Sometimes, Ted would stand at the door just watching the world go by. I often wonder what he is pondering about.
Perhaps he’s pondering about his next milk feed – would that be 4 scoops of milk powder, or 5?
Sometimes, on days I work a little overtime, we would arrange for Papa to bring Ted to somewhere near the office for dinner.
Ted’s always really excited to see me. On this day, when he spotted me, he started yelling “Mama! Mama”, all the while sprinting towards me. Some people were startled but his loud outburst and turned to look at this excited little boy running into his mummy’s arms.
We had dinner, and as a little supper treat, we bought him his favourite temaki, which he insisted on holding.
Some days, Ted decides to go all punk on me.
He may decide to spit out his food, and smear it on every surface he can access, be it chair or human.
He may then decide to adjust his hairstyle and set it with rice.
And then he may decide to give a loud Tarzan war cry.
He will then give another loud roar to let you know that he is the man of men.
And then he will dig his nose calmly as you prepare his bath.
This is actually a super outdated post because Ted turned 2 a few months back but I haven’t had time to consolidate the photos and get them uploaded.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.
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.
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.
We learnt about the difference between the various types of crocs.
Ted taking a rest to have a munch on some bread.
We saw some really large fishes and river animals.
Ted was curious about almost everything.
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.
It was a weekday morning, so there weren’t too many visitors.
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.
We had a date with Papa’s extended family, and we decided to visit Mouth Restaurant（地茂馆）at China Square.
Aunt C placed the orders since she was the connoisseur of the family. In general, the food was really tasty, especially the fried fish and the spring rolls in the centre of the table. My only gripe was that there wasn’t a good enough selection for little toddlers, as the food, being mainly dim sum, tends to be oily, and most of the dishes contain prawn, which kids commonly have allergic reaction to.
We ordered a sliced fish porridge for Ted, but porridge isn’t the type of food that will keep a toddler interested for long.
The fried tofu was good and Ted had several pieces of it.
He even had some meat from this sweet and sour pig’s trotter dish and said he liked it.
He was intrigued by the rainbow har gao and although he picked out the yellow (pumpkin-flavoured) one, it seemed that he didn’t like the taste of it.
I think what really mattered at the end of the day, was that Ted enjoyed time with his extended family.
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Ambience: Noisy, many big families chattering away
Food: Tasty for adults, a little too oily and heavy for children
Recommended order for toddlers: Tofu dishes, porridge
Children’s set menu: None. They’re going to have to eat what the adults eat
After our little trip to KK Hospital, we hopped onto a shuttle bus that brought us to Novena Square. We settled for Pasta De Waraku, which was conveniently located on the first floor of the Novena Square 2. It was a weekday afternoon and they had some lunch time promotion going on.
The manager directed us to a table but was slow in bringing us the baby chair so Ted helped himself.
For someone who had complained of pain in his right arm just half an hour ago, he did pretty well in dragging the chair out.
I ordered the corn and tuna pasta, thinking it sounded like a good combination of fish and some kind of vegetable for the baby. It was unfortunately, dry and very salty. I ended up eating most of it myself.
This was the mentaiko tofu. Ted loves tofu and can usually finish this sort of portion all by himself but this time he only had 1/4 of it. I wasn’t sure if mentaiko was a good meal option for a 2-year old and did not offer him any.
I also pampered myself with a little side dish of sliced pork belly in Vietnamese sauce. It was the “National Day Special” at only $5.90 and the manager was marketing it strongly to the table next to us. It happened that they were also the only other patrons in the restaurant.
The pork was dry and charred and the sauce very salty. I believe they were trying to sell the tastiness of the sauce. It was tasty, no doubt, and if drizzled sparingly, it would have made a good accompaniment to nicely grilled pork belly.
Ted was still using only his left hand to eat and hold items and it was fun to watch him eat. Every now and then he would look at his right hand, as if contemplating if he should use it, and then decide to use his left hand instead. He ate very little, although he did most of the eating himself. The waiter serving our table was very impressed and came over to ask me his age.
I think Ted must have been really tired after our very long day. He felt asleep at the table and the staff were kind enough to let him lay on the couch and sleep for about 45 minutes before I woke him up to take him home.
It wasn’t a good meal experience at all, and I probably would never bring Ted back. I probably should have guessed from the fact that we were the very first patrons at about 12 pm, which is the busy lunch period, and that very few people came in after us. The staff were friendly, though, but nobody visits a restaurant just because of good service.
~ * ~ * ~ Toddler Experience Rating ~ * ~ * ~
Ambience: Casual, not noisy
Food: Salty, dry, Ted only had a little spaghetti
Recommended order for toddlers: If you really have to.. perhaps something from the kids menu
Children’s set menu: The usual tomato-based pasta
Extras: Staff was very friendly