Friday, December 30, 2011

Flab to Fab

Before and After
I started pole classes nine months after Kate was born.

At that time, I was rather interested in adding variety to my workout routine. The classes looked fun and challenging so I went for a trial class. After that, the rest, they say, is history.

I found that my upper body got toner as the weeks went by. I knew my arms were stronger as I could do the more complicated tricks. By and by, the waistline started going slimmer. It was a a great way to lose weight... even though it was hardly the intention in the first place.

It has been over a year since then and recently the studio requested for some before and after shots for a project. I rummaged through my picture folders and found an old picture of when I first started.

It was quite an eye opener how much fuller I was back then. Something that I didn't even notice until  yesterday.

I am definitely happier at how I look now. I'm definitely not the skinniest gal out there but hey! after three kids... this is a good place to be at. Plus, its helps that it was quite a fun journey getting here. =)

Kate's Kinder Orientation

Kate has her kinder orientation today.

I can't believe that it's finally here because all this while, she's always been my little sidekick in sending her brothers to school. But now, the time has come for my little gal to leave my side and be a big girl now.

Because the boys have been in the school for the last three years, the teachers were all asking which class the little Miss would be in.

Needless to say, Lil K is very familiar with the school surroundings so we didn't have to worry about her being scared.

In fact, she knows where all the playgrounds are and made a beeline for them.

It was mainly administrative today. However, it was a good opportunity for the kids to get to know the classrooms they would be in, as well as, the teachers that would be looking after them.

Kate was just busy sieving through the toys in the classroom. Then she went on to doodle on the whiteboard. The assertive gal was so territorial about her whiteboard that she went 'No' to anyone who came close.

Drawing an 'apple' according to her.

She also had some water play at the little playground behind, which she enjoys tremendously. My water baby.

What does the cup do, Mama?
Admittedly, I am a little worried about how she will cope being on her own because she has always been very adamant about me being around for her classes. But I know she will be ok once she gets used to her new routine. I just gotta be firm and let go so that she can enjoy school.

Well... we will know in just a couple of days.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Night of Wedding Fun


After the solemnization at Cookyn Inc, we went home to take a short nap before prepping for the evening.

As we were not needed to help at the reception, it gave us a lot more time to go get our hair done.

Held at the ginormous grand ballroom at Marina Bay Sands, we had such a fun night eating and dancing away with our newlyweds. I guess weddings are always more fun when you have been there right at the beginning. =)

Here are pics of the night.

My parents came along!!

Love this picture of us four.

Groomsmen... eerrr.... secret agents!

Isn't the Tan Yoong cheongsam amazingly beautiful?!

A lil Hiatus

Wow! It has been a while, hasn't it?

I hope you had a lovely christmas because we did, although it was kinda bittersweet because we spent it with the bestest friends and family but yet were all sick.

We were all down with all kinds of bug that it's not funny. First, it started off as signs of the flu which erupted into a full blown stomach flu for Kate. The poor thing was just vomiting e v e r y t h i n g out of her system. It was just painful to watch. When she stopped eating for four days, my heart literally broke and I was just trying to coax into eating anything that was possible. Even junk.

Thank goodness, things got better after I brought her to the PD and Dr L reassured me that the little one was on the mend. When she stuffed four slices of apple and two piece of pandan cake down her lil mouth yesterday, I jumped for joy. My lil eater is back!!


Eating a muffin today!

So, here you go parents, never take for granted the mundane things our kids do.

I'm so thankful that she's eating again that I'm already planning how to get the 1.3 kilos weight loss back into my little gal!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Twas a Beautiful Day to Get Married


Saying their vows

It was one of those special days that you wake up to.

One where two of you very very good friends were about to begin the rest of their lives as one.

And you know that your friendship means everything when you tear up upon seeing her in a white gown.

It was her dream come true.

I had one just like that on Saturday.

We'd arrived at her home at the break of dawn. The gals had gathered to plot our gatecrashing games with the boys. It was a game of revelry with the brothers in a fierce and fun session that had us laughing in tears. (I need to show you a video of the Haka!) Seriously, those brothers gave a really good fight with the ang pow $$. Grrr...

Then it was off to Cookyn Inc, after all the formalities were done.

Amanda and her team did such a good job with the place. Everything was beautiful. The food was, as always,  splendid and generous.

Sweets Galore by ET Artisan.
Lil K was serving as a flower girl. So she had her pretty little white dress on. I was pretty afraid that she wouldn't walk down the aisle but fortunately the lil one obliged. It helped that she had Lauren to hold hands with.

Auntie D and her lil flower girl

About to walk down the aisle

You know that it's been a wedding a long time coming when the father of the bride teared when he went to veil her and when my gf Ros teared up as they exchanged vows. It was just incredible how far along we've all come as friends. Ever since Melbourne, we have been through all of our ups and downs together. It's truly like frenmily now.

It was chow time after. And where else but Cookyn Inc has the best spread in town? Merv had this pork roulade that was out of this world and the bride commisioned ET Artisans to serve up a full dessert spread. It was yumz!

Job Well Done!!
.


With the beautiful Auntie Pat.

Us
Bridesmaids Rock!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Quick Update

Hope you guys had a fantastic weekend.

My good friends got married yesterday in one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever attended. The husband and I both teared at some point cause we have been there through their ups and downs.


However, after a really early start and finish to the day, I am physically too exhausted to write an entire post so keep watching this space. I will update soon! xx

Friday, December 16, 2011

Another Round of Hi 5.


So... after the Hi 5 concert last week, the boys made me sign up for another event called Hi T with Hi 5.

I have to say that it was one of the rare moments where we (cause I consulted the husband on it) indulged in their whims. I didn't know what to expect but after reading a review by Delphine, it did look pretty fun for the kids.

So, yesterday,  we were off to Milenia Walk to see the cast up close and personal, with a buffet on the side for the kids.

It wasn't a great start. The microphones were not working and one of the cast members, Lauren, was sick. So really, it was Hi 4, instead of 5. Ha!

But the remaining four guys were just great. They sang acapella. Played games with the kiddos. Danced to a couple of their songs. The guys were exceptionally great with the kids. Lots of warmth and smiles for the kids with funny antics to make them laugh.

Right after, the kids got to mingle around with the Hi 5 Cast. Taking pictures and getting autographs. They got cuddles and individual pictures which really made their day.

It was great! My boys has plenty of fun. Little K was initially pretty apprehensive about taking pictures but she did warm up in the end. Thankfully!

Lil K loved Casey. She kept going up to her to say Hi.

Was really surprised she let Tim cuddled her. But he's a great bloke.

Jake and I got roped into the picture because K didn't dare to take one on her own.

With the lovely Stevie who was really great with kids.

Big cuddles with Fely.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pole Performance Week



After a year and bit into pole dancing, I have to say that I am still <3ing the sport.

It is a bit of every thing. Strength training, cardio and dance.

But, mostly, it is really about us gals having a great time. It is a tight knit community of ladies there and I've made some really good friends here.

It's performance week this week. And my ever supportive husband is always there to check out the routines (plus a bit more!).

Can't wait till class starts again next year.

Oh and if you are interested, the studio is hosting an Amateur Night at St James Power house tomorrow. Drop by if you wanna see some exciting pole dances!

Friday, December 09, 2011

Hi 5!

Lil K has been mad about Hi 5 lately.

She can sing and dance to all of their tunes on DVDs. Someone has been memorizing all the dance moves.

So when D mentioned that they were in town for a bit, we'd managed to make a date that we would take the kids down to Milenia Walk to catch the show. And meet Lil S for the first time!

We were there early because we were in town prior. By then, there was a snaking queue that went all the way to Cadele. And it was 3pm.

The show starts at 4!!

Anyhoo, the first 60 families in the queue gets a photo pass. I was pretty certain that we were not gonna get one. But we did! We were the 54th in line. Who knew??

Before we knew it, the show started. K couldn't believe that her DVD personas came to life. In fact, I think she found it a little surreal to see the entire Hi 5 cast up on stage.

It was a fun show. Full of songs that the kids recognize, sang and danced along. The lil one was dancing along for the first few songs and then she kinda got a lil restless (cause she got woken up from her nap when we went to get our seats) and kept wanting to go home. In fact, at one point, she was using my phone to watch youtube videos of Hi 5. But, thankfully, that lasted for a short while.

We got our picture taken after the show, which the kids were really excited about. K kept trying to get on stage to say Hi to the guys. But when the moment came, I had to sneak into the photo cause she didn't want anyone else to carry her.

Hi Five!

If you wanna catch Hi 5 in action, they will be at Milenia Walk everyday till the eleventh of December at 1pm, 4pm and 7pm.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

An Old Fashioned Arvo

In this digital age where it is common for kids to be attached to devices, I'm glad my tykes took a break from pounding my IPad to playing with some good old fashioned toys.

This was an arvo where I'd switched the teevee off, (as I do when they watch it for more than 30 minutes)... I went abouts doing my stuff around the house and when I came back out to the living room, there they were.

Lil K was playing with her fishing rod, pretending to catch a  fish.

'Fish!' she would exclaimed!
The boys, on the other hand, created their own carnival games. They took out their nerf guns and started shooting toy soldiers.

What can I say? I was most pleased!

Monday, December 05, 2011

Staycation at MBS


We took a lil break with a staycation last weekend.

The entire family went along and we pretty much lingered around the hotel for most of the two days that we've spent there.

Up on the 57th floor, it was quite the view. The infinity pool was quite inviting. We caught up over plenty of coffee and tea whilst the kids were busy swimming up a storm. I loved that we were all together at the same spot and there was no real hurry to rush off to another appointment.

Hanging out with her favourite JieJie K.
The kids were very excited to have a stayover, as you can imagine. The noise level was through the roof and we had to tell them to tone it down a lil. Lest we get thrown out. =)

The breakfast spread is worth a mention because there was just so much variety.


Morning faces.
Kids at brekkie.
I'd also managed to sneak in some me time and went to check out the Shoppes at the Sands. Bought a lil treat for myself at YSL. The arty ring was calling out to me for a very long time. And alas I had to succumb. =)

Friday, December 02, 2011

The Gruffalo Comes to Life



Like most kids, my children are big fans of Julie Donaldson's book, "The Gruffalo".

So when I chanced upon a play staged by Tall Story at Forum the Shopping Mall, I knew I had to bring them along to watch it.

It was most amusing to see the book come to life.



My kids were captivated by how the story was told. It was largely a musical with three actors pulling off the roles of the animals. What I loved was how the different creatures had a certain persona attached to them ala the maracas shaking snake.

It was funny and terribly witty.

My kids definitely enjoyed it (All three were very enamoured that they sat right through the entire play) and I thought it was an excellent production that we would normally pay good money for (but was kindly brought to us by a mall).

They are showing twice a day on weekdays at 1pm and 5 pm. And three times on the weekend at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. =) Get there half an hour before show time to get a seating ticket.

Go catch it!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Princess

Now if you know me, you will know that I'm not a mother who calls her lil gal a princess.

She plays like how her brothers do. Trains and lego are common. Peppered with dolls, baby trolleys and stuffed toys.

Yet, somehow she's been referring to herself as Princess lately. She points to the picture in the alphabet book and then at herself and sighs "princess"

"Who's the princess?" I would ask.

She would say, "me"

It does leave her dear mother a lil puzzled.

Perhaps, it's the purchase of this gorgeous flower girl dress that sparked that thought off.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

K's First Violin Concert.

I have had quite a wicked weekend. It was filled with my favorite people as well as some of my favorite activities making me feel like it was Thanksgiving weekend in a very nice way.

To kick things off, my boy had his first ever violin concert.

He has been prepping for it for weeks. We have been going for rehearsals weekly and I'm glad that all that hard work paid off. (especially when he's the one who asked me to sign him up.)

All decked out in his spiffy new suit, we were off to the concert hall at Alliance Francais.

He was playing as part of an ensemble and had incredible fun on stage with his friends. I was very excited to see him dancing and playing his violin with his bunch of friends. The funny fella was also trying to keep a lil boy focused when he was standing next to him. He did look like such a mini grown up though.

I was just very proud that he just went and did it. He was very chilled before the concert. Had no signs of  fear or stage fright. Now I wish he would take on the world with this attitude as he goes along.


Part of the ensemble

Getting ready

What he was working for.
His music school mates.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

End of an Era

Tomorrow  will be pretty special in my firstborn's life.

It is the last day of kinder for him and after this, he will be starting his primary school journey.

This school has been pretty special. It is his first 'official' school.

I remember when we were in Australia when we chose this school. It was recommended by a girlfriend whose niece was in there. When we moved back to SG, I was really glad that we chose this school because it had such an open campus in an old school building.

Along the way, I'd grown to know that teachers and realized the enormous love they have for their charges. Every teacher that taught my kids have always been really supportive and positive. The kids get greeted very warmly every morning. And the concern shown whenever they fall ill or need help is always present.

I guess a good indication is that the kids love going to school. In fact, between staying at home and the former, they would definitely choose school.

My only beef is that I wish the the curriculum is stronger but my husband seems to think that it's the environment and pastoral care that is more important at this stage of their lives.

So, tonight I went out to town to buy some thank you gifts for the teachers.

I'm hoping that the boy would remember the love and teachings that he's been shown in the last three years as he moves onto the next phase of life.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Six Year old Writer

A couple of months back, Kayden was struggling with reading and writing in English.

It was, by and large, Mummy's fault because I was putting more focus on math.

So, in an act of desperation, we sent him for phonics. :) Hoping that it would kickstart him with the reading process.

The teachers at the Zoophonics school that we chose were marvelously brilliant. I kid you, not!

They had him reading simple words in 4 lessons.

The program is pretty fun! They always come out smiling at the end of class. The kids do stick with the same teacher as they progress. And you get a good feedback from them after each class about how they are trekking.

In fact, all three kiddos are now attending the same center. :)

And I have to say, he's improved so much that I'm very proud of him.

Here's a sample of what he wrote lately. (I'd initially thought the teacher helped much but she said it's really his thoughts and phrasing.)

Such insightful words from the six year old.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Jake's Sports Day


Jakeyboo had his first ever sports day on Saturday.

The lil fella was so excited that even a sudden downpour that day didn't dampen his spirits.

The school had organized the event for the kids in nursery and kinder 1. It was meant to let the children have fun and educate them about healthy living and sportsmanship.

There was already a crowd of parents at the venue when we arrived. Everyone was just armed with a digital camera or phone.

After singing a few songs to warm up, the kids got ready for their events. There were all sorts of relay games that the teachers came up for the little kiddos. And they were all so fun. In fact, everybody went home a winner that day cause the school wanted the kids to just have an enjoyable experience with their fellow classmates.

Us overzealous parents were rooting the kids on with lots of cheers and yays! I think poor Jake would've been embarrassed by his enthusiatic parents who were just cheering him on as loud as we can. =p Oh well, this is just the first one, kiddo.

In fact, D and I were very surprised at how agile Jake was. He was as quick as lightning when he was going through the race. And I can imagine D's brain going... This kid has so much sports potential!


Jake had such a blast. When we picked him up, he was busy chatting with this friends and couldn't stop smiling.

And that is one of the reasons why we love having our kids in this school.

Wicked November

November is shaping up to be such a fantastic month.

A few of our old friends from Melbourne are dropping by for a visit and we'd always love catching up with all these lovely peeps from the past. Our time in Oz has been blessed with good friends that will stay with us for life.


M was back from Sydney for work and weddings. It's been a couple of months since B and her left for Sydney and we'd missed our weekend dinner dates since.

This time round, we managed to catch up for drink or two. Catching up on the little bits and pieces of our daily lives. Just like old times. Can't wait to see what life has in store for them.

And tonight, we had dinner with R & L, who's back from Melbourne for a visit. Man! It was incredible just finding out how life has been since we left three years back. So much as changed and yet most things are still the same. It was wonderful seeing them.

B comes back next week and we will do a big catch up with everyone. It will be massive. =)

A's Birthday


A celebrated her 'turning of a decade' birthday last Friday.

We were invited to her fiance's place to celebrate with some of her favourite things.

An old friend from school days, we've come such a long way from our teh xi days. Looking back, we were such carefree peeps who loved nothing more than sitting at the canteen chitchatting.

It was a good party with some of her good friends. Filled with champagne and conversations, it was lovely getting to know some new peeps whom we will see at her wedding next year. =) Great fun!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Little Designers



I'd thought I will write about the art classes the boys are taking, as I've been getting emails about them.

I was looking for the boys to have a creativity outlet and since they like mucking around with paints and all... art classes seemed like a good option.

So a friend recommended a studio that does art lessons at home. A teacher will come to your house and conduct lessons once a week.

They kindly offered a free trial class which the boys enjoyed thoroughly.

Every week, teacher S will guide the kids on drawing techniques, color blending and mixing. They will get to sketch and draw a painting followed up with coloring and painting.

The end results are usually pretty incredible. Plus, the kids generally have a great time in their lessons.

A few weeks on, they've started to pull out the drawing block sheets and drawing all kinds of inspiration on. So that to me shows that they must be enjoying their art lessons!

If you are interested, you can contact Vanessa at 9380 7079 or visit her studio at www.littledesigners.sg

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Nine

It has been nine years since we'd started going out.

And now that we've done the dating, marriage, pregnancy and kids part... it's kinda nice to slow down and enjoy some couple time.

We've been really fortunate to travel once or twice a year sans kids to get reacquainted and see the world. And, of course, in the scheme of little things like movie dates, drinks, and dinners. It's always the little things that count, ain't it?

Most of all, it's been such a ride living life with a partner who knows your heart so well. And gives you the freedom to do what your heart desires. It's really like a good vintage... gets better with age. I have the privilege to live with a man who is so.

Happy Anniversary, Hun!

Primary One Journey: Orientation

My baby's all grown up.

Last Friday was orientation day for the boy.

Other than prepping him with the idea that he's going to a brand new school next year, this is the next step in the process for him to get acquainted with the idea that it's going to be an all boys school.

Lucky for him, he has his cousin with him through this journey. However, both kids would be in different classes as well as sports houses.

On that rainy arvo, we trotted up to school and he got dropped off at the music room to meet his new classmates. He was a little apprehensive about being left behind so I assured him that I would pick him up after the orientation session is over.

 I think it's pretty daunting for a six year old to leave the cushy comforts of kinder and move onto the big school campus where they are the youngest in the food chain. I guess we gotta keep him excited and encouraged about moving to the 'big boys' school.

Meanwhile, us parents were asked to attend an introductory session at the auditorium.

Whilst the boy was going through some icebreakers to get to know his new classmates and brought on a journey around the school, we watched the corporate video as well as one on the history of the school. The Principal gave us an overview on life as an ACS boy.

And so, here's I've learnt a few things about the primary school journey here in SG.
  1. Parental involvement is very much encouraged. - The school has very strong hints about parental volunteering. We were constantly reminded during the talk about it. I'm planning to sign up for some activities to help out as well as to get to know the school. (Plus, the husband is going, 'You're so free, dear. Why don't you sign up for something?" Hmmm... I wonder what gave him the idea.
  2. CCAs especially sports are a great way for the boys to destress. - I really like this point. I think all kids should play sports. It's a great way to build their character as well as to learn team work. Needless to say, D has already asked the boy which sports CCA he would like to join.
  3. Don't confuse the kid  - As in, do not disagree with what the teachers say. I understand this and I agree that kids should be taught to listen to the teachers. Apparently, there have been cases in the kids have conflicting views on the same issue due to what the parents convey and thus this is a reminder to myself that I would keep in line with the values of the school.
  4. Primary one is all about settling in. - Interestingly, the Principal didn't stress about the grades. She expressed that it is more important for the kids to settle in and be comfortable with the new system. Grades will come later, she's mentioned. And don't compare results. Wise words.
  5. Lastly, bring cash to the orientation. - The school would normally organize for the uniform vendors as well as the school bookshop to sell their wares that day. So to avoid the queue, I'd pre bought the uniforms a week before at the retailer. On orientation day, cash is the only form of payment so make sure you bring enough to buy what you need. 
There was much to take in that day. Overall, we were glad the school was what we thought it would be. The boy looked pleased when we picked him up. He kept telling us about the different amenties around the school compound. So hopefully, he will grow to love being in primary school.

Next up, shopping for a school bag.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Of Art and Soccer

Having three kids makes me quite a busy mum.

I spend most part of my day doing the chauffeuring, feeding and studying gig. =)

Sounds easy but it's pretty exhausting. Especially when each activity take twice as long to complete because I have to ensure that three kids comply.

So the only time I get a break is when the kids are either resting or doing an activity that doesn't involve my participation.

I wanted the kids to have a bit of fun doing activities that don't involve studying or practising.

So I've signed them up for soccer classes (Kayden) and art lessons (both boys).

The art lessons have been such a thrill for them because they get to mess around with paint and crayons. They have a really lovely teacher who's incredibly patient with them and allows them to express their creativity.


Guess who drew what?

As for me, I love (x3) seeing their completed art pieces. I collect them all, after they are dried and file them away. Once in a while, I'll take them out to see. It makes me smile whenever I do it. =)

As for soccer, I think my son sums it up best.

He said to me this arvo, after practice. "Mummy, you know I love soccer and art lessons!"

Spot the boy.
And with that, I think it's safe to say that it's money well spent.
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