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Celebrating 10 years of knowing each other

Amazingly, it had been 10 years since we met each other at the now defunct Partyworld KTV at Prince Hotel.

In the sweet and sometimes bittersweet 10 years, we had pledged commitments to have and to hold each other. Through good times and bad times, we had each other.

The journey seemed to be ever evolving, never the same old same old, always filled with fun and happy adventures. This was a lifetime, a family and a love we built.

On this very apt day, I came across this link http://eazon.com/p/13307 and I was reminded of the humble fact of how beautifully aligned our matrimony had been.

The trending daddy

Mr H was an awesome father, alongside with many new age fathers.

They could handle kids with ease, expert diaper changers, the strength to hold down any whiny kids, the fun pal for any occasion and wear a stylish diaper bag the manly way. Mr H could fulfill any of the parenting duties as easily as I could, short of the parental pep talks and breastfeeding! Otherwise, how else could I have gone on trips and get my month facial/mani fixes without qualms?

On top of that, he would go to wet market for us. I would prepare the list and Mr H would brave the massive carpark jam, the heavy load from wet marketing as well as the “unglam” association. Nay, I jested.

Mr H was more than willing to help because he knew I hated multi-point turns in congested carparks and that I would quiver at the thought of putting wet change in my designer’s purse.

Of late, we realized he was not the only man braving the wet market alone. Some of my friends’ husbands did that too. What used to be an auntie’s conversation had become an “Uncle’s conversation” when you had one man asking the other, “how much did you get the fish for at your market?” and comparing tips on wet marketing.

Indeed, we were blessed.

Thank you, Mr H!

The last of all Belated Birthday Posts

Even as of the point when this happened, it was belated. Mr. H felt it was important to hold a separate birthday celebration for me to recognize an unique day of my own.

Though I had declined his staycation idea, he still would like to indulge me with a personal cake and dinner. Given that I overdosed on cakes for the entire week, he created a ‘macaron’ cake. It was a surprise marred by Z.

Z had gone,”Daddy told me a secret but I cannot tell you.” Mr H groaned and Z went on to unveil the rest of the details with my 360° probing.

My unique macaron cake

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Mr H actually contacted Joyce of Joys Baking & Co to ensure that I had not ordered macarons for the weekend. I reckoned I was more impressed with the fact that he tried to verify more than the cake itself.

We had a subsequent dinner date at Equinox where we managed to get 50% off the total bill with the Feed At Raffles card. We could not have chosen a better time to go because we managed to catch the fireworks display from the NDP rehearsal. Z and X were delighted!

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The long stretch of birthday celebrations literally ended with a bang. Z was so thrilled that he could not stop talking about how near the fireworks were to him.

To both of us who would turn older together in the same week every year, to more years of celebrating our birthdays together and for each other, to more boisterous years of having the kids sing birthday songs and blow out our candles. If moments could stay, these happy times would be forever etched in memories and in words.

Belated Birthday Celebration Post

Friends who knew Mr H & my birth dates could probably do the math and realised how belated this post was.  I thought I would like to record for posterity. It would be nice to look back to count the calories consumed from the numerous birthday cakes and feasts.

Having our birth dates 4 days’ apart meant we enjoyed a week’s of feasting and overeating.

First up was dinner at the then newly opened Pince & Pints where the family of 4 indulged in fresh lobsters.  My taste buds were piqued when I saw how the dish presentation resembled that of Burger & Lobster in London.  While the lobsters were 200g smaller, the fries thinner and the sauce weaker, Pince & Pints still served as a great local haunt for lobster cravings.

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Cake featured: Mille Feuille from Chef Yamashita

Next up was dinner with my girlfriends at Supply & Demand, Orchard Gateway.  They served up a mean dish of grilled snapper at $25.  It was lovely.  The house red wine, a new world wine, was decent and lovely too.  One of my girlfriends shared the same birth date as Mr H, which meant it was 4 days’ apart from mine too.  We were surprised that the restaurant was generously dishing up a 50% discount off every second main course.

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Cake featured: Strawberry Shortcake from Chef Yamashita

Third up was dinner at Majestic Restaurant located at Gardens by the Bay with Mr H’s family.  The dishes were delicious and had an interesting spin to it.  Our favourite was the Japanese Soya Sauce Crab!

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Cake featured: Strawberry Shortcake from Chef Yamashita

Following fast on the heels was dinner at Wan He Lou with my family.  They offered great dishes at good value.  The lobster porridge was sweet and flavourful, but my favourite was the deep fried lotus root chips in salted egg yolk.

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Cake featured: Strawberry cake from Charles’ Classic Cake

I thought I ought to record down that apart from the Green Tea Azuki cake from Cake Glace from my colleagues, all candles featured on the earlier cakes were blown out by Z & X.  Yes, the Frozen themed ice cream cake was not spared too.

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However, it was such a joy celebrating with the children that I would gladly let them blow every candle on our cakes.  We were very blessed and happy to be celebrating our birthdays together with Z & X.

At point of writing, Mr H still owed me a birthday dinner at Equinox.  Perhaps one more cake for the children to revel in?

A Surprise Idea

July was always a special month because it was a birthday month.

Or at least I used to find it pretty special till practicality took over.

Mr H had grand surprise plans.  He arranged with my mom to babysit the children while he arranged for a staycation at the newly opened Sofitel SO Hotel along Robinsons Road, movie, dinner at Equinox, drinks at New Asia Bar and brunch for the next morning before picking the kids up.

Coming from Mr H, it was amazing because the man had not been known to plan.  He amazed me by putting a well-thought plan together.  However, he was concerned about passing my stringent standards and did not really dare to execute the surprise, especially since the surprise was meant to happen one week after my actual birthday due to unavailability.  The last time he attempted to surprise me with a ‘late celebration’, I almost butchered him.  Trust me, there was a lot of ‘He forgot all about it’ whines going on.

Hence, I actually found his gesture of preempting me about the surprise a sweet gesture.  Finally, the man got it!

However, the pragmatic side of me was really hesitant about doing a staycation.  I thought the monies could be put to better use, like upgrading certain elements of a holiday.

While I graciously and happily basked in the delight that my husband took the efforts to plan, I rejected the staycation.  After all, it was the thought that really counted.  Knowing that he was able to produce a flawless plan made me feel very loved.  Guess it would not come as a surprise that “Acts of love” was my love language.

I would not say no to a nice dinner though.

Belated Father’s Day celebration

Given how belated the celebration was and how late this post was scheduled, this was really late news.

I had to admit by the time the mummies (wives of 4 good friends) came together to decide on a free period, Father’s Day would have passed. That was something which we mummies had not really realized when we scheduled to meet for dinner on 21st June. All of us were too busy at the earlier weekend.

It had become somewhat of a tradition to celebrate Father’s Day for the guys. It started two years ago at Great World City when YX and I surprised our other halves with an ice cream cake.

Last year, it was a surprise Dim Sum lunch for 3 daddies. This year, maybe the guys were expecting it and could have been disappointed when we breathed no word of it. Mr H claimed he was not surprised and was half waiting for it. What surprised the guys was that we roped in a 4th daddy who was a new daddy in their foray.

It was a hearty and boisterous dinner where our table was complained for disturbance (again).

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After the dinner, some of us adjourned for wine at our place.

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Man, the last time we actually got to sit down for wine together was easily 6 years ago! I actually casually suggested about going to Mambo on 8th Aug and was met with quizzical looks.

The question was who would look after these rascals.

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Life before kids had been crazy, life after kids was crazier and so here was a toast to celebrating many more years of parenthood where we knew the kids would fight to blow out every single candle on the cake.

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The Father’s Day weekend

This probably gave an indication how far forward scheduling I did usually.

I had to say the World Cup opened at the right weekend. I was toying with the idea of a surprise gift or buying the man a good dinner. As it seemed, the World Cup itself was a major distraction.

The best present I could give to Mr H was non-interfered World Cup watching times. Despite staying up the entire night, he was still able to cooperate with our relentless schedules.

He took Z to sports class while I brought X for vaccination.

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We regrouped and headed for a Dim sum brunch to celebrate Father’s Day in advance.

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We brought the kids to National Museum’s Masak Masak exhibition where they literally had the ball of a time at this station.

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Some of the more interesting ones were physics-based and so the engineering-schooled Mr H explained and demonstrated to Z.

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X had the chance to play with chalk and I really tried not to flinch at the thought of him breathing in all that chalk dust!

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I picked up my favorite macarons from Joy’s Baking & Co and completed my grocery shopping at NTUC, due to the temporary closure of our favorite wet market. The boys napped till dinner time.

We checked out the new Orchard Gateway and were really impressed by Saizeriya. It was cheap and good; actually so cheap until I could not imagine how and why…! I reckoned we would be back for more. It was super value for money.

We bumped into family friends and ended up having ice cream at Coldstone. There was an exhibit on vintage cars which really drove Z wild.

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There was an Instagram contest giveaway so we got to redeem a free Nike water bottle too.

For me, the night was wrapped up with drinks at the pool deck while Mr H’s night continued into dawn with the World Cup matches. I volunteered to cook lunch earlier and bring Z for his swim class so that Mr H could rest. We had an afternoon excursion to the River Safari!

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River Safari was a comfortable attraction because it was totally sheltered.  We enjoyed learning about the Amazon forest.  While it was true that a lot of information could be found on web, a quality curation and presentation of information enabled better understanding and absorption.

And that rounded up our rather hectic Father’s Day weekend.