Archive for February, 2018

5 great book recommendations for toddlers aged 1.5 – 2 years

Prior to having Edward, I loved going to the bookshops to browse cookbooks and food magazines. These days, you’ll catch me at the Early Readers section instead. Don’t get me wrong, I would dearly love to have the time to browse cookbooks again, but priorities beckon.

And when it comes to buying books for Edward (who has recently turned 2, another post his 2 year birthday celebrations coming up soon), I never knew that I could be such a shopaholic. I almost think I’m addicted to buying books! You won’t see me buying clothes every time I step into the mall (I am really good at analysing the purchase off), but I could most certainly buy a book or more if I were to enter the book shop. The idea of going to the bookshop and buying something conjures up excited feelings in me. I actually look forward to going to the bookshop, like you would to a cafe or a movie for example.

Edward reading books at Pasir Ris Library

I like bringing Edward to the library too, where we can hoard, I mean borrow more books to read. I’m not sorry to say, but I judge a book by its cover, and pages. That is to say, I tend to borrow books that are still in pretty good condition. Do you blame me for liking things that look new? The thing is, there are thousands of books at the library, all looking very suitable. There’s no way to know which book is good or not, and since no book can be totally bad, why not just borrow the books that are still in relatively mint condition, and cherish the book like an owned one, even if it is for 3 weeks?

Anyway, I thought you might like to know what books Edward currently loves. When he was younger, I used to focus a lot on those dictionary type books aka Baby’s first words or Baby’s first 100 words, where there is a picture and one corresponding word. I’ve amassed quite a number over the last 2 years, because these books are relatively cheap and can be gotten for less than $10. In fact, I have quite a number that are less than $5! Now you know why I have so many books.Toddler browsing for books

Having fun browsing for his own books….and turning the library upside down.
How often do you visit the library?

These days, now that Edward is 2 years old, he’s into books that have a lot of sound and rhythm. And also books that have numbers in them. I think he loves the numbers books because he’s very much into numbers these days, and also because its predictable! At their age where everything is new and has to be learnt, I think they feel a sense of achievement to be able to tell what is on the next page of the book! Which reminds me, in our bid to teach them more and more new things, we still need to allocate time for recap!

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Jazz up your Yu Sheng or Pot Luck – Gourmet Salted Egg Yolk Fish Skin Crisps and Potato Crisps

The Golden Duck CNY Packaging

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Have you ever been in a situation where you are invited to a pot-luck party and you have no idea what to bring? You may not know how to cook, or not want to go to the trouble of cooking, and yet those who can’t cook have already choped the desserts. What do you do then? How about bringing something to jazz up the food that people are going to bring?

Run to the rescue The Golden Duck Salted Egg Yolk Potato Crisps and Fish Skin Crisps. Toss these salty and crispy morsels onto just about any dish you can think off and voila, you’ve added in a bit of extra excitement. I mean admit it, there are precious few people around who DON’T like something crispy, so this is a potentially winning idea! Anyway, even if you don’t eventually use these crisps, they still make good gifts for the host so you don’t end up coming empty handed.

Check out the following dishes for ideas on how to utilise The Golden Duck’s Salted Egg Yolk Potato Crisps and Fish Skin Crisps. During this Chinese New Year period, you can also get limited edition packaging in an auspicious colour complete with a festive saying aka Auspicious Blessings printed on the packet, such as 步步高升 and 身体健康.

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Norwegian Salmon Yu Sheng paired with Salted Egg Yolk Fish Skin Crisps

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Isuramuya–1st Japanese Halal-certified restaurant with adjoining marketplace

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Isuramuya is the first Japanese halal-certified restaurant with on-premises Marketplace in Singapore. This Chinese New Year, if you’re looking for a Halal restaurant to do lohei, come down to Isuramuya to sample some of their latest menu offerings which include Yusheng platters (it comes in 2 different sizes!) and otoro sashimi.

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Butterfly Park pop-up at HarbourFront Centre where you can TOUCH the butterflies!

The other day, I won some free tickets to go check out the Carnival of Butterflies at the HarbourFront Centre. It’s a pop-up event by the Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom as part of the CNY celebrations and will run until 25 Feb. The permanent Butterfly Park at Sentosa has been around since like forever, but I’ve never ever thought to visit. After visiting this butterfly pop-up event, I realise I have to go for the full experience!

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My best shot of the butterflies I think. Scroll to the end to see more butterfly pictures.

These days, nothing gets my butt moving faster than anything that’s fun, experiential and educational for toddlers. See and touch butterflies? You got my attention man. The pop-up tent is actually quite small, you have to almost crawl through the entrance to get into the tent, although you can stand upright once you’re inside.

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Chinese New Year 2018 – Tamarind Hill, literally a hidden gem in Labrador Nature Reserve

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Situated atop the densely forested Labrador Nature Reserve, and yet only a 10 minute walk from Labrador MRT Station, the restaurant Tamarind Hill qualifies to be called a hidden gem. When you arrive at the restaurant, it’s hard not to be wowed by the charming colonial bungalow that has been decked out to exude a rustic-luxe Asian flair, amidst vast greenery. It really feels as if you are cocooned away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Singapore.

Bridge leading to Tamarind Hill

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The bungalow may seem small from the outside, partly because it is obscured by all the plants. But once you open the main door, you will surely be wowed by this imposing and grand looking bar area. This is probably the most instagrammable spot in the entire restaurant!

The restaurant serves traditional and contemporary Siamese cuisine, and is led by Executive Chef Wanthana Nikonsaen who hails from a small village near Laos, North-East of Thailand. But I was there to try the Lunar New Year menu, so I was keen to see how this menu might be different from all the Chinese New Year menus I have tried in the past few weeks.

For $88/pax, Tamarind Hill will be offering a 4 course set menu comprising fixed dishes of appetisers, soup, mains and desserts. If you want to have Yu Sheng / Lohei, that’s an additional $38 (small for 3 – 4 pax) or $68 (large for 7 – 8 pax). Check out the photos of the food below. If you have the chance, sit outdoors in the al-fresco area because the greenery all around is just so pretty.

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