Singapore: A Family Holiday on Australia’s Doorstep- Part 2

I have often taken the girls to Kids at the House events at the Sydney Opera House and was curious whether Singapore had similar kids theatre. After some research, I purchased tickets to Out of the Box at the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay – an iconic ‘durian’ building on Marina Bay. The show is part of the theatre’s Playtime series targeted at toddlers and we were joined by a number of groups at the session we attended. Singapore is such a multicultural city and there were kids from a local mosque pre-school, as well as three or four other pre-school groups full of kids from a range of cultural backgrounds- we were the only audience members not there as part of a pre-school excursion, the only tourists and the only caucasions.

The show was centred around imagining the different things that a box could be e.g. a rocket, a car, a washing machine etc. Three actors engaged with the audience to sing songs and get the kids doing actions and dancing. The show was great and lasted about 40 minutes- just perfect for 2-4yo.

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After a brief catch-up with a great friend who has lived and worked in Singapore for many years now and who recently had a gorgeous baby boy we decided to head to the top of another iconic Singapore building, the Marina Bay Sands. Continue reading Singapore: A Family Holiday on Australia’s Doorstep- Part 2

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Singapore: A Family Holiday on Australia’s Doorstep- Part 1

OK, so ‘doorstep’ might be an exaggeration but, thanks to budget airlines, flights to Singapore can be affordable for a family. We were lucky enough to secure flights for $AUD300 return with Scoot and were invited to stay with great friends of ours who currently live and work in Singapore.

The flight from Sydney is eight hours so with two toddlers in tow it was essential to pack plenty of sticker books, small toys and, of course, the iPad to keep them entertained for the journey. There are few choices for kids on the in-flight entertainment and being a budget airline don’t expect any kids activity packs. Bring everything you need. We also brought a light blanket as these are also not complimentary on the flight and with air-con it gets chilly on the plane. All things considered, the girls did really well on the flight.

Singapore is very easy to get around. Taxis are very cheap and small kids can travel without carseats so it makes getting around as a family very convenient and super easy. Our friends live in Robertson Quay so we were very central to restaurants, transport and attractions- the perfect place to base ourselves and with our great friends as our fantastic hosts, even better. Continue reading Singapore: A Family Holiday on Australia’s Doorstep- Part 1

A Date Day in Cabramatta

Once a year on the Bank Holiday Monday we go on a date day. The kids are dropped off at daycare and we have an entire day to ourselves.

This year we decided to do a self guided food tour in Cabramatta – Australia’s most multicultural postcode where over 70% of the population was born overseas. I had researched various food blogs to get a guide of the best places to go and we set off to explore. As our train got closer to Cabramatta we began to feel more and more as if we were on an overseas holiday. The woman in the seat in front of us was eating sticky rice out of a banana leaf and we were the only ones of the carriage speaking English- we felt instantly transported to South East Asia and we had only travelled 40 minutes on the train!

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‘Campfire’ in Harrington

We brought new meaning to ‘campfire’ on our first family camping trip in Harrington in NSW’s Manning Valley in October 2013. A few days before we were to set off we were alerted that the Big4 Holiday Park we were booked to stay in was evacuated due to an out-of-control bushfire in Crowdy Bay National Park!

After much deliberation and calls to the Rural Fire Service and Big4 staff, we decided to press on with the camping trip… but when we arrived we were greeted by the whir of helicopters water-bombing fires still raging in the National Park and as the sun set we could almost read by the glow from the fire! Continue reading ‘Campfire’ in Harrington

Exercise, a Good Deed & a Tour of Goat Island

Sometimes I have to pinch myself how lucky I am to live and work in a city as beautiful as Sydney. I am also extremely blessed to work in a role that supports big business to make a positive difference in the community.

Some days, my job is an absolute pleasure… and this was one of those days. Together with a passionate group of colleagues I volunteered my time to support Landcare Australia– a national network of thousands of locally-based community groups who care for the natural resources of our country.

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