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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wordless Wednesday {linky}: Singapore Playgrounds - Upper Aljunied Lane | Week 48

Where is this week's playground?
Block 4, Upper Aljunied Lane

FUN Factor?
7/10. A small, typical HDB playground i.e. soft padded ground,
colourful, plastic slides, monkey bars, climbing poles etc.
but it's nestled in a quiet neighbourhood {so not crowded!} and pretty cool most of the time
thanks to the shade provided from the surrounding blocks and trees.

Vast, open space available for running & scooting around.
Suitable for kids of all ages.

Play is important for children to learn, grow and discover the world we live in.
As we visit as many fun, nostalgic and even quirky playgrounds as we can this year,
I hope to inspire you to make play an even bigger part of your kids' lives and
explore much more of our beautiful Singapore!

This photo is part of the 52 Weeks Singapore Playgrounds series.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Chinese New Year 2016 | 新年快乐!万事如意!♥


猴年送你五只猴:
机灵诡秘如猕猴,健康快乐像马猴,
悠闲富贵似猴子,无忧无虑比猿猴,
聪明伶俐胜孙猴。

This Monkey year, I want to give you five monkeys:
the ingenuity of the macaque,
the health and happiness of the monkey,
the leisure and wealth of monkeys,
the lightheartedness of apes and monkeys,
and intelligence & wit surpassing the Monkey King.

Wishing you a Healthy and Prosperous Chinese New Year 2016
from my family to yours! @( ◕ x ◕ )@

P.S. Keeping your holiday spirits high & feast on your fave festive treats without guilt using these 8 Healthy Yet Happy Chinese New Year Eating Tips! #yourewelcome #gongxifacai

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Chinese New Year 2016 | 8 Healthy But Still Happy Eating Tips


With Chinese New Year {CNY} season, everywhere you look, that yummy bak kwa or pineapple tart seems to be calling your name. Resistance seems futile and at the back of your head you just think - one more won't hurt, I'll go back to my exercise / diet plans after CNY.

At least, that what my stomach makes me think (/ε\*) My head knows better though, especially after half a year of grueling personal fitness training.

{source: Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.}

It's a sad, sad truth but eating one small piece of that rich, buttery kueh lapis means I'd have to climb 100 floors of an HDB block, while 1 small piece of mouthwatering pineapple tart means 50 floors. Can you believe that??!

That's not to say I won't be enjoying my CNY goodies though. No, I'm still very much a foodie at heart and plan on keeping my holiday spirits high and feasting on my fave festive treats {especially since Jen gave me the go-ahead to add 400 calories to my daily intake for 3 days to spike my metabolism hehe}.. but by making healthier food choices so that I won't have to suffer too much after the holiday season or let all my fitness training efforts so far go to waste haha.

You can easily gain 0.5 - 1kg with an additional 500kcal per day of food intake in a week. But losing that 0.5 - 1kg of fat is no joke!! And mind you, CNY season usually lasts at least 2 weeks... 

So here are my 8 Healthy But Still Happy Chinese New Year Eating Tips which I want to follow, and hope will encourage you to celebrate CNY without compromising your health and wellness too. 

1. Fill Up on Healthy Food First
When you are hungry, you may tend to eat more of whatever is in front of you, and that probably means all of the CNY goodies laid out on the table for guests. Fill up on healthy food e.g. fruits, vegetables, protein bars first before going to 拜年.

2. Look for Labels
Choose food with the Health Promotion Board's Healthier Choice Symbol as these food indicate healthier options which are lower in sugar, salt or fat. Some are also higher in dietary fibre and calcium compared to similar products within the same food category.

3. Ration Your Treats
Don't eat directly from the container, but take out small portions of the treats you want to eat to prevent overeating. Use the above infographic as a guide on the calories for each treat {and this calories calculator for your estimated daily intake} to know how to portion properly! Moderation is the key.

4. Use Small Plates
Research has shown that smaller plates can help reduce consumption. You tend to dish out less with smaller plates, and by extension, eat less! 

5. Eat Slowly
Nibble and savour each treat to allow your stomach the time it needs to digest and for you to feel full, hence preventing overeating.

6. Let the Conversations Flow
When you're chatting with your family and friends, you'll be less likely to indulge in mindless eating (*^^*) Talk, be merry, and share your festive treats! After all, that's what these CNY gatherings are about,  right??

7. Drink Lots of Plain Water
Drinking water is one of the easiest ways to turn up your fat-burning capacity as it boosts your metabolism, cleanse your body of waste from the feasting and acts as an appetite suppressant. Not to mention, it is also a healthier choice compared to the sweet drinks or alcohol.

8. Keep Active
Nobody wants to sweat & exercise during the holiday merry-making, however if you don't want to get more prosperous around your waistline, you'd want to. It doesn't have to be a time-consuming workout or really going up & down your HDB block, but just short high-intensity interval training e.g. Tabata or running around with your kids at the playground {see my Weekly Singapore  Playground series for ideas!} will do too. 

But whatever it is, even if we drop the ball and over-indulge, don't beat yourself up over it. We're human, after all.

And oh, since it's the festive season, here is a bonus tip,

9. Stay Off Social Media
So crazy coming from me as a blogger, but especially if you follow food or lifestyle bloggers, stay off Instagram / Facebook / Twitter etc. as there will surely be posts of yummilious CNY food throughout the day that will make you crave and reach out for them, even if you're not truly hungry!!! If your will-power is weak, don't tempt yourself further by looking at those posts. Out of sight, out of mind.

P.S. If you're still looking to buy CNY goodies, check out some of our family favourites at Jia Confectionery and Tai Chong Kok

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wordless Wednesday {linky}: Singapore Playgrounds - Punggol Waterway Point Wonderland | Week 47

Where is this week's playground?
Level 2, West Wing, Waterway Point, 83 Punggol Center

FUN Factor?
7.5/10. Themed after the children's classic "Alice in Wonderland",
this FREE indoors playground is still very clean and new since the shopping mall opened just 
2 weeks ago {18 Jan 2016}. There's no staff supervision and no capacity limit though,
so it can get very rowdy and crowded especially during the weekends,
so parents please be around to look after your own kids.

It's very bright and colourful. 
There's a wall of toddler interactive toy boards, a small treehouse slide,
but other than that it's just many hard rubber themed structures for the kids to sit & jump around on.
They are a tad slippery so I suggest not to wear socks. 

No footwear is allowed within the play area, and it's open daily 10.30am - 10pm.
Suitable for young kids.

At Level B2, East Wing there's also an interactive water fountain play area 
which kids will enjoy. Shower facilities available nearby. 

Play is important for children to learn, grow and discover the world we live in.
As we visit as many fun, nostalgic and even quirky playgrounds as we can this year,
I hope to inspire you to make play an even bigger part of your kids' lives and
explore much more of our beautiful Singapore!

This photo is part of the 52 Weeks Singapore Playgrounds series.

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Sakura Haruka's wordless wednesday
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