Quick update: My little chub chub is still sick and running the possibility of a hospital admission. sigh. We are gonna nebulize him for 2 days in hope he gets better else we will be reporting to the hospital for admission. I do hope that doesn't happen. it's bad enough that both kids are sick and we blew 600+ at the doc's today.
mean while, I haven't recorded the funny conversations with the husband for a while so here's one.
(I saw a really cute girl on the streets and wished I could have a girl..)
me: if we had a girl, would you dote on the girl more as compared to the boys?
der: no. I'm impartial. I will dote on whoever is obedient.
me: you sure? but daddy always dote on their daughters isn't it? I thought there is a saying... (me trying to recall)
der: ...that daughters are lovers in my previous life??
me: ya!! that's it..
der: who knows? maybe I was a gay in my previous life?
me: *rofl* that's f**king funny. its going up my blog!!
this morning, I was trying to recall the snippets of the conversation to blog about it but couldn't recall at all... so I ended up asking the husband.
me: hey.. what was the funny conversation that I said I wanted to blog about? I can't remember it any more!
der: huh?! It was just yesterday.. you sure you forgot?
me: ya.. These days my memory is very bad.
der: like a goldfish?
me: maybe slightly better..
der: oh, you mean like a BIG goldfish?
I'm sure my life is made a lot more interesting by marrying my husband.
L-R: Lynn, myself, Irene & Mabel at the Shape Run 2013.
camwhore while waiting for the rest of the mummies to reach that morning.
Don't we look synchronized with all our strollers?
Possibly, the most chillax baby that day. Not a nary of a fuss from my chubs. *loves*
And we are all READY for the dash!
Irene & me at the starting line! (James obviously eyeing all the toys i have on the capella stroller)
I love that the organizers prepped balloons for all the mummies and it made the run quite fun and the kids all loved the balloons flying about. I had to keep pushing them out of my face while i ran though. Blame myself for being greedy and grabbed more balloons than i could handle. haha!
Exhilaration when i cross the finishing line. *punch fist in air*
10 proud mummies with our Shape Stroller Fun Run medals! *YAY*
(and yes, selfie too! by the ever professional selfie Mabel)
Disclaimer: I received a Capella Cony S230T stroller for review & race purpose. All opinions and thoughts are my own. Pictures credit to Mabel of Amazinglystill unless otherwise stated.
I found a great way to eat a cupcake and i think its fantastic. No more cream/icing smeared on your face or lips while at it. Clean, minimal mess and it got me thinking - why just didnt i think of it before?!
You would like to know tooo? Yes?
I brought home some cupcakes the other day. My favourite salted caramel and red velvet ones!
The happy husband was really happy (actually he wasn't because i only had ONE cupcake for him but he thought he had a dozen when he saw box, but let's just pretend he is HAPPY) and very gamely decided to do the demonstration on how to eat a cupcake correctly.
Here's the HOW TO EAT A CUPCAKE TUTORIAL in 4 simple steps!
Step 1: Peel off the sides of the cupcake liners and remove the cupcake from it gingerly.
Step 2: Gently twist the bottom half of the cupcake to separate the base into halves.
The cupcake base have to be separated as shown. Done? Well done!
Step 3: Put the bottom cake base on top of the cupcake icing!
Tadah! Cupcake ready to eat!!
Step 4: Have your cupcake and eat it.
betcha never thought about this right? Look at how happy the husb is.
Life's happiness is eating cupcakes with NO MESS!
Now, aren't you interested to try this out? and have a burning desire to grab/bake a cupcake to try this? It's a pretty cool idea, isn't it? I think its a brilliant way to eat cupcake! Tell me if you think so too! It's so great an idea NOT to share!
I hope you had fun reading this... as much as the husb and me had fun documenting this. We really enjoyed this tiny snippet of fun and laughter together. I laughed so hard while at it.
P.s. I wouldn't steal an idea and i'm definitely not bright enough to have thought of this idea.. so in case you are wondering, i first seen the idea here.
Happy hump day folks! And no, thats not a bad word. Read about "Hump Day" if you have the time....
And the best thing yet? i managed to score the pair of punk-looking ASH sneakers that i have been eyeing for weeks! YAY!
ASH Viking Sneakers - Coolest pair of shoes/sneakers that i ever bought.
If you have followed me on instagram, you would have seen my following post some weeks back. I haven't been able to get them off my mind at all!
So i was super excited when i saw that there is a 25% discount off this pair on amazon (retails at US$250) as part of the Black Friday deals. Wheeeeee!! *adds to cart immediately and check out*
at the same time, i bought the following TOM shoes as well for weekends and lazy days.
TOMS Shoes - Morocco Crochet Women's Classiscs (i love this for its versatility - it goes well with anything!)
TOMS shoes - Women Linen Classic Slip-Ons (i love the polka dots!)
the TOMS are not on sale but i have been thinking about them for yonks as well. The husband swears by them and owns many pairs of these. It's his default shoes every weekend. Do you know TOMS has this policy that they give out one pair of shoes to a child in need with every pair sold? I wonder how many children they have helped since.
and yup, just like that...i am a happy girl. I'm sure everyone would know that i love, love, love shoes by now. Who else buys 3 pairs of shoes at the same time? Tell me if you do, cos i want to be friends with shoeaholics like me!
Are you looking forward to Cyber Monday? We are just hours away... *grins*
back to the product review on lollibox. when jerry was still a very young kid, i have had read many rave reviews from fellow mum bloggers and had always wanted to try it some day when jerry is of age. i was really really thrilled when the folks at lollibox contacted me for a review a couple of months back. #bestthingthathappened #truestory
ta-dah! the box in all it's glory. the box was actually bigger than i imagined it to be
(not that it matters anyway)
i brought it out on one of those days where we were at the new home over the weekends. i used it to entertain jerry while daddy was busy fixing up some furnitures and setting up our place for our move-in. I have since moved in for about almost a month now so time really flies.
Jerry unboxing the lollibox for the first time!
So, what's in the box?
Each box comes with "Create, Discover, Enrich & Award" activities to engage the child based on the selected theme. I do feel its a brilliant idea to explore the selected theme, and i dare say i learnt a thing or two myself (triggered by the need to teach hence acquiring more knowledge on the topic).
the "Create" & "Discover" activity packs.
i like that the activity packs were individually packed and that it was easy for me to grab a bag and start on something. We started on the "Discover" pack first since it has lesser small craft bits within it and it looks relatively easy and interesting.
The lollibox activities are targeted at kids between 3-7 years old. Jerry is only 26 months when he tried his hands at it and i must say they are not too difficult for him with a little help from me. He had loads of fun zooming the bird around in the air.
Obviously enjoying the contents of the "Discover" pack.
I like that there were instruction sheets with clear visuals to guide the kids along, it's almost like you can't really get it wrong. It's also great at promoting fine motor skills like threading pipe cleaners through small little holes, bending of the pipe cleaners and all.
Jerry in concentration and putting everything together with a bit of help from me.
He actually amazed me because he figured out the bit about spreading of the strips to make the bird cage!
i didnt let him decorate the bird cage or the bird using markers and sequins provided because the husband is currently uber sensitve about the new house. No markers, no craft glue, no art & craft stuff because everything is still so mint. Besides, Jerry has yet to know his boundaries yet because he draws EVERYWHERE when he holds a pen.
We admired it for a while and i kept everything back into the ziplock bag that it came with for easy storage. i'll bring it out another day when he grows older and could do more crafting on his own. Overall, i find Lollibox a good kids' craft idea that's easy and out-of-a-box solution without the need for much preparation. just open and do it! Easy and fuss free and a great idea for time-starved parents like myself.
While i agree that Jerry is still relatively young, i do find the lollibox a good kit to start introducing craft for toddlers or a craft idea for kids.
Suggested activities under "Enrich" portion of the LolliBox.
A small little completion badge to award the kid for the hard work!
There is also a small achievement badge within the pack to award the kid. This may seemed like its a small thing but the award is a great recognition for the hard work put in by the kid and it helps in encouraging the kid and spurs him on to achieve more eventually. Over time, i believe it would lead to nurturing confident kid who goes on to succeed in life!
So during this school holidays, if you are looking for art activities for preschoolers or fun craft activities to occupy your kids, the Lollibox is a relatively good choice to invest in! Depending on how you execute it, it could also be seen as games for the kids. I believe they currently have a school holiday offer where you only pay $99 for 4 differently themed lolliboxes.
Lollibox also offers subscription where you can sign up for 3-months/6-months/12-months worth of craft and wait for them to be delivered into your home! Each month, they launch a brand new theme! Do check it out more on their website at lollibox.sg or follow them on their facebook for more updates!
**long overdue post**
found a half written entry in my phone so decided to finish it up and post it!
Every time I mention i'm "baking" jelly hearts, I'm actually in a dilemma because no actual baking is required. Lol. but its considering a baking project, no?
i recently have been making a lot of jelly hearts, and almost on a weekly basis when I invite friends over to the new abode for a party - have drinks and wine, chill, make merry and enjoy each other's company. or maybe you can call it housewarming but each time, I invite only a specific group of friends or family. the house is actually not ready, but everyone has been dying to see it and asking us for it.. so.. errmm.. we are doing it slowly.
I started with it my colleagues because I switched team recently and it was sorta a 'farewell' party for myself (tho no one thought of it that way I'm sure, but I wanted to get together with all of them), and that some of them were leaving for long trips and I made jelly hearts for the occasion! mainly because my team loves it and my now ex-boss loves it but she wasn't able to make it though. anyhow, it was a success and everyone loved it.
and the husband didn't quite believe that his wife could bake. that brings me to the story of our oven which my husband almost didn't want to let me buy because he thinks wife can't bake but that's another story for another time (please remind me to tell it some day!!).
back to the jelly hearts. I made it over 3 days! quite a lot of effort considering that I made a trip to the new abode everyday to finish up each layer. I totally forgot to take a picture of the finished product when served on the table (too busy serving guests).
I'll share the recipe at the bottom of the blog entry if you are keen but here's what I did over the 3 days.
Prep the base of the jelly hearts. I tried crushing the biscuits with my spoon but realised that the biscuits are scratching my wmf cutlery instead (Wtf!) so I quickly stopped and threw them all into my avent baby food processor to blend. nifty tool, this one. I use it for other things other than baby food. Lol. I know some you are screaming about the oil from the biscuits contaminating the processor but I'm totally cool with it. it hadn't even crossed my mind!
I also melted butter using the microwave for the base. mix the 2 together and you'll get the base.
note: if you see carefully, I used vinyl wrap for the base of the pan, but actually you should use baking paper. I didn't have and couldn't find at the point when I was looking for some so I made do.
I made the cheese layer on this day. I had to wait a couple of hours for the cream cheese to soften but I didn't have an electric whisk in the house and had to hand whisk the cream cheese. man, hard work! amazing to watch the cream cheese change with the addition of sugar. I feel like I was in a chemist class. heh heh.
I think it was my first time playing with gelatine too (or that I can remember)
poking holes in the hardened base.
pouring in the cream cheese which has since become like milkshake consistency, waited a while for it to set before putting the strawberries.
I ended the day with a blister in my thumb without me even realising it till I was washing up, and kinda made me feel like getting a kitchen aid. BUT, I think it will be a white elephant so I shall just only think. besides, I don't really have much kitchen storage space left. so fast right?
easiest! just make jello and pour on to the cake and put into fridge to set!
easy enough for me to repeat it every other weekend I think. and here's the ingredients list!
for the crust:
300g digestive biscuits
150g melted butter
for the cheesecake layer:
500g of cream cheese (placed in room temperature for 2-3 hrs to soften)
1 & 1/2 tablespoons of gelatin powder
1 & 1/4 cups of boiling water
2/3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
about 10-12 strawberries
for the jelly layer:
160g strawberry flavoured jelly
1 & 1/2 cups boiling water
notes: I only actually slightly less than 1/2 a cup of sugar and it still works and taste good. also, I followed the jelly instructions on the box that I got rather than the instructions I saw.
so, you got the ingredients, what about the detailed preparation and cooking instruction? you can find out more here where I first saw the jelly hearts recipe - http://munchministry.com/recipe/strawber
so yup! easy and pretty dessert to make to serve guests, but its time consuming and definitely need to prep in advance if you are having a party or expecting guests!
p.s. you could also shorten the process to at least 4 hours of setting between each layer but I find that it taste way better and more stable with longer time left between the layers.
do let me know how it works for you if you try it!
Air? the new oil???? hmmmmm...
for those of you who know me...i am quite the airfryer fan. it was one of the first few appliances that we bought for the new house even before we started the renovations(!!). there is so much to like about the appliance - cooking with little or no oil! Since then, i have also triggered enough interest in my mother-in-law who eventually got a set for herself too. #truestory
Here's a picture of der carting home our airfryer, taken many, many moons ago.
I was really stoked when i was invited to the new Philips Avance XL Airfryer launch at Jewel Box some weeks back, along with a whole bunch of mummy bloggers and other trade partners!
The event venue was all decked up in blue & white balloons in the corporate colors of Philips. I like that there were pillars of balloons all over. i also like that the official hashtags are on the balloons, so easy to spot! i know right. Social media junkie is me.
i just had to post with them balloons. #PhilipsAirfryer
there was a photo wall where we could take pictures and what do bloggers do best? Take pictures. There was a constant queue for the props the whole night and here's a picture of me with Estella, Mabel and Irene.
Us, posing with our favourite food. ok, not exactly favourite since i dont really do junk food but the thought about having healthy french fries without it being oil fried kinda appeals. and yup, Mabel is being airfried!
Bryan Wong was our host for the night, and he's so full of wit and humour, my stomach was left aching after laughing non-stop. Can i also say he looks really good in real life? (Hee, i hope the husband isn't reading this!). Here, he is with Chef Dable in a cooking demonstration using the new Philips Avance XL Airfryer. Chef Dable is from Hong Kong and is owner and founder of the facebook community "I Love Philips Airfryer". She shares her airfryer recipes in the community in hope to inspire others to create 'healthY, crispY, tastY and speedY' meals for their families.
Bryan & Chef Dable doing a cooking demonstration for a common Hong Kong restaurant dish - Crispy cuttlefish toast
food demonstration still in progress.
airfried cuttlefish toast all done! i took one to try and it tasted really crispy! *mega impressed*
well, i thought that was all to the event but i was so wrong! Bryan picked 2 people out from the audience for a masterchef cook off! Super exciting! One of them was mom blogger Diana Gale and we were all screaming and rooting for her. :)
Bryan Wong unveiling the secret ingredients for the masterchef cookoff! Well, there's prawns, longans and pineapples.. Hmmmmmmmm. Kinda tough, but the funny part was bryan was actually rattling off the winning recipe to cook but i doubt the contestants were paying attention.
The completed dishes!
Dish by Diana! Looking really good!
(photo credit: sooddlydreamlike)
Dish by the other contestant, looking really yummy too!
(photo credit: sooddlydreamlike)
6 judges were busy judging the food... and the winner is...
Diana Gale! She wins herself a Philips Avance XL Airfryer! *envy max*
(photo credit: sooddlydreamlike)
While everyone else was busy chit-chatting and helping themselves to the buffet spread of yummy good food, i was busy drooling over the actual food cooked using the Philips Airfryer based on Chef Dable's recipes. They looked really good and tasted yummy (there were also butlers serving the same food) and can i say that i am super inspired?
Air-roasted Pina Cola Chicken (yes! you can cook a whole chicken with the new airfryer!)
Air-fried Cuttle Fish Toast (this was the one demonstrated earlier)
Air-gratinated eggplant au gratin (am so going to try cooking this cos i love eggplants!)
Air-grilled Italian Styled Tiger Prawns
and lastly, air-baked elegant banana cake.
Aren't they impressive? the options are quite limitless!
And of cos, i had to snap a picture with the handsome bryan wong. We managed to catch him before he left!
L to R: Estella, Mabel, Bryan Wong, myself, Irene & Adora (gingerbreadmum).
and here's the real STARS of the night. The 3 different models of the Philips Air Fryer.
L to R: Philips Digital Viva Airfryer (NEW!), Philips Avance XL Airfryer (NEW!) & Philips Viva Airfryer.
The last model is what i currently own, but i am soooooo lemming for a Philips Avance XL Airfryer now! The Philips Avance XL Airfryer has so much qualities to drool over. Here's some reasons why you should buy the Avance XL Airfryer instead.
1. It's bigger with 1.2kg capacity (up from the 800g from the viva range) which means i can cook more and feed up to 5 people.
2. It's has digital touch screen! How cool is this? No more dials to fumble over.
3. It's 30% faster, which means cooking time is reduced and you can spend lesser time in the kitchen and more time bonding over the dining table.
4. It has Smart Preset Button. Just save the settings of your favourite dish and it saves you even more time when you cook it in the future.
5. It has "Premium Easy Glide" drawer. I really like this!
On the last point, i totally forgot to take a picture, but here's one picture that i hope can help explain what i was trying to say. In the viva collection, the airfryer drawer comes out entirely which makes handling a little harder since the drawer can be quite heavy. But in the Avance collection, you can lift up the handle together with the basket within (with your cooked food) and the drawer stays with the main unit. I thought it was a totally brilliant idea and it makes serving a lot easier. I wished i had a unit to take pictures to show you guys. I can't find any suitable pictures online to explain this better though, so try to imagine with me. Heh. Or pop by the electronics stores and check it out for yourself.
(Photo credit: Philips Communications)
Estella posing with the star of the night
The Avance XL Airfryer also boast of 5 cooking styles - fry, grill, roast, bake and gratinate! I always thought its only meant for frying so it was a great education for me (and now you, since you are reading this).
here's 3 happy girls at the event. we had loads of fun and thanks Philips Singapore for the invite!
Ending the post with this cute shot that i took of Estella & Irene, both taking selfies.
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PHILIPS EXPERIENCE SHOWROOM
Address: 620A Lorong 1 Toa Payoh Building TP4 Level 1 S(319762)
Tel: 6882 5800
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9.00 am – 7.00 pm Saturday: 9.00 am – 1.00 pm. Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
The Viva Digital Airfryer and Avance XL Airfryer are also available at regular prices in leading electronics stores, department stores and supermarkets island-wide.
Disclaimer: I was invited to the event and this is a sponsored event post. All opinions & thoughts are my own.
the husb was checking out some old pictures in his laptop and i saw this picture of jerry & me. when jerry was 7 months old. how friggin' long ago was that?!
us, at a wedding dinner
i look different though. i miss having the opportunity to dress up. well, just reminiscing. feeling a little nostalgia. feeling that time is slipping through my fingers...
ok. am out.
but, i'm here to out-do myself because i jumped on the bandwagon and got onto a new (micro) blogging platform.. and in case you haven't heard, i'm on dayre.me.
I kinda like that it somewhat document my day and i can upload random pictures and do random snippets at any time i feel like it and still collates it into a daily entry. the entries there are mostly nonsensical and totally random, and captures my "thoughts of the moment" or simply, things that puts a smile on my face.
it reminds me a lot of my old blog where everything was happy-go-lucky and totally random.
so yeah, follow me there if you are on dayre.me, or follow me on instagram or subscribe to my facebook page to stay connected. yup. i'm pretty much a social media junkie. so, add me wherever you like... and see ya there!
i remembered growing up with very little toys and most of the time, i was exercising my imagination with existing furniture playing pretend all the time. i remembered using the bamboo sticks that my mum used to hang our clothes as some super long sword in a fight.. haha! those were the days.
i recently found a packet of old school bubble while packing my room. I think der bought them a couple of years back (pre-kids) while we were in arab street one day. thought it was a good chance to introduce some non-gadget, non-commercial toys to Jerry so i took them out to play.
(yes, it was the days post his chin surgery which i have yet found the time to blog about)
I had a lot of fun blowing the bubbles and stopping him from touching them before they were ready! He's pretty fascinated and had me blow like a thousand bubbles for him non-stop. i taught him to handle it with care and with soft touch to prevent it from bursting. We bounced the bubbles on our hands, passed them around and jerry even burst into tears when jerome accidentally grabbed at one of the bubbles and immediately burst it. Even daddy got involved in the play and everyone had fun.
really nice old-school bubble fun. it really provided a lot of entertainment and i am wondering where i can get these again. it kinda made me relive my childhood too.