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Tech-Time Out – Facebook Like

More and more quality family time is being side-swept by the numerous social networks that everyone engage to. There is very little time for a “normal” chat at home where family members sit in the dining area and discuss how their day went or watch TV together as a family and simply enjoy their weekends as one.

The Tech Timeout challenge started by Foresters encourages families to take a daily break from technology. Participating families are encouraged to disconnect from all things electronic with the goal of helping spouses, parents and children build stronger bonds, communicate more personally and get more involved in each other’s lives. I think it’s time we all get in the game of bringing back “real quality” time, “real communication” with the ones we love and simply enjoy the comfort of live sans online social presence.

Click on the image below to know more about the Tech-Time out for families and like their Facebook page to show your support. Thanks!


Give time to your family. They deserve it. And kids, give time to your parents. Spend those quality time together.

Back From Tokyo

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We just got back from Tokyo, Japan yesterday morning and I still feel like I am in Japan. We all loved the place. We are already thinking of our 2nd trip to Japan and hopefully, by early next year when the weather is still cool and breezy.

We enjoyed this short but fun-filled vacation. We haven’t been to places lately except for New York so the trip to Tokyo is refreshing and exciting.

My daughter really had fun. We got tired walking around though, but that’s normal. I even lost 1.5 kgs from continuous walking from morning until evening. Now I don’t wonder why the Japanese are slender people. They are always on the go and they don’t mind walking long stretches to get to the train station. Aside from the rigorous walking stints, the food is amazing. I find the food bland which is what I prefer and their green tea is nice.

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I said I will not shop but I ended up buying so many cute or kawaii stuff for my daughter and myself. Even the hubby joined the wagon by purchasing a Voltes V action figure for his collection.

I don’t even want to know how much I have spent on this trip. You don’t put a price tag on family time and fun!

Enjoy Your Family Board Games Night

Board games have been around for generations and I remember growing up playing Monopoly, Cluedo, Snakes and Ladders, Battleship, Scrabble and so much more. One of my favourite past time while growing up was playing board games. It was a fun activity we did at home with my parents every weekend.

Back then, family nights are sacred and a lot of families engage in fun activities to build rapport amongst siblings, encourage sportsmanship, engage in small family discussions and simply give value to that precious time spent with their loved ones. It is not surprising to know that the board games have doubled in sales for the past 9 years because more and more families are engaging in family board games night.


So, I took that fun, happy and loving memories of my board games experience to my family now. We take time to enjoy our board games over light snacks and sodas while sitting on the couch, rolling the dice on our favorite Monopoly game.

Switch your TV, phone, laptops and other distractions off at least every weekend to enjoy your family time. Relive those happy memories of your childhood by engaging your kids to play your favorite board games with you. Let them experience the joys of rolling the dice, owning millions of fake monies and properties in prime locations or better yet, sink a ship, or pretend to be a young sleuth for the day.

Board games are fun and it is high time to put them back in every families’ fun times.

Singapore Vacation Is Over Too Soon

Good things never really last like our just concluded vacation. My daughter and I had so much fun and I wish it was tad longer. The 5 days spent in Singapore was eventful with showers here and there and then hot and humid afterwards. However, all in all, it is a nice vacation.

I am very surprised and in awe by the beautiful Resorts World Sentosa. We stayed at Hard Rock Hotel which is inside the resort so going to the Universal Studios was a breeze, only if it didn’t rain! We walked around Universal Studios in rain coats and my SD card in the camera got wet so half of the pictures taken in Universal Studios were gone. Too bad.

Few days after, we moved to Landmark Village Hotel. It wasn’t as fancy as Hard Rock Hotel but it was close to the

Bugis Metro Station and a lot of eateries and malls.

We also visited the Gardens By The Bay which was newly opened last 29 June 2012. It is a haven for nature lover because it has 2 big conservatories filled with flowers and tropical plants. The other parts of the Garden is open to the public from 5 in the morning until 2 in the morning the next day. This is a must-see attraction and I will guarantee you that it is worth the time.

Another thing that got my attention is the major infrastructure around the bay area like the new steel buildings around the Marina. The Marina Bay Sands Hotel is breath-taking and very imposing. It stands facing the bay and has a beautiful infinity pool on top of the hotel. Another must-see place in Singapore!

A Lot has changed in Singapore since the last time we were there and it was only 4 years ago. It is more greener and beautiful with the addition of the attractions surrounding the bay area. I didn’t fancy Singapore then but I guess, it is starting to grow in me. We may be back soon for all you know.

Spending Time with My Teen Girl

I barely get the chance to tag my daughter along ever since she became a teenager. She prefers the company of her friends now than mine and her papa’s. I feel a slight tug in my heart but I guess, that’s how it goes.

Today is a fine day because my daughter and I had a bonding time at the mall. She would normally cringe at the slightest mention of “malls.” However, she gladly obliged provided I buy her something. Oh my! Do I sense a blackmail there? Hahahaha. Just kidding. I’m sure she was just pulling my leg but she went along anyway.

I feel good to have her company once again. I kind of miss the times when we go out every weekend and she would often initiate the date. These days, it’s either I drop her and her friends to another friend’s house or act as chaperon to them when they go out. I’m not complaining. At least she still wants me to tag along even if I am the only “grown-up” in the group.

Spending time with her today is something I really miss. I know this kind of dates will become far in between later on as she spreads her wings and fly. Right now, I don’t want to think of that. I will just savor every moment I have with her while I can because that’s just how the way it goes.

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