Wednesday, 27 December 2017

My Boy's London Bus 4th Birthday

The year 2017 did not start out well for my boy in terms of school. He just turned 3 on 27 December but was fully expected to behave as a 4 year old would, like the rest of his N2 class.

I feel bad for him that he always needs to play catch up. However, I'm thankful to God that he has been coping very well.

He was able to read a lot earlier than his sister, recognise the spelled words of numbers and spell simple words. I was amazed that with help, he was able to read a simple book by himself independently! This has really helped him to catch up with his peers in class.


On the other hand, my boy has a long way to go to master the Chinese language! He does not like it as much as English. He also has his moods and would refuse to write or colour if he doesn't want to! *sigh*

Nevertheless, there's still so much to celebrate and be thankful to God for. He recently started to pee in the toilet and we therefore don't have to buy as many diapers (hooray!).

Since my boy loves buses, especially the iconic red London buses, we decided to have a London Bus themed mini party to celebrate his 4th birthday =)

This year I decided to relax and engage the help of my very talented BFF from D'Cor-d to help me with the party.

Party gifts for the kids in his class
Gifts for the kids in the other classes
I really love the wooden vehicles she got! The kids loved it!!
Very simple party for his friends in school

I gotta say, my BFF is really a genius in decorating cakes... Much better than me!

Really love the cake! So pretty!
Singing "Happy Birthday" and getting him to blow out the candle light
Left: The sister and I wanted to help but the boy was like, "noooooo";
Right: Helping him to cut the cake. 


Enjoying his chocolate hazelnut cake
(and I know this because he willingly looked at the camera and took this photo with a smile!) 

In case you are wondering, the kids are wearing matching customised t-shirts that the girl and I designed in London's Primark Oxford Street!

Matching brother-sister t-shirts

After the party, we brought the kids to sit the Sentosa cable car because the boy really loves riding the cable car. This is his 4th time on the cable car because we got the Faber License Membership (which gives us unlimited cable car rides), yet he is still just as excited!

Super excited to ride the cable car again!
With the daddy, who is really only doing this for the kids *laughs*

My dear boy,

I'm so thankful to God for you. You are fiercely independent, insist to do things on your own and can play happily on your own. On the other hand, you also love to cuddle and shower us with lots of kisses. Your delightful, loud and unreserved laughter, which I know you definitely got from me, gives me great joy everyday. I pray that you will continue to be happy, loving and a well-rounded child as you grow up. Mummy and daddy love you very, very much! 😘

Happy 4th Birthday!

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Past Birthday Parties:

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

UK-Paris Day 5: Borough Market, Piccadilly Circus & Lion King The Musical

We decided to visit Borough Market again today since we didn't manage to do so last Sunday as it was closed.

Borough Market
Delicious hot food, perfect for the cold winter! 
I love the mussels and cinnamon croissant!!!!
I usually hate mussels but the ones at Borough Market changed my mind. UK mussels are so juicy and have none of the fishy taste I dislike. So yummy!!
Alcohol-infused cheese that was so unique that we just had to buy some! 

Borough Market certainly did not disappoint! We left with happy bellies and satisfied smiles on our faces =D

We took the Jubilee Line (grey) from London Bridge Station to Green Park Station and transferred to the Piccadilly Line (blue) to Piccadilly Circus Station to visit, you guessed it, Piccadilly Circus!

Picadilly Circus
With some of the Christmas decorations at Piccadilly Circus
With the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in the background
The Piccadilly Emporium was a really cool shop with nice decorations for photos but the merchandise were more expensive than shops at Oxford Street

From Piccadilly Circus, it's just a short walk to Leicester Square, heart of the Arts in London. It's also where you can find Soho, London's Chinatown.

London's Chinatown
M&Ms World
(Address: 1 Swiss Court, London W1D 6AP, England)

Although the huge M&Ms World was really tempting, I was more attracted to the Lego Store located just opposite. It was like a mini Legoland in one huge store!

Lego Store
(Address: 3 Swiss Ct, London W1D 6AP, UK)
Plenty of photo opportunities in a Lego version of the London Tube
With the iconic red British mailbox and telephone booth
If you're into constructing your own face with Lego, you can buy one for £99.99 here at their Mosaic Maker. Do note that it's damn tedious so proceed with caution *laughs*
The girl designed and built her own minifigs for £4.95 per box. She was so proud of her end product!


We calculated that it was a lot cheaper to buy Lego here; hence, I decided to get the Expert level London Bus for £109. Of all the expert level boxes, it felt more significant to buy the London Bus when we're in London! The mum also got the mini London Bus at £9.90 for my boy's Christmas present! I actually regretted not getting more of the mini London Buses as I don't see them in Singapore!

All the Lego that I got to bring home!

As I spent above £60 and £100, I also got the Nutcracker and 24-in-1 box respectively FREE! I also got an additional VIP Lego because I spent enough to become a Lego VIP member! So worth it!!!! However, all that shopping also meant that I had to drag that huge box of Lego everywhere after that! *laughs*

We still had time to kill before our musical, Disney's The Lion King, which only starts at 7.30pm.

To be honest, I really wanted to watch Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is played at Palace Theatre. Sadly, I had to be unselfish and choose a musical that could be enjoyed by the whole family (the mum and girl would not have liked Harry Potter *sob*). Oh well, definitely next time!

Since we still had about an hour to kill, we hung out at Leicester Square's McDonald's.

Enjoying our drinks and Happy Meal at Mcdonald's

When it was almost time for the show, we walked to Lyceum Theatre, which was approximately 15 minutes away.

Disney The Lion King
(Address: Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ)
We got tickets in the middle section, last 5 rows, for £74 including tax per person
Our view was partially blocked by the tall folks in front of us but for the price we paid, we can't really complain

The musical was awesome but the timing was simply too late for us, who were still functioning on Singapore time and used to waking up super early in the morning. Although it was only 7.30pm in London, it was actually way past midnight for us! Half the show was spent trying to keep our eyes opened! Truly regretted not getting tickets to the afternoon show!

After the musical, we actually walked all the way to Charing Cross Station hoping to catch the last train but we didn't manage to. In the end we had to take a London cab back to the hotel. It cost us a whopping £31 but at least we got to ride in a London cab for the first time!

We had to sleep the minute we got back to the hotel as we had to wake up very early the next morning to catch the train to Edinburgh. I can't believe that it's our last full day in London! Time went by so quickly!

All I can say is, I love London and I'll definitely be back! 😁


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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

UK-Paris Day 4: Harry Potter at King's Cross & Winter Wonderland Hyde Park

We were out of the house later this morning so that we can make it just in time for brunch at the famous Poppies. To get there, take the Piccadilly Line (blue) to Leicester Square Station and transfer to the Northern Line (black) to Camden Town Station.

Follow the signs and you should be able to find it; it's only 5 minutes away from Camden Town Station.
Poppies Fish & Chips
(Address: 30 Hawley Crescent;
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-12mn; Sun 11am 11pm)

As you can see, Poppies is most famous for their fish and chips!

Reading the very nicely designed menu
Fish and chips with whitebait
Half chicken
You can tell from our faces that we loved the food!!

I highly recommend getting the fish and chips. We also loved the whitebait fish chips so much that we got a whole plate of it! So yummy!

After brunch, we took the Northern Line (black) to King's Cross Station. 

King's Cross Station

We were here for two reasons:
  1. To collect our train tickets to Edinburgh from the self-help ticketing machines
  2. To visit Platform 9 and 3/4 shop! 
Yes, I'm a Harry Potter fan but for the benefit of those of you who are not, Platform 9 and 3/4 is the platform at King's Cross Station where young wizards and witches board the Hogwarts Express to Hogwarts. Hence, the shop is very aptly named indeed!

The Harry Potter Shop Platform 9 and 3/4
Bird cages hung on the ceiling

We didn't have time to visit the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studios so I had to contend with taking a photo with the famous half-disappeared trolley here instead.


We were also provided with a soft copy of our photo I bought. Not too bad for the price we paid. 

I usually don't buy souvenir photos but this is just too good to give up! Love it!

My loot from my 1-hour shopping at Platform 9 and 3/4! Had to hold myself back so that I don't go broke! 

I highly recommend visiting this shop for Potter fans! The stuff is a lot cheaper than Universal Studios =D

When we were finally done, we headed to Hyde Park via the Piccadilly Line (blue) to Hyde Park Corner Station.

We were here to visit the annual Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park.

Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, with a ferris wheel, shops and carnival rides and games
Such a fun atmosphere!
It's not often that we get to visit a carnival in cold weather!

There were lots of activities like ice skating, circus performances, ice sculpture display and even an ice bar!

Although I really wanted to try the ice bar, we decided to get tickets to the Zippos Circus instead. It cost us only £8.50 per adult and £5 per child, which was so worth it because we managed to get front row seats to an amazing show!

Zippos Circus
Live magic show!
Acrobats doing their incredible stunts
Centre stage
Walking on the outside of a spinning wheel without use of harness! This guy is incredible!

After the show, the girl and I ran to the Ice Rink as we also booked a session of ice skating for both of us (cost us £9.50 per adult and £7.50 per child).

Collecting our skates

We were really excited to try skating outdoors for once! I had always gone ice skating in an indoor ice skating rink and never got a chance to ice skate in a park.

The ice skating rink was nicely decorated with lots of lights

Us in our skates
The girl trying to skate while holding the side of the rink

I have to say that I am proud of my girl for at least trying to skate without holding the side of the rink. She managed to skate without help for at least 15 minutes. Considering that this was only her second time skating, it was quite a good! =)

When our hour was up, we went to look for the hubby and mum, who were hanging out at the Carousel Bar. Like its name suggests, the bar is located on a carousel which goes round while you sip your drinks. I have never seen anything like it! So cool!

The carousel bar, with a heated area to help you deal with the cold

It started to get late (and very cold) so we decided to return back to our hotel. On the way back, we stopped by the nearest Wagamama from our hotel.

Wagamama

The mum and I enjoyed Wagamama very much during our last trip so we wanted the hubby to try it as well. Sadly, this outlet did not deliver as we had anticipated. We were pretty disappointed =(

In any case, it was still a good day =)


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