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My Treehouse

9 Sep

We brought E to My Treehouse at the Central Library for the first time over the weekend. What is nice about the place was that it truly catered to little ones and even toddlers like E. As long as you present your child’s birth certificate, you could get his/her first library card made on the spot. D, for one, was excited about it and got E’s card done there and then. I actually expected that. Ha!

The space at My Treehouse is good for children learning to walk and it was great that they have hard cover books for toddlers. E had a great time walking around, removing and putting back the books on the shelf. He was exploring the place happily. We love the fact that it is a place a child can play and learn at the same time. It does not have the usual library’s quiet and serious vibe. There was also an interactive exhibition which let us draw and “scoop” our drawings from a drawing pool and you have your picture floating around in that pool. How cool is that!

I’m pretty sure we will be going to the library more often now. Why? Because reading is fun!! <5pf>

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Milestone

8 Sep

After 14 months and struggle with various brands of formula milk, I have decided to stop expressing. I can’t believe that I have been doing it for 14 months!!!

The engorgement encounters were a torture and cabbage had become my new best friend then. If you don’t know, cabbage has enzymes in them that helps ease the flow from block milk ducts. Engorgement happened very frequently to me. Also, the waking up of every 3 hours, the coping of a new baby, washing and sterlising the bottles in wee hours were not making expressing easy either.

We made every effort to keep our life normal and met our friends for meals and gathering now and then (though much lesser than before). We had to make sure that the timing for milk feed and expressing were well scheduled and planned for. If we had to stay out a little longer, we had to lug the expressing tools, and that means the pumps, the bottles and the ice blocks. Not ideal, but we do not want to let anything hold us back from our “normal’ life.

As a new mum, I have learnt alot during this phase and really have my family and friends to thank, for their patience and accommodating me in every way.

I can’t deny that without expressing, I have gain lots of freedom and sleep-time but at the same time, I would have been happier if I could provide for E for as long as I could. But sigh, I have to stop at some point right? It has been a milestone and I am proud of myself that I have come this far.

I am happy that I can spend more time with E now. We will be going out for more walks during the weekends, an activity E loves and we are looking forward to more brunch meets with friends. Now, if you are game for an early brekkie, let’s meet up!! <5pf>

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Grub

29 Aug

It is my sister’s birthday today and I was searching for a place for dinner last night quite desperately till I came across reviews for Grub.

No reservation allowed. Long queue. Popular amongst Bishan residents and students of the owners (they are culinary teachers). Pets allowed. Sounds interesting to me but a challenged since we cannot make reservations and it is all the way in Bishan Park. But guess what? Everyone at home can reach Grub at 530pm!! Some of us are not working and others, can make it in time. How perfect for a visit!!

So off we went!! Grub is nestled in Bishan Park. You have got to follow the directions given in their website especially if you are not familiar with that area. A standalone restaurant with a relatively small sitting capacity. When we arrived, it was 5 minutes before their opening and we were happy to know that we were the first group for the evening.  Not long later, groups of people started streaming in. Phew!!

The food is not bad at all. Love the fries! The price on the menu were pretty reasonable and the staff were friendly and attentive. I love the space in the restaurant and looking out at nature through the glass panels from the inside, makes the whole experience pretty happy and relaxing.

Good choice for tonight and Happy Birthday sis!!  <5pf>

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The beach, a forgotten place?

24 Aug

With the indoor playground, electronic games, iPads and other easy and comfortable options for parents these days, I think the beach is a forgotten place. Isn’t it nice to have your child be close to nature? You don’t even need to spend a cent going there actually. All we needed was the sandcastle tools which cost us  S$2.

We had long wanted to bring E to the beach but never got to do it till today. He was initially afraid of the waters but thanks to his daddy,  he overcame it.  We could tell he truly enjoyed himself.

It was a wonderful evening spent at the East Coast beach. We may not have sand as fine as those in Mauritius and the waters may not be as clean, but this is nature after all. What’s better than letting your child grow up appreciating nature? <5pf>

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E, growing up

17 Aug

Shadow walk

Touch of Grass

That’s him. At 14 months old .

His first walk at Botanic Gardens today. His first touch of grass. I like it that he is close to nature. That he loves dogs and cats (though I stand really still when I’m close to them). That he enjoys saying hi, give flying kisses, waving and playing with others, young or old.

Next, to get him a ball to play in fields like these. Boys, are meant to rough it out, sweat it out. Don’t you think?

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Dulcet & Studio, Singapore

31 Jul

The desserts formerly from Tampopo Deli are now being made and baked in Dulcet & Studio, also a part of the CFC Group. It is located on the first floor of Liang Court. Dulcet? Studio? I personally feel that the name doesn’t sound like a food place. I supposed they are trying to position themselves as a modern, fushion, japanese /italian restaurant (?). Ducet & Studio offers pasta and the whole range of Tampopo Deli’s soft, light and fluffy cakes and pastries.

Instead Tampopo Deli now serves bento sets, ramens and takeaways. They also have counter seats for those who wish to have a quick meal.

Anyway as long as we can find Tampopo Deli’s cakes and pastries some where, it doesn’t matter where though we thought it’ll be a better marketing strategy to keep the Tampopo Deli’s name for its popular desserts.

These are what we had for tea today. The cakes and pastries are really light and soft and I finished my scoop cake in a few “scoops”. If you haven’t tried them, go have some. You won’t regret it.

Ducet & Studio

The interior

Fresh pasta is made

Macha chiffon cake

Cream puff

Scoop cake

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KU DÉ TA

8 Apr

Duck breast with crispy skin

Duck breast with crispy skin

Black cod with red miso

Black cod with red miso

Udon in tonkatsu soup base

Udon in tonkatsu soup base

Char-grilled asparagus

Char-grilled asparagus

Crispy squid

Crispy squid

Dinner at Ku De Ta was memorable. First of all, it was with great company. Second of all, it was with great food. It is located on the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands. The portions, though small, are meant for sharing.

When I first got into the restaurant, I told D that the place felt like one in New York. Many of the dining places in New York have their tables really near each other and the character of those places were the noise and high-spirits in the air almost like a party going on at everyone’s table with some sound from the clinging of wine glasses and laughter from a good conversation.

D and I really enjoyed the food very much. If not for A and CT, we would not have thought of visiting the place. My personally favorite are the udon and squid. I could just have these 2 dishes all by myself the next time I visit, it’s just too yummy to share! Ha! Just joking. <5pf>

Antoinette, Mandarin Gallery Singapore

3 Oct

We read about Antoinette a while back and didn’t have the chance to visit till recently. Helmed by Chef Pang, the former pâtissier of Canele. This little cafe is well-suited for those who enjoy cakes, bread, tea or coffee. Located conveniently on the 2nd floor of Mandarin Gallery (within Meritus Mandarin Hotel), you can have a peek of France right in the middle of Orchard Road.

 You’ll be spoilt for dessert choices and they do serve a good spread of breakfast menu.

For those eager to try, please be mindful that the wait can be quite long since the place is very small and people tend to take a long time with their meals. And especially so with big cosy chairs like these.

D had the banana french toast and he loved it!

While I had the blueberry pancakes which I thought were rather perfect.

Antoinette is worth a visit but I would advise you to go early on weekends, if not to avoid the queue, try weekdays since no reservation is allowed. A good gals’ day out venue to yak and gossip over a cup of tea and scones.  <5pf>


Yong Siak Street, Singapore

2 Oct

Strangelets – A lifestyle shop which sells lovely english tea sets, home decor, understated designer wallets/folios etc. A treat to my eyes.

Books Actually – A niche bookshop covering titles you might not find in the big bookstores.

Discover Yong Siak Street at the Tiong Bahru area which hides in Singapore’s oldest public housing and uncovers the nostalgic journey of chic finds.

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