Free indoor playgrounds

These days i am very much interested in finding indoor activities for K and D. Singapore is very hot for most of the year and it rains a lot too so its important to find indoor activities. Also, its very expensive so these days i am trying to find ‘free’ fun activities.

This week we went to two indoor playgrounds on orchard road (which is where our serviced apartment is): Paragon and 313.

Paragon: The playground is mainly targdted towards tots and is located inside the building on level 5. This means the children can enjoy playing for as long as they want without sweating much due to air con. There is a slide and some other fun activities free of cost. There are also some paid rides that kids can enjoy. My girls absolutely loved it. Also, if you are really tired, you can sit on  a bench while watching ur kids play.

313: This playground is partially indoors as it is located on the sky terrace on level 5. There is a roof on it so im sure it saves the children from rain and direct sunlight but it tends to get very hot. There are not too many activities here but it is a good option for those parents who might be planning to dine at the Food Republic.

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So we move again

And this time back to singapore
After living in manila for exactly 2 years and 6 months, we have moved back. Life has changed a lot for us. We have an additional family member now, D and we have been utterly, abzolutely spoiled due to our expat lifestyle in manila. Now we are back to ‘real’ life, thinking about expenses and savings.
K is also now old enough for school, or rather preschool and we are looking for an appropriate school for her.
I have a feeling i will have a lot to talk about in months to come.

B for baby, B for breast…and B for bully!

if you have read my last post on breastfeeding, you already know I am a big fan of breastfeeding and it actually is one of the things that I am proud of having done and still doing as a mom. some of u may even know that I now have two girls, K and the nearly 4 month old D.

so anyway, when I got pregnant last year wid D, I was still breastfeeding K and as soon as I found out I am pregnant I started trying to wean off kinza from my breast as everyone including my gynecologist advised me to do so. I tried several times, trust me, but I failed every time. perhaps because my approach was wrong but in the end I had a unique experience of breastfeeding through out my pregnancy. ok, not so unique because I know there are thousands of other women who have done so successfully but I definitely am the only one among all the women I knlow of personally.

with this, I realized quite a lot of things abt breastfeeding and thght I shud share them wid u if u already have a nursing baby/toddler and u are planning to have a second baby:

  1. Nursing a baby/toddler is possible during pregnancy. It will not harm u or the unborn unless you have a complicated pregnancy. DO NOT let others decide wat is right for you or for your baby. You are an adult who has decided to have a baby and are responsible for your children. just do wat suits you and your family, not wat is acceptable in the society. If you wish to nurse your child while pregnant, do so…you can tell the world to f*** off. 
  2. Breastfeeding through the pregnancy would mean your supply of milk will drop dramatically and you will need to supplement your baby’s milk intake with formula/fresh milk; preferably the full amount required for the age so that you are sure your child is getting all the nutrients. Plus, as you will still be producing milk, you need to eat a little extra so as to ensure your unborn gets all the nutrients too. Again, the key is to eat healthy and avoid junk as much as possible .
  3. Breastfeeding might feel like a chore during pregnancy, especially in the last trimester wen you will be quite big yourself and finding the right position will be a difficult task but trust me, there will be times wen you will thank God for it as nursing your child will pretty much the only time during the day wen your child will let you put your feet up and relax.
  4. This will pretty much be the last few months that you will be spending alone with your elder one so make the most of it and wat can be better than letting your child nurse! You will miss it once it ends.
  5. ‘Dry feeding’ or nursing in the last few weeks can actually help you have a better flow of milk wen the new one comes.

But with all these advantages, comes the disadvantage that your elder one will be closer to you than ever before and this will make your elder one jealous of the younger one more especially wen he/she sees you nursing the new arrival. For me, it actually meant nursing K all over again after the birth of D. Not that I am complaining, but at times it becomes too much to handle. Plus, the older the child gets, the more difficult it gets to wean off from breast as it becomes a habit and with better memory, its not very easy to distract. So, if you wish to nurse your child through the pregnancy, you will have to be prepared for a lot of things that may actually not be very easy to handle. If you have decided to do so, good luck!

Recipe: Egg omelette pizza

DSC02846This is surely one of the quickest way of loading up on proteins and fats!. Its quick, easy and yummy at the same time. If you want a nutritious meal with minimal effort, especially wen you are alone at home and do not want to cook, this is one great option.

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • Mayonnaise (1 tbsp)
  • half capsicum (finely chopped)
  • one spring onion (finely chopped)
  • one tomato (finely copped)
  • salt and pepper (as per taste)
  • cheese (mozerella and chedder, grated)
  • little bit of oil

Instructions:

  1. Heat a little oil in a frying pan
  2. Saute onions and tomato until soft
  3. In a bowl beat eggs with salt and pepper. Mix mayonnaise well.
  4. Add egg to the frying pan.
  5. As soon as the egg starts to harden, lower the flame and sprinkle capsicum and cheese on top.
  6. Cover with lid and cook until cheese melts completely.

 

 

Toddler Recipe: Pasta

This is one of K’s favorite dish. She does not eat much anyway but this is something that at least makes her sit in high chair for a while 🙂

This is my vegetarian version because there are certain days when I feel that we should all eat meat-less stuff.

Ingredients:

  1. Pasta (Any kind that you think your toddler can handle)
  2. Half medium sized onion, chopped finely
  3. One medium sized tomato, chopped finely
  4. 2 mushrooms, chopped
  5. One medium sized potato, boiled, chopped finely
  6. Half carrot, boiled, chopped finely
  7. Half pepper (red/green), chopped
  8. 1 tsp olive oil
  9. 1 tbsp butter
  10. Salt, as per taste
  11. Black pepper, pinch
  12. 1 tsp, Soy Sauce

Additional Ingredients if you wish to add chicken. I often add these but I made the vegetarian version today so did not add chicken.

  1. Chicken Breast, cut into size that your toddler can handle easily
  2. 1 tbsp cornflour
  3. 1 tsp Soy Sauce
  4. Salt, as per taste
  5. 1 tsp, vinegar
  6. 1 tbsp butter

Instructions:

  1. Make pasta as per packet instructions. When cooked, drain excess water and add olive oil. Stir well so that pasta does not stick. Keep aside.
  2. In a pan, melt butter. Add onions. Stir fry on medium heat till it turns transparent. Add tomatoes and stir again. Let it turn mushy.
  3. Add all the vegetables, soy sauce, salt and black pepper. Keep stirring.
  4. If using chicken: In a bowl, add corn flour, soy sauce and vinegar to the chicken. Mix well and keep aside for at least 30 min. Then in a pan, melt butter and chicken to it. Stir fry it till it is done well and turned a little brown. Once done, add to the vegetables prepared in step 2 and 3.
  5. Just before serving, mix the vegetables and pasta.

P.S.: If you want, you can put the mixture (vegetables and pasta) in a baking dish, sprinkle cheese all over and bake till the cheese melts and turns a little brown.

Picture of the Month

K, made dis lovely picture in her playgroup this week and as it did not fit anywhere in her ABC Book, I had to think of wat to do with it. A new idea struck me while watching Barney 😛 I have decided to put it in a frame. Obviously the frame does not need to be an expensive one. I will just buy one from Daiso (Those who do not know what Daiso is, its a brand from Japan that makes low priced products. They are not too bad as far as quality goes but as stuff is produced in bulk, they can sell out at a lower price than usual.) and place it in her room. This is so simple that we can do this at home every few weeks and hopefully change the picture every now and then 🙂

Be a Pen Pal (1)

Remember the time when we used to write? No, not writing texts with our thumbs on our phones, but when we actually sat down on a chair with a writing pad on the desk, with a pen in our hand?It was a long long time ago, I know.

I still remember doing that.

When I was 13, one of my friends, who used to be really close at that time, moved from Abu Dhabi (where we used to live) to Canada. That seemed like such a difficult time because talking to her on the phone literally everyday had become a daily ritual, although we met at school every day too. Writing letters to each other was the only solution we could think of. You know, it after all has never been easy being a teenager and there is just always so much to tell! 😛 So for the next several years, we were pen pals. We actually wrote letters to each other, really long ones, whenever we could and it was just awesome. I just loved the whole process: from writing the letter to posting it, waiting for the reply and then actually getting it. It was a long long process and I am sure the younger generation (makes me feel really old :P) does not even know how it is done. They just know that it takes less than 10 seconds to send a message across through email.

With time, we got all techy too.We had our computers and internet connections. And we started writing emails to each other. And somehow, it lost all charm with the advent of social networking sites like Orkut and Facebook. We know what is happening in each other’s lives through status updates and photo sharing but we hardly talk now. You know, the heart to heart talk that we just loved to have. Now I dont even know her any more. She is just another name on my friends’ list.