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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hasbro Toys & Games Warehouse Sale is Back! (。◕‿◕。)

Been so busy at work and home lately but just wanted to quickly share on the upcoming Hasbro Toys & Games Warehouse Sale as we're really looking forward to it this weekend!!

Following its sold-out success in March, the highly anticipated Toys & Games Sale is back for the second time this year! Woohoo!! I think it'd be a fantastic place to source for toys / games for more active and imaginative play experiences this September holidays... and also a good opportunity to stock up on those Christmas gifts for the kids too haha.

It's going to be held at Bishan Community Club's multi-purpose hall and I heard that there will be awesome deals of up to 70% off regular prices on the wide range of Hasbro’s most popular items from My Little Pony, Play-Doh, Transformers, NERF, Monopoly and many more. So exciting!!

The sale is on this weekend 26 - 28 August 2016, 10am - 6pm {closes 2pm on Sunday}. We'd probably head down on Saturday so see you if you're going. Hope to get there early before the crowd comes to grab Lil Pumpkin's fave toys ヽ(ヅ)ノ

Promo: Spend $50 & above and receive an exclusive free gift. Exclusively for Passion Card members, while stocks last.

P.S. Do note that only cash payment is accepted at the event.

P.P.S. We went to Bedok Forest Adventure for our 8th marriage anniversary celebration ❤ It was such an exciting experience and I'll share more on the blog next week. Stay tuned!


Friday, August 19, 2016

Our Pre-Wedding Studio & Outdoors Memories

As we celebrate our 8th marriage anniversary tomorrow, it's that time of the year when I start to reminisce about our wedding and everything leading up to it (*^▽^*) I was looking through some of our pre-wedding shots and realised I never shared them on the blog here.

Well, mainly because I started Sakura Haruka about 3 years after it happened haha.

I hate to sound like it was a long, long time ago {hah!} but back then when we got married, we didn't want too much of a hassle {or spend an exorbitant amount of money} and signed up with a one-stop bridal studio to take care of most things.

No rushing to look for a famed wedding gown designer, or artisan florist, or award-winning photographer {although we got a pretty good one for our actual day}. If I'm not wrong, the bulk of our wedding expenditure went to our venue for our bridal ceremony & dinner banquet at Four Seasons Hotel... which was my dream wedding venue for various reasons #thankshubbyformakingmyweddingdreamcometrue

The photos here are very "typical" bridal studio indoors / outdoors shots & poses. They may also seem a little dated especially since nowadays pre-wedding shots are so creatively themed and taken.

Kinda cheesy, but I still like and treasure them ~ヾ(^∇^)

Ahhhhh memories~ The white wedding gown with the giant red bow was a custom-made piece for me. Can you guess where I got the inspiration for the red bow from?? haha..

Anyway that and the red gown were both actual dresses I wore on our wedding day ♥ I don't think I shared our wedding day photos here on the blog much before too.. might do that in a later post (⁎⚈᷀᷁▿⚈᷀᷁⁎)

Do you often look back at your wedding photos?
Where did you go for your pre-wedding / engagement shots?

P.S. If you haven't read them yet, here's more about the man behind me, 11 things you may not know about hubby and me, and 12 things I learnt from our years together as a couple.

P.P.S. Last day to use my Agape Babies one-stop shopping discount code!


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Man Behind Me ♥

They say behind every successful man, is a great woman. I don't know how hubby thinks about that, but I do know that behind me.. or rather, beside me, is a great man that makes me want to be a better person. And it's not just because he loves me so much.

The boy is inspirational in his work as a vet

He's the type that will answer calls and texts from clients and friends with pets, even outside office-hours. And no, he doesn't charge them. He's the type that will spend hours looking up for alternative remedies to the animals' ailments that can be more effective, and less costly for the owners. He's the type that continues to improve himself by taking up yearly courses and training. He's the type of vet that will scold the owners, if he knows they aren't taking care of their pets properly. Please don't go and tell him bullsh*t, he knows. He's the type that will take time off paid work to volunteer his services for the stray animals. And no, he will not euthanise healthy animals, even if you pay him heaps.

Everybody can see that he's an awesome vet, but it's what people don't see, what happens in our daily lives, that I find to be even more inspirational.

Like how he'd open up the clinic to our friends' kids if they are interested in how he works {for some reason a lot of kids want to be vets haha}. Or how he took the time to correspond with MOM {even though he hates dealing with bureaucratic stuff} on behalf of a kopitiam uncle we knew because he had some work problems but didn't know how to talk to them.

Or how he knows the drink stall guy near his workplace by name and gave him an angpao {money gift} when he knew the guy was going back to India to marry. You know now when I go to the drink stall too, I don't even have to make an order or open my mouth, the guy sees me and knows what drink I like to order {Kopi-C Kosong Peng, thanks.. and has it ready by the time I reach his counter. And I have not even been going to the drink stall frequently, only 3-4 times but this happened the last 2 times as I think he saw me with hubby and knows I am the wife.

The boy touches people so deeply with his kind and generous actions & words, that they feel this way and want to treat his own family members so well too as to "repay" him.  That's amazing, isn't it? But the boy does not think much of what he does. To him, these are just the basic things that people should do, 理所当然的行为.

But how many people would take the time to educate other people's kids about their work? How many will say "come, you deserve better, let me help you write to MOM"? How many would usually be so generous to give angpaos to non-family members and friends?

It is not only these instances of course, and there are many more that I can think of. 

This Saturday we will celebrate our 8th marriage anniversary together. I say this every year, but I still can never say this enough.. how truly blessed I am to be his wife and to have him by my side for the rest of my life. Someone to hold me, someone to support me, someone to stay with me even during my darkest moments, and someone that inspires me to be the best that I can be at work, at home, as a person. 

Thank you for loving me. I love you too my dear. Happy 8th Marriage Anniversary to us! ♥

P.S. If you haven't read them yet, here's 11 things you may not know about hubby and me, and 12 things I learnt from our years together as a couple.


Friday, August 12, 2016

P1 Parenting: IMPACT Ergonomic Back Support School Bags for Kids

Last weekend, we went down to the ERGOWORKS showroom at Marina Square to get Lil Pumpkin a new IMPACT ergonomic backpack for school.

I'd heard horror stories of little school children lugging huge and heavy school bags to school so of course it was a concern to me. I mean, I've a bad back and get backaches pretty often so know what a pain it can be. I really don't want Lil Pumpkin to experience that.

Carrying a heavy load 5 out of 7 days a week would most likely lead to back & muscle aches, as well as development of poor posture, as kids try to deal with a heavy bag when carrying.. or even trying to lift and put it on.

Before Lil Pumpkin started P1, we bought her an ergonomic school bag from Deuter. It's one of the popular brands for ergonomic school bags and had a special spinal frame and cushioning to embrace the spine and ease any carrying stress.

However, after a few weeks of school, Lil Pumpkin didn't really seem to like it much. She said it wasn't comfortable and was too heavy. Hmmm... thankfully her school lets the kids place most of their school supplies and books under her desk, and they hardly have any homework, so I guess most of the weight she feels is actually from the bag itself.

Since she didn't want to carry it anymore, we changed it to one of our spare bags - a normal non-ergonomic Billabong backpack I bought in Australia.

I was still on the hunt for a "perfect" ergonomic bag for her though for the long-term benefit and also, I don't think her bag will be as empty after P1!! One that was truly comfortable, and wasn't too heavy even when empty {don't worry, I understand ergonomic school bags are heavier than usual}.  

When we entered the showroom, we were immediately greeted by the friendly staff, Kingsley. Shout out to him for being such a great help that day! :)

He looked at Lil Pumpkin, quickly analysed her body shape {short body, long legs haha} and recommended some IMPACT ergonomic backpacks that would suit her. Goodness! They have such a wide variety.
After talking to Kingsley, I learnt that not all ergonomic bags are made the same. It doesn't mean that just because it has the word "ergonomic" slapped onto it, the bag will definitely provide proper support and comfort for the back. How well it supports and how comfortable it feels will depend on an individual's built and size.

IMPACT ergonomic backpacks are not one size fits all.

They have different sizes, back cushion materials, spinal support & load distribution systems, strap lengths, compartmentalisation, colours etc. to suit all kids' {and parents'!} needs and wants. IMPACT is also the only ergonomic brand endorsed and certified by both Singapore Physiotherapy Association and The Chiropractic Association of Singapore.

The endorsement assures us that we are buying authentic ergonomic products.

Once we entered the showroom, Lil Pumpkin had her eyes on one of the pink bags and luckily, it was one of the backpacks Kingsley recommended for her too. Phew!

The IMPACT Ergo-Comfort Spinal Support Backpack has the following features:
  • Weighs slightly less than 1kg, which is pretty light for such a spacious bag #score
  • Silicone gel cushioning which is softer for extra comfort and will last longer than usual foam cushioning
  • "Scattered" cushioned support system to protect every part of their back muscles & spine
  • Curved backing to suit the body's natural spine curvature better and encourage better posture
  • "Box" design for easy access to books, obento bag & contents. I really like this point as it reminds me of Japanese randoseru {ランドセル} school bags which are so cute.. but are so expensive! This bag is like erm, a third of an average randoseru bag??
  • Huge outer pockets for pencil cases, water bottle, tissue packets etc.  
  • Zips with ergonomic, plastic handles
  • Inner suspension straps to keep books and files neatly in the bag
  • 3M light reflectors on the straps for night safety
  • EZ parachute pull rings for kids to fit the bag straps easily themselves
  • Padded hip belt for better support and load management
  • Made from water-resistant materials
The bag fits her built well and rests snugly against her back. Most importantly, Lil Pumpkin finds it really comfy and likes it!!!

IMPACT bags use high grade nylon to stitch the seams to ensure durability. According to Kingsley, most kids are able to use this backpack until at least Primary 4 so it does provide good mileage and value-for-money too hehe.

See more of his tips on choosing an ergonomic school bag for kids and how we saw that the bag really fitted Lil Pumpkin properly in the video above or on my YouTube channel if it's not showing properly. 

The ERGOWORKS showroom obviously does not just sell IMPACT ergonomic backpacks.

ERGOWORKS is a leading brand in posture & back-care solutions so also sells ergonomic furniture and accessories like chairs, desks and workstations, writing instruments, laptop stands etc.

We ended up buying a new ergonomic water bottle for Lil Pumpkin that contains advanced Japanese Anion technology to ionise the water and make it even "healthier"...

...and shoe insoles for the boy too haha. He's been using them since that day and says they support his feet properly so help with his knee problems.

IMPACT ergonomic bags cost S$69.90 - S$129. They come with a warranty of 180 days from the date of purchase against manufacturing faults and defective parts. ERGOWORKS also offers 20% discount on new regular-priced bag purchases when you trade-in your old IMPACT bags, regardless of condition.

You can view some of the bag designs on the ERGOWORKS website, but the showroom definitely has a much wider selection. If you do head down, go with your kid so that the retail staff can help recommend the bags that are suitable for your child's size and built, and the kids can actually try on the bags.

Promo: 15% discount OFF IMPACT Ergo bags for SAFRA and CordLife Circle card members. 

Oh and yes, a bit random, but you can catch Pokemons there too hahahaha #pokemongo

ERGOWORKS Marina Square
6 Raffles Boulevard #03-337/338 Marina Square
Open 11:30am - 9.00pm daily
Tel: 6837 3370
*Also available at Centrepoint and Causeway Point

For more of  Lil Pumpkin's Primary 1 journey:

For more tips on P1 preparation:
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*Disclosure: This is a review for IMPACT Ergonomic bags. All opinions are my own.