As 2019 approaches to an end, it is the time of the year to pen down Ashley’s dance journey in 2019. It has been an exciting year for our firstborn as 2019 not only marks her maiden voyage as a solo performer but also that of the opportunity of competing in different regionals for Get The Beat dance competition before she starts primary school in 2020.
As what every parents would feel, we were hesitant in our decision to have Ashley perform solo on stage as she has had always the comfort of performing alongside her friends in school. Luckily for us, Luminous Dance Academy’s Xpress Dance Challenge provided the best opportunity for Ashley to have her first experience performing solo on stage and despite initial hesitation in going on stage on her own, Ashley completed her first solo jazz dance routine “Birthday” and was awarded 2nd place for her category.
With the confidence built in the Xpress Dance Challenge, Ashley had the opportunity to compete in three regionals of GTB 2019 (Singapore, Taipei and Kuala Lumpur) where she surprised us with her placings, particularly with her performance in Taipei and Kuala Lumpur of which she was ranked 2nd overall in the Mini Category.
|GTB Regional||Singapore||Taipei||Kuala Lumpur|
|My First Solo||5th||–||–|
|Miss Mini GTB||–||–||1st|
To wrap up the year, we flew to Bangkok, the Land of Smiles for GTB 2019 Finals in December and once again, she demonstrated that hard work does pay off where she ends her first year as a soloist with a 2nd runner up placing in the Mini Champs category. Her achievements this year would not have been possible if we did not have great support from the JMDC family and we are blessed with awesome JMDC dance moms and dads who have helped in Ashley’s makeup, hairdo, costumes and props for her every performance on stage and dedicated teachers who have had great patience in guiding our little girl as she embarked on her dance journey.
Shell Singapore has been bringing in collectable cars over the years if you can remember. In line with the recent launch of Shell Dynaflex Technology, Shell has launched its most advanced Salt Water Supercars collectables. You can get them from now till 30 June 2019 at any Shell stations.
The Shell Salt Water Supercars are fitted with electric engines powered by salt water, and are available in four designs – (1) Lightning, (2) Fireball, (3) Sunchaser, and (4) Shadow. Lightning and Fireball are currently on sale, while Sunchaser and Shadow would be available from 15 May 2019 onwards. Amongst all, the Sunchaser is my favourite while Fireball is Ashley’s. Playing these Salt Water Supercars allow me to share with Ashley on the alternate sources of energy generated through salt water, as well as wind and solar energy. They are definitely educational for young children. The only downside with using salt water is the limited amount of play time. Luckily, our set came with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Otherwise, I would have had a hard time coaxing the kiddos! Apart from the Salt Water Supercars, you can also let your imagination run wild with building the race tracks. The tracks are made of Bagasse, which is 100% biodegradable material derived from the fibres of sugar cane. Unfortunately, we only have time for a simple one today but that doesn’t stop the laughter of the kids going on and on.
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It has been almost one and a half years since Kingsley’s newborn photoshoot with Studio Memories and we decided it is time to have another family photoshoot before he turns 18 months. Well, as much as we wanted to be fair in letting the kids have photoshoot at the same age (Ashley has her first photoshoot at 8 months with StudioPlay), it proved as a challenge as (1) we wanted Ashley to have a photoshoot with Kingsley when he is a newborn and (2) Kingsley’s eczema condition was quite serious up till recently that he could be off mittens for most parts of the day.
As with all the previous photoshoots, we went hunting for a photography studio in the baby fair as it usually would have the best deals housed in one location given the competition and this time round we decided to go with Face SG family photography studio. If there is anything distinctly different for Face SG, it would be the use of home theme setups for their photo backgrounds and the reason for being our choice this photoshoot.
For the package we signed up in the fair, we were given the choice of 2 themed backgrounds and a white background for the 1 hour photography. On the day of the photoshoot, the photographer showed us their in-house themed backgrounds for selection (these could also be found on their Facebook page) and our little princess chose the Sakura Pink Blossom theme without any hesitation.
Sakura Pink Blossom
Have you topped up your fuel tank with the latest fuel formulation from Shell? After more than five years of extensive research and development, Shell had launched its most advanced and innovative fuel formulation in Singapore on 10 Apr 19. Drivers in Singapore are now able to enjoy the new range of Shell FuelSave and Shell V-Power fuels with Dynaflex Technology!
We are happy to be invited to witness the launch in Singapore, and to hear directly from some of the scientists involved in the research. More than 250 cars were used, covering over 3 million kilometres, for testing globally. Dynaflex Technology focuses on engine efficiency and is developed to handle the modern engines, which are shrinking in sizes but yet running under ever increasing challenging environments. The new Shell fuels will help driver keep their engine clean and protected for an efficient drive.
Two key concerns with modern engines shared by Shell scientists, Kay Wu and Andreas Schaefer, were friction and dirt. They resulted in reduced performance and efficiency for your vehicle. The new Shell Dynaflex Technology will tackle these issues with new friction modification technology and power deposit control additives.
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There is a first time for everything and this March school holiday, Ashley participated in her first ever runway show during the MaxToon Holiday Carnival at Suntec City North Atrium (the perfect location in which Ashley can have her dance lessons in between the fashion runway sessions). I must confess that I was not a avid follower of MaxToon and they came to my notice last November when Ashley’s dance school asked if we were interested in registering Ashley for an audition to participate in the Nutcracker performance with the National Ballet of China. However, Ashley was unable to join in that audition as the audition day coincided with Kingsley’s 1st birthday celebration and Ashley, being the ever loving sister, would never miss his birthday celebration for anything in the world.
Nevertheless, this event made me notice the emails I received from MaxToon and as fate would have it,an email arrived from MaxToon on an opportunity for Ashley to build her confidence on stage before her solo dance competitions for the year. Before this year (excluding the Xpress Dance Challenge held earlier in March), Ashley has always had her friends on stage with her in every performance and we were unsure if she would still be her bubbly self when she is alone on stage. Therefore, we are taking any opportunity we could have to get her used to going on stage by herself. This holiday season, she was lucky enough to join other kids in strutting down the fashion runway organised by MaxToon with apparel sponsored by KidStyle.
Here are photos taken of Ashley during the fitting session and runway day.