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Work-in-Progress – Part 9
Another visit to the ongoing construction of our new home @ The Minton condo. We headed out earlier than usual this Saturday morning, and fitted enough time to visit the site from three different locations: Blocks 143, 142 and finally 158. We’d not checked out the view from Block 143 before, and you do get a long corridor that gives an uninterrupted wide view of the project, especially Blocks 2, 6 and 8 and the iconic badminton dome. The pictures this time were taken with the D7000, and the Sigma 18-250mm lens. Some of the worker shots were taken at the longest focal length.
Work-in-Progress – Part 8
Another monthly check-up on The Minton condo, and this time the 10th and 11th floor of Block 158. The place is now about 15 months away from estimated completion. The Sigma 18-250mm lens came along for the check-out this time, and that enabled a couple of zoomed-in pictures to see the construction of the property’s facilities.
Chinese New Year Preparations!
The Chinese New Year festive season is just a few days away and we’ve been starting to prepare our home in our little ways. One of the most common decorations for the occasion is the Pussy Willow plant, with its fluffy white blossoms that represent growth and prosperity. At about this time, the plant is readily available at supermarkets, wet markets and nurseries too. Nope, we’re not normally superstitious, but what the heck – might as well get in with the rest of the crowd over here!
Our version of the plant comes courtesy of Ikea. Ling didn’t want the separate stalk versions as that would have necessitate plantation into a water vase and the usual risks of unwanted insects breeding. The Ikea version comes planted and slightly higher-priced. Here’s our girl helping us de-shell and prepare the plant for us to hang ornaments around the plant.
And oh yeah; taken on the new D7000. I’m missing the lever for spot-focusing. Lazily kept it at area AF and about 10% of the shots ended up focusing on one of the numerous background objects in the kitchen. At least the rest turned out quite nice.=)
2 Years 6 Months and Night Activities
We’ve been reading to Hannah every night before bed but just today decided to try varying the activities a bit. Ling got her an activity book and glue from Popular Book Store (Ling quips that the Popular Membership card is super worth it, given the ton of stationary and children materials she buys from the book store!), and has been giving it a go.
The series of pictures tells the story. Our girl still can’t fully handle the picture sticking on her own, but with some help from Mommy can just about do one or two.=)
What the pictures here don’t tell though is that just earlier on in that very day, Hannah had super-stressed out Ling with her continued bawling. i.e. she cried over lunch, over her bath time, over her nap, over when Ling was trying to prepare dinner etc.
I got back home from work to find a very red-eyed Hannah and a weary looking Mommy. For the next half-hour had to sit our girl down and ‘psycho’ her to give Ling an easier time. Hannah at least went up to Ling thereafter, said “Sorry Mommy, no more cry-cry’”, and actually sounded very sincere.=)
Staycation – Activities with Hannah
It wasn’t long after checking into Capella Singapore @ Sentosa that we both arrived at the same conclusion; that given how luxurious the place was (and that I paid a hefty bill for the stay), we both felt that we would rather spend more time in the hotel than in Sentosa itself! I don’t think this will be the last time we’ll visit Sentosa, especially since Hannah’s at such a young age she couldn’t appreciate the sights on the tourist-y island anyway.
So, a few more pictures of our little outing.=)
Staycation @ Capella Singapore – Part 3
More pictures of Hannah adapting to the room and surroundings.=)
Staycation @ Capella Singapore – Part 1
Hands down; the best hotel or resort we’ve both stayed yet.
This is one property where (nearly – see below) everything’s just perfect. We got to the resort pretty speedily in on the early yesterday Saturday afternoon, got the car parked, and found our way to the reception. One thing that struck us immediately was how idyllic Capella felt. It’s strange considering that the hotel was supposed to be at near full occupancy, but hardly anyone was about.
It’s amazing too that every staff we ran into greeted us warmly, with the reception staff even knowing us by name already upon arrival. Interestingly, most of the reception staff weren’t local.
There was a welcome card in the room. Handwritten, and signed off by the General Manager – not typed-out. I’m sure it’s done for every guest arrival and I’m not sure if the card was written by the GM himself, but it was nonetheless a very nice and warm gesture.
The room was massive – and this was the lowest-priced room even. The size at 77 square meters was about more than half the size of our Rivervale apartment! There was plenty of space for Hannah to move about, and she took joy in simply walking round and round the room, touching and exploring.
Warm earth and traditional colors throughout too, but yet the room was driven by high tech gadgets. Including a full LCD-equipped telephone, power board boxes, ceiling mounted speakers with a Bose CD player, a 42 inch LCD rotatable wall-mounted screen, electrically controlled light settings, curtains and blinds, with mood settings too.
Most of the wall comprises a large glass window that gave us a view of the garden below, and also Palawan Beach further beyond.
We were glad to see that a baby crib had been laid out too in the room, though it creaked a little as Hannah adjusted herself to it at night. Strangely; crib pillows were not included, though Ling had earlier specifically asked if crib pillows would be included and the answer was yes. When she called the reception to inquire about it again, the final answer came back in the negative. That necessitated a trip back home to pick up Hannah’s pillows (Ling had also forgotten if she’d switch off the living room fan LOL). The one downer in our stay.
We mused that the relatively high price tag for the room – at SGD550+ lowest – might had been instrumental in keeping away most stayers. Plus the relatively low number of rooms versus the very large physical land space the resort is spread out mean that the resort never felt crowded.
Continued in a next post. =)
Our dear girl has become quite attached to a jigsaw puzzle application I bought for her on the iPad. The application – My Jigsaw Puzzles HD – was another one of those USD0.99 apps, but the kind of engagement it has brought to Hannah far surpasses its very low price. The application uses pictures of cutesy animals that she recognizes from flash cards, and puzzles can comprise between 4 to 49 pieces.
Hannah’s learned how to easily work out the 4 piece puzzles in just a few days, and navigate around the program, and can do the 9 piece puzzles with some Daddy assistance. Just incredible how toddlers pick up and learn new things!
Hannah’s Day at the Zoo
Hannah has been able to easily recognize animals from the set of picture cards she has for months now, and I’ve also created a Folder for her on the computer storing online pictures from a range of animals to help her in animal recognition. We decided it was time to let her see the real thing. So, it was a trip to the zoo this holiday morning.
Well, one trip later, mixed results. Great weather, and the trip was accident free. However, with the exception of the elephant and giraffe enclosures, and the ponies at the kid’s zoo, she seemed hard pressed to recognize most of the animals elsewhere or even demonstrate much of an interest in them.
The highlight was in the walk-in aviary when Hannah ran after and probably terrorize a few duck. =)
Hannah vs Mosquitoes – Part 2
We just learned one of the probable reasons why we’ve been having an infestation of mosquitoes around our home in the last few weeks. National Environment Agency officers started their visitations to the blocks in the area – which we’re guessing was because other residents had prompted them to do so – and after checks, determined that our neighbors downstairs had potted plants which had turned into little mosquito breeding areas. No wonder!
We’re glad though that the mosquito net has blocked off most mosquitoes from Hannah overnight, though from the two bedtime pictures below taken just now, she still gets the occasional bite from day time.