Flashback Fun for Free SG: Vivocity


In this edition of Flashback Friday, I thought it’d be most apt to bring you to a location that’s fun for free (yes! free!) in Singapore. Somewhere Nakayla and I visited back in… I can’t remember when!

All I remember was that we had an awesome afternoon with Lynn and her daughter, Faith!

Located on the second floor of Vivocity is a huge playground. From dry play areas to wet play areas, there’s just so much for the children to do!

Amazing how spouts of water like these can provide a whole afternoon of entertainment!

On hot afternoons like these, it’s best for the children to stick to areas where the ground is wet. Nakayla stepped out a couple of times and cried out in pain as her little bare feet touched the blistering hot ground.

Soon, she knew that she had to stick to the wet areas, as long as her shoes are off. Makes for great ‘barricade’, if you ask me! Hehe!

One of the best things about this play area is the baby changing room nearby.

It’s air-conditioned (remember to wrap your child(ren) up before heading in to change!), has a hot water dispenser (awesome!), plenty of changing station with sinks, and private cubicles for breastfeeding moms. There is even a couch for parents to sit and rest for a moment!

For more information on how to get to Vivocity, do visit their website here :D

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Next up on Fun for Free SG is Diana of Chubby Anecdotes!

Diana Ruth from Chubby Anecdotes will bring you down the North-East Line and into the sun, sand and fun at Punggol Promenade and Punggol Waterway.

Diana is mummy to her 3 chubbies (with one more on the way!). She works part-time and runs a small face-painting business to free out more time for her children. Diana finds joy in the little things in life and blogs them down on her little piece of paradise at chubbyanecdotes.net.

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Can’t get enough of FUN FOR FREE SG venues? Here’s the whole list – 31 days of free fun in Singapore! This list will be updated regularly; you will be able to click on the location to be brought directly to the blog post when it goes “live”:

1 Aug: Tiong Bahru Park by Gingerbreadmum
2 Aug: Queenstown Heritage Trail by Princess Dana Diaries
3 Aug: Jurong Regional Library by Finally Mama
4 Aug: Singapore Maritime Gallery by Peipei Haohao
5 Aug: Singapore Philatelic Museum by Kids R Simple
6 Aug: Sculptures of Singapore by Gingerbreadmum
7 Aug: Fire Station by The Js Arena
8 Aug: Esplanade + Merlion by Prayerfull Mum
9 Aug: Bukit Batok Nature Park by Meeningfully
10 Aug: Lower Pierce Reservoir Park by The Kam Family
11 Aug: I12 Katong – water playground by Universal Scribbles
12 Aug: IMM by Mad Psych Mum
13 Aug: Tampines 1 Water Playground by Amazingly Still
14 Aug: Sengkang Riverside Park by Itchy Finger Snap
15 Aug: East Coast Park by Toddly Mummy
16 Aug: Sembawang Shopping Centre Playground by Joey Craftworkz
17 Aug: Animal resort by Raising Faith
18 Aug: Botanic Gardens by Mum’s The Word
19 Aug: Police Heritage Centre by Mummy Ed
20 Aug: Venus Loop, MacRitchie by Scrap Mum Loft
21 Aug: Road Safety Park by Miracule
22 Aug: Marina Barrage by J Babies
23 Aug: Gardens By The Bay, Children’s Garden by Finally Mama
24 Aug: Changi Airport T3 by Mother Kao
25 Aug: Pockets of Nature by Mum in the Making
26 Aug: Changi Airport T1 by Growing with the Tans
27 Aug: Pasir Ris Park by Ingspirations
28 Aug: Gardens by the Bay Supertree Grove by My Lil Bookworm
29 Aug: Vivocity Play Area by Amazingly Still
30 Aug: Punggol Promenade + Punggol Waterway by Chubby Anecdotes
31 Aug: Westgate Wonderland by Xavvylicious

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In Case of an Emergency

About a week ago, I had a terrible dream where I was forced to evacuate my home with my babies (Sean was at work in the dream), and I only had a short amount of time to gather all that I need before saying goodbye to the place I called home nearly a decade ago.

In the dream, I grabbed only three things – diaper (tons of it), Blake’s giant soft toy duck and Nakayla’s CareBear Best Friend bear. Before the dream could continue, I woke up feeling all flustered and wondering what good would those three items do.

Naturally, all that thinking meant I couldn’t return to la la land. I kept thinking, “What should I have packed instead?”

In hope to find some answers, I sent out an SOS to all the mommy and daddy bloggers I know. At 6am in the morning. On a Saturday.

Thankfully for me, none of them were mad at me for disrupting their sleep (sorry!) and were very helpful in answering my question:

What would you take along with you in the event of an evacuation, knowing that you can never, ever step into your house again?

If you’re as clueless as I was in answering the question above, you might want to check out what these parents will take along with them when caught in such a situation!

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“I’m the in the midst of making ‘Noah’s Keepsake Box’, so I’ll probably bring that along. If there’s time, I’ll probably grab my MacBook too, because it has all my photos and videos stored on it.” ~ Adeline, Growing with the Tans

“My passport and birth/marriage certificates are all in a bag.” ~ Andy, Sengkang Babies

“We put the important documents in a drawer. In case of an emergency, we’ll grab and go. Important documents such as birth certificates, passports, son’s health booklet and insurance policies.” ~ Jennifer, DinoMama

“We have a file with all our important documents (birth certificates, passports, marriage certificate, insurance). During an emergency, this file is the most important to have with us. I’ll also bring along necessities like medicines, clothing, food and water. Most importantly, to have the family together.” ~ Jolin, The J’s Arena

“I will only make sure my family members are safe and just run for our lives.” ~ Kelvin, CheekieMonkie

“Bible, iPad and daughter’s pillowcase” ~ Melvin, 4Blog

“If I don’t have the time to think or act, then I would just get my children and leave along with my wallet. If there’s time, then my huge red file of important documents, my HDD, me and my family’s ventolin and, of course, my wallet.” ~ Nadia, Itchy Fingers

“It’s always good to get an emergency bag ready and have the basic items for survival packed within.” ~ Pauline, Mama Bliss

“My mom taught me – mainly food and cash at home, at all times. And keep close of all family members.” ~ PC, Simply Us

“I am more focused on survival and sustenance. In backpacks, first aid supplies, 1 litre of water, biscuits for my kid, spare set of clothing, torch and batteries, and cash.” ~ Rachel, Catch Forty Winks

“I have a shoebox which I keep my personal stuff and collectibles. I would definitely remember that, as well as a big portable 4T hard disk filled with all the photos of the family.” ~ Steven, The “Perfect” Father

“We have a folder with all the important documents. But in a real emergency, with no time to react, I will grab our passport folder instead, as it contains photocopies of our identification cards and the children’s birth certificates. I will also pack a set of clothing for each of us, two towels (in case of cold or any other situation), my nursing poncho, water, edibles, electronic devices and their chargers to remain connected (doubles as torchlight too), and money too.” ~ Ting, Miracule

“I won’t take anything. Car keys, maybe. But just Liza and the kids, that’s it. Nothing else matters.” ~ Winston, The BlogFather

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After hearing the answers from the mothers and fathers, I began to have a better idea of what I should pack along with me, in case of an emergency.

Keeping in mind that I have to pack as light as possible, here’s what I would pack now:
1. Identification cards (for the adults), birth certificates (for the children), and marriage certificate
2. Mobile and charger (portable and wired)
3. Water and dry snacks (like biscuits)
4. External hard drive (optional, but contains too many precious memories!)
5. Cash (i.e. wallet)

What would you pack in the event of an emergency evacuation?