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My ABCs: V is for... Very Toddler Me

Monday, 29 September 2014

Hehe.. Today, I am going to take over Mummy's blog.

Now that I am walking so well, I declare myself a toddler! And as a toddler there are many things that I can do. Let me show you.

1. Climb all over the place... and give my daddy and mummy a big scare.


2. Be naked! I am born naked and I shall stay naked.


3. Eat like there's no tomorrow... and give Mummy lots of cleaning up to do.



4. Wear a funny costume... and ask for a Xmas present wwwaaayyy in advance.


5. Cry! My best weapon to gain my Daddy's and Mummy's attention.


6. Painting. Mummy knows I am going to make a big mess and give me this 'painting in a baggie'. Come on... A toddler like me needs real paint. Next time I will show you body painting.


 7. Sleep. But after making sure that my parents are not able to sneak off without me.


8. Oh.. This is my best skill. Hanging something in my mouth as I walk.


I hope your day is as exciting as mine!


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This is a series of post of what each letter of the alphabet stands for to me. Click on the button below to find out the other ABCs of my life.



Weekend Wanderings: Staying at Home

Friday, 26 September 2014

Last week, we were happy to stay at home. We read, we play, we laugh, we bond together. 

It was really great to see both Js playing happily. This is a milestone for us. Previously, Big J did not like to play with Small J. They were always snatching from each other, resulting in both of them feeling upset and frustrated. Now, to see both of them talking to each other, playing and laughing together, it totally warms our heart. We joined in their fun too!


We also had fun with our imagination. Here's Big J pretending to walk on a railway track and trying to build a house. 


Spending time with the Js also makes me realised how much the boys had grown. It has been a long time since I just do nothing and watch Small J drink his milk. Usually, I would just give him the bottle and go about doing other stuffs. So, here he is drinking, looking and smiling at me. Aww...my heart melts! After finishing, he knows how to put on the cap of the bottle. Little moments like this usually get lost in our pursuit of time.


We also had the chance to have some outdoor fun. Both boys are so happy to go outdoor. Big J rode his balance bike, had some play learning and enjoyed his favourite bubbles. Small J chased after the bubbles, play ball and had a little splashing good time! It was also good bonding for us as a family.



What do you do with your family when you are at home?


Slimming 101 - Duo-Advanced Body Define

I am back for my treatment at Slimming 101. For the second and third sessions, we are doing the Duo-Advanced Body Define treatment.

Before we start, the therapist had my measurements taken. My main concern is my tummy so we are going to concentrate on the tummy area.

The Duo-Advanced Body Define treatment is non-invasive and is a good alternative to liposuction. It helps to reduce localized fats and cellulite. It is very effective for tightening of loose skin, just what I need for my flabby tummy! In just one hour, we will be able to see immediate effect.

The machine that is going to do all the work

After the measurements were taken, I was asked to lie down on the bed. The therapist apply the Slimming and Firming herbal ion gel on my tummy area. As the name suggests, this gel helps in slimming and firming.


The therapist started working on my tummy. This helps to melt the fats and aids in firming. You will feel slight warmth from the probe and it is very comfortable! I almost fall asleep. The machine also emits beeping sounds which means that it detected fats and is working real hard to melt them.


After the treatment was done, my measurements were taken again. In both sessions, I lost 2cm and 1.8cm respectively! I could feel that my tummy really looks flatter and feels more firm. When I put on my clothes, I could feel that my clothes are slightly looser.

The therapist also reminded me to drink more water. Drinking more water helps to reduce water retention and allows the fats to be eliminated through detoxing. 


Read more about my other sessions:
Session 1 - Signature Meridian Therapy
Session 2 - Signature Meridian Therapy
Session 3 & 4 - Duo Advanced Body Define

Slimming 101
Address: Funan DigitaLife Mall, 109  North Bridge Road, Singapore 179097
Contact: 67373101
E-mail: info@slim101.com.sg
Website: http://www.slim101.com.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sg.slimming101

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I was chosen as one of the bloggers for the Slimming 101 Slim 9 Challenge. If you like this post, please help to 'Like' the Slimming 101 Challenge Facebook page and scroll down to like my post. If I managed to win the challenge, I will win a Slimming 101 treatment worth $2,888. You could also get the chance to win for yourself a slimming voucher worth $188.

Disclaimer: This is part of a series of posts sponsored by Slimming 101. I was invited to try out the sessions of therapy as part of the Slimming 101 Slim 9 Challenge. No monetary compensation is involved. All opinions are 100% mine. Results may vary.


Slimming 101 - Signature Meridian Therapy

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

As mentioned in my previous post, I promised to share more about the Signature Meridian Therapy from Slimming 101.

The Signature Meridian Therapy is an Acupressure body therapy using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Principles. Through the stimulation of the acupressure points, blockages are cleared and the flow of blood is also balanced. This effectively breaks down stubborn fats and increases drainage for lymphatic nodes, hence reducing water retention.

After taking the sauna,  I was shown to a room where I was supposed to lie down on the heated bed. The heat from the bed is suppose to warm your body up and helps improve blood circulation. It is very comfy too!


The therapist then proceeded to perform acupressure on my meridian points. Pressure is applied to the lymphatic points to clear any blockages. Blockages in the the lymphatic points can cause fats and toxins to be build up in the body. So it is important to ensure that the lymphatic system is at its best condition to allow the body to detox and prevention of water retention. 

Working on my fatty tummy

After the massage, the therapist covered me with a plastic cover, followed by a thick heated blanket. I had to lie inside and sweat it out. Initially it was still quite comfortable and I even fall asleep. The therapist came to check on me in between and to wipe off the sweat from my face. Towards the end, I woke up due to the heat and I could feel my sweat tickling down my body. I was like sleeping in a puddle of water.

The therapist came in and turned off the heated blanket but I was to stay inside for a few more minutes to allow my body to cool down to normal temperature. Once I cooled down, the therapist proceed to remove the blanket and the plastic cover. I think this was the time I sweat the most in my entire life. But the therapist still commented that I sweat very little!

The treatment was over and I was asked to take a warm shower. We did an after-weigh and I lost 200g.

Not a lot, but I am amazed that in the days that followed the session, I continued to lose more weight. I can feel myself going to the toilet more often and this is a sign of detoxing and that the lymphatic system is working well. Most importantly, I am finally down to 48kg (I have been hovering between 49kg and 50kg for a super long time!), and the weight did not bounce back. I did not cut back on my diet and was still eating normally. Occasional junk food too!

Happy me can't wait to see more surprises. Follow me in my next post as I share about Slimming 101's latest Duo Advanced Body Define treatment!


Read more about my other sessions:
Session 1 - Signature Meridian Therapy
Session 2 - Signature Meridian Therapy
Session 3 & 4 - Duo Advanced Body Define

Slimming 101
Address: Funan DigitaLife Mall, 109  North Bridge Road, Singapore 179097
Contact: 67373101
E-mail: info@slim101.com.sg
Website: http://www.slim101.com.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sg.slimming101

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I was chosen as one of the bloggers for the Slimming 101 Slim 9 Challenge. If you like this post, please help to 'Like' the Slimming 101 Challenge Facebook page and scroll down to like my post. If I managed to win the challenge, I will win a Slimming 101 treatment worth $2,888. You could also get the chance to win for yourself a slimming voucher worth $188.

Disclaimer: This is part of a series of posts sponsored by Slimming 101. I was invited to try out the sessions of therapy as part of the Slimming 101 Slim 9 Challenge. No monetary compensation is involved. All opinions are 100% mine. Results may vary.


On the Shelves

Sunday, 14 September 2014

The boys have a lot of toys. Last time, we used to keep everything in big boxes and the boys had the freedom to dig for the toys they wanted to play with. Most of the time, the whole house would be scattered with their toys and they usually do not clean up after playing. Furthermore, with so many choices, they often simply played a while and changed to the next toy. Some toys got left out of play because they were at the bottom of the boxes.

Ever since we got the Expedit shelf, I have kept all their toys and each time only allow eight toys to be kept on the shelf. The toys will be rotated weekly or bi-weekly. This means new toys for the boys every week! Actually they are just old toys but to them, it would seem like new toys.

I have been using this method for a few weeks now. I can say that this is pretty effective. Less toys are scattered around and the boys play with the toys more meaningfully.

On the shelves this week

Here's what I have on the shelves this week.


1. Balls for Small J to learn kicking. Rugby ball for Big J to learn catching. Rugby ball doesn't bounce in a straight line, so this is more challenging than using a round ball.

2. A clock puzzle. Big J recently starts to look at the clock to tell the time. However, he don't say it correctly. For example, when it is 9.15, he would say 9 3 o'clock. So hopefully with this, he will learn how to read time.

3. Finger puppets. For playing finger puppet with Small J. For Big J to learn to place the numbers correctly from 1 to 5.

4. A magnetic doodle board. For scribbling and writing.

5. A driving car toy for Small J.

6. Cooking toys for pretend play for both Js.

7. Books

8. Abacus to learning counting.

I also build a train track at the side for them to explore. Previously, I have put the whole box of tracks and trains out but Big J didn't show interest for it because he didn't know how to build. This time I have built it for him and hopefully he will be inspired to build his own track next time.




Slimming 101

Monday, 8 September 2014

"You are a mother of two? But you are so slim!" This is a comment I get quite often when I mention that I am already a mother. 

But believe it or not, I do have my 'fatty' parts. Just that they are well hidden.

My hubby and I had more or less agreed that we will stop at two. So now, since I have stopped breastfeeding, I can explore into slimming. Yes, I want to get rid of that flabby and bulging tummy!


Slimming 101 is not a typical slimming centre. It combines Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) methodology and high tech slimming machines to help you lose weight in the most healthy and effective way. They also strives to provide a comfortable and relaxing environment while you are there. And no, you do not need to starve yourself.

I was there to try out their Signature Meridian Therapy. Upon entering the centre, I was greeted with colourful decals on the wall. The staffs there are all very friendly and professional. 

I want a slim waist too!

While waiting in the consultation room, I was served a glass of herbal tea. The tea tastes light and refreshing. Nothing of the strong and bitter taste of herbs. This is supposed to help in detoxing.



During consultation, I was asked to fill in a form with my details. The therapist asked me about my health history and diet. She mentioned that usually after birth and with age, the body metabolism will slow down. This means fats in the body are broken down slower and are more easily deposited in the body. Furthermore, with my job being in the office sitting down most of the time, the fats will get accumulated easily, especially at the waist and hip area. Oh... and I do snack (unhealthily) during office hours. This adds on even more fats!



Then, they proceed to take my measurements. See this special weighing machine? It not only measures weight, it is also able to measure the body fats level in your body. The therapist then went through what the numbers on that slip of paper means. I am proud to announce that my metabolic age is only 24! I felt so young suddenly! On the overall, my body is pretty much ok (phew). Just that the fat level can be further reduced to be more ideal. 


After the consultation and getting the measurements, I was asked to change.


My first stop was the sauna room. The temperature was kept at about 49 - 50 degrees. This is supposed to warm up the body and improves the blood circulation. In my excitement, I forgot to take a photo of the sauna room.

After 10 minutes in the sauna room, I was ushered into the treatment room where the Meridian Therapy will start. Stay tuned for my post next week, where I will share more details about their Signature Meridian Therapy.

At the end of the session, I lose 200g!


Read more about my other sessions:
Session 1 - Signature Meridian Therapy
Session 2 - Signature Meridian Therapy
Session 3 & 4 - Duo Advanced Body Define

Slimming 101
Address: Funan DigitaLife Mall, 109  North Bridge Road, Singapore 179097
Contact: 67373101
E-mail: info@slim101.com.sg
Website: http://www.slim101.com.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sg.slimming101

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I was chosen as one of the bloggers for the Slimming 101 Slim 9 Challenge. If you like this post, please help to 'Like' the Slimming 101 Challenge Facebook page and scroll down to like my post. If I managed to win the challenge, I will win a Slimming 101 treatment worth $2,888. You could also get the chance to win for yourself a slimming voucher worth $188.

Disclaimer: This is part of a series of posts sponsored by Slimming 101. I was invited to try out the sessions of therapy as part of the Slimming 101 Slim 9 Challenge. No monetary compensation is involved. All opinions are 100% mine. Results may vary.


Kiasu Mommy in the Making

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Were you involved in this year's Primary 1 registration? 

Technically, I wasn't involved. Big J is only 3!

However, mentally, I am very involved. I can't believe that I am actually checking out the results of the Primary 1 registration at each phase. I have been following the Kiasuparents forum to learn more about the registration and balloting process and feedbacks about the schools near my house. This is also a good practise for me to get used to the highly competitive and stressful event of the year. Kiasu Mummy in the making here!

There are two primary schools which are within 1km of our house. These are not those big names school, just a simple, typical neighbourhood school. The most important factor for me when choosing a primary school is its distance. I believe that it is much better for the child to stay near to school rather than spending hours to travel to school which could be very taxing for the child. Furthermore, he will still have loads of homework to complete upon reaching home.

These two schools already have take up rate of about 50% up to Phase 2B. In Phase 2C, balloting is required for Singapore Citizens within 1km of school! Talk about competition!

We will fall under Phase 2C which sadly, balloting is a must. Initially I thought we would stand a pretty good chance since we are staying so near to the school. This is stressing me out. If he is not able to get into either of these schools, he will need to travel further away. 

So the question to myself is, should I plan to do parental volunteer work? Or to be actively involved in community service? Or maybe I should consider to homeschool him? Ok, one more year for me to think this through thoroughly. 





My ABCs: U is for... Underwear

Monday, 1 September 2014

Big J has upgraded from wearing diaper to underwear! Thanks to his childcare centre for helping to toilet train him, he has been on underwear for a few months now. However, we still let him sleep with a diaper on, just in case.

In comparison to his peers, he is considered rather late in toilet training at the age of 3 years plus. Now that he is fully toilet trained, there are some small minor "issues" that come along. Or rather, I would say the loss of the privileges of diaper wearing.

During diaper days, we can simply help him put on a diaper and need not have to worry about looking for a toilet for him when he want to do his business. We also do not wish to be stomped for letting him urine or poo in public. Luckily there isn't such accidents so far. *fingers crossed*

Now, whenever he tell us that he need to visit the toilet, we have to stop whatever we are doing and quickly rush him to the toilet. For a child that has just been toilet trained, every second counts. Furthermore, to encourage him, we prefer not to say things like 'Later', or 'Don't worry, you are wearing a diaper.' To be frank, sometimes it really pissed us off when he just wants to go to the toilet to play with water.

When we are in the toilet cubicle, it is another heart stopping experience for me. The person in the next cubicle would be listening to me gasp many times and also the interesting conversion with him.
'Gasp! Don't touch the toilet bowl!'
'Hold on to your pants, don't pull it down to the floor!'
'Let me wipe first, don't touch don't touch!'
'Don't open the door, Mummy needs to pee too!' 

Bedtime routine is now much longer and complicated then it used to be. It is no longer just putting on a diaper and off to sleep. Most of the nights he will say 'Mummy, I need to pass urine', 'Mummy, I need to pass motion' or 'Mummy, I need to drink water'.

Sometimes, he will also wake up in the middle of the night saying he wants to pee. Gone were the days of sleeping throughout the night. Hello, panda eyes!

I have to console myself that this is the phase of learning independence and  he will know how to go to the toilet by himself one day.

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This is a series of post of what each letter of the alphabet stands for to me. Click on the button below to find out the other ABCs of my life.



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