National Arts Council (NAC) ‘Arts for All’ initiative and Little Lit! – free children’s programmes at SWF 2014


From left to right: Festival Director, Paul Tan; Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information; Philip Jeyaretnam, Chairman, SWF Steering Committee

Photo Credit: Singapore Writers Festival

Singapore Writers Festival (SWF), Singapore’s most anticipated literary event, has officially opened with an exciting line-up of authors and programmes centred around the theme ‘The Prospect of Beauty’, which celebrates beauty in writing, literature and the world around us. The Festival will continue till 9 November. This year’s Festival features:

  • Over 200 Singapore and international writers
  • More than 280 events that comprise panel discussions, lectures, poetry readings, literary meals, film screenings and more

The Opening Ceremony of the Festival was graced by Guest-of-honour Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information. Three-time US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky gave an excerpt of his PoemJazz performance while Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon gave a reading of this year’s specially-commissioned SWF lyric.

SWF will be celebrating 10 days of thought-provoking discussions, inspirational lectures, poetry readings, music performances and more. 


Our Parenting World team is invited to the opening ceremony of Singapore Writers Festival. As book authors, editors and writers, writing is already part of our lives. Gor Gor loves to write, he has contributed short stories and did his first public story telling at Library@Esplanade last year. It will be good to inspire and nurture the younger generation to develop an interest and passion in writing. 


Bring your children down to various activities conducted by Singapore Writers Festival – Little Lit! – free children’s programmes. In addition, we are pleased to inform that two events are happening during this school holiday as part of the National Arts Council (NAC) ‘Arts for All’ initiative. 

Arts In Your Neighbourhood. The ‘Arts for All’ initiative aims to promote creative self-expression and bonding through the arts by bringing it to where people live, work and play. It creates an accessible avenue for everyone to enjoy an interactive art experience by established artists and art groups right at their very doorstep!

Past editions of Arts In Your Neighbourhood have received great interest and positive feedback, and this edition promises to be just as engaging.

The details of both events are as follows:

1. 9 & 23 November 2014, 2pm – 3pm
The Admiral’s Fantastic Journey by Cake Theatrical Productions: Join a little boy in his wild adventure of the imagination as he gets captivated by a book entitled The Admiral’s Fantastic Journey. A complementary craft workshop accompanying the programme will be available!

Please click HERE for more information. 

2. 16 November 2014, 2pm – 3pm
Looking for Mama by Paper Monkey Theatre Ltd: Don’t miss this heart-warming, hilarious and exciting journey of a brave little tadpole in search for his mother. The drama will be presented in a show-and-tell format with handcrafted puppets and sing-alongs.

Please click HERE for more information. 


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Our Parenting World is pleased to announce that a special part of this year’s Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) is ​dedicated and curated just for kids. The festival will occur from 31 October – 9 November 201​4, with most of the Little Lit! programmes happening on the two weekends, 1 – 2 November & 8 – 9 November 2014.

Little Lit! is the Festival’s free children’s programme that features a wide variety of interactive activities, from writing and craft workshops to storytelling and drama sessions. ​​​All activities will ​take place at a dedicated children’s space spread over two floors at the National Museum of Singapore. ​

This year’s edition also features more international best-selling children’s authors like Jacqueline Harvey, Sally Rippin, and Tone Almhjell together with Singaporean talents such as Adeline Foo, Stephanie Wong and our youngest featured author this year, twelve-year-old Amon Chua. Through a stronger Little Lit! offering this year​ (3 times bigger than 2013)​, ​SWF hopes to encourage a love for reading and writing in more children, while simultaneously developing their sense of imagination and creativity.

Our Parenting World would like to highlight some of the fun and exciting Little Lit! programmes that are interesting and suitable for children and families. School holidays will be coming soon and it will be a meaningful and enjoyable way to spend the school holidays for your children.

Kindly take note that most registrations for the Little Lit! programmes (e.g. Fire up the Imagination Workshop and Introduction to Pop-up Books Workshop) will start 1 hour before each session at the respective venues.

Featuring: Rosemarie Somaiah
Nov 1, Sat | 2:00pm – 3:00pm | National Museum of Singapore, Glass Atrium A 
Size has nothing to do with courage. Come dressed as your favourite super heroes and enjoy stories, funny or scary, in which young children will battle fear. They face up to challenges that bewilder or terrify the adults around them, and against the odds, go on to become true heroes.
For ages 6 and up.
Featuring: Andy Chua and Amon Chua
Nov 1, Sat | 2:30pm – 3:30pm | National Museum of Singapore, Perform, Children’s Wing​
​See genuine dinosaur fossils! Andy Chua shares his love of fossil-collecting, and how fossils inspired his book series,Fossil Finders. Then Amon Chua, Little Lit’s ‘littlest’ author (he’s 12) will tell you all about writing his adventure, Rex and Ryan – Bone Hunt.
For ages 9 and up.​
Featuring: Tone Almhjell
Nov 2, Sun | 2:30pm – 3:30pm | National Museum of Singapore, Perform, Children’s Wing
Meet Tone Almhjell and her unforgettable characters as she takes you through the secret cellar door and into another world where every dead animal exists in another realm in The Twistrose Key. For any child who loves – or has ever loved – an animal.
For ages 9 & up.  
Featuring: Sheila Wee
Nov  8,  Sat  |  11:00am  –  12:00pm  |  National Museum of Singapore, Perform, Children’s Wing​
Come and join a rollicking storytelling adventure across Asia. On this journey, you’ll meet magic birds and terrible giants, brave girls and silly kings, and many more remarkable characters. Leading you on this Asian adventure is Sheila Wee, an international storyteller who has been described as “a godmother of the Singapore storytelling revival”. 
For ages 6 & up.
Featuring: Jacqueline Harvey
Nov 8, Sat | 11:00am – 12:00pm | National Museum of Singapore, Create, Children’s Wing​
​Award-winning bestselling children’s author, Jacqueline Harvey, loves working with students to help bring their writing ideas to life. In this hands-on workshop, she will focus on a range of activities designed to assist young writers to develop their skills and to gain a better understanding of the writing process. The workshop will cover aspects of writing like: finding and developing ideas, creating believable characters, developing plausible plots, using dialogue effectively, and more.
For ages 9 and up. All participants are required to register for this session. Registration opens 1 hour before the start of the session at the venue. This workshop is limited to 30 participants.​
Nov 9, Sun | 11:00am – 12:30pm | National Museum of Singapore, Create, Children’s Wing
Calling all kids, do you love pop-up books? Maybe you have tried your hand at pop-up cards and haven’t really gotten the hang of it. Then this workshop is for you. Join Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud, the authors of Wake Up, Sloth!, as they show you how to make a pop-up card and share how they use this technique to tell a story.
For ages 9 and up. All participants are required to register for this session. Registration opens 1 hour before the start of the session at the venue. This workshop is limited to 30 participants. Parents are free to join their children in this activity.
Supported by Alliance Français and Institut Français Singapore.
1 Nov, Sat | 4:00pm – 5:00pm | National Museum of Singapore, Glass Atrium
Get back to the basics and reacquaint yourself with rhymes that Grandma used to recite to you. Have fun with the fast-disappearing Chinese dialects in Singapore and rediscover the charming nursery rhymes of yore. The programme features members from former Media Corp & Rediffusion broadcasters and artists, such as Koh Sok Mei, Lee Yong Tick, Lau Kan Wong, Goh Moh Chuan, Nigel Lim, Helen Tan, as well as children from Wu Jia Ban Singing School Children Group.
This session is in Mandarin, English and the dialects of Cantonese, Teochew, Hokkien, Fuchow, Hainanese and Hakka. Handouts of rhymes translated into English will be provided. Suitable for families.

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Introducing another main event of Singapore Writers Festival (SWF), it is Singapore’s most anticipated literary event, is back this year with an exciting line-up of authors and programmes centred around the theme ‘The Prospect of Beauty’’, which promises to celebrate beauty in writing, literature and the world around us.

‘The Prospect of Beauty’’ will be held from 31 October to 9 November, the Festival features a riveting line-up of nearly 200 Singapore and international writers participating in over 250 events that comprise panel discussions, lectures, poetry readings, literary meals and more.

Please click HERE for more information.

Staycation review: Village Hotel Changi

1“Yay! We are at Village Hotel Changi, read on to check out this family friendly hotel.” 

Staycation is getting very popular among Singaporean families in recent years. It combines the best of both worlds, the chance to get away from home to rest and rejuvenate, and yet avoid the inconvenience of overseas travel like airport check-ins and immigration queue.


The hotel’s colourful balconies that draw many attention. What a beautiful sight!


To be home away from home, one of the best hotels for family staycation would be Village Hotel Changi. It is at the far end of Singapore, close to nature and beach and far away from most of our homes (unless you stay near Changi area). This is a beautiful hotel with rustic environment, suitable to re-charge ourselves for the weekend.


The hotel reception area.



We are staying at the Junior Suite. It is so spacious at 34sqm! The boys have plenty of room to run around. 


It comes with a king-sized bed that is so comfortable. The hotel also thoughtfully provide an extra bed for us. 


Di Di doing his writing on this big writing desk. 


The room is well stocked up with standard amenities and mini bar. 


“Look at the big bathroom especially the bath tub, I am going to shower there!”


Something funny happened when we were about to go out of the room, we saw Di Di at the safe box and asked him why? He said he wants to keep his toys in the safe box. We all had a good laugh. 

Suite packages also include:

  • Complimentary buffet breakfast for two adults and two children (below 12 years old)
  • Complimentary rollaway bed for one child
  • Complimentary shuttle service to and fro Changi Airport
  • From Changi Airport Terminal 1 and 2 to hotel (5.30am to 1.30am)
  • From hotel to Changi Airport Terminal 1 and 2 (5.00am to 1.00am)
  • Complimentary in-room Internet access
  • Access to club lounge and evening cocktails for two adults
  • Late check-out till 4pm (subject to availability)


Hotel guests can partake in Koi Feeding at $2 for a packet of fish feed at 6th floor where the Executive Lounge is located and or rent a bicycle for free for an hour. 

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Gor Gor and Di Di love animals and they chose to feed the Koi. 


After feeding the Koi, they chill out at the outdoor sofas sheltered with parasols just besides the Koi pond. 


The hotel gym has a full range of equipment from treadmills, stationary bicycles,  free weights etc. There are sauna and stream rooms too. 


The hotel is a beautiful and romantic place to hold an unforgettable wedding reception.

There are two swimming pools, one is located at the roof top and the other one at Level 1:



Day and night time view of the infinity pool where you can enjoy a spectacular view at the roof top of the sea and neighbouring Johor Straits and spot the aircrafts flying overhead as the hotel is next to Changi airport. The view reminds us of the similar roof top swimming pool at the Marina Bay Sands Infinity sky pool.


Night and Day view of the Creek Pool located at Level 1 outside the Salt Water Cafe. Look at this unique swimming pool with the transparent view. 

For a hotel far away from the city, it’s amazing that it has four great restaurants within the hotel which are Saltwater Cafe for whole day dining, La Cantina at the roof top for those who likes Italian meal, Chou Bei Japanese Restaurant at the lobby for Japanese meal, and The Wine Company for food and wine pairing. These is also the Vau Wine Bar for drinks at the lobby.

We had our breakfast at Saltwater Cafe located at the lobby. It is headed by celebrity Chef William Soh and the cafe provides diners with a wide variety of local and international cuisine with buffet and a la carte menus. Diners can chose to sit indoor or outdoors. 



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Lots of food to choose from wide assortments of breads, salads, cold cuts, dim sum and more …


You can get your eggs done at the Omelette Station. 


Yummy! I had a hearty breakfast, I feel so full. Now, I have the energy to start my day. 

If you like to eat outside, there is the popular Changi Village nasi lemak stall at the nearby hawker centre which is within 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel. Be prepared to wait as the stall is very popular, especially during weekends. If you do not wish to walk or wait too long, there are a few coffee shops next to the hotel which serves noodles, BBQ chicken, soya bean drinks etc. 

Our Parenting World team would like to thank the organisers and Village Hotel Changi for having us. We had a wonderful staycation weekend at Village Hotel Changi and we would recommend this hotel to anyone who are looking for a nice and quiet family hotel for a quick weekend staycation. This is really “home away from home”.

Additional Information:

Village Hotel Changi

1 Netheravon Road Singapore 508502

Tel: +65 6379 7111 

Please click HERE for more information.















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