Monday, March 30, 2015

5 Reasons Why I Am Grateful To Be A Singaporean.



Pictures drawn by Shayne and his classmates last year

Today, I'm aware of the fact that my life as a Singaporean is better than what I deserve it to be. The world around us is full of pain, hardship, suffering and turmoil. Giving thanks and gratitude is not our natural disposition, and sometimes, it even feels disingenuous. However after the past 7 days, I can't help but feel that I should be grateful for my life in Singapore. Being grateful is a choice, so today, I chose to make a list.

Here are my top 10 reasons to give thanks today:

1) I am thankful for the good healthcare we have. Whenever I'm sick, all I have to do is to visit the nearest GP which is less than a 10minutes walk. Our polyclinics and government hospitals are well-equipped, and our doctors and nurses are very well-trained. In this country of ours, we don't have to drive 1-2 hours just to see a doctor. Most importantly, I am thankful to be able to deliver my two children in a safe and conducive environment, and that's because of the wonderful healthcare that we have.

2) I am thankful for the harsh laws of my country. Drugs are banned, and drug traffickers are sentenced to death without any hesitation. Need I say more?

3) I am thankful for the education which I've received from my country.
Yes, I'll admit, our education system is stressful and some students are over-competitive for their own good. Moreover, some parents become over-zealous in regards to their child's education and are labelled 'kiasu'. However, this is the by-product of our education system which one does NOT need to follow. We can choose to excel in our studies, and NOT become an over-competitive academic student. At the end of the day, I'd rather be in a country that stresses on the importance on education, than to live in a country that doesn't believe in education.


4) I am thankful to live in a Clean and Green City. There are trees along every road and park in every estate. There's a big tree just outside my bedroom's window and there's a tree everywhere I turn. :) Singapore is the only green city I've come across all these years.

5) I am thankful to be able to start a company in Singapore. We're one of the easiest countries to start a business- all you need to do is to log into Acra, fill up a form which takes about 15 minutes or so, and in 1-2 days time, your business will be successfully incorporated! We don't have to bribe agents or authorities in ridiculous amounts unlike other corrupted countries, and all you need before you start a company in Singapore is money (for legitimate reasons such as monthly rental and staff salary), market research of your industry and faith that your business will succeed in this city.
  
“If you were smart in 1807 you moved to London, if you were smart in 1907 you moved to New York City, and if you are smart in 2007 you move to Asia… Singapore 40 years ago was a swamp with a half a million people. Singapore now, 40 years later, is the country with the largest foreign currency reserve per capita of any country in the world…. It’s got the best education in the world, the best health care in the world. It’s astonishing to come to Singapore and see that everything works…. Singapore is going to be the financial center of Southeast Asia, probably Asia, and likely one of the top financial centers of the world.”

Jim Rogers, US Investor


As such, I am thankful for living in Singapore, and thankful for raising my children in this city. I know that they'll be safe in this country and they'll be given ample opportunities to lead a life worth living for, in this city we call Home.

Here’s my challenge to you: Take some time today, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, to come up with a gratitude list. If it doesn’t come naturally, don’t let that stop you from still giving thanks. There is still much to be thankful for, if we only have eyes to see. :)

<3

Friday, March 27, 2015

12/52: The 52 Weeks Project.

Snapshots of my family: Once a week, every week, in 2015.

4th Week of March

 

Quick snapshots of my babies just before we headed to the nearby supermarket!











 Selfies of these two :)
Our little cow! :D
We made a quick stop at the Gelato World Tour @ Marina Bay Sands a few days ago, and we had so much gelato that night! There were gelatos from all over the world and some of them were really interesting and unique. My favourite was the Chendo gelato from Team Singapore! :)
Family <3 (Outside The ArtScience Museum @ MBS)
Papa and baby Nathan, at the Helix Bridge
This photo's quality isn't the best, but this photo means the world to me. Both of them were actually looking at each other and Shayne was about to kiss baby Nathan just as I snapped this photo of us! :) I love how they're becoming closer to each other as the days go pass.. When we're at home, Nathan will always get so excited when he sees Shayne talking, laughing, dancing or jumping about, and will raise his hands and try to follow his big brother's actions too! Haha. It's really a joy and privilege to watch their characters develop, and how their relationship as brothers develop overtime. As their mother, I hope that they'll continue to stay close to each other, especially when they become teenagers or young men. :)
Last but not least, I'm extremely grateful to have a safe place to call home. It is with great sadness that our Founding Father of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, passed away this week. He was a remarkable man who transformed Singapore from a third world country to a first world, independent and successful country. He will always be remembered in our hearts and we will always be grateful for his dedication towards Singapore. May you rest in peace, Mr Lee.



Friday, March 20, 2015

THE SAFE TOOTHPASTE FOR KIDS!


My elder son, Shayne and I
Introducing Aquafresh new Kids Products!
Do you know that compared to your tooth enamel, your child’s tooth enamel is 50% thinner? That’s why we, as parents, need to ensure that our kids are using the right toothpaste which has been specially formulated for their little teeth.

As such, I was pleased to learn that Aquafresh has launched a brand new Kids range, catering to the oral care needs of children of different age groups (3 months old to 6+ years old). Last year, they have re-launched their popular “First Teeth” baby toothpaste and while it now has a new look, it is still the same great product that many parents have trusted for years.

The old version of First Teeth
The new packaging of First Teeth

This year, Aquafresh has expanded the children’s toothpaste range to include “Aquafresh Little Teeth” (for 3-5 years old) and “Aquafresh My Big Teeth” (for 6+ years old). You’ll also be glad to know that Aquafresh toothpaste has the latest improved formulation with Sugar Acid Protection to help your child’s teeth to grow strong and healthy!

Luckily, although my elder son is a fussy-eater, he has no qualms about brushing his teeth ever since he was young! Hence, when I introduced to him Aquafresh’s My Big Teeth toothpaste, he was excited to try it out and told me that he wanted to brush his teeth immediately! Haha!




1) Apply a layer of Aquafresh’s My Big Teeth toothpaste onto the bristles of your child's toothbrush. (Interesting fact: Aquafresh’s Big Kids toothpaste has a formula that strengthens the enamel of new adult teeth, while boosting the protection of our kid’s baby teeth too. Most importantly, it is tough on decay but less abrasive than an adult’s regular toothpaste.)

2) Shayne gets ready to brush his little teeth! :D

3) Brushing his teeth with Aquafresh’s My Big Teeth toothpaste and toothbrush…

4) After a minute of brushing, it was time for him to spit out his toothpaste and rinse his mouth, but he was too engrossed in his brushing and didn’t want to stop. Haha.

In a nutshell, when you’re looking for a baby/child’s toothpaste, be sure to choose the one which is specifically manufactured and labeled for use in children. Although the primary ingredients in most toothpaste are same which includes some type of abrasive, fluoride and a flavoring, the ingredients and quantity of the ingredients are different in adult and baby/child’s toothpaste. You can be rest assured that the kids range of toothpaste from Aquafresh has been specially formulated for your little one’s developing teeth, therefore it’s a safe toothpaste for our little one!

/ps: Be sure to check out and download their free fun app at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/aquafresh-brushtime/id661737439?mt=8. The game app shows kids a fun and appropriate way to brush all parts of their teeth. A catchy song is used to get kids bopping, while a timer counts down for two minutes – the recommended brushing time for kids.

*** CONTEST TIME!!! ***

Wanna win a year’s supply of Aquafresh Kids Products? Just follow this 1 simple step!


1) Hashtag #AquafreshKidsSG of a video/photo of your child brushing his teeth with any Aquafresh Kids Products on your Facebook or Instagram page.

And that’s all you need to do! Easy, right? ;) So go on and participate today! Good luck and have fun! (T&Cs: Refer to http://bit.ly/1GA7Hnm for more information)



(Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Aquafresh, but all opinions are of my own.)

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