Sunday, October 11, 2020

Cake Delivery Singapore

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When it comes to my birthday or DaDi's birthday, the choice of birthday cake is usually not determined by us. Our children would decide what cake they want. However, as they have different preference, sometimes it is difficult to come to a consensus. We are delighted that Cake Delivery Singapore offers Build Your Own Cake! So no more fighting, each of us gets a slice of cake that we like!

There are 4 types of cheesecakes in the box - Burnt CheesecakeOreo Cheesecake, New York Cheesecake, and Biscoff Cheesecake. So you can imagine the fragrance of cheesecakes when I opened the box! As a cheeselover, I was spoilt for choice to decide which cheesecake to start first! The base crust layer is thin and not too hard, and each mouthful of cake is rich and delicious. My favourite is Biscoff Cheesecake, the crunchy Biscoff biscuit crumbs add another dimension to the texture and flavour.

Burnt Cheesecake

Oreo Cheesecake

New York Cheesecake

Biscoff Cheesecake

Chocolate Truffle Cake is rich in chocolate flavour and is not too sweet. We like the moist sponge cake, which encloses the rich and smooth chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Truffle Cake

Frosted with rich cream cheese, the level sweetness of Red Velvet Cake is actually just right. I am concerned over the type of colouring that produces the vivid red colour, but I am delighted to hear that natural ingredients are used in their Red Velvet Cake.

Red Velvet Cake

Pistachio Rose Cake, as the name implies, has a significant rose fragrance in every bite. We would wish that it is more moist. 

Pistachio Rose Cake

No special occasion is required to get a cake from Cake Delivery Singapore, just order the cake any time when you feel like having a sweet treat! Yes, you can order the cake from them even during midnight (charge applies)! They also have 1 hour express delivery (charge applies), so no worries about last minute order. You can check out their delivery charge from their website.  Their delivery time slot is in blocks of one-hour, this provides convenience as we do not have to wait the whole day to get our sweet treat!

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Disclaimer: We received the cake for review purpose. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and photos are mine. 

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Relieve Exam Stress through Reading

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If you are a parent with primary school children, you would probably find October a stressful month because of children's year-end examination! This October is an extra stressful October as our firstborn is sitting for Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), and the younger one is preparing for Primary 5 year-end examination - and he has not done any major assessment this year as mid-year examination is removed. 

So how do they relieve their exam stress? As book lovers, they read books as a form of relaxation. When they read, especially books that are humorous, they are distracted from their worries. We found that the following books from Scholastic are really great for relieving stress for the children as they are really entertaining!

Dog Man #9: Grime and Punishment

The Supa Buddies bamboozled the baddies, but all's not right in the world. Dog Man has a new problem to pound, and he's going to need his entire pack to help him. Will he go barking up the wrong tree? Dav Pilkey's wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of doing good.

Author: Dav Pilkey
Age: 7 - 12

The Bad Guys - Episode 10: The Baddest Day Ever

All hail crown Prince Marmalade! Surrender to his evil magnificence! Kneel before his butt-handed glory! Or…like…DON’T! The Bad Guys and even Badder Girls might have been knocked down, but does that mean they’ll star down? No way, chicos! Whip out your war cry and pull on your party pants. It’s the ultimate battle between Bad and Baaaaaad! It’s season finale time, playas!

Author: Arron Blabey
Age: 7 - 12

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

PSLE Journey for My Children... and Myself

Time flies, my firstborn is taking Primary School Leaving Exam (PSLE) this year! And then my younger child will be sitting for PSLE next year. Yes, I often joke with my friends that I am "sitting" for two PSLE in two consecutive years! 

This is one of our ERP - Examination Resource Packages. Those on the left (assessment books and practice papers) are for the children, those on the right (snacks) are for myself! Just kidding, I share the snacks with them too.

If you ask me how we have been preparing our children for PSLE, I would say that our preparation started way before primary 6. We believe that it is important to develop positive habits and mindset since young, this is not just for PSLE, but for the long run.

1. Sleep and wake up early
Having sufficient rest is important. Our children go to bed latest by 9 p.m. even before they started primary school, so this has become a habit for them to sleep early and wake up early.  Well, I am guilty to say that I can't wake up early on weekend and holiday morning...

2. Balance study time and play time 
Our children enjoy reading and drawing. After school, they will rest a while before studying, and they can enjoy their hobbies when they finish their work. However, we are rather particular about screen time for our children. During school terms, they are allowed to watch certain TV programs, but no mobile games / TV games. They are allowed to play mobile games / TV games only during school holidays. 

3. Make a study plan before major assessment
I print out the monthly calendar for the few weeks leading to the school's major assessment. To encourage them to make good use of the study plan, I print some of their favourite cartoon characters on it. As the children are now older, I would do the planning with them together. It is quite difficult to do a daily plan as we do not know the amount of daily school homework, therefore, we write down the plan for the subjects and topics to revise for each week. There is also a need to have some flexibility to update the study plan from time to time.

4. Sort out the study materials and write notes
Yes, filing is an essential skill! Our children learnt to sort their study materials according to subject, and for each subject, sort the materials according to topics. I also guide my children to write notes for English and Chinese compositions, as well as Science. 

5. Consistency is the key
Revision has been done regularly. When our children have completed learning a topic, they would revise that topic and do practice questions to check understanding.  

While efforts have been made to prepare our children, honestly, as a first-time PSLE parent (excluding the PSLE that I myself took N years ago), my biggest issue is - how do I prepare myself as a PSLE parent?

As a full-time-working-parent, in the midst of busy work schedule, I sometimes doubt whether I have done "enough" to prepare my children for PSLE. And what is "enough" and yet not too much? I don't want to be the "tiger mum" that controls my children's life.

In addition, this year is a special year for everyone due to Covid 19. As the children had a few weeks of home-based learning, I had concern whether this would affect my firstborn's preparation for PSLE. Apart from working from home, I also "work" part-time as their teachers to teach them, because some of their home-based learning lessons were videos, but not live lessons conducted by their teachers where they could ask questions. Honestly, I was not sure whether I had taught them correctly!

Another challenge - many parents with primary school children may agree with me - is to teach primary school Mathematics problematic problem sums without using algebra! Along the way,  I think I have improved in model method to solve Mathematics problems! Other than Mathematics, I think I have re-learnt English, Chinese and Science in the past few years!

I am still learning to manage my own expectation and emotion - keep myself as chilled as possible by the following methods:

At this time of writing this post, my firstborn has already sat for PSLE oral examinations and listening comprehension examinations. I reminded myself not to ask her too much about the exam questions, but rather, ask her for her feeling.

I make encouragement cards for my children for all major assessments, this is my encouragement card for my firstborn for PSLE listening comprehension examination last week - a sweet treat for her with a character that I specially designed for her. 

All the best to all primary 6 children taking PSLE! 

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