SRT presents Charlotte’s Web (and a giveaway!)

Would you believe the school year is almost coming to an end? How about a rewarding treat for your little ones?

From 28 October 2016, Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Little Company is proud to bring you Charlotte’s Web based on what is touted to be ‘the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years’.


If you haven’t read the book, Charlotte’s Web is an enchanting story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte and the lovable farmhouse animals. Together, they have a most magical adventure together.

To avoid Wilbur being sent to the butcher, Charlotte proves to be a true friend by coming to his rescue. Come watch how Charlotte uses her web-spinning skills to weave messages that praise Wilbur, making him a celebrated pig treasured by the farmer and his family.

Suitable for children aged 4 and above, Charlotte’s Web is a poignant play that spins a positive message about friendship. We are most excited to see the gregarious Ann Lek (from TLC’s The Nightingale and Treasure Island) play the lead role. Can’t wait!

DATES: From 28th October to 11th December 2016, Weekends & Public Holiday : 11am & 2pm
Weekdays : 10am; 28 Oct 2016 (Fri) : 3pm

PRICES: From $25 – excluding SISTIC fee

Please refer to for more information about Group discounts/ Family Packages available.

VENUE: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT, 20 Merbau Road

TICKETS: SISTIC at 6348 5555 or

We can’t wait to see it!


Good news – I have one Family Package (4 tickets) to SRT’s Charlotte’s Web on 12 November 2016, 11am (Saturday) up for grabs. Please make sure you can make it for the show before you join the giveaway.

To participate, all you have to do is:

1) Visit both the Olimomok and Singapore Repertory Theatre Facebook pages. (It will be good if you could ‘like’ the pages as well).

Optional entries:

2) Leave me a blog post comment telling me why you want to watch the show. Don’t forget to leave your name and email.

3) ‘Like’ my Facebook post on SRT’s Charlotte’s Web, tag 3 friends and leave me a comment telling me who you would bring to the show if you win the tickets.

4) Add me (‘Olimomok’) on Instagram.

Then complete the steps in the following Charlotte’s Web raffle by 28 Nov 16 (Saturday) end of day (Singapore time). This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only.

I can’t wait to watch this age-old tale with my boys. Hope to see you there!

Day in a Life: My day as a working mum with three boys

I’ve been meaning to document our family schedule since Sean started P1 this year because it has changed a fair bit this year so here goes.

A little background: I am a working mum to my boys Sean (7yo), Ryan (4.5) and Jo (2.5). This is a typical weekday for us:

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0615-0630 The husband Foops and I start to wake up around this time. Since having kids, we have had no need for alarm clocks anymore. A quick cuddle (while trying not to wake Jo who sleeps between us) then we gently wake Sean up for school.dsc05029

0630-0640 Foops goes off to wash up and change for work. Sean takes a shower and changes into his school uniform (with my help, because err, he likes to dawdle).

dsc05024My helper prepares his breakfast and packs his snack box for recess. Usually something simple like a sandwich, biscuits or a bread bun with a pack of Milo or yogurt.

dsc082740640-0650 Sean sits down for breakfast. He doesn’t get home from school till 230pm and he doesn’t always eat properly at recess time so I always make sure that he finishes his breakfast (like a small bun, a hardboiled egg or a slice of pandan cake) before he leaves the house. (I gave up barking at him to finish his Pediasure milk coz he takes forever. So no more milk for this boy!)

I do a quick check of his school bag because I did not manage to do it the night before. He is supposed to pack his own bag but I think he has figured out he brings pretty much the same books everyday so he doesn’t bother anymore. I clear his pencil case and bag of rubbish and pencil shavings (ugh, boys!), check his diary and homework file, sign a form, sharpen his pencils and replace his storybook (for free reading) with a new one. (Writing this down makes me think he really ought to be doing all this himself!)

I ask Foops to do some last-minute reading with Sean because he has Chinese Oral test in school this week. We remind him to speak clearly and maintain eye contact (which is something he really needs to work on) with his teacher. dsc01854

0650-0710 Foops sends Sean to school by car (about 15 minutes away), and then drives off to his office in town. He squeezes in a morning workout at the gym then goes to work. (If Foops is out of town, then either my FIL or I will send him to school.)

I wash up and change to work clothes. Ryan and Jo wake up around this time.

Ryan’s turn to wash up and change. Usually my helper sees to Ryan because Jo is super clingy to me in the mornings. He always cries when he sees me getting ready for work, ‘I don’t want Mama go anywhere! Nobody at home with me! WAAAAAA!’

As my parents are staying with us now, my mum takes Jo off my hands and brings him for a cuddle in the garden so I can leave for work without feeling too guilty. (The only people he wants in the morning are my mum and me.)


0715-0800 Ryan has his bottle of milk. He is a milk monster so no problems getting him to finish quickly. Ryan’s school bus arrives at 0730 to bring him to school.

I drive off for work. I have to deal with the peak hour traffic so it is a long boring ride. I gobble down my breakfast in the car. Foops and I have a quick chat on the phone (just before he goes to the gym) coz we really have very little face time especially on weekdays.

0800-1700 I work in a biologics company and my normal work day is quite hectic.

I have a free hour at lunch – today, I finish my lunch quickly and retreat to my desk to edit this blog post and buy groceries online as we are out of rice and detergent at home (online shopping is the best thing ever for working mums!). I also send a message to my mum to remind her to revise Sean’s Maths textbook with him later in the afternoon as he has a Maths test this week.

I usually knock off on time (5pm), something I am very grateful for because my brain is fried by then.dsc02815

0800-1115 At home, my mum and Jo have breakfast and read the papers together. They potter around in the garden, read books, play with toys together.

My helper makes the beds, washes the two toilets and does a round of laundry. Then, my mum and helper start to prepare lunch.


1115-1200 Ryan comes home from school. He washes up and change into home clothes. Then Ryan and Jo have lunch (my helper helps to feed them).


Some days, my sister and nephew pop by for lunch. My FIL and MIL like to come over to have lunch sometimes and play with the kids too. (My friends like to joke that my house is like a community centre because everyone gathers there.)




1200-1500 The younger boys play for a bit before they retreat to the room for an afternoon nap with my mum.


My mum claims she has to grab hold of a leg of each child in order to get them to quieten down and sleep. Sometimes she has to resort to smacking their bums 😉 (They always somehow need to poop at this time too.)


1430-1500 Sean comes home from school (by school bus). He takes a shower then eats his lunch by himself (my helper prepares his lunch then goes off to rest). He is usually famished after a long day. He doesn’t mind eating alone because he can read and eat, and take his own sweet time.

He also has to patch his lazy eye (which he hates) for 4 hours.

1500-1800 Sean sits down and does his Kumon worksheets and revises his spelling/tingxie/Berries for the week (I give my helper instructions on what he needs to do the night before). At P1, he does not have much homework from school.

dsc01557Then he practices the piano (he is about Grade 1 level now) for about 20 minutes. He does it all on his own dutifully because he has learnt that finishing his work early means he can relax after dinner and watch TV.


Grandma and the younger boys wake up around 1530. They have fruits and a snack. Here they are having homemade pizza. Yum.


My mum then sits with the older boys to do some writing/reading for Ryan and spelling/tingxie/reading with Sean. They have been doing this since they were young and I think they have greatly benefitted from the sessions.




1800-1900 My helper tidies up the house and folds the laundry while my mum cooks dinner.

I get home around this time and bring the boys out to play. Fresh air does wonders for them. (Plus, I think my mum and helper usually feel slightly exasperated by the boys by this hour so I always try to rush home from work to take my boys off their hands!)



While the boys scoot and run circles around me, I do some HIIT exercises (star jumps, squats, lunges, mountain climbers, etc). That’s the only time I have to work out all day.


My boys always go barefoot and love to roll on the ground so they get really dirty. Their favourite games are hide-and-seek and soccer. So happy they can play on their own now and sometimes with the neighbourhood kids too, though Jo likes to stick to me sometimes and insists I play pretend games (masak-masak, sit on his ‘aeroplane’) with him.


1900-2000 The sky gets dark and this is our cue to go home. I put all three boys into tubs and quickly shower myself, then the kids (yes, entire bathroom gets soaked after we are done).

We get dressed and finally sit down for dinner. I set a time limit of 30 minutes for the kids to finish their dinner (else, they have to continue eating on the patio in the dark – the threat works like a charm!).

Over dinner, I catch up with the boys about their day in school (in between nudging them to eat faster) and listen to their stories. I do a quick check of their school bags and prepare (with instructions on post-it notes, etc) what needs to be done the next day.

Then Ryan practices the piano with me (1 scale, 4 songs – 10 mins max). I have to endure a lot of whining from him and at the same time have to fend off Jo who will insist on banging on the keys and climbing onto my lap as well.

After Ryan is done, I ask Sean to play the few pieces he has been practising so I can guide/correct him if I need to. He grumpily accedes to my request. Welcome to our witching hour!



2000-2100 Once everyone is done with dinner and piano-playing, the kids happily settle down to watch TV (Paw Patrol, Bubble Guppies). They change to their pajamas and have some fruits.



Papa comes home around this time. He is the fun parent these days so they are always happy to play with Papa.


Lately, the older boys (especially Sean) have been a bit obsessed with Pokémon Go. We are pretty strict about not letting them play with devices on weekdays but allow them to trade their TV time for phone time to check on their beloved Pokemons.


Sean’s bedtime is at 2030. He brushes his teeth and reads for a bit.

I accompany him for a while in the room (we still sleep in one room, with the older boys on the floor). Sean rattles on excitedly about his Pokémon Go quest (we have been playing over the weekends). Finally we say a little prayer together then I leave the room and let him sleep by himself. He usually falls asleep quite quickly. Phew, one down!


2115-2200 End of TV time for Ryan and Jo (though not without some screaming and tears).

I read the younger boys a few books and then bring them to bed (they take afternoon naps so I let them stay up a bit later).

Jo sleeps on the bed with us. Ryan sleeps on the floor next to Sean (who is usually asleep by this time and thankfully sleeps so deeply that he doesn’t get woken up by his brothers’ shenanigans).

I love our nightly chats with the younger boys but we usually have to put up with a lot of running in and out of the room to drink water or pee, laughing and singing, jumping and shouting for about an hour before they FINALLY fall asleep.

While we are in the room, my helper does a thorough clean (tidy up, vacuum, mop) of the house and lays out the boys’ school uniforms for the next day. Am always very grateful I don’t have to deal with the household chores and wake up to a clean house every morning.

2200-2330 Yay I manage to not fall asleep with my boys for once. I get up to pack a few shop orders and finish my novel (currently reading A Man called Dave, by Dave Pelzer).

I am back in bed by 2330. We haven’t been able to evict Jo from from our bed (‘I am still small, Mama. I am a baby!’) so he sleeps sandwiched between us.

Jo is a bit fussy throughout the night and wakes up twice – once to drink water and a second time because he wet the bed (he is still in diapers at night, must have leaked). I wake up to change him while he cries the house down. The wet patch is too big (and husband is sleeping soundly which means I can’t change the sheets) so Jo and I move to sleep on the spare mattress on the floor. Zzz.

0630 My natural alarm wakes me up. Here we go again!

Yes, our days are crazy and oh-so-full but I love this stage of my boys’ fleeting childhoods and would not trade it for the world.

PS. Our previous family schedules: 2015 , 2014 (Oct), 2014 (Mar), 2013, 2012 (Dec), 2012 (Jun), 2012 (Mar), 2011, 2010 (Dec), 2010 (May), 2010 (Jan), 2009 (Sep), 2009 (Aug).

(Note: I wasn’t able to take all the pics on a single day so some of the photos you see in this post are from my archives. I also hardly appear in the pics because nobody takes pics of me!)

This post is part of the Day in a Life blog train hosted by Mum in the Making. Click on the button to take a peek into a day in the life of other mummies!


Tomorrow, please join inspiring stay-at-home mum Mary of Simply Lambchops as she brings you through her day. Mary is mum to three little lambs. She advocates for Down syndrome at and blog at Simply Lambchops to preserve precious memories of her children. Talk to her about crocheting amigurumi and coffee and you’ll see her eyes lit up with excitement.

Remembering Leonard

img_5770There’s no easy way to share this. The past few weeks have been very hard for my family as we grieved the sudden loss of my brother Leonard. We are heartbroken beyond words.

He was a wonderful son, brother, Jiujiu and friend to many. We will always remember him as the sweet, fun-loving, guitar-strumming guy with a big heart. We will miss him dearly.

We are very grateful for all the love, prayers and support from family and friends during this confusing and difficult period. Appreciate if you could please give us the space and time to grieve and heal. Please pray for strength and peace for my family. God bless.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27

Astro Ryan’s Outer Space adventure at The Little Executive’s Astronaut Training Camp

During the September holidays, our little Ryan attended his first drop-off holiday camp, The Little Executive’s Astronaut Training Camp, and he had a blast!

The unique 3-day Astronaut Training Camp was run by The Little Executive. The newly set-up enrichment center has a very interesting curiculum that is geared towards equipping children with executive functioning skills such as working memory, impulse and emotional control, flexibility, planning and prioritizing, self-monitoring, and task initiation. These core skills are not something that we talk much about, yet they are very critical when it comes to building the foundation for children’s lifelong learning success.


Over the 3 days of Astronaut Training Camp, the little aspiring astronauts honed their problem solving skills to complete Space Missions, worked together in teams and sharpened their sensory systems while exploring new territories.


Here’s a sampling of some of the Space Missions they got up:


On their first day, they started an Astronaut Space Log where they logged down their daily inter-galactic space adventures.

On their first day, they learnt about Space and Earth conditions, and compared and constrasted the two stark environments. They also drew a picture of their own space adventure – Ryan drew a cute little picture of himself as an astronaut (top left pic) meeting an alien with crazy arms against a backdrop of Earth, the Moon and the stars. Great activity to boost the children’s imagination, creativity and visualisation skills!

The astronaut’s next mission was drawing aliens. They had to figure out what was missing in the picture and draw/colour in the right bits. This activity required them to observe details and concentrate to see the task to completion. Ryan did a good job of filling in alien legs and eyes and body parts 🙂


The children also did a ‘moon landing’ activity where they helped an alien get through a maze by tracing a path through the moons (circles) only. Not an easy feat for 4-year-olds but I was told Ryan did his with ease. More importantly, I was impressed the children could sit still for so long to complete the exercises!


The final activity for their first day was making their very own glow-in-the-dark space slime.    Ryan enjoyed getting his hands dirty mixing glue, water, glitter and glow-in-the-dark paint. What a fun sensory activity! When asked to describe the slime he made, Ryan said it was ‘sticky, soft and hot’. He was very excited to bring his gooey slime home to show his brothers!


Over the next two days, the children learnt secret handshakes to greet humans and aliens. This encourages them to work on their hand-eye coordination, working memory and social skills.

They also decoded secret alien codes, which I thought was rather complex for young children (though Ryan had no problems doing it)! The coding exercise works on the working memory and hones a child’s eye-tracking skills as well.

In addition, the children explored sensory shapes and landscapes (with and without gloves). Aside from training their fine motor skills, children also got to experience what it might feel like being an astro-engineer fixing their space shuttle.

For snack time, children got the chance to see the banana in different forms – in its original form, making a banana puree and lasting cutting them up and dehydrating them to make banana chips. How clever and ingenious, and the children got to enjoy a healthy snack to boot too!


Saving the best for last, their biggest Space Mission of all – building their very own space shuttle rocket out of recycled materials. The children worked together in teams, planning and prioritisng and tapped on everyone’s strengths. They also made the coolest personal jet packs out of cereal boxes, plastic bottles and ribbons.

The children were very proud to show off their handmade creations at the presentation for parents on the final day. One of the teams even came up with a cute song about their spaceship. Ryan loved his cool silver jetpack and remembered to point out his little contribution to his team’s rocket – a nifty little navigational light (otherwise known as a torchlight) that could be turned on and off 🙂


Ryan had a wonderful time at the Astronaut Training Camp. It was clear that a lot of thought and planning had gone into all the activities. The facilitators were very patient and experienced in dealing with a class of young children of varying learning abilities.

It was very interesting to hear what the facilitators had to say of Ryan. He is rather mature for his age and can focus well and do most tasks (including the complex decoding puzzles!) on his own with little guidance. He is quite reserved and cautious in groups prefering to stand back to observe than participate, so all the team and social activities did a good job of drawing him out of his shell. Kudos to all the facilitators for this out-of-this-world Astronaut Training Camp!


The Little Executive wiIl be conducting end-of-year holiday camps for K1-P2 children in a couple of months’ time!

  • Dinosaur Camp: 29 November – 2 December 2016
  • Primary 1 intensive Prep Camp: 6 December – 9 December 2016
  • Astronaut Camp: 13 December – 16 December 2016

Besides their holiday programmes, The Little Executive also holds regular sessions that are geared towards developing essential brain-based skills and cognitive processes that children need in order to succeed both in and out of the classroom. The curriculum is organised according to the Explorer (Nursery), Creator (Kindergarten) and Executive (Primary 1) Levels. You can view the class schedules and fees here. (Sean is going through the Executive class now – I will report back on his progress soon!)

The next Little Executive Open House Free Trial is on 17 September 2016, at 11.30am or 2.00pm, for N2 to P1 children. For more details, email

Disclaimer: Ryan was invited to attend the camp for the purpose of this review. The pleasure was all ours, and all opinions expressed here are my own.

Shopping with Agape Babies

With my busy working mum schedule, I rely on online shopping a fair bit.

In particular, I find online shopping works extremely well when it comes to shopping for children because hey the reality of being parents to babies and young children is, we hardly have time to shop yet there is a constant need for consumables like diapers or milk powder and new sippy cups, shoes or clothes. There is no real need to purchase these things from a brick-and-mortar shop at all and I really appreciate any cost savings I can get from purchasing online in bulk, not to mention the time and energy saved on lugging the bulky diaper packs and milk tins home!

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We have been shopping at Agape Babies for years now (read our review in 2014 here).

It is one of the more established online baby and children store in Singapore. I love it because it is like a mini NTUC, Guardian Pharmacy, Mothercare, Toys’ R Us and a natural health store combined! And I have checked across the board, more often than not, Agape Babies‘ pricing is the same, if not cheaper.


This is our most recent Agape Babies purchase. Yes, diapers and more diapers for dear Jo! Agape Babies has very decent bundle diaper deals – I mean, who ever buys one pack of diapers only? You always buy more than one! The more savings, the better.

Plus, YumEarth Organic pops and Happy Baby Superfood puffs for my boys (they can finish a bottle a day!) and Healthy Times Mixed Grain Cereal and an OXO Roll-up bib for my 6mo baby nephew who is just starting solids.

We placed our order and received our delivery the very next day. Very fuss-free and convenient!

Here are some things you should know about Agape Babies:

  • They have a new and improved mobile-optimised website for a great shopping experience on the go. I was able to do a one-step checkout and one-click sign in on my phone instead of having to sit down to log into a computer. I am sure all parents will appreciate the convenience and time saved shopping on your phone!


  • They offer an extensive range of products from 250 brands (up from 100 two years ago!), boasting some 6000 products in over 10 categories, include 3M and Jujube. Basically, you can get everything from food pouches to milk powder to diaper bags to baby toys and books and even breast pumps, car seats and strollers! Definitely better than your neighbourhood supermarket 😉
  • There are Weekly Deals every Wednesdays. First time customers can use the code ‘agape10’ to get $10 off, a free Bellamy’s Organic milk tin and next day delivery on their first purchase of $150 or more.
  • You can opt for one-click self collection from 3 convenient locations – Newton, Sengkang and Old Airport Road. Smaller parcels enjoy 72 pick up locations. More details  here.
  • VIP customers get to enjoy special price reductions and also lifestyle privileges. More details here.

If you shop at Agape Babies from now till 16 September 2016, you can get an additional 5% off with the discount code ’olimomok5%’. Kindly note that it excludes milk, diapers, wipes, Medela breast pumps, Jujube products and Sale and Clearance categories.

Happy shopping!

Disclaimer: I received store credit for the purpose of writing this review. All views and opinions are my own.

Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea

years now, we have been regular patrons of Singapore Art Museum’s annual children-focused exhibition, Imaginarium.

At the start of the June hols, we checked out this year’s edition, Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea  (yes this is an extremely late entry, heh) at SAM at 8A.

A whimsical introduction to the many stories and ideas that surround seascapes, Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea presents tactile and interactive works that encourage discovery through exploration and play. The exhibition aims to get young people to think about the impact we have on the natural world, and of how, through inventive and wise ideas, we can save our earth and its awe-inspiring oceans.


Our favourite installation was Dimana Mogus? (Where is Mogus?) by Indonesian artist, Mulyana. We were gobsmacked as we walked into the elaborate colourful underwater playscape filled with the whimsical sea creatures, corals, seaweed, and schools of fish all entirely stitched from felt or crocheted from yarn.

Through this installation, Mulyana hopes to create an environment in which visitors can interact with the octopus Mogus and his underwater friends; his soft, tactile sculptures encourage play, imagination and exploration.

The installation was interactive, very beautifully executed and just plain amazing. I can’t imagine how long it took the artist to complete everything – I think I read he got the help of an entire village to help him over months!

My boys loved jumping on the giant whale cushions and pouncing on the adorable crocheted sea creatures and dragging them around the room (sorry!).


It was hard to miss the vivid ceiling-to-floor wall murals by Yuree Kensaku as we made out way up the building. Through them, the artist explores the possibility of nature’s survival given mankind’s seemingly insatiable greed. The paintings are very graphic and interesting.


On the second floor, there was a room with a huge map of country flags and an origami-making activity of sea creatures. I didn’t get the name of the exhibit but I think it was part of Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas. Not quite my boys’ cup of tea (look at Ryan’s bored face) so we didn’t stay long.

SAM6The most thought-provoking installation award has to go to Plastic Ocean by local artist Tan Zi Xi.

In essence, you will find yourself walking into the room filled with suspended trash. Very cool and disconcerting at the same time when you realize it is a stark and accurate representation of the amount of debris that floats on the surface of our oceans. Comprising approximately 26,000 pieces of non-biodegradables, this installation invites viewers to experience the sensation of floating in a sea of trash.

My boys had fun running a lot of fun weaving through the dangling ‘garbage’. It did leave a lasting impression on my boys and reinforced the message that we should reduce wastage and recycle whenever possible.


The other exhibit my boys enjoyed was ADA by Karina Smigla-Bobinski (Poland).

Coined as an interactive art-making machine, ADA is a post-industrial ‘creature’ that glows with the bioluminescence of denizens of the deep. ADA floats freely and is the sole light source in her confined space. This installation highlights the consequences of our interaction with the sea.

Essentially, it is a giant sphere with charcoal studs affixed to its surface free-wheeling in a darkened room. The children were gleefully pushing it around the entire room. And because this takes place in semi-darkness, you won’t realize the giant ball actually leaves prominent black streaks (from the charcoal) as you come into contact with it. Sean and Ryan looked like scruffy golliwogs when they came out of the room!


Suara Muara (The Sounds of the Estuary) by Papermoon Puppet Theatre is a mixed-media installation portraying Lasem, a tiny town on the northern part of Java island, as a lonely old man, who keeps his secrets quietly. While fishermen tend their nets and children play around little wooden boats, one can still find ancient shards of Chinese porcelain buried beneath its sandy beaches. Suara Muara brings audiences on an aural journey, where the sounds of the past still exist, in unison with the lapping of the waves.

It was not very interactive for kids but the billowing waves, bamboo sculptures of the fishing boats and melancholic-looking figures were fascinating to say the very least.


Finally, there were Damien, I’m Famished, Bryde’s Fountain and Surrealism Spiced by Krit Ngamsom. The three kinetic sculptures are tongue-in-cheek references to iconic artworks that changed definitions and assumptions about art through their use of ready-made objects. These playful reinterpretations incorporate references to contemporary Thai culture with commentary on Western art-making practices. The three artworks, in particular, pay homage to artists Marcel Duchamp, Damien Hirst and Salvador Dali.

While the installations were interesting, I didn’t quite ‘get’ them and I thought it was an odd choice for what was meant to be a children’s exhibition.


Oh and the boys had a tinkle at the refurbished piano (by Play It Forward) at the entrance. Such a great initiative – I love spotting the pianos around the island. Will train the boys up to dazzle the crowds one day 😉

It was an afternoon well-spent and we enjoyed ourselves. This is the last week of Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea at SAM at 8Q (last day is 28 Aug 2016, this Sunday) so do head down for a visit if you haven’t been there yet!

Open-ended free play with Little Llama

With three boys at home, I have gone through enough toys to learn that the best toys for my children are not necessarily the most expensive or fancy toys with all the flashing lights, bells and whistles.

Rather, the select few toys that my boys always return to are always the ones that leave room for imagination and encourage creativity and free play.

Such toys are hard to come by  and that is why I was very happy to hear about Little Llama. 

The husband-wife team behind Little Llama believe very strongly in the power of engagement and open-ended free play in early childhood development. They pride themselves in sourcing globally for the best books, games and toys and bringing them right to our doorsteps.


Bilibo by MOLUK

My boys were delighted to receive a generous toy package from Little Llama.

The first thing that caught their eyes was the peculiarly-shaped Bilibo by award-winning Swiss toy designer MOLUK

Driven by a passion for great design, MOLUK strives to create innovative, sustainable products that don’t just entertain kids on a superficial level, but invite real interaction. In a time where everything is getting more virtual, MOLUK offers toys that are totally manual, toys that get children to move and explore, toys that stimulate their senses and minds.

Made from non-toxic and shatterproof polyethylene, there is no right or fixed way to play with the Bilibo. I gave it to my boys without telling them what it was because I wanted to see what they would do with it 🙂

Of course, the first thing they did was plonk their little bums inside for a spin. So far, they have had numerous spinning competitions to see who can spin the most number of rounds. Lots of dramatic spills and giggles guaranteed. (Alas, why is my bum not child-sized?)


The other day, my boys decided to bring the Bilibo along to the pool. Sean donned it as a spy helmet, swimming stealthily in the water to scare his hapless mother (that would be me). Ryan used it as a giant scoop and sweet Jo used it as his soup pot and served up a decent ‘cheeken’ soup 🙂

Besides spinning and water play, the Bilibo has also doubled as a hat/helmet (it has two little holes for peering out), a tortoise shell, a chair, a cot for Jo’s doll and even a wok for their masak-masak escapades.

That’s pretty good mileage for a ‘simple’ toy with zero buttons or blinking lights. Bonus points for how hardy and easily cleanable it is too.

And isn’t it amazing that all three boys of varying ages (from 2 to 7) can come up with endless ways to play with it?


Bilibo Game Box by MOLUK

Then there’s the Bilibo Game Box. It comes with 6 miniature Bilibos in different colours, 36 game chips and a customizable dice. The amazing thing is, it does not come with any rules or instructions. It is entirely up to the children to dream up of ways to play with it. They are limited only by their own imagination!

Jo (aged 2.5) was happily naming the colours of the mini Bilibos (boo, geen, yewo, purpur, owange and pink!). I played a little sorting and counting game with him where he sorted the game chips by colour and practiced counting the chips. You can also stack the mini Bilibos or try to balance them on top of each other (two Bilibos can fit nicely to form a ball-like shape).

Within minutes of trying the game out, the older boys Sean and Ryan invented a game where they would collect game chips and advance their mini Bilibos whenever their selected colours show up on the dice. Pretty ingenious!

So far, I have also seen them use the mini Bilibos as containers for snacks and as ‘Ninja Turtle’ puppets to fight baddies 🙂

Here are some other ways you can play with the Bilibo Game Box:

It is obvious a lot of thought and care has gone into the making of this toy set. The quality is impeccable (no sharp bits) and the chips, though thin, are rather hardy. A word of caution though: the small pieces may be a choking hazard for babies so the toy is best suited for children aged 1 and above.

Truly a toy that promotes hand-eye coordination and open-ended play and I am sure my boys will think of many other ways to play with the set in time to come.


Look Ma, it’s raining!

Lastly, my boys loved the adorable Plui Rain Cloud. You can fill it up by submerging it in water and then, TA-DA you get rain droplets from a rain cloud!

It is actually a good way to introduce children to ArchimedesPrinciple (do you know it too?). In layman terms, it means once you stop seeing bubbles emerging from the cloud, it means the cloud is full!

The best part is, instead of whining about bath time, my boys are always more than eager to take a shower now because it means they can play the weatherman and make rain 🙂

You can check out the many cool toys that Little Llama carries at their website. They also have a good selection of children’s books (with some of our favourite titles like How to Catch A Star, Press Here and The Day The Crayons Quit) and very reasonably priced gift bundles filled with their best-selling toys and books. What’s more, you can ‘like’ them on Facebook or join their mailing list to get 15% discount code.

If you want to have a feel of the toys before purchasing, Little Llama will be at Kids World Fair 2016 (booth D21). The fair is on from 2-4 September 2016 at Suntec City.  Do go down to discover the MOLUK range through hands-on sessions, and enjoy some fair-only discounts while you are there!


Little Llama has kindly agreed to do a little giveaway of the Plui Rain Cloud and the Plui Rainball to two readers. Plui_RainCloud_package_258ee978-98d1-45cb-bf37-61015becfb6f_large

CTP_5587_1024x1024To participate, all you have to do is:

1) Visit and ‘like’ both the Olimomok and Little Llama Facebook pages.

Optional entries:

2) Leave me a blog post comment telling me which toy you like to win (the Plui Rain Cloud or the Plui Rainball) and why. Don’t forget to leave your name, FB name and email.

3) ‘Like’ and ‘share’ my Facebook post on Little Llama and tag 2 friends in the comments.

4) Add me (‘Olimomok’) on Instagram.

Then complete the steps in the following Little Llama raffle by 31 August (next Wednesday) end of day (Singapore time). This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only. I will be picking 2 winners – good luck!

Disclaimer: We received the toys for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own. The pleasure was all ours.

A Father and Son adventure to remember

Sean and Foops attended an overnight Father-Son camp back in May. It is a yearly event organized by the Parent-Teachers group (for P1-P6 children), and a very popular one at that (we had to ballot for slots)!

Bright and early, I sent the boys to school. Sean met two of his classmates (and their fathers) and they quickly banded together to form a group. Once they had settled all the admin matters and dropped off their overnight bags (they would be spending the night in school), the group set off in a bus headed to Pulau Ubin.



(Throughout the day, I got little updates and pictures from the Whatsapp chat group the fathers had set up. These pics are from the chat.)

The group took a bumboat to Pulau Ubin. Must have been quite an experience for the boys – I know Sean was very nervous about the boat ride!


Then they did a Running Man challenge around the island. They trekked rather long distances to get to each station where they were expected to carry out an activity as a father-son team together. They trekked through the jungle, abseiled down a cliff (!) and pulled themselves along a zipline to cross a river (Sean: Mama, my feet couldn’t touch the floor. It was very fun!), and finally they had a well-deserved chicken rice for lunch.

Definitely many firsts for our 7-year-olds – what an amazing experience it must have been!

According to Foops, they did not manage to reach most of the stations because the distance between the stops was very long!

In the evening, they returned back to school for a campfire. They had a barbecued dinner and did some father-son bonding activities (they brought a loofah back and said they used it to ‘bathe’ each other. Hmm). They only got to bed past 11pm (not surprising when fathers are in charge)!



Next morning, they played more games including a Nerf gun challenge. They were all tired out but all smiles when I brought the younger boys to pick them up. Seemed like they had a lot of fun!

It was such a valuable bonding experience for Sean and Papa. I sure hope it won’t be their last Father-Son camp – how fun would it be for Foops to bring all 3 of them together one day (if he can be persuaded to take all of them, that is)? 🙂

PLAYtime! at The Esplanade – The Bird Who Was Afraid of Heights

Last weekend, I brought Ryan and Jo for a special little treat to watch the latest Esplanade’s PLAYtime! offering – The Bird Who Was Afraid of Heights.

I have been to previous PLAYtime! plays (Hello Paige! and A Magic Treetop) with Sean before and  enjoyed them thoroughly. So it seemed like a rite of passage of sorts watching a new PLAYtime! play with my younger boys now (Sean went Pokemon-hunting around the Esplanade while we were at the show).


My boys were enraptured right from the start.

The lively cast got the children warmed up by teaching them some of the songs (complete with actions) from the play. My boys couldn’t stop singing the ‘Rambutan, Mango, Chiku,’ song the entire day!


Adapted from the book by Farah Bagharib-Kaltz, the story centers around Eddie, a lovable mynah who is afraid of heights. Thought it was hilarious how he got round by hopping on the audience members’ heads 😉

When Eddie’s friend, Matt the rat, is captured by the big, black crow, Eddie has to go to his rescue. What does Eddie have to do to save his best friend? Will he have the courage to do it?


The heartwarming story appealed greatly to the young audience with its action-packed storyline and effective use of puppetry, costumes, simple props and music (I loved the tinkling on the little toy piano!). The interactive elements of the show – like getting the children to sing and dance along, or look for chiku, rambutans and mangoes around them – also kept the children plenty entertained.

My boys couldn’t stop talking about the show all the way home. I think the tickets are very reasonably priced and I would definitely recommend it for young children aged 2 to 4.

If you are going for the show, don’t forget to check out Pip’s Playbox next door.

Show details

Show name: The Bird Who Was Afraid of Heights

Venue: Esplanade Theatre Studio

Duration: 40min

Show dates/timings: 12 to 28 Aug (Weekday timings: 9.30am & 11am; Weekend timings: 11am & 4pm; No shows on 15 & 22 Aug, Mon)

Sensory-friendly shows: 23 Aug, Tue, 11am & 2.30pm 27 Aug, Sat, 11am

Ryan’s first Sports Day

Last weekend (just before Sean’s birthday party), we attended Ryan’s school Sports Day.

In the days leading up to the event, Ryan (being Ryan) told me exactly what he would be doing with his class, right down to how he has to cheer his group on (Jia you! Jia you!) after he was done with his turn. (I remember I had zero clue what Sean (being Sean) was doing for his Sports Day until the actual day itself when he was at the same age).


The event started around the same time as Joseph Schooling’s momentous 100m fly swim in Rio so everyone was a bit distracted when the teachers and children were marching in. (But how awesome was Schooling’s swim?!)

The children opened with three rousing songs. I hardly see Ryan in school nowadays so it was really nice to see him singing and having fun with his friends and teachers – and he did ALL the actions and sang every word. That’s my Mr Perfect for you!

His class was up first. Every child did a little circuit medley which required gymnastics moves they have been learning during gym class – egg roll down a small slope, balance on a beam, scurry through a tunnel, jumping routine, more balancing then tossing a bean bag. It looked a bit too easy for Ryan. HAHA!

There was also a parents race but I didn’t manage to get a slot 🙁

Finally, they rounded up with 3 more songs and the children were given prizes for their participation. Yay all the children did so great! Jo’s turn next (in 2 years)!