Monday, December 08, 2014

A Play we shall see

We have had a busy weekend. 

Meimei had a ballet performance and so we were just dropping her off and picking her up from rehearsals.

So in between one of those pick ups, I managed to find some tickets to catch Wild Rice's "Monkey Goes West."

D and I love local theatre and we are exceptionally big fans of Wild Rice's productions. We were avid fans since he took me to catch "Emily of Emerald Hill" in Melbourne when we started courting. I mean, how can anyone resist Ivan Heng as Emily?!

So this time round, I thought we'll take our boys along. We love nothing more than exposing our kids to things we love. Plus they are old enough to sit through a longer production. 

The play was a hoot! We loved the local references and the jokes were hilariously relevant to our current affairs. 

The highlight for me was the location. I've always loved the Victoria Theatre. I spent my childhood going there for performances and even acted a small role in Noah's Ark there when I was little. I love the Grand old Dame! She has held a lot of nostalgic memories for me. And it's heartening to see her restored beautifully. 

I was taking a picture of my boys when an usher asked if we would like a family portrait. And he took a beautiful one by the glass window. 

Now I can't wait to go back there for more productions. And take my kids along too! 

Thursday, November 27, 2014



It's been a while, hey??

A blink of an eye and here we are at November! This year has whizzed by in a way but yet I guess with growing Tweens (yes that includes you K!) the days can  be pretty long as well!

It's Thanksgiving today and I woke up today feeling very thankful for the life I have. Don't get me wrong. Not every day is rosy or smooth. There's solo parenting and there was a lot more school work this year. And then there's a side floral biz too. So it's been crazy busy this year. But yet in the scheme of things... I really can't ask for more.

I have three wonderful kids. Who are healthy and definitely feisty. (You know it when they are squabbling just fine!) A husband who works hard and tries his darnest to be there, give me time to do my stuff, travel to where I wanna go. Good friends who are there for the highs and low and family who will always have my back.

Maybe I'm really growing up. But it's so funny how it's the little things that matter these days. Everything else is just icing on this beautiful cake. 

And so the tree is up! And we made gingerbread man cookies last night. Korkor mixed the ingredients for the dough. I baked them and they all decorated them. Mei mei bossed her korkor to finish decorating her cookies so she can bring them to school today. ( and he actually obeyed and did 20 cookies for her!) 

She took them to school today and distributed them like a boss! 

It's really a good season of motherhood. I can't wait for our winter break to come but in the mean time! 

Happy thanksgiving guys!! Give someone you love a hug or even a call! xx

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Disney's Planes : Seach and Rescue

The other day, the kids and I went for the media preview of Disney's Planes: Fire and Rescue.

We are big movie buffs around here. The kids have been waiting for this show for the longest time, ever since we watched the trailers. We caught the first instalment and we loved the storyline of how Dusty overcame his limitations and became a world famous racer.

Armed with boxes of pop corn and nachos, they were all set for 90 minutes of 3D action.

“Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. 

When world- famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited air tanker Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (voice of Captain Dale Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.

What I love about the show is how they paid tributes to the courageous firefighers who risk their lives for the many who are in danger on a daily basis. I think living where we are, we often take our own safety for granted. So it's quite an eye opening message for them.

It won't be a Disney film if they didn't include all the adorable characters like the smoke jumpers! The  airborne team of fire fighters who jump off planes and land on the ground to fight the fires. The team, made up of bulldozers and excavators, were probably the funniest and cutest part of the show.

The kids really enjoyed themselves and I like that they've taken away a few lessons from this show.

In fact, I think this sequel is actually better than the first instalment of Planes.

Disney's planes are now out in the theatres  so bring the kids to catch it this September holidays!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

London Loving

I have always felt like Europe was an adults' playground. The husband and I had many many fond memories of the different cites, However, we weren't sure how the kids would take to it. After all, why would kids find shopping and sight seeing and all that walking a wee bit exciting?

So even though I had booked all my tickets and somewhat settled the itinerary, I was still rather worried that my kids won't enjoy their time there.

But how mistaken I was?

From the time we set foot in London till the time we left Italy, I think Europe has definitey left such a deep impression in their hearts.

Our first stop was London. What a grand old dame she was with her culture, her architecture and even shopping like what Liberty offers.

I was very charmed by it. In fact, I was half expecting to not like it because everyone always complain about how dreary the weather always is. However, the weather was beautiful during the entire stay.

We took the kids to watch Matilda on the first night we were there. I love that they had a wicked time watching my favourite Roald Dahl book come to life. In fact, the entire production was nothing short of genius and magical. So much so, that when we came back, I bought the soundtrack off iTunes and the songs are like a permanent ear worm in our heads now.

Hamley's was the ultimate toy store. These kids were so captivated by the range of toys that were in there. Almost every floor has a different theme, and there are sales people doing toy demonstrations. There was simply no way we were going to leave empty handed. Also, not when they have their ever indulgent daddy who not only couldn't say no, but added things on to the basket himself. =p

There were, of course, icons like the red telephone boxes around the city and a cruise down to the tower bridge. Where we passed by the Waterloo bridge, which was built by women during the war. It was the only bridge that was completed on time and on budget. We women are really quite some thing huh? 

The kids loved the portebello market. There was so much to see. The boys chanced upon this stall that sells old school sports equipment like boxing gloves and rugby balls. Very cool. 

Our dear buddy, J, was in town too so we caught up over a few meals and hung out at his apartment in Shoreditch. ❤️ Love that suburb! I gotta write more about it! 

The Princess Diana Memorial Playground was probably one of the fondest memories for our kids. It was a long walk from Mandarin Oriental through Hyde Park. But when we got there, these kids had a ball of a time running around. We were very thankful for wonderful London weather. 

Next up, more shopping and food! 


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer Dayz

As far as holidays go, we toggle between really well planned and totally last minute. The latter usually happens when D has a business trip and I do the tag-along. 

This year, however, with school work and all, my travel wings are a little tied up. Which is okay because I love spending time at home.

The husband has been cray cray busy at work. To add to his portfolio, he's opened a new casual eatery, with our good friend. Some days, it's impossible to get hold of the man. Needless to say, we had no definite plans for our annual summer vacay.

So when the June holidays approach, I told him, we need to go somewhere for a bit with the kids. We tossed a few ideas in the air and in the end, it was between San Francisco or Europe. 

Because he likes to explore new places, Europe won!!

What can I say? We had the best time. This really ranks as the most relaxing holiday we have had so far. From the busy city of London, to the warmth and to die for views of Mykonos and Santorini and lastly, good old ancient Rome.

I really love traveling with my kids at this stage of their lives. Their curiosity, love for new people and all things water sports, and just generally being really well behaved for their parents.

I couldn't give thanks for more.

Till the next one! 

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Dogsitting Muu

The kids have been asking for a little pups for quite a while now. 

Life has been rather busy lately so it's kinda on the back burner. We are also quite certain that we want to either adopt or buy from a reputable breeder, so certainly it won't be a quick process.

So, darling Z, who spoils these kids silly, asked if we could dog sit for a weekend as she was going away. And immediately I said, "YES YES YES!" (But kept it quiet till the day before Muu Muu arrived.)

And what a weekend it was!

From the minute he was dropped off, he was the center of these kids' universe. They fed him, cuddled him, walked him and just fussed over him. He was hardly left alone. In fact, we took him everywhere.

Korkor K was the one who put him to bed every night and looked for him the first thing in the morning. He reluctantly left him behind when he has rugby or music lessons but other than that he's always wanting to cuddle him.

Mei mei, was surprisingly quite a good sitter. She walked him, fed him and even fought with her korkor over where muu muu should sleep with at nights. Poor Muu! Being tussled between the two!

And on the day, he went home, she walked him a final time and said "I'm not going to be okay because I love Muu Muu." 

Even Jake got into the cuddling action!! Which is really big cos he's not a big fan of dogs (even though he was born in the year of one! Go figure!!

And they all missed him when he went home. =(

It was such a wonderful way to see these kids learn about being responsible for a pet. It's such a pleasant glimpse into the future. Hopefully, we can find a little pup that would join us soon!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


This month couldn't start on a better note with the first glorious bloom of sakuras in the old city of Kyoto.

It was our  first time seeing the tree lined white canopies flooding all over the city and canals, and I found myself stopping every couple of steps to breathe in the faint distinct scent of the flowers, as my husband keeps hurrying me along.

The significance of the moment is not lost on me. 

In fact, the start of the season has given me an opportunity to reflect on the going ons in our lives and I found myself thinking how we have been so distracted by the busy-ness and hectic runs of our daily lives. He has been busy with his work and side business. I have been swarmed under by the daily school runs, keeping track of their school stuff and just keeping the house in order. It was like we were running parallel races.

That was when I realised that my husband and I lost sight of what was important to us. And that is the foundation of our relationship - time spent just being us and being a team.

It all came to halt that one night when we both had an epiphany and the world almost came crushing down. But what a moment that was. Because after that night, we woke up and became "us" again. He started making time to come home early and helping out with their mandarin lessons and putting them to bed. We made time for movies and coffee.

I felt like we had our 'normal' back again.

And I now know that we have to make an effort to keep "checking in" or it's pretty easy for us to lose track of the direction we were going. 

And so it's the start of a new season again. 

Let's make it a good one.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Grading

My not so little man took his third violin grading yesterday. 

Like any mom, I worry whether he would get exam anxiety or if he would feel stressed about the process. 

But the fella surprised me.

You see, ever since they started lessons, all I wanted was for them to enjoy their classes. We have had our fair share of bumps along the way as they either changed teachers or when Jake swapped instruments and moved on to the piano. But the end goal was always to find a right teacher for them. Which I am happy to note that they are both really lucky to have. 

So back to the grading, he was quite irregular with his practise in the months leading up to the exam. But somehow in the last month, he really started putting in effort to master the songs and memorize his scales. ( I did tell him I love the songs he picked and I think that motivated him to want to play them better) It wasn't all easy but the songs started sounding really lovely. 

I was caught by surprise the determination this boy had. 

So when he got home yesterday, he quickly went to shower, changed into his concert outfit and immediately started running through his routine. 

Aiyoh... In that moment, I almost teared. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. My baby was all grown up. 

I saw how calm and collected he was when he went in for his test. He absolutely did his best. I was very proud. 

Seeing that accomplished look on his face shows that he knew that all that hard work has paid off! 

And as for this mama here, phewz, one grading down. ( i was hoping there wouldn't be anymore but my son came out and said let's do grade 4 now?! O_O why don't we play some songs to expand your repertoire, kiddo?!!) 

So time for a short trip! ;)

Friday, March 21, 2014


Phew, so 2014 came along and whoop me from the behind. (Hence the lack of updates!)

I have been really busy with the school schedules and with three, sometimes I do stop and think about how I can calm this crazy hectic lifestyle. But I digress.

One of the things I love doing is when I stop and smell the roses. I try to do it on a daily basis, usually in the mornings when I have a cuppa or two to start my day. (it's not hard when you have good company and good coffee to kickstart the morning. So blessed!)

And this morning,  instead of breathing in and appreciating what life has to offer over a glorious cup of Nylon coffee, I actually had my moment when I drop my little gal off at school.

I was telling her goodbye when I was leaving and gave her a big smooch on the cheek when she laughed and turned around to her friends and said " My mummy loves to kiss me here and here (as she points to her cheek and top of her head))

It made me grin.

If only she knew that I would kiss her all day long if I could! =p

Happy Friday, everyone. The weekend's almost here!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Monday Fleurs

I was at the floral uncle the other day and he had a huge selection of flowers in all kinds of pink hues. I am 'secretly' a lover of the colour pink. So I got really excited and started picking out all kinds of flowers in all varieties and ended up with the bunch that you see above.

One of my personal favourites is lilies. I find that they are simple and yet holds a grand presence whether it's paired with other blooms or just even on its own. This fuchsia pink lilies caught my eye and I had to have them (even though I just bought them last week as well)

I must admit that initially I didn't know what to do with them but I slowly started putting them in this vase that I had and it started taking its form. That's the thing with home arrangements, you slowly feel your way through the fleurs that you have and eventually you would have something that you really like. =) And I really really love the end results of this one. 

Happy Monday!


Friday, February 28, 2014


It's Friday and my heart is absolutely singing!

Firstly, we survived our first week of CA (test week) for K and, second of all, school's out for the weekend for the boys. And I'm really relieved the former is over because it has been an intense fortnight of studying. It's hard making boys sit for a long period, especially when their instincts are always in play mode.

I was nagging him so much at one stage that I totally expected him to go "There she goes again." But, when I checked in on him one day when I was out,  I found him sitting through and doing the assignments that I threw at him. (There was quite a bit to go through.)

You know how there are scenes in your life when you acutely know that the paradigm has shifted and a change has happened? Well, this was one of those.

It made me pause and and  think. My heart ached a little as well because I saw my little boy being aware that he is now responsible for his own studies and grades. It totally shouted out "He's no longer a little boy!"

A part of me acknowledged that this is part of the growing process and he's really "growing up". And thus the heart ached. Some day I will have to let go but for now, I'm glad he's still at a stage where he listens to the things we tell him. I often ask D, "Do you think they know we love them?" And he's like "Don't be silly!! We do eeeevvverrrrything for them!"

I guess we are doing ok.

So we are taking it easy today and this weekend. There's a violin grading coming up soon. But you know, that's a story for another day. =)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

This Valentine's

This Valentines, I received a beautiful bunch of peonies from the husband.

If you know him, you would know that he's better at gifts than flowers but overall he spoils me very rotten. And this year, because we didn't get to do dinner proper on the day itself, he got me the most beautiful bunch of posies from my favourite florist, Floral Magic. (I'm very very fussy about my flowers so I'm really happy he knows my floral style)

One thing I'd tell ya about the husband is, he has a lady/person for everything. A diamond lady. A car mechanic. A wine distributor. And now, he's got a flower lady!! (Yay!)

So yes, he's quite sorted out in all of life's departments.

And as for me, I'm happy to be receiving all kinds of flowers from you, any day! =)

Thank you, baby!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Bai Nian

One tradition we love to impart to the kids is the traditional Pai Nian.

It's the very first thing we do on the first day of the new year. 

We get the kids all dressed up and they would take turns to say their new year greetings to papa who would in turn bless them with a little red packet to kick off the lunar new year. 

Secretly, I think Daddy really likes this practice. He always have such a wide beam when they greet him and a massive cuddle after. 

Too precious a sight to miss. 

Now I'm thinking, I gotta prep me some ang pows to experience that too! (and put my camera down!) 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Day in the Kampung

On the third day of CNY, we took a road trip up north to visit the husband's paternal side. In a kampung just outside of Melaka.

My kids always look forward to the visit because it means that they get to play with fireworks and mingle with their second cousins that they only see once or twice a year. It's funny how they can communicate despite my kids speaking english and them, Chinese.  Quite heart warming to watch them interact!

Showing her auntie and cousin her playlist on her iPod.

For me, it's about hanging out in that grand old house. Filled with all the memories of the generations past. Which in a way reminded me of my own childhood home. 

Time passes very slowly there. There really isn't much to do there, other than just pottering around the house. Recently, they've added Wifi, which is really really exciting if you ask me.

But yes, this annual visitation is really for my kids. I love that they still have this part of history that exists in such modern times. (They normally bring their new gadgets to share with their cousins. Which I am pretty amused as it seems like a cross cultural exchange. =) )

Meimei chilling out.

Kayden lives for the fireworks. He was literally outdoors all the time until the fire crackers were all exhausted. Needless to say, he had a blast (pun intended) and asked when are we visiting next. 

Harry Pottering. Just like magic!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Of Lok Loks and Satay

Weddings are a lot of fun!

Especially when it requires a road trip (No jams!!) and an entire weekend of playing, resting and feasting. Win win win, can?

We hung out in the estate and swam the arvo away. The kids then had a run around in the playground before we went back for a house party.

The highlight?! A Lok Lok van! It was specially catered for the party by my dear friend's mom. It was honestly such an eye opener for the kids. Kayden loved the entire concept. He kept running back there for more sticks of goodness! (He's a foodie, can you tell?)

And there was a satay man too! 

Let's not forget the amazing decoration that R has put together for the event. She's painstakedly folded 400 over cranes for the party. And they were all so beautifully hung on a tree with ribbons. It's absolutely beautiful!

Now we kid that we will be back sooner than later for some hair treatment and to hang around the estate! =)

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