Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dare To Dream A Little Bit Harder

If you dare to dream a little bit harder,
you never know that your wish may come true!


She was very happy to be selected to be the monitress. I don't know how long it will be but I do hope she will enjoy this process for being given the task to be responsible and know how to take care of the class. 

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Reno Diary: Invisible Grille

It's been less than a month since we moved in and I have not finished sorting out some of the stuff at home yet. Just trying to take things slowly one at a time because I have been feeling under the weather recently & the adults at home are taking turns to fall ill :(

When we collected the keys to our home, the first issue we were very concerned was safety for our children at home. Since we are staying on higher floor, its impossible not to install safety grills because our children are at a stage whereby they may not be aware that certain actions is dangerous from our point of view.

After we have gathered and heard some reviews from friends & relatives, we decided to install the invisible grille all around our house. Yes! We were so worried about the danger that we actually installed on our balcony, bedrooms, toilet windows and the kitchen window. When we saw the finished product of the installation, we were very satisfied with the outcome. The invisible grille looked very presentable, anti-rust and safe. No more big chunky metal grilles that make the whole house looks like a "jail", yeah!


We engaged Invisible Grille to install the grilles for us. Initially I was told that this might take more than 1 day to finish the installation. In the end, they sent more workers to come over and everything was finished within a day. Their Supervisor was also around to oversee the workers' progress and make sure everything went smoothly. *Thumbs-up!* 

Before they put on those high-tension cables..


Everything was covered up nicely after the cables were tightened.

We can have a nice view while relaxing in our balcony area.

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293 Changi Road
Singapore 419771
Tel: 6445 1669
Email: sales@invisiblegrille.com.sg / sales@igc.sg
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Bumblebee Party

Recently, Junior YS was so into Sonic, Mario Bros, Angry Birds and Transformers. In the end, he wanted me to get the Transformers Bumblebee cake for him. We didn't do anything special for him this year, I only ordered a cake and managed to find something suitable to give his classmates as goodies bags a few days before the celebration.

Too bad, hb was very busy with work and could not make it to the school celebration. Siblings were in the school as well. Luckily, his mood was not dampened and he had fun giving out goodies to his friends.







I won this book in a giveaway and it came just in time before his birthday. It's a book all about him and he was so excited to read the book the moment he opened the present :)


Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4 Ever

Dear Junior YS,

It's been 4 years long and it only seems like yesterday I was still holding you in my arms. You never fail to amaze me with your cheekiness, your funny antics and your unusual conversations with me. Your curiosity never stop and love to ask tons of questions every day. You are a very observant boy and will check with me on days when I happened to be driving on a different route to somewhere. 


You are not shy to greet anyone and will openly strike a conversation to show your friendliness. You love to express your love openly and will tell me your likes & dislikes with no reservation.

You thirst for knowledge has surpasses my expectation from you since young and I hope you will continue to be the bright star in my heart :) Life is never boring with you around my side!


I know you are looking forward to the birthday celebration in the school today.
Happy Birthday my little boy!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Healthy Tuna Wrap

YQ was planning for a healthy meal for her school project. We brainstormed a few varieties of food we felt was suitable. In the end she decided to do the simple & fuss free Tuna Wrap.


Japanese cucumbers

Tomatoes

Tuna

Lettuce

Wraps (I heat it up in the oven for 3 mins)

Just put a bit of everything onto it & wrap it up.
Bon Appetite!

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Frozen 7th Birthday!


No fancy birthday celebration or prepare any goodies bags for her friends in the school this year, just a very simple small cake cutting celebration at home. I guess the "Frozen" craze is still ongoing with the girl and I'm not surprised that she requested for a Frozen cake this year.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The BIG Move!

Finally the move was over, I felt so relieved that we managed to squeeze everything (from collecting the key to minor renovation to moving in) within a month! Of course, I was not referring moving to another country (although I secretly wished that we could). Moving from one part to the other part of Singapore was enough to give me sleepless nights. Having said that, the wait for more than 2 years to collect the key to the new home was kind of a torture. Enough of my ramblings here.

Its been almost a week since we moved here and we are more of less getting used to the routine and life here. The area of the house is definitely smaller than what we used to live in and we are trying very hard to declutter all the unwanted stuff away slowly. The children are having quite a bit of fun going for their night swims and I'm trying to get used to the heat in the house (since the sunlight are shining into our area during daytime).


Upon collecting of keys, we were told to prepare some salt & rice (mixed together in a plastic bag) and scattered in all corners of the house. It was suppose to absorb all the negative energies in the house and we could only clean up the mess the next day.

I'm just glad we managed to get the house ready before moving in on the auspicious date. We managed to get some of these stuff prepared for the "ritual" before moving into the new house. I don't really know the meaning of doing all these but we just blindly follow what elders told us to do.
1) Walk over the burning fire (we used charcoals & charcoal stove)
2) Roll the pineapple into the house & said "Ong Lai...Ong Lai...Huat Ah!"
3) Boil a kettle of water and prepare a pot of tea to drink

Do you have any moving house ritual you strictly believe or follow?

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Happy 7th Birthday to YQ!

Dearest YQ,

Today is your special day and mommy felt so sorry for not being able to take leave and spend more time with you. Too much things have been going on this month and I am cope up with house moving preparation and work. Well.. at least we got you an early birthday present :)

You are an understanding girl (most of the times) and give me the least worry too. I hope you can excel further in your studies and I am sure you will not have any problem attaining your goal. My only wish for you is to hope that you will have a better appetite at meal times (coz you eat too little) so that you can grow up taller and stronger. 

You are forever that doting sister to your brothers and loving daughter to us!


Happy 7th Birthday, YQ!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Celebrating 37 Years Of My Life

37 of my life has just flashed by just like that and I've learnt to embrace these numbers reluctantly. There are so many things going on this month and I am trying to organise our house moving as smoothly as possible. I practically almost forgotten about my birthday until the children reminded me days before that. Obviously, I know I could not escape the fate of blowing the candles with them since they must be expecting to eat nice yummy cake on my special day.


Okay, this wasn't a surprise cake since hb since was basically asking me very upfront about which cake I like. I was giving him a very vague answer and he assumed that I love mango cake, lols! Anyway, thanks to my hb for taking the time and effort for getting this yummy cake for me and everyone loved it :)


We went to a nearby Italian restaurant for dinner, the food was not that fantastic but it was the company that matters. See how cheeky Junior YS was, he had found a special method to eat his pizza (by dipping the pizza into his cup of water *faint*).


The children whatsapp me "birthday card" using my mom's mobile phone.

  

Sunday, June 8, 2014

FTWM: Stay Sane From Insanity

To be honest, being a FTWM (Full-time working mother) can be quite tiring on most days. I came across some people who will think that I'm a "super woman" (without the cape of course). In reality, I felt like I'm rushing everyday. Rushing to send the kids to & fro from their schools, rushing to go to work, rushing to send the kids to their enrichment classes and etc. Yes...now you can see I'm complaining but that is just to show that I'm after all a human with emotion. Looking on the bright side, I still treasure the time I am spending with them now because I know when they start to grow up (they grow up pretty fast) I might not be able to do that for them anymore. Enough of my ramblings, here are some insights on how I survive being a FTWM:

F = Fast
Over the years, I have to learn how to be fast in whatever I do. Eat fast, bath fast, dress up fast, walk fast, talk fast and etc. Sometimes when I knew that we have to go out the next day, I will try to pre-pack what I need to bring out so that I will minimize the chances of forgetting to bring something. Maybe u might find me quite an impatient person but you have to understand time is never enough for working mothers like us.

T = Technology & Time
I rely heavily on Google calendar & Note (android app) on my android mobile phone everyday. Without reminders and schedules, I think its very difficult for me to plan and organise my life. 

I don't put very strict restriction on how long my children are exposed gadgets everyday *guilty* as long as they have finished their homework, revisions or readings. Sometimes children need their "way" to release their stress and learn about the new technology to keep up with the times too. When they are studying or playing with each other, it sort of gives me some rest time too.

I will try to find time to communicate with my children whenever we are travelling in the car, resting at home or even doing "business" in the toilet. Trying not to neglect any of my child is very important to me so that none of them will feel left out.


W = Well Balanced
Trying to set a balance between work & family is a constant reminder to myself. When I knock off from work, I try not to bring any work problem or unhappiness home. Although I do not have the luxury to have a lot of me-time or meet up with friends, I try to relax myself by doing things I like such as watching drama series or online shopping. Occasionally will sneak go out with hb for a movie date when children are in their lala-land.


M = Manage
It doesn't matter if I'm micro or macro managing in the household. Delegating tasks to children if they know how to handle by themselves, for example bathing or keep their things neatly. The elder kids can take turn to babysit the youngest kid. I have also learnt to let go and engaged a full-time helper to do all the house chores for me so that I can spend more time interacting with my kids. More importantly, if anything that is related to my children's well being or safety, I felt much safer to leave them in my mother's care or someone whom you can trust for sure.



At the end of the day, I can't say that my methods are the best and applicable to every working mothers because our situations are different. When everything doesn't seem to fall in place, just "Keep Calm & Listen To Your Heart". I'm sure you will be able to find the best solution to manage your life as a FTWM.


A Peek into the After Work Hours of a FTWM

This is a blog train hosted by Kids R Simple on “A Peek into the After Work Hours of a FTWM. Read about how the other 22 FTWMs handle their kids and household everyday from 1 June to 22 June. The aim is to give other working mums motivation, ideas and support to deal with the everyday demands of juggling work and family while keeping sane. We will be happy to hear your story, tips and even an encouraging word will make our day! Share your thoughts in the comments!

Tomorrow, WaiWai from PeiPei.HaoHao will be sharing her life & tips:
Waiwai is a full-time-working mother to a 5.5-year-old girl and a 4.5-year-old boy. With her supportive husband, she is able to cope well with work and family. Waiwai blogs about her parenting journey, DIY crafts, simple cooking and fun activities at PeiPei.HaoHao.