Army Open House 2012

We were invited to AOH 2012 (Army Open House) media preview last Tue.
Kids had wanted to see the Leopard e-Brake.

The tanks and battle boats are rolling right in the heart of our City ! Imagine riding a Bionix, with the city skyline in the background. Fight your own Urban warfare, and choose your vehicle from Terrex, or Light Strike on 26 and 27th May from 9am to 8pm !

Sorry, Leopard is too heavy for our roads :p
Click for Your Playground !

Rides are 1.2m and above, and no sandals allowed. If you only have time for two rides,
go for FCU (Fast Craft Utility) and Light Strike !
See our Video clip for proof of FUN !

No worries, Army will not ask you to dash down the ramp Private Ryan style !

Catch CyberPioneer’s video coverage

You must catch the D3 show (Dynamic Defence Demostration), featuring all the Army’s Hardware, and we even get to activate Apaches and Chinook ! This show is not complete without the Red-Lions.

Timings are listed here.
And there are pyrotechnics on Sat and Sun from 7pm to 7:45pm !!

Kids who do not meet 1.2M equirement will have plenty to shout about ! We were so glad Ayd and Ash from CheekieMonkie came to demolish enjoy AOH2012 together.

(Photo credit : Kang’s Jeep is from Dawn)

Among all the andrenalin, NS45 is about 45 years of National Service.
The theme “From Fathers to Sons” aptly describe how generations of boys have become men, and now fathers will proudly see their sons go through the same journey.

Daddy told boys in Hokkien slang, last time where got IPAD in our bunks :p

Expect a hugh turnout, as AOH2012 is easily accessible.
That means long queues for rides and events.
Please drink plenty of water and apply suntan, as it can be very hot under the afternoon sun.

If are interested to spot Daddy’s 3Tonner from higher up, SingaporeFlyer is offering 45% discount for the month of May! Bring your 11B along.

One FCU can ride 100 personel (one company), or carry 18 tons of goods.

Now, who want to be Soldiers?

Kids have a problem now. To be Red Lions or.. Divers.

Please visit official AOH 2012 webpage and fanpage for more event highlights !

You might be interested to read our friends’ accounts –>
Geng Hui (PhotoJournalist)
– Kelvin CheekieMonkies
– Joe TechieLobang
– Chester (love his HDR effects!)

We would like to thanks Mindef’s PR team for hosting us. What a B.L.A.S.T !!!
We will share more of our experience in Part 2, meanwhile
click for more photos at our Fanpage.

D3 performance – Neutralize the enemy !

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Our kids normally have their exams in the month of May. They will spent a lot of time studying, and we parents can try our best to make them comfortable.

Mummies can prepare tonic (we heard China students use drips !), while Daddies can bring them outdoors to chill and de-stress.

Parents should also take care of our kids’ eyes.
Our Primary Three boy (Wen Wei) easily clock 3 hours per day on his homework.
Multiply by 5 days and you get 15 hours.

Daddy is convinced that good lighting is critical for a child’s well being.
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– Sit in a correct and comfortable posture when you are at your desk.
– If your desk surface is too reflective (e.g. glass), cover it with a less reflective material.

Not all lamp are the same, and 3M would tell you that Glare and reflection is bad for eyesight. Wen Wei is already be-spectacled, and we do not want his condition to deteriorate. Glare can cause eye strains and fatigue too.

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Thank you 3M, for allowing our kids to focus better, and improving our studying conditions.

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Arts Festival Village- Media Invite

Daddy went for Arts Festival preview last Wed. Preview sounds wierd, since Arts Festival will end very soon on 02Jun. More details are available at Arts Festival homepage.

If you have been strolling along Esplanade Park, you must have caught sight of all the activities every evening. The whole park has been transformed. Click on link, in case you are curious about TEN things to know about Arts Festival.

The media group gathered at the Bridge Cafe. Our briefing will be conducted on the roof, supposedly the best spot to capture all the activities in and around Festival Village.

Kee Hong (GM for Arts Fest) told us about the various activities planned during this period. Daddy wonder whether Arts people will always sport funny hairdo or jewellery, as in making a statement 🙂

We were brought to see a wrestling match !! No WWE, no Hulk Hogan, but we got Merlion versus 12 other contestants! We suspect Merlion could be one of Singapore’s pioneer politician.

From another angle, you might mistaken stage as getai (seventh month). Conincidentally, Merlion’s contestant was Getai. A lady who knew how to dance, but could not fight… KO !

If you have young kids, do drop by Kids Arts Village. Managed by kids, performers are kids too, to make the adults laugh hilariously, and to secure your own child’s attention. There are spooky story telling for the adventurous 🙂

This bunch just need to stay still and act cute. All the adults were giggling, gushing at the awesome cuteness !

We spotted a pair of centaurs march across a short pontoon bridge, and took up center stage right in the center of Singapore River. (Centaur is the mystical half horse half man). Daddy thought he might be Merlion’s (the real one spewing water) distant cousin.

Flux centaur

Cafe project – do not expect to eat here, you are supposed to drink and the uncle waiters will dance their ensemble every 20 min. You will hear “We are the champion and “D Tanjong Katong” !

This cafe is ideal for you to chill down with a glass of drink, and be entertained. Daddy believe this was the most happening cafe around Esplanade !

A short preview.. we recommend Cafe Bridge and Entangle to keep your kids entertained.

Boon Yee and Boon Xin checking out this weekend’s event. It seems like Tangle will be popular with our kids (who do not like Spiderman?)

“Tangle” photos and timing can be found here — >

Daddy will recommend that you pop by David’s account of Arts Festival preview –>

Daddy is also a penpal with Young@Heart. View our community-outreach photos :
– More Festival Village photos
– Siglap CC RSVP vs Young@HEart
Rehearsal at SOTA

Claire is Daddy’s penpal, and we will share more about Young@Heart performances in the next post.

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