Category Archives: Our Friends

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.

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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!

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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.

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We absolutely loved having you all!!

Till the next Christmas, guys!

xx

  

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travels: 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!

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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*

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

 

travels: 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!

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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.

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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 🙂

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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! 😀

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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.

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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.

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elisa and her little pals

I have been using Instagram for a decently long time and through Instagram, I have met some really lovely ladies. I don’t often meet friends that I love but these ladies are special, all of them are amazing mothers in their own right. Over the course of time, we became friends. Occasionally, we hang out, meet for coffees and the kids have playdates. 

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{photo credit: mama S}

As a single child (for now), Elisa doesn’t get to interact much with many other little kid. Hence, I always look forward to meeting up with these mummies and their kiddos, never mind that Elisa is one year younger than the rest! She may be the youngest, but do not underestimate her when fighting over the same toys. They fight but the very next minute, they are so sweet to each other again. They are still very much playing on their own but sometimes you’ll catch them giggling at each other or running after each other.I love watching them interact and I hope our newfound friendship is here to stay for many decades to come.

 xoxo

 

 

 

To The Zoo

Many many Sundays back, together with a few friends and their kiddos, we set off on a safari adventure.

We watched the Splash show (I don’t know why but it’s like a must watch when you are at the zoo) , said hello to a few animals and without wasting any time, we zoomed to the water play area at the Rainforest Kidzworld.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the highlight of the day – water play!

This time round, Elisa understands a bit more as compared to her first trip to the zoo. I’ll show her where the lions are and when I asked her, she will point at the lions’ direction. Perhaps on our next trip, she will point where the animals are without me telling her! Kids learn so fast, don’t they?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI don’t know why but I have a thing for zoo. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of going to the zoo. I am already thinking of another trip to the zoo. Care to join me?

Last Saturday…

Before the kids came along, we would always hang out together; picnic, dinner, potluck or whatever. Just because.

Now everyone is busy with their own lives. And especially with kids now in the picture, we hardly meet up which I think it’s rather sad. The last time we met up as a group was half a year ago! That’s like eons ago!!

Anyhow, last Saturday, we gathered everyone at the park for a picnic. It’s about time we catch up on each other lives and for the kiddos to mingle and run free.

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We brought food, drinks (toxic and non-toxic :P), ball, frisbee and a whole lot of humour and conversations. While the adults ate and drank, the young ones roam about.

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It was a hot Saturday and balmy evening but we (always) had fun in each other’s company. If you know me well, I love and appreciate hanging out with friends 🙂

When it started to get dark,  just before the crawlies come out to play, we packed up and left for home. We were all sweaty and sticky but oh, so worth it.

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Now, can we do this more often? Please don’t let it be another half a year before we gather again.

Mother’s Day Potluck

It started off  with a conversation about pizza and it led us to this.
It’s been a while since we last gathered and this occasion gave us enough reason to do just that 🙂

I know from past experiences that we will definitely have a lot of leftovers. I hate wasting food and we always, always have to resort to games in order to finish off everything and most of the time, we were always full to the brim. So, me, just like a broken the record have to keep reminding everyone not to bring so much food and I would say, we did well this time 🙂 No wastage! Yay!

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How time has changed. Just one or two years back, our gatherings were only adults. And now, we have three kiddos in tow with three more on the way!! Happy times ahead! Or does it spells disaster? 😮 Hehe

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Love this picture albeit a bit blurry.
Caught in the act. Em, I seriously don’t know what your daughter just did to Baby M. 😀

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Next up, Father’s Day potluck. Anyone?? We need more gatherings like this before our lives go topsy-turvy 🙂