Monthly Archives: December 2017

So this is Christmas

How was your Christmas?

As per tradition, we had a simple homely affair with family on Christmas Day. We made sure we snapped some pics while the children were still chirpy and somewhat cooperative. Love how festive we looked! Foops just got a ‘smokeless’ grill so all we did was buy some groceries, marinate the chicken wings and we just BBQ-d everything on the grill. Easiest Christmas dinner ever! Really proud how minimal we kept the gift-giving this year. The adults figured we already have everything that we need (and much more). Plus, Foops and I already bought whatever we wanted during the Black Friday sales (I got a slow juicer) so no gifts for the adults!

Even for the kids, I kept it to one big gift per child and it had to be something they could all play together. We already got Heely shoes for the boys. We gave Sean a Roahl Dahl book set, Ryan a big magnet toy set (from Taobao) and Jo a wooden soup pot to replace his broken one. They also got books, t-shirts, water bottles, board games from family and friends (thank you). Sean was a real sweetheart this year. He got it into his head that we needed gifts so he spent the whole morning wrapping up gifts for Mama and Papa. He emptied his dinosaur coin bank and wrapped up $2 worth of coins for each of us with a note (mine read ‘Thank you Mama for buying things for me. Love, Sean’). He also included a pack of biscuits and wasabi seaweed for Foops – he did ask me if I liked wasabi and I said just a little so he didn’t give me any. Haha!

Sean also chose two board books from our shelves (after reading a couple) and wrapped them up for baby E. So sweet.

As for me, my favourite gift of all was from my sister-in-law. She made a lovely Scrabble board with our names. Very thoughtful of her. I must find a nice place to display it 🙂

Merry Christmas to one and all. Enjoy the holidays!

Counting down to Christmas

December is here. Can’t believe the year has flown by just like that!

The older boys has been telling me they wanted to me to make them a toilet-roll advent calendar filled with Pokémon figurines similar to last year’s. So touched they still remember it so clearly. Believe it or not, they still play with the figurines everyday so I just had to set aside time to make it again.

I tried to include new Pokémon figurines that they didn’t have – I ordered a random bag of figurines from Qoo10 but thankfully most were new to my boys!

In my haste (I put it all together in one night), I forgot to write down Christmas-related activities for them to do and include them in the calendar. Gah! Which was just as well as we wouldn’t be in town for the most of Dec.

Ah well, the boys loved the calendar and it was the one thing they really look forward to every morning!

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I really wasn’t planning to get a tree this year – I made it clear to everyone we would not be having a tree and the boys were okay with the decision. I just felt it would be such a waste as no one would be home and I didn’t want to come back from our holiday to a brown tree!

BUT after we got back home on the 21st, I did feel kinda bad for not having a tree. My boys are only little for a short while – Jo can’t even remember our last Christmas so now his memories of Christmas would not include a tree at all. Should we get a small plastic tree? But I didn’t want to think about where to store it. Maybe we could get a small not-too-expensive one from the nursery? We actually drove to the nursery after dinner one night to see if there were any trees on sale. But nothing was on sale and there were no decent small trees either. I really didn’t want to spend more than $100 on a tree we would be throwing away few days later.

Then on the Christmas eve morning, we were at Cold Storage buying groceries for dinner with some friends. Lo and behold, there were a few trees on clearance. $19 for a perfectly good-looking 6-foot tall tree! We just had to lug it home of course 😉

Now this is Christmas as we know it!

I was very happy to take out all our Christmas tree décor and ornaments. I have a habit of buying cute/unique ornaments whenever I see them so we have amassed a nice albeit a little mismatched collection over the years.

This year, we debuted a few new ones including beautiful personalized snowflakes from Urbanlil (thanks for the thoughtful gifts every year, Aunty S!), plus a couple of wire and wooden ones from H&M Home (from Taipei) and Kikki.K.

The tree lasted in our house all the way to the New Year. I thought I would keep it till it turned brown on me but it was still going strong by then. Finally decided to clear it because I knew I would have no time to deal with it – and its incessant shedding – once school started. The boys were quite sad to see the tree go.

Till next year!

E turns 2!

My little nephew turned two recently and we had a small celebration at home.

It was just going to be a small party but still it was a bit of a mad rush because my sister left pretty much everything to me and we were due to fly out the next day at dawn to Taiwan! I had no choice but to back out of baking the cake (sorry E, next birthday ok) because I didn’t think I would do a good job of it amidst the flurry.

Still we had a good party! Small parties are the way to go, methinks!

My sister couldn’t decide on a theme so erm, there was none. Which actually made the activities quite hard to plan because I have never done a party without a theme! We just rolled with it 😉

Before the party, Jo saw my sis decorating the black board and said he wanted to help. He drew such cute stick people we let him draw the whole thing in the end. He drew the four of them in a house with a steering wheel and many wheels. So cute! (We had to be very careful not to praise him too much – sometimes he doesn’t like the attention and he would go on to destroy whatever he was drawing/creating. Go figure.)

There was a bit of drama before the party. After we blew up the helium balloons (which were specially bought by my BIL including a number 2 balloon), Sean grabbed the whole bunch and tried to help to transfer them to the BBQ pit area but in his excitement, he let go of all the balloons and they flew away!!! Even before the birthday boy could take a picture with it. Sean apologized and made amends by blowing up a new batch of balloons. Sorry, E!

We played Pass the Parcel. My boys would expect nothing less from my parties so I just had to do it even though it was just the four of them 😉  Then, Pin the Tail on the Tiger. Young children like this very much for some reason and it was really easy to play with a small group! Ryan was very proud to ‘win’ this game.  Next up, a spoon relay (with baby potatoes). The boys were supposed to pair up for the relay but E was not being very cooperative. Ah well, they still had fun. Then we sang the birthday song for E and he blew out his two candles.

E’s cousin baked a lovely strawberry shortcake for him. The cake was simple and beautiful (I contributed the mini bunting), just what my sis had in mind. Must say the cake was really yummy – I must get her frosting recipe! Tummies filled, it was time for Treasure Hunt. Good fun for the kids!

Finally we had the piñata filled with candies galore. I didn’t make it – someone passed it to me. It’s super ugly but my sis said she didn’t mind using it for the party. (See what I mean by she left everything to me, haha!)

Happy 2nd birthday, E! Big year for you ahead – being a big brother and going to school! May you grow up to be a strong and confident boy with a good heart. Dayi loves you!

PS. How little did he look on his first birthday!

An Out-of-this-World Christmas at City Square Mall

The year end madness is upon us. We had a busy weekend but still managed to squeeze in a visit to City Square Mall to see the Transformers live on stage!

 

 

Space explorers young and old were transported to Cybertron to see the Transformers. My boys were thrilled to see Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (as well as the adorable Sqweeks) make an appearance. If your kids like robots and fighting scenes, then this show is for you!

After the show, we also went for the mask-making workshop where the boys could colour in their own Transformers masks and dress up as their fave Transformers!

Wahaha, you can’t even tell which child is behind the masks!

The best part was the galactic carnival games at the Cyber Galaxy (at City Green Park). There’s a shooting range, obstacle course, robot bouncy castle and bumper cars. My boys had the best time 🙂

Do check out Out-of-this-World Christmas at City Square Mall’s Activities this school holidays. Details are as follows:

1. Transformers on Stage

Join the Transformers in their bid to save humanity in the first ever Transformers come to ‘LIVE’ on show in Singapore! Featuring fan-favourites Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, and introducing delightful new characters, this will be a show just under 20 minutes you would not want to miss!

Date: 2 – 17 December 2017, daily except Monday

Time: Tuesday – Friday: 2pm & 7pm

Saturday and Sunday: 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm

Venue: Level 1 Stage

2. Meet the Autobots and Mask Making Workshop

Experience the ultimate Transformers Meet and Greet at City Square Mall this December! Spend a minimum of $50 to redeem a Meet The Autobots pass 1 hour prior to each show, and get up close and personal with your favourite Transformers action heroes after every ‘LIVE’ show on stage in their first public outing. Limited to 50 passes per show.

Transform into your favourite Cybertronian heroes by decorating your own Transformers mask! Don’t miss out on a photo opportunity in Optimus Prime and Bumblebee children’s costumes with a Transformers photo station framing the shot!

Date: 2 – 17 December 2017, daily except Monday

Time:  After every Transformers on Stage show

Venue: Level 1 Stage (Meet The Autobots) & Basement 2, beside the travellator (Mask Making Workshop)

3. Transformers Photo Station

City Square Mall has brought reel to reality with life-sized Transformers statues flown in from overseas for visitors to snap memorable photos. Join the Facebook photo contest to win attractive shopping vouchers! Be immersed in a unique galaxy-like Christmas experience like no other for the entire family, as the set comes to life with smoke & laser.

Date: 17 November – 31 December 2017

Venue: Level 1 City Green Park

4. Cyber Galaxy

Gather your friends and family and come down for an exhilarating Christmas carnival! With carnival classics like bumper cars, inflatable slides, and obstacle courses to choose from, it will be tons of fun for all! Redeem a Cyber Galaxy activity pass at the Level 2 Customer Service Counter with a minimum spend of $40 at the mall to enjoy all the fun and games.

Date: 17 November – 31 December 2017

Time: 1pm – 10pm

Venue: Level 1 City Green Park

5. Stellar Light Show

City Square Mall transports you into a starry universe this festive season, a very first in Singapore. Explore a tunnel of stars and gather under the action-packed visual display of lights and music with your loved ones and witness the stunning 10 minute light show of your dreams!

Date: 17 November – 31 December 2017

Time: Every 30 minutes, 7pm – 10pm

Venue: Level 1 City Green Park

6. Snowy Playtime

Feel the magic of Christmas and when you head down to City Square Mall to have a blast in falling snow with the kiddos. Be transported into a new universe both familiar and new, as you take in the sights and sounds of the season.

Date: 17 November – 31 December 2017

Time: 8.10pm

Venue: Level 1 City Green Park

7. Christmas Carolling by Emmanuel Choir

Christmas simply is not Christmas without carols! Join the Emmanuel Choir as they share season’s greetings with the gift of music. Fala-lalala-lala-lala!

Date: 16 & 17 December 2017

Time: 8pm – 8.45pm

Venue: Level 1 Stage

In-mall Promotions

1. Galaxy of Gifts

  1. With a minimum of $40 spent, shoppers can redeem a Cyber Galaxy activity pass to the Cyber Galaxy carnival at City Green Park.

  2. With a minimum of $50 spent, shoppers can redeem a Meet The Autobots pass, where they will be able to take photographs with the Transformers character mascots on stage and access the mask-making workshop at Basement 2 to design their own mask as a souvenir. Limited to 50 passes per show.

  3. With a minimum of $200 spent, shoppers will be entitled to receive a travel essential and a Cyber Galaxy activity pass ($300 if inclusive of NTUC Fairprice receipts):

  • Convertible Travel Bag (17 Nov – 10 Dec 2017)

  • Transformable Travel Blanket (11 – 31 Dec 2017)

  1. Complimentary add-on: With a minimum spend of $200, shoppers will be entitled to purchase $50 worth of City Square Mall vouchers and receive a complimentary $5 voucher. Limited to 50 redemptions daily during the campaign period, while stocks last.

For more details on the activities and promotions, visit www.citysquaremall.com.sg or check out City Square Mall’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/citysquaremall. Terms and conditions apply.