Monday, February 3, 2014

Our short trip to the FARMART

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While having our breakfast, we were pondering over how we should spend our Sunday as a family. Our choices were quite limited as we were looking for attractions that are near our place and hopefully somewhere where we need not fork out a substantial sum of money just to visit.  In the end FARM MART was our best choice.

As it was a Sunday, we were expecting a huge crowd of people but to our surprise it looks like a dead town. Most of the shops were either closed or moved out. Further up, there were only 2 or 3 people fishing for prawns. Years back, prawn fishing was quite popular...We were lost for words. It seems like FARM MART has lost its appeal. Nonetheless, we decided to head towards the mini farm area where they house the goats, rabbits, mouse and guinea pigs...


Luckily, the mini farm turns out to be the only fun place for the kids. For just $5, we were able to purchase small packets of vegetables which my kids took turns to feed the animals.
   
HOW TO GET THERE

Its advisable to drive your car there, the parking fees is about $0.50/hour. There seems to be a bus that service that area but you may have to walk a short distance to reach FARM MART.


Monday, December 30, 2013

Choosing the right milk bottle

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DADDY GOES SHOPPING FOR BABY STUFF

I believe this is one of the process which all soon to be parents will go through. Finding the right milk bottle. Although our government strongly encourages breast feeding, what they do not understand is that majority of the mothers are working mums. Once the 4 months maternity leave is up, there are basically two options. Buy a mechanical breast pump and pump out the milk and store it in the fridge for later use; hopefully a caretaker can warm it up and feed the baby or switch to formula milk. Majority of mums chose the latter. Because it is just too convenient, can you imagine using the breast pump in the middle of the night or during your free time. Believe me, it is very tiring. From a daddy's point of view....

Hence we decided to embark on a mini journey to find the right milk bottle for our little baby girl. Being clueless, i thought that it was an easy process. I mean, how hard can it be!? Its just a bottle, right?

Well, i was wrong. I can still remember the day when i stood in front of a gigantic shelf (It was really gigantic) of baby bottles. In all shapes and sizes. I took one box and looked at the description. One word baffled me. "Colic", i started scratching my head. Apparently, this bottle was designed in such a way that can assist in preventing colic. Whats COLIC?! I shoved that aside, picked up another brand, this one stated feeding nipple is shaped naturally liked the nipples of the mother. Your child would not be able to tell the difference. Hmm..i not too sure about that. Hence, the rest of the day was spent checking the type of bottles. 

There came a point in time where we decided to get some assistance from the sales marketer..Hence, another half and hour was spent introducing the products to us. Eventually we were comtemplating between two brands. 

1. TOMMY TIPPEE
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Complete Starter Set
This was one of the newest brands and from the description, it sort of states that it is the one and for all usage bottle. It promises to prevent colic, nipples were shaped naturally to a mother's nipple, easy to hold for baby, environmentally safe, etc.  **Check out here for the latest designs and specifications, cause when we bought this bottle, it was 5 years ago and up till now Tommy Tippee have actually introduced some new features.


2. AVENT
Philips AVENT BPA Free Classic Polypropylene Essentials Gift Set
Heard this was one of the highly recommended brands from majority of mothers. It also has the same features as described from Tommy Tippee milk bottles. **Check out here for the latest designs and specifications.

In the end, we settled on the former, Tommy Tippee. The shape of the bottle was rather unique and we believed that it will be much easier for a baby to hold.
Fast forward 5 years, our baby girl have finally grown up and this bottle has actually accompanied her through her growing up phase. The bottle is still in good condition and she is still occasionally drinking from it. But of the course the feeding nipples were changed every half yearly as my daughter tend to bite it while drinking causing the rubber feeding hole to split. Ouch...

Big hole in the feeding nippleStill looking good!

When our second daughter was born, we decided to use Avent this time round. Both brands have actually served us well and we have no complaints about it. Oh, if you are curious on whether the bottles prevent any colic, my answer is,  we had good night sleeps while they were using the bottles. :). But of course it varies between different babies. We were lucky.... 

Pregnant Daddy
To Boldly go where no Daddys have gone before

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Weekend Outings

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Finally! After some planning, we have decided to have some family time last weekend.


Our first stop: Dairy Farm Nature Park
I'm glad that that we have such a huge park and my kids simply love coming here. The first thing that my daughter would always do, was to take pictures!
Not very sure why she took this shot, i edited it to enhance the stone's presence.
















Another of her "creative" shots. Apparently the snail left its house behind..maybe upgrading to a bigger one..















Baby sister fell and took a tumble.Minor scratches. Point to note, no running on uneven ground....















Decided to proceed for our next stop, dark cloud looming. Seems like its gonna rain anytime soon. While moving back to our car, we saw a family of monkeys. Sensing their hostility, decided not to provoke them. Took the photos from afar...really very far...











Super heavy rain!!! Made the right decision of leaving early, else our family outing would have been cut short.













 
Next Stop: Nirvana Memorial Garden
We decided to drop by to visit my late great-grandmother. Her ashes was moved to this fantastic place last year. People always believed that crematoriums were eerie places and by all means would avoid visiting. But Nirvana Memorial Garden broke the tradition, the atmosphere here is warm and comfortable. Nothing like the eerie crematoriums you have seen in movies or dramas.

*Anyone who is interested to view the place can call up my agent.(Drop me a mail/comment) She will gladly give you a tour.



 Next Stop: Jurong Point Shopping Center
Mummy's favorite shopping place. Kerin is feeling the strain, decided to stay behind and accompany daddy. While mummy embarks on her quest for woman's wear and accessories.





    







Jurong Point was our last stop, time passes very fast when you are having fun! Who says Singapore has no fun places to explore?! If you took the time to plan the trip, everywhere would be a great place for families to hang out.

Pregnant Daddy
To boldly go where no daddys has gone before

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