Hong Kong with Young Kids (2017 Edition)

Four years after we first brought the kids to visit Hong Kong, we are back here with now 3 kids in tow. What a difference 4 years made. Besides a bigger family now, the girls have also grown, no longer the can-bring-them-anywhere toddlers. But for some reason, Hong Kong now seems slightly more kid friendly than before. And we definitely welcome that.

Many hotels are offering kids-centered program and kids/family friendly rooms, although not at pocket-friendly prices (unless during off peak seasons). There is even a whole mall dedicated to kids! It’s branded as the world’s first multiple intelligence kids mall! How impressive!

Transportation seems easier than before as blogged in this entry. The main reason to be accredited to technology advancement. The regular taxi scene remains unchanged as from 30 years ago, according to a local there. There are still the same nostalgic Toyota Crown 4 or 5 seaters taxi, with the addition of a new taxi type, which is the maxi cab which is mainly for wheelchair bound passengers. But they are still 4-seater taxis.

Now with Uber and online travel agencies like Klook, booking a transport in Hong Kong was a breeze. For this trip, we used mainly Klook to book our transport as we can be guaranteed an MPV which can accommodate all of us, plus our luggages. It’s so easy to book through the app and cancellation just requires a 24hour advance notice. Plus the year end promotions offered, the pricing was quite attractive. I wonder if anyone would still arrange airport transfers with the hotels which charges at ridiculous rates.

Here’s our simple itinerary for a 6 day trip

  • Free and easy at The Wonderful Worlds of Whampoa
  • The Peak
  • Hong Kong Park
  • D(iscovery)-Park
  • Central
  • DisneyLand

Our main interest being, to enjoy the cool weather and also to let the kids have some holiday fun.

This trip, we explored the area of Whampoa, Kowloon for the first time. Several bloggers wrote about it and we too, decided that we could give it a try. So here’s my account of our experience in this part of rarely-a-tourist-area place.

Harbour Grand Kowloon

Hotel room was average but the lobby was, Wow! There’s a very good-reviewed restaurant serving buffet and it must be very popular as a wedding venue because there was a wedding here every day during our stay

We booked 2 connecting rooms here and the kids were happily zooming around from one room to the other. The hotel had a very grand and spacious sea-view lobby, which gives an instant feeling of relaxation in the middle of a festive(read crowded) period. The room was average with adequate amenities and toilet was equipped with bathtub! But wait till you see the exterior!

Nice view coupled with nice weather, no wonder everyone’s smiling

A breathtaking view awaits us at the rooftop with an aquarium-styled heated outdoor pool with a city view as the backdrop. The weather was too cool and windy for a swim so we did not try. Best to be all wrapped up in our cosy jackets!

We took a nice evening stroll behind the lobby after checking in, just to catch the lovely sunset, watch the city light up and see traditional junk boats sail past.

Getting their sweet treat from the hotel cafe for completing their daily tasks

The kids had their fun participating in their VIK (Very Important Kids) program where they get treats and stickers by answering some questions given out daily

The Wonderful Worlds of Whampoa (flash required)

whampoa map

Map of Whampoa, in case the flash site cannot be loaded

When we first chance upon this place we were quite doubtful of it being ‘Wonderful’. There were not a lot of reviews on TripAdvisor and the reviews were not that great. And from the street view on Google map, the place looks a little far our imagination of wonderful. One blog that we read also had the same initial doubtful feeling but ended up surprisingly convinced. And I’m glad to say that we made a good choice for a family stay. It’s quite true as per the reviews that there is nothing much to rave about the shopping there and the prices are on the slightly high side. According to 1 local, the area is more for the middle-income residents which explains why, but if you are looking for high-end shopping, you might be disappointed that there are none here. So what do we find wonderful about Whampoa?

Aeon

The iconic ship building housing Aeon mall, with some restaurants and food court and retail shopping

Aeon mall in the middle of everything! Formerly known as Jusco, Aeon is a retail group originating from Japan. If you have been to any aeon stores, you might know that they have very interesting range of things, even supermarket items!

Photos of only some parts of the whole Aeon Mall (located at the Ship building)

Bright, spacious mall, well stocked supermarket with a wide variety of goods, retail items like clothing, baby essentials and shoes for example. There are also sections for beauty items, stationery and household items. Really convenient for us especially when I had to cook for the baby. The supermarket stocks fresh produce like corn, potatoes and eggs which were mostly imported but were really fresh and very yummy, as approved by the little ones.

Some of the items bought at the supermarket for making baby meals

Meals whipped up from the ingredients using an electric lunch box

And the cooking tools. Love the collapsible bowl invention. Its so convenient to bring around

Whampoa Garden

The Whampoa area consists of a few main buildings named as the different Worlds. For example, Treasure World, Fashion World, Gourmet Place were our main interests for kids (Treasure), shopping (Fashion) and food (Gourmet). All the Worlds were within walking distance from our hotel. Along the way from our hotel to the main Worlds, are the residential blocks, with many other shops and eateries filling up the ground level, for example, Maxim bakery, Watson and Cafe De Coral are some of the shops that we pass by everyday.

Street view and overall map of Whampoa

Sometimes we drop by the playground and let kids do some workouts. The MTR is also within walking distance and is the first stop of that line so it’s easier to get a seat.

JumpinGym at Treasure World

JumpinGym Arcade at Treasure World

We were excited to know there’s a huge indoor playground nearby for the kids here. The kids had lots of fun and did not complain about the walking. The pricing of the rides were not cheap though, but at least the kids were kept entertained. There were shops like Toys ‘R us, Popular Bookstore and Dr Kong here as well, in case you are buying stuff for the kids. Oh, and McDonalds is here as well, anytime for a french fries and nuggets meal. There is also a very large branch of Marks and Spencer’s here. Happy shopping for the Mummy and playing for the kids and the Daddy.

The Peak

A trip to Hong Kong doesn’t feel complete without a trip to the Peak. We arrived early hoping to skip some crowd. And had the famous Mak’s noodles for breakfast. There was no queue here to our pleasant surprise. Too bad the kids didn’t really fancy the food and preferred my home cooked food prepared for the baby instead. At least they had some breakfast. The Peak Tram queue was incredibly crowded so we skipped that totally.

Central

Then we proceeded to the center of the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong city, Central. The plan was to let the kids hop on the longest escalator in the world but apparently they weren’t too keen. We had barely just started a few flights when they started complaining of hunger, tiredness. Ok, enough, next stop please. And while we looking for a place to rest their legs, we chanced upon this little retreat in between the buildings that the kids definitely welcome. Suddenly all that tiredness vanished. Kids.. 🙄

Hong Kong Park

Staircase everywhere so it’s common to see people carrying stroller up and down.. 

Since we were in the vicinity and had some time, we came by this park after reading many good reviews. The kids playground here was really a game changer. It’s like 6-in-1 playground. We usually only get one if them at any one place but over here we have 6 of them all together. Ok I guess we will be stucked here for some time. Surprisingly, we didn’t. The kids got stricken by static a few times while sliding down the slides they were tearing, so we ended the trip early. Not sure it’s the jacket or the dryness that’s causing the static, what a pity.

D(iscovery)-Park

Huge kids mall

We checked out of Harbour Grand this day to proceed to the happiest place on earth, DisneyLand! So we booked our driver for pickup and made a detour to this new mall hailed as the world’s first smart mall for kids. It was really a mall that kids wouldn’t mind coming. Now, only if I more time here to shop while hubby looks after all the kids…

Disneyland

Four years ago when we came here, the girls were too young to enjoy the rides. They were also crying away when taking photos with character, intimidated by the size of the character costumes. This trip, they sure outgrown all of it and had lots more fun that now they are asking to go back again. I was secretly expecting the baby to be crying away upon seeing the characters. Surprise, surprise, he was so excited like as if he met an old friend, attempting to lead every character off to somewhere to play, making everyone bursting out in laughter.

Bub, getting all his favourite characters to follow him home

Here’s a tip. For a Disney trip with little girls, always prepare a/few set of princess costume. In the happiest place on earth, girls would love to dress up even if they usually don’t .

We did not stay at the explorer Lodge for this trip but we dropped by to take a look. Really new and nice. Shall try the next time.

Finally, it’s going home time.

Changi Airport Terminal 4

We were so fascinated by our brand new Changi Airport Terminal 4. It’s spanking new and it’s high-tech. Even the restaurants look so interesting. As we had a baby in tow, we could not try the self check in terminal, so we went straight to the counter.

Even the toilets was so nice, we had to take a photo (bottom left). Baggage weighing machine (bottom right)

Cathay Pacific

We saw this irresistible promotion on Cathay Pacific for Premium Economic that we decided to give it a try. We had a pleasant surprise when we got a free upgrade to Business Class on the departure flight due to a change in aircraft. First experience on business class! Super worth. We did try the premium economy flight not he return flight and the seats were indeed more spacious than the economy.

The kids can’t wait to go back to Hong Kong Disneyland. Hope we get to go back soon! But for now, its back to school, back to work time!

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Pokemon Research Exhibition at RWS

And so we caught on the Pokemon Go bug and the kids were introduced to pokemons who had been around for sometime and now revived by the game. 

We happened to be at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore over the weekend where the exhibition first opened, so we dropped by to take a look. The downside of this exhibition was that it was tied to the entrance tickets of the sea aquarium so you had to buy the tickets to both attractions.

Quite empty on a Saturday morning

First in queue on the first day


What to expect

We went there without reading up what was the exhibition about and had only some explanation by the staff there on what to do. 

The exhibition was basically a simple game where visitors were given a pokeball (to be returned afterwards) and some clues for you to guess what Pokemon was inside the ball. No prizes for guessing right though and no penalty for guessing wrongly as well.

Step 1: Pick a ball

Different difficulty levels based on the ball type


Each visitor gets to choose a ball and the level of difficulty is based on the type of ball. 

We picked 2 normal pokeballs, 1 great ball and 1 ultraball. The pokemons to be discovered is not restricted to only the 144 from the Pokemon Go game. For the regular and difficult course, the range is there in the brochure distributed to you. For extra difficult, you need to guess from the full range of pokemons displayed on both sides of this wall!

Didn’t know there were so many of them!


Step 2: Choose only 4 out of 8 stations to get clues

There are several stations to where you can get clues on what Pokemon you are having. Be careful which station you choose because the clue is very vague and disappears very fast if you didn’t take picture of it. Here’s some examples of how vague the clues were. 

Silhouette shooter


For this clue, you are given a few seconds to adjust the sharpness until you see this. You are only given 1 chance.

Facial analyzer


The worst clue. The facial features were so enlarged it’s almost impossible to tell, unless the Pokemon has a distinct colour or feature.

Outline shooter


The most tiring station. You are supposed to step repeated on the mat to generate enough power to get a good shadow of the Pokemon. The best is if you can hit the top of the energy bar on the right of the screen. *Tip: get 2 people and each stand on 1 mat. 

First try – not enough energy

2nd try – with 2 people stepping at the same time

Appearance analyzer


The best clue in our opinion. Straight forward and fuss free. The only trick is that you can only choose 2 descriptions out of 4.

The other stations like footprint collector, height and weight gauge, you probably find it useful only after you are more or less confirmed of your Pokemon, then you do a google search on their statistics to match. Another station is the cry analyzer which is least likely to help unless you know how each Pokemon cry?

After you finish your 4 stations, it’s time to check your answer.

Who is the Pokemon?


And the answer is simply given without letting you a chance to put in your guess..

The next highlight of the exhibition? Meet pikachu!

Too bad only got pikachu


We didn’t find the exhibition to be that fantastic and not sure why they didn’t go to other countries until now but kids had some fun and even requested to go back! Please consider showcasing somewhere outside the S.E.A Aquarium!

Show info from the RWS website

http://www.rwsentosa.com/Homepage/Attractions/SEAAquarium/Pokemon

Baby’s First Week

This post has been in my draft for the longest time. Still learning how to adapt with 3 kids in the house. So here goes..

And so I survived the first week post delivery of baby #3.

The past week flashed by in a blur. I was mostly in the sleep-deprived mode, emotional post-natal and in pain.. Lots of pain, everywhere. The stitches from episiotomy, sore nipples and occasional backache.

The first 2 nights after baby came back, I had to attend to the night feeding, late night diaper changes and soiled clothes from diaper change accidents. The girls had disturbed sleep and kept waking up to check what’s going on. Hubby woke up to check too and went back to sleep. Occasionally I’d raise the white flag and get hubby to help get baby to sleep so I can catch up with some sleep.

Then comes the jaundice report.
The Jaundice Episode

Both my girls had jaundice few days after birth so we were prepared that #3 would get it too. We were just hoping that it won’t be serious. Turns out, it was high jaundice of almost reaching 300 (baby needs to be admitted jaundice score of >300). And his weight was dropping, which meant that he hasn’t been drinking enough to keep hydrated. I was feeling depressed when I learnt about it. It might be a better idea if I had given in to use that standby tin of formula milk powder instead of trying to rely on the not-yet-established supply of milk.

The paediatrition gave us an option to rent the phototherapy machine back but we decided immediately to admit baby instead.

We tried the first option way back during baby #1’s time and it failed terribly. We couldn’t do it as efficiently. Imagine the discomfort of baby having to sleep on the hard machine bed for 2 whole days and 2 whole nights! All the crying and screaming.. No! We are not going through this again.

So off baby went, to hospital for a 2-night stay. During baby #1’s time, we admitted ourselves as well as we thought I needed to hang around for the breastfeeding. We thought this would be the case again this time round but the experienced nurse adviced us that there was no need for us to hang around. Latching baby for a 1-hour feed each time only shorten the treatment time and it made a lot of sense now that it’s our third one already and I was even all ready for that feeds of formula milk just to keep baby hydrated through the treatment. On my part, I tried to pump 2 times a day and bring to baby whatever little supply I had then.

Meanwhile, back at home, everyone missed the presence of baby but everyone had some quality sleep on these 2 nights.

While baby was not around, I also had some time with the girls and I tried to do some stuff with them too, hoping they won’t feel left out after arrival of their brother.

And baby’s jaundice dropped to a safe level 2 days later and was discharged from hospital. And our ‘nightmares’ came back again.

 

The Nipple Confusion Episode

After baby was back at home, I tried to latch him on for milk, same as before he was admitted to hospital. To my worst fear, he developed nipple confusion. He couldn’t remember how to latch on and tried to suckle with the bottle teat method. It was really depressing as it couldn’t get him to drink properly and it was so crucial.

The worst times was during the night. He couldn’t sleep since he wasn’t full and everyone else couldn’t sleep as well. Hubby and mother in law and myself took turns to feed baby and make him sleep. But it was so hard.

I asked around among some friends how they managed and some say they didn’t really try to resolve the confusion, just went ahead to pump and feed by bottle. I thought about this option but I thought I would still like to try my best to be able to continue with direct latching before giving up to the bottle. But it was a tough try.

My mother in law who helps out with the night sleeping was already dropping hints on how fast baby finish feeding by bottle and can go back to sleep faster. And it’s even better when fed with formula because he can sleep for longer. Double sob.

It was the same situation back when it was baby #1’s time and I remember that I was almost falling into postnatal depression. The familiar feeling came back, crystal clear. The difference was that I could now manage that depression better and I was going to just standby my own decision and ignore/KIV all other voices, all other suggestions or expectations. I think I will do better this way. Only thing was the bad feeling that I’m causing others to lose sleep because of my attempts to try.

I just hope this period will tide over faster and I can decide to either continue latching or bottle feed.
Managing Milk Supply

After baby was discharged for the jaundice treatment we had to be cautious to make sure baby is hydrated to make sure it doesn’t bounce back to a high level, although PD said it would definitely bounce back a bit.

My milk supply was not in yet and it was a known fact that the supply will be lower than demand on the first week.

So we supplemented with formula. Instant stress relief. At least we know baby is getting enough milk and which in turn will help in reducing jaundice. The total breastfeeding thing? Leave it for later. Just continue to religiously latch and pump whatever amount there is. Milk will come eventually.
Managing the older siblings

At just week 1, I was still trying hard to adapt and adjust. I could only try to do my best not to neglect the 2 girls. Hubby, my MIL and helper helped out with the daily tasks during this time. Talk about recruiting all the help that you can get. It really works. 
 

And here comes baby!

The exciting day came, finally! After all that months of anticipation and waiting. Those worries, those anxiousness was going to end today!

After today, we can finally start to replan some stuff, like the sleeping arrangements, our future holiday plans.. Oh and work arrangements need to be re-visited too. With 3 kids in toll, more time is needed to spread across them all. I would still like to continue working if possible because I cannot imagine myself getting stucked with kids the whole day everyday!

My girls have all come on the dot so far, exactly on the estimated due date. We were kind of expecting this one be the same although people kept telling me that boys tend to come earlier. 

So we were just waiting at home the whole day for baby to indicate his arrival. We didn’t dare to go out in case the emergency occurred outside.

2 bored kids

I wanted get some rest this day and really do nothing just to treasure the last bits of time without a crying baby at home. Hence the girls were parked at the iPads for almost the whole day unless they decide to play something else. #guiltymum
But after a whole day and night of waiting, there weren’t even the slightest sign. So we headed to the hospital that night for induction as planned.

Gynae asked if I would prefer to wait for baby to come until post due date or I would prefer to  induce. We decided on the latter because I had a feeling this baby was going to be big. Anymore delays might cause some difficulty for a natural delivery. Just the thought of having to go through a c-section for the last baby scares me a lot. And hubby agrees too.

So here’s how it went. We checked in to hospital around midnight (because that’s when they start charging for room) and the nurses strapped me on the CTG machine to monitor baby’s heartbeat and contraction.

Not long after I started lying in the uncomfortable position, suddenly there were signs of contractions!


And it was getting regular! Baby decided to show up on the EDD at the last hour! Gynae decided to wait a while to see if I could go into labour without induction.

After few hours of waiting (zzz…) the contractions started to go away. Strangely. And so I was still going to be induced. And so induction started and there was more waiting (zzzz…..). I was even allowed to eat something while waiting and before Gynae came back to break the water bag.

Around 4 hours later, I started to get some painful contractions. I then decided to start on the epidural because I get into too much pain. The very nice anaesthetist had been waiting for me since few hours ago as we all thought I might go into labour soon without induction. 

Strapped up and bed bounded


(After more waiting….) So finally Gynae came and burst the water bag and gosh, the feeling of flood came back ago. The experienced Gynae explained that she had to hold on to the breakage to let water flow out slowly initially to prevent the umbillical cord from being flushed out and strangle baby. Imagine all the discomfort then! And there I was on the bed, feeling helpless and totally uncomfortable. 

After the breaking of water bag comes the waiting of cervix dilation. And the real labour started when I had dilation of around 3 cm. Gynae estimated the time that I needed to get to 10cm and came in just in time when I started feeling the pressure of baby’s head coming through. With every contraction I could feel baby trying to come out.

Time for the push! I didn’t count how many attempts I did, but I know I would run out of stamina soon if I took any longer. It was really a major workout and I was sweating buckets and hubby was wiping off my sweat non stop. 1 of the very experienced midwife came in to help with the pushing. It was the same who helped me with my #2 baby and she was really good! After less than 10 attempts (I think) I did it! 

It was a huge effort as it turns out to be a big baby after weighing on the scales

Here’s the cutie who had been making me lose sleep and walk like a grandma for the past month, but awww… It’s alright baby, you are just too cute. 


And the start of a new journey begins. I have no idea what’s in store yet but I hope I will survive. 😬

Back to Baby Adventures

Just realized that I haven’t been posting for almost a year! Too many things happened around the house and everyone was physically and mentally strained. Glad that’s now over for now. 

And at the end of the tunnel we found a rainbow. A new life is coming to us. Baby number 3! And here’s baby while still in the tummy!


Ok I wasn’t really prepared for this. We tried but I wasn’t really expecting anything to happen. But baby just came, right after we went through a depressing phase in our house! This bub must the the sunshine after the rain!

Anyway since it happened, I needed to get myself ready. All that baby phase that we went through, I really cannot imagine going through it again!

Other doubts that I have in mind, how can I ever manage all the kids? Will I still have me-time? Will I neglect any one of them? I needed our couple time too and how about parents-time? Gosh, I’m going to go crazy, I just keep having this feeing. 

Those complicated matters aside, I still have 2 young girls to tend to! Ok so I tried to be a supermum, so the girls won’t feel a ‘threat’ is coming. I did stuff with them, give them TLC and my time while I still could. All these in the midst of first few months of morning sickness, increasing size of tummy, decreasing mobility due to the weight and tummy etc. 

Accompany the kids to school when I can

Bring them to playdates with their friends

Staycation

Staycation

And not forgetting homework

And Revisions

But now that I’m going towards my delivery date, I start to lose a lot more energy. I toss and turn in my sleep, wake up for toilet breaks, get water retention and cramps in my sleep. And of course experiencing the amazing baby-in-tummy kick feeling with worries everyday that all those kicking might cause the umbilical cord to twirl round the baby’s neck. 
I had hoped that I could keep my weight gain low this pregnancy. Unfortunately it was not that easy. I had cravings for different food everyday. From spicy to sweet and to savory. All my dieting plans before baby came were flushed down the drain. So I didn’t manage to keep the weight gain below 10kg. But I think baby was quite big sized too! I hope all the weight goes to him and after I ‘offload’ him, I would have lost a major chunk of that weight. 🙂

No bumpfies


I didn’t really take any ‘bumpfies’ because I thought I just look like a hippo with that bump but this was me at around 34 weeks. Can’t wait to ‘offload’ it because it got harder and harder to walk and sleep properly with every passing day. I pant easily and I walk like a sloth. Even an old folk could walk faster than me!

All the worries aside for now, I really hope I will be able to manage and hope the new life will bring more joy to our family and will be welcomed by everyone in the family. 🙂 

P.s. Oh I need to get used to baby cries and screams and shrieks all over again! Agrh! Hope I’ll survive.. 

June School Holidays Kids Fun

It’s the mid year school holidays! Usually during the school holidays, there would be lots of kiddy activities for the kids. Ranging from paid enrichment school camps to free indoor and outdoor activities. Kids and parents will be spoilt for choices.

Recently I set up a diy calendar (Click here if you would like to download an editable copy for your own planning.) of schedules and events which I would pin up on the wall for the kids to keep track. The calendar for this month is full of  fun activities.   

Diy calendar of events

 Nic would refer to this calendar daily to notify me of the upcoming activity and whether we will be attending.

Most of the activities were held throughout the week through weekends, so we could only try to make it for the weekend activities.
28th SEA Games in Singapore

Singapore hosted the SEA games this year as part of the SG50 celebrations. It was such a grand event with load of activities to engage everyone who went. We didn’t want to miss such a special moment for Singapore, so we bought some tickets and brought the kids to watch their first SEA Games match. 

   
    

In aircon comfort

 It was a badminton quarterfinals match. We were enjoying the excitement when halfway through the kids got bored and started asking when the game will end, countless times. We gave in and left the match a while before all the matches ended. We managed to see the final score after all. Some kind of first SEA game match for the kids.. duh..

The game booths were too crowded so we didn’t manage to play at the booths. Just took some photos for momento.

   
 The atmosphere was great and the games spirits high. We didn’t have enough of the atmosphere, so we went back a second time and we glad we found the symbolic SEA Games flames. Proud to be hosts.

 

The torch

  

The lion was too bright

 


Images of Singapore and Madame Tussauds (RWS Singapore)

My mother-in-law got lucky and won some tickets to the Images of Singapore and Madame Tussauds this June holidays. Just nice to bring the kids to check out the 2 attractions that we haven’t been yet.

Photo-taking at Images of Singapore was not allowed, so we didnt have any photos there. The kids were rather scared due to the darkness of the attractions where we walked through to view different exhibits with guides explaining the different stages of Singapore history. It was nice but the kids probably didn’t really appreciate it.

Then came the boat ride we saw on the promotional videos all the time. It was rather cool but the big one broke down for no reason, not wanting to sit on the boat. Could be due to the darkness as well. Otherwise, we enjoyed the short boat ride and after the ride, we would enter Madame Tussauds.

 

On the boat

  

The must-take photo

  

Uneasy..

  

Totally awkward

  

The giant and the baby

  

As usual, looks awkward

 We had fun taking photos here but we were stucked for the longest time at ‘Yao Ming’s station’. Why? There was a really basket ball net and basketball for people to have a try at shooting. The kids can’t bear to leave until they get the ball in.

There was also soccer simulation game and golf practice at the sports stars area. We haven’t seen this at other Madame Tussauds yet. Thumbs for the Singapore version!
My Little Pony Picnic (Ang Mo Kio-Bishan Park)

First picnic

First picnic

The girls are currently hooked to My Little Pony and they were thrilled when we brought them to this free Pony-themed picnic at Ang Mo Kio Bishan Park. It was the girls’ first picnic and it was a really really hot day even though we only went in the late evening. We packed some food (lazy us) and set up our picnic mat where we could find some shade.

The event was quite fun, despite the heat, and quite an experience for them. There were free games station, free snack booths (pop corn and cotton candy) and photo booths. There wasn’t even a single booth selling merchandise, seriously. Not that we mind though.

Many different booths set up

Many different booths set up


Big turnout

Big turnout


Game Station

Game Station


Photo Booth

Photo Booth

After playing at the games station, we were supposed to get chops and participate in the lucky draw of the day. Unfortunately the queues and the turnout was overwhelming and we couldn’t get to play at all the booths. However the organisers have decided to give all who turn up the chops and the chance to participate in the lucky draw anyway. The girls were quite disappointed at not having won anything so I have to explain to them a little about lucky draws.

Hi-5 Performance (United Square)

They are not that great Hi-5 fans now but still thrilled to watch their performance. This year we are not intending to attend their concert so I thought I would bring them to the mall to watch a short performance stint instead. I don’t usually like to join long queues to get something, but this time round, I thought I try my luck at the queue for a photo opportunity with the Hi-5 crew. It was a weekday and I guess the queue would not be that bad, so I made my purchases to hit the minimum amount required to get a photo pass, joined the queue and waited. Luckily I didn’t have to wait for 2 hours like some parents do during the weekend show. And I got the pass!

So here goes the excited kids with their favourite Hi-5 crew and I thought this is so much better than going for the concert. They sang their most popular hits and the kids get to take a photo with them. But for some reason, the kids there that day didn’t appear to be too excited during the show. I think the HI-5 crew didn’t manage to engage the little audiences enough though.

The kids had so much fun this month they almost couldn’t adjust back to homework and routine days by the time July came. The next event filled month would be December. Oh it’s going to be such a long wait.. 

Mother’s Day

We never used to celebrate Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, Birthdays etc when we were still kids as mum always say it’s just another day, nothing to celebrate. After I have my own kids, hubby and his family would celebrate all the days (mother’s day, birthdays) with me and the kids. My mum still says its just another day until now. Now that most of her kids are married with kids, she usually cooks and gathers everyone for a Sunday dinner. Rarely would she take a break to eat out as she would say food outside is expensive.

This year, I managed to get my parents out. We went shopping then suggested to eat out since there’s not enough time to cook. Meanwhile the usual gang for Sunday dinner were planning a family dinner outside together as a surprise. I was supposed to bring them to the restaurant, not telling them that everyone would be there. So we executed the plan and mum was still trying to get us to eat somewhere cheaper.

I managed to get them there finally and had a rare dinner out at a nice restaurant. Thanks to sis for booking this last minute dinner on a Mother’s Day!

Hope everyone had a fun night out and my mum would allow herself to be spoilt once a while. Now we all know how hard it is being Mum. Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day too all Mums!

Happy Mother’s Day too all Mums!