One, Two and Three Years

One, Two and Three Years

As a young father, subconsciously my nature is to play and have fun with my boy …. very wildly. For the past three years of Kayden’s growing up journal, as simple as a towel or a carton box, I can do “play time” miracles out of it. My wife don’t understand how I can always do that, neither do I.

As Kayden has grown up year by year from a curious baby in his baby crib to a little monster that often drives my nerves crazy, as parents we need to educate him to be a young child.

In the mid of his second year, we started to potty train him. Upon removing his diaper, we will remind him that he is not wearing it and every two hours, we will bring him to the toilet to do his nature calls. There were many times when he pee or poop on the floor, we will tell him that this is wrong and the right way to do it is in the toilet and he must to tell Papa or Mama. If he tell us he needs to go to the toilet, we will reward him with a small animal butter cookie.

Potty training is the most memorable program because for myself, I need to clean the pee or poop on the floor and scrub the poop stains off his shorts. After training him for about two months, he got much better. Now his favorite action to do after using the toilet was to flush.

Calling it cold turkey, we are kicking Kayden’s pacifier habit off. This can get emotional for him because he found comfort when suckling his pacifier during nap time. Doing it the hard way, we hid his pacifier and tell him that it went missing. He will cry out loud and kept looking for his pacifier. After a week, he managed to remove his addiction. I thought that was really fast.

Now, Kayden is three years old and he is almost ready to step into his big boy journey. He enjoys asking questions and his favorites are “What is this?” and “What is that?”. He spent most of his time singing his heart out with the same songs over and over again. Occasionally, it gets into my nerves, but seeing him enjoying himself makes me happy. Time really pass fast and he is now a little terrible monster who messed up the whole house with his toys and “helping” us with the household chores. I believe he will continue to give my wife and myself more surprises in the near future, like tomorrow or even the next hour.

Happy birthday, my little boy!

 

One, Two and Three Years

 

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NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapura

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapura

Wearing an Asian conical bamboo hat known as nón lá in Vietnamese, the young chap holding his bowl and a pair of chopsticks is an icon for NamNam Noodle Bar. This restaurant was born in 2011 by the partnership of Les Amis group and Chef Nam Quoc Nguyen to bring some popular Vietnamese street food into Singapore. Vietnamese cuisine got their culinary influences from China, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and the French, creating a special and unique food culture of herself. Whenever I head down to a Vietnamese dining place, I will have three things that I will want to have on my table: Phở, Bánh mì and cà phê sữa đá.

Phở, or pho, is linguine shaped rice noodles soaked in tasty and flavorful broth cook with light hearted spices. Introduced by the French during its colonial period, Bánh mì are baguette stuffed with Vietnamese ingredients. Cà phê sữa đá is the name of Vietnamese iced milk coffee which these coffee beans are grown, roasted, coarsely grind and dripped using a small metal French drip filter on top of the cup. Sweetened condensed milk are used for a much sweeter, creamier and fuller taste.

 

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapura

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapura

 

Browsing through the food menu of NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapore, they serves 6 different types of Hanoi Pho ($7.90 to $17.90) and Banh Mi ($5.90 to $6.90), noodles from the Southern and Central Vietnam ($9.90 to $10.90), small sides ($3.90 to $6.90), Viet desserts ($3.90 to $4.90) for the sweet tooths and beverages ($1.60 to $7.90).

 

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapura

 

Served together with a bamboo straw, my iced Viet coffee with condensed milk ($2.60) cools me off the hot day. The Viet coffee was good, but I felt it wasn’t really taste dark enough.

 

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapura

 

The Crispy Prawn and Pork Rolls ($4.90) were juicy inside and not oily when taking my bite off them. Great to have them with some chili.

 

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapore

 

Another side which I have ordered was a salad plate which consist of crunchy pickled vegetables, fish cake, pork belly and topped with peanuts ($5.90). Mixed them well with a pair of chopsticks and it was quite an appetizer with the tangy and a little spicy taste from the pickled vegetables and sauce.

 

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapore

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapore

 

This is my favorite noodle bowl, the dry spicy yellow curry duck noodles ($9.90). Served with wheat noodles, bamboo shoots and boneless duck meat, the curry was creamy and the level of spiciness was just right. It was not as spicy as I thought.

 

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapore

 

A Vietnamese classic street food, this is the Pho Chicken ($7.90). The chicken broth was flavorful and squeezing some lime into the pho creates a refreshing taste.

 

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapore

 

For sandwich lovers, you can try the range of Vietnamese sandwiches, or Bahn Mi, which the baguette is toasted and stuffed with savory chucks of meat, pickled vegetables and sauces. This is the cold cut, caramelize 5 spice pork belly and chicken floss ($6.90). The toasted baguette was a little hard on the outside but the ingredients stuffed inside was good.

 

NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapore

 

With no service charge and affordable Vietnamese food, I understood why NamNam Noodle Bar at Plaza Singapura is always crowded with people. Using herbs and spices as flavoring ingredients and no MSG added, the food are tasty and great for health conscious people. This is a nice restaurant to come back again and again.

 

Address of my review
NamNam Noodle Bar
68 Orchard Road, #01-55, Plaza Singapura
Singapore 238839

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 10:00am to 9:30pm

Telephone: (65) 6837 2234
Website: http://namnamnoodlebar.com.sg/

 

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Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

With the use of the Entertainer Singapore app, I get to enjoy a great 1-for-1 dining deal in The Group Therapy Coffee at Duxton. Read on my dining experience and you might stand a chance to win the Entertainer 2015 Singapore app.

 

Lights and music brings up the night life along Duxton Road as this district is one of Singapore’s favorite drinking spot for people to relax and chill out after work and during the weekend nights. Peaceful and quiet during the afternoon, Duxton Road has most of it’s shops closed and few people walking in this district. Climbing up the staircase to the second floor of unit 42, I felt I have entered into another dimension where I heard the sound of coffee machines, laughters of people, sounds of cutleries and a welcome greeting of “Welcome to Group Therapy. Table for?” Here I go, enjoying my lunch time with my family in Group Therapy Coffee at Duxton Road.

Located near to the Tanjong Pagar MRT station and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, this cafe can fit approximately 80 people and welcomes private events such as birthday parties and networking events. Instead of common tables and chairs, Group Therapy Coffee has bar counter seating and large sofa sitting, giving a more causal dining feel.

 

Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

 

Talking about food selections, this cafe serves All Day Breakfast & Brunch such as Peanut Butter Waffles which is topped with bananas ($11.00), Sunnyside-Ups ($16.50) which comes with thick toast and BLT Croissant Plate ($20.00). Sandwiches, salads, pastas and burgers are also available. Good news to vegetarians, Group Therapy Coffee serves vegetarian meals too such as Truffled Ravioli ($19.00) and Spinach and Feta Roll ($11.50).

 

Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

 

Spoilt for choices, this cafe’s drinking menu has quite a handful of selections from coffee and tea, to sparkling sodas, beers and wine. Up to eight different sweet delights are available in this cafe such as the 4 Layer Carrot Cake ($9.50), Pecan Pie ($5.50) and Pistachio Cranberry Scone ($4.50).

Smooth and bittersweet aftertaste for the Flat White ($5.50) which I have ordered and the Seven Spice Chai Latte ($6.50) was good with it’s top layer of milk frothing sprinkled with sweetened cinnamon powder.

 

Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

 

My soup of the day was the Truffled Mushroom Soup ($11.00). Despite the soup tasted saltish, the overall impression of the soup was creamy and rich. The top layer of the soup was drizzled with truffle oil, giving a truffle aroma for my hot bowl of soup.

 

Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

 

The Grilled Chicken Salad ($17.00) was a plate of grilled chicken thigh topped on fresh mixed greens, slices of cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. It was then served with honey mustard dressing. The grilled chicken thigh was juicy, tender and fatty and the vegetables were fresh.

 

Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

 

With the brioche toast sandwiching the smoked ham, bacon and melted cheese, followed by topping a sunnyside-up egg, the Croque Madame ($18.50) is served on my table. On the side of the plate was some salad and potato chips, the Croque Madame was a tasty meal for all cheese and toast lovers.

 

Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

 

My lunch in The Group Therapy Coffee at Duxton was a good experience despite the waiting time of 20 minutes. The food serving size was generous and I am glad to say this cafe has a kitchen of it’s own where food can be properly cook and prepared. This is the type of cafe which I would bring my friends to enjoy a good cup of coffee and comforting food.

Going down to level one, Kayden saw a huge purple coloured letter “B”, which he go really excited about and wanted to take a photograph with it. *snap*!

 

Group Therapy Coffee At Duxton

 

Address of my review
Group Therapy Coffee
49 Duxton Rd #02-01
Singapore 089513

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Thursday: 11:00am to 6:00pm
Friday: 11:00am to 11:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am to 6:00pm

Telephone: (65) 6222 2554
Website: http://www.gtcoffee.com

 

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$10 Meals At Tampines Round Market

$10 Meals At Tampines Round Market

With it’s building design in a circular shape, the Tampines Round Market & Food Centre, or also known as 137, has been serving the residents in Tampines for decades with fresh ingredients from the wet market stalls and delicacies from our local hawkers. Located at Tampines Street 11, this food centre can be reach by taking bus number 292 from the Tampines Interchange.

With my $10 bill, I am going to explore some good food in this food centre.

 

Xiong Ji Fried Carrot Cake 雄记红茂桥菜头粿 (#01-17)

At a glance on the tables, many people were having Xiong Ji’s Ang Mo Kio Fried Carrot Cake, or “chai tow kway”. Using chucks of steamed radish cake made up of grated radish and rice flour, they are stir-fried together with minced garlic and preserved radish (“chai poh”). Beaten eggs are then poured over those pan-fried radish cake, giving that beautiful yellow color texture. Dark soy sauce can be added to give a much sweeter taste, while chili paste are added to give that spicy taste.

 

$10 Meals At Tampines Round Market & Food Centre

 

Served hot, my $2.50 fried carrot cake was generously coated with golden-colored fried eggs. You can also opt for a larger serving for $3.00. From the bottom of my heart, this hawker stall’s serving portion is definitely reasonable. Garnished with some spring onions, my plate of fried carrot cake was not oily at all.

 

$10 Meals At Tampines Round Market

 

Delicious Hong Kong Noodle Shop 好味香港面家 (#01-21)

When a piece of thin flour dough sheet wrapped up a small filling of marinated minced meat inside and sealed it up, this little food bag becomes a wanton. You can simply boiled them in soup, or fried these wantons to truly enjoy them. It is common to find wanton noodles in Singapore but my plate of dried wanton noodles from Delicious Hong Kong Noodle Shop really “wows” me.

 

$10 Meals At Tampines Round Market & Food Centre

 

Those thin egg noodles were dried, tossed with sauces and topped with slices of char siew (barbecue sweet pork), boiled vegetables and boiled wantons. Taking my first taste of the noodles, it was really really chewy without the taste of alkaline. The wantons and char siew were both pretty decent. Great to enjoy my plate of tasty wanton noodles with some chops of tangy green chilies.

 

$10 Meals At Tampines Round Market & Food Centre

 

Besides serving wanton noodles, this food stall also serves pork rib noodles and pork knuckle noodles at a priced of $3.50 each.

 

137 Lor Mee Prawn Noodles 137 鹵麵蝦麵 (#01-09)

Additional charges for that extra gravy? Yes, it is true and I have seen many people asking for it. Lor Mee is actually a bowl of flat yellow noodles covered with gravy which it’s level of viscosity is made up of corn flour and eggs. Commonly served with finely chops of garlic and chili paste, this local noodle bowl is also served with black vinegar to give that sour taste lingering on our tastebuds.

Queuing time for my bowl of Lor Mee from this food stall is about five minutes. While waiting for my turn, I get to enjoy watching the deep frying process of the chucks of fish meats. After mixing my bowl of Lor Mee with it’s condiments of black vinegar and garlic, I had my first taste of the fried fish and I love it. The flour batter coated onto the fish meats was not thick and the crispiness remains even after soaking them in my bowl of gravy. The price of the Lor Mee from this hawker stall is $3.00, while a larger portion is $4.00. Delicious treat!

 

$10 Meals At Tampines Round Market & Food Centre

$10 Meals At Tampines Round Market & Food Centre

 

Quan Fang Coffee Stall 泉芳冷热茶室 (#01-34)

 

$10 Meals At Tampines Round Market & Food Centre

 

It was really comforting to enjoy a hot cup of milk coffee in the morning where it is buzzing with people. Traditionally, coffee cups are supposed to be porcelain because they kept the coffee warm longer as compared to typical glass cups. This coffee stall is rather iconic probably because of the “Mickey Mouse” cartoon characters printed on the signboard.

With a scoop of condense milk put right into my coffee using the plastic spoon, the sweetness and creaminess is just right. For a small cup of coffee, it is priced at 80 cents while a larger cup is priced at 90 cents.

 

$10 Meals At Tampines Round Market & Food Centre

 

So, if you happen to travel down to Tampines or plan to get some fresh cooking ingredients in this market, do drop by the hawkers stalls behind the wet market. There are still many other food stalls that are worth to be visited and tried.

 

Address of my review
Tampines Round Market
137A Tampines Street 11
Singapore 522137

 

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5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

With a land size of 60 acres, the Singapore Botanic Garden is a total green recreational space which is open free for everyone, except for the National Orchid Garden which is located at the highest hill with more than 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids. With fresh air in the morning, this wonderful garden is filled up with people doing their workouts, strolling with their dogs or even enjoying their breakfast.

As the Botanic Gardens Circle Line is up and running, heading to the Singapore Botanic Gardens is now much easier as compared to the past. I have spent the whole morning in this garden with my family and it is a nice family spot to get out of the busy city life. Now, I will share with you my 5 reasons why Singapore Botanic Gardens is a paradise for children.

 

1. Get close to nature
With the aquatic animals and plants at the lakes, squirrels running around and bugs sticking on the flowers, children can get to watch them closely and doesn’t seem to get them of bored.

 

5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

 

2. Time to read
I know every child’s attention is very short when comes to reading at home. In the Singapore Botanic Gardens, almost every heritage trees and plants will have a signboard built beside them to give an introduction about their history and characteristics. As outdoor learning makes every child to have direct contact with the nature and environment, this will make their reading sessions from those printed text more enjoyable.

 

5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

 

3. Photography
Children are the best creative directors because of their wild imaginations and their beautiful perspective of life. No child is ever too young to step into the world of photography. In the Singapore Botanic Gardens, every child can experiement nature and close-up photography on plants, insects or even their favourite fruits! You don’t need a DSLR for them to snap around, just a point-and-shoot camera or mobile phone will do the trick.

 

5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

 

4. Space for family time
This Singapore horticultural garden is huge enough for families to plan for outdoor activities such as picnics, while the children can run and play around safely on the grasses. Families can also bring their children to the Jacob Ballas Children Garden, which is also known as the Asia’s Children Garden. This is the perfect place for every child to play and learn in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

 

5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

 

5. Green is good for eyes
It is a belief that seeing green is beneficial to our eyes and has a calming effect on our emotions. With children nowadays facing computer screens and other digital devices, putting away the strain off the eyes from those glares and enjoy those lovely green habitats can soothe their emotions. My favorite spot is the Swan Lake.

 

5 Reasons Why Singapore Botanic Gardens Is A Paradise For Children

 

Plan a trip down to enjoy a family weekend breakfast, like Food For Thought, and a morning stroll in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Do bring a bottle of water during the stroll and drinkable water points are available at certain spots for filling up purposes.

Despite there are many tall shady trees around, I would advise parents to put on sun block lotion on their children and carry an umbrella in case of rain. Occasionally, the Singapore Botanic Gardens will held events so do check out their website for the latest updates.

 

Address of my visit
Singapore Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Rd
Singapore 259569

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 5:00am to 12:00am

Telephone: (65) 6471 7138
Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg

 

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A Day In Singapore Zoo

A Day In Singapore Zoo

Stretching myself out of bed early in the morning at 7:00am, I got myself ready for today’s big day out; a family visit to the Singapore Zoo. With a cooler bag and packs of ice, my wife’s preparation of pasta salad last night will be kept cool inside the cooler bag and this will be our family packed lunch.

Before heading to the zoo, I have tested my little Kayden multiple times on how interested will he be for visiting the zoo. He insisted many times that he doesn’t like the zoo at all and he really mean it.

Reaching the Singapore Zoo at 9:00am, we had our breakfast at the Inuka Cafe located at the ticketing counter before the start of the whole zoo event. Simple breakfast.

 

A Day In Singapore Zoo

 

As a precaution in case of our little boy is lazy to walk and request to be carried, my wife have decided to purchase tram tickets at $5.00 per adult fare. These tram tickets were sure very useful!

At station 1 was the Polar Bear and an indoor exhibition hall where cold temperate animals such as the Wolverines and Racoon Dogs were kept cosy inside.

 

A Day In Singapore Zoo

A Day In Singapore Zoo

 

Walking further up, here comes the “get close to” African Wildlife station, where animals were all kept in their open natural habitat.

 

A Day In Singapore Zoo

A Day In Singapore Zoo

 

Let me introduce to you my personal favorite spot in the Singapore Zoo, the Rainforest Kidz World. This area has a Wet Play Area, a performance show for the family, a carousel and a Kampung House. As the name goes, the Kampung House shares and gives a deeper inside of what types of pests, or unwelcome guests, that were commonly seen back in the olden days of Singapore. These pests includes cockroaches, crickets and snakes. Yikes! Putting these pests aside, the Kampung House also showcases animals such as rabbits and goats.

 

A Day In Singapore Zoo

A Day In Singapore Zoo

 

It has been more than ten years before I revisited the Singapore Zoo again. It is a great place to bring the children to. The whole morning until afternoon was a tiring but fun experience. Kayden got knocked out totally when we got home. All those loud drilling sounds from my next door neighbor did not woke him up at all.

Thanks for reading my blog and here are the little fellows bidding farewell to you. Cheers!

 

A Day In Singapore Zoo

 

Address of my visit
Singapore Zoo
80 Mandai Lake Rd
Singapore 729826

Opening Hours
Daily: 8:30am to 6:00pm (Last ticket sale at 5.30pm)

Telephone: (65) 6269 3411
Website: http://www.zoo.com.sg

 

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