{Review} Poiema Premium P800 Air Purifier

Poiema P800

The latest model in the Poiema family of Air Purifiers is the Premium P800 and I was really excited to receive it for review except that my new place was still undergoing draggy renovation at that time. And as renovation goes, it’s always a headache with long follow up on outstanding issues. Arggh! Anyone whose had renovation done knows what I’m talking about.

Firstly, some background of the Poiema Air Purifers for a better understanding.

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How does a Poiema air purifier work?

Poiema air purifiers make use of a Silicon Valley developed TPA (Twin Pole Active) technology to emit and collect electrodes, forming an electrical field. The emitting electrodes charge particles while the collecting electrodes act as a magnet to pull all the charged particles as small as 0.02 microns.

TPA uses patented electrodes to generate a unique electrical field, which traps pollutants and common allergens. So when air passes through this field, it removes almost all particles and germs.

TPA is currently the world’s most powerful Clean Air Technology available.

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Poiema has successfully harnessed this TPA technology to bring clean air into homes with their series of air purifiers using Electrodes.  There is no longer a need for filters to clean air because this wind purification method allows what is collected to be washed away. See info graphics below for how clean air is produced with a Poiema air purifier.

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The Poiema P800 is the most advanced system in all the Poiema family of air purifiers! It boasts the following features :

  • High Efficiency in eliminating airborne threats and can remove particles and germs as small as 0.02microns
  • ZERO Maintenance Cost because there is no need for filters to continuously generate clean air
  • Cost Efficiency with Ultra low energy consumption at $4 per month of 24/7 usage! Wow!
  • Maximum Coverage suitable even for a big office or meeting room up to 1076 sq. ft. or 100 m2.
  • High Performance with turbo mode to speed up air purification process
  • Quiet mode to help you rest well undisturbed in the night yet with continuous clean air
  • Multiple modes of choice: Quiet, Speed 1-4, Turbo

Now back to our review of the Poiema P800. So we finally managed to unbox this beauty and set it up. Me being a fuss pot had not wanted to open this sleek beauty before all the renovation mess and dust was cleaned up, although Poiema assured me that it would in fact have helped with clearing up the air quality at that time!!

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Setting up was surprisingly easy although the box it came in was rather big and bulky, it was in fact double boxed for extra protection! The machines is heavy at 17kg!

We unboxed a pristine sleek silver beauty that promised to clean up the air around us. I was excited to say the least to run it in a hazeless situation for a week.

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Why I liked the Poiema P800

PM2.5 Digital Indicator

Have you had air purifiers that sat there when you turned it on and you just was never really quite sure if it was doing what it promised to do? Well, I’ve had a few units of hepa-filter types that I had to trust with blind faith that my family was being protected.

The good thing about Poiema P800 is it has a clear indication panel to tell you what’s going on with the air quality in your house. I know most ladies and COO types would appreciate this instantaneous feedback about how your work horse is doing, especially during those dreadful worrisome haze days.

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Yay! Good clean air in my home!🙂

Since I’ve had on my Poiema P800, the indication has been showing a very healthy air quality range of below 11 for PM2.5 reading. In fact it hovers around 8 and even went to a low of 5 or 6! The cleaner the better!

Update – 24 Aug 2016 Reports of Hot Spots in Indonesia and change in wind direction towards Singapore. My PM2.5 Indicator jumped up to 75 when my mum left the toilet door opened. I promptly shut the door and it gradually moved down to 20 and then rests at 9. Wow! I have clean air!

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Haze haze go away! Can you also see the Orange Indicator Alert to remind me to clean the Collecting Electrodes and Emitting Electrodes?

Ease of Maintenance

After about a week of running the Poiema P800 24/7, I started hearing something different and realised that the orange indicator light was turned on. This indicator is a reminder to check and clean the collecting electrodes. I super liked this Alert Reminder! So good not to be ignorant or guessing (compared to HEPA filter types when we just use a rough gauge of 6months per filter)

I was surprised that it was so quick that I had to clean the Collecting Electrodes and Emitting Electrodes despite not having haze at all. Well it proves that the Poiema P800 was working hard on my renovation dust that I thought I had been cleaning away.

So I promptly switched off the machine and opened up the Collecting Electrodes and Emitting Electrodes sections to clean them respectively. The machine was new to us, I was worried that I might spoil it.. but really it was not difficult and as my son would say – So Simple! Easy peasy does it.

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Included inside is a large brush for Collecting Electrodes and a small brush for Emitting Electrodes, plus User Manual and Remote Control.

  1. Take out the compartments, follow the even simpler instructions
  2. Clean up the electrodes (looked more like dust to me) with some mild non-cream detergent and brush and rinse under running water.
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Removing the Collecting Electrodes compartment for cleaning once the Reminder Alert turns on!

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Using the tiny brush to clean the Emitting Electrodes

3. Put it to dry.

4. Plonk the compartments back and you’re ready to reset the machine to work for clean air in the home again!

I really like that there are no consumables for the Poiema air purifiers as the electrodes are easily washable and reusable. No need for HEPA filters and guessing when and if you should change the filters (which are costly)!

Better Protection than Traditional True HEPA Filter

When buying HEPA type air purifiers, we are told to always look for True HEPA filter types for best assurance. Even so, a true HEPA filter can only trap particles and bacteria up to a size of > 0.3um! The Poiema P800 does better with up to 0.02 microns, 100 times smaller than the dreaded PM2.5!!

I’ve owned 3 HEPA type Air Purifiers that were, at that time, touted to be the best in the market. I am now realising that in fact if you are not diligent in changing your filters, bacteria and viruses etc. will still survive and hold onto the filter surface and be reintroduced into the environment!! YES!! SCREAM! Especially in highly humid Singapore, this can mean a even more excellent environment for germs and moulds to collect and  thrive!!! :(

Now to replace HEPA filters regularly is not a small sum. Honestly, how many times have any of you thrown out your HEPA filters so far? (Sweat emoticon!) Generally the HEPA filters which costs anywhere from $80 – $150 each should be thrown out every 6 months for best health reasons!

Purifying the Ultra Fine and Unseen

It’s important to note that we don’t buy or switch on an air purifier just because of haze. Even in normal ‘good’ air conditions, the presence of dust, viruses, pollen and allergens prevail around in the home. Ever wondered why the children keep sneezing even when we’ve cleaned and cleaned?

After barely one week of 24/7, this is what I got from cleaning the Collecting Electrodes. There were a few more dirty tissues but you can imagine already! And we are talking about a non-hazy week with low PM 2.5!

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TPA eliminates airborne particles to as small as 0.02 microns including dust, dust mite, mould, haze and viruses! (Note : HEPA has a limit of 0.3 microns in particle size).

For information, here’s what are the P800 removable particles and their relative sizes:

  • Mould spores – 100 – 2 microns
  • Pollen grains – 100 – 0.25 microns
  • House dust mite allergen – 25 – 0.1 microns
  • Bacteria – 25 – 0.25 microns
  • Pet dander – 10 – 0.1 microns
  • Toner dust – 10 – 0.1 microns
  • PM10 – 10 microns or less (PM = Particulate Matter)
  • Tobacco smoke – 4 – 0.01 microns
  • PM2.5 – 2.5 microns or less
  • Viruses – 0.05 – 0.003 microns
  • Ultrafine particles – 0.1 – 0.001 microns
  • Haze – 10 – 0.01 microns

I had more peace of mind than ever switching on the Poiema P800 24/7 even though there was no haze in sight during the 1 week of review.

Good Coverage

The Poiema P800 covers an area of about 1076 sq. ft. or 100 m2. So for most homes one machine is more than enough when positioned at a good location. My new place is really small so it was totally a good fit for specifications.

Compared to the Poiema P500 which costs less, the area covered is only 60 m2 so you may well need to buy 2 machines or restrict the purification only at an area where most home activities take place.

Power Consumption

If you’ve read our previous review on the Poiema P500, you will realise that the Poiema P500 came up with the lowest annual running electricity cost compared to commonly found HEPA filter type air purifiers in the market. That was based on a 34W Poiema P500. The good news is that the Poiema P800 runs at 31W and will obviously have an even lower consumption cost for an even bigger space coverage.

No Over-heating

Although I ran the Poiema P800 24/7, the unit remained cool with no overheat. This is unlike my 3 other HEPA filter type purifiers which do feel warm to touch. It makes me worry that the machines may overheat and I tend to give my HEPA ones a break once in a while.

Convenient Touch Screen Display

The only unit with a touch screen display, it makes it so much more convenient to make changes to the settings rather than looking for the remote control and fiddling with it to make changes. If you are anything like me, I tend to misplace remotes somehow or rather.😦 I super liked changing settings as and when I felt like it without looking for the remote hehe..

Sleek Unit Size and Look

As I’ve mentioned the Poiema P800 is sleek metallic silver and looks presentable even if placed in the hall. What I liked is it stands narrow and tall and does not take up more floor space than necessary. The unit measures 345 (L) x 244 (W ) x 790 (H) mm, sleeker than even the already space saving Poiema P500 of 315 (L) x 315 (W ) x 590 (H) mm.

Because the Poiema P800 has a metal casing, it is heavy at 17kg versus only the 10kg Poiema P500! I liked that as it was more sturdy and probably higher durability compared with plastic.

What surprised me

Noise Level

I chose to place my Poeima P800 at the study room which is really an open area in between the bedrooms and hall. Strategic!

However,  I found that the machine was not as silent as I had expected probably because Kiasu Me put it on Turbo 24/7. It also started making a louder sound after the Orange Alert to check the Collecting Electrodes compartment came on.

If you intend to place it in your bedroom, I think the Quiet mode would be the best choice and thankfully Poiema 8P00 comes with 3 different function modes to choose from  – Turbo, Quiet and Speed 1-4. So essentially you are getting 5 fan speeds unlike the other models which only allow you 1-3. Consequently this means noise levels is a tad higher at 20dB instead of 15dB or 10 dB of the Poiema P200 and Poiema P500 respectively. But having said this, the 20dB is negligible compared with many popular Hepa based air purifiers in the market. 20dB is equivalent to the sound levels of rustling leaves… hehee…

Where to Buy

The Poiema P800 and it’s family series of air purifiers are available online at https://poiema.com.sg/shop with free delivery.

Otherwise, do visit retail outlets to take a look at the actual units as follows:

Poiema Pop Up Store:

  • Tampines 1, B1, In front of Toast Box

MEGA Discount Store:

  • 5 Stadium Walk, Kallang Leisure Park, #01-46~50, S’ 397693
  • 101 Thomson Road, United Square, ‪#‎B1‬-56D/E, S’ 307591

For comparison, the P800 retails at $1999 while the P500 at $1399. Despite the relatively high cost, after factoring in the cost of filter replacements and the better protection and hence cleaner air quality in the home, these two premium units are still worth considering.

Currently there are two ongoing 1-for-1 promotions till end Aug 2016 (while stocks last):
  1. Any purchase of a P500/P800, a Free P200 will be given. (only available at the Tampines 1 Pop Up Store)
  2. Any purchase of a P500/P800, get a P200 at only $4. (only available at Poiema eShop)

For more information, check at https://poiema.com.sg/ to make your evaluations.

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I personally felt that the P800 was effective cleaning up the dust and allergens in my newly renovated apartment, despite it being a relatively haze free year. Having said that it’s always better to be safe than sorry, ie. to have all your hardware on standby for that unpredictable unhealthy air quality that blows over our tiny red dot. The last I heard, haze may be blowing in our direction with the hot spots identified and change in wind direction!

Be prepared and stay healthy, Everyone!

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We are grateful to receive one set of the Poiema P800, for the purposes of this review. We were not remunerated monetarily for the review, all opinions and experiences remain our own alone, so do still make your own evaluations with other information available. All photos unless otherwise mentioned are copyright of Poiema and were provided for the purposes of this review. All other photos remain the copyright property of SAys! Happy Mums and may not be reproduced without prior notice or written permission given.

A Flawlessly-Painted House – Possibility or Dream? | A Nippon Paint Experience

To get things started quickly, I was already in talks with the contractors doing invisible grilles, electrical and false ceiling works, as well as painting works the moment I completed my first round of defects inspection after concluding that will be cleared quickly.  I will make the focus of this post over the importance of painting and selecting the right paint category since every other scope of works has to be tied in with painting works seamlessly.

At work previously, I did not take the opportunity to be in contact with painters to gain enough knowledge to make my current home a painted flat with lesser problems.  12 years ago when my ex-boyfriend and I purchased our first flat, we were newbies and wanted a perfect home without giving much thoughts to pay the $1.4k to paint our house in our dream colours.  $1.4k for paint works by contractor was on the high side 12 years ago.  Every room has a feature colour❤  Our contractor claimed that our flat is big and having ten colours means a lot of wastage, hence the price given that they will be using premium Nippon paint for us.  We totally believed him and were convinced by his assurance.  He will do up a great nest for us.

NO THAT IS NOT TRUE!  

Bear with me as I nagged.  Not only is using premium paint products important when painting a new home, many other factors come into play as well.  I will list down the problems I faced since Day 1, caused mainly by my irresponsible and contractor.

Existing Problems

#1 Using what I paid for, or NOT??

Foremost and most importantly, contractors cheating with alternative paint products or used paint from somebody else’s homes is one way to save cost / cut corner.  That morning when they were supposed to start painting, had I not followed my inspiration to “eat snake” from my work to go check on progress, I would not have discovered the issue and kicked up a huge fuss because I felt really cheated.

What greeted me were two painters who looked like they were about to start work any moment.  The immediate question that popped in my head was – HUH??  I saw many tins of used paint sitting amongst some new ones no doubt.  They came in different sizes with dried paint over the tins and what’s best was having two brands of paint products in my home!

The view was not worth the $1.4k I would be paying for and I stopped the painters from carrying out their works for that day until I see the paints I ordered.  The workers were of course unhappy with my outrage.  The person-in-charge whom we liaised with from the contractor firm got screamed at over the phone and I waited until he arrived with brand new tins of paint and vacated the used ones out of my house before I allowed them to start work again.  That took more than half a day and nothing much could be done by then except starting on base coat for some areas.  All he said when he arrived was, “Oh they must have taken the wrong tins,” and then pretended to give instructions here, there and everywhere else.

I ended up with 2 days of “emergency leave” to leave my work site and/or return any time I needed to.  Just so that I could monitor the painting progress.  Thankful for an understanding boss and having a work site just 2 roads away from my current home.  Given that I popped by twice daily, I still had my doubts over the paint job and whether or not they really did finish painting the entire house with a base coat and two top coats.  But I had no choice because I cannot afford full day away from my job then given that I was the only Site Engineer for that project.

Had I not discovered the “cost-saving measure” taken by my contractor, I would have imagined innocently accepting his explanation over “slightly differing” actual colour when compared to the paint catalogue.  Idiotic, right?  Til date, I maintained my suspicion over whether the base coat has been applied at all.

#2 NOT using appropriate paint type

For this, I put half the blame on my contractor (and ourselves too).  We did not know what type of paint for use at the different parts of the house then.  The focus we had was just about colours and which wall.  Our contractor also did not advise us accordingly.  It was only after staying for a few years and when issues started surfacing, then we learned the lessons along the way.

(a)  Using Interior Paint for Balcony

For 4-5 years before the kids came along, our house was grille-free.  It was only after Didi was born, that we decided to grille up the entire house and also made casement windows for our balcony.  By then, Jiejie was 2.5 years old and window safety was indeed a major concern.  Our balcony was previously full of potted orchids hung on the ledge and we were crazy into gardening then.

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Our balcony now looks like these photos below, devoid of plants and is like some sort of storage yard for the kids’ water and sand play toys.  They also played sensory-filled dough and slime on a rubber mat I bought for them.  I simply flushed the place with two pails of water after they are done playing.  Hence a lot of water and rain splashes is encountered within our balcony especially during year-end monsoon season.

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Ugly water stain and mouldy walls below the casement window grille. Our window grille was not properly sealed with silicon as well and hence there are gaps where the rain could seep through during a heavy storm.

Over the years, this streaky water stained look and mould started appearing and we did not bother to address it since we intend to shift “soon”.  “Soon” never happened until now.

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A close-up photo showing the mouldy wall. Our balcony windows are often left ajar when we are not at home, or fully opened when we are home. It is strange that mould can still grow.

To be fair, I did try to repaint the balcony some years back but I gave up almost immediately, as can be seen from the small patch of my “artwork”.  I forgot why I gave up turning my light pink balcony into earth tone.  It was tiring, most probably.  Many years later, I can matter-of-factly tell you that my “new paint” peeled so badly because I did not follow proper painting procedure to paint a sealer base coat before I applied a new colour onto it.  Now then I know lor……

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On hindsight, we should have either tiled up the balcony walls or to have them painted using exterior paint.  Nobody would have thought of using exterior paint right inside our own home right?  The balcony is interior space!  No?  No!!  Well, but the above is only one of the many annoying issues I am facing in my current home.

If you looked hard enough, that full-height wall to the right of my window frame has bubbles in the paint.  My spare room has it’s aircon discharge pipe running behind this wall and the aircon will be turned on when we are folding laundry and watching TV on the spare bed.  I believe this is the result of condensation from within the wall hence the bubbling in the paint at the balcony.  I later read that this could be due to a lack of Primer coat which could have prevented the moisture from reaching the surface and prevented the bubbling.

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Within the walls of just one tiny balcony, I have mould, peeling and bubbling problems.  How nice!  :(

(a)  Not Using Base Coat / Sealer

For many years, I proudly put up the kids’ art work on the walls.  Almost every wall space was occupied with their creations (and it also moved onto mirrors and cabinet laminates) as well because we also do a lot of home-learning activities at home.

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Photo taken in 2012.

In 2013, we cleared the blue wall of all art work and had full-height book shelves in their place.  I used blue tack to stick up everything and they came off nicely without any stain or mark at all.  That blue and orange wall was painted using the equivalent of today’s Nippon’s Easy Wash with Teflon(R) paint and I have been most pleased with these two colours in my house.  Even til this day.

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Photo taken in 2013.

Nippon Easy Wash with Teflon(R) Paint has this texture of elasticity and feel to it.  The painted surface is very smooth and even.  And I loved that there are no stains or paint peeling off issue when things are stuck / mounted onto it.  There is a gentle sheen over the painted wall as well.

In contrast, I recently removed every single piece of map, learning chart and art work  from the entire house in preparation to market our flat for sales.  The problem is, the other walls in my house (except the wall next to my computer painted in the exact same blue) were all not painted using Easy Wash paint.  They have powdery surface and uneven lines.  Spots where previously blue tack was put up, I ended up with stain marks all over, as well as more seriously, peeled paint surfaces now.  They look like war-zone both before and after removal of art work.  Below few photos will specifically show these problems.

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Blue tack stains and one even peeled off. The other 2 nail marks is typical.

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Designated prefabricated crack line on wall not applied with sealer before painting. It shows up now with age.

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Sticker on wall😦

I attribute these problems to the lack of base coat (sealer) on all these walls.  Otherwise, why would these “non-feature” walls have so much problems?  The lack of base coat prevented the top coat from being evenly applied for a uniform finish.  I suspected that because these walls were originally already in white when we took keys from HDB.  My contractor probably cut corner here which I had not had the opportunity to detect.  My loss!

Below photo compares and contrast two adjacent walls at my computer corner.  Are you able to identify which one has a soft sheen with an evenly applied surface ; which one has a powdery surface full of uneven lines and even cracked/peeled paint?

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Site Assessment and Recommendation

Putting behind what has happened in my current home, this time round given than we are lucky enough to shift into a new home, I am in a better position now to know what to expect and do for the paint works.  This unpleasant experience has spurred me to do some reading up and I will share my new-found knowledge on the different paint types and their uses in this post.  I will also be collaborating with Nippon Paint Singapore on a series of 3 posts to share my before/during/after experience with the Nippon Paint Professionals.

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Simply love this blue!

Earlier this month, I had a site assessment carried out by Nippon Paint Singapore, followed by a colour consultation session with Nippon Paint Professionals since I did not engage an interior designer to do up my new home.  I learnt a lot more by speaking with the Paint Professional, about why things happen, about how to tackle those problems.  It was a useful and engaging session and a lot more than just choosing colours.

During the site assessment and pre-consultation session, we learnt about complementing colour selection and to try selecting feature colours in one or two shades lighter when looking at the colour catalogue.  This is because what we are looking at is just a small sample colour square.  When painted on a life-sized wall, the actual outcome might be too intimidating for some home owners to accept.

Nippon Paint Professional, Alan, also inspected the walls handed over to me by the developer.  Generally, the finishing works of the plastered walls are quite well done with smooth and even surfaces.  To ensure that the 1-year warranty for paint works is in force, they propose a sealer base coat (just one coat) before applying the top coat directly.  This is because the paintwork on the new walls is powdery and if this layer does not provide adequate adhesion to top coat, they cannot simply provide a warranty.

Even if Nippon did not propose a base coat, we would also ask for it given the experience we have in current home.  What better solution than to have the sealer from the same brand as what is going to be on the top coat ?  I would imagine complementing chemical composition between the base coat and top coats.

Types of Paint

Sealers (Base Coat)

Let’s start with sealer first since the unseen layer of base coat is the most important layer in fact.  Contrary to what most of us thought, the white wash in our new home is in fact a lower quality cheap commercial mass-produced paint for a thin but wide layer of coverage.  I dislike that it is powdery to the touch (enough of powdery paint!) and might not provide long-lasting paint cohesion with the top coat.

There are two kinds of sealer – base coat paints available by Nippon, meant to target different purposes.  They are generally split into water-based or oil-based.

–>  Nippon Paint Expresskote Sealer (Water-based Interior/Exterior-use Base Coat)  <–

Suitable for both indoor and outdoor uses, I will be using the high performance water-based Expresskote Sealer as a base coat for my entire house right from the indoors to the balcony area.  The adaptability to extend to exterior area helps to cut down on wastage.  Having low level of odour and the ability to dry fast (2 hours only), the Expresskote Sealer boasts of deep penetratrating ability to conceal cracks and smoothing the surface for application of top coat paints.  For the new home without mouldy problem, this sealer is more than adequate as a preparation to the wall surface for a good top coat adhesion.

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Nippon Paint Expresskote Sealer is formulated with anti-fungul and algae resistance property, which makes it good enough for general uses at the balcony too.  The paint is also certified environmentally friendly under Singapore Green Labelling Scheme SGL-032 by the Singapore Environmental Council with V.O.C. level less than 50g/L.

Having excellent alkali and efflorescence resistance properties means the sealer has the ability to prevent water-soluble salt in the concrete (or new brick wall) from being dissolved and carried to the wall surface, and remaining there after the water has evaporated.  The remaining salts can push the paint away from the surface and peeling results.

Nippon Paint Expresskote Sealer is recommended for use on cement plaster, precast concrete, cast in-situ concrete, brickwork, hard/soft boards and gypsum boards.

Nippon 5101 Odour-less (Water-based Interior-use Base Coat)

Nippon 5101 Odour-less sealer is strictly for indoor use only.  If there is no need to paint any exterior surfaces, this sealer will work best because it has almost no paint odour during application and drying.  This water-based wall sealer stops liquid water from entering the surface, but allows water vapour out.  It is a breathable product that can be applied to brick, concrete block, stucco or any masonry material.  Drying time takes 2 hours.

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Nippon Vinilex 5170 (Oil-based Interior/Exterior-use Base Coat)

For existing home with serious (a.k.a. VERY JIALAT) mould growth or/with musky smell, the oil-based Nippon Vinilex 5170 is the sealer to go for.  Contrary to what was previously thought, there is NO NEED to scrape off the mouldy paint.  Just apply one coat of this directly onto all existing affected walls, let it dry for 5 hours before applying the top coat paint.

nippon-vinilex-5170-can1Able to prevent resurfacing of stain marks on problem substrates, the oil-based wall sealer is excellent in providing the solution to the less-ventilated room.  The paint odour can be quite strong and I would advise children and pregnant mummies to stay away during application and while waiting for it to dry.

Ceiling Paint

–>  Odour-less Anti-Mould Ceiling White  <–

For ceiling painting, there is only one type of paint and it is also the most straightforward selection.  Suitable for all interior ceiling and especially rooms with lesser ventilation, kitchen, bathroom with constant moisture and warmth, yard area where laundry is done, as well as utilities room.  I will be using this Odour-less Anti-Mould Ceiling White paint for my entire house, including living and dining room as well as balcony.

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Nippon Paint Odour-less Anti-Mould Ceiling White is an environmentally favourable green product formulated with anti-mould properties with a broad spectrum protection against most species of mould.  It is non-toxic and does not contain lead, mercury and heavy metals.

Exterior Paint (Top Coat)

For my current home, we have specified exterior paint types for our super large balcony.  The Managing Agent (MA) does not allow tiling the walls (and frankly, who will tile up balcony walls nowadays?) as it will affect the facade.  Given my large balcony, it is also going to cost about $3k (labour only!) just to tile up the walls even if MA approves.

Nippon has three different types of exterior paint which caters to different needs and level of exposure to the elements of weather.  I will highlight the uses of two types which I feel is useful base on my current problem and future usage pattern.

Weatherbond Algaeguard (Top Coat)

Nippon Weatherbond Algaeguard has a ultimate resistance to fungal and algae growth.  An enhancement to Nippon Weatherbond paint, it is catered for both landed properties and wall spaces used for gardening.  Engineered with anti-streak marks property, it takes away the ugly look from the facade of landed property and exterior walls compared to the Weatherbond range.  The low sheen finish also gives the wall a constant “freshly painted” look compared to a wall with matte-finishing.

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Given the current condition of my balcony, I would have to use the Weatherbond Algaeguard to address the problem.  But not now anymore, I’ll be shifting in a few months’ time.

–>  Weatherbond (Top Coat)  <–

Typically used for normal exterior use, the Nippon Weatherbond paint is a water-based high performance paint of choice for exterior walls.  With excellent resistance to dirt, water, akali chemicals and peeling, the tough and durable protective top coat guards against fading and chalking and at the same time has anti-fungal and algae property which is good for the balcony at my new house.

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I am also assured to know that there is no lead or mercury in the paint constitution because my kids will continue to play in the balcony when we shift over.

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Interior Paint (Top Coat)

Now comes the most interesting and exciting part in receiving a new house, that is, the colour selection for all the different parts of the house!  Together with the kids, we have been poring over Nippon Paint Catalogue over and over again.  There seems to be a nicer shade of colour each time we flipped the pages.  Today we fell in love with shades of blue, tomorrow we choose green.  Having had a colourful house for 12 years, my hubby and I have decided to leave our house in neutral or white-based colours now.

However we allowed the kids to choose their room colour.  Wan Ting from Nippon Paint Singapore assisted the kids to select the proper shade here because kids tend to go for brighter and more outstanding shades of colours.  After all, it will be the first time they will have their own room and will sleep in their own bed.  We have been sharing our King-sized bed with the kids since the day they were born.  It’s been 9 years and honestly, I can’t bear the thought of not having two warm buttocks snuggling up against me at night anymore.

Do they look enthusiastic choosing their own colours?? I suspect not, for a simple reason of anticipating not having mama sleeping next to them anymore when we shift over.

Nippon has so many types of interior top coat paints in the catalogue!  Have you ever been confused and unsure which type to use?  I took the opportunity to shoot my questions because frankly, I thought Premium All-In-1 is the best.  It has everything!  Yes?  Not really, because the chemical ingredients come in different proportions for same same but different paint types.  They each target specifically a problem.  Hence the call for ultra-premium range of paints to suit differing needs.  Here below, I have shortlisted the two Grade A paint types according to their uses which I find will be great for homes with young children.

–>  Grade A Paint : Nippon Odour-less EasyWash (Top Coat)  <–

The newest kid on the paint block with Nippon Odour-less EasyWash formula that is TWO TIMES easier to clean than the conventional washable interior paint.  Formulated with Teflon(R) surface protector, this is the perfect paint to go for if there are young children at home.  It makes cleaning up a breeze.  Earlier I mentioned how I loved my washable painted walls in my current home.  There were not even blue tack stains after years of sticking on it.

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Base on my experience, unless something knocked into the wall with such force that causes the paint to chip off, I just need to use a very diluted soapy solution to wash away stains and dirt.  It is as easy as diluting 1-2 drops of dishwashing liquid into 0.5L of water.  I used a soft sponge pad to gently clean off dirt as well.  Below video is a simple demo showing how I cleaned off the ink-mark on my wall in the current home.  Easy peasy!

The ultra-premium Nippon Odour-less EasyWash paint is a big step up from the original Nippon Easy Wash with Teflon(R).  Like the latter, it is capable of an elegant low sheen finish that can give the walla a constant fresh look that appears to be as new as Day 1.  The original colour does not seem to fade or chalk at all hence eliminating the aged look after many years.  The paint has near zero VOCs meaning there is literally no solvents being released into the air during painting and while drying.  VOCs can cause headache and giddiness in some people and pregnant mummies and kids best stay away if such a paint is used.  Rest assured that the non-toxic paint also has no lead or mercury added so it is safe for all young and old.

An improvement from the original in being twice more washable now, the Nippon Odour-less EasyWash also boasts of maximum coverage for every litre.  Out of all the different paint types, it can cover 13m2 for every litre of paint, with the other types at a range of 6-12m2.  Comparatively, the higher paint cost is also money saved in the long run because of the extra mileage it can cover.  As per all top coat paints, two coats of paint is generally required to complete the final finished look.  For dark colours, a total of three or four coats may be required.  Unless you are turning your home into a caveman-themed home, we don’t need to look at so many paint coats.  :)

The typical Easy Wash with Teflon(R) paint comes with a low amount of odour.  Comparatively, the Odour-less EasyWash has been tested to have literally zero level of odour.  For my new home, I have requested for the newest Odour-less EasyWash formula for all the interior walls.  It’s just like buying insurance for my walls for the next decade and I really love the idea of this.

Grade A Paint : Nippon Odour-less Medifresh (Top Coat)

For homes with low cross-wind ventilation and especially if there are infants and young children around, the Nippon Odour-less Medifresh paint is a good option to consider.  The ultra-premium upgrade from 3In1 Medifresh has been formulated with anti-bacterial properties to tackle commonly known bacteria types effectively, the little ones can be assured of a hygienic environment that cuts down greatly on harmful causes of sickness.  Harmful common bacteria such as MRSA, E-Coli and Staphylococcus Aureus are specially mentioned in the paint specifications.

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I recommended my sister to paint her nursery room with this paint as she is currently in the midst of converting her spare room into a nursery in anticipation of my little niece’s arrival next month.  Due to prolonged minimal usage of the room, she seldom opens the window for airing.  It is only now when she needed to reconfigure that room that she realized that mould has over the years, creeped into her walls and plastered cabinet walls too.

As mentioned earlier under Sealers, Nippon has advised her to use Vinilex 517 oil-based sealer to paint over the existing walls.  The sealer will stink and she is advised to stay away from her house for the duration of works until Nippon finishes their work.  The advantage is that she does not need to spend extra money to scrape off the existing mouldy wall paint or end up with a very messy/dirty house.

On top of the usual properties having almost no paint odour, ultra low level of VOCs, non-toxic without lead, mercury and heavy metals added, the Odour-less Medifresh Paint boasts of excellent fungus and mould resistance and having a 5-year warranty to it.  Given the excellent paint quality, I would recommend all childcare centres, family clinics and healthcare centres to use this paint.

The Odour-less Medifresh has a Teflon(R) Surface Protector property, appears in a soft matt finish and is also washable.


Colour Consultation

I have mentioned about the various types of paint that had initially confused me over their usage.  I’m glad that now I am in a better position to share what I have learnt about paint over the past month.  The paints highlighted with double arrows –> <– are the ones that will be applied at my new home.  I will be sharing more information on them in the next two posts.

Here below, is a site plan of how we finalized our painting schedule with Nippon Paint Professionals.  Under their guidance, we successfully decided on the specific colours from the range of different shades available in the entire catalogue.  Every colour sample in the paint catalogue can be formulated into the various desired type of paint.  For example, if my kids were smaller, I would have been able to request for exact same shade in Odour-less Medifresh for their rooms while maintaining the other parts of the house in Odour-less EasyWash paint.  It is only now then I come to understand this simple process as I earlier thought that each specific paint type is only available in selected shades.  How wrong and confused I was!

As a summary from the above site plan, I will be having the following paint colours in my new home :-

Sealer (Base Coat) : Nippon Expresskote (water-based) for both interior and balcony (considered as exterior) of the house

Ceiling : Nippon Odour-less Anti-Mould Ceiling White

Exterior (Top Coat) : Nippon Weatherbond (water-based) in Linen White BS10B15 for the balcony as it is exposed to rain.  It is a very light warm beige colour that softens the look of the balcony compared to the existing stark white paint.

Exterior Paint (Balcony) - Linen White BS 10B15

Interior (Top Coat) : Nippon Odour-less EasyWash for all interior wall surfaces.

Living Room + Bedroom Walkway in a super light neutral shade of grey.  My hubby fell in love with this colour from a photo in the Nippon catalogue and so we are going with Remembrance NP OW1053P.

Remembrance NP OW1053P (Living n BR Walkway)

Interior Paint (Living n BR Walkway) - Remembrance NP OW1053P - sample

Photo extracted from Nippon Paint Online Catalogue

Study Room in a refreshing gentle green that lifts the mind and protects the eyes!  We chose Mint Scent NP OW1066P.

Interior Paint (Study Room) - Mint Scent NP OW1066P

Master Room – Lilac White 1138, the classic for our bedroom.

Interior Paint (MBR) - Lilac White 1138

The children have selected brighter and deeper shades of green and blue for their respective rooms.

Lush and Founder Blue - not selected

Thankfully they were not super insistent and agreed to the recommendations (below) suggested by Nippon Paint Professionals, Alan.  The highlight colour for their rooms will only be a very small portion and hence even though the Green Rhythm and Winning Streak looks dark compared to the white-based Blue Swirl, Alan assured us that the colours will complement each other well and will turn out fine.

Bedroom 1 (Jiejie’s) – Blue Swirl NP OW1068P paired with Green Rhythm NP BGG1606P

Interior Paint (Jiejie) - Blue Swirl NP OW1068P n Green Rhythm NP BGG1606P

Bedroom 2 (Didi’s) – Blue Swirl NP OW1068P, Winning Streak NP BGG1566P

Interior Paint (Didi) - Blue Swirl NP OW1068P n Winning Streak NP BGG1566P

I plucked the colour sample from Nippon’s website available in PDF format. It may appear differently on your screen due to display specifications of your device.  It did vary a little on my screen compared to the actual catalogue.  For better visual, it is best that you request for a copy of catalogue sent to your preferred address via normal post.  I received my copy in the letterbox within a week.

Moving forward, I will be posting about the actual process of painting works when it starts in a few days’ time.

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I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to experience the Nippon Painting Services package.  We were not remunerated monetarily for the review, all opinions and experiences remain our own alone.  Photographs unless otherwise stated are copyright of  Nippon Paint Singapore.  All other photos remain the copyright property of SAys! Happy Mums and may not be reproduced without prior notice or written permission given.

{Review + Giveaway} Mid-Autumn Jewels @ Marriott Wan Hao

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It’s that time of the year again! Mid-Autumn delights in the form of delicious jewels of mooncake are popping up at every corner. We reviewed Marriott Wan Hao‘s wonderful mooncake offerings last year here and are happy to have the opportunity to taste their exquisite offerings this year again.

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This Mid-Autumn Festival, Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant of Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel presents 11 exquisite, low-sugar mooncake creations as well as a limited- edition premium gift set. Available only from 11 August to 15 September 2016, this year’s selections are even more interesting with to hot new creations like Premium Limited Edition Prized Karasumi & Angelica Baked Mooncakes (only available in the Royal Gift Set) and new snow skin flavours of Chocolate Brownie with Cookies & Honeycomb and Salted Caramel with Peanut Praline. Not forgetting old favourites like Black Truffle Roasted Chestnut Waxed Duck & Single Yolk and Chicken Bak Kwah & Assorted Nuts. I can already hear the Wows! :)

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As always, Wan Hao’s lovely mooncake packaging aims to delight! This year’s offerings are presented in an exquisite 2- tier treasure chest of drawers complete with a magnetic clasps- super pretty and collectible!

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ROYAL MID-AUTUMN GIFT SET

This year’s special debut highlight is the Royal Mid Autumn Gift Set that’s perfect for gifting! Featuring the exclusive White Lotus Seed Paste Baked Mooncakes with Prized Karasumi & Angelica mooncake with an elegant Aged Old Pu’er Tea Set encased in a chic red faux Crocodile Skin, two-tier treasure chest.

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White Lotus Seed Paste with Prized Karasumi & Angelica Baked Mooncakes and Aged Old Pu’er Tea Set NEW 乌鱼子当归白莲蓉月饼和 陈年旧普洱茶具 新 $188nett

I tried this exquisite one of a kind mooncake and it is really special!

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It packs in a nutritious mix of sweet and salty tastes from the Angelica(herb tonic) and Karasumi but are not overpowering and it’s no wonder why Wan Hao has selected this as a premium mooncake. The unusual ingredients especially the Karasumi (salted mullet roe) had my family guessing what was that very special taste! Quite simply said, it was a delight to try.

Snowskin Mooncakes

I always look forward to the creative snowskin mooncake offerings by Wan Hao because the chefs never fail to surprise and delight! This year’s creations include:

  • Chocolate Brownie with Cookies & Honeycomb (New)
  • Salted Caramel with Peanut Praline (New)
  • Pure ‘Mao Shan Wang’ Premium Grade Durian (Signature)
  • Sencha Green Tea with Japanese Red Bean
  • White Lotus Seed Paste with Egg Yolk

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Salted Caramel with Peanut Praline Snowskin Mooncake NEW 

This flavour was totally my favourite and the hubs agrees! I love salted caramel and this combination was yummy… almost familiar too … hehee it was like a snicker bar mooncake! Such a great combination of sweet and salty crunchy sensations, what’s there not to love, so satisfying! Simply a Must try!🙂

Chocolate Brownie with Cookies & Honeycomb Snowskin Mooncake NEW 

Chocolate lovers will love this interesting creation! Imagine yummy bits of chocolate brownie ganache sprinkled generously in white lotus seed paste plus honeycomb at the core, and you will know why this choice will be irresistible for the sweet tooth! Tempted yet?

Traditional Baked Mooncakes

The health conscious and weight watchers will be happy to know that the flavourful mooncake jewels created by Chef and team are all low sugar, with no added preservatives or artificial flavouring. Overall I honestly liked that Wan Hao’s lotus paste was not overly sweet, just right! So mummies can indulge in their favourite mooncakes and share these traditional delights with little ones without worrying🙂 At least I did! hehe…

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This year, choose from over 7 types of different traditional baked mooncakes at Wan Hao:

  • White Lotus Seed Paste with Black Truffle, Waxed Duck, Roasted Chestnut &
    Single Yolk
  • White Lotus Seed Paste with Chicken Bak-Kwah and Assorted Nuts (Signature)
  • White Lotus Seed Paste with Double Yolk (Best Seller)
  • White Lotus Seed Paste with Single Yolk
  • White Lotus Seed Paste with Pine Nuts
  • White Lotus Seed Paste with Macadamia Nuts
  • White Lotus Seed Paste with Single or Double Egg Yolk

Black Truffle with Roasted Chestnut, Waxed Duck and Single Yolk with White Lotus Seed Paste NEW, PREMIUM  黑松露烤栗子腊鸭单黄月饼

Back by popular demand, Wan Hao brings back last year’s premium really beautiful Gold Dusted Black Truffle Mooncake for the adventurous mooncake lover that wants something traditional yet extraordinary to impress.

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Fans of waxed duck get to enjoy this wonderful savoury interpretation with the exquisite earthy fragrance of Black Truffles! I love black truffle (who doesn’t- now it’s everywhere even in French fries)! As with previously, my mum votes for this black beauty because of her favourite waxed duck!

White Lotus Seed Paste with Chicken Bak-Kwah & Assorted Nuts

If you are a fan of bak-kwah, the signature White lotus Seed Paste with Chicken Bak-Kwah & Assorted Nuts Baked Mooncake is a must-try. I super loved this last year, and it’s still one of my favourites from this year’s selection.

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Inspired by Wan Hao’s renowned Bak-Kwah cookies, Wan Hao has combined Singapore’s favourite sliced barbecued meat with the nut-filled traditional ‘Wu Ren’ and white lotus seed paste to deliver the winning combination between moist and nutty, sweet and savoury.

What’s even more exciting is we’ve got 1 Box of my favourite White lotus Seed Paste with Chicken Bak-Kwah & Assorted Nuts Mooncakes for Giveaway for our loyal readers. So start sharing and you could win this exclusive set for your family to enjoy this Mid-Autumn Festival!

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1 Box of Marriott Wan Hao Exquisite White Lotus Seed Paste with Chicken Bak-Kwah and Assorted Nuts Mooncakes 

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Best of luck and Happy Mid Autumn Festival!

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Note : We were extended 2 boxes of mooncakes for the purpose of this review.  We were not remunerated monetarily for the review, all opinions and experiences remain our own alone.  Photographs unless otherwise stated are copyright of  Marriot Singapore. All other photos remain the copyright property of SAys! Happy Mums and may not be reproduced without prior notice or written permission given.

Retail Locations

For orders or enquiries, visit www.singaporemarriott.com/mooncakes or call 6831 4708. Check out promotions here http://www.singaporemarriott.com/mooncakes/promotions/

Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

Forecourt Stall, located at Hotel’s entrance
11 August to 28 August 2016, 11am to 9pm
29 August to 15 September 2016, 10am to 10pm

For enquiries, please contact us at:
Tel: (65) 6831 4708
Fax: (65) 6831 4553
Email: mooncakes@marriott.com

Offsite locations Opening dates Operating hours
Takashimaya, B2 Takashimaya Square 13 Aug to 15 Sept 10am to 9:30pm
Chevron House, Change Alley 15 Aug to 15 Sep 10am to 7pm
Monday to Friday only.
Tangs Vivocity, Central Court A/B 16 Aug to 14 Sept 10am to 10pm
Tangs Nex, Level 1 Atrium 29 Aug to 15 Sept 10am to 10pm
Jurong Point, Level 1 Atrium 29 Aug to 14 Sept 10am to 10pm
Junction 8, Level 2 Atrium 29 Aug to 14 Sept 10am to 10pm
Bugis Junction, Level 1 Hylam Street 29 Aug to 14 Sept 10am to 10pm
Lot One, Level 1 Atrium 29 Aug to 14 Sept 10am to 10pm
IMM, Level 1 Atrium 29 Aug to 14 Sept 10am to 10pm
AMK Hub, B1 Sunken Plaza 30 Aug to 15 Sept 10am to 10pm
Tampines Mall, Level 1 Atrium 31 Aug to 14 Sept 10am to 10pm

Personalisation of the mooncake boxes with complimentary hot-stamping of the company logo is also available with a minimum order of 50 boxes of mooncakes (Terms and Conditions apply).

Our New Home – Defects Inspection & Rectification Works

Our New Home Defects

Week 4

Finally finished my defects rectification and signed off the defects list last week!  Armed with my PCK bag, I submitted our first defects list on the following week after key collection and subsequently adding on items that were spotted as we moved along.  Our “grand total” of 3 defects lists to date, were handled promptly and swiftly in literally a same-day or next-day-completion kind of efficiency.  I must say that I am totally impressed with the team from the main contractor.  The team leader came with a group of many workers and they swept through the whole house and got the bulk of things rectified in less than 2 hours.

All residents were given an access to the Novade app for lodging our defects in a much more efficient manner than a decade ago.   With each item lodged as a defect, I would just need to select from the list of locations pre-installed in my account, select the type of defect and take two photographs (wide angle and close-up view).  The app is so simple and convenient to use between the users (owner / developer / main con) that I always found many items already completed and checked off in the same afternoon that I was away.  Thumbs up for technology in the building & construction industry!!

Before I move on to design and actual works, if I have the energy to write down about these later on, let’s do a quick scan through of the defects in my home.  I must be really lucky that most of them should not even be called as defects.  Let’s just say that these are careless mistakes in workmanship and that I logged them down as an item so that I can get them cleared.

Floor Trap / Drain Pipe / WC

My hubby bought this endoscope type of camera which came with a “selfie stick” and bluetooth remote control for photo taking.  It has proven to be really useful for us as the “pipe” can go deep into the recess to inspection.  We found pretty our home clean of construction debris except for the washing machine drain pipe.  There seems to be a small piece of pipe plastic lodged inside.

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Not sure how the contractor removed it as I was not there when they cleared it away.

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Kitchen Cabinet (Finishing Works)

I found nothing much to complain about with regards to carpentry works and finishing.  The works were very well done at all visible areas except for a pair of doors that were not fully aligned with each other.  The hinges needed some tightening.  In general, I also dislike the gap between all doors.  They are meant to be like that as with current trend in interior design.  I really dislike it and my contractor will be “sealing” off the gap with the addition of another piece of wood behind one of the doors.

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My main highlight to the defects team is to seal the gap between the cabinet base to the floor.

Our New Home Defects

While identifying the sections to be done, I found this cracked piece of laminate at the base of my dry kitchen island.  Wonder what the worker was thinking!  This is obviously piecing up the broken piece of laminate and since it’s right at the base, they might just get away with it with any luck?  When the defects team came, they were so smart to glue a new piece right over this existing piece without having to tear it out.  Well done, I must praise!

Our New Home Defects

With the above photo, you might identify where I wanted to be sealed.  Yes, the gap on the floor.  Isn’t it neater now (below photo)?  And I don’t have to imagine insects making a home under my cabinet (not until the silicon dries up few years later).

Our New Home Defects

Windows & Ironmongery

Not sure the reason why, but most of the horizontally-mounted window handles were jammed after initial uses on Day 1 itself.  These are found on the smaller pieces of window panels with limiters installed.  The workers simply did a replacement and they are still working well, hopefully forever.  However, I doubt the eternal lasting quality though.  The feel of quality is not there, in my opinion and we probably need to stock up some spares😦

Our New Home Defects

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For this pair of windows with ironmongery not aligned to each other (below), the works removed the entire panel instead.  I thought could simply do adjustment on the handles.  >.<  Not sure what they were doing and why, the handles were still not perfectly aligned after that although it is a lot lesser of an eye sore now, I let it be without further redo.

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Our New Home Defects

Some pieces of window glasses were found scratched and they were also easily replaced.  I mean, it was really easy to remove the glass from the frame!  Come to think of it, a little scary, isn’t it?  They simply undo a catch and the glass panel comes off easily.  That easy.

Our New Home Defects

Kitchen Appliances & Accessories

As the worker was checking with me over the alignment of a piece of door on the cabinet below the stove, he ended up removing the entire stove so as to be able to access from the inside.  I did not give much attention to it until the next day when I put back the hob stands.

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My hubby spotted it and asked if it’s a marker stain.  Upon closer inspection, it really is the work of making use of the black marker to mask the rust!  The supplier is Electrolux.  The rust either came from warehouse or happened during installation works.  What do you think?  -.-

Our New Home Defects

Again, it was promptly looked into once the developer is made aware of it through the app.  However, I have no way of telling if the workers used their bottle of spray paint to respray (like what they did for touch up works on aluminium frame), or the supplier has immediate stock on site for replacement (I highly doubt so), or, they took my neighbour’s set to exchange with me (good luck, neighbour!) as a temporary measure since not many has gotten their keys yet.  I do know of a contractor doing that for a recently commissioned property although the complaint was about faulty tap (insider information and I can’t reveal it).

Our New Home Defects

Tiling Works

I paid special attention to the floor tiles, particularly uneven tiles and sharp corners.  I must say that the workmanship for the flooring works were done quite well without sharp corners, hollow tiles or uneven joint lines.  After living our whole life in marble floor environment, this is coincidentally our first home with homogeneous tiles and we are pretty glad that the overall workmanship turned out fine.  However, we both agreed that our next home should have marble again.  The touch and feel is so different.

I’m sharing a short video clip here showing the differences in sound between a well-installed piece of tile versus one that has been installed on dry wall.  Dry walls are used in many construction works today due to speed and efficiency in pre-fabrication off-site.  The disadvantage from owner’s point of view is a less solid wall with worse off soundproofing from the other room.  I have yet to really experience how it will be.  Let’s see after I shift in.

99% of the “defects” lodged with regards to tiling works were simply to get the workers to round off the sharp corners where possibly one might fall on or kick into.

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Yard area

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I also got the workers to top up grouting for the tile joints at the kerb as shown in below photos.

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I do have two annoying issues with the tiling though but my hubby and I both agreed that they should be left untouched and we do not want re-tiling works due to possible complicating issues.

Yard Toilet Water-ponding

There is a very slight water-ponding issue in my yard toilet and it is located at the tile joint immediately next to the WC.  To address the problem, we considered that the WC will need to be removed/reinstalled, four pieces (plus the bottom row wall tiles), possibly the floor trap has to be reinstalled, and most importantly the high possibility of damaging the waterproofing under the tiles.  Due to these factors, we decided to ignore the issue and just take care to use the foot to sweep water into the floor trap.  We suspect that we might not even bother to do that and just allow it to evaporate on it’s own since air circulation is superb in my unit.  Hahahahhaha >.<

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Scratched Living Room Floor Tiles

The other upsetting issue lies on the living room floor, 11 pieces of tiles to be specific.  Most had long scratches on them and two pieces were particularly deep with one of them having a chip too.  I suspected that the scratches happened because of negligence by defects team when I was not around in the afternoon.

Not sure if I should say that we are fortunate – 9 pieces of scratched tiles can be covered by our L-shaped sofa.  We decided to cast off the problem by covering with our sofa.

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The scratched tiles that can be covered by sofa.

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Sorry for the blurry photo. Can see that “patch” of Post-It notes at bottom centre of photo? Jiejie marked it out. That piece and neighbouring piece of tile suffered the worst scratch and has a small chip along the edge.

I was initially quite upset about the remaining 2 pieces of tiles in particular.  They happened on a spot between our sofa and TV console and so will be exposed (if we PUT OUR HEAD AT FLOOR LEVEL to inspect la).  Note that I used capital letters to highlight.  Hubby and I decided to also ignore the scratches and to put it behind us.  Be happier and not use the magnifying glass to carry out defects inspection works.  After all, homogeneous tile is homogeneous tile.  They are cheap and cannot be polished off like marble.  I would have called for polishing if it’s marble but sadly not the case.  If we were to remove that two pieces of tiles, we might end up with even more serious problem like having two “sunken” pieces right in the middle of walkway, or jutting out corner, or, break more tiles as they remove the two pieces.

Bedroom Wardrobes

Last but not least, I found out that the carpentry for bedroom wardrobes come from a different supplier and hence the original team of workers “could not” attend to the below “problems”.  As usual, the gaps at the base which I want to be sealed.

This is my MBR wardrobe. It comes with lots of storage space in L-shape form and has pull-out bi-fold door compared to the other rooms with sliding door. Super love my new wardrobe!

Our New Home Defects

Our New Home Defects

Our New Home Defects

Our New Home Defects

Some other minor issues involve drawer doors not being able to close completely without any gap appearing.  These were simple works which were also quickly rectified as well🙂

Our New Home Defects

Our New Home Defects

Balcony Sliding Door

We did not notice it at first but later discovered that the left-most panel of sliding door has a slight sound that suggests not totally smooth tracks.  Upon inspection, I realize the top of the frame (where the internal tracks are) has suffered some dent.  Thankfully, there was no need for a major headache, like hacking out the entire door frame that has been cast into concrete.  The workers were really SMART!  Instead of “expanding” that dented tracks from in between, they sawed off a small length of it and touched up with spray paint.  Whoa!  After that, no more sound anymore.  I was seriously impressed how minor the rectification works involved.  :)

Our New Home Defects

Our New Home Defects

Where the purple arrow from above photo is, this is a close-up photo of the dent. The short length was simply sawed off.❤

With the above, I close another small chapter in the journey to my new home.  Next up, transformation!  See you soon!

~SAys! Shirley❤

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To The Moon & Back with Mid Autumn Treats from Mandarin Orchard Singapore

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This coming Mid Autumn Festival, get ready to fly over the moon with a selection of luxurious mooncake flavours from Mandarin Orchard Singapore.  Beautifully packaged in lush bright pinkish-red custom-designed boxes, with baby blue individual boxes encasing each morsels of classic delight, the mooncakes make a perfect gift for family, friends, and business associates.

Mandarin Orchard Mid Autumn 2016

Ardent fans of the Mandarin Orchard’s mooncakes will be comforted to know that the hotel has maintained their recipe for the ever popular Baked Mooncake with Single/Double Yolk and White Lotus Paste (单/双黄白莲蓉月饼).  If you’d do a price comparison, go for the double yolk for maximum satisfaction at only a dollar difference! Eat first, exercise later ok!  >.<

Mandarin Orchard Mid Autumn 2016

Baked Mooncake with Double Yolk and White Lotus Paste 双黄白莲蓉月饼 (4pcs, $73)

For the health conscious, a lower sugar variety is available with the Baked Mooncake with Macadamia Nuts and Low Sugar White Lotus Paste (低糖夏果白莲蓉月饼).

Mandarin Orchard Mid Autumn 2016

Baked Mooncake with Macadamia Nuts and Low Sugar White Lotus Paste 低糖夏果白莲蓉月饼 (4pcs, $70)

Signature Baked Mooncake with Mixed Nuts and Jamón Ibérico (伊比利亞火腿五仁月饼)

Enjoyed my weekend breakfast at the pool with friends sharing a @mandarinorchard 's Signature Baked Mooncake with Mixed Nuts and Jamón Ibérico (伊比利亞火腿五仁月饼). . 3 out of 3 of us agree that the mooncake is delicately just sweet enough to please the palette without having us on the treadmill for hours.  On top of that, the hint of woody flavour in the ham enriched the combined flavours and texture of the mixed nuts wrapped within the golden pastry skin. . Depending on the type of feed for the black Iberian pigs and the curation period, I read that the incredible Spanish ham can easily cost S$150 to S$300 per kg in Singapore and is probably known as the most delicious ham in the Universe. ^.^ . Mandarin Orchard's Mid Autumn treats come in a box of four for baked mooncakes and box of eight for the snow skin variety, either in single or assorted flavours.  If you are one who loves to try a bit of everything, our vote goes to the Assorted Baked Mooncake Selection (4pcs, $72) or Assorted Mini Snow Skin Selection (8pcs consisting of 2 pcs of 4 different flavours, $65). . Available from today (1st Aug) onwards, Mandarin Orchard's mooncakes can be purchased from Shisen Hanten (Level 35). You can also make your purchase at major shopping malls starting from 11th Aug (details in blog post). This is a must try! . We have a giveaway coming up shortly.  So keep calm and join our giveaway to be launched this week. . . . . #burpple #mooncake #mandarinorchard #mooncakebox #packaging  #SGParentBloggers  #instafood #instafoodie #instagood  #sgigfoodies #foodporn #foodaddict #whati8today#sgfood #sgfoodie #sgigers #foodcoma #nomnomnomnom #foodshare #instadaily #sgfoodunion #yumyum #tastyshoutouts #delicious #foodpics #hungrygowhere #eatoutsg #openricesg #sgmakandiaries

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Mandarin Orchard Mid Autumn 2016

Baked Mooncake with Mixed Nuts and Jamon Iberico 伊比利亚火腿五仁月饼 ($75, 4pcs)

Alternatively, the Baked Mooncake with Azuki Red Bean Paste and Pine Nuts (日本红豆沙松子月饼) will satisfy even the fussiest vegetarian.

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Azuki Red Bean Paste and Pine Nuts 日本红豆沙松子月饼 (4pcs $70)

With the popularity of salted egg yolk at an all-time high, this year’s new snow skin flavour creation is the Mini Snow Skin Salted Egg Custard with Manuka Honey Corn (迷你冰皮奶黄麦卢卡蜜玉米月饼).  The subtle taste of the salted egg custard is beautifully balanced with the sweetness of the corn and Manuka honey, encased in a layer of soft snow skin.

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Mini Snow Skin Salted Egg Custard with Manuka Honey Corn 迷你冰皮奶黄麦卢卡蜜玉米月饼 (8pcs, $65)

Last year’s new flavour, Mini Snow Skin Red Wine Cranberry Paste and Yuzu Lemongrass Mooncake (迷你冰皮红酒蔓越莓与柚子香茅月饼) makes a return due to popular demand, together with all-time signature favourite, the Mini Snow Skin Lychee Martini and White Chocolate Mooncake (迷你冰皮荔枝马丁尼朱古力冰皮月饼), containing a smooth creamy filling with a hint of Martini encased in luscious white chocolate, all enveloped in a white pillowy–soft snow skin.

Mandarin Orchard Mid Autumn 2016

Mini Snowskin Red Wine Cranberry Paste and Yuzu Lemongrass 迷你冰皮红酒蔓越莓与柚子香茅月饼 ($65, 8pcs)

Mandarin Orchard Mid Autumn 2016

Mini Snow Skin Lychee Martini and Chocolate Mooncake 迷你冰皮荔枝马丁尼巧克力月饼 ($65, 8pcs)

For something more traditional, opt for the Mini Snow Skin Yam and Yam Paste Mooncake (迷你冰皮芋头月饼) that is humbly tasty without an overbearing sweetness.  This is one of Audrey’s favourites.

Mandarin Orchard Mid Autumn 2016

Mini Snow Skin Yam and Yam Paste Mooncake 迷你冰皮芋头月饼 (8pcs, $65)

The Mini Snow Skin Green Tea Paste with Azuki Red Bean Mooncake (迷你冰皮绿茶与日本红豆月饼) are our all-time favourites.  We were told that high quality matcha was used to make the paste as confirmed by the rich fragrance of the tea leaves we tasted with every bite.  As the saying goes, not all green tea are the same and we’d highly recommend this flavour!

Mandarin Orchard Mid Autumn 2016

Mini Snow Skin Green Tea Paste with Azuki Red Bean Mooncake 迷你冰皮绿茶与日本红豆月饼 (8pcs, $65)

These yearly treats come in a box of four for baked mooncakes and box of eight for the snow skin variety, either in single or assorted flavours.  If you are one who loves to try a bit of everything, our vote goes to the Assorted Baked Mooncake Selection (4pcs, $72) or Assorted Mini Snow Skin Selection (8pcs consisting of 2 pcs of 4 different flavours, $65).  Do note that selections are fixed and cannot be changed though.

The mooncakes will be available at the hotel’s Festive Counter at Level 1 Lobby and also at six other locations all over Singapore.

Retail Locations :

Shisen Hanten, Level 35, Orchard Wing, Mandarin Orchard Singapore – 1 Aug onwards, 12 noon to 3pm / 6pm to 10pm
Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Festive Counter (Level 1) – 11 Aug to 15 Sept 2016, 11am to 7pm
Takashimaya (B2) – 13 Aug to 15 Sept 2016, 10am to 9.30pm
Bishan Junctino 8 (Atrium, Level 2) – 29 Aug to 14 Sept 2016, 10am to 9.30pm
IMM (Atrium, Level 1) – 29 Aug to 14 Sept 2016, 10am to 9.30pm
Tampines Mall (Atrium, Level 1) – 31 Aug to 14 Sept 2016, 10am to 9.30pm
Raffles Exchange Link – 29 Aug to 15 Sept 2016, 10am to 8pm
Tiong Bahru Plaza – 2 Sept to 15 Sept 2016, 10am to 9.30pm

DBS/POSB credit card holders will receive 25% discount for purchases during the early bird period between 1 and 15 August and 20% discount thereafter. All other credit card holders enjoy 20% and 15% off respectively. Discounts are only available at the hotel’s Festive Counter.

For orders or enquiries, please call 6831 6320/6262 or email festivedesk.orchard@meritushotels.com.

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate the launch of festive sales for the Mid Autumn Festival at Mandarin Orchard Singapore, we are giving away TWO (2) boxes of Assorted Baked Mooncake Selection (4pcs, $72).  Just click on the image below to take part.  Do follow the instructions below to take part for your chance to win!

LIKE SAys! Happy Mums on Facebook.

LIKE Mandarin Orchard Singapore on Facebook.

Mandarin Orchard Mooncake

Click on the image to take part in the Rafflecopter Giveaway.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Giveaway ends 29 August 2016, Monday at 2359 hrs.
  • Collection of prize will be available at Mandarin Orchard Singapore’s Festive Counter, Level 1 Lobby.  Collection period is available from 01 – 07 September 2016, 11am to 7pm.
  • Winner will need to produce their NRIC and our email to claim their tickets.
  • Prize is fixed and cannot be changed to a different item.  Collection venue, dates and time are fixed and no changes will be entertained.  The rights to changes is however, reserved for the hotel.
  • Prize is non-transferable, non-exchangeable and non-refundable.
  • The Winner will be notified by the email provided under the blog comments and must reply within 24 hours, failing which, a new winner will be drawn, without notice.
  • This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only.
  • The Sponsor reserves the right to request for a redraw if the winner on our blog has also won tickets to the show from another giveaway.
  • Incomplete / Half-completed entries will be totally disqualified without notice. Decisions are final and no changes/disputes will be entertained.
  • All information is solely collected for the purpose of this giveaway and we will not send unsolicited emails to your inbox unless you have opted to subscribe to us (on the right of this page!).
  • This giveaway is in no manner associated with any social media platform except our blog.

Best of luck!

Thanks to Mandarin Orchard Singapore, we are grateful for the opportunity to be invited for a sumptious mooncake tasting session at Shisen Hanten, for the purposes of this review. We were not remunerated monetarily for the review, all opinions and experiences remain our own alone.  All photos unless otherwise mentioned are copyright of Mandarin Orchard Singapore and were provided for the purposes of this review.  All other photos remain the copyright property of SAys! Happy Mums and may not be reproduced without prior notice or written permission given.

~ SAys! Shirley🙂

Mandarin Orchard Mid Autumn 2016

{Review} Cha Siu Bao & The Big Bad Wolf! The Three Little Pigs 2016

SRT The Three Little Pigs

We have been sharing our review for all the children’s musicals for which our kids had the benefit to enjoy without lifting a finger.  Over the weekend, we were thankfully given a chance to take a break from busy renovation works and school life, not to slack in front of the TV, but to catch the return of The Three Little Pigs by SRT’s The Little Company.  If you have not already known, The Three Little Pigs came back to Singapore after having huffed and puffed around the world (in various languages) at major cities in USA, Australia, UK and China.

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Since I already maximized my brain cells over everything at my new house, I took this opportunity to request Jiejie to do the review on my behalf and she gamely chose to review the musical over her past year papers.  Smart one! (Oops, I mean myself.  Hahahhah!)

I found that the various book reviews she has done for Times Bookstores Junior Book Review Club have given her some warming up to writing tasks at home.  She usually does not like to write but can do reading marathon.  We share the kids’ book reviews at our Instagram account @sayshappymums. I encouraged her to write a simple one with the hope of getting a chance to catch Charlotte’s Web in Oct ’16 if she writes properly.  And so here, a very simple write-up from a 9-year old piglet’s point of view.


Reviewed by : Jiejie
Title : The Three Little Pigs (Children’s Musical)
Presented by : SRT’s The Little Company

Yesterday, I went to watch The Three Little Pigs with my mother and brother.  It was held at the KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT.  When we entered the theatre, I was excited but not for the first time as i had already watched it for a few times.  We were the first few to get into the theatre.

The show started on time and it was more interesting than the last one I watched.  My most favourite part was when the wolf jumped into the hot pot of stew and did not listen to the pigs warnings and ended his own life.

At the end of the show, I felt very happy because it was an enjoyable musical.  I learnt that as a family, we must always stick together and help one another.

Everyone should go and watch it as it is a lot of fun.  It will continue until 16 Sep 2016.  Be sure to watch it!


Thinking back to 2012 way before we started our blog, we first caught The Three Little Pigs and were already deeply captivated by the endearing “tails” with comical acts and hilarious lines.  When the musical was adapted into Mandarin version a year later, we wasted no time in booking our tickets.  Once again, we were not disappointed. I remember the Mandarin version was quite difficult to understand for my then 6 and 4 year olds.  They nevertheless stayed entertained to the lively music and rolled through the musical together with the piglets without once complaining that the performance was in Mandarin.

SRT The Three Little Pigs

This year, The Three Little Pigs returns with three superstar piglets – Cha, Siu and Bao, their devoted single-parent Mum, and the Big Bad Wolf who is just a little bit misunderstood.

SRT The Three Little Pigs

The amazingly funny lyrics, affectionate use of Singlish and catchy tunes in this musical appeals to everybody from 3 to 100 years old.  I personally loved Big Bad Wolf’s performance (by Ivan Chan) tremendously.  The audience engagement with Wolf was magical and super fun!  Ivan really played his part of the bad wolf very well.  Children went howling mad over the wolf’s huff and puff, chased the piglets around and finally, dropping down the chimney into the boiling pot.

SRT The Three Little Pigs

Like what Jiejie has mentioned, don’t miss this!  The show runs until the end of Term 3 school holidays so there’s no excuse to miss it!

Thanks to Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT), we are grateful for the opportunity to watch The Three Little Pigs with complimentary tickets for purposes of reviewing the production. We were not remunerated monetarily for the review, all opinions and experiences remain our own alone.  All photos unless otherwise mentioned are copyright of SRT’s The Little Company and were provided for the purposes of this review.  All other photos remain the copyright property of SAys! Happy Mums and may not be reproduced without prior notice or written permission given.

~ SAys! Shirley🙂

About The Three Little Pigs

When: 4 Aug – 16 September 2016 |  Weekdays: 10am | Weekends & PH: 11am, 2pm |

Where: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT

Who: 2 year olds and above 

(if parents wish to bring their infant-in-arms or children below the age of 5, both parent and child will be required to purchase a ticket.)

Duration: Approx. 50 min with no interval

Ticket Price (excludes SISTIC charges)

Weekdays
Standard: S$28, S$25 Family Package of 4: S$95 for Cat 1 tickets Family Package of 4 (with TLC CD Vol.2): S$107 for Cat 1 tickets

Weekends (Sat, Sun & Public Holiday)
Standard: S$48, S$38, S$35
Family Package of 4: Cat 1* (with photo taking): $163  Cat 2 (no photo taking): $129 |
Family Package of 4 (with TLC CD Vol.2):  Cat 1* (with photo taking): $175  Cat 2 (no photo taking): $141
*Ticket includes a photo taking session with the cast in costume. (Applicable for Weekend show only.)
Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide

Winner Announcement

Stay tuned to our winner announcement in our ticket giveaway earlier!  We will be in touch shortly with regards to prize redemption details.
SRT The Three Little Pigs

{Giveaway} Win 3 Pairs of Tickets worth more than $192 to I Theatre’s Little Star

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Time loved nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star comes to live on stage very soon with I Theatre’s Little Star opening at the Alliance Francaise Theatre from 17 August – 11 September 2016.

Book your tickets at SISTIC http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cstar0916 and expect to have a great family bonding time with your little ones!

Little Star

Every little one’s favourite nursery rhyme goes something like this,

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,
How I wonder what you are…

Well, here is the story of Little Star who sits in the sky. She sees the other stars, the Moon, the Earth, the planets.
And she wonders…  “What am I? Who am I? Where do I belong?”

When a comet passes by, she hitches a ride, and her adventures begin.

Follow Little Star through space, down to earth and even under the sea, as she tries to find her place in the universe. Will you help Little Star find her way back home before the sun rises?

I Theatre’s Little Star is a brand new production for their 15th Anniversary celebrations and promises a highly visual and interactive production to engage your little 2 – 6 year olds with wonderful tunes and minimal dialogue. Expect puppetry, fun interaction and colourful props with Black light effects to thrill and amaze your young ones as they join in to help Little Star on her journey of discovery. Little Star will be a great introduction to children’s theatre for younger audiences, opening new experiences for them altogether.

Join Little Star to explore the wonders of the universe and the joy of re-discovering home and family in her adventure. Do book early http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cstar0916 to get best seats to enjoy the great interaction.

Here’s our little surprise just for SAys! Happy Mums’ loyal readers! We’re really excited to have  3 pairs of tickets to I Theatre’s Little Starworth more than $192, for giveaway! That’s right! 3 lucky readers will get a pair of tickets each to go to Little Star on 21 August 2016, Sunday 2:30pm. Yay!!

GIVEAWAY : WIN 3 pairs of Tickets worth $192!  


So, get set and start sharing this post on your Facebook and be one of the lucky winners!!
To take part and qualify, please make sure ALL the following steps are completed:

1) COMMENT on this blog post stating the age of your children, your Facebook Name and Email address.

2) LIKE SAys! Happy Mums  and I Theatre on Facebook.

3) LIKE and SHARE this Facebook post ON YOUR FACEBOOK WALL with the caption “Tag @Friend A Tag @Friend B Tag @Friend C Tag @Friend D Tag @Friend E I want to watch Little Star with @SAys Happy Mums ”. DO NOT simply tag your friends on our Facebook post. We need you to share it on your own wall set to PUBLIC. DO set your post to PUBLIC so that we are able to verify your entry.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Giveaway ends 11 August 2016, Thursday at 11.59PM.
  • Show date and time is on 21 August 2016, Sunday at 2.30PM and cannot be changed to a different day or time.
  • The Winner will be notified by the email provided under the blog comments and must reply within 48 hours, failing which, a new winner will be drawn, without notice.
  • The Sponsor reserves the right to request for a redraw if the drawn winner on our blog has also won tickets to the show from another giveaway.
  • All tickets are to be collected by 17 August 2016, 5pm at I Theatre’s office,  27 Kerbau Road Singapore 219163. Tel: (65)6341 5960.
  • This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only.
  • Incomplete entries will be disqualified without notice. Decisions are final and no changes/disputes will be entertained.
  • All information is solely collected for the purpose of this giveaway and we will not send unsolicited emails to your inbox unless you have opted to subscribe to us (on the right!).
  • This giveaway is in no manner associated with any social media accounts except our blog.
Best of luck and we hope you will have a fun bonding time at I Theatre’s Little Star!
Thank you for joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.

SAys! Shirley & Audrey :) 

All photos unless otherwise stated are copyright of I Theatre.

About Little Star

 Little Star

When: 17 August to 11 Sep 2016| Mon – Wed: 10am | Thurs & Fri: 10am & 2.30pm | Sat: 10.30am & 2.30pm

Where: Alliance Francaise Theatre, Sarkies Road

Who: 3 years and above and their families

Ticket Pricing : Standard $32 (Excludes Booking Fee) | S$121.60 for Family Package of 4 | S$140.80 for Family Package of 5 (Do Check Sistic website for applicable ticket discounts.)
ALL PATRONS (including babies-in-arms) MUST PURCHASE A TICKET FOR ADMISSION.
Duration: 45 minutes with no interval

Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide

{Giveaway} The Friendship of Town Mouse & Country Mouse

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Glowsticks presents The Friendship of Town Mouse and Country Mouse at the Drama Centre Theatre from 16-25 August 2016. Book your tickets from SISTIC http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/mouse0816

The classic familiar Aesop’s tale of Town Mouse and Country Mouse is given an exciting fresh new take in this all new musical. Join the two mice friends on their adventures as their friendship is put to the test!

Country Mouse

Out in the beautiful fields lives Country Mouse, who delights in the magical experience of watching his plants grow. Especially the cucumbers.

Out under the towering skyscrapers lives Town Mouse, who delights in the dazzling experience of watching the streets buzz with life. Especially the colourful city lights.

Will these two mice, who are as different as chalk and (ahem!) cheese, learn how to share and understand each other’s feelings? Will they learn how to be a good friend?

Bring your little ones for a theatre treat with Glowsticks’ The Friendship of Town Mouse and Country Mouse and take the opportunity to read the famous fable together again.

Specially for SAys! Happy Mums Readers, we’ve got a Pair of tickets to watch The Friendship of Town Mouse and Country Mouse on 21 August 2016, Sunday at 11am  for Giveaway!

GIVEAWAY : Share to WIN a Pair of  tickets!

To take part and qualify, please make sure all the following steps are completed:

1) COMMENT on this blog post stating your Facebook Name.

2) LIKE SAys! Happy Mums  and  Glowsticks Children’s Theatre on Facebook.

3) LIKE and SHARE this Facebook post on YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE with the caption “Tag @Friend A Tag @Friend B Tag @Friend C @Friend D @Friend E Share to Win A Pair of Tickets to Glowstick’s #TheFriendshipOfTownMouseandCountryMouse with @SAys Happy Mums”. DO set your post to PUBLIC so that we are able to verify your entry.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Giveaway ends 4 August 2016, Thursday at 11.59PM.
  • Show date and time is on 21 August 2016, Sunday at 11AM and cannot be changed to a different day or time.
  • The Winner will be notified by the email provided under the blog comments and must reply within 24 hours, failing which, a new winner will be drawn, without notice.
  • Tickets can be collected at the Box Office, 30min before the show starts, at the Drama Centre Theatre. 
  • This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only.
  • The Sponsor reserves the right to request for a redraw if the drawn winner on our blog has also won tickets to the show from another giveaway.
  • Incomplete entries will be disqualified without notice. Decisions are final and no changes/disputes will be entertained.
  • All information is solely collected for the purpose of this giveaway and we will not send unsolicited emails to your inbox unless you have opted to subscribe to us (on the right!).
  • This giveaway is in no manner associated with any social media accounts except our blog.

Best of luck!!

Thanks for joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.

SAys! Shirley & Audrey

About The Friendship of Town Mouse & Country Mouse

Town Mouse

When: 20- 21 August 2016 |  11am & 2pm |

Where: Drama Centre Theatre

Who: 2 year olds and above 

Duration: Approx. 50 min with no interval

Ticket Price (excludes SISTIC charges)

Standard: S$32, S$28
Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide

[Edited 08 Aug ’16]

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

Our heartiest congratulations to below winner for fulfilling the requirements in the above giveaway!  We will be in touch shortly with regards to prize redemption details.

Cleo Cerise