Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mary's day - Day in the Life blog train

Whether a woman is a stay-at-home mom or a full-time-working mom, we have expectations to fulfill and deadlines to meet every day. There is no need for comparison about who has a better life, or make remarks like "Wah, so you are a tai-tai!" (translated: rich lady who doesn't need to work but just whiles her time away with activities like shopping and having afternoon hi-tea).

So today, I share a closer look of a weekday in my life in October.

A typical day of a stay-at-home mom who is on no-pay-leave-and-thinking-if-I-should-go-back-to-work.

The daily routines are somewhat similar each day. Depending on the moods of the kids, or where we have to go in the afternoons, sometimes I get really "hot" (as in angry), and on some days, it's a breeze, and we can even chill over ice-cream.

Just for fun, tell me how many trips did I make on this day.

Mornings (6:20 am onwards)

My day wakes with a stretch and a stiff body. I think my body is calling out desperately for daily exercises. Blood circulation doesn't seem too good lately, and I always wake with a very stiff body.

Ch is already awake and brushing her teeth. I have to wake L and (sometimes) carry him to the toilet.

By 6:55 am, the kids are done with their breakfast and ready to walk to school with me. (picture was from last year's Day in the Life post, but the view looks pretty much the same after one year)

I catch up with my phone messages and Facebook updates when I get home, accompanied by my cup of coffee and whatever has been prepared for breakfast. This morning, I had a nice chat with a mom whose child was recently diagnosed with special needs. Sharing my experience with her encourages me as much as it has encouraged her too. Thank you for contacting me, and I hope to hear more from you!

On days when K attends school (she only attends school on three weekdays for now), I'll have to wake her up at 8:20 am and brush her teeth. Her school is just a short drive away, but it takes 15 mins for us to leave the house, walk to the car, strap her in the car seat, and drive over.

The rest of the morning looks like this if K is at school:

I have been dropping in at K's school during snack time as she needed help and a watchful eye to drink milk from a cup safely. She could easily choke or show signs of aspirations which is not good for her lungs. But ever since the feeding tube was removed (a blog-worthy post for this milestone!), she has been drinking much better too. The teachers and I agree that she is more independent now, hence I will stop going over during snack time. That also means more time for me to complete some work.

This morning is spent completing my Bible lesson on Rebekah which I will be teaching in the ladies' class at the church I'm with. Else, I'll be crocheting or clearing emails and blogging. And yes, that is my table. The messy one with all the things I love in my life - coffee, Bible, yarn, crochet kit, and mess. I'm keeping it real for you.

Afternoons (12:20 pm onwards)

I drive over to K's school and have a short chat to find out how the morning has been for K. Good, she finished her milk within the time given. A happy update about her new milestone!

There is an hour of spare time before I pick the older ones. Time to prepare K's lunch while she watches Peppa Pig on TV.

After Ch and L are back, we have lunch together. I still need to work on getting L to eat faster - reading and eating are two activities that should not come together for kids.

I get hit by the after-lunch food coma quite badly. Snooze or another cup of coffee? I choose to snooze. Have to recharge before making another trip out.

K has her weekly one-hour feeding therapy at the hospital where she plays with food. She always looks forward to play with Aunty Jocelyn, her feeding therapist. I accompany her and get some sensory play too. She is still resistant to putting food into her mouth other than purees but she is showing signs of improvement. At least she is willing to kiss a slice of apple or a pear. She had a recent breakthrough where she bit a cracker with her incisors!! I clapped and cheered like mad when she did it.

Evenings (6:45 pm onwards)

Dinner is served by the time I reach home. Ch and L usually have a head-start so that we will not be too late for bible class at the church building. Usually, by this time, I'll be very tired and in a foul mood, so dinner is a quick one for me. In between bites, I get updates of what the two older ones have completed for their revision as the year-end exams are approaching and they share interesting things that happened in school.

By 7:20 pm, we hurry out of the house. I'll usually be fuming mad by this time as we tend to be late for bible class even though we stay so near the church building. The drive cools me down while the kids sing or chat in the car.

After we come home, the kids get ready for bed. We pray together and L comes to me for a hug. I spend a bit more time with K and give her her last milk feed. K is a night owl and needs her bum bum patted to lull her to sleep. By the time she dozes off, it's usually past 11 pm and I am also in la-la-land by then.

Where's hubby at this time? Poor guy has to eat his dinner alone. He wishes for my company but my body is so tired by that time.


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Sunday, September 4, 2016

LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS Macy's Thunder Mace and Ultimate Axl review

In a recent survey, I was surprised to discover that we have such a broad range of LEGO products in my house - LEGO STAR WARS, LEGO NINJAGO, LEGO CITY, LEGO CHIMA, LEGO DUPLO, LEGO CLASSIC, LEGO CREATOR, LEGO SUPER HEROES. Even ZY still has his precious LEGO set which he carefully kept for more than thirty years.

After being blessed with 5 sets of LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS and visiting the roadshow during the June hols, L was even more excited about this series.

Ultimate Axl built!

What do the kids like about the NEXO KNIGHTS sets? 

I'll leave them to tell you more about Macy's Thunder Mace (70319) and Ultimate Axl (70336). Thank you, Ch, for writing the script and editing the video!
"There is a TV show that shows on Friday at 6pm on Okto based on these Lego sets. There’s also an app game that you can download for free on iTunes and Google Play and it’s called Merlok 2.0. When you have the Nexo Knights set, you can scan the shields that come with the set and use them to defeat villains in the game. - L"

What I think about the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS

There is certainly a lot of "coolness" in this theme as the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS sets can be played in both the physical and digital forms. The two sets reviewed are recommended for children ages 8 to 14 and L completed them fairly quickly by following the instruction manuals. The creative play then continues just as with all other great LEGO themes.

Let's play with Macy's Thunder Mace!

In its digital form, the shield from every set can be scanned on the MERLOK 2.0 app game which can be downloaded to your smartphone or tablet to give an immersive playing experience. Using the power scanner in the app, the power from each type of shield can be collected to build stronger and more powerful knights and to defeat Jestro and his monsters in the game.

Photo credit

However, I have not permitted them to download the game till now. Main reason is the addictive lure to have more shields in order to power up their knights in the app game. The kids know my stand for now, but they are still "trying their luck" to ask once a while. I agreed to read up more about the app game and L has also promised he won't go overboard with playing on the app.

I guess if you exercise strong parental control and restrict the number of minutes your child gets to play on the app, this app game definitely sounds like a very fun one not just for your child, but maybe one that bonds the parent and child too!

**LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS are available at LEGO Certified Stores (LCS), Toys'R'Us, LEGO Mono Brand Stores, departmental stores and select toys stores, ranging in price from SGD $19.90 to SGD $229.90. More information about the products in this theme can be found here.

Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was given for this review and all opinions are ours. We were given Macy's Thunder Mace and Ultimate Axl for the purpose of this review. Photos were taken by Ch on the Canon Powershot SX60 HS.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Sandbank International Lunch Buffet

Dining with a sea view in the distance, away from the city crowd, is especially relaxing on a weekday afternoon. And you can do that now at Sandbank with their new All-You-Can-Eat International Lunch Buffet. 

Like their weekend Breakfast Buffet, there is always something for everyone. The buffet spread includes roast meat platter, freshly cooked pasta, thin-crusted pizza, an assortment of finger food, herbal prawns, and a selection of desserts to name a few. 

And for a limited time only, Sandbank is having a promotion for their All-You-Can-Eat International Lunch Buffet where 1 person dines free (inclusive of kids) with every 3 paying adults. 

And, and .. You only need to half the price for children between 4 to 12 years old! 

Here's a sneak preview of Sandbank's International Lunch Buffet. The pictures might cause hunger pangs and an irresistible urge to eat. 

Be warned.

Sandbank Lunch Buffet: grilled beef, roast chicken, sausages, sweet corn and roasted vegetables
Roast platter
Sandbank Lunch Buffet: Pasta & Salad bar
Pasta and Salad section
The pasta can be customised to suit your taste and it is freshly prepared upon request. You can choose between Aglio Olio, carbonara, bolognaise or penne and cheese. The creamy cauliflower soup is flavorful and not to be missed.

The salad section has a good variety of greens, green mango salad (yummy!), chicken mushroom with pesto and an assortment of salad dressing.

My friends and I love the pizza with artichokes toppings! The crust is thin with a crunchy perfection.

Sandbank Lunch Buffet: Thin-crust pizza and finger food

Their fried chicken wings are worth the extra calories. Grab them quickly else they will be gone too soon. The spring rolls and rings are just so-so though.

Other Asian dishes include Steamed Pork in Black Bean Sauce, Teriyaki Chicken, Nasi Lemak, and Tandoori Fish Fillet.

Sandbank Lunch Buffet: Stir fried Nai Bai & Teriyaki Chicken
Stir Fried Nai Bai & Teriyaki Chicken
This is the other one of my favorites. Succulent prawns that are cooked just right in a delicious herbal broth. Even my friend, who is allergic to seafood, couldn't resist taking a sip of the broth and she gave a thumbs-up. Just look at all the herbs that go into the broth!

Sandbank Lunch Buffet: Herbal prawns in broth
Herbal prawns

I usually try to control myself at buffets but with good food and company, it was difficult to stop. I took more than one helping for the clams in wine, and the herbal prawns... and the pizza... and the pasta... I think you get my point.

Sandbank Lunch Buffet: Clams in Wine
Clams in Wine

The dessert and fruits selection is small but of good quality. There wasn't anything I didn't like on my plate. The lunch buffet also comes with free flow hot tea and coffee, as well as apple juice and orange juice.

Sandbank Lunch Buffet: Dessert
Cakes, tarts, and pudding

Of all my three visits to Sandbank, I observe that the staff is very attentive to their customers. Their service is prompt - plates are cleared off the table quickly, a utensil that a child accidentally drops is replaced even before the mommy notices it. Color pencils are available upon request, and they are very helpful with any special request you have for your coffee or tea.

So, if you would like a place to be near the sea but still enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned dining area on a weekday afternoon, Sandbank is a good choice!

More information about Sandbank

Address: 920 East Coast Parkway, #01-28/32 Parkland Green, Singapore 449875 (opposite Parkway Parade when looking across from East Coast Park)

Telephone: +65 6247 7988

Opening hours: 
Tue/Wed/Thu opens from 4pm - 11pm
Fri/ eve of PH opens from 4pm - 12 midnight
Sat/ PH opens from 8:30am - 12 midnight
Sun opens from 8:30am - 11pm

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