Weekend Family Outing at City of Entertainment

~ Posted on Monday, December 13, 2010 at 5:30 PM ~

We just got back from a weekend family outing at Genting Highlands, the City of Entertainment. Went there with hubby's 2nd brother & family and 2nd sister and her daughter, Bonnie (Ben's fave cousin)

The temperature was 20.6℃ when we arrived and we checked into our room and settled down. Had a simple and delicious lunch prepared by my sister-in law and then we all head out for the theme park rides.

Hubby, Ben and I went to the First World Indoor Theme Park and bought us some day pass for the unlimited rides and start looking for the suitable rides to try for Ben.

We tried the Carousel as the queue is short and the rides are not so long. And parents can hop in and play as well. Just as we were about to go in, Ben started showing signs of sleepiness... Bah!! Hubby and I pondered whether to go ahead or not, and then we decided to go ahead and let him try it first. You should have seen how sleepy Ben is - at one point, he actually plopped his head and leaned over to the pole for support (don't worry we're holding onto him tightly!).. hahahahaha...

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Ben looking around when we
first arrived...
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Ben smiling at the camera
at his 1st ride, the Carousel
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He started feeling sleepy,
leaning his head to the pole...

Once the Carousel ride ended, hubby and I decided to head back to the hotel and let Ben take his afternoon nap. No point dragging an 11kg boy all around the theme park. So we started making our way back to the hotel, we took the outside route, enjoying the cool air and hubby and I took turns carrying Ben.

Halfway there, Ben suddenly woke up. He looked around really alert by now, wondering why we were walking outside and started pointing to the rides and attractions outside and again hubby and I discussed and finally U-turned and head back to the indoor theme park... ARGHHHHHHH!! We lugged the 11kg boy all the way back to the Indoor Theme Park...

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Ben asleep on daddy's
shoulder...
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Ben: "Why are we outside?
What happened to the rides?!"
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Ben on the Carousel
ride again...

So off we go, and head back to the first ride we saw, the Carousel again! Ben enjoyed the ride this theme (of course, no more sleepiness!) and once the ride is over, we looked for other rides to try. We tried the Venice Gondola ride, the Rio Float, the Mini Train, and again the Carousel before finally heading back to our hotel.

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Ben looking out during the
Venice Gondola ride...
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Ben looking through the rails
of the Rio Float ride...
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Ben on daddy's shoulder
watching Doraemon show...
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Yeap, Carousel ride again and
Ben even patted his horse!

We wanted to take pictures with Doraemon as they were having some show to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Doraemon but there are too many people around. Back at the hotel, we hang around a while taking pictures of the Christmas decoration and I even bought a small book for Ben at the hotel's newstore.

On day 2, we had some instant noodles for breakfast (cornflakes and milk for Ben) then top up with some bread toast at the hotel's coffee shop and head to the Indoor Theme Park while the rest went to the Outdoor Park again.

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The Christmas tree at the
hotel lobby...
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Ben posing for the camera
on day 2
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Carousel again for the
umpteenth time...

This time, we didn't get the unlimited day pass as we only have about an hour or so to spend at the Indoor Theme Park before we have to check out. So, hubby bought 4 rides passes (can be used for adults and children but only for 4 rides). We used the first pass ride for Ben's umpteenth Carousel ride. We didn't have to get any as children below certain height must be accompanied by their parents and for this ride, it's free for us! Yeayy!

After the Carousel ride, we went to the Monorail station and waited about 10 minutes. It was quite foggy outside but still there are lots of people queueing and playing in the Outdoor Theme Park. The monorail moves slowly, giving us ample time to enjoy the view from above and all around.

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The view right after our monorail
left the Indoor Theme Park...
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Ben checking out the rides
outside..
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Ben still checking the rides
outside...

When we saw our monorail heading back into the Indoor Theme Park building, I took a last shot of the view from outside, with the heavy fog circling around the building.

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Ben relaxing and enjoying
the Monorail ride...
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The Indoor Theme Park almost
engulfed with fog...
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Ben posing with a poster
of Doraemon...

I like the Christmas decorations all around Genting Highlands as they have some sort of recycling theme for this year. After admiring the creative and beautiful Christmas decorations, we slowly make our way back to the hotel to prepare for check out at 1pm.

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The beautiful Christmas
deco hanging above...
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The creative signage made of 
hardboard...
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Ben giving mummy his shy
cheeky look...

I took some shots of the view as we make our descend. We reached the city in the afternoon. We had our lunch at the Bukit Kiara Equisterian club and even went to check out some horses in the stables nearby. If you are free, take a look at this video we captured of Ben laughing cheekily and winking at a horse...

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The sky view on our way back...
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My cheeky boy fell asleep the
moment we left Genting...
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Ben laughing cheekily while
stealing glances at the horse...

All in all, it was a fun and totally tiring weekend. It was great to be able to spend some time and see Ben enjoyed the weekend playing with his cousin sister and brother. Thank you for reading this super long post!

p.s: The last time we went to Genting was over a year ago, you can read about the family trip and also about my breastfeeding episode at Genting during that time...

Ben's Journey on Solids Then and Now...

~ Posted on Friday, December 10, 2010 at 3:12 PM ~

15 months ago, we were so excited with Ben's milestone on solids and Ben has been the perfect child for us, no fussing on the choice of food given.

From rice cereal mixed with breastmilk for the first few weeks, to pureed vegetables and fruits mixed with breastmilk to pureed veggie and fruits without my breastmilk to mashed vegetables and fruits, to oats and rice and even now, Ben is still taking oats for his breakfast and sometimes for his dinner as well (depending on my laziness hahaha..)

Back when I started Ben on solids when he turned 6 months old, we put him into this small pink walker. Yes, girly choice of a color you may say, but it's a hand-me down and have served us REALLY REALLY well!

This was Ben the first time we gave him a few teaspoons of rice cereal mixed with my breastmilk. Noticed how eager he was, leaning forward to taste it?

Ben's Journey on Solids Then and Now

And this was Ben a couple of months back when we first started to bring him along when we eat outside. We gave him some food to try with and he was so fascinated with the chopsticks and bigger spoon, bowl and/or plate. Kinda like a big boy feeling I guess...

Few days ago, I made oats again for Ben's cereal and instead of having the meal at kitchen, I decided to feed Ben in our room. Without any instructions, Ben immediately walked over to the pink walker and started dragging it out and get ready for me to feed him in it.

We've earlier bid farewell to the pink walker in February this year and did not use it anymore but it's still in our bedroom (lazy to put in storeroom hahahah) so it was a nice sight to see my little boy dragging the walker from the corner of the room out and even tried climbing into it so he could sit in it.

I was surprised as I totally forgotten that we used to use the walker as a feeding chair for Ben and to think he still remembers it! I carried him up and put him into the walker, and proceeded to feed him his oatmeal, while snapping this shot as well...

Hmmm... what a nice sight which brings back lots of good memories on Ben's solids journey..

Ben's First Experience with Banana Leaf Rice

~ Posted on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 8:32 AM ~

Hubby's aunt from Sydney came back for a week holiday and few days ago, we went out with her to have brunch at the banana leaf rice restaurant near our house. Ben had his oatmeal breakfast already, so was pretty much just sitting there watching us eat (of course, he entertained himself by oogling at some stray cats around the restaurant).

Some of the Indian waiters can't resist and went ahead to play with Ben. One of them even gave Ben a smaller size of banana leave for him to use with. And when Ben realised he's suddenly treated like an adult (cos the rest of us were eating our rice on the banana leaves), we went along and placed some smaller chunks of food  (like fish, cucumber and the lentil crackers) and rice for Ben to nibble with.

Banana Leaf Rice

Ben: "You sure I could eat on this leaf?!!"

Banana Leaf Rice

Ben flashing more cutesy looks to the waiters nearby, probably trying to get more goodies? Hehehehe...

Banana Leaf Rice

Ben: "Yumyumyum... gobble gobble gobble..."

It was a nice and filling meal and we enjoyed the brunch outing as well. I'm just so proud that Ben's so well behaved with his first experience with banana leaf rice!