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Saturday, June 18, 2016

My Kids’ New Favorite Dentist

My boys had already been to the dentist quite a number of times now. I blogged about my pleasant experience at National Dental Centre Singapore here. Though we liked the standard of dental care at NDCS, it was not so easy to get the appointments we wanted, and it was situated far from where we live.

Since a couple of years ago, we decided to bring them to Unity Denticare (NTUC) instead. It has a Tooth Fairy Club membership so we assumed it is more kid-friendly?

This morning, we brought our kids to the clinic and realized that the dentist today was a different person. It was a young pretty lady who seemed to radiate golden sunshine in her little room! I’m not kidding, she had bright smiley eyes and was super warm and friendly to my [noisy] kids from the time she met them!

Even though she knew my kids were regulars, she insisted on taking time to explain her tools to the kids before she started.


“Here’s Mr Vacuum Cleaner who sucks up the excessive fluids… And here’s Mr Thirsty…” she patiently explains.

The entire teeth cleaning session with each of my boys was pure cooperation [from the boys of course] and a couple of giggles from Julien, because he said Mr Vacuum tickled him.

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After their teeth were white and clean again [hooray!], the dentist offered to give them a small gift to bring home. At the sound of this magical word “gift”, the boys’ eyes lit up immediately! “WHAT GIFT?!”

She picked up a brand new rubber hand glove, shoved one of her tools into the opening, and directed Jensen to press a button on the tool. This thing pumped air into the glove, and the glove grew and grew… until it looked like a BALLOON! She did the same for Mr. Big Brother too.


How brilliant! My boys loved their “balloons”!

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Well done to the boys, and well done to the dentist for having won their hearts completely with a bit of thoughtfulness, a dash of creativity and lots of kind loving patience.

Thank you Dr Soh from Unitycare Dental, Tampines Junction. My boys had instructed me to bring them to you for all their future dental visits!

Monday, June 06, 2016

Family Picnic on Car-Free Sunday

I have never went for a picnic before.

It could be because practical me don’t see any enjoyment having to pack food, then have our dinners on a mat! How troublesome is that?! Why eat in the sweltering heat outdoors when I can have my meal in the comfort of aircon at home? And I can already imagine me and my helper chasing after my two restless boys.

Then one day, the husband chanced upon a Families for Life event- a mass picnic at Empress Lawn, just outside the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall. It was one of the activities organised on Car-Free Sunday. And he signed our family up for it!

Well, I'm game if he is. To make it more fun, we extended the invitation to my siblings.

The event started at 5pm. Picnic mats and a small goodie bag were provided. Materials were also given to families to built and decorate a cardboard car for an outdoor movie screening. Cool!

Thankfully the weather was cooling. The kids were happy and so were we. We had our zichar, Macdonald's, Tian Tian chicken rice, magnum ice-cream and snacks. I didn't know we could more than satisfy our stomachs at a picnic!


^ Beautiful skies as the sun set that day.

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^ Happy family photo! *Cheeeese!*

The place was beautiful even as the skies darkened. I think Singapore has such beautiful night lights..

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^ The stunning Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall in the evening. Can you see the movie screen?

On our way to the washroom at Victoria Theatre with the boys, we did a mini tour of it. The kids sighted a couple of exhibits and had some fun with them! The boys just need each other to create some fun and drama.

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^ Mummy sure hope they are as musical as they seemed to be.

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^ The boys’ obsession with birds, as you can tell.

Well, would we Picnic again? Why not? If the kids are happy, we're happy!

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Javier from birth to 5 months old!

5 months had past since the world welcomed Javier!

Even though this is my 3rd time with a newborn, I found it rather hard going during the first two months, and especially my confinement. Perhaps I am older, and perhaps I had forgotten the sleepless nights and constant cries from my first two!

Anyway, just to note down the highlights of my 3rd birth story here…

Javier decided to play a prank on us in Week 39. What was supposed to be a very normal last or second last visit to the gynae turned out to be a “shocking” one for me. Dr Ben Tham almost fell off his chair when he did the usual altrasound scan. Baby was wrong side up! When all along he was progressing fine.

I was fully prepared for a very normal vaginal birth this time round, exactly like how I delivered Julien and Jensen. And I found the news of highly likely having to go for a C-section birth totally unacceptable.

The hubby and I were advised to schedule a C-section operation for Javier but we wanted to give it a try… to make Javier turn back right up again. And I was only given 1 more day to make the miracle happen.

That night and the whole of the next day, I did some crazy stunts that I learnt from Youtube, in hope of making Javier turn.

Lying upside down [please don’t try to imagine heavily pregnant me doing this…], placing a cold compress at where I thought Javier’s head would be [poor & cold Javier…], getting the hubs to counsel Javier [in the most soothing, coaxing manner] to go back to his original position.

Well, they all didn’t work eventually… and sadly.

When I went back to the clinic on that fateful 19th November 2015 morning, Dr Tham found me to be in labour contractions! I didn’t feel any pain or contractions at all! And I was scheduled for an EMERGENCY C-section at 1pm. Feelings of disappointment flooded me right even as I was laying down on the operation table. Disappointed that I had to go for a C-sect after 2 normal deliveries. Disappointed that my costs went up so much. Disappointed that my childbirth did not turn out as what I had dreamt, imagined and expected for the prior 10 months.

But guess what? Every single one of my fears and disappointments were washed away the instant the nurses placed my baby beside me.

Once again, I fell deeply in love with another human being. Thank You Jesus for a safe, smooth delivery!

My recovery was a quick one, and my weight loss was really amazing [I lost more than my pregnancy weight of 9kg within my confinement month, without dieting]!

And now, my precious baby is a healthy, chubby boy who is well-loved by his parents, brothers and grandparents.

#Javier at 1 month.

#Our 1st month baby shower party at Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel. 

#Javier at about 2 months with Big Bro Julien.

#Javier at about 3 months with his 2 elder brothers. They lava him!

#Javier at about 4 months, after his bath.

#Signature turban head… his 2 elder bros also did the same at this age!

#Javier now at 5 months +. My 3 blessings from God. :) 

I have gotten used to my third kid now and learning to interact with him. I thank God everyday for my 3 little musketeers!

So this is my summary of life with J3 thus far. Thanks for reading and have a blessed week ahead!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Update on Baby #3

Gosh, I have not been updating this space in ages! But I thought I will blog my 3rd pregnancy all at one go here... Yes after 38+ weeks of being pregnant. *Oops*

I realized I was reading up my past posts relating to my past pregnancies and I should blog down my hopefully final pregnancy. 

This little one was conceived in Feb 2015. So he had been happily living in my tummy for over 38 weeks now. Yes, it wasn't a typo. 'He' is our third little BOY. God bless me mummy of THREE boys. 

The hubby and I took quite some time to think of a third J name for this little one. We eventually settled for Javier. *Hi Javier!*

I just visited my gynae on Monday afternoon. I had put on 9 kg of weight thus far (I think this should be my leanest pregnancy). Baby was measured to be 2.9-3kg and my doctor calls him "Pui Pui". –.-

I had a rather uneventful first trimester. The usual lack of appetite and craving for savory & sweet foods. Nothing healthy... Not even my usual overnight oats. The only problem that plagued me in my first trimester was that twice, in the middle of the night, I woke up needing to go to the toilet. BUT I couldn't! It was a terrible feeling. Thank God the very resourceful hubby checked out tips on the internet to get the pee out. The first incident was rather easily solved. The second incident took me a few minutes of walking and I managed to release myself only after an hour! The worst thing was we were in Bangkok during our family holiday. I was almost crying!!! What a terrible feeling.... I was glad the problem did not come back. 

At about week 24, baby was measured to be on the big side. The doctor ordered me to go for a glucose test to check for Gestational Diabetes (GD). Well, it scared me. For the 2-3 weeks before the test, I went on a rather strict diet major reducing my sugar and carbohydrates intake. Thank God my test results turned out good! No GD. *Phew*!

Baby Javier is the most active one in my womb amongst the three. I could feel his karate kicks and groovy disco moves since my second trimester. I have a couple of videos in my phone of my tummy moving and distorted. 

My estimated due date is 25 Nov 2015. Less than 2 weeks away. But because the hubby had been scheduled for company training on 23-25 Nov, we had informed our doctor that we would like to induce and deliver baby on 19 Nov 2015.. which is this coming Thursday! OMG, I suddenly realized there is much to accomplish before baby is due. *Tick Tock Tick Tock*... 

So before I sign off, please pray for me for a smooth delivery and healthy baby and me. Here’s a pic of my stomach at 37 ++ weeks!

Baby Javier says “See you guys real soon!” Smile

Friday, June 26, 2015

Hua Hin Santorini Park

Almost exactly 7 years ago, the hubby & I travelled to Europe for our UNforgettable honeymoon trip. 1 of the most romantic places we had covered during the trip was Santorini Island, Greece.

7 years later, here we are, not at the real Santorini, but at Santorini Park at Hua Hin with our 2 kids.

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Actually this park didn’t remind me of Santorini. It reminded me more of Mykonos, another island in Greece. Let’s look at the real thing:


Quite similar isn’t it? Winking smile

There were many retail shops such as Ed Hardy, Nike and a couple of cafes within Santorini Park.

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And there were many interesting structures and fixtures for us to take photos with!

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^cats can fly here!

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^ I see 3 tweety birds here…

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^Look at the staircase’s railings… made of a piece of log. Interesting…

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^ How lovey dovey!

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I absolutely love the semi-3D designs on the wall too!

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^you can tell, they were feeling very very hot!

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Another plus point was the very clean toilets available here.

And then we came to the fun part of the park… For the kids.

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^ Water squirting octopus.

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^ Water play was very much enjoyed under the scorching heat!

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^ Horsery rides hooray!

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We paid for a 40-minute ride but the kids could only manage 10 minutes.

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There was a giant ferris wheel but the hot weather deterred us from taking a ride on it. Didn’t want to risk any serious sunburns here. Disappointed smile

And then we chanced upon an old style carousel. It had 2 storeys of horses and carriages and it was empty at the time we were there! COOL!

As with the other rides, we had to pay additional for this one but thank God (for once) Jensen was below height limit so his ride was free!

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^5 minutes of pure joy!

As we were with our kids + we weren’t sure about how good (or rather how scary) the Haunted House attraction would be, we gave it a miss. *Phew* [I’m really not too keen on Haunted Houses esp the Thai ones!]

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Alright, it was enough time under the hot sun, so off we went [read: ran] to the cafe near the entrance for some refuge and of course some oh-so-refreshing gelato and cool drinks.

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All in all, I think Santorini Park is more recommended for families with younger kids. It is a pretty cool place to take pictures and have some fun at the amusement park section. However, the weather was just too HOT to really enjoy the park to its max. We should have visited the park towards the evening when it was cooler.

You can read about more attractions here at this post:

Opening Hours
Mon – Fri 10:00 am. - 08:00 pm., Saturday from 09:00 am. - 10:00 pm., and Sunday & Public Holidays 09:00 am. - 09:00 pm.

Entrance Fees

150 baht per pax for non-residents. Fun rides not included in entrance fee price.