The Best of 2016

They say, "The more you give, the more you receive." 

Modesty aside, I am generous by nature. My family and closest friends could attest to that. I strongly believe it is the very reason why I am blessed. I know some people cringe with the hashtag #blessed but I truly am in every sense of the word. I am blessed abundantly year after year after since 2007, the year I re-married and finally redeemed myself from the pit of life's unimaginable trials and tribulations. 2016 wasn't an exemption. In fact, we were blessed over-abundantly last year and we are extremely grateful.

Of course, I am not trying to say my life has been nothing short but perfect ever since. Anyone's life wouldn't be complete without a bit of drama and hardships here and there. It's what makes us human. But as my blog title implies, I only share the highlights of our year. We do have fair share of ups and downs but it's my personal choice to only share the best days we had in the past year.

Here's our 2016 Year in Review:

JANUARY
It has become a habit of hubby and I to celebrate every 28th of the month. We were off to a great start having an impromptu date at D' Good Cafe. That day turned our to be a day to remember, so I documented it here for posterity. I did wish 2016 will be a better year for our marriage as we were badly shaken in 2015.


Other highlights of January 2016 for us include visiting the newly revamped Chinatown Heritage Centre, and Bondate with K at Osaka Osho. I also had blog sponsors in December which I was only able to blog about in January because we were away for a long break. I truly loved D' Elegance and still benefit from their body shapers up to this day. Also, I would do an eyelash extension with Beauty Hope again in a heart beat to save me some time from curling and lengthening my eyelashes by applying mascara.

FEBRUARY
The month of love landed us at The Flutes, a very rare fine-dining indulgence hubby and I do at least once a year. In the same memorable month, quicky bondate with K at Nene Chicken, high tea with my girlfriends at Amara Hotel, and family date at Vista Mall on St. Valentine's Day after G's trial class at My Gym @ Buona Vista. Coincidentally, all those happened in five consecutive days so I documented it again as a sign of gratitude for a five days well spent.


Other highlights of our February 2016 include receiving abundant CNY blessings, food and shopping trip at Ikea Tampines, visiting Singapore Zoo and River Safari with my MIL, another bondate with K at Kith Cafe, checking out Dahlia Dreams Floral Display at Gardens by the Bay, Beach Day with Olympus OMD and a much-needed detox with Expression's Wellness.

MARCH
The most memorable day of our March 2016 has got to be watching Disney on Ice for the very first time! You can read our review of the spectacular show here.


Other highlights of our March school holidays include a family date at Chicken Up, visiting Children's Festival at Gardens by the Bay right after watching Disney on Ice, Kaboodle Kids, Kingdom MOSH! at Sentosa, witnessing the inaugural floral display of breathtaking Sakura Blooms at Flower Dome, and an impromptu dinner date with the hubby at Podi Cafe.

APRIL
The highlight of our April 2016 has got to be our 3D2N stay at Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour and revisiting Legoland Malaysia to finally check out Legoland Water Park and enjoy the rides once again at Legoland Theme Park.


Other noteworthy happenings include having Salmon Egg V Facial Treatment at Expressions, attending BlogMeet SG event for the first time and visiting Gardens by the Bay again for the Tulipmania Rediscovered floral display.

MAY
I was spoiled rotten in May as we celebrated Mother's Day at Salt Water Cafe. I was treated to a free buffet complete with pretty and thoughtful Mother's Day cookies. Best of all, I received so much love from the kids and the hubby. They always give me handmade cards and flowers and I love it!


Other highlights of our May 2016 include discovering Spicy Thai Thai Cafe, coming up with my very own quinoa salad recipe, working with Garden Picks and being invited to an Appreciation Dinner by the Singapore Kindness Movement.

JUNE
We had the funnest vacation in Penang for the second time in June 2016 in collaboration with Golden Sands Resort. We had a ball of a time lazing around the resort and maximizing its fabulous facilities, we had a memorable time at Penang's nature themed Escape Park, and we did mural hunting in Georgetown. Definitely a travel experience that we'll remember in a long time, if not forever.


Other highlights of our June school holidays 2016 for me include spur of the moment couple date at Angelina Singapore, attending the launch of Valcucine's first kitchen showroom in Singapore, G playing as VIP (Very Important Paleontologist) at Tanglin Mall, learning about marine conservation at KidsSTOP, attending a trial class at People Impact (G still remembers Teacher CK up to this day), being invited to try The Manhattan Fish Market's new breakfast menu, attending a FairPrice talk with fellow mom/parent bloggers, celebrating Father's Day by playing tourists and re-exploring the Singapore River via tug boat, having facial treatment at Adonis and working with 3AM.

JULY

We surprised G with a birthday staycation at Siloso Beach Resort on his birthday weekend. I got his animal-themed birthday cake delivered in the resort and as usual, we wore party hats and G had fun blowing his magic candles. I also bought animal bunting but didn't get a time to hang for his "private" Zootopia-themed party so I just put it on the bed. After his party, we let him do all his favourite things like swimming, playing in the sand, and riding cable car.


Other highlights of July 2016 for me include working with MummyBebeSG, food tasting at Barashi-Tei, working with Garden Picks for the second time, a spur of the moment family date at Maccha House in Suntec City and lots of feasting with my sister's family who went to KL for a holiday and dropped by in Singapore to visit us. We also celebrated my sister's birthday in a Chinese restaurant at Changi City Point where I surprised her with a cake.

AUGUST

M turned 42 and K turned 14. Every 15th of August, I am reminded of God's magnificence by giving me M and K in my life. I wouldn't have survived life's toughest tests without them.


Other highlight of August 2016 for me is attending the launch of Booti-Parlour where I had my much-needed me-time.

SEPTEMBER
The most memorable part of September for us is revisiting Malacca with the kids and my mom. We went to explore the World Heritage City in 2012 and it felt awesome to relive the precious memories we made there on our last visit. The hotel we stayed at wasn't fantastic, but glad that it has kid-friendly swimming pool as its saving grace.


Other highlights of September 2016 for me include spending me-time at Brunetti and having my all-time favourite Eggs Benedict, a quick couple date at Souperstar, bringing G to have fun at DinoMOOV at Changi Airport and food tasting at Cha Thai. No other links to all the things we did as I just realized I did not blog much about our September happenings at all.

OCTOBER 
Hubby and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary and my 38th birthday with a staycation at Swissotel the Stamford. We had an unforgettable buffet lunch at Equinox with the kids and of course, no staycation is complete without the kids getting some water fun at the hotel pool. We capped the night of our anniversary which was also my birthday eve with breathtaking views of Marina Bay from our hotel room.




Other highlights of October 2016 for me include getting Detonix treatment at Expressions, working with FairPrice Housebrand, visiting Quan Fa Organic Farm with K and collaborating with Peach Box.

NOVEMBER
We went for another staycation in November and had the most fun and memorable stay at D' Resort. We managed to check out the newly revamped Wild Wild Wet water park, visited Explorer Kids and caught fun holiday Pororo and Little Bus Tayo shows.

Other highlights of November 2016 for me include attending the launch of Entertainer Singapore and Cheers App 2017 and a Kid's Day Out at Kidzania Singapore.

DECEMBER
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I was on annual leave from 3rd Dec to 31st Dec 2016 and did not foresee how much busier I will actually be. Let my IG photos speak for itself! We did so much more than what you see here, I will add more photos when I have time to dig my December photo archive.

It was definitely a blessed 2016 for us. To GOD be the glory!

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