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Commemorative notes

Z thought that the notes looked so lovely.

I told him that I would safekeep and give it to him when he got married. It was for him to keep till SG100.

He did the math and realized that he would be 56 when that happened.

“I would be so old!!!”  
I know right… Even I found it hard to envision myself at 56, let alone this K2 boy.

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Singapore Story at Gardens By the Bay

A week after the jubilee weekend, we headed down to Gardens By the Bay. We really put our annual pass to good use. It had only been 8 months but we clocked at least 8 visits to the Flower Dome, 3 visits to Cloud Forest Dome and 2 visits to OCBC Skywalk. Considering that we paid $34, we milked the pass for its worth. 

The Singapore Story exhibition was beautiful. The orchids were blooming, the white orchids were as white as fresh snow and the pale pink ones looked like cotton candy. The exhibits and stories were meaningful for Z to learn too.

Z was in a great mood and was the agreeable model for the entire morning. X was grouchy but we could hardly blame him as we got him 2 vaccination jabs prior to going to the gardens!

This was Sang Nila Utama   

Coolie in action  

How an old Hawker Centre looked like  

Rickshaw
  

More coolies at work  

Just us 4
  

Quirky stamp exhibits but so beautiful!  

Kacang putih man
  

Kusu island stamp  

Radin Mas stamp
  

Such a cute enclave   

Lego at Cloud Forest Dome
  

Misty lost world  

Up the skywalk we went after lunch at Peach Garden
 

X fell asleep while we packed Z off for an art trial class. It was rather interesting and we had to bring him down for his rollerblading class 5-630pm. It was a new evening time slot that we tried. The class was more crowded than the usual class we went.

It was a slow drive to dinner from blading class.

By the time we hit home, it was 9pm and boy… Was it tiring man!

Aftermath of the Jubilee weekend

It was nearly a week long of celebration for us. Thinking back, every weekend was a mini celebration in our own way because we always made an effort to bring the kids to the parks, places of interest and seasonal exhibitions. We did not wait till the jubilee weekend to go to places such as Gardens By the Bay, Botanic Gardens, Sentosa Cable Car or the Zoo. They were regular features in our lives. It was a poignant reminder to appreciate the peace, the beauty and the experiences our country gave us. It was also reflective that the jubilee celebrations did not cease with the end of the jubilee weekend but we could continue to enjoy the joys of the city-state country even after the parties were over.

Having travelled with the frequently with the kids and always scheduling visits to their parks and playgrounds made me realize that Singapore boasted of equally exciting and fun areas of interest. It had struck me that we always took what we had in our “backyard” for granted. 

We had brought Z to Sea Aquariums in Bangkok & Melbourne but never brought him to the ones on Sentosa.

We had brought Z to Disneyland a few times in Paris and Hongkong, Legoland in Windsor and Johor, Thomasland in UK but only took him to Universal Studio Singapore once.

We brought Z to Hyde Park in the middle of a hectic traveling schedule but seldom visited Botanic Gardens.

Someone told me that we had world class floral display at Gardens by the Bay but we had never been there.

Since this realization hit eons ago, I grew to appreciate what we had in Singapore and we had created many beautiful memories with our children at these places. 

This jubilee was a milestone in Singapore’s history and would forever be part of our past. The jubilee celebrations had been a grand dame of celebrations. There were beautiful reminisces of the past, there were free entry to many attractions, there were many parties, carnivals and exhibitions. 

Today’s Singapore, at its 50th, was an awesome place to live in. We might be small but we had nearly everything at our fingertips. All these were made possible because of our forefathers. 

Every beautiful facade was a result of someone’s hard work. 

Looking at the outstanding jubilee celebrations, we had many unsung heroes to thank for making everything run like clockwork. These were people with family and friends who had hoped for them to spend the National Day celebrations with. Yet, they spent the 4 days working tirelessly and faced tens or hundreds of thousands of people. 

We had what we could have because some people had to sacrifice to perfect the occasion. I felt very touched by the generosity of time and effort contributed by these unsung heroes. 

We had much to appreciate around us, to thank, to feel blessed about and hoped that Singaporeans would become happier, more gracious, contented & selfless with time to come. We would not take our blessings, peace and prosperity for granted, and to continue to work hard for Singapore to become a more prosperous and harmonious country.

In 50 years’ time, I hoped our children would be able to witness and celebrate SG100. Maybe Mr H and I would live to see too. 

Jubilee weekend – day 4

We had the corporate passes for the weekend and off to the Zoo we went, despite hearing horror stories of the crowds and parking woes. We reached the Zoo’s carpark at 815am. There was nary a car in sight and we had one of the better parking lots. 

The zoo opened at 830am and off we went searching for the newest exhibit, the koalas!  

There was a koala photo wall 
  

As usual, the koala bears were sleeping but they were pretty near to us. 

It was such a chirpy morning that even the white tiger was prancing around.

The polar bear was swimming rounds and rounds in the pool    

We squeezed in a selfie because Z reminded us to  

We caught the 1030am performance which tickled Z to no end  

Followed by the 1130am Elephant show where one of them had to pull the flag up   

At the reptiles’ section  

We went off for lunch at HV2’s Osteria where the food was awesome, especially the iced chocolate  

The boys and their toddler friend scooted and ran for hours at HV2 before we called it a day. I was pretty sure Z & X would concuss in the car.

They surprised me by being awake and was raring to go down to the pool
  

We rounded off the day with dinner at Toa Payoh and a visit to this much talked about “dragon” playground.

Answering Z’s question on what a dragon playground was with a site visit   

Up the slippery dragon bones
 

Z & X concurred that it had been a scary walk (despite walking a few times on their own accord). That made our generation a pretty gutsy one then. 😏

So there, we concluded the jubilee weekend with a meaningful visit to the playground from yesteryear.

Jubilee weekend – The Day

Despite turning in at almost 5am, I woke up to the siren at 9am to watch the proclamation. Mr H headed down to play tennis with our neighbour so the boys and I spent a lazy morning together. It was so lazy that the boys only managed to scoot before we headed off for lunch with our neighbors at Gyu Kaku.

After lunch, Z commented that it was such a boring day because we did not go anywhere special.

We ended up at Botanic Garden as we wanted to avoid crowded but festive places. I thought of Tanjong Pagar Railway but having been there for an Hermes exhibition previously, he commented that it was a place where he could everything in one sweeping glance. 

We parked near Healing Gardens so it was quite a hike to Symphony Lake and the carnival.

  

The carnival 
  

Origami for kids   

Extended part of carnival 
    
    

We headed back home for National Day Party with the neighbors.

The boys finally got to the pool
    

All changed for the nation’s birthday 
  

We caught the fireworks from our neighbors’ balcony. 

Awesome #sg50 celebration with kampung spirit in today’s concrete block, a very apt way of reminding us the essence of Home.

Jubilee weekend Day 2

We were a tad disorientated from the previous day. It was so hectic and we had gotten home at 11pm. The kids were beat but X still woke up early. 

Morning scribbles  

Z only crawled out of bed at 10am. We spent a lazy morning witn slow breakfast and watching old movies. We only got out for a lunch date at my friend’s place. The boys had a glorious time playing in the pool for nearly 3 hours alongside with lunch.

Thrilled with the slide 
  

Yummy food  

Healthy grill
  

Post lunch, we picked up my #sg50 macarons. We were supposed to go Gardens By the bay east for Z’s rollerblading class but we were concerned about the possible crowd. Hence, we decided to skip the class and let Z practiced at home.

Z’s practice which lasted a mere 15min which turned into a play date   

We had a dinner date with friends and they brought their kids over to play while the daddies watched Man U’s first game of the season. We succeeded in getting the kids to sleep at 10pm so that I could join my friends for Mambo Jambo at Zouk! 

Woo hoo… My first mambo was almost half my lifetime ago!
  

With friends who wanted to relive the nostalgia   

It was so crowded that we waited very long for these babies
  

We partied till 4am and finally had to head home, despite the awesome Mambo music at the end. I could not speak the same for the techno Titanic song though.

What I thought was hilarious were the number of ‘Merlions’ spotted.

Very apt comic! 

Jubilee weekend Day 1

There were so many activities planned for the jubilee weekend that we were spoilt for choices on what to do. After assessing the weather and various options, we decided to go to ArtScience museum.

We reached Marina Bay Sands (MBS) for breakfast. My plans for breakfast at Toast Box went out of the window when I saw the long queue. We settled for breakfast at MBS food court which was quite crowded too. There was a charity walk which explained the crowd. We had expensive but delicious bowls of Yong Tau Foo. The ArtScience Muesum was supposed to open at 10am. Imagine my shock when I saw a long queue!

Boys in high spirits, waving their flags  

They even met Sharity elephant  

It was a sunny wait after watching the ComChest concert. We took photos while Mr H queued.  

With the beautiful Singapore skyline
  

We gave up our queue spot to a friend eventually because of the Black Knights’ aerial performance at 12pm. We made our way up to Ce La Vi. Unfortunately, there was a drizzle and the outdoor seating was closed! The restaurant staff diverted us to the hotel’s club lounge to see the performance as their indoor tables were fully reserved too.

The gloomy skies   

The excited boy, who felt the apprehension of the rain too!
  

We managed to watch what we could but the heavy rain reduced the visibility to the point that we could no longer see the jets. By 1230, we left MBS and headed to City Square’s Paradise Inn for lunch. 

We had booked 330pm slot for Forest Adventure but the heavy downpour trailed us to Bedok.  

We had to change our plans and popped over to Downtown East to watch Fantastic Four. We chatted about the days when organizing and attending chalets were fun and cool. Anyone remembered UDMC?
  

Post movie, we wanted to bring the kids for bowling but it was so packed that we ended up playing table soccer with the kids at the arcade. 

Since we were in the Loyang area, Mr H took us for a spin in the car to see his old camp and workplace.  

We also drove past Changi Village and were amazed by the Aloha Changi resort. It did not seem too long ago when all my company retreats were at Aloha resorts or the times when we had to ‘audit’ the resorts too.

It was a walk down our own memory lanes.