Singaporean parents’ favourite hangout

Ikea!

Or so it seems, because its so crowded with kids every weekend. Småland is a major reason, so is the food, which for some reason really appeals to Singaporeans. I don’t mind it once in a while, but I wouldn’t say its all that fantastic.

However, even for very tiny people like Sophia who can’t go into Småland, and who doesn’t care much for food generally, it is still very fun. She climbs on and off the furniture (that’s testing them for you, Ikea, so you don’t have to push them with the machine 50,000 times, just leave them in the showroom), grabs softtoys to hug and just fiddles with all the fascinating furniture. I really wouldn’t mind heading to Ikea more!

Tents are lots of fun

Tents are lots of fun

A young boy took this picture for Sophia

A young boy took this picture for Sophia

And now its the boy's turn to play

And now its the boy’s turn to play

And if she's tired, there are huge soft toys to hug to sleep.

And if she’s tired, there are huge soft toys to hug to sleep.

 

 

 

My affectionate little girl

I’m always complaining about how Sophia is so stubborn and strong willed and its so tiring to bring her out, BUT from time to time she makes me eat my words by being extremely well behaved if things suits her, which can be as simple as having a teddy bear sit next to her on the supermarket trolley. This stops her from trying to climb out and/or snatching things off the shelves PLUS produces adorable moments like this:

Awww

Festival of Lights

 

Chinatown is just such an amazing center of culture. Not only is it abuzz with activities during the Chinese festivals such as Chinese New Year and Mid Autumn Festival, it is equally interesting during the festivals celebrated by the Hindus and Muslims. These couple of weeks, of course, is when the Deepavali celebrations take place in the Sri Mariamman Temple and sights such as these are common. Last weekend was also when they held their firewalking festival and the crowd was unbelievable. So glad that Sophia has the chance to be immersed in all these activities.

Tortoise and Turtles day

Sophia’s favourite animal is allegedly turtles given that she’s always going for one of her 2 turtle toys and how she giggles when she finds the turtle photo on the zoo app in our iPad. So when I read about the live turtle and tortoise museum in Kless’s blog, I couldn’t wait to bring Sophia there.

Notice how she’s clutching on to her toy turtle.

The Chinese Garden is actually closed except to persons visiting the museum so it was very empty and we got a preview of the lantern displays that were being put up by PRC ladies who were shouting to each other “哪儿来的小姑娘?” (literally: where did this little girl come from?) when they saw Sophia because I guess they were assuming the park is closed and there should not be visitors.

One of the intricate lanterns put up for Mid Autumn Festival

Near the entrance were these large african tortoises and smaller but probably much more dangerous alligator snapping turtles.

Not sure why are these dangerous.

 

Now, these, are another matter. Make sure not to put your fingers in!

Contrary to what we thought, Sophia didn’t rush laughing to the tortoises to pat them, the way she would for cats and dogs. Instead she clung on to daddy, saying “no-no, no-no, no-no”. Showing her how to feed the tortoises with the bunch of veges we bought at the entrance didn’t help.

Daddy feeding the tortoise.

Sophia being vrey scared.

The pond full of turtles also had her really scared.

Pond full of turtles

And a very scared baby

So we brought her to these turtles in glass cages, which she was also very scared of initially.

Turtles on exhibit

And guess what warmed her up eventually? These very sinister looking snake necked turtles! If there is one turtle I wouldn’t touch in the museum, it would be these.

 

Look at the sharp teeth and long neck. Argh! Its like a snake living in a turtle shell.

Sophia wants her toy turtle to make friends, but I bet it was scared stiff.

And so after this toy turtle went around making friends with other friendlier turtles.

Ok, I can be friends with this turtle.

And eventualy Sophia warmed up enough to feed the tortoises.

 

There tortoise, have your breakfast.

And Sophia started playing happily with the tortoises, that is, until daddy warned her to be careful not to let the tortoise bite her finger as it would be painful. After that all she could say was “pain pain” and “mama”, and laughed as I fed the tortoises while she ran away from them (as they were coming after us since we were holding veges in our hands).

All in all a great morning and I hope we can have more fun weekends like this.

 

Prive

I finally brought Sophia to Prive, something I’ve been meaning to do for sometime. It turned out to be rather nice and Sophia enjoyed herself at the very small play area.

 

Can’t wait to get to “playground”

 

Peekaboo!

 

Clinging on to “security blanket” in the form of soft toys

 

I like being out in the alfresco area next to the water. The weather was cool, which was good. However, the food was quite ordinary. I didn’t quite understand why some bloggers rave about this place. They also got one of our orders wrong. My husband ordered bagels and lox and they served him pancakes.

Actually more restaurants should cater to children. Just very simple items like the 2 slides and a playhouse here will keep kids very happy and wouldn’t cost the restaurant much to install. That allowed me to have my meal in peace and chat to my friend while Sophia played on her own (or with her friends, turtle and dog dog)

Speakign of turtle and dog dog, I am never bringing 2 soft toys out ever again. I thought I would allow her to bring dog out and hide turtle in my bag to fish out if and when she starts getting fussy in church. Well, guess what, she saw the turtle when I opened my bag to fish out my wallet for the cab and from thta moment on had to hold on to both toys. If I just fished out one for her she’ll call for the other. If I gave her the other and kept the first one, she’ll immediately ask for the first one. Maybe its better for children not to talk till later. No, I’m kidding because then she’ll just scream for the other soft toy and I have to guess what is it. Bad idea.

We’re going to the zoo zoo zoo

The january babies went to the zoo last weekend and one blur mum forgot her handbag (and hence her wallet, phone and (camera) phone. The grandma took some photos like this:

Daddy and mummy brought me to the zoo!

 

Anyway the little ones enjoyed looking at all sorts of animals and especially enjoyed the waterplay area. Daddy didn’t enjoy it as much as he lost his glasses when coming down the slide with Sophia. Sophia had so much fun that she didn’t even protest when daddy carried her out of the waterplay area. And she was 1/3 way through her turkey with veges meal (with bread on top because that’s the only way to get her to eat anything these days) when she nodded off. That was kind of good too because she slept through daddy and mummy’s KFC lunch so she didn’t get to demand a share. For some reason though she woke up as we were leaving KFC after just a 25min catnap and refused to sleep all the way till dinner when she nodded off halfway through dinner as well and wasn’t woken up even by a video of an upbeat singing session in school or by dunking her in bathwater. it proved to be yet another catnap of about half an hour after which she woke up crying inconsolably. Good thing she slept at a normal hour though.

Babies in conference

Adventure day

At least I think it would seem like that to Sophia. I brought her to 3 different places in one day. Okay, in one of the 3 she got a jab but in the grand scheme of things I think its a fun day. Anyway, I think I only have time and energy for the last segment of the day today so no jabs in this post.

I mentioned bunny feeding at horsecity in a recent post. We went back late afternoon on monday but the bunny feeding place was closed to the disappointment of Sophia.

Mummy, open the door for me!

But to the (secret) delight of mummy because the rabbit “cage” was filthy. Not sure if its clear from this picture but bunnies are hopping around and eating off hay covered in their own poo poo. The smell was evident too. I wasn’t too keen on Sophia stepping around inside since she often walks around at home with shoes on and sometimes grabs her shoes when she’s trying to take them off.

After staring at bunnies from all angles and learning the first 2-syllabus word (eh-bit aka rabbit), we headed to Picotin for a dinner of pizza. Sophia was supposed to have beef with brown rice but she needed to be tricked with a piece of pizza on top of each spoonful of rice. And even then spat a lot on the floor when there was too much rice too little pizza. When she’s finally gotten some food into her tummy, she went exploring with big sister H around the restaurant. I must say my girl is quite the little explorer. She just tottered around on her own and often we had to send H after her (with little success). These days I’ve been overwhelmed by how quickly Sophia is growing up but she still looks so tiny next to H. There’s my cute little one.

What’s outside?

 

How do you open this door?

 

Let me show you

 

Thank you jie jie!

 

cheeky pizza face

 

Already bored by the time H comes over to play!

Casa Verde

Last Sunday we went to Casa Verde after church. Sophia already finished her muesli with papaya at church so I didn’t have the stress of having to feed her while eating, which was a good thing. And she surprisingly could sit in her high chair with baby E and Uncle S while Auntie D and mummy queued for food. There was virtually no service to speak of and the food was so-so but the green alfresco environment was great. There were also lots of dogs which kept Sophia very happy. She can sort of say “dog” now except it sounds more like “gork” at the moment. I’m sure it will change bacause “bear” already sounds more like “bear” and less like “baa”. The botanical gardens is a fantastic location for a weekend brunch. If only we weren’t in the middle of yet another heatwave, can’t believe the weather these days!

Being very good on her highchair