Wednesday in Bangkok 

On the third day of our trip, I woke up to make up and get ready for our brunch. In this trip, I brought along my Dior Make up. 

Face: Forever Perfect Cushion for semi-matte finish. The coverage is medium and having dry skin, I apply a rich moisturiser and primer before using the cushion.  

Wearing love bonito and heading Platinum Mall for brunch. I have heard much about the food court and personally, I find street food is better in terms of taste. 

Nevertheless, I will return to this food court again when I am back for shopping. 

Kryston 1st Flight 

This December Kryston gets to take his flight to Bangkok, Thailand. Using sky scanner, we manage to find an ideal rate for Singapore Airlines. Despite being parents for 7 years, it is our first experience bringing infant on-board. In fact, an active toddler.

We experienced 30mins flight delay due to bad weather. Kryston was a little cranky because we were kinda trapped in the waiting area.

Alas boarding plane…

Children’s meals were served shortly. Leia had some spaghetti which she didn’t finish.

And Kryston gets to enjoy some bun from his sister meal.

Chinese noodle meal.

Bret and I took turns to eat because Kryston was actively trying to walk around.

The little one was awake the whole time and refused to sit with mummy. There was no time for flight entertainment, my eyes were on Kryston throughout the flight. Here he is playing with bottle warmer given by the airline. Heinz bottled baby food was packed and given to me.

Hubby and I felt so relieved when the pilot announced the arrival of destination.

Besides our family of four, my parents, sister, in-law & her elder sister joined us. We brought our helper Lisa along with us too.

We walked out of the airport and hired a van to our hotel. 30mins later, we arrived. It was close to 9pm. We had a connecting room with in-law, aunt & Lisa while my parents & sister room were opposite us. I had requested during my booking, perfect arrangement by the hotel.

The room was spacious and modern. Everyone was pleased with the rooms.

Pardon the short video as we had to get ready to unpack and prepare for dinner  …..

Airline: Singapore Airline

Accommodation: Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel (5-10 minutes walk to Platinum Mall, have to walk an overhead bridge)

Transport: Limo Van, Taxi, Tuk Tuk (We encountered a morning tuk tuk scam but thankfully, no monetary loss except we had to walk a little longer to our destination.)

  • Have the hotel concierge to arrange the transport around the city especially if in big groups. We were able to request a limo van, a 2-way return trip to Yaowarat (Chinatown) from our hotel. The fees are reasonably fair and comfortable for all. When Hubby and I asked the concierge on how to go “Style Nanda Pink Hotel“, the staff searched the internet and advised us to take Tuk Tuk due to traffic and cost. He arranged for us and negotiate the price for us too.
  • When taking Tuk Tuk,  prepare small change like 20-50 Baht because the driver may say “No change” and passenger would have to pay 200 Baht instead of 150 Baht.
  • Avoid talking to over-friendly locals suggesting transport mode to your destination …. even if they are in uniform claiming to be in charge of a shopping centre or area. Likely they may bring you to a pretty remote expensive restaurant for food so that they can earn commission or … I can’t imagine further.

More blog posts on Bangkok trip at Dayre … Being a working mummy of 2, the interface at Dayre is much easier to journal my days using mobile. Hmmm


Happy 7th Birthday, Leia

Today my little girl turns 7 years old. I told myself and people that the happiest moment in my life was having to be in the same room with Leia and Bret right after I delivered her. I experienced motherhood for the first time, realising the moment I have always wanted since my early 20s and finally fulfilling the curiosity of meeting my own child. Till today, I can still picture us in the maternity ward together. At that time, it was all so surreal. And all the precious little details in that hour, I will never want to forget.

Thank you God for blessing us with a girl. Leia likes to drawing. From time to time, she draws cards to express how much she loves & misses us. We have been touched by her thoughtfulness and times when she challenged us with mischief, Bret & I learn to be more creative with parenting as well as patience. Everyday working towards becoming a better person so as to lead by example. 

To Leia:

Many times when you are sleeping mummy kissed your forehead whispering, “Thank you Leia for coming into our life.” I love you and I know you love me mummy daddy didi as much as we do. Both you and didi mean the world to me. 

My devotion for God grew stronger than ever when I was pregnant with you making an unconditional promise to myself making sure you will be safe. When mummy and daddy are not by your side, I pray for the angels to protect you always.
This year entering primary 1 is a steep road for us, we have reached the last quarter and getting better. We make sure you get to play hard as much as studying hard.

Mummy wish you will be healthy and may your days ahead be filled with fun adventures.

Happy birthday, Love you always and forever.

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.

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 🙂

Banana & Blueberries Muffin (Part 1) 

My firstborn, Leia loves getting her hands on baking and cooking. And together we baked baby pastry for Kryston.

I used to call her Baby Chef, now she’s promoted to Junior Chef. Leia helped much in the process:

  • Measured & Sieved the Flour
  • Sliced & Mashed the Banana
  • Sliced Blueberries into half
  • Cracked and beat the eggs

One of her Favourite was to Combine the Ingredients.

Time to bake the batter into golden brown nice smelling muffins !

Leia and I sat in front of the oven as we watched the batter transformed. Science !

For the recipe of Sugar-Free Banana Blueberry Muffin for Weaning Babies:

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To be continued …

Growing Interest

The day before her class at Kid Start Now, Leia proudly informed us she had chosen her bag and packed all the things needed in class such as school Chinese textbook and stationery. Mil noticed her enthusiasm.

On actual day, my girl woke me up at 730am as she didn’t want to be late for her 9am class. We reached the centre 10 minutes earlier.

Walking behind her, I admired my morning view and cannot resist taking a picture of Donutella Sweet Shop on my girl. Next detail was her ponytail which she tied on her own. Few days, Leia discovered in “shock” that she is able to tie her hair on her own now. New milestone.

After I dropped her at the centre, drove back home to my boy. It was Lisa’s off day so I need to return home to the little one. And coming home with his hands reaching out to me melts my heart. Played with him for a while and then it was time… Bret woke up earlier so we can pick Leia together. The school is located next to Bedok Central Hawker Centre so we bought breakfast home.

My man has a thing for Chwee Kueh.

And this stall nailed it! The queue is justified because it’s really delicious. I hate to queue but no regrets. Bret and I were satisfied.

At home, Leia took out her homework from Kid Start Now.

I have signed up the Show & Tell Holiday Camp. Online reviews have been great and my hunch tells me she will enjoy.

Now that her interest in Chinese is growing, spelling test is quite a breeze now. Glad I found the right centre for Leia.