Archive for June, 2007

The Family woke up early (8am) and sauntered to the ‘Pig Out’ (the Hotel’s only restaurant) for the complimentary breakfast (toast, sausages and fruit). 

And then it was off to Sentosa Island! 

Driving there required a little map checking, but it took less than ½ hours before we were crossing the Sentosa Gateway Bridge. 

The Family decided not to take the cable car across the sea in order to be able to leave after the cable cars stopped operations – just in case. 

After parking the car at the Beach Parking (once again using the ubiquitous Autopass), we emerged into the Sentosa Express Beach Station, where we conveniently bought tickets for the evening show, ‘Songs of the Sea’. 

It was still early, so we made our way to Dolphin Lagoon for the dolphin water show – but we just missed it! 

En route we passed Pahlawan Beach, where early swimmers/ bathers/ beach volley ball players/ treasure hunting gamers/ group tourists/ plain exhibitionists had already started to gather. 

Fat, thin or ugly, all females were in bikinis, and most of the gwailos displayed their impressive beer guts. Scary! 

As the next dolphin show would only come on at 1:30, the Family took a tram to Underwater World (similar to our Aquaria at KLCC, but bigger), where the Kids Oozed and Wowed at all manner of fish, and especially the sharks and jelly fishes. 

Lunch was a simple meal of chicken rice and fried seafood (S$21!!!) 

We got back to Dolphin Lagoon to catch the 3:30pm show, but it was delayed… and it was SUPER HOT!

Waited for 1 ½ hours cuz we were early, but the Kids had fun playing with sand there. Jern got so dirty Ama had to force shower him at one of the fountain baths. 

The show itself was not so impressing as dolphin shows went – there were the usual jumping dolphin and ball tricks – but the dolphins themselves were rare PINK dolphins (apparently the only ones on show in the world, if you believe the brochure). 

After that, the Twins had a little nap on their strollers while we walked around.

While strolling, we stumbled onto another Sentosa attraction. 

We met a lady with a parrot who invited us to take photos and later directed us to the Animals Show – there was an eagle, a dog, parrots, a giant yellow snake, a monkey, and a hawk… all in all, slightly more entertaining than the dolphins. 

We then made our way to the Merlion for photos, by tram. 

We didn’t go inside the Merlion, but merely took photos outside. There was a long elaborate fountain-cum-mosaic-art along the Merlion Walk (much to the delight of the Kids). 

The Imbiah Lookout was nearby, but we didn’t take part; neither did we try the Skyride (dangerous?) nor the Sky Tower (since we already tried the similar DHL Balloon). 

Finally, it was almost the time for the star attraction of Sentosa – the Songs of the Sea show (S$31 million to build and designed by world-renowned Yvnes Pepin, only just opened April 2007). 

But first, the Family had a quick dinner at the nearby Tastes of Singapore 

Aba tried the Tastes of Singapore dish (S$18.50!!) which had tiny portions of the following: Satay (2 sticks), curry laksa (small cup), chilli soft-shell crab (half a small specimen) and flavoured rice… L 

And then the show… 

Yes, it was impressive. Live drama, elaborate stage (village huts on stilts above the sea as just the background! With groovy light and fog!), full musical fountain with laser imaging, flame plumes (ala Las Vegas) and loads of fireworks! And with music! 

But Alas! The Kids were SCARED TO DEATH by the ‘noise’ and fireworks, so we had to… <sob>… leave. 

Aba did manage to glimpse a little from outside, though. It was definitely worth S$6!! (per adult), especially compared with the Dolphin show + Underwater World = S$19.50!! 

Before we left, the Family bought souvenirs!    
   Twins – Songs of the Sea Hats    
   May – Songs of the Sea Shades
   Ama – Songs of the Sea keychain
   Aba – Sentosa Super Flat, small & light foldable umbrella 

It was about 11pm when the Family got back to the Hotel.  

Aba bought himself a big can (500ml) of Baron’s Strong Brew (8.8 alcohol) beer from the nearby Cold Storage to go with the life snacks and chocolate (brought from home) later that night, nice. 

The Family set out at around 8:00am on the 29th. 

The highway was being repaired along the Negeri Sembilan and Malacca stretch, causing a slowdown.

The Family took brunch at the Restaurant Jejantas in Malacca (A&W). 

The Tuas 2nd Link was used to cross into Singapore – the whole journey took about 5 hours including stops.  

No problems at all at the immigration, but getting the Autopass for the car took a bit of time. 

Around 2pm, we reached the Hangout @ Mt Emily no-frills hotel. 

The room was moderately big with air-conditioning and bath – but NO MINIBAR. There was one queen-sized bed, one single bed and a sofa bed – so the Family was set for the night when it came. 

After stowing our stuff, the Family went out by foot for a simple Chinese Roasted Meats Noodles and Rice nearby. 

And then it was another 15 minutes walk to the Bugis MRT Station, where the DHL Balloon was located!! (Singapore‘s first helium balloon ride). 

The Kids had a good SCARE when the DHL Balloon was going up (especially May)! They soon clamed down to enjoy it though.

Also passed through the Bugis Street, the largest Street-Shopping location in Singapore. 

In the evening, the original plan to go to the Night Safari was scrapped due to rain. 

Instead we jammed all the way to Ngee Ann City mall, got parking there (not easy), and had a hackled time at Kinokuniya and Takashimaya. 

Scrambled to look for a 7-11 (just outside the Mall) to load-up our Autopass card, which was used for parking. 

Got back to the hotel at midnight!! 

Took more time to get the Kids prepped for bed, and everyone fell asleep from exhaustion soon after. 

Are you Hakka too?

Posted: June 27, 2007 in Family Time

Today, the Family had a (somewhat) traditional Hakka dinner: Steamed Minced Pork & Pickles, Stir-fried Mackerel with Capsicum, Ginger, Onion & Soya Sauce, Fried Spring Rolls, Omelette with Chinese Sausages & Chinese Cucumber Soup (with rice)! 

Seeing that the Family was about as Hakka as you can get (with a touch of Cantonese), this was LONG overdue… 

Except that the meal was NOT prepared by Ama… 😉 

But made at the No MSG, Low Salt & Oil Hakka Restaurant at the Curve! 

Nice!! 

免费取名服务!

Posted: June 26, 2007 in Family Time

整个晚上媄都 黏黏善 黏黏善后酱来叫善 

由于媄很喜欢乱取名. 比如说, 真如果当天吃面包, 媄就会叫他 面包真’; 如果当天媄绑马尾, 她会叫自己 马媄’…  

Ama想来想去都想不出 黏黏善来源, 于是就问媄为什么酱来叫善的? 善到底又做了些什么她要叫善作 黏黏善’?!  

结果媄说, ‘谁叫他一直着我! 我去那里他就去那里! 好像鱼缸里那些一直黏在墙壁上的鱼酱! 所以我就叫他 黏黏善’. @@ 

Want A Ride?

Posted: June 25, 2007 in Family Time

Previously, when the Twins ride their toy car, they’ll wave ‘Bye’. 

Now, they take turns giving each other rides! 

And also take sis on a ride too! 

你也有笑吗?!

Posted: June 23, 2007 in Family Time

周末去逛家乐福时被真, , 媄发现的新玩具 (包椰菜花用的)!! 

  

起先这个还算好的造型只引起了少许注意… 被Aba叫他们做 洋葱头 (aka Onion Head)!! 

到后来变化到的这个造型除了连Aba, Ama也笑到翻天外, 几乎每一个路过的都忍不住笑起来. 小笑, 大笑, 也有笑到走不到路. 😉 

OK 啦! Ama是师奶仔!

Posted: June 22, 2007 in Family Time

傍晚决定去附近的Pasar Malam买些鱼和菜, 由于好像就来要下雨, 只好把小朋友们都留在家里. 

买完菜后打算回家时, 经过一档只卖小朋友用品的摊子. 停下来一看, 发觉有一个很可爱的Barney 小被包, 就想买 (这是因为真, 善很喜欢抢姐姐的背包来用). 

‘Uncle! 这个被包多少钱?’
‘14!’
买两个有便宜吗?’
‘OK , 两个算你25’
酱我就要两个啦!’ 

要付钱时突然觉悟 

如果只买给两个小的, 大那个肯定会吃醋! 但她已经有了背包哦!? Hmm… 最后决定给媄选一个有一模一样图案的钱包. 

‘Uncle! 这个钱包多少钱?’
‘7块半!’
, 跟你买这么多东西, 不可以再便宜点咩?’
6块钱算了
刚才那两个背包25, 这个钱包6, 一共31! 但我买菜只用剩30, 再减多1块啦!’
哎呀! 已经很便宜了得, 不可以再减了!!’
‘Uncle! 如果我只带着两个背包回家给弟弟, 我的女儿会很伤心的, 你就再减多1块啦. 不然的话, 我下次来买菜再还你1块好吗?’
‘… 好啦, 好啦, 我再减1块给你就是了’ @@