Princess’ 1st ballet performance

The little girl had been busy with her rehearsals the past few weeks and finally, the day she had been waiting for was here!


Taken at one of her rehearsals

The full dresses rehearsal was from 4.30-8.30pm yesterday but she only came out of the theatre at about 9pm and by then we were all famished!

Tonight, we had to send her in at 5.30pm and the show started at 7pm..

We didn’t take any photos as advised and ordered the DVD.. didn’t take photo before and after as we were rushing.. so glad that the staff sent me three photos of her..

Her group was the Spanish dancers.. although her segment was just a few minutes long, she was poised and graceful during the performance and I was very proud of her!

We were advised to sign her up for the RAD exam but she is only eligible for the Primary level for now.. so we decided to sign her up for the exam only when she’s eligible for the Grade 1 exam.. I’m sure she’ll do well then!


I love my son!

Yes, I love my dear son and he sure knows it! This is what my colleague sent to me today.. Haha..

Nope, I don’t tie my hair like that.. Haha..

Pokemon Go Go Go

I’ve read about the game and heard rumours that the game would be banned in Singapore but I didn’t think too much about it until I saw a friend posting a photo on FB on 6 Aug showing the first Pokemon he caught..

Out of curiosity, I searched for the game on App Store and downloaded it.. Then I realized that the game was launched on that day.. 

I didn’t really know how to play the game so I just tried to catch the Pokemon that appeared along the way while hubby was driving.. Before I knew it, I’ve used up all my pokeballs! I didn’t know what to do next until my friend shared that I could get more pokeballs by visiting Pokestops.. Ok, so I found a Pokestop, which was the giant snowman at Vivo.. Ok, I didn’t really read what the Professor told me to do so I simply stood beside the snowman like an idiot wondering why nothing happened.. 😁

After I explored the app and found the ‘?’, I realized that I have to spin the picture to get pokeballs, I went back to the Pokestop to get some pokeballs.. Haha.. Now, I know I have to visit as many pokestops as possible to collect as many pokeballs as possible cos I usually wasted several pokeballs before I could catch the Pokemons.. And to add to that, some Pokemons could actually break free from the pokeballs! 

Yesterday, my sister actually gave my boy a tip that if you switch the AR off, it’ll be easier to catch the Pokemons as they would stay still for you to aim the pokeballs at them.. I guess she wanted to save her pokeballs as my boy who was helping to catch Pokemons on her phone had been wasting loads of her pokeballs due to this poor marksmanship.. Haha..

The AR is fun though cos I could take photos of my kids with the Pokemons.. The first one I took was at the swimming pool where I was relaxing by the pool while my kids played..

Then I decided to take more photos of them with the Pokemons for fun..

Ok.. I’ve used one incense at my own home which is a dry area, hoping to attract some Pokemons but was told that I had to walk around in order to find Pokemons.. That’s one incense wasted since I caught nothing in that half an hour as I was sitting at the dining table the whole time.. Hmm..

Noticed that I have 2 different user names? Hee.. I decided to sign in with a different gmail account as I found out that I could catch Pikachu if I ignored the first few Pokemons I encountered.. It was a waste as I was at level 9 already but I soon realized I should be able to level up quite fast so I might as well do it now or later.. And there! I found an XL Pikachu!

I learnt quite a bit from my sis too as she crazier about catching Pokemons than me.. Haha.. I could transfer the extra Pidgeys, Zubats and Psyducks for candies to evolve my Pokemons to earn more XPs.. And I could discard potions to have more room in my back for pokeballs.. 

I also allowed my kids to play the game when it’s safe.. I guess the reports about people getting into accidents because of the game caused many people to hate the game.. But honestly speaking, as one who has tried playing the game, I don’t think it’s as dangerous as some people think it is. We just have to be responsible while playing the game and play the game with care.. 

It’s unthinkable how one can fall into the waters or stop in the middle of the road while playing the game as I didn’t have to do that.. I could still catch the Pokemons while the car was moving so even if you find a Pokemon in front of you, you can still keep walking as the Pokemon will still be in front of you as you walk.. Of course we should be mindful of our surroundings while playing as 2 adults stopped cycling suddenly when they spotted a Pokemon and almost caused us to crash into them when we were at East Coast Park last Sunday.
So, be responsible and conscious of your surroundings and you should be able to enjoy the game! Another benefit of this game is that it’s getting people to exercise outdoors! So haters, get outdoors and try out the game before you make any judgement..

Hobart June 2016 Part 3

img_4087We drove about close to 2 hours before we reached Port Arthur.. It started raining before we reached and was still raining when we reached..

We had lunch at the cafe before we decided which tour to join.. They have ghost tours which I think would not be suitable for the kids..

The general tour includes a cruise and a guided tour plus entry to all the buildings so we settled for that..

It was still raining when it was time for our harbour cruise and as we had to walk a long way to board the ship, we had to put on our ponchos..

The rain made it impossible to see where the guide was pointing to so we didn’t see much.. We took it as a leisure ride to shelter ourselves from the rain.. Haha.. Dennis even suggested that we should just stay on the boat and not leave until it stopped raining.. Of course, we didn’t do that!

When we returned to shore, it was still raining.. We joined the guided tour but had to take cover while the guide gave us some brief history about Port Arthur.. Port Arthur was set up as a prison for convicts to undergo training to become useful people again.. The prison was for adults and boys to be educated and trained in skills that would be useful for them to find employment..

It was a beautiful place that would be nice to live in if it were not a prison.. We spent the rest of the day exploring the various buildings in the area..

We learnt that the convicts grew to love the place and settled there even after their term was over.. I guess I would too..

After the tour, we brought the kids to the indoor discovery area where they had to find the convicts that matched the cards they were given..

There were still people streaming in and I guess they were all there for the ghost tours.. We snacked and relaxed a bit before we made our long journey back.. It was an informative trip..

Tomorrow, we are going to explore the Salamanca Market.. Again, we’re praying for good weather!

Hobart June 2016 Part 2

We started our day early and headed to Ida Bay Bush Railway.. It was a 2-hour train ride and there were 2 timings – 10am and 12.30pm.

We reached our destination at about 11 plus and decided to get our tickets first.. We got the tickets from the little cafe where we had our lunch.. We saw a book which they placed outside the cafe.. They were petitioning to get state funds to help maintain the railway..

It started drizzling as we were eating but the rain stopped when we were done.. We walked around to explore the area while waiting for the train..

We soon boarded the tram and started on our journey after the driver gave us a briefing of what to expect.. There were fleece blankets in the train in case we felt cold along the journey..

We saw a rainbow as soon as we were on the way! Seems like we see rainbows more easily in Australia than in Singapore as we also saw one when we went to Perth last June..

We stopped for a while near the tombs of the original owners of the railway.. I didn’t pay much attention actually.. 😁

We explored the beach for a while..

We also took a group photo before we continued on the train ride..

The rest of the journey made us drowsy.. The rocking and noise of the train as well as the cool breeze made me doze off a few times.. But it’s a relaxing ride..

It was close to 3pm when we were done so we decided to explore the Hastings Caves which was nearby.. It was supposed to be closed at 4pm..

We took a short drive over and were lucky that we managed to catch the last tour which would start at 3.15pm..

The Newdegate Cave which we went to seemed smaller than the one we went to in Perth.. I’m impressed by how the Australians take care of the caves.. We were told not to touch any of the formations as the natural oil secretion from our hands would ‘kill’ the formations..

The only one we could touch was a quarter of a century years old..

After exploring the cave, we made our way back to our house.. Along the way, we bought some groceries and had porridge for dinner..

Tomorrow, we would be exploring Port Arthur..

Hobart June 2016

We arrived in Hobart on a rainy day after bidding Sydney goodbye.. We rented a Kia Carnival which was enough for us and our 5 pieces of luggage..

We collected the keys to the apartment from a real estate staff before we had our lunch.. The owner of the house we rented via Airbnb was based in Hong Kong..

We had Japanese food at an eatery before we made our way to Coles to get some groceries before we drove to the apartment.. It was huge and the kids were immediately playing at the play area the moment the found it at the basement..

We prepared a simple meal of porridge, vegetables, chicken kebab and omelette..

Then we planned what we wanted to do the next day..

We woke up to a beautiful view from the balcony..

We then drove about 2 hours to Tahune Airwalk.. Along the way, we stopped by Petty Sessons Jetty for a toilet break.. 

We continued on the windy road and reached Tahune Airwalk at about 11.30am..

We joined the guided tour at 12pm..

The tour lasted about 1.5h and the kids were all complaining of hunger towards the end.. We had our lunch at the cafe before we went to try out the Cable Eagle Hang Glider.. We paid $99 for the 4 of us for both the walk and the hang gliding.. It was a fun and cold experience and we all enjoyed it! Jovan was the only kid to try it as the minimum weight of each glider is 25kg..

After that, we rushed to the Swinging Bridge as the journey to and fro was about 1 hour and it was already 3.10pm, 50min to closing time.. I’m glad we managed to make it and it was a great workout for all! The bridge was shaky as we crossed it but the kids were not afraid.. They were even jumping on it to shake it! πŸ˜…

We had dinner at a Chinese restaurant and the damage was about a hundred dollars.. The plain omelette was $18 and we couldn’t bear to order it! Haha.. A packet of 12 eggs was only $4.80!

After that, we went back and planned for our activities the following day.. Praying for good weather!

Sydney June 2016 Part 2

The weather was great today and we kind of regretted not booking for a tour to Blue Mountains.. 

We had no choice but to return to Darling Harbour again as we thought of visiting the Sea Life Aquarium there.. 

Since the weather was good, we thought we should do some outdoor activities 1st so we checked out the water taxis..

The cruise lasted about an hour and at the end of it, we were all very cold..

After the cruise, we headed to the Sea Life Aquarium.. We checked out the website and bought tickets to both the Sea Life Aquarium and the Sydney Wildlife Zoo at AUD$165 as it was cheaper than if we were to buy the tickets off the counter (AUD$40/adult and AUD$28/child for each attraction). It was about 3.30pm when we got our tickets..

We went to the zoo first as it closes at 5pm.. We thought the aquarium closes at 7pm.. We also thought the zoo would be small and that we could finish going around in an hour or so.. 

Sigh.. We left the zoo at about 5.10pm after Jocelle did her business and realized that the aquarium would be closed at 6pm that day and the last entry was at 5pm! We were so close! Sigh.. We tried to talked to the staff to let us just go in since we were leaving the next day.. They spoke to their superior but was told they could only extend our tickets for one more day.. We had to catch a flight to Hobart the next day at 11.10am so it’s impossible for us to utilize the tickets.. I guess we shouldn’t have been so ambitious.. Anyway, lesson learnt.. We need to check the opening hours more carefully… πŸ˜‘

We then waited for the Vivid Sydney light show to begin.. But as it was too cold, we didn’t stay for too long.. We went back to finish our food and packed up as much as we could as we had to set off early the next day.. I guess that’s all for Sydney this time.. πŸ˜”

Getting Wet in Sydney

It’s been 2 days of wet weather in Sydney.. We had been hoping for the best but it seems like the weather will be wet throughout our stay here.. 

Last night, we went to Darling Harbour after lunch.. We wanted to wait for the rain to stop but we decided to just brave the rain and leave the apartment.. We took the train and walked a bit before we reached around 4 plus.. 

We hung around there for a while and waited for the Vivid Sydney light show to begin at 6pm..

While waiting, the kids asked to try the Ferris Wheel.. The 7 of us squeezed into one capsule..

After our ride, we walked a bit more but found out that the light show had been cancelled due to the bad weather.. Most locals told us this extended period of rain was unexpected.. Sigh.. Guess our luck wasn’t so good.. We decided to call it a day and made our way back..

Today, it was still raining when we set off.. We wanted to check out Sydney Opera House and The Rocks.. The rain was very heavy when we reached Martin Place Station..  We had to use ponchos to prevent ourselves from getting drenched.. Because of the heavy rain, we decided to have our lunch at McDonalds..We then booked a Sydney Opera House tour at an agency but realized we could have gotten a cheaper package if we bought a family package at $95 for 2A2C instead of paying $37/adult and $20/child.. Think that lady could have suggested this option for us..πŸ˜‘

Along the way, we took some photos with the Harbour Bridge and Opera House in our background..

Anyway, we started our tour at 3pm and it lasted for an hour.. Quite an insightful tour, I think..

After the tour, we walked over to The Rocks to check out the shops.. The rain was relentless.. Sigh.. We took a break at an eatery where the kids had some pasta while we enjoyed a slice of cake and some hot drinks..

We walked around and waited for the light show which we were told had been delayed due to some technical issues.. After waiting for a while, we finally caught the show which was supposed to be on from 6-11pm daily.. 

As the rain was getting heavier, we decided to make our way back..

We saw the light show at Customs House.. 

We wanted to take the train back but was told that the we had to take a Train Replacement Bus to Bondi Junction where our apartment is due to a fallen tree on the train tracks.. The lady who informed us about this also told us this heavy storm was unexpected..

We then took a free bus service back and I’m glad the kids were still chirpy..

Sigh.. It’s been too wet and disappointing.. We most probably can’t make it to the Blue Mountains.. Let’s pray for better weather tomorrow! 

Birthday Weekend 2016

This year, my birthday falls on a Saturday.. But since the kids got an invite from Becky for a sleepover at Festive Hotel on 27 May, hubby planned something on Friday night..

He had actually made a reservation for dinner at Loving Hut at Joo Chiat but since the kids had piano till 5.45pm and we had to drop the kids off at Festive Hotel, we decided to shift the dinner to Sat.. So we ended up having dinner with Denise, Wendy and her hubby, as well as the kids at the Korean Food Street at RWS.. A wise decision since we didn’t have to rush and there was a good variety of food which were yummy!

These were some photos Denise took.. The kids were definitely well entertained!After we sent Denise and the kids back to their room, we went on an atas movie date on Friday night.. Hee.. We went to Vivo Gold Class to watch X-Men: Apocalypse..

Hee..As I had MTP on Friday, I dozed off at one point during the show.. Hee.. But fortunately I didn’t miss much.. I find the show better than Civil War and of course much better than Batman Vs Superman.. The storyline was much better and it was action-packed! The show ended after midnight and when we reached our car park, hubby handed me my birthday present.. I kinda guessed what it was but the box was heavy and big so I was not very sure until I unwrapped the box.. It was another Apple toy to add to my collection! Hee..

Cool, right? Hee.. I couldn’t wait to explore its functions but I was too tired after a long day so I just charged it for a while..

Of course I had to wear it the next day when I met up with Denise, Wendy and the kids the following day at USS! The kids were well-fed before we met up with them..

We had a long and tiring but fun day at USS and decided to upgrade to season pass!

The kids wanted to swim with Becky and her classmate at pool at Festive Hotel but we didn’t have much time as the upgrading to our season passes took a while.. In the end, we let them take a dip in the pool for about 15min before we made our way home to shower..

We then made our way to Joo Chiat and along the way, all of us dozed off except the driver.. Hee.. I think he was trying to keep himself awake too.. Poor man!

There was quite a variety of food and we over ordered again.. 😁

The kids had kids’ meal vege penne which they both loved and a clear garden soup which we found quite bland.. The kids’ meal came with an apple juice too..

We ordered their Royal Satay ($12.90) to share.. It was good and very filling!I ordered Tomyum soup ($12.90) which was yummy!! It came with a bowl of rice which I couldn’t finish.Hubby’s Penang laksa was rather disappointing though.. Hubby also ordered a coconut drink to cool him down..I was stuffed but the kids insisted that there must be a cake on my birthday so we ordered a slice of chocolate cheese pie.. They even asked for a candle! Hee..

Had a good time this birthday weekend and I’m counting my blessings every day to have these lovely people in my life! Happy birthday to me!! πŸ˜‰

Mother’s Day Breakfast

Got an invitation from the girl’s ccc to attend a Mother’s Day breakfast on 6 May.. Event was from 8-9am and it’s only open to K2 mummies..

I decided to try to apply for time off since it’s an exam day and there would be no teaching and I would probably be involved in invigilation duties only.. Girl was enthusiastic about this and since this is the last year for me to take part in the event, I decided to try my luck.. And I successfully applied for time off! I didn’t want to take the whole day off since I had to stay for common marking in the afternoon.. Just had to be back by 9.30am..

Girl was very excited.. Kept telling me she wished every day was Mother’s Day! She told me we would be making sandwiches together but I didn’t have to lift a finger as Teacher Lorraine was the one who prepared the sandwich.. 

I was given a crown which was colored and cut by Jocelle.. Then I was served a cup of milo.. Glad to see Zining’s mum as we could chat.. Haha.. We took some photos before we had our sandwich.. 

Then I got a card from my dear daughter.. 

I guess she’s one fortunate girl who has been to many countries at a young age.. So much more fortunate than me! I’m glad she’s appreciative!

She was very happy and was busy taking videos and even selfies while I chatted with ZN’s mum..

We then took a group photos before I left for work..

It’s a simple affair but I’m glad I could make it and make my girl happy! 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mummies out there!