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The boys have been into dragons since we watched How to Train a Dragon a few weeks ago, so they were quite excited to find out what the performance Round the Moon, Blue the Sky was about when I told them there was a dragon in it.

Round the Moon, Blue the Sky is about how Smallest Dragon, who is always curious about the world, shares her philosophy on life to Look, See, Explore, Discover and Find Your Own Answers.

She meets Leaf, a willing learner, and Twiglet, who was initially less open to new ideas. Twiglet had great difficulty accepting that there are other round things besides the moon, and other blue things besides the sky. Together with Leaf they eventually showed Twiglet how broaden her perspective.

I liked very much the message to kids to always be observant and really see what the world has to offer, that things are often more multi-faceted than we think, to not be so rigid in our approach to learning, and that the answers are all out there – we just need to go and explore! These are good things to learn and I hope my boys remember them!

The audience enjoyed the interactive parts like helping to identify the colours of the leaves and looking for Smallest Dragon. As for my boys, they agreed that their favourite part (and mine too) was the black light puppetry. Smallest Dragon and Leaf explored making various animals with basic shapes like squares, circles and triangles, and the puppetry brought their creations to life. I felt like we were swimming through their imaginations. Nice :)

The costumes, in particular the head-dresses, were very well done! Just something I noticed. Clearly someone put a lot of thought and effort into that.

While I liked the message, I felt that it was put across in a very simple way, which is good for younger kids to understand, but maybe a bit too simple for children 6 years and above. The enunciation was also little unclear at times due to the accents of the actors. This is iTheatre’s first project in partnership with the Asian Alliance of Theatre Festivals for Young Audiences (ATYA), so the actors are from various countries (in this case, Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong). I think it’s a great initiative, but perhaps the actors could try to speak a little more clearly so that the kids can better understand the story.

Smallest Dragon (Photo taken from iTheatre’s Facebook page)

After the show we stayed behind to take a picture with the cast members. The actors were very friendly and we had a lovely picture with smiles all around :)

With the cast members

With the cast members

Round the Moon, Blue the Sky is on until 27 July at the Alliance Francaise Theatre. Tickets are available via SISTIC.

 

*We received complementary tickets for the show. All opinions are my own. 

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Received this second-hand romper from a friend that is super cute considering Alyssa’s status as the little girl in the family.

Yeah X-Chromosomes!

Yeah X-Chromosomes!

This is so overdue.

A day before Alyssa was born I went for high-tea with Del and Sharon at 10 Scotts at Hyatt Hotel Singapore.  Actually I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to make tea at first because the week before the gynae thought that baby might come early.  But in the end baby decided to stay inside a bit longer, so tea it was!

And what good tea it was!

At $43 it’s not the cheapest, but it’s good value for what you get.  Included in the price are a tiered tea set filled with delectable finger-food like prawn canapes, beef sandwiches, tarts and other yummy hor d’oeuvres. You can ask for refills for items you like (the whole tier, even, if you wanted). There’s also a buffet spread of sweet treats and some savoury options that you can pick from. Plus, you get a choice of two drinks, which at regular a-la-carte prices would add up to almost $30 already. So it’s quite worth it. (But I’ll add that I didn’t pay that day because I was given a surprise treat by Del and Sha :) )

Teatime treats tier.  T-t-terrific!

Teatime treats tier. T-t-terrific!

The prawn cocktail crostini on the right is super!

The prawn cocktail crostini on the right is super!

More treats at the buffet line

More treats at the buffet table

Sorbet in jars

Sorbet  & ice cream in jars

My favourite item would definitely be the very creative and delicious brownie and ice-cream combination that is presented like a flower pot. I’ve never seen anything like it! And it’s definitely a nice idea to re-create at home for a party. Topped with oreo crumbs and a real flower as a garnish, it really looks like you are eating soil, but very tasty soil at that. With a dash of rum, it was a decadent treat.  I was tempted to have another, but after eating everything else was quite full, plus I wasn’t technically supposed to be having rum since I was preggers :)

Our plant food

Our plant food

Decorated with a mint spring, flower and blackberries

Decorated with a mint spring, flower and blackberries

The place doesn’t get very packed, is peaceful, and welcomes children – there were quite a few mummies with babies around.  Nice place for a ladies & babies afternoon.

David getting into the tea time groove :)

David getting into the tea time groove :)

10 Scotts is located at the Grand Hyatt Singapore.
Afternoon tea is served from Monday to Sunday, 12-5pm. There are two restaurant seatings for afternoon tea:
1st seating: 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
2nd seating: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Menya Musashi

We were at ION  around dinner time and I was hurrying to find a place to feed the hungry children that a) wasn’t crowded, b) didn’t have exorbitant prices, c) had food the kids would eat.

I stumbled upon Menya Musashi. There were a few restaurants around it that also fit the bill but Ellery wanted Chinese noodles and Asher wanted Japanese sushi, so I thought Japanese ramen was a good compromise (though because Ellery could see it was a Japanese place kept saying he didn’t want to eat Japanese noodles…oh well. Can’t please them all.)

This place has a unique ‘H’ shaped noodle that when cooked has a nice chewy texture. It’s also a bit thick, which suits me fine.

The boys had the regular chashu ramen, and I was pleased to discover the broth was rich and creamy. I ordered the Black Tiger Ramen that comes with black garlic oil, chashu, and lean pork. The garlic oil gave the broth an extra kick. I think there’s quite a bit of MSG used, though, because later at home we were all very thirsty.

Overall, while the ramen was good, I thought Hachifukumaru was a lot better. Still, since the food is decent and prices bearable I’ll probably come back again if we’re in the area and need to feed the kids quick!

Black oil chashu ramen

Black oil chashu ramen

White chashu ramen

White chashu ramen

Hungry boys

Hungry boys

Menya Musashi is found at ION Orchard, #B3-25.

I was intrigued by the concept when I first heard about the Human Body Experience at the Science Centre and was very keen to bring the kids. Wasn’t quite sure how they’d take it. I heard that some kids really loved the experience, but some really hated it. My guess was that Asher would initially be more afraid, and Ellery would say he’s afraid because he tends to copy whatever Asher says. With the right coaxing I hoped I could get them through and it and hopefully they’d really enjoy it.

My parents were curious about the exhibition too, so all of us trotted off to the Science Centre together. It was their first time in eons and my Dad was quite happy to wander about and look at the various exhibits. Quite a few times we had to look for my Dad, rather than look for the kids haha! :)

When we first got to the entrance – the mouth – it was hard to see how we’d get in. From the front you see an open mouth with a tongue and there’s no way through. Only when we got up close did we realise we had to climb up the tongue and slide down the throat! The boys were initially quite hesitant, but they still tried touching everything and went through ok. I couldn’t possibly leave Alyssa outside so I carried her in the sling and in she went too! Sound asleep the whole time, might I add.

It’s an immersive experience and it was very funny to finally be ‘pooped out’ of the body. And because all six of us came out together we joked that the man was having diarrhoea :) The boys thought being squeezed through the different parts of the stomach was the most fun, but they didn’t like where the ground was squishy. It was also a pity that the first time we went through the voice box was faulty and there was no sound when we pressed against the walls. Later on I managed to coax Ellery to go through with me again and the voice box worked, so we  spent a little more time playing there. Ellery said the second time was much more fun than the first (I guess because he knows what to expect), and I think Asher would have thought the same if he went in again too (but he was caught up with some other activity).

Overall, I wouldn’t say the boys loved it, but they somewhat enjoyed the experience. Ellery, in particular, seems to have enjoyed the experience more and is quite interested in the learning about the human body now.

After being 'pooped out' :)

Survived being eaten!

On that same outing we went to watch Animalopolis as well because it sounded interesting and something that would interest the kids. But it’s really not worth the money. It’s not really a documentary about animals. Rather its a stylised presentation of animals, in a humourous way, yes, but not something I’d pay so much (there were 5 of us!) for. It’s more like something you’d be able to watch on Sesame Street, but longer.

 

As the boys are still into military things I signed them up for the Children’s Season activity at the Army Museum – Cadets, Fall In!

Overall, it was quiet a let down. Even though the organisers included all the activities that were mentioned in the advertisement, they did the bare minimum.

BMT Training – check. The children were guided through 2 of many obstacles (more on this later).

Simulated live firing – check. Each kid was given one chance to fire the guns at the simulated firing range.

Grenande throwing – check. Each kid was given one throw of the grenade. This is apparently true in the army as well.  Each person only gets one throw, so ok.

Experience “hair-cutting” like a recruit – ok this is debatable. They would say, “check”. I would say, “meh”. They basically left a photo cut-out board showing the bald head of a recruit. Children were invited to have their pictures taken with it. Alright…

Botak (bald) Ellery

Botak (bald) Ellery

Botak Asher

Botak (bald) Asher

While the kids enjoyed each individual activity, all the in between bits were not that engaging. For starters, the whole session began with a powerpoint presentation! Each activity was also preceeded by a briefing where the kids had to listen to instructions on how the activity was supposed to be run. It’s good and well to follow instructions, but in a big group like this? Surely there can be a more interesting way. Plus, it’s a little bit anti-climatic because for each activity, only a limited number of children can do it at a time (sometimes one at a time), so the activity becomes less exciting than expected because of all the waiting around (for their turn, then for the others to finish).

Briefing on how to fire the gun

Briefing on how to fire the gun

Briefing on how to throw a grenade

Briefing on how to throw a grenade

Briefing on how to go over the wall (??!?)

Briefing on how to go over the wall (??!?)

At the obstacle course area, although the organiser wanted to keep the kids only at the two (least interesting) of obstacles, the kids (being kids) just ran all around. And most of the parents, happy to see their kids enjoying themselves freely, didn’t bother keeping them in line. In fact most of us were more than happy to help our kids do the rest of the obstacles. I think the organisers were definitely too conservative on this one.

The passing out parade – check. But kids were broken into 2 groups with one group getting to wear the uniform, and another only getting the hats. So one side looked more ready for the parade than the other, and none were fully dressed up in the uniform.

I think it could have been better done by making the activities more engaging. At least, keep in mind that you are dealing with children when planning the activities.  I thought last year’s activities, which were more free-for-all in nature, were more enjoyable. Perhaps having the activities in the form of station games, rather than having the whole group walk around together, would be a better option.

After the session was officially concluded, we brought the boys back out to the obstacle course area to have a good run around, and to go take a look at the military vehicles on display. That, they really enjoyed :)

Jon helping Ellery with the gun

Jon helping Ellery with the gun

Ducking after throwing the grenande (this was Ellery's favourite activity)

Ducking after throwing the grenande (this was Ellery’s favourite activity)

In the 'hat' group

In the ‘hat’ group

ORD liao!

ORD liao!

Happy to climb on the vehicles on display outside

Happy to climb on the vehicles on display outside

Sweaty but happy

Sweaty but happy

We went to OG to get some stuff and were looking for somewhere convenient to have dinner. We saw that there was a ramen place at OG and decided to give it a go.

What a good decision!

Hachifukumaru by the Nansuttei group serves up de-li-cious ramen. I ordered the Negi Chashu Ramen with black mayu oil, and from the first sip of soup I was hooked! Normally I prefer my ramen with pork broth as it’s creamier and has a richer flavour than chicken broth. This place uses chicken broth, but it is every bit as robust and creamy. Silky, actually, is what I was thinking. Creamy and silky. All the goodness from the chicken bones dissolved into the soup. Paired with the black garlic oil, it was perfect!

The texture of the noodles was just right too – chewy, just the way I like it, and the chashu was tender but still with a slight bite. Together with the broth, the bowl of ramen was absolutely moreish. I slurped up everything, and was sad to see the bottom of the bowl (even though there was an amusing picture at the bottom).

I am definitely, definitely going back.

Hidden at the back of OG

The entrance hidden at the back of OG

Negi Chashu Ramen with Black Mayu

Negi Chashu Ramen with Black Mayu

The sad end

The sad end. What is that guy saying? Is he mocking me or empathising with me?

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