Sunday, 24 March 2019

The long awaited staycation

We last had a staycation in 2015! That means this was the first staycation for little Yu, and the first for the little family of five. This time, we decided to save $400 and stay at Furama Riverfront instead of Rasa Sentosa. We chose Thu-Sat 21-23 March coz the child care centre was closed on Friday.


And then Google Photos threw us a photo of Sito carrying Kai n years ago. Awww....

Lunch before picking up Yang and Yu from school

Happy boys :) 

Silly boys when waiting for Papa

We had a dramatic check-in. Kai and Yang were arguing and then fists flew. I was busy carrying Yu while checking in when suddenly, Kai appeared next to me all bloody! Luckily it was just a nosebleed. I put Yu in Sito's arms and attended to the bleeding boy. The receptionist looked shocked :p

I brought Kai up to clean up while the rest stayed in the play room. But then Yu peed so Sito brought him up. I cleaned up Yu while Sito brought Kai down coz Yang was still in the play room. That was the start of this whole up and down thing which we did a lot the whole stay... Once, we came down with Yu only to find no one there - the two had gone up to pee!

Finally - cable car! So much cheaper to get from Klook!

Off from Mt Faber we went!

Yu with his crooked smile

We had the whole cabin to ourselves, very relaxed

And we saw a big bird perched on a cable!

And we could look into the attractions from high above

Changed over to the Sentosa Line to get to Siloso Point. We stopped at the station for a little snack and a drink, coz hot.

Hotdog bun for Kai

For Yang

And for Yu

So nice meh? Yu had two at his excursion... Well, so long as they enjoyed it..

Coz we enjoyed our coke :p

They didn't enjoy coconut ice cream too much though..

My fave photo from our trip!

There is a new skywalk that leads to Fort Siloso. It looks like a much easier walk compared to that time when we walked like mad to get to the beginning.. But we were about halfway through when a few spots of rain appeared.

Yu: Raining! Need umbrella!

We turned back *.*

It was so sunny a moment ago!

The rain was not even a drizzle. But a school group was running the whole track so we just left to get to our next stop - animal encounters!

Sito pointing out Madam Tussauds where they went in December

"Lion!" says Yu excitedly

Wasted some time here coz we were still early for the animal show

No rain...! But when we eventually got to Palawan, and were trying to waste more time at the Sanrio fest, it started pouring! Yu and I were just about to go check if the show was on when the rain came with a vengeance.

Passing by funny mirrors

The pirate ship was closed but there were dry parts

Waiting forlornly for the other three to come out of the pirate ship area

Time for pancake dinner!

Actually all three of them had spaghetti. They didn't eat as much pancake as they made! Guess who ate them?

They love squeezing the pancake mix

Spot the little pancake biscuits?! Yu loved those and only those

When we got back to the hotel, we got them to the restaurant for some ice cream - part of our package. While they were having ice cream, I went back to prepare for bedtime! And also snapped some pictures.

Pirate theme with bunk bed to house all of us!

A treasure box like Legoland!

Sito said he could have got a box with a lock. True.... But bathtub? Ah ha!

We didn't use the tub in the end. It was a mess getting them showered already! And they loved to lie in the tub and slide down the sides. I tried to forget I did not wash the tub...

Yu enjoyed climbing up and down the ladder

Sito went to the restaurant for dinner; I wasn't hungry after all that pancake. Verdict - can skip the included hotel dinner. The boys watched YouTube and played Xbox until quite late - by their standards anyway.

Yu brushing his teeth on Friday morning

Sito slept very late the previous night coz of work. So I brought the three down for breakfast first and set an alarm for him to wake up and join us. There was a play area where the kids spent some time while I had my breakfast, interrupted on and off by one or more of the kids. The breakfast was also normal; by the next morning, I would find that they had close to zero variety.

Back to Xbox in the room!

Kai wanted to win but couldn't. He was so pissed he cried! We didn't notice Yang amid the commotion but then we realised he was so focused on the car - no wonder he could drive it! But a bit later, I found the car moving perfectly well despite Yang turning around to talk to Kai. Um, something was wrong. Think it was on auto, either from the beginning or after he had completed his laps. We were quite amused.

Yu in the meantime... Throwing things off the top bunk!

Locking things into the box!

Oh, they opened the box the previous night. Candies, colour pencils and a telescope. They were mighty pleased with the candies which we kept immediately, much to their dismay. No candies late at night!

Our first activity was Waka Waka! We had an hour free play as part of our package. The kids loved it! I think it was fun too though it wasn't too big. We were there for perhaps 50 min or so. Tired already.

Volcano slide - hard to climb up

Yu did his fair share of simpler slides

Next was Great World City. Bought movie tickets - 2 adults, 1 free kid, 1 student price and nothing for Yu who sat on my lap. Lunch was ramen, topped up with popcorn and candies when we sat down in the cinema. Yu turned towards me to nap before the show started, and only woke after it had ended - no squirming baby, phew!

We had some ice cream again before heading for the hotel pool. Kai was disappointed to find no slides after I told him about slides in the hotel pool. I gave feedback to the hotel. But we still had fun on the big swan! And Yu kept jumping into the pool all by himself and having fun :) Yang was playing mostly in the baby pool, kicking himself backwards from the wall.

Big swan in the pool!

Dinner was at Liang Court - check out our set for five!

Walked around a little after dinner. Sito managed to get a polo tee from Uniqlo while the kids were busy with whacking moles.

Cutie pie!

Again, some ice cream before going back to our room

Spent yet more time in the play room the morning before we left

Didn't stay until check-out time coz we were tired. Yu demanded to be carried most of the time and by me so my back was and still is hurting. But this has been a good trip for the kids at least. There were many firsts - first cable car ride for Yu, first movie for Yang (and Yu if you count that?!), first Xbox experience for Kai and Yang, first time making pancakes for Yang and Yu (Kai did it with his classmate at the Grandstand outlet before), first time on a big pool float. The hotel is old, and not far or near anything in particular. But I like the theme room and the play areas. Likely to search for other kid-friendly places to try the next staycation - think it's a simple holiday during short school holidays :)

The boys continued with PS3 at home :p

Yu goes to KidsStop

Yu had an excursion on Tuesday and it was compulsory for a parent to go with him. We thought of not going but then again, poor Yu... Sito had a panel thingy that day so I went.

Breakfast after dropping him off :p

Found him in his classroom pottering around with his classmates. He was so happy to see me! He showed me the board and his cubby hole. And when a classmate walked in, he told me her name.

Setting off!

Posing with dino

Had some fun on the slide before going in

In the aeroplane!

He was very good in inching his way into an occupied seat - and nudging the other boy away!


Bought chocolate at the supermarket

Putting all sorts of food into a random basket

And now he's an astronaut!

A machine that sucks up balls? Yes, please!

And I love this face!

Karaoke is our thing :)

Quite fun - at one point, he realised he could see himself in the screen opposite

So happy with his hotdog bun!

We never did the activity from the bag coz all the kids were having their buns

Me, midway up the climbing structure, when I knew I was never catching up with Yu

The little rascal had raced ahead and was the second to emerge from the structure even though he started later. Luckily there was another parent in front. The rest of us took some time.... And when we got there, we wondered if there was another way down - no!!!!

From the top - all concrete and wire

He must go behind the musical pipes

Dashing across the piano keys!

He was dashing about when he bumped into a classmate the size of Yang (!) and fell down. The classmate made an angry action. When Yu got up, he pushed the classmate away. The classmate pushed Yu. And Yu went to push him again! My video stopped here haha! I had to call Yu away. And then the classmate went sobbing to his mum, oops!

This boy wanted to be the first to go down

When it was eventually time to go down, he was again so fast that I bumped my head against hard concrete when chasing him! Gosh that was painful!

Totally mesmerised by this, which Kai did before about two years ago

A machine that blows light things up? Yes, too!

Sitting cutely on the window ledge of the slide structure at the end of the trip

To my surprise, he did not fall asleep on the way back. But he did not let me go easily. His fave teacher had to take him away. It was just a big playground for him. Don't think he linked any of that to science - what is science to a tot?!
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