Nando’s

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I’ve never tried Nando’s in Singapore before because it’s pricey. Here in London however, it’s considered rather inexpensive as compared to our other eating-out options. The portions are also way bigger. The boys liked the desserts on their kid’s meals –one had free flow frozen yogurt, the other had an ice lolly — so they’ll definitely be asking to eat here more often.

Twins

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One of those really RARE days that they don’t even bicker with each other. They declared that they are twins because they wore the same top. And they hugged each other as they walked along …

Bits of February 2015

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We found a Japanese food hall in London that sells all sorts of Japanese snacks and my all-time-favourite sesame salad dressing! Boys finished their panda biscuits in a day, while I’ve already finished the whole bottle of dressing and I have to go back soon to restock.

T came home with two shiny stickers the other day because he answered a lot of math questions correctly in school. Apparently, he is able to add two digit numbers to two digit numbers. The math conditioning (by his father and older brother) at home seems to have worked out well.

I attended a formal faculty dinner in college last week. Three courses and three whole hours of conversations on heavy topics like the Iraq War, HK democracy, SG democracy, IR theories and etc … Food was good, but I’m glad there’s only one faculty dinner in my entire year here.

Smart Mechanics

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K participated in an activity at the Science Museum today, where he’s given some raw materials and an instruction sheet to build a smart machine. It’s quite cool because the machine can doodle on its own. He didn’t have enough time to finish, so I had to help him tie up the loose ends. Next Saturday, he plans to come for the activity again and complete it all on his own.

Banh Mi Bay

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I don’t cook that often on weekdays now, because my school work is piling up. We’ve been exploring a lot of the nearby eateries. The boys like to eat at the Banh Mi Bay that’s close to their school. After they finish their beef pho (they’ll share a bowl), they’ll mix in a lot of plain rice with the remaining soup and slurp everything up! T still has a bad habit of taking out all the greens he finds in his food.

Superheros

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Because all boys like superheros. K has been watching youtube videos to learn how to draw these. The robot (Optimus Prime?) is still work in progress. Think he might finish it after he comes home from school.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

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We frequently order onion rings when we eat at burger joints. K likes onion rings, but this was the first time he had a dairy allergic reaction to onion rings! Turns out that GBK uses a dairy batter for their rings. T is making a hilarious face in the background because he’s waiting to eat the food but I wanted to take pictures first.

Chinese New Year 2015

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Our family back home celebrated CNY without us this year. They sent us a lot of nice photos that they took. Even though we’re not in Singapore, the boys still received a lot of love (= a lot of ang pows) from their grandparents, uncles and aunties!

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We celebrated CNY here in London too, just not in a really big way. I have some girlfriends from Singapore who are visiting these two weeks, and they lugged so much goodies in their luggage bags (boys are already halfway through the first box of bah kwa) that I can’t thank them enough. The Singapore/Malaysian folks in the college organized a yu-sheng session over the weekend and we all participated in the fun. We also met friends for lunch in Chinatown over the weekend and watched a teeny weeny bit of lion dance from our restaurant window.

Pong

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We were at the Science Museum over the weekend and discovered an old arcade game “pong” in the room that showcased household gadgets. I love T’s expressions that are reflected on the game screen. He’s happy when he’s leading the game and angry when he’s not. Haaa, he actually wailed when he lost the last game and it was time to go home.

Pretty tea room

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As a nice ending to our self-drive holiday, we treated ourselves to tea at a pretty tea room in Rochester. The tea and cookies were nice. But the cake was too sweet, even for my standards. Haaaa … it’s back to reality tomorrow as everyone heads back to school!

Rochester Castle

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The last castle we visited in South East England was Rochester Castle. It is quite well preserved and there was a lot of climbing to get to the top of the main tower.

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The view at the top was well worth the climb! It was clear blue sunny morning to all my photos turned out really nice!

Dover Castle

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Dover Castle is a medieval castle that is supposedly the largest castle in England. It is so large that we can opt to take a small train to get around the castle grounds. There’s plenty to see and do within the castle grounds. We explored two underground sites (underground WWII hospital and underground medieval tunnel), the main castle tower and the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment Museum.
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Because it was half term break, there was an activity for young visitors. Actors playing King Henry II and his children – Matilda, Richard, John – brought the young visitors on a spy chase around the castle’s main tower and enlisted the young visitors’ help to figure out who was leaking the English King’s secrets to the French King. The actors were all loud and funny, and it was such an interesting way to learn about English history through the activity.

White Cliffs of Dover

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We wanted to visit Dover really because of it’s name. Luckily for us, there are quite a lot of attractions in this town. Surrounding the Dover port are white chalk cliffs that faces France, but alas we didn’t get to see France that morning because of the fog.

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Boys wow-ed at the scenery for all but 5 seconds. Then they amused themselves by kicking rocks around, while we continued walking along the ridge.

Churchill Guest House

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We stayed three nights at the Churchill Guest House in Dover, which is a family run bed and breakfast. The house was so beautifully decorated. There were lots of teddies lying around in the reception area and near the doll’s house in the attic.

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Ours was an apartment that had two rooms (five beds!) and a kitchen. We lived in the basement of the house and boys called our apartment “the dungeon”. T said that his favourite part of the entire trip was the dungeon!

Historic City of Canterbury

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Our first stop was Canterbury, a city I had heard about when I was 17 because I read Chaucer for A Levels. We walked along the Canterbury city walls, which was quite nice looking considered that it was originally built by the Romans many centuries ago (parts of it was completely rebuilt after WWII). While running through a cool looking maze at a park next to the city walls, T fell and ended up with many patches of mud on his clothes!

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We also popped by Canterbury Norman Castle, which is supposedly among the most ancient in Britain. Canterbury is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are tons of other historical attractions in the area, but we skipped all of these because …

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… we were really hungry by then and sat down for fish/chips/pies. In general, the food prices get less expensive and the portions get larger the further we drive away from London. The yellow plate is actually a child’s portion, but no way the boys could have finished a portion on their own.

Self-drive holiday

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It’s half term break here in the UK. We went on a self-drive holiday to Canterbury, Dover and Rochester!

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We rented a very comfortable car for the trip. Me and the boys were happy to just sit in the car and chill while KL drove us around. More pictures coming up of the places we visited …

Paolina Thai Cafe

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Had dinner with girlfriends at Paolina Thai Cafe @ King’s Cross today. Thanks to KL who watched the boys the entire evening, I had a really relaxed evening. The food was authentically Thai and reasonably priced, I will be back to try other items on the menu again!