Tuesday, October 17, 2017

D-Link Powerline AV2 1000 Wireless AC1200 Starter Kit

[Product Review]

The positioning of your home router is of paramount importance to ensure good WiFi coverage and we all know it is always good to have it in the centre of the house since its reach is in a 360° radius. However this is not exactly possible due to many reasons, such as your home décor, structural constraints or power point location. For my case, my living room is in a longish configuration but my router is fixed nearest to the door because the fibre line can only terminate at that point unless I fork out extra money to have it lengthened into the living room.

Previously the wife was complaining that the WiFi signal in our room was quite weak and even YouTube streaming was really slow at times. We tried D-Link WiFI Range Extender last year and it did pretty well. This standalone extender works by pulling the WiFi signals from my WiFi router and broadcasting it further at the direction of my choice. It definitely works well if the conditions are good, as my missus do find a slight difference in the strength of the signal within our room, with the door opened or closed.



This time round, we got to try out the D-Link Powerline AV2 1000 Wireless AC1200 which is essentially a set of device that uses your electrical wiring as conduits for your WiFi. Installation is pretty much idiot-proof and took me only a couple of minutes to fix it up. All I needed to do, was to plug the DHP-P610AV into a power point and connect it directly to my router using the Ethernet cable provided, followed by plugging in the DHP-W610AV into any of the power points in the room I want the WiFi to be! Finally I just needed to follow the easy first-time configuration setup in the instruction manual and we were good to go!

The joke when I plugged in the DHP-P610AV was that I was still thinking of where the hell I was supposed to find an additional power point for my other equipments! See, it is has a pass through socket leh! I only needed to connect the Ethernet onto the device.

I only needed a couple of these DHP-W610AV to ensure every room in the house has fast WiFi! Easy right?
I had been using the Powerline for a couple of weeks now and I am truly amazed with the uploading and downloading speeds in my room. I do process quite a lot of photos regularly and rely on cloud storage such as Google Drive and Dropbox so I can firmly say that viewing, uploading and downloading of files in my room had never been faster. This is easily the best solution for bad WiFi coverage at home for us, and requires no extra wiring etc. Its performance surpasses any range extenders because no physical obstruction matters, as long as the area you want covered, has a power point installed. Sometimes I will notice that the speed drops, but that was only because I was still connected to the powerline in the room when I got out of it!

I will be getting the keys to my new house quite soon and initially I was kind of worried of what I needed to do to ensure that my house will have proper WiFi coverage throughout. Now that I have tried and tested the D-Link Powerline, I know for a fact that I need not worry about this anymore and that I can place my router anywhere I want, as long as it is near a power point! Have you been suffering silently from poor WiFi connection within your house, and just been making do with whatever little speed you have in your rooms, or having to move your ass to right beside your router like me at times? Suffer no more, this is all you need and I guarantee it! Thank you so much for sending faster internet speed our way D-Link Singapore!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Forever Crazy by Crazy Horse Paris

[Media Invite]

Besides catching the cabaret show at Neptune Theatre restaurant more than a decade ago, Forever Crazy by Crazy Horse Paris would be the only other burlesque show (featuring topless dancers) that I had the chance to watch. So I was pretty excited when I got the invite and brought my missus along for the opening night here in Singapore!


Of course I was prepared to see boobs, but wasn't THAT prepared to see them so up close and magnified on the big screens by both sides of the performance stage. I personally thought that watching the performance in its entirety from a distance would be classier than viewing blown-up boobs on the screens. Aiyah maybe I too conservative lah.

I thought that the lighting effects were really good and the dance moves were pretty well-choreographed and very well-rehearsed by the dancers. In fact I was trying hard to determine which is the TV screen was showing the live action, and which was showing pre-recording footages by other dancers performing the same routines, other than looking at the boobs.
 

The only male performer really took all of us by surprise with his first act. I was expecting some form of striptease from him, since the women in the audiences were all getting REALLY excited but it ended up becoming a high-energy, scarily entertaining dance number, and one of the highlights of the show.
 
Thank you for having us at this world famous show (and eye-opening performance for me) BASE Entertainment! For all you readers out there, the tickets are going for as low as $35 for students, NSF and the elderly! Just make sure you are above 18 years of age! *Wink

Useful Information

Performance Times (now till 22 Oct 2017):
Wednesday - Thursday: 8pm
Friday: 8pm and 11pm
Saturday: 5pm, 8pm and 11pm
Sunday: 5pm

Ticket Bookings:
Internet - www.MarinaBaySands.com/ticketing or www.sistic.com.sg
Phone - +65 6688 8826
In Person - Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theatres, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 Lobby). For more information please log onto - www.MarinaBaySands.com/ticketing

Monday, October 9, 2017

Our Dream Flat

My parents were happy recipients to the their 2-room rental flat from HDB, barely a few months after my birth. And it was in this little apartment where I grew up with my 3 older brothers, my parents and my grandmother as well. It was small, it was crampy but it was enough, and it was where some of my fondest memories were created.

I would do my homework on the living room floor and when night came, I would just roll out a thin mattress over the same place to sleep. We survived, all 7 of us but slowly we had more space. My older brothers got married and moved out, my grandmother passed on and then I bought my own HDB flat at the age of 23.

We were so happy when we first got the keys to our resale flat. The space in the recently vacated apartment was considered HUGE for us, even though it was just a 3room apartment. I remembered I was really house proud back then, and would clean up our newly-renovated house every weekend. Every little blemish on the wall or floor was always taken care of by yours truly.

Soon our little babies came along one by one. From newly weds, we finally became parents after 6 years. It was just a natural progression, and as we moved along in our parenting journey, we realized that our babies give us immense joy, far greater than what any inanimate material possessions could. So what if we have drawn or sticker walls, chipped furnitures or holes in our sofa? These does not matter anymore, so long as we had each other.

Even Mark Lee cannot tahan the amount of stuff and the sticker wall made by the kiddos years back!
We had been practicing co-sleeping with the kiddos since our first. I had never read up on articles related to this topic but we had been doing this all along because it just felt right for us. As irritating as it feels sometimes, the kiddos' requests to hold on to a part of us, be it our hands or legs before falling asleep, do give me the fuzzy feeling. At first it was just Steffi between the two of us on our queen-sized bed, and then Leroy came along. It was quite a squeeze when Stacci came,  so we added another single-sized bed by the side to accommodate all 5 of us in our bedroom. Up to today, we are still able to accommodate our last kiddo Louie, and the 6 of us had been sharing one bedroom all these while!

Although we were comfortable with our flat, we had dreams of upgrading to a bigger flat after we had our third child, BUT my wife left strict instructions for me, not move too far. We ever considered a jumbo flat in our block once, because that was our dream house and it was NEAR enough, but it was going for $810,000 and that required almost $100,000 in COV. We never had that sort of cash anyway. Then we considered a 5-room point block unit near our place a few months later too, but the wife finally decided that it was still better we stayed put, because our 3 kids were still young and we could still use help from our in-laws who are our neighbours just 2 units away.

Got to know my new neighbours even before we moved in, but ended up...
In the end, we finally decided to try our luck with a BTO project that opened up just a few blocks away from where we stayed. We applied under the Third Child Priority Scheme and secured our 5-room unit on our first try. At the point of our application, Louie was not even conceived yet and by the time we were supposed to collect the keys to our new flat, he was already over 3 years old! It would be just nice, now that the 2 boys get their own room and the 2 girls get one too. We thought that this would be it, that this would be our slightly bigger new home, with one extra bedroom, till the children grow up.

But as luck has it, just weeks before my key collection, my immediate neighbour came by our place and asked me if I would be selling my current flat since he knew I had gotten my new flat. I told him that I would be selling my flat to my sister-in-law since she had indicated that to me before. On hearing that, he casually mentioned that he would have to look for a buyer for his flat instead as they were looking for a bigger place too. That was when the thoughts of having my own jumbo flat came about again! I knew it would be my last shot at owning one, and at a big financial cost too, but I know I had to give it a try, for me, for the family.

Ater over a decade of staying in my 3-room flat, I finally bought a new flat, and became my own neighbour!
So after many weeks of negotiations and uncertainties, we finally sealed the deal on the purchase of the 3-room unit from our immediate neighbour in the month of September this year. So we will be having our 3-room + 3-room mini Jumbo flat soon. It will be an expansion of our current place, without the need to pack up and move to somewhere unfamiliar. Having a bigger unit, without the need to sell my current unit and incur any resale levy. It was truly the best thing that could happen to our family now. We are so excited and looking forward to a brand new home after our renovations! Sometimes life may take you on a long winding road, cause much doubts and requires you to give things up. But who knows if it might still bring you just what your heart desires, albeit a little later?

Sunday, October 8, 2017

POPULAR Readers' Choice Award 2017

I am really a "bo-chup" father when it comes to the kiddos' reading comprehension. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my eldest two actually loves to read books relating to nature and Singapore, partly due to my ban on screentime during school days I guess. Reading was the next best thing for them to indulge in and exercise their imagination.

When POPULAR sent us Singa & The Kindness Cubbies The Kindness Adventures Collection by Sheri Tan and Secrets of Singapore: National Museum Edition by Lesley-Anne & Monica Lim for our reading pleasure, the kiddos were so happy and excited. All the cute illustrations on the books caught their attention for sure!


Just 2 days after the kiddos received their books, Steffi and Leroy had already finished reading them. The Singa series which consisted of Level 2 and Level 3 books, great for lower primary students. And what I liked about the books is that after every book, there will be pointers for discussion with the kiddos that touches on friendship, neighborliness, as well as caring for environment and elderly. Just the right stuff that we need to impart to the future generations!


Steffi enjoyed reading the Secrets of Singapore: National Museum Edition more because it actually retold the story of Singapore, something she has heard in school and had kind of hazy ideas of the timeline of how it happened. So this book actually gave her a better understanding and probably would have made a trip down to the National Museum even more fulfilling. 

These books are actually nominated for POPULAR Readers' Choice Award 2017. You can check out the official website for the full list of 30 book nominees, vote for your favourite books before 5th Nov 2017 and stand to win prizes as well! Not to mention, you will also get 20% off purchase of these books too! Thank you POPULAR for sending over the books for the kiddos!

Friday, October 6, 2017

PastaMania Kid's Meal

[Media Tasting]
Sometimes I really dunno how other people’s kids seem to eat everything, whereas mine for some reasons, seems to thrive solely on play, air and maybe soda water. I had tried to get them to eat more but to no avail unfortunately. They are never adventurous when it comes to food, but I do wonder if some cute kids’ meal would be able to whet up their appetites?


We went to PastaMania recently to check out their recent collaboration with the famous Little Miss Bento, whose creations are often too cute to be eaten. They had launched four beautiful sets for kiddos not too long ago, that were meant to entice and encourage the young ones to enjoy their meals!

So we tried out the 4 different kids’ meals (which comes with a cup of hot/chilled Milo) as follows –


Snowball (Mac & Cheese) - $12.90


Baked with love and lots of cheesy goodness between layers of penne, Snowball is the resident bunny who lives atop the Kids’ Meal Mac and Cheese – she loves her greens and is always excited to greet you!


Meows (Beef Bolognese / Chicken Bolognese) - $9.90


Choose between PastaMania’s all-time favourite beef Bolognese, or juicy minced chicken in PastaMania’s traditional homemade sauce, a favourite of Meows’, who loves playing games with his friends. Tasty and often adding a pop of colour, tomatoes are a nutrient-dense superfood rich in Vitamin C, beta-carotene, manganese and Vitamin E – giving your little one a boost of energy.


Paw Paw (Meatballs/Chicken Cheese Salsiccia) - $12.90


Paw-fectly cooked, Paw Paw is served up with flame-grilled beef meatballs or cheesy chicken sausages, a huge hit with its flavorful pasta coated in a tomato herb sauce and an adorable face to boot.


Sunny (Al Funghi/Cheesy Ham Pasta) - $9.90


Sunny days are here to stay, so come out and play with Sunny and take your pick between two choices: Al Funghi – sliced shiitake mushrooms in smooth creamy sauce or Cheesy Ham Pasta – chicken ham in homemade cheese sauce topped with parmesan, accompanied with waffle potatoes to top it off!





So did the new meals encourage my kiddos to eat more? For a start, they were definitely excited when they first saw the beautifully plated sets, but slowly they still picked out the stuff they didn’t love, like the carrots and olive slices. Of course yours truly tried all the sets too, and I must add that they were as tasty as they looked BUT my kiddos did not eat as much as I would have wanted them to! Must be our problem lah, but these sets are definitely "Instagrammable" food for sure, and I would consider them reasonably-priced too for the portions served as well.

Go try it out when you are at PastaMania with your kiddos and thank you for having us PastaMania! You can easily check where is the nearest PastaMania outlet for you here !

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Courageous Kids Challenge 2017 - Halloween Spooktacular

[Giveaway]

If you are still wondering where to bring your kiddo for some fun during Halloween, perhaps you should consider a visit to Waka Waka by The Polliwogs on 28th October 2017 for their “Courageous Kids Challenge: Halloween Spooktacular”! For $50 per child (2 accompanying adults enter free), you get to enjoy the specially curated fun and games from 5pm – 8pm, have buffet food spread, get to enjoy unlimited playtime + free Adventure Bundle worth $22 (you can get in early), and bring home a Goodie bag worth $28 as well! I calculated, it’s totally worth it! Oh wait, there are also great prizes to be won too!




If you would like to stand a chance to bring your kid there for free, you just need to complete the following steps before the end of Fri, 13 Oct 2017 -

Giveaway Instructions

1) Like and follow The "Perfect" Father Facebook page;
2) Like and follow Waka Waka Facebook page;
3) Like and Share this Facebook post publicly; and
4) Comment in the Facebook post once done (tag your friends who might be interested too okie?)

Check out https://thepolliwogs.com/courageous-kids-challenge-2017-halloween-spooktacular/ for more information on the event!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Chicken Little

[Giveaway]


Synopsis

Life on the farm can be a scary place if you’re poor Chicken Little! Mercilessly teased by her brother and sister for her everyday fearfulness, Chicken Little’s afraid of absolutely everything - even the rain! So when one day she feels something fall on her head, she immediately fears the worst – the sky is falling! But when none of her family hears her plea, she sets about telling the only one who’ll listen to her – The King.

Join Chicken Little on her quest to save her fellow farmyard animals on a journey where she’ll meet a whole host of quirky, vibrant much-loved characters, including Cocky Locky, Ducky Daddles and the brave Turkey Lurkey. But with the fearsome Foxy Loxy on the loose, can they make it to the King alive?

An infectious new musical adventure with toe-tapping songs from the creators of SRT’s Red Riding Hood and Treasure Island.
 
 
 
 
All thanks to our sponsors, a family of four will get to enjoy the new show on Sat, 11 Nov 2017! Go check your calendar, and do take part in the giveaway if you are able to make if for the show. The steps are as follows -

Giveaway Instructions

Ensure that you complete the following steps before end of Sun, 08 Oct 2017 -

1) Like and follow The "Perfect" Father Facebook page;
2) Like and follow Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) Facebook page;
3) Like and Share this Facebook post publicly; and
4) Comment in the Facebook post once done (tagging your friends who will be interested would be great)!

Useful Information
 
Venue: KC Arts Centre - Home of SRT at 20 Merbau Road, Singapore 239035
Date: Wed, 25 Oct - Fri, 8 Dec 2017
Time: Weekdays: 10am / Weekend & Public Holiday: 11am & 2pm
Booking Website: https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/clittle1217