Monday, December 23, 2013

Down Under - Sydney Escapades Part 1

Been away for 17 days for a road trip in Down Under with our good family friends and this must be by far our longest trip coupled with an eventful start!

Scare #1
While processing our check-ins at Changi Airport, DH was informed that he was listed as over-stayer in Australia! He almost couldn't checked in.Thankfully, he recalled the last time he went Australia for reservist, the group check out may not have processed properly.  After checking for the longest time, he was finally allowed to fly!

Scare #2
When we reached Sydney, we found that Shan's luggage was nowhere to be found! To make things worse, we then realised that we had only 3 luggage tag when we had checked in 4 luggage! Must be the "commotion" at Changi that caused it. After making a report and believing that God's protection was over us, we made our way to our accommodation. While we were settling in, a call from Sydney Airport that our luggage was found and arrangement made to send to us.

God is da best!!

We booked our Sydney Apartment through Airbnb and it's really awesome! Strongly and highly recommend if you needed a apartment. We stayed at 2BD Apartment located at Stanmore Road for 4 nights. Initially, when DH booked this apartment, I was abit apprehensive because of the description on the website...

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"Our gay friendly apartment is located in the thriving Newtown/Enmore district. Minutes walk from the iconic Enmore Theatre and the caf├ęs, restaurants and bars of Enmore Road and Newtown's bustling King St. Our apartment comfortably sleeps 4...."

We were so wow-ed by them! And their lovely touches really warmed our heart especially when we were still anxious about the whereabouts of Shan's luggage. Space was big! Contained our family of 5 very well!

Al & Bridge (the host) purposely bought a set of board game as they knew that we were travelling with young kids. I'm impressed! The kids had fun playing it while DH settling the check in. Not only the board game, they prepared brand new colouring books and colouring materials. Seth and Sky enjoyed colouring each night when we were back to the apartment! If you see the bookcase behind DH, there's actually a variety of books!

Bridge teaching the kids how to play the game

Several DVDs collection! Too bad, we do not have the luxury of time to watch any of them!

The kids room

Our room

The well stocked kitchen

They complimentary provided a loaf of muffin bread, Peanut Butter, Jams and Vegemite!

The unit is big, clean, fully equipped with washer and a well stocked kitchen. The host were extremely warm and nice! Not forgetting how friendly the prices are! Definitely will book our stay here should we be going back to Sydney again!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

My Fitness Leap

This year has been an extremely fulfilling year in terms of my fitness level. I am not an exercise person. But as I am approaching "Eldershield" age soon, I decided this year, I gotta put much effort.

While my exercising schedule was rather sporadic and not very consistent, I must still pat myself on the shoulder for the effort I have put in this year to attempt to increase my fitness level.

This year, we have attended complimentary lessons at Fitness first, completed 12 lessons of Zumba in CC, adhoc exercise cum pastor session with DH at our Gym and bought Groupon deal for Power Plate sessions.

Out of the various exercise sessions, I really enjoyed and find myself worked out during the Power Plate sessions at Croyez Studio. After each session, I find myself more toned up! Each session lasted for 40mins and ended with a high density massage on the Power Plate.

Unfortunately, we also pigged out alot! After each session, we will feed our hungry souls at different restaurants at Dempsey. We scheduled one exercise session on a Monday and were greatly disappointed that a number of eating outlets were closed on Monday. After that Monday, we decided no more exercise on Monday. Hmmm...our aim is to eat or exercise!?!?

My favorite got to be Chang Korean BBQ at Dempsey. Went back twice in a row and we were pleasantly surprised by the different side dishes. According to the them, they changed their side dishes every two weeks. How awesome is that! So love love love the food!

Ooops, this is not suppose to be a foodie post.

The greatest fitness achievement was  - together with some of my CG friends, we signed up for GE Women's Run 2013. Ok, so, it was only a 5km run but still it was a big leap for me!!

For the first time this year, Great Eastern also gave out medal for 5km run. Woohoo!

I trust next year will be a better and fitter year - perhaps more regular exercise at our Gym?! Cheers!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Posting soon

Just back after spending 17 days in Down Under! Slowly getting back my engine to blog soon!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Singapore First Science Street Fair

Science Centre was having its 35th Anniversary Open House and it opened its doors free to all visitors between 8 - 11 Nov 13! Right after roaming in the pre-historic age of dinosaurs, we were brought back by the time machine into the futuristic.

For the first time ever, Science Centre organised a Science Street Fair. It hosted many unique game stalls, all of which has a science element behind. We were given coupons to be used at the game stalls, with each game at $1 or $2.

Upon setting our feet at the fair, the boys were attracted by the driverless vehicle created by Singapore- MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) and the boys were kindly being given a ride on it. This autonomous vehicle can go up to max speed of 24m/hr. How cool is that.

The boys had tremendous fun playing at different stalls and learning the science concept behind it.

Along at each stall, there's an explanation on the science concept behind each game.
Sky's favourite got to be the Mind Ball Challenge. A control device was strapped on his head. These head band measured Alpha and Thetra waves which correspond to focus and relaxation. Through the sheer power of will, you will be able to control the ball movement by sending signal to your brain.

What a well-spent fun afternoon! As Seth missed his nap time, he quickly went to la la land when we were on the way home.

Invaded by Dinosaurs

My boys are pretty crazy about dinosaurs! They love books on dinosaurs whether it's fiction and non-fiction! When there's an invitation to see these creatures, the kids were very excited! Unfortunately, Shan missed this as she was needed at the school dance practice.

For someone who do not know the difference between Triceratops to Tyrannosaurus (ok! I'm talking about myself), I'm totally in awe of the exhibition! Titans Of the Past exhibition showcases the research conducted by Museum of the Rockies Paleontologist Dr Jack Horner (Ring a bell? He's known as being the technical adviser of Jurassic Park) and his team.

We were greeted by the huge skull of a Triceratops at the entrance!

A cool collection of Triceratops specimens that showcase Triceratops at various stages of growth.
Sky increasing his knowledge bank.

Hypacrosaurus Stebingeri

There's also interactive opportunities for kids. At this section, they learnt the sound of the dinosaur at different stages.

At this section, kids could just do some colouring!

Right after the colouring corner, they were immediately intrigued by the life size of Tyrannosaurus, better known as T-Rex.

Largest T-Rex skull ever found. Real fossil and valued at more than US$1.5 million!!!!!!!

This exhibition also features a couple of T-Rex animatronics which told the story of how the T-Rex hunt for its prey! 

Of course not all fossils are real stuff. There is a mixture of real and replica skulls, however the replica fossils on display are made of casts from the real ones. It comes pretty close to the real ones!

At the last segment of the dinosaur exhibition, it features the life-sized dinosaur skeletal casts of the Argentinosaurus - the largest Sauropod ever found - which measures a majestic 36m in length and 7m in height and a Giganotosaurus. Gosh, I thought T-Rex is the hugest dinosaur, apparently not! 

 There's also an area where you can play paleontologist uncovering fossils.

This exhibition is not all about dinosaurs. Just before the exit, Ice Age, The Exhibition” showcases animatronic mammals from the Ice Age which includes a mammoth, and a saber-toothed tiger among others. You should be familiar if you had watched the cartoon!  Be mesmerized!!! 

Information - Titans of the Past (includes Science Center entry)
Exhibiting from now till 23 Feb 2014
Adult $25 
Child (3-12) $19
Singapore Science Center , Annexe

Don't miss it! It's worth a visit!

Monday, November 11, 2013

River Safari

Since River Safari had opened, kids has been asking to visit Kai Kai and Jia Jia (if you are not aware - it's imported Giant Panda from China!) Finally, exam was over and with blessings, I managed to secure two corporate cards at the same time and I could bring along my parents for the outing. Too bad, DH couldn't join us as he was away for overseas trip.

The weather had been a little crazy with storms in the noon. Thankfully, with the kids' crazy lots of prayers, the weather was amazingly good. As it was a weekday, the park was pretty quiet with only a handful of visitors.

As we entered, there happened to be a guide. He was introducing the various sections and on and off, other guides popped out with interesting exotic animals for meet, greet and touch. That was really a wonderful experience especially for the kids! They could get up close and personal with the different kinds of animals they seldom seen and not only that, they get to feel the different texture of these animals.

There's a total of 7 river tracks which are all looped together. Mississippi River, Congo River, River Nile, Ganges River, Murray River, Mekong River, Yangtze River

Touching the cute little beaver

feeling the snake
The wonders of underwater world

At "Mekong River" section - which is also named as the mother of all rivers. It's the 7th longest river in Asia

Spotted this exotic little Red Panda first at the entrance of the Giant Forest. 
When we were there, Kai Kai was taking his nap. He was totally not bothered that we came specially to pay him a visit.

Can you spot Kai Kai?

As for Jia Jia, she was shy in nature and prefer hiding in her den. There's a special CCTV installed in her den for visitors to peek what she was up to. 
Jia Jia going into her den
She did paced back and forth out in the forest and back to her hidden den. All of us got so excited when she was having her little walk outside.


Spotted the cute Squirrel Monkey at the Amazon rainforest. Here, you can also see baby monkey piggybacking the mummy monkey. cute!
After checking out the Giant Pandas, we had a therapeutic boardwalk overseeing the river. Took a nice family photo here!

We ended off at Amazon Flooded Forest and it seemed very similar to the RWS Sea Aquarium which i think the latter is better.

Few shots before exiting from the park! Nice few hours spent!

The other part - Amazon River Quest is not slated to open until later this year. So, in fact the whole River Safari could be covered within 2.5 hours. Looking forward to another trip here when the Amazon River Quest is open!