Expired Food Art

I was clearing out my supplies and found all this expired flour that I couldn’t bring myself to just throw away.

So I decided to make play dough with it with the kids. Just add water and salt and mix through to the right consistency. The salt is just there to make the dough stretchy so don’t go adding too much. 2 tablespoons to 1kg of flour is more than enough.

My mum used to make this play dough at home when I was a kid and I always wondered why we didn’t add any food colouring. Well now I do! Getting the colour to mix through the dough to get a consistent shade throughout is really tiring work. But I suppose great catharsis if you want to destress.

I call the patchy blue one cookie monster cookie dough – but now I realise it sounds like I’ve made cookie dough out of cookie monster  


National Day Parade 2016

Happy 51st Birthday, Singapore!

Amidst the hullabaloo of the things we had to do on National Day and the husband’s exciting evening out with Singapore’s leaders, I have been remiss in sharing about our trip to the National Day Parade (NDP) this year.


  1. It’s the first NDP back at the spanking new National Stadium.
  2. Everyone was excited about doing the Kallang Wave. I believe I counted 5 rounds before it died out. The hosts for the evening had to move the programme along and talked through at least 2 rounds of the waves.
  3. This year’s performance part of the parade was amazing. The lighting, the props, the costumes, the storyline, the flying performers – it was really entertaining and relatable. Beatrice Chia-Richmond and her team really did such a beautiful job.
  4. The use of technology was awesome too. We had little wrist lights that were so high tech that the lights could be controlled remotely. Depending on the scene of the performance, our little wrist lights would glow gently, or pulse according to the music, in varying colours.
  5. We got to sing-a-long with our favourite National Day songs. I think this is a really important part of the NDP. These are songs I grew up with and fostered nation building. I remember at the first NDP that I went for, the organisers somehow thought it would be a good idea to introduce a lot of new songs, and then tried to make it sound cooler by doing a techno or super fast paced version. It just wasn’t enjoyable!
  6. We learned sign language for the song Count On Me, Singapore, so we could sign along with the hearing impaired.
  7. The funpacks were really cool looking and easy to carry. My son loved his red backpack so much he wanted to carry it home by himself.

I was a little disappointed that there were no Red Lions parachuting into the stadium or gigantic fireworks (only little ones) because the stadium’s domed roof remained closed.

But this year’s performance more than made up for it. The general theme was about Singapore in the next 50 years, and us getting ready for it.

This will forever be stuck in my head.

You’ve got to watch this clip with the flying unicorn we had!

It was so beautiful. It was part of a scene that encouraged us to dream and chase those dreams. I tried to take a photo but the photo really didn’t do this scene justice. During this scene, everyone’s little wrist lights were pulsing in the same colours as the unicorn’s, so they looked like jewels against a black velvet backdrop.

I really appreciate how Singapore has evolved and changed.

As a child, I don’t remember anyone encouraging dreams or any out-of-the-box thinking. It was always, “you must do well in math and school, blahblahblah. killmenow. Needless to say I always felt a little out of place with all my ideas. But I’m glad we’re moving forward.

To end off, here are some photos of us enjoying our day! Oh I must say that the NDP volunteers/helpers did a really good job. They were attentive and helpful. And even when there was a huge crowd waiting to get onto the trains at Stadium MRT Station, they managed to keep everyone calm and orderly. There was no stampeding and no one was pushing to get onto the trains. Other than the fact it was really hot while we waited, (this is where the fans in the funpack came in handy) I really have no complaints.

Walking to our gate outside the National Stadium
Having some snacks while waiting for the parade to begin
Daddy’s girl
Me: “Smile Allegra!” Hence this half-assed-stopaskingmetosmilemama-smile.
Family picture, minus Xaxa. There was no way we could bring her with the crowd and logistics. She did go for SG50’s NDP though, while she was in my tummy 🙂
This little darling was happily dancing, and posing and smiling and enjoying herself. There are not many photos of Kaius because he doesn’t enjoy loud noises and he didn’t want to do much.
The props in the air represent Singapore in 2065.
Sing-a-long, fireworks, balloons and confetti!
Sing-a-long, fireworks, balloons and confetti! Yeah that’s Kaius’ head and the bottom left corner of this photo and his little hands covering his ears.

My Afternoon With Annie Leibovitz (Part I)

“We Are Really Incredible” – Annie Leibovitz

I received an invite to the opening day of Annie Leibovitz’s Women: New Portraits exhibition in Singapore. So eggciting!

Opening day meant Annie would be there to open and introduce the exhibition and talk about her photographs. There was also a delicious lunch spread by Hyatt Hotel (cloth napkins and all). To reinforce the message of women in leadership, there was also a dialogue session with a panel of 4 women leaders from various sectors: the public service, the corporate world and of course the colourful entrepreneurial world. But more on this dialogue session in Part II.

I don’t know why but I’m always amazed when super successful people are humble and unassuming. As she spoke, she sounded even a tad shy about showing off her work, calling it “a little boring“. She’s the kinda person who seemed like she’d be happy to have a casual drink with, well, just anyone.

I’d for sure count her as a supermamapreneur – she’s got this amazing career and 3 girls. From the 15 minutes that we got to spend with her, this video carries the most important message: We Are Really Incredible.

To have that kind of mindset and to give your own children that kind of environment and mindset from a young age benefits everyone beyond measure.

It’s not “we will be”, nor is it “we were”. It is “we are”.

Please excuse the angle of the video. I was so mesmerised by her photos flashing on the giant screens that I forgot to save a good seat for myself.

Transcript: (this isn’t a full transcript because of the sound quality of the video. Can’t hear everything but I’ve put in subtitles where I can, and where it matters).

“.. the other women, as it continues, is really the list of bios. If you get a chance to read these bios, they are really … and to really see how incredible these women…actually, how incredible WE are. We are really incredible. You all deserve your own set of bios. These women are just mirrors of you. “

Unfortunately I didn’t manage to take a photo with her, though maybe it’s not such a bad thing – I don’t know how this world renowned photographer feels about selfies. And because she’s the photographer would it be rude to take the photo myself instead of asking her?  (Mmhmm, you wouldn’t want to be in my head)

Anyway here are other photos for your viewing pleasure. I’m not one to be taken in easily by art on walls or photographs, but with her collection, I just couldn’t stop looking and looking.

I like how this huge sign is set against this background.
Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
Obligatory pose with the backdrop, of course.
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Famous faces: Yoko Ono, John Lennon, Meryl Streep
Incredible women from Adele, to Aung San Suu Kyi, to Shonda Rimes and Sheryl Sandberg.


Tanjong Pagar Railway Station was the perfect choice for this exhibit.

Wouldn’t you be mesmerised?
This photo makes me want to lie down and stare into space.


The lovely Meryl Streep
If anyone wants to know who I am, this is me in a nutshell.
The Incomparable Annie Leibovitz telling us about her photographs.

Exhibition dates: 28 April to 22 May 2016

Exhibition opening hours:

Mondays – Thursdays, 10am – 6pm
(Last admission 5pm)

Fridays, 10am – 8pm
(Last admission 7pm)

Saturdays – Sundays, 10am – 6pm
(Last admission 5pm)

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
Main Hall
30 Keppel Road
Singapore, 089059

Cost: Free entry

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