Swensen’s Moonstruck! Mooncake Collection

It’s a week to Mid-Autumn Festival, one of my favourite traditional Chinese festivals! I love the colourful lanterns and I’m crazy about mooncakes. It’s difficult to find a box of mooncakes the entire family would be happy with. I only eat snowskin mooncakes, the husband likes chocolate in his desserts, Adam wants durian, Anya likes all things pink, and we all love ice-cream!

Swensen’s latest Moonstruck! ice cream mooncakes come in six delicious flavors: Sticky Chewy Chocolate, Strawberry Fields Forever, Queen of Earl Grey, Pink Guava Romance, Mango Fantasy, and Durian Royale. There’s something for everyone in the family! The mooncakes were really yummy and we enjoyed them tremendously.

crazy for ice-cream mooncakes

crazy for ice-cream mooncakes

Swensen's Queen of Earl Grey Mooncake

Swensen’s Queen of Earl Grey Mooncake

Swensen's Moonstruck! Mooncakes

Swensen’s Moonstruck! Mooncakes

Swensen’s Moonstruck! Mooncake Collection is priced at $32.80 for a box of 4 (with choice of flavours) or $8.60 per piece. Available until 8 September 2014 at all Swensen’s and Earle Swensen’s outlets. No pre-order required. Have a cool Mid-Autumn Festival!

FOX Fall/ Winter Collection 2014

We spend our weekends out and about the entire day, so I generally prefer to dress the kids comfortably enough to take us from a cafe to the park. I’m loving the new FOX Fall/ Winter collection for the casual but stylish pieces featuring some of our favourite Disney characters!

On a recent visit to FOX, we updated the kids’ wardrobe with several items from the collection. David is usually seen in a onesie so to make him more presentable, we got him some T-shirts in fashionably faded tones and berms to match. He looks so much more grown-up in his new outfits!

Anya favours tights and shorts and eagerly picked out some Minnie Mouse tees with sparkly embellishments. Adam values comfort above all and scored a couple of sleeveless tees and colourful character tees featuring Monsters University & Smurfs! We added FOX caps for fun in the sun as well as matching short-sleeved shirts for the boys to wear to more formal occasions.

Amazing Like Dad

Amazing Like Dad

comfortable

lounging about

staying cool in the heat

staying cool in the heat

Disney prints

Disney prints

Check out FOX Fall/ Winter collection 2014 in stores now! Head over to their Facebook page to be kept updated on the latest FOX news and promotions.

Bubble Magic Giveaway!

In Singapore for the first time ever, Bubble Magic – Pep Bou’s Wonderful World of Bubbles will be at Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel from 10 – 14 September. Bubble Magic is a two-man show combining the fleeting beauty of bubbles with clowning, lighting, music and costumes. It’s full of fun and surprises and will delight people of all ages.

The show was created and directed by the master of bubbles, Pep Bou. The Spanish-born artiste has been playing with bubbles for more than three decades and has been honoured with an array of prestigious awards.

I’m so excited to be watching Bubble Magic with the kids. They will be thrilled and will think I’m the best mum ever! I can’t wait to see how they react when they see fishbowl bubbles, animal bubbles, bubbles on a high wire, sliding bubbles, puppet bubbles and even a train inside a bubble tunnel! You can watch a short clip here.

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SEASON DETAILS
VENUE: Jubilee Hall Raffles Hotel
SEASON: Wed 10th to Sun 14th September 2014; Wed: 1pm & 3.30pm; Thu – Sun: 11am & 1.30pm
TICKETS: from $70
BOOKINGS: Tickets available through SISTIC (Internet: www.sistic.com.sg; Hotline: 6348 5555; All SISTIC authorized agents island-wide)
Official Website: www.lunchbox-productions.com

GIVEAWAY!
I have a pair of Bubble Magic – Pep Bou’s Wonderful World of Bubbles tickets for Wednesday, 10 September, 3.30pm to be won by one lucky reader! Tickets can be collected an hour in advance outside Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel on show day.

To qualify, simply do the following by 3 September 2014, 2359H (Singapore time):

1. Like the ‘In the Wee HoursFacebook page.
2. Like, share and comment on this Facebook post telling me why you love bubbles! Tag a friend when you share the post and make sure your post is public.

On The Table at Pasir Panjang

I haven’t done a cafe post in the longest time, not because we haven’t been to any new places, but because it’s really hard to take decent photos when there are 3 restless kids to feed!

We checked out On The Table at Pasir Panjang on Saturday. It’s by the Lola’s Cafe people but in a much better location for us. There’s quite a bit of parking at the side road and a bus-stop right outside the cafe. Pasir Panjang MRT Station is about 250 metres away. We were the only customers there at about 10.30 am but the crowd started coming in from 11 am.

On the Table

On the Table

I love the happy yellow seats in the cafe, especially the elastic string chair. The kids were fighting taking turns to sit in it and I could barely get them to settle down and eat. The place is also significantly bigger than Lola’s Cafe so it’s easier to get a table even during peak periods.

strange barefooted children running around

strange barefooted children running around

springy string chairs

springy string chairs

David doesn't want to share his chair

David doesn’t want to share his chair

happy yellow chairs

happy yellow chairs

We had a rather satisfying brunch: the food is very decent and the coffee (from Dutch Colony Coffee Co.) is great. I liked that my Eggs Ben ($13) was served on super-soft brioche and with a substantial side salad. Adrian (and the kids) enjoyed The Big One ($16). The bacon is the juicy fat type that I like and the mushrooms were really flavourful. The kids also shared waffles ($8) which stayed crisp till the end even under all that ice-cream.

lots of beer

lots of beer

Eggs Ben

Eggs Ben

big brekkie for Adrian

big brekkie for Adrian

waffles and ice-cream

waffles and ice-cream

We’ll definitely be back because the good food, excellent coffee, friendly service and reasonable prices are simply irresistible. I’m hoping to see some good ol’ IKEA plastic plates, cups and cutlery for the kids when we return so I don’t have to worry about them dropping and breaking stuff!

On the Table
118 Pasir Panjang Road
Tue – Fri: 8 am – 10 pm
Sat & Sun: 10 am – 10 pm
Closed: Mon

Potted Potter Giveaway!

I’m really looking forward to the September holidays because we have so many activities lined up. POTTED POTTER will be in Singapore from 9 – 14 September and we are going to watch it! Just imagine all seven Harry Potter books condensed into 70 minutes with an actual Quidditch game thrown into the mix.

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Back by popular demand after a sell-out season in Singapore in 2012, Potted Potter will play at the Jubilee Hall at Raffles Hotel from 9 September and there are only 10 shows. You will see all your favourite Harry Potter characters (including a fire-breathing dragon!) and it’s going to be absolutely MAGICAL!

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Created by double Olivier Award Best Entertainment nominees Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, the show is a must-see for Potter fans and is suitable for ages six to Dumbledore (who is obviously very, very old)!

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I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter series and I’ve read all the books, watched all the movies, visited the exhibition, taken the studio tour, and even checked out the locations in Edinburgh that inspired J. K. Rowling so I’m incredibly excited about Potted Potter!

SEASON DETAILS
VENUE: Jubilee Hall Raffles Hotel
SEASON: Tuesday 9th to Sunday 14th September 2014
TICKETS: from $70
BOOKINGS: Tickets available through SISTIC (Internet: www.sistic.com.sg; Hotline: 6348 5555; All SISTIC authorized agents island-wide)
For more information: www.lunchbox-productions.com or www.pottedpotter.com.au

GIVEAWAY!

I have a pair of Potted Potter tickets for Tuesday, 9 September, 7.30pm to be won by one lucky reader! Tickets can be collected an hour in advance outside Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel on show day.

To qualify, simply do the following by 2 September 2014, 2359H (Singapore time):

1. Like the ‘In the Wee Hours’ Facebook page.
2. Like, share and comment on this Facebook post telling me who your favourite Harry Potter character is and why. Tag a friend when you share the post and make sure your post is public.

Agape Babies – Your Baby Essentials Store

If you’re planning to go on a short trip during the September holidays and need to stock up on some essential items, you can do so from the comfort of your home by buying everything you need online (with a discount code!) from Agape Babies. They have a multi-store concept and right now, there are two stores – Agape Babies & Sunshine Kids – and they are planning to add on new stores and more exciting products in the near future.

When I first found out about Agape Babies from a fellow mummy, I was like, “Where have you been all my life (as a mother)?” I had spent so much time and energy buying all the things I needed from many different stores (both online and physical shops) when I could have simply purchased them all at one shot from Agape Babies. Some brands and products I love (and cannot do without) that are available from Agape Babies include Philips AVENT, Boba Air Carrier, Ergobaby, Huggies, Rainbow Loom, Skip Hop, and Sophie the Giraffe, !

with my Boba Air carrier and Skip Hop diaper bag

with my Boba Air carrier and Skip Hop diaper bag

Agape Babies offers a HUGE range of products, with over 100 brands and 2000 products. Click on the banner below to see some of these brands! They specialize in California Baby products and also carry diapers and milk formula from brands such as Huggies, Mamypoko, GOO.N, Friso, Similac, Gain IQ, Pediasure and many more. There is free courier delivery with a minimum of $80 spend and a free Disney stationery set every $120 purchase. Items are shipped VERY quickly.

Agape Babies

You can sign up for their newsletter to be kept updated on promotions, contests and giveaways, follow their Instagram and like their Facebook Page!

DISCOUNT CODE! :)

Quote ‘intheweehours‘ to get a 5% discount! The code is valid for 4 weeks (from 26 Aug – 23 Sep) and excludes breast pumps, diapers and milk. Have fun shopping and be prepared for the holidays!

Disclaimer: I received store credit from Agape Babies for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

My Queenstown Heritage Trail

Another meaning activity for the September holidays is to embark on a heritage trail of your neighbourhood! You can check the National Heritage Board website to see if there’s a suggested trail for the area you are interested in and download a PDF version of the guide.

About a month ago, I explored Queenstown on ‘My Queenstown Heritage Trail‘. You can attempt the heritage trail on your own or sign up for a guided tour that is conducted on the last Sunday of every month. The tour is really popular and they are fully booked until next January! The Queenstown Heritage Trail begins at Queenstown MRT Station and can be further broken down into 5 smaller trails. While it is possible to attempt the trail on your own and at your own pace, being on the guided tour means that you get to listen to personal stories of the older residents and their interesting tales really add flavour to the trail.

Queenstown was named after Queen Elizabeth II to mark her coronation and is the place of many firsts: the first satellite estate, the first HDB flats, the first neighbourhood shopping centre, the first branch library, and the sports complex. Although I did not grow up in Queenstown, I have many fond memories of the area, especially of Queenstown Public Library. When I was a child, I would visit the library while my grandma and mum were at the Chinese sinseh nearby for tuina, and I spent many happy hours reading on my own.

Sharing some photos of the sights along the heritage trail:

Queenstown MRT Station

Queenstown MRT Station

former Queenstown driving test centre

former Queenstown driving test centre

former Commonwealth Ave wet market

former Commonwealth Ave ‘coffin’ market

Queenstown public library

Queenstown public library

retro design

retro design

I bumped into an ex-student there!

I bumped into an ex-student there!

HDB terraces

HDB terraces

listening to the stories told by long-time resident Mahmood Tamam

listening to the stories told by long-time resident Mahmood Tamam

the first HDB blocks

the first HDB blocks

old letter boxes

old letter boxes

old-fashioned beauty salon

beauty salon from a bygone era

getting a haircut

getting a haircut

Church of the Blessed Sacrament

Church of the Blessed Sacrament

inside

inside

Sri Muneeswaran Temple

Sri Muneeswaran Temple

inside the temple

inside the temple

these will be torn down very soon

these will be torn down very soon

old provision shop in Tanglin Halt

old provision shop in Tanglin Halt

bowls and cups

bowls and cups

Although many of the historical buildings have been torn down and replaced by modern structures, there is still so much to see and discover in Queenstown! Do consider signing up for ‘My Queenstown Heritage Trail’ or at least try it on your own because many of the buildings and old shops will be gone in a matter of months to make way for further development of the area.