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2017 01 30 - CNY with the kids

Chinese New Year is here again! It’s my second favourite festive of the year (the first being my birthday, because hub treats me like a queen… haha)! Besides the routine CNY visiting, this year we had something new!

Well, you see, grandpa and grandma have their fair share of friends they celebrate CNY with. Daddy and mummy have their circle of friends! It is only fair that the kids are allowed to celebrate with their peers too! And so, this year, we had their friends over our place for Chinese New Year! Yeah! It was a blast! The kids enjoyed themselves and so did we! In fact, we are already looking forward to next year’s CNY!

This video clip sums up our day!

 

PAW PETROL FANATICS

For some reason, Paw Petrol is a big hit among the children. This Canadian animated television series created by Keith Chapman was first aired in 2013. Funny it didn’t get popular until late 2016.

The theme song is now Sonia and Arnold’s favourite song! They sing to the tune “Paw Petrol, Paw Petrol, we’ll be there on the double. Whenever there’s a problem, around Adventure Bay, Ryder and his team of pups, will come and save the day…” E.V.E.R.Y.D.A.Y!!! Even I can sing that song now. Thankfully, there aren’t many Paw Petrol merchandises at the mall, else it’s going to burnt a hole in our pockets.

Since everyone loves Paw Petrol, I DIY some customised Paw Petrol cards for the kids! And created some Math worksheets using Paw Petrol characters! This made learning fun, no? If you are interested, you can download those Paw Petrol activity sheets at the end of this blog post!

 

CELEBRATING CNY THE KIDS’ WAY

Now, I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

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We started with colouring Ryder and his pups!

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Then a simple lunch 🙂

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Some snacks…

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One of my favourite picture! Isn’t that sweet, Sonia feeding Ryan his lunch… awwww…WESAlovesCNY

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Feeling very pleased with herself!

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And this cutie pie is baby Ashlyn! Almost a photocopy of Ryan when he was little!

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The pretty one, Kyla!

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My first love!

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Mr Spiderman, who does housework too! 好男人。

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So style, no?
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Busy whipping up lunch for everyone!

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Little princess in her pretty pink dress!

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My gem!

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The ladies couldn’t decide what to cook for dessert.

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It would have been more fun if Amelyn, Ayden, Yi Heng, Jaden, and Kyla could join us!!! Next year, okie?

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Movie time!

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Everyone, thanks for coming, and have an awesome CNY!

Cheers!!

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Singapore 51st National Day

51 VERY SINGAPORE THINGS, ONLY SINGAPOREANS KNOW

  1. Speaking good Singlish (the colloquial variety of English that is widely used by ordinary folk)
  2. Chope seats with packet tissue
  3. People love running, a lot
  4. Complain but never protest
  5. Comparing everything
  6. Kids and schools are ranked
  7. We are a very green city, you see a tree no matter which part of Singapore you are in
  8. PAP rules
  9. Durain and Belachan does not stink, they smell heavenly!
  10. Merlion (The Merlion’s body represents Singapore’s humble roots as a fishing village. Its head represents Singapore’s original name, Singapura, or “lion city” in Malay.)
  11. F1
  12. Most Singaporeans are house owners
  13. HDB (Housing Development Board)
  14. COE (Certificate Of Entitlement)
  15. Zero bribery
  16. ERP (Electronic Road Pricing)
  17. We speak many languages and dialects
  18. We have air conditioned bus terminals
  19. Everyone is either uncle or auntie
  20. Malls don’t close at 5pm
  21. We have safe streets to walk on at night
  22. We have taken the art of drinking to a whole new level! We have so many version of Teh (tea) and Kopi (coffee)!
  23. We go to Changi Airport even when we are not flying anywhere
  24. We have one of the BEST airport and we are very proud of that
  25. Most places in Singapore are smoke free
  26. Beautiful skyline
  27. Drinking of alcohol in public places from 10.30pm to 7am is prohibited
  28. Singaporeans are no lack of vitamin D; we have loads of sunshine and no winter blues
  29. We have delicious yet economical hawker food that cost as low at SGD2 for a plate of noodles
  30. We celebrate racial harmony day
  31. We are kiasu
  32. We complain about Singapore but we are strangely patriotic about our country when we get overseas
  33. We are very orderly, we queue for everything
  34. People call us KAYPOH, but we are just really really concerned lahhhhhhhhh
  35. A meal is not complete unless there’s chilli sauce
  36. You would head to Changi Village for Chicken Wings, Boon Lay for Chicken Rice and Katong for Laksa – all on the same day
  37. Kids go to Kumon, DO Applied Learning, Berries or tuition every Saturday. If you are interested in Do Applied Learning, you can call 9105 0593 for your FREE trial lesson (remember to quote “LOVEWESA”).
  38. We take education VERY seriously
  39. You understand what this means: ECP jam, so take PIE to go to AMK but need to pay so much ERP – might as well take the MRT.
  40. Even when I turn 60, I can still sing Majulah Singapura with so much pride
  41. A marriage proposal only Singaporean girls understand: “Let’s apply for a flat!”
  42. Parents will take a month worth of leave just to go through PSLE with their children
  43. We are multi-everything – multi-lingual, multi-racial, multi-religions, multi-cultural, multi-tasking. Not to forget our multi-storey carparks!
  44. We have CWOs (Corrective Work Orders) for litterbugs
  45. When a bunch of Singaporean men come together, they talk about army days, and the women complain about the men always talking about army days
  46. Lots of celebrations! With a population spanning Chinese, Malay, Indian, Caucasian and others, the religions of Singapore include Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Christianity. That adds up to a lot of cultural and religious festivals and public holidays!
  47. Everyone look forward to age 55, when Singaporeans who have worked hard can enjoy CPF and be contented with personal finances
  48. Pink IC
  49. Shopping is practically a national obsession
  50. Our road names are never dull – Kay Poh Road, Rambutan Road, Princess of Wales Road, etc…
  51. Food is a national past time

Majulah Singapura~

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2016 03 11 - Enchanted Mushroom Workshop (Shangri-La)

Easter Day is celebrated by most Singaporeans, Christian or not. And they associate Easter with eggs and bunny. I asked many Christian, WHY, but I never did get an answer so I decide to find out why (just to satisfy my curiosity).

 

WHAT IS EASTER ABOUT?

Easter is a Christian festival which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible says Christ died on the cross on Good Friday and came back to life three days later.

Easter is on different dates each year, between 21 March and 25 April, depending on when there is a full moon in spring.

There are some unusual modern traditions associated with it.

(Source from Wikipedia)

 

WHY DO WE HAVE EASTER EGG?

Originally, back in the old days, eating eggs was not allowed by the church during the week leading up to Easter (known as Holy Week). So any egg laid that week were saved and decorated to make them ‘Holy Week eggs’, then given to children as gifts.

Victorians adapted the tradition with satin covered cardboard eggs filled with Easter gifts.

(Source from BBC.co.uk)

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There is also another saying…

Eggs, in general, were a traditional symbol of fertility and rebirth. In Christianity, for the celebration of Eastertide, Easter eggs symbolise the empty tomb of Jesus, though an egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb, a bird hatches from it with life; similarly, the Easter egg, for Christians, is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave, and that those who believe will also experience eternal life.

 

WHY ARE EASTER EGGS MADE OF CHOCOLATE?

The first chocolate eggs appeared in France and Germany in the 19th century but were bitter and hard. As chocolate-making techniques improved, hollow eggs like the ones we have today were developed. They very quickly became popular and remain popular today.

 

WHERE DID EASTER BUNNY COME FROM?

There is no story in the Bible about a long-eared, cotton-tailed creature known as the Easter Bunny. Neither is there a passage about young children painting eggs or hunting for baskets overflowing with scrumptious Easter goodies. And real rabbits certainly don’t lay eggs.

The story of the Easter Bunny stem from pagan roots. The first Easter Bunny legend was documented in the 1500s. By 1680, the first story about a rabbit laying eggs and hiding them in a garden was published. These legends were brought to the United States in the 1700s, when German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania Dutch country, according to the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture.

The tradition of making nests for the rabbit to lay its eggs in soon followed. Eventually, nests became decorated baskets and colorful eggs were swapped for candy, treats and other small gifts.

 

WHY ARE THESE TRADITIONS SO INGRAINED IN EASTER SUNDAY?

And what do they have to do with the resurrection of Jesus?

Well, to be frank, nothing.

And does it matter?

No! This legend is beautiful and more importantly, FUN! What is there not to like about these colour easter eggs and chocolates (I hear chocolate is good for you).

 

EASTER ACTIVITIES IN TOWN

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Easter might not be a holiday with the biggest fanfare here in Singapore, but there’s still plenty of options for fun days out to celebrate the special weekend. One that interest me (or my kids) the most, is the ENCHANTED MUSHROOM WORKSHOP 2016 held at Shangri La.

You can create your very own edible masterpiece at the Enchanted Mushroom Workshop conducted by Area Executive Pastry Chef Hervé Potus. Parents and children will learn how to create their own enchanted chocolate mushrooms filled with sweet treats, edible frosting, and decorations! High-tea buffet provided too!

As a memento of your time in Wonderland, the kids can take home their completed masterpiece with a mini chef’s toque and apron.

DATES:

19, 20, 26, and 27 March 2016 (Saturdays and Sundays)

TIME:

3pm to 5pm

VENUE:

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

TICKET PRICE:

SGD 88 nett per child (age 3 to 12 of age), accompanied by up to two adults

TO REGISTER:

Complete this form and email to dining.sls@shangri-la.com

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Sonia will be there and we hope to see you there too!

Ciao!

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2016 02 09 - WESA Family - CNY

CNY CELEBRATION AT LEARNING VISION

Arnold’s birthday falls on a Sunday, so we’ve decided to celebrate his birthday two days early in school with his friends! He seems to understand the concept of “friends” and who they are. And he knows all his classmates by their first name (but he prefers calling all his female classmates, meimei). That’s funny but we let him be since his friends are not the least bothered. Gee…

So coincidentally, Learning Vision is also having their Chinese New Year celebration and his other classmate, Dave is celebrating his second birthday too! Triple the party, triple the fun, why not! So in the morning, the kids dressed in traditional costume, all ready for CNY celebration!

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I really liked how family oriented Learning Vision is. They invited all parents and grandparents to participate in the event. So much warmth, no?

Just look at these tots! Everyone, no matter the race or religion, made an effort to dress up for the occasion. And the ever so spontaneous teachers were ALL in qipao (or at least in red garments). Above all the activities and games the teachers had painstaking prepared, I liked the “spirit” most. That sense of cohesiveness and togetherness were very precious!

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The first activity Sonia participated in was “WHO PEELS THE ORANGE FIRST”. Something N2 students could manage 🙂

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The daddies carried their tot in their arms, walked on beams and hurried back to the table to peel the mandarin oranges.

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That wasn’t all! They must finished eating the oranges in the shortest possible time!

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And so we roped yeye in for help!

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We didn’t win but it doesn’t matter. Both hub and Sonia enjoyed the process and I thought that was all that matters. Good sportsmanship here!

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After all the fun and laughter, we did a mass Lo Hei session with all the kids, parents, and grandparents! That was massive!

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If memory didn’t fail me, we have about 7 sets of Yusheng on the table and I-don’t-know-how-many-of-us. The younger kids did their lohei session in their class.

With the count of three… 1…2…3… “Lo uh”!

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Those who could squeeze in, squeezed in. Those who couldn’t, swing their mobile phone off their pockets/handbags and started taking hundreds of pictures of this priceless moment!

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Arnold wasn’t very much interested in “Lo-Hei’ing” but was very much interested in eating the crackers! He was already helping himself while jiejie frantically hunt for more crackers. I liked how they always look out for each other! So sweet!

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~Sonia picking more crackers for Arnold~

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The pretty little girl in blue qipao is Kyla, Sonia’s bestie! She’s always talking about Kyla and wanting to take her to Beary Fun for a good jump!

So cute!

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We spent the next ten minutes or so chatting before the teachers started clearing the tables and gathering the kids. Soon, all parents left while the tots settled down, took their shower and had their nap. Meanwhile, we went for lunch, collected Arnold’s birthday cake and returned to school at 3’ish pm.

 

ARNOLD TURNS TWO

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How did two years just passed by so quickly? Every single day was filled with so much laughters. Some times he makes us really furious but within minutes, we’re laughing at his silliness. This boy is special in his own way, in every way. We don’t seem to be able to get angry with him for long, ever! He’s smart, he’s witty, he’s mischievous, he’s cheeky, he’s funny, he’s loving, he’s caring, he’s thoughtful. He’s everything I dream of! Thanks for being my son, Arnold. He loves his sister so much (and vice versa), it melts our hearts. I’ve never seen a pair of siblings this loving before! Sure they fight but that never last long. Soon enough, they are playing, laughing, and hugging again. I’m blessed. Very very blessed! I hope both Sonia and Arnold will grow up to be best of friends, watch out for each other and always have each others’ back!

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~See, I told you! Sonia just gave Arnold a peck on his cheek!~

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~Waiting to cut his cake~

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~Happy birthday, Arnold~

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Just watching them savour the cake makes me hungry.

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“Lorraine Yiyi came all the way from Hong Kong to celebrate my birthday! Yeah!”

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While the kids were digging in the cake, hub and papa were busy sharing pictures they took earlier with the kids! Good things must share!

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This is Sonia and Arnold’s favourite part of the day  – giving out birthday favours! We got the kids toy blocks because construction toys seem ideally suited for tots their age. It helps them to develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination, spatial skills, a capacity for creative, divergent thinking, social skills, and language skills! See, we put in much thoughts before deciding what to give the kids. We hope they put the gift to good use!

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As soon as the kids got their hands on the bag of toy blocks, they opened the draw-string-bag and started playing. I hope they don’t mix them up because there are alphabet and number blocks in them. Mixing them might be a bad idea (some might go home with 2 “S” blocks or no “S” block at all, opss)!

Anyway, Arnold had so much fun and that’s what matters most to me. Well, it’s his birthday!

Happy birthday, sweetheart! Mummy loves you to the moon and back!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016

HIGHLIGHT OF 2015

2015 had been an adventurous one. I’ve met new people, tried new things, learned new skills and took a bold step to start my very own online business – WESA RIBBONS.

It’s a lot of work and very challenging but I won’t give up without a fight. To friends and family who had been so supportive, here’s a big bear hug! Thank you very much and I meant it from the bottom of my heart. Please continue to support WESA RIBBONS and ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page and ‘FOLLOW’ us on Instagram. Thank you, again!

And to all of you reading this post, I’m giving you this promo code  << wesa40 >>  to a massive 40% discount for all hair accessories on WESA RIBBONS! Yes, 40% off every item on www.LOVEWESA.com/SHOP, with a minimum spending of SGD 20. Start shopping for CNY today!

 

WESA RIBBONS PROMO CODE

Minimum spending SGD 20.
SALES ends 31 January 2016.

 

FAMILY

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On the first day of 2015, we took this family photo. I looked tired with two panda eyes; Arnold was almost one-year-old, Sonia just got promoted to N1 and hub’s busy with his business. 2015 had been kind to us and we were happy. A small family living in some corner of Singapore, trying to make the best out of life, pursuing happiness, seeking stability, and constantly learning.

Over the 365-day journey, we grew, we learned, we experienced, we loved, we fought, we made up, we played, we sang, we danced, we drew, we flew, we travelled, we baked, we partied, we laughed, we cried, we studied, we worked, we did so much! It was fruitful, rewarding, gratifying, and we were very thankful.

One chapter has come to an end and the next chapter awaits. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has instilled for us! Bring it on, 2016!

 

HEALTH

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Besides the small cough and flu, everyone at home had been healthy! And that’s a call for celebration! Remember,

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

The groundwork of all happiness is still health.

In 2016, I want to start a healthy regimen! First, eat right. Second, exercise more. Third, stop procrastinating!

 

TRAVEL

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Last year we travelled to Perth (in summer) and Adelaide (in winter) with the kids. I cherish every travelling opportunity because travelling is the best way of having new experiences. Along the journey, we meet new people, and learn new cultures. It is also the best way of gaining new perspective, new points of view about leading our life. It gives you the time to think, ideate, observe and learn new things. Above all, it deepens your bond with your family. It helps create wonderful memories together.

And if you need more reasons to travel – travel is the only thing you buy, that makes you richer. So, once a year, go someplace you have never been before! This year, we will be heading to Iran and Dubai! I know, they are not the typical places you would bring your tots to but I’m really excited about the idea of going to somewhere I’ve never been to before! I’m sure it will be an eye opener!

 

BRING IT ON, 2016!

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