Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Eye Examination for Junior YS

[Super backdated post]

We were super concerned because the last eye check was less than a year ago and he was squinting his eyes more often than ever. This got us quite worried and I decided to schedule an appointment for him with Health Promotion Board for a detailed eye check. Apparently, his vision still blurred and he hardly put on his spectacles which resulted in worsening the condition. 

The friendly staff dripped some eye drops into his eyes to relax the muscles so that they were ableto get a more accurate finding. We were shocked when we were told that his degrees had increased to about 200 per eye. The solution now is to put the Myopine eye drop every night for 6 months to monitor his progress.

Of course, the boy was more than happy to make a new spectacle.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Bye 2018 & Hi 2019...

As we bid farewell to 2018, let's just say last year was a good break from PSLE and glad that everyone is doing fine. Hopefully, 2019 will be another smooth sailing year. It might be another stressful PSLE year for us again but as I always tell my girl, "you reap what you sow". There is no such thing as a miracle will happen somewhere and somehow! I hope she will work towards her goal and be able to get into the Secondary school she wants.

As for the rest, just hope the family business will prosper even more and wish everyone to be healthy. Unavoidably, we will bound to have our ups & downs along the way. Reminder to myself to stay from people who give out negative vibes and peace for everyone!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Family Holiday Trip to Seoul in 2018...

It has been more than a month since we came back from Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. The kids were telling me how much they missed the country, the weather and all the places we have visited. Come to think of it, the last family trip overseas was about 2.5 years ago so when the kids knew that we have booked the air-tickets for the November trip to experience the late autumn in Seoul, they were ecstatic. 

This trip was even more meaningful because of both my in-laws and my mother came along with us and I was tasked by the hb to plan for the 6 days 5 nights itinerary. When I was in the midst of planning, I started to get a bit worried as mil is a vegetarian. Looking for places that served vegetarian food can be a little bit challenging but I guess all my worries were unfounded when we were there. Another worry was the long walking distance and the inaccessibility to lifts because elderlies could not walk for too long. Luckily, the cold weather made it easier for them to bear coz they felt less lethargic and we tried to walk slowly at their paces.

You may ask me, why I did not choose to go during the winter season? Firstly, if we go to a skiing resort for holiday, I will be worried the elderlies will be bored and winter sports might be unsuitable for them. Thus, we dropped the idea and decided to go during the autumn season instead. I guess we were pretty lucky as we get to experience the first snowfall in the city which happened on 24th November 2019. 

I remembered my kids were telling me the night before that there might be snow the next day because they were checking the weather forecast every single day. The next morning, I was woken up by their "morning" call and was alerted by the kids that it was snowing. True enough, I opened the hotel's window and was greeted by the beautiful sight of white falling snow. We grabbed our jackets and dashed down in our pyjamas. It was so funny and I guess the kids were old enough to remember this special moment spent together as a family in a foreign land.

Before I deleted these apps from my mobile phones, these are some of the useful apps I used during this trip. In fact, I was using Sygic Travel App for the itinerary planning and I could share it within the family members. The rest are very useful for the weather forecast, recommendation for places to eat and visit.

As I am still sorting through my pictures, I will blog more about the places we've been to bit by bit.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Journey To A Better Smile For YS

Teeth straightening has been on the eldest's agenda a few years ago due to overbite issue and gaps in between his teeth. We searched online and even consulted a few orthodontists for their expert opinions and we were advised to wait until all his milk teeth have dropped before starting on the braces treatment.

Besides seeking advice from friends, I researched online on the types of orthodontic treatment available in the market and the price range we were comfortable with. We decided to choose the most conventional type which was the metal braces and a nearby dental clinic for convenience sake. We were lucky that the dental clinic was having the student promotion for braces treatment.

At the beginning of 2018, the orthodontist advised us to wait for a few more months for 4 more milk tooth to drop out by itself. We were told to come back in June 2018 for another consultation. In June 2018, YS only managed to drop 1 milk tooth. We were told to wait and see for another 6 months or to pluck out the remaining 3 milk tooth so that can expedite the process. We decided to take the faster route and went ahead with the extraction. Finally, YS was given the green light by the orthodontist to start on the braces during the next consultation on November 2018.

We were informed that YS might have to wear for 1 to 2 years depending on the progress. Periodic check by the orthodontist is a must to make sure the teeth are aligned properly. Hopefully, his teeth will align neatly and nicely and he can smile confidently in future.
X-ray to show the teeth alignment.

Chose his favourite coloured "rubber bands" for his braces.
Try to avoid yellow colour so that your teeth won't look too yellowish :P

Fixing the metal bracket on each tooth.

There will be some sacrifices you have to make when you decided to put on metal braces. Chewing gum (when you are in another country) and biting of nuts/ice cubes are not recommended. Initial discomfort after putting on the metal braces will be present for a few days and it is better to eat soft food such as porridge. Ulcers may appear due to the friction between the metal brackets and the internal part of the mouth. As the saying goes "no pain, no gain" but I am glad YS is getting used to it now.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Get Healthy With Eu Yan Sang

Traditionally, people believed that Chinese herbs can aid and improve the overall well-being of our bodies. It's like a natural remedy we prefer to consume to make sure we can "tune" our bodies to become healthier and stronger.

My encounter with Chinese herbs started way back when I was very young. My paternal grandparents used to run a Chinese Medical Hall in a small town back in Malaysia. I remembered standing behind the counter overlooking at those customers who will come in and seek consultation from her on the types of herb for consumption. Behind the counter were a big chest of wooden drawers and big glass jars all filled with traditional herbs. She would take out herbs from individual wooden drawers and placed them on a weighing scale. The concoction of herbs will be wrapped up in pink papers and she will advise them on the preparation method. Even though paternal grandparents have long gone to a better place, these memories will be forever etched in my mind.

Throughout my growing up years, my mother would buy Chicken Essence, Bird's Nest and even Bak Foong Pills to make sure I have enough of these to improve my health. Even as a mother of 3 children now, I would heat up bottles of Chicken Essense before their major exams period and get the older kids to take Tian Qi Pills during their puberty period. At times when they sustain any injuries, I will mix a bit of Tian Qi powder into their milo to speed up on their recovery. 

When Eu Yan Sang approached me to do a review on their products, I agreed without any hesitation because I know Eu Yan Sang's products are reputable and reliable for their quality assurance. 

About Eu Yan Sang
Eu Yan Sang aims to be a leading and trusted integrative health and wellness company with a unique heritage in Chinese Medicine. Founded since 1879, they are recognised as one of the largest Chinese Medicine groups in Asia, with unrivalled reputation as the leader in the industry.
They are at the forefront of adopting modern and scientific approaches in the production and retailing of natural health and wellness products. Today, their offerings extend beyond retail outlets, Chinese Medicine clinics and concept lifestyle stores- with the aim of keeping Chinese Medicine relevant as a part of mainstream healthcare and modern lifestyle.
Power Up! Combo ($52.40)
Power Up! Appetite, Power Up! Vision and Power Up! Concentration ($17.90 each box of 6 bottles) 

Power Up! Concentration contains 100% pure chicken goodness.
Power Up! Vision contains 100% pure chicken goodness with Wolfberries, Beiqi and Baihe.
Power Up! Appetite contains 100% pure chicken goodness with Dangshen, Huaishan and Fuling.
Eu Yan Sang's Chicken Essense specially formulated for children. 
There are 3 different flavours and their Chicken Essense does not contain caramel colouring.

Pure Cordyceps (30 capsules @ $49.90 & 90 capsules @ $113)

Cordyceps is a tonic that promotes healthy energy levels by supporting the respiratory system and strengthening immunity defence. Due to hub's hectic work schedule, he hardly has enough rest. I gave him 2 capsules each day for more than a month now and I noticed there is a difference in his health. He looks less fatigue and no complaints about any breathlessness anymore.

Tian Qi Powder is commonly used in our household. It can be used externally or internally. On days when adults or children sustained any injuries (such as sprains or swelling), Tian Qi Powder is our "remedy" to speed up with the wound healing, reduce swelling and aids in blood circulation. My children are also taking it during their puberty stage to aid in their growth.

A pack of 6 bottles ($49.90)

This is suitable for all ages. Not only does it have beauty benefits, but it is also believed to speed up recovery. Bird's Nest is one of the nourishment I will take during my past pregnancies. Now Eu Yan Sang has the reduced sugar version, pregnant ladies do not have to worry about the high sugar content and the risk of getting diabetes anymore.

A pack of 6 bottles ($22.50)

The rich & sweet taste of Chicken Essence is suitable for the young and old. The sweetness from the Goji Berries and Red Dates made the Chicken Essense more palatable to drink. It aids in visual improvement and blood nourishment to our bodies. 

With the festive season approaching soon, it's a good option to buy some tonic from Eu Yan Sang to pamper your loved ones.

Disclaimer: We received products from Eu Yan Sang for review purpose. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

YS's 13th Birthday

"I don't feel excited about my birthday this year", YS said. I know it's kind of sad to hear this from my first born especially when we do not have the habit to organise any big birthday party for any of our children. I really salute to those parents who did all these fanciful and glamorous parties for their children every year coz it really takes a lot of time, effort and money to organise one proper birthday party. From ordering the type of cake design, food planning, party decor, booking of venue, party activities and the list can go on.

However, I did tell them that I am willing to splurge on a birthday party for them to invite their friends over on their 12th birthday. Why on their 12th birthday? Probably I felt this will be the last year of their Primary School life and it will be more meaningful too. Sadly, this boy of mine has decided to forgo the birthday party last year. 

This year, we did the usual birthday celebration for him by bringing him to eat his favourite food. Before that, I wanted to surprise him by bringing him to somewhere fun. The idea of indoor prawning came to my mind but hb (who was busy at work) suggested to bring them to Escape Room. Silly me heard it wrongly and brought them to Laser Tag instead. Nonetheless, they enjoyed themselves thoroughly. The most rewarding thing was when YS thanked me and told me that he enjoyed himself very much.

Dear YS,

You are officially a teenager now. 
Truth to be told, you have to face the reality of  "growing up" and this phase is not going to be a bed of roses for you.
Learning to be more mature in terms of thinking and action.
Learning to be more considerate and helpful to the people around you.
Learning about how to manage your time properly.
Learning to look at the situation from different perspectives.
Learning to be more positive in your thinking.
I know you are yearning to have more freedom like all your peers and we slowly learning to let go one step at a time.

Happy Birthday my son!

Monday, August 6, 2018

A Day At The Forest Adventure

It's been a long while since I brought the kids out for some outdoor fun. This year, our lives have been pretty boring and I mean really BORING! On most Saturdays, I just want to laze at home and finish up with house chores. When they knew I was going to bring them to try out Forest Adventure, they were so excited. 

Forest Adventure is located inside Bedok Reservoir Park. After we parked the car at the nearby carpark, it took us about 10 minutes to walk to the destination. Booking in advance at their website is recommended in case there is no more time slot for you at the designated time.

It is advisable to come slightly earlier than the designated booking time because it will take a while for them to get ready to put on their gear. 20 minutes of safety briefing will be taking place before they are allowed to start the obstacle course.

There are 3 types of designated course available. The Grand CourseThe Junior Course and The Kids Course. Of course, you can read up on this information from the website about the difference between these obstacles and pricing. I signed the littlest up for The Kids Course and the older kids for The Junior Course. That day, I purposely booked the 4.30pm time slot so that the weather will not be too hot for them knowing that they will take about 2 to 3 hours to finish all obstacles course. 

At the end of the obstacle course, only The Junior Course and The Grand Course participants will get to experience The Big Zip which is a 300m zip line over the water.

Remember to dress your kids well in comfortable tops and bottoms with sports shoes. I brought along their water bottles in case they were thirsty. Do not fret if your kids have forgotten to bring water bottles because the ticket counter sells ice-creams, drinks and some snacks. 

The only downside is the unpredictable weather because it is an outdoor activity. Make sure you check the weather forecast properly before booking. Even after booking, there is a slight possibility that it will rain. We were pretty lucky on that day as the rain only came after we have returned to the carpark.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Happy 8th Birthday, Junior YS!

Our littlest finally turned 8 years old and we decided to hold a simple birthday celebration since his birthday was on a weekday and coincidentally hb was out of town for 2 weeks as well. We went to have his favourite Japanese cuisine and bought a very cute birthday cake from Chateraise. 

He received his birthday presents in advance from all of us but was bugging me to let him open his presents almost everyday. I felt that it will be more meaningful he got to open those presents on his birthday. Therefore, he woke up very early on the actual day and opened all his presents one by one.

The birthday boy received all his favourite toys on his birthday!

8 years ago, you came into our lives after I survived one month of ordeal in the hospital before I gave birth to you. We hope you continue to be that cheeky and fun-loving little boy in the house.
Happy 8th Birthday, my dear son!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Happy 11th Birthday, YQ!

We held a simple birthday celebration for YQ. I planned to give her a surprise by ordering a unicorn cake and so happy to know that she loved the cake. She shares the same birthday month as me (just 10 days after mine) and we share the same taste in most things.

Being an only girl among the siblings and the middle child in the family can be quite lonely at times. I knew she wished that I can give her a sister to play with (but this mama has stopped factory production already). 

Come to think of it, this was the only pregnancy which I tried to deliver naturally (epic failure). Plus YQ chose to come out into this world on the same birthday as my good friend from Aussie.

Once again, Happy Birthday to our dearest daughter! We want you to know that our love for you is equally the same as your siblings. No doubt I can be a bit harsher and stricter to you than to your brothers because I want you to grow up to be a fine young lady with self-confidence and good values.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Q2 of 2018: Where did the time go?

It was a very busy month for us because the children had to go through grading exams and preparing for school mid-year exams. I do believe life is more than just good school grades so I let them pursue their interest out of their school curriculum. Glad that YQ has completed the RAD Grade 4 this year.

The littlest encountered a little problem before the grading exam but luckily jie jie and kor kor were giving him extra lessons at home. All of them passed with flying colours and were able to proceed to the next level smoothly.

April is also my mother's birthday month and this year we managed to give her a surprise birthday celebration.

All the mothers in our family gathered together to celebrate Mother's Day at my in-law's place. Sil bought 2 cakes (one alcoholic cake and one non-alcoholic cake) for everyone to eat.

YQ's first overseas trip without us and went on a cultural immersion trip to Taipei with her school. Glad she was given the opportunity to learn and explored about the culture in Taipei. The eldest went to help out at the P6 camp organised by his tuition centre. He came back a shade darker and voice coarser than before. As for the littlest, he got the chance to experience being an only child when his siblings were not around at home.

We decided to sign the littlest for art lessons during the school holiday. I have not signed him up for any regular art lessons due to the logistic issue. Unlike his siblings, they were exposed to regular art lessons for more than 2 years when they were younger.

June was a very busy and stressful month at work. The kids were very thoughtful to share their pocket money and bought me a gift and a cupcake. 

Father's Day was spent at the Sentosa Island. Despite his busy schedule, we brought the kids to the Luge and had a Father's Day lunch at Vivocity.

Feasting on Japanese food after the activity.

I was very surprised when YS told me that he wanted to shave his hair for the Hair for Hope charity event. Although the amount he had raised for the Children Cancer Society was not a big figure but we were mega proud of him.