Showing posts with label 3 years. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 3 years. Show all posts

Friday, May 27, 2016

My kids and their fids.

Some friends and colleagues have been asking me about our PARROTS after seeing their funny photos and a video of Yoda jailbreaking from his cage, so here I am dedicating a post just for these marvelous and colourful creations of God!

As an introduction, we have Yoda, our Congo African Grey (sometimes referred to as CAGs) hatched in Feb 2016.
We also added a Yellow-sided conure, aka YSC, just last Saturday 21st May 2016.

Recently, Adam had asked for a pet parrot again after the demise of our foster-turned-adopted Border Collie, Sky.
Long story short - before Sky came, we had a pet Sun Conure (in the early months of 2015) whom the kids named Joker.
Joker was a great parrot - playful, loves to rough it with the boys, tame, and a great clown.
However, he didn't get along with Sky after we fostered/ adopted her. They were often fighting, so eventually I had Joker rehomed, despite the protests from Adam.

Several months later, Sky passed away from food poisoning and for a few months then, our home had no pets.
Until, that is, Adam started asking for a parrot again around his 7th birthday.

He said he hasn't forgotten about me selling Joker away without his knowledge/ permission, and horror of horrors how could I do that to him/ his pet?!

So in the end, after some bargaining from him and also from me, Hubby & I gave in to his request and got him an African Grey parrot for his 7th birthday.
We made countless visits to different petshops, talked to the shop owners, Googled and asked around on the internet.

Finally, from the recommendation of a fellow bird enthusiast on Birdcraze, we finally got our African Grey baby from Chua bird shop at 154 Serangoon North.
The owner, Dion, taught us how to handfeed our new baby and gave me her personal number, and armed with the new cage, food, and accessories, we drove home with Yoda.

This is Adam, at 6.20AM on school mornings, handfeeding Yoda.
He kept his promise of being a responsible pet owner.

Yoda's mugshot when he just came. Still a silly, pigeon-looking baby.
I remember I took time off work to bring Adam to choose his parrot. Chua's petshop just had a new shipment of CAGs and we could go down to take a look.
After some choosing, Yoda was actually the one whom we had the most affinity for.

This is our red-butt chicken now.
With his diet of fresh fruits, pellets, vegetables like corn, choy sum, french beans, carrots and cooked brown rice, he has grown a nice plumage.

Yoda is not particularly fond of cuddles, or loud noises and sudden movements from the kids. He is quiet and not a screamer or destroyer, making apartment living very suitable for CAGs.
Because of their less demanding activity levels, they also make wonderful companions for older folk.
They are excellent talkers and masters of mimicry and usually start talking at 1 yr old.
I highly recommend watching "Alex african grey" on Youtube as you will likely be bowled over by the wits and cognition of Dr Irene Pepperberg's CAG Alex.

Yoda has a new friend, Happy the Yellow-sided conure.

While CAGs prefer a more dignified and less physical relationship and is usually a one-man-bird, Conures are more friendly and get along well with most in the family, especially children.

Conures will always have a special place in my heart for being the clowns and entertainers they are.
Despite being one of the smallest types of parrots, they more than make up for their size in their colours and personality.
They love to cuddle and are such clowns.

Happy's arrival story was a bit different, because we had gone to Goodwill petshop to buy toys and treats for Yoda, and definitely buying another parrot wasn't on our list of things!
She was just there, hopping around the perches of other parrots, and she was unchained.
When she saw me, she just matter-of-factly hopped onto my finger and then to my shoulder, as if she was meant to be mine!

We then walked around the store with Happy on my shoulder.
At first, I thought she was someone's lost parrot because she was the only YSC around, and the only parrot not leashed or in a cage.
In the end, the petshop guy came to talk to me and said this little bird has chosen us and I managed to bargain and bought Happy for a discount :P

Adam chose the name "Happy" for her (he usually names the parrots) as he wishes everyone in the family to be happy.

Happy's arrival was so spontaneous and she followed us home on my shoulder, we didn't even have time to prepare her cage!
She lived on the perch in our deck for a few days before her cage was delivered.

If you're thinking of getting a Yellow-sided conure, be prepared for lots of cuddles and cuteness!

Our balcony is slowly transforming into a parrot haven, with plants and crops for them to forage among in the day.

My kids enjoy being silly with their fids.

Advantages of keeping parrots:
- Require lesser time, money, and energy than dogs.

- They don't need to be walked twice daily.

- They don't shed.

- Many types of parrots can talk and mimic sounds.

- They are amusing and funny.

Disadvantages of keeping parrots:
- They are not easily toilet-trained like dogs and cats.

- Compared to dogs and cats which have been bred for their companion and working qualities for more than hundred of years, parrots are relatively new in the pet industry and many of them are from wild parents or only a few generations of tame parentage.

- If they aren't bonded to you / your family members, they can bite. Those beaks can pack a punch.

- Depending on the species, some parrots can cost a limb!

- The exotic bird trade is causing a decline in these birds' populations in the wild by poaching.

(However in Singapore, "according to parrot breeder Puah Leong Heng, 57, to legally import a protected bird species into Singapore, the bird has to be at least from the third generation. This means that if a parent bird is caught from the wild, only chicks bred from its chicks can be imported." - source: Flights of Fancy Straits Times SG)

Disclaimer: this post about parrots is based on my personal experience and not in advocacy of any trainer or vet.
I am in the opinion that with the correct research, time and energy, parrots will make wonderful pets for the young and old.
Please spend time joining bird groups on Facebook (Birdcraze.SG, Birdies and Family SG etc) asking for help and Googling on the breeds of the parrots you're interested in, and well as their personalities, noise levels, and children compatibility.
Depending on species, parrots live up to 40-80 years, so there's a good chance you might have to include them in your will!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

{Media invite} Madagascar LIVE show at MBS.

Two days back, I posted about Madagascar show coming to MasterCard Theatre at Marina Bay Sands, from 21 - 24 April 216.
Today, Adam and Ashton finally get to meet the zoo characters live in a wild musical adventure.

Madagascar live show MBS
Thankful we were given seats in the front few rows.

Madagascar live show MBS

Most of the children at the show stood up and danced on the aisles. It was like a Maroon 5 concert for kids!
With Serene's troopers.

I like to move it, move it, we like to move it, move it!

Madagascar live MBS
At the meet-and-greet with Plotting Penguin and Gloria the Hippo after the show.
Why my Ashton always take photos never look at camera Zzzzz.
When I showed him this photo and asked him what he's looking at?
Ashton's reply was "I'm looking at Korkor's kuku bird." >_< #myson

For all you arty farty parents out there who wanna bring your kids for lively, peppy numbers, or if you simply want to escape from the immense heat wave, do head on down to MBS Basement 1 for this fantastic show!
You still have tomorrow to catch the funny characters from New York Central Park Zoo :)

Show times for Sunday 24 April: 11am, 2.30pm, 6pm.
*Duration of show is about 2 hours long with 20 minutes break-time in between.
You can simply do a walk-in before the show to purchase your tickets.

THANK YOU MasterCard Theatre and Amanda from BASE Entertainment for the invitation :)
It was truly an action-filled afternoon with my family!

After the show at Superheroes cafe: enjoyed a hearty lunch eating Batman and Superman pasta, and drinking Wonderwoman and Batman drinks to recharge our energies.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

{media preview} Madagascar is coming LIVE to Singapore! 21-24 April 2016.

If you haven't heard, Madagascar is coming to meet you, out of New York Zoo and onto the STAGE!
Happening 21st April (that's TODAY) till 24th April 2016 (Sunday), at MasterCard theatre at Marina Bay Sands. 

Audiences in Singapore will get to meet Alex the lion, Melman the giraffe, Marty the zebra, and Gloria the hippopotamus, together with the plotting penguins!

Children can "move it, move it" to the lively story-telling, dance and music, and watch their favourite Madagascar characters escape from New York's Central Park Zoo.
Join in the excitement as they find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar, which is an island country in the Indian Ocean!
I was planning to keep this show a surprise for my kids but last night, Adam asked me what are our plans for this weekend and I blurted out that we are going to watch Madagascar LIVE and both boys got too excited to sleep >_<
21 April Thursday - 24 April Sunday
Thur & Fri showtime: 6.00pm;
Sat & Sun showtime: 11.00am, 2.30pm, and 6.00pm.

VIP Reserve : S$130
A Reserve : S$100
B Reserve : S$80
C Reserve : S$60
D Reserve : S$40
VIP Box (For 4 seats): S$520
Box Seats(For 4 seats): S$240
*excludes booking fee
Bookings: Marina Bay Sands ticketing or SISTIC, or Tel: 66888826.

MasterCard Theatre at Marina Bay Sands,
Basement 1/F The Shoppes.
10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956.
Nearest MRT: Bayfront.
P.S. If you're going for the Saturday 11am show, do say Hi if you see us! :)

Thank you DreamWorks Theatricals and Marina Bay Sands entertainment for this lovely collaboration. It's our honour!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

{Indoor playground review} NEW Polliwogs at Eastpoint Mall.

    Hubby and I love living in the Eastern part of Singapore, reasons being - the food, the late nights, the proximity to Changi Airport and East Coast park, and as if we need another reason to love being Easties, it has to be the addition of a spanking new indoor playground a stone's throw away from our home!

    With the crazily hot weather these days, it is hard to leave the house, not to mention do any outdoor activities with the kids.
    Luckily, Polliwogs opened a new Outer-Space themed outlet near us, just at Eastpoint Mall opposite Simei MRT!

    Polliwogs Eastpoint opened its doors to public on 11 April, and for the month of April, there will be 10% discount for entrance fees and 20% discount for cafe purchases.

    Thank goodness someone came up with this cafe idea. I really liked the cafe in Cool De Sac (Suntec City), and my kids used to frequent Explorer Kids at Downtown East and there weren't any cafes for parents and caregivers to sit down, relax, and enjoy a cuppa (they recently closed and re-opened from renovation but we haven't gone back yet).

    With the new Polliwogs, I can have the best of both worlds in terms of traveling distance and parents' needs!

    The prices at Polliwogs are also not as expensive as the food at Cool De Sac, where the latter's prices shown are before GST!

    Food & price list (not exhaustive):
    Bottled water $1.80
    Milo packet $2
    Ribena packet $2
    Bottled juices $3.50
    Ice-cream (cup or popsicle) $2-$3
    Hot chocolate $6
    Iced chocolate $6.50
    Tea and Herbal tea $2
    Coffee $3
    Tuna puff $4
    Beef pie $7.80
    * Prices subject to 20% discount for month of April.

    There are 2 function rooms for Birthdays, Full month showers, and special events.
    Party themes available:
    - The Special full moon party *NEW*
    - Taekwondo party *NEW*
    - Rocky's Laser tag party
    - Tropical Paradise hula party
    - Poco's Princess party
    - Larry's Junior Chef party
    - The true Polliwogian Super party
    - Rocky's Fun-tastica party
    - Poco's petite party

    Find out more details about their party packages here.

    A maze of obstacles for the kids to climb/ jump/ run/ dodge.

    The adrenaline-rush 3-storey tall spiral slide.


    The only downside of Polliwogs at Eastpoint is that there is no toilet attached, so patrons have to exit the playground to the nearest toilet located on left-hand side of the playground.

    Weekdays (unlimited play hours):
    Children age 2 - 12: $20/ entry
    Children below 2: $13/ entry

    Weekends, School holidays and PH:
    Children 2 - 12 years old: $25/ 2 hours
    Children below 2: $13/ 2 hours
    Additional playtime: $5 / hour
    **If your kids are HUGE fans of Polliwogs, you can sign up as member - $125 for 6 months, can be used between siblings, for unlimited play on weekdays and weekends.

    "THE BENEFITS OF PLAYPlay allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through playthat children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them." - quote gotten from Google search.