June school holidays

***7th to 9th June***

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Resort World Singapore _ Hard Rock Hotel

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The elated Double Ds

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Darian loves sliding into the water.

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She was all ready for the next round of slide

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The kiddos really love playing with their daddy

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Time for some squirting fun

Other than the usual play dates, weekend shopping, outdoor activities and indoor playground trips, we did manage to have our 3 days 2 nights staycation at Hard Rock hotel RWS for this June school holidays. It’s our first time staying at the Hard rock hotel and we personally preferred there to Festive hotel. Needless to say, the kids were thrilled about the staycation. Darian had been telling his teacher in school about it and counting down to the date. This time round, Papa Yap and I decided to keep this staycation a relaxing one rather than lining up everyday with many activities because walking and standing for long hours really would exhaust me.

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Together with my aunts and uncle-in law

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Daddy’s with daddy’s girl

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Downright expensive bubble guns Haha

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Our only princess

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Our only Prince(as of then) 😉

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New Lego Shop at Festive Hotel

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New toy yet again 😉

Day 1 was checking into the hotel followed by swimming, dinner and a stroll around RWS. Well Double Ds can never say no to the pool and slide. The kiddos were merrily having fun with Papa Yap in the pool, while my aunts, uncle joined me under the shade to wait for them. My 小姑(youngest aunt) came along with us to help us check into the hotel whereas my 大姑 (eldest aunt) and uncle in law joined us there for dinner. Double Ds are just so blessed to have their grandaunts doting on them. Since the weather was quite humid and the kids were still having fun in the pool, my aunts and uncle decided to go for their coffee break and joined us later for dinner. That night, double Ds returned back to the hotel with a bubble gun each from their 大姑婆 (grandaunt) and a new set of Lego Duplo Lego from me. Of course they were exceptionally happy for day 1! 🙂

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Super love this photo. The kiddos can really pose well. Haha 🙂

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Yummy egg tarts from the confectionery at the Malaysian Food Street

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The kids playing some card games with Papa Yap.

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4 + 1(on the way) 🙂

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Bedtime already

Back in the hotel, the kids continued their play time with Papa Yap. Darian had packed along some games and toys for this staycation and they certainly had lots of fun with their daddy. As for me, I was enjoying the yummy egg tarts which my aunt bought for us. Yums! 🙂

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Rise and shine on the second day

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All ready to head out

 We started Day 2 with Macdonalds breakfast from Festive Walks. After breakfast, we headed over to the Palawan beach for some PlayMobil event. The kiddos got a chance to play with some play mobil toys on display and completed a DIY craft session too. Darian chose to decorate a sun visor whereas Dyann wanted a DIY bag. So Darian proceeded with his craft with an assistant while Papa Yap and I took turns to guide Dyann in decorating her bag. Dyann wanted me to draw a hello kitty on her bag and thankfully it turned out looking like one. Haha 🙂

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At the Palawan beach station

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Playmobil soccer time

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Some mandatory picture

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More toys to play

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Best time to visit such place is definitely on a weekday 😉

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Craft time

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Papa Yap helping Dyann with the ink stamping

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The girl with her DIY bag

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The boy with his sun visor

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We love you daddy! ❤

Lunch was rather late at the Slappy Cakes. We ordered a butter and chocolate pancake patter with chocolate chips, strawberry and banana sides for garnish and they were served shortly. Papa Yap wouldn’t want to only have pancakes for lunch so he ordered a brunch set which tasted pretty good. We began “drawing” our pancakes over the hotplate and had so much fun and laughter throughout. If you were to ask about the pancakes, I would say it tasted perfectly alright.  Like seriously how bad could pancakes, chocolate chips, and the fruits taste right? But I totally love the concept of designing and cooking our own pancakes. It was fun and interesting which I supposed we wouldn’t mind revisiting again. 😉

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Time to cook!

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OK that was drawn by me. Definitely. 😉

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Papa Yap’s lunch

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His creation and it’s supposed to be angry bird. I think. haha

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Having fun!

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Ta-Da!

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The happy duo

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They said this is me!!! Baymax = mummy!! lol

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The only thing that the husband can draw perfectly! lol! And look at that funny boy beside him. 🙂

After our late lunch, we brought the kiddos back to the hotel for a swim and spent the rest of the evening in the room chillaxing. The kids were well entertained by their toys while I lounged about watching the TV programmes. Dinner was takeaways from Din Tai Fung and Chilli’s. The kids’ favourite egg fried rice! Yet another happy day for us! 🙂

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It’s sand play time!

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Dyann disliked the sand so she was in the pool with Papa Yap.

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Swimming is so fun!

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Good night and sweet dreams!

And that’s the end of our short staycation at Hard Rock Hotel. To sum up, it was definitely one happy and relaxing staycation and the quality family time spent together was simply awesome!

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Everything is awesome 🙂

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S.E.A Aquarium

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We received three free SEA aquarium tickets and brought the kids over to Resort World Sentosa on Saturday afternoon. This is our second visit there and I was hoping that the place wouldn’t be crowded. Obviously it was inevitable for a Saturday. Papa Yap and I would usually plan for a weekday visit to such places. However, it’s kind of tough for him to be taking leave on a weekday for this year and the next as he would be very very busy till then. The cycle of late nights, stay in camp, local and overseas trainings is repeating yet again. That’s why I really appreciated and enjoyed the one year quality family time in United States.

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Alright back to the main point. There’s no doubt about bringing the kiddos to the aquarium which they absolutely enjoyed themselves there. They love watching the colorful assorted fishes swimming in their habitats, at the same time, learning more facts about the fishes.

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Double Ds even experienced touching the starfish in the discovery touch pool. Darian was telling us how the starfish felt as hard as a rock. As for Papa Yap and I, we were more than glad that Darian was willing to touch the starfish. He has been quite a timid boy.

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I had enjoyed sitting by the wide viewing panel where we watched the marine life swimming around in the open ocean gallery. Some of the fish were really huge. It was relaxing watching the sea creatures swim by while the kids have ample space moving around.

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The final habitat before exiting the SEA Aquarium was the Shark Tunnel Tank. There were a number of sharks swimming around and over our heads. While Dyann was watching the sharks, Darian was busy spotting the various sharks together with Papa Yap. Overall, the Yappies had a well spent afternoon at the SEA Aquarium.  And we were wondering if we should have another staycation at RWS soon! Haha 🙂

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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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Darian is 5 – Part 2

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Day 2

Our first activity of the day began at Port of the Lost Wonder. This was our second visit to the water playground. We had quite a bad experience with Darian when we first visited POLW two years ago. Back then he was totally terrified of getting into the water. But now he has definitely outgrown that phase, in fact we actually need to cajole him out of the water. As for our little missy, it didn’t take her long enough to get into the pool. She seems a little more adventurous than her big brother. The kiddos had so much fun splashing with Papa Yap while I watched them played and captured all those priceless moments. Perhaps it’s time to get a water-resistant camera. 😉 Double Ds absolutely had a whale of a splashy great time there. Since then, Darian has been talking about a revisit. 🙂

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Next, we brought double Ds to the Playcation event held at the Palawan beach. With a spending of 60 bucks at Sentosa, we were able to redeem two free play passes. However, the exhausted little missy was least interested about playing at all. She fell asleep soundly on Papa’s Yap arms while waiting for Darian to remove his shoes. So I ended up giving her pass to a random family. On the other hand, Darian was all ready for the next round of play. I really wondered where did he get all those energy from. The ball pool, slides, bouncing castle, rock climbing giant inflatables in the playtent kept Darian well entertained for the next 20 minutes.

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After dinner at the Macdonalds, we continued with our third activity – the Luge rides. We were surprised to see how double Ds enjoyed the rides so much. We had two rounds of the Luge but they were still asking for more. They totally loved the thrills! Papa Yap was telling me how Darian kept asking him to go faster on the luge. Well Papa Yap and I did enjoy the rides too. But I didn’t like the skylift at all. So we took a bus up for our second round of Luge.

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The last activity for the day was the Wings of Time show at the Palawan beach. Like the previous show, Songs of the Sea, Wings of time is yet another show of water, laser lights and fire effects. I thought it was really a fabulous way to end the night with beautiful fireworks and lights. 🙂

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All of us were extremely tired after a long day outside. We snuggled into bed right after bath time. It was indeed a splendid family day at the beach. 🙂

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Day 3

Like any other staycation, we would usually plan for a swim at the hotel on the last day. Double Ds were so happy to get into the pool. We brought them over to the Hard Rock Hotel where they could have both water and sand play. However, Dyann did not enjoy the sand play at all and was reluctant to walk on it. As for Darian, he was having loads of fun playing his sand play toys.

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We concluded the last day of our staycation at the Trick Eye Museum. Darian was very enthusiastic about posing in front of the camera. He literally posed for almost every scenes. We could tell that he was totally enjoying it. Haha 🙂 Anyways Trick Eye Museum is similar to the Alive Museum, just of a different managing company with different photo concepts. Nevertheless, we still had a great time taking lots of funny silly photos. 🙂

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It was absolutely a terrific staycation! Awesome!

Until now, Darian has been asking for another Sentosa staycation. 🙂

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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

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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

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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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RWS: Day 1

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We headed straight to Adventure Cove after checking into the hotel. Darian was totally excited for waterplay time while meimei fell asleep on the way there. Apparently Darian is too short and young for most of the attractions and rides. But there are still a few kid-friendly attractions like The Seahorse Hideaway wading pool and The big Bucket Treehouse that he could play in. The Adventure River and Bluwater Bay are also suitable for younger kids but definitely only with adult supervision. Overall, I feel that Adventure Cove Waterpark is a fun place. You can see life guards everywhere and life jackets provided for all shapes and sizes. But I think we will only revisit until Darian is tall enough for the other rides and attractions and when Dyann is old enough to join in and have fun as well! It was a good experience though. 🙂

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After that we went to the Festive Walk for dinner. Papa Yap was craving for some steak and we decided to try Chili’s. It’s a American diner style restaurant that serves a variety of American, mexican food. Papa Yap had a medium rare ribeye steak and I shared a Chicken Crisper with Darian. The portions are quite big. According to Papa Yap, his steak was really tender and juicy. It definitely satisfied his craving. I tried Papa Yap’s mash potato and we both agreed that it is appetising and yummy. As for the chicken crisper, it comes with a corn cob, fries and honey mustard sauce dipper, was nicely fried and tasty too. Dinner was good.

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We walked around Festive Walk after dinner. Brought the kids on the express train ride, watched the water and light fountain performance and ended our night at the Merlion Park. We were like tourists to Singapore! Haha… Darian was rather terrified of that big merlion. He didn’t even want to look at it. We only got back to our room at 10.40pm. Settled the kids and stuff, before I could bath and turn in for the night. It was really a great Monday with my loved ones! ❤

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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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