Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Say Hello to Baby Number 3

It is no secret that we've always only wanted 2 kids. A girl and a boy. The ๅฅฝ(hao) in Chinese, which means good, is made up of a girl ๅฅณ(nรผ) and a boy ๅญ(zi). I've also planned to close my baby-making factory at 30 and never to reopen it again.

Or so I thought ๐Ÿ˜–

There's our will and plans but then, there is also the sovereign will of God!

We were totally not expecting it because we were practising natural contraception. It had worked for us for 9 years so why shouldn't it work right?

Anyway...

I missed my period for a week and told the hubby that since I had never missed a period (except when I was pregnant or nursing), there were only two conclusions in my very logical mind:
1) I am pregnant, or
2) I have some illness that is messing up my system.

Although we were totally unprepared for the former, it is a much better outcome than the latter!

After 2 weeks of waiting for the period that never came, I finally took the pregnancy test.

Viola! As expected, the two lines appeared as clear as day!

As with all my pregnancies, such as when we announced that we were having my boy, I have been experiencing a lot of pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, aches... the usual. I re-read my old 'ranting' post (you can read it here) and realised that I'm experiencing almost everything that I've previously experienced when pregnant with my boy!


However, unlike previous pregnancies where I'm always nauseous but never actually throw up, I'm always gagging during this pregnancy!

By the end of week 10, I was actually throwing up! ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿ˜ฑ
This was really new to me because I had never experienced full on nausea before!

The first ultrasound scan where I heard my baby's heart beat for the first time!

But all that throwing up was worth it when I got to see my baby moving about happily during each sonography. And I think I have also gained the least amount of weight for this pregnancy as compared to my previous pregnancies! At 18 weeks pregnant, I am still able to fit into my regular stretchy clothes, which I don't think I was able to do so before. Hopefully I will be able to maintain a steady slow weight gain till delivery! *cross fingers*

Anyway, as I am nearing 35 years old, we decided to pay more than double for a detailed blood test to test for Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) and other chromosomal abnormalities rather than the usual screening scan. The genetic blood test cost us about $800 (so expensive!) but was more accurate than the scan yet less invasive than amniocentesis. Besides informing us on any possible chromosomal abnormalities of the baby, the test could also quite accurately tell us the gender of the baby as early as 2 weeks after the blood is taken!

My test result came back some time when I was 15 weeks pregnant and the test showed an absence of any Y-chromosomes in my blood, which meant that our baby is a girl!

YAY! You know how much I love pink right? *grin*



I can't wait to meet her! I mean, it's only 22 more weeks to go... right??? Argg, who am I kidding?! It will feel like eternity to me! *sigh*

Wish me luck!

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Climbing for Kids at My Little Climbing Room

We were invited to check out My Little Climbing Room, a place where little kids can try rock climbing.

My Little Climbing Room
Colourful walls to attract the little ones

I've always considered sending my boy for rock climbing since he loves to climb everything he sees. This was the best opportunity to test if he really likes it.

Putting on the safety harness
All ready to climb!

Each wall is coloured differently to represent different levels of difficulty. Within the walls are also different coloured climbing holds that creates different levels of difficulty.

Level 1 = kids can grab onto any colour climbing holds
Level 2 = kids can only grab onto one colour on the easy route
Level 3 = kids can only grab onto another colour but a more difficult route

To encourage the kids to try the different difficulty levels, they are given a chart to track their progress.

My Little Climbing Room Reward Chart

My kids didn't really care for it. They just wanted to climb free-style in any way they liked!

Interactive wall where the aim is to press the white dots projected on the wall
The aim of this wall is to climb through the hula hoops to get to the bell on top
The kids had to generate a random number on the iPad and climb to that number on the wall. The boy liked this one the most, unless because it wasn't as hard as some of the other walls.

Adults have to join in and act as a belayer when the kids climb the orange, red yellow and green walls. You'd get a little tutorial before that and don't worry, it's not that hard.

Me belaying my girl on the easy Orange Wall
It took a lot of coaxing for the boy to try this Red Wall and even then he was really scared to go all the way to the top! The instructors were patiently guiding him up the wall!
The Yellow Wall is the second hardest wall because it's slightly inclined. Initially the girl was very apprehensive about being able to climb it but she managed to do it! Proud of her! 
The Green Wall was the most challenging due to the sharper incline at the top. My girl tried her hardest but couldn't get to the top. Oh well, maybe next time. 


At a certain timing, the staff will organise a mass game to get the kids to move about. The kids loved the game!

Taking part in the mass game for all the kids

At the end of the session, they also got to keep a souvenir photo of their climb!

Free photo of each kid to keep as souvenirs

Useful information on My Little Climbing Room:

  • Weekday sessions are unlimited play time and weekends sessions are 90 mins.
  • Max capacity is 15 children at each time (online booking is encouraged to secure slots).
  • Each admission pass admits one child and one adult (i.e. for each paying child, an adult admits for free). Additional adult at $5 each.
  • Multi passes (5x or 10x) may be purchased over the counter.
  • Multi passes may be shared: this means you can use 5 x Multipass for 1 child and 1 adult for 5 sessions OR 5 children and 5 adults in 1 session OR any other combinations.
  • Although it was built for kids, the whole facility is rated safe even for adults that are much heavier.
  • The walls are built by the parent company of Climb Central (the one at Kallang Wave Mall @ Sports Hub). 
  • They do parties too!


If your kids have never tried climbing before, you can give My Little Climbing Room a try, especially if you live in the Northeast or East area. For us West dwellers, it's just too far and inconvenient! Maybe we'll find something similar in the West ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


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This post is part of my MadPsychMum Fun in Singapore Guide to all things exciting for kids! 
Check out other fun playgrounds and attractions in Singapore! =)


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Disclosure: Complimentary admission was received from My Little Climbing Room for the purposes of this review. No monetary compensation was received; all opinions are my own.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Tokyo-Izu Day 7-8: Tokyo DisneySea & Goodbye

DAY 7

It was a cold and gloomy morning when we awoke for breakfast. I was hoping that the wind will blow away the dark clouds and the sun will show itself but it never did ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

The view from our room window

As mentioned yesterday, there are 5 restaurants that we can choose to have breakfast at. We decided to go with Ocean Blue restaurant as it was the least crowded.

Ocean Blue
Selection of food was not as varied as other restaurants
Got us a table next to the window with an awesome view of the ocean!
My breakfast spread! Yum! ๐Ÿ˜‹

After breakfast, it started to rain ☔! We clothed ourselves with our raincoats that we got from Daiso Izukogen 3 days ago and headed to Tokyo DisneySea.

This was our second time to Tokyo DisneySea. My first ever Disneyland experience was in Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea in 2015! Since then we've been to a Disneyland every year but as Tokyo Disneyland/DisneySea was my first, it will always hold a special place in my heart ♥

As we only had one day, we chose Tokyo DisneySea over Tokyo Disneyland as there is only one DisneySea in the world!

Pixar Playtime at Tokyo DisneySea
Wet, gloomy and dreary in Tokyo DisneySea

It definitely pays to be prepared for wet weather because we only paid ¥100 each for our raincoats while everyone else had to buy the exact same thing at ¥500 from the Disney Stores. The kids version that they stocked weren't even half as nice as the Daiso ones yet they were 4 times more expensive!

What we were not prepared for, however, was the freezing cold weather!


The first thing we did when we arrived was to get the FASTPASS for Toy Story Mania. As we arrived late, we were thankful that they still had FASTPASS, albeit for the last slot of the day! Better than nothing!

Toyville Trolley Park
FASTPASS only available for the final session of the day before the park closes!

After getting our FASTPASS, we stumbled upon the Lightning McQueen Parade! The boy's eyes widened with excitement! He loves Lightning McQueen!

Here comes Lightning McQueen!


The boy was so thrilled to see his favourite Cars character!

After the very short parade, we decided to go for a boat ride since it was still raining.

Boat ride to explore DisneySea
The view of Tokyo DisneySea Hotel Miracosta from our boat

After the boat ride, we queued at the Marine Life Institute, to ride the Nemo & Friends SeaRider which has incorporated Disney's Nemo and Dory!

Marine Life Institute
Left: The queue was 90 minutes long in the rain! Super cold!;
Right: I covered my poor boy from head to toe in raincoat and warm winter wear and he managed to get some sleep despite being drenched from the rain! On hindsight, I should have bought waterproof gloves because his fingers were frozen by the time we reached the front of the queue!

The hubby and I had experienced this ride before, only it was called StormRider in the past. I think the new changes to incorporate beloved characters from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory was an awesome move! We loved the new ride even more!

Clockwise from top left: Waiting in the holding area for the show to begin;
A short introduction before the ride;
A selfie of us before the start of the ride;
The big screen. 
The best photo I took of the 4D show!

My boy loved the ride! He had so much fun that we almost wanted to ride it again but didn't because we weren't going to queue for another 90 minutes! On hindsight, I should have taken the FASTPASS to ride it again later in the day.

In any case, we rode the Horizon Bay ride next as it was located beside the Marine Life Institute. There was no queue for this ride as you need to have a raincoat in order to ride it!

Horizon Bay ride

That was all the rides we experienced at DisneySea, at least in the day.

The top two things I had wanted to do was:
  1. Watch King Triton's Concert at the Mermaid Lagoon Theatre (as I had missed it the last time) and
  2. Ride the Indian Jones Adventure again because I really loved it the last time! 
Sadly, BOTH attractions were down for maintenance!!!! I was so, so upset!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ญ

So anyway, we explored the rest of DisneySea trying our best to get over our disappointment at the rides and the constant rain (yes again! I don't know why it likes to rain on our parade on the days that we need it NOT to! *grrr* ๐Ÿ˜ ).

With a mural of the movie Coco

We finally had enough of the rain and decided to take shelter and have lunch at the Horizon Bay Restaurant. We realised that it was actually very affordable to dine with Disney characters here but as we didn't book in advance, we had to queue with everyone else. I made a mental note to book a character dining the next time we visited!

Horizon Bay Restaurant menu
An example of a 'Select Five' Set that you could get for ¥2,040
Our choice of main course that was part of the Select Five Set
Left: Boy digging into our choice of dessert;
Right: the boy's kids meal. 

After lunch, we continued walking around and stumbled upon the queue to meet Minnie Mouse! Although we had to queue in the pouring rain, the bright side is that we only had to queue for 20 minutes precisely because it was raining.

Beautiful photo with Minnie Mouse
(As usual my photos with characters are almost always ruined by my kids. My girl also didn't want to take a decent photo with Woody at Paris Disneyland ๐Ÿ˜ )

After the photo with Minnie, the hubby decided that he has had enough and we needed to return to our hotel for a short time out. We stopped by Ikspiari to buy some food for our dinner at our hotel room.

We took a warm bath and had dinner in our hotel room before heading back to DisneySea in the evening (one of the many benefits of staying at Tokyo Bay).

DisneySea at night!

We headed straight to get Garlic-Shrimp Popcorn that came in a really cool Buzz Light Year rocket! Super cute!

My special Buzz bucket of Garlic-Shrimp popcorn ๐Ÿฟ 

The flavour was not bad though you can tell that I only bought it for the container! *laughs*

We headed to the beautifully lit Triton's Kingdom for more rides.

Enjoyed the Jellyfish ride!

After shopping for souvenirs, we rode the Sinbad boat ride.

Super slow ride but a great way to get out of the cold and rain

Then it was time to watch the parade and the fireworks! Unfortunately, it was still raining so we had to watch both of them while drenched in the rain! The parade was great but we could hardly see the fireworks because of the huge black clouds in the sky ๐Ÿ˜“

After the show, we had time to kill so we had a little snack at the Deli.

New York Deli

It was finally 9.35pm and we could go for our Toy Story Mania ride!

Toyville Trolley Park at night
At the entrance of the ride
We were given 3D glasses to wear. The boy was so amused with his glasses! 
Our ride with laser guns

The boy loved this ride even though he didn't get a single point! He just had fun watching daddy shoot! It was definitely worth staying back for this attraction just to see the look of joy on the faces of the father and son.

The boy playing Blazing Buckaroo outside Toy Story Mania. Had a blast stomping his feet to get points!
Spin the wheel to see what the characters do

The best consolation for the worst Disney experience we ever had so far was my boy's continual and fervent enthusiasm the whole day despite the rain. He had an awesome time and was smiling the whole time! His infectious smile and laughter was what pushed the hubby and I to make the most of the situation. If he's not going to let some rain stop him from having a great day at DisneySea with his family, neither are we!

He volunteered for this final photo with the globe at DisneySea just before we left

I would like to also say that my boy had actually worn the same outfit he wore to DisneySea the first time in 2015 but no one could see it because of the raincoat! I had to get him to pose with it at the hotel lift lobby just to prove that he did! *laughs*

My boy in the only 'costume' he owns, which he is soon going to outgrow!

It never stopped raining but it was still a good day because as long as my boy is happy, we are happy! ๐Ÿ˜Š


DAY 8

The next morning, we decided to have breakfast at Galleria Cafe, the largest of the 5 restaurants in Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel.

Galleria Cafe
Greater selection of food as compared to Ocean Blue
They have a kids section that served chocolate versions of their mascot!
They also had a super awesome ice-cream section!
I made this cone myself! ๐Ÿ˜‹

After breakfast, we got ready to check out.

Final photos before we said goodbye

We had time after checking out while waiting to board our bus to the airport so we left our luggage at the concierge and explored the hotel.

Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel is very kid-friendly, with lots of activities for kids. They have got an indoor pool, spa, miniature golf, arcade, photo shoot studio and even an indoor playground!

Clockwise from top left: Miniature golf;
Arcade with kiddy rides;
Kids indoor playground;
Registration counter.

It's too bad that we didn't have enough time for the boy to play at the indoor playground. He could only look on with longing and settle with pretend riding the motorised cars because we were too cheapo to actually put in coins! *laughs*

It soon came time to board the bus to Narita Airport. I felt super sad that we're leaving Disneyland because that meant that our holiday was coming to an end! ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Boarding our bus

After crossing customs on arrival at the airport, I remembered to pick up my duty free items that I had bought from Ginza.

Duty Free Pick Up Counter

There are a lot of playgrounds located around the airport to entertain kids but beware of letting your kids play if there isn't enough time. I had to drag a crying boy out of a playground because we had to catch our plane!

One of the many playgrounds in Narita Airport

We had our final meal in Tokyo for this trip at the Tokyo Food Bar.

Clockwise from left: Checking out the menu;
Curry Beef with rice;
Pork ramen. 

We had also just enough time to grab snacks and do last minute shopping!

Special flavours of Tokyo Banana KitKat and Sakura Nama Chocolate from Royce

All in all, we had an incredible trip and had a great time! Can't wait to return to Japan again for our next family adventure! ๐Ÿ˜

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P.S: Want more Disney? Here's the full list of our experiences at Disneylands around the world:


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