Staycation with little ones

I don’t know about you but we have had little luck with staycation. Whenever I read blogs about how fun staycation can be for other families with young kids, I couldn’t help but envy. We had our fair share of hotel stays since Faith came along but none came close to being “excellent”. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that the hotels aren’t doing their best to make our stay pleasant; it’s just us. I personally find staycation to be a tad tiring until perhaps, the kids are older?

Are we the only ones having such ‘bad’ experience?

Last Friday, after Faith had her music class, we zipped to Amara Sanctuary Resort for our staycation. The girl knocked out once she was in the car. Too tiring, I suppose, and we had a late check in.


Kachang puteh and their signature drink, something familiar and refreshing.


The boy was surprisingly alert and active at 4pm while the sister continued to zzzzz… her way to the room in the stroller. Had she been awake, we would have gone exploring the hotel premise quite immediately upon checking in.


We waited for her till she awoke from her nap. Refreshed and happy the way I like it. There’s less chance of dealing with a cranky kid and we definitely do not need that on a staycation.


Before we could do anything interesting, it’s dinner time. I made an appointment for a massage at night because it’s such a waste not to have such a luxury in a resort, isn’t it?

We didn’t have any fancy meal but I’m come to a stage where I’ve learnt to be contented – that if I see my loved ones enjoying the company of each other, that’s enough. Good enough.

And we had that.

Evening. I went for my massage session while the hubs tried to put the kids to bed. I returned, and learnt that he has just gotten the baby to sleep (after an hour of attempt) and the girl? Waiting for me to come back and sleep with her.

Life with young kids…

The following day, it rained. It always, 90% of the time, rains when we are on staycation. I couldn’t understand the logic but I have already managed my expectations so I wasn’t too upset by it. Had our breakfast which was nothing to boast about. Once the rain got lighter, I beckoned the girl to go jalan jalan (explore) with me.


Let the boys have their sleep. All of us didn’t sleep well the night before because Dan had been waking up a few times that night.

Life with young kids…


I love the resort. It is tranquil and I thought it is a good place for a short retreat.


It’s a haven for nature lovers. If I was to come alone, I would have gone for a morning jog at the gym, cool down with a walk around the premise and refresh myself with their signature drink at the hotel lobby.


Air is fresh and this architecture lovely.


And we found a peacock feather on the way.


The pool is so inviting and yet we could only gaze…


…or dip our toes in it.


Oh, all right. It’s not too bad after all. We met the resident peacock and its young.


Back to our room and it’s more viewing of the black box and eventually some work on her own. Life with young kids. You really ought to pack stuff for them to do when you go places. When kids are bored, you are doomed.

So we didn’t get to use the pool but thankfully, there’s the bath tub.

She spent half an hour having a splashing good time in it.

Contentment.


With that, we packed our bags and got ready to head home. Faith must have been happy for she kept asking us why we couldn’t go home that evening, how she wanted to go home and that she didn’t like to be away from her humble abode.

Gah… What is wrong with (our) staycation?


Thankfully, we had a very satisfying citron and chocolate mille crepe at Lady M and that made my day.

Another staycation? We will try again.

July in summary

July is a month in which faith was built up and strengthened. We started off with the attendance of JDOP, a day when we came together as a body of Christ to pray. It was by faith that we signed up for the tickets as it would be rather challenging to bring a toddler along and expect her to maintain her discipline for three hours. On that day, I forgot to bring our tickets and I panicked since admission was strictly by that means. Thankfully, a CG-mate came to our rescue and passed us the tickets that we needed. Hallelujah!

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As we sat among the sea of red (for our church members), I couldn’t be more thankful to be able to be among believers, singing praises to our Lord God and talking to Him. We had the privilege of having our Prime Minister gracing the event and we also said a prayer of blessing for Him. Faith was indeed disciplined throughout and I’m so thankful to the Lord for that.

BSF resumed in July and I was glad to be back basically because it got me into a routine of reading the Word of God in more detail. Faith was also back in class and I’m sure she’s in good hands. School also started for her and she was in high spirits when she got back. This semester onwards, she stayed back in school for one more hour for Chinese enrichment because (1) I needed her to be more exposed to Mandarin, and (2) I needed to rest more since I am in the last lap for my pregnancy. Initially, she struggled because she didn’t like the change and was not used to the teacher who was conducting the enrichment class. However, after a week, she was fine and came out, exclaiming, “I enjoyed myself!” Thank God for that!

The hubs and I signed up for Alpha Marriage that is conducted in our church. Ok, I need to maintain that our marriage is not on the rocks but we signed up, anticipating that we could benefit from the lessons. It is strongly advisable that we do not bring the kid along and thankfully, our CG-mates stepped up to help. Each week, while we were away, Faith would be looked after by different families and my in-laws and we were indeed thankful to them. Faith had a good time of bonding with the CG-children and even had the opportunity to learn about the armour of God during one of the sessions!

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The Alpha Marriage course did us some good. It provided a time for us to be alone and communicate. I know this is hard to believe but each day, the hubs and I could only spend at most 15 minutes to talk on a one-to-one basis since he is the one to put Faith to bed and in so doing, he retires for the day too. During the course, we discussed some pertinent issues on marriage and parenting (no doubt) and it’s just awesome to be able to chat like we used to. I recommended this course for any married couples!

ndpK managed to get us tickets to the NE show (rehearsal for National Day) and we were seated at the grand stand. I love attending the parade live as compared to watching it on TV and I thought it would be a wonderful experience for Faith. Alas, she was cranky throughout and was probably frightened by the loud noise and sudden short outbursts of fireworks.

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Just look at her sullen look. She didn’t enjoy herself and kept urging us to leave. We persisted until the last part – the splendid display of fireworks which everyone was looking forward to. But we had to leave. She was crying and we didn’t have any more energy either. On the way to the train station, she turned and asked me, “Are you okay, Mama? Next time we come again?”

Clearly she knew I was upset because I was sulking and complaining to the hubs. I turned and gave her an upset look. Oh well…

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Mid-July and the hubs checked us into a hotel for a staycation. It was most thoughtful of him but honestly, we didn’t enjoy ourselves. The little girl was rather bored and occasionally threw her tantrums. Since we were sharing the bed, yup, all three of us, I found myself staying awake most of the time to fend off her kicks lest she hurt the baby in the womb. As a result, the staycation was none too restful, I regret to say.

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We did have moments of fun in the pool and I’ve learnt a little more about the Peranakan culture and to wrap a dumpling well.

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My brother and his family came back for a visit and we had an awesome time dining at Changi because we had the sea view and the food prices weren’t too expensive either. The kids had a great time playing together and even the adults joined in the fun.

20150727_131514Kids hanging out together again!

On other news, I invited my mom to an Chinese evangelistic concert and she went up to receive Christ in her heart after a pastor beckoned her to do so. Personally, I wasn’t sure if she did it on her own free will but I guess I just have to continue to pray for her.

So, here you go. That’s July for us. How’s yours? 😉