The perfect family staycation – all while earning Skywards Miles!

Before we left for our Europe holiday, the girls were sulking as we did not bring them along. Thus,
we promised the girls a staycation when we were back from our holiday. We thought a staycation
would probably be the best substitute for a holiday and the girls would be happy. They should be,
because we need to beg them to roam around most of the time during our overseas holidays! The
girls were always happy just staying in the hotel and whenever we were out exploring, they would
always ask when we would come back. Thus, we felt a staycation would be the best idea for them.

As we had done numerous staycations in the past, we wanted something with more tranquillity this
time round. The first hotel that came to our mind was Shangri-La! Now, I had heard a lot about the
wonderful service of Shangri-La, but had yet to stay in one of their hotels. Thus, I thought it would be
a good time to experience the highly raved-about service of this hotel. If you had read my previous
post on Mileslife, you will be glad to know that you can also book your hotel stays through the app
and earn Skywards Miles at the same time. Of course, I did just that.
Booking a hotel stay through the app was a breeze – just like how you would usually make any hotel
reservations online.

From the moment we checked in, the service from all the staff at Shangri-La was impeccable. The lady who did our check-in advised us to switch to the Garden Wing as the room was more spacious. I am glad we did, as the girls needed the space to play and the room was perfect.  The room at the Garden Wing was also bigger as the booking with Mileslife came with an additional kid’s bed (free of charge!), which was perfect for us. Usually, we have to either all squeeze into a King size bed or sleep with the girls on twin beds. But with an additional bed, we were comfortably set in this room. Watch this clip for a tour of the room.

 

As we did not want to make this staycation all about staying in the hotel, we tricked the girls out by telling them we were going to hit the nearby Toy’r’Us store.  Hahaha… They jumped out of bed immediately. There is a free shuttle service to Orchard road every hour. If not, you can always request for a complimentary parking ticket each time you leave the hotel. After all the shopping at the Forum, we headed back to the hotel for a nice dinner at the Shang Palace.

 

The booking I made through Mileslife came with free breakfast!!! I have to tell you the breakfast at Shangri-La is a MUST!! The selection was one of the biggest I have seen. Good news to all families with kids 6 years and below. The kids get to dine free with each paying adult!! For us, Lauren paid half price ($22.50) as she is 8, but it was still very worthwhile too. All in all, we had a two-hour breakfast with Nasi Lemak and Laksa, and hit the pool right after.

 

 

 

 

We were surprised to see many Singaporean families there for staycation too!!! The girls made some new friends and were so reluctant to leave because it was almost time for us to check out.

 

 

We truly enjoyed ourselves and I am already scrolling through Mileslife for the next hotel to plan for our staycation! ;p

For those who are interested to know, I spent $441 and I earned 3,500 Skywards Miles from this booking.  This will be so helpful for my family holiday to Melbourne next year.  FYI, an Economy Class Saver return ticket on Emirates to Melbourne will require 45,000 Skywards Miles. Inclusive of my earlier spending on Mileslife, I am already a quarter way through the Miles required! Additionally, if you link your Emirates Skywards account to the Mileslife app as your frequent flyer programme of choice, you will be able to earn bonus Skywards Miles ranging from 25% to 75% if you are a Silver, Gold or Platinum member! Do keep a look out for special promotions on the app as well – the promotions may help you earn more Skywards Miles than usual!

 

 

 

 

 

I am definitely going to use this app whenever possible to accumulate more miles! For those that plan to download the app, do use my code “MSCLAK” under the referral code section to get additional 1000 miles on your 1st purchase (min. $49)!

 

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[Review] People Impact IQ/EQ Programme

I have to say I am no novice when it comes to enrichment classes for children. Lauren has attended numerous classes since young as I had always believed in the importance of a good basic foundation. Although Lauren is blessed with good grades, I do not take things for granted. I am always open to explore when family or friends introduce effective learning programs for children. Thus when I was approached to give People Impact a try, I agreed with no hesitation at all. I had heard about this course and was curious about the concept of the program that focused on enhancing various soft skills, such as communication, heightening self-esteem, leadership skills, money and time management, arithmetic and linguistic reasoning, creativity and critical thinking.
I was totally intrigued by this concept. I always believed that I want to groom Lauren to be independent; to be not just book-smart but street-smart as well, and to have good interpersonal skills, etc. So glad that there is actually a class for these now!

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As a market leader in providing intelligence training to children, People Impact’s programme weaves in and interlinks cognitive, social and emotional skills to help children develop to their full potential. Currently, in Singapore, their programme is suitable for children aged 3 – 12 years old, but very soon, they will have a Baby Programme!
In a nutshell, People Impact’s programme touches on:
IQ – creativity, logic, linguistics and memory skills.
EQ – leadership, time management and coping skills.
AQ – develop strong critical thinking and reasoning powers to face the daily challenges and learn how to complete tasks productively. People who can think out of the box with multiple solutions will be a strong asset in future.

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Teacher Khogi

We arranged for a trial lesson on a Saturday at Upper Thomson branch. We arrived early and I had a brief chat with the Director, Mr Teo Chee Keong. He explained to us on how the class would be conducted. Contrary to the notion that children must be engaged in constant academic learning, People Impact strongly believes in the power of PLAY to nurture the young minds, and effectively engage children and unleash their maximum potential. Noticed what Lauren is wearing? That big word on her tee – PLAY! Certainly not pre-planned to wear that. We were then welcomed by Teacher Khogi, who was also an ex-principal with many years of experience with young children.

The 1 hour 45 min lesson was broken up into 3 parts. What I learnt later on was that the team at People Impact put in so much effort to come up with different materials and games so the children who attend the class would be welcomed by something new every week.

The 1st part of the lesson was a game called The Changing World.

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Interactive session during the game Changing World

The class was broken up into groups and they were asked to come out with a new subject in school. They were asked why they wanted to include that new subject and to elaborate on it. The kids spontaneously highlighted new subjects such as Dancing, Karaoke, Swimming and Acting to be included into the school syllabus. They were also asked a few other questions in this game. I liked the way the children discussed among themselves on the question and how they confidently explained their choice in front of the class.

This game was meant to

• Strengthen creative and critical thinking skills
• Develop team collaboration skills
• Improve communication skill
• Enhance the verbal reasoning skill.

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The children were all having fun. 🙂

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Opinions from the older children in class

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Opinions from Lauren’s group

Sharing her opinions to the class

Next up was a game called Police and Thief. This was a board game created by the school. The teacher would throw two dices; one dice with the colour and the other showing the number, eg Blue, 4. The police would be on the step of Blue with 4 dots. Then the steps would be repeated to get the placement for the thief. The police would have to reach the thief by jumping on the same colour or same number in a vertical or horizontal manner. Players must analyse and show the number of steps the police could take to reach the thief; the other players were encouraged to see if they could beat the 1st player in a shorter number of steps.

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Police and Thief

I was surprised how good and how fast the children were at playing this game. I was standing in a corner cracking my brain on how to solve each set. The child who won was also encouraged to help the others who were still playing. Each and every child was really thinking hard and I could see they were enjoying every minute of the game.

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Everyone was so engrossed

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Thinking Hat on

What I loved about this game;

• Strengthen perceptual reasoning skill
• Enhance speed thinking
• Develop cognitive flexibility
• Improve visual focus and processing
• Strengthen the ability to think under pressure
• Learn to cope with losing

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Teacher Khogi guiding Lauren on the game

 

Last game in the class was called Reverse Charade. The groups took turns to act and guess. One player would guess what the other players were enacting the clues. The children had a good laugh at each other because of the acting.

• Strengthen team synergy and collaboration
• Enhance non-verbal communication
• Develop creativity
• Improve confidence in self-expression

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Teamwork

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The importance of effective non verbal communication

Standing in the class for 1 hour 45 min, I observed how different the class was conducted compared to the usual enrichment classes which Lauren was or had attended in the past. There was no particular focus on the academic aspect but I felt strongly about this class; like how the class could help children with a lot of things that were probably not taught in a textbook or tested in school, like how the class could help my child in so many ways. Lauren would be in the cohort where MOE is moving away from the score segregation. Our government has been trying to fine tune our education system to allow more holistic development among children. They have probably realised that many children are talented in so many ways. Some have extreme music talents, while others have great memory, good grades or creativity abilities. I find this is the right platform to start grooming my children in that direction.

There is no better time to give People Impact a try. Good news, folks, People Impact is offering my readers a super good deal of $20 for 2 classes. (Usual is $120 per lesson). Quote “Charlene Sim” when making the appointment.

People Impact is located at the following branches:

UPPER THOMSON BRANCH SINGAPORE HQ

213 Upper Thomson Road Level 3 Singapore 574348
Tel: +65 64514908

 
EASTPOINT MALL BRANCH

3 Simei Street 6 #03-01/02
Singapore 528833
Tel: +65 91769239

 
WEST COAST PLAZA BRANCH

154 West Coast Road #01-74
Singapore 127371
Tel: +65 6635 8573
For more information about the programme, please visit their website at:
www.people-impact.com.sg/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/people_impact
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PeopleImpactSingapore

 

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Thinkasaur – where Learning science is made Fun

Think Thinkasaur, think fun science experiments for the whole family sent to you right at your door step.  Designed chiefly for children between the ages of 5 to 10 years old, Thinkasaur comes in the form of a science kit that provides the full spectrum of materials, equipment, instruction manuals and learning points for up to four experiments per box. Each box covers a specific scientific theme, such as chemistry, physics and Earth science.   Thinkasaur strives to bring back the wonders of Do-It-Yourself fun by providing a monthly subscription-based service that delivers boxes packed with science experiments straight to your doorsteps!  In this modern era, kids are now overly dependent on electronic gadgets for entertainment.  I have to admit that we as parents are guilty of doing that too, quite often we are always on our devices even though we are seated together.  We are very blessed when Thinkasaur approached us for a review of their products.  I knew straightaway that it would be a hit with Lauren.

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Receiving Thinkasaur boxes (Sponsored Review)

Experimenting Thinkasaur with Lauren and Alexis brought back memories where I was so eager to collect all the Science card badges during my primary school days. I remember going around my neighbourhood with my classmates exploring different tasks and we were always amazed by the outcome of the experiments.

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Young Scientist badges

 

We received 3 boxes from Thinkasaur.  The girls were so excited to see the boxes and curiosity was instantly aroused from that moment.  Each box contains 3 to 4 fun-filled experiments. We started with the Wonder of Colours box. I have to compliment Thinkasaur for such a well thought and planned experiments.  Aprons and gloves were provided for experiments that were a little messy.  Each experiment was individually wrapped in ziplock bags with all the materials needed so we did not need to fumble for anything when working on the experiments.  There were detailed step-by-step pictorial instructions to guide us through the experiments, a learning guide filled with fun facts to explain the science behind each experiment.  I love the quality bonding, and yet educational, time I had with the girls.

 

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Wonders of Colours from Thinkasaur

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What is inside the box

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Alexis listening attentively while Lauren was explaining the science behind each experiment

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The young scientist at work

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Look at the amazing effect!

 

 

It was so fun that Lauren begged for another project the next morning.

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 Working on project #2 together

 

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Look at her elephant trunk!

 

We tried projects from the other boxes too and the girls were totally intrigued with the effects of reaction which were well documented with scientific facts. Lauren has not started science in her academic curriculum but this had certainly  triggered her interest in chemistry which I am very glad. Early exposure to science, made in a very fun way.

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Inside the box of Thinkasaur Magnet Magic

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Thinksaur Crazy Chemistry

 

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Working on Project Lava Lamp

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Following the steps from the instruction manual

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In anticipation of the result

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The wow effect has arrived

 

What I love about Thinkasaur:

  1. Time efficient and hassle-free: As a full time working mum and wife to a frequent flyer.  Time is an essence for me. Thinkasaur solved this aspect by sending me fun activities which I can spend quality time with my girls right at home. I do not need to crack my brain about sourcing the materials needed to do any experiment.
  2. Cost effective: Each box comes with 3 to 4 experiments.  I told Lauren that we will do one experiment weekly.  Mum does not need to fret over where to bring the girls on a Saturday now as they are so looking forward to going home for fun science experiments.
  3. Quality family time:  It was heartwarming looking at the photos of us doing the experiments together. Everyone was so happy and involved. Furthermore, everyone learnt something new.
  4. Last but not least, Thinkasaur made learning science a very fun process. Extremely effective for children of young age. These tools EDUCATE yet do not extract the FUN from the process. I had never thought that Learning and Playing could be integrated.

 

Thinkasaur subscription programmes are offered either on a 6-month period at $43/month or a 12-month period at $40/month and are available for purchase online at www.thinkasaur.com. Alternatively, single boxes are available for purchase at $48/box. These could make a great birthday gift, more in fact an “anytime” gift!

Thinkasaur is offering CLAK readers a 5% discount on your orders with code “BACK2SCHOOL” . Following terms and conditions apply.

  • Limited to 1 use only per customer
  • Limited to 100 redemptions
  • Only valid for orders above SGD$40
  • Discount code is valid till 28 Feb 2017
  • Discount code cannot be combined with other codes and promotions

 

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Pokemon Go Fever and its effect on me

Walking around shopping centres and parks now, you would probably be greeted with people of all ages with their eyes fixated and fingers swiping on their phone screens. If you happened to peek into what they were looking at, 85% of the time, you would see Pokemon on their screen.

I was hesitant to download the game because I knew I would be glued to it.  One fine day while waiting for Lauren to be dismissed from her class. I downloaded the game and it has gotten a lot of my attention ever since; I couldn’t explain why the game is so addictive. Probably because you could show others how you managed to get hold of some truly rare pokemons.  Within 2 hours of downloading, I captured 12 different species.  Now 4 weeks into the game, I caught more than 1200 pokemons and have a cool 124 different pokemons. I convinced Kel to play too. Telling him that it is the latest frenzy now – “just get a feel of it and it could be a ice breaker”. Personally I feel Pokemon Go got its pros and cons.

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Lauren and her Pikachu

 

Pros:

  • It makes couples who play together grow closer. Kel and I will discuss what pokemons we had and any new species caught that day and where we caught it.  We gave each other silly ideas of how to catch pokemons and often laughed over it.  It has turned into a common interest of ours now.
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Kel and I catching some pokemons before our dinner date

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Kel catching the Europe exclusive Mr Mime for me

  • Its makes my relationship with Lauren much more interesting and engaging. I often told others that I was very guilty of not giving Lauren enough love. Indeed I gave her a lot of my time but she did not get my patience. More often than not, my time with her were homework time, time practicing piano and time spent on the road when sending her to her enrichment classes. Our conversations were also often about how school was, did she practice piano, etc. Ever since we played Pokemon Go (Lauren plays on my phone or Kel’s phone), I could feel us being closer and more connected “like a friend”. Not the authoritative Mummy asking about school work but fun Mummy asking Lauren to come and see what Mummy had caught for the day. To make her piano practicing fun, I told her that her beautiful music made catching pokemons easier, the music were lures to the Pokemons. Voila.. Lauren played much better with that idea.

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  • Ice breaker to business contacts. I have a difficult customer and guess what? Talking about Pokemons became a door opener for me. Nowadays everytime I see my customers talking about pokemons, I will quickly jumped into the conversation. From strangers, we would become like long lost friends.
  • I become a Geo expert. Tell me anywhere on the Singapore map and I could almost instantly point out where it is; all these were from the help of Pokémon and Go Radar.

Cons:

  • Dangerous. Ok, I need to admit that when I was very into the game, I would walk and play at the same time.  There were a couple of times when I accidentally knocked into someone. I had also heard about some people even played while driving; I think that is truly dangerous. In other countries, many robberies took place at pokestops which were situated at very secluded areas.
  • Disconnected with your surrounding.  Many times people were so engrossed in what is happening in the virtual world that they forgotten that their loved ones who were right next to them. I had constantly reminded myself to involve those around me.

There are supposed to have more Cons than Pros but because we are all so into the game now. Let’s just focus on the Pros. Just remember to do everything in moderations. 🙂

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iFly Singapore Indoor Skydiving

The real skydiving?… You must be kidding.  I have toyed with that idea when I was younger but now the kiasee-0-meter in me is 10/10.  The best alternative to experience the feeling of a skydive is to do an indoor skydive.

Being in Singapore is fortunate because iFly Singapore is home to the world’s first largest themed wind tunnel for indoor skydiving, spanning 16.5 feet wide and 56.5 feet tall, almost five storeys high. In addition, it is the only wind tunnel with an 18 feet tall acrylic glass wall offering you an unparalleled view of the South China Sea.

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When Lauren turned 7 this year, (iFly only permits children age 7 years and above to fly) we booked a session to try it out.

A short briefing was conducted to guide you on the body posture in the tunnel, followed by fitting-on session of the gears.  Here we go!!

Gearing up at iFly Singapore Lauren in her iFly Singapore indoor skydiving gears

 

Surprisingly, Lauren did very well as a first timer and a lot of spectators were cheering for her. 🙂 So proud of her. For us, we came out with a little muscle cramp after the session. Probably our bodies were stiffer and our muscles were tensed up when we got in. Overall, superb experience!

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Package for First Timer Walk in Rate
First Timer from 7 years-old onwards Rate
The Challenge (2 skydives) $119
The Adventure (4 skydives) $199

 

We took The Challenge package and Lauren asked for 2 additional flies after the package and with each fly she got better and better…  It was cheaper to order additional flights before your session ended. Just let your instructor know that you would like to add on more flights. Each additional 45 sec session costs $40.

If you are excited by this post, here are some tips for you before you head down to Sentosa.

  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Wear well-fitted laced-up sneakers with non marking soles.
  • You might want to leave your jewelry and valuables at home as all such items must be removed before gearing up. Lockers will be provided though.
  • Ladies with long hair are advised to tie up to minimize messy knotty hair. (my hair got tangled up badly so this is important)
  • PLEASE BE ON TIME. You will need to check in 1hr prior to flight time for training and gearing up.

It is cheaper if you book 2 days in advance, book your flights here to enjoy the savings!

 

 

Here’s a video of our 1st fly.

iFly Singapore is located at 43 Siloso Beach Walk #01-01 Singapore 099010

http://www.iflysingapore.com/

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