Friday, 29 May 2020

Home With 3 Kids During Circuit Breaker

When it was announced by the government that Singapore was going into Circuit Breaker mode and people were not allowed to leave their homes except to go to the supermarket, many Singaporeans made one last dash to IKEA before all the shops closed. Our family did the same, but at less crowded places.

Our last meal at a restaurant before Circuit Breaker

How did we survive at home with 3 very active kids and nowhere to go?

It was hard, really really hard! See I love my kids but I really don't need to be with them all the time. It's why I chose to work full-time and never felt guilty for it. My mental health meant that I was a better mum when I am actually with them.

During circuit breaker however, the kids were with us 24/7 and we couldn't get a mental break at all! Honestly for me, an extrovert who loves to bring my kids to explore the whole of Singapore, it was extra torturous πŸ™

[HOME-BASED LEARNING]

The mother of all torture during Circuit Breaker was none other than HBL. It was tough for teachers but definitely way tougher for parents (teachers who are also parents, man I don't know how you do it...πŸ˜“).

I have 2 kids in primary school who needs to be supervised to do their HBL. Thankfully we are blessed to have many laptops at home so I try to be efficient and have them both do their HBL together while I did my own work.

Me trying to work while supervising the kids with their HBL

Efficiency, maybe. Painful, totally!

"Mummmmeeeee! The page is not there anymore!" (and this is after I had painstakingly logged in and clicked everything for him).

"Mummeeee! Di Di and Mei Mei are disturbing me! I can't concentrate!"

"Mummeeee! I can't hear! Where to click? How to type? Teacher says must draw, how to draw?"...... 😡

I have to say, the more enthusiastic the teacher, the more annoying for me as the parent because it meant more work for me to do. Things like recording a video or taking photos of their homework and uploading, it's really unnecessary to me. I get that you want to think out of the box and make it fun for the kids but I really don't have time for it. Plus, it's for P.E. Are you serious? I'm sorry but I have to prioritise examinable subjects over P.E. Maybe a Zoom P.E. lesson is a better idea. So no, I won't upload any videos, sorry 😐


Come to think of it, I don't know which is worse: intense pain of dual 'headaches' at the same time or prolonged pain of one 'headache' after another? πŸ˜‚


I rejoiced together with all parents on the day that MOE announced the kids could return to school. HURRAY!!! πŸ˜„


[MY SELF-CARE]

Self-care is important for all mums but even more so for a full-time working mum of 3 like me with very limited me-time. Not being able to enjoy my usual self-care like travelling, facials, shopping, etc was really tough. 

The only self-care that I can do at home would be watching TV and painting or crafting. I didn't manage to paint because of the sticky baby/toddler but I did complete my pin display project that I have been wanting to do for a long time! 😊

My pin collection finally displayed! 
I've been collecting pins since my schooling days and have always kept them in boxes


Also managed to build some Lego, which I had to safeguard from my girl the Lego Fanatic (who wanted to 'help' me build them). 

Super cute Harry Potter Lego pieces

My awesome colleagues also sent me food to brighten up my days when they heard that I was grumpy from being stuck at home. 

Traditional ice-cream, like those you would get from the ice-cream truck around the neighbourhood
Yummy dessert

I'm so blessed ♥️


[ENTERTAINMENT]

With 3 very active kids stuck in a HDB flat, we needed to find things to do. We played with boardgames, LEGO, xbox and whatever toys they have around the house. 


Bought some boardgames to play! Can't wait till the boy is old enough to play the more challenging games
The doting Mum-in-law bought this Expert set for the girl because ordinary sets are too easy for her. She finished it in 2 days 😐
Left: Kids playing together in the play pen passed to us by the sister-in-law;
Right: interactive play on the xbox! 

We felt the most bad for our littlest girl, as the moment she learned how to walk, she had to be confined in a small space with nowhere to practise her newly acquired skills. The best we could do was to let her climb whatever she can find around the house. 

Climbing up and down the stairs of the kids' bed and the stairs outside our home

Daddy bought a makeshift pool for the kids to play with water


[CELEBRATIONS]

My Birthday
I also celebrated my birthday during circuit breaker and was actually thinking that I might not have a cake to celebrate with. But my awesome family and friends sent me so many things! 

Left: My mum-in-law cooked the annual longevity noodles for me;
Right: I made the hubby queue at Alexandra Village to buy my favourite Ang ku kueh and avocado drink πŸ˜‹
My husband's idea of a birthday cake: crabs from Mellben Seafood πŸ˜‹
Cakes flowers and food from my sister and bff
My favourite has to be my birthday cake, the biggest I've ever gotten! It was so yummy I ate half the cake by myself! πŸ˜‹
Love my awesome colleagues for sending it to me!


Kids made cards and presents for me with whatever they can find around the house 😁


I feel so blessed! Thank you everyone πŸ₯°


Our 11th Wedding Anniversary

The hubby and I also celebrated our anniversary during circuit breaker. We were supposed to be at W Hotel Sentosa for our anniversary staycation but it was cancelled due to the circuit breaker πŸ˜’ We had to make do with a mini celebration at home. 

Hubby splurged on premium meat since we can't spend on anything except food
Home-based BBQ πŸ˜‹
Family photo 😊

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On this 11th Wedding Anniversary, I decided to do a compilation of all our celebrations from the very first anniversary till now to remind us how far we have come. As you can see, we are usually at some restaurant/staycation/overseas, but we could do neither of those during this circuit breaker (we actually booked W Hotel for this year too, so sad 😭). To cheer me up, Hubby promised me a mega make-up staycation after CB. He also went and got super premium ingredients such as the high quality grade olive wagyu steak for our BBQ! So yums πŸ˜‹ HAPPY ANNIVERSARY DEAR! Thanks for always making me fat and saying you don't care if I'm fat (even though i know u do) πŸ˜‚ love u 😘 . #madpsychmum #weddinganniversary #girleejay #boyjlee #girleejan

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Mother's Day

We also celebrated Mother's Day! 

Kids wearing their masks and super excited to be out of the house

The kids were experiencing such a bad case of cabin fever that we needed to get them out for a while just to keep their spirits up.

I'm so glad that our country finally moved into Phase 1 and 2 where everyone is allowed to go back somewhat to normal! Circuit Breaker was really very tough for everyone and I'm just really gfateful that we survived it. I really hope we don't ever have to go through it again! πŸ₯Ί

Monday, 16 March 2020

Hat Yai II Day 2-3: Pruksa Park

DAY 2

We've pretty much visited most of the usual tourist attractions during our last trip hence I thought of visiting Pruksa Park, an old theme park now opened to visitors for free.

Pruksa Park houses the restaurant Wine Village
Carp pond

As an old theme park, Pruksa Park houses many European architecture that are great back drops for phototaking!

European-style Veranda
Be a real princess in this carriage! 
Carriage in front of a small castle
Replica of the castle structures in Europe

We found a passage that allowed you to climb to the top of the castle for a better view!

Winding steps don't stop me even if I'm carrying a baby in a carrier! πŸ˜‰
Kids enjoyed exploring the castle while I enjoyed capturing photos of our exploration
It was almost sunset

At the base of the 'castle' is a small sheep farm. You can purchase animal feed to feed the very hungry and enthusiastic sheep!

Sheep farm
You can get really close to the sheep!
(Baby is understandably cautious) 
Feel free to pat them, they are really cute!
More sheep

Check out the really cute lamb in the corner!

At first we bought pellets to feed the sheep but it was too small and none of us were willing to let the sheep eat from our bare hands

Then the hubby went and bought some leaves

It was definitely more fun for us and the kids

Super hungry sheep

Aggressively fighting for food

There was also a small aviary on the premise that you can enter and get up close to the birds in it, provided that you ensure that you don't accidentally release a bird from its home (you'll have to compensate them if you do!). 

Little aviary

If you're hungry, the restaurant Wine Village is also open to serve lunch and dinner. 

Swinging on the swings at Wine Village



There was also a really old-school but rickety carousel at the entrance, which didn't cost much so we let the kids have fun riding it. 

It's really slow but looks very good in pictures

Wheee!

Just as we were watching the kids ride the carousel, we received news that Singapore was going to further tighten her borders. Instead of only requiring travellers from selected countries to serve STAY-HOME-Notice (SHN) for 14 days, MOH announced that this will be extended to all travellers returning to Singapore after 16 March 2359. We were supposed to only return to Singapore on 17 March! 

In order to avoid the 14-day SHN, we called Scoot to change our flight from 17 to 16 March. Thankfully, Scoot allowed us to do so without any penalty! Wow, thank you Jesus for answering our prayers! 

With our hearts at peace knowing that we had secured our return flight, we went for dinner. We decided to spend as much of our Thai baht as possible, since we don't know when we will be able to use it again (we thought it will be a year before we returned to Thailand, we didn't realise then just how much we won't be able to use it ☹️). 

Yummy big prawns that look like mini lobsters! So yums!


DAY 3

It was supposed to be a day of shopping and massage but we cut short our trip in a bid to get back to Singapore. So thankful to Scoot for allowing us to change our flight! 

Such a nice sunny day for a flight home via Scoot

Home Sweet Home! πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬

We later found out that The Straits Times had secretly taken a picture of us arriving in Singapore on 16 March 2020 and our faces were on their news article! 

Screenshot of the news article

Don't know whether we are 'heng' (lucky) or 'suay' (unlucky) 🀨

We don't know when we will ever be allowed to return to Hat Yai. Until we do, Hat Yai please hang in there. Hope to see you again! 


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