Friday dinner: Cereal Prawn

When I first moved into my current house, I used to cook and hubby washed the plates. A year later, we had helper in the house and I was tired after work. Cooking became history…. until this week… I had the mood to cook. Homegrown organic curry leaf from my balcony. 

Preparing a dish I like to order whenever I visit zhi char store. The sizzling butter, chilli padi & curry leaf … I like that. 

Then it wad time to add the deep fried prawns & cereal mixture.

Time for dinner ! Leia can’t take spicy so I set aside deep friend prawn with mayonnaise by the side. 

Drama and Dreams

As parents of two young children, hubby worked hard to provide for his family while I juggled with flexible work, household and kids. On a working day, we look forward to finishing work and return home to our kids running to us with open arms. A typical evening at home includes family dinner, shower then lay in bed watching the kids laugh as they play or dance together. After 2-3 hours later, it was time for the kids to go to bed.

With the kids soundly asleep, Hubby would start our golden time, drama to chill and relax before we sleep. We kinda prefer Korean drama as we laugh off to the hilarious lines and enjoying the ost.

We have finished 2 good drama recently, “While you were Sleeping” by Lee Song Juk & Suzy. I think they look really compatible together. And I love this ost song by Eddy Kim.

The storyline is about a girl with the ability to dream future of people who get hurt and died. Deja vu. She got to know a prosecutor and a police officer who received the ability to dream the future after they crossed paths.

Dreams. Just how do they work.

Definition of dream:

1 : a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep. (By Wikipedia)

I have been dreaming almost everyday since I was a kid while Bret hardly dreams. In the past, I can have vivid dreams and would share the details with Best friend B but recently I can’t seem to remember my dreams. Aging memory I guess.

Smashbox : Always on Liquid Lipstick 

Because I came across a beauty youtuber who highly reccomended Smashbox Liquid Lipstick. Then I watched video on kiss-proof liquid lipsticks, Smashbox was given 4 thumbs up ! 

So in the last 30mins of 20% Sephora Sales, I carted out two shades, Dream Huge & Babe Alert. 

And I decided to try Dream Huge. A romantic pink reminding me of Saturday Date with love. 

In my hand, the lipstick feels different and looks pretty on its own. Unlike the typical lipstick cover. 

Eager to try, I used cleansing oil to wash off bourjous lip colour and applied Dream Huge. 

The applicator lives up to its raves, really useful as lip liner. And the super matte pigmented colour need only 1x application on the lips to achieve the look. In mummy hair bun, looking fresh. Make up makes one happier. 

I used to link dry and matte together but Smashbox did a great job to keep the uncomfortable dryness away by infusing jojoba oil for moisture. 

Best of all, there is no transfer on cups and kiss-proof. 

Showing my drinking cup after I took a sip. I went on to see my loved ones on their cheeks and lips. If I wear other lip colour, I wouldn’t kiss them. Some lipstick leaves a sticky texture…thats the last thing I want on my kids face. 

Now I can kiss them anytime and say goodbye to mummy pale, bare face. 

This lasting liquid lipstick is perfect. 

Thoughts

It is Monday 11:30pm and I will be meeting friends for vegetarian lunch. Communicated with Best Friend B, persuaded her to join Liyun and myself. She didn’t want to because of the distance..but she agreed. An hour later, my buddy at work asked if I will be free for lunch. Buddy and me have been really close recently and we learnt a lot more about God and prayers. And that one thing we have in common, the love for travel. An effective escape from our daily routine, finding the joy of doing and learning something new.

Drowning in work is not a good thing for me now. Near mid 30s, I have surpassed the phase where I find myself a positive, driven workaholic determined to achieve goals. In my line of business career, I experienced the true meaning of “Grit and Effort brings Results”.

There is also something I learnt about life, “Human thoughts and perception changes through different experiences.”

Motherhood greatly changed my attitude towards career. I wanted more time with my children and struggled with the need to achieve career goals or being there with my little ones. Deep down, I yearn so much for the latter. Yet in life, we do not always have the choices to do anything the way we want. I had made a choice to commit in a lifetime career, my director had placed hopes on me to do well and I do not like the feeling of letting others down. A struggle I never knew I would have.

When life unfolds, leading us to lovely surprise or shocking ordeal … the best way is to embrace the situation with a positive attitude to move forward.

September 

This year, Bret and I tried something different for the first time. We spent our first week travelling to Tokyo, Japan with 2 of his friends. There wasn’t much planning, we reached Japan and explored around freely.

So how was our trip? The word is relax.

For 8 days, Bret and I walked the streets of tokyo enjoying delicious bites and meals each time we rest at a cafe or eatery. On the average, we clocked 20,000 steps in a day which is impossible to reach back at home. Then several times a day, we savoured delicious Japanese-western food. And every night, we unwind with 2 hours of Drinks Buffet. At my “best night”, I had 5 glasses of whiskey, 2 hot sake bottles & 1 pint of beer.

Souls rejuvenated and all the walking in Japan made me a little slimmer. Travel drew us closer to his friends. We look forward to another trip with his friends next year.

This year-end we plan to bring the kids on a family vacation. Can’t wait!
Make up have been routine as I prefer to keep my cosmetics stash neat & simple. So in the pic is my everyday make-up wear.

Face: Sulwhasoo BB Cushion

Eyes : Kates Eyeshadow and Maybelline Eye Liner

Lashes : Dior IT Lashes Mascara

Cheeks: Bobbi Brow Coral Blush shade

Lips: Innisfree Eco Flower Balm

Stray by Fat Cat 

2 weeks before, Jan and I arranged a day out to hang out. The agenda involves lunch, drinks and mummy topics. It’s our first 1-1 meeting. I suggested Stray at Orchard Central because of the menu looks healthy & impressive artsy food plating. Pricey though

I ordered Acai Berries Bowl. So pretty with healthy antioxidant ingredients.

There were not many choices for lunch so Jan decided on Yu Sheng Bowl. Truly an Instagram-worthy food with Yu Sheng ingredients.

Can’t say much about taste though but I would come back for desserts 🙂

Stray by Fat Cat

181 Orchard Road

#04-23 Orchard Central

Singapore 238896