[Phuket Travel] Novotel Resort Surin

July 15, 2017
With J's condition heading in the right direction, we wanted to take on a holiday to celebrate his birthday (which was 2 months ago! LOL!)

J learns by experience, hence we prefer to take him on trips versus buying him gifts. We stopped the travelling for a while, and were more than happy we made this holiday happen sooner than we had expected. 

This was my 4th trip to Phuket, and I wanted to stay at a beach other than Patong, away from the sometimes rowdy crowd. 

By now, you guys probably can tell, I prefer a little bit more peace and quiet when it comes to holiday accomodation choice. 

3 reasons why making terrariums can teach your kid a thing or two

April 22, 2017
Did you know that terrariums are really costly?

I love terrariums and I love how they can make me happy just by looking at them,  but I can never figure out why they are always so expensive. (Oh! And, I am really bad at keeping them alive, which is probably not best discussed on this post)

That said, when Masons Home Decor offered me a DIY Terrarium Kit, I thought why not. Maybe, I can start making my own going forward, just in time for our new home (if it happens this year!).

But...it is through this activity, I realised why terrariums cost so much, and rightly so and that's because making them is an art which requires a good deal of patience and precision!

This boy, in his excitement to start poured the coloured pebbles in before the soil and mixed them all up. So we ended up with no pebbles after that! LOL!

J and I had good fun working on the pack and here's 3 reasons why we will not hesitate to do this again although it's a huge big mess!

1) Making terrariums is a great family activity

J and I worked on the terrariums on a Saturday morning and that took us close to 2 hours to complete. We had to split our tasks where I helped to place the plants in the glass bowls while J shovelled in the soil. Then it was back to me tidy them up while he placed in the decorations. Such great team work!

2) It stimulates your (and the kid's)  creativity

Trying to fit these fragile plants into such a small space and making sure they end up looking pretty not only requires patience, but also a creative mind.

3) It trains the kid to be responsible

When we got the kit, J's teachers have also asked for us to give J a small plant as they were teaching the kids how to care for living things. So, with the terrariums which we put together on our own, J has been put in charge of making sure they are watered daily. He took to his task very well!

We definitely had fun working of these terrariums and we really thank Masons Home Decor for sending them our way.

If you are up for working on one of these, DIY Terrarium Kits can be purchased online from Masons, and they also have kits that's catered for kids as well.

Not to worry if you haven't got green fingers like me, they also have a whole range of plants, whether terrariums or much simpler potted plants, you should be able to find something that will add a bit more life to any living or even work space.

Interestingly, Masons also carry a range of home decoration products that will spruce up your homes. So do hop over to Masons to see what they can offer.

The good new here is, all readers can use the quote below when you purchase anything and get a 15% off.

4 reasons to have a staycation at Pan Pacific Singapore

April 15, 2017
Orchard may be the shopping belt of sunny Singapore, but if I get to choose a staycation in town, I will steer towards choosing the City Hall or Suntec area because of the family fun options at there.

We did just that in February for a quick weekend recharge, and after going through prices and monitoring them over a couple of weeks, I picked Pan Pacific at the Marina Bay area, and after just one night there, I am convinced Pan Pacific could be nicely placed for a family staycation, just to spend quality time with one another.

Keeping it real after birth

March 20, 2017

There's a saying around pregnancy and childbirth where I believe many mothers can agree to, and that is, pregnancy is usually the easiest part. The hard part comes around needing to cope with the new baby and other responsibilities

Whitening Skincare with Hue Floresta (with giveaway)

March 03, 2017
I have naturally dark and dull looking skin and it often gets worse when I do not get sufficient rest. 

Hence, I am always on the look out for products that will help brighten up my complexion because in my job, I need to 见人。Such are woes of a full time working mum. 

I recently got to try White-a-fair by HueFloresta. 

Claimed to contain no bleaching or whitening agents, it is all natural, made with  soy yoghurt derivatives and pearl that fixes the root of the problem that causes skin discoloration and pigmentation.

The White-a-fair range consist of 7 different products.

Here's the products for daily use that include cleanser, treatment essence (which is really like a toner) and day protection cream with an SPF of 30. 

5 ways we keep our perfectly imperfect marriage alive

February 26, 2017

This year's valentine's day marks the 15th year we have been a couple (of which 10 are as husband and wife).

We aren't always the happy couple, and we sometimes say the meanest things to each other. We don't see eye to eye on many things and we definitely have our fair share of horror stories of wanting to end it there and then.

February is the new January

February 03, 2017
Hello! I cannot believe how January has flown past us. 

Whoosh... ! Just like that.

2016. I am glad you are leaving.

December 28, 2016

If I had to rate how 2016 was from a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is absolutely horrible, and 5 is perfect, I think I will barely make it to 1.

No sugar coating at all, it was a biatch (if you all will just indulge my language on my family kinda blog).

[Taiwan Family Holidays] FunCar 放假 Minsu in Tainan.

December 02, 2016
We were in Tainan last December. yes, almost a year ago and I am still trying to complete all my posts on that trip. 

I think this will be the second last post of the December 2015 trip as I cover one more interesting minsu we stayed at in Tainan. Well, as this was so long ago,  I am just going to do a photo spam! So beware of a really long photo posts. :)

"Wah!! This is too cool! Just my type of fun"

P.S Look at the really cute vintage cars in the background. No wonder the name "FunCar". However, what goes on updates in the 2nd and 3rd floors is even more amazing!" 

Family staycation at Shangri-la Rasa Sentosa

November 20, 2016
We were due for our annual November trip out to Krabi. A trip much looked forward trip by the boy because of the fun stuff at the hotel that we booked. However, as you would already know, his sudden illness means we rather stay grounded for the time being to keep him from any potential infection.

But, we wanted to ensure we keep J's spirits up and not make it seem like his illness is keeping him from any of our "normal" activities. Hence, we opted for a staycation at Shangri-la Rasa Sentosa mainly because it has all the facilities that the Krabi resort has.

A superb view from our sea-view balcony room at Shangri-la Rasa Sentosa

How we found out J has Juvenile Dermatomyositis

November 08, 2016

"Der-mer what?"  You hear me say.

I don't even know where to begin because never in my life did I think stories I read about kids and their families battling rare conditions would actually happen to us.

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