Kelong dining (near Palau Ubin)

I came across some articles written about Kelong dining near Ubin and made a reservation for little boy's birthday.

To get there, we had to take a chartered bum boat from Changi Point a Ferry Terminal.

It was the first such Kelong dining and visit for all 13 of us. Imagine getting a boat ride, checking out what a Kelong really looks like, enjoying sea breeze, eating on swaying platforms, chasing after kids who were fearlessly dashing about those planks which were like obstacle courses for the adults.

Toilet was the most rustic…

We had a little fun trying our hands at fishing with some lines and hooks we brought along. Of cos we didn't catch anything haha..

The words I have for this experience will be rustic, authentic, and fun. It's not for those who easily get sea sick though.

For our guts to try this, we were pleasantly rewarded with some beautifully home cooked delicacies. Nothing near restaurant standard, but definitely tasted like the dishes our Grandma used to cook. Every seafood has such a sweet taste of the sea.

TherE were more but I was too busy chasing the kids to take any. Didn't do justice to those sweet prawns that came much later.

Everyone agreed it was an out of the ordinary experience. Way before the trip, everyone was rather excited and we had to contain the excitement. By the end of the trip, we still thought it was a wonderful get together. But if you would to ask me, I really worried about the kids dropping into a shark infested sea. Sigh…

Goodbye Kelong..see you again!

Outdoor fun in Sunny Singapore

Kite festival 2017 at Marina Barage

It’s kite galore at the Barage!

We opted for some outdoor fun and gamely went to the kite festival sans sun protection cos it was a last minute decision.

It was baking hot but pretty fun. Not a huge turnout so we got lots of space for flying our own kite. The kite we brought didn’t work cos it was too “lembek” so a nice Indian (presumably gardener there) scammed us a good one at $10 (bargained down from $15). It’s ok since we needed one anyway, one that could fly. 

Fly it did… adding lots of colours to the sky.

We caught some nice demonstrations by local and international kit flying experts too.

Did the boys enjoy?

Yup! The highlight was the huge bag of potato chips we brought. Well, they had some fun from the scootering around, craft and games stall which they got some presents, playing with cute dogs, and baking while flying the kite.

Simple but healthy and fun! 

About Marina Barage:

The Barage is THE place you go to kite flying, catching a wonderful view of our famous landscape in the heart of Singapore. You can visit a gallery to learn about water sustainability in Singapore. The Barage allows Singapore to have water supply from the sea and acts as a floodgate to prevent flooding. Other facilities there include a restaurant, water play area, and sculptures for those into the arts.

Happy weekend!

Shopping malls, Playgrounds

Outdoor playground at WestGate (Jurong)

I recently discovered a haven at Jurong. For the many childhood years i grew up at Jurong, Jurong was one of the most boring areas to me

Now, before I get slammed for having science centre within walking distance from my place, and IMM a running distance from my place, to be fair, that’s about what there is that was great about Jurong (east).

Oh and the old Jurong entertainment centre where I spent much of my teenage years investing in driving lessons at the arcade. I did really well at motorbike but never got that license though. Let’s not get into that, not very pleasant memories.

When I returned to Jurong today, I couldn’t recognize it at all. New streets new malls, new image.

Was i in a bit of a dreamland when I discovered westgate. Not bad for first experiences! Lunch was great at hot tomatoes. Then I discovered time zone there was spacious, new, and had stuff for both my kiddos to play, there was my favorite isetan jap food festival, what more could I ask for?

Today I explored west gate again in greater detail. Guess what I found? This little haven for the kids? The moment we reached, the kids got lost in it. After a long morning of swimming class, I’m surprised they had energy. But play they did. So, if you are running short of ideas for an integrated place for kids and adults, try westgate. The kids get what they want, and you will get yours too (if you let them have theirs first).

It’s the outdoor playground- tree house and giant house. It’s not your typical outdoor playground with water play. This one is dry play, I like! There’s some mini water play by the side if you must though.

Little pods by the side for parents

Pods for kids who just prefer a bit of solitary space

Adjoining structure from treehouse 

Giant house 

Wonderland is at level 4.

Check out the tree house again.. when on earth did we have such fun stuff in our days?!

All things sweet and yummy

Châteraiśe patisserie from Japan

I finally came across Chateraise at Nex.

Seen a few posts on this supposedly yummy cake and heard a bit about it so decided to get some to try

As usual, I go with safe conventional choices. Cannot go wrong. Chocolate and legendary (the strawberry one).

What I like is the thoughtfulness. They included an ice pack (the white stuff at the right). I didn’t even know that! 

Worth the hype? For a similar price or even lower price ($5.10 per piece for the legendary) as many other premium cake shops, its definitely worth. For the chocolate, One bite and u can tell they used dark chocolate. Not just dark, but super rich. Until there’s nothing sweet about this chocolate cake. If u ask me, I’ll gladly pay for dark chocolate. Can’t tell you how much benefits it has for me and maybe many other women and it doesn’t give me love handles lol.

And the legendary? Tad sweet for my liking but pls bear in mind I have super low tolerance for sugar, so this is considered really good already. But omg… that cream?? It’s to die for. Super light fluffy and even tasty! I guess that’s what they got themselves famous for… Hokkaido milk and spring waters apparently go into their cakes.

Verdict: worth the hype! At least for the two flavours I tried. There’s another Mille crepe cake that’s supposedly a signature too but that’s for the next time!
Update on 2 July: I bought 2 chocolate cake, 1 macha, 1 orange chocolate, 2 tiramisu, 2 cute panda Swiss roll slices, 1 strawberry ice cream on stick and it all came up to only $32. By the time I tried, most were devoured… 

I tried tiramisu. Omg, one of the best few I’ve tried. For tiramisu, I don’t like those that are not sweet at all, and those very strong in liquor. I hate those that claim they are tiramisus but taste like a cheap coffee cake. This really worked! I can see myself so getting into this chateraise hype.

One thing I gotta rant about. They’ve expanded too fast and customer service is not keeping up. Funnily, I started seeing chateriase everywhere I went over the past few days after first noticing it at joke, it was everywhere I went – Liang court, west gate, bishan, Amk hub. I went to the one at Liang court today. The sales girls were so lost. They didn’t know how to attend to customers, were fumbling around with wrapping orders, even payment was a problem cos they had to ask me what I bought. Best off, they couldn’t tell me what is in that cute pink pig cake. And oh, did I mention the ice cream. An older staff, let’s just call her aunty so u can understand the impression I’m trying to give, she took the wire basket full of ice cream sticks out and put them onto the glass doors of the freezer chests. The whole wire basket was heavy cos it was full of ice cream. And the ice cream were left outside freezing temperature while she arranged the rest inside. If I’m her employer, seriously…I wouldn’t be her employer. Lol. Don’t want to say too loud. By the time I took a peek after she was done literally dumping ice cream sticks into the freezer chests, everything was messy (ice creams sorted into wrong places, and not arranged neatly). And I saw quite a few ice creams out of shape (those in transparent packagaing that I could see through) cos they had melted and were squashed. Argh, the only saving grace for today’s experience was that of the baker (not sure what they call them) who came to tell me what was in that pig on his own initiative, and thank god the cakes tasted really good from this messy outlet!

Birthday party, Uncategorized

Birthday Party at Pororo Park (Marina Square)

Little boy received an invitation from his classmate for a birthday party at Pororo Park.

Prior to going, I searched online for information but couldn’t figure out what’s in for invited guests. Nothing was written on the invitation card except for basic details. I didn’t even know we had to bring socks.

So for those going to Pororo Park, here’s what’s in store.

If you are an invited guest for a party there, your entrance fee is paid for! Just bring your socks.

The park starts at 10.30am but guests can be admitted at 10am for VIP access so they get the whole park to themselves before the crowd comes in.

Kids will be ushered to a party room that’s nicely done up where they’ll play some games with the park staff before being treated to lunch.

Lots of cakes, macaroons, cupcakes, cake pops, sweets and lollipops.
Gift table – drinks, Goody bags, and presents for birthday girl!

You receive a Goody bag with the following items. There’s a sand painting kit that’s not in the picture. #latergram

Guest appearance by who else other than main character!!

We had about three hours of fun in the park. I was so bushed but the kids were just so delighted.