Hong Kong Disneyland

…the reason we went to Hong Kong.

This trip to Disneyland was rather timely because Elisa was very into Mickey Mouse then and so were her little friends. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is one of her favourite TV program.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur first stop was breakfast at Enchanted Garden located at Disneyland Hotel where we “dined” with the characters. The breakfast spread was huge but sadly, the food was a miss, it was quantity over quality. But like everyone else, we were there to meet the characters. Half way through breakfast, Pluto, Goofy and Minnie Mouse came by to say hi. I expected more characters though. Where is Donald Duck??

IMG_5061Honestly speaking, it is not worth the price tag. Pre-Elisa me will never spend this kind of money. But it’s a different story when you have a kid! They make us do things we thought we will never do. This is a known fact!


After breakfast we hopped onto a bus and headed to the theme park. As the kids were still pretty young, there weren’t many rides available for them and some ride had an hour to two hours waiting time. We took a few kiddy rides and took some photos with the characters before we went searching for food…and air con! *dying*


We caught the “Flights of Fantasy” parade and it was stunning. The kids and adults were mesmerised by the vibrant floats, the colourful costume, the dancing and the catchy soundtrack. It was quite an uplifting performance. As I was watching the parade, I can’t help but to feel for the performers especially those donning the character’s costume. It was mid afternoon and the sun was showing no mercy. Despite all that, the performers still put up a stellar performance. Hats off to them!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m so glad we went for the Lion King show. It was visually exciting and captivating. The floats, the props, the costumes, the singing, the dancing…they were simply spectacular. There were also a fire and acrobatic performance included in a small segment of the show. This show is not to be missed.

IMG_5128IMG_5158 IMG_5150We also managed to watch Mickey’s Philharmagic, a 3D show. The last time I watched this was many years back when I went to HK Disneyland with my parents. I enjoyed watching it and I still enjoy watching it now.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The sun began to set and we were ready to leave this happy place, then something unpleasant happened. When we came out from the theatre, our friend realised that her stroller was missing! We thought someone accidentally took the stroller by mistake but that was until we saw her daughter’s water tumbler by the sidewalk! The person stole her stroller! How could a person do such thing?? We were mad pissed!!  She made a report at the customer service counter but we knew that it was impossible to get the stroller back. We were drained after a long day, more so for our friend. She had to deal with a cranky toddler and the emotional stress of losing a stroller…which belongs to her friend! Gah!! (We brought this issue up with a group of HK friends, they said it happens all the time! Not pointing finger at anyone but we kinda knew who stole it!).

Many people term Disneyland as the happiest place on earth. But you know, there are a few selfish people out there who is on a mission to ruin it.

Even though the day ended on a somewhat sour note, it was still a day to be remembered. Elisa and I really enjoyed ourselves, and I’m sure our friends had as much fun as we did.


Where shall we go next? Tokyo Disneyland perhaps?
she doesn't mindelisa: Yes, please! :D


summer in hong kong

Back in June, me and three other friends did something crazy; we brought our kids to Hong Kong on our own-4 mothers and 4 bubbas!! Initially, I have no plans to join them because firstly, HK is not the most child friendly place and secondly, HK in summer is extremely hot and humid! But I know Elisa will have a lot of fun with her friends (and so will her mum) so I bought last minute tickets to join them which turned out to be the best decision ever!


The three hours odd flight to HK was a pleasant one. We braced ourselves with lots of snacks and downloaded tons of entertainment on the iPad. The kids did really well. I’m so proud of each and everyone of them. Upon arrival in HK, we took the airport express (C and I are strong advocate of the HK express. We can’t recommend it enough. It is so convenient!) to HK island and from there, a short taxi ride to our airbnb apartment in Wanchai.


The apartment is spacious for HK’s standard. What I love about staying in an airbnb is we get to live like a local. This is definitely a different experience from our usual hotel stay whenever we are in HK. I believe the kids loved the idea of staying under one roof; they get to mingle with each other way past their bedtime and they get to see their friends first thing in the morning. Although on most mornings, it’s a bit chaotic getting everyone ready at the same time. But we managed :)


We spent the next day doing nothing much. We had lunch at Joy Hing, a hole in the wall restaurant famous for their roast meat. The place is tiny, the floor is oily and no babychairs available. I thought we would not be able to make it out of the restaurant without getting a scolding from the staff. But the kids really surprised us, they sat quietly throughout. The kids did make a small mess and the staff were like “Ahh, it’s ok. Kids are like that. No worries”. The staff in this restaurant were one of the friendliest I’ve ever met in terms of service staff! Not sure if we will get the same treatment in another restaurant. They will probably give us an earful followed by a death stare! We joked that if we survived eating in this tiny joint, we have no problems eating at other restaurant! :D


We hung out in the mall the remaining of the afternoon as it was raining practically the whole day. The kids got their ice cream fix while the mothers had their coffees and cakes. In the evening, we brought the kids on their first “ting ting” ride. It is an interesting experience for both kids and adults alike. I still enjoy taking the tram despite taking it countless times.


The next day we woke up bright and early for our much anticipated trip to Disneyland (will blog about it). We had breakfast at the hotel with the company of some Disney characters before proceeding to the theme park. We spent the entire day there and by the end of the day we were out on one’s feet. 

Soon, it was time to head back to Singapore. We met up with some Hong Konger friends for lunch before making our way to the airport. Though tiring, I’m glad I made this trip with them. While I expected to have fun which we did, one thing really made my heart swell was seeing how the kids bonded with each other in this short span of 4 days. They will have a life of friendship to enjoy.


a love letter to elisa: you’re twenty seven months old

Dear Elisa,

So you turned TWO a few months back (yes, mummy is terribly late in writing to you!). You are nothing but a joy at this age and sometimes a bit of pain in the back but there’s nothing we can’t handle ;)

Many many moons ago, you were probably around 18 months old(?), mummy had a conversation with a father at a restaurant and he told me 2 years old is a fun age. I remembered telling him “I am having fun as it is right now”. He said “wait till she turns two when you can have proper conversation with her. It will be even better!”. Boy was the father right!

At age two, your vocabulary is larger than we can keep track of and it keeps expanding everyday. We can have proper conversations these days. And girl, you are like a non stop talking machine! You never cease to amaze us with your vocabulary and there is not a day that goes by without me and papa don’t look at each other and smile over something we hear you say. My favourite time of the day has got to be before bedtime where we would talk and talk and talk until it’s time to sleep. Right now, you are in the “where is” and “what’s that” stage, I guess this is the prelude before you bombard us with all the whys :D

mummy, what’s that?
where is uncle sim?
where is aunty mi?
where is sim enru?
where is ti kakak?

You have opinions. And girl, you do have opinions! You have no qualms about letting your desires be known. You will tell us when you like something and likewise, if you dislike something, you will tell us NO flat out. At times, you can be very stubborn, like how you refused to keep your toys or not apologising when you are in the wrong. You know you have to keep your toys, you know you are in the wrong but you just won’t do it. You are stubborn like that.

When you were younger, you were super friendly with strangers, often flashing your gummy smile at them. But as you grew older, you are the total opposite, you became very shy. The last trip when we were back in Penang, you were so shy, you refused to talk or look at anyone. I hope that this is just a phase or else, it will be tough when you go to school next year.

Mummy has started working now. I do miss the days when mummy wasn’t working and we will go out for coffee and cakes in the afternoon, or go to the park in the evening. Leaving for work every morning is the toughest part. And the best part is coming home to you every evening. You will run towards the door when you hear the doorbell. I love hearing the pitter-patter of your footsteps. You will never fail to give me a hug when I come home from work :)

You are still as loving and affectionate as when you were younger. As much as you love giving us kisses, you absolutely adore it when mummy and papa kiss you on the cheek. You will pull us towards you and make sure we give you a big fat smooch on the cheek and you are not shy to ask for more. Darling, I hope you will still ask for it when you turn 21! ;)

Every time when I look at you, I count my blessings. I seriously believe that mummy and papa must have done something right in the past to deserve you as our daughter. 

You are perfect. We couldn’t ask for a better daughter.

Love you endlessly,

fig, thyme and lemon jam

The first time I had fig jam was during my flying days. I remembered having it with cheese, it was so good! We love cheese and since fig is in season right now, I thought I will make us some fig jam to go with cheese


I read through a few recipes, took some pointers and came up with my own recipe. There are no complicated steps in making the jam, just mix everything together and let it cook away!


I’m really really happy with how the jam turns out. C who doesn’t like figs, love the jam. He couldn’t stop raving about it and THAT is a great compliment coming from him :)

IMG_0770Fig, thyme and lemon jam

8 ripe figs, washed, stemmed and cut into pieces
2-3 whole sprigs of thyme
1 tsp of lemon rind, finely chopped
1/4 cup sugar (I might omit sugar next time)
1 tbsp honey
juice from 1/2 lemon
1 tsp vanilla essence
pinch of salt

  1. Mix everything in a bowl and allow the figs to macerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Pour into a saucepan and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally until the jam thickens.
  3. Remove from heat when the jam reaches your desired consistency.
  4. Store in a clean jar and keep it in the fridge once it’s cooled.

IMG_0800the little cheese monster can’t wait…as usual :)



things elisa says: #2

While C and I were having dinner, Elisa asked for my phone.

E: mummy phone. See (pho)tos.
Me: ok. See photos only ok? No YouTube
E: ok. No (You)Tube

After we finished our dinner, I went to check on her and she was watching Peppa Pig on YouTube.

Me: Elisa, what did mummy say?

She gave me a guilty look and then…

E: mummy go shower! *nonchalantly*

OKAY!! If you say so! :|

turning 34

As I grow older, all the birthday shenanigans do not bode well with my ageing body (I sleep at 10 these days! Some days I am asleep before Elisa!).

This birthday was my first time celebrating with my colleagues (back in my flying days, I always apply for birthday off. Getting scolded by passengers/senior crew on my birthday? Not something I wish for on my birthday! ). They threw me a surprise which got me a little emotional. They got me some jelly hearts cheesecake (have you tried them? If you haven’t, you ought to try it. It was yumz!) and a small token contributed by all the colleagues. I totally appreciate their thoughtfulness!

Later that night, we had a cake to round off my birthday. It was a simple strawberry shortcake bought in favour of Elisa. She loves birthday. Sometimes you will find her pretending to blow out “invisible” candles on her wooden cake and making a wish, so we thought why not get myself or rather her, a real cake so she could blow out real candles and also to mark me getting a year older.

As I was removing the candles from the cake, I was like “how come so many candles???” and it hit me that I am not a spring chicken anymore, I am approaching my mid thirties! I’m not lying, but there was a sense of uneasiness that night. So from next year on, it will only be one candle on the cake!
happy birthday to me! may all my wish come true :)

bedtime routine

Our bedtime routine normally starts with me reading her a book, sometimes two or three depending on her request. And then, lights out.

Second part of the routine begins. This happens EVERY night….

Elisa: mummy talk!
Me: (we’ll talk about everything under the sun)

*stop talking

Elisa: mummy talk!
Me: (continue talking)

*stop talking

Elisa: mummy TALK!!!
Me: (continue talking). Okay, enough of talking!

Elisa: mummy sing!
Me: *sing*

*stop singing

Elisa: mummy sing!
Me: *sing*. Okay, no more singing. Time for bed.

Elisa: mummy SING!!
Me: okay, one last song and you have to sleep after this!
Elisa: okay
Me: *sing* okay, sleeping time! Good night, Elisa!
Elisa: Good night, mummy!

*good night kiss* END of bedtime routine.