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[FTWM Truths] Why I don't lunch out

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This post is dedicated to my colleagues. Many know I don't usually dine out during lunch while at work. When I do, it is usually for official work reasons (must be really good reasons like celebrating a birthday etc) or to meet up with friends I have not caught up for ages or when I am super stressed and need a breather.

Week in life of a blogging mum

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I started blogging more than 10 years ago, more to rant about daily ups and downs. Basically things that got me riled up and when I need an avenue to let it all out.  Then, it progressed to using the blog and different networks to help me do my day job as a marketer better, till I became a mother. This space slowly turned into our trove of memories.  We had a difficult time conceiving J, and he will likely be our only child. Hence, it is understandable that we want to create as much memories as we can so he is able to refer to this when he is older.   So. How do I keep up with all the recording? 

Happy 3rd Birthday

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In a blink of an eye, this boy who used to be a pudgy burger face is now a 1m tall, a super motor mouth and extremely generous boy. At 3 years old, I cannot believe how much he knows and how much love he has to give. This year, we decided we will not have any big birthday do for him since it seemed rather jinx in the previous years. 

Things I like about Bali

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I have never been to Bali prior to the (not so) recent team trip. Surprisingly , the man never quite considered it as a holiday destination despite it being very popular with everyone here. I on the other hand, have been wanting to visit the beaches, and soak in the sun and visit the Safari etc. . This trip was great at that it allowed me to do some "market research" and submit a business case to the boss. I really started with wanting to cover only 5 things. Hard to stop, so here's 7 things instead:

The 2nd Birthday Celebration

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After last year's birthday party cancellation , we were praying hard that J will be able to have a proper celebration this year. We planned for an Elmo themed party both in school and at home. The home party was meant to be a small and cozy affair with just family and close friends. So, when we heard that J's classmate had hfmd just 10 days before his birthday, we took him out of school immediately. We didn't want to disappoint the little fellow when he was looking forward to the day his friends will sing the birthday song to him. He even practised singing,  complete with a clap and blowing of candles. Super cute right this boy?! It wasn't quite the right time to be juggling work and a "stay-at-home-kid" as it was an ultra busy period at  for me with a mega event , an advertising campaign and other projects on hand. Not to mention, we were actually on another cycle of SO-IUI. So, no surprises on guessing what happened after all these. Well, mummy&

5 must dos in Cebu, Philippines

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The one thing that people always ask when I say that we have been to Cebu for a family holiday is what is there to do in Cebu other than diving. So here's 5 things we did and I think we all enjoyed ourselves, although we though we would not have. 1) Visit a guitar factory. Other than their mangoes, Cebu is also well known for their handcrafted guitars, which are friendly to the pockets. Most guitar factories are located on Mactan island and the one we visited (Alegre Guitar Factory) seems to be one popular with the tour guides. Alegre seems to be the more expensive factories in Cebu, but quality also guaranteed. Even if you don't want to buy a guitar, these make a very nice souvenir to take home.  Even the tiny tot is having fun at the factory. Yes, we caved him and bought him one which is now collecting dust at home. And, this is a real mini guitar with 6 strings. Maybe we can get him started on music lessons soon ! Beautifully handcrafted guitars made

Family Photoshoot with Pod of Peas

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It took me over a year before I got down to getting a family photoshoot done professionally, and this decision only came after seeing so many pretty pictures of fellow mummies. And, when we finally did, I regretted not working on it earlier. I missed out on having some of J's best moments captured. Oh well, better late than never I suppose.  We researched many providers. Some had superb skill, but cost a lot since we are allowed to select only a a few pictures to keep. Some were reasonably priced, but didn't quite have the photography style we were looking for.  It was around this time, I got re-aquainted with our wedding videographer who also does wedding photography - Muse+Hues .  Lawrence,  a half of the business, happen to also be a friend and he just started his family photography arm, Pod of Peas . Mainly because of the familiarity, we decided to let Lawrence do the job. A father of 2 young children plus an avid runner, I had no doubts that he can manage

At 18 months

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18 months is supposed to be quite a significant milestone for children who attend infant care. When we first placed J at IFC , he was not even 4 months old. We knew that turning 1.5 years old is a natural progression. But, nothing could prepare us for the overwhelming pride we felt when we saw him  on his first day at Toddler Care. My boy is spunky and an occasional rebel. Worried we were that his non-conformist nature will find him having issues adapting to being a big boy. We were pleasantly surprised at his ability to do as instructed, and how he confidently assumed independence. It was pleasing to the eye, to see this little man carry his bowl of cereal, finding a seat, self feed , wipe his mouth, return the bowl, wash his hands at the sink and wipe it with a paper towel... and dispose the towel... all on his own. Obviously, he hardly displayed any of the above at home, hence seeing him behaving like a big boy  makes me want to cry out loud. Tears of joy mixed with a little sen

Getaway to Penang 2013 - Part 1

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We often get asked why we bother taking our child , who is not even 2 years old out of the country. They wouldn't know better, and it is definitely a hassle to pack and manage a hyper kid on board the plane. True to all that, and we had first hand experience of J disturbing other passengers on board the plane when we flew to Hong Kong earlier this year. However, that did not hinder us from wanting to travel with J again, not even when he is displaying signs of the Terrible Twos. Travelling with the child is a different experience. For us, it is an opportunity to spend quality time as a family. It is important especially when we are always so busy during the week, and when there's always distractions such as housework and the likes on a normal day. So, the trip allowed us to bask in one another's company, and spend our time doing silly things, snuggle in bed or just chat like we never chat before. We did exactly that last week. I was attracted to how different it

Weekend exploits #3 - Changi Airport Terminal 3

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Some Saturdays back,  while the hubs was at his company's basketball tournament at the east side of the island, mummy and J decided to spend some time at the airport while waiting for the tournament to end. That was a whole 5 hours to kill! Thankfully, we had friends who willingly spent the afternoon with us. Better still, we had good fun that cost close to nothing. Well, not really nothing if you include what we spent on lunch, donuts and coffee:) First stop after lunch was the viewing gallery at the Terminal 3 of the airport. Lots of empty space for kids to roam around. J got fascinated watching the planes on the tarmac before he took an interest in climbing up and down the exhibits at the gallery. For the older kids, this is also a great place to learn about the history of one of the nation's pride. " I must climb up this pyramid....or whatever this might be.." " Aiyoh... why so difficult to climb ah?" " Hmm... maybe this Kor K

The bub visits Hong Kong - Final

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Finally got down to the last installment of our Hong Kong trip. Better late than never, and with more pictures too! If you missed the first two parts, here they are: Part One Part Two Day 2: With the rain still pouring , we decided to just get out for a walk at Citygate Mall after breakfast.  J's paternal granny decided to stay in the hotel because of her aching feet. So we went ahead without her. Breakfast at the hotel, which we also tapao-ed for J's lunch. The buffet breakfast spread at Eaton Smart was quite scrumptious.  The young man insisting to hold onto the bar. Refusing to let go. He is definitely enjoying his ride on the MTR.  At about noon, we all went back to the hotel to look for J's granny, and searched the area for some dim sum. Visits to Hong Kong will never be complete without a nice leisurely meal of dim sum. We chanced upon what looked like a pretty established restaurant, Choi Fook, with two outlets just along Nathan Street. This one w