Sunday, November 27, 2016

Back to School with Stickerkid Personalised Labels & Discount Code

[Review + Discount Code]

School holidays just inched in but we are already getting our girl ready for school next year! ^_^



I used to purchase name stickers outside but now it can be done conveniently at the comfort of our home. Simply logon to Stickerkid website, and select the type of stickers that suit your needs.

You can engage your child to personalize the stickers together. Pick the background, logo, font style and colour of his/her liking. There is no rush or stress and you can make multiple edits and take your time to do so.


After submitting my order online, I received email notifications of the orders and also when it has been shipped out. It only takes about a week to arrive at our mailbox from Switzerland!

The stickers are glossy and brightly coloured. Some key features of Stickerkid labels are they survive microwaves, dishwashers, water, sun and sand. Plus, they stick well non glass, plastic, wood and metal.

I was able to label our girl's school books, water bottle and other essential items quickly. Stickers are fairly easy to peel off from the sheet and when I made a mistake in sticking, I was able to remove it without leaving any gluey residue on the surface. The small stickers, being slimmer, makes great labels for stationery such as pencils, pens, ruler, scissors and others.


Stickerkid's shoe sticker is one of my favourite as it is really helpful for my girl to identify her shoes quickly particularly since she attends after school care. The shoe stickers are designed to easily fit inside shoes or in shoe soles. They are waterproof so I don't have to worry when we wash the shoes.

Stickerkid also has iron on labels (removable or permanent) for clothes which will be extremely helpful to identify clothing. Apart from clothing, I am planning to try and iron on bags or cloth pouches.


YES! We are all set for school in 2017! 



STICKERKID DISCOUNT CODE 
(Valid until 15 December 2016)

Thanks to Stickerkid, BPDGTravels' readers enjoy a 10% discount code when you make a purchase online. Simply enter “bpdgtravelsSK” in the discount code field and apply coupon. Kindly note that discount code is only valid till 15 December 2016 and it does not include shipping and handling charges.


If you are interested in their products, check out more information on the following links.

Stickerkid Website : http://www.stickerkid.sg/
Stickerkid Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/stickerkid.english/

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Family Trip to Taiwan (台湾) - 8 Days 7 Nights Itinerary

Our first trip to Taiwan was back in 2005. Denver was 2 years old and he has no collection of his trip. Gladys was born a year later and she has been 'complaining' why we did not take her along. :) After multiple road trips into Johor Bahru, its time we take flight.

We booked our air tickets to Taiwan via Scoot which costs about SGD1830 for our family. Timing is pretty good and we picked to hop on a midnight flight to Taiwan and return back to Singapore in the night.

Planning the itinerary for our 8D7N free & easy tour in Taiwan was extremely difficult. There are so many places that we wanted to go but there are not enough days to cover them all! It took me many weeks and late nights to look through the travel booklets, websites and blogs before I finally streamline and firm up on our itinerary.

Day 1 (Singapore - Taoyuan)
Taoyuan Airport - Audi Garden Business Hotel (欧帝花园商务旅馆) - Xiao Wu Lai (小乌来风景区)  - Daxi Old Street (大溪老街) - Taoyuan Night Market (桃园观光夜市)

Day 2 (Taoyuan - Taichung)
Zhong She Flower Market (中社观光花市) - Sinkansen (新干线火车餐厅) - CartonKing (紙箱王) - 53 Hotel (宝岛53行馆) - Gaomei Wetlands (高美湿地) - FengJia Night Market (逢甲夜市)

Day 3 (Taichung - CingJing)
Homestay (黄庆果园民宿) - Evergreen Grassland (青青草原) - CartonKing (紙箱王) - Small Swiss Garden (小瑞士花园) - 博望新村 - 好鸡婆土鸡城

Day 4 (CingJing)
HeHuan Mountain (合欢山) - Homestay (黄庆果园民宿) - Nina de Chocolate (妮娜巧克力工坊) -

Day 5 (CingJing - Taichung - Taipei)
Taichung HSR (台中站台湾高铁) - Taipei M Hotel Main Station (台北门精品旅店) - Danshui Fisherman's Wharf (淡水渔人码头) - Danshui Old Street (淡水老街) - Shilin Night Market (士林夜市)

Day 6 (Taipei)
Shifen Waterfall (十分瀑布) - Shifen Old Street (十分老街) - Jiufen Old Street (九份老街) - JinGuaShi (金瓜石) + Golden Waterfall (黃金瀑布) -Yin Yang Sea (阴阳海) - BaDouZi (八斗子) - Keelung Night Market (基隆庙口夜市) - Movie @ Ximending (西门町)

Day 7 (Taipei)
MaoKong Gondola (猫空缆车) - Taipei 101 (台北101) - Pacific Sogo (太平洋Sogo百貨) - 乐也日式烧肉 - Ximending (西门町)

Day 8 (Taipei - Singapore)
Ximending (西门町) - Taoyuan Airport

Not all the places we went were included in our planned itinerary. We made changes and added some flexibility to ensure that we have some rest throughout our trip. We also hired transport to bring us around Taiwan so as to shorten the time taken to travel and maximize the places of interest that we can visit in the day. Will share more information of our friendly drivers and add in more photographs once I sorted them out. Meanwhile, hope this will be a quick road map for those who is planning on a trip to Taiwan this December school holiday.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

New Cable Ski Park @ Singapore Wake Park (East Coast)

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Image Credit : Singapore Wake Park

Wakeboarding seems like a sport that we would not even think of trying as it looks pretty tough and challenging. However, this is no longer a dream as the surface water sport is brought closer to us with the opening of Singapore Wake Parkthe only cable-ski park in the country, where riders can wakeboard, kneeboard and cable-ski with an overhead running cable system.at East Coast Park!

After a two year hiatus and a change in management, the cable-ski attraction returned to Singapore's watersports scene. The new cable-ski facility features three state-of-the-art cable systems, comprising of two System 2.0s designed for beginners and a full-size cable system for experienced wakeboard enthusiasts all in an enclosed body of water. This means complete novice, seniors and even children as young as six-years old can experience cable-sking as long as participants are confident and able to move in water with a life-jacket, and are physically fit.


When we first learnt about this, the children were extremely keen and excited to give it a try! We arrived at the park in the evening as the sky darkens. Initially, I was concerned if the kiddos can still cable-ski? It turns out my worries were unfounded as there are floodlights to illuminate the park allowing riders to ride in the night too!

Denver & Gladys knew how to swim, though it has been awhile since their last dip in the waters. Dressed in comfortable clothing, their first stop is putting on fitting safety jackets and helmets before proceeding to the System 2.0 cable system with the instructors.


Feeling a little nervous seeing the murky waters in the enclosed zone. Don't worry, there are no crocodiles in the lagoon. 


For beginners, they will start with the Easy Up boards. Only when you are able to cable-ski with the beginner board confidently, then you can progress to the wakeboards. 

The two-tower system is well-suited to novices as only one rider is allowed at a single time, thus allowing instructor to focus fully on the individual. In addition, it has a gentle increase in speed from 0km/h to 25km/h, which helps the rider to anticipate the pull of the cable. Speed is controlled manually by another staff to allow for personalised adjustments.


Denver & Gladys fell in the waters multiple times. After each fall, they swam their way back to the white floating walkways and walk back to the starting dock, and try again. This goes on and on with only one target in their minds - to successfully cable-ski their way straight to the tower at the other end.


Easier said than done... they fell into the waters once again. It was physically exhausting and I am amazed how much resilience and stamina they had to keep on going for nearly an hour (without their goggles and gulping in a lot of water)!
 

Many thanks to Viviane, who gave the kiddos some personal coaching.

This is no easy feet and our boy tried to go as far as he could. 




Gladys on the other hand managed to 'squat' all the way to the end point! Kudos to both of them for their determination!

Our kiddos were unsuccessful to progress further but for those who can, they will proceed to the second System 2.0s where it will be of a longer distance. 

For experienced riders, they get to ride around the park with the new Sesitec full-size cable system which has six towers and six evenly-spaced carriers! With a maximum speed of 31km/h, it takes 66 seconds to complete a round. Up to six riders can ride each time and recommended ages is from 10 years old to seniors in their 50s, with assessment based on individual's water competence and fitness level.


Singapore Wake Park offers many amenities such as shower rooms, changing rooms, lockers for the safekeeping of belongings. You can bring your own padlock to use with their lockers, or simply grab one from the shop for $3.


After a good workout, the children deserve a treat! Apart from cable-skiing, there is a cafe and bar next to the lagoon, Coastal Rhythm, where you can sit around to watch the action on water. It is open to public and Park's visitors, offering a good spread of international and local cuisine on its menu. A great spot for families and friends to gather and chill even if you are not planning to cable-ski.


Nice view from the cafe. It was breezy that evening and the children enjoyed the free wireless connectivity where they can play and catch Pokemon too! Hubby took the opportunity to walk around the park as part of his daily workout.  



Gladys enjoying her drink very much. :)

We spent a great evening at Singapore Wake Park and will definitely be back again for more cable-skiing and dining experience at Coastal Rhythm.



GOOD NEWS! 
Singapore Wake Park is running a opening 2-for-1 promotion for the month of November! Bring a friend and two of you pay the price of one! This means each person pays $20 for 1-hour session. *Promotion is available only on the beginner systems (System 2.0). Check out their website for more details.

Time to plan for another visit for the kiddos to try out the cable-ski before the promotion ends. ^_^


Singapore Wake Park
Address: 1206A East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449891
Opening Hours of Cable Systems:
Mondays to Fridays (10am-10pm)
Saturday, Sundays and Public Holidays (9am-10pm)
Rates: From $40 (weekdays) and $60 (weekends)

Website: www.singaporewakepark.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/singaporewakepark

Coastal Rhythm Cafe
Opening Hours:
Mondays to Thursday (10am-11pm)
Fridays and Eve of Public Holidays (10am-1am)
Saturdays (9am-1am)
Sundays (9am-11pm)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoastalRhythm

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Doi Chaang Coffee @ Holiday Villa Johor Bahru

Being frequent traveler into Johor Bahru, we enjoy driving in early across the border to avoid being trap in the traffic jam. BUT what can you do that early in the morning before the malls are even opened? There are many places which serve good breakfast as early as 7am. After breakfast,  we will find a cafe to rest.

During one of our road trip, we chanced upon Doi Chaang Coffee Cafe in Holiday Villa. It used to operate 24 hours where we were able to rest our eyes before continuing our journey. Since September, they have changed the hours to 930am - 330am instead. Nevertheless, we still enjoy dropping by where we can grab a cup of coffee to rejuvenate our bodies.


I love the ambiance of the cafe - clean, spacious and cozy.


On our weekend getaway, the children can spend some time at the cafe catching up on their homework, while Hubby and I enjoy our drinks and rest.

Even though it is a coffee place, the children prefer to order their milk series - Earl Grey, Vanilla, Strawberry. ~ RM11 per cup

Apart from their signature coffee, we also enjoyed its organic tea and pastries. 

Free Wifi and charging points are available which allow us to charge up our gadgets and use our phones within the Cafe. A nice stop over if you arrived early in the morning or if you plan to chill and relax late in the nights.


Doi Chaang Coffee
Address: G-11, Holiday Villa Johor Bahru, 260, Jalan Dato' Sulaiman, Taman Abad, 80250, Johor Bahru 
Operating Hours: 930am - 330am

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Easy Breakfast Recipes with Kellogg

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day yet we often tend to miss it. Hunger has been proven to affect a child's learning ability and potential and despite this, many skip the most important meal of the day or, eat an inadequate breakfast. Studies show that the inability to provide adequate breakfast largely contributes to dietary habit, or the lack of. As a working mother, I am also guilty as charged for not consistently ensuring my children, as well as myself to have adequate breakfast to start our day!

Recently, Kellogg initiated Breakfasts for Better Days, a global programme that focuses on global hunger relief extended from a firm belief that every child deserves to start the day with the power of breakfast.  The 12-month long breakfast programme pledged to provide 100,000 servings of cereal to eligible pre-schoolers. In collaboration with Whampoa Community Development and Welfare Fund (CDWF) and ICAP Singapore, Breakfasts for Better Days initiative will centre its effort around 120 pre-schoolers residing within the Whampoa district, all of whom are on financial assistance subsidy.

During the launch, Sarah Huang, Kitchen Hoarder Blogger and Asian Food Channel Host was there to share 3 easy breakfast recipes! I find Kellogg's Cheesy Corn Omelette easy and quick to make. Plus I can imagine the children loving the cheese and egg combi! Sharing out the recipes and spreading the importance of a hearty breakfast to start our day! 





Thursday, October 20, 2016

Farm tour around Quan Fa Organic Farm (全发有机农场)

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"Organically grown, no pesticide, no chemical" - that is what Quan Fa Organic Farm, the first certified organic farm, has committed to produce fresh food crop that is nutritious and healthy. We are thankful and delighted for an opportunity to bring the children on a farm tour to see how local organic farming is done.

Located at the quaint part of Singapore, Kranji Countryside, we were welcomed by a strong scent of compost... not sure if the scent came from Chew's Agriculture from across the road or within the farm, the scent is definitely unique, yet familiar on farmland.


We met up with Fabian, who warmly greeted us and brought us around the farm. Young and cheery, Fabian has been helping out at the farm. Apart from sharing with us enthusiastically more about organic farming and the vegetation, he also discussed the hard work and challenges farmers faces.


Sprouts Section
Our first stop of the tour where we get to see the Sunflower sprouts and Wheat grass. Under the veil are trays of sprouts. Some are still budding but some are ready for harvest. I still recall our first experience tasting wasabi sprout and now we got to try Sunflower Sprouts which is equally refreshing and tasty. A good addition to salads. :)


Sunflower Sprouts - sample directly from the soil 

Open Area Section
Apart from the green vegetation, you might be wondering why there are yellow patches on the wood pillars or on wooden sticks around the farmland. These are actually very sticky tapes which are used to reduce the amount of pests that will eat the crops. Do not attempt to touch it as they have put very sticky glue on it. Yellow and blue colours are used to attract the pests.

As Quan Fa engages in organic farming, different types of crops are grown at different months. Crop rotation helps to exchange nutrients with the soil, hence a different type of vegetable will be planted after each harvest. Compost are also added to increase the nutrient benefit and ensure the vegetation grows healthily.




The plots are neat and tidy and Fabian shares that weed killer is strictly not allowed in organic farming. Hence, workers have been manually tidying up the weeds on rotation basis daily, which is very labour intensive. Fabian also admits that there are times where the weeds catches up and they were not able to clean up on time. This is truly the hard work of a farmer to ensure the healthy growth of the vegetation.


We also learnt from Fabian that white radish is grown for nutrient benefits and the demand for its leaves are very high! In fact, you can use the white radish, white radish leaves, burdock root, shittake mushroom and carrots, to make '5 elements' soup which is said to have natural healing for its anti-cancer properties. The soup is said to be beneficial for those who are detoxing, recovering from cancer and suffering from high blood pressure.


Compost Section
Not the most popular section for children due to the odd smell, but the compost section is crucial in organic farming as it replaces the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers to nurture the soil and stimulate plant growth. How are the compost 'made'? A mixture of coffee grounds, soil, beer malt and others which takes about 6 months to fully ferment.

Look at the piles of compost which are left to break down/decompose naturally and they are of different colours. Some greener, some browner and eventually darkens.

During fermentation, the temperature within is actually pretty high. Fabian dug some of the compost for us to have a feel of how warm it is within.

Green House Section
Green Houses help to protect plants from damages from insects, rodents and other animals. The netting covers the greenhouses and keep the birds away. Outside the shelter are trays of mint leaves which also helps to deter bugs.

Most of the vegetables are planted from nursery. 

Mint leaves

At the end of the tour, we had some refreshments! Clear vegetable soup and farm made organic refreshing drink!

I really enjoyed the organic drink infused with lemongrass, mint leaves and pandan leaves. It is fragrant, refreshing and mildly sweet. Boil the lemongrass and pandan leaves first and add some brown sugar. Leave it to cool before adding mint leaves. Leave it for a couple of hours before enjoying the drink! I would definitely love to try this at home!

Quan Fa Organic Farm organises farm tours and if you are interested to join in, check out the following link for more details. Alternatively, you can email them at farmtour@quanfa.com.sg.


Organic crops which are harvested are nicely packed and sold at Sheng Siong Supermarkets, organic retailers and restaurants and cafes which uses organic vegetables.

There is also a mini-mart within Quan Fa selling their own products. We bought a packet of organic small tomatoes at S$2.50 and they are so sweet that even our kiddos who use to dislike eating them, finished them within minutes!


Apart from going to the local stores, you can also place your orders online! 

For our readers, simply enter the following code - QuanfaOrganicFarm to enjoy 10% off. *Not valid for promotional items and dried goods. One-time use per customer. 

Happy Shopping and Healthy Eating!


Check out the local farms before its gone!

Quan Fa Organic Farm will cease operations in 2019 as the government is claiming back the land for future developments

Upcoming event! 

Singapore Farm Festival will be held on 29th and 30th Oct. If you are keen, details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/farmersmarketsg


Quan Fa Organic Farm (全发有机农场)
Address: 35 Murai Farmway, Singapore 709145

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