Chinese New Year 2015

In: Twins

13 Apr 2015

This post was meant to be published over 2 months ago but my wordpress mobile app was having issues publishing it

We took these photos at the studio a week before Chinese New Year.

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First day of Chinese New Year: We checked into The Quincy Hotel.

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That night, we headed to River Hong Bao, our yearly tradition to visit this place during CNY.

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Kids had lots of fun. They went on the train ride, the helicopter ride, the carousel etc.

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Second Day of Chinese New Year: Chalene was admitted to the hospital due to high fever (40 C) and wheezing. She was on nebulizer for a week. Boy was she scared of that mask at first.

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I stayed with her at the hospital while daddy took care of Chantel. They visited us twice a day. Hospitals are so depressing and boring. We spent our days watching Barney and Egg surprise videos on YouTube.

 

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After 3 days at the hospital, she was given the green light to go home. We had to continue to use the nebulizer at home for 5 more days.

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Within a day, Chalene was back to her normal self

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Our Chinese New Year celebration continued over the weekend that followed

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(Blouse from a Tibetan Village in India, a gift from gong gong Calvin)

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This was their CNY “homework”.  With mummy’s help, they had to DIY lanterns using hongbao. All of their classmates had to make one at home. Their lanterns were displayed in school after that.

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Chingay 2015

The Chingay Parade is an annual street parade held in Malaysia and Singapore in celebration with the birthdays of the Chinese deities or the procession of the Goddess of Mercy (Guanyin) as part of the Chinese New Year festivities.

I was given free tickets to watch the Chingay 2015

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The girls were amazed by all the lights, musics and performances

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Hope you all had a wonderful CNY!

 

Weekend

In: Blog

1 Feb 2015

A walk at the track

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A photo together – C&C at 2 years 2 months

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We went to a studio for a photpshoot

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On Sunday morning we went to Botanic Garden for a family picnic

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It was a lovely day

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Our friend gave us some homemade cupcakes

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Lovely

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Feeding Mikey (not cupcake)

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Running

In: Running

28 Jan 2015

So I have been running regularly since last August. I reconnected with a running friend and we have been working out together 3 times a week: 2 intervals/HIIT on weekdays and 1 long run of 20-25km on weekends. We average about 100-120km per month. A running partner is indeed important because I don’t think I would have been able to wake up at 5.30am if I didn’t know that someone was waiting for me somewhere. The kids are still sleeping when I leave home and by the time I am back, they are already up and their daddy had already given them their morning milk. This is a good arrangement between me and the husband.

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Speaking of running.. I recently had the chance to meet and greet Hailie Gebrselassie, the famous Ethiopian runner that is arguably the most accomplished distance runner of all time.
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In other news … my office has shifted its location and is far from my place. Takes about 1 hour plus by train to get to work.

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That’s the morning rush at the train station

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Work is good. Busy at the moment but my work-life balance is still okay.

December was a pretty happening month and I will tell you why…

Lunch with sis without kids

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Family time at Sentosa – we were at Mambo beach club

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Late birthday celebration for my brother

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Brought the kids to the indoor playground at Science centre.

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Went on a family trip to Johor

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Rented a huge car and a huge 3-storey house via Airbnb.

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Visited Hello Kitty Place and Little Big World playground in Johor, Malaysia — our 2nd time there

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Kids had Christmas celebration in their childcare — Gift exchange among their classmates.

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On Christmas Eve we walked along Orchard road to take pictures of all the christmas lightings. It was a sweaty day.

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Christmas 2014

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Their christmas gifts

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We went to River Safari on Christmas day

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Celebrated Christmas with their cousins

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And then came the new year… we celebrated the new year eve with friends at the chalet

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We also cycled at Ubin Island

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Swimmed at the beach

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I also did ny last workout — followed a kettle bell workout on youtube

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Then we were so excited to welcome the new year 2015

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Wishing you all the best in year 2015!!

C&C 2nd Birthday

In: Twins|Videos

27 Jan 2015

Related post: The girls’ 1st Birthday.

This is a super late post! C&C’s 2nd birthday was last November 2014. Well time flies and now we have two very active 2-year old toddlers whom we are constantly chasing after! This stage is pretty fun though — they understand better, we can have mini conversation and more interaction with each other. However, they can also drive us cray cray too many times! They are the naughtiest when they are together. Toddlers are so stubborn too. Chantel’s favourite sentence is “I don’t want.. I don’t want”.  It can take forever to get out of the house, to get them dressed. They have small sisterly fights which is cute, fight over the same toys (what’s new?) and outfits (which is why I prefer to get similar outfits).  The important thing here is to stay calm, not yell and be super patient. Of course this is easier said than done!

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I made a small video using Magisto phone app (loving this app at the moment!) to remember their special day. Too bad I didn’t get to take many videos.

The Cake

I bought a simple 2kg rainbow cream cake from PrimaDeli. It  was enough to feed 30 pax including kids. I  bought the bear cake topper many many months ago on Etsy (had already planned for a bear themed cake that long time ago when they became fond of bears). The night before their party, I decided to DIY a cake bunting.

Kids played at the playground after they ate.

 

After the Party

All the cousins went up and we sang the birthday song again.

Pampared with birthday presents

We opened all gifts the next day

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