Monthly Archives: June 2011

Tony Roma’s

Yes, I’m still blogging about my birthday. On Sunday, we had lunch with Adrian’s parents and sister at Tony Roma’s after church to celebrate my birthday and also a belated Father’s Day since we were in KL then.

More than 10 years ago, I was a waitress at Tony Roma’s (the Suntec City branch) along with Qi and Vonnie for a few months after our ‘A’ Levels. It was tough because the plates were really heavy and we were expected to carry a few at a time. For $5 an hour, it was really not worth it. But it was a pretty good experience since the other people working there were mostly very nice. So anyway, Tony Roma’s is comfort food for me; I know what I like to eat there and I always order the same things. :)

Adrian giving Anya a crayon tattoo before lunch

warm, soft bread with herb butter

baked potato soup

half onion loaf

appetiser sampler

Roma feast

Anya chomping on corn

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Playground at Spruce

We had dinner with Debs and Simon at Spruce for my birthday. We haven’t been there in ages and it was our first time at Spruce for something other than brunch. The food was pretty good. The last time we were there, Anya was way too tiny for the playground but now it’s the perfect size for her!

Children’s Season: Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research

Anya is afraid of several creatures, such as cockroaches, lizards, rats, turtles, snakes and lobsters. These and more are all found at Raffles Museum! I didn’t think she would like the museum very much but I wanted to go so I played the “but it’s my birthday!” card and dragged the two of them along with me. Fortunately, Anya was quite excited to walk around and look at all the insects and animals after we assured her that they were all very dead. In fact, the only thing she wasn’t too fond of was a large pair of water buffalo horns.

There were several activities going on for kids to take part in like a slideshow and quiz, face-painting, mask-making and button-making. Anya chose a picture of bracket fungus to colour and make into a button. I was actually quite glad that each activity required a small donation so there wasn’t the situation of tons of children/ parents trying to take advantage and overwhelming the volunteers like at some other Children’s Season events.

Overall, it was a fun visit and even Adrian had to admit that it was interesting. Heh.

checking out the starfish

lots of insects!

super long king cobra that was found at SICC

lions & tigers & bears, oh my!

Anya liked the monkeys

button-making station

colouring in her bracket fungus

Another year older…

It’s my birthday today and we had a rather full day! We started with breakfast at Jones the Grocer at Dempsey and then made our way to Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research at NUS for their Children’s Season programme. After a nap back home, we went to Little India and had thosai and Indian rojak before browsing around Mustafa Centre. We ended the day with dinner and cake at Spruce with Debs and Simon.

Happy birthday to me! :)

Children’s Season: Once Upon Another Time at NLB Building

We had a bit of time before meeting Adrian for dinner on Wednesday so we popped over to the NLB building because I remembered that they had something on for Children’s Season as well. Honestly, the Once Upon Another Time event was the most boring thing ever because there was absolutely nothing going on there. Maybe it was because we got there at 5.15pm and the event (if you can even call it that) was supposed to end at 6pm.

Anyway, there were large story panels which had fairy tale mash-ups such as one about the Big Bad Wolf, Humpty Dumpty and the three bears. There was also a story which was an Asian version of Pinnochio + The Boy Who Cried Wolf where villagers were busy making rangoli patterns but the girl who was supposed to be watching out for rain kept lying that a storm was coming and her nose kept getting longer, etc. Related to that story were some plastic sheets with rangoli patterns that kids could colour in with crayons and that was the only activity for kids. I read somewhere that there were storytelling sessions but there wasn’t any info available as far as I could see.

I think that as the National Library, there’s so much they can do to excite and engage kids so the lack of effort was appalling especially in comparison with what the other organisations are doing for Children’s Season. So disappointing! I would write it off as a complete waste of time except that Anya was quite happy colouring rangoli and listening to me read the different stories to her.

a house made from pandan chiffon cake

story about an evil man who lives in the pandan cake house

something about Big Bad Wolf and Humpty Dumpty

Anya says that she’s Humpty Dumpty

colouring the rangoli

flowers with poetry and some facts about fairytales

Children’s Play Pool at NSRCC

We joined Selena and family at the children’s play pool at NSRCC yesterday. It’s a much smaller water playground as compared to the one at the zoo but it’s also significantly less crowded. We had a splashing good time and after lots of running around, we went to fill our tummies with dim sum at the Jumbo seafood restaurant.

children’s play pool

stepping on the jets of water

splashing water at her helpless mother

“stand over there so I can shoot water at you!”

“aeroplane!! up in the air!!” (repeat every 5 minutes)

minor tussling over toys and floats

Ellery just chilling

so hard to take a photo of the 3 of them together!