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My Little Giant @ BigBox (Indoor Playground)

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Hooray for those living in the west! A new indoor playground has just recently popped up at Jurong East. Located at BigBox, My Little Giant is the latest indoor playground that has just opened.


Since it is newly opened, My Little Giant is offering a special opening rate - $12 for Monday to Thursday and $16 for Friday to Sunday, Public Holidays and Eve of Public Holidays. Children below 3 years old pay half price. I would say that the price is very reasonable. And the best part? It is unlimited playtime on all days!! This promotion is valid till 30 September 2016, so do check it out quickly!!

Credit: My Little Giant

We checked out the place and the boys definitely had a wonderful time. There are 3 levels of play with lots of activities for everyone. I said everyone because not only the boys, Daddy J and me enjoyed the playground too. Parents however, have to be prepared to walk bending down or kneeling down if you want to climb the structure with your kids.

Kids Arcade Entertainment Centre


As with all indoor playground, before we can jump into play, we need to remove our shoes. The shoes area is just beside the playground.


As we walked towards to shoes area, we saw something like an arcade for the kids. There were some game machines, ride-ons, a carousel and a train. There are also some excavators which is like those from Diggersite. However, these are not included in the tickets to My Little Giant. You will need to pay separately for these.



Ball Pit


After settling our shoes, we proceed to the entrance. Before entering, we were given a tag which can be used for re-entry.


Upon entering, the first thing we saw was the ball pit. This is every child's favourite. Leading to the ball pit is the big white slide (more about this later).


At one end of the ball pit, there is this structure that blows air out of the holes. The boys were fascinated to see the balls floating and trying to hit and catch them as they fly.



Of course, lying down in the ball pit is a must-to-do!


The Big White Slide


At the other end of the ball pit, is the big slide which starts from the third level of the play structure. A word of warning, this is not for the faint-hearted. Although, it doesn't seem very high, it is very slippery and it goes very fast! I went a few rounds with the boys and I felt quite frightened as I sit waiting for our turn to go. However, I really enjoyed the ride down. Another word of caution, do make sure that there is enough balls at the bottom of the slide to cushion your fall before you slide. Small J went once and hit his head on the slide at the bottom because there wasn't enough balls to cushion as he slides down.

The plus point is they have two staffs to tend this station. One at the top to control the queue and one at the bottom to push the balls to the slide.


Big J was initially very reluctant to go on the slide as he thought it is very scary. The very friendly and helpful staff actually slide down together with him for quite a few rounds!


At the end, he was able to slide down himself with the help of the sliding sack. In his words, this sack helps to protect him.


Toddler Area


As we move further into the play structure, there is an open area for younger children. There are some rocking horses, see-saws, car ride-on and mini gym balls for the little ones to play. Do note that this area is quite dark as this is the most bottom level of the play structure and is not as bright as the photos showed.




The open area is shown in the background of this photo. The ball pit is at the far right corner and the trampoline is on the left. The rest is open space and stairs that lead to the second level.


Trampoline


In the far corner of level 1 of the play structure is a trampoline. Jump, jump, jump!!



Climb Climb Climb


Proceeding to the next two levels, this is where all the climbing starts. Parents, be prepared of lots of back-bending exercise! There are lots of climbing up stairs, through obstacles and tunnels.







Bounce Bounce


Ok, I have no idea what is the name of this structure. Let's call it bounce bounce. Children can sit on it and bounce away.


Air Guns


Also located on the second level, are the air guns. If I remember correctly, there are about 8 or 9 air guns. What I like about this the balls are shot at an enclosed area so we don't have to worry about flying balls hitting us. However, the downside is, the balls are mostly stuck in the middle of the net and there are not much balls at the side of the net for us to take. I also feel that the guns are positioned too high or perhaps these are meant for older kids?


Small Slides


If your kids can't take the big slide, there are also some smaller slides which they can try. These are located at level three of the play structure and are safer for younger children. Apart from these two, there is also a spiral tunnel slide which I didn't managed to take a photo of.



Mini Train


Located on level 3 is a mini train. Your child will need to turn the handle in a cycling manner to drive the train. Unfortunately, the handle is quite difficult to turn and requires lots of strength. As you can see from Small J's expression, he is using all his strength trying to drive the train.



Verdict


Considering the promotional price, My Little Giant is definitely worthwhile to visit! There are lots of fun activities to occupy the kids and they had so much fun! Not forgetting that it is for unlimited playtime, weekends included! We played for about 5 hours and took a lunch break in between. As the place is new, everything is new and clean! The staffs were also very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back again.

Here's a video of the boys in action.


Promotional Price


From now till 30 September 2016, enjoy Special Opening Rates. Do keep a lookout of their new pricing package on their Facebook page from 1 Oct onwards.

Children below 3 years old pay half price. Credit: My Little Giant.

My Little Giant

Location: BigBox, 1 Venture Avenue, Singapore 608521
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily

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Shopping At Agape Babies

Friday, 2 September 2016

If you are a soon-to-be mom or a mom with kids, you should bookmark Agape Babies right now. With over 250 brands and more than 6,000 products, Agape Babies is your one-stop online shopping portal to get all your baby and mommy needs. 


Two years ago, I did a similar review of Agape Babies. Since then, they have further expanded their line of products to include more brands and products. From milk powder, diapers, organic food, toiletries, baby gears, books, toys to mommies' needs, you can find anything you need for babies and moms. They have also included popular brands such as Jujube and 3M



The products are nicely categorized so you can find the things you need easily. If you already have something in mind, you can key the item name into the search box to find it easily. For those who shop frequently on mobile, their mobile optimized site is very user-friendly and feels like an app. 


Shopping on Agape Babies is easy and fuss-free. The only headache you might have is there are so many things to choose from! Spot something you like? You can add the item to cart directly and then continue shopping. Or you can also see the item details when you click on the item you are interested in. 


Once you have finished shopping, payment is a breeze too. Just click to view your cart and you can proceed to checkout. 


The checkout process is super fast too - just one step! This is unlike other online shopping portal which brings you different pages before finally paying. On Agape Babies, you fill in your address, shipping method and payment method all in one page.


After doing some internet banking verification, your purchase is done! Now, sit back and wait for your items to be delivered.


Delivery is very fast too. They strive to get your order delivered the next working day*! (Terms and conditions apply. Check here for more details.) How efficient is that! No more worries about running out of milk powder, milk bags, spoil spare parts, etc. If you spend more than $80, you can enjoy free courier delivery service. 

If you don't wish to pay for delivery or when you need your items very urgently, you can choose to self collect at 3 convenient location points - Newton, Sengkang and Old Airport Road. More details here

I placed my order on Thursday night after the boys are asleep. (That's the advantage of online shopping. I'm able to shop in the comfort of my house, munching on some snacks while browsing around.) Since this is considered a Friday order, I thought I will only be able to receive my items after the weekends. But I received a notification that delivery will be on Saturday! Hurry for presents arriving earlier! The delivering company also sent SMS notifications informing that they will be doing the delivery on that day. And true enough, my parcel arrived on Saturday morning.


Unboxing time...


Here are what I have gotten. A puzzle for Small J because he's recently very into puzzles. More Letterland books for Big J because we really like the Letterland series. I am also hoping to start teaching Small J the letter sounds using Letterland soon. 


Promotions


First time customers get $10 OFF or 10% OFF, a FREE gift (Choose either Mustela Trial Kit OR 1 tin of Bellamy’s Organic Milk Formula Stage 2 400gm) and next day delivery on their first purchase. Terms and Conditions apply. Check here for more information.

Discount Code


Quote 'thejsarena5%' to enjoy 5% discount on your purchases. Kindly note that it excludes milk, diapers, wipes, Medela breastpumps, JuJuBe, sale and clearance categories. This code is valid from 2 Sep 2016 till 23 Sep 2016.

Agape Babies

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Disclaimer: We received some shopping credits from Agape Babies for the purpose of this review. I paid for the excess out of my own pocket. No monetary compensation was involved. All opinions, texts and photos are mine, unless otherwise stated.

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BookBuddy - Your Solution to Good Reading Habits

Friday, 19 August 2016

Does your child wear glasses? At what age do they start wearing glasses? Children nowadays start wearing glasses at a very early age. Children are going to school at a much younger age, doing a lot of reading and writing work. Furthermore, with the advancement of technology, it is inevitable that children are exposed to smart devices. It is therefore, very important that they develop good reading habits at a young age. 

Do you know? "Singapore is the world's #1 for the prevalence of childhood myopia 
in seven to nine year olds." - HPB

Good Reading Habits


While having a love for reading is a good thing, having poor reading habits will increase the chances of developing myopia. So what can we do to ensure good reading habits?

1. Reading at a safe distance
2. Ensure sufficient lighting 
3. Taking a break after 30 minutes of reading
4. Engaging in outdoor activities

For adults, these habits might seem easy to keep to. However, it is more difficult for kids to keep these in mind. Most often, we need to constantly remind them not to go too near to the book or device or have a hard time telling them to take a break from reading.

BookBuddy


If you are facing the above problems, BookBuddy is the solution! 


BookBuddy is a smart bookstand that helps children to develop healthier reading habits. With the use of smart sensors, it can reminds your child of the good reading habits that they need to follow. 


Smart Sensors


BookBuddy is able to help children develop better reading habits through the use of smart sensors.

BookBuddy has a Distance Sensor that is able to detect the reading distance. When the child gets too near to the book, BookBuddy will start to beep, reminding the child to move back. The beeping stops when the child move away to a safe reading distance.

At the end of the retractable arms are two Light Sensors. These sensors are able to measure the lighting conditions. When the lighting is poor, the green LED will start blinking.

The Reading Timer will alert the child to take a break after 30 minutes of reading. The red LED will light up.


Ergonomic Reading Angles


As a book stand, BookBuddy has two reading angles which are ergonomically designed for reading. The lower angle is for writing but I feel that the retractable arms somehow block the hands while trying to write. I think this is a good level for doing referencing or copy work.


The other higher angle is suitable for reading. It supports the book in a more upright position. Do you know that when you are reading at the table, your neck and body will bend over when trying to read? With the book in a upright position, you will be reading in a proper posture. 


Retractable Arms


On both ends of the BookBuddy there are the Retractable Arms. You can extend or decrease the length of the arms to firmly hold down pages of all sizes.


I tried using a thick cookbook on the BookBuddy. The arms are able to hold down the pages firmly and able to hold the weight of the book. Great for using in the kitchen when I need to refer to recipes while cooking.


See... it can hold a tablet too!


Page Extender


Have taller books or paper? BookBuddy features a Page Extender to support taller books or paper. This is especially useful for paper so that it will not flop over.


Lightweight and Portable


When I first received the BookBuddy, I was surprised that it is very light. This makes it easy for children to carry it around. Its dimension is 23 x 17 x 2  cm, smaller than A4 size and only weighs 290g.


BookBuddy runs on 2 AAA batteries. Do note that the battery cover is easily taken out, so when using with small children, please supervise them in case they open the cover and take the batteries out. 


Verdict


When we first started using BookBuddy, the boys were super excited, especially Big J. I first started using it without the batteries, ie not using the smart sensors. Just using it as a book stand is enough to arouse their interest in reading! They are always asking to read with BookBuddy.

Then when we started using it with the batteries, they got even more excited! The boys are too excited with the beeping sounds that they sometimes purposely go near the book, just to trigger the beep. Since they keep doing that, I honestly feel that the beeping sound is quite annoying. However, that is because we are not using it the proper way. I hope the boys will wear off this novelty soon and not pay so much attention to the sounds. That said, the persistent beeping sound definitely does a good job in reminding the reader to maintain a good reading distance. Of course, you can turn off the power when you do not need the proximity sensor. Or perhaps this will be more suitable for older children who has better control of their emotions.

I also realized that our lights are not bright enough for reading. Oops! The LED light keeps on blinking when we use it at night but it is fine during the day time when we are doing our work near the windows. Time to buy a reading light.

Like I mentioned earlier, the battery cover opens very easily. Since Small J is quite young, I have to supervise him when he is using the BookBuddy. I wish that the battery cover has a screw to secure it for safety reasons.

When I first get a feel of BookBuddy, I thought that the plastic feels quite flimsy, like it will break if we drop it or when we get too rough handling it. However, it has no problem holding thick and heavy books as I pointed out earlier. Of course, this is why it is lightweight and portable so that it is easy and convenient for children to use. Nobody would want to carry a heavy bookstand around right?

Overall, the boys are really happy with their new buddy in their reading corner. I'm really happy that this has increased their interest in reading and also teaching them the importance of maintaining a good reading posture. Here are some photos of them reading with BookBuddy.




BookBuddy is retailing at S$84.90. There are 3 colours available, Groovy Green, Brainy Blue and Perky Pink. It is available at their online store.

For more information, do visit BookBuddy's website:
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Here's a video of BookBuddy!


Function of BookBuddy from Crymson Lifetech Pte Ltd on Vimeo.


Disclaimer: We received a complimentary BookBuddy for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was involved. All opinions, texts and photos are mine, unless otherwise stated.

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