RWS S.E.A. Aquarium VIP Guided Tour

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Resorts World Sentosa has been our family’s favorite retreat whenever we are looking for a holiday right here at home. With attractions like the Universal Studio, Adventure Cove Waterpark,  S.E.A Aquarium as well as the recently added Trick Eye Museum, there is just so much to see and do.

Just last weekend, we had an amazing ocean journey where we went on an exclusive 3-hour S.E.A. Aquarium VIP Tour where we were treated to three back-of-house areas and even had a chance to feed the sea animals.

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In the month of October, the S.E.A Aquarium is specially decked out in Halloween themed decor where you can spot skeleton bones and pumpkins under the sea.

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Huge spider crabs

But not to worry, they don’t appear that haunting and scary just in case you’re worried that it would give the kids nightmares. In fact, Sophie took the opportunity to dress up as Ariel the Little Mermaid which we rented from My Mini-Me, an online costume rental shop for children. If you’re looking for costumes for parties, you should definitely check them out.

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Sophie the mermaid, singing Part of your world

According to our guide, the Aquarium is also decorated during other festivals like Easter, Chinese New Year with the next change coming up for Christmas! * Yes, we’re only 9 weeks way from Christmas!*

Another program that they have for the month of October that is open to public is Spooky Seas, where kids get to embark on a fun and educational adventure to uncover the mysteries of scary looking and fearsome animals features in their adventure trail map. As they go about on their trail, they’ll also receive treats from the staff as they discover interesting facts of the marine life. Do note, this is only available on weekends.

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Trick or Treat

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Right as we entered the tunnel, we spotted a diver in a special skeletal diving suit. He even blew bubbles much to Sophie’s amusement.

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The best part about being on a guided tour is having the opportunity to ask any questions at all and being filled in with all the answers and information which you’ll never have known if you went on your own. Not only that, the guide also pointed out certain exhibits that we would have otherwise missed since the Aquarium is usually so crowded with locals and tourists.

Another noteworthy point about the guided tour was how I was re-educated by our guide. For example, you know how we always use the terms star fish and jelly fish? Well, turns out I was so wrong because fishes have gills and the correct term for them should be sea stars and sea jellys. #nowyouknow

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Moon Sea Jellies which has a distinctive four pink horseshoes shaped organ that resembles buttons

Over at the Discovery Touch Pool, we were also given privileged and exclusive access without jostling with the rest of the visitors as guests of the VIP guided tour where the Mariners shared lessons about the knobbly sea star, sea cucumber and sea urchins.

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Did you know that this is actually where the mouth of the sea star is? Yipe, means you’ve always been touching it’s bottom :P

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Sophie at one of the 12 activity stations around the aquarium

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The Leafy Sea Dragon which are master of disguise. Can you spot them?

I don’t know about you but I’ve never seen the octopus moving about before. And I guess it must be our lucky day, because not only was it active that day, it also displayed an amazing change of colour from white to red right before our eyes.  If you’ve never seen it before, go goggle it and you’ll be utterly blown away.

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Back-of-House tours
As guest of the guided tour, we had privileged access to three back-of-house tours. To keep to the exclusivity of the program, photography and videography are not allowed but you’ll be glad to know that I can share what you can expect.

Our first back-of-house tour took us to the top of the Ocean Dome, where we saw the aquarists feed the manta rays. And I was so awed to learn the mantra rays are trained to know which spot to go for their feeding by recognizing a colour-coded card that is lowered into the tank. And you thought that Dolphins are the only smart sea creatures. And and we also got to feed the other sea animals too!

Another back-of-house tour gave us the chance to see the only genuine soft and hard coral in the aquarium with the chance to learn from an aquarist on how they care for the sea creatures, breed sea jellys as well as conduct researches with the local universities.

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The coral reef where we had the chance to see from above

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But the most interactive back-of-house tour was seeing the dolphins in Dolphin Island. There are 23 dolphins housed in Dolphin Island that are cared for by a dedicated team of about 30 staff where they are taken care of 24 hours a day and given utmost care. As we walked into Dolphin Island, we witnessed their playful and sociable  personality as they swan close to us and even leapt out of the pool.

At one point, they even communicated with Sophie with high pitch calls when she stooped down to wave good bye to them before we left. She was so fascinated and exclaimed that the dolphins thought she was a real mermaid in her costume. This must be the highlight of the whole tour for Sophie.

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While we didn’t get to experience direct interactions with the dolphins, the various programs available for the Dolphin Interaction was very interesting and we’ll probably come back for one of them when Sophie meets the minimum height requirement.

At the end of the three-hour guided tour, we left with a greater appreciation of the dedication of the team who work tirelessly in S.E.A. Aquarium. This was undoubtedly a fascinating and educational tour that the the young and old will enjoy.

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RWS S.E.A. Aquarium VIP Guided Tour

Price: S$88/adult and S$68/child {4-12 years old}, discounts available for annual pass holders
Duration: Approximately 3 hours
Tour times: Starts from 9am daily, approximately 2-3 tours/day
For reservation, call +65 65776077 or email rwstours@rwsentosa.com.

Tour Entitlements:

  • Priority access to S.E.A. Aquarium
  • 1-Day Pass to S.E.A. Aquarium
  • 1 VIP lanyard
  • 1 session to participate in marine animal feeding
  • 1 complimentary group photograph
  • A S$10 meal voucher for use at Fish and Crab Shack / Ocean Restaurant / The Bay Restaurantd
  • Dolphin Island back-of-house tour

Tour Information:

  • Tours are non-exclusive and will accommodate a minimum of 2 guests to a maximum of 10 guests for a duration of approximately 3 hours.
  • Tour departs daily from 9am at S.E.A. Aquarium Guest Services Counter; please enquire with VIP Tour Reservations for available timing.
  • Reservations are required and must be made at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Tours are in English; please check with Tour Reservations on the availability of other languages.
  • No photography and videography is allowed during the back-of-house tour.

 

To read about other attractions at RWS Sentosa Singapore, do check out our review of Trick Eye Museum Singapore.

 

* A Juggling Mom was invited to S.E.A. Aquarium for the VIP Guided Tour to write this review. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are honest and are my own.

Daiso Craft Idea – Shadow Box Decoration

Last week, I shared this craft idea where it received more than 100 likes. Surely something this well-liked deserves to be up on the blog for future reference.

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The idea is simply a shadow box that I bought from Daiso, a Japanese concept shop where everything is S$2 flat. It’s my shopping heaven because everything seems like a bargain and to me, a great find from Daiso deserves to be shared. It’s my kinda heaven and my hubby’s nightmare…In fact when I tell Sophie I’m going to my favourite shop, she’ll ask, “Is it Daiso?”

Back to my Daiso craft… I picked up this wooden shadow box from the Chinatown outlet. And before I go further, I must add that this wooden box is such a steal at a mere $2 because if you were to buy a similar one from Spotlight, or any of the local craft shops, it would easily cost $6-8.

What I did with the shadow box was to cover the base with a piece of background paper. Here I used a craft paper with a horse design since the theme was My Little Pony. Next I stuck a photo to the base of the box and added two of Sophie’s My Little Pony figurines with blue tack (These were from MacDonalds Happy Meal by the way).

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To jazz up the rest of the box, I also added one of my Project Life cards with foam dots to give it more dimension. And since I have a signature doily style when I scrapbook, I included one of it behind the photo for a nice dainty hint of lace.

To top it all off, I cut out a mason jar from one of my pattern paper as an embellishment and made a washi tape banner (because everything looks nicer with washi tape).


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My Little Pony theme shadow box

So there you have it a personalized shadow box. This can be doubled up as a display for your child’s  favourite toy like what Justina did here or simply a photoframe. In fact I’ve even seen how someone used a few of these shadow boxes and turned them into a doll house for her daughert’s lalalooopsy dolls. There are plenty of shadow box ideas on Pinterest, which by the way, you can follow my board here.

But the best part – I only spent $2 on this craft project. How awesome right? Perhaps I should consider having a new segment on the blog for Daiso craft ideas. What do you think. If you’ll like to have more craft ideas from items you can buy from Daiso, do give this post a like.

If you do pop into any Daiso and see these shadow boxes, do share the outlets that still carry them as they are no longer found in the outlets that I’ve been too.

 

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Motivational Mondays – Cherishing Family Moments

How was your weekend? My usual lament of a short weekend will not apply for me, because lucky for me we’re heading for a beach vacation to Phuket this week. Truth be told, I was in two minds about the trip as I’m not completely out of the red, so to speak and the bleeding continued though I’m on a 21-days hormone medication.

But since this short getaway is not just for me but also for the family, I decided to see another gyne as suggested by my friends just to ensure that everything is fine as my regular gyne was still away. And I glad I did because this private gyne was able to diagnosed the cause of the heavy bleeding, unlike KKH  (what a waste of time and money, $^)&)#).

Anyway according to her, there is just one fibroid that’s causing this problem and she recommended an operation to solve the issue otherwise the same problem will just keep plaguing me every month. And since my health comes first, I’ve decided to have it done next month. Meanwhile, I’ve been prepped up with stronger medicine for the trip and hope I do get the chance to chill in the pool. Otherwise, I’ll just have to take comfort that at least I’m away on a vacation with the family (a third one for us this year) with lots of time to just rest and relax with a coconut in hand.

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Sophie counting down to Phuket

My family has been nothing but supportive during this rather demoralizing period. So they definitely deserve to enjoy themselves. As for me, being with family is more than I can ask especially one that sees me through thick and thin.

On a happier note,  here’s sharing our wonderfully taken family photos by Steph Tan. Steph is a local photographer whom I got to know from my community of mum bloggers. Every year, she does a charity Pass it On campaign to raise money in support of WorldVision’s Sponsor a Child Programme. This year, I made an appointment with her and we were not disappointed.

The venue was at Bishan Park, and the theme was inspired by the movie Up where she used lots of colourful helium balloons. 

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Always Daddy’s little girl

While I love being behind the camera to capture precious family moments, I’m usually not in most of the photographs. So I’m really glad we did the photoshoot because Steph captured this most treasured moment between Sophie and myself where we were sharing a good laugh.

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A daughter is someone you laugh with, dream with and love with all your heart.

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No matter how old you’ll be, you’ll always be my little baby girl

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Family is what happens when two people are in love

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My favourite photo of us three where little Sophie was squeezed like  an orange in her words!

We hope you’ll always have cherished family moments in your homes.

 

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3M LED5000 Polarizing Task Light {Review and Giveaway}

Besides blogging, another thing that keeps me up at night is working on my crafts. It’s been a therapeutic way for me to unwind especially when I’m doing what I enjoy. This can be working on my project life, scrapbooking, making cards, creating rainbow looms or just crafting in general.

And because these are usually done after Sophie is asleep at night, it can be very straining on my eyes especially when I stay up late into the night t steal some me-time for myself. But the ceiling lamp in my craft room is not sufficiently bright and to add to my woes, my lamp was too “yellow” causing my eyes to be tired from the strong glare. With prolonged usage, I was starting to get concerned that it would waken my eyesight too.

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But these day, blogging and crafting is a lot more enjoyable with my favourite companion, my new 3M LED 5000 Polarizing Task Light.

Not all lamps are created equal

According to a survey from 3M,  70% of Singaporeans do not understand the need for a task light during various task activities, preferring to rely solely  on ambient light which may be harmful for the eyes.

Understanding the strain we put our eyes through daily, 3M introduced the new LED5000 Polarizing Task Light. Equipped with it’s trademark Polarizing Filter Technology, it effectively reduces harmful glare, making reading, crafting and even using the computer less straining on my eyes.

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Instantly lights up my craft area with a touch of a button

Adjusted to suit your needs with just one touch

With the LED5000, I’ve learnt that brightness levels are measured in illuminance (lux), and not wattage (which refers to the amount of energy used by the bulb). And for more detailed activities such as studying, scrapbooking and using the laptop, these tasks requires higher lux levels to perform the task comfortably.

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It’s fuss-free touch sensor panel with 5 lux levels setting

And to help me switch effortlessly between the 5 different lux levels, all that’s needed is a simple touch on it’s touch sensor panel.

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Using lux level 5 when I scrapbook

Working on my crafts is so much more comfortable now. Hopefully, it will save my eyesight from deteriorating too fast.

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Using lux level 2 for a much softer glow to light up the room when I use my computer

Sleek, minimalistic design

Another reason why I’m loving my LED5000 is because of it’s slim and sleek design. Not only is it super lightweight at only 0.8kg, the lamp is also retractable so you can easily store it away without taking up space on your work station when it’s not in use.

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Sleek & minimalistic design to suit every work station

It’s compact design also gives me more flexibility to bring it around the house depending on my need and it’s especially useful to brighten the surrounding when I’m taking photos of somrthing for my blog or instagram too.  #signsofbeingasocialmediaaddict

Saves your eyes and your money too

Besides saving your eyes, any reason why the LED5000 is an ideal lighting companion is because it can save you money in the long-run as LED light bulbs lamps are more durable and energy saving.

 

The 3M LED5000 Polarizing Task Light is available in Best Denki, Popular Bookstores and other leading retailers and retails at $239. Do check out their Facebook page for on-going promotions too. (Psst, we heard they are having a promotion right now!)

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* A Juggling Mom received a unit of the 3M LED5000 Polarizing Task Light to write this review. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are honest and are my own.

Seeing Red

{This post may contains information about a lady’s time of the month that may be too graphic for some readers. Please read at your discretion}

Seeing red

Last week, I had an awful scare when I saw red. Too much red to be exact.

It was like any other day in the office when my colleague noticed that blood was flowing down my legs. I froze for a moment and knew that something was wrong… I rushed to the ladies and to my horror found my sanitary pad completed soak and there were blood clots. This was already the fourth day of my period and by right, it shouldn’t be so heavy.

And as I sat in the toilet, I could feel myself hyperventilating and feeling faint both from the shock of seeing so much blood loss and losing blood at the same time. I think I saw there for a long time, at a loss for what to do as I was still bleeding profusely. Fortunately, I had my handphone with me and managed to get a colleague who rushed back from her lunch to rescue me from an awkward situation. But things didn’t improve and I had to rush to the toilet every hour as the the heavy flowed continued the whole day. By the end of the day, I was feeling dizzy from the excessive loss of blood, I had to ask Alexis to rush me down to KKH as my regular gyne is away for two weeks. They gave me a progesterone jab and I was given tranexamic acid tablets for the next three days to treat the heavy period.

The next day, the bleeding eased up and all was looking better. Thank God for mummy. After I told her that happened, she went marketing and came over to cook an iron rich lunch for me to boost and replenish what I had lost.

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By the end of the day, the bleeding was back to normal and I also went back to work the next day.

But on Sunday, a day after I finished my last dosage of medicine, the bleeding continued and it was accompanied by bad cramps. I think I must have sacred little Sophie because there were almost tears in her eyes as she saw me wincing in pain. It was already day nine, so the bleeding was definitely out of the ordinary. So we made another trip to KKH and this time, they attended to me quickly after they saw how pale and ghostly I looked. This time I was given another jab and my head was spinning. So they wheeled me out in a wheelchair in case I fainted there and told me not to go home so soon.

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Sorry if I scared everyone with the photo of it on Facebook. Thankfully, it didn’t warrant any hospitalisation but I was asked to come back again the next day for an ultrasound to see what might be causing the heaving bleeding.(Yes, they refused to do an ultrasound for me on the spot unless it was a life threatening condition at the A&E).

Cause of the bleeding

Back in my head, I suspected it had to do with fibroids as I’ve a long history since 10 years ago. I’ve done two ops before to remove them, once in 2004 and another in 2011. And the ultrasound confirmed that it was the fibroids which most likely caused the heavy bleeding. The doctor advised me to monitor and see if the heavy bleeding resumes next month and if so, then I may have to discuss with my gyne on the next steps. But meanwhile the hormone pills should help to regulate my period and I shouldn’t experience anymore bleeding until the next cycle.

Next steps

This whole episode left me feeling super emo. As it is, each month is a huge disappointment when I get my period, a sign that I’m not pregnant.

And seeing so much red, not only was another let down but a blow that things are not getting better in this trying journey for us to have a second child. In fact, we’ve embarked on TCM and for three months and we thought that things are looking up when this episode happened which really crushed my spirits.

All these while, I already knew about the fibroids which has resurfaced but I chose not to go for another op as we wanted to try… But nothing has been happening and the fibroids are growing bigger and growing more. At this stage, the biggest one is about 5cm. Not going for the op also has its risks as they may multiply quickly (which was what happened the last time) and even if I do get pregnant, it is not without it’s risks…. But going for the op, means more cuts and wound which makes the uterus even weaker and there’s be down time to recover from an op. Plus, I’m still having nighmares from the last op as it was even more painful than a caesarean delivery. Though I don’t need to take any action now, an operation may be inevitable as it is recommended by my gyne earlier.

I’m thankful for the many well-meaning advices from friends who have shared their personal experiences or even encouraged me that our hearts desire may come true after the op. I don’t know what the future holds, but for now, I’m thankful that we already Sophie. Thankful, that all is back to normal now.

Let God

So I’m just taking it one step at a time and letting go of what I think is best and letting God take control. Do continue to keep me in your prayers and thoughts and thank you all for your concern and support.

 

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I wrote about my fibroid removal operation expereince in an older post. if you ar keen to find out more, you can read it here.

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