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Follow that Rainbow

Growing up, I spent a lot of time at Rochor Centre. We would get our groceries from the NTUC Fairprice there and my sister and I loved going up to Oriental Emporium to look at the toys. I also have fond memories of riding on battery-powered vehicles at the open area.

But like many of my childhood places, Rochor Centre will be gone soon. Come September, these rainbow blocks will have to make way for the North South Expressway. I guess that’s the price we pay for living in Singapore, a tiny island where people can’t bear the thought of slowing down and are always in a rush to get somewhere else. We dropped by earlier today to say goodbye and to take some photos.

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the boys

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chasing pigeons

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getting in some exercise while we’re there

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looking for pigeons

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goodbye, rainbow

SJCK Family Day Carnival 2016

We attended our 5th SJCK Family Day Carnival last Saturday. As usual, we checked out the food stalls before playing games and then heading to the Jumble Sale. I managed to get loads of goodies from the Jumble Sale – a vintage Pound Puppy, an Inside Out Anger toy, two pairs of Stride Rite shoes for David, and a pair of North Face boots for him as well! All for less than $30!

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SJCK Family Day Carnival

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lots of food

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munch munch

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some sliding game

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goal!

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knocking down the cans

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beanbag tic tac toe

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feeding the frog

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looking for jewels

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ring toss

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choosing his prize

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jumble sale

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my loot from the jumble sale

Old is Gold at Yasashii Trading

The sister and I spotted Yasashii Trading from a distance while out looking for food at Alexandra Village and I practically sprinted over to the shop in excitement. I love second-hand, retro, and nostalgic items and can spend hours browsing shops like Hock Siong & Co., Junkie’s Corner (Turf Club Rd) and The Heritage Shop (Jln Sultan).

Several items caught my eye while we were there and I eventually left with an enamel pot and some 锻炼身体 ping pong bowls and spoon.I like that there are price tags on the items so you don’t have to worry about the people charging you based on what they think you’re willing to pay. You also get a slight discount if you buy a few items.

We were in a bit of a rush that day so I couldn’t browse at leisure. Need to make another trip there soon and then hop on over to the food centre for their awesome avocado drink.

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look at this stuff, isn’t it neat?

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look at this trove, treasures untold

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how many wonders can one cavern hold?

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gadgets and gizmos a plenty

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whozits and whatzits galore

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you want thingamabobs?

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I WANT MORE!!!

Yasashii Trading
123 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-114
Singapore 150123
Mon-Sat 11am-8pm.

 

 

Grow Old A10ng With Me!

Adrian and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary on Thursday and what an amazing decade it has been! I wanted to get him a really special gift and when I bumped into Frus at Public Garden several months ago, I knew I had found the perfect present for him.

Frus (say froo-se) was founded by Ben and Joanne and they design the cutest cards, stickers, and totes with whimsical local designs. The ABCs according to Frus is Ang Ku Kueh, Bak Zhang and Chicken Rice and learning the alphabet with their A-Z Local Food Print is probably the yummiest way to do so. Besides their illustrated cards and bags, they also design custom prints for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and any other occasion you can think of.

I contacted them sometime in August (they need a lead time of about 2 months) and chatted with Joanne about what I had in mind. She sent me a list of questions about our relationship and asked me for photos of Adrian and me taken during our courtship, wedding, etc. and photos of the kids as well. She emailed me the first draft soon after and I asked for some edits and after going through that process a few times, this is the final product:

the final product

the final product!

As expected, Adrian loves his 10th anniversary gift and I’m just incredibly wowed by how she turned the information and photos that I provided into something so special to us. By the way, I came up with the Grow Old A10ng With Me tagline that incorporates the number 10 so if you find it cheesy, I accept complete responsibility!

You can find Frus on Naiise and they also accept orders through their Facebook page and email (hifrus@gmail.com). The full list of items available is on their Facebook page so check them out and ‘Like’ them. They will be appearing at the Public Garden Christmas Flea on 21, 22, 28 & 29 November at F1 Pit Building. Do drop by and support Frus because they are such a lovely local business!

Anya’s Graduation Concert

I was a lot less emotional during Anya’s graduation concert than I thought I would be. It feels like such a short while ago that I blogged about her concert last year and now she has graduated! I cannot believe how fast she’s growing up.

Adrian dropped us at UCC really early on the day of the concert so he could go and get the rest of my family. Anya was literally the first kid to get there and we got her make-up done and managed to get some shots without random people in the background photobombing us.

at UCC

at UCC

before the show

before the show

We had pretty lousy seats near the back and I’m so thankful for my friends who helped to take photos of Anya. One friend was seated right in the first row and during Anya’s performance, I popped over and sat in her kid’s seat while he squeezed in with her for a bit. Really nice of her to do that. She knew how bummed I was about getting such terrible seats!

The concert was called ‘The Little Red Dots’ in line with SG50. Some of the children performed dances from the different ethnic groups and there was also a dance tribute to LKY. Anya’s class danced to ‘Home’ but her favourite was the ‘Ah Boys to Men’ dance where the kids wore cute little camouflage costumes.

Little Red Dots

Little Red Dots

graduation ceremony

graduation ceremony

getting her scroll

getting her scroll

her dance item

her dance item

this is Home, truly...

this is Home, truly…

where I know I must be...

where I know I must be…

where that river always flows...

where that river always flows…

she danced so well!

awesome performance!

finale

finale

I thought I would sob like a baby during her graduation ceremony and performance but was rather calm through it all. I’m so proud of her and it’s been marvellous watching her bloom in her 4 years in this kindergarten and I know there’s so much in store for her when she starts Primary school. Adam will be in K1 next year and it will be his turn to perform in the annual concert!

family photo

family photo

with some of her friends

with some of her friends

and the mums

and the mums

Keppel Centre for Art Education at National Gallery Singapore

A few months back, Adrian and I visited National Gallery Singapore for their Naked Museum Tour and I’ve been longing to go back since. Last Friday, Anya and I attended the media preview of Keppel Centre for Art Education, a new immersive learning facility that will encourage young visitors to cultivate their interest in art with programmes designed to make learning art enjoyable and accessible.

The Keppel Centre for Art Education will be the first of its kind in the region to provide children the opportunity to access original artwork, handle art tools, select artworks, write labels and conduct exhibition tours for their peers through experiential learning and role-play. Through this and other programmes, the Gallery hopes to enrich art education in Singapore and enable more visitors from all walks of life to appreciate art.


At the Art Corridor, young children will be invited to touch, explore and change the look of artworks through interacting with moveable elements. The Art Corridor provides a highly tactile and visually impactful interactive art experience that may be enjoyed by visitors of all ages.

Inspired by the topographical maps of waterways in Singapore, Voyage by Twardzik Ching Chor Leng is a large-scale puzzle artwork found along the Art Corridor. It was interesting to see how children of different ages interacted differently with the artwork. The older children were trying hard to move a chip through the maze without the chip falling into one of the holes but the younger ones were doing their best to push as many chips into the holes as possible!

Voyage by Twardzik Ching Chor Leng

Voyage by Twardzik Ching Chor Leng

Look, Mummy! 3D glasses!

Look, Mummy! 3D glasses!

with Twardzik Ching Chor Leng

with Twardzik Ching Chor Leng

Anya’s favourite space is the Art Playscape featuring The Enchanted Tree House by Sandra Lee. Children can enter the space through a special tunnel, look through periscopes, communicate using talk tubes and hide in the split-level Tree House. It feels like you have walked into a beautifully illustrated pop-up book!

Inspired by the idea of ‘entering a painting’, Art Playscape develops curiosity and imagination through active play, movement and discovery for young visitors. Through 5 different self-guided adventure trails, visitors uncover hidden stories. Mysteries, unexpected surprises and fantastical creatures await.

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Climbing onto an elevated lily pad

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spying through a periscope

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checking out the books in the tree house

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playing snakes and ladders

At the Project Gallery, kids can design and create their own fantastical mobile homes in Home-a-Sapiens by Tan Wee Lit. Designed as an immersive and contemplative environment, the Project Gallery invites visitors to use art to imagine creative solutions to real world issues. Visitors can also display their art pieces in the Project Gallery as part of the collaborative learning process that connects their creative ideas with the artist’s artworks.

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…a flying bus-home!?

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home is where the Ark is

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plumb the plump tree

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making her flying bus-home

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with artist Tan Wee Lit

Visitors to the Children’s Museum will gain insight into the creative process of different artists in an environment inspired by their respective studios. In Home, Language and Letters by Milenko Prvacki, children can use a variety of photographs and collage materials to create a visual letter to be sent to the artist.

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different materials for the artist to work with

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the artist’s tools

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hands-on session

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making a swing from some materials

with artist Milenko Pravacki

with artist Milenko Pravacki

The kids were fascinated and inspired by the detail of the Woodlands cityscape made out of clay, plasticine and sticky foam by 13-year-old artist Xandyr Quek, which is part of the Centre’s special display programme based on the 2015-2016 theme of ‘Homes’.

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admiring the clay and plasticine cityscape by 13-year-old artist, Xandyr Quek.

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a closer look at the clay and plasticine cityscape of Woodlands

by world-renowned British artist and autistic savant Stephen Wiltshire

by world-renowned British artist and autistic savant Stephen Wiltshire

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we had a great time!

The Keppel Centre for Art Education will present an annual change of installations and feature a series of adult- and family-friendly programmes, such as daily tours, workshops, lectures, forums, family weekends and community days. It is slated to open together with the Gallery on 24 November this year. Located on the ground floor of the City Hall Wing, the Centre is easily accessible to schools and families with young children. Admission to the Centre is free.

N.B. This article on Keppel Centre for Art Education by The Straits Times features a familiar face!

Celebrations of Chrysanthemums at Garden by the Bay

Last Saturday, we had a bit of a respite from the hazy weather and spent a lovely time celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival at Gardens by the Bay. In fact, it’s the perfect place to hang out these days. If the PSI goes up suddenly, you can seek refuge in the Flower Dome and admire more than 10,000 pristine chrysanthemums in the latest floral display ‘Celebration of Chrysanthemums’.

Celebration of Chrysanthemums

Celebration of Chrysanthemums

beautiful blooms

beautiful blooms

There are more than 40 varieties of chrysanthemums on display, including magnificent spider chrysanthemums specially brought into Singapore for the very first time. The kids were especially fond of the small round blooms that reminded them of fishballs! Adding to the charming feel of a traditional Chinese garden are bonsai trees that are more than 100 years old and regal maple trees.

a traditional moon gate

a traditional moon gate

how many types can you see?

how many types can you see?

standing in front of a tea house

standing in front of a tea house

their favourite chrysanthemums

their favourite chrysanthemums

With the Mid-Autumn Festival Children’s Promotion, kids aged 12 and below who show up with a lantern at the ticketing counter between 5 and 9 pm from now until 4 October can redeem a free ticket to enter the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest on the same day. Make it a family outing and bring the grandparents too, because local senior citizens aged 60 and above can enter the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest for free while accompanying caretakers enjoy 50% off tickets. This SG50 Seniors Special is valid until 31 December.

kids with a lantern get free entry!

kids with a lantern get free entry!

Anya took this picture of me with her lantern

Anya took this picture of me with her lantern

If the PSI drops to a healthy level, then check out Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay and marvel at the sight of 17 different lantern sets comprising 300 magnificent lanterns. There are lanterns shaped like plants and animals, the zodiac, dinosaurs, dragon boats, and even a majestic sea palace. The lanterns are handmade by master craftsmen from Sichuan, China and will be on display until 4 October.

dinosaurs roaming freely

dinosaurs roaming freely

Year of the Goat

Year of the Goat

Chinese traditions

Chinese traditions and celebrations

dragon boat

dragon boat

sea palace

sea palace

Go on an empty stomach because there’s lots of yummy food for sale at the Food Street. We had Taiwan sausage, fried chicken, muah chee, spiral potato on a stick, and fried Oreo, all washed down with refreshing sugarcane juice.

food street

food street

potato on a stick

potato on a stick

Just a little tip for taking photos with the lanterns. If you’re not using the right type of flash, the background tends to look too bright and doesn’t bring out the warm glow of the lanterns. If you’re not using a flash at all, you’ll appear as a dark shadow in contrast with the brightness of the lantern. We make it a point to pose with our Zodiac lantern every year and we usually try to stand as close to the lantern as possible, turning our face and body towards the lantern so that we are lit up by the light of the lantern as well!

Ox

Ox

Rabbit

Rabbit

Snake

Snake

Every evening from 7 pm, there will be cultural performances at Supertree Grove put up by local music and cultural arts groups such as the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Dance Theatre, Nam Hwa Opera, Dicapella Dizi Ensemble, Malay dance group Azpirasi, and Indian classical dance group Apsaras Arts. The performance schedule is available here. There will even be a fireworks display at Supertree Grove on 3 October at 8pm. Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay provides both indoor and outdoor fun for the family, regardless of the air quality, so check it out while you can!


Celebration of Chrysanthemums
Date: 24 September to 10 November
Time: 9 am to 9 pm
Details: Admission charges to Flower Dome apply, with special promotions for children and local senior citizens (read above)

Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay
Date: 25 September to 4 October
Time: 7 pm to 11 pm
Details: Free entry