Saturday, 31 December 2011

The Best of 2011




January - 3 months preggy (still couldn't believe i was pregnant).

February - My dates on St Valentine's Day.


March - Proud mommy moment.

April - Easter Sunday at Sentosa (6 months preggy)


May - Marina Bay Sands (7 months preggy, family photowalk)


June - Baby shower (8 months preggy)


July - Gian Carlo, the gracious gift of God was born!

August - Hubby turned 37 and Ate Kyla turned 9.


September - Ate Kyla received the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


October - Anniversary/Birthday surprise from hubby.


November - Sweet, funny father and son moment.

DECEMBER
Baby Gian received the Sacrament of Baptism,


celebrated with us the birth of Jesus for the first time and

WE HAD THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!
 Until this very moment, we are still overwhelmed to have an adorable healthy baby boy that we fervently prayed to have for the longest time. Indeed, good things come to those who wait.

Thanks and praises be to GOD for a year full of wonderful surprises and overflowing blessings.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY ALWAYS AND FOREVER.

Here's wishing everyone a HAPPY AND BLESSED 2012! Thank you for being a part of our blissfully chaotic family life.

Friday, 30 December 2011

Kyla's Baby Sister




My 9y/o girl is asking for a baby sister (NOTE: I just gave birth to her baby brother 5 months ago.) and i happen to stumble upon this plush toy called My Little Sister at the family thrift store. I went home and told her this is all i can give her for now. Lol!

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Patara: Fine Thai Cuisine (Tanglin Mall)

Last Tuesday, my colleagues and I were talking about where and what to eat few minutes before our lunchtime and out of courtesy, we asked our lady boss if she would like to join us. Little did we expect that she'll take the opportunity to treat us for Christmas lunch. She asked if we know any good restaurant in Tanglin Mall (walking distance from our working place) and one of my colleagues recommended a Thai restaurant. We all have no issues from eating Thai food so off we went.




The place is called Patara: Fine Thai Cuisine. We went earlier than normal Singaporean lunchtime (1-2pm) so there aren't many lunchers yet.

The atmosphere is very elegant and pleasant. We came at a group of 5 so we took a table for 6pax.



There are classy private rooms for bigger groups as seen in the photo above.



Our lady boss ordered Premium Patara as starters. It's a premium combination of mango salad, soft shell crab, fish and prawn cakes, chicken wings and rice crackers dip. The mango salad is really good! A must try i must say.


I have issues in eating flaming HOT dishes so i said NO to tom yum soup. (Note: I tried the same soup once when my ex-lady boss brought us in a Thai restaurant at Goodwood Park for Chinese New Year lunch but i couldn't take its spicyness.) However, the super professional Filipino (as seen in the first photo) who served us told me that they can lessen the spicyness of the soup so that i could give it a try. I commend him for doing so. I had a taste of the best tom yum soup ever! Nawala ang trauma ko sa paghigop ng pamosong Thai spicy soup. Lol! Oh bytheway, online universities have cooking classes that can teach you how to cook your own spicy Thai soup.



For carbo load, we had Khao Phad Nam Liab. It is a balck olive fried rice with chickken, served with fresh chillies, lime, shallots and cashew nuts. Another must try!



We ate the fried rice with Gang Keaw Wan Neua, an authentic beef curry with sweet basil and bird chilli. The best curry i've ever had!


Pamper your palate with aromatic flavours of fine Thai cooking, lovingly presented for a memorable dining experience. ~ http://www.patara.com.sg/

I highly recommend this Thai restaurant if you have an affair with Thai food.

To see the complete list of gourmand places we have tried, click here

Monday, 26 December 2011

Skypark at Marina Bay Sands

EXTRA-ORDINARY DAY ~ CHRISTMAS 2011

Skypark at Marina Bay Sands
After attending the 11am mass today, we re-visited Marina Bay Sands and decided to explore the Skypark.

Stretching longer than the Eiffel tower laid down or four and a half A380 Jumbo Jets, with an impressive 12,400 square meters of space, the Sands SkyPark can host up to 3900 people. The gravity-defying cantilever is one of the largest of its kind in the world. From this privileged observation deck, hundreds of visitors at a time can feast their eyes on the unforgettable panorama view of Singapore. ~ http://www.marinabaysands.com/ Click here for complete information.


Skypark at Marina Bay Sands 
We purchased promotional tickets for the Skypark and Art Science Museum and saved a few bucks.

Skypark at Marina Bay Sands
Skypark is at the 56th and 57th floor, it was very windy and the sky was gray when we came.


Skypark at Marina Bay Sands
There is a guided tour in the infinity pool but we did not book because all the timings are fully-booked except for 9pm. With Baby Gian, we can't stay that long.


Skypark at Marina Bay Sands
We stayed at the observation deck for less than an hour because we haven't taken our lunch. There is a restaurant called Ku De Ta at the deck but the food is way too expensive for us, more or less S$100++ per person. (++ stands for addional 7% GST and 10% service charge)

Below are Singapore landmarks seen from the observation deck:


1) The Esplanade - twin durian-shaped building.



3) Crystal Pavillions - 2nd largest Louis Vuitton store


7) Marina Barrage


8) The Fullerton Hotel,  9) Merlion Park and 10) Singapore River


11) Art Science Museum, 12) Helix Bridge and 13) Float @ Marina Bay/Youth Olympics Park


14) The ongoing construction of Gardens by the Bay. We are looking forward to the opening of this one. According to the news, there will be international flowers to be showcased in this garden like tulips. I can't wait!

We are supposed to see Sentosa Island, Batam Island in Indonesia and Kusu Island among others but the gloomy weather didn't let us. For complete list of what you will see, click here.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

The Birth of Jesus Christ



Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas;
Star and angels gave the sign.
~Christina Rossetti

Matthew 1:18-25
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.




MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Friday, 23 December 2011

Chasing Squirrel

Take 1 (Hiding)


Take 2 (Hopping)



Take 3 (Quick rest)




Take 4 (Thinking)




Take 5 (Jumping! Sorry I only got his tail. Can you find it? )



Take 6 (Moving fast)




Take 7 (Bidding goodbye! There's no way we can chase already as we have no access to the next tree he jumped into.)







This post is inspired by Rainfiled's One, Two and Jump. After seeing the monkey photos, our encounter with a squirrel at the Botanical Gardens last father's day flashed back. Kyla and I were busy taking photos of flowers when my hubby called my daughter's name, "Kyla, hurry up! There's a chipmunk!" Oh well, having watched the Chipmunks movie last year, Kyla couldn't hide her excitement. She ran to her dad and giggled when she saw the fast moving little animal and asked me to photograph it. In fact, she wanted to take photograph by herself but I think before she can click the camera the squirrel is already gone. I did have a hard time chasing it while Kyla is tailing me.
BTW, it's not a chipmunk as my hubby thought it was. According to my friend MJ, a chipmunk is type of ground squirrel and couldn't climb trees.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Give Love and Hope for Philippine Flood Victims



The news about the aftermath of Tropical Storm Sendong in the Philippines is heart-wrenching. After watching it on TV last night, i knew i can't just close my eyes and go on celebrating Christmas without doing anything about it. It doesn't feel right to be merry and pretend you don't know anything when you are aware there are thousands of unfortunate people who desperately need help.

The relevant authorities are appealing for generous donations in kind or in cash. Sweet Memoirs will be donating its recent blog earnings and will also be sending clothes and other stuff via FREE shipping at LBC Singapore.


If you happen to have the gift of generosity, please do something about UNICEF's emergency appeal.Your P1000 can provide 2 families with water containers, water purification tablets, and buckets for a month's supply of safe, drinking water. You can opt to donate at Red Cross too. They badly need help.

Let us continue to give love and hope to our fellow Filipinos and celebrate the true spirit of Christmas. If you can't donate in kind or in cash, your most fervent prayers can move mountains.


Thursday, 15 December 2011

Frisocrem: Gian's First Solid Food


Hubby and I have been discussing when should we introduce solid food to our precious baby boy who is turning 5 months old on the 23rd of this month. Earlier today,his nanny almost fed him with a mashed banana but i stopped her. If we want to introduce him solid food, it is best to start with something that has a bland taste. So off i went to the supermarket with the hubby after dinner and bought Frisocrem, a rice-based cereal with milk. It is an easily digestible solid food (or semi-solid might be the appropriate word) for babies from 4 months onwards.

To our surprise, Gian loved it! Wait,that may be an understatement. Gian was crazy about it! We had a great time watching him eat like he wasn't fed for ages! He kept reaching for the spoon as if he wanted mommy to feed him non-stop. We all had a memorable day! :)

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

LookBook: Brandless Jumpsuit

Self photography. Am I vain? Lol!

With my unica hija. My unica hijo has not been conceived when this photo was taken so please don't imagine i still have the same physique. I am the only one allowed to daydream! Lol!


I got a lot of flattering remarks for this get-up which i wore when we visited the Penang Butterfly Farm during our 2D1N stay in Penang, Malaysia. My Salitype sister said she liked my outfit, a friend said i look chic and another friend said i look like Ms. Universe. No violent reactions please, the latter was joking. Lol! The most flattering remark came from my grade school nephew. He told his sister, "Tita Che looks like a 16 year old here." Oh am geeeeeeeee! He must be kiddin' me! Palakpak naman tenga ko. Hahaha!

Oh, please forgive me I got carried away. Let's talk cheap fashion shall we? I am sure you will be surprised as in @.@ with what I am about to reveal.

1) Sunglasses - from a friend
2) No brand jumpsuit with singlet - S$12 from Eastpoint Mall (Every now and then, the mall hosts some kind of tiangge which i seldom miss because i have to pass by the mall to reach my home. That's not an alibi, ok? Lol!)
3) Necklace - S$15 (A gift from hubby, couldn't afford a Tifanny. Lol!) bought from Cache Cache, Tampines One Mall

I am crazy, am i? My necklace is more expensive than my clothes. Lol! Btw, i wore a S$5 flipflops from Cotton On. You won't be seeing my farmer's feet though. Lol!

Click here to see more photos.




Monday, 12 December 2011

My Daddy Rocks

Test post using my iPad2.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Best Buy: Sesame Beginnings



This is one of the many gifts we received after I gave birth to Gian in July. It came from one of my husband's colleague. I have to commend her for choosing the right product.



Isn't it commendable to buy a gift and do charity at the same time?
Today, I retweeted this quote by Ivy Baker Priest :
 "Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones come daily."

I have to remind myself, this is a purpose driven blog. Thanks to my little angel who slept early tonight, i was able to share this with you. Have a blessed week ahead, folks! If you have twitter account, please follow @Sweet_Memoirs and I will follow you back. :)