Thursday, 30 January 2014

Reunion Dinner

Every year we do 2 reunion dinners on the same night. We go over to my mum's place at 6pm, then head back for dinner at 8pm with the hub's family. It's a good thing we live close to my mum.
Lo-Hei or Yu Sheng (Prosperity toss)
For as long as I can remember, we've always had steamboat for our family's reunion dinner. We all love steamboat, and I'm glad the kids do as well. There's just something so comforting about traditions that you carry through from your childhood all the way to adulthood.
Cuddles with grandaunt
I couldn't resist taking a picture of this plant. The flowers only bloom during Chinese new year. Apparently, the Chinese buy living blooms to decorate the house as it signifies rebirth. My mum has one growing in her garden! How lovely. The vibrant colours really lifts my mood :)
Beautiful hues
It's back home and round 2 of Yu Sheng. 
Symbol of abundance and prosperity
Everyone ready?
Let's see who can toss the highest
The aftermath
Who's the VIP this year who gets to sit on Ah Gong's lap?

Here's wishing you and your family a very happy and prosperous Lunar New Year!
Auspicious pineapple tarts


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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Kate's antics: Toy stroller

A friend's daughter had outgrown her toy stroller and passed it to Kate. She absolutely loves it and has found multiple ways to play with it!
Pushing her doggie around
"That looks fun, can someone push me?"
"I'll try walking backwards"
"Nobody wants to push me? Nevermind, it's still a very comfy chair"
But the thing that cracks her up? Repeatedly ramming the stroller into a chair. 
"Haha! This is so funny!"




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Monday, 27 January 2014

How to use your children's hong bao money to teach them financial literacy

When the kids were younger and we took them out, they would invariable ask to buy something. I would have 5 incessant pleas of "Mom, can I buy this… please?" If I said no, they would take another item and say "What about this? Please?" It drove me nuts. And I would have to make a decision to allow the purchase or not. Sometimes just to get them out of my hair so I could shop properly, I would allow them to buy the toys if they were not too expensive. Or if some days they kept badgering me until I lost my patience, it was "All cannot buy!"

So I started thinking about this issue seriously. What did I want them to learn about money? I wanted to teach them to make the decisions themselves, to decide if the item was necessary and if it was value for money. I also wanted to teach them to spend within their means, and to learn values like thrift and charity. And I definitely wanted them to know that money didn't grow on trees, which I concluded when I was young, as my parents bought me everything I asked for.

I was a financial consultant for a decade, and I saw too many adults not having the proper financial skills needed in life. It did not matter if they were earning $2,000 or $20,000. They could be making the same mistakes and I realised that it was not only how much you earned but what you did with your money that mattered.

I formulated a plan. I realised that giving them a little extra in pocket money and teaching them to save to buy something did teach them delayed gratification, but not much else. So I didn't use their pocket money as a teaching tool. I gave them $1 per day for recess starting from Primary 1, with an increment of $0.50 every 2 years. That was to cover their food in school. For all other purchases, I allowed them to keep a small portion of the money collected during Chinese new year, which they were free to use as they pleased for the rest of the year. 
$200 to last them a year
This program commences the year they enter Primary 1. For me, I need to standardise everything so that it's fair and easy for me to remember. However, based on your own family's needs, you can start the child at an earlier or later age as you deem appropriate. Generally, kids from 0-4 are contented with hand-me-downs and creating fun out of simple or recycled objects. It is around the age of 4 onwards where they start to ask for particular toys as seen on TV or something their friends have. So at that age, I started to discuss and teach them simple concepts such as what are needs and wants and how much toys cost in relation to something else. For example, I told #5 that a box of Lego ninjago can buy us 20 packets of chicken rice, and his eyes widened in surprise. When they reached 6, that's when I started to give them a lump sum from their hong bao money to allow them the opportunity to learn the financial lessons themselves.

This is how I derived the figure - I roughly estimated what I was currently spending on each child in 1 year on non-necessities like toys, watches, fancy stationary etc. I rounded it down, and was comfortable with a figure of $200 per child per year to spend as they like. The rest of the money went into their bank account, which is earmarked for their tertiary education. (Another option is to start them off on a smaller amount for the first couple of years, say $100, before increasing it as they get older).

The first time #3 had her money, she was overjoyed and spent it freely. She bought all sorts of cute stationary from her school bookshop, toys when we went to the malls, and even knick-knacks for her friends. I didn't chastise her as I wanted her to learn the lessons on her own. Within a few short months, she was shocked to find that her wallet was empty. She came to me and told me tearfully that she was 'wallet-krupt'. I didn't quite understand, until the older girls told me that it's not her bank account that was depleted, but her wallet. She watched in misery for the rest of the year as the others had money to spend. It also taught them generosity as there were occasions when the others had money to buy something and she didn't, and they bought it for her, knowing that she had fallen on 'tough times'. The favour would be repaid the following year when her finances were better. All these situations mimic real life, and they are teaching moments which can be used to reinforce the things they are doing right and to teach them other options if they are not quite on the right track. I figured that it was better for them to make the mistakes when they are young, than to learn the hard way when they are older and the amounts are more substantial.

So for #3, I instructed her to gather all the things she bought that year, and she was puzzled as to where the money went as there was not much to show for it. She realised that $2 here and $5 there amounted to a lot of money, and she regretted buying some of the items which she didn't even want anymore. The next year, she was much more prudent with her buys and by the end of the year, she still had a good portion of the money left.

As for the rest, #1 is very meticulous and she notes down every little purchase and carefully budgets her money to ensure it lasts her the year. #2 never liked shopping and saved almost all of her money. #4 was very careful with her buys from the get-go as she saw what happened to #3. Last year was the first time #5 had his money and he readily spent it all on Lego and didn't mind that the rest of the year he had no money left as he spent the year happily playing with what he had bought. Let's see if his spending pattern changes over the years. It was also really interesting to see how their characters were reflected in their spending habits.

When they reached Primary 5, I gave each of them a little notebook to record their purchases. They will write down the item, how much they have to begin with, how much the item costs, and their balance. This allows them to look back after a year to see if the purchases were worth it or not. If they were still using the items and it was serving them well, that's good as they got a lot of mileage out of it. They will put a tick under the 'Note' if it was a wise buy and a cross if it was not a good buy. It can then be seen at a glance if a majority of their purchases were good or not, and they can try to improve on that the next year. They also naturally realised that a lot of stuff they bought were useless or bought on the spur of the moment. This leads them to consider more carefully in future before they bought something.
Cashbook to record their purchases
The only times they get presents are during their birthdays and Christmas. During the year, if they want something which would take up a sizeable chunk of their money, they will note it down, and if some months later they still want that item, they will request it for Christmas, either from us, their grandparents, or their aunts and uncles. That teaches them delayed gratification and also helped cut down a lot of unnecessary spur of the moment "I really want" type of purchase, only to regret it later.

Sane tip: The best part of my program? No more "Mom, pleassse, just this 1 thing?" I can now shop in peace while they are busy figuring if they should buy an item, or comparing prices, or sharing info with each other about where to get cheaper and nicer items which they were looking for. And instead of thinking that "Mom is mean" when I refuse to buy them something, they are empowered to make a wise decision. They have also learnt the very important skill of budgeting and spending within their means. Giving to charity has also taken on more significance to them, as it is given out of their own pocket.

Save tip: I have saved quite a lot of money, because now, everything comes out of their $200, even concert tickets! They used to bug me to take them to Hi 5Disney on ice, and High School Musical when they were younger. A concert outing could easily set me back $500, not only for tickets for everyone, but they also wanted those silly wand sticks or ice balls which cost more than $10 each! After they turned 6 and had to spend their own money, they bought it once, forking out $68 each. After the show, I asked them if it was worth their money. They replied that it was not bad, but that I had taken them to enough concerts over the years and that they wouldn't go the next year (that was what I had been trying to tell them all along!) And of course, they did not part with their money to buy any of the overpriced memorabilia after the concert. The good thing is that you can still take them to any concerts or events which you feel you want them to be exposed to, and believe me, the kids will be so grateful to you for paying for it :)


Here are more tips on how to keep their birthday parties within $100 while equipping them with financial skills like planning and budgeting.


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Sunday, 26 January 2014

Imperial Treasure @ Asia Square

We love having dim sum as it's just so family-friendly. Everything is in bite sizes, we can order a lot of different dishes to suit everybody, and there's always something that Kate can eat. A family friend invited us for lunch at the Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck restaurant over at their Asia Square branch. I have to say that this is probably one of the best dim sum places in Singapore.
Prawn Cheong Fun
Siew Mai (pork dumpling)
Har Kao (shrimp dumpling)
Chicken feet
Pan fried carrot cake
Deep fried prawn in bean curd skin
Glutinous rice
#2 asked what kind of bun is this? And #4 immediately replied, "Oh, the char siew bun that we kept eating in hong kong, which was supposedly the best in the world".
Baked char siew bun
This restaurant is more spacious than those in town so it feels more comfortable and there isn't a din like in most cramped chinese restaurants.
"Huh, more food!"
Kate had enough, so she kept herself entertained with a ziplock bag and her face towel.
Put in, take out, put in, take out
Sane tip: We like to lunch out with my parents on weekends especially when the helper is off, but we really dislike the crowds in the shopping malls. This place is perfect! The food is good, there's ample car park space and the rest of the building is virtually a ghost town on weekends as it's in the Marina Bay financial district. And because it's not in the malls, we don't have to end up 'accidentally' shopping, which the hubs is really great at doing.

Save tip: We don't know what the bill came to, but I guess we'll have to leave this place for special occasions as I'm sure it's not cheap! Next time, perhaps we will try the peking duck...


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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Lesson #1: What having 6 kids did to me

I was reading a post on a fellow blogger's Facebook, about the struggles of having 3 kids, and of having parents or in-laws watch you barely surviving and telling you, "Want so many kids for what?"

So for those of you with multiple toddlers and struggling, this piece is for you. 


I totally agree that the early years are difficult, even torturous maybe. I remember the time when all 5 of them (plus the hubs AND the helper) were ill with stomach flu and were vomiting all over the place, day and night, over the course of 3 weeks.


I was so sleep deprived, tired and frustrated from cleaning up and changing sheets that I wished I could just walk away. But I couldn't. I still had to be there for them. I learnt to find my inner strength.


However, that is just a season. It will be over before you know it (yes, even though it doesn't seem so).

The wonderful thing is, do you know what are the 3 greatest gifts I have received after becoming the mother to 6 little human persons?
Happiness
1) I've got my priorities right

We race through life, chasing after so many things. This is just how our society is.

We don't have time to pause to think.

But at the end of it all, did all those things bring us any lasting happiness?

Probably not.

Having so many kids, I didn't have the luxury of time to do whatever I wanted. I had to scale down my lifestyle.

I was forced to sit down and think.

What exactly were my priorities?

What was important to me in life? 

I realised that it was to have family and friends around me whom I care about dearly and who care for me.


I used to take my parents and in-laws for granted, but after going through many challenges myself, I can understand what they must have gone through.

I now attempt to spend more time with them, to be more patient with them and to do what will make them happy as they are on their last leg of life's journey.

Now, I also much prefer having intimate chats with close friends as compared to gatherings in big groups, as we share our lives and our struggles and we listen and support one another through the ups and downs of life.


I'm also trying to find time to do more charity work as a family and to help others in any way we can.

I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer. - Jim Carrey

2) I've learned to live

Have you ever watched kids playing in the rain?

They look like they have absolutely no cares in the world.

They radiate joy and happiness, laughing and having so much fun.

Just by being fully in the moment and enjoying whatever they are doing.

So simple yet profound.

We as adults have forgotten how to live.

We are doing, we are accumulating, but we are not living.

And we think, when we have that, when we have reached that point of success, (or for some of my single friends) when we find the right person and get married, things will be perfect and we will be happy.

How wrong we are.

Life is in the now. 

After all the physical pain I have gone through with them; sitting with one at the A&E with a fractured arm, carrying one after an eye operation with both eyelids bleeding, rushing one to the clinic when an allergy almost killed her, all these re-focused me on what is important in life.

At times, I was so physically, mentally and emotionally drained that I didn't know how I was going to carry on.

But you do, you just do.

And only when you are stretched, when you are pushed beyond your boundaries, do you grow.

Only by emptying of yourself are you fulfilled.

The irony of it all.

I have learnt that I have a capacity to love so deeply.

Having children makes you go beyond yourself.

Be it the ups and downs of life, the happiness or the sadness, I am now able to embrace all of it. 

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. - Oscar Wilde

3) I've found true happiness

Yes, having so many kids have limited what I can do at the moment.

With little kids, my life slowed to a crawl.

But it was then that I learnt to appreciate the simple things in life.

Marvelling at the beauty of a flower, watching the ripples in the pond, sharing a mug of hot chocolate with an easily contented child.

All of which I would have never had the time to stop and appreciate, if not for the kids. 

I dare say the memories of those precious times of sitting by the kerb, hearing the delighted voices of the kids sharing their joy of seeing yet another beautiful flower "Mom, look at this one! And this!" can rival my experiences of being at the Eiffel tower, sitting in a gondola in Venice, and even skiing in the mountains, all of which I did before I had kids.


It dawned on me that it's not so much the place, but the people whom I am sharing the experience with, that counts.


I realised that true happiness comes from being with people you love.

And it comes from living for others. Your children, your family, strangers in need.

To be truly content, I only need my family by my side.


Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but also becomes richer and happier. - Albert Schweitzer

So take heart, as those early years are but a season.

A season where you struggle.

But in your difficulties, you learn to appreciate the simple things. I took so many things for granted before, even something simple like being able to walk, and it was only after going through difficult times that I learnt to appreciate the good times.

Before you know it, that season is gone.

No more constant cuddles and little feet climbing into your lap. No more "I wurve you mummy" every other minute.

No more having the cutest little face peeking up at you with some mischief up their sleeve.

No more hearing those belly laughs with no cares in the world.

My oldest is now 15, yet my job is far from done.

The early years of physical demands are over. Now it's a mental challenge. Yup, the teenage years.

I hope that I can continue to raise them to be people of compassion, to have a good and kind heart to go out into the world and make a difference.

For them to embrace life, treasure it and go forth with passion.

To find their destiny and to fulfil it.

To grow into adults with the right values which they will pass on to their children.

That is the legacy I hope to leave behind.

I am far from it but at least I have charted my course and I will plod along one day at a time, never forgetting to pause and smell the flowers.

I am thankful beyond words to have the chance to enjoy another little being. I was too busy surviving to have really enjoyed the journey with the other 5.

With Kate, I will be more present to her.

Because I have realised that life is indeed made up of the little things.

Here's to kids.

Here's to life.


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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Gymnademics: 6 reasons why we love this gym

Kate is halfway through her term at Gymnademics, which they have so generously sponsored us. 

Here's 6 reasons why we love this early childhood enrichment centre.

1) Physical component

I strongly feel that children should be allowed to do a lot of physical activity such as walking, running, climbing, balancing, and rolling from as young as possible. This will go a long way in aiding them to be more coordinated, and have better motor skills in future. And by allowing them to participate in rough and tumble activities, they will be less afraid of trying out new physical challenges as they grow up.

2) Musical component

Music can aid in brain functioning and learning to beat to the rhythm of music is important. Singing along will also help in language skills.

3) Holistic approach

Besides having a very strong physical component, they have the music component and the Glenn Doman intellectual component, so the body is developed as a whole.

4) Small class size

I like that they keep the classes small at a maximum of 9 children per class, because at this age, any more than that might be hard to control and could also be too stimulating or intimidating for the young child.

5) Attentive and caring staff

What really stands out at this centre is that the teachers put the kids first and really try to get to know the kids. When they are introducing an activity to the toddlers and Kate wanders around, they can remember who hasn't been shown and they will seek out that child and present it to him or her. And last week, I called in at the last minute to say I wasn't turning up as I was still unable to walk and they showed a lot of concern.
Very friendly teachers
6) Reasonable replacement policy

Some parents forget to ask about this when they sign up, then when they have to miss some classes, they realise that it cannot be made up, so that means money down the drain. Here, they have a very reasonable make-up policy whereby parents have 14 weeks to complete the 10 sessions, so there's a buffer just in case the child falls ill or something crops up. At this age, the kids are still quite unpredictable with illnesses, especially if they are also starting childcare or pre-nursery.


We can see that Kate has definitely shown some progress. She wanders around less and is able to participate in the activities even without my prompting. For the welcome song, she now knows she has to shake the bell and happily does it.
Ring, ring
She is even able to follow what teacher Aly is doing and will clap her hands at the right time!
Enjoying herself!
One thing she's still not too keen on doing is the trapeze. The other kids absolutely love it and will squeal with delight. However, she prefers to watch and cheer them on as we all count "1,2,3,4,5!" And she will shout very loudly at the 5!
"That doesn't look very safe to me"
Today's activity out of the mystery box is to teach them about table setting. The theme this week is "Our daily routine" where they will learn about sequencing and their routine.
"Eh, how come there's no food?"
We ended with a goodbye song where the kids are supposed to shake their tambourine but Kate is more interested in trying to get both her feet into it than to shake it to the beat. Oh well.
"Look at me!"
Sane tip: For the first few lessons, I had to keep carrying her back into the centre where the action was happening. She didn't quite understand what was happening and was busy exploring the whole studio. Now, she more or less knows where she's supposed to go and what she's supposed to do, although she's still the top wanderer. Progress! Yay.

Save tip: The fees are $698 for a term of 10 sessions, but I'll have to say that it is definitely value for money. The amount of background ie. the philosophy and the preparations, and the sheer number of activities they run through, plus follow up information for parents to re-enforce at home makes this a top-notch program for toddlers. Weekday classes are slightly cheaper at $658 per term*.

Parents can also try out a 4-session package for $298 (weekends) / $278 (weekdays) if they are not sure if their child will like it. However, the 4 sessions have to be completed over 4 straight weeks.

*Registration fee of $68 applies for all packages

For a glimpse of her first lesson, click here.

Gymnademics

Safra Toa Payoh
293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6
#02-01
Singapore 319387
Tel: 62590307


Disclaimer: Gymnademics has sponsored Kate a term of classes. All opinions are my own.


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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Wound adhesion: Cured by physiotherapy

Those of you who have been following my blog will have known that I was experiencing so much pain from my caesarean wound till the point where I couldn't even walk. I did some scans and the gynae said that the wound had adhered to one of my organs during the healing process. Yikes! I did some research and found out that stomach wound adhesions are very common and happens in up to 90% of stomach operations! (That sounds really absurd to me as none of my friends have such pain after a C-section and none of them know of any friends with this problem after a C-section). In most cases, it is painless (ah, that explains it), but for some, as the scar tissues start to impede the movement and function of the organs around it, that's when it causes chronic pain. In some cases, the pain becomes very debilitating, and another surgery has to be done to lyse the adhesion. 

I didn't like the sound of that one bit, so I got a second opinion to see if there was any other option. The gynae said that this type of operation can easily be done using laparoscopy (keyhole surgery). Sigh. I really didn't wish to have another operation, but what choice did I have? I did more research and it seems that even a laparoscopy may have a 50% chance or resulting in adhesion again! That didn't seem like a good solution to me. 

Then a friend texted me and told me that her sister's friend who had a caesarian done 20 years ago, had also been experiencing pain intermittently due to wound adhesion. Recently, the pain got so bad that she had to go for an operation to separate part of the intestines from the wound. As a result, the intestines became shorter, which affected her nutrient intake, which led to more problems. She suggested that I had better do something about it soon and not wait till the problem became worse. I was troubled as I couldn't see a viable solution. How was I to run a family of 6 kids when I could hardly even walk? Or to undergo another operation which might not even solve the problem? 

"Got to get this for mummy"
The next day, I had to take #3 to the dentist. As usual, I got her to load the skate scooter into the car as it had been my mode of transport for the past few weeks. I have a walking quota, and if I exceed it, my wound area would start to hurt very badly. She commented sagely, "Mum, you can't live like this for the rest of your life". I replied, "Yes, I know, but what can I do about it? Leave it, also cannot. Cut it apart, may get stuck again. How?" The only thing we could do was to pray.

We went for her dental appointment and our dentist saw me hobbling along. I related my sob story, and she advised me to see her physiotherapist. "Physio? You got to be kidding. What can he do?" She told me he was really really good and convinced me to see him. 

So I decided that there was no harm in trying, and I might as well try any other non-invasive ways and eliminate all other options before I go for the laparoscopy. So I went. 

The physio, David, was so experienced that he could figure out my problem immediately after I related everything to him and after he assessed me by asking me to bend here and there, stretch here and there to ascertain where the problem areas were. In fact, my other problems of pain in my shoulders and in my hips which I have tolerated and lived with for so long were all inter-related to the wound pain. Because I had been compensating and bending over to minimise my wound pain, my whole alignment had been shifted which resulted in tightness and pain in other areas as well.

He explained that because of the adhesion, the muscles around the area became so tight that it bundled the nerves and everything, and it was like a traffic jam and that area was the bottle neck. Nothing could flow properly, and the toxins were all trapped there. He prodded the muscles and I could hear a lot of strange noises coming from my stomach. Apparently, all the gas, toxins or 'chi' (whatever you call it) were released and it would help the blood to flow properly again. He loosened all the muscles around my pain site and taught me a couple of exercises which I had to do daily.

I still couldn't believe that my seemingly insurmountable problem was cured just like that! I walked gingerly to the car, half expecting the pain to return. The next day, I went back to my crazy routine of running around managing the kids, and there was no pain at all! It was amazing. I haven't managed to walk like that in a year! I felt like the lame being able to walk again. It was nothing short of a miracle to me. I am indeed very thankful to David for his wonderful skill, and his passion in helping people regain their physical health. And thank goodness I had taken #3 to the dentist that day and spoken about it. If not, I would have gone ahead with the laparoscopy. Prayer answered? #3 said, "For sure" :)


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Sunday, 19 January 2014

La Ristrettos @ Novena Medical Centre

It was time for Kate to visit her paediatrician at Novena medical centre for her jab again. I was keen to try out this quaint little cafe which I read about in a fellow mum's blog. It's just 2 floors down from her doc, so we decided to have lunch there before her appointment. #3 is ever ready to follow me to take Kate out, so I agreed to pick her up from school and head straight there. #1 heard about our plans and wanted to join us too! So she took an mrt from school and met us there.
Coffee Boutique
I was surprised at the size of the cafe, but realised that they have outdoor seating too. They have a huge communal table in the centre which was fully occupied when we arrived, even though it was 2.30pm on a weekday. I can imagine it would be packed during the lunch hour or on Saturdays.
Lovely ambience
Anyway, I prefer to sit outdoors so Kate has space to run around while waiting for our food to be served. Thank goodness the weather was nice and cloudy, and there was a slight breeze too. She spent a long time looking at the water which ran between the paved flooring. I was enjoying the relaxing afternoon and I loved the laid back vibe of this place. 
"So strange.. water in between the floor?"
We ordered the duck breast, and offered her the peas that came along with it. After she had enough of the peas, she aimed for the potato croquet which looked more interesting. As she's only 14 months, we have never allowed her to eat deep fried food, but she grabbed it before we could stop her.
"I got it!"
Seeing her holding on to it like a prized possession, we allowed her to have it, and so that we could finish our meal in peace.
"Let's see how yummy it is…"
She's probably not used to the texture and the taste… The 3 of us had a good laugh.
"Oooh.. what IS this?"
It was really pleasant to be out having such a relaxing lunch amidst lush greenery with the 3 of them. It was a nice break from our routine, and I was really glad to have found this gem of a place right below her doc. Now I have a place to hang out when there's a long wait! 
Idyllic lunch on a school day
Sane tip: I still remember once, when I was in primary school, my dad had picked us up from school. We were starving and kept bugging him to get us some pizza. He consented, on the promise that we will finish the dinner that my mum had cooked for us, which of course, we readily agreed to. We gobbled up the pizza in the car before we reached home. Till today, we remember that incident and still laugh about it. Such great memories. 

I realise that as mums, we tend to be stricter, and want to keep to our routines and all that. I have decided to lighten up a bit, as impromptu days like these will be remembered fondly by them for years to come. And even where food is concerned, I used to be stricter in enforcing a healthier diet when they were toddlers. I guess letting up once in a while is fine, which makes the meal much more memorable for everyone. So this year, I have resolved to be less of a killjoy!

Save tip: Not quite a saving tip, but this place is open throughout the day which is great if you need a late lunch.


La Ristrettos

10 Sinaran Drive #08-37
Novena Medical Centre
Singapore 307506
Tel: 63977165

Opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 8 am - 6 pm
Sat: 8 am - 1pm

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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Sentosa snake charmer… who's the bravest?

Took #5 for a day out at Sentosa with his godbrother. The boys were playing by themselves and did not want to include the dear little girl whom my friend brought along. They are at this age where they like to form their own boys club. This was the first time that I met this girl, but I was really impressed with her. Even though she was excluded from their games, she did not whine nor complain to us. She is such a self-assured and independent child. 
Running around the rocks can be so much fun!
As it started to rain, we bought tickets for the kids to entertain themselves at the 4D Adventure Land. Kate managed to be entertained by walking around the poles and smiling at the other adults hanging around. Some young tourists found her so adorable they kept taking photos with her.
Yummy biscuits baked by Auntie C
The kids wanted to have a go at handling the snake, and the little girl went first, with the snake wound around her. The boys then had their turn, but guess what?
"There's no way I'm going to go near his head!"
They were afraid of the snake and none of them wanted to hold the snake's neck.
"Ew! We've had enough of the snake!"
In the end who had to come to their rescue to hold the snake's neck? The brave little girl. She is such a cool gal. Way to go girl!
"The eyes are really interesting"
Our conclusion? The boys are only good at acting macho but in fact, they are so timid! The girl managed to put them in their place. And who else wanted to have a piece of the action? Our little Kate.
"Look mum, I'm touching a real life snake!"


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