Water Fun

Children love to play with water. Ted calls it swimming, but it’s really just monkeying around in water.

We bought him a water gun from Giant, and it was fun teaching him to use it. He struggled with the concept of pulling back the “trigger” with the nozzle in the water and then pushing it out to shoot the water out.

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We think he hasn’t yet associated the speed of closing the trigger with the projectile of the water, but once he does, each trip to the pool will be quite the water battle.

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We also bought a little lifesaver and are looking forward to the day he picks up swimming.

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A Birthday Celebration at the River Safari

This is actually a super outdated post because Ted turned 2 a few months back but I haven’t had time to consolidate the photos and get them uploaded.

Ted was really excited because he loves being outdoors and he loves balloons. I decided to invite my family along together with the Great-Grandmother as they had never been to the River Safari.

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We bought him a balloon just for the day. We thought it would be fun if he could take the balloon all around the River Safari.

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Unfortunately, balloons are NOT allowed in the River Safari park. We had to deposit our balloon with the staff at the counter. 😦 Ted was disappointed but he didn’t kick up a fuss.

The River Safari is a pleasantly family friendly place. Most of the exhibits are housed in large tanks and there is plenty of shelter, including sheltered walkways built around them. This means that if we want to stop for a rest or in the event of rain, it is easy to find a nice shady spot to settle in.

This is rather different from the zoo in which visitors are almost always out in the open, and the hot afternoon sun or an unfortunate rain shower could really spoil the visitors’ mood.

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We learnt about the difference between the various types of crocs.

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Ted taking a rest to have a munch on some bread.

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We saw some really large fishes and river animals.

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Ted was curious about almost everything.

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We made our way to the Yangtze River where the pandas were housed. There is a large air-conditioned enclosure where the pandas live in comfort and have plenty to eat. Unfortunately for us, the pandas were not very active when we were there and were hiding out in an obscure, far corner of their enclosure.

We tried pointing out the faint black and white figure hiding behind the rocks in the background, but it didn’t seem like Ted could make out the pandas.

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It was a weekday morning, so there weren’t too many visitors.

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A couple of us adults queued up for the boat ride they call the “Amazon River Quest”. I was rather intrigued by the way they designed the beginning of the journey, in which our entire boat was lifted up via a very large lift.

The ride itself was, however, disappointing. Not only did we have to endure the hot midday sun throughout the 10-minute journey, we hardly saw any animals. There were many signs indicating the name of the animals we were supposed to see, but most of them were probably napping somewhere in the shade, and away from the sweltering heat outside. It was essentially a boat ride to see animal names (and their sponsors).

It was a rather disappointing trip for the adults but I think it was enjoyable the the toddler who basically just enjoyed the running and the walking. I probably won’t be back here anytime soon.

This little baby goes to the zoo

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As part of a multi-day birthday celebration for the little baby, we decided to bring him to the zoo!

It was Ted’s first visit to the zoo, and because we thought it would be a long day, we brought along a stroller, a lot of baby snacks and accessories as well as a grandparent. Grandma K had taken a day off from work just to celebrate the little guy’s birthday with him and was very excited to be part of Ted’d first excursion to the zoo.

Thankfully, the weather was great – the morning wasn’t too hot and although we thought it might rain, it did not. The weather was nice enough for Ted to take a 1.5 hour nap while we explored the place by ourselves. We had brought along our helper as she had never been to the zoo and we introduced to her the history of Ah Meng our famous orang utan among other animals.

Ted finally woke up at the Giant Tortoise enclosure because there were two huge tortoises mating and making a whole racket about it.

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I never even knew tortoises made sounds, but apparently the male ones do, and very loud sounds they make too. Loud enough to wake a sleeping baby who slept through a few crowds of noisy primary school students running about the zoo.

Anyway, since Ted was awake, we detoured back to a few of the more interesting enclosures and pointed out animals such as the giraffe, the zebra and the lion to him. It was certainly much more fun than just pointing to animal pictures and saying their names.

Ted looked surprised at most of the animals we pointed out – it was probably his first time seeing big live walking animals other than humans.

We also managed to squeeze in some time to see the Splish Splash show where the seals gave a great performance that Ted enjoyed over a banana.

All in all, it was a great experience for us. I love the open concept of the zoo and love that we can see the animals roaming in their (almost) natural habitat. I love being able to point out random animals and describe what they are doing to Ted. If the tickets weren’t so expensive ($22 per entry per adult), I would most certainly like to make it a regular visit.

This little baby goes to the Botanical Gardens

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It was Ted’s birthday, not just the official family celebration day, but the actual day he turned ONE.

We thought it would be nice to take a couple of days off to celebrate his very special day as well as his newfound ability to walk.

On this morning, we went to the Singapore Botanical Gardens. 🙂

It was a very sunny morning but we came prepared – we had a mini fan installed on the stroller for the little boy’s comfort. Mini fans are a must have for all Singapore mothers! A hot, bothered toddler is not easy to please.

Ted had a little nap while we had a quiet morning stroll amongst the lush greenery while munching on a little croissant. When he woke up, we tried to encourage him to take a little stroll but he would walk only a few steps before stopping to pick up a stray leaf (still a favourite of his) or pick at a mini crack on the ground.

We ended up carrying him most of the way, stopping only occasionally at some shaded spots to let him do a little ground exploration.

As we were about to make our way home, Ted discovered the fish food dispenser machine. Our attempts to pull him away from the machine were met with frustrated yells and some mini feet stamping. We also discovered a statue of Singa, the recently retired courtesy lion just beside the machine, and despite our repeated attempts to get him interested in it (both Papa and I found it a lot more interesting than the fish food machine), he paid no attention to the big friendly orange lion.

I’m never sure what gets him excited. He tends to finds interest in the most unexpected objects!

This little baby goes to the East Coast Park

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We decided to take Ted out for a walk at East Coast Park one Sunday as he had recently started to walk. The fresh air was excellent and Papa and I both had ourselves a hearty meal at Carl’s Junior while waiting for the sun to dip under the treetops before we started our little exercise.

Ted could only walk a few steps at a time before collapsing to the ground and he had not yet started to be excited about things beyond his immediate vicinity.

He was particularly fascinated with the fallen leaves. He would pick one up, then another one, and when he found a third leaf, he would stack the first two on top of that third one.

There weren’t very very many leaves on the footpath we were walking on, just one every several steps for a little toddler (my gosh, he IS a toddler now), and it was absolutely hilarious when at one point he fumbled his way to the edge of the footpath and discovered, much to his surprise that there was an entire treasure trove of fallen leaves tucked just below the edge of the footpath.

He immediately leaned over and pointed excitedly to the leaves, all the while going “Ooooh! Ooooh! Oooh!” Papa and I couldn’t help but bend over laughing at this adorable spectacle.

We must have spent an hour and a half there, although with all the distractions along the way (Ted was also fascinated by the bins in the park, which happened to painted bright colours), we did not make it far past our starting point.

It was, nevertheless a good exercise for us and for him and we will most certainly be back for more leaf collecting when he’s a little more expert in his walking. 🙂