I’ve been to Hougang Mall many, many times and so I couldn’t believe that all those time I was there, I missed a toyshop tucked away at level 5.

That’s right, Toyrific is the name of the shop. And I think it is pretty Toyrific!

No, they do not have a fantastic range of toys. They do however have very reasonable prices! And yes, I do so love bargains. I find them simply ir-re-sis-ti-ble. 

Here’s some of the stuff I bought there. 


This is a really fun family game. The box was a little worn out (old stock?) but everything in it was brand new.


My mom bought this as a Christmas present for Hubby-jr. Excellent condition.


I bought this set of 6 eggs for Little Missy. It adds to her collection of toy food to play at her “kitchen”. Otherwise they are fun to play with as puzzles too.


My kids love this simple toy. It can keep them amused for more than 5 mins (trust me that’s alot!) Hold the stick end between both palms, spin and watch it fly in the air.

Go to their blog to see more of their products (don’t expect a fancy blog, it is a simple outfit). They have an outlet at Harbour Centre (Habour Front) too.

By the way I get no commission doing this (they don’t even know I’m blogging about them) nor am I a shareholder (hubby just asked me if I was helping them sell stuff). I just love to share a bargain, more importantly I need them to stay in business to feed my bargain hunting cravings every now and then! So give them a shot and check them out, okay? Please? (There, I said please.)




1. The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.
2. The fact or occurrence of such discoveries.
3. An instance of making such a discovery.

We found ourselves at Bras Basah this afternoon and being there I just had to visit the Children’s Bookstore. While the range of books was not as exciting as before I was so, SO thrilled to find Guji Guji on one of its shelves. We (kids and I) absolutely LOVE this story we found over at Storyline Online.

Guji Guji is a story about a crocodile who was brought up as a duck. One day Guji Guji is confronted with the question of his identity and where he belongs – is it with a group of mean crocodiles he just met or with the ducks he grew up with? A very lovely engaging story that will make you smile, warm your heart and teach you about identity, loyalty, and what it really means to be a family.

And guess what? It was selling at only SGD5.60 (SGD8.00 less 30%) per copy! A hardcover copy mind you! I grabbed a few copies as they’d make excellent gifts. I suggest you’d better hurry over there and grab a few too before they run out of stock! (Screams kiasu doesn’t it?)

More serendipity…

While I was at the Children’s Bookstore with the kids Hubby had to pay his pilgrimage to Tecman (a Christian bookshop). Not long later he scurried back to tell me that Tecman was having a 40% storewide sale for members (you can sign up on the spot for only SGD6.00). So we headed that way, kids and Guji Guji books in tow.

Guess what I found at Tecman?!

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. It is the bible storybook. If you’re looking for bible stories for your kids, look no further, get this one. If you already have countless different bible story books for children, you have to get just one more, this one. After reading about it over here I bought one copy via (I couldn’t find it at several bookstores then). I can tell you this, it really is as good as is described. Hubby and I LOVE it because… (this is what is written at the back of the book)

The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby, the Child upon whom everything would depend. From Noah to Moses to King David, every story whispers his name. Jesus is like the missing piece in a puzzle – the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together.

Beautifully written and illustrated. The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation – and at the center of their story too.

The sale ends 30 June 2008. So if you’re living in Singapore and you’re reading this before 30 June, stop reading, get dressed and hurry over to Tecman NOW!! Go! Go!! Go!!! Well if you’re reading this after 30 June, take your time but still get over there to get a copy of that book. It is WORTH it. In my opinion ALL Christian families with kids should have a copy. Seriously.

So there you have it, my wonderful unexpected fortunate discoveries of the day. Serendipities!

Malaysian National Sport

When in Malaysia, play their national sport. What else? Badminton of course. 🙂

Err… I can’t say if they have a natural talent for the game… but I think they can strike a pose or two. What do you think?

P/S: I bought this kids’ badminton set (2 steel rackets and I foam/plastic shuttlecock) at TESCO (a hypermart) for only RM4.90 (that’s what? SGD2.30?) Unbelievably cheap right?

Online Books Exchange

I don’t know why it took me so long but I just discovered BookMooch (thanks to The Sojourner). BookMooch is (in their own words):

A community for exchanging used books. BookMooch lets you give away books you no longer need in exchange for books you really want.

They are an international community with over 200 Singapore members! 

I’m so excited over this new discovery! I’ve lots of books I no longer need and after eons of not touching them, I’m convinced I’ll no longer re-read them. Yah, I finally came to my senses. The incredible amount of stuff we’ve accumulated since having kids is edging me to simplify, simplify, SIMPLIFY!

And what better way than to exchange used books I no longer need for ones I really want to read. This way I get to read more books in an “un-accumulative” way.

It’s such a cool way to recycle used books!

P/S: If you’ve other stuff besides books that you want to give away (instead of dumping), check out the Singapore Freecycle Network.

Mum & Tots Movie Treats

Just this last Tuesday we brought Hubby-jr to watch RATATOUILLE. He loved it and so did hubby and I! And you know what? Hubby-jr got to watch it for free! 

Mommies, check out Cathay’s Mum & Tots Movie Treats.


You can get a free ticket for one child (below age of 7) on Tuesdays (before 12pm). Cool eh? Although it’s not valid on (or eve of) Public Holidays, the treat holds for school holidays.

We went to the new Cathay Cineplex at Ang Mo Kio Hub. Be prepared for a crowd and arctic conditions! And oh, you can ask for a child booster seat from the staff before entering the cineplex. Kudos to Cathay for being so family friendly and giving us moms a treat!

Bargains! – Children’s Books

A fellow mommy friend told me about a wonderful little bookshop she found at Bras Basah Complex. Tucked next to Tecman at Level Four is Children’s Books (Yun Nan Bookstore). It sells children’s books, brand new, at wonderfully value prices. Yes lah, cheap!

Today I decided to check it out. So I ventured there, all prepared to splurge, only to find that they are closed for the next three days (1-3 June 07) to participate in the World Book Fair at Suntec City. Not giving up, I walked (yes, walked, decided against the bus as road traffic was baaadd) to Suntec City.

Yes, yes, yes! I found them – Yun Nan Bookstore – the booth next to Times. And yes! I had a very shiok time picking up book after book after book, most of them below $4! Ladybird books were going for $2 each. The rest were on 30% discount. Thomas & Friends, Winnie the Pooh, Bible Stories, Blue’s Clues, Ladybird, Board books for babies, etc. Their selection was not infinitely extensive but was wide enough. I was duly satisfied and far from let down.

I’ll definitely visit them again at their actual bookshop at Bras Basah Complex. Oh, how I just love bargains!

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