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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. 🙂

Blogging for Leisure vs Blogging for Profit – Insights from Singapore Bloggers

We have all read horror stories of diva bloggers misbehaving, demanding fees from restaurants for positive paid reviews, bringing along many friends to eat for free at food tasting, among many other complaints. Likewise, there are positive stories of bloggers who spend considerable efforts maintaining and crafting quality entries on their blogs out of interest rather than for commercial gains.

With the advent of social media and digital media, more and more brands are looking to working with and engaging bloggers for their campaigns and publicity.

Where do bloggers strike the balance? How should brands leverage on this trend? Why not hear it from the bloggers themselves?

Me moderating a panel of bloggers
Me moderating a panel of bloggers at SPH News Centre (picture via omy.sg) 

As a prelude to the launch of the 6th Singapore Blog Awards this year in April, the team at omy.sg organised a causal sharing and networking session with a panel of prominent bloggers in Singapore. I was the moderator for the panel discussion.

Joining me in the discussion were bloggers, Daniel Ang, Peter Breitkreutz, Grace Tan and Christine Ng. 

Check out the full video recording below if you missed the event:

Personally, I think the panelist did a great job and were candid with their replies. If there were more time, we could have gone deeper into the topic and stir up more controversy.

The conclusion I draw is regardless of your motive for blogging, a common arduous task is how to grow your readers base or get yourself noticed by organisations and people that matters.

One shortcut is of course to join a blog awards (shamelessly plugging for the Singapore Blog Awards).

To find out more about the 6th Singapore Blog Awards this year, bookmark this link to the official website. Coming soon in a few days time. 🙂 

Domino’s Pizza’s Ultimate Hawaiian Party for Bloggers

On 3 May, 16 bloggers headed down to Domino’s Pizza @ Kovan for an “Ultimate Hawaiian Party” in conjunction with Domino’s brand new Ultimate Hawaiian Pizza launch, where everyone enjoyed great food, fun games and awesome company!

Group picture with all the bloggers who attended the party
Group picture with all the bloggers who attended the party

Jazzing up Domino’s best seller Hawaiian Paradise with a First Class touch, the new Ultimate Hawaiian Pizza is loaded with more than double the amount of chicken by adding premium succulent roasted sliced chicken topped with smoked chicken breast, toasted turkey ham, juicy pineapples and the freshest garden mushrooms.

Combined with a rich tomato-based sauce and sprinkled with Italian herbs, these are the new scrumptious additions to Domino’s First Class range of premium pizzas, which use only first class ingredients for a first class pizza experience!

Well, enough of all the introductions. Knowing what’s in a pizza doesn’t tell you how it tastes like right? So HOW does the new Ultimate Hawaiian Pizza fare in terms of the yum factor?

Check out the bloggers’ reviews. 

Below are some photos I took during the party:

Linda from Domino's Pizza giving the bloggers an introduction to the brand
Linda from Domino’s Pizza giving the bloggers an introduction to the brand
Take pictures
Take pictures
The pizza highlight
The pizza highlight
Happy bloggers
Happy bloggers
Yong Wei doing a demo on the hoola hoop
Yong Wei doing a demo on the hoola hoop
Angie on the hoola hoop
Angie on the hoola hoop
The winner of the hoola hoop contest
The winner of the hoola hoop contest

Craving for Domino’s Pizza now? Click here to browse their menu or place an online order.

BTW, Domino’s Pizza Singapore is now on Facebook! Go LIKE them on Facebook if you are fan and show Domino’s Pizza some love. 🙂 

omy.sg and Wanbao Festive Gourmet Food Trail – Ngee Ann City Crystal Jade Palace (义安城翡翠皇宫) and Swissotel Merchant Court

In a special collaboration with eight well-known restaurants, omy.sg and Lianhe Wanbao, together with veterian food critic Ah Lun (黄卓伦) will be bringing a group of readers on an exclusive festive gourmet food trail for four consecutive Saturdays.

Each week, a group of 80+ readers will visit two restaurants together with Ah Lun to sample their Chinese New Year and Christmas special dishes.

Other than eating, participants were given the rare opportunities to meet with the restaurants’ chef who answered their questions and even shared a few cooking tips on the spot.

Last Saturday was the first event. omy Blog Club bloggers, Stephanie He, Jeanine Quee and Jacqualine Chan were invited to join Ah Lun for the food trail. I was there too as a working staff.

We visited Ngee Ann City Crystal Jade Palace (义安城翡翠皇宫) first for a Chinese New Year meal and Swissotel Merchant Court next for a Christmas meal. The festive bells and whistles came really early for me this year!

To find out more about the event, you can read the bloggers’ reviews; omy.sg’s event report or watch omy.sg’s vodcast coverage.

The Chinese New Year menu at Crystal Jade Palace consists of:
发财鱼生~ 三文鱼大捞生 Salmon Yu Sheng
盆满钵满 ~ 皇宫金装鲍鱼盆菜 Peng Cai
鱼跃龙门 ~ 过桥活鱼 Fish Soup
贺岁双仙 ~ 椰香仙翁米+酒香脆皮煎堆 Desert Platter
Surprise Dish – 八宝饭 Eight Treasures Glutinous Rice

At Ngee Ann City Crystal Jade Palace
At Ngee Ann City Crystal Jade Palace
Yu Sheng to start the day - 发财鱼生~ 三文鱼大捞生
Yu Sheng to start the day - 发财鱼生~ 三文鱼大捞生
Getting ready to lo hei
Getting ready to lo hei
Lo hei aftermath
Lo hei aftermath
Peng Cai! This pot alone cost $428 - 盆满钵满 ~ 皇宫金装鲍鱼盆菜
Peng Cai! This pot alone cost $428 - 盆满钵满 ~ 皇宫金装鲍鱼盆菜
Everyone was very happy when the Peng Cai was served
Everyone was very happy when the Peng Cai was served
The Peng Cai was individually portioned so everyone gets a taste of everything inside
The Peng Cai was individually portioned so everyone gets a taste of everything inside
One serving of Peng Cai, with abalone, oyster and other expensive new year goodies
One serving of Peng Cai, with abalone, oyster and other expensive new year goodies
One of the stage games
One of the stage games
Crystal Jade chef demonstrating how to cook a fish soup dish - 盆满钵满 ~ 皇宫金装鲍鱼盆菜
Crystal Jade chef demonstrating how to cook a fish soup dish - 盆满钵满 ~ 皇宫金装鲍鱼盆菜
Individual serving portion of the fish soup
Individual serving portion of the fish soup
Jacqualine and her husband making a Chinese lantern
Jacqualine and her husband making a Chinese lantern
Chinese lantern making contest - the little boy won
Chinese lantern making contest - the little boy won
Surprise Dish - Eight Treasure Rice
Surprise Dish - Eight Treasure Rice
Individual serving portion of the Eight Treasure Rice
Individual serving portion of the Eight Treasure Rice
Desert - 贺岁双仙 ~ 椰香仙翁米+酒香脆皮煎堆
Desert - 贺岁双仙 ~ 椰香仙翁米+酒香脆皮煎堆
The wonderful Crystal Jade Palace chefs who whipped up the feast
The wonderful Crystal Jade Palace chefs who whipped up the feast

The Christmas menu at Swissotel Merchant Court consists of:
热汤 ~ 花椰菜羹 松露油 Pumpkin Soup
前菜 ~ 凉拌园蔬 蜜冻梨 Salad
主菜 ~ 烤火鸡卷 杏果馅 Turkey Main
甜品 ~ 圣诞布丁 香草雪糕 Christmas Pudding
Surprise Dish – Entire buffet floor was opened to participants

Getting everyone seated at Swissotel Merchant Court
Getting everyone seated at Swissotel Merchant Court
Pumpkin soup - 热汤 ~ 花椰菜羹 松露油
Pumpkin soup - 热汤 ~ 花椰菜羹 松露油

 

The salad - 凉拌园蔬 蜜冻梨
The salad - 凉拌园蔬 蜜冻梨
Turkey main - 主菜 ~ 烤火鸡卷 杏果馅
Turkey main - 主菜 ~ 烤火鸡卷 杏果馅
Stage game where we got one participant from each table to dress up as Santa Claus
Stage game where we got one participant from each table to dress up as Santa Claus
Christmas Pudding - 甜品 ~ 圣诞布丁 香草雪糕
Christmas Pudding - 甜品 ~ 圣诞布丁 香草雪糕
The Swissotel chefs
The Swissotel chefs
Surprise Dish - the buffet line was opened to all participants! Very generous of Swissotel, but most cannot eat anymore.
Surprise Dish - the buffet line was opened to all participants! Very generous of Swissotel, but most cannot eat anymore.

The last time I worked on the food trail events, my waist grew thicker by quite a few cm, thanks to the endless rich feasting for 5 consecutive Saturdays. There is really such a thing as an overload of good food; not that I am complaining! 🙂

If you are interested to join this food trail, registration is still open for the remaining sessions on 12, 19 and 26 Nov at $108 per pax or $88 per pax if you register in a group of 2 or more.

Walt Disney’s A Christmas Carol 3D Premiere

movie poster
movie poster

I attended the 3D movie premiere for Walt Disney’s A Christmas Carol on Monday (9 Nov) with Rachel and a group of omy.sg bloggers. You can read the reviews written by the other bloggers who attended the premiere HERE. A Christmas Carol opens in Singapore cinema on 19 Nov and is available in 3D.

Door gifts
Door gifts

The movie is based on the classic Charles Dickens’ tale and is re-envisioned by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, starring JIM CARREY, GARY OLDMAN, BOB HOSKINS and ROBIN WRIGHT PENN.

Here’s the trailer:

I am familiar with the Dickens’ story, having read the book when I was a boy. Hence the movie was a little draggy for me because I know the ending.

Nonetheless, the 3D effects were awesome. I particularly like the scenes where Scrooge (Jim Carrey) was zipping through the snowy landscape and across old England. It’s almost as good as riding on a roller coaster for the tame-hearted.

The story pack no surprises, but the 3D effects for this movie is definitely the best among the 3D movies I have watched this year. 🙂

BTW, if you are interested in winning some of the movie premiums, you can check out their custom-made Facebook App.

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A Visit to the Koka Factory

One of the many mini cups of instant noodle I ate

I got to visit the Koka factory a  few months back with a group of omy.sg bloggers. Here are some photos taken on that day. You can also read the other bloggers’ posts on the excursion HERE.

Bloggers tasting the various flavours
Bloggers writing down their feedback on the noodles
Putting on our hair net before we step into the factory
Inside the factory
Guided tour
Checking out the machinery

I think I must have sampled over 20 little cups of instant noodles of all brands and all flavours. Particularly worth mentioning were a few flavours which Koka have yet to launch in the local market.

Instant noodle taste tasting
More noodles!

There’s a lot that goes on in the production process for a simple item like a packet of instant noodle which we take for granted. From the R&D to the taste test to the production to the marketing of the product – all requires much unseen efforts.

The staff at Tat Hui Foods gave us valuable insights into their business operations and I sincerely appreciate it. 🙂

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