculiar. I like the jelly dessert as the sweetness from the longans helps to balance the overall flavour of this dessert leaving me feeling refreshed!

Fruit Enzyme Juice - the drink is served with strawberries and basil seeds. It is stronger in flavour (taste very much like fruit vinegar) and you may feel a slight burning sensation. This is a healthy drink which helps in your digestion after a heavy meal.

It was a privilege to meet Gu Ma in person and have her shared her dishes and experiences with us. We enjoyed the home-cook dishes tremendously and would love to be back for more. :) Thank you once again for the hospitality.

Gu Ma Jia
Address: 45 Tai Thong Crescent, Sennett Estate, Singapore 347866
Telephone: 6285 2023


Sunday, September 14, 2014

~ Families For Life Celebrations 2014 @ Singapore Sports Hub ~

13 September 2014 - It was a hot afternoon at the Singapore Sports Hub. We arrived at around 2pm to participate in the Families for Life Celebrations 2014. Unlike the previous years, we did not participate in the Win Free Family tickets contest and hence we were spare from joining the long queues under the scorching sun to collect the tickets.

Denver & Gladys were in their cheery mood as they can't wait to participate in the activities they have spot on earlier. After grabbing our family game passports, we head on to the kayaking station straight away.

Denver registered for the first Kayaking session at 2.45pm. Lucky for us, there is no queue and Denver was able to join the group for the briefing session before heading out into the waters for his very first Kayaking experience.

The entire trip took about 40 minutes as it was a pretty far route. Denver enjoyed kayaking tremendously and it was a great work-out for him. As the minimum age for kayaking is 9 years, Gladys had to give it a miss.

While Denver was kayaking, I brought Gladys to Kallang Wave Mall and queue for the Rock-climbing trial. Despite being early, we were not spared from joining the long queue which took 40 minutes. On a consolation note, at least we were able to wait within the comfort on the air-condition mall that spare us of the frustration and possible heat-stroke. :)   

Gladys put on the safety harness and she is ready to climb!

Hubby and I were impressed with Gladys' fearless aptitude for rock-climbing. She attempted to climb as high as possible before losing her grip. 

Salute to our girl as she is probably the only one in the family who is willing and brave enough to challenge the wall and climb to greater heights. 

Since Gladys just recovered from a fever, we decided to participate in the indoor activities. Singapore Sports Hub Library (located next to Stadium MRT) is a nice place for us rest our feet and take a breather. Unlike the other public libraries, it focuses on sports and active recreation, encouraging public to embrace sports as a healthy lifestyle. 

Within the library, there are video viewing stations, giant chess board, virtual sports stations and kids zone. 

We had fun "kicking" the balls at the Virtual sport stations. The kids also registered and participated in an hour of chess games which left us chatting with friends that we met at the library. :)  

Met Shalny (mommy blogger of and her son, Wyvrn. It was nice to finally meet Shalny in person. Wyvrn is such a darling and lovable boy.

As the sun sets, we headed out to the carnival and pen down our thoughts on what Family Time means to us. This is part of the record-setting event to break the Singapore Book of Records for Largest Logo Made of Message Cards.

Gladys's personal thoughts of what family time means is - A Happy Life

 We joined random games and had fun holding on to each other for 30 seconds.  

Pretty fairy making bubbles for us!

Families carnival is never complete without taking family photo shots together! ^_^ We managed to took a couple after the crowd has dispersed in the evening. 

Thank you Families For Life for hosting the family carnival over the weekend. While improvements can be made on the collection of tickets and managing the queue for games, it was a great effort to put this event up for the public. We continue to look forward for more family activities in 2015. ^_^

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

~ NTUC Walks With U 2014 ~

30th August 2014 - It was a beautiful Saturday morning and we were happy to join FairPrice Walks With U, Singapore's largest walking event which aims to promotes a healthy lifestyle and family bonding. This year, it was held along a scenic route, flagging off at the Promontory. The 5km walk took us past the Marina Bay Sands, Art Science Museum, Gardens By the Bay, Marina Barrage and walking back to the Waterfront Promenade.

We were happy to join Sengkang Babies in the morning walk. The children found the walk more thrilling and fun with friends around. 

8am - Flag-off and here we go!

Walking along the iconic Marina Bay backdrop, it is inevitable that we stopped by to take pictures. 

The kids started making a dash every 100 metres. Maybe Fairprice can consider hosting NTUC Runs With U!





It was a beautiful Sea of BLUES among the GREENS.

Since the official theme for this year's themed walking event is "Walk Around the World", there are various entertainment acts from different countries along the walking route. Starting from Samba dancers from Brazil, Japanese Cosplayers,  Greek Statues and Cheerleaders from USA.

Naruto is definitely a favourite among children.

Reaching our U-turn point at Marina Barrage!

After taking a short break, we made our way back to the flag-off point.

Resting our feet at Art Science Museum. 

I love the lily pads and how nature blends in beautifully against the high rise city buildings.

The kids took photos at various station markers. :)

The 4.5m mark - Kids were happy that we were reaching the finishing point.

Sambal dancers are back to welcome all participants! Gladys is Proud of herself today!

Lots of games and activities awaiting all participants after completing the 5km walk.

Thank you NTUC Fairprice for inviting our family to the walk. We had a great work-out and the children had lots of fun. Check out BPDGTravels Facebook Album for more photos.


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