Wednesday, December 24, 2014

SIF Water for Life Project (Siem Reap)

Not so much on the kids' adventures this time round, but a reflection of my volunteer trip to Cambodia - where we built and installed biosand water filters under the Water for Life Project, organised by the Singapore International Foundation. More details at

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Water is something we don't quite appreciate in Singapore and probably in developed countries all over the world. Clean drinking water is easily accessible at the turn of a tap, and cheap too.
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Taipei and Cingjing for the kids

Some friends asked for our 9D8N Taipei / Cingjing itinerary, so here's a summary of our trip, packed with activities for the kids and just one or two for the adults:
  • Day 1 - Ximending / Modern Toilet Restaurant / Ah Zhong Mian Xian  
  • Day 2 - Songshan Cultural and Creativity Park / Wufenpu / Hello Kitty Sweet Cafe
  • Day 3 - Leofoo Village Theme Park / Huaxi Street Night Market
  • Day 4 - Houtong Cat Village, Shifen, Pingxi Old Street and Sky Lantern, via Pingxi Line
  • Day 5 - Beitou Thermal Valley / Public Hot Spring Pool / Beitou Hot Spring Museum / Maji Maji Square 
  • Day 6 - Cingjing Sheep Farm / Little Swiss / Carton King 
  • Day 7 - Feeling 18C Chocolate / Xinshe Castle 
  • Day 8 - BabyBoss / Miramar Entertainment Par
  • Day 9 - Home Sweet Home 
If you have any questions, post a comment and I'll try to help if I can.

Day 1 - Ximending / Modern Toilet Restaurant / Ah Zhong Mian Xian
First day in Taipei and totally shacked out by the early flight. Kena harassed by a taxi tout at the airport, who slashed prices by the second and then scolded us for wanting to take the airport bus instead.

Spent 45 hungry minutes searching for Modern Toilet Restaurant (Google Maps is no use man), and finally found it after asking countless people. Had fun eating shit though, lol.

Nothing much to buy in Ximending, but finally tried out the Ah Zhong Mian Xian.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Singapore Kite Festival 2014

There is nothing, simply nothing, that is more free and liberating to run with a kite flying in the air. That simple joy, without a burden in the world, is priceless. And that, was exactly what our two babes experienced over the weekend at the NTUC Income Kite Festival.

Held over two days on 23 & 25 Aug 2014, the event was a mixture of street performers, food tents and all sorts of kites soaring over the Marina Bay skyline.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Children's Garden @ Gardens by the Bay

Sometimes, some of the best things in life are free, such as the Children's Garden at the Gardens by the Bay. Its well-designed, with plenty of thought put into the various stations and with staff around to make sure everything is well taken care of. Really spoil market for a free attraction, but what joy for parents and their kiddos!

The Children's Garden is divided into two distinct zones - an Adventure Trail with more than 10 stations (its like... an obstacle course for kiddos) and a Water Play with plenty of space to run about. I think kids from 5 to 9 will enjoy it most, just make sure you go when the weather is fine.

(Actually, I don't think there's such a thing as fine weather in Singapore. When the sun is out, its too hot for the Adventure Trail. When its overcast, its too cold for the Water Play. When its wet, well, its outdoors so its pretty much no-go. Just go when you feel like it, heh.)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Balloon Sculpting Workshop @ Salvation Army

A few days ago, we got a flyer sharing about a free balloon sculpting workshop held at the Salvation Army, which was just a block away from our home. So we signed the two girls up.

We had previously played with balloon sculpting on our own, learning mostly from YouTube tutorials to make simple stuff such as swords, flowers and various animals (mouse, dog, giraffe, etc... which mostly have the same structure, just with longer bodies or longer necks).

Hazel loves twisting the balloons and that little daredevil is very proud of herself for not being scared of bursting balloons. Rachel, on the other hand, is terrified of bursting them and previously would not really try twisting it.