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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

National Day 2017


To spruce things up a bit, we took the kids to the Jurong West Aquatic Centre instead of our neighbourhood one for our National Day swimming pool tradition. They totally enjoyed the water playground and the older two were so thrilled to try the super tall and long water slide. Every child got to try floating down the lazy river with Daddy, although Joram was a little frightened by the experience. As usual, we ended the day with watching the NDP on TV while feasting on Pizza Hut.

Jaide enjoying the big float

Joram was tickled
by the water gushing
out from the slide.

All enthralled by the simulation of our
civil defence dealing with terrorist attacks.
   

Saturday, August 5, 2017

My 38th Birthday


I decided to try out indoor "sky-diving" for this year's birthday. But not before my dear Bear Bear brought me to IKYU Japanese restaurant to eat their mini kaisen don (seafood rice) with fresh sea urchin, scallop, fish roe and minced fatty tuna for lunch.


After an hour of training, we were all geared up and ready for our first flight! Watch the video below to see us experience free-fall in a safe environment. 





My older two kids made me cards as usual. The elder girl even gave me a kitty purse because she knows I love cats. And the interesting thing was that my worship vocalist leader actually made me chocolate cupcakes to celebrate for me! I was truly touched by the lovely and thoughtful gesture, although she got the date wrong... ROFL




Thursday, June 29, 2017

Police Heritage Centre


During the school holidays, the slots for the tour at the Police Heritage Centre were all taken up. This was probably the third holiday I had encountered the lack of vacancy. So, I had no choice but to register us for one on the first day of school. It was kind of a rush to get the kids to finish their homework and settle their tea break before heading down. But I figured it would be worth it.

Alas! I had a traumatising experience the moment we reached. I unwittingly stepped into a public toilet filled with cigarette smoke! Before I knew it, I took in a huge breath of the toxic substance I'm allergic to and immediately went into violent spasms. I retched, coughed and wheezed uncontrollably. An officer asked me to go to the bushes if I wanted to vomit but I couldn't explain to him that my body was trying to expel smoke, not undigested food. Many concerned individuals asked me if I needed to go to the hospital but I know that it would spell the end to the exciting trip my children were looking forward to for such a long time. 

Praying desperately for the pain in my chest to subside and struggling valiantly to keep my breathing under control, I must have looked like a mad woman to everyone. I was raking though my hair and airing my t-shirt repeatedly to get rid of whatever nicotine residue on my person. It took me a while before I realised that the entire tour group was waiting for me. Embarrassed, I urged everyone to proceed while I bore with the burning sensation in my lungs. I really did not want the children to be disappointed. 

The first part was a short presentation regarding keeping safe. Then, they had a chance to make badges and try on the police uniforms and props. The kids were thrilled.






Half an hour later, we exited the seminar room to go on a guided tour with a friendly police officer who gave us interesting knowledge nuggets about the history of our police force. I'm grateful that he was engaging and patient to the children, despite their constant mischief.

Kampong Captain America? LOL



At the end of the tour, we were given souvenirs of vehicle craftwork and stickers to remember the place by, much to the children's delight. Apart from the initial health scare brought about by the utter selfishness and inconsideration of a smoker, we had a wonderful time there. This officially marks the end of our June museum roundtable.


  

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Belated Father's Day


When we were at the National Museum, I asked the children to send the museum postcards addressed to their Dad so that he could have a surprise when he opens the mailbox. I figured that there were 3 working days till Father's Day and it could get to him in time. WRONG! The postcards arrived today, 6 days belated. One of the cards went missing too. That is how "efficient" our Singpost is. *roll eyes*

The sad thing was, my father-in-law was hospitalised and Joshua wanted to visit him with his immediate family to celebrate Father's Day with him. My FIL forbade the children from entering the hospital because he felt that they will catch a bug there. That's why I was tasked to babysit the kids at a nearby mall while the adults visited him.

After that, we did manage to have a nice dinner at Paradise Dynasty. As for my original plan to celebrate for Joshua, it had to take a backseat due to the circumstances. Another year perhaps.

Cute jelly made by Joshua's sister
for Father's Day

Bedtime Lullaby


While I'm at it, I am putting the bedtime CD I used ever since the era of my firstborn into my souvenir drawer for safekeeping. I bought it to be played during bath time which was part of the bedtime routine and during nap times as sleep cues for my babies. Although they no longer listen to it, they still find the CD strangely familiar whenever I played it. In fact, I still sing one of the songs to them as a lullaby occasionally. May the melody of this song remain a comforting tune which reminds them of the love of the God who watches over them and their mother's warmth and safe embrace. 

LULLABY, LULLABY

Lullaby, lullaby
Close your sleepy eyes
Lullaby, lullaby
Go to sleep, my child

I can tell all is well
Angels hover near
Jesus Christ Emmanuel
God is with us here

Mini Beach Ball


It was tough deciding which toy to keep as a souvenir, representing something which the children had all played with as toddlers. It has always been my policy to pass on things not needed anymore to someone else who would have a use for it, so most of the items that had entertained my kids since babyhood are no longer with me. Over the years, the kiddos had also destroyed countless toys. It's pretty hard to find something that lasted through all four of them. The rare ones which actually did survive are either too bulky to keep or part of a bigger whole. 

It was the recent swim date which made me take note of the tiny beach ball which came together with the first boat float I bought. That poor boat float didn't make it because it burst after the third kid came. The ball made it though. The children did not go swimming that often and so the yellow little thing did not have to suffer through too much wear and tear all these years. And thus, I finally found it: the one toy which all the children have played with. *applause*


Nordic Adventures


During the previous visit to Changi Airport, we were caught off-guard by all the new regulations pertaining to the slides and the terms and conditions regarding redemption using receipts. I didn't want to go to back there unprepared and tried to research online as much as I could before planning the trip. Thanks to that, I could properly attire the older two who were old enough to enter the Snow Fun House by themselves and planned alternative activities for the younger two while the older ones were at play. Since the slide had a minimum height requirement too, I invested in coins for Jaide and Joram, who were still not tall enough, to go on kiddy rides to their hearts' content. 

We went to Xin Wang Hong Kong cafe for lunch to clock the receipt for the first pair of tickets. We totally love the food there and wouldn't mind eating at the restaurant even without the need for hitting the minimum amount. And then off the dynamic duo went into the "freezer" for some fun. Sadly, we didn't realise that hoods for the winter jackets were provided only upon request and the kids had painfully cold ears when they came out. 

Our second attempt at clocking the amount was not as pleasant. We tried Manhattan Fish Market for the first time and it was a disaster. The salad was drowned in dressing which made everything terribly sour, the fries were soggy and the volcano sauce had so much pineapples in it and was hardly spicy, much to our disappointment. "Volcano" was definitely a misnomer. They should have called it pineapple sauce. *faints* What's more, despite having "fish market" in their name which would imply good fish dishes, the salmon and black cod were nothing to rave about. 

After the dinner fiasco, we headed down for round two of snowy fun. This time, we were prepared and properly suited up and the older kids had loads of fun inside doing what they discovered they liked most: the ice slide. 



Ouch!

Better prepared
for round 2

Alternative entertainment
for the little ones

Daddy-powered
joy ride!!!

Their frosted spectacles after coming out
Lego playing afterwards

In spite of my research efforts, I somehow still managed to miss the fact that the canopy playground at T1 was no longer around and was replaced with a pale version of itself. Thankfully, the viewing of real life planes up close fascinated Joram for a long time and the older three went crazy making paper aeroplanes out of the paper originally provided for the wood block rubbing station and they played in the large empty space for more than an hour.


Because none of the kids qualified for the tall slide, Joshua and I tried it ourselves using the smaller receipts. We took turns to go down it while the kids watched us from the sidelines and via the TV. It was pretty cool. Too bad, no pictures were taken. 

Before we headed home, I made an impulsive decision for us to have desserts for supper at the famous Hello Kitty Orchid Garden. We never let the kids eat beyond dinner-time, let alone something full of sugar. But hey, Mummy can afford to go crazy once in a while, right? Plus, I'm sure the kids would remember this special sweet treat for a very long time to come. :P 

The meal was so 'atas' and expensive that we could redeem yet another ticket for the snow fun house. It was too late for us to go again but we could benefit another CG family who intends to go down to Changi Airport sometime soon. 


Lychee rose cake
Affogato aka expresso float
Hot chocolate &
vanilla gelato
Flower pot

Both kid no. 2 and kid no. 4 ordered banana split!