Patrick Pang

Republic of Singapore Navy 50th Anniversary

Jun
25

As part of the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) 50th Anniversary celebration, a four-book compendium collectively titled “Ahoy, Navy!” was published to give children aged four to eight years old an insight to life in the RSN and the Navy’s role in keeping Singapore’s waters safe. Ezanne and Evan attended a story telling session by a Navy officer on 17 June at SAFRA Toa Payoh. It was an engaging session as the navy officer was able to share his personal experience as he tells the story of young Emily and her father who goes out to sea on board a Navy frigate.

Story Telling

 

After the story telling session, Ezanne also participated in the rope-tying workshop. It takes quite a bit of patience to complete the project and Evan wasn’t too interested in this. Ezanne, under the guidance of a navy officer, managed to complete tying one and kept it as a souvenir for herself.

Rope-Tying Workshop

 

One of the highlight of the event was the ‘Draw Your Dream Navy Ship’ competition that encourages the public to imagine the Navy of the future.

Ezanne with her dream navy ship

 

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Both Ezanne and Evan drew their dream navy ship and also took some time to colour the RSN50 Doodle Wall. The doodle wall will be on display at Vivo City in November 2017 from 9 to 12 November 2017. In addition to the doodle wall, you will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with RSN shops, weapons and equipments.

Scooting Around

May
10

After many many requests, I’ve decided to buy  Ethan, Ezanne and Evan each a scooter. As easy as it may seem, its actually quite challenging to scoot as the children had to try to balance themselves while moving around.

Ethan, Ezanne and Evan with their scooter

 

It is pretty obvious that the children are enjoying themselves as they have made repeated requests week after week for scooting session. They are also very willing to do anything just to scoot. For example, Evan was able to wake himself up early on a Saturday morning just to get me to bring him to scoot.

Evan with his scooter

 

As a father, I think its heartening to see our children being able to learn fast, to be able to balance and scoot on their own.

Ninjago Bootcamp at VivoCity

Oct
22

It’s the PSLE marking season and the children had 4 days off. While they were busy preparing for their year end examinations, it is also important for them to squeeze some time out to play. In preparation for a new Ninjago Ride, Legoland Malaysia organised a Ninjago Bootcamp where children will go through challenging and fun training zones structured around Strength, Focus, and Speed that will get them Ninjago-ready!

At the Focus Zone, the children will have to concentrate and do some colouring work.

Ethan at the Focus Zone

 

The children then moved on to the Speed Zone where they had a to fixed a ninja lego in a limited time.

Ezanne at the Speed Zone

 

Finally at the Strength zone, they will learn some skills from the Ninja master.

The children at the Strength Zone

 

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Each session will take approximately 90 minutes. The bootcamp is open to the public at the outdoor area outside VivoCity and will end on 23 October.

Sunday at East Coast Park

Oct
19

Visiting East Coast Park on a Sunday can be quite a terror joy. It can get quite crowded but its only when there are people you get to see some interesting stuff. We got ourselves a family bicycle which the 5 of us took to travel from Marine Cove to Bedok Jetty and back. We had some fun cycling, chatting and catching Pokemons.

Children saying HELLO

As we moved on, we came across a beach wedding. The children were wow-ed by what they see because they’ve not attended one before and it was the first time they witnessed one.

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As we return back to the bicycle rental shop, we saw a group of people congregating. We walked up and saw a bubble show.

Bubbles everywhere

We spent about close to 3 hours at the park and the children said they will be back!

Being more involved… As a dad again.

Oct
09

I’ve been so involved volunteering and working during the growing up years of my children that somehow I feel I’ve missed the most important part of their life. It is something which money can’t buy and we can never turn back time to experience those moments again. It is through the many episodes that I feel its best for me to slow things down.

These days, after deciding cut down on my volunteering commitments, I was able to squeeze more time to spend with the children. While I still need to find some “me” time for myself, I would try to bring them out even when mummy is not available. The activities that we go through together definitely helps to bond us closer. For example, I would try to bring them for outdoor activities, go out for a meal and even start planning for more activities. Our trekking at Bukit Timah Hill was one of those activities which I manage to plan and I was definitely happy when I learn from the children that they enjoyed themselves.

During these activities, it is perhaps the best time for me to better understand my children and explained to them the reasons for doing certain things. We learn new things everyday and I’m learning to be a better dad each day.

The children and me

Climbing Up Bukit Timah Hill

Sep
26

It was a public holiday and we woke up bright and early and traveled to Bukit Timah Hill for a morning workout. We were not quite sure how things will turn out – Whether we will complete and reach the summit or the children will complain and give up mid-way.

Before we started climbing

The start was the most difficult because it is the steepest. Surprisingly, the children did not complain and climbed up on their own. Along the way, they see the tall tress and were impressed with the size. Looking to the left and right to observe what they see and wondering what’s beyond the forested areas.

On the way up to the summit

Along the way, we heard thunder but decided to go on. Then we came to a point when we need to make a difficult decision. We came across the signage that says we can either take the Summit Step which is approximately 150m or the main road which is approximately 540m to the summit. The younger ones, Ezanne and Evan, shouted and said that we should take the steps as it would be faster. Ethan was the only one who suggested that we should take the main road. In the end, we decided to take the main road because it is more gradual and less tiring.

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After 45 minutes, we finally reached the summit. The children did not show any sign of tiredness although they woke up early to visit the Bukit Timah Hill. They were still quite energetic. When we were on our way back, I asked the children if they wanted to return again and their answer was a resounding YES! I’m quite sure we will be back again.

The children at the summit

Climbing – An activity to rediscover our kids

Sep
12

The children scream and shout and plays around at the playground. But when it comes to the real thing, climbing really high up, we realised that they were actually afraid of heights and did not have the confidence to do it.

We brought Ethan, Ezanne and Evan to Climb Central at Kallang Wave and all of them pretty much looked forward to it. They went through the briefing, put on the harness and was ready to rock and roll. They were quite interested and was figuring out how to climb up.

Ethan, Ezanne and Evan climbing up

 

After a few steps up, Evan said, “Ah, I don’t have any strength to do it anymore.” Then Ezanne didn’t even dare to go up any further probably after 5 steps up. We were quite surprised with Ezanne’s reaction given that she has quite a strong character and we thought she would be quite confident in doing anything and everything. Her reaction when she looked down, “Cannot, I say cannot!” As for Ethan, he didn’t want to move up any further because he was contented with where he was. We had to keep pushing him before he decides to climb even higher.

Its quite interesting how we manage to re-discover our children once again through an activity.

The Art & Science of Gems

Jun
19

Last week, we were invited to a blogger event at Art Science Museum, The Art & Science of Gems. In this exhibition, the adult will have the opportunity to admire the jewellery and the children will learn about the formation of minerals and gemstones.

We were lucky enough to catch the “A Day in the Life of a Mineralogist” workshop. At the workshop, the children were told how gem stones were formed and the different characteristics of the gem stones. They were able to feel and hold the different gem stones too.

Ezanne holding on to a gem stone

 

Evan was actually the most enthusiastic one. He readily raised his hand when the coordinator asked for a volunteer to examine the mineral and its properties. I’m not sure if he understood what was going on but I think it was a good experience for him. I got applaud the coordinator for being so patient with Evan and trying her best to simplify the explanations so that a 6-year-old understand what she was saying.

Evan exploring the mineral and its properties

 

There is one more session of the workshop and its happening on 24 June at 4.30pm. You will have to register 15 minutes before the workshop begins.

If you missed the workshop, you can still visit the exhibition which is held at the Art Science Museum till 14 August. You can also find out more information of the exhibition at its website.

Folding Paper Boats

May
01

The children spent about 5 hours in school, 5 days a week. As much as my parents were curious of what I do and how I spend my day in school, I’m equally as interested to find out what my children are doing too. Once in awhile, they would tell me about some incidents they encounter, like how the friends misbehave and the jokes the teachers told them about. But on the other hand, they would also bring back what the friends taught them about, its about sharing.

I went home one day and saw many paper boats. I asked Ethan and he told me that Ezanne did it for him (it came with a boat ID too). All of them were quite excited about it and Evan also requested a few “boats” from his sister. I chatted with Ezanne and she said that her friend taught her how to do it. Ezanne was thoughtful enough to learn new skills and bring it back home to share it with her brothers. I’m looking forward to find out from them what they’ve learnt in school and to get them to teach us!

Follow the growing up year of Ethan, Ezanne and Evan at their Facebook page.

Folding Paper Boats

A Week In The Life Of A Blogging Dad

Apr
24

A Blogging Dad

 

It is 24 April and its now my turn to share with you  a week in life of a blogging dad. Here’s a quick introduction of myself, I’m a father of 3, 2 boys and 1 girl (Ethan.Ezanne.Evan), full time working dad and volunteers whenever I can. I wouldn’t give you a day by day account but rather gives you an overview of what usually happen within the week.

On weekdays, we start our day at about 6.30am, sending Ethan to school. The first thing that we see each day is the sunrise. On a clear day, we could see commercial planes taking off or landing at Changi Airport and this is something which we appreciate.

Sunrise

 

After sending Ethan to school, the wife and I will go for our daily breakfast. It is a time when we catch up with each other, explore our interesting hawker culture and the good food that we have missed.

The Wife and Me

 

Our first topic of the day is always, “What do you want to eat today?” So we will have noodles, prata, pancakes, so on and so forth.

Sumptuous breakfast

 

After breakfast, its time to work. So I will spend about 10 hrs a day at the office. In between, I’ll call home and talk to the girl before she goes to school and wait for the boy to call when he comes back.

After work, its dinner and followed by a run. I’ll try to run at least 3 times a week. Running helps me to de-stress.

Weekly Exercise

 

On weekend, its usually sending the children to enrichment centres for their classes. But it is not just work and no play. We will play UNO or try to find different activities, such as growing longans.

Time for UNO

 

Boring dad? I think so. But no matter how boring I am, I think I still have some interesting things in life that are worth sharing. So, do follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and if you have some space left, like my children’s page too!