Monthly Archives: June 2013

Anya’s First Solo Performance

A few weeks ago, Anya’s piano teacher told us that there would be a mini performance coming up for some of the students to perform in front of parents and other students. She asked if Anya would like to take part as well and we told her Anya wasn’t really comfortable with performing in front of others. Surprisingly though, Anya agreed to perform and she played two little tunes – Mrs White had a Fright and Hot Cross Buns – in front of a small audience.

She was the youngest one there and she went last. I thought she would chicken out before her turn, especially since a much older boy sat down at the piano and burst into hysterical tears after playing a few notes. I think I was more nervous than her though! She went through the performance very seriously but finished it without a hitch. So proud of her!

Two screenshots from the video of the performance:

introducing herself before the performance

introducing herself before the performance

playing seriously

playing seriously

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Children’s Season 2013 at Police Heritage Centre

It’s quite difficult getting a slot for the Children’s Season programme at the Police Heritage Centre. There aren’t that many slots to begin with and you have to make an appointment to get a slot. They don’t respond readily to emails or phone calls either. And when you do get a slot, you need to submit the full names and IC numbers of those who are attending. Somehow, Selena managed to sign the kids up for one of the slots and my aunt kindly took Anya there because I had a meeting to attend.

I think there’s lots they can do to make it more kid-friendly! My aunt said the kids were not allowed to touch most of the things there and were not supposed to make noise. Surely there are many interesting hands-on activities they can plan for kids at a police heritage centre! I think the highlight of the programme was when the kids got to dress up as little police officers. Here are some photos that my aunt took. Anya is dressed in a raggedy manner because she stayed over at my mum’s and didn’t have any clothes there!

making her way there with E

making her way there with E

waiting for the briefing

waiting for the briefing

practising her salute

practising her salute

AD was there too

AD was there too

contemplating a career as a police officer

contemplating a career as a police officer

with a friendly police man

with a friendly police man

big smiles

big smiles

four-armed police officer

four-armed police officer

the cousins

the cousins

Anya the Little Red Hen

We signed Anya up for a Chinese theatre holiday camp with Apple Pie Language and it was conducted in her school over 3 mornings during the first week of the school holidays. I wasn’t sure if she would like the class because she gets very self-conscious when she has to perform in front of other people and there was a mini performance scheduled for the last day of the camp.

When I went to watch the performance, she looked very excited and she was dressed as one of the hens. The hens got to stand in front and had the most singing/ dancing of the different groups of animals. She was performing confidently and she said she enjoyed the holiday camp so I was really happy!

teachers prepping the kids

teachers prepping the kids

lining up to come in

lining up to come in

screenshot of performance

screenshot of performance

at the end of the performance

at the end of the performance

my little chickadee

my little chickadee

with her (boy)friend

with her (boy)friend

Family Day at Universal Studios

We went to Universal Studios a few days before leaving for our holiday! It was our first time there as a family of four. There weren’t many rides for Adam to take but we still had fun and the weather was cool. I’m glad they added the Sesame Street bit to USS because the little ones love it!

Anya used to be quite frightened of the loud noises during the Waterworld show but she’s fine with it now. Good to see that Adam took it quite well and didn’t insist on being carried elsewhere!

Anya and baby doll Shan

Anya and baby doll Shan

waiting forlornly while his sister takes a ride

waiting forlornly while his sister takes a ride

ridiculously excited about an Elmo cushion

ridiculously excited about an Elmo cushion

at the gift shop

at the gift shop

Sesame St live show

Sesame St live show

pretending to be on a rollercoaster

pretending to be on a rollercoaster

moving dino

moving dino

flying at Jurassic Park

flying at Jurassic Park

empty Goldilocks fried chicken!

empty Goldilocks fried chicken!

sitting on the throne

sitting on the throne

taking a Potions spin

taking a Potions spin

with Prince Charming

with Prince Charming

WaterWorld guy

WaterWorld guy

my favourite bit of the show

my favourite bit of the show

King Julien

King Julien

the diabolical penguins

the diabolical penguins

one of the only rides for Adam

one of the only rides for Adam

grinning away

grinning away

with Pinnochio

with Pinnochio

with Shrek and Fiona

with Shrek and Fiona

Adrian and Anya on the mini rollercoaster

Adrian and Anya on the mini rollercoaster

zooming by

zooming by

Eat Play Love Cafe

Finally made it to Eat Play Love cafe at Aliwal St after hearing so much about it! We were there on a drizzly Friday evening and the place was quite empty at that hour. We paid for the kids to craft for 2 hours ($5) and allowed them to run wild at the craft area.

I love that the place is so bright and colourful, and the little knick knacks and decorations make the cafe so charming. The craft area is set up with all the craft materials a kid could possibly want for a simple session. Additional craft materials such as a doll kit or shrinky dink plastic can be purchased and used on the spot.

The menu is another big plus for me. I greatly approve of any place that has both chicken macaroni and tom yum on the menu. Of course, they have other food like burgers and such as well. They are introducing a children’s menu soon!

Eat Play Love is really kid-friendly but I’m looking for an opportunity to go back sans kids so I can sit down for a crafting session of my own! Can’t wait! :)

Eat Play Love

Eat Play Love

colourful posters on the wall

colourful posters on the wall

loads of crafting materials

loads of crafting materials

additional crafting kits for sale

additional crafting kits for sale

another crafting corner

another crafting corner

shrinky dink jewellery

shrinky dink jewellery

old school snacks

old school snacks

making a pasta necklace

making a pasta necklace

perfect rainy day for tom yum

perfect rainy day for tom yum

tasty chicken macaroni

tasty chicken macaroni

Nutella banana waffle

Nutella banana waffle

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with their pasta necklaces and other assorted bits

with their pasta necklaces and other assorted bits

love!

love!

Eat Play Love is at 28 Aliwal St #01-07 Aliwal Arts Centre. They are open from 12 to 10pm everyday except Tuesday.

Island Adventures 2013 at National Museum of Singapore

We absolutely LOVED Island Adventures at National Museum of Singapore last year. This year’s Island Adventures programme, however, is a lot less interesting. Unlike last year when there were many hands-on displays and activities, this year’s Island Adventures occupied just a small area.

Kids could pretend to be hawkers and serve up popular local dishes such as nasi lemak or laksa, or assume the role of a tailor and put together an outfit. Sounds interesting? The execution was not very exciting or imaginative though. The activities mainly consist of sticking flat, magnetic pieces onto a magnetic surface. The actions of moving magnetic pieces around and positioning them don’t represent the act of cooking or sewing very well.

I didn’t like that the artefacts were all behind glass cases where the kids could only look but not touch. Not very interactive at all especially when compared to last year’s programme. I guess the programme last year gave me unnaturally high expectations? Anya enjoyed the storytelling session very much though!

at the museum

at the museum

cooking up a Singaporean dish

cooking up a Singaporean dish

nasi lemak

nasi lemak

char kway teow

char kway teow

laksa

laksa

putting an outfit together

putting an outfit together

modelling the outfit

modelling the outfit

in a sari

in a sari

looking at some photography thing

looking at some photography thing

storytelling session

storytelling session

amused children

amused children

There’s an optional craft kit that can be purchased. The craft kit contains materials for the kids to design an outfit, decorate a wayang headdress, make anĀ ang ku kueh, and stick food stickers onto an image of a plate. Without the craft kit, the visit would have been a lot less interesting.

Even trying to buy the craft kit was a minor obstacle. I tried to get it from the table outside the activity room where the craft kits were displayed, but was told to go to the ticket counter near the entrance to buy a ticket, then come back to the table to collect the craft kit from the table. There were some school groups there so the people on duty tried to discourage us from going into the activity room so it was all a bit annoying.

decorating her headdress

decorating her headdress

making ang ku kueh

making ang ku kueh

ta da!

ta da!

cutting out a shirt

cutting out a shirt

measuring some pants

measuring some pants

decorating the outfit

decorating the outfit

Island Adventures 2013

Island Adventures 2013

Island Adventures is at National Museum of Singapore until July 21st. Admission is free. The optional craft kit is $5. There are roving acts and storytellers on certain days so check the programme for more information.

My Tree House – World’s First Green Library for Kids

We went to check out My Tree House at Central Library last Friday. It is supposedly the world’s first green library for kids! The environmental sustainability of the library is not just in the design and use of materials but also in the collection and programming. For example, the ‘canopy’ of the tree house centrepiece is created from 3,000 recycled plastic bottles collected from the public.

30% of the books in My Tree House focus on green topics like nature, the environment, and climate change while the other 70% are related to the theme of the enchanted forest. My favourite part of the library is the collection of non-fiction books for children targeted at specific age groups! I have problems answering some of Anya’s questions in a way that she would understand so the books really help with that.

Another interesting feature is the Weather Stump. It displays weather data (temperature, wind speed, wind direction and rainfall) collected at 5-minute intervals from the weather station at Marina Barrage. Really quite fascinating!

My Tree House

My Tree House

the centrepiece and the canopy

the centrepiece and the canopy

story time

story time

love the design of the library

love the design of the library

Chinese, bilingual, hanyu pinyin books

Chinese, bilingual, hanyu pinyin books

weather stump

weather stump

non-fiction section

non-fiction section

interesting non-fiction books!

interesting non-fiction books!