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

travel: christmas lights at point cook

CNY is round the corner and I’m still talking about our holiday in December. I am so so behind on our holiday posts!

One of the night after Elisa went to bed, C and I went to check out the Christmas Lights at Santander Crescent, which was 20 mins walk away from my brother’s. The entire road was blocked off for traffic and all young and old were out on the road admiring the twinkling lights.

Some houses kept the decorations to a minimum, while some were really over the top. We joked that those with a tiny snowman or with a only a string of fairy lights, must have given up hope considering that some houses really went all out in decorating their house.

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travelling with toddler

After all the travels I did with Elisa, though they were mostly short ones, I’ve gotten to know the ins and outs of flying with a toddler. I’m not an expert but I’m just sharing some tips that I’ve learnt along the way..

1. Fly during off peak hours. Planes are less likely to be packed during these times. Check with the check-in staff if it’s possible to give you an empty seat next to yours or a whole row would be best. Remember to be nice!! Most of the time, the check-in staff would accommodate my request especially seeing that I’m travelling with Elisa alone.

2. Choose your seat. Travelling with an infant, they always give me the bulkhead seat. Many parents prefer the bulkhead seat (more leg room) but for me, I don’t like it at all. I prefer to be seated as far back as possible. Normally the aft of the aircraft are less likely to be filled which means if Elisa were to cry, there will be less disturbance to the passengers around us. Also, I have more privacy when I nurse Elisa.
And the thing about bulkhead seat is you can’t leave your bags under the seat in front of you which is kind of troublesome. You have to stow it before takeoff and landing. With a toddler in tow, I prefer to have the bag within easy access.

3. Pack what you need (even if you might not need them) and more. When Elisa was a few months old, we took a flight back to Penang. During boarding, Elisa was crying so badly, asking for milk. I tried to nurse her but because we were seated at the bulkhead, she got distracted by all the movements and I wasn’t very confident nursing her with so many people moving about. To add to the drama, I did not have any milk powder with me coz I thought I would be able to breastfeed her!!! I was almost at a lost. She was wailing and all the eyes were staring at me! Luckily the aircraft was delayed. I quickly brought her to the galley (short of going to the lavatory) to nurse her. On my subsequent flights, I always bring along a serving of milk powder even I might not need it. Also, remember to pack along a set of clothes for both you and the kid. Vomit, spills or leakage will happen. Be prepared!

4. Feed before flight. Make sure your kid is well fed before flight as you never know what time the meal service will start. Sometimes, if you encounter bad weather, there might not be any service at all (that’s for short flight). The reason #3 (above) happened was because I did not feed Elisa while waiting at the holding gate although it was her feeding time. I thought I could drag it a little longer so that I can feed her during takeoff since she was not making any noise. Bad move!!!
Also, request for baby meal or child meal when booking the flight (if they are available). Do not assume it will be catered for your kid.

5. Encourage your kid to drink during takeoff and landing. The cabin pressure during take off and landing can hurt little ears. When I travel with Elisa, I always nurse her during takeoff. If she’s not keen, I’ll give her water or pacifier.

6. Snacks…lots of it. It’s good to curb the I-am-hungry moment and also, this will keep Elisa still, until I ran out of snacks.

7. Bring along her favourite toy. For Elisa, it will be her bolster and rabbit. Whenever we travel, Elisa’s bolster is a MUST!! Die die must bring! The bolster soothes and calm her down. It is her “security bolster”.

8. Entertainment. We were lucky to have inflight entertainment on our flight to Melbourne and back. So that kept Elisa occupied, I did not even need to bring out her books nor the ipad. Also, remember to charge up your gadget if you intend it to be a source of entertainment. You do not want a meltdown halfway through the flight.

9. Boarding. Personally I prefer to board first as it gives us time to settle down. Elisa is a very observant girl. She will want to see and touch everything, rummage through the seat pocket. So for us to board first, she can do all these things. And by the time it’s time for takeoff, she would have done doing her stuff and strapping her in would be easier. This is my personal preference. I know some parents prefer to board as late as possible.

10. Patience and be thick skinned. Just remember to keep your cool no matter what’s the situation. And if your baby is having a meltdown and all eyes are on you, don’t bother! Just do your best to soothe the baby.

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travel: camberwell market, melbourne

One of the biggest markets to attend in the Melbourne is the Camberwell Sunday Market. It is a popular trash and treasure market, the place to go if you are looking for second hand goods.

IMG_9401This market is huge. There are stall after stall selling collectibles, vintage clothing, trinkets, crockery, books, toys and what nots. As long as they are second hand, it’s laid out here in the market.

IMG_9403IMG_9405We spent the whole morning wandering through the market, stopping at almost every crockery stall hoping to uncover that hidden vintage plate :P

Well, I didn’t buy any plates (bought too many plates this trip!) but neither did we leave the market empty handed ;)

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Camberwell Sunday Market
Station Street
Camberwell VIC, Australia