Patrick Pang

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.

Home Cooked Wanton Noodles

Jan
15

I’m not an expert in cooking but once in awhile, I would suggest to my parents some dinner ideas and will help them in the kitchen. On the second day of New Year day, we decided to have wanton noodles for dinner.

They got the ingredients and for me, I will prepare the wantons. Slowly and surely, I made about 60 wantons.

Prepare Wantons

 

It may seem to be an easy dish but its also an experiment for us since we have not cooked wanton noodles before. Its pretty interesting to see how we got everything today and getting positive reviews from the children. Cooking can be a great bonding session, we chatted, laughed and joked (my mum has always been a very serious person).

A bowl of Wanton Noodles

 

So now I’m wondering, what should we cook next?

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!

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

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!

Experimenting Growing Longans

Apr
09

When I was young, I remembered trying to grow longans at home. Then, for about 2 years, the longan plant grew but did not bear fruit. Fast forward, 20 years later, I’m once again trying to grow longans again. The difference this time, its an experiment my children and I are embarking on, to see if we are going to have homegrown longans!

Growing Longans

 

Both Ezanne and Evan planted 5 seeds and after a week, only 1 grew. The children were quite excited when they see how the seed developed. In today’s urban jungle, our children doesn’t have much opportunity to experience traditional farming. Therefore, as far as possible, as parents, we will try to explore urban farming. Its definitely a much better way then learning from the textbooks.

Are we going to have longans in future? Maybe.

It’s Breakfast Time

Jan
18

We start the new year with a new routine. 2 weeks on, although we are tired but we enjoyed spending time together in the morning. We finally have time for breakfast. At 7.30am, Amoy Food Centre is buzzing with activities. Some are preparing for lunch time crowd while a good number are open for business.

Every morning, we would observe and walk around to see what we want to eat. Our favourite so far, wanton noodle at Level 2 and Teochew porridge at Level 1. What’s yours?

Wanton Noodle

Economic Noodle

Teochew Porridge

An active morning at Kaboodle

Jan
15

Fellow blogger, Claudia, arranged for a parent blogger get together and we gathered at Kaboodle at Big Splash, East Coast Park.

Ethan and Evan enjoying

Unlike other indoor playgrounds which have fixed stations, there isn’t “anything” at Kaboodle. What you see is just blue foam blocks which comes in different shapes and sizes. Children are free to explore and we will be able to see their creative side. For example, Ezanne used the foam blocks to build a house and decided to “live” in there by herself. As for Ethan and Evan, they used it to create aeroplane and a fortress.

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A visit to former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

Jan
08

It has been awhile since I wanted to visit the former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station when SLA decided to open it for the public on selected days. The railway station was gazetted as a national monument in 2011 and I read that part of the existing railway station will be making way for the upcoming Cantonment Station for the Circle Line. Before it is closed for a long period of time for the construction, I thought I should just bring the children to visit the place in its original state whenever I have a chance to do so. So we visited on Christmas Day.

Front facade of former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

The children were excited as we walked into the railway station. They were not quite interested with the surroundings but the railway tracks. The boys, especially Evan, was fascinated with the tracks since he don’t get to walk on it and seeing it real life instead of fixing them at home. The weather was good and they enjoyed themselves. As we walk along the tracks and explore the different parts of the station, I shared with the children what I know and reminiscing the times I briefly spent there.

Personally, I felt that it will be interesting if we could walk alittle further and explore the green corridor.

Sitting on the railway tracks

The former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station is now open to the public on Public Holidays. The next time its opened is on the second day of Chinese New Year on 9 February 2016.