Saturday, May 29

I Like To Move It Forever After

The last time we were at the RWS, we took some pictures at the entrance of the Universal Studios Singapore. Today, we finally got to enter the USS and experience what it had to offer.

Jae had been looking forward to this visit to the theme park, as we have primed her about this trip since quite a while ago. The helium balloons weren't allowed in the rides, so after a couple of times of depositing them at the ride entrances, we sneakily decided to 'forget' to retrieve them after exiting. Fortunately, Jae was sufficiently distracted by other things to not grill us about her missing balloons. Well, not too much.

The first section of the USS we visited - the castle of Far Far Away

The first ride we took - Shrek's 4D Adventure. Thought it would feature some brand new contents, but the stuff they showed was actually the 3D short movie that was around since shortly after Shrek 2. Ok, the additional effects (aka the 4th D) did make the overall experience worth our while. Jae liked it quite a lot, especially those wet sneezes!

King Julien's Beach Party Go-Around. A pretty neat carousel ride, also the final resting place of Jae's helium balloons.

The Madagascar penguin was the first live character we encountered at the park. We wanted to queue for the photo-shoot but the attendant told us the guy in the bird suit needed to take a break and asked that we come back later. Sure, no problem. We figured that if we were already having trouble with the sweltering heat, that poor fella must be really baking in there, so let's cut him (or her) some slack.

Casa de Wild was where we had our lunch. The USS tickets we got came with $60 worth of F&B vouchers, so we managed to dine twice in there. The second meal was at the restaurant at the New York section, where I lost my wallet (but miraculously recovered it when I went back to look for it almost half hour later!).

Our first family shot at the USS.

Jae posing as Supes when she recognised the Superman theme being played.

There was this really huge replica of the ship from Madagascar, the one in which the animals were mistakenly shipped from Central Park Zoo to Africa.

With Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria. Their song (the one which all kids know how to sing) was played on loop and can be heard everywhere in the Madagascar section.

Us queuing up for the "Enchanted Airways" roller coaster ride, back in Far Far Away. This one was faster, and bumpier than Jae's first roller coaster ride at Escape Theme Park. She took it quite well, so good, we can keep pushing the threshold.

Jae was obviously unimpressed by Friar's enthusiastic recommendations.

A pity that the Battlestar Galatica rides still weren't operational after being shutdown shortly after the park opened. Took a picture with the lonesome Cylon.

Quite a good show was put up at the Waterworld section. Plenty of splashes and pyrotechnic displays. Good thing the actors and actresses were all ang mors. Can't imagine the show with lines delivered in Singlish accent, nor with characters played by Ah Beng's wearing blonde wigs.

Finally, we managed to get a photo-shoot with a Madagascar character. We also met Po aka Kungfu Panda, and Puss (the one in the boots), but didn't manage to take pics with these chaps.

We met Charlie along the streets of New York but didn't bump into Marilyn. So, Jae decided that perhaps she should to the honours herself.

These boys call themselves "Street Boys". They are really quite good.

Jae was suitably impressed.

And she decided she ought to audition on stage, in case USS wanted to form "Street Gals".

See, I too know some cool 地板动作 ~

She soon found out that this was tougher than she'd expected. Much to learn you have, young Padawan.

So Jae, how much have you enjoyed yourself at USS?
Jae: Thiiiiiiiiis much!

What do you want to do now?
Jae: Go home and zzzzzzz...

We met Woody just as we were about to exit the theme park. In the plastic bag I was holding were some souveniors we bought using he $30 retail vouchers that came with the USS tickets. Jae picked a Penguin cushion and a pair of Gloria scrungy.

Yup, she likes to move it move it.

Friday, May 28

Princesses' Gathering @IMM (Happy Birthday, Princess Rain!)

It's Vesak Day and we decided to bring our Princesses to IMM for waterplay. The Prince was recovering from a fever and flu hence he could not make it to the ball gathering. So Princess Evil, Princess Demure and Princess Attitude met in IMM at 10am. Nice, cool weather for outdoor play!

They ran around so much that they became hungry after a while! They were served Poky sticks for snack. They each asked for 2 sticks.

Princess Attitude was so hungry and tired that she decided to lie down and sleep. Princess Evil was not so evil after all. She fed Princess Attitude the Poky sticks to give her energy.

"4 more sticks, please!" said Princess Demure.

"I also want 4 hor!" said Princess Evil, in an evil voice.

"Make it 5." "Hungry, sia." "Poky sticks not nice..."

"No more Poky sticks? Let's try eating the leaves." Princess Evil decided to transform herself into a giraffe and started chewing on the leaf. Mother Queen was horrified and yelled at the top of her voice to stop her from doing so.

"Heh heh heh. I shall chew my hair then. And there's nothing you can do about it. Boo!"

Princess Demure wasn't so demure anymore after playing too much with Princess Evil. The princesses ajourned to the ballroom Swensen to celebrate Princess Attitude's 4th birthday.
We all enjoyed the food in Swensen.

Oh... Look at the joy on her face!!!

Happy Birthday, Princess Rain! May you be blessed with happiness and good health always!

Thursday, May 27

About The Good (and I really mean GOOOOD) Food Again

I blogged about the nice eatery which serves excellent dumplings and other food at 3 Kampong Bahru Road recently. I missed their dumplings so much that I had to go again.

Clement and I took the MRT to Outram Station and we walked towards the Pinnacle, then turn right to Neil Road. It has been a LLLLOOOONNNNGGGGG time since I last passed by Neil Road. Along Neil Road stood the remains of my primary school. So much fond memories flooded my mind when I saw this building!

While I was walking along Neil Road, I discovered under the old, old flats is a shop which sells famous Ang Koo Kweh! It is called 吉祥红龟粿 . Ya, ang koo kweh is usually present in every auspicious occasion! I bought some to try. YUMMY! Hmmm.. sorry, I forgot to take a picture of that old shop with yellow and red signboard.

These was what the 2 of us ate for lunch.

Shanghaiese fried rice cake.上海炒年糕。8.5/10
Panfried dumpling.锅贴。nice shapes but not chow-dar enough. 7.5/10

Dumplings. 饺子11/10

Vegetarian appetitizer. Excellent to go with beer. A little too salty to eat on its own. 7/10.

Pork Floss Sesame Pancake.黄金煎饼。12/10

We finished all the food on the table. Too delicious to not eat them! I didn't manage to take pictures of some food items because they were gone before I remembered to take pictures but they were in my previous post, anyway.
Mini Spring roll: 10/10
Xiaolongbao: 10/10 (some said they are better than DingTaiFeng's. And they are much cheaper too)
Today, I went with 2 of my colleagues again to eat the food. We ordered the same food plus this tofu, pork floss and century egg cold dish. The dim sum cafe at Takashimaya basement 1 serves the same food without the century egg and they used soba sause. LaiLai Beef noodles serves this without the sauce. I wonder what sauce they used for this dish. It was a little spicy and it was perfect. It must be their secret recipe! 10/10!!

My colleague, Danni, serving us the fried rice cake.
Will we go again?
Of course!!!!