Showing posts with label glitter glam. Show all posts
Showing posts with label glitter glam. Show all posts

Friday, May 5, 2017

Nestlé Commercial Video Stars for the Day! ✿

Soooo there are times whereby I take so long to blog about some events or holidays that I go "ahhhh forget it... so long ago already" and just give up on writing about it hahaha. I'm sure many of my fellow bloggers can relate to this.

This was probably going to be one of those unrecorded events since it took place last year #oops but recently, I saw it on my FB feed and just like how we shot our first fashion campaign with Glitter Glam, I figured it was pretty significant since it was the first time Lil Pumpkin and I filmed a commercial and I just had to blog about it before the details go really fuzzy due to my bad memory hehe.

Anyway yes, in July last year, theAsianparent {a local digital parenting magazine} contacted me to work on a campaign with Nestlé Singapore to produce an educational video to educate other parents/mums about wholegrain and understand the nutrition that their kids should be taking for breakfast.

Ever since I became more committed to getting fitter and living a healthy lifestyle {check out my Fitness Diary}, I've been more keen on working on projects to promote healthy living and eating as well so this was something close to my heart and I was interested to be part of it.

However, the daunting thing was it involved Lil Pumpkin and me to memorise lines and act in front of a camera. Eeeks! (*≧▽≦)

I mean, I'm kinda ok in front of the camera since I do post videos on my YouTube channel and vlog e.g. about my shopping hauls heehee.. and sometimes give video interviews {like to RazorTV and} but could my mummy brain remember lines? And could Lil Pumpkin remember her lines and survive a day of filming without getting bored & cranky??

I was pretty apprehensive but the boy encouraged me to just go for it and enjoy the experience with Lil Pumpkin. After all, it's not everyday that somebody comes along and asks if you want to be in a paid commercial and Lil Pumpkin does like to act and film stuff on her own... so I accepted the project.

TheAsianparent took some time to finalise the project concept with Nestlé Singapore so we only filmed in October.

Not sure if this is the norm, but we were only given the script and call sheet 2 days before filming.. I thought it was a very packed schedule and lots of lines to memorise given the limited time and was rather worried for Lil Pumpkin.

Since she's so young and not a professional, I don't expect her to have the attention nor energy span to shoot for most of the time {according to what was indicated in the call sheet}, and told my contact at TheAsianparent as much to set their expectation level.

They were most understanding and having worked with a lot of children, assured that they will be doing their best to keep spirits high and make sure everyone is comfortable during filming... which they did that day by providing snacks / drinks, and checking every now and then that we were all right.

On the actual day of filming, we arrived pretty early at the studio and thankfully, Lil Pumpkin was really excited and ready to rock and roll! I'd run through her lines with her and although she didn't memorise them perfectly, she knew what the concept was and roughly what was expected of her.

Most of the time, we were allowed to improvise as long as we got the key words and concepts out. There were no tele-prompters and for Lil Pumpkin's part, if I wasn't in the scene with her, I was usually sitting in front of her behind the camera guiding her line-by-line on what to say.

There were some scenes where we had to retake a few times but despite the long hours of filming and waiting for set scenes to change, Lil Pumpkin did not get frustrated or throw any tantrums. When she got bored during the waiting, I entertained her with colouring or cartoon videos.

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At the end of the day, I was really glad we did it! At least I can cross out "being in a commercial" on my bucket list?? haha.. And, I am really proud of my little trooper! (⌒▽⌒)☆

So ta-dah! Here's our little 3 minutes 30 seconds of fame (ノ∀\*) Please don't laugh heh.. and if you're interested, here's the informative article on whether you are serving your family healthy breakfasts or not where our video appeared (´∇ノ`*)ノ

In our initial discussion, I was told that 3 videos would be produced but the first video above took 4 months to come out in February this year haha... I'm not sure when the next 2 would come out but I'll update this post again when they do (⁎⚈᷀᷁▿⚈᷀᷁⁎)

P.S. I'm wearing one of my Lark & Peony modern cheongsam and Lil Pumpkin is wearing a Mary Had A Little Lamb dress in the video.

Monday, May 9, 2016

High Protein Pancakes for Mother's Day! ♡

I woke up pretty early for Mother's Day yesterday and decided to prepare pancakes for the family. I'd have loved to sleep in and be served breakfast in bed but hey, any mum knows that a mother's duty never ends, even on Mother's Day, right?? hahaha

We got the P28 Strawberries n' Cream Pancake Mix from The Fitness Grocer and I was craving for it so bad. They are fluffy & really have the fruity strawberry taste!

P28 Pancakes are a healthier version of the classic pancakes {no artificial preservatives, no artificial flavours, no trans fat, GMO-free} and are made with the highest quality protein on the market - whey protein isolate. All you have to do is to add water to the mix and cook as per normal. So easy.

Each serving {or 1 pancake} contains a whooping 14g of protein and are perfect for those on a high-protein diet like the boy and me. The Fitness Grocer also sells them in other delicious flavours like White Chocolate, Buttermilk Buckwheat & Chocolate Coconut {S$20.50/ 16oz tin}.

Prep time:
30 mins

2 cups P28 High Protein Pancake Mix
2 cups water
44g San Franola Granola Cinnamon Almond
3 plums
1/2 punnet blueberries
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
3 tbsp icing sugar {optional}

  1. Wash and prepare your fruits.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan to medium heat.
  3. Whisk P28 High Protein Pancake Mix and water together. Use less water if you like denser pancakes.
  4. Using a 1/2 measuring cup or a soup ladle, scoop the batter onto the hot pan. 
  5. Flip your pancakes once edges begin to appear dry and bottoms are golden brown. 
  6. Pancakes should be thoroughly cooked in about 2-3 minutes. Use a toothpick to check if unsure. The toothpick should come out clean.
  7. Plate the pancakes and dust icing sugar.
  8. Add a dollop of Greek yogurt on each pancake and top off with San Franola Granola.
  9. Add the fruits and serve.
This is just one way to eat the pancakes, of course. Some days I like to have them with berries and honey / maple syrup too #soawesome

When Lil Pumpkin woke up she gave me a handmade card for Mother's Day. I was touched.. and so tickled by what she wrote inside,

"Mommy when we go to Japan can I buy you something very special? But shhhh don't tell daddy ok? Dear Mummy,  thank you for taking care of me and being a great, wonderful and a lovely Mother. I love you."

Aww thank you my dear!! I'd like something very special when we go back to Japan this year too haha. I love you very much ♥

Wore our new matchy-matchy outfits from Glitter Glam  {Sunny Sleeveless Fit & Flare dress} out later that day.

I'm so blessed to be your mama. Thank you for giving me the privilege of being able to celebrate Mother's Day each year.

If you're looking for other high-protein food, check out my 5 Favourite High-Protein Snacks. I also have a weekly series of my Fitness Finds so do follow that and read up on my Fitness Diary posts for more fitspiration too! (⌒_⌒;)

Monday, December 28, 2015

Glitter Glam Fashion Models for the Day! ✿

If you're a long time blog reader or follower on my other social media sites {Facebook, Instagram etc.}, Glitter Glam shop needs no introduction from me. Ever since early last year, Lil Pumpkin and I have been big fans of this local brand and have been wearing their collection of matchy-matchy mother-daughter clothes.

I don't like their clothes just because the clothes are matchy-matchy {they have non matchy-matchy ladies wear too by the way}. I like them also because they are very well-made and use good quality materials that last a long time through many washes, parties, events and rough play.

We are still wearing our first few dresses, even up to now!! Although they are kinda short on Lil Pumpkin now hahaha...

For those that are new to the blog, Glitter Glam is a home-grown Singaporean brand that was started in 2007 by the mompreneur, Mary. As a working mother herself {and also one of the nicest brand owners I know}, she creates clothes with strong character, excellent fit and great comfort not just for successful career women, but also for mummies who, let's face it, have one of the toughest jobs in the world, and deserve to celebrate their hard work in style. Remember, there's still Me in Motherhood and no shame in dressing well for yourself!

Mary Had A Little Lamb is basically a mini-sized version of Glitter Glam collection... because what's good enough for mummy, is good enough for our little girls. The spin-off line is meant to celebrate motherhood and the extraordinary connection between Glitter Glam's female clients and their children.

On and off, they have small collections for boys too so mums with sons can look out for that. I think they have a capsule collection coming up early next year for the whole family. Yes, including pieces for dads too (★^O^★) 

Anyway, back to how we came to be their models for the day...

America's Next Top Model is one of my fave TV shows #nojudgementplease and Lil Pumpkin watches it with me. Maybe she was influenced by it, or maybe she misses doing "fashion shoots" with me {sorry, no time!!} but one day she suddenly asked me if she could "be a model and have her photos up in the shops".

I was pretty surprised since she never makes requests like that. She shows interest in some things e.g. singing, dance, drama etc. but she would not usually ask to specifically attend classes or pursue those interests. Usually, we as her parents would notice what she is keen on, ask her if she'd like to do more of it, and then she will tell us yes or no. 

But since she requested so explicitly this time, well, Mummy has to try and help her make her wish come true, right??

Truth is, Mary and I have discussed about shooting a campaign for one of her collections some time back. It's just that I've been reeeeeeaaaaally busy due to work, my fitness training, family commitments etc. and not able to make any of her shoot dates.

It's good that things have started to wind down for me the past 2 months. I broached the subject again to her and since Christmas / New Year was coming up soon, she asked us to model for that collection. Sweet!

Mary and her team at Glitter Glam x Mary Had A Little Lamb did all the arrangments - booking the studio, photographer, make-up artist... even arranging for the clothes to be sent to our home for fitting and collecting them back to iron/ prep for the photoshoot.

All we had to do was to turn up for the shoot on a Saturday morning early this month (●´∀`●)

Before that I'd told Lil Pumpkin that we were going to be models for a day and do a fashion shoot for Glitter Glam x Mary Had A Little Lamb. She was soooo thrilled and couldn't wait for the shoot day to arrive!

I'd to preempt her as well that the photo-shoot will take around 3-4 hours and she will have to change clothes & pose many, many times to take many, many shots. Maybe she was too excited to care but she gamely said, "no problem Mummy!"

I had my doubts though as knowing her, she will get bored and distracted after 1-2 hours max. Which I guess is pretty acceptable for young kids.

If I take her shots for "fashion shoots", I usually make sure that we keep within the hour and do it chop chop kali pok. Because after her patience and enthusiasm runs out, even if she does stand still and let you take her photos, it will all show on her stunned-like-vegetable-stop-taking-my-photos-when-will-this-end face (≧∇≦)☆

On the photoshoot day, everything went pretty well actually! There were a few hiccups like the make-up artist arriving 1 hour late {!!} and Lil Pumpkin's energy running low after the first few outfits, but overall we managed to take shots for around 10 outfits each.

It was pretty fun and such an eye-opener. Modeling isn't all about just looking at the camera, smiling and posing.. you need to follow directions, think about your facial expressions, think about your hands and leg placements, move to show the outfits in the best angles etc. Of course, Lil Pumpkin and I aren't professionals and lacked the experience, but we tried our best to "work it" haha. Appreciated Mary and her team for making us feel so comfortable on set too.

Mary's little girl {she's Mary Had A Little Lamb's inspiration & brand model} came along to the shoot as well and although the last time they met was more than a year ago, Lil Pumpkin was overjoyed to see her again and the two of them chatted like old friends o (◡‿◡✿)

Both of them modeled and took some shots together. I love their natural, playful innocence!

All the outfit photos in this post were taken that day and goodness, thank you Glitter Glam x Mary Had A Little Lamb for taking such beautiful photographs of Lil Pumpkin and me!!

As the main photographer of our family, it's rare when I can just relax and let others do the work of composing and taking the shots while I stand in front of the lens. And that's why I love it when we have our family photo-shoots (*⌒∇⌒*)ノ

Thanks for all these lovely memories and the opportunity for us to be your models for the day, Mary. I thought it would be a good chance for Lil Pumpkin to appreciate how hard people work to earn their keep, and learn what goes on behind the scenes for a model too. After we went home that day, she told me she wanted to do it again haha... maybe next year darling.

Oh, our photos are all up now on on Glitter Glam's online shop so Lil Pumpkin did have her wish fulfilled too heh. Please pop by to support her, see the rest of our shots or purchase any outfits you like in this post, although some will only be released in a month or so. You can also buy in their physical boutique at Harbourfront or counter in any Isetan stores.

If you sign up to their mailing list, you'll get S$10 off your first purchase immediately. Follow Glitter Glam on Facebook and Instagram for information on new releases and giveaways too!

More Glitter Glam and Mary Had A Little Lamb posts below: 

Our family photoshoots:

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Happy 7th Marriage Anniversary!! + Win Glitter Glam Vouchers

Dear Poogeo,

Today is our 7th marriage anniversary!!! Sometimes we get too busy or distracted and hardly have time for a proper conversation. Here's some things I wanted to tell you before I forget...

We've been together for 12 years but today is the day we made a lifelong commitment to one another to become husband and wife ♥ I still remember the first day we met in your dorm living room. It's such a long time back, but it also feels like it just happened yesterday.

They say opposites attract and maybe so. I'm quite the extrovert, while you are more of the introvert. I like details and planning, while you like to wing it {and it sometimes drives me crazy!}. I live to eat while you eat to live. I'm the night owl while you're a morning bird. If I had a free day to do whatever I want, I'd probably just want to sleep in bed.. while your dream day would be to work out in the gym (*^▽^)/

It's not bad really, as I think if we were too similar life would be pretty boring! And as we get older, our different tastes and characteristics have somehow rubbed off on each other so that we kinda become "same-same" haha.

I sometimes look back fondly to the time when life was much simpler and it was just us living in Australia. Now, there's so much more responsibilities, stress and chores to take care of which I know makes both of us weary. But unlike me, you often trudge on faithfully with little complaints and much positivity.

This is really something I need to learn from you. 

I know I don't say it often enough but thank you. Our relationship hasn't always been easy, but it's been so worthwhile. I've grown and learnt so much from you, and it gives me great comfort knowing that you're there taking care of me and the family.

You're an awesome hubby. Sorry I can't be the best wife, but I hope you'll always be there for me, no matter where life brings us or if I piss you off too much, which I know I do sometimes for being such a grouch or unreasonable and impatient person. 

Lil Pumpkin is so blessed to have you as her daddy too, and I really want you to know that. I know sometimes you feel bad for not giving her enough time, or when you are harsh towards her.. but also remember that not every dad will drop his kid off at school every morning, ferry his kid to her different enrichment classes, take time off work to bring his kid to the playgrounds, read to his kid or help his kid with her school work almost every night.

I'm really happy that you are mine. Happy 7th anniversary, dear!!

Love always,

P.S. You can find out why we call each other "Poogeo" and "Chubbinity" in my post here for 11 Things You Didn't Know about Hubby & Me (☆‿☆)

Nothing planned today and it is usual work-day for us... however, we'll be having a little celebratory staycation this weekend that I'm really looking forward to seeing how we enjoyed the one at Fullerton Hotel so much!!

Even prepared Lil Pumpkin and my outfits a month ago for our late anniversary dinner on Saturday night haha.

It's the Meadow Leaves Printed Dress from our fave store for matchy-matchy mummy-daughter outfits, Glitter Glam. From their latest collection, I saw it on their display window when I was walking past their store one day and immediately fell in love with the soft pastel colours and printed leaves design that reminds me of autumn!!

This A-line dress is really soft and light and although there's no inner lining, it's not translucent at all. Looks really gorgeous on its own, or when I want to be "twinning" with Lil Pumpkin. It has an adult top in the same print as well but you know, I always prefer dresses heh.

To help me celebrate our anniversary with my readers and friends, Glitter Glam has kindly offered prizes for a special 7th Anniversary Giveaway!! How awesome is that!! I would really love for you use this opportunity to get to know this local brand and understand why I adore it so much.

If you don't want to take a chance, there's also a special discount code,

Promo: Quote "sakura7" for 20% off ALL all Glitter Glam & Mary Had A Little Lamb regular-priced clothes & accessories from their online store. Valid for all purchases from 1 - 13 Sep 2015 only. Free shipping to Singapore addresses and overseas shipping available.

While you're on their website, sign up for their mailing list to also immediately enjoy 10% off regular-priced items for your first purchase.

Just for my special blog readers and friends only, I have SEVEN Glitter Glam vouchers worth S$70 each to give away! You can use it to purchase any regular-priced item in the Glitter Glam or Mary Had A Little Lamb collection at their Harbourfront boutique!

They have new arrivals every other week and there's sure to be something to suit your style whether it's for work, play-time or casual nights out. Glitter Glam clothing is available in sizes S - XL, while Mary Had A Little Lamb fits little girls aged 1 - 9 years old.

There will be 2 fun ways to enter and win. You can choose to enter via a random draw on Facebook or Instagram, or do both for extra chances! 。(⌒∇⌒。)

Giveaway Method 1: Facebook Draw
This is good for those that have private Instagram accounts. To enter, simply,

1. Be a Sakura Haruka Facebook page fan

2. Be a Glitter Glam Facebook page fan

3. 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.

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

5. Leave me a blog comment telling me what's your dream anniversary gift + 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.

FOUR random winners will be chosen. Just complete all 5 simple steps!

Giveaway Method 2: Instagram Draw
For those that don't like Facebook haha. To enter, simply,

1. Follow me on Instagram {@AiSakuraHaruka}

2. Follow Glitter Glam on Instagram {@GlitterGlamSG}

3. Repost this photo on IG. Make sure your post is public!

4. Tag @AiSakuraHaruka #ASHxGlitterGlamgiveaway #GlitterGlamSG + 3 friends

THREE random winners will be chosen. Just complete all 4 simple steps

UPDATE: The winners are Tammy Tng, Kong Meifong, Adelyn Khoo, Elizabeth De Cruz, Casy Ang (@angcasy), Jaime (@preciouz) and June Lee (@juneleety) . Stay tuned for more blog giveaways on Sakura Haruka! Check out my current readers promos too. Thanks for your support!
* Open to Singapore residents only.
* Ends Sunday, 30 August 2015 2359hrs {Singapore time} 
* Incomplete or inappropriate entries will be deemed invalid and will not be included.
* Winners will be announced by Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 on this blog post and notified via email with further instructions on how to redeem the prize. Winners have 2 days to reply, or the prize will be redrawn.

* Participants can enter in both draws, but can win only once.
* Prize vouchers are valid only for regular-priced clothes at Glitter Glam Harbourfront Centre #02-110.
* Chosen items are subject to stock availability.

Disclosure: Glitter Glam provided the vouchers for giveaway. All other opinions are my own.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Happy Mother's Day 2015! ♥ + Win The Incredible Book Eating Boy Family Show Tickets

Mother's Day was pretty simple this year. Actually, most of our celebrations are rather muted nowadays haha. I don't care much for grand plans, big parties or lavish spending.. as long as I get to spend the time with my beloved family, I'm happy :)

It started off as a pretty "normal" Sunday. I knew we'd be out for most of the day so woke up early to do some work. Then the boy woke up about 2 hours later, prepared Lil Pumpkin's morning milk, kissed me good bye and left for work.

Lil Pumpkin got out of bed not long after and was such a sweetie - smiling so brightly and wishing me good morning. She must have remembered that it was Mother's Day :)

After her morning ritual, we folded clothes together while catching up on my Chinese drama shows. I did the boy and my own pile, while Lil Pumpkin is great at folding her own clothes with her own mini folding board {see her in action here}. That seriously was one of my best buys ever!!

Then we got ready to go out and wore our new matching "stained glass" 3D Rosella dresses from Glitter Glam with our bling-bling Pazzion ballarina shoes.  No better day to go matchy-matchy than on Mother's Day!! :P

My mother-in-law came to pick us up around noon for our family lunch at Paradise Dynasty at One KM, near the boy's clinic. We had an early Mother's Day dinner with my parents the night before and were going out to celebrate with my in-laws on Mother's Day itself. Oh my goodness it was so packed! I think it was the most crowded restaurant in the whole mall :P

Paradise Dynasty serves both northern and southern Chinese cuisine, with an innovative touch. Their specialty is the Eight-Flavoured Xiao Long Bao, which are little dumplings with soup inside made in 8 different flavours {original, crab roe, cheese, garlic, herbal, ma la, foie gras and black truffle}.

This is the foie gras Xiao Long Bao, which tasted delicious but sadly, I didn't really taste much foie gras in. 

Lil Pumpkin likes to eat Xiao Long Bao. I think she finds it interesting to have soup "hidden" inside that little dumpling haha. 

Paradise Dynasty kind of reminded me of Din Tai Fung but the portions are more decent. We ate Xiao Long Baos, the silky handmade La Mian, egg fried rice, sweet and sour pork. squid in vinegar, drunken ginger chicken etc.

Was so full but it was such a satisfying meal. The boy, his mum and brother are all very busy people so it was nice to be able to sit down, have a meal together and catch up.

We went to Suntec City after lunch and Lil Pumpkin scooted around outside for a while. She just got a new scooter last Friday for her birthday {more on that later!} and has been asking us to bring her scooting every day since. Her birthday is only tomorrow {12 May} but we let her open it earlier.. ah well, gotta live a little, you know? :P

It's so fun to watch her whizz by and I'm thinking of getting one myself so that we can go scooting together! That would make our weekly walk to her swim classes even faster! I reckon it's easier than mastering a bike??

Yes, yes, I'm one of those "weird" people that don't know how to cycle :P

Lil Pumpkin gave me a a carnation flower and portrait of me she drew in school. I was actually looking forward to her annual Mother's Day class party {see past N1. N2 and K1 celebrations} but for some reason, we didn't have one this year! Was kinda disappointed as I wanted to see her sing and perform with her friends...

Love the heart cut-out and intricate paper weaving here!! Lil Pumpkin said that she specially chose pink because I like pink *grins*

Does this look like me? :) Sorry can't get a good photo of it but yes, she drew the eyes and mouth too, as well as purple eyees (^^)v I'm glad that she sees me as a sweet young thing with 2 ponytails rather than a naggy old witch, which I'm sure I sound like sometimes!

She wanted to take a shot of me and the boy too :)

Happy family!! ^^ I'm really so blessed to have these two in my life and wouldn't trade it for the world.

As for the boy's present? Well,, he paid for and gave me 1.5 hours to "feel" & find the whole collection for the new Lego x Simpsons series hehe #itsthelittlethingsthatcount

The new minifigs came out about 4 days ago but I haven't had time to check them out until Sunday.
We went to Toys R' Us and I saw that they weren't on the usual shelf space so I asked a sales assistant if they had any. Didn't have much hope really... as the release had been highly anticipated and on the first day, most places were already wiped clean.

Lo and behold! She went into the storeroom and got me a new box!!! Wheeee! So happy and I might have done a fist pump #winning

Haven't opened all the packs yet but since I've been "feeling" and collecting for the past 4 {??} series, I'm pretty sure I've the whole set. Quite good at picking out the correct minifigs from the blind packs haha.

My fingers and hands are so sore now!! (>-<)"

Ended the day doing groceries at Giant and we saw the Coca-Cola roadshow to get our own personalised coke cans. It was the last day! The boy was quite keen to do it so we bought 60 cans of Coke Zero to personalise 4 cans {you've to spend S$10 to personalise 1 can}- 1 for each of us plus his bro.

Turned out pretty nice... the more I see it, the more I like it too heh.

Thank you for calling me your Mummy, and for giving me the privilege to celebrate this special day with you, dear Lil Pumpkin. Sometimes I feel like such a failure as a mum, but thank you for always looking up to me and making me feel like I'm the greatest. I can't promise you, but I will try my hardest to not nag as much and to keep my youthful, happy spirit.. just as the way you see me

Thank you as well to my own dear mother and mother-in-law for all that you have done, and for shaping me to be the mother than I am today as well. Both of you are my role models and my inspiration to persevere despite the parenting struggles, give it my all and raise happy, healthy children

Wishing all the amazing mums a Happy Mother's Day once again!

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 Incredible Book Eating Boy Family Performance Tickets Package {worth S$232} to give away!! It includes 4 x Category 1 tickets {best seats!!} to the opening show on Thursday, 22 May 2015, 4.30pm at School of the Arts Singapore {SOTA}.

"Henry loves books. But Henry does not like to read book, he likes to chew them. Big books, picture books, reference books… the more he eats, the smarter he gets.

Just as he is on his way to being the smartest in the world, he realises his knowledge is jumbled up and he can’t digest it! Find out how Henry, with a little help from his parents, eventually found a way to enjoy books without using his teeth. A captivating story that encourages reading, finding success through hard work, and not taking the easy way out."

This is recommended for kids aged 3 and up, and running time is 1 hour {no interval}. Check out this stage adaptation of Oliver Jeffers' best-selling book via ABA Productions website. There are only 5 performances from 22 - 24 May 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 what you want most for Mother's Day + 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 #ASHxABAshowgiveaway

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

* Open to Singapore residents only.
* Ends Friday, 15 May 2015 2359hrs {Singapore time} 
* Incomplete or inappropriate entries will be deemed invalid and will not be included.
* Winners will be announced by Saturday 16 May 2015 on this blog post and notified via email with further instructions on how to collect prize. Winners have 1 day to reply, or the prize will be redrawn.
* Tickets only valid for performance on Fri 22 May 2015, 4.30pm 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 Incredible Book Eating Boy Performance Tickets was provided by ABA Productions for giveaway.

UPDATE: The giveaway has ended. The winner is Veron TG. Stay tuned for more blog giveaways on Sakura Haruka! Check out my current readers promos too. Thanks for your support!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Singapore Cheongsams :: {Matching} Cheongsam for Mums & Little Girls

It's been a really hectic time what with Mum in surgery and Lil Pumpkin having a suspected case of HFMD {doc can't confirm either because it's just a few tongue ulcers}. Been in and out of the hospital all week and thank goodness, my mother-in-law is feeling better from her own surgery last week to help take care of Lil Pumpkin since she can't attend school at the moment, and I can't bring her to the hospital with me.

Just want to write and think about happier stuff so sharing some of the modern cheongsams we got recently. I believe cheongsams should be worn all year round, and Chinese New Year {CNY} is really a fantastic time to stock up on cheongsams for the rest of the year! So many beautiful designs released, and even shops that don't usually sell cheongsams have a special collection or two for the festive period.

For example, one of our fave shops for matching mother-child clothes, Glitter Glam, launched modern cheongsams with detachable collars! Very versatile and certainly appealing to those ladies that prefer not to wear cheongsams outside of the CNY period.

I like the cheerful floral prints that just screams "Spring" and "Chinese New Year" to me hahaha. Lil Pumpkin and I will be wearing this on our CNY Day 1 as we'll be doing most visiting that day, and I want something light and comfortable since we'll be running around so much.

The short collars {3cm} are attached by hidden buttons and even when the collars are removed it does not look unfinished... it's just a beautiful by itself as a simple shift dress.

I've not seen any modern cheongsams with detachable collars before so if you're interested, you can get these from their online website, Harbourfront Centre boutique {1 Maritime Square #02-11} or shop counters at Isetan stores.

As I mentioned before, dressing matchy-matchy doesn't mean you always have to wear exactly the same things {see my tips on how to work the matching mini-me trend}. Just having similar details, such as colours or accents, will work as well.

I liked my Lark & Peony Princess Pingyang cheongsams so much that I bought another one in my fave colour - RED. How to not wear something ang ang during CNY??! hahaha

So bold and vibrant, it's really comfortable and fits my body like a glove. The Princess in Crimson comes with an obi belt with shippo {七宝} accents. Shippo is a traditional Japanese print where a series of geometric design combining four ellipses in a circle such that the lines inside make more circles. Somehow people thought the inside of the circles look shiny and they called this pattern shippo, which literally means "seven jewels".

It's not typically so colourful, but the designer of this printed fabric incorporated colours into the parts where the circles overlap giving it a playful feel. Shippo is a lucky pattern in Japan, and red is a lucky colour for Chinese, so I should be doubly lucky wearing this piece???! :)

If you like it too, you can get it from their online store or make an appointment to visit their atelier. I thought it matched Lil Pumpkin's Pretty Porcelain Tutu dress because well, both have reds in them, and there's a shippo-ish pattern in her cheongsam. :P Planning on us wearing this set on CNY Day 2 since we usually have a big buffet that day, and the obi belt will hide my bulging tummy well haha.

Her cheongsam comes in blue as well! Fits girls aged 2-7 years old. We got them from Dreams Avenue, a local kids online boutique, and I'll share more on some of our other clothes from the store later. 

Her dress marries traditional and modern in the most enchanting way: the stunning bodice has cute Chinese cheongsam details including a mandarin collar and Chinese knot buttons set, contrasted with a simple white tutu skirt that keeps all our little princesses happy. There's also a hidden zip at the back for quick dressing up!

I don't usually buy free size clothes, especially for cheongsams, BUT this was too cute to resist! Wasn't that expensive either, so just decided to go ahead with it, especially since I didn't have any in this sweet shade of pastel lavender. 

The Alice Cakes Macaron Cheongsam has adorable prints of maracons and other tea-time delights on the dress collar and skirt rims. There's no inner lining, but the material is soft, stretchy and thick so no need for that anyway. One thing I'm groaning about though is that it crinkles easily and needs to be ironed properly before wear. I prefer fuss-free materials {like that used in the Princess cheongsams} that need little or no ironing :P 

The front Chinese knot buttons can open up for you to put your head through easily, but it doesn't open up fully as the side zip is on the opposite side from where the front flap joins the side.

This cheongsam's free size fits UK 6 - 10. I'm a UK 8 {or 10, depending on cut} and it's an ok fit for me, except for the bust area which is a bit tight. From Little Bow Co, a local baby wear online boutique, it also came in other pastel colours but now there's only light blue, navy blue and red left.

Ok, that wraps up our recent cheongsam haul! :) Hopefully Lil Pumpkin's love for cheongsams will start from young too :P I think for any of the online shops I've listed here, if you order by this weekend, you should be able to get your piece by Chinese New Year since they are all based in Singapore #sgpride #golocal

Also check out these shops that sell traditional and modern cheongsams all year round. I updated the list yesterday.

P.S. It's been a crazy week, but I'm having some crazy good giveaways on the blog that are ending soon too. Have a look to win a Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10" Android, a KidsFest 2015 Hamper or pair of Havaianas Disney Frozen FlipFlops!