The Three Little Pigs By The Little Company

We were in the midst of a hectic schedule of renovating, packing and moving home. But I knew The Three Little Pigs (By The Little Company / SRT ) were showing this season and I just cannot miss it.

Because it is one of the first few bedtime stories that Eizac enjoyed and remembered.

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I thought it is interesting which are the first fairytale stories parents picked to read to their young toddlers.

For me, it is Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs!

Why? Because they are adage-old stories which I can still make sense while I am dozing off!😛

And so, at 3 years old, Eizac had this background understanding that there are 3 little pigs and 1 big bad wolf. And it is a BIG BAD WOLF!

We were kindly invited to a weekday morning show. And there were shores of preschool kids in the theatre. Clearly, parents/teachers approve this form of art. Smile

And it definitely did not disappoint. I think the key reason is because both adults and children are entertained.

It isn’t just a kids’ production though it is meant to cater to toddlers as young as 3 years old. It has injected enough humour to humour the adults too.

And the end result is always to bring across a positive message; in this case, The Three Little Pigs teaches little ones how success can be achieved through hard work and perseverance. And there are “rewards” for reading your books too. Smile

Well, of course and that “evil” (Big Bad Wolf) will never prevail.

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I always enjoyed SRT’s The Little Company’s productions. The Three Little Pigs are part of a trilogy musicals for children written by The Laurence Olivier Award winning writing duo, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The other two musicals which have also been translated into Mandarin plays are The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Read my past review here.

Not sure who the duo are? No worries, someone closer to home, well-known ex-mandarin DJ, Danny Yeo, is actively involved in all of The Little Company’s Mandarin children musical productions. Possibly, that’s where all the “local flavours” came about. Open-mouthed smile

Hopefully, without giving too much away, let me share my version of the synopsis of The Three Little Pigs.

<< The Three Little Pigs are affectionally known as “Cha”, “Siu” and “Bao”.  If any of them looked familiar, you might have seen “Bao” in Three Billy Goats Gruff and “Cha” was in some TV commercials such as Ah Ben Nescafe and WaiFai Starhub. Ah Ha! That’s why.

Sadly, Daddy Pig was gobbled up by the Big Bad Wolf and that left their devoted single-parent Mum who decided that her piglets need to move out because her house is a “real PIG STY”!

After a wefie shot, they departed to build their own pig sty as the “world is prefect for a pig”. Eventually, as we all knew the ending, the brick house stood the huffs puffs of the BIG BAD WOLF. And that piglet who built the brick house is none other than “Bao” who is always reading a book. So it goes to show “it helps to have your snout stuck in a book”. >>

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We cannot forget the “baddie” who made the piglets look even more adorable. The BIG BAD WOLF. Here, he does look a little scary when he first took the stage. Later, he was presented as a misunderstood Big Bad Wolf. With his croons and howls, he did made a few new friends in the crowd! I overheard that the he became some of the children’s favourite character in the play.

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And for the adults, I think we had good laughs at the convenience trade person (watch carefully to see who she is. Smile). The local humour and some Singlish jokes (not too much) made it highly palatable for the local crowd. The catchy music, colourful stage and interactive actors complete the experience. It is a good production which I will highly recommend especially for 3 to 12 years old. Eizac left asking to return for more! Smile

Eizac and Mummy

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With our dates for the morning. Smile

Don’t miss it as this season runs till 16th Sep 2016. Last I checked, the tickets are running out fast!

P.S: one small tip to share. The theatre is not a huge one. So any seats will be a good seat unless of course you must be in the first row. Open-mouthed smile

Details:

Title of Play: The Three Little Pigs

Dates: 4th Aug to 16th Sep 2016

Location: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT. 20 Merbau Road (near Robertson Quay)

Booking: SISTIC

Various discounts are available. Do check out SISTIC site for more information and hope you will enjoy the production as much as us! Smile

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N.B: We were kindly invited for a media review. No further compensation were received. All opinions remained writer’s own. All images except those with the normal folks are copyrights of SRT.

Review + Giveaway!–My Gym @ Buona Vista

And we concluded our term of 10 weeks lessons at My Gym @ Buona Vista. Read about our first review here.

Eizac was super thrilled to receive his Certificate of Excellence! He witnessed a few kids receiving it before and it’s finally his turn. Smile

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We had such a good time every week at My Gym (Buona Vista) that he was still asking for more lessons after it ended. In all honesty, if we are not staying further away, I would have signed up another term for him. Here’s sharing some of the activities that left a deeper impression on him/me:

1) Objects Learning

Being given an object and allowed to fiddle, throw and even smash it (at times); all these piqued his curiosity and allowed room for creativity.

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Object learning: Ring
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Object Learning: Rubbery ball

2) Gymnastics moves

This is more of my favourite than Eizac’s. He is a little apprehensive of the various gymnastic moves and exercises introduced. But he gamely became a volunteer when called upon by the teachers. The various exercises such as forward roll, balancing beam, backward flip on a bar and etc; these help to strengthen core muscles. The teachers will normally highlight which muscles are being worked on and what parents can try with their children back home.

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3) The thrill rides!

There are always some surprises every week! It is never boring at My Gym. Eizac looked forward to the different set ups of the gym every week and sometimes they have thrill rides for the kids!

One week, we had a ‘superman dive’ into a ball pool and another week he had a spin ride on a swing. And the last week, all the kids went on a choo choo train! The hardworking teachers did their very best to give a fun experience to all the children. From my experience, the teachers in an enrichment class or a childcare centre/kindy can make or break the learning experiences for the young ones. I am grateful to the committed and chirpy teachers at My Gym (Buona Vista) for making it an enriching and enjoyable session every week. You need loads of energy for that!

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During our term, I had the privilege to have a chat with the lady in charge of My Gym Bouna Vista – Janice. I learnt a touching story on why she decided to set up My Gym Buona Vista. Here is a short email interview of her sharing:

Q: Why did you decide to set up My Gym Buona Vista?

A: My 6 year old son has joined My Gym since he was 2 years old. He has delayed developmental issues and was frequently teased by his peers. He was even rejected by teachers in main stream schools. I’ve seen how My Gym program has helped him developed physically, cognitively and emotionally. My heart goes out to help children with difficulties. Henceforth, my husband and I decided to take up My Gym franchise. Besides working with well-functioned children, we accept special needs children, giving them an opportunity to socialize in a group setting as well as providing early intervention for them and working on their self-confidence.

Q: What are the unique points about My Gym Buona Vista that differentiate it from other providers?

A: Besides our award-winning program, we are very particular about the quality of our teachers. They are well-trained, passionate and patient with children. We emphasize on small student-to-teacher ratio to provide individual attention and positive reinforcement. We teach our children on accepting everyone’s differences and encouraging one another using kind words. Most importantly, we accept children with special needs. Parents are often very appreciative of us giving their children a chance. Our teachers are trained in special needs and early childhood.

I am really impressed with the quality of teachers at My Gym Buona Vista. The passion, love, energy and commitment is admirable. It is a well known fact that it is not easy to hire good early childhood teachers these days. If you are looking for a wholesome and energetic program for your child, I do recommend My Gym @ Buona Vista.

If you are looking for June/Summer holiday programs, do give them a call at 6684 9220 for more details. My Gym @ Buona Vista is located at 35 Rochester Drive, #03-24/25/26 Rochester Mall.

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With some of the friendly teachers at the last day of our lesson. Eizac drew them a thank you card! Smile

And here is a chance to win a 1 month program with My Gym @ Buona Vista!

Just complete all of the following 3 steps to get a chance to win a 1 month program for your child at My Gym @ Buona Vista

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Please note terms of giveaway:

This giveaway will end on 20th June 2359hours. It is open to the parents with children from age 4 months to 13 years old. Lessons will be held at My Gym @ Buona Vista only.

Winner will be randomly picked and decision is final. Winner’s details will be passed to My Gym @ Buona Vista for liaison purposes.

Updated on 23rd June 2016: Winner of this giveaway is ….. Kristie Wong!:) You will be contacted by My Gym @ Buona Vista for more details! Congratulations! 

N.B: This review is written as part of an experience of lessons at My Gym Buona Vista. No further compensation had been received.

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Janod Wooden Toys Review (with My Miracle Baby)

Product Review

If you are a wooden toys fan, you might have come across this French brand – Janod. It is founded by a French who focused on wooden games and toys.

If you are tired of electronic toys for your children, back-to-basic wooden toys with new creative designs might be good options. In the past, wooden toys are thought to be bland and boring compared to their brightly-colored and music-blaring counterparts. These days, well advised parents came to realised quality wood-feel toys are less jarring and stimulate creativity with a more wholesome approach. Perhaps this is influenced by the growth of Montessori teaching methods too .

My Miracle Baby – an online distribution website – carries Janod products as they pride themselves in selecting high quality goods for their customers. They kindly sent over some Janod toys for my 2 boys for reviews. These are some honest opinions on the 3 toys we received:

1) Janod – Redmaster Magnetic DIY Trolley (S$149)

This is a walking trolley which rolls on wheels and comes equipped with 21 accessories including 3 magnetic tools and a set of gears. Designed in France, it is recommended for 1-4 years old.

This is my sons’ favourite.

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It comes in loose pieces and an adult’s help is needed to assemble them
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All hands on the deck; especially Daddy’s hands. Eizac needs his yellow construction safety hat to work. Xi En is our foreman Open-mouthed smile
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The finished product
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Gears, screws and nuts on top of the push trolley
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Magnetic tools in front and my happy engineers are ready to go! Smile

Verdict: Both my boys enjoyed this toy especially Eizac as he is 3+ years old and at the age where he loves dress-up and pretend-play. Personally, I find the whole trolley a little heavy and takes up space in our limited play area. My 2 reckless boys ramped it through my legs a few times when they got overly excited! Also, watch out for them trying to hammer or screw your walls/TV/windows! Otherwise, the quality is very well made and sturdy to last a few generations. Open-mouthed smile

2) Janod – Magnetic World Puzzle English Version (S$129)

This is a huge magnetic board with many magnetic puzzle pieces that made up the world map. There are continents, countries and animals to identify. It is great for older children to learn some geography and the younger ones to practise their fine motor skills.

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Janod Magnetic World Map from Greenland to Antarctic
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Xi En enjoyed identifying the various countries and continents.

Verdict: This is my favourite as I am attracted by the educational value and the intricate little details of the puzzle pieces. Eizac lost patience after a few minutes of putting the puzzle together. Xi En was more conscientious in learning while playing. This will be a good present for older children who are 4 to 7 years old. Note that the board is really heavy. It is probably more ideal to nail or stick it to the wall but I found some pieces dropping off easily; possibly the magnetic strength weakening over time. The map didn’t stick well to the board either but we solved that easily with superglue. Open-mouthed smile

3) Janod – Body Magnet (S$59.90)

This is a magnetic board with body cards and 76 magnetic body parts for young ones to explore the muscular, skeletal, organs system and the basic body parts. There are cards with 9 different languages and a pointer stick for you to play teacher.

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4 English cards (Muscles, Organs, Skeletal and Basic Body Parts) are provided together with 8 other different languages if you understand French, Italian and other European languages.
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Eizac following the pictorial guide to piece the body parts together.
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Xi En preferred mix-and-match.
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This is one intense work.

Verdict: I liked the educational value of this toy. Eizac enjoyed the jigsaw puzzling part of this toy. He could piece together all the 76 pieces without much help. However, I find the other language cards quite useless since we don’t know any other European languages. Clearly, this is a product designed for sale in Europe as there aren’t any Mandarin nor other Asian languages in the other cards. Nonetheless, quality is well made.

Overall review: As a mummy of 2, I came to realise wooden toys are really lasting and can withstand hard knocks from rough handling. Wooden toys are more rustic and give the young ones a more grounded approach to toys. It is a bonus that toy markers made them with educational values these days. But because they are made to last, wooden toys are so heavy too! I find it difficult to store them properly. But if you have space for a few pieces of good quality wooden toys, you might like to try out Janod selections. Prices are not cheap given that the designs originate from France, but I like their vast variety of old-school-new-creativity products. The jigsaw puzzles and train sets look good too!

Good news: If you are keen to buy a Janod wooden toy for your child or as a present, here’s a special 15% discount promo code to share for all Janod products for the month of May. Simply enter “15%-EM” at the check out; this is effective till 31st May 2016. Janod’s selections on My Miracle Child can be found here: http://www.mymiraclebaby.com.sg/janod/

My Miracle Baby distributes and sells products which have been specially curated to cater to new parents and their babies. You will find brands here which are not commonly found in the mainstream shops. Have a look through the brands they carry and support local enterprise if you can. Smile They cater more for pregnant mummies, new borns to toddlers.

Brands Page

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Janod brand logoKaloo brand logoSwaddle brand logoScoot n pullSwimava brand logoUpspring brand logoTrumpette brand logo

Giveaway Time

My Miracle Baby is kindly sponsoring 5 pieces of Janod – I Wood Stackable Turtles for 5 winners. These adorable turtles have 3 interlocking pieces each to learn about shapes and colors. They are made of wood and painted using water-based paints. Dimensions: 20.5 cm X 20.5 cm X 5 cm. Suitable for kids from 18 months onwards.

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Here’s how you can win one of the above:

1) Show us some support by “Liking” this blog’s Facebook Page – Evespiration – if you have not already done so. Thank you.

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3) Leave a comment on Evespiration Facebook page or Instagram account (about this post) sharing with us who are you planning to give this toy to and share with us one tip on how you keep toys tidied at home. (I need some tips so this is a selfish question! please help me. Open-mouthed smile)

All the best!

Terms and Conditions:

1) Winners will be picked randomly. If a winner didn’t response to my private message by 48 hours, another winner will be picked.

2) Colors of turtles will be given randomly.

3) This giveaway is only open to residents with a Singapore address.

4) Giveaway ends on 24th May 2016, 2359hrs. Results will be updated on this blog post.

Updated on 26th May 2016

Winners for this giveaway have been picked randomly from FB and IG comments and they are:

  1. growingwiththetans
  2. takenotakenoko
  3. weeqiweeqi
  4. cayleechan
  5. Jaslyn Chong

Congratulations! You have won for your little one a Janod wooden turtle! I will be sending you a private message or an email. Please kindly response within 48 hours.

Thank you for supporting the giveaway and for reading!:)

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