• books,  education,  primary school,  reading,  shopping,  xander

    Review: We are flipping with joy with Flip For Joy!

    REVIEW Once upon a time, there was a little girl called Liza. She was a naughty little girl who loved jumping over longkangs (Malay translation of drains), plucking weeds and drawing into her sisters’ textbooks. She also hated Chinese with a passion because she thought all Chinese teachers were scary and possibly sent from Hell to punish her with 听写 every week. Her Chinese teacher was so confident in her incompetence in the language that she told Liza’s daddy she was sure to stay back a year because Liza will never be able to pull her marks up in time. What a warm and wonderful woman she was eh? One day, Liza decided she had…

  • education,  family activities,  Let's go ...,  review,  workshop,  xander

    Health Detective Day by Parkway East Hospital

    MEDIA INVITE How many times have you nagged at your child the importance of washing their hands before meals or eating healthy? Too many to count, I know. Sometimes I felt like recording my nags into my phone just so I can play it back it to Xander whenever required. How to teach them good habits then? Benjamin Franklin had the perfect answer. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” We were invited to participate in Parkway East Hospital’s Health Detective Day two weekends ago and it was certainly different from the previous Doctor for a Day we attended last year. Not only did Xander had the…

  • festivals,  wordless wednesday,  xander

    Wordless Wednesday: Happy Diwali!

    To all our Indian friends and family, Happy Diwali! May the light of Diwali bring you peace, joy and prosperity in the new year! ____ Side note, Xander’s school celebrated Diwali/Deepavali last week with everyone in either Indian costumes or party clothes, some henna painting and they also got to eat some traditional snacks. A simple party no less but at least this very Chinese school made the effort to teach the young ones a little more about the festival. View this post on Instagram More pictures of his Deepavali outfit. When your auntie is a costume designer, you are not allowed out of the house in anything other than spectacular. Luckily…

  • babies,  review,  xander,  yvie

    Dr Lily’s All Natural Aloe Vera Gel: Review and Giveaway

    Review I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up, aloe vera was like the go-to plant for all sorts of problems: Kena splattered by oil from frying chicken wings despite standing 2 metres away and holding up the wok cover? Grab an aloe vera leaf! Longkang (Malay for drain) appeared from nowhere and swallowed you in thus causing scraped knees? Aloe vera!! Fell asleep at the beach while listening to Jason Dovonan serenade you on your discman and you kenah very ugly and painful sunburns? *loud chants* ALOE! ALOE! Such a versatile and underrated plant, this aloe vera. 🙂 I was introduced to Dr Lily’s All Natural® Aloe…

  • bad behaviour,  family activities,  festivals,  fun activity,  recycled art,  xander

    Let’s go to… the Singapore Garden Festival 2014

    One of my friends had texted me a few weeks ago to ask if we were interested to visit the Singapore Garden Festival because they had a couple of tickets to spare and thought of us. How sweet right? I thought since I haven’t seen this friend in a long time, we arranged to go to the festival together on the 1st day. We saw all sorts of flowers that day. Rare flowers, common flowers, big flowers, teeny tiny flowers and even Old Flower Eyes (老花眼. Chinese translation of Presbyopia). I was told many of the exotic flowers were specially flown in just for the event and designers from top garden shows around…

  • family,  family activities,  food,  xander,  yvie

    Let’s go to… Dong Po Colonial Cafe

    I was having the strangest cravings the night before and really really needed to get myself a slice of old school butter cream cake. I normally avoid butter cream at all costs because it tastes so…buttery. I guess all the breast feeding had caused me to have weird cravings for fattening, sugary treats that I don’t normally like. I’ve read about Dong Po Colonial Cafe from a couple of blogs like ieatishootipost and A Juggling Mum so I knew the retro cafe serves very affordable treats ($2 per slice of cake!) and most importantly, butter cream cakes! Since we had some time before dinner, we headed there for a quick bite. As I was…

  • fashion,  shopping,  workshop,  xander,  yvie

    FOX Little Fashionista Styling Workshop

    Earlier this month, we received an invitation to attend the FOX Little Fashionista Styling Workshop with fashion stylist Evon Chng. I was super excited and told The Husband “Let’s do this! Sounds fun!” You might be asking “Kids need styling meh? Chin chye wear something comfortable and easy can already mah.” True but why not wear something comfortable, easy AND stylish at the same time? I’ve been a fan of FOX for a long time so I know the clothes not only look cute but also super comfortable. I used to buy a lot of FOX tees and pants for Xander when he was a lot younger and he would…

  • babies,  family,  grateful,  love,  xander,  yvie

    Feeling very blessed

    Yes I’m feeling a little maternal in the middle of the night so I’m sharing 2 videos of the kids here with you. I need to count my blessings to have these 2 little rascals in my life. They drive my blood pressure up, run my patience low but most of the time they bring us so much joy we have never thought possible. The way a child’s face lights up when they see you is enough to make any parent forget about whatever was troubling them that day. You feel on top of the world because of that one bright smile. Correct or not, Parents? The video above was taken by…