Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Tongue in Cheek

Buckle up kids... turn the key in the ignition

'So... Mum... what do you think of the really old matchboxes we got you for your birthday?'

I glance in the revision mirror to a smirking 9 year old, giggles erupt throughout the car.

In truth I loved them, but although the munchkins are growing up with a love of the pre-loved, antiques and re-furbished.... the purchase of 89 miniature cardboard boxes failed to impress them.

My travels have only just begun though - and believe me the next trip will be sans the littlens.

Saturday started as alot of our Sundays do. All six of us headed in to Junction 8 at Bishan for the boys monthly haircut at EC house. Even the littlest has matured enough to move from the baby salon (which is a whopping $25) that plays Thomas the Tank engine on the screens, to the one stop quick haircut shop... insert $10... get a card, wait in line, give the card to the hairdresser, get a cut,  a lolly and leave (not sure why they don't just charge $10 at the end of the haircut, possibly they need to glorify the gorgeous in the wall $10 card spitter-out-erer that came with the franchise)

Following the spunky haircuts (actually Mr 10 is growing his out, a bite of the tongue from me as it is in that .... seriously we can't do anything with this length stage!) we headed to our favourite fast food restaurant. Din Tai Fung. Minions choice of food is dumplings... and alot of them. We are such regulars there, that the staff know that we like iced water not hot, two teas not six, acrylic plate for the little one, not ceramic, no ginger plates and a large table as opposed to a booth . . .and they stopped asking us a long time ago if 'we are sure that that's what we want to order, it's alot of food ma'am  we have it under control, spot on to where we are not completely stuffed, but we are pleasantly filled.

Once finished, we briefed the kids on where we were going next. To try and find a present for Mummy... we were not looking for items for them, dad or anyone else, it was all about mummy's birthday....Much confusion to Master 7...
"But Mum's birthday was weeks ago"..... "Yes, but we didn't get mum anything then".... "But I made her a card, isn't that enough?".... "the card was beautiful, and yes it would be enough, but how would you like just a card for your birthday?"...... "mmmm.... we should buy mum the best present ever"...

I was excited, as in my research of places to go, I had come across the Public Garden at the National Museum. Full of pop-up stalls of old wares, antiques, new wares and wot-nots (gotta love the wot-nots) I was excited to visit this market. It's held once a month, I had missed the last one by 12 hours when I found the information. the end of the week, an email popped through saying that the Public Garden would be on over the Easter weekend, and included free entry to the National Museum.

Open 1-7 on Saturday and Sunday we got there early about 1:30pm and were able to score a park inside the museum grounds. I have to say, much later and we would have been walking for blocks. Public garden is a fabulous market, cool and refreshing, with a variety of stalls. There were a couple of the stores on my list showcasing a small table of wares - - but was abundant that for my purposes I should have skipped the market and headed straight to the stores (like By My Old School . . .cannot wait to hit that store!) if you are in for a very different and cultural shopping experience I would suggest that you signup to be notified of coming events. There was even live music.

Deciding to visit their actual stores after this weekend, the only thing we came across that was a must have is a whole lot of antique match-boxes. I own a copious amount of glass jars that I try to fill with various decor for occasions, but sit ontop the kitchen cabinets whilst in slumber. So we thought this is a perfect item to display (got any matchboxes.... send them to me - it's only a matter of time before they are completely obselete)

Side-tracked (as we do) the kids begged to visit the History of Singapore exhibition. it's an audio tour, with a separate audio for adults and children with clearly large labeled instructions throughout the exhibit. Master 7 was keen just to be the winner, and Master 4 was determined to follow the instructions on the touch screen around his neck (but not sure how much he absorbed) Ms 9 & Mr 10 though  could give you a blow-by-blow run of Singaporean history... well up to 1948 anyways as the littlens started loosing focus bigtime so we took the quick exit at this stage. It was truly informative and well worth doing- we will definitely take the older two to finish their tour and historical learning. But i would give yourself a couple of hours- it is quite an in-depth look into our history.

Bribing the kids with milkshakes from  Once Upon a Milkshake we headed back to the car and off to Turf City, to a treasure trove of goodies planted between soccer pitches, dog runs,driving ranges and Horse Trails in Antique Alley. Cue the coughing and spluttering and the 'my feet hurt' for the four in tow.... mixed in with - - oh that is so cool (yes they love the pickers too) we scoured through dust and debris seeing a few things that are a must go back for. Unfortunately with location and that we are 'Gweilos or Ang-mos (depending which language you are speaking) prices were looking a little high) But there were definitely some items that Mr and myself will go back and haggle on.

Thus ended day one of the Trini Present search (but there were six of us... so my matchboxes were a great score) some brilliant finds, just not quite what we were aiming for..... perhaps next week.....

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Hunt for the Old-school

Unashamedly, our household is huge fans of shows like Pickers, Restoration Kings, Pawn Stars, Storage Wars and the like.

Unheard of amongst Expats in Singapore, we looove a bit of DYI. I've found furniture on eBay, Expat Auctions and at my fav 2nd hand store Hock Siong that have found a second life in our home after been scraped sanded stained painted and so forth. We've been itching to start a new project for a while now, but as the of kindle of inspiration have been a little thin of late at our usual haunts,  I've had to drool over other's handiwork, religiously following Sherry and John not only on their blog, but also FB and Instagram (one wouldn't want to miss an update now would one?)

So you can imagine my excitement when the Mr asked me if I would like to go treasure hunting for my birthday. Throw away the idea of jewellery, flowers, chocolates.... the way to this woman's heart is retro, dusty items that I can restore or upcycle (that and scotch :-)

So whilst I wait for the weekend to roll around, I've made myself a nice healthy list of new new nooks to visit to search for my gold. I'm surprised by the number I have found and Mr may regret his decision on my gift as I drag him across the island.... but I care not... I'm putting on my sweat pants, runners and GPS in hand am hoping for a score...

Do you love the old stuff?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

52 Portraits Catchup

Just Laugh out loud

Zac's 4th Birthday

Jumping Jax (aka Cromies)

No Pics of JJ & Lachie this week as I was in Oz with just Zac & Shayla
Kangaroo Valley...


Up Close and Personal

Once again I'm Joining in with Jodi over at Che and Fidel - for her 52 week project
“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013.”
So check back to my page every Sunday (or following weeks for catchups :-) for pics of my gorgeous munchkins..

Palau Ubin

Many weekends ago saw the clan embark on a  new adventure. (this post was originally accidently deleted.. along with my witty repartee that went along with my pictures)
If you are in Singapore - we would highly recommend a day trip to Palau Ubin. You park at South Changi Jetty Pier (although would recommend getting there alot earlier than us, as all the carparks were really full)
Bumboats (much to the kids amusement) head out each time there is 12 people to take them . It's $2.50 per person (and yes if you would like your own private boat for your party and not share, you can pay the $30 to get you to the other side) They travel from 6am-8pm.

On arrival you can pick up a bike from the street to your left. Seriously cannot miss them, the street is inudated with them. In our extreme patience and haggling prowess, we just hit the first bike shop we saw and rented 5 bikes (one with a child seat) and four helmets for about $60 in total, but I'm sure that you could find better deals if you visited the other shops further down. Armed with a map of the island we headed off.

Now for me this was quite an experience, as although all my kids can ride bikes and often spend the weekend doing so - I haven't ridden in about 20 years. Guess what? it was just like riding a bike (Har-di-har . . . another glimpse at my children's sense of humour)

Grudgingly Master Z rode with Dad, as he loves riding at the bike park usually, but after the first 10 mins, he was loving the experience (**those with small children are advised at riding with them as some of the paths are quick rocky and off-roady, not travelled by training wheels or little legs)

There's a little village when you can stop at a number of restaraunts and have some scrumptious food, but a backpack picnic would be just as nice!

Even though the heaven's opened on us on our second leg of riding after lunch, this was a magical day. It honestly was like going on vacation, whilst being at home - you feel as though you are in a different country. We'll be definitely heading back here soon. An affordable day out for the six of us in Singapore - brilliant!

Celebrate Good Times .... Comeon!

Wooowzers (as my little sister says) I have so much catching up to do!
Where did the time go to? What have I been doing?

It seems the weeks trip to down under has got me all of track and out of whack - seriously need to catchup on my 52s.... i have the photos, just need to sort them out.

Hoping I can get this done before March... hmmmm... another year older next month- I'm sooo in denial.

My last posting was just before I headed down for my little sister's wedding - I was lucky enough to spend time with my gorgeous family, some divine friends (starting new friendships for Ms S in the making) and then to head to the most gorgeous ideallic location - bushfire free. Sadly that meant that  there was no canoe photo in the middle of the dam with burning embers flying around -  So some gorgeous Twilight reminiscent shots in a dry creek bed by Sheer Image Photography will just have to do!

Love on a Bench during the ceremony
Photo Credit - Me
Photo Credit - Me
So now that I have been back for a while- what have I been doing... hmmm not much! It's all been about the little man.

By definition a Multi-tasker is  'one person to perform two or more tasks simultaneously' that's what I'm good at (and actually the more tasks the better) but give me a single task I need to create other things to multi-task around the original item.... either that or I'll catch up on sleep LOL and then burn the midnight oil getting said project done by deadline.

What I have done is managed to conquer Master Z's 4th birthday which seemed to go on forever! 

Firstly, as his actual birthday fell on a Saturday, there was Friday Monster Cupcakes at school by request. Then on the actual Saturday that he turned 4 we purchased a beautifully designed and in no way tacky Angry Birds cake from Polar (:-) 

Then as I wasn't quite organized this year, his actual birthday party with all his school friends  was the Sunday a week later (two days ago) with a full Dinosaur theme. (yes... my name is Trini... and I'm a partyaholic!)

Me thinks he may be confused next week when there is no sugar celebration revolving around him. 

Sadly, I've not to my routine 'Shaky Shake' in a little while, since Oz actually, due to knee issues (and maybe a slight overdose on sugar)  I've been out of the loop for a while so finding the motivation to get there is hard . . but I've booked myself in for a session tomorrow (YAY!?!)  and from there I know it will get easier. I have to get back into it as Mr is now putting me to shame in his Dry Months and daily exercise that he has been rocking.

Sneak peak though...
 I'll be in March's Finder Magazine with an interview on the shaky shaky plate:

OK back to it.... till next I post