Sand Playground

El had just finished his piano lesson, and we decided to head over to Bishan Park. It had rained earlier, so the sand pit would be wet. That was the only way to build sandcastles.

I was quite surprised that he remembered the place was red in colour, because the last time we went there, it was dark and I did not see the colour.

The moment we reached there, El jumped over the concrete waves and when he reached the last wave, he tripped and fell. He kicked up a big fuss and I quickly pulled out a plaster from my bag and stuck it on his skinned knee after washing his wound.

There was a bunch of teens hanging around that area. We went to another side, and started digging and filling up the containers. Gar was having fun as he tried to use the spade.
Brothers Playing Together

El also suddenly wanted to pee and he would usually tell us only when he absolutely had to go and could not hold it any longer. There were no toilets nearby, and we had no choice but to do the unthinkable.
Sandcastles
We managed to make two castles before their father told us to get ready to go. The grey clouds were looming over at Ang Mo Kio just across the road, and he smelled the rain. El looked up to the sky and kept asking where the grey clouds were.
Kwa Ti

I wanted to go off quickly because those teenagers had gathered at the spider web playground beside us and were cursing away.

Suddenly, Gar stuck his hands in the sand pit and gleefully showed me his sandy hands. Immediately I got him to shake the sand grains off.
look at my hands

El insisted on finishing his sandcastle, and we kept hurrying him. Not sure why, but he refused to let the sandcastles remain there. He jumped on them and flattened them.
sandcastles

Probably in too much pain, he refused to walk. I had no choice but to carry him. I had to walk briskly with him in my arms and a big and heavy bag as well. We headed back to the shelter where some scouts were resting, and washed their hands at the taps.

Then, we had to walk even more quickly to the car park, but it started raining. I had an umbrella, but Gar was slightly drenched.

Our trip was cut short, and I felt a little sad that the March holidays were coming to an end.

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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