February 14, 2018

My 37th birthday

Am I already 37?? Sometimes I can't believe it myself (self-denial lol). So anyway, as usual, I celebrated with my nearest and dearest this year, missing my parents and my sister who are in Australia. But we had a chat and video call, and my mum sent me a birthday card as usual.

So I had several birthday celebrations, with different groups of friends. The first one was actually a surprise as my office manager arranged it during a department lunch which we had at Cafe Lagenda at Campbell Street. So after we finished lunch, I was definitely surprised when the waiter brought this out and placed it in front of me :)

The next birthday lunch was with another group of friends - Szu Fu, Jenny and Stephen. Ai Nee and Karen couldn't make it that day so it was just the 4 of us and we went to a familiar hangout - Macallum Connoisseurs.

On the day before my birthday, the lovely Yu Yu surprised me in the office with my favourite Starbucks cake - passionfruit oreo - yum yum.

Then I had lunch with these lovely ladies at TWG in Gurney Paragon - Patricia, Ai Li, Suit Wai, Phaik Yueong and Liz. Our lunch ended at almost tea time!

On my actual birthday the next day, Hubby and the girls took me to Sugar on Top at Nagore Street.

And then we ended up at Baskin Robbins for ice-cream! :)

In the evening, we had dinner with the usual gang - Steven, Max, Chia Yin & Kok Hsiang. A few weeks earlier, we had decided to go to Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion or the Blue Mansion as it is also known. It houses a heritage hotel and also has a fine dining establishment called Indigo housed within the building. No guesses for seeing why it's called the Blue Mansion, and coincidentally, we were dressed to match the building!

It's really a nice place for taking photos, and again we blended quite nicely with the furniture as can be seen in the photo below!

The food at Indigo was good, but some dishes were better than others. The food is a blend of western and fusion flavours. It is a fine dining restaurant, so be prepared to pay slightly steeper prices that your usual restaurant. I had the cod fish (RM128 +) and that was really good.

Last cake for my birthday this year  - happy birthday to me!

January 16, 2018

Hello 2018!

We are already halfway into January 2018! I suppose the most exciting that happened this month is that little Helene is now officially a school-goer!

But let me detract a bit and blog about what we did during New Year's. So it has usually been the custom for us to check into a hotel or Airbnb to celebrate New Year's with our friends, and this year it was no different. We booked an Airbnb (our friend refers to it as "someone else's house" lol) at 68PG Sunrise Gurney which was a duplex apartment with 2 rooms and 2 bathrooms, kitchen and living. It was quite nice, I must say.

We had dinner at Gurney Paragon but we didn't stay for the countdown as the place was quite crowded. So we walked back to the apartment and at the stroke of midnight, we could see the fireworks from Straits Quay. However nothing beat the spectacular fireworks show we witnessed 2 years ago when we stayed at the Maritime Hotel.

Come the first week of January, it was back to school for the girls. Hannah is in Standard 3 this year and Heidi is in her last year of kindy. So Helene and Heidi can go to school together, just for this year. Helene was definitely very excited on her first day, despite months of protest that she didn't want to go to school.

I was expecting a lot of tears, as she is quite attached to me, but surprisingly she was fine, and still seems to be fine even now. On her first week, she even told me that she told another child (her classmate) not to cry. Okkaayy :)

She wasn't too happy however when I took her to take a photo for school as requested by her teacher. It took a lot of promises and negotiation (not bribery lol) for us to finally get this photo. She wanted Kinderjoy, which I bought for her as she co-operated to give us an acceptable photo haha. At least there was a hint of a smile :)

So my littlest baby is finally going to school. I posted on my social media that it was so exciting and so sad at the same time! I'm going to enjoy the last few years of her childhood while I still can :)

December 29, 2017

December happenings

It's the last working day of the year, and in another 2 days it will be 2018! December was quite a busy month for us, with me going on my firm's retreat, 3 weddings to attend back to back and Christmas!

Speaking of weddings, here are some pictures from the weddings we attended in December, 3 Saturdays in a row:

Regina's wedding @ Vistana Hotel:

Elson's wedding @ Olive Tree Hotel

Hubby's cousin Lay Koon's wedding @ Copthorne Orchid Hotel:

After all the weddings, it was Christmas! We didn't go anywhere this year, so we had a small party at home on Christmas eve with our good friends the Tans and the kids' favourite Uncle Steven! He really was Santa Claus that night with all his presents as he walked in the door!

And that big box was for Helene! Inside was a huge teddy bear!

We had a very Asian Christmas dinner - steamboat! Hubby did a fantastic job of setting the table :)

The hosts:

The hosts and guests :)

The hosts and guests and kids :)

Kids with their favourite Uncle Steven!

From our home to yours, have a blessed Christmas and best wishes for 2018!

December 20, 2017

Million dollar smiles Part 2

You can see Part 1 here when Helene was 7 months old haha. So the other day I got this really nice sweet smile from her. It doesn't happen often so I thought it deserved a mention and a blog post.

Most of the time I get cheeky or mischievous smiles like this. Note that she usually has an ice cream or a sweet treat in her hand! Lol.

Or otherwise I get toothless grins like this. Actually I can't really tell the difference between the cheeky & mischievous smiles and toothless grins haha.

So what's the difference between Part 1 and Part 2? :)

Anyway, to digress a bit, the other night I had to attend a wedding dinner so being the little koala that she is, there was a bit of a meltdown when I had to leave. To pacify her, Hubby dressed up the girls in "wedding clothes" and they had a bit of a party at home. All smiles after that!


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