28 April 2011, by Jaime Teo
After deciding on booking a yacht for Renee’s birthday, we were wondering if it was a bit of an extravagance when the cost came up to almost 1.5K…. But fortunately, we have a grand total of FIVE birthdays within the family in April, so it really isn’t that much if you do the division…. (I know nobody’s judging — it’s self justification :p)
We got little cakes for all the birthday peeps…. Renee got homemade ones because she’s allergic to eggs. (Do you know there are organic egg substitutes? I didn’t until I accidentally came across them in the supermarket. They don’t taste as good as real eggs but I don’t think she’s going to be fussy at this age….)
So how did the day go? Let’s just say half the adults were feeling a little seasick and all the children were wondering where we were going. A cruise to nowhere didn’t seem to make much sense to them and fishing is more well-liked in concept than in action because waiting is no fun:
We decided on an impromptu stop at Kusu Island :
I haven’t been to Kusu Island in forever. My grandmother brought me there once and all I remember of the place is the temple, a wishing well and turtles. They’re all still there although I think the turtles have been busy multiplying in our absence.
Kusu Island looks like it’s been given a makeover — the place was nicely landscaped and had this aura of peace until our ‘clan’ broke the silence with the occasional excited shrieks.
Although it was a scorching day, we all had fun running around, looking at the turtles, feeding them (thanks to another couple, obviously frequent visitors, who shared the food they brought for the turtles), and basically exploring a new place. Like modern day Robinson Crusoe(s)….. Okay, not quite. An outdoor show-and-tell class may be more apt :
I have a love hate relationship with the great outdoors. I admire and appreciate nature, but when it gets too hot, or too cold, or too humid, or there are too many bugs, I just want to get indoors. I know, so spoilt pampered :p It’s easier most times to opt for an air-conditioned afternoon in a shopping complex in Singapore :p
Thankfully, Dan is an outdoor enthusiast. If it’s really hot, he’d wanna get a tan. If it’s really cold, he’d bundle up but stay outside and enjoy the cold. Too many bugs? Insect repellent! He just likes to head out and do stuff. It is for this reason that I’m sure Renee will have many fun outings in her childhood!
So back to the question, how did the day go? Looking at the ton of pictures we took, I’d say it went fabulously! I wouldn’t do her first birthday any other way because this embodied everything I wanted for Renee — being in the company of people who love her, having fun, and basically enjoying family.
I don’t think we’ll be waiting for her second birthday to have another family outing =D