Saturday, October 25, 2008

Family Weekend...

We sprung up this morning wondering where we should go...given the good weather...we've decided to have some outdoor fun...and we found our way to the Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West that's along Ang Mo Kio Ave 6...

We don't know much about this garden, just did some online search on its whereabouts and headed for it...

We were met with a huge McDonald's outlet at the vicinity and Tim was most delighted to find a little play corner... with an empty stomach he just ran up and down the playground and had totally forgotten about food...play came first in his priority!
This little play area is a good place to build up those large motor skills... with all the climbing, running and sliding to do... it's no wonder the kid can't have enough of it.
We managed to persuade a reluctant Tim to leave the McDonald's behind him to explore what's beyond the restaurant... but before we could even reach the garden... we headed towards another inviting playground... and we stopped by for the kids to enjoy some swinging good time on the swing... it was their first...so we relented...
Another 10mins or so of swing time... we finally could go on our trekking journey... Tim was curious about this interesting plant... this really reminded me that I need to do more research on the plants, trees etc before Tim start asking me their names and what type of plants are they... hmmm... more homework to be done...
As we walked along we found a big pond that's filled with the Lotus plant... the pond was rather unkempt and looked like it needed a huge extent of maintenance... the water was stagnant we were wondering if the mosquitoes were having a hay day breeding in this water...
I was kind of drawn to this tree as it looked strangely interesting... see the branches...they are all long and straight...uniquely different... alas I don't know what is the name of it...
This garden made me feel that we were in some nature reserve and with all the trees forming a canopy over our heads... it gave us a sense of tranquility... the air we breathe seemed fresher as we walk in the midst...


What kept us company closely were the crickets... I was asking Tim if he could hear the praying mantis surrounding us... and his immediate response was "Crickets mommy"... *dumbfounded*
As we walked along the foot path of the forestry area... I discovered that this a great place for small kids to learn trekking... *smile*
Somewhere near the amphitheatre my helper found a huge dried coconut leaf on the ground...and decided to create some kampong fun for Tim's play...

She made a little sledge and pulled with Tim sitting on it... that boy had so much fun he didn't want to get out of it... *grin*
And there was time for some family photography... :)
Some interesting plants and flowers we've come across which I knew none of their names... sigh...
On our way back to our car, we discovered a huge spider web...interesting how intricately it's woven... and we saw the spider hiding under a leaf. Tim spent some time observing the web...and he even requested to watch Charlotte's Web (again) after seeing the real spider web...

That marked the end of our journey through the "nature reserve" of Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West.
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This evening...we were privileged to be invited to the Warren Golf & Country Club for dinner by my sis-in-law... spent sometime with my in-laws... and the kids had some fun out of home as well...

We dined at the chinese restaurant - Yan Palace... was too engrossed with the food that I didn't take any pictures of it all... *smile*... but on the whole, I'd give it a thumbs up... food was simply delicious!
Tim was having a great time, crawling in and out of the tables... we didn't mind him having his own fun as long as he didn't become "hazardous" to the rest of the patrons and staff of the place...

After dinner, Tim had some time to observe the golfers practicing by the driving range... he was simply intrigued... asked if he wished to play the game he nod his head and gave a quick "Yes"... we'll see about that soon... *wink*

10 comments:

Reen said...

hi Pauline,

We just brought our litttle girl to this Mac 2 weekends back :) It was our 1st visit as well and she loves the swing as it's not commonly found in new estate where i live.

Didn't discovered the park where you went trekking, probably will head back again to have a walk :)

That's was pretty an awesome Mac with a great outdoor. Btw, i didn't noticed the back ground music you are playing as i always mute the notebook, i am enjoying the melody now.

mamabliss said...

Hi Reen, yes you are right... there are no more swings in the modern playgrounds how sad... :(

Oh the garden is just a few metres away from the swing... walk further up you'll find the huge pond manifested with lotuses ;)

The garden is a great place that can stimulate the kids' 5 senses - listening to the crickets, the aroma that the plants/trees/flowers give out, watching spiders spinning webs, touching the texture of different leaves & branches/tree trunks...and experiencing the tranquil that nature brings... *wink*

*smile* glad you like the worship songs in the background...

Sue said...

That is a big play area at the Mcdonalds! Ian would sure love it there...and what a big spider web! Was the spider big?

lwhjoyce said...

Wow..that is really a good family outing..so nice...

Ricket said...

I really will go there with my kids, I had no idea there's a trek to walk through.

mamabliss said...

Hi Sue, yeah... I think the kids could literally spend the entire morning there... just going about the play area... :)

yes the spider web was really big... the spider was 90% covered by the leaf so we can't really tell...but by the look of its legs i figured he's as big as Charlotte in Charlotte's web... *smile*

mamabliss said...

Thanks Joyce... it's a really good place to trek... we didn't have time to finish walking through the entire garden... there was a place to listen to birds singing... we wanted to go there but it was near noon which the kids needed their nap so...perhaps we'll explore that place next time...

mamabliss said...

Hello Ricket... ya we only know about this garden through the NParks website... otherwise we wouldn't have imagine ourselves going there for a walk at all... ;)

mamaseah said...

wow! seems like a really nice place to spend some meaningful family time. joyce seems to have grown quite a bit. less babyish but more girlish now.

tona-mama said...

Hihi,

Dont mind me kay-poh... but thot since u keen to know the names of the tree and flowers.. Dont mind I share it here with you?

These are close guesses cos not up close to see the leaves,etc..

1) The tree is Eleocarpus angustifloia or mastersii. Can't be sure of species becos no close up with leaves form.

2)Flowers (clockwise from top, starting with yellow bloom) :-
a) Arachnis pintoi - Yellow peanut plant
b) Calendula cultivar
c) Oxalis sp.
d) Dillenia suffruticosa - Simpoh Ayer
5) Pyracantha sp.

Have fun learning the names! :)