Patrick Pang

PlayLAH! Let’s Celebrate Chinese New Year 2017

Jan
04

Chinese New Year is coming. You may want to squeeze some time and bring your family to PlayLAH! Let’s Celebrate Chinese New Year 2017.

The event is organised by SingEx, PlayLAH! promises to be a carnival for the senses, where children of all ages can shout their favourite seasonal greeting as they slide down a thrilling 9 metre-high rooster slide or challenge themselves as they make their way through an 18-metre long bouncy obstacle course. There will be daily live performances on stage as well, which will introduce traditional performance arts such as Nanyin and Chinese dance to a whole new generation of Singaporeans.

Admission to PlayLAH! Let’s Celebrate Chinese New Year 2017 is free. You are encouraged to pre-register at www.playlah.sg to receive S$5 worth of credits for use at the event.

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Bittersweet 2016

Jan
01

Was deciding whether to blog on 31 December on 1 January and decided to do so on 1 January 2017 (more appropriate to do a 2016 review since its officially over).

2016 has been a bittersweet year for me. I ran the most in 2016 and while I tried to keep fit maintain my weight, my body also sounded an alert and almost ran into a health scare. Through that episode, I’ve learnt that it is not about losing weight and not eating. It is about eating right, have appropriate food intake and exercising regularly. That is probably the best way to keep fit.

With less volunteering commitments, it also meant that I could spend more time with the family. I brought the children out for more outdoor activities, got to interact and understand them a little better. The best part, we countdown to 2017 together (1st time – better late than never).

It was also a year that got me to be wiser (I hope) and seeing things from a different perspective and not be fixated by mindset or existing practices.

I did not have time to travel this year and so I’m looking forward to my overseas trip in the coming months.

The image below pretty much sums up my bittersweet 2016 and thank you for your support across my various social media platforms. Let’s stay connected on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Year 2016

Look! Its a plane!

Dec
27

Do you remember the so-called winning shot from Nikon Photo Competition?

Somehow, I got inspired to photoshop take something similar and whenever I get the opportunity, I’ll try to take a photo of a plane and something else. Once in awhile, I will browse through the past photos which I’ve uploaded on my Instagram and found out that I actually took quite a number of these photos (about 3 this year). The photos were taken using an iPhone, the first two was taken from an iPhone 6 Plus while the third was taken from an iPhone 7 Plus (I’m not trying to advertise for Apple).

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So what do you think? Should I continue to take such shots in 2017 or maybe I should move on.

Tai Cheong Bakery

Dec
27

I was checking my Instagram and found out that Tai Cheong actually opened an outlet in Singapore (other than the store at Takashimaya).

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At this outlet at Holland Village, they also serve macaroni, toast, sandwich and rice. However, other than the tarts and beverages, the rest of the food are only served during lunch and dinner time. We went during tea time and was disappointed when they didn’t serve the main course.

We then ordered egg tarts. durian and cheese tart and coconut tart. The egg tarts were served hot while I personally feel that the coconut tart was a little too sweet.

Egg Tarts

 

We wanted to buy take away but were told that dine-in customers would have to join the other customers who were in another queue for take-away. There is another separate queue for dine-in customers. Tai Cheong Bakery is located at 31 Lorong Liput, Holland Village.

We are done with PRE-SCHOOL

Dec
26

After 7 years, we are finally saying goodbye to pre-school education. In 2017, all three children would have entered or entering formal education and its definitely an exciting journey ahead (and maybe sometime tiring).

While Ethan and Ezanne have more or less settled down, Evan will have to start adjusting to the new school regime. For Evan, here are some of the changes he can expect in 2017;

  • He will have to wake up early to make it in time for flag raising. He will not be able to wake up as and when he like (bye by 9am school time)
  • Attendance will be taken and this means he will no longer have the option not to go to school anymore when he doesn’t wish to.
  • No more aunties and teachers bringing the food to him. He will have to start buying his own food

Goodbye Pre-School

 

I would think that the pre-school journey is an enriching yet surprising one. This was the phase when we try to discover what our children can do, maybe sometimes be surprised by what they do and learn that education is more than just academics.

The Bakery Chef

Dec
23

I’m always in search for good rainbow cakes because after all, it is my favourite. I’ve tried one at Macpherson and another at Haji Lane. The search continues and this time I traveled to Jln Bukit Merah to give it a try.

The Bakery Chef has been in existence for quite awhile and it seems their specialty is their rainbow cakes. There was the chocolate and the vanilla one and its pretty obvious that my preference was the vanilla one as it was less sweet. There are limited seats within the cafe itself but if you don’t mind, outdoor seating is available too.

Personally, I feel its worth trying. The Bakery Chef is located at Blk 161 Jln Bukit Merah #01-3711.

Rainbow Cakes

Katong Chicken Curry Puff

Dec
18

Forget about Old Chang Kee and whenever I’m in Marine Parade and that craving for curry puff sets in, I’ll always buy from Katong Chicken Curry Puff.

Katong Chicken Curry Puff

 

I like the crust as it doesn’t feel oily. The curry puffs are freshly made at the stall itself. They are not stingy on the servings, there are eggs, chicken and potatoes. It is also not very spicy (at least for me).

If you are interested to try, the stall is located at Blk 84 Marine Parade Central.

Ah Tee Ko Ko Mee

Oct
23

I know it may be too heavy to have noodles to have breakfast but when its good, you just simply have to eat it.

Located at a quiet corner of Amoy Street Food Centre, Ah Tee Ko Ko Mee served tasty and chewy Teochew fishball noodles.

Ah Tee Ko Ko Mee

 

As its name suggests, other than fishballs, the noodles also comes with char view and minced pork. If you like vinegar, you can add it in yourself. Looking at the picture below, you will know that the stallholder is not stingy with the serving. The noodles are chewy and tasty.

Ah Tee Ko Ko Mee

 

The next time when you visit Amoy Street Food Centre, you may want to try Ah Tee Ko Ko Mee. It is located at 7 Maxwell Road, #02-131.

Ninjago Bootcamp at VivoCity

Oct
22

It’s the PSLE marking season and the children had 4 days off. While they were busy preparing for their year end examinations, it is also important for them to squeeze some time out to play. In preparation for a new Ninjago Ride, Legoland Malaysia organised a Ninjago Bootcamp where children will go through challenging and fun training zones structured around Strength, Focus, and Speed that will get them Ninjago-ready!

At the Focus Zone, the children will have to concentrate and do some colouring work.

Ethan at the Focus Zone

 

The children then moved on to the Speed Zone where they had a to fixed a ninja lego in a limited time.

Ezanne at the Speed Zone

 

Finally at the Strength zone, they will learn some skills from the Ninja master.

The children at the Strength Zone

 

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Each session will take approximately 90 minutes. The bootcamp is open to the public at the outdoor area outside VivoCity and will end on 23 October.

Sunday at East Coast Park

Oct
19

Visiting East Coast Park on a Sunday can be quite a terror joy. It can get quite crowded but its only when there are people you get to see some interesting stuff. We got ourselves a family bicycle which the 5 of us took to travel from Marine Cove to Bedok Jetty and back. We had some fun cycling, chatting and catching Pokemons.

Children saying HELLO

As we moved on, we came across a beach wedding. The children were wow-ed by what they see because they’ve not attended one before and it was the first time they witnessed one.

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As we return back to the bicycle rental shop, we saw a group of people congregating. We walked up and saw a bubble show.

Bubbles everywhere

We spent about close to 3 hours at the park and the children said they will be back!