Thursday, March 22, 2018

APS 12th Junior Squad Meet 2018

It has been 5 years plus from when we signed him up to take on swimming, looking back on his trial in Nov 2012. The thoughts of Xav being in the competitive team was never on our mind as our initial intention to enrol him to learn swimming was to help him outgrew his quarterly wheezing when he was a preschooler. Indeed it helped, he no longer needs to go back to the ENT specialist for review, weaned off singulair (he had to take a pill daily and he took for 3 long years) and he has outgrew his childhood asthma with changes made to his lifestyle, diet and oiling by the age of 6.

He took part in APS Swim School Novice Swim Meet 2013 for the fun of it and progressed up to Stage 8 (Endurance) over the years. In the midst of Stage 8, he was given the opportunity to attend cross-training to see if he could make it into joining the competitive team. He did not make it eventually but he did continue to swim and train.

After a period of 9 months, he was then again given an opportunity to join the competitive team based on his good attitude as recommended by his former coach. I told him to grab hold of every opportunity that comes knocking on his door and go ahead and give it a try if he is keen.

11th April 2017, he joined BlueSky Team officially. Since then, the pool became his third home. Every Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday evenings, at times on Sundays, he will be at the pool for his training. So far, I have not sign him up for any competition or national time trial yet as I feel that he still got to train harder, it is still a long way for him.

This year, we encouraged Xav to give a go for butterfly and backstroke event for the junior squad meet. These two are his weaker strokes as compared to Freestyle and Breast Stroke. He dreaded Butterfly stroke especially as I recalled him struggling halfway during last year's meet.

Initially, when he got to know we submitted the registeration for Butterfly stroke as well, he went "huh, I'm really bad at it...... " But we were glad to know that he was willing to challenge himself this year. We told him, it does not matter if he is weak, he just need to give his best at it. No matter what, finish the race and I think he did much better as compared to last year. 

Boys 9-10, 50 LC Butterfly, timing 01:16:28 (Third lane from the last )  

Boys 9-10, 50 LC Meter Freestyle, timing 00:48:23 (Second lane from last lane) 

Boys 9-10, 50 LC Meter Breast Stroke, timing 00:58:34 ( Third lane from the last) . 

Boys 9-10, 50 LC Meter Backstroke, timing 00:58:04 ( Second lane from the last) 

Well done, my boy ! We see that you took on the challenge and outdone yourself. Always remember not give up. It is alright not to be the fastest but keep on working towards breaking your own personal best, that will always be the goal for you. We know that it is not easy and it can be tiring (late dinner and lights out timing is delayed by an hour and you have to wake early for school the next day) but you are coping well! We did not hear you lament about the tedious training, keep it up and enjoy your swimming journey! Daddy, Mummy and meimei will give you our fullest support!

Tracking his swimming journey:
1. APS Novice Swim Meet 2013 
2. APS 11th Junior Squad Meet 2017 

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

"Above and Beyond" - The Ultimate Interactive Exhibition @ Science Centre Singapore

We kicked start our holiday programme at Science Centre Singapore and decided to take to the skies first at "Above and Beyond" - The Ultimate Interactive Exhibition brought to you by aerospace leader - Boeing. If your little ones do have a keen interest in aviation, bring them here!

Ready to take off ! Hope on with me for a mini tour !

Full Throttle is one of the activities which allows one to apply the aerodynamics principles to design and test their very own virtual flight in space! Probably too profound for the young ones to comprehend but with just a few tap on the touch-screen, Xav designed and built his own supersonice fighter get and went on full throttle in a virtual high-speed competition against other virtual crafts.

Play around with the different specification and see observe how it can make a difference in the performance of the jet fighter. This is a win for all, the kids especially!

Space debris and their potential hazards to other functional space crafts and through games, the kids get to help to clean up the space junk.

It is never too young to introduce though Vera may not understand the history of flights, she was tapping onto the screen with curiosity, looking at every single image that appeared.

If you have dreamt and wished of travelling to the earth's orbit. Here's a chance to step into the Space Elevator of the future! Be pampered with those breathtaking digital display coupled with a virtual tour guide to make it an engaging tour.

Xav and Vera, both "transformed" themselves into virtual birds. Go on, flap your wings, sore and explore the forces of flight!

This is how they soared.

What's for this March holidays? We almost spent a day @sciencecentresg With so many exhibits to explore and play around with! Bringing you to Above and Beyond for our first stop. . My budding pilot designed and flew his own supersonic fighter jet and go on full throttle in a virtual high-speed competition! Play around with the different specifications and see how they make a difference! . Xav and Vera transformed themselves into virtual birds! This is a sure hit with the kids with the motion sensing technology. Go on flap your wings, soar and explore the forces of flight! . And the kids could be the space heroes! Help clear up the space debris and if you have also dream about travelling to the earth's orbit. Here's your chance to step into the #SpaceElevator of the future! With breathtaking digital display coupled with a virtual tour guide, the tour was made engaging for all of us. There is something for everyone, even Vera was happily tapping on the touch screens to look at the images of the flights from the past to now. . If you have not visited "Above and Beyond", The Ultimate Interactive Flight Exhibition currently running till 8th April 2018 in Hall C. Admission to Above and Beyond is free (Admission to Science Centre Sg applies) . #Aviation #Boeing #AboveandBeyond #Aerodynamics #Exhibition #Singapore #ScienceCentreSg #Science #Space #Spacecraft #Planes #Nasa #Flight #Technology #ExploreSingapore #Asia #ExploreSg #Kidsfriendly #Kidstagram #Sgkids #FamilyFriendly #Funforkids #Education #Marchholiday #TermBreak #Schoolsout #Sporemombloggers #Sgmom #Sgparentblogger #mediainvite
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The Ultimate Interactive Flight Exhibition "Above and Beyond" is currently running till 8th April 2018 in Science Centre Singapore, Hall C. Cost is free (Admission to Science Centre Singapore applies) 

Professor Crackitts Light Fantastic is another highlight! We spent a good 20-30 mins in the mirror maze. It was pretty fun to try to figure out which is a mirror and which is not and to search for that exit which looks all the same.

How timely it was for me to introduce more to Xav on the effect of concave and convex lens and how the reflection and effect looks like. For a concave surface to function like a mirror, unlike the flat mirror, the objects were inverted when reflected. As we moved our hand in, the reflected image seems to grow and made it looked like as if we had another hand to shake. Pretty interesting!

The mirror maze, do not be like Vera who got so excited to count how many Vera(s) there were around her, ran straight into one of the mirrors and ended with a loud bang. Thankfully, it was just a reddened forehead which went off after a while and the mirror did not crack.

We had a great time trying to locate the images reflcted around us as well as locating the real exit,  what we saw may not be the exit we were looking for. Please do remember to get one from the staff if you are going into the maze, it is supposed to be used for tapping around to determine if there is a mirror right in front or beside you, to assist in finding your way out without banging into the mirrrors. 

Shadow does not only come in black!  Find out how many more other colours you can create with the Dynamic Chromatological Shadow Splitter !

Dynamic Chromatologic Shadow splitter

Next, we went to Phobia2: The Science of Fear. If your child is uncomfortable with dark places, then you may wish to skip this. I think this is more suitable for older kids and adults. However, I was not comfortable plus with Vera who was not a fan of dark places when we reached the last section. I wished Don was with us and he could lead Xav in. We ended up skipping the last section for lunch.

Dialogue with Time - Embracing Aging

A different zone from the rest of the exhibits, where Senior guides (retirees) were the ones personally facilitating the dialogues. I feel that this zone was unique, through the different stimulation, youngsters can experience and have an idea through experiencing the various section and learn to be more emphathtic towards the elderly in terms of their hearing loss, shaky hands, blurred vision and poor

Suitable for all age to visit but probably kids 10 and above may engaged better during the discussion. Xav could follow through quite well and I loved how real they stimulated the real-life losses faced by the elderly as they aged.

Having a feel of why elderly folks tend to walk slower with some weights added onto his feet. 

@ScienceCentreSg #DialogueWithTime A zone which is unique on its own, facilitated by Senior Guides who are retirees, bringing us through short discussion on how we perceive aging. Probably older kids like Xav age will be more suitable for discussion and to voice his views. Personally, I think this zone is really well done to allow all ages to learn and know what comes along with aging, the youngs and youngsters to learn to be more empathetic towards the elderly. Shaky hands, heavy legs, blurred vision, poor hearing comes along as we aged, we got a feel of it through the exhibits. When asked how would we like life to be when we retire, Xav said he will love to be surrounded and soak in the company of his family members and added that to him, Family is important and always the best to him. While I chose to travel and see the world with my other half since half of my lifetime is committed to looking after the both of them and hardly have couple time with my old man. By retirement age, I wish to have more time with him 😄 #ScienceCentreSg #Science #Education #Singapore #Exhibition #EmbraceAging #Aging #VisitSingapore #ExploreSg #Sgkids #Kidstagram #Shakyhands #AgingLoss #Sg
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What happy aging means to us? I chose the picture below. I hope I could tour the world with the company of my other half when I retire since half of my lifetime would probably be committed to looking after the duo.

Xav chose to be surrounded by family when he retires as he shared that he would like to have his family with them everyday. Do set aside more time for this zone.

The Mind's eye, one of the kids' favourite as their senses get challenged and teased with the illusions from the different ways of looking at it. We gave this a miss as we had previously covered during our last trip.

With tonnes of activities to explore and play around with, be warned, you may need to plan a full day out at Science Centre Singapore to have all the fun with the family!

Science Centre Singapore 
15 Science Centre Road
Singapore 609081
Tel: 64252500

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

[Review] Belik Portable Wireless Eye Massager

Our eyes are constantly strained with the daily, prolonged exposure to laptop and tablets' glare and radiation emitted from our mobile phones. No doubts, my eyes are dead tired by the end of the day but I do fight sleep for I am most unwilling to go to bed early with that never ending 101 to-do list on hand.

I felt the need to have some quiet time to surf the net, read some articles and allow my thumb to do some endless scrolling just to catch up on the social media pages to catch up with updates by friends. For me, that is partly how I keep myself updated and connected to friends whom I hardly meet up with. 

Thus, my strained and panda-fied eyes were caused by the late nights plus daily exposure to the mobile phone (Rank #1) and laptop. I will usually surf in the dark while waiting for Vera to fall asleep or sometimes, I will surf until I fall asleep. I know it is a bad habit even though I have dim the screen backlight to the minimal. I am guilty of this bad habit and yes, I am trying to rid this habit and start using Belik Portable Wireless Eye Massager, to relieve the strained eyes and try restoring brighter, less tired-looking eyes through massaging which promotes better blood circulation.

Belik Portable Wireless Eye Massager operates in 5 different modes, mainly Automatic mode, Clear mode, Dynamic Mode, Sleep mode and Beauty Mode. Each mode has a different air pressure. 

This is my first time using an eye massager, what wowed me was the intelligent wireless technology is operated via touch keys (which can be pretty sensitive at times) However, Belik has yet to come up with a set that plays the international language, English, for the voice warning tone. Still, I am won over by the following:

#1 Design of the eye massager - the massager could be folded into "half" and a travel drawstring bag comes along with it, made it easy for the massager to be brought around. The foldable design makes it less bulky to bring out.

#2 Integrated music player - with this,  I do not need another gadget to play music. I simply just need to convert my favourite songs into mp3 and save them into the microchip via the usb port. Play and enjoy the songs while I pamper my eyes with the gentle massage. It is soft enough not to disturb the one next to you but loud enough for you to hear. I have just uploaded a clip on my instagram on Xavvylicious.

#3 Safety cut off - Once the usb cable is plugged in to charge the massager or to transfer the mp3 into the microchip , it will immediately stop working as the charging takes place.

#4 Air Pressure - I love the different air pressure, especially the part where it squeezes on the temples, it is definately handy to deal with headaches. Better than using my own thumd to massage. 

#5 Heating function - Eye tune adopts leading-edge high-technology infrared heat producer which helps to activate the cells around our eyes and stimulates cell molecules through vibration. The warm sensation was really comfy and soothing over the eyes while the the air pressure works on my temples.

For the drama chaser 

For the one who refused to sleep early. 
For the bookworm 
Overall, the vibrations may be a little loud but it is still nice to own one. I would just have to say you have to experience it for yourself and this is a pretty good gift to get if you are running out of ideas what to gift to your loved ones and friends. Each unit is retailing at S$150, for more information, you can visit: 

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

My "Extraordinary" Story [我的警察故事]

16 years ago, he was my In-charge when I had my first posting to Orchard Neighbourhood Police Centre, after passing out from Police Academy. He was well known for tearing up logsheets and I even knew that he had ever failed an officer's probation. I wished myself all the best and hope I could survive through my probation period and yes I did.

And if you are wondering if my logsheets had the same fate of going into the shredder, they did not.
Back then, being a rookie, it was really tough for me to stay up the whole night and to write a mistake-free logsheet but there was once, I had a really bad time writing it after a deadly 12 hours night shift, without sleep. The expectation of my logsheet was expected to be mistakes free, all facts of the cases for the tour to be detailed (this is definately very important), the road and street names we patrolled to be written down in the correct sequence and there should not be any cancellation nor correction tape to be used.

Each time, I made a cancellation right at the second page, nearing the end. Imagine, I was cursing at myself silently. Though I was busy rewriting, my in-charge did not go home, he was there with me till 12 pm until I managed to submit my final, mistake-free logsheets. The three months of probation was tough, nevertheless, I bit on and passed my probation at the end of it.

16 years later, this came as a surprise. My in-charge suddenly sent me a cny greeting and we got connected back. In the midst of our chat, he asked if I had hated him and followed by an apology next, for the harsh manner he treated me when I was his probate and my question to him was, if I had ever done him proud being his probate? It seemed like we both had this burning question in our heart which were not brought up until 16 years later.

Infact, based on my built, friends were surprised when they got to know I once wore the blue uniform. I proudly say, I did not regret my choice when I embarked on this extraordinary career and I love the fact that it was not totally desk bound. It allowed me to gain experiences which I would probably not able to encounter if I did not join the force. The only factor which ultimately made me decided to give up was, coroner cases. I felt afraid to handle the bodies, my imgaination ran wild and beyond but I could not say no as it was part of my job, it was my responsibility. I had to bite the bullet for I was wearing the blue uniform.

My mind was not strong enough, flashbacks of the deceased kept coming to my mind, I felt upset and eventually afraid of dark places. Till date, I can still remember the coronrer cases I attended but it took me a decade for all the faces to fade off from my memory. To be honest, it can be really mentally draining. This was the one and only factor which I really find myself useless for not being able to overcome the fear, my fear of handling dead bodies, which is not a secret to the officers in both my station and the Ops Room.

To my in-charge, the four years in my extraordinary career, I have never hated you. I am thankful instead that at the end of the three months, you trained me to be independant, confident, knowing the rights and wrongs and how to protect myself and my partner while on duty.

And I have no regrets and was so, so glad to know, after hearing from you that I did you proud even after you left Orchard. In your eyes, I that gungho lass you have trained, minus that overly straightforward attitude. I am elated that you connected back with me. I wish you all the best for your remaining service before you retire. =)

Thank you for your acknowledgement after 16 years.

"时光飞逝, 转眼十六年已过。回想当初刚出道时,丫头我就被赐给这位传说中, 要求苛刻的师傅做徒儿。
师傅问我是否怀恨过当年他如此对我。他对我所写的日志表有如此严格的要求,一字不漏,就算值完12 小时的夜班,一个错字都不能有, 否则日志表就往切纸机里去。(我当然知道他的意向是什么, 也自然不会含有任何的恨意)
没有师傅苛刻的要求, 就没有当时能独立自行, 有自信去应付各种事件管理的我。
十六年后,很欣慰的知道当我还在警界的那些年,我确实没辜负师傅对我的期望,我也总算没丢了他的面颜。 在他眼里, 我就是一位有起劲, 性格坦诚,直率的丫头。"
Sifu and me =) 

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