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.  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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Fishing at Bedok Jetty

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It was a fun morning, going fishing with the cell family. For all of us, it was the first time fishing at Bedok jetty and only one of us had some fishing experience.

I borrowed fishing rods from my father which I had no idea how to assemble. Thankfully, there was at least one of us in the group who knew something about fishing and assembling rods! Not being early risers, we reached the jetty around 10am and the sun was already blazing hot! We found a spot and started assembling the fishing rods, which took quite a bit of time since only one of us knew how to do it. To avoid baking in the sun, I found an excuse to help everyone go get some drinks, together with Shane.

By the time we came back, all the rods were set up but no catch yet. One of us remarked that our target will be to catch a fish and then we can all pack up and go home.  It was no fun waiting and baking under the blazing sun! Then suddenly, Ivan caught a fish, and quite a good sized one. Everyone got excited and more motivated and hopeful.

We decided to change to another spot and there was a Malay lady beside us who was catching A LOT of fish. She kindly shared some tips with Ivan who quickly shared them with us.  As a result, within about an hour, all of us caught at least one fish, even Daniel, with Shane’s help! The weather was also much cooler. Our total catch was about 17 fishes, which we gave to the kind Malay lady beside us. We left for quickly to grab lunch as the weather looked threatening. Thankfully, we made it to the East Coast food village before it started pouring!

What an enjoyable morning! Think we will be back to fish more often as Daniel enjoyed it so much that he wants to fish again 🙂

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An interesting and meaningful National Day

KDF Outreach

On Fri, we were up early as we had to be at KDF Bishan by 830 for our outreach. We were all decked in red in the National Day Spirit. Spent a heartwarming morning reaching out to the patients and encouraging them. What a meaningful way to spend National Day. Was really blessed to be able to be a blessing to the community. Great too that we were able to participate in this as a cell group.

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Steph’s birthday celebration

After that, we proceeded for lunch at Bishan Park. Found this restaurant called ‘The Cornerstone’! We had tried making reservations at ‘Grub’ and ‘Garden Canopy’ but was not successful. Food was not too bad 🙂

After lunch, we went exploring around Bishan Park. It was my first time at Bishan Park and it was quite a lovely find in this part of the island which I hardly explore. It is quite a big park … we were only in Bishan Park 2. It was a pretty sight to behold … with the ponds, shrubs and river plains. Too bad Daniel wasn’t with us…. but he had his own exciting programme with grandparents  today – zoo and NDP!

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Movie date

Since Daniel had his own programme with grandparents, it was a great opportunity for Ivan and I to go on our own date. We wanted to catch the last few showings of Indespicable Me 2. Unfortunately, tickets were sold out. In the end, we watched Smurfs 2. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it. Thought that it was a nice movie with themes that I enjoyed – identity, family and the father figure. Ivan found it boring and said he almost fell asleep!

What a day! Nice to be toddler-free for a day 🙂

Happy Long Weekend – Kids Amaze

It was definitely a weekend that everyone was looking forward too and certainly a long-awaited break in the middle of a busy term for me.

On Thurs, we wanted to take Daniel to Jacob Ballas gardens, however, due to the wet weather, we settled for some indoor fun at Kids Amaze at Safra Toa Payoh. Spent a good 2 hours there with Daniel. It is a pretty big playground with lots of structures to climb and a cool ball area. The highlight of the ball area is definitely filling the basket hanging overhead ….and when it reaches a certain point, it will tip. All the kids will  then scream and scramble to lie in the ball pool to wait for the balls to fall and rain down on them.

Definitely an enjoyable place for kids. Daniel loved the place so much and didn’t want to leave. One of the nicer indoor playgrounds we have been too. I love the many structures, tunnels they have and the size of the playground. There’s lots to explore. I did lots of climbing myself, going up and down with Daniel. Daniel was sweet. He waited for me to slowly climb and offered me a hand from time to time 🙂

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SEA Aquarium

We visited SEA Aquarium last Sat. It was actually a belated birthday treat for Lee Lee. We had to postpone it in March as Daniel was sick. We finally managed to find another date we all could make it .

We spent the whole morning there. There was lots to see. I certainly did not expect to be able to spend such a long time there. Walking in, there was lots to see…..exhibits on life in various port cities.

Another thing which I did not expect was the crowd! There were lots of people and there was a long queue to go into the aquarium. Inside, there were people everywhere.

Nevertheless, it was quite an interesting visit. Loved the section displaying the shipwreck. Saw lots of different species of fish and sea creatures. Other memorable sights for me include the razor fish, starfish, jellyfish, octopus, reef sharks and sting rays. Was a pleasant outing with great company.

We finished viewing close to 2pm and headed to Chili’s for a late lunch. It was still packed, even at 2pm, and we waited a while for seats. But it was worth the wait cos the food was good!

Hope Lee Lee enjoyed her belated birthday treat as much as we did. My only complain is the throngs of crowds. But that is something I have to accept as part of living in Singapore it seems!

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5th Anniversary celebration

We had planned to celebrate our anniversary on the Vesak Day public holiday and to leave Daniel with either of our parents

As it turned out, Ivan’s parents were going for a short vacation to Hanoi and my parents had a lunch engagement. Thus, it looked like our anniversary celebration would have to include Daniel and it would be more like a family outing on this public holiday!

Anyway, my plans for the day were ruined due to the rain. I had planned to bring Daniel to see the horses at Pasir Ris stable and also for a swim at Pasir Ris Swimming Complex where there were pretty cool slides. Ivan suggested going to the Science Centre. I reluctantly agreed as I had no better plan. Since young, I have never been a fan of Science centre as I am no Science lover and the exhibits there never really excite me.

So we set off the Science centre which was far far away in the West. On the way, my mum whatsapped me to say they would be back mid afternoon and could help look after Daniel. Adora was also in and she could help watch him while he napped before they returned. We gladly decided to take up the proposal.

Science Centre was pretty enjoyable. I saw my favourite exhibition since young – the one with the chicks hatching. Yup – that’s the only exhibit that excites me since young. The others were interesting enough. There were some up to date information on the recent natural disasters, the exhibits and write-ups on the body and genes were also interesting. It was also interesting for Daniel as there were lots of stuff for him to touch and play with though he may not understand much.

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Daniel was so tired that he fell into a deep sleep on the way to my parents’ place after lunch. He did not stir even when we carried him up and changed his diapers. We left him with my sister and took off for our couple time! It is rare indeed to have a good half the day left to spend together. Usually, if we do go out, it would be a quick movie after dinner and then have to rush back to pick Daniel up and bring him home for bed.

There was not much that we were interested in watching at the movies, so we decided to head down to Orchard for shopping. Haven’t been to Orchard for ages so I was quite excited about it. Also, it was the long weekend and there were some sales going on. I needed new shoes. Also looking for a new work bag for Ivan. The one I got him for V day this year broke barely 2 months into use 😦 ….so wanted to replace it with a new one.

First stop – chill out at Coffee Bean at 313 Orchard. I got my ice Latte. Ivan got a tea latte and a brownie to share.

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After my caffeine shot, I was ready to shop. We headed to OG which was having 20% storewide. Spent a good amount of time there. Found 2 pairs of shoes and a bag that Ivan liked. Decided to check out Robinsons to see if there were better discounts before getting them.

We didn’t find much at Robinsons except some pretty placemats. Wandered by chance into a GAP store having a sale and found a pair of pants for just $30! We headed back to OG and got my shoes. Ivan still wanted to look around for a bag that he really liked. My husband is pretty picky and has to find a bag that he really really likes! I thought the selection at OG and Robinsons were pretty good compared to other departmental stores. But he still can’t find his bag!! He said that a bag is not important to him but since I want to get him one, it has to be something he really likes! What sort of logic is that??

We had dinner at a nice Ramen restaurant in OG that we happened to come across. It’s called Hachifukumaru. It really is a hidden find. The Ramen there is really yummy – one of the best I have eaten in Singapore.

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We continued with our shopping after dinner. Went to check out H&M. I have heard much about it but never had the chance to check it out. Love the style. It’s similar to cotton on – trendy, stylish, casual and affordable. And they women’s, men’s and even kids’ collection I am wondering why their ads are so provocative when their clothes are actually pretty decent.

We headed for our last stop which is Takashimaya and I am hoping and praying that Ivan can find his bag here!! He took a long time here but he did find his bag!!

Was a really enjoyable day and we had a good time enjoying one another’s company without Daniel around. Really thank God for giving us half a day by ourselves to celebrate our 5th anniversary 🙂 Am grateful to my parents and sister Adora for babysitting Daniel and making this day possible!

 

Some interesting sightings at OG Orchard and Robinsons:

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