Sunday Sunday @ Peranakan Museum

After his swimming lesson on Sunday, we went to Peranakan Museum as we have no idea where to go and we doesn’t want to go back straight after swimming. >.<

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Do you know on every second Sunday (from  1 to 5pm) Peranakan Museum has themed tour and activities where you could explore the colourful world of Peranakans. Make arts and crafts based on the museum’s collections, dress up with the whole family in a batik shirt or sarong kebaya, or read a book and discover the world of Peranakan celebrations…

  • It’s free admission for the activities
    Check the website regularly for updates on each month’s programmes

Last month’s theme was:
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Where we are able to create our own frame to take home and there’s a special guided tour for children to learn about some of the famous Peranakans captured on canvas (which we didn’t join) and also to strike a pose in traditional Peranakan costumes!!!!!!

We reached before 1pm so we just went explore the exhibits and we didn’t managed to finish the whole museum (will come back again next month to visit the museum as I’m interested to see if it’s different from the Peranakan museum in Malacca) 😀

So in the small lecture room at Level 1 there’s 3 corners:

  1. DRESS UP Corner where the young and even the adults could dress up in the batik shirt or a sarong and kebaya. (Saw this group of adults and kid where they dress up in sarong and kebaya and takes lots of photos).
  2. READING Corner where you could read a book with your kid to know more about Peranakan culture and celebrations.
  3. ART & CRAFT Corner where you could make your own frame inspired by grand portraits.
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DIY Teacher’s Day Gift!

Teacher’s Day falls on the 1st Friday in September and this year, it happens to fall on a public holiday, that’s why the school celebrate it on the 31st August (Thursday) instead. All the kids in school starts their September school holiday earlier (from 31st August till 10th September 2017!)

Last week, I’m thinking what to give to my kid’s teachers during Teacher’s Day as Teacher’s Day is a day where the students shows appreciation to the teachers. I don’t want to spend too much money on gifts and I would want my kid to handmade a gift to let him know what’s Teacher’s Day is all about (even though the teachers might just throw it away cause it’s ugly.. HAHHAHAHA) >.<

I went to Toy R’Us to get Crayola washable paints (something which I wanted to get a long time back and this day gives me more reasons to get it!) and decided to do some cards for the teachers!

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These are just the stuffs we need! 

– Washable kids paint (I let him choose 3 colour out of 10)
– 6″ x 4″ colour cards (I have plenty of these at home!)
1 paper plate (not in this picture, where I pour the paint on)

 

We got some inspiration on the design online and we did 5 cards! >.<

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This is how it looks before we draw anything on it..

Can you guess what are we drawings??
(Yes! It’s flowers, Jellyfish and fish!)..

He wrote “Thank You” and his name!
(I wrote the 1st “Thank You” but felt that he should write it instead of me! Hahaha..)

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We wanted to thanks the teacher for all the teaching and guidance this year!

A final picture to show how the cover page looks like! I helped with the calligraphy writing but he insist on colouring it!

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The Girl on the Train BY Paula Hawkins

My first e-book! The feeling isn’t that great as reading from physical book but I like the convenient of not having to bring that bulky book around and risk the font cover getting tampered by the stuffs in my bag. I could just read it on my tablet or phone for e-book!

I wanted to read “The Woman in Cabin 10” but was googling about the review of the book and majority of them mentioned that “The Girl on the Train” was way better than “The Woman in Cabin 10” hence I went ahead with this book..

SYNOPSIS (taken from the book):

Every day the same

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

Until today

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

The story were told from the point of view of 3 women (Rachel, Megan, Anna) and it’s written in a first-person narrative form. The way of how the story is unfold is similar to “My Sister’s Keeper” (a book that I never finish reading). Seriously, I have no idea what’s the hype is about this book, before I read it, most of the reviews are going “ga ga” about this book and saying how good it is.

The 3 women in the book are quite screwed up in their life too: Rachel (an alcoholic), Anna (mistress who came in between Rachel and Tom), Megan (someone with depression because of what she did in the past).

Rachel is an divorcee and alcoholic. She still take the same train everyday (like she’s working) even thought she was being fired from her previous job. She will pass by one of the house where Jess & Jason (she named the couple that) stayed in and also her previous marriage house where Tom (her ex husband), Anna (the mistress) and Evie (Anna and Tom’s kid).

So one day, Rachel saw Jess (Megan) kissed another guy NOT Jason (Scott) and she felt betrayed and angry at Megan and all of the sudden Megan went missing. So Rachel went to the police and inform her about THAT SCENE which she saw, but being an alcoholic, she wasn’t taken seriously (of course) and so, she turned herself to Nancy Drew and tried to SOLVE the mystery herself and during the course, she got herself involved with Scott, Kamal, Tom and even Anna!

I don’t dislike how the story were told but I don’t feel that suspense which cling onto me wanting to finish the book to know who is the killer (maybe my expectation were too high from all the positive reviews too).

The whole story was okay but the ending really falls shorts. I feel that it’s too abrupt to end the story like this. Well, you managed to bring up the suspense, leading us to think that “Oh, maybe he is the killer but hold on a second, maybe he’s not” but the way how it ends feels a little too sloppy (I’m sorry)..

Reviewers compared this book to “Gone Girl” so that will be my next book. I have already borrowed the book from the library (can’t wait)! >.<

Book completed: August 2017
Next book: Gone Girl

MalaccaHow!

If you took a 4 days leaves, why not head down to Malacca for a short trip? But do remember to go over the weekend instead of weekday! >.<

We went Malacca from 5-8 August 2017. Before we book the coach ticket and hotel, I keep asking my kid if he is okay with 4-5 bus ride from Singapore to Malacca and he reassured me that he’s okay and he won’t keep talking in the bus.!

So, we booked our coach ticket via EasyBook. We have decided to book Hatten Hotel as my colleague mentioned that it’s near to Jonker Street and situated near to 2 shopping malls. (Some coaches goes to the hotel lobby, DO remember to choose the hotel you are staying! Else, most probably you’ll alight at the Malacca Center)

So off we go… As leave Singapore for Malacca on a Saturday, there’s a JAM (expected) at the immigration side so we took about close to 6 hours to reach Malacca. We took the 9.10am bus but only managed to clear the immigration at 11+. We reached Hatten Hotel close to 3pm.

Day 1 @ Malacca…

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& the room.. It’s actually quite big as there’s like 2 area, the sitting area and the sleeping area and there’s 2 TVs in the room. I was a bit disappointed by the TV channels they offered.

We were so hungry by the time we reached the hotel as we just had Ya Kun in Singapore around 8plus. So we went to this Hong Kong cafe situated at Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall. That’s how much we order for just the 3 of us! (Hahhaah.. We were hungry~!)

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After the late lunch, we went back to the hotel to unpack, swim (it’s crowded with tourists and I could hardly swim, it’s more of like soaking in the water. But my kid was happy cause there are other kid at the swimming area to “play” with him) and rest before heading down to Jonker Street! Jonker Walk is like one of the main highlight in Malacca. It’s like a night market and it only operate on Friday – Sunday. We went to Jonker Street on Monday and it wasn’t that lividly as Saturday & Sunday evening..

 

It’s FULL of people and there, you could see stalls selling food to handicraft to accessories. 😀 I bought 2 hairbands from there one my 1st night there and earring on the 2nd night.. In the middle of the Jonker street, there’s this Jonker Walk World Heritage Park where there’s a sculpture of the Datuk Wira Dr. Gan Boon Leong “The Father of Bodybuilders in Malaysia”. Do remember to take a picture with the mandatory pose! Hahahha

 

As it’s too crowded at the food street, we just packed the food and took Uber back to our hotel.. That calls for Day 1 @ Malacca…


Day 2 @ Malacca…

We woke up just in time to have breakfast! We had breakfast in one of the ballroom instead of the Cafe as it’s full. The breakfast in the ballroom was horrible, food was overcooked and it just feel weird to have breakfast there..

Because this is our first time to Malacca, we just head down to all the tourist attractions.

A’Famosa Fort
(Jalan Kota, Malacca)

A’Famosa, one of the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Asia, was originally constructed by Alfonso de Albuquerque (who led the Portuguese invasion on the Malacca Sultanate), the remains of the fort is now a crumbling whitewashed gatehouse and is located downhill from St. Paul’s Church.

Read more from here!

 

We climbed up the stairs to St. Paul’s Hill where we saw the ruins of St. Paul’s Church. It’s worth the climb up as the scenery is nice (the weather is good too) and once we reached the top, it started to drizzle.. T-T When the rain gets smaller, we slowly makes our way down..

 

 

We head back to the hotel for the 2nd day swim. Well, we reached hotel around 12plus and we went to swim under the afternoon Sun~ Hahha, there’s no one except us in the swimming pool.. We were about 2 tone darker when we got up!

As Malacca was known for the Peranakan Heritage, I suggest to go to “Baba Nyonga Heritage Musuem”..

Baba Nyonga Heritage Musuem
(48-50 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock)

Do note that there’s entrance fee to the Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum and no photography are allowed inside as it’s a private museum owned by Chan family (the richest people in Malacca during the old time).

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The museum is housed in a classic nineteenth century Chinese shop house, restored to the state it was in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. Like most all of these long narrow buildings, the Baba Nyonya shop houses are pierced by two courtyards which provide light and air circulation. In a traditional Chinese shop house, business was done in the front half of the lower floor, while the back half and all the upper floor were living spaces.

Read more from here!

 

We reached just in time for the tour where we were brought around the house by this curator who also share with us the Baba Nyonya tales. You’ll amazed that the descendants of the family still comes back to this very house to pay respect to their ancestor during certain period of the year.

The tour last around 45minutes. We felt that the tour was too short and it’s was kind of rush to explain the whole Peranakan Heritage in that short 45minutes session.

After the Hertiage tour, we decided to pop by to the famous cafe along Jonker Street..

The Daily Fix
(55, Jalan Hang Jebat)

We went there for 2 days and tried pancakes (salted egg yolk and gula melaka – a MUST try by my colleague recommendation), coffee and carbonara! Everything was SO NICE!! The place was so crowded on Sunday (where we had to queue for about 15minutes) and it was quieter on Monday.

 

We end the day by visiting Jonker Street again for the 2nd time and we went to sit the Rickshaws! >.< (I know, we look like tourists being scam, but it’s a good experience after all)

 

And this time, we had our dinner at Jonker Street.. & again, took Uber back to our hotel..

 

That calls for Day 2 @ Malacca..


Day 3 @ Malacca…

We skipped the hotel breakfast as we were turned off by the food on our 2nd Day. We woke up late, then we had brunch at Dragon I (one of my favourite restaurant in JB because of the Jellyfish appetizer).

After the brunch, we head down to MORE tourist attractions…

The Stadthuys
(Jalan Kota Melaka)

Entrance fee to The Stadthuys:
Adults:RM 10.00; Child (7-12 Years): RM 4.00; Child (Below 6 Years): FREE
Visiting Hours: 9am – 5.30pm

The Stadthuys is believed to be the oldest-surviving Dutch building in the East. Part of Malacca town square’s prominent Dutch colonial architecture it is a massive bright terracotta-red riverfront building that was once the official residence of Dutch governors and officers. (That’s why you notice there’s alot of bright terracotta-red building in that area)

The Stadthuys showcases Malaccan customs and traditions as well as the city’s rich history, from the great Malay Sultanate to the Portuguese, Dutch and British occupations.

Read more from here!

Honestly, inside is like a maze and I couldn’t seems to link the history together, like their photos aren’t really in any sequences. But overall, I know more about Malaccan customs and traditions and also their history.. They have this small little miniature landscape that shows how Malacca “transformed” to what they are now (the buildings) from the great Malay Sultanate to the Portuguese, Dutch and British occupationsCIMG1218

After this, we went to MORE museums….

Maritime Musuem Melaka
(Jalan Quayside)

The Maritime Museum is a replica of the Portuguese ship which sank in the coast of Malacca while on its way to Portugal. The replica is a staggering 34 meters in height and 8 meters in width. The main focus of the museum is the maritime history of Malacca and the golden ages of Malacca’s Sultanate as the Emporium of the East.

Read more from here!

Entrance fee to Maritime Musuem Melaka:
Adults:RM 10.00; Child (7-12 Years): RM 6.00; Child (Below 6 Years): FREE
Visiting Hours: 9am – 5.00pm

Mr K was frustrated as most of the museums showcase the same history of Malacca and mentioned that we “combed” the area so quickly that the price paid to go in isn’t worth it at all. Yah, only I’m interested in the museum and my kid is just interested in photo taking, but I got bored of the museum due to the repetitive history telling..

So, that was the “last” museum we “combed”.  We then Uber to Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall for some dessert at their foodcourt and also a bowling session as the weather is too scorching hot..! >.<

After the bowling session, instead of going back to the hotel, we went straight to Daily Fix again for our DINNER! Hahha, true enough, with all the eating in Malacca, I gain a few pounds when I’m back..! T-T

After Dinner, we head down for our River Cruise.. It was a new experience as I didn’t sit the river cruise in Singapore before.. There’s nice breeze, the boat isn’t too crowded but the river doesn’t smell nice.. >.< We saw another part of Malacca where there’s alot of cafes and you could see people just chilling by the river side (I told Mr K that I would like to explore that area when we’re back next time)

So, that’s so much of the whole Malacca trip! Day 4, we tried the hotel buffet again and this time, it’s in the cafe! Oh gosh~ It’s so much better in terms of food quality. After the breakfast, we when back to the hotel to pack our luggage and then we head down to the cafe just below the hotel for lunch..

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Why does holidays always end so fast? >.< Hhahaa, till then, I’m looking forward to my Bangkok Trip next month!!!

Before I end this post, a picture of me and Mr K.. >.<

 

Hidden Area of National Gallery Singapore!

This is [PART 2] of my National Museum Post! Our second visit after we got out annual pass. Well, after you got the annual pass, you tend to just visit a few exhibits in one trip instead of completing all to get most value out of the entrance fee.

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow exhibition is till 3 September 2017. Do come on down before it’s too late.
Click here for the exhibition overview..

Children’s Biennale (Dreams & Stories) will end on 8 October 2017. Click here for more information..

I got the Children’s Biennale handbook at $5 where there are a few activities worksheet for the kid to do while they visit the galleries. We also got ourselves the tickets to Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow.

Come on and follow us on our National Gallery Singapore journey..

Former Supreme Court Holding Cells
We were just wandering and found out about this holding cells. National Gallery Singapore used to be a Supreme Court which holds key war crimes trials. We were glad that we are able to see how holding cells looked like. Do you notice that the toilet flushes are outside the cells?!?

 

 

The Blue Who Swims All This Way by artist Betty Susiarjo

Under the sea creatures and the displays are all touchable and kids are encouraged to climb into those giant rocks and hug the hanging soft sculpture..

 

 

Keppel Centre for Art Education – Children’s Musuem
Where on will take a glimpse at how ceramics are created and you could design your very own virtual ceramic pots at the interactive station.

 

 

Yayoi Kusama –  Life is the Heart of a Rainbow (Gallery C)
There are 2 exhibits in Gallery C. I was amazed by how the dots, lines will ended up with such colourful artwork. Well, it’s an artwork which could be appreciated by both the young and the old especially The Obileration Room!!
(1) With all my Love for the Tulips I pray forever (2013 – 2017)

 

(2) Life is the Heart of a Rainbow (2017)

 

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Yayoi Kusama –  Narcissus Garden (1966/2017)
I was more captivated by the structure instead of the artwork.. Hahha..

 

 

 

Till then, we’ll be back to National Gallery Singapore as there’s still places we yet to explore.. >.<

 

BBQ with a View at East Coast Park!

After the potluck in June, we went ahead to plan for a BBQ in August! It’s getting easier to BBQ now, just drop by any AXS machine and you could then book a BBQ pit in 5 easy steps.

You could choose from the following location:
– Changi Beach Park
– East Coast Park
– Pasir Ris Park
– Sembawang Park
– West Cost Park
– Labrador Nature Reserve (Promenade)

Next, you could just order all the necessary from the BBQ wholesale where they’ll deliver the items to the carpark or your pit at a fee! It’s so hassle-free! We ordered everything from charcoal to chicken to marshmallows from BBQ Wholesale. We didn’t order drinks as they come in bulk, instead, we each bought a 1.5L bottle of drinks (of our choice) to East Coast! ^^

We were quite worried as it was raining that morning and it was still drizzling when we reach there around 3plus with dark clouds hovering in front of us! BBQ Wholesale deliver our orders from 5pm and thankfully, the sky was cleared around 6pm! So we hurried back to our pit and start with the BBQ session!

The food we ordered: Chicken Satay, Satay Sauce, Chicken Wings, Marshmallow, Sambal Stingray, Butter Corns. Taiwan Sasuage.

As usual, I brought additional stuffs like cuttlefish (bought from Malacca), clams (I always see people BBQ-ing clams), mushroom (feels like it’s a MUST), fishballs (cooked) and cucumbers as I felt that the variety we ordered wasn’t enough for me! Hahha!

As night falls, the guys crowded around the fireplace and then compete with one another on who have the best “BBQ” marshmallow! Hahhaa.. I personally don’t like the “crispy” on the outside and melt on the inside kind of feel so I couldn’t get into THEIR enjoyment and mood..

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Overall, we really enjoyed the BBQ. But compared to potluck, we’ll prefer the latter as we won’t be weather bounded and it’s not as tedious as BBQ where you’ll have to start the fire, stand there and cook. Hahha…

 

 

Cut and Run BY Jeff Abbott

After about a year later, here’s my 4th blog book review update. I promise to read more often as I tend to get distracted by watching video instead of reading a book. I’m also tempted to go for e-book but the price of an e-book is comparable to a physical book. Mmm, dilemma.

I don’t know when I bought this book but judging by the yellowish page, I might have bought it a few years back. I’m not sure why all my books turns yellowish with some brownish spots even though I kept them in shelves. Maybe due to the weather here?

SYNOPSIS (taken from the book):

Many years ago Ellen Mosley left her husband. her adored children and her safe existence for a life on the run, a new boyfriend and $500,000. But the money belonged to the Mob. And they weren’t too happy about losing it. So Ellen returned the cash to its owners – and the Mafia offered her a job.

Now her grown-up son, Whit, wants to find her. His father is dying and he wants his mother to pay her dues. But when Whit finally tracks her down, he finds himself embroiled in a nightmare of double-crossing schemers, murder and a conniving woman who may be plotting the cruelest betrayal of all…

The book was one of the Whit Mosley Series. Well, personally, I felt that some parts were rather dry which made it hard to carry on but nevertheless, there’s quite a number of twist and turns throughout the whole book. Never judge it’s book by it’s cover!!

Since the author (Jeff Abbott) was a author of the international bestseller “PANIC”. I might just buy his e-book and read it as I would like to read another book of his. You’ll need to get use to the author’s style of writing by reading at least 2 of his/her book but I couldn’t go beyond 3 as I tend to get bored of their writing style and I’ll have a hard time completing the book.

Book completed: August 2017