Fire Station again

MHA organised a visit to the central fire station so I went with Sophia, notwithstanding having been there not long ago. Sophia had just as much fun this time, though the explanations by experienced firemen, which made the experience much better, was too boring for her and she kept walking away.



Fire station visit

Went to Central Fire Station with Sophia last weekend. I think she enjoyed it, although vehicles that are “Hot Hot!!!” are a no-no for the little girl. The opportunity to “drive” a fire engine is great experience for the children. Love how they could quickly get everyone off the vehicles, close the doors and rush off to an emergency.



Tiddler and other terrific tales

I think Sophia has trouble understanding this one. Too many abstract components. And she was afraid of the monkey for some reason. I thought she was too engrossed that she didn’t move or make a peep, until I noticed that she was covering her eyes with her hands.

Only photos of the set before the show started:



Happy Sundays

This weekend Sophia was down with a tummy upset (“tummy egg” to her – hope that doesn’t put her off eggs in the future!) So when she continued sleeping past the time to head to church, I allowed her to till we missed the start of the service. SO I decided to stay with her at Sunday school since she was unwell and extra clingy anyway.

Happily I learnt a few more children’s bible songs since I know woefully few of those. It was also Samantha’s birthday and we had fun eating chicken nuggets and mango roll cake. I like that people at this church are so down to earth. No 3-tier ridiculously professional-looking fondant cake and truffle oil this-and-that. Sophia had fun and of course all the children were happy to bring home a balloon.

Happy Birthday Samantha!

Happy Birthday Samantha!


Story and worksheet time seemed extra short that day, perhaps because of the birthday celebration and soon it was time for freeplay! Sophia was the mad scientist that day:

Look at me, I'm Einstein.

Look at me, I’m Einstein.


After that I brought her to the basement of Forum where allegedly the Playclub bears and Toybox are performing and art and craft activities are going on. However, when we arrived, we discovered that Toybox was only playing at noon and Playclub bears only at 2pm! Sophia kept pointing at the bears and saying “wait for these to come out”. They never did before we went home because she was getting way too tired. And at the Toybox performance too many tall parents were blocking her view so it wasn’t much fun for her.



I do hope Sophia will recover from diarrhea soon so that she can enjoy all the things that children enjoy again.

We’re going to the beach beach beach

2 sundays ago (yes, I know I am very much behind on blogging) I brought Sophia to Sentosa alone and it was such a great trip! The moment I suggested beach, she grabbed her bucket of tools and dashed for the door. Throughout the entire journey there she carried the bucket on her own and made no fuss about walking the long distance. I even overhead a girl, asking her parents in Cantonese why Sophia gets to bring her beach toys and the dad saying ” 佢肯自己拿,你要Daddy Mummy帮你拿” (She’s willing to carry it herself but you want Daddy and Mummy to carry it for you.) Of course, I was secretly swelling up in pride but pretended not to understand.

Anyway, we had tonnes of fun at the beach, Sophia even joined a family and their maids and loaned her bucket to a group of very well behaved older girls who washed the bucket very clean in sea water before returning it with a genuine thank you. And didn’t make a fuss when it was time to go home.

I think I can manage it again. Maybe.

My baby penguin

My baby penguin

Retro playground at Raffles Place

I love the new setup that NParks put at Raffles Place as part of their 50 years of greening Singapore celebrations. In fact, I think it would be a great idea for them to keep it there permanently! Because of the retro park and playground thing set up there, Raffles Place actually became much less of a dead town during the weekend.

It is also at this retro park that I realised that my timid daughter has gotten much braver. She’s actually happy to sit on her own on a swing clearly constructed for someone of adult height. One wonders why she still fervently objects to inserting a coin in kiddy rides, not that I’m complaining as long as it is not out of overly extreme timidness.