Category Archives: Weekend

Pressie from Daddy

@ 41 months

Ryan first laid eyes on this husky dog on skates many months ago at Build a Bear. I did not buy as I find it too expensive for a plush animal like this. Few weeks ago, we saw the same dog again from a different Build A Bear outlet in United Square. This time Ryan was very adamant to bring it home. I know he likes the dog very much but his interest is always short lived and the dog is simply over priced. After much pursuasion he agreed to come back another day to get it believing it was really a ‘non buying day’ and they would not sell the dog to him (our agreement that nobody could buy anything on a non buying day). Before we left, he told the salesgirl to write his name on the dog so nobody could buy it except him.

That whole evening and at night, Ryan continued talking about the dog non stop until Daddy gave in and promised we would go take a look at it tomorrow (Saturday).

Saturday came and there was literally no peace from morning until afternoon. Ryan’s persistently begging for us to go check out the dog fearing the dog may have been purchased by someone else. Finally we gave in to his unwavering harrassing and went to United Square in the afternoon.

While Ryan was showing Daddy his dog, I sneaked into Esprit. How pathetic, that 10 minutes or so were the only peaceful shopping time I could get nowadays eversince Ryan become my official shadow few weeks ago. When I came out, Loida gave me first hand news saying ‘sir said buy the dog’. I wasn’t too surprised hearing that knowing Daddy hardly say no to this Daddy’s boy. He wouldn’t agree to go if he had no intention of getting it for Ryan. Hehe…

The husky dog that he couldn’t get his eyes off


There were bears, wolves, but he chose the same husky dog.


The process of stuffing the dog with polyester fiber


While the dog was being stitched, Daddy and son were busy choosing the sound to go with the dog. We wanted the dog sound unfortunately they ran out of stock. Looks like we have to go back another round for it in a few weeks’ time.


Listening attentively to instructions on how to give his dog a good fluffy spa.


After the spa (scrubbing off fiber off the dog surface) it was time to choose for the shoes and skates. Ryan was disappointed he can’t get the sandal which looks like his old pair of Crocs for his dog. We need a pair of sneakers to go with the skates. We ended with a blue pair of skechers sneakers.


Clothing range. So many to choose from but the pair Ryan wanted was out of stock.


Time for the birth certificate. Ryan thinking hard for a name. At the end, he chose ‘CLIFFORD’. Hahah.. speaking of originality.


Putting the finishing touches on the dog (how can it be complete without a name on the dog tag).


Payment .. payment…. $120 a hole in the pocket

Over the weekend….

@ 29 months 3 weeks 6 days 

We went to Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden on Saturday – Asia’s first children’s garden. We have heard so much about the place but never got the chance to visit. It’s always zoo, zoo, zoo during the weekends (Ryan’s favourite). Weather was kind on us that morning. We reached there about 9am and the morning sun was shining bright down on us. Places like this is usually packed with people during the weekends but luckily we got there early. There were still ample parking space available.

We were greeted by the water play area as soon as we entered the garden. The area was already packed with kids. We could actually hear the kids’ screams and laughter at the entrance. Ryan too wanted his share of fun but we convinced him we will be back for more after checking out the rest of the areas. We stopped at the photosynthesis exhibit next. Ryan was definitely captivated and refused to leave. He kept cranking and cranking the handles of the various stations (sunlight, carbon dioxide, water and phosynthesis). His favourite was  the photosynthesis station which releases mist as he turned the handle. It’s pretty amazing.


We walked around for another 30 minutes or so. We visited the A -maze – ing Play, Sand Play, Match the Plants & Animals, Playground and Water Play. We actually thought we combed the whole garden. At least that was what hubs convinced me but we later found out we were actually far from it. There are still at least another 4- 5 attractions in the vicinity to cover.

We went back to the Water Play area. Ryan absolutely love water. The Aqua diaper and extra clothing we brought for Ryan proved to be a wise decision. By 10am, the water play area was full of kiddos running around, showering under the water fountains, queueing for water at the manual water pump. Ryan had such a great time there.


The few watering cans available there were such a scarce. Literally all eyes were on them. It’s like now you have it, now you don’t. Ryan was visibly longing for one. Poor boy. But thanks to another kor-kor who voluntarily gave up his and passed it to Ryan. Oh-so-sweeeeet.


At night we went to Ngee Ann and Paragon. We wanted to get a watering can for Ryan so we could bring along the next time we go for water play. The trip down town was a futile trip. The place was jam packed with shoppers and simply too crowded to stroll along serenely. We went home empty handed. Who says economy is bad…..??

We didn’t do much on Sunday. We wanted to go zoo in the morning but we overslept and since hubs wanted to catch his live F1 telecast at noon we decided to stay in. At night we went to this cosy Forture Seafood Restaurant along Bukit Timah Road for dinner. Their Salted Egg Yolk Crab is one of the best we have tasted. Yummyyyy…..

Salted Egg Yolk Crab