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Jumbo talk

We were having dinner at Jumbo Seafood with Mr H’s family and a guest from Japan one night. The guest was not keen to eat crabs and that dish was not ordered.

Midway through the meal, Z asked me, “Why didn’t we order crabs?”

I replied that the guest did not want to eat, so the order was not placed. We had arrived after the food order was taken. Hence, I asked if he wanted to order and we could do so.

Z hesitated and declined. He said he did not want to eat.

Five minutes’ later, he asked, “If we are not planning to eat crabs, why did we come to Jumbo for dinner? We can go other places.”

I really laughed out loud at this point. 

We ordered a crab in the end. We were deciding non-spicy options such as steamed, salted egg yolk or ginger with spring onion. The other adults had no preference so I thought of trying spring onion. As the waitress was penning down the order, Z suddenly voiced out, “I want salted egg yolk!”

While I had asked almost everyone, I forgot to ask him. He probably realized I wasn’t going to ask him and decided to speak up before the waitress sent the order to the kitchen.

I could only say I was very, very amused.

In the end, he ate the lion’s share of the crab. 😁

Steamboat dinner 

Mr LKY had referred to steamboat as battleship in his telegram many years ago.

Our family’s version was a tad cuter. A while ago, Z confused steamboat with Facebook.

He asked us, “Are we going to eat Facebook for Chinese New Year?”

These days, he acknowledged that Facebook could only be found in Mummy’s phone. However, his slip up would stay as a family joke forever. 

It was a working night when we opted to have a mini steamboat, or more like Shabu Shabu style. I discovered dried Japanese noodles which worked well for Shabu Shabu. It was much better than the usual udon or soba.


Sun dried fruits 

I came across these dried fruits (Peach, Apple and Strawberry) at Isetan. They tasted so good but cost a bomb at $15 per packet.

The sales promoter offered a discount at $35 for 3 packets. Still steep, but these babies were too delicious. My boys were so thick skinned and they ate so much samples that they nearly emptied the bowls. 

Yellow goodness

I was a noob when it came to buying durians. Thanks to social media, “self-help” articles on how to pick durians, media recommendation and transparent pricing, it made it easier for us to buy durians.

My first encounter for the season was Ah Seng Durian’s MSW durian. It was followed by MSW durian from a neighboring stall of Combat Durian as the queue for Combat was way too long. We paid $22 for a 1.2kg durian (the rate was $18 per Kg for MSW). There were 6 seeds.

Subsequent attempts to “book” durian was tricky because of how busy the lines were. We were introduced to Durian Tree ($15 per Kg for MSW). Having called in advance to reserve, Mr H got a 2.5kg MSW for $37.50. There were 16 seeds which was pretty reasonably priced in my opinion. 
Through this episode, I also found out that Z liked to eat durian too! He had earlier claimed to dislike durian. Such a funny boy he was.

Because we can never get tired of birthday cakes 

Everyone was so busy that we continued to enjoy birthday celebrations when it was very much belated.

We were such creatures of habit that we headed back to Gyu Kaku for a 3rd consecutive time over a span of 2 weeks. Some of the staff recognized us by then.  

We also patronized Jumbo 3 times within 6 days and the staff recognized Mr H when he bought takeaway crabs too.

It was a year with many cakes, many crabs and many slices of marbled beef. 😋

It also meant dieting season should be round the corner soon.

A year older for the both of us

Birthdays were fun in a different way with kids but they always felt shared some way or other. Maybe because we almost never got to blow out candles and we usually picked restaurants which were more kids’ friendly than romantic.

This year started with a gastronomical meal with our friends, with my oldest friend from 18 years’ ago! When friendships dated so far back, it could only mean how old we were becoming. 

Delicious meats at Gyu Kaku

The waiter served the birthday cake and boy was I surprised! The social media had been flooded with pictures of durians and I had been sorely tempted. Imagine my delight to tuck into a Goodwood Park durian cake! It was so sinful, so creamy and so good!

The awesome gang of friends and cake 

Our first celebration of the year 


Mr H’s clique of friends also celebrated with us a week later.

It was certainly heartwarming and happy to have so many friends to grow old with. It was just as meaningful to have old friends and ex-colleagues sending their well wishes and even taking the time to buy birthday meals. How blessed we were to be surrounded by beautiful company. 

The third weekend of June – Part 1 (Father’s Day)

The Father’s Day weekend started on Friday for the kids. Z’s school was closed and X’s school arranged a Father’s Day excursion to Urban Farm, Bukit Panjang.

Z followed me to work. He spent his morning making a Lego car, building a Sydney Opera House 3D puzzle, doing his assessment book and getting entertained by a few of my colleagues. This was an awesome perk of working for a pro-family employer. Kids were welcomed to office.

Here was Z at my workplace: 


I brought him up to see the much talked about ships

We had lunch nearby and I also bought him a cup of Ya Kun teh which pleased him.

Here was the boy waiting for Mr H to pick him up after half a day

Meanwhile, this was what X did at the excursion: 

Presented his card to Mr H


It was a potluck lunch party so I suggested to Mr H to buy 10 packets of bee hoon and it was a great idea.   

By evening, we were back to the usual routine of dropping Z off for class. We had to bring X home to eat dinner and wash up as he slept through dinner.

Meanwhile, Z’s blades had also arrived.

K2 SK8 Hero Pro, Size US1-5 at $189.65

We also got a set of guards for $28. It included wrist guards, elbow guards & knee guards. It was very cheap, compared to what we paid for Micro at $45 for a set of elbow & knee guards for X!!! The importance of market knowledge was prevalent.

Saturday was a buzz as usual. 

Soccer class for Z  

We attended a baby’s first month party. 


How nice it was to hold tiny babies and X looked so cute next to the newborn baby!  
We headed to Sentosa for another party.

Boys thrilled with their buggy ride to the Wavehouse

A cool beach club party     

Waiting for his Flow rider turn (and it was his 4th round!)  

Rather safe for the kids
He even received a certificate for participation    

End of party and another ride back (on another buggy)  

We headed off for a Father’s Day dinner at Vivo City’s Paradise Dynasty and actually caught the fireworks!  
Sunday was another flurry of activities. After replenishing the groceries, we prepped the boys to head to the park for skating lessons and scooting. We had to rush off for Father’s Day lunch at East Ocean. It was such a hot day that we had to detour home for a shower and change of clothes. Z went for his swim class before we headed down to Cafe Melba for our annual “surprise” Father’s Day party. It was so regular that it was really not much of a surprise and Mr H had been a tad disappointed when he thought this party was not happening! 

It was a chaotic party with 6 kids but that meant more fun, laughter and cheer.   



The weekend was so hectic that we were rather glad to have taken leave for the next day!