May 15, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

My sister is back from Canberra to celebrate Mother's Day with our mum this year. (And we're going off on a short trip this Wednesday, but that will be another blog post! Can't wait!).

So anyway, after church, we had brunch at Macallum Connoiseurs as my mum really likes the coffee there.

My mum and her 2 daughters:


Me and my 3 daughters :)


With the daddies now:



The cafe had some cakes with Mother's Day deco:


And this was a special apple cake with ice cream called "Poached & Crumbles" which they made specially for Mother's Day. It was quite delicious.


After brunch and after the little one had her nap, we went to Chew Thean Yeang to buy some fish for our aquarium. Look at how happy this little girl was



I also posted this on my Instagram and Facebook - true story!

I received several Mother's Day greetings this morning and in my haste to reply to one of them, I didn't realise that I had responded "sane to you" instead of "same to you" (blame it on autocorrect!). But on hindsight, I suppose I wasn't all that wrong. It's nothing new that our kids can sometimes drive us crazy and it takes a whole lot of sanity to break up fights, clean up messy little hands and mouths, multi-tasking with homework, having eyes at the back of your head and answering endless "why" "what" and "where" questions and all the while keep a straight head while doing it. But although it can drive us in"sane", it is so rewarding all at the time time. To my brood of 3, I am so blessed to be your mummy. And to all mummies, enjoy your day - you certainly deserve it.


And to my own supermum, happy Mother's Day with lots of love!


May 9, 2017

Helene's 3rd Birthday

Birthdays are a big deal to this little girl. She simply loves singing the birthday song, blowing the candles and cutting the cake. So to her, everybody's birthday is her birthday, and what more, when it is actually her birthday!

We decided this would be probably the last time we would be throwing her a birthday party for a while, since next year onwards she can celebrate in school with her friends. So when we went to order the cake from Jenni Cake House, they recommended us to have our party at Victorian Garden tea room and cafe, which is situated just behind my office. We had gone there a few times for lunch and the food was pretty good. They also offered quite a good package for our small group so we decided to book the place.

Rewind a bit to the day before her actual birthday, my mum decided to have a small party for her at home, just to capitalise on her love of birthday songs and cakes!

She decorated the house with balloons and cooked all her favourite food :)


Nobody was more excited than Helene when she saw her cake!



Our 3 princesses. She put an arm around each of them when we asked her to take a photo with her sisters :)


One with Nanna and Kung Kung - she already started clapping even before we started singing haha.


And one of the 5 of us :)


My mum even bought special candles so that she would have plenty of candles to blow (instead of just 3!). After that, we recycled the candles for her party the next day :)


Blow the candles, make a wish and cut the cake!



One of the whole family:


The next day was her actual birthday. She was so excited and kept asking the whole day "When is my birthday?" So we had to actually take her for a drive so that she would doze off and nap in the car. When it finally came time to get ready for the party, we dressed her in a pretty new dress (gift from the UK). Hubby left first to pick up so extra food which his mum cooked (the restaurant allowed us to bring our own food).

So here's what happened as I stepped out of the door about to leave for the restaurant. The restaurant owner called me and was super apologetic as apparently some other group had insisted that she had promised them the upstairs space (which was meant for us) so she asked if we could have downstairs instead. Of course, we were not too happy as we would have more privacy upstairs but she assured us that she would decorate the place nicely and would give us a 10% discount off the total bill. With only an hour left to the party, we didn't really have much of a choice.

But I must say that they really made it up to us in terms of service and quality of food. We had complimentary ice cream for the kids, complimentary coffee and tea, and the owner even offered to plate nicely the food which we brought - fried noodles and spring rolls made by my MIL. And the star of the day was the roast pork - we were too busy eating that we forgot to take any pictures of the food! Their chocolate brownies were really delicious as well. My SIL asked to take the whole plate home! :)

Birthday girl:


Since we ordered the cake from Jenni and they are affiliated to this restaurant, they delivered the cake here for us. It turned out pretty nicely and we recycled the candles from the day before as well as the Disney Tsum Tsum figurines from Heidi's cake. As expected, this little girl was grinning from ear to ear when she saw the cake :) She likes to play "masak-masak", hence the theme of the cake.




One of her with aunty and uncle who look after her when Mummy and Daddy are at work. They love her to bits and spoil her rotten haha.


This time, there were many more people to sing the birthday song for her. She got shy after a while but she didn't stop smiling haha.




And in fact when the people upstairs had left (it was quite early), the owner asked us to go upstairs to take photographs, which we did!




Thank you everyone for coming!


It was a happy day with excellent service, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place to anyone.

Victorian Garden 

Address33 jalan irrawaddy, Penang, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Hours
 10:30AM–10PM (Closed on Mondays)


April 23, 2017

Helene's birth story

It took me a few days to write this post, but thought it would be fitting to post this on the very day that Helene was born, 3 years ago. We never got around to writing her birth story, so here it is, while I can still remember what happened :)

It was around 6 am on 23 April 2014 when I felt the first contractions. Hubby, Hannah and Heidi were still asleep. So I woke up, took a shower, got dressed, packed the last few things in my hospital bag, packed Hannah's bag for school then woke up Hubby and told him that I thought it was time. He of course panicked and quickly got dressed then carried the girls half asleep to the car. He kept asking me all the way whether we had time to send them to his mum's place or if she should meet them at the hospital. Knowing my fast delivery history, he thought the latter would be a better idea, but I insisted that we could make it. So he drove as fast as he could, good thing there was no jam early in the morning. Incidentally all our babies were born in the early morning. This way Mummy can make full use of the 3 days 2 nights maternity package haha.

We reached the hospital around 7 plus, and I can't really recall, but I think I was already 8 cm dilated. The doctor came and broke my water bag and the contractions got really painful after that. Up to that point it was still manageable. The doctor left the room and for a while it was just me and Hubby and a young nurse who was encouraging me to push once I was fully dilated. So I did. Then an older nurse came in to examine me, and she told me to stop pushing because she could already see the baby's head and the doctor hadn't arrived yet. She actually closed my legs, and said to wait for the doctor to come. Fortunately he didn't take long and then I could continue pushing.

At around 8.30 am, our third little princess was born! You can read and view more pictures here from after she was born.

The one thing that was most striking about her was her red lips :)


This was the photo that the hospital took to put in her medical report book haha.


She was the heaviest of all our babies, weighing 3.28 kg. The other two did not exceed the 3kg mark. Here are some photos of her in the first few days after her birth.



Love this one of her and Daddy!


Happy 3rd birthday our little Helene, we love you very much!



You can read Hannah and Heidi's birth stories here, here and here.

April 21, 2017

Cafe-hunting in Penang: Brown Pocket

There was a day last month when Hubby and I were at Gurney Paragon with Heidi and Hubby wanted to get a hair cut. So while waiting for him, I took Heidi to have waffle and ice cream at Brown Pocket.

It's quite a spacious cafe, on the 6th floor of Gurney Paragon, at the alfresco area outside the mall. We ordered a Triple Chocolate waffle which (you guessed it!) came with 3 types of chocolate, as well as ice cream and strawberries.


Heidi did the honours of pouring all the chocolate on the waffles! I think they make Belgian waffles as there is a crunchy texture of sugar inside the waffles.


Some pictures of the cafe's interior:



Happy Heidi and Mummy!


Brown Pocket Cafe 
AddressGurney Paragon L- 10250, 6-11, Jalan Kelawai, Georgetown, 10250 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Hours
Open today · 10AM–10PM

April 17, 2017

Heidi is 5!

Heidi turned 5 on 8th of April. As it was on a Saturday, we had a small celebration for her in school the day before, which was Friday. When we were deciding what cake to have, this creation from Bread History caught my eye. Heidi loves Disney Tsum Tsum, so it was a no brainer that she chose this cake!


Happy girl wearing her new dress from Nanna to school that day. Even though the rest of kids were wearing uniform, she got special privelege since it was her birthday :)


Helene joined us for the school celebrations too, but Hannah had to miss it as she had school herself.


Kiss for the birthday girl from Daddy:


Nanna and Kung Kung were there too :)


Make a wish and blow the candles!


Helene helped to cut the cake :) So happy as if it is her birthday haha :)


The girls stayed the night with Nanna and Kung Kung as Mummy and Daddy had a function to catch and were home late. The next day, Heidi got an ang pow and a card from Nanna and Kung Kung.


And I came over with balloons for the birthday girl!


We couldn't celebrate with her that evening as Helene was admitted to hospital for H1N1 that very same day and I had to stay with her (that story for another blog post!). So Daddy bought her another cake and the 3 of them had a small celebration that night at home. She chose this cake as well, from Jasmine Cakes.


Happy birthday again to our sweet Heidi! Lots of love from all of us xxoo

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