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.

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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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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