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As parents, most of us can remember the joy and laughter our children bring to us, especially during the initial years of parenthood. It is a moment to cherish and reminiscence as we reflect on the meaningful time spent with them; introducing them to little new things in life and occasionally chiding them on misbehaviour. Even time spent putting them to sleep at night seems so simply blissful.
We capture most of these moments using whatever technology can bring to us and occasionally, we pull out a photo album or a video clipping which brings a smile to us. Some parents go the extra mile by projecting such images against the backdrop of a calendar/clock at home, or even have a 2-D casting of their baby’s little hands and feet which could be framed up at the living room.
In Singapore and Johor Bahru, an emerging favourite amongst parents is to create something more vivid – a 3D casting of a baby’s hands and feet.
3D Casting models
Traditionally, a 3-D casting uses waxed-based materials and by applying certain temperature during the molding process. This is actually not suitable for newborns and babies with delicate skin. In addition, the final product – wax – is weak and not ideal for keepsake as they may not be able to last forever.
A more durable and safer method of 3-D casting employs the usage of natural seaweed during the molding process (Medical Grade Alginate – same material as what dentists use to mould the teeth) and Plaster of Paris to complete the cast. And because the end product material is Gypsum Powder, the cast is durable.
Against common expectations, a 3D molding session requires only 1 minute for each hand/feet. Seaweed powder is mixed against water and when the compound has solidify to a small extent, the baby’s hand/feet is inserted into the compound. The most challenging part is to keep the baby calm – and this is often achieved via distractions (toys!), treats (sweets) or assurance (parents!). The entire process is quick and fuss free, which can be done at home or even in a car.
To compliment the cast, it is usually framed with a personalised engraved inscription together with an image of the baby.
Final Product of Baby Casting
3D casting has not been localized to a baby’s hands and feet. In Johor Bahru and Singapore, it is applied on wedding mementos and special gifts to parents too. Well, you can have a casting of yourself too, if you choose to! Read on…
November 6th, 2010
During the Singapore-Malaysia’s Leaders retreat held on 24th May 2010, one of the key measure announced was to introduce 8 new bus routes, effectively doubling the number of bus services plying Singapore and Johor Bahru (4 from each side between Pasar Bakti and Larkin in Johor and the two Integrated Resorts, Boon Lay, Yishun, Newton and Changi Airport in Singapore).
This is also to cater to travel demand of Johoreans who now prefer Resorts World Sentosa (casino) as the place to rack in big bucks, compared against Genting which is more than 200km away.
As a follow up, a new bus service had materialised.
New Bus Service from Johor Bahru to Resort World Sentosa (RWS, Casino)
Effective 3 Sep 2010, TS8, coach service operated by Transtar will ply Kotoraya II Terminal (Johor Bahru) to Resort World Sentosa (RWS, Casino), along the following stops:
1. Kota Raya II Terminal (Johor Bahru)
2. Johor Bahru CIQ
3. Woodlands CIQ (Woodlands Road)
4. Whitley Road (Opp. Raffles Town Club)
5. Stevens Road (Opp. Metro YMCA)
6. Paterson Road
7. Scotts Road (Opp. Thong Teck Bldg)
8. Zion Road (Great World City)
9. Outram MRT Station
10. Cantonment Link (KTM Station)
11. Resorts World Sentosa (Casino) Likewise, the return journey transverse the opposite direction.
Adult: S5.00 (When boarding from Singapore) and RM$5.00 (When boarding from Johor Bahru)
Children: S2.50 (When boarding from Singapore) and RM$2.50 (When boarding from Johor Bahru)
From Johor Bahru to Resort World Sentosa Read on…
September 4th, 2010
For Male Singaporeans who need to go for reservist, one of the “must do” includes getting a decent haircut, unless you want the RSM to point you to the in-house barber before you can change your camp pass.
Not to say that the in-house barber is bad – it is cheap (at the going rate of S$5.00). It is fast (usually done within 8 minutes). Except that there are probably 30 Privates, SGs, LTAs before you and some of them (because it is in-camp training) probably didn’t even bother to wash their hair. Worse still – the barber uses the same comb, shaver and brush-er. So all the dead cells from the skin of your comrades gets on to you. And later when you have finally checked in to your bunk, you realised that you have an uneven haircut and a terrible itch.
A more decent haircut would typically cost about S$10. For the most particular or “atas” ones, a haircut at Reds or Monsoon cost about S$30.
In Johor Bahru, a haircut at cost even less than that from your army barber. And you get the following:
1. Firstly, you enter into an Indian Barber shop similar to that in the picture below. You are apprehensive that while your haircut can pass the RSM standard, your colleagues get a chance to laugh at you after the ICT.
Typical Barber Shop in Johor Bahru
2. You do not have to wait long. There are at least 5 barbers on duty and if you need to wait a short while, plenty of magazines to occupy you in this duration.
3. A barber signals you to the barber seat. He wraps a piece of toilet paper around your neck and a piece of cloth around you. Turning on the shaver, he starts doing his work.
4. You realise that if you do not tell him what hairstyle you want, you get the standard haircut. Typically, he may just point to the back of your head and ask: “Slope?”. You simply nod your head. Not as if there are much options you know anyway Read on…
July 10th, 2010