Monday, January 11, 2021

P6 Parenting | First Week of School

First week of Lil Pumpkin's primary 6 school year is over! ( ᐛ )و

Lil Pumpkin was happy to be back at school #thankGod and woke up pretty cheerful every day. She is not a morning person, you see, so can be such a grouch sometimes haha.. 

This is going to be a short school year for her with PSLE starting in August for oral and the main papers in end September... and as usual, I'm pretty sure time will just fly by without us knowing it!

Nothing really spectacular happened in the first week of school. Surprisingly, her form teachers changed {usually P5 and P6 teachers are the same} but she remained with the same class as last year. 

The past week, we were just getting accustomed to the routine of her going back to school routine with some after-school enrichment activities {CCA hasn't started yet though}, and me back to work in the office full-time. No more work-from-home arrangement for me since we started Phase 3. 

Although, this being such an important time for her academically, I'd like to dedicate more personal time at home to give her not just physical support, but moral too. 

The PSLE is the first national-level exam a child takes. Naturally, there will be some form of stress and even if I can't help her that much in terms of teaching {my head still spins from what they are being taught nowadays, especially for maths!}... I'd like to be there more to take care of Lil Pumpkin, help her balance life with books, and make sure that she eats well and still exercises somewhat to stay strong physically and mentally. To be there to "mother" her.  

Even though the Covid-19 restrictions during the circuit breaker, Phase 1 and 2 really took away a lot of freedom, I honestly enjoyed my work-from-home experience as I got to keep my job, yet spend so much more time with my family and especially my little girl. 

Being a full-time-working mum for the past decade or so, you come to realise that yes, quality time matters, even if we can't give our family the quantity of our time. However, no matter what, the #mummyguilt never goes away and I do love the luxury of just doing mindless things leisurely and enjoying the little things too, instead of rushing around just getting the pertinent things done.  

Hopefully I can work something out with my boss to help me achieve this, at least until PSLE is over anyway *fingers crossed* 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2021!

Merry Christmas... 


And a very Blessed New Year from our family to yours! あけましておめでとうございます(^ー^)ノ今年もよろしくお願いしますね〜

Yes they may be a little cheesey, but I do love making these family greeting cards for the holidays haha..

Today is also a special day because Lil Pumpkin starts her first day back at school for her final year in primary school!! My oh my.... kind of a bittersweet moment as I'm so proud of her growing up and growing more and more independent, but also, I miss my sweet little baby girl terribly #motherhood

I can still remember fondly her P1 orientation days and now it's such a shame that I can't enter the school to take pics of her in her new classroom with her classmates on the first day of school like I used to #becausecovid 

This is going to be a pretty trying time for all of us what with the pandemic and PSLE, but I know deep down that God will give us strength and wisdom to thrive, and not just survive (ɔ◔‿◔)ɔ♥

 May we all have a brighter and happier 2021 ahead! 

Thank you for still stopping by to read our family updates! 

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

P5 Parenting | Celebrating the End of 2020 with Whyzee Cake Delivery Singapore

Why, hello December! ❤ 

We've been taking it easy ever since Lil Pumpkin's exams ended and the school holidays started. Lazy days in bed, brunches at the club, slow walks around the neighbourhood, late movie nights at home... #bliss

Even though most parts of the world are still vehemently fighting Covid-19 and having lockdowns, it seems as though Singapore has somewhat forgotten we are still in the middle of a pandemic. The streets are so crowded and there are jams every day on the roads {the boy and I still head out to work in the office even in Phase 2}. 

Makes it seem so stressful to go out that we prefer to just stay home and chill. Much safer and more comfortable that way anyway ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

To kickstart the holiday season, we had a lovely delivery from Whyzee, which has been lauded as Singapore's favourite cake delivery service with freshly baked artisanal cakes delivered island-wide. 

Extremely affordable with prices from S$30 and no minimum order charge, they are Singapore's only 1-hour express cake delivery with more than 50 different cake selections and 9 cake sizes to choose from! Some of their best sellers include Classic New York Cheesecake, Ondeh Ondeh Cake, Ombre Rosette Cake, Triple Chocolate Fudge Drip Cake, Lemon Meringue Cake etc.

They even have a nice selection of eggless cakes {e.g. Chocolate, Fresh Strawberry Cream, Rainbow etc.} to cater to those that are allergic to eggs like my niece, Baby J, or vegan cakes that have no butter, no milk and no egg. 

Such a beautifully-delivered cake! Not a smudge or fallen chocolate flake anywhere!

Since my family loves durian {yay!!! new season is starting!} and chocolate, we decided to try their D24 Durian Chocolate Fudge Cake

It has pure, rich D24 flesh layered in between moist chocolate sponge and topped with chocolate ganache and milk chocolate shavings. Truly indulgent and sinful, but well worth the high calories IMHO haha.  

At first, I thought it was a rather "weird" combination and was hesitant in ordering this, but then I read the other reviews which raved about this cake and thought, why not? 

We were not disappointed as the durian was aromatic and rich, but not overwhelming, and the chocolate was not sickly sweet either (*´ڡ`●) The chocolate sponge was definitely fluffy and moist but I'd have liked it more if it was more fudgey. More chocolate fudge layers, perhaps? 

This cake is a 9" cake and it took about 7 pax and more than one seating to finish haha.. I suggest eating in smaller slices to truly appreciate this unique taste. 

For bona fide durian lovers, you should also check out their Mao Shan Wang Durian Cake!! It has 2 thick layers of MSW durian flesh layered between vanilla sponge cakes and iced with durian frosting. Yummm! 

When I was browsing their website, Lil Pumpkin had a look too and asked me to order the Walnut Chocolate Fudge Brownies too. Hokay, can.

Whyzee uses premium chocolate to create a delicious dark and chewy brownie topped with crunchy walnuts. Again, I thought it could be a bit more fudgey, but that might be because it was eaten chilled straight out of the fridge.  Maybe if I had heat it up first it would be more gooey. 

Each box comes with 6 pieces of brownies {approx. 1.7" each} and Lil Pumpkin walloped all of them!! I only managed to take a small bite! 

Ever since Lil Pumpkin received her Mystic Blue Preserved Rose Flower Dome, I was absolutely enamoured by it and wanted one of my own. How could it be that time stood still for these fresh flowers to maintain their colours, textures and perhaps scents?? 

Truly, magical *⁂((✪⥎✪))⁂* 

Whyzee not only sells cakes and mini bites, but also fresh and preserved flowers. 

I saw that they partnered with Fav Florist for the preserved flower domes and was so thrilled! We are very happy with Lil Pumpkin's high-quality and beautiful flower Fav Florist dome that she proudly displays on her study desk. 

Took the opportunity to order the Beauty and the Beast Preserved Flower Dome for myself which has a large red rose bloom and rustic wild flowers encapsulated in a clear glass dome with a charming wooden base. 

Like Lil Pumpkin's flower dome, mine also has LED lights in the dome that brings out the essence and features of the preserved flowers in the dark.

I keep it on my own work area to brighten and liven up the space o(^▽^)o  Reminds me of Lil Pumpkin too as now we have #matchymatchy flower domes on our desks hahaha... 

Whyzee offers free delivery for orders over S$100 or express 1-hr deliveries. 

Other than cakes that require customisation or some seasonal products, most of the items are available instantly. Do note that dates that are blocked out on the calendar are considered unavailable.

Promo: Quote "WHYZEENEW10" for 10% OFF on your first order. For new customers only. 

For more information and details, check out their Whyzee Singapore online shop

Hope you all have a wonderful and well-rested December! 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Little Flower Hut - Happiness in a Chocolate & Nuts Hamper XOXO

We are right in the middle of exam fever now. Lil Pumpkin is done with her composition papers and oral exams, but her major papers are up next week. 

Especially since our year has been turned kinda topsy-turvy... I feel stressed, she feels stressed, and even her usual easygoing daddy feels stressed I think with the upcoming papers so it was really nice to receive a Chocolate and Nuts care hamper from Little Flower Hut to get us through this nerve-wracking period.

Little Flower Heart is an online flower and gift hamper boutique based in Singapore #golocal

During this uncertain pandemic, a fast and dependable delivery service sounds impossible. There are shipping delays everywhere due to manpower shortage, temporary closures, high shipping volume etc. However thankfully, the Little Flower Heart is one of the few online shops I know that still provide reliable personalised floral delivery services that are delivered on time, any time of the day.  

Fun fact: Little Flower Hut wants to touch the hearts of their customers through their flowers hence decided to rhyme "heart" with "hut" hehe. Also, a "hut" brings to mind that they are a humble business which focuses on putting their customers' needs before their own.

Little Flower Hut's professional florists all have at least 7 years' experience and are very proficient in creating all kinds of floral arrangements to cater to different needs, from bouquets to table arrangements to big celebration flower stands and giant wreaths. A hand bouquet starts from S$35.

If you prefer something simple, they also sell single flower stalks, potted orchid plants and succulents

Honestly, I'm really amazed by the wide range of flowers and arrangements they have! 

Although their focus is on flowers, Little Flower Hut also sells hampers for baby showers {super cute!!!}, halal customers, wine connoisseurs and chocolate lovers. These can all be customised too. 

The kind folks there knew that we love chocolates and nuts so were happy to customise one for us even though they do not currently sell it online. 

I was quite busy with work and Lil Pumpkin's exam prep so gave them free reign to choose what to add, and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was full of everything we actually love and eat (♥ω♥*)

Our customised Chocolate and Nuts hamper arrived very well-packed in a rustic rattan basket, which of course I'd reuse to hold our little knick-knacks at home hehe... It was a perfect size for our little family of 3 and nothing was going to get wasted for sure.

It contained 1 x Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate box {6 packs}, 1 x Twix Milk Chocolate Caramel packet {5 bars}, 1 x Mars packets {6 bars}, 1 x Merci Finest Selection {250g}, 1 x Lindor Milk Truffles {200g}, 1 x Tong Garden NutriOne Nuts & Fruit Medley {85g}, 1 x Tong Garden NutriOne Cocktail Nuts {85g} and 1 x Lotte Choco Pie {6 packs} which Lil Pumpkin promptly snuck away when I once I opened the hamper, before I had time to take a pic haha..  

The price of customised hampers varies depending on what items customers want in their hampers, but average cost is around S$80-$100. 

Those interested should contact them at least one week in advance so that the shop can better prepare and assist the customers. They will try to source for the items as much as possible or recommend suitable alternatives. 

I must add that their customer service staff are very friendly and prompt in their replies!

I don't know about you, but I find that no matter how foul a mood I am in, chocolate always perks me up and makes things better ღゝ◡╹)ノ♡

If you'd like to send some flowers or care hampers to lift someone's spirits too, do check out Little Flower Hut's website. They offer free delivery {above S$40} for same-day, 1hr super express, 3hr quickie or specific time slots with no additional GST.

Good luck for the last lap of SA2 exams, Lil Pumpkin! 頑張って!

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