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新年快乐、恭喜发财 from the cheekiemonkies, mummymonkie & chunkiemonkie!


May the new year be exceptional for you and your loved ones, and everything also number 旺! HUAT AH! 😊
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Ever since Ayd started on his Ortho-K journey last year, some of my readers have been emailing me to ask about his progress so far. It has been about 1.5 years since Ayd started on the treatment and one year since my last post, so I figured that an update was due.


In case you do not know what is Orthokeratology - or Ortho-K for short - it is a non-surgical, reversible process that uses therapeutic lenses to shape the cornea while the patient sleeps. Ortho-K lenses function as "orthodontics for the eye" - something like braces, but for the the eye - and provide clear vision without the use of contact lenses or glasses in the day.


Which means that all Ayd needed to do is to wear specially-designed cornea moulds, which look like hard lenses, to sleep every night. The lenses reshape the corneas and by the time he removes them in the morning, he/she can see clearly without glasses.



You can read more about Ayd's initial experience (and struggles) HERE and head back here after that.

Done? Good.

I have to admit that the treatment is not without struggles initially but with a little bit of patience, the benefits one can gain from it can be tremendous. Because since then, putting on the lenses before sleep is like second nature to Ayd. And he absolutely adores  the freedom that comes with him being spectacle-free!

Throughout the past year, Ayd has been regularly going back to Titus Wu at Titus Eye Care (TEC) every three months for check-ups. An Optometrist and Orthokeratologist,Titus is currently one of only two accredited Fellows of the International Academy of Ortho-K in Singapore while his clinic is also the first in Singapore to sub-specialize in Ortho-K for children and adults.


Ayd commenced on his Ortho-K treatment program when a 0.4mm increase in eye ball length over 1 year was detected. Although kids' eyes are supposed to grow, they should be growing at a healthy rate of approximately 0.1mm to 0.15mm per year. Anything more than that means that there is an increase in the myopia.

Titus performed checks on Ayd's eye balls during every visit, he was happy to report that since Ayd started Ortho-K, his right eye ball did not grow while his left eye ball only grew 0.08mm. Well within normal limits!


This clearly shows that Ortho-K has helped to stabilize the rapid growth of his eye balls and effectively controlled his myopia after 1.5 years. Ayd had myopia of 200 degrees when he first started. I shudder to imagine what his myopia degree would be if he had not started Ortho-K... maybe close to 400 degrees!

NOTE: Ortho-K is NOT permanent which means the myopia comes back if you do not put on the lenses at night. That said, it is effective in controlling myopia because this means that Ayd's myopia is still at 200 degrees instead of spiraling out of control.


Fortunately, Ayd is doing excellent in the treatment program as Titus puts it. Ayd is able to maintain perfect vision all day without spectacles and his molds (aka lenses) are still fitting him well as seen from the centred treatment zone in the topography image.

Right Eye
Left Eye

More importantly, his eyes remain healthy as his cornea pictures show.


If you wish to find out more about Ortho-K and whether it is suitable for your child (actually, even adults can go on the treatment too!), my advice is to just talk to Titus first. He will assess your child and as I have mentioned in my previous post, he is one of the most patient and knowledgeable optometrist I have ever met... because that is extremely important when it comes to coaxing and teaching kids how to put on the lenses correctly.

How much does the process cost?

The Ortho-K treatment starts from $2010 (Net Amount), with costs varying depending on the level of myopia. It includes:

- Initial Ortho-K evaluation, fitting and consultation
- ALL mold changes by the Orthokeratologist for the first 6 months to attain a perfect fit
- Two individual corneal molds
- All follow-up care for the first year
- All solutions for the first time
- All topography testing

Lenses have to be replaced after every 1.5 to 2 years.

Do fix an appointment with Titus if you are keen to find out more.


For me, I am extremely happy that Ortho-K had manage to retard Ayd's myopia progression and seeing how he enjoys his clear vision when swimming and snorkeling, I think he will agree with me.





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Titus Eye Care
Address: 10 Jalan Serene Serene Centre, #02-15 Singapore 258748
Tel: +65 6467 6338
Opening hours:
Mondays to Fridays – 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesdays – 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturdays – 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Sundays and Public Holidays – Closed
Lunch hour – 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

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The Chinese New Year period usually means house-to-house visiting, gorging and more gorging. But in between those house visits and eating, there are other fun ways to usher in the Chinese New Year in Singapore with the kids too. Say hello to the compilation of family-friendly events happening during this CNY long weekend, PLUS additional activities to last through the entire FIFTEEN days of the new year!

OH AND REMEMBER, there is NO school for the kids on the fourth day of the Chinese New Year (19 Feb 2018)! Lucky kiddos.


So get the kiddos decked out in their new clothes and join in the festivities... because with this list, it is going to be a 旺得福 (wonderful) this Lunar New Year!



Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2018
Now until 16 Mar 2018
Chinatown


Usher in the Year of the Dog by thronging the streets of Chinatown, taking in the sights and sounds of the month-long street light-up. Be enthralled by the creativity of the street light-up design, and drop by the street bazaar for a wide range of Chinese New Year goodies!

Street Light-Up
Now until 16 Mar 2018 | 7pm - 2am (Fri & Sat); 7pm - 12mn (Sun - Thu); 7pm - 6am (15 & 16 Feb 2018) | Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge

Festive Street Bazaar
Now until 15 Feb 2018 | 6pm - 10.30pm (Daily); 6pm - 1am (CNY Eve) | Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Streetand Trengganu Street

Nightly Stage Shows
Now until 15 Feb 2018 | 8pm - 10.30pm | Kreta Ayer Square

Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party
15 Feb 2018 | 9.30pm – 12.30am | New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

Chingay 2018 @ Heartlands
25 Feb 2018 | 6pm - 10om | New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
The Chingay parade, the annual largest street performance and float parade in Asia, will make an appearance in Chinatown this year to bring the celebrations to a great height but also marking the end of the Chinese New Year Celebrations. Join us with your family and friends for a vibrant night that include special performances by local and overseas performers and not forgetting the 10 over beautifully decorated and lighted floats.

FUN-Tastic Fortune Awaits You on Sentosa!
Now until 4 Mar 2018
Sentosa, Various locations
Island admission applies


Celebrate the festivities with Snoopy as he pops up around the island from 19 January to 4 March 2018. Strike your best pose, and take a selfie with Snoopy while soaking in the festive ambience! Keep a lookout for 2 giant Snoopy sculptures at Sentosa Boardwalk and Merlion Plaza, and don't forget to check your zodiac fortunes at the Snoopy-themed Zodiac Boards at Beach Station (next to iFly Singapore)!


Celebrate the festivities with Snoopy as he pops up around the island from 19 January to 4 March 2018. Strike your best pose, and take a selfie with Snoopy while soaking in the festive ambience! Keep a lookout for 2 giant Snoopy sculptures at Sentosa Boardwalk and Merlion Plaza, and don't forget to check your zodiac fortunes at the Snoopy-themed Zodiac Boards at Beach Station (next to iFly Singapore)! What's more, download marq+ app and scan the icon on the zodiac board to access your full Zodiac fortunes, as well as adorable Snoopy AR effects!

Meet & Greet with Snoopy
Every Saturday (from 20 January to 3 March 2018); 1pm & 5pm
Beach Station, Sentosa

Dahlia Dreams Floral Display
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Now until 4 Mar 2018; 9am - 9pm

Admission Charges apply


Inspired by the picturesque landscape of Chinese imperial gardens, Dahlia Dreams welcomes Lunar New Year with an elegant display of dahlias, camellias and bromeliads in a courtyard garden setting. Auspicious Southern Lions greet visitors as they enter while Chinese guardian lions (also known as “Foo Dogs”) stand guard.

To celebrate the Year of the Dog, intricate diorama cutouts, exquisite driftwood sculptures and ornamental topiaries in the shape of dogs can be spotted in the display. Adding to the majesty are palace lanterns and umbrella curtains that embellish the garden. On selected days in February, the God of Fortune will make an appearance in the Flower Dome to spread wealth and prosperity.

Lunar New Year @ USS
Now until 25 Feb 2018
Universal Studios Singapore
Admission charges apply


Bring in a prosperous Lunar New Year in cinematic style at Universal Studios Singapore! Celebrate the festive season with the auspicious dancing dragon, Sesame Street friends, the Minions and more. Enjoy lively martial-arts dances and timeless festive music. Plus, don't miss your favourite rides and shows! For more details, visit HERE.

Usher in the Year of the Dog with PAW Patrol
Now until 25 Feb 2018
City Square Mall


Paw-some Carnival
Mon-Fri 6pm - 10pm | Sat, Sun & PH 12pm - 10pm
City Green, outside City Square Mall
Charges apply

Lion Dance with Chase & Marshall
23 Feb 2018 | 2pm | L1 Main Entrance

Gong SEA Fa Cai
Now until 28 Feb 2018
S.E.A. Aquarium
Admission charges apply


Welcome good fortune with our underwater Sea Dragon. Walk through the Sea Dragon’s Gate and embark on a Trail of Fortune to symbolise a prosperous 2018. Get up close with Kings of the Ocean at our new shark exhibition and enjoy a roaring good time! For more details, visit HERE.

CNY Celebrations 2018 at LEGOLAND Malaysia
Now until 28 Feb 2018; 10am - 6pm
LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort
Admission charges apply


Welcome the Lunar New Year with a host of festive round-the-clock activities for the whole family! Bring your family to LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort this February to experience the truest Lunar New Year celebration with all the fun-filled activities, whilst creating fond memories and enjoying quality family bonding time together. That’s not all, receive the Limited Edition Lunar New Year Commemorative LEGO Duplo Bricks when you complete the daily activities trail! For more details on activities, visit HERE.

Spring Surprise
14 - 25 Feb 2018
Supertree Grove & The Canopy, Gardens by the Bay
FREE


Usher in Spring and celebrate the Year of the Dog with Gardens by the Bay. Spring Surprise 2018 offers an array of festive performances and fun for the entire family. Do not miss the spectacular ultraviolet (UV) light performances with the UV Lotus Dragon and UV Northern Lions making their very first appearance here in Singapore. For a complete listing of all activities, visit HERE.

FREE Admission to National Orchid Garden
10 - 18 Feb 2018
National Orchid Garden

Enjoy free admission to National Orchid Garden for students, Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and Work Permit Holders. Please note that last entry to the National Orchid Garden is 6pm daily.

*Terms and Conditions
1. Students are required to present valid student cards.
2. Singaporeans, Permanent Residents, Work Permit Holders and Dependant Pass Holders are required to present their ID cards or relevant documentation.

3. Not applicable to tour groups, tickets purchased in advance and other promotions.


River Hongbao 2018
14 - 25 Feb 2018; 2pm - 11pm daily (Extended till 1am on CNY Eve)
The Float @ Marina Bay
FREE Admission


*FIREWORKS & LASER SHOW nightly at 9pm (Except CNY Eve at 12 midnight, 23 & 24 Feb at approximately 9.40pm)

Held at the Floating Platform @ Marina Bay, this iconic event has become an integral tradition of Singapore’s Lunar New Year celebrations for locals and tourists alike. This lively festival offers a special Chinese cultural experience – from giant lanterns to mouth-watering food – that is a feast for your senses. Be astounded by the larger-than life lanterns depicting figures of Chinese myth and legend, handcrafted onsite by craftsmen from China at the River Hongbao Festival. Crowd favourites include the God of Fortune, and of course, the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. A myriad of fringe activities, ranging from amusement rides to carnival games, will ensure that there is never a dull moment. Opera and other street performances round up this colourful extravaganza. For more details, visit HERE.

PAWS-perous New Year @ Wildlife Reserves Singapore
15 Feb - 2 Mar 2018
(Activities on 15-18, 24 & 25 Feb only)
Admission charges apply


EmBARK on the Year of the Dog with wild friends and be part of this pack of activities at Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park! For more details on all activities, visit HERE.

Istana Open House
17 Feb 2018; 8.30am - 6pm
Istana (Entrance to the Istana grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road)
FREE for Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents. 
Other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $2 per person.

There will be a variety of performances on the grounds during the Open House. For an entrance fee of $2, visitors could tour selected function rooms in the Istana building and view a special display of gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister. There are also guided tours of the Istana building, conducted by the Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) volunteers. Istana souvenirs are also sold at the Open House. All proceeds from the sale of the souvenirs and the entrance fees collected are donated to charity.

Chinese New Year Open House
17 Feb 2018; 10am - 7pm
Singapore Philatelic Museum
Free Admission


Head to the new All About Dogs exhibition (Now until 1 Dec 2018) at Singapore Philatelic Museum and learn more about dogs! Originating from wolf ancestors, this amazing animal is more than a pet.  Using its keen sense of smell and hearing, it provides protection, security checks at immigration control, search and rescue, guide and assistance, and herding for farm animals. The exhibition will also sniff out what the 2018 Earth Dog year has in store for all the 12 animal zodiac signs.

Open House Day Activities (17 Feb 2018)
10:00am - 5:00pm: Family Fun Station
11.30am - 12:30pm: Chinese New Year Calligraphy Demonstration
2:00pm - 3:00pm: Talk by Feng Shui Master
3:30pm - 4:00pm: Chinese Lion and Dragon Dance

Chingay 2018
23 & 24 Feb 2018; 8pm
F1 Pit Building
23 Feb: $28.50, $40 & $50 |11 Feb: $28.50, $50 & $60
*20% discount for PAssion Card holders


Chingay, Singapore's iconic street and floats parade returns grander than before for a uniquely Singapore multicultural extravaganza. Join in the fun at Chingay 2018: Cultural Funtasy to experience Multi-ethnic cultural performances by local talents and international acts featuring elaborately decorated floats, Dazzling array of colourful costumes, creative props and wearable art, Street Party at the end of the Parade and Stunning displays of lights, lasers, pyrotechnic and fireworks display! To purchase tickets, visit HERE.

STREET PARADE - FREE! -
Date: 23 & 24 February 2018
Time: 5.00pm - 10.30pm
Venue: Along the open space behind the Singapore Flyer
Come along and experience the Street Entertainment & Food Carnival for overseas and local talent showcases and tasty Instagram-able food. Admission is free!

Huayi 2018
23 Feb - 4 Mar 2018
Esplanade


Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is cooking up a sumptuous feast for its 16th edition of Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, which will be held from the eighth day of the Lunar New Year on 23 February till 4 March 2018. The annual festival will feature a delectable line-up of theatre, dance, and music programmes by outstanding Chinese artists from Singapore and beyond, for all to enjoy during the festive period.

For a complete listing of family-friendly programmes, visit HERE.

Saturdays@ACM
24 Feb 2018; 1pm - 5pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
Free Admission


Take a break from your Chinese New Year visiting and take the little ones to Saturdays @ ACM, a family-friendly programme organised by the Asian Civilisations Museum. Kids will not only have a great time exploring the museum’s galleries and trying their hand at the various craft activities, they will also learn more about the different zodiac animals. Don’t forget to catch the interactive performances and drama, and the lion-dance show too.

Family Fun at the National Museum
24 Feb 2018; Various Timings
National Museum Singapore

This February, usher in the Lunar New Year with an exhilarating lion dance performance, and create a Straits Chinese panel belt inspired by one from our collection to accessorise yourself when visiting family and friends.

Drop-in Family Fun – Accessorise for a Stylish New Year!
24 Feb | 10.30am to 4.30pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2 | Free
Come learn about the twelve Chinese zodiac signs and make your own Straits Chinese panel belt inspired by one from our collection. Join us at the drop-in craft activity station located at Level 2 of the museum and accessorise yourself for a stylish new year! No registration required. While stocks last. Last admission at 4pm.

National Museum Building Tour for Families
24 Feb | 11am (45 min) | Meeting point: Rotunda, Level 1 | Free
Go on a learning journey around the museum and discover more interesting gems about this 130-year-old building. Limited to the first 15 pairs of parent and child, on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to register.

GosTan Back: A Time-travelling Adventure on Wheels by MySuperFuture Theatrical Productions
24 Feb | 10.30am (1 hr & 30 min) | Meeting point: The Canyon, Basement Level | $8 per pair of parent and child
Experience Singapore’s history and artefacts in the museum’s Singapore History Gallery through an interactive theatrical journey – GosTan Back, a story about a young boy who gets the chance to save the future by going back in time. Young audiences can look forward to storytelling and a whole lot of hands-on fun!

*This production is designed to support children with additional needs and their families to experience the museum. Families with typically developing children aged 5 to 8 years old are also welcome to register for the programme. Limited to 10 pairs of parent and child per session. Click here to register.

Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2018
24 & 25 Feb 2018
10am - 9.30pm
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Free Admission


Usher in the Year of the Dog at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s Lunar New Year celebrations! Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2018 presents an exciting line-up of festive offerings suitable for the young and old, including energetic Lion and Dragon dance performances, auspicious calligraphy,..
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The first month of 2018 had already passed, and I am already looking forward to the next school holidays! It has been quite the draining start to the new year, with work, blog stuff, school work (Sec 1 & P6! 😱), falling sick AND if you have been following me on Instagram, Ale's arm was also briefly wrapped in a cast too. Sigh.

Emotionally, I feel like I'm still in my thirties but physically, I think I have to accept that I'm growing older. And experiencing a loss of energy is part of that aging process.

OR IS IT? Maybe not, as I've recently starting taking Tru Niagen, a health supplement which has been clinically demonstrated to boost cellular level of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+).


NAD what?

NAD+ is a vitally important coenzyme, found in every living cell and performs four essential functions:

OFFENSE
- NAD+ enables our cells to convert fats, proteins and carbohydrates into energy.
- NAD+ also activates the sirtuin genes, often referred to as longevity genes, which regulate cellular aging and metabolism.

DEFENSE
- NAD+ is required for proper function of our  DNA repair enzymes, thereby defending our genome from damage.
- NAD+ metabolites defend against harmful free radicals produced by radiation, inflammation and reactive oxygen.

Simply put, NAD+ protects against oxidative stress (yippee!), activate anti-aging mechanisms (woo-hoo!) and enhance energy metabolism (oh yes, baby!).


But here's the bad news: our cells consume large amounts of NAD+ when they are under acute or chronic stresses from disease, DNA damage, exposure to the sun, and free radicals where its depletion leads to cellular damage and ultimately cell death. Which explains why some of us may be aging at a faster rate. BOO.

Hang on, there is GOOD NEWS too!

As levels of NAD+ decline, this is where NIAGEN or Nicotinamide Riboside (NR) comes in. NIAGEN is a form of a form of vitamin B3 and used as an NAD+ precursor by all cells. What it does is to safely and efficiently elevates NAD+ with no adverse side effects, replenishing it and maintaining optimal cellular function.


BUT is NIAGEN safe?


NIAGEN is a natural product found in milk and a panel of scientific experts had unanimously found that NIAGEN is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) in accordance with regulations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

How to consume NIAGEN?

Thanks to Tru Niagen, aging is now a lifestyle choice. Newly launched in Singapore and exclusively available at all Watsons stores, all it takes is 2 tablets a day for that boost in energy to meet one's daily challenges and stress.



I have started taking Tru Niagen 2 weeks back and while my work schedule largely remained the same, I have to say I do feel more energetic when it comes to night time... which translate to having more energy to play with the monkies before their bedtime. Perhaps the levels of NAD+ in my body have been elevated?


Whatever it is, I cannot complain about my energy levels being boosted! Because let's face it, while we cannot stop growing older, we can age healthily and slow down the aging process.

Healthy aging can indeed be a lifestyle choice!








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What is your ideal holiday experience with the kids? For me, I love self-drive holidays because I love the freedom to plan my own travel itinerary. And since travelling with kids isn't exactly without hiccups, I want to be able to tweak our travel adventure accordingly.

Which is why a self-drive holiday is about freedom on wheels, as we get to explore places at our own pace. Also, we would not have to worry about figuring out how to get around using public transportation, especially big suitcases in tow.

And if you are planning a trip to Japan this year, you may want to consider just that - a self-drive holiday. Sure, public transportation may be adequate for urban areas like Tokyo and Osaka. But we all know the real beauty of Japan lies in its nature with the likes of Hokkaido or Okinawa. With your own set of wheels, you will be able to enjoy coastal drives, scenic mountain routes and visit places where the locals go in Japan!

Ok, I know what you are thinking. Choosing the right rental company and vehicle in Japan can be tricky, especially since most of the car rental websites are in Japanese. But worry no more, because Tabirai Japan Car Rental is the only car rental company you will ever need if you are planning to self-drive in Japan.


For starters, not only does Tabirai Japan Car Rental allow you to search rental cars from major Japanese car rental companies all at once and book it immediately, its website is in English!

Browsing through its website, 3 particular features stand out for me:

1. Guaranteed installation of English car navigation system
Super important, because most of the road signs in Japan are in Japanese. So no worries about getting lost!


2. Tabirai only filters cars from major rental companies for overseas visitors at prices which are up to a maximum of 50% off regular prices.
Again, extremely important because this means I have more money for sashimi!



3. In addition to rental car charges, basic insurance, collision damage waiver (CDW), English-car navigation(GPS), consumption tax are already included in the booking price.
What this means there are no hidden costs or nasty bill increase surprises when you are collecting your rental car.


So, how do you get started? First impressions count, and Tabirai Japan Car Rental's website is simple and every user friendly. Here's how to book your rental car for your next trip to Japan!

Step 1: SEARCH


Head to http://en.tabirai.net/car/ to get started. Enter your rental details to search for the best rental cars on offer.

Step 2: COMPARE


You will see a list of vehicles based on your selections. Each listing will give the vehicle make and type, engine size, seating capacity, as well as the rental company name. Of course, the prices are displayed too.

Step 3: SELECT


Choose your desired rental car and you will then be brought to a page which shows the full vehicle specifications, and other details. You can see that the collision damage waiver (CDW) and English-car navigation (GPS) are already included in the price.

Step 4: RESERVE


If you are happy with the selection, click on 'Book' and it will bring you to the reservation form where you can fill in your personal details.

Step 5: REVIEW


Review your reservation to check if all booking details are correct

Step 6: CONFIRM


Click on 'Confirm' and your specified rental is guaranteed. Simply head to rental car company office on your pick-up date and your self-drive holiday is all set!


Wait, don't you need to pay too? Of course you do, but you do NOT need to provide any credit card details at the time of booking. Payment is only made at the car rental office on your pick-up date. Do note that credit cards are the recommended mode of payment.

Should you need to cancel your reservation, simply do so via ‘Reservation Information Box’.


To be honest, it could not be easier to book your car with Tabirai Japan Car Rental... and at a great price too. Now I have the urge to head to Japan for my next holiday!




Planning to self-drive in Japan? Here are other links you may find useful too:
Tabirai Japan Car Rental Booking: http://en.tabirai.net/car/
Secret Tips for Renting a Car in Japan: http://en.tabirai.net/car/guide/
Car Rental in Okinawa: http://en.tabirai.net/car/okinawa/
Car Rental in Hokkaido: http://en.tabirai.net/car/hokkaido/

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One of the oldest items in our household is our dear queen-sized mattress. It has been with ever since the wifey and I got married in 2003 - that's a whopping 15 years in case you are doing the math. Over the years, the mattress has accumulated its fair share of pee from the monkies because you know, they sometimes sneak onto the bed with us.

So with the Chinese New Year approaching, I figured it was time to change our mattress and after 1.5 months sleeping on my new mattress, I am not exaggerating when I say I am looking forward to my sleep time every night... if I can just get the monkies off my bed first!


Hennsley is local mattress brand with a sole mission - to provide quality bedding products at competitive prices that improve people’s lives and well-being. Its founder has years of experience in the mattress industry before setting up Hennsley, simply because he wanted to improve people’s quality of sleep.  He has launched a range of mattresses to suits different people’s sleeping pattern and their preferred comfort levels.

We went down to the Hennsley showroom headquarters in Ang Mo Kio to pick the mattress that was most suitable for the wifey and me, and I expected it to be just a session of lying down on different beds and picking out the most comfortable one.

Turned out I was so wrong.


Firstly, the right way to test a mattress before buying it is to lie down on it as a couple. Simulate the way you sleep by lying on your backs and sides for at least 10 minutes. Your spine should be straight when you sleep on your side and in its natural curve when you lie on your back. Most importantly, the mattress should mould well to your body, leaving no space between the mattress and your body.


Hennsley mattress come in both Classic and Premium Series.

The Classic Series models come with a Standard Compact Pocketed Innerspring System which are heat-treated and tested for performance, quality, and durability. They are highly responsive to your weight distribution, body contour and sleeping patterns. Providing you with the right support, it aligns your spine in a natural position.


But if you really want true comfort, I recommend the Premium Series models which are designed for the ultimate comfort and support. The Standard Compact Pocketed Innerspring System is further enhanced with a 3-Zone, 7-Zone and Soft Touch 7-Zone sleep system.


Our mattress model is the 'Caribea', which is part of the Premium Series. Its 7-Zone Individual Pocketed Innerspring System - which are imported from USA - is exclusively designed by the human’s body shape and contour with the mattress being divided into 7 sections - Head, Neck, Shoulder, Back, Hip, Legs and Feet. This is because with each part of the body fitting nicely into the correct zones, the result is a more consistent and even body support.


See the extra padding at the top part of the mattress? This 'Pillow Top' serves to provide comfort and is extremely ideal for side sleepers.


In addition, the mattress' High Density Foam Border Encasement provides much more stability when sleeping, which translates to extra sleeping space at the edge and reducing the “roll-off”effect.

Oh, and my mattress is so much cooler to lie on compared to my old mattress too, thanks to the specially treated fabric called "Coolmax" which is a type of moisture-wicking technical fabrics specially-engineered to improve "breath-ability" compared to natural fibres like cotton.


Even better, all Premium Series models come with a Non-Slip Mattress Base Pad which keeps your mattress and bedsheets in place and also means that making your bed will be much easier! Of course, the beds are also treated with anti dust mite, anti bacterial and anti fungi properties.

Best of all, the mattress comes with 10 year Full Warranty on the innerspring system – i.e. if there are any issues with the innersprings, Hennsley will do a 1-to-1 exchange. Most of the other brands in the market only provide 10 year limited warranty, which means the first 2 year is free for any exchange or repair if the springs have issues.  But from the 3rd year onwards, customers will need to pay an amount based on the age of the mattress.

So can you tell that I am LOVING my new Hennsley mattress yet??? Especially since it comes with a bed frame that doubles up as a storage space!


Hennsley offers a wide range of bed frames at its showroom as well and the wifey and I went for the storage bed frame without any hesitation because the space seems like a good place for me to put the monkies if they are making far too much noise.

I AM KIDDING.

Truth is, there is just too much junk stuff in the house with 3 kids around.


The extra space comes in useful to store our travel luggage, winter clothes, back packs and plenty of other things.

I am also told that all of Hennsley's storage bedframes come with authentic German designed hydraulic gas springs by Bansbach. Bansbach easylift hydraulic gas springs are safe to use and as the name suggests, easy to lift as well. It also functions as a shock absorber and damper, used as both safety and functional elements to damp speed and slow down masses.


Of course, what is a good night's sleep if one's pillow does not provide enough comfort too? Hennsley currently carries 2 different types of pillows.

Hennsley Memory Foam Pillows are made from 100% BASF approved memory foam material from Germany, the quality of the memory foam is second to none. It is soft to the touch, yet supportive. Whether you are a back sleeper or side sleeper, the uniquely designed memory foam contour pillow allows you to sleep in whichever way you are comfortable with.


Providing the utmost support for your head, neck and shoulders, the pillow also conforms nicely to the size and shape of your head, giving a much desired quality sleep. The pillows come with a 3-year warranty.


If you are looking for a pillow that gives you MORE than just comfort, I recommend the Hennsley Convoluted Contour Pillow which is made from 100% Natural Latex and comes with a 5-year warranty.


Not only does it provide me with an utmost support for my head, neck and shoulders, its unique convoluted surface also enhances my blood circulation by softly massaging my head and neck. So that I wake up feeling refreshed and energized!


So you now know why I say that I am looking forward to my bed every single night!


If you are not getting a restful sleep at night, it is probably time to get a new Hennsley mattress.

But don't just take my word for it.

Try the mattresses for yourself at Hennsley's main showroom at Ang Mo Kio (address at the end of the post), or at Courts showrooms (Courts Megastore, Courts Jurong Point and Courts Toa Payoh).


Just be sure not to fall asleep at the showroom! LOL.



Hennsley Main Showroom
Address: 3 Ang Mo Kio Street 62, #04-16, Link@AMK, Singapore 569139
Tel: 6266 9580
Website: www.hennsley.com
Retail Prices:
Hennsley Caribea Queen Mattress: $2,849
Storage Bedframe Model: $999 (Purchase with Purchase price)
Memory Foam Contour Pillow: $199
Latex Convoluted Contour Pillow: $269

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After having so much fun during our Christmas shopping at Warehouse Club last month, the monkies were desperately looking for another excuse to head down once again.


And the chance arrived... thanks to the all-important Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations!


CNY is one the the wifey's and my favourite festive periods of the year because not only do we get to visit relatives that we seldom get together with, nothing binds all of us quite like FOOD! (Although the monkies will beg to differ because you know, angpows)

But speaking of food, CNY is the time to stock up on everything food-related... from goodies and treats to mandarin oranges and steamboat stuff. And Warehouse Club is the one-stop supermarket for all your CNY needs!


In case you do not already know, Warehouse Club is a membership-based warehouse retail format of NTUC Fairprice Co-operative Ltd located at FairPrice Hub next to Joo Koon MRT Station. Members get to enjoy exclusive and BIG savings on bulk buys, value packs and multi-packs. Just like these Super Deals that the monkies spotted the moment they stepped into the mega-supermarket.


Here's a tip - the best buys are ALWAYS located at the front of the store including the Clearance Sale section where you may just pick up some nifty and cheap buys!


As the monkies found out during their last visit, the unique feature about Warehouse Club is it offers value to shoppers by selling items in bulk packs, value packs and multi-packs - all at great prices. Most importantly though, a lot of its products sold in the store are HUGE.


And just like last time, the monkies were at it once again, attempting to outdo one another by seeing who can spot the most number of products that were larger than life.



I think it was a tie... until Ale managed to fool everyone by hiding in one of the display shelves. LOL.


Well, that only goes to show how big the products are at Warehouse Club.

Not only that, expect to find special quality import brands such as Kirkland Signature from USA, Carrefour from France, Tesco from UK, Cheesecake Factory from USA, and Frosch from Germany. In particular, the Kirkland Signature range was extremely varied and offered value for money, like this huge bag of Frozen Blueberries which is going for $19.80 for a 2.27kg pack.


Or this giant bag of Frozen Stir Fry Vegetable Mix ($15.80 for 2.49kg) which provides convenience at its finest when you need to whip up a plate of vegetables at home quickly.


Got a sweet tooth? Stock up on these European Hazelnut Chocolates from Kirkland Signature at $23.95 per pack (48 pieces). They make great gifts for CNY too!


More than just food choices, Kirkland Signature's range also includes these Napkins which are going for $16.95 per 4-pack (260 sheets per roll).


Okay, so back to our CNY shopping because like I mentioned previously, Warehouse Club has got everything covered when it comes to CNY-related items.



See what I mean? All CNY goodies - you name it, they got it. Simple as that.


Ale was looking out for her fave snacks to slip into our shopping trolley... Redondo Assorted Wafer (CNY Tin) ($6.75 for a tin, 800g) and these giant packs of Fishball Crackers ($10.90 for 2, 400g each)!


The wifey though, had her sights set on these Organic Roasted Chestnuts ($12.95 for a 567g pack).


Me? I scooped up these bags of Pistachios and Roasted Cashews from Camel ($21.95 per 1kg pack). By the way, they are exclusive to Warehouse Club so you get to enjoy more savings here if love your nuts.


For CNY, chances are you are going to prepare a steamboat feast whether it is for the reunion dinner or during the CNY period. Which makes the massive chilled and frozen food section supremely important.


Here, you can find many frozen seafood and meat cuts that are not readily available at other supermarkets, many of which are jumbo sized which you should know by now, translates to cheaper prizes. Like this 2kg bag of Emerald Frozen Canadian Scallops that is going for $53.95... which is even cheaper than the last time we visited in November!


Oh, and remember I gave the spotlight to a handy steamboat pack during my last visit too? Now I have the legit excuse to purchase it.


For $99.85 I get all of the following PLUS it definitely takes the headache out of shopping for my steamboat reunion dinner!


Our dessert shall come in the form of this 7-inch Original Cheesecake ($26.90 for 964g pack) from The Cheesecake Factory which I am sure the monkies will approve!


And no, the monkies did not forget about the Chiller room either.


To the adults, the chiller is one cold room which are filled with vegetable and fruit produce. But to kids, it is a place where they feel like they are transported to a cold country... because it is really THAT cold!


Of course, here is where you will find a wide selection of Mandarin Oranges which are a must-have for CNY.


For me, I was happy to see that my fave Japanese cucumbers are still going at $2 per 1kg pack. I kid you not when I say these are the best, freshest and crunchiest cucumbers that I tasted all my life. Ash love them too!


But I digress.

Because what's a CNY celebration without some big time feasting, no? Place your Deli orders at the CNY booth at Warehouse Club, which is offering a Triple Braised Delight of Pork Belly, Chicken and Duck at $50.80 per set and a Bountiful Fortune of Roast Suckling Pig, Roast Chicken and Roast Duck at $198 per set.


Round everything up with cans of abalone and I think the CNY shopping is complete.



 Oh wait, how can forget the booze???


Which should I pick - Three bottles of Wine Men of Gotham Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon for $48 OR six bottles of Vina Eguia Crianza for $109?


No doubt that one needs to be a member to shop at Warehouse Club. But you do NOT have to be a member to enter and browse.

Just make a trip down with kids and let them run amok along the giant aisles as you scrutinise the products and their prices. If the savings make sense to you, just sign up on the spot and you can start shopping immediately!

And it certainly makes sense to join NOW instead of later because, it only costs $10 for NTUC Members/FairPrice Members & Shareholders and $20 for the Public for a 1-year membership! On top of this, you receive a $5 voucher in return which means you effectively only pay $5 for a 1-year membership if you are a NTUC member, FairPrice member and shareholder! Promotion is valid until 31 March 2018.

Do take note of the extended opening hours of Warehouse Club this CNY period too, and remember to redeem your FREE festive packets if you spend above $50 in one receipt!


If it isn't already obvious enough, you will know that the monkies absolutely love shopping at Warehouse Club. I love it too, especially how the store’s wide aisles and large spaces make it a breeze for families with kids (and even prams) to navigate around.

The over-sized products will fascinate the kids, while adults will be able to stock up on daily essentials and items for the parties and festive occasions. (TIP: you can browse the e-catalog HERE)


Looks like we will be paying Warehouse Club another visit before CNY then.


Useful Information

Warehouse Club
Address: 1 Joo Koon Circle, Level 3, Singapore 629117
Tel: 6710 4584
Opening Hours: 10.00 AM - 9.00 PM (Mon - Fri) | 09.00 AM - 9.30 PM (Sat & Sun)
E-catalog HERE
Website: www.warehouseclub.com.sg

*Prices indicated are correct at time of writing.
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If your kids (or you) are fans of Cartoon Network shows, this is one cruise that you cannot miss!

The world's FIRST Cartoon Network-theme cruise will set sail from Singapore in the fourth quarter of this year and will feature some of the world’s most famous cartoon characters - from Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, We Bare Bears, Adventure Time and many more.

A joint partnership between Oceanic Group, Asia Pacific's leading cruise management company and Turner, the global media giant behind Cartoon Network, the ship is named Cartoon Network Wave and features Jake the Dog as the titular character spanning across the cruise facade.


I think the monkies are already sold the moment they saw photos of Cartoon Network Wave!


Weighing more than 50,000 tonnes, Cartoon Network Wave features 800 fully-themed cabins and suites, including two of the world’s first triplex suites. Be spoilt for choice with 11 decks of shopping, relaxing, partying and excitement with a variety of leisure and entertainment options.



For sure, kids will never be bored on Cartoon Network Wave. Not when there are these highlights onboard to look forward to:

Night Glow Party
From retro nights to circus shows to foam parties, groove with The Powerpuff Girls, We Bare Bears, Teen Titans, and many more at its thematic Night Glow Parties.

Rope Adventure Park
It’s Adventure Time! Kids can get their adrenaline pumping as they join Jake and Finn in navigating an elaborate rope course!


Power Cage
This is not for the faint-hearted: expect to get an overdose of ChemicalX – for X-treme factor – with gravity-defying circus acts certain to leave jaws dropping.

Young Tooniverse
Young Tooniverse features indoor and outdoor spaces for kids aged 4 to 12 to explore, play and join in the merry activities along with their favourite Toonixpals!



Bravo’s Place
Score a date with Johnny Bravo in this classic American Diner and enjoy traditional American fare.

Indoor Herb Garden
Step inside the cosy herb garden and be greeted by the aroma of basil, rosemary, thyme and other fragrant herbs. You might even bump into Chowder gathering some herbs for his next recipe!

The Cartoon Network theme continues right INTO the rooms too! With four types of rooms available, all of the cabin rooms will be decked out in an array of styles that will delight any Cartoon Network fan. And speaking of rooms, Cartoon Network Wave will be home to the world's first Triplex Suites on the high seas!



Each suite comes with two bedrooms, a Jacuzzi, a family lounge... PLUS a fun play corner that will get ALL kids excited. Best of all, it doubles up as a third sleeping area!


YES, THERE IS A SLIDE IN THE SUITE! Kids can reach the lower floor via the slide! Oh man, even I want to go on that! LOL.

Cartoon Network Wave will be docked at the Singapore Cruise Centre and will sail to 13 popular destinations in the Asia Pacific region including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia and Japan. Dates and itineraries for its routes around Asia Pacific will be announced in the coming months. Online bookings for Cartoon Network Wave will start later in the year. More details will be released on the Cartoon Network Wave website.

Cartoon Network Wave Cruise - FIRST LOOK! - YouTube

Nothing like powering up for a cruise holiday with the kids along with the stars of We Bare Bears, Adventure Time, Ben 10 and The Powerpuff Girls, eh?



For more information, visit www.cartoonnetworkwave.com.
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With the new school term in full swing, there is only one way to make school term more bearable - by planning activities for the kids during the March School Holidays!

And if your kids (and even you) love all things Disney, then the March school holidays is that time of the year when Disney On Ice skates its way here! Whether it is Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Cinderella, Nemo or the Frozen gang, Disney stories are timeless and, this year, Disney On Ice features one show with 14 stories and more than 50 of your favourite Disney characters in one spectacular ice show.  


The amazing thing about Disney on Ice is that each production of the show is new EVERY SINGLE YEAR. And with this year being Disney On Ice's 25th anniversary in Singapore, you can be sure that this year's show will be nothing short of spectacular!

Oh and speaking of anniversary, our first Disney On Ice experience dates all the way back to 2006 when Ash was slightly over a year old! So cute right?


Time truly flies... and this year, we will all be catching this year's show which is aptly named 'Disney On Ice celebrates Everyone’s Story'. Because ‘Everyone’ has a personal ‘Story’ of their first Disney On Ice experience.

Produced by Feld Entertainment, and celebrating the silver anniversary of Disney On Ice in Singapore, the show features more than 50 unforgettable Disney stars, a sing-along score of melodious masterpieces, stunning choreography, beautiful costumes and intricate sets.

The mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, sweetheart Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy will take to the ice with their friends from favourite Disney movies that span decades from Pinocchio to Frozen.


Then, travel to the heart of Africa with Disney’s The Lion King, join in for an adventure in friendship with the gang from Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story and watch in amazement as Belle breaks the Beast’s curse in the tale of Beauty and the Beast. I also heard that there will be a musical montage where the entire Disney royalty skate to songs like “I See The Light” from Tangled and “A Whole New World” from Aladdin!


And of course, what's an ice show without Frozen, no? The show will also have a special appearance by royal sisters Anna and Elsa from the number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen. Enter the magical kingdom of Arendelle and journey up the North Mountain with hilarious snowman Olaf and rugged mountain-man Kristoff, as they help the sisters discover that true love conquers all.


And no matter what you do, DO NOT BE LATE for the show as it will kick off with a special pre- show with Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde of Disney’s Zootopia enticing the crowd to help solve an off-ice caper that must be cracked for the on-ice action to begin!


Planning on bringing the family? GREAT NEWS! All Maybank credit and debit cardholders enjoy a 15% savings on Cat 1 and 2 tickets! That's a savings of close to $10 and $7 per ticket for Cat 1 and Cat 2 tickets respectively.


Book your tickets with your Maybank Card either online at www.sportshubtix.sg or at Singapore Indoor Stadium's Box Office (Details below). Terms and Conditions apply:

- The Promotion is valid for onsite and online purchase of tickets to Disney on Ice celebrates Everyone's Story.
- On-sale Offer Save 15% on Category 1 and 2 tickets respectively valid from 2 January to 4 March 2018, while stocks last.
- Payment must be made with a Singapore Maybank Credit or Debit Card.
- For online purchase at www.sportshubtix.com.sg, please enter the first 6 digits of your Maybank Card number at checkout.
- For onsite or phone purchase, please quote "Maybank Cards Promotion" prior to the purchase. Cardmember must be present at the onsite point of purchase.
- Other terms and conditions apply


Can't wait for the skating action to start? Keep the kiddos occupied with these FREE Disney On Ice activities:

Activity Colouring Sheet
and
Disney-themed Recipes


Remember, the 15% Maybank savings is only valid until 4 March 2018! So whether it is your first experience, or your 25th experience, be prepared to smile and create another lasting memory for your entire family with Disney On Ice celebrates Everyone’s Story.


Useful Details:

Disney On Ice celebrates Everyone’s Story
Dates: 14 - 18 March 2018
Timings: 14 & 15 Mar - 7pm | 16 Mar - 3pm & 7pm | 17 & 18 Mar - 10.30am, 2.30pm & 6.30pm
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Prices: Magical Moment Package $200 | Rinkside $120 | VIP $95 | Cat 1 $65 | Cat 2 $45 | Cat 3 $25
*Enjoy 15% savings on Category 1 and 2 tickets respectively valid from 2 January to 4 March 2018 with Maybank Credit and Debit cards.
Tickets: www.sportshub.com.sg/sportshubtix/Pages/Disney-On-Ice-2018.aspx
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