Monday, August 9, 2010

Weekend report

I had a couple of work meetings over the weekend but we managed to squeeze in quite a lot of family activities so, overall, it was an enjoyable weekend. It was a long weekend as Monday was a public holiday on account of it being Singapore's National Day.

On Saturday evening, we met up with some SMH friends at Shann's house for dinner. I think Ryan enjoyed hanging out with the other babies - he was running about happily and even trying to make conversation. He got another opportunity the next day, Sunday, when we met up with the gang again to have dinner at Paragon (Peking duck!) and after-dinner drinks at Urban Spoon in Jalan Kayu.

We wanted to make the most of the public holiday on Monday and so we thought of making a trip to the zoo to see the animals and to let Ryan have some water play at Rainforest Kidzworld. I guess half of Singapore had the same idea because when we got there, the carpark was full and there was a whole line of cars parked along the side of the road leading up to the zoo. The line stretched for about 2 km! We took one look, made a U-turn and went for an early lunch at Ivin's instead.

After that, we did our rounds at the book store, the toy store and the arts and crafts store, and then we went home.

Determined not to waste the holiday, we decided to go to Hort Park in the evening and go on the Forest Walk.  There are two trails on the Forest Walk - the Elevated Walkway and the Earth trail.  We took the Elevated Walkway which is a metal bridge that meanders through the forest and puts you at eye-level with the forest canopy.

We brought Ryan's little red car in case he got tired and he would sit in it for a while then get up and walk for a while and sit in it again.  Occasionally, he asked to be carried. When we reached the end, we had to go all the way back to get back to the car. Ryan got a little tired on the way back but overall, I think he enjoyed himself.  Check out the photos!

Here's Ryan in his hiking gear. I love this shot - he looks ready to hit the trail, don't you think? I put a light jacket on him because I wasn't sure if there would be insects and mosquitoes. There weren't any so I took it off mid-way.

We started from Alexandra Arch, about 6 plus in the evening.

Here we go!

No slacking! 

That's me carrying Ryan - we're on the top walkway!

Here's Richard carrying Ryan!

Here's Richard pushing Ryan in his little red car on the way back.  The car is made of plastic (including its wheels) and so it doesn't absorb the vibrations and shocks of wheeling across the metal walkway. If we come here again with this car, we must remember to place a rubber sheet on the seat.

It was a great outing, we clocked in some healthy exercise and got close to nature. I think it was a good experience for Ryan, he seemed excited and enthusiastic about the walk. He was interested in looking at the forest around him and he would stop now and then for a closer look and pick up things like leaves and fallen fruit and seeds for a closer inspection.

There are a number of other trails with tree-top walks in Singapore and we're planning to have a go at them soon. Nothing too strenuous, just a slow stroll through the forest. We took slightly more than an hour to get through the walk and back again, strolling slowly and stopping here and there for photos.

After we left the Forest Walk, we drove over to Vivocity for dinner and Ryan managed to get in his waterplay after all, at the Vivocity play area.  Perfect end to his day.

Thanks for having a birthday Singapore, we certainly enjoyed it!


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