October’s Party!

October 2014

Three days more before we return to Singapore. It has been almost year since I last saw my mother and the excitement is driving me crazy. I cannot really sleep well because my brain is going amok with all the things that Eugene and I intend to do back home. There will be three weddings, many gatherings involving good Singaporean food.

On a separate note, I realised that I haven’t been blogging. Blogging is so much more work these days with the kids and household chores. I am totally toying with the idea of just shifting all the updates to just Instagram. Anyways, I thought I should do some quick update in this space while E minds the kids. (E is extremely supportive on me in this aspect!) I will just blog whatever that randomly pops up in my head. Here it goes:

1. Autumn is here!

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The dreaded cold is back. Out goes the light jackets and in comes the thick woolly jumpers and coats. I am not a fan of winter in London. Not when I have to dress the children and the little ones detest having the additional layers.

2. International Day in school

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International Day is an annual event in Ryan’s school. Students are encouraged to wear traditional costumes and families are invited to join in the fun. Initially, we were not planning on attending as I did not have time to make the snacks(I intended to make ondeh ondeh.). However, we ended up there due to unforeseen circumstances. I am quite thankful as it turned out to be an amazing day for everyone and I got to meet many of Ryan’s friends.

3. Sunday lunches!

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We are getting used to the church followed by a nice lunch routine. Ryan and Gillian are still adjusting to Sunday school. Most Sundays, they seem to be absolutely fine. However, there are just some occasions when they get slightly whiney and tears will just flow uncontrollably. Thankfully, the teachers at Sunday school are really good in handling the little ones.

4. Steamboat at TW’s

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TW hosted a steamboat session at his place and oh man, I totally have forgotten how much I missed steamboat till that day. It was a huge spread of food, mainly from SeeWoo and scallops from Billingsgate! There was the usual Poker session. That day, I learnt how to play the game and I thought it was quite interesting. Still, not a fan of such card games. Give me Bananagrams or Monopoly anytime!

5. Playdate with Martha!

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Martha is Ryan’s good friend in school and he was so happy when she came over for dinner! Look at how chuffed he looked!

6. Ryan’s long day in school/Sg lunch

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Ryan’s long day in school is usually the day when I meet up with my Sg ladies friends. It is one of the days that I look forward to because I get to speak in Singlish, talk about Singapore stuff and random stuff. It just feels relaxing because I get to be in my comfort zone. As Ryan would be in school for longer hours, it also meant that I only need to handle Gillian. Easy peasy. Heehee.

7. Playdate at Helena/Miki’s

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Helena invited us over for lunch and playdate. It must be one of the most well planned playdate that I have been to. Lunch was really delicious and she even had a breadstick making session for the children, followed by tea provided by Claire. Ryan and Gillian definitely enjoyed themselves!

8. “Not a Halloween” party!

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We went for a “Not a Halloween” themed party at a church with Yiling and Edward. Instead of celebrating darkness, the good people at church were explaining how they wanted to celebrate the notion of light, something opposite of what Halloween is about. There were pretty neat activities planned for the children- like designing their lanterns, carving heart shapes into pumpkins and whatnots.

9. Halloween at Yiling’s.

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It was a very impromptu one actually. It was one of the Saturdays in October when I met Catherine for a thrift sale. E left Baby Gillian at Yiling because he had to pick Ryan up for Chinese class. We ended up staying at Yiling’s place for the entire day and we decided to throw a last minute Halloween party for the kids. It was unfortunate that only Gillian was in her Tinkle-bell costume. Ryan and Edward did not want to wear their pirate and Dracula costume respectively. Noah did not bring his bat boy costume. Not so nice for photo opportunity. But the children had fun with the balloons and the torch lights that we bought from Poundland. Hahahaha.

10. Dimsum at Saikei!

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It was our first time to Saikei and I must say that it was quite  a good one. They have a relatively good variety of dim sum. It was also on that day when we discovered that Gillian might be allergic to prawns. As usual, we put some noodles and a prawn on her bowl and she started eating all by herself. It was like 15 minutes laters when E noticed that she was scratching her neck and quite abit. It was only then we realised that she had rashes all over her chin and neck. After putting away her prawn and getting her to drink loads of water, the rashes did go away. Thank God!

11. Playdate with Annabel/Noah

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It was one of those days in October where the sun was out and the kids did not need their jackets. 秋老虎 is what we would call that day. Anyways, the little ones met Noah and Leo for a picnic and playdate at Greenwich Park. We got some stuff from M&S as I was too lazy to prepare the picnic items. Ryan and Gillian got their much needed run in the park and enjoyed a good night’s sleep that day!

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Okay, these basically sums up our October. I suppose more happened but I did not remember them as there were no photos taken. Note to self: To remember to take more photos! Amidst all these happenings, I also had to pack everything as we had to move on 1 November. Looking back, it was quite a busy month, I must say. Thankfully, despite all these activities, we managed to have a smooth move to our current place. Thank God!

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Play Date with Elizabeth and Beibei

August 2014

We are in the probably the last few weeks of summer. It is turning rather chilly and some bursts of sunshine. Hence whenever the weather looks bright, I will definitely be out with the kids. Come autumn and winter, I doubt we will be hanging out so often in the park. Winter is so wretched in London. (-_-)”’

Our Chinese friends are finally back from their holidays and we are starting to meet more often. It is good because the kids are exposed more to the Mandarin language.

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Girls in pink.

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Here’s a series of Gillian and her famous cheeky smiles. She is very different from the little baby that she was. She is a proper toddler, much more daring in her play, temperamental at times, curious and definitely curious about her surroundings.

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 The little ones, Gillian, Elizabeth and Ryan enjoying snack time after some play.

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Lucia’s Summer Birthday!

July 2014

Summer in London is beautiful. After months of the wet and cold weather, having the sun out is a warm welcome. We attended a number of birthday parties in Summer and I must say, they were amazing.

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The children were invited to one of our neighbour’s birthday at Greenwich Park. It was a lovely afternoon and Laura prepared a glorious spread for everyone!

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Our little princess was definitely enjoying the food. She was eating throughout the birthday party.

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Here’s our Ryan and the lovely birthday girl, Lucia.

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The children had so much fun at the sandpit and the playground. Kids, being kids, that will be close to how heaven should be like for them. While the adults were just munching on the food, the children ran wild and free!

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(Me, with the Spanish mummies. I took this photo with my phone as my camera had to breakdown for the second time. Of all times…)

The party ended in the evening and thankfully E came over to help me with the children. With the weather turning slightly cold now(it is just early August), looking at all these photos in July makes me miss the nice, comfortable weather. Ohwells. I am a true-blue Singaporean. I complain too much, all the time. Heehee.

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Gratitude Sunday: Independence vs Dependence

April 2014

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Leaving my extended family and job behind in Singapore, starting our lives almost anew and me taking on a new role as a stay at home mom are huge moves. I have my good days and bad days. Good days include managing to get some work done with children, bringing my associates(my children) out for at least an hour, the house being relatively clean and delicious dinner prepared by the time E returns from work. Bad days are me waking up with a bad headache(possibly due sleeping late the night before because I was watching shows with E), the children are sick with a fever/cough/runny nose, the house being in a mess despite cleaning for the umpteenth time, me feeling guilty/horrid for not giving sufficient attention to either of the children and dinner tasting nasty…

I think I have become much more independent in these 4 months, much more than I imagined that I could be. For the first few days at our place in January, E brought us around the area to familiarize. I thought in my head it was just impossible to bring the kids out at all. The preparation was simply too much work- like packing the diaper bag(the bottles, the hot water, the milk powder, the diapers, wet wipes, breastfeeding apron, snacks x2), dressing them up appropriately(two layers, one sweater, one coat, socks and shoes x2), bringing them out in the stroller and i-angel carrier. On top of all these logistics, I have to try to not get lost in the cold. The thought itself was daunting. However, when you see how the rest of the mothers around me are so independent, you learn. Fast.

Nowadays, I can easily plan any ad hoc outings with my fellow adorable associates. The diaper bag is much smaller and compact. I can easily dress both kids in 10 minutes. Max. The first time of doing anything with the kids is scary because I just never know what can possibly happen when I have two kids with me. Looking back, there have been many firsts- first time walking to school, first time going to Greenwich Park, first time bringing kids to see doctor/dentist, first time taking a train with them, first time visiting museums, first time meeting their Dad Dad for lunch, first time going to the farm….After we(the kids and I) crossed our “firsts” time, the subsequent times just gets relatively easier.

When we were in Singapore, E would accompany us to all trips to the pediatrician. If he could not make it, there was always my mother around to help out. Now, because of his work commitments, I will just have visit the doctor alone and pray that the kids don’t fuss in the waiting room. And THANK GOD, so far, nothing has been too bad and all pretty much manageable. Perhaps, my initial fears were all just all in my head. Anyways, E always tells me to take everything easy. All I needed was to ensure two things. 1. The kids are fed. 2. The kids are alive.
So much for his trust in me and my capabilities. (-_-)”’

Looking at the flip side of the coin, I am also becoming more dependent. Unexpectedly. On E. Back home in Singapore, I have my extended family and my network of friends. I have almost their immediate presence and support. On days when I needed some me-time, I could get my parents to baby sit the children. On days when I wanted some conversation or mindless chatter, I could meet up with my girlfriends or my supper friends. Now, E is my everything. I look forward to seeing him home every evening. When he returns from work, I get some time to do some idle net surfing on my phone. He is the one I can talk to about the children’s issues or just random stuff I chat with my mother/friends about earlier. Compared to just months ago, I feel much more dependent on him and I am not sure if I like that feeling. It is not a bad feeling. Perhaps just different.

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Baby Gillian’s 1st year and Ryan’s 3rd Birthday Bash!

5th April 2014

Our beautiful children’s birthday falls on 10 April, which intentionally was the same as my mother’s. E and I decided to have an early celebration for them over the weekend. Prior to the birthday, I was quite worried about how the day will turn out but thankfully, I can safely say that it was a fabulous day and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.

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Ryan was trying to dye the red eggs for his and Gillian’s birthday party!

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The end product! Chinese culture considers eggs to symbolize birth or a new start. For eggs to be served to guests during an important birthday (such as the first month or first year) is very significant. Hence, we prepared the red eggs for the birthday party!

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Birthday badges for Ryan and Gillian.

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Baby Gillian in her white birthday dress. As of 5th April 2014, Baby Gillian is able to walk a few steps on her own. Quite a feat considering how E and I did nothing in teaching her any of sort. Being a second born, she is quite an independent and is quite strong willed. Lately, we have noticed that her demeanor has changed quite abit. She is starting to be  rather cheeky girl and often likes to do things that she is told not to. Like eating random objects despite telling her not to. And biting me despite telling her not to. The most endearing part of her is that she has this most amazing smile that will melt all hearts.

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Ryan, playing with his toy cars. As of 5th April 2014, his disposition is much better than before. He does throw some tantrums but he is getting much more manageable. He is very inquisitive(constantly asking the 5W1H), Surprisingly, he knows what are the right things to say to make E and me less angry. Like, ” I am sorry, Mummy/ Dad Dad. You are not angry with me right? I am not angry with you.” He loves his spelling and phonics and has been asking us on how to spell various objects that we see in our daily lives. It is so wonderful to see his progress and his love for learning.

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The decor and food for the party!

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Party signage on our front door.

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Party banner and photos of Baby Gillian.
We decided to put only Baby Gillian’s photos as it is her first year bash and we wanted to show pictures of her monthly milestones.

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Spring is almost here and to spruce up the place abit, we decided to buy some cheery looking flowers from Waitrose.

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The birthday party entertainment and the goodie bags!

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The fabulous people who took time off their Saturday to spend time with out family. Thank God for these people who bring such joy into our lives in London.

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Me and my lovely angels. 🙂 I think I have said this time before, but I will say it again. I am so blessed to be a SAHM, to be able to take care of these two babies 24/7.
Thanks Lao Gong for this wonderful picture!

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Helena and Miki!

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Little Aedan.

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Mister E and his princess.

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Me and my Singaporean ladies! Woohoo!

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The Tans!

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The Gaos.

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Zouna, William and Elizabeth!

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Me and my Baby Gillian

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Family Photos!
Not perfect as the kids were so fidgety.
But just as beautiful. In my eyes, at least.

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Birthday boy and Birthday girl, enjoying their chips!

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Victoria, Claire, Myself and Gillian.

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Kelvin, Calista, Baby Zachery with us. Ryan was not exactly in the mood for photos and hence the few photos of him.

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Time for the birthday cake!

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Red fire engine fondant cake for Ryan.

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The Number 1 for Baby Gillian

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Zhua Zhou(抓周) Session

Zhuo Zhou [which literally translates to “pick” and “anniversary”] is an activity held on a child’s first birthday. In the session, objects are placed on a tray and the object a child picks can indicate his or her future career and personality traits. For Baby Gillian’s Zhua Zhou, the items we selected for her were law book(lawyer), stethoscope(doctor), calculator(accountant), cash(businesswoman) LV bag(tai-tai), Nexus(technopreneur) and pen(scholar). Baby Gillian chose the Nexus first followed by the stethoscope. As her mother, I very much prefer her to be a doctor. Heehee. That is such a noble ambition!

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Doctor Gillian, definitely one of the prettiest in medical school.

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The Amazing Bubble Machine that entertained the children!

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Party ended around 4ish and we headed to Greenwich Park with the Tans for a short walk.

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Presents Opening Ceremony

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These pictures are just from my camera. I will be updating this post with more photos from my friend’s camera as well.

It was a fantastic party and what is even more amazing was the company of all the good people who took time off and came to celebrate this special day with our family. We are new to this place but so far, I have experienced mostly kindness from everyone. Thank God!

I am so thankful to my Lao Gong for planning and preparing almost 70% of the party. He is just nice like that. So, props to him and I love you! xxx Being able to be the mother of these two lovely children, Ryan and Gillian is not an easy job but it is definitely something very fulfilling and I won’t change one bit of my life for them.

Life is good.

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Family time at Greenwich Park

March 2014

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Lunch was at KFC, E’s favourite. KFC is probably the most sinful that we eat on a weekly basis. Dinners that I prepare are usually very simple and use much lesser oil.

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Being in London with just 4 of us means that we spend 48 hours of our weekends together. There is no off pass for E and me and we have to just be there for the kids 24/7. And as of now, we are still lovin’ it!

With Spring almost approaching, heading to the parks to get some sunlight is the most natural thing to do.

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Ryan on his yBike. He went biking only for about 10 minutes before he realised that his scooter was much more easier to maneuver.

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We spent almost 30 minutes feeding the squirrels with nuts that were given to us by some old lady in the park. Little Ryan enjoyed himself so much looking for these furry brown creatures.

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Play at Greenwich Playground

March 2014

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Ryan scooting his way to the Greenwich Park.

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Ryan and his new Korean friend, Denise. 🙂

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My cute little girl is having much fun!

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We only left Greenwich Park around 4ish and by the time we got home, it was already 5.30pm. Boy, I was tired. Popped potatoes, codfish fillets and porkchops into the oven for dinner. Thankfully, E still thought it was yummy. Heehee.

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