Friday, March 29, 2013

Regular Eye Check

Coming from a family of myopia history, we are extremely concern for our girls ever since Joey was diagnosed to be short-sighted at the tender age of 5 years old. According to a report, more than 62% of our kids when they leave primary school, they will have short-sightedness.

Joey has been returning to TTSH for regular eye check for the past 2 years. It was since 6 months she last visited the clinic.

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See her cheekiness when going through the tests. Wait till she goes through the eyedrop test.

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For an active girl like her, it was truly a feat for her to sit still on a child for such a long time.

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Time for the eyedrops.. painful!!

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More tests..

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End results, her short-sightedness has deteriorated. We will need to make a new pair of glasses for her. And Joey will have to regularly do her eye exercises at home.

Looking at a fixed point and count to 10.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sentosa KidZ Flea Market - Part 2

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Thanks to all the friends who came and supported us and generously made their purchases to support the event’s partner charity, Hospice Care Association.

The JBabies were among a few selected blogger families to set up stall at Sentosa KidZ Flea market last Saturday. Joey and Jayne had a chance to sell anything from old clothes and toys to new handmade clip items, and learn entrepreneurship skills at the same time. In fact, prior to the event both of them went through a two-hour training to learn entrepreneurship skills like accounting, marketing, product display and guest engagement.
I wish I had such fun events when we were young.


Besides the pre-loved items we have collected from friends for this flea market, the girls also helped out to make some art clips for the event. At least they will feel more involved in the charity and not just going there to pass time.

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This year, the location of the KidZ Flea Market is situated just outside the Beach Station, much better than last year’s event. The space was bigger and also I felt that the crowd is better.





Since we were slightly early, it was the best time to take some photos of the event place before the crowd comes and before all of us are busy doing our sales.


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We chose a table that is nearest to the performance stage for the kids so that the girls can watch the magic show and puppet show if they are bored with selling. Which proved to be a wise decision!

This shot is just before we started the flea market. The girls were still fresh and dry.


Our stall is one of the most diversified. We do not have a specific group of items for sale, basically it’s a rojak of everything we can find at home and from friends.

Soft toys.



Hand-made clips.

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Since we were totally new to this flea market thing, our pricing seems to be slightly lower than others. But it was all for the name of charity, and it’s easier for the girls (Joey & Jayne) who were just starting to be more familiar with the concept of money.


Presenting our stall name – The J Shop!



The boss for the day, Joey Kuan!


And the employee of the day – Klessis Lee with Jayne, the Manager.

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Take a look at some of the other stalls, maybe we can learn something and if there is such a chance again for The J Shop, we can definitely be better.






The girls in their super cute play-trepreneur apron and name badge.


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20% or more of the proceeds will be for charity! So excited that the girls are able to do such a meaningful thing at their tender age. Making a mental note to be more conscientious of such habits in future too.



A big clap for the organizers to plan interim shows to keep the kids entertained and helps to bring in the crowd too.


Jayne watched this puppet show twice, she loves the long hair fairy.


We place a picnic mat just behind the stall just in case like this. The bosses taking a break and enjoying some iPad games.


Jayne always has the ability to be self-entertained. Picking up stones and collecting in a box. Cute!

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The idea of doing flea market is not only about selling. It’s about buying too. And the girls did not waste time in honing their buying skills. Within minutes after the organizers announced the start of the KidZ Flea, Jayne did her first purchase. It’s all for charity, so what can I say..



Joey didn’t really buy anything, but she learnt something new, which is barter-trade. While bringing a stack of sticker books out to sell around the flea market, she came back with 3 less sticker books and with this 3 items happily. She even claimed she didn’t have to pay for the eggs and hair band. Faint..

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More barter-trade after the first successful try.


Overall, I think we did pretty well, considering some of our neighbouring stalls did not sell as much. For Joey, I think she had a fun time, getting to know new friends and also to be introduced to the idea of entrepreneurship.

Greet. Smile. Thanks.


Thank you Sentosa for all the fun and warmth (literally).

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