I'm not a fan of vacuuming honestly. I really hate lugging the heavy vacuum cleaner around and having to unplug and plug at various places cos of the cord.
I am also not a fan of doing housework when it is so painful and mafan. I used to prefer mopping over vacuuming cos a pail is much lighter than a vacuum.
This thinking stuck with me for years till I first saw the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute . I first try it in one of the electronics store and was wowed by how light the vacuum was.
After trying it and looking at the accessories available, I was pretty much sold.
What I like was how flexible the Dyson V10 was. It could 'transform' for various uses just by simply changing the head. The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute that I got came with these accessories: soft roller cleaner head, direct drive cleaner head, combination tool, crevice tool, mini motorised tool, mini soft dusting brush, flexi crevice tool and an extension hose.
My favourite thing to do is cleaning our ceiling fans with it. No more climbing shaky ladders and wiping the blades with a cloth!
It is super light and easy to use! I don't think I can ever go back to using corded vacuums anymore! Aidan saw me vacuuming and wanted to carry it himself.
The Dyson technology is amazing, the powerful suction and really remove hidden dirt in hard to reach places and I like how I could choose from three different power modes.
I am a firm believer of tonics. It helps with getting the body ready in most occasions. From young, I would take chicken essence in preparation for examinations and with my first pregnancy, I would take chicken and fish essence during pregnancy and postnatal recovery. Back then, I didn't like the taste but would grimace and drink it because it was good for me.
She recommended Chicken Essence with Eucommia for me to take during my pregnancy as it contains various herbs that will help replenish loss of fluids and also alleviate the heatiness during pregnancy. Other herbs, including Eucommia Bark, Dodder Seed, Himalayan Teasel Root and Colla Corii Asini also help to nourish organs such as liver, kidney and enriches the blood which ultimately helps with the back and waist pain that most pregnant mothers will encounter in our final trimester and after birth.
She also mentioned that the herbs, Ziziphi Spinosae Semen and Ophiopogonis Radix in Chicken Essence with Eucommia can help with getting a better night sleep and that I could also share this with Skai as it's not limited to just pregnant women. Eucommia is suitable for most people, especially those who require a bit more boost of energy such as overtaxed and stressed workers, teenagers, pregnant, breastfeeding and postnatal mothers. The only thing is that it isn't suitable for women who are on their period and anyone with fever.
Preparing the chicken essence was super simple. I kept the chicken essence frozen in my deep freezer and only took out a packet when needed. Simply cut open the packet and place the frozen block into a cup/bowl with a lid. You can either microwave it or double boil it at 100°C.
I was pleasantly surprised when I first tasted the chicken essence. It totally does not taste like any bottled chicken essence that I have tried before. It smelled great, tasted sweet and extremely rich flavour. It tasted like something home brewed instead! Very delicious. I looked forward to drinking this daily because it really taste great!
From what I read, Tian Yuan Xiang Chicken Essence uses 3.5 chickens for each box. The essence is braised and stewed under elevated temperatures and they practice 100% natural extractions. Every golden drop, containing essential amino acids and good protein, can be the best refreshment to nourish our health and energy.
She shared that the Chicken Essence with Vaccaria Seed is most suitable for breastfeeding mums to help recuperate our strength and energy. The herbs in this flavour help to nourish Qi and blood to help boost milk supply and prevent mastitis. Aside for the breastfeeding benefits, the herbs Nezumimochi and Fleece Flower Root in the Chicken Essence with Vaccaria Seed also help nourish the liver, enrich blood, relieve aches and help with postnatal hairloss. In addition, the "Chicken Essence with Vaccaria Seed" combines many herbs together that not only helps with calming the nerves and improves better sleep and lessens stress.
I didn't commence on the chicken essence as I had to avoid chicken and eggs for the first two weeks due to my caesarian birth. Once I hit 2 weeks, I started drinking the Chicken Essence with Vaccaria seed immediately. I'm almost done with the box and would be ordering another box soon!
Just take note if you are drinking Tian Yuan Xiang's chicken essence:
The best time to drink chicken essence is in the morning or before 4pm.
Drinking on an empty stomach would be more ideal for better absorption.
It is recommended to drink at least a packet a day. If you are really exhausted, you can drink 2 packets a day. For those in confinement, you can drink even more such as up to 4 packets a day.
It is best to drink earlier and not right before bed as it may cause sleeplessness.
Tian Yuan Xiang was first heard in Taiwan and now have physical stores in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. There are various flavours suitable for all group's needs such as elders, children, couples trying to conceive, stressed adults and mummies. Tian Yuan Xiang Chicken Essence is certified Halal except for the Chicken Essence with Eucommia.
If you'll like to check out Tian Yuan Xiang, you can visit their physical store at
Just like with Aidan, I wanted to capture photos of my beautiful bump when pregnant with Davina (aka #2) but I wanted something different as compared with Aidan!
Ashley and I discussed about a few different scenarios and concept and we decided to go for an outdoor photoshoot this time as we did an indoor shoot when I was pregnant with Aidan.
I showed some pictures from Pinterest as reference to Ashley and we both concluded that I preferred florals and a more girly look for this shoot. While Ashley offered a great variety of outfits to choose from, I wanted to search for different styles of clothings for the shoot. Showed them to Ashley and we shortlisted three outfits and decided on going to Botanical Gardens for our shoot!
I also mentioned to Ashley that while this was a maternity shoot, I would prefer if we can skew it to more of a family shoot. I wanted both Aidan and Skai to be the main stars of the shoot too.
Here's the end results! I love the pics! Ashley really charmed Aidan too because he was so cooperative and so happy during the shoot.
A month or so back, our little family of three went for a Singapore staycation at Oasia Hotel Downtown. I think I'm pretty much out of touch with Singapore Staycations now, there's so many new hotels that popped up and the packages are amazing!
Skai and I used to go for romantic / couple staycations back in the past and now with our lil family of three (and expanding soon), we tend to opt for staycations with more facilities such as pools or family friendly places.
I first saw Oasia Hotel Downtown as it was located very close to Teppei, one of my favourite Japanese Omakase restaurants!
The hotel is located in the downtown Tanjong Pagar area which is conveniently located close to Tanjong Pagar MRT Station. Lots of eateries from restaurants, local delights in hawker centres and cafes are located very close by.
We checked in a Club Room which came with access to the Club Floor, Club Lounge and Infinity Pool on Level 21. Do take note that kids are not permitted to enter the Club Lounge. Luckily that day, Aidan was due to spend time with my in-laws for dinner, so we managed to steal away a few hours for a date night!