Category Archives: C&E

travels: shadowfax winery

Didn’t know where to go after our plan to Werribee Zoo got shelved, C did a quick research and suggested we head to Shadowfax winery, which is just down the road, for lunch.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShadowfax winery is Melbourne’s closet winery, just 30km from Melbourne CBD and it is only a few minutes drive from my brother’s house!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_2164It was a cool sunny day and we were lucky to snag the last available table. A few groups who came right after us were being turned away! Lucky or what? The outdoor seating was lovely. There was a huge lawn and lots of room for kids to run about. Elisa was exploring the place on her own, we did not have to worry about her one bit!

IMG_2175That allows us to enjoy our wine in a beautiful surrounding 😉

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThey are famous for their wood fired pizzas and they did not fail to impress. It was good!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHowever, the sea bream that C ordered lacked a bit of seasoning but nothing a pinch of salt can’t solve.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAElisa’s pasta – equally good.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo end the meal – buttermilk panna cotta with mandarin sorbet. So good and so refreshing!

The lunch was a bit pricey but definitely worth it.

IMG_2163Happy Birthday, mister!!



After much toil and sweat, C finally received his Masters in Business Administrations. He started this program four years ago when there were just two of us and now, there are three!

I can attest he worked extremely hard for this. There were many late nights involved; he had to prepare for presentation the very next day when his class ended late into the night and a lot of his weekends were burnt because he had to attend classes or to do projects.

 I am glad this is finally over and I won’t be a MBA-widow anymore!! 😀

I am so very proud of you!


and we are five…

Last December, C and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. I can’t believe how fast it has gone! We have had our ups and downs and hit a few rough patches over the years.

What I’ve learned from this five years of marriage is that marriage is hard work. You can’t expect everything to fall into place just like that. We have to build it together and keep nurturing it along the way. It’s a lifelong adventure.

Marriage is not all about love. Yes, love is important but so is kindness, patience, sacrifice, trust and knowing when to curb your tongue!

For the bad times that we have gone through, I believe we have came out stronger. We are in a better position now as compared to two/three years back.

I’m not perfect. I’m still learning how to do it better.

IMG_5856May we always be silly together! 

To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish till death do us part.

Happy Anniversary to us!



christmas 2015

Last Christmas was the third consecutive year we had Christmas party at our humble home. It has somehow became a tradition to have Christmas party at The Chongs. This is something which we take pride in doing. I guess what makes us do this year in year out is because we know we will have a good time out of it and also this is our way of saying thank you to our dear friends for being a part of our lives.with g3 preset
and we’ve got a fireplace 😉

Like always, I’ll take care of the menu and C, the rest of the stuff; drinks, music, decors and making the house feel as cosy as possible. After toiling in the kitchen the entire day, I am glad that I got all the food out on the table on time (C is very particular about this), what is supposed to be served warm is warm and what is supposed to be serve cold is cold.

img_3029img_3040img_3033apple pie – which makes its debut only once a year 🙂

Not forgetting the kids, they had a jolly good time. They got to play and they got Christmas presents…loads of them. I’ll be happy if I were a kid!

it’s a riot!


It was a night of eating till we were near bursting and I think we drank a little too much till we were slightly hung over the next day.

It was all in the name of good fun.


We absolutely loved having you all!!

Till the next Christmas, guys!



the script live in singapore

I’m not exactly a fan of The Script but I will not give up the chance to go out and feel young again. On Tuesday night, we went for our first concert in what seems like forever. We are so grateful for friends who helped us babysit Elisa while we have some couple time. Thank you very much, you two!!

2015/04/img_3312.jpgAfter the opening act, we waited for almost an hour before they FINALLY made their appearance. I was a bit pissed that we had to wait for so long but the moment they came into the fully packed stadium, all was forgotten. The crowd got high and the atmosphere was beyond c r a z y!

2015/04/img_3316.jpgAt one point, the lead vocal spoke to a fan’s ex-boyfriend and sang NOTHING into the phone live together with the thousands of fans. He then ended the call with a “Bye A**hole!”. So cheeky that one!

2015/04/img_3333.jpgHalfway through, the lead vocal walked around the lower category sections and stopping for selfies along the way. The crowd went wild; some can be seen jumping out of their seat rushing towards him.


What I liked about their performance besides their songs was their genuine interaction with the audience and their sincere appreciation for every single one who was there that night. Without a doubt, they put up a stellar performance. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thank you for the awesome concert!



travels: hong kong 19-23 april ’14


Hong Kong 19-23 April 2014

It was just the two of us for a change. We walked holding hands, we chat over drinks, we ate leisurely, we stayed out late and I drank wine without feeling the guilt.

Of course I miss the little lady but I do not miss shoveling food down my mouth or picking up stuff from the floor for the hundredth time or eating with one hand while stopping the tiny hands from grabbing my food with the other. You get the idea?

So glad I went on this trip. It was a good break from mummy duties 😀

Off To The Land Of Dim Sum

I’m off to the land of har gao and siew mai, to meet the hubs who will be in Hong Kong to attend a workshop. This will be my first trip after having Elisa. It was exactly one year ago that we were in Hong Kong to attend a friend’s wedding. I was six months pregnant then.


 I had mixed feelings going on this trip. We are not bringing Elisa along. I left her under the good hands of my parents. For 9 months (18 months including in utero), I have never leave Elisa under the care of someone for more than 5 hours except the early days when she had to be admitted for jaundice. Besides that, wherever I go, she goes. We are a unit. I am not worry about Elisa, she was having fun the last couple of days in Penang. She totally ignored my existence. So it will be tough on my side to be away from her for a few days.

As much as I want to be with Elisa, I want to spend some quality time with the hubs and just be us. It has always been about baby, baby and baby ever since the arrival of Elisa, so much so that I have neglected the hubs without me realising it (pray tell that I am not the only one). I had the urge of bringing baby along or even cancel the trip and stay back with Elisa. But I know this trip sans the baby will do us good. I need to learn how to let go.

So letting go I am. Baby is now at home with my parents or maybe already out shopping at Tesco (?) and I am on my way to meet the hubs in Hong Kong. I do not know how I will fare without Elisa by my side. Hopefully I will not turn into a complete wuss!

I miss my baby already! 😦