Monday, June 18, 2018

Happy Father's Day 2018!! #dadsforlife

We celebrated Father's Day in Singapore yesterday (*^▽^)/

It was a simple affair. The boy was working, and I was out most of the day taking my Singapore National Climbing Standards Level 1 Cert {more on that later} so we only went out for a family dinner to celebrate at night. 

No need for fancy restaurants or expensive food for a wholesome family meal. The boy was happy to go to our neighbourhood's Mookata {Thai BBQ & steamboat} stall to have a scrumptious, high-protein dinner at a really affordable price heh...

Our whole dinner for 3 pax came up to only S$45+!! And that is after we ordered at least 2-3 each of beef, chicken, pork, salmon, oyster, Chinese sausage, quail eggs, spinach, shisamo, crabsticks etc.

It was a really hot day, and the poor ventilation plus steam from the Mookata grill pan made us perspire more and feel even stickier.. but that didn't stop us from having a good time ヾ(´▽`;)ゝ

Even Lil Pumpkin had fun cooking her own food with chopsticks.. I must say, she's getting pretty proficient in it nowadays. When she was younger, we did it all for her, but now, we're happy to let her experiment, learn the different cooking times required for different types of food, observe the colour changes when the food is cooked, and dish it out for herself.

The protective part of me is scared that she'd burn or scald herself, of course.. but then, she's old enough to know how to handle herself and learn from her mistakes if she does anyway. We can't protect and pamper her forever, right??

Just a simple video at the start of our dinner with our first round of dishes... after that we ordered some more because it wasn't enough haha!

Lil Pumpkin painted a wonderful Father's Day card for the boy again this year but I forgot to take a pic. Will update this post with it later.

Facebook reminded me of the Father's Day card Lil Pumpkin made when she was 3 years old in 2012 though. Aww my heart just melted when I saw it! Such innocent and frivolous drawings.. That big blob of colour is meant to be a cat as her daddy dearest loves cats.

Happy Father's Day, Poogeo!! Thanks for being such a wonderful and hands-on dad with Lil Pumpkin. Your girls love you very much!!

And Happy Father's Day to my own daddy dearest too!! Even though we don't meet or talk as much nowadays, still appreciate you for all the sacrifices you made taking care of all of us growing up (⌒▽⌒)☆

Hope you'd be able to slow down at work soon and learn to relax and enjoy life now that you're older.. Love you, daddy!!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Australia 2018 | Kids Shopping Haul from Gold Coast, Queensland

I'm back from my solo birthday trip to Gold Coast, Australia and as with any other long holidays, I'm feeling pretty lazy haha...

No time to waste at home though as I dived straight back to reality with mundane household chores like vacuuming, clearing the laundry {apparently they waited until I returned to fold all the clothes!!!}, re-organising Lil Pumpkin's study area etc. while on the office front, I've been kept busy clearing my pile of work and emails too.

Figured I should do some "blog work" too but since I'm too lazy to actually write about my trip now, I made 2 shopping haul vlogs instead because 1) I'm really, really excited about my recent purchases from Gold Coast haha, and 2) it motivates me to clear my luggage and unpack ( ᐛ )و

It's been a very long time since I last vlogged {latest one was my Bangkok Shopping Haul video in 2016 haha} so I stumbled a lot in the beginning. Was kinda conscious talking in front of the camera and made many bloopers so I had to restart a few times.

For you OG folks who have been supporting me and my blog since it started, you'd know that I do minimal video editing for my vlogs. Very raw, unscripted and #nofilter.. Each vlog video is done in one take and so sorry if there's too much awkward silences, mispronunciations, uptalking or speech fillers.. #oops

I hope to do more vlogs again {and get better at them!!} as Lil Pumpkin has expressed interest in doing so herself haha and I guess it's an interesting way to get her to creatively express her opinions about various things too. Possibly get her more confident in speaking aloud too.. one of the feedback we received from her language teachers is that she isn't too confident during the oral exams, which I find strange since she is a vocal child but maybe she just isn't used to having in-depth conversations or having to answer questions about certain topics. 

Anyway, if you haven't yet, do subscribe to my YouTube channel and I've posted some trip pics & vids to Instagram and saved them on my Stories Highlights {see folder named "Australia"}... so follow me on Instagram and check them out too! (*⌒▽⌒*)θ~♪

The first vlog is about the stuff I bought for Lil Pumpkin during my trip. Maybe it's mummy's guilt for being away so long, but I reckon 80% of my shopping there was for her haha.. mainly craft kits, undergarments for school, accessories and casual wear.

I really enjoy shopping in Australia, especially at retailers like Kmart, Target, Big W, Best & Less etc. Such a wide variety of products and they are all priced very reasonably too, especially for their house brands!

For my first visit into Kmart this trip, I literally spent 3hrs there going through everything and probably would have stayed longer if they didn't have to close #truestory   

If you can't open the video, please watch on my YouTube channel here.

For my second vlog, I talked about the stuff I found for myself at the kids section hehe. Yup, I do like to shop at the kids section too because of the different variety {sometimes they have waaaaaaay cuter stuff} and they are usually cheaper too. And also since I'm already there looking for things for Lil Pumpkin, I might as well keep an eye out for things I might fancy too haha.

For reference, I'm an Australian ladies size XS or S / 8 or 10, and can fit into girls size 14 or 16.

If you can't open the video, please watch on my YouTube channel here.

In case you're wondering, I didn't spend all my time shopping (•ᵕᴗᵕ•)⁾⁾ᵖᵉᵏᵒ

Although I checked out the stores and my fave local markets at Eumundi, Carrara and Surfers Paradise, most of my time was spent relaxing at the beautiful beaches and I even went out of my comfort zone to try new things like jet-skiing and also fishing!!

Total noob but yup, I managed to put on live bait {eeeeks!!}, hook and reel in a few fish by myself haha. Yay me!

I loved being back in Australia and certainly feel re-energised by my time away, but it's good to be back home again too. Thanks once again to the boy for making this all happen ❤ 

Other Shopping Haul videos:

Friday, June 1, 2018

One-on-One Personal Training: New 2 Months Challenge

New month, new beginnings... new fitness challenge set by Superman.

I'm not a full-time athlete nor do I have the luxury of keeping my training as number 1 on my priority list. I mean, being fit and healthy is important to me but since I'm just a normal human being with a full-time job, mummy duties, and other personal commitments, life does get in the way of training and there's no way I can put in 100%. Honestly, I'm not that sure I want to either as we gotta have a little fun and balance in life, right?

Some days I have to lessen my load because I'm just too tired. Some days I have to skip training because I need to help Lil Pumpkin with her work. Some days I don't sleep much because I'm feeling kinda stressed. Some days I overeat because I'm such a piggy and cannot resist good food.

Not to mention my chronic back pain and list of random injuries that pop up every now and then.

Anyway, I'm not trying to justify my lack of dedication but that's just the way life is and I get by with accepting that if I can put in at least 80% effort, I'm happy with whatever results I get. Even if it takes a long time to reach the goals I set.

You can't be upset with the results you didn't get with the work you didn't do.

But then, what if I could put in 100%?

What if I followed Superman's programming to a T? What if I gave my all for every session? What if I made sure I had enough sleep to recover properly? What if I ate clean and kept to my daily calories intake every freaking day?

What would my results be? And that's Superman's challenge to me.

For the next two months, I'm to {try to} put in my 100% and see where it brings me. To really push my boundaries and make sure I don't falter even when I feel lazy, exhausted or just plain hungry. I haven't thought of any "reward" if I do complete the challenge, but I guess knowing that I did it to the best of my abilities would be good enough for me..

I was supposed to have done this earlier in the year but then there was one thing or another holding me back from truly committing to this challenge.

But now, I'm back from my birthday trip refreshed, relatively injuries-free with no major events at home or work happening for the next two months so I'm good to go and will updating the blog with my fitness updates regularly again during this period to keep myself accountable.

So stay tuned to see exactly what this challenge entails and feel free to kick me in my butt if I start to slack!! haha.. 

No excuses. Mind over matter. Just suck it up and do it.

P.S. These photos were taken at Southport Spit, Gold Coast, Australia in the golden hour. Loved being back. The sun, surf and sand really did wonders to my soul xox

P.P.S. See my shopping haul for kids and kidults from Gold Coast, Australia here!


One-on-On Personal Training Updates:

Genesis Gym Personal Training Updates:
The Beginning - Signing Up for Personal Training

Friday, May 18, 2018

Glowing for My Birthday!! ✨

Finally managed to get a little hair trim last weekend!! Nothing too drastic as I'm trying to grow my hair out... but just wanted to trim and neaten my wild mane a bit before my birthday hehehe..

It's been a rather hectic time recently at work, with Lil Pumpkin's exams and celebrating a few birthdays {Lil Pumpkin's, hubby's and my daddy's!} and Mother's Day the past weekend.

I'm all for fun family time, good food and company, but as an extroverted introvert {yes, I believe that's a thing..}, I also have moments where I long for quiet time to recharge, refresh and reflect alone.

And that's what I intend to get. We carry so much love in our heart for others, we must not be afraid to give some to ourselves too and as per my past birthdays, I'm "getting off the grid" and heading on a solo birthday trip.

"If you want to give light to others, you must glow yourself."

I'm going away to chillax & find my glow again... and I think I know just the perfect place to bask in lots of happiness & golden sunshine get it. See you all when I return a year older, a little wiser and hopefully a lot brighter! °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

P.S. Special thanks to the boy for understanding and being such a loving, hands-on dad with Lil Pumpkin so that I can travel without worries (♥ω♥ ) ~♪