Saturday, December 20, 2008

Last Weekend

The view from the apartment

So this morning we opened our door to a bevy of people who trampled all over our apartment in search of their next home.

Which means, that, this is indeed goodbye for us, as we prepare to leave this place called home for the last 4 years.

Memories were built in this lil space and we are grateful for the time that we spent here. :)


After catching Wicked


So this week, we spent some time catching a concert and a play.

Hubbi bought tickets to Alicia Keys, who is wonderfully talented and gorgeous. And then we went for Wicked last night. Both of which we thoroughly enjoyed.

I will definitely miss the concerts and plays that are readily available.

But on the same token, I am really glad that Darien and I have been soaked in this culture that influence the way we live and breathe. We have made a few good friends in our lil journey and have tasted some of the finest wines and food that Australia has to offer.

But more importantly, we found each other which is the most wonderful thing that ever happened. And because of that, we had a lovely life and two beautiful kids out of it.

With that, we will carry a positive mindset as we leave for Singapore.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Pre Move Jitters

We are sooo close to moving home right now, I can almost smell the nasi lemak from the hawker center.

Apart from packing things into the boxes, we've sold most of our furniture and white goods, pending pick up closer to when we move. Plus, I've organized for Rustie to be flown back to SG, as well.

Sounds like I've got it all sorted?

Not really.

It seems like relocating is very much like getting married. There are a whole heap of nitty gritty that you gotta attend to. And it's expensive.

Also, because we are using niche products for our everyday needs, we have to stock up as well. Sighz. Troublesome, or what?

So I took out the weighing scale last night to estimate the the cost of shipping and I reckon we will be running up a bill of $XXXX to move the things home.

The funny thing is life is still going on as usual. There is no real urgency to have a "final" moment with the places that we love or the food that we crave. It's more like we are prepping for a holiday.

Clearly, denial is our middle name.

So, as I mentioned to a girlfriend, that day, that I guess it will hit us like a ton of bricks when we arrive in SG and realise that there is no return air ticket for us to come back to Melbourne.

Anyway, I guess 2009 will be a transitional year for us. Settling back into a familiar environment. Kayden starting school. And it's back to searching for an apartment again.

And life will take a different turn again.

Monday, December 01, 2008

A place in time

Decluttering can be a rather therapeutic experience.

Darien and I have started to pack our things and place them in their appropriate boxes. It's usually just mundane things like books and clothes and DVDs.

Tonight I cleared out a whole bag of old memories. Pictures from our early dating days. Photos of my uni days.

And, somehow, looking back at all these photos just transports me back to that time in my life.

When I'd just arrived in Melbourne. How I was staying in a small studio with my sister. Our uni friends back then. How young we all were!!

And then there was the time I met the love of my life. The moment that I knew my life had changed. The reasons that I chose him, and him, me. It brought back that defining moment in that chapter in time.

I felt like I was 21 yet again.

So I hopped over the other room where he was sitting and sat right down on his lap and smiled.

I have been loving this dude for a reallly long time and now I love him more that I did when I met him. =)

Ahh just a night in the Tan household.


"Memories... light the corners of my mind."

Friday, November 28, 2008

30 days and counting

OMG we have hit the month's countdown and now that I have informed the agent that we are vacating, it's really time to get the gears going on the packing.

Here's a checklist of things to be done.
  1. Renew Exit Visa
  2. Organise for Rustie's flight
  3. Pack Pack Pack
  4. Sell the Car
  5. Organize movers for our stuff (oh so much!!)
  6. Clean the Apartment
  7. Declutter..
  8. Finishing touches for the house here in Melbourne.
Things to buy for Singapore
  1. Six months supply of Aveda Shampoo + Conditioner
  2. Organic Body wash
  3. MacBook + Accessories
  4. Digital SLR
  5. Coffee Machine + Grinder
  6. Crockery + maybe Riedel glasses
  7. Clothes for the boys + the Big Boy who doesn't have clothes his size in SG. Grrr!
Looks like this would be a busy month, especially with Christmas coming and all. Sighz. Seems like my love affair with Melbourne is really coming to an end. =(

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Chanel Cruise Collection

Pretty boy from "Make me a supermodel" who got paid to look cool during the catwalk.

I attended the Chanel Cruise Collection fashion show with Ms D yesterday. The balmy weather was just perfect for the event. And it turned out that we both had really girly frocks on, whilst most of the crowd was in the trademark B&W style.

It was held on the Deck at the Prince Hotel. And the set up was just beautiful. Like beachy Miami, where the collection was first shown.

It was bags galore, as expected, and there were a number of Birkins hanging around and beautiful older ladies who epitomises the style of Chanel. It makes me wanna grow old like that too! (And buy a black classic, too)

Our main highlight was seeing these two girls walk in, one after another, wearing the same dramatic Scanlan top and black skirts. I think she heard us gasp cause when she walked past us later, she went, in a hushed undertone, "Yes we are wearing the same top." *mind boggles*

We had fun gossiping and enjoying the drinks & canapes that they served. But best of all, it was a good evening for us to frock up and let our hair down in the middle of the week. I like hanging with my galfriend. =)


One of the looks for the RTW collection


Just plain ol' us. ;p

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My favorite bits from the weekend

Just a few moments from the wet weekend. More photographic evidence that the year is ending and my boys are definitely not babies anymore. *sobs*

Reading Thomas the Tank Engine with Dad

My baby boy is all grown up now

Doing the duckie dance

Just us- taken by the boy

And my lil monster @ Husk.

Friday, November 21, 2008

My Thoughtful Boy


My 3yo is great fun at the moment.

It is honestly my best parenting period.

He understands almost everything and is able to fully converse with you sans babytalk.

He makes faces across the dining table and does that contemplative look (hands under chin included) when he considers his options.

He does that good bossy older brother thing where if Jakey doesn't sit on the couch to watch his telly, he will turn it off and tell him sternly, "Go sit down!"

The thing that I love most about him is his sensitivity.

The other night I had a tiff with the husband so I robbed him of all his blankets and huddled with them in the living room. (It was a cold night.)

The boy was watching a DVD with me and sauntered into the room during one of the scenes.

Which he then saw his Daddy all curled up into a ball.

So he hurriedly ran out and said, "Mom, Daddy's cold. He needs a blankie."

He then yanked one out of my stash and dragged it all the way back into the room.

Later when I was ready for bed, I found that he had the husband all covered up snugly with the blanket that he took.

How not to love? =)

Odd Sorts

Ya know, life is a funny thing and you never know when you'll be hit with a curveball.

This week has been one like that.

I have seen a lot in my short lifetime and experienced a different kind of life from most of my peers. The one thing that did change my life was meeting the husband.

In more ways than one, he makes me see the world in a much different light that what I would've on my own.

We had a lil incident this week that made us a lil pensive.

I guess I wasn't expected to be that saddened by the turn of events but it did hit me in its aftermath and I had to take some time to mourn.

But the beauty in this is, you realise that you are not in it alone. Whilst sharing what I was feeling, the husband mentioned that it made him sad that it did not go the way we thought it would.

And that is the thing I love most about him. He's always a strong man's man but he will not hesitate to share his feelings and thoughts with me. It makes me feel that I've got the best deal in my life. A husband... and a "galfriend" =)

I woke up feeling a whole lot better today. And I think I am ready to keep on moving.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Spanish Tapas Love

Movida Next Door

Because we didn't get to go for a lovely dinner for our anniversary, Darien and I hopped over to Movida Next Door for a bit of tapas and spanish wine on Saturday evening.

We got a table @ the bar within 5 mins and settled on what we wanted almost immediately.

Thereafter, we sat and talked for the next hour or so over our tapas.

Let's just say that I will never ever look @ an animal's tongue, the same way again. :p

What I liked was the easy chats with the waiters and quick service. And their chilled seafood salad had me salivating for more.


The crowd @ the Canary Club

After that, we strolled over to The Canary Club for Ben and Tash's engagement partee.

Twas a mixed crowd of peeps and we had a lovely time sharing a few laughs with friends.

Just us

Love spending time with the husband.

I was looking forward to some us time after a long week of endless activities. It was just wind down time for us and a good opportunity for us to ketchup on stuff.

It's so important in a marriage to keep the romance alive because when you adore your partner, the love will descend down to the kids.

My husband is good @ making sure that we do that.

Lucky me, I guess!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Yoga

There is a certain kind of peace within after a yoga class.

I managed to sneak a class in, yesterday, before I met the husband for a movie.

The studio that I visited was just my kind of space. It was lofty, welcoming and had generous offerings of green tea and apples. And then the room where we practised our stances had these big framed New York-esque windows all around, which let the natural light in.

So after an hour of good twisting, I was pleasantly surprised to see a familiar face waiting for me at the reception. =) We were meant to meet at the cinema and I was rushing to get to the changeroom to change so that I could rush off.

But he knew that I was working out there so he came to wait. =)

A workout and a date, what more can a gal ask for?

Maybe a pilates class on the weekend?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Shop BlueBottle


Last week, we ventured to North Melbourne for a trial of the wooden pedaless bike for the boys.

And Shop BlueBottle is one of the coolest shops I've been into!

They have all these out of the world gadgets that I want want want but are a lil pricey for my liking!

Anyway, the boys made friends with the owner's son and they had a blast just trialling all the toys in the shop.

And we walked out with a new bike shortly after.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Six Years

Happy Anniversary Baby!!

They say you know when it is right.

And it has always been that feeling since we met.

I love you and I cannot imagine a life without you. =)

Happy Anniversary, sweetheart!

Philip Island

Chess Playing


There is something really therapeutic about beach holidays, especially when you are staying at an house with ocean views.

We spent Cup weekend with friend hanging out at the beach and just eating random things.


Guys playing cricket


The boys played cricket whilst the lil ones were just building sandcastles in the sand.

King of the Castle


Having coffee @ Inverloch


Simple things make us happy. =)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Weekend in Pics

Cuddles for Seiko

Sugar Infestation by Auntie Dawn

Lazy Lounger

Home made Spaghetti Bolagnase

Learning Vietnamese Cooking from H's Mommy.


The future of Olympic table tennis?

Tai Tai dom

Lunch with the girlies the week before

So Monday was the day I left work and never to return.

It was surprisingly not as emotional as what I thought it would be. In fact, other than the cupcakes that my boss sneakily ordered, it was just a regular work day.

I cleared up most of what was left to be done (cause work is neverending, even if you are leaving), packed my desk and did a handover with the boss.

So now that I am in Day 3 of unemployment, I have to say that I struggled in the first two days.

I woke up bright and early in Day One. Only to realise that I didn't have to rush for the tram. So off I went back to bed.

Day Two was a turning point of sorts. I totally felt like I was a lil out of control of what my life was meant to be. I was a lil grouchy and just wanted to be left alone. In fact, I was feeling so blue that I went to bed early.

But when I woke up this morning, I felt a lil better and decided to be productive. Ran some errands and did a couple of things around the house with the boys. Then off we went for some coffee and cookies @ a cafe. Therapeutic, I'd say.

Now I think I am a-ok to be a full time mommy again.

At least till we settle back to Singapore.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Where's my rubber duckie?


Bath time is an important time in the Tan household.

It means that the kids would get all splishy splashy in the tub whilst cleaning themselves. A time where they can play and express themselves in aqua mode.

And more importantly, Mom and Dad gets a lil bit of personal time. =)

We just have to listen out for the noises that they make in the bathroom to know what antics those two get up to.

And believe me, when it gets all quiet, you know they are up to no good.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Good Things Come in Shades of Red

Long stemed red roses

Boys munching on strawberries

What's left in the punnet

Pic taken by Kayden

When Kayden turned 3

Singing Happy Birthday @ Daycare.

I cannot believe that my firstborn is all of three now. *He turned three earlier in the month*

That meant that I was freshly pregnant almost 4 years ago and was going through labour 3 years back! Eek!

That said, I am an immensely proud mother of two. I love my boys. I am always giving thanks for my two vibrant and often creative kids. My husband likes to savour special moments by nudging my arm, going "Aren't they cute, Dear? We are so lucky to have them."


My first attempt at baking his birthday cake - Thomas was the choice of the day

Ok so since this is his birthday post.. I will say a word or two about my lil boy.

I remember us being new parents to our wee lil baby in Oct 05. Whilst we had enormous parental love for our newborn, I think we were a lil stunned at how much our world has changed. :) But he flourished and became a wonderful baby who slept through the night at 4 months of age.

Three is a great age. (I guess I will keep saying it as they get older)

Spunky Boy

At three, Kayden is a very joyful boy who articulates his needs and wants really well. :) He hardly does his babytalk anymore. I guess this is one of the best times of parenting because we love talking to him. You never know what will come out his mouth next. We made it a game to tease him on some of the things he know EG: confusing Elmo with Cookie Monster. And absolutely love love his random "No…"

Feeding his lil bro

He loves being a big brother to Jakey. He would make sure that Jake gets an equal share of food and drinks and he is not being bullied by anyone else in Daycare. In Kayden's world, on he can tell Jake what to do. No one else can. ;) Bossy lil 3 year old, he is.

One for the album


Often, the joys of hearing the two of them having a ball of a time, is just an amazing experience as a parent.

He's a rather passive child. Not one to start a fight at the playground. And recently he's been making friends with the kids there and he totally enjoys running amok and doing all the stuff that boys do when they play. Mommy here just sits on the sideline to keep an eye cause I know that there's a time for letting go.

Mommy's babies

All in all, I am a proud mama. I am really thankful for my beautiful lil boy who has brought us so much joy and is just such a delight to look after.

So, baby boy, we love you so much and we thank you for being such a light in our lives.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Date Night


Last night we went out for a lovely dinner date.

The husband decided that since we've not seen each other for two weeks, we should go out for some alone time.

So right after work, he whisked me off to Crown for a dinner at Rockpool, followed by a movie and then a martini @ the Tonic Bar.

T'was a relaxing evening. My mac and cheese craving was thoroughly satisfied at Rockpool. And Body of Lies was just as intriguing, although I prefer DiCaprio as a pretty boy.

Fleur Wood & Heels @ Tonic Bar

My feet hurt from my blardy heels, but, really, that is the only hiccup of the night.

It is good having him home. =) I do like being a pampered missus.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Guess who's home?

Seeing the husband after a two week hiatus is a bittersweet feeling.

Bitter in the sense that I was sooo angry with him for a long time while he was away.

Sweet in that I love having him around.

I found myself staring at him for a long period of time when we were at yum cha.

I did miss him so. I miss his smell. His touch. His words. And everything else about him.

I am a sucker for him, basically. *wink*

And it's good to know that the feelings are reciprocated.

BUT that does not discount the fact that he now has to serve out his term for making me so mad for some of his antics when he is away.

Now that is the price to pay for not be totally accountable.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Lelong Lelong

Storytime with Auntie Jess

Dawn and I wanted to do a Camberwell Market run before the year runs out, so we finally got a store last Sunday.

The original plan was to leave the kids @ home with Darien but, alas, the big fella was in Singapore getting himself into all sorts of trouble.

Anyway, I packed the kids and all the stuff into the car at 5 in the morning. It was a breezy start to the day. But once we got there, it was busy busy busy till mid day.


People looking through stuff

But what a way to clear junk! I made some cash that day selling things that I will never wear again at ridiculous prices. Great way for getting rid of stuff.

My lil fellas in their make shift mat

The boys had a blast just hanging out @ the market. They were cheeky as. There were heaps of junkfood eating *sighz* and a whole lot of running around. In the end, they were so tired that both started snoring once I loaded them into the car seats.

T'was a good day. I can see us doing it again, if we have a chance.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Calm after the Storm

I have always been rather content with my life.

I have a good thing going, and I know it. We have worked hard for it and thoroughly deserve it.

I love my husband and I adore my children. They are my nucleus, something that I will protect with my life.

Trust is always an important factor for me. If that is broken, there is lil or no chance of mending that, in my opinion.

It is safe to say that I tend to mind my own business and go abouts my own way when I am doing things.

I live life by a simple philosophy where if I dun mess with you, dun fuck around with me.

So we had a situation last week, which has exploded into a fucking circus.

A number of people got involved, more than what I expected. And certain truths were told, as well as, certain tales, of which, were mentioned out of a protective nature for a friend.

I was furious. And I made that known. To everyone who was involved.

But in any instance, my stance is clear on one thing.

I don't take bullshit.

And I won't go down without a fight, if I need to protect my family from any external factors.

The husband had to do a lot of firefighting in the frontline last week. Him being in the eye of the storm.

This situation should not have arised.

And people really need to use their heads, especially when they drink.

Let's just say that if a similar instance happens again, more heads will roll.

And there is no turning back.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Words

I have had a few busy days in the past week.

And I will be for the following one as well.

Isn't it funny how life sometimes puts you in situations where you have to make certain decisions where you have to dig deep into your pockets to find an answer.

What makes the whole mix even more complex is the addtion of extra factors like children?

What can you do to make everyone happy?

And at what level can you tolerate till you really feel that unappreciation is part of the lifelong game?

And what if you are tired and really just don't want to do anything to make things better.

My mind is swirling and I have to think.

I need to make a plan for us. And I will do it quick.

Wish me luck.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Walkie Walk

Walking is a great way to wind down from a busy work day.

And since the big guy is away, I had my two lil spunks accompanying me.

We saw some of the crew springcleaning one of the many yachts moored at our doorstep. Getting ready for the summer to come.

Ahh if only we have one at our disposal too!!


Jakey on the new scooter.

Kayden on his fave trike.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Grumpy Lumps and Stuff

Three nights of interrupted sleep makes one a really grumpy person.

And it hit its threshold tonight when the exhaustion took over.

The poor husband copped a bit of its brunt and spoke to me in "what can I do for you?" tone.

Sighz.

I guess I just needed some peace for a bit. (which is a hard call in the presence of two kids)

And then the food came and it made me feel a whole lot better.

Maybe I was just hungry. ;p

Anyhow it's back to being single mom again. Hubbi's gone for the weekend so I've got the rascals for the next couple of days. It's gonna be a busy one though. I like.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Singapore Day

This is where we are going, Jake

Yesterday we went for Singapore Day at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The queue to get in was looong. I think we waited for about an hour in the line. But that was cool and really quite expected. So whilst Darien was queueing up, I took the boys for lil strolls at the grass patch nearby to while the time away.

It's funny how when Singaporeans gather for an event that is organized by their mother land, all their usual local antics were out there for the show as well.

Poor thing was caught between a crazy undergrad and an older couple who couldn't stop complaining about how the marshalls were letting the families with strollers have priority to the gate. :(

Lazing in the warm sunshine


The event was highly successful IMO. The entertainment was hilarious and the food were quite decent for the volumes that they had to serve up.

The best thing was the beautiful weather that we had. It was just lovely sitting on the grass, eating and watching local productions.

The cast of PCK

PCK is still as funny as he was back in the day. It's interesting how Singlish sounds so distinguished after being away from it for so many years!!

My lil lollipop boys


The boys had a blast going to all the different stations. And basically enjoying the outdoors.

My primary school friend who is working in the education ministry now.

I bumped into a couple of friends from ancient days and was totally stoked to see them after all these years. :) Happy was I.

Sun kissed faces.


We took away the message that was constantly drummed into our heads consistently that day to go back to SG and visit real soon... And how much Singapore has apparently changed. Tee hee. It just all sounds so optimistic.

And I wonder how much of that is really true.
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