Korean BBQ and rock climbing

We picked #1 from school as she had to go in for chemistry lessons, then we headed off to lunch. This Korean BBQ buffet in United Square is unbeatable in price! Weekday lunch for children (3-12 years old) is at $9++ while adults are at $14++. The spread was very decent, with the usual meats like beef, chicken and pork. The kids loved the garlic chicken.

Typical Korean side dishes were available including kimchi, fresh lettuce, whole raw garlic, etc. They had a few varieties of soup such as seaweed soup, creamy chicken ginseng soup, kimchi soup and seafood soup. Examples of some cooked food they had were fried chicken, curry, glass noodles and spicy rice cake.

There was a little counter with salad and fruit. Drinks were also included, with 3 options of rice drink, lime juice and pomegranate.

#2 had fun grilling the food to perfection for all of us. She loves cooking!

They had a really full and satisfying meal. This outlet is very big, and even though it was a weekday lunch, the place was 3/4 full. Reservations can only be made for dinner. After lunch, we walked to the atrium and they were just starting the “Littlest Pet Shop” show. The older kids needed to do some shopping so I sat with #4 and #5 to watch it. 

Then we were off to rock climbing. Every school holiday, this is on their list of ‘must do activities’. Their favourite place was Border X at Orchard Central but it recently closed down. We like to try different climbing places to get a different experience. For most rock climbing establishments, you do need to make a booking in advance to ensure there is an instructor available to belay you (the guy holding the rope). Student rate is $11 per hour. You also have to include $10 for each child’s gear (harness and climbing shoes). As I am not certified to belay, and I have no inclinations of doing such a tough job, I hired an instructor to belay them for $20 an hour.

They took turns and #3 went first. She loves climbing. She is very quick and agile. She tried many different lanes to challenge herself. 

#2 has improved a lot over the years. She used to be fearful of heights, and her leg muscles were rather tight. But she did really well today. I was very surprised and impressed with her improvement. (She tells me that this was actually one of her hidden talents which has since blossomed!) Well, either way, I’m proud of her.

#4 being shorter than the rest couldn’t climb the same lanes as the older ones. She started to get cold feet when she watched the others shimmy up the wall. I told her she did not have to do the same walls as her sisters. She just has to do whichever wall she is comfortable with. There are 6 lanes of varying intensities for the beginners wall. Kids as young as 4 can start climbing here.

The beginners wall

#1 loves all such sport, including bungee jumping, absailing, forest adventure type obstacle courses. She started with the other walls and managed to make it halfway up this intermediate wall. Well done!

Ssikkek Korean BBQ Buffet
101 Thomson Road #B1-15
United Square S (307591)
Tel: 62548123

Climbers Laboratory
48 Toh Guan Road East
#05-153 Enterprise Hub S (608586)
Tel: 65159363

Sane tip: Nothing too stressful for me… I sit there and watch them while they have fun. After a session like this, they go home and are all nice and tired out.

Save tip: I like to do these things during the school holidays as weekday prices are usually cheaper than weekend prices. It all adds up when you have too many kids!

~   mummywee – parenting 6 kids without going mad or broke  ~

Pancake fun

The September holidays are here! We’ve got the whole week planned with lots of different activities. One of #4’s classmate came over to spend the day with us so we decided to try the DIY pancake place called Nook at Lorong Kilat (Upper bukit timah area).

This is how it works. You choose your batter flavour and your toppings and cook them yourself. Simple.

They have 6 flavours of batter: original, strawberry, chocolate, pandan, banana and red velvet. You pick your sweet toppings for $1.50 each.

They chose marshmallows, kit kat, chocolate sprinkles and apple slices

We ordered a total of 4 squeeze jars and 4 sweet toppings for 6 kids. The other 2 jars of batter came about 30 minutes later as they ran out of batter and had to make a new batch. As it was teachers’ day holiday, this place was packed to the brim with teens and families with young kids. 

Also on the menu are savoury toppings such as harsh brown or sausages which can be eaten as sides. 
Besides pancake, they do have other dishes such as pasta, sandwiches, and soups. I ordered the cheeseburger pasta which was unique, but nothing to rave about.

Concentrating on cooking it properly

They had fun creating all sorts of designs and 2 hours and 4 jars of batter later, they were mighty full.

#1’s masterpiece

Sane tip: This is a fun place to go with the kids as they get to create their own pancakes. And of course, they happily ate up their creations.

Save tip: Each squeeze jar cost $10. For younger children, 3 kids can share 1 squeeze jar and perhaps 2 sweet toppings, especially if it’s just for tea. If it’s for lunch, they can add on some sides like hash brown, eggs, mashed potato or sausages.

Address: 21 Lorong Kilat
#01-03 S (598123)

Opening hours:
Mon – Fri: 12pm-10pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 10pm

Tel: 64661811

~ www.mummyweeblog.com – a blog on parenting 6 kids in Singapore ~

Yummiest chee cheong fun

A good friend came back from Sydney for a few days and asked if I was free to have breakfast with her. At first I was hesitant as Kate was still sick. However, I was exhausted from taking care of her for most of the day yesterday and my arms were aching from carrying her. I decided to give myself a breather to recharge.

She missed eating local hawker food and suggested the popular big prawn noodles at Pek kio market (opp KK hospital) which she has been dying to try. She had gone there twice over the Chinese New Year period but the stall was closed. I quite like the prawn mee, but I was delighted she wanted to eat there as I absolutely love the freshly made chee cheong fun stall there.

When we reached there, guess what? The prawn mee stall was closed! They used to close only on Mondays but now they close on Tuesdays as well. She’s really not fated to try it. Anyway, we ordered the char siew and the scallop chee cheong fun and she liked it.

The uncle makes it on the spot so it is fresh and very smooth. I love the char siew and the prawn versions best. My kids can each eat a plate of the char siew one. It is also fun for the kids to watch how he makes it. 

He spreads it out really thinly.

Then rolls it up and cuts it.

Another friend joined us and we ordered more food!

We had a lovely time catching up over good hawker fare. I had my break and it was time to head home to my little girl.

I ordered more char siew chee cheong fun to take away for the kids’ lunch as my helper was too busy looking after Kate to cook. I like it that they separate the sauce and I can just heat the sauce up and pour it over when the kids come back.

Sane tip: Give yourself a break once in a while to recharge your body and mind. Ask for help from your helper, hubby, mum-in-law, kind neighbours, lovely friends, awesome colleagues… and return the favour another day.

Save tip: Eat hawker food. Cheap and good!

Opening hours: 6.30am – 1.30pm
(closed every alternate Wed)

Address: 41A Cambridge Road #01-25
(Pek kio hawker centre)

~ mummy wee – a blog on parenting 6 kids in Singapore ~