Thursday, October 30, 2014

Salt Grill & Sky Bar @ Ion Orchard

How did I feel while eating and sitting on the 55th~56th storey in a building? My answer was I felt like I'm on top of the world. Okay, we did not make any prior reservation so we were not seated by the window side otherwise everything will be perfect just the way we wanted it to be :P

While waiting for our food, they served tomato soup in the cup (initially I thought it was some fruit juice) and fresh warm bread. It's complimentary :)

We started with tapas: Confit duck & mustard fruit wrapped in brick pastry, apple mayo ($28)
The dish looked like our chinese version of "spring roll" except the content inside was different. A mixture of sweet and salty on the taste bud.

Hb ordered confit belly, braised cheek, bacon wrapped loin, 
spring cabbage and apple ($70)

I ordered Wagyu cut of the day ($89).
It was very yummy for sure. I think the way the meat was cooked and presented to the customer was very thoughtful coz it was cut into several smaller pieces.

Finally, we ordered Mango and coconut bomb Alaska ($21) for dessert.
Something new and we have never tried before. I'm not a fan of coconut but the coconut they have inside is not too empowering and just nice for my taste bud.

So remember next time if you want to get a good seat with a nicer view, its better to make a reservation beforehand :)

Salt Grill & Sky Bar by Luke Mangan
Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn
#55-01 Singapore 238801
Tel: 6592 5118
www.saltgrill.com
(Their concierge counter is located on the 4th level in the shopping centre)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to handle bus bullies?

As a parent, the word which I do not wish to hear from my children is "bully". Apart from the little episode my eldest went through during Primary 1, luckily I was able to step in and informed the teacher to investigate further. Other than that, I seriously hate to see my children or other children being the victims of these bullies. I can't deny that there are bullies everywhere and how to handle these situations is beyond our control at times. That is why if parents have children who are very soft spoken or shy will tend to be the target of these bullies.

Now...I have been the chauffeur for my children for more than 2 years and its more or less part of our plan to put them back to school bus next year so that I can have more time dedicated to my work. When I try to tell YQ about this arrangement, she told me:" Mommy, my classmate XX told me that there are a lot of bullies in the bus and they even stole her basketball and twisted her hand....blah blah." When I heard these, negative thoughts started to form in my mind and I was seriously starting to worry about them. 

Maybe I was too paranoid, I started to imagine these scenarios whereby they will come home crying about these and that. All these students are coming from different classes and how is one bus driver going to control all these nonsense while he is driving? I consulted my hb about his thoughts and his answer was try to let our kids to handle these situations by themselves. After all, being too over protective is not going to solve all the problem. We'll just have to take one step at a time and observe.

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Have any of your kids encounter bus bullies before? How does your kid handle this problem?


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Short & Sweet 12th Wedding Anniversary Celebration

Just when I thought there will be no celebration this year....My hb messaged me to check if I'm available for an impromptu dinner date.
Thankfully, my mother offered to babysit my children for the night.


I have been wanting to come here with hb but was waiting for the right moment and finally my wish was fulfilled.
I loved the ambience and the nice scenery of this place. Hb also agreed with me that this place was very much to his liking.



Exploring the night view of Singapore while waiting for our food to be served.


Guess where I found? York Hotel leh...the place where our customary wedding dinner was held 10 years ago :)

Monday, October 13, 2014

More Books? Bring It On..

Junior YS started reading independently (with minimal help from me) at 3 years old and I guess I was quite surprised to see him often try to make an effort to spell out those words by himself. As a mom, I felt a sense of achievement not only for him but for myself too. His siblings started reading independently later than him so I was not expecting him to start reading during that growing phase. 


When I noticed he has an interest in reading and loves to pronounce those words by himself, I try my best to read with him as often as I can. Going to the library has become a ritual for him and I often borrow books for him using my card. 

Last weekend, I decided to give him a surprise by applying a library card for him and he was so happy. He was definitely one little proud member of the NLB! 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cute & Healthy Waffles

Fancy some quick & easy breakfast for your kids?

My children were requesting for waffles one morning and I decided to take out the long forgotten waffle pan which I've won from one of the online giveaway contests.
Just nice, I have a box of Bisquick at home and so I managed to turn these into cute little bear waffles for them to indulge on a lazy Sunday morning.


The ingredients required were stated on the Bisquick's box so I just dump everything together and mixed.

Recipe:
2 cups of Bisquick mix
1 1/3 cups of milk
1 egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Our 1st Classical Ballet Appreciation Concert

As a young girl, I had so many dreams to be "somebody" while growing up. I ever wished I was one of the dancers who could dance gracefully like a swan (okay...maybe I should not elaborate more before anyone puke). I did ever try to ask the ballet teacher who was conducting lesson once whether I was allowed to join the class (I was Primary 2 at that time). I was rejected because I was told that ballet should start from young...blah blah blah! So...the rest was history.

20 over years later, I signed YQ up for ballet lesson for fun when she was in Nursery and it seems like she is starting to show more interest in her weekly lesson and every once in a while I will see her practising her moves at home or in the office. I was beaming with pride because somehow my little girl is displaying some interest in something she loves.

Whenever she sees any advertisement on ballet performances, she will ask me to bring her to watch these performances. Obviously, tickets are not as cheap as I am expecting so I am waiting for the right moment to bring her to watch a suitable performance. Luckily I saw that Esplanade was promoting the Classical Ballet Performance for children and tickets were quite reasonable priced. She was so happy when I told her that I was bringing her along with me to watch the performance. She told me she really enjoyed the show and even recap to me what she learnt from the performance.

Next time, maybe I should try to bring her to watch a real ballet performance :)



Friday, September 26, 2014

Save Money, Spent Money

As a mother, I keep emphasizing to them that "SAVINGS" is very important. Not only we need to save for rainy days, the money will come in handy when you need to utilise it for other purpose.

Trying to amuse me at times, my children will come and tell me that they can use the money during "rainy days" which means that they can use the money when the sky rains, lols! Well...they are just trying their luck to see if they can use their savings to buy unnecessary things.

When the eldest started Primary school 3 years ago, I restricted him from buying anything from the bookshop. He had to get my permission if he needed to buy anything from the bookshop. As time passed, it became a habit for him and gradually his sister who started Primary school this year also did the same. Of course they will tend to complain why their friends can buy whatever they want and why they can't. I always tell them to differentiate between their needs & wants and no use comparing because it will be a never ending process. Gradually, they start to understand and seldom compare and grumble.


Both older kids started using their savings for the first time to buy something for themselves happened a few months ago. They were complaining the water guns I bought for them spoiled so easily (cheap mah! of course I was not very keen to spend too much money on a good quality water gun, haha!). They complained to their father and wanted to buy Nerf water guns instead. In the end, hb told them to use their own savings if that's the case.


As the older kids' current scooters were kinda small and most of the parts have turned rusty. They started to complain and requested for new replacements. They were very smart coz they knew I loved to order things online that are reasonably priced. They asked me to check if there's any good deals online and asked me to order scooters for them using their own money. As usual, they sought permission from their dearest papa and so their wishes were granted. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Chicken Corn Mini Pie

On a random weekend afternoon, I decided to whipped up a random lunch for the family.
I love to browse through Diana Gale's blog for simple recipes that looks easy & fuss free for me to prepare.

I need to make more of these on another day for the family :)





Recipe can be found from Domestic Goddess Wannabe website

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Swim Like A Fish...

Swimming seems to be one of the survival skills that most parents want their children to learn. I have tried to let YS & YQ learnt not from 1 but 2 swimming instructors in the past, I think they learnt for more than a year or so and I did not see much progress from their swimming lessons. I was hesitating whether to let them continue (to waste my money) or to stop them for a period of time until I can find a better instructor. Luckily during that period of time, we were also busy with moving to another part of Singapore so this gave me the valid reason to stop their lessons for the time being. So yah...I actually stopped them for more than 2 years with no formal coaching lessons.

After we moved to our new place, we were able to enjoy the swimming facilities as and when we wanted to without having to squeeze with the crowd on weekends or public holidays. My kids still love swimming very much and I'm still contemplating whether I should spend the money again to engage a coach for them. In the end, hb offered to teach them whenever he has the free time and I can try to teach them (er....with my half past six skill) if there's a need to.

After many months of swimming & playing in the pool, the kids are more confident in the water now. YQ has shown me that she is able to breathe underwater for quite a while so I decided to teach her how to swim while breathing underwater. With a few minutes of coaching, she can swim like a fish....how wonderful is that :) . As for YS, he is able to do back float for a few seconds and Junior YS is trying to swim with his life jacket on. One thing I learnt in life is try not give pressure to them and they will learn the skill slowly one day without realising that they can actually achieve it by themselves.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Cool 9th Birthday Celebration For YS

We did not organise a grand birthday party for the boy, he was still very happy at the end of the day as we gave him a little "surprise" and he was ecstatic. 

Their grandma prepared red eggs and red packet for the birthday boy. We tried to keep the secret until I finished work during the weekend afternoon. The children tried skating at the MBS a couple of times but when I told them I was bringing them to Jurong, they have no idea where they were going in the end. Of course, they were so excited when they saw the ice-skating rink at Jcube.

Although it was not the first time the 2 older kids had skating experience, it was the 1st time for Junior YS.

We rented 1 seal and 2 penguins so that they were able to skate freely without much help from us.



I also tried to skate and luckily I did not break any of my bones. All I could say was it was a very good exercise for me, my legs were aching like mad :P

As the boy requested for a fruit cake this year, we managed to get a cake from one of the cake shops located at Jcube.



It was definitely an super cool birthday celebration for my young boy :)