Engaging Parents | Fun With Kids | Secondary (13 - 17)

Schools offering Integrated Programme in Singapore

The Integrated Programmes (IP) have been implemented since the beginning of 2004 to provide clearly university-bound pupils a seamless secondary and junior college enriched education. The pupils proceed directly to the GCE ‘A’-Levels (or its equivalent, such as the International Baccalaureate or school-based diploma) without the need to take the GCE ‘O’-Level Examination. The time…

Asian Values: Modelling Respect For His Students
Engaging Parents | Fun With Kids

Asian Values: Modelling Respect For His Students

In our Chinese custom, respect for your elders trumps most other values. Hence, I was not surprised when we enroll our son in a local Chinese school, the first thing the school principal taught the newly accepted primary one students during orientation was to bow in respect whenever they see an adult, be they teachers, principals or…

Featured In BlogTV.sg – Celebrity Advice By Andrea De Cruz
Career | Live Appearances

Featured In BlogTV.sg – Celebrity Advice By Andrea De Cruz

Once in a while, LIFE throws you such great opportunities that you just grabbed them by the horns and do the best that you can.  Last week, I was invited to go on National Television to present my views as a parent who prefers to send her children to elite or “branded schools”. LIVE on BlogTV Singapore with Cheryl Fox,…

Stop Bullying!
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Stop Bullying!

STOP bullying in its tracks! Sign this petition started by Michigan High School student Katy Butler to give the movie Bully a PG-13 rating so that kids, especially teenagers can watch it and be aware of the stark realities of bullying. “Please sign my petition and demand that the MPAA give “Bully” a PG-13 so this…

Event Listing

World’s Largest Educational Kids’ Fair

Parents! The World’s Largest Educational Kids’ Fair, SmartKids Asia is back! Mark your calendar for the most fun and educational event in Asia! WHEN? 16 – 18 March 2012 (11am – 9pm /8pm on 18th) WHERE? Singapore Expo Hall 5 (how to get there) SmartKids Asia is a comprehensive fair that offers a wealth of resources for the Singaporean parent and…

Travel to Eat The Cheapest Dim Sum In The World
Hong Kong

Travel to Eat The Cheapest Dim Sum In The World

On my recent trip to Hong Kong, I learned that there was a Michelin Star restaurant in Hong Kong that serves the best and possibly cheapest Dim Sum in the World. I simply had to check it out. On a bright Sunday morning, my friends and I headed out to Tin Ho Wan (添好運), the famed Dim…

Parents’ Guide: 20 Great Birthday Party Ideas for Kids
Celebrations & Occasions | Fun With Kids

Parents’ Guide: 20 Great Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Tired of the usual magician / puppet entertainer act? Do not fancy hosting a party at your home, and definitely NOT the cleaning up afterwards? Of late, many friends have been asking for ideas to celebrate their older children’s  birthday. The first three birthdays are the easiest as the child is too young to make any…

Travelling with Kids: Indian Street Kid – Lost & Found
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Travelling with Kids: Indian Street Kid – Lost & Found

This is my guide, Iqbal.  He was a street kid who once roamed the dusty streets of India. This is the story of how he became a street kid. This is his story. Iqbal  was born in a poor labour-class family. He was barely five when his parents separated or divorced, he doesn’t know which….

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Salaam Baalak Trust – Walk In The Shoes of Street Kids

A friend of mine shared this YouTube clip by Coco-Cola and I am compelled to share it with all of you.  In celebration of its 125th birthday on May 8th, 2011, Coca-Cola launched an awesome “Where will happiness strike next?” campaign. They converted trucks and buses into Coca-Cola delivery vehicles that dispense doses of “happiness” on…

Charity: Street Kids of India
India | Travel Journals | Travel With Kids

Charity: Street Kids of India

Did you know that the #1 reason for kids in India to run away from home is to pursue an acting career in Bollywood? This was an unexpected revelation from our guide from the The Salaam Baalak Trust City Walk. Street kids in India are so prevalent that no one bats an eyelid when a…

Birthday Party – Laser Tag
Celebrations & Occasions | Fun With Kids | Giveaways

Birthday Party – Laser Tag

Laser Tag parties are popular among boys. The question is: should I throw one for 7-year-olds?  Should I allow my son to play “laser tag” which is so similar to having a gun? He was not really into guns, just the occasional play “gun fight” with his mates.   I decided to speak to Gavin…

Celebrations & Occasions | Fun With Kids | Giveaways

Giveaway: Mickey and Minnie’s Lunar New Year Ang Pow [CLOSED]

We are excited about Disney Junior’s new microsite, “For Grown-Ups”.  This site is a godsend for parents like us who want to throw a party for our kids in line with their favourite Disney Junior characters – Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Disney Princess and the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse! Identifying the theme is the easy part.  Putting together the…

Giveaway: Hot Wheels Wall Tracks [CLOSED]
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Giveaway: Hot Wheels Wall Tracks [CLOSED]

One of the coolest toys on the boys’ wish list this holiday season is the Hot Wheels Wall Tracks!   With a complete wall play system, the tracks are on the walls and there is no need to worry about where to store the tracks.  Best of all, the tracks come with 3M command strips…

The Eternal Homework Battle
Primary (7 - 12)

The Eternal Homework Battle

Today, I was at the gym waiting for my daughter to finish her gym class.  It’s an hour-long class and armed with my coffee shop coffee, I sat down to do some writing.  But I got distracted – at the next table, a battle was in full swing.  I stared intently at my laptop and…

Celebrations & Occasions

The 15-minute Birthday Party

When it comes to birthday celebrations, primary schools have a stricter code than preschool. But we were lucky we could throw my firstborn an unforgettable birthday party in his new school. For the 30 kids in his class, it was over all too soon! We were lucky to have access to the school that day…