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A Visit to the President's House

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The President of Singapore's mansions, Istana, was open to the public over the weekend for Chinese New Year. It is hardly ever open to the public. There are only five days total this year the public is allowed to come and visit the house and grounds. Kind of amazing that it is even open to the public. We did have to go through security, but it was nothing like the Heathrow airport. 

The path leading up to the mansion was really long. Lyndon and the kids wanted to stop and take a break, but I herded them along. All the activities were through the second set of gates, and I knew that if we stopped we would never make it. 









Hiking with my Boyfriends

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We took the boys on a little hike at MacRitchie Reservoir last weekend. Cosette was sick and had to stay at home. She is not a fan of hiking, and was completely fine with us going without her (and don't worry, Dewi was here with her).

We live a five minute bus ride from MacRitchie Nature Park, which is great and then odd that we can take a bus to go hiking. It's a combination of city and nature, which does not seems to go together, but it actually does. Cities need green spaces, and Singapore has quite a few of them.

Singapore has a lot of really great nature parks that have a lot of family friendly hikes in them. I have really enjoyed this aspect of Singapore. And it is so close. The wild and plant life here are a highlight for our family. Those two things combined make everyday an adventure. What animals are we going to see, what plants are we going to "discover" (for ourselves).  Our kids are so into animals right now, and who am I kidding I am too, they love seein…

Super Grove'in

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Ellen's favorite thing in Singapore was the Super Grove at Gardens by the Bay. It was our first time doing it, and it was totally awesome. The views were fantastic, and the trees are pretty cool. We don't mind heights, so it was fun, fun, fun. We have a pass to GBTB, which includes the Super Grove. You are only allowed to be up there for 15 minutes at a time, which it really only takes like five minutes to walk across the sky bridge, so plenty of time. Really we could have stayed up there longer if we had wanted to, there was no one monitoring our time making sure we got down in 15 minutes. It was fabulous and another Singapore thing we can check off our bucket list.













The Merlion and Me

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For whatever reason I have The Wizard and I stuck in my head when I look through these photos, no complaints here because Wicked is, well, Wicked! But When I think of this outing I just want to belt out the Merlion and Me.?.? Not sure why, but that is why this post is called what it is. 
Ellen and I took Cosette and Raphael down to the Marina Bay Sands so Cosette could do some ice skating. Henry I think was banished, and had to go to work with Dad. Sometimes we I need some space. Love him with all my heart, but when you dump nail polish all over my bed frame, floor, and entertainment center after said nail polish was put away for no one to find ever, some space is required. We made up later at Hamley's by having light saber fight while wearing Kylo and Boba Fett masks. 
Anyway, while we were down there, and after Daddy and Henry met up with us, we went on a walk around the bay and ended up at the Merlion Statue. This statue is awesome. I say I love a lot of things on here, but I do …

The Last Day of 2106

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We spent on Sentosa at Palwan Beach. My Color Run race finished here, and it was so beautiful we wanted to take Ellen back there. We almost didn't go because it's monsoon season and rains a lot right now. It looked like it was going to rain, but we stuck to our plans and went. It turned out to be a gorgeous beach day. It was because we stuck to our plans and went. We would be kicking ourselves if we had not gone and missed this opportunity. 
I love this beach. Every time we go to the beach that day has just been wonderful. Not sure what makes it so great, but I'm not complaining. If all I have to do is go play in the water and sand to have a good day I will do it.