Thursday, July 10, 2014

7 is a lucky number!

It has been a while since my last post, it's been a bit crazy lately and I am just always trying to catch up!

My darling daughter turned 7 this July.  Boy, how time flies!  Here are some pictures from her birthday.  She decided she wanted to have a Disney's Frozen theme and what better way to celebrate it than to take her friends out for a skating party.  Party on Ice! The girls were so cute and thrilled.
Party at Ruby's Diner

Blow before that ice cream cake melts!
Daddy has to take care of 10 girls in the rink, what a feat!

She's getting better at this!

We love you my dear--to the moon and back!  I look forward to many more years with you, you will always be our baby girl. 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Redmart at the Motherhood Exhibition 2014

I think I haven't updated the blog in over a month or so...was really busy with work.
Realised that having a career of your own and being a mother is not easy.  At work, I have to worry about work and at home, I have to devote my time to Yves and my love (darling husband).  
Good thing, I have a helper to help me and look after Yves. But there are some things that my helper cannot do and that is -- grocery shopping!

Believe me, I love doing grocery but because I've been busy with work, I find doing grocery shopping to be a big waste of time.  I find every time I go grocery shopping, I spend hours looking for things, buying unnecessary stuff,  queuing at the cashier and waiting for the cab. And this is simply frustrating!  But good thing, there's Redmart!

Why I prefer shopping at Redmart?

1. Convenience

Our lives have become much busier, with work and family, we have hardly anytime for ourselves but thank God! Redmart is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. I can shop anytime of the day and night and not have to worry about store shopping hours. And believe me, I did my grocery at the Motherhood Exhibition. (of course after I finished working!)

2. Discounts

I can get cheap deals and better prices. Redmart offers discount coupons. I was able to get a total of $20 OFF ($15 OFF because I bought at the Motherhood Exhibition and additional $5 for answering their online survey)

3. Gifts with Purchase

FREE Fisher Price toy worth $65! from Pampers. Yves will totally love his new toy!

4. No hassle. No queues

Shopping can often take a whole day but when you shop online, you can get what you want quickly!

5. More perks

I won tickets to watch the Pete Murray's concert (it was from my second time shopping!)

Pete Murray live in Singapore at the Wavehouse Sentosa last 17 May 2014

Shopping with Redmart can be a very rewarding experience! Anything you need is just a mouse click away. The convenience of shopping online makes shopping easy and fun!...I just hope they will sell meats and vegetables soon.

FREE Fisher Price worth $65 from Pampers

$15 OFF when you shop at the Redmart booth at the Motherhood Exhibition and additional $5 OFF when you answered their online survey
Grocery bill when you have a child is really expensive, so most of the time I buy diapers and milk powders during Mother & Baby fairs. One of the baby fairs I always go is the Motherhood Exhibition-- it is the biggest parenting exhibition, where you can get great discounts and lot of freebies!
Some of my shopping spree from the expo... 3 cans of milk Gain IQ (have $18 OFF), Bio-Oil 60ml at $12.50 (U.P. $15.50) and more!

This is not a sponsored post, I am sharing only my shopping experience and how I am pleased with their service.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Kids Focus Physiotherapy in Singapore

Yves started walking alone 1 week after his 1st birthday and I noticed that when walking, his right foot is more turned outwards than the other one. Am I worried?....Yes I am!
Though they said that “almost all toddlers, learning to walk, have ankles that turn out… All of this is normal…Feet and ankles and knees all grow and adapt, and these things improve with time.”, which comforts me a lot.

However, for our case, I feel that Yves will outgrow this but my husband insisted to have it checked, he said that it is better to correct at an early age as the bones are still developing and can easily adapt to change, which I agree with him.

So after discussing with our paediatrician, Dr. MC Tan of Raffles Hospital he recommended us to see a Paediatric Physiotherapist to give us a peace of mind.
So last Saturday, 22 Feb we went to Kids Focus Physiotherapist and we met Ms. Serena Kwa, she is the Consultant Physiotherapist of the Kids Focus and all I can say she is adorable! 

Let me share with you about the visit..

1. We arrived in the clinic at least 5-10 minutes earlier before our appointment time this is to allow Yves to at least be comfortable and settle in the new environment.

2. The place doesn't look like a clinic at all! It looks like a play area for kids because there are toys around them.

3. We discussed about our concerns about his walking.

Serena checked the way of walking, running, kicking the ball, the structure of his legs and feet, and also checked if Yves is flat foot, etc and the findings was...Yves's foot is perfectly normal!..only mild pronation.

What is foot pronation?

Pronation is a turning outward of the foot at the ankle, so that one has a tendency to walk on the inner border of the foot. When a foot and ankle pronates to a great degree, we call it over-pronation. During the normal gait cycle, we all pronate and then rapidly recover. It is over-pronation that patients are concerned with. This is a static deformity associated with flat feet and sometimes with foot and arch pain. 
Because pronation is a twisting of the foot, all of the muscles and tendons that run from the leg and ankle into the foot will be twisted. If left untreated, pronation may be the cause of heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, frequent ankle sprains, shin splints, weak and painful arches, and eventually knee, hip, and lower back pain. (Source:

What are the causes?

A common cause of pronation is heredity. The second most common cause is due to the way our feet were positioned in the uterus while we were developing; this is called a congenital defect. (Source:
Hmmmm, can be true because this is how Yves looks like when he was still inside me lols!
Treatment of Pronation:

If pronation is diagnosed before the age of five it can usually be treated in such a manner that the bones and joints will be aligned properly as growth continues. Treatment for pronation in children may include: night braces, custom-made orthotics, and exercises. These treatments usually continue until growth is complete, and then the adult may need to wear custom-made orthotics to prevent the pronation from returning (the foot, as every other part of our body, tends to return to its original form if preventive measures are not taken). (Source:

But for Yves, Serene recommended to use custom-made orthotics or plastic inserts that are placed in regular shoes. These devices support the arch and heel and align the anklebones and leg bones to prevent the pronation from becoming worse.

Serene explained to us that when buying a pair of shoes, it’s best for babies to have a soft, moldable shoe while they are still learning to walk so they can really get the feel of how their feet work; but then, once they get the hang of it and spend a lot of time on their feet, it’s best to get a shoe w/ a supportive sole. She recommended few brands like Stride Rite and Pediped. 

She also encouraged to let our kids walk in a different surface area, let them go barefoot in the sand or grass and feel the texture of the ground.

At the end, we decided to get the custom-made orthotics which cost S$150/pair (Made from Germany) and a new pair of shoes from Dr. Kong (never heard of this brand but maybe worth a try) which we bought in BabyCare Festival expo for S$69.

Anyway, I feel I am compelled to share this story, hopefully I can help mommies out there who have the same concern.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Heguru Education Centre

I've been wanting to put Yves to a proper school or childcare but unfortunately Lycée français de Singapour can only take him when he turns 3 years old and the childcare centres within our area is always my husband and I decided to register Yves to this Heguru Right Brain Programme at Heguru Education Centre.

What is Heguru?

You have probably heard about the left or right brain dominance. Well, they said that a 'left brained' person is thought to be more logical and analytical while a 'right brained' person is considered to be more creative, expressive and intuitive.Backed by Scientific Research, Heguru Education is based on the Split-Brain Theory developed by renowned neurobiologist, Roger W. Sperry, who was awarded Nobel Prize in 1981.

What is Right Brain Education?

It is an accelerated learning system for children using fun games, puzzles, songs, flash cards executed at high speed to stimulate your child's right brain.

Right Brain Education is aimed towards very young children in order to strengthen the functions that are related to the right side of their brain including:
  • Photographic Memory 
  • Concept Comprehension 
  • Mental Concentration 
  • Rhythm Processing 
  • Spatial Recognition 
  • Visual Imagination
Why is it important to start early?

Right brain development rate is the greatest during this window period and learning possibilities are limitless. Early exposure to quality learning during this period will help to build up a rich library of information in your child's subconscious mind which can be harnessed as they grow up. If the right brain of your child is left untrained, the rapid rate of learning decreases and your child's special right brain abilities will gradually become dormant beyond the age 6.

But of all school, why Heguru?

I choose Heguru because one, it is near our home, second the teachers are rigorously trained and certified by Mrs Ruiko Henmi and Mr Hirotada Henmi, the founders of Heguru Japan. Third, there are 2 instructors in each class to create a high energy teaching atmosphere to maximise the short concentration span of young children.

As for the school fees, I paid a total of $660 ($100 for the registration & $560 for 2 months or 1 term)The class is every Sunday for 1 hour and NO MAKE-UP CLASSES!

I know some of the parents will comment that it's too early so it will be a waste of time, or I'm stressing Yves at an early age but for us, we felt that it will be good so Yves can have an interaction with other kids, to prepare him before going to a real school, and most important Yves and I will have a more bonding.. (Yes, because I need to be present during the classes).
Anyway...regardless of what other parents will say... I just hope that Yves will have fun and enjoy the classes!

See you soon fellow mommies!

Friday, January 31, 2014

My 2014 New Year's Resolutions

I know its kinda late to write about my 2014 New Year's Resolutions but who cares..because today is Gong Xi Fa Cai in the Lion City! Singapore my home....

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, is one of the most eagerly anticipated occasions each year.  This is the biggest and most significant event of the Chinese community in Singapore.

So before I talk about my 2014 New Year's Resolutions, I want to greet my Chinese friends and everyone.....

Gong Xi Fa Cai!
May the year of the horse bring your way good fortune, good health, good luck, peace and happiness and light up your life with great success and prosperity all the years through..

one of the best things to start off a brand new year is to put up a list of new year's resolution. I don't usually believe in making resolutions because I don't think I can keep it-in short I'm afraid to be disappointed and I hate having those feelings!
But then I realised that New Year is all about hope, new beginnings and new opportunities, chance to do better...

So aside from making my resolutions list, I also write down a plan on how to achieve them...(not in this blog but in my diary)

Here's my 2014 New Years Resolutions

1.  Spend more time with Yves

I noticed that Yves is closer to my helper and this really breaks my heart to see...but I know it will change as time goes by...
most of the time, I reached home around 7:30-8 pm and I am so tired to play with Yves but this time I will make sure that when I reached home, I will still play with him or read him story books. And during the weekend, I will make sure that I don't think or do my work..
Will make sure that Weekend is all about Yves and my hubby.

Yves was featured in the Mother & Baby Singapore (Feb) issue

2.  Exercise more, make it part of my lifestyle

3.  Eat Healthy, More fruits, more vegetables and drink less soft drinks/soda.

4.  Practice my French at least 1 hour everyday.

5.  Be more organised

6.   Start on my special projects & focus on it

7.  Have at least once a week, pamper myself day

Hair treatments, facial, manicure or pedicure at least once a week.

My gold nail polish for CNY

8.  Pray more

9.  Read more

10. Talk more with my Mom & Dad

That's my list! Best of luck in 2014!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy New Year! 2014, Here we come.

I always see a new year as another challenge.  A way to challenge myself to make this year better than the last.   What a great 2013 it has been.  I look back and think there is no way I can beat that.  I am looking forward for another joyous and adventurous ride!  Last year has been good to my family.  I started the year with a new job in a very exciting new career.  We found ourselves another house we can now call home.  My daughter turned six and started first grade in her  new school without a hitch.  We celebrated my son's wonderful first year of life.

Madison posing on our the front yard the day we closed escrow on our new home

I'm six!
Jackson's First birthday invitation

 Although we ended the year with much anxiety over Jackson's health, we managed to overcome our nerves with the fact that we are very blessed to have him every day of our life.  I pray this new year will bring good health and continuous happiness for our family.
We just adore you Jackson!
Sister and Brotherly love is the best

drooling over his present,hehehe
A new year is also a good time to make resolutions.  Number one on my list is to make my kids my priority.  No matter what the cost.  I realized there is always time to make more money and afford better things in life.  But there is nothing in this world that will buy back the time that I could have spent with my kids.  They won't be so little forever.  I dread the day that I will have to beg them to stay home with me.  Good news is, I already achieved part of that resolution a week ago.  My boss approved my decision to go on a part time status until my kids are a little bit older.  I went from working 4-5 days a week to 3 days.  A decision that I know will give me more time to be with Jackson and handle his health concerns efficiently. 

The year hasn't been perfect but obstacles come and go.  If it doesn't make us any wiser, it definitely makes us stronger.  I will not only hope for a better year, but I commit to make it happen.  That is my challenge.  A challenge that I look forward to conquer. 
2014, Here we come.

Happy New Year to Everyone!