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More Fun and Frugal Birthday Cakes

It turns out the most popular post on Pilgrim Parent at the moment is
Birthday Cakes for the Fun-Loving and Frugal

So here are more cakes, created since that last post. All are made from Betty Crocker cake mix, and the icings are either butter or whipped cream based.

Porthos’ 6th birthday cake – an aircraft carrier with Lego figures and models made by Porthos himself.

Milo powder and nuggets simulate soil and rocks in this military-inspired, sugar-saturated creation for Athos’ 7th birthday.

Aramis’ 3rd birthday cake is a train featuring chocolate-chip cookie wheels, windows made of Loacker biscuits, and Kit Kat tracks.

Athos is begining to outgrow cutesy cakes so we had some difficulty brainstorming for his 8th birthday. Since he likes Lego so much, we decided on a Lego block cake. I’m a little embarrassed to say most people had difficulty recognising it 🙂


Make sure to check out these other cake posts too!
Birthday Cakes for the Fun-Loving and Frugal
The Smoke-Emitting Prehistoric Cake
The A380 @ Camel Diaries

Stuck in a carpark (or why I hate monopolies)

First, thanks to everyone for the good wishes and I’m pleased to say the quarantine is over and we once again have free access to God’s great wide world.

So it’s ironic that soon after the quarantine was lifted, I found myself stuck once again. [WARNING: this post has nothing to do with parenting, and everything to do with Pilgrim Mom the irritated customer. Please skip if you have better things to do with your time….]

I had gone to Bukit Merah Central to run some errands and parked at the multi-storey carpark, a Cashcard-only facility. After my errands I was about to leave when I realised I had left my Cashcard at home (we had sent our vehicle for servicing and had taken it out of the IU).

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Free Ben & Jerry’s Ice-Cream!

The Pilgrim family is mad-keen on ice-cream. So I had to share this flyer which a friend sent me – free Ben and Jerry’s on Tuesday 29th April! It’s only at selected outlets so do read the flyer for details.

Ben and Jerry’s has a special place in my heart. I went to college in the US. It was my first time living overseas, and the first weeks were a mixture of wide-eyed wonder and deep homesickness. My roommate K was also a little homesick one night and we both went out to the nearest convenience store and bought two tubs of Ben & Jerry’s. It was the first time I’d ever heard of it. I can’t remember what flavour she chose but how could I resist a name like “New York Superfudge Chunk”! The ice-cream was amazing, and together with the fellowship, made me feel a whole lot better.

New Paper: The Most Boring Household in Singapore

This interview with up-and-coming Singapore politician Grace Fu focuses on her role as a parent. It struck me as containing many nuggets of parenting wisdom. I submit it for your consideration.

The Electric New Paper: The Most Boring Household in Singapore

I have to do a quick linkback to an earlier post concerning the Wii, and another on the modern-day malaise called the Nature Deficit Disorder.

Pilgrim Discovery: The Animal Resort!

A couple of weekends back, Pilgrim Dad was in an adventurous mood so we piled the family into the truck and headed north with no destination in mind – really!

We found ourselves in the Seletar area, and flipping open the street directory, our curiosity was piqued by a box marked “The Animal Resort”. So we drove over and – lo and behold! – found hidden treasure.

The Animal Resort, located at Seletar West Farmway 5, is a mini-hub of pet services. You can buy, board, groom and train your pet there, and also find most of what you’d need to care for Fluffy.

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Freecycled Home For the Froglets

I joined the Singapore Freecycle Network a few months back. It’s basically a community that aims to connect people with things to give away, with people who want those things. It’s been fun (and heartening) to read the regular mailers describing things that people are giving away.

Anyhow, Athos has Show and Tell next week and he’s decided to bring the froglets to school. Rather than spend money on something I only needed temporarily, I thought I’d see if the Freecycle Network would have anything to offer. So here is the request I put up: Continue reading

A meal, a movie and a whole lotta love

Grandpa and Grandma took the boys for the weekend so Pilgrim Dad and I got to have a date last night. We haven’t done this as regularly as we used to ever since the Primary One early-morning action began, so we really relish our alone time when we get some!

After church on Saturday evening, we headed over to Tuckshop for dinner. I had eaten there once on the recommendation of a friend, and liked the place a lot. It’s a little hole in the wall along Tanjong Pagar Road (opposite the Duxton shophouses) and serves low-key, good quality, cafe food. Pilgrim Dad had the fish and chips, and I had the steak sandwich, both of which are among their more popular dishes. But the revelation for me was the ice-cream, which they bring in from Ice Cream Chefs. If you follow this blog, you might know that the Pilgrim family are big fans of Island Creamery. So it was a great delight to discover another establishment that creates its own locally-flavoured ice-cream. Pilgrim Dad had the Nutty Peanut Butter, and I had the Nutella Delight. I discovered later that they have other local flavours like Milo Peng, Durian Decadence and Kaya Lotee. Oh my!

After dinner, we went home and watched Akeelah and the Bee, a DVD which we had rented. Thoroughly enjoyable, and I would heartily recommend it for any family movie night. The movie is about Akeelah, an 11-year-old black girl from the inner city who aspires to win the national spelling bee. The story is a classic tale of the underdog, well told through a strong script and sterling performances by Keke Palmer (Akeelah), Angela Bassett as her mother, and Laurence Fishburne as her tutor. The film is rated PG due to some “light” profanity, and was also criticised for stereotyping Asians, but is otherwise heartwarming and eminently watchable.