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rooftop waterpark @ Tampines1

rooftop waterpark @ Tampines1

obviously I must have been a little crazy to suggest to D that we take the boys to the waterpark.

well, Ollie and I had a pretty good day on Monday. I cooked early, we went to the library where he cooperated and had a pretty good nap in the arvo. So…why not the waterpark?

Backtrack a little, about the library thing. When we got to children’s floor in the library, I set the monster loose and told him to choose a book that we would read together. He randomly picked a book from the many shelves, and it turned out to be quite an interesting book which he thoroughly enjoyed. It is called Hello, Doctor
We borrowed the book home and we’ve been looking at it from so many different angles since. Maybe letting the monster choose a book is the way to go at the library. At least the choice will be absolutely random and it will force this mummy of his to be more open to the types of books that will attract Ollie.

So going back to the waterpark. I was trying to figure out how I was going to handle Ollie and QT at the same time and which stroller to bring along. The thing about living so near to a waterpark meant that I wanted to travel with as little items as possible and with more ease. Funny how I would be more willing to take the bulkier stroller with me if I was to be travelling further, say maybe town. Cos at least Ollie can sleep in the stroller and I can hang stuff on the stroller as well. Oh the logistical nightmare.

Finally settled on the lightweight stroller (easy for me to lift and chase a runaway toddler) and a backpack. And off we went on the adventure.

We got there a little earlier than D & E, and we had the entire waterpark to ourselves. Time to see how Ollie would react to unbridled freedom, well, almost unbridled. Me? I merely sat on a bench, with QT lying next to me and yelled instructions to Ollie.

QT tanning

QT tanning

It was interesting to just let Ollie go like this. And it seemed that despite giving him the freedom to run around and explore, he seemed to have boundaries. He did not wander too far, or if it seemed like he did, he would turn around and looked at me for affirmation or assurance. If I yelled at him to not jump into the wading pool for the fear of him slipping and hitting his head, he would oblige. It appeared that he would always make sure I was in sight. He would run off, do something and then also occasionally run back to me to tell me what he did.

What, too much freedom worries you, Ollie? Hehe.

D & E came along and then the two boys went mad. Going on slides, running amok, climbing up the see-saw that was a little too high for them, and barely making it sway up and down cos they were too light. Hahaha. All too funny.

pool buddies

pool buddies.

Waterparks have been a major thing for Ollie ever since we brought him to one. It has been surprising to me that more waterparks have popped up around in Singapore, and at malls no less. Seems like malls are now trying to cater to families and make it a one stop entertainment place. No complaints here! Plus it being free is a major bonus (apart from the one I know that is in Sentosa).

You can find waterparks at these:

Changi City Point
NEX
Westgate
Tampines One
VivoCity
Gardens By the Bay

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Father’s Day out

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I’m not sure about other parents, but I have a thing about watching Donald and Ollie play. Or rather, watching Donald play with the kids.

I guess it is knowing that both Donald and the kids share a different kind of bond that they share with me. And I enjoy watching that closeness. It gives me hope that the kids will be able to share their lives with Donald, as much as they would with me.

We woke up a little later than usual this morning, quickly making a decision that we would go to the McDonald’s at the airport. Donald was thinking of a place with a big enough area, not so much human traffic, so that Ollie could give it a shot on his skate scooter, as he had seen other kids to so.

scootin' around

scootin’ around

Hah, so much for scooting around the airport. Ollie could barely maneuver left and right, and ended up “crashing” into the seats. Kua kua…

Then..there was the dilemma of what to do next after breakfast. It was Father’s Day afterall. It was just so tempting to say let’s go home and sleep with the boys. Each week, we kinda struggle with this dilemma. Where to bring Ollie for a new experience. Not that it is a must, but we kinda figured Ollie would love to have the opportunity to have a run around outside, considering he is indoors most of the time during the week.

We finally decided on the National Museum where it was the Children’s Season going on, to coincide with the school holidays in Singapore. We wanted to go during the weekdays so it would not be too crowded but some of the exhibits would only be available during the weekend so we thought, weekend it is then!

Such awesome parents we are. Hahaha. BUT…kua kua, it rained just as we got there, and Ollie didn’t get to try those exhibits anyways. Whhhhhhy?? *grumbles*

Okay, to be honest, it was also the first time I had ever been to the National Museum. Right. But to share the experience with my kid, how nice. =) (or rather, Donald had to do most of the work chasing Ollie around whilst I watched them..haha) We were a little new to the museum so we did things in the wrong order. Then again, with kids, there is no such thing as a right or wrong order. You just follow where the kiddo wants to go.

We started off at the Glass Atrium on Level 2, where Sculpture Scribble was at. It was an exhibit of works by famous Dadaist artists recreated into interactive installations that the public can touch and play with. It was a little abstract for Ollie who basically did it his own way, and we got stuck at only two exhibits cos they were the ones that interests him the most. Doh.

trying out one of the Dadaist installations.

trying out one of the Dadaist installations.

We then proceeded to the Platform, around the corner from the Glass Atrium, where the Rouleaux exhibit was. There was a collection of miniature dioramas installed in “walls”. These dioramas are made out of reused toilet rolls! There were craft areas where children could make their own dioramas, colouring them first before pasting it onto a separate sheet of paper.

dinosaur diorama

dinosaur diorama

 

Ollie & Daddy doing their own diorama

Ollie & Daddy doing their own diorama

Next to the dioramas exhibit, there was Word Out. Basically it was an interactive spelling game, where you have to use body movements to form letters in front of a screen which picks up your every movement. I had a little giggle watching a kid do it together with the facilitator. He was doing very well! Except..all that slinky, bendy, curvy body movements was a little too much to handle. hahahaha.

Whilst the boys were colouring, I was visually checking out Level 3 as I had briefly read something about a kids area on that floor. Level 3 had 3 rooms, namely Explore, Create and Perform. Only the rooms Explore and Perform were open to the public today as there was a workshop running in Create.

In Explore, the room was designed with play-cooking area, paper embossing, food group magnet boards, a mirror dress up area, a tree/plant puzzle, a gigantic tv performance area. It allowed kids to be able to be imaginative. Ollie could pretend to be a cook, learn more about the types of food that goes into local dishes, pretend to be in costume by sticking a decal-like ethnic outfit on the mirror and standing in front of the mirror, fit puzzle pieces into a wall or tree, and stand behind a gigantic tv screen and pretend to perform in front of tv audiences.

food groups

food groups

paper embossing

paper embossing

gigantic puzzles

gigantic puzzles

playing with sounds

playing with sounds

cooking area.

cooking area.

Ollie ran around exploring before deciding that the food section was where he would really liked to be. He loved being able to identify food items like eggs, noodles, bread, and matching them to the right shadow.

In the Perform room, it was a sensory room using lights and sounds. Participants were given a flashlight to “draw” on an interactive board that was dotted with purple circles. As your “strokes” hit a circle, a sound would emit. It was all pretty cool, though still a little too abstract for Ollie who was more interested in just “drawing” some lines before being more interested in poking at the flashlight. Doh.

We decided that it was probably enough for Ollie who had been running all around the whole morning. On our way out, we stopped by one last stop at Level 1 in the Salon. It was the Come & Play installation where there were exhibits made out of cardboards. For a $2 donation, the kids would be given a piece of cardboard, a sheet of construction paper and a sheet of stickers. We chose the stickers that depicted local food.

stickers!

stickers!

giving the chalkboard a go

giving the chalkboard a go

installations made out of cardboards (1)

installations made out of cardboards (1)

installations made out of cardboards (2)

installations made out of cardboards (2)

there were other play areas that we did not participate in as we felt Ollie would probably have no clue what was going on, one being the life-sized old school games like five stones and pick-up sticks.

pick up sticks

pick up sticks

five stones

five stones

I reckon Ollie had loads of fun cos he keeps referring to the museum as the library (don’t ask me why). He told me this morning that he wanted to go to the “library and press the red and green button and put the magnets”. I had to explain to him that the library is a place with lots of books and the museum doesn’t. Daddy Ting said he didn’t mind going back to the museum again since it was free. Haha.

To be honest, I am surprised that the museum had a play area like this for kids. My impression of all museums is that it is a solemn place with boring exhibits. Looks like the museum has changed with times and is catering to kids. Good stuff and highly recommended!

Masak Masak: My Childhood runs from 24 May to 3 August at the National Museum. More information can be found at the National Museum website

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Ollie’s pace

Ollie's keys made by Daddy Ting

Ollie’s keys made by Daddy Ting

these days, the monster is growing up so quickly that I want to document everything there is about his growing stages before I forget them. Sure, I’ve got Quentin to remind me next year all over again..but he may be another unique kid on his own. Haha.

Ollie loves imitating what we do on a daily basis. Taking off his pjs himself, slipping into his shoes standing up, wanting to feed himself, wanting to drink from a cup, wanting to press the button for the lift, wanting to open the mailbox and main door with keys, wanting to buckle himself up in high chairs and car seat. Doesn’t help that his favourite bedtime book is titled “I Can Do It“, so when he wants to do things himself, he will say “I do it!” We have been trying to get him to say “can”; he can pronounce it, but we figured the maximum number of words he can say in a sentence is 3 words. Good enough I reckon.

Because Ollie takes my keys sometimes and has somewhat scratched the main door and walls with it, Daddy Ting has decided that enough was enough and that he would make Ollie a pair of his own “keys” complete with a key chain. Hahaha. So off Donald went using putting holes in wall plugs so that it could slip into the key chain. Ollie was stoked. His very own set of keys! Now…what to do with it? It was his “car” keys, house keys and even mailbox keys. I made the “mistake” (you know what I mean…) of letting Ollie take the keys out with us on a regular trip to the market and we took double the time to walk.

Aiiiiii. Ollie would try to “open” or “lock” every door that he saw, attempt to put it in any key hole that he came across. I threw in some sound effects for good measure and he had a ball. It did mean I didn’t have to carry him tho. Win-..win situation I guess. But for now..those keys stay in my bag! Heh

So it’s detox week this week again! YAAAAY. Ollie and I have been busy with playdates and had his maternal Great Grandma & Godpas drop by for a surprise visit. It only meant that this mama gets to spend lesser money too! Double yay! And it also meant we could spend the weekend chilling away as a family.

Today, after picking up a freebie in town, we figured we would stop by the Ben & Jerry’s Chunkfest 2013 happening nearby at The Promontory. I mean, an ice cream festival. Need I say more?? We were going to head in when Donald saw the condition of the grounds, all muddy from the rain earlier in the day. Being the OCD cleanliness freak he is, he got turned off by it and decided that he and Ollie would walk outside whilst I headed inside to check things out. Managed to get a scoop of the Candy Bar Pie & Americone Dream each, some of the flavours brought in from the USA for this festival. Yuuuum. Also scored a free sample of the Couch Potato. Double yummms. Both scoops had Ollie’s stamp of approval. “dum i crim peas?” (some ice cream please?)

We then took a stroll around the area, Ollie running free and picking sticks and leaves and what nots. At one point, Donald was telling Ollie, “come on, let’s go!”  (tho he said it to see if Ollie would follow us or just wonder off on his own) when I thought, hey, let’s do things at Ollie’s pace and let him do what he wants to do, seeing that there wasn’t much of a crowd and there was ample space for him to run around. 

comparing sticks

comparing sticks

So off Ollie went, picking sticks and leaves and poking them into the gaps between the tiles, into holes in the manholes. He got a little fascinated by the road sweeper with his big sweep. He ran up to the Marina Bay City Gallery sign and was happily reading the letters out one by one. It took us about 45 mins to walk that distance but we were good. It was at Ollie’s pace. Sometimes I think we forget that the toddler’s perception of time is so much different to ours. And it was nice to watch him run around and do his thing.

Ollie has been pulling some really long-ass sleeping hours at night. Not that I am complaining, we get the bed to ourselves for a longer time! Usually Ollie is asleep by about 8pm, and fusses awake at about 2am. Donald will then bring him over to our room and we sleep till about 7 – 7.30am. But for the past two nights, Ollie slept till about 5am before waking and was being brought over. He would then sleep a little more, waking up at the usual 7 – 7.30am. So some really very nice hours. HOWEVER, this morning he woke up at 6am and wouldn’t go back to sleep. -_-” He did however go down easier for a nap in the afternoon and slept for about 2 hours whereas putting him down for a nap has been a nightmare for the past couple of days and he would only sleep for 1 hour.

Argh…what a trade off. Longer sleep at night, lesser nap time, and possibly earlier waking hours. *scratch head*. Just what is going through your brain, Ollie? Whatever it is, I hope I am not jinxing myself. *sigh* It has only been two nights…*hopeful*