The Star with the Tummy

Aly looking pleased in her pink swimsuit and her rubber duckie, just before a swim.

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We haven’t brought her swimming since our last attempt about half a year ago, when she clearly did not enjoy the experience. We decided to give it a shot today and guess what, she loved it! It’s time to get her a float and bring her swimming more often 🙂

Happy long weekend everyone!

Two years on

Happy 2nd anniversary to us! All i can say is time flies like the wind, fruit files like the banana (I know this is lame but its one classic line that came out of the best man speech during our wedding celebration).

Two years ago we were young adults ready to embark on the next phase of our lives together and before we got to figure out how this whole marriage thing works, Aly came along, and in addition to figuring out how this whole marriage thing works, we had to figure out how this parenthood thing works as well.

But whatever it is, I’m glad we are in this together and I’m glad that we are both committed to the promises we made to each other. We have had our fair share of disagreements but I’m thankful that we always made it a point to return to the table to work something out together.

I hope we always remember that no matter how uncoordinated we may be, and no matter how terrible the circumstances may seem to be, we should always find something to laugh about, together, just like that first dance at our wedding which left us looking like fools (since we both have two left feet). But we enjoyed ourselves nevertheless and danced till the end together. And at the end of the day, that’s what is truly important.

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Source: Lightedpixels pixies (Kai)

Let the celebrations begin with…

Brunch at O batignolles, a charming bistro along gemmille lane, which branches out from club street! Perfect way to start the long weekend 🙂

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And a visit to Kki cafe (finally), a cafe on Ann Siang hill which serves the most delightful Japanese cakes. We had wanted to visit the little drom store which shares the same premises as Kki cafe. The little drom store sells quirky vintage knick knacks which will definitely appeal to those born in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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Have a wonderful Saturday everyone!

The Sleep Debt

I must say the past few months have been really hectic. In addition to trying to get used to parenthood and dealing with an energizer baby, we have also had to sell our place (which meant many weekends of house viewings and cleaning up), buy a new place, deal with all the administrative matters that came along with the aforesaid, pack (it’s amazing what this simple four letter word entails), move to a serviced apartment and deal with the renovations and furniture shopping.

It doesn’t help that work has been really busy and stressful especially in the past month. I get home mentally and physically exhausted at the end of the day, and have to deal with Aly waking up a couple of times a night.

So I think my body finally decided to go on a strike. It’s way of telling me “Take a break! You’ve got to rest!” I can’t remember when was the last time I fell this ill. In fact I don’t remember falling sick since I gave birth. But I guess once it hits, it hits real bad!

I’m thankful though, that I could count on my in laws and my mum to take care of Aly while I caught up on my sleep the past two days. And for once in maybe 10 months, I managed to get restful uninterrupted naps. Oh sleep, how I’ve missed you so!

So maybe it isn’t a bad thing that I’ve been taken ill. The Chinese have a saying 休息是为了走更长远的路 (which translates to something like “rest is to prepare you for the longer journey ahead”). I guess there’s some truth to that!

I unfortunately passed the bug on to Aly so I was kept awake most of last night, trying to help her clear her blocked nose, nursing her and making sure she wasn’t running a fever. On nights like these, i’m really really thankful that I’m
still nursing and am still able to provide her with some comfort (and immunity). I have been breastfeeding for 11 months and was hoping to wean her off soon, before my trip to hong kong, but this episode has made me rethink my decision. Oh well, I shall save this for another post.

I hope both Aly and I fully recover soon! It’s going to be an exciting weekend for us!