Monthly Archives: December 2016

Horrible Histories Awful Egyptians

I read a few mind-blowing facts the other day that totally challenged my perception of time. For example, Cleopatra lived closer in time to the invention of Snapchat than to the construction of the Great Pyramid at Giza! She died about 2,000 years ago in 30 BC, while the Great Pyramid of Giza was completed around 2560 BC. Another one is that woolly mammoths were still alive when the Great Pyramid at Giza was built. The pyramid was about 1,000 years old when the mammoths went extinct completely around about 1560 BC.

If your kids are as fascinated about Ancient Egypt as mine, they will be thrilled to join the HORRIBLE HISTORIES team on a sixty minute adventure in awful Egypt! Discover the foul facts of death and decay with the meanest mummies in town – find out why they made their mummies and how they did it!  With songs and participation, there’s no better way to learn about Egypt than an hour with the HORRIBLE HISTORIES team! It’s History with the nasty bits left in!

And that’s not all! KidsFest 2017 will be showcasing a total of NINE world-class productions adapted from best-selling children’s books from 11th January to 12th February 2017. From ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt‘ and ‘The Gruffalo‘ to ‘Stick Man‘ and ‘The Snail and the Whale‘, KidsFest 2017 brings stories from the page to the stage with interactive plots, fun songs and a great dose of humour.


KidsFest 2017


the kiss of death?


Mummy wants to give you a hug


an awful Egyptian!


3 pm, 25 Jan and 3 pm & 5 pm, 28 Jan
Venue:  KC Arts Centre – Home of the SRT
Ticket Price:  From $42


Stand to win 1 Family Package of 4 Category 1 tickets to Horrible Histories: Awful Egyptians (worth $248 in total). Please note that the tickets are specifically for the 5pm show on 28 January and cannot be changed for another date or time. Horrible Histories: Awful Egyptians is recommended for children aged 5 and above.

To qualify, simply do the following by Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 2359H (Singapore time):
1. Like the ‘In the Wee HoursFacebook page.
2. Like the ‘KidsFest Singapore’ Facebook page.
3. Like and comment on this Facebook post telling me why you are fascinated by The Awful Egyptians!

Terms & Conditions: This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only. Winners will be contacted through Facebook message and will have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn. All incomplete entries will be disqualified. All entries will be verified before the winners are announced. To be fair to our sponsors, please note that all fake Facebook accounts (e.g. accounts set up purely to take part in contests with no or very few real friends) will also be ineligible to win.

Kids’ Room IKEA Makeover


When the two older kids were in kindergarten, their bedroom looked like this. They each had a KRITTER Bed Frame with the VYSSA SKÖNT Mattress for Junior Bed. The guard rails at the side were perfect for making sure they didn’t roll out of bed at night.

At a corner of the room, we had a TROFAST Frame with some TROFAST Storage Boxes that the kids would dump their odds and ends into. But we didn’t factor in any space for them to do any writing or drawing and that would usually be done on the dining table or coffee table outside. The room was relatively spacious but the kids didn’t spend much time in their room except when it was time for bed.


Before: two little beds side by side


Before: globes and a plant on some pull-out boxes


Before: nothing much in front except for the shelf


Now that the oldest is in Primary school, we needed to make some space in the bedroom for a work area. So we got rid of the junior beds (one was moved into another room for the baby, another was given away) and we bought the KURA Reversible Bed with MALFORS Foam Mattress instead.

The kids were delighted because they had been asking for a bunk bed for the longest time. We added the KURA Bed Tent with Curtain and just like that, the bed also became a little playhouse for them! Can you spot the HEMMAHOS Cactus Soft Toy on the top bunk?

We also added two MOSSLANDA Picture Ledges on the chalkboard wall so that we could have more books visibly displayed in the room to get the kids interested and encourage the kids to ask for them.


After: bunk bed that doubles up as play area


After: keeping books visible encourages reading

After clearing the necessary floor space, we still had to find a proper table for Anya. We didn’t want to get a kid’s table that had to be replaced after a few years so we bought the FLISAT Children’s Desk that is extendable to three different heights (53, 62 and 72 cm) as the child grows. The desktop can be tilted to help vary their work posture while the groove in the desk prevents pens and other smaller items from falling down when the desktop is tilted.

What I especially like about the FLISAT Children’s Desk is the holder that fits the MÅLA Drawing Paper Roll perfectly. The slats underneath the desk also holds TROFAST Storage Boxes so the kids have extra storage for all their things. For the moment, we are using MAMMUT Chairs and will progress to other types of chairs as the kids grow. To ensure the kids can see well, we are using HÅRTE LED Work Lamps because they are so sleek and don’t take up that much space on the table.

After: lots of paper at hand for creativity

Special mention goes to the RÅSKOG Trolley because it really allows for flexibility and mobility in storage! Currently, we have stationery in the top tier, Anya’s school things in the middle and library books in the bottom. We have a habit of borrowing lots of books and forgetting about them so this helps to keep the books out in the open and visible to the kids.

If you look closely at the top tier of the trolley, you’ll be able to see some of the MÅLA range of stationery from IKEA. I love that they are such good value for money. In the trolley we have the MÅLA Stamp Pens (the youngest loves stamping with these), MÅLA Chalks, and MÅLA Gel Ink Pens.


After: trolley allows flexibility and mobility


After: a space for each kid

So.. ta da! This is what we did for the kids’ room and it should last them for some time. It looks a bit messy but we really are messy people and this is truly how the room looks like most of the time. Now I just need to get my act together to makeover the other rooms!

Disclaimer: This is part of a series of posts from our collaboration with IKEA Singapore. All IKEA products seen in this post are sponsored by IKEA up to a certain amount. All ideas are mine.