To the farm we go!

My brother and his family came back for the CNY period and we took the chance to plan some activities for the kiddos. Our first trip? To the farm!

After listing some choices, we decided to go to Farmart which is located at Sungei Tengah Road. But before that, it’s breakfast at Riders Cafe since the kids could have a view of the horses and perhaps we could educate them on this animal. We tried…

Faith and Lester

Faith and Lester

BIL trying to read to animals!

BIL trying to read to them…farm animals!

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Cousins unite!

Cousins unite!

We were all excited for this farm trip but were disappointed that many of the shops were not open. Nonetheless, we made do with what was available.

Thankfully, the animal corner was open and the kids could get up close to goats, bull frogs, tortoises, rabbits and fishes. Oh yes, pay a small fee and you could feed them!



Faith and her moo moo!

Faith and her moo moo!

The animal corner was rather small and we proceeded to a shop which sells live seafood such as fish, lobsters, frogs, etc. My nephews were excited and Dallen taught Faith a few of these animals. Educational indeed!

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Ah! Lobsters!

The children got bored after a while since there was nothing much to explore after that. Thankfully, there were a few toy machines at the dining area.


Taking a good group photo of the kids can be very exhausting!

Taking a good group photo of the kids can be very exhausting!

Our next stop is Qian Hu Fish Farm which is just a short distance away. The kids were really mesmerised by the different variety of fish and were amazed. We spent quite some time at this place, not forgetting the fact that the adults treated themselves to a 30-min fish spa at $10/pax.





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It was my first time treating the fish to some bites and it was so ticklish. We had a laughing good time there!


We had wanted to complete this farm trip with a late lunch at Bollywood. Alas, it was closed. Bummer! If you intend to do this type of trip, do visit Bollywood! The food is rather delish.


Pumpkin-Chia Seeds Cheesecake


In a bid to increase Faith’s menu, I made a cheesecake for her. I reckon if it is purely just cheesecake, it will be too much of those cheese for her. Thankfully, Keiko Ishida’s Okashi provides a recipe for a pumpkin cheesecake and I suspect Faith might like since pumpkin is her favourite vegetable. To make it more nutritious, I added a tablespoon of the superfood Chia Seeds.

What you need:
Walnuts 30g, toasted
Digestive biscuits 70g
Unsalted butter, 40g melted
Japanese pumpkin, 250g, skinned and seeded
Brown sugar 90g
Cream cheese 220g
Ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp
Vanilla extract 1/2 tsp
Chia seeds 1 tbsp
Whipping cream 50g
Eggs 2
Egg yolk 1


I used a 7 inch round cake pan with a removable base.

Toast walnuts for 20 minutes at 150C without preheating. Set aside.

Increase oven heat to 170C. Lightly grease cake pan with a little softened butter.

Place digestive biscuits and toasted walnuts in a food processor and lightly pulse into fine crumbs. Add melted butter and mix well. Transfer crumbs to the cake pan and spread evenly. Press down well and chill in the freezer to set.


Steam pumpkin for about 15 minutes or until softened. Place cooked pumpkin and brown sugar into a food processor and blend well. Add cream cheese, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, whipping cream, chia seeds and blend. Add eggs and egg yolk and mix lightly. Do not over-mix.


Pour cream cheese mixture over set biscuit base and bake for 50 minutes or until the surface is light brown and centre of cheesecake feels springy to the touch. I prefer to use the latter method instead of just referring to the time (I took more than 50 min).


Gently run a knife along the edge of cheesecake and leave to cool on a wire rack. Cover with cling film and chill in the refrigerator overnight.


On the day of serving, unmould cheesecake and slice into even pieces using a warmed knife to have those beautiful cut edges.

Have a go at it!

A princess cake for a sweet girl


This is the last cake for January. And after this, I shall be baking for my family.

20140127-062724.jpgA two-tier cake of chocolate batter was asked for but in the end, because I wanted to construct an ombre cake for the little cake, decided to tweak it a bit. The lower 7-inch tier was made of Devil’s food cake and the top 6-inch tier, an ombre cake.

Nowadays, I prefer to make the cake on the day itself if the collection is in the evening. So this cake was baked in the morning before our family went out for some activities and when we came back, it’s time to assemble the cake.


Didn’t really take a lot of pictures since no time could be wasted!

But I did have fun with this cake and that’s important to me!


Only the toppers were made a few days before since I need them to be dried before assembling them. For the flowers, having the plungers help a lot and I love the sprinklers which I attached to the flowers. Otherwise piping a small dot using royal icing will do the job.


Thomas the train cake

Last Saturday, a friend, QX, asked if I could make a Thomas the train cake for her son’s birthday. She wanted a rainbow vanilla sponge cake.


QX gave me a few designs for ideas but the fickle-minded me changed my designs a few times until I finally settled on one.


I wish I had the time to do the train figurine but I was too busy that week which was a pity. On the day of the delivery, I made the rainbow cake. This time round, I changed the flour to cake flour which resulted in a lighter texture. I also doubled the portion and my cake ended up really tall! It turned out to be 5-inch tall!

20140125-094614.jpgContainers such as these are very useful for making rainbow cake. After weighing the batter and dividing the portions, the various colours – red, orange, yellow, green and blue – were added.

Each layer took about 20 minutes to be baked. Having many cake pans would help when you bake a rainbow cake. If not, laying the base and side of the pan with parchment paper helps too!


Cheery colours!

While giving time for the cake layers to cool, the next step was to make the swiss meringue buttercream which is a lot easier than the IMBC. Thankfully the portion was just enough for this cake. No leftover! Yay!

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Note to self: Initially after adding the butter, it will curdle and looks a tad runny but just let it beat more and it will soon become creamy.

For the past few cakes, I had used IMBC and chocolate ganache as the coat before the fondant. However, there were air bubbles and this wouldn’t look nice on a cake. This time round, I used Wilton’s buttercream and the result was rather satisfactory! Perhaps, the breezy weather helped that day. Humidity was lower than usual too. I just wish that the buttercream isn’t that sweet. Well, I guess I can always counteract the sweetness with the addition of lemon or salt.

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The decorating part is always the most fun. I added the embellishment and hid any imperfections with them.

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That’s it. I had a good time with this cake. I certainly hope to have the opportunity to make the train figurine in future!


Toot! Toot!

Sugar cookies for CNY

A few days ago, a friend asked me to bake and decorate sugar cookies for Chinese New year after I posted some pictures on my FB.


If you work with sugar cookies, you would realise that the dough melts easily and it can be difficult and messy to cut out shapes from it. In most recipes, they call for the dough to be placed in the refrigerator for about 1 to 2 hours before you place it in between parchment paper, roll it flat to a certain thickness and then cut out shapes from it. Problem is, if I were to follow the instruction to a tee such as this, it would almost be impossible to cut out a good shape from the dough because it melts so easily.

So, I did it the way I think is better. After the dough has been rested and taken out from the refrigerator, I roll it and then place the dough in the FREEZER for it to firm up before doing the cut-outs. Obviously, the dough is hardened and you will need some strength to cut shapes out from it but at least the shapes maintain.

It’s always helpful to have this dough in the fridge since it can be kept in it for two weeks or up to 2 months in the freezer! After baking, you can decorate them using royal icing or fondant and then give them away as treats!


Chocolate, vanilla and almond flavoured sugar cookies!



Each cookie is individually packed which can be tiresome but the end result is so satisfying!



Packed and all set to go! A few more days before CNY. What are you baking?

Being busy

The beginning of January started off rather well with me having some good times with Faith, bringing her to the playground, reservoir and the library. She enjoys being in the outdoors and among strangers. There in the open space, she will explore her environment, make calculated steps in climbing up and down of stairs and touch stuff that are new to her. However, I got busier from the second week onwards with cake orders coming in and fulfillment of teaching assignments. So, Faith was placed with both grandpas on various days and I missed out on spending quality time with her.

Things are slowing down a wee bit as we approach Chinese New Year but Faith has fallen ill. She’s not too sick but not well enough to enjoy the outdoors since it can get really windy these days.

And today, I think I should just do some prioritizing because by doing that, I could maintain sanity. Gone were the days when busyness kept me going strong and happy. These days, slowing down helps me savor precious moments with my loved ones. Perhaps, I’m getting old.

I’m happy that friends ask me to bake for them. I consider it a privilege to be able to do so and it gives me the opportunity to hone my skills. But I guess I cannot handle more orders now and by that I mean more than one per week. I would rather concentrate on my teaching assignments because I like the idea of empowering people, that they don’t find baking a daunting task anymore.

So, I have to learn to say NO which can be difficult for a person who often says YES to others. And well, I have to cut down on blogging, I guess.

I would prefer to spend more time with Faith, like having snacks with her in the kitchen and reading to her. Simple stuff like these make me happy.



Of course, I wouldn’t want to miss these stunts of hers…

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… since she is really getting active! And above all, I wouldn’t want to miss out on discipline because she has shown signs of mischief and disobedience. It’s good to start early, on shepherding her heart.

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

Faith :: 14 months old

Dear Faith
There have been a lot of development between your 13th and 14th month. Let’s see if I can list all of them down.


You are extremely active. Each day sees you wanting to walk all over the place. Initially, you were rather unsteady but by 13M 3W, you were basically on your own. I am glad, both for you and me because that would mean that I don’t have to carry you that much as you are rather heavy!


You like the playground a lot. Once we reach the neighbourhood playground, you let go of 20140120-132758.jpgme and climb up the slide and steps. It’s a good thing that you are courageous and I can see that you calculate each of your steps and are careful about it. Thank God you are not a reckless babe in terms of this. However, you seem to dislike sand. Does it hurt your feet? You made me laugh when we brought you to the playground at the reservoir. You basically held on to Papa when you had contact with the sand.

Remember there was once you were afraid of the water. Now, you love it! When I brought you to the water playground at Vivocity and Tampines 1, you were ecstatic and it is indeed a joy to see you so excited.

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I think you can recognise dogs and cats and each time we pass by them, you would utter their names, though they may not be pronounced correctly. But we get it. You don’t fear them and instead would dare to get close and touch them!


You seem to catch the concept of putting things in their rightful place now. Recently, I got you to throw the toilet paper that you shredded into the bin and you did it! You do so for other things as well and I believe it is time to teach you to keep your toys. Slowly but steadily, I will be teaching you all these habits. 😉

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You have a voracious appetite. It seems that you can’t stop eating. When you go to Grandpa’s place, I was told you eat non-stop. It doesn’t help that Grandma keeps giving you food to munch. Thankfully, she gives you fruits and not junk food. But I’m really afraid that you will inculcate bad eating habits. Can’t you, erm..maybe try to cut down on food? Eating shouldn’t be your past time, ya?


Papa and I think that you understand what we are referring to when we give you certain instructions. You actually perform the task. For example, when I ask you to fetch the book that we read before bedtime, you will get up from my lap and go to the shelf and pick up a/the book. This is pretty interesting.


I think you have slowly grown to like books, or being read to. You will go to the shelf yourself and pick up a book and start flipping. Sometimes, you will call out to me and point to the book and I think you want me to read to you? Reading is good. Keep it up!


There are so many things that happen each day. I’m thankful that I’m there to witness your development. But above all, we pray that you will always be joyful and healthy and that you will come to know the Lord and enjoy Him forever.

WW | Balance Bike

Got a message from my inbox this morning and realized I’ve won a balance bike for Faith through participating in a giveaway! How awesome is that?! This shows that one should not give up even though you hardly win in a contest or a giveaway.

Feeling thankful and excited. I doubt Faith could ride on it now but I’m going to pass it to my nephews to try it out!

I can’t wait to be on the saddle again, with the hubs and Faith!


Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Cake for a 2YO


My goal for this year is to bake a cake for sale at least once a month so that I could continue to hone my skills in cake decorating and make improvement to cake recipes. Just about a week ago, I got a message from a friend who asked if I could bake a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake for her friend since the latter was not able to find bakers to do so. I gamely took it up because I really do want to challenge myself in making the two-tier cake and that MM figurine.


The customer, T, sent me a few pictures to give me some idea of what she wanted for her cake. In the end, this will be the final product.

The first thing that I set down to do are the toppers – the number ‘two’ and MM figurine. It is entirely hand-molded and the figurine proved to be rather challenging. It was on the third attempt that I finally was able to make one that is close to the original. The trick is to get the various parts ready, dry them for a short while before attaching the various parts together. I used fondant and added tylose powder to it. After it was made, it was then left to dry for a few days. All other decorations were also made a day or two before the actual collection.

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As usual, whenever I have a cake order, the dining table transforms into my workspace and it becomes really messy. Thank God the hubs didn’t really mind.


The 9″ and 6″ vanilla sponge cakes were baked a day before the actual collection, sliced into layers, cling-wrapped and stored in airtight container to prevent it from drying. The sugar syrup was also made that day. The border of the cake drum was pasted with ribbon and all other equipment was laid out the night before so that it would facilitate my work the next day, which was the collection day too.

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On the day itself, I woke up early to make the frosting and chocolate ganache which is to be the coating for the cake. The layers of cakes were sandwiched with vanilla buttercream and strawberries since this was requested.


The last stage was to cover the cake with fondant and then add the embellishment. My apartment was not equipped with air-conditioner and it proved to be a tad challenging since the fondant will sweat. I almost thought I couldn’t make it because the fondant was really ‘sweating’ after I have covered the cakes with the sugar. As a last straw, I placed both cakes in the fridge fully covered in cake caddies for about 30 minutes. The cakes were then transported to the site, assembled and the toppers attached. Phew! Job done!

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Making this cake is quite an experience. Initially, T asked for a 2kg cake but in the end, the cake weighs about 5kg. I remember I was shaking as I put on 6-inch cake and the toppers because there isn’t any additional cake or toppers and if I happened to make a mistake in attaching them, I’m screwed.

Thankfully, all went well.

Time to move on to the next cake. =)

Fun @ Gymnademics

It’s been almost five weeks since we started Faith on the Crucero class at Gymnademics and what progress she has made!

When Faith had her first lesson, she was just creeping but now she is walking steadily and is more confident at performing the various activities in that one-hour lesson. Through each class, I became more aware of her weaknesses as they were pointed out during the class by the teachers and I could help her overcome them during the course of the week.


Each lesson is jam-packed with purposeful activities, ranging from thematic learning of language and music to physical activities that focus on areas of balance, manual, mobility and tactile competencies. We are advised to arrive about 15 minutes earlier for the class so that Faith could settle down and be familiarised with the environment and teachers. After all, she is only attending once a week.


Lesson begins with a welcome song and the teacher flashes the words of the song using her placards to each child.


Following that, Faith learns about the different parts of the body (which is the current theme) through the teacher’s use of word cards and picture cards, something that I’m not consistent in doing. Thankfully, after each class, we are given the Child Bonding Package which includes materials that we can go through with Faith for the week to reinforce her learning.

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I love the physical activities the most because through them, I got to know what Faith is afraid of in terms of her mobility, for instance, and then help her overcome her fears by working on them during the week. For example, Faith could not hang on to the trapeze bar (which helps strengthens the fine muscle tones like hands and fingers) for long and she definitely did NOT have a swinging good time because she is just frightened of the movement. But gradually, she could and I am so proud of her!


Faith loves to work on the obstacles and I believe it has given her much confidence when she could complete the course. I’m thankful that the teachers also share with us what we could do to encourage Faith to walk (when she was still at the creeping stage). As first-time parents, the hubs and I are not the most well-informed, I’m afraid and those information certainly helps a lot.


Not a minute is wasted in the one-hour lesson and I must say, it’s a pretty good workout for the parents too. For the rest of the week, I use what I have learnt from each class to teach Faith and go through the activities that would help her in terms of her balance (at this point in time). We are definitely looking forward to the next lesson!

Gymnademics is an early enrichment centre for children from 5 months to 5 years of age. They adopt a holistic approach towards early childhood development, by incorporating both intellectual and physical activities in the classes. The curriculum is designed to be purposefully fun and engaging for both parents and children and is built upon the foundation of the Glenn Doman method. To find out more about the classes at Gymnademics, you can visit the website or their facebook page.

[GIVEAWAY] I’m happy to inform you that Gymnademics is giving away a 4-hour Weekday Free Play pass worth $40 (you don’t have to use up all in one go) at ARC (Alexandra Retail Centre). Their fully padded and colourful studio is ideal for kids to play safely in, and there are a lot of fun and educational toys, musical instruments, learning materials and gym equipment to to be found there. I know Faith was fully occupied with them when we first visited the studio. 🙂

What you need to do is to share with me ONE purposeful play activity that you do with your child via the comment’s section in this blog post.

– 1 winner will be chosen at random
– Giveaway is only open to Singapore residents.
– Ends on 26 January 2014
– The winner will be announced on this blog post and on lynnlly’s facebook page the following day.

All the best!

Read my previous post on Gymnademics here.

Ham and cheese bread (Tangzhong method)


On the last day of 2013, I had the privilege of sharing how to bake yogurt bread with my friends of many years. It always gives me a very warm feeling when people are willing to learn from one another and when the product is being consumed. That is simply contentment, to me.


Since I was making bread, I went on to make Ham and Cheese bread for Faith. Of all the kinds of bread that I have made, I still prefer those made with Tangzhong and brioche because the end-result is soft which makes chewing easier for Faith.

The following recipe is taken from Christine’s recipe and she has a wide and useful variety of recipes. Love her site. I’m going to record it here for future references.

For Tangzhong:
50gm bread flour
125ml water
125ml milk

To make tangzhong:

1. Mix flour in water & milk well without any lumps. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring consistently with a wooden spoon, whisk or spatula to prevent burning and sticking while you cook along the way.

2. The mixture becomes thicker and thicker. Once you notice some “lines” appear in the mixture for every stir you make with the spoon, it’s done. You get the tangzhong. Remove from heat.

3. Transfer into a clean bowl. Cover with a cling wrap sticking onto the surface of tangzhong to prevent from drying up. Let cool. The tangzhong can be used straight away once it cools down to room temperature.  Just measure out the amount you need. The leftover tangzhong can be stored in fridge up to a few days as long as it doesn’t turn grey. (Note: The chilled tangzhong should return to room temperature before adding into other ingredients. )

For the Ham and cheese bread:
Ingredients of bread:

350gm bread flour
55gm caster sugar
5gm/1tsp salt
56gm egg (equals to 1 large egg)
7gm milk powder (to increase fragrance, optional)
125ml milk
120gm tangzhong (use half of the tangzhong you make from above)
5 to 6gm/2 tsp instant yeast
30gm unsalted butter (cut into small pieces, softened at room temperature)

Ham, to taste
cheese, to taste
( I do think the types of cheese and ham (and even milk) that are used will result in different taste in the bread).
1. Using a standmixer with dough hook, combine all dry ingredients: flour, salt, sugar and instant yeast in the mixer bowl. Mix for about 10 seconds. Add in the wet ingredients: milk, egg and tangzhong and knead until a dough is formed. At this stage, add the butter and continue to knead until the dough passes the window-pane test – stretch the dough. If it forms a thin “membrane”, it’s done.
2. Knead the dough into a ball shape. Place in a greased bowl and cover with a wet towel or cling wrap. Let it proof till it’s doubled in size, about 40 – 60 minutes.
3. Transfer to a clean floured surface. Deflate and divide the dough into four equal portions. Knead into ball shapes. Cover with cling wrap, let rest for 15 minutes.
4. Roll out each portion of the dough with a rolling pin into an oval shape. Sprinkle slices of ham and cheese evenly as much as you like. Roll from the upper, shorter end down to the bottom and seal the bottom well.
5. Arrange the rolled-up dough in a greased or non-stick loaf tin. Leave it for the 2nd round of proofing, about 40 minutes.
6. Brush whisked egg on surface. I sprinkled some dried parsley flakes on the surface too. Bake in a pre-heated 180C oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and tin. Transfer onto a wire rack and let cool completely.

The RESOLUTION for women

Yesterday, I received a whatsapp message from a sister who sent us the following resolution for women. It’s quite a tall order but on reflection, aren’t we called to do these?

I do solemnly resolve before God to embrace my current season of life and live with a spirit of contentment.

I Will champion God’s model for womanhood and teach it to my children.

I Will celebrate my God-given uniqueness and the distinctions He has placed in others.

I Will live as a woman answerable to God and faithfully committed to His Word.

I Will seek to devote the best of myself to the primary roles God has entrusted to me.

I Will be quick to listen, slow to speak, and esteem others more highly than myself.

I Will forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.

I Will not tolerate evil influences in myself or my home but will embrace a life of purity.

I Will pursue justice, love mercy, and extend compassion toward others.

I Will be faithful to my husband and honor him in my conduct and in my conversation, and will aspire to be a suitable partner to help him reach his God-given potential.

I Will teach my children to love God, respect authority and live responsibly.

I Will cultivate a peaceful home where God’s presence is sensed.

I Will make today’s decisions with tomorrow’s impact in mind and consider my current choices in light of future generations.

I Will courageously work with the strength God provides to fulfill this resolution for the rest of my life and for His glory.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.—Joshua 24:15

This is for the men. ;p

My kid is going to school!

2 January, a day when my FB was swarmed with posting of friends whose kid is placed in Primary 1 or Nursery or Kindergarten. Pictures of the kids in well-ironed uniforms, white pairs of shoes and new bags were all over the page. “My baby is going to school!”

Normally on this day, I would be busy receiving these students. Many were excited while some cried, refusing to let go of their caregivers. It would be a challenging and undoubtedly exhausting day for the teachers. But today, I no longer do that. Instead, I hung out with Faith. And from this day forth, there would be less of staying at home but more of outdoor activities.

I have decided to make it a routine to bring Faith out for morning walk on alternate days. This is a good way to tell her about the park – from what she sees, hears, smells and touches. Thankfully, the reservoir is within walking distance from our apartment. And boy, was she happy to be out.


She was mesmerized by the aunties who were doing some stretching exercises and sat there watching there for a good 10 minutes. Then we proceeded to the boardwalk where she took the opportunity to climb up and down the stairs. Then there is the playground near our block of flats and she had a great workout there! All these took us 1.5 hours. Amazing!




The little one was so tired that after a shower, she felt asleep quite immediately which was really awesome! Finally, I had some time to myself!


 A few minutes into Faith’s sleep, sis called me out for lunch. Dayen, the younger son had just completed his first day of school and he didn’t cry! Brave one!


We dined at the coffeeshop where my uncle and auntie had a stall each. Wanton mee! Mom was there too and I could eat in peace for a while.


It’s so wonderful that the cousins are finally back because Faith has got company! More cars, planes and trains! After lunch, I brought Faith to the library which she loves. Not necessarily reading though. But I guess that’s a good start. Reading begins at home!


 So, there you have it. Faith’s first day of moi’s homeschooling effort. Hah!

Will be recording daily activities via Dayre from now on.


Hello 2014


There are a few books that I have bought but are left on the shelves, untouched. Some of them are on parenting while others, cookbooks. Personally I feel I need to be educated more on parenting, especially those based on biblical principles. Some of the titles that I aim to ‘touch’ are French Twist, The Mission of Motherhood, The Ministry of Motherhood, Instructing a Child’s Heart, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Patisserie at Home, etc.

Designing activities for Faith
As Faith grows to be a toddler, there is much to be done in terms of exposing her to the various environments and people. Last year, I didn’t do much. Mostly, I allowed Faith to explore the apartment and I think she has become bored. Because of that, she isn’t too comfortable when it comes to meeting strangers. I hope to be coming out with a schedule so that she can learn more through such exposure and play. That would also mean that the amount of time that I can bake will be reduced. Gah… Oh well, I think it can be fun planning activities for the little one which I quite like too! Some of the places that I plan to visit with her are Botanic Gardens, the libraries (of course), waterplay areas, zoo, MacRitchie Reservoir, Henderson Waves, East Coast Park (definitely!), etc. I need to expose her to nature! Outdoor activities, here we come! Oh yes, that includes swimming!

Meeting up with friends
I realized that in 2013, I hardly met up with my friends. Everyone’s busy and even if we have the time, the tendency is that we would want to spend it with our family. However, I’ve come to realize that I miss my friends, those who grew up together with you, who know you well enough to be truthful to you and those who will laugh and weep with you. Personally, I hope to make time for my friends and if it’s possible, to go on a short trip with them sans the kid.

Time with God
If we want Faith to catch on to the Christian faith that we hold on to, then I believe we have to be role models ourselves. That includes spending time with the Lord, praying and reading Bible stories to her. I hope to expose Faith more to these practices and it doesn’t just mean going to Church for service. We want a living faith for her. 

One of the ways to practise hospitality is to invite friends over for a meal, a round of boardgames or just chit-chatting. We miss the good old days of playing boardgames with our friends in Boston and we hope to be intentional about this in 2014. So, who’s game for a round of Dominion?

Cooking and baking
I will still be cooking for most of the days since I believe very much in home-cooked food and would love to share this passion with Faith. Now, she joins me in the kitchen, watching me mostly but I believe there will come a time when I will cook and bake together with her. Hope to be committed to FFWD and to have a cake order each month, just to help to practise my skills.

So, that’s about it. What’s your goals for 2014?