Booked

This morning as Bret and I were preparing ourselves for work in the bedroom, he smiled and turned to me, “Our air tickets and accommodations are confirmed”

Stunned for a moment as it is our first vacation where I don’t have to do anything! And I asked, “You have my passport details?” Suddenly my husband was looking more chaming than ever, he replied: “I took a picture of your passport 🙂 ” Something I will not expect him to do. Super grateful to his friends who are awesome guys and love Japan. I can sense that Bret is looking forward to the trip too.

So, that marks our countdown to a country I have always wanted to travel with him since I went Japan with my colleagues long time ago. For many reasons, I believe he will like Japan.

And right now, I wanna share this song with you. A song from the first Japanese drama I watched, “God, Please give me more time – Kamisama mousukoshi dake” A show that inspired me to be a great, loving mother to my children someday … at that time I was only … 14 years old.

It was the same year I knew Bret, who watched the drama with me. One of the best drama I’ve watched. Prepare a box of tissue if you decided to catch it.

Longchamp & Jujube DSS

Beginning to use my Longchamp bag again as I need to put our tula baby carrier in it. The combination of fuchsia & donutella sweet shop fuel cell is lovely. 


With jujube quicks & fuel cell, I was able to have better organisation. In the fuel cell, I have prepared snacks, toys and necessities for formula milk. 


It’s pretty much my restaurant bag too. So if I’m not heading any restaurant, I might leave in the car or it will be in my Long champ bag without baby carrier in it. Bret adores the babywearing bonding moment, even if Kryston was asleep on his chest. 

Here’s a peek inside my bag without baby carrier :

  • Tula Blanket – the softest wrap to keep my kids warm in the car 
  • Huggies wet wipe Pouch – I use Cloversoft Wet Tissue (Eyeing wipouch) 
  • King of Courts Be Quick – Mummy’s bag. I have a detachable sling to turn it into sling bag if I’m going to put all the bags in the car. 
  • Dreamworld Be Quick – Diaper Needs
  • Side Pocket contains Tissue & Lip Balm 

If I have to change Kryston diapers in the mall, I only need to bring the Quick to the changing room. Or it can be an Organiser in ny Longchamp bag 


Jujube Tokidoki takes diaper bags packing to another level. The colours and characters bring Joy to mummies who have imited me-time & deprived of good uninterrupted sleep. 

Kryston at Happy Train Tampines 

Sunday afternoon was another milestone moment for Kryston. Bret and I looked forward to this day as we were eager to know his response towards class setting. Well, I have enrolled him to an enrichment program which Leia used to attend at 9 months old. 

Here’s my girl in 2011 ! 


Holistic brain-training programme that enriches children’s growing minds through a variety of games, guided play and hands-on activities. Happy train believes in the importance of developing core skills and shaping children’s learning attitudes.
While preparing for day out, we told Kryston “It’s your first day to school!” Not sure why, parents get more excited 😊 


I have him in polo tee from cotton on kids. Last night, I managed to purchased more tees, shorts & shoes from Taobao. There was this 618 Midyear sales. Ezbuy was having Free Agent Fee & 30% off Shipping Fee. I tried Sgshop too but shipment is slower due to hippcups & even exchanging of item. Because of the delay, I went with Ezbuy again. I was afraid of bad luck shipment… 

So, back to Happy Train. On the way to the centre, I cannot help realised how old the building has become. A familiar feeling when I was in the same ward after giving birth to Kryston. 

6 years later, everything is still the same but older. 

Re-entering Happy Train at Tampines, we noticed the layout remains and I was both surprised & impressed that Teacher Monica & 黄老师 still around ! They looked good, still as young, vibrant and pretty as before. 
I had forgotten there’s an alternate session for English & Chinese class. This week is English and  we have Teacher Monica. A blue card with his name was on the table. Kryston sat down in the cute yellow chair happily not knowing what’s going to happen. 


Just as I remembered, Happy Train seemed to have more little girls compared to boys. In this class, there are 6 toddlers and 4 were girls. I used to be a girl mummy in Happy Train class and now with a 12 months old boy… things are little different. 


Before Teacher Monica starts the class, Kryston was entertaining himself with his blue card. When the class commenced, I heard the same songs could see the children like the songs. Review back in 2012 here ! 

In our first session, I also learnt that it’s time to practice shapes & stacking of blocks to Kryston. We did have fun especially when teacher took out the toy vehicles and activity material. It was the best for Kryston. 

Compared to Big Sister, I noticed Kryston was more reserved towards new faces & environment. 

When teacher Monica interacted with him during activities, his eyes suddenly welled up tears & reached out to me. Stranger anxiety I Guess. It was just once and he didn’t cry or have a meltdown. This is Bret’s DNA who prefers to hang out with the usual people and other than work, he is pretty reluctant to meet new people or places. 

I could see that the exposure in Happy Train will help to build his social-emotion skills. And I have the mummy instinct whereby Kryston is going to enjoy the coming sessions after he opens up to the Teachers and friends. 
After we were done, Bret and I saw a grouchy sleepy boy. 


Bret remembered Leia needed nap after the stimulated fun activities. In the car, he was “singing” non-stop to the radio songs and knocked out after few songs. 

We watched our little boy sleeping blissfully. Await next session.

Karel Capek Japanese Tea

It is past midnight now. I was done with my night regime with skincare and diffused Young Living Lavender Oil for a calming, good night sleep. Meanwhile, I am blogging, listening to classic 80’s love songs on my ear piece as dear hubby watches his Korean drama, Ruler: Master of the Mask…

Today we brought the kids to Liang Court for Lunch because I wanted to get Karel Capek Tea Time Shop Japanese tea bags. Mainly because of the irresistible packaging and amazing flavours. The local distributor in Singapore, One Tap Lifestyle had a pop-up booth for 3 days and I just have to make a trip there.

Picture source: Karel Capek

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Gonna do tea party at home 🙂

Backache … 

It’s Saturday close to 4pm now. I am homely, lying in bed feeling the occasional backache. Having a toddler in bed every night also means disrupted sleep. My backache is caused by poor sleeping posture as I reach over to my boy when he seeks comfort.

Usually, at this time I will go through some assessment books with Leia but today my back hurts and I need to rest in bed. If only have time, I would have head to the Chinese bonesetter or massage to ease the discomfort.

This afternoon we watched The Boss Baby at home & playing the new train toy. Lisa is helping to tend the kids now as I rest. By my bedside, I have water with Chia Seed.


Bret commented in a slightly worried tone, “Your mug looks expensive, is it ??” I was surprised that he could tell and I just smiled to him and looked away, hoping to change the subject. Got it during Le creuset sales, they were having 1-for-1 so the damaged was not too bad.

Our latest toy in the house, a magnetic train toy from Hape. I got it from Baby Fair at Suntec yesterday. And it was a Long day with my Best Friend. We did quite a list interesting stuff together including super long & late supper with common friends.

Friday night ended 3am and explains my current zombie mode. Although we rarely end our night beyond midnight as Bret and I cannot help feel guilty towards my kids next day. Our much-needed rest replaced the quality time with them. Though in bed, I managed to schedule some fun & playdate for Leia.

Mum-life balance

June 2017 

Once in a while maybe a week or month, I find myself taking selfie in the car to entertain myself. Either I am waiting for a carpark lot or someone. 

In this picture, I was waiting for Bret to park his car. 


Wearing Fresh Kon Brilliant Brown contact lenses gave me a softer look. 

Highly reccomend the following camera-photo apps from App Store: 

  • Beauty Plus App (I told my friends you will look 5 years younger with the auto contour & auto remove wrinkles feature) 
  • Make up Plus App (great for mummies who are too busy & tired to wear make up)
  • Meitu App (has a very useful feature to remove photo bomber) 

Have fun 🙂