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Flippa Ball

If you’ve been following us closely on our facebook page, you would have notice updates about Flippa Ball Freeplay training which happens religiously over Saturdays at SengKang Swimming Pool from 4pm to 7pm.
Singapore Mom Blogger blogs about Flippa Ball at SengKang Swimming Pool

So just what about is Flippa Ball?
Flippa Ball is a modified junior game of water polo suitable for both boys and girls of all age group. It is played in pools between 0.8m to 1.2m. These pools are deep enough to swim around yet shallow enough to stand. The main modification of Flippa Ball is that you are able to catch the ball with two hands but to pass or shoot with one hand only. Flippa Ball is a non-contact game that is fast paced without the knocks, which ever team scores the most goals win!

Kitson spend a HUGE part of his teens being involved in water polo.
That is why we were escalated to find flippa ball freeplay at SengKang Swimming Pool!!

Hiroshi is OBSESSED with the game.
He would rather forgo all other activities than to miss Flippa Ball trainings.
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh blogs about Flippa Ball at SengKang Swimming Pool

There is no “I” in TEAM. New friends are made in the team.
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh blogs about Flippa Ball at SengKang Swimming Pool

Heartfelt moments of watching kids helping one another.
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh blogs about Flippa Ball at SengKang Swimming Pool

Game’s On~ Hiroshi having FUN!
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh Blogs about Flippa Ball at SengKang Swimming Pool

Coach Debrief after every game. There is still serious business even thou it is Freeplay!
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh blogs about Flippa Ball at SengKang Swimming Pool

Hiroshi wasn’t a great swimmer to begin with and his petite size held him at a great disadvantage in this game.

Over time, the stronger boys in the team started to band themselves together, leaving the weaker ones out like outcast. The final straw came when another kid blatantly told Hiroshi that he was LOUSY in the game.

That comment not only left Hiroshi sad and dejected, it broke my heart as well.

As a form of encouragement, I told Hiroshi that flippa ball is a learnt skill. And just about anyone can be just as good in this game if they put in enough hard work in practice.

I also reminded him about how awful he felt and how he should not stand in the shoes of a Big Bully dishing out hurtful comments. For every expert was once a beginner! Every kid deserves a learning opportunity.

Now I have a determined 9 year old who is keen to improve himself in hopes of taking this game further.

Not all is lost afterall!


Join us
Every Saturday
4pm – 7pm
at SengKang Swimming Pool
for Flippa Ball Freeplay!

i Light Marina Bay 2014 | 5 simple tips to enjoying i Light Marina Bay 2014 with kids

5 simple tips to enjoying i Light Marina Bay 2014 with kidsReturning for it’s 3rd edition, i Light Marina Bay 2014 will once again be lighting up Singapore’s night-scape from the 7th to the 30th of March.

i Light Marina Bay 2014; Asia’s only sustainable light art festival will feature 28 innovative and environmentally sustainable light art installations from around the world, transforming the Marina Bay waterfront into a magical space of light and colour for the public to celebrate both public spaces and creativity.

The theme for i Light Marina Bay 2014 is light+heART. And the best time to enjoy the exhibits is from 7.30pm – 11.00pm.

Pictures say a million words, so,
I’ll let the pictures do all the talking for this visually appealing exhibition.

JOUJOU-OURS by UNO LAI (TAIWAN)
Location Beside Marina Bay City Gallery (A9)
5 simple tips to enjoying i Light Marina Bay 2014 with kids

Bedazzled by MEINHARDT LIGHT STUDIO PTE. LTD. (SINGAPORE)
Location Lower boardwalk, near Mist Walk (A5)
Photo Credit to David Teo
5 simple tips to enjoying i Light Marina Bay 2014 with kids

HAPPY CROCO by BIBI (FRANCE)
Location Marina Bay waterfront promenade, near Mist Walk (A4)
5 simple tips to enjoying i Light Marina Bay 2014 with kids

THE WISHING! TREE by THE LIVING! PROJECT (SINGAPORE)
Location Marina Bay Sands, side entrance of Marina Bay Shoppes (A2)
5 simple tips to enjoying i Light Marina Bay 2014 with kids

BEAT by ARUP (SINGAPORE)
Location In front of Marina Bay Sands (A1)
5 simple tips to enjoying i Light Marina Bay 2014 with kids

FLASH by NATHAN YONG (SINGAPORE)
Location The Helix Bridge (B12)
Photo Credits to Kelvin Soh
5 simple tips to enjoying i Light Marina Bay 2014 with kids

CLOUD by CAITLIND R.C. BROWN & WAYNE GARRETT
Location The Float @ Marina Bay (B9)
Photo Credits to David Teo
5 simple tips to enjoying i Light Marina Bay 2014 with kids

GIANT DANDELLION by OLIVIA D’ABOVILLE (PHILIPPINES/FRANCE)
Location Near Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay (B6)
5 simple tips to enjoying i Light Marina Bay 2014 with kids


5 simple tips to enjoying i Light Marina Bay 2014 with kids.

1. Plan your routes way in advance.
Check out the Map. It would be absolutely too adventurous (reads: Suicidal) to cover the whole i Light Marina Bay 2014 exhibition with KIDS in a day. My suggestion is to take either route A or route B and STICK to the route. You could mouse over the yellow dots on the website, have a brief idea of each exhibits, then decide on which route to take. Do also check out the FREE GUIDED TOURS which is available every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Advance booking is required, please check website for more details.
5 simple tips to enjoying i Light Marina Bay 2014 with kids

2. Bring kick scooter, skateboards or anything with wheels!
With tiny little feet, it is hard for kids to keep up. So anything that comes with wheels that makes them go FASTER than their parents excites them. Parents with young child, toddlers and baby, bring the stroller or a baby carrier.

3. Allow them to INTERACT with the art installation.
More than half of the exhibits at i Light Marina Bay 2014 are interactive. Allow your child the FREEDOM to TOUCH.

4. Hand them the camera.
It’s strange, but it is true. The child feels empowered to be handed the camera. Kids feel that their perspective is important when given such responsibility. It sustains their interest and keeps them going.

5. Take the Boat Ride.
Every kid loves a boat ride! Get a unique perspective of the key light art installations while you sail through Marina Bay. Tickets are sold from Marina Bay City Gallery Pier at $12/pax. Boat ride is only available every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Please check website for more details.

HAVE FUN!

Far East Organization Children’s Garden | Gardens by the Bay

We were impressed during our first visit to Gardens by the Bay last year.
And this time round we were dazzled beyond words.

Gardens by the Bay is easily accessible by BayFront MRT Station. (Circle Line)

Far East Organization Children’s Garden is the latest addition to Gardens by the Bay list of impressive attractions. The one-hectare garden caters to kids from 1 to 12 years of age. Combining both nature and adventure Far East Organization Children’s Garden is nature’s best playground in this cosmopolitan city.
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh reviews Far East Organization Children's Garden.

Far East Organization Children’s Garden is located near the cloud forest. That is roughly about 10 mins walk from the main entrance.

We didn’t felt like walking under the scotching hot sun for the day. So we were pleased to know that there is a shuttle service (SGD$2) that brings us to the doorstep of the Cool Conservatories which is a stone throw away from the Far East Organization Children’s Garden. The staffs were very friendly and helpful. They readily load James with his buggy up to the back of the shuttle service.
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh reviews Far East Organization Children's Garden.

The Gentle Fish Fountain which is suitable for kids from 1 to 5 years old features an interactive landscape of water tunnels and fish sculptures where toddlers can clamber on the sculpted backs and dodge a series of water jets.
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh reviews Far East Organization Children's Garden

When you hear James loudly squealing with joy, you know he had FUN!
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh reviews Far East Organization Children's Garden

Watching water “dance” at the water Play area soothes my soul. This area is mean for older kids from 6 to 12 years old. James was intimidated by the sudden streams of water jets and prefers to sick to the Fish Fountain. But, I am sure Hiroshi and Sophia would have loved it. The Water Play is linked to sensors which detect the movement of children to create a corresponding sequence of water effects.
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh reviews Far East Organization Children's Garden.

Amphitheatre with Covered Canopy overlooking the Water Play area.
The chairs were really comfortable too!
Singapore Mom Blgger Irene Soh reviews Far East Organization Children's Garden.

The Rainforest Tree Houses are located within a dense canopy of trees, the two tree houses reach heights of 4 metres and 7.5 metres respectively, spanning a 130 metre-long forest trail. 
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh reviews Far East Organization Children's Garden.

The Adventure Trail is set to Thrill older kids as they navigate through the garden through a series of obstacle course.
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh reviews Far East Organization Children's Garden.

I can’t wait to bring the older kids during the March holidays. I am sure they will be equally as excited about this awesome playground!

This is a Fun for Free activity.
(NO ADMISSION CHARGES)
It is open daily from 9am to 9pm.
But do take note that the Far East Organization Children’s Garden is closed for maintenance every Monday, or the next working day if a public holiday falls on the Monday of that week.

Visit Gardens by the Bay Facebook Page or Website for more up to date informations.

Confessions of a Social Media Addict

I must confess. I’ve been poisoned.

In fact, so deeply poisoned,  it is close to the point of no return.

I am a Social Media Addict. A Facebook Addict to be more precise.
Singapore mom blogger Irene Soh shares her struggle as a Social Media Addict.
(Image Credits to www.cairoscene.com)

I spend a good part of every waking hour “connecting” on Facebook. Regularly refreshing the feeds so that I won’t miss any juicy bit out of everyone elses life. This obsession has taken so much time that I constantly complain that I need more than 24 hours in a day!

Kitson reminded me that I have been connecting with everyone else virtually, but the ones who are nearest and dearest often gets neglected.

I took the first step into Social Media Rehabilitation; Realisation.

I deleted the Facebook apps off from my mobile phone. Then took Facebook off from my browser homepage.

YES. I am going COLD TURKEY!!

It has been couple of hours. There were neither sweaty palms, palpitations, difficulties in breathing, nor foaming in the mouth. The withdrawn symptoms were manageable.

I had a great time with the kids at the playground,  being PRESENT.

How are you managing your Social Media Addiction?

Girls Day Out! | With Barbie, Anything is Possible! Roadshow

I am not too sure what is the big fuss over little girls playing with Barbie dolls these days. I grew up with Barbie dolls, a truck load of Barbie apparels, tons of imagination, and still turned out fine.

While anti-Barbie activist slam the doll for it’s unrealistic body image. Blaming that poor doll for eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. In all honesty, I personally feel that in this time and age, there are far more dangerous influences than JUST A DOLL for Pete’s sake! I believe in nurturing self confidence in a child.

Though I must agree that the image of Barbie has “progressed” with time.

Barbie is celebrating its 55th anniversary,
and she is doing it in STYLE with a Special Event held at United Square.
Date: 6th – 23th March 2014
Time: 11.00am – 9.00pm daily
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How to Participate: Obtain 1 stamp for every SGD30 spent at Toys’R’US Singapore to Participate in one of the 4 Barbie activities.

Sophia is feeling excited with her Barbie Express Your Style Redemption Activity Card.
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh | With Barbie, Anything is Possible! Roadshow @ United Square

Discover Barbie’s life as a fashion icon through 4 fun-filled activities:

1: Barbie Style Icon Be-a-model
-Trainers will coach girls on catwalk and pose and ends with runway experience
– Available for redemption on weekends, limited to 16 girls/day
Singapore Mom Blogger | With Barbie, Anything is Possible! Roadshow at United Square

2. Style Icon Dream Closet AR Experience
-Augmented reality software play area where girls can chose their favourite dress and play digital dress up. There is even a memorable photograph for keepsakes.
SIngapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh | With Barbie, Anything is Possible! Roadshow at United Square

3. Barbie Style Photo Booth
– Assorted props and clothings for girls to play dress up and take photos in the photo booth. Bring your own cameras. I believe Photographers are not included.
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh | With Barbie, Anything is Possible! Roadshow at United Square

4. Barbie Style Creator Play Area
– Girls can create their own Barbie dress. Voted The BEST activity out of the 4 by Sophia!
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh | With Barbie, Anything is Possible! Roadshow at United Square

Our day ended on a sweet note with an overdose of PINK.
Sophia brought home Teresa, and declare her as The New BFF.
I am totally in love with Teresa too! I think she is so Pretty from Head to Toe!
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh | With Barbie, Anything is Possible! Roadshow at United Square

With Barbie, Anything is Possible! Roadshow
6th – 23rd March 2014
11.00am – 9.00pm daily
United Square Atrium (B1)

Full Disclosure: We received Media Invitation to “With Barbie, Anything is Possible”. All Views and Opinion are our own.