Building Sandcastles at Siloso Beach SG50

I had promised El that we would take him to see the sand sculptures at Sentosa over the weekend. The Sands of Time sand sculptures showcased some aspects of Singapore’s history, as part of the SG 50 Golden Jubilee celebrations. We had already gone to Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum earlier.

On National Day itself, we drove to Sentosa and then walked to Siloso Beach. It was a Sunday and National Day itself, so the place was packed. There were so many people! We were dressed in red!

After walking for ages, we still did not see the sculptures, so we decided to just find a place at the no swim zone and start digging. We had some of our sandcastle building tools with us.

sandcastle building tools

el at siloso beach el building sandcastle el digging

Initally, Gar was throwing a tantrum as he is highly sensitive and he hated the sand on his feet and shoes. The moment we cleaned his feet and shoes, he would put his feet down and then get sand on him again. It was only after his father took him to the sea to wash his feet, then dumped sand on him, that he overcame his aversion to sand and was a happy boy again.

gar and daddy soaking their feet

elgar brothers father building sandcastle Gar helping out
gar building sandcastle

The bigger castles were harder to do. We had to do them three times before we got them right. We needed to add water to make them more compact. This place is better than Labrador Park and Bishan Park because we have easy access to water and the sand here looked relatively clean. I think the sand had been imported.

our sandcastles at siloso beach This is the best one, but Gar went to dump some sand on top.
sandcastle siloso beach gar

El said it would have been better if we could build a moat around the castles.

We left and headed to the other far end where the sand sculptures were. It was a long walk on the sand, and we took turns carrying Gar.

siloso beach

Finally, we saw them. The first one was about people at a kopitiam listening to the proclamation of independence on 9 August, 1965.

children at a coffeeshop sandcastle

Watching the parade for the first time at Parliament House

watching the first national day parade at parliament house

Having a swinging good time

having a swinging good time

Sentosa and MerlionSentosa Some favourite activities of Singaporeans – playing mahjong and buying 4D.

we are the champions

After that, we decided to rush home and try to get glimpses of the fireworks at my relative’s house.

Unfortunately, despite being at 38th storey, we were blocked and did not get to see much. Oh well. We had enough of crowds and did not want to jostle with others.

El’s Dinosaur Train Themed 5th Birthday Party

El turned 5 in October! With a few weeks before his birthday, he announced that he wanted a Dinosaur Train birthday celebration in his school. Originally he did not want, but he had changed his mind. Immediately, I started looking for bakers. I found one who had made a beautiful Dinosaur Train fondant cake, and checked whether she could make cupcakes. For the number of cupcakes I was looking at, it was so exorbitantly expensive that I might as well get a cake.

I asked my friends for suggestions. My brother gave me his friend’s contact, so I found the contact on FB and left a message. Other friends also provided contacts but I realised that his birthday was near Hari Raya Haji, so the Muslim bakers were busy. Finally, my brother’s friend from Two Bakers replied and we started communicating. I found the prices reasonable, and so I mixed and matched them.

I had 2 different 3D fondant designs. I left it up to the baker to decide, but thank goodness I had clarified with her that the dinosaurs were characters from Dinosaur Train.

I also ordered plain cupcakes with green cream acting as the grass base.

Then I searched the internet for cupcake toppers design, and found them.

How To DIY Dinosaur Train cupcake toppers
1. Find the designs online. I found free designs but cannot locate the blog right now .
2. Cut and paste them onto powerpoint slides.
3. Print out as pictures on 4R glossy photos.
printing dinosaur train pictures
4. Cut the pictures.
5. Paste the pictures on lollipop sticks, or in my case, unused Yakult sticks.

ned brachiosaurus
Ta-dah

Gar saw them and loved them. He wanted a few.
don pteranadon peeking out from thomas the train bag

I found Don Pteranadon peeking out his bag.
gar and buddy

Then, I collected the cupcakes from Two Bakers, located at Horne Road in Jalan Basah. They were so new that they had not opened officially yet then.
cupcakes from two bakers

tiny pterandon dinosaur train 3d fondant cupcake

buddy tyrannosaurus
3D Fondant Dinosaur Train Cupcake Tiny Pterandon and Buddy Tyrannosaurus

don dinosaur topper cupcake
I gave instructions on how to put the cupcake toppers on the cupcakes, but when I saw the pictures, I realised that the teachers only gave out the sticks to the students and did not stick them on the cupcakes!

One of El’s friends liked the stegosaurus so much that he cried when he did not get it. Hence, I made one more for him.
stegosaurus

El was extremely happy with the celebration and said the cupcake tasted yummylicious!

green tongue
We had spent a weekend trying to find dinosaur toys, dinosaur stamps and sweets for the goodie bag.

At night, we had a small celebration. El had requested for a soft toy, and he told my mother he wanted an owl.
birthday celebration at home
I had actually forgotten to give him a present, but I think he had many toys throughout the year. Originally I wanted to get him erasers with country designs, but the place I went to was out of stock.

eating cupcakes at home
I think it was after this celebration that Gar became a dinosaur train fan!

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