Tuesday, 12 June 2018

My Little Climbing Room [WITH GIVEAWAY]

We had the opportunity to visit My Little Climbing Room last week. It was birthed and co-founded by Winson, also the lead instructor over at My Little Climbing Room. The story behind every evolved idea is always inspirational, it was his son who spurred the idea into reality.

My Little Climbing Room

Winson's son showed interest in climbing as a very young age, but most climbing centres in Singapore were built for adults and not kids. Which I've to agree, it's not an easy find. Climbing centres built for adults, not kids means you have to keep an eye on your toddler all the time to prevent him from wandering into danger zones where climbers may fall onto him. Since it's meant for adults, the climbing holds are often out of little kid's reach too. In fact, some places deny entry for young kids because of their tender age. 

I love how My Little Climbing room welcomes my three kids openly, with the youngest being only 2. While I thought they may deny Juboy's desire to climb their walls, I was absolutely wrong! There was a harness of his size and Winson even led and guided him onto his first few steps of climb. He didn't complete the wall of course, he got frightful mid way. Be assured though, it can be done! The youngest this far to complete their wall was a 1 year old plus toddler. Too amazing!

Trying his very best

My Little Cimbling Room is not a very big space. After all, we scale vertically up and not horizontally. It is a small and cosy place for budding little climbers of all ages. Jazz and Jare did enjoy themselves thoroughly, though I thought they may find it too easy compared to Clip n Climb by HomeTeam NS. Children who are seasoned wall climbers may however find Little Climbing room too easy. 

Reach for the bell to conclude success

There are 5 high walls of about 4 metres in the room. Upon entry, a mission card will be given to every child. There are 12 challenges to complete on all the high walls. Redeem a mystery gift upon completing all challenges! It was 'Hello Panda' snack for them. The idea of mission card with incentive is a good motivation for kids to complete their challenges! A great way to train determination and perseverance.

Before visiting the place, I had this wonderful idea of sitting away and watch them climb. Yay, Mummy's time! But I was wrong, I was needed to belay them. With 1:3 ratio, I was thankful that Winson helped when he wasn't engaged with other kids. Juboy was very much contented with the toys and wheelies left around for play. And it was much added fun with superheroes costumes for the little climbers to put on for climb. Imagine that added booster to climb faster with Superman's cape!

Little play corner
Balancing toys

Little Iron Man

Each climb session is 90 minutes. It starts with 30 minutes of free play, then group games, followed by more free play. For weekday unlimited play, group games are run every 2 hours. It is a great place to have safe fun where the instructors are extremely on alert of any potential accidents. They are often swift to rescue. Safety is very much ingrained in them.

Games time!

Another game we played required little climbers to reach for their 'incentive' by climbing and reaching the hold which an eraser was placed on.

Eraser as reward
It was lots of fun for Js. I love it when they come to me after each failed mission, telling me 'I want to try again.' That's definitely the attitude that determines their altitude! 

And before you leave the place, remember to check out the photo net to collect your free photo. A sweet gesture, isn't it?!

Photos for collection

My Little Climbing Room
Opening Hours:
Thursday, Friday: 2pm - 7.30pm
Saturday, Sunday: 10am - 7.30pm
Due to limited capacity, do make a booking to avoid disappointment. Each session last 90 minutes. Please arrive 15 minutes in advance for safety briefing and gearing up. 

Promenade @ Pelikatc
183 Jalan Pelikat, #B1-101 Singapore (537643)

Grip socks will be needed for climbing

We have 2 pairs of climb passes to My Little Climbing Room. 1 pair for giveaway on our facebook and another pair on Instagram.

To participate in the Facebook giveaway, simply:
1. Like My Little Climbing Room on Facebook
2. Like Mum's calling on Facebook
3. In the comment section of this Facebook post, tag 3 or more friends whom you think their kids will love climbing in here! 

To participate in the Instagram giveaway, simply:
1. Follow @mumscalling on Instagram
2. Follow @mylittleclimbing room on Instagram
3. In the comment section, tag 3 or more friends whom you think their kids will love climbing in here (One tag per comment please)!

You may participate in both handles to keep chances higher! All the Best! Giveaway closes on 21st June 2018, 2359 hrs.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Winner will be picked by random.org
  • Winner will be announced on Facebook and this blog post
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn
  • All incomplete entries will be disqualified. 
  • All entries will be verified before the winner is announced 
  • To be fair to our sponsors, social media accounts set up purely to take part in contests will be deemed ineligible to win.
  • Giveaway is no way sponsored, endorsed, administered or associated with Facebook or Instagram. 

Disclaimer: We were invited to play and review My Little Climbing Room. No monetary compensation was given. All opinions and photos are solely ours.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Books Review [WITH GIVEAWAY]

Even as we try to declutter our books, there will always be new books streaming in. And we love it! Pansing has sent our bookworms some books for read and review. And here's what Jazz has to say about the Kid Normal book 1 and 2.

Murph Cooper has a problem. His new school is top secret, and super weird. His classmates can all fly, control the weather or conjure tiny horses from thin air. And what's Mruph's extraordinary skill? He hasn't got one! Just as there are no revolting supervillians lurking nearby, their minds abuzz with evil plans. 

It's time for Kids Normal to become a hero!

Jazz's review:
"Join Murph in his new school. 'The school' is not your everyday school. It is a school for people with special capability (cape) from ice powers to force fields. Murph accidentally joins this school, where he is known as kid normal. Life in school is not a daydream. Other than keeping 'The school' a secret, Murph gets bully for not having a cape and his teacher, Mr Flash is determined to make his life horrible. One day Murph makes four new friends, Hilda the girl who could make two tiny horses appear out of thin air, Mary who can only fly with an umbrella, Billy the boy who can inflate any part of his body and Nellie the girl who can make thunderstorms. Mr Flash thinks their powers are useless, but you are just about to see how wrong he is. One day a scientist tries to see what is in the brain of a wasp, but his experiment went wrong, and that fateful day was the day Nektar was made. Nektar wants to take over the school with hypnotism helmets. It is up to Murph and his friends to save the day with the help of the schools caretaker, Carl and the secretary of the principal, Flora. 

Don't worry, the book hasn't ended. Read the next book to find out what happens ... ...

Not all heroes have superpowers. Murph Cooper is a living prrof. Since becoming Kid Normal, he and the Super Zeroes have been catching baddies all over the place. But being a hero is about to get a whole lot harder... Far away in a top-secret prison, the world's most feared supervillian has just broken a thirty-year silence. His first words? "Bring Kid Normal to me!"

Jazz's review
In book two, Murph and his friends are know as the super zeros. This time, things are better for Murph. Then the most evil villain (rogue) in the world, Magpie asks to see him. Magpie has the capability to steal people's cape. He gives Murph a poem, help Murph crack the code. Join him as he searches for clues to defeat Magpie.

This series is filled with adventures and wonders. The lesson from the stories exemplifies that being normal doesn't mean you can't be extraordinary. Appropriate for children 9 years old and above. Enjoy!

These books are appropriate for children 5 years old and above:
This book is bursting full of astounding women who acheived amazing things by following their hearts, talents and dreams. Fly through the sky with explorer AMELIA EARHART, speak out for what is right with EMMELINE PANKHURST, and cause a fashion revolution with COCO CHANEL. The book is drawn with beautiful illustrations and fantastic facts, a perfect introduction to just a few incredible women who helped shape the world we live in.

This book is a celebration of extraordinary women from around the world and how their remarkable lives marched them into our history books. Blast into space with astronaut VALENTINA TERESHKOVA, become a mighty Egyptian pharaoh with the powerful HATSHEPSUT and make your voice heard with mother and daughter duo, women's right champion MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT and Frankenstein's creator MARY SHELLEY.

These books are great for discovering the wonderful world of Bugs and Birds with fun facts, tips, recipes, crafts and colour-in sticker activities!

These books are available at all good bookstores! 

Heap Thanks to Pansing, we are are giving away a set of KID NORMAL series (2 books) with bookmarks and tote bag to 1 lucky winner over on our Instagram handle. Hop over to participate!

To win, simply
    1. Follow @mumscalling on Instagram
    2. Follow @definitelybooks on Instagram
    3. Tag 3 or more friends whom you think their kids will love reading these books (A tag per comment)!

    That's it. We like to keep participation easy!

    Giveaway ends on 08 June, 2359hrs. All the best!

    Terms and Conditions:
    • Winner will be announced on Instagram.
    • Winner will have 48 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn
    • All incomplete entries will be disqualified. 
    • All entries will be verified before the winners are announced 
    • To be fair to our sponsor, social media accounts set up purely to take part in contests will be deemed ineligible to win.
    • Giveaway is no way sponsored, endorsed, administered or associated with Facebook or Instagram..

    Thursday, 24 May 2018

    Third child guilt

    Having 3 kids in the family never seemed like an equal distribution of time for each child. Some days, Mum guilt strikes when we get too busy with one or two, and totally neglects the less needy. In our family dynamics, having the youngest turned two last month, I've gradually realised the older kids consume most of my time coaching them in school work, driving them to and fro school, back and forth music and sports classes. Which naturally, I gravitated a guilt towards the third born, Juboy. Realistically, it is tough to treat the third born the same way we handled number one and two. 

    Still in the stage of being constantly torn between the demands of a toddler and 2 older kids, where we have schoolwork to juggle among the milk making and stories telling. I try very much to make our morning time as meaningful and quality together while the older 2 are in school. But I've to be honest that I am taking it slow and some days procrastinate my schedule. That tender age of two years old gives me many easy excuses.

    On playdate

    While the older two had an early taste of preschool at this age, I am reluctant to start Juboy on any. I see it as my privilege to keep his cuddles close, and probably the only way to justify my stay as a home Mum.

    The guilt is sometimes disturbing. I felt like I wasn't giving enough. I run my errands with him, I find easy excuse when he seeks for attention. Picking his siblings from school is an exciting excursion to him. I made it sound exciting that he can play his favourite songs in the car. His familiar grounds are places where his siblings do their music enrichment classes. And often my idle companion while waiting for them to end classes.

    He runs the schedule I run.

    While waiting for big sister's class to start

    Some days, watching him nap in the car from the rear mirror sends my heart aching a little. Wouldn't it be better to sleep in the comfort of his bed? Where upon destination, I won't have to carry him up. For that, I am very thankful on days that I can get him to nap before school pick ups, just so it's easier for my Mum to take over.

    On the go with Mama

    I do not track his milestones diligently, because honestly, when it comes to the third child, we possess that 'take your time' attitude. There is no hurry to know more words, speak in full, know that ABCs or 123s. We learnt that paces are different. Or maybe he will get to know the violin sooner than anyone one of us!

    Youngest violinist

    Looking at his weight, I get even more guilt stricken. He is not a good eater when it comes to meals. Some meals don't give me the luxury of time to conjure him with patience. If he eats, he eats. If he doesn't, time is up and we have to move on to the next schedule. You can imagine my joy of victory for every mouthful of food he chews in. He loves chicken wings, but we can't have that everyday. We tried a variety of options, but he really is determined to challenge us with food.

    I only hope we can do better on meals.

    These, the guilt of having a third born. No doubt, Mum guilt is seasonal. Some period, it is towards the eldest or second born. The guilt never ends, and anything can turn into a reason to feel guilty.

    Soothing out that guilt, being the third born is no less on love. It multiplies the love in our family, love does not divide. We get extra laughter, hugs and kisses! I am very hearten that Juboy gets lots of love from his siblings.

    Having more than one child is a always a good thought. And when I'm in the state of bliss, I would entertain the thought of having a fourth. Just so we can tidy up the number from 5 to 6. Okay, not so much of that, just that I really love kids. Only that, raising one is lots of tough work.

    In desperate times, gadget help me a little. Judge me not.

    Nothing, but Elmo

    Three is good, and I am thankful. Parenting is a short journey, guilt should not dominate our days. Instead, work out of it. I'm getting more diligent with Juboy during our weekday mornings. We make trips to the parks, get on play dates and do breakfast together. It gets that Mummy guilt off the chest a little. But some other days, he will just have to sit and play around while I get tasks sorted out. That is if he will be self satisfied playing alone. Mornings are short, but most times we get to accomplish some fun within.

    Come to think about it, having Mum guilt is a spur of wanting to do better. It means we care and want it better for our kids. Just be careful not to let guilt consume and eat us alive!

    Mum's guilt, what is yours?

    Monday, 7 May 2018

    Water Sport Events by AD Swim Clinic

    AD Swim Clinic is a group of qualified instructors that coaches swimming from beginners to intermediate. It is also where older Js did their swimming, with coach Andy. We stopped not long after attaining certificates for swimming lessons to be exempted from school. It was a simple goal for us, to build water confidence and swim proficiently.

    This upcoming holiday, AD Swim Clinic will be organising 2 watersport events. Perfectly suited to build family bond in conjunction with Mother's and Father's day.

    1. Open Water Swimming
    This event is one that helps train greater swim confidence in the open water. So yes, this is for proficient swimmers. It will be conducted safely by their team of coaches and apart from just swim, there will also be family team bonding moments through fun games.

    Dads, we think this is great idea to surprise Mum with swim and games at the beach!

    Date: 29 May (Tuesday)
    Time: 8:30am to 12pm
    Venue: Sentosa Tanjong Beach
    Participation Fee: $40 per pax
    Registration before 15th May (Amended)

    Programme Outline: 

    2. Dragonboating
    What are the chances of being able to get onto a dragonboat to paddle with an oar? This is one water sport that does not largely depend on an individual effort, but the accumulated effort from each and every boater. It is definitely a great opportunity for kids and parents to build and discover team work through coordination. Non-swimmers are welcome too.

    Dragonboating is suitable for children above the height of 1 meter. Parents are encouraged to join too!

    Date: 15 June (Friday)
    Time: 9am to 12pm
    Venue: Singapore Dragon Boat Association
    10 Stadium Lane
    Singapore 397774
    Participation Fee: $55 per pax
    Registration before 25th May

    Programme Outline:

    To query or register for any of the above event, kindly message or whastapp Andy at: 
    9270 0326

    Discount Code
    Mention 'Mum's calling' upon registration for a 5% off total fee.

    Friday, 27 April 2018

    Basic Massage Chair [Foot Massager GIVEAWAY]

    Stiff muscles, backaches, injuries and stress can sometimes be worn away with a good massage. Getting frequent backaches is not uncommon for me. Aging together with an active toddler may have contributed much. Not forgetting some nights, we share the king size bed with our kids. Good sleep? A thing of the past. As much as I would like to advocate self love, I do not have the luxury to include massage in schedule. More likely only when I get on vacation.

    Fate has changed a little with the basic massage chair, MC1000 from Take A seat. The man and I can now have the comfort of relaxing our overworked muscles at home! 15 minutes on it everyday rejuvenates us much. Some days, I can even do my massage and at the same time read Juboy a book on my lap.

    First off, let's acknowledge the three main benefits of using a massage chair:

    1. Pain relief
    Massage triggers the release of endorphins, which diminishes the perception of pain. It can increase blood flow to sore, stiff joints and muscles, which are warmed by the extra circulation.

    2. Improved circulation
    Circulation from the massage movements help carry oxygen to our organs, improving vitality and energy. Regardless of your activity level, massage stimulates blood flow.

    3. Relieves stress
    A massage chair along with technology has closely emulated the effect of human touch to help relieve tension and improve mood. 

    Don't you think they are some good enough reasons to help combat the daily hassle and bustle of daily stress?! Here's introducing the features of this Basic Massage Chair.

    Features - MC1000 Basic Massage Chair
    It is small and compact, suitable for homes or areas with space constraint. It has dimension of: 110cm (Depth) x 65cm (Width) x 100cm (Height). We had it parked in our bedroom for it being compact.

    Long Massage track
    A long massage track with a set of rollers that targets the neck to slightly below the butt cheeks. The headrest may be removed for a better feel at the neck area.

    Massage techniques
    Its massage techniques are kneading, tapping and air compression. While the programs are relax, vitality, kneading and tapping. Kneading and relax mode are less intense, while the tapping and vitality modes move intensely quicker. Similar to that of fast and soft punches by a hand.

    The techniques are closely similar to Shiatsu Massage style. Like that of localised elbow pressure in a rhythmic sequence.

    Inbuilt control panel 
    All functions, as well as the neck height adjustment can be controlled with a single inbuilt control panel. Not having movable or portable controllers mean no risk or hassle of losing and searching misplaced controller.

    Partial and Point Functions
    These functions allow the rollers to be adjusted to a specific and stationary massage point which you would like to focus on. Along with the techniques knead and tap, these points can target an area simply by adjusting the rollers up or down. Point is targeted a small area, while partial works in a slightly wider range than point.

    Air compression and heat therapy
    Air compression is used for both thighs, at the side. When turned on, the air bag at the side will inflate and deflate for gentle massage. Activating the heat therapy isn't overly warm, but it did make me perspire a little without the air conditioner on. Heat massage works well for those with arthritis.

    No one size chair fits all. The neck massage point can be manually adjusted up or down to suit users of different height. There are 5 levels for adjust.

    Bluetooth speakers
    What is relaxation without music?! The chair comes with a set of inbuilt speakers that allows you to link your favourite songs via bluetooth, to play over the speakers. The connection is seamless. Just be cautious to adjust the volume on your device to a low before connecting. The music can be rather loud when played over the speakers. Music therapy checked.

    For the experience of aromatherapy, simply burn some essential oil to pair with.

    Foldable foot rest
    I am honestly glad that the massage chair didn't end with resting my legs 90 degrees down. The extendable footrest was much well thought for a complete massage experience. And of course, if you had like legs massage included, you may consider the other model, MC3000.

    Movable wheels
    When it's decided that the massage chair's stay has expired at a certain location. It can be easily relocated by moving on its 2 hind wheels. No fret or fear about floor scarring.

    Price and Warranty
    Most massage chairs in the market are overly priced. This basic massage chair which serves primarily the needs of back massage is decently priced at $599. It is highly affordable and a budget buy. Being a stay home Mum with little or no income, I find this a thoughtful gift for Mums! Another point to consider, overly expensive massage chairs may have a bulk of profit portioned into marketing and endorsement fees. Which is likely factored into pricing.

    You would probably start thinking how far of a mileage would this basic chair go. We are at least assured that it is covered with 6 months warranty on its mechanism. Touching all woods, even if it breaks down after 6 months, the investment laid out can be evenly comforted that you have spent $100 per month on massage rental. 

    And the more family members you share the chair with, the more mileage you get out of it! Here, the daughter enjoying her moment of massage after a tired day in school. 

    Usage of MC1000
    The usage is simple with only a control panel of functions on the right of the chair. A user guide, printed in English comes with the chair too.

    Upon ON, your songs will be connected via Bluetooth (you only need to connect once and subsequent sessions will be automatically connected). Allow the rollers to move upwards to your neck area and adjust neck height upon the 'beep' sounds. After which you may select your massage mode.

    Each massage session is 15 minutes before it comes to a slow and gradual stop. There is no option to set a longer massage program. Probably not intended for heavy usage. As mentioned in the user guide, do allow the machine to rest at least 30 minutes before next use.

    The main ON/OFF switch of the chair is at the bottom of the chair. Though a little inconvenient to be reaching for it up and down, it isn't much out of the way if you space it with some good distance from the wall or whatever object behind the chair. I did try leaving the main switch on, but the power light on the control panel wouldn't stop flashing. I turned the main off for a piece of mind. It is recommended, but not necessary.

    Here's a video I've put together on the massage chair:

    This sleek looking massage chair is covered with synthetic leather and chemical fiber fabric. Available only in black. Easy match to any furniture in the intended space. It is available for trying in their showroom at the following timings:

    Opening hours:
    Monday to Friday: 9am to 1pm, 2pm to 5:30pm
    Saturday: 9am to 1pm
    Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

    27 Mandai Estate,
    Innovation Place Tower 2
    #06-07 S(729931)

    Mother's Day is approaching, what more best to give our heroines other than a massage chair. This Mother's Day, Take A seat is giving away a FREE Foot Massager with every purchase of massage chair! Available in purple or gold, this is a great deal not to be missed. Foot Massager delivery will only take place after 06 May 18.

    Heap Thanks to Take A Seat, we have a FOOT MASSAGER (Choice of gold OR purple) for giveaway to ONE lucky winner. Tired feet need some good massage too! All you had need to do is:

    1. Like Take A Seat on Facebook
    2. Like Mum's calling on Facebook
    3. Tag 3 friends whom you know will love this Foot Massager, in the comment section of this Facebook post.

    All the best! Giveaway ends on 06 May, 2359hrs.

    Terms and Conditions:

    • Winner will be picked by random.org
    • Winner will be announced on Facebook and this blog post
    • Winner will have 48 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn
    • All incomplete entries will be disqualified. 
    • All entries will be verified before the winner is announced 
    • To be fair to our sponsors, social media accounts set up purely to take part in contests will be deemed ineligible to win.
    • Giveaway is no way sponsored, endorsed, administered or associated with Facebook or Instagram. 
    • Foot Massager has a 7 days warranty period. Should there be a problem with the product, winner will have to exchange at Take A seat's office.

    Disclaimer: We received the Basic massage chair, MC1000 for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was given. All opinions and photos are solely ours.