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 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.

Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin – Giveaway

January 30, 2017 in Good Things Must Share / Kids / Media

Parents who have children learning music or some musical instrument would know how hard it is to find kids-friendly orchestra performances or any performance that give the children more exposure to classical music.

Which is why I’m totally looking forward to bringing the kids to catch Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin!

This high-energy solo act promises plenty of rollicking hilarity by the talented musician and comedian – a self-confessed “manic idiot violinist” – whose enthusiasm for the classics is highly contagious; and surpassed only by his zany antics and flawless technique.

Suited for 4 year olds and above, Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin is a brilliant combination of classical music, recital, stand-up comedy, audience interaction and even a clown routine.

A master of improvisation, Sid’s material will inevitably be spiced up with surprises and undoubtedly showcase the accessibility of classical music to all ages. Audiences will be thrilled with authentic renditions of famous Mozart, Vivaldi, Rossini and Pachelbel pieces as well as the unexpected pop hit, along with the opportunity to be picked as Sid’s sidekick!

This truly unique original performance will be performed daily from 25 February to 12 March 2017 at Drama Centre Black Box.


We have a set of 4 tickets to Crazy Classics with Sid Bowfin to give away to one reader of the blog!

Date of Show: Sunday 26 February 2017
Time of Show: 2.30pm
Venue: Drama Centre Black Box, Level 5, National Library Building


  • The show is  recommended for 4 years old and above
  • Please participate only if you are able to make it for this show timing
  • Prize is non-transferable, non-refundable & non-exchangeable
  • Children younger than 1 year old will not be admitted

All you have to do is :

  1. Like and Follow Missus Tay on Facebook
  2. Like and Follow Act 3 International on Facebook

and complete the following for more chances to win!

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This giveaway ends at 11.59pm on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 and is open to readers in Singapore only. Winners will be contacted using the contact particulars provided when entering this giveaway and will have 24 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 sponsors, please note that all fake social media accounts (eg. Facebook accounts set up purely to take part in contests with no or very few real friends) will be deemed ineligible to win. By participating, readers acknowledge that this giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook and Instagram.

Murphy’s birthday party

January 15, 2017 in Kids

Murphy’s birthday party. I had the “something not quite right” feeling the whole of yesterday.

Turns out I did forget to include beverage for the catering from Saybons. But after settling that, something STILL didn’t feel right. Kept getting the husb to ask me questions to check if I had missed out on anything but everything seemed in order. Or so, I thought.

This morning, balloons from KidzPartyStore were wrongly delivered to my place instead of party venue. Managed to get them to ask the driver to come back and pick up the balloons to drop off at the party venue.

Next, the venue – Splash @ KidzAmaze didn’t get their party facilitator to come over despite us confirming over email. I provided them with the age group so that they can plan the games and they even gave me a rundown of events in the email. The lack of responsibility was appalling.

The caterer and Chef were late! They were supposed to be there at 930 for setup since the party starts at 10, but was late cos they couldn’t find the way. For a caterer whose job is to cater food at different locations in Singapore, this is not an acceptable reason. It would have helped if their food was fantabulous, but the spread was imho, average. The coordinator did offer to ask the chef to stay behind another 10minutes or so if necessary, but I thought it was a feeble attempt at service recovery. Even if they want to stay behind, the venue provider wouldn’t agree!

ANYWAY! After settling the catering, I realised the cake was still not here! This was unusual because Celebrate-with-Cake ALWAYS sends their cake over on time or earlier. (Have been getting cakes from them for most of the kids’ parties since 2012!) Was overwhelmed by the something-not-right feeling at this point while calling to check on the cake. Turns out they didn’t prepare the cake!!!


No time to kick up a fuss or mope as we worked on solutions to salvage the situation. Got my brother to call Swensens to check if they have Jake & the Neverland Pirates cake at Waterway Point (nearest outlet) and their staff said yes. But when my brother went over to get the cake, they said they made a mistake and there was no cakes of this theme at their branch or branches in the vicinity! My baker managed to do some service recovery with cupcakes arriving in about an hour’s time so we survived the birthday song segment.

I know the cub doesn’t like cupcakes for his birthday, so I asked him how he felt about the cupcakes when we got home after the party. He had participated in the discussion of design for his cake and was somewhat sad that it didn’t materialise. But he bounced back quickly and told us, “it’s ok, Mommy! I’m still happy and the cupcakes are so yummy!” ❤️ my 6yo.

On a positive note, I’m glad my biggest nightmare of all did not happen – I was very worried that his classmates wouldn’t be able to come even though I have gotten their RSVP. Except for one who couldn’t change her class and another who fell sick, I was so relieved that all the others could come as the cub had been looking forward to this celebration with his friends and teachers for the longest time.

4 days into 2017

January 5, 2017 in Musings

Day 4 of 2017, and I’m all frazzled.

I had to give our schedules in 2017 a major overhaul as the cub and the lil’ dragonlady asked to go for more enrichment classes. (It really wasn’t me!) With the addition of classes, I had to request for transfer to other days for some of their existing classes, change my part-time arrangement at work, and ask for more help from home with the drop-off/pick-up for one of their classes. Took me about 2 months of coordinating with all parties and providers involved, so imagine how relieved I was when I finally got everything settled on a pretty sustainable schedule by the time December arrived.

Alas! Due to unforeseen circumstances arising during the last week of December, I had to do another round of class reshuffling. This time, I had to pull the cub out of one of his enrichment classes and change one of his existing class to another day. THEN! I realized there was some confusion over the change of the days for another of the kids’ enrichment class. The schools were all closed for the holidays so I could only email them and wait for them to get back to me when they open for the new school term. Thankfully, each school could get back to me in time before we went for our first lessons in 2017!

This month, our firstborn is turning 6! We decided to give our January baby a bigger party since he is celebrating with his pre-school friends and teachers for the last time this year. That translates to more party stuff to prepare for!

Doesn’t help that Chinese New Year is barely a month away from Christmas. Still have loads to clean up and clear out, despite our decluttering efforts since November 2016! Thankfully, the kids do help out in their little ways.

Besides the role of a PTWM, I try my best to play the role of a supportive partner to my husb well too. He takes care of the macro household issues while I do the micro ones. The administrative bit (read: nitty-gritty) usually falls under my care. 它们很繁琐,可又不得不整理!

While everyone was looking forward to 2017, I was dreading how stressful the new year is going to be for me because in the midst of all this madness, I need to make sure I can set aside some time to clock my hours for Parent-Volunteering and be more vigilant at work with my buddy/backup-at-work away for a few months.

Crossing my fingers, hoping we can settle nicely into our new schedules soon!

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