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Toddler Friendly Road Trip Around Sydney

Planning for a road trip with a toddler is never easy and requires many thoughts and considerations. This year, we planned yet another 2 weeks long road trip around Sydney to escape the 365-day long summer in Singapore.

Upon arriving in Sydney Airport on the first day, we drove on to our first pit stop of the trip, Martys at Little Beach located at Nelson Bay which took around 2 hours 45 minutes. This was not a very wise choice as we realized that (1) there is nothing much at Nelson Bay for a toddler to do and (2) accommodations around Port Stephens and Newcastle have strict regulations that children between 2-12 of age are required to have a bed of their own (most other hotels/motels typically allow children of the same age to stay for free if they are sharing the existing bedding). Fortunately, we only had to spend one night before we proceed on to Port Macquarie the next morning.

Port Macquarie is a beautiful place to visit for families with young children with its local attractions such as Koala Hospital and Roto House. There is a big grass area around Roto House that the little one can run around freely. Another place in Port Macquarie that shouldn’t be missed by young children is the Pancake Place. There is a nice corner set up for children with stuffed toys and story books during their time there.

Fun time at Roto House

Kids Corner at Pancake Place

Pancakes with ice cream at Pancake Place

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Review: The Ballet and Music Company (Eastpoint)

We first noticed Ashley’s love for music and dance when she attended weekend classes at LeapSchoolHouse. Not a big advocate of stressing the little one with education at a young age, we enrolled her for weekend classes with LeapSchoolHouse which conducts one hour class comprising of gym, story telling, singing and dancing when she turned 1 year.

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Seeing her sing and dance every time the music starts playing is nothing but pure enjoyment (I guess all parents are alike when they see their little ones enjoy what they do). Hence, we wasted no time in enrollig her with The Ballet and Music Company once she turned 2 and a half years old (Note: different schools have different age restrictions with some starting at 2.5 years old and some at 3 years of age).

Some points for consideration prior to enrolling your little one for weekend classes:

1. Time of class (Ashley attended the trial class at the Tampines One outlet which starts at 9am which was way too early for her and not surprisingly, she was clingy during the trial class).

2. Location of the school (Plan ahead as if this is her school for years to come. If the school is too far, parents and kid will have to spend more time traveling than the actual class itself).

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Review: Gel Manicure and Pedicure at Casamia

It has been almost a year since I last went for manicure and pedicure services as they tend to not last beyond 2 weeks (yes,even for gel manicure).

And given the market price of classic gel mani/pedi, it makes it harder for me to spend over $100 bucks for gel mani and pedi that can only last for 2 weeks. Hence, I checked out groupon deals on mani/pedi services since they offer great deals with great customer service from time to time. I have to agree that purchasing mani/pedi deals off these deal websites are all about luck. I have had great experiences as well as mediocre experiences with manicurists who just wants to get it over and done with with the customers who purchased the groupon deals.

Casamia is one that I feel that regular walk-in customers do not differ from customers who were on groupon deals. Conveniently located at bugis cube (just across Bugis Junction), it has a nice and classy ambience which makes one feel relaxed throughout the session. Most importantly, I was amazed with the nail art templates that were displayed in the shop. Not only was the display of a wide variety, the designs were impressive as you can see the passion and skills of the manicurist.

     

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Review: Step 2 Fresh Accents Kitchen

A kitchen set is a must-have for all children regardless of age and gender. We started noticing Ashley’s interest in cooking toys when she was attending Saturday lessons at Leap Schoolhouse prior to attending full day preschool. The Step 2 Fresh Accents Kitchen is not the first set of cooking play we have gotten for the little one. As with most parents, it is hard to make impulse buys of Step 2 Kitchen given the price tag in Singapore.

Step 2 Fresh Accents Kitchen

Hence, we started off with simple kitchen and supermarket toy sets sold at Baby Fairs and Kiddy Palace which cost us a quarter or less of a Step 2 Kitchen. However, quality does comes with a price as we soon see with the earlier toy sets we bought for Ashley. As opposed to the pictures of the toys shown on the packaging which appear sturdy and rather decent, it came as a dismay to us when one of the fridge door was made of flimsy plastic combined with what seemingly looked like a transparency slide in the middle and dysfunctional knobs for the cooking hob which had to be turned at a specific angle to work.

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Celebrating SG50 At Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

It was a last minute decision to visit the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station with Ashley and Colin this national day. In conjunction with SG50, the iconic former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station was opened to the public from 9am to 9pm on this very day, 9 August. I must say that the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) had done a great job in organising this amazing “retrolicious” carnival packed with old school activities. There was a sizable crowd visiting the former railway station with many people having fun with the activities including Ashley!

     Happy SG50

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