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Meet & Greet Cartoon Characters in Singapore Malls for Christmas!

Yeah! Christmas is coming! And free shows in shopping malls are here too! 


Ever since the craze about Christmas shows organized by Shopping malls started about 5-6 years ago, it had given some parents (like us) an additional excuse to visit the shopping malls more frequently. Well, we don't get to see much of the cartoon characters here in Singapore, plus the shows are free to watch most of the time, so why not?


Since Dawn was 3, we had watched a few sessions of Barney, Strawbrerry Shortcake, High-5 etc in different shopping malls.


Strawberry Shortcake


So what's on for Year 2013? I have listed here the shopping malls which are having cartoon characters shows / play area or meet & greet sessions. 


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SpongeBob SquarePants @ Changi Airport Terminal 3


15 Nov 2013 – 5 Jan 2014, 12pm – 10pm daily


SpongeBob SquarePants Bouncy Playground -
Take a tumble in the Krusty Krab Ball Pit, challenge yourself in the Pineapple House Maze, and cruise your way down Giant Slides! Simply spend a minimum of S$20 in a single receipt (S$15 for Changi Rewards members). 


Pororo & Friends @ NEX


5-15 Dec 2013 at Atrium Level 1.


Show Sessions : 1pm & 7pm for Tues - Friday.  1pm, 4pm & 7pm for Saturday & Sunday.  No shows on 9 Dec, Monday.


** Redeem a photo pass (admits a family of 4) with S$30 min spending in a single receipt.


Sesame Street @ Takashimaya Square Christmas Fantasy


28 Nov to 8 Dec 2013


1pm, 4pm & 7pm (No show on Mon 2 Dec & Sun 8 Dec, 1pm)


Exclusive Show for DBS/POSB Cardholders : Thu 28 Nov, 1pm


Little Ones Club Party : Sun 8 Dec, 10am to 12pm


The Little Big Club @ United Square Shopping Mall 


29 Nov - 9 Dec 2013 : Barney, Fireman Sam and Angelina Ballerina


Mon - Fri: 2pm & 7pm (No shows on Tues) | Sat & Sun: 12.30pm, 3.30pm & 7pm


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11 - 16 Dec 2013 : Barney, Bob the Builder and Pingu


Mon - Fri: 2pm & 7pm (No shows on Tues) | Sat & Sun: 12.30pm, 3.30pm & 7pm


** Take a photo with them, with S$50 min spending in a single receipt.


Thomas & Friends @ City Square Mall


30 Nov to 15 Dec 2013


Show Sessions : 2pm & 7pm for Tues - Friday.  1pm, 4pm & 7pm for Saturday & Sunday.  No shows on Mondays.


** Redeem a Meet & Greet pass with S$50 spending.


Smurfs @ West Coast Plaza


06 to 15 Dec 2013


Show Sessions : 1pm & 7pm for Tues - Friday.  1pm, 4pm & 7pm for Saturday & Sunday.  No shows on Mondays.


** Redeem a Meet & Greet pass with S$50 spending.


Minions @ Suntec City


06 to 22 Dec 2013 @ West Atrium


Show Sessions : 1pm & 7pm for Tues - Friday.  1pm, 4pm & 7pm for Saturday & Sunday.  No shows on Mondays.


Doraemon @ Downtown East


06 to 31 Dec 2013 @ Event Square


Show Sessions : 7pm Tues - Friday.  3pm & 6.30pm for Saturday & Sunday.  No shows on Mondays.


** Limited Photo Pass available.


Forever Friends @ Various Frasers Malls


22 Nov to 25 Dec 2013 @ 8 different Shopping Malls


Click the link for all Show Sessions & Locations.


My Little Pony @ Jurong Point


09 to 15 Dec 2013 @ JP1 Centre Stage Level 1


Show Sessions : 4pm & 7pm daily.  No shows on Mondays.


** Redeem a pass with min S$50 spending in a single receipt.


Care Bears @ Junction 8


26 Nov to 08 Dec 2013 @ Level 2 Stage Area


Show Sessions : 1pm & 4pm for Tuesday - Thursday.  1pm, 4pm & 7pm for Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  No shows on Mondays.


** Redeem a Meet & Greet pass with min S$30 spending.


Care Bears @ Sembawang Shopping Mall


10 to 15 Dec 2013 @ Level 1 Stage Area


Show Sessions : 1pm & 4pm for Tuesday - Thursday.  1pm, 4pm & 7pm for Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  No shows on Mondays.


** Redeem a Meet & Greet pass with min S$30 spending.


Barbie Mariposa @ Raffles City


@ Level 3


Show Sessions : 15 Nov to 08 Dec 2013, 1pm & 7pm for Tuesday - Friday.  1pm, 4pm & 7pm for Saturday & Sunday.  No shows on Mondays. (Admission for the first 50 Children)


Magical Meetup : 03-08 Dec 2013, 1pm & 7pm for Tuesday - Friday.  1pm, 4pm & 7pm for Saturday & Sunday.  No shows on Mondays. (Admission for the first 50 Children)


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Wow! That's a few weekends to be busy with. 


I will bring the 2 girls to catch some shows.  What about you?



Disclosure : The above is complied by myself and all information is correct at the time of publication of this post. Please check on the url links for updated or complete information of the events.

Japanese Curry Rice

Japanese Curry Rice is one such dish that is friendly to children as it is sweet and not spicy. It is also easy to prepare and cook. I am glad that both my girls love this dish and I will usually cook for them whenever they request for this.

Ingredients (for 2 adults & 2 children)

1 Carrot - in cubes

2 Potatoes - in cubes

1 whole red Onion - sliced

1 box of Pork Belly

Vermont Curry (Apple & Honey) Sauce Mix - 4 cubes

Water

Pepper & Corn Flour to marinate the Pork Belly

Rice - Use short grain rice if possible

 

Preparation Instructions

1. In a non-stick pot, heat oil on medium heat and sauté the sliced onions.

2. When onion is getting soft & transparent, add the marinated pork belly and fry until they are no longer pink.

3. Add the carrots & potatoes and mix them with the pork belly and onions.

4. Add water (2 bowls or cover the ingredients).

5. Let it boil.

6. Once the soup boiled, remove from heat or to off the stove.

7. Break the Vermont curry mix to small cubes and mix them into the soup until completely dissolved.

8. Return the pot to the stove and let it boil for 20-30mins more.  If you want your carrots & potatoes to be softer, you can boil for a longer time.  Remember to stir once a while to avoid the curry sticking to the base of the pot.

9. In a serving bowl/plate, put rice and the curry. Garnish with Japanese pickles. Serve immediately.

 

It is definitely more economical to cook this at home for the family than to order this dish in restaurants in Singapore. Besides pork belly, we can also have pork katsu, or add chicken instead. Dawn requested for scrambled eggs to go with the rice too. 

 

Japanese Curry Rice

I wanted to shape a Hello Kitty rice for Dawn but I realised I ran out of nori to cut out the whiskers & eyes...end up using sprinkles instead...what an awkward looking cat, but Dawn love them nevertheless. :D

And look at how Eva had her curry rice :)

Kitchen Fun Time #4 - Sushi Making!

I had always thought that rolling a sushi (or maki) is a difficult task and I will never learn how to make my own sushi. However, I realised that I was so wrong!


It was until I went to a learning session and realised that it's so easy to make some home-made sushi from my own kitchen. Well, of 'cos the visual aspect of my home-made sushi is not as good as what we can buy from the restaurant, but it does not matter. What's more, I can involve the kids in the process too!


 


Ingredients


Japanese Rice - Cooked & mixed with Rice Vinegar to become sushi rice. You can also use the Powered Sushi Mix that can be easily found from most Supermarkets. You can use furikake to season the rice instead of using rice vinegar too. 


Tamago - cut to strips (You can substitue this with normal egg omelette)


Japanese Cucumber - cut to strips


Carrots - cut to strips


Kani / Crab Sticks 


Nori (seaweed) sheets


Mayonnaise Tuna - (own preference)


Japanese Mayonnaise (own preference)


Wasabi (own preference)


 


Preparation Instructions


1. Place the Nori sheet on the bamboo mat. Spread the rice thinly across the nori, leaving some emptyspace on the top.


2. Line the preferred ingredients horizontally across (to the edge near you, slightly below middle)


3. With a firm grip, start rolling the maki. Tap a little (really a little bit will do) water on the top edge of the nori so that it can seal nicely.


4. Use the mat and press on the rolled sushi. This is to "pack" the sushi nicely and complete the rolling process.


5. Moist a sharp knife before cutting the roll in serving pieces. 


 




And there you have it, Home-made sushi! 


It's that simple that even Dawn can do it!


Making sushi


It's indeed a fun way to engage the children and they get to eat their own sushi. 


Sushi Making


 Best part I felt for preparing this meal? The cleaning & washing is kept to the minimal :D 


 Home-made sushi

Kitchen Fun Time #3 - Pizza Pizza!

How about making some pizza at home? Not only it is a quick and easy meal, the kids can be involved in the making process too!

Pizza Making Ingredients

Ingredients

Pita Bread - for the Pizza's base (if you can only get the thick pita bread, you can slice the pita into half so that the base is thinner)

Pizza Sauce / Pasta Tomato Sauce

Shredded Mozzarella

Sausages / Ham / Prawns / Pineapples / Tomatoes - Your own creation!

Preparation Instructions

1. Place the Pita bread on a flat surface (Tray, plate etc)

2. Spread the pizza/pasta sauce evenly on the pita using the back of a spoon

3. Arrange the ingredients on the pita (show your creativity!) and add the Mozzarella Cheese on top.

4. Toast or Bake the pizza until the cheese has melted.

Simple, right? Dawn did her own decoration and enjoyed the  process very much!

Dawn's pizza before putting it into the toaster oven.

Home-made pizza

Making Pizza

Ta-da! Nicely done!

Dawn's Pizza

Eva can easily do the same too! She is only 2 and a half years old but she can follow instructions quite well too.

And this is Eva's pizza before the bake..

Eva's Pizza

Yummy Yummy!

Eva's Pizza

Try it! It's easy and an engaging activity with the children.  Do be careful that the kids don't go too near the oven though.

Pizza with cheese

Pizza!

On a separate day, we did some Margherita Pizza.  We did without the herbs as we did not have them at home. Just some fresh tomatoes, sliced cheddar cheese and Mozarella cheese. 

Margherita Pizza

Sisterhood

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I was looking through my digital photos folder and I cannot help but notice how well the 2 sisters play or do things together.


Even though they have their fair share of disagreeing with each other, fighting over the same toy etc, the "peace" time really made me feel so amazed by their sisterhood.


If only I have such moments captured in photos with my 2 sisters.


Moments like....playing together in the playground...



Checking out the new toy on the shelf.....



Posing together in their swimming costumes before heading to the swimming pool...



Indulging in their own ice cream (Yah, no need to share!)...



A great sisters hug over a lantern session on a Mid-Autumn Festival...



Playing an iphone game.... (current favourite - Hay Day..)



Brave Jie Jie held on to Mei Mei's hand during a car wash,  explained each step and told Mei Mei not to be scared.  Eva was scared and cried during her 1st car wash...



Even the way they watch TV is the same... ie, before the mommy sees and asks them to sit up right!



Dressing up mei mei and herself in Ikea store...and become Mushroom Fairies...



And testing out new beds!



Even though it's tiring to be a mother sometimes, these moments really warm my heart. And that's when I will feel that the sacrifices that I made is all worth it. :) 

Finger Painting

Daddy bought 2 boxes of Crayola washable paints for the kids. The kids can't wait to try them out!

Crayola Washable Fingerpaint

What's good with these paint is their "washable" ability.  It's so easy to wash off from their hands, from their clothes and even from the seat cover which Eva accidentally stained. My eyes were wide opened when hubby told me the $$ he paid for the 2 boxes of paint but all was redeemed after seeing the wonders of the paint.

Look at how they use the paint on their fingers, you will know where I am coming from!

Crayola Paint

Dawn did some nice finger painting.  The younger sister simply followed what Jie Jie was doing....

Look at Eva's smiles when she saw her artistic "output. So much satisfaction, so much happiness :)

Dawn's final artwork of her finger/hand painting.. :)

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