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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National day eve

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Papa Yap and I love to surprise the kids. We simply love to see their faces beaming with joy. It definitely feels great seeing how happy our kids are. Nothing more precious than such moments. 🙂

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So on National Day eve, as Darian only had to attend the school celebration in the morning and Papa Yap was not working in the afternoon, we surprised double Ds with a visit to the newly open Polliwogs at Suntec City. Of course they were extremely thrilled! Especially given that Darian had already set his eyes on this new Polliwogs before it was open. He was literally counting down to its opening. Darian loves going to indoor playgrounds, so does Dyann. Kids being kids, just tell which kid doesn’t? Heehee 😉

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This latest Polliwogs, with a forest theme, in Suntec city is the largest among all. We are quite a fan of Polliwogs and this got to be the best. Other than the usual, cannonball, obstacles course, slide, toddler area, they added in a big bouncing bed for the kids. I know double Ds enjoyed bouncing on it but it kind of worries me when I see too many kids on it. The older kids might easily bump and fall on the younger ones. Still, we love this new playground. Double Ds totally had a blast! They spent two solid hours playing. Gosh where did they find those energy? I’m pretty sure that we would be coming back for more fun! 🙂

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Double Ds absolutely enjoyed themselves. I bet this National Day eve is exceptionally fun for double Ds! 🙂

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Fun time at Polliwogs

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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. 😉

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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!

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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 😉

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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? 🙂

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Before we fly

***3rd & 5th July***

We had been very busy meeting up with our families, relatives and friends, packing our luggage, settling administrative stuff, so much so that we missed out our own family bonding time with the kids. So Papa Yap and I planned for a two days family outing. 🙂

Polliwogs East Coast

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Go green go! 🙂

On Wednesday, we brought the duo to East coast Polliwogs after their afternoon nap. They sure had a whole load of fun there. Polliwogs at East Coast just had a revamp to their indoor playground and that made play much more fun than before. And of course it looks totally newer and better too. Awesome! I am sure Darian would miss playing at Polliwogs! 🙂

Army Museum

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Then we went to the Army Museum on Friday morning and left only after lunch at the café there. It was a good exposure for Darian. He gets to understand what Papa Yap has been doing all these while. The whole trip was like a total boy thing! Heehee 😉 I had tried using the rifle at a stimulated range. Oh I didn’t expect the rifle would be that heavy until that day! But Papa Yap thought otherwise. Darian had fun trying the SOC that he spent quite some time there.

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We headed to JEM thereafter. It is one huge mall with many shops. Thank goodness that I don’t stay in the west. It will be really bad for Papa Yap’s pocket! You know! Haha 😉

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Polliwogs on a Monday

***18th February 13***

It was one of a rare Monday that Papa Yap was on leave and we decided to bring the kids out for some family time. Our initial plans was to bring Darian to Polliwogs before going to the Sentosa Flower exhibit and Hong bao river but I had actually overlooked the dates. Both event had ended the day before. I am such a muddlehead for sure, assuming that they would only end on the last day of CNY. Well no choice but to wait till next year then. So there was a change of day itinerary.

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Changed his uniform in the car.

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Hmm… Where are we going? 😉

We headed to Mushroom Cafe for lunch right after fetching Darian from school. This time round Papa Yap tried the Laska and I ordered the Nasi Lemak. According to him, the Laska tastes good and he doesn’t mind coming back for it. For me, I think I will not order the Nasi Lemak again. It was not up to my expectation for sure. Weather was pretty good and breezy and we were hoping that it would remain as good for our late noon walk at Garden by the bay.

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Father and son

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Our coconut water. Cooling drink after days of heaty food.

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Fishball Prince. Haha 😉

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Nasi Lemak

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Laska

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With my two beautiful angels

Off to Polliwogs at Robertson Walk after lunch. Darian took a nap throughout the journey to Robertson Walk. He was all hyped up upon reaching there. How can he not be happy? Haha. We loved coming to such places on a weekday whereby there is no crowd at all. As it was a weekday, there is no limitation to the number of hours of play. We were there for almost three hours. Darian surely enjoyed himself very much. However, our plan of going to the garden by the bay was again dashed with the heavy downpour at about 4pm. *sigh* Thus we went to Kovan instead for dinner before heading back home. It was still a happy day for us especially Darian who gets to play at Polliwogs. 🙂

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On the water bed

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Favourite ball pit

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Long and fun slide

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Peek a boo

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Hello!

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Cheeky meimei 😉

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Finally willing to take a break

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tea time!

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Little sharp shooter

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Ball picker

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Papa with his sweetheart

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Mommy and her sweetie 😉

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Can I come again? heehee 😉

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Home sweet home 2

***20 December***

Before bringing Darian to Polliwogs, we went down to Tampines Mall in the noon for lunch and the boys’ haircut at the express cut house as well. We settled our lunch at EAT. Papa Yap was more than happier to eat some chinese food after so many days of western. 🙂

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The boys having their haircut at EC house.

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Fishball noodles. So far we really think that this is one of the best fishball noodles we ever tasted so far.

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Minced meat noodles. Papa Yap’s favourite at EAT.

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Yums!

Our initial plan for the later noon was to bring Darian to Polliwogs at Robertson Walk followed by shopping at Takashimaya. However there was a change of plan as by the time we head toward there, it was already quite late and there was a massive jam from Kallang to CTE according to the signboard. And so we made a detour on PIE to Polliwogs East Coast instead. Our first time to Polliwogs at East Coast. Same like Robertson Walk, there are two play arenas – one for the young toddlers and the other for the older kids. The place is smaller compared to the one at Robertson Walk but I guess it is still good enough for a three-year old kid to play around for hours. For the older kids, the play area is built with ball pools, obstacle courses, fun slides, ball volcanoes and a shooting area. The toddler’s play area features toddler-sized slide unit as well as a ball pit and interactive activity panels and station. Darian surely had a great deal of fun playing around. As usual Papa Yap and I took turn to look after Darian. We were the last few customers of the day. So about 6pm, most of the parents and kids had already left. This was the best time for Darian to play on his own while we both lounged around. We left the place at about 6.40pm and headed to Marina Square for dinner.

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Play time!

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Shooting in action

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Papa and meimei ❤

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Ball Pit is so so fun!

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Crawling through the yellow tunnel

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Hello!

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This slide is way too small for me can!

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Half Time!

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I can balance.

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Ouch! 😉

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I love ball pits!

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I am ben 10!

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Daddy’s two loves ❤

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Our sweetheart ❤

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Mommy and princess ❤

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Love ❤❤

Dinner was at Kenny Rogers. As Papa Yap was feeling super tired and sleepy due to the jet lag, we went home thereafter. Thursday was really wonderful with the loves of my life! So while my three loved ones were already in lala land, I was still doing the laundry and area cleaning. Boohoo that’s my life but I seriously do not mind it at all! 🙂

Contented 🙂

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Christmas tree at Marina Square

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My precious sonny! ❤

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My boys ❤

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Happy Children’s Day

***5th October***

One of a rare weekday that Papa Yap is only working half a day and so we had made plans to bring Darian out to the Polliwogs at Robertson Walk. We kept him in suspense and he was totally clueless of where we were heading to until we reached there. He was super duper surprised and excited. The smile on his face is priceless! One happy boy he is! 🙂 It is our very first time to Polliwogs and we were both certain that the entrance fee is pretty much worth it. It is inclusive of two adults and two free coffee or tea.  As the day coincides with Children’s Day, Darian received a goodies bag as well! This little gift actually does make the kids even happier.

At Polliwogs Robertson Walk, there are mainly two play arena; The smaller play arena is suitable for younger toddlers. They have ball pool, slides and carousel of mirrors.  As for the older kids they have a much bigger area to play in. It is equipped with ball pool with giant slides, mazes, obstacle courses, climbing structures, cannon ball. There are activity panels mounted on low wall to keep children occupied even they are not in the play area too.  Our boy had a great time playing there! Most of the time, Papa Yap was following him. I wonder where do the kids get their energy for climbing, running and sliding around! I gave up after accompanying Darian for like 20min. He was so fast and I was trying hard to catch up with him! Trust me, it is not that easy when you have to bend your body or lowering your head moving around. Haha… Exhausted! Overall, thumbs up for Polliwogs and we will be back for sure! 🙂

Tea break at Polliwogs

Slide at the smaller play arena

Ball pool at the smaller play arena

Cannon ball

Taking a break!

 

At the giant slide ball pool

My cheeky boy at the climbing wall 😉

Walking through the balancing beam

Going through the netted tunnel

Carousel of mirror

 

Playing the interactive activity panel

Just us!

While Darian is playing… 🙂

And so we ended the day with dinner at Sakae Sushi Changi Airport Terminal 2. Oh yes, I love to bring the kids to the airport because it is cooling, clean, less crowded, spacious (plenty of space for the kids to run around), and most importantly Darian loves to see the airplanes and take the skytrain! 🙂

My two boys ❤

The only food in the restaurant that he eats – Chawamushi

My two lovely children ❤

What a lovely Friday! Life should be like this everyday. However it is not very possible. So we ought to treasure what we have and live life to its fullest!  Love love ❤❤

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