4 Values My Kids Learnt From The Nightingale Musical by SRT

The nightingale musical

We caught The Nightingale by Singapore Repertory Theatre last weekend, and the kids had a really good time. The musical was funny, acting on point, and the songs were catchy and upbeat too.

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale, The Nightingale is a joyful burst of song that reminds us to appreciate and value the world around us. Enchanted by the lilting birdsong of the plain-looking, brown Nightingale, the Emperor of China captures and keeps her in a gilded cage for his daily entertainment. But soon, disenchanted at losing her freedom, the Nightingale stops singing and is replaced by a singing mechanical bird.

Here are 4 important values the kids learned from the musical.

1. You cannot force people to do what they don’t want to do.

The Emperor tried to force the nightingale to sing, and kept the bird in a cage. Only later does he learn that this wasn’t the best environment for the nightingale to thrive.

2. Friendship comes only if you try to understand the other person

The Emperor chased the nightingale away, angered by the fact that it would not sing for him. He could have tried to see things from the little bird’s perspective and seek to understand its needs, rather than just being focused on his own desire.

nightingale 3

3. A “gadget” can never truly replace a real friendship

When the mechanical bird that the Emperor receives from his cousin, the Emperor of Japan, breaks down, the Emperor starts to realise what he has lost. This parallels our world today where kids tend to value screen-time more than face-time, and raises the question: Can we really call a friend whom we interact with online a true friend? 

4. You should not be afraid to try new things. 

In the musical, the Emperor’s Protector was too good at doing his job of protecting the Emperor. The result: the Emperor was sheltered and ill-prepared to deal with the responsibilities of being a ruler.

This last point may be relevant for parents as well. We all need to be reminded to allow our children some degree of freedom and choices as they grow, so as to enable them to learn through different experiences.  

The musical runs from 7 March till 20 April 2018. Get your tickets here before the show flies away!


Mums, are you tired and in need of an energy boost? Here’s MetaboliX Plus

I first heard about MetaboliX Plus before the December hols. Honestly, I was a tad unsure of taking on a new supplement. After all, things have been working well with my regular doses of probiotics from iHerb and the occasional fish oil supplement.

But, I have also been struggling with low energy levels for some time. In between managing my freelance work and taking care of the family, some days the responsibilities do feel too heavy to bear.

When I heard that MetaboliX is safe, and helps to support energy production in our bodies in a way that only boosts the production of a co-enzyme that naturally occurs in our body, I jumped at trying it out myself.

What the supplement does is promote the body’s production of NAD+ (Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), a co-enzyme that is present naturally in every cell of our body and is essential to life.

It is known as the molecule of youth due to its role in cellular energy production and its ability to regulate the genes of aging. Unfortunately, as we grow older, the NAD+ levels in our body decline. MetaboliX Plus contains nicotinamide which is a precursor of NAD+.

I road-tested MetaboliX during our recent family holiday in Melbourne. As we took the red-eye flight and I knew I’d have trouble sleeping during the flight and be like a zombie the next day, I popped MetaboliX Plus supplement upon arriving at Melbourne airport in the morning.

red-eye flight

The Results

I didn’t feel a surge of energy like that of a sugar or caffeine boost (which also typically precedes a crash.) Rather, it just felt like my energy was sustained over the entire day. Although I had close to zero sleep, I survived the first day without much ado (though I did take a power nap and that helped too.)

I continued to take the supplement throughout the trip and found that it easier to get through the entire day of activities and travelling, not to mention dealing with cranky and irritable kids on occasions.

Because I wasn’t battling tiredness, it became a lot easier to hold it together and stay calm even when one or two kids were fighting or throwing a tantrum. (This, to me, is the real impact of taking this supplement!)

Metabolix Plus by Entity Health Metabolix supplement by Entity Health

MetaboliX Plus has an added ingredient – Boswellic acids – that helps reduce joint inflammation and pains. As I don’t have any major problems with this apart from the occasional neck ache, I will probably stick to just MetaboliX (without the “Plus”) from now on.

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Find out more about MetaboliX or MetaboliX Plus now and kickstart 2018 on a strong note!

PS. I was sent a bottle of MetaboliX Plus for the purpose of this review. However, all opinions and stories shared here are my own.  

Mums deserve a treat this Christmas – review of essano skincare products and giveaway

It’s 10 days to Christmas – are you feeling the heat yet? Is your to-do list growing at a monstrous rate and developing a life of its own?

I know that harried feeling, and I don’t like it. I’ve been trying to do what I can to simplify, first working on trimming my schedule (as well as the kids’), then also simplifying the tradition of gift-giving. I’ve ordered most of our Christmas gifts from Book Depository this year, and I think the kiddies will still enjoy them!

To me, the key to enjoying this season is to hold fast to joy and gratitude; so we’re counting our blessings, and sharing them with those around us, in small ways.

Another key is to simplify and slow down. For me, some easy ways to do that are:

  • Take a day off and have a personal retreat (bring a journal but leave your phone behind or switch it to airplane mode)
  • Cut down on activities on weekends, leave time to breathe as a family
  • Simplify our skincare regime

To help you achieve that last one, I’m really glad to share with you about essano’s range of organic and natural skincare products, just launched in Singapore. I tried out their products from the Treat Your Skin pack, which contains:

  • Certified organic rosehip oil 3ml
  • Gentle foaming facial cleanser
  • Regenerating facial moisturiser
  • Moisture restorative night crème
  • Intensive hydrating body lotion
  • A drawstring bag for on-the-go moments

essano treat your skin pack

After using all the products, I concluded that my favourites were the facial moisturiser and restorative night cream. I really loved the way they made my skin feel soft and supple, just overnight! (I think the night cream does a more intensive moisturising work so I tend to use it every few nights, while I rely on the facial moisturiser almost every night.)

Since I started using essano, I realised that I could cleanse, moisturise and treat my skin, just relying on this pack of nifty skin tools! This makes a nifty gift for time-stretched mums who often don’t have time to keep up with a regular skincare routine. The travel-friendly size also makes it easy to pack and bring around when travelling.

Made in New Zealand with only plant and mineral based ingredients, essano products are cruelty-free and formulated without sulphates, parabens and silicones. The facial skincare range is powered by Rosehip Oil which is clinically proven to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, stretch marks and sun damage.

~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~

I’m really stoked to give away one essano Treat Your Skin Pack to a lucky reader. This would make a perfect Christmas gift for yourself, or a special woman in your life.

To enter the draw, just do the following:

  1. Leave a comment on this FB post, sharing one way that you’re simplifying your life this Christmas.
  2. Get a bonus entry by tagging 2 friends on this instagram post.

*Contest ends 22nd Dec, Thursday, 11.59pm. Open to all Singapore residents. The winner will be announced on our Facebook page on 23rd Dec, so do stay tuned.

** Meanwhile, check out essano’s facebook page for updates on their products and promotions!

essano treat your skin




6 Tips On How To Protect Your Family From The Haze (Giveaway Closed)

We escaped the haze this year for the most part, save for a couple of days with high PSI and PM2.5 pollutants especially during August this year.

We’ve stocked up on masks and air purifiers in our home. But I’m thankful we didn’t need to use them much.

Still, although the index has kept within bearable limits, I sometimes feel the haze effects even before I realize that it’s around us. I guess I’m more sensitive by nature – even when I was packing my house for the move, my body reacted with sneezing, sniffing and cough. For weeks I woke up with a congested nose and throat, and with itchiness around the palate area.

The kids get affected at times, especially Josh, the youngest of the lot. Allergens in the air tend to irritate his airways and cause cough and runny nose. I know some friends whose kids’ ezcema gets triggered too.

Do you know the best way to protect your family against the allergens present in haze?

Here are 5 tips:
1) Increase intake of water and fresh fruits and vegetables to help the body flush out toxins and boost immunity
2) Wear a good grade mask and avoid strenuous outdoor activities
3) Purify the air in your home with an air purifier (preferably fitted with Hepa-filter) to remove dust, smoke and allergens when indoors
4) Shower and change clothes to remove allergens from skin and hair
5) Rinse eyes and keep skin moisturised
6) Do our part by buying eco-friendly home and food products

Here are more helpful and informative links to help us combat against the harmful effects of haze:

12 immunity-boosting foods to eat during haze
Hope this clears the air – navigating the confusing world of air purifiers

To help you be prepared for the haze, Xepa-Soul Pattinson, a leading pharmaceutical firm in SE Asia, has designed and assembled an Allergy & Haze Kit. We have 1 Allergy & Haze Kit to give away to one of our readers!


Each kit comes with:
1) an Allergy & Haze handbook
2) 10 Disposable face masks
3) Euderm cream to replenish the skin’s moisture and provide relief to infantile and allergic eczema
4) Rinz eye drops to soothe tired and irritated eyes
5) Tissue pack

The Allergy & Haze handbook provides succinct information on the effects of haze, and I found that it’s quite child-friendly too, with lots of images and colourful illustrations. So you can even use it to explain to your kids to help them understand why the haze is bad for our health, and what we can do to protect ourselves.

Haze and allergy handbook


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*This giveaway ends on 22 Oct 2016, 11.59pm and is open to readers in Singapore. The winner will be contacted using the email provided when entering the draw and will have 48 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn. Good luck!

This post / giveaway is sponsored by Xepa-Soul Pattinson. 




5 Values From Wicked The Musical To Teach Your Child

Watching Wicked The Musical is like entering a colourful fantasy world of wizards, witches, enchantment and magic.

It tells the tale of two unlikely friends – the blonde and popular Glinda and the green-skinned outcast, Elphaba.


While you can watch Wicked and be absolutely blown by the cast, the singing, the beautiful live music, and theatrical effects, there are also several meaningful lessons that we can teach our children through the tale.

In the enchanted land of Oz, things are not always what they seem. This brings us to the first value that we can teach our children…

1. Never judge from face value.

The green-faced “Wicked Witch of the West” actually has a heart of gold, while the more popular Glinda the Good Witch tends to go with the flow and pander to the people’s wishes. The Wizard of Oz is supposed to be all-powerful and all-wise, but he turns out to be a fake.

So while it’s ever tempting and easy to judge people and situations from the way they look on the surface, let’s teach our kids to always dig and examine a little deeper.


2. Friendship stands the test of time, and change.

Though Glinda and Elphaba may have started off on the wrong foot, though their personalities are at the opposite extremes, and though they are rivals in love, they build a firm and loyal friendship.

Also when Fiyero, Elphaba’s love interest, gets turned into a scarecrow towards the end of the musical, she continues to stay true to him.


3. Always help the lowly and outcast feel included
The “Dancing Through Life” party scene is perfect for discussion here. When Elphaba shows up to the party in the weird ol’ witch’s hat (gifted by Glinda) and tries to join the dance, she makes a fool of herself. The dancing stops…until conscience-pricked Glinda decides to be kind to her and adopt her awkward dance moves. The result is the beginning of a beautiful friendship between the two. Sometimes you never know what you do for another person when you help them feel part of a group.

4. Good deeds may not always be rewarded, but do them anyway.
As the song goes, “no good deed goes unpunished.” However hard Elphaba tried to save the animals from losing their speech and status in society, she kept getting wronged and blamed. So let’s remind our kids that doing the right thing doesn’t necessarily lead to rewards. A lot of the things that we do out of conviction of our hearts will go unseen. But keep doing what is right and honorable anyway.

5. Keep getting up even if you fall, and you might just defy gravity.

Elphaba may have been heartbroken and disappointed by the ones she held dear many times, but she kept going and was relentless in her pursuit of what is good and noble. At the end, her ingenuity rescued her as she managed to fool all Ozzians into thinking that she was already dead, when it fact she had only disappeared through a trapdoor.

What a story to encourage our young ones to keep pressing on inspite of challenges and difficulties. A worthy and beautifully-moving musical spectacular through and through.

Wicked The Musical is running till 20 November at the Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets, ranging from $55 to $230, can be purchased from Sistic.

Images from Base Entertainment Asia. All opinions and stories are my own.











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