Art and Craft

Art and craft has never been one of my strengths. On the other hand, I have always struggled with it and really admire people who can draw effortlessly and create all sorts of creative craft pieces. However, when you have kids, art and craft is unavoidable as this seems to be one of the key ways they learn. In Children’s Church, many of the lessons include craft work too. Thankfully, now with the internet, a lot of ideas can be googled.

In the past few months, Daniel seems to have developed quite an interest for art and craft activities. This could have been delayed possibly due to my lack of interest in art and craft and have never developed him much in this area. But recently, Daniel has been doodling and drawing a lot. We started sending him for simple art lessons at the CC so that he can develop his interest in art. So he has been exploring with paint, markers, crayons etc. Interestingly, he likes drawing with a ruler for some reason. I also gave him a sketchbook to draw in so that he would not be drawing on bits and pieces of paper.

Besides drawing, he also had this origami craze the last few weeks. He could spend hours just folding paper stuff. He can even follow the instructions and attempt on his own for some of the simple origami.

Last week, I bought a box of beads from Ikea for him to do fusion bead craft. So happened that he was down with high fever this week and could not go to school and this has been keeping him busy at home!

I really do so enjoy seeing him find something that he loves to do. And I am also learning to enjoy doing  them. I must say they can be a lot of fun and helps to develop creativity and a range of interests. Craft can aid in learning as well. So now, I am on a look out for more craft activities for kids to enjoy!

 

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Cycling!

Cycling is our latest family hobby. At the end of last year, Daniel learnt to cycle on his own 2 wheeler bike. At the same time, we decided to invest in foldies. Thought it would be a fun way to keep fit too. It has been about 5 months since we have gotten the bikes. So far, we have gone on less cycling trips than we would have loved too. Life can get busy and weekends are so precious. Weekends are usually taken up by church, ministry, Daniel’s art lesson, getting Daniel to do some learning activities/practise his piano, catching up with chores, meeting up with friends for a meal, family celebrations…..and if there is nothing on that weekend, we do try to bring the kids out for some kind of outing – one of which could be cycling ๐Ÿ™‚

Daniel is really riding quite well now and is able to keep up with us mostly. Am so proud of him! He learnt how to cycle quite quickly ๐Ÿ™‚ So Daniel will ride his own bike. Ivan takes Ezra with him on the childseat on his bike. I tried but not skillful enough, cannot ride with a baby!

So far, we have not been to many places. Sometimes, we go to Changi beach and my sister, Adora joins us. She is our main cycling kaki! Once, we also joined the kids’ godpa and godma, and our dear friends Jian Quan and Angeline for their regular Sunday cycling/walking exercise at East Coast.

However, it can be quite tiring and time-consuming loading up 3 bikes and kids onto car and drive out somewhere to cycle. So sometimes, it is easier to just cycle around our neighbourhood. However, during weekends, even though our Tampines is bicycle town, it can get quite crowded and we have to navigate through a lot of pedestrians who share the pavements/path too. Our latest trip, with my sister was cycling to Bedok Reservoir from our home. We made it to Bedok Reservoir, but had to turn back as we started off a bit too late and it was getting dark and approaching dinner.

Hope to be able to explore more places on our bikes! One of the places I hope to go is Coney Island!

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Daniel’s reward after working hard at learning to cycle!


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The kids looking adorable in their cycling gear!

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Managed to cycle from Fort Rd all the way to Gardens by the Bay!


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Belated post on Vietnam trip

December 2015: Vietnam – Hanoi – Halong Bay

Horrors! Realised that my last post was 9 months ago! Does time really pass that quickly. Certainly time seems to fly by when you are busy. Life with 2 kids has been quite crazy hectic! This blog is almost being abandoned. But I am determined to keep it going nonetheless …..at the very least, to chronicle precious memories.

Will start the backlog of posts with this belated post of the trip to Hanoi with our cell group last Dec.

It was our first time travelling together with our cell group (apart from church camps!) To be frank, I half regretted the trip on my first day in Hanoi. The traffic on the streets were frightening and there seemed to be no order whatsoever. I wondered if it was the right decision to come here with a baby and 5 year old in tow. After a while, we learnt how to navigate through the traffic. One tour guide said to us, in Vietnam, when you want to cross the road, just close your eyes and walk! And I realised it was quite true in some ways! There is some system in the chaos and somehow, there are hardly any accidents. By the second day, I was more or less used to the traffic and starting to take in the sights of the city of Hanoi.

I have always wanted to visit Vietnam since my university days when I did my honours thesis on Vietnam. Finally I am here! The people are really warm and nice. We stayed in Hotel Legacy and the staff were really warm, hospitable and helpful.

I was really surprised at how many shops there were in the city. It really is a good place for shopping! There are streets lined with shops and different streets sell different merchandise. The street our hotel was on had a lot of shops selling silver. Unfortunately, with 2 kids in tow, I found it difficult to shop on top of having to navigate the traffic with stroller and baby. One of my cell members who loved shopping was raving about the fashionable clothes that were in the shops in Hanoi! I did mainly ‘window shopping’. It wasn’t until the last day that I realised I was running out of time to shop. As such, we really did not buy much on this trip. Had barely enough souvenirs to bring back for family and friends and had to buy some from the airport …..which was more expensive for the same product than at the street shops.

Despite some of us (including me) coming down with a sore throat and flu, it was really a great trip. Enjoyed travelling with my cell family. We managed to spend some precious time together worshipping and praying. They were a great help to us in helping with the kids wherever possible. One of my cell members always held on to Daniel’s hand while we were walking on the streets of Hanoi.

One of the highlights of our trip has to be the Halong Bay cruise. We spent 2 days, 1 night on the cruise, saw the renowned beautiful Halong Bay and also explored a cave.

Food was good too. We ate well! Some of our meals include Vietnamese food, French fine dining and Western. A pity we didn’t managed to eat a good bowl of Pho, other than those at the hotel breakfast spread and on the cruise.

All in, a really great trip and wonderful first taste of Vietnam!

 

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Arriving safely in Hanoi

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Our first meal at an atas Vietnamese restaurant overlooking the lake. 


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Western Australia Trip 2015 – Day 4

Today we head down to Denmark which is just about 45 min away. Spent the morning exploring Albany. King George Sound

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Anzac War memorial park This was really cool. We got to explore the gun placements, battery and some of the war machinery and defences that were built during the first world war. It was a highlight for me …… military history lesson comes alive!

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Western Australia Trip 2015 – Day 2

Fremantle – Albany

Our first morning in Perth. We awoke in our lovely hotel – The Rydges.

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Had yummy breakfast before spending a leisurely morning at Fremantle market again! This time round we bought some souvenirs to bring back to Singapore.

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Had breakfast at this cafe

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These pancakes are really good!

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We bought a lot of soap to bring back as souvenirs. There were so many flavours! They really smell and look so yummy. I was also checking out a diy nail art kit at the market.

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We headed for a must have Fish and Chips lunch before we set off for a 4 hr drive to Albany.

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Finally hit Albany at about 7pm and checked into our apartment.

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Western Australia Trip 2015 – Day 1

Decided that I must quickly blog about our Perth trip so that I can remember it …..the memories are getting less vivid with each passing day. All in it was a fantastic trip. God is good. The trip surpassed my expectations in many ways and there were many highlights. I think this has to be one of the most enjoyed overseas trip I have made. Great location and sites, great company and great food! It never fails to amaze me how beautiful Australia is. The country is really so blessed by natural beauty. It remains my all time favourite holiday destination ๐Ÿ™‚

Singapore – Perth

It was our first time traveling with a six month old babe in tow! Felt like a very long 5 hr plane ride! The baby only took 3 half hr naps during the plane ride. He cried here and there. But overall it wasn’t too bad. We survived!! Ivan gave baby Ezra 7/10 marks for his first flight!

After getting our prepaid SIM card and collecting the rental car, we headed for Fremantle to spend the night there. By the time we reached it was 5 plus and the sky was getting dark. So for the first night, we just took our time to check out the hotel, settle down and went to Fremantle market for dinner and shopping. We had dinner at Jus Burger. The burgers and fries were simply awesome!

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In his bassinet ๐Ÿ™‚

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Tinkering on a colourful piano at Fremantle market

Tinkering on a colourful piano at Fremantle market

Adventure Cove July 2014

Spent a lovely Saturday at Adventure Cove together with the Chous and the Lings, an outing that we had planned for earlier in the year.

It’s really nice to gather with other families. We don’t have many good friends with family and such outings don’t come by often. ย The kids had fun together and the parents too. Daniel loves it and is really happy when he has friends to play with!

Although I was not able to try many of the water activities and slides, I had fun bobbing around the adventure river in my life jacket. The wave pool was pretty fun too. The only gripe was that being a Saturday, it was super super crowded. There were people everywhere and long queues for the slides.

The weather was really great. God is really good. It started to rain shortly after we arrived, but it lasted only for a while and for the rest of the day, we had really fine weather – it did not rain and it was not too hot either.

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