Motivational Mondays – To live or exist?

Last week has been an emotional week where 3 of my family members have been admitted to hospital. It’s heart breaking to see the toil that sickness takes on their bodies with nothing that we can do to help except pray. Pray for recovery, pray for answers, pray for salvation. 

And as I ponder about their lives, this quote came to mind.

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” Oscar Wilde

Can I truly say that I’ve been living and not merely existing in all my hurried days. While we have day to day responsibilities to carry out, parenting, work, upkeeping of a home, let us not forget to live.

To live with thankfulness in our hearts for what we have, for families, friends, the opportunities to enjoy and appreciate the simple things in life and the simply to be alive.

 

 

Seize every opportunity to mend a broken relationship, to share joy, to say sorry, to whisper I love you, to lend a helping hand, to take risks, to go on an adventure, to tell someone about the immeasurable love of God.

 

 

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Alive Museum Singapore – 3D Interactive Museum

Looking for a fun filled activity for the whole family? All you need is a sporting attitude, fun personality and a camera. Can you guess where?

The Interactive 3D Alive Muesum opened it’s doors in Singapore this year and is conveniently located in Suntec City. Alive Museum is Korea’s first and largest entertainment museum featuring original 3D illusionary art. Do you know that they have 8 branches alone in Korea. Not surprising since the city center of a 3D art museum started from Korea.

Since Alexis and I have been to Trick Eye in Korea, we had an idea of to expect and was looking forward to it as we had such a fun time. To get the most of your experience, here are five tips for an enjoyable time.

5 tips for an enjoyable time at Alive Museum

1. Go light.

The place doesn’t have any lockers. So heading there after a shopping trip would be a bad idea. Try to go as light as possible and if possible just go with a sling bag so you don’t leave your belongings lying around, especially when you have to poses for photos.

Prams and strollers are also not a good idea since the place can be rather right at some parts with steps and doors to look out for.

Speaking of doors, do be careful when you are standing behind one as people can get pretty enthusiastic as they move from one room to another. We had to remind Sophie to stand clear of them to avoid any accidents.

All hail, your Royal Highness

2. Have a fun time

Coming to a place like this requires you to be thick-skin to ignore the stares and even laughs from others as you get into wacky poses. But remember you are there for a fun time, so drop the inhibitions and just have a good time.

Anyway chances are, they’ll be in equally silly poses at you, so go ahead and laugh at them,  I mean laugh along with them :)

Even the usual serious Alexis upped his acting skills and got into action

Left: I’ve got super strength. Right: Caught vandalising

Flying Alexis

Left: A tricky post attempting to get rescued by Superman. Right: Being sucked into a whirlpool

3. Be creative

Each picture comes with suggested poses at the side and some of them can be pretty tricky to achieve like the Michael Jackson pose.

But I feel that being somewhat exaggerated helps to get maximum impact for your photos. Haha, see how drama mama me and Sophie can be.

Take 1

Take 2 with more intense expressions as we escape from the dragon

Run for your lives!!!

Intruder. HIYAH, take that!!!

4. Let the kids have fun

I know I can sometimes be quite fussy about how my photos turn out. So I tend to give suggestions on how Sophie should pose. But kids have their own ideas, so give them the freedom of expression and you’ll be surprised at what they’ll come up with.

And remember point 2 and 3 above to let your hair down and have a fun time while you work those creative juices.

AHHHHHH!!!

Eeee chocolate ice cream?

She totally nailed the expression. No need for acting classes.

Like the picture above, it was hard to make her understand the effect we were trying to get from this picture even after explaining to her. But it’s okay because she had fun with it after all. No point forcing the kids to pose if they didn’t want to.

5. Be patient

As I’ve mentioned before, space in this place can be pretty tight. And when the room is small, you can have a crowd waiting to pose and take pictures, especially for popular ones like this Little Mermaid set up.

Not only that, you’ll find that a room may have a few photo points around, some even next to each other making it impossible to have a clear space for your shot.

So my advice is to go in the day on a weekday if you can. Otherwise, you have to be prepared to be as patient as you can.

When we were there on a Friday evening, there are human jams at a few points, so we hurried to the other rooms and later came back when it was less crowded. It can be frustrating if you are behind a big group and worse when they can’t make up their mind on who should go first or which pose to take. If you can, ask that they allow you go first, which I did twice, and just be quick to snap from a few angles and hope that one of them will be good enough for Facebook!

Overall Experience at Alive Museum

Overall, we had an enjoyable time at Alive Museum and had a good belly work out as we laughed at each other’s silly poses. It helped that we managed our expectations of the crowd and the time needed to cover it (We went on a Friday evening from 7-9pm).

Having visited the one in Korea before, I would say that the biggest difference is the area of the museum. Though it’s located conveniently in Suntec City, it would be much better if the premise was bigger allowing it to accommodate more visitors. On that note, perhaps they should have a limit on capacity or staff could be stationed in some of these crowded rooms to control the crowds or even take photos for the visitors to ease the human jams.

Also, I felt that the lighting could be improved. Probably due to the low ceiling, when the spot lights hit the wall, it gives off a flare which you can see in some of the photos above making them appear harsh than it is. But that said, it was still a fun for the whole family.

A few last reminders:

  • Do dress approximately. And for the ladies, do wear pants as there is a room where there is a glass floor
  • If you have young kids that needs to be carried, then you should probably skip it as it will be hard to get into poses
  • Also not for those who are not comfortable having to sit or even lie on the ground to pose for photos
  • For parents with young kids, don’t allow the kids to wander into the Powder Room. It has a PG13 sign, but this may be missed especially when they see the words, Come In.
  • And don’t forget to visit the washroom before entering as there are no toilet facilities inside

 

Alive Museum

Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard #03-372 Suntec City Mall (between Towers 3 & 4) Singapore 038983 Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily

Ticket pricing:

  • Adults $25
  • Child (aged 3-12) $20
  • Family Package $60 (2 adults, 1 child, $10 for each additional child)

Website: www.alivemuseum.sg.

 

* A Juggling Mom was invited to visit Alive Museum Singapore to write this review. No monetary  compensation was received. All opinions are honest and are my own.

Talkative Thursday – Parenting with Grace

As parents, we all have certain expectations of our children, whether they are expressed or unspoken. And some of these expectations may be a product of how we’ve been raised and some may even be our own agenda of our unfinished aspirations or dreams.

As a mum to a 5-year-old, I don’t have any high and lofty expectation of Sophie. My greatest desire is for her is to a young lady of character, one who is confident, self assured with a teachable spirit and a good attitude in life.

But lately, she’s been morphing into a spoilt brat which a capital B which I’m so bewildered because I do not tolerate such behaviours at all. Just how bratty? She can kneel on the pavement demanding for something, use her tears and cry for what she wants, raise her voice and even once shouted at me in public.

For that last one, she got a mean caning from me when we got home where I totally lost my cool and any patience with the little lady. I think I was almost screaming into her ears that we don’t shout in public, especially not at her parents and went on to say that only ill-mannered kids with no mummies will behave so badly. Little did I know that right there I was contradicting myself with my very own behavior with all the shouting as I meted out my discipline. Talk about setting a good example. I felt so crushed and questioned if I’ve not been doing my role well as her mother, her guide.

And as I reflected it about while picking up the book, Shepherding a Child’s again, I felt so guilty stricken as I realised that it’s my own insecurities of how others view me as a mum that I reacted. Society expects us to raise well-behaved children who posses social grace and and behave appropriately. But like adults, kids too have their bad days and they don’t always behave in a way that pleases everyone.

I have known all along that Sophie can be very head strong and stubborn and the last thing to do is to do hard on her. So today, I changed my tactic when she started crying in the MRT because I told her I can’t accompany her on her class excursion with her. My usual reaction is to usually stop her crying by hook or by crook that means threats may even come up. But today, I took a deep breathe, stooped down and look her in the eye and explained that I know she’s disappointed but there’ll be other opportunities for her to take her out. She wouldn’t have it any other way and continued to cry with big fat tears rolling down her face and by then the evening crowd on the train were all staring at the commotion.

But I know that if I want to calm her down, I have to first be calm myself . So I stood by my decision and explained why I couldn’t go while handing her tissue after tissue to dry her eyes. It always helps to crack a joke and it lighten the mood and kept her mind off the topic.

That night, I told her that even though she didn’t behave well, I didn’t scold her because I know she was very tired (she didn’t take her afternoon nap again) and she was disappointed. But I also expect her to be understanding and promised her other opportunities to go out.  I think she appreciated that I didn’t scold her like I normally would.

But more importantly, I reminded that we all need grace in our lives.

Grace, that undeserved, unmerited favour that says, it’s okay, I I know this is not really who you are and I still love you.

Grace to accept that even as mums, sometimes we don’t have it all altogether. Grace to say, it’s okay, let’s not beat ourselves up, pick ourselves and move on. Grace towards our kids too because it’s still a learning process for them and mistakes are inevitable. This grace can only come when we know that we ourselves have been given much grace from our heavenly father and we can extended it to others. And like our kids, we parents are as much a work-in-progress like them.

The days are long but the years are short

Other mums have been sharing this quote  and it does help mums like me with the perspective that this trying period will soon be over before you know it along with the sweet moments of this growing journey. Let’s endeavour to make the long days, the best grace bound days.


 

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Motivational Mondays – Reeling in the KS mum in me

It’s a funny thing how peer pressure can bring up the sleeping kiasuism in me. To me I’ve always thought that it’s important for Sophie to have a carefree childhood. And that means no enrichment classes, lessons like art, dance and swimming don’t count because they are non-academic.

But early this year, when we started to shortlist a primary school for her at five, we got worried about her Chinese language ability as we think we might be sending her to a SAP school (only because it’s the closest for us). To help gain her confidence and interest in Chinese, we’ve started speaking and reading to her more in Mandarin, only to have her reply that she don’t like Chinese.

I asked around and Berries was like the default or rather most popular Chinese enrichment centre and signed her up. But to my horror, they had a long waiting list… Granted that I was looking at a weekend morning class, the waiting still took more than half a year to get her into a class! So if you’re looking at sending your kids to Berries, you’ve been warned. She’s taking well to the class and recently just switched to another branch at our preferred timing and thankfully she’s likes the teachers there.

Another incident that got me worried was when my group of mummy friends started to post what they kids were learning in school. When I saw the words they had for spelling, I was shocked! Ambulance, motorcycle, aeroplane for a five-year-old? Don’t even get me started on their Chinese spelling list. But wait, are they already supposed to know all this?

I know that Sophie is given spelling in her CC but don’t really know what’s on her list as they do it all in school. In fact, her Chinese homework stopped for a while and I was starting to question if maybe the teacher should bring it back so that she’ll learn to be disciplined to finish her homework before play on weekend.During the next few days, reading to her was like a test when I got her to read on her own and even write down words to learn and spell.

Yes, I was starting to sound like a typical KS mum and I didn’t like it one bit. I know that it’s important for our kids to learn at their own pace and it’s okay to encourage them to learn more. After all they are like sponges and able to absorb quickly. But it was my attitude that shocked me because I was getting frustrated when she still couldn’t differentiate between ‘b’ and ‘d’ and my words were less than kind to her.

I had to remind myself that she’s only less than one and a half years ago from primary school and by then she’ll have a lot more learning to do and less play to enjoy. As a mum, encouraging her to learn is one thing, but to try to impose and force it upon her is a sure way to kill her interest and motivation.

So I’ve learnt to loosen up a little and just enjoy our bedtime reading together with no other agenda. Let’s hope that this mum her don’t get into her KS gear soon…

 

Do you also have a child who is entering primary one soon? How are you keeping a balance for them between play and school?

 

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Travel Mini Album on the Go with LG Pocket Printer

On my last vacation to Bali, I made a travel mini album on the roads during my trip. When I’m on a holiday, my mind tends to take a break and I’ll end up forgetting some of the details of the trip, like some of the funny things someone said, the weather that day or the people we met. So scrapping on the go allows me to record all these memories of our trip while they are still “fresh” in my mind.

To do that, I had to get some preparation work done in advance. I got my supplies of travel themed papers, journaling cards, and stamps and compiled it into a mini album that was secured with ring binders. In my travel mini album, I also added pockets and paper bags so that I can slip in items like our boarding passes, name cards, luggage tags, brochures, maps.

All that was needed was a printer.

And on my recent trip to the Gold Coast, the people at LG loaned me their latest LG Pocket Printer for review which fitted the bill for printing on the go.

The LG Pocket Printer is a niffy-looking gadget that measures 76 x 126 x 20mm with just 20mm in width. At 221gram, it is lightweight and fits well even in small handbags, making it one of the smallest mobile photo printers around.

If you see the comparison, it is no bigger than my Samsung 5.

As a portable photo printer, it provides wireless connectivity with NFC and Bluetooth for you to print customised pictures directly from smartphones via an app. So to get started,you have to first download the free Pocket Photo app from either the Google Play store or the App Store. The set up is relatively easily and the app allows for various editing functions like the basic crop, brighten and even has filters, frames and allows for quick sharing.

The Pocket Photo prints with ZINK Technology, which stands for Zero Ink Technology, which means that the ZINK printing technology utilises heat to activate the necessary color-forming. pretty much like how polaroid pictures works. And because if that, the printer requires special ZINK® paper, which are pretty pricey starting from $15 for 30 paper sheets.

So the big question is, how do the photos measure up?

With a 313dpi resolution, the prints are surprisingly good. Photos that are printed measures  50mm x 76mm and is slightly smaller than a name card. 

What I do wished that can be improved is the colour quality.

Photo on screen and in print

I noticed that photos taken in the day will give you the best photos. whereas those taken indoors tends to make it look darker than it already is. Because of it’s no ink printing technology, the colours tend to be a little dull but that can be cheated by adjusting the brightness and using the sticker printer to print.

Overall, I do like the convenience of this petite printer and can foresee it being a hit at parties and makes a perfect travelling companion especially if you’re planning to make a travel mini album on the go like me.

 

The LG Pocket Photo 2.0 is available at S$229 at LG authorized retailers and comes in white or candy pink.

 

* A Juggling Mom was loaned the LG Pocket Printer to write this review. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are honest and are my own.

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