Adventure Zone

Our second time staying at Golden Sands Resort in Batu Feringgi, and boys don’t remember their previous stay here. Then, they were too young to try the fast slides at Adventure Zone. Now that they’re so big, they had a really good time zooming down non stop! 15 minutes before they were at Adventure Zone, they […]

Made in Penang

Made in Penang is a newish 3D interactive museum. Again it’s one of the many attractions in Penang that is styled as a musuem, but it’s really not quite. Like Dark Mansion, there were plenty of good photo opportunities here. The place was cheerier and boys had more fun here than at Dark Mansion. Tickets were […]

Dark Mansion

Penang is home to a number of small eclectic attractions scattered around the UNESCO World Heritage Buffer Zone. They’ve all called themselves museums but they’re really not quite. We went to the 3D glow-in-the-dark museum that has zero educational value. Plenty of photo opp in the place. So photos were nice! It’s a fun 45 minutes […]

Hello Penang!

Singapore and Malaysia are both having a really loooong weekend now. There’s Merdeka Day, Teacher’s Day, Hari Raya Haji, Sep School Hols, ASEAN games hol … perfect time to visit Penang to meet up with cousins whom I’ve not seen in a long while. Between me and my cousins, we have EIGHT boys from 2 […]

Shanghai

Visited a girlfriend in Shanghai last month. Lots of eating. I love their dumplings! Shanghai is such an eclectic city. Between the foreigners’ enclave that we were mostly in, and the surburb that my girlfriend stayed – it feels like we’re in different countries. Air quality was okay, above hazardous levels for half of the […]

June Holidays

June Holidays are coming to an end! Boys spent the first week of their holiday in Melbourne, second week at home, third week at Science Camp, fourth week at home. Nothing too spectacular. T had no school homework, so we made him do Chinese tuition homework and Kumon sums on weekdays. K had a lot […]

Point Nepean National Park

Bushes. Bushes. More bushes. We did an 8km walking trail at Point Nepean today, of which 7km was just walking through bushes. Gosh, so much bushes! Boys amused themselves with sticks (“wands”) on the first half of the bush walk …… and then endless rounds of scissors, paper, stone on second half. Was the walk […]

1000 Steps Track

Dandenong Ranges National Park is huge! We had to drive from one part of the Park to the other. After we finished Rhododendron Garden, we went to the popular 1000 Steps Track. The Track was very steep. There’s a bit of history with the trail, it commemorates the Australian soldiers who fought in Papua New Guinea in […]

Rhododendron Garden

We picked up our rental car and were so much more mobile today. We headed to the Dandenong Ranges National Park to hike. We started with an easy peasy walk around the Rhododendron Garden. The foliage was nice even though in its Autumn-ish garb. And I can totally imagine how colourful and beautiful it would be […]

ScienceWorks

We visited ScienceWorks today. It’s a small place with just two main galleries. We got in free with our Singapore Science Centre pass because this is a partner centre. We spent the most of our time at “Think Ahead”, an area that imagined the future. Boys designed jet powered sneakers, flying cars, and even superpowered […]

Main Yarra Trail

Second day of cycling in Melbourne! This time round we went on a proper trail – Main Yarra Trail – that didn’t have too many attractions along the way. We actually spent more time cycling than stopping today. Distance covered was about 24 km. T was on the tag along bike again. He didn’t even […]

Melbourne ACMI

Today was a Museum hopping day. After the Melbourne Museum, the boys (all three of them) asked to go back to the Australian Center for Moving Images (ACMI). We’ve been here on our first day when we had a few hours to spare, but the boys all felt that they could do more playing. The […]

Melbourne Museum

We visited the Melbourne Museum today. Plenty of things to see here. We headed to the Forest Gallery because I was really curious how a museum could fit a forest inside! Okay it wasn’t a huge forest but there were enough plants to showcase lots of facts about Australian water, earth movements, ecology and even […]

Cycling in Melbourne

We rented bikes to get around today. T tried a child-sized mountain bike and he didn’t like it because he had trouble controlling the bike. Luckily the shop had a children’s add-on bike that was just the right size for him! He enjoyed cycling “as a team” with KL v much. He said that he’s […]

Hello Melbourne!

School is out and we’re back in Australia because we enjoyed last year’s trip v much. This time round, we’re visiting Melbourne. It was a six hour plus night flight from Singapore and T puked THREE times. Boys managed to get two to three hours of sleep, which is evidently not enough, and K even fell […]

Watching movies

K and T enjoy watching movie nowadays, but movie treats are rather expensive in Singapore if you add in a meal before/after the show, popcorn, drinks etc. So we head over to JB to watch movies instead. These are all the shows I can remember off the top of my head that they watched recently […]

How to survive anything?

T is very captivated with this particular book now – How to Survive Anything: Boys Only. He’s been pouring over the pages and looking at every scenario intently. Ever since we’ve started reading to him about natural disasters a few years ago, he’s been worried that he’ll die in one (see here and here). Among […]

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 […]

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 […]