Happy Lunar New Year

Busy, busy, busy! But apart from that, I’m glad that we were able to spend time with the family and this time round, the Lees made it! A family, intact!

The Feasting Season Begins!

Happy Chinese New Year and…do watch that waistline of yours!

Chinese New Year is a time of feasting and gathering of family members. This year, my family was complete with my brother coming back, together with my future sis-in-law and my sis and her family! This year is also the year that Ken and I have to start distributing the red packets. Ouch!

However, the giving of ang pows does not pain as much as taking in of all those new year goodies. On the first day, we visited about 5 families by 3pm and all these Peranakan folks kept asking you to eat their baked goods. My stomach could no longer hold any of these stuff anymore. So, I find the following tactics work.

1. Share with your other half. And when you break into half, eat the smaller part.

2. Ask for plain water instead of sugared water.

3. Eat slowly so that you will forever be seen with your mouth moving.

4. Say that you are watching your intake lest you develop sore throat. Also state that you are a teacher and you need your voice to do your job. This is the best tactic.

Hope these work for you. Happy New Year and I’m leaving you with these mouth-watering goodies.

This is the wonderful Yu Sheng that Ken’s auntie prepared. โค

Prepared with love. Peranakan reunion dinner.

Huat ah!

Kueh Pai Tee

Lovely CNY Cupcakes

And the many tubs of CNY goodies. Burp!

Rest is limited.

What I need now is sleep. Even though the hubs and I turn in by 10pm, the bodies are still crying out for more rest. I think inevitably, we are under some form of stress.

The second week at work was better than the first…naturally. I began to feel that I have contributed and everything made more sense to me though there is so much more to learn still. Made some rash decision and had to rectify but overall, I believe things are under control. I really need more grace.

I certainly hope life will settle soon, that we are able to have time to exercise and spend time with the Lord. I have only cooked once since coming back and the constant eating out is really not desirable in the long run. I’m really looking forward to my home in March!

We went down to Balestier today to choose the sinks, taps, toilet bowls, hood, hobs and oven and the lighting. Although fun initially, the choosing took a toil on us and at the end of the 3-hour shopping, we were dead beat. I didn’t choose Rinnai hood and hob and Bosch oven in the end since there are other good alternatives. It’s a local brand hobz for hood and hob and EF for oven. I saved quite a lot by not buying Bosch oven. I think and certainly hope EF works just as well.

Pay, pay and pay.

So friends, pls pardon me if I miss any gathering or activities. I’m still adjusting to the pace of life in Singaland. It’s too fast. And I’m travelling too slowly.

Some pleasure in life. Meeting up with like-minded friends over delicious food.
Laksa Steamboat Seafood Restaurant
404 Telok Blangah Road
Singapore 098840
Tel: 62757069

I survived!

This is life.

That we wake up at 4.45am, set off to work at 5.30am and leave the workplace at 5 or 6pm. The first week was aw……ful. It was a new position for me although it was not entirely unfamiliar but I need transition time nonetheless. What made it worse was the fact that emails kept coming in before the first day started and information overload resulted.

Coupled with work is the need to look into our apartment matters. L, our ID, met up with us to have a look at the site. We have decided to engage him because he is experienced and his concepts matched ours. More importantly, we are comfortable with him and are assured that he will do a good job.

Meeting up with ID to discuss the concepts can be a very tiring activity, especially to the mental health. So it’s important that we do not meet up after a day of hard work lest you make the wrong decision!

And can you imagine my great joy when Friday approached? Hooray! Finally, the mind could rest. Meeting up with M and P to sign some documents which I am to be bonded for another year, we were treated to an Indian cuisine by the all-time wonderful M. It’s always good to be around these girls because we could talk about education and all the stories that not many have heard. =p

And today, we met up with our ID again to select tiles. Tomorrow is the start of second week at work! Dear hubs, can you work harder so that I can be a homemaker? =p

I need to be optimistic.