Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Moments with Dad

The other day, the hubby came home and was starting to go through the mail when our little boy eagerly sat next to him to catch up with daddy. It was fun seeing the dad and son interacting, and it seemed at some point the 'conversation' between them didn’t go too well... haha! 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mommy Miscellaneous

I know I have been quiet of late. It's not that I've suddenly given up on blogging, but that I've been busy with some personal projects offline.

Plus Kenan has been sick - he has been coughing for about two months now and developed a high fever on Friday. He was still having a temperature yesterday but thankfully, it's been coming down. I just hope that he will recover fully real soon. But I have a strong hunch that the slow recovery with the cough has something to do with his recent vaccinations - twice he had his jabs when he was almost well and the cough would return the next day.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sun with Moon @ Chijmes

We're fans of Japanese cuisine and Sun with Moon is a restaurant we like going to, especially the one at Chijmes (we used to frequent the branch at The Central, which is now closed). We like its chic and classy interiors, as well as cozy ambience created by dim, warm lighting. The place is usually not packed on weekends (from the few times we've been there), so there's no waiting queue. This is great for people like us, who has a restless toddler in tow.

So last Sunday, wanting to be away from crowded places for a nice dinner, we found ourselves there again.

The hubby helped place the order. I was too busy entertaining and feeding the little one to take note of the names of the items we had. But here are some photos of what we ate:

My favourite dish was the foie gras (pan seared) served with toast on lettuce (see photo top left corner).  The foie gras was tender and went perfectly well with the extra crispy toast and crunchy lettuce.

Then, there were the desserts:

I really liked the Hokkaido chocolate milk crepe (second picture). It's a cake made from alternating layers of chocolate mousse and crepes - it has a smooth and creamy texture and wasn't too sweet. Delicious!

Of course, the little boy had his share of fun too. These days, he's getting better at posing for the camera and would make funny faces at times :)

By the way, we enjoyed a 20% discount and 10% return voucher as part of their National Day promotion (till15 August only); the vouchers have to be used by end of this month.

So if you're wondering where to go for a nice meal this weekend, you might like to give this restaurant a try. Do note that they don't open for lunch on Saturdays.

Sun with Moon
30 Victoria Street
#02-01 CHIJMES
Singapore 187996
Tel: 6336 3166

Discovering New 'Toys'

We don't spend much money buying toys for our boy. Besides a real concern for space, the other reason is because he just doesn't seem too interested in them. On average, a new toy would captivate his attention for a few days, and then he would lose interest in it. He finds opening cupboards and ransacking the kitchen more exciting.

Recently, he discovered some new 'toys' and they kept him really happy:

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Walk in the Park

Yesterday was one of those days where I could hardly get any work done, thanks to my ever restless toddler. Even the helper couldn't pry him away from me, as he kept climbing up my chair and tried to hijack the laptop, or he would pull my hand to make me come down from the chair and play with him.

I decided to bring him out to the park, specifically the Bishan Park, because he would get to see lots of dogs there, which he so loves.

However, I have another agenda too, which was to visit the new McDonald's (didn't get chance to during our previous visit about two months ago).

While I'm not a fan of fast food, I thought it looked like a great place to hang out, since it's situated within a park that should look really quite good after all the renovation works are completed.

To get to McDonald's, we have to walk across an arched bridge that is built over a river converted from a canal (it looked more like a stream at the moment, since the water was very shallow).

But just getting to the bridge and crossing it took us a really long time, as Kenan was so attracted by the dogs he saw along the way that he would literally run after them.

Mid-way up the bridge, we saw a family fishing, and many curious passers-by stopped to look at their catch, which they kept in a pail of water. I have no idea at all what those fishes are called but I'm told they are edible and taste really delicious when fried!

My curious little boy was so excited about the fishes that he almost dipped his hand into the pail to touch them.

This is the bridge that links to McDonald's.

By the way, the revamped Bishan Park will have three new playgrounds - Adventure Playground (offering climbing play facilities for teenagers),  Bubble Playground (rubber moulds set in a sea of sand) for younger kids, and Water Playground - for children who enjoy playing with water. I'm looking forward to bringing Kenan to  these playgrounds once they are open!

Do you have a favourite park you like bringing your kids to?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Celebrating National Day

Happy belated birthday, Singapore!

I had wanted to post this last night, but after a long day of activities, I was just too tired. In fact, I went to bed early - just past midnight, which is a rarity these days (on most nights, I sleep at about 2am).

This year, we celebrated National Day at my cousin's place, where a big group of children clad in red tops had gathered.  When the National Day parade started, the kids parked themselves in front of the TV, each holding a little Singapore flag in their hands, which they waved every time they found something to be exciting about - and there were plenty of such moments for them.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Saluting All Breastfeeding Moms - Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week

I just realised that this is the World Breastfeeding Week after reading about it on some mommies' blogs.

While I have stopped breastfeeding Kenan since he was about 14 months, I've never stopped remembering how it was like. So yesterday, I went digging through thousands of photos on my laptop and found this:

Friday, August 5, 2011

Visit to the Kids' Kampong - Getting to Know the Animals

I used to think that I know where all the nice places of retreat are in Singapore. But in recent months, I've been delighted to discover some new rustic spots around the island. Since then, I'm on the lookout for more of such places - places we can escape to from the daily grind and everyday stresses, places that allow us to connect with nature. All the better if it is a great 'playground' for my active toddler.

And the latter is exactly what the Pasir Ris Kid's Kampong is. But don't envision a venue where the animals roam freely like in a real kampung (which I was hoping for), nevertheless, you'll get to see animals that are commonly found  in kampungs back in the good old days.

I found out about the place from a good friend few months ago, and we finally made our first trip there last Sunday.

The Kid's Kampong is located within the Aqua Fauna Centre at Pasir Ris Farmway.

Entrance fee is at $1 per person, which includes a packet of feeds for the animals. Our boy gets to enjoy free entrance. So we had two packets of feeds - one just for the rabbits, the other can be used for all other animals.
Close-up of ticketing counter

Activities you can look out for at the Kid's Kampong:
  • Longkang fishing using net and bucket (check out the charges here
  • Rod fishing
  • Animals feeding - fish, birds, ducks, chicken and rabbits

Let the journey begin

Upon entering the 'kampong', this is what you'll see:

A family with a small toddler enjoying some fishing fun at the 'longkang' (which means 'drain')

We began our journey at the 'Birds Station'. We didn't feed any of the birds as Kenan wasn't interested. Instead, he was attracted by something else..
The koi pond and the hundreds (my guess) of koi swimming in it. It was quite a sight.

Kenan tried his hand at feeding the fishes. Be prepared to get a bit wet as the fishes swam right up to the edge of the pond and splashed water about as they fought with one another to get a bite.

Next was the chicken. He was so eager to touch the chicken he almost got his little finger pecked!

There are two areas with ducks, this one is built at the koi pond. 

 While Kenan always enjoy looking at the ducks in books and would often go "duck, duck", he wasn't a bit interested with the real ones right before him. It's as if he wasn't sure what they were. Was he thinking why were the ducks white, whereas those he sees in books are yellow? Well son, this are the real ducks!

The rabbits were definitely Kenan's favourite! He was smiling with so much joy and excitement when daddy held his little hand to touch the rabbits' noses. He stayed here for a long while.

Besides the animals above, there's also a tortoise pond, the second area for ducks and a place for washing hands.

We were there in the late morning and before we knew it, it was already time for lunch. We enjoyed our visit, and felt that it was a truly educational trip where our little boy got to see what the real chicken and ducks look, sound and even smell like.

By the way, you can also host children's parties here. I thought it would be a great venue.

Pasir Ris Kid's Kampong
11 Pasir Ris Farmway Way 1
Singapore 519355
Tel: 6583 9030

Opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am to 6pm 
Sat, Sun & PH: 10am to 7pm

Please call beforehand if you want to visit on a weekday, as the place may be closed for school booking.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Petit Bowl Giveaway - Are You One of the Two Lucky Winners?

To everyone who took part in the Petit Bowl giveaway, a big "thank you" for your comments and feedback as part of the participation!

Here's the results of the giveaway:

Janie and Beanbean

Please email me soon about your prizes :) 

Do note that the gift vouchers are to be collected within two weeks from now, latest by 16 August 2011, Tuesday.

Hope your little ones will enjoy Petit Bowl products!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Mummy Is Busy

Sorry for my lack of posts on this blog. I was busy with a couple of things last week, that included attending a very inspiring workshop on starting a small business by Mums @ Work. I have no concrete plans to start a business, but entrepreneurship has been something close to my heart, especially since I work on a freelance basis. There have been times when I wondered if perhaps I should register a company and offer my writing service on a more formal level but I need to find a way to better manage my time first, so shall just mull over it for the time being.


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