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Creepy crawlies Adventure..

I’ve managed to get the ticket to the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom at half price and heard from (don’t remember who) that they have recently just revamp that attraction and the price will jerk up after the renovation and being a KAISU parents, I just bought 3 tickets!

Yup, my 1st weekend after my re-takes which means, I DON’T HAVE TO STUDY! So I’ve decided to go to the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom after confirming and re-confirming with my kid that he’s not scare of butterflies and insects (I even showed him the video which of the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom)

Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom

Opening Hours: 9.30am – 7pm daily; (last entry at 6.30pm)

Admission: $16/Adult; $10/Child (3 – 12 years old)

http://www.sentosa.com.sg/explore/attractions/butterfly-park-insect-kingdom

So, here we are at the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom! We totally forgot to post for a picture with the signage and head straight in (thinking that there’ll be some aircon inside to get away from the scorching hot weather)

So, basically, the first time you’ll see, is like a trail (no aircon – stuffy) telling you the different type of butterfly and you’ll then pass by this small butterfly observatory. It was kind of disappointed as we didn’t see much butterfly flying around..

Then, there’s this small little animal encounter area where there’re just a few parrots and komodo dragon?? (don’t know what’s that, it’s like so big and scary and we kind of don’t dare to go near it)

After the outdoor, we proceed to the indoor exhibition (Insect Kingdom)! Okay, those creepy crawlies made my hair stands and I feel like getting out of there ASAP! It’s kind of stuffy there as the aircon isn’t working, so it made the whole experience worst. 

We saw different breeds of beetles, different breeds of stick and leaf insects and a few spiders.. Sometimes, you wonder if those insects are still alive or not as they don’t move at all! Hahhahaha…

After all the ALIVE creepy crawlies, it’s the exhibition of the real insects and butterfly specimens.. In there, you’ll get to know the different type of butterflies in various countries/breeds and the same goes of insects.. (Guess what, the big beetle picture is actually made up of small beetles)

Overall, it’s like a good experience for my kid to get to know the different breeds/types of butterflies and insects in this world but the though of the insects still makes my hair stands. It’s more of like a once off thing for me as I don’t think I am willing to pay the full price to go back again…

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Sea of Balloon Wonders

We’re here at Marina Square atrium for Singapore’s Greatest Annual Balloon Extravaganza! According to the Balloons@Marina Square website, this Annual Balloon Extravaganza is held during the first-term school holidays each year, since 2012!

I only got to know about this from K who was working nearby and also another colleague whose friends were part of the team behind this Balloon exhibition. Initially, I thought the a-MAZE-ing Balloon Museum was the 2016 exhibition, but it wasn’t. 2016’s theme was fairytale.. Hahahha

Date: 10 – 19 MAR 2017; 11am – 10pm
Venue: Marina Square Central Artium
Theme: Explore the Great Marine 

You’ll be attracted to this huge octopus handing from Level 2 and some floating sea turtles who will sway due to the aircon flow..

There’s this underwater tunnel where there are lots of small creatures hanging from above and some extra LARGE size creatures.. We couldn’t get in to the mermaid exhibit as it’s closed up, but I’ve managed to snap shot a picture of the mermaids.. COME ON DOWN to Marina Square if you have time this school holiday!

(Okay, enough of words, below are all the photos I’ve taken..)

Oh, it seems like they have some partnership with Pororo Park as Pororo was spotted in the exhibition! >.<

 

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Jaryl’s Birthday Cupcake!

Hence it’s been a month since my last post as I’m busy (and lazy) and totally forgot I have a blog!!! I haven’t been studying too instead, I went out with my kid and just rot at home. I’ll blog about the activities soon..! I’m starting to feel old as I’m worn out after work EVERY SINGLE DAY!

And so, I decided to bake at least once or twice a month to fully utilise my oven and cake mixer! Since it’s Jaryl’s Birhday on 3rd December and we’re meeting him for play date, I was thinking “Why not let’s bake some cupcake for him?“. My mom “complained” that I haven’t baked the cupcake for years and she missed it (PS: She keep requesting for cheesecake although I just baked 1 recently..)

We only start baking around 8.30pm! And with all the stuffs ready, we are ready to start baking! You can see how excited he is! (Uhm, I know my house is VERY messy.. Pardon me for the time being..)

He helped from the sifting of the flour and coco powder to the mixing of the batter.. My worst fear happened when my cake mixer over heat and stopped when I’m mixing my icing for the cupcake. In the end, I’ve to mix it using a spatula and my hand almost break! Yeah, I just received my bonus email and I guessed it will goes to the cake mixer.!

So he helped to lined the muffin cups and I piped it in.. Then off it goes to the oven. I filled it up to about 3/4 cup (as per the instruction from the book) but it’s overflowing and it looks mutated!

After letting the cupcake rest for about 10 minutes, I cut off the top and pipe the mint icing on it. Little J helped with decoration of the cupcake with chocolate balls!

Here’s the final product in the box! (Oh, don’t worry, that’s Little J hand)

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Recipe (Adapted from “Muffin & Cupcake by Kak Ita)

Ingredients:
250 gm self raising flour

40 gm cocoa powder
100 gm castor sugar (I decreased to 80 gm but I still feel a little too sweet for my liking)
120 gm brown sugar
4 eggs
50 ml fresh milk
1/2 tsp peppermint essence
250 gm butter

Methods:
1. Preheat oven to 170 degree c, prepare muffin tin lined with paper cups.
2. Sieve flour and coca powder. Then add in castor sugar, brown sugar, eggs, fresh milk and essence. Beat for 3 minutes until batter become thick. Set a side.
3. In another mixing bowl, beat butter till light and fluffy. Add into flour mixture and mix well.
4. Pour mixtures into paper cup till 3/4 full (if you’re using the small muffin cup, suggest to fill around 1/2 full). Bake for 20 minutes or till cooked.
5. Cool cake on wire rack for 10 minutes, decorate with icing and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Icing Mint:
120 gm butter
1/8 tsp salt
120 gm icing sugar (decrease till 100 gm, 120 gm is TOO sweet for me)
1 tsp peppermint essence
1 drop green colouring
Chocolate chips

Method (Icing Mint):
1. Beat butter, salt and sugar till soft. Add in colouring and essence.

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Cooking Time – Chives Dumpling

Chinese Chives Dumpling (韭菜餃子), one of my favourite.

I always keep stock of handmade Chinese Chives Dumpling (韭菜餃子) in the freezer as it’s easy to make and it’s easy to cook too, especially when I couldn’t wake up to cook a proper meal in the morning, I’ll just go to the freezer, pop some dumpling in the pan and then tada, I’ve my lunch ready!

Kiddo always love to wrap the dumpling, so whenever I say “We’ll make dumpling today”, he will be like saying this: “Can we make dumpling now” every 10 minutes!

I loved to make the chives dumpling at home as I could add in lots of chives (as I always think that the chives dumpling sold outside doesn’t have enough chives) and I could just wrap it damn fat with lots of ingredients. Ever since I learnt how to make it, I never had it outside….


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Recipe was adapted from Vanessa Tay:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/singaporehomecooks/permalink/763669653702113/

Video on how to pleat the dumpling:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/singaporehomecooks/permalink/780804998655245/

I did some amendment to the recipe:
Ingredients

300g Minced Pork / 五花肉 – minced once (remember to ask for the fatty portion)
1 pack of Chinese Chives (韭菜)
pinch of  Salt / 盐
2 tsp Light Soy Sauce / 酱青
2 tsp Shaoxing Hua Tiao Chew / 花雕酒
3 tsp Sesame Oil / 麻油Q
1 pack of ready made shanghai dumpling skin (I bought from Giant)

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It’s simple and easy and it’s great for family bonding too.. Hahha, my pleating skill is (T-T).. I think I tried to squeeze in too much chives and pork into the dumpling..

Normally, once I’m done, I’ll lay them on a baking tray with some gaps in between and freeze them till they are frozen before I transfer all the dumpling into zip-lock bag (to save freezer space).

Yup. He insist of having his dumpling wrap like that and keep telling me how the filling is coming out of the dumping skin.. 😀

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Celebrating National Day @ ACM!

Honestly, I start to enjoy writing blog posts and hope someone pops by my site (at least a visitor a day – maybe). As you have notice, this will be a overdue post as this was the activities we did a month ago (6 Aug). I’ve realised some interesting facts about blogging, sometimes, you’ll have ALOT of things to blog, whereas sometimes, you basically have none and I’m in this stage that I want to blog something once in a while to “maintain” that traffic flow. Well, if you’re comparing myself with other blogger, I’m like really nothing at all!


So, as usual, it’s the first Saturday of the month and we have nothing better to do, so we head down to Asian Civilisation Museum (ACM) for their Saturday @ ACM activities and since we’ll be having a sumptuous buffet dinner @ Fullerton Hotel (our usual once a year indulgence – maybe twice a year, or maybe thrice a year.. Aww, I don’t know.. Hahha..)

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Saturdays @ ACM falls on the First Saturday of every month from 1 – 5pm where there’s free admission to the museum itself during that period. Every month, they will have different theme, but usually, they will have the play, some handicraft sessions.. You could find out more here: http://acm.org.sg

Just happened that there’s another exhibit at ACM (Once Upon a Time in Asia – A Missing Mouse) where the kids could run around and then do some activities there.. (Apologised for the blurry image)

We then went to do some DIY handicraft as part of the Saturday @ ACM activities! As August falls on the same month as National Day, the theme revolved around Singapore. There’s this make-it-yourself Merlion pushie where there are pre-cut felt and what one needs to do, is to actually sew the string to the pre-punched hole, stuff the cotton inside to make it more like 3D effect and then paste all the necessary “accessories” (like the lion hair, the eyes, nose) on the Merlion. A very simple activity which produce a cute little pushie! (Hahaa, will definitely try it out at home since I used to do these kind of keychain previously and honestly speaking, I’m quite good at it)

He then went off for some “stamping” activities (which I didn’t capture any photos as I’m busy helping him). However, here’s the final product!

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That’s so much of the Saturday @ ACM and off we went to chill at Starbucks will we wait… for the buffet….

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Singapore Night Festival 2016!

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Well, before I continue, I apologised for the late post for Singapore Night Festival 2016 as it’s already OVER!

Singapore Night Festival always happened after National Day, as it’s held over 2 weekends, 19-21st August 2016 and 26-28th August 2016 from 7:30PM to 2:00AM at Bras Basah & Bugis area. This year’s theme was “Inventions and Innovation”.

You could check out more via the website: http://nightfest.sg/

From the website, I got to know that this year was the 9th edition already (Wow, I didn’t even know it as I’ve only got to know about the night festival when I’m with him and it’s our 2nd night festival after being together for 775 days! We skipped the previous year as I was “lazy” to go.. >.< )

Usually, our night festival comes together with staycation as we’ll need to stay out late (It’s more of a good excuse for a staycation!) This time round, we went Amara Hotel @ Tanjong Pagar for staycation, good experience as the room was huge so the kiddo could roam around and there’s bath-tub where he could play water in it (as we didn’t head down to the pool as it’s still the 7th month)

Well, with kid tagging along, we didn’t really explore too much, we usually just hang around the Singapore National Musuem (SNM) area where we’ll see the performance and some exhibits then followed by some night market around the SMU area and also listening to the bands playing and some display over at the Singapore Art Musuem! 😀 There’s some other exhibitions/activities over at the Peranakan Musuem but I didn’t walk there (my leg hurts from all the long walks. Hahaha, lazy!)

As this year’s theme was “Inventions and Innovation”, you could see things that are related to that theme, futurism, LED lights and more.. At the facade of the SNM was the works by GROUPE LAPS (FR)

Through micro-stories weaved upon the stately National Museum of Singapore façade, KEYFRAMES offers narration in the city – urban stories where bodies and their movements play main roles.

Part animation and part moving sculpture, the LED figures and their routine imbue static buildings with energy and excitement. This new installation – part of the KEYFRAMES series – brings glimmers of the past to life.

Inside the museum, you could find that “exhibition” where you could step on the stationary bike then cycle it to “generate” the power to light up the exhibit! (It’s that cool? Solar Energy!)

We managed to catch the performance just outside the NSM! Well, felt that this time, the performer engaged with the public which brings the whole performance up to another level! (Hahaha, as usual, my kiddo is scare and keep covering his ears wanting to go).

I still couldn’t catch the whole performance, it’s something about invasion.. Hahha, I left there not knowing whats the ending is about too.. T-T

Apologised for my lack of photos as I was walking alot and SEE-ing alot, just that I didn’t keep snapping as much as I walk as it’s really crowded and I’ve hold my kiddo hand and Mr hand or look out for Mr else I’ll get lost (I can’t really focus and gets giddy at crowded areas).

We then head over to SMU for the night market and also some snack bites and then catch one of the wall mural display show at SAM (Singapore Art Museum) and we head back to the hotel and called it a night!

Till then, the tenth edition of Singapore Night Festival 2017! I can’t wait!

 

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Cycling & Pokemon Go Haunting!

I’m back! Haven’t been updating my blog as often as I would wished to.. Sorry to you guys who have been following my blog! 😀

I’ve went to the lowest point in my life (especially at work) at I have lost most of the confident in my work.. Hahaha, lets talk about it another time! 😀 I am slowly walking out that “pit hole”, so.. Let’s blog about something happier!


Cycling @ ECP (East Coast Park)

I have been wrecking my brain every weekend to see where I could bring my kid to and what kind of activities I could do together with him. Recently, we found a new found hobby (as we couldn’t go to the beach/swim due to 7th lunar month) – Cycle!

During a period of 1 month, we went to cycle 3 times! 30th July, 7th August and 20th August 2016! Wow, I’m amazed!

So went to the same store for the 3 visits to rent the bike but the first 2 visits, we only rent and cycle for an hour as we reached ECP late. We cycled for 3 hours on our last visit and realised that there’s a promotion! Rent the bicycle for 2 hours on weekends and get another hour free!

The cost of rental isn’t cheap! The kids bicycle cost $6/hr and the adult bicycle costs $6-$12/hr depending on the type of bicycle you choose! I wanted to take the big one with the shelter and stuff but it cost $30/hr and $45 for 2 hours! (That’s too much for my small wallet!).

I didn’t take much photos as I’m cycling too! Hahaha.. But that’s what I had on the 1st cycle trip! I didn’t take any picture on the 2nd trip as it’s the 2nd day that the Pokemon Go was released in Singapore and the WHOLE ECP is FULL of people catching Pokemon!

He felt a lot on the 2nd trip and hence, when we go for the 3rd cycle trip, we doesn’t want to cycle anymore.. Although it’s the same bike, he just said that the bike is too small for him.. 😀

Guess what, then it’s Mr K job to “carry” him around! Hahaha.. We got the kid/baby sitter for him and off we go for a 3 hours cycle! Well, I’m so tired and my leg just feel like breaking! Next time, I’ll get the double bicycle so I don’t have to cycle as much! Tada, & that’s my bike! Hahaha..

(PS: We did catch a lot of Pokemon during our ECP cycling trip! )

Did I also mentioned that there’s a huge playground area in ECP where kids could roam around and get engaged! (Social networking skill got to start young right?)