Recharging at My Melody Cafe, Suntec City

Having heard from a friend that My Melody Cafe has opened at Suntec City, we decided to bring Ashley to try out the new cafe today as we figured there would not be a crazy queue at 11 plus in the morning after Ashley’s ballet class. Expectedly, we were the first in line and quickly got our table within 5 minutes. The cafe is relatively small with about 10 tables therefore the wait might take a while if the queue is long so be prepared to stand in the queue or alternatively, one can hop over to the Gudetama Cafe just next door.

Similar to the Hello Kitty Cafe, there is a limited variety to their menu but who cares if the patron is into My Melody. And for Ashley, anything pink goes. Being the indulgent daddy, Colin ordered On Cloud Nine, a mixed berries tea with cotton candy garnished with fresh strawberries, mint leaves and My Melody macaron and instead of having a sweet berries tea, I had a berries tea with no sweetness as my cheeky girl finished all the cotton candy. Being drawn to the beautiful colour, I ordered Butterfly Splendour, a butterfly pea flower tea with juicy lychees and blueberries infused with thyme leaves. Other than the beautiful colour, it did not wow-ed me further as I do not really taste the blueberries and lychee in the tea and I must say butterfly pea flower tea is not really my cup of tea. Food wise, we ordered Princess Bunny and “I Heart You” chicken waffles. For kids who love Japanese curry rice, Princess Bunny would be a good choice as it is not spicy and sweet. For little girls, this would be a great hit with the cute My Melody design. As for the chicken waffles, I have to be honest that I have tasted better chicken waffles and this would only be average in terms of the taste. To round off the meal, we gave in to Ashley’s request for Little Cutie, a vanilla soft serve on crisp waffle basket topped with marshmallows, crunchy strawberry sticks, butter biscuits and My Melody cookie. Although it may taste like any ordinary sundae, the cutesy appearance makes it appealing to patrons.

If you were to ask if we would return for another visit, we would probably say yes as Ashley loves pretty stuff and given the outlook of the dishes served at the cafe, we wouldn’t be surprised if we were to give in to Ashley’s request again. But if it were to be just Colin and I, I guess we would not take the effort to go through the queue just for the food.

At Cloud Nine

Butterfly Splendour

Princess Bunny

“I Heart You” Chicken Waffles

Little Cutie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[SIC] Caltex Fuel Your School 2018

Once again, Caltex is back with its signature community outreach program, Caltex Fuel Your School, to raise funds during World Environment Day. Your next full tank could potentially contribute to saving the planet. Caltex Fuel Your School aims to promote learning in the domain of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics amongst primary and secondary students in Singapore.

So how does it work?

From 4 to 30 June 2018, Caltex will contribute S$3 for every 150 LinkPoints redeemed for fuel at Caltex stations islandwide. Science Centre Singapore, in collaboration with Caltex,  is conducting a hands-on workshop (Tech Jam) to convert e-waste into quirky app-controlled robots for students, and up to S$60,000 has been pledged to support this activity.

Hence, your support is greatly appreciated to realize this e-waste learning journey for our future generations.

Not a driver? No worries, you can still contribute to this social activity too!

You can make a difference by lending a hand to Science Centre Singapore (SCS) in its e-waste collection drive. From 4-15 June 2018, SCS is looking for material such as electronic toys with motors and lights, mobile phones and electronic table clocks to help our future innovators. In the event that the items are not used during Tech Jam, SCS will dispose them off responsibly.

For more information, you may refer to the Fuel your School E-flyer or visit http://bit.ly/CaltexFYS2018.

Review: Richfood 20 Day Confinement Meal Package

For those following our blog, this is a follow up review on my 20 Day Confinement Meal Package with Richfood Catering. Do note that the 20 Day package includes weekends as I mistook the package to only include weekdays and I had to waste food on one of the Saturdays when I headed out for Ashley’s dance class. With this, I would like to give special mention to Nigel, my contact over at Richfood catering who has provided nothing but exceptional customer service from day 1, helping me to reschedule my tingkat delivery every now and then throughout the 20 days even when I have informed him one day before the actual day of delivery.

Moving on to the quality of the delivered food, food is always warm upon delivery and you do not have to worry about eating cold food. Previously mentioned, I have decided on RichFood Catering as I am not so adventurous with food and prefer the traditional confinement food prepared by RichFood. In particular, I love the cod fish which tasted really soft and fresh and I would always look forward to seeing the dish during lunch. There was also a meal that I had my favourite pig trotters with vinegar. It might not be as spicy as what my confinement lady had prepared for me previously but nevertheless it still tasted pretty decent for a caterer. For mummies who are keen on engaging RichFood, you can pop on over to their website to check out their menu.

Here are some of the dishes that I had over the 20 days of confinement food catering with them.

Review: Spectra 9+ Double Breast Pump

For mummies on the go, I want to recommend the Spectra 9+ double breast pump. Having gone through the experience of lugging the heavy and bulky Medela PISA out during Ashley’s time, the thought of doing it once more dreads me. I first got to know of Spectra 9+ through a colleague who showed me how light the pump was and then on, the thought of purchasing it has been lingering on my mind even before Kingsley was delivered.

Purchasing a second pump for outdoor use might be costly to many but for Spectra 9+, one can opt to purchase the Korea set from Qoo10 which easily cost less than $150. I purchased my Spectra 9+ off Qoo10 at less than $110 with shipping which is a good buy for a double breast pump. A full charge of Spectra 9+ can last for 3 pump sessions of 15 – 20 minutes each. On comparison to my Medela PISA, Spectra 9+ is more efficient in emptying my breasts. For example, it took me 30 min to pump using Medela PISA whereas it took a mere 15-20 min for Spectra 9+ to achieve the same volume of expressed breastmilk. However, one has to take note that during the start of the pump session to adjust the suction power of the breast pump to the lowest power as the higher suction power from the previous pump session might cause pain to your breasts which have yet to acclimatized to the high suction power. In a short note, Spectra 9+ is an efficient portable breast pump that mummies can consider for on-the-go purposes, particularly for mummies who do not want to lug heavy breast pumps out with them to work on a daily basis.

Review: BabiesBellies Postnatal Jamu Massage

As promised earlier, this is a follow-up review from my prenatal massage on my experience with BabiesBellies on their postnatal jamu massage. Given that I have undergone elective Caesarean section this time round, I can only opt for the basic postnatal massage package offered by BabiesBellies as the classic packages include Ganggang which is a traditional vaginal treatment which helps to reduce excessive vaginal discharge, eliminating unpleasant smell and help to fragrant the sensitive area.

As usual, Ally was fast in responding when I informed her of my delivery and Maria, her manager was prompt in contacting me on the appropriate time to commence my postnatal massage which is at least 3 weeks post-delivery for mummies who have undergone Caesarean section. Mdm Zainab, a senior therapist was assigned for my postnatal massages and despite her busy schedule, she always tried her best to arrange for earlier slots upon availability.

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