Weekend Escapades – Planning your Next Holiday

Are you thinking of planning for your next holiday but have no idea where to start? Well check out the Weekend Escapades app which has just been newly refreshed. It is basically an app which provides you with travel tips to 52 Asian destinations within a 6-hour flight radius to Singapore. Perfect and within a comfortable flight time when travelling with your little ones. Continue reading

Top 5 children’s books in our little library

I chanced upon some books the other day and it brought back A LOT of memories for me. Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, ok and I will admit I read those as well as the Sweet Valley series, Bookworm Club…and ermm.. Archie comics..

OK but that’s not the point here…the point is I love reading!! And I’m pretty sure it all started because 1) my mum encouraged it and 2) my school reinforced it.  I remember going to the bookstore and not being able to decide which Enid Blyton title to get and being allowed to get the 3 titles I wanted. I remember reading my Nancy Drew book in the school hall because there was a designated reading time for the entire school and totally loving that period. Tust me there were very few of us who were tempted to chit chat, I think the only type of conversations/ whispering that took place during that period was to ensure that your friend lends you her book after she finishes.

So I’m glad that as a family we agree on the importance of there being no budget when it comes to books. Continue reading

The Playhouse @ Rochester – Review

Our family pretty much keeps to a standard ‘timetable’ every weekend. This involves tiring out the kids sufficiently in the mornings, returning home for an afternoon nap and then either going to church or spending time with the extended family in the evenings. We also have a ‘menu’ where we pick our morning activities from. Every now and then an event pops up or we hear of a new place/ activity to try out. And every now and then a new place/ activity excites us enough to earn a place on our family ‘menu’.

I have been wanting to try Rochester Cafe and it’s adjoining Playhouse for some time so I was glad to know that it had finally reopened after being closed for renovations. Continue reading

3 ‘Must-Have’ Items when flying with kids

Alright so they might not exactly be ‘Must-Haves’ but they have definitely made our family travels a lot easier even if for a short while…

Lets start with the first item, the one item that all of us are very familiar with…yes the iPad. I know there are tons of views and articles of when we should expose our kids to iPads and their equivalents or if we should ever do it. Well that’s a debate for another time or maybe never

For us the iPad works and is especially useful on flights and holidays. I have to say that we are fortunate that Jah is not addicted to his iPad. Well yes there are days where he would insist on watching his ‘eggs Youtube video” on the iPad or watch one more video or play one more game before he showers. But there are also times where he has gone without his iPad for an entire 2 months (we almost forgot where the charger was). So yes we are ok with it and we just make sure to put lots of age appropriate content and educational apps in it.

The iPad comes in very handy when you are travelling on an airline that doesn’t have in-flight entertainment or the movies do not interest your kid. Continue reading

Travelling with Toddlers – Your Own In-Flight Entertainment

On a recent flight to Australia, Joel and I were blown away by two super well-behaved little girls (between 3-5 years old). They were travelling with their grandparents and they were glued to their seats for the entire duration of the 5 hour flight. Watching their in-flight movies, eating their meals and they even had their ice-cream and were somehow not bouncing off the airplane walls!!! No firm words from their grandparents, no bribes, no octopus grandmother to hold them down and insist that they keep their seat belts buckled!!! But of course I know by now that this is not exactly how most toddlers/ young children travel and if like me, you have a stubborn, sugar loving energizer bunny for a child then I guess the following tips might come in handy at some point. 😉 Continue reading