An afternoon on Isola Maggiore 

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Haw Par Villa 


We visited the Haw Par Villa theme park in the Pasir Panjang District (MRT Circle Line) for the second time today. 

The park in the middle of massive renovation works and so many of the areas were ‘out of bounds’ and it was very noisy. . 

However, I would definitely recommend this place once the works are completed as it is going to be really beautiful. 

This theme park is named after the ‘Aw Brothers’ who invented the Tiger Balm ointment and, as expected, the gardens contain many tiger statues

Haw Par is best known for its gruesome depiction of the ‘Ten Gates of Hell’ but, with over 1.000 statues and tableaux it is a magical journey into Chinese Mythology. To really appreciate it fully I would recommend acquiring a basic knowledge of some of the stories.

Children will love the animal statues and the numerous turtles and terrapins and will enjoy clambering up the steps and exploring the many tunnels that meander through the tableuxs. 

I definitely would NOT recommend taking them to see the ten gates of hell! 

Below is a very short video I took today of the restricted area. 

After our previous visit a couple of years ago I made a pre-visit video for children.  To view please use this link: 

       Haw Par Villla for Kids

     

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Happy Bank Holiday Weekend UK! 

Four  steps to enjoying a perfect family Bank Holiday afternoon! 

1. Buy some bananas and milk and make some ice.

2. Watch the video together 

3. Make the drink together. 

4. Put the video on again and enjoy your drink in peace while the kiddies are enjoying Lizzie Witch … again and again! 

Enjoy! 

Here’s the link: 

Make a cooling banana drink with Lizzie Witch

What’s Georgie doing? 


What’s Georgie doing? 

She is updating her Travel Journal ! 

Georgie likes to keep a journal of the places she has visited.  Its fun to do and great to share with friends. 

Every time Georgie goes away on holiday she starts a new journal.  Her journal is like a diary. It is a record of where she has been, what she has seen, meals, weather, friends ……. just about anything and everything ! 

Sometimes Georgie writes in the journal but many of the pages are filled with pictures and things stuck in. 

During the day Georgie will collect ‘memories’ and then later stick them into her journal. A memory might be an empty sugar packet from a bar they stopped at for a drink. Or a receipt from a train ride or restaurant or entrance to a zoo or pleasure park. Maybe an advertisement from a festival or the business card from a hotel. A sweet wrapper, a postcard, a shell from the beach.  

Georgie is never bored!  On a journey or sightseeing trip she is always looking for something to write about or a ‘memory’ to stick into in her journal. She takes photographs too so she can add these when she gets back home. 

Her journal is very useful if they go to the same place another time because it contains useful information like how long it took to get there and the restaurants they liked or didn’t like and the festivals and weather  and the contact details of friends they made. 

At the moment Georgie is at home but it’s the summer holidays and so she is keeping a journal of what she has done each day.  Yesterday was the last day of her village festa so this morning she is sticking in the little poster to remind her and jotting down what she ate and the people she saw and the funny things that happened. 



Be COOL! Stay Sun Safe with the Jumbles 


Holidays are here and its fun having lots of free time and being out of doors. 

But look at these photographs . 

It’s a lovely sunny day but everywhere is very quiet.  There’s no one in the garden.  The playground is deserted. The beach empty . 


Why ? 

Well, that’s because this is Italy where the summers  are very hot and the people who live here know that it’s not sensible or cool to be out in the afternoon sun.   But the UK can also be hot too. 

The sunshine is great and very important because without the sun we wouldn’t be here . In fact there wouldn’t be any life on Earth. It gives us light and keeps us warm. It helps plants grow. It helps our bodies make Vitamin D which is needed to absorb calcium which keeps our bones and teeth strong.

But too much sunshine and being out in very strong sunshine is not good. In fact it’s really silly ! 

Sunlight contains invisible UV or ultraviolet rays. Too much of these and you get SUNBURN which hurts!! 

It also makes you go red and then your skin blisters and peels.  

It’s not a very COOL look is it?  All red and blotchy like a lobster!!

AND it is likely to make you go all wrinkly as you get older or, even worse, lead to skin cancer. 

Just because we can’t see the sun doesn’t mean that it’s not there!  We can still burn on a cloudy day! 

So, how can we stop stay looking and feeling good and still enjoy the summer sun? 
How can we protect ourselves from those damaging UV rays? 


Well, it’s important to use a sunscreen which has a SPF rating of 30 or higher and apply EVERY day before going out in the sun. You will need to reapply it every  couple of hours or even more often is you are sweating a lot or when you are in the water. 

If you have very pale or fair akin or blonde hair then you will burn more quickly so protection is even more important. 

Don’t stay in the sun for too long either. Even half an hour even with protection in the afternoon can be too much if you are fair or you are out in strong sunlight for the first time. 

Wear a hat to protect your head and to shade your face and eyes. 


Don’t forget the water !  

We lose lots of water by swearing in hot weather. If you  don’t drink more water then you will become dehydrated and could be very ill. 

Always carry a bottle of plain water especially if you are going for a walk. 


Don’t forget your eyes need protection from the sun’s rays too so always take your shades and WEAR them! They won’t do much good stuck on top of your head !  

But!  Before you buy a pair check that the label says that they will protect your eyes from UV rays. 

Lastly keep out of the midday and afternoon sun. This doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. Just make sure you are in a place where there’s  lots of shade.  If you want to go on the beach then go in the morning or evening when the sun isn’t as strong BUT! You still need protection! 


So. Enjoy the summer! 

STAY COOL! 

                                                                         STAY SAFE IN THE SUN! 

Jumble Fun visits the Chinese Gardens


The Jumbles really like the Chinese and Japanese Gardens in Singapore. Beautifully designed and  maintained with luscious green foliage they present a green oasis in the middle of towering apartment and office blocks. They offer wonderful opportunities for photographers and artists but are also great for families.


The paths are wide making it easy work with a pram and there are lots of open spaces to play and picnic. 

Unfortunately the cafe has been closed for a long time now which is a real shame but snacks like crisps and ice creams and chilled cans and bottled drinks can be purchased at the main entrance and from the Turtle Museum.   There are adequate toilet facilities and plenty of seats to rest on.  The gardens I believe are currently being developed into the Jurong Lake Gardens so I expect a cafe and restaurant will be included in this plan. 


The pagodas offer great views and are fun to climb and if you are a turtle and terrapin fan then you will enjoy the Turtle Museum and garden. The Turtle garden and Museum are self funded and there  is a small entrance fee ($3 for seniors and children under six and €5 for everyone else). This goes towards the maintenance and support of the rescued turtles in the museum. 

The ‘Bridge of Double Beauty’ connects the Chinese Gardens to the Japanese Gardens but, as the entrance is free to both there is no pressure to ‘see’ everything on the same day and today we were happy to enjoy just the Chinese Gardens. 

The last time we visited it was the Chinese New Year when the gardens were beautifully decorated with lanterns. There is also a Mid-Autumn Festival (September/October) when the gardens resemble a fairyland and there are evening cultural performances. 

This short video is a snapshot of our trip today but, for a more detailed one designed as a pre-visit ‘taster’ for children, see the link at the end of this post.     ​​Today’s Visit.          (20.2.17)



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Georgie visits the Chinese Gardens and Turtle Museum. (2016)

I hope you enjoy the video: 

 For children. The Jumbles visit the Chinese Gardens

It’s nearly time for the Chinese New Year Celebrations

 

On the 8th of February it is the beginning of the biggest festival in the Chinese Calendar. Chinese New Year when a fifth of the world’s population will celebrate with food and firecrackers and parades and music and, of course the very special lion and dragon dances.

China Town is always s feast of colour, music, light, food and delicious smells but as it nears to Chinese New Year well, it nearly explodes!

Take a look at the video below and come back at the weekend to see the spectacular decorations.

 

Georgie visits Passignano.

Passignano with Georgie Jumble
Yesterday  Georgie spent the morning in Passignano, a town on the shores of Lake Trasimeno.

A couple of years ago it was voted ‘The best place to live in Italy’ because it has everything you need for a convenient easy life in a beautiful location. Great transport links, supermarkets, bars, restaurants, a beach, wonderful walks, ferries to Isola Maggiore, etc etc. Yet it is a quiet, ‘real living’ town. Uncommercialised and unspoilt by tourism.

It is the nearest town to Castel Rigone. A short (ten minutes),  but breathtakingly beautiful drive down the hillside.

Yesterday Georgie spent the morning there and then returned to watch the sunset.

Take a look at the video above to see what she did.

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