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?

Playtime at Happy Willow

We finally visited an indoor playground after procrastinating for some time. I initially thought that indoor playgrounds are just obstacles, slides and big ball pits for kids who have started walking. G (my other half) also kept telling me that Isaac is too young and there is probably nothing for him to play there. Nonetheless, we still went ahead to check it out.

When we initially entered the playground, Isaac refused to be put down. He was afraid, yet curious of his surroundings. We took turns to hold him and slowly put him down when we felt he was ready.

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My baby koala not wanting to be put down

 

After some time, he became more confident and started to move about. Since the playground was not suitable for him, we spent most of our time at the Toddler area where he had lots of fun.

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The ballpit – where he did not want to come out of

After our experience today, I am glad I can say that Isaac had a good time during his first experience at an indoor playground. What I liked most about bringing him there, is seeing him become more confident and how he gradually learnt to share. Can’t wait to bring him here again next time!

Hey Baby! One More Time!

With one, we could dedicate and give her our 100%.
When the second arrived, we doubled our love and dedication.
The eldest has a companion and the youngest has a role model.
They both have a playmate.

The grandparents always say, “One more one more” and so they got their wish come true.
With the arrival of a number three in the family they are kept busy and accompanied with three little ones.
And that’s also how Punggol Babies come about.
Because it is more fun together!

When 1+1 = 3

When we first found out that we are having a baby, we were thrilled. We could not wait to share this awesome piece of news with the family and close friends. Somehow, we managed to keep it under wraps until we hit the second trimester before officially breaking the news.

I was lucky to have an easy pregnancy with many people who showered the baby and me with a lot of love. We looked forward to our gynae visits knowing that we will be able to see the little one through that black and white screen. At the back of my head, I kept thinking that I am having a baby girl. I had so many names in mind, and had thought of ways to dress her up. She could probably take over my Sylvanian Families collection. As it turned out, I was having a baby boy!

Having no experience with baby boys (I only have lovable nieces), I started to research on what I should expect when raising a baby boy. To which, I thank God for many self help channels / social media platforms where I can learn from others’ experiences.

Apart from my final 2 days prior to delivery (I was 36 weeks along), which I could not walk anymore due to my hurting pelvic bones, my pregnancy journey was a pleasant one. No morning sickness, not much water retention, no cravings. In fact, I did not even know I was in labour until we were at the hospital checking out the cause of my disability to walk! When we were told that the baby would arrive the next day, we did not even have a name for him yet. Meeting him was a magical moment for me and my better half. At that instant, we finalized his name. His name is Isaac (meaning : laughter).

Hello world, meet the light of my life – Isaac.

(Isaac at 8months+ on Christmas Day 2015)