Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Meal For 1 - Pan Toasted Bread with Sardines

If you like roti john, you would probably appreciate this very easy pan toasted bread with sardines that I make every now and then for my lunch alone moments at home. This can also make a very delicious breakfast or afternoon snack. Best of all, you can also replace sardines with other meat fillings, like minced meat and I think, corned beef will be great too!

Preparation time : 5 minutes  Cooking time : 5-8 minutes  Serving : 1

Ingredients :
- 2 pieces of sandwich bread, which I cut into long rectangular pieces (or use french loaf)
- 1 piece of sardine from can, in tomato sauce base
- 1 small onion, chopped or thinly sliced
- 1 egg
- spring onions (optional)
- butter (optional)
- pepper to taste

Method :
- take out the centre bone from the sardine, and mash the sardine in a bowl. You could take a spoonful of the tomato sauce from the can for added taste, which was what I did.
- add in the onions, egg and spring onions. Give it a good mix.
- Heat up your frying pan and add enough oil to pan fry your portion.
- Butter 2 sides of the bread (this gives the bread a little crisp on the other side), before dipping one side of the bread into the mixture.
- Place it face down on your pan. Press it down with your spatula.
- When brown, flip it over to the other side to toast. This step takes less than a minute.
- Remove and drain on paper towel. Repeat till your bread portion is done.
- Enjoy!

Till the next post, have a wonderful day!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

5 Things To Do In A Successful Online Craft Business

Starting an online home craft business can be hard and it's definitely a long journey once you embark on it. I've been on this scene for many years now - 9 years to be exact. Some days, I don't quite believe that I have reached this point where I can be doing what I love and making a small income to sustain my passion. 

If you are dreaming about starting a home craft business, let me tell you that it is possible. It is NOT easy and definitely NOT something that happens with a snap of your fingers. But with patience, commitment and unrelenting passion, it can be done!

Give It Time
While it doesn't take a lot of time to set up an online store, it does take time to build yourself a success and stay committed. There is no shortcut to this.  Take in as much business advise, know your market and work towards having a thriving business. Utilize the free setup of social medias you know to get the word around about what you do. Word of mouth is usually the best tool to get your work noticed! Remember its a marathon, not a sprint.

Stick to Your Specialty
Do what you enjoy most, focus and stick to your niche. You are in for the long haul so it means whatever you make to sell, you need to be happy making it to sell. Online buyers are very discerning and when you are able to sustain their interests in what you do, you are on the right track!

Keep Learning and Exploring
Keep building your skills and explore the different possibilities to build your own personal knowledge bank. You may or may not utilize the extra skills on your craft, but it sure will help you succeed with what you can do better with your business.

Have An Approachable and Professional Online Persona
Having an online business of any sort, it is important to be personable to your clients. They come to you because you can offer something unique to them and it is probably wonderful for them to know that they are communicating directly with the person who makes them. And always, always respond to queries promptly and in a calm and professional way. These are probably what makes a customer stay loyal to you too.

Believe in Yourself
Put your heart and soul into what you love to do.  When you believe in yourself, you are already one step ahead in having a successful craft business. Sure, there are times when you can get disheartened, especially when you are not getting enough orders to sustain you through some days or weeks. But these are temporal and very much part and parcel of any businesses. Be open to changes or take the opportunity to have a short break to recharge and find back your inspiration. Just don't give up!

It is definitely a fascinating, inspiring and life-changing journey. If you have already set your mind in succeeding and know how you should go about doing it, then I think the chances of success is very high. Keep learning and experimenting in whatever you do. You will get there!

I am an independent jewelry crafter at Adeline's Loft and have been doing so from home since 2005 - something that I have been pursuing on the side while taking care of the family. It wasn't an intentional decision to start out this little hobby-cum-online-business but it didn't make sense for me to make so many pieces for myself to wear. I've written about my challenges and beliefs during my crafting journey which you may be interested to read here and here


Till the next post, have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

[Review + Special Deal For My Readers] Trapped - Singapore's Leading Reality Escape Rooms

When Trapped invited me to review their reality escape rooms, I knew right away it was more for my teenage son to experience as he is an avid online gamer and would appreciate what Trapped has to offer. It was easy for him to round up a group of school friends and I chaperoned them to Trapped's first outlet at Kandahar Street. It couldn't have been more appropriate to mark the end of their mid year exams and the beginning of the school term break!

What is Trapped?

Trapped is a leading 5D reality escape room attraction in Singapore, whereby players are trapped in a themed room, tested on their puzzle solving skills while searching for clues to find the key in order to escape from the room within 60 minutes. It has a current 4.5 star rating by the TripAdvisor community.

There are 5 movie themed rooms to choose from - 

//Hunger Games : The Escape // Hansel & Gretel // - both at Kandahar Street. 
//World War 3 : Zombie Edition // Friday the 13th // Sooperdooperz (superheroes) // - at *Scape

A short briefing of the dos and don'ts, before they ventured into the room.
The youths chose "Hunger Games : The Escape" theme because they are fans of the movie and most familiar with the storyline. I was given the privilege to join them in the room, all the while observing how the game was played.

The Experience

Even though I was joining them in the room as an observer, it felt a little unnerving to enter a room not knowing what to expect, with your mind imagining the worst. Yes. You now know I can be such a wimp! Then again it is Hunger Games and not World War 3 : Zombie Edition, which I heard has better dynamics with motion sensor activated props. That should be a really challenging room to be in!

The atmosphere of the game room gave out a mysterious vibe and the youths promptly busied themselves, exploring every nook and cranny in the room that was laden with clues. Each clue was vital to find that elusive key to unlock more rooms, in search for even more clues to find the master key that would get all of us out. Be prepared to utilize every bit of your brain cells!

The rooms were curated differently and gave different vibes. I have to admit, the background music also played a big part in keeping you in a state of anxiety or frenzy for some. I shan't be a spoiler by describing the game too much. I guess you just have to be there to experience it yourself!

It wasn't as easy to solve the puzzles but with the help of 3 lifelines given in each game, it somewhat made more sense to piece the puzzles together. The best part was, watching them work together as a team, interacting and solving the puzzles together. (Make it 'super like' that they gave their smartphones a break!)

A peek into the first room as we enter.
Special thanks to the staff at Kandahar Street (we met Nur and Hendra. And thank you to Sarah for organizing this), who have very polite and cheerful dispositions. Throughout our experience there, they were very helpful and provided enough guidance to the youths so that they could complete the mission. I will definitely give them thumbs up for the pleasant service!

Here's what these 15 year old players had to say about the game :

Hmmm, very much in unison about what they think! I guess that just about sums up why you should try out Trapped, especially since the school term break is just less than a week away. You can enjoy the games with your friends and family, suitable for most ages. (But just a caution, do ensure that the younger ones aren't afraid of the darkness.)

Here are their current promotional game rates as I know it :

Off peak period: $22/pax (Monday to Friday before 6pm)

Peak period: : $24/pax (Monday to Friday after 6pm, weekends & PH)

Student price: $18/pax (Monday to Friday before 6pm, students below 21 years old)

****** Special Deal For My Readers! ******

Receive One FREE ticket worth $24 
with a minimum of 5 players in a game! 

 To enjoy the free ticket, quote "ADEOON" at the counter when you arrive for your game.
(or just take a screen shot of this paragraph and show) 

Remember to make a pre-booking online or call the respective outlets directly to enjoy this special. Payment is done at the outlet itself so don't worry about the indicated total amount shown on screen. 
The code is valid from 1st June 2015 to 30th June 2015.
Terms and Conditions:
  • Valid to be used at both SCAPE and Kandahar Outlet
  • Valid to be used during both off peak and peak period
  • Min of 5 persons is required to redeem one complimentary pass (4 paying + 1 complimentary)
  • Complimentary pass cannot be combined with another complimentary pass to be used in the same session
  • Complimentary pass can only be utilized once
  • This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions.

1st Outlet
Kampung Glam Shop Houses,
42 Kandahar Street,
S198896 (Near Arab St)
Tel: +65-6292-2177

 2nd Outlet
2 Orchard Link, #02-20/21/22,
Tel: +65-66369722

Till the next post, have a wonderful day!

Disclaimer : The Accidental Mom Blogger was invited to review Trapped and all opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.  No monetary compensation was made.


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