Thursday, July 2, 2020

Reading with Scholastic 7: Geronimo Stilton The Sewer Rat Stinks, Thea Stilton The Race for the Gold

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A few years ago, when my children just entered primary school, they shared with me about this book series called Geronimo Stilton, and many of their classmates were big fans of this book series! Therefore, I started to get them Geronimo Stilton books, and until now, they still enjoy reading this series. Other than Geronimo Stilton, they also enjoy reading another series of books - Thea Stilton, who is the elder sister of Geronimo. 

Both book series are interesting, other than the exciting journey of Geronimo and Thea Stilton, the content is also very informative, educating children on a variety of knowledge.

Thea Stilton The Race for the Gold





Synopsis:
Join Thea Stilton and the Thea Sisters on an adventure packed with mystery and friendship! The Thea Sisters help their friend Beatrice prepare for the Summer Olympics!

Author: Elisabetta Dami
Age: 6-12


Geronimo Stilton The Sewer Rat Stinks

This is all-new Geronimo Stilton as interpreted by author, artist, and longtime fan Tom Angleberger. Tom is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.




Synopsis:
A stinky smell is taking over New Mouse City! No mouse can live like this! Geronimo and his best friend Hercule, the private detective, head underground into the sewer world of Mouse Island to investigate. Can they save the city from the stench?

Author: Tom Angleberger
Age: 6-12


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

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Tokyo, Mt Fuji Travel Day 2 JAL Sky Museum Factory Tour

One of the highlights of this Tokyo trip was to visit Japan Airline (JAL) Sky Museum Factory Tour, in which we can get up-close-and-personal to the aircraft! And this activity is free of charge! We will share how to sign up this activity at the end of this blog post. 


JAL Sky Museum Factory Tour has 3 components - 30 minutes of lecture, 20 minutes of visiting the exhibition area and shop, and 40 minutes of tour at the hangar. Please note that the entire tour is conducted in Japanese, but information booklets in English are available. 

We took subway to Daimon 大門 station, where we took Tokyo Monorail from Hamamatsucho 浜松町 station to Shin-Seibijo 新整備場 station. JAL Sky Museum is just a few minutes walk from the station. 

As we arrived early, we had extra time to visit the exhibition area before the lecture started. Other than viewing the exhibits of Japan Airlines, there were also hands-on experience like sitting in the model cockpit, taking photos in pilot or cabin crew's attire, as well as interactive games.





Even though we could not really understand the lecture which was conducted in Japanese, we could gather some information about Haneda Airport and Japan Airlines through the video and presentation slides.

Finally, the moment that I had been waiting for - the tour of the hangar! For safety reason, all of us had to wear helmet when we were inside the hangar. All the participants were divided into smaller groups led by the staff. What a pity that with my half-past-six Japanese, I could not fully understand the sharing by the guide. My children learnt "nana nana nana" which means "777" when the guide mentioned Boeing 777 aircraft. Anyway, I was thrilled just to watch the landing of the aircraft near the runway and to see the aircraft in such a close distance!








Please take note that it is required by JAL that the photos to be posted on social media have to be submitted to them for checking before posting. The photos on this blog post and our Facebook page have been approved by JAL. You just need to email them the photos that you intend to post, and they will reply you within a few days.


How to Sign Up JAL Sky Museum or ANA Maintenance Centre Factory Tour

Other than Japan Airlines (JAL), All Nippon Airways (ANA) also offers similar experience. The tour is free of charge!

The reservation for both JAL and ANA factory tours is available in Japanese only. The reservation is opened 6 months in advance, at Japan time 9.30 a.m. (Singapore time 8.30 a.m.) . When I made the reservation 6 months before the intended date of visit, I encountered some problems when I tried to book the earliest slot of the date, and within a few minutes, the slots of that timing were all taken, so I had to select the next time slot.

For those who are interested in registering for JAL Factory Tour Sky Museum, you have to fill up the following information in red as shown below. 


  • Name in Katakana (a form of Japanese writing system): you can Google for converter to Katakana
  • Postal code and address: I used the address and postal code of the hotel
  • How do you know about the tour: the options are homepage, friend, travel magazine, travel agency, TV program, others. You can just click any one of those

If you are going with other family members and friends, you have to key in their name, name in Katakana, age and gender.

You will then receive an email upon completion of registration, and then another email on confirmation of the tour. Print the email of confirmation and bring on the day of your visit.

JAL Factory Tour Sky Museum tour: https://www.jal.co.jp/kengaku/
ANA Maintenance Centre tour: https://www.ana.co.jp/group/kengaku/


Friday, May 15, 2020

8 Crabs Review: Fresh Crabs & Zi Char Delivery

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It has been more than a month into the Circuit Breaker measures, and we have been preparing home-cooked meals. So when I told my children about the delivery of crab and zi char from 8 Crabs (八鮮過海), they were very excited! Interestingly, 8 Crabs does not have a physical eatery, other than providing cooked crab and zi char delivery, 8 Crabs is also a wholesale supplier of fresh Sri Lankan live crabs.


As a crab lover, when I browsed through the menu, I couldn't make up my mind which dish I should order - Black Pepper Crab, Chilli Crab or Salted Egg Crab? But I couldn't choose all 3 types as I am the only person in the family who eats crab, and we can't invite my parents or parents-in-law over for the feast due to the Circuit Breaker measure. Perhaps I shall try out the other dishes next time!


Image source: 8 Crabs

The online ordering platform is very easy to use, and we can choose to pay by credit card or PayPal. 

Image source: 8 Crabs


We chose the delivery slot to be on a weekday evening between 6 to 7 p.m., at around 6 p.m., I used the online chat function on their website to check the delivery status (as the hungry children were screaming), the friendly customer support officer promptly responded and informed us that our food was on the way. And true enough, our food arrived at our doorstep at around 6.15 p.m.!

The dishes were packed nicely in plastic containers. We could have just taken the food from the containers, however we feel that for such gastronomic treat, we should plate the dishes nicely to enhance our dining experience.


As I was saying that I couldn't decide which crab dish to order, eventually I chose their Award-winning Black Pepper Crab (Large 600-800 grams live, S$68). I was delighted to have the whole crab myself haha! The crab meat is fresh and firm! And it was truly Black Pepper Crab - the amount of black pepper was so generous that made me tear halfway through eating! Most parts of the crab pincers were already cracked, but since we don't have the tool to crack the remaining parts, I could not show you a photo of a perfect piece of pincer. One good thing about eating crab at home is that I do not have to be concern over my "unglam" manner while eating the crab.

Award-winning Black Pepper Crab

The contact person from 8 Crabs shared with us that farmed crabs would produce ammonia as they are stressed in the confined farm environment. 8 Crabs prides itself for providing premium grade Sri Lankan sourced wild crabs, indeed, I did not detect any smell or taste of ammonia from the crab that I ate. She also shared with us that to ensure freshness, these crabs are caught, flown from Sri Lanka to Singapore, prepared and delivered to the customers within 12 hours. 

The aroma of ginger and herbs emerged once the container of Drunken Herb Prawns (Small, S$24) was opened. The prawns are so huge and fresh! I doubted whether we could finish the big tub of soup, but eventually we did not leave a single drop of soup as it was very tasty.  

Drunken Herbal Prawns

When I placed order for Prawn Paste Chicken (Small S$12), actually I was worried that the chicken wings would become soggy. It turned out that my worry was unnecessary. There was a hole on the lid of the container so that the chicken wings were not soggy upon arriving our house. The prawn paste was not overpowering, which made the dish suitable for my children.

Prawn Paste Chicken

Claypot Beancurd (Small, S$14) is my children's all-time-favourite zi char dish. They kept reminding me to order this dish! As I was busy savouring the crab, the children finished almost the whole dish of Claypot Beancurd, leaving only one piece of beancurd for me.

Claypot Beancurd

We ordered two types of fried rice to complete the meal - Yang Zhou Fried Rice (Small, S$6) and Salted Fish Fried Rice (Small, S$6). The portion of two small fried rice was enough to feed our family of 2 adults and 2 children. Both dishes of fried rice have sufficient wok hei - an essential charred aroma for stir-fried dishes. As we are used to food with less oil, it would suit our taste buds better if both fried rice have less oil, and we would appreciate if there are more salted fish and beansprouts in the Salted Fish Fried Rice.

Yang Zhou Fried Rice

Salted Fish Fried Rice


Overall, it was a pleasant experience to order crab and zi char delivery from 8 Crabs. Check out 8 Crabs if you are planning for crabs and zi char delivery!

8 Crabs
WhatsApp (No calls): +65 8725 0725 
Delivery hours: 12.30-1.30 p.m., 6-7 p.m., 7-8 p.m., 8-9 p.m., 9-10 p.m., 10-11 p.m.
Delivery charge:
Free with minimum spending of S$120 
Express 1 hour delivery charge S$18 per order
Same day or next day delivery charge S$8 per order
Public holiday surcharge S$10
Friday, Saturday, Sunday surcharge S$8


Disclaimer: We received a discount voucher for review purpose, and we paid the balance from our pocket. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and photos are mine. 

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