I have a koala in the house!

At the age of 6 months onward, Isaac will get extremely upset whenever I am out of his visibility. Even if it is for a few minutes (or seconds!), even if I am in the very next room. Initially, I would stop whatever i was doing and pick him up just so that he would stop crying. Or I would place him on his high chair in the same room as I am to watch what I am doing. Gross as it sounds, but this meant even when I needed to shower or had to sit on my inspirational throne. He would continue screaming even when my better half attended to him to the extent that his face is tomato red and filled with tears and mucus. Like this.

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This was when I decided to put a stop to it. Here’s what I practise.

1) Keep calm & Inform him what is going to happen
I will sit him down in his cot, and tell him what I am going to do and how long I would take.

Example :  “Mummy is going to put your clothes in the wash, will be back in 5 mins.”

Then proceed to walk out of the room calmly, even if he starts to cry.

2) Mean it when I say it
I try to make sure I have all that I need from the room he is in before leaving. Just so I do not have to leave the room twice. Simply because I realised that me leaving the room a second time agitates him a lot more.

3) Distraction
It could be his favourite toy or some Gerber puffs. For Isaac, watching the news anchor lady usually works. 😡

4) Assurance
When he is inconsolable and screaming at the top of his lungs, I will tell him (from wherever I am) that I am nearby and about to be done. Hearing my voice usually buys me a little more time at what I am doing.

5) Consistency (routine and caregiver)
Fortunately for me, I have my PIL (parents-in-law) to look after Isaac when we go to work. Overtime, he has gotten very attached  to them and has also gotten used to the routine of us dropping him off at gramps’ every morning. This makes things a lot easier for us since we do not have to deal with the whole ‘caregiver is not suitable’ kinda drama.

I must admit that having a baby is really life changing. I never knew I actually can have so much patience for someone until Isaac came along. I know that this phase will pass eventually. For now, this is me, 10 months into parenthood. I will just hang on tight and enjoy the ride!

Restaurant Standard Fish & Chips at Ci Yuan Hawker Centre

Our kids love chips and anything fried! So we always had problem ordering food for them when we dine out, but THIS Fish & Chips at Ci Yuan Hawker Centre is one that we will travel just to have it.

Yummy Fish & Chip at Ci Yuan Hawker Centre

Ci Yuan Hawker Centre is located within the Ci Yuan Community Club along Hougang Avenue 9, and has 40 cooked food stalls, and can seat up to 640 people. Food prices at this Hawker Centre are also kept lower than your usual foodcourts, you can find dishes at $2.80 per serving and drinks at less than $1.00.

And they have family friendly tables and seats too! See how these table and seats are lower than the rest? Fits our two girls nicely. Love it!

This yummy fish & chips is from stall #01-27 known as The Pasta Shop, owned by the same people from Ristorante Da Valentino at The Grandstand. At this stall at Ci Yuan Hawker Centre, you get restaurant quality Italian food at value-for-money price.

Besides this fish and chips, there are many more food options to try, you can check out Miss Tam Chiak’s feature of 17 Must Try Stalls at Ci Yuan Hawker Center. This new hawker centre also has one unique payment system at all their 40 food stalls. Spot that red counter at front of all stalls, this is their e-payment solution. All payment transactions are done through this system, allowing the stall owners to free themselves from handling cash thus more hygienic too.

I very kaypoh, so I checked out this payment solution from behind the counter too. The system is designed in such a way that everyone will be able to use it without much hassle.

When making payment for your food, you just need to insert you notes or coins into the system and it will automatically provide you with change. If you’re wondering if the system will dispense only coins if you were to insert a $50-notes for a $7.00 meal, you don’t have to worry as the system will dispense notes too for change. So smart!

I’m so glad that these smart e-payment solutions are spotted almost everywhere we go. The new self-checkout counters at Fairprice Finest at Waterway Point also accepts cash and works so simply!

Have you seen any other similar solutions too? Or if you have tried the food stalls at Ci Yuan Hawker Centre, please do share which one is good too.

We’ll be back for sure!

Isaac’s First Trip

Many have told us how our baby is still too young to remember even if we were to bring them overseas. The husband also made his stand on not letting Isaac take the plane as he is too young (he’s afraid Isaac’s ear drums will hurt from the pressure). Hence, Isaac’s first trip out of SG is to… Montigo Resort Nongsa. Ideal for us because there is no need for plane ride, nothing much to do except chill & swim, not too expensive.

For our 2D1N trip, this is what we packed for Mister I :
– 12 pieces of diapers
– 2 milk bottles, milk formula, cereal, gerber puffs
– moisturizer, belly oil, shampoo, body wash. Only two teeth now so no need toothbrush. Use my fingers to rub rub can already.
– 2 sets of pjs in case he dirties one set (which he did)
– three sets of light clothings
– thermal swimwear, swimming diaper
– 2 floats in case one has issues inflating
– a handfan
– a box of mosquito patch
– portable electric kettle
– 4.5 litres of water from home
– most importantly his favourite bolster in case he misses his own bed at night
After we are done with packing, I could not help but feel like we are a walking mama shop.

The ferry ride to our destination was a smooth one, as it coincided with Mister I’s nap time so he catnapped all the way on the ferry. He only woke up for milk during the transfer by a shuttle bus (10 mins ride) from the terminal to the resort.
When we arrived at Montigo, we were greeted by the friendly staffs who helped us to transfer our luggage from the shuttle to the reception where we waited to be checked in. We were offered wet towels and iced lemon grass tea while they assisted us with the check in. We were brought to the villa by a buggy.
 The villa we booked was BEAUTIFUL! Three storeys, with sea view and a private pool.
 First level is the living room with a cooking and dining area. Attached with a balcony and private pool.
the huge living area
the huge living area

Private pool
Private pool
Second level is the master bed room and the guest room. Master bed room has a king sized bed, guest room has 2 single beds. Both have their own bathrooms. Did not take any photos of the guest room though.
Spacious bedroom with sea view
Spacious bedroom with sea view
The door behind the bed leads to the bathroom
The door behind the bed leads to the bathroom.

HUGEEE bathroom
HUGEEE bathroom
I love the bathroom! This photo was taken with natural light coming from the roof.

Third level was the roof terrace overlooking the sea. This is an open air space suitable for BBQ and chilling with booze at night. During the day, it is just too sunny for us to even want to go up.

  We traveled within the resort’s premises for meals by calling for the buggy. It is extremely convenient for us especially since we have little children around. We had lunch at a dining place called Tadd’s. They serve local, Asian and western cuisine by the poolside. I did not take a photo of the cafe, but here’s the pool.
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Once we have settled our lunch, Mister I and friends went for a dip in the pool. The folks who accompanied the kiddos had fun looking after them and catching up with each other. This was mister i’s second experience in the pool and I am pleased to say that he has become more confident now. Unlike the first time, there were no tears shed. He simply drifted along with the flow of the water while using his neck float. After which, we switched him into a float that he can sit in. I could tell he was happy as he was kicking the water trying to push himself along.
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Spent the rest of the day chilling in the resort since the kids had to rest after swimming and went for dinner about 7.30pm. Dinner was at their in-house seafood restaurant (Pantai). Went back to the villa after dinner to tuck Mister I to sleep since it was past his bedtime.
Had buffet breakfast at Tadd’s the next morning before check out. Good food equates to happy people equates to a good morning. Traveled back to SG thereafter.

To sum up this trip – Apart from the amount of things we had to pack for the little one, I must say that it was relatively easy travelling with mister I. I was initially worried he may be cranky from the ferry ride as well as the heat but he turned out okay, still happy and self entertaining. He finished his milk and slept during his usual sleeping timings. That being said, I guess we can bring him along next time if we are going somewhere nearby.
Looking forward to our next trip together!

First Look at Punggol Waterway Point

Today the door of Waterway Point at Punggol opens for the public at 10am and since we are so nearby, we thought we should go try our luck at redeeming some of the freebies that were given out to early birds. We arrived at exactly 10.10am and alas! The queue for free SHAW movie tickets were at least 100-meter long and the queue at the information counter on Level 2 was like a long snake going round and round the huge mall’s corridor! They had to deploy more than 3 security guards just to ensure the queue is in order.

Guess I am not kiasu enough to get there earlier nor to join the long queues.

At least I managed to snap some photos of the mall while zooming through the crazy early bird crowd at this first mega mall in Punggol! Overall I must say, I’m very happy with what I see. Very spacious corridor, huge atriums indoor and outdoor, essential stores we frequent often are there and there’s lots of food options (and quite a lot of Halal ones too) at Waterway Point.

If you’re planning to head down soon, go before the afternoon “after-school” crowd cos that’s where the place get super crowded. Best is between 10am to 1pm on weekdays for this interim opening period.

Here’s some photos to bring you through the mall.

Entrance to Waterway Point from Punggol MRT Station
Level 1 where you can enter to the West or East wing or go straight down to Basement 1 via the escalator straight up.
The crazy queue for free movie tickets, happening tomorrow and Wednesday too! First few in line started queuing around 7am (based on Instagram posting I found). OMG! 7am!
Nice Allscript store at Basement, get your indie reading fixes here.
Of cos I had to check out the toilets! Sadly all the baby/family rooms are not available today yet. So no photos for now.
24hour FairPrice Finest at Basement 2
Just across Breadtalk, I spy this small but awesome Halal bread selection by Swee Heng.

Other food options for all Muslim family and friends…

Serving fishball noodles, wanton noodles and I also spotted some curry rice option inside! Queue was too long so I’ll check them out another day.
Lots of outdoor alfresco dining options available, these were not in operation yet today.
Ever since we tried Creating our own burgers at McDonald’s, we’ve been wanting more. And now right next door to McD is Burger Up! More burger customising for us to try, there goes whatever dieting plans! Eat-fat-us!

One of the stores we checked out today got me super excited and I can’t wait to bring the girls! Previously we checked out their outlet at Marina Square and was impressed at the comfort and design of the place, but now this brings the impressiveness to the next level! A dedicated Times Junior section at Times Waterway Point, how cool is that?

Walk right into Times bookstore at Level 2 and you will find this times Junior section, filled with many children books and activities.
Little ones can even browse through the selection while bouncing on these ladybugs. So cute!
For the hands-on folks, there’s also a section for all your gardening, cooking and handy craft shopping needs.
And they also have lots of shelves of educational and learning resources. Somehow the way they display them makes them more friendly and less stress when shopping for these to prep for exams.
Wide selection of products available at Times Waterway Point.
Time to use more of our Times membership card!
Also spotted cute kids clothes and accessories at PRIVI Kids at Level 2.

For parents with little ones, there’s also an indoor playground at Level 2 and its FREE!

The door is cleverly designed and you’ll need to spot the shoe racks before you can spot the door to enter. It’s facing 1010 store if you’re wondering where to enter from.

There’s also a small children corner inside the foodcourt Cookhouse. However there were only chairs in there today, not very attractive for now. Hope they’ll add in more play stuff soon.
Waterway Point at Punggol MRT, lots more fun and exciting things now at Punggol! So awesome!

We will slowly uncover more gems at Punggol here at Punggol Babies! Bookmark us and come back often to check for more updates.

Punggol is Getting Better with SAFRA Clubhouse Opening 24 April 2016!

When you think that life in Punggol is finally getting way more exciting with the opening of Waterway Point this month, then you’ll be screaming for more more more when you get to finally visit SAFRA Clubhouse at Punggol come 24 April 2016!

Previously I shared about the first mega indoor water playground, Splash! @ Kids Amaze at Punggol SAFRA and got many of you excited. Now here’s what you can look out for at Punggol SAFRA.

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Activities at Punggol SAFRA Clubhouse

Makan Time!

There’ll be fast food outlets, Chinese restaurant, and I’m guessing some established F&B brands too.

Sing… Sing a song, sing out loud, sing out strong!

I’m guessing Kbox or Party World will be the tenant over at SAFRA Punggol. Though I wish it was Teo Heng but they’ve already got one outlet at Ci Yuan Community Centre which is pretty nearby.

Rent a bike or rollerblade

For the first time at SAFRA, you can look at renting bicycles and rollerblades. Wonder if they’ll be bringing in those family cycle that sits four pax. What are these bikes known as, anyone know?

Bowling at Punggol!

Get your bowling balls ready for a rolling good time right within 1 minute walk from Sam Kee LRT station. Much more convenient I feel as compared to the other SAFRA clubhouses I’ve been to.

Preschool by NurtureStars and Enrichment Classes

For parents who swore by good enrichment classes for your little ones, this is the place to go check out when they open. With so many young families living around Punggol, I’m expecting classes to be filled up fast.

Biggest Gym in Punggol

Drop your kids off to class and head into the gym to get some fats burned and heart pumping. Perhaps this is the time to sign-up for their gym membership for everyone at home, all of us need some (actually a lot) of toning and trimming.

Water Sports 

This is yet to be confirmed, but the folks at SAFRA is exploring it for sure. Would be nice if we can send our kids for some water sports fun when they’re older. Punggol Babies still young for these right now.

For now, we’re happy with SPLASH! @ Kids Amaze. The 3-storey high indoor water playground. Waterplay is now possible rain or shine and we don’t have to worry about getting sun burnt!

My next big question is will there be a SAFRA swimming pool in the clubhouse? With SPLASH! and the Sengkang Swimming Complex nearby, will we have a pool at SAFRA Punggol? So far I can’t find any clue from their website nor media news. Anyone know?

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SAFRA Members Alert!

SAFRA Punggol will hold a special soft opening on 24 April 2016, where members can enjoy complimentary access to selected facilities and special discounts at participating merchants in the club. Yeah! We can’t wait! Finally our membership cards can come to good use soon!

Marking our calendars now to check out the all new SAFRA Clubhouse at Punggol on 24 April 2016, Sunday!

Chinese New Year and Soft Launch Promotions at Punggol Waterway Point

Chant with me… 18 Jan! 18 Jan! 18 Jan! Yes that’s the day where doors to the Waterway Point at Punggol will finally have its door open!! Expect crowd and crazy load of people. Though I strongly discourage my family and friends to go during this opening period, but we will miss all these free gifts and promotions!

Ride to Win!

Ride on Waterway Point’s LED-lit bicycles to win amazing prizes from the Fortune Tree! Simply spend $88 and head down to the Event Square, Level B2 to participate and you might bring home attractive sure-win prizes such as massage chairs and tenant vouchers worth a total of $600,000.

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Festive Fairs

Shop for goodies, decorations and special buys at Waterway Point from 25 January to 6 February at Level 1 Village Square.

Craft Workshops at Waterway Point

On 13 (Sat) and 21 (Sun) Feb 2016:
2pm: Pineapple Paper Craft Workshop
3pm: Money Tree Making Workshop

On 14 (Sun) and 20(Sat) Feb 2016:
2pm: Monkey Money Bank Painting Workshop
3pm: Fortune Monkey Making Workshop

Meet the God of Fortune

Happening at 1pm and 6pm on 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 Feb 2016. That’s all the Fridays to Sundays over two weeks.

Freebies Galore!

Spend $10 in a single receipt and present this mailer to redeem a welcome gift pack (worth $30) that includes an exclusively designed Waterway Point Tote-brella. Available on a first-come, first-serve basis for the first 5,000 shoppers. 

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This I expect all to be wiped out on the first day loh. Need to spend $10 only wor!

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Then there’s the Chinese New Year freebies – Ang Bao ($50 nett spent) and Bountiful Baskets filled with pineapple tarts and mandarine oranges (Min. $168 nett spent). More details and T&C at Fraser Centrepoint Malls website.

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Can’t wait for 18 Jan to come! It’s NEXT THURSDAY Punggol people!

 

Good and Cheap Crab at Punggol You Must Try

This is now my go-to-place for crabs when I crave for it. Not just me, but my entire family will head to the same place too! Because the crab is cheap and oh-so-good!

Just look at this Salted Egg Crab! This is finger licking goodness, very flavourful and cooked to hit all senses. I can eat this everyday if I could. And its only $28 per pop! All their crabs are sold at the same price, no matter how big/small or how you choose to cook it. So cheap how can anyone resists?

When I was there for the first time with my family on New Year’s Eve, the crab fish tank was filled and by time we are half way done with our dinner, it was empty! Got to go early to avoid disappointment.

We also tried their Chili Crab and it was very good too. But because I’m basis with anything salted egg cooked, I rank this No. 2 on the table served that night.

That night we also feasted on their Assam Fish Head and it was not bad too. I rank this No. 3 amongst all the other food we had.

If you’re craving for some good and yummy crab, head over to the coffee shop next to Soo Teck, take the Punggol LRT West line. There I said it. And I’m so going to regret one day cos there’ll be more competitors snatching these yummy crabs from us.

Now where’s my crab?