Friday, January 30, 2015

Go Local :: Singapore Heritage Playgrounds & Win a Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 #ProjectRESGIcons

This year we've made it one of our goals to visit a playground at least once a week with Lil Pumpkin. Since the boy and I are both working full-time, this usually happens on the weekends. Sometimes we'll go searching for a particular playground, but other times we'll just go about our usual weekend activities and hopefully stumble upon a gem of a playground. I'll be jotting down all the exciting, fun and sometimes even quirky {!!} playgrounds we visit on my weekly Singapore Playgrounds series.

As parents, hubby and I always believe that play is very important in Lil Pumpkin's childhood. It's not just a luxury she can have when she's "free", but a necessity for her to learn, grow and discover the world we live in. It's where her mind and spirit comes alive, and we see how imaginative she is!

Dinosaurs Playground at Kim Keat
So in a way, having a goal of visiting at least one playground a week was our way to making sure Lil Pumpkin has more play with us outdoors, but it was also another way of encouraging us to be a tourist in our own beautiful island, and go to places that we never seem to venture much into.

Watermelon Playground at Tampines
As part of Singapore's 50th birthday this year, I was recently invited to take up the #ProjectRESGIcons challenge with my Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 to REdiscover, REimagine and REcreate something with Singapore's icons that has helped to make it what it is today.

Since I'm so interested in our playgrounds nowadays, it made the most sense that I'll be choosing that as my theme to investigate more on its history and find out more for ourselves on what makes them iconic.

Mangosteen Playground at Tampines
Out of all the playgrounds we have, the ones that touch my heart most are the old, heritage playgrounds. They remind me of my carefree childhood days and these are memories I want to share with Lil Pumpkin too.

Designed mainly by Mr Khor Ean Ghee {former in-house designer of HDB}, these were built in the 1970s and 1980s for children to play safely, and to learn about local identity so you will see many designs like dragons, sampans {wooden boats} and even mangosteen fruits that are very unique to our local culture and history.

This cultural aspect is something I find lacking in most modern playgrounds, which is a shame since that's what makes them most meaningful and original to Singapore.

Dragon Playground at Ang Mo Kio
All of them are relatively simple with not many features that you see in a typical modern playground nowadays. They may be pretty static, but at least that leaves room for the kids to be imaginative and create their own stories for play. Sometimes I feel that the newer playgrounds have too many features for the kids to play around with that they end up running around like headless chickens not know what to do first!

Dragon Playground at Toa Payoh
Heard from the grapevine that eventually, only the Dragon playground at Toa Payoh will be kept and the rest will be demolished to keep up with our country's development. Not sure how true that is but looking at the way things from my childhood days are disappearing, there's no reason to wait around and find out and hopefully, we can finish visiting all the heritage playgrounds by June this year. As of now, there are around only 11 left.

I've never used Android systems before and was pretty scared that I won't be able to manage the new Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2. I guess that's pretty common for people who are used to Apple or i-whatever products :P However, I was pretty surprised that I got the hang of it very quickly. Maybe because Apple's recent iOS design, features and usability is somewhat similar to Android's.

One amazing thing that I really, really love about the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 is its long-lasting battery life. I'm not used to this kind of "luxury" on my electronic devices! :P We brought it out to try out its video and camera functions {more on that in a bit} at the Watermelon playground for a day and it was still going strong! It can last up to 18 hours and is so good it can even help to charge our other smartphones and tablets haha.

The long-lasting battery life is also awesome because with both 4G/LTE and wifi connectivity, that means I can blog pretty much anywhere, anytime and I don't need to worry about lugging around extra cords for charging it!

Versatile kickstand allows you to hold, tilt, stand & hang the unit
People tend to hold tablets differently when they do different things. With the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2, there's a good grip due to the cylindrical batteries {which is what gives it longer battery life} and I'm able to hold it ergonomically for better angles when reading up more on the playgrounds, tilt for easier browsing, let it stand without any additional backing when my hands were tired and hang it wherever I want - even at the back of our car seats to entertain Lil Pumpkin when we were stuck in a jam!! hehe

Playing with our DIY Watermelon Playground
As part of the challenge, I decided to recreate one of the heritage playgrounds into a doll-sized playground for Lil Pumpkin to play with at home. It's such a crazy idea since hello, it's not like we can just colour on a milk carton and call it a day. But, I wanted it to be as realistic for her as possible.

Thankfully I've got hubby who helped me to find an Android app on the tablet to help us come up with a template for the Watermelon playground structures.

Colouring time!
After printing, I got Lil Pumpkin to help cut and colour...

Family effort to make our DIY Watermelon Playground
Then hubby and I got down to constructing the actual miniature playground set, with help from our darling girl of course. This was a half-day family project that was pretty tough! But I'm glad we spent time to work on it together.

I might post a tutorial on this so keep a look-out ;)

Pretty similar to the real thing, right?? :P
Ta-dah!! Not too bad, right? Had to use the tablet to keep checking back with photos of the original Watermelon Playground to see that we got the colours, angles, shape etc. right. We even made the ground base look like the actual base with watermelon prints made with origami paper haha.

So. Much. Fun. Perfect for minifigs & other small dolls.
It's not done to scale and looks kinda amateurish but Lil Pumpkin is sooooo very pleased with it and that's all that matters, really :) It reminds her of that day we went to the original Watermelon Playground and she even wants us to make her other heritage playground models to play with!! *gulp*

I think it's the perfect size for minifigs, but any small doll would do.

Have a look at this video I made with some shots from the Lenovo Yoga 2 Tablet {obviously if you see photos with it then it's taken with another camera}. If the link isn't working, check it out on my YouTube channel here.

The tablet has a powerful 8 megapixel rear camera that lets you capture and share sharper photos and videos. Pretty useful if I'm outside blogging and I want to just take good quality photos without using any additional devices. The wide aperture lens also means more light can reach the camera sensor to take better photos in places with dim lighting.

Full HD screen & Dolby Audio speakers
Lil Pumpkin likes to watch the video I made on the tablet. The full HD screen makes it look so clear, and with the 2 front-facing Dolby Audio large chamber speakers, it's almost like watching it in the movies :P 


I had so much fun using the tablet for my #ProjectRESGIcons challenge that just for my readers and friends, I've ONE Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10" {Android} worth S$599 to give away! I've listed some specs above, but see the full product information on the Lenovo Singapore website.

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UPDATE: The giveaway has ended. The winner is Lin Meibing Sarina. Stay tuned for more blog giveaways on Sakura Haruka! Check out my current readers promos too. Thanks for your support!

* Disclosure: This post is part of the Lenovo Singapore #ProjectRESGIcons campaign. Lenovo Yoga 2 10" Tablet was provided by Lenovo Singapore for giveaway. All opinions are my own.

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98 comments:

Sharon Ng said...

I would like to bring my boy to visit the Dinosaurs Playground at Kim Keat because I have never been to it myself!

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Anonymous said...

I'd like to explore Lorong Kampung Buangkok with my girl and experience how the early days of life of Singapore in a kampong is like.

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Vincent Lee said...

I would like to visit the Dinosaurs Playground at Kim Keat because I have never been to it myself!

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adeline koo said...

I would love to visit watermelon playground with by boys. I grew up in tampines yet, Sad to say, I'm not aware of this gem in the area.

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Joanne Ho said...

I would love to bring my boy to Dinosaurs Playground at Kim Keat! He loves dinosaurs! We didn't even know there is such a playground around!

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D boys' Mum said...

I would bring them to dragon playground
As the boys love dragon /dino

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Sean Ang said...

I'd love to bring my kids to the Dinosaurs Playground at Kim Keat as my kids love dinosaurs.

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Anonymous said...

I would like to reexplore Dragon playground at AMK where i used to grow up...... A sandy place with swing for us to swing high and low that we always ended up staying there for almost the whole day without even finding it bored!! Totally going to bring my kids to this playground again after seeing your blog post that reminds of the childhood that i have before!!

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Rodiah Eunos said...

I would like to visit Dragon playground at Toa Payoh. The reason is this is the type of playground that I used to play when I was small. So I would love my children to know how the playground look like during my time. It's more fun than the playground that they have right now... where before we can still play with the sand at the playground but not now.

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Mamamie said...

I would like to bring the kids to visit the Dragon playground at Toa Payoh, coz that's where i spend most my primary school days around that area.

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Geraldine Chong said...

I would love to show my son my childhood icon- Sharity Elephant- to teach him the good values of sharing and caring! FB- Geraldine Lee-Chong, Newsletter subscription name- Geraldine Chong, IG- GERICHONG

Anonymous said...

I would like to bring my girls to visit the Dinosaurs Playground at Kim Keat because we have never been to the place and they love dinosaurs! Haha

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Anonymous said...

I would bring my kids to the Dragon Playground at Toa Payoh. There was a similar one next to my block when I was growing up!

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Princesses Ling 和 Mama KaRen said...

I would like to bring the kids to visit the Dragon playground at Toa Payoh, because when I was young near my house there also have a Dragon playground but dunno when they removed this playground... I still can remember when I was young me, my bro and sister always played together in this playground..

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SHENNY said...

I would love to bring my kid to Dragon Playground at Toa Payoh. This kind of playground structure has not been widely seen and it is a must to educate the our kids and appreciate the pasts.

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Anonymous said...

Dragon playground at Toa Payoh as i used to live there. Bring back some nostalgic feeling & can share sentiments with my 2 kids!

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Mabel Lee said...

I'd love to rediscover the streets of Katong with my children, through our sense of taste and sight! Mainly because I grew up there and have many wonderful memories of the places, especially the food!

The most iconic building in the area, The Red House Bakery, has sadly ceased operations and all that's left is a run down building. They are currently trying to bring it back to live, and I hope that when it is finally back up again, I'll be able to bring my children back in for a visit. It may look different on the inside, but I'm pretty sure I'll remember the days when my parents brought us there for our regular weekend tea-breaks (always a treat for us!) I still can't find a place that makes hotdogs like the old bakers of Red House Bakery.

Thankfully, other iconic places are still in existence, like Chin Mee Chin Confectionery. I've brought my children there for tea before and they absolutely love the cakes! Hehe. It still tastes good!

A hidden (but not so secret) gem of a chicken rice stall can also be found in Katong Shopping Centre's little foodcourt/coffeeshop, where my children will devour the rice and meat with much delight. Within the same building, another old school bakery also exist and is filled with even more delicious treats!

It will be a great experience (for me, especially!) to bring them on a complete walk-through with me recounting all my growing up years to them. From the little drain between buildings (where I used to do my 'business' :P) to the place where we use to live and the used-to-be 'longkang' where we could see kingfishers flying in and out during meal times to the huge road space we had as our playground, the dumping grounds where we picked out items to build new toys, the drain where I knocked my head and bled profusely... There's just so much!

Katong, to me on the whole, is just one huge iconic area. Probably the one that still looks pretty much the same as two decades ago, and the one place that holds so many precious memories of my growing up years!

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Ashley Tan said...

Would love to visit the Dinosaurs Playground at Kim Keat because my gal just told me this 'Dinosaur! Roar! Roar! yesterday when i pick up from school. I guess it will be quite fun if I were to bring her there!

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Irene Fock said...

I want to bring my boy to the Dinosaurs Playground at Kim Keat because we haven't been there before! I'm sure my son will love it.

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Ruby Lee-Tok said...

I'd love to bring my kids to the dragon playground because that is the only iconic playground that I visited when I was young. I'm sure my kids will love that playground too!

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Anonymous said...

I love to bring my kids to the dragon playground at Ang Mo Kio to explore as this type of playground is so uncommon. I'm sure that will be fun for them to experience what I used to play when I was young.

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Anonymous said...

I would like to rediscover Chinatown's chinese heritage with my son. Fb & subscription name: Tiffany Lim

Jingxian said...

Dinosaur playground as they love dinosaurs
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Anonymous said...

I would like to visit the Dinosaurs Playground at Kim Keat because I never been there and explore the area to know more knowledge and history. Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway!

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Anonymous said...

I would bring my kids to dragon playground at Ang Mo Kio as this used to be my childhood playground and it certainly brings back lots of memories. I believes my kids will love the place too.

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Vallous said...

I would like to bring my sons to rediscover the Courtesy Singa Lion exhibition again. Learning to be courteous like what it used to be.

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Rene said...

I didnt know there are 11 such playgrounds in Singapore. All I know is the dragon at Toa Payoh. If I got the chance, i wanna rediscover all places with my kids.

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Tammy Tng said...

I'm staying near the amk dragon playground actually and there used to be a watermelon playground near my mil house in circuit road. Seems like Dinosaurs would be a new experience for my kids and myself. I can imagine my kids roaring with the dinosaurs =)

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Stacy said...

I would luurve to have such a playground! Also hats off to you for the 'after-visit' activity. I'm way too much of a lazybutt to even think of doing that.

preciouz said...

I would like to bring my boy to visit the Dragon playground in front of Safra Toa Payoh. we go there every sat for berries, but we have never ever walk opposite to play at the play ground!

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melvin ng said...

I would liked to bring my wife and children to Dinosaurs Playground at Kim Keat because we haven't been there.


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Esther L Chng said...

I would liked to bring my kids to Dinosaurs Playground at Kim Keat because they like Dinosaur and Im sure we will have lots of fun there


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Cecilia Chng said...

I want to rediscover the Merlion with my kids because that is the place where my hubby proposed to me. It would be a magical feeling to be there with my kids.

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Anonymous said...

Dino playgroung, nvr been there, never knew it existed until you point it out, the dragon playground is just downstairs, admiring it everyday cos I grew up here and it used to have a swing, missed that one :)

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tanmcjanette said...

I would like to like my girl to Little India and Geylang Seri and expose her to our different racial and heritage.

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Masshole Mommy said...

You guys have some seriously cool playgrounds over there.

adeline tan said...

I would like to bring my kids to dragon playground as it has been my favourite childhood place so will let them experience the fun.
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Sally-Ann Brown said...

I love the look of those heritage playgrounds. We don't have anything like that in Perth.

alissa apel said...

So much fun! I love your playground spaces. Here most of our playgrounds have typical equipment. When we went to Chicago there were some really cool parks! One have a transforming wall with different faces. Water came out of their mouth.

Lim lee tau said...

I would like to bring my kids to siloso beach as it has been my favorite childhood place to build sandcastle.

Ser said...

I will like to bring my kids to watermelon playground. Old days playground are usually boy theme such as dragon and dino. It is the first time I seen a girl's theme playground.

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Qizhuang said...

I would like to bring kids to dragon playground as there is not much areas occupied with sands so seize the opportunity chance to experience before it gone.

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Celin cheang said...

I love to bring both my son to the Dinosaurs Playground at Kim Keat. I didn't know such real "dinosaurs" playgrd exist! N is foc!! My boys would surely love it!

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Anonymous said...

Would like to bring my child to the Dragon playground at Toa Payoh as there was one such playground near my estate where I had frequented when I was a kid- had loads of fun even though it was just a simple playground. Would like my child to experience part of my "playground experience".

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mail4rosey said...

What a fun giveaway! I love the long battery life.

The playground project is awesome! We are limited to when we can visit here because of weather. ;)

Khor Lee Ling said...

I would like to visit the Dinosaurs Playground at Kim Keat because my 2 boys are Dino fanatics!
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Victor Toh said...

I would love to bring my boy to Dinosaurs Playground at Kim Keat! He loves dinosaurs! We didn't even know there is such a playground around!

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Anonymous said...

I would like to bring my kids to the dragon playground at Toa Payoh to experience my childhood kind of playground.
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WENDY TAY said...

We would like to bring our kids to the Dragon Playground - this seems to be the most iconic among the heritage playgrounds.
To share with them how we have played there as kids!
Thanks for the giveaway!

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Sarah cheah said...

I would like to bring the kids to visit the Dragon playground at Toa Payoh, as they love dragon after watched "how to train your dragon"

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Jolin said...

we would like to explore the dragon playground because it would be nice for the kids to share what we had enjoyed in the past.
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Fion Teo said...

I would like to bring the kids to visit the Haw Par Villa because I want to introduce to them the chinese folklore, legend and history.

Thank you for the giveaway!

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koh peng jek said...

I will bring my son to the Dragon playground at Ang Mo Kio. I would like to show him the type of playground I used to play at when young. =)

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Bebe Gi Lee said...

Train playground at Tiong Bahru Park cos it looks so amazing to walk inside the different cabins of the train high above the sandy ground. Moreover I love the friendly cats over there.

jamie chaw said...

Would love to bring my kids to the dragon playground as my daughther was born in the year of the DRAGON... And my husband's family name is naga which means dragon ;) LOLs....

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Leong Yee Ming said...

I would like to visit the Dinosaurs Playground at Kim Keat because we love dinosaurs!
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Anonymous said...

Dragon playground at Toa Payoh as i used to live there. It will be nice to show the kids what I play last time

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Missy Grace said...

I would bring my daughter to the Watermelon and Mangosteen Playground at Tampines Central Park because their red mosaic tiles looks very pretty and it will be very fun playing inside our favorite fruits.

Phyllis Tan said...

I would like to explore the dragon playground at Toa Payoh. It will remind me of my childhood days...
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Ang Lam Dokn said...

I would like to visit the Dinosaurs Playground at Kim Keat because we love dinosaurs!
It would be really great n lots of fun.

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Teo Yee Long said...

Before all the longkangs disappear underground, I hope to bring my kids to real longkang fishing! Just as I did while young. Real fun!
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Jessica Lee said...

Dinosaurs Playground at Kim Keat will be great for my kids because I can teach them about dinosaurs and it'll be a great family outing for us too!

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Rosie said...

I'd love to bring my girls to the watermelon playground as I think they would have loads of fun there.

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Chay Hwai said...

I would love so much to visit the Dinosaurs Playground at Kim Keat and the Watermelon Playground at Tampines with the kids as they look super amazing and fun. I'm sure we will really enjoy ourselves down there.

Anonymous said...

I would love to bring my kid to Dragon Playground at Toa Payoh. My kids love to play and i want to tell how we play there.

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Anonymous said...

I love to bring my kids to the dragon playground at Ang Mo Kio to explore as this type of playground.I want kids explore and play.

Anonymous said...

I would like to bring my kids to the Dragon Playground at Toa Payoh to have fun and sand play. Let them know this is where we used to play during our childhood days (not those cushion playground without sand)

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June Lee said...

Definitely Dragon Playground at Ang Mo Kio =) I had fond memories of my playtime there with my loved ones! I do go occasionally with a friend of mine as it reminded us of our grandfathers ( both had passed away already and we got to know each other thanks to our grandfathers ).

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Anonymous said...

I love to bring both my son to the Dinosaurs Playground at Kim Keat...Simply want to play with kids.


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Mike Wee said...


i think the Dragon Playground at Toa Payoh would be a good choice of a Singapore icon to rediscover.

Simply for the fact that it's unique to Singapore and can show what playground of yesteryears looks like.

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Anonymous said...

I would bring my daughter to the Watermelon and Mangosteen Playground at Tampines Central Park because my kids love colorful playground.

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Anonymous said...

I love to bring my kids to the dragon playground at Ang Mo Kio to explore as this type of playground.I want kids explore and play.

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Debra said...

Would love to bring my kids to explore Pulau Ubin one day to see what kampung life was like in the past!

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Junie Chia said...

I brought my 2 girls to Kim Keat Dinosaur Playground quite sometimes back when we visit my aunt. They enjoys it so much where there's a big space for them to run around. I enjoy seeing them with great big smile :) Now a days we hardly found those 80's type of playground anymore :)

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Cynthia Tan said...

The watermelon playground looks so cute and pretty! Its definitely on my list to explore!

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Anonymous said...

Palau Ubin because I myself have never been there and am curious to see and feel how the other part of Singapore is like.

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Ada said...

i would love to bring my kids to explore Dragon Playground at Ang Mo Kio as i want to show them this is the playground their mummy used to have fun and enjoy alot with her siblings and cousins and let them know that there's only left a few remaining in singapore, which are very precious :)

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joanna Heng said...

i would like to bring my kid to Kampong Glam to explore on the Malay culture although we are Chinese. This is very good to let my kid learn about other religions and cultures.

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Anonymous said...

I want to share old school games like five stones , flag eraser game, pick up sticks, etc with my children and let them know these games had bought me hours of fun when I were their age.
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thkpaul0732 said...

I would love to visit both the Dragons playground because they represent my fascination and childhood memories!

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Anonymous said...

Dragon Playground because it holds a lot of fun childhood memories with my cousins back then. Would very much love to bring my 4years old there and i am sure she will has lots of fun too!
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Lin Meibing Sarina

Ai Lee said...

Dragon playground at Ang Mo Kio because I grow up in this area but has never explore this playground... It would be great to explore together with my kids :)
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Jeslyn Gwee Yaya said...

I want to rediscover the Dinosaurs playground at Kim Keat with my 3 kids! It seems to be a different playground as what we have seen nowadays. My kids will definitely enjoy the whole day playing there.

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Ivy said...

I would love to bring my kiddo tot he watermelon playground. It looks really yummy. lol.
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Anonymous said...

The Dragon playground at Toa Payoh sure looks fun! Will bring my girls there someday.
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Carol Mei Mei said...

I wanna re-experience Haw Par Villas with my kids one day as the gardens is such a classic, esp the 18 levels of Hell. Uniquely Singapore!


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Sharin Chia said...

My kids are very into dinosaurs. They will be very excited and thrilled to be in close contact with dinosaurs and having fun at Kim Keat's Playground

Robert Sim said...

I want to rediscover camping at st john's island, cycling through pulau ubin and catching fish in the longkang with my boys.

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Kaye Wong said...

I would love to rediscover the dinosaurs playground at Kim Keat because my child loves dinosaurs and will be excited to see the dinosaur sculptures :-)

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Irene Yeo said...

I would love to bring them to the 🍉 playground at tampines Ave 5 as it's near my mom's place. My children at age 3.5 and 6 will be able to relate better to this playground than places like the museum or the merlion.
I love the art & craft activity that u thought of and did with your girl. I'll probably do that too! Am thinking of using real watermelon skin now. Haha.
An art and craft activity will enhance the memory and impression of the visit to the playground. Good idea!
A day at the playground with at an art & craft activity for the kids makes a perfect weekend for us. Thanks for the good idea!
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Koh Hock Guan said...

I want to rediscover "Tong Ah Kopitiam" with my kids which is located under iconic building in the corner of Keong Siak road. I want my kids to experience old traditional black coffee which is every Singaporean’s favorite drink back in the olden days and prepared in the traditional way served in small coffee cup.
I will also tell my kids the history of Kopitiam in Singapore as they tucked into iconic crispy kaya toast !

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Rose Teo said...


I would like to rediscover Chinatown with my kids because its important that they know their roots and chinese cultures.

My gal has a difficulty learning Chinese so I hope to inspire her with a visit to chinatown this CNY.


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luah moi kee said...

I want to bring her to the watermelon playground. We brought her to the dragon playground and she had a fabulous time there.

Thanks for sharing this.

Love your blog. Very informative especially the one on matching cheongsam. 1 got 1 set for me and my gal. Great introduction!

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Anonymous said...

Would like to visit the dragon playground at toa payoh with my boys. Lived in toa payoh for 3 decades n didn't know of its existence :(

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teo hock koon said...

I would like to visit the dragon playground with the kids and show them where papa used to play.

Happy Chinese New Year!

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kash koh said...

My kid is still too young to go to the playground but when he is much older, I will surely bring him to visit both the dragon and watermelon vintage playground. I want to show him what I used to play as a young boy!

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Anonymous said...

I want to bring to Dragon playground at Toa Payoh. As the artwork + material may not able to find it again. Nowadays playground either using rubber or mat, kid hardly have fun with natural (sands).

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Teo kai sin said...


I want to bring them to the dragon playground as I used to stay in Braddell when I was young and such playgrounds are very common, I also remember my favourite activity at the playground is pretending to ride those stone horses. Time flies, now I want my kids to rediscover my favourite playgrounds.

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