Showing posts with label 5 years. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 5 years. Show all posts

Thursday, April 30, 2015

[Sponsored] #FrisoMoment II: Flower Power at Gardens by the Bay.

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For the second instalment of our #FrisoMoment outdoor activity with the kids, we went to Marina Gardens by the Bay for the TulipMania.
On weekends, we are constantly on the lookout for fun places to bring the kids.
We love the kids to enjoy nature and the great outdoors.

This is called the Oleander or Sweet William. According to our Aunty Mary from US, she warns it's important to note that all the parts of this plant are poisonous. So do not let your children touch them if you see them!

Wah, got tulips and windmill in Gardens by the Bay, no need to go to Holland already!

My in-laws don't like to take photos so I'm glad I sneaked a photo of my dear MIL in this photo.
 After the flower power, we took a little stroll to Satay by the Bay to makan hawker food.
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Kea Xplorer Insect workshop: Outdoor-bound fun for everyone.

As a kid, I grew up in Woodlands, and my parents' flat was just in front of the Woodlands Street 11 park. My brothers and I would spend our free time after school catching spiders and grasshoppers, and kept them in matchstick boxes.
Hands up if you remember this from the 80s!
Children of this era, however, spend too much time with gadgets!
Adam is an iPhone/ Playstation addict so when I saw fellow Mum-blogger ZhenZhu post about her experience with Kea Xplorer, I decided to sign both boys up for the insect specimen-making workshop.

First things first, everybody gather around for the briefing by Instructor Zhi Qiang.
Several kids are already swatting their nets around in anticipation.

Kea Xplorers setting off!

I caught our first butterfly! Zhi Qiang is helping me pinch the nerve of the butterfly.

I may be no insect expert, but I think you're holding the net the wrong way up, Ashton.
And another!

After a good 45 minutes in the field, we were all sticky and sweaty and gathered again for de-brief.

Back at Fern and Zhi Qiang's house: now we need to make the insects we caught into specimens!


Ta-dah!! We caught 5 grasshoppers and 2 butterflies.
The Rhinoceros beetle was bought from Zhi Qiang.
Thanks for the fun and enriching activity today, Fern and Zhi Qiang from Kea Xplorer!
We enjoyed ourselves very much, I think it brought out the kampong girl in me :P
The kids KO-ed right after we got home.
What a terrific way to kick-start the March holidays :)
Check out Kea Xplorer HERE for more workshops!

*Insect catching workshop (Pak 1) is $10/child.
Insect specimen making workshop (Pak 2) is $40/child which includes the display box and being taught how to pin the insects and preserving them in the box.
Another workshop available is Woodwork - if carving/ sawing/ creating things is your child's passion, then Woodwork is the workshop for him/her.

If you're interested in catching your own insects in future, the nets can be bought from Daiso at $2.
*P.S. Had my braces fitted only yesterday and my mouth is in a lot of pain.
Talk, laugh, eat also cannot. Despite not having been punched in my face before, I feel exactly like I've been punched in my mouth approximately 15 times.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A trip to Jurong Bird Park.

Once upon a time, Andy and I decided to bring the boys to Jurong Bird Park.
It's a first for Adam and Ashton, and I was really enthusiastic about exposing them to the aviary.
I even wore a nature themed outfit in blue and green with lots of colourful flowers (which you'll soon find out is the cause of my indignity).

We started off with lunch with the parrots, but halfway through eating, Adam was getting impatient that there weren't signs of any parrots. He started playing games on my phone. I pretended not to be dismayed by his lack of enthusiasm and finally, the emcee appeared and announced that the macaws and cockatoos were making their entrance!
We (I) were getting hyped up until the point the emcee asked me and the kids to go up on stage to volunteer for the performance.

Here I was wearing my jungle-themed top which was sleeveless and I was required to stretch out my arm ninety-degrees, exposing my armpit and granny-flap-arm to approximately 20 families, while waiting for said cockatoo to perch on my arm and husband snapping away on the camera.
It was a glorious moment. The expressions on my children's faces say it all.

After that, we adjourned to the rest of the Bird Park, and all the kids wanted was to hurry and make a beeline for Birds of Play, which seemed to be the highlight of the whole trip.

We had spent some good money on tickets to Jurong Bird Park and all the kids wanted was to play on slides with water which are free on the rooftops of many malls.

Ashton's diaper was so soaked that it dropped off and I had to let him change into his cotton shorts.

New thing I learned about my children today - they are not so into birds as I'd thought.

*Edited to add: When two weeks later, we received a notification of Adam's field trip, Andy and I looked at each other and laughed.

Life is uncanny like that!