Hi-Tea Buffet with Kids Activities at Cafe Mosaic, Carlton Hotel Singapore

We checked out Cafe Mosaic over the long weekend finding out from a friend about the kiddy activities they hold here during the weekend hi-tea. Sounds like a good place to catch up with some friends while the kids also get entertained. 

Cafe Mosaic

Cafe Mosaic

The kids were welcomed by this sight of colourful balloons. No kids can resist this. 

Cute balloon animals!

Cute balloon animals!

The Food

I wasn’t really looking forward to amazing food selection before coming, knowing it’s just a hi-tea buffet so I guess without high expectation, there wasn’t much disappointment.

The main course selection was not wide, but enough for a light lunch. Food was ok but nothing to shout about.

Main Course of cooked and raw food

Main Course of cooked and raw food

 For the seafood section, they only had salmon sashimi, mussels, raw oysters and fresh prawns. Beside this was the salad bar where you can toss your own healthy salad.

The sushi range was limited, but i find the sushi quite nice. Too bad there wasn’t soba.

Then there is a singapore rojak counter, where you can toast your fried fritters and mix your rojak to the right taste. There are also some keropoks, crackers and fried fish fingers for the kids.

Then comes a row of cooked savoury food. A mixture of Chinese and Western food, you can find, aglio olio, seafood cottage pie, teriyaki baked salmon, mutton steak, broccoli with mixed vegetables and hainanese chicken rice  complete with dark sauce, ginger and chicken rice chilli. Then there is a chinese herbal soup and a cream light curry soup. I personally find the chicken rice and rojak the best dishes among them.

Desserts and coffee

Desserts and coffee

Then comes the desserts, fruits and coffee/tea after the main course. The desserts were ok but the ice cream was a disappointment. The few of us separately commented on the ice cream. We were expecting some premium ice cream, but it seems not.

The Kids Activities

Ok, so the food was nothing the shout about, hopefully the kids activities can make the mark?

Balloon sculpting

Balloon sculpting

The balloonist makes really nice balloons. The kids love them a lot and the best part was that it’s unlimited per kid. We saw some kids being reject for a 2nd balloon because they were not guests of the cafe but were there to attend some party.

Then there’s a rather long storytelling segment which the same balloonist was reading, probably quite a number of books to the kids. During the session, kids were required to answer questions and ‘earn’ tokens which they can use it to exchange for gifts after the session.

STory Telling

STory Telling

And they really did exchange for many gifts!

Frantic gift exchanging

Frantic gift exchanging

After a chaotic gift exchange, the kids proceeded to a cupcake making session. They had to pipe the cupcake premix into mini muffin cups and add in their favourite toppings. That’s it. The baking will be done by the chef. We just need to come back in half an hour’s time to collect the cakes

Cupcake mix for each kid

Cupcake mix for each kid

The staff preparing to bring the cupcakes to the oven

The staff preparing to bring the cupcakes to the oven

Done!

Done!

This was the last activity of the day. Kids had fun and the best part was also the catching up session of the grown ups 🙂

Great catching up!

Great catching up!

And great interaction for the kids!

Balloon fight!

Balloon fight!

 

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Growing up with Friends

When we were still in school, we have many friends, many dates, many parties and never-ending fun. Then we grow up and work and life became less fun but we now have colleagues who turn into friends and we still have many outings and and gathering with ex classmates.

Then we get attached and got hooked to dating with The One. Time with friends  becomes lesser by a little. Then comes marriage. Ok, life is still more or less the same. The BIG change came when the kids came. When the first one came, you become totally lost and engaged in the world of newborns. What have I just done to myself? Gatherings? Outings? What? I can’t even have enough sleep and I can’t manage the newborn. I can’t manage my milk supply. I can’t manage myself. Some other time please.

And that some other time can easily take up a year. When you get the idea of a being a parent. Friends? We probably still ‘see’ them on Facebook, in chatrooms.

Then comes number 2 baby. The messed-up lifestyle restarts. The difficulty level between having 1 kid and 1 kid plus 1 newborn levels up by not 2 times, but 3 times. You now not only have to handle a newborn, you have to manage the newborn plus the tantrum throwing firstborn. Once again you find yourself thrown back into the darkness, trying to find a balance among all the things that you have to do, a mum, a wife, a child of your parents, a daughter-in-law and a career woman.

That easily takes another year of your time.

However, I’m lucky that among the first few years of my parenthood, I still have groups of friends from school and office who kept in close contact and provided mutual support for each other and we didn’t stop contacting each other after we became parents although we don’t meet up a lot. Family time is now taking up a large part of our time but everyone understands and so we just try our best to stay in contact through the various kinds of events and social media.

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We attend each other’s weddings, married or not married. We hold gatherings, with kids or without kids and we choose kids friendly places to accommodate the kids. Attend each other’s kids first month, birthday parties. Because we want to make the effort.

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When more and more kids came, we hold playdates for the kids and invite non mummies to join in just to catch up. It’s hard to meet up at nice restaurants because the group is growing and growing and growing. So outdoors gathering is a good idea.

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Even when we are meeting for meals like hi-tea, and we had to bring the kids along, we choose a kid friendly place to meet.

Now we have even more things to share in life. All the how-to-s, where-to-s and what-to-s for the kids. Glad that everyone is still making that effort.

Hooray for Friends!