Thursday, November 08, 2018

We Were Here! (Triple 3 Buffet)

Triple Three
Level 5 @ Mandarin Orchard
 
Perfect date night.... for couples who love stuffing their faces with good food.
 
They have an extensive international buffet dinner, featuring fresh sashimi and sushi, freshly shucked oysters, seafood..... Friday and Saturday is their Lobster Weekend. We went on a Friday and had Lobsters grilled with a mentaiyaki. sauce... extremely delish. (Foie gras night is Tuesday... I must return on a Tuesday next time!!!!)
The place is spacious, we had no problems getting MJ's pram in. A good crowd and bustle but it wasn't terribly packed.
A great place even for families. The staff are all so friendly and accommodating, from the floor manager to the wait staff, the trainees and those manning the food stations. Made us feel so welcomed.

Buffet dinner starts at 6.30pm. It's $108++ per person... but if you use your UOB card to pay, the second adult pays half price. Woot! Also, if you park at Mandarin Orchard, don't forget to ask your waiter for a parking coupon which gives you 2 hours free parking.

(Thanks Darling for planning this awesome date night)

Saturday, November 03, 2018

We were here! (Pandora's Garden)

Every week I'll do a quick post - highlighting one place I've been to (either on my own, on date night with my husband, with friends or for family time with the kids) and share with you what I love about the place as well as any stuff to take note of (discounts etc).

This week... we start with...

Pandora's Garden
28 Ann Siang Road
Pandora’s Garden is Singapore's first ever Rosé wine bar. Set in a beautiful rooftop courtyard of Ann Siang House.
It's especially magical after the sun sets and the fairy lights twinkle amidst the greenery.
 It offers the largest selection of Gin and Rosé Wines in Singapore.
 Perfect place for a date, after work drinks or a chill out with girlfriends.
Their #blushwednesday Ladies Night starts at 6pm every Wednesday. For $30+ you get 2 hours freeflow of selected drinks.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Adventure Cove & Sea Aquarium

So, we got season passes to Adventure Cove and the Sea Aquarium on Sentosa... and finally made use of them a week ago.
Honestly, I expected MJ to be freaking cranky, scream-crying and milk striking the whole trip. BUT OH MY GOD he was sooo well behaved.
Didn't cry when we went into the water despite the splashes and waves and sun. He drank milk without protest (luckily Adventure Cove has a pretty decent baby room).  He pooped just at the right time while we were on our way to get changed into our swim wear (his poops are the infant on breast milk type liquid poops ah, so thankfully he did it before I put his swim wear on and got into the water!). He didn't get cranky at all despite it being a long day (we did both Adventure cove and Sea Aquarium). Such a relief and SOOO happy.
Myla had a superb time despite being too small for practically all the rides. She's under 90cm... if your kid is above 107cm, they can ride like 3 attractions.... if above 122cm then can ride all attractions.

We went to the wave pool. We rode on the rubber tubes/ paddled our way through the river thingy (MJ and I went one round but Adamson took Myla on extra rounds while I went to feed MJ). And best of all, there is this one structure that looks like a treehouse and it has 2 slides (one high, one low) and Myla was allowed on it as long as an adult (in this case, Adamson) rode with her. She was ecstatic!
I didn't manage to take pics while at the attractions, because our phones were in the lockers but I'll remember to take pics next month. So fun.
Nicer pictures with the next Adventure cove post ! Promise!

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Make Ice Cream and Jello for DOGS!

Lola gets to eat almost everything that I eat... in fact I often just let her eat off my plate (I know non dog lovers will cringe at this haha). But there are stuff that dogs aren't supposed to eat because it's toxic to them (like grapes!). So too bad, she can only look but not share.
You can imagine my delight (and Lola's excitement) when I found snacks like ice cream and jellies especially formulated for our fur friends/ fur babies.
There's Puppy scoops ice cream for dogs from KOHEPETS. Yup, this is where I get all my doggy needs from kibbles, wet food, treats, pee pads, doggy shampoo etc. They have real good promos, discounts and a super range of products. Delivery is Free for orders over $60.
 
To make Ice cream for dogs - just add water & freeze! It is made with real lactose-free whole goat’s milk, from the USA. When unmixed, it has a long shelf life of 9 to 12 months. It is the perfect treat to give your dog ... especially with our terribly hot weather now.
Also from Kohepets, is Puppy Chillerz Peanut Butter Flavour Jello. This is a grain-free, chilled dessert made with natural sweeteners like sugar cane and peanut butter, and is very easy to make!
Just add hot water to Puppy Chillerz Peanut Butter Flavour Jello, mix it, put it in the fridge and let it cool for about 20 minutes...
...and these yummy treats will be ready for your dogs enjoyment. I mix it in bowl and after it sets in the fridge, I cut it up into little rectangles. But if you have those silicon ice cube trays (especially in cute shapes), you can use those instead!
This is not just a dog treat... yeah it tastes great to lola... but it's also good for her. It is packed with protein and gelatin which makes it beneficial to her joint and bone health.
You can check all these products out and more at kohepets.com.sg

Monday, October 01, 2018

From the Laptop of New Mother of Two

Last night we took MJ to Adamson's friend's wedding dinner. We left Myla at my mum's house but I decided to take MJ along because I know how tough it can be trying to put both a baby and a toddler to sleep at the same time, so I didn't want to unload them both to my mum.

My butt only sat on my seat at the dinner table for like 10 minutes out of the whole 3plus hour dinner (not exaggerating). Just could not get MJ to settle down, it was too strobe lighty and noisy for him... so I had to pace up and down outside of the ballroom. I don't mind doing this even though Adamson volunteered to take over the tula pacing duties (lol). I actually don't mind the exercise I get from all this pacing because it helps shed pregnancy weight.

... but why is he so difficultttttttt, when Myla was an infant, she would just sleep in the Tula where ever and bomb blast also won't wake her. But MJ is not the same  :(

I don't know how people with 3 or more kids do it. But with 2 it's already quite a struggle. Time is so tight. SOOOO TIGHT. House chores, cooking, "playing", diapers, feeds, doctors appointments, there's just never ending things to see to. And this is like a "maternity leave" sort of load.

My "maternity leave" is about to end as I have to add my writing work load on to my daily tasks. While pregnant I doubled down and had already planned and pitched my articles for this year and completed my drafts in advance, so I can concentrate on my newborn once he arrived.

My writing work load has already reduced to the bear minimum, I'm no where near as prolific a writer (I not tooting own horn ah, I mean prolific in quantity, not saying I'm a damn great writer lol) as when I didn't have any kids.

With this new set up, I miss my husband. I miss our time together. To be able to have dinner together and enjoy his company and conversation. Now it's either I don't get to sit at all for the meal (because I have to carry MJ, otherwise he cries) or if he is indeed (by some unknown miracle) napping peacefully... I still rush through the meal because he's going to wake at any second. Adamson usually handles Myla during meal time. She's the more delightful (cos she loves food haha) albeit messier of the two kids to handle during meal time. But that also means that his attention is on her.

I'm still breastfeeding. And I kind of want to give it up. You see, it's not as simple as breast is best. MJ has a milk protein intolerance (like Myla did. It's genetic. I had hoped he wouldn't get this flaw because genetically he's 50% different from Myla but nope... I guess that faulty gene came from me). So he gets very bad tummy pains from drinking milk (breast milk, soy milk, baby formula milk etc). I believe this is also why he's so damn cranky all the time. With Myla, when she was diagnosed, she was put on a special medical formula and the PD then advised me to just go full on formula and not breast feed. It worked like a charm.

This time round, Adamson and I decided MJ will take that same medical formula but I will also breastfeed him but watch my diet. But it's HARD. Even trace amounts of milk which I consume causes him pain. I don't just have to avoid milk... but stuff like ice cream, bread, chocolate, sauces etc etc... basically anything that has even minute amounts of milk in it.

The last flare up was the piece of cake I ate for my birthday a few days ago. We are still paying for it dearly. I'm torn between just stopping breast feeding and putting him 100% on the gross smelling and tasting medical formula. Or better controlling my diet so he gets some benefit from breastmilk. We will give this another month, but if the flare ups get too frequent, we will stop breastfeeding.

My lack of sleep sometimes causes a lack of patience towards myla and also husband. Although I think given the circumstances, I manage the lack of sleep very well already. And then it's not like I get to nap while he naps during the day... I still have chores to do and Myla to take care of (Myla dropped her naps entirely when she turned 2. But the good thing about her is that she still sleeps a solid 12 hours at night since around 8 weeks old).

Then there's mum guilt where I feel so bad that Myla is getting very little of my attention. The good thing is, she's very capable of playing independently, and she doesn't demand my attention nor vie for it. Whenever I'm teaching her something, or playing with her in her room... and the baby cries or even makes a squeak... she will suddenly and urgently stop what we're doing together and urge me to hurry and attend to the baby. "Mummy! Baby cry!Give baby milk!!!" She's very concerned about her little brother. I love that about her, but I can't help feeling guilty.

OK rant over.

Next post will be a Letter to Myla Rae (hopefully tomorrow if I can find the time)

P/S - Stay at home mums out there who have more than 1 toddler/baby and don't have a maid or infantcare/childcare ... share with me tips on making life easier?

P/s again... errr I was supposed to work on the topics for next years articles but instead, I wrote this rant and now time's up and I need to feed MJ again  ;/

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Liking Hot IG Pics, Why Do You Do It?

Out of curiosity I checked out my Instagram activity updates from those whom I follow. Just to see what people were liking etc.

Then I noticed a few male friends of mine (all married or attached)... the photos they liked raised an eyebrow. Sexy pics, or beautiful IG girls, or girls in various states of undress.

Pic: Example only ah....

My first reaction was to feel sorry for their wives/gfs (some of whom are my friends and are on IG too).

I don’t see the same the other way around. The females in the relationship are liking friends pictures, food pictures, travel destinations etc. Not making public what they are ogling at.

It’s definitely NOT because there are no handsome or sexy men pics on IG. There are lots! But how come I don’t see my girl friends checking those out and liking those?

I can’t answer for them. But I can tell you why I don’t click like on those pics.

Respect. Consideration. Also, why do I need to click like anyway?

I’m not blind, I definitely can see the pics of Henry Golding looking oh so dapper in a sharp suit, then there’s Paul Foster with his rugged good looks and tats which stretch across a very broad and firm chest. And these are just Sg guys, there are far more around the globe.

Do I avert my eyes or block them on IG? No, it’s not like I’m Mormon lol. I might look at the pic if it comes up on my feed. I might even give a silent nod of approval. But the way I see it... if I make the effort to actually click LIKE on their pic (or worse still, leave a flattering or flirtatious comment)... it’s like giving a very public gesture of approval.

Whenever I see pics of hot guys, yes I look at them. But before I make any effort to like them, it does cross my mind- how would my partner feel if he sees me liking all this? And then I feel like it’s disrespectful, so I don’t. Doesn’t mean I cannot see them and it doesn’t even mean I cannot appreciate The Eye candy... but when I think what good will my LIKE do? Absolutely fuck all. Instead it might hurt or disappoint my partner. So why would I do it.

How is liking a sexy girl’s bikini Instagram pic any different from wolf whistling the same girl at the pool? How is liking a guys hot bod gym pic any different from rubber necking and giving him the obvious visual up down with your eyes?

You don’t do that in public.. especially if your partner is there, why? Why is it ok to do so on Instagram?

A lot of people will say oh it should be ok .. because TRUST. But the issue here isn’t trust. You think people so stupid, they don’t know that liking an Instagram pic isn’t akin to cheating? And that liking all ten thousand IG pics of a hot celebrity isn’t going to get you in their bed? Of course I know that. The issue isn’t trust. It’s not like oh you like her pic so you’re going to cheat on me with her.

But the issue is- if you see a pic and you think it’s hot or beautiful etc fine... you can always look and get on with your busy day... but what compels you to feel the need to put your public stamp of approval on it? And is that not a form of disrespect to your actual in real life partner? Like why the hell do you feel the need to do stuff like that.. what is lacking in your relationship or in your own esteem?

What do you think?

P/s. In case some of u go CSI and find that eh wtf Holly u been liking so many hot guy pics the last couple of days! I come clean now ah... I did it as part of research and to see the effects/ how I felt etc. It’s very unlikely that you’ll see me continuously doing that from now on because it’s honestly no longer worth my time or effort. Maybe when single and no kids yeah I wld ... because like hopeful lol lol lol