Sunday, October 08, 2017

Javi's 3rd Birthday in SG - F1 Grand Prix

The next day we had breakfast at a food court just beside our hotel and then Javi went to play at the hotel playground.

We then took our baths and made our way to Orchard to meet up with Ariel. At Orchard we got to see Darth Vader hehe.

Then we went inside the Apple store at Orchard.

Ariel treated us to lunch at Song Fa Bak Kut Teh at The Centerpoint. It was so yummy, even Javi ate so much! I think he finished a full bowl of rice all by himself!

After eating lunch, we went to Gate 3 of the F1 track (rode the MRT at Somerset station and then went down at City Hall station). Whiled away time at Raffles City and saw these photo exhibit. Dyan palang kinilig na ko hahaha!

We entered gate 3 of Zone 4 because we only got Zone 4 walk-about tickets on race day.

When we got inside, we were just in time for the Ferrari Challenge. Apparently there are two pre-races before the F1 grand prix race. Javi enjoyed watching the cars zooming past us.

Hinahabol nya ng tingin yung cars
After the first race, the rain poured. We had to take shelter and because Javi was becoming restless, we let him watch Youtube videos.

The Porsche race was delayed for 30 minutes.

This was infront of the Esplanade

During the race we transferred places because we wanted to scout where to watch during the F1 race. We went across the Espalanade which was also near the food stalls.

After the Porsche race, we ate early dinner, freshened up and went back to the first spot we went to. Here's a map of Zone 4 and a legend of where we stayed at
1 - Ferrari race/ F1 race
2 - Porsche race
3 - Porsche race
4 - parade of drivers

Unfortunately, it rained just before the race started. I'm thanking God, we were seated beside a Pinay, #TitasofManila, because she held the umbrella beside us so that Javi won't get wet, she lent us her jacket when the hard rain stopped but Javi still needed to be covered. I would have had a very hard time carrying him (because he fell asleep before the race started) if it weren't for that Tita. So thank you very much, Tita! We were standing up the whole time we were watching. When I was getting tired, I left the viewing area and tried bringing Javi to the area where we could sit down comfortably. I had to change his shirt because he was soaking wet with sweat because it was so humid! So yeah it woke him up. He insisted to go back to the viewing deck to watch the race afterwards.

haha sorry had to put it here to commemorate this day
So yes, we didn't even see the two Ferraris at our corner. Good thing there were practice laps so that time we saw them. But during the race, we didn't even see the cars! (They crashed on the first corner!)

Umuwi man kaming talunan, masaya pa rin coz we got to experience the race. Next time we'll save up so that we can watch the qualifying session as well.

The next day (our last day in SG), we didn't really have anything in our agenda. We just had lunch with Ariel at Bugis.

With his Lego car

Then it was time to bid SG goodbye!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Javi's 3rd Birthday in SG - USS and SEA Aquarium

So as I've mentioned in my last post, we went to Singapore for Javi's birthday. Joma and I went with Javi, yes just the three of us minus the two girls. Well, our thinking was Miya got to celebrate her birthday as a solo child when she was still the only child so we figured we should let Javi and Nina experience that as well. So for Javi's 3rd birthday, we decided to go to Singapore since his birthday coincides with the Formula 1 SG grand prix plus he likes Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Minions and he really likes cars. It's like hitting two birds with one stone hehe.

We left on the night of the 15th and arrived around 1:30am in Singapore.

At NAIA waiting to board our flight to Singapore

The lines at the Immigration was super long so it took us longer to get out of the airport. We arrived at our hotel around 3am. We slept for a few hours and then met up with Ariel at Vivo City before going to Universal Studios Singapore. At USS, we only did what Javi wanted to do. We didn't go inside any rides that he didn't like - that is, we didn't ride anything hahahaha! We only watched the Sesame Street show and then we lined up to have his photo take with all the characters he loved. We bought him toys and souvenirs for his Ate and Nina. So he enjoyed every minute of our stay inside USS. Well, almost every minute because he got scared inside the Sesame Street show hahaha! It was near Halloween so the show had a Halloween theme and there were thunder sounds as The Count counted, so he got scared of that hahaha!

When we got inside, we immediately saw Gru but unfortunately photo taking with him was up and he was whisked away by the USS staff. So we went inside the Minion Mart to get something for Javi.

Then we walked further down the road and saw Elmo and Cookie Monster!

Elmo was right across this haha

We waited a bit inside the Sesame Street store until the show.

The video below shows Javi's nervous face while watching the show hahaha!

After that we ate lunch and went back to wait in line with the Minions.

Then right after, it was the Sesame Street's gang's turn.

Then Gru!

After that, we went to Shrek's castle.

We ate ice cream and watched Donkey on his comedy show.

After that we left USS and went inside SEA Aquarium.

More photos after the jump...

Friday, October 06, 2017

Javi's 3rd Birthday

A week before Javi's actual birthday, we went to Singapore to celebrate. But this post is not about that (hopefully, I get to post a separate one about it) heehee. On his birthday, we stayed at home. His co-celebrant Lola Tess together with Lolo Arthur went to our house in the morning and they blew their birthday cake.

In the afternoon, his Ninongs and Ninangs braved the traffic from the South going to the East to celebrate with him. Blowing his cake with Ninong Mek who celebrated his birthday a day before him.  Lolo, Lola and Ninong Jay also joined us for dinner. But no photos aside from these. We just enjoyed their company that night.

The work week after his birthday was hell for me and Joma, so we decided to go on a staycation, sort of an extended birthday celebration of Javi. But also at the same time just to spend the weekend with the family, just us five. It was a major feat for us because the last time we did this was Mother's Day 2016. But then we only stayed inside our room and ordered room service for breakfast. This time around, we were braver and swam at the hotel swimming pool with all three kids and ate buffet breakfast at Heat. Was definitely a high-five moment for Joma and me, handling all three kids without yayas hahaha!

More photos after the break.

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