How’s your 2015?

It’s the last day of 2015 and I’m not sure what to think of it. What have I achieved this year?

I was just telling the hubs the other day that I felt I have done nothing much and 2015 seemed like a very plain year and he exclaimed, “You gave birth to a baby!”

Oh yes, I forgot about that.

I guess that day was one of the many bad days I have had in December.

Faith was down with cough since the beginning of this month and I was exhausted by the experience. We tried both the western and eastern medication and it caused much stress for me. To add to that, she was difficult to deal with and I found myself having to discipline her EVERY SINGLE DAY. It’s really a tough battle. I know it’s not easy for her, she having to deal with the cough and then rashes and to have to share her parents with her brother. I wish I could empathize with her but only Mr Anger showed up.

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Non-stop coughing

This Christmas, I couldn’t feel the cheer at all and let it pass by silently.

Since today is the last day of 2015 and things have gotten better this week, I thought I should pen down some thoughts and reflections.

The beginning of this year saw Faith entering school for the first time and I was relieved and thankful that throughout this year, she has expressed joy in attending school and loves her principal, teachers and friends. This holiday, she has asked me (countless times) when school will reopen. Soon, my dear, soon! During the last Parent-Teacher-Meeting, her report was stellar and it’s really a joy to see her grow in all aspects.

Because I had three and eventually four hours to myself while the girl was in school, I could accept more cake orders. I started taking orders from strangers and the experience had been enriching and satisfying.

Obviously, the highlight for this year is the birth of Daniel. I’m thankful for an uneventful pregnancy and that I could experience a natural birth for him. And you thought that things would be all right for me since I have experience with the firstborn but this time round, I was completely caught off-guard.

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It isn’t that Daniel was a difficult baby. On the contrary, he’s easy to take care of. It’s Faith. I wrote about this in an earlier post and things got so bad that I started disliking her. How is this possible? It happened to me. I was overwhelmed with having to deal with all things related to the home and a baby and the last thing I want is her tantrums. I found myself shouting at her which I wouldn’t need to in the past (she was really a very cooperative and obedient child). All of a sudden, I feel that I’m a terrible mom which resulted in me having a depressing December.

Things got better this week. Perhaps, I just need to get the hang of things and have a routine of sorts. I have chosen not to engage any external form of help with the household chores and I have to learn to work more smartly around the house. With just a child, it’s easy. Now with a toddler and a baby, it calls for swift work and at times, a compromise on cleanliness. I can’t go for perfection anymore. I have also learnt to give more personal time to Faith which isn’t easy since my priority would be for the baby.

Three months. I learnt these in three months and I fully expect that there’re lots more to learn in the coming months… and years.

I hope things will be more positive when Faith goes back to school. I guess there will always be challenges along the way and that’s how we grow as parents. It’s really a tough job. Brace up, fellow parents!

Christmas at the Queks, 2015

Gingerbread cookies

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It seems that the images of gingerbread cookies would pop up each time I went into IG or FB and this spur me to bake my own gingerbread cookies. It was timely too since I have just read The Gingerbread Man story to Faith and I had wanted to have a baking session that is related to the story.

I only know one recipe for such a cookie and that is from Dorie Greenspan. Her speculoos’ recipe is awesome and I know I will not need to look any further. Speculoos are crisp brown-sugar cookies whose predominant spice is cinnamon. Eating them will definitely make you think of Christmas.

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This recipe yields about 24 large cookies and the rolled-out dough needs to be chilled for at least 3 hours.

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  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 98g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature

1. Whisk the flour, salt, baking soda, and spices together in a bowl.

2. Working in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter at medium speed until creamy. Add the sugars and beat until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and continue to beat until it, too, is blended into the butter and sugars. With the mixer on the lowest speed, add the dry ingredients in 3 additions, mixing only until the flour disappears into the soft dough. You may have some flour at the bottom of the bowl, or the dough may not be entirely smooth, but that’s normal. Using your hands or a spatula, reach into the bowl and knead or stir the dough 2 or 3 times, just enough to get rid of any dry spots.

3. Divide the dough in half. Working with 1 piece of dough at a time, roll the dough between two sheets of wax paper until you have a circle that’s about ¼ inch thick. As you’re rolling, turn the dough over a couple of times and pull away the paper or plastic, so you don’t have rolling creases in the dough. Put the rolled-out rounds of dough on a cutting board and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. (The dough can be refrigerated for up to 3 days)

4. When you’re ready to bake, center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 180C. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

5. Choose a cookie cutter and remove 1 circle of dough from the refrigerator. Peel off the top piece of wax paper or plastic and cut out as many cookies as you can from the dough, carefully lifting the cutouts onto the lined baking sheet. Collect the scraps and set them aside to combine with the scraps from the second piece of dough.

6. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes (or 12 minutes in my case for large cookies), or until they are lightly golden and brown around the edges.  Allow the cookies to rest on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
7. Repeat with the second round of dough, making certain the baking sheet is cool before you put the cutouts on it. To use the scraps, press them together, roll them into a circle, and chill them before cutting and baking.
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I got the little girl to decorate the gingerbread man using sprinkles after I have piped the border using Royal Icing. While in the midst of doing it, the baby decided to poo BIG time and I had to leave the job to Faith while I bathed him. When I came back, she had taken the piping bag and piped on two cookies.
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These are her creation.
A piece of art, I must say. ;p
I will get her to do a better job next year.

Christmas cheer for the kids

It started off with a simple plan of getting a few kids to learn baking since a friend’s daughter wanted to learn how to bake a cupcake. I didn’t want to mess up my own kitchen and asked her to book a function room in her condo. Then we thought we should just extend the invitation to the rest of the kids in our CG and in the end, from three girls, we had 12 children and 2 babies.

It’s highly ambitious to get the children to do hands-on baking and in the end, I decided that I should just do the demonstration and get them to decorate the cupcakes themselves, with the help of their mothers. The cupcakes were baked and the Italian Meringue Buttercream made the night before. I probably could use the cupcakes baked on the spot but since I have not tested the oven, I decided not to risk and bring along the cupcakes as a form of a back-up plan.

For this post, I will list some of the things to look out for when planning such a programme for the children.

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:: If possible, check that the oven is in working condition and get familiarised with it before the actual day.

:: Choose a recipe that is straight-forward and easy to follow, for the sake of the kids.

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:: Randomly pick the kids to help in the various stages, especially the ones who look bored. Since they can’t do the hands-on themselves, just getting them to help a bit here and there would sustain their interest.

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Before the kids decorated their cupcakes, I did a demo with one cupcake so that they would know exactly what was expected of them.

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:: If it helps in classroom management, rearrange the kids in their seating positions. Familiarity with each other (for the kids) may not be good for the facilitator. Get the older kid to sit with the younger one so that the former could render assistance.

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So pleased with their work!

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I had wanted to go on with decorating the gingerbread cookies which I had baked the day before but in the end, I abandoned that idea. I was getting tired! In the end, I just hand out the cookies to them so that they could bring home and eat. And yes, they devoured the cupcakes on the spot.

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We went on to get the children to work on craft using styrofoam cones and pipe cleaners and pom pom balls, all sponsored by a fellow mom.

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You would have thought that the children were tired after the cupcake decorating session but nope, they were more energetic than ever. Thankfully, this backup plan worked! Look at how motivated they were in completing their Christmas trees.

:: Always plan backup activities apart from the main one.

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What an expression! This girl doesn’t like to be posing in front of the camera anymore!

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After the craft, our lunch had not arrived yet. The kids were getting restless and thankfully, I had a book with me and fished it out and read to the kids. It’s the nativity story.

:: Always bring along a book for it will always come to be of good use. Reading is fun!

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Lunch came just as I finished reading the book. Thank God! The kids went for a short waterplay session at the kids’ pool outside after lunch and then headed home after that.

I felt so refreshed after hosting this gathering with my CG-mate. In a way, I want to return the favour to all the mothers present because they have blessed me in one form or another.

It is really more blessed to give than to receive.

 

[Foodie Fridays] Mango Chia Seeds Pomelo

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One of my favourite dessert is the Mango Sago Pomelo dessert and it is not difficult to make at all. To make a healthier version, I replaced the sago with Chia Seeds and since I don’t fancy the idea of drinking evaporated milk, I substituted it with coconut milk and pasteurized milk. I guess I could make it even healthier by using almond milk but I suspect the taste would be a tad different from the original. For now, I quite like how this version turns out – it’s somewhat the same as the one I like.

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I managed to yield 6 portions from this recipe.

200ml coconut milk
200ml milk
4 tbsp chia seeds (though I think 3 tbsp is sufficient)
400ml mango juice (I used Marigold’s Peel Fresh Tropical Mango)
3 mangoes

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  1. Combine both coconut milk and milk together and add in the Chia Seeds to allow them to bloom. Set aside in the fridge.

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2. Remove the flesh from the mango. Set aside some for garnishing later.

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3. Using a handheld blender, blend the mango flesh together with the mango juice until it is well-mixed.

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4. Add in the chia seeds + milk mixture to the mango mixture and stir until they are mixed well.

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5. Peel the pomelo and remove the flesh, breaking them up into smaller portions. I only used about half of the pomelo. Store the rest in the fridge.

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6. Pour the mango mixture onto a glass and top it up with mango bits and pomelo.

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This is best served chilled and I reserved a few bottles in the fridge and ate them a day later. Still mighty good. I don’t usually make this dessert but because I saw both the main ingredients for sale in the supermarket and decided to make it.

Really pleasurable!

[Motivational Monday]Minus Calories: The 30-minute workout + Giveaway

It has always been my goal to gain back my stamina and fitness level after my pregnancy. From my previous experience, I know that life after a baby can be busy and my own health could be ignored if I don’t intentionally set aside time to exercise. Now with two children, it’s even worse.

I know that it’s probably wise to start slow because my body is still recovering from the trauma of pregnancy and childbirth and I would need some time for it to be ready for a more vigorous workout. So, after my confinement period, I did stretching and toning exercises at home and then I was invited to try out Minus Calories at Active Hive.

Minus Calories? What’s that? I had that exact question when I heard of that name.

It is basically a 30-minute workout that specifically targets fat burning, detox and helps to tone and firm the body. The workout incorporates innovative technology to intensify one’s rate of fat burning and improve one’s fitness. It optimises calories reduction and could burn calories more than 5 times faster than the normal workouts – at least 500 calories in that 30 minutes!

As a person who has used the gym before and exercised regularly, I know it is highly difficult to burn that amount of calories in 30 minutes. With a curious and skeptical mind, I went to check it out.

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On my first visit, I was given a body composition analysis before an anti-cellulite and body sculpt cream was applied on my arms, tummy area, thighs and calves. Thereafter, I spent the next 30 minutes on the elliptical machine with the presence of Infrared and Ionised Air technology while watching some (cooking) videos on Youtube. On that very first session, I burnt 586 calories.

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I found myself looking forward to the next few sessions as I was told that they could programme the workout such that I could burn more than 1000 calories since my stamina wasn’t that bad. It seemed like a challenge that I like! Moreover, I absolutely love the juice that was freshly squeezed and which I drank with much pleasure. It’s so refreshing!

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The subsequent sessions saw me burning more calories and by the end of the 5th session, I burnt 1506 calories in 45 minutes. The infrared technology enabled  me to burn that much because it heats the skin to make it perspire more and the calorie burning process is sped up. There is also a whole range of benefits that the infrared technology gives such as stimulating collagen production, reducing body aches or pain and improving our immune system. Each time after the workout, I felt rejuvenated rather than exhausted. Besides the infrared technology, the ionized air also supplies purified oxygen to rejuvenate the skin cells and improve the respiratory system. Although I didn’t feel tired or experience aches after the workout, you can be sure that I slept very well that evening.

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3rd session: Love the glow and obviously the juice!

Here’s what I appreciate about the Minus Calorie at Active Hive:

  1. Each session is by appointment only and that means you have the privacy to work on those muscles. You wouldn’t need to be bothered by the stares of anyone because there’s only you in the room.
  2. I could multi-task in the sense that I could watch videos on the screen while working out. It’s definitely a luxury for me because I don’t have time to watch TV at home. No kidding!
  3. Minus Calories uses the elliptical machine which is kind to my knees.
  4. I don’t feel the soreness on my legs even though I have burnt so much calories. On the contrary, I feel good and refreshed after each session and all ready to assume my responsibilities when I get back home.
  5. It’s a time-saver as I don’t have to spend too long on the exercise and yet yield maximum results. This is an important point (time-wise) as I need to get back home to feed the baby or pump (I’m currently breastfeeding).
  6. I share the same beliefs as Active Hive in that they advocate right nutrition through making better choices of quality food along with juicing.
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Some of the health food (superfoods) available at Active Hive

To me, the time to work out on Minus Calories is really a great ME time. I got to unwind and recharge after each session. There is no calling of “Mama”, “Mama”, just sounds from the videos that you are watching.

In that two and a half weeks, I lost an inch both at the waist and hip but more importantly, my muscle mass has increased which is what I wanted.

The Minus Calories 30-Minute Workout is only available at Active Hive (65 Ubi Road 1 #02-88, Oxley Bizhub, Singapore 40872 | Tel: 6385 2758).

If you are interested to find out more, you can book a trial workout with complimentary body composition analysis at only $38 (UP $103) with them. They can be reached at 63842758/ 92364678 or email them at activehive@gmail.com

OR

Participate in my GIVEAWAY!

THREE readers will stand to win 2 workout sessions* with Body Composition Analysis and Post Workout Juice worth $178.

All you need to do is to LIKE and SHARE this post (Sharing is caring!) and comment on this blog why you would want to win these workout sessions.

Do visit Active Hive’s Facebook Page to find out more on Minus Calories.

*These sessions do not include the Body Firming and Anti-Cellulite cream.

CLOSING DATE: 21st December 2015

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Mango Chia Seeds Pomelo Pudding

Disclosure: I was invited to five sessions of the workout and was given one more since it wasn’t programmed properly on one particular session (but l I managed to burn off 580 calories in 50 minutes).  I was also given a pack of Quinoa seeds to try them out and I went on to purchase the Chia seeds (above) using my own pocket money. No other forms of monetary compensation is given and opinions above are truly mine. 

ABM_1450770592Update! Congratulations to these 3 beloved ladies! You will be notified by Active Hive regarding the 2 workout sessions soon! Have fun sweating it out!

[Foodie Friday] Hokkaido Milk Bread

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The other day I was shopping at the supermarket at I12 and saw packets of Hokkaido milk for sale. My first thought was to use it to bake the Hokkaido Milk Bread and it was weeks later that I got to bake it.

This recipe is taken from the video above and it uses the Tang Zhong method which promises a soft bread texture. I used about 250g of the bread dough to make red bean buns since Faith and I love red bean anything. This time round, I used the paste from the can but the next time I bake them, I’ll make sure to make it from scratch.

For the Tangzhong
250ml water
75g all purpose flour

For bread dough
375g all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 packet yeast (2.5 tsp)
125ml Hokkaido Milk
1 egg
145g tangzhong
3 tablespoons butter, melted

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1.    To prepare the tangzhong.  In a medium heat pan, combine water and flour mixture until it thickens like a paste.  Remove from the heat and let it cool completely.

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2.    To prepare the dough, sieve the flour and combine with sugar, salt, and yeast in the mixer bowl.  In a mixing bowl, beat the egg and add the milk, butter to the egg and whisk to combine.

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3.    Add the wet ingredients into the flour mixture.  Using the dough hook, mix for 1 minute.  Add 145g (1/2cup) of the tangzhong and continue to mix until a dough is formed. The texture should be smooth and sticky. Store the remaining amount of TangZhong in the refrigerator for at most 3 days.

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4.    Cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm place to proof until double the size, about 1 hour.

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5.    Sprinkle some flour on the counter surface.  My dough weighs about 780g and I set aside 250g of the dough for my red bean buns. Divide the remaining dough into 4 equal pieces and use a circular motion to shape them into balls.

6.    Using a rolling pin, roll dough into an oval shape disk about 1cm thick, fold the edges to the middle and roll again into 1cm thick.  Roll to form a tube like shape

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7.    Place 4 rolls seam side down into an oiled loaf pan. I used a silicon one.

8.    Let it rise again until double in shape for another 30 minutes to an hour.

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9.    Preheat the oven to 180°C. Do an egg wash on the surface of the dough and bake the loaf for about 15-20 minutes in total.  When you see that the loaf turns golden brown, cover the bread with foil to prevent over-browning.

10.    When the bread is ready, let it cool for 5 minutes and shake it off the pan and place it on the cooling rack.

For the red bean buns, I weigh five 50g bread dough and roll them into balls. Thereafter, I divide the can of red bean paste into 5 portions. Each ball of dough is flattened and then the red bean paste is wrapped inside it. Then put it into the muffin pan with the seam side down.

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Bake the red bean buns together with the Hokkaido Milk Bread for the same amount of time.

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A word of caution though. Look at the bun that has ‘exploded’? That’s because I put too much red bean paste in it. And you are right. I didn’t divide the paste properly so when it came to the last bun, I tried to stuff as much paste as possible. ;(

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The Milk Bread is truly soft!
Try it when you are free.
😉

Book Study -One Smart Cookie

[This post is first published in the Asian parent]

Reading is one of our favourite past time and recently, I decided to plan learning activities based on the stories that we have read. One of the titles is ‘One Smart Cookie’ and boy, did we have fun!

I must say that the content of this story is a tad difficult for a 3-year-old but we can always improvise. I like it that the illustration is clear and that there are values that we can learn from the story. We read the story once through before the commencement of each activity. Don’t worry, the kiddo doesn’t mind rereading the book.

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One smart cookie : bite-size lessons for the school years and beyond
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Available in NLB
Call Number: English ROS

Practical Life

Faith and I had a baking session after reading this book. Since it is about cookies, I got the girl to help me bake a batch of buckwheat cookies. During the process, I introduced her to the names of the various equipment as well as the ingredients. The little girl was proud to be able to assist her mother and definitely enjoyed the cookies after they came out of the oven!

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Values

One of the words in the story that I want to highlight to Faith is ‘Kindness’ and that means giving some of the cookies to her friends. I got her to pack them in a bag and give it to a family whom we were visiting the other day. The word literally came alive!

Art & imaginative play

Faith loves to play with playdoh and it would be fun to get her to cut out various shapes from the cookie cutters and decorate the cookies herself. It was followed by a time of pretend play in which she ‘baked’ the cookies in her own kitchen oven and then offered the baked goods to her furry friends, the soft toys. So much conversation was taking place!

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Math

Numbers and counting can be boring on paper. Why not use food to make it more interesting? After printing out pictures of cookies, I laminated them and have Faith count and put the specific number of M & Ms needed onto the cookies. There was so much energy and motivation from the little girl. Who says Maths is boring? 😉

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Language arts

C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me

Oh, cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C

After reading the story, I got Faith to think about words that start with C and to revise the initial sound ‘C’ with Faith.  Scaffolding is needed and I thought the video on C is for Cookie helps to set the stage for this activity.

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What would the next title be, I wonder?

[Motivational Monday] The gifts

The hubs took leave today to spend my birthday with me.

We didn’t plan anything grand. In fact, it was just another ordinary day for us. But I’m thankful…

…thankful that I can spend a slow breakfast with my family.

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…thankful that I could do grocery in the supermarket because without the hubs, it would be a highly challenging task for me with the two kids around.

…thankful that Dan is growing well.

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Wt: 5.1kg
Ht: 57cm

… thankful that Faith is a caring sister to Dan and has many good qualities in her although there are still a lot of areas she has to work on.

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Wanted to buy this set of baking equipment for her but she didn’t want, explaining that she had already. Self-control in action and I really ought to learn from her.

…thankful that the hubs agreed to attempt BBG with me and today, we did out first set. Yay! More to go?

… thankful that I could prepare meals for my family and that they like the food.

… thankful that I could squeeze in time to bake to appreciate someone who helped us even though he may not know us personally.

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To be able to spend time with the family and do the things I love are gifts for me on this somewhat special day. There is really no need to ask for more because I have everything I need and I’m blessed.

 

Cardboard Christmas tree

A Christmas tree set up in the home gives a very warm and cozy feel and the spirit of that festival is immediately felt. Alas, our apartment is too small for a real tree but we can manage a small one all right. So I got Faith to work on one using cardboard.

While she was at the church camp, I got my materials out and all I needed to do was to cut the cardboard and green felt cloth in the shape of a Christmas tree.

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This set of materials could be packed in the busy bag for the kid to work on.

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This is really a simple craft. All Faith needed to do was to get the double-sided tape to paste the balls onto the tree and the star on top of it. Since she knew how to handle the scissors and the tape, I left it to her to complete the task.

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This requires a certain level of concentration though.

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I tried very hard not to interfere with how she decorated the tree.

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This is her completed tree, all done in 15 minutes. Notice the two red balls at the bottom of the tree? I really did control myself by not readjusting them.

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The Christmas tree, sitting proudly on top of the piano.

CoCoICHIBANYA, Japanese curry lovers’ paradise

[Food review]

Are you a Japanese curry rice lover? If you are, you would be in for a treat.

CoCoICHIBANYA, the world’s most famous curry house, opens its fifth outlet in Singapore, and this time it’s at Plaza Singapura. This outlet follows the modern bistro concept of the fourth one in Westgate and provides a cozy joint for the diners.

On invitation, our family went down to try out the food at CoCoICHIBANYA. To be honest, I was a tad apprehensive. I love Ramen, Sashimi and Sushi but Japanese curry rice is not an item I would usually order. My impression of the curry rice is tarnished by those instant curry mixes which are loaded with saturated fat, MSG and preservatives. To put it simply, I’m not a fan. Besides, my daughter, Faith, has not tried curry before and I’m not sure how she would take to it?

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We were among the first few diners that day and were seated near the glass window which gives a paramount view of Orchard Road.  We went with a stroller and I’m thankful that there is sufficient space for us to park it. The server was helpful and settled us in without much fuss.

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I just need to warn you, that there is a wide selection in the menu (from various renditions of chicken to beef prepared in different styles as well as a variety of seafood and vegetarian options) and if you are like me, who cannot decide quickly on the spot, it might help that you browse the menu prior to dining at CoCoICHIBANYA. But no stress, really. You can always consult the friendly servers!

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Apart from the variety of choices in the menu, there is also an option to customise my own curry rice. I can choose to adjust the amount of curry, rice, spiciness level or add any number of toppings. This is certainly helpful since I don’t consume a lot of rice and I prefer spicy food.

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The hubs ordered the Pork Cutlet Omelette Curry Rice while I had the Kimchi one. On top of that, we also tried the Spring Baby Horse Mackerel Karaage and Salmon Cream Croquette.

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It’s no surprise that the hubs ordered the Pork Cutlet Omelette Curry Rice because he could have the best of both worlds. I took a bite of his dish and found that the omelette went well with the curry though I wish that the pork cutlet could be more tender.

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I had the kimchi one and liked it. The meat was tender and the kimchi taste, strong. I had the dish at level 3 for the spice level and my tongue was burning a little. Not sure if the spiciness was contributed by the kimchi or the level 3 (extra hot) curry. You’ve been warned.

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What about the girl? So, this is really the first time that Faith was introduced to curry (I don’t cook curry at home) and I wasn’t sure how she would respond to it. Initially, she looked at her dish pensively before tasting the curry and … she seemed okay with it. Oh yes, do ask the server for the clinically-looking bib for your child. Eating curry could be a messy business for young children.

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Before you knew it, she was on her way to finishing up her portion. It’s always a delight to see your child enjoying her meal.

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If you intend to order side dishes, may I recommend the Spring Baby Horse Mackerel Karaage and Salmon Cream Croquette? Both were cooked well and truly delicious. Faith enjoyed the Mackerel Karaage a lot and I had to stop her from eating more lest there was none for us left.

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We had an enjoyable lunch at CoCoICHIBANYA at PS. I’m thankful that there was no loud thumping music that drove diners to complete their meals quickly and we could have our meals in peace. The baby slept through lunch (except for once when he needed to be cradled) and there was no complaint from the toddler.  It was all pleasurable and we appreciate the prompt service.

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We had the chocolate crepe cake for dessert and it was wiped out in an instant. Enough said.

Would I dine at CoCOICHIBANYA again? You bet. The food is served with a decent portion and is value for money. I find that the curry is pleasantly mild and yet at the same time rich, unlike the ones I had previously which were too rich for my liking. But then again, taste differs from person to person. Nope, I’m not a convert to Japanese Curry Rice yet but there is always the spaghetti and salad if I feel like it. There are still a lot more on the menu that I have not tried and I’m already eyeing the Seafood Basket and Wagyu Beef Steak Curry the next time I visit.

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CoCoICHIBANYA is now having a promotion for the students. If you have kids who are school-going, they could enjoy 15% off upon presentation of their student card between 3 – 6 pm on Mondays to Fridays. However this will not be valid with other promotions. Do enquire with the service staff before ordering. 😉

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Thank you, Agnes & CoCoICHIBANYA for the invitation. Our family had a wonderful lunch and we are hoping for an outlet in the eastern part of Singapore. 😉

CoCoICHIBANYA
Opening hours for all outlets:
Sun-Thur: 10am to 10pm
Fri – Sat: 10am to 11pm
Website: www.cocoichibanya.com.sg

Christmas wreath, 2015 edition

December is here! And that means Christmas is approaching! Similar to the previous year, I would be busy scouting for craft ideas for Faith and the first craft that we did was the Christmas wreath.

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For the 2014 edition of the wreath, all Faith needed to do was to tear some papers into pieces and paste them onto the round cardboard using double-sided tape. This year, I got her to use the glue and wrap the cardboard using green and red origami paper.

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The materials are all recycled and I used whatever stuff I have in my craft bag.

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So Faith just needed to follow the red, green, red, green pattern to complete her share of the wreath which was an easy task, I feel. Thereafter, I got her to flatten some small cupcake cases and paste it on the cardboard.

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Her part. Completed.

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Next, I used a brown string and encircled the wreath with it, followed by attaching two bears at the bottom of the wreath. The wreath would look better with brown bears but those are the ones we have. It’s better than nothing!

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These bears will welcome you if you visit us. I’m hoping I could read more stories about Christmas to Faith and spend some time working on more craft. Let’s just see how things will progress. 😉