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Brought the boys to Westgate after school as we’ve been telling Asher so much about the playground since the last time we went.  They were both quite excited, and I had to bargain with them to have dinner before playing.

Asher chose to eat at Pho Street at level B2, just inside from the carpark.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover the place serves up very decent fare.  The bowls of noodles are huge, and the boys could share one portion between them.  Greedy me ate an entire bowl by myself.  Besides beef pho, they also sell other types of Vietnamese dishes.  I had the spicy pork noodles, which was very good.  I loved how there were lots of crunchy cucumbers, red and green sliced chillis, and even starfruit to give the dish that extra kick.  I would definitely have that again.  The portion of meat in each bowl of noodles was also quite generous.  In addition to the noodles, we ordered the crabcakes, which were disappointingly small in size though okay in terms of taste, and fried springrolls which were alright.  Rounded off with a lemongrass drink, the meal was very satisfying.  I was so hungry I tucked right in and polished off my food before I remembered to take any pictures, but here’re a couple of the boys :)

Big bowl of noodles for Ellery, and this is not even half of the actual serving!

Big bowl of noodles for Ellery, and this is not even half of the actual serving!

Funny boy

Funny boy

As a treat we wandered the basement level to look for dessert.  They were so attracted to the display at Milkissimo, they decided to have hokkaido gelato for dessert.  Milkissimo is located inside Isetan on level B2 and is a Japanese stall selling Italian style gelato made from premium ingredients from Hokkaido.  There are many interesting flavours, and I particularly liked Northern Hascup (a type of honeysuckle berry) for it’s tangy, sorbet like flavour.  The boys gravitated to the usual suspects like dark chocolate (so thick and gooey it’s almost like eating a soft brownie!), and white chocolate (like vanilla).  I was extremely happy with the staff’s flexibility.  The boys wanted their own flavours, but I didn’t want to get them each a cup because that would just be too much gelato for each of them.  The staff let me choose the 3 flavour option, but spread out each flavour into a separate cup.  It was possible because they measure the gelato by weight.  So we each got the flavour we wanted, without having too much of it.

Dark chocolate, white chocolate, and northern hascup

Dark chocolate, white chocolate, and northern hascup

Stuffed with dinner and dessert, we were all set for playtime in Wonderland.  We explored the toddler’s area, and surprisingly the boys enjoyed just climbing and sitting on the giant insects.  I actually had to coax them to move on!  When Asher saw the playground he was really excited, and they both proceeded to head up the treehouse together.  I was very pleased with Asher when he said he would take care of Ellery, and for me not to worry.  What a good big brother!  He encouraged Ellery, and when he was quite a bit ahead, told Ellery, “I’m here!”  Times like this, I’m just so happy to see the boys are very close brothers.

On the dragonfly

On the dragonfly

The 'hiccupping' frog they called it

The ‘hiccupping’ frog they called it

Chilling on the ladybird

Chilling on the ladybird

Orange boys

Orange boys

Playing with musical flowers

Playing with musical flowers

Climbing away

Climbing away

Up and down, here and there and everywhere.  They just played and played, until heavy rain forced them out.  Well, actually, the security guard forced them out.  They were quite happy to play in the rain haha.

So a change of clothes, and off for supper!  What a lot of treats today.  We went to Toastbox for cake and hot milo before heading home.

Wonderland indeed!

 

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Asher went for a sleepover with Aidan at my parent’s place again, so it was just me and Ellery who happily said we were going for a date, our second in two weeks.

By the time I dropped Asher off at my parent’s house after watching Rapunzel it was 4pm.  By then Ellery had fallen asleep in the car and I was quite sleepy too, so decided to drive home for a nap.  We ended up napping for a really really long time, and only woke up at 730pm!

Ellery was still keen on going out for a date.  Given the time of the night I could only think of two options – the Night Safari or the newly opened Westgate Wonderland.  Since I’ve heard such good things about the new playground at Westgate, and since there would be plenty of food options for dinner, I decided that would be our date night outing.

What a fun night!

We had dinner at Hot Tomato, a restaurant selling grills, seafood and pastas.  I still hadn’t had my red meat portion for the day so we chose from the steak selection, and Ellery decided on steak and prawns.  We was more than happy that it came with pasta too.  It was very cute to see Ellery eagerly awaiting his steak.  “Is the steak ready, Mummy?”, “Yay!  Our steak is here!”

Pretending to be a warthog while waiting

Pretending to be a warthog while waiting

Our steak and prawns

Our steak and prawns

The steak was decent, not too dry considering I asked for it to be well done.  The prawns were fresh and juicy, and the pasta was quite comforting.

We then headed to the playground, by which time it was already 9pm – bedtime.  Oh what the heck!

Ellery had such a good time.  He absolutely loved the playground inside the giant flowerpot, and kept going up and sliding down, climbing up, and sliding down again.  Over and over and over.  Actually, that’s what most of the kids were doing.  It was that fun.  I was especially proud of Ellery because he usually shows some hesitation about going into tunnel slides, and often avoids them altogether.  But here, perhaps because all the other kids were just jumping into it, he went down the double story spiral tunnel slide, no sweat!  I was so happy!  When he had first gone up there I literally prayed for him, that he’ll have the courage to go down.  So happy for answered prayer :)

There's a playground enclosed in there!

There’s a playground enclosed in there!

Wheeeeeeee

Wheeeeeeee

Clinging on like a koala

Clinging on like a koala

The treehouse looked like it would be a lot of fun for kids, but for parents who can’t really follow them up (like preggers me), it got a little worrisome after a while because once the kids climb beyond a certain point, you can’t see them at all!  So for a long while I had no idea where Ellery was.  I went around checking if there were other exits in case he had come down another way.  Thankfully there was only one way up and down from the treehouse, and two exits which came out at the same side.  Eventually it was time for the playground to close, so the kids were chased out of the playground, and that was when I finally saw Ellery emerge again.  He said he had gotten lost.

Treehouse playground

Treehouse playground

 

He then ran to the flowerpot for a couple more rounds of climbing and sliding before we left :)  By the time we got home it was 10.30pm!  What a treat!

We’ll definitely head back again with Asher and explore the waterplay area too.  Hopefully Asher will likewise be brave about the spiral tunnel slide!

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