Giveaway | Faber-Castell Art Festival Launches Artistic Adventures, Inspiring Workshops and a Local Art Exhibition at Marina Square

Faber-Castell, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality products for writing, colouring and creative designs, is proud to present the inaugural ‘Faber-Castell Art Festival’ taking place from 27 May to 4 June 2017 at the Marina Square Central Atrium. Held on a grand scale in a ‘castle’ setting and encompassing 4758 square feet of space, the festival welcomes all to be inspired by the possibilities of art in its many facets, and even try their hand at creating a form of art – regardless of age or experience.

Over nine days that include two weekends, the public can look forward to a wide variety of activities that revolve around the brand’s quality products – ranging from two Singapore record-breaking events, interactive workshops with local and overseas art makers, an art exhibition by local emerging artists and a colouring competition for families. Most of the activities will be held on the weekend.

In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of artworks will be donated to Children’s Cancer Foundation in Singapore. There will also be a wide selection of Faber-Castell products that range from materials for artists, hobby artists, kids, the office, technical drawings and even writing implements on sale, to complement the store on level 2 of Marina Square.

We have put together the entire list of events that will be happening during the festival for your reference.  For more details on respective events & workshop information, scroll down beyond this table.

Faber-Castell Art Festival
Schedule for weekend workshops and free activities

All prices quoted are nett. Workshop details are correct at time of release, for updates, the public can visit Faber-Castell Singapore’s Facebook page.

Free activities

Schedule for weekend workshops and free activities are listed below for your convenience.  For more details on respective workshops/free activities, pls refer to information below this schedule.


Tiffany Yao
‘Cupcake Fantasy’ Illustration

Family Bonding Art Competition with Hans Art
10.30am -12.30pm
Lucinda Law
Brand Ambassador
Botanical Illustration
11am to 12pm (free)
Peter Draw
Creative Drawing11am-1pm

The Lettering Workbook
Watercolour Floral Wreath

Fringe activity (free)

Badge Making


11am-1pm (free demonstration)

Mr Thum Cheng Cheong

Creative Mind-mapping


Family Bonding Art Competition with Hans Art
Fashion Illustration
Abbey Sy

Watercolour Lettering

Abbey Sy
Creative Journaling
The Lettering Workbook
Brush Lettering
The Lettering Workbook
Sticker Making
Neh Oh Mee
Brush Calligraphy
The Lettering Workbook
Sticker Making
The Lettering Workbook
Watercolour Floral Wreath
The Lettering Workbook
Brush Lettering
The Lettering Workbook
Brush Lettering
The Lettering Workbook
Watercolour Lettering
The Lettering Workbook
Watercolour Lettering
Neh Oh Mee
Watercolour Foiling
The Lettering Workbook
Watercolour Lettering
The Lettering Workbook
Watercolour Floral Wreath

 Family Bonding Art Competition with Hans Art
27 May, Saturday 130pm and 3 June, Saturday 1130am

Open to families and free to enter (with any purchase of colouring materials), contestants with the use of Faber-Castell products will engage in a friendly competition to create a unique masterpiece in a bid to win attractive prizes. It is the perfect opportunity for bonding over a hands-on activity.  Participants who pre-register at will receive extra perks.

 Badge Making with Puffingmuffin
27 May, Saturday, 12pm-3pm, free with purchase of any Faber-Castell products

Candice Phang, better known as Puffingmuffin, is an illustrator and character designer based in Singapore. She expresses through her work, which is characterised by cheerful characters clad in pop colours and textures from various media, both digital and traditional. For this session, participants will have the opportunity take home a badge of her work, or design their own badge. | @puffingmuffin

From 28 May to 4 June, the public can design their own badge with any purchase of $30 and above in a single receipt.

 Creative Mind Mapping by Mr Thum Cheng Cheong
28 May, Sunday, 11am to 1pm

Using the brand’s versatile PITT Artist Pens, the public will be treated to a demonstration of how to represent ideas and concepts in a ‘mind map’. Mr Thum is currently teaching at the Singapore Institute of Management and has conducted Mind Mapping and Visual Thinking workshops for a diverse group of professionals in Singapore and overseas.

Creative Workshops by Local and Overseas Artists

Encompassing a wide range of genres from brush lettering, watercolour painting, fashion illustration to botanical illustration, the workshops are a wonderland of discovery. They are led by passionate art makers who encourage all to release their inhibitions through creating and let the process guide one through the moment. Faber-Castell products will be used in all workshops and beginners are welcome.

 Creative Drawing with Peter Draw, Singapore
3 Jun, Saturday, 11am to 12pm, free

Peter Draw, born Peter Zhuo Ying Wei, is a Singaporean artist who uses his first love – drawing – to remind the world to “First, Love” (begin with love). He is also a four-time Guinness World Record holder – Largest Caricature (2007), Largest Art Lesson (2010), Longest Drawing (2014) and Longest Drawing by Individual (2014). He will be using Connector Pens for this workshop. | @peterdraw

 Art Experiences with The Lettering Workbook, Singapore

Taught by Kai Yun, these fun and breezy workshops encompass a variety of styles and media. Brush Lettering and Watercolor workshops are priced at $85 each, with a special price of $150 if participants sign up for both. Sticker making is priced at $50 per person.


Date/ Time 27 May, Saturday 28 May, Sunday 3 June, Saturday 4 June, Sunday
11am to 1pm Watercolour floral wreath
1.30pm to 3pm Brush lettering
3.30pm to 4.30pm Sticker making
4.30pm to 5.30pm Brush lettering Sticker making
4.30pm to 6pm Watercolour floral wreath
5.30pm to 7pm Brush lettering
6pm to 7.30pm Watercolour lettering
6.30pm to 8pm Watercolour lettering
7pm to 8.30pm Watercolour lettering
7.30pm to 9pm Watercolour floral wreath

 Fashion Illustration with Clayrene, Singapore
28 May, Sunday, 1pm to 3pm, $130 per person

Chan Clayrene is a Singapore-based fashion artist and illustrator. Also the founder of Artclaytion, she is best known for illustrating her works with nail polish. With a background in fine arts, Clayrene’s works are delicately artistic and have made waves in the art circuit with features on; and to name a few. She has also collaborated with renowned brands such as Christian Louboutin, Carolina Herrera, Longchamp, Harper’s Bazaar, Diane von Furstenberg and Clinique. In this exclusive session, she will be using Faber-Castell’s watercolour pencils and nail polish. | @artclaytion

 Colour Pencil Illustration with Tiffany Yao, Singapore
28 May, Sunday, 11am to 1pm, $30 per person

Artist, designer and illustrator Tiffany gained attention with her last solo art show – 行 Yao – held at Detention Barracks in February 2017, where her coloured pencil drawings of Singapore, Hong Kong and Swatow showcased a mix of contemporary and tradition; realism and surrealism. For this workshop, she will be working around the subject of ‘Cupcake Fantasy’, allowing participants to learn basic drawing and colouring skills, while letting their creativity go wild as they decorate the pastry of their dreams. | @tiffanyyaoqi

 Art Experiences with Neh Oh Mee, Singapore

Participants will explore the art of brush calligraphy and discover how therapeutic the writing of ‘abc’ can be!

Brush Calligraphy

3 June, Saturday

4.30pm to 7.30pm, $100 per person

The class includes three hours of hands-on practice and is prefect for beginners. Participants will be armed with the basic techniques, and thereafter a brush pen and one’s imagination is all that is needed.

Let’s Foil!
3 June, Saturday
8pm to 9pm
, $70 per person

The visual appeal of foiling and understated beauty of watercolours will be the focus of this workshop. Each participant will take home at least four foiled and watercoloured pieces as well as inspiration for future gifting or personal scrapbooking. | @nehohmee

 Creative Classes with Abbey Sy, Philippines

Watercolour Lettering

3 June, Saturday

1pm to 4pm, $120 per person

Creative Journaling

4 June, Sunday

1pm to 4pm, $120 per person

An artist, designer and author based in the Philippines, Abbey also manages her own brand Abbey Sy as freelance artist and designer, workshop instructor and creative entrepreneur.

Passionate about both art and travel, she is best known for her hand-lettering work and travel illustrations. She has written books on lettering and journaling, and continues to explore ways to make art and share stories through her own eyes. Working as a full-time creative entrepreneur, Abbey manages freelance work, writes and illustrates books, conducts art classes and produces her own merchandise —all this while discovering herself on #theroadtoabc. In turn, she hopes to inspire others to chase their dreams, to make things happen, and to Always Be Creating. | @abbeysy

 Floral & Foliage Illustration & Mixed Media Workshop with Lucinda Law, Brand Ambassador of Faber-Castell, Singapore
4 June, Sunday, 10.30am to 12.30pm, $85 per person

Partake in the wonder of nature on the canvas, as Lucinda introduces the beauty of watercolours in this flora and foliage-inspired session. A watercolour artist and teacher who has had more than 13 years of experience, she has also accomplished commissioned works and designed bespoke nature-led creative workshops for clients such as Chanel, Bentley, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Harper’s Bazaar Singapore and India, Kate Spade, Melissa, Uniqlo and Clinique. In 2017, she became the first artist in Singapore to be appointed as the Faber-Castell Singapore Art & Graphic Ambassador. |

‘Singapore Book of Records’ milestones

 Biggest Mosaic by Colour Markers

The festival will open with a proud moment as Faber-Castell will aim for the ‘Biggest Mosaic by Colour Markers’ accolade with a gorgeous installation depicting the Singapore skyline that spans 5 metres in length, 1.5 metres in width and 85 cm in height. To be constructed by hand over two days by a Faber-Castell artist, this multi-coloured structure will be made entirely with an estimated number of 25,000 Faber-Castell Connector Pens. Requiring approximately two months of planning, this feat will mark the brand’s first entry into the Singapore Book of Records. The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on 27 May, Saturday at 11am.

 Longest Banner of Human Figurine Sketches

Faber-Castell will aim to complete another feat by the end of the festival that will feature a 10-metre long canvas of sketches made with the brand’s iconic Castell 9000 pencils. The sketching will begin on 27 May, Saturday at 12.30pm.

Art Exhibition

24 works by local artists such as Aaron Gan, Artclaytion, Limzy, Joseph Ng, Julie Zhu, Lucinda Law, KY Huang, Tee Bee Tin, and Tiffany Yao will also be exhibited throughout the festival. 5-100% of the proceeds from the sale of artworks will be donated to Children’s Cancer Foundation in Singapore.


Thanks to our sponsors, we have a Faber-Castell Hamper worth $50, for our readers. Do follow ALL the instructions below to take part for your chance to win!

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

1) COMMENT on this blog post telling us which free activity or paid workshop from the above appeals to you.  Let us know your Facebook Name and your email address in your comment.

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“Faber-Castell Art Festival is happening from 27 May to 4 Jun 2017 at Marina Square!”

DO set your post to PUBLIC so that we are able to verify your entry.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Giveaway ends 12 May 2017, Friday at 2359 hrs.
  • Prizes are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

  • Collection of prize will only be at Faber-Castell, 18 Tannery Lane, #02-01/02, Lian Tong Building, Singapore 347780, anytime from 9am to 6pm

  • Winner will need to produce their NRIC and a print out of our email to claim your tickets.  If the winner would like to appoint a representative to pick up the prize, then a photo of the winner’s NRIC will be required.
  • 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 drawn winner on our blog has also won the same prize from another giveaway host.
  • Incomplete / Half-completed entries will be disqualified without notice. Decisions are final and no changes/disputes will be entertained.
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Best of luck!

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Marina Square Central Atrium, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
27 May to 4 June 2017
11am to 9pm daily

Admission : Free; Individual workshop prices apply


Hashtag #fabercastell; #fabercastellsg


Marina Square
#02-190A, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
Tel: 6252 2203

ION Orchard (Flagship Boutique)
#04-13, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Tel: 6509 3798


[Updated 18 May ’17]


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{Giveaway} Win Tickets to ITheatre’s The Magic Paintbrush Worth Over $192!

We’re all excited to catch I Theatre’s latest 2016 production for their 15th Anniversary Celebrations, The Magic Paintbrush! This latest production will run from 27 October to 12 November 2016 at the Drama Centre Theatre.


Read all about it in our preview here 🙂 and book your tickets early from SISTIC at for fun year end treat!


Happy Children’s Day and here’s our little surprise just for SAys! Happy Mums’ lovely loyal readers and the kiddos!

GIVEAWAY : WIN 3 pairs of Tickets worth $192!

We’re really excited to have 3 pairs of tickets to I Theatre’s The Magic Paintbrushworth more than $192, for giveaway! That’s right! 3 lucky readers will get a pair of tickets each to go to The Magic Paintbrush on 29 October 2016, Saturday 11am. Wow!!

So, get set and start sharing this post on your Facebook to be one of our 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 with the caption “Tag @Friend A Tag @Friend B Tag @Friend C Tag @Friend D Tag @Friend E I want to watch I Theatre’s The Magic Paintbrush with @SAys Happy Mums”. DO set your post to PUBLIC so that we are able to verify your entry.

Bonus entry:

  1. Follow us on Instagram {@sayshappymums}
  2. Repost this photo on IG and tag @sayshappymums @itheatresg #TheMagicPaintbrush + 3 Friends

Terms and Conditions:

  • Giveaway ends 22 October 2016, Saturday at 11.59PM.
  • Show date and time is on  29 October 2016, Saturday 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.
  • 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 28 October 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 to catch you having fun at the theatres with The Magic Paintbrush very soon! Watch for our review post soon too!

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About The Magic Paintbrush








When: 27 October to 12 November 2016| Mon – Fri: 10am | Sat: 10.30am & 2.30pm

Where: Drama Centre Theatre

Who: 3 years and above and their families

Ticket Pricing : Standard $32 (Excludes Booking Fee)

Duration: 75 minutes plus 15 minutes interval

Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide

{Review} Lion City Adventures | Secrets of the Heartlands – by Don Bosco

Don Bosco Lion City Adventures Secrets of the Heartlands
Today, let’s talk about Don Bosco‘s “Lion City Adventures – Secrets of the Heartlands” for primary school children since it’s school holidays now. With the book and some walking around, the kids can really get to know our Singapore towns (8 of them) with bites of history, quirky facts & cool stuffs and also get to solve some mysteries with the members of Lion City Adventuring Club (LCAC) as they go along from town to town.
Secrets of the Heartlands is the sequel to Lion City Adventures and it leads to the new title – Island of Legends, published just few weeks ago.
Don Bosco Lion City Adventures Secrets of the Heartlands

Together with the members of Lion City Adventuring Club (LCAC), we journey back in time to see how the fascinating heartlands of Singapore have evolved.  Each chapter contains a history of the neighbourhood, information about remarkable people and events and a fun activity. To make things more interesting, children will get to solve puzzles and mysteries as they unravel clues from town to town.

Don Bosco Lion City Adventures Secrets of the Heartlands

The eight (8) neighbourhoods featured include:

  • Kampong Bahru
  • Jalan Kayu
  • Marine Parade
  • Punggol
  • Queenstown
  • Tiong Bahru
  • Toa Payoh
  • Yishun
Lion City Adventures is a very informative and a good guide book on Singapore for primary school children.  Seldom is there a guide book that is published for the purpose of really appealing to the young ones with full-colored print and matchy illustrations that speaks to the little ones.  The font size is pretty good for the eye as well with catchy headers to capture the attention of the young ones.  Notice I am straying away from mini-fonts.  It’s like a sign of “flower eyes”.  Likewise, kids wouldn’t like tiny fonts too.  The layout of the pages is also not too dense such that it makes reading topics related to general interests boring.
The “Instant Expert” section listed some information that is so close to heart.  Even I had learnt a bit of facts I never did know (failed the super boring History in Sec 2, you see >.<).  Now that I’m older and wiser, such information becomes more interesting to me and that I am also more motivated to read and learn so as to share with the kids and make general knowledge about Singapore interesting for them.
Don Bosco Lion City Adventures Secrets of the Heartlands

My mum used to tell me about my grandfather sending her and my aunty out to buy 20c of Tock-Tock Mee and how they would steal a bite before they get home. As girls and being the elder ones amongst siblings, they don’t often get equal treatment in their generation.

Lion City Adventuring Club (LCAC) is also connected to the Sherlock Hong Adventures series of books which Jiejie loves so well.   I spotted different titles of the series in her school bag more than a few times by now.  I guess my gut feel was right then – Detective Sherlock Hong going around town to solve different mysteries having a historical link to Singapore’s olden days did attract the kids.  We shared about The Legend of Lady Yue earlier.
I like this series of Lion City Adventures personally and thought that the kids would benefit from something more interesting than fact sheets and boring history books.  Before they grow up too fast, becomes less inquisitive, more academic, now is the best time to start them on such little adventure journeys around Singapore while they are still in lower primary.  Ideally, use the book together with field trips for maximum benefits.  Also note that, having one book per child would allow them to develop and read at their own pace.  The kids would be impatient to share a book, especially if there more than two of them in the family.  Right now in June holiday is the best time to plan for field trips with the kids if your family is not travelling.

Retail Info

Each copy retails at $15.80.
All of Don Bosco’s books can be found at Popular, Kinokuniya and Times bookstores, by the way.  We spotted his books at Times Bookstore, Punggol Waterway during their media launch.  Alternatively, you might like to buy online at .

About the Author

Don Bosco writes mystery, fantasy, science fiction and thriller stories. He describes himself as “geeky and cheeky”. His books are created around brave and curious young characters who are forced to face incredible challenges and take on horrid villains. The plots are fast-paced and spiced up with a tasteful dose of imaginative magic.  To find out more, visit his website at

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 :) 

We are grateful for the opportunity to receive Don Bosco’s Lion City Adventures series, 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 SAys! Happy Mums 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.

All-Time Favourite Times Bookstore, Opens Biggest Lifestyle Concept Bookstore at Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore at Punggol’s newly-opened mall, Waterway Point, is big on books and lifestyle!  Moving with the times, in addition to a wide range of books, this new bookstore boasts dedicated sections that cater to the lifestyle needs of consumers.  This is especially so for the children and families at their biggest new concept bookstore in Singapore at Waterway Point.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Spanning a floor area of about 7,335 sq ft with dedicated sections for children, lifestyle products and a workshop area, the new Times Waterway Point seeks to fulfill the promise of being more than a bookstore to cater to the varied lifestyle needs of consumers, especially children and families.  This is evident from the children’s section, Times Junior, which spans an unprecedented floor space of over 1,600 sq ft. With this boost in size, Times Junior features not only educational books, activity books and educational toys for the young, but also offers a conducive and fun area within, for children to read or interact with other children.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Established in 1978, I remember my childhood from weekends spent browsing through the bookstore at Times Centrepoint.  Those made up some of the happiest memories of my childhood as my daddy will keep a look out for us while mum gets to shop at Robinsons.  Homegrown book retailer, Times, is a leading retailer of English language books and complementary products in the region with a chain of bookstores throughout Singapore and Malaysia. Times Waterway Point is the seventh bookstore in Singapore for the group.  Adopting a cheerful orange palette, complemented by warm brown hues of wood structures and trims, this new bookstore exudes a welcoming and cosy vibe that makes browsing and shopping for books and lifestyle merchandise a delight.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

With the recent shift in focus on children and families, Times is set to offer a cohesive educational and learning environment for children while having fun at the same time.  Inspiring and conducive spaces have been created for parents to spend quality time bonding with their children over exciting activities and workshops.  Not only that, other lifestyle books and merchandises are also made available for the adults to enjoy a moment for themselves too.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

The 600 sq ft island-style Lifestyle Section that can be converted into a dedicated space for workshops, activities or educational classes is a prominent feature within the bookstore.  Some of the upcoming activities planned include children story-telling, financial workshops, cooking demonstrations and arts & craft sessions.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Island counter for cooking demonstration

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

A sharing session over essential oils

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Mark your calendar!

The rest of the bookstore space offers an extensive range of books catering to readers of all ages and interests, including lifestyle, fiction and non-fiction books and a selection of Chinese and school assessment books and materials for children.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

In addition, there are also comprehensive stationery and lifestyle offerings, such as premium choices of writing accessories and instruments, gift items and lifestyle accessories.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Yesterday’s media event at the opening of Times Bookstore gave us a glimpse of what’s to come at the lifestyle concept bookstore.  Aside from Meet & Greet with storybook characters, we participated in a chocolate cake baking session, fiddled with LEGO Mindstorm, made pins and crafts, and got introduced to essential oils.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Sign up for a LEGO & Technology Camp from 6th – 8th June 2016. Registration and details at any Times Bookstore!

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Participate in a baking demonstration or workshop featuring one of the recipe books available in-store!

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Educational toys and activity packs s are aplenty too.  Get ready to be spoilt for choice!

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Hubby and I are lovers of Science and our family fiddles around with simple home experiments whenever there is an opportunity.  I was most pleasantly pleased to find a few awesome Science packs that provides fun and educational purposes at the same time.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

While taking my time to browse through the children’s collection, I spotted a few favourite series as well as surprise finds.  We’ll be going back to check them out again soon.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

When the boy finds Beast Quests / Sea Quests…. he pulls out all we don’t have at home, and share with his sister ❤

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

“I Kill The Mockingbird” by Paul Acampora got me very curious.  I had loved “To Kill A Mockingbird” but not everybody does so.  This title is about an exciting plot to get the entire town talking about the well-known Harper Lee classic.  Controversial plans were put in place to get people to read the book.  What resulted from all their efforts was a mini revolution in the name of books.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Check out this series of baby lit board books.  Each one combines elements of classic story with an educational theme.  Delightfully fabulous, these board books are sturdy with thick pages and easy for the little ones to flip through.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Guess which title this belongs to.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

We found our new favourite detective/mystery series by local author, Don Bosco, and recently completed a review of The Legend of Lady Yue.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

Check out the Chinese Cinderella series.  Every girl should read this too!

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

These all-time favourites for the young adventure seekers are decked out in their full glory.  The Secret Seven series is available in junior full-coloured version as well and I have been looking for the junior series all over the place in order to get Didi interested in Enid Blyton books!

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

More Enid Blyton story collection for the little ones.  I’d say hoarding these are totally worth it, simply for the love of Enid Blyton books. ❤

Check out this series of baby lit board books.  Each one combines elements of classic story with an educational theme.  Delightfully fabulous, these board books are sturdy with thick pages and easy for the little ones to flip through.

Eh oh!  He found this!!

Check out this series of baby lit board books.  Each one combines elements of classic story with an educational theme.  Delightfully fabulous, these board books are sturdy with thick pages and easy for the little ones to flip through.

I can’t possibly showcase all the interesting books I saw.  There are simply too many irresistable titles in the bookstore.  Shifting to Sengkang soon with a disapprovingly small bookshop at Seletar Mall, Times Bookstore at Waterway Point will very soon be our book heaven later this year.  We certainly look forward to returning here to spend the lazy afternoon with the kids.  Do check out the bookstore if you have the time.  It’s not everyday that we have such a big bookstore in the heartlands.  There is no need to go to town anymore!

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

With the new direction of targeting children and families and the launch of this new concept bookstore at Waterway Point, Times is proud to partner one of Singapore’s well-known homegrown celebrity mum, Diana Ser, as its Brand Advocate.  The partnership is based on the shared vision between Times and Diana Ser in advocating the benefits of reading via physical books and the importance of fun learning for children”, said Ms Lek.

In addition, Diana’s proficiency in not one but two important languages in Singapore gives a glimpse into Times’ plans for the future. With the aim of creating a holistic educational pit stop for children, Times recognises that Diana’s bilingualism in the English and Chinese languages makes her a good role model for the younger generation. This is opportune as Diana recently launched her online edutainment program, ‘Crazy About Chinese’, where she shares fun and easy ways through her personal journey of imparting the Chinese language to her four-year-old daughter, Jaymee.

“This partnership with Times is particularly exciting because we are both Singapore brands united in our belief for children to learn through play. Together, Times and Crazy About Chinese will also bring new energy, ideas and resources to parents who are keen to nurture their children to be bilingual!”, said Diana.
Looking ahead, Times will continue to expand its repertoire of Chinese books and products beyond the current English-centric domain, providing children with greater exposure to the Chinese language.

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point

This 红帽子蓝帽子 series on the right is quite good. Unfortunately my close up photo got corrupted. Do check out this series with HYPY for self-reading and also higher level of difficulty as a step-up from kiddish Chinese titles.

Thanks to Times Bookstore and WOM Communications , we attended the official opening and media preview at Waterway Point.  Thank you for joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you’ve read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.

~ SAys! Shirley 🙂

Times Bookstore Punggol Waterway Point


Times Bookstores, the retail arm of Times Publishing Limited, with a chain of stores throughout Singapore and Malaysia, offer a wide variety of book and magazine titles catering to readers of all ages across different genres including but not limited to children’s, lifestyle, fiction, non-fiction, art and business/management. It also offers complementary non-book products such as general and lifestyle gifts, stationery, fine writing instruments, reading accessories and greeting cards and gift wraps. Times Bookstores also host a variety of exciting and vibrant activities, including author appearances, book signings and workshops for customers.

Instagram: @timesbookstoressg / #timesbookstoressg


176 Orchard Road, #04-08/09/10/11, S238843
Tel : 6734 9022

293 Holland Road, #02-16/17, Cold Storage Jelita, S278628
Tel : 6466 5702

6 Raffles Boulevard, #03-149-151, Marina Square, S039594
Tel : 6250 7528

290 Orchard Road Paragon, #04-41, S238859
Tel : 6836 6182

68 Orchard Road, #04-05, S238839
Tel : 6336 8861

10 Tampines Central 1, #03-06, S529536
Tel : 6782 7017

83 Punggol Central, Waterway Point, #02-19, S828761
Tel : 6385 9428

It’s the BIG School Holidays in 2015!

The school year is finally coming to a close!  After spending about 3.5 hrs/day, 17.5 hrs/week, 70 hrs/month or 700 hrs/10 months on the road using mixed transport system, I’m finally done with the year.  Oh GOSH!  These figures are estimated to include walking, bus, MRT and my driving time just to fetch and pick up the kids during school day.  No, it is not tiring and travel time is not an issue.  #likereal

Well, I am more excited than the kids that the year end school holiday is almost immediately coming.  Life has been busy, real tired but also at the same time fulfilling that I get to watch the kids grow up.  Before they grow up too fast, let’s check out what fun activities are in store for this year end holiday.

Gardens by the Bay

Christmas Toyland Floral Display at Flower Dome | Christmas Wonderland Garden Trail


Singapore’s biggest Yuletide fair, Christmas Wonderland, returns to Gardens by the Bay.  Look out for an enchanting Christmas Toyland Floral Display and dazzling Luminarie lights sculptures.  At the same time, be sure to check out the The Future of Us, an exhibition showcasing Singapore’s future to come.

Venture into the North Pole and explore a magical wonderland where toy soldiers march alongside roaming reindeers, and teddy bears man a sleigh station – all amidst yuletide floral favourites like the poinsettia, Christmas rose, winter heather and holly!  Towering over the enchanting floral display is the centerpiece of Christmas Toyland – an 11-metre-tall Christmas Pyramid decked with toys.  This multi-tiered traditional German wooden carousel will transform into a ‘live’ stage, hosting a series of festive performances for the very first time in the Flower Field.  “Christmas Toyland” is the final chapter in Gardens by the Bay’s storytelling journey in 2015.  This enchanting series of floral displays for the year will draw visitors into the magical world of folklore, legends, fairy tales and nursery rhymes as told through the language of plants.

Date : 21 November 2015 to 5 January 2016 (Daily 9am – 9pm)
Location: Flower Dome and Gardens by the Bay

Admission Charges : Access to the Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens Trail is complimentary to the public, while admission charges into the Christmas Toyland Floral Display @ Flower Dome apply.

Ticketing Promotions :
Local residents with “The Future of Us” tickets are entitled to 40% off local admission rates to the Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay. Simply present the exhibition ticket – within 30 days of your visit to “The Future of Us” – at the Gardens by the Bay ticketing counters to enjoy the discount.

Festive Performances

For the first time ever, the Flower Field will play host to a series of festive performances, set within a 11-metre-tall Christmas Pyramid. Enjoy musical favourites as you stroll through the festive “Christmas Toyland” Floral Display.  Besides these performances, join in the storytelling sessions by Players Theatre and ventriloquist acts around the Flower Dome. Look out too for fringe activities outside the Flower Dome, such as mascot appearances and performances by the Urban Drum Crew and Precision Drill Squad.

Date : 21 to 22 November | 5 to 6 December 2015 (1.30pm to 6pm)
Enid Blyton Christmas : 21 to 22 November 2015 (4.30pm – 5.00pm & 5.15pm – 5.45pm) | 05 to 06 December 2015 (3.45pm – 4.15pm & 5.15pm – 5.45pm)
Location: Flower Dome and Gardens by the Bay

“THE FUTURE OF US” Exhibition

Capping the celebrations of our 50th year of independence is “The Future of Us” exhibition – an immersive and multi-sensory experience that offers a glimpse into the possibilities of how Singaporeans can live, work, play, learn and grow as a community in the future.

Date: 1 December 2015 to 8 March 2016 (Daily 9am – 9pm)
Location: Gardens by the Bay
Admission : Free (Book up to max 8 tickets now at

For more information, please visit

SG50 Concert Series in the Park

In celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday, a series of free outdoor concerts will be held in various parks, featuring a mix of performances by well-known local talents and community groups.  In December, look forward to delightful performances on stage as you picnic in the open fields of The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay.

Date: 19 December 2015 (6pm – 9.30pm)
Location: The Meadow

Festive Market

Shop for one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts and enjoy a wide range of international cuisine at the charming European-style Festive Market.

Date: 28 November to 27 December 2015
Time: 4pm – 11pm | 10:30 am – 11pm on Sunday, 29 November 2015 only
Location : Supertree Grove

Holiday Programmes & Enrichment Classes

Planet J Learning Centre

Discover something educational yet fun for the school holidays over at Planet J Learning Centre.  From science to creative writing, to robotics and money management, there’s a good range of holiday programmes available to engage the kids in meaningful play.

Planet J

Location : 99A Soo Chow Walk S575384
Tel : 64510080 | 97345567 (Serene)
Website :
Facebook :

Musicals & Plays

Dear Santa (based on the book by Rod Campbell), presented by Diva Productions and Snap! Entertainment

Christmas is coming, and so is Santa! Direct from the UK, Dear Santa is the perfect family Christmas production! The story is based on a little girl, Sarah who writes to Santa for a special Christmas present. After searching for the perfect present, Santa finds just the right one and delivers it on Christmas Eve.

Rod Campbell, author of Dear Zoo, brings the magic of Christmas to life in his newest children’s show. Suitable for children from 2 years old, this show consists of only one act and includes audience participation. After the show, the kids might even get a chance to meet Santa.  Dear Santa is the most popular UK touring family Christmas production since 2012.  Suitable for children from 2 to 7 years old.

Dear Santa

Date: 11 to 13 Dec 2015
Location: SOTA Drama Theatre
Duration: 55 minutes with no interval
Tickets available throughSISTIC Website | SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555

Festive Fun with Dear Santa

Diva Productions and Snap! Entertainment, has partnered Kinokuniya bookstore this Christmas to host a letter-writing competition for children aged 2 to 7.  Taking the chance for a more immersive and educational fun leading up to the year end celebratory show, parents can guide the children in writing a letter to Santa, sharing with him their behaviour and good deeds, be it big or small. The child with the most heart-warming entry will stand a chance to win prizes worth $452, including:-

–       4 Category 1 tickets to Dear Santa – a delightful family production that celebrates the joy of Christmas
–       CD/ DVD/ Book hamper worth $120 and
–       Kids’ scooter worth $100.

Dear Santa

Look out for FREE activities at Kinokuniya. Open to everybody! Details on the poster.

Competition details and entry form can also be found on Kinokuniya’s website – To participate, simply fill in the entry form and submit them to Diva Productions at by Monday, 30th November 2015.  Have fun & good luck!

The Enormous Turnip, presented by I Theatre

I Theatre‘s THE ENORMOUS TURNIP will be staging at SOTA Drama Theatre starting from 17th Dec, next Tues! Back from the previously sell-out show in 2013, the show is suitable for aged 3 and up.  This was one of the first few productions didi and Wey enjoyed while they were much younger.  For more information, see here.

The Enormous Turnip

Date: 17 Nov to 6 Dec 2015
Location: SOTA Drama Theatre
Duration: 50 minutes with no interval
Tickets available throughSISTIC Website | SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555

Treasure Island, presented by The Little Company, by SRT

SRT’s adaptation of the popular novel gives the time loved story of Treasure Island, a new twist that’s both refreshing and heart-warming. As with the original story, the play follows the adventure of Jim Hawkins (Ann Lek), a lion-hearted 13-year-old (heroine) who yearns for a pirate’s adventure amidst her mundane life running her family inn. She dreams of exploring like her late father. When Billy Bones appears at Benbow Inn and is cursed with a sudden pirate’s death, Jim finds herself with a Treasure Map!  For our review, pls see here.


Date: Fri, 30 Oct – Sun, 29 Nov 2015
Time :  Mon – Fri : 10am | Tue (11 Nov) :11am | Sat & Sun : 11am, 2.30pm
Duration: ~Approximately 90 minutes (15 minutes interval)
Tickets available through: SISTIC Website | SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555

Fan Yang 2015 Bubble Legendary Show

Fan Yang, 19th time Guinness Book of Record winner,will once again return to Singapore for a magnificent performance at Resorts World Theatre, Sentosa.  There will be ONLY 6 shows over 28th and 29th Nov ’15.  So, don’t miss it!  For more information, pls see here.

Fan Yang Bubble Legendary 2015

Date: 28 to 29 Nov 2015 | Sat & Sun: 10.30am, 1.30pm, 5pm
Location: Resorts World™ Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
Age: 4 years and above and their families  (*No admission for infants in arms and children below 4 years old)
Duration: approx. 90 minutes
Tickets available through:  SISTIC Website | SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555

Indoor Playgroud ~ Pororo Park SG

Widely popular South-Korean animation character Pororo has made its grand arrival to our shores with the launch of Southeast Asia’s first Pororo Park in Singapore on 11th November.  An integrated entertainment and educational indoor playground that educates young children aged 1 – 6 years old, young and adventurous fans of Pororo will enjoy the various entertainment facilities including Pororo Express – a train ride for kids and the iconic centrepiece of Pororo Park; Pororo House – a replica of Pororo’s House; Shark Ball Pool; Poby’s Jungle Gym and musical performances at Tong Tong’s Little Theatre.  Read about our review here.

Pororo Park SG

Address : 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-29 (Map)
Web | Facebook | Instagram | Email : | Tel : +65 6829 2203
Opening Hours :  Sun – Thu: 10.30am to 8.00pm | Fri & Sat: 10.30am to 9.00pm

Indulge in the Christmas Festive Seasons with Orchard Road Lightup Display

Officially starting on 15 Nov ’15, Orchard Road will be lighted up to celebrate Christmas.  This year’s theme is “Christmas on A Great Street”, an Orchard Road signature light-up that has become a must-see for Singaporeans and tourists alike every year.  Catch 2.2 km of glittering lights from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura and remember to indulge in some ‘snow’ play at Tanglin Mall which happens every year ❤

Rustic Fun in the North

Visit The Last Remaining Kampong in Singapore ~ Kampong Buangkok

This has remained on my bucket list for an outing with the kids for more than a year.  Something would always excuse us from going, like haze or Dengue outbreak.  Perhaps this long holiday, there can be a chance to drop by for the kids to experience the real kampong life with chickens roaming freely and banana trees growing in the backyard of wooden houses.

How to go

Kampong Buangkok is located off Gerald Drive which is located off Yio Chu Kang Road.  The closest bus stop is along Yio Chu Kang Road, opposite Church of St. Vincent De Paul.  Bus Nos 70, 103 and 854 will service this bus stop.  There is a Shell Petrol Station nearby.  See map for details.

Discover A Hidden Gem in the Neighbourhood ~ Jalan Seleseh

Following a visit to Kampong Buangkok, have lunch at the Seletar Corner coffee shop at Jalan Seleseh.  Have your lunch at the Wanton Mee and Roti Prata stalls, spend the afternoon at the playground (Jalan Selaseh Park), have high-tea and gourmet ice cream at Bing Qi Lin and end the day with fulfilling local delights at the Western Food and Zi Char stall a try before you leave!   The quaint neighbourhood is about 1 bus stop away from Kampong Buangkok.  Read all about our recommendations here!

Seletar Corner at Jalan Selaseh

Happening at / around Sentosa

Amazing Sentosa Marine Life

Are you a marine life enthusiast but don’t like to get your feet wet?  Head down to the Sentosa Nature Discovery to learn more about some of the amazing animals that can be found right here on Sentosa’s shores!

Date : Til Dec ’15 (Daily 9am – 5pm)
Location : Gallery @ Level 1, Sentosa Nature Discovery @ Imbiah Lookout
Admission : Free

MPH Expo Book Sale

Are you ready for yet another wave of book sale?  MPH Expo Book Sale is back again.  I’m sure there is space for just one more book?

MPH Expo Book Sale

Date : 20 – 22 Nov ’15
Time : 3.00pm – 9.00pm (Friday) | 9.00am – 9.00pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Location : Singapore Expo Hall 6A

Sports Fun

8th ASEAN Para Games

Opening Ceremony

Held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, the 90-minute show will boast a cohesive mix of able-bodied participants and those with disabilities, from its creative team to its performers. “Live” sign language interpretation and captioning, a first in Singapore’s broadcasting history, will also be a main feature in the presentation.  Get your tickets here.

8th Asean Para Games

Date/Time: 3 December 2015, 8pm
Location: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Duration: Approx. 2 hours
Admission: From $10 – $20

Sports Event 

All 15 sports events during the 8th ASEAN Para Games will be available to public free of charge.  Happening from 3 to 9 Dec ’15 at various sports venue, see here for full event listing.

For more information, see official website.

Experience ASEAN Para Games Tryouts

Happening in the month of November on Saturdays & Sundays, get to try out the games at ASEAN Para Games at the Sports Hub.  It’s available for all ages!  For enquiries, please email experiencesports@sportshub​

Dates : 1 / 8 / 14 / 15 / 21 / 22 / 28 / 29 November 2015 (Saturdays & Sundays)
Time : 9.00am to 12.00pm
Location : Singapore Sports Hub Hard Courts
Age : All
Admission : FREE

Experience Sports Free-to-Play

Friday Night Bowls

Date : 13 / 27 November 2015 (Fridays)
Time : 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Location : Singapore Sports Hub Lawn Bowls
Age : 7+
Admission : FREE

Football 5S

Date : 1 / 8 / 14 November 2015 Sun/Sun/Sat)
Time : 10.30am to 12.00pm
Location : Singapore Sports Hub Hard Courts
Age : 7+
Admission : FREE

For enquiries, please email experiencesports@sportshub​

Splashes of Holiday Fun

FREE hourly boat rental at the Sports Hub!

Date : 15 November 2015 (Sunday)
Time : 7.00am to 7.00pm
Location : Water Sports Centre at Singapore Sports Hub
Age : 9+
Admission : FREE / $20

Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Singapore Zoo

Sleep With the Beasts Family Camp

Thinking about a staycation this June holidays?  What better way than to camp out under the stars in the Singapore Zoo in the company of your family and wild animal friends!  Learn about our fascinating animals through exclusive behind-the scenes tours and get close encounters with animals big and small.

Date: 28 – 29 November 2015 (Saturday – Sunday)
Time: 1.00pm (Saturday) – 12.30pm (Sunday)
Cost: $155.15* per child (includes 7% GST)
$181.90* per adult (includes 7% GST)*5% off for Friends of the Zoo and Friends of Night Safari (Applicable only to child(ren) whose name is/are registered under the membership)To enjoy 5% off for Friends of the Zoo or Friends of Night Safari, please key in your membership number as a discount code during checkout. Please ensure all participants in the shopping cart are members. To register other non-members, kindly pay for the first shopping cart containing members before creating another shopping cart.
Who can sign up? Families with children aged 5 and above

For more information on Sleep With the Beasts camp, please click here or contact Singapore Zoo directly.

Junior Zoo Keeper Camp

If you think cleaning and feeding are the only tasks in a day’s work for a zoo keeper, think again! Step into the boots of our animal keepers at the Singapore Zoo and experience first-hand what goes on behind-the-scenes in looking after our wild friends. You may also get a chance to chat with our friendly keepers and find out more about what it takes to be an animal keeper.

Date: 27 November 2015
Time: 8.45am – 5.45pm
Cost: $267.50* (includes 7% GST)

*5% off for Friends of the Zoo (Applicable only to child(ren) whose name is/are registered under the membership)

To enjoy 5% off for Friends of the Zoo, please key in your membership number as a discount code during checkout. Please ensure all participants in the shopping cart are members. To register other non-members, kindly pay for the first shopping cart containing members before creating another shopping cart.

Who can sign up? Children age between 11 to 14 years

For more information on Junior Zoo Keeper, please click here or contact Singapore Zoo directly.

Free Guided Tour: Australian Zone

G‘Day’ Mate! Put on your trekking boots as we take a trip Down Under.  Discover and learn about the animals that are found in Australia and nowhere else in the world. Meet our cuddly koalas; Chan, Pellita, Paddle and Idalia from Lone Pine Sanctuary. Get ready for an adventure in the Australian Zone!

Time :  Every weekend from 10am – 12pm or 1pm – 3pm

Downloadable Activity Sheets: Discover the Australian Zone

Are you hopping through the Australian Zone?  Our free activity sheets will enhance your learning journey with us!  Click here for the activity sheets.

Jurong Bird Park

Junior Avian Keeper

Take flight into the avian world by immersing yourself with the work of our keepers.  Try your hand at preparing feed and enrichment for some of the most fascinating birds.  Find out how keepers ensure that the birds are kept in the pink of health.  Be prepared to get dirty and rough it out for the sake of our feathered friends!

Date: 25 November 2015
Time: 8.45am – 5.45pm
Cost: $267.50* (includes 7% GST)

*5% off for Feather Friends (Applicable only to child(ren) whose name is/are registered under the membership)

To enjoy 5% off for Feather Friends, please key in your membership number as a discount code during checkout. Please ensure all participants in the shopping cart are members. To register other non-members, kindly pay for the first shopping cart containing members before creating another shopping cart.

Who can sign up? Children age between 11 to 14 years

For more information, click here.  For further enquiries, please contact

Sleep with the Penguins Family Camp

Get your sleeping bags ready for a cozy family sleepover with our dazzling birds.  Be entertained by a series of mind-stimulating activities that involve family fun and participation.  As only tents are provided, you are encouraged to bring your own sleeping bags, pillows, torchlight, toiletries etc.

Date: 28 – 29 November 2015 (Saturday – Sunday)
Time: 2.00pm (Saturday) – 10.00am (Sunday)
Cost: $107.00* per child (includes 7% GST)
$128.40* per adult (includes 7% GST)*5% off for Feather Friends (Applicable only to child(ren) whose name is/are registered under the membership)To enjoy 5% off for Feather Friends, please key in your membership number as a discount code during checkout. Please ensure all participants in the shopping cart are members. To register other non-members, kindly pay for the first shopping cart containing members before creating another shopping cart.
Who can sign up? Families with children aged 5 and above

For more information, click here.  For further enquiries, please contact

3-Day Bird Quest Camp

Embark on an expedition where you can experience up-close encounters with our feathered friends and hands-on bird-keeping experience. Be ready to tour our newly-opened Bird Discovery Centre where you come face to face with the world’s largest egg. Be prepared to unearth the secrets of nest making and learn about feathers and flight.

Date: 2 -4 December 2015 (Wednesday – Friday)
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm (Daily)
Cost: $267.50* per child (includes 7% GST)

*5% off for Feather Friends (Applicable only to child(ren) whose name is/are registered under the membership)

To enjoy 5% off for Feather Friends, please key in your membership number as a discount code during checkout. Please ensure all participants in the shopping cart are members. To register other non-members, kindly pay for the first shopping cart containing members before creating another shopping cart.

Who can sign up? Aged 6 to 10

For more information, click here.  For further enquiries, please contact

Science50 Innovati5on Reconstructed

Sunday Showcase (An Interlude of Science meets Art by A*STAR & NAFA)

The event is back again in the form of Sunday Showcase.  Sunday Showcase allows visitors unique access to cutting edge projects being undertaken by different tertiary institutions across Singapore.  The series invites the creators and their work into ArtScience Museum on a Sunday each month.  The creators are on hand throughout the afternoon to talk with visitors about their inventions, their creative process, and to facilitate visitors’ interaction with the projects.  There is something for everyone in this hands-on, accessible showcase series.  We had a wonderful time at the full-scale event in September.  Read about our experience here.

Expect workshops and ‘pop up’ talks throughout the day.  For more information, see here.
Date / Time : 5 & 6 December ’15 | 10.00am to 7.00pm
Location : ArtScience Museum, Level 4
Admission : FREE

Explore Nature

Young Naturalist Camp at Sungei Buloh

This one-day camp encompasses a series of fun-filled and educational indoor and outdoor learning of the wetlands and nature conservation issues through worksheets, nature walks and hands-on activities.  Limited to 40 children. More details and registration online.

Website: | Contact: | Enquiries : 6794 1401
Date: 28 November 2015 | 5 December 2015
Time : 9am- 5pm
Venue: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Wetland Centre. Meet at Information Counter (Neo Tiew Crescent entrance)
Admission: Registration fee of $5 for the camp will go into SBWR education fund. Please make your cheque payable to Garden City Fund. The form and cheque to be posted to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (SBWR), 301 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718925.  Acknowledgment e-mail will be sent upon receiving the form and cheque. Each participant needs to purchase a 50 cents young naturalist passport at the registration table.

Ecolife Family Tour by the Riverplains

Ecolife is a free two-hour tour which introduces the park and the biodiversity found in Riverplains through the use of interactive exploration themes and activities. The tour aims to encourage family bonding between parents and child through the process of learning together. Join us as we take you through this tour with worksheets provided and fun hands on activities such as doing up your very own underwater viewing scope.

Pre-registration is required by emailing Pauline Tan at Provide your name, contact number and number of participants.

Date : 5 Dec ’15 | 12 Dec ’15 | 19 Dec ’15 | 26 Dec ’15
Time: 9-11am
Meeting point: Bishan- Ang Mo Kio Park Riverplains, multi-purpose shelter

Nature Through The Lens: Photography Workshop by Canon (A Photography Workshop)

Get a chance to explore the basic components of photography using a DSLR camera! There will be a theory session, followed by a practical session where participants will be able to explore the Singapore Botanic Gardens with the cameras. Thereafter, a sharing session will be set up to review and provide feedback on the photographs submitted by the participants.  This session is jointly organised by Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Canon Imaging Academy.

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For enquiry, please contact the SBG Education Branch at 64719961 & 6465 0196 or through email:

Date / Time :  11 Dec ’15 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location : Singapore Botanic Gardens, Botany Centre, Tanglin Core of Singapore Botanic Gardens , Classroom 1 & 2 (Level 3)
Admission : FREE
Age : P3 to P6

Explore Upper Seletar Forest

Learn more about our forest and wildlife.  The group will gather under the huge and gorgeous kapok tree at Upper Seletar Reservoir Park, read “Under the Kapok Tree” by Lynne Cherry and do simple breathing exercises and animal poses to acquaint with the forests, our animal friends, and the challenges they face in a modern world.  A short guided nature walk into our lovely Upper Seletar rainforest will follow after.  Families of the rare and shy Banded Leaf Monkey can be expected to be seen in the forest canopy!

Date: Sunday 22nd November 2015
Time: 4.00pm to 6.00pm
Cost: $15 per kid (no charge for accompanying adults)
Meeting point: Inside Car Park B of Upper Seletar Reservoir Park.
What to wear: Lightweight, long-sleeved shirt and fulllength long pants, socks with closed walking shoes (no sandals or open toe shoes).
What to bring: Fully filled re-usable water bottle, a light snack, picnic mat, herbal insect repellent, hat or cap, umbrella, raincoat or poncho.

Registration: pls email Celine Low at with names of participants, kids’ ages & your mobile no.

To The Galaxy & Back

Liang Court

The Saber Authority ~ Feel The Force @ Liang Court

The Saber Authority @ Liang Court

The Saber Authority teaches participants how to properly wield and use a lightsaber against an opponent. They provide Combat Saber Training programs whereby the skills taught can be effectively and practically adopted into real life self-defense situations.

Lightsaber Workshops, 12pm – 5pm on 20th November 2015

Experience wielding a lightsaber by participating in any of the free hourly workshops from 12pm to 5pm conducted by The Saber Authority.

First Asia’s Combat Saber Tournament, 6pm – 9pm on 20th November 2015

Liang Court will dim the lights for Asia’s First Combat Saber Tournament!  18 contestants will battle against one another in 171 lightning speed duels.

For more information, pls see here.

Nanoblock Art Exhibition by Christopher Tan

Enter a world of Nanoblocks with Christopher Tan (  Christopher Tan is an internationally renowned award winning nanoblock brick artist based in Malaysia.  His unrelenting passion for popular culture, eccentric art and architecture has been the driving force behind the successful creation of over 350 distinctive designs. The popularity of his designs have earned him an amazing cult following worldwide with over 42,000 fans on Facebook and his creations have been widely featured in the media globally.

Constantly on the lookout for random inspirations for his next masterpiece, Christopher has been embarking on a series of exhibitions around the world, most recently in Hong Kong, Malaysia and now, Singapore!

In collaboration with Liang Court, Christopher created a range of Japanese Festival Characters which will be displayed exclusively at Liang Court, together with his personal creations such as Star Wars, Yotsuba, Wall-E and many more.


nanoblock Competition, 1pm – 4pm

Calling out to all nanoblock enthusiasts to complete to be the fastest builders! To participant, email your <name, age,=”” gender,=”” contact=”” no.=”” &=”” e-mail=”” address=””> to or contact us at 6336 7184.  There will be two categories – for the Individual and the Family. T&Cs apply.  For more details, pls see here.

Date : 21 – 22 November 2015
Time : 11.00am – 9.00pm
Location : Liang Court Level 1 Atrium


Star Wars : The Force Awakens Exhibition at VivoCity

Get ready for an experience that is out of this world only at VivoCity! Discover more on the latest STAR WARS™: THE FORCE AWAKENS movie at our exclusive atrium event.Join the resistance, wield the power of a Lightsaber and stand against an army of Stormtroopers! You can also bring home a range of STAR WARS merchandise and collectibles! An inter-galactic experience awaits this Christmas, only at VivoCity.
Vivocity Star Wars

Click here to see what STAR WARS goodies VivoCity has in store.

Date : 2 – 20 December 2015
Time :
Location : Central Court, Level 1

Star Wars Exhibit at Changi Airport

The much anticipated Star Wars exhibit has landed at Changi Airport on 12 Nov ’15.  The X-Wing Fighter exhibit is on display at Terminal 3 Departure Hall (public area), near immigration.  And the TIE Fighter exhibit is on display at Terminal 2 Departure Hall (public area), near check-in row 1.  Both display will be on until 5th Jan ’16, so hurry up make a trip to Changi Airport if you have a little boy at home!

Public can don Star Wars costumes and take photos inside the cockpit of the life-sized X-Wing Fighter (ticket redemption on a first come first serve basis at the registration counter near Row 11 of T3 Departure Hall, Daily 10am to 9pm). ~ Details from our friends at Life’s Tiny Miracles.

The Biggest Baby Bump Walk @ Family Extravaganza 2015

Organised by Parents World Singapore, this is a walk I would highly encourage all mummies-to-be to go for.  I was working on golf course construction project when I was pregnant with Jiejie.  Back then, I walked kilometres and kilometres on the greens on a daily basis.  All she took was just 3.5hrs to pop out.  Didi being the second child, took about 2hrs to deliver.  Yes, you have heard that walking helps with birth delivery and it is really true.


Date : 12 Dec 2015 | 9am
Location : Gardens by the Bay (entrace of Flower Dome)
Admission : Single – $10 | Couple – $15 (incl free goodie bag)
Register @


Wan Qing CultureFest 2015

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall proudly presents Wan Qing CultureFest 2015. Enjoy an exciting line-up of performances by local artists, craft demonstrations, documentary screenings, public lectures and more as we deliver memorable cultural treats in a fun manner for everyone!

For more information about the programme, please visit

Wan Qing Culturefest

Date : 21 Nov – 05 Dec 2015
Time : see
Location : Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Admission : FREE

Pororo Park SG | Marina Square – Official Opening on 11 Nov ’15

Pororo will be making its grand arrival to our shores with the launch of Singapore’s first character-themed indoor edutainment playground Pororo Park Singapore!  Officially opening on 11 November 2015 at Marina Square’s new retail wing, Pororo Park Singapore is a 11,000 sq ft play and educational indoor playground, which is themed after the award-winning top Korean animation ‘Pororo the Little Penguin’.  The indoor theme park will feature interactive rides and activities, a Pororo Park Café, and a retail store selling Pororo merchandise.

This week is the start of SA2 for primary school children, with a one-week break next week followed by the finale week at the end of Oct.  Hang in there!  For we will be free for all the play time when early November comes.  We certainly can’t wait for school holidays to arrive!  Not when Pororo will be in town and will be permanently providing hours of fun at the Pororo Park.


Set to be an integrated entertainment and educational indoor playground that educates young children aged 1 – 9 years old, Pororo Park Singapore is an indoor playground with a difference.  Expect to have fun play elements, specially curated programmes and a theatre with live performances at the themed playground.  Young adventurers will enjoy endless fun on the Pororo Express train ride, Shark’s Ball Pool, Icy Cave Jungle Gym, and much more.  Besides fun and play, get creative with Loopy’s Arts classes and lend a hand to Eddy in his Science and Creativity classes and sing along with live performances by Pororo and Friends at the theatre.


Join Pororo the little Penguin and his beloved friends; Crong the Dinosaur, Eddy the Fox, Petty the Penguin, Loopy the Beaver and Poby the Polar Bear to a delightful exploration journey through the snowy village of Porong Porong Forest.  The little ones can expect to have lots of fun on the train ride, ball pool, jungle gym and so much more!

Pororo Express

Pororo Express – a train ride for kids and the iconic centrepiece of Pororo Park

Pororo Park SG

Pororo House

Shark Ball Pool

Shark Ball Pool

Happening at Eddy and Petty’s rooms aside from holding character-themed birthday parties, educational classes such as Petty’s Art Class and Eddy’s Science Class will also be held regularly to provide a holistic edutainment environment that takes fun and creative learning to a whole new level.

Pororo Park SG

Eddy and Petty’s rooms – two classrooms cum party rooms themed after animation characters of the series, Eddy and Petty

Both the young and young at heart can also look forward to mini parades, character meet-and-greets, and sing-along shows featuring Pororo and friends at Tong Tong’s Little Theatre.  Additional shows will be scheduled on weekends to ensure that every minute spent at Pororo Park Singapore is filled with boundless fun and endless surprises.

Pororo Park SG

TongTong’s Little Theatre – where mini parades, character meet-and-greets and singalong shows will be performed


Loopy’s Café – a 60-seater cafe that offers Korean-inspired main dishes and desserts, with free Wi-Fi for parents who can enjoy the scenic view of Marina Bay

Rody Storer

Rody’s Toy Store – where visitors can purchase their favourite original character-themed souvenir as a form of memorabilia

Playing And Learning Skills (PALS)

All children love to play and through a fun learning approach, this is the best way for them to acquire new skills and knowledge.  With Pororo Park’s Playing And Learning Skills (PALS), every child is exposed to a variety of ‘fun learning’ edutainment programmes.  Each character in Pororo Park has a key strength, that represents different life values.  From arts, science, cooking to magic tricks, children can enjoy hours of fun and craft classes through PALS.



As a family-friendly indoor playground, Pororo Park has adequate amenities such children restrooms, stroller bay and nursing room.  There are shelf spaces available for shoes and a designated area for parking strollers.  Rest and refuel at the Pororo Café while enjoying the scenic view of Marina Bay and bring home your favourite character-themed souvenirs at the merchandise store.  Except for expenses incurred at the café and merchandising store, expect to enjoy all the above attractions at a single admission price without the surprise of having to pay for additional play tokens.

Admission Rates (base on 2 hours playtime)

Age Group Non-Member Annual Member Partners^
Children aged 2 to 12 years $33.50 $23.50 $28.50
Children below 2 years $24.50 $16.50 $20.80
Accompanying adults $6.00 $2.50* $3.50*
Babies below 1 year Free Entry
Additional playtime $5 per block of 30 minutes (of part thereof)

*Up to 2 adults. Additional accompanying adults will be charged normal admission rate (see Non-Member).
^ Card members of DBS Bank, OCBC Bank, Popular Bookstore and SAFRA will get to enjoy Partners’ admission rates.


Savers Pass – Enjoy Value Rates

Age Group Savers Pass Super Savers Pass
No. of visits 4 8
Children aged 2 to 12 years $110 $198
Children below 2 years $76 $160
Accompanying adults $2.50* $2.50*
Benefits 5% discount at
Loopy’s Café and Rody’s Toy Store
7.5% discount at
Loopy’s Café and Rody’s Toy Store

*Up to 2 adults. Additional accompanying adults will be charged normal admission rate.

All admission charges are inclusive of GST.
Rates and offers are subject to change without prior notice.

Annual or Lifetime Membership – Sign Up for Exclusive Benefits*

Annual Membership
Children aged 2 to 12 years $98
Children below 2 years $68
Admission Refer to Annual Member rates

*Exclusive Benefits:

  • First visit free
  • Unlimited playtime on weekdays (except public and school holidays)
  • $15 voucher for redemption at Loopy’s Café and Rody’s Toy Store
  • 10% discount at Loopy’s Café and Rody’s Toy Store
  • Preferred admission fees for 2 accompanying adults
  • 10% discount on birthday packages
  • Sign-up goodie bag
Lifetime Membership
Children aged 2 to 12 years $2,980
Children below 2 years $2,980
Admission Unlimited free entry

Other Benefits for Lifetime Membership:

  • Unlimited playtime on weekdays and weekends
  • $100 vouchers for redemption at Loopy’s Café and Rody’s Toy Store
  • No expiry date, transferrable with $300 processing fee
  • 15% discount at Loopy’s Café and Rody’s Toy Store
  • Free entry for 2 accompanying adults
  • $500 discount off membership with birthday packages
  • 25% discount on birthday packages
  • Lifetime Membership for second child at 40% discount and third child at 70% discount
  • Sign-up goodie bag

Meet & Greet with Pororo & Friends

From now til 31 October, there will be Meet & Greet sessions with Pororo & Friends happening every weekend at Marina Square (Marina Foyer Level 2).  Be sure to arrive early enough to catch a great spot.  Share your photos with Pororo & Friends via the official Facebook Photo Contests and stand to win a Pororo Park Annual Membership!  Remember to also look out for special Pororo Park road shows with exclusive privileges on early bird promotion for membership packages and lucky draw and stand to win attractive prizes sponsored by LG Electronics!


About Pororo Park Singapore








6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-29 (Map)  |   +65 6829 2203

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Opening Hours :  Sun – Thu: 10.30am to 8.00pm | Fri & Sat: 10.30am to 9.00pm

Pororo Park Singapore is a 11,000 sq ft play and educational indoor playground themed after the award-winning top Korean animation ‘Pororo the Little Penguin’.  First opened 5 years ago in Seoul, Pororo Park integrates entertainment and educational elements in an indoor playground setting.  There are seven Pororo Parks in Korea and three in China.  Pororo Park Singapore will be the first in Southeast Asia, and the largest character-themed indoor playground in Singapore.

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{Media Invite + Giveaway} Family Saturday @ FIV五 Square

Over the last weekend, Audrey’s family and mine had an enjoyable time spending a Family Saturday @ FIV五 Square, the latest flagship outlet under the FIVE Bar Group.  Fronting the familiar corner of Great Eastern Centre located along Pickering Street, FIV五 Square opened in June 2015 after a mammoth operation of transforming the iconic restaurant into what it is right now.


I fondly remember those days when my colleagues and I would walk across from our office at NTUC Building over to Hans for a nicer lunch when project deadlines were not up to our necks.  Now, the same prodigious 13,000 square feet of F&B space right in the heart of CBD, previously Hans, has been converted into a 300-seater self-service gourmet food hall and bar called FIV五 Square.

Catering to busy executives and families around the area for lunch and dinner, The Bazaar also feeds the merry-makers drinking at the adjacent The Bar, The Wine Cellar or The Recess, a whisky room serving premium and some rare selection of whisky.  Centrally located within FIV五 Square with a upmarket bistro-style décor, The Bazaar offers a wide range of gourmet cuisine from five highly reputable restaurants serving quality local noodles, Japanese decadence, hearty Korean Bulgogi, healthy Salads & Grills and last but not least, sexy Spanish Tapas.

The Bazaar

The Bazaar is also the first to roll out a fully-automated self-service ordering and payment kiosk which is integrated with a SMS system which sends you a message once your food is ready for collection.  This is perfect during mad lunch hour on weekdays where you can look for a seat while your order is being prepared.  Don’t forget your trademark packet of tissue when you leave to collect your order though!  Smart ordering system with payment mode via cash, Nets or even credit card conveniently located just at the front of each food stall also helps to cut down waiting time and labour costs which made the quality of food being served truly value for money.  Think restaurant quality at cafe prices.


Cinqo Tapas

Cinqo Tapas is a spin-off from the popular Five Tapas Bar at Cuppage Terrace that recently completed their refurbishment works.  At Cinqo, expect to sample local inspired tapas with some other selection of the hot-selling items such as the garlic cockles ($6), bacon mushrooms ($6) and whole pork knuckle ($28).  For lunch, Cinqo serves up two different Paellas (from $9.50) cooked fresh daily – the traditional seafood staple is available daily whilst the Paella of the day varies.  These special Paellas include several Asian-inspired flavours such as the Claypot Rice Paella, Hainanese Chicken Rice Paella and Thai Pineapple Rice Paella which fuses local flavours with European ingredients and cooking styles; a definite must-try!



We tried the Pineapple Rice with Chicken Floss which was both appetising yet has a deep fragrance to the rice.  The addition of chicken floss topping was a hit with the kids who asked for more.  The large prawns were very fresh as well and I miss my “personal prawn peeler” as he had to attend class and could not join us.


Cinqo Tapas not only offers tapas and paellas.  Check out their range of hand-tossed thin-crust pizza although the kids’ favourite – Hawaiian Pizza seems to be missing.  We were told that the crew are working on curating a special kids’ menu in order to cater to their dietary needs (as if all the play and entertainment is not enough!  Haha!!)


The Seafood Pizza In Chilli Crab Sauce though not oven-fired, does pack a generous serving of seafood selections at affordable price.


Omnivore by The Soup Spoon

A healthy concept from the folks behind The Soup Spoon – Omnivore offers hearty salads for the Herbivores ($6.80), perfectly grilled meat platters for the Carnivores ($16.80) and a combination of both for the Omnivores ($12.80). There are numerous combinations of sausages, pork cutlets, chicken breast, steaks, sauces and salad dressings to choose from to create your own perfect plate of healthy goodness or go for the Carnivore sample platter ($24.80) to try everything!

Omnivore Chicken Thigh with Herbibowl Half Salad first won our hearts with the plating.  The chicken thigh is awesomely tender and juicy with every bite.  Served with a generous portion of greens, it certainly is a great value-for-money. This dish definitely won good credits from Audrey too!

Omnivore Chicken Thigh with Herbibowl Half Salad

Omnivore Chicken Thigh with Herbibowl Half Salad (served with Ponzo Miso Butter Sauce)

Right now, the dish is on promotion at all-day price of $8.80 nett (U.P. $12.80).  So we would SAys!, go for it soon for a yummilicious and filling meal.


For a larger group, the Carnivore Sample Platter will go very well with the icy-cold beer on tap (tell you more about the icy-cold beer later!!).  Young executives who can afford the luxury of a chillax session after a long day of work can expect to share succulent sample cuts of Grilled Pork Cutlet, 100% NZ Grass Fed Flank Steak, Bratwurst Sausage, Chicken Thigh & Chicken Breast + Housemade Sauce.  Here, the steak is well-cooked which was a little tough for me.  However, the chicken thigh meat is again, succulent and well-received when paired with the Ponzo Miso Butter Sauce that came with our platter.  Don’t miss out the sausage too!



Gogibox, the first quick-serve Korean food concept in Singapore, serves a tasty, wholesome Korean meal.  Bulgogi—literally meaning “fire meat”— will make any anyone fall in love with Korean meats.  There are about 7-8 kinds of daily freshly grilled bulgogi to choose from.  Gogibox also offers 3 kinds of Korean fried rices: kimchi, prawn and bulgogi marinade.

Gogi Plate

Gogi Plate

Gogibox’s signature, Gogi Plate ($8.50) comes with 1 choice of Korean fried rice, 1 choice of bulgogi, fried egg and a side of salad.  You can add more meats for $1.80 each meat.



If you are opting for lighter bite, try their Gogi Taco ($6.80), the Korean’s interpretation of the Mexican taco, or Gogi Dog ($6.80), a combination of American hot dog with bulgogi.  Snacks like fried dumplings and chicken pops drizzled with choice of Korean sauce is also available for the mid afternoon break.



Gogibox’s full menu can be found here.

Teppei Syokudo

This bowl of Kaisendon ($16.00) looked SO FRESH! and SO INVITING! that I literally finished ALL THE SASHIMI to myself during the food tasting session.  Audrey’s hubby was also busy picking up the pieces of fatty salmon and tuna cubes for us since the sauce-marinated thick & chunky sashimi cubes struck our chords.  Haha!  There were also a handful of coin-sized scallops that’s certainly cannot be missed too.


As I am googling for more information, I just realized that THIS TEPPEI SYOKUDO AT FIV五 SQUARE BELONGS TO THE TEPPEI RESTAURANT that I have been watching on Facebook ever since I saw my friend remarking about how difficult it was to try and get a slot to dine in at it’s Tanjong Pagar outlet that only serves 22 seats.  My friend lamented that he waited for months and still was not able to get a slot until his friend could not make it at the last minute and gave it to him.  Goodness!


Previously I was just curious and watched with amusement over the announcements made on Teppei’s Facebook Page as I did not dare to eat sashimi until recently my first slice of salmon belly when we were at Triple Three, Mandarin Orchard Hotel.  I did not venture further until 2 months later when Triple Three invited us for media tasting.  It was the really awesome Maguro and Kampachi from Tsukiji Thursday Seafood Market (Triple Three’s Daily Delights) that really drew me to love sashimi and I actually have a recurring craving to keep asking for more ever since.  Now, I stalk the highly raved Teppei Restaurant’s Facebook for an Omakase feast.  >.<

In short, the hottest favourites from Teppei Restaurant is now available at FIV五 Square and is known as Teppei Syokudo.  This is a must-try (!) stall when you are at FIV五 Square.  Don’t say I never highlight this!

How should I begin to describe the taste and texture of the popular Katsu Don ($15.80)?  The crust is not oily and the meat is full of savoury flavour.  Simply said, I loved it and I know my hubby would as well.  I shall leave it for you to find out.


Here’s one more photo – to make your keyboard flood.  Just look at the heap of fish being served.  Now I know.  Now. I. Know!!


Grub Noodle Bar

I have long heard of GRUB Noodle Bar‘s Seriously Good Beef Noodles at it’s ex-location along Rangoon Road but never gotten around to visiting the area at all because of the inaccessibility.  I was actually secretly excited seeing the famous noodle bar at FIV五 Square and looked forward to try the MSG-free beef broth made by slow-cooking beef bones and vegetables.  Indeed, the soup is deeply-flavoured and full of natural flavour!  It resembles what my hubby’s granny made for me 9-10 years ago when I was preggy with Jiejie and our loving Ah Ma was still pretty active in the kitchen.

We had the Dry Noodles with Beef Brisket ($10.90) that was served with 100g of the best quality beef ranging from either pasture-fed brisket to the premium cut sirloin ($11.90 – soup / $13.90 – dry).  The oh-so-good beef balls…………made with 100% beef chuck serves a good firm texture that stood out the moment I took a bite.  Combined with fresh preservative-free egg noodles with a QQ texture, and an accompanying special chinchalok chili sauce, I am 101% sure my hubby would not mind to bring me for a return visit because he is one big beef noodle lover!  I told myself to return soon too because by the time I gotten down to trying the noodles, it had already became cold because I needed to serve both the kids first before I could help myself.  😦


If you don’t eat beef, GRUB’s Pork Noodles ($7.90-$12.90) which comes with a bowl of fresh egg noodles, pork mince, 100% pork meatballs and a hearty miso pork broth would be a great choice, especially for kids who may not like the strong beef flavour.  Choose from regular pork collar or upgrade to the premium Kurobuta pork collar for a treat.

Aside from Beef and Pork Noodles, GRUB Noodle Bar also serves a variety of flavoured french fries and snacks which we did not manage to try as we were all too full for the day.  Certainly, it will be on our order list the next time we visit, which I foresee will not be too far in the future.  I heard the Mentaiko Fries is their best seller!

Get a Kang Kong Salad tossed with Nonya Achar & House Dressing FOR FREE(!) when you spend $9.90 at Grub Noodle Bar (FIV五 Square).

Drink Stall

The drink stall offers a large selection of hot and cold beverages and snacks where one can expect to find at our neighbourhood coffeeshop/foodcourt.  I saw some nicely chilled bottles of cold pressed organic juices from Hic Juice on display and wondered why I did not explore properly before settling for Iced Milo.


From now til 30 Nov ’15, keep your food stall receipts for 50% off drinks!  Enquire about the T&Cs at the Drink Stall 🙂


Family Saturday @ FIV五 Square

Weekdays at FIV五 Square can be a crazy crowd.  For the family and for those not working/staying near Raffles Place, it would be a very good idea to visit on Saturday.  Between the hours of 12 noon to 7pm on every Saturdays, FIV五 Square transforms into Wonderland!  With a totally different crowd compared to weekdays, Saturday dining is casual at a relaxing pace with loads of fun and activities to engage with everyone in the family.

From a ball pool with a slide to the kiddy space at the Toddlers Corner for 4 years & below, the spacious area caters to busy toddlers who seeks some fun so that parents can take a break from child-minding and actually can enjoy their meal with a peace of mind.


Toddlers Corner (for 4 and below)


Having the ball pool all to himself after the toddlers have all left. ❤

The more mobile future F1 drivers would be keen in the lane-free lobby at Great Eastern Centre or outdoor walk way for a fast & furious race with each other.  See who’s battery runs flat first!  ^.^


Did you see the Bouncy Castle in the background?  We were early and our kids had the entire castle to themselves for a good while before others joined in.  It’s a mad house in there with uncontrolled period of play.  I was worried that they went bouncing straight after their lunch but apparently my concerns were unfounded.  “Just relax aside and chill, Mum!”  -.-


As if having entertainment is not enough for the kids, FIV五 Square made sure to provide FREE candy floss for them as well!  If you look at the picture carefully, it’s not simply any kind of sugared candy floss.  They use FOX’s hard candy and are well familiar with the mixing of flavours which they cleverly used to pique the children’s curiosity as they patiently wait for their treat to be ready.  Every child awaits in anticipation of the nicest-tasting sugar treat from Uncle Mok in the photo below. ❤


Have I already mentioned that all kids’ play are FREE?!  Now CHEER for an afternoon of we-time with your hubby while the kids get to play to their hearts’ content too!

Artisan Market

While the children were playing and the men having their chat, we scouted around at the different stalls selling a myraid of handmade items ranging from cards to accesssories, from terrarium to handmade soap and personalised leather bags.  The entire area at The Bazaar and The Bar was abuzz with activities from the trade happening at the Saturday-only Artisan Market that coincides with Family Saturday to cater to the niche market of quality handmade items.

Artisan Market

The Artisan Market provides a platform connecting creative individuals to artistry lovers – a marketplace where people buy and sell an eclectic mix of handicrafts and interesting products.

The Bar

The Bar is the raison d’être for FIVE – synonymous with the renowned $5 food and drink specials offered all-day-every-day.


FIVE has come a long way from the humble first outlet at Collyer Quay.  The Bar delivers the FIVE tradition of offering all day happy hour and a great environment for merry-making that doesn’t break the bank.


Beer on tap from chilled beer kegs served at 4-6 deg Celsius is a common practice at most bars.  However at FIV五 Square, they made it a point to maintain their beer kegs at almost 0 deg Celsius with the supply kept in a dedicated freezer room instead of underneath the beer taps.


Inside the Cold Room.  I am amazed that the photo turned out well with sharp focus because I was totally shivering and nearly died inside the cold room.

I had even learnt to tap my own beer after a quick demo.  Cool, right?!  My ultra fresh and fruity 1664 Blanc French wheat beer straight from the tap at almost 0 deg Celsius embodies the aroma of citrus, lemon and coriander spices which will appeal to a light drinker like me.  I hardly drink in the past decade but I just had to finish my own half pint of beer that day because……erm, no food wastage, RIGHT?!


Sports screenings on large televisions and ‘Live’ local bands performances every night promises to entertain whether you are flying solo or in a large group, in a space that can accommodate up to 300 merry-makers comfortably.


The Wine Cellar

The Wine Cellar is located at the away from the hustle and bustle of the Bar, in a charming little corner overlooking the busy cross junction into the CBD.  It is the perfect spot to watch the world go by while sipping on some wine at any time of day.  The Wine Cellar lists over a hundred labels of quality wines which are available for a tête-à-tête between friends or for takeaway as gifts or for parties.


The Recess

The Recess is a premium whisky bar that brings the ultra-secretive speakeasy experience to the masses.  The name is a play on words literally meaning going into a hole in the wall, to take a break from (work) proceedings.  The Recess features a wide selection of premium and rare whiskies in an elegant setting without the exorbitant prices.  Best of all, you don’t need a password to get in to this charming 50-seater space, you will have to find the door though!  During weekday, we were told that FIV五 Square lunch crowd actually spilled into The Recess as part of dining area too.

The Recess

Check out the aged 21-year old Hibiki from Japan that won the World’s Best Blended Whisky award at the 2014 World Whiskies Awards.

It is no secret that whisky has attracted the Liquor Connoisseur and very much appeals to a growing population of the younger generation as well.  Previously dominated by Scotland, the Japanese is taking over world dominance with their premium range.  Though no alcohol lover, this is my second chance getting acquainted with a whisky bar with the previous chance during my work for a local 6* hotel.  I would say that whisky-appreciation is a very different class of it’s own and there is a whole depth of knowledge to be acquired if one is to venture into it.

Accessibility & Car-Parking

Via Car : $3.30/entry, parking is a breeze on Saturdays with ample parking lots at Great Eastern Centre

Via MRT : Chinatown / Telok Ayer / Raffles Place


About FIV五 Square

1 Pickering Street, Great Eastern Centre, #01-03 Singapore 048659 (Map)

Web | Facebook | Tel : 8798 0245 | Email:

Operation Hours: 10am – 12am on Mondays to Saturdays (Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays)


Thanks to FIV五 Square for the warm hospitality and sponsorship, we have 2 x $20 FIV五 Square vouchers to be given away to our readers!


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Best of luck and we hope you’ll have a Fun Family Saturday at FIV五 Square very soon!  From this review, you would easily have guessed that I’ll return for my Kaisendon and Seriously Good Beef Noodles soon.  ❤

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 🙂


[Updated 28 Oct ’15]


Congratulations fellow foodies!  See you at FIV五 Square soon!  We will be in touch via email ASAP.

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Discovering the Joy of Reading |A Children’s Day Journey

Today was what traditionally would have been Children’s Day – 1 October! Back then, as little ones, we anticipated 1 October eagerly as it would be a holiday – a no school day. These days, somehow that magic is gone to whichever convenient Friday in October that the MOE deems right to place Children’s Day on. So today, the children went to school, and some even sat for their PSLE paper today. Yep the last year that they would be eligible to enjoy the privileges of Children’s Day, they went to sit for very major exams instead. 😦 So maybe that’s why Children’s Day will only be celebrated on 9 October, next Friday. Yikes!

My son has no clue what or when is Children’s Day. No anticipation… simply clueless. He is in K2. Into, the last term of his preschool years before he goes to Primary One. It’s kind of an emotional thing for most mums with K2 kiddos, especially so if it’s the first kid?

Today, I did not wish him Happy Children’s Day.

But today, we had time spent together. And that was precious. With the haze, there was no way I was going to bring him for any outdoor fun. I had initially wanted to bring him for a movie (Aircon Protection from haze) but was feeling under the weather so instead, we made it somewhat of a “never-did-this-before” day.

Okay, this may sound funny, but my son and I have never gone to the library to borrow books before. We’ve been to the Central Library and all but those were mostly for fringe activities and fun. The truth is Wey has been a reluctant reader plus I was a crazy excessive shopper, loving to buy books from all the year round book sales – MPH, Popular, Times, SG Books Warehouse, you name it. And really, the books at home have been more than he could handle for awhile hahhaa…

But of late, we haven’t been going out much due to haze. So I’d say this, if there’s anything good about the haze, it’s my son’s sudden discovery that books open a whole new world other than the world outside. And yes, this mother celebrates! Finally, the books that I’ve been painstakingly (curating?? can I even say that) picking for him have been flying off the shelves! WAHAHHA!! Can you feel my joy? Oh can you see my grins and my heart leaping? hehee… And yes, I’m desperate to find books that he will love to read. Got to catch that reading bug before it flies off right? It helped that a few weeks ago I found a range of books that drove him loving books even more and wanting more! Will be sharing more about the set of books that kept my reluctant reader asking for more to read. If you have any suggestions, please post them in comments – Greatly appreciate it! 🙂

Anyway, I had a good problem on my hands now. My boy wanted more but the book stores didn’t stock the series well, I had to call many outlets and ask for availability and transfers etc. I realised then that if my boy does continue his ‘Mummy approved’ behaviour, I wouldn’t be able to keep up giving him books at home, plus books not on sale are not cheap!! hehe…

So today, when I picked him from school, I asked this question of him for the first time. “Would you like to go to the library?” No prizes for guessing the answer I got from Little Wey.


And so we arrived at Ang Mo Kio Library on Children’s Day (muaahhhaahahaha!! *evil grin*). It’s been so long since I’ve borrowed a book, that I went online the night before to check what are the permissible number of books etc. and if I had a valid library card. hahaa Of course I do. I’m Singaporean! And it seems that means a lot of privileges at the library – free basic library membership to borrow 8 books for 21 days!

At first the kid didn’t know that people borrowed books from the library and had to return it later. He thought we could buy the books there, who could blame him since all he’s ever been to were book stores and book sales. (😁 my fault again!!) ok so this trip also turned out to be a simple lesson on thrift and grasping the concept of borrowing for him, why buy if you can borrow? Hehehe…


I found it quite amusing that the kiddo took to the library floor with no hesitation! A super Wow for me indeed! Because when he was much younger, I tried bringing him to the Central Library to look at books, and he did not hesitate to show me his displeasure. Today, he was happy! And that was all that mattered!


We spent quite some time there with the little one not wanting to go home. In the end, we managed a loot of 8 books and I was figuring out the Library system to borrow the books – very impressed because like I said, I haven’t borrowed books since I was a school girl, and wow things have changed! haha! No more stamping of dates blah blah… ok everyone must be laughing at me now. 😦 Anyway, the point is when I checked out, I was surprised that I had another 2 book allowance! Wow 10 books!??!! So Wey rushed back in to grab 2 more he fancied and we were off! It was that easy, no queues no fuss. This inexperienced silly mum, did not bring a book bag, so I had to hand-carry the 10 book hardcover loot with my bare hands.

By the way, I chanced upon the Facebook update that the Library is celebrating it’s 2oth Anniversary on 3 Oct 2015 and members can borrow 20 books from 3 Oct 2015 – 31 Jan 2016! Amazing! Have included some information at the end of the post.

This was not a very eventful Children’s Day of fun but one of discovery of the joy of reading (I hope for Wey) and probably one that only I will remember for doing something different with Wey. I’m pretty pleased that he says he wants to go back to the library again soon! Haha next week will be the official Children’s Day on 9 October and there’ll be more fun planned then! 6 more years to enjoy Children’s Day my love …. And just like how your first 6 have passed by, I’m sure the next 6 will be but a fleeting moment again… Sigh…

At the end of what would have been traditionally Children’s Day, we shared a good laugh over a silly book that I picked up at the recent SG BOOKS WAREHOUSE SALE.  I treasure these bonding moments in my heart, no matter how silly it is. Kids they grow up too quickly.


Happy Children’s Day my sweet little boy! Mummy loves your laughter and hope you’ll continue your crazy happy laughs even when you’re all grown up!

Lots of love to you always. 💖💖💖

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