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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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!
Polliwogs indoor playground was one of the must-go-place for Darian after we returned from Virginia. He has been talking about the place all the time for the past one year and even concluded that in his to-go-list. Haha yes he has a to-eat-list as well! See this was just how much he had missed Singapore at that time. 😉
So that free afternoon, we decided to give doubles Ds a surprise by bringing them to the new Polliwog outlet at Vivocity. Seeing their expressions upon reaching the entrance was priceless. They were super elated!
Double Ds had two hours of fun exploring the new place. They were beaming with joy the whole time. The obstacles tunnels didn’t stop Dyann from running and climbing around the place. This active girl was so fast that I had to follow her closely. Papa Yap and I took turns to supervise the kids. I couldn’t imagine myself crawling, climbing and moving through the narrow areas throughout their playtime. My back would break. Haha 😉
Yet another happy day for the kiddos. They absolutely enjoy playtime at Polliwogs. Papa Yap and I were happy to see double Ds enjoying themselves so much too. Simple pleasure of parenthood isn’t it? 🙂
Darian is at the stage where he often displays imaginative play. Sometimes he picks up his green autobot and pretends it to be hulk. Sometimes he arranges his smurfs as bowling pins for some bowling fun. Sometimes he uses various things to create bridges and ramps for his little toy cars. It’s really interesting to see him going through this phase as it showed how creative he can be using things around him. At the same time, he could be building on his problem solving and cognitive skills too. I pretty much believe in learning through play. Before two, Darian was able to identify colours using his toy cars. Nope I didn’t invest much in picture cards(except for alphabet and number) which I obviously don’t find a need to. Why do you need picture cards when teaching aids are actually everywhere around us. Take for example: using his toys, we could talk about the colour, texture, size and details. On the road, we could talk about the different vehicles, their colours, sizes, number of wheels and more. At the Zoo, the animals would be the best ‘picture cards’ for sure. Basically we could use our surrounding as teaching aids to enrich children’s learning by talking to them. Children learn best when parents are actively involve in the learning process. With enough scaffolding and exploration, I believe they will learn even better.
Papa Yap and I certainly like him to continue with such play as that could save us quite a lot of moolah! Haha! Seriously you would know why if you were to see his toys back at home. 😉 Once a while he would tell me that he wants to go back to Singapore, go back Punggol, go back home. Mainly because he misses his playroom and toys! Well as much as kids have good memory of promises and their favourite stuff, they also tend to forget things real fast when they find something else to do or play. So It wasn’t hard to stop his whines at all! You just need a trick or two! Heehee 😉
***31st May 13***
Darian loves going to the Zoo. Just the night before, he was so excited when I told him about going to the Zoo with the Lim family and my sister. Papa Yap couldn’t join us due to some last-minute administrative stuff. Boohoo… It didn’t really matter since my sister was coming along. But of course it would be much better if Papa Yap was around. So that morning, we took a cab down together to meet the Lim family. We reached there earlier for breakfast and happened to see the cute panda mascots. Took some cute photos with them! Awww… 🙂 We entered the Zoo about 11am. Weather was pretty warm but we definitely preferred it to a wet day. Managed to see quite a number of animals and watch two animal shows. The polar bear enclosure is now open. Over there you get to see the huge polar bear, wolverines and raccoon dogs. However this time we didn’t get the tickets to see the Pandas and Darian was a little disappointed. Lunch was at the Ah Meng restaurant. I have been to the zoo with Papa Yap for quite a number of times but this is my first time eating there. Usually we would just settle lunch at KFC and munch on some home packed snacks and fruits. I think food there is just so expensive and not tasty at all. Anyway it was all paid by my sis! And she was grumbling about how expensive the $7.50 fishball noodles is. Haha 😉
Going to the Zoo with three young kids was really tiring! Luckily for me Baby Dyann had two naps and my sister was there to care for Darian which absolutely made it easier for me. Mummy Jenny and Daddy Steven got to take turn to entertain little Pryde who only managed to sleep just before the end of the trip. I am very sure they will not be going to the Zoo until Pryde is older. Haha 😉
Overall the zoo trip was pretty enjoyable but totally exhausting indeed. To make it worse my stomach flu worsen after I reached home. Or rather I should be thankful that it only reacted after I reached home. If not… I cannot imagine how… That night, Darian asked if we would be going to the Bird Park with Auntie Jenny, Uncle Steven and Baby Pryde. Haha. I bet Auntie Jenny’s answer will be, “No, not so soon!” Hahaha… 🙂 And of course a big thank you to Auntie Jenny and Uncle Steven for the free tickets and my awesome sister for accompanying us! 😉
I cannot recall when did Darian started to like the cartoon Ben 10. I suppose it all started with him watching on YouTube and TV and not long after he began to collect the toy figurines. We were pretty amazed when he started naming the characters at the toy department stores. Quite impressive eh! That was also the reason why we allow him to get his first ben 10 figurine. 🙂 As you know when there is a first time, there will always be more. haha… And that explains all his collections. There was one day when we left him at my mom’s place while Papa Yap and I catch Ah boys to men 2 at Century Square, he was so happy that my aunt came by and bought him 8 Ben 10 figurines. To add on, conincidentally we also went back with 3 more. He was mad happy to have 11 new toy figurines on a same day!
Other than Ben 10 toys, he also likes Power Rangers, Marvel Superheros and Transformers. Boys are just boys… I guess I should be happy that he doesn’t go for Barbie dolls and fluffy toys right? Haha 😉
Christmas came early for Darian. My aunt, his er gu po bought him a Ybike for Christmas. This bike allows the kids(2 to 5 years old) to develop their balance and coordination needed to ride a pedal bike. It’s time for some outdoor fun and some gross motor training! 🙂 He was really excited and happy to receive the Ybike. At first he was all smiley on the bike. Shortly after skidding each time he turned, he started to throw tantrum. I supposed our floor is too slippery for him to ride around. Guess it is also time to introduce some little challenges in his life in order to train his patience and at the same time inculcate him with perseverance to overcome difficulties. Shall wait for Papa Yap’s return to further train him on the bike ya! 🙂
I must say Darian is really fortunate to have so many loved ones showering him with loves and presents. Papa Yap and I are grateful enough. Thank you! 🙂