Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum | Chinese Garden | Japanese Garden

The kids made their maiden trip to the Chinese and Japanese Gardens last weekend after their BASF workshop held at Jurong Regional Library. After lunch, I told them that I was bringing them to a secret place. They were disappointed at first when they knew I was not going to bring them to the Science Centre and complained how bored they will be. My intention was to bring them to somewhere they have never explore before since we hardly come to the west part of Singapore. Guess what? we spent a good 4 hours exploring the whole area and they told me it was actually very fun to come here. 

The last time I came here was during Secondary School days. I remembered there was performance and payment for the entrance ticket was required to enter the premise. Now everything is open for free to public, just make sure you bring enough water, snacks and umbrellas (in case of raining) if you intend to roam around for a while.

 We brought along 3 umbrellas because the weather was scorching hot and it rained for a while too.

The live turtle and tortoise museum is located within the Chinese Garden so it's advisable to park at the carpark near the Chinese Garden entrance.

Entrance of the museum

Pictures and newspaper cuttings regarding the history of the museum.

Ticketing counter

Vegetables can be bought from the ticketing booth, it cost $2 for a bunch of vegetables. The children were so facinated with feeding those hungry tortoises and we bought 3 bunches in the end.

Remember to wash your hands after feeding.

 We were told that there are about more than 40 different species in the museum and here are some of our favourites.

It can be quite imiditating to feed large tortoise and its mouth can open quite big.

The children find this pig-nose turtle very cute!

There is a bunch of tortoises that roam freely for you to feed them.

 1 Chinese Garden Road 
Singapore 619795
Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm daily

The boy trying to show his kongfu move on the 13 arch bridge.

Feel so serene....

There is a small garden that features all the different tree bonsai.

  Bonsai garden

  Enjoying the tranquility of the place

  Japanese Garden

Lotus pond

Japanese Garden & Chinese Garden
1 Chinese Garden Road
Singapore 619795
Opening Hours: 5.30am to 7pm daily

Friday, June 9, 2017

Officially in the 40s club

I have officially join the 40s club (yah! cannot act cute anymore!). All I can say is my heart is feeling full from all the messages received from friends and relatives. We did nothing special in particular this year, just spent precious family time with my loved ones. 

The children wish we can go overseas now (just like last year) to celebrate my birthday, actually they just want to find an excuse to go abroad *laughed*. Anyway, its quite impossible to do that because the eldest is going through PSLE this year and June holiday is not a "holiday" for him. It is a busy month for him to go through an intensive revision to prepare for his upcoming examination *stress*.  

 Mom will prepare two red eggs and an ang bao for me without fail every year.
 Going on a lunch date with the hub together with our "light bulb".

 The lunch set at Tamashii Robataya was quite affordable and the portion was just nice to my liking. Hub ordered the grilled beef lunch set and it was cooked to perfection. The meat was tender and juicy. I ordered the grilled eel set meal and the son ordered grilled chicken set meal.

  The children were planning secretly to get me a birthday cake (oh well, I knew the secret beforehand actually). Since hub secretly ordered a cake from Cake Spade, I decided to tell them not to buy another cake for me. YQ was very persistent and insisted to buy at least 1 cupcake for me :)

Our dinner plan was settled at the While Restaurant at Punggol Settlement. 

We ended the night indulging our white chocolate cheese cake from Cake Spade.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

CSKR 2017

 Cold Storage Kids Run 2017 would be our 2nd time to participate this year. Although hub was down with flu & cough and the eldest went away for his overnight camp, we decided to come here on our own since this year is the 10th anniversary for the #CSKR2017 

Weather was fantastic and parking was a breeze at the carpark near the beach station (free valet parking was provided). We did not have to wake up so early because our earliest flag off time was 8:55am. Lots of activities to participate while waiting for our turn to run. Free fruits, drinks and breads were distributed out to curb our hunger pangs.

A few days before the run, I received an email to inform us that we have won an AIA Family Pack in the lucky draw. We can't wait to come back for the run in 2018.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Lesson on being responsible

The littlest has a habit of losing things. Ever since he started primary school, I lost count on the number of erasers, pencil covers and colour pencils that went missing mysteriously. I do not wish to count how many but whenever I query him, he would give his favourite one-liner answer "I don't know!". Yah...good try son!

I can't remember how many times I try to threaten to make him pay by deducting his pocket money. He has been given too many chances to repent coz this mama is too soft hearted. The final straw came when he brought back a piece of paper from the school library one fine day. 

Apparently, the school librarian told him that there was an overdue book which he did not return after the loan expired. Panic mode was on and we searched high and low in the house, called all the possible public libraries (which we visited frequently) to check if there were any possibilities I could have dropped it in without my knowledge. In the end, the book remained unfounded. He was told that either he need to pay $xx back to the school or go and buy the same book for compensation. Luckily the school librarian was kind enough to let us know where to buy as a cheaper alternative.

Of course, I was very angry with him for being so irresponsible in taking care of his stuff. To make sure he has learnt his lesson, I demanded him to fork out his own pocket money savings to pay for the book. Otherwise, he would not have any sense of responsibility to look after anything. He was feeling the pinched when he knew he has to pay this much from his savings.

Sometimes, I was asking myself if I was too harsh on him? As his mom, I think this will be a good chance to make him remember his mistake and make sure that he has learnt the valuable lesson on how to take care of other people's property.  


Monday, May 8, 2017

We can't wait for exams to be over!

April was a busy month for the kids. They passed their aikido exams and have promoted to the next level. Sensei had returned them their grading books with grading record updated too. YQ had finished her RAD Grade 3 ballet exam too and the result will be release in June.

Now they are going through their mid-year school examination and they can't wait for everything to be over (including the mother) so that they can take a little break. Yes, we might need a little bit of kit-kat to enjoy that small break :)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Love for Swing

The children had fond memories of the swing installed in our 1st home about more than 5 years ago. I remembered they were very sad when I decided not to take down the swing when we were moving to a temporary house to stay. Up till now, they will lament why we want to move in the first place. They still prefer our 1st home because it's more spacious (yes, I don't understand why the new houses are built so much smaller nowadays) and they missed the swing in the house.

Moving forward, we have been staying in this estate for a few years and they hardly go down to play at the playground because the playground facility is built to suit more for young toddlers. They kept telling us how much they missed the old swing and wanted to have something similar in our home now. Since our balcony is way underused, hb decided to transform part of the balcony area into their little "playground" by installing a swing area for them to play and relax. Of course, we took into consideration the safety issue before we decided to install the swing there. Now they are happy and contented to have a nice corner to enjoy their swing and admire the beautiful view from the balcony area.

We also believe that swinging has some benefits in children's growth development.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Masons Home Decor: DIY Terrariums

DIY terrariums have become an increasingly popular trend in recent years. People love terrariums for many reasons. I reckon majority love it because terrariums are so easy to maintain at home (That's right! no need to drown those plants in water nor place them under the blazing hot sun). As for us, we love terrarium simply because we can design accordingly to our own "style" :) 

Thanks to the folks from Masons Home Decor, they sent us a big box of DIY terrariums start up kit. The moment I saw these coloured decorative pebbles, I could not contain my excitement and I was so eager to start the project with my kids. The slightly OCD nature in me was slightly concerned about the mess they were going to make. Luckily for us, there was minimal mess to clear up after that.

The DIY terrarium kit includes all the materials that was required. It includes decorative pebbles, premium terrarium mix, activated charcoal, a water spray, a glass bowl, a set of gardening tools, small potted plants and more cute mini decorative.

These plants were seemed to be calling out to me to give them a mini makeover. The kids were having a hard time choosing which plants they wanted.

I placed two big rubbish bags on the floor so it's easier to clear up after we were done. We opened up packets of decorative pebbles (various colours) and placed them neatly on the floor. Do not fret if you have no prior experience like me, there is a simple step by step instruction for us to follow.

We started pouring pebbles into the glass container and forgot to leave some to decorate the upper layer of the soil *ops!* That was what happened when we were too eager to start without thinking logically.

We pour the pebbles layer by layer into the container.

The children asked me what was "activated charcoal"? Erm...I have to rely on Google to search for an answer. Basically "Bacteria that develops in the humid, closed terrarium can begin to smell. A 1/2-inch layer of activated charcoal under the soil and between an upper layer of sphagnum moss and a lower layer of gravel or pebbles, acts as a filter that pulls toxins and bacteria from the soil and water and deodorizes the terrarium."

Ta-da! Here are our masterpieces! The smaller containers were done by the kids and the biggest was done by yours truly.

We had about 1.5 hours of fun bonding over terrariums building. Would we do that again? You bet!

Now our beautiful creations are sitting nicely together with that picture framed (which can be found on Masons Home Decor website too) on our TV console.

There are more than just DIY terrariums kit available at Masons Home Decor. If you are looking for more interesting home/seasonal decor and party supplies, do check out their website & FB page for more information!

Disclaimer: We were given DIY terrarium kit by Masons Home Decor for review purpose. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are my own.