Adam’s School Excursion – Doughworkz by Pastamania

Accompanied Adam on his very first school excursion and it was a pizza-making session at Pastamania. There was a PowerPoint presentation about the history of pizza and pasta but the 3-year-olds didn’t really appreciate it and just wanted to get their hands on the pizza ingredients.

The kids needed help with stretching and prepping the dough for the pizza base but were able to spread the tomato paste and put the toppings on. Adam ate quite a bit of the toppings before the pizza was sent to the oven for baking! He’s not usually the pizza-eating sort but he must have been really proud of the pizza he made because he ate about half of it.

Some of the kids starting falling asleep near the end of the programme and a few more collapsed in the bus on the way back to school. Adam nearly dozed off in the cab on our way home but I kept him awake because I couldn’t carry him and the baby at the same time. He had a solid 3-hour nap when we got home!

Adam volunteered to ring the bell

Adam volunteered to ring the bell

dressed for the part

dressed for the part

squishing the dough

squishing the dough

spreading the tomato paste

spreading the tomato paste

adding the toppings

adding the toppings

ate lots of toppings off the unbaked pizza!

ate lots of toppings off the unbaked pizza!

pleased with his creation

pleased with his creation

pizza's done

pizza’s done

time to eat

time to eat

David is 3 Months Old!

David 3 months

My littlest one, you are 3 months old today! It’s been a tiring 3 months for me. You need to be fed every 2 hours, even at night! Only very recently, you decided that you would sleep 4 hours at a stretch at night. Thank God for that. But your daytime sleeping has gotten worse! You take ages to fall asleep then wake up soon after. On certain days, I barely have time to do anything productive.

You sleep slightly better when we are on the go, so I use that as an excuse to gallivant everywhere with you in the baby carrier. But you only sleep if I’m walking around so you tend to fuss and cry when we’re on the bus. As a result, we get quite a few people offering unsolicited advice on how to stop your crying!

Even though you are only 3 months old, you have already been to Ho Chi Minh City and Taipei, and will be heading to Penang soon. You won’t remember anything about these trips but where I go, you go too. You’re basically glued to me until I return to work.

Your siblings adore you and want to plaster you with little kisses whenever they can. Your sister prefers you to her other brother, but I think it’s because you don’t fight with her over toys. Your brother seems to think you are some sort of adorable pet and doesn’t understand why I need to be taking care of you when he wants my attention.

You tend to look quite serious most of the time with your brows constantly knitted in concentration. But you have been a lot more smiley recently and you have the most adorable smile! My heart melts whenever you flash me a toothless grin and I forget how tired and frustrated I am. You are also very talkative and like to coo and gurgle and make random talking noises. I’m quite sure I heard you say ‘hello’ to a lady in the lift today and it freaked me out!

I only have 2.5 months before I return to work and I won’t be able to spend 24/7 with your awesome baby squishiness anymore. So for now, it’s just you and me most of the time and I really want to cherish the moments! Love you, my little sweetheart!

Arbite at Serangoon Gardens

Adrian had to go to the club last weekend so we decided to explore our dining options in the North. We decided on Arbite at Serangoon Gardens but almost changed our mind about going because parking was a nightmare! Just as we were thinking of leaving the area and heading elsewhere, we managed to get a lot.

Arbite wasn’t very packed when we got there but there were quite a few tables with ‘Reserved’ signs and the place started filling up while we were eating. There were 3 or 4 servers working but I think most of them must be new because they looked somewhat clueless and kept having to check with the supervisor whenever they weren’t sure about something. For example, the table next to us asked for black pepper and the server went to ask the supervisor where it was even though it was in plain sight with the other condiments.

Arbite

Arbite

Adrian & Baby D

Adrian & Baby D

The food was good though. Adrian ordered his usual breakfast platter and it came with scrambled eggs, bacon, baked beans, grilled tomato, smoked chili & chicken sausage, mushrooms, brioche and pommes noisettes. He was very pleased with it and ranked it in the top 5 of all the breakfast platters he’s had. The coffee was only so-so.

I had the Duck & Eggs, which was poached eggs, duck rillette, Hollandaise sauce, jalapenos, cheese, muffin and greens. It was nice, but I was hoping for a stronger jalapeno flavour to come through. I could only taste jalapeno in one particular bite that I took.

I decided to have My Wife’s Chocolate Cake for dessert but it was such a disappointment. It looked good but was too dry. Maybe things would have gone better with the Gula Melaka Tiramisu or the Chocolate Yuzu Fondant!

Arbite Breakfast

Arbite Breakfast

Duck & Eggs

Duck & Eggs

My Wife's Chocolate Cake

My Wife’s Chocolate Cake

Arbite
66A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555962. 
Tel: 62870430
Tue – Fri, 11.30 am – 3.00 pm, 6.00pm – 10.30pm
Sat – Sun 11.00 am – 10.30 pm 
Closed on Mondays 

You say “Goodbye” and I say “Hello, hello, hello”

The Groovy Giraffe

The Groovy Giraffe is saying GOODBYE to their Lifestyle category and HELLO to the latest range of products from WINKtoLEARN.

To celebrate this happy occasion, they are giving you a 20% discount for all the products in both these categories! This means all your favourite WINKtoLEARN products as well as your favourite books from Coffee Table, Parenting, Comics, Health, Self-Help, Novels, Crafts and Cookbooks categories are all at 20% off!

Simply key in the coupon code “wave” to enjoy the discount at checkout. Valid till end of April (30 April 2014).

I don’t know about you but I think it’s the perfect time to buy some cookbooks! My sister’s been baking a lot lately and she has asked me to get her a baking cookbook for her birthday. I think she might enjoy Amy’s Bread: Artisan-Style Breads, Sandwiches, Pizzas, And More From New York City’s Favorite Bakery.

Amy's Bread

I am also eyeing Baking with Tiny Tots: Over 50 Easy Recipes for Young Children to Enjoy Making because Anya has expressed interest in baking. Maybe we’ll be able to bake something together during the June holidays.

baking

Shop now at The Groovy Giraffe!

Miffy & Tulipmania at Gardens by the Bay

Tulipmania is back! Visitors to Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay from 14 April – 4 May will be able to see a display featuring Dutch canal scenes, houses and windmills set in the midst of 50,000 gorgeous tulips. The tulip bulbs are flown in from The Netherlands and are in red, yellow, orange, purple and white. To make things even more magical, for the first time in conjunction with Tulipmania, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will be flying in Miffy, the beloved Dutch rabbit!

We were invited to plant tulip bulbs with Miffy in preparation for Tulipmania. Sengkang Babies and Cheekiemonkies were there too! It was hard work loosening up the compost and transferring it to the trough before planting the tulip bulbs. Anya enjoyed the process and was happy to use her hands to pat the compost into place around the base of the tulip bulbs. She did her very best to handle the tulip bulbs with tender loving care and to ensure that they were straight and spaced out nicely.

getting ready to plant the tulip bulbs

getting ready to plant the tulip bulbs

putting compost into the trough

putting compost into the trough

making sure there's enough space between the bulbs

making sure there’s enough space between the bulbs

our final product

our final product

After planting the tulip bulbs, we went outside to wait for Miffy’s arrival. I must confess that I think Miffy is adorable and I was really looking forward to seeing her. When she appeared, I gave a rather undignified squeal of excitement! Anya was so delighted to see Miffy that she kept following her around and even hid behind Miffy when the other visitors were taking photos with the bunny.

waiting for Miffy

waiting for Miffy with the girls from Cheekiemonkies and Sengkang Babies

talking to Miffy

talking to Miffy

finally get to take a photo with the adorable Miffy

finally got to take a photo with the adorable Miffy

clinging on to Miffy

clinging on to Miffy

'helping' to plant tulips

‘helping’ to plant tulips

Miffy from above

Miffy from above

Miffy posing for photos

Miffy posing for photos

I can’t wait to see the tulips in bloom and I’m definitely making my way down to Gardens by the Bay next week for Tulipmania! Miffy will be at Gardens by the Bay again on 20 April for an Easter egg hunt and 26 April for the Tulip Cheer Orange Day Celebrations. If you are keen to meet her, be sure to check the KLM Facebook page and the Gardens by the Bay website and Facebook page for more information! Gardens by the Bay is also running a photography competition in partnership with Canon, and details can be found here.

Easter Egg Hunt with Miffy 
Date: Sunday, 20 April

Egg Hunt Sessions
11am – 12pm (Registration opens 10:30-10:45)
1pm – 2pm (Registration opens 12:30-12:45)
3pm – 4pm (Registration opens 2:30-2:45)

Eligibility: Children 3 – 12 Years Old (3 – 6 years old need one parent to supervise)
Registration will be done in Flower Dome. Admission charges to the Cooled Conservatories apply.

‘Tulip Cheer’
Date: Saturday 26 April at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM

 

Stirling Highway at Ridgewood Condominium

I’ve been meaning to visit Stirling Highway for some time and finally got around to it on Saturday. We only had the baby with us because the kids were busy meeting and greeting the Prime Minister over at the Clementi Arts & Culture Festival so it was a chill brunch.

I have a thing for sweet-salty combinations so I ordered the pulled pork buttermilk pancakes with Jack Daniel’s-infused maple syrup. It was really good and I wolfed down everything! The pancakes were fluffy and the pulled pork was melt-in-the-mouth tender. I also had the mocha and it was very chocolatey and comforting.

Adrian had the breakfast platter with Portobello mushroom, two eggs of your choice, sausage, bacon and bread. It was quite decent and he particularly liked the garlicky mushrooms. I appreciated the generous serving of greens and tomatoes in the platter.

Stirling Highway is at a convenient location for us so we’ll probably be back to try their lunch and dinner offerings and the desserts!

Stirling Highway

Stirling Highway

chocolatey mocha

chocolatey mocha

pulled pork pancakes

pulled pork pancakes

brekkie platter

brekkie platter

Huggies Ultra Pants

When David was born, the hospital we were staying at was using Huggies diapers to keep his little tush dry and comfortable. Coincidentally, some of my friends who came to visit also brought along Huggies diaper-pants as a welcome gift for the baby. So we have been using Huggies ever since and we are currently trying out the new Huggies Ultra Pants! According to Huggies, this new improved range of Ultra Pants is their best product in the history of their diaper-pants and pants range.  After trying it, this is what we think:

Adam all comfy in his Huggies Ultra Pants

David all comfy in his Huggies Ultra Pants

fits well around the legs and waist

fits well around the legs and waist

size clearly marked out on the back

size clearly marked out on the back

side of the diaper

side of the diaper

Why we love the new Huggies Ultra Pants

  • David is in between diaper sizes at the moment so he’s wearing size M. It fits well around his waist and thighs; neither too snug to cause discomfort nor too loose to result in leakage. More importantly, the diaper-pants fits uniformly both in front and at the back so I don’t have to worry about leakage whether he’s sleeping on his tummy (while supervised, of course) or on his back. With a regular diaper-pants, there were a few nights in a row when I had to change his diaper-pants, clothes and the sheets in the middle of the night because the diaper-pants at the area he was sleeping on was adjusted too low.
  • The front of the diaper-pants is marked with the word ‘front’. This may seem like a minor detail but when you are in a hurry or bleary from lack of sleep, you don’t want to have to consult the diaper packaging to see if the blue lines on the diaper-pants indicate the front or the back which is the problem I had with other brands!
  • The diaper-pants size is clearly indicated on the back of the diaper-pants. Very important in a household with more than one child on diaper-pants (like mine!) and you have slightly different sizes of the same type of diaper-pants lying around.
  • The diaper-pants is easy to put on and easy to remove. A key point for me because David has reflux and gets very uncomfortable lying down on his back for too long immediately after a feed which is usually when I need to change his diaper-pants. The sides of the diaper-pants are very secure and won’t pop open or be ripped open by baby, but are designed in such a way that I can open them easily when it’s time to change him.
  • Huggies Ultra Pants are highly absorbent with a large absorbent area. David is quite chubby so I need a diaper-pants that covers his bum generously so I don’t have to worry about leakage from the sides of a skimpy diaper-pants. The high absorbency means that when he decides to sleep longer than usual, I don’t have to attempt a diaper change and risk waking him up! I’m sure all parents know what I’m talking about!
large absorbent core

large absorbent core

velcro sides

velcro sides

wraps up neatly for disposal

wraps up neatly for disposal

FREE SAMPLE! :)

It’s always useful to be able to try before you buy, so if you want to experience the new Huggies Ultra Pants for yourself, simply go to Huggies.com.sg and sign up for your free Huggies Pack today.

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