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Christmas Light-Up Tour

Merry Christmas!! We went on the DUCK & HiPPO Christmas Light-Up tour on one of their topless buses the other day to get a good look at the Christmas lights on Orchard Rd. The tickets were $10 each but my aunt had 4 complimentary tickets and the option to buy more tickets at $5 so it was a really good deal for us!

The bus picked us up from the stop outside Midpoint Orchard and the tour was about half an hour. It was rather short but the kids enjoyed it! I think it could have been better publicised; our bus was practically empty. The other option would be the FunVee Orchard Rd Christmas tour which includes a river boat ride and dinner voucher but it’s a lot more expensive and not really worth it if you really just want to see the lights.

I love looking at the Christmas lights in Orchard Rd! It’s something we used to do every year as kids and I have many photos of my sister and I posing with Christmas decorations in front of random shopping centres. Now I get to take my own kids to see the Christmas lights!

posing with a tree

posing with a tree

helping to sell tickets

helping to sell tickets

the bus

the bus

the decorations up close

the decorations up close

us on the bus

us on the bus

Adam and my other aunt

Adam and my other aunt

passing Tanglin Mall

passing Tanglin Mall

ION Orchard

ION Orchard

Tangs

Tangs

Paragon

Paragon

Centrepoint

Centrepoint

inside 313 Somerset

inside 313 Somerset

making funny faces

making funny faces

kids with my aunts

kids with my aunts (still making faces)

crooked letter box and Adam

crooked letter box and Adam

Adam’s First Visit to Legoland Theme Park

We took Anya to Legoland theme park in January but didn’t bring her brother along because he was too tiny then. So while we were staying at Legoland Hotel, we bought the 2-day combo ticket and visited the theme park a few times. Since there are very few rides that Adam can go on (and even fewer for me!), we split up with Adrian accompanying Anya for the fun stuff while Adam and I went on the tamer rides. We started off with a ride on the Legoland Express before heading to Duplo Play Town to meet up with Anya who had gone for the rides at Lego Kingdoms.

Christmas train

Christmas train

happy boy on the train

happy boy on the train

view from the train

view from the train

Duplo Play Town

Duplo Play Town

bumped into Adrian's cousin's family

bumped into Adrian’s cousin’s family

riding the Duplo Express

riding the Duplo Express

with their cousins on the train

with their cousins on the train

Adam spent lots of time here

Adam spent lots of time here

sliding down backwards

sliding down backwards

Adam managed to get on the Lost Kingdom ride and enjoyed it very much. Then it was lunch at Market Restaurant before we headed to Lego City for Junior Driving School (for Anya), the Boating School (very long queue) and the Rescue Academy (we all got on but only Adrian did any work).

Lost Kingdom Adventure

Lost Kingdom Adventure

with the pharoah

with the pharoah

waiting in line

waiting in line

lunch at the Market Restaurant

lunch at the Market Restaurant

Anya zooming around at Junior Driving School

Anya zooming around at Junior Driving School

boating school

boating school

the other two trying to overtake us

the other two trying to overtake us

at the Rescue Academy

at the Rescue Academy

Adrian doing all the work

Adrian doing all the work

putting out the fire

putting out the fire

Adam pretending to help

Adam pretending to help

After visiting The Big Shop and going for one more ride on the Aquazone Wave Racers (something Anya was too short for the last time), we went back to the hotel to check in. Adam had his nap while the other two went back out for more rides before we all met up together again for the carolling and Christmas tree light-up. I think it’s so great that the park is open until 8pm during the holidays! It’s a lot cooler in the evening and most of the queues are shorter as well.

with the mascot

with the mascot

doing the princess thing

doing the princess thing

managed to get on Aquazone Wave Racer!

managed to get on Aquazone Wave Racer!

carollers

carollers

Christmas tree light-up

Christmas tree light-up

We visited the park again on the second day after the Water Park and managed to sit on a few more rides. There wasn’t much of a queue at the City Airport so they went on the ride a few times in a row! The Forestmen’s Hideout playground over at Lego Kingdoms is usually to hot to play on during the day but it was a nice and cool evening so the kids had fun running around there. Then it was a ride on The Dragon’s Apprentice roller-coaster for the taller ones before we left Legoland.

Lego mascot

Lego mascot

at the City Airport

at the City Airport

Anya on her own

Anya on her own

Adam with Adrian

Adam with Adrian

Anya on the Beetle Bounce

Anya on the Beetle Bounce

hanging out at one of the playgrounds

hanging out at one of the playgrounds

walking along the bridge

walking along the bridge

with some help from Daddy

with some help from Daddy

a final ride on The Dragon's Apprentice for Anya

a final ride on The Dragon’s Apprentice for Anya

until the next time!

until the next time!

The Boys’ Brigade Share-A-Gift

The Boys’ Brigade (BB) Share-A-Gift is a community service project that I’ve been supporting for many years now, first as a teacher-in-charge of BB in the school I was teaching in, then as a BB officer, and now with my family. We make it a point to take the kids to buy food items for donation to the project and to explain to them who gets the food and why they need it. Last year, we also delivered food hampers and we took part in the delivery this time around as well.

When we reported for our delivery duty last Sunday, we were quite irritated by the lack of order. It wasn’t clear which gate we were supposed to drive in by so cars were trying to enter and exit at the same time. There was a van blocking the driveway even though it had a reserved car park lot and there were several volunteers standing around obstructing traffic. We didn’t know who or where we were supposed to report to and there was no one to help us load the bags. I was a bit unhappy about all this because the project has been going on for about 25 years and a clear system should be in place so as not to waste volunteers’ time and efforts.

At the end of the day, although things could have been better run, I think it’s important to focus on the aims of the project. BB Share-A-Gift reaches out to many needy people in Singapore and it promotes the spirit of caring for and sharing with others.

While we were doing our delivery, one lady returned her food hamper to us. She said that even though her husband had had a stroke and could not work, she was still fortunate to have a job and could earn enough to sustain the two of them. And since the husband and wife were vegetarians, many of the items in the food hamper would not be consumed by them. She wanted us to give the food hamper to someone who needed it more than she did. It was a humbling lesson in graciousness for me.

So I will continue to support this project and I hope that other Singaporeans, regardless of race or religion, will do so as well. You can still make donations, online or otherwise, and volunteer to deliver food hampers. Have a Heart; Share a Gift.

wearing the Share a Gift badge

wearing the Share a Gift badge

all loaded up

all loaded up

taking the stairs

taking the stairs

delivering to families in one-room flats

delivering to families in one-room flats

LolliBox Christmas Hamper

I can’t believe it’s December already! The entire year has flown by and we’re so near to Christmas. It’s really hard for me to keep Anya entertained during the holidays (especially with all the rainy days) and she’s always asking to do art and craft. So the LolliBox Christmas Hamper was very useful the past few days!

LolliBox Christmas Hamper

LolliBox Christmas Hamper

keeping everything organised

keeping everything organised

The LolliBox Christmas Hamper comes with one Lollibox (we got Icy Adventures), a storage caddy, a Holly Christmas wooden door hanger set, a Christmas sticker book, a pair of 3M Kids Scissors, kids PVA glue, 12-pc coloured pencils and a 12-pc marker set.

She decided to work on the Christmas door hanger first. I love that everything needed for the door hanger is provided so I don’t have to search the house for craft materials. The craft was manageable for her so I tried not to interfere and only helped to outline her name when she was done painting so that it would stand out more.

Christmas door hanger

Christmas door hanger

sticking on the pieces

sticking on the pieces

decorating the tree

decorating the tree

tree done!

tree done!

painting the background

painting the background

Christmas door hanger

Christmas door hanger

Then she got to work on a Santa wobbler. But she decided that Santa doesn’t have to be red, black and white and I didn’t want to influence her creative process so by the time she was done with Santa, he looked like a Lego figure. But she was happy with it!

painting Santa

painting Santa

hmmm...

hmmm…

Our Lollibox Christmas Hamper came with the Icy Adventures Lollibox. So the next day, Anya wanted to make a penguin snow-bowling set. I had to help her a little bit more with this because the penguin bowling pins are made from very good quality cardboard which is difficult for her to roll and stick together. She had no problems colouring the accessories for the penguins and sticking them on though.

penguin snow-bowling

penguin snow-bowling

rolling

rolling

colouring

colouring

ready to play dress-up

ready to play dress-up

making the snow bowling ball

making the snow bowling ball

ready to bowl

ready to bowl

She was quite content to sit around and bowl with the penguin bowling pins and snowball after she was done. We still have an Eskimo mask to make and Anya’s looking forward to working on it. We are also going to make Christmas cards and gift tags with the Christmas sticker book that came in the hamper! That’s a few more rainy-day crafts to buy me some time before I have to start looking for other things for her to do!

Disclaimer: I received the Icy Adventures LolliBox from LolliBox for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Christmas 2012 – Christmas at The Cheans’

Our final Christmas party of the year was held at The Cheans’ and it was another night of good food and fun for the kids. It’s so cool to think that here’s going to be at least twice the number of kids next year! Which means twice the noise and twice the chaos!!

one more party

one more party

the kids with Uncle Peter and Uncle Nav

the kids with Uncle Peter and Uncle Nav

so much good food!

so much good food!

Gadriel slicing up the ham

Gadriel slicing up the ham

a thing of beauty

a thing of beauty

desserts

desserts

all the same age.. but not for long!

all the same age.. but not for long!

all of us

all of us

there will be twice as many next year!

there will be twice as many kids next year!

the boys trying to play some music

the boys trying to play some music

playing with Noah's Ark

playing with Noah’s Ark

big kids playing with toy cars

big kids playing with toy cars

off-duty Christmas elf

off-duty Christmas elf

Small Auntie and Anya

Small Auntie and Anya

Christmas 2012 – Christmas with the Gang

We had a little gathering at Juan’s place on Boxing Day. It was a happy and chaotic party with ten little kids, and they were all crawling/ jumping/ running around. The only one who stayed where he was placed was little Aaron, the newest addition! He’s the 14th kid (and 12th boy) in the gang.

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of meeting up with this mad bunch of friends. It’s been about 20 years since we started celebrating Christmas together. They are like family to me and I’m glad our kids get along and can play together.

The pictures below are all taken by Vonnie.

lots of presents

lots of presents

some of the kids made pizza

some of the kids made pizza

I made jelly hearts strawberry cheesecake

I made jelly hearts strawberry cheesecake

glad that Lin & family were with us

glad that Lin & family could be with us

Aaron: the newest addition

Aaron: the newest addition

a family picture

a family picture

a chaotic Christmas!!

a chaotic Christmas!!