gardens by the bay

This is the first time since the girls were born that I didn’t post here for an entire month. I contemplated cheating and back-dating a few posts, but that wouldn’t be right. I have hundreds of photos to go through from the end of 2014 till today, so there will be many coming in the next few weeks. Some will be out of order, but hopefully still make sense.

Grandma came to visit and she loves flowers and fauna, so we decided to head to Gardens by the Bay. The girls made it through the first section which is a giant waterfall and mountain, but started getting antsy towards the end. I took them over to the children’s section while Qumi and Grandma checked out the flowers. The children’s section has the normal slides and swings, but it also includes a giant water fountain that you can run through. A quick change into their new bathing suits and away they went.

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Of course, I had to get in on the fun. It was a hot day! Although I should have been more careful with the sun block as my shoulders are now as red as lobsters.

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All in all, they had a great day and we stopped for some sandwiches before heading home.

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Don’t worry, it won’t take another month for the next post. Just need to find a bit of time in between the Game of Thrones marathons.



sushi express

While in Japan, Qumi took the girls to kaiten sushi.  You have to love a sushi place that also serves french fries.  No wonder my kids love this place.  We are already back from the trip and the girls were looking at the pictures and they miss their baba and jiji (grandparents).

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This place is pretty funny as they have a special shinkansen train that delivers your special orders directly to you.  Qumi grabbed a short video.

And finally a few shots from the local play gym.

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din tai fung

Continuing on our weekend in Sentosa, we ate at Din Tai Fung for lunch on Saturday. I love the xiao long bao more than anything.

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After lunch, we took a stroll around the island and wound up jumping on the monorail – which Katie loved!


Kristin loves getting into these things – here she is ready to make some pizza.


Katie is a bit less enthusiastic, but we coaxed a smile finally.


The largest Merlion in Singapore!


petting zoo

Both girls love animals, but Kristin just goes crazy for them – maybe she will be a veterinarian when she grows up.  Here they are at the local petting zoo, with what looks like a giant poodle below.  I am sure its some kind of lamb or something, but not really sure.

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That goat looks awfully similar to the one in totoro that tries to steal Mae’s corn on the cob.  The girls love that movie so much, I have memorised half the words – even in Japanese.  Thank goodness I am continuing my Japanese lessons, even if it is only an anime from the 80’s.


That’s a big horse, one day she will ride.


A well deserved snack – one that the goats aren’t trying to steal from the girls.


At least Kristin looks happy to pose as a giant cow!


Yes, you are reading that date right – this post is just over a month late, but not from 1926.  This is the 26th year the emperor has been in power and a lot of Japan still uses these dates to track the years.  I was born in the 50th year of the previous emperor, or Showa 50.

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