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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Tsum Tsum Mid-Autumn

After last year's bad experience with the crazy heat and crowd, I thought that a lantern display on top of an air-conditioned mall would be better. I was wrong. There were impossibly long queues for every single installation. In fact, in order to even walk through the "Tunnel of love", we had to stand in line from when the sky was still bright till after sunset. My older boy even refused to go for a second round of waiting to take a picture sitting in the Cinderella carriage. 

I guess Singapore is seriously getting overcrowded. Any special events will be met with crushing swarms of people. *sweat*

At least, the mooncake tea break at Earle Swensen's was a success. My eldest was so thrilled with the passionfruit flavour that he asked to buy another one just for himself! I specially bought Haagen Daz's Harmony Mochi for my older daughter, thinking that it will be less allergenic but her skin did not take too well to it. Thankfully, she thoroughly enjoyed them so I guess the itch was well worth it. *wink*

My eldest was most grouchy to have to wait
soooo long to simply view some decorations

Big brother chose to hide in the aircon mall instead

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Laser Quest

Quite a few times, I'd noticed the advert for Laser Quest but I've always thought that our kids were too young for it. I happened to meet up with a friend for lunch at HomeTeamNS a few months ago and I realised that it's about time we try it out. Even though Joram is not yet 7 (the min age to play), they agreed to let him use the gun provided an adult (a.k.a. his Daddy) carry the pack for him. And thus, together with some CG friends, we experienced the shooting game for the very first time. It was great fun despite minor accidents with the girls and some non-compliance from the older boys. 

Here's the score board:

Since we were already there, I decided to also let the children enjoy 2 hours of playing at the indoor playground T-Play. I normally don't like to spend so much money since there are four of them to pay for but they had so much energy to expend and I really needed some time to rest and recuperate while they were occupied in a safe and contained environment. I'm really getting old... LOL

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Serving as a family

Today, our church celebrates its 40th anniversary. Since there was no children's service available unlike previous years, we could serve together as a family. Joram is still too young to be included but he is at least independent enough to occupy himself adequately while looting through the goodie bag given to all the children. 

It was a great training experience for the older three to serve our larger community of brothers and sisters with our beloved CG mates. We donned on our covenant tees with black bottoms and helped with ushering and distributing the elements for communion. My eldest boy aided in counting the people occupying our block while the girls took the trash bags and collected the disposable wrappers after everybody was done with consuming the biscuit and juice in remembrance of our Lord Jesus. 

We look forward to many more opportunities to serve with our children as they grow older and more independent. My wish is that one day, perhaps, we'll serve in the same ministry as any of them if their calling so coincide with mine or Joshua's. *wistful*

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Answered Prayer

At beginning of the year, I shared the long story about my hormonal imbalance issue. Thanks to all those who prayed for me, we finally found something that helps with the symptoms. All these years, many concerned family and friends have suggested different supplements to try. I would typically consume a recommended product for at least 3 months before moving on to the next one when it showed no effect. 

A couple of months ago, Joshua bought this brand of pills for me and there was discernible improvement within 2 weeks. My ovulation pain was almost gone; the mood swings significantly reduced in frequency and intensity. It became clear that this particular formulation is what works because there were times when it ran out and I needed to take another brand as a stop gap measure before the next batch arrived, the symptoms came back. 

I am very grateful that I don't need to suffer extended period of pain anymore, which can be very draining. Quite a few people have commented that I look much more energetic than before. I still tire easily, though, but I suppose it is just part and parcel of aging. Praise be to God for the answered prayer!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Green Bus

Joram's school is focusing on the theme of recycling and requested us parents to create something with the student using recycled materials. Joram wanted a green bus, so here it is! He couldn't wait to play with it after doing his show and tell in school. Hahaha...

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Airshow cum Kite-flying

We braved the immense crowd and sweltering heat to watch the RSAF 50th anniversary airshow at the Marina Barrage. It was quite an experience watching the planes and helicopters live. However, the children would have been far more excited about it if not for the hot and humid weather. Thank God we managed to squeeze under the limited shade near the lift lobby while waiting nearly an hour for the show to start. 

Finale heart-shape condensation trail

After the show, we proceeded to fly the Captain America kite which we got FOC from somewhere quite a long time ago. The children took turns to try their hands at flying it after I got it up into the air. We did not stay long afterwards because we were beginning to suffer from heat exhaustion and sunburn. Our horrid climate is one of the worst things about living in Singapore. Sigh.

Friday, August 10, 2018

National Day 2018

This is the first time I gave in to the children's request to buy National Day tees. I've always thought that it is quite a waste to buy something that you can only wear once a year and they outgrew their clothes so quickly when they were younger. For every year's celebration in school, I simply dressed them up in whatever random red top they happened to own at the time. Look at how happy they are to wear their new shirts!

3 years ago, we brought the kids to the Jurong East Swimming Complex for our annual National Day water fun. Back then, they were still too young to enjoy the wave pool, lazy river and the water slides. We spent all our time at the kiddy water playground and I managed to get Joram to overcome his fear of water at the small mushroom toddler wading pool. 

We revisited the place this year. I decided to fully experience the place with the children so there are no photos since I did not bring out my camera. Sadly, the children's water playground was no longer around and was replaced by a shallow pool with balls and nets for games which were still plenty fun for them. We also spent some time relaxing at the wave pool using the giant floats. The older two could appreciate the lazy river with me and my eldest even braved the water slides. He did not try the tallest slide though. Next time perhaps. *wink* My elder girl also wanted to learn how to use the kick-board like her older brother so I took half an hour giving her pointers.

After a full 4 hours of great splashing time, we left for home to wash up. I am so happy that there is finally a company (Honest Bee) which can deliver food from our favourite restaurant Mos Burger now. We could savour the rice burgers we love so much in the comforts of our home for lunch. Dinner, as per our tradition, was pizza eaten while watching the National Day Parade. Joram was so excited to, once again, see from our balcony the aircrafts flying by and the fireworks in a distance!

We ended the day with a prayer for our beloved nation and it was nighty-night for everyone.