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Pre-holiday weekend – Part 2

On Sunday, Z could barely crawled out of bed. Our cleaning auntie reached at 8am so Mr H and I had to be up early. In order to clear stocks in the fridge, I made ham, mushroom & cheese omelette for breakfast. My egg was too small and i did not add water so it was very hard to fold my omelette. My success rate was 1/3 for presentation. 

Mr H had also bought me a pizza float but I let the kids test run in the morning. X loved it.  

It looked like X was on patrol.
  

The kids played till the skies rained on them. After a home-cooked lunch, we headed out to the family hairdresser. We spent more than 2 hours there as I had to dye my hair.

After shopping errands for the trip & Xmas were completed, we took photos around the prettily decked out areas.  

We had a simple dinner before rushing off to USS for the evening programs. We were just in time!

The 713pm Christmas Lights show

  

The 720pm Fairytale remix performance 
The 740pm Sesame Street Xmas show  
 

Z even squeezed in a ride before we heading home on a drizzling night. 

Random fact of the day – I found out that X knew how & when to switch his Aircon on or off. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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 4

Date: 12 December 

Place: Centrepoint, Orchard Gateway, Orchard Central & USS

The recent heavy downpours and frequent rains had made it impossible to capture the festive moods around Singapore. This year, the retailers seemed to have invested heavily in the street decorations.

Outside Centrepoint   

“Ice sculpture” outside Orchard Gateway
  

Fancy Xmas lane and tree at Orchard Central  

Ballerina X
  

Inside OC  

Checking out OC’s little Xmas market   
Xmas at USS  
    
  

Tree of gifts at USS 

Epictober weekend – 1st half

I combined Epic and October in one word because it was truly so. We played from 930am to 10pm. By the time we got home, I was dozing at the supper table.

We started the day with Universal Studios! We were able to enter the park early because we had passes to the Breakfast with Elmo event. We were there to celebrate our niece’s birthday.

Party guests

Decor in the restaurant which really set the birthday mood

Cute pancakes which tasted good too

Cute desserts which might have been too heavy on the sugar

The birthday girl and her parents

Featuring our family with Elmo

Oscar which was really cute

Cookie monster and us

Bert & the kiddos

We went to play transformers ride with the express passes and caught the Sesame Street show together.

The boys also rode carousel with their cousin.

By 1230pm, it was too hot and we headed off to Orchard & Toa Payoh for school bag shopping before our second engagement for the day.

Fireworks at USSย 

We made an evening visit to USS. We caught the 530pm Waterworld, let the boys go on Flying Dino and Carousel but missed the 630pm Sesame show. Z & Mr H went on the Elmo’s Spaghetti Chase while X and I decided on the restaurant for dinner.

By the time we were done with dinner, it was almost time for fireworks. Z squeezed all the way to the front by himself and got himself a prime spot. My boy has inherited our kiasu-ness!

Smoky works  

The fireworks were spectacular but I did not manage to capture any good shots because X was scared and wailed his lungs out.

We walked over to catch the illumination at The Merlion.
    
    

It was a pretty cool projection and seemed to be part of the extended jubilee moment.

We ran a quick errand while the boys acted crazy in the trolley. It was a good thing they were in a controlled area.
 

USSS – Universal Studios Singapore (Sunday)

For a consecutive Sunday, we went to USS.

We had started the park in a clockwise direction from Far Far Away land the week earlier, so we started the park in an anti-clockwise direction this time round.

X was less upset with Z and Mr H sprinting away for the Transformer ride which still warranted a 10 minutes’ wait so early in the morning.

Checking out the vintage cars which he thought he could sit in, oops Baby!   
Taking the Accelerator Ride  

The riders’ screams beckoned so I waited for Mr H to takeover toddler-sitting so that I could go on Cyclone (read: first of many single riders to come)   

Treasure Hunting seriously
  

Jurassic Park opened at 11am and I never knew why till today. There was a funny introduction.  

Z and Mr H went on the Rapids Adventure while X and I took this 3 times!
  

Meet and Greet   
  

We took the Crate Adventure ride and X was less fearful of the ride than before. That was a definite improvement.

We caught the 1215pm Sesame Street show. The boys loved the show and we were happy making them happy. The gift of giving joy and lighting the kids’ faces up were undeniably priceless. X clapped and wriggled along.

By the time it ended, it was time for lunch and we popped over to Fish & Co. The boys were accustomed to short visits to USS. The serving size at Fish & Co was huge. It also offered the kids a good view of the Admiral Zheng He’s video.

After lunch, we went to SEA Aquarium.

Z asked to take photos along the way in   

  

We had wanted to check out the Typhoon Theatre which featured a 12-minute long video. Unfortunately, X fell asleep after all that excitement in the morning. 

A slow and leisure walk through the aquarium   

Z joked that these fishes were out on excursion while Mr H joked that it was little wonder Joseph Schooling swam so fast cos of “schooling”. ๐Ÿ˜
  

Z picked up his complimentary ice cream from the Seaside Shack, right next to the Dolphins. That would make him want to visit the aquarium regularly! He was so pleased with it except for the brain freeze.  

There was a mini exhibit on Sea Monsters. This was the Megaloden which was 30 times bigger than the great white shark!
  

At this juncture, X woke up from his nap. He had 5 minutes to look at the fishes before we went to Toast Box. I was shocked at the prices at Toast Box RWS. It was so expensive compared to the usual Toast Box. One cup of Teh was $2.50 instead of the usual $1.60.

We had to leave at 330pm to send Z to his swimming class. X launched into massive cries when he realized we were headed for the carpark. He cried and cried. It was a sure sign that he did not want to leave.

He was inconsolable and cried,”Fish fish… I want see fish.”

I asked if he was fine that Mr H and Z would leave while I brought him to the aquarium. He usually would protest against the idea of splitting up but he was for the idea today.

Definitely a sign that he was growing up and knew what he wanted very clearly.

X, back at the aquarium and enjoyed himself very much   

Colorful fishes which set him on many “woahs”

We swung back to USS to catch the 5pm Crusiers’ performance and the 515pm Sesame Streeet show (again)    

The pro who was still as excited about the “Elmo” show 
  

He was so pro that he proactively hugged Bert, Grover, Elmo and Cookie Monster. Even a toddler knew which character was the main star of the show.

On our way out, X spotted the mascot and took a picture 

So far USS Sundays were a great hit with the boys. 

Sunday treat at USS

With Z & X (to a limited extent) finally of age to play at USS, it made the investment in season pass pretty worthwhile.

X and I were morning folks. Mr H and Z were professional “theme park goers” because they knew the importance of getting to the park early! We were done with breakfast by 9am and Z stood in the members’ queue while I ran an errand and Mr H was still looking for parking.

Once in, Mr H and Z dashed for Z’s favorite ride – Puss in Boots. I took X for a leisure walk towards Treasure Hunter ride.

Along the way, the Dino fascinated him
  
This was X on his second round when Mr H and Z joined us 

Jurassic Park section was only opened at 11am. Hence, I took Z on the mini roller coaster which he was rather unwilling about. ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

We regrouped with Mr H and X for Shrek’s 4D encounter and the Magic Potions ride. Once we were done, we realized it was pouring. Thankfully, we had the rain cover for the stroller and a stash of raincoats. 

Z asked to go on the carousel. Both boys were happy with their selections.   

 
We then made our way for the 1145 Elmo show titled “When I grow up”. The show was very kids centric. It was my first time watching the show. Halfway through, many adults left. 
To be honest, I would never have watched it sans kids. Now that I had kids, it made perfect sense to watch this and it was very enjoyable. X loved it! Compared this to watching character performances in shopping malls, this was a lot more comfortable and enjoyable.  
 
The show lasted 20minutes and we broke for lunch at the cafe opposite the theatre. The boys were pleased with the free collectibles which came with their meals – bumblebee straws!   

X was too short for the Sesame Street ride so he had to sit it out. Once we were done with the ride, there was a 1.15pm street performance to catch.


Photo taking time     
Then we met Bumblebee – the boys were thrilled 

 

Z was befuddled with a moving bumblebee. I teased him lots about it. Here was them with the Bumblebee car:
   
We took X on the Accelerator ride. Whilst walking back to Jurassic Park, X fell asleep. We cleared the Flying Dino ride with Z. It was a 30min’s wait! ๐Ÿ˜“

After that, we took the boys for a haircut and Z for his swimming class. He swam butterfly strokes successfully for the first time this term. It was a very tiring lesson.

It was such a long day that we ordered pizza and watched movies at home, including Harry Potter.

Introducing my sons to the magical world of Harry Potter

They were distracted by pasta though ๐Ÿ˜ฑ  

That concluded the end of a very busy weekend and 1 out of 8 Harry Potter films to catch before this December.