Alive Museum

One of the latest attraction in town – The Alive Museum! I had always wanted to visit one of such 3D illusionary museum after seeing it on friends’ posts to Korea. So happy that it came to Singapore!

Opened in 2009 in Korean, Alive Museum currently has 15 branches worldwide and Singapore is its’ latest exhibition stop occupying 10,000sqft at Suntec City, making it the biggest of such 3D museums here. The largest branch in Jeju Island takes up 43,000sqft! The key attraction of this museum is to offer you a sensory experience which “tricks” your visual, physical and environmental perception.

How often do you need to tell your children not to touch museum exhibits? At Alive, you won’t need to be concerned about this. One is free to touch, feel, crawl and roam! I love interactive museums and glad that there are more of such for our toddlers to “meddle with” without worries of being chased out! 😛

In any case, we were kindly invited to experience Alive Musuem by OMY Blog Club. We went on a weekday evening and happy to find a small crowd which is great as this allowed us sufficient time and space to take photos!

As this is a “photography tells it all” place, let me show you what we did through photos. 

At the entrance, Eizac trying donned angel wings (too short though!):

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Just when we entered, this “audacious” act was the first the boys got themselves into:

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Mer-man? Xi En had always been curious how it is possible to be a mermaid. He got the answer here:

(p.s.: there is a hidden fan in front; the adults probably can get it activated with longer hands)

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An over-sized foetus:

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Xi En obediently opened his mouth when we asked him to pose for this photo: Hehhehee.

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Drama-MaMa:

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Among the 80 masterpieces, there are 9 depicting the scenes of Singapore. Here is one. Kim getting a free hairwash from Merlion.

(Tip: look out for photo hints on the walls and photos marks on the floor for ideas on how to pose with the paintings)

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The Queen came for a visit. One zealous fan is trying to stop the tour bus (with her bare hands):

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This is not an easy one to achieve. The husband executed it almost perfectly with his well-trained core muscles. 😛

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Hey Jobs, don’t worry; my little spy is hard at work. We are getting the evidence real soon! 😛

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My mum is trying to practice some lotus-sitting position with “master”??>

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That’s some kind of funny tasting ice-cream:

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Ready for some action? Green monster power!

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The husband decided he is more funny with a “dead-cockroach” pose. errmm……

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Some kong-fu master showed off his “no-shadow” kick!

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No end to getting punched around here huh?

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Another Singapore’s iconic building. The team washing their hands with “recycled” water:

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Eizac got a hang of things after awhile. He gamely held on to Daddy for his dear life as the earth cracked open beneath him:

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Effortless hand-stand as Eizac joined me on the floor; errmm, wall I meant. 🙂

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This angel-wannabe couldn’t take flight as the baby tugged on tight!

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Navigating rapids is no easy feat with 2 squirrely boys. The younger one couldn’t move the oar and decided to desert the Daddy!

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Run before you become one of them!!

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The kids found a mini trampoline and had a good time bouncing off the walls. 

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But you need a professional to show off some break-dance moves! (Now you know the use of the trampoline!)

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Daddy to the rescue (again)!

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To get the wind-in-your-hair-eyes-cannot-open look, try fighting with this computer game character.

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Leg spilt is chicken-feet; even when you add 2 boys.

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Besides the 3D paintings, there are also quirky, fun interactive exhibits like these:

The endless mirror “disco” room:

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Another mirror-effect. Reminds me of the movie “Matrix” for some reason..

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I don’t like this. Endless creepy crawlies. This reminds me of the movie “Mummy”.

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Marilyn Monroe loves the kinetic energy generated by the pinwheels. Give it a gentle blow and Monroe will come Alive.

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3D artwork continues:

Training an Olympian starts young they say:

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The most hilarious part of this photo is my son. He was trying hard; really trying hard to save the penguins. 😀

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One of my favourite drawings. It’s so cleverly drawn with great 3D effect. You actually feel that you are sitting on that chair!

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Ending off with Love Boat. Once there was 2. Now there are 4. Sailing…. Sailing along. 🙂

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Tips for those who are planning a visit:

  • Choose an off peak time if possible so you can have the space and time to leisurely take fun photos.
  • If you are bringing young children, pick their most cooperative time (avoid near nap times unless you have a super solid sleep-through-it-all baby)
  • Young children might be overwhelmed initially by the huge life sized paintings; take time to ease them in and it will be fun when they start joining in.
  • Bring extra pair of hands (like grandmas and grandpas!) so you can have someone take family photos and mind the kids too. 😀
  • We took a total of 1.5 to 2 hours to finish touring the place. Do note that it is a one way traffic in and out; no turning back to the entrance and once you exit; you can’t re-enter. There are no toilets in there; so do let the children visit the toilets before heading in. Don’t mistook the paintings for toilets though they look real real! 😛
  • I used a mirrorless camera with pancake lens to take most of the photos as it’s best for dim indoor lighting. But I took some with my Iphone 5S and the photos turned out decent too. For quick actions, stand by your phone camera.

 

Alive Museum

Location: Suntec City Mall #03-372 (Between Tower 3 and 4)

Ticket Prices: $25 (Adults), $20 (Children 3-12 years), Free for toddlers under 3

Operating Hours: 10am to 10pm Daily (Last Admission at 9pm)

For more details do visit Alive Museum website here

Do check their website for periodic promotions. There is a current one now with Burger King. More details here

 

Go and have some camera, light, actions FUN! 🙂

 

N.B: OMY and Alive Museum kindly sponsored 2 tickets; whilst we bought the rest at discounted prices. Otherwise all photos, comments and free modelling remain writer’s own.

Vaby Official Launch & The July Box (Flash Giveaway!)

Media Invite

Following the pre-launch brunch we had with The Vaby Team , we were cordially invited for it’s official launch a few weeks back.

Held at The Playhouse once again, we were treated to an afternoon of playground fun (for the kids), buffet lunch, a mini dress-up baby contest and a lucky draw!

 

 

Loved this candid shot by Vaby’s photographer: A light moment with fellow Singpaore Mom Bloggers; clockwise from my left: Wai Wai , Adeline, Winnie and Lynn

Besides the kids having a ball of a good time at The Playhouse outdoors and indoors play arena, there was Mr Bottle who can twist almost anything out of balloons. Xi En asked for a hippo and Mr Bottle kindly obliged!

 

The photo-fanatic me spent half the time taking photos of the event and standing in front of the Cloudstaprint booth; printing out lovely shots! It’s a great idea to have such a service at a private function so everyone can print out the photos they liked and enjoy live feeds on a private platform. I loved it!

 

Of course not forgetting the reason for the party:

The July Vaby Box!

As mentioned in the previous review, this is a subscription-type of “samples” box which one can subscribe to for S$18.90 per month and receive 5 to 8 surprise items tailored to the age group of your child from newborn to 5 years old. The current July box is suitable for mums-to-be and newborns. Stay tuned for future boxes which can be customized! If these samples worked well for you, you can check out Vaby website to purchase full sized products.

Some notable items in the July Vaby Box are:

  • GOO.N Diaper (Newborn)
  • Chu Chu Nursing Pad
  • Niruscar Cream (to help in healing of keloids)
  • Naturally Kinder Wet Tissue
  • Nurture Meals
  • Ban Kah Chai Zhui Feng Su Ho Oil

(FLASH) Giveaway Time!

If you are keen to receive the July Box (similar to the one above), The Vaby Team is kindly sponsoring 5 boxes to 5 readers of this blog!

If you are a mom-to-be or a new mommy, these should come in useful. Or if you know anyone who might benefit from this products, feel free to get one for your friend.

Note this is a FLASH Giveaway; i.e. Be the first 5 to complete the steps below and you will be receiving the July Vaby Box!

To participate:

1) “Like” Claude Dambreville on Facebook if you have not already done so. Thank you!

2) “Like “Vaby Enterprise Pte Ltd” on Facebook if you have not already done so. Thank you!

3) Enter a comment on this blog post with the answer to this question: Name one animal which can be found on Vaby’s logo (hint: answer can be found on the photos!). Remember to list down your name and email address so The Vaby Team can be in touch for delivery details.

As simple as that; fastest fingers first! Smile 

 

N.B: Thank you to The Vaby Team for the kind invitation to it’s official launch and gifting the July Box (which I will be giving to my neighbour who is giving birth real soon!).

Editor’s note: *Giveaway only open for Singapore addresses.*

Huggies Event @ Polliwogs

Media Invite

About a month back we were invited to attend the Huggies event held at Polliwogs at Vivocity. We (Actually it’s the kids) were thrilled when they saw the indoor playground! It is still a fairly new playground opened under a year and thus the play areas and gears are still well maintained. Who doesn’t like new stuff ya. Smile 

As Xi En wasted no time to dash off into the play zones, Eizac attended the Huggies media event with me at Polliwogs’s designated “party” room. Rahul Asthana, Marketing Director for Baby & Childcare, Kimberly Clark gave us an informative introduction on the in-depth research and new technology which went into the product design for the new Huggies Ultra Pants.

My key takeaway was that Huggies really knew what parents wanted out of a diaper pants. With research done on more than 150 Singaporean babies, they came out with a highly innovative design which I have yet to see it in any other diaper brands in Singapore. I won’t be surprised if other brands are sitting up now and such innovation might be replicated in time to come. In my opinion, the key design feature which differentiates it from other brands is the Easy Open Sides with refastenable Magic Tapes. 

As a mummy of 2, I have tried a fair share of diaper pants and I am just wowed by these Magic Tapes. After Eizac used it for a few weeks, we can testify that it allows easy removal of diapers (especially useful when the babies poop!) and it can be adjusted to provide a customised fit. Gone are the days that I need to tear off the sides of diaper pants to get them off the legs.

The new slim absorbent core technology helps to lock wetness away and prevent “drooping” diapers when they are heavy and wet. Of course, then again, diapers need to be changed no matter how good they are. Huggies Ultra Pants just helped to give more “mileage” out of one piece of diaper. Open-mouthed smile Read my full review on Huggies Ultra Pants here.

We were treated to yummy refreshments hosted by Polliwogs. Tasty finger food, if you want to hold a party there next time. (Didn’t get to take any photos of the food as I was chasing after those 2 boys!!). Eizac joined his brother at the kiddy play area and that gave us a chance to test out the Ultra Pants in motion. It fitted well, lasted long and seemed comfortable even as Eizac raced up and down the play structures. No leakages, no red marks from long wear or abrasion. I am one happy Mummy when such basic stuff are taken care of.

Eizac also had a mini photoshoot at the photo booth. He was the last one to take the shoot as he was getting cranky with his nap time approaching. But the photographer and his team were helpful; did a number of fast takes and we finally got a nice one!

And our 2 minutes of camera time when I took some questions from the Huggies events folks. Eizac was almost ready to yank off the microphone when it came near though! hhahaaa.

It was an enjoyable morning/afternoon out with Huggies at Polliwogs! We had great fun! Thank you Huggies for inviting us! Smile 

p.s: If you haven’t already tried Huggies Ultra Pants, do request for a FREE sample on Huggies website here! It is currently retailing at major supermarkets and baby stores too.