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WE ARE SINGAPORE @ THE HUB!

Join us at the Singapore Sports Hub on 9 August 2018 as we celebrate the Nation’s birthday at the Sports Hub National Day Fiesta!

Date: 9 August 2018
Time: 12pm – 9pm
Venue: OCBC Square, Singapore Sports Hub
Admission: Free

Join us at the Sports Hub National Day Fiesta as we celebrate Singapore’s 53rd birthday, with activities such as ‘Workout Lah!’ – an innovative cardio-fusion dance programme choreographed with a uniquely Singaporean twist, ‘Junior Super Warrior Challenge’ for pre-schoolers and families, quizzes and games on Singapore’s culture and heritage, as well as a live telecast of the National Day Parade and family picnic.

Key Highlights:

WORKOUT LAH!
Time: 2pm to 4pm

Choreographed with a uniquely Singaporean twist, this Cardio-fusion dance workout comprises of Piloxing, Zumba and CardioBlast! Prizes for the best dressed!

Receive a limited edition Fiesta bag when you pre-register online.

KOPI QUIZ
Time: 12.30pm to 1pm

LOCAL HERITAGE BINGO
Time: 4.30pm to 5pm

How Singaporean are you? Take up the challenge to test your local knowledge and stand to win attractive prizes.

LIVE NDP TELECAST CUM FAMILY PICNIC
Time: 5pm – 9pm

Wrap up the celebrations with a blast! Early birds will get FREE popcorn* and picnic mats*!

*while stocks last

JUNIOR SUPER WARRIOR CHALLENGE
Time: 12pm – 4pm

Targeted at kids aged 7 years old and below, this fun obstacle course helps to build confidence and enhance motor skills. Parents are welcome to join in the fun with their kids at play!

Receive a limited edition Fiesta bag, Petite Park Indoor Playground play pass and event tee when you pre-register online. Limited slots available.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY FUN

Families can be entertained all day with free guided tours around the Sports Hub^, local curators’ bazaar, music performances by local talents, bouncy castles and ethnic crafts workshops^ such as tile and batik painting where participants can bring home their own masterpiece.

There will also be flag-making activities, badge-making workshops, and storytelling sessions at the Singapore Sports Museum and Sports Hub Library.

^ Pre-registration required. Limited slots available.

FOR SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS

Sports enthusiasts can try their hand at sports stations such as Parkour, RED-X Games, ELXR Arena Container Gym, e-sports activities and more!

All activities are FREE for the public. Programmes and activities are subject to change. For latest updates on the Sports Hub National Day Fiesta, please visit here.

The Sports Hub National Day Fiesta is held in collaboration with Get Active! Singapore. For more information on Get Active! Singapore’s activities, visit here.

Photo Credit: Singapore Sports Hub

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According to figures from the Singapore Department of Statistics, the number of women conceiving in their 40s has doubled over the past three decades in Singapore.

In 2015, there were nine births for every 1,000 women aged 40 to 44, compared to 4.5 in 1985.

Conversely, the number of women having babies between the ages of 25 and 29 has been reduced by 50 per cent in the last 30 years.

It’s not just in Singapore either – women around the world are choosing to marry and have children later in life.

This is at least partly due to advances in medical technology and artificial reproductive techniques, such as In-Vitro Fertilization and Intra-Uterine Insemination, which now make it possible for couples to conceive in their later years

According to Dr Kelly Loi, an obstetrics and gynaecology specialist practising at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, the optimum childbearing age for women is between 20 to 35 years.

During this season of her life, a woman is likely to be psychologically ready and physically fit enough for a healthy pregnancy and birth, and would have achieved most of her educational goals.

Dr Loi adds that, when a woman is past the age of 35, her ovarian reserve, i.e. the number of eggs left in the ovaries, and the quality of her eggs starts to decline.

While fertility treatments and procedures can enable her to conceive, the risk of complications – such as hypertension, gestational diabetes, miscarriage, pre-term birth, a small baby or stillbirth – increases once she is over 35, and even more so if she smokes, is overweight or obese.

There are risks to the baby as well, such as increased risks of fetal abnormalities due to chromosome or genetic conditions.

These conditions would require close monitoring and treatment. There would also a higher risk of Caesarean sections due to pregnancy complications such as placenta praevia where the placenta covers the birth canal.

Depending on her health before the pregnancy, an older mother would probably take a longer time to recover from the delivery than a younger woman.

So what advice does Dr Loi have for expectant mums who are above 35?

1. Keep a healthy diet and lifestyle.

2. Be conscientious about taking prenatal and folic acid supplements to prevent neural tube defects, which might lead to problems like spina bifida.

3. Go for regular prenatal visits to monitor the well-being of both mother and child.

A variety of prenatal tests are now available to screen for conditions such as Down syndrome. These include a nuchal translucency ultrasound scan at about 12 weeks gestation, as well as noninvasive prenatal testing which involves a blood test that examines fetal DNA in the mother’s bloodstream.

Diagnostic tests such as chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis provide the most reliable information about baby’s chromosomes or the risk of specific chromosomal abnormalities, but also carry a slight risk of miscarriage.

A discussion with the doctor would help you determine which tests are most suitable.

Perks Of Being An Older Mum

All this said, if you’re an older women who’s expecting, all is not gloom and doom.

While younger mums may have easier pregnancies, older mums may fare better in a difficult pregnancy because of the resilience and discipline they have honed in themselves over the years.

Older mums are also more psychologically mature and financially stable to manage any risks that may arise.

Furthermore, children born to mothers over the age of 30 may experience fewer behavioural, social and emotional difficulties, according to a survey done by researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Older mums may be better equipped for the tumultuous and trying journey that is motherhood.

By Dorothea Chow

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Want more comprehensive info? Read our pregnancy e-guides here.



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C’mon down to SG Farmers’ Market at Hillion Mall this weekend and take your pick from a fresh array of locally farmed produce ranging from veggies, eggs, mushrooms, seafood and more from over 20 Singapore farms.

Also, catch exciting programmes such as cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, Spin & Win contests and fun DIY activities for the kids. There is something for everyone in the whole family.

Date: 28 and 29 July 2018 (Sat & Sun)
Time: 9am – 2pm
Venue: Hillion Mall Open Plaza

Event Highlights

• Check out the stage programme and games hosted by Mediacorp Love 972 DJ Violet Fenying on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 1pm.

• Support your local celebrity chefs Jimmy Chok and Marc Wee as they demonstrate how to prepare dishes using fresh local produce.

• Kids get to enjoy complimentary DIY activities. Create your own fridge magnet on 28 July and a Merlion plushie on 29 July with completed Spin & Win cards.

• Purchase from 3 different farmers and redeem a goodie bag with exclusive premiums.

• Take part in fun on-ground roving games to win attractive prizes sponsored by local farmers.

• Spend at any stall to get one spin at the Wheel of Fortune. Stand a chance to win prizes. Like SAFEF FB page for an additional spin.

For more information, visit here.

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What better ways to spend your National Day weekend other than visiting local markets and learning about the crafts made by local artisans?

Come celebrate Singapore’s 53rd year of independence as Level Zero organises a 12-day festive pop up market and workshop at Millenia Walk North Galleria from 6th to 17th Aug. A variety of local artisans from all walks of life will come together to showcase their handicrafts in the market and conduct workshops throughout the 12 days to give the public a hands on experience from our local artisans.

Date: 6 to 17 August 2018
Time: 11am – 8pm
Venue: Millenia Walk, North Galleria (in front of Koi)

Besides artisanal pop-up Market, level zero will be conducting workshops over the 12 days to let you experience how to make a craft from scratch. Unleash the artisanal side of you and see how far your potential goes!

Concrete Desk Lamp Marking Workshop

Make your own concrete lamp from scratch! This 3 hours workshop will allow you to learn the fundamentals of mould making, casting with concrete to create your very own unique pieces of work. Each participant will experience working with a variety of tools throughout the workshop and eventually bring home their personalised creations.

Bonsai + Kokedama Workshop

Make your own Bonsai Kokedama from scratch! This 3 hours workshop will allow you to learn the basics knowledge of these plants and how to care for them. Participants will then learn how to use wet soil and peat to form a ball and subsequently have the plant set into the ball and using moss and metal wire to wrap around the ball.

Wood Carving Workshop

Make your own mini signage from scratch! This 3 hours workshop will allow you to learn the history of Chinese / Nonya signage. Following which, participants will learn the different usage of tools to carve their names on a piece of wood.

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Singapore turns 53 this year and as usual, there are lots of fun things to do to check out over the National Day Weekend in Singapore.

For other up coming events, visit Events in Singapore.

Note: All details are correct as at time of publish. Readers are advised to check with the various event organisers for the most updated schedules.

#1 RSAF50@Marina Barrage

Come celebrate our 50th birthday on a high! Catch our commemorative #RSAF50 aerial flypast comprising more than 20 RSAF aircraft and others.

Date: 11 to 12 August 2018
Time: 10am & 2.30pm
Venue: Marina Barrage
For more information, visit RSAF50@Marina Barrage.

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#2 National Day Rooftop Park Farmer’s Market

Come join our community of local farmers, food and craftspeople this National Day weekend for craft beers, kombucha, rice bowls and JET FIGHTERS AND FIREWORKS.

Date: 8 to 10 August 2018
Time: Refer to post
Venue: Rooftop Park (L6) at Shaw Tower
For more information, visit National Day Rooftop Park Farmer’s Market.

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#3 Families For Life’s “Celebrating RSAF50” Picnic @ Marina Barrage

Parent-child bonding craft activities in line with “Celebrating RSAF50” theme to make your very own parachute, and play together as a family!

Date: 11 August 2018
Time: 8am – 4pm
Venue: Marina Barrage
For more information, visit Families For Life’s “Celebrating RSAF50” Picnic @ Marina Barrage.

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#4 Carouselland 2018

Carouselland will be the largest consumer indoor marketplace bazaar in Singapore featuring over 500 booths!

Date: 11 to 12 August 2018
Time: 12pm – 9pm
Venue: Marina Bay Sands Hall B & C
For more information, visit Carouselland 2018.

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#5 National Day Pop-up Market And Workshop

What better ways to spend your National Day weekend other than visiting local markets and learning about the crafts made by local artisans?

Date: 6 to 17 August 2018
Time: 11am – 8pm
Venue: Millenia Walk, North Galleria
For more information, visit National Day Pop-up Market And Workshop.

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A FEAST FOR YOUR EYES AT FAMILIES FOR LIFE’S “CELEBRATING RSAF50” PICNIC @ MARINA BARRAGE

Families for Life partners the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) this year to kick off the first commemorative flypast at Marina Barrage on 11 August 2018, in conjunction with RSAF’s 50th anniversary celebrations! Families can feast their eyes on the spectacular aerial display in the morning and afternoon featuring more than 20 RSAF flying aircrafts, including the majestic F-15SG and F-16C/D fighter aircrafts, while enjoying Families for Life signature picnic!

Kick start the morning with a breakfast Picnic! You can even make your family breakfast together using the complimentary ingredients in the Families for Life picnic basket (available only for the first 200 pre-registered families who register their interest on-site). Get your creative juices flowing with a wide choice of art and craft activities such as sand art and the ever popular art jamming as you spend quality time with your family.

Families can also look forward to parent-child bonding craft activities in line with “Celebrating RSAF50” theme to make your very own parachute, straw rocket and paper aeroplane and play together as a family! Be sure to complete your picnic experience amidst the excitement by leaving a message on the Family Time Pledge Wall.

Details of the Families for Life “Celebrating RSAF50” Picnic @ Marina Barrage:

Date: 11 August 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 8am – 4pm
Venue: Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive
Admission Fees: Free (excluding purchase of food and beverages on location)

The first 200 pre-registered families to register on-site will receive Families for Life limited edition picnic basket packed with complimentary ingredients (on a first-come-first-served basis, while stocks last). For more information, visit here.

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You may nag, you may send your children to never-ending tuition classes, you may reward or punish, you may buy tons of assessment books and yet, deep down in your heart you know that unless your kids are willing to learn, they will never be happy to study and they may never really absorb whatever knowledge you or the teachers are sharing with them.

Ultimately, it is the importance of the motivation and self-determination of our kids that will result in them making conscious choices for their academics.

Instead of nagging at your kid or signing them up for another tuition, why not find ways to empower them to be the master of their own learning journey?

Here are 3 ways that can help your child take charge of their learning.

#1 Give the freedom to choose

Many times we jump into making decisions for our children because we, based on our age and experiences, believe that we have better judgment. It is not necessarily what our children agree with and by overdoing this, we have unconsciously snatched away the freedom our children have to make decisions and learn through mistakes.

Take for example, before signing your child up for swim, dance, art, tennis and badminton classes, try asking them for their interest and what they are most interested to learn.

You are no longer forcing them to pick up skills but rather, honoring and giving them the opportunity to learn what they like. You’ll see the change of attitude for this.

#2. The best way to learn is through sharing

Do you remember coming across an interesting article on social media and you would share it with your friends? We learn and we share.

That applies to our children too. Are we giving our children enough opportunities to help others understand concepts they have learned in school?

Social learning can take place through mobile devices with Apps that promote sharing of knowledge.

On platforms like AsknTeach, students are empowered to share their knowledge with their peers on different subjects by revising their notes, conceptualising and explaining it to their “tutees”.

Learning goes both ways and it is no longer bounded by the classroom walls, but rather, they are empowered to ask questions and learn from their peers anytime, anywhere with the availability of such platforms.

#3 Help Improve their self-awareness

More often than not, children may not have the foresight of what’s the best for them with limited experience in life but what they do know for sure, is what they like and dislike.

Instead of forcing our beliefs and opinions on them, we could perhaps ask them questions that will guide and help uncover their motivations behind learning.

Achieving this form of self-awareness at a young age will propel them towards achieving self-actualisation earlier on in life.

It’s true that we want the best for our kids. Sometimes, we may have unknowingly overstepped in their paths of learning that result in stress, depression, low self-esteem and hatred for learning.

Let today be the day we start believing that children are not things to be molded but are people to be unfolded.

This article was contributed by AsknTeach.

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Come join our community of local farmers, food and craftspeople this National Day weekend for craft beers, kombucha, rice bowls and JET FIGHTERS AND FIREWORKS.

As a local urban farming enterprise ourselves, our aim is to curate the market to promote businesses and individuals that grow, produce and make, locally and sustainably.

Operating hours:
Date: 8 (Wednesday) and 10 August 2018 (Friday)
Time: 5 to 10pm

Date: 9 August 2018 (Thursday)
Time: 12pm to 10pm (NDP airshow & fireworks display)

Date: 11 August 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 12pm to 10pm

The Market will be held at LeClare Preschool’s Rooftop Park (L6) at Shaw Tower, along Beach Road. LeClare Preschool will be the venue host for this event.

LeClare Preschool and OnHand Agrarian have a shared vision of equipping the next generation of urbanites with the tools and skills to grow their own produce, eat healthily and live sustainably.

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The Golden Concepts is having a social media competition: The Grand Photo Contest!

Talked to your grandparents or parents lately? Take a chance to bug them for their old photos and recreate them! Submit your entries to either Facebook and/or Instagram to stand a chance to win attractive prizes, such as a free weekend outdoor photoshoot!

Here’s a link to the competition: https://bit.ly/2MNSfda



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