Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Happy 10th Birthday Darling Daughter! 🎂

Our baby girl turned 10 years old!! *throws confetti*

I know.. this is a pretty late post about it but it's such a huge milestone in our lives that I really must note it down on the blog, no matter how late haha.

Her birthday was on Sunday, 12 May 2019 and it was the day before all her major exam papers started! Oh the woe of being a May baby in Singapore!

The birthday girl was very understanding and did not kick up a fuss that we couldn't go out for a full day of fun at the theme park {like we usually do} or have a big celebration with our loved ones..

Instead, her birthday was spent mainly at her Chinese enrichment centre for her weekly class {I feel damn bad for sending her there on her birthday but what to do?? She needs all the Chinese help she can get!} then home doing light revision for her papers ahead.  

The only thing Lil Pumpkin really wanted to eat was waffles so at night, we drove out to Compass One for delicious waffles with ice-cream at Geláre.

She chose the Chocolate Chips Treat waffles with Chocolate Overload and Cookies & Cream ice-cream, while the boy wanted Banana Craze waffles with Macadamia Nut ice-cream {I think}. 

A sweet treat for our little sweetie (。♥‿♥。)

お誕生日おめでとうございます,さっちゃん!You've brought so much joy to Mummy and Daddy these past 10 years. We love you so very much! (●´∀`)ノ♡

Sorry we couldn't do more for you on your birthday but we will have such a blast this June holidays and at our upcoming trip back to Korea!

Lil Pumpkin's hard work for her mid-year exams certainly paid off and she showed pretty awesome improvements from her previous end-of-year exams last year for all of her subjects, especially Science and Chinese. Her Maths has always been strong and this time, she was just 3 marks off from full marks!

That's the most important thing for us, really - that she showed improvement. The actual marks aren't as important as much as progressing and trying to better herself each time.

To be honest, I'm kinda clueless as to the details on how our education system is or how they calculate the PSLE score or what she can do to increase her chance at getting into the secondary school of her choice.. but I believe that as long as she puts in the effort, her results will show, no matter what #hardworkpaysoff

I'm not trying to game the system so the "rules" don't matter that much. And whatever she learns in school isn't just for school, so she should study not just with the aim of getting good results, but also with the view of applying her knowledge and skills in life too. 

Anyway, happy birthday once again to our darling daughter!

May your life be blessed with as much happiness and love as you've given to everyone you meet!  ♡o。.(✿ฺ。 ✿ฺ)

Friday, May 24, 2019

Clusia Cove @ Jurong Lake Gardens, Outdoor Waterplay Playground

Jurong Lake Gardens officially opened last month but we only managed to visit it for the first time yesterday.

Lil Pumpkin's school was closed as it was Results Processing Day, and I took leave to take care of her and extend my birthday celebration a bit hehe..

Most of the pictures from my friends who have already visited showed our third national gardens {and first in the heartlands!} to be really packed. However, thankfully there was barely a crowd when we arrived about 5pm yesterday.

With the sun shining brightly and cool breeze blowing, it was really a lovely day to be out and about. Fresh, clean air and gorgeous lush greenery truly does wonders to the mind, body and soul. It's been so long and I was really happy to be surrounded by nature again.. 

The part we visited is called Lakeside Garden, which is a 53-hectare western section of Jurong Lake Gardens.

This section comprises of Jurong Lake Gardens West and the former Jurong Lake Park and was developed with an emphasis on nature, community and play.

Lakeside Gardens houses the PA Water Venture building that has a range of water sport facilities such as dragon-boating and kayaking for all to enjoy in Jurong Lake, and the SportsSG Playfield that features a lap pool and a 24-hour gym to meet all your active lifestyle needs.

Forest Ramble, a 2.3 hectare playground for children aged 5 - 12 years old, is also located here. It is the largest nature play garden in the heartlands and has 13 different adventure stations for children!

Just about 5-10 mins walk from Forest Ramble is Clusia Cove and we spent most of our time here yesterday actually.

Named after clusia plants {note: trees and shrubs that are native to tropical America}, Clusia Cove is where you will find a shallow tidal play pond and sand-based ripple pool that offers families and children a fun water play area at Jurong Lake Gardens.

Don't worry if you get a little wet and muddy as there are toilet and shower facilities located nearby.

I brought along my new Tesalate sand-free beach towel and we set up camp on the "mini beach".

So nice to just sit there soaking up the sun-rays and digging our toes in the warm sand!! I should have prepared better and brought along some picnic food haha... next time then!

Really love the beautiful design on my new beach towel that's not only pretty, but highly functional too! Got so many compliments from friends when I posted about it on IG so thought I'd share about it here too... It's the Bohemian - Towel for 2, an extra large beach towel {160cm x 160cm} that's honestly big enough for all 3 of us haha

Tesalate beach towels from Australia are ultra compact, super absorbent, dry rapidly and are insatiably vibrant. Sand doesn't stick to them, even when wet, thanks to their exclusive AbsorbLite fabric.

The company’s patented, smooth microfiber fabrics made out of 80% polyester and 20% polyamide make sliding off sand at the end of your beach day a breeze. All you have to do is just shake it like a polaroid picture!

The AbsorbLite fabric also makes a Tesalate towel super absorbent {can hold up to 1L of water??!} but it dries in about half the time than a regular towel too so you don't have to lug home a wet and heavy towel.

Just roll/ fold it up neatly into the complimentary sleek satin bag that comes with it, or your own bag, and you are good to go.

There's a variety of bold and beautiful prints available and if you love to head to the beach or have outdoor picnics, this is really a must-have accessory to further brighten up your fun-filled family day 🖤

Oh, I didn't manage to take a picture but the back of my towel also has a chic monochromatic triangular print so for those days when I feel like changing things up a little, I can use that side too. It's like I'm getting 2 towels for the price of one and getting double my money's worth!! #winning

Love lazy days like these..

I can imagine how chaotic Clusia Cove can be when there's a crowd but yesterday was really peaceful...

If you plan to come to Jurong Lake Gardens any time soon, try to come during the weekdays.

There's lots of space to ride your bike or run free and I do suggest that you bring some food for a picnic too as there are not many food options available here. We will definitely be back again during the June hols or something explore more of the gardens!!

Jurong Lake Gardens
Address: 104 Yuan Ching Rd, Singapore 618665
Website: https://www.nparks.gov.sg/juronglakegardens

By car:

Two car parks along Yuan Ching Road (opp Tah Ching Rd & Tao Ching Rd)
Parking charges: Car ($0.02 /min), Bus ($0.03 /min), free parking available from 12pm – 2pm

Lakeside MRT (East-West line)

By bus:

49, 154, 154B, 240, 246 stop along Yuan Ching Rd
180, 335 stop along Boon Lay Way (5 min walk to Lakeside Garden)
30, 49, 154, 154B, 178 stop along Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) (2 min walk)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Pre-birthday Hair Cut! 🎂

I turn 35 tomorrow. Yup, half-way to 40.

Birthdays used to be a big deal to me. I mean, they still are.. but as I get older, I don't get excited over them as much. It's like flying I guess.

When I was younger, I used to be so eager to sit on the plane, even if it was just for short trips to Malaysia or Thailand. But nowadays, I'm really not that keen and I absolutely dread long plane rides which is one of the reasons why we haven't brought Lil Pumpkin to countries further away like the US or UK yet..

Since I turned the big 3-0, it actually takes me some time to remember my age too as I don't think about it that much hahaha..

Anyway, been feeling a little stressed the past month due to Lil Pumpkin's exams and kinda frumpy with my messy hair that I've been trying to grow out, so decided to get a little treat to pamper myself since I had some free time to spare in town yesterday.

Made an impromptu visit to Berne at Degree Hair Studio and thank goodness he was available!

Haven't cut my hair with him for some time because I've been trying to keep it long, and I don't have the luxury of time to spend 2-3 hours {because Berne is very meticulous, and there's usually a lot of clients there} at the salon anymore. Plus, we don't visit Orchard as much these days.

Even though we haven't seen each other for a while, we caught up with each other's lives and chatted like old friends.

But not too much, as like I mentioned before, Berne also knows that I like to go in to unwind so does not start unnecessary, long idle chats with me {as other hairstylists or shampoo girls sometimes do} and just lets me be - either reading a mag, catching up on news, or getting some shut-eye.

I didn't really go in with a specific hairstyle in mind but just gave him some simple instructions and let him do his magic.

He still remembers that I like my hair thinner/ lighter and helped me neaten it up with a soft fringe in the front to give it a bit of "oomph" since I thought it was getting kinda flat. His wife, Jas, who is more of a hair treatment/ colouring specialist, also recommended me a treatment to restore some shine and hair health.

All in all, the cut, wash, treatment & blow took about 1.5hrs and I came out looking more human, and less like a wild lion. Friends have also complimented me for looking younger too, hehe.

Thank you, Berne 🖤

Things have changed somewhat at Far East Plaza due to dwindling footfall and changing consumer habits. It's such a shame to see it lose its vibrancy, especially since I used to hang out there with friends when I was younger. Lots of empty shops and closed shutters.

Even my dear Primitive Art seems like a shadow of its past.

I do hope that the mall management does not decide to close down the whole mall for a "revamp" and lose many of the regular shops there in the process. 

If you're looking for a reliable hair salon, do pay Berne and Jas a visit at Degree Hair Studio. They are my family's fave and I hope that their business will continue to thrive and survive even as Orchard Road plans to transform into a more buzzing district in the near future.

Degree Hair Studio
Far East Plaza #05-87, 14 Scotts Road
Tel: 6732 3320
Mon - Fri: 11am - 9pm
Sat: 11am - 8.30pm
Sun: 11am - 8pm

Any tips to make hair grow longer and faster??

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored or paid post. All views expressed are my own.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Letter to my girl #23: 1 More Month to Your 10th Birthday!! 🎂

Exactly one more month until Lil Pumpkin of House Wang, the First of her Name, Bringer of Spring, Jewel of Our Eyes, Queen of Our Hearts, Precious Child of God, Protector of Beanie Boos, Collector of All Things Cute & Colourful, Princess of Popcorn Lovers and Mother of Monkey {her fave toy} turns 10!!!

Seriously, where did my baby go???!

Dear Lil Pumpkin,

It's exactly 1 month to your 10th birthday. Woohoo!!! I'm super excited for you, but also kinda emotional at how fast you're growing up and all... 。゚( ゚இ‸இ゚)゚。 How could it be that the wee little bub I could hold with just one arm is now up to my nose level???!

Unfortunately, your birthday is just before the main exam week so we probably won't be going to USS as what you usually love to do on your birthday.

Most likely it'll just be a simple day out with Daddy & Mummy, then dinner eating your fave food {sushi? Mexican nachos? pizza??} and home for an early night as you have your Semester Assessment 1 exam papers for the next 4 days!! Yikes! My poor baby... Sorry darling, hope you will never have any exams on your actual birthday in the future but I guess the probability of that happening is pretty low since mid-year school exams are usually during this period bleh. 

Oh well, just bear with it and we'll have a proper celebration after the exams are all over!!

We love you very much and will try to make your 10th birthday as memorable as possible

Love always,


P.S. This photo was taken during our outdoor family photoshoot at Gardens by the Bay when she was 7 years old.  Yup, she still has that cheeky face!!!