Cherry Blossoms @ Gardens by the Bay 2017

I told myself during the one-week school holidays that come this new term, I would seek to explore places with the kids more. You see, much of our daily schedule revolves around Faith. Daniel, just tags along. He would be accompanying the sister to her school and enrichment classes and then head back home with me.

And then, guilt sets in. For the mom, that is.

If I could recall correctly, Faith had playdates and ventured out more, much more than Dan at the same age. We would go out to  farms, parks and water playgrounds with her playmates.

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So I want to keep my promise and start to explore more places with him/them and today I brought them to view the cherry blossoms at Gardens by the Bay.

Okay, granted that it’s actually me who is more interested in the flowers but there is no harm in getting them to start appreciating nature, yea?

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The two got bored but thankfully they had each other as company. The cherry blossoms are really beautiful. Do visit before it’s too late ok?

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Masak Masak 2016

Are we among the few who only got to visit the National Museum’s Masak Masak at the last moment, before school reopened? I was browsing my FB feed and it seemed like many of my mommy friends have already visited.

We made our way down on the last Thursday of the June holidays. It seems almost like a yearly ‘must-visit’ during the Children’s Season and this year is no exception. This year is our third year of Masak Masak. I think there were fewer interactive installations but it’s the year I enjoyed the most, mainly because Faith was at an age when she could explore the stations on her own and be engaged by them.

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Mandatory shot

It’s free admission and the museum opens from 10am so as you would have guessed, we were there at 10am. There weren’t a lot of people then which was great = less chance of queuing to play at the different stations.

The first area that attracted Faith was this space where the kids could colour. I don’t think this is part of Masak Masak but the girl and her older friend spent 20 minutes on it. Maybe she’s into colouring, that’s why.

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Remember Snake & Ladder? I bought one set of this board game for Faith to play at home and when she saw this setup at Let’s Play!, she was excited. According to the website, this space is supposed to depict a magical forest but I couldn’t tell. Hah.

I love the slides though. Whee!! There is supposed to be another board game called Ludo but I didn’t recognise it or perhaps it’s because I don’t know what Ludo is. #ihavenochildhood. I do think board games are good forms of entertainment for the kids. They really do “encourage patience and promote the development of social, communication and motor skills, and impart important life lessons such as overcoming challenges as well as victory and loss.” [Source]

Clumsy Dumpty on the Wall is an interactive installation inspired by the familiar shape sorter play toy that has encouraged bonding and teamwork among generations of children in the past and present.Faith was really into this and concentrated so hard on finding the shapes. But I’m not sure if the older kids would find this installation interesting?

I would think that the older ones would find Funcycling fun (for the lack of words). There is an age limit and height restriction so our friend couldn’t join in the activity.

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No worries! Enter Le Bestiaire which is about an imaginary zoo of unexpected, abstract and hyper-realistic animals. For a minimal donation of $2, one could go into the ‘studio’ and design his/her own costume.

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What a simple but lovely space!

Just look at how engrossed she was and I’m still considering if I should send her to art class because every other day she would ask, “Are we going to the art class?”

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So, yea. This year seems to have fewer stuff but it was enjoyable nonetheless. It’s until 31 July so make your way down if you haven’t done so.

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Sakura in Singapore

My mother has always wanted to visit Japan to witness the bloom of cherry blossoms. So when Papa told her that there are currently cherry blossoms at Gardens by the Bay, she told him that we had to go! Please pardon my mama for she is not always updated with current affairs since she’s too busy looking after us.

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Guess where we went earlier today? Mama said we must avoid the crowd and made sure that we reached the site at 9am.

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It’s very cold in the flower dome but my folks were well prepared and brought along cardigans.

My mama likes to admire flowers though she doesn’t like to receive flowers as gifts.

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She was all enthusiastic about today’s outing only to realise that none of us were interested in flowers. See, my sister didn’t even want to pose in front of the camera.

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She’s quite a poor thing eh? So I think I shall oblige and pose properly. Then I fell asleep because the environment was so shiok (awesome) to sleep in. All was quiet and there weren’t a lot of people. We found out later that the crowd came in at around 10am. So, if you want good photos, go and visit at 9am.

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Actually, the cherry blossoms are really pretty, eh? Sugoi desu!

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I think the cherry blossoms won’t last long so you should really go down and take a look for yourself.

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We had a decent family photo and I think Mama was secretly pleased with that. She reckoned that she wouldn’t need to visit Japan during that period anymore. One thing off her bucket list.

Our first weekend together

Excitement is in the house as we welcomed our brother and his family back for a month. My parents have been waiting for this day for so long and it is a no wonder that mom got busy on that day when they arrived = scrumptious dinner!

We spent our first weekend together at Sentosa as we wanted to bring them to the Port of Lost wonder. My brother has been stationed in Shanghai and my nephew has little opportunity for water play. We must expose him more!

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The kids were waiting rather impatiently, especially the older ones since they knew what to expect.

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As usual, we were the first in line because we were simply kiasu! Hah!

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Yay! Off we go!

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Faith and her cousin, Lester, who seemed very apprehensive.

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Remember to get the kids to drink lots of water and apply the sunscreen!

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The younger kids stopped playing after an hour while the older ones were still enjoying themselves.

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Eventually we stopped and proceeded to Siloso Beach for our lunch. It’s to Coastes again! We chose this eatery because we wanted a place that the kids could continue to play while the adults had their meal. Play what, you ask. Sand!

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Remember Faith is afraid to go into the sand, let alone play with it? I think {good} peer influence is important because when she saw that her cousins were playing, she went ahead as well.

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And then when she saw that her cousin Dayen was fetching water from the sea, she wanted to do so too which was really surprising! We brought her once to the beach and she resisted the waters but now, she wanted to do it. I grabbed the opportunity to go into the waters with her. I’m reminded again to always observe what’s she doing and to encourage her (not to restrict her) whenever she’s ready for any task/adventure. In today’s case, it’s the sand and seawater!

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The adults had a relatively easy time for lunch. Yay!

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It’s an enjoyable weekend, I must say. Not sure where we would be headed to next as a family.

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Waterplay fun

So today marks the end of the June holidays for us in Singaland. How fast! I’m actually not affected by it since a) I’m no longer teaching; and b) Faith is not in school. But I will definitely miss those fun outing we had with my sister and her two (three) boys!

We went to Gardens by the Bay and Port of Lost Wonders during the third week of June and it was definitely a fun time for the kiddos.

The Far East Organisation Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay caters to kids from 1 to 12 years old  and the one-hectare garden consists of playtime elements that combine both nature and adventure. The kids can enjoy exploring a 7.5 metre-tall tree house (for older kids) to splashing around at interactive water tunnels.

Our family turned up early on a weekday and there weren’t a lot of people then. The kids started at the non-intimidating toddler play zone while the adults watched them from a distance at the sheltered amphitheatre.

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They soon got bored and moved over to the waterplay area that is suitable for children aged between 6 to 12 years old. The programmable water play is linked to sensors which detect the movement of children to create a corresponding sequence of water effects. I though Faith would be frightened of this area but she dared to explore and linger in that space for quite some time!

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My sis and I forgot to bring along a set of clothes for ourselves and couldn’t join in the fun with them. I think it would be rather interesting to play in this waterplay area with the kiddos!

The weather was super hot that day and we had to call it quits after about an hour and a half. There were shower facilities so there isn’t a great problem cleaning them up.

Far East Organisation Children’s Garden
Operates:  Tuesday to Sunday
9am – 9pm
Admission: Free

A few days later, we went to another waterplay area and this time round, it was Sentosa we went – Port of Lost Wonders! Since it opens at 10am, we had breakfast at the nearby Mac.

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Faith really does adore her cousins, especially Dayen, the younger one.

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We were the first in line and spent some time monkeying around.

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The children obviously enjoyed their time here and I must say I did too. Faith is a bit young and thus we had to supervise her when she ventured into the ship. I appreciate that there are crew members on the ship on the lookout for the safety of the kids. Good!

After 2 hours of playing in the water, we proceeded to lunch at the nearby beach. So tiring but it’s great fun, I must say.

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We will definitely be back again when my brother and his family come back in a month’s time! Can’t wait!

Port of Lost Wonders
10am to 6.30pm daily
Admission: $10 per child
Adults enter free!

Family fun at River Safari

IMG_2248The family spent the last day of August at River Safari, all thanks to the SIL whose workplace was holding its Family Day.

As it was a weekend, you could expect a huge crowd. We reached the park at around 9am and followed the trail where it leads the visitors to learn about the various famous rivers like the Mississippi River and Mekong River, to name a few. It was rather educational, giving snippets of information on them. However, there simply were too many people on that day and stopping to read could be a real pain.

 

The highlight was perhaps the famed pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia and it makes us wonder how they are related to rivers. Hmm…

Anyway, we managed to catch both Kai Kai and Jia Jia. The latter who is more introverted went back to her comfort zone after roaming out of her den once. Kai Kai was just basking in the sun.

There were only two eateries at the River Safari and it makes much sense to pack your own food (to avoid queuing for long)! It’s definitely more economical this way too. 😉

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River Safari was mostly sheltered so visitors don’t really have to worry too much about rainy days.

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Remember to bring your own food! These egg tarts were supplied by Mabel!

Not all facilities are in operation currently. Perhaps, when the Amazon River Quest boat ride and animal exhibits along this ride are available (later this year), it will be more worth it to visit. Oh yes, I would definitely go on a weekday morning in future.

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