Windsor – Ryan and Gillian’s Birthday Trip

April 2014

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For the kids’ birthdays, we decided to have a trip to Legoland. Naturally, E was the one who planned everything from the route, to the hotel, the birthday dinner, cake and all. He is just much better and efficient with such administrative details and thankfully, we are the recipient of all these.

I contribute by being the family photographer(took 638 pictures over two days) and historian(blogger).

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MORNING MADNESS

We only started packing our luggage on the day itself because both E and I really rather slack off at night when the kids are asleep. Usually, we will just sit in front of the television and munch on all the sinful treats. So, you can imagine it was a mad rush in the morning. I started throwing random stuff on the floor into piles while E stuffed them into our Samsonite. (-_-)”’ Thankfully, we did not miss out on anything.

The kids had their breakfast before we sat off. And to add on to how last minute we were, E had to make a quick trip to Waitrose to get some basic food for our picnic while I quickly prepared the sandwiches once I got the food.  Just madness.

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CAR RIDE

The car ride to Legoland was about 1.5 hours. In my opinion, it is long. Of course, if you were to ask Londoners or non Singaporeans, they would most likely say that is a short trip. It is all about relativity and I am much used to shorter distances. I suppose this will have to change soon.

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LEGOLAND

Finally, we reached our destination in about 2 hours. By then, I was so exhausted. Ryan was awake the entire journey and being a 3 year old, he was very inquisitive and kept asking questions. Baby Gillian, who was slightly under the weather with a mild fever slept throughout the journey.

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 HILL TRAIN

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Ryan wearing his BIRTHDAY BADGE from LEGOLAND. Cuteness!

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 There is a thing about Ryan and trains. Not sure if it is just a “him” thing or it is a “”boy” thing. He is always very excited to see trains and even more so to sit on them.

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PICNIC!

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My beautiful daughter wearing her LEGOLAND BIRTHDAY BADGE.

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(Baby Gillian’s birthday dress is from Aunt Charmaine. She bought it for our baby girl even before we left for London.  Thanks babe!)

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While Baby Gillian and I enjoyed our picnic, the boys went to play at the Fire Academy. They left us for about 40 minutes before they returned. The queues were just amazingly long. They did not manage get any pictures taken as the camera was with me.

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MINILAND

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The boys were definitely impressed by the works at Miniland.

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ATLANTIS SUBMARINE VOYAGE

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Baby Gillian fell asleep while we were queuing up for the Atlantis.

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After our ride for the Atlantis, the boys went for another ride at Dino Safari. Once again, no pictures were taken as camera was with me. Baby Gillian and I went to queue up for our Boating

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By the time we left Legoland, it was already 5.30 in the evening. So we spent 6 hours in the park. That is a feat with two young kids. Trust me, I was really happy that E booked a nearby hotel instead of us having to drive all the way back to London.

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HOTEL STAY AT PINEWOODS HOTEL
BIRTHDAY DINNER AT EDEN RESTAURANT

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When we reached the hotel, I think I think I just melted onto the huge bed with the kids.

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After just lazing around for 30 minutes or so, we then went for a much needed hot bath. Everyone got dressed and we went for our dinner at 8pm at Eden Restaurant.

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Baby Gillian was still having a fever and flu. Hence, baby cakes was quite grouchy the entire dinner as well. 😦

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Had salt and pepper squids and crab cakes for starters. By then, we were famished from the entire day and everything was finished quite quickly.

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Ryan and his kid’s pasta. Quite a generous serving. I must say.

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E’s yummy steak.

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I had some seafood linguine.

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KIDDOS’ BIRTHDAY SURPRISE!

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Making their wishes.

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The good people at the restaurant played a birthday song and their customers sang along for Ryan and Gillian. It was truly wonderful. I think it caught all of us by surprise.

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BREAKFAST IN BED

Everyone concussed after we returned to the hotel. Baby Gillian and I were down first followed by the boys. And Ryan finally slept on his own for the first time ever since we reached UK. Yay! A good start for our 3 year old!

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Decided to have breakfast in the room as we were too lazy to head down to the restaurant.

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Kiddos’ birthday cake! Yummilicious! This is the cause of my weight gain. 😦

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2 sets of English Breakfast.

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We just ate, slacked while the kids fooled around till 11ish before we starting packing and checking out.

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COMPOUNDS OF PINEWOOD HOTEL

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Boys playing soccer in the glorious morning.

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WINDSOR CASTLE TRIP

Windsor Castle has a long and rich history dating back to the time of William the Conqueror in the late eleventh century. William the Conqueror started building Windsor Castle in 1070 and work was completed in 1086. The great castle was built as a means to defend and secure the western path towards London. The castle was built on an earth mound which supported a keep. The castle has an Upper and Lower Ward. Apparently, it is the Queen’s favourite residence.

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This is St George Chapel in the Windsor Castle and coincidentally, there was a choir performing that day. This is the first chapel that I have been to in Europe. I must say I was quite moved when I was in it.

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Us, enjoying out tea time with hot cross buns, chips and ice cream. 🙂

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Ryan does not like the taste of sparkling spring water.

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SHOPPING AT WINDSOR ROYAL SHOPPING AREA

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TEA TIME AT WEST CORNWALL PASTRY

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PLAYTIME AT HOME PARK  PLAY AREA

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Our two children definitely enjoyed being on the swings. So much laughing.

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(Baby Gillian’s trendy dress is from Aunt Disi. This little girl is definitely doted on by many.)

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It was one amazing first family overnight trip and I am sure the children enjoyed themselves. I did and all these could only be done with Mister E, the man who planned everything himself and drove us safely to our destinations. Thank you Lao Gong. It was a perfect trip.

Happy Birthday, Ryan and Baby Gillian.
May both of you stay healthy and safe, grow to be loving and kind individuals.

Love always,
Dad Dad and Mummy

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