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SEA Aquarium, Singapore

The S.E.A. Aquarium is the second largest aquarium in the world featuring more than 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species, across 10 different zones in 49 different habitats. IT also has a world record from the Guinness Book of Records for the largest aquarium in the world and the longest in the world view panel. 

We have visited many aquariums and Chhori seems to like them a lot. So we were excited to go and visit this famous aquarium on Santosa Island.


As we walked inside the aquarium, we saw the shipwreck habitat from the waters of Java Sea. It is so interesting to see how marine life eco system works. While shipwrecks are said to destroy coral reefs, it can also be home to a wide array of marine species.


From there we went to Shark Seas where we could see the endangered predators, including the Scalloped Hammerhead Shark, Silvertip Shark and Sandbar Shark. It was a bit crowed in that area so we took a few photos and moved to the next section which was the Coral Garden.

Coral Garden is known as “rainforests of the sea” with coral reefs form some of the most diverse underwater ecosystem on Earth where it is home to a large variety of marine life.


We saw Bluestripe, Emperor Angelfish, Japanese Giant Spider Crab, Floating Bell or Australian Spotted Jellyfish, Japanese Sea Nettles, Moon Sea Jellies, also known as Moon Jelly and the Saucer Jelly or Common Jellyfish .  

The Jellyfish looked so amazing with their translucent, saucer-shaped bell.


The main area of the S.E.A Aquarium is the world’s biggest Open Ocean tank offering a panoramic view of the ocean which is home to many gentle giants of the sea including Leopard Sharks, Groupers and others over 50,000 marine creatures. 

We rested in the area and waited for the feeding session. Chhori decided to have her nap so we had plenty of time to relax after walking for so long.

Chhori woke up in time for the feeding.


As it was around Christmas so we were visited by Scuba Santa and the Underwater Cheeky Elves delivering special Fishman’s treats to the marine animals.


Chhori was so excited to see the Santa inside the tank. We took heaps of photos in front of the tank and moved to the next area of the aquarium but this was definitely the highlight of the day for us. 

At one point we walked past a floor of glass filled with predators like sharks under us and Chhori loved it so much she decided to lie down on the glass to watch the sharks under her. It was really funny.

 I also liked the popular discovery touch pool where you get to touch Starfish and other marine specimens. I was excited about it but Chhori decided that it was not her thing.

 She did love the Starfish that was on display in the zone and all the colourful fish in the tank.

Every time we saw a clownfish, she got super excited and cried out, “Nemo, Nemo.”

 As we were near the exit, we passed through another huge tunnel where there were more sharks swimming above our head.


Overall we had a great time at the aquarium and Chhori was so happy to see so many “fishy”. I would definitely recommend a visit to the aquarium in Santosa Island; especially if you have kids with you.

M from nepaliaustralian


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Fun @ Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island is a famous tourist destination in Singapore. The island got the name “Sentosa” (which means “isle of tranquillity”) only in 1972 after Singapore government decided to develop the island into a holiday resort for local visitors and tourists. 

We spent one day in Sentosa Island doing many amazing things and I wished we had more time to spend there. There are so many things to do that a day is definitely not enough.  

I remember going there the last time to Universal Studio but this time we wanted it to be more fun for Chhori so we stuck to kid friendly stuffs. 

We started outside Universal Studio where the water sprinklers are. Chhori was so happy with the water that she was running from one end to other. 

From there we passed through the Trick Eye Museum to go to SEA Aquarium. I will post about the aquarium in a separate post. 

After the aquarium, we were hungry so went to the big food court for lunch. There are so many places to eat from that it is a bit confusing but we decided to stick with Malay traditional food. The food was yummy and it was nice to rest and eat in the air-conditioned hall. 

After lunch we decided to walk around the area and Chhori was fascinated by the lollies outside Candylicious. She kept running from one to another saying “M n M Mama”, “Surprise mama”. It was nice to see her so excited. 

As it was so hot we decided to get an ice cream before we start on the Festive Walk. Festive Walk is a strip that connects several attractions.

You can shop in some of the luxury boutiques, including the very first Victoria´s Secret boutique in Asia, Versace, Rolex, Ralph Lauren, Bulgari and many more or just walk along to reach the Merlion Park. 

The legendary Merlion is a half lion half fish guardian of prosperity which personifies Singapore’s history as a port city. The lion depicts the folklore of Prince Sang Nila Utama’s rediscovery of lion (singa) and City (pura) while the fish tail symbolises ancient fishing village of Temasek, meaning “sea” in Javanese. Today, the majestic Merlion is a Singapore icon attracting visitors from all around the world. 

Legend has it that the Merlion would visit Sentosa Island every year to guard Singapore’s well-being.  

This whole walk was very picturesque and we took heaps of photos. From there we took the train to go to the Siloso Beach as we had booked tickets to watch the Wings of Time. 

The Wings of Time show at Sentosa is a night show that is available daily at 7.40pm and 8.40pm. The show, which cost $10m to produce, is set outdoors at Siloso Beach against the backdrop of the open sea. It’s wonderful to see how art and science come together to create the show. 

The 25-minute show tells a tale about two friends, a mysterious pre-historic bird and their journey across several landscapes and time to find the bird’s home. 

We had tickets for the 7.40 pm one. When the show started and for the whole length of the show, Chhori was really good and enjoyed it, even asking questions sometimes. 

The show ended with a bang, a wonderful display of fireworks. 

After the show, we walked from the beach to the Merlion Park as the queue for the train was too long. We wanted to go to Merlion Park to see the sound and light show at 8.45 pm. 

Merlion sound and light show ran every half hour starting at 7.45 pm. The show was National Day themed, showcasing the diversity of the cultures in Singapore that coexist so beautifully. We thoroughly enjoyed it and were glad to have such a wonderful time at the island. 

It was almost 10 pm then so we caught the train to Vivo City and a cab from there to our hotel. We were all tired but we were happy to have had a wonderful day on Sentosa Island.

M from nepaliaustralian


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Little India and China town in Singapore

While we were in Singapore we went and enjoyed roaming around Little India and China town. 

That morning we woke up and caught a Grab cab to go to Little India for breakfast. We found the MTR restaurant which is very famous for Indian vegetarian food so decided to give it a go. 

The restaurant was busy so we had to wait for a few minutes before we got our table. The place was small and extremely busy but had great service. We ordered some dosa and idly.

The food was good but not exceptionally good to be so famous. May be we didn’t pick the right dishes or maybe I have eaten in many nice Indian restaurants. 

After breakfast we went to roam around the area. We went to Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple. We also went to different Chinese temples. 

It was nice and surprising to see so many Chines temples in Little India and visa versa when we went to China town. 

After visiting the temples we went to Mostafa Centre for some shopping. It was really overwhelming for me as it was so big and things are everywhere. I prefer to shop in small shops where I feel like I can go and browsers where as in a large place with too many things make my head spin. 

We bought one item from the whole building and left the centre. 

From there we walk around the area and went to Taka centre. The first thing we did was to go to their food court where there were choices of so many authentic Hawker food. 

The food is really cheap here and so yummy. I really loved the food. The only negative point was it was hot and had no air conditioning. 

After that we went to the centre to look around and were equally overwhelmed by so many shops selling traditional sarees and lengha. I wanted to buy a few for me and Chhori but it was too much to handle and look inside any of the shops. AS wanted me to buy something but I told him that we need to leave as I couldn’t make up my mind with all the options. 

From there we went to the hotel to rest and Chhori had a nap. 

In the evening we went to China town. First of all went to a few temples around the area like the Hindu temple Sri Mariamman Temple and a few Chinese temples before walking around the market stalls.

We bought a few souvenirs and gifts.


We also went to a famous Tin Tin shop. 

It was AS’s birthday that day so we decided to go to a restaurant and celebrate. We went to Xie Lao Song restaurant and I was glad it was so cool with air conditioning.  

For dinner, we ordered chilli crab and duck dishes.

The food was yummy and AS enjoyed his with local beer. AS also had a yummy cheese cake I had got for his birthday. 

After dinner, we went for a stroll and saw many people dancing with to some music in an old square. It was so nice to see that anyone can walk and join the group and leave once done. 

By this time Chhori was fast asleep in her stroller so we caught a Grab cab and went back to the hotel. 

We had walked so much this day and we are so tired that we were fast asleep in our soft warm bed as soon as we go into it. 

M from nepaliaustralian


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Singapore Zoo 

When we went to Singapore for holiday, we wanted Chhori to have lots of fun so Singapore zoo was on the top of our to-do list. 

Since we travel as a family now, the way we do things is very different compared to when we used to travel as a couple. Now there are a lot less adventurous stuffs and more baby friendly activities and so the zoo was on top of the list for us in Singapore. 

Chhori had enjoyed the Dubbo Zoo and Nepal Zoo so much that we knew that the zoo would be a must visit destination for us. 

The Singapore Zoo, formerly known as the Singapore Zoological Gardens and commonly known locally as the Mandai Zoo, occupies 28 hectares (69 acres) on the margins of Upper Seletar Reservoir within Singapore’s heavily forested central catchment area. 

Singapore Zoo is home to many exotic and endangered species.  

We caught a Grab Cab and arrived at the zoo around 10 am. It was already packed with families with kids and bus full of tourists. We queued for tickets and got a map with and it looked really easy to navigate. There are a number of zones located around the zoo: Frozen Tundra, Wild Africa, Fragile Forest, Australian Zone, Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia, Treetops Trail, Gibbon Island, Primate Kingdom, Reptile Garden, Tortoise Shell-ter and Tropical Crops & Orchid Garden.  

When we checked the timetable, we saw that there was a giraffe feeding soon so went and queued for the feeding. It took 30 minutes to get our turn but some for reason, the giraffe had decided to go away when it was being fed by the people before us. We waited for a while but the giraffe didn’t come back so they cancelled the feeding and we were so disappointed. I know we have no control over the animals’ behavior but I was so looking forward to do this one. 

Anyway from there we explored the rest of the zoo. The zoo is an amazing place to spend the day and is designed to be easy to navigate so you get to see as many animals as you want. 

Chhori was so excited to see the polar bear, cute otter and orangutans jumping in the trees. 

We also saw reptiles, pandas, dolphins and a white tiger. 

But the best part for Chhori was the waterpark in the Kidzworld and I have to say what a great idea. It was a hot and humid day and the waterpark was ideal for the kids to chill out in. We had packed her swimwear so she was super excited to play in the water. 

We spent more than an hour before we move on to another area. Chhori didn’t want to leave and wanted to stay longer but we were hungry. 

There is not many lunch option inside the zoo. There is only one main restaurant located in the middle of the park and a KFC at Kidzworld. There are a few more outside. 

We went to the Ah Meng restaurant and they had various stations of food like Malay and Indian, I had Nasi Lemak and AS had roast chicken and rice while we bought nugget & chips for Chhori. 

The food was ok but it was really busy. 

Overall we had a great time at the zoo and it was great fun for Chhori too.

M from nepaliaustralian


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Mouse in your tummy 

The other day when I picked Chhori from Daycare and told her that I am really hungry. We need to go and make something to eat.

Chhori: “You got mouse in your tummy?”

Me: “No, I am just hungry. Let’s go home and make dinner together.”

Chhori: “No mama, you have mouse in your tummy.”

She kept insisting that I have mouse in my tummy no matter what I said so I accepted it.

AS came home after work and I told him about my conversation with Chhori.

He started laughing really hard and when I asked him why, he said it was because he was teaching Chhori that.

In Nepali, if you are really hungry you say, “I am so hungry that I feel like I have mouse running in my tummy.” This refers to the stomach rumbling when we are hungry.

So, AS had been talking about that to Chhori when explaining hunger and that’s the reason she was so adamant that I had mouse in my tummy 🙂

It is so amazing that kids pick stuff up so quickly and my Chhori is growing up so fast for sure.

Have a great week everyone!

M from nepaliaustralian


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 Potty training fun

Finally Chhori is potty trained and I am very happy.

When I was researching potty training, I read that you need at least 3-5 days straight at home to train a child successfully.

It was really hard to get that time so when I took 4 weeks off work during Christmas and New Year,potty training was on top of our list.

Before the actual training, we read lots of articles and watched so many videos on YouTube. From all the different techniques that we found I choose the one to reward her with stickers when she sat on the potty.

Most of the videos make it look so easy and said that it can be done in 3 days but it took us nearly 7 days for Chhori to do both pee and wee in the potty.

First day of potty training was fun, trying to put her on the potty every 10 minutes. Both me and Chhori were excited and she did all her wees there but had 2 poo accidents on her training undies.  On the first night she actually woke up in the middle of the night saying she needed to pee. We were very impressed and thought it was going great.

On the second day, she refused to go to the potty every 10 minutes so we did it every 30 minutes. With best effort on both our side she still had 2 wee accidents and didn’t do a poo for the whole day.

On day 3, she had 2 pee accidents and 1 poo. That day I was really up set because it felt like we were going one step forward and two steps backward. She went and sat on potty many times but still managed to have accidents.

By day 4, Chhori was an expert in going to the toilet on her own and surprisingly did her first poo in the potty. She was very excited and so was I. I rewarded her with two stickers that day and she was super happy.

Day 5 was better with no accidents at all but later we still had accidents now and then especially if she hold her wee too long and has to go in a rush .

But we are happy now that she is getting better and having fewer accidents.

The most important things to remember when you potty training 

  • Be patient
  • Don’t be angry when they have accidents
  • Have a week free from other thing so you can concentrate on the training
  • They will eventually be nappy free, always keep that in mind
  • If you think your child is not ready do not push them
  • Every child is different so one rule doesn’t apply to all
  • All the best

Have a great week everyone!

M from nepaliaustralian


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Australia Day long weekend at Entrance

It was Australia Day on 26 January so we went away for a long weekend away.

Australia Day is the official National Day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip.

For this Australia Day we went to the central coast of Australia to a beautiful costal town named The Entrance. We had booked a holiday home with a pool as it is really hot these days in Sydney.

Altogether we had four families with 7 kids and we had a great time.

The first day we went to The Entrance town center had lunch and watched pelican being fed and stayed to let the kids play in the play area for a while.

From there we went to the holiday home in the evening and went straight to the pool which was so refreshing and kids love water too.

We spent a few hours swimming, playing water volley ball, chatting and drinking beer in the pool. Then it was dinner time so we cooked momo, had few drinks and played dumb charade. It has become our favorite game lately.

We stayed till late singing and dancing and finally decided to call it an night.

The next morning, we all woke up leisurely and decided that we would stay in for the day.

We had breakfast and went for a swim. It was a beautiful sunny day and we really enjoyed it.

One of our friends’ daughters had her birthday that weekend so we celebrated it with cakes and balloons which the kids loved. We feel so blessed to have so many nice people around.

We had BBQ for lunch and went back to the pool until it was dinner time. Dinner was once again so fun with so many people. We chatted, sang and danced.

The next morning, we left our beautiful holiday home and headed to Avoca beach.

The weather was great for a beach day. The sun was not too strong and the kids loved their time in beach building sand castles and playing in the water. We all enjoyed the last day of our holiday before driving back to Sydney.

Now I am eagerly waiting for our next holiday and getaway.

Have a great week everyone!

M from nepaliaustralian


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