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Last day in Singapore

The baby’s face says it all, meh…it’s our last day in Singapore.

The day started out great with this yummy pack of economy beehoon that ah ms and Tspellstrouble bought for my breakfast. They had to trek to the newly renovated Lorong 1 market for our breakfast and have been buying us breakfasts for the past few mornings, 辛苦了!

LG is blurry, Tristan’s eyes are close but never mind, Saitaoha looks cute #shamelessmummy.

Saitaoha is LG’s little shadow, it’s amusing to watch her adulation, I hope she doesn’t mind too much that LG won’t be joining us for the last leg of the trip.

Ah ma looked after Saitaomei (apparently she yelled her lungs out for an hour after we left πŸ˜“) at home so I had the luxury of handling only one kid whilst shopping with my sisters. I decided to do without the stroller and Tula-ed Saitaoha instead, good idea because she was thrilled to be carried for a change and even slept in the Tula throughout lunch.

Lunch at Tampopo of meitaiko tonkatsu set was pretty good, my sister and I shared this so the portion was just right. I enjoyed lunch a lot, probably because my kid was sleeping haha.

More playground time in the afternoon. My sister took this photo saying ‘look how small and cute she is, such a munchkin!’ In my eyes, my child has grown so much, but to my sister whose daughter is 6, she’s so little. I must keep reminding myself she’s only two.

Saitaoha wasn’t quite sure how to pose like jeje, always trying to keep up with her older cousins.

Ooh what is this yummy looking snack?

Babies cannot eat meh?

Can I try just a little bit pretty please?

Maybe they won’t notice if I slowly inch my mouth towards the snack.

Getting closer… getting closer…

Lor mee for dinner, I ate mine too late and the noodles were all soggy and all the crispy bits no longer crispy. But I still liked it leh, so much better fresh at the stall I reckon.

We’ve been eyeing this honey cheese cake thing from Breadtalk for days and finally succumbed tonight. It was ok only.

I will miss Singapore and spending time with my family here. I loved our late night TP central shopping jaunts, enjoying Singapore food with my family, our playground sessions and watching the kids play together. I laugh most freely and happily with my family, so I’m grateful to have this gem of a break to tuck into my memory box. Thank you again Singapore for the memories.

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Saitaomei on her first slide, I think she enjoyed it. I kept having flashbacks of Saitaoha at the same playground when she was younger. Oh how she has grown.

So happy tagging along with her favourite LG jeje. You could hear her shouting ‘careful LG jeje!’ over and over again as her agile cousin clambered up and down the bars. LG jeje would reply patiently ‘I’m OK!!’ At first I was worried she would attempt to go on the bars that were much to difficult for her age, but she seems to know what is above her means and kept to the ones appropriate for her age.

My little girl is a proper little missus now. She’s a handful and can be a terror sometimes, but she’s also very funny and makes us laugh a lot.

She’s going to miss her LG jeje so much when the holiday is over, definitely the highlight of her trip is spending so much time with her cousins, yee yees and yee zhang.

I’m so so glad Saitaomei is still my chilled baby. I love the babyness of her, don’t know what I’m going to do with she grows up 😭.

This baby enjoyed herself at The Line buffet, chomping on bread.

My plates were pretty much all sashimi. The buffet was ok only, I would like to try others!

All the nonya kuih which were pretty to look at but average only.

The National Day beef rendang burger from Burger King was quite tasty but the fries were so bad.

The Teh Tarik pie was pretty good though! Really had Teh Tarik flavour.

We went to Tung Lok He Xi for their games Peking duck. My Bil loves Peking duck so we ordered a whole one. It was really good, even though I didn’t get to eat much because my kids were acting up. Luckily my sister kept wrapping pancakes for me (popping candy was very interesting!) which I devoured at my brief moments at the table.

My bil was so kind to take the kids out for walks now and then, sacrificing his time with his precious duck πŸ˜…. My family have all been incredibly helpful and understanding lah, I feel very bad because with two kids in tow, I’ve made travelling and outings a lot more troublesome and stressful.

All these lovely Peking duck photos were taken by my sis. I was missing in action, probably hiding in a corner somewhere rocking the wailing baby to sleep.

Free salted egg fish skin was moreish.

I liked the duck tongue too, I thought the quality of food was all excellent, would love to return with my ah pa.

We are all suffering from sore feet/back from too much walking and sore guts from too much eating. Surely the signs of a good break?

Majulah Singapura – my tamchiak family

Yeesh! I am very happy to be in Singapore!

The kids always grow faster during holidays but these girls are jumping leaps and bounds.

Hello Singapore kopi. I have missed you. The weather has been remarkably kind to us the past couple of days, please stay that way.

Fishball noodles from Block 75 were so good as usual. That chilli sauce and boing boing fishballs are so yummy lah.

Nana green tea at Suntec for lunch. It’s been fun having a mini holiday with my ah ma, sisters and kids. There are stressful moments (always to do with kids) but I think we are enjoying our time together.

The best part about being with my ah ma and sisters, we can all be tamchiak together, as evident by our dinner tonight. I love our foodie adventures, there’s no one I enjoy feasting with more than my mum and sisters. The men in the family think we are a bit crazy but are nice enough to indulge us. I love love being a foodie with my foodie family. We have so much fun discussing and shopping for food.

Ah ma and Saitaoha, my little girl is not so little anymore 😭.

Last day of holiday

Last day in Singapore, also known as the day you try to stuff as much food as possible into your protesting stomach. We are tamchiak like that. Before we went to bed, ah Ma Whatsapped me from her room (does everyone do that because we do that a lot!) listing all the food items we had to finish off, it went something like sio bee, Lao Ban tau hway, Tai Cheong egg tarts, cheng teng, nashi pears …. 😱😱😱 Despite this list, I am still regretting not having another bowl of lor mee, maybe it’s best to stop while I have such fond memories of that first bowl.

The day started well with a mug of Toastbox kopi, for some reason I keep thinking that their kopis are very popular with Singaporeans and I should try? Anyway, it was very nice but I’m not sure that it was nicer than the ones I’ve had at kopitiams? I will miss kopis so much!

Ah Ma had nasi Padang which was very good. She let me have a few bites and everything I tasted was very tasty, she was quite pleased.

We also ordered chai tow kueh to share, I didn’t eat much of this but I remember it was good the last time I had it.

Or luak/ oyster omelette was piping hot and yummy, the oysters were fat and juicy, egg crispy, so good. I have to confess these were just shared dishes, my main was chicken rice and ah pa had curry laksa πŸ˜“.

Ah Ma asked me to take a photo of this attap chee from our ais kachang for my sis. She loves attap chee.

It was a back breaking day because Saitaoha was at her needy best (more on that later) and I ended up baby wearing her instead of the baby! My poor parents had to take turns carrying Saitaomei, I tell you, Salonpas is a must in our household. We stopped for a rest at Taka where we finally bought Tai Cheong eggtarts coz no queue. Ah Ma was like ‘aiyoh I only bought 2 eggtarts, why they package until so nice?’

Eggtarts were nice, I don’t know that they were wow though, maybe I’m used to the puff pastry egg tarts in Perth? But they were still good eggtarts.

It started pouring again late afternoon. Saitaoha fell asleep at 3pm because she was so tired after our day out. Poor kid has been walking so much (she hates being carried and doesn’t like strollers so we didn’t bring one) she has a blister on her foot. Ah Ma and I were resigned that late nap = late bedtime ‘we die loh’ she exclaimed dejectedly πŸ˜…. Anyway we still took advantage of her nap to sneak out for last minute shopping. That’s when Ah Ma and I shared a Yole, not as good as Ilao Ilao!

On our way back home, Ah Ma stopped and said ‘oh oh, what’s that ?!’ She pointed at Saitaomei’s head.

She thought it was bird crap and burst into laughter when I told her sheepishly that it was the chocolate sauce from our Yole. ‘That’s what happens when your mother is a tamchiak gui‘ she laughed. I told her that earlier in the day ah pa also noticed a grain of chicken rice on Saitaomei’s head πŸ˜“, she almost collapsed in laughter in the lift. Took out my mobile with her shaking with laughter hands and snapped this photo saying ‘quick must take photo to show your sisters’. It’s so nice to be the joke of the family 😏.

We were planning to go to our usual zhi char for Chap Goh Meh but the heavy downpour cancelled all plans for a feast. To be honest, we were so stuffed anyway. Ended up taking away some food which we had very late.

Looks messy but I had yong tao fu. I only had it around 9pm so it tasted very nice haha.

Saitaoha has been driving me mad! Her neediness and whining had reached new heights since we’ve arrived in Singapore. During the start of the holiday, I thought she was just delighted that I was going to be around 24/7 and that the novelty would soon wear off. But it’s grown worse! She refuses to let anyone else carry her or hold her hand except me, she cries if I leave the room, she insists that she wants milk if she sees me feeding Saitaomei, she cries when I am carrying Saitaomei and wants to be carried at the same time. It’s driving me mad and I keep getting so impatient with her. SIGH, I don’t know what to do. Part of me thinks I need to discipline her, another part of me is fed up with myself for telling her off. Lately she’s learned words like ‘wait’ ‘stop’ ‘sorry’, it makes me feel sad because I know she’s picked it up from me 😒.

I didn’t realise we could see the TP central shopping street lights from our window, so pretty! I love the night views of Singapore from our windows. Good bye Singapore, I will miss you, thank you for another gorgeous holidayπŸ’•.

2nd last day in Singapore

Sigh, it’s our last day in Singapore tomorrow, which means our holiday is nearly over 😭😭. I guess I shouldn’t be greedy, after all I’ve had a glorious time for close to a month, it’s time to go back to reality.

It’s funny how one’s mind starts adjusting out of holiday mode automatically now that the end is near. I have been messaging R to ask him to buy necessities in preparation for our return. I’ve also started checking Aldi specials online , I guess auntie mode is back on πŸ˜….

Breakfast of the champions this morning. I actually ordered this hoping Saitaoha would eat some but nope food strike back on. She eats best at home with food that we cook for her.

Lek tau suan, my ah ma’s version is nicer, she makes it using the instant pot!

Ah Ma had vegetarian beehoon, I tried some and it was delicious.

Ah Ma and I sneaked out to Nex during Saitaoha’s nap. Ah pa said she was very good with him when she woke up, apparently she’s only super whiny and needy when I’m around 😭. Dapaoed Tspellstrouble ‘s favourite ToriQ for our late lunch. We skipped dinner again! Sigh too much yummy food too little stomach space. I don’t think I’ll even get to have another Loh mee before we leave.

The weather cleared up so I brought the munchkin to the playground. She enjoyed herself I think, she had a really indulgent and nice holiday. We’re hoping she will settle back into her usual routine and habits when we go home.

Spotted a cat on our walk home. She was a little scared but thrilled at the same time, kept saying goodbye to the cat when we left.

I will miss our night outings when we return to Perth. There’s so much more to see and do at night in Kuching and Singapore. Ah pa wanted to bring Saitaoha to see the lights. I do love Toa Payoh central, such a great hub.

Can you spot the two ah mahs in the photo? They were having a chat in Teochew along the lines of

Ah mah A: nowadays my memory is so bad. I remember things from long long ago, but things that just happened, I forget !!

Ah mah B: Wah you too? Me also! My son always says Ma you remember everything from the old days but you can’t remember anything from today!

Sigh, I wish my parents could stay young forever.

Singapore Day 1 : Seafood feast @ Toa Payoh

It’s May! How time flies, scarf and boots season all over again. I’ve caught a cold too so it’s a pretty crappy start to the autumn/winter season. Which brings me to my long overdue sunny Singapore posts.

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Our first breakfast in Singapore was Ya Kun kaya and toast, with a side of soft boiled eggs.

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YaKun kaya toast is very crispy but a tad dry. We like Killiney kopitiam’s kaya toast more.

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When R and I were in Hongkong, we didn’t get to try the famous Michelin starred TimHoWan. But lo and behold, TimHoWan is now available in Singapore! And best of all, there is a branch conveniently located in our neighbourhood of Toa Payoh.

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Braised chicken feet which was tasty but nothing extraordinary.

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The signature baked char siew buns of TimHoWan, a cross between a polo bun with the sweet crunchy exterior and the yummy charsiew filling. It was very sweet and tasty, but I’m not sure that I would queue for hours to eat this.

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Nice siew mai which we all enjoyed. I think TimHoWan’s claim to fame is consistently good dimsum at affordable prices. Would definitely go ahead providing there’s no long queues.

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It was really nice being with my parents and sisters together in Singapore. Our first dinner was in our local neighbourhood zhi char stall @Hao Wei Kitchen. We decided to go all out with a seafood feast :). This was our seafood claypot pot.

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I love eating stir fried bittergourd whenever I’m in Malaysia or Singapore because the local bittergourds are so much better than the ones in Perth.

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I can’t remember the name of these local lobsters but they were deep coated in a salted egg york better and deep fried, really good. I even ate parts of the crunchy shell (-____-)”.

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Jo’s favourite dish of the night, Singapore’s signature chilli crab. Believe it or not, it was my first time eating chilli crab and I was impressed. The spicy sweet chill sauce was great especially when soaked up by fried mantou. We liked these so much Jo and my ah pa had chilli crab again a couple of nights later!

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The sambal squid was fabulous too, we all decided that we were really pleased with our first dinner in Singapore.

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Oh wait, there was dessert too! Two packs of different durian species, one was Mao Shan Wang which I believe is the king of durians, the other was another type called creamy butter. Surprisingly, everyone preferred the creamy butter species.

It was a good end to a lovely first day in Singapore.

Singapore Fling

Just a short note to say that we are having a great time in Singapore.

It is turning out exactly how I anticipated it to be, a lot of wonderful food experiences and ample family time. My poor ah pa has had to endure long shopping sessions and our never ending foodie excursions. I know half the time he’s looking at us girls in amazement and thinking ‘how can they eat and shop so much?!’ (*_______*)”

But it’s great even though I know the sisters will be happy when we get back home and they’re reunited with the boys and babies again. It’s always bittersweet leaving a vacation place to know that something lovely is waiting for you back home …


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