Monday, August 23, 2021

P6 Parenting | Prelims Week

Lil Pumpkin is in the midst of her P6 preliminary exams at the moment.

It seems somewhat surreal that we have reached this point. In just a few weeks' time, Lil Pumpkin will be sitting for the biggest exam of her life so far. And in a few months' time I'll be a secondary school kid's mum!! 

Actually, PSLE officially started a few weeks' back with the oral examinations, which she said was "pretty ok" haha... 

As much as I would like to share our experience and parenting tips on handling this major milestone like what I did for her Primary 1 journey, for the most part, I don't feel like talking about it much. Not at the moment at least.

For one, I don't want to "jinx" anything. Like if I say everything is fine and dandy, but then the unexpected happens and something goes wrong? I know I know.. it's quite silly but ya.

Also, I already feel that PSLE is so consuming that I don't want to talk or think about it more than I should. Or have people bring it up to Lil Pumpkin. There's no point telling her to "study hard" or do this or that for whatever subjects because honestly, she's getting that a lot from home, school, enrichment classes etc. Believe you me when I say that she is already doing almost the best she can for the current circumstances. 

Could she do even more or better? Probably so as she still lacks initiative and needs a lot of pushing strong encouragement from us, but then I don't want to bring her to her breaking point. 

In sports, we talk about peaking at the right moment. Peaking is when the athlete is performing at their absolute best during competition. Peaking requires the athlete to have great general body conditioning, good sports specific conditioning as well as great skill execution combined with strategy and tactics that enable them to perform at their best. 

My friend Kitty told me that "PSLE is not the time for the kid to peak, it's actually A' Levels", which to a great extent, I find to be true.

But one step at a time. 

For now, I want her to peak during PSLE so honestly, I am not stressing over her prelims exams, or nagging her about it. Just making sure she does sufficient revision and feels confident, eat and sleep well. Basically keeping her love tank full 

I don't have very high expectations for Lil Pumpkin {because life is so much more than academic brilliance}, but I do hope that like for everything she does, she will perform and give the best results to the best of her ability, and potential, which I have tremendous faith in. 

I do not want to leave her to regret that she did not put in her best effort, so we are doing everything we can to support her in doing that. If it so happens that even then she does not get good grades, then so be it, but at least she gave her all. 

Please keep her in your prayers and wish her luck! 

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Hello, It's Been A While...

About half a year has passed since my last blog post.. So sorry about that! The blog is still alive!! Just barely breathing haha... 

Well, I haven't been updating much mainly because I went for my eye Lasik surgery which didn't go as well as I planned so needed a longer recovery, then all the ups and downs of the Covid pandemic made me feel like taking things very slowly and simplifying my life even more so even less blog engagements and upkeeping of this space... and of course, Lil Pumpkin's upcoming PSLE prep and examinations kept me rather stressed and busy.

I do still love writing though... I've been writing a lot more for my job.. but at the back of my mind, I miss writing here for myself {and whoever is still around to read this}.

So this is my first post back in a while and I do hope to update more often *fingers crossed*

After all, I am the memory-keeper of the family, right? 

P.S. Come by my Instagram or Facebook page if you can too xox

Monday, February 8, 2021

Pineapple Tarts Singapore - Chinese New Year Goodies 2021


One more week to Chinese New Year {CNY}!! Pineapple Tarts Singapore to the rescue if you still have yet to stock up on your CNY goodies and snacks!

Pineapple Tarts Singapore was established with the goal to deliver not only the best quality but also best-tasting handmade CNY goodies, especially for pineapple tarts. They are pretty popular with my friends for staying affordable despite using premium ingredients and if you search "pineapple tarts Singapore", they will be sure to come up in the top hits ٩(◕‿◕。)۶

Their specialty is, unsurprisingly, Hui Wei Traditional Nyonya Pineapple Tarts {500g}. These are handmade with no preservatives, so best to consume within 6 weeks.
A traditional Nyonya version where fresh tangy pineapple paste is smoldered on a buttery and crumbly crust. There's a balanced ratio between the sweet filling and savoury crust so that you won't be overwhelmed by either.

My favourite from Pineapple Tarts Singapore, however, is their Pumpkin Seed Brittle {250g}. One of the "healthier" CNY snacks where fresh roasted pumpkin seeds are lightly mixed in sweet sugar syrup. So flavourful and crunchy! 

I ordered even more Crispy Cuttlefish Rolls {230g} for the boy as his #proteinpower CNY snack haha. These are highly addictive with a very slight tinge of spice. 

I really like that they don't stinge and their goodies are filled to the brim of the containers!!

All these golden salted egg goodness! Oh nom nom nom...

There's the usual Salted Egg Fish Skin {230g}, Salted Egg Fried Seaweed Popiah Skin {230g - currently out of stock!} and something I haven't seen in other stores, Salted Egg Fish Keropok {220g}. The keropok didn't have a strong "keropok" taste but it was still delicious. 

All of them were covered generously in golden salted egg powder and were fried to crispy goodness. 

See how carefully packed the Yin Yang - Charcoal Love Letters {300g, currently out of stock!} are..
The charcoal black love letters have sesame seeds infused in them while the brown ones are the plain traditional flavour. Light, crunchy and oh-so-delicate, they are the perfect light snack to go with a cup of Chinese tea. 

Pineapple Tarts Singapore is still having a 15-30% promo off their usual prices, but you gotta hurry up and order soon as they are closing orders soon and stocks are getting low for a lot of items! In fact, some items are already out of stock!

They offer free standard delivery for offers over S$100, and express 1hr delivery for a flat fee of S$25. You can also head down to 11 Sin Ming Road, Thomson V Two, #01-30, Singapore 575629 for free tasting or self-collection of your orders. 

Check out Pineapple Tarts Singapore website or message 8127 0477 {Whatsapp only} for more details.

P.S. Have you been down to Chinatown to soak in the CNY festivities yet? Have a look at what to expect from our family walk in Chinatown here!  

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Chinese New Year 2021 | Family Walk in Chinatown Pt 1

Last Friday I took leave to go for a walk in Chinatown with my sisters and parents. It was my elder sister's birthday and it has been such a long time since it was just the 5 of us, sans any grandchildren or sons-in-law hehe. 

Of course conversations drifted back to the kids pretty often {as they frequently do}, but it was nice to have all of us together again despite all our busy schedules...

There was a report recently of Chinatown being crazy crowded over the weekend like pre-covid times. 

Fortunately for us that Friday morning, it was still pretty quiet and peaceful. So easy to stroll around Chinatown's alleys and take our time to enjoy the sights and interesting Chinese New Year {CNY} wares.

So I guess if you do want to soak in the festivities of coming CNY celebrations, do try to make it on weekday mornings..

Must see when you're there - The Golden Ox. 

This post is titled "Part 1" because I know I definitely want to go back to Chinatown again during CNY with Lil Pumpkin since our darling daughter was born in the Chinese zodiac year of the Ox!! So she must get a photo with this since this is the first time since birth she's celebrating the year of the Ox! #asianparenting

This little fella made the news too...

Is it a rat? Is it a cow? Is it a rat dressing up as a cow?? haha... Nah, actually for some reason Chinatown Point wanted to make otters the star of their CNY decorations to wish visitors an Otter-ly Good Chinese New Year!!! o(*^▽^*)o

This was the "crowd" we faced that day!

If only Chinatown was always as tranquil as this... but then it would make for very poor business for the stallholders. And honestly, I guess given the dismal past year and since most of their businesses come during CNY, it is somewhat understandable that they would get defensive when the reporters questioned them for not chasing customers away to keep to safe distancing measures and wanting to support a crowded Chinatown.

Of course nobody wants new Covid-19 clusters to form and yes we are still in the middle of a pandemic, but it has been a hard year for everyone so a little understanding for their predicament instead of shaming them on social media or the news would come a long way I feel..  

If only it was really as simple as using these windmills to turn our fortunes around and chase away the bad luck of Covd-19!

Anyway, the Asian in me was really happy to see so much red and auspicious decorations in Chinatown hehe...

It really is THE place to go to pick and choose from a wide variety!!

Was contemplating getting a little CNY cow toy for Lil Pumpkin but she doesn't really play with soft toys anymore... will show her when she comes to Chinatown and see if she wants one. 

They're not expensive {start from S$6 if I'm not wrong} but I don't need any more redundant clutter in our home..

My sis was very tickled by this angry ox... 

牛气冲天 means may your business be very prosperous, bright and fiery! Basically it's a good luck greeting for the new year. 

Usually the nuts and seeds stalls would have free tastings to draw customers in, but this year all were already prepacked #becausecovid

The preserved sausages and meat were all still mostly left in the open though...

The highlight of the walk was going to Tai Chong Kok, a famous local bakery that has been making mooncakes and Cantonese pastries the same way since 1935. 

Every year, my elder sis would go with my parents to go buy 年糕 from here. I don't like to eat 年糕 by itself, but I like eating it pan-fried with egg and sweet potato or yam. 

Tai Chong Kok's 年糕 comes in 3 sizes and the smallest costs S$18. 

You can find these lovely sweet candied fruits...

And the usual CNY goodies here. 

I love their melt-in-your-mouth kueh bangkit, pineapple tart balls and pumpkin seed brittles here!

And mooncakes!! You hardly ever see them in shops after Mid-Autumn Festival..

However, I guess I shouldn't be so surprised to see them now since Tai Chong Kok is famous for their mooncakes. Perhaps they sell them all year round??

Really had such a lovely time that Friday morning with my fambam and can't wait to go back again with Lil Pumpkin and the boy!! (/ ‘з’)/

P.S. Check out the CNY goodies we got this year from Ding Bakery and Wang Lai Bakery!