Apr 29, 2011

Dinner at Dozo


Before we left for Singapore, Mike took me to the wonderful place for dinner.

Since he did such a wonderful job on our anniversary date, I didn't think he would do anything better than that. (I mean, that is how excellent and beyond my expectation he did on our anniversary date.) But this date was pretty darn close.

The restaurant he took me was really really REALLY wonderful. Everything tasted SOOOO good that I can never forget. Every dish was presented so beautifully as well.



Thank you, Mikey, for the wonderful date! I love you so much!!

Apr 26, 2011

Jurong Bird Park

Another family outing to Jurong Bird Park.

シンガポールのバードパークへ家族で出かけてきました。

There were so many different kind of birds there. It was really awesome!

たくさんの種類の鳥達が、私達を出迎えてくれて、子供達も楽しんでおりました。


There were really good bird shows also.

鳥や動物達のショーもすばらしく、みんなで楽しみました。

At the bird park, there was a bird sanctuary and we get to feed the bird. What was so cool was that when we started holding up the bird food, these pretty birds come really close to us. Some of them are on our shoulders and arms eating food.

パーク内に、バードサンクチュアリがあり、この中では南国の美しい鳥達に餌をあげることができ、餌を持ってじっとしていると、たくさんの鳥がとても近くまで寄ってくるのです!鳥達が、腕や肩に乗ってきて、間近で鳥達と触れ合うことができました!!

Kids were scared first (especially JuJu and Noah) but they started get used to it. Ellie LOVED having birdies on her arms.

子供達は最初、怖がってはいたものの、徐々に慣れてきたようで、エリは積極的に鳥を探して餌をあげておりました。

Julia tried it but her face was pretty serious the whole entire time.

一方ジュリアは、とりあえず鳥さんを腕に(というよりカップに)乗せて見たものの、かなり緊張気味…。

Noah never let birdies come onto his arms. He just watched birdie on Mommy.

ノアはというと、鳥を腕に乗せること自体嫌がり、エリの手を離しませんでした。

We had a fun time at the bird park!!

あいにく、お目当てだった子供用水遊びエリアは、工事中のため閉まっていたのですが、それでも十分楽しんできました!

Apr 25, 2011

Turtle Park

One beautiful thing about visiting somewhere even it was an evacuation trip from earthquake and radiation is that we make great friends! Cheryl is one of my wonderful friends I met in Singapore and she has been helping us a lot. Girls became really good friends with Samara. Cheryl and Samara (and Lizzy of course) has taken us to the zoo the other day. They have been showing us around a lot and it has been so much fun hanging out with them.

海外退避という理由にせよ、別の土地に来てならではの素晴らしい出来事といえば、新しいお友達ができることです。今回シンガポールに来て、エリとジュリアがSamaraと仲良しになり、Cherylという素敵なママ友ができました。

They took us to the Turtle park this time. The turtle park was right in the Chinese Garden. We got to see nice Chinese Pagoda too.

以前は、動物園につれてってもらったりしたのですが、今回は、タートルパークに案内してもらいました。
チャイニーズガーデンの中にある、ちょっとしたカメの博物館です。チャイニーズガーデンを通っていくので、ガーデン内の五重塔も見ることができました。

There were so many turtles in there. There were several big turtles, but there were sooooo many little ones and these little ones started coming towards us as soon as we started feeding them. It was almost scary.

さすがカメ博物館。たくさんのカメさんがおりました。大きいゾウガメもいたのですが、なんといっても小さいカメが盛りだくさん。餌をまき始めると、わんさか寄ってきて、ものすごいことになってました。

These little Buddha were also inside of the turtle park. It was cute that kids blended in the Buddha, especially Noah being so chubby just like these Buddhas.

こちらの小さな仏像くんたちは、パーク内にあった石像です。子供達が混ざると、なかなかいい絵になってます。特にぽっちゃりノアは、おもいっきりブレンドしてます。

Here's Noah on the turtle.

こちらは、少々お疲れのノア。カメの上でひと休み。

After the turtle park, we played a little bit at the Chinese Garden also. We had a wonderful time!

カメ博物館のあとは、チャイニーズガーデンでピクニックをし、おもいっきり遊んできました。

Apr 24, 2011

Julia is 4...

Well, we didn't forget. It sounds like an excuse (and it probably is) but there were too much going on last several weeks and we simply didn't get to it...

Originally, she requested a Tinkerbelle party. So I was going to make Tinkerbelle cake. I even bought Year Book from Wilton and had a design all picked. Cake base was supposed to be green and 2 cakes with vine bridge. And Tinkerbelle right by the little water... As you can guess, this whole idea just got tossed in the garbage when earthquake happened and we evacuated from Japan. I had to pack living necessity and of course my cake tools were not in high priority.

So, on her birthday, we had playgroup and I baked a cake. It wasn't a fancy cake since I had almost nothing in our temp apartment. I had a baking dish, so that was all I could do.

Then, we decided to celebrate with just a family few days after. I didn't have a cake mix, so I made a pie out of what I had in my kitchen (which is almost nothing...)


Anyway...
Happy Happy Birthday, my sweet Julia. We love you sooooo much!!!

Apr 21, 2011

Universal Studio Singapore

We visited Universal Studio Singapore in Sentosa Island. Since they have been seeing Shrek's castle from Harbour Point, they were so excited that they actually got to visit Shrek's castle.

子供達のリクエストに答え、ユニバーサル・スタジオ・シンガポールに家族で出かけてきました。

以前、ハーバーポイントのショッピングモールに買い物に出かけたとき、シュレックのお城が屋上から見え、それ以来ずっとせがまれていたので、今回実際にシュレック城にいけると聞いて、興奮しまくりの子供達です。

Of course first thing they wanted to see is Shrek's castle.

一番最初に見たかったのは、もちろんシュレックのお城です。


We tried to visit Shrek's swamp, but when they tried to open the door, it was locked and Shrek yelled at them.

シュレックの沼地にも行ったのですが、ドアを開けようとしたら、シュレックに怒られました♪

Kids had a lot of fun with bunch of rides.

その他のアトラクションも、もちろんしっかり楽しんできました。

It was such a hot day just like regular Singapore days. We were sweating so badly while waiting for the rides. Just like regular days when he gets tired, here's Noah's strike saying, "I don't want to do anything anymore!!"

シンガポールは年中蒸し暑いのですが、やっぱりこの日も暑かった。アトラクションの待ち時間に、結構汗だくになってました。そしてこちらが、通常通りの疲れ始めたノアのストライキです。

The park was built compact, so it was easier for us to move around one place to the other. We visited on weekday, but it was still a lot of people there. But we got to ride on pretty much everything we wanted. So, it was really good.

Towards the end of the day, lines for the rides were getting smaller and smaller. We rode on Mummy ride right before we left the park. Normally it is at least 80 to 120 minutes wait for the ride, but it was dead empty and we went straight to the ride. I even got lost on the way to the ride going through all the roped path... And sure enough, the ride was sooooo scary (and fun). I have to say we were really lucky that we didn't have to wait at all. Mike and I both enjoyed sooooooo much!!!

パーク自体、かなりコンパクトに設計されており、子供連れでも簡単に回ることができました。混雑を避けて、ウィークディに行ったのですが、それでも結構混んでました。でも、目的のアトラクションはほとんど制覇できました!

パーク閉園時間直前ぐらいになると、かなり空いてくるんです。通常少なくとも80分から120分待ちのアトラクション、「Mummy」が、閉園時間直前、だーれも並んでなくて、ラッキーとばかりに、マイケルと2人で交代で乗って来ました。本当に人っ子ひとり並んでなくて、逆に気味が悪いぐらい。建物自体、行列を見越して設計されているので、入り口からライドまでの距離が長い長い。おまけにミイラのライドなので、不気味な雰囲気で、一人でライドまで歩くのがとても怖くなって、結局気づいたら猛ダッシュしてました…。ライドにたどり着いて、スタッフの人を見たときに、とっても安心したりして…。(でもその直後、すさまじい恐怖ライドのおかげで、大絶叫してましたが…。)

We had so much fun at Universal Studio. Kids had a blast time!!

家族みんな、とっても楽しい一日が過ごせました。子供達も、疲れ果ててましたが、楽しかったようです。

We ate at Hard Rock Cafe Sentosa on the way home. Well, that was our only choice without a long wait since we were starving. Kids ate whole a lot!!

帰りは、ハードロックカフェ・セントサで、お食事です。(近場で待ち時間なしのレストランはここだけだったのです…。)
よほど遊びまくって、お腹も空いていたのでしょう。すごい食べっぷりの子供達でございました。