Oct 20, 2016

All You Need to Know about Singapore's First Pokémon Research Exhibition

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If your kids (or you) love Pokémon, mark down the date of 22 October 2016 (Saturday). Because that is when the FIRST Pokémon Research Exhibition to be hosted outside of Japan opens at the Resorts World Sentosa's S.E.A. Aquarium!

Aspiring Pokémon trainers in Singapore will be able to take on the role as scientific researchers and carry out the processes of observation, investigation and data collection, while learning more about species classification with Pokémon as the subjects.

Following clues gathered at various interactive stations across eight areas, the researchers' sole objective is to accomplish one mission: to deduce the identity of the Pokémon contained within your PokéBall from clues gathered at stations.

Think of it as an elaborate and interactive version of the good ol' 'Who's that Pokemon?' game.

To get started, choose your very own life-sized Pokéball at the entrance - a Pokeball (easy difficulty), a Great Ball (medium difficulty) or an Ultra Ball (hard difficulty).

Each Pokéball contains a critter which researchers have to deduce which Pokemon is contained within.

Out of the eight stations, you will then have to choose four observation machines and place your PokéBall into these machines that will generate clues regarding the Pokémon’s distinctive characteristics and silhouettes. Using the collected evidence, you can then attempt to guess which Pokémon is contained within your PokéBall!

Station 1: Footprint Collector

Depending on your accuracy of pressing the red and yellow buttons together, a footprint of your mysterious Pokémon will be generated on the screen.

Station 2: Silhouette Shooter

You will have to turn a knob and try to focus a sharp silhouette of your Pokémon.

Station 3: Outline Shooter

I think this has to be the most fun of the lot, as it requires you to jog repeatedly on the spot so as to generate an outline of your Pokémon. The faster you step, the clearer the outline will be.

Station 4: Facial Enlarger

Using your finger, swipe the screen to see an enlarged image of your Pokémon's face.

Station 5: Height Gauge

I guess this station is pretty self-explanatory.

Station 6: Weight Gauge

Ditto for this station. Heh.

Station 7: Appearance Analyzer

After placing your Pokéball into the machine, you will able to choose 2 appearance features which will offer clues to your Pokémon's identity.

 Station 8: Cry Gauge

Interesting station where you will get to hear how your Pokémon sounds like. But if you are a Pokémon novice like me, chances are the cries will sound foreign to you.

And after you are done filling in the clues into the worksheet, you can attempt to guess which Pokémon is in your Pokéball. Head to the Answer Checker to confirm your deduction.

I failed to guess my Pokémon, in case you are wondering.

Done? Go marvel at the unique characteristics of more than 700 Pokémon at a larger-than-life Pokédex wall.

Or take selfies with some adorable inflatable Pokémons!

Of course, nothing beats taking a photo with the ever-popular Pikachu, all decked out in a lab coat!

If you are planning to bring the kids down, here are some things to take note:

- The Pokémon Research Exhibition opens daily from 10am to 7pm, and will last to 2 January 2017.

- A S.E.A. Aquarium One-Day Pass is required for admission to Pokémon Research Exhibition.

- It is much cheaper if you purchase the bundled admission tickets online: Adult $35 (U.P. $42), Child (4-12) & Senior Citzens (60 & above): $23 (U.P. $32)

- Children aged 3 and below enter FREE.

- The admission is only valid for ONE Pokéball at the exhibition. If you wish to try out another Pokéball of a different difficulty level, an additional charge of $5 is payable.

- Because each Pokéball can only be placed at 4 out of the 8 stations, it will be better that the kids take a walk to see all 8 stations first before deciding which to put their Pokéballs at.

- My recommendation for the 4 stations is Station 1 (Footprint Collector), Station 2 (Silhouette Shooter), Station 3 (Outline Shooter) and Station 7 (Appearance Analyzer). Simply because these stations are the most interactive.

- And no, you can't take home the Pokéball when you leave. It has to be returned at the exit point.

- Pikachu Meet & Greet Session
11:30am & 5:30pm daily: Inside Pokemon Research Exhibition
2.30pm daily: S.E.A. Aquarium - B1 Entrance Atrium

 Now go catch 'em all!

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Pokémon Research Exhibition
Date: 22 Oct 2016 – 2 Jan 2017
Opening Hours: 10am - 7pm daily
Venue: S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
Online ticket bundle: Adult $35 (U.P. $42), Child (4-12) | Senior Citzens (60 & above): $23 (U.P. $32)
*Note: A S.E.A. Aquarium One-Day Pass is required for admission to Pokémon Research Exhibition.
Website: www.rwsentosa.com/language/en-US/Homepage/Attractions/SEAAquarium/Pokemon

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Oct 17, 2016

We Hit 20,000 Facebook Likes & We're Celebrating it with a Series of Giveaways!


20,000 Likes on Facebook.

When I first started blogging - and subsequently created the Cheekiemonkies Facebook page, I had never expected it to evolve into something like this.

Now, more than 20,000 of you are following an overweight middle-aged man on Facebook.

How does that work?

A HUGE thanks to each and every one of you who have supported us.

But as I have said it before, our blog (and Facebook page) is only as popular as the support that you have given us all these years. So what better way to mark the 20,000 milestone than to reward you in the greatest way I can think of: BY HAVING A SERIES OF GIVEAWAYS FOR THE REST OF OCTOBER!

And I DARE say that each of the giveaway prizes will up the FUN FACTOR several notches during the upcoming year-end School Holidays!!!

So let's kick things off, shall we?

One more thing, all of the giveaways will be compiled into this post so do check back often! :)

4 Tickets to My Little Pony Musical - Rainbow Rocks

One of the best loved cartoons for generations and the only one that commands the passionate adoration of a huge community of grown-up fans worldwide, My Little Pony will come vividly to life on stage - for the FIRST time ever - in My Little Pony Musical - Rainbow Rocks on 24 November 2016 at Sentosa's Resort World Theatre! Seven shows will staged on 24, 25 and 27 November 2016, with ticket prices ranging from S$48 to S$148.

Featuring the voices and acting chops of an immensely talented and international cast of 24, including Chloe MacGregor as Twilight Sparkle, the musical also showcases a sparkling new script by illustrious London’s West End Actor/Playwright Hugh Osborne, and dazzling direction and choreography from the award-winning Jamie Neale. Fill the school holidays with powerful lessons of friendship and loyalty, and magic and laughter, as My Little Pony is one of the most educational and empowering entertainment suitable for the whole family from ages 2 to 96. For tickets, visit HERE.

Good news, I have FOUR tickets* (Cat 2) worth $460 to give away to one lucky family!
*Tickets are valid for the 24 November 2016 (Thur), 5.30pm show only.

To take part, simply follow the following steps:

1. LIKE My Little Pony Musical Rainbow Rocks' Facebook Page HERE.
2. Tell us which My Little Pony your kid adores.
Leave your comment on our Cheekiemonkies' Facebook corresponding post HERE.

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

SHARE Facebook corresponding post (the giveaway photo above) on Facebook for a bonus chance! Remember to set your profile to public so that we can see the shared post.

*Giveaway ends on 31 October 2016, 2359 hours.

5 Pairs of KidZania Singapore Child Tickets

Which kid doesn't love KidZania? This year-end school holidays, thrill the little adults with a trip to KidZania Singapore! Thanks to Paddle Pop Singapore, I have FIVE pairs of Child Tickets to give away to 5 lucky winners!

Did you know that Paddle Pop is accredited by the Singapore Health Promotion Board (HPB) as a healthier choice? Known as a children’s ice cream brand that lets kids be kids, Paddle Pop recognises the importance of play for children by allowing them to play in an interactive and educative yet safe environment. Within KidZania Singapore, there is the Paddle Pop Ice Cream Factory where kids can be an ice cream maker and mix delicious flavours and ingredients and in the process, learn about nutritionally responsible snacking before enjoying yummy treats.

To take part, simply tell us what is your kids' favourite Paddle Pop flavour!
*Hint: Visit www.paddlepopadventure.com.sg/products to see the entire range of Paddle Pop ice cream.

Leave your comment on our Cheekiemonkies' Facebook corresponding post HERE.

SHARE Facebook corresponding post (the giveaway photo above) on Facebook for a bonus chance! Remember to set your profile to public so that we can see the shared post.

*Giveaway ends on 28 October 2016, 2359 hours.

1 x ViDi Action Camera

The ViDi Camera is an action cam very much like the GoPro but at a more affordable price of S$179. It is the lightest action camera yet (only 57g), takes videos and still images, comes with a 1.5" LCD screen and when encased in the bundled waterproof casing, it floats. So no worries about losing the cam! An extension pole and 4GB microSD Card are included in the package. If you're looking for an action camera to take some kiddy action in a water or outdoor environment, the ViDi cam is defintitely value for money. Available online HERE.

And I have ONE ViDi Action Cam to give away!

To take part, simply follow the following steps:

1. LIKE ViDi Action Cameras Asia's Facebook Page HERE.
2. Tell us what special memories would you love to preserve with the ViDi Action Cam.
Leave your comment on our Cheekiemonkies' Facebook corresponding post HERE.

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

SHARE Facebook corresponding post (the giveaway photo above) on Facebook for a bonus chance! Remember to set your profile to public so that we can see the shared post.

*Giveaway ends on 26 October 2016, 2359 hours.


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Oct 15, 2016

Autobacs Bukit Batok, your One-stop Car Mart, Reopens with a Carnival!

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I have to admit, car accessories shopping is not for everyone - and certainly not for every kid either. But surprisingly, Autobacs Singapore has made it into an interesting stop with its extensive range of car-related products that even had the monkies browsing intently.

Because after an extensive makeover, Autobacs Bukit Batok has reopened with new additions that places a huge emphasis on enhancing consumer experience.

For starters, its interior looks so much more spacious and brightly-lit!

If you have been to the pre-refurbished outlet, you will remember its interior to be rather dull with the shopping aisles being too close to one another and products are pretty much all over the place.

Not so with the newly revamped version then.

And even better, it has a dedicated shopping corner for female drivers!

Yes, expect plenty of kawaii accessories here. the wifey hardly drives, but even she was attracted to this section!

For me, I loved how the entire area has been spruced up with extremely informative panels for customers. Like the tyre section, which has educational panels next to the tyres, explaining each model and its features.

And thanks to useful information panels like this, I know more about engine oil now.

Did you know that Autobacs hails from Japan? In Japan, it is called a ‘Car-life store’ – meaning anything that is car-related, Autobacs is sure to have it. And judging from the seating area where customers can chat with sales advisers to understand more about certain products, providing a shopping experience that goes beyond the usual cash-and-carry retail model is clearly its motto as well.

The great thing about servicing your car at Autobacs is everything about its pricing is transparent. There are no hidden costs, with the full pricing (and what it covers) being clearly communicated to customers upfront.

And speaking about servicing. transparency is also key when it comes to that.

Customers will be able to wait in an air-conditioned room, which comes with free massages (via a massage chair) and WiFi.

More importantly though, they will be able to keep tabs on their cars during the entire servicing process!

And in celebration of its reopening, Autobacs Butkit Batok will be holding a grand Vroomland carnival for a good 10 days (ending on 16 October 2016)!

What's a carnival without amazing discounts, no? There are plenty 'Down Down Deals' with up to 50% off over 500 products of car accessories & car care!

And do bring the kids along as well... because there are plenty FREE activities to keep them occupied - think Popcorn, Candy floss, Scoop drinks, and cartoon screenings.

Oh, and free Balloon Sculpting too. Check out Ale's Snorlax! Cuteness overload, I tell you.

For the boys though, they had this to go ga-ga over.

Daytona arcade, and it's all FREE too! I have this secret hope that Autobacs Bukit Batok keeps these machines beyond the carnival.... so that I can bring the boys back for free arcade action anytime. LOL.

Need more reasons to head down this weekend? There are loads of exclusive promotions and giveaways too, including:

- Up to 50% off over 500 products of car accessories & car care.
- Buy 2 Get 2 Free Pirelli tires (selected model & sizes Only and limited quantities per day)
- Buy 3 Get 1 Free Bridgestone tires (selected sizes only and while stocks last)
- Buy 1 Get 1 Free Engine Oil Package (Available to Idemitsu and Castrol oil service package, and limited quantities per day)
- Ladies Drivers Exclusive - Enjoy 5% Additional Discount (Min Spend of $50 in a single receipt)
- Free Battery Health Check and get a free travel adaptor (worth $39.90) with every purchase of Bosch Battery
- Gift With Purchase: Free Autobacs Mobile Stent (with any purchase) and Free Autobacs Sunshade set OR Umbrella (with purchase of $50 and above)

MORE details on other promotion deals HERE.

PLUS! Here is a SPECIAL promotion just for our cheekiemonkie readers: Get a Free 50 point check and engine shine worth $100! Just quote 'AutobacsKA' for from now to 31 October 2016. Only valid for the FIRST 10 DAILY!

*The Vroomland carnival is happening from now until 16 October 2016, 10am to 8pm.

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Autobacs Bukit Batok
30 Bukit Batok East Avenue 6 Singapore 659761
Website: www.autobacs.com.sg
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AutobacsSG/

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