Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin

March 1, 2017 in Kids / Media

Okay people, it’s everything the press release said. ‘Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin’ was BRILLIANT! We had an absolute blast. The cub was still humming to the tunes and singing “what’s in da bag?” when we got home. (You gotta watch to know!)

It was refreshing to learn more about music and the usually boring classics in quirky ways Sid came up with!  The cub was excited to hear familiar pieces on the violin instead of piano, and was totally impressed by how Sid can play all the different tunes without the need to referring to the scores. That, fellow parents, is our cue to reinforce how important diligent practice is to learning a music instrument. 😉 For those learning string instruments, be inspired by how adept Sid is with the violin and how flexible he is too.

There are plenty of opportunities to interact up close with Sid and be part of the performance. Sid is extremely engaging, so bring the kids to catch him in action! They are going to have such an awesome time, they just might ask for music classes.

Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin
Dates: 25 Feb 17 – 12 Mar 17
Duration: 60 min (no interval)
Venue: Drama Centre Black Box, Level 5, National Library Building

Get your tickets from SISTC. For more information, visit ACT 3 International.

Great Expectations

February 28, 2017 in Musings

Read this article on ST and felt really sorry for not only the lady and her new baby, but us women as well. Women of today are overburdened by expectations from the society.

If you are not married by a certain age, you are either spending too much time working to prove yourself or deemed to have too high expectations. As if we shouldn’t have high expectations when it comes to selecting a partner to spend the rest of our lives with. As if we wanted to put in twice as much effort in order to gain the same recognition as the men.

Let’s face it. When a new female boss/colleague comes in, how many staff would try to find out whether she’s married or not, have kids or not, etc in order to ‘categorise’ her? If a new male boss/colleague comes in, who really cares if he’s married or not?!

If you are married and working, good for you! You are not adding onto your husband’s burden and should probably have kids soon.

If you are working, married and have kids, congratulations – MORE expectations!

You are expected to give birth naturally and breastfeed your baby at least six months. You are expected to be there for your children always and bring them up well as perfect humans. If anything bad happens, YOU the mother will be the first one to get blamed.

You are expected to not expose your children to (bad) television or YouTube. You are expected to revise with the children what they learned in school and enrichment classes every day, practice piano daily, teach them life skills, read them bedtime stories every night, and be the Best Loving Mom EVER to your children. Yet, the Dads will always get Best Parent Award as Mums = Homework + Housework.

You are expected to go back to work so that you don’t waste the education your parents spent so much on you. You are expected to be reachable at all times for work. If you leave on time to rush home to your children, it sends the message your priority is not work, but family. Personally I don’t see anything wrong with that but not clocking more hours at work pretty much translates to career suicide. At this point, I just want to emphasize that no one is indispensable at work but your roles as a parent or child are irreplaceable to your family. I have no idea how women are expected to behave at work. If you are nice, you are a pushover. If you are assertive, you are a bitch.

You are expected to keep the household in order. You are expected to keep your home clean and tidy for your husband and children. You are expected to cook delicious food that is healthy for your family. Bonus if you can plate them well enough for Instagram!

You are expected to be a supportive spouse who still prioritise marriage and couple time over children. You are expected to be a loving wife. You are expected to be understanding of the husband’s long hours and frequent traveling for work.

On top of all these, you are expected to maintain yourself well. You are expected to spend some time running or doing yoga so that you don’t look like a frumpy auntie next to your husband and a grumpy mother next to your children. Basically, you are expected to be a good looking Super Mom, Super Wife, and Super Co-worker.

It’s a miracle many of us are not dying from exhaustion. Women are probably the worst critics of women cos we expect so much from ourselves too. We need to learn to judge lesser and care more for one another to survive!

Dottieshop’s Watercolour Kits

February 14, 2017 in Good Things Must Share / Kids

This is a shoutout for a dear friend who so generously shared everything she learned in watercolor painting class with a few of us when she just started out. Come to think of it, she was probably the one who inspired me to learn more about watercolour painting and calligraphy as well.

This dear friend is Dotz, the lady behind @dottieshop_sg. For some time now, she’s been actively teaching watercolour painting and calligraphy at Artify Studio. Do check out her upcoming classes – she’s a very patient teacher so don’t worry if you are totally clueless!

Thoughtful as she is, she also came up with basic calligraphy and watercolour kits for busy people who want to learn but can’t seem to find time to go for classes. We managed to snag one of the last few Dino watercolor kits and the cub, who is a huge dino-fan, had been raring to try them out!

(I do some leisure painting at home, hence the kids are using my brushes in the pics.)

I must say, these kits are real value for money! Not only do you get instructions on how to paint, Dotz included quality watercolour paint (Windsor & Newton!!!), palette, water brush and watercolor paper. Basically, everything you will need!

Please email her at dottieshop@gmail.com to check on availability of the watercolor or calligraphy kits!

Chicago The Musical

February 12, 2017 in Lifestyle / Media

The award-winning devilish delicious musical CHICAGO is back in Singapore!

Step into the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s with a nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin.

Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer with ambitions of Vaudeville stardom, who murders her lover after he threatens to walk out on her. In her desperate bid to avoid conviction, she hires Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to dupe the public and media by transforming her malicious crime into sensational headlines.

What makes Chicago wildly popular is how sensationalizing the show is with social satire, intrigue, love, betrayal, rivalry and friendship all put together. Obviously, the music and sexy dancing are a huge part of its attraction. And I absolutely LOVE the orchestra on stage too!

Craving for a hot and sensationalizing date this Valentine’s?

Chicago opens at the MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands from 8 February to 26 February. Get tickets here or SISTIC.

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