Friday, August 29, 2014

a good week

it has been a rather uneventful week but for a working week that can be good news, no?
still, there are always the happy moments to relish and fall back on to brighten up an otherwise drab and routine week.
lunch with nelly after we last saw each other at her wedding 2 years back! glad to know that she has joined a new company in the same office tower as me! more lunch dates with this dear friend of mine.
lunch with suz - great catching up with her though we will be seeing her real soon in 2 weeks time when she returned to work after her longgg maternity leave. :P
went for my bi-weekly jog and even though we cut short the jog due to impending drizzle, we still managed to run 3+km which is good enough for me!
the elder boy needs to be in school by 7.20am today! what a change from his usual afternoon session.. the whole family woke up early to send him to school. after which hubbi and I spent quality time having breakfast with YR.
and I left work earlier today to join some colls to the new sports hub as a supporter- they were playing badminton there. the new sports hub looks good and spacious!
left at 6+pm to meet up with the husband and the boys and we had a good dinner at bedok town centre before spending some time at the library.
 
I like doing the above. counting stock of the little happy stuff makes me feel that the week has been a good one and not just another week zooming past. :)

 
happy with his chee cheong fun

some outfits for the week:
left: top and pants from zara
middle: dress and belt from gg5
right: top from gg5, pants from zara

Sunday, August 24, 2014

EXO : XOXO


 
the ng family went to kallang wave mall for dinner and also to take a look at the new stadium.
it's not my first time there since sun yanzi's concert was held here but this is the first time im seeing it as it is.
it sure looks good though the soccer field seems smaller than it should be? just an optical illusion perhaps. 
 
happy boys
 
so why were we there? that is because they have to drop mummy off to watch her concert at the indoor stadium later in the evening! hehehe.
the long awaited EXO concert was finally here! :P
 
the gates were supposed to be opened by 6pm but obviously it was not done so. that resulted in snaking long queues before we can settle down in our seats!
we only managed to get in like 10mins before the concert started..
 
the concert! it was crazy sitting among girls mostly half my age who were screaming their heads off...
to counter that and saving my eardrums from bursting, I have to scream too right? LOL
 
still, I think the concert was a superd one - thoroughly enjoyable.
can see the organizing team puts in a lot of effort in coming out with the sequences and performance items. im suitably impressed.
and it surely helps that we are seated close to a mini stage so we can see the boys upclose..:D
 

 
ms chan and me - happy groupies!

 EXO members! from top left in clockwise direction:
tao, xiumin, D.O., lay

but Korean concerts are too expensive to go on a regular basis....I went for this one since I get to see 11 of them so it's more value for money?
if only B1A4 will come to Singapore! well, one can wish right?

Friday, August 22, 2014

excursion trip with the younger boy - philatelic museum!

 
off day for me again today - hiaks.
people are always commenting how often im on leave or so but it's just a case of me not saving up huge number of leaves to carry forward to the next year.
I don't see the point in that, bulk of a year's leave should be used appropriately within the year.
actually with the annual leave and childcare leave that most parents are entitled, it's more than reasonable/enough to take 1.5 days off every month and yet still has enough leave to go for a short (2-3 days) and a long (6-10days?) trips during the year?
and of cos we don't take 2 days off every month and of cos we try to overlap with weekends for trips. so really, most people leave should be more than enough for them to take a break at least every other month.
worst is those who don't and c/f leave just so they can expired!

ok, so the younger boy is having a mini excursion to the philatelic museum with his school.
I took leave to accompany him so that after that, we can head out and spend some time with the husband (who took PM leave to join us!).
comparing to yz, we actually spend much lesser time with him alone - I was definitely doing more such things when yz was in learning vision back then.

happy boy and me on the excursion bus
 
we reached the museum slightly before 10am and the kids had fun with the museum staff who facilitated some interesting learning games with the 2 nursery classes.
I took the opportunity to take tour round the museum which is pretty small and nothing much. :P
 
the bus was here at 12+ to pick the kids back to school and we bade farewell to his teachers and classmates from there.
met up with hubbi who came to fetch us and off we go to town! :D
 
@ ion
 
 
it was amazing how many people were in town - don't anyone have to work or go to school?
simple walking around and stopping often to snack on this and that.
it was good time spent together with the younger boy.
we had an early dinner @ saveur at far east before heading to yz school to fetch him direct.
 
quiet evening of the boys playing on their own and us catching up on housework.
rest of weekend ahead. this is good!
 
some outfits for the week:
left: top from axara, cropped pants from zara
middle: top and skirt from gg5
right: romper from warehouse

Sunday, August 17, 2014

stay-at-home weekend once again

just 1 week after recovering from sore throat and fever, yz is down with stomach flu this week. :(
it started early this week when he complained of tummy ache and mild fever came along.
so he was on MC on Tuesday but luckily was well enough to attend school on wed for his mini English test.
and thankfully, there were no school for both thurs and fri due to PSLE so he could rest more at mum's place.

but the fever was ranging high and he was having loose stools a few times a day during those 2 days too. :(
luckily, all the symptoms finally subsided this weekend and it seems like the rest of the family didn't get the virus from him.

but this episode got me thinking of kids falling sick during exam period.
so stressful for if the child is unwell enough to go to school, there is either no re-taking so grades are taken pro-rated from other tests or re-taking of tests by sitting in the class alone?
and if the child is well enough to take the test but not fully recovered, surely the performance will be affected?
ha, it's actually not much of a concern when I WAS the kid having to take exams back then..
but now I worry for the boys. zzzz

there is a time and place for everything so maybe no point sweating over such stuff prematurely.
ok, let's move on!

Friday, August 15, 2014

new look for the living room

 
ok, nothing drastic - just a new carpet.
finally we got rid of the old one which is very new and in mint condition since it's only 2 years old...
but it has been shedding too much for the husband so bye bye to it...
 
it was actually hard work just changing a carpet even though hubbi did most of the work.
I forgot how heavy our coffee table is - shifting the tempered glass almost break my back!
then hubbi moved the sofa and what's under it may be better off left alone.. @_@
but he did the vacuuming and then its rolling out the carpet and another round of vacuuming.
followed by shifting back of sofa and coffee table.. zzz
 
but I like the new carpet! some dashes of colors to our otherwise plain living room.
i wonder when can we change our sofa - it's coming to 8 years old!!
im drooling over those buttery soft leather sofas whenever I see them in furniture shops.
though I must admit fabric sofa is much easier to maintain...
 

Monday, August 11, 2014

long weekend is the best!

 
long weekend is the best! non-work time to catch up with loads of stuff - I like!
the long weekend started from Friday evening when I left the office with my ex-team to vivo for dinner at the very yummy tajimaya yakiniku for wagyu beef and pork grill.
and of cos.... sake. hehe.
it was all fun and laughter chatting up all kind of crap until 10plus when we adjourned to st james or whatever it is now.
it has been so long since I was there.
we just wanted somewhere for more drinks and dancing so it was a natural choice.
however, alcohol and old age is not a combi so we left the place at 1+am. just too tired.
though I went to bed that night feeling shitty and the same the next morning, it was still a very fun night with the crazy bunch! :D
 
Saturday was a peaceful one. as I said, I was really "recuperating" at home from the night before.
and we really spent the whole day at home.
the boys busy playing with their lego, doing some homework and watching tv to their heart contents. ha!
for me, the best moment is chomping on the oily chicken rice that hubbi tabao for me.
that always work wonder to remove any queasiness leftover from last night drinking! shiok!
 
cartoons and more cartoons on a holiday!
 
the ng family watched the parade on tv and I must admit even if im not physically at the parade itself, it is still moving at moments nevertheless.
I got so emotionally charged up when I saw the last parachutist touched down safely! good job!
and no matter what the hype is gonna be for SG50 next year round, i think this year's parade is truly a wonderful one. I feel the heart is in the right place, I feel the change the government is trying to show, and lastly I really feel my own love for my country.
happy birthday, Singapore. Home, always.
 
and we had yummy mac delivery to go with the parade!
yeah, shiok shiok satay! (no, we didn't have that..)
 
yesterday, we headed out to town after lunch at my in-laws place.
been a long time since I last went town!
finally we had the chance to check out the new orchard gateway!
at first glance, not too bad. seems to sell stuff that I dig.
still, a challenge to shop with the boys+man. @_@
 
but those who know me, I'll have my way. so the damage is:
- a top from gg5
- funky (think neon yellow, pokka dots) socks from chocoolate
- lip balm from Dr GL
 
and we caught guardians of the galaxy after dinner!
what a hilarious fun show! and awesome mix indeed.
we were listening to the soundtrack on youtube on our way back home- even the boys like them.
chris pratt is surprisingly charismatic after the pounds are gone! I cant wait for the sequel really. :)
it will be fun if peter quill ever meet tony stark!
 
and today, we went carpet shopping after lunch.
finally, the husband decided he has enough of our carpet - it just wont shredding no matter how he vacuum in the past 2 years+ :P
oh well, so we went to a direct carpet supplier and after hubbi affirmed its quality, I chose the design, we concluded the transaction chop chop. :D
 
and it's onwards to vivo after that!
more shopping for me and pigging out time with the boys - basically they chose what they want to eat and I just pay (luckily their taste is cheap - texas chicken, ichiban boshi etc)
hubbi went to meet his reservist mates for a free movie (expendables 3...) on army's tab.
 
and I got myself 1 more top and dress from gg5 + romper from warehouse.
what a good long weekend! :D
 
some outfits for the week:
 
left: top from gg5, skirt from zara
right: top from uniqlo, skorts from zara

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

new haircut!

finally made time to get a haircut - the weather is just too hot for words at time.
not as short as I wanted initially but as usual when the hairdresser said he was done, i just went along and make payment.
no time to do a proper assessment.
not when I need to rush home to the 3 boys home..
never mind, it will do for now!
 
lighter head!