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Conclusion of another year 

It was rather odd to be penning this down, as early as in November.

I had 54 scheduled posts as of the point of writing this. Once again, it reiterated how much I favoured early preparation which extended to a large part of my life and personal philosophy. Hence, do not be exceptionally surprised if you were still reading about our 2015 days in 2016.

Only time sensitive factors such as the turn of a year would make me insert a time sensitive post. In the past year, I had written more, I had the opportunity of capturing more family moments and we were blessed with quality family time. Since 2014, I had been in a position where I was able to enjoy work life balance, or some could say work life blend.

We had started the year by going on a Royal Caribbean Cruise to Penang in Jan, Bali in February, Japan in May, Staycation at RWS in Oct/Dec as well as Japan again in Dec. I was pleased that I got to visit the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route and to have brought the boys for skiing. Apart from the occasional travel, the boys were treated to frequent visits to places of interest such as SEA Aquarium, Universal Studios Singapore, Gardens By the Bay, Zoo, Bird Park, East Coast Park & more.

Z learned rollerblading this year while X took on cycling on his hand-me-down training bicycle. Z also picked up more swimming strokes and was now on the verge of conquering his butterfly strokes. X gained water confidence and was learning how to blow bubbles from Z.

Z was well acquainted with learning spelling on his own at his preschool, X was getting along well with his Bambino Luk. Z  spent the year learning to read well while X was learning to speak. From mere words, X could string a sentence together. He had an iconic and hilarious look when he went, “I think…” We could literally see the light bulb appearing next to his head.

For the later half of the year, it was very much about supporting Z for his rehearsals and preparing him for primary one. Sometimes, we were so busy with Z that we seemingly spent less time with X. X was very involved in the entire adventure of preparing his brother for primary school and even acted as his mock ‘new classmate’.

In the same breath, we spent more 1:1 time with X when we dropped Z off for his martial arts classes, art lessons and more. I guessed everything added up. The boys started to fight more these days and we were training them to negotiate and to think win-win.

With regards to marriage, Mr H & I were pretty much same old, same old. Preparing Z for P1 had been such a mega family project that we spent time working on that together, and we had so many activities that it was really unbelievable that the year had zoomed past. A life partner had to be a life’s project partner. In fact, for the later half of the year, we were working on our holiday itineraries and catching up on so many missed movies that we both enjoyed in the past.

Edited:

There was a bit of trouble towards the end of the year, which was a lesson, a really expensive lesson. We learned to be sincere but yet discerning to people around us, we learned to be careful in helping people and we learned that trusting people was an art which had to be continually reviewed. Otherwise, 2015 was mostly happy and good.

2016 promised to be bigger, better and I hoped everyone around us would enjoy health, peace and happiness. Happy New Year to my dear friends!

New Year Day 2015 #postdated

The first day of the year started on a right note for Z. He was happy to discover that McD was giving away Hot Wheels with purchase of Happy Meals. The toy car was not featured in the display and I had brushed it off, citing that it was Barbie doll this week. When we asked the McD staff, we found out otherwise.

The pleased boy/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0382.jpg

After breakfast, we headed to Tiong Bahru to pick up meats and seafood for our New Year Day dinner with family. Here were the boys, posing in such a cute manner./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0386.jpg

Inside Fassler Tiong Bahru/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0390.jpg

Trooping back to the car in style/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0391.jpg

The snug-looking PJ looked so adorable on X/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0392.jpg

I cooked a simple lunch and the boys headed off for their naps till they woke up to play with the latest toy – a remote controlled boat. Like what else could beat a handful remote controlled cars? However, Mr H took the reins instead and the boys were happy to observe. Amazing!/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0403.jpg

Waiting for guests to arrive/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0397.jpg

Baked tomatoes and mushrooms – really loved what we did with the mushrooms/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0405.jpg

The spread comprising of east & west elements where the former was meant for the kids./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/fff/58946234/files/2015/01/img_0407.jpg

The dinner menu comprised of:
1. Salmon Sashimi
2. Herbal Chicken Soup (Liu Wei)
3. Steamed frog legs in Cordyceps chicken essence, wolfberries and ginger
4. Stir fried broccoli with prawns
5. Baked tomatoes with herbs & mayonise
6. Baked mushrooms with bacon in cheese & mayo or with prawn & mentai sauce
7. Pan-seared scallop
8. Ribeye steak

It was a hearty dinner and we definitely looked forward to more of such meals.

Our 2014 in summary

2014 was a year about happy family time.

In a blink, another year had gone by. For us, the turn of a year was more definitive than ever because we would end the year with Z’s birthday and commence the new year with X’s birthday. To be honest, it seemed all too fast to us.

It was at the start of this year when we celebrated X’s first birthday. It coincided with the changing to a new job. 2014 was a refreshing year. There was much more to learn but I was also blessed with more time for family. With more time for family, we taught Z how to read, how to scoot on a 2-wheeler and how to cycle without the training wheels.

This was also the year where we saw Z’s babyish looks disappear. This transformation was also a reflection of his maturity. He was a full fledged K1-er and there was a really marked difference. We had many quality conversations, and we taught him how to continually try and thrive. We taught him to always put in his best efforts and gave him lots of time to play.

At the same time, X was growing into a toddler. We had funny moments, we had frustrating moments but his cute acts would grow on us. We were also finally unlocking the key to his terrible twos, though he had yet to turn 2. I loved his babyish-toddlerly looks. I loved how he would scream “Mummy” both in excitement and bossiness.

This year, we brought the boys to Bali, Korea, Malaysia’s Legoland and Australia. We created these special travel memories for the boys to grow up with and for family bonding.

In this year, we had also been able to spend more time with family, friends and even made new friends from work and community.

I had to thank 2014 for blessing us with a year of health, love, safety and happiness for  our family and friends. I hoped that 2015 would be a wonderful and blessed year.

I hope to have more time on my hands in 2015. With the boys being older, probably less of a handful or I assumed, and lower learning curve in my job as compared to freshly embarking on it, perhaps we could find the chance to help other people in our own ways. I also hoped we could guide Z to become a better boy than he is, to be able to give X undivided attention more and to jet off somewhere with Mr H for a 2-persons’ holiday.

P.S: We had never travelled for leisure without the kids.

Anyhow, here’s to a Happy 2015 to all, especially to my friends who were expecting Jubilee babies!