Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Weekend Special @ Universal Studio Singapore

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For just three days, from 18 to 20 April, Universal Studio Singapore (USS) will be open for it’s Easter Weekend Special with various Easter activities lined up all for both adults and children for a festive celebration.

It’s a great idea to visit USS super early (8:15am), no one will be crowded near the iconic Universal globe for photos.

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With a slight drizzle, we walked into the near empty USS streets for the breakfast prepared for us. And we took the chance to stop for a photo with the newly opened Minion Shop. Usually the queue will be at least 15mins wait.

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The place is ready for an Egg-citing time!

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First activity after breakfast was the Egg Hunt. The girls took their basket and went out in the wet morning, looking for that precious egg.

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Two basket full of eggs! They were happy from the morning Egg-ercise.

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Sweets inside the colourful eggs.

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Every children’s event is not complete without some art & craft, which is as usual the girls’ all-time favourite. Easter Egg painting.

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One of the greatest joy for me in attending such blogger events was to allow my children a chance to meet and make new friends!

Sengkang Babies & Cheekiemonkies

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After some work, it’s not easy to hold on to the egg on a stick to paint. The girls completed their first Easter Egg Painting for this year.

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Jayne’s masterpiece, in the middle.

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Some other notable paintings by a group of students who were also invited for the event.

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Before we called it a day, we were ushered to watch the Easter Performance. Everyone was waiting patiently for the show to start.

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Hosted by this very funny man and really got the kids and adults interested.

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Special appearance by the Easter Bunny on drums and two pairs of dancers to warm up the crowd.

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Happy Easter to everyone from the Blogger Kids.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Unforgettable 8

This month we celebrated Joey’s 8th birthday with an ice-cream party at Swensen’s.

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The special relationship with Joey will always be unforgettable, cos every experience will be the first for me as a Dad. Seeing this little lady growing up so fast everyday really forced me to evaluate my priority in life more and more. Like some other children of my generation, having missed out ourselves a proper Father-Child relationship, we are constantly reminded to not make the same mistake.

It is so good to see Joey making friends in life and enjoying it. But deeper than that, I want to be her best friend too!

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Loving a person practically is to understand her better. To know what she likes and dislikes, to know what ticks for her and what frustrates her. Love is also to create special moments with Joey, so that she will remember and know that she is special.

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Joey, papa loves you just as you are. Always remember that you do not need to change yourself to receive love, cos God created you to be like you. You are special and never will be the same like any other. I thank God every time I see you or think of you, cos you are the best gift from heaven into my life. Papa may not be the best at times, forgetting some of the promises I have made, not spending enough time to play with you, but papa never love you less than the day you were born.

Happy birthday my girl!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

[Review + Giveaway] ESET Smart Security & ESET Mobile Security

Product Review

Looking for a hassle free security software for your family laptops, desktops and smart phones?

ESET ESS 3D

Simple steps to installation:

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Stay safer by tracking and locating your missing laptop with Anti-Theft. This technology locates your missing laptop and monitor activity on your system. You can activate your laptop web camera and capture the theft photos to make a police report. Cool!

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For all parents like me, the Parental Control function is probably one of the most important function. It keeps our kids safe on the internet and prevent them being exposed to potentially offensive content by blocking more than 20 website categories to blacklist. Just set the age of your child and let the system recommend the web page content filtering. Easy as 1-2-3.

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Some other advantages of this smart security:
1. ESET is one of the lightest antivirus product in the market. The “small system footprint” maintain high performance and extend lifetime of your hardware. It saves internet bandwidth with extreme small update packages.
2. The running memory is 107MB.

Read here about the ESET advantages.

The protection doesn’t stop just at home or work, but also on the go. Download the ESET Mobile Security, available for Android/Windows/Symbian smart phones.

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Some of the features includes:

Antivirus Protection – keeps you safely connected to the internet free of malicious websites and foreign interference.
On Demand Scanning – whenever you suspect foul play, run a scan on your device, check for detected threats.
Tablet Friendly – the design is responsive to tablets, horizontally and vertically with easy access to loads of security functions.
Remote Lock – activates remotely to block unauthorized access to private information stored on your device.
Remote Siren – when activated, helps you find your device if it is within earshot, even if the volume is set to mute.

Just a 5mins installation on my Android phone, and I was able to detect some threats and cleared it.

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Want to own one set of the ESET Smart Security & ESET Mobile Security? Here is the way:

GIVEAWAY
10 ESET hampers inclusive of 1-User 1-Year ESET Smart Security and ESET Mobile Security (worth S$59 each)

How to win?
Step 1: Like ESET Singapore Facebook Page
Step 2: Like J Babies’ Dad Facebook Page
Step 3: Comment on this post or my Facebook post, the answer to this question. “Name the ESET Smart Security function that tracks missing laptop and capture thief videos on webcam.”
(hint: A***-T****)
Step 4: Leave your email for contact.

Giveaway will end on Apr 15. All winners will be notified by email.

ESET Singapore Website: http://www.eset.sg/
ESET Singapore Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/esetsingapore
ESET Singapore eStore: http://www.eset.sg/estore

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SCS Spreadable Butter Recipes

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Trusted homegrown brand SCS has re-launched its Spreadable Butter in an all-new formulation and packaging that promises to be even better than before. Its a new improved formula featuring a wider surface area that makes it creamier, smoother and easier to spread.

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What is so special about this SCS Spreadable Butter?
1. New formula and packaging
2. Blended with canola oil
3. No artificial colouring
4. Low in trans-fat

Health properties:
1. The omega 3 fatty acids found in canola oil can promote better cardiovascular function.
2. Canola oil contains vitamins E and K, which protect from free radicals and aid in blood clotting.

Do you know?
1. Butter contains substances that are essential to thyroid function, help combat fat and cholesterol, and even protect the body against infections.
2. Butter also contains a number of vitamins and anti-oxidants that protect against the kind of free radical damage that weakens the arteries.

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If you are looking for recipes that can go well with the SCS Spreadable Butter, I have 3 fantastic recipes for you!

Fraisier Cake

Fraisier Cake

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This cake has three portions to prepare, firstly the Roulade (Rolled Sponge), secondly the Creme Patissiere (Pastry Cream) and thirdly the Creme Mousseline.

Ingredients for Roulade
- 30g SCS Spreadable Butter (melted and cooled)
- 5 Egg Whites
- 80g Sugar
- 5 Egg Yolks
- 30g Honey
- 80g Cake Flour (sifted twice)

Ingredients for Creme Patissiere
- 50g + 50g Sugar
- 40g Corn Flour
- 4 Yolks
- 500ml Milk
- 1/2 pod Vanilla Pod

Ingredients for Creme Mousseline
- 150g SCS Spreadable Butter (softened)
- 400g Creme Patissiere
- 40g Kirsch (fruit brandy) (optional)

Directions
Part 1: Make the Roulade (Rolled Sponge)
- Preheat oven to 120°C.
- Whisk eggs whites in mixer till foamy. Add sugar gradually and whisk till stiff peaks form.
- Meanwhile, combine melted butter, honey and yolks in a bowl. Mix well.
- Once egg whites are stiffened, add in butter mixture till combined.
- Fold in cake flour.
- Pour batter into the pan and spread.
- Baked in preheat oven for estimated 10-12 mins, till golden brown.

Part 2: Make the Creme Patissiere (Pastry Cream)
- Mix yolks, corn flour and 50g of sugar in a bowl. Set aside.
- Boil milk, 50 of sugar and vanilla pod. Pour half of the mixture into the yolk mixture and whisk well.
- Strain back into the pot. On medium heat, whisk the mixture constantly till thick, taking care not to burn it.
- Once boiled, continue to whisk for another 1-2 mins till smooth.

Part 3: Make the Creme Mousseline
- Combine creme patissiere, butter and kirsch in a mixing bowl and cream till light and fluffy.

Part 4: Assemble the Frasier Cake
- Cut roulade sponge into two rounds. Lay one sponge in a cake ring. Brush simple syrup onto one sponge and arrange cut strawberries along the sides.
- Spread a layer of creme mousseline and add berries in the centre. Top with the other sponge and moisten it with simple syrup.
- Cover the top of the cake with more creme mousseline.
- To finish, cut leftover sponge into cubes and place on top of the cake.

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Croque Madame

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Definitely a simple breakfast to prepare for the kids.

Ingredients
- 1 tsp SCS Spreadable Butter
- 1 slice SCS Cheese Slices
- 2 slices Sandwich Bread (crust removed)
- 1 slice Ham
- 1 Egg

Directions
- Lightly preheat a non-stick pan.
- Apply the spreadable butter to the bread and assemble the sandwich by placing a slice of cheese and a slice of ham in between the two slices of bread.
- Place the assembled sandwich in the non-stick pan over low heat and toast, applying even pressure over the top of the sandwich. Turn over when golden brown.
- In another non-stick pan, add a little oil fry the egg, cooking it sunny-side up or over-easy as desired.
- When the sandwich is nicely toasted on both sides, remove from pan and place on plate and place egg on top.
- Season to taste.

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Grilled Beef Sandwich with Onion Jam

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What about a family sandwich for everyone? This is sure to wow all your friends and family alike.

Ingredients
- 2 tsp SCS Spreadable Butter
- 2 slices SCS Black Pepper Cheese Slices
- 1 Beef Strip Loin (about 120g)
- 1 Ripe Tomato
- 1 Ciabatta Loaf
- 1 Large Onion (thinly sliced)
- 1 tbsp GOURMET Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Garlic (chopped)
- 1 tsp Dried Thyme
- Salt & Pepper (to taste)

Directions
- Prepare the onion jam first. In a frying pan, add the oil, onions and dried thyme, cooking gently over low heat. Stir frequently to prevent burning. If the pan gets too dry, add in 1 tbsp of water whenever necessary.
- When the onions turn a rich brown colour, add in the garlic and cook until fragrant. Season to taste.
- Pan-sear the beef until it achieve desired doneness.
- Slice the ciabatta in half lengthwise.
- Spread the ciabatta with the spreadable butter and assemble the sandwich. Spread a layer of the onion jam first, followed by the tomato, beef, and cheese.
- Cover with the top of the ciabatta. Toast in a sandwich press.

Tip
- If you do not have a sandwich press use a non-stick pan heat till medium heat. Just place the sandwich in the pan and press down flat until the crust is crispy. Turn and toast the other side.

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Happy Cooking!