Category Archives: General

Roller skating classes too

Instead of spending 90min idling in the park, I decided to sign up for the roller skating class. I had not thought much about it until another friend said she was learning with her son.

Hence, I ended up getting my rollerblades and guards from the same shop too. Previously, when I purchased online, I ‘chanced’ upon a discount code as I was switching the browser. I cleared cache and the same discount code popped up too. It was a $5 code.

Discount code: BNAG10

While $5 did not seem much, the blades were already discounted, so it was an additional $5.

Since it was purely recreational and I only needed a basic pair of skates, the instructor recommended a few women’s skates and some kids’ skates. Based on the existing inventory, Z selected this for me.

Rollerblade Spitfire SL G, $201.10 (SRP $229)
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I knew it looked too cute and sweet but well…

Anyway, Z said he picked this for me because the rest were K2 (the brand) and other people might think I was trying to be a K2 (preschooler).

Here was to more skating for Z & I, especially after hearing that 1 hour of skating equated to almost burning 600 calories and it was a low impact cardio sport.

Facebook’s memories of the day function

Since Facebook started putting memories of the day across the various years, I had been much amused and truly marveled at the time before I became a mother to seeing the boys grow up through the years.

26 april 2009 – This was my last mega party before I discovered I was probably 3 weeks’ pregnant and fretted over the alcohol consumed    

26 april 2012 – When Z was almost 2.5 years old, exactly one month before I discovered that I was pregnant with X. This was how cute Z was at that time too.  

26 April 2013 – This was before we flew off to London and Paris during my extended maternity leave. 

Testing out the wardrobe and putting on Korean autumn/winter fashion – how I missed his chubby cheeks and little tum tum  
Trained from young

  

What my maternity days had been about – babysitting X and training him to hold his neck up   

April 26 2014 – enough said   
The day he mastered the art of wearing flip flops

  

When they went to the water park at Gardens by the bay and Z had to provide the on ground babysitting 

We ended the day with ice cream and that had been somewhat the start to a tradition of hanging out with the kids for “late night” ice cream   

If only iPhone could sort photos by the day of the year they were taken, how awesome to have a mini walk down the memory lane.

Kampong spirit today

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When I was growing up, my best memories were of playing with my neighbors who lived in the same block. We used to play “catching” and “hide and seek” all over the block. I also recalled learning how to cycle in the main corridor.

I was sure Mr H’s childhood memories were equally fun in the old neighborhood of Tiong Bahru. He even shared fondly of the times he used to take a trishaw to school with a few other neighbors from his nanny’s place.

That explained why we recognized the important of play during childhood. When else would be the best time to play? I also recognized the importance of having regular playmates. We had been blessed with nice neighbors who had kids around Z’s age too.

They played in the evenings, they played on weekend mornings, they swam, they scooted, they popped in and out of the houses, they celebrated Halloween, they celebrated Christmas, they watched lion dance performances, they lohei-ed together and more. We might not be living in a kampong but the spirit of community was strong.

Above all, I was thankful how they bonded and might possibly be gifting each other with beautiful childhood memories.

The picture was of the recent Christmas party and there was a movie date amongst the kids for the next day. What fun times our kids had grown up in, how precious these carefree times were. May Z and X grew up to remember these happy days.

Part of a Blog Train

Zhing (from little project in style) emailed me a while back.  It was funny to be getting emails from her because the only times we emailed each other was to trade itineraries and agents’ contacts.  We were mostly keeping updates via social media and whatsapp!  On a sobering note, we had known each other since high school, and high school was so yester-years.  Throughout all these years, what amazed me was Zhing’s penchant (and talent) for homestyling and handicrafts.  It would be a dream to get her to dress up any parties!

As part of the blog train, I had to answer these 4 questions which were thought-provoking in a way.

1. What am I working on?

With regards to the blog, I write as and when I like.  I pen down most of my thoughts on the go, should there be a moment I am keen to record down.  In personal life, I am constantly working on new launches on www.paleyandlove.com because we bring so many beautiful children’s clothes that I wish could fit myself in!  On a professional work front level, I don’t discuss about it.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?

As a mother of two, in some sense inevitably, there is a parenting element but with a corporate twist to it.  It mainly differs in the sense that I am asking fellow parents to chill, to stop rushing your children to enrichment classes, to stop fretting every little thing and basically, integrate parenting into our original lives as much as possible.  I apply a lot of management strategy and marketing concepts in what I write, be it to do with lifestyle or parenting entries.

3. Why do I write what I do?

Apart from making sure that my children attend a preschool with awesome teachers, I don’t bother with enrichment lessons at all.  I wish fellow parents would, in due time, come to agree and stop worrying so much about their kids’ progress.  What tomorrow’s world needs is not a bunch of strait laced academics but street smart individuals who possess strong drive, inner discipline and out-of-the-box quirkiness.  Tomorrow’s career might not even be in existence today.  Take for instance, social media agencies – would you have heard of them when we were 5?  Besides, would career even be a legit word next time?

4. How does my writing process work?

Systematic, processes, concept, messaging, takeaways, big stories, keynote, crux, essence; I enjoy reading business articles and that have lent corporate strategies in how I bring up my children, negotiate with my other half and is reflected subtly in my narrations.

However, I reckoned I could do better in terms of photography and actually posting up more photos for my blog entries.

www.cherieladie.com – Cher, one of my oldest online friend per se, since the days of Livejournal shares the latest news of what’s new and cool for kids.  She has a hectic blog schedule but it’s always handy to know the latest kids-related events/products/happenings from her blog.

http://mrsgiraffe.wordpress.com/ – Joce, a friend since Livejournal days too, writes about her feisty daughter bullying the sporty elder son.  Primarily, she shares about how she uses sports to develop her son’s kinesthetic intelligence.  The bullying bit is secondary but just as amusing to note.

http://multiparenting.blogspot.sg/ – Jene, an ex-classmate/schoolmate, pens down funny episodes of what her cheeky little-beng toddler gets up to.  It’s impressive that he is a #hokkien baby and makes me wish that I know some dialect to impart to Z & X.

http://yflyn.livejournal.com – Read about how Eve, a Singaporean mom, who writes about living in beautiful Switzerland with her kids, the challenges faced for a child has to fit in to their local system and spending some glorious weekends driving off to France for holidays.

Marketing, advertising & reviews

Having been in this line for pretty long, at times, I liked to break down the hidden message in a marketing promotion, an advertisement or a review.  I looked at things in a particular manner and dissected every single word mentally.

Similarly, when salespeople talked to me, I always tried to read their true and real intention.  That did not mean I was not susceptible to their claims.  What I merely wanted to do was to decipher and sieve out the genuine claims from the inflated claims.

I truly enjoyed marketing because it was an art and it was fun.  I enjoyed being drawn in and to be made to feel like buying something.  Some of the magazines were really fantastic, so it got to a point where I thought it would be healthier for my wallet not to flip the pages.  Harper’s Bazaar had the most awesome product shoots and layouts ever.  Very long ago, there was ‘Smitten’ which got me pretty smitten that I would be sure to seek out apparels and accessories featured in the magazine.  Unfortunately, the publisher folded shortly after one year.

I generally trust Japanese & European brands slightly more than the others because they were truer in a sense.  Having worked in Japanese firms, I knew how strong an integrity they held.  They might not be able to craft the sexiest marketing message because of so many reasons out there, they were really made of steadfast quality.

There were too many truths and untruths to filter through.  No wonder brand loyalty would develop.

A cold month

It had been very cold.

Or that was what Mr H kept telling me when he caught a cold, and when Z a showed mild flu symptoms.

Seeing that we had a pleasant weather this evening, I suggested to dine at the balcony. It had been a long time since we ate there.

It was so windy that I was shivering too!

Did this mean we would always have wintry Jan from now onwards? I loved this weather but I reckoned I would need a cardigan.

Some loot from 3M

In exchange for some help rendered to my friend’s project, we received quite a fair bit of 3M products. I had passed the previous loot to my mom.

When I came home with 3 bagful of 3M products, Mr H was not impressed. He told me that he would now need to seek new storage areas for these items.

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I thought it was a little unappreciative and dismissive till I went through the items one by one and he became more receptive.

One of Mr H’s favorite plasters and we were due for replenishments too

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I never knew that they had eye masks and it seemed to work the same as the Face shop’s raspberry eye gel patches. I was the sort ‘got mask will use’ type.

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I was almost going to buy this a few days ago! Very timely!

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Another one of those nice to have but necessary office stationery

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Mr H was particularly happy with this because we were due for a change. I didn’t even know they had scissors.

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Plastic hooks for the children’s charts

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I did not know they have this!

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We didn’t exactly need this but I guessed it could be setup in Z’s toilet

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The staples of 3M which I grew up with

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Looked like some absorbent table cloth

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Lastly, kids’ pillows?! I never knew but I thought the challenging part was to look for the pillowcase sheets.

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At the risk of sounding very auntie, I was impressed and really liked all the items because they were so useful.