Saturday, August 01, 2015

Our first visit to the Istana Garden..

Just over a week ago and in collaboration with SAF50, the Istana Garden was opened to the public. Despite one had to book a slot to go in, it was not difficult to get. 

Not too sure if we overestimated ourselves or underestimated the supposedly picnic, all of us went flat tire after spending more than 5 hours there. Here are some of the few shots we took as my hands were really busy!

It was only Ray and me with 3 kids, a stroller, 2 haversacks and a cooler bag in toil as our helper was having her off day.

Though our booked time slot was at 1030 am, the queue outside the Istana was crazy. When we reached at 950am, the end of the queue was actually in front of Atrium at Orchard. Estimated queuing time was about 1 hr 30 min. WHAT!!

So this very nice duty officer told us we could actually try to enter by the Sophia Gate (which is the back gate of Istana) and he said there was not much queue there. When we first heard, we were shouting a quiet yay in our heart. But what was not expected was this..


The Mt Sophia stairs. 
 Dang!

So we walked up the stairs. There was no turning back.
This very cute boy behind us was actually counting the steps. Hmm and he said there was about 130 steps.
If you do your math, 130 steps is almost equivalent to climbing up 8 storeys.
Don't ask me how I waddled  walked the next day ya.

There was a kind lady who offered her help with my stroller as poor Ray papa was carrying Dora up the stairs. Oh ya, I was carrying lil I with the stroller in one hand. Dont-ask-me-how-I-do-it but somehow I managed.


But all well ends well. So we conquered that loooooong flight of stairs, after about another 600 metres, we were in the premise of the Istana Garden!

And this was lil I's maiden picnic session!
Hmm didi.. you cannot eat this piece of leaf. 
I just had to plonk myself on somewhere to rest and catch my breathe.


Did I see 3 kiddos on the see saw? The kids had so much fun.. bouncy castle and mini playgrounds. Really good for them to channel all their energy when I dont have much left.


Us with lil I sleeping in the baby carrier.
Love it when the kiddos were all wearing matchy matchy tees.

We wanted to queue (again) to take a look at the selected function rooms in the Istana building but again there was a (one hour) queue. So we gave up the idea and made a U turn instead. 

Soon the sky turned cloudy and we knew we had to find alternative. There were lots of tentages area with many SAF exhibitions.

Since it was a collaboration with SAF50, sure there was lots of chance to have photoshoot too.


how can we miss out taking pictures of the kiddos wearing uniform?
The kids were very sure of which set of uniform they want.

Read more what happened to Dora here during the photoshoot.


And I definitely want to take more pictures of my not-so-toothless littlest!


Soon when we were about the leave, it actually drizzled a little so Ray papa just wanna make sure the kiddos were prepared to "dash" thru the rain?
Not exactly, I bet they had fun just wearing the provided ponchos.
Anyway we left once the weather got better.

Time check: 330pm.
And we survived.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The next best actor.. presenting Lil I..


From wanting to be carried to crying with tears to smiling upon when he heard Ray papa's voice.. 

I think I watched too much drama when I was preg with him.
Ho hum.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Maths Readiness Test for Primary 1..

2 years ago when I was registering Isa up for Primary 1, many thoughts and questions flashed in my mind.. and one of my main concern is his maths. Not sure if you remember but I had mentioned in my previous post that Maths used to be my nightmare.

Here were a few worrying questions that I had:
  • I wonder if he knows his maths well? 
  • Is knowing 1-10 enough?
  • What do they test in Primary 1?
  • What is the basic knowledge children should have before they enter Primary 1?
  • How much is enough?
  • Etc etc !!!


Do you also have the same concern as me? Well I have a solution to your worry!

Rayconniebaby is pleased to share with all you that we are giving away 
5 seatings for the above course by our generous sponsor Neuroscholars.


This 2 lesson programme will: 

  • help your child develop the "right" tools to truly understand Math concepts through logical reasoning instead of memorization. 
  • expose your child to challenging / tricky questions to help him/her become more exam smart 

This 2 lesson programme includes:
  • 2 lessons, 1.5hrs each 
  • Assessment of Student Readiness over 10 Key Math Topics 
  • Personalized Student Readiness Report 
  • Parent Feedback Session 
  • A Set of Neuroscholars Math Tools 


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  2. Share this post in your facebook wall. Please make sure your settings is set to public. Would be good if you tag Rayconniebaby or my personal facebook. Winners will be selected through the facebook sharing.
And yes it is that easy. Good luck!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Happy birthday to me..


34 and counting.
I'm technically not shy of my age. Neither am I scared of telling people my age cos I know I don't look my age. Haha.. 

Mayb my post natal figure might betray me a little but I'm still quite contented with my brood of 3. 

I guess along the way of every year we will all make some resolution of some kind. The trend seems to be more popular during the beginning of the year but I still prefer to pen down my thoughts and plans on my birthday.

If you know me, im not an ambitious person. I don't crave for riches nor fame. I'm a very down to earth person. Thus I just hope I will continue to follow my calling for my job. Working with kids always seem NOT easy but after such a long struggle and a few years wasted. It is quite obvious that this rice bowl is meant for me and it is meant to stay.

Other than that, I also hope to have more guidance back my faith. I'm still not very sure if I will return to church any time soon. But I know if I do, I hope to be more immersed and more involved.

One last and hopefully more possible target for resolution is to become a fitter me! I have not been actively exercising since I got preg which is Feb 2014 till now. So now is the plan. Any expert pls help me give me some pointers. Piloxing? Zumba? TCM? Any kind sponsors? Hmm and I don't wish anything for a present ok? Really. 

Well this is it. Anyway turning 30 is a new trend. To a more younger and happier me.

Cheers.

 
My second cake, handmade by a very dear friend of mine. Only she will know and remember my all time favourite.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Summary of our 2015 June Holidays..

Long story cut short. Here is a glimpse of what we had done for June holidays despite many last minute arrangements.

Week 1 - 5 days of Chinese enrichment class 

conducted in Mandarin by Apple Pie Language class. 
Venue at Blue Tree Education.
A very value for money course as the children were able recite lines in Chinese in 5 days!


Role play in 狐假虎威


Role play in 小河苗


And on the day of performance, I had to let Dora skip school and also bring lil I out for a little outing!

Overnight camp at Sentosa Underwater World - Living in the Ocean Program
Count ourselves lucky that Isa went for his first overnight with his mom!
Hurhur. Isa and his new found "girlfriend" that they held hands almost thru out the bus ride.



Week 3: media invite to Underwater World
More on my previous post



The way korkor shows his love for the lil sister. 
Hope she can see better if he carry her up.

Week 3: Jurong bird park (photos to be updated)
haircut and grocery

One of the weekdays when I can bring the kids to the nearby mall to have their hair cut as I have no school home work to vet or letters to sign. Even homework assigned for Isa was to be on a OTOT basis.


The little girl with Rainbow Dash sculptured balloon.
She always has her way with the barber who will always give her  a lollipop.


Another one of the weekday evening that I brought Dora for grocery and she said she wanted to help me carry the bags!
How blissful although the happiness was a short lived one.

Week 4: Art Science camp at Blue Tree Education
I am so impressed in a mere of 2 days, Isa learnt so much about Birds which was the main theme of the camp.
Teacher Liz: I think my son fell in love with your centre.


School has reopen! : adhoc Library visit and birthday invitations!


I feel very blessed to have good friends who live nearby and who is able to just squeeze out some time just to let the kids spend time together.

Birthday party for Daxton
It has been some time that the childhood kiddos meet and here we are attending baby Daxton's 2nd birthday party. How time flies.


I love to take photographs of the children cos it simply capture moments for us to reminisce when the kids grow.


Quite the whole lot.


ok this is the complete lot.


Love this shot of lil I.
8 mths+ and counting.


What a fantastic June holiday we had, yes?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Underwater World Sentosa Singapore.. So is it fish or fishes?

Havent plan anything for this June holidays yet? Come drop by and stand a HIGH chance to win a pair of tickets* to the Underwater World Sentosa! Just read on!
We have 5 pairs to giveaway!

And here is our little family day with the kiddos last weekend at UWS.


I am sure alot of you are familiar with the muster of peacocks strolling around the entrance of UWS. I took the chance to introduce gender nouns to the kids. Trivia: What is the young of a peacock? Please let me know your answer in the comments section.. It may help you increase your chance to win. 


One of the first sightings we did was actually at the crabs! 
I didnt know rainbow crabs are actually so pretty.


Then we proceed down to the tunnel!
Dora was very scared thru out the visit. I just find it funny.


And we managed to catch the diver feeding the fishes!


And my Mr "Read-the-signages", Papa Ray and Dora in the tunnel. See.. she is still in Ray Papa's arms.


So interesting to see little school of fish huddling under the Eagle Ray.
Just a thought: Won't they get squashed? 


Ok I actually took a picture of the display panel to help me remember that those are Eagle Ray.



I just love it when there are reminders to teach the children about protecting the Earth and our animals. This display panel is a reading about how plastic bags can really harm the marine animals and our environment.

This reminded me once upon a time, someone told me he wanted to be a marine biologist. Let's see if he makes his word.


mesmerising creatures.


Er.. hello Mr Tiger fish. you are one of a kind too.


This was one of the interesting section in UWS that could be new.
For the last time we came to UWS, it was wayyyy back in 2009.

Sea Angel

Do you know that the life span of a sea angel is only about 2 years?
And they only need to be fed once every 6 months. 
And the name of their food is call Limacina Helicina.. which is a kind of sea snails.


And tiny creatures attract their own kind (referring to Dora).


Then there was this funny looking fish.
It was through my other contact that I know this fish was born with a birth deflect, he was not meant to swim in this awkward manner.


What is a family outing without a "wefie"?


And how can we miss out feeding the fish?


Ray papa and the kids at the touch pool. Mayb you can really see that Dora was just not interested.

Our next stop!
Dolphin and Fur Seal show!


Some very acrobatic pose indeed.


Wow dolphins and their balancing act!


Nothing beats seeing this live.


How often can you get so up close and personal with the Fur Seal?
This is actually a payable session right after the show.

And after this, we went to a nice, scrumptious meal at Island Cuisine!
Tucked in a cosy corner beside the exit point of the merchandise shop of UWS, you will be more than happy that they offer a wide of local delicacies while you rest your feet.


The face shows it all.

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For your information:
From 30 May to 28 June 2015, Underwater World Singapore will be hosting a special Sum of Fun bundle deal.

Enjoy up to 65% off the bundle deal which includes an entry to Underwater World Singapore + Sumptuous buffet at Island Cuisine + Other Fabulous Perks for only $19.90* per pax!


Terms and Conditions of this giveaway:
  • This giveaway ends on 21st June 2015 (Sunday) and is only open to readers living in Singapore.
  • Participants must complete the entry above and enter it into Rafflecopter in order to qualify. Other entries entered into Rafflecopter must also be completed (I do check!). Incomplete entries will be disqualified without notice.
  • Limited to one participation per person (i.e. no multiple emails for the same person). Facebook or Instagram accounts with little or no friends (i.e. started for the sole purpose of joining contests) will be disqualified without notice according to the discretion of the organiser.
  • Limited to one prize per household.
  • The winner will be drawn randomly via Rafflecopter and must respond within 48 hours after being contacted by me otherwise another winner will be drawn.
  • Winners must utilise their prize within 3 months after receiving the tickets.
  • Each winning ticket does not include the additional perks as stated in above poster.
  • Tickets are only valid for communicated date of visit. Winners must retain and present the invite for entry to UWS and to redeem buffet meal at Island Cuisine. Tickets can only be used once.
Additional terms of the June Holidays bundle promotion (applies to both winners and all visitors):
  • Promotion is only applicable to local residents of Singapore. (i.e. Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, Holders of Employment Passes, work Permit or Dependent's Pass).
  • Promotion is valid for both adult and child.
  • To qualify, visitors are required to produce relevant identification, subjected to one admission ticket per local ID.
  • This promotion is not applicable with any ongoing promotions or group tours.
  • This promotion is only valid for watching the dolphin show. Charges are applicable should visitors wish to participate in the dive or have contact with the dolphins.
  • The point-of-exchange for promotion is at Underwater World Singapore ticketing counter.
  • UWS reserves the right to refuse redemption, entry and/or participation if the above conditions are not fulfilled.
  • UWS Shall not be liable for cancellation of any programmes due to wet weather or unforeseen circumstances.
  • Island Cuisine will offer local delicacies in a buffet format daily from 11.30am - 3pm (Last seating: 2.30pm) and 5.30pm - 9pm (Last seating: 8.30pm). Island Cuisine is not a halal certified restaurant. Dishes do not contain pork/lard.
  • UWS reserves the right to substitute the buffet meal with another item of equivalent value.

Disclaimer: Rayconniebaby had received complimentary tickets to Underwater World and also a complimentary entry for our family to Island Cuisine. No monetary compensation was received. Else all photos and opinions are mine if not otherwise stated.

Monday, June 15, 2015

How to make a no bake cheese cake..

I am such a noob at baking cakes. My success stories are only banana cake and the batik cake, dont mention that hokkaido chiffon cake that I made with profession guidance. Ok maybe that is all.

So one day, I decided to explore more. And as usual, my lil assistant was so keen on helping me that he was pestering me the whole day long...

Here we go..

Receipe adapted from here.
I was inspired to make a cheesecake because of the condensed milk!


Isa crushing the biscuits while I mixed the cream cheese and condensed milk together.


Isa spooning the well mixed crumbs (already mixed with butter) onto the tins.


My favourite cream cheese!


Mixing these parts together require time so please be patient.



Last step: Adding the lemon juice.


Ta dah!
And my cake critics who gave me thumbs up!
Yay!

And till the next baking post...
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