Megan’s 1st year birthday dinner!

October 2016

And so our youngest turned one on the 12th of October. We had a birthday dinner celebration on the weekend before her birthday as Kimberly was in London. No better place than to have our dinner at Duck & Waffle! Duck & Waffle restaurant is located on the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate in the city of London. The views of bustling London City from where we sat were just stunning!

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I have heard so much about the restaurant but I did not expect the food to be so exceptional. The signature-Duck and Waffle was absolutely delish but everything else was comparably good! There was definitely nothing left on the plates! The service was nothing short of excellent!

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(Rosemary and Garlic bread)

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(Lamb Keema, Hara Bhara Sauce bread)

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(The famous Duck and Waffle! We had two of this!)

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(Angus Bone-in Rib-eye)

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(Whole Roasted Chicken)

Here are some photos that we took while waiting for our food to come! Not too many photos of our girls- Gillian and Megan slept through almost the end of dinner and only woke up just before the cake came out from the kitchen.It was a lovely evening, watching the sun set while dining. As the younger ones were asleep, we managed dinner without much fuss.

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 Our one year old Megan woke up for a taste of the chicken drumstick. According to old Chinese tradition, having a chicken drumstick on their first birthday symbolises good fortune of never worrying about food thereafter.

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A strawberry cheese birthday cake to complete the celebration!

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It was a fabulous evening and we are thankful to have the loving company of Mama, Gong Gong and Yiyi(who is now the children’s Godma). The past year has been nothing but beautiful- I feel blessed that I have been given this opportunity to care for Baby Megan since birth.

12 months whizzed past so quickly. Megan is becoming a young toddler- she has taken her first steps at 10 months, she is able to say a number of words, ‘Mama’, ‘Milk’, ‘Dada’, ‘Yiyi’, ‘Jie Jie’, ‘Gege’, ‘More’, she is able to understand a few of our instructions. She loves her siblings, music and dancing. I feel grateful for every moment that I am able to spend with her and thankful of how her hugs always make my worries melt away. 🙂

Happy first year, Megan. May you grow up safely, healthily and always want to seek for Christ.

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Click on these links to read more about the first birthdays of Megan’s siblings.

Ryan

Gillian

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Milton Keynes Weekend!

August 2014

It was the bank holiday weekend and we decided to head to Milton Keynes to find our Singaporean friends. It has been a while since we last saw Aedan, Jacqueline and Ben. This time round, we decided to have a stay over at Milton Keynes so that we get to enjoy the little town a tad more. We booked Double Tree by Hilton, which is a hotel that overlooked the pitch at MK Don stadium. Coincidentally, there was match that day and we upgraded our room to one that allows us to have a view of the match.

We got to Milton Keynes around 2 in the afternoon, checked in the hotel and left to Snozone. The boys went for some sledging experience at Snozone. Hmm… The experience would be better if:

1. The children were better dressed. Like water proof jackets, pants and wellies. As it was very cold and wet, the kids were cold and relatively uncomfortable if they got wet.

2. The kids were older. As much as the fathers were strong, no one like carrying a little boy weighing 11-14kg up a snow slope to only slide down in 15 seconds. Too much work.

No photos were taken as everything was done in a hurry. The learning point would be that we are not reading for a skiing resort experience in Korea. After the sledging session, we bought KFC(again) and returned to the hotel with the Tans to catch the second half of the match. No photos of the match as I was busy wolfing down the hot wings. I was so so so hungry by then as we missed lunch.

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Double Tree by Hilton

It was a basic hotel, I would think.

1. I did not like the bed. The king sized bed that we were given were two single beds combined into one. Fairly uncomfortable.

2. Upon checking in, we were offered the upgrade to the pitch viewing rooms for an extra of £15 which we took on. They also offered a £10 breakfast per head. E was undecided about it and hence we did not take it up. By the next morning, we woke up really early and were famished. Then, we wanted to take up the breakfast offer at £10 per head but were told that we were too late for it. We had to pay £15.75 if we wanted to dine in the Pitchside Restaurant. Hmm… okayyyy…, only that we were not told that the breakfast offer was only possible if taken upon check in. I thought it was quite inflexible on their side. It could be the staff could not make such decisions but it also meant that the staff was not empowered enough by the management to make such small calls. (Okay… I could be just very picky. But still… ) Anyways, we drove to Toby Carvery for all you can eat breakfast at £3.99 per head. Very good deal, I must say.

3. There was no hand held shower head in the bathroom which meant it was more difficult to bathe the kids or just wash the kids’ bottoms. This is a small problem only applicable to family with young children.

4. There was a smart television in the room. Very nice and interactive.

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Dinner was BBQ session at the Tans!

We talked about having a BBQ session in the summer for ages but it did not materialise till last weekend. By now, it is nearly the end of summer as it is starting to be quite cold. Oh my dear UK, why can’t summer stay a little longer? 

My dear Jacqueline and Ben got ready the BBQ spread and it was quite comprehensive. There were wings, ribs, burgers, marshmallows and pasta. After BBQ, we also have cheesecake for dessert. What a superb finish to dinner! We had a good catch up session with the Tans while the kiddos played.

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Dim Sum at Taipan, Milton Keynes

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Highlight of the trip: 360 Play 

The kids definitely liked this part of the trip the most. We spent at least 3 hours at this family entertainment centre. There was active play,imaginary and creative play. There was the bumper cars ride which we went for at least 5 times in total, the carousel rides, soft play, ball pit, role play and so much more. I have to say that both fathers spent most of the time playing with the kids while the ladies got the more relaxed job.

I actually got sick after playing on the carousel once. Yes, such a loser. 😦 But I made up by playing on the bumper car with Gillian at least thrice.

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We drove back to London on Sunday after the 360 play and spent the entire Monday just doing the household chores and relaxing away. A much needed rest, I must say.

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A Huat Huat Ham Hams CNY!

February 2013

A week before the arrival of the Snake Year, the Hams Hams held our annual CNY lo hei session/gathering. (Click on this link to see how we have grown over the years!) We had our yusheng from Sakuraya and like what I mentioned before, it was so awesome! We will definitely be getting the same thing for the next CNY. And because it was so delicious, we ordered another round for our reunion dinner with my family.

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Here’s the Ham Hams. Wtih Shangz and TK absent. Shangz is still in Dubai and Tk was taking photos for Chingay. And of course we missed their presence!

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We missed them so much that we drew a picture of Shangz for our photo taking! What’s Ham Hams gathering without Shangz’s grumpiness and attitude?

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Huat Ah! And the usual things we wished for:
1. More money- so much that it over flows.
2. Career Advancement
3. Health
4. Safety
5. Beauty- along the lines of being fair, slim and pretty.
6. Healthy and Happy Ham Hams, Hamlets and Hamlings.
7. Minimum effort, Maximum results.

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Ryan looked quite shocked at our lo-hei session because we are not exactly the most quiet sort.

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The start of our steamboat dinner and yes, we over bought again. But the food items were oh-so good especially now our steamboat came with the grill function! We brought Baby Ryan to my parents(like 2 minutes drive away) while we had out steamboat dinner and adult talk. This is one reason why newly married couples should always consider living near parents! I cannot imagine the logistics of many things if we were still living in Telok Kurau while my parents are in Pasir Ris. Okay, that is really out of point.

Anyway, the grill function is really cool and I think out beef and pork slices tasted much better grilled. And Weili is officially our chef for meat grilling!

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We also celebrated Weili’s birthday very much in advance. Heehee.

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And what is a gathering of the Ham Hams without Bananagrams! And I tell you, Tian Tian is awfully good at it- I suppose it is possibly due to a job thing because she writes glowing reviews for her company all the time!

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I think our next year’s CNY gathering will be a lot more fun- more junior members will be arriving! HUAT HUAT AHHHHHHHHHHH!

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Christmas Dinner with The Chuas…

December 2012

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Christmas day dinner was at Uncle Amos’s. Everyone was there except for Mummy, Papa, Leon and Kimberly. Of course, everyone of us missed my Mummy’s super loud chatter and laughter. Heehee.

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Here’s our sonny doing his favourite Gangnam style dance!

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Just eating and kids having lotsa fun!

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Baby Ryan, being super afraid of the fake lizard!

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Baby Ryan and Baby Kenji!
The kids(all boys!) had so much fun at Uncle Amos’ because they had so many toys just for boys! Baby Ryan was entertained by the toys and robots for quite some time!

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Representatives from the Lee family!

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Ryan having a wold time playing ball with his aunts, uncles and cousins!

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Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you had as much an enjoyable Christmas as us! xxx

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