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RK Eating House

RK Eating House is always good for a few laughs and their epic beverage towers and ridiculously tall tissue prata make for memorable Instagram pictures. We ordered the 2-litre tower of Milo and had no problem finishing it. I’m still waiting for the day I have enough people with me to order the 5-litre one!

The plaster prata is just awesome, crispy with a perfectly runny egg yolk to top it off and the tissue prata is totally worth the wait. The kids were so excited to see the gigantic cone and surprisingly, we actually managed to finish most of it. It looks structurally unsound but it will stay upright as long as you work your way down from the top. We had some leftovers that we took away with us and they were gobbled up too.

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2 litres of Milo

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Indian rojak

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epic tissue prata is epic

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the plaster prata is so awesome

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giant mug of iced tea

RK Eating House
1 Kensington Park Rd
Singapore 557253

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

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!

Exploring Kranji Countryside

It’s the September holidays so we decided to explore Kranji Countryside with the kids! Our first stop was Hay Dairies where we watched the goats being milked, walked around the farm, and then drank some goat’s milk on the spot. The goats are milked before 10.30 am every morning so it’s best to drop by between 9 am and 10.30 am.

The kids didn’t mind the smell all that much and were quite fascinated with the milking process. They have seen cows being milked by hand when we were in Taiwan last year and even had a go at milking, but this was their first time seeing a mechanical process of milking.

watching the milking

watching the milking

leaving the milking area

leaving the milking area

walking around

walking around

what's up, kid?

what’s up, kid?

enjoying some goat's milk

enjoying some goat’s milk

the kids

the kids

If you have less than 20 people in your group, you can visit the farm anytime during the operating hours without prior booking and enjoy a free & easy tour. Groups of 20 or more will be charged an entrance fee that includes an educational tour package.

Hay Dairies
Contact: 6792 0931
Email: order@haydairies.com.sg
Address: 3 Lim Chu Kang Lane 4 Singapore 718859
Operating Hours: 9 am to 4 pm (closed on Tues)


Next up was Jurong Frog Farm. We fed some frogs and took a good look at the frogs in all their various stages from tadpoles to adults. The frogs there are really well-fed! I love the colourful murals that add to the charm of the place and the kids had a good time feeding the frogs.

Jurong Frog Farm

Jurong Frog Farm

feeding the frogs

feeding the frogs

so fat!

so fat!

looking for my prince

looking for my prince

checking out the tadpoles

checking out the tadpoles

pretending to be tadpoles and frogs

pretending to be tadpoles and frogs

You can buy frog meat, frog legs, crocodile meat, hashima, fish, and even frog-themed souvenirs like raincoats and hairbands from the Royal Frog Shop located on the premises.

Jurong Frog Farm
Contact: 6791 7229
Email: events@jurongfrogfarm.com.sg
Address: 51 (Plot 56) Lim Chu Kang Lane 6 Singapore 718864
Operation Hours: 9 am – 5.30 pm (Sat, Sun & PH; closed on Mon; Tue – Fri by appointment)


After feeding frogs, we needed to feed ourselves and we headed to Poison Ivy bistro at Bollywood Veggies for lunch. The food there is pretty good and prices are reasonable. It was the Teacher’s Day weekend and the fabulous people at Poison Ivy had prepared special gifts for teachers who dine there and that was a pleasant surprise for me.

Bollywood Veggies

Bollywood Veggies

Warrior's Platter

Warrior’s Platter

plotting to steal bananas

plotting to steal bananas

a painful tree to climb!

a painful tree to climb!

lookout point

lookout point

family photo at Bollywood Veggies

family photo at Bollywood Veggies

After lunch, we took a walk around the place and admired the various fruits and vegetables being grown there. It was rather warm by then so it didn’t take long before the kids started whining about the heat and the walking. We decided to head back home, but not before buying a lime plant for me to feed to my Common Lime caterpillars. All in all, it was a successful and enjoyable jaunt around Kranji Countryside!

Bollywood Veggies
Contact: 6898 5001
Email: enquiries@bollywoodveggies.com
Address: 100 Neo Tiew Road Singapore 719026
Operation Hours: 9.30 am – 6.30 pm, Wed – Fri; 8 am – 6.30 pm, Sat, Sun & PH (closed on Mon & Tue, except public holidays)


Kranji Countryside is a lovely place to visit and is very different from the rest of Singapore. If you don’t drive, there’s a shuttle bus service that runs daily. The bus fare is $3 per head for a round trip. You will need to retain your ticket to hop on and off if you are planning to visit several farms using the bus within a day.

If you want to see more than just farms, you can consider doing a self-guided Heritage Trail of the area. The trail covers 14 historical and agricultural trail markers including Kranji War Memorial, World War II First Landing Site, and the farms mentioned above.