Picnic @ East Coast Park

This post should have been written two weeks ago! That’s how busy the mom is because she had almost forgotten about it due to all the things that she had to think about! Hang in there, it should get better by the end of the month. Everything is in chaos right now. Lol.

Anyway this is a throwback post on the last minute picnic that little milkie had requested. As we were so busy with our new house, we didn’t have the time to bring her and little milo out during the one week school holiday. So when she mentioned that she wanted to go for a picnic, I thought why not, especially when it happened to be a holiday for the enrichment class.

It was funny yet horrible. Little milkie was so excited that she slept real early the night before like around 9pm (her usual timing is around 11pm). The thing is, she woke up REAL early too, both her and little milo, at 4am, saying that she wanted to prepare the sandwich. Of course I rejected and asked her to go back and sleep again. She did, but I did not really go back to sleep.

At 7am, after giving up on trying, I decided to start preparing first. That was when she woke up again. How I wished she was so enthusiastic when she goes to school!

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So there we go, preparing some simple snacks. Little milkie helped to pluck and wash the grapes and cut the bread, while little milo helped to dry the grapes (and he thoroughly enjoyed it!).

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When we reached East Coast Park, before I put my things down, little milkie had already ran off with her beach toys followed by her grandma.

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Little milo followed but insisted on going back to the shelter. Apparently, he dare not really walked on the sand! And this basically means that mommy is going to bring him to the beach more often! Lol.

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Here’s the small sandwiches that we prepared, with ham and cheese, and peanut butter and nutella.

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This little boy is definitely more interested in food than any other thing!

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After some rest, we did manage to get the boy back on the sand and get his feet dirty.

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And I think this is the part where she enjoyed the most for she rarely get the chance to cycle (though it’s a 4-wheeled) when she is well-protected by her grandparents. Oops.

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And that is the photo I took, after brisk walking behind her for the past 30 minutes. It sure was a great workout for me too!

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Just when I thought that the both of them will knock out once they are in the car, they surprised me and were so hyper throughout the journey to our next destination – a shopping mall!

Yup, that was our picnic. We sure had fun! But here’s a tip:

After the trip, go home and have a good rest before going out again. Since they were so full of energy, we went shopping till evening before we headed home. 2 days later, little milo got sick. Haa…

He is now sick again after just recovering like a week back. I do home he fully recovers soon!

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Took the time out to bring milkie to the zoo to see the white tigers and lions, which we missed previously. Managed to catch the lions who are back! Saw the white tigers too but sadly, found out that one of them, Omar, passed away about a month ago.

Nonetheless, we saw the Zoo-rassic Park and I was amazed at how real it looks! Little milkie was too, from being really excited, to totally scare of it and practically stuck to her dad. In a way, I am glad there isn’t anymore dinosaurs on Earth, or are there still somewhere out there?

#milkandmilo #singapore #zoo #singaporezoo #attraction #dinosaur

Trip to the Jurong Frog Farm

Here we are at the Jurong Frog Farm that is not located at Jurong but at Lim Chu Kang! Nevertheless it’s the frog that we are looking at today and not the location.

Honestly, I wouldn’t have came if not for the safety of little milkie (since I have no idea how the place looks like) as well as the company of other mummies. Frogs, aren’t my favourite animals nor food. In fact, I will always keep a distance when I walked pass restaurants with tanks of frogs in it.

Well, regardless of what, I am here today and shall share with you the experience at the frog farm.

And so, that little milkie of mine was so excited when we were on our way there. I did ask her if she dares to touch the frog which she replied with a YES. It’s definitely a no-no for me. Me going there is already a big achievement considering that I cried when my cousin brought me to see a tank of frogs in the supermarket when I was young (she just reminded me while we were on our way there).

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Anyway, the farm was located relatively far inside the Lim Chu Kang area where all the farms seem to be at. There are handdrawn signboards along the roads that shows you how far it is before you reach. Otherwise, here’s the address:

56 Lim Chu Kang Lane 6, Singapore 719164

There was an open space right at the entrance where cars can move. Beyond that were roofs of segmented areas where the frogs lived. And there’s also a shop with air-con.

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We were greeted by a friendly guide, known as the Froggy guy, who introduced and explained the things throughout the whole trip.

So there, he started off asking who would like to touch the frog and immediately we see hands going up. I was amazed that little milkie kept her words as she enthusiastically waved her hands! (I should have more trust in her!)

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And so there it was, in 3 small tanks, were 6 frogs. The guide started asking the children if they saw the parts of the frogs as all of them try to get a closer took at them.

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Then the time came where he took 2 of them out and started asking the children (and teachers or parents) to touch it. She did it!

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And of course there were other explanations such as how do you differentiate the genders, and why do they have web feets, or what is the probability that they will survive in the wild (apparently it’s not very high) etc. All in all, this section was rather fun and educational although I’m a little gross out at the way he held the frogs.

Then before we proceeded to the next area, he asked if anyone wanted to take a picture with them. No way! That was my first thought. But hey, after looking at a few of them doing it, I realised it wasn’t that bad since you will be wearing a hat and the froggy guy never actually let go of the frogs. So I asked little milkie if she wanted to, but I guessed the slippery skin of the frog sort of scare her a little (some of her classmates were crying) and she refused to take. I managed to convince her and took one just for remembrance sake although her face was a little funny.

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Well, we proceeded to the feeding part where we walked to the area where the frogs stay. Surprisingly, it wasn’t really that smelly. I was still kind of worried. And luckily too, it feels quite spacious so I wasn’t really that scare. The frogs never really eat when we threw those processed fish meat (looks like fish food in small balls) because based on the froggy guy, they were all sleeping. It was a short one and we proceeded to see the stages of a lifecycle of a frog.

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There in 5 small tanks were the frogs in different stages. They were huge! I mean the tadpoles. I guessed its because those were American bullfrogs.

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The froggy guy started to explain to them on each stage as the children all crowded around. It was interesting, to be honest. Though I already know the lifecycle of it, to see them face-to-face is a whole new experience!

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The eggs definitely looks like the chia seeds that I’ve been drinking…

And then we’ve got the last area under the hot sun where the children are allowed to catch the tadpoles and put it into another tank. The kids had lots of fun. I know milkie did!

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Finally we went into the air-con area where they gave out a froggy headband and was told a story about the frog prince.

After a morning under the hot sun, I would say its quite an educational and eventful trip. The froggy guy did a good job in explaining the facts about the frogs and I’m pretty sure the children learned something. Good place to go and take a look to get out of the urban life! Bring some insect repellents although the frogs would have most likely eaten it. There’s slopes and sometimes cars driving into the open area so you might want to take note of that too. For other information, you can check out at their website: http://jurongfrogfarm.com.sg/

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Lastly, I am so glad that I pulled through this trip instead of freaking out (I’m ALIVE)! *Phew* If I can do it, you can too!

Question:

What happens when a small frog jumped out of the tank while you are guiding?

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You run, search for it and try to catch it back, with your bare hands.

The Singapore Jurong Bird Park

It must have been at least 30 years, since I last stepped into the Singapore Jurong Bird Park! Since its the school holidays now, we decided to bring little milkie and milo to the Bird Park before it shifts to Mandai.

She was really excited, especially when she heard that parrots can talk!

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So here we are at the Singapore Jurong Bird Park. We came out late and only reached there in the afternoon. Thankfully it was quite a cooling day… and maybe too cooling after that, for it started to rain. Lol!

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So we came to the penguin area for our first stop. They were sooooo cute! For a while, I thought a bunch of them was fake as they were standing there and totally not moving at all for quite a long while!! It was only after a while then I saw some slight movement from one of them and realised that they were probably sleeping. Yup, I was staring at them for a long time, trying to see if there’s any movement.

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There were lots of other birds as well! From ibis to owls, ostriches, flamingos and what not. One of the ostriches even shitted right in front of me! Definitely not a good sight but well, I guess I’m just lucky!

I think one of the birds that got little milo excited was the toucan because its quite big and when it flys, its very loud and that apparently caught his attention.

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Some other photos that we took over there. It’s not as big as the Singapore Zoo but good enough to spend 2 to 3 hours walking around. Remember to wear something comfortable especially for shoes. There’s quite a bit of slopes around. Water coolers are available so it’s quite easy if you want to top up your water.

For more information, you can visit their website. ^^