December family fun time

The whole of December had been an incredibly fun and fulfilling one, mostly the second half because Papa Yap took leave from the third week of December until 4th January. The kids, especially Darian who was having his school holidays, and I were absolutely elated to have him around the house. For that past two weeks, we went out most of the days so I hardly cook. Besides, with him in the house meant having extra hands to help me with the kids. Hence, it was like a well deserved break for myself as well. 🙂

There were simply too many activities that happened in December. As such, I decided to sum up everything with this post. Anyways I was pretty sure that double Ds totally had a smashing great time throughout December!

Polliwogs at East Coast

Going to Polliwogs is always a happy time for double Ds. They seemed to have infinite fun playing there and will always ask for more. Coincidentally our dinner dates, Steven and Cassie, were around the vicinity and decided to join us for a while before going for their movie date. Later in the evening, we met up again for dinner at Junction 8. The kids enjoyed their company and we could tell that they adore double Ds as well.

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Lunch at Changi City Point and playtime at the Petite Park.

It has been such a long time since I met up with my gf, Angela. So I thought meeting her, together with double Ds, at Changi City Point would be ideal for a little catch up. At least I’m confident enough to supervise the kids in that little indoor playground while chatting with Angela. Apparently Double Ds enjoyed playing with her too. She certainly was good at entertaining the kids. 🙂

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Bowling at CSC Changi

We had a bowling and dinner date with Steven and Cassie. Darian was exceptionally happy to hear about our date as he has always been very keen in bowling. The bowling center at CSC Changi is newly established  and has sofa seats rather than the conventional bowling seats. The comfortable settings created a cozy environment for both bowlers and non-bowlers. It’s a great place for friends and family to get together. The other good thing is that the lanes are equipped with gutter bumpers to help kids keep their balls rolling towards the pins. This definitely kept the kids’ morale high. Now that Darian is older and could lift the lightest bowling ball, bowling seems like another family activity for us. Overall, we had a fun bowling experience with Darian and the couple. Looking forward to our next bowling session with them again. 🙂

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Playdates

Yes, the kids love playdates and the best time to plan for playdates is of course during school holidays. This December,we met up with SukChing and baby Tyler for a couple of times. Double Ds are always talking about baby Tyler and they certainly love visiting him at home. We also had another playdate with my friend Fiona and her two lovely kids, Jovan and Joey. It didn’t take the boys long to warm up. The girls however, were at the stage where they were unable to engage in cooperative play. Still, the playdate was an awesome one. I totally enjoyed talking to mummy Fiona and double Ds were happy to have double Js in the house too. 🙂

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New Life Community Church

We brought the kids to support the grandparents and their friends for a line dance performance at the church. Darian was all focused watching the performances while Dyann fell asleep before the grandparents went up the stage. Haha…

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Yap’s Family day out at the Universal Studio Singapore

Since Papa Yap’s elder brother and his family came back from London for a month stay, we decided to have a family outing to the Universal Studio. It was a good idea for everyone, especially the kids, to get together before they fly back to London. Weather was hot but still bearable. As usual, we spent lots of time queuing for rides and taking photo. While the in laws decided to leave the park at 4ish, we remained in the park until 8pm. We thought it was too early to leave and the kids obviously didn’t have enough fun. Surprisingly queues at night was very short and double Ds were so excited for the rides. Double Ds had an enjoyable day and Dyann was even happier to receive a USS balloon from one of the staff. But someone else wasn’t too pleased about it… 🙂

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Christmas 2015

Christmas eve was spent at home together with Jeff and family, Richard and Yanni. Double Ds always love seeing this group of people. They love playing with Double Js all the time. It was absolutely a great occasion to hang out together. On Christmas day, we went over to SukChing’s house and stayed there till late night. Needless to say, we all had a enjoyable time there. This year, we bought a Christmas tree and had all the presents placed under the tree until Christmas Day. Somehow they did manage to wait until Christmas Day to unwrap all the presents despite all those anticipation. Double Ds were very delighted and grateful for all the Christmas presents.

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SukLin and Kim’s Rom

Although we didn’t make it to SukLin and Kim’s grand wedding in Thailand, we were still glad to witness their ROM in Singapore. Their ROM was hosted in Tunglok Central and only the close relatives were invited. It’s another wonderful reason to gather with the relative. Wishing them an everlasting marriage and hope to receive ‘good news’ from them soon. 🙂

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Cycling at East Coast park

It was an impromptu family activity at the East Coast Park. Weather was cloudy and windy, absolutely perfect for a evening leisure cycle. We rented a family bicycle and a small four wheeled bicycle for an hour. Darian wanted to cycle on his own and we thought it was also a good time for him to practise cycling. It’s always great to be doing such activities during the weekdays where there isn’t any crowd at all. We all had a splendid evening cycle at the beach that day.

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Gardens by the bay

We managed to visit Christmas at Gardens by the bay before the theme changed for the next season. Dinner was at Satay by the bay before we began our night stroll at the Flower Dome and Supertree Grove. Luckily for us, it was a cooling night for a stroll around the park. Doubles Ds enjoyed the walk in the Flower Dome and the super tree Rhapsody. The Christmas decorations were all so beautiful to look at. We took many pretty photos and only left the park at about 10pm. Yet another happy family outing. I totally love family time like this. 🙂

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Day 6 – Disney Magic Kingdom

***25th December 13***

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Just one word to sum up Christmas at Magic kingdom…Overwhelming! Overwhelming place, crowd and queues! I got a shock when we got into the car park at 8ish. It was already packed. From the parking lot tram to the monorail station to the entrance of Magic Kingdom took us about one and a half hour. Crazy! According to the staff, Christmas is the busiest day of the year. And our friends were telling us how big the park was and apparently it was quite impossible to complete the park within a day. It’s true! Now that it’s Christmas, we couldn’t even finish half a park. That’s just how ridiculous it was. Given that it was our first time there, it seemed rather ‘wasted’ you know.  I did wonder if we have chosen the right time to visit but it was Papa Yap’s idea for us to celebrate and soak into the Christmas atmosphere. Somehow we did despite the crowd. But I am very sure there is no way for me to visit such popular theme park during any festive seasons again. 😉

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Magic Kingdom surely lives up to its name. It is certainly one beautiful theme park! And I’m so in love with the castle. Anyway do you guys know that not all the castles worldwide are the same. The one in Orlando and Japan belongs to Cinderella while California, HongKong and France, has the Sleeping Beauty castle.

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How can you not take photographs with Mickey, Minnie and the Disney characters when you visit Disneyland. It’s like a must-do regardless of the wait right? Anyway we could tell that Dyann likes Minnie quite a bit as she was looking and touching Minie throughout the photo taking session. So adorable! And whenever we entered a gift shop, she would be looking for Minnie stuff. Hmm… seems like we will be expecting more Minnie stuff at home! heehee 😉

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We did take The Winnie the pooh ride and watch a 3D Mickey show too. It didn’t take us that long to wait for the two as we managed to grab the fast-pass tickets. So peeps if you are planning for a trip to Disneyland, do your homework and check out their fast pass stations. This can really save a lot of waiting time.

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We totally enjoyed the Disney parades and managed to catch two parades in exchange for all the other rides. Yeah we really spent A LOT of time waiting. Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime parade which is filled with Disney Characters, elves, reindeer, toys, candy, and also Santa atop a sleigh. The music is catchy and the floats are spectacular making it a parade not to be missed. Of course we were glad to have made it. The other one was the Disney electrical parade that is a night-time parade where Disney characters come alive in bright lit colourful floats, marching through the streets. Beautiful!

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The fireworks performance was absolutely stunning! We felt that it was better than the one in Japan. Having to wait for the show since 7pm when it only begin at 9.45pm. What more can I say? By then Baby Dyann was already sleeping on the double stroller while Darian was still battling with the ‘sleeping the monster’ in him. Haha.. Well he did manage to stay awake and watch the fantastic fireworks and laser show. The moment the show ended, he sat in the stroller and dozed off. That’s just how tired he was. 😉

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It was certainly one long and tiring day at Magic Kingdom. You know what… we were there until 12am yet we didn’t get a chance to finish touring the entire theme park. Seriously we got to find a way to come back again! Haha 😉 Nevertheless it was definitely a magical Christmas for us. What a splendid and wonderful Christmas! 🙂

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Ornament Exchange

***14th December 13***

Finally some ‘me-time’ for myself. Yes it’s over at Lourdes’s place again. I’m so glad to have made such a nice friend here. She had organized a Christmas ornament exchange party for the ladies only and we were suppose to bring along a hanging ornament each. It has been quite a while since I last attended a function without the hubs or kiddos. Somewhat it felt really nice to have a 2 hours break from the family. Guess subconsciously I kind of need it. 🙂 Papa Yap brought double Ds to a McDonalds with an indoor playground and that really kept them entertained without missing my presence. According to Papa Yap, they had so much fun there! 🙂

The party was great with yummy snacks, desserts and coffee. And not forgetting the lovely company. We had much fun and laughter, sharing those juicy news and playing the ornament game. So how did we go about playing the ornament game? Basically the game started with everyone drawing a number each. We then took turns to open an ornament in that order. After the first person opened the chosen ornament, the next person could either ‘steal’ from the first person or open a new one. By the way each ornament could only be ‘stolen’ twice. And that was what made the game interesting. 🙂

My very first time attending such party which I thought it would be nice to organize one when I return. 🙂

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What a wonderful Saturday morning with all the lovelies!  🙂

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MCU tree decoration and potluck

***2nd December 13***

Our family attended a tree decoration and potluck party organized by the school for the international students. Families were expected to bring along a dish for the potluck session and a hanging ornament as well. Thanks to my very very nice husband who replied(without consulting me) that we would be bringing sambal(chilli) prawns. Oh why don’t you suggest something easier like green bean soup? Haha… That jolly meant that I have to shell and devein 2 pounds of prawns. Still, I was glad that the sambal paste that we bought was really tasty and spicy. We received good feedback on the dish and our Filipino friend, Richard, was telling us how spicy and hot it was. I suppose it was way too hot for him!

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Sambal prawns. Yummy!

It was a nice evening to gather around with the other international students and their family. We tried quite a bit of international food and they tasted good too. It was certainly great that the organizing committee indented a bouncing castle for the kids too. I’m pretty sure the kids had a lot of fun, so did Darian. 🙂

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International food.

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Desserts

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Bouncing castle

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The girl who cannot play in the bouncing castle.

As the tree decorations began, the kids took turns to hang their ornament on the tree. It was only then we realized that we have to bring along a hanging ornament. Thanks to Feroz who brought some hanging ornaments and gave it to Darian for him to participate in the activity. This boy insisted to hang his ornament facing the front because he wanted them to be seen!

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Darian hanging the ornament.

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All done! 🙂

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Hi mister snowman! 🙂

At the end of the event, there was a lucky draw with some cookbooks and a light up musical snowman to be given away. We didn’t win any prize yet double Ds went home with the snowman! Guess what? A little girl(maybe 8 or 9 years old) who won the snowman gave it to Darian. Nope, Darian didn’t ask or cry for the snowman. It was just so unexpected when the little girl approached us and gave it to Darian. Wow that was absolutely sweet and kind of her being so generous! Of course Darian and Baby Dyann were really happy. So maybe we did win the lucky draw after all! Tis the season to be jolly… Lalalalala lalalala… 😉

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Christmas gathering at Joel’s

***29th December***

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Christmas at Parc Lumiere!

Had our last Christmas gathering at Joel and Lesley’s place with Papa Yap OCS pals(Richard, Yanni and Shaiful’s family). Joel and Lesley stay two blocks away from Richard and Yanni. That makes them neighbours as well! 🙂 For lunch we had fried beehoon, some finger food and shepherd pie prepared by Lesley’s helper. Yummy!

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Baby Tristan so so adorable! 🙂

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The big baby! 😉

We had an awesome afternoon of get-together session with the OCS peeps. A pity that Adrel and family could not join us as he was involved in a wedding event. As well as TT as his wife had an early labour. Nevertheless, it was really a good reason for not being able to come. Congratulations on their second bundle of joy! 🙂 I guess the next gathering would be Chinese New Year. So till then! 🙂

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Shaiful and the kids

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Merry X’mas!

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Christmas evening at Seng Kang Riverside Park

***25th December***

Dinner at the Mushroom Cafe was good! The food is to our likings and not expensive at all. Mushroom Cafe is actually managed by Old Chang Kee. This explains why the finger food all taste so familiar. The place would remind you of a simple canteen, nothing fanciful but I like it. This is my second time there(check out my first visit) and I think we will definitely revisit again. We had fishballs, french fries, nuggets, chicken stew with rice, mee rebus and mushroom soup for dinner. Both Papa Yap and I think that the chicken stew is tasty. The savoury sauce surely goes very well with the rice and it makes you feel like eating more. Yums! The mee rebus was not too bad either, comparable to the standard at Qiji. What I like about the menu is that you have the option to choose rice, noodles, or loaf for most of the main courses. 🙂 So if you fancy a simple, filling and decent meal in the park, I think Mushroom Cafe is an excellent place for it. 🙂

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We had brought along the wooden bike(passed down from Jeff) for Darian to ride around the park as well and he enjoyed it. He was going around in it before and after dinner. Really kept him occupied and entertained. 🙂

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After a filling dinner, we had a stroll around the park before heading back home. Weather was really chilly and I can’t wait to get into the car.

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Yet another awesome day with my loves.

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Merry Christmas 2012

***25th December***

Merry Christmas to all! 🙂

We were invited to Jeff’s place for a Christmas party. Jeff’s place is just two junctions away from our place and Darian loves to go there. All of his favourite toys can be found there. It’s like a play land for Darian. They have wayyy too many toys there. If you think Darian has a hill of toys then Jayden and Javier has a mountain! Really a lot. A house full of toys, expensive toys. 🙂

I don’t think I will ever get tired of meeting up with this bunch of friends. Especially for the kids. I am so glad our kids get along and can play together very well. Lunch was great from Lee Wee and brother’s. All of us agreed that the curry was a thumbs up. To eat it with the fried beehoon that their helper cooked was really fantastic! There were also many assorted finger food: fishball, chicken karage, otah, satay, fish fillet, spring roll, sotong yutiao and chicken wing. Jeff had bought the taiwan apple beer for me after hearing me mentioningthat the beer tastes good. How nice of him! 🙂

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With Uncle Richard and Auntie Yanni

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Pretty meimei

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With Korkor Jayden

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The two boys with the princess

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Papa Yap and the kiddos

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Us with the kids. 🙂

Another great session of gathering! Thank you Jeff and Cardine for having us. It was really a delightful day. Looking forward to the next round of gathering which most likely to be held at my place during Chinese New Year. 🙂

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At Nex

***24th December***

At Ajisen Gourmet Town

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Pork Curry Ramen

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Volcanoe Ramen

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Side dishes – Fried cuttlefish and Prawn mayo

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Kids meal

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Our two loves!

Our Christmas Eve was spent at Nex shoppping mall. We were doing our very last minute Christmas shopping there. We didn’t want to go down to town area as we anticipated that the malls and roads will be super crowded. But Nex was also packed too! I thought people would be going for parties and gatherings but I was so wrong. Haha 😉 Anyway glad that we managed to get all the things we wanted and at the same time satisying our ramen craving (though it wasn’t the ‘wow factor’ type of ramen). We are happy enough.

Life is good. 🙂

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Christmas gathering at Ang’s

  ***23rd December***

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The Christmas tree with all Mickey and Minie decorations! (Uncle Richard’s favourite)

It’s the yearly little Christmas gathering with the usual group at Richard and Yanni’s place in Simei. Darian was very excited after I told him that we would be going to Uncle Richard’s house in the late afternoon. He kept asking me when are we going every now and then. I shouldn’t have told him about it eh! Haha 😉 We bought Laoban soya beancurd over for dessert and Richard had bought a lot of food from the Zhichar stall near Eastpoint mall for dinner. The food is good. Especially the chicken wings! 🙂 So it’s another evening of good food, nice company, great laughters and happy kids. We were all so busy talking, eating, pacifying Baby Dyann and chasing after the kids that I had only manage to take that few photos of the kids.

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Darian’s Christmas present from Uncle Richard and Auntie Yanni

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Dyann’s dress from Chateau de sable

 Well well, it is always great to meet up with them all. Darian is always so happy to see them too! And definitely the present had made Darian even happier! 🙂 Thank you Richard and Yanni for the warm hospitality and wonderful presents! 🙂

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Happy Angrybird Tuesday

***11th December***

My sister and I brought the kiddos to Changi Airport T3 after Baby Dyann’s vaccination at Dr Ho’s. Darian wanted to see the Angrybird space Christmas display at T3, so we decided to head down to the airport thereafter. This year, Changi Airport T3 is decorated in the Angrybird Christmas theme. Not only the stunning Angrybird Space displays, there are also activities located in level 2 and basement 2. However, there is a minimum spending requirement in order to enter the activity zones. At the same time, you can also redeem a angrybird plush toy when you spend $60($120 at Supermarkets) in the Public Area, or $150 in the Transit Area. Seriously, I was really looking around to buy something just for the plush. Haha… But in the end, I didn’t get anything. 🙂

Awesome Angrybird Space display at level 2

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At Basement 2

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Ice-cream break time! 🙂

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Hmm… Mommy I want ice-cream too! Please? 😉

Darian playing at the playground before going home.

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And so the boy was extra happy today. He said because:

1) “Yiyi come our house today.”

2) “I go airport see angry bird space today.”

Thanks to my sister for skipping school and accompanying us for the day! We love you!  ❤

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