Oct 8, 2015

Rice & Fries: Family-friendly & Fuss-free Dining

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Sandwiched in between wheels and hardware stores in a row of shophouses, Rice & Fries seems to be the in the unlikeliest of places for an eatery. But sitting just a stone’s throw from Kembangan MRT Station, this homey eating spot was unanimously rated highly among the monkies (and me!) after our meal!

Helmed by chef-owner Ken Chia - who had previous appointments at The Ritz Carlton, Fullerton and Crowne Plaza Hotel - Rice & Fries serves simple but delicious recipes at pocket-friendly prices, all in a casual setting.

This is exactly the kind of place to go if you are looking for a simple gathering with family or friends. Somehow, the interior of the eatery exudes a sense of cheerfulness and total relaxation... which I think the colourful chalk drawings all around had a hand in that too!

Given that the place is not huge, I obviously did not expect a bouncy castle or play area for the kids. But I was pleasantly surprised with the inclusion of a reading corner, stocked with a decent amount of kids' books, in the eatery. Which the monkies needed no invitation to help themselves to, of course.

As for me, it was always going to be about the FOOD.

And in case you are wondering, Rice & Fries does not only serve rice and fries. It is called as such because Chef Ken wanted to do a mixture of Eastern and Western dishes. Rice = East and Fries = West... geddit?

Anyway, while the monkies were busy reading away, the wifey and I had the luxury of some couple time (no matter how fleeting) to indulge in some Starters.

The Salmon Salad ($8.80) was a great start, with the salmon being fresh and the drizzle of the honey mustard dressing working harmoniously with the mesclun salad.

If the salad was of the standard appetizer fare, then the Soft Shell Crab with Chili and Mantou ($9.80) was a totally new experience for the tastebuds.

Originally concocted as a SG50 dish, it was not meant to be a long-term fixture in the menu. But due to the overwhelming response, it became permanent... so that even kids can try it!

Yes, the monkies all loved the chill crab sauce as it was flavourful but not that spicy. See how Ale was dipping the fry into the sauce? Well actually, the Truffle Fries ($8.80) were more than tasty to eat on their own.

But one Starter that I absolutely have to give special mention to is the Forest Mushroom Cappuccino Soup ($4.80).

Erm, what? Cappuccino soup?? Not to worry, no caffeine in the soup but rather, the soup comes with a froth-like top layer. The soup was delightfully creamy, with a full-bodied mushroom flavour. Definitely one of the best mushroom soups I have tasted and it seemed that Ale totally agreed.

The amazing thing about the starters is they did not feel overly heavy but instead whetted our appetite when it came to the Mains.

The wifey had the Salted Egg Pasta ($18.80), which is not on the menu but written on the chalkboard as one of the eatery's specials.

The pasta dish was simply bursting with flavours, while the prawns played off the salted egg well. However, I recommend sharing it with another person since the sauce might be a tad too heavy to finish everything on your own.

I had the Crab Risotto ($19.80), which is also not on the main menu but features in an additional side clipboard menu.

There were generous pieces of crab claw meat, and I was told by Chef Ken that the lobster stock that the risotto was cooked in had been laboriously prepared for hours. And the taste test definitely did not lie - especially since the monkies ended up pinching mouthfuls of my risotto in the end!

Ayd gunned for the All-in Beef Burger ($20.80), an old-fashioned-styled burger with a huge thick patty and topped with onions, cheese, bacon and an egg.

The patty was so juicy and succulent that Ayd was clearly patronising me with his smile when I interrupted his enjoyment for a photo.

But the heart stopper for me though, has got to be this.

The famed Lamb Shank ($26.80). And behind the lamb's tenderness, tasty mushroom ragout and creamy mash is an adorable love story waiting to be told. It turns out that Chef Ken used this exact same dish to woo his now-wife when he was an assistant chef and she was a student waitress. He was the staff meals so while the rest got fried noodles or rice, the wife got the lamb shank. Well, it clearly worked and I can totally see... I mean, taste why.

I have to say this was easily one of the best lamb dishes I have ever tried. Okay, I love lamb so I may be biased. The wife, on the other hand, is not a fan of lamb due to its sometimes strong and overwhelming taste. But this lamb dish totally changed her perspective as the taste of lamb was never overpowering with the tender meat sliding off the bone with ease.

Chef Ken mentioned that he only prepares the Lamb Shank in small batches so that the high quality of the dish can be up-kept. If you are looking for a good lamb shank, you know what to do!

Oh, and the little ones are not not forgotten either – they can take their pick from Fish & Chips, Chicken n Shrooms Fricassee, Spaghetti Bolognese or Mushroom Cream Sauce Penne. Each Kiddy Meal ($8.80) comes with a drink and scoop of ice cream as well.

Pardon Ale's funny expression. All she wanted to do was to finish her meal fast so that she can continue her book reading at the cosy corner.

Which is great, since it meant that the wifey and I had the Dark Chocolate Lava Cake ($9.80) all to ourselves!

Served with sweet strawberry sauce and vanilla ice cream, this dessert was definitely a hit. The molten chocolate flowed out perfectly when it was sliced open - always a determining factor of a great lava cake! The chocolate tasted rich, but was not too sweet.

The food at Rice & Fries left me hugely impressed but even more so, I was impressed with Chef Ken's extreme dedication to the food he serves to his customers. During a casual chat after our meal, he mentioned that he strives to serve not restaurant-standard, but hotel-standard food at his eatery. Since he is too a father of 3 kids, he makes it a point to only use the best ingredients - and no MSG or artificial flavourings - in his food. He doesn't believe in any short-cuts in cooking as he does not want his customers to feel short-changed.

Oh, and did I mention that all of the menu prices are nett? There are NO service and GST charges so for parents dining out with kids, you will know it is a big deal!

If you are looking for a fuss-free and non-town place with great comfort food at pretty affordable prices, Rice & Fries is as good as it gets. Especially since it is now open earlier during the weekends and public holidays with a Brunch menu too - and I heard the Nasi Lemak is power too!

Rice & Fries
484 Changi Road, Singapore 419896
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed - Fri 11am - 11pm | Sat, Sun & PH 10am - 11pm | Closed on Tuesdays
Tel: 9738 6648
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Rice.Fries.Steak

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Oct 6, 2015

Where to Bring the Kids this Children's Day 2015 Weekend

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Children's Day falls on 9 October this year and hopefully, the haze will clear up somewhat come this long weekend for the kiddos. Because there are tons of stuff and activities waiting for them!

Young Learners Festival 2015
9 Oct 2015; 10am-5pm
Science Centre Singapore, Marquee & Ecogarden
Admission charges apply; $2 fee per activity

Kids will be able to experience the Young Learners' Festival in four fantastic ways! Details in the brochure below.

Children's Day Celebrations @ Kindness Gallery
9 Oct 2015; 12.30pm - 4.30pm
Kindness Gallery
(Old Hill Street Police Station, 140 Hill Street #01-09, Singapore 179369)
FREE Admission, Pre-registration not required

Octoburst! Drawing Competition and Colouring Fun 2015
9 Oct 2015; 8.30am - 11.30am
Esplanade Concourse
FREE but Pre-registration is COMPULSORY

It's a mystery theme this year so come down to Esplanade and find out the secret! 5 to 12 year-olds can participate in the On-the-spot Drawing Competition, with prizes to be won while 2 to 4 year-olds can indulge in some Colouring Fun! Event is free but registration is required. Visit HERE for more information and to register. *Closing date for registration is 7 Oct 2015.

Octoburst! 2015
9 - 11 Oct 2015; Various Timings
The Esplanade
Free & Ticketed events available

The annual Octoburst! – A Children’s Festival is back! This year, the young and the even-younger-ones are invited to imagine how their future and home will be by exploring a world of endless possibilities through the arts. From delightful performances to hands-on workshops, Octoburst! is the perfect festival to encourage discovery, play and creativity.

From doodling and creating a pocket garden to a life-sized board game, the festival offers a line-up of ticketed and free interactive activities that encourage imagination and play. Here are some of my top picks:

Doodle City
9 - 11 Oct 2015 | 11am - 6pm | Forecourt Garden | FREE
Unleash your creative might, add a dash of colour and fun on our special doodle structures and take over Doodle City at Esplanade!

Book Stop!
9 - 11 Oct 2015 | 11am - 5pm | Festival Corner | FREE
Bring along a pre-loved children’s book to exchange for a new read and spend some quiet time reading your new treasure or even take it home with you.

Snakes and Ladders
9 - 11 Oct 2015 | 11am - 7pm | Courtyard Green | FREE
Join us at this life-sized version of your favourite board game, complete with giant snakes, ladders and a 3D dice for you to roll.

A Pipe-ful Play Garden
9 - 11 Oct 2015 | 11am - 7pm | Courtyard Green | FREE
Do you have a green thumb or just love putting things together and running around? A Pipe-ful Play Garden is the perfect place to have some fun in the sun. Grow your very own little pocket garden and together with other children, construct a living and ever-growing pipe-maze for everyone to play with.

Let’s Get Grooving
9 Oct 2015 2.30pm | 10 & 11 Oct 2015 3.15pm | Concourse | FREE
Put on your dancing shoes and learn authentic swing moves on Friday and Saturday, and hip hop steps on Sunday while grooving to some of your favourite tunes.

Draw Me a Story《说说画画》
9 - 11 Oct 2015 | 3.15pm | library@esplanade | FREE
Through storytelling and illustrations, Chen Zhao Jin, a familiar household name to many, brings laughter and fun to the whole family with entertaining tales like Little Lamb and the Wolf and The Kind Little Lamb. 

Let’s Play!
9 - 11 Oct 2015 | 4.30pm | Outdoor Theatre | FREE
Join Dwayne Tan and Daphne Quah as they take you on a roller coaster ride with a series of interactive games that are completely off-the-wall. Test your endurance and creativity with a generous dose of fun, strategy and teamwork.

9 Oct 2pm-5pm | 10 & 11 Oct 11am-5pm | Concert Hall Meeting Point | FREE
Here’s your chance to send someone you love a handwritten postcard. Swing by Octopost, grab a postcard, start designing it and pen your message. Don’t forget to drop into our brand new Octopost post box, specially created by visual artist, Budi Agung Kuswara.

9 - 11 Oct 2015 | 9 Oct 2pm; 10 Oct 4pm; 11 Oct 11am & 4pm | Recital Studio | $20
Casa tells the story of a grown-up and a child who meet, get to know each other and start to build. Building turns into play, and little by little, they build a story, a structure, a roof, a house. Sometimes the little one pretends to be the grown-up, while the grown-up pretends to be the little one. Come and be a part of Casa where simple words and movements come together to build a home bursting with imagination. Recommended for children aged 2 – 5. Tickets from HERE.

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Download the full calender of events HERE. For more information, visit www.esplanade.com/festivals-and-series/octoburst.

Archifest 2015: We Build This City Children's Craft Workshop
9 & 10 Oct 2015; 3pm - 6pm
Festival Village @ 79 & 81 Neil Road
FREE Admission

In celebration of Children's Day, there will be complimentary workshops conducted for children to have some fun, splashing out their creativity in constructing miniature models of imaginative cities to take home, as well as contribute to the large-scale interactive city model - an opportune activity to get these young minds ticking over their visions of our future.

Archifest 2015: Scratch The Future
9 & 10 Oct 2015
Session 1: Fri, 9 Oct 2015 10am - 1pm (Register here)
Session 2: Sat, 10 Oct 2015 10am - 1pm (Register here)
Festival Village @ 79 & 81 Neil Road
$25 per child (Suitable for 7 to 12 years old)

If kids could design the future, what will it look like? Saturday Kids invites lil' architects ages 7 - 12 to imagine and programme interactive stories about spaces and buildings of tomorrow. Kids play architects and inventors in a design-thinking challenge set in the future before learning to create, code, and animate their futuristic ideas in Scratch - an open source drag-and-drop visual programming language designed for kids by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT Media Lab.

Children’s Day Celebrations 2015 @ Downtown East
Now until 11 Oct 2015; 11am - 9pm
Downtown East, Event Square

Now until 11 Oct 2015 | 11am – 9pm | Event Square
Come down to the Children's Day Toy Fair and enjoy $5 off every $50 spent!

9 - 11 Oct 2015 | 4pm & 7pm | Event Square
This Children's Day, bring your kids down to meet the adorable characters from Sylvanian Families and have a picture taken with them!

Meet & Greet Pororo's Friends
10 & 11, 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 31 Oct 2015
2pm, 4pm & 6pm
Marina Foyer L2

Children's Day Carnival @ KidsSTOP
9 - 11 Oct 2015
S'poreans & PR: Child ​$22.30 | Adult $11.65
Others: Child ​$36.15 ​| Adult ​$20.17

Join in the ​KidsSTOP ​Children’s ​Day ​Carnival ​happening ​from ​9 ​to ​11 ​Oct ​2015 ​for ​a ​special ​and ​unforgettable ​time ​at ​KidsSTOP. ​Every ​child ​will ​receive ​an ​exclusive ​goodie ​bag ​and ​will ​be ​able ​to ​participate ​in ​competitions ​and ​activities ​making ​the ​time ​spent ​in ​KidsSTOP ​even ​more ​memorable. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Visit HERE to pre-buy tickets.

What the Ladybird Heard
9 - 11 Oct 2015
9 Oct 5pm | 10 Oct 11am, 2pm & 4.30pm | 11 Oct 11am, 2pm & 4.30pm
SOTA Drama Theatre
$62, $52, $42

Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: The Ladybird has a plan of her own! Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog in this brand new stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ colourful farmyard adventure. With live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs! For children aged 3 and above and their families. Running time is approximately 55 minutes with no interval. To book tickets, visit HERE.

Baby Market 2015
9 - 11 Oct 2015
Singapore Expo Hall 5
Fri-Sat: 11am - 9pm | Sun: 11am - 8pm
FREE Admission

The Massive Show of 50,000 Maternity & Baby Products with massive discount up to 90% OFF – Baby Market will have all major strollers, cots, prams, diapers, play-pens, carriers, milk powder, baby gadgets and other necessity brands under one roof! Baby Market is a shopping source that brings heaps of great deals, focused on pregnancy, babies, birth and toddlers, as well as women health and family needs.

da:ns Festival 2015
9 - 18 Oct 2015; Various Timings
The Esplanade

Celebrating the spirit of movement since 2006, da:ns festival 2015 presents a world of dance that inspires and makes you fall in love with dance all over again. Visit www.dansfestival.com for a full listing of all activities.

What's Your Move?
Venue: Stage@Powerhouse, The Esplanade
Dance in the moonlight and be swept off your feet under the stars at our What’s Your Move? party at the Esplanade waterfront. Skilled performers show you how it’s done before everyone in the crowd gets in on the action on our specially designed dance floor, learning fun beginner routines from professional instructors. Suitable for families with kids.

9 Oct 2015: 8 – 9pm Waltz by The DanceSport Academy | 9.30 – 11.30pm Tango + Milonga by Tango Del Sur
10 Oct 2015: 8 – 9pm Salsa by ACTFA | 9.30 – 10.30pm Bachata by ACTFA
11 Oct 2015: 8 – 9pm Jive by The DanceSport Academy | 9.30 – 10.30pm Flamenco by Flamenco Sin Fronteras

Shall We Dance?
9 - 11, 16 - 18 Oct 2015, Fri - Sun | 6.30pm - 7.15pm & 7.45pm - 8.30pm 
Various locations around Esplanade 
Your free 5-minute dance lesson! Get into the spirit of the festival and pick up some nifty dance moves from our roving team of professional dancers. All you have to do is choose from a selection of dance genres, and you’ll be on your way to a fun and simple dance lesson. Once you start, you won’t want to stop!

Port of Lost Wonder - BBQ Under The Stars
10 Oct 2015; 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Port of Lost Wonder, Sentosa
Adults $39 | Child $15 | FREE for Child below 5 yrs old

Experience the beauty of the Port at night, take a splash at the Pirate Ship, enjoy the cool sea breeze and the calming, rhythmic waves as you dine! Treat your taste buds to a delectable spread of starters, mouth-watering barbecued meats and sweet treats at the dessert bar! Cuddle as a family along our picnic grounds and catch a show under the stars! For tickets, visit HERE.

Free guided walk at Chek Jawa Boardwalk with Naked Hermit Crabs
10 Oct 2015 | Meeting time: 9:30 am
Meeting place: Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, Pulau Ubin
Duration of walk: Around 2 hours
FREE, but donations are welcome

Come and join the Naked Hermit Crabs to check out the wildlife residing in the mangroves and coastal area of Chek Jawa. The nature walk is a leisurely stroll conducted on the boardwalk, and there is no need to get your shoes wet. Let the volunteer guides show you the amazing biodiversity that is in our own 'backyard'. Registration is FREE but COMPULSORY and can be done HERE.

Bosch presents: Symphony in the Park
11 Oct 2015; 6pm - 7pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
FREE Admission

Bosch is pleased to present Symphony in the Park - a concert held in celebration of Singapore’s 50th anniversary. Join in for an enchanting evening at the Singapore Botanic Gardens as the NUS Symphony Orchestra, a member of NUS Centre For the Arts, performs a repertoire of classical pieces and modern show tunes.

Toys Warehouse Sale
7 - 11 Oct 2015; 10am - 7pm daily
1 Kaki Bukit Road 2, #01-05, Eunos Warehouse Complex

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2015
Now until 12 Oct 2015
7pm – 12mn (Sunday – Thursday) | 7pm – 2am (Friday & Saturday)
Along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street , South Bridge Road and inner streets of Chinatown

Soak in the festivities and celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinatown, where traditional Chinese culture comes alive. Be enchanted by the flower-themed decorations of Chinatown as New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, South Bridge Road and the inner streets of Chinatown are adorned with colourful lanterns of varying shapes and sizes.

Halloween at LEGOLAND Malaysia
9 & 10, 16 & 17, 23 & 24, 30 & 31 Oct 2015
Admission charges apply

Calling all families with little heroes aged 2 to 12 years! Come for a wonderful Halloween at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort from 1st October to 1st November 2015. Enjoy the kid-friendly Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGO Kingdoms every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 8.30pm.

*During the Halloween month, the Theme Park will open until 8:30pm on Friday & Saturday,  7:00pm on Sunday, and  6:00pm on Monday to Thursday.

Monsters, Magic, Mayhem & More!
From Halloween fun rides at LEGO Kingdoms to snapshots with its LEGO Giant Pumpkin and giant LEGO White Ghost at The Beginning, plus awesome night scenes at Miniland and LEGO Star Wars Miniland, there’s something for everyone! Enter Lord Vampyres Ballroom with count-the-bats maze to start your Brick-or-Treat journey. Then, it’s time to explore the Brick-or-Treat trail and be rewarded with goodies on your way.

Brick or treaters should keep their eyes out for brick-tastic shows at Castle stage and amazing mascots including our newest and friendliest monster - Frankenstein roaming around the Park. Halloween heroes can also join our LEGO building activities and create LEGO bats, ghosts, monster cupcakes and more.

*Tickets for admission at night only (4pm-8.30pm) are available too! Visit HERE for more information.

"Celebrations of Chrysanthemums" Floral Display
Now until 10 Nov 2015; 9am - 9pm
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Entrance fees to the Cooled Conservatories apply

Mid-Autumn blooms with a celebration of chrysanthemums at Gardens by the Bay! Chrysanthemum take centre stage this Mid-Autumn as Gardens by the Bay bring you on a journey to the Far East. Long admired for its beauty, the Chrysanthemum is a symbolic feature in traditional Chinese art to depict the autumn season.

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with your loved ones and families with a brand new floral display, dazzling lanterns sets, and cultural activities at the Gardens as you stroll through the scenic landscape dotted with Chinese lanterns and a teahouse. *Grab your free "Celebration of Chrysanthemums" Garden Trail map (while stocks last), with every conservatories ticket purchased.

ArtScience Museum presents The Deep
Now until 27 Oct 2015 | 10am - 7pm
ArtScience Museum
Local Rates: Adult $11 | Child (2-12) $7 | Senior Citizens (65 & above) $9
Standard Rates: Adult $14 | Child (2-12) $8 | Senior Citizens (65 & above) $11.80

Get up close and personal with rarely seen deep sea creatures from the remotest expanses of the ocean at The Deep exhibition. For the first time in Southeast Asia, ArtScience Museum presents a collection of over 40 exquisite deep-sea life forms, including newly discovered species and exclusive exhibition footage of the abyss. Be captivated by the deep-sea fauna on display and learn more about ocean conservation.

Spooky Seas: The "Pirates Ahoy!" edition
Now until 15 Nov 2015; 10am - 7pm daily
S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
Singapore Residents: Adults $28 Children (4-12) & Seniors (60 & above) $15
General Admission: Adults $32 Children (4-12) & Seniors (60 & above) $22

It’s a treasure trove of treats and discoveries down in the sea. This Halloween, head to Spooky Seas at S.E.A. Aquarium as families sail off into more spooky adventures – pirate style! Unveil the chilling truths about marine animals, use your wit to bag yourself some treats, and watch pumpkins turn into lanterns under the sea.

Spooky Seas Trail
Legend has it that the best treats are hidden in a treasure chest within a haunted shipwreck. But the evil skeleton pirates that rule this shipwreck have kept even the bravest divers at bay. Unlock these secret treats by embarking on the Spooky Seas Trail and complete a task at each of the five stations - Fishy Graveyard, Mad Scientist’s Lab, Pumpkin Patch, Vampire’s Lair and Potion Parlour. With wit and speed, solve puzzles, pick up treats and collect all the ingredients needed to concoct a magic potion to release the ultimate prize!

Skeleton divers
They are the guardians of the forgotten sea depths, rising from the darkness only during Halloween. Feel the chills as they swim by, and don’t forget to capture evidence of their rare appearance.
Time: Mon - Sun, 1pm and 4pm (45 mins per session)
Venue: Open Ocean Habitat

Live pumpkin carving
You may have seen pumpkin carving demonstrations on land. But underwater? Come witness this feat as our divers carve pumpkins into Halloween lanterns from within the habitat.
Time: Sat and Sun, 1pm and 4pm (45 mins per session)
Venue: Open Ocean Habitat

Meet and Greet Manta
Come say hi and take plenty of pictures with the friendly Manta Ray mascot. He will be “swimming” by at these times: 2.45pm and 3.45pm daily.

Marine Chatters
Home to over 40,000 fish across 80 different species, join the marine guides and let them share with you interesting facts about the Open Ocean Habitat, and the unique adaptations of its inhabitants.
Time: 1.15pm, daily
Venue: Ocean Gallery

Dolphin Trainer Talk
Learn more about the dolphins, and find out what you never knew about these endearing animals, direct from the dolphin trainers.
Time: 11:30am, daily & 2:30pm on weekends & public holidays
Venue: Dolphin Island Panels

Aquarist Feeding Sessions
Understand the feeding habits of our marine animals and view how the aquarists hand feed the sharks and rays.
Time & Venue: 
Mon – Fri: Shark Seas Habitats – 4:30pm
Tue – Sun: Shipwreck Habitat – 10am & Open Ocean Habitat – 3pm
Mon-Sun: Coral Garden Habitat – 11am, Sea Dragons Habitat – 3pm & Mangrove Habitat – 4pm

The Art of Speed
Now until 3 April 2016; 10am - 6pm (Tues - Sun)
Playeum's Children’s Centre for Creativity
(Blk 47, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, #01-23, Singapore 109444)
Child (1-12): $20 | Accompanying adult: Free | Additional accompanying adult: $10

Read the monkies' experience here: www.cheekiemonkie.net/2015/09/playeum-art-of-speed-children-centre-for-creativity.html

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Oct 5, 2015

An Oppor-tuna-ty this Children's Day: Kids Eat Free at Fish & Co.!

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Fish & Co., a name synonymous for the freshest seafood in a pan, has a deal that is in-tuna with families with kids this Children's Day.

On 9 October 2015, don't be shellfish. Treat your kids to a lovely meal at Fish & Co. because one Kids’ meal set comes free with every ala-carte main course ordered. Yes you are herring me right, and it is reely a great deal!

Choose from a grouper of 7 dishes from the Kids Menu:

Mermaids' Tales - Fish fingers
Treasure Trove - Golden nuggets
Pirates' Treasure - Spaghetti in homemade tomato sauce, topped with chicken nuggets
King's Ransom - Mac & cheese
Chicky Coop - Golden chicken drumlets
Captain Hook - Fish & Chips
Bowline - Farfalle pasta in cream cheese sauce with fish nuggets

No squidding, the monkies actually had a tough time making their up minds. 

And as with all kids' meals, every child cod always do with a bowl of carrots, a cup of drink (orange juice, cranberry juice, Milo or milk), and dessert (apple, banana or ice-cream). Fintastic if you ask me.

Being a family-friendly restaurant, kids too have it batter when it comes to activities to keep them busy at Fish & Co,. like calamaring fun.

No doubt kids will have a halibut time at Fish & Co. this Children's Day... though I suspect parents will too since it serves up a bountiful catch of great tasting meals in seariously generous portions, including this huge Iced Chocolate!

Dolphinately need to share, even for me.

Shoal if you wish to mullet over where to bring the kids for a good meal this Children's Day, scallop down to Fish & Co. where they eat FREE!

Looks like salmon really enjoyed his meal.

I do apologise however, for the over-excessive use of fish puns in a roe. I'm gillty as charged.

But the bass of the matter is, there is nothing fishy about the promotion!


Fancy winning a $60 dining voucher at Fish & Co.? I'm shore you do! And I have TWO $60 vouchers to give away!

For a chance to win, all you shrimply have to do is complete the following steps:

1. LIKE Fish & Co, Singapore's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fishandco.sg

2. Leave your comment either in the comment section of this blog post OR on our Cheekiemonkies' Facebook corresponding post HERE once you have done so. Bonus chance if you comment with a fish pun! :D

*Important: You have to complete all two steps in order to be eligible for the draw.

SHARE this blog post of the giveaway on Facebook for a ANOTHER bonus chance! Remember to set your profile to public so that I can see the shared post.

Giveaway ends on 9 October 2015, 2359 hours.

Swim over to www.fish-co.com for more details and get hooked to updates at www.facebook.com/fishandco.sg.

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Oct 2, 2015

BANG! BANG! Here comes the NEW Nerf N-Strike Modulus Blaster!

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Daddy notes: I had long wanted to challenge the boys to craft a blog post entirely on their own and the perfect opportunity arose when the Nerf N-Strike Modulus Blaster landed on their laps. I will be the first to admit that the monkies have been incredibly blessed to be able to try out some many wonderful experiences throughout the years but more than that, I wanted them to know the hard work that goes behind each blog post I put up - and the many hours of sleep that I forgo too!

So for this post, both Ash and Ayd were responsible for every single thing; the typing of the text, the snapping, editing and uploading of the photos, layout of the post (including the use of the gaudy green text and fonts further down... but fine, I won't judge) as well as even knowing to include a listicle! Heh.

All I did was to teach them the process of editing and uploading the photos, and showing them how to create a new post. I also gave them a few tips on what points to include in the post. So I hope you will enjoy their maiden effort and if you can, leave them a comment to offer some encouragement! Thanks in advance! :)


We love our Nerf guns very much so when Hasbro Singapore surprised us with the new N-Strike Modulus Blaster, we were overjoyed! Woohoo!

The main pack consists of:

- 1 Blaster
- 1"10 dart" banana clip
- 1 dual rail barrel
- 1 view finder
- 1 handle
- 1 butt

The blaster is powered by batteries. The dual rail barrel makes the bullets go further while the view finder helps you to aim at people easily. The handle helps you to support the gun and the butt can hold an extra dart drum if you have one.

The amazing thing about the Nerf N-Strike Modulus Blaster is it has many removable parts to let us customize our blaster in more than 30 combinations with different upgrade kits!

We also had the Strike & Defend upgrade kit and Stealth OPS upgrade kit.

The Strike & Defend upgrade kit consists of:

- a blast shield
- a blaster shock
- 2 extra darts

The blast shield helps to defend ourselves from enemy darts. Our favourite part is the blaster shock which is a secret gun that can shoot a dart to surprise your enemies. Even our sister likes that too!

The Stealth OPS upgrade kit consists:

- a red dot sight
- a folding grip
- a proximity barrel

The red dot sight is better than the view finder. The folding grip enables us to stabilise the blaster so that our shot is more accurate. With the proximity barrel, you will not make any sound when shooting, surprising even more enemies!

This is how our awesome N-Strike Modulus Blaster looks like when the 2 upgrade kits are added.

There are more upgrades kits available, one other kit is the Long Range kit. Some items from the upgrade kits can be connected to other existing blasters too!


1. I can construct my own blaster that I like.

2. The upgrade kits can be joined with other Nerf blasters that I already own.

3. The Nerf modulus blaster is able to fire over a long range.

4. It is very convenient to bring it along to outdoors as I can dismantle the blaster into smaller pieces.

5. It fires bullets automatically, and rapidly.

We really like it because we can construct your own blasters. I mean, it's not like every day you get to see these kind of blasters that we can build, right? I felt really excited when I unboxed it.

Well, keep liking Nerf! I can't wait to find out if there will be more upgrade kits. After all, it's Nerf or Nothing! :)

Thanks for reading!!!

From: Ayd & Ash


Afterthoughts from the boys? They complained that their fingers were soooo tired after all the typing! Hopefully it won't be too long a wait for their next post! :)

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