Surrounded by people yet i feel alone. When will my partner appear?
This has been an extraordinary year so far. We’ve been to two staycations, brought the twins to bangkok and hokkaido for short trips and i even went for an all-girls trip to bangkok with my sister and sister-in-law.
We also sent back our indonesian domestic helper who was with us for the past four years. well, that seemed like the end of all my good luck with domestic helpers. The next two caused us many problems and I’ve been handed the maid duties officially in mid July.
Anyways in the midst of all the struggles with a full time job and after-work affairs, my friend introduced me to the world of cute makeup and i somehow managed to get the whole family hooked on it : ‘D
Happy girls sneaking out on a weekday afternoon
The pretty packaging.. this is why i now have two blushers, one of which is PURPLE.
the shop gives out cute freebies like this bracelet and charms! You can use it to bling up a boring handbag or..
bling up your wrist!
The following weekend, I brought Xxxx along with me when we went to the new outlet at vivo city and we left the store with so much stuff that they had to give me a bigger shopping bag because the normal paper bag was bursting : ‘D
This is the “main attraction” for the three boys. They had so much fun playing with the catcher machine!
Even a 6 year old can catch some goodies!
They also have the bracelet with a full set of charms. It comes with purchase of this bb cushion. I have like 4 or 5 new cushions at home so of course i bought this to add to my collection.
How cute is this mini fan shaped like an ice cream cone!!
I caught junpig dipping a slice of apple into ketchup. He gave a soft chuckle and said “I’m trying to be crazy”
You may want to think thrice before deciding to have a kid.
(At a very crowded hospital clinic. I told him to wait outside the consultation room while i went to the toilet)
Mupig: mummy where are you going? 你要大便啊?
(At the underwear aisle at uniqlo store)
Mupig: *touching the undies on display* mummy, what is your size? Do you wear M or L mummy?
(Inside mrt cabin. There was one reserved seat and i told him to sit down.)
Mupig: *looks up at the sign. Sees the pic of a pregnant lady* mummy this is a reserved seat. It’s for you mummy.
Cj: I am not pregnant! Sit down!
The results of eye check were good. Everything looks normal and there are no signs of swelling of the nerves 🙂
Cj: *patting my fat tummy* mummy has another baby inside now
Mupig: I know it’s just food.
Junpig: for goodness sake! If you have more babies the whole house will be full of children
Cj: omfgz you guys. . :’D
we went for our first staycation at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel during the labour day long weekend.
because parking was too freaking expensive to be considered an option, we took a taxi there.
the check-in was not so smooth. although we arrived on time at 3pm, we were told that the room was not ready yet. the boys were restless and i had to sacrifice my phone for a few minutes of peace before they started to get hungry TuT
baby, on the other hand, was happy to be sitting on a couch in the lobby! 真容易满足！
we finally checked in at 4-plus.. and the room was FREAKING AWESOME~~~!!!
it comes with a king-sized bed with the bathroom on one side..
and the FREAKING RUNWAY ON THE OTHER SIDE!!!
that’s right! you can view the landings as they take place right outside the room!
when we arrived in the room, everyone crowded around the window to catch a plane landing. because i was busy with the baby and the twins were distracted by other things in the room (particularly the tray of complimentary fresh fruits), fat X was the only person standing on guard beside the window. everytime a plane approached the runway, he would announce excitedly and all of us would make an effort to rush over to watch the landing.
the novelty wore off after about 15 minutes because a plane would land like every freaking 5 minutes :’D
so after 15 minutes, even fat X moved away from the window to marvel at other parts of the room X’D
the wall separating the bathroom and bedroom is made of glass.. very romantic right?
someone taking a pee in the toilet :’D
guess who baby was smiling at?
ooooh, it was just papa playing with her from the other side of the glass!
after dumping our barang in the room and marveling at everything inside and outside the room, and almost polishing off all the fruits from the plate, we finally made our way out..
for some obligatory photos
baby tried really hard to stay awake. she refused to lie back on her chair and eventually nodded off!~
we had dinner at paradise inn. the food was great as usual, but service was slow due to a glitch in the ordering system and we waited almost an hour for the food. TuT
the least they could do was to inform us about the delay. what if we had a plane to catch?
luckily the boys were not too hungry and could still entertain themselves while waiting for food to arrive!
a new mode of transport at the airport.. papa-cart!
the next morning, we went down for our complimentary breakfast – complimentary for the whole family! how cool is that!
see? even the baby couldn’t believe her eyes!
the breakfast was great although i didn’t take any pictures because honestly, i’ve outgrown this “i need to take a thousand photos of the food before anybody is allowed to touch it” shit. my family is able to enjoy hot meals because i kicked this weird addiction and i am rather proud of myself 😀
so after breakfast, fat X brought mupig to the pool while i brought junpig and baby pig back to the room for some chillax.
being an awful mum, i totally forgot to take any pics of mupig and the awesome hotel pool TuT
instead, i took lots of pictures of the kids on the hotel couch. because, hello natural light!
it started with a selfie with baby..
then i tried to take a pic with all the kids.. and then it became more and more chaotic :’D
i wonder why it’s easier to take a pic with all 5 of us. somehow the twins didn’t go crazy when taking this pic :’D
after checking out, we brought the twins to try out the slide at Terminal 3. the tallest slide was closed so we tried the “not as tall but still pretty fun” sibling slide.
while the brothers were having fun, the baby grew so bored that she fell asleep TuT
because we didn’t want our short staycation to end so soon.. we had some ice cream with waffles before leaving :’D
actually no lah.. the reason we had ice cream was because we had just applied for the Changi Rewards card and wanted to enjoy some GST savings before leaving TuT
overall, it was a fun stay which the kids thoroughly enjoyed! our only regret was not applying for the Changi Rewards card on the first day. we could have saved up quite a bit of money with the 7% GST savings.
will be planning for another staycation at this hotel. hopefully i will manage to get some nice pictures of the pool :’D
ahem.. i may be a little late in posting.. considering this trip took place in early march ^^;
because i was super kiasu, i booked the earliest flight to bangkok, so we had to wake up while the sky was still dark XD
the twins somehow managed to look so fresh and awake, they were obviously very excited about the trip!
of course.. in-flight games and breakfast kept the two mini men so busy that they stayed very awake throughout
this is proof that the greatest constant in my life is my fat X. just look at him, his eyes are glued to his phone no matter where he is!
result of taking the first flight out.. the twins fell asleep on the way to the hotel :’D
we stayed at the berkeley hotel @ Pratunam, a luxury corner suite that was highly recommended by ah hong 😀 it was indeed big until cannot! very suitable for families!~
fat X obviously felt at home in the room. even the twins couldn’t help but nuah sai on the couch near the entrance of the room!
i sometimes wonder why little children are always attracted to curtains.. 真的浆好玩吗？
this is what i saw when i woke up the next morning – two mini men looking at the scenery outside while playing with the curtains 🙂
the view from our room
you may wonder why i took a picture of our pyjamas.. it’s special because i taught the twins how to fold their pyjamas and although the result looked like sai i must applaud them for their effort 🙂
hungry junpig at the breakfast table
with a disgusting boy who was halfway through chewing his food >.<
my favourite part of the breakfast! i don’t eat pineapples but these were so sweet that i just had to stuff my face with them. every. single. morning.
after a heavy breakfast, we headed out to Siam Paragon, where kidzania was located.
i was worried about being hungry there, so i made everyone sit in a cafe with me X’D
check out how enthusiastic they were!
maybe not that enthu after all..
nevertheless, fat X and i had fun taking selfies while waiting for the food and drinks!
the boys soon joined in..
finally our food arrived! this was called hokkaido pancake (or something like that) and it was yummy!!
this was some fat toast. it was above average but after trying the pancake, we all felt that this was a bit less yummy 😛
the cafe was tiny and cosy. so cosy that someone actually contemplated taking a short nap there..
oooh.. twins posing for a photo outside the cafe (called Secret Garden or something like that)..
then we made our way to kidzania..
of course it was not so straightforward.. i believe we took about 30 minutes to locate the damned place!
finally, we bought tickets and the twins were able to get into kidzania!!!
upon arriving, every child would need to open a bank account. if i remember correctly, each child would receive 50 Kidzos (the kidzania currency) when he opened a new bank account. FREE MONEY LEH!
after opening their bank accounts, the twins decided that they wanted to start work as a car mechanic!!
earning their first pay, and professional certification!
next, the twins decided that they wanted to work in a hospital nursery!
unfortunately, we were unable to see what the twins were up to in the hospital. so we went around taking selfies again.
after about 20 minutes, we started to wonder if the kids were ever going to come out. what if it was a scam and all the kids going in were to be abducted and have their organs harvested for the black market or something?
fortunately, the twins emerged after about 30 minutes, so i didn’t make a police report after all >.<
and then… the boys decided that they wanted to be courier men!
the task was to deliver three parcels to different destinations scattered within the city.
from this job, i realised that fat X is a helicopter dad because throughout the delivery, he could be heard shouting instructions to the twins whenever they made a wrong turn.
dear boys.. papa’s eyes may be permanently glued to his phone, but when it comes to making deliveries, rest assured that he will help you out ALL THE WAY!!
see how fat X was still following the twins closely even after they had finished the delivery? 真的是很放心不下对吗？:’D
twins waiting eagerly to collect their salary! they were the only kids left because the rest had finished their tasks and left! :’D
our next stop was the meiji milk factory! meiji milk = the yums? let’s find out!
while the children learned about the various stages in the milk production, they were also allowed to choose a flavour of milk to bring back and drink!
junpig chose strawberry-flavoured milk (good choice) and mupig chose corn-flavoured milk (yucks)!
see how happy they were to receive their milk? wanna know how long the smiles lasted??
check out mupig’s expression after he started drinking the milk.. he took a few sips before giving up, i then drank about 1/4 of it before throwing the rest away. it tasted really weird!!
so, after filling their tummies with the meiji milk, the twins joined the police department. due to some misunderstanding about what the staff at the police station said, mupig left the place in tears during the briefing and fat X had to bring him away..
so junpig teamed up with two older children for his crime investigation work. they were supposed to look for a suspect in the city, based on a list of clues, such as where the suspect was last seen, what was the suspect’s age and occupation etc.
the policemen arrived at the construction site where a very quiet boy was working hard at laying some bricks to build a wall..
stupid fat X got all flustered at seeing the policemen that he cried loudly “DON’T TELL ME THEY ARE HERE TO CATCH MUPIG! XIAO MU MU! 警察来抓你了！！”
poor mupig was so traumatised by the possibility of getting caught and thrown in jail that his head was permanently lowered and his lips actually quivered because he was on the verge of crying :’D #laughdieme
so, anyway, junpig clarified with the boss of the construction company that mupig was not the suspect and he was able to finish building the damned wall and collect his salary :’D
finally looking up and smiling with relief after the cops left
I was laughing so hard all this time.. it was too hilarious!
then.. our next stop was the sushi restaurant!!!!!
all i got was a glimpse of their backs TuT
nevertheless, they did leave the place with some yummy sushi!
we had dinner at some random japanese restaurant. i’ve never eaten so much japanese food in my entire life. it seems like we ate at at least 1 japanese restaurant everyday ^^;
the next day, junpig insisted on going back to kidzania (yawn) because he did not get to be a cashier at 7-11 the previous day and it would be a big regret unless he went back and become a cashier at 7-11 :’D my son is so funny right?
so fat X brought mupig to Sea Life Bangkok. although they claimed that they had lots of fun, the camera was with me and so mupig did not have any proper pictures taken 🙁
the first stop at kidzania was an art school. junpig spent so much time on colouring this thing.. i think i walked away to get myself some drinks and when i came back HE WAS STILL COLOURING THE DAMNED THING. also not say very nice mah.. -__-??
it is indeed every child’s dream to be a cashier (at least it was my sister’s childhood dream LOL).. so you can imagine junpig’s excitement when he finally got to be the cashier at 7-11 on our second visit! i was texting my family things like “他的心愿终于实现了！！TuT”
oooh.. to stand behind the counter and scan merchandise and operate the till.. that must be one of his biggest dreams come true!
after collecting his salary, we rushed to the fire station when we saw that there were around 6 kids in the queue (you have to meet the minimum number before the activity could start)!
after some briefing, the fire alarm went off because there was a fire!
what coincidence right?
anyway the kids excitedly rode the cute little fire engine to the scene of fire and started the aim strategically-placed water hoses at the fires.
i wished i was a kid so i could play with this water-spraying thingy! also, junpig looked really glamourous in this outfit right?
it was an emergency, so my little fireman went to fight the fire without putting on real pants LOL!
after returning to the fire station, i realised that we had a few hundred kidzos so i took junpig to the shopping mall where kids could shop (while parents waited outside) and pay using their own money!
how cool is that?
except.. for the amount of money we had, the only thing we could afford was this miserable little notepad. just look at his gek-sai smile TuT
nevertheless, junpig was still sibeh happy lah!! because it was bought using their money, and it was quite a challenge to choose something that both of them liked! mupig loved cars and junpig loved writing, so this notepad was like the only thing meeting all the requirements (and also the only thing he could afford)
after the shopping experience, we realised that we would never make enough money to buy fancy stuff. so we started to join activities that required spending money – these are the activities where the kids get to bring back some form of food or drinks.
so our next stop was the
urine purification plant iced tea manufacturing factory. <– sorry, i guess my mental age is about six.
posing like a star. junpig wearing the mcdonalds apron while sipping his iced tea.
we finally left kidzania.. here’s a pic of the happy boy with a packet of lychee tea and a hamburger he put together all by himself. also, he finally experienced life as a cashier at 7-11, i would call this a really fruitful day for him! 没有遗憾了啦！
dinner was at some random japanese restaurant. i regret not bothering to note down anything about the food (i didn’t even take pictures of the food we ate during the trip).. i will be going back to BKK again next week but i already forgot which are the cheap and good japanese restaurants lah!!! TuT
here’s a pic of my mupig with a souvenir on his head! he went on a boat ride to feed the sharks, and took many over-exposed photos with random sea creatures! i’m sure he had much fun too <3
Junpig: 你要买一个 tiger beer 酱你就会有很多钱!
Cj: *looks around and saw the tiger beer poster*
Cj: mu, finish your noodles before drinking your milo
Mupig: but I am very thirsty mummy. and if I dun drink the milo I will.. I will.. I will die! Do you want me alive or to die? Choose now!
Our first prime minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew passed away peacefully on Monday 23 March 2015, at 3.18am.
He may not be loved by everyone but we can’t deny the fact that Singapore would have turned out completely different (and perhaps not in a good way) without his vision and his way of running the country.
For a start, I probably wouldn’t be blogging in English at all. I would still be bilingual though – in Mandarin and Hokkien. If not for the Land Acquisition Act, I would most probably be still living in a wooden house in Lim Chu Kang (or some faraway land in the outskirts of Singapore).
Most importantly, if our economic growth had been poor and unemployment rate had been high, I might even be separated from my children now, leaving them in the care of my mum while I struggled to earn a decent living overseas. Erm.. It’s difficult to imagine the kind of job opportunities I would have though, given that I would be bilingual in Mandarin and Hokkien.
Despite bitching about the country, I do love her and appreciate everything I have.
Thank you for everything, Mr Lee. You have given us a Singapore we are proud to call home.
Junpig: mummy how many years old are you now? 35 or 36?
Junpig: but your birthday haven’t over leh, you should be 35 lah.
Omfgz that distinct singlish grammar and that calculative attitude towards age! 我真的是”打不累大汗”!