Kidzania Singapore!

We braved the crowd and tried out this place.. Finally! The result? Bang head and cry out loud.. Major fail. 

We made it to the ticketing queue just 15 minutes past the opening hour of 10am on a weekday but school holiday for the primary school kids due to the PSLE oral examination. We started to feel the panic mode the moment we were near the building when we start to see people running towards the building. I managed 1 photo with Nic while hubby rushed to the ticket queue with Nat.

Peace before the chaos


The queue was expectedly long and we got to know that even if you bought the tickets online, you would still need to go through this snaking queue until you are almost at the counter and the staff will direct you out of the queue to the entrance. 1 mummy tried to break the queue to enquire but grumpily joined back the queue after being rejected by the staff as she was still far away from the counter. What’s the purpose of buying tickets online then? Strange logic.

Snaking queue under the aeroplane at 15minutes past 10am


We queued for around 40 minutes. According to the staff, this queue is actually not too bad. The record was 2.5hours! Ok if your kid is super patient or if you are used to this queuing time for other hypes like getting cheese tarts or getting a hello kitty from McDonald’s. >.<

And we finally made it in. It looked surprisingly empty at the first floor when we first entered.

Feeling chilled about the whole thing

Checking out the place

Panaromic view of level 1


To our horror, real horror I mean, if you don’t already know how exorbitant  were the entrance fees, BOTH kids complained of tummyache and said they weren’t keen of playing any of these roles! *Bang head and roll on the floor crying.


Ok in the end we managed to get Nic to try out 1 job. She was like turning green with tummyache but we asked if she was ok to go and she said ya she could try. So here’s photos for that 1 job that we did. Everyone was trying to queue for that hot cabin crew or firefighter job so there was not really any queue at this station

Briefing for the medics


Nat couldn’t join as they were already full. And she refused to go for any other jobs.

On the way to help a patient

The doctor

Taking notes

The pay – 8 kidzzos dollars


And that’s all we did for the day.. Major boo-hoo.. 

While Nic was at the hospital stop, I brought baby and Nat to the nursing room. Nat happily watched the iPad while waiting for baby to nurse.

Brightly lit nursing room tucked at 1 corner

Enjoying the peace here

Only 1 room here


The nursing room was nice and quiet and equipped with a basin. But it did not have any power socket in case you need to plug in to pump milk

Nappy changing area


There’s a nappy changing area outside the room with a sofa. Nat had some rest at the sofa while waiting for us. 

Then we came across this empty area that is specially catered for toddlers 3 years old and below. My girls were more interested in these places than the jobs.. Lazy girls!

Toddlers playroom

Ball pit. (Not very sure is the toilet bow there for use or not)

Toys area

Pretend play kitchen

Bouncy bed!


So if you have very young kids you could bring them along for their own fun too. 

They also have an art and craft cum music room for the toddlers, which the staff kindly let our big girls in as we told them about our situation 

Kiddy craft room, parents allowed

Happier inside here (read: wasting our $$)

Selection of toys

Parents can rest here


Next comes lunch. While most of the kids had their lunches in their queues, and the parents at the resting area, we had our lunch at the proper resting area together. Since nobody was queuing. The KFC had the longest queue. Might be advisable to bring your own lunch. I saw some kids eating their homemade bentos, definitely better than the unbelievably overpriced food there.

Conclusion and pointers

1. Make sure your kids are in good mood or understand the idea of it and are willing to queue to experience the jobs.

2. Go early to queue and hit the hottest job the first thing because that’s the only time it’s going to be least waiting time

3. Bring your own easy-to-in-the-queue lunch.

4. Check for promotions on the website before buying tickets. For this trip, we made use of the August promotion price that is only applicable for walk-ins. It’s even cheaper than buying tickets online. 

5. Activate your kidzania debit card as early as possible. The bank (where the kids need to personally queue to activate the card) is always super crowded and parents were not allowed to queue in place. There are 30 Kidzos in the card and only effective if you activate on the day itself. 

6. As a rough guide, the cheapest item you could get is around 100 Kidzos for a small hair clip. We left empty handed because the kids couldn’t wait that long to activate the card.

7. 1 staff told us that it’s usually quieter on weekdays afternoons, so you might like to try that timing although you only have got half a day left, but hopefully more fruitful.

Kids first debit card


And finally, this is the situation of the queue when we left in the afternoon.


We probably wouldn’t come here again, unless the kids requested. 

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. 😬

On the last night of pregnancy with the last baby

I sleep with extreme difficulty with a huge belly with an expected-to-be-big baby inside. Sleeping on the left side makes my left side go numb. Sleeping on my back makes my spine feels crushed and under lots of pressure.

I woke up to go to the toilet and have a hard time sleeping back. The dark circles around my eyes have already started to be rather obvious.

Baby is moving and kicking around still and I try to enjoy these last few moments although I actually wanted more to be able to sleep.

I can’t wait to meet baby soon and find out how much weight had been crushing down on me every night.

Good night, baby, see you soon!

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.. 

Splash @ Kidz Amaze Punggol Safra Review

Finally, after seeing so many posts on this much raved indoor water playground, we brought the kids here to check it out.

The kids were thrilled to learn that they were going to a water playground and that’s indoors! Means not too hot, regardless of weather, the plan will proceed. 

So we visited it on a Friday afternoon where it happens that both kids had the afternoon off from school. We were not brave enough to try on weekends yet.  And so the crowd seems manageable.

The main play area for bigger kids where there’s natural sunlight coming in

Play area for smaller kids with a water depth of 0.3m and antislip play structures


The Play Area

The first impression after we went in was “what? That’s it?”. But looking back at the entrance fee again, 28SGD(member price) for family of 4 for unlimited hours, rem, ok, it’s not that bad. But we probably can’t sustain for too long in here.

The kids didn’t seem particularly excited but of course they wouldn’t mind just splashing in for a couple of hours playing the same thing over and over again.

Stucked at this green slide for half the time


There were 2 open slides, 1 green wide and long slide, 1 blue narrow and short slide, 1 short tunnel slide and long tunnel slide.

Nic took the short tunnel slide and claims that its so fast, she hit her gums. She didn’t go for it again after this.

Short but fast tunnel slide


Mini slide with antislip flooring for small kids


It opens until 9pm on peak periods like Friday – Sunday, public and school holidays. 

Night view with changing lights


When I first read about this indoor water playground, I had the idea that it would be enclosed with no sunlight and no fresh air. Would the place end up with germs and viruses since its enclosed? But after seeing it for ourselves, it’s kind of nice to know that they had allowed natural sunlight and fresh air to flow in the design of this playground. 

Tentage type of rooftop with lots of free spaces to allow fresh air to flow in


You would be able to hear the sound of the splashing water and the kids as soon as you walk into building from the carpark and that’s enough the get the kids all hyped up. 

The staff here were not that particular with dress code. I saw some parents in singlets and exercise shorts getting wet and they were not disallows entry by the staff, unlike at POLW where dress code is strict.

Facilites

Next, is the facilities here. 
As similar to the Kidz Amaze at Toa Payoh Safra, there’s no food or drinks being sold here but they did not stop people from buying in and eating and drinking inside. 

There were 2 types (big and small) of lockers available for rent here at surprisingly expensive rate of 6SGD for the big one and 4SGD for the small one. Maybe it’s because of the low entrance fee rate? I remember that POLW at Palawan Beach, Sentosa beach had free lockers. Why is Kidz Amaze charging so much?

2 types of lockers available at surprisingly expensive rates

Only by cash payment and no change given, unlike the lockers at Sentosa Cove where payment mode includes payment by various kinds of cards


They had adopted the idea that I like quite a lot from POLW. 2 level door for all the shower rooms and toilets! Look at this cute kiddy toilet!

Kiddy WC for kids to use the toilet themselves but viewable by parents from outside in case they need help


They didn’t have kiddy basins though the ones they had was not too high and some kids should have no problem reaching.

Basin area


This is where you can park your strollers.

Pram parking Area


The shower room is equipped with hot water and has around 8 shower cubicles. Not sure would there be a long queue on crowded days but it was quite empty.

Showe cubicles with 1 long bench just outside for waiting and changing


Party Rooms

And of course, all indoor playgrounds would not miss out on party rooms for kids to celebrate birthdays there.

There were quite a number of rooms here and they looked spacious with spacious front area for guests to hang around and monitor their kids at the play area. The toilet is at the left most side of this photo and there is a party room at the right most side. If you take this room, you will need to walk the furthest distance to the toilet.

Quite a number of party rooms surrounding the toddler area


For the Parents

I strongly encourage parents to just get changed and get wet with the kids in the pool while waiting instead of hanging out around and trying to stay dry. Although it’s not sunny in here but the temperature and the humidity here makes you feel like you are having a steam bath fully clothed. I read that the water temperature here is regulated which means you will not get icy cold water at any time of the day, any day of the year. That probably explains the atmospheric temperature here. You will probably feel cooler waiting in the water. *Sweat… 


Another strong factor why you should go into the pool, look at the waiting area for parents. Hard, backless, uncomfortable and limited benches around the pool for parents trying to stay dry. But they are totally uncomfortable and there are no tables for you to do some work or eat your food while waiting. I can imagine on crowded days most people would be leaving their belongings on the ground instead. 

In conclusion, I feel that Splash@Kidz Amaze is more suitable for younger kids, which probably is a large number in Punggol, while bigger kids or kids who can swim, might get bored after a while. It’s a good idea to be indoor so we can come here rain or shine, but probably not so often as the kids get exposed to more fun places like Adventure Cove and Wild Wild Wet. 

Click here for the ticket prices and directions.

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..