Thursday, 27 March 2014

Brewerkz @ Riverside point

I used to think that Brewerkz was only for the guys to hang out and have their fill of beer, but having had a meal there, I discovered that it is a very family-friendly place. Good food, great chillax ambience, and there's something to please everyone. They dish up good, hearty, western food, and their menu is comprehensive enough to cater to even the fussiest eaters.
Pork Knuckle $34, Truffle fries $11
You can choose from a variety of sides to go with your main meal. The kids loved the truffle fries which meant I had the sweet potato fries mostly to myself. Yum!
Rib-eye with Sweet potato fries $44
The kids don't normally eat burgers, but they saw some other diners relishing their burgers and they felt like being very 'western' so they ordered a Cowboy burger. Utterly satisfying.
Cowboy burger with Onion rings $24
Meat lovers pizza $23
#5 is the only one still keen on eating 'Kids' meals' so he ordered a Fish & chips. The kid's meals come with a drink and a scoop of ice-cream. 
Kids Fish & Chips $15
They provide an activity sheet and crayons to keep the kids busy before the food arrives.

Kate had a swell time as she seldom gets to accompany us out for dinner. Brewerkz opens from noon till late, so we were able to have an earlier dinner which suits us perfectly.
Can't smile yet.. mouth full
It was really lovely and breezy dining by the riverside. Somehow it felt like we were elsewhere on a family vacation.
Alfresco dining
After the kids had their fill, they had ample space to stretch their legs while the adults carried on enjoying the leisurely meal.
Riverside fun
Boat watching
The daddies are definitely spoilt for choice with a wide range of beers here at Singapore's oldest microbrewery. Their top 3 best-selling beers are Golden Ale, Pilsner and IPA.
Mind-boggling array of beer

Beer prices depend on the hour
Their riverside point outlet is a massive 500 seater restaurant which easily accommodates parties and private functions.
Indoor or outdoor seating available
Sane tip: We had a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience, courtesy of Brewerkz. Will definitely be back!

Save tip: Beer prices are tiered, with the cheapest between the hours of 12-3pm. Next tier is between 3-6pm. Also watch out for happy hour, beer of the week goes at a cool price of $5.

Disclaimer: Brewerkz sponsored our meal. All opinions are my own.

~ mummy wee - a blog on parenting 6 kids in Singapore ~

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Kate's antics: Dinner rocks!

Now that Kate is slightly older and her bedtime has been adjusted to 7.30, she had a chance to have dinner out with all of us.
"Mmmm mama mia!"
As you can see, she enjoyed herself tremendously!
"You gotta try this one, no kidding."
"This dinner rocks"
Stay tuned for a full review of this family-friendly restaurant.

~ mummy wee - a blog on parenting 6 kids in Singapore ~

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

10 things Kate has gained from Gymnademics

We have come to the 10th session of our pre-fellow class sponsored by Gymnademics. Here's 10 things Kate has taken away with her after a term.

1. She is able to follow the actions of the songs.

When she first started out, she had no clue how it works and she would just sit there and absorb everything. Now, she knows how to sing all the words to the reply and do the actions.
"Kate, Kate, are you here?"
She can sing the words and pat her tummy at the same time.
"Yes, yes, I am here"
She is responsive and can understand what is expected of her. I think that is very impressive at 16 months (if I can say so myself). Don't remember the other 5 being able to do that. But then again, she is the 6th child after all!
Ringing the bell at the end of the greeting song
2. She can walk the balance beam with just 1 finger assistance.

At her first lesson, she wasn't even able to put one foot in front of the other. Teacher Aly had to assist her in placing her feet one after another on the beam and she was very unsteady. 
Just keep looking straight, baby
Midway through the 10 lessons, she slowly improved and could place her feet one in front of the other with us holding both her arms for support. Now, she only needs to hang on to one of our fingers to steady herself.
Steady does it
She can even turn her head and be a 'kay-po' to see what her friend is doing.
"Something more interesting going on?"

3. She allows the teachers to handle her to do the gym exercises.

Previously, she refused and would just watch the other kids. The teachers encouraged us to practice the 'wheelbarrow' with them at home as it helps to strengthen their arms, hands and finger muscles which is important for many skills, including writing.
4. She discovered music (And I discovered that she loves music!)

She's always wandering off to the corner to play with the bells and tinkle on the piano. We have a piano at home but it had never occurred to me before to let her play on it. I just started to introduce it to her at home and she loves it.
Watching what is happening yet can't resist the bells
5. I have learnt a lot from the teachers as they are very knowledgable and willing to explain. 

The teachers shared with us that this is the wrong way of sitting as this posture puts unnecessary stress on the lower spine. Now that I am aware, I am able to correct her.
Kate tends to sit in this posture
6. She has made a friend.
Let's make music together

One straight 'A's student and one trying to distract her
7. She loves the teachers.
Tactile awareness
Most of the teachers have either a degree or diploma in Early childhood education, psychology or are trained as child play specialists.
"And we reach up high!"
Every lesson, they get to swing on the trapeze as it improves their grip and expands their lungs. She tried the trapeze during her first lesson but refused to do it anymore after that.
Watches from afar
Inches towards the action
Teacher Aly wanted to gradually get her to lose her fear of the trapeze by just giving it a hi-5. But Kate's not having any of it!
Runs away when it's her turn!
8. Kate finally overcame her fear of the trapeze

Well to be precise, the pictures for this post were taken on the 9th lesson. (I didn't want to wait till the very last lesson just in case something unforeseen cropped up and I am unable to fulfil my review obligations). On the 10th and final lesson, lo and behold, Kate suddenly overcame her fears and happily swung on the trapeze! Just like that. This reminded me that we should never give up on them in any aspect as they will surprise us one fine day.

They do 5 swings each time
Well, the only thing is that she's still a wanderer… (while the others are engrossed in what the teachers are showing them).
Anyone come to catch me back yet?
9. But it's without a doubt that she had lots of fun.
10. And.. she's really proud of herself.
I think i've done well :)
These 10 lessons have also reinforced for me that to have quality output, you first need to have quality input. At Gymnademics, they focus on all the developmental areas including visual competence, auditory competence, tactile competence, mobility, language, and manual competence.

For Kate's mid-term post and their fee structure, click here.

Safra Toa Payoh
293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6
Singapore 319387
Tel: 62590307

Disclaimer: Gymnademics has sponsored Kate a term of lessons. They have also sponsored the giveaway. All opinions are my own.

~ - a blog on parenting 6 kids in Singapore~

Monday, 24 March 2014

Kate's antics: Her week in pics

This was Kate's week in pictures… She was trying to look real endearing so the kids would take her along to their activities.
"Please… pretty please."
She followed us to #1's school fun fair and all the teenagers who walked past kept exclaiming, "Ooh, she's sooo cute!"
"Do I look like I'm on display?"
She was literally gawked at for half an hour and must have felt like a circus clown.
"Ok, if I can't see them, maybe they can't see me"
The rest of the time at home, she was invading their rooms and checking out their stuff.
Trying on their earpiece
One of the girls entered the room, and demanded in a pretend angry tone, "What-are-you-doing-in-my-room?"
Caught red-handed
She left and went in search of other interesting things to explore.
#5's latest robot invention
She inadvertently pulled it apart and #5 gave her a scolding for destroying what he had just made.
Crocodile tears
She escaped to another room and found one of her jie jie's shorts.
"Denim looks good on me, no?"
The girls came in and found her wearing the ridiculously over-sized shorts and burst out laughing.
"Hee hee.. Am I the butt of your joke?"
One day when all her siblings were out and the house was really quiet, she walked to the door and asked to be taken out too. I took her to visit her grandaunts as she never fails to cheer them up.
Waiting for the tickle
Her grandaunt loves to play with her and listen to her chuckle.
"I'm going to poke you!"

~ mummy wee - a blog on parenting 6 kids in Singapore ~

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Their March holidays

We've come to the end of their March holidays and I must say that I had a rather pleasant week. #1 and #3 had a lot of individual plans so I decided to shelf those grand plans I had for them to do together and go with the flow instead. We started with a nice family meal at the beginning of the holidays and ended with another lovely Sunday lunch. In between I was busy ferrying them around, spending time with them separately, and taking them out in twos or threes.
Our usual dim sum
#1 is participating in her band's concert at the Esplanade in May so training was very intensive during this one week break. Her 'A' Math teacher also scheduled some extra classes to get them on track for the 'O' level exams, so her week was fully packed.

#5 asked his grandparents for robotics lessons which I agreed to since this holiday was a 'free and easy' one. He went for daily lessons which lasted for 2 hours each time and he loved the classes. I figured it was better for the grandparents to pay for some proper classes instead of buying him more and more toys. Halfway through the week, his friends decided to join him after hearing how fun it was. Normally, I would have to think twice before allowing 1 child to go for daily lessons as it meant that a chuck of time was blocked out for family activities.
Robotics lessons
Apart from the classes, he spent his time playing at playgrounds...
Taking care of his best pal's little sister
Going for meals...
Old friends are the best friends!
Or doing dinosaur craft by himself at home.
3D crafty fun
#3 had a busy week which included a staycation at RWS with her friends, her birthday celebrations, movie outings, and supplementary classes in school to prepare for her PSLE Oral.
Hard Rock pool at RWS
#2 and #4 didn't have much on so #2 invited her friend over for a sleepover and the girls entertained themselves with card games, baking, cooking and movies.
Playing card games
And Kate? As she does not have her own friends and her own plans, she tried to tag along with whoever allowed her to.
"Hey wait up!"
And me? When the kids were all occupied, I escaped and had tea with a friend. A good cuppa and a great tiramisu mid-week are enough to make me a happy momma!
Carpenter and Cook
Sane tip: I do a lot of tag team with the other mums. For example, we take turns doing chauffeur duty for their daily robotics classes, or I would take the kids out for a day and another mum would do another day.

Save tip: When the kids are older, there are a lot of productive things which they can occupy themselves with at home without sending them for holiday enrichment classes, such as cooking, baking, craft work, sewing, etc.

~ mummy wee - a blog on parenting 6 kids in Singapore ~

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