When I was into the 6th to 7th month of my pregnancy, most of my local friends and colleagues here in Singapore would ask if I have engaged a confinement nanny or someone to take care of my meals during confinement. As a Filipino, this was not practiced in our country but being introduced to this idea of confinement period in Singapore made me curious about this postpartum practice.
Confinement Period starts after a woman has given birth. There are a lot of physical changes in a woman’s body during pregnancy and labour which require a proper recuperation and allow mothers to regain back their strength that was lost during pregnancy and delivery. Postpartum mothers also need proper nutrition to provide for their babies especially if there are breastfeeding. Confinement Period means the mother is not allowed to go outside after giving birth for 30 days. It also requires mothers to have a special confinement food diet to accelerate the recovery of mothers’ post-birth body that have been weakened by pregnancy and child-birth. Following a confinement practice would also help in preventive measures that are often seen postpartum like postnatal hair loss, back aches, rheumatism, premature aging, etc. Confinement foods often have common ingredients found in any regular Chinese diet: ginger, eggs, sesame oil, black vinegar, Chinese rice wine, pepper, black chicken free-range or organic chicken, fishes, and pork. Other ingredients of confinement food include fairly general herbal provisions like Chinese Wolfberry/ Goji Berry (Gou Qi), Angelica Sinensis (Dong Quay), red dates, black dates, dried longans, and whole bunch of other Chinese traditional herbs.
I believe that it really makes sense to have a 30-days confinement period for all postpartum mommies. All mothers know that being pregnant and delivering a baby require a lot of strength and stamina. Regaining that strength and being taken care of after birth are definitely essentials. Thus, I was excited to try out the Confinement Food Services by Natal Essentials for 5 days. I wanted to experience the Confinement Food service.
Natal Essentials is a Confinement Food Service Delivery in Singapore that was setup in March 2002 to deliver quality home-cooked confinement meal to door-steps of postpartum mommies. They served thousands of customers from different races and nationality. They are known for providing excellent customer service, food and quality standards. Their cook has more than 20 years’ experience in the confinement meal which make them a top quality confinement food service provider. There are proud to inform their clients that no MSG is added in their dishes and each dish is designed to serve a purpose.
To start my 5-Day Confinement Food Delivery, I log-in to Natal Essentials user-friendly website. I completed an order form with my details to design a menu that would fit my preference and needs. On the order form, you can indicate your preference on the type of ingredients to be omitted. I also choose to have brown rice with my dishes instead of white rice.
My 5-Days Lunch & Dinner Confinement Food:
Stir Fried Pork Tenderloins & Liver with Assorted Vegetables and Lemongrass
Stir Fried Broccoli with Shimeji Mushroom, Black Fungus & Baby Corn
Double Boiled Sweet Corn Lily Bulb Pork Rib Soup
Braised Chicken with Homemade Glutinous Wine
Stir Fried Long Bean with Minced Pork
Double Boiled Six Herbs Pork Rib Soup
Braised Trotter with Chestnut
Stir Fried Lan with Sliced Sheng Yu
Double Boiled Hashima Black Chicken Soup
Steamed Threadfin with Black Fungus & Lily Bulb
Stir Fried Snow Peas with Sliced Liver
Double Boiled Chicken Tea Soup
Deep Fried Mid Wing with Rock Honey Sauce
Stir Fried Spinach with Braised Mushroom
Double Boiled Raw Di Huang Pork Rib Soup
Grilled Chicken Chop with Black Pepper Sauce
Stir Fried Broccoli with Lotus Root & Assorted Vegetable
Double Boiled Sweet Corn Lily Bulb Pork Rib Soup
Stewed Fish Maw with Pork Rib
Pan Fried Egg with Long Bean
Double Boiled Tian Ma Chicken Soup
Braised Vinegar Trotter with Egg
Stir Fried Chinese Spinach with Wolfberry
Double Boiled American Ginseng & Carrot Black Chicken Soup
Steamed Threadfin with Bean Sauce
Stir Fried Snow Peas with Sliced Chicken
Assorted Beans Pork Rib Soup
My Natal Essential Food Delivery Review
Having Confinement Food delivered right on my doorstep was a very new experience for me. I love the convenience of having healthy food delivered to help me in my postnatal healing, I am surprised and happy to receive the food kept warmth in a pink thermal bag and arrived conveniently 15 minutes before my usual meal time. The food is packed carefully without any nasty leaks running from the containers or bag which you would expect because most of the dishes are soups and with gravy. I happily noted that no leakages and that it was sealed neatly. They take particular care with the food presentation. I got acquainted with different types of confinement foods and I didn’t expect that the dishes would be so flavourful and yummy. My favourites are the Stir Fried Pork Tenderloins & Liver with Assorted Vegetables and Lemongrass, Stir Fried Spinach with Ikan Bilis, Deep Fried Mid Wing with Rock Honey Sauce and Pork Rib Soup. It was my first time to try the Black Chicken. Initially, it was jarring to eat a black chicken but once I got pass the color of the chicken, it was actually quite flavourful. Each delivered meal was anticipated with excitement. I was aware of the menu but it was still fun waiting for how the actual food would be presented and tasted. It was also nice to know that feedback from Natal Essentials was very much welcomed and they cater to their customers with great concern and care.
On the 5th day of the delivery service, I could happily conclude that it was a wonderful experience and I would recommend that all postpartum mothers need confinement food for better recovery. Natal Essentials is a great confinement food delivery service that knows what postpartum mommies need in the stage of healing and recovery after giving birth.
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I was one of those new moms who feels overwhelmed with all the stuff I need to buy once baby arrives. There are so much products in the market that you get confused what to buy for baby as well as you as a new mom. I am guilty for accumulating items in the house that I though I would need or baby would need but it end up neglected and never been used.
So now, being a mom of three, I can share with you 10 Recommended Items for New Moms That Are Worth Buying. I have been using these items with my 3 kids and I highly recommend them. And I have to mention that these products are not sponsored. I just happen to love them and save new moms the trouble of buying too much useless items.
ADEN + ANAIS SWADDLE
When I was still pregnancy withy first-born, my good friend living in the US and Naj’s godmother sent me a package filled of wonderful baby stuff which I have to say I been using the products up to my 3rd son. One of the items there is the Aden + Anais Swaddle. They are amazing! My first two sons doesn’t like to swaddle but I got to use these cloths in many ways. Though, I would usually used these cloth for them to be wrapped in going home from the hospital.
Naj in Aden + Anais Swaddle Muslin
I used it to placed as a cover for my babies to lie down. The texture is so soft and comfortable. I can also use it as their bath towel to dry them up. I used it as burping cloths too. When we are out, I used it too as a nursing cover. It is breathable so it reduces the risk of overheating. They also come in cute patterns. Now, Zeke loves being swaddled. So I get to used it more often and I even got more patterns.
2. Baby K’Tan Carrier
Mommy carrying Zeke in the Baby K’Tan while holding Fynn
I love this carrier a lot! It is truly magical. I been using it with my 3 boys and they all love it. I prefer carriers than strollers so I gotten so much used out of this. I could never bear to throw this away. Being an advocate of attachment parenting and babywearing, I couldn’t emphasise how great this carrier is. I would attribute my sons clinginess closeness to me because of this one. Inside the Baby K’Tan, they sleep easily while we are on-the-go. They feel like they are still inside my womb, warm, safe and cozy. It looks great in clothes that it almost look like part of your wardrobe ensemble. It can also strategically cover my flabby arms and hide a bit of my postpartum belly. It is also perfect for breastfeeding. It can act as breastfeeding cover as well.
with baby Naj during a Breastfeeding Group Gathering
3. MEDELA FREESTYLE BREASTPUMP
I am an advocate of breastfeeding. I love the benefits of breastfeeding to my little ones. Once I was back at work, I need to pump milk for them. I had several breastpumps. I currently have two breastpumps but if I get to choose one, it would be the Medela Freestyle Breastpump. I like that it is very handy. I used it anywhere on-the-go, even in bus stops, grocery, buses, trains, etc. I can pump while eating my lunch, watching videos on my phone and reading a book. It is not loud and not heavy. It can effectively empty my breast from milk. I do used the Spectra M1 Breastpump which is not expensive and very strong to effectively empty the breasts. However, if I get to choose only one, it would still be the Medela Freestyle. I think it is a good investment.
4. Peep & Drink Nursing Cover
While we are still in the subject of breastfeeding, I found the perfect nursing cover. I have used several nursing covers before and I find that this is the best one. I like that it has a wire in the neck area so you can see your baby and your baby won’t feel suffocated. It has an adjustable neckline too. I find the tie-back feature to be a bit troublesome so I cut both ends so I can tie back on my own instead of the loop feature. It comes in different fun patterns.
6. PUMPEASE HANDSFREE PUMPING BRA
Since I am a working breastfeeding momma, I need a handsfree pumping bra to use during my lunch time pumping session. I need to pump milk while eating my lunch at the same time. I previously got a pumping bra that is a dual zipper in front but I found it too troublesome that I stopped using it. I am glad I found the PumpEase Handsfree Pumping Bra which makes pumping milk so easy and somehow, coincidentally, I can produce more milk using this pumping bra.
7. TULA CARRIER
Once baby gets to be too heavy for me to use the Baby K’Tan, we would often use a stroller or a more sturdy carrier. We have tried the Baby Bjorn before. We still have it. But I found the Tula Carrier to be one for us. I used Baby Bjorn only up to when Naj was 6 months old. The adjusting and putting on can be a hassle. However with the Tula Carrier, I have used it with Fynn way past 12 months of age. It was so easy to put on without needing anyones’ help. It is not painful for my back or shoulders. If you love to travel as a family, this is the best to bring along. My hubby and I managed to handle two young kids in our winter travel to Korea with me carrying Fynn in this Tula carrier instead of using a stroller.
8. LASINOH MILK STORAGE BAGS
If you are looking for a good quality milk bags, I suggest the Lasinoh Milk Bags. It is leak-proof even with the material is not too thick. It helps give more space for storage in the freezer instead of milk storage containers.re-sterilized, and they are designed for storing and freezing breast milk for use at a later time. These baby-milk storage bags are the thickest available.It is a self-standing bags which come with a built-in pour spout and a patented double zipper closure to ensure a safe seal. These sacks are 100 percent BPA free which means less worry about industrial chemicals. The write-on tab is positioned away from the fill area to avoid ink contamination.
9. AVENT NATURAL MILK BOTTLES
There are so many milk bottle brands out there but if I were to choose only one brand. I would go for the Avent Natural Milk Bottles. My kids love them too and prefer them from other brands. It is leak-proof as long as you store and care for it properly. It is shaped nicely for kids’ easy grip.
10. COTTON ON BANDANA BIBS
Fynn with Mamu
Babies are drool-machines. We need bibs for them. I love Cotton On Baby cute take on bibs. I adore their stylish bandana bibs. They are not cumbersome and too large. They are very soft too. I like that it can function as a bibs but also makes my kids looks so fashionable and cool as well.
I hope my top 10 recommendations has been useful. Let me know if there are other items you would recommend for new mommies or parents as they embark in the exciting world of parenthood.
I have noticed that ever since I got pregnant with my first-born, my face especially near both my jawline became larger and for the lack of better word, fatter. I never returned to its tighter and less bloated pre-pregnancy state even when I lose my extra post-pregnancy pounds. I tried contouring my jawline and cheekbones with a bronzer but I was never good at contouring. I looked like I accidentally smeared brown crayons on my cheeks and jawline. So I got excited when I heard about Bellezza Aesthetics, one of my favorite place for beauty treatments has a newest premium facial treatment called the Triple V-Lift Skin Booster that would target my sagging and fat jawline and give me that Korean V-shaped that I want.
I love going to Bellezza Aesthetics because I feel like a princess whenever I go there. Their interiors reflect their classy and luxurious branding. You feel like royalty when you enter. I was lead to a room with a prepared hot tea and biscuits for me to have before my treatment.
The Tri V-Lift Skin Booster is the latest non-surgical facial skin rejuvenation method that can effectively treat wrinkles and other signs of aging without going under the knife. I have to admit that, yes, aging is catching up to me so signs of aging is creeping in. I was told that this powerful yet non-invasive energy penetrates into the skin layers to heat the skin tissue where the collagen fibres are embedded This increases the metabolism of the fibroblasts, thereby accelerating the production of new collagen and elastin fibres. This treatment is great to rejuvenate skin, “wakes up” lazy cells, tighten and contour skin to give its V Shape. I know that I definitely need this treatment. It is suitable for loose, sagging skin with U shape contour and double chin just like mins.Its benefits provides instant lifting and firming effect with visibly smoother, less lined look. Yes! I was really excited.
I was lead to their room where I will have my treatment. I removed my upper garment and used the garterised towel that was laid out on the bed for me to cover myself.
The therapist explained the treatment for me. She slathered on essential oil on her hands and did a light massage on my face. Inhaling the aromatherapy in her hands was very relaxing. She then proceeded by removing my makeup gently. Once my makeup was removed, she used the machine to do the Tri V-Lift Treatment. It was slightly warm but not painful. She applied the warm pressure of the machine probe on my jawlines and cheeks. She showed me the difference once she was done with the first side of my jaw. I can definitely see the difference then she finished the other side as well.
Once the V-Lift was done, the therapist removed the white heads and unclogged my pores. She then applied a mask for me while I peacefully relaxed in the treatment bed. After a few minutes, the mask was removed and the treatment was done. I was very happy with the results. After I changed back to my clothes, the staff served me with another cup of hot tea and yogurt with granola. It is always a pleasure to visit Bellezza Aesthetics.
Do visit Bellezza Aesthetics if you want to achieve that Korean V-shaped face we aspire to have.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and a collaboration with Bellezza Aesthetics. I received the service for free. No monetary compensation is involved. All opinions are 100% mine. Regardless, I only recommend products & services which I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
I know the title of this blog post seems a little weird. Do we have to be really concerned on how we look during childbirth and post-delivery? Of course, as long as the preparation of delivering a healthy baby has to be covered then you can worry about looking good during your delivery and postpartum. Just this April, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton received a mixed feedback from the public after looking pristine, fresh and put-together hours after giving birth to her baby #3. Some were so amazed at how flawless she looks after giving birth (Thanks to her glam squad team who we all assumed helped her). While there were some moms who thinks it is so unrealistic to look that immaculate after the gory reality of childbirth.
Nevertheless, we all know for a fact that if we do take extra time and effort to look better, we do feel better as well. Right, ladies? Nobody should fault you for wanting to look good during one of the wonderful milestone of your life which is giving birth to your kids. I know some of my friends especially those who love makeup even uses the act of putting makeup as a distract them from the pain of childbirth. I also know some who would put on a full face for child delivery. I don’t think I can do that since I just know simple makeup techniques and I am not really into heavy eye makeup or an expert in facial contouring ala Kim Kardashian. But you have to understand with the ever-ready phone camera, a momma has to be prepared to look good to show off her little one to the world. But what I noted that people who came to visit me in the hospital would tell me that I look glowing. Some uses the word luminous and one keeps repeating I looked radiant. I assumed they were being very sweet and nice to an exhausted mama like me. But I am amused that all their adjectives are similar which describes a light-reflecting complexion. Yes, it is probably part of the happiness of having another blessing from God. But I have to admit that it was not a coincidence that the description of my post-pregnancy complexion were similar. I attributed it with a particular brand of makeup which I will share with you later.
Though I have to admit also that I wasn’t particularly “radiant‘ and “glowing” all through out my childbirth and after giving birth. When I was roomed-in after giving birth to Zeke, I was still feeling much better so I got to freshen up a bit. But soon after, the side-effects of anaesthesia & postpartum hormones came rushing in and I was a total mess. I was sweaty and vomiting every 30 minutes. My pink hospital gown was drenched in sweat & vomitus and I smell horrible. I was strapped in with calf pump, bp cuff, catheter and IV line. I looked like a helpless bloated octopus. Good thing, the day after my delivery, the hospital staff removed all my tubes and I get to freshen up and look semi-normal again.
Ok, here are some tips in looking “radiant” during childbirth and postpartum. Or at least, we try to look radiant and put-together for our picture with the baby and when we have visitors who would come to visit. Of course, intention is important. We do want to look presentable during this important stage in our life. So preparation is also key.
MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN
I was lucky that usually when I am pregnant, my skin is much better that when I am not pregnant. I hardly have acne break-outs during pregnancy. I make it a point that I stop any skincare products with retinol, alpha-hydroxy acids, salicylic acids or any skin care products with harsh chemicals to make sure it wouldn’t affect my baby. Baby first before anything else. But what I do is to make sure that I remove my makeup thoroughly using a 2-step cleansing encouraged by Koreans and I moisturised intensively. I would use mild serums or jojoba oils with essential oils to my skin then I apply a rich cream like a DIY cream I would create or Olay Total Effects Moisturiser. I also drink lots of water which helps in keeping a moisturised skin.
SCHEDULE FOR EYELASH EXTENSION
A week before my scheduled caesarean delivery, I booked an appointment with KJ Studio for Eyelash Extensions. I know that I won’t be using any mascara when I give birth. Just imagine if you will apply on and it will be running like crazy especially if you are sweating or you would rub your eyes if it a water-proof one, you would look like a racoon. But I know my anorexic lashes needs help so I went to KJ Studio which is would occasionally go to if I am in a mood for eyelash extension.
I don’t really like the full volume and super long lashes. So I would often opt for the classic single lashes with the least number of lashes. I would go for the 80 lashes ($75) which looks natural and nice. You can go up to more than 140 lashes ($150). You have touch up within 3 weeks or within 4 weeks.
If you have some molars to spare, you can also opt for Eyebrow Embroidery ($350, 1st trail $300) to have lovely eyebrows that don’t need to fill up.
NO-MAKE-UP MAKE-UP LOOK
One of the instructions for my surgery in Singapore is not remove all makeup and not to use contact lenses before surgery. When I have birth to my two sons in the Philippines, I was being a bad patient (yes, it has been known doctors can be a pain-in-the-ass patients who likes to break the rules in hospitals) and I used my contact lens during my caesarean section and had makeup on. In my 3rd pregnancy, I did removed my contact lens but I applied a very thin layer of BB Cushion Powder on my face, covered some dark spots with concealer, pat a bit of cushion blush and dab a bit of lip tint & gloss on my lips. During my hospital stay, I would use the same products with a little bit more layer when I was in my room.
Here are the products I used:
So I used the Laneige Layering Cover Cushion in 31 Brown. I attributed the “luminousity” to this product. It gives you a glow that doesn’t look fake. Using liquid foundation would make the face look very caked especially if you know you will sweat a lot. This product comes with a concealing base too before applying the cover cushion. I covered my dark spots and hyper pigmentation with my holy grail concealer, Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation Concealer. Use sparingly. Dab only, do not spread. Then I set with my ZA Two-Way Foundation Powder in OC30. Make sure to pat lightly the parts only with concealer. Then pat on the Laneige Delight Pop Cushion Blusher on both cheeks. The color of this blush is so light that it looks like a very faint natural pink tinge on your cheeks. I dab the Etude House Dear Darling Tint in PK001 lightly on my lips. Make sure just dab and not to put a lot. Or else, it would look like your lips bled during child birth or worse like a vampire after her meal. Then I smear lightly the Laneige Serum Drop Tint No. 5 Sassy Girl.
After my caesarean delivery to Zeke
BRING YOUR OWN HOSPITAL PAJAMAS OR CLOTHES
After I was relived from my bouts of post-anesthesia vomiting and all the contraptions were removed from my body, I opted to use the pyjamas I brought with me feel much comfortable . I got 2 pairs of cotton pajamas shorts from Uniqlo ($39.90) which is much comfortable, cooler and also breastfeeding-friendly with its easy to button-down front part.
Visit from my blogger friends, Farrah of MyFarrahdise and Cherry of Cherryberry Lifestyle
This is one of the most joyous event in your life. Radiate with happiness and smile from ear to ear with this wonderful blessing from God. Welcome your newborn with your smile and greet your visitors & well-wishers with your positivity and gratefulness. It is indeed one of the best reason to flash a smile to the world.
Some few things to consider also while you prep for your baby’s delivery:
Get a Brazilian wax if you can, Because they will do vulvar prepping before your delivery.
List the things you need to bring to hospital a few days before your admission
Keep a hair tie in your makeup pouch or wallet because you’ll need it
Invest in a Bamboo Belly Bandit to placed around the abdomen after giving birth. I love this! I used it in my 3 pregnancy
Bring travel-sized toiletries to bring along
Don’t forget to bring a perfume or cologne
Hope these tips help you in looking a little radiant for your childbirth and after delivery.It is great to look great for your childbirth and after delivery but most importantly, the wellbeing of your baby must be placed in high priority above all things.
All the best to all, you beautiful pregnant ladies!
I have written letters for your two older brother weeks after I have given birth to them, of course, I have a letter for you too, my precious 3rd-born. When I learned I was pregnant with you, I have to admit I was a little bit surprised. We were planning to have you a little later part of 2017 around the Ber-season but God is mysterious and love surprises, I found out I was pregnant on August 2017 by buying a pregnancy kit in a local pharmacy after your big bro, Fynn’s vaccination appointment with his doctor. I didn’t wait at home to check if I was pregnant or not. I went to the public toilet and did the test while your two brothers & their nanny waited outside. And yes, I was pregnant with you! I have to say, it came with a bit of shock and initially, I didn’t know how to react. But I recalled a few days before I learned I was having you, I was experiencing some uncertainties and confusion in our next step in our plans in life.Did we want to continue living in Singapore, do we want to go back to the Philippines or do we want to start over in a new country again? So one lunch time on a work week, I went to an empty church near our workplace to pray. I asked God for guidance and to show me the way. I was so filled with anxiety and uncertainty for my indecisiveness in our life plans. But just a day, after I learned I got pregnant with you, after I got over my initial shock, my world felt right. This pregnancy was met to be and somehow it will lead us to the right decision for us. All my anxiety vanished away and in spite of my 1st trimester fatigue and discomfort, I was extremely happy and filled with such a positive mood. You were like happy pill!
I guess, even when you were in my womb, you acted like my source of light and strength. I needed you like you needed my womb to survive. We hanged on to each other. Because during this pregnancy, I have been through hurt, betrayal and sadness especially during the start of 2018. I have also experienced extreme stress, exhaustion and pressure with important responsibilities at work while I was heavily pregnant on my 3rd trimester. I didn’t know how I could have survived or endured all that if you weren’t there to remind me that I have to be strong for you. In a way, you comforted me during those times. You somehow told me to wipe my tears away. I guess as early as now, I have to teach you as a man, never to make a woman cry and don’t break her heart because it is one of the worst pain in the world.
I guess, you have know that your dad and I have been hoping to have a baby girl. But God knows better. I am destined to be a mom of 3 wonderful boys. When we named you Jaron Zeke, it felt right. It was meant to be. I wanted you. We were so excited to see you. I made sure you are safe and healthy. Honestly, I don’t know if I want for us to try for baby sister for you boys. When I held you in my arms after delivery and when I see the three of us together, somehow I felt complete. I don’t know if we will try for a 4th one, either a girl or a boy again. But maybe my energies and body can only handle three. We will know after three years if we will try for a 4th one.
During my pregnancy with you, I was a little bit sickly. Maybe it is my age catching up with me or maybe because now I have to take care of your two older brothers while I am pregnant with you or maybe my new workplace is farther than my previous workplace so the travel has taken a toll on my body. I was extremely sick 2 weeks before I gave birth to you. I had the worst post-nasal drip that I was coughing out phlegm all through the night with a very bad blocked nose. I was coughing so hard, I had extreme rib pain that felt like a fracture, I can hardly get up from the bed without wincing. I prayed that I will get better before I give birth to you which thankfully, I was much better on your scheduled delivery. I was glad though that I didn’t gain too much during my pregnancy and I didn’t suffer from pedal edema unlike my two pregnancies.
My pregnancy with you was different from your manongs because you are born here in Singapore. We took that chance and we were glad we did. It was a pleasant experience giving birth to you here. I was so excited on the day you were born – 9 May 2018. I had my apprehension in delivering for the first time here in Singapore but all I wanted was to see you healthy and well.
When I was in the operation room with your father on my left side and the anesthesiologist told me, “We see the baby’s head already” then I felt them trying to push you out from my belly. Then after that I heard the sweetest sound of all, your cry. I felt my eyes swelling with tears just hearing you cry. You are ok! I wanted to wipe my tears away but my hands are tied up. I wanted for you to be brought to me. A nice Filipino nurse came over to bring you to me to latch. Awww, you are such a beautiful baby! I kissed your soft dimpled cheeks.
Taken on the day Zeke was brought home from the hospital
Thank you for hanging on, my love. Thank you for being my strength during my dark days. It was also during my pregnancy with you, I started re-evaluating the important things in my life and I started to practice minimalism and mindfulness. I valued family, true friends and authentic relationships rather than materialism, fame and popularity. Time was gold and I allotted only to what are important in my life.
I am happy that your two brothers dote on you. I hope you grow up to be an amazing man you are destined to be. I love you Zeke!
As a Family Medicine Physician, I have always been interested in wellness as a lifestyle and I have been advocating wellness in my patients, family and friends. But what exactly is Wellness?
The World Health Organization define Wellness as “…a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Wellness encompasses a holistic approach to life leading to a higher quality of living. I would often associate wellness with stress-management, positive relationships and mindfulness.
I am even more particular with pursuing wellness as a foreigner living in a new country that I wasn’t born in and a young family raising kids all below the age of four. I am aware that it would subject us to some challenges and issues in adapting as we settled in a foreign country.
It made me think of how wellness play a part in our lives here in Singapore as expatriates living in a new land that we are not born in. It made me think of different aspects of what wellness is composed of and allowed me to retrospectively reflect on our wellness as a family here in Singapore.
PHYSICAL HEALTH & EXERCISE
Singapore is an urban country with sophisticated infrastructure and an amazing & organised public transportation system. It is also an expensive country to afford a personal car so most people would opt to take advantage of the public transportation available. I have noted and even my friends who would come to visit that the city is designed to make you walk a lot which would get you to exercise without you realising it. There are no pedicabs, trishaws or tricycles unlike some Asian countries or back home in the Philippines to indulge lazy walkers from going the extra mile by foot.
Singapore also is abundant with availability of different types of specialised gyms, exercise classes and even parks have exercise equipments designed to encouraged improvement of physical health among the people living in Singapore. Sadly, however, these facilities are often not even used due to lack of time and spending more time at work.
DIET & FOOD
Singapore is a haven for foodies like me with its variety of food for every palate considering the intermingling of influences from the different races in the country. Eating out wouldn’t be a problem because there is something for everyone. Also its versatility of food includes health conscious choices as well for vegetarian & vegan options. For expats who do not cook and prefer buying cheaper option of food in Hawker Centres, the local food would provide a tasty but often greasy and most often than not, not so healthy option.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Singapore is a beautiful country to live in. It is a city with clean streets, aesthetically-pleasing infrastructure with a well-balanced old & new influence in its design. The cost of living is definitely high. Singapore has been known to be an expensive country to live in. To keep up with the success of this little country, it is inevitable that the work & life balance may be a little skewed with work being an integral part of its lifestyle. And expats are extremely exposed to this unbalance having to relocate to the country mainly for work. Most hours are spent at work. The availability of helpers can assist in unloading some domestic burden that may be neglected due to work commitment but this also comes at a hefty price.
My kids are still very young. I have one kid in nursery but I am fully aware of the approach in Singapore education to children. Singapore education tends to push students very hard academically which can be stress-inducing. They do have very high standards to maintain the improvement of this bustling city. I may have some apprehension to subject my kids to such academic stress though I do not doubt that their results of their graduates are indeed exemplary.
Healthcare in Singapore can be expensive. Expats must make sure to clarify with their company the health benefits they would receive from the company as well as their family’s health care benefits too. Being a foreigner without any subsidy, it can really be expensive so opting to see private doctors would be the option instead of going to government medical centres where no subsidy is provided. But healthcare in Singapore is definitely advanced and evidence-based. It is also advantageous that most doctors speak fluent English to give a clearly understood consultation with English-speaking expat patients.
Expats in Singapore often get insurance due to the awareness of healthcare cost in the country. My family have yet to get health insurance but we are aware that we need to get one as soon as possible to protect ourselves from unforeseen circumstances.
Along with physical healthcare, mental healthcare should also be considered. Urbanized and progressive city in a highly competitive industry, stress is a likely enemy. It is good to note that living in a different culture can be challenging and often invite mental & emotional battles with our complacent self. So de-stressing techniques and concepts promoting positive interactions, mindfulness and meditation are highly encouraged.
One of the great things of living in Singapore is the security and safety. The country is vigilant in keeping their streets safe and secure with low crime rates. It gives me the peace of mind in raising my family in a safe place.
Singapore climate is very much like the climate in the Philippines due to the proximity of both countries and being in the tropics. It is often hot and humid with occasional rain and drizzle. But in Singapore, hurricanes, floods and typhoons are often not experienced.
Living as an expat can expose us to several hurdles to our overall wellness but it is even more important for us to overcome these challenges to strive and contribute effectively in the new country we are starting a new adventure. Being an expat allows us to test our resilience of spirit as we test our overall capacity to be a self-actualised individual enjoying exploring the surprises and adventure of what expat living may bring.
I decided to write this post for those expats and OFWs (Overseas Foreign Workers) who are pregnant and thinking delivering here in Singapore for the first time instead of going back to their home country to give birth. I will share with you my experience. I just delivered last 9 May 2018 to a bouncy baby boy, our 3rd baby boy, in KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital here in Singapore.
My first two boys was delivered in the Philippines. Initially, when we learned that I was pregnant with our first baby, we did have thoughts of me, delivering here in Singapore. However, since I didn’t know much OB-Gynae doctors here in Singapore, I asked the referral department to assign me to any OB doctor. I was assigned to a senior female OB consultant. After a few sessions with her, I was dismayed that she didn’t seem as caring and attentive enough which brought a wave of panic for me as a new pregnant mommy. I didn’t want to go doctor-hopping so I decided to give birth instead in the Philippines. Being a doctor myself, I get to enjoy the perks of giving birth in the Philippines without it being cost-constrainting and I get to avail some government discount as well since I am paying dutifully my government monthly dues. Plus my family gets to be with me when I give birth and will be able to take care of me during my recovery. So, I was pretty happy with our decision to deliver in the Philippines. For my second pregnancy, we decided to do the same thing even if I really liked the OB doctor I got to do my prenatal checks in Singapore. So, I had my scheduled caesarean section for baby #2 in the Philippines.
When we found out that I was pregnant for the 3rd time, the logistics of us, 4 going home to bring to the Philippines before my 34 weeks pregnancy (since this the allowed weeks of gestation for a pregnant woman to ride a plane) and again my eldest & hubby going back to Singapore for school & work until they come back again for my schedule caesarean delivery and going back again to Singapore, then back again to Iloilo to fetch me & baby #3 back to Singapore, seems very taxing, confusing and notably expensive. All the back and forth travelling doesn’t seem practical at all, so we seriously thought of having me deliver baby #3 in Singapore once I clarify with my company my maternity benefits and if we can afford the maternity hospitalisation bill in Singapore, considering I will be delivering baby via caesarean section.. Being a foreigner and in a non-Permanent Resident Visa, I need to make sure that we won’t be buried with hospital bills we can’t afford since we don’t get any subsidy. I clarified my maternity benefits from my company that I will be paying only 10% of my maternity bill and the rest will be paid by my company. My baby’s bill, which is often not as expensive as the mother, will be footed by us. But I can still claim the expenses incurred from the company once we have made the baby as my dependent.
So as far as the regular prenatal check-up goes, the schedule follows as the recommended prenatal schedules:
Weeks 4 to 28: 1 prenatal visit a month
Weeks 28 to 36: 1 prenatal visit every 2 weeks
Weeks 36 to 40: 1 prenatal visit every week
There would be scheduled ultrasound scans in between these prenatal check up and an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test on Week 24 to 28 to check for Gestational Diabetes. I also did the First Trimester Screening For Down’s Syndrome with all my 3 babies.
I liked my Obstetrician too for baby #3. She is Dr. Kazila Bhutia. She has a MBBS (LHMC, Delhi), MD (O&G), MRCOG (London,UK), and FAMS (O&G, Spore). She is from Nepal. I like her friendly and caring approach to her patients. I like that she always have a smile on her face. She takes the time to answer my questions and my concerns. She explains to me well, giving me options and offers helpful advice.
My last prenatal check-up with her was last 4 May 2018. I was asked to do an ultrasound scan first to check if my amniotic fluid and to know baby’s estimated weight. Baby’s weight was 2.9 kg and my amniotic fluid was adequate. I saw Dr. Kazila shortly after that. She explained that she scheduled the caesarean delivery on our chosen date, 9 May 2018, at 9:45 AM. Since my previous caesarean scar was midline, she will do the same incision. She would have preferred the Pfannestial Incision or Bikini Cut (actually me too, aesthetic-wise) because it is less painful and has reduced incidence of wound infection. She reiterated that now, even if it emergency CS, they still do Pfannestial incision but she didn’t want to create two scars for me so she will follow the previous incision. She said I didn’t need to be admitted a day before the surgery. I just have to fast 12 midnight before the operation and come early in the morning to be prepared before the surgery. I was, then instructed to go to the nurse for further instructions. In the nurses’ room, I was given an appointment on 6 May 2018 for a pre-admission assessment before my actual hospitalisation to ensure that I am fit for surgery on the 9 May 2018. She also instructed me to go to Billing for Financial Counselling so I would have an idea how much is the estimated cost of my caesarean delivery as well as baby’s hospital stay.
In the Billing Department, the kind lady gave me the estimated cost for both normal & caesarean delivery for non-residents. ( I will add in MediSave for those PRs who are reading this as well)
Class A1 (single-bedded) Packages *
Length of Stay
Estimated Bill Size From
Initial Deposit $4,526 $7,055
Class B1 (four-bedded) Packages*
Length of Stay
Estimated Bill Size From
Initial Deposit $3,841 $6,573
*Correct as of 23 Feb 2017
Under my company, I am privileged to get the Class A1 Room. So my estimated cost is: $11, 455. And if complex, it can go up to $13, 746.
For my baby, the estimated cost is $2,245. And if complex, it can go up to $2,694.
I have to admit, one of my apprehensions for giving birth in Singapore is the cost. I heard horror stories of foreigner patients who accumulated expensive hospital bills due to complications of their condition and they have to reach out to the public for financial help. I may be shouldering 10% of my maternity bills but still if complications does occur, that 10% can still be a lot.
On 6 May 2018, heavily pregnant at 58.9 kg, I headed to KK Hospital for my Pre-Admission Assessment. We never had that in the Philippines. When I got there, the staff took my height and weight. Then a nurse asked me a series of questions in her checklist. Then I was transferred in another room to have my some blood test taken. Lastly, I was seen by a doctor who asked a few questions and auscultated my lungs & heart since I told him that I been suffering from Upper Respiratory Tract Infection the past 2 weeks. But I assured him I am significantly better. I was cleared and ready for my caesarean section on the 9 May 2018.
I got a call from KK Hospital on 8 May 2018 for my instructions before my surgery. The staff advised me to fast from 12 midnight including water. I will have to head to the hospital by 6:30AM at the Day Surgery at Basement 1 across the Taxi Stand and make sure that we don’t bring a lot of stuff because there won’t be any space for secure storage in the operating theatre. My husband will be joining me inside the operating theatre and no room won’t be provided for us until they finish the surgery.
So at 5:45 AM, my hubby and I kissed our two sleeping boys, took a cab and headed to KK Hospital with our 2 bags and small pink trolley. We headed to Day Surgery. We arrived a little before 6:30 AM so we waited a few minutes before they officially open. We did the routine registration then we were ushered into a sliding door where I have to be prepared before proceeding to the operating theatre. The regular questions and safety checked were done by the nurse. Then a doctor came to me, asked me a few questions and told me that they will give me a solution to keep my gastric fluids down for the surgery. Then a nurse would bring you to a room for a shave if you haven’t done your own at home or did your Brazilian wax.
Once we are done will the pre-surgery prep, a staff from the Operating Theatre fetched us and brought us to Level 2 where the Operating Theatre is. I was asked to where a blue hospital gown tied in my neck then a pink robe with a head cap and a cover for my shoes. They ushered me to a room where patients wait for their surgery. The staff would give us a heavy blanket to warm us as we wait. They brought my hubby in the same room with me wearing an outfit that looks like an astronauts suit but thinner in material. The staff told me that I will come in first, the staff will prepare me and once the surgery started, they will asked my husband to come in but no photograph is allowed inside the surgery room. Then the pretty young anaesthesiologist with a nice pink Crocs sandals came in to speak to me and my husband. She did the routine questions. She told me of the plans for anaesthesia. She said that she will do a spinal anaesthesia but in cases that it is difficult for them to insert the spinal anaesthesia, they will do general anaesthesia. I told her that my first delivery was via general anaesthesia because the anesthesiologist have trouble in inserting the spinal anaesthesia during my emergency CS. My second delivery was a successful spinal anaesthesia but I was sedated until the time, baby came out and I get to kiss him groggily. She was nice and clear in giving me the needed information as well as the risks that may occur.
The hospital staff lead me to Operating Room 3. She chatted with me for awhile and learned that this is my 3rd baby. She noted that my room is so appropriate because I will have my surgery in Room 3. When I went in and they lay me down the bed, a wave of panic and fear set in. The big operating light overhead scared me and the cold room enveloped me into chills even before the anaesthesiologist administered the anaesthesia. It was sinking in that this is my first time giving birth in Singapore and my anxieties are going a bit haywire. I said a little prayer to calm my nerves. I was greeted by Dr. Kazila when she went in the operating room. I felt a little bit better seeing her in the room. Then they inserted the IV on my left hand. The young pretty anaesthesiologist asked me to sit down with both my legs dangling one side of operating bed. I need to relax, shoulder down and my neck bend down. She told me she will be inserting the lidocaine anaesthesia to numb the pain for spinal insertion. It was a bit painful but tolerable. I just have to meditate a bit and concentrate on a peaceful place so I wouldn’t feel the pain. Then she inserted the spinal anaesthesia. She said I was doing great. I was surprised she didn’t have a hard time in administering the anaesthesia because in my second CS, they did have a hard time in inserting the spinal anaesthesia because of some blockage in my spinal cord, the anaesthesiologist have to go a bit higher on my spinal column. Then they asked me to lie back down and I felt my legs getting really heavy. The anaesthesiologist tested a block of ice pack for sensation on my face, chest up to my abdomen to see if the anaesthesia is working. It was indeed working because I noted the difference and they started inserting the urinary catheter and placed the screen near my neck to cover the operating site. I did fear I may feel them opening me up and it is scary thought. The anaesthesiologist did tell me when baby is coming out, I would feel a bit of pressure on my abdomen because the doctors will try to push baby out.
My hubby was brought in and was placed on my left side near my head so he won’t get to see the operation. He asked me if I felt anything. I said I don’t feel anything, just a few tugs and pull in my abdominal region. Then the anaesthesiologist said, “Oh, we see the baby head already.” Then I felt a light pressure near my xiphoid process, then I heard a sweetest sound, a tiny cry from our baby. Then they called my husband to look at the baby. I heard our baby crying faintly in the background and I let out a tear in my left eye. I was so glad I was fully awake during the procedure. I was overwhelmed with joy just hearing my baby cry. Then later, a Filipino nurse came over to bring me the baby. They want my baby latch on my breast to facilitate production of my milk while the doctors stitch me back up. My baby was perfect and beautiful. I smell his head full of thick hair and kiss his soft cheeks. He still doesn’t know how to latch properly but in time, I know he will be an expert.
Dr. Kazila told me that they are done and congratulated me. I was then brought to an area where I will be monitored before I will be transferred to my room. I was joined by my husband and they brought baby Zeke in to latch on to me. My vital signs were normal so soon, I was transferred to my room.
In my room, I was attached to a calf pump on both my legs which acts like a bp cuff that inflates & deflates every few minutes to prevent Deep Venous Thrombosis. They brought in baby Zeke in the room soon after and was placed beside me. Soon, the effects of the anesthesia as well as the postpartum hormones came rushing in. I was nauseous and vomited on my pink hospital gown. Then I felt super hot that I want to tear off the hospital gown. To top it all, I felt really sweaty and trapped with a compression stockings on and the calf pump on. I vomited several times and the nurses gave me some anti-emetic medications for my vomiting. By evening time, the symptoms wore off except for the slight itchy skin maybe from the anaesthesia or because I am not used to not bathing in the evening. By dinner time, I got to eat porridge and drink some juice.
You get to choose your meals in KK Hospital with variety of options, from Halal, Western to Vegetarian choices. Nurses were nice and attentive. They come in speedy everytime I press the the call button. They helped me when baby would cry at night and encourage me to swaddle baby instead of always making him sleep beside me. They also encouraged me to breastfeed the baby instead of supplementing. They arranged a lactation nurse to see me which has been very helpful and taught me techniques to get a good latch from baby.
By Day 2, I was rushing to have my IV, my catheter and calf pump removed. I felt icky and strapped in the bed. I wanted to freshen up so I wouldn’t feel sickly, dirty and sweaty. By noontime, my IV, catheter and calf pump was removed. I get to changed to my own pajamas and I felt much better. I find the pink hospital gown heavy and too warm for me. In the afternoon, I received visitors and I feel much better in facing visitors by Day 2 without me feeling nauseous and gross. I also got to see my two older boys who came to visit in the afternoon. Oh, they adore their new baby brother.
I was expecting to go home by Day 3 on 11 May 2018 but I was told that 3 days as CS patients means 3days post-op, so the operating day is not included in the 3 days. Plus they need to give me my last Clexane injection on 12 May. Gosh, the Clexane injection which is for prevention of Deep Venous Thrombosis was injected in my abdomen and it is the most painful thing I ever felt. And to think I have high tolerance to pain but it was really bad. I didn’t like it at all.
By 12 May 2018 Saturday, after clearance from Dr. Kazila and the paediatrician, we are ready to go home by lunch time. But I get to enjoy their Mother’s Day lunch special before we go off. It was a Hawaiian Chicken with mashed potatoes and a tart with a Happy Mother’s Day greeting plus a flower with a note. So nice!
We asked how we settle the payment and the nurse told us that the bill will be mailed to us 2 weeks. We can pay in AXS kiosk. We were surprised that we can just leave the hospital without payment from us.
Overall, my experience in giving birth in Singapore was a positive one. I am happy with the service I have received in KK Hospital. I am also happy that prayers for me and baby has came through and I had, indeed have a smooth delivery and baby Zeke had no complications.
Thank you everyone for those who were praying for us and for those who wishes us well… Signing off now because I am going to breast-feed my little one.
P.S. In case you are wondering how much bill we incurred, we still haven’t got the bill, hehe
There is something about May that I love. The month of May often is synonymous to flowers, love and motherhood. I believe that that is what May represents for me. Even back in the Philippines, the month of May means a celebration of flowers. Flores de Mayo (Spanish for “flowers of May”) is a festival that is celebrated in the month of May. I love receiving flowers. I mean, most women love to receive flowers, right? But I particularly love receiving flowers during May because it is the month of our wedding anniversary and it is also a month for Mothers – Mother’s Day. (FYI: By Mother’s Day, I will be a mom of 3 boys!)
When I want to cheer up my mother when she is sad or when I want to thank her for her sacrifices for us or when I just want to make her feel special, my siblings and I would often buy her a bouquet of flowers and it would make her smile and brighten her whole week. It never fails to make her feel loved.
Being a mom of two and soon, three sons, I know how hard motherhood can be. So a day to celebrate the wonderful struggles of motherhood is best represented with giving all the amazing mommies we know a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
When I would send flowers to my mommy friends in Singapore, I would often rely on Floral Garageto provide me the floral services that I need. They are a local florist company that cater to all kinds of floral needs. They have an amazing selection of products from beautiful bouquets, gift hampers and even party supplies. I learned that they are a team of passionate floral hobbyist turned professional florists; and their mission is to provide quality and affordable flowers so the meanings of love, care, appreciation and gratitude can be conveyed. Navigating their online services is so user-friendly. They also do same-day delivery, where they provide last-minute delivery service. This is especially helpful for those who often forgets to send their mom a Happy Mother’s Day flowers or forgetful boyfriends & spouses who last-minute remembers their anniversary or their wives or girlfriends’ birthday. Floral Garage will save the day for you.
Floral Garage Mother’s Day Themed Bouquets are exquisite. I love how beautifully they are arranged to make a mom smile and feel happy on Mother’s Day. Head over to: mothersday.floralgaragesg.com for orders between 10-13th May 2018 to choose from their collection.
If there are two things that I want to teach my sons is that all women loves receiving flowers and that they shouldn’t forget to send me flowers every May for Mother’s Day when they get older, hehe….
Advance Happy Mother’s Day to all mommies! I hope your husbands and children would see and appreciate all the sacrifices and love you have given and showered upon them by heading over to Floral Garage and send you a colourful pretty bouquet of flowers this Sunday.
I love creating a relaxing atmosphere. My sister knows this because even when we were young, I would love burning incense sticks in my room, turn on some instrumental music in the background and light up candles. I carried that over until now. Now, I love burning essential oils in our bedroom to make it smell nice and create a peaceful space for us as we unwind at night. I love essential oils for that purpose.
I did have my Essential Oils 101 a few years ago when I won this free Aromatherapy Course.I was given an introduction about Aromatherapy. I initially thought aromatherapy is just about creating wonderful scents. But I never realised that it is more than that. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to promote or improve human health, hygiene and well-being. The key word here is essential oils, not just any oils. Essential oils are volatile substances from aromatic plants. I was so surprised to see the amount of plants/flowers needed to create a small flask of essential oils.
Since I have started my minimalism journey, I also discovered the versatility of essential oils. I have used essential oils in creating some of my beauty & skincare products. I am aiming to creating cleaning products using essential oils and some kitchen & bathroom products. My favourite essential oils are Lemon, Peppermint and Lavender.
Finding good and authentic essential oils can be hard and tricky. After trying out several mall essential oils, I get easily disappointed and I feel cheated on some of the essential oils I would buy. I have heard so much about Young Living Essential Oils. I first encountered Young Living Essential Oils in one of the Blog Meet Sg Event. We did yoga with essential oils. It was fantastic!
So recently, I finally gotten into the bandwagon to learn more about the Young Living Essential Oils. I am so impressed with their vision and their passion to deliver the best and versatile essential oils & organic products. Their mission is to champion nature’s loving energy – essential oils – by fostering a community of healing and discovery while inspiring individuals to wellness, purpose and abundance. I have heard friends raving about Young Living products so much so I visited their office in Somerset and decided to get a Basic Plus Starter Kit which include a Dewdrop Diffuser, 2 NingXia Red (2 oz) , Stress Away Essential Oil (5 mL), AromaGlide Roller Fitment, Sample Packets, Love It? Share It? Business Cards, Love It? Share It? Oil Bottles, Product Guide, Products List, Lemon Essential Oils (5 mL) and Lavender Essential Oils (5 mL).
Young Living Essential Oils provides people the roadmap to natural living and wellness. So for those who are interested in a more natural, less chemical, healing and wellness lifestyle, they would get attracted to what Young Living offer. Some sign up for membership under Young Living as their commitment to Natural Wellness Living. There are several Starter Kits to choose from not just the one that I got. Besides its wonderful healing & wellness benefits, some also uses it as a venue for business and abundance. There are a lot of people who attest to earning and creating a flexible business with Young Living. Also the very reason why most people stick to Young Living and believes in Young Living is because of their advocacy to their wonderful lifestyle.
For more information on Young Living Essential Oils, head over their website: Young Living SG
Last March, we celebrated Fynn’s 2nd birthday. Yes, our curly charmer turned 2 years old this year just in time to be big brother to Baby Zeke. Last year, we celebrated his 1st birthday at Wild Wild Wet. This year, we chose again another water adventure for our active water baby.
We decided to have a day of fun at Adventure Cove in Sentosa Island. Before we headed out for our water fun, we had lunch at Chili’s in Resorts World Sentosa. Chili’s is a family-friendly chain serving classic Tex-Mex & American fare in a Southwestern-style setting. My doctor-friends & I had dinner in one of their branch one time and I have always wanted to take my meat-loving husband to Chili’s after trying their dishes there.
For appetizers, we had the Texas Cheese Poppers.
It is made of Panko crusted cheese bites with Monterey Jack, cheddar cheese & cilantro, served with sauce for dipping.
Then we ordered the Big Platter with lots of meat & sides. I forgot the exact name of the platter with we got.
It was a sumptuous meal and we were ready for Adventure Cove afterwards.
We got our Adventure Cove tickets from Klook. I love the app because it is so easy to use. I have used it several times in most of the attraction spots here in Singapore as well as on our trip to Korea.
Adventure Cover WaterPark is a large water playground for kids and adults, alike. It provides 14 rides and attractions for guests to enjoy. The usual entrance price is S$38 for adults and S$30 for Child (4 to 12 years old) and S$30 for Seniors (60 years old and above. They also have Adventure Express if you want a shorter queue for rides & attractions.
We weren’t able to take loads of photos because after changing into our swimming gear, we kept our stuff in the lockers and we jump into the long Adventure River with floats. I believe the Adventure River is the best feature of the waterpark. It is circles around the Adventure Cove. We love going round and round. We did it twice. And don’t worry, the floats are free.
We didn’t get to try some of the rides and attractions because we can’t bring our two young kids with us. They did say that Adventure Cove can be more adult-friendly while Wild Wild Wet is more for kids. But we did enjoy some attractions like the Bluewater Bay, especially when we heard the siren horn signalling that the wave pool will start creating a strong wave pool in the pool. It was so fun. We have to keep our feet steady while we carry the kids.
The kids also like hanging out at the Big Bucket Treehouse and Seahorse Hideaway. We stayed there for a long time with them going up and down the slides and waiting for the bucket to fill up to get drenched by it once it unloads.
My husband tried the Pipeline Plunge, the Dueling Racer and Splashworks. My apologies for not being able to captured any photos of those attractions.
After one last round of the Adventure River, we called it a day. We headed to VivoCity for some Ben & Jerry’s before heading home. It was nice fun day to celebrate Fynn’s 2nd birthday.
Adventure Cove WaterPark
8 Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront