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Paddy Hills

So the other day we were looking for a place to have breakfast before heading to Children’s Centre for Creativity at Gillman Barracks and a friend of mine suggested Paddy Hills at South Buona Vista Rd. The address sounded really familiar but we couldn’t figure out why until we arrived at our destination – it’s where our favourite duck rice place used to be!

I like that they open at a decent time on weekends because so many cafes only open at 10 or 11 am these days. The place gets lots of natural light and the food is very photogenic and Instagram-able. The menu is interesting, the coffee is good, and the hot chocolate is awesome. They have a good number of high chairs for babies/ kids as well as children plates and cutlery.

However, they are quite expensive. The kids had 3 Little Pillows ($22) and it was pancakes with berry soup, yuzu sorbet, and goodness knows what else. It was so fancy that Adrian remarked that it reminded him of a Balinese spa. We also had Hash Hash ($24) and the beef shank tasted good but wasn’t particularly filling. Adrian wanted his usual hearty big breakfast but there wasn’t anything like that on the menu.

The staff could have had a bit more initiative. I walked in with three kids (Adrian was parking) and there were only a couple of tables occupied at that time. They saw me coming in but didn’t get me a table so I dragged two tables together by myself while carrying the baby. They also didn’t offer us children’s cutlery until we asked if they had any. Since my kids just need boring old pancakes with maple syrup, Adrian wants his Big Breakfast, and I’m after Eggs Ben, we probably won’t be going back there for breakfast again. Still open to trying lunch or dinner there though!

fooling around while waiting for food

fooling around while waiting for food

hot chocolate

hot chocolate

Hash Hash

Hash Hash

3 Little Pillows

3 Little Pillows

secret message that appears midway

secret message that appears midway

murdering the pancakes

murdering the pancakes

great light in the cafe

great light in the cafe

posing outside

posing outside


Paddy Hills
38 South Buona Vista Rd
6479 0800
contact@paddyhills.com.sg
Weekday 10.30 am – 5 pm; Weekend 9 am – 5 pm; Dinner 6 – 9.30 pm daily

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Open House 2015 – Adam’s Faces

Adam’s class did their project work on faces! They made many different kinds of faces such as balloon faces stuffed with flour, animal faces made of clay, paper thaumatrope faces, silhouette printing, papier mache faces, and so many more! The whole class worked together to make a giant face and they also put up a performance and they sang two action songs

Part of the Open House involved raising money for charity. In Adam’s class, there were some paintings on display that were painted by the students and these paintings were up for auction. We were admiring them and remarking that some of the kids could paint so well. Then we discovered that one of the pictures (of a yellow cat in a blue shirt) was done by Adam! We were pleasantly surprised because we weren’t aware that he had any artistic inclination. I’m sure he had a lot of help from his teachers but we were very proud of his work (and of course we bid for his painting).

giant face made by the entire class

giant face made by the entire class

thaumatrope faces

thaumatrope faces (facial features are on different sides and you are supposed to spin it to see the whole face)

masks

Chinese opera masks

robot faces

robot faces

expressions

facial expressions

Adam's art piece

Adam’s art piece

Open House 2015 – Anya’s Puppets

Every year, the kids in nursery and up are given a theme for Project Work and they spend most of the year learning about and doing activities based on the theme. Each class is given a different theme and Anya’s class had Puppets.

Coincidentally, the National Museum had shadow puppet shows and puppet-making workshops as part of their programme for Masak Masak so we managed to learn a lot about puppets there and her project was based on what she did at the museum.

We were most impressed by the amount of effort put in by the students and teachers. There were so many different types of puppets on display. They even put up two performances: one in Chinese, and one in English. The puppets for the performance were all made by the students.

My favourite bit was a little book with a story written (in Chinese!) and illustrated by Anya. The story was about her baby brother running off to climb a mountain on his own and how every one had to run around looking frantically for him. She made a glove puppet to represent each member of the family in the story. Definitely a precious piece of work that I will be putting into her memory box!

Anya's project

Anya’s project

imagining a peacock puppt

imagining a peacock puppt

she made a blue puppet

she made a blue puppet

glove puppet

glove puppet

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition at ArtScience Museum, MBS

Kungfu Panda is one of my favourite cartoons of all time and it’s so amazing to explore the creative journey of a movie like that from a simple concept to an actual film in DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition.

There’s so much to look at: models, concept drawings, storyboards, masks, maps, photographs, posters, paintings, and other original artwork. There are over 400 unique objects from the studio’s archive of rare and never before displayed material. The static display is accompanied by immersive and interactive digital experiences, and a wealth of additional digital content.

Anya and Adam enjoyed being able to manipulate a character’s expression on the computer and had a good time learning about animation by making flip books and thaumotropes. One of the highlights for them was Dragon Flight: A Dragon’s-Eye View of Berk. This 180-degree projection takes visitors on an exhilarating panoramic dragon ride on the back of Toothless, as the Isle of Berk builds around them.

So if you or your little ones enjoy DreamWorks Animation films such as Kungfu Panda, Shrek, Madagascar, or How to Train Your Dragon, you’ll love this exhibition. There are some special programmes and activities such as guided tours, workshops, and movie screenings on weekends so it will be a great time to visit.

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition

hello Toothless!

hello Toothless!

concept drawings and models of the characters from Kungfu Panda

concept drawings and models of the characters from Kungfu Panda

a panda of many expressions

a panda of many expressions

manipulating Po's face

manipulating Po’s face

Madagascar

Madagascar

how the storyboard brings the story to life

how the storyboard brings the story to life

the kids adore Peabody and Sherman

the kids adore Peabody and Sherman

model of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

model of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

making a flip book to understand how animation works

making a flip book to understand how animation works

part of the exhibition area

part of the exhibition area

Dragon Flight

Dragon Flight

another hands-on area

another hands-on area

making a thaumatrope

making a thaumatrope

checking out Shrek's swamp

checking out Shrek’s swamp

music scores for some of the films

music scores for some of the films

drawing room

drawing room

merchandise

merchandise

don't think I can train this dragon

don’t think I can train this dragon

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition
ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands
Now until 27 Sep 2015
10am to 7pm daily

Fictive Fingers Raga the Rockstar Day

I believe in supporting local brands where possible and I’m very fond of Fictive Fingers, especially their Raga the Rockstar print. They had a Raga the Rockstar day on 1 June and I dragged Anya down with me.

I got myself a very nice gel manicure inspired by Raga the Rockstar while Anya had some cupcakes. Then we did a bit of designing before we attempted to silkscreen-print our own little tote bag. Anya’s prints turned out to be way better than mine!

Raga the Rockstar Day

Raga the Rockstar Day

that chair, and that cushion!

that chair, and that cushion!

cannot sit still

cannot sit still

ooh, cupcakes

ooh, cupcakes

will sit still to eat cupcake

will sit still to eat cupcake

doing a bit of designing

doing a bit of designing

not sure what it's supposed to be

not sure what it’s supposed to be

learning about silkscreen printing

learning about silkscreen printing

having a go

having a go

she was pretty good at it!

she was pretty good at it!

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The Little Prince in the Dark

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint- Exupery is one of my favourite books so I was really bummed about missing The Little Prince Art Collection at the Fullerton Hotel. For some reason, I thought it only ended sometime during the June holidays so I was planning to go down with the kids but the last day was actually 31 May.

Fortunately, I didn’t make the same mistake with The Little Prince in the Dark at Alliance Francaise. The exhibition ends 20 June so I went down with Anya today. French visual artist Arnaud Nazare-Aga has created 13 all-white sculptures of scenes from The Little Prince that are presented in the dark to be discovered by the senses of touch and hearing. The first edition of a Braille version of the book, which comes with illustrations done in relief, is also on show. The exhibition is held in collaboration with the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped.

Just outside the gallery are some paintings by Kai Xu, an 8-year-old boy with Sturge Weber Syndrome, an incurable condition that primarily affects the brain causing seizures and glaucoma in the affected eye. This exhibition is intended to create awareness of this medical condition.

here for The Little Prince in the Dark

here for The Little Prince in the Dark

The Little Prince on his planet

The Little Prince on his planet

her favourite is The Drinker

her favourite is The Drinker

she likes the little bottles

she likes the little bottles

can't stop touching The Drinker!

can’t stop touching The Drinker!

the baobab tree

the baobab tree

a hat? or elephant inside a snake?

a hat? or elephant inside a snake?

feeling the raised illustrations and Braille lettering

feeling the raised illustrations and Braille lettering

paintings by Kai Xu, an 8-year-old boy with Sturge Weber Syndrome

paintings by Kai Xu, an 8-year-old boy with Sturge Weber Syndrome

posing like The Little Prince

posing like The Little Prince

While The Little Prince in the Dark is a small exhibition, it is meaningful and worth checking out if the location is not too out of the way for you, and if you like The Little Prince. You can see it at Societe Generale Gallery on the 2nd floor of Alliance Francaise at 1 Sarkies Road.

Masak Masak at National Museum of Singapore

We look forward to the Children’s Season programme at National Museum of Singapore every year and the kids always have fun even though there are usually some hits and misses. We love how Playgrounds on the Lawn looks but have never actually played on them. It’s only available for play on weekends from 10 am to 12 pm and 4 to 6 pm. Every year I give the same feedback about how the programmes and activities that are only available on weekends should be made available at least on one weekday since it’s the school holidays after all!

Masak Masak

Masak Masak

dragon playground

dragon playground

watermelon playground

watermelon playground

elephant playground

elephant playground

climbing

climbing

Spectrum of Paper

Spectrum of Paper

In the basement, you can find Memory Stations where kids can learn about the art of woodblock printing and also stamp different shapes on paper. They had fun stamping but didn’t really bother with the exhibition. I wonder if there’s a better way to connect the activity with the exhibition because I found the woodblock prints very interesting but the activity was not that similar to woodblock printing.

Memory Stations

Memory Stations

stamping

stamping

Also in the basement is Wanderlust. The enchanted forest is visually very attractive to children but there’s nothing much to do there. Before entering, the kids were told not to run and not to touch anything. I feel that art for children should be as interactive as possible and I didn’t like having to follow the kids every step of the way telling them not to touch anything.

Wanderlust

Wanderlust

they forgot they weren't suppose to run

they forgot they weren’t suppose to run

Back on Level 1, the kids spent a lot of time playing Garden Games. This was probably their favourite section. I liked how the eraser game and the retro pasar malam ring toss game were converted into giant versions in Flag Attack! and Can or Not? but I felt that the Hello, Hello? cups and string set-up could be a wee bit unhygienic. Somewhere in between were the see-no-touch Dancing Solar Flowers.

giant erasers

giant erasers

can you hear me??

can you hear me??

giant ring toss game

giant ring toss game

getting a ball through a maze

getting a ball through a maze

watching the dancing solar flowers

watching the dancing solar flowers

Anya said her favourite part was Luma-City on the 3rd floor. We had trouble finding it because it’s tucked away in a little corner, but we had it all to ourselves so the kids went quite mad pushing the vehicles around and leaving light trails in their wake.

who needs organised exercise?

who needs organised exercise?

whee!

whee!

Finally, we visited the Salon on Level 1 twice. Once on a weekend for the Queen of the Forest puppet performance, and once on a weekday to avoid the crowds. Anya is doing a school project on puppets so we spent some time there making a puppet. Before leaving for lunch, the kids did some coloring at Simple Pleasures in Life and etching at Life’s Best Journey is With the One You Love. Simple activities but the kids liked it and I did a bit of colouring too.

Spectrum of Paper

Spectrum of Paper

puppet show

puppet show

behind the scenes

behind the scenes

colouring their puppets

colouring their puppets

more colouring

more colouring

and some scraping

and some etching

Masak Masak is on at National Museum of Singapore until 10 August 2015. On the weekday that we visited, we spent about 3 hours there. Click here for more information about special programmes, workshops and activities.