I asked Ally if she would give her baby brother to her friend who was an only child. This was her reply ” We will keep Baby Max for ourselves and I will go to the shop to buy her another baby, oh, and a dog as well”
Obviously baby brothers and dogs originate from the same shop.
Operation Smile is a charity that is very close to our hearts for obvious reasons. They are a non-profit organisation that repairs childhood facial deformities like cleft lips & palates.
They had a charity car wash and carnival on Saturday so we took the kids down to show our support. There were a few rides and a couple of game stalls. The first thing that caught Ally’s eye was the mini Viking. She insisted that we had to have a go on it, I was worried that she would burst into tears once the ride started. I told her it was just like a big swing and after a while she began to really enjoy herself.
Ally insisted that I ride the Viking with her, despite my smile, I wasn't enjoying the ride much
The next thing that she wanted to try was the Zorb ball. Its like a huge ball which was placed on a pool of water and you had to run around inside to get it going. Sort of like a hamster ball. I was a bit hesitant to let her try it since it was scorching hot and I wasn’t sure if it would freak her out being in the ball all by herself. But Matt convinced me to let her give it a go and she bravely climbed into the ball while it was inflated.
Fully inflated and ready to go!
She really didn’t understand the concept of the whole thing, but it was great to see her trying something new. Ally was wondering why she was floating on top of the water and yet, stayed dry.
This is pretty much the position she stayed in the entire time
After that she saw some paddle boats and decided to give that a go as well.
It was an extremely hot afternoon, we let her play a couple of games before we decided to head home. A fun afternoon for a very good cause!
We decided to take the kids to the newly open Woodlands Waterfront Park. The weather was perfect, nice and cool. What we didn’t expect was the number of people who had the same idea as us, the place was packed! I think just about every family living in the vicinity were at the park.
It was there that we encountered a rather nasty incident which has still left a bad taste in my mouth. We were at the playground and there were tons of kids running around. Ally and Max found one of those little ride on things with the springs on the bottom. It was then that Matt first noticed him hovering around us. The children were sitting together and I was busy trying to get a picture of them. Max started fussing so Matt took him off and left Ally alone. The man quickly snapped a picture of Ally on his mobile phone, right in front of us and walked off. Thinking nothing of it, I carried Ally down and she went off with grandma. Matt was rather suspicious of his intentions and continued to observe him. After a while, we realised that he was still hovering around the playground and only taking pictures of the little girls. Matt walked over to the man who quicken his steps the minute he saw Matt approaching him. Thankfully Matt grabbed his phone, found Ally’s picture and deleted it. I just can’t believe how bold the man was, in a crowded park, right in front of our eyes! Who knows what his intentions were but they can’t be good seeing as how he was only interested in the little girls.
Parents, please be very careful when you’re out with your kids. We tend to take it for granted that Singapore is a safe place, myself included. But there are sick perverts out there and we really need to be vigilant and protect our children.
Grandpa decided to take Ally to Kids Amaze at Safra Jurong. Since it was a public holiday, all of us tagged along as well.
It was our first time at Safra Jurong and the building is pretty impressive. There were several dining options, a big swimming pool which included a toddler play area.
The first thing that greets you when you step into Kids Amaze is the noise. They have air guns that shoot little foam balls and man, are they noisy. But you get use to it after a while and it sorts of fades into the background. It is a huge setup, lots of slides and an extremely long tube slide which seemed like it would never end.
Ally and grandpa checking out the huge playscape
Once the crowd started coming in, the playscape became very stuffy. There are many levels to climb but its hard for parents to follow their toddlers as the climbing spaces are fairly small. There is only one way to go up and down, which makes this even harder. I had lots of smelly sock-clad feet in my face as I tried to keep up with Ally. Another point to note is the tunnel slides are extremely fast, we were informed of this when we bought the entrance ticket but even so, Ally ended up hitting her head against the side of the slide and ended up with quite a nasty bruise. Even though Matt was holding onto her, the slide was just too fast and windy. There are other slides more suitable for toddlers and she had a fun time with those. I personally feel that its a great place for kids, during weekends and school holidays, it might be better suited for older children but I think during weekdays, the place is fairly empty and toddlers will have fun exploring the massive playscape. Only thing to take note of is to be very careful on the long slides. There is a very small play area for babies at the cafe. Max really enjoyed himself there though there weren’t many things for him to play with.
We left Kids Amaze and Ally had a swim with grandpa and Matt. Max, Grandma and myself hung out at the main building in the comfort of the aircon. There was a lady making animal balloons and the kids were lucky enough to receive one.
Max, grandma and his poodle
Ally in awe of the ballon sculptor
The kids enjoyed their morning out with their grandparents. They are so lucky to have such patient and hands-on grandparents who don’t mind squeezing through smelly sock infested playscapes just to have fun with the kids.
We’ve decided to bite the bullet and take Ally to a private ENT doctor. Her appointment is next Friday and I really hope she’ll be able to hear better after that. I can’t wait for my little monkey to be all better once again.
We eat out fairly often and are always on the look out for family friendly restaurants that serve delicious and healthy fare. We happen to be at United Square yesterday evening & had a rather unpleasant at a so-called “family-friendly” restaurant which is famous for its desserts.
Service was appalling from the get go. We had to seat ourselves and I requested for 2 high chairs. We chose a table for 4, and I wanted to remove 2 chairs to fit the high chairs in. I was told that there was nowhere to move those chairs, even though the restaurant had a vast Al-fresco seating area that could easily fit those 2 unwanted chairs. I didn’t want to argue but the whole meal just went downhill from there. We were never offered water, not even the children. Half of the items on their kid’s menu was sold out and we were not informed of this till I tried ordering food for Ally only to be told that each item I picked was sold out. This wasn’t even conveyed to us politely, it was just ” oh sold out” . What annoyed me most was as a family friendly restaurant, the staff still served hot food over my children. Since we were not allowed to remove the 2 chairs, they were seated at the head of the table along the aisle. How can anyone with common sense serve hot food over a baby and a toddler?
The bill took ages to come and when it did, it had a mistake which took a long time to correct. Wait staff were sullen and obviously unmotivated to work. It’s safe to say we’re not going back there anytime soon.
I did come across a rather interesting cafe. Petit Bowl offers fresh organic food for babies and toddlers. I ordered the beef casserole for Max which he loved. I tried it myself and it was really delicious. Of course it doesn’t come cheap but I did buy a tray of frozen meals to keep in the freezer in case of emergencies or when I’m too lazy to cook. The young girl who served me was polite, patient and ever so helpful, the highlight of my evening after our unpleasant dinner.
We decided that Max was starting to look like a shaggy dog so a haircut was in order. We decided to take him to one of those places that solely for kids. We wanted him to have a pleasant experience at the hair salon so we didn’t mind paying a premium for it.
I actually like Max with his long hair, but it gets into his eyes and annoys him. We brought him to Junior League at United Square, thankfully it wasn’t crowded cos I’ve seen the queue during weekends.
Max was pretty good throughout the cut, he wasn’t interested in the Barney DVD that was playing, but still managed to sit fairly still. And now for the reveal…..
Max's new hairdo
I think he looks like a real little boy now, the shorter hair just makes him seem so grown up all of a sudden. I miss those baby locks….
Ally decided that she wanted to have her hair cut as well, we just got hers trimmed since she really doesn’t have a lot of hair. The hairdresser straighten her hair before her cut and we couldn’t help laughing at how different she looked.
Ally's straight hair!
After their hair cuts, Ally found one of those interactive screens at the mall.
Usually its pretty crowded and she would rather watch than join in. But it was empty today, with just two other girls playing. She had a fun time trying to stomp on the little moles that were popping out. As she gets older, we realise she’s beginning to become more sociable as well. I’m really happy that she’s not as shy as she used to be.