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Looking forward: Lessons from 2015

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The year is coming to an end, and in my usual fashion, this is when we stop in our tracks, look back and decide if we had a fantastic year or totally hate it. When 2014 closed, I was looking forward to 2015 and welcoming it with open arms as I thought things at work were starting to become stable, and I can spend some time on J and of course our IVF journey. There were unexpected changes in the start of the year, and then it became a period of understanding, adapting, learning and lots of stress.

A walk in the park: Choa Chu Kang Park

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The man and I decided quite randomly, during a car journey that we should attempt to visit a different park each weekend morning since we are all early risers. This is our attempt to spend quality time with the boy, encourage outdoor activities as well as reduce screen time. Fresh air on a weekend morning sounds like a great start to the day doesn't it? So, here's our first, and off we went to Choa Chu Kang Park . As short walk from Choa Chu Kang MRT Station, this part is nicely tucked against some lush greenery and spreads over 11 hectures. According to the NParks website, the park has 4 main areas. Well, we managed to cover one area which has 3 dfferent playgrounds. Heaven for the boy I suppose. Entering the park, walking along the fitness stations. 

1st FET Failed: Another baby hope dashed...

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... right before Christmas. Source After our successful stimulated cycle and retrieva l, we took a break at the suggestion of our doctor. We agreed that we will get the transfer done 3 months later (which is November). While waiting, I decided to get my health or rather system back on track by going for acupuncture. We have always heard it helps to "tiao" our bodies and can be extremely helpful in increasing success rates of IVF.

Christmas gift Ideas for the girlfriends.

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I made a list last year on 5 gift ideas for your girl friends . Well, this year, my list is longer and better! I love the season of giving, and always take pride in picking out gifts for my close girl-friends. I take the time to curate what 's out there and match them to what the girlies will like ( of what i think they will like). Sometimes, the simplest of gifts are the ones that they appreciate the most. Here's what I have curated so far...

St Giles Wembley, Penang

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We visited Penang in August as part of our yearly obligation trip with the grannies. Here's our first post on Kidland Penang , a similar educational playground concept as Kidzania and BabyBoss in Taipei. Today, we are going to share about the hotel we picked for this trip. While I very much preferred a resort at Batu Ferringhi, where we can just "nua" and "lepak" all day. But, we know the grannies will get bored. So, a city hotel in Georgetown was the choice.

Jonas' birth story - an overdue post

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Note: This post was first published on 28 May 2012, almost 2 weeks after J was born. When I agreed to jump onto the " Birth Stories " blog train by Owl's Well, I thought it will be nice to re-hash this story by adding in tidbits of information which we left out previously, as well as add in more pictures which I refused to share at first. Birth stories are really meant to be remembered. So, why not just jazz this post up right?  New edits are in red!   ****** We sometimes have to be careful with what we wish for. In my previous post, I mentioned I wished Dr Fong would order me to the hospital during my last visit with him. He did exactly that on 12 May 2012! ( I was due a week later. And, this was really my 39th week. While I was feeling all heavy and tired, I was hoping to enjoy our final week as a couple before J came. Both the man and I took leave a week earlier. Alas! J was too eager to join us!) 

Jazz up your bags! - Bag Charms Giveaway

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One of the things I wanted to do this year is to take my tools out and start working on craft that I am best at. And .... I did. All it takes is a little inspiration.