Thursday, October 08, 2015

Day 5/17 without helper.. Reflections and accomplishments

I have been busy you know. but I sort of realized that whenever we get really busy, we tend to push ourselves over the norm, do you? 

Why is it that during my normal working days, I am always very tired. Yes I am so fortunate that I can crash right into bed at 10pm (or earlier) when my children are not even sleeping yet. Cos I know my hub and helper would help to tuck the kids to bed while I just crash and snooze till the dawn breaks.

But somehow these few days I feel like I am in a over my norm mode. I wake at 6am, prepare breakfast for the kids, for Ray papa and myself.. prepare ingredients for lunch (yaya.. like so early in the morning).. and sleep is probably only possible past midnight. Like it is close to 1am now and I am still at the keybard.

But somehow I found back another form of sanity. I sort of forgot how therapeutic it can get when I do the dishes or hang the laundry or even when I pack the bags for the kids. I nearly forgot.. but I am only glad I found this feeling back. I do miss doing all these nitty gritty things in the household. I need to remind myself that I am still a very handson mum. I am really proud of myself for being able to accomplishing these so many things:
  • Sensorial play with lil I 
More about sensorial play in the next post.
  • Isa get to help shower Dora - home alone with 3 kids so I had to rope in the big bro's help.
  • Grocery trip with the 3 kiddos - a post dinner activity with Ray papa

  • fetching and sending kiddos to school - yes drove with all 3 kids in the car all by myself. 
  • building a closer bond with friends who had help to babysit lil I while I clean up the house and run errands. Thank you my dear friends, you know who you are.
From tomorrow, I will be entering in another mode. which is to work half days and get back home right after lunch while Ray papa moves into full day leave mode till our dear helper comes home. How will he cope? I am not sure but I am sure that he will also push himself over his norm till I reach home. And till the next post. It is time for bed.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Beginning of my stint.. Day 2

Well.. October is such a joyous month as it is Lil I's birthday! But just that we had to kick it off by sending my helper home for urgent leave. And the arrangement is such.. We will only celebrate Lil I's bday at a later date as it is right in the middle of Isa's exam period. It shall also be kept to a very small scale celebration as many may think why it is still necessary to celebrate it belated. But then again we will have an interesting one with my family first. 

Anyway Day 2 of my stint has just sort of ended. Maybe it was the weekends but I actually thought these 2 days has been quite a mayhem. Haze was one of the main reason why we had to spend most of our Saturday indoors. Crazy as it may sound but I guess the kids do take things easier than we thought. A game of Monopoly was what they could thought of.

Then soon Sunday came.. My parents had come to help .. All the way from Jurong.. While my mom whipped up lunch in a mere 30min, I spent my whole afternoon many chores: laundry.. Dishes after dishes.. Sweeping and mopping the floor etc etc.. And packing the kids' clothes for the birthday gathering in the evening and the next day as well. And when finally I could sit down eating my lunch, I had to write a script for Isa's show and tell for the upcoming week... At the same time arrange the pick up time for a rental of the play yard for lil I.. Hopefully it can provide him some safety while I do my chores at home.

And when finally now that all the kids are sleeping, I have to plan what's the arrangement for them for the whole week. Thank goodness I'm on leave for a few days. 

And as I chatted w my mom earlier, I just kept pondering how can all my SAHM cope??! It's just non stop action for me.
Please give me some tips!
And cheers to the upcoming week ahead! Jia you Connie Mama.. You can do it!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Time of the year to be a SAHM..

I guess not everyone meets with such a situation that often and when it happens, what will you do?

Your best caregiver has to go home on an urgent basis, so.. What the plan?

Well I know I am blessed to have a very understanding company so I'm granted intermittent leave for this period of time to help me tide over.

At times some wild ideas will just be in my head.. The "What if" or "Maybe.." Then that idea will go away in a while as I still prefer to be a FTWM. 

I have a group of very supportive friends and even neighbours who has offered their help to take care of the littlest if I need go back to work for half a day. 

And this time round, even the hubs goes on full throttle leave too. We have 3 kids so things do kind of get challenging at times. So I don't reject any kind of help that comes along the way. 

I really wonder how do those families with 2 kids or more handle without a helper. Or how do you families handle whenever your helper goes back home?

So my short stint adventures starts again from 3rd Oct to 19th Oct. 17 days!

wish me luck and pls pardon me for the little entries for the upcoming month. I am not sure.. Mayb there will be more entries as I get to spend more time with the kiddos? I dunno.

Meanwhile I think this is very suitable for me.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Have you ever seen any babies with 3 whorls on the head?

Yes you saw it right. 
Lil I is the one with three whorls.

2 at the back. 
one in clockwise direction and another one in anticlockwise direction.

and another one in the front hairline in clockwise direction

Many of you may ask..

So what is the meaning of three whorls?

Actually I am not sure myself. but after googling it, possible explanations could be brain development which in turn affects handedness. But old folks says.. these children with 3 or more whorls are "very difficult to take care" and can be "bo chup" (meaning give a hack in Hokkien).

Do you know of any other explanations?

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Baby 9mths 3 weeks roaring like a lion..

Lil I at 9 mths and 3 week.
Does your baby do the same too?
And the most comical part is the last few seconds when he got frightened by Isa and Dora's roaring..
what an evil mom right. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Staycation at Pan Pacific Singapore..

I love staycations, don't you?

Maybe it is a Singapore culture because there was a time that I explained to one my ex Chinese colleague and she just brushed me off by saying, "who would wanna stay at a hotel when I can stay at home and sleep?"

Boy, I looked at her at amazement and said,"so you NEVER done a staycation before?" Period.

Anyway we managed to get a good price to book this staycation for my parents and my family for a night on the eve of National Day. So eventually we got two  of the Deluxe rooms. 

Love it when the booking do come with complimentary breakfast for two for per room booking but I feel maybe they can work on the charges for children. I mean, how much can a 8 year old eat right? Anyway.

Check in time was 3pm and we being kiasu, reached before 3pm so we loitered a little in the hotel lobby.

Love the comfy arm chairs that they provided for us to lounge around.

Guest reception area.
I was quite surprised by the long queue despite being there an hour earlier.
So here is where they handle your hotel booking, we eventually had to head to the second floor to collect our room keys.
I was just taken aback for a moment. We had to head to another place to collect keys? Mayb I am suaku as I dont usually encounter this in local hotels.
Didnt quite expect this going up with our not-so-little luggages. 

The hotel staff did offer to take our things but I just prefer to carry them ourselves.
All for just one night.
3 kids in toil, you can expect this right.

At the waiting area on the second floor.
On a nice note, the hotel actually provides chairs for guests' families to sit and wait or loiter around (again) while one representative (in our case Ray papa) settles the registration and collects the key.

Most of the guests seems frustrated and seems to want to get hold to their keys quick as the queue here was moving really slowly.
But the staff were handling us like a pro. They made sure that food was replenish as quickly as possible and they even apologise humbly for making us wait. I know it is not easy being service staff but just my opinion: maybe they can consider a bigger holding area as many people were cramped in the small room. Or provide a small TV area for children to watch cartoons or something else. 

And about waiting for about 30minutes or so, we finally gotten our keys!
Well, the bed is big thus making lil I seemed so minute!

a view of the toilet. 
small and cosy.

the focus was the shower heads actually.
love it that they had 3 different shower heads to choose from!
I am very particular with shower heads whenever I bring children for staycations.
Adjustable shower heads like the one that you can see in here is very important to me as it makes showering my toddler so much easier.
Cannot remember which hotel was it but they only had a fixated shower head and our solution to showering children was to put Dora in the basin to shower. Anyway.

Quite an space saver this boiler.
But I feel it was quite hazardous though.

Love the cot that they provided. Though the condition of it was quite old, they made sure that the cot was clean. ya ya, I am that anal as I brushed my fingers across at random bars of the cot.

See how happy my littlest is. And he really slept well in the cot.

view of the hotel from the swimming pool level.

The most favourite part of every staycation.

I always love artisty shots.
I may not be a pro photographer but I have a eye for special moments like what Ray papa always say.

We had to end the staycation with our typical family shots.
Anyway everything also SG50 right so we just had to join in the fun.

#disclaimer: this is not sponsored post but rather a genuine sharing of our stay. All photos and opinons are mine.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Off peak hour to the SEA aquarium..

August had been a fulfiling month. Everyone must have enjoyed tremendously over the Jubilee weekend as we also had our fair share too.

So here is more about the complimentary entry to the SEA aquarium during the off peak hour. Our ticket only allow us to enter from 4pm so we did not set off that early. Though they are closed at 7pm, I would think our walk around for about 2 hours was more than sufficient to cover the entire place.

We eventually parked at the RWS carpark with a heavy damage but the complimentary entry makes it just worthwhile as it provides us so much convenience as we left at 10pm.

The menacing ticketing area.

Oh, am I the only person who did not know that SEA aquarium and the Maritime Museum is actually the same place?
Ok, now you know.

Little girl with her hero.

Interactive area with Xbox games and etc.

And here we are, at the tunnel.

The long spined sea urchin were making my kids go goo goo gaa gaa..
So I took the opportunity to teach them what is symbiosis.
And very quickly Isa could rem the episode of Octonauts about the crab and the sea urchin.

How to resist a picture at such a nicely lit area.

And the sea anemones with the clown fish.
aiyo this preschool educator cannot stop teaching.
and so I also told the children on why only clown fish can go near the sea anemones. 

love this amazing face of mini me. 
she is just so engrossed at the large observation area.

whereas Isa was jus so keen on taking a picture with this aloof guy behind the glass.

my love with taking shots of sea jellies.

my favourite shot of the day.
all taken with iphone 6 with no filter.

can you spot Ray papa, Isa and Dora? hehe..

Isa is in love with reading right.
So he went on and on and on reading this large and smaller panels of information.
me, on the other hand, was information overloaded.

in the large circular tank.
very very pretty sight.

us at the touch pool.
and what a huge milestone for Dora as she did not even dare touch anything at our previous visit at the Underwater World!

at the gift shop. told u she was a poser.

living fossils exhibition area.

time check: 730pm.
oops. we really had to go.

the kids just had to had a go at the mini water display.

Dinner time.
How can Ray papa resist such a cute little girl right?
She really has her way with papa.

And we had to end our day at the Candylicious store.
And am proud to say, we went home empty handed.

What fun it was at the SEA aquarium, I would definitely visit again when the kids are older.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Night session at Universal Studios Singapore..

Because of a special Jubilee weekend we had, my mom bought us tickets to Universal Studios Singapore (USS). Though it was bought at a discounted price from her GRC, it was worth every cent paid! It even include transport, a bento meal and tickets to the SEA aquarium (in which I will write about it in another post).

So here was how we kicked start our Jubilee weekend.

Our venue for dinner was actually at a ballroom in Hard Rock Hotel.
I was not very keen on taking pictures of the crowd cos apparently the emcee explained that there was about 4000 people who had bought the special priced tickets to USS for that night.
Really a overwhelming number.

And my mom with the kids. She is never tired of selfie or wefie.

My little girl with me.

My son with my hero.

Of course lil I is at home with my helper right.
IKR and dont judge me.

And of course, my parents.
It is how strange that my dad did not really spend time with me and sis at such amusement theme parks when we were young but he is rather different when it come to his grandchildren. 
Their relationship is just beyond description.

Dora the Madagascar carousel.
This is actually her 2nd time on this ride. 
Check out the link of our older post at the end.

Isa.. who was so excited about the whole outing.

Us.. the nay side of coming for a night session is that photos taken are definitely of a different expectation.

the kids with Pinocchio.

Papa, kids and Vin Diesel.
Love their poses.

Dora is a poser queen. She just goes into (almost) every gift shop and would request me to take picture of her. And if you dont take, she will say"mama, I havent take picture with this this or that that.."
Life of a blogger's daughter huh.

Us at the Sesame Street Space ride.
We missed this the last round as it went under sudden maintenance.

My minions.

And how can we miss this shot.
Know what I mean by a different expectation of night shot.

A very tired ah lao indeed.
Mr Lepak.

And of course, not forgetting, here is more about our first visit to USS.
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