June school holidays

***7th to 9th June***

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Resort World Singapore _ Hard Rock Hotel

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The elated Double Ds

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Darian loves sliding into the water.

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She was all ready for the next round of slide

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The kiddos really love playing with their daddy

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Time for some squirting fun

Other than the usual play dates, weekend shopping, outdoor activities and indoor playground trips, we did manage to have our 3 days 2 nights staycation at Hard Rock hotel RWS for this June school holidays. It’s our first time staying at the Hard rock hotel and we personally preferred there to Festive hotel. Needless to say, the kids were thrilled about the staycation. Darian had been telling his teacher in school about it and counting down to the date. This time round, Papa Yap and I decided to keep this staycation a relaxing one rather than lining up everyday with many activities because walking and standing for long hours really would exhaust me.

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Together with my aunts and uncle-in law

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Daddy’s with daddy’s girl

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Downright expensive bubble guns Haha

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Our only princess

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Our only Prince(as of then) 😉

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New Lego Shop at Festive Hotel

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New toy yet again 😉

Day 1 was checking into the hotel followed by swimming, dinner and a stroll around RWS. Well Double Ds can never say no to the pool and slide. The kiddos were merrily having fun with Papa Yap in the pool, while my aunts, uncle joined me under the shade to wait for them. My 小姑(youngest aunt) came along with us to help us check into the hotel whereas my 大姑 (eldest aunt) and uncle in law joined us there for dinner. Double Ds are just so blessed to have their grandaunts doting on them. Since the weather was quite humid and the kids were still having fun in the pool, my aunts and uncle decided to go for their coffee break and joined us later for dinner. That night, double Ds returned back to the hotel with a bubble gun each from their 大姑婆 (grandaunt) and a new set of Lego Duplo Lego from me. Of course they were exceptionally happy for day 1! 🙂

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Super love this photo. The kiddos can really pose well. Haha 🙂

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Yummy egg tarts from the confectionery at the Malaysian Food Street

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The kids playing some card games with Papa Yap.

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4 + 1(on the way) 🙂

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Bedtime already

Back in the hotel, the kids continued their play time with Papa Yap. Darian had packed along some games and toys for this staycation and they certainly had lots of fun with their daddy. As for me, I was enjoying the yummy egg tarts which my aunt bought for us. Yums! 🙂

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Rise and shine on the second day

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All ready to head out

 We started Day 2 with Macdonalds breakfast from Festive Walks. After breakfast, we headed over to the Palawan beach for some PlayMobil event. The kiddos got a chance to play with some play mobil toys on display and completed a DIY craft session too. Darian chose to decorate a sun visor whereas Dyann wanted a DIY bag. So Darian proceeded with his craft with an assistant while Papa Yap and I took turns to guide Dyann in decorating her bag. Dyann wanted me to draw a hello kitty on her bag and thankfully it turned out looking like one. Haha 🙂

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At the Palawan beach station

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Playmobil soccer time

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Some mandatory picture

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More toys to play

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Best time to visit such place is definitely on a weekday 😉

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Craft time

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Papa Yap helping Dyann with the ink stamping

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The girl with her DIY bag

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The boy with his sun visor

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We love you daddy! ❤

Lunch was rather late at the Slappy Cakes. We ordered a butter and chocolate pancake patter with chocolate chips, strawberry and banana sides for garnish and they were served shortly. Papa Yap wouldn’t want to only have pancakes for lunch so he ordered a brunch set which tasted pretty good. We began “drawing” our pancakes over the hotplate and had so much fun and laughter throughout. If you were to ask about the pancakes, I would say it tasted perfectly alright.  Like seriously how bad could pancakes, chocolate chips, and the fruits taste right? But I totally love the concept of designing and cooking our own pancakes. It was fun and interesting which I supposed we wouldn’t mind revisiting again. 😉

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Time to cook!

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OK that was drawn by me. Definitely. 😉

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Papa Yap’s lunch

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His creation and it’s supposed to be angry bird. I think. haha

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Having fun!

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Ta-Da!

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The happy duo

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They said this is me!!! Baymax = mummy!! lol

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The only thing that the husband can draw perfectly! lol! And look at that funny boy beside him. 🙂

After our late lunch, we brought the kiddos back to the hotel for a swim and spent the rest of the evening in the room chillaxing. The kids were well entertained by their toys while I lounged about watching the TV programmes. Dinner was takeaways from Din Tai Fung and Chilli’s. The kids’ favourite egg fried rice! Yet another happy day for us! 🙂

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It’s sand play time!

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Dyann disliked the sand so she was in the pool with Papa Yap.

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Swimming is so fun!

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Good night and sweet dreams!

And that’s the end of our short staycation at Hard Rock Hotel. To sum up, it was definitely one happy and relaxing staycation and the quality family time spent together was simply awesome!

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Everything is awesome 🙂

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From Marina Barrage to Garden by the bay then back to Punggol

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Since our previous weekend plan was unsuccessful,  Papa Yap and I decided to fulfill our family outing at the Marina Barrage during the Labour Day holiday. At the same time, visit the Tulips Mania exhibition at the Flower Dome which was about to end soon. When the #jiaklimnuagang heard about our outing, they were keen on joining us. I thought it was a great idea for our second gathering. The more the merrier right? So when I told the duo about it, they were very excited!

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Surprisingly the carpark was almost full when we got there at 9ish. Kenny and Winnie who only reached at 10am weren’t that lucky. They had to park at Satay by the Bay and walked over to the barrage. We found a spot and laid out the mats and stuff on the ground while the duo were already excited to start playing around. Picnic was potluck. We bought finger food and curry puffs from Old Chang Kee, Steven and Cassie cooked spaghetti while Kenny and Winnie had prepared sandwiches. Food was definitely more than enough for all of us.

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Despite the hot weather, the kids had a fabulous time snacking away, flying kite, running around, blowing bubbles and playing the ball and Frisbee with their daddy, korkors and jiejies. If only there were some big canopy or parasol to shade us from the hot scorching sun! We were literally melting away. Steven even brought along his drone. He tried playing his toy but Mr wind was too strong at times, moreover there were too many kites in the air. Seriously it wouldn’t be nice to be cutting people’s kite. 😉

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After more than an hour of play and ‘sun tan’, we decided to continue with our picnic at the ground level of the Barrage. Without much hesitation, we packed our stuff and proceeded below. Apparently weather was a little too much for us to handle. At least we were all under the shade for the second half. 🙂

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We stopped by Satay by the bay for some cold drinks and desserts before heading over to the Flower Dome. It was definitely very much needed in such a hot weather. Over there, the duo were happy to feed the fishes at the pond too. Cassie bought them a packet of fish food at 2 bucks each which really kept them well entertained throughout.

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At the flower dome, there was a huge crowd and a long ticketing queue. Luckily, we managed to purchase the tickets online via mobile and got inside shortly. Yeah that’s the thing about being IT savvy! Still, we really shouldn’t have visited the place on a public holiday. It was hard for photography with the number of people there. The consolation was that the tulips were absolutely beautiful! I love seeing the assorted vibrant colors and their pretty display. Simply gorgeous! In conjunction with the upcoming Mother’s Day, there were free tulips distributed to the visitors inside. We followed the crowd to queue for it and it didn’t take us long before we got it.  Dyann fell asleep in Papa Yap’s arms shortly so he had to carry her throughout while we continued with our walk.

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Having done with our outing about 4pm, the gang decided to pop over at our place for some rest before continuing with Part 3 for the day. Dinner was a last minute plan when the rest of the friends found out that we were together at Garden by the bay. So we ended up meeting more friends at the Punggol Settlement for dinner. Then it was back to our humble abode again… As beers and cards have been always the way to end the night for this group of old time friends!

It was indeed an amazing full filled, long day for us.

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Saturday at East Coast Park 

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Usually we would meet up with Richard and company for some indoor lunch or dinner dates. That Saturday however, was the first time we arranged to meet up at East Coast Park for some outdoor activities instead. Hence my initial plans to the Marina Barrage was flopped. At first, I wasn’t exactly very keen on going to the East Coast Park until the thoughts about dining at the Food Centre enticed me. Well you know this is the time when one could ordered a table full of yummy local delights with all the friends whereas it’s almost impossible for just Papa Yap and I to do so.

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The adults and kiddos started off with some games of frisbee and soccer on an open field. I bought Dyann a ball from the nearby kiosk when I realised there was nothing to keep her occupied. It was not a bad idea after all. She was happy. 🙂

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Somehow the older kids became a little bored and requested to go cycling. It wasn’t of any issue for us as we had brought along Darian’s bicycle and the glider for Dyann while the rest rented a bicycle each. Darian had fun cycling along with them while Papa Yap and I guided Dyann on the glider and took a gentle stroll to and fro the jetty.

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We were all tired and hungry after an hour of cycling and walking. Before heading over to the food centre, we took some pictures of the sand castles built in memory of the late Lee Kuan Yew. It was indeed nicely done.

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The food centre was already packed at 6pm. Fortunately we managed to secure a big table, to accommodate the 10 of us, pretty fast. While the five adults went off to get the various food, I stayed behind to watch the kiddos. Well that’s the advantage of having young kids! Haha…

We had a table full of yummy food. There were satays, bbq chicken wings, oyster omelette, braised duck, fried rice, bak kut teh and sambal sting rays. Somewhat we really ordered too much food and ended up having lots of leftover. The thing about being in this group is that no one actually has the habit of taking photos of our meals. And that explained why there wasn’t any photo of our palatable dinner.

After dinner, we bought some old school ice cream from the ice cream vendor on our way to the car park. The cold and sweet dessert was certainly a good treat to end our day! 🙂

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Good Friday at Jurong Bird Park

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Life has been pretty mundane for March. Other than the usual weekend shopping trips or dining sessions with the grandparents, I don’t think we did anything more. At least April seemed to be a more fun and interesting month for the kids.

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Our first outing for the month was to the Jurong Bird Park. Because of the SG50 promotion, the tickets we purchased entitled us a year of membership with unlimited entry. I thought we got ourselves quite a good deal provided if we revisit again. Haha. 🙂 The place was rather packed as it was a public holiday. And parking was really another headache. We couldn’t get a parking lot opposite the park and ended up parking at the top of the hill.

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The plan was to bring the kids over to the water play area since we didn’t make it in time for the first bird show. Yet the area was closed for maintenances! Seriously! Just our luck! The kiddos were quite disappointed but at least the playground beside managed to keep them entertained for a while. To think that I had even checked on their website prior to the visit. If not we wouldn’t have another big bag to carry around.

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Weather was really hot and humid but that didn’t stop us from walking all over the park. The kiddos were really keen to look at all the various birds in the exhibits. They even attempted feeding the lories until Papa Yap got pecked by two of them. That was when Double Ds decided that feeding was actually no fun at all! Haha 🙂

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So we spent the rest of the day walking from one point to another learning about many types of birds, taking a number of pretty photos, watching the two bird shows, and looking at the man made waterfall. All these about summed up our trip at Jurong Bird Park. We were totally exhausted and hot and couldn’t be anymore happier to be back in the car!

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To the Night Safari

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Our first family outing of 2015 was to the Night Safari. It was rather an impromptu trip after picking Darian from his school. We thought that since it was the first day of school reopen, there wouldn’t be much crowd. But we were seriously wrong. There was already a long line forming at the entrance before it was even opened. I got to say that thankfully we were there early so it saved us a lot of time waiting for the tram ride. You should have seen the queue. It was crazy. I couldn’t imagine if we had came later. We probably got to wait more than one hour for the tram ride. Phew…

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So we started off with the tram ride which took about 4o minute for the entire tour. Flash photography was not allowed during the tour as the flash would hurt and blind the animals vision. Hence we didn’t manage to capture any photos. I would think the tram ride was pretty essential as some of the routes were not reachable by foot. Yet, we didn’t get to see all the animals and even so it was considerably a brief one as the tram was constantly moving.

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After the tram ride, we walked the night nature trail. I thought it was kind of hard to walk around looking at the animals at night. Some were hiding behind bushes while some enclosures were quite packed. It certainly took us a while to spot the animals. Nevertheless we managed to complete the trail.

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We ended the Night Safari trip catching the Creatures of the Night show. Being the typical ‘kiasu’ parents, we waited at the entrance 40 minutes before the show. At least, we managed to get a decent view for the show. The animal show was interesting and it managed to entice the kids. Darian was still complaining that the duration of the show was too short. Haha 🙂

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Overall, it was a good experience for the kids. I recalled coming to the Night Safari during childhood and when I was dating with Papa Yap. Seriously, I felt that it didn’t change much and it has been always this crowded. Haha… Papa Yap was commenting that we could come back again next year but I really doubt so. To be honest, we prefer going to the Zoo. You would get to see more animals, spend more time at the enclosures and exhibits, take really nice photos, and the kids get to play too. Besides, the Zoo tickets are cheaper you know.

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Darian is 5 – Part 2

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Day 2

Our first activity of the day began at Port of the Lost Wonder. This was our second visit to the water playground. We had quite a bad experience with Darian when we first visited POLW two years ago. Back then he was totally terrified of getting into the water. But now he has definitely outgrown that phase, in fact we actually need to cajole him out of the water. As for our little missy, it didn’t take her long enough to get into the pool. She seems a little more adventurous than her big brother. The kiddos had so much fun splashing with Papa Yap while I watched them played and captured all those priceless moments. Perhaps it’s time to get a water-resistant camera. 😉 Double Ds absolutely had a whale of a splashy great time there. Since then, Darian has been talking about a revisit. 🙂

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Next, we brought double Ds to the Playcation event held at the Palawan beach. With a spending of 60 bucks at Sentosa, we were able to redeem two free play passes. However, the exhausted little missy was least interested about playing at all. She fell asleep soundly on Papa’s Yap arms while waiting for Darian to remove his shoes. So I ended up giving her pass to a random family. On the other hand, Darian was all ready for the next round of play. I really wondered where did he get all those energy from. The ball pool, slides, bouncing castle, rock climbing giant inflatables in the playtent kept Darian well entertained for the next 20 minutes.

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After dinner at the Macdonalds, we continued with our third activity – the Luge rides. We were surprised to see how double Ds enjoyed the rides so much. We had two rounds of the Luge but they were still asking for more. They totally loved the thrills! Papa Yap was telling me how Darian kept asking him to go faster on the luge. Well Papa Yap and I did enjoy the rides too. But I didn’t like the skylift at all. So we took a bus up for our second round of Luge.

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The last activity for the day was the Wings of Time show at the Palawan beach. Like the previous show, Songs of the Sea, Wings of time is yet another show of water, laser lights and fire effects. I thought it was really a fabulous way to end the night with beautiful fireworks and lights. 🙂

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All of us were extremely tired after a long day outside. We snuggled into bed right after bath time. It was indeed a splendid family day at the beach. 🙂

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Day 3

Like any other staycation, we would usually plan for a swim at the hotel on the last day. Double Ds were so happy to get into the pool. We brought them over to the Hard Rock Hotel where they could have both water and sand play. However, Dyann did not enjoy the sand play at all and was reluctant to walk on it. As for Darian, he was having loads of fun playing his sand play toys.

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We concluded the last day of our staycation at the Trick Eye Museum. Darian was very enthusiastic about posing in front of the camera. He literally posed for almost every scenes. We could tell that he was totally enjoying it. Haha 🙂 Anyways Trick Eye Museum is similar to the Alive Museum, just of a different managing company with different photo concepts. Nevertheless, we still had a great time taking lots of funny silly photos. 🙂

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It was absolutely a terrific staycation! Awesome!

Until now, Darian has been asking for another Sentosa staycation. 🙂

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Darian is 5 – Part 1

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The night before Darian’s birthday, his favourite yiyi and John appeared at our door to surprise him with a birthday cake. Darian was really elated to see them! 🙂 Before that, he had mommy’s homecooked birthday meesua for dinner. This silly boy was so happy to see two eggs in his bowl. 🙂

Day 1

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The next day, we set off to Sentosa where we would be spending our next two nights there. Needless to say, double Ds were extremely thrilled about the staycation. On the way, we picked up the grandparents who would be joining us for Darian’s birthday lunch at Earle Swenson’s, Vivo City, followed by a visit to Madame Tussauds Sentosa. Since we were all wearing blues except for my father in law. I bought him a blue shirt upon reaching Vivo City. So it’s Team Blue day out! 🙂

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After a hearty lunch, we took the Sentosa Express over to Madame Tussuads Singapore. This is our second visit to a Madame Tussuads museum. The first one was in Washington D.C. I suppose our kiddos have no issues about visiting a wax figures museum because both of them are least camera shy and in fact quite a poser. Haha 🙂  MTS housed over 60 wax figures of both local and international leaders and stars. This is the time when one could have no reservations taking selfies and pictures with all those famous people. Some stations even have props for creative and fun shots. We all had fun posing around and taking pictures with the figures. For us, taking a picture with ‘Mr and Mrs Lee Kuan Yew’ is definitely a must at MTS. The trip wouldn’t be complete without a picture with them. Last but not least, the unique feature here got to be the boat ride that takes visitors on a journey through the iconic sights in Singapore. Despite a quick ride, I thought it did bring out the essences of Singapore. 🙂

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After sending the grandparents back, we checked into the Festive hotel where we would be staying for three days and two nights. This was our second staycation here in RWS. Although there was a bunk bed and sofa bed available in the room, we still preferred to snuggle each other to sleep on the king size bed. Well at least I didn’t wake up to backaches. 🙂

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We ended Day 1 with dinner at Din Tai Feng, RWS, followed by a quick shopping at Vivo city. It was a good thing that Vivo City was accessible by the Sentosa Express. This made traveling in and out of Sentosa much easier.

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Day 1 was fun but Day 2 was even better! 🙂

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Staycation at Marina Bay Sands 2

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We woke up to a hazy Singapore with the PSI at unhealthy range. It was certainly not a good thing as our plan for the day was to bring the kids to the duck tours followed by a walk to the Esplanade and the Merlion park. Since the haze was rather bad and that Papa Yap had some important work email to settle, the kids and I lazed our morning away in the room. Fortunately the haze condition did improve at 11ish and we were out of the hotel then! 🙂

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We took double Ds for a train ride to Marina Square. Papa Yap and I were amazed by all the new MRT lines- circle line, downtown line. Totally overwhelmed reading the map. Seriously when was the last time we board a train to the city and town area? As usual the kiddos were happy for the train ride even it was only one station away. Haha kids! 🙂

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After a heavy lunch at Putien, we walked over to Suntec City for the duck tours. Darian was thrilled! As expected we were the only Singaporean family aboard. During the introduction of the tour, the guide jokingly mentioned that it must be that we have nothing better to do. Hmm, there’s really nothing wrong bringing kids on such educational tour where they gain knowledge on their homeland. Learning is all about exposure and experience. Come on! We can’t be only learning and seeing the Merlion statue on the textbook right? Anyways we were not offended by his comment, for all that we know Darian was fascinated by how the car transformed into a boat and float on the sea. It was like an adventure for him you know. As for Dyann, she was actually napping before we hit the sea. She did appear a little puzzled when she woke up though. 🙂

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We made our way to the Esplanade and Merlion Park thereafter. It was like being tourists in our own country. Haha! Still we enjoyed doing it as a family and I called these priceless moments. We love family time like this. 🙂

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Dinner was takeaway. We bought sushi, char kway teow, BBQ chicken wings, carrots cake and drinks back to hotel. Simply sinful yet yummy!  After our fulfilling dinner, we went up to the observatory deck and ended Day 2 with a beautiful night skyline view around MBS. Oh and I was actually thinking of extending another night. haha 🙂

Day 3

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How could a staycation at MBS considered complete without visiting the infinity pool right? Needless to say, we brought double Ds up for a swim. I was actually surprised to see the crowd on a Tuesday. Well then again, given that MBS was famous for its infinity pool, it should be this busy everyday and probably busier during the peak season. Without any doubt, Double Ds had a splashing fun time in the pool with Papa Yap. It’s definitely great to be in a pool with such spectacular view. No wonder most of the time people were taking selfies rather than swimming! Haha! 🙂

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We then check out at 1pm and headed to Kallang Airport food market for more local delights! Such a great way to end our staycation! Seriously we had such marvelous family time at MBS and all that I can say is that this staycation ROCKS! We love it! 🙂

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Staycation at Marina Bay Sands 1

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We were totally looking forward to this 3 days 2 nights stay at MBS since August. First of all, I must thank my aunt who got us the room and also our buddy who arranged a great room for us. Much appreciated! We are truly blessed with all the love around us. heehee 😉

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We, especially double Ds, love the spacious room as well as the fantastic view. Double Ds were incredibly happy upon entering the room. It was really a good start for the staycation! 🙂

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After settling down, we strolled over to the Gardens by the bay while Darian happily glided on his Y glider. It was our first trip to Gardens by the bay and we really enjoyed walking around looking at all the pretty flowers in both the observatories- Flower dome and Cloud forest. The good thing was that the observatories were air conditioned which definitely made our visit a much pleasant one. The weather was really humid outside.

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At about 7pm, we began our mid-autumn festival lantern exhibit walkthrough which showcased the iconic landmarks of 7 global cities; thematic lantern set pieces such as Racial Harmony in Singapore; SEA Games 2015; 12 Chinese Zodiacs and Birds of Paradise; Chinese themes such as the Ancient Chinese Palace, the Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea and the Treasure Voyages of Cheng Ho. The lantern pieces sets were all so colourful and spectacular. We took some beautiful pictures despite the number of crowd.

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We ended our Gardens by the bay visit at the Supertree, Garden Rhapsody show. Our plan of taking a walk along the OCBC skywalk didn’t happen in the end because we were rushing for the MBS water and light show at 9.30pm. After we got back to the hotel at 10ish, double Ds were surprised to see a chocolate treat specially prepared for them. Of course, they were delighted! 🙂

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Mid-autumn festival 2014

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Our family had our first overseas Mid-autumn experience in the States last year and couldn’t be any more glad to be back home for this festival this year.

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We didn’t celebrate the Mid-autumn festival on the actual day as Papa Yap had to work late. So here’s what we did during the Mid-autumn festive weekend this year. On Friday, after our dinner at Tampines mall, Papa Yap decided to bring the kids to Chinatown for a walk. The streets were brightened up with so many lanterns of various colours. Such a beautiful sight. The kids were also happy to be going home with a lantern each from their Papa.

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The next day, my sister and John came over to my place to accompany double Ds while Papa Yap attended a dinner date with his friends. After dinner, we brought the kiddos under the block and they had a fun time playing at the playground as well as playing with the lanterns. And guess what, we ended up using the lantern from previous years. Dyann actually spoilt both her new lanterns and one of Darian’s shortly after purchase. Haha…

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On Sunday night, we brought the kiddos to Punggol end for a lantern walk. We walked around with the lanterns, played with candles, had ice-cream, and watched the kids run and glide around. It was absolutely an enjoyable and happy night with the kiddos. Papa Yap and I would definitely keep this traditional festival going for our little family. We want them to have wonderful childhood memories just like us. 🙂

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