Fly high in the sky

Is there a special activity which your family enjoys doing together?

We don’t exactly have (only) one. But we are an advocate to bring the children out to run and expend their energy in the nature as much as possible.

Nothing beats a green green grass with massive ground to run!

One of our favourite outdoor place is the Marina Barrage – a grateful realisation that it is the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s vision two decades ago which created this place to increase the water catchment areas for Singapore.

That aside, there is a huge green patch purposefully designed above the reservoir which served as a lifestyle attraction for many locals and tourists.

And this is one of the best kite flying (central) location as it is unblocked with strong winds and comes with a picturesque Singapore skyline.

With a new “Kungfu Panda” kite gifted by Xi En’s uncle for his birthday, he couldn’t wait to fly it.

We were there 2 weekends ago and we had a great time setting the kite up high!

The wind was so strong that the kite picked up the wind within a few tries. And before you knew it, we have a happy duo flying a kite.

This is a priceless moment to me. I loved that uninhibited; un-posed, candid shot of these 2 boys. The thrill and excitement speaks volume.

“A kite only flies if it’s tethered.” – Victor Robert Lee

I didn’t felt that Xi En could handle the kite alone. But Daddy, doing what Daddy is good in, taught him to hold on to the strings tightly with 2 hands lest he “fly away with the kite”.

“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly” –  Lauren Bacall

And Mummy do what Mummy is good in – pose for photos. 🙂

“True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher.” – John Petit-Senn

Our kite flew really high but was cut off by another kite when the strings crossed path. The Kungfu panda kite brought down another couple’s kite along its descent. But no one complained. This is part of kite-flying; as expected in land-scare Singapore, we lived with tolerance for other kites (and people) and vice versa.

We hoped our boys learnt some life lessons; even if your kite descended, you can pick it up and make it soar once again.

Simple pleasures in life come in the form of kite flying.

Do you have special moments like these? Friso Singapore has launched an “Experience More Together” campaign to encourage more of such family bonding moments which I am supportive of. Be inspired by Moms and Dads who shared their own #Frisomoment here .

Friso is also rewarding such moments with instant rewards, weekly prizes and a grand prize of a year’s supply of Friso milk!

Here’s how to participate:

Submit a photo of you and your child sharing a special experience on Friso Experience More Together. Include #FrisoMoment and a caption when you post the photos.

You may submit 1 experience each week.

Each photo submitted will earn you two instant rewards – A Friso Experience journal and a Friso voucher worth $5, $10 or $20.

One of the photos will also be selected and printed in 4R size with a Friso frame and mailed to you.

You will be eligible for weekly and grand prizes if you agree to display your image in the gallery to inspire other parents.

Prizes:

Instant prizes:

Friso Experiences Journal + Friso Voucher will be awarded to every entry.

Weekly Prize:

The best photos will be selected to win the weekly prize. If you didn’t win in the first week, you will still be eligible for the weekly prizes in the remaining weeks of the month.

Week 1 to 2 (7 Mar – 23 Mar) 8 x FujiFilm Instax Mini 8

Week 3 (23 Mar – 29 Mar): 5 x Rebel Kidz Retro Racer Balance Bike

Week 4 (30 Mar – 5 Apr): 5 x Annual Zoo membership – 2 adults + 2 Child

Week 5 (6 Apr -12 Apr) : 5 x GOPRO Hero Camera (this week!)

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Week 7 (20 Apr – 30 Apr): 5 x Fujifilm Instax Share Printer

Grand Prize:

A year’s supply of Friso milk.

One winner per month in April will be selected from the top 25 most voted entries for the month. You may vote once per day for each entry.

Period of promotion: 7th March to 30th April 2015

N.B: This post is brought to you together with Friso Singapore “Experience More Together” campaign.

A Night of Magic at Raffles with Joe Labero + FREE tickets giveaway!

Media Invite

Joe Labero – A Night of Magic at Raffles (featuring burnt out punks)

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It was a night of lights, sound and magical action. We were apprehensive at the beginning when we were ushered to our seats at the first row of Jubilee Hall. We could only bring our older son along as the minimum age was 6. It was only after the whole show did we truly realize why there was such an age restriction.

There was fire, smoke, amazing acrobatics and death-defying stunts throughout the night. We cringed and covered our eyes whenever someone was “sliced up”or whenever Joe had to escape from precarious situations.

In between flashy performances, there were close-up moments where Joe engaged the audience with street magic. Seated at the first row, I tried to look away whenever he asked for a volunteer. But as luck (or misfortune) would have it, I was volunteered by him for one of the magic tricks on ropes. Thank God it was a harmless family friendly trick. I didn’t want to go home with missing limbs or switched out body parts. Imagine the awkward journey home if I was stuck with another person’s legs who was wearing a skirt?

Throughout the rest of the show, Joe called out the names of the many volunteers (including mine) for responses and made numerous funny remarks. It was a testament to his good showmanship and memory.

After about 1.5 hours, the show ended and we had the privilege to be the first few to get his autograph and have our photos taken with him. And we went home in one piece.

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To be dazzled, check out the following ticketing details:

Event: A Night of Magic at Raffles

Dates: Various dates from 26th March to 3rd May 2015 ( Sat & Sun 3pm; Wed to Sat: 730pm)

Venue: Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel

Buy tickets from: http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/magic2015

Giveaway

If you are a fan of good old magic shows, here’s a chance to win tickets to watch it live!

Thank you to the kind PR people, we have 3 sets of 4 tickets each for our readers to watch Joe Labero live in action!

Please enter this giveaway through the link below:

A Night of Magic-Joe Labero

Terms & Conditions

  • The organisers for Joe Labero’s magic shows will liaise with the winners on the show dates and timing (thus email addresses are required)
  • Children below 6 years old are not recommended to watch the shows due to usage of pyrotechnics
  • Decision of winners are final and winners will be redrawn should there be no response to emails
  • Giveaway will run from 6th April 2015 to 9th April 2015. Winners will be drawn and announced on 10th April 2015 and email addresses will be given to the PR company accordingly.

N.B: We were kindly invited for a night of dazzling magic show with no further compensation. It is Evelyn’s first live magic show and she is still too stunned (by the magic) to write a review. Thus her companion wrote this review and Eve edited it. 🙂

Updated on 10th April 2015

Thank you for participating in the giveaway! For those who didn’t win, hope you will, for future giveaways!

Results are as below. Winners will be receiving an email from me and the PR company accordingly.

Results of giveaway

Closure on Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

Closure on the death of a loved ones is actually much harder than the receiving the actual news of the passing on.  At least that is so to me.

During a funeral, there are lots of buzz going around; friends and relatives rallying around.

When all is done and the crowd disperse, the void, the deep pain of loss sets in.

I felt this first-hand when my maternal grandmother passed away some 7 years back. I wrote about it months after it happened.

Lung cancer took my beloved grandmother away too suddenly just weeks after her diagnosis; and just one day after she started chemotherapy.

I had the privilege to be part of the 4 persons family members which stayed with her all night in the hospital and shortly after the whole clan arrived, she opened her eyes one last time seemingly to bide us farewell.

Regretfully she left us.

Reluctantly we let her go.

For months thereafter, her family gathered together. We met more often than usual. My uncle (her son) did a memorial book which combined all our heartfelt thoughts. My sons were not born then. But if they were, I believed Xi En would have written “I missed you”.


23rd March 2015 marked the passing on of one of the greatest man in history, Singapore founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

A week of national mourning was the darkest I have ever seen in Singapore. Radio stations played nothing except soft sentimental music throughout the day.

Social media profile photos were changed to shades of black and white. Even the man-in-the-street went around our daily chores less spirited.

For me, I had the longest and deepest understanding of Singapore history since it’s Independence Day to today. I had these lessons through the many sharing online, on TV and in the papers.

It was a sobering week. And I believed I wasn’t alone.

From grief, it grew to respect, to admiration and appreciation for this man and his team which gave us modern Singapore. We are all beneficiaries of his foresight and sheer determination to build Singapore into a clean, green, corruption-free and hardworking nation.

I recalled when I was probably 6 to 7 years old, I ride in my uncle’s car to “make up the numbers” to enter the CBD. During those days, there was a rule to maximise car rides into the CBD, thus you need to have minimum 4 (or 5?) persons in the car to enter the CBD area. I was “the number”. I sat in the car quietly wondering to myself why are there trees on every single roads I passed. I searched for a single road without trees grown on the sides. I couldn’t find one. I was curious why so. Only this week, I remembered this fleetingly thought and realised LKY had the foresight to distinguish Singapore as a green city.

Last week, we visited tributes, paid our due respect to LKY and wrote in the memorial books.  Maybe we needed to do something. For memory. For respect. For appreciation. For closure.

I don’t know this man personally but it really felt like a closed relative had passed on.  Many had been said and I have my tributes set in my heart too.

I enjoyed reading tributes of those who knew him personally and I wept at the eulogies presented by his loved ones.

One of the interesting illustration which hit home to me was put forward by S Dhanabalan (Former Cabinet Minister). I learnt that Mr LKY is an idealist not just a pragmatist. We all knew he is a pragmatist but he is also an idealist and push his ideals to reality too.

“He was a pragmatist, yet in a very deep sense, he was an idealist. This is well illustrated by his approach to the language policy…. the easiest way to ensure electoral support would have been to champion Chinese language… To convert Chinese schools into national type schools and to push for Mandarin against Chinese dialects were the acts of an idealist not the acts of a pragmatist. “

More of each public eulogies can be read here.

At the private funeral, our Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong recalled a speech his father made in 1972 at a congress of cardiologists. I was curious and searched online to read the full article. The end of the speech probably summed it all:

“There will never be a final solution to the problem of life an death, other than death itself. And whether it is philosophy or logic or medicine or morality or law, we are all human beings with human imperfections, both as individuals and as societies. And Singapore is an imperfect society. But I hope, despite all the imperfections you have found some pleasure in having come here.”

If you are interested, read the full article here.

Because of LKY’s legacy, I can lift my head up high and proudly say I am a Singaporean.

Even months and years go by, for as long as I live, I will tell of this week’s story to my children, grandchildren and maybe great-grandchildren. And of your story, the Singapore story and the Singaporeans’ spirit.

Just like in remembrance of my grandmother, she lives forever in our hearts. Likewise, in our own little ways, we will remember the LKY’s spirit of doing good for Singapore and contribute positively to the society.

There’s nothing else to say except: “Thank you and Thank you, Mr Lee. May you rest in peace.”

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Among all his speeches I’ve read last week, this is one of my favourite:

“You begin your journey not knowing where it will take you. You have plans, you have dreams, but every now and again you have to take uncharted roads, face impassable mountains, cross treacherous rivers, be blocked by landslides and earthquakes. That’s the way my life has been.

I’m grateful that I got where I am.

happy that I’ve made a contribution to many people. And reassured that I’ve helped select a team of people to keep Singapore going…

At the end of the day, all I have cherished are human relationships.

Your worldly wealth you can’t take with you.

Your life has been lived.

It is the friends you have made. your family ties. Which sustain your spirit with a certain warmth and comfort.

So you cannot say you plan your whole life.

And that’s why I feel life is an adventure.

Exciting, unpredictable and at times exhilarating.

What is crucial is never to lose the joie de vivre.

That zest for life.

To watch the sun go down

and wake up to a new day

rested and refreshed after a good night.”

– Mr Lee Kuan Yew 2003

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Source of photo: Bloomberg