elisa’s first cinema experience

Yesterday morning, Em texted me and asked if we want to join her and En Ru for a movie. I gave it some thoughts and decided not to, lest Elisa disturb other people. You see, like every kid her age, she has short attention span; she can’t sit still to watch a 30 minutes Hi-5 tv show, what more a 1.5 hours movie. I would only have myself to blame if I get ugly stares from the cinema-goers.

home-movie“Home”  {source}

But as I was having my breakfast, I managed to convinced myself to just give it a try. It being the first screening of the day, I guess there won’t be a lot of people or if any at all! I told myself, if Elisa  makes a fuss in the cinema, I’ll just bring her out from there. Ugly stares, don’t care! It has been ages since I last stepped into the cinema, you know?!! So, we went.

On our way to the cinema, I told Elisa where we are going, what to expect and what are expected from her i.e. she has to sit still, no running about and can’t make noise. Not sure how much she understands but at least I tried. 

2015/04/img_3068.jpgfirst movie experience for both of them.

Em got them a packet of pop corns to share and I have to say the pop corns made their (and ours) first cinema experience a rather pleasant one. They sat through almost 3/4 of the movie which I think is an achievement and they spent the rest of the movie climbing up and down the stairs and walking around the cinema Q U I E T L Y without disturbing the other 6 people! So proud of these two munchkins!

Elisa’s first cinema experience was a success. There will definitely be more movie dates with this little girl. But it has to be weekday, first screening, where the cinema is empty :)

 

things elisa says: #1

Elisa is at this age where she is starting to use simple two-word, sometimes three-word sentences. Sometimes the things she says crack us up. Some are not exactly funny, but coming from a 11/2 years old, we find it amusing!

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#1
While we were watching football on Saturday night, out of a sudden, she cried out “Uh, tired!” together with wipe-off-sweat-from-forehead action :)

#2
The other day at the restaurant, there was a baby at the next table. C was telling me something, she turned to her father, shhh-ed at him him and whispered “baby” :shock:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACan’t wait to have proper conversations with her!

xx

 

afternoon at the park

Ever since we came back from Melbourne, many of our afternoons were spent in the park or at the playground. Elisa loves going to the park/playground. Whenever possible, I will bring her to the park before we pick C up from work…that is if we have the car on weekdays. On days when C drives to work, we will take a short walk to the nearby playground.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHaving coop up in the house all day, it is a breathe of fresh air (literally!) to be out in the open. Elisa particularly loves the outdoor, or rather she loves being somewhere else other than at home! Haha.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur usual hangout place is Changi Beach Park as it’s near C’s workplace. As compared to East Coast Park, it is relatively quiet here. I do not have to worry about her getting knock down by joggers or cyclist. More often than not, we get the whole playground to ourselves! And we get to watch aircrafts land (watching aircrafts land had always fascinated me) :)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am cherishing weekdays like this as I know it will be days like this that I will long for so badly when I eventually go back to work.

 

 

e eats: bunny and pony

It’s so welcoming that more and more cafes are opening in the East. And it is even more welcoming that they are opened in Changi Village which is just a 5 minutes car ride away from our house.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA friend shared about this cafe on Instagram and since it’s relatively near our place, we went to check it out. This place is catered for families; there are high chairs available and toys and books to keep the little ones occupied while waiting for their waffles/ice cream.

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This place is lovely-spacious and cosy. It is relatively quiet on a weekday afternoon which is great; I really dislike crowds especially with a toddler in tow.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABelgian waffle with fig and earl grey, and strawberry ice cream

The waffle and ice cream really hit the spot. Elisa finished one scoop of strawberry ice cream and half a waffle!! The waffle looks a bit burnt here but it wasn’t. It was fragrant, eggy, crispy and fluffy. Good stuff!

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This place makes me happy. This place also makes Elisa very happy, which means the world to me. So we’re going back again one of these days :)

Bunny and Pony
Blk 1 Changi Village Road #01-2000,
Singapore 500001
Closed on Monday
Tues-Thurs: 12pm-9pm
Fri-Sun: 12pm-10pm

 

 

travel: cherry picking at blue hills berries and cherries

Guess what?! I’m still not done writing about our Melbourne trip back in December. Talk about efficiency! Hah.

One of the activity that my brother had planned for us while we were there was cherry picking. After breakfast, we took a drive towards Mount Dandenongs where the fruit farm is located.

It being a weekday, we were surprised to see a snaking queue forming at the entrance but luckily, the queue moved rather quickly. We took a short bus ride to the thick of the action and after being briefed, we were left on our own. We couldn’t contain our excitement when we saw the abundance of cherries hanging on the trees. There were row after row of them, easily hundred over trees. We were like a kid in the candy store – picking cherries from the tree and popping them into our mouths. It went on and on and on. And boy did we eat up! Cherries are expensive, you know? :P

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthe cherries at the local supermarket here in Singapore are really tiny as compared to these. And they cost a bomb for a small punnet!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShe gave me a scare when she swallowed the cherry pit. I swear I was running through the choking manoeuvre in my head!! Thank God, it was not needed. Phew!!

Besides cherries, there were raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries and blueberries (which you have to pay extra). Do you know blackberries and boysenberries taste and look almost the same? I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference! All I know is, they were sweet and juicy.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAElisa had the best time chomping on the berries

IMG_9381At the end of the day, we lugged back around 2.5 kilos worth of cherries and berries. If I remember correctly, what we paid over at the farm was slightly more expensive than at the supermarket. It is probably not the most economical way but it sure is the freshest! And this makes a great family activity!

 

elisa and her little pals

I have been using Instagram for a decently long time and through Instagram, I have met some really lovely ladies. I don’t often meet friends that I love but these ladies are special, all of them are amazing mothers in their own right. Over the course of time, we became friends. Occasionally, we hang out, meet for coffees and the kids have playdates. 

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{photo credit: mama S}

As a single child (for now), Elisa doesn’t get to interact much with many other little kid. Hence, I always look forward to meeting up with these mummies and their kiddos, never mind that Elisa is one year younger than the rest! She may be the youngest, but do not underestimate her when fighting over the same toys. They fight but the very next minute, they are so sweet to each other again. They are still very much playing on their own but sometimes you’ll catch them giggling at each other or running after each other.I love watching them interact and I hope our newfound friendship is here to stay for many decades to come.

 xoxo

 

 

 

travel: melbourne zoo

We feel like we did a lot of stuff in Melbourne but yet, it’s not a lot. You know what I mean?
Anyhow, as we have Elisa with us, most of our activities were kids related [confession: we brought Elisa on a few shopping trips :P].

On Christmas Eve morning, we brought Elisa to the zoo. We were tossing between Melbourne Zoo or Werribee Open Range Zoo. We chose the zoo in the end as I’ve heard good things about the zoo. It was a perfect day to be at the zoo; the sun was out, the temperature was hovering around low 20s.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe will make a trip to Phillip Island when Elisa is older. For the time being, this will do ;)

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I told Elisa what the baby kangaroo was doing, and of course she wanted to join in the party too. There were some shirts tugging involved -_-

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My first time seeing a gorilla. This fella got me excited and disappointed at the same time. I was expecting to see a big ass gorilla but turns out, they are the smallest subspecies of gorilla – the western lowland gorilla.

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We had an enjoyable day at the zoo, but in my honest opinion, Singapore Zoo is still the best in my books. No offense, Melbourne peeps! We still love Melbourne! xx