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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RWS: Day 3

***22nd May 13***

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Brekkie at the Fiesta before heading down to the pool. We sneaked into the pool at Hard Rock Hotel where there is an integrated sandy pool that resembled the beach. It was not an enjoyable swim after all as Darian totally disliked the sand. He did not like the feel of stepping on the sand and was constantly asking us to carry him. So he spent most of the time in a small pool with a slide. While Papa Yap played with Baby Dyann in shallow water. We went back to the hotel after 40 minute of water play. The kids had their last bubble bath before our check out. 🙂

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We went to the SEA aquarium after checking out of the Festive hotel. The aquarium is quite spectacular for a first timer like us. We spent an hour inside, walking around looking at the various fishes and corals. Darian had a feel of the starfish and some sea creatures at the Discovery Touch Pool. Darian was pretty amazed at the super big aquarium that holds several big ray, shark and grouper. He took my phone and captured many pictures of them. Haha… 🙂  Even Baby Dyann looked fascinated at the colourful fishes swimming in the tank. She had eyes on them and was pointing and hitting the tank. We went to the cafeteria outside the SEA Aquarium for our late lunch before going back home. I supposed Darian was really exhausted after so many days of fun, sleeping late yet waking up early that he actually fell asleep while eating his fried rice. Wahaha… 😉

Time passes fast and it’s our last day at RWS. If only we have the time, we would consider extending for another night stay. It was really a memorable and enjoyable staycation for us. Especially considering that I have not stayed out of Punggol after so so long. At last we are back home, back to reality and back to the endless chores. Piles of clothes to wash after the staycation. Boohoo… Papa Yap thought I was fast when he saw the clothes washed and hung. That’s me!  Heehee 🙂

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RWS: Day 2

***21st May 13***

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Woke up at 7ish for breakfast at the Fiesta restaurant at level 3. Just some average typical american and chinese breakfast buffet spread. Well still good enough for us to start our day. Wanted to bring the kids to the pool for a swim but I didn’t manage to buy Baby Dyann’s swim diaper. So we went back to the room and the kids had a bubble bath before going over to Universal Studio.

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It’s our second time to the USS. Darian was not keen on taking any ride at all. He was just on a photo taking mode. What a spontaneous poser he was. Posing here and there! Haha… 🙂 This time round we didn’t allow him to get any souvenirs as he didn’t want to try on any rides. Yep we usually don’t give in to him that easily! Though he did take the Madagascar carousel, Puss in boots ferris wheel and the transformer spinner. Hmm… Still not enough. Baby Dyann took a ride on the carousel too! 🙂 After lunch, I rented a stroller for Darian as he looked real tired. It was really a wise decision. He dozed off shortly. Baby Dyann as well. Papa Yap and I walked around with two sleeping kids. We managed to take photo with Elmo and Ernie. Darian was real mad at us when I told him about it. He cried and blamed us for not waking him up. Haha… We left at 6pm and went to the Malaysian Food Street next to USS for dinner. Papa Yap didn’t like his Bah kut teh and I thought my wanton mee was bad. Haha… So dinner was not good at all.

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We proceeded to Sentosa beach for the Songs of the Sea. It is a show of live casts, digital laser light, water and flame effects and music. It wasn’t easy to watch the performance with Baby Dyann. Oh seriously, I was like battling with an active yet listness baby! She was struggling and making noises throughout the performance. Thank goodness it was only for 25 minutes. Phew… We headed to Vivo City thereafter as I need to get the swim diapers for Baby Dyann. Darian knew exactly that we were at Vivo and insisted to visit Toy R Us. It’s his favourite hideout in Vivo for sure. Haha… We filled up our tummy with some sushi from Cold Storage before returning back to the hotel. We were totally exhausted with aching feet! Still a fantastic Tuesday though! ❤❤

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Our first family staycation

***20th May 13***

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We had a marvellous 3 days stay at Resort World Sentosa, Festive hotel. We loved the room and there was a balcony as well. It is a family oriented designed room where there is plenty of sleeping space. Just nice for a small family like us. Other than the king sized bed, there was a loft bed and sofa bed too. Darian was so attracted to the loft bed.

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He insisted to sleep on top on the first night but I was worried that he might fall off the bed in the middle of the night. So being a protective mommy, I decided to sleep with him on the loft bed. For the second night, I forced him to sleep on the bed with us as I felt it was rather warm on top.

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The kids love the bathtub and enjoyed playing the bubbles so much. Darian would always request for a bubble bath during bath time. He simply enjoyed it so much! 🙂

It was indeed a great family bonding getaway for all of us. We did enjoy the staycation but Papa Yap and I were really tired to the max. Seriously cannot imagine if we were to go for a week overseas holiday with the kids. The packing alone will be one big headache for sure. Haha… Everytime we reached back to our hotel room after a long day, we still had to settle the kiddos before we could really sit back and relax. In fact we did not even have time for ourselves.  After shower, I continued to wash the kids’ bottles and prepared for the next day. Before I could finish my chores, Papa Yap was already in his dreamland…  Nonetheless we did have a wonderful family time together and I thought Darian was the happiest! 🙂

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Happy us! 🙂

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