Ashley’s Preschool Graduation Holiday in Western US (SFO-LA-SAN)

Time is always best spent with your loved ones and this has been a year forged with many of these beautiful moments. This Halloween season, we fulfilled our promise to our little princess and brought her to Disneyland LA (together with baby Kingsley) before she officially graduates from preschool.

Flight decisions have never been as difficult given that we are now traveling with not 1 but 2 kids for a long haul flight. After several months of consideration and search, we decided to dive straight into a non red eye 15 hour direct flight to San Francisco. The weeks that followed up to the trip was filled with uncertainty on how the kids would fare on the trip and luckily for us, this was just overthinking on our part and we survived the 15 hour flight with no drama.

Knowing that we would be probably be zombified upon arrival in the early morning, I planned a leisurely day in which we did a quick drop by the Golden Gate Bridge before we head to our first accommodation of the trip, Hilton Garden Inn Fairfield. Fairfield is a half an hour’s drive to Napa Valley which made it a good location for families with young kids given that there are more food outlets and stores in the vicinity. On our second day, we travelled to Napa Valley and visited Castello di Amarosa, Old Geyser of California, Napa Premium Outlets. There are several wineries in Napa but most of them close at 5pm hence waking up late that morning did cause quite a bit of limitation in the places we could visit.

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Memory Lane Down Ashley’s Dance Journey In 2019

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.

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SIC: Salt Water Supercars by Shell [Ready. Salt. GO!]

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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Family Photoshoot with Face SG

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

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Launch of Dynaflex Technology by Shell – Most Advanced Fuel Solution

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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