Monday, February 14, 2011

Final call: Cousin's home.

The final round of CNY visitings ended with visiting my cousin's home. What a short 15 days of CNY. Lucky for Kai, he received so many angpaos while his parents keep on giving. :P





Old baby still insists that he wants to go into the walker.

Finally, wishing everybody a Happy Valentine's Day and endless good times spent with people you love.
I had a fabulous time this whole month, and I'm so looking forward to my HK trip next week.

Time flies. I need to pack Kai's and my bags, and then we'll be back with more!
Catch up with everyone soon! :))))

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Lou hei dinner at East Coast Park

This is the last leg of celebrations before the official end of CNY. Hope you had a great one!!

Getting ready to go out....

once reached the destination, suddenly there was peace & quiet!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Adam drives a Cabrio !!!!

Charmaine swung by tonight to pass me some CNY cookies and she brought Royce and Tommy with her.

Adam, as usual, was excited to see the big dogs.

"Bye bye!" he said to us. His first time driving a Cabrio!

"Hop on for a ride Mommy & Charmaine ah-yi!"

Happy Birthday to me

Birthday pressies from the Hubby and dearest son :)

Present from Kai and Hubz: my boys shared $$ to buy this for me. Kai used his angpao $$. I am extremely touched!
As you might know, I had a bumpy start to 2011 (battling with Bronchitis and giving away my diva dog), so it's time to charm it up!

Clockwise from top: Clover leaf for Luck, Peace sign, Pram to symbolise my journey into Motherhood and for being Adam's Mom, Sagittarius for Hubz, Red heel for me. I love it!

Another arm-candy in a lovely distressed Anthracite for me to use as a baby bag.

Nicole Richie hearts Bal-bag. So do I :)

Another DSLR to add on to my collection - EOS 550D. It's an expensive hobby, but I've been a good girl and Andy's been very enabling :)

My cam family:


And also..... I'm going on an expenses-paid holiday to HK with my parents & my dearest baby boy, on my Birthday weekend! *jumps in joy*
My big boy is unable to come due to his never-ending work, but oh..... he's letting me get away with shopping... all charged to him of course. HEHEHEHEHE

Tory Burch had better stock up on Charmaine's and my sizes ;)


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

CNY lunch with my Sisters

Met up with my girls today noon for a intimate lunch date - just the 5 of us: Chris, Charmaine, Clare, Meena & I. (and 2 little boys Vetrin and Noah)
I dropped Adam at school and went to the market to buy fruits/whip cream for our lunch and whip cream dessert.

It isn't always that we have the luxury to sit down in a group and eat, chat, eat, chat.
Nothing beats the privacy and familiarity of your own home or a friend's home.
And did I tell you food is best eaten shared? :)

Our Jap miso-soup steamboat with the Chinese ingredients for CNY.

A nice cozy dining corner for us ladies.

My besties! 4 of us, missing 1 - Chris. She had to leave early to teach her maid and to fetch Nat from school. Clare (1st from left) is going to take up Nursing. I feel excited for her and asked the inevitable - "Are you afraid of dead people?" and she gave me a bochup look and replied "Just do it". Way to go! Another healthcare personnel to add to the circle. Charmaine says she will gag and vomit and pinch her nose at the sight of shit. -______-

Our polarioids (mis)adventures :D

Now cheeky Vetrin is at the age where he's learning to walk and sweeping things off the table. Very soon, Meena!! HAHAHAHHA

Nonchalant Noah. Without a care in the world. Propped up in his carseat to enjoy the company. I love babies this age! Easy peasy.

I love my girls. Best friends are people who've seen the best and worst of you but still accept and love you for who you are. You may disagree and you may fight, but at the bottom of your heart you know these people are here to stay.

The next person to be promoted to a Mother must be Charmaine. I can't wait for her to have a Poop Machine of her own! Her wedding is a good 8 mths away but I'm already planning Adam's outfit. I'm going to dress him in a Tuxedo and let him be the page boy. So excited!


Why choose Organic

I get asked this alot - "Why choose Organic?"
My answer is very simple - Children are born in the purest state and we should continue this purity into weaning and the foods they eat.
This is a subjective topic and you don't necessarily have to agree with my views.

I started my organic craze even before I got pregnant but was more into skincare and shampoo back then. When I was pregnant and when Adam started solids, I was all the more into eating organic food.

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, ToufuI try to choose and buy only certified organic produce as much as possible.
This means they conform to the stringent checks and standards required to be organic. They are not only free from pesticides, they are also free of hormones, genetic modification, antibiotics etc. They also need to be grown/harvested in an organic-appropriate environment, ie. Cows feed on organically grown grass that are fertilised naturally by animal waste and they produce organic milk. Therefore, it is a complete healthy cycle.

I buy normal fresh meat from the markets because organic meat is not available fresh at where I'm staying. However, you can choose the healthier options like free-range kampong chicken instead of farm chickens; fish from the sea instead of farm-reared fish.
I buy more fish like salmon and cod and lesser of other meats because I try to stick to the Blood-group Diets. Our entire family is blood-type A, so we need to eat more greens than meat. I substitute most meat with fish to get DHA and protein.

After I stopped breastfeeding Adam, I put him on Bellamy's Organic milk.
Since he turned 1 year old, I give him a mix of Bellamy and fresh milk.
I choose Meiji and Pura after doing a nutrition-label comparison at the supermarkets (compare the Protein, Fat, Energy levels). Pura is expensive because the milk is from grass-fed cows from Australia. Most other brands use cows that are grains and animal-feed fed.
On top of that, he drinks Bellamy Organic formula milk when we need to be out and about (due to feasibility).
We are always told by our Obstetricians and Paediatricians to eat healthily/avoid alcohol when we breastfeed because what we eat eventually goes to the BM that we feed our babies.
It is only logical to continue giving the purest and best milk when we stop breastfeeding and start weaning.
I'm not a fan of commercial FM which has alot of additives and high sugar content like Sucrose and corn syrup/starch.

It is impossible to go entirely organic and the occasional junk food is unavoidable. It is also expensive to feed organic food.
I get people tell me eating Organic will lower one's immune system because the body is not exposed to "germs and harmful food" to build up the resistance to them.
I want to tell these people, "You are what you eat". When I know what steroids and drugs have been injected into crops to achieve greater yield, or what GM does to make tomatoes look more red, I can't help but to steer away from them.
Even as adults, our bodies generate and replace new cells all the time. Your diet is going to determine how your body metabolises and "uses" those food.
We adults eat to sustain lives but our precious little ones eat to grow.
Every morsel of food they consume eventually goes into creating the bodies they are gonna have for the rest of their lives.

Therefore, the choice is yours.

Disclaimer: Author is a practicing nurse in the largest maternal and children hospital in Singapore and as a Mom has keen interest in children's health and development. However, she does not represent the views of any organization or affiliation, and is in no way related to the retailers of organic products in Singapore.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Day 4 of CNY: Playdate at Aunty Sharon's

My darling son insists that he is a baby and wants to sit inside the walker. He said to me "Baby 坐坐" *points to walker*

Think that's about all from our super long weekend of CNY, because Day 5 onwards, Mommy is going back to work! Boo hooooooo

Saturday, February 5, 2011

CNY Day 3: At Aunty Lucy's

Andy is having such luck at gambling, he's winning $$ whatever he plays - MJ or Poker. Huat ah!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

初二: Visiting and more feasting, more angpaos

Greetings from the Tans again!

On the 2nd day of New Year my Prince is spotting the same hairstyle as his Daddy!
He's going to my aunt's house to play with his gf Emily that's why :D

Check out his Beckham hairstyle!

For dinner, we went to one of the Chinese restaurants at Vivo City with Hubby's parents.
Kai wearing his spiffy new shirt from Tommy Hilfiger which I bought together with Aunty Sharon for her Dylan (in another color).