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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A short trip part 1 – luray caverns

***17th Jan 14***

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It was another long weekend holiday for Papa Yap and we planned for a short trip to the west of Virginia. This time round, we invited Feroz to join us and were glad that he was keen on it. 🙂

We met Feroz at our place and set off together in our car. It took us about 2 hours to reach our first stop – the Luray Caverns. I was captivated by the beautiful scenery of mountains, houses and farms, along the road. This is something we would not get to see in Singapore. Everything looked so calm, relax and slow paced as compared to Singapore. How nice! 🙂

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Luray Caverns is one magnificent underground caverns with beautiful natural stalactites, stalagmites and columns formation created over thousands of years. It’s like hundreds of year for mere inches of stalactites, just how amazing is that. Seems like a phenomenal to me! It was a guided tour in group of about 20 people and took about an hour. Basically you couldn’t get down in there on your own. Perhaps it is one measure to ensure safety of visitors, at the same time to protect the natural creations.

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We were totally staring in awe at all those amazing formations. It was that spectacular! What an incredible place to be in. There was this largest pool of water in the caverns known as the Dream Lake, reflected and created a mirror image of the stalactites hanging from the ceiling. Seriously I didn’t realise that was a reflection initially. The water was really sparkling clear! Besides the few highlighted formations, the next awesome sight was the stalactites organ which played a tune. Though we have to stay quiet to be able to hear the sound clearly.

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We stopped by this wishing pond in the caverns where Papa Yap, Darian and I made our wishes by tossing in coins. After that, Darian happily told me that his wish was to have many many toys. Haha… As usual my funny son! 🙂

At the end of the tour, we proceeded to the cars and toys museum next to the caverns. At the cars museum, there was a wide display of antique cars, some of which were familiar car brands like Mercedes and Rolls Royce. Well it didn’t take us long to finish the walk through. And the toys museum which had a big collection of Play Mobile set displays and toys from early centuries till date. What attracted Darian was actually the wooden train set table at the gift shop. He was exceptionally glad to be able to play with it! Hence we decided to have some coffee at the café while waiting for Darian. Overall the trip at Luray Caverns was a great one! 🙂

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National Museum of the Marine Corps

***2nd & 16th August***

The National Museum of the Marine Corps is just located next to the Marine Corps base camp. Papa Yap has been wanting to visit the museum and so we decided to drop by one Saturday morning.

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It is one huge museum with many galleries and exhibits. We were totally in awe, walking through the galleries and looking at all those amazing exhibits. It is certainly one spectacular army museum. Awesome! The interactive technology, multi-media exhibits and thousands of artifact displays used to showcase the evolution of the Marines and American war history were undeniably stunning. It was also explicit enough for us to learn and understand more about the specific role of the Marines, and how those experiences affected American history. I must say the people who put this together did a great job! Impressive!

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Did I mention that the admission is free? 🙂 That really gives us a good reason to go again. We revisited the Marine Corps Museum for a second time because we couldn’t complete the entire exhibitions during our first visit. There was way too much information for Papa Yap to digest and I supposed the duo were the other reason. Yet another great afternoon at the museum. We did enjoy ourselves and probably be revisiting again. Absolutely worth the second visit and perhaps more! Thumbs up! 🙂

Storybooks

I have been going around, searching for readers to start Darian with his reading journey. His storybooks that we sent over from Singapore along with Papa Yap’s stuff did not arrive at our doorstep. It was really frustrating, especially with the thought of spending hundreds on the two packages! Argh… Apparently they would be redirected back to Singapore and there was no way to retrieve them! Angry to max! Anyway Papa Yap will handle this. So back to the subject. Since Darian is not attending any kindergarten school here, I would want to do more reading and writing exercises with him so as to prepare him for K1 next year.

We managed to find a second hand storybooks shop nearby our place. I had chosen some simple titles for him and they looked relatively new. Most importantly the books were really cheap. The cheapest I got was a dollar, the rest was two and one at three dollars. Nice! I suppose we will be going back to the shop pretty soon! 🙂

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Papa yap bought one for himself too! 🙂

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18 weeks old Baby Dyann

   Dyann is now 7.2kg and 63cm. I am glad to know that she is growing well. Looking at her growth chart, Dr Ho mentioned Baby Dyann is really putting on quite a bit and she is going to look like another ball just like Darian. She wants me to control her milk intake. But seriously how to? It is rather challenging. Baby Dyann has a fiery temper. She gets real grouchy when she is hungry or tired. Her wails are so loud that my neighbour at the other end can also hear her. And her cries kind of scare me. 😉

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At 18 weeks old Baby Dyann is able to grasp and reach for objects, hold up her head while lying on tummy, hold her head steady when upright, attempt to roll over one side, squeal in delight and make a lot of cooing sound. She responds very well to us, like turning to the direction of our voices and smiling back at us. Oh and she really enjoys blowing bubbles as in playing with her saliva. Haha 🙂

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I love waking up to see her smiling at me every morning. She has got such a lovely smile that is so angelic, so beautiful. Her smile simply brightens up my day.  ❤

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Aww… Just love her to bits. muacks  ❤

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My little handsome boyfriend

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This little boy has been getting more cheeky, quick tempered and demanding… haha… Seriously not easy to handle him, his screaming and cries at times. However on the other hand, he is just so adorable. He can really engage everyone in laughter. We simply couldn’t have enough of him! Love him 🙂

Though he started calling ”Mama” before one and susequently after one, words like ball, bubbles, bear, car, papa, apple, choo choo etc.. Then he stopped picking up new words till almost two. I was kind of worried as I have seen my friend’s son starting to speak at 18months while Darian was still blabbering and showing the sign language back then. We consulted the PD and she told us not to worry too much as Darian was able to say out a number of words and his comprehension skills is good. Friends in early childhood practices would say that boys are generally slower in comparison. I reckon that too and I believe everyone as an unique individual. And after his second birthday, he started calling me ”mummy”. haha 🙂 Right now, Darian’s speech has definitely improved. Words he used to say like “yi yi”,” jiu jiu” has become clearer, his vocabulary has increased (he is able to say “Daddy”, Papa Yap is so happy!) and he has using short phrases like, “Darian eat bread”, “mummy open”, “mummy take toys”, “papa buy toys”, “I draw mickey mouse nice” etc.. He is learning to form sentences.  And currently his favourite word is no longer “no” but “why”.  He just love to ask why! Lol! 😉 Gosh he is growing so fast and I am really happy to witness his development. 🙂

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