Sunday, September 28, 2014

Legoland!




The boys were out of school on Thursday and Friday of this week.  Evan had a birthday party to attend and Ryan had a zoo date on Thursday.  I proposed that Colin take the day off Friday and we all go to Legoland.  It's a bit of a tricky situation getting to Malaysia without a car but we put on our adventurous hats and off we went.  If you're wondering how we went, I'm happy to share.  We took the SMRT (public Singapore bus) number 950 to the border.  We had to get off, go through customs, get back on, drive to the border, get off and enter Malaysia.  Once we were in Malaysia we took a taxi (Teksi) to Legoland.  We paid 35RM (Malaysian Ringet) to drive the 30 minutes to the amusement park.
We arrived at the park right at opening and our kids were free with coupons off the Meji milk containers.  We purchased combo passes to the park and water park. The kids were given a passport book to collect stamps from all of the rides.  If they collected 10 stamps they'd earn 1 mini Lego figurine and if they collected 16 they'd earn 2.  It took us almost the whole day to circle the park collecting all of our passport stamps.  Ryan was really cute about keeping track of the passport and the stamps.
The park was nice and empty on Friday.  We ran into a few families from our school and even a few from our Condo.  It was so nice to have no lines on the rides and just basically have the place to ourselves.
Once we had collected all 16 of our stamps, we headed over to the water park for a much needed cool-off.  We tried nearly all of the slides and attractions at the water park and then we were ready to make the journey back home.  We did basically the same thing in reverse and it ended up being just fine.
I'm so glad we were finally able to make it to Legoland!  I feel like the park is best suited for kids between the ages of 5-12 or so and while my kids are in that age bracket I feel like we should take advantage.  We had an awesome time.
This video is 9 minutes long but it includes all of our pictures and videos from our day.  The song is pretty annoying so feel free to mute!  Enjoy!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Mom & Ryan "date"

It seems like every weekend Ryan is asking me to spend some time alone; just the two of us.  So last weekend we didn't have much going on and I suggested that we go do something together.  I've been thinking of taking him to a neat place that I walk to while he's at school.  It's not really a hike but it's more than a walk, and to a nine year old, maybe a mini hike. We've started giving the kids allowance and they've been saving up for a pet but there haven't been any at the pet store.  I knew Ryan wanted to spend some of his money so I suggested that we go to the mall and buy something.   

As soon as we left our house it was a torrential downpour with the most lightning I'd ever seen.  I often tell people that I'm from the desert and I'm not used to this kind of rain.  After some posts on Social Media about the recent rain in my home town, I guess maybe I'm getting more used to the rain than I thought.  But the thunder and lightning? Maybe not so much.  It REALLY scares me!  So anyway, we decided to reverse the order of our date and go to the mall first and go on our mini hike afterward.  It worked out well aside from the fact that our shoes and socks were drenched the entire time.  

We took the bus over to the mall, had some lunch together, shopped around for matching beaded necklaces, shared an ice cream sundae, and then went on our little hike. 













Monday, September 08, 2014

Lunch Date

Perhaps this is a mundane thing to blog about but aren't you glad I'm blogging so much?  That's what I thought!  

Whenever I have to make a trip to my doctor's office I go have lunch with Colin.  Hey, if I'm gonna go to a place that I can only reach by taxi, I may as well get my money's worth.  

Side note: One time I tried to reach the medical complex by train... BIG mistake. I ended up walking a LONG ways and it was so not worth the five minutes I spent inside collecting my meds.  Man, do I miss mail-in pharmacies.  

ANYWAY, Lunch.  So, I met Colin for lunch and we branched out a little bit and went to a new hawker center he had found at Tanjong Pagar Market.  I had this amazing Phad Thai and paid a whole 4 dollars.  Colin had some char siew pork.  It's always fun to see Colin in the middle of his enormously long work day.  


Chinatown decorated for Mid-Autumn festival. 

Colin and I downtown

lunch

Lemons and Sugar Cane

The market was really pretty with lots of flowers and fruits for sale.
I'd like to go back another day and explore it a little more.  


I love the colors of the fresh fruits.  Somehow the rain in the background just sets the mood.  ;)

Monday, September 01, 2014

Singapore: food edition

As promised, I'm writing about the food here in Singapore- as part of our 1 year mark reflections.  Perhaps this is a post I should have asked Colin to write about. He's much more into the food scene than I am.  I'm really not much of a foodie.  But Singapore could be considered a foodie's dream. There's some great food choices here and many people think that's one of the best things about Singapore! I guess one of those reasons could be because of all of the different cultures that call this country home- even if only for a little while.  Singapore is really a hub of all of South East Asia.  There are people here with backgrounds that include Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, Thai, Filipino, Australian, and many more.  
Here are some of the dishes we've tried and enjoyed.  
Sweet & Sour Pork (from Noodle Man in Chinatown)
Since I'm Celiac and can't eat any noodles, this is what I get when I go there.  
I've always loved fruit, and mangoes are probably my all- time favorite.
Fruit is always in season and these are amazing. 
I still haven't been able to figure out how to pronounce the name of this burger.
It's a turkey burger in Teriyaki sauce with onions and a rice patty bun.
Another gluten free option and  I LOVE this meal.  

This is the noodle man making his noodles.  I hear they're pretty good!  

Beef noodle and chicken noodle soup


My all-time favorite Phad Thai! 
The ever famous Chicken Rice... not sure where Ryan's chicken is... and Iced Milo.
Milo is a chocolate drink kind of like Ovaltien. 

I think the family favorite so far is the Indian food.
We always order Butter Chicken and Chicken Tikka Masala but I pretty much love it all. 

OMG!  These Chinese Shaved Ice desserts are AMAZING

Indian flat bread- Naan and a few curries pictured here as well. 
Pineapple juice made with real sugar cane.  ugh  amazing 

Friday, August 29, 2014

One Year in Singapore

We have finally made it to our one-year mark in Singapore.  We arrived on the tiny, humid, lovely island of Singapore one year ago today!  Whew.  We made it!  The first year was full of many ups and downs but through it all we've all come to appreciate this place we will call home for a little while.  I feel like our family has grown a lot through all of the experiences we've had.  We've been able to have a lot of FUN and go on so many adventures exploring this place.  There is so much culture here and that's one thing that I really love about it.

Our second school year is underway and the boys are doing so well that my heart is swelling with gratitude.  This is going to be a GREAT year and I look forward to all that it will bring us.

Here are some of my favorite moments from year 1.

We got to choose a new place to live! We love our location being so close to the boys' school.
It means a LONG 90 minute commute for Colin (each way)
but he's a trooper and the rest of the time, it's great!   

We love the eternal summer and the fact that we get to swim every day of the year!  

There are lots of places to go, things to do, and many family-friendly activities.  

The Church is strong here and we LOVE our ward.  Service in the Church here is like nothing I've ever experienced before- but I love it!  I am the Primary President in our ward which means I'm in charge of all of the kids from ages 18 months to 12 years old.  It's a big responsibility and can sometimes keep me pretty busy but I really, really love my calling.  

Halloween in the Woodlands is AWESOME.  Crazy!  But awesome.  


Singapore is 1 little degree above the equator so it's warm, and tropical, and it rains A LOT.
It rains almost every single day, and sometimes, it rains really hard!
Did you know Singapore has the most lightening except for Dubai?  

Ryan loves activity days.

We got to spend Thanksgiving Day on the beach... eating pizza!  



The snow here is a LITTLE bit different, but pretty fun!  

We love the Singapore Zoo!  

And we REALLY love being so close to Stuart, Brooke, Ocean, Maple, and Katie.
It's nice to see them so much more than we would if we lived in the states. 

The boys' school... what can I say?  I think it's probably my favorite part of all!
There's so much to be said!  If you want to read more, look at my "school" tag.  

Super Trees!  

Chinese New Year.  The festivities go on and on!  

Swimming at Marina Bay Sands hotel pool- on the 57th floor! 

We took a trip to Thailand for Spring Break.  Ah.  Maze.  Ing!

And Colin and I got to go to Hong Kong! 

My favorite view of the Singapore skyline- The Marina Barrage.
And!  Singapore National Day!

I'll have to do another post dedicated to food.  That's SO not my style but... it's gotta be done!



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to School Nights

Last year our family arrived after school had already begun.  We missed Open Houses, Back to School Nights, and all of the welcome coffee meetings too.  BUT we survived and this year we get to participate in all of that.  Fourth grade Back to School Night was one week ahead of First grade so I got to go twice, and I also got to attend Open House too so for some of that it's a little repetitive.  Nonethleless, it's nice to know who my boys will be spending their days with and where their different classrooms are located.  
Ryan's science lab.  He goes every 8th day of school.  

Ryan's Chinese class.  He goes every day! 

Music- Ryan loves his music teacher this year! 

Music

Art class
I didn't get a photo of any of the gyms nor the pool but I will try to get one when I go for Evan's back-to-school night tomorrow.

Art room

Ryan's teacher this year has been a HUGE answer to my prayers.  Last year was a little rough and this year he is in the most perfect class with an amazing teacher who is dedicated, patient, and kind.  He has set high expectations for Ryan but has broken everything down into small achievable goals.  Ryan is thriving and improving and I feel like that little boy I sent to Kindergarten, First, and Second is back!  He has been doing homework without any struggle and that is SUCH an improvement over last year.


Evan's classroom

Evan's Chinese class 

Evan loves his teacher, he thinks she is the best!  He has a few friends in his class from last year and he's making new ones too.  I think he'll have a wonderful year in first grade!