Local Heart, Global Soul

March 14, 2018

A First Step Into Swensens…

Filed under: Changi Airport,PHOTOGRAPHY,SINGAPORE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Sometimes a place triggers memories of events, this restaurant in Singapore is one of those places.

Family Kiwidutch were first introduced to the Swensens chain of restaurants twelve years ago by our Singaporean friend “Velvetine”.

I remember it distinctly because this was the return stopover on our way to back to the Netherlands. I’d met Velvetine for the first time earlier, on the way to New Zealand, she being a long time internet friend that I had taken the plunge to meet in person.

She and her then husband met us for afternoon tea at our hotel, and hit it off immediately. Kiwi Daughter was four and a half and was exploring the entire seating area of the downstairs reception area. We kept her in sight of course but at least we only had one to watch. Little Mr preferred someone’s lap.

Suddenly in New Zealand just a few days later, in the living room of one of an Aunt and Uncle, Little Mr would take his first step.

His First birthday had already been two months previous and he showed no sign whatsoever of being interested in walking. He would stand happily hanging onto furniture but the second you tried to have him hold your hands or be released in any way, he would immediately start crying, a real distress call and would cling firmly like a frightened limpet as soon as he was in your arms.

There was no “cruising”: the hanging on to furniture for support and moving from one piece of furniture to another as his sister had done.

Cruising is usually the “test flight” of toddlers before they dare to venture across an open space. Little Mr was the toddler who didn’t even want to flap his wings.

Therefore he took everyone by surprise when he went from clinging to a large Lazy-boy style chair to taking his first free and unaided complete step across the free space between it and the sofa.

Two days later he was managing around a dozen steps unaided. It was a shock for Velvetine to see the contrast: the kid on the way to New Zealand who stood frozen, clinging to everyone and everything, to the kid who was constantly mobile and we suddenly needed all hands on deck to keep up with his squirming escapes. To celebrate this momentous event Velvetine took us to Swensens. Little Mr just had something simple, it was just vanilla or strawberry ice-cream with some whipped cream, but Kiwi Daughter had a “volcano” sundae, they put a little dry ice on her dessert and it spilled over in a soft airy cloud, easy but completely mesmerising adventure dessert for a kid. We have included a trip to Swensens every trip since… and since it was now around 8:30 p.m. and we still had hours to kill before we needed to be at the gate, some nibbles and ice-cream were the perfect way to finish our time with Velvetine.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Swensens Restaurants  / Singapore

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