Taking a break during COVID-19

It was a much-needed break – a few days away from work while DR also takes a break before he moves to his new workplace. I was finally recovering from my weeks-long cough and runny nose. We initially had plans to head to JB but with the COVID-19 situation, it really isn’t a good idea to travel and go through additional checks at the checkpoints or in the worst case scenario, see a doctor in a foreign country should we feel unwell or catch a virus.

So domestic tourism and relaxation it was… I managed to catch “Parasite” which both DR and I felt was a bit meh after all the Oscar hype about it. I think if you analyse the movie further, one may appreciate and enjoy it. I conclude that DR and I are just the blockbuster-kind-of-movie goer where we go for the pow-wow effects. Hehe..

During these few days of break, we did many things while little E was in school. Went to Ikea, got an armchair and lots of interior design inspiration. We finally tried the Korean BBQ at the coffeeshop near my our house. Went to Jewel and tried Shake Shack (It was good but NZ’s Fergburger wins for me because it came with a gorgeous view and air). The icing on the top of the cake was the free parking we got at Jewel!!

A picture for the record. Finally tried Shake Shack!
Thick patties stuffed with cheese.

During those days of break, we also bought a new customised sofa because we suspect our old five-year-old sofa is being attacked by some form of termites 😨. Finally got to counting and banking little E’s angbao money. Bought new shoes. Cut my hair. Trimmed my brows. Slept.

Sometimes, you don’t need to travel overseas when you go on leave. Being in Singapore can be as comforting and fulfilling. Now is the time to engage in more domestic tourism! Speaking of which, there’s now free three-hour parking at Jewel with just $10 spent every day. This initiative just started from 14 February so as Singaporeans, we should really head there and support the businesses over there.

Free parking at Jewel Changi Airport! Go walk around and engage in some domestic tourism 🙂

Milestones in 2019

2019 has been arguably one of my best years with many milestones…

1) Learnt driving and passed on my second test attempt.

2) Celebrated little E’s first birthday.

3) Got a car (totally not our personality to do so… but we did it.)

4) Launched something that I’ve been working on for the past couple of years at work.

5) Little E starts pre-school.

All these milestones were met, because I had people supporting me along the way. There were encouragements, comfort and practical help given when I was in the process of going through these milestones. For that, I’m thankful.

Liberated on my 32nd!

I’m 32. Wow. And I feel so liberated because I only needed to respond to messages from those who matter to me when they wished me happy birthday. That’s because I recently made my birth date private on Facebook – only I can see it. Because of that, I wasn’t obliged to thank people who wished me happy birthday because Facebook “pressured” them to do so with a birthday notification.

So there, what a liberating day… clean FB wall and having people who really remembered wish me happy birthday. Thank you my family and friends, for being part of my life. I’m grateful.

As a mother, I’m most grateful to my own mother – for giving birth to me over 30 years ago. And for trying her very best to give me everything I needed and wanted. Such is the spirit that I wish to continue, although I’m not sure if I can do it as well as her. Was glad that Sarah, my mom and I all managed to lunch together at Basilico in both our birthday month (September) – to celebrate our mom!

Little E and public figures

Little E turned 18 months last month and before she did that, she has already taken pictures with two public figures – Christopher Lee in Perth and MP Amrin Amin in Woodlands!

Considering that she is no “influencer baby”, that’s quite a cool thing haha. But of course, this is not the only thing that defines her. We are both so proud of her just for being the way she is. She listens to instructions well and although she doesn’t verbalise things accurately, she’s able to do the things you ask her to – both in Chinese and English!

She’s such a joy to us. Praying that she continues to be a blessing to many others, including even public figures; and to share the joy and grace that’s deep within her heart, planted by the Lord.

How life has changed

So many significant things have happened since my last post. This season is seeing many exciting changes. First exciting thing – I’m learning driving! The reason? I think I need another blog post to share what made me do this.

For now, would like to keep things short. Oh another exciting thing that’s coming up – John Mayer is finally holding a concert here in Singapore! I really can’t wait to hear him live on 1 April, together with Sarah, Sihui and Wenqi 😀

Last thing – we made it for Eunice’s 1st birthday! Thanks to the many helping hands, particularly from the Woodlanders ladies. I’m so glad her birthday party was full of laughter from family and friends who matter to us in our lives. It means a lot to us when we see them turn up.. because we want to celebrate with them our first-time joy of being parents and surviving the first year. Many more years to come!

Thank you, Jesus for this season.

How I prepared to go out with the baby alone

So, I reached a milestone in motherhood last Saturday (1 Sep) — bringing baby out on my own to a relatively unknown place, in this case, Clan Cafe at Bukit Pasoh.

What gave me the boldness to bring baby out on my own? Well, I’ve been talking more to my mother-in-law and realise she’s quite capable in child-caring! She told me she used to bring her three children out from Bedok to Toa Payoh to visit her parents on Saturdays — on her own! I was amazed.. she told me she would carry the youngest in a carrier, the middle child in the stroller and hold my hubby’s hands (as he’s the oldest child) when heading out. Without. Taxi. No MRT Circle Line in early 1990s. I was like… *slow clap*

So, when my girlfriends and I planned to catch up over lunch, I had wanted to place baby at my in laws’ so I can head out to meet them on own. Eventually I decided against it after finding out that Bukit Pasoh is just right next to Outram Park station! If it’s near an MRT station, I should bring baby out on my own. If my MIL has done it (with three kids, no less), I should be able to do it too!

So brought her out, I did! And survived 🙂

What is necessary when bringing out a baby on your own? Here’s my list of things to prepare…

1) Wear contact lenses instead of glasses so that you won’t risk having your baby grab your glasses or have glasses slipping down your nose when settling the baby. You wouldn’t want something to go awry when you are struggling with the baby on your own!

2) Ensure you have diapers and a fresh change of clothes, for soiled moments. Because you don’t want to be buying one whole packet of diapers just because you forgot to bring a few pieces!

3) Carry a sling bag and a backpack. Backpack for all the baby “barang barang” and sling bag to easily reach your wallet, ez-link card and mobile phones.

4) Push the baby with a stroller. I always thought that I just need a trusty, good carrier when going out but I realise a good stroller is equally important. Especially when you want to put baby down to sleep for a while or just rest your aching shoulders/hips.

5) Be friendly and smiley. You need to be prepared to be friendly when going out alone as you never know when you need help from strangers, like having them help hold the door for your stroller, or carry your stroller or giving you an empathetic “it’s-okay” look when your baby starts screaming in public.

Here’s the picture of victory. Thank you, Jesus for watching out for both of us!

How I wanted to announce my pregnancy – The Baker and the Bun

Except for a couple of scares, my pregnancy has generally been smooth-sailing, which I am really thankful to the Lord for. But these two scary episodes (with one involving going to KK Hospital) were enough to make me have reservations about sharing my pregnancy early to big groups of people on social media.

So when I was ready to share, I was planning to do so with a short story instead of posting a run-of-the-mill ultrasound picture… but after reading the story to DR, he found it strange to announce it this way, and so I withheld this story. Now that little E is already out and turning 12 weeks tomorrow, I decided to share this exclusively here. Haha.. presenting to you, “The Baker and the Bun”!

THE BAKER AND THE BUN

One fine day, the Baker decided to make a bun. He wanted the bun to be life-giving to those who would have it. So he personally rolled it, kneaded it, shaped it. He wanted to make sure the aroma of the baked bun would bring big smiles and satisfaction. He then placed the bun in Esther’s oven. He will bake it for about 9 months. De Ren, the Baker’s assistant is thrilled and looks forward to seeing the Baker’s masterpiece in January 2018!

~The End~

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