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Pre-holiday weekend – Part 1

The pre-holiday weekend in Singapore was utter madness. There were so many things to do in Singapore during Christmas period but the rain was not helping. It almost made me feel sorry that we would be away from Singapore for so long! One thing for sure, we would miss the Star Wars opening weekend and there were a couple of movies such as The Good Dinosaur which we had not gotten to watching.

On Friday itself, Z had to skip his wushu class for his birthday dinner with the family. We also had an impromptu visit from our relatives in KL. By the time we were done with dinner and shopping at Daiso (we had to grab vacuum bags), we got home at 1030pm.

On Saturday, Mr H brought Z to soccer class. X went along too because I had facial appointment. They had lunch and we convened at Metro. We barely made our way past 313 when it started to drizzle and my plans for my Xmas moments’ phototaking at Ion were dashed. We went to the “Christmas Market” at OC, redeemed some vouchers and popped over to OG to buy woollen socks for the kids. No thanks to our late decision, we were unable to buy the ski accessories from a local website which was also undergoing some massive relocation and could not accommodate self-collection.

I shopped at Metro alone and picked up my skincare, a swim suit, a silk quilt (20%+20%) and silk-like quilt cover (60% off). 

Thereafter, we had to rush over to catch “The Future of us” exhibition.

 The wet walk in  
Getting in soon – the entrance was so near to the fairground of Xmas Wonderland that I thought we should have parked at Gardens by the Bay.

  

Entering exhibit soon
To ponder over what made Singapore Singaporean  
 
First video clip    

There was a second clip and we were shown this exhibit room. It showed endless possibilities of how we could use technology to create our future.

Checking out urban farming 

 

Z’s favorite section was the one showing how SCDF used technology to resolve a problem and how the soldiers secured a building.

“Dreams” in the air    

Casting a wish for his future 

Enjoying a swing     

The Future of Us – visited and checked!

I felt the exhibition was rather disappointing. Great concept but the experience was too short and abrupt.

In the evening, we attended a birthday party! 
  

The kids enjoyed running around while I enjoyed the live prata station.
Live station  

Z tried his first tissue prata
Then we rushed to USS for the Xmas show and fireworks! 
    
  

Extent of smoke from fireworks – so glad that they went ahead despite the rain
For Xmas, Mr H renewed our season passes so here was to more USS.  
  

I also realized we had more Xmas shows to catch!!! 

We definitely had to come back here before the holiday trip!

Xmas moments – Part 3

Date: 5 December 

Place: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay

We had started the day rather festive with the haul of balloons in the house. The Spidey balloons from Z’s school party were still floating well and I picked up the rest from an office party.   
I had the thought of visiting the Flower Dome for the longest time. I always loved all the photos we captured at their thematic seasons.

At the entrance  

Attempted a welfie  

X tried to be funny

My boys totally humored me  
More funny shots  

X insisted on a solo photo and pushed Z out of frame    

The toy tower

Little Ferris wheel     

With angels
  

We all wanted a big bear hug  

Funny snowmen

Speaking of snowmen, X saw my desktop wallpaper of Tateyama and said he wanted to build a snowman. 😄

Xmas moments – Part 2

Date: 30 November

Place: Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens By The Bay

We popped over after work and school. The Christmas Wonderland had commenced on 27th November and looked set to get popular as days went by. Despite the heavy shower in the afternoon, we still headed down.

A family welfie 
What was new to the Christmas Wonderland was the Fairground

Everything looked pretty but expensive

The much talked about slide but was suspended as it was wet. It cost 4 tokens and each token cost $2. 

Z was getting bored here because I declined all his requests citing that they were overpriced.

Forcing him to take picture with me

There was an ice skating rink and a snow playground which Z also wanted to try, but declined by me again. Oops.

Getting hungry and reluctant boys to pose was a challenge 
We settled down the the Harry’s Pop-up restaurant. The kids enjoyed the atmosphere as it was very festive.

There was snow foam which made the boys very happy and made me very worried about my bag.

We went up to the OCBC Skywalk. I queued for this while the boys watched a magic show.

Distant show from where I stood


Gorgeous view from above, we managed to catch the Rhapsody whilst on the skywalk too

X loved the view and gamely posed for most photos

That was us when it was still relatively earlier   

On our way out, we took photo with this pretty Xmas tree.

Miniature supertree!

Celebration of Chrysanthemum at Gardens By The Bay

The PSI dipped a little so I took the boys to Gardens By the Bay for the latest floral display. It was disappointing to have to skip the fireworks and checking out the lighted lanterns in the night.

The display was just as lovely in the day. The sight of these beautiful “lanterns” compensated for the lack of lantern play due to the haze.

We had to make do, rather than balked over missing out on the fun of Mid Autumn Festival.

The grand entrance    
    
  

Cute chrysanthemum blooms
I never knew chrysanthemum was a Greek word!  

X took over the camera and Z doubled up as his model. Was this a crystal ball of their future?    

To commemorate SG50 and the Year of Goat, there were 50 goat lanterns!
  

With his favorite   

A giraffe lantern

Ox lantern    

Dog lantern

Dog lantern  
Horse lantern   

More lanterns     
    
 

Tulipmania #fairytale

The theme was Tulipmania mixed with fairy tales and even featured traces of Easter eggs. Mr H asked me if Easter eggs had been part of fairy tales. Well!

It was a gorgeous setup. The tulip blooms were amazing to begin with, bundled with the fairytale theme, it was really fancy! The kids were tickled pink when we spotted Thumbelina’s display. My favorite was the Snow Queen’s display. 

Z & X loved taking photos so they were gamed for every photo.

At the entrance 

  

Just because they liked the yellow flowers  

The orchids were too pretty to skip too
  

I loved the tulips!
    With the ugly duckling where X insisted on being the one to put his arms over, so Z had to stoop low    Snow Queen and her magic    Hansel & Gretel were attracted to this candy home    I wished it was my carriage but at least I had 2 prince charmings    We ended the day with cycling around the gardens    The boys cycled for so long! 

Happy Lunar New Year

Because a picture says a thousand words, so more pictures say a million words.

From us to our dear friends – wishing everyone a bountiful, prosperous and Goat (Good) Year ahead!

祝花开富贵,心想事成,身体健康,年年有余,步步高升,三羊开泰!
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New Year Eve #postdated

I invited the boys to my office since I only had to work half day. My friend, who was working nearby, setup a playdate for our kids. It was an adventure for them to take the bus from Shenton Way to Suntec City. We went Polliwogs and boy, was it chaotic initially.

This was at almost 6pm when most kids had left and the boys had the entire bouncy castle to themselves./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0318.jpg

X was sliding independently but he somewhat still liked to hold hands for assurance./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0295.jpg

Playing and acting funny together/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0304.jpg

Too compelled to leave the ‘war zone’ and took his milk next to all the action/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0307.jpg

The boys played from 2-6pm. They should be very tired so I decided on dinner at Hoshino. I was surprised by the lack of queues.

Waiting for dinner/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0359.jpg

X threw a tantrum at dinner because he was sooooooo tired. Z was tired too. Both boys ended up snoozing at the restaurant but Z woke up in time for the Matcha Pancake Souffle. Since he was up and about, I asked if we should still head for Gardens by the Bay. I had thought to see the Yuletide exhibit by the night. We also wanted to try the OCBC Skywalk.

We were in time to catch the Musical Light Show. It was quite magical actually.

Our view while queuing for the Skywalk/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0336.jpg

Up on the Skywalk which was so windy!/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0369.jpg

View from the top – still could see the Christmas lights too/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0341.jpg

Z was quite scared along the Skywalk though he was the one who bugged us to bring him up. With the strong winds, I had to admit that even my knees felt weak at some point.

We popped over to the Flower Dome & the Cloud Forest Dome. /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0346.jpg

It was 10pm when we left Gardens by the Bay. New Year Eve simply meant we could play late, stay up late and wake up later the next day. Z did ask about the throngs of cars and people we saw in the opposite traffic and I explained that he was too young to go. Later on, when we watched TV, he asked about the countdown program.

He was very excited about turning a year older. I was reminded of how I used to look forward to turning older too.