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Dot's favourite spot

Dot’s favourite spot

This is Dot’s favourite spot, a place where the bicycles are parked and locked. It all started when she saw little children playing and climbing over there. The power of mimicking. Every time we pass by this spot, she will linger around for a while. As she grows and gains more confidence, she climbs up...
Bought a smile with a little coin

Bought a smile with a little coin

On the last Saturday of 2012, we brought our niece, nephew and Dot to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in the morning. Then we went to AMK Hub for lunch and after that their dad came and picked them. We shopped for our groceries and were ready to head home. As we were walking through the...
It's more blessed to give

It’s more blessed to give

It was Christmas eve. Our family of three went out for lunch. I asked Dot,”What do you want to eat?” She replied,”Din Tai Fung. Eat noodle.” I replied,”Let’s go Malaysia Boleh. Ok?” Off we went to have Malaysian local food for our lunch. I was actually craving for the sinful Penang laksa! Dot was playing...
Kukup, Malaysia - kelong, nature and life

Kukup, Malaysia – kelong, nature and life

Our family together with my parents, siblings and relatives went to Kukup, a small fishing village located in the district of Pontian, Johor, on the Strait of Malacca in Malaysia over one of the weekends. During the long journey by coach, we had to diaper-wear Dot. When we finally reached Kukup, we changed Dot’s diaper...
Fun gardening time for our little gardener-to-be

Fun gardening time for our little gardener-to-be

The recent Friday morning was Dot’s first day of work in the community garden using the gardening toolbox that she won from a photo contest organized by NPark. She rode her bicycle and her gardening tools to the community garden which is only five-minute from our block. Daddy gave her a short briefing on what...
Songs that spring from a child's heart

Songs that spring from a child’s heart

When Dot is joyful, she sings with all her heart. It is not uncommon to hear Dot sings while she goes about playing with her toys. She will create her own lyrics and melodies. Such moments are difficult to capture on record and I think it’s best left undisturbed so that she can express herself...
Legian beach and footprints on the sand

Legian beach and footprints on the sand

Legian, the coastal town in South Bali is located in between Seminyak and Kuta. Apart from the beach, there is not much to see except to shop, wine and dine. It is said that Legian Beach is one of the best in Bali for viewing the sunset. Day 5 / 6: It was an hour...
Our best experience in Bali - Bali Safari & Marine Park

Our best experience in Bali – Bali Safari & Marine Park

Initially, we planned to include Ubud, the centre of art and tourism, in our itinerary and but in the end we chose to stay one-night at Mara River Safari Lodge which was nestled inside Bali Safari and Marine Park. A destination that all of us, especially Dot, had been looking forward to during our Bali...
Encouraging Dot to persevere

Encouraging Dot to persevere

Recently Dot likes to play jigsaw puzzles and she is able to identify the right piece at the right place. However, she sometimes has difficulties fitting the pieces together and this frustrates her. Seeing her frustration, I will sit by her side encouraging her to finish her puzzles, asking her questions where the pieces should...
Kintamani, where Mount Batur is still active

Kintamani, where Mount Batur is still active

Kintamani is a highland area north of East Bali where the active volcano Mount Batur and Lake Batur are located. Usually tourists go for a day trip and unless you are planning to do mount trekking or the like in the wee hours then accommodation will be good. It can get chilly so it is...
Lovina, quiet and yet teeming with life

Lovina, quiet and yet teeming with life

Lovina is a quiet coastal town in the north Bali. It is not as busy as South Bali and we like the peace and quietness here. In this trip to Bali, we also learnt more about the Balinese culture and had a glimpse into the simple lives of the locals. Day 1: When we arrived...
Our 6-day family holiday in Bali

Our 6-day family holiday in Bali

We made a quick decision in late August to go for a 6-day getaway from Singapore to Bali, Indonesia with Dot and bought our airfares via Jetstar. These blog posts on Ubud, Manggis, Sanur and Nusa Dua got me more excited about our upcoming Bali trip. Tripadvisor has helped us a lot in planning for our trip to Bali....
Little conversations

Little conversations

I’m thankful that I have the privilege of seeing Dot grows day by day since birth. Now at 2-year 7 month old, she can manage simple conversations with me and people around her. And many times I am amazed at her growth and “maturity”, yet amused by the way she thinks and what she deems...
10 favourite books for two to three years old

10 favourite books for two to three years old

I’ve never read so many children books in my life until I have Dot. It’s such a delight to read them even as an adult and learning to see things afresh from a child’s perspective. I’m so glad to be able to re-live my childhood together with Dot. It’s such a blessing to read beautiful...
Free to explore and learn on her own

Free to explore and learn on her own

Sharon gave me this end last year for Dot to sponge and paint. This “what-do-you-call-this” ends up in our bathroom as one of Dot’s bath toys. When we are not hurried for time, I will fill her bathtub with warm water and she will have her own time to play inside the bathtub with her...