Thursday, September 17, 2015

A Letter To My 7 Year Old Son

 Dear Shayne,

Just like that, in a blink of an eye, you're now officially 7 years old. A Primary 1 pupil. I still remember when you first came into your papa's and my life, how you depended on us for survival and all the little milestones you achieved throughout your baby-hood and toddler-hood. Learning to sit. Learning to stand. Learning to walk. Learning to talk.

After a few years, the milestones become less defined and there were no longer checklists.

It’s no longer about learning how to sit or stand, but when to sit or stand. Acts of kindness such as offering someone a helping hand and putting someone's comfort ahead of your own are values which you need to learn daily. However the rules for acts of kindness are not simple; there's no hard and fast rule to it. There may be times when your act of kindness may be hurt someone's fragile, or even egoistic, pride. Even at 27, I'm still learning about such tricky delicate situations. But remember, never stop offering a small act of kindness to whoever you think may need it. That person may be your friend, family or even a stranger. If you think you're capable of easing someone's burden, then do it wholeheartedly with no regrets.

It’s also no longer about knowing how to walk, but where to walk. You will make choices such as deciding which group of friends to hang out with during recess, deciding whether you should do your homework or play at the nearby playground with your neighbourhood friends and more. Defining moments camouflage themselves in our daily routine and most of them are seemingly small choices. To smile or not, to speak or stay silent, to stay or leave, to follow the crowd or not to. I can only advise you on these matters, but at the end of the day, you will ultimately be one deciding which choice you'll take. And that decision may be momentous.

Last but not least, it's no longer about learning how to talk, but which words to use. Words have power and must be used wisely. They have the power to either hurt or heal. Sometimes when you get angry, you'll say words which hurt but I know that you don't mean it. Even I sometimes say hurtful words to the people closest to me when I'm angry. It's funny how we always reserve these words to the ones closest to our hearts. Ironically, it takes only a split second to be hurt by words but it takes days, weeks, months or even years to be healed by words. An apology can never fully erase the hurt and damage you have caused to that person. The shadow of those hurtful words will forever remain in his/her heart. But no matter what, you must always apologise after saying hurtful words. When you have done or said something wrong, always apologise and the best apologies are always face-to-face.

At seven, and being a new pupil in a big primary school filled with 2000 over students and teachers, you will start to learn a lot more about life and people. You will learn when to sit and stand, where to walk, and which words to use. You will learn so much in the years to come, son. Trial and error will be your greatest teacher. You may get hurt, upset and bruised along the way. But that's all part of the growing and we need to learn to overcome them. Don't be afraid to make mistakes.

You may look to me for help in the next few years and unfortunately, I won't have all the answers to your problems.

But, I still want to hear your questions. Including your doubts, worries and fears. I will stand by your side, through thick and thin.


Your Mummy

Goodie bags for Shayne's classmates!
A little birthday celebration at home :)
Shayne had to undergo surgery a few days ago and was hospitalised, but he has since fully recovered and is all better now!

Mummy loves you, Shayne. To the moon and back <3

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Life Lately: An interview with Motherhood Magazine, Baby #3 and more :)

The 52 weeks project: 33/52

Snapshots of our life: Once a week, every week, in 2015

1st Week of September

It was definitely a huge surprise, and honour, to be featured on this month's Motherhood magazine. Many thanks to the interviewer for being so patient with me in answering the questions! :) Here's page 1 of the interview (you may click to view a clearer version of it..)
Page 2 of the interview :)
It's still surreal (and kind of awkward) to be reading an article about my life and family... But I hope the interview helps a few mothers out there who may be going through similar experiences (young parenthood & starting a business with their spouse) :)
And... we're expecting baby number 3!!! :) First baby bump #3 selfie... and it's a girl this time! We can't wait to meet her early next Feb <3
Playing and running wild in the playground with his neighbourhood friends :D
Shayne and the adorable Hello Kitty Durian soft toy :D
Serious Nathan.. He's starting to look more and more like a big brother nowadays. He's getting so tall and big, and so so talkative!
Happy Nathan :D

So it's the general elections and I still don't know who am I going to vote for! Ughhh. I think I may have to attend one or two rallies before I can make up my mind... But anyways, it's going to be an interesting (and entertaining) showdown between PAP and the opposition parties. Can't wait to see what the results reveal next week! ;)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Life Lately, in 25 photos!

I've been neglecting my blog for more than 2 weeks and so, I've decided to do a quick update before I neglect it any further! Here are some photos taken during the past few weeks...

Shayne and Nathan // Brothers for life :)
Shayne's very first school award! It was a happy and proud moment for us as we watched him perform and recite a Chinese poem on stage with his fellow classmates. :)
Messing about the house, on a lazy Sunday morning

Always reading his little ABC book

Father and Son <3

Doing his yoga pose, anytime and anywhere -_-
Err showing his butt to the people who may emerge from the lift??? Sometimes I have no idea what this cheeky little boy is thinking.. Haha
Creating a mess, again. #tissueNightmare #lifewithaOneyearold
Just walking away casually... -_-
Celebrating SG50 at the airport!
Salted egg-yolk pasta with soft shell crab from Pastamania
Shayne, sitting inside a gigantic durian!! :D
And he's all ready for his next holiday trip ;)
Last but not least, 2 selfies of my boys!!
Excited Nathan :D
Happy Shayne :)
Last weekend, we went a few places during the National Day and post National Day and the kids had so much fun!! I shall upload those photos soon. :) We've been busy lately as the PSLE and final year exams are just around the corner, and there's so much to do.

As usual, there has been some ups and downs in our business and although we've been running our business for 8 years, it doesn't get any easier. There are new challenges almost every day and sometimes, I whine and complain so much that I feel like slapping myself. Really. Thank goodness I have a patient and understanding partner who listens to my complains without giving me any mean or snide remarks. He's really a good listener and I'm so thankful for that. :)

Ok I got to go now, byee! Shall update soon.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

An Organic Way To Stop Dry and Itchy Skin.

Since young, I’ve suffered from dry and itchy skin, also commonly known as eczema. When the weather gets really hot and dry, my eczema will start to flare up. The itching can be so severe that after scratching (I just can’t help it!), my skin becomes red and sore. These angry red patches often appear at the bends of my limbs, and it’s really unsightly.

Although eczema is neither life-threatening nor contagious, it creates serious discomfort and disrupts sleep. I usually avoid the use of harsh soap and skin products, and sometimes apply topical steroid creams to help reduce the itching condition. However, these steroid creams causes negative skin effects such as ‘skin thinning’ with prolonged use.

So it was to my joy and pleasure when I was recently contacted by SEC to try out their EZEQUE products. EZEQUE products aim to soothe itchy skin without steroids; it’s made up of botanceutical ingredients which include an exclusive blend of Ezeque crystalline ice-plant and phytomucin. Moreover, it is a non-greasy and non-staining formula; it is absorbed into the skin without any left-over sticky residue. 

To use, simple spray the mist solution onto the affected area (Step 1). Spread the solution gently with your finger tips to aid absorption, and then, apply the cream (Step 2). These can be used anytime and anywhere- whenever the itching symptoms appear.

Before using EZEQUE, my skin was really red, dry and itchy!
After a month's use of EZEQUE, my skin's condition improved! :)
As you can see, my skin condition improved significantly after I applied EZEQUE cream and mist spray several times a day. I did that religiously, whenever my itching symptoms appeared, for about a month. And I’m pleased to say that my skin is now much better because of it!

So if you also suffer from dry and itchy skin, why not give EZEQUE a try? As it does not contain steroids and is made of 100% natural ingredients, you can use it as often as you want to- whenever the itching symptoms appear. ;)

*Where can you get EZEQUE?
1)Online store:
2)Takashimaya Department Store, Household Department, B1 Level

Special National Day Promotion !!!
(From now till Monday, 10 Aug 2015, OR While stocks last)

Usual Price $42.90/set

NOW: BUY 2 GET 1 FREE @ $85.80

Available at online store:, or visit Household Department, B1 Level, Takashimaya Department Store

(Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with with SecLifestyle. Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are of my own. Individual results may vary. As usual, thank you for supporting our fellow Singaporean's online store!)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Our Staycation At The Fullerton Hotel! (Part 2)

As promised, here are more photos of our staycation at The Fullerton Hotel! :)

[DAY 2] Check out baby Nathan's cute swimming costume! Haha. There are vertical styrofoam boards build within it and it helps the baby to float, but of course, adult supervision is still needed. Anw more photos of our swim the The Fullerton Hotel's pool can be found below. But first, photos of FOOD! ;)
[Continuation from DAY 1 post: Day 1 Dinner Buffet] As mentioned previously, the dinner buffet at Town Restaurant location within the hotel offered a wide variety of dishes and I only managed to capture a few photos of our food as I was famished and wanted to dig in immediately! :D Here's the grilled crayfish and prawns, which were so well-seasoned and juicy.

Free flow of lobsters!

Free flow of fresh sashimi, oysters and prawns
The gorgeous night view from our dinner table :)

We had dinner for about 3 hours and were so full (but satisfied!) when we headed back to our hotel room that night. It's about $80 per adult (kids below 7 dine for free! woohoo!) and it's so worth every cent. There was a wide variety of seafood, local dishes, desserts and drinks. Definitely one of the best buffets we've ever had!
Cute SG50 bears cuddling Merlions
Cleaning the koi fish pond

My awesome partner for 11 years! Love <3
[DAY 2] Time for our morning swim! :D It was baby Nathan's first time at a pool too!
Checking out his swimming costume at the mirror, and probably wondering what in the world is he wearing. Hahahaha.

My 3 beloved sweethearts!!! The outdoor infinity pool overlooks the Singapore River and the view was beautiful...
Nathan's first swim :) Thankfully, he isn't afraid of the water and actually enjoys being in the pool! Even when Shayne splashed water on him a few times, he didn't scream or panic. He's truly our lil water baby!

"Hello everyone, it's my first swim and I'm loving it!" says Nathan :D
With my 2 cuties :)
Happy Shayne :)

So we swam for about an hour and then decided to call it a day. We headed back to our hotel room and checked out at about 1230pm.

A few more photos from my handphone, just because I miss our staycation so much... Here's Nathan checking out the balloons at the ceiling. Can't believe my baby is now officially 1 year old. Time flies.
My younger sis and Nathan // My sisters dropped by to visit us at the hotel :)
My younger sis, me and my elder sis!
Noticed how my younger sis and I have the same type of wide smile? Haha. Since young, my mum would always tell us to "smile wide for the camera!" and that's why we smile so similarly now. :D
BYEEE Fullerton Hotel!!! Thanks for the great family staycation and we will miss you.

Part 1 of our staycation at The Fullerton Hotel can be viewed here. Have a great weekend!

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