19 December 2015

Katie is Three Months Old!

It's a few days before Christmas and Katie has just turned three months old! While we're waiting for her dad to come home, this is the result of our mini photoshoot at home. I had to dress her up for Christmas, it will be her first one, after all.

This past month, the Baby Einstein video has been playing constantly at home. She is fascinated by the colors, and the puppets. In the mornings, she watches Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and she wiggles in her seat whenever she hears the Hotdog Song (I have memorized the lyrics by now!).

24 November 2015

Saying Goodbye to Singapore-The Food Edition, Part 2

There are a LOT of different food places in the Lion City, so you'll definitely be spoilt for choice. But of course, finding the good stuff is always a case of trial and error. Today, let me show you my absolute favourite restaurant dishes in Singapore. I'm a pretty open-minded eater--I'll try anything once. But once I find something really good,  I wouldn't mind having it over and over.

Here are the few that have a special place in my heart stomach.

Fruit Tarts at Fruit Paradise
Fruit Tarts Fruit Paradise Singapore
I first got a taste of these when it opened in 2008 at the Fruit Paradise branch in Orchard Central mall. Their display window lures you in to try out their tarts. Ever since then, it has become my go-to place for desert or afternoon tea on weekends. Their fruit tarts are magical, I tell you. Choose between chocolate or cream-based tarts, but really, why not have both? I usually pair it with a pot of rose-flavoured tea. Seriously, it is a must try when you are in Singapore.

More after the jump!

21 November 2015

Katie is Two Months Old!

Miss Katie is 2 months old. Hurray!

There's quite a number of changes in Katie these past couple of weeks, it's exciting. Physically, she's starting to hold her head up better than last month. She has also outgrown most of her infant clothes, and now wears outfits for a 3-month old.

20 November 2015

Books: The Girl on the Train/Dark Places

I posted this screen capture of my iBooks on Instagram a few weeks before I gave birth. I thought I was going to be able to catch up on my reading list while waiting for the baby to arrive, but I was mistaken.I was either too sleepy, too tired or was pre-occupied with thinking what else to prepare that I only managed to finish a couple of books.

iBooks Reading List

For some reason, our TV was always tuned in to the Crime and Investigation channel. I was watching these crime shows almost everyday, JP found it weird and even told me, one day, to stop, and move on to another station. I think he was concerned all those sinister and creepy shows will affect my mindset, and pass on to the baby. So, no more CI channel after that.
My book preference, however, still leaned toward suspense and crime. I finished these two about a week apart. One was a disappointment, and the other was a compelling read.

10 November 2015

Saying Goodbye to Singapore-The Food Edition, Part 1

Even before we found out we were pregnant early this year, we already knew that we were going to leave Singapore. Having a baby just made it earlier (at least for me), to say goodbye to the Lion City after nine long and eventful years. I told JP I wanted to go on a food trip before I left, and thankfully, he was more than willing to accomodate my request. 

Food display at the Singapore Peranakan Museum
There is no better way to say goodbye to Singapore than to have a taste of its local dishes one more time. These pictures are a mix: some were taken in my last few weeks in Singapore, the others were taken a couple of months ago. This first part consists of my favorite local dishes. 

So let's go on a quick food trip, shall we?

09 November 2015

Collage Monday: Mommy Style Inspiration

I came across this article titled "Common Mom Style Problems" and found myself nodding in guilt about most of the items in there.  In the first couple of weeks after giving birth, I was always rushing to get dressed without a thought to how I looked. Maybe because when I went out of the house, it was mostly quick runs to the grocery or the mall to buy things for Katie.

Now that we have some semblance of a routine at home, I had time to go through my things and started looking at my old clothes. Although I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight, there's something that still does not feel right when I wear them. So I think I have a couple of pounds to go. The good news is that my doctor already gave me the go-ahead and exercise so hopefully, I'll be able to  fit into them soon enough.

I'm using these next couple of weeks to review my wardrobe. Here are a couple of looks I'm using as style pegs.
Mommy Style
Once I lose a couple of pounds, I'm going shopping, so I created a Mom Style board on Pinterest for inspiration.

How about you, did your style change after pregnancy?  Let me know your mommy style in the comments section! 

23 October 2015

A Feature in Internations.org

I was recently contacted by Internations.org for an interview about my expat experience in Singapore. Internations.org has over 1.7 Million members, and is the no.1 worldwide community for expats, offering its members the opportunity to network, socialize and find expat-relevant information offline and online. 

For my friends living overseas looking to make friends with other expats in their adoptive cities, I recommend becoming an Internations.org member. They organize activities for expats, and their website also has a LOT of useful tips about living abroad. 


Here's an excerpt from my feature...

21 October 2015

Katie is One Month Old!

My girl Katie turned one month old two days ago! Miss Chubby Cheeks, who likes to feed on a schedule, was born four weeks ago. Hurray!

It's been a blur of nappy changes, feeding and singing her to sleep. Poo, feed, sleep, that's all she pretty much does most of the day, with an hour or so of being awake long enough for a bit of playtime. Her dad, before he went back to work in Singapore, and I have been operating mostly at night, with a couple of hours of sleep during the daytime. Thank God for yayas (nannies)!

14 October 2015

The Double Miracle

September was PCOS Awareness Month. I wanted to post something about it then, but all of my time was spent with both preparations and taking care of the baby that I managed to post this now. Better late than never, I guess. Fair warning, though: each woman's PCOS experience will be different and unique. What I will describe below is my own, personal circumstance. Please consult your doctor for your own diagnosis and treatment plan. With that said, please read on. 

How happily ironic is it that our daughter was born in September, PCOS Awareness Month? You see, a large part of Katies' birth story is related to a condition called PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome). Having a baby under normal circumstances is a miracle, isn't it? But doing so when you have PCOS...well, consider it a double miracle. 

image from trialsbringjoy.com

12 October 2015

Hello, Katie!

Our daughter, Katherine, came into the world on Saturday, September 19th at 905 AM (Philippine time) via a scheduled C-section here in Cebu City. 

The birth was pretty low-key: I did not experience any labor pains like those we see in the movies. And to be honest, I liked it that way. The day before her birth, at our weekly appointment, the doctor told us we needed to make a decision: wait another week till her due date and see if she turns head down (highly unlikely at that point, given her size), or we can get her out anytime we wanted.

We chose to schedule the C-section the very next day. There was no point in waiting. I knew (perhaps that's a mother's instinct), as early as the previous ultrasound scan, this little girl had settled into her position, and will not be moving an inch. 

So, C-secion it was. At that time, I put on a brave face for JP. But let me tell you, that procedure was the scariest, most uncomfortable, unnerving experience of my life so far. But it was totally worth it, when the doctors laid the screaming little creature on my chest, and I saw the person who had been living inside me for the past couple of months. I think I laughed and cried at the same time. It is surreal. Life-changing. 


Her daddy and I are in love -- with Katie, with each other, and this family we're starting. Our world now revolves around this 8.6 lbs. bundle of cheeks.

There are a lot of emotions right now: happy, melancholy, worry, even a bit of sadness. In a couple of days, I'll probably sort it out in my head and write about it. But for now, we are savoring this time with Katie and her sweet newborn smell. 

Thanks for the well-wishes, friends and family! 

04 June 2015

Hong Kong Revisited with Family

FINALLY, after five years, my long overdue visit back to Hong Kong materialized! I have mentioned previously that I have fond memories of this city. This year's trip is especially memorable since I got to go with (almost) the entire family.

Since our family is spread out in different countries, getting everyone together entailed a lot of planning. Mom and Ate took care of the funding, my younger sister handled booking flights and the hotel, while I was in charge of the itinerary.

I finally managed to sort through the hundreds of pictures we took of our trip. Let me share a couple of them with you..

26 May 2015

Quick Breakfast Recipe: Strawberry Pancake Muffins

These days, I don't have that much energy to stay too long in the kitchen. I just get tired very easily, and so whenever I'm there, I prepare food that I can store and eat anytime hunger strikes (and believe me, it strikes ALL the time!). 

This strawberry pancake muffin recipe is so easy to make, and you can keep it in an air-tight container, and then re-heat in your oven. So you can have it any time of day. Personally, I have it as a mid-morning snack at the office, and I bring a couple more for my afternoon snack too. 

Strawberry Pancake Muffins

How to make it? Easy as 1-2-3

30 March 2015

Collage Monday: Dress Up Your Oatmeal!

I'm an oatmeal-for-breakfast girl. On weekdays, I'd rather spend a few more minutes in bed rather than be in the kitchen fixing breakfast for myself. It's a pretty busy life we lead here in Singapore, so anything that's quick to prepare and eat for breakfast is a necessity. 

Most people would go to the nearest hawker center to buy the usual breakfast--kopi, kaya toast and soft-boiled egg. Or maybe some breakfast noodles with a few pieces of luncheon meat. I've tried them all, but I definitely can't do it everyday. There are times the food can be too oily, and well, just plain unhealthy. 

Oatmeal, on the other hand, is probably one of the healthiest things you can eat. But sometimes, it can taste bland and boring. Here's a couple of ways I've spruced up my oatmeal. It doesn't require sugar (which I'm cutting back on), but you can add half a teaspoon or so. 

1. Add strawberries 2. Some banana and cinnamon sugar 3. blueberries and honey 4. apple and cinnamon

25 March 2015

Us Plus One

I was saying earlier that 2014 was pretty much a "blah" year for me. I thought this year would be the same, but it is turning out to be pretty exciting, with lots of things to look forward to. 

The biggest news is something we've been keeping to ourselves for a couple of weeks now. We definitely wanted to wait until we had a couple of scans and tests completed, and thankfully, everything is OK so far. 

Here's your first look at our little gift from heaven that's growing inside me right now. This was taken during our 1st trimester scan, which was also my birthday. Prior to this, our scans were pretty blurry (JP couldn't even tell which one's the head or the legs!), but this one was much better. 

At the scan, both of us were pretty much captivated by what we were seeing on the screen. He/she was moving--a lot! So much that the doctor had to wait for a few minutes to scan again, waiting for him/her to turn around and show his profile. 

23 March 2015

I Am Writing Again

Last year, I had this grand plan of moving my blog to a new platform, get a new design, and in blogging parlance: "grow my blog". I actually did that: moved my blog to self-hosted Wordpress and then spent weeks working on a design on my own. But I didn't get to exactly where I wanted to be.

Image from Lovethispic

I spent days and weeks poring over Pinterest, looking over other blogs to check out designs, but in the end, I felt overwhelmed by it all. All those pretty blogs exist and it seemed that they all have the same message, which worked negatively for me. Instead of inspiring me, I just felt that I had nothing else to say. I guess it's because I spent most of 2014 sad, wistful and totally disinterested--and that's not what I really want to remember here.

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