First visit to Tampines Library at Hub

Saturday, both Bret and I woke up late. By the time we were ready, it was 2pm and making our way to lunch. Tummies filled with sushi, we decided to pop by the re-opened library near our Neighbourhood.

The crowd was manageable and we made our way to the children's book section at level 4.

In order to build Leia's vocabulary and interest in writing, I try to introduce books appropriate for her age.

Leia likes the new Library and asked to find a seat so she can read her book. Bret was babywearing Kryston so wasn't the ideal time.

When we strolled to the Chinese section, she discovered a Disney princess book. There's hanyu pinyin so she can read the book on her own.

The Baby Pictures Books are located at Level 3, an indoor playground coming too. I picked up 3 books for my 14 months old.

Altogether we borrowed 11 books for Leia & Kryston. The books are all new books and the kids have started to read them at home.

For my boy, it was more of flipping and playing with the interactive books.

Looking forward to our next trip to the library again.

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.

Mummy at home 

My daily routine very much revolves around the kids now. They are 6 years apart and I have to fulfil different needs and attention towards my 7 year old and 1 year old.


Leia is in Primary 1 and I would go through with her as she does assessment books almost everyday to better her understanding of the subjects. My role as her home teacher lasts about 1-2 hours. In a way, we are bonding too. I get to know what’s her weakness and strengths.

Otherwise, our favourite activity these days is to visit the Malls, cafe or restaurant together.


As for Kryston, I do what I need based on his growth development. Exploring motor skills & food !

Knowing I’m his mummy, Kryston has been reaching out to me more. He is specific about his wants and displays extreme emotions. The parts & parcels of growing up. I enjoy every bit of motherhood even if I have been living on interrupted sleep and the continuous mind-wrecking search for ways to help my child grow well and healthy.

All I need is a good massage to comfort my body and soul. Recently I’ve found a Thai Massage therapist. Yeah! Can’t wait to go back soon again 🙂

Baby Kryston

Although Kryston is getting really close to 1 year old, he’s on the smaller side like 8 months old baby. Carrying him, we have said to him, “You look like a baby!” Isn’t much of concern to us as we looked at his limbs, he’s likely to grow tall like daddy. 

A week before he turns 1 year old, Kryston finally learnt to clap his hands & knows when to clap when we sing “If you happy and you know”. Weeee ! He enjoys being read to & recognises play, revealing his four teeth each time he laughs heartily. 

It’s been a breeze feeding him meals. Baby led weaning doesn’t work well for him and I’m fine with it. I’m not really comfortable with the potential choke and gags experience in BLW. I’ve tried to let Kryston practice feeding himself… yet conclusion is he prefers to be served. Taking it slow as I know I can’t rush. When it’s time, he will pick up fork and spoon to feed himself.

Having number two, parents get a chance to make things better than first. I find myself more relaxed with his milestones progress. Slower than Leia but steady… he gets there. 

As of now, he’s still not able to stand on his own. He refused to go hands-free as he knows he is not ready. My wonderful helper lisa is training him every morning to help him reach a new milestone or attained a new skill like knowing where is his ears, face etc. So far, he has unlocked most of his milestone achievements for his age. 

Everything all good 🙂

Banana Blueberries Muffin (Part 2) 

Afternoon tea break with my little ones. We served the freshly baked sugar-free muffin to Kryston on EzPz mat.

Was curious how would he handle the muffin with his bare hands.

Lots of crumbs as he squeezed and squashed the Muffin in his little hands.

He loves the taste and texture so much, he used the back of his hand to prevent Muffin cramps from coming out of his mouth.

Introduced fork and he held it like he’s brushing his teeth.. hmmm

Enjoying the smell of banana muffin

He was able to hold the fork well and fed himself 😊  Good Job!

About Kryston, he does not have the tendency to put objects into his mouth… and dubious even when it comes to food. The little foodie will ask for food if he sees Leia or adults eating the particular food usually fruit or bread.

Sugar-Free Banana Blueberries Muffin – Approved by Kryston !

Tea Break at The Tiramisu 

Sunday afternoon, Mil was out with us. When she suggested tea break, I thought of The Tiramisu Hero. Mil told her she’s been to the cafe twice with her friends. The owner happened to be Daughter of her Friend. Cool. 

Leia taking a picture of the hero of the day. 

My Creme Brûlée Latte was served in a very cute cup. I had asked about the price of the cup as it’s tempting to bring one home. The waitress told me it will be cheaper if I bring home the cup I used compared to brand new. New concept for me. 

Ordered the Lemon Lavender Tiramisu to try. It was bit too sweet for me and I didn’t get to taste Lavender. Still prefer Gastronomic Tiramisu. 


Shall try original flavour next time. We ordered Waffle Ice Cream too. The cream and truffle waffle tasted incredible 😊

Here’s my kids in the rocking horse. 

We will be back!