Saturday, February 14, 2015

2014 in pictures

When I wrote 2013 in pictures about a year back, I had grand plans of drafting out this post that I'm currently writing and updating it month by month so I'd have something ready by the time 2015 rolls around... Well, that grand plan did not materialise, and now... in the middle of February 2015, I'm finally ready with this...

January
The biggest change to the start of the year has to be Noah starting N1. Thankfully, he settled into the new environment and new routine really quickly and looks forward to going to school everyday.

My baby brother is in St James too!

February
A month of celebrations with Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day and my birthday.

Dong Dong Qiang!

Valentine's Day picnic at Garden's By the Bay

March
We celebrated Noah's 3rd birthday with a short staycation at Rasa Sentosa. This boy loves hotels and bath tubs and this was a present he really enjoyed.

Building sand castles with his brother



We also celebrated daddy's birthday the same month with a cake that the boys helped to bake.

Happy birthday daddy!

April
Nathan started swim lessons at the beginning of the year and passed his first swim test this month. He looks forward to swim class every week. :)

WOO HOO! I passed!

May
Every Mother's Day, I'm reminded that I'm so blessed to have these boys in my life...





That same month, Nathan performed in a violin concert. I am one proud mama.

June
It's the school holidays and we spent almost two weeks in Macau and Hong Kong. Family holidays are precious... I like how it takes us away from our daily routine and distractions, to spend time as a family...

Cable car ride to Ngong Ping

Dong Dong Qiang!

Family devotions

Napping on the go...

Planning our route

Disneyland :)

Riding a flying elephant

Meeting Pooh bear

Holidays are so much fun!

And because holidays are so much fun, we went on another one with our church friends. Bintan we went...

The sun, the sea and the sand with a great bunch of friends

July
We celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary and found out that we were expecting baby no.3!

I thank God for you every single day!

August
We managed to get tickets to the National Day Parade Preview. Woo hoo!



September
It is always a bitter sweet feeling for me, when my boys' birthdays roll around. I can't bear having them grow up so quickly! Nathan's 5th birthday...

Celebrating Nathan's birthday at Legoland

October
Two milestones for our just-turned-5 Nathan.

First, he learned to cycle on two wheels.

video

Second, he scored a distinction in his first violin exam.

First Violin Exam

November
Seems like the school year zoomed by so quickly. This photo was taken on the last day of school. Nathan's done with K1 and going on to his final year in kindy. Noah's done with his first year in kindy, and moving on to N2 next year. We're so thankful that the boys enjoy school and look forward to it everyday.

I love my brother!

December
A busy month with the highlight being our family holiday to Koh Samui. We admired God's creation, rode on an elephant, soaked in bath tubs, built sand castles, basked in the sun, and swam naked (just the two small boys) in a private jacuzzi.

Intercontinental Hotel, Koh Samui

Bath tub buddies


Dearest D,

Reflecting on the year that has gone by, I am once again filled with thankfulness for God's manifold blessings on us. It is my third year as a stay home mom. It is such a joy, privilege and blessing to spend almost all my waking moments with our boys, and I am convinced that my calling this season is to be a stay home mom. Thanks for working so hard so I can fulfil my calling as a mother. Know that you are greatly loved and appreciated.

Yours,

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Kids' Fiesta 2015

Kids' Fiesta is back! Twice the size and thrice the FUN!

Looking for something fun to do during the March holidays? Hop on over to Suntec Convention Hall for Kids' Fiesta 2015.


Tickets are priced at $20 (early bird promotion) and that entitles you to 5 FUNTASY rides, 4 FUNTASY activities and a goodie bag worth $50 (while stocks last)! There are also Meet & Greet sessions with Dora the Explorer, Batman and Pikachu.


What are you waiting for? Get your tickets at kids fiesta@mediacorp.com.sg or call ticketing hotline at 6357 5165.

Check here for event updates.

Friday, January 23, 2015

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Following this conversation that we had in the car about a week ago...

Dean: When baby joins us, the three of you will be the three little pigs. So which pig are you?
Nathan: I am the pig who built the house of bricks. 
Dean: What about you Noah? 
Noah: I am the master builder pig. 
Nathan: You are the master builder pig who built the house of sticks. 
Noah: No! The master builder pig uses LEGO!

We have been reading this book every.single.night.


Noah loves it and has been asking for it every single night!

I'm not going to spill the beans here... Go get your very own copy of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. I'm pretty sure that it's a book that'll be enjoyed by all in the family.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

First Day of School 2015

This photo made me smile...


Both of them were excited about going back to school after a fun filled holiday. Both of them waved goodbye and walked into their respective classrooms cheerily. It is Nathan's last year in pre-school and like always, I can't believe that my boys are growing up so quickly. It is my prayer that they'll enjoy their time in school, and have wonderful memories of their pre-school years.



Thursday, January 1, 2015

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Extension

The Sungei Buloh Wetland extension just opened a month ago (in Dec 2014) and we decided to check it out today. Blessed with good weather, we enjoyed an easy stroll along the coastal route. The route was mostly flat with paved or wooden plank paths. It is stroller friendly except for a section of gravel path, which might make for a slightly bumpy ride. Still, I'd recommend bringing a stroller along if you're bringing a baby / toddler who isn't capable of walking an almost 1.5km route independently.

We started at the Kranji Way entrance, which is a good starting point especially if you are taking the young ones along. The Junior Adventure Trial is right next to the Visitor Centre, and it is a good place to get the kids excited about the nature walk. The Visitor Centre houses the Mangrove Gallery which provides lots of information on what you might expect to see in a Wetland Reserve. It is a must visit before you embark on the trial, unless you plan on doubling back later.




Do visit the toilets located at the Visitor Centre before you embark on the trial, as you won't have access to one until the end of the trial.

We followed the Coastal Route (marked in red on the map below) all the way to the Wetland Reserve. It took us about 1h 15min to cover the 1.5km route at a leisurely pace. Thereafter, Dean walked thru Neo Tiew Carpark and down Neo Tiew Cresecent back to our car that was parked at the Kranji Way entrance, while we checked out the information boards at the Wetland Reserve while waiting for him to come and pick us up. It turned out to be a good arrangement as it took him just 10 minutes to get to our car, and I really doubt our boys would enjoy doubling back on the same coastal route nor walking along the road back to the car. It is recommended to visit during low tide, so do check tide timings when planning your visit.



1) Junior Adventure Trial

At the Junior Adventure Trial, kids can pretend to be mudskippers (or any mangrove creature they fancy) in a mangrove swamp. Adult supervision is recommended as some parts aren't exactly toddler friendly. The boys enjoyed riding on the pulley boat the most, and said that the Junior Adventure Trial was one of their favourite parts of the nature walk.


2) Observation Pods

There are four observation pods along the entire trial. The elevation allows visitors a bird's eye view of the Wetland Reserve. 







3) Mid Canopy Walk

A 120m long bridge takes you thru a mid canopy forest. We could hear birds, crickets and frogs as we made our way across the bridge.



4) Eagle Point

My personal favourite. Enjoy the breeze as you stroll along the board walk that takes you to the eagle point. 





5) Mud Flats

The boys liked the interactive display that tells us about the different creatures living at varying depths of the mud bed.



The mud experience involves walking across a rope bridge. Note that this is only possible during low tide. We spotted mudskippers and crabs on the mudflats. This was the other highlight for the boys.



The Sungei Buloh Wetland extension is worth a visit. Pick a day with fine weather, slap on the mosquito repellant and spend some time getting acquainted with nature. We'll be back!

Do check out the HSBC Tree Top walk as well. The Sungei Buloh Wetland reserve is more suitable for pre-schoolers though.