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Usher in the Year of the Goat with Eight Rhapsodies of Spring at Peony Jade

We were treated to a lovely early CNY dinner at Peony Jade (Keppel Club) last week, and the Bonsai-shaped money tree yusheng was my personal favourite. It was decadently lavished with lobster, Alaskan crab claws, tuna belly, Atlantic salmon, sweet shrimp, and urchin. Lo-hei time! (PS. if you are ever at a loss as to what auspicious words to say, you should check this Nomsaurus article out. Alternatively, just shout Huat ah!) I truly could not tire of this dish. The homemade sweet sauce had a lovely citrusy taste, and the seafood was heavenly fresh! There was even a slight hint … [Read More...]

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Learning to save with POSB’s National School Savings Campaign

Vera has been growing more aware of the value of money. I'm glad as it means she's starting to think whenever we spend money on an item, be it food or a toy. She asked me one day when I came back with new school shoes for her, “Mummy, how much is it?” “$29,” came my answer. Vera: “What? So expensive?” I replied and said yes it is not cheap. (I would much prefer her to learn to appreciate her things rather than dismiss it as being well affordable, and having her think we can spend as we wish.) We've taken pains to teach her about counting money, as well as about making daily … [Read More...]

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CATS the musical, a different kind of animal

CATS the musical is a different animal altogether. Based on the book of poems “Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by T.S. Eliot, the entire musical is about...cats. Cats, in all their rambunctiousness, wiles and whims, and cheeky grins. (Coricopat and Tantomile, brother and sister cats) Cats, in all their stage-spinning flamboyance. (This is Rum Tum Tugger, the bad boy cat, who specialises in erm, crotch-grabbing and gyrating hips.) Seen by over 70 million people world-wide, CATS is a song and dance spectacular not to be missed. The musical revolves around a tribe of … [Read More...]

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Bintan Snapshots

So we had a crazy retreat at Bintan Lagoon Resort. 3 families comprising 6 adults and 4 kids and 2 babies. It was fun, relaxing at times, supremely tiring for the most part, but still worth it... The villa we stayed at could easily house 3 families. There were actually 4 bedrooms on the second level, so we let Vera and JJ take one room on their own. The villa is equipped with a kitchen too so you can bring your own ingredients to whip up a hot yummy breakfast. We got around by driving this cute little buggy. The villa wasn't really that far from the main recreational area so … [Read More...]

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One big beautiful mess

Kids thrive in mess. That's why they don't need to be taught how to make a mess on a daily (or hourly) basis. It's us uptight mums who get frustrated by mess, especially when we are the ones who do the cleaning up. I mean, we get the kids to take on the responsibility too but who am I kidding if I say that happens 100% of the time. And holidays, topsy turvy schedules, parties, and cough bugs, and gifts (ahem) make for a mega-mess. After three kids, you'd think that I'd have learnt by now to "let it go." Mess? Dive in it! Throw it all up in the air! Even the hubby, who is some kinda … [Read More...]