It's the school holidays again, and those of you who are parents will be familiar with this:
Son, on school holiday: "Pa, I'm bored."
Me: "Oh! You're bored eh?"
Son: "… Never mind, never mind!"
You can hear the "Abort mission! Abort! Abort!" going off in his head.
My kids know better than to tell me they are bored during the school holidays. Because my reply would usually involve one of two words that start with "H" and end with "work".
Still, I try to take them somewhere in the course of the week, or they will drive whoever is at home with them (usually my mom and the helper) crazy.
We went down to Universal Studios Singapore to check out Santa’s All-Star Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore (USS). USS isn't a place I go often because A) it's kinda far (Sentosa leh, it's like another country) and B) it isn't the cheapest thing to do. But for the kids, it's a big treat. So, thank you for the tickets, USS.
You can see the big silly smile on Faith's face when she was there.
We took care to let her ride the kiddie attractions that won't frighten her autistic senses. I think she was okay with most of our choices except the flying dinosaurs one called Dino-Soarin', in Lost World. She held on to me a little when I pushed the button to make our Pteranodon "fly", and wanted me to put her seat belt back on even after the ride. I told her, "Finished already, Faith, haha! We can take off the belt now."
Faith enjoyed the sedate Treasure Hunters in Lost World, the Madagascar ride, the Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase, and King Julien's Beach Party-Go-Round.
The wife also took Faith to the Shrek 4-D Adventure, while the two younger ones took off for the Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey ride. The wife told me Faith kept taking off the 3D glasses, but she was generally okay with the show. Faith was probably trying to figure out why there were 3D objects in her face.
Fortunately, we covered a lot of ground in the morning and slightly after lunch, because, as it has been happening for the last few days, it poured buckets in the late afternoon.
Since we were under shelter near the New York zone, I let Isaac ride the Transformers ride three times, as a Single Rider. We didn't try the new Galactica ride though, because it was raining. That's the excuse I'm giving if anyone asks. Truth be told, this Uncle isn't that good with roller coasters anymore.
We didn't stay till late because of the heavy rain, and also Mommy had a Chinese concert to attend (I got dragged along too).
The wife and I went to the 黎费辉说唱演“自由发挥”音乐会 at the Esplanade at night. 黎费辉, or Li Fei Hui, is a veteran singer/songwriter of 28 years. The wife is a huge fan and let's just say, I have never seen that groupie side of her before.
The wife knew all the words to his songs (he has written songs for many big stars and himself in the course of his long and colourful career) and she rushed to the front of the autograph session line after the show (which ended after midnight!) just to get her CD signed and photo taken.
When we reached home, we realized we didn't have a CD player in the house anymore. All our music are digital files or streaming. Talk about retro tech, this CD stuff.
My job at the concert was to accompany her and take the photos. I did enjoy Li Fei Hui's banter, his stories and his music though. Eh, Limpeh also listen Chinese music one ok?