Monthly Archives: January 2015

Our epic day out on Christmas Day

Despite going to bed really late the night before, everyone was bright and chirpily awake by 9am. We had yet to decide on what to eat for breakfast and which present to open first when Mr H proposed to catch a movie in the morning.

It sounded like a good idea so we hastily washed up and got to Shaw Lido cinema to buy movie tickets to “Night at the Museum”. The show was at 1050am so we had a leisure breakfast at McDonalds but we were also disappointed to find out that they did not serve breakfast options at that branch!

Happy eaters nonetheless

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The movie went relatively well but some scenes scared X. He also got restless towards the last ten minutes which was really good by usual standard.

It was Christmas Day so there were a lot of people in town. We took the chance to take photos with the festive decor.

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We also chanced upon free magnum ice cream giveaway outside Ion, how awesome!

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We took the kids to lunch at TCC, then let them hung out on the Orchard road itself.

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We headed over to Gardens By the Bay for the Yuletide festive decor. I also got annual passes for the 3 of us. Thanks to the promotion and a kind lady, we managed to get these at 50% off!

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Guess we would be checking out the gardens more regularly in future!

Inside the flower dome

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It was very crowded in both conservatories. We had wanted to try the Skywalk but the queue was so long that we decided to do it on other days.

It was Z’s actual birthday after all. We headed to Tunglok Seafood restaurant at Orchard Centeal for dinner with the family.

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Another cake for the blessed boy

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That summed up the very long, happy and merry day.

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Christmas Eve #postdated

Though all my posts were written eons ago, time specific events such as Christmas made me feel compelled to reiterate how post dated it was. I would not like people to think that I was looking forward to Christmas in January.

We planned a gathering at my place.

I suggested to prepare dinner for the kids so that they would dine and be done before the adults took the dinner.

I cooked rice and herbal chicken soup. When my girlfriends came over, they pitched in and we made our first ever fish shepherd pie! It was based on this recipe.

When the pie was in the oven, we prepared the rest. There was baked mushrooms with mentaiko dressing with mozzarella cheese, baked tomatoes with herbs and mayonnaise, sautéed green, pan seared scallops and steak.

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It was a lovely evening with good food, good wine, good sweets and good company.

Photobooth props

This was such a belated post but I thought Mr H made such a fantastic set of photobooth props that it deserved an entry of its own. I searched and found the artwork online. I printed it and collected cardboards to paste the print-outs on.

Mr H did the die-cutting work which was very challenging but he did it so beautifully. We definitely planned to keep these photobooth props for X’s future use.

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X’s first excursion

It was X’s first excursion at 23 months’ old. I thought I should tag along, just as what I had done for Z during his time. It was meant to be a visit to the water playground at Gardens by the Bay but the bad weather rendered it impossible.

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They also watched the rain… and this was X’s favourite part of the trip/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2014/12/img_9639.jpg

He roamed about a bit more…

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Then it was time to return to school.

One interesting thing about this excursion was that many tourists tried to take pictures of the kids and the teachers had to continually ask them not to take.

But well, it was a really boring class excursion. I wished they had picked somewhere more interesting in the event of bad weather too.

A day at work

In late December, there was a Fun & Learn day at work. Children were welcomed to join from 5pm onwards. However, it would have been too challenging to pick Z up and bring him to office in the evening. Hence, he reported for work at the same time as me.

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He got rather restless after a while and started chatting my colleagues up while I worked.

 

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There were additional seats left for the Terrarium class and thus, we joined in!/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2014/12/img_9598.jpg

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One of my colleagues who helped Z to clean the sides of his terrarium/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2014/12/img_9612.jpg

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Christmas Market, Gardens By the Bay

 

After Z’s birthday party, we had a lot of food left and my ingenious neighbour got his helper to transform some of the food to turn it into dinner. He hosted us for dinner at his place after we were done with the packing up. During dinner, we talked about the Christmas Market and presto… some of us decided to head down to take a look.

It was 915pm when we reached. The carpark was full, so we ended up parking at “Satay By the Bay” which was less packed than the main carpark.

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We checked out the stalls but it did not seem particularly interesting, so once we were done with the walk (which was almost 11pm), we headed home. The kids were dead beat by then.

Z’s 5th Birthday Party #DressedToRescueGothamCity #postdated

More than a month ago, we celebrated Z’s 5th birthday at home. I had thought that when we opted to celebrate at home, it would be on a smaller and more intimate scale (Read about Z’s past 4 birthday parties here). The more we worked on the theme ‘Batman’, the more enthused everyone got and this had been the amount of DIY work done too.

First of all, the amount of stress for doing the party at home was immense due to the weather. We had scheduled the party to be from 11am to 1pm but it clashed with his school’s Meet-the-Parents’ sessions. As such, we had to put it from 3-5pm. Imagine how much envy I had when I looked up at the clear skies in the morning, and the amount of panic I had every time I refreshed the NEA website. It actually predicted that there would be rain in our neighbouring zones except for the little patch over our sky till 4pm. Thereafter, I was too busy and you know what… it really poured at 430pm!

When I conceptualised the party, it was meant for the 5-year olds. It was deigned to be an outdoor party, with remote car games, treasure hunt and swimming. Thankfully I had contingency plans in the form of a Magic show and balloon sculpting.

We were also thankful that the kids and their parents were very good sports. Though the rain kept everyone confined to the tiny sheltered function space, the Magic show, the cake cutting, the photobooth and the goodie bags kept them occupied till it was time to go off. It was only then the thunderstorm tapered off and ended.

Z was in very good spirits for the entire party and not even the rain could get him down. He was so happy and truly, the joy and excitement on his face rendered every effort and expense worthwhile. All the little party guests seemed to enjoy the theme of the party and half of them dressed up in really cool superheroes’ outfits.

While it was tedious to put the party together and to stress over the weather, Z’s classmate’s mother told me to enjoy every kiddy party we got to organise because it would not be long before they found it uncool for us to plan parties for them. Before I knew it, he would be wanting to celebrate with his friends only. That was very true, so all the more I should blog to record about all his birthday parties so that I could tell Z about it when he grew up.

Most guests were on time and arrived at 3-ish. Z was running around with his friends and I could barely get his attention to take a few, simple photos. Thankfully I had engaged a photographer who tagged after the boy instead. Before I knew it, some kids jumped into the pool or was simply soaking in it. It took a while to regroup the kids, get them to play simple games and watch the Magic Show. Of course, the rain came at 430pm just as the Magic Show was underway. We sang Z a birthday song and I improvised the Treasure Hunt to a trivia quiz where the children had to solve the combination code to a luggage which contained the goodie bags. The biggest prize for them? The water gun!

Enough of the rambling, here were some pictures from my phone.

The boys, decked out in their Batman swimwear. We picked these up during our holiday in Australia. How timely!/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2014/12/img_9667.jpg

The customise macarons from Joy’s Baking/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2014/12/img_9675.jpg

Our supercool Airwalker, inflated at $7 from the party shop in Centrepoint/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2014/12/img_9672.jpg

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Z and my “decorations manager”, AKA my sister/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2014/12/img_9680.jpg

Z’s bestie challenging Batman himself/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2014/12/img_9682.jpg

The Magic Show, which was really well done (and ignore the clock on the wall)/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2014/12/img_9688.jpg

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The toddler who only enjoyed the party after all guests had left/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2014/12/img_9708.jpg

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Lastly, Happy 5th Birthday to our darling!

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Blessed by many gifts

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