The Forgotten Keppel Hill Reservoir

When I saw the news article about the hidden reservoir dating back to 1905 that had been rediscovered by NHB, I knew I had to make a trip there to see it for myself. I signed up for a guided walking tour and was delighted to get slots for Adrian and myself. Charles Goh, the founder of Asia Paranormal Investigators (API), was our guide for the walking tour. I visited the reservoir again the next day, but more on that in another post.

Keppel Hill reservoir was one of three reservoirs in that area and was later used as a swimming pool. You can still see remnants of a diving board and a bathing area at the reservoir. According to the news article, two soldiers and a boy drowned in two separate incidents in 1936 and 1948.

Charles shared with us the history of the place including why the roads were named that way. We also learnt quite a bit about the New Harbour Dock company. I had envisioned bashing through the forest to get to the reservoir but it was a very manageable 10-minute walk in from Wishart Rd where we had started.

It would be somewhat of a stretch to say that the reservoir is forgotten because it clearly shows signs of use with pipes leading from it, maybe to the nearby nursery. According to Charles, the people in the area knew about the body of water but it was only recently that the history of the place as a reservoir, and later a swimming pool, was rediscovered.

16 Morse Rd

16 Morse Rd where we gathered

where the reservoir drains to

where the reservoir drains to

the mysterious 11 Keppel Hill

the mysterious 11 Keppel Hill

what lies behind these trees?

what lies behind these trees?

first glimpse of Keppel Hill Reservoir

first look at Keppel Hill reservoir

steps leading to what used to hold a diving board

steps leading to what used to hold a diving board

left behind

left behind

Adrian

Adrian

abandoned steps taken over by roots

abandoned steps taken over by roots

a glimpse of the wall beyond

a glimpse of the wall beyond

steps leading down to the water

steps leading down to the water

another view of the reservoir

another view of the reservoir

for overflow

for overflow

Angkor Wat?

nature has taken over

I love visiting places in Singapore that are off the beaten track. Being able to see Keppel Hill reservoir was quite an experience and it was truly an interesting guided walking tour. I learnt so much about the area and the history of the place from our guide. I’m now extremely curious about the huge (and slightly creepy) house on 11 Keppel Hill and I’m dying to know what’s in store for the building and the land it stands on.

All in the Family

It’s amazing how different kids can be, even siblings within a family. Anya, Adam and David all have very distinct personalities and habits. Anya is confident, with a domineering personality. She likes things to be done her way and she bosses Adam around. She’s also very friendly and always makes at least one new friend whenever she’s out at the playground. Adam, on the other hand, is a sweet and sensitive boy who is happy to follow along in his sister’s schemes. He is terribly cheeky and mischievous but has the tendency to look out for others. David is a different story altogether but seems to take after his sister more!

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It’s really interesting to observe their different quirks and characters and how they interact with each other. As parents, it’s also a challenge because discipline-wise, what works with one kid may not have any effect whatsoever on another! The kids sort of remind me of Bart, Lisa and Maggie of The Simpsons (except the genders are reversed). I can’t believe I have been watching that show since I was a kid! I used to look out for the things that Bart would write on the blackboard and the funny way the entire family would sit on the sofa right at the end of the intro.

This year is the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons (yes, it’s been THAT long) and Fox Fashion has a special ‘The Simpsons’ collection out in stores and you can see some of the products available on their Facebook page. It’s also a great time to start shopping for what you need for the holidays.

Disclaimer: All clothing sponsored by Fox Fashion Singapore.

Coast and Company

The older kids were at a drop-off birthday party one Sunday (I love drop-off parties!!) so we went to Coast and Company a few minutes away to grab a bite and a drink. Now my main grouse about the cafes popping up all over the place these days is that many of them don’t serve proper food! They look really nice and you can get a decent cup of coffee, but you have to eat cakes, muffins, sandwiches or something that has been hastily assembled/ microwaved.

Coast and Company is much the same. The whole bicycle thing going on definitely makes it more interesting than your usual cafe (especially if you do cycle) but the menu is limited, the food is so-so and everything is pretty expensive.

bicycles out front

bicycles out front

Coast and Company

Coast and Company

bicycle inside

bicycle inside

the crowd

the crowd

on the glass

on the glass

bicycles at the back

bicycles at the back

bicycle art

bicycle art

more bicycle stuff

more bicycle stuff

everybody needs some time to coast

everybody needs some time to coast

coffee

coffee

Mexican Coke (yes, it DOES taste better!)

Mexican Coke (yes, it DOES taste better!)

hotdog

beef rendang hotdog

outside

outside

Peanut Butter Jelly Rice Cereal Bars – Skippy Yippee Media Day

Haven’t been updating the blog because I’m busy looming for Club Rainbow, but just a short post with some pictures of Anya making peanut butter & jelly rice cereal bars during a Skippy Yippee Media Day event we attended some time ago (when she still had her beautiful long hair). Looking at the pictures is making me hungry. I think I need some peanut butter!

helping herself to some food

helping herself to some food

starting with some Skippy peanut butter

starting with some Skippy peanut butter

adding marshmallows

adding marshmallows

eating while preparing food

eating while preparing food

mixing it all up after it's been microwaved

mixing it all up after it’s been microwaved

stirring in the rice cereal

stirring in the rice cereal

getting her hands dirty

getting her hands dirty

pressing the peanut butter, marshmallows and rice cereal mixture into a tray

pressing the Skippy peanut butter, marshmallows and rice cereal mixture into a tray

adding some jam

adding some jam

tada!

tada! Skippy peanut butter & jelly rice cereal bars!

making off with a big bunch of balloons

making off with a big bunch of balloons

The Rainbow Connection – Looming for Club Rainbow

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Some friends and I are selling our Rainbow Loom creations to raise funds for Club Rainbow (Singapore). Club Rainbow is a registered charity committed to helping children and youths suffering from a range of chronic and potentially life-threatening illnesses. The charity currently supports more than 600 children, youths and their families.

All proceeds from the sale of Rainbow Loom creations will go to Club Rainbow. On our part, we are giving our time and effort, as well as paying for postage and the cost of the bands. We are using only original Rainbow Loom bands so you can be sure that there are no safety issues with our loom creations! I’m happy to share that some of the Rainbow Loom bands that we are using have been sponsored by Rainbow Loom Singapore, and some by Twelve by Elly.

I will be taking orders (Singapore only) on my Facebook page from now until 31 October so please place your orders there. It will be $10 for princesses and rainbows and $20 for name bands (maximum of 5 alphabets). These are some of the loom creations you can order:

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rainbow

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Elsa

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Cinderella

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name band

Hairy Maclary and Friends – Review

We caught Hairy Maclary yesterday and the kids had a really fun time watching the adventures of Hairy Maclary and his friends, singing along to the catchy tunes, following the actions, and generally interacting with the cast. I was impressed by how nimble the actors portraying the dogs were and it was quite easy to forget that they are people in costume and not actually dogs! My favourite character? Scarface Claw, the toughest tom in town!

Hairy Maclary and Friends

Hairy Maclary and Friends

Bottomley Potts covered in spots

Bottomley Potts covered in spots

Hercules Morse as big as a horse

Hercules Morse as big as a horse

and Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy

and Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy

Hairy Maclary and Friends is an official stage adaptation of the popular and well-loved Hairy Maclary children’s books by New Zealand author Lynley Dodd. The energetic show is packed with live music, singing, and colourful costumes. Hairy Maclary and Friends is suitable for kids above 2 and is sure to be fun for the whole family!

So make a date with Schnitzel von Krumm with a very low tum, Bitzer Maloney all skinny and bony, Muffin McClay like a bundle of hay, Bottomley Potts covered in spots, Hercules Morse as big as a horse, and Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy! Only 3 shows left!

SEASON DETAILS
Venue: Drama Centre Theatre (National Library Building – Level 3)
Season: Sun 12 Oct, 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30pm
Duration: 55 minutes
Tickets: from $35
Bookings: Tickets available through SISTIC. Quote ABA2014 to save 10%! (Internet:www.sistic.com.sg; Hotline: 6348 5555; All SISTIC authorized agents island-wide)
Official Website: ABA Productions & The Hairy Maclary and Friends Show

National Day Weekend at Port Dickson

I’ve been terribly behind with my travel posts! I haven’t blogged about our Taipei trip in March (!!) and our Perth trip in June (!) but here’s a quick one on our quick getaway to Port Dickson over the National Day long weekend. You can get more info over at my post for Petite Travellers so I’m just sharing a few photos of the trip in this post.

the view

the view

our room

our room

day bed

day bed

the balcony

the balcony

the greenery

the greenery

petting zoo

petting zoo

a rooster

a rooster

one of the pools

one of the pools

the spa

the spa

at the beach

at the beach

our family

our family

twilight

twilight

night

night