Dinner, Music, Art and Ninja Skills

We went out for dinner, slightly unusual for a Sunday night, but because it was the school holidays.

cajun chicken rice

It is really hard finding suitable food for El. As a picky eater, he stopped eating the mac and cheese after tasting mushrooms.

mac and cheese

He ended eating some fish and chips, plus shared banana split with me and ended up with a tummy ache later.
fish and chips

I went into a music shop to look for manuscript book for children. His teacher wanted to give him some practices as he seemed to be very weak in note recognition for the bass cleft, but did not have one for children. I could not find one at Popular bookstore after I promised him one for his music compositions.

manuscript book

Apparently, while waiting, he started playing a song that he had learnt recently on one of the pianos. I was quite surprised by his initiative. He had refused to touch the piano earlier at his grandparents’ place.

Perhaps I do need to get an upright piano. The prices ranged from 4 digits to 5 digits. If we were to get one, we would get a white one, so that it could blend in with our decor in the living room. I am not sure whether there is sufficient space in the designated room, and whether his interest could be sustained. He is currently practising on a keyboard at home. Just as to signal the end of his wait, Gar rushed to a piano and banged on the keys. We beat a hasty retreat.

We met my friend with her family and realized how much her daughter had grown.

Gar was running around a shop and we could not get him to stop. He was fast and had ninja skills in dodging us. El joined in the fun and I was utterly embarrassed. We quickly made our getaway.

Actually, our main objective was to get some art supplies. El was interested in doing more art and craft.

He wanted water colours and I bought some paintbrushes. There was a big packet of brushes but I was worried that the brush hair would keep dropping out. Hence I got him a smaller packet and some glitter too.

art supplies

El wanted Geronimo Stilton books after watching a performance the day before. It was pretty expensive, but all the pages were in colour. The last time I let him read one as I was given a free book by a vendor, he complained that map of New York was wrong.

I spotted Kipper, a character he used to read in nursery. He picked it up and finished the book about time. Gar saw him and wanted a book of his own too. We had just bought a lot of cheap books from the flea market!

While I was searching for the art supplies, El was flipping through an assessment book for kindergarten children with dinosaurs on the cover. He went on to complain the book was wrong about dinosaurs. There were factual errors. I told him to put the book back.

When we were making our payment, Gar, the joker, was excited by the beeping sound from the handle scanner.

Beep went the reader.
“Ti,” said Gar, as he giggled non stop and continued imitating the scanner two more times.

As we left, Gar insisted it was too dark to read in the car and wanted the light to be switched on. We told him no. El soon drifted to sleep.

Mum and Dad Restraunt Menu

I came home today to find El busy colouring something. He told me that he was preparing a menu for my husband and me. He said it was for Mum and Dad Restraunt(sic). After that, he came to me and showed me his menu.

I was greatly surprised when I saw the wide array of food, which he had drawn everything himself and coloured them.

There were all sorts of fruits, such as watermelon, banana and apple. There were other of his favourite food, such as pizza, sushi and his favourite vegetables, such as pumpkin, cauliflower, broccoli and celery. There were meat, such as chicken drumstick, duck, goose and fish. On top of that, there were drinks, such as milo, orange juice and coffee.

menuApparently he asked my husband how to draw a drumstick, and he thought it was for the drums. After clarification, he drew a nice one for him.

I placed my orders, and I mentioned I wanted milo. Immediately he rushed to the kitchen and wanted to make a real cup of milo for me. I was still having my real dinner, so the other family members stopped him. I had to convince him that I merely wanted pretend drinks and food.

Next, he told me to go away from a corner, where he prepared food. He kept bringing ‘food’ to me, but refused to let me eat. Thank goodness I had a good memory, so I remembered which receptacle was for which food, which he tested me on. For example, he made me drink milo three times, and he had a special ritual. I had to knock twice on that shaker toy, and then drink it in a certain manner.

Gar saw all the food, and kept trying to snatch them away. He saved the day by snatching that milo toy away and throwing it somewhere else.


Bishan Park and Grub

Despite living in a concrete jungle, we are surrounded by a lot of greenery. There is a lovely park at Bishan, and the canal had been transformed into a river. We brought Gar there during a late Sunday afternoon. He insisted on bringing Barney along, which he affectionately calls Boon-deh.
Gar and Barney

He jumped off our arms and wanted to walk around. He held our fingers with his little hand.
Bishan Park

We brought him to the dog park, and he saw a lot of little dogs, and big dogs. He giggled when the dogs barked.

We also ventured into the river itself, which was almost dry save for a little trickle when there was no rain. There were frogs.

Bishan Park river

We saw people skating at the other corner.
Bishan Park Gar

We were looking for Grub, a restaurant that is feted for serving eco-friendly food, but could not find it.

The following week, after searching for the directions, we discovered it was at the further end of Bishan Park, nearer to Sin Ming. There was a long queue, which we could check the status on my phone. As I did not mind dining outside, we managed to get a table about half an hour later despite still having many people in front of us in the queue.

This time round, we brought El along too, so the brothers were chasing each other at a nearby pavilion while waiting. We also fed Gar his dinner while waiting.

I tried the slow roasted pork belly. It was a bit weird to eat sio bak at a western restaurant, but I ordered it anyway. I have always hated mango, but decided to give the mango sauce a try. Surprisingly, I liked the sauce. The food was not too bad.

El asked for Truffled egg cocotte, but stopped eating after taking a bite. He then had fries from our plate, but we ordered more and could not finish. I was surprised they did not have a kids’ menu, or something more kid’s friendly, but perhaps the cuisine was just not suitable for him as he was not that adventurous with food.

Gar tried fries, and from then on, he wanted fries with his meals.

Too bad we did not take any pictures. The staff was quite attentive. I was recommended a dessert, but I could not remember what it was. It was not to my liking. I think it was too sweet.

If we had bought a unit at a nearby condo, perhaps we would take a walk at Bishan Park regularly, but since we have a pool at our own place and I had not stepped into the pool in half a year, perhaps we might not.

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