Monthly Archives: October 2017

SRT’s The Little Company presents Chicken Little

Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Little Company is delighted to present their latest offering in children’s theatre with their latest production, Chicken Little

Coming hot on the heels of the tremendous success of Red Riding Hood, SRT is thrilled to be working with one of London’s hottest new musical theatre teams – Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary.

Combined with the exceptional talents of director Kate Golledge, this is a show where magic happens not only for the audience but for all those working behind the scenes as well. This musical was selected to be presented in a showcase for new musicals in the making at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace last month, testament to the great work this team is creating.

Suitable for kids aged 3 and above, Chicken Little is a delightfully chirpy musical adventure with toe-tapping songs about a plucky chicken who goes on the adventure of a lifetime.

Chicken Little overcomes her insecurities and embarks on a brave quest to save her fellow farmyard animals. She meets a whole host of quirky, vibrant much-loved characters, including Cocky Locky, Ducky Daddles and the brave Turkey Lurkey. 
But with the fearsome Foxy Loxy on the loose, can they make it to the King alive?

Won’t spoil the surprise but it’s a very entertaining show. Children will be able to identify with Chicken Little as she summons her courage to do things she normally wouldn’t to do.

I also love that the show portrayed Ducky Daddles as a one-legged duck to show the children that we are never limited by our circumstances.

Once again, I was very impressed by the actors switching between their multiple roles seamlessly (with even some cross-dressing, haha) and playing them masterfully. I thought Natalie Yeap was brilliant as Foxy Loxy!

Here’s a trailer of the show if you are interested:

Charlotte Nors, SRT’s Managing Director said, “The Little Company has been inspiring, entertaining and engaging kids and their families for 15 years now, building a strong tradition for family theatre not just for SRT but more importantly for Singapore and the wider entertainment industry. Chicken Little is a fitting way to celebrate this significant anniversary; the 450,000 kids delighted by the productions; and the careers and talents that have been launched whilst making children’s theatre a mainstay of Singaporean family life.”

Good fun for the whole family. My boys really enjoyed the show and are still talking about the silly antics of the characters. Do go watch it before it ends!

DATES: Weekdays 10am and weekends 11am and 2pm from 25th October to 8th December 2017

PRICES: From $25, excluding SISTIC fee. Group discounts/Family Packages available.

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

TICKETING:  SISTIC at 6348 5555

Disclaimer: We received complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and as always, the pleasure was all ours!

Bangkok Day 2: Chatuchak and MBK

Bangkok Day 1: Patumwan House and Siam Paragon

Bangkok Day 2: This post

Bangkok Day 3: Bangkok Safari World, Marine Park and Asiatique

Bangkok Day 4: Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World and MBK

Bangkok Day 5: Bangkok Kidzania and Rod Fai Ratchada night market

Bangkok Day 6, 7: Imaginarium Playland and Neon Talad night market

Day 2 in Bangkok, our first morning there. Kids were up at the crack of dawn since Thailand is one hour behind. Yawn! We washed up and headed out in the search of breakfast.

We weren’t quite sure where to go – nothing seemed to be open and even Macs at MBK was closed. Kids got a bit whiny and cranky from walking on empty stomachs. Thankfully we finally found Casa Lapin at Sukhumvit Soi! Never happier to order pricey pancakes and coffee 🙂Bellies full, we took a cab to Chatuchak (open on weekends only) as it was one of the places I really wanted to visit again in Bangkok.

It was quite a hot morning. Chanced upon coconut icecream at the entrance so we all tried some. So refreshingly good! Chatuchak is jam-packed with small shops selling everything from tshirts, bags to jewellery to plants and handmade soaps. I am past the age of buying knick-knacks and it was hard to browse leisurely with three restless boys but we still had a good look-see of the place. We covered only a teeny fraction of the entire market in the few hours we were there!We hardly bought anything but we did get some t-shirts for the boys coz Sean was very amused by the witty slogans.

For lunch, we managed to find the ‘famous’ wanton mee in Section 2 Soi 40 after walking in circles for a bit (I followed instructions here). Topped with yummy fried garlic bits, the noodles were springy and fragrant. Portions were small, like everything else in Bangkok!It was quite hot by noon time and kids were getting a bit sweaty and cranky.

We ducked into a small shop selling leather products. The boys (Papa included) chose leather wallets as well as metal studs to personalise them.

We came across an airconditioned massage place (with free Wifi!). We got to sit down and take a break, kids got plied with snacks and we all got a foot massage for less than SGD20!

I let the boys pick out one toy (they chose Pokemon imitation-Lego) and then we were out of Chatuchak! We went back to the hotel for an afternoon nap.
Come evening, we ventured out to nearby Princess Pathumwan Hotel next to MBK. We had a wonderfully decadent dinner at Ping’s Thai Teochew Seafood Restaurant (which came highly recommended by Growing with The Tans). The sharks’ fin soup was delicious – I wouldn’t have ordered it but the husband said we should try it as it was one of their specialties. Kids lapped it all up with their rice. I really liked the fried prawns and fish maw too! Hands down, one of our best meals in Bangkok!
Took a slow walk around MBK, bought some snacks and then we called it a night.

Bangkok Day 1: Patumwan House and Siam Paragon

During the March hols this year, we spent a happy week in the Land of Smiles. Been wanting to visit Bangkok for the longest time – I haven’t been there since the kids came along! – and when I saw the cheap budget air tickets, I quickly snapped them up.

We took an afternoon flight which was rather uneventful. It is getting so much easier travelling with kids. For this trip, we didn’t even bring a stroller, milk powder or diapers!

We didn’t secure our accomodation till the very last minute and I ended up booking a super cheap hotel called Patumwan House near MBK. It was really back to basics haha but it was relatively clean and the location was great!

We were all starving by the time we landed in the late afternoon. First order of the day: Beef noodles at Nuer Koo at Siam Paragon. It was about 4pm (5pm Singapore time) by the time we had our ‘lunch’! Jo didn’t nap on the plane so he was a bit cranky that day and slept through our quick meal. The beef noodles were soft and yummy and maybe a tad salty.

We walked around a bit, snacked on Auntie Anne’s pretzels (which became a daily ritual for the rest of our trip coz so cheap!) and let the boys loose at the toys department of Siam Paragon.  Took an leisurely walk back to our hotel cutting through Siam Square – so many nice shops along the way as well as a small night market. Ah that’s Bangkok for you!

Since it had a been a rather long day for the boys, we decided to call it an early night.

If you are keen on our itinerary, here are the links:

Bangkok Day 1: Patumwan House and Siam Paragon

Bangkok Day 2: Chatuchak and MBK

Bangkok Day 3: This post

Bangkok Day 4: Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World and MBK

Bangkok Day 5: Bangkok Kidzania and Rod Fai Ratchada night market

Bangkok Day 6, 7: Imaginarium Playland and Neon Talad night market

Creative fun at Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017

Last weekend, we attended a fun interactive workshop which was part of Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017, an enrichment program  organised by Caltex Singapore and Singapore Science Centre.

Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017 is an enrichment program that aims to spark curiosity in coding and tinkering through free interactive workshops that bring theoretical knowledge to life through fun art and design applications.

The program features free interactive workshops that aim to inspire students’ passion for innovation and encourage creative thinking, while breaking perceptions of traditional gender stereotypes associated with the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Integrating arts and design with traditional STEM subjects, the following projects avaialble at the workshops were specially curated by the Science Centre mentors for their simplicity, relevance to real-world applications, and gender neutrality:

  • Sewing with Electronics – Introducing students to the emerging field of e-textiles, and the broader industries of wearables, architecture, and smart homes.
  • Programming with Arduino – Introducing students to the world of coding, robotics and electronics through coding projects.
  • Music with Makey-Makey – Introducing students to coding and electronics through the creation of music with real world objects.
  • Creating with Paper Circuits – Introducing students to electronics through craft projects that adds light to their paper creations.

We tried out the Creating with Paper Circuits workshop where we made simple electrical circuits using LED lights, copper tape and batteries.

The children were introduced to the basic concepts of electrical circuits – they learnt what materials make good conductors and that the circuits need to be closed for electricity to pass through.

Look at their happy faces when they figured out how to light their LED lights!

Once they figured out the basic concepts, they quickly moved on to making torchlights and lighted paper flowers using the provided craft materials. I was very impressed!

At the session, we also got to try out a Makey Makey flower piano:

Such an enriching session – my boys were so inspired they continued to build circuits at home all weekend!

Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017 is open to the public on the weekend of 14 and 15 October 2017. Simply present your Plus! Card and Caltex fuel receipt at the Science Centre to enjoy 20% discount on admission fees from 8 Sep to 31 Dec 2017.

Flash giveaway

Good news – I have a set of Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017 goodies to 1 lucky winner. The set will include:

  • 2 sets of goodie bags (consisting of notebooks, paper circuit bookmarks, VR headsets)
  • 4 tickets to Science Centre Singapore

To participate, all you have to do is:

1) Visit both the Olimomok and Science Centre 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 which Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017 workshop you would like to go for. Don’t forget to leave your name and email.

3) ‘Like’ my Facebook post on Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017, 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 Caltex Fuel Your School raffle by 10 Oct 2017 (Tuesday) end of day (Singapore time). This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only.

Do check out Caltex Fuel Your School – Tech Jam 2017 on the weekend of 14 and 15 October 2017 for tinkering fun and learning! Hope to see you there!

Happy Mid-autumn Festival!

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of my favourite Chinese festivals mainly coz it’s so low-key and simple.

Finally tried my hand at making snowskin mooncakes for the first time this year (with natural colouring from blue pea flowers). I made Oreo and cheese flavoured mooncakes and my mum made lotus paste ones. It is very easy and now I wonder what took me so long to learn! My mum made those in the pictures – the designs are so beautiful! Mine turned out quite ugly so I didn’t bother to take pictures of them.

So glad the rain finally cleared for a bit at night so we could go out toting lanterns. The full moon went into hiding behind the clouds but that did not deter us one bit. I didn’t bother buying cellophane lanterns this year coz we had lots of paper ones lying around and I knew my boys would toss them aside within 5 minutes!

Loved the awe on their faces, especially little Joey, when their lanterns got lit in the dark. Ryan’s lantern caught fire early on and they thought it was hilarious. And sure enough they tossed their lanterns to us within 5 minutes 😉

Then it was sparklers time! We haven’t played it in a while and the boys loved it. Check out Ryan’s sparkler dance!

We also played ‘Pop-pop’. They are mini firecracker things which you toss on the ground for a loud ‘pop’ sound. I loved playing with them as a child and was so happy to see them in Malacca so I brought some back for the boys to play (not sure if it is legal or not haha). They finished 4 boxes in no time 😉

Hope you had a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!