Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Junior YS turns 9

We held a very simple birthday celebration for the littlest this year. Our initial plan to bring him to the SuperPark was cancelled due to the roadblock near Suntec City area on a Saturday afternoon. In the end, we decided to have a simple lunch and spent some time at the arcade in the town area instead. Luckily this boy was understanding and did not make a big fuss about the last minute changes.


When we reached home, we sang the birthday song and ate the birthday cake. 


I guess the only consolation for him was his birthday presents. He is a fan of collecting Pokemon trading cards so all of us bought Pokemon cards for him. Since we spent so much money on Pokemon cards, I thought why not play a little "prank" on him instead. I wrapped several layers of newspapers and wrappers around the present and he was having a hard time trying to open layer by layer. The children had fun doing the unboxing video.



Dear Junior YS,

We hope you are growing wiser as you gain a year older. Sometimes, you tend to give us the most unbelievable answer out of the blue. You are funny in your own way and its a joy to see that you are such a joker in front of us.

Even though I feel annoyed at times when you want me to accompany you to wherever you go but deep down inside my heart I know you will slowly outgrow your fear and gradually you might not need me to be with you anymore.

I hope you will stay cheeky as always and bring more joy and laughter to our lives.

Xoxo,
Mummy

Monday, July 22, 2019

Celebration with yummy cakes from whYZee.sg

The kind folks from whYZee cake delivery came just in time when I was busy sourcing for a birthday cake for Junior YS's birthday. Since the birthday boy decided that he has enough of cartoon character cakes for so many years, he told me specifically not to order cartoon character cake this year since he is no longer a small baby. 

whYZee cake delivery offers a good selection of birthday cakes, swiss rolls and other healthy bakes which is available on their website. Last-minute delivery or self-collection can be arranged by giving them a call or via Whatsapp. Free delivery is available for orders above $80.




About whYZee

whYZee was established in 2017 by a couple who are extreme cake enthusiasts from young. Their initials were Y and Z thus the name of the company. As both their parents were diabetic, one main focus of the company is to create healthier bakes while not compromising on the taste. Everything is made from scratch in the bakery and sold fresh.

Their goal is to offer the best tasting and freshest artisanal bakes for their customers. By keeping their price affordable for all to enjoy without burning a hole in their pockets. Furthermore, they have a wide variety of healthy bakes with no artificial flavouring and colouring for people who are on a healthy diet.


We selected a Rainbow Layer Cake for the little boy's birthday.


The colourful rainbow cake looked very enticing and the sweetness of the cake was just right.

Everyone was asking for a second helping to the cake.

The next day, we tried the Japanese Fruit Swiss Roll. Even though it was left in the refrigerator overnight, the swiss roll was still very soft when I cut it.

Fresh strawberries with fresh cream brought out the refreshing taste and complemented well with the softness of the sponge cake. The sweetness was just right for our tastebuds.
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Not forgetting all of you, good food must share right???
whYZee is very generous to sponsor 6 inch classic New York Cheesecake to 3 winners. All you have to do is:


1. Like whYZee Facebook Page
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3. Leave your comment in my corresponding facebook page and tell me who you want to share the cheesecake with and tag 3 friends.
4. Remember to share this blog post your Facebook (remember to set your profile to public) for a bonus chance to win.

Terms & Conditions:
* Giveaway ends on 28th July 2019, 2359 hours (Singapore time) 
* The winner will be selected on 29th July 2019
* Open to anyone and everyone living in Singapore
* Incomplete or invalid entries will be automatically disqualified without notice
* Winners will be contacted via FB
* Unless otherwise stated, or agreed upon, the prize is non-transferable
* All personal details provided in this contest will be kept confidential. Only details of the winners will be shared with whYZee to facilititate the redeeming of prize
* We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice

Congratulations! The winners are:
Sharon-Kwok Tan
Daphne Ho
Wendy Yun

Disclaimer: We received some yummy cakes for review purpose. No monetary was compensated, all opinions are my own.

Friday, June 21, 2019

YQ turns 12


I'm not the kind of mother who loves to plan big birthday parties for my children every year so I promised them that I will organise one for them during their significant milestones (such as 12 years old, 18 years old or 21 years old). 

TWELVE is the last year before they embark to teenage years (I know...that's when the rebellious phase starts or maybe even earlier for others). TWELVE is also the final primary school years before the majority of them venture to their new secondary schools.

Planning a party seems so easy on the surface but to execute the whole thing is not an easy peasy task...at least for me. Kudos to all mummies and daddies who put in so much effort to plan their children's birthday parties every year. 

2 years ago, we did not organise the birthday party for my eldest since he just wanted to hold a small celebration within ourselves. But this year, my daughter was looking forward to this birthday celebration and I could not possibly disappoint her, right? 

The first thing I checked out was the birthday venue. There were too many options available but to find one that suits her personality and interest was a bit of a challenge at first. As I narrowed down the choices from indoor to outdoor activities, my girl decided to go for something she loved and tried a few years ago. We felt that it will be an activity which will be more fun and interesting for her friends. Wakeboarding sounded like an excellent idea since none of her friends has tried it before. The only concern for outdoor activity was the weather. I went to check the weather forecast a few days before and it was stated afternoon shower on my weather app.




Guess what? It was drizzling that morning and we kept praying that the rain can quickly stop soon. I was worried the wakeboarding session will be cancelled due to the rain but we were told that the session will proceed as per normal and will stop if there's thunder or lightning. We rented part of the cable-ski area for 2 hours to cater for 11 beginner riders. Instructor, ski and safety equipment was provided for us. The instructor was very engaging with the children and taught them the techniques of wakeboarding. Although my children have tried it a few years ago, I was still quite surprised to see them being able to wakeboard confidently.


The second thing which I checked out was the dining venue. Part of the reason why I chose Singapore Wake Park was because there's a cafe (managed by the same management) located just right beside the activity area. Since these children will be so hungry after 2 hours of intense workout, this was the best option to cut down on travelling time to another place to eat. 


Lastly, I planned this surprise cake for my girl a few weeks before the party. She did not have a single clue on the theme of the cake until the actual day after their meal time. Since most girls of her age are crazy about K-pop now so I decided to look for a home baker who can make BT21 jelly cake. The baker went the extra mile to order these jelly mould just to customise this cake for her. Of course, the surprised look on her face was priceless! The girls were in awe of the cute jelly cake design too.



 A mandatory group photo with all her closed girlfriends.

After meal activity - foosball

Overall, I should say the birthday party was a success and I hope the next one (in 3 years time) will be less challenging for me.


Dear daughter,


Being 12 means that you are more sensible and wiser now. Although this is a challenging year for you, we believe you can achieve your goal if you set your heart to do it wholeheartedly.

Friendship seems to be the biggest hurdle for you this year. I just want to let you know true friends will not do things to hurt your feelings. Sometimes, things happened for a reason and you will realise who are your unworthy friends. I am very proud of your maturity in how you handled the whole situation.


I know you are dreading to go through all these growing up and puberty phase. This is part and parcel of life, we need to learn how to embrace how our body changes.  


We love you and Happy 12th Birthday!

Xoxo,
Mummy

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Family bonding on a Good Friday!

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A few hours of family bonding spent at the MBS on a Good Friday. Instead of squeezing with the crowd to explore the newly opened Jewel Changi Airport, hubby decided to bring us to try their famous crazy milkshakes at Black Tap. Black Tap originates from the United States and there is only one outlet in Singapore so far. The queue has started outside the outlet when we reached there slightly before 12pm.

What is the "hype" at Black Tap? :P

Too many choices to choose from...

Guac & Chips
A very yummy snack paired together with the refreshing sour dressing, diced tomatoes and avocadoes. 

Spicy Korean BBQ
If you are not a spicy lover, can always request to separate the sauce from the chicken wings.

Chocolate milkshake: Brooklyn Blackout

Current special milkshake: Alice in the Wonderland

To be honest, we could not finish the 2 crazy milkshakes. It was too much for 2 adults and 3 kids. Next time, we will just order 1 milkshake instead.

After the meal, we rented a few E-scooters which were located beside the MBS. It was our first experience riding an e-scooter and it did not take me very long to get used to it. It was a fun experience for us to explore the city on an e-scooter. I hope we can try it again on another day.

Taking a quick pit stop at the helix bridge.

Beautiful scenery as we scooted around the city.

Final pose with the "big chair".

Monday, March 18, 2019

Family Trip to Seoul - Day 1

Travelling as a group in a foreign country can be quite challenging if we have no intention to self-drive. Our initial plan to rent a vehicle was cancelled as we were worried about the difficulty to read Korean road signs. Thus, taking the mode of public transport became the next alternative for us. We purposely took the red-eye flight on Thursday night so that we could reach Seoul on Friday morning. 

The airport limousine service was located right outside of the Incheon Airport entrance and we proceeded to purchase tickets from the counter. It did not take very long for us to wait for the limousine bus and I was quite impressed with the clean and spacious interior of the coach. The whole journey took about slightly more than 1 hour to reach Myeongdong station which was totally fine for us as we were able to enjoy the scenery along the way to the hotel.

Enjoyed the smooth ride from the airport to our destination.

Beautiful scenery with the blue sky and the deep blue sea.

Streets

Pacific hotel for our 6D5N stay which was conveniently located near MyeongDong Street and within walking distance to Namsan Cable Car. The rooms were spacious and clean.

As the check-in time at the hotel was a few hours away, we decided to deposit our luggage at the hotel concierge. We went to the nearby cafe to have some breakfast and took a leisurely walk to nearby Namsan Cable Car Station after that.



Round trip tickets for 4 adults, 2 kids + 2 seniors

The scenic view was taken on our way up to the N Seoul Tower.

So many "love locks" were locked on the railing. The shop up there was selling each "love lock" for 10000 won. I was not willing to part with my money on this marketing gimmick :P Alternatively, you can buy a cheaper lock elsewhere and bring it up to N Seoul Tower.



The Observatory Tower
We bought our entrance tickets from kkday online on the spot.

Admiring the view of Seoul.

We decided to take it slow and easy on our first night in Seoul and decided to venture into the MyeongDong food street area. It is very similar to our local "pasar malam" in Singapore or Malaysia. It was more enjoyable to walk in Seoul due to the cold weather. We wanted to try a bit of everything and we felt so full with all tastings of local delights that night. After that, we went around to do some shopping to end the day.



That's basically the end of our first day in Seoul.
I will find time to blog about what we did on our 2nd day.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Our Ortho-K Journey with Eyesight.sg

It is a common sight to see a majority of the children wearing spectacles at a very young age and Singapore has one of the highest rates of myopia in the world. Scary isn't it?

Every year, one of my fears is to receive results from the school's annual health check and the last thing I wanted to know is the degree of their eyesights have increased again. When the eldest was diagnosed with slight myopia and astigmatism in Primary 2, we were taking it lightly. As the years go by, his degree started to increase gradually until myopia for each eye is about 400 degree. We started to get worried and wondered if the degree can stay stagnant for good. He has to wear the spectacle almost 24 hours a day (except sleeping) or else his vision will be in a blurry state. It was also getting more and more troublesome for him when he participates in any sports activities. 

When the kind folks from Eyesight.sg approached us to let YS try out the ortho-k lens, the boy was very happy and eager to start. He knew that once he embarks onto the ortho-k journey, he will be spectacle-free. Another reason is that it is a non-invasive method to improve his vision, we decided to give it a shot and see how he progress from there. 

Mr Ken Tong, the Consultant Optometrist from Eyesight.sg was very patient and explained in detail about the benefits and usage of the ortho-k lens. It is also known as "eye braces" which uses the hard lens to shape eye corneas back to the original shape when the child sleeps at night. Basically, the child has to wear the contact lens to sleep (for at least 6 to 8 hours). This is the time the contact lens start to work its magic at night!

Preliminary eye check at the outlet.


During the dispensing day, YS was taught from the start to finish on how to handle and clean the ortho-k lens.

Learning how to take out the lens using the suction stick.

So far, we are very pleased with the result after using the ortho-k lens for more than 2 months now. The boy has learnt to shorten the morning routine (removing the lens for cleaning) from 30 minutes to about 15-20 minutes now. Eyesight.sg works very closely with their ortho-k lens users. Besides going back to their outlets for mandatory routine checks and consultations, they are always available to attend my queries and give us constructive advice if we encounter any problem along the way. 
Before YS embarks on the ortho-k lens journey, he will wear his spectacle to the swimming pool.

After embarking on the ortho-k journey, he can see clearer and able to play freely without the fear of losing his spectacle at the pool anymore. 


Follow us as we will continue to update his ortho-k journey!

Currently, there is a special promotion for children spectacle frame + lens (valid from now till 31st December 2019). At a special price of $138 (U.P $188), simply use the promo code "amie50" to enjoy the discounted price. Plus they are using a lightweight and durable safety lens (unbreakable) for children.

This promotion comes with:
# Unlimited 5 years frame warranty
#Unlimited lens breakage warranty
#Unlimited eye care follow-ups

PS: For every pair sold, 3 meals are sponsored to the Children Society.

Eyesight.sg
Website: www.eyesight.sg
Location: 827 Tampines Street 81 #01-146 Singapore 520827
&
148 Potong Pasir Ave 1 #01-51 Singapore 350148


Disclaimer: This is a series of collaboration with Eyesight.sg as we will be updating our ortho-k journey on this blog or on our Instagram page or Facebook Page.