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Half Year Review- 2017

Recent photo of me

Recent photo of me

Within a blink of the eye half a year has passed. The kids are back in school and having the 3rd term of schooling.  It’s time to do some reflection on how 2017 has been so far for me.

In January I didn’t set any resolutions as I find that it wasn’t something that I want to continue doing. However I did write down 20 Ideas how to make this year the best year ever!!

I cut down blogging drastically and pushed away many engagements as I realign more on building up the bond between the kids and them with me.

Being a Single parent of 3 hasn’t been easy. It has been rather exhausting on ends especially when there are tons of deadlines to meet and also make sure that the kids keep on track with their studies.

Tiger girl getting a piggyback ride from Monkey Boy

Tiger girl getting a piggyback ride from Monkey Boy

To cope with the hectic schedules I’ve looked more closely at mine and the kids nutritional needs.  I’m currently going through some online nutritional courses to learn more about what is the ideal proportion and types of food to serve to the different age groups.

I will be revamping my weekly meal planning further to cut down more on processed and other unhealthy foods from the family diet.  I intend to increase the variety of fruits and  vegetables that I introduce to the kids. I will be cutting down on wheat products and sugary treats too for everyone as they are the main cause of cancers and other life threatening diseases.

I’ll be introducing Quinoa and other grains as replacement for rice and noodles. We won’t be cutting them off totally but reducing the intake of these asian staples drastically.

This month I will be attending a croissant baking class. Tiger girl loves to eat croissants and it makes more financial and health sense to bake my own which is free of unwanted chemicals and cheaper on the pocket.   Besides croissant I will also be scheduling a sweet bun course to attend with a girlfriend.

The breads available commercially has too many preservatives  and can add up to quite a bit as even a simple small cake can cost up to $80 from a posh bakery.

I hope to save some $$ from DIY bread from now onwards.

How has the 1st half of 2017 been for you?

(do share with me in the comments below :P)

Staycation in Style in D’Resort At Downtown East

{Staycation Invite}

D'resort at Downtown East

D’resort at Downtown East

Last week the kids were given a treat with a 2D1N Staycation at D’resort.  We decided on a midweek stay as it would be less crowded and the kids could have more time to enjoy the facilities at the resort.

The room we were given-Beach Cove Duplex

The room we were given- Beach Cove Duplex

We were given the Beach Cove Duplex room for our stay. Suitable for 4 adults of a family of 2 adults and 2 kids. This  52 SQM  double story room came with a  queen size bed and sofa bed.

The bed/ sofa upstairs

The bed/ sofa upstairs

Tiger girl posing with the Tayo bus boxes

Tiger girl posing with the Tayo bus boxes

It was a toss up to who would be sleeping on the bed or the sofa bed for the night as everyone was aiming for the comfy bed.

The welcome basket with snacks that we were given

The welcome basket with snacks that we were given

The staff at D’resort generously prepared a snack box for the kids and they were digging into it when they spotted it in the room.

The snacks and free wifi didn’t occupy them for long as we soon left for our first activity at Pasir Ris Beach.

Ohana Beach House where we did stand up paddling

Ohana Beach House where we did stand up paddling

Stand Up Paddling was something new that the kids tried out that evening.  It was a really interesting experience for all as it was the first time they were on a surf board and tried paddling.

The surf boards that we used

The surf boards that we used

The weather was perfect.  It wasn’t too hot nor the tide too low to go out paddling.

Learning how to paddle

Learning how to paddle

Before we could hit the waters the instructor started off by showing us how to handle the paddle.  It was important that the kids learn how to place their hands on the paddle and work the board to the direction they needed to go.

The instructor explaining how to put on the leg cuff

The instructor explaining how to put on the leg cuff

Safety first before everything else. The kids were shown how to secure themselves to the board and the procedures that they had to follow getting in and out of the water.

getting started on paddling in the water

getting started on paddling in the water

The boys maneuvering the boards

The boys maneuvering the boards

Before long our paddling session was up and it was time for us to return back to the resort to wash up and prepare for the next activity- bowling.

The kids at the Orchid bowling alley

The kids at the Orchid bowling alley

After a quick dinner we headed over the bowling alley for a few rounds of bowling. All the kids can bowl so it was fun taking turns at the lane that was assigned to us.

It was really nice that they could tailor the guard rail guards to come into/out of play based on each player’s specifications. The bowling alleys of today are certainly more sophisticated as compared to the ones of yesteryear. It was nearly midnight when we returned to the room after the game.

some of the slides at Wild Wild Wet

some of the slides at Wild Wild Wet

The slides at Wild Wild Wet

The slides at Wild Wild Wet

On the 2nd day we headed over to Wild Wild Wet for some splashing good time. It was the 2nd time that the kids were at this Water theme park and were extremely delighted to be able to have fun at this place.  The last time we visited the place was more then 2 years ago. Back then Tiger girl was not tall enough to go on most of the rides. This time round she is taller then the 1.00 m mark and could go on some of the family rides together with me and her brothers.  The park wasn’t that crowded as we went on a weekday and we had the chances to go on the different rides many times as there wasn’t much queue.

The kids and I had a fun and entertaining time at D’Resort and before we knew it our staycation had come to an end. Thanks for the invitation D’resort.

Discaimer: We were invited to experience a 2D1N Staycation experience at Downtown East. All opinions are 100% mine.