A Trip To Amazonia - The Mega Indoor Playground

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How time flies! In another 2 more weeks, it is March school holiday! One of the headaches of working parents is how to keep the children occupied during school holidays, besides going for short oversea trips. Here's a place you could consider bringing them to unleash their endless energy - Amazonia, Singapore's first fully themed mega-size indoor playground at Great World City.

When I first visited Amazonia, I was awed by its sheer size of 10,000 sqft, its highest indoor 4-wave slides (8m) and an adventure climbing maze of 6-storey high.

The 2 big kids here slid down the wave-slides millions of times and I was tempted to do so too! The 6-storey high adventure climbing maze was an interesting place for them to play hide and seek! 

Besides the mega slide and the tall climbing maze, Amazonia also has Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf and Spaceball Shootout, 4D Party Rooms, Toddlers Play Area and Outdoor Carnival. We didn't have the luxury of time to explore them because the boys were so engaged in playing in the maze and sliding down the slide. They were not allowed to play at the Toddlers Play Area because it is meant for the toddlers. Older children are not allowed there in order to let the toddlers play safely.

Toddler Play Area

One of the greatest joy for parents who have older kids is, perhaps, to be able to chill-out in the Bistro Cafe beside the Mega Slide. I must say that the position of the Bistro Cafe is strategic. Parents might get to sit down and chill-out over a cup of tea and a piece of cake while the older children have fun in the playground. In some sense, the parents could still be near to assist the children should they need help. And if the children are hungry, food is just so near.

Amazonia provides birthday party packages, if you are considering a birthday party at an indoor playground, do check it out here. And if you are keen to visit it regularly, signing up as a member will be a lot more worth it, along with the many perks that come with it. Do check out the membership fees here. Last but not least, remember to bring your socks (both children and adults)! And be there early to play, to beat the crowd and have more time enjoying the facilities. Have fun!

Amazonia Singapore

Erasing Lines & Looking More Youthful With Xeomin At Halley Medical Aesthetics

Hard truth is difficult to accept. Although I feel that I have the energy level of a mid 30s most of the time, the fact that I am turning 45 this year is undeniable. Come, come closer, you’ll see railway lines crawling on my forehead. They were built faster than our High Speed Rail, no doubt. When I smile, the crows will land their feet at the edge of my eyes. Oh, the signs of ageing.

Fortunately, with the advancement of medical technology, we could now age a lot slower. And if your pockets could afford to delay that, then why not? With medical aesthetics getting more and more popular, the cost of having aesthetic treatments has become pretty affordable for most people.

After having a very good experience with Halley Medical Aesthetics on my thighs and tummy fat freezing procedure (CoolSculpting), I went back to my trusted doctor - Dr. Terence Tan, to seek help in ‘repairing my High Speed Railway lines’ on my forehead because they were there even when I didn’t lift up my eyebrows!  

Dr. Terence Tan listened patiently to my concerns and examined my forehead. He then recommended me to Xeomin, a brand of botulinum neuromodulators like Botox and Dysport, to reduce the appearance of these muscle contraction-induced lines or dynamic wrinkles. 

Xeomin is a cosmetic brand approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so it is safe to use. From my understanding, there are a few brands approved by FDA currently. Dr. Terence Tan uses Xeomin in addition to other brands because it is the only one that does not contain any complexing proteins. In layman’s term, it means Xeomin does not contain any additives. The benefit of this is that it makes our human body less likely to become resistant to Xeomin.

By reducing the intensity and frequency of these dynamic wrinkles, these treatments also prevent the formation of deeper lines (static wrinkles) in the long run, making them an increasingly popular anti-ageing strategy. (You can read more about the difference between these two on Halley’s blog.)

Ah, so now I know the secret of those celebrities.

How Does The Treatment Feel Like?

During the treatment, a very fine needle is injected into each specific muscle of my forehead and around the eyes. This is to smoothen out forehead wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, and give me a brow lift at the same time. Other than minor discomfort of a tiny pinch, I didn’t feel any poking pain at all, all thanks to the topical anaesthetic cream and ice pack applied beforehand. 

And the entire process took less than 5 minutes.

How Do I Feel Immediately After The Treatment?
I walked out of the clinic feeling no difference from how I have walked in earlier on. Even after the effect of the anesthetic cream has worn out, there was no discomfort. 

The only thing that Dr. Terence Tan highlighted to me was that I should keep myself upright for the next 4 hours, which was absolutely fine to me. I mean, who goes to sleep or yoga straight after an aesthetic treatment right? We should head off for a celebration instead.

The Anticipated Results

I noticed smoother, wrinkle-free forehead within 2 to 3 days after the injection, but the fuller effects (aka. full onset of the treatment) took place 2 weeks after. 

Dr. Terence Tan mentioned that this optimal result should last about 3 to 4 months, depending on individual.

Recommended Course For Optimal Results

Of course, one must understand such treatment is only temporarily. If you want an optimal result, you could consider touching up every 4 to 6 months.

Do watch this video below on my treatment process to have a good idea what to expect. Want to see my before and after beautiful me? Stay tune for the next post.

Halley Medical Aesthetics
277 Orchard Road #03-15
Orchard Gateway Singapore 238858
T: 6737 8233

Rise & Shine Family FunFest 17-19 Feb 2017

When I was a new mother, I like attending fairs like Rise & Shine Family Funfest because there will be many vendors congregated in one place. I would take this opportunity to find out more about baby food, children's activities and enrichment classes. It is so much more convenient to have a one-stop fair like this.

Next weekend, from 17 to 19 Feb (Fri to Sun), Rise & Shine Family Funfest 2017 will be here at Marina Bay Sands Expo for you. It is like a Weekend Fun for the Whole Family, a weekend indoor Funfest where you can indulge in all-day play with your family. On top of that, each registered child will also receive a Free Goodie Bag worth $50!

The Funfest will be packed with activities, entertainment and contests for children and parents alike to participate in throughout all three days! Parents can also take the opportunity to browse enrichment and education booths put together under one roof while the children are at play. Do check out all the new activities added such as Spelling Bee contest, Build a Robot, Family Funtrack, FREE Popcorn, Cotton Candy and so much more! 

Register now to enjoy early bird discount for each child at $5 (U.P $10). All adults are free. Grab your tickets now at http://riseandshine.com.sg/funfest-2017

A special mention that the SuperMom Baby Fair, the grandest and largest in Asia and is all about bringing new mummies quality products and great deals, will also be held in Rise & Shine Family FunFest venue. And if you register your interest here, you will receive FREE coupons, sure win lucky draw, cash vouchers, FREE valet parking, and a lot more. Seriously, if you are going to Rise & Shine Family FunFest, there is no loss going to SuperMom Baby Fair too!  Click on this link to register now: http://babyfair.supermom.com.sg/free-registration-supermombaby-fair-2017

See you there!

Sleeping Better With Makura Pillow

[Product Review]

I have a child who woke up every morning like that (video below). It has been going on for a few years. It broke my heart to see the scene, to hear that unpleasant 'music' and to clear the tissue papers. If you are a mom (or a dad), you may feel how I felt. I wanted to address the issue, but it can be a dozen of reasons for his condition. Is it because he has tighter airway, is it because he has an allergy to dust mites, is it because of the air-con in the room, is it because of the air quality of the air-con, is it because ... ... As you can see, to narrow down to these many possibilities, one has to get this, do that, etc., to pin it down. All these 'tests' and 'trial and error' will take time (and money). 


I am not willing to invest in an air-purifier just to test if the air in the room is up to standard, because if it is tested to be of good quality, I would have an elephant at home.
I am not willing to invest in a super vacuum cleaner just to suck up those dust mites because I am a self-professed lazy mom. It will definitely end up sitting in my house as a bigger white elephant.
What other possible ways I can 'trial and error' at lesser cost? Changing the type of pillow he uses, perhaps?

It's like a wish came true when ActiveHive gave me this special Makura Health & Neck Support Pillow to try.  Of course, I let AJ try it immediately!

I keep check of his condition using this Makura Health & Neck Support Pillow closely, giving him 2 months to see if this pillow manifested its effect on him. 2 months have passed now, how has he fared?

I'm so glad to say, AJ doesn't clear his blocked nose endlessly immediately after waking up any more. Hey! This is definitely a good sign! He still has to clear his mucus in the morning, but it is no longer immediately upon him waking up. And the frequency is so much lesser now. What a great relief!

What so magical about this Makura Health & Neck Support Pillow?

I believe the non-existence of dust mites has definitely helped him load. These days, he woke up far more energetic and refreshed than us adults.  If you want a good night rest (I think all of us want that), feeling recharged and refreshed the next day, you should consider getting this Makura Health & Neck Support Pillow. This small investment is going to last you a long time, definitely a good Return on Investment. I am not discounting getting for my whole family too. If only there is such a mattress too!

If you are keen to get this pillow, simply visit Active Hive's website and purchase it online. You could use promo code mylilbookworm20 to enjoy 20% (valid till 31st March 2017).

Sweet dream, my love!

Makura Pillow from ActiveHive