Touch The Giving Family Festival

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Organised by TOUCH, The Giving Family Festival aimed to connect community and give back to society.

The Giving Family Festival
The Giving Family Festival

 

Over the weekend, Touch’s The Giving Family Carnival has a series of activities to engage families. Families can buy vouchers at the carnival, to exchange for games, food or merchandise. Sales proceeds would be channeled to Touch’s beneficiaries.

At the exit of Stadium MRT, visitors were invited to print their palm on a wall. For every palm counted, NTUC Fairprice Foundation will donate $5.

We sponsored three colourful palms :p

 

Coupon and activities.

 

The arena was filled with parents and kiddos. There was something for everyone.

Each coupon booklet is worth $50 and we soon realise that it is not a lot. The games and merchandise are not cheap, but we are spending for charity.

Magician on stage too.

Video : Instagram clip (Kids enjoying themselves)

Kids spend most of their times at the carnival ‘tikum” stalls. We only scored a duck after many tries.

To celebrate one inclusive community, I always encourage the kids to volunteer and give back to society. i hope they will have a heart for the less fortunate.

Kids might only know about the carnival fun, but I told them that the vouchers and sales will go to help the less fortunate.

When we help others, we are helping ourselves too by enriching our character and improving our empathy. We should help if we have the means (time, labour or donations).

There were some interesting cakes and terrarium workshops too.

 

The best activities for us were the drum walker and bumper car.
Long queue for nerf gun, otherwise it should be Fun!

Thank you Touch and the Giving Family Festival for the meaningful and fun invitation. I hope my kids appreciate the need for us to contribute back to society.

More photos uploaded to our Facebook album.

Do follow Touch for more community outreach campaigns and volunteering opportunities.
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Autumn Harvest at Flower Dome

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We were invited to Gardens By the Bay’s  (GBTB) Autumn Harvest. Pumpkins were strewn everywhere, in all shapes and sizes. Love the spread of orange and yellow hue through Flower Dome.

 

Autumn Harvest

What comes to mind when we think of Pumpkins?

Halloween? Pumpkin soup (南瓜)?

Or perhaps the mice which can turn into a Pumpkin carriage in Cinderella?

Look at the Golden Harvest, I am curious where did GBTB flew in so many varieties of Pumpkins! GBTB brochure highlighted “Season of Abundance”.

Take a closer look, some of the pumpkins have painted faces haha, quite adorable too 🙂

We got to know that Pumpkins originated from Greek, and it meant Large Melon. A special breed “Atlantic Giant” can weigh 1 ton!

(L) Jack and the beanstalk folk tale and (R) a busy elf crafting a pumpkin house

 

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, you will not miss this huge 6m tall fruity statue. Very creative vegetable and fruit giant, how many fruits can you identify?

 

These Pumpkins and scarecrows definitely look spooky, especially in the evenings. Spotted some psycho Joker face too! I guess they will be recycled for Halloween haha 🙂

 

 

Besides visiting the Pumpkin harvesting in Flower Dome, we got an opportunity to design some Pumpkins too.

Pumpkins need not be Orange in colour (haha), and kids were invited to stretch their imagination. Did I mention these pumpkins are heavy, easily 3 to 4 kg.

Who say Pumpkins must have two eyes :p
The boys’ green “Monster Inc” inspired pumpkins, I suggested adding some spider legs too. It comes with a headset for some pumped-up music juice too.

Pumpkin infused arts and craft. Families had Fun decorating the melons, we got some creative inputs from Elves too haha (IG @ThePartyElves)

I was half expecting some Pumpkin ingredients in our refreshment :p

 

Presenting SengkangBabies Pumpkins, we did not bring the pumpkins home. We found a delightful video Pumpkin fertilisation and harvesting too, YouTube link.

 

Besides Autumn Harvest, Flower Dome never fails to amaze us, love the other flowers and decorations too. 

If you are a fan of Autumn (sorry no Maple leaves yet), or Pumpkins, do pop by Flower Dome soon. “Autumn Harvest” display will end on 29 Oct 2017.

 

Do follow Gardens by The Bay website, Facebook and Instagram for the latest update. You can expect the beautiful Mid-Autumn lanterns to shine again from 22 Sep.

Do pop by our Gardens By The Bay outings here.

Ninjago Destiny’s Bounty

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To celebrate the upcoming LEGO Ninjago Movie, a new set of Ninjago kits were released. We were gifted the awesome Ninjago Destiny’s Bounty.

I had wanted to build the boat the boat with the kids over the weekend, but kids were addicted and constructed the boats in under 5 days!

I would prefer Lego over Smartphones any day 🙂

Working hand in hand, one person took charge of one section. We see the sections connecting, from sampan upsize to boat and then a full scale old Chinese junk ship.

This ship would not sail without teamwork and collaboration. I understand from Mum that the kids managed to solve all the constructions between themselves, with minimum supervision.

5 days, 2200+ pieces, weighing a hefty 2.7kg.

Ninjago Destiny’s Bounty is an impressive ship!  No one would dare to disturb the heavily armed Ninjas.

Ninjago Destiny's Bounty
Ninjago Destiny’s Bounty

What we like about Lego is the simple yet detailed instructions. Kids can always celebrate a mini milestone, before embarking on the next segment.

Kids are learning about Project Management, the Lego way 🙂
Breaking down complex tasks into digestible modules.

Ahoy, these anchors can really move!

 

The honorable Sensei with his staff and Jay checking out the lavatory :p (comes with toilet paper too!)

 

Video (YouTube link) : Checkout how Ninjago Destiny Bounty sails the sea and its hidden compartments!

Ninjago Destiny Bounty in details. There are certainly a lot of corners for the Ninjago characters to hide.

Zane never miss with his crossbow.

 

Cole looked intimidating with his sledge hammer!

Ship “commander” Nya standing right at the tip of the bow.

 

Lloyd keeping watch, ready to drop anchor.

Kai steering the ship.

 

All the Ninjagos are in good hands, and we trusted engineer Boon Xin to construct a robust and strong boat.

 

Ninjago Movie premieres from 28 Sep 2017, and this is a short trailer. The soundtrack “Bad Blood” rocks!

From 28 August to 10 September (11am to 9pm), head down to Plaza Singapura to attempt to defeat evil Warlord Garmadon!

Video (YouTube Link): #NinjagoChallenge preview

This event is open to all Lego Ninjago fans, do pop by Lego Facebook for the latest updates.