Monday, July 21, 2014

CafeHop - Pies & Coffee

The latest hunt for one of our favorite activity brought us to Pies & Coffee. There are altogether 4 branches at Robertson Walk, Rochester Mall, Tanjong Katong and Turf City. We visited the branch at Robertson Walk.

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I like cafes that display their cakes and food right in front for us to choose. This also shows that they are confident of their food.

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You can’t miss the pies if you are stepping into a shop with a name as ‘pies’.

Quiche Mushroom & Sweet Pea (S$6.00)

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Mixed Berry Tart (S$6.90)

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The brunch was the specialty that excites the parents like us. Cos it is not too filling and the portion is just nice for our girls.

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My personal favorite is the Hazelnut Banana Pancakes, stack of pancakes with fresh bananas in between each layer, dripping with thick yet not-so-sweet hazelnut spread. I enjoyed every mouth, almost to the extent of fighting it with my girls.

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Another selling point of the cafe is the above-average coffee. I wouldn’t say it’s the best, but I would give it 3.5 out of 5, which in my view, is not bad for a cafe that also provides nice food.

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It’s a blissful time to see my daughters enjoying a relaxed afternoon with us, cos weekdays are really just about work and studies for both parents and children. I treasure every weekend when we can spend some enjoyable and memorable time with them. This is my conviction, to create memories that the kids will remember forever when they are older and have their own worries and commitments.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Doctor for a Day - Orthopaedic Edition

Media Invite

For real or not, how can anyone reject the invite to be a Doctor for a Day? I mean being a doctor has to be one of the coolest job in the world. I grew up watching all the amazing HK drama series about doctors and as a believer, hearing all the testimonies of healings from members who works in the medical field. Even my daughters who are only 5 & 8, loves all those doctor K-drama shown on TV. So for 90mins, both daughters became doctors.

Parkway East Hospital organized a special Orthopaedic Edition of Doctor for a Day. This is an educational tour, where children get to dress up and role-play as Orthopaedic doctors. They will experience performing bone surgery in an Operating Theatre setting and learn to bandage knees in an Emergency Room, among other medical activities. The tour has an additional factor of charity, for every paying children for the tour (S$25), the hospital will match with S$300 to sponsor Total Knee Replacement surgeries for the needy elderly to help them get back on their feet again. Applauses to all the hospital staff and organizers!

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First to put on the uniform that momentarily turns the children into doctors.

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First station – Briefing Room. This is where the children are briefed on what to expect for the tour, how to put on their hair net, the correct 7-steps to wash their hands, and most importantly, to have fun!

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The children looked so cute in their slightly over-sized doctor’s gown and hair net. Attentive to what the doctors have to say.

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Second room – General Practitioner. They picked up simple skills like wiping with alcohol wipes, ear thermometer and how to use the stethoscope.

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All the equipment are real, not just toys. Not even adults have the chance to try out such things, the children are blessed.

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At the Accident & Emergency room, the kids learnt how to handle emergencies like a cut, and how to clean & bandage the wound.

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The doctor demonstrated with some “red ink” and some of the kids totally freaked out and chose to stand aside. I was quite worried that Joey will feel fear too, after her head injury last year. But both girls were braver than I thought.

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Jayne is too young to secure her bandage. After the doctor helped her to secure it, she walked around in pride, only removing it when we reached home.

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Nursery room is probably what my two girls most looked forward place. The chance to play “mother” to their baby.

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They followed a video’s guide, when the baby cries in the video, the doctors and nurses will guide the “young doctors” what to do. From cleaning and changing the diapers, to feeding, and patting the baby to sleep. Both Joey and Jayne tag-teamed and did a great job.

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The last activity room was probably the most exciting of all. The Operating Theatre.

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The patient is Mr. Drink Alcohol, he felled and broke his hand. So the group of young doctors need to give the patient injection, operate on the broken hand and screw in the supporting metal plates.

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Doctor Jayne, your face mask is too loose..

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The operation was a successful one.

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The last 2 rooms were the X-Ray Room and Graduation Room. Here the children took their graduation photos and goodie bags.

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Oh, the Kuan doctors looked a bit jaded after the tour. But I’m sure they enjoyed totally and learnt quite a lot.

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Before we left, the girls took to the mini-stations to learn more about different parts of Orthopaedic.

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Thanks to the dedicated group of pretty doctors who made this an educational and fun tour for everyone, adults included.

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The girls practiced their new found bandaging skills on their teddy bears.

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If you like my post, do help to vote for us in a small competition held for all the young doctors who attended these two days of events. Here are the simple steps to vote:
1. Go to
https://apps.facebook.com/PEHdoctorforaday
2. “Like” Parkway East Hospital.
3. Click on this
link to vote for our photo.
4. Each voter has 3 votes per day.

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Life Renewed @ Parkway East Hospital
Mobility is pivotal to a good life: Reduce your pain; Increase your activity level.

As part of PEH’s Corporate Social Responsibility effort, the hospital is offering fully paid Total Knee Replacement to selected financially needy seniors to help them regain Independence and Mobility and optimizing their activity level.

Eligibility Criteria:
Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents
Average monthly household income from work, per household member not exceeding S$1100
Below 75 years old
In general good health
Medical criteria: Shortlisted candidates will undergo medical screening at PEH’s cost
Candidates will be reviewed after medical screening and final selection of the candidates will be done