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Baby’s day out at HortPark!

I hope you guys had great fun during the glorious long weekend! The Partner decided to take a few days leave as well so it was an even more glorious weekend for us. We had originally planned to take Baby to some of the indoor playgrounds or playgroups, but because it rained so much, we thought it’d be a better idea to make full use of the unusually cool weather in Singapore to enjoy the great outdoors! Pat on the back for being flexible with our schedule! Smile

We were in the Alexandra area to visit Playeum at Gillman Barracks. So with the change of plans, we headed straight for HortPark, it being the nearest one to us, and also because it has mini horticultural gardens. HortPark is quite different from other parks! If you haven’t been there, you should go!

Baby Edward having fun at Hort Park (2)

There are so many different aspects to HortPark, so not only was it great for Baby to explore all the different elements, we managed to get great photos too! I’ve taken a gazillion photos of Baby using my iPhone, and the iPhone is really useful to capture a fleeting moment, but nothing beats the DSLR if you want that all important bokeh….. I kinda feel regretful that I’ve taken so many photos of food using my DSLR, and not spent the same effort when it comes to photographing Baby. I shall have to be more mindful about that and I can’t wait for the next cloudy or drizzly day to head to our parks again!

Baby Edward having fun at Hort Park (7)

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Fort Canning Park – Gastronomic Trail, Guided Tours and free Movie Screening!

[Weekends in the Park Series]

With the cool weather that we have been experiencing these days, it’s the best opportunity to enjoy Singapore’s great outdoors! And what better way than to explore Fort Canning Park this weekend, 4th March 2017, for a full day of fun and free activities!

Gastronomic Trail

  • Yoga and Wellness Breakfast – Hotel Fort Canning (8.30am – 9.30am)
  • Cooking with Spices Demo – Lewin Terrace Restaurant (11.30am – 1.30pm)
  • Cake Frosting Demo – Fabulous Baker Boy (3pm – 4pm)
  • Sushi Art & Mixology Demo – Fort @ Maison Ikkoku (4pm – 5pm)

Guided Tours

  • WWII Bunkers – Battlebox (9.15a – 10am)
  • Spice Garden Tour – Spice Garden near BattleBox (10am – 11.30am)
  • Heritage on the Hill Tour – Roundabout near BattleBox (4pm – 5.30pm)

Movie Screening

  • Watch Forever Fever under the stars at Lawn @ The Foothills (7.30pm – 9.30pm)

Fringe Activities (5.30pm – 7.30pm)

  • Games and activities for children
  • Music performances
  • Bouncy Castles (All Day)
  • Pottery Exhibition by Yukiharu Fururo at Fabulous Baker Boy (11am – 10pm)

The above activities are FREE! To register or to find out more, visit http://www.nparks.gov.sg/weekends.

A few of us had the privilege of having a preview of the exciting activities lined up. Check out my photos below!

Lewin Terrace

Lewin Terrace  (1)

Chef Hiroyuki Shinkai demonstrating how to prepare sauted duck with spices. Did you know that Fort Canning Park boasts a spice garden? It would be really educational for the kids to have a walk around the spice garden, followed by watching a cooking demonstration of how spices are incorporated into the dishes that we consume.

Lewin Terrace  (3)

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10 great cafes in Singapore’s parks to catch Pokemon Go

I never thought I’d say this but out of sheer curiosity, I’ve jumped onto the Pokemon Go bandwagon just to see what it’s all about! A week ago, I had barely a clue what Pokemon was, and now I’m itching to spend some real money because I’ve run out of Pokeballs and there are no Pokestops near my place!

Anyway for those of you with time to spare, you might just want to check out these 10 cafes located in some of Singapore’s beloved parks. Park yourself (pun intended) in a nice spot within the cafe and catch ‘em all! Actually, even if you’re not into Pokemon Go, these are great cafes to chill out and enjoy Singapore’s lush greenery and outdoors. Smile

~ Singapore Botanic Gardens ~

1. Casa Verde

Casa-Verde-Signature-Breakfast

Address : 1 Cluny Road Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Singapore 259569

Tel : 6467 7326

http://www.casaverde.com.sg/contact

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My alternative Chinese New Year 2014

A happy Chinese New Year to all of you out there! I hope you enjoyed the long weekend! For me, I took Monday off as well, and including Thursday’s half-day, it was a luxurious 4.5 days of festivities, relaxation and binging to my heart’s content.

Chinese New Year 2014

In a nutshell, this was what I did over the 4.5 days. If it doesn’t look very CNYish, it’s because I only visited 2 places to bai nian. I’ve been told that many people wish for a quiet new year, but you miss most what you don’t have. I wish I had a close knit extended family to celebrate Chinese New Year with, just like how it was in years past. Thankfully, even though we only had 2 official places to visit, we still spent our time well visiting other places, such as a park, furniture stores, makan places and cafes!

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The Fabulous Baker Boy

With a name like that, is it any wonder that this cafe located at the foothills of Fort Canning Park is crowded all the time? The place is pretty unique. For one, do you remember the old River Valley Swimming Complex? After the River Valley Swimming Complex was abandoned in 2003, the place was left pretty much disused, until the pools got filled up in what is now known as The Foothills Fort Canning Park. The Fabulous Baker Boy is situated at the Viridian Art House building, which was the former canteen of the swimming complex!

If you’re visiting Fort Canning Park for some exercise, you might like to give yourself a treat at the end of your walk by having a cuppa and some cake at The Fabulous Baker Boy. In fact, that was exactly what we did several Saturdays ago. I know it sounds like a total waste of the exercise if I were to be eating cake directly after, but look at it this way. I’m going to have cake and coffee ANYWAY, so shoving in some hill climbing and brisk walking just before I eat my cake can only be a GOOD THING.

Fabulous Baker Boy (4)

The only thing is, it can get crowded on the weekends (like which cafe isn’t full house on weekends these days) so brace yourself for a long wait or no cake after the walk. Oh, it can get a little hot here as there is no air-conditioning.

Fabulous Baker Boy - Nutty Monkey (2)

Let me tempt you with some pictures of the cakes first. They look so darn luscious I want to have a piece right now as I’m typing this! This here is their Nutty Monkey cake which retails for $85 per cake or $8.50 per slice. 2 slices “free” if you buy the whole cake. Cakes are getting really expensive these days!

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