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Sponsored post: AgapeBabies

I first heard of AgapeBabies on Instagram where I spotted one of their posts. Amidst the explosion of online shops targetted at parents, they stood out because I noticed that they carried some of my favourite brands, such as California BabySkipHop and Sophie the Giraffe. I remember spotting one of their exclusive-to-Instagram #agapedailydeal where milestone baby cards were going for $19.90 instead of $24.90. I was very very tempted to get it but I already have something similar so I decided to hold back (I practised much self-control, thankyouverymuch).

AgapeBabies retails premium brands of baby products such as skincare, organic food, books, toys and essential gear for mothers. They have also recently partnered The Sunshine Kids, a kids fashion company. Ultimately, their website will become a multi-store which essentially is a “one-stop departmental store” where busy mothers (and fathers) can shop between the various stores and check-out in one shopping cart. With more shops and products to be added on soon, online shopping will be a breeze.

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They currently carry over 100 brands and 2000 products in store. Mind-boggling! And if you are a fan of California Baby, you’d be glad to know that they specialise in stocking the organic brand. For the record, Elliott uses the Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash (since birth!) as well as the Calendula Cream. We have gone through bottles of the shampoo/body wash and the Calendula Cream works wonderfully for heat rash on his cheeks and body.

They have also recently widened their range of products to include more brands of diapers and milk. For diapers, they now stock Huggies, MamyPoko & GOO.N. As for milk, they now carry Friso, Similac, Isomil & Pediasure.

Last month, I was pleasantly surprised to be contacted by them to be one of their Brand Ambassadors. Ooh, a Brand Ambassador! I had visions of myself walking about with a sash across my body with their brand name. Ok, not quite. I was given shopping credits and in return, I’d write a review on the experience.

Yippee!  Online shopping! I LOVE!

Last Monday, I finally got down to choosing stuff for Elliott. The website is easy to navigate and best of all, I like that there is a “Search” field at the top righthand corner. I also surfed their website on my phone (as you do when you have a baby and do not have the luxury of turning on the laptop) and am pleased that it is just as easy to move between pages.

I placed my order at about 2pm and was expecting the parcel to reach me 2-3 days later which is typical of most online shopping services. I was thus pleasantly surprised when the stuff I ordered arrived at my doorstep the very next day before noon. Phwah. That was fast.

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Did I mention that I lurrrve receiving parcels? There’s always a sense of anticipation even though I clearly already know what I have ordered. Hur hur. Check out the items I picked out:

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Unfortunately, there was a slight mistake with my order. I had placed an order for the Blue Whale swim nappies but were given the Blue Shark instead. I wrote a quick email to inform them of the error and I received a reply shortly after to say that they will do a one-for-one exchange the following day. I do understand that sometimes, things do go wrong but nothing peeves me more than companies who ignore after-sales service. In this instance, the mistake was rectified swiftly and on Wednesday, the correct swim nappies were hand delivered with an apology for the oversight. Nicely done :)

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HOW CUTE ARE THESE?! I cannot wait to see Elliott in them.

And here’s some news for you:

For being lovely readers of miss ene and the boy, you get a 5% discount off your purchases from AgapeBabies! Just use the coupon code: 5%offmisseneblog at check-out. Do note that the discount code is valid for 4 weeks, from 22 July till 19 August and does not include the purchase of breast pumps, diapers and milk. Oh and if you spend $80 and above, there is free local courier service included. Otherwise, it is a flat rate of $5 (by Ta-Q-Bin) or $2 (by SingPost).

You can also check out their Instagram page for daily deals or like their Facebook page here. Oh and if you’re on Instagram, check out my profile (missene). There’s a $10 e-voucher giveaway contest!

Note: miss ene received shopping credits in return for this sponsored post. All views and opinions expressed are her own.

 

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Checking out the Sports Hub

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We headed to our new home over the weekend to collect our mail and since we were in the vicinity, the boy suggested that we check out the new Singapore Sports Hub. I was a tad concerned that as with all spanking new malls, it’d be crazy crowded. Surprisingly, the crowd was very manageable. Then again, it was only about 4.30pm so I guess the crowds would only descend upon the place at dinner time (which was exactly what happened!).

The shopping bit is called Kallang Wave Mall. Some of the shops open are F&B outlets, H&M (a rather huge one!), Uniqlo and Fairprice Xtra. H&M has an entire section dedicated to sports wear! Oh and parents do note: They have a small kids selection. No babies’ wear. The one with a nice babies selection is at the Suntec outlet.

As expected, a couple of the stores are sports-themed. Check out the “race track” at Fairprice Xtra. The boy couldn’t resist posing with the little man. Ha.

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What caught our attention were these huge rock-climbing walls. Crowds were watching the climbers and we also stopped for a bit to kay poh. Managed by Climb Central, this is apparently the tallest indoor sport climbing venue in Singapore. Some of the wall surfaces were pretty darn close to the railings! I quipped to the boy that a tall climber can arch backwards and touch the hand of someone leaning out of the railings.

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I tried my hand at a rock-climbing course many moons ago and I must say that it is such a tiring sport! Every muscle in my body was aching after that full-day session but it felt really good to s-t-r-e-t-c-h. Might head back one day to try it out.

We decided to bravely venture outdoors to check out the rest of the place. I must say that the wide open space is rather lovely! I just wished that it wasn’t so darn humid. Pffffft. Thankfully, it was a rather windy and cloudy day so it wasn’t too bad.

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Someone wasn’t too keen on a family selfie, as you can clearly see. I guess the heat got to him. Hehe. He also had shoes on but I gave up and removed them when he kept kicking them off.

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And yes, I chopped off my hair. I’d be writing all about it on Bubsicles soon because yes, the haircut’s gotta do with post-partum hair loss. Boo.

It wasn’t too crowded and it was lovely to see people milling about and simply enjoying the free public space. I am pretty sure that it will get crowded in the upcoming weekends as more people discovered the place.

We very wisely decided that we should grab an early dinner and headed to Basil Thai Kitchen. Love the minimalistic decor and the crazy strong aircon. In fact, it was so lovely, the little man fell asleep and we could actually enjoy our dinner properly with both hands. HOORAY!

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The restaurant is obviously very new because we noted that service was extremely attentive. We also spotted the Thai owners (presumably, because they were speaking in Thai and quickly waved to a server to attend to us when I raised my hand for some service) doing some paperwork at the table beside us.

The boy ordered the basil minced chicken with rice, while I had the sweet and sour fish with rice. His dish was deceptively spicy! I am guessing that the chef helming the kitchen is from Thailand so if you love your Thai food authentic and mind-numblingly spicy, try the basil minced chicken. The boy shared that the tummy was still burning a couple of hours later. Ha!

My sweet and sour fish dish was lovely – fish was crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. I also ordered a Thai iced milk tea which was supremely sweet. Again, I am guessing that their dishes are not tweaked for local tastes yet so if you like your milk tea crazy sweet, you’d enjoy their Thai iced milk tea. It wasn’t bad though – just a tad too sweet for my tastebuds.

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It was a glorious evening and I am looking forward to taking family walks (with Moon as well!) in the future once we settle into our new home.

Oh and the crowd I was talking about? Lots of people descended upon the place at about 6-7pm and there were long queues at the various F&B outlets that were open. I guess everyone had plans to grab dinner, then catch the National Day preview fireworks at 8pm-ish. Glad that we were just leaving when the crowds came!

 

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miss ene eats: Tunglok Xihe Peking Duck

I had a $100 voucher for Tung Lok to be used at any of their restaurants. Decided to check out the Tunglok Xihe Peking Duck restaurant at Turf City because our family loves Peking duck. Turf City is a little hard to get to for the boy on weekdays so thanks to Google, I realised that they have another branch at Orchard Central. I haven’t been to Orchard Central – or OC for a while since I got a splitting headache trying to navigate their horrible horrible carpark. Thankfully, they now offer valet service so you simply drop off your car at street level and only need to manoeuvre the terrible parking lot on your way down.

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I made a table reservation and at the same time, placed an order for the Peking duck. As it turns out, without a pre-order, you’d have to wait up to 50 minutes (!) for it to be prepared.

We were first presented with the “starter” slices (extreme left of picture) where you dip the superbly fragrant and juicy skin into blackberry sauce (interesting!), followed by a quick dab into a bowl of sugar and some “popping” candy. It reminded me of the “popping candy” we used to eat as kids. It creates a popping effect in your mouth as you munch down on the duck skin. It was my favourite bit of the duck. So so good but oh man, so damn sinful.

You don’t get much of the skin unlike the usual type of Peking duck I’m used to. I actually prefer the kind where you only get the skin and wrap it up with egg rolls together with cucumber, spring onion and hoisin sauce.

Each duck costs $78++ but they currently have a 50% off promotion on Mondays. Good to check it out if you’re in the area and want some Peking duck!

Tunglok Xihe Peking Duck Restaurant
Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road, #07-07/09
Singapore 238896
Tel: 6736 0006

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Sealy Dog Bed

Mum decided about a week ago that Domo needs a new bed. He has been sleeping on his current one since he came home with us about 7 years ago so she decided that it’s high time for a change. I helped her look around the dog beds available for sale in Singapore but they didn’t meet her requirements. I then looked on Amazon and found out that they sell orthopedic beds for older dogs as they are supposed to be good for weak joints. Domo has had a couple of incidents where he hurt his joints from running too quickly up the stairs so mum decided that she will get him an orthopedic bed.

We came across a Sealy dog bed with “Quad Layer Technology”. Phwah. I wasn’t aware that big brand mattress makers make dog beds too! After checking on the measurements, I helped mum to place an order for the Medium in Autumn Brown.

They don’t ship to Singapore (free shipping within US though) so we made use of vPost. I was a little hesitant because I have heard loads of bad things about vPost, i.e. non-delivery, packages getting lost/misplaced, etc. I was keeping my fingers crossed that the bed will arrive safely in one piece. I have to also add that shipping that giant bed to Singapore cost almost the same as the bed but I could see why when it arrived. The bed is really heavy!

Here’s the shipment timeline:

  • 7 July – Placed an order on Amazon.
  • 9 July – Package shipped out.
  • 11 July – Received email from vPost that the package has arrived at their US warehouse.
  • 12 July – vPost advised via email that package has left US warehouse and is on the way to Singapore.
  • 17 July – Email note to say that package has arrived in Singapore. It arrives at our home on the same day.

It’s always exciting to see a huge box sitting in the living room, even though it’s not for me. Hur hur. I am amazed how a huge bed can fit into a box!

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As it turns out, the instructions state that we need to let the bed “sit out” for an hour or two so that it can “flatten out” properly. Here’s Domo and his doting owner telling him all about his new dog bed (“Mummy bought a new bed for you…!”)

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I tried reading the instructions on how to place the washable cover over it but ditched the instructions eventually. It was making me more confused. Pffft. Once the bed was set up, Moon was the first to climb into it and made herself very comfortable. Ha!

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Soon after, Domo tried it out as well.

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The bed turned out to be so large, it can fit both pooches on it comfortably. It was funny to watch how they both squashed beside each other when there was so much space! Sillies…

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They eventually found a comfortable spot each and settled down.

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I must say that the bed is pretty impressive. It’s really firm (not hard) which I guess is the whole point of an orthopedic bed. The raised area also allows the dogs to prop their heads up. That was something my mum insisted on, having a raised bit so that “Domo can rest his head”.

Domo is a very lucky pooch. I am pretty sure there are many humans out there who do not even have a decent mattress to sleep on, let alone a branded one.

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Of tulle and a handmade necklace

I’m a boring dresser. I’m not one to take #ootd (outfit of the day) shots because if I did, you’d just keep seeing the same boring clothes, shoes and bags that I carry regularly. I wish I was more adventurous when it comes to dressing up though. I guess being a nursing mum also limits the type of clothes that I can wear. These days, I’m either in a nursing camisole or a v-neck top/dress so that I can nurse easily on the go.

Can I just add that these nursing camisoles from Target (Australia) are wonderful? They look just like a “normal” spaghetti top but they’re awesome for nursing. I got a friend to hand carry these back for me but I also found out that Spring Maternity carries them as well and best of all, in a variety of colours and designs!

A couple of months back, I placed an order for a tulle skirt from this online store. It took almost 2 months (!) but the tulle skirt in grey that I ordered finally arrived. I finally plucked up the courage and wore it out to dinner last evening, paired with a white nursing camisole and a nursing necklace that I got from Etsy.

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This is how the actual necklace looks like in its entirety – photo taken from the seller’s page on Etsy.

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I love the necklace because it is colourful and the felt coloured balls provided E with something to look at while breastfeeding. He loves tugging at it which is great because it stops him from twisting his ears (!). Not sure why he does that but at least he has something else to hold onto now instead of his own ear.

The tulle skirt made me feel very pretty but it is not exactly “mummy-friendly”. I had to stoop down to adjust E in his stroller and almost got the skirt entangled in the front wheels. Pfffft. I guess I’d have to wear it on a special date occasion when he’s not with me.