Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Writing process behind the screen and keys..

I am more than happy when I got sounded out by FloMummy to do this post. Basically this is a blog train that will definitely remind me constantly on why did I even started out writing in the first place. Hopefully you can see the connection of my thoughts from here too. Basically we are to just answer these questions:
  • What am I working on?
Sometimes I think I wear too many hats that I lose myself at times. But since I know this is a fruitful and satisfying journey, I shall embrace pride in this. Just some of the main things that I do for work and leisure:
      • Preschool educator: lovely job but comes with a meagre salary tag. What to do? My love for children domineers above this tag.
      • Mom of 2, going to be 3: Oh well, please tell me how I am to juggle better with my time. For now if there is no unforeseen circumstances, it's good resting enough and early, having a  sleep around 10pm and chillax at work. But early nights are always accompanied by multiples visits to the toilet, leg cramps, morning sickness (yee still!) etc And I rem some article saying "SG women enjoy being pregnant". It is true to a certain extent for me.
      • Charity work: picking up preloved items from friends so that we can send repack these items to the children with HIV in changmai. Click here to find out more on who are the people we actually reach out to. A big thank you to all who had contributed in a way or another.
      • Healthier lifestyle for family: It is not just the jars of overnight oats that I am talking about but rather on how I can maintain a healthier lifestyle such as a better menu for the whole family and keeping this passion to go on in the long run. I am also proud to say that regular exercise has been part of my lifestyle for the past one year though it had sort taken the backseat since I got preg, I know my bestie is grinning ear to ear as I was really someone who reject and refuse to exercise when I was much younger.
    • How does my work differ from others in its genre?
        I am not too sure either. Too many blogs that I have read and actually I would say our work can be similar or different. For me, I write with thoughts from the bottom of my heart but at times I do also struggle between the head and the heart topic. Topics are in my blog tags. I still prefer to write under the few same old traditional tags as they make me feel more clear headed about who I really and what I really like. It is not easy to stay objective all the time but liked I also mention in the disclaimer: All opinions are my own.

        • Why do I write what I do?
        Generally I am a person who tries to stay as low profile but since sharing is caring, I definitely will not mind sharing with you my humble experiences and even perhaps knowledge. Maybe you don't see me so often on fb anymore but maybe you can try catch me as I am more active on my twitter, IG and Rayconniebaby.

        • How does my writing process work?
        For me, writing depends on inspiration but do not worry, I am not the whimpy kid so I don't write on the phone while doing the business. Other than sponsored posts, I do not technically plan my writing as I am quite a random person. But please pardon me right now as I am quite in a writer's block since preg with #3. Hopefully the upcoming maternity leave can give me more time and space to have more conclusive posts.

        So this sort of wraps up for my post on the thoughts behind the author of this blog. Next on line shall be *drum rolls*...

        Jolin from The Js Arena

        Thursday, July 24, 2014

        {Giveaway} Get your July Vaby box in your mail today..!

        Rayconniebaby is to announce that Vaby has had its official launch and we are giving away not 1, not 2 but 5 complimentary boxes! Being one of the first mother baby subscription box, they have more than just variety to offer!

        Liked mentioned in my previous post, do you have the same dilemma over what products to buy to just use it for a trial OR regret the purchase of some items?
        Fret no more!
        Vaby is here to provide your with some GREAT samples*!


        Whether if you are a mom-to-be or already a mom of a brood, Vaby is the best choice to go subscribe for!

        Here are the items you can find in the July Vaby box!


        CHU-CHU Nursing Pad
        no, I havent try on this brand yet but it will definitely be part of my purchase for I would love to try upon my delivery in Nov. Chu-Chu, do give me a beep if you are looking for a survey pool of customers to try your products. 


        GOO.N Diapers
        well known for its high absorbency and soft texture on the diaper, Goo.n diapers is a item that must enter your household soon. The kiddos has been faithful users of Goo.n diapers for a period of time until Dora has been toilet trained. Maybe I should just stock up some for #3.


        Naturally Kinder Wet Tissue
        another alternative brand of wet wipes as compared to the typical on the shelves branding.
        the texture is soft to the touch and it does not tears easily. can't wait for my purchase on the actual size.


        Hiruscar Cream
        bad weather these days and you still want to bring your kiddos outdoor?do rem to bring along this cream as it works good in bringing down swell for fresh mozzie bites. i love the cooling sensation upon application.


        Ban Kah Chai Zhui Feng Su Ho Oil
        good for wind in the stomach for the baby or just aches and pains for the mom, it works wonders for both!
        I had even tried it on my swellng calves due to my water retention and its works like a swish!

        Other than the highlighted items, Vaby July box has many other items in there such as
        • Papaya Ointment
        • Nurturmeals by Nurturme
        • Magnet
        • S$5 The Playhouse voucher
        • Adoring Beauty Makeup Grooming Workshop voucher
        • Cloudsprint promotion code
        Are you awed by Vaby choices yet? Let them know that you are! It's that simple! Just click the following to win!

        a Rafflecopter giveaway

        This giveaway is only open to Singapore mailing address and will end on 31 July 2014 0000 hrs. Five random winners will be randomly drawn using the Rafflecopter widget and will be informed by email. Please make sure you have enter a valid email. Good luck!

        #Disclaimer: Rayconniebaby was invited to the official launched event and Mom and Baby box was also sponsored by Vaby. All experience and opinions on products are my own.
        *Terms and conditions apply.

        Tuesday, July 08, 2014

        Trip to Melbourne.. Part 5 of 5

        4 months had passed since our week stint at Melbourne but the memories still linger so here is the final last episode of our stay in Melbourne. Kind of a post that wrapped up our whole stay in Mel.

        Soon, time was up for us to bade farewell to Melbourne.
        Day 6: 23 March 2014 Last day in Melbourne - Flying back to SG



        Here is some glimpse of the nice cosy apartment that we stayed for the past week.


        Compact kitchen that helped filled our tummies


        Here are our luggages set for home.


        Arrival at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport at 0700hrs Mel time though our flight was 1000hrs
        Hey this bag was only 4kg when we came!


        We were lucky to heed our friend's advice and arrived at the airport earlier than expected cos it was really crowded for a small airport.


        Last aussie meal before we head home.


        Ready for boarding for the long haul ride.
        To be serious, this has to be one of the not so comfy plane ride I had.
        Mayb because I am expecting so most of the time I could not sleep well.

        SG time 1530hrs Arrived in SG


        Our first SG meal!
        Not as if we have much choice.


        Oh my baby girl!
        How much I have miss you!


        On another Saturday, I had to meet up with my good friends just to pass them presents from Aussie!
        Can someone please tell me that I can retire in aussie pls.

        Saturday, July 05, 2014

        Yummy review at Gu Ma Jia 姑妈家

        It has been sometime since Rayconniebaby did a food review and this time round, we have the strength of Ray papa, myself and Isa in the house!

        Tucked in a cosy corner of Sennett Estate, you cannot miss out the prominent caricature of Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家) on their signboard.


        entrance of Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家)at the junction of  Tai Thong Crescent.


        Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家)is a casual Chinese restaurant where the owner is affectionately known as Gu Ma (‘aunt’ in Chinese), as she is the eldest among six siblings with numerous nephews and nieces. She is known to be a great cook who loves sharing delicious food with her family and friends. Gu Ma set up this restaurant in order to share delicious home-cooked food with her customers, sharing joy and family bonds over eating meals together.

        This very apt display really caught my eye upon my arrival on the second floor of the restaurant.


        Their menu.


        8 Treasures Vegetables ($12/$18/$24)
        The 8 vegetables that make up this exquisite dish are lotus, black fungus, carrot, celery, vegetarian abalone, lingzhi mushroom, cashew nuts and snap peas
        You cannot say no to this dish, especially wnen it is topped with a yam ring.


        Crispy Bean-Jal ($12/$18)
        An honest opinion from non-brinjal lover: Ray papa said this dish was delish and stir fried to perfection!


        Sambal Sotong ($16/$24/$30)
        Good sotong dish is never easy to find but this dish was at such a exact taste that I wanted.


        Assam Fish Head $28
        This signature dish is a hot favourite and a must-try for every customer. Fish heads are freshly picked daily, guaranteeing freshness. The fish is tender and juicy, complemented by Gu Ma Jia’s exclusive spicy and sour Assam blend gravy.
        The lingering taste leaves you to wanting for more.


        Yuan Yang Kai Lan ($10/$15/$20) 
        The half blanched, half fried vegetables making Isa wanting for more!


        Kyoto Pork Ribs ($20) 
        The fire brought out a very delectable charred taste of the ribs, definitely not something that I have tasted before anywhere.


        Clay pot Chicken with Ginger & Sesame Oil ($15/$22/$28)
        This dish really reminded me and only want me to look forward to my next confinement. The thought of it makes me go "yum!"


        Oyster omelette ($12)
        The tinge of sambal just completes the taste of this oyster omelette.


        Crab Bee Hoon Soup
        Seasonal Price


        Raypapa doing his bite.


        Fruity Enzyme Juice with rock melon, strawberries, 
        kiwi and basil seeds ($3.80)

        The presence of Basil Seeds in the Fruity Enzyme Juice which contains almost no calories, helps in weight reduction, gives the feeling of fullness, improve complexion, relieves constipation and lower blood sugar content. 

        Wolfberries in Fruity Jelly Enzym is one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits around as it is supposed to contain more beta-carotene, a type of antioxidant, than carrots. Antioxidants may have anti-aging and cancer-fighting effects. It is rich in nutrients and helps to promote mental well-being and calmness. It also helps to reduce insomnia and improve vision.

        "Gu Ma, We will be back soon!"

        And in conclusion of this review, just to let you have a headsup that Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家) does not charge service charge or GST! On top of that, they also offer buffet catering services and bento delivery to your doorstep!
        What are you waiting for? Do drop by Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家) today!

        Here is the location for:
        Gu Ma Jia (姑妈家)


        Address: 45 Tai Thong Crescent, Sennett Estate, Singapore 347866
        Telephone: 62852023
        Website: http://www.gumajia.com.sg
        Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sg.gumajia
        Opening hours: Daily 11 am to 3 pm (last order 2.30 pm), 5.30 pm to 10 pm
        How to get there:
        Bus 8, 61, 64, 65, 66, 90, 125, 147, 153, 154, 628 and alight in front of POSB, MacPherson Road
        MRT Northeast line, alight at Potong Pasir and walk about 8 to 10 minutes

        Tip: Parallel parking lots available nearby - free parking after 5pm on weekdays!

        #Disclaimer: Rayconniebaby was invited by AT Marketing Consultancy to a food tasting session at Gu Ma Jia. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are mine and may differ from others.

        Monday, June 23, 2014

        Vaby - the new kid on the block for moms-to-be, babies and toddlers!

        Whether you are a mom-to-be or already a seasoned mum with a few children, there is a new one stop website that you will definitely be interested to know!

        It is Vaby!
        Are you just like me, always apprehensive about buying certain products in their actual size or perhaps you think it is not worth the purchase?

        All your worries will be unfound with Vaby's services!
        They are a newly setup local company which provides not only subscription services to newly launched products/vouchers of products for moms and children, they also have an pretty range of apparels for children, daily deals, etc. And to make things easier, the products are also easily available at the Vaby website even after your subscription ends! Talk about hassle free!


        Now, would you be interested to get your first FREE* Vaby box?
        It is very easy: Just sign up at their website before their official date on 28 June 2014!

        Do hurry as seats are very exclusive and limited as the invitation is extended to you and your family. Kids get to play for free at the PlayHouse at Rochester on the day itself!

        the surprises will always come in this pretty boxes from Vaby!

        We were very honoured to be invited to their prelaunch event two weekends ago at the PlayHouse at Rochester.


        At one of the water play area..


        Even my helper cant help but have fun with the kiddos..

        #Disclaimer: Rayconniebaby was invited to the prelaunch event and had a sponsored set of children clothings from Vaby for review purposes. All opinions are mine.

        Sunday, June 15, 2014

        A peek into the after work hours of a FTWM..

        Are you a mom-to-be? Or perhaps you want to know more on how working mums cope with their families after work?

        If you are a little interested to know the roles of a FTWM * (acronym for Full Time Working Mum), here will be a small snippet of my version. You might have probably seen a similar one that I had wrote in 2012 and 2013 and it is amazing how much things have changed since then as we are expecting our #3 to arrive in November later this year.

        So here is the typical weekday after work routines, tips and tricks of my role as a FTWM.

        I am very blessed as this time round, my hub's work schedule allows him to send me and Dora to and fro school which really makes my shuttling with a toddler much easier. A normal day will be us setting off from home at about 745am and reaching home will be around 630pm. Thank God for workplaces near home.

        After a good hot shower and a dinner prepared by my helper, here are the night routines that I will have with the children. Thus the quality time will formally start from 8pm to 9-930pm.

        TIP #1: Always encourage bonding among the siblings
        Do allow the children play together but of course, we can always join in the fun with them. Weekdays nights are usually gadget free, except for Fridays nights.


        Dora in Isa's arms. I was asking if he could still carry Meimei and he said he would love to try (this overweight) lil girl.
        Such precious moments are meant to be kept.

        TIP #2: Break from routines once in a while 
        This was a thursday night when we decided to give the helper a break as Isa needs a hair cut so here we are at the mall. A short visit to the library makes the lil man really happy.


        waiting for his haircut after borrowing books from the library.


        another night when we shopped for groceries that were running low.

        TIP #3: Be organised and delegate your duties
        • As Isa is being taken care of my helper during the day time, I will set aside some work to be done by him after school so this routine not only help to remind him that he has work but it had also helped him to maintain his own discipline in his work. To be frank, I do check his school bag on a daily basis but I dont micro manage him as I feel self discipline from a young age goes a long way.



        His random assessment books on the study table.


        The schedule that I will write on every Friday/Saturday night to prepare Isa for the coming week.

        • Another person that I am very thankful for is actually my very good helper. She has been with us for 2 years for now and we are only more than happy that she accepts our offer of a new contract. She is just my right hand woman at home. Chores and such are no longer a worry so long as she is around and the children love her so much. She made me realized that helpers are like God's version of sending angels into our lives. She may be imperfect but guess we learn so much with her along the way in our lives too.

        Our auntie is very camera shy and it is no easy to capture a shot of her.
        This was taken earlier this Feb when it was her birthday.



        TIP #4: Personal time is very important
        An easy night would be the children sleeping by 9pm. On great days like that, I can always choose to sleep soon right after them, or sometimes doze off before them, or even choose to turn on the computer to blog away. The former choice is definitely the favourable for now as I think I need lots and lots of sleep. Else I will always chat away with ah lao once the children are settle down. Dont ever forget about coupletime. Though it may seemed a little different after 2 children, but I never forget to spend quality time with my big baby.

        This is so much about my typical weekdays routines and hope some of the tips can help you.

        Tomorrow we are happy to have Susan from http://www.ajugglingmom.com

        Susan is full-time working mum who blogs at ajugglingmom.com. As a FTWM, there are never enough hours in a day for Susan, so she's always doing a juggling act between the family and work being a nurturing mum, loving wife and a career woman which is the inspiration behind her blog name, A Juggling Mom. 

        Her blog documents her journey and adventures as a mother to a pre-schooler and she hopes to share her story and resources on how mums can lead a balanced life to be happy, healthy and fulfilled mums.


        This post is part of a blog train hosted by Christy from Kids 'R' Simple on "A Peek into the After Work Hours of a FTWM". Read about how 22 FTWMs from Singapore Mom Bloggers handle their kids and household everyday from 1 June to 22 June. The aim is to give other working mums motivation, ideas and support to deal with the everyday demands of juggling work and family while keeping sane. We will be happy to hear your story, tips and even an encouraging word will make our day! Share your thoughts in the comments!


        
        

        Thursday, June 05, 2014

        My bilingual child.. At 29mths






        I'm actually not sure when this trait of Dora came about. Liked they say, learning should always starts from home so most of the time, I will try my best to speak to her in Mandarin but guess our helper also aids her English understanding as well. Strange thing is, she speaks to our helper in Mandarin and this has caused many funny situations at home. 

        Keep it that way lil girl. I hope you will find passion in learning Mandarin just like me!

        Saturday, May 24, 2014

        Moment of truth for #3..


        do I need to say more? :) 
        we are more than glad that we are going blue again.

        Thursday, May 22, 2014

        Kiddos' first pony ride at Punggol Gallop Stable Pony Riding Ranch..

        If you have been wanting to go the Punggol Horse Riding Ranch, you should! Cos Isa and Dora have had such much fun! Just a gentle reminder: please rem to purchase a ticket ($10) from the main office in order for the child to take the pony ride. And be ready for sandfly and mozzie bites.


        While waiting for our turn to take the pony ride, there was another pony behind the fences in which you could buy a packet of carrots (from the shop nearby) to feed them.
        Ok Dora was quite afraid of the sounds the pony was making.


        While waiting for our turns, Mama could not help but take a pic of the kiddos!


        Papa and the kiddos in action!


        Needless to say, the 7yo was pretty independent.


        And the the 2yo cant wait for her turn.


        Coming back! See the earnest look on his face!


        Next better jockey pls!


        Giving the ticket to the man in charge.


        Feet position was important.
        The man in charge actually advised Ray papa to follow Dora along.


        It seems like Dora is trying to say,
        "Don't worry! I am doing fine, Mama!"
        Can you see she was trying to wave at me?


        Another confident position.


        How this rocking swing makes me reminisce about my childhood as we had a similar one in the kampong I used to stay.


        Post riding treat: ice cream!


        A very adventurous day indeed.
        No, the ice cream did not drop on the childseat, we only some stains on her t-shirt.
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