Archive | June 2009

Jing at One Fullerton…again!

Jing entrance

I wrote about Jing at One Fullerton some time ago and we went again on the weekend, bringing my parents for a belated Father’s and Mother’s Day lunch.

With…
a carpark complex that has ample available parking spaces….
complimentary parking thrown in…
unlimited servings of dimsum and other Chinese yummies…
cool cutlery and table settings in a well-designed setting accompanied with easy listening chill-out music…
chilli crab that rivals well-known brand named restaurants…
and fried durian ice-cream for dessert…

Jing - fried durian ice cream

what’s there not to like about the place? 🙂

I love their outdoor seating area, and the fact that you can curl up your legs or sit cross-legged on the chocolate brown couch and enjoy your drinks and snacks with a seaview.
Both DS and DD like taking walks along the promenade to go see the Merlion.

Jing outdoors

For $36++ a head, it’s great value for a nice dining place to bring the grandparents for a leisurely lunch. And family-friendly enough to ensure kids don’t go stir-crazy from want of space to explore.

Jing price

JING One Fullerton, #01-02/03, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213, Tel: 6224 0088

Opening Hours: Lunch – 11.45am to 3pm (Last order – 2.30pm) Dinner – 6.30pm to 11pm (Last order – 10.30pm)

New things learnt at the zoo

My dad arrived on the weekend to join my mum here on their visit. And like all doting grandparents, of course, he brought presents!! A set of 28-blocks puzzle for DD and a toy truck for DS. Each of the six sides of the blocks have a themed picture – so you can assemble the alphabet, numbers, animals, etc.

At the zoo, on our way back from Kidzworld where the kids were already zoning out from all the action at the waterplay area, we’d stopped to point out the rhinoceros and lion exhibits to DD since it was along the way to the exit.

Well, when DD opened up the present, she picked out the block with the Rhinoceros picture on it and named it correctly, proper pronunciation and inflections and all! I’m so proud that she remembered because this visit was the first time I’d taught her Rhinoceros! Proof that one truly does absorb knowledge best in an Alpha mind state? 😉

Animal blocks

A very timely gift from the grandparents!

Later in the evening, she also took out her Lion hand puppet to play, recalling the lions she saw at the zoo. (They didn’t roar though, the completely unsporting lions were turning their backs on the visitors. Sigh, I still like the Tigers best! 🙂 ). Click here to see the step-by-step guide to making your own cardboard animal hand puppet. 😉

It’s a hot day in the Outback!

DH’s been reading this book to the kids in the past couple of weeks with an outback Aussie accent thrown in for good measure…cracks me up! This week happened to be the last week of the Singapore Zoo‘s June Holidays Outback Adventure special. Very nicely timed!

Hot Day in the Outback

So off we went on Saturday morning, DS’s first trip to the zoo.  At the entrance, there was a Zoolympix 2009 booth setup, where you could buy a Zoolympix pack, containing a water bottle, cap and goodie bag containing stuff sponsored by Abbott Nutrition’s Grow and a book detailing the stations we needed to complete, for $3.

We picked up a pack as it looked interesting. It started out a really hot and sunny day and we were just hanging around the Otters enclosure waiting for our friends to arrive, after completing one of the stations of the Zoolympix, when I looked up to see a very suddenly darkened sky with ominous cumulonimbus clouds hanging over our heads.  Oh man!  We just got here!!  We hurried on to the White Tigers exhibit.  There were tons of people about, and it isn’t difficult to understand why.  The tigers are a consistent crowd-pleaser, and they’re always at the ready to promenade up and down and pose majestically for the camera snappy-happy.

It started drizzling lightly just about then, and we started getting the hats and raincoats out to cover the kids.   The rest of it was a bit of a mad dash for me, because I was carrying DS, who kept trying to pull off the raincoat hood, which made me scramble all the faster to get to the next nearest shelter ASAP.  DH and DD were able to take a little more time, catching the kangaroo, emu and wallaby exhibits along the way.   Thankfully, we managed to finally make our way to the Elephants of Asia section, where the 11:30am Elephants At Work and Play Show was just starting in 10 minutes time. Great opportunity to catch our breath… and catch a very impressive show. 🙂  Everyone had a really fun time and DD is still talking about it today!

The rain stopped after the Elephants show, and we made our way to Rainforest Kidzworld for lunch.  After lunch, DS napped in the stroller, while DD had some waterplay fun in the wet play area with our friends’ son.  With the sun beating down really hot all over again, it was really great to sit and splash in the water!!  😛

Kidzworld

I really like the design of the waterplay area. I love how it uses the simple and environmentally friendly concept of pulleys and weights to create tipping buckets that splash water when the buckets are full on to the (sometimes unsuspecting) person standing below.    I don’t quite like the look of the huge elephant tipping bucket in the centre though – I think the elephant is quite grotesque looking. 

Kidzworld2

It was a really fruitful day – we did and saw so many things.  Both families felt we saw more animals on this trip than we ever did when we went as individual family units, so we’ve made plans to go again, in a bigger group the next time round!  Counting down the days to our next trip! 😀

Spoils from the Zoo

Our spoils from the zoo – a panda poster we won from the Zoolympix lucky dip after handing in our book with three stations completed, the hat that came with the pack, a colouring sheet from an Abbott Nutrition stall set up at the Giraffes exhibit which came with a free box of crayons, a little holographic image bookmark they handed out to us at the exit when leaving, and the Zoolympix book.

Fun with Cardboard Craft – Part II

Making a Lion Hand Puppet!
You will need: An artblock sheet, marker, colour pencils, two boxes, scissors, glue, double-sided tape. 

Lion Hand Puppet-materials

1. Draw the various parts of the lion’s face on the artblock sheet – the eyes and mane, the mouth, a tongue, the sides of the mane. Colour.
2. Cut out the parts and attach double-sided tape to the back of each part. [You can also use glue, I just used double-sided tape because DD is on an anti-glue streak at the moment, she hates getting any on her hands]
3. Cut away the thinner section off the top flap of one of the boxes. Attach double-sided tape to the inside section of the remaining flap.

Lion Hand Puppet-doublesided tape

4. Stick this onto the other box, as shown in the picture below. You should be able to put four fingers in the top box and your thumb in the bottom box and clap the two boxes together to mimic a chomping action. Your puppet frame is now ready for embellishment.

Lion Hand Puppet-taped boxes

5. Stick on the parts of the lion’s face – eyes section on the top flap of the top box, the four mane pieces on each of the four side flaps, the mouth of the lion on the bottom of the top box, and the tongue on the section where the two boxes clamp together.

Lion Hand Puppet-ready for assembly 

We had tons of fun running round the room roaring raucously and singing…
The lion is the king of the jungle, and he goes….ROAAARRR!!!  DS was very entertained! 🙂

Lion Hand Puppet-roar!!

Stay tuned for Cardboard Craft – Part III 😉

Fun with Cardboard Craft – Part I

Flannel Board base-folded

Look what my mom made and brought over for the kids! Isn’t it cool?

It’s a flannel board that I can use as a teaching aid to put up pictures and figurines. Mom says it can also double up as a base for puppet shows. I’m already thinking up all the Bible stories that I can tell the kids and stuff we can do for Friday lessons, and anticipating all the fun I’m going to have sourcing out storyboard resources! 🙂

To make this flannel board, you need the following materials: An old cardboard box, scissors, masking tape, a roll of velcro, and a panel of flannel cloth.

1. Cut your box in half. You want the section that has the top flap and bottom flap and a full side panel.
2. Turn it over such that the full panel faces you, and the two flaps are on either side.
3. Reinforce the sides of the cardboard with masking tape.
4. Cut out 8 tabs of velcro measuring 3 inches long each. Use masking tape to secure these 8 tabs to the cardboard as per what’s shown in the picture below. You can also staple them down to make it more hardy for long-term usage. 

The first picture above shows what the board looks like when its folded up for storage. The middle velcro tabs on either side of the cardboard perform a dual function – supporting the flannel when the board is open, and securing the board close when it’s folded.  Isn’t that so clever?! 🙂

Flannel Board base

5. Attach the flannel cloth to the completed cardboard panel. The cloth should adhere easily to the velcro tabs. Done!

The flannel board is now ready. 😀  Cut out whatever figurines or pictures  you would like to use and attach velcro tabs to the back of them and you’re ready to roll. 

Flannel Board in use

Busy bedtime!

Snippets from our bedtime prayers tonight…

Me: Okay honey, let’s thank God for today.  Thank you God for…?
DD: We build sandcastles!
Me: We did, didn’t we? And played on the slide?
DD: I slide down. With Poh Poh.
Me: Yes you did. Was it fun?
DD: And I’m scared of the swings.
Me: Well, yes, so you didn’t go on them.
DD: Only mama sit. And papa sit.  Only people sit on the swings.
Me: Uh huuuh…only people, huh? But you are not people?
DD: No.
Me: [shrugs, okay]. And let’s thank God for our food we ate today, yeah? Remember what you had for lunch? Tell papa what you had? Spaghett…
DD: Sir-spaghee! [breaks out into giggles]
Me: Yup, spaghetti.
DD: Sir-spaghee! Hahahahahahaha!
Me: Okay, let’s finish up our prayers..
DD: Sir-spaghee! Hahahahahahaha!

And the rest of the prayer was finished off peppered with non-stop giggles. Sigh, I had only myself to blame. I did start it! 🙂

And this was all after a chasing game around the room with a chortling DS who was too busy to settle down for a diaper change.  Squirming out from our arms to  scale the picture frame leaning against the wall and attempt to lick the dust off it just for the great thrill of eliciting exclamations from his horrified mother.  And crawling back and forth from the frame to the bedroom door to pound on it.  Hardly your average by the book bedtime routine…

It was just miraculous that they went off to sleep not too far off from the usual timing, after all that excitement and noise! Phew!

Barnslig Rand from Ikea

Our weekend in pictures

Father’s Day dinner at Chongqing Hot Pot and walks with the children at the Koi Garden in Suntec City – fun!

koi garden

Roses and ribbons at a June wedding – romantic! 

June wedding

where the bride baked the entire dessert table spread and their wedding cake, made the flower basket for the flower girls and handpainted the jars with the sweet treats for the wedding favours – amazing!

flower basket

Not being able to make it into Aranda Country Club for a cousin’s 21st birthday party because the carpark was full and the queue never budged – tiresome!  (by the way, YY, here’s a picture of the roses that DD wanted to give you, sorry we couldn’t be there in person…pass you your present next week yeah?)

Roses for YY

A free shopping trip for a toy for DS at Toys ‘R Us courtesy of gift vouchers from our Scrabble buddies – fantastic!

Toy for DS

Having my mum arrive for a week to help with the kids – priceless!