The birth story of Daniel

Every pregnancy is different.

This time round with Daniel (he’s our second child), I had mild nauseous during my first trimester but apart from that, there was no swollen feet or cramps of the legs during bedtime unlike the first pregnancy. There was little craving (or next to none) and life was business as usual.

However, this time round, I was more anxious than the first during the last stage because the baby kept turning his position while in the womb. He was in the downward position in week 36 and 37 but turned breech and horizontal during the last 2 weeks.

He was too active.


On Monday, 5 October, I had my last checkup and it seemed that he had moved head-down again and we decided to induce him the following morning. I have wanted a vaginal birth as opposed to a C-sect as much as possible and thus this decision.

It was however, a decision that was not without much struggle. At the back of our minds, K and I were asking ourselves if we were playing God by going ahead with induction. In His time. .. In His time… but were we intervening when we agreed to induce?

Of course, there is always the possibility that Daniel will flip again and this was really beyond my control. That afternoon, a BSF-mate called and prayed for me from which I got the peace to go ahead with the plan.

That night, I didn’t sleep well. I was sitting on the armchair hoping that gravity will help in stabilising Daniel’s position and that means ‘bye bye’ to sleep. Obviously, this is not proven and I should be gathering as much rest as possible but as long as he’s in a downward position, I could do with little sleep.

We checked in at 8.15am after sending F to school. The reception counter was busy and we had to wait a while. Dr Poon had quite a busy day ahead and I was panicking.

Anyway, on instruction, the nurse gave me the liquid thing and I did the big poo (sry, can’t remember the term for it).

Dr Poon came and did the scan. Ok great, Daniel’s head was still down and I was 2cm dilated. He broke my water bag and I was put on drip immediately. That was 9.40am.

The pain was all bearable until about 11am. I was 4cm dilated and there was a drop in the Daniel’s heartbeat. The nurse reported this to Dr Poon and he instructed her to stop my drip. I was given oxygen due to that and from then on, contractions started to kick in.

Daniel’s head, however, was too high up.

My instruction to the nurse was to have the laughing gas and the jab on the thigh. At 11.30am, I asked for laughing gas because the pain has increased.

At about 1 plus pm, Dr Poon came and told me that it would still take about 3 to 4 hours before I became fully dilated. I nearly fainted upon hearing that. The pain was increasing in leaps and bounds and I told the nurse that I needed the jab. I rejected epidural and minutes later, I regretted.

After about 30 minutes, the pain was unbearable.

I was gripping on to the sides of the bed and the pain intensified. I suddenly felt the urge to push but was told earlier that I could not lest the cervix area rupture. But then the urge to push was automatic and I cried out. The nurses came in, checked my dilation and said it’s fully open!

Thankfully Dr Poon was still around and I heard him put on the gown and more nurses came in. They got me in a ready position and asked me to push.

I think I pushed a total of 5 times before Daniel came out.


It was crazy, the pain.

I think I must have forgotten how painful it was the previous time. After Daniel came out, Dr Poon took out the placenta and stored the blood cord for us. He showed me the placenta but I was like ‘ok, whatever ‘ and drifted back to drowsy state.

Too much pain.

Daniel weighed 3.154kg and measured 51cm long at birth.

IMG_20151007_0705540.9837929173298327Skin-to-skin contact but I was semi conscious. Was too tired by the whole episode.


This is joy… when I held him at a more conscious state.

I’m thankful that the Lord allows me to deliver him naturally and without epidural. During that last stage, I was mentally scolding myself for not using it. But I really don’t want to suffer the side-effects too (it’s a personal preference). Sigh… but all is well now.

Sleepless nights ahead. For now, I’m just thankful that he’s out safely.


Holding my finger tightly with his, while being breastfed.

PD examined the boy and all was well. But we will only know his jaundice level the next day and if he could be discharged.

The boy didn’t pee and it was advised that we give him formula milk. I would be dead against it for my firstborn but now my reply is, “Ok loh”.

Poor second child.

I have gained a total of 11kg for this pregnancy and hopefully I could go back to my pre-pregnancy weight in time to come. For now, I would have to rest (not sure if I could) and eat well so that the milk could come in.

IMG_20151007_2044130.7896567479734887Faith was excited about his brother and wanted to touch and ‘sayang’ him all the time. Of course, we were afraid that the force that she exerts would be wrong and kept reminding her to be gentle. Think she was frustrated by our concern!


Presenting you our family of four!

Turning breech

So it didn’t happen as planned.

Quekling II isn’t out yet because he has turned into breech position when I was in the hospital. That means induction is impossible.

I’m not sure how to feel at this current point in time.

All I’m praying now is that he will come out safely, no matter what method of delivery. His safety is my concern.

Thankful Tuesday: The eve

What an exciting September.

This month saw us trying to get everything in place and ready for Quekling II. A lot had happened and I’m glad things are winding down and ready for his arrival. It’s all in good timing and we truly thank God for that.

To combat the heat, we scouted for ceiling fans and got them installed before mid-September. That means a cooler environment for breastfeeding. Yay!

We also decided that we should trade in our old car for a new one because each day when I was in the driver’s seat, I feared that it would break down. It would be tremendously stressful for me with two young children and thus as a family, we decided that we could buy a peace of mind with a new vehicle. It’s a definite liability but would prove to be extremely convenient when you have young children. Thankfully, we received the car a week ago which gave us ample time to get used to it and gain sufficient [hopefully] experience with it.

Last week, during the routine checkup, we learnt that Quekling II was in the horizontal/ transverse position and that means a c-section would be needed. I was disappointed. I have, after all, thought and decided emotionally that I would be giving birth to him naturally which is my preferred method. It’s better for both mother and child. So, I wasn’t prepared when I heard the news. But the immediate verse that came to me was,

“Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

We rallied our brothers and sisters to pray for us and yesterday, during the checkup, Quekling II’s head has turned downwards! Praise the Lord!

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We decided to induce him soon to prevent him from changing his position as there is such a possibility. Also, this will work well for the whole family in terms of logistical arrangement. To be honest, I’m not sure if this is the best for Quekling II but we just have to trust in Him for a healthy and normal baby and a smooth delivery ahead.

Mom’s weight: 59.2kg
Quekling II: 2.8kg

A lot have happened within this month and looking back, I just want to thank God for His perfect timing in bringing everything in place. We are thankful to our family who rendered so much help to us and without them, we would definitely be busier and more frustrated. The hubs and I grew closer too as we prepared for THE DAY to come.

Preparing Faith for a new baby

I have been talking to Faith about her brother for months because I know it would be a period of great adjustment for her {and us as well}. I do not know what will really happen but I know for sure if I do not prepare her for his arrival, there would be very tough times ahead. I have heard stories from friends that the older sibling could get jealous and behave undesirably which add to the stress of the parents and I hope it would not happen to Faith! Nonetheless, I have prepared myself mentally for that but as much as possible, I wouldn’t want to disrupt her routine, so it would be business as usual for her.

I find reading really helpful in getting her to understand certain concepts of babies. Faith kept asking me if the baby could play with her or if he could stand, sit or read together with her. These are opportunities to tell her more about the differences between a big girl and a baby.


The following are some of the things that I have done to prepare her for her baby brother’s arrival.

:: Talk about changes

Since knowing that I was pregnant, we have told Faith that I could not carry her and that she has to get onto the car seat or chair herself. Initially, she couldn’t understand why but with repeated explanation, she kind of get the idea. Now, the only person who could carry her is her father and she doesn’t expect me to do that even though at times, she fell asleep during our ride back. She would have to walk back to the apartment herself, holding my hands and with her eyes closed.

As my tummy gets bigger, I become more lethargic and there are many times that I told Faith that I am tired and couldn’t play with her. She could understand and leave me to play by herself. Perhaps, it’s down to the maturity of the child? Overall, I do think that talking about the pregnancy and the impending changes helps a lot.

:: Tell her the real things about a baby

That a baby cannot play with her yet and all he does is cry, drink milk and sleep. It’s always good to manage expectations and it’s rather common to have little ones think that a baby exists to be a companion to them. While that might be true, it is definitely a different story, at least for the first few months or even first year of his life.

:: Show her a real tiny baby

Nothing beats seeing the real thing. Thankfully, I have a friend who has recently given birth and F had her first-hand encounter with the baby. The baby obviously couldn’t play with her

:: Show her pictures of when she was a baby

Talk about how she was like when she was a baby, that she only drank milk and was breastfed and needed to be carried since she couldn’t walk yet!

:: Involve her in baby preparation

The baby will be bunking in her room and part of the room has to be allocated to her brother. We got her to give up part of her drawer space and placed the baby’s clothes in it. She also willingly parted with her pillows so that her brother could have them. When we were out shopping for a cot and mattress, she tagged along and we explained that they are for her brother.

:: Make them feel important

I have often asked Faith to be on standby and to render help to me when the baby arrives. She agreed and is waiting in anticipation for the arrival of her brother. She’s a big sister now! Let’s just see how she will really react when that day comes!

: Read books about being a big sister


Reading is a very good way to get Faith to understand what is going to happen when the baby brother arrives. Thankfully, our local libraries stock these books.

The following are for my own reference when the baby arrives:

:: Set aside time just for the older child. Carving out even 10 minutes a day when you and your daughter could have quality time together can make all the difference. It also shows her how important she is to you and that you also cherish that special one-to-one time.  Be attentive to her in the presence of the baby so she feels that she is an important member of the family. Reassure her that your love for her hasn’t change.

:: Let her know that it’s natural for a big sister to feel proud and loving and yet at the same time, jealous and angry. Help her express her feelings but communicate clearly that it’s not okay to act on negative feelings. Praise her for good behaviour and be specific about it.

:: Invite the big sister to help and include her in your conversations and activities. In that way, she will be more eager to join in with the new baby and she will feel happy, valued and loved.

:: Try to keep as many of your old routines as possible. While there are many changes with the arrival of the newborn, the big sister needs some consistency in order to feel safe and at home.

Experience mothers out there, do you have other tips to share?

Sprucing Faith’s room with Baby Looney Toons Bedsheet Set

[Product review]

Once in a while, I like to redecorate Faith’s room by changing the poster displays on the wall or put up some pictures of the family. Changes such as these can be refreshingly inviting, don’t you think?

Recently, we were presented with a Baby Looney Toons Bedsheet Set for review purposes and I thought this was a good chance to spruce up her bedroom with the cheerful designs.


The Baby Looney Toons Bedsheet Set is available for single and super single beds only and the material is of supreme microsatin at 80TC per 10cm Sq. The summer blanket which measures 60″ x 80″ is available for single beds and there are three designs to choose from for this new series.

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I thought the bedsheet gives much cheer to her room and the contrasting colour of the cushions adds more life too. The material is soft to the touch and I personally like it. But since Faith is the one sleeping on it, I would have to wait for her ‘review’?

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That afternoon when she came back to her room, she was pleasantly surprised and thankfully, I managed to catch her reaction. “Wow, what’s this, Mama? Why you change?”

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Apparently, she was fascinated and happy about the change in her bedsheet. I didn’t expect such joy because we did change a few bedsheets before but those didn’t generate such reactions? Must be the adorable design!

We have been using the set for half a month now and there hasn’t been any complaints from the little girl in terms of comfort. There is no irritation nor adverse skin reaction which I’m thankful ( to qualify, F does not really have sensitive skin except when it comes to heat; she will break out in rashes).


We love to spend time reading on her bed and the cushions help support our backs (I’m thankful for that!).

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To be honest, we have less use of the summer blanket. It isn’t that thick or warm but since our room is not air-conditioned, we do not really see the need to use it. It does generate a lot of fun when the man uses it to create a ‘tent’ or to play peekaboo with the little girl.

This simple change does bring much joy to the little one (and us) and it doesn’t come with an expensive price tag. In fact, you can purchase them at a discounted price now! If you or your children are fans of Looney Tunes, why not check out the catalogue for their Bedsheet Set?

Here is the reference for the sizing of the various items:
– Fitted Sheet Single: 36″x 75″+10”
– Fitted Sheet Super Single: 42″x 75″+10”
– Pillow Case: 19″x29“ | Bolster Case: 15″x 42”
– Summer Blanket Single: 60″x 80″
– Cushion: 16” x 16”

Just for you, dear readers! You can enjoy FREE DELIVERY on your Baby Looney Tunes products and a free Baby Looney Tunes pillow case, worth $3.90, when you key in the promo code “RAISINGFAITH” upon checkout.

If you purchase over $120 worth of products, you will additionally get a free Protect-A-Bed pillow protector worth $25.00.


Our family is presented with the Baby Looney Toons Bedsheet Set for review purposes. No other forms of monetary compensation is given. All opinions are mine. Thank you, King Koil SG, for helping us to create wonderful memories with our girl. ;)

Quekling II @36W 5D


Quekling #2 weighs 2.9kg as of yesterday. His heartbeat is strong and yes, he has been rather active, doing his muay thai in the womb. I was handed the hospital admission letter from my gynae and this really signalled that the time is almost ripe! Anytime soon!


Meanwhile, the Mom weighs 59.5kg and has gained a total of 9.5kg as of today. I’m hoping that I won’t cross 12kg since I have only about a few more weeks to go. But it’s really hard to say. I gained a total of 13kg for the last pregnancy and the last 1kg is so difficult to shed. In any case, the bone structure has changed a wee bit since the last pregnancy and I shouldn’t bear much hope in going back to my pre-pregnancy weight.


Things have been moving slowly but steadily in anticipation of his arrival. Recently, we got a second-hand cot and now Quekling II has somewhere to bunk in. For Faith, I managed to do up the room a wee bit but now I cannot be bothered. Poor second child. But I would like to think that it’s the minimalist look that we are going for now. Hah!

Quekling II has a good amount of clothes, thanks to friends and relatives who are so willing to share. Thank God for His provision!


Milk bottles are washed and sterilised. Breastpump is in working condition. Yay! I just need to pack the hospital bag next. But this time round, I won’t be packing much. From previous experience, I didn’t even use half of what I brought. This time round, I would be packing:

– Admission letter from gynae
– Slippers and warm socks
– Comfortable clothes to go home in
– Mobile phone and charger
– Nursing bras
– Breast pads
– Maternity pads
– Disposable undies
– Newborn nappies
– Baby clothes, booties and mittens
– Baby blanket
– wallet


And my loot arrived! I must remember to recuperate and rejuvenate well. The confinement period is crucial and it will affect me when I grow older (I believe). I’m hoping that pigmentation won’t surface ( it didn’t for the last pregnancy, thank God!). #vainpot

I’m quite excited to use the toning cream and cellulite cream. I have used the MK range for my face and it has served me well. So I hope the body range will be superb too. But I must remember to be consistent in the usage, as with all things.

A few more weeks to go!

The past week

The past week has been a busy one. It’s the one-week school holiday and that means F was home all the time. I guess if I wasn’t pregnant, we would be going places and having loads of fun. Alas, that wasn’t the case. Thankfully, the dear husband took a few days off to look after the toddler while I busied myself with baking and decorating cakes. That week, I took on 3 cake orders that were due on the same day and till now, I have no clue why I did that in the first place. ;p


This is a cake that is requested by my ex-boss for her 82YO mom. What a privilege to bake for her. I admit I wasn’t that ecstatic about making sugar flowers because I feel that isn’t my forte. I much prefer to make figurines of cartoon characters but I guess I should challenge myself so that I could improve. I did have fun!

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Nowadays, I update more on my Dayre account since it’s faster and is a good platform for my family to know what goes on in our lives. These sugar flowers and figurines had to be made in advance and they could take a long time to make.

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I normally bake the sponge cakes at least a day in advance and would frost them before the delivery day as I want the flavours to blend.


That Saturday was an awesome day for covering the cake with fondant in a non air-conditioned place. It was hazy no doubt but it wasn’t humid and that is perfect! This cake took me a whole morning to cover and decorate (at a steady pace) and I was pleased at how it turned out. It looks exactly like the sketch I made for this customer.


This Peppa cake theme was requested by a friend for his younger daughter. I have not done Peppa pig before but certainly do not mind working on it. He showed me the pictures whose figurines I had to recreate and it was fun. This cake was simple to decorate. Within an hour!


This is for his elder daughter and an Angry Bird theme was requested.


This is always the point when I feel absolutely relieved. The cakes were boxed up and ready to be collected/ delivered.

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The two adorable sisters. It’s such a privilege to bake for them!

That day when the cakes were due was our 6th wedding anniversary. We didn’t plan for anything fanciful (how could he since I had cake orders. Oops!) but we had a good dinner as a family.

I’m thankful to da man who puts the family before himself and that one of his aims in life is to make me happy (in his own words). Being able to pursue this little dream (baking and cake decorating) is a gift. At certain junctures, the course of your life meanders and you wonder what’s next. There have been a lot of changes in my life since I’ve become a mom but it has been really exciting. Not knowing what’s next can be unsettling yet I’ve come to realize that the good Lord knows what is good for me.


Thank you for always rendering your help when I need it. You obviously are tired from work and yet there is no complaint when I ask you to take over to play with the little one or to help out with the household chores. I’m blessed. I’m soooo thankful to the Lord for you!

And with these cakes, I have to say’ Goodbye’ to baking for sale for a while as we prepare to welcome our second child. Thank you for all your support, dear friends. You have brightened my life with your orders and I hope to bake again for you!

My maiden experience in online grocery shopping


I love grocery shopping and I do so about twice a week at the wet market or supermarket. I am the type of housewives who prefer to cook with the freshest produce (especially meat and seafood) and that explains the frequency of my shopping. However, with my current condition (I’m heavily pregnant) and the fact that I would not be as free when the second child arrives, I need to think of an alternative.

Online grocery shopping to the rescue?


For a while, I have toyed with this idea but have only decided to give it a try this week when honestbee contacted me recently to try out their service. On top of that, I was given some shopping credits, so I thought, “Why not?”

honestbee is the first concierge grocery delivery service for all your household and grocery needs in Singapore.  They deliver to your doorstep on the same day within the hour or the time slot that you want. What you need to do is to choose from the online product selection from grocers of your choice, and place your order in a few simple clicks. Their trained shoppers will then hand pick your groceries for you.

I remember it was evening when I first tried honestbee, I had to bake a cake the next day but I didn’t have enough eggs. Also, my grocery supplies had depleted and I wouldn’t have anything to prepare for lunch. It’s either I do grocery the next morning or I go online to do my shopping. I chose the latter since I was pressed for time.

It is easy to navigate, for a first timer like me. After keying in my postal code, I was presented with 12 stores to shop from and obviously, I was happy to see NTUC and Cold Storage which I frequent.

After checking out at 6.30pm, I chose the time slot for the delivery which was between 8-9pm that evening and I got my supplies at 8pm! Very fast!

Not everything was perfect though. I received a call from the shopper at honestbee that I had to replace five items because there wasn’t any stock for the specific items and sizes I want them in. It wasn’t a big deal for me since those were items that I did not need urgently. My eggs, vegetables and meat arrived though I wasn’t that pleased with the freshness of the Chinese spinach. Perhaps it’s late and all the better-quality vegetables were snapped up? It is possible because this happens even when I do my grocery at the actual site itself in the evening. Apart from that, my only other feedback is that they should use fewer plastic bags and reusable bags to store the items (save the environment!).


So this online grocery shopping bug caught on real fast and I went in again the following morning because I wanted to see if there is a difference in the supplies bought during the day and evening. In any case, I would need more meat for dinner too. Besides, the delivery fee of $10 is waived if you hit $30 per purchase at a store (easily achievable!). I went in at around 9am and chose the afternoon slot of 1-2pm for the delivery. This time round, only two items needed to be replaced and my goods came at 1pm. They came in good condition and only one reusable bag and fewer plastic bags were used.

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I must say I’m pleased with my experience with honestbee. It didn’t deter me at all and though I still prefer to do grocery at the supermarket or wet market (it’s therapeutic!), online grocery shopping is a very good alternative for busy folks! I believe I will do this very often from now on.

Just so you know, first time customers get Free Delivery, fora  minimum order of $10 and above. To qualify for Free Delivery for subsequent orders, a minimum of $30 is applicable. On top of that,you can get another $10 off when you key in the promo code below when you check out (for the month of September only!).

Go on, try it.

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Happy Teachers’ Day

Today is a school holiday in our country in appreciation of all our teachers who work tirelessly for the children. Teaching is a tough yet fulfilling job and though I’m no longer an educator now, I consider myself a teacher still to my own child. Hopefully, in years to come, I could still go back to teaching (I love it).



It’s my first year doing something for the teachers of Faith since it’s her first year of schooling. They are nothing fanciful, just something that I enjoy doing like baking. I had wanted Faith to chip in but I guess she could do so the following year. This time round, perhaps just let the Mama do the work?

Happy Teachers’ Day. We really appreciate all the hard work that you put in.

Thank you!

It’s been a tough week

Faith @ 33 MO

Baby @ 33 weeks

This week was tough.

Faith was evidently more rebellious these days and on several occasions, refused to obey what we had asked her to do. The worst part? Disobeying seems to be a fun thing to her and even when we had put her at the quiet corner and used other disciplinary measures, she came back, unrepented.

It got really exhausting to have to face such a situation. At many junctures, I questioned why I gave up my job to be a SAHM, to have my own flesh and blood drive me up the wall. If I was still working, at least I could have a break from her nonsense. And at the very least, I could have a few minutes of silence, to reconnect with myself. Being home with her, I was posed with endless questions and to have to engage her with conversations. The little one doesn’t like silence; she loves to chat with her Mom.

It’s exhausting.

At the same time, I questioned my self-worth and cannot help but feel that I have lost touch with the society. When I saw fellow moms having a good time at work and looking splendid in their dressing, envy started to well up. Don’t judge me please. I know I shouldn’t compare and that I should fix my eyes on things above but….

All these emotions (hormones as well) overwhelmed me and it got to a point that I broke down and wept uncontrollably, in front of the kiddo. She was confused, obviously, and cried. Why did Mama cry?

I shudder to think of the challenges ahead, of having to deal with two young children. How do you moms do it? I’m not sure if I could still stay calm and patiently explain things to them. I anticipate losing my temper more and that the volume of my voice will increase by a few decibels.

I need to surrender this to the Lord, the fear of the uphill tasks ahead. Surely God is faithful and He will bring me through. At the same time, I must remember that the tasks that have been given to me are not just ‘any’ tasks but are important ones. What I’m doing now will impact my children’s lives and many others who have contact with them. What I am doing IS important.

And I have to be fair, because there are indeed MORE sweet moments than bad ones.

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Say, for instance, meal times. There are more occasions in which she enjoys her food and gobbles whatever I have prepared for her. Her chopsticks’ skills have improved and there are significantly less mess on the floor now.

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Eating out with her can sometimes be a torture but 70% of the time, she behaves herself and is polite and courteous to the servers.. Just don’t bring her out when she is tired and cranky…

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She {still} loves school and each day, she would tell me that she enjoys herself in school, BSF or Sunday School. It gives me great joy to know that she is adapting well and likes to learn.

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At one stage, i was worried that she would just communicate in English. Alas, over the last few weeks, she spoke more in Mandarin with me (as long as I speak to her in that language) and could recite the 儿歌 (songs) she has learnt in school and from listening to the CDs at home. Sometimes, she even speaks with a certain Chinese accent. I wonder who she caught that from. 

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She remains a bubbly and cheerful girl and would find ways to make us laugh.

I guess as long as I don’t focus on the difficult situations in parenting, they won’t look like giants that cannot be overcome. In fact, such challenges are opportunities to exercise faith and to experience God at a higher level. Amen?

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I’m also thankful for the opportunity to bake 100 cookies for a sweet baby girl (gift packs)because it makes me happy just to be able to do that. Maybe I should make my own gift packs for the newborn’s full month eh?

How has your week been? Hopefully, it has been good!


The baby in the womb is 1.8kg and is still in breech position. I’m not looking forward to C-section so I’m going to pray against that. He seems to be a skinnier baby as compared to Faith. I guess I must eat better from now on so that he could get all the necessary nutrients.

Wt of mom: 57.7kg

BP: 119/58

Awesome August

August started off on a sweet note for me. I received an email in July from a lady asking me if I could bake for her daughter’s first birthday. To set the record straight, I bake for family and friends and seldom do I take up offers from people whom I do not know simply because I could not handle big orders and that I bake for fun, for hobby.

I don’t know why I agreed to bake for this lady, SP, and as we continued in our discussion, more stuff was added and before I knew it, I was to bake cupcakes, cookies, madeleines, smash cakes, birthday cake and a surprise cake for her niece. I must have calculated the timing wrongly and thought I was still in my second trimester which translates to having the energy still to bake and decorate. Alas, nearer the date, I realised I was in my third trimester already! Oh oh!

But it was all good. SP was a very nice lady to chat with and as we went through the details, I was challenged to come up with designs that could suit her theme and also make cakes that I would normally not make. I must say that I caused much disappointment for her two smash cakes as the colours condensed and bled ( I placed them in the fridge) but she was magnanimous enough to forgive me! What a wonderful lady!

IMG_20150808_063640This was the dessert table that SP created for her daughter, Chloe. I contributed some of the baked goods in the picture and when she sent me this image, I felt all the hard work has paid off. It was beautiful and I’m inspired to have a dessert table for my daughter and newborn too.


This two-tier cake is made of an 8″ lychee sponge cake and a 6″ rainbow vanilla sponge cake. On the actual day itself, I took the whole of the morning and afternoon to do up the decoration since there was very little I could do beforehand. The horses had to be hand-painted and dried and thankfully all was well. It was undoubtedly a very heavy cake!

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Three flavours of cupcakes were requested to match the colour theme. Here we have chocolate-mint, strawberry and blueberry-flavoured ones.

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SP loves madeleines and she specially requested for lavender ones and I’m more than happy to bake these treats for her because Faith also loves them.

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Cookies for the guests. I can’t afford the time to use royal icing to decorate the cookies but I hope the fondant ones will do the job. ;)

20150801_152259 (2)This is the surprise cake that is meant for her niece who also turned 1YO around the same time as her daughter. This is a 6″ red velvet cake with minimal decoration except for the name and three owl figurines!

20150801_154446 (2)This is the part that I love most. To see the completed product and waiting for them to be delivered is really a joy in itself. And I definitely heaved a sigh of relief when they were all delivered safely!

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A week after that, i was to bake a 6″ lychee owl cake for SP’s niece. It was challenging not because of the amount of work but because it was raining cats and dogs on that day and if you have experience dealing with fondant, you will know that that is not the most ideal circumstance – the fondant perspired! I was racing against time and had to place the cake back and forth into the box that is filled with drying agents just so that the fondant will stay the way I wanted it to be.

Thankfully, the ‘owl’ was cooperative and stayed the way it was till cake-cutting.

It was indeed a wonderful first two weeks in August making these sweet treats and thanks, SP, for the opportunity to work with you!

8 Gift Ideas for Teachers’ Day

Teachers’ Day is round the corner and since the girl is in school, that means that there are teachers to appreciate. I could remember the many gifts that the pupils gave to me on that special day but the more memorable ones were those drawings and cards made personally by the pupils. One doesn’t have to spend a bomb on Teachers’ Day gifts (anyway, we cannot accept expensive gifts) but I thought the following are good gift ideas.


Most teachers need a lot of caffeine to keep themselves awake throughout the day. We keep sachets of coffee and tea in our drawers and we wouldn’t mind coffee such as the above.


Some teachers prefer tea to coffee and I thought this is a nice way to package the tea bags. Get your child to help make the ‘tea cup’!

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I know teachers are busy and at times, they skip meals just to catch up with marking and preparation of the lessons. If you are into baking, cookies are always welcome. You can always reuse jam jars and place the cookies in it or you can even use the CD envelope to package them! I know Daiso sells nice jars!


If you want to go an extra mile and decorate the cookies, these are beautiful ones and they are sure to cheer the teachers up! These are sugar cookies decorated either using royal icing or fondant. Get the child to help!


This is another wonderful gift idea. Teachers need energy throughout the day and these snacks will surely help!



How about baking cupcakes for the teachers? Involve your children in the baking and wrapping of the cupcakes and they will be super proud as they present these sweet treats to their teachers.



Fancy gifting the teachers a personalised mug with your own designs and wordings on it? The Gethsemane Care Ministry (TGCM), set up in 2005 by Gethsemane Bible Presbyterian Church, is a Gospel outreach (non-profit & self-sustaining) to those who are enslaved in the bondage of drug addiction. The Ministry serves to improve the life of the residents by providing livelihood and preparing them to integrate back to society. Recently they expanded their line of service (from disposal, removal, painting, cleaning, transport)  to high resolution Photo Mug Printing services. The prices of the customised mugs range from $7 to $11 and are meaningful gifts for teachers.On top of that, your patronage of the services offered by TGCM will go a long way in helping this ministry stay viable and effective. To engage their service, you may call 62816356.

You may read more about the experience of Mummy Ade who had engaged their services.

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As I have mentioned, nothing beats a card that is handmade by the pupil himself (but that’s just me) and you could perhaps add these gift tags which serve as great bookmarks!

Now, what should I get or make for Faith’s teachers?

Quekling II @ 31 weeks

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Quekling II jumped to 1.56kg at the last gynae visit and I put on 2kg within a span of 2 weeks which was rather alarming! I must have eaten quite a fair bit and I think I should watch what I eat from now on. If the food is of quality, then there’s no cause for worry but….

Wt of mom: 57kg

These days see me getting restless and lethargic more easily. It can truly be a struggle at times dealing with a very active toddler. It’s the last lap and I have to hang in there. There are still things to be done.

I posted the list of things that I need to do within the next few weeks (in another account) and I shall record them here.

In no order of priority. ..

1. Continue to talk to F about the arrival of the second one. I know how the first one reacts depends on her maturity level and the real emotions will come when the baby arrives. But there is no harm in preparing her. I remember how as a 4YO, I felt so jaded by my own mom when my sis arrived and I don’t really want that to happen to F.

2. Install a ceiling fan in the living room. This is my fault. The hubs wanted to install fan during renovation but I didn’t want. I regretted.

3. Go through the piles of clothes given by friends for the baby and then need to wash and allocate space for them. [DONE]

4. Go through Faith’s clothes and to give away since we have no more space! [DONE]

5. Send baby mattress, pillow, bumper to my mom’s place to sun. Our place is just pathetic with very little sunlight. [DONE]

6. Check if my breastpump still works. Crossing my fingers! This is such an important item to me!

7. Start preparing and freeze meals like sauce, broth, meatballs, etc.

8. We need to set up the cot but we still haven’t decided on the sleeping arrangement when the little one comes.

9. Looking forward, we might need part time help. Need to source for one if that is the case.

10. Buy baby stuff like shampoo, diapers, wet wipes but for these, I will shop online. No longer have the energy to carry so much stuff.

11. Orientate the hubs to the market since he will need to bring the confinement nanny there to do grocery. Also need to teach him the parts of certain meat so that he will buy correctly.

12. Need to get the hubs to drive more often as he will need to send F to school.

13. Buy confinement stuff like the bathing things and herbs. Thankfully, Mom said she would help me get the wine, sesame oil and herbs before she goes for her hols. Thank God fot her!

14. Pack hospital bag. Not very important.

15. Read up on contractions and newborn sleep pattern. I have completely forgotten.

16. Wash and sterilise milk bottles and breastmilk containers.

17. Fumigate the car. It’s very dusty and dirty!!!

18. Buy nursing bra. I forgot where i bought previously!!!

19. Borrow car seat from a friend.

20. Get stroller back from mom’s place.

21. Settle CDA for both?

The Violin (小提琴)

This short video shows a little of the history of Singapore. Brilliantly written, I thought.

Circa late 1930s, Boat Quay, Singapore. A young boy receives an old violin as a gift out of kindness from a foreign trader. It becomes a treasured possession as he teaches himself to play the instrument over several years, until it was lost during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. After the war, the violin was found by a man working for the British Military Administration and given to his young daughter. The girl learns to play it and becomes a renowned violinist over the decades. She eventually passes the instrument on to her grandson, an accomplished violinist himself, who restores it and performs in a concert by the Singapore River, where the violin started its unexpected journey nearly 80 years ago.

Over the 16-minute film, the violin graces different stages of Singapore – both figuratively and literally – as we see a young country’s landscape change from the bustling 1930s to the dark days of the Japanese Occupation, followed by the sweeping political changes in the 60s that led to its independence and finally, present day.

Link: The Violin (小提琴) from Robot Playground Media on Vimeo.

National Day Celebration 2015

Yesterday, F’s school celebrated its Sports Day in conjunction with Singapore’s 50th birthday. I was excited because it is the first time I’m attending NOT as a teacher but as a parent!

Our family members were clad in red and white and we set off to the Sports Hub in the morning with high spirits. Upon reaching, Faith was on her skate-scoot and when she saw the crowd before her, she tensed up. In the end, I had to be in the line with her.


Since she is one of the shortest kids in her class, she had to be in the front and I, too. I was a tad embarrassed (can you see my expression) but I had to stand beside her since she would make a fuss when I stepped out. Sigh!

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In the end, I sang the national anthem and recited the pledge with the kids, all thanks to the little girl. I’m still trying to understand her personality. While she could be so friendly with a stranger on a one-to-one basis, she is a totally different character when it comes to a crowd.


The sports meet was next and after watching and cheering for the other classes, it’s the N1 pupils’ turn! Many of the children were shy and wanted their parents to take part with them. Of course, the parents obliged.

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It’s the hubs’ turn when it comes to sports now and I certainly hope that both of them had fun. Faith looked relieved after the match was over.

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Singing National Day songs…

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There was a short break in between the photo taking session and the hubs got her interested in getting the ants to climb onto the twig. She definitely was more interested in this activity and was captivated for a good amount of time.

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But the highlight had to be snack time because that’s when her eyes lit up. She was active and alert all of a sudden and was in her cheerful mode again. So, you know what will make her happy now?


Baking with a toddler | Blueberry muffins


Young children are fickle-minded when it comes to food. Sometimes, they might like a certain food to bits and then all of a sudden, they declare that they hate it. Faith used to be able to gobble up a bowl of blueberries all by herself and then one fine day, she rejected them. It’s frustrating, to say the least. And I so wanted her to appreciate this fruit again.

So, to get her to consume them again, I have to hide the blueberries. Since we were running out of food for breakfast, I thought I might as well bake a batch of blueberry muffins.

The recipe is taken from Hummingbird Bakery whose Red Velvet Cake I like. However, I replaced the sugar with raw sugar and cut down the amount to 1 cup. The end result is that the muffins aren’t too sweet but that’s fine by me. ,

I also find that the toddler is more willing to eat what she has helped to bake and when she consumed the muffin this morning, she was happy and exclaimed that it was delicious. Effort paid off!

This batch yields about 18 muffins and they are obviously too much for our small family. Well, we can always freeze the rest for future consumption. The next time I bake these muffins, I might add a tablespoon of lemon zest just to enhance the taste. ;)

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2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
70g unsalted butter, melted
2 cups of blueberries

Yields about 18 muffins if you are using a standard-sized cupcake tin

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C.
  2. Put the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a electric mixer with a paddle attachment and beat on slow speed.
  3. Put the buttermilk, egg and vanilla into a bowl and mix to combine. Slowly pour the flour mixture and beat until just IMG_3231incorporated.
  4. Pour in the melted butter and beat until the butter has just been incorporated, then turn the mixer up to medium speed and beat until the dough is even and smooth.
  5. Gently fold in the blueberries with a wooden spoon until even dispersed.
  6. Spoon the batter into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let the muffins cool slightly in the pan before turning out into a wire rack to cool.

July in summary

July is a month in which faith was built up and strengthened. We started off with the attendance of JDOP, a day when we came together as a body of Christ to pray. It was by faith that we signed up for the tickets as it would be rather challenging to bring a toddler along and expect her to maintain her discipline for three hours. On that day, I forgot to bring our tickets and I panicked since admission was strictly by that means. Thankfully, a CG-mate came to our rescue and passed us the tickets that we needed. Hallelujah!

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As we sat among the sea of red (for our church members), I couldn’t be more thankful to be able to be among believers, singing praises to our Lord God and talking to Him. We had the privilege of having our Prime Minister gracing the event and we also said a prayer of blessing for Him. Faith was indeed disciplined throughout and I’m so thankful to the Lord for that.

BSF resumed in July and I was glad to be back basically because it got me into a routine of reading the Word of God in more detail. Faith was also back in class and I’m sure she’s in good hands. School also started for her and she was in high spirits when she got back. This semester onwards, she stayed back in school for one more hour for Chinese enrichment because (1) I needed her to be more exposed to Mandarin, and (2) I needed to rest more since I am in the last lap for my pregnancy. Initially, she struggled because she didn’t like the change and was not used to the teacher who was conducting the enrichment class. However, after a week, she was fine and came out, exclaiming, “I enjoyed myself!” Thank God for that!

The hubs and I signed up for Alpha Marriage that is conducted in our church. Ok, I need to maintain that our marriage is not on the rocks but we signed up, anticipating that we could benefit from the lessons. It is strongly advisable that we do not bring the kid along and thankfully, our CG-mates stepped up to help. Each week, while we were away, Faith would be looked after by different families and my in-laws and we were indeed thankful to them. Faith had a good time of bonding with the CG-children and even had the opportunity to learn about the armour of God during one of the sessions!


The Alpha Marriage course did us some good. It provided a time for us to be alone and communicate. I know this is hard to believe but each day, the hubs and I could only spend at most 15 minutes to talk on a one-to-one basis since he is the one to put Faith to bed and in so doing, he retires for the day too. During the course, we discussed some pertinent issues on marriage and parenting (no doubt) and it’s just awesome to be able to chat like we used to. I recommended this course for any married couples!

ndpK managed to get us tickets to the NE show (rehearsal for National Day) and we were seated at the grand stand. I love attending the parade live as compared to watching it on TV and I thought it would be a wonderful experience for Faith. Alas, she was cranky throughout and was probably frightened by the loud noise and sudden short outbursts of fireworks.


Just look at her sullen look. She didn’t enjoy herself and kept urging us to leave. We persisted until the last part – the splendid display of fireworks which everyone was looking forward to. But we had to leave. She was crying and we didn’t have any more energy either. On the way to the train station, she turned and asked me, “Are you okay, Mama? Next time we come again?”

Clearly she knew I was upset because I was sulking and complaining to the hubs. I turned and gave her an upset look. Oh well…

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Mid-July and the hubs checked us into a hotel for a staycation. It was most thoughtful of him but honestly, we didn’t enjoy ourselves. The little girl was rather bored and occasionally threw her tantrums. Since we were sharing the bed, yup, all three of us, I found myself staying awake most of the time to fend off her kicks lest she hurt the baby in the womb. As a result, the staycation was none too restful, I regret to say.

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We did have moments of fun in the pool and I’ve learnt a little more about the Peranakan culture and to wrap a dumpling well.


My brother and his family came back for a visit and we had an awesome time dining at Changi because we had the sea view and the food prices weren’t too expensive either. The kids had a great time playing together and even the adults joined in the fun.

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On other news, I invited my mom to an Chinese evangelistic concert and she went up to receive Christ in her heart after a pastor beckoned her to do so. Personally, I wasn’t sure if she did it on her own free will but I guess I just have to continue to pray for her.

So, here you go. That’s July for us. How’s yours? ;)

ME -Time for Mommies!

ME-time is a concept that I have learnt to appreciate when I became a mom. I mean, before that, I had so much pockets of time to myself whether I was a single or as a wife that it didn’t seem like a great deal. After being a mom, I realised that it is crucial for me to have some time off to myself because it can be so easy to be sucked into the demands of being a mom and a wife.


It wasn’t easy in the beginning. If you are a new mom, you would have felt the same guilt that I had of leaving your baby behind just so that you could have some peace and sanity. I was reluctant to do so but the hubs insisted that I go out and take a breather.

So I started with an hour or two to myself and normally, I would visit a {nearby} cafe to have a cup of latte and a book on hand. On other days, I would go for a slow jog, just to regain my stamina.

As the little girl grew older and was more manageable, I’ve learnt to let go and placed her in the care of my parents or in-laws while I attended some courses. I needed interaction with adults and if you are a SAHM, you would realise how much your language and vocabulary can deteriorate (or does this only happen to me??).

These days, however, I prefer to stay at home and do the things that will perk me up.

You see, Faith is at the stage when she can talk non-stop. She loves to ask questions and engage me in a conversation. As much as I rejoice over the fact that she is talking more, it does get to me (most of the time). In the end, I just want some quietness and peace in the house.


Now that she is in school for a few hours, I prefer to come back home and chill. Playing some soothing music in the background, I would normally spend some time reading the Bible and allow the Word of God to speak to me and recharge me or experimenting with some cake recipes and designs.


You would probably find me at the park jogging or cycling if I wasn’t pregnant for those are the activities that I love in the past. Now, I just need to learn to slow down and develop my other interests which always lift me up.


It’s therapeutic doing these things without a child calling out to you ALL THE TIME. No, the cakes don’t always taste delish but that’s all right. What’s more important is that I feel recharged and refreshed after that.


I cannot stress enough the importance of taking time off to nourish your soul because you return to your responsibilities with renewed strength and much cheer. Everyone in the family will benefit from a happy mom and wife, no?  And ME-time is not about running errands! It’s really doing something that will uplift you. ;)

So, what do you do during your ME-time?

Mummy's 'Me-Time'
This post is part of a blog train initiated by Danessa of Prayerfull Mum where a group of mommy bloggers share their thoughts on ME-time.
feliciaNext up on the blog train is Felicia Tan. A homeschooling mama of two,  she aspires to nourish the heart, mind, body and soul of her family. “The world is our school” is her mantra so be it a stroll to the market nearby or a vacation to Europe, she encourages curiosity and inquiry from her children. Her passion for cooking and healthy living drives her to churn out nutritious but easy-to-prepare meals so you can expect to see some healthy recipes on her blog. She also shares her parenting thoughts and learning activities as she goes about her journey and discovery as a homeschooling mama of Princess and The Rock.. Click on the link to her blog to read her take on mommy me-time!

Quekling II @ 29 weeks

29 weeksHello! I’m officially 29 weeks pregnant with Quekling II. I’m starting to get tired easily and have to wake up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet. Backache’s starting to kick in and cramps in the legs too. Oh well. It’s the last lap, so just bear with it!

Quekling II has been really active all of a sudden and he keeps exercising in the womb. It can really get irritating! I hope he will not be too much of an active child when he comes out. :p

My weight right now is 55kg and that means I have only put on 0.5kg over the course of 3 weeks. Not that ideal, eh? But Quekling II seems to be of the right weight!

Blood pressure: 111/58
Weight of baby: 1.06kg
Weight of Mom: 55kg

Wordless Wednesday: Owl Cupcakes


A good friend has just given birth and I thought of making these cupcakes for her, just for her to take a look. Yes, I’m cruel, I know. ;p

I’m entering into the third trimester and my energy level has dipped. I’m mindful that I cannot control life and all I can do is to pray that the baby in my womb will grow to full term and that he will be a normal and healthy one.

Yes, I worry but I need to learn to trust in the Lord because He is the one who gives life and He definitely is in control, no matter what the circumstance is.

You will keep in perfect peace, him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal. -Isaiah 26:3

And I will always bear the following scripture verses in mind.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mothers womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. -Psalm 139:13-14

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Flowery Fun Times at Gardens by the Bay

The weekends’ here!

If you haven’t visited the Flowery Fun Times at Gardens by the Bay, perhaps you might want to visit it before it ends on 19th July. Our family went down during the June holidays and I must say the floral display was beautiful. I bore an ulterior motive, of course, and that was to get the little one to learn more about the nursery rhymes that she has been learning both at home and in school.

Pardon me for the many photos posted in this post. They are for memory. ;)


Be sure to bring along a jacket because it is cold in the flower dome. I found myself shivering!

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Please don’t ask me what nursery rhymes these refer to. I have forgotten!


Gigantic bees! Flee!

IMG_3139The old lady in her shoes?



Which is the picture that belongs to Mary and her little lamb?


Tis I know! It’s Humpty Dumpty! Even Faith could identify…



If you are not into floral display, erm… like da man, maybe you won’t enjoy that much. But there are 
 other things to do in Gardens by the Bay. The water play area will be an exciting play area for the children! Have a good weekend!

Japanese Strawberry Shortcake

It’s my sis’ birthday tomorrow and I thought that I should bake her a birthday cake since mom’s cooking dinner this evening. Naturally, the Japanese Strawberry Shortcake came to mind because my nephews love strawberries and our family prefers light cakes anytime. Thankfully, I have strawberries and whipped cream in the fridge so it makes decision making easier.


I went ahead and used the traditional sponge cake method. 6″ cake pans were used since I did not want a big cake. That said, I do have a tall 6″ cake in the end.

4 eggs
120g caster sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

110g all-purpose flour (sifted)

70g melted butter

1. Whip (A) until light and fluffy

2. Stir in (B) and mix until well blended.

3. Add (C) and mix well.

4. Pour the batter into the greased pans. Bake at 180C for about 20 min or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the cakes. Remove them from the pans immediately when done and let cool.

I’m used to using IMBC and was rather hesitant about using whipped cream because my kitchen is really warm. Since there is no harm in experimenting and because it’s really for family, I decided to give it a try. Using 300g of whipped cream, I used the balloon whisk and whisk it till stiff peak. Preferably, the metal bowl should be cold but I forgot to keep it in the fridge before that. But hey, it still works. And I’m pleasantly surprised that it holds well even when it’s kept out of the fridge for half an hour (before the cake cutting).

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My folks said the sponge cake is rather light but I think it can go lighter. The next time I experiment with it, I might use cake flour and add a little glucose to see the difference it will make. Also, the whipped cream is a tad thick so I should just reduce it by a wee bit.

familypic (2)In any case, I’m glad to have baked this cake. It’s been a while since I last baked a cake for a birthday celebration. And more importantly, it warmed my heart to see the folks enjoy this dessert.

A dress for Faith, sewn with love

My mum was a seamstress and growing up, I was surrounded by different types of sewing machines that were used to piece the various parts of a shirt. And whenever those machines were not in use, I would try my hands on them, much to the annoyance of my mom (but she gave up stopping me in the end). Thus, sewing isn’t something too daunting for me.

My mom, though an extremely busy woman herself, would find time to sew dresses for me and now as a mother, I find myself wanting to do so for my daughter too. I contemplated getting a sewing machine but was afraid that such passion is, but temporary, and eventually it would turn into a white elephant. Moreover, I’m not sure if I’m still skillful enough to do a good enough job. After all, it has been many years since I last touched a sewing machine.

Thankfully, a dear friend, Amy, approached me and offered to teach me how to sew a sundress. How timely! She conducts sewing classes herself and what I needed to do was to give her the measurement of Faith according to a size chart and choose the fabric design that I want and I’m all ready to get started!

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While Faith was in school, I went for my sewing tutorial with much excitement. Amy first introduced me to the sewing machine that I would be using and went through the fundamentals with me. The sewing machines these days are so light and portable, unlike the ones that my mom used which are the big, heavy-duty ones.

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After trying out the sewing machine for a short while, I was down to serious work. I spent the next three hours pressing the seams using the iron, pinning and sewing them. Initially, the workmanship was bad and I had to unpick some of the seams and re-sew. But it sure got better after a while.

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I find sewing therapeutic as I got the hang of it, all thanks to the patience of my dear friend. She was very encouraging and even when I made a mistake, I know it could be easily rectified.

20150701_102047 (2)Towards the end, I got a little too excited because I wanted to see the finished product. Oh, that anticipation! But I have to remind myself to go slow lest I make mistakes again!

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Last few steps: sewing the zip! I’m almost there!


You cannot imagine how happy I was when I completed the sundress. This is my first dress for Faith and I have fulfilled a small, small wish of mine. Finally! Then I thought of my mom. I could not understand why she would bother to make dresses for me and my sis especially when she had tons to do but now I think I know. It’s really simple. It’s love. That is how she expressed her love for us, by doing what she’s best at to bless us, just like how she would always  prepare homecooked food for us.


I was a proud mom the day when Faith put on this dress. Obviously, it is much easier and convenient to buy one off the rack but this one is special. It is made with love and I know there would not be many pieces out there. This particular one fits Faith to a tee and it looks great on her. I love the design of the fabric which is imported from the U.S. and overall, it’s cheaper than buying a quality dress from the shops (workmanship not included, of course. It’s made with love, after all).

I’m hooked. Shall I buy a sewing machine?:)


Amy and her friend, Karen, conduct sewing workshops on blouses, skirts and dresses. The fees start from $80/pax for a 3-hour session which include all workshop materials and choice of premium fabrics. If you are interested, do browse their website for more information. They even hold classes for kids!

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Quekling II @ 26 weeks

Yay, so I have passed the glucose screening!

Had my gynae appointment yesterday and this was a piece of good news given to me. I have also put on a decent amount of weight – 1.2kg- over the course of these three weeks. He weighs 768g which doc said it was a decent weight. However, compared to Faith, he seems to be a tad lighter but we will see.


I was telling Doc that there wasn’t much activity from Quekling II for the past few days and he suggested that I track his movement from 9am to 9pm. As long as there is movement, be it slight or obvious, that would be considered one tick and at least ten movements are needed. Goodness! I’m not sure if I want to do that because I’m constantly on the move and I probably won’t be able to detect it.

Another to-do item checked: We have booked the hospital. Yay….

Next things to do before I get lethargic in the third trimester: Set up the cot, wash baby clothes, buy the cleaning stuff (shampoo, body wash, lotion, detergent, etc) for the baby and checking if the breast pump still works. The last item is sooooo crucial!

Weight: 54.5kg

Making pizza with a toddler

As a parent, I’m very mindful of NOT doing everything for the little one. She has to chip in for household chores and I learnt that she will willingly do those tasks because she wants to do what the adults are doing, which is good news to me! Obviously, such work is fun and play to the little one and when she knows she is co-labouring with her mama, she gets immense satisfaction.

For now, Faith helps to mop the floor with me and keeps get the clothes from the dryer. She is learning how to fold her clothes, and this not without a degree of difficulty. But she will get there.

And whenever possible, I would get her to be involved in cooking and baking because it’s something that she likes to do since she often sees her mama working hard in the kitchen.

Pizza! It’s such a simple thing to do with a toddler.

20150615_175817I cheated and used pre-made pizza crust. If you are diligent like my friend, you would make your own bread dough but I’m lazy on that particular day. Other ingredients include tomato paste, honey baked ham, mushroom, peppers (red, green and yellow), spinach leaves and cheeses.

Well, you can definitely use chicken or beef or pork but you would have to cook them for a while before using them as toppings on the pizza. I wanted to minimise work and thus used ham. Moreover, I find the meat a tad tough for Faith once they go through the baking.


You can definitely get the little one to cut the ham or other ingredients into smaller pieces which he/she will love doing. Thereafter, lay all the ingredients and get them to spread the tomato paste and place the toppings on the crust. You will expect mess, definitely, but it’s all part of the learning process.

Cooking or baking is good for teaching procedural text, ya know? Ok, I will not delve into that.


Look at that facial expression? Faith told me she couldn’t eat leaves when she was asked to place the spinach leaves as toppings. She has associated the spinach leaves with the fallen leaves she found on the ground. Ah…hilarious.

20150615_181601All ready to be placed in the oven! Bake at 200C for about 10 minutes (or follow instruction on the pizza crust package) or until the cheeses turn a wonderful golden.


Comfort food that got snapped up within minutes. It’s really that simple to make and good to eat.

20150615_183145For a thinner crust, I used wraps which do an awesome job. I prefer a thin crust anytime!

A busy June hols

The month of June was a busy one for me and I’m sure it was, for many parents. It’s the one-month school holiday after all and we had to make sure that our children were potentially engaged with activities lest they got bored at home and caused more headache for us. The hubs, knowing that it would be more challenging to handle the little one daily, offered to take leave twice a week so that he could relieve me during those days. With him around, I was definitely willing to be more adventurous and go on outings together as a family.

Here’s a post to record the many things that happened in June!

jurongbirdpark@ Jurong Bird Park with her playmate

gardensbythebayLearning about nursery rhymes @ Gardens by the Bay

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Outdoor activities! We love it! Farm visits, Jurong Bird Park, Gardens by the Bay, Tanjong Pargar Railway Station, Jacob Ballas, East Coast Park, SEA Games Carnival at the Sport Hub, Hortpark were some of the places we visited. With the hubs around, he could do the wild things with Faith while I rested. It was fun going on trips but it could get tiring too. It came to a point when I asked the little one what she wanted to do the following day and she replied, “I don’t want to go out. I want to stay home.” So much for planning activities for her eh?


Perhaps, the more exhausting thing is not about going out but having to answer Faith’s endless questions. She became really chatty all of a sudden and asked so many questions that she tested my patience. I couldn’t answer her with ‘ok’, ‘hmm’, or a ‘yes’ but I have to continue the conversation with her. Goodness! It is a good problem, no doubt, I really needed a break from her!

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F gifted with Chinese books and enjoying pool time!

I’m thankful too that friends asked me out for meetup during this period. It was good catching up with good old friends over meals and naturally we would talk about our children and their progress in school. For one group, Faith was the youngest among the group of children and when friends shared about the challenges they faced, the issue of the Chinese language would always be brought up. It got me a bit uptight and I wonder if I should really step up my effort in getting Faith to be more conversant in Mandarin. Oh, that’s really stressful!


Apart from the many activities, pregnancy itself was uneventful. Friends started asking if we need baby clothes and stuff of which we would need since we have given some essential items away (didn’t really expect to have a second one initially). Thankful for these kind souls as we wouldn’t want to spend too much on these items. I went for my Pilates classes as usual and since my back was starting to ache, prenatal massage is a good temporary relief. We have just settled for confinement nanny services through the previous agency that we engaged and hopefully we could get back the same lady.

I wish I could tell you that I love spending 24/7 with Faith but I don’t. I realised I needed time to myself, to do the things that I love like baking and cooking or just taking the time off to chill with a good read. I got a little, just a little downcast having her around all the time and felt a little lost. It sounds weird, I know but I don’t know how to explain this kind of feeling. During that moment, I was encouraged by what I read from ‘Desperate: Hope for the mom who needs to breathe‘…

The God who gave you your gifts and talents is the same God who gave you souls to bring up, train, invest in, and disciple….Scripture is filled with admonitions for a mama to make her home her focus and bring up her children. A mama’s primary domain is her home. This doesn’t mean you don’t have another purpose that God wants you to fulfill while you’re breathing on this earth, but your first and main purpose is to deeply invest in the souls He’s given you, and you will struggle immensely if you do not have resolve regarding your role as a mother.

This para spoke to me and gave me strength to move on. Somehow, I was able to focus on my family and at the same time, started to pick myself up to do the things that I like and one of the most awesome stuff was to be able to learn how to make the rice dumplings from two experienced mothers. God must have known that I’m struggling and sent these angels to liven me up! Simple joy!


So I started to busy myself in the kitchen again and baked a Japanese Cheesecake for the cell group and got Faith to work on Lavender Madeleines with me. She loves baking and I love to impart such skills to her!


All in all, I guess June turned out well. It was definitely busy but I must say we did enjoy ourselves. How was your June holidays?
All ready for July?

TGIF and friends

As you grow older, do you find that it is so much harder to make friends? I’m not referring to those whom you meet once in a blue moon (they are precious nonetheless); I’m talking about those who share the same struggles and situation as you and whom you can confide in and share your deepest fears without being judged.

When I was in Boston, I remember saying a prayer, asking the dear Lord to bless me with friends who could share the same interests as I and those who could encourage me in this journey of faith. He did bless me with a group of sisters and we loved to share recipes, cook, bake and even window-shopped for kitchen applicances. Though we are continents apart now, we still catch up with one another whenever possible.

Now as a SAHM, life can be lonely at times. Again, I asked God for like-minded mothers to grow together. Without fail, he granted my request. And today, I was blessed by one of them who decided to serve me and another mother to celebrate her birthday. What a meaningful thing to do!

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I must stress that this friend, Tri, is 34 weeks pregnant but because she has such passion for cooking, she doesn’t mind preparing a scrumptious brunch for us. The fact that her ktichen is filled with Le Creuset cookware and dishware is another treat for me. ;)



She even bothered to bake bread for us. So much love!


This is our all day’s breakfast. I think if we aren’t pregnant, we can really look forward to poached eggs!


The spread

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While the mommies were having a good brunch, the kids were eating merrily too and enjoying some play time!


Since Tri is good in Chinese, we got her to read books to the toddlers and they got to learn some Chinese words too!


Half a day was gone like this. Some days, I have it easy like today and got to enjoy the company of other SAHMs. Time passes very quickly as we chat and share our problems with one another. However, most days, I am just going through routines which can be boring. In any case, I’m thankful for a Friday such as today and definitely precious friends whom the Lord has blessed me with.


15 Stations at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

I’ve only taken train rides from the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station twice and both times, it’s a deliberate choice over the other modes of transport because I wanted to experience how it was like to take the KTM trains into Malaysia.

I recalled that the railway station wasn’t as crowded or vibrant as the other stations that I have been to in other countries. There weren’t many locals and most of them were made up of Malaysian passengers. There weren’t many train services available and thus it was a hassle-free experience travelling up north.

Railway station_malvina tanPhoto courtesy of Malvina Tan

Unfortunately, railway operations at the station ceased from 1 July 2011 and the station became a national monument of Singapore and is only open to the public on public holidays in the hope that more people will use the opportunity to visit the historical monument for strolls, take photos or to partake in its history.

Now, for a limited period (17 June through 4 July 2015), the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station is open to the public as one of the O.P.E.N.‘s Augmented Reality Memory Tour Project which provides visitors the opportunity to experience a unique and interactive memory tour of the station.

15 Stations, as it is called, allows visitors to meet the people – from the past and the future – whose lives were connected by the railway line through a downloadable application on their smartphones. There are three curated routes – Reflect, Connect and Imagine –  and they draw on archival materials and animation to weave their own stories about the relationship between the station and those who have passed and will pass through its doors.


Our family turned up at 7pm and we started off at Route #1 with the PROLOGUE, along with 5 other stations.


Some of the videos at the stations come with audio so visitors are advised to bring along their earphones. Take your time to slowly wander, view the videos, reflect upon what was shared and connect with the people and stories in the videos. On top of that, enjoy the architecture of the building which is in a richly ornamented Art Deco style. The exterior of the building, for infomation’s sake, are four marble statues, allegories of Agriculture, Industry, Commerce and Transport.


You might think these visitors were all taking pictures of the ticket counters but nope, they were actually viewing and listening to the videos. At this point, my girl was getting restless and started to tour the main hall. How I wish she was older so that we could learn and share historical facts together.


So, she might not be able to fully appreciate the exhibition but we sure could create some wonderful memories of the place as a family!


We proceeded to Route #2 (my favourite) where five stories would emerge from scanning the different QR codes displayed on the stands. At this point, the little girl got a tad interested in the stories and listened to them intently.


But her attention span was just too short and minutes later, she went to disturb her Papa and they went onto the tracks for some fun while I stayed on at the departure platform to complete the stories.


F was excited to be walking on the tracks but she saw no trains!


Route #3 consists of three stations which envision a future created by NTU students who never had the chance to set foot in the station during its heyday.

Each memory route is in English and takes about 30 minutes and in all, one would spend about 90 minutes at the railway station. The O.P.E.N. will provide 30 sets of Samsung Note 4 and 20 sets of Samsung Tab S, with earphones, on site. Alternatively, you may want to download the 15 Stations app (downloadable for free from 16 June to 4 July 2015) on your smartphones and enjoy the audio commentary with your personal earphones.


I must say it’s quite a unique experience learning more about The Tanjong Pagar Railway Station through this augmented reality memory tour. I only wish that we had visited it in the day time so that we could have more beautiful pictures! Oh well…

15 Stations (The O.P.E.N.’s Augmented Reality Memory Tour Project)
Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
Opens 18 June through 4 July 2015
Tue-Sat: 12 noon – 10pm
Sun: 12 noon – 6pm
Mon: Closed

Limited single entry tickets ($11 each) are available at the door

Disclaimer: Our family was invited to tour 15 Stations. No monetary compensation was given. 

3rd year as a Dad

How has it been being a father for three years? I certainly hope that you are enjoying the journey. image I just want to tell you that you are an awesome dad…image Happy Father’s Day!

A morning spent at a terrarium workshop

“Oh no! I’m late! I’m late!”

I was panicking as I drove to Hortpark. There was a traffic jam caused by an exit closure due to the SEA Games and I had to think of an alternative route to get to my destination. Alas, there was still heavy traffic along the way and I contemplated turning back home. However, the little girl was adamant on going and kept insisting that she wanted to go to the garden. Thankfully, I heeded her advice. Because both of us had great fun that morning. image Faith and I were invited to a terrarium workshop by the good folks at Actualyse. The workshop itself was conducted by Cath of The Plant Story. By the time we reached the indoor open concept cafe, we were half an hour late and we went straight to making our own terrarium.

imagePhoto: Actualyse

In simple term, a terrarium is a low-maintenance indoor garden in a glass container and is ideal for people who don’t have the time to care for a garden or just don’t have a “green thumb” like yours truly. What you would need is a clear glass container and plants suitable for terrariums. To start making the indoor garden, you would need gravel or small pebbles, charcoal pieces, potting soil and some decoration pieces.


Initially, I was a bit worried that Faith might not not be up for the job and would create a mess instead but decided that I should just let her try. I must say, she did well! She was careful at every step, perhaps sensing her mama’s anxiety and in the end, she created and decorated her own garden without much mess!

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Obviously, she received help from me who was actually clueless as to what I should do. Thankfully, I met very helpful participants and fellow moms who guided me along.

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This is the end product and I must say the little girl was proud of her work!


Please don’t drop it!


Photo: Actualyse Can you sense my joy and pride?

It was a short one hour session (minus our half-an-hour lateness) but both Faith and I had a good time of bonding through working on the terrarium. If you are interested, you should definitely find out more about this workshop whose DIY kit starts from $35/- and workshop fee is at $10/pax or $20/pax for a private session. You can also have the option to add a hand-made Murano glass animal to further personalise your gardens. Everything is provided for. You just need to get ready to play with dirt and not mind the mess (not a lot actually).

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Through that session, I got to understand Faith a tad more. That she can be an orderly person and is capable of understanding and following instructions and attempting more difficult tasks (at her age). I should never underestimate a 2.5 years old girl! It is much like what the founder of Actualyse, Isabelle Loo, believed in, that each one of us has a unique blend of capabilities and skills, and in setting up, a one-stop education and learning resource portal, she hopes to help people discover the best ways to nurture and unleash that talent.

It’s a reminder to me as a mom, to respect Faith as a unique individual, and to help her discover and nurture her talent(s).

image Photo: Actualyse

It was indeed an enriching and fun session, thanks to the good people of Actualyse who organised it for us. You could get yourself updated on the latest news, information and trends on education and learning via the Catalyst Library at and perhaps, for a start, register and find out your own unique strengths smarts through their simple Multiple Intelligences quiz?

image Photo: Actualyse

The Plant Story HortPark, Singapore. 33 Hyderabad Road (Off Alexandra Road) #01-01 (Beside the Lawn) Singapore 119578 Opening hours: 10am to 7pm daily. Closed on Wednesday and major public holidays.