Monday, December 20, 2010

Bali Indonesia Dec 2010... Lifes a beach!

We are back!

Enjoyed loads of sun, sand, water, and seafood. Even our little riot enjoyed himself running around, swimming, and getting his tan. I dont wanna come back to reality!

Adam was actually dancing outside the Hard Rock shop to the Rock 'n' Roll music!

and he danced his way back to our room :D

My Kuta cowboys!

Having dinner by the beach watching sunset. This is the life :D

Julia Roberts was here.

Natural water spring temple.

Visited coffee plantation. Coffee from civet cat poop? No thanks for me! :P

Andy is roasting poop coffee beans :D

at Kuta Beach...

Our lil Rascal!

Came back with (small) presents for my gal friendssss :)))
Recharged and rejuvenated now.

Happy Holidays dear all!
Lotsa love,
Veron, Andy, Adam :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dinner at IRODORI Jap Buffet

with my girls, and our expanding family!
We started out as four crazy girls in Sec school, nicknamed the Funkiest Four hahahaha! That was more than a decade ago. Come to think of it, we did some really absurd things back then!
Now, we have recruited more members by means of linking up with more sec school girls, dating, marriage and children. But our friendship remains unchanged :)

Missing in action is Huiwen, who is currently pregnant in her last trimester and ordered bed rest by her doctor.

Jarrett kor kor kept wanting to kiss my bochup Adam di di. So cuteeee!!
Siew Wei recently just gave birth to another boy, Princeton. Our girlies outings are increasingly stinking of testosterone!

After dinner we hung out at Angeline & Sean's pad...
Adam and Latte became fast friends and sidekicks.
See? Do everything also must caught in action together :D

The aunties and uncle very serious in mahjong. The uncle still can multi-task on iPad...

We always try to organise an outing but because of the large group our gang has become, it is near impossible to fit everyone's schedule.
Like Carol says, our plan is to have a plan!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Robinsons Closed door sale

My dearest sale guru Meena asked me along to the Robinsons closed door sale yesterday.
I went to fetch Vetrin & her and we all happily headed out to Centrepoint together.

At Aunty's house:

The 2 munkies and their munky business!

At the closed door sale...
So there we were, 2 aunties, with 2 boys, our prams, diaper bags, and an appetite to sniff out good buys. So many people, so long Queue!

I finally, finally bought our Nespresso Citiz & Milk. It was heavy, but also very discounted, so I happily lugged it home because I know how much Andy wants it (well, he's the birthday boy... tee hee..). Thankfully, my brother already said he wants our Martello coffee machine before this so the equation kinda worked out for us (otherwise I can't imagine what to do with two coffee machines).

As for Meena, she bought Foogos thermos food jar, cooking utensils, and lots of toys/ fabric books for her lucky boy Vetrin. Very discounted as well. *nods head in agreement*
Happy Mommies rule :D
Before I forget, we're packing up and heading to Bali next week to celebrate Andy's birthday, get some much-needed respite, and have a family celebration of Christmas - Andy, Kai and me.

Here's wishing everyone a merry merry Christmas~~ :)

With much love,

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A weekend with family & friends

My exams' results are finally out - I PASSED! Yay~ I passed and scored even higher than in my 1st sem! I'm soooooo happpppyyyyy. So now Sem 2 is officially over. Time to cough up the school fees and get ready for Year 2 - Semesters 3 and 4.

Cousins playdate
Some random photos from a random noon at my Aunt's place - with my cousins' kids. The four of em munkies again. This was before both Bryan & Chloe broke out in measles. I thought it is compulsory to vaccinate babies with MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) in SG but apparently they still got it??!!? Poor kids. Poor cousins. Hope they recover soon.

together with Aunt LY, we brought Kai to another aunt's house for playdate.

Friends got married
Arjun & Deepa tied the knot after 12.5yrs of dating. All weddings are unique and special in their own ways just like every couple is unique, but this wedding was different - it was exceptionally happy. There were a lot of wine, laughter, music and dancing.
Luke & his awesome band performed live. The bride & groom danced. Their parents danced. Even the grandparents danced. Needless to say, Andy & I danced. As did everyone else.
As I quote Deepa's mom - "when children find true love, parents find true happiness".

Cousin's daughter turned 1yr old
Crystal's (Andy's cousin) daughter Adrina turns one. That's a major milestone, and we were happy to celebrate with her. Demure and pretty little princess :)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Found the answer.

Not very long ago, I pondered about what is the best Xmas present for our son?
Friends & family bought toys and clothes already, neatly wrapped up and sitting in our living room. But we, as his parents, surely needed to give him something more substantial?

I pondered, and then I did the wise thing - to consult the Husband.
Without thinking, Andy replied me "Love hon. Why do you ask?"
My husband is my greatest source of support, I knew I could count on him.
Thank you Hubby.

The best gift we can give to any child is to make that child feel WANTED, LOVED, and CARED FOR because that child is the greatest gift of God.

- Mother Teresa

The year-end wrap-up

November and, as you'd expect, December, are really busy months. As if everyone was letting the entire year get by in half-steam and then suddenly realise it's end of year already???! so you better hurry the hell up with yer unfinished business.
As 2010 is drawing to a close, I would like to first of all, heave a huge sigh of relief.
It has been a super duper hectic year for me. But an overall happy one.

work. I've been slogging like a horse for this past year. An entire year, since I went back from Maternity leave in Nov 2009. Nobody said being a working mum is ever gonna be easy. My current company, though not very eventful, has nonetheless been paying my bills and hefty shopping. You'd think my Hubby so good buy everything for me, but hey I pay for my own shopping too, you know. :P
As both Hubby & I are busy working, Kai is busy growing up. Which is mainly why I might decide to be a SHM next year. It's gonna be a whole new perspective, I'm soooooooo NERVOUS, but I'll talk about that later.

school. Lectures, exams, datelines. The usual stuff been responsible for my many sleepless nights, and I still cant believe I made it past the first semester, still awaiting results for my 2nd paper for 2nd sem; I passed my 1st paper WHOOPPEEEE! Next year I'll be doing Sems 3 (1st half of year) & 4 (2nd half of year). Dear God please please give me all the strength and knowledge I need to pull through. Fingers doubly crossed.

travel. With my impossible schedules, coupled with the nature of Hubby's job, we didn't travel as much as we liked to. But we did. Somehow, we managed to plan, execute, and even enjoy trips to Melbourne, KL, and Hong Kong this year (planning a secret getaway for Hubs birthday in Dec shhhh HEEEE). We even lugged the baby along. Diapers and baby gear included.
I can't be sure about next year though, it's gonna be the final year of my BSc and I really wish to give it my best shot. Therefore, all plans on hold till further notice.

family & friends. Same old, some new. Babies are popping out everywhere around us, be it family or friends. Or both. We're all really happy for the new parents & grandparents. Yes they poo, cry, scream and make a mess, but no matter what others say, children DO brighten up your lives by infinite megawatts. A new life is always cause for celebration. Agree?
My apologies if I do not have enough time to pass around, or have been missing out, especially with friends, but please know that I DO love and cherish my friends all the same, if not more!

So now that 2010 is coming to an end, what's not to like??
New year, new goals.
I envisage 2011 to fill me with the same academic buzz.
Most importantly, I also aim to take a year-long break from work, to evaluate my future career plans, if any at all. Mainly, I just want to be there for Kai as much as possible, because Hubby has been busy with the business and we are not spending as much time with our son as we should. I figure, at least one parent should be around for him, right?

Before you brand me a Tai-tai, I would like to highlight the truth that - being a SHM is about as glamorous as .... a piece of stale bread. A piece of stale bread in frumpy t-shirts and shorts, with hardly any time to shit in the loo. Not that she needs to shit in the loo anyway, since she wont even have time to eat enough for anything to be digested! It's really, really more fun to be working and having an income I tell you.
But I'm not a fan of having a totally unrelated person, ie. domestic helper, "mother" my child, the same logic as you wouldnt want someone else to "wife" your husband. And I'm sooooo hands-on I wanna do everything with Adam!

Then again, I have to grapple with the issues of unemployment. With an income, I could buy whatever I fancy at a whim. Chanel? Sure. Balenciaga? Get it. Now, I have to come to terms with issues of budgeting and the sort, which frankly I have to admit I'm not good at! I can be many things but thrifty isn't one of them. I have ALOT to learn from my bestie Meena and other SAHMs.

Okie dokie, so enough of grousing already.
We'll cross the bridge when we reach it.
That about sums up my 2010. Bring on 2011!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Xmas present from DBS Treasures

I was gonna keep it with his other presents for the special occasion, but *somebody* couldn't wait to play with it :))

Here he is reading a book on vehicles so he thought the Tractor and "driver" very synonomous with the red truck and the driver in the book!

Cookie Monster family tees!

Hubs & I found these while having dinner at the airport. For wearing on Adam's 2nd Birthday party. Happiness! ^_^

His party planning can be found on this page: Look Who's Two?