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Singapore: the kid guide

GARDENS BY THE BAY We absolutely love Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay. With Singapore’s searing temperatures, the number one attraction for us is undoubtedly the water play area. Be sure to bring swimsuits, rash guards, and of course sunscreen for the kids (and you may want to wear a swimsuit as well). The kids go wild for this. There is also a toddler playground (for one- to five-year-olds), tree houses, a space for six- to 12-year-olds to get busy in, and an adventure trail. When the kids have expended their energy, you can all move onto the Flower Dome where you can explore all areas around the globe through flowers. It will also be a welcome reprieve from the heat (it’s fully air-conditioned). Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, 018953 MARINE COVE PLAYGROUND This …

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Pretend play

Parenting and cosplay are undertakings I wouldn’t normally compare. Raising a child is serious and life-changing, while “the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially from the Japanese genres of manga and animé”—as the online dictionary defines cosplay—seems fickle and frivolous. But I changed my mind after attending a comic convention with my daughter and meeting a few top notch cosplayers and costume makers there. As I listened to these world-class talents speak about their entertaining exploits, I realized that the two endeavors have, in fact, more similarities than differences. Here are eight reasons why: Both cosplay and parenting require pretense. Cosplayers usually dress up as their favorite superhero or villain, just like some dads don a Santa Claus outfit during Christmas, and moms become the invisible, money-giving Tooth Fairy for their children.  At times, parents have to pretend, too, that they …

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The milk dilemma

Sarah Lahbati, first-time mommy to Zion, is facing the same struggle as all moms. When her little boy turned three, she, too, was confronted with the crucial task of switching from breast milk to formula. Sadly, a child can never feed on breast milk forever. Just like everybody else, the child needs to grow up and switch from breastmilk to growing up milk and, eventually, to solid food. Switching to growing up milk is never easy. With all the milk on the grocery shelves with promises to make your child grow into his/her full potential, how can you know if what you have in your cart is the right one? “To ensure that your children get good bacteria after birth, you have to expose them to a lot of fruits, vegetables, real food, and nutritious food when they start eating. Nourish them with whole food, have a diet with a variety of meat, …

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The sixth floor

It’s during times like these when I wish I had gone to medical school rather than law school. I’ve always done well in science. It’s the blood that I can’t take and my precarious anxiety levels definitely will not prove useful as health care provider. I’m writing this as I sit on the bay window of Room 608. My five-year-old daughter R has been diagnosed with dengue fever syndrome while in Room 611, my teenager is fighting a viral disease.  Both kids have upper respiratory tract infections. This is not my first rodeo at the pediatric wing. In fact, over the years, I’ve seen the changing faces of nurses who acknowledge us with smiles because they’ve handled our cases before. Even the cleaning man Nathan has witnessed my son’s growth from …

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Public enemy number one is plastic

Sustainable. Renewable. Recycle. Reusable. Biodegradable. Toxin-free. These buzzwords should be a part of your day-to-day living lexicon. Why? Because we are obliterating our planet at warp speed and it’s your duty as a human being to care about what you are doing that is contributing to the state of the planet’s declining health. As a mother, it keeps me up at night. What kind of world will my children and my children’s children inherit? What kind of life will they have to live because we were selfish? I know I sound like a broken record, but every little bit you do to reduce your carbon footprint (and those of your family) helps tremendously. What do I mean when I say eco living? Live life in a way that is good for …

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Lactation nutrition

 “Breastfeeding is a wonderful and interesting experience for me. I struggled for the first three weeks but things went uphill from there as I got the hang of it and generally enjoyed feeding my son. I was more concerned about my calcium intake and whether I am getting enough nutrients to pass on to my baby. I don’t eat much because all my life, I ate like a bird,” recalls Melissa Que. A breastfeeding mom may find herself at a loss amid the overwhelming amount of information and advice on what to eat and avoid during her lactation period, not to mention the challenges she may encounter in terms of juggling work, feeding the baby, and taking care of the family as well as herself and the pressure of producing enough …

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Great expectations

TV host Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla and her husband of six years, actor Robin Padilla, are eagerly anticipating a baby girl. The gender of their first child together was revealed at a party hosted by Japanese stroller brand Aprica last Saturday at Le Jardin restaurant. Now on her sixth month of pregnancy, the recently turned 32-year-old has been open about her journey, having suffered two consecutive miscarriages last year. Having been diagnosed with Anti-Phospholipid Antibody Syndrome or APAS, an autoimmune disorder which causes complications in pregnancy, Mariel admitted to undergoing precautions this time around. “I’ve learned to accept I have a condition that needs to be medicated,” she says in an exclusive interview. “[In] my previous pregnancies, I refused to use medication. But I’ve realized I have a complicated pregnancy and it needed …

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Green beauty

These days it is your responsibility to know exactly what you are putting in and on your body. There’s simply no excuse not to be vigilant when you have so many resources at your fingertips (number one being the Internet). Research should be an integral part of your everyday curriculum. When it comes to beauty products you may be shocked at all the crazy harmful ingredients that constitute your favorite cream, facewash, lipstick, and so on. There are five consistent offenders in the beauty realm, called the Big Five. These are the most common toxins found in your products: Dibutyl Phthalate (an ingredient that’s been linked to cancer and other health concerns, including problems in the endocrine system, increased risk of diabetes in women, reproductive issues and birth defects), Formaldehyde (a …

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Florence fling

This local clothing brand offers chic and effortless dressing. I don’t see it being sold now in toy stores, but back in the day all the little girls played with paper dolls. Our pulp mannequins normally came with a stand so we could dress them up easily in paper clothes. I remember being so obsessed with precision cutting. My blunt-edged scissors moved slowly across the dotted lines of each dress, shoe, and bag. And after, my sister and I would outdo each other in our choice of outfit combinations. Fun times! Today, I still get to play dress up. Only it’s called styling and instead of cut-out paper costumes, I get to choose from beautiful dresses from clothing brands that I work with. One of my favorite muses is model/entrepreneur/fashion designer Tessa Nieto-Villalon. Her newest collection from her store Florence Fling (FF) is decidedly feminine and graceful. “My pieces are comfortable, eye-catching but …

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Wellness weekend

If you’re like me, and the rest of the million moms all over the world who find great purpose and satisfaction in all things related to beauty and wellness, then you’ll find it a treat that the Shangri-La Plaza has a four-day bonanza gathering their best brands via a health and beauty fair, which runs until Aug. 21. Staged at the East Atrium of its newest wing, the event “A Heart for Health Beauty and Wellness Fair,” brings together well-loved brands of the mall, particularly their Wellness Zone at the 5th floor, to satisfy and recognize their patron’s need for a healthy mind, body, and overall wellbeing. The fair, staged as part of the mall’s 25th year celebration, aims to promote a holistic approach to healthy living by enticing visitors to touch, taste, smell, see, …

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