Sunday, October 19, 2014

weekend - pancakes and pressies for the boys

after yz's enrichment class in the morning yesterday, I decided to get the ng family out of the house for some activities.
it was not going to be a laze-at-home day for us!
we went to try the strictly pancakes branch at upper east coast road. it was alright for me for im never a pancake/waffles fan but the boys were more than happy to share their caramelized banana pancakes topped with chocolate ice-cream with their pappy.

pancakes galore!
after the sweet treats, we made our way to bugis junction - been eons since we last visited it.
and i remember again why it's not our fav. hangout place....
today, we brought my mum for dim sum lunch at paradise pavilion at MBFC - abit zzzz to be at my workplace area on a sunday....
glad that everyone enjoys dim sum and we set off to bedok mall after that.
yz's bday is next sunday so popo decided to let the boys choose a set from the lego shop!
after much "negotiation" with the husband and I, we finally relented to allow a hero factory set for each boy.
this weekend is undoubtedly a lovely one for YZ & YR!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

the year is ending!

don't you have this feeling??
its like it's oct already! gosh, are we officially in Q4 of the year?
im hurtling towards my grand 33rd birthday.... I need to go into denial mode soon.
anyway the working week has been more than just busy for me especially when i came down with sore throat and super blocked nose from wednesday onwards!
but with self-medication, I managed to make most of the symptoms go away and ok enough to go for a jog this morning! it has been awhile since my last jog on Tuesday... @_@
after the org chart change announcement last fri, this week has been crazy busy for me.
apart from working on home on wed (to spend time with the elder boy as he has no school for this week due to PSLE marking), it was like back-to-back meetings on Mon, Thurs and Fri plus a full day offsite workshop on Tue.
I don't know how I survive it but I did.
I think im more ready to face next week's trials given there is a holiday break mid-week!
and i cant wait for our family holiday to come soon!
counting down - another 4 weeks to go!
some outfits for the week:
left: top and cropped pants from gg5
middle: shirt from zara, skirt from gg5
right: top from A/X jeans from Guess by Marciano

Saturday, October 11, 2014

change is constant

it has been a pretty exciting time at work this week.
there is a change in the org chart and some of the changes and rotation of people are very much unexpected..
its a good/bad(?) thing that my role is still the same I guess?
opportunities may be coming up and I wonder if im in the right time/position to capitalise on them.
oh well, we shall see.
and yesterday, went for a fantabulous outing with my colls.
dinner at tampopo and then K-ing our lungs out at liang court partyworld! *woohoo*
nothing beats a good Rihanna/gaga song to get the crowd dancing. LOL.
and 8 of us polished off 2 bottles of whiskey. *burp*
and everyone remained sane when we parted our way. we are good drinkers! hehe.
some outfits for the week:
left: romper from forever new
middle: dress from MNG
right: top from uniqlo, vest from ??, cropped pants from zara

Monday, October 06, 2014

a good weekend - or rather, making it good.

i started the weekend with no planning but it ended well.
I feel like im more in-tuned with an ENFP than an ENFJ now. :P
you need to know a little about MBTI if you know what im saying.
was feeling rather grouchy yesterday morning and decided to request for some time-out to spend time with myself doing my favorite activity: shopping!
the husband was the nicest by allowing that - dropping me off at bugis while the boys and him made their way to in-laws place for lunch and fetching me from orchard in the late afternoon! :D
first stop: haji lane!
ahhh.... it's been ages since I've been there and I really want to take a look at soon lee after such a long hiatus.
to think that I popped by there at least twice a week when I was working around the area 3 years back!
nothing much caught my fancy - I was a little disappointed at not getting anything from soon lee.
but there was a surprise buy - a ring from a local designer.  I first saw it in one of the shops at orchard gateway but I didn't buy then as I thought it's a tad over-priced for a designer I've never heard of.
when I saw it again in one of the shops at haji lane, I think it's meant for me to buy it. hahaha.
I left for orchard after jalan-jalan at haji lane. it's been such a long time since I visited ion and ALONE! *woohoo*
I spent good time at COS and even though I really love their designs but I cant bring myself to pay close to $200 for a cant-be-any-simpler shirt dress.....
their accessories are pretty cool so I got myself a pretty necklace. :D
and much as I tried not to, I ended up buying stuff from my fav. store again - ZARA....
surprisingly the fall winter range this year is pretty good though nothing fancy about the color range of cos.
I got myself a jacket, a shirt and a top - all in black or white... @_@
the boys came picked me up and we headed to PS after that.
I managed to visit rockstar near PS though again, I cant find anything that I fancy! how frustrating!
had a good dinner at Nam Nam and finished off with koi bubble tea. yum!
for today, hubbi and I were totally clueless where to go for lunch and I randomly suggested yong siak street known for quirky/interesting shops and eateries.
for once, mr ng is spontaneous and off we go!
on the way to yong siak street (@rd tiong bahru area)
we had lunch at Cheng's 27 located at you got it, 27 yong siak street, for some hainanese foodfare.
not too bad though the soup tasted a little too saltish.
we took a slow stroll along the street which is extremely short but pretty choked full with cafes and shops alike.
forty hands is crazy full, same goes for open door policy. next time, perhaps!
books actually is delighting. we spent some time there browsing through titles.
when I first stepped in, I cant contained my excitement and commented to the husband:"it smells like bras brasah here!".

it has an interesting selection of titles that are rarely seen in mainstream bookstores.
I chanced upon a book - the lover's dictionary by david leviathan - , flipped to a page and an extract got me hooked then and there.

this is the part:

There are times when I'm all alone and I think, This is it. This is actually the natural state. All I need is my thoughts and my small acts of creation and my ability to go or do whatever I want to go or do. I am myself, and that is the point. Pairing is a social construction. It is by no means necessary for everyone to do it. Maybe I'm better like this. Maybe I could live my life in my own world, and then simply leave it when it's time to go."

through direct, even harsh definitions of seemingly harmless words, the book attempts to describe love. I cant wait to read it and I really hope it's worth the purchase.

they have cats in the shop!
we did a lot of walking for it was nary a dull moment around the neighborhood!
cafes and shops sprung up where we least expected it.

we saw PS café - the latest branch in town but today, we gave truffle fries a miss.
before we knew it, we had reached drips cafe at tiong poh road!
and so it will be a tarts day for us.
pretty decent tarts but I think the tarts at windowsill are better anytime!
and I realized iced earl grey tea without any syrup is horrible. but I drank it vodka shots style - holding the breath - since I've enough sugar intake from the tarts for the day!
top left: that spidey hand is YR's not mine.
after that, we did a quick drive-by along keong saik road! but we were simply too full to eat anymore at the eateries there.
still, that didn't stop us from buying $10 worth of bah kwa from kim hock seng to munch on!
they were crazy yummy! I think the honey-soaked BBQ meat is the best bah kwa I've ever eaten!
also, we saw some interesting restaurants that hubbi and I can try next time!

it had been a good holiday for the ng family today.
now the boys are watching ET holiday special on tv now while I will laze the rest of the evening away!

Saturday, October 04, 2014

a quiet week

it has been a quiet week at work for me. now that im in the new role not required to do any closing activities, month-end feels like just another week to me.
not that im complaining but it just feels a little weird when my counterparts were all hard at work trying to do their closing while i continue with my BAU stuff.
learning to exit the office when everyone is mad busy is an art too.
I came very close to leopard-crawling out on wed....
yesterday was good. hubbi and I managed to go off work before 5pm and we picked up the boys to start the long weekend earlier. :)
no plans for the next few days but I guess lazing at home sounds good too! :P
the only "exciting" thing for the week may just be the few pounds that I managed to shed off? it is coming to 3 weeks since I started counting the calories and I think I can safely say im lighter by 1kg though im not sure how much of that is coming off from the muffin top which is my ultimate objective anyway....
I shall continue for another few weeks - once I reached my optimal weight or so, I guess I can cut myself some slack and start eating some of my fav. snacks!
some outfits for the week:
left: top and pants from bysi
middle: top from axara, pants from AL&Alicia
right: top from zara, skirt from topshop

Sunday, September 28, 2014

ngau ngau's bday dinner

met up with the usual peeps again yesterday for Candice's bday @ Fukuichi Japanese dining.
missing only mad dd, it was happy crazy chatting for us again.
and we sort of decided how we gonna throw our #20yearsanni celebration next year.
a yacht party! but again, only time will tell if it really get materialize...
group pix! blur shot taken by waitress again...
before meeting up with them, I went to my usual browhaus branch at mandarin gallery for eyebrow tweezing. and over there, I chanced upon the laptop bag by Herschel that I wanted so much to buy at HCMC but stopped myself thinking that i can get it cheaper here in SG.
and when im back, i just cant find the design/size at the usual places - Robinsons/Tangs!
so imagine my happiness when I found it in a shop there, I bought it on the spot!
although if the truth be told, I seldom bring my laptop back from home... :P
but who can resist a pretty thing!
tada! the one I got. the interior is fleeced lined!

Friday, September 26, 2014

counting the calories = bad mood

and so what I started in early sept - jogging the morning - , I have managed to continue doing so 1 month later (frequency at 2-3 times per week).
though I dont see any stark improvement in speed or stamina.. lol.
and to show that i take this seriously, I bought a new pair of running shoes!
haha, the husband was tsk-ing at me when I made the purchase for he thinks (and he might just be right) that the purchase is driven by our upcoming nov trip (i always like buying new shoes before a trip indeed...).
ANYWAY, its a gorgeous pair from new balance and I absolutely love the design and I need a pair at home for running at the gym (my only old pair is in office so i've been wearing hubbi's pair to run at home).
so here it is:

anyway, after chatting with friends who are into serious body-building/sculpting, I finally accepted that exercising alone is not going to do anything to my muffin top.
something NEEDS to be done to the diet.

the advices I had are NO processed white rice and only drink water (cutting away all sugared drinks).
2 simple advices but almost impossible to administer!!
for the past week, I managed to eat not a single grain of rice but continue to have my carbs intake through other forms like bee hoon, wholemeal bread etc.
it is not as hard as I thought except in occasions where im heading mum's place for home cooked food...
for drinks, I cant cut away MILO totally so its milo kosong for me in the morning now. and other drinks im allowing myself are milk and honey lemon water for now.

it's only been a week of counting calories and the only obvious difference I can see is how short my temper is now! lol.
a hungry person is an angry person indeed.
oh well, let's continue for few more weeks to see if this is working. then I can formulate a more sustainable plan if I really do lose the muffin abit and back to my ideal weight......

some outfits for the week:

left: top from gg5, skirt from zara
right: shirt and pants from zara