Disney On Ice 2016: Magical Ice Festival {Giveaway for Family Package}

We may be a month away from the 2016 March School holidays but I’m already making plans to make it a fun filled break for Sophie who’s just started Primary School. She had a few suggestions of her own like organizing a get together with her friends from her childcare whom she misses so much, taking her swimming and even coming to my office to intern. But what she’s doesn’t know, is that I’ll be surprising her and taking her to Disney On Ice’s presents Magical Ice Festival when they come to Singapore in March!

Okay, I’ll admit I’m also looking forward to the show myself because it’s DISNEY. Like so excited! *does a happy dance*

And like they say, being a parent now gives me a legit excuses to gush over Disney like a five-year old. So totally no judging if you’re a Disney fan like me too.

I can still remember how excited Sophie was when we took her to Disney On Ice’s Treasure Trove two year ago. She was all dressed up as her favourite Disney Princess Belle and was entralled by the performers who waltzed, skated and danced so gracefully to the various well loved Disney stories.

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She may be dressed as Princess Belle but this one lacks her refined grace

Disney on Ice presents Magical Ice Festival

This year’s, Magical Ice Festival, promises to takes you on a another sensational journey with all the well loved Disney characters where you’ll be treated to a medley of Disney movies from The Little Mermaid to Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel as well as special appearances from characters of Frozen, like Queen Elsa, Anna and the adorable Olaf! Who ever said the Frozen fever has died down when the kids are still belting out to Let it Go, Let it Go.

By pulling together moments from classic Disney stories to the newest feature film sensation Frozen and combining them with elements of comedy and music, we developed a truly unique way to re-tell each fairytale,” says Producer, Juliette Feld.

In our more than 30 years of producing Disney On Ice shows, Feld Entertainment has been waiting for a film like Frozen,” says Producer, Nicole Feld. “”he most exciting part of bringing characters like Anna and Elsa to the ice for the first time is knowing that they have a powerful and inspiring message that resonates with audiences as the sisters discover the true meaning of love.”

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You can call me out for being bias, but I’ve never been disappointed by Disney’s production as I’m always certain that they’ll put up an unforgettable performance. And I bet you, Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival will be an enchanting experience enchanting mix of royalty, where the stories of Disney’s most beloved heroines come to live with energetic choreography that will have audiences singing, dancing and cheering their favourite Disney characters.

 

Here are 10 magical moments behind Disney On Ice to get you all geared up for the show.

1. Disney On Ice was founded in 1981 and has since travelled to over 75 countries and 6 continents

2. The average size of the ice skating surface is 140ft [42m] x 70ft [21m]

3. There are approximately 180 costumes presented at one Disney On Ice show

4. And more than 100 people work on these costumes

5. It takes 18 trucks to transport all production equipment for set-up

6. And it takes between 12-15 hours to set up one Disney On Ice show

7. But just about 4 hours to tear down the entire production

8. Over 80 different colours of paint are used on the 183 props for this production

9. The youngest performer on this year’s show is 19-years-old and the oldest is 44-years-old

10. Each performer may change up to 8 costumes in one show

 

Ticketing Details

Date: 11 March 2016 to 20 March 2016

Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium

Receive VIP treatment when you purchase the Magical Moment Package. The Magical Moment Package worth $200, includes:

  • 1 rink side seat (1st row only)
  • Priority entrance access via VIP entrance
  • Crowd-free merchandise shopping opportunity (30mins before general  doors open)
  • 1 VIP Lanyard
  • 1 Event Poster
  • Post show meet & greet

 

To book your tickets for Disney On Ice’s Magical Ice Festival , you may purchase them online via: www.sportshubtix.sg.

11 - 20 MARCH 2016

11 – 20 MARCH 2016

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 Thanks to Feld Entertainment, here’s your chance to win a family package for 4 tickets to Disney On Ice’s presents Magical Ice Festival this March school holidays!

To take part in the giveaway, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

 

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Please note:

  • Giveaway ends on 12 Feb at 23:59pm
  • Only readers residing in Singapore is eligible for this giveaway
  • Winners will be notified via email and have 24 hours to respond to email otherwise a new winner will be drawn
  • All false FB accounts will be disqualified from the giveaway

 

*A Juggling Mom received complimentary tickets to watch Disney On Ice’s presents Magical Ice Festival. Photos are used with credits to Feld Entertainment. 

Making memories around the dining table

Chinese New Year is round the corner and for most families it’s a time when the family is gathered for the all important reunion dinner. It doesn’t matter how busy your schedule is or how far away you are, when it comes to reunion dinners, both young and old will always makes time for family on this special occasion to usher in the Lunar New Year.

As Asians, my mum would often make a fuss about having our meals together. Besides waiting us to tuck in once she dishes out her dishes from the kitchen so that we can eat them while it’s hot from the pot, it’s always her way of rounding up the family so that we can share about our day with each other. But as we got older, meals together as family got lesser and lesser as everyone got busy with work, friends and life took over.

When we started our family, I always envision us eating at the dining table as a family. It started off well when Sophie had her own high chair and she’ll learn to eat different kinds of food as we expose a variety to her on her plate. And as a noob cook, my dear family was patient not to fire me from the kitchen even though I’ve whipped up dishes that will never make it to the kitchen table again.

But over time, the dining table became cluttered with stuff, which I’m guilty of, and we settled for our meals  at the coffee table in front of the TV and traded our precious family time for TV time.

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Now that my mum cooks on weekdays at my place, we’ve resumed our meals at the dining table and I hope it’s here to stay. More than just a meal with the family, it’s a time when mobile devices are barred and banned and everyone comes together to say grace and feed our bodies and soul at the same time.

Sophie recognises that everyone plays a part and she’s been in charge of wiping and setting the table for dinner. Sharing a meal is the perfect setting to talk about our day where we catch up on how each other’s day went, share our opinions about things around us, talk about our plans for the weekends among other things.

Unknowingly, they can also be times when we impart important lessons to Sophie when she opens up and tells us about incidents that happened in school like a friend who keeps disturbing her or what she should do if a friend doesn’t want to talk to her. As we offer our suggestions, she’s learning about how to turn to adults for advice, hear us giving her different views and opinions for her to make better choices on her own.

Not surprising, there has been studies on how eating together as a family has multiple benefits from here, here and here. But you and I know that we could all do with more meal time as a family. So let’s not wait till it’s Chinese New Year before we sit together as a family to share a meal.

I love how the Meal Time Movement sums it all up.

 

The most important thing isn’t what’s on the table. Or even being around a table at all.

Mealtime means taking a moment to enjoy food with humans you care about. And it makes a big difference in how we live and grow.

Meals feed the body. Mealtime feeds the relationship.

Enjoying conversations over food helps form connections, one bite at a time. 

 

A family that eats together, stays together. So beyond the Lunar New Year, let’s make time to always have meals with the ones who matter to us!

This post was inspired by the Real Love Never Ends campaign by AIA Singapore. You can catch the video here. ‪#‎CelebrateRealMoments‬ ‪#‎RealLoveNeverStops‬

Here’s wishing you and your family a very Blessed Lunar New Year too!

 

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Chinese New Year Lunch at Grandma’s

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Chinese New Year Lunch with Sophie’s cousins

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Hosted CNY dinner for our family last year

 

Remembering what matters

A friend asked me the other day if I am still blogging now that Sophie is in Primary One. This has been weighing on my mind since I wanted to simplify as one of my goal’s for this year and one way was to spend less time online and be present with my family.

While I would still like to document the things we do as a family, the places we go as well as Sophie’s growing up years on the blog, I’m also mindful that she’s getting older and may find her mummy’s open documentation of her life intrusive and even embarrassing years down the road.

Of course, a more practical consideration these days is making time to blog. Since the year started, I’ve been busy helping Sophie adjust to Primary One. First, there was the early risings and early nights which we had to get accustomed to as she’s in the morning session. Thankfully, Sophie has been a happy camper so far and would jump out of bed the moment her alarm clock rings… even on weekends so that leaves me with little chance of sleeping in on weekends. *yawn*

When I’m home in the evenings after work, I’ll try to spend time with Sophie to catch up on her day, take her down to the playground or go exercise with me. Now that my mum is over at my place, our tummies are filled with lots of home-cooked goodness and she’s been such a valuable help.

After Sophie goes to sleep, I’ll start planning what to pack for her lunch box at recess time, schedule some revision for Sophie in the afternoons so that she’s kept duly occupied in the afternoons when Grandma is home with her. I’m no tiger mummy and believe that at her age, she ought to have time for play and free time so she gets a pretty balanced timetable.

Then there’s the dreaded chores that I tackle at the end of the day because I pray and hope that they will disappear *wishful thinking*. Plus I’ve been trying… to sleep before midnight so that I’m well rested to start my day early. Still working hard on that one.

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Tinkering on the keyboard to learn music with no stress of being graded

So four weeks into it and I musy say I do like this pace of life so much more as I’m

  • more well rested (no more late nights trying to churn out another post),
  • healthier and stronger because I’m making time for exercise and workouts and no supper,
  • more time for my family as we are off our devices and being fully present

And if there’s one thing that I observed is that I’m now truly living the life I desire and not just talking about the life I wished I had. Life is meant to be lived in the present tense and not with regrets as we look back over the years of the missed opportunities with our loved ones to read a bed time story together or to snuggle under the sheets or simply just to be in each other’s company just doing nothing.

So this space may not be updated as frequently as I used to and it even be neglected. But what matters is that I know full well it’s because my family is not :)

Anyway, I’ll still be active on Facebook and Instagram for now as I’m not ready to turn my back on social media. So remember what matters most to you and keep sowing into it if you want to reap the fruits of it :)

 

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Playground time with Sophie is the best part of the day that she looks forward to

Motivational Monday – Coming Back Fitter and Stronger

One of the things I’ve set my mind on for 2016 is to get back to a healthier lifestyle. Since my operation in November 2014, I’ve allowed myself to slack on my exercise. I was after all recovering from an operation and had to avoid any form of strenuous exercise – that was my justification and a valid one but not when it went beyond 6 months.

As the months passed, a lack of exercise accompanied by a no holds bar diet saw me steadily gaining weight where my clothes got tighter and tighter. Unfortunately, what made it worse were the back to back vacations last year, where I went to Bangkok, Penang and Hong Kong where it was just eating, eating and more eating. And I further tried to justify that I was on a holiday and it would be such a waste to pass up on all these mouth watering local fare. I know #fatdieme 😛

But what set the alarm bells off was when I realised how unfit I’ve become and would pant so hard when I’m running beside Sophie who’s on her set of wheels. So I made up my mind that it’s time to get serious about my health and started a resolution to get fit and healthy in 2016.

Home Workouts

As a working mum, I used to think, “Who has time for exercise when I have a thousand and one things to do every single day”? But if you changed your mentality and make time for exercise then nothing will stop you and the best bet is to find suitable home exercise.

2 years ago, I did the Insanity workout and while it ramped up my fitness level and made me so much fitter and stronger than I could have imagine, my knees got a beating from the high impact exercise since I don’t wear my shoes at home which helps to minimise the impact from the plyometric exercises.

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So this time round, I’m more mindful and have embarked on the Kayla Itsines Workout, where her Bikini Body workout is what shot her to fame with a cult folllowing who swear by it for their transformation. Just check out the hashtag #bbg, and you’ll be inspired by all these women who have worked hard for their awesome bodies.

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Image credit Kayla Itsines Instgram

So it was no surprise when a few friend recommended it to me when I asked for suggestions on home exercise. If you’re keen to find out more about the workout, here’s an article. One set back though is that as the weeks progress you’ll need more equipment, like kettle bell and medicine balls, barbells and dumbbells.

But go online and you’ll find that there are plenty of fitness videos, blogs and workouts that you can do at home either with or without any equipment.

Exercising with Sophie

To switch things up, I also go for runs with Sophie as she cycles on her bicycle. Love it that I get to be home earlier these days since I changed my working hours, so I get to spend more time with Sophie and do things together with her.

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Last week, I even challenged Sophie to climb the stairs together and she very confidently told me that scaling 30 storeys is not a problem. She had to eat her words after she made it to the 10th floor and I could see defeat written on her face 😛

So our goal is to make it to 30 storeys by the end of February. And stair climbing is something that we can all do plus it’s FREE! But do take the lift down as your knees may hurt from the impact when going down stairs.

Committed to the end

Since I’m going all out with my fitness goal, I also signed up for my gym membership last weekend and will be working out with Alexis while Sophie is at her Saturday gymnastics class . An awesome win win situation, don’t you think?

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I’m so so thankful to Alexis who’s been so supportive of my decision to get healthy and he’s also on a healthier lifestyle too. Being healthy is a decision that we have to make for ourselves and there are no shortcuts to it.

 

Here’s to a healthier and fitter us in 2016!

 

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Motivational Monday – My One Little Word for 2016

It’s been two weeks since the start of 2016 and like many I had a hard long thought about my direction for the year. This was inspired by  Ali Edwards when I got introduced to  Project Life where she likens One Little Word to “a word to focus on, mediate on, and reflect upon as I go about my daily life“.

For me My One Little Word is like a compass that directs how I’m going to live my life, a sail what steers me for the next 365 days and a word to keep me focused this year.

My One Little Word for the past two years have been

2014 – Nurture

2015 – Pause

While I don’t think I paused very much last year and may have even suffered from fatigue as I struggled to keep afloat trying to swim against the tide, I did set aside time to nurture myself in 2014  when I embraced a healthier life style and picked up a new hobby, scrapbooking and Project Life.

For this year, I’m going with SIMPLIFY.

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A word to remind me to prune away at the areas of my life that are holding me back from living a more purposeful life.

A word to remind me to avoid over scheduling my life with too many appointments and activities that I can’t stop to smell the roses.

A word to remind me to reduce my choices and be more single minded in my decisions, starting from my wardrobe and shoes.

A word to remind me to get rid of the clutter in my life and only hold on to what’s of significance.

A word to remind me to live simply and be contented with what God has already blessed me with in life.

 
And on that note, I started 2016 decluttering my home and I packed away bags and bags of things that I no longer need in my life, from worn out clothes, to clothes at least 2 sizes smaller, to letters and documents dating back to my first job, craft projects I no longer do or will do, expired stuffs like lotions, make up, and the list goes on….

While I have read the widely popular konmari method, to only keep things that spark your joy, I very frankly and somewhat heartlessly junked even things that brought me joy, because no matter how you see it, they are still cluttering my space, my home, my life. To be very honest, I think what helped was having a right logical and rational hubby who kept questioning why I was holding on to so and so item, that I threw them away to avoid his questioning and you know what, I really don’t miss them at all.

Another area what I’m going to simplify is also on this virtual space of mine where i’ll be more selective of what I post on my blog. I’m sure fellow bloggers will agree with me that fatigue sets in once you lose your direction and voice on your blog. And the last thing I want to do is to feel like I’m just a platform for pushing out reviews and products that come my way. I’m thankful for the opportunities that have come my way, but will have to be more discerning of what I want to feature so that my blog can be a place for me to share stories from the heart :)

 

Thanks for sticking around and I hope 2016 treats you better :)

 

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