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Feisty female in love with the finer things in life.

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As some of you guys may know, I love my staycations. Skai and I used to go for couple staycations all the time. And ever since I had Aidan, we love staycations even more! We love bringing Aidan for swimming sessions as he really enjoys being in the water.

When I first heard about the Family Fun Escape Staycation package by Swissotel Merchant Court Singapore, I was extremely intrigued.

While some of usual staycations that I go have interesting activities and decor, this really took the cake. The rooms are set up in 'Home style' (in my own words) where it's decorated in a very homely manner according to the respective ages of the kids.

The package comes with the following:

- Two rooms dressed up with kid's amenities such as themed bedding, toys and games
- Swissotel Kids’ Room set-up and age-appropriate amenities upon request
- 2 Adult and 2 Child USS admission tickets
- Complimentary ice cream during your stay for children 12 and below
- Guaranteed late check-out till 4.00pm

As our little family #nadskaidan is basically the three of us, we felt that having two rooms were too much for us especially because we co-sleep with Aidan.

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Aidan is now 11 months old! Soon he'll be 1 year old. o.O WAY TOO FAST!

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As per my usual tradition, here are some of his milestones!

  • He is able to move around with support. He stands while holding onto tables, chairs, humans. HAHHAHA. He also started to push things around.
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  • He claps enthusiastically now. Previous months he started doing the 'twinkle twinkle little star' motion and then pointing.
  • He has started saying mum mum, tata, baba. We're still waiting to hear him say papa and mama heh.
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  • He is still very vocal. He would point at things and say "EH!". He has started gesturing to things that he has queries on or things that he wants/drops. E.g. he would point at Skai walking away and go "EH!" as if to ask where is Daddy going?
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  • He is super hyper. He loves standing when he is not supposed to e.g. in baby chairs, supermarket trolleys.
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  • He is sleeping better at night. While he still sleeps really late, he now sleeps very deeply and does not wake up as frequently as last time.
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  • He has stopped sucking his pacifier to sleep. Instead he latches on me. Comfort latching. Before that, he'll bite on his teething toys.
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  • He is still breastfed. Looks like I'll be able to breastfeed till he is at least 1 year old! YAY!
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  • He has started giving things to people. Recently he fed me his biscuits.
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  • He is not afraid of dogs. Fidel brought her dog recently and Aidan was pretty indifferent to Ollie.
  • He loves touching the iRobot. However when the iRobot is switched on, he would be scared. HAHHAAH.
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  • He is still a very happy and cheery baby 🙂

Happy 11 months old my precious baby. He's growing up way too fast! We'll be planning for Aidan's 1 year birthday celebration soon. Do feel free to share tips and vendor recommendations! And if you'll like to collaborate, do contact me here!

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As most of you guys may know, I basically live breathe Ju Ju Be. I'm a huge fan of their diaper bags especially the Tokidoki range!

Tomorrow will be the launch of the Super Toki and Sweet Victory range from Ju Ju Be x Tokidoki and I was extremely lucky to have picked as one of the 88 VIPs from Bumper to attend their first ever Singapore Ju Ju Be Trunk Show!

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USA mamas maybe familiar with the concept of Trunk Shows however we Singaporeans have never had one before!

From my own basic understanding, a trunk show is organised by a physical retailer for their shoppers/VIPs to be able to purchase the items before the official launch. Just like a sneak preview of a movie!

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Who organised it and where?

Bumwear was the first ever physical retailer from Singapore to have organised it at their physical store at Plaza Singapura from 4pm - 8pm.

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How does one score a queue number?

Bumwear had put up a Rafflecopter link for 30 minutes on their Facebook Page. One would need to be a Bumwear VIP in order to qualify. 88 VIP members were picked by Rafflecopter and was announced on their Facebook page. I was lucky enough to have gotten queue number #13.

What was available for purchase?

This was the list of items available for purchase at the trunk show. Each queue number is entitled to purchase up to 4 Super Toki / Sweet Victory items with the requirement that at least one item be a Bag. If you purchase a non-toki Ju Ju Be item, you will be able to purchase an additional ST/SV item. Maximum of 2 additional purchases are allowed.

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What is considered a bag?

BRB, BFF, Be Sporty, HBB, Super Be, Be Light and Starlet.

What other fun activities were available?

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Bumwear had invited two popular CLs (Custom Ladies) Petite Romance and Milistudio who shared about their custom works alongside selling some of their items. You could also check out ST and SV at one of the booths there too!

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You can also take pictures at the Photo Booth with some fun props and enjoy a free cake pop from them!

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It was really fun though I was disappointed that the Super Toki Minibe was wiped out when it came to my turn. Looks like I have to work hard at FFF (Fastest Fingers First) tomorrow! I love such gatherings as I get to meet my fellow Ju Ju Be Pink Ladies!

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I took some pictures during the Trunk Show, hope that you enjoyed this post! Let's work hard tomorrow!!!

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I'm not affiliated in anyway with Ju Ju Be or Bumwear. In fact, I spend way too much money on Ju Ju Be as I buy every single bag with my own money.

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33! I feel so old now! As per my yearly tradition, it’s time to summarise my life into one post to see where I’ve failed and where I’ve succeeded.

Work: Been in the same place for a while now. It seems that things will change, with new job roles etc. Let's see how things go 🙂 Honestly, I wished I was a SAHM. So that I can spend more time with Aidan. But with current situation, new house and all, it's pretty tight. Good thing is, I get to go home on time and spend time with family.

Family: I miss my mum a lot! It feels so different after moving out. I talk to my mum everyday but it's just so different. Miss her cooking and Miu Miu a LOT! And as always, Family comes first. Always. 

Love: HAHAHA. Skai isn't the love of my life anymore. Aidan is. I never thought I'll be like this but  I guess it's all about making the best of the situation. I still find other kids irritating HAHAHAA. Honestly, dating and marriage was easy for us. But as parents, there were many times we disagreed on things. It's all about compromising and understanding, or well, trying to understand each other I guess? Aside from that, I have never thought I had so much love to give. I guess, we were lucky that Aidan is such a happy baby. He smiles at us all the time and while he has his moments, it's pretty much all good 🙂 Tiring, but good.

Health: Pregnancy was tough. Motherhood is a challenge. I'm so exhausted all the time. I'm surprised I have kept myself going with the breastfeeding and all but I'll try to continue till I dry up. Hope to hit my goal of 1 year at least. 🙂 I'm definitely healthier now after giving birth considering the lil hiccups during my pregnancy. But the sad thing is my weight gain! Can't seem to lose weight! Boo. Never mind, I'll go on my low-carb diet after I stop breastfeeding!

Friends: Kept those who matter close and distanced myself from those who I felt were toxic. Nothing changed here. 🙂

Blogging: Hello! I've pretty much evolved into a parenting blog!

Thanks to everyone and anyone who has wished me a very happy birthday. As mentioned every year: birthdays just symbolises another year closer to the grave (to me). So love like you have never loved before, eat like you have never eaten before, live life like every day is your last.

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So, my first Chinese New Year as a parent has passed. (Last year not counted, was preggers lah, but not a full fledged mother, ya know?)

Here's the difference between before having a kid and after.

Buying clothes.

Before having Aidan:

Simply just buying clothes and 'trying' to not clash with the hubby. E.g. If he wears green, I'll try not to wear red. We don't want to look like Christmas together.

After having Aidan:

MATCH EVERY FREAKING THING! Priority was Aidan. Finding clothes for him etc. I chose a red plaid shirt with jeans for him. After that, I chose an outfit to match him. DID NOT INTEND TO HAVE A FAMILY THEMED OUTFIT.

But the hubby felt left out and went to go buy a red plaid top. JIN KAYPOH SIA.

Getting ready.

Before having Aidan:

It used to take an hour max for us to get ready. One hops into the shower first, the other snoozes. After that, all rush to get ready and we can leave immediately.

After having Aidan:

Everything that can go wrong, WILL go wrong. Alarm set to go off at least two hours before we're supposed to leave the place.

Unfortunately when the alarm goes off, Aidan decided to latch. for a long time. After latching, tried to go bathe him, he cried. Have to pacify him. Play with him again. Finally can bathe him.

Dressed him up, bow tie too tight. Remove bowtie. Put aside watch for him to wear.

Took turns to shower while ensuring Aidan is in a good mood. Packed diaper bags and double check, triple check that nothing is left out.

About to head out, Aidan decides to latch again. Delayed. Aidan latches while mama cradles him. Daddy looks annoyed.

Finally after Aidan is done, we rush to the door. After locking the gate, we smelled something funny. Went back in. Poonami. Changed diaper.

Rushed out. Forgot the damn watch. Reached in-laws place an hour late.

Visiting.

Before having Aidan:

Relatives hinting/nagging about having kids.

After having Aidan:

Relatives loving Aidan and keeps carrying him, playing with him, smiling with him.

Small talk.

Before having Aidan:

Awkward conversation, small mundane talk. Stares at tidbits when there's nothing much to say.

After having Aidan:

Uses baby to make conversation. Uses baby to distract.

Angbaos

Before having Aidan:

Gives all the angbaos to all the kids, unmarried people etc

After having Aidan:

Collects some angbaos back. FINALLY! Relatives laugh when Aidan picks up the angbaos himself. I DID NOT TEACH HIM THAT!

Overall, this year Chinese New Year was extremely pleasant. Maybe because of the fact that we have Aidan, he was quite well-behaved.

But I know things will change. More questions will be posed to us in future years and Aidan will be running around like the monkey he is.

How was your Chinese New Year? Here are some pics we took this New Year!

CNY EVE - Aidan's first Lohei

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CNY DAY 1 theme - red plaid and denim!

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CNY DAY 2 - rompers theme (Daddy's not involved)

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CNY DAY 3 - Yellow theme (Daddy's not involved)

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Thanks Sarah for giving me the idea on such a post! <3

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