We are invited to Loverboy’s school for Christmas celebration and the children are told to dress up in Red / White or Christmas dressing theme costume for the celebration. This year, we decided to order his costume from Lazada since he has been singing songs on Santa Claus.
There are a couple of DIY stations prepared by the teachers which keeps the children engaged for the hour before their performance. It is also our first-time seeing Morris performing since he was previously on Half day session in school which means he do not get to participate most of the time. Pretty engaging for the activities planned by the teachers~ THUMBS UP!
Morris was deciding between Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig for his Big FOUR birthday celebration this year. After almost 2 weeks of changing here and there, he finally decided he wants to do Paw Patrol Theme for his Birthday. Luckily, this is one of the popular themes among the children these days and there are plenty of available templates available online in Pinterest.
Decided to pen down the preparation separately with more information provided on the process. The whole preparation and researching for templates took me about 3-4 weeks and is usually during evening or night time after Morris is asleep since I am working full time. With his 3 years old birthday celebrate as my first official dessert table set up, I am pretty much confident that I am able to do a good one this year as well 😊
1. Paw Patrol Theme Hama / Perler Beads
Started doing Hama beads since 2017 for the boys at home and decided to utilize them for this year’s birthday theme as well. The template is available HERE and you can make the same as well. It took me almost an hour to re-create each Paw Patrol characters and it is rather tedious. Will suggest making them across different days to prevent straining of eyes. Forgotten to take a family photo for the 6 Paw Patrol doggies after completion though~
These works well as decors, cup coasters as well as bag charms for the family 😊
2. DIY Paw Patrol Coloring Book
Morris enjoys coloring so I went online to find some coloring templates downloadable online and print them to create into an activity book as part of the goodies bag. Here are some of the templates which I have uploaded and pls use them for personal use only.
These circle labels are extremely flexible as we can use it for cupcake decors too but this time round, I use them for the Organic lollipops and then place them in a flower pot during the Dessert table layout. The kids love the lollipops so much that they took extra to bring home 😊
5. Paw Patrol Doggie Bag
6. Paw Patrol Goodies Bag / Party Bag
Goodie bags labels and we are able to add in the names in the dog bone.
7. Paw Patrol Napkin Cutlery set - Dog bone
8. Plenty of BALLOONS!!!
Do buffer at least 3-4 weeks for the shipment to arrive.
There you go, one such great moment where lover boy caught an octopus 🐙 ! Keep the smile going for as long as you can my love. ❤️
“Laugh as long as you breathe and love as long as you live “
Was afraid that the cake will be insufficient for the school since we need to cater for 42 kids + 30 adults. Last minute decision and we made the Nutella blossom cakes as well! The school recommended us to cater sufficient cake size so that whole school can enjoy the birthday celebration today. This is also something that I like how the school thinks for the students.
Next’s up! We are heading to the UNIVERSAL STUDIOS!
To satisfy this small wish of his for a minion celebration, we begin brainstorming on what to do for his birthday celebration. Since 2 years old celebration, we have been keeping it a rather cosy event where we only invite immediate family members from both sides and come together for a meal and a cake cutting session. This year is slightly different as he begins school and we will be celebrating in school as well as his party at home. School wise, it will be simple with a cake cutting and gifts for his fellow classmates.
For the home party, we decided to stick to Meihao99 for their mini buffet catering since the review was good last year. We love their curry chicken and it is fuss free ordering since MOQ for mini buffet is 15 pax which is about ideal for our small party. Next question is whether should I bake a birthday cake for Morris this year but after much consideration, I decided to chicken out this year because I felt pressurized since he has been so excited about his upcoming minion birthday cake.
After hearing some reviews from the JJB mommies, we went ahead to order his Minion birthday cakes (for both school and home celebration) from The Cakerie Club. This home baker is located in Punggol and her price is really reasonable. I will review again upon trying the cake.
Bought perler beads and made some of these minion coaster to fit the theme as well. Very easy to assemble but just a little time consuming because we need to put them 1 by 1. Definitely love how it turn out to be!
- Ordinary Account (OA)
- Special Account (SA) which will become Retirement Account (RA) by the age of 55 years old.
- Medisave Account (MA)
For members below 55, when the Ordinary Account has zero balance, the first $60,000 in the Special Account savings will attract 5 per cent while the remaining balance will enjoy 4 per cent interest.
TOPPING UP YOUR CHILDREN’S CPF ACCOUNT
Each Singaporean newborn has a CPF account set up by the Government as they were given $4000 Medisave Grant. With compound interest being powerful, by topping up into the child’s special account will allow the sum to compound over up to 55 years. I was reading online, there are some rich family who top up straight $161,000 (Maximum for the FRS as of 2017) into their newborn a/c and with compound interest of projected 5% per year, these could easily compound to some $1.5 million over the next 55 years.
Alternatively, to top up your children’s CPF account is to use the Voluntary Contribution scheme which is currently capped at $37,740 per year. Contributions will be split between the Ordinary, Special and Medisave accounts.
We felt that positive about building up excess money in the SA and will be treating the contribution as though it is a form of Fixed deposit. Just a mere sum of $200 per month over 10 years will allow the amount paid for to compound to over $250k at 55 years. That is about 10x growth in the initial contribution amount. Off we go and started the first round contribution of $2.4k via IBANK to his CPF account.
To submit the topping-up application via our online services, please:
1) Log in to my cpf Online Services with your SingPass.
2) Select “My Requests” on the left-hand navigation menu.
3) Select “Building Up My/My Recipient’s CPF Savings (eg. Transfer OA to SA savings, Topping up to my RA, CPF Minimum Sum Topping-Up Scheme, etc)”.
4) To make a cash top-up, click on this option on the screen and follow the instructions to submit the topping-up application.
For the morning session, we went to watch performance instead!
Elephants at Work & Play Show @ Elephants of Asia : 11.30am
Rainforest Fights Back Show @ Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre : 12.30pm
The organizing committee seems to have some serious thoughts to the promotion as it is rather extensive. There are many restaurants collaborating with the Airport as they provide “Kids Dine Free” promotion (solely for lunch time on weekends only). This is especially good for us as Morris started eating more each day and we thought it might be good weekend activities for the boy. We invited grandparentsKWAN and UncleKWAN to join us for the lunch and carnival games as we picked ThaiExpress for lunch while Xin Wang Hong Kong Café for desserts.
Riding on the kids Dine free promotion, we managed to redeem Complimentary Honey Chicken with Rice and Iced Lemon Tea from ThaiExpress as well as the Cheese Baked Rice with mushroom from Xin Wang (both value above $10). Sharing below with the requirements at both restaurants.
Since we spent more than $60 at both outlets, we managed to redeem total of 6 passes. Just a side note, pls remember to pay via MASTERCARD (do not be like us) so that you will be entitled to 1 extra pass.
You can also redeem the Kids Activity Pack from the selected outlets over here.
The highlight of the campaign where Changi Airport have engaged Uncle Ringo to set up some rides and games at Changi Airport Terminal 3. We will need to spend at least $60 to redeem 3 sets of Carnival Passes. Each pass will allow access to any 4 rides or games.
We do not need to fully utilize all 3 Carnival Passes which is good as we get to keep some for future usage. As long as we utilize it before 8/OCT which means more Airport dining possibility along the month of Sept'17.
If you have yet to visit the airport for the event, do check it out! It is a good place to spend half a day while getting your active toddler KO. 😊
Spoken to papaTan and we have the intention to sign up for Zoo membership as we thought that it will be good as a monthly activity with Morris while letting him explore around seeing animals. 4 parks in 1 membership for 2 adults + 1 children is at $259 with additional $20 optional if you want free parking at zoo for the year. Do note that this additional carpark premium is payable at the zoo only.
Transport back in time and stroll through the misty path to learn all about dinosaurs.
Putting him to school expose him to friends and also rules and regulations. These might be good experience to the king to the house. First day of school and we hope for the better! :)
About Morris Tan
This sector pens down the day to day activities for our precious BabyMorrisTan
Aglow Baby & Child Clinic
Baby Led Weaning
Chinese New Year
CPF Topping Up
DIY Coloring Book
DIY Pasta Sauce
Friends Of Zoo
Home Sweet Home
Lunar New Year
Morris Big FOUR
My Secret Santa
Nov Mama Group
Nutella Blossom Cake
Outfit Of The Day
Paw Patrol Balloon
Paw Patrol Bottle
Paw Patrol Coloring Pencils
Paw Patrol DIY Coloring Book
Paw Patrol Doggie Bag
Paw Patrol Goodies Bag
Paw Patrol Lollipops
Paw Patrol Napkin Cutlery Set
Paw Patrol Party Bag
Paw Patrol Printables
Printable Free Minion Template
P.s I Love You
Special Account - CPF