Weekend Wanderings #12: What is history, but a fable agreed upon?

Monday, 23 July 2012

Saturday, 21 July 2012

BabyMoo wears Chelsea kit with Asics shoes.
No prizes for guessing what's Daddy's favourite football team!

We decided to discover more about Singapore's history over the weekend, in conjunction with Children’s Season at the Singapore National Museum!

DaddyMoo is a history buff, and have visited the Museum several times over the years, both for recreation and work. I, on the other hand, have never been inclined towards the past (let sleeping dogs lie – is my excuse), and I’m not proud to admit that I’ve never been to the National Museum, so this was as good a time as any to visit.



I remember this iconic scuplture which was placed fronting the National Museum when I was growing up. Such a pity that it's been moved to another area, and we can't see it from the road.

We were pleasantly surprised to find that it was Open House at the Museum when we arrived, so there were no admission charges for all the areas. The Museum's atrium and foyer is a wonderful place with natural light filtering in, and it was indeed wonderful to note that the original building's structure has been preserved, although it was evident that the place has undergone massive renovations.

Reminds me of Da Vinci's code!

BabyMoo absolutely loved the wide open spaces, and was busy running around exploring the different sections of the Island Adventures programme. In between, he was intrigued by the swinging chandeliers. He stood transfixed, almost hypnotised - and had to be dragged away before he would move on.


The Island Adventures programme appeared to cater more for older kids, with story telling activities and hands-on activities to delight the children. It brought history to life for them, and I sure hope that there will be more of such events so that history will not be as tedious as it was for me when I was growing up! BabyMoo had his share of fun trying out the different navigational items on display though. He was especially drawn to the telegraph.

Kids are encouraged to colour in the picture, which was then made into a badge for them. BabyMoo helped Daddy by lending his moral support! I think it was a nice souvenir for the children to help remember the event.

We then proceeded to the main historical hall. At the entrance, they provided us with a hand held device complete with headphones (so high-tech!) which is to be used in place of the information plaques in days of yore. There are numbers placed next to displays or on the floor... and we had to key in these numbers to get a running commentary and description of the item in question. While I agree that it is a useful gadget, I think that a brief description should still be present on the exhibits, and it should remain as an option. The again, I suppose the majority of visitors come without a feisty toddler whom I had to keep an eagle eye on!

Inspired by X-Men?

Prior to entering, I was rather concerned because I didn't know how BabyMoo will take to the darkened areas and larger than life exhibits. I need not have worried. It appears that he was in his element! He didn't display any fear or apprehension, and I had to go around chasing after him as he makes his way round the rooms and maze-like areas on his own... for fear that I would lose sight of him!

Totally loving the experience.

Police station in pre-war era.

I was rather spooked by this feature wall!

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DaddyMoo needed a hair cut, so we decided to have a late lunch at Holland Village as well. BabyMoo is familiar with the place now, and has taken to entertaining himself while he waits. The hubba loves this place which we found by accident while we were walking around... it's quaint and old fashioned, but the 3 elderly barbers there do a great job, are friendly, and best part is - the price is right!
BabyMoo was asked by the barber if he would like a hair cut - to which he replied not only by shaking his head vehemently, but also by waving his hands top signify 'No' vigorously! Looks like we'll keep his curly locks long, after all.

We did a spot of window shopping around town next (yes - back there because I needed to run an errand at Lucky Plaza and I completely forgot to do it before we went to the Museum). BabyMoo and Daddy had an old fashioned treat! You can't buy that many things with just a dollar now!


We had dinner at Ion Orchard, and ended the day at that evil place!

That place where you go in intending to buy 1 item and end up with another 9 (useless) ones.


Sunday, 22 July 2012

BabyMoo gives his best moody face in Dinosaur tee (gift from his Uncle from Bangkok), Gap checked pants (only kids and Ah Peks can get away with these pants!) and SKR's Jude sandals.

We were at church pretty early because the boy decided that he wants to wake up at 8.00am on a Sunday morning, and made sure that his Mummy and Daddy doesn't get any extra shut eye as well. So we entertained ourselves while waiting for Mass to start.

We decided to have Dim Sum for lunch, because my Mum has been raving about the selection at Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant. It's been around for decades, and the place is seriously a throwback to the 60s. This involves the decor, furniture, and even the rickety lifts which go up from the 1st floor to the 9th floor, where the restaurant is located. And yes - the name is not just a name... the entire restaurant really revolves.

We had a very peaceful lunch... because BabyMoo was more than entertained by the birds eye view of all the ferries, tankers, cranes and container trucks down below! It has been a long time since we had really nice Dim Sum, and we were extremely pleased to note that good food can be had without costing us an arm and a leg. BabyMoo loved the crab meat, fish and century egg porridge - and gave his stamp of approval by finishing up the entire big bowl along with a barbecued pork bun and some rice rolls.

YumYum!!

BabyMoo needs new pajamas, because he has outgrown most of his and now wears hip hop pajama bottoms. His Grandmama sews most of his cotton PJs, so we thought that we would try to get some material to make more. We bought the last batch from Joo Chiat Complex (where they still have quaint textile shops) so we made our way there after lunch.

We didn't know that being the Hari Raya Puasa season, the shops only stock material suitable for Baju Kurung, kebaya and traditional wear! There aren't any 100% cotton material to be had, and so we left the place empty handed.

Since it was a very hot day and we were just nearby... we made our way to I12 Katong for some water fun for BabyMoo!



He had so much fun... and was running about despite our warnings to be careful. He slipped and fell on the ground, grazing his cheekbone on the mat. Daddy just looked on and told him to get up by himself and that he's fine - while Mummy took pictures of his 'plight'. Talk about sadistic parents! Haha!


He was more than happy to get up and continue, and was none the worse for wear. We try to teach him to always be accountable for his actions, and we find that it is extremely effective when we put it into effect at play. He knows that he was running about recklessly despite our warnings, and he got into a minor accident because he didn't listen. He was far more careful after that.

Mummy was far more upset by the shiner than he was! :)

DaddyMoo suggested going to Chinatown to see if we can get the material needed for BabyMoo's PJs. Tired out from play, our dear boy fell asleep on the way there.

MummyMoo's angel (only when he sleeps!)

It's been awhile since we've been to People's Park Complex in Chinatown - and although the vibe is still the same, the quaint Mom and Pop shops have actually started selling different stuff from what they did before. Where previously they sold textile, home needs, beads, accessories and diy implements, now they are more geared up towards ready to wear clothes, undergarments and home fix tools. There's even a fancy dress shop there - with some items guaranteed to raise eyebrows or waggle them, whichever floats the boat.

No material for Pajamas, but we did come across a bargain hunter's dream come true.


I saw a lot of people carting a number of items at one go... it soon became apparent to me that people who come here don't really just buy one piece of something. Upon closer look at the prices, I went into auto-Auntie mode.

I shopped carrying BabyMoo, asleep blissfully in the Manduca carrier (thank heavens for that carrier... it's been our best investment to date since BabyMoo hates the stroller!)

Some of the great buys are Baby Powders, Soaps, Liquid Cleansers, Detergents and Softeners. There are also regular toiletries, soaps, shampoos, and every day needs. Don't take my word for it - I actually made a comparison of some of the product prices in store as opposed to the same items sold elsewhere.

Sold in-store - Oral-B Stages toothbrush: $2.30.
Kodomo Kids Toothpaste (banded with a smaller tube): $1.90.
Johnson's Baby Top to Toe wash: $4.50 
Kodomo Laundry Softener: $3.50
Kodomo Laundry Detergent: $6.00


Part of the loot... and I spent about $60.00 in total. I was extremely pleased with myself. Massive savings for the family! Quaint shop, with almost everything that we need, at great prices. I know where I'm heading to the next time we have to stock up on toiletries!

We went to Clementi Mall for dinner, because the hubs remembered seeing some textile shops at Clementi Central. BabyMoo ate plenty, most probably because he was hungry from all that energy spent at the water park earlier. 

To think that we searched almost round Singapore for 100% cotton material for his pajamas.
... At the end of it all, it was found almost at our doorstep. 


Till next weekend - have a wonderful week ahead!





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9 comments :

  1. I've heard that Ocean stocks very cheap toiletries. Looks like I should make a trip there too. Auntie mode emerges... haha.

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    1. Susan... they do! I went Auntie-mad! Haha!

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  2. Shld go Ocean lah, especially if u drives. For me, I give it a miss coz i can only carry so much loots, plus taking a cab there n back... price will be the same as the supermarket at the nearby mall.

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    1. Why like everybardee know of this place except me? :( So suakoo me!

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  3. Haven't check out that shop but I do know above the hawkercentre next to OG at chinatown there are wholeselling similar products. I bought my gals edible toothpaste from there. BTW the kodomo tooth paste is not really the suitable for them at this age as it is not suppose to be digested also it is very sweet and attracts ants to the bathroom. (Based on my experience)

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    1. Dom... this shop is the one on top of the hawker centre opposite OG (People's Park Complex). Could this be the same one?

      I didn't know that! C prefers Kodomo toothpaste as compared to the others. Ayoh...

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  4. Actually, there are many neighborhood shops that sell most toiletries cheaper than the ones we get from major supermarkets. :p And thanks for sharing that Prima Revolving Restaurant serves dim sum!

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    1. Ya la... the hubba also say me very atas :( Haha!!

      And their Dim Sum good leh!

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  5. Great pictures! Cute blog! =)

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