Review: BabiesBellies Prenatal Massage

I believe BabiesBellies is not a name unfamiliar to pregnant mummies. Having seen BabiesBellies in several baby fairs since my first pregnancy, I have not had the opportunity to try out their services. However, this pregnancy has not been as easy given the constant backaches and leg cramps since 2nd trimester. Therefore, prenatal massages have been constantly on my mind even before I turned 20 weeks. BabiesBellies is not the first prenatal massage I have tried. In my first pregnancy, I went for a trial session with Mother and Child Wellness at Forum Shopping Centre and found it to be underwhelming and there was little effect to speak of which subsequently led to the decision to forgo prenatal massages altogether.


For this pregnancy, BabiesBellies is the second prenatal massage service that I have sought as I have earlier purchased a prenatal massage package with Mums & Babies in Suntec. On comparison of both centres, I would have to say that I would most definitely have signed up with BabiesBellies if the location was closer to my workplace/home and I had not signed on any prenatal massage packages.

There are several factors that made me prefer BabiesBellies over the other prenatal massages I have had so far; (1) traditional Javanese massage which focuses on a fuller body massage that greatly relieved my aching body, (2) soothing lemongrass/olive oil used for massage which leaves a nice after scent and (3) reasonable and attractive pricing that makes weekly massages affordable. I cannot stress enough how important the therapist’s skills are to prenatal massages as I felt the knots in my neck, shoulder, back and legs untie and how relaxed and light I felt walking out of BabiesBellies today. If one has done sufficient research for prenatal massages, you would definitely agree that BabiesBellies offers one of the most reasonable packages for prenatal massages at $60 per session. Furthermore, for people who would prefer massage at the comfort of their own homes,  they can opt for house call at $65 per session (excluding transport) which is still going to be a much better deal than the prenatal massages offered by other centres.

Being a satisfied customer, I would definitely head back for more pain-relieving prenatal massages and am looking forward to my soothing and relaxing postnatal massages with BabiesBellies upon delivery. So do stay tuned for updates on my postnatal massage experiences with BabiesBellies in a couple of months.

Review: Tian Wei Signature

After much procrastination, I have finally embarked on my mission to look for a confinement meal caterer. I have always thought of myself to be a non-picky eater who does not have much requirements so I thought,” How long do I need to decide a caterer? I should be able to decide on the first try.” However, reality turns out to be otherwise. Tian Wei Signature happens to be the first caterer that I decided to give it a go given the wide publicity and good reviews circulating in Facebook.

The customer service was prompt in responding to the online order whereby they called to confirm the trial meal the next working day. Similarly, they are quick in responding to Facebook messages. 

My trial lunch meal was delivered at 11 am and the food was warm on delivery. The $30 trial meal consisted of barley millet rice, Tian Wei Signature Coq Au Vin, papaya white fungus dessert and longan red date tea. I must be frank that I was surprised with the trial meal as it doesn’t look like the typical confinement food that I had in my first pregnancy. So, if you have a tastebud for traditional confinement food, the food might not fit the bill. The chicken meat in the signature coq au vin tasted dry and the sauce tasted more like ketchup than red wine. The longan red date drink was also a little sourish for my liking. For mummies-to-be who have sweet tooth, this might be something you might want to take note of as well. Of the entire meal, the papaya white fungus is the only food that tasted the norm for me. In a nutshell, if you are one who prefers traditional confinement meals, I would suggest having a go at the trial meal before you commit yourself to the confinement food package.

Review: Ambi Climate 2

I made a pledge at Kickstarter for the Ambi Climate 2 after seeing many positive reviews with the first release. After some hiccups with the manufacturing and then with the logistics, Ambi Labs finally sent out the product in August. Although there was a delay of about 2 months from the campaign projection, I must commend the folks at Ambi Labs for keeping the supporters updated regularly on the progress. I have been using the Ambi Climate 2 for a couple of weeks, and I must say that this is a good buy that help improve my family’s sleep. No more blanket kicking or worrying about Ashley being too cold without the comforter.

So what is this “Ambi Climate 2”? It is an IoT device that aggregates the different environmental conditions (such room temperature, humidity, weather and etc.), and then combining with your preferences that it learns overtime to help you control the air-con to suit your liking. In layman terms, it is a smart universal remote that helps to control the air-con to moderate the room temperature. The design of the Ambi Climate 2 is small, minimalist and sleek. And more importantly, the operation is seamless and I would say pretty fail-proof. You simply power up the device, download the app on either your iOS or Android devices, and then follow the simple instructions to get going. It should not take you more than 10 minutes to complete the configuration. The device does come with 2-year warranty, and there is also a closed group Facebook support.

     

The Ambi Climate 2 also provides you with some insights on your room conditions (temperate and humidity) and log the history of your room temperature. As you can see from the chart below, the Ambi Climate 2 is able to help moderate the room temperature between 23°C and 25°C. Hence, my family is able to get a good night rest even on rainy days where the external temperature would fall. In the past, we set the air-con at 26°C, and had to adjust accordingly in the middle of the night when we felt cold. With the temperature moderated, perhaps it could help lower the electrical bill contributed by the air-con. If you are the kind who likes your room to be cooled before you are home, then you are in for the Ambi Climate 2 as you can turn on your air-con via the mobile app.

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Heat Escapade to Perth

It is time of the year for us to escape the hot weather in Singapore and this year, we have decided to venture to Perth (somewhere I have not been in decades). As usual, planning a road trip with a little one is never easy especially with the need to have toilet breaks and leg stretches (for a 6 month preggie mum and a 4 yo girl off diapers) at appropriate intervals.

Given Ashley’s traveling habits, it always seemed wise to take the night flight out in which she can sleep through the journey. Bearing in mind that Colin is the only licensed driver of the family, I planned for a weekend stayover in Fremantle so that little driving is required on arrival. Fremantle can be a little tad boring for the adventurous individual but for families with young kids, it can be leisurely to just travel around town on the free CAT bus and visit the Fremantle Market, Round House, WA Shipwreck Museum and Fremantle Prison. Alternatively, one can choose to travel down an hour to John Forrest National Park to visit the National Park Falls and Hovea Falls for a nice breezy walk.

Our second accommodation of the trip was Ferguson Farmstay which was about 2 hours drive away from Fremantle. Ferguson Farmstay is a working farm managed by a friendly family. We stayed two nights in Chalet 1 (double room can be a little squeezy if your little one is bunking in with you). At 8.30am every morning, farm activities commence which includes animal feeding (goats, kangaroo, emu, Lenny the sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens), a pony ride for the kids (Fred is a real gentle pony) and a tractor ride to the cows for feeding. Ashley repeated the farm activities over both mornings and she enjoyed every moment of it. However, there are little attractions around Ferguson Valley on weekdays (wineries are closed between Mon-Wed) except Gnomesville, Wellington Dam and St. Aidan Winery.

After 2 nights at Ferguson Farmstay, we headed south towards Margaret River to our third accommodation, Ramada Resort Dunsborough located right next to the sea. Given the short 1 hour plus drive, you will have ample time to visit the wineries, farm gates and providores in the vincinity such as Bettany Wines and Margaret River Nougat Co (not to be missed, the nougats and sparkling non-alcoholic and alcoholic wines are just yummy), Margaret River Chocolate Co, Margaret River Nuts and Cereal, Margaret River Dairy Company and Gabriel’s Chocolates (for a hot chocolate drink) on the same day. 

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SIC: Pre-Upgrading Petrol Voucher available at ESSO Tampines Ave 7

The ESSO petrol station located at 9 Tampines Ave 7 will operate until 23 May 17 before it closes for a 2-month upgrading. As such, the station is currently giving out Synergy™ fuel vouchers to thank its loyal customers for the inconvenience. There are 2 types of vouchers being given in a booklet for each month until Aug 2017:

  1. 4 x $5 off Synergy petrol and diesel with every $50 fuel purchase,
  2. 2 x $8 off Synergy Supreme+ petrol only.

Do take note that the fuels vouchers can only be used at the selected petrol stations from 23 May 17 to 31 July 17 listed below:

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