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Monday, May 25, 2015

SORARIMAN ソラリーマン: Daddy Dru Jumps! in Japan + Win The Wind in the Willows Family Show Tickets

Sorariman is a play on the words sora {空, sky} and salary man. Inspired by Aoyama Yuki's Sorariman series where he takes portraits of fathers in their work suits jumping goofily beside their daughters, the boy and I decided to spoof this and get him to jump next to Lil Pumpkin during our recent trip around Japan too.

Getting him to jump wasn't a problem. The hard part was getting Lil Pumpkin not to jump with her daddy!! :P Here are some of the shots we took...

Daddy Dru Jumps! under the Sakura tree
Daddy Dru Jumps! in Nagoya Castle
Daddy Dru Jumps! with Giant Goku {Dragonball Z}
Daddy Dru Jumps! in Miyajima
Daddy Dru Jumps! in Akashi Castle
Daddy Dru Jumps! in Kyoto
Daddy Dru Jumps! in Fushimi-Inari
I think the results are pretty hilarious! Not all dads are stoic and serious; some are carefree and fun-loving like the boy too :) We will continue on with this as a special father-daughter thing for him and Lil Pumpkin. It'll be so fun for them to look back on in the future o (◡‿◡✿)

Follow our jumping shot updates and check out other pics with our hashtag #daddydrujumps in Instagram and Facebook (●´∀`●)

If you do this with your kids too, please share with me your photos!

Read more about our Japan travels here
Also see the Sakura at Yoyogi Park, Sakura at Ueno Park.
If you like theme parks, read about Tokyo One Piece Tower and Asakusa Hanayashiki

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May is a very exciting time for us as we are all May babies! To celebrate, special prizes are up for grabs for the last 3 weeks of May just for my blog readers and friends :) 1 giveaway per week! Don't miss it!

For this week, I've ONE The Wind in the Willows Family Performance Tickets Package {worth S$248} to give away!! It includes 4 x Category 1 tickets {best seats!!} to the opening show on Friday, 12 June 2015, 5pm at School of the Arts Singapore {SOTA}.

"When Mole plucks up the courage to explore the Riverbank with his friend Ratty, nothing can prepare him for the adventure that awaits. Along with Badger and the irrepressible Mr Toad, the foursome career from one exploit to the next culminating in a battle not only to save Toad Hall, but their very way of life."

This is recommended for kids aged 5 and up, and running time is 1 hour 45 minutes {one interval}. Check out this stage adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's best-selling book via ABA Productions website. There are only 7 performances from 12 - 14 June 2015.

Giveaway Method: Random Draw

1. Be a Sakura Haruka Facebook page fan

2. Subscribe to my upcoming newsletter. Make sure the email add you used to subscribe is working as I'll be using that to contact the winner. Remember to confirm the subscription and check your junk folder in case the confirmation email goes there.

3. Like & Share this Facebook photo and tag 3 friends. Make sure your post is public!

4. Leave me a blog comment telling me your best tip to prepare for P1 + FB name you used to like the page + name you used to subscribe to the newsletter. For those unsure of how to comment, choose "Name/URL" option then add your name and comment.

Bonus entry:
1. Follow me on Instagram {@AiSakuraHaruka}
2. Repost this Facebook photo on IG & tag @AiSakuraHaruka #ASHxABAshowgiveaway

ONE random winner will be chosen. Just complete all 4 simple steps + bonus entry {if you like}!

Details:
* Open to Singapore residents only.
* Ends Wednesday, 3 June 2015 2359hrs {Singapore time} 
* Incomplete or inappropriate entries will be deemed invalid and will not be included.
* Winners will be announced by Friday 5 June 2015 on this blog post and notified via email with further instructions on how to collect prize. Winners have 2 days to reply, or the prize will be redrawn.
* Tickets only valid for performance on Fri 12 June 2015, 5pm at SOTA Drama Theatre, 1 Zubir Said Road.
* No refunds or changes to show time or date.
* Prize tickets cannot be exchanged for cash value or resold.
* Everyone must have own ticket for admission, including infants in arms.
* Sakura Haruka is not responsible for any prizes lost, damaged or misplaced in delivery.

* Disclosure: The Wind in the Willows Performance Tickets was provided by ABA Productions for giveaway.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy Birthday to Me! #my31candles

After 2 weeks of celebrating Lil Pumpkin's birthday, the boy and my father's birthday... it finally is MY birthday today! *throws confetti*

Last year's birthday was kinda emo as I was turning 30 and leaving my twenties behind seemed like such a big deal. I had a list of things I wanted to complete before turning 30 and a lot of "expectations" of what life should be when I reached that milestone.

A year later, I'm less anxious and definitely less emo. In fact, I'm so relaxed that I haven't put much thought into my birthday this year actually. Age is but a number and we are living life by its moments. 

All I wanted to do was to strike one more item off my 30 Before 30 list {admittedly a tad late!!} and go to Vietnam.. somewhere I've been thinking of exploring for a very long time.

I thought the boy wouldn't be too keen since we just came back our Spring break in Japan, but he said OK so yes we are heading to Vietnam in a few short hours :) Woohoo~

And continuing with my bo chup relaxed streak, I haven't planned or researched much into what to do there either as I didn't want to spoil my once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of seeing Vietnam with wide-eyed wonder, and let other people's experiences cloud my own. However, I read up enough to know which taxi companies scammed tourists, and where the trusted massage parlours were :P

Yup, I'm looking forward to going for massages, eating yummy Viet food, and buying a few áo dài, the Vietnamese national costumes which look pretty similar to cheongsams. That shouldn't be too hard to do since we're headed to Ho Chi Minh, the largest city in Vietnam, right??

I'm taking this time to go on a digital detox as well, to disconnect online and connect back fully with my family. Won't be bringing my iPhone!! :P Just want to quieten down my heart and mind to live in the now and enjoy our short holiday in Vietnam together, instead of getting distracted with some online conversation or unconsciously looking at things on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.

As such, sorry but I won't be replying to any online messages during our hols. I'll definitely be writing about it on the blog when we return so do check back. It should be an interesting trip!

Have a great weekend and don't miss the ongoing PediaSure Goodie Bags {S$60} giveaway. I'll have a new giveaway up on the blog on Monday to end off our happy month of celebration!

See ya all when we get back!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wordless Wednesday {linky}: Singapore Playgrounds - Telok Blangah Rock-Climb | Week 17

Where is this week's playground?
Block 39, Telok Blangah Rise. 

FUN Factor?
7/10. Has a slide and two rope obstacles, but
the most exciting part is the polygonal climbing rocks!
Not that easy, even for adults, but still pretty fun. 
Make sure the kids are wearing proper shoes before use as it can be slippery.
Suitable for older kids.

Play is important for children to her 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, May 18, 2015

6th Birthday Interview! + Win PediaSure Goodie Bags

We recorded Lil Pumpkin's birthday interview over the weekend. Haven't done a vlog for a long time and seemed kinda weird haha but Lil Pumpkin does her own random mini-vlogs so is such a natural :p

Other than the set of questions I prepared {same as those for her 5th birthday interview}, it's totally unscripted and unedited. We took this video in just one take.

She even said a boo-boo in the middle of the video. See if you can catch it! (>人<;)

I thought of editing it out but then, I wanted to capture all her natural reactions and answers to remember her at this period of her life. Even the little embarrassing bits that makes me want to find a hole and crawl into sometimes!!

Here are the questions and Lil Pumpkin's answers from the heart:
  1. How old are you? - 6 years old
  2. What's your favourite colour? - Gold and yellow
  3. What's your favourite food? - McDonald's and Cha Soba
  4. What's your favourite toy? - Her Disney "Magic Clip" dolls
  5. What's your favourite TV show? - Ben 10, Jake & the Neverland Pirates, Sofia the First
  6. What's your favourite place? - Malaysia and Japan
  7. What's your favourite song? - "Let It Go" {from Disney's Frozen}
  8. What do you like to wear? - Pretty dresses
  9. What makes you happy? - When she can play
  10. What makes you sad? - When Mummy scolds her
  11. What do you like to do with Mummy and Daddy? Play hide-and-seek
  12. What are you good at? - Maths
  13. What are you not so good at? - Swimming
  14. What makes you laugh? - Daddy
  15. What are you afraid of? - Ghosts
  16. Who is your best friend? Freya, Clarice, Claire, Weiling, Sadie, Emily and Ava
  17. What do you love about school? Numbers & eating breakfast with daddy
  18. What do you want to be when you grow up? -A fairy princess & a veterinarian
  19. If you had one wish, what would it be? - To be a fairy
  20. What's the best part of your birthday this year? When we went to to USS theme park

She's definitely a lot more talkative and animated in her birthday interview this year.. and can expand on her answers pretty easily. I think she'll have no problem with her English oral exams when she goes to primary school haha. Watch the video above for her full answers and if it isn't working, see it on my YouTube channel here.

Interesting to see how some of her answers have changed from the past year, and how some have remained the same e.g. that she still likes her "Magic Clip" dolls and her daddy is always the one that makes her laugh :)

Last year she mentioned that she felt sad when her Daddy scolds her, while this year I make her sad for scolding her. Sigh...  I guess that's the inevitable part about being a parent. As much as we want our children to feel loved and happy with us, we have a responsibility towards them as well to guide and teach them the right values and behaviour. And sometimes, that may require harsh words.

I think she knows, but hope as she grows up she will truly understand that even when Mummy and Daddy scolds her, we still love her very much and want the best for her

Do you have any family birthday traditions? 
Done any birthday interviews lately?

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May is a very exciting time for us as we are all May babies! To celebrate, special prizes are up for grabs for the last 3 weeks of May just for my blog readers and friends :) 1 giveaway per week! Don't miss it!

For this week, I've FOUR PediaSure Goodie Bags {worth S$60} to give away!! Each prize includes:
* PediaSure nutritional bottled drinks
* PediaSure vouchers
* 1 x Fruits / Vegetables toy set
* 1 x Fun Food shape cutters {set of 2}
* 1 x Fruits & Veggies OR Jobs & Careers ‘Match It’ puzzle set {Please choose one}

As parents, we often feel that we have to do whatever it takes to help our children achieve their fullest potential, and part of it lies in us giving them the best nutrition we can. In recognising the hopes of parents for their children, Abbott specially developed #MyKidsPotential quiz that will help parents discover what their children might grow up to be, and how to help them achieve that!

The quiz consists of 10 short questions about your child’s personality, favourite activities, play habits, food and dislikes. After completion, the results will be presented on your child’s very own business card with her potential occupation, and also tips on how to help your child eat healthily. After all, good nutrition provides a foundation for children to grow up healthy, strong and to be the best they can be.

Try out #MyKidsPotential quiz and see what's your kid's potential! Our results showed that Lil Pumpkin has the potential to be a Movie Star!! No surprise there :P

Giveaway Method: Random Draw

1. Be a Sakura Haruka Facebook page fan

2. Subscribe to my upcoming newsletter. Make sure the email add you used to subscribe is working as I'll be using that to contact the winner. Remember to confirm the subscription and check your junk folder in case the confirmation email goes there.

3. Like & Share this Facebook photo and tag 3 friends. Make sure your post is public!

4. Leave me a blog comment telling me what your kids want to be when they grow up & how you are supporting that dream + FB name you used to like the page + name you used to subscribe to the newsletter. For those unsure of how to comment, choose "Name/URL" option then add your name and comment.

Bonus entry:
1. Follow me on Instagram {@AiSakuraHaruka}
2. Repost this Facebook photo on IG & tag @ASakuraHaruka #ASHxPediaSuregiveaway

FOUR random winners will be chosen. Just complete all 4 simple steps + bonus entry {if you like}!

Details:
* Open to Singapore residents only.
* Ends Tuesday, 26 May 2015 2359hrs {Singapore time} 
* Incomplete or inappropriate entries will be deemed invalid and will not be included.
* Winners will be announced by Friday 29 May 2015 on this blog post and notified via email with further instructions on how to collect prize. Winners have 2 days to reply, or the prize will be redrawn.
* Food toy set and shape cutter theme and designs may differ, depending on stock availability.
* Sakura Haruka is not responsible for any prizes lost, damaged or misplaced in delivery.

* Disclosure: PediaSure Goodie Bags were provided by Abbott Singapore for giveaway.

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