Outdoor Fun for the little one!

Monday, 10 September 2012

I must confess that I'm hardly an outdoor-sy person, and the hubs will attest to the fact that I'm a city girl through and through. In fact, he has told me in no uncertain terms that if we ever go camping in the wilds (like that's ever going to happen!) he will not carry my pillow and blanket, not to mention my big, fluffy towels or generator to plug in my hairdryer!

I retorted that in the very least, I don't lay claim to wanting to try to rough it out, only to be so miserable that I'll be home before the tent is even pitched!

Lately though, I've realised that BabyMoo loves running around in the outdoors. Now we all know that when it comes to the kids, we will bend over backwards for them... and this is no exception for me. I've walked on grass barefoot, squished around in mucky mud, and waded in streams (ignoring the froggy mating calls!) just to cater to his whims and fancy. That boy really knows how to push my buttons. Daddy will be more than willing to do all these with him, but no... he's apparently determined on making Mummy get into the groove with him! He will run and pull me along, and shake his head vehemently when Daddy says that he will go with him instead.

The things I do for the kid.

Last weekend, we drove past Marina South and decided to drop by the 'Meadow' at Gardens by the Bay. This is on the periphery of the main section itself, and thus is open to the public without any charges involved. We happened to stumble onto this section because we parked at the 'Meadow' carpark just before the main entrance, which we turned into seeing that there were more than 200 lots available.

Apparently it is a space catered for special themed events, carnivals and product launches, and therefore looks more structured than the actual Gardens area. I think it's a great idea for the vast expanse of space, provided that guests can put up with the humidity and there are alternative plans made for wet weather conditions.

It was pretty empty apart from 2 Singaporean groups and two couples who were having their pre-wedding shots taken. This was perhaps because some of the sections were still being worked on and cultivated, and not everything was in working order.


I felt like I was in a huge, landscaped man-made garden, artistically enhanced so as to give a feel of a tropical rainforest, right down to the cicadas and the mating calls courtesy of speakers placed strategically beneath not-so-lush foliage.

We had fun trying to locate these speakers, and even BabyMoo joined in by trying to stomp on all the shrubs in his efforts!


Gardens by the bay

There were shrubs pruned to animal perfection.

Gardens by the Bay

These were enhanced by bin like structures which gave a brief description of the respective animals, and emits that animal's calling sound. Eco-friendly, too... given that you have to turn the knob in order to hear the sound, as opposed to it being run by electricity.

Gardens by the Bay

BabyMoo working those muscles!


...and was so thoroughly tickled by the guttural sounds coming out of Mr. Bin!!

Gardens by the Bay

The holograms were not in working order as yet... but I think it will be quite a popular attraction with the kids when it's up and running.

I guess DaddyMoo summed it all up when he said in mock seriousness:
"... and the difference between Gardens by the Bay and The Botanical Gardens is... the trees and plants are younger here."
Gardens by the Bay
We waited for Daddy to pick us up from the main entrance, because lazy Mummeh can't be bothered to walk back to where we parked!
Perhaps when the trees are fully grown, the place would lose that 'clinical' showcase feel... but for the time being, more than being wowed by the entire experience, we found ourselves pretty disappointed by what we've seen so far. Then again, I am not a person that close to nature, so maybe I'm not the best judge of this section of the billion dollar garden in the city.

What did BabyMoo think of the entire Gardens experience?

Gardens by the Bay

"I suppose it could be better, Mummeh!!"

We headed on down to West Coast Park next, because we might as well continue our outdoor jaunt while I'm in the mood! :)

We stay so close to this park, but we have yet to visit, despite hearing nothing but good things about it. When we arrived at about 4.00pm on a cool and balmy late afternoon, the place was teeming with families, flying kites, having picnics, and relaxing. 

BabyMoo was all excited at the sight and sounds of children at play, apart from the playground structures which held his attention...

West Coast Park

Playground at West Coast Park

Playground at West Coast Park

Playground at West Coast Park

Until he found out that to get to these structures, he had to walk on sand!!


He couldn't be coaxed to play after that... and being a boy who hates all manner of discomfort, dirt, tabs and labels on his clothes... he didn't like the feel of the sand at all! When we went to East Coast Park previously, the waves crashing on the beach, thus making it wet - perhaps made the entire experience that much more bearable.

There is a toddler's area though... (devoid of sand), and he had fun in the little fire engine structure there.

Playground at West Coast Park

Playground at West Coast Park

Daddy tried to show off his strength...

Playground at West Coast Park

...which BabyMoo appropriately ignored.

West Coast Park
Lovely huge field to fly kites, picnic or play!

West Coast Park
Sunset at West Coast Park

I survived the outdoors! 
It wasn't that bad, actually... I rather enjoyed myself as well. I'm sure that there will be many more happy fun with Mummeh - and it will be nice to stop DaddyMoo's jibes about me being an Uptown Girl.


The happy smiles on BabyMoo's face was definitely a motivating factor.
Then again, motherhood has a tendency to make us do things which would otherwise be out of our element. It makes us realise we possess strengths which we never thought we had.

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15 comments :

  1. Love the last photo of BabyMoo! I wanna go to the Meadows but is it very crowded? DinoPapa is not a greenery person :(

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    1. Jen... I think it's just opened, so most people go from the main entrance itself. This was off the side!

      When you take a cab, be sure to drop off at the car park which marks 'The Meadows', about 500m away before the main gates.

      It wasn't crowded on Sunday evening, though.

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  2. Great post with lovely photos. Kudos to Mommy for braving the elements just so BabyMoo can experience the great outdoors! I say 'Keep it up Mummeh'! It'll take a while before they get used to the sensation of sand in their toes...but keep encouraging him along and soon he'll be a beach boy :D

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    1. Not sure if I want him to be one, Angeline! Haha!
      Cos then we would always have to go to the beach! -_-

      Mummeh also has to get used to the sand, ya kno?

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  3. Love the matching skulls t-shirts! I've never been to West Coast Park, you made me want to explore it next weekend :)

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    1. I love my top, too!! Haha!! :)

      You should... it's a welcome change from ECP!

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  4. I like the skull shirts too!!! Hey's let's organise a byo picnic SMB gathering at West Coast Park!!! hahaha...

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    1. Picnic ah?

      Er... I'm not THAT outdoorsy yet leh! Slowly lah... haha!

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  5. Great to see you enjoying the outdoors too with babymoo. Will try to check out the MEdows and other parts of the gardens when we ever get to go there.

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  6. Err like that call braving the outdoors ah?! Tsk Tsk Hahahaha. I can't wait for my girl to get over her "I hate sand" phase so I can bring her to WCP too!

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  7. Ahhh you finally succumbed to the "outdoor"!! It's the dressing lah. Heehee I'm sure it was NOT BAD at all. Next tįmê go sungei buloh ok?

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  8. Heh heh... I think all kids go through a "I DONT LIKE SAND IN BETWEEN MY TOESSSSSS MUMMEEEEEE" phase, but they soon grow out of it. I'm sorry to break it to you. Soon he will be piling on the sandcastles and gleefully running on the beach. Break out the sunblock lotion and sexy tops. :P

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  9. I'm heading to West Coast park for kite flying. You'll find that once in a while when you do let your hair down, you can have great fun with the kid. Do it more often :)
    And yes, Sophie got over the sand when she was two plus... it's a phase they will outgrow.

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  10. Ohhh... I have been to the Gardens by the Bay 2x and had yet to explore the Meadows. First time, I went around evening, venture only a little from the entrance near MBS. Had dinner near the supertrees, and watch the lights from those trees come to life in OCBC Raspsody.
    The second time I went there was through the other entrance from Marina Barrage. Again I breeze through the whole place only to stop for quite some time at the gift/ souvenir shop because I was drawn to the idea of homegrown veggie.

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