August 16, 2010

[A-Maze at Safra]

Last weekend, the kids were invited to a birthday party at Jurong Safra's newly opened Kids' Amaze playspace. We didn't go, but have been told again and again by the girls that it was totally amazing and we really HAD to go again this weekend. Almost everyday they reminded us that we had to go again! So being the indulgent parents that we are, and also because it sounded really cool, we made a trip up there again this weekend. The 3 storey structure is indeed quite a cool play space! We bought a family ticket (2 adults 2 kids = $37 incl locker) and spent the next few hours working out by squeezing and contorting our bodies after our more agile tots. They really should have made the openings bigger! I can't imagine how the 'bigger' parents do it!
The girls loved going round and round the same slides and climb structures. A more foolhardy me decided that we should experience something slightly different so took K down the 2 storey spiral slide (even I know that i shouldn't attempt the 3 storey one!) I thought she wouldn't like it but she LOVED it! It really took my breath away, but we went on it once more before I told her she could do it herself when she's bigger. Little did I know that the slide also took a whole patch of skin away on my elbows *ouch*!
Little girls are best for dressing up! 5 yrs into having a girl, we (actually more V than I) never tire of dressing them up. :) G has shot up sooo much that we almost have to get her a brand new wardrobe! I swear she grows at least 5cm each week!
This is probably the most complicated hairstyle she has allowed me to do for her. Brings back memories of when I was little and had to sit for ages waiting for my waist long hair to be tied up in really elaborate (my helper was a closet hairdresser!) hairdos every weekend.
V and the girls. K is at this super chubby stage of her life too, I remember G went through that phase when she was about 2.5-3, rolls and rolls of baby fat! She's all skin and bones now.... i miss those rolls.
A very happy girl running towards the playspace
The terrifying 3 storey sprial slide, you can just about see the more modest 2 storey one behind this which me and K attempted.
The main play space, impressive right!
Verdict - Success! For a morning worth of running about, being silly, chasing each other through impossibly small tunnels. I think it will get even better as the girls get older. The tickets are slightly pricey for younger kids as they only lasts a couple of hours tops. As they are per entry, the older ones get the most out of the ticket charge - the best thing is that the centre is open pretty long hours (till 9pm!) and there are lots of amenities nearby - hawker centres, library etc, so i can imagine one can literally be at jurong the whole day, popping in and out of the playspace with the pass.
Remember this sketch that G did not too long ago? Well, she was beyond thrilled to discover that she has won a prize for it in the post! :) I'm so proud of her, she did really well in the sketch and it is always nice to receive a prize!

Lately, we have been to the library quite often and here are some good books which I've read and highly recommend:
The Help by Kathryn Stockett - a great book that had me lol at many passages, a must read for anybody that has been brought up by full time help, or have full time help looking after their kids.

Daughters of Fortune by Tara Hyland - a good saga type book with all the trappings of rich and famous lives. Plus it's all about women.... what more could we want from a good book!

Yoga for Weight Loss - after the excesses of too much caffeine and late nights, we decided that we should live a healthier lifestyle and have borrowed out this book which had a 28-day detox meals and lifestyle program. We have followed the diet and mindset of this book quite religiously (okay, we had a few lapses due to family occasions, but still ate healthily) for 14days now and it really has worked! Feeling much better and healthier, and much lighter too. Best of all, we've managed to stay off caffeine for more than 2 weeks now and I do feel significantly more energetic. Although i don't think i'm going to stay off caffeine for life, that will be tooo drastic!

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