夫妻交谈

cj: babu, you come.. i show you my c-sect wound. see what you’ve done to my body.
fat X: *innocent* huh? but i didn’t do that to you mah.. it was the surgeon who gave you that wound..

生日快乐

生日快乐,爸爸!

你又老了一岁喔。。

今年又添了多一个外孙,不知道明年会不会有个小外孙女呢?

。。。

天天都在想你。。

what’s up? my dress size, of course!

running

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so i’ve packed a few pounds this year and i now weigh as much as i did when i was three months pregnant (with twins, OMG). since i can’t give up eating so many times a day (I’D RATHER DIE THAN BE HUNGRY), i thought i could at least stop or slow down my weight gain with some exercise X’D

after my first run, my running shoes gave me a BIG SMILE (see pic above). some of you may not know, i am now an unemployed mother of two, the thought of buying new shoes did not occur to me, even though these shoes are older than my kids and the sole probably fell off because they felt neglected, unloved in the shoe cabinet.

i glued the sole back and prayed for the best.

and next time i ran in these goddamned shoes again? THEY SMILED AT ME AGAIN.

alright, i should get me some new shoes after all >m<

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i LOVE my new running shoes~ they’re light as air but provides good cushioning support. an old lady with creaking knees like me should always ensure that her shoes provide sufficient support as her knees might not be able to support her body weight if she continues her sedentary lifestyle.

i have worn the shoes ONCE. yes, i know i am not the most motivated runner you know of, heh.. *hangs head in shame*

sewing

nothing interesting. i made two dresses from FEMALE Summer Edition 2013 (reviewed here).

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this looks like a hospital gown. i lengthened the bodice but forgot to shorten the skirt so it ends at around my knees X’D

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i like this better although i forgot to lengthen the bodice.. luckily i am flat-chested enough for the waistband to hover somewhere near my natural waist -__-

if i make this again, i may need to make it bigger too.. i think it looks nicer if it’s really loose and baggy >m<

wirework

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wire rings made using craft wire, glass beads (left), swarvoski crystals (middle), and glass beads (right). i used gauge 24 craft wire because i didn’t want to exert too much energy on bending the wires.. you know, nowadays i’m not too fond of calloused fingers and ruined nails.

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and when i’m not making things, i’m reading. i’ve completed 3 books in the last week — Still Bleeding (very interesting concept and i keep getting goosebumps while reading the book… i really wish the author had provided more explanation for how the “secret organization” functioned!), Never Knowing (second book by Chevy Stevens. i like her first book better), Millie’s Fling (i like Jill Mansell for her sense of humour. this is a no-stress romance story but there are too many annoying characters inside for me to enjoy the whole book. i really like the main characters though :D)

i guess i am trying to squeeze more out of my remaining months of freedom. it’s hard to imagine that in a few months’ time, i’ll be spending 60% of my waking hours “chained” to a desk and the other 5-10% on the public transport, 20-25% with the kids and maybe 5-10% to myself (pee-ing, poo-ing, bathing).

so.. cheers to being a slacker!

Tokyo 2013

woo lala ~ we just came back from a one-week holiday in Tokyo :’D

temperatures in tokyo soared to like 37degrees in the week before we went so i was praying everyday for good weather and who knows? MY PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED.

when we walked out of the airport building, we actually felt a cool breeze so i glanced around to look for the temperature display and it was a freaking 26 degrees *dances*

the night temperatures hovered around 21-23 degrees and we actually felt cold when the winds blew at us ^_^;;

based on our experience from the previous trip, i knew that we wouldn’t be able to shop with the boys around, so my aunt helped to get new Mickey/Minnie t-shirts for us (mini men and me)!

tokyo disneyland

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the boys wore their new Mickey Mouse t-shirts to TDL on the second day. mupig looked particularly pissed off while junpig looked disappointed as both of them were too tall and heavy for the stroller.

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that is some awesome expression from mr junpig.

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mr junpig in the driver seat in the Grand Circuit Raceway

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mr junpig and mama in the teacup at Alice’s Tea Party

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green tea crushed ice with red beans and mochi. super yummy dessert!

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the boys did not want to eat any of those; they preferred to say “MOCHI!” repeatedly and laugh like it’s the funniest joke in the whole world.

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the castle looked really pretty when it was lighted up!

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mr junpig holding his pilot pass for the Star Jets ride. he would soon be reduced to a terrified boy when the plane started flying. he was so scared that he forbade me to raise the control lever and our plane remained at the lowest position throughout the ride X’D

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tb and mupig were sitting on the floor below the Star Jets ride while they waited for junpig and me. soon, people started to place their mats around us and we realized that it was the perfect viewing spot for the Night Parade! so we stayed on to watch the parade :’D

i didn’t take any photos of the parade because 1) i’ve watched it a few times and it didn’t excite me anymore and 2) i’d rather enjoy the whole parade than struggle with the camera and end up with blurry night shots X’D

anyways, the boys were so fascinated by the parade and waved shyly at EVERY performer. as they were seated in the first row, most of the main performers also waved at them and made eye contact with them 🙂

Tokyo Teleport

not wanting to go back to indoor attractions like Shinagawa AquariumSanrio Puroland  or Ghibli Museum,  we decided to try out LEGOLAND Discovery Center.

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here’s a photo of the twins wearing the pants which i made.

 

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i LOVE tokyo teleport! this is the view that greeted me when we came up from Exit B. to get to DECKS, the easier way is to exit from Exit A and cross over using the overhead bridge.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

i didn’t take many pictures inside LEGOLAND but it was fun!

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the MINILAND attraction is so lovely i think i spent a good 30 minutes inside there admiring all the intricate details! the MINILAND features miniatures of buildings, ferris wheel, bridges etc as well as moving vehicles like cars, trucks, ships, and an airship! the most awesome thing is that when night falls, the room darkens and all the buildings light up! mini fireworks are set in the night sky!

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this is a miniature of the DECKS mall which LEGOLAND is located in.

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mini rainbow bridge lights up like the real thing when night falls!

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mini fireworks

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besides miniatures, there are many different lego structures scattered throughout the center, such as this scooter bike.

the other attractions include 4D Cinema, Merlin’s Apprentice, and Kingdom Quest.

the Kingdom Quest is a fun ride where we ended up holding two guns each as our kids were too scared by the sound effects and darkness. the ride ended with a camera flash that caught all of us off-guard. see the photo below for proof.

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besides LEGOLAND, there are two other attractions located in DECKS mall — Madam Tussauds Museum, and Tokyo Trick Art Museum.

Tokyo Trick Art Museum

i was really excited to discover the Trick Art Museum because i had seen photos from my colleague’s trip to the Trick Art Museum in Korea.

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of course, it wasn’t easy posing for and taking proper photos with the twin pigs around. but we did manage to take a few photos :’D

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where is the cat leading us?

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tb and me fighting off evil ninjas

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junpig suddenly grew taller in this room!

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i was almost gobbled up by evil monsters from the edo era. here is a picture of me escaping from the lantern monster

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while holding on to a fish, the hungry penguins suddenly flew out from the window!

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sorry i couldn’t resist poking this woman in the butt. what an odd butt she has!

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shhh… don’t tell tb that i’ve fallen for this giraffe

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dangerous creatures lurked in every corner and i had to save my child from the hungry dinosaur

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after running away from the dinosaur i proceeded to kick a shark who lost its way and ended up in Tokyo

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finally, the evil vampire caught up with us and trapped us in his inverted glass >m<

Palette Town

on the other side (the side with the ferris wheel) of the Tokyo Teleport station lies Palette Town. it is basically a big cluster of buildings that include a giant mall (Venus Fort), Toyota Mega Web, Odaiba Daikanransha (大観覧車). we only covered about 10 percent of the whole place X’D

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the boys totally lost themselves in the games arcade.

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this is a view of the ferris wheel in the late afternoon. did i mention that i LOVE this place? there is SO MUCH open space here!

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the clouds were lovely on the day we went

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lovely place.. even the sky looked lovely X’D

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this is a view of the buildings from the Ferris wheel.. i love this town, it really looks like some futuristic town in a manga!!

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we discovered this cute game machine inside one of the game centres. it consists of a large miniature town with two train stations.

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each player controls a train that moves around the town, picking up passengers at the designated stations.

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a video camera is fixed to each train so each train “driver” can see where the train is going and prepare to stop the train when approaching a station.

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the boys never get tired of trains and buses :’D

Odaiba Takoyaki Museum

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the odaiba takoyaki museum is located at Level 4 of Seaside Mall. i only managed to take one picture because we were busy slapping the boys’ hands away from everything. the takoyaki museum, as the name implies, sells takoyaki and takoyaki-related omiyage. there were a couple of stalls selling different types of takoyaki. it was difficult to choose a stall because everyone was claiming that their takoyaki was the best ^^;

Daiba Itchome

台場一丁目商店街 is located next to the takoyaki museum. there are all sorts of cool stuff from the past, like old gadgets, an old truck, old idol posters, and a game arcade full of old game machines!

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one of the window displays in the attraction.

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anyone remembers this game (TETRIS)?

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a surprise find for us was this statue of liberty at one of the exits. i think the Rainbow Bridge is behind it.

one-day tour

we booked a one-day trip with Hato Bus.

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the skies were clear in the morning and we were able to get a good view of Mt Fuji *嬉しい*

Narusawa Ice Cave

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first stop, the narusawa ice cave. the narusawa ice cave is an interesting place which stays cold even during summer. although the tour around the ice cave is not very long, there are low ceilings, slippery paths, and steep steps inside the cave. the ceiling height is only 90cm in certain parts of the cave.

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a simple image depicting how ancient people excavated ice from the cave and transported it back to the city.

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although it was summer, the cave was ice-cold and ice blocks inside the cave did not melt. how nice if i could have this cave at my void deck..

Fuji View Hotel

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2nd stop, Fuji View Hotel. we enjoyed a buffet lunch at fuji view hotel. after the lunch, we went to the viewing gallery located at level 6. on a clear day, one would be able to get a clear view of Mt Fuji. unfortunately, when we were there, mt fuji decided to hide behind some fluffy clouds TuT

Mt Fuji Gogome

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3rd stop, Mt Fuji 5th station. this is a view of the clouds surrounding us at Mt Fuji gogome (5th station). we didn’t do much there, just walking around taking silly photos of each other not saying “CHEESE” but saying “KIMCHI” because of the Korean Wave (Hallyu) X’D

hahaha.. yeah i know we’re super lame..

Fruit Picking

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4th stop, fruit farm. our final stop was at a fruit farm where we were given 40 minutes to pluck plump peaches from the trees and eat them on the spot!

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on the way out, i saw these lovely bunches of grapes waiting to be harvested <3

phew.. this blog post took me more than 3 hours to write but i’m glad i have properly documented my second family trip because we totally enjoyed ourselves this time!

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ACCESS INFORMATION:

Shinagawa Aquarium – alight at Oimachi station (take the RINKAI line from Shinjuku station) and take the free shuttle bus to the aquarium
Sanrio Puroland – 5-10 minutes walk from Tama Center station
Ghibli Museum – 15-20 minutes walk from Mitaka station. the museum is situated within the Inokashita Park, a lovely place to stroll in during the colder months
LEGOLAND Discovery Center – 5-10 minutes walk from Tokyo Teleport station (take the RINKAI line from Shinjuku station). LEGOLAND Discovery Center is located within DECKS Mall. 

hazy skies

bloody indonesians have done it again.

we have been putting up with their selfish act for more than a decade.

the earliest episode i remember was during 1997, when i was still studying at Hwa Chong Junior College (now Hwa Chong Institute). it was also the worst episode if i remember correctly. at that time, a few of us had a shock when we came out of our classrooms located at the “left wing” of the main building, because the “right wing” looked like it was engulfed in some misty, hazy smoke. The two “wings” were less than 50 metres apart

( ̄□ ̄;)

PSI reading at that time was like 200-ish?

this year, the haze was so bad that the PSI reading was “record-breaking” for three consecutive days from the reading of 321 on Wednesday (19 June) night to 401 on Friday (21 June) afternoon.

check out how eeriely empty the road looked on Friday afternoon.

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this picture below shows the view from my window on 20 June (PSI 300-ish?)

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on 22 June, the PSI reading dropped to below 100, and the view from my window became so..

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on 22 June, for the first time in more than a week, Singaporeans were able to catch a glimpse of the blue sky..

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this May be the shittiest month ever!

yes, when i say shitty you better believe me.

in early May, we admitted mupig for his MRI.

a few days after his discharge, my fil, who was experiencing weakness on the right side of his body for more than a week, finally agreed to have a check at the hospital. his MRI scared the shit out of the doctors at a certain hospital and they had to transfer him to another hospital for treatment. his brain was bleeding so badly that a pool of blood had accumulated on the left of the skull and was compressing on his left brain. in tb’s words, it was like mupig’s MRI scan but the fluid was actually blood. scary shit.

so he was hospitalised for more than a week. thankfully, he regained his strength very quickly after the surgery and did not require any physiotherapy.

with mupig back in school, i thought i could live it up like a regular woman and finally start going for facials. so i happily booked my first facial in more than a year and totally enjoyed the session. on my way home, the GP’s clinic called me. dai ji dua diao liao.

my mum’s blood test report showed very bad liver inflammation and i was instructed to bring her to a hospital ASAP.

so i ended up at the hospital again. TuT

although the doctor discharged my mum after a 5-day stay in the hospital, they still couldn’t find the cause of her inflammation. she will probably take weeks or months to recover from this but at least she appears alert and well and is responding well to mahjong therapy*.

i am going to believe in the theory of 1-2-3 stop! when bad things happen, they stop at 3.

so this is the end of my “hospital month”.

*mahjong therapy: it is believed to have helped with my mum’s condition because daily blood tests at the hospital showed no improvement even after medication. however, after a few sessions of mahjong post-hospitalization, her blood readings have been consistently improving. mahjong therapy ftw!

 

my week in pictures

omfgz you mean another week has passed?!

music

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bevlyn khoo‘s latest album came in the mail! i love it!! 这是一张用心制作,而且没有什么商业味道的专辑。the best thing is, it includes one of my favourite songs (来信) written by her more than ten years ago!

nails

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i wrote down the list of nail polish that i wanted to get for myself as a birthday treat. but obviously i cannot wait till august to get them so these babies arrived a few months early X’D

home

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i also organized my nail polish as it was getting increasingly frustrating to search into the paper boxes i thrifted.

the plastic drawers were purchased, dividers were DIY-ed using packing material from mini men’s pyjamas, labels were printed out on A4 paper, cut out and secured to each bottle cap using trusty old scotch tape. yes, you have a right to be disgusted at me. i am unemployed and i don’t cook or do housework, that’s why i have time to do all these 😛

obviously i did these when mupig was napping lah..

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my shoe cabinet also looked like shit.. so i had to do something about it as well..

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replaced the mess with a stack of plastic drawers. plastic drawers are fast becoming my BFF :’D

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finally applied the stickers from my lovely sis-in-law to the pink wall in the boys’ bedroom! i think the monkeys and pirates theme totally match my monkey kids and i also have a lion’s mane :’D

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i made dinner for the family because i thought i should try to be a bit more virtuous maybe once a week (or a month?)?

the boys savoured my aesthetically-challenged dinner and that made me happy :’)

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i just lost my appetite looking at this picture..

mini men

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besides aspiring to be a bus driver, forklift operator, my kids also aspire to be barbers.. :’D

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this week, i went through mupig’s homework with him and guided him on this assignment. he chose to draw mummy too!! 我好开心!但是有一个人很伤心。。

anyway his “mummy” has two eyes, some hair, and a big mouth. i would say it bears some resemblance to me.. especially the big-small eyes.. HAHA!

my week in pictures

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OPI – The Color of Minnie is pure love. It applies like butter and is opaque in ONE coat. no kidding!

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my Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment and Deep Repair Masque finally arrived this week! i haven’t tried the hair masque (it smells divine!) but the oil does a decent job in taming my frizzy lion mane :’D

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the little fella in the lower-right corner is saying “靠!这么紧你也笑得出来!”

this shirt is a FAIL — i can’t wear it because it is like a push-up bra for my armpits  -_-||

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self-shot of moi wearing the first wearable top i made :’D

i grade this a B! *dances*

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mupig and me on our way to MRT station <3

yeah i know.. 这样也好拍?i’ve been deprived of a camera phone for waaaay too many years so i just snap snap snap whenever i feel like it :’D

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this week, the haze was so bad that i sometimes feel like i’m living in some Chinese city… sobs..

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the KFC Double Down Max “burger” is essentially a slice of bacon, a hashbrown, a slice of cheese sandwiched between two slabs of greasy deep-fried chicken. fat X says that it is a dream come true for all men. 原来男人的梦想是这么容易实现的!

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hot macha latte with some sweet mochi-like sweet made with flour. the macha latte is nice <3

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this is how i look like in the eyes of my 3-year-old son — bald, with one ear and no mouth..

but i’m secretly happy when he told me he drew me because “我喜欢妈咪” :’D

my week in pictures

the new obsession

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my latest love –> glitter polish with jelly base!

after doing a lot of research online, i finally set my eyes on Tony Moly GS08, GS09, GS10!

i only paid SGD12.90 for a set of three colours (the other set is for my fellow polish-addict) but i was slightly disappointed when the seller gave me three bottles of GS10 and only one bottle of GS09. *sulks*

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i was wearing 2 coats of OPI Glints of Glinda when the package arrived so i just applied GS09 and GS10 directly on top of it X’D i think GS09 and GS10 actually becomes indistinguishable on the nails, but the glitter for GS09 is much prettier and for some reason the glitters in GS10 refuse to leave the brush TuT

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since i had nothing to do, i removed my polish and swatched again to see how these would look like without a base colour. hmmm, i actually like how these colours look on their own.

also, notice how pathetic the glitters on GS10 are!

also, while women my size wish for bigger boobies, i actually wish for bigger nails. yes, i’ve always admired women with bigger nails, i’m sure it feels nicer to paint on large nails!

so, my secret ambition is to paint the hubby’s nails while he’s sleeping. not that i haven’t done it before, heh..

the girlfriends

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one rare photo of the girls and me. unfortunately, kummie was late and didn’t make it into this rare photo. next time, we must aim to take more photos of the human beings instead of the food X’D

the family

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kids love bubbles and these are the perfect birthday party favours for mini people!

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the twin pigs love their bubbles so much!

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finally, someone is no longer afraid of the “eyes pillow” and actually says “i wanna hug it to sleep“. two days later, someone’s twin brother also declared that he is brave enough to hug the pillow.

which leaves me with no choice but to threaten using the mighty old cane again..

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sesame salad dressing – the magic potion that made the hubby eat his greens! i say, it’s miracle in a bottle!

 

my week in pictures

march is ending soon and i really wonder what i’ve accomplished in the three months of “slacking” at home >m<

also, i find it sad that i’ve been conditioned to think that people who don’t work are somewhat useless for not actively helping the economy. i know this thinking is wrong and i really hate it because it makes me feel like i am a useless piece of shit and i actually became randomly depressed because of it.

recently i walked out of my brief period of depression because i finally thought things through. i am actually actively contributing to the economy by doing online shopping.

i am a really useful person after all! *smug* <– do not blame me. this is a result of watching too much “Thomas and Friends”

so without further ado, here’s my past week in pictures!

at the playground

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my unbiased opinion tells me that my twins are getting cuter by the day. i bet every other mother feels the same towards their own kids X’D

adventures in the kitchen

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i have not cooked in more than a year and it is evident in the sorry state of my pan-fried salmon (the fillet was too thick and i totally forgot how long it takes to cook fish).

however, do not be misled by the messy picture, it was actually quite tasty!

– potatoes cooked in butter and dried parsley
– vegetables sauteed in olive oil
– salmon pan-fried in olive oil

shopping

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can’t decide on which colour to buy? just get both.

at home

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my two boys wearing their new clothes. poor junpig was so upset at being teased that he wanted to remove his pink outfit >m<

don’t ask me why i dress my son in pink, he was the one who picked the colour!

sewing

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i have 7 square cushions at home and some of the covers have seen better days. so when i saw these Vannerna Lappar fabrics on sale at IKEA, i grabbed 4 bolts without checking the design (i thought they were random floral designs, you see..)

when i unrolled the fabrics from the bolts i was quite amused by the designs X’D

three of the bolts featured big lips (google “Vannerna Lappar lips fabric“) and the fourth bolt featured these errie-looking eyes. i had a good laugh at what IKEA has to say about this fabric…

Pattern with wide eyes; can be used to create curtains, cushions or other decorations that make your child’s room colourful and unique.

indeed. it will definitely make your child’s room colourful and unique, but i’m not sure if your child is able to sleep well with so many pairs of eyes staring at him/her. the twins are so scared of these eyes that i may not need to use my cane for a while.. haha..

that’s all, folks! how was your week?