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Quick and Easy Okonomiyaki | Japanese Savory Pancakes

Singapore Mom Blogger shares a quick and easy Okonomiyaki recipe

This quick and easy okonomiyaki is so simple even the most unaccomplished cook is able to make it!

Okonomiyaki which is also know as the Japanese Savory Pancake contains a variety of ingredients which often includes cabbage as its main ingredients. The name Okonomiyaki is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “what you like” or “what you want” and yaki meaning “grilled” or “cooked”.

Now, go make some and impress your tea time guest!

1 cup flour
1 cup water
3 eggs

1/4 cabbage diced
1 carrot grated
2 leeks sliced
1 pkt crab sticks sliced
100g Bacon
Salt and pepper to taste
(*Just add whatever you like to this yummy pancake*)

Japanese Mayonnaise Sauce
Okonomiyaki Sauce
Dried Bonito Flakes

Singapore Mom Blogger shares a quick and easy Okonomiyaki recipe
1. Whisk flour, water and eggs together and set aside. (A)
2. Add Cabbage, Carrot, Leeks, Crabsticks in to flour mixture. Mix well.
3. In a well oiled pan with low heat, pour 1 cup of Okonomiyaki Mixture into the pan.
Lay 3 pieces of bacon across Okonomiyaki Mixture. Pan fry for 2-3 minutes.
4. Flip the pancake and pan fry for 2-3 minutes.
5. Plate Okonomiyaki. Drizzle Japanese Mayonnaise and Okonomiyaki Sauce. Top with Dried Bonito Flakes.

And Finally いただきます (itadakimasu)!
Singapore Mom Blogger shares a quick and easy Okonomiyaki recipe

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Rise and Shine Expo 2013

((WARNING: READ to the END for Rise and Shine Expo Workshop GIVEAWAY details!!)

Rise and Shine Expo 2013 is happening on 27 – 29 September 2013, 11am – 8pm, Suntec Convention Hall 401.

It is the premium expo targeted to raising happy and healthy kids!!

You could expect more than 120 exclusively handpicked exhibitors specialising in children’s health, food and education.

There are also more than 100 workshops and trial classes by international renowned authors and local top notch experts.

Few of my favorite renowned international author includes:

Heidi Murkoff
Author of the world’s best-selling pregnancy and parenting series, What to Expect

Heidi will be speaking on:
Raising Healthy And Happy Baby
Friday, 27 September 2013
12pm – 2pm

What To Expect In The First Year
Friday, 27 September 2013
4.30pm – 6pm

Dr Thomas Armstrong
Award Winning Author and Advocator of Nurturing Multiple Intelligences in Children

Dr. Armstrong will be speaking on:
Awakening the genius in every child:  discovering and reviving the natural motivation that exists in all children at birth
Saturday, 28 September 2013
12pm – 2pm

The Multiple Intelligences Of Reading And Writing: Making Words Come Alive
Saturday, 28 September 2013
2.30pm – 4pm

How To Teach Practically Anything Using Multiple Intelligences
Saturday, 28 September 2013
4.30pm – 6pm

Dr William Sears
Award Winning Author Of Over 40 Pregnancy And Parenting Books And America’s Most Renowned Pediatrician

Dr. Sears will be speaking on:
Keeping your baby healthy and understanding common childhood illnesses
Sunday, 29 September 2013
12pm – 2pm

Master The Art Of Attachment Parenting
Sunday, 29 September 2013
1.30pm – 3pm

Learn All About Handling Gassy and High-Needs Babies
Sunday, 29 September 2013
3.30pm – 5pm

What Parents Can Do To Help Kids Turn Out Well
Sunday, 29 September 2013
5.30pm – 7pm

Do check out the program listings and sign up early to avoid disappointment.
Early Bird Discount by 31st July 2013: 20% off
Group booking: 3 or more in a group enjoy 50% off
Passion Card Holders: 1 for 1

And as Partner bloggers of Rise and Shine Expo,
we are doing a GIVEAWAY for Doctor Thomas Armstrong’s workshop passes!!
The multiple intelligence of reading and writing : Making words come alive!
28 September 2013 (Sat)
2.30pm – 4.00pm

5 passes to be won!!
Giveaway ends 02 August 2013 at 12mn.
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The Ultimate Adventure in a Park | West Coast Park (Singapore)

This is the first time we’ve been to West Coast Park. I must say I am absolutely IMPRESSED and slightly green with envy!

We live in Punggol. Our town is relatively new and a work in progress. I am hoping that we’ll eventually get a fun park just like West Coast Park in time to come.

Berg Lifestyle Petal Go Karting located at West Coast Park near carpark 2 is as close as it can get to F1 racing for Hiroshi. There are many different models of pedal go karts to choose from. Choices range from single seater, to romantic double seaters or even family-orientated 4 seaters. Guaranteed to bring the ultimate element of fun to kids, adults and even families!

The landscape of the park provided challenging tracks for go karts to perform on.

It is reasonably priced at $14/30mins for Single Seater Pedal Go Karts.
Seeing that big fat grin on Hiroshi’s face; PRICELESS!

“Speed Racer” Hiroshi doing his practice rounds before the race.

Berg Lifestyle Petal Go Kart
West Coast Park, Carpark 2, West Coast Highway, Singapore
Opening Hours:
Weekends / PH: 10.00am-7.00pm
Closed on Every Wed
Tel: (65) 6776 6858

There is the golden arches, just in case you get hungry from all the paddling.

The vibrant playground near MacDonalds is AWESOME! It makes me feel like wanting to be a kid all over again! There are activities suitable for kids of all ages. BRILLIANT!

Hiroshi zipping down the flying fox like Rambo! I love how orderly these children would q up and wait for their turns. Proactive parents were seen helping the children out. One on each end of the flying fox and even one in the middle to give those kids the extra boost to get to the other end. And most surprisingly, there seems to be an “unspoken” rule among the children about how they should q after zipping the line!! Amazing!

Watch Hiroshi conquer the Pyramid.

We love this park! It is definitely one that is worth traveling the distance to visit!
The ultimate Adventure for Kids | West CoastPark Playground (Singapore)

How to get there:
-Take the Circle Line and alight at Haw Par Villa Station
– Opp Haw Par Villa Take bus 175/176 (3 stops)
– Alight West Coast Park

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We Challenge You to The Big B Event!

What better way to celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Month 2013 than to take up the challenge of The Big B Event?

The Big B Event is organised by Parents World magazine to set a new national record with the Singapore Book of Records for the most number of mums breastfeeding together.

The American Academy Pediatrics recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life. Babies should continue to breastfeed for a year and for as long as it is mutually desired by the mother and baby.

The Big B Event serves to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding. Be encouraged by other mothers, find support groups, or perhaps even your breastfeeding BFF!

Join us and witness the spectacular moment as we milk our way into the Singapore Book of Records.

5 Easy Tips to Breastfeeding in Public

1. Appropriate Bras & Clothes
Get comfortable nursing bras. Preferably full drop away bra cup with easy to open and close clips. Image Source: The Essential Embrace Nursing Bra by Bravado Designs.

Get a nursing tank with built in supportive bra. Nursing tank expands your limited nursing wardrobe. Layer them with ANY top. (Yes, this totally means you need not look frumpy while breastfeeding!) In this way when you lift up your top to nurse, you do not have to worry about exposing your stomach. Image Source: The Essential Nursing Tank by Bravado Designs.

Either that or throwing a cardigan over the nursing tank makes a great fashion statement too!

There are many different types of nursing access for breastfeeding clothes. My suggestion would be get in a fitting room and test them all to see which you’ll be comfortable in. Get one that you can easily “whip out” your breast. Personally, I like the Empire Access and Side Seam Access. I am staying away from anything that comes with zips!
Image Source from www.bumbleweenursing.ca

2. Practice, Practice, Practice
Before you make your debut in the public, practice at home. Sit in front of a mirror so you can see what you are doing. Do drills of accessing nursing tops, unfastening bra clip, feeding your baby and finally fastening the bra clip. Don’t worry. You’ll be a PRO in no time!

3. Nursing Shawl or Sling
No Nursing clothes? No problem. Just get a nursing shawl to cover the act. The shawl also works great for a curious baby who refuse to nurse in a busy environment. Image Source: Nursing Shawl from www.seraphine.com

4. If people stare at you, stare back (and smile)
People usually look away when I do that. *evil grin*
Either that, or if you are really shy, don’t look up! Just gaze lovingly at your baby.
**Time your feed and make sure you feed your baby before the tank empties. A hungry screaming baby attracts plenty of attention!!

5.Know your Rights
According to Singapore Police, “it is not an offence to breastfeed in public, if the woman is decently clad and she does not expose her breast more than what is necessary to breastfeed her child.”

Hopefully these 5 simple tips on breastfeeding in public has encouraged you to take the step forward and join us at The Big B Event.

See you on 31 August 2013, 1pm, Singapore Expo Hall 6A.
Please email info@redtreegroup.org or call 62950810 to indicate your interest in joining The Big B Event.

Singapore Mom Blogs has been compensated for this blog posting.
All thoughts and opinion are my own.

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Art Jamming at Museo | Family Bonding through Art

Remember the arty farty Restaurant we featured a while ago?
Yeah exactly, the one at Quayside Isle on Sentosa Island; Museo.
But however, it is slightly different this time round,
no more romantic dinner with Kitson,
but instead me and the kids bonded through Art Jamming.

What is Art Jamming @ Museo?
The good news is, you need not be Picasso to Art Jam! Art Jamming at Museo allows customers to let loose with their imagination without any inhibitions. Customers are provided with a 35*35cm canvas, unlimited acrylic paint, brushes and other tools for art jamming. So let your creative imagination run wild!
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh reviews Art Jamming at Museo

5 tips to make the fullest out of your Art Jamming experience at Museo.

1. Decide on a Design
We arrived at Museo completely clueless on what we wanted to do. Thank God the staff at Museo was well prepared for customers like ourselves!! They whipped out their mini ipad with galleries of sample art for us to choose from. They even printed out our chosen designs so that it is easier for us to “copy” into our canvas! Proactive customer service!! 2 thumbs up for that!
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh reviews Art Jamming at Museo

If you are a “amateur” painter like ourselves, I would suggest you choose simple designs with clean lines.

2. Chill; Keep it Light and Fun
As a control freak I find it hard to chill, but sipping on that fragrant lychee tea did help calm those nerves. Try not to be obsessed over perfection. Afterall, you can’t judge Art! I helped the kids out by roughly painting out the outlines and getting them to fill in the blanks.
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh reviews Art Jamming at Museo| Lychee Tea

3. Encourage and Stay Interested
If you don’t want a runaway child, then go overdose with those encouragement and stay interested. Talk, talk, talk!
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh reviews Art Jamming at Museo

4. EAT. DRINK. And enjoy the Scenic View.
My mind has been lingering over the Mezzanine Set since we last visited. Since we were there at about tea time I thought it might be nice to have the Mezzanine set and sip on lychee tea while we paint.
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh reviews Art Jamming at Museo | Mezzanine Set + Lychee Tea

5. Bring your ART home in a “pizza box”
Absolutely love how brilliant the “pizza box” is! There is no need to wait forever for our paintings to dry out! The “pizza box” was thoughtfully designed by the owners for customers to safely bring home their wet paintings!
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh reviews Art Jamming at Museo

It was a truly enjoyable experience for myself and the kids. Would highly recommend it to other families. It is the fun of painting minus stress and the mess of cleaning up!

#01-22 Quayside Isle 31 Ocean way
Singapore 098375
Tel: 6734 8066
Fax: 6734 8086
Website: www.mu-se-o.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MuseoSingapore

Singapore Mom Blogs has been invited by Museo
for complimentary Art Jamming session.

All thoughts and opinion are my own.

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