Saturday, June 22, 2019

DIY Kids Activity Pouch

Whenever we go out for meals with Myla or if we go to places where I anticipate there will be lots of waiting. I take along her activity pouch. 
What it is is simply 2 Daiso Pouches. One large pouch to contain everything including the smaller pouch with her crayons. In the large pouch there is also a Multi colour pen (she loves this), Stensils, inked stamps (Peppa pig, her fav), paper washi tapes (or you could use stickers instead) and a few mini colouring/note booklets. I'm not sure if this kind of activity pouch will work for boys though... will find out when MJ is older.

I usually carry this pouch in my diaper bag or I'll put it in her Hello Kitty tote bag so she can help herself to it whenever we sit down anywhere.
It's been a life saver the past few times we went out to eat, once she's done with her meal, she will ask for her colouring pouch and get busy at the table. Before we had this, we would either give her youtube on my phone, or else she will get restless and want to wander off... disrupting our peace and our meal.
She's always happy to showcase her pouch lol. Like her prized possession, but actually it was really cheap for me to put together. Whenever we are at Daiso or stationery shops I'll let her pick a small item (must be small not bulky ah) to add to her pouch  :)

Will definitely take this on our next flight.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Behind the scenes - MJ's First Birthday

Michael James turns One Today!
Last month, Adamson and I DIY-ed a photoshoot at home for MJ to commemorate him turning 1.

I did a similar DIY shoot for Myla Rae when she turned 1... that was 3 years ago. (Click here to see that one)

This time round, for MJ we went for a more rugged masculine theme... Peaky Blinders... lol.

Very satisfied with how it turned out. I bought the backdrop for like under $10 from Shoppee (click link to get $10 off your first order btw)..... I had to wait 2 weeks for my parcel to arrive though, cos from China. The stands we already had (it's our outdoor cinema projector screen stand). The crate was from IKEA for $19.90. His outfit also Shoppee, for like $6 or something low like that.. I can't remember cos I prepped this stuff ages ago hahaha.

Anyway, here are some behind the scenes snap shots.... I think we did ok ah, not bad at all :)
Time has flown by so fast... my little boy is ONE :)
Here's a video clip featuring a lookback at the past 1 year.

Happy First Birthday Michael James!

We already had an earlier family dinner to celebrate his birthday. :) It was at one of our favourite restaurants, Woody's.
I hope every year gets better and better for you my son. We all love you very much. Also, please allow me to start having full nights rest soon, I've had less than 5 nights of proper sleep in the last 365 days .  :/

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Sunday Brunch Buffet at LAVO

Marina Bay Sands Hotel
10 Bayfront Ave, tower 1
Singapore 018956
Adamson, Myla and I went to Lavo for their Sunday Brunch buffet. which is an Italian American Buffet Spread.

Sundays 12- 3pm
$158 ++ (With Free Flow Veuve Champagne)
$98 ++ (buffet only)
$58 ++ for children (4-12yo)
Like most boozy Sunday brunch buffets at hotels, Lavo's spread includes U.S and Irish Oysters, Shrimp Cocktails, Chilled Lobster, Mussels. In addition (and this is one of the reasons I loved this buffet spread), they had fresh Scallops (on the shell) and chilled snow crab (which was actually pretty sweet and not tasteless like most frozen snow crabs at buffets).
And then reason #2 I love this buffet- they have pan Seared Foie Gras with Apple Chutney on Puff Pastry. And each cut is a generous piece of foie gras too. I used to go to the buffet at Raffles Hotel Billiard room (which is fantastic too) and they had foie gras too but always very tiny pieces so I keep having to go back to their counter for more.
Not straying from their Italian roots, they had a Parmesan Cheese Wheel with Linguine Pasta Cacio E Pepe Style. And other Italian fare.
Overall, I loved our time there. Staff were friendly and attentive. Food excellent. There's a beautiful rooftop view (57 stories up). There's a DJ spinning while you eat.
Pricey, but oh man it's such a treat. We will return.
P/S- They have high chairs for kids but if you're bringing toddlers, bring your own plastic bowls and cutlery, they don't have plastic ones at all. Myla is ok with breakable stuff (even though sometimes she's still clumsy and accidents do happen) but if MJ was with us, no way would he be able to eat off their plates, sure go flying.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Weekend Seafood Buffet at

If you're looking to pig out on crabs, prawns, sashimi and other yummy seafood but don't want to spend a bomb, then check out the Weekend Seafood Buffet at Parkroyal Kitchener.
Spice Brasserie
PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
181 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208533 

This Seafood Buffet ends on 16 August 2019. 
SGD48 per adult and SGD24 per child for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays
SGD58 per adult and SGD29 per child for dinner on Fridays to Sundays.
This is an international buffet but with more of our local flavours. We had unlimited servings of the restaurant's signatures dishes including Stir Fried Slipper Lobster Black Bean Sauce and Chili Crab with Mantou. Both very very tasty!
There's also mouth-watering hot dishes such as the Slow Roast Beef with Gravy, Steamed Whole Seabass Hong Kong Style and an assortment of desserts such as Durian Pengat with Sticky Rice. 
My favourite section was the Japanese raw section of course.
I had plates and plates of salmon sashimi.
There's a DIY mocktail bar - a debut at Spice Brasserie. Make your own refreshing DIY mocktails, customize your personal concoction with a delicious selection of refreshing sodas and flavoured premium syrups such as Yuzu, Mango and Blueberry, and top off each drink stuff like lychee and sour plum. The drinks we mixed didn't taste good though. Lol. But still, it's fun to do.
Adamson & I went for the lunch buffet (thank you Fion for the invite) and it was not over crowded, lots of space and no jostling for the good stuff. :) 
There's a larger selection of crab dishes (including Black Pepper Crab and Salted Egg Crab) and there's scallops for the dinner buffet so go for the dinner slot if you can. We couldn't because we had to go pick the kids up from grandparents house after... 

Tomorrow's post is a review on the Sunday brunch buffet at LAVO, Marina Bay Sands.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Letters to Myla & MJ - Friendship

Open when life takes you places... far away from home

Dearest Myla Rae & MJ,

It's been a long while since I've written you a letter. It's because I hardly have any spare moments to reflect or sit down at my laptop... because my waking hours are filled with you both. Here's some pics of what we were up to just the past week.

When I look back at these photo moments (which are really just a mere fraction of the things we got up to all week), I feel blessed because I know we are very fortunate to be able to share many experiences (even though quite exhausting lol). I know many families don't get this much quality time together even in a whole month or more.

Do you notice something about these pictures? It shows how very close the two of you are. You adore each other, play well together, love each other. Myla Rae is very protective over you MJ. And MJ, when you didn't see Myla Rae for 2 nights because she stayed at G'mas house, you crawled over to her, grabbed her face with your two tiny hands, and kissed her. You were genuinely happy to see her. Awww.

Your sibling is your first best friend. Your sibling will be your oldest best and longest best friend. Your sibling will be there for you long after Mummy and Daddy are gone. We cannot be there for you till the end, but you will always have each other to support each other through life.

Because you have each other, you will always have a friend.

My draft deadlines are closing in on me, but I just had to get this short letter out to you guys first. Now you both look out for each other. Don't make me roll in my grave.

Love you both,

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

What is your name? Questions for your toddler...

Just did a video with Myla, asking her these questions below. Saw it in a Facebook post going around and thought it would be interesting to see her answers. :) 
The video is on my Instagram @hollyjean69 and also on my fb page.  Try it with your little one for a laugh 😂. Also I think it is a nice thing to record and look back on when they’re older and not as cute anymore hahahha 

Without any prompting, ask your child these questions..
- What is your name? Myla
- How old are you? 3
- When is your birthday? 5
- How old is Mummy? I dunno
- What is your favorite color? Red
- What is your favorite food? Noodles ... and fishball
- Who is your best friend? Vava... And Michael.
- What is your favourite song? Wheels on the bus and London bridge.
- What is your favorite animal? Elephant
- What are you scared of? Lions and tigers. It eat me. (Lol)

- What makes you happy? Michael
- Where is your favorite place to go? Playground
- What do you want to be when you grow up? Doctor first. Teacher. Two.
- What is Mummy's favorite thing to do? Being teacher (wtf)
- Who you love the most? Mummy daddy and Michael!