Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Day In A Life : My Typical Friday


One year ago, I shared my thoughts as a FTWM (Full Time Working Mum). Today, I share with you my typical kind of Friday for me as a SAHM (Stay at Home Mum).

Before Xav started official school, it makes no difference whether if it is a school day, a weekend or public holiday.  He is an early riser as trained by his daily routine since young. We have no chance to sleep in, he will wake up at 7am on the dot or earlier at times.

Now that term two of school had started, I have to confess that I am still struggling to get out of my bed. No, not at 7 am but at 5.30 am. He has requested for Bento boxes for his recess on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Then again, at times if Vera or myself is unwell, I will skip this.

So this is my typical  Friday :

- 5.30 am to 6.45 am : Ready for school - From prepping his brekkie, bento boxes, a quick run through to make sure his school bag is properly packed and pencils sharpened and off to school he goes. If I am lucky and fast enough in my 200 metres dash to catch that bus, I would be back home by 7.15am.

- 7.30 am to 9 am : The never ending washing - While waiting for Missy Vera to wake (usually at 7.30 am), the washing begins. The laundry would be washed either in the morning or in the night, depending on the volume. Am seriously thankful to my mister who insisted in getting a dryer when I first objected to it. Yes it does makes me lazier because I don't need to hang the laundry piece by piece. I will just let the dryer do the job.



While the laundry are being washed, I will work on the load in the sink. (When comes to washing up, I secretly wished that I am still having a helper around but I chose not to cave in to get another one)


If I have done my marketing and have planned for my meals for the next, one day before, I will prep the ingredients for lunch. Usually, lunch are more simpler with a soup and a dish. I do have some quickfix recipes on hand to save me at times.

All the vacuuming and packing up of the living room or the study room which is in an UNDESIRABLE state yet again. I close both my eyes to the mess. Thankful for friends who came by for visits or sharing for their kind understanding that it's inevitable for the mess, especially with young kids around.

7.30 am to 10.30 am : Playtime - At times, I will let her catch some bubbles to train her eye-hand coordination,


or we can at times get down to impromptu learning session in the kitchen.


If we have time to spare, I will let her dabble with the paints.


10.30 am : Nap time ZZZ - Little missy will be put to bed for her morning nap. Somehow she needs  her nap even if she wakes at 8am.

10.30 am to 12 pm : My oily business - Apart from dealing with the kids' business, I do run my own oily business. Not only I am actively enrolling new members but I provide them with product knowledge and usage support as well. I would say it is a really mobile business as I can do it within my free time, earn my keeps and be financially independent.  At the same time be with the kids.
During this one hour, I will also cook Vera's lunch and take my shower before she wakes.


12 pm to 1pm : Lunch Feeding . I will serve and feed Vera lunch before leaving house to pick up Xav.

1.30 pm to 2 pm Dismissal : I will normally leave home at 1 pm to pick Xav from school. 

2 pm - 3 pm Lunch with Xav : I have self declared off on Fridays due to the enrichment class in the evening.  Lunch will usually be done at Seletar Mall.
 
3 pm - 5 pm Revision Time - It's a role changing period. I wish I can split myself into two. If am fast enough, I will be putting Vera to nap while Xav is on his own here. Then, my role changes from a cook, a mum and then to a teacher. While he does his school homework or the assignments given by me, I would quickly cook Vera's dinner and mark his work and do a little revision with him if I can. I would say I can't do much but a little is better than none !


5 pm : Enrichment evening - We will usually make our way to Mindchamps at One KM shopping mall for his creative writing class. If the daddy is around, I will return home with Vera while he will hang around the mall and wait for Xav's dismissal.

6 pm to 7pm : Dinner - Both Vera and I will have our dinner taken before we send Xav up to his class. Xav will then have his "dinner" after his class ended because it does not make any sense to force him to eat with us given that his lunch ended at 3pm.

9 pm : Lights Out - This is where we split our tasks. Dear will wait for Xav while I will cab back and wash Vera up to prepare for her bed. Sleep time for Vera is usually between 9 pm to 9.30 pm. While she is busy sucking her time to sleep and at the same time needed my presence to be there. I will be on my mobile again to catch up with chats and Q&A if there is any.

10 pm onwards : ME TIME  - Usually my ME time starts at 10 pm on a daily basis. Completing the remaining household chores, blogging, chatting on watsapp, crafting, surfing the internet for ideas, placing online orders for my team from Young Living US site, my own "admin work" to sort out the sums from the sprees, anything ! As if these two hours can do wonders heh !

Nowadays unlike the past, it is so impossible to complete one layout. Even for a simple project life (PL) layout, it took me months. Anyway, this is the first and only PL I have completed after 4 months.   If I can ever do one page in a day given the current , it would be so un-un-un-un-unbelievable  !


My lights out time for myself ? No later than 12.30 am or if my brain decides to shut off earlier.

Here's my typical Fridays. It can be more tiring if I am solo parenting when the mister is on duty.

Do share yours with me ! “Day In A Life” blog train is hosted by Justina of Mum in the Making. To check out what a typical day is like for other mums on the blog train, do click here or the button below.


Next in line to share about her Day in a Life is Sandra who blogs over at SANses.com where she chronicles her life as a mother of three, now staying in Sydney, Australia. Once a fancy-free girl, life is now chock-ful of quips, questions, dinosaurs, trucks and trains.  

From pregnancy to handling newborns and now with two talkative toddlers & a baby in tow, Sandra shares the joys and challenges of motherhood. Parenting, after all, is a road best travelled with good company and a healthy dose of humor and perspective! Her motto in life: Outsmart ... or be outsmarted by the kids!


 
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring Onion Omelette with Bak Kwa

When I was clearing my draft folder, trying to clear some #backlogs (some were as long as 2013 !!! ) I came upon this dish that I attempted to cook as one of the dishes. #Throwback

Recently, hands are really tight. Especially during school holidays, I get busier. I would rather go out for meals and as a result, my onions in the fridge started to grow roots ! What would you have done normally ? I don't throw into the bin but I threw into the pot so grow spring onions !! When it grew taller, just harvest it and it is really useful when in times I need spring onions as garnish or to cook an omelette in this sense.

Just nice that I bought a pack of Bak Kwa from the food fair. $15 for 500g if I did not remember wrongly. Hence, I cut into small pieces and top it on top of my omelette roll and secure it with a heart shaped pick !

Xav loves anything with Bak Kwa like me =D, no need to say much, the dish was wipe out as per norm ! How I love my supporters at home !


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Monday, April 20, 2015

KSL Resort and "Dinosaurs Alive" Water Theme Park

Our last long weekend getaway for a 3D2N in Johor, we booked and stayed at KSL Resort. After clearing the immigration, we took public transport which stopped right in front of KSL Mall where KSL Resort is just right beside. It was pouring for that noon and we stayed in our room till the rain stopped and made our way to the "Dinosaurs Alive" Water Theme Park located on Level 7.

View from our room

Since we were guests of KSL Resort, the entry to the "Dinosaurs Alive" Water Theme Park was complimentary.

Vera must be thinking what are those two gigantic creatures !


Else you have to pay for the entrance fee which I find it really over priced. I personally felt that the pool was poorly maintained.


Some snippets around the theme park.


Dinosaurs lover will probably like this water theme park if all it takes is to soak into the company of the loved ones and with these huge dinosaurs around the pool.





 

After the water play, we made our way down to Kimdo for dinner and tried one of their recommended 1 bone bbq chicken wing.


One thing about getting out of Singapore or rather from my home is,  I am not distracted by anything and I turn in as early as 10 pm !

The next day, we made our way to Komtar JBCC and spent half a day at the Angry Birds Activity Park which I last blogged about.

Guess our mode of communication in the mall when I did not switch on my auto roaming ? Never did it came across my mind that this toy would be so useful ! Yes, we used walkie talkie to communicate! How cool !! Just simply switch to the agreed channel and you be contactable.


And one of the craziest thing I have ever done, walking into a saloon to get a hair service with a sleeping baby. But this little darling woke before I am half done. Luckily she was pretty cooperative !

Ladies' hair fix

Thereafter, we returned to our hotel, got changed and got ready to have a dip in the pool ! Skin care has to start young ! We brought along Mustela Very High Protection Sun Lotion to hit the pool for Vera and myself.


The lotion is water resistant, SPF 50+ UVB – UVA 25 PPD , 0% Paraben and is suitable for all skin types, including Atopic Skin as well as sun intolerant skin.

Guess what is she running away with ?


It is lightweight and easy to apply onto the skin. Here's all dipping in the pool for some splashing fun ! Thank you Mustela for sending it over.


 
We ended our short getaway with a lunch at City Square before we made our way back to home. Till then yes, we are starting to plan for our trip for the coming June Hoidays !

Where have we gone for our passport therapy :
- UK Agro Farm, Kluang
- KL - Penang Trip
- Superstar Virgo
- 8D7N Taiwan Trip (Three more days left pending to blog about)
- Phuket, JW Marriot Vacation Club
- Grand Canyon West Rim
- Hokkaido, Japan

 My apologies for the haywired alignment. Somehow, I cannot save the edited adjustment.

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Disclaimer : We received a complimentary tube of sunscreen lotion from Mustela Sg. All opinions are of my own.
 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Land of birds - Angry Bird Theme Park

We had visited The Little Big Club , Hello Kitty Land as well as LEGOLAND previously but I have yet to blog about it !! The last long weekend, we made an impromptu getaway to our neighbouring country just for makan and relax our mind.

This time we made a trip to the land of birds - Angry Birds activity Theme Park. It is located at Komtar Johor Bahru City Centre (JBCC) , Level 3. It is connected to the Johor Bahru Immigration Checkpoint via a link bridge as well as to City Square Mall too. It is very accessible especially for families like us who do not own a car.


The big red bird welcomes you when you are walking towards the ticketing counter.


A souvenir shop welcomes you on the left.

Souvenir shop

Layout of Angry Bird Theme Park

There is a lounge to rest especially for parents who may feel like taking a break.


There is something for everyone. Let's start off for the little ones.


Red Bird Sona is a little math activity area. Kids will be posed simple math questions and all they need to do is to run to the correct number. Too young for it still, hence, Vera just circled and "danced" around the number circles.

Red Bird Sona

Captain Black Bird's Ship

Initially, we helped her down the slide.


Few attempts later, she decided to go on her own.


Beside Captain Black Bird's Ship, there is a mini ball pool area for the little toddlers.


Right at the back, behind Captain Black Bird's ship, was Cinemine. It is an area where you can sit down and watched the Angry Birds shows but I did not go in.

At the Balancing Bike Lagoon, these micro balancing bikes are made available for the little ones to stride up the slopes.

 
Mummy, just a pose ok ? I still can't balance !

Angry Birds Go! Kart Track was pretty fun. With the karts available in two sizes, smaller size for the younger ones and bigger size for the adults. For the older kids, they are in for some fun  !



Daddy and Vera shared a kart. This thing was not for me ! I got stuck several times somewhere in the middle of the track...


Next,  we made our way up to the Birds Nest Climbing Track which was a playground of larger scale with ropes and slides.


Pretty slippery though but there were friction tapes on the floor. Vera was happily hiding among the giant eggs !
On the Birds Nest Climbing Track, hiding herself among the huge giant eggs.

Dare to jump ? Come to the Space Drop Airbag ! It is not as high as the jetty jump which I did during my seamanship training back then. But I think this kind of freak me out after the first jump. I was not as brave as I thought to be. Possible reason was I think age has caught up on me. Nevertheless, we all had a try each.

Here, I come !

Landed safely

I skipped Red Bird Goal & Laser Bird Scoot as I was busy chasing Vera around.  Space Zone was next !



Excitedly, we went into the Space Zone.


Piggy Shooting Gallery

 
Fancy swinging yourself into a massive pool filled with foam cubes ? Try this at the Giant Leap Foam Pit !

Air Parkour Track leading to Giant Leap Foam Pit

Watch the Tarzens wanna be !




 


You will not be satisfied with just one swing ! Xav went for more !


 
Nope Vera could not swing for sure. But she had her fair share too ! Just "swim" among the foam cubes can be fun too.



Spinning Time Machine
Anti-gravity trampolines

Here's one for the 6 to 10 years old. Let's jump to our hearts content !


This was not as easy as it seems to be. Three steps was the max which I took to balance myself. Dear managed to complete it.


There was also a Laser Maze Spaceship but I did not went in with Vera. She was happily running around !


Because of my children, I get to be a child again =) Ended the day of fun with a "car" ride with Xav and Vera before we move on to fill our tummies !


Operation hours :
10 am to 10 pm daily

Points to note :
- Lockers are available to keep your barang barangs but you have to pay for the usage.
- Bring your own socks. Otherwise you can purchase a pair at RM 3.
- Tickets can be purchased online at angrybirdsactivitypark.my or at the ticket counter onsite.  
 
Address : KOMTAR JBCC, Level 3
Johor Bahru City Centre, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor.

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Disclaimer : This is NOT a sponsored post, just an impromptu decision to for a short getaway. =)
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