We were in the East Coast area 2 Sundays ago so we checked out Rabbit Carrot Gun, a quaint little British cafe. I like how they have kept the mosaic tiled floor and some old bits of the place. The interior is bright and airy, and the mismatched chairs and checked fabric cushion seats give the place a comfy vibe.
The food is simple, but generally satisfying. Adrian ordered his usual brekkie with everything, in this case, the Game Keepers Shooting breakfast. Anya had the Children’s Breakfast which consists of toast, eggs (scrambled or fried) and bacon or sausage. The sausage looks ugly but is actually rather tasty and not gristly. I had the Eggs Benedict but they forgot my order so I only got my food when the others were done with theirs! (Digression: I always have the worst luck with food. Either what I want to order is not available, or my order is the last to arrive, or my order gets completely forgotten!)
The desserts look really good so it’s a pity we didn’t have much space in our tummies. We shared a lamington and it was yummy! Definitely worth eating. Rabbit Carrot Gun is a nice place to slow down and relax if you live in the area, but it’s a bit out of the way for us so we’ll probably be sticking to Nibbles by Rabbit Carrot Gun at Pasar Bella.
looks good from the outside too
vintage kiddy ride
love how they kept some old bits of decor
rabbit orchids pot
iced latte and carrot juice
Rabbit Carrot Gun
Game Keepers Shooting Breakfast
digging into the lamington
The Flights of Fantasy parade is my favourite bit of the whole Hong Kong Disneyland experience. I love the catchy music, the elaborate costumes, the energetic dancers, the colourful floats, EVERYTHING! It’s simply perfect.
Anya was invited to take part in the mini princess parade where the little girls who are dressed like princesses have a special row of chairs set up for them with an unblocked view of the Flights of Fantasy parade. They get special name tags and have umbrellas to shield them from the blazing hot sun. The mummies get to stand behind the princesses and bake in the heat!
We didn’t have such a good view of the parade the last time we were at Hong Kong Disneyland so Anya really enjoyed herself this time! She was stoked that the princess float was parked right in front of the mini princesses for such a long time with Cinderella so close that she could wave and smile at her.
mini princess parade
pretty maidens in a row
little umbrellas for the princesses
here comes Dumbo!
excellent view of the parade
waiting for the Mickey float to approach
everybody’s favourite characters!
bouncy tiger dancers
super cute float
dancers springing up and down
the float the mini princesses have all been waiting for!
they are here!
Anya’s favourite character
the guy inside must be roasting in that costume
cute ladybird vehicles
love the Toy Story float
caught up with the princess float again
good old kumquat
Kumquat is the Nissan Qashqai +2 that has served our family very well for the last three years. (By the way, ‘Kumquat’ because that’s Jeremy Clarkson’s nickname for the car in an episode of Top Gear.) But we need a bit more space soon so we started looking for a new old car a couple of weeks ago. Knowing how fast Adrian works once he sets his mind on something, I insisted on taking a family photo with Kumquat 2 Sundays ago even though it was drizzling. I’ll really miss Kumquat because it’s the car that’s been with us the longest out of all the cars we’ve had since we got married. I hope he’s treated well by his next owner!
our new ride, Henry
Henry is our new old car. He’s about the same age as Kumquat and almost exactly the same colour but significantly more spacious inside. He’s called Henry because he’s a Mazda 8 (Henry VIII, get it? We have a very
strange unique sense of humour…) I’m loving the sliding doors, the different air-conditioning temperature settings for the driver and front seat passengers, the space to put all our barang (like cups and bottles and phones), and the fact that we can start giving lifts to people now that there’s more room. I think Henry’s going to be with us for a while! Welcome to the family.
I know lots of kids (mainly boys) who LOVE dinosaurs and the new Titans of the Past – Dinosaurs & Ice Age Mammals exhibition at the Science Centre will totally knock their socks off!
Titans of the Past
We attended a preview of the exhibition last Thursday and there were lots of fun activities for the kids. From balloon sculpting to body painting and airbrush tattoos, there was so much to entertain the kids even before we even entered the exhibition!
whispering in N’s ear
with their dinosaur balloon sculptures
getting a rainbow dino on her arm
The 3,000 square metres exhibition features two international travelling dinosaur exhibitions from The Museum of the Rockies (MOR), USA Montana and Aurea Exhibitions, Argentina. The exhibition from MOR was developed by world renowned paleontologist Dr Jack Horner (technical advisor for the Jurassic Park movies!). There are real fossils (including the largest T-Rex skull ever found), replicas and state-of-the art animatronics.
checking out the development of the Triceratops skull
learning why dinosaurs sounded different at different stages of life
this dinosaur was pregnant when it died!
very impressive T-Rex skull
Anya was frightened of this T-Rex
little dino experts at work
making little dino hats
Ice Age animals
Titans of the Past is an impressive exhibition that’s worth visiting. Anya is not particularly interested in dinosaurs but she really enjoyed the exhibition so I’m planning a return visit with Adam!. We have been watching Ice Age at home so he’ll really appreciate seeing the animals at their actual size!
The Titans of the Past exhibition runs till 23 February 2014 at the Science Centre Annexe from 10am to 6pm. Inclusive of admission to the Science Centre, it’s $25 for Adults and $19 for Children (3-12 years old). Plan to spend at least 2 hours there!
do not feed the Anyasaurus!
We dragged the kids down to Ultimate Hawker Fest 2013 at Millenia Walk 2 Saturdays ago. The stalls there were handpicked by Dr Leslie Tay of ieatishootipost and is a charity event in support of over 28,000 beneficiaries of TOUCH Community Services. The event was well set up, with lots of tables to stand at and several garbage disposal points that were cleared very regularly. My only grouse is that the very popular stalls ran out of food before I could get any! Would have been nice to have more drink stalls as well since there was only Coke and coconut juice (which had a long queue).
Ultimate Hawker Fest at Millenia Walk
The Sam Willows
pumpkin prawns by Siang Hee Seafood
langoustine kueh pie tee by Chef Then of Orchard Hotel
durian pengat that accompanied the kueh pie tee
beef rendang nasi padang by Rumah Makan Minang
pork jowl char siew by Fatty Cheong
ngor hiang by China Street Fritters
Adam being a grump
Last Saturday we attended a Mister Maker-themed Halloween art & craft session by CBeebies Club. Anya likes to get crafty and I like it when I don’t have to worry about preparing the materials or cleaning up! It was also nice to see a few familiar faces at the session.
our crafts for the day
Our crafts for that day were a hairy spider and a felt pumpkin. The spider is made by winding wool around a piece of cardboard, tying the ball of wool around the middle and again on the other side, cutting the strands on the outside to make the ball ‘fluffy’ and then inserting pipe cleaners for the legs and sticking on felt shapes for the features. Anya liked her spider so much she decided to wear it like a necklace!
winding the wool for her spider
making her spider fluffy
gluing on the facial features
pretending to be scared of her spider
she thought it’d be funny to add eyebrows
yay, a picture of me!
We were given the materials for the pumpkin (hint: there’s a tetra pak in there to give the pumpkin its shape!) and had the option of making it there or taking the materials home. Anya decided to make the pumpkin at home and started on her spooky snacks instead. It was a really fun session and we had a great time. Looking forward to future CBeebies Club activities!
three sweet little girls
We made it to Grub on Hari Raya and were just in time to get the last available table. The people behind us in the queue had to wait about an hour for a table. We still had to wait quite a bit for our food so the kids and I went to play while Adrian stayed and chit-chatted with a friend he bumped into.
I really like to let the kids run around outdoors whenever possible to get some fresh air and be with nature but Singapore is often too hot or too rainy. So we took advantage of the cool weather that evening to climb rocks, run around, and look at plants and the little creatures under the rocks.
Adam loves dogs but doesn’t really know how to be gentle with them yet. We saw this little fellow running around and the owners were nice enough to let Adam sit with the dog and manhandle it. When they had to leave, Adam crossed his arms and declared, “I’m so angry with Dog!”, then started crying and tearfully said, “I want Dog!” My poor little sweetheart!
After dinner (and after cleaning lots of chocolate from our churros dessert off Adam), we let the kids scoot around for a bit. Anya’s pretty good at scooting but likes it when one of us follows her around as she scoots. Adam’s still getting the hang of using one foot to move himself around so he was mainly enjoying the ride while being pushed around.
Give me a cool evening in the park over air-conditioning in the shopping mall any time. I love to watch the kids having fun running and climbing and playing. Can’t wait to go to Bishan Park again!