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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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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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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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Aidan is a perfect 10! hahaa I meant, he has turned 10 months old! Here are some of his milestones!

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  • He is a champion crawler now. Once he sees something that he's interested in, he'll crawl really fast to the item. Commando standard yo!

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  • It's a little bit better with the carseat now. There are times where he wails, but there are times where he just 'endures' the car rides.

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  • He is really very inquisitive now. He loves looking and touching at things. Unfortunately, the distract method does not work on him anymore. When we pry the item out of his clutches. he cries like mad.

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  • He has learnt to point. He now gestures by pointing at things. Randomly.

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  • He is still exclusively breastfed and is still a champion latcher. There are times where he bites me. :'(

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  • He is quite vocal now. He would coo and make the cutest baby sounds and gabbles at times. He also cries loudly at times when unhappy or if he wants to be carried.

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  • He has mastered the grouchy and pouty look much to our amusement though most of the times he's pretty much a smiley baby.

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  • We brought him to the public pools recently. Though he seemed a bit apprehensive at first, after that he really enjoyed himself.

Happy 10 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 some of you guys may remember, I talked about my love for babywearing a few entries back. Babywearing is easy and convenient. When I'm going out alone, I need not face the hassle of struggling with a stroller. Imagine taking a cab with a stroller and a baby. Holding the baby while folding the stroller and putting into the boot. Errr. I'll definitely be damn kamchiong.

Babywearing also means I get to be handsfree. I can carry Aidan easily while shopping etc. Honestly babywearing helped me so much especially during my maternity leave when I was alone.

Especially now that Aidan finds it hard to keep still in a stroller, babywearing is a must-have.

During my pregnancy, I had researched on a number of carriers. I liked the idea of woven wraps and structured carriers. After observing many of my mama friends, I realised that Tula was a favourite amongst mamas.

I bought one way before Aidan was born. That was how kiasu I was.

Fast forward and Aidan was born and I tried Tula. Honestly the first time I tried it, I wasn't so sure. I confided in a few mama friends that I wasn't sure if I was doing it right. I mean, I've seen pics and videos but I wasn't sure. They brought me to Bumwear at Plaza Singapure and the lovely ladies helped me adjust my carrier. I finally found what was making me uncomfortable and from there, babywearing was a breeze with Tula.

In fact, I love Tulas so much that I bought 4. Two canvas and two woven conversions. Hurhur.

Soon I began joining the Tula community on Facebook and joining both the Jujube and Tula gatherings.

When I got wind that Bumwear was organising a gathering with Ula (founder of Tula) who was coming to Singapore, I was excited. Managed to sign up for a slot to meet Ula herself. *fangirl moment*

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It was lovely meeting other mamas and exchanging tips. Also gawking at the lovely Tulas from the lovely mamas.

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I also loved seeing the other fellow papas babywearing. One thing that I'm really glad is that Skai is really supportive of babywearing. He also volunteers to babywear Aidan too!

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It was also nice to finally meet Rita from Bumwear who was the main reason Ula came down to Singapore!

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Also spot the lovely Jujubes at the event. Tulas and Jujubes go so well together!

I was crazy enough to sign up and pay for two session to meet with Ula! The first one was a cosier session with Tula Love Stocking Buddies where I used my wc Beluga Arctic. The second was a more casual setting where I decided to dress down and use my first canvas Alpaca Hearts with my customised accessories! Spot my love dinosaur hoodie!

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Babywearing days are short and I hope to babywear Aidan as much as I can. I've yet to master latching in the Tula but I hope one day I will!

It's crazy but I'm eyeing more Tulas! Like a mesh... and perhaps a fancy?! hahhaa.

None of these were sponsored. All of my Tulas and Jujubes are paid by myself. Not even by Skai. I genuinely love the products and the community.

Hope to go for more Tula and Jujube events!

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