Zoom Park Singapore

Last week, some friends and I checked out Zoom Park with our kids. It’s the largest indoor trampoline park in Singapore and includes 2 dodgeball courts, 3 basketball slam dunk lanes, a 17-metre lateral rock wall, and a foam pit. I didn’t take many photos because I was too busy having fun with the kids.

What I liked: It’s in the West and pretty easy to get to from my place or my mum’s place. It’s more interesting than the other trampoline parks because you can do a lot more than just bounce around. Anya likes rock-climbing so she spent some time on the rock wall and the kids also had fun playing dodgeball and dunking basketballs. My favourite part is the Slam Dunk because it’s probably the only time I can get a basketball through the hoop.

foam pit and rock wall

foam pit and rock wall

climbing up

climbing up

the main jumping area

the main jumping area

having a race

having a race

playing dodgeball

playing dodgeball

slam dunk

slam dunk

with my friends (and 2 of the 10 kids we had with us)

with my friends (and 2 of the 10 kids we had with us)

What could be improved: I think some signs indicating where the main entrance is would be helpful. The trampoline park is located inside a huge tent and we walked 3/4 of the perimeter before finding the entrance. FYI, it’s on the side that faces Cycle & Carriage. They are also very particular about you wearing socks with extra grip, so if you brought along normal socks, you have to buy theirs. Another thing that bugged me was that when I was filling in my details for the waiver on their computer, I could see all the data (IC numbers, phone numbers, names, etc.) that other people had keyed in! I think they need to adjust their computer settings. Finally, I think they have some issues with their air-conditioning because it was HOT in there! The kids had to stop and rest in front of the air cooling units very often.

I think these are all teething problems that can be resolved quickly so let’s hope that things are better the next time we decide to drop by!

Zoom Park Singapore
200 Pandan Gardens #01-14
Singapore 609336
Tel: 63344615
Email: info@zoomparkasia.com

Check out their website for more information about opening hours and pricing.

Hobbiton in Mata Mata, New Zealand

We visited Hobbiton in Mata Mata, New Zealand three years ago. Anya was just 2 years and 9 months old then and Adam was a 4-month-old dumpling. It was amazing and definitely a must-do when in New Zealand. At that time, we were told in no uncertain terms that we were forbidden from posting pictures of Hobbiton online until all The Hobbit movies were done.

Of course, I see tons of Hobbiton pictures on the Internet all the time, even before this third instalment was released, but I am a woman of my word so none of those photos were posted by me. We went on a double date on Thursday night to watch The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies with the same couple that we visited Hobbiton with. Now I feel free to share my pictures of Hobbiton from 3 years ago and a (terribly short) review of the movie.

Gollum welcomes us to Hobbiton

Gollum welcomes us to Hobbiton

family pic before our tour

family pic before our tour

Hobbiton cat

Hobbiton cat

even the 'mould' on the sign is specially created

even the ‘mould’ on the sign is specially created

Adrian carrying a halfling

Adrian carrying a halfling

incredibly cute

incredibly cute

look out that glass in the door

look at that glass in the door

across the water

across the water

little hobbit houses in a row

little hobbit houses in a row

the attention to detail is amazing

the attention to detail is amazing

wheel

wheel

Hobbiton cat again

Hobbiton cat again

water pump

water pump

Adrian and halfling on the move

Adrian and halfling on the move

Hobbiton is a huge area

looking down

walking up to Bilbo Baggins' house

walking up to Bilbo Baggins’ house

just, wow

the most famous hobbit house

family pic outside a little house

family pic outside another little house

fast-moving hobbit

fast-moving hobbit

scarecrow

scarecrow

back on the bus!

back on the bus!

Here’s my review of Battle of Five Armies; no major spoilers if you have read the book. Personally, I think The Hobbit would have done better split into two instalments than three. Nonetheless, I liked Batle of the Five Armies. It was a tad indulgent with way too many scenes of characters looking meaningfully into the distance and a bit draggy here and there, especially when we were waiting for Thorin Oakenshield to break out of his stupor. I know Legolas is not in the book but he is in the movie and I definitely enjoy the scenes of him in action. *insert heart-shaped eyes emoticon*

In short, is Battle of the Five Armies worth watching? Yes. Is Hobbiton worth a visit? Without a doubt!

Snap Happy at Trick Eye Museum

Another rainy-day activity to keep the little ones entertained when the weather outside is frightful. We were at Sentosa the other day with some friends and had originally intended to take the kids to the wet playground. It was a good thing we changed our mind because it started to pour! Fortunately, we were happily taking photos at Trick Eye Museum.

Trick Eye Museum is located at Resorts World Sentosa and a perfect place to retreat to when it’s too hot/ too rainy for the beach or Universal Studios. Two-dimensional images come to life at Trick Eye Museum, no 3D glasses needed! We had so much fun hamming it up for the camera and the kids enjoyed themselves too. Here are some of the many photos we took there.

children in a cage

children in a cage

I fit perfectly into the female cut-out!

I fit perfectly into the female cut-out!

Anya's head on a plate

Anya’s head on a plate

floating in mid-air??

floating in mid-air??

we are gigantic!

we are gigantic!

kidnapped by a dinosaur

kidnapped by a dinosaur

dangling upside-down

dangling upside-down

climbing with the panda

climbing with the panda

tightrope walking

tightrope walking

great balance!

great balance!

Levitation 101

Levitation 101

the floor is lava!

the floor is lava!

Anya the mermaid

Anya the mermaid

children in a snow globe

children in a snow globe

flying on a broomstick

flying on a broomstick

angel on a bike

angel on a bike

Some tips for Trick Eye Museum:

  • No short skirts or low-riding pants. You will need to sit on things or even lie down to create some of the optical illusions and you really don’t want to be flashing complete strangers in the process.
  • Check that your camera is fully charged. I brought along an extra battery for my camera but realised that it was flat. Good thing I had taken almost all the photos I wanted to take by then and switched to my phone camera for the rest.
  • Be considerate of the people around you. Do a quick scan before you walk past any of the paintings to avoid accidentally photobombing someone else’s photo.
  • Stand at the suggested photo point to take your photo but also ensure that you get the correct angle so you can achieve a convincing optical illusion. For example, in the photo where I’m ‘walking’ on the tightrope, you need to make sure you get the line of the tightrope straight.

Trick Eye Museum is fun for the whole family and very children-friendly because they are allowed to touch everything! You don’t have to worry about forcing them to pose for pictures because they will be more than happy to see pictures of themselves in all sorts of wacky situations.

Trick Eye Museum
Resorts World Sentosa
26 Sentosa Gateway #01-43/44
Singapore 098138
Tel : +65 6795 2370 / 2371
enquiries@trickeye.com
Open daily: 10am – 9pm

Ticket prices:
Kids below 4 go in free.
Kids (4-12 years): $20
Adults (13-59 years): $25
Seniors (60 and above): $20
You can buy your tickets online to save 10%.

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BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft

BabyBjorn

I love how many baby products that our parents used when we were babies are still being used now but in new, improved versions that make life much easier for us parents. For example, the baby bouncer. You know those springy mesh seats that are usually found in baby blue or pink? I sat/ slept on one when I was a baby and I wish there were a giant version for adults I could lounge about in even now!

BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft is definitely better than what we had as babies. For starters, it’s available in a range of fashionable colours from silver/ white to khaki/ beige that will complement (rather than clash with) your home decor. There are cotton and mesh versions but I personally like the latter for our tropical climate. The bouncer is suitable for babies and toddlers aged 0-2 years. Baby David has been using it since he was a few months old.

BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft is developed with pediatricians and ergonomically designed to provide proper head and back support, crucial for babies whose muscles are not fully developed. It folds up nice and flat, making it easy to store or transport (and bring along on holidays). In my opinion, the biggest advantage the BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft has over the old-fashioned mesh bouncer is that it can be easily and QUIETLY adjusted from the upright position (when baby is laughing and playing) to the reclined sleeping position (Zzzz…) without waking baby.

To be honest, I wish someone had given this to me 5 years ago when Anya was born (instead of numerous hampers!) because it is very useful to have around. I think any mum-to-be or mum of a new baby would truly appreciate this as a Christmas or baby shower gift. BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft is available from Mothercare and you can get it for just $179 (that’s $100 off!) as a special pre-order deal (until 31 December) for the Mothercare Baby fair 2015!

Journey to the West: FairPrice Warehouse Club

Over the weekend, we checked out the new FairPrice Warehouse Club at Joo Koon. Only members can buy stuff there but it’s open to all. We decided to walk around a bit to see if it was worth getting the membership ($50 a year for public, $35 a year for NTUC Affiliated Union Member).

They carry the Carrefour and Kirkland brands found at Costco and you can also find bigger versions of other items. Before buying anything, it would be useful to know what you’re usually paying for each unit of that item to determine if you would be saving as much as you think. And when buying food products in bulk, always check the expiry date to see if you can finish it all up in time.

Warehouse Club is spread over two floors, and in case you get hungry while shopping, there’s ready-to-eat food on the upper level. You can get sushi, ice-cream, hot dogs, etc. I like the hot dogs!

Shopping at Warehouse Club is probably more suitable for those who are on really good terms with their neighbours and want to share bulk buys, have many people living under one roof, or run small F&B businesses. It will also come in handy if you are preparing for a party and need a lot of food, drinks and items for goody bags!

cheese (and other assorted flavours) puffs

cheese (and other assorted flavours) puffs

giant pack of cereal

giant pack of cereal

Carrefour brand items

Carrefour brand items

giant can of mushrooms

giant can of mushrooms

1kg pack of chia seeds

1kg pack of chia seeds

24-pack of Snapple

24-pack of Snapple

books

books

giant bag of garlic

giant bag of garlic

Cheesecake Factory!

Cheesecake Factory!

yummy hot dog

yummy hot dog

giant can of tomato sauce

giant can of tomato sauce

Meiji cow mascot

Meiji cow mascot

FairPrice Warehouse Club
1 Joo Koon Circle Singapore 629117
+65 6552 2722
feedback@warehouseclub.com.sg
Operating Hours: 10.00 AM – 9.00 PM (Mon – Fri); 9.00 AM – 9.30 PM (Sat & Sun)

 

Egg Carton Christmas Wreath

I saw some egg cartons at my mum’s place the other day and immediately pounced on them. She gave me a funny look and said she was planning to throw them out! I decided to look for something Christmassy I could make with the egg cartons and found this DIY Egg Carton Wreath. I’m a bit embarrassed to link to it, to be honest, because mine looks nothing like it!

So I cut up a box using some cookie tins and cut up the egg carton into leaves and flowers. It’s really hard to cut egg cartons! My hand was aching after one so I gave up and didn’t cut up the other one, hence my wreath is somewhat lacking in flowers.

the tools and materials

the tools and materials

all cut up

all cut up

final product

final product

Here are some other Christmas wreaths made by craftier mummies:

A Juggling Mom
A Pancake Princess
MalMal Our Inspiration

Kith at Quayside Isle: Adrian’s Birthday

We celebrated Adrian’s birthday at Kith, Quayside Isle last Sunday and it was crowded! We had to wait some time for our table, but when we got settled, the food came quite quickly and it was all good. While they still don’t have child-friendly cutlery and crockery (read: not breakable!), they put the kids’ drinks in their takeaway coffee cup with a straw inside, which was very helpful.

This is probably the first time we are meeting when it’s just us and all the kids. I always imagine that we are asking for a table for 5 with a few high chairs to add on here and there. It’s hard to think of ourselves as a party of 9!

Big Breakfast (Adrian's, of course)

Big Breakfast (Adrian’s, of course)

Pork Belly & Fried Eggs

Pork Belly & Fried Eggs

Salmon & Eggs

Salmon & Eggs

Blackstone Eggs

Blackstone Eggs

Prosciutto

Prosciutto

Truffle Fries!!

Truffle Fries!!

the boys

the boys

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday!!