With POSB Smart Buddy watch, kids can leave their wallet at home

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POSB Smart Buddy Watch for school going kids, a small step to encourage them to go cashless, a giant peep into Singapore’s future Digital economy.

Picture Singapore 2030, a Smart Nation, where Digital economy takes a firm foothold and transformed our society.

-We can buy everything (almost) off the Internet
-Every industry (and country) will need to evolve with Digitisation.
-End to end processes from Logistics, Finance, Healthcare, Education to Manufacturing etc, will be embedded in the cloud

Digital Natives will adapt fastest to new technologies.
One day, toddlers might prefer handheld devices to pacifiers, Gasp!

POSB Smart Buddy watch
POSB Smart Buddy watch

I got to preview POSB Smart Buddy watch earlier and I am impressed with the amount of smart activities for kids.

Cashless and ePayment, a whole new digital payment ecosystem will start in school. Sample images of kids using their smart watch for transactions in school canteen or minimart.

Images credit POSB

 

Boon Xin was eager to start her “Smart” watch journey, but we still need to setup the watch (took us less than 10 minutes).

1) Follow the instructions to insert the payment chip tied to parent’s account.

2) Download POSB Smart Buddy App for your IOS or Android device, detect and sync the watch.

POSB Smart Buddy app

 

 

Setup a profile for your child, you can have more than one profile for multiple kids.

One button to control them all, this watch is so simple for kids. Activate one button to display Date, Time, Calories, Distance travelled.

 

Video (YouTube link) : Easy setup of POSB Smart Buddy watch

 

.. and Boon Xin is ready to go shopping 🙂

Besides selected Primary schools (canteens and tuckshops), we understand Popular Bookstore, KFC, Pizza Hut, Sheng Siong and Comfort supports POSB Smart Buddy payment.

More merchants are expected to join the programme.

We need to configure her daily allowance and she just need to spend
(so good right!)

Snacks or colour pencils or skip lunch again?

Parents would know how their kids are spending their allowance in school. I would even know if my child skipped lunch to play soccer!
(maybe there would be more Steps)

 

The maximum allowance is $100, but I am not going to tempt her 🙂
What I like about the app is we can adjust the allowance and it will be effective immediately (these changes are transparent to the child).

 

We brought her to Popular Bookstore. Boon Xin just needed to pick up her favourite stationery and tap her POSB Smart Buddy watch.

Her first cashless transaction, so Easy.

Boon Xin would be excited to share her steps and distance travelled everyday. She was curious about adults’ HPB Steps Challenge, and she can now join us and clock her own steps.

Hooray to a healthier lifestyle !

As Boon Xin’s school is not yet on POSB Smart Buddy programme, any unused allowance will automatically go into her Savings.

She can also plan her own savings Goal or buy digital Smiley stamps. We encourage her to setup another Goal for her favourite Roller Blades.

How many $1 must she save before she can buy a pair or Roller Blades?

We cannot over emphasised the importance of Financial literacy.

 

Need more tips and FAQ? You can either go Online or use the user-manual in your POSB Smart Buddy app.

We heard more features will be released in the future. Example tracking of kids in school and school bus. This would definitely give parents a layer of assurance, knowing that our kids are in a safe familiar environment.

POSB can also work with schools to add credits for needy students (Financial Assistance Scheme), no more vouchers.

Video (YouTube link): POSB Smart Buddy features

 

 

24 Primary schools are currently on board. If you would like your school to support POSB Smart Buddy soon, do write in to your school too.

We hope POSB Smart buddy will come to our school soon 🙂

Check out how other parenting bloggers are sharing about POSB Smart Buddy on DBSinnovates.com portal.

 

We only have one small problem. Boon Xin’s siblings are asking when they can have their own POSB Smart Buddy watch!

Interested to find out more about POSB Smart Buddy :
Website http://www.posb.com.sg/smartbuddy
Email PosbSmartBuddy@dbs.com
Hotline 1800 339 6666

Cook your own chicken rice at Creative Culinaire

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Tata! We can now cook our own Chicken rice! Yes, Singapore’s National dish 🙂

Everyone loves chicken rice, the fragrant oily white rice, the tender steamed chicken and the dark sauce with chili paste. But how many of us got the chance to butcher a chicken, tear out the innards, and even marinate the chicken?

We jump at the opportunity when Creative Culinaire invited us to cook our own chicken rice.

Chicken Rice workshop

After listening to Chef Judy’s instruction, Boon Yee (no3) and me tried to remember the steps, portions and sequence.

Our junior Master Chef wannabe preparing the ingredient, stock soup base and concocting our own spices (garlic, ginger, pandan leaf etc).

We are supposed to stir the pot until we can smell the fragrant chicken essence infused with garlic. In fact, the whole kitchen was enveloped in chicken rice fragrance 🙂

We pickup some news and tips from Chef Judy along the cooking class too.

Example, Chicken Rice is one of the top 50 World cuisines and originated from Hai Nan China (thus the name 海南鸡饭) . Singapore has R&D the recipe to suit our own palate.

We heard Chicken fat was used to flavour the rice in the good old days, but health-conscious Singapore has opted out fatty oil.

Kampong chicken was preferred then, although meat is tougher but it was a healthier option (no injections).

One of the highlight for our class, we needed to butcher and cut up the chicken. This was no easy task with our small scissor, even adults have problem cutting open the chicken!

Next, we need to remove the innards, we will spare you the gloss bloody photos. I told Boon Yee the plate of chicken rice in school always look so polished and presentable, but he now realised the hard preparation work.

Boil and poach the chicken, then keep it cool, we want to keep the meat tender.

Besides learning to cook, kids learn about keeping the kitchen workspace and utensils clean. If he does aspire to be a chef one day, this would be crucial for him to remember. Meanwhile, he can help to keep our home  kitchen neat.

We always remembered to have fun along our cooking session, and we now know why the chicken portion kept shrinking!

Taste nicer right, when you prepare the chicken yourself?

Creative Culinaire cook off

Instagram Video : Project Chicken Rice

 

This chicken rice (photo below) is Chef Judy’s masterpiece, you should hear her talk about Chicken Rice butter cake!

chicken rice
Singapore Nationall Dish Chicken Rice

 

Do pop by our Facebook album for more Fun photos. I really appreciate the opportunity to cook a special dish with my boy. Do pop by our Rainbow cake baking session too.

Even the chili blending looks so therapeutic and inviting 🙂

What's cooking? Not #JuniorMasterChef #sengkangbabies Smells nice 👍

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Chicken rice anyone? You can pop up Creative Culinaire website for the next school holiday cook-off.

Lego NinjaGo Movie

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We brought our Ninjas to watch Lego NinjaGo Movie earlier (trailer). Ninjago Fans will rejoice at another Lego movie, with all the cool gadgets battling each other out!

But Lego NinjaGo Movie has a story behind the bricks (pardon the pun). We all know Lloyd (Green Ninja) grew up without his Dad.

It seems like everyone knew that Lloyd’s Dad is the bad guy, except Lord Garmadon himself. No wonder little Lloyd was bullied in school and society, everyone blames him for the evil happenings in NinjaGo city!

 

 

Lego NinjaGo Movie tells us not to judge others, and we must always be objective. Always look at things from another angle.

Example we see kids misbehaving in MRT and we straightaway assumed no manners or poor parenting (but child might be autistic). Or we see tattoos and finger-point bad influence etc (hey, everyone deserves a second chance even if we make mistakes before, Yellow Ribbon)

Kids might be too young to understand the concepts now, but I hope they will continue to embrace empathy and compassion in their character 🙂

 

Kids at an earlier Lego Ninjago Challenge

At the movie preview, we got to wear Ninjago masks and try to roleplay Good vs Bad guys. Why Daddy always become the bad guy :p

Lego NinjaGo Movie
Lego NinjaGo Movie

There are some other interesting revelations in Lego NinjaGo Movie:
-The destroyer of Ninjago City is not Lord Garmadon haha
-Lord Garmadon used to have a love story too
-NinjaGos do not leave anyone behind

 

Grab the latest updates about Lego from their Facebook.
Do pop by our marvelous “Destiny’s Bounty” here.