Best of all, is that, it's totally unplanned!
The day started with a hearty breakfast at our favorite prawn noodle shop at Sembawang. The kids finished almost one whole bowl each (both of them have been eating a bigger portion lately)! Then we went to the town to watch the "Rio 2" at one of the Golden Village cinemas where hub's office is located, so that while the three of us watching the movie, the hub can get some urgent work cleared, but yet still staying under one roof. Such an ingenious idea I have, haven't I? :-P
After the movie, they played at the indoor playground at the shopping centre while waiting for the hub to wrap up his work. He suggested that we should bring the kids to the Children's Garden at the GBTB as the weather's looking good for an outdoor play - not raining (heavy rained the night before) and not too hot, a bit cloudy and no hot sun. I immediately agreed to it.
Well, some parents might start to get panick - how to spend 7 hours at GBTB with 2 children without any plan? Didn't bring clothes to change, didn't bring any food, didn't bring sunblock, etc. We really don't care much. If they would dirty their clothes and no fresh one to change, just be it, or if they really need to change, buy a new set on the spot (rarely happened lah). Hungry then grab something from somewhere. What's sunblock? We only used when we were at the POLW or at the bench as the kids could really get burnt there. But at a park, we are not too worry.
The kids are very comfortable to roam around on their scooter at GBTB as we have been there several times. In fact, they are okay with any parks in general. We first went for our lunch when we arrived at about 2pm, and then we headed to the Children's Garden.
Baba teaching them to read the map to find the direction to the Children's Garden
Just before they step in to the Children's Garden, the kids are attracted by the tall cactus, and funny looking cactus at this newly set up area. The kids are most tickled by this particular species that is called brain cactus (the one that Xi Yu is looking at), which does really look like brain! And the flowers from the various types of cactus, there are so pretty! And also those very tall giant cactus. If the kids are willing to stop by to spend a good 15-20 min or so looking at the cactus, it must be looking very interested to them, so much so that they resist the temptation to run into the playground.
Botanic lesson today!
When they are at the playground, what we need to do is to be with them, until they have warmed up and got familiarized with the place. Then we find a (shaded) strategic spot to sit down, tell them where we are, and they are set off free! The kids play, the parents relax and chat and catch up on FB :-p Strategic spot means a spot where we could have a good view of the entire area, and also a spot where the kids can easily see us though well shaded, and a spot where they would run past on and off. How to find the strategic spot - it comes with experience :-) We just let them free (except that they were told not to get wet since we didn't bring any clothes), let them play and they are very satisfied when we asked them to leave at about 530pm.
The kids' favorite playground, for now
The reason why we asked them to leave at 530pm - there is an outdoor concert at 6pm at the Supertree area. It's a free concert for us, adults, 新谣演绎会, songs written by the local talents, particularly from our era. Xi Yu was too tired so she immediately knocked out when Baba was carrying her, too comfy I guess. Hao Re was reading his Doraemon comic books quietly, while me and hub got to enjoy the songs.
Enjoying the free outdoor concert while having takeaway pizza from Casa Verde for dinner
When one of the singers sang the song, "遗忘过去", originally sang by my idol, back then, Eric Moo 巫启贤, it brought back so much memories..... it reminds me of so many (good!) years have passed, it reminds me that how much I have been through and have grown up (getting old) so much.....love the kind of feeling, having been feeling so good for a long, long time!
Feeling really good with the great ambient
I have to remind myself........
Sometimes we really have to just let it go.
Don't have to worry so much, to prepare for the too many what-ifs.
Sometimes we shall just follow our heart and just do it.
Because we know that at the end, it would all turn out wonderfully.
Feel so grateful to have a wonderful family.
Life is good :-)))