Parenting with Pampers – Part 1

I am not exactly the best father in the world, but whatever good stuff I can impart or provide for my one and a half year old son, Asher, I will try my best to do so.

Same for my wife Rachel who switched to teaching over her journalism career in order to spend more time with Asher during his formative years.

Together with four other parenting bloggers, I am given the chance to try out Pampers range of ultra dry diapers: Pampers Active Baby and Pampers Active Baby Pants while at the same time, share some simple parenting tips.

You can read the other parents blog posts via omy Blog Club.

My first parenting post will be on potty training.

We started Asher young, from when he was less than one year old. He was taught to gesture to us if he needed to pee or pass motion.

Later on when he learned to say simple words like “niao niao (urinate)” and “put put (pass motion”, we teach him to articulate when he needs the potty. Alternatively, we may also ask him if he need to “niao niao” or “put put” and see if he shakes or nods his head.

It helps that we bought him a small portable potty that he can mount on his own.

Currently, he is trained to use the potty before and after meals; before we go out; and when we arrive home. This builds up a routine which Asher can adjust to.

He gets lazy sometime and will refuse to use the potty even when he needs it. This is where we have to be really firm with him. Rachel’s approach will be to mollycoddle him. I will just strip him and plant him on the potty.

If he can sustain a dry diaper for a whole day, we will praise him for his effort.

When we are home, we sometimes use cloth diapers, while disposable diapers like Pampers are used exclusively when we are out.

We have been using conventional sticky-tape fastening diapers mostly. With the Pampers Active Baby Pants, Rachel and I can now experiment on getting Asher to take off his own pants to use the potty. I think Asher now knows that a soiled diaper is not something desirable. A few days ago, he pinched his nose and told my mum “chou chou (smelly)” after he soiled his diaper while they were shopping at a mall. 🙂

Movie Review – Admission (2013)

Thanks to the folks from Shaw, Rachel and I caught the preview screening of Admission last week.

The main draw for both of us was the lead actress in the movie, Tina Fey. I am a fan of her  impressions of politician Sarah Palin while Rachel is a fan of her TV show, 30 Rock. We have both read her autobiography, Bossypants.

Admission is directed by Paul Weitz of American Pie and About a Boy fame, so you can expect the kind of growing up angst and heartwarming humour, signature in his movies.



Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Paul Rudd (This is 40) are paired for the first time on-screen in , the new comedy/drama directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Weitz (About a Boy, In Good Company), about the surprising detours we encounter on the road to happiness.

Every spring, high school seniors anxiously await letters of college admission that will affirm and encourage their potential. At Princeton University, admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is a gatekeeper evaluating thousands of applicants. Year in and year out, Portia has lived her life by the book, at work as well as at the home she shares with Princeton professor Mark (Michael Sheen). When Clarence (Wallace Shawn), the Dean of Admissions, announces his impending retirement, the likeliest candidates to succeed him are Portia and her office rival Corinne (Gloria Reuben). For Portia, however, it‟s business as usual as she hits the road on her annual recruiting trip.

On the road, Portia reconnects with her iconoclastic mother, Susannah (Lily Tomlin). On her visit to New Quest, an alternative high school, she then reconnects with her former college classmate, idealistic teacher John Pressman (Paul Rudd) – who has recently surmised that Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), a gifted yet very unconventional New Quest student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption years ago while at school. Jeremiah is about to apply to Princeton.

Now Portia must re-evaluate her personal and professional existences, as she finds herself bending the admissions rules for Jeremiah, putting at risk the future she thought she always wanted – and in the process finding her way to a surprising and exhilarating life and romance she never dreamed of having. surprising and exhilarating life and romance she never dreamed of having.

Rachel and I are now hunting for a pre-school for Asher as he reaches 18 months. While watching the movie, we can feel the pain and anguish Portia experiences as a parent who want nothing but the best for her son.

The movie is quite light-hearted and flows along smoothly even though there is no major dramatic up or down moments.

I think parents with kids, young or old, will definitely enjoy Admission. Rachel and I did. 🙂

Admission is now showing in Singapore cinemas.

Oh, if you are considering watching Admission or any other movie these few weeks, why not catch it at Shaw?

From 17 April to 7 May, everyone can enjoy $3 off a pair of regular movie tickets at Shaw Theatres Bugis, Balestier or Lot-One, simply by “checking-in” at the respective Shaw Theatres on Facebook and/or Foursquare* (please refer to Terms & Conditions). 

Bugis + Star Style Blogger 2013

“Fashion changes, but style endures.”
– Coco Chanel

Heads up devotees of the haute couture!

Four stylish bloggers, Joel, Kelly, Caren and Nurul would be working with Bugis+ and to create a style showcase on 27 April 2013 (this Saturday).

More details are available on the official blog. 

From conceptualization to the actual runway show, the bloggers would be sharing the entire process and experience with you on the official blog and official hashtag, #bugisplus on instagram and twitter.

Each blogger will be designing 2 fashion themes for their models, using resources from Bugis+. At the actual showcase event, the 4 bloggers would be judged and graded by a panel of three professional judges. The winners would then walk away with exciting prizes sponsored by Bugis+.

If you have time to spare this Saturday or would like to support the four bloggers, join us at the fashion showcase for a day of trendy fun:

Bugis+ Star Style Blogger 2013

Date: 27th April 2013, Saturday
Time: 4pm
Venue: Bugis+ Atrium Level 2

I will be there too and I hope to see you there! 🙂

Lianhe Wanbao goes digital as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations

Yesterday, Lianhe Wanbao launched a free iOS app on Apple iTunes store in conjunction with the newspaper’s 30th anniversary this year.

The Chinese language app, “晚报真情30”, (Wanbao – 30 Years of Dedication) features repackaged and optimised content from a special 30th anniversary print supplement of the same title. The supplement was distributed with copies of Lianhe Wanbao a month ago, with enthusiastic responses from both old and new readers alike.

By releasing a digital version, the app can now reach out to a wider audience who might have missed the print supplement, as well as overseas readers. The shelf life of the supplement is also extended, providing a digital record for future reading.

Content highlights for the Wanbao – 30 Years of Dedication app include the recap of breaking news events in Singapore over the past 30 years and in-depth interviews with past and present editors, as well as journalists. Users will also be able to view videos and picture gallery from the news.

Chua Chim Kang, Editor, Lianhe Wanbao and cum Senior Vice President, Business Development, Chinese Newspapers Division, Singapore Press Holdings, said: “As Lianhe Wanbao crosses the 30-year mark of news reporting, we have always been mindful of changing and evolving reading habits. Launching this app is another step in Lianhe Wanbao’s overall direction to innovate and grow with our readers, both young and old, as well as new and loyal ones.”

This is the second digital project jointly developed and launched by Lianhe Wanbao and bilingual news and entertainment portal, The first project, an e-book on Apple iBooks, was launched to commemorate singing legend Fong Fei Fei in 2012, following news of her sudden death. The e-book was well received by both local and overseas audiences, garnering over 20,000 downloads within a month of its launch.

In line with the newspaper’s strong history of close collaboration with local commerce, the app is produced with the kind support of four eminent local companies – Novena Foundation Pte Ltd, Moneymax Group Pte Ltd, Merdeka Audio Private Limited and Teo Heng Trading Pte Ltd.

The app can be downloaded for free from now till 31 May 2013. Starting 1 June 2013, it will cost USD2.99 per download.

Visit for more information on the app and download instructions.

Pic of the Day: South Korea and the Science of Human Cloning

It looks like the South Koreans have mastered the science of human cloning. Here are 20 South Korean women cloned for competition in a beauty pageant:

Here is an amazing animated GIF of all the 20 women together:



Introducing a new writer on – my wife, Rachel Chan!

It is about time.

With traffic growth and higher exposure, I am getting way too much blogging invites and requests that I can handle alone. 

I tried to search for a regular guest contributor to collaborate with on this blog, but it is hard to find the perfect fit. 

In the end, who else knows my personality and blogging style better than my wife, Rachel Chan? 

Actually, she has written posts on this blog previously, but without proper attribution. You can read all of Rachel’s post on here. 

A quick introduction on Rachel:

Rachel and son, Asher in Hong Kong Disneyland with Mickey Mouse
Rachel and son, Asher in Hong Kong Disneyland with Mickey Mouse

Rachel has nearly a decade of experience as a print journalist for my paper (English)and Straits Times Life! and has also worked as a news producer for Mediacorp Channel 8.

She won a nomination for a Special Award for Excellence at Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH’s) annual English & Malay Newspapers Division Newscom awards in 2010 for her investigative story on self-proclaimed celebrity hairstylist, Jonal Chong.

Rachel has since made a career switch into education to spend more time with her young son and young Alvinology, Asher Lim and is a guest contributor to this blog.

With a stronger writing background than Alvinology, you can clearly differentiate her blog posts from Alvinology’s from the use of difficult and obscure vocabulary and more words than visuals. :)

Healthy Rivalry with the Healthy Lifestyle Index – participate with your friends and win great prizes!

Have you heard about the Healthy Lifestyle Index?

Check out this series of Health Rivalry videos between Mr Brown and Mr Miyagi to learn more about the Healthy Lifestyle Index:

By challenging your friends to take the test for the Healthy Lifestyle Index, you stand to win S$3,000 worth of prizes, including a staycation at Amara Sanctuary. The more friends you challenge, the higher your chance of winning. Note that both you and the friend you challenged must take the test before your referral is considered successful.

Contest closes 30 April (next Tuesday). 

Have fun and good luck on winning the prizes!

I just completed mine and got a 5/10 score. I expected to get 1/10 with my unhealthy lifestyle, but I still got a passing grade: