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
I have to admit, I have been extremely tardy with updating on the milestones. It's been so hectic and i hardly have the time to sit at the computer especially with Davina needing my attention always.
I only have time on my mobile these days and even those time, is very limited. The panda period is tough but this too, will pass 🙂
Here's Aidan's updates from 23 - 26 months!
At 23 months, I was still latching Aidan. While I know some may frown on latching as it may cause contractions, I have also heard of mothers latching throughout their pregnancy. I decided to continue latching though I reduced the frequency due to my nursing aversion.
Aidan still seem to enjoy school and playing with the kids. There were some mild cases of Aidan being bitten by his schoolmates but I heard that Aidan continued playing with them. LOL
Aidan also started recognising my tummy as meimei then.
Aidan's childcare had a bout of HFMD so we took him out of childcare for 3 weeks to be safe as we couldn't risk him contracting HFMD and passing to me at my final trimester.
Because we didn't send him to school, we missed celebrating his birthday at school. Instead we had a simple celebration at home where we discovered he is scared of lighted candles.
He can't pronounce his name still so he calls himself A. He would refer to his items like "A clothes", "A shoes", "A eat".
Aidan is still very picky over his food. Most of the times, he refuses to chew and would only take soft food. He loves soup a lot!
He is extremely peckish and would want to snack. We have bought lots of puffs, biscuits and snacks for him.
Meimei arrived 2 weeks after his 2 years birthday. He loves meimei a lot. He would hug and kiss her. But he doesn't know his strength, so we would watch out how he treats Davina lol.
Aidan is still very addicted to YouTube and we have had many episodes of him throwing tantrums just to get his way. Terrible twos?
Aidan recognises us. When we show him pictures of us in the past, he can still recognise us and would call us.
He is also very helpful and we would ask him to help pick up items etc and he would happily agree to do so.
He loves to play with toys especially the cutting toys. I think it's because he watches those videos on YouTube and is happy to see the same items at home.
So far Aidan has not showed any jealousy to Davina, will see how it goes!
Davina at one month old!
Davina like Aidan is exclusively breastfed. But her feeding behaviour is the opposite of Aidan. While Aidan latches on strong and long, Davina drinks for a short period of time but frequently.
Davina also rejects bottles unlike Aidan. She wakes every 1.5 hours and needs to either latch or be cuddled.
She sleeps better with us around her. We would pat her or hug her to sleep.
Davina seems to be more serious as compared to Aidan. I suspect her personality will be more like Skai's. LOL
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For our first pregnancy, we hired a confinement nanny to help as both of our parents were not able to help with my confinement. We really appreciated the additional help especially since I had undergone a caesarian surgery.
This time around, it was pretty much a no-brainer decision for us. With an active toddler who is only 2 years old, we would need all hands on deck.
Thus this time, we decided to hire a nanny from PEM Confinement Agency which is one of the most popular confinement agencies in Singapore.
I actually shared about my nanny often on Instagram and some of my friends and readers have requested for a PEM confinement review so here it goes!
Here are the main reasons why we decided on hiring a confinement nanny:
Our parents are unable to help with the confinement period. My mum is working whereas my mother-in-law can't cook confinement food and is not confident in taking care of a newborn.
Having an additional pair of hands would help lighten our load and stress.
Going thru another caesarian meant a longer recovery to me. I also did not want to stress my wound too much and I was right in thinking so. My recovery this time around was really really tough.
We could concentrate on spending time with the kids instead of focusing on the chores.
Skai was unable to take one month of leave to be the 'confinement nanny'.
Both of us had no idea on how to cook and prepare confinement food.
With these overwhelming reasons, our decision came really easy for us. We preferred to work with an agency rather than hiring a freelancer as we have heard many horror stories about freelancers. With an agency, if there are any hassles, we could always get a replacement or ask the agency to settle the problem.
We called PEM really early in my pregnancy as I remember how fast they were fully booked being one of the most popular and reputable agencies. Made our deposit and was given a reference number and briefed on the procedures. We were told to call them once I have given birth.
We were introduced to Auntie Wee Kin (#454). I liked that she was bilingual as she managed to speak Mandarin to my hubby and Malay to me. I'll be breaking down my PEM confinement review into a few sections on how Auntie has helped us.
I guess as a second time mama, I kinda knew what I wanted to do. I discussed with Auntie and we discussed on a suitable routine.
For me, with the success of Aidan's breastfeeding journey (he has been breastfed till now actually, more than 2 years!), I wanted total breastfeeding. Not only that, I only wanted to latch. No bottles or pacifiers were to be used during confinement. Auntie was super supportive of my breastfeeding journey and even helped to clear space in my freezer for when I pumped.
She also made sure I have adequate rest as she mentioned that happy and well-rested mamas would have a better supply. Not only that, she made sure to cook plenty of boosters for me to help with my breastfeeding journey.
We also had an arrangement where while she took care of Davina at night, whenever Davina was hungry, she will pass to me to latch and I will return Davina to her afterwards. Though it was more tiring for her as compared to feeding formula (where babies usually sleep longer) and that she would have to wake up more times at night, she was more than willing to do so.
As mentioned above, my recovery was really tough. It was more painful than the first time actually. I was pretty much bedridden for the first week. Auntie helped to cook nourishing soups for me to help aid my recovery.
Also because I had a caesarian, I couldn't eat chicken or eggs for the first two weeks. She prepared many various dishes that didn't make me 'sian' of pork at all!
I told Auntie that from previous experiences, I did not want breakfast. If really need be, a simple toast or cooked oats. I couldn't stomach a very filling breakfast in the morning as this wasn't my style. For lunch, I preferred a one-dish meal and for dinner, I was okay with a few dishes as Skai would be eating with me.
Auntie made a lot of yummy dishes and once she knew what I liked, she would replicate it in many various ways. I often ask Auntie to cook the same thing over and over again (like my fave beehoon soup, fried beehoon, salmon and pork trotters).
I liked that Auntie kept things simple. Soups were nourishing but not bitter. Drinks were tasty but not overpowering. She was scared that I would be sick of the longan red date tea so she made sure to alternate drinks. I would have longan red date tea for one day and fried rice tea for the other. She would also prepare tea breaks for me. She noticed that I had very bad water retention and made a point to prepare red bean soup for me often.
Skai and I really enjoyed her cooking and we really loved the homeliness of it. Reminds me of home cooked meals. While she wasn't obligated to, she also cooked for Aidan who was a very very fussy eater!
Auntie also made sure I had sufficient hot drinks and would wake up in the middle of the night to replenish my flask!
Auntie was seriously a clean freak! HAHHAA. And I mean it in the most positive and endearing way. She couldn't stand having things messy or dirty. In the first week that she was with us, she basically gave my home a makeover! She helped me with the messy rooms and kitchen. She introduced a better organisational system for both the nursery and kitchen which really made things easier to find! She is also very particular about cleanliness. She would mop and sweep the floor everyday.
Skai and I also liked how clean and neat Auntie was. We felt at ease with her taking care of Davina as we observed her cleaning and bathing Davina.
Love of kids
While Auntie wasn't obligated to take care or cook for Aidan, she did so. I noticed that she really loved kids and she love to interact with Aidan. She would entertain Aidan daily and play with him. She would also sing to Davina and chat with her daily.
Some days, she would help to feed Aidan so that Skai and I could eat at our own time without rushing through our meals.
I think one of Auntie's favourite moments with us was attending Davina's newborn shoot. She was going gaga over how cute Davina was. heh.
Temperament and character
What I liked about Auntie Wee Kin was her modern way of thinking. She did not restrict me from bathing and would prepare the herbs for me to shower with each day. She only asked that I would blow dry my hair so that I would not catch a cold. She does not nag and is not kaypoh. She keeps to herself when needed and is not a chatterbox. I really liked this aspect as for the first week, I was in tremendous pain that all I wanted to do is rest. She was a very motherly figure (without the naggyness) and was super caring.
I miss Auntie so much! We even celebrated her birthday as it was during the confinement period. We found out that she liked colourful and sweet snacks so Skai went out to buy a mini rainbow cake for her. We kinda barged in during her rest time and sang to her. She was so shocked! hAHHAA.
I highly recommend Auntie Wee Kin to anyone who is looking for a confinement nanny. If you are looking for her, you can quote her number #454 when booking from PEM Confinement Agency. I have a friend who has booked her for her confinement and I'm so glad to hear that! I intend to visit her and Auntie once she has popped heh!
Here are the last two pics of Auntie we took on her last day! Even Davina looked sian that Auntie was leaving LOL. She woke up that day at dawn to prepare plenty of food for us. Super touched!
Thanks for reading this super long PEM confinement review. If you have any queries, please leave them in the comments below. Thanks!
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