Labrador Park

Our first visit to Labrador Park. Boys had their bikes and they were supposed to cycle but they were so distracted by the playground that they spent all their time there. Looks like we’ve gotta make another trip here again!


First day that T is riding a two-wheeler!

Earlier in the evening, he was playing with a 5-year-old neighbor and a 6-year-old neighbor. They asked him why he was still riding a tricycle. They also got him to try their two-wheeler and *surprise* he could ride it ably! I came up to remove his tricycle wheels within the next 10 minutes!

Chinese Tuition

K started Chinese tuition early this year. He can’t catch up in class and because we make it a point not to help the boys with their school work at all, his Chinese grades have been slipping. He’s now cruising at Band 2 after spending half a year with the tutor, so it’ll be good if he keeps himself at that Band.

Unfortunately, T also had to start Chinese tuition. It’s very sad to have to go for tuition as a P1 student, but because he came home with an ugly Band 3 last term, he doesn’t really have a choice about it.

The boys walk to the tutor’s home on their own. If they’re too early or they have to stay there a while more to wait for me to pick them up, they’ll also hit the playground. I’m glad to see T climbing so well now. I’m still waiting for the day he can climb up and down a pole by himself.

Sembawang Park

We visited Sembawang Park a few weeks back. When I was growing up, I used to come here for BBQs with classmates and friends. So it was nostalgic to jog through the same path that I walked two decades ago. I also realized that the park is actually very small, but it certainly didn’t feel that way when I was a teenager.

Boys enjoyed playing with sand more than playing in the battleship playground. T felt that the playground was “scary” because it slanted and he didn’t know if he’ll fall off at certain parts.

Happy 7th Birthday!

T turned 7 this weekend! Birthday boy had the privilege of choosing our meals the whole weekend, so we ended up having an unbelievable amount of pasta over 48 hours ….

Birthday boy requested to stay home so he can play his new Lego set. It’s quite a cool set. He’s happy with all the presents he received this year! Good that I have children who are easily contented with the little material possessions that they have.

Gone too soon …

My cousin Jennie passed away last Saturday after a four year plus battle with breast cancer. She would have turned 41 this October. She made her own plans for her own passing. It was a simple cremation, no funeral, ashes shattered into the sea, lots of beautiful flowers.

When I was growing up, she was someone whom I really looked up to. So it was tough seeing such a go-getter cousin succumb to a disease, especially in her final days.

She left behind a 12 year old son who, despite the trying circumstances, is holding up really well for his PSLE. She would have been so proud of her son!

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach

For the second half of our Krabi holiday, we stayed at Holiday Inn Resort on Ao Nang Beach. Boys liked the bunk beds in the Kids Suite and the activities at the Kids Club, as usual. We ate most of our meals at the resort because it rained every single day that we were there, and it was just too troublesome to head out with umbrellas.

Every time there was a 1 – 2 hours respite from the rain, we made sure we headed to the pool. There are three pools at this resort, and we spent most of the time at the four slides in the children’s pool.

Ton Ma Yom

Ton Ma Yom is a little restaurant in Ao Nang that serves awesome Thai food! Every dish on our table was so delish, including the non-spicy food that the boys ate.

And my favourite Thai dish at the moment is seafood curry in coconut, also known as “hor mok ma prao on” (not that I’ll be able to pronounce it).


T turns 7 years old this month!

Boys get $50 as a birthday gift from us. K chose to spend his money on a few cubes earlier this year. T decided that he wanted a Ninjago set, so we headed to Toys “R” Us to pick it up today.

Canon EOS M10

Happy to have purchased the entry level EOS M10 as my newest camera! Chose this camera because it’s easy enough to use after a bit of fiddling, cheap enough for a camera that can change lens, and small enough to fit into my bag. Hoping to use it to take a lot of nice pics during our September trip =)

Zoo with Cousins

Big group outing to the Singapore Zoo yesterday. We covered a third of the zoo together, watched a show, had lunch, and the little ones went off to Rainforest Kidzworld for water play.
I was going to bring the boys home at the 6 hour mark, but T was so disappointed that we did not see a lot of animals. In the end, I cancelled dinner plans and we broke away from the group for 2 hours for intense animal viewing. He really likes the Wild African animals and doesn’t think a zoo visit is complete without seeing them!

A Very Special Walk

A Very Special Walk (AVSW) is an annual fundraising event of the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore). Boys had an awesome time at the AVSW 2016 funfair this morning! With the coupons we had, they stuffed themselves with a lot of sweet treats, went on the bouncy castle, played a lot of games, and won a big bear to bring home!

Ho Ching was at the event and we took a pic with her!

Marina East!

We exercised along Marina East yesterday – adults on foot, T on scooter, K on bike. It was a one hour session and we probably covered 6km. After dinner, we sat around and watched the fireworks lighting up across Marina Bay. Nice!

Jurong East Swimming Complex

Cousins met up at the pool today. I must say that I like the Jurong East Swimming Complex so much better than the one at Jurong West. It’s nearer to our home, plus there’s KFC and Pastamania right beside the children’s pool so it’s very convenient to grab a bite. The boys (including Lucian!) ate so many boxes of pop corn chicken!

Cousin’s Day Out

Cousins met to check out Marine Cove today. Place was packed, as expected. Great that it rained heavily when we were about an hour into playing … because half of the crowded left after that.

The bigger cousins all like sand so we spent an hour on the beach. Lucian didn’t really want any sand on his feet, but he was okay after Lewis plonked him on the sand and left him standing there for a while. FotorCreated6Jul16c
We also rented a family bike to cycle! It moved at turtle speed and it was soooo heavy that it couldn’t even go up a slope. Lewis had to push it from behind, lol!

And it’s Lucian’s birthday tomorrow. Happy turning four, little boy =)

Hello Isaac!

Hello Isaac, the newest addition to our extended family! Isaac turned one month old on 19 Jun 16. He’s nocturnal for now … Older cousins were making a din the entire afternoon but that didn’t wake him up at all. In fact Isaac slept through his whole first month celebration and only woke up at 7.30pm when the guests were leaving!

Lake Thetis

Last post to round up our Perth trip!

We stopped at Lake Thetis, which is a small lake literally in the middle of no where. Apparently this lake is one of only a few places in the world with living marine “fossils” that are more than 3000 years old. The lake was soooo beautiful that morning we were there!