Singapore Vacation 2014

Our 2 month long vacation is over. I haven’t blogged much but thought it would be nice to have a brief summary to remind me of the things we did.

1. Gardens by the Bay

The spray park was a little too exciting for Calvin with the many water traps that pours bucket loads of water on your heads. We played a little at the toddler area before moving to the adventure park which had interesting webs and mini suspension bridges and also a playground. We then walked to the Art Science Museum for the…..

 

2. Dinosaur Exhibit at Art Science Museum

Calvin was not as excited about the dinosaurs as I thought he would be though he did enjoy the interactive displays like the little program  There was a preschool/ kindergarten group having a field trip there.

3. Sentosa

Calvin was more excited about going to the Port of Lost Wonder than the aquarium. We started at the aquarium but he got bored of it near the end. I would have loved to spend a little more time just staring at the puffy jellyfish but with a kid’s attention span I think we did pretty good. The port of Lost Wonder is like a water park/ swimming pool. With some encouragement and because he wanted to slide his toys down, he tried  going down the water slide a couple of times with me slowing him so he won’t splash water all over. I’m proud that he managed it even though he did not like the water spraying at his face.

After that we went to try out the luge. Calvin loved it so much that we went another round even though it was time to head home. We went down on two luges and Calvin was first riding with his papa and on the second ride with me. He liked the thrill of winning the race against me/ J and in fact would keep pushing my handlebars to make us speed up. Frankly, I was worried when we went too fast but Calvin seemed to feel safe and secure with us driving.  I ended up with a sore arm after that ride from trying to slow us down enough to go around the obstacles. We also passed a little boy who looked just old enough to ride on his own and he was telling his dad worriedly that he doesn’t have enough strength to handle the brakes “我没有力”.

We didn’t want to brave the rush hour crowd on the way home so we had dinner at Marche before heading back.

 

Sentosa
4. Science center

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Singapore Science Center

We went to the smaller exhibit where they had robot animals and interactive games to play like puzzles, a running track that checks how fast you are. We also explored the optical illusions along the corridor In the main exhibit area, we saw the Teslar coil demonstration and tried out some of the sound experiments though quite a number of the displays were not functional.
5. Playgrounds

Apart from the usual playground near our house we also brought Calvin to the water playground at Changi Point and Tampines 1 and also mall playgrounds at the airport and Junction 8 (the cage climber). When we were in Malaysia, he also had a go at one of the paid indoor playground which has those fancy ball pits, merry go round etc. At least it was not as exorbitant as the ones in Singapore.
6. East Coast park

He went fishing a few times though he didn’t seem very keen to touch the fish because they were flapping about. He did picked one up finally and decided to put it back into the water.

We spent quite a few evenings just digging around in the sand, making sand castles. At least now Calvin is comfortable with having the waves lapping on his feet.
7. Swimming pool

Swam at the Sengkang swimming pool and the condo swimming pools a few times. Calvin still doesn’t want to get his head wet but at least he is getting better at blowing bubbles and more comfortable in the pool.

8. Legoland

Calvin went on a roller coaster!! Though I think thankfully he probably won’t be too keen on them. We both went with him and I had to say even though it was a tiny roller coaster, I felt a little scared and uncomfortable. I really am sensitive to motion. *thinks of the time when I puked my guts out on a whale spotting boat ride*

The theme park was relatively empty maybe because it was a rainy day and the intermittent rain made the weather cool and bearable. We had a good time trying out rides and games like the one where we operate a hand cart fire engine. Mr Calvin was being supervisor and cheerleader while the parents worked hard. What Calvin really liked though was the castle playground which was huge. There were also lots of areas where we could stop and just build Lego to take a break. Too bad he was not old enough for the Lego robots session and he was very disappointed.

The Lego hotel was also a big hit especially the treasure hunt that gave him a couple of small bags of Lego. Everywhere were huge Lego statues and also blocks for the children to play with.

Legoland MiniWorldLegoland Playground
9. Cameron Highland

Traveled with my sister’s family and my parents to stay at an apartment there. The winding road up was pretty nauseating @_@ We visited the tea plantation, strawberry farm and butterfly park. On the last day, while we were exploring, I fell on the stairs and bonked my tailbone. Lucky for me, I recovered in about a week though for a while it hurt so much that I was feeling faint >_< Lesson learnt – never walk on slippery stairs.
10. Lots and lots of golden kiwi and Ribena

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