Daily Archives: March 3, 2014

Maxilla – Review & Giveaway!

Our current bedtime read is Maxilla by Lianne Ong with illustrations by Shing. Maxilla is a meaningful story about a boy, Reuben, who finds a beautiful caterpillar, but has to choose between keeping her and releasing her back into her natural habitat.

The book encourages kids to think about the possible consequences of their actions, and the importance of making the right decision even when it’s not easy to do so. After reading the book, the kids and I had a good time discussing why it was difficult for Reuben to make the right decision and applying it to relevant scenarios from their own experience.

Anya was also reminded of her visits to the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom on Sentosa and the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity & Research where she saw many butterflies as well as other insects on display. Reading the story and looking at the illustrations have gotten the kids more interested in the life cycle of a butterfly and its natural habitat and give them a new perspective about the beauty of every living creature.

Anya reading Maxilla

Anya reading Maxilla

Adam very interested in the book

Adam very interested in the book

Adam looking at the pictures

Adam looking at the pictures

GIVEAWAY! :)

Win a copy of Maxilla worth $9.90!

To qualify, simply do the following by MONDAY, 10 MARCH 2014, 2359H (Singapore time):

1. Like the ‘In the Wee Hours’ Facebook page.
2. Like the ‘MPH Bookstores’ Facebook page.
3. Leave a comment here with your email address telling me why you want to win the book.

RESULTS! :)

Maxilla

Congrats to Teo Han Choo! I will be contacting you shortly. Hope your granddaughter enjoys the book. :)

To learn more about Maxilla, visit the Facebook page. Maxilla is available at MPH Bookstores, Books Kinokuniya and Times Bookstores for $9.90

The author, Lianne Ong, will be making public appearances at MPH Bookstore, Parkway Parade, on 15 March, Saturday, from 1-2pm, and at Woodlands Regional Library on 21 March, Friday, from 12-1pm.

Disclaimer: We received a copy of Maxilla by Lianne Ong for review. All opinions are my own.

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In the Mood for Good Food

There’s a lot of good food in Singapore, mostly in areas far away from where I live! I don’t like to go out of my way for food, but I make it a point to eat something ‘famous’ whenever I’m in an area I don’t frequent.

I was at Lavender collecting David’s passport the other day so I headed for Crawford Lane 5 minutes away to get myself some Hill St Tai Hwa Pork Noodle. I got there before they were open for business so I took a number tag and waited (and fed David in the kopitiam). Since I’m hardly in the area and was in the queue, I ordered a bowl for myself and 3 more packets to take back to my mum’s place.

Hill St Tai Hwa Pork Noodle

Hill St Tai Hwa Pork Noodle

my $6 bowl of mee kia

my $6 bowl of mee kia

It was a very tasty bowl of noodles and I loved the springiness of the mee kia. Wouldn’t mind queuing up for it again. I can totally see why they have managed to stay in business since 1932! Honestly though, I prefer the chilli at the Teochew mee stall that I’ve been eating from since I was a kid.

I had to collect some tickets from Red Dot Design Museum building last week so I dropped by Maxwell Market afterwards. There’s a ridiculous amount of good food there but I was after China Street Fritters that particular day. I think it’s amazing that they have been around for more than 60 years and their stuff is handmade and so delicious. The liver roll is my favourite.

China St Fritters

China St Fritters

yummy display

yummy display

doesn't look that appetising but it was yummy

doesn’t look that appetising but it was yummy