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Family fun in Tainan - Part 1

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After all these years, Taiwan remains to be my favourite holiday destination for the family for many reasons, but most importantly, it is the warm hospitality of our regular drivers from Tour Taiwan . Since I am catching up with travel posts on the blog, let's go back 2.5 years to December 2015 when we were in Taiwan for the year end holidays. We flew into Kaohsiung as Scoot was having a fantastic promotion and we traveled from Kaohsiung to Tainan. In my opinion, Tainan has so much to offer being the first capital of Taiwan and certainly rich in history. Honestly, Tainan is very under-rated so I hope it doesn't lose its charm as more tourists set foot there. Now, let's take a look at some of the interesting places to visit in Tainan! Hujia Village A very interesting residential area in the western part of Tainan which exudes the old village charm, much like time stood still, except for the beautiful and colourful painted walls lining the streets. The v

Becoming mom. A second time round

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Little C turns 6 months old in 2 week’s time and it is perhaps a good time to talk a little about becoming mum, a second time around. The most frequent questions I get after giving birth were whether baby is easy to care for, if Little C is anything like Fighter J and if Little C feeds well, has a good latch etc. And very often, people will pepper their questions with a comment that I am not a first time mum and things should be manageable for me. Well, second time round doesn't mean things are easier because each child is different, whether in temperament or preferences. So, let's just say my experience becoming mum again is familiar yet new, at times strange. I was definitely more prepared in terms of what to expect. And, riding on my experience with J, I made my expectations of the people around me very clear, which means I made everyone play by my rules. Oh well, since I just went through 9 months carrying this kid, and a few hours delivering h

Caitlin's Birth Story

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C turned 2 months old last week and as cliche as it sounds, time really passes too quickly! I will be back at work very soon, and I don't even think I am ready. Anyway, before memories become a blur, here's number 2's birth story. C was born at exactly 37 weeks, 2 weeks earlier than the experience with J. However, it wasn't unexpected as she was in the "head down" position as early as the 25th week, and was almost fully engaged at our 35th week obgyn visit.

DIY post-partum confinement

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Hiring confinement ladies or nannies post-partum is the norm here  in Singapore and our neighbouring countries such as Malaysia. Well, it certainly makes a lot sense, as mummies can tell you how tiring it is to firstly go through child birth, and then having to get used to a newborn which spells sleepless nights and almost endless feeding, diapering, burping, coaxing , and the list just goes on and on and on...

Goodbye to Dayre, and hello here again!

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I have never really been gone to be honest. It is just that many of how I feel on a day to day basis found a better space to be on, and I kinda like the idea of blogging on the go. Now that #Dayre is no more (or soon to be no more), I am not likely to go anywhere else but decided to stay with what I have that is, with this familiar space, FB and IG. Although I must say blogging here takes a little bit more effort, but let's just see where this takes us. Blogging have always been my outlet to speak my mind and share what I really feel. No matter which platform, there's always a certain degree of censorship, some less, some more. Hence, I don't think I will stop blogging, and it is just how often, and what. Anyway, I am probably going to be here more often then!

Miracles do happen

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We have battled secondary infertility since 2013, and we are extremely blessed to be about 12 weeks away from welcoming a baby girl into the family. Our "TTC" (aka as Trying to Conceive) journey for number 2 is well documented on the blog. While I haven't been writing much these days, I am glad I kept this blog because without it, I wouldn't be able to mentally keep track of how many times we have used artificial reproductive technology (ART) to get to where we are. As we enter the final trimester, and as I psyche myself up for the new year, it will be nice to recount this journey: 2013 - 1st SO-IUI after J turned 1 which ended in an ectopic pregnancy. One of my fallopian tubes ruptured as a result. 2014 - We went on to try 2 more times of SO-IUI. Both were unsuccessful. We also realised that my endometriosis was back, and had to start on treatment before we think about trying to conceive again. 2015 - We embarked on our first IVF. The haul was dis

My Little Climbing Room (with giveaway!)

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We got invited to one of the newest climbing "playground" in town - My Little Climbing Room last month. Nestled in a quiet residential neighbourhood at Kovan, which I may add upfront isn't the most accessible location. However, after our visit, I feel it is worth the travel, and is fantastic workout for the kids. Initially, we were apprehensive about visiting because J has only recently regained his strength and we didn't want him to feel upset or inferior if he wasn't able to complete the challenges.