Unpopular

Today’s daily prompt is titled “Unpopular”.
There was a time that I had to choose between a popular and an unpopular (not really since it’s a new school) for my child who had to start her primary school soon.

It was between a well-known, highly sought after primary school called “N” vs a new school called “S” which had only Primary 2 students.
I initially wanted to send my kid to N school. However, as time passed by, I decided to change to S school instead. Here’s why:

1) N school is very competitive
2) N school is a very well-established school routine and firm rules with students
3) N school is also opened on Sundays, I believed for other classes or activities that they were having and some of the kids have to attend school
4) the building looks crampy.

5) S school is new- the furnitures are considered in mint condition
6) more spaces for my kid to run
7) a new school equates to new ideas of learning and teaching
8) new facilities
9) no intense competition among the kids
10) just right in front of my house.

That decision was made 1 year ago, till now, there was no regret. My kid came back home everyday, saying “School was fun”, “I love that teacher Ms….blah blah blah…”, “My bro should go to same school as me too”.
Very importantly, she missed school when it’s the long holidays.

Hence, the unpopular choice turned out to be a good one afterall.

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Wagyu Wagyu

On the 1st day of 2016, hubby treated us a buffet of his favourite meat of the moment. Wagyu beef buffet.

It was a spread of Japanese food, considered that there were yakitori, chawamushi, sushi and lots more. The BBQ items consisted of wagyu rosu, sashimi as well. Unlimited servings as long as you don’t waste the food.

For a good meal like this to start off with 2016, we are contented!
Our dinner on the 1st day of 2016

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Circle of Aromatherapy

This week’s photo challenge is “Circle“. What are the circles in your life journey…is it a physical circle or an invisible one in life that you always cross over to get over to the next level? Mine is a physical one this week, with aromatherapy circling round the room….nice, green tea smell. 😀

One can interpret that life is like a circle, always circling round. Revisit the time that we experienced the same thing over and over again but with a different growth in us. The decisions/ choices that we make would of course create a consequence and from there, either good or bad decisions, we grow from it.

Do you want to participate in the photo challenge? Click here to find out more!

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“who I am and why I’m here”

Hi, I am Ally, a full time working mum and have been blogging since 2004. The reason why I blogged before and now have a different focus. In the past, I used to blog about daily mundane tasks that I had been doing and I thought it was sort like a documentary of my life. However, as years passed and started my family, my focus changed and decided to blog about my little journey as a mother and a full time working mum. I wanted to share my experiences nurturing my little ones and the experiences I had so that it will become one of my memories in later part of life. Likewise, I hope to meet more parents and exchange our views and experiences.

Sometimes, I may be busy with work, thus I skipped some of the milestone of my kids. However, with 2016 starting, I really hope to update as regularly so that I won’t be missing any important event or a simple snapshot in my journey as a mother.

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What I want for 2016

What I want for 2016.
An organised, thinking brain, more alert.

Less caffeine intake, more water intake

Stop procrastinating (haha…many years of resolution – still not so effective)

Weight Management, healthy body

Good working partners!

Smooth travel overseas and be safe!

Happy family!
Pay Raise (for the multiple roles I am juggling)

Less expenses (how is it possible?)

Catch up with old friends (especially my Ultimate 9)

For now, my wish list is like this. How about yours? 

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A convenient way to juice

A few days ago, I wanted to come up with a new marinade for the lamb meat which I bought. I took off a recipe from all recipes and bought the necessary condiments to make the marinade.

Lemons were actually one of the items on the list and I was thinking about how to get the 1/4 cup of juice. 

I recalled that I saw something for juicing in the cupboard a few times and went to search for it.

It was easy to use. Just cup over the lemon head and screw deep down. Press around the lemon and the juice will be held inside till I wanted to pour it out. How convenient it was. Moreover, there were markings on the cup so that you will know when to stop. 😉

This is how it looks like.   
Definitely a must keep! 

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Our Staycation @ Crowne Plaza

Hubby booked this particular hotel for DI’s birthday celebration and to let us enjoy a good holiday stay over the festive period. It was a 3 days 2 nights staycation.

Why Crowne Plaza?

The kids loved the airport a lot and they loved to see airplanes. Why not?

I would like to say that our staycation at Crowne Plaza was a pleasant and happy one. The environment was cosy, except we were worried that we might not be able to sleep well due to the flights taking off.

We asked for an early-check in. However, we were told it was not guaranteed but the hotel staff would try for us. We reached there around 2pm and were told there was a room for us!

This is us, taking some wefies at the hotel’s lobby. DI was feeling elated and excited, so are the older siblings. The christmas decorations were simple. I liked the pyramid of balls that is used as a cushion. I found it quite unique.

Crowne Plaza Staycation

The whole process took around 20 mins to complete and off we went up to our hotel room. It was level 8. The moment, we stepped in, hubby and I were impressed with the neatness of the room. Maybe, we loved rectangles room ba.
Crowne Plaza Staycation

A glimpse of the hotel room. I 💖 the bathroom a lot. Simple design.

This is a deluxe king room. Before I could take a nice picture, the kids have already taken over the bed, so pardon the untidiness.

Crowne Plaza Staycation

This is the bathroom. I 💖 the shower head.
Crowne Plaza Staycation

This is the coffee/tea area. It’s nice that they have an espresso machine.

Crowne Plaza Staycation

The ambience of the room was cosy and I liked it. The kids felt like it’s their own home.

Crowne Plaza Staycation

We stayed in the room for a while and after that we went for our dinner. When we came back to the hotel room, it was in the evening and we watched cartoon network together with the kids.

Next morning, a sight awaited me. Gasps!

Crowne Plaza Staycation

I realised that perhaps, after all, our room faces the nice scenery of Changi Airport. We can see what was happening at the runway, with the planes queued up and ready to take off. The sky was beautiful too.

Next, after breakfast, we went to recce the swimming pool. Sad to say, the water level is 1.2m and at some areas, it was 1m. I decided not to let the kids dabble in the water for safety sake. The kids, of course were sad. But they could have another alternative. *winked*

Crowne Plaza Staycation

The shower gel smells nice and it’s only the 2nd day that I realised what I missed.
Crowne Plaza Staycation

As it was the 2nd day of staycation and was DI’s actual birthday, we decided to dine at Azur. We missed the online booking which we can get 15% discount off the total bill, however, the staff at Azur was nice enough to let us have the 15% discount. On top of that, they got to hear it was DI’s birthday.

I was happy that I can eat my oysters at last. The kids were also happy to have their fill of pastas, broccoli, sushi…and of course, ice-cream, pastries too.

Crowne Plaza Staycation

See their faces?

I 💖 the desserts section. They have nutcrackers as decorations and the pastries were full of xmas decoration as well.

Before we left, we got DI a little slice of cake, sang happy birthday song and called the bill.

What’s surprised us was that the staff at Azur presented DI a special cake. The kids sang another time of birthday song to their dear brother. The cake was very nice.Each of us took a bite.

Crowne Plaza Staycation

Thanks, Azur for making our evening a memorable one.

We stayed in the hotel for most of the time, enjoying every minute of it and had pillow fight with the kids.

Third day came and it was the last day of staycation. However, I am a member and our check-out time was 2pm. So there were still some time left for us to enjoy. The kids were feeling down that the staycation was over so fast. However, hubby and I make a deal that we would come back again!

Before I end, I am glad to say that all the while we stayed there, the noise pollution from the flights were at a minimum and we slept peacefully over the nights.

*Thumbs up*

*Disclaimer: This is a non-sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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DI’s 4th birthday celebration

DI is 4 this year.

A few months ago, he was quite excited about his upcoming birthday and kept asking us for a cake to celebrate his birthday. Multiple cake designs he had and kept changing his mind about it.

At long last, he settled for a xmas log cake. All those superheroes cake were rejected. He felt it was special to have a log cake since his siblings could not even get one and most important of all, the log cakes have nice decoration, such as the house, the deer, snowman, etc. Hence, he felt proud that he is able to get one and don’t mind to share the cake decorations with his siblings.

Our kids, usually have to celebrate at least 3-4 times of their birthday each year. Hence, this boy also had to celebrate thrice. One with my parents, one with parents-in-law and one with us. The 4th was not held this time round, in view that his childcare centre has HFMD outbreak.

I did not manage to take much pictures of his birthday celebration with my in-laws, but took a few photos when the celebration was done with my parents and for this year, it was held at my sister’s place.

Baby AVL was also very happy to see them and joined in the fun too!

DI' birthday celebration @sis place

DI' birthday celebration @sis place

I liked the last picture of DI. He was getting slightly annoyed why there were so many picture taking and he was still not able to cut his cake.

Happy 4th birthday, DI!

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An Outing to the Zoological Gardens

In October, I planned some programmes for my family after my course run completes on 27th November. I decided to take my kids to the zoological gardens using our staff benefits and decided to do so on the 9th Dec.

Reasons for this outing:

  1. I have never visit the zoo with my children
  2. it has been a good 20 over years since I last visited the zoo

It was definitely excited for me to go with them, and go ga-ga over the animals.

Hubby, of course cannot reject this outing as he need to be there for the kids as well and I am sure the kids would 💖 their daddy around to “protect” them if they see the tigers, lions or snakes.

This trail started off our journey. The kids were figuring out how to read the map and where they could see certain animals.

Zoological Gardens

These collages summed up our trip to the zoo. You could see that the kids were happy about it, posing with the animals.
Zoological Gardens

Our favourite animals were the elephant and the polar bear. Too bad, Mr Polar Bear decided to take a swim in the drizzle and refused to come back to his air-conditioned den. We saw some rhinoceros too and DS was definitely happy about it and kept pronouncing “rhi…no..cer..ous..”
Zoological Gardens

We were glad to view more animals when we ventured deeper into the zoo. Here, we managed to see giraffes. Too bad, baby giraffe boy was not let out due to the rain.

Zoological Gardens

It was definitely a worthwhile trip as we managed to cover 3/4 of the zoo. We went to the kids’ water play but did not let the kids went for the play as it was raining and well, we forgot their swimming attire. :/ Nevertheless, the kids were good enough to understand and forego water play.

The boys took a picture with “Ah Meng”, the statue was made to remember our iconic ah meng. I told the kids that Ah Meng had passed away, and they kept asking me for the reason.

Oh yes, I forgot to share one important fact I observed in the zoo.

At the Cats section, hubby and I were surprised to see that the pair of lions’ enclosure were facing the zebras. This made me recall those wild life documentaries that captured the lions chasing after the zebras for their meat. What made it more interesting was when we visited the lions, their back was facing the zebras and I made a joke to hubby that the lions wanted to stop looking at the zebras as they looked tempting to them.

We spent like 4-5 hours in the zoo and it was really a memorable trip for us. Will visit the zoo again in the near future.

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