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365 days with James | Happy Birthday James!

((Back Posting: 27 August 2013))

It’s amazing how much a baby can grow in a year!
Everyday, I thank God for putting you in our lives.
Your cheekiness brought us more laughter than we ever could imagine.

We celebrated James’s special day at
Swensen’s Compass Point
1 Sengkang Square, #B1-28/29, Compass Point
Opening hours:
[Weekdays] 10.30am-10.30pm
[Weekends & PH] 8am-10.30pm
Tel: 6384 5187

Hiroshi and Sophia had kids meal.
Main course was served with side order of cup corn and a choice of drink. I thought the food didn’t look appetizing for a kiddy meal, but nonetheless, both kids polished up everything on their space themed dinner box!

I wolfed down an American Cheeseburger Pizza.
Juicy ground beef, topped with tomatoes, onions, and gerhkins on a tomato mustard base. This is the first time I am having cheeseburger on a pizza, I must say I Loved It!

Complimentary Firehouse Happy Birthday! Sundae for Birthday Boy/Girl.
You’ll need to produce valid prove to claim complimentary Sundae.

Since no mothers in the right frame of mind will carry their kiddie’s birth certificate everywhere they go, there was no way to prove that it was really James’s Birthday!! So I PAID for this one! 🙁

But it is all worth it, when you see such happy faces!!

And finally,
we’ll like to thank all friends and relatives for the well wishes and wonderful gifts.

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TreeHouse BBQ at Civil Servant Club Bukit Batok | Happy 1st Birthday James!

((Back Posting: 17 August 2013))

I love family gatherings!

This time round, we had a TreeHouse BBQ at Civil Servant Club Bukit Batok. We were in TreeHouse no.3 which overlooks a perfect pool view. The charges for renting the TreeHouse BBQ pits were reasonable. Totally love the BBQ pits and TreeHouse concept. So relaxing, it feels as though we were at a beach resort! Now, all I need is a glass of margarita!
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh celebrates Baby James Birthday at TreeHouse BBQ at Civil Servant Club Bukit Batok

Bribe the guys with beer and they quickly got to work by setting up the BBQ pits.
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh celebrates Baby James's Birthday at TreeHouse BBQ at Civil Servant Club Bukit Batok

The ladies did what we do best.
We sat, ate and chatted while our hubbies were sweltering in the heat.

It was also an opportunity for the little ones to get together.
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh celebrates baby James's Birthday at TreeHouse BBQ at Civil Servant Club Bukit Batok

We took the opportunity to celebrate James’s FIRST Birthday too!

Lychee Martini Cake from Pine Garden’s. Sadly it did not live up its expectation. I’ve tasted better of this cake once in a friend’s birthday party. It’s a shame that we could not taste much of the lychee martini. And the yellow cake was a tad too dry for my liking. To say I was disappointed is an understatement!

Ang Ku Kueh from Ji Xiang Traditional Ang Ku Kueh. This has been our favorite place to get Ang Ku Kueh for the past 8 years! These yummy Ang Ku Kueh are handmade fresh on a daily basis. Thin chewy skin with the right amount of mung bean or peanut fillings. Heavenly! Highly recommended!
Review of lychee cake from pine garden's and ang ku kueh from Ji Xiang Traditional Ang Ku Kueh

No Birthday Celebration is Complete without the Auspicious Red Eggs!
It took us 3 kids to get Perfectly Dyed Red Eggs….
To save you the agony of having less than perfect eggs, we’re sharing our recipe.

Auspicious Red Eggs for Baby Full Month & Birthdays
Perfectly Dyed Auspicious Red Eggs for Baby Full Month & Birthdays
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Ingredients
  1. 30 Eggs
Color Bath
  1. 150ml vinegar
  2. 1 tbsp Cochineal Red (red food coloring)
  3. 1/2 tsp sugar
For color bath
  1. Combine 150ml vinegar, 1 tbsp Cochineal Red (liquid red food coloring), 1/2 tsp sugar. Set aside for color bath.
  2. 1. Put in 30 eggs into a pot of water.
  3. 2. Making sure that water lever is 2 inches away from eggs. Add salt into water.
  4. 3. When water get into a slow boil, turn to low heat and continue boiling for 10 minutes.
  5. 4. Drain out eggs.
  6. 5. Put hot eggs in color bath.
  7. 6. Dry out freshly dyed eggs on egg carton.
Notes
  1. 1. The longer you leave the eggs in the color bath, the deeper the red would be. Eggs only need a few seconds in the color bath to reach perfectly dyed red eggs.
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Happy Birthday James!
James's !st Birthday at TreeHouse BBQ at Civil Servant Club Bukit Batok

Why do I always feel that you are growing up way too fast for me to catch up?

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Nivea UV Body Whitening Serum 14 days Challenge Results

It’s a cliche to say this, but I am a changed women after the NIVEA UV Body Whitening Serum 14 days challenge!

I am still the no fuss women, but with a new revelation.
I’ve found out that I DO have the luxury of time to put on a body lotion! The fact is, it only takes me less than 5 minutes to apply NIVEA UV Body Whitening Serum. I also keep one in my bag so that I could conveniently re-apply whenever I found the need to re-moisturize.

Everyday, I braved the hot sun when sending/picking Hiroshi up from school plus grocery shopping too!

Weekend were spent outdoor celebrating Singapore’s 48th birthday at East Coast Park, rock climbing at ClimbAsia and canoeing at Pasir Ris Park.

Despite from all those active outdoor activities, I manage to stay fresh even to Singapore’s warm and humid weather. NIVEA UV Body Whitening Serum’s texture is lightweight, easily absorbed by the skin and pleasantly mild scented.

After 14 days, I could see that the condition of my skin has drastically improved. The skin does look more hydrated with the impression of lesser fine lines. Uneven skin tone has also started to even out. Pigmentation has lightened, but due to the nature of my tanned skin, it is not as visible on photos.

To round it all up, my NIVEA UV Body Whitening Serum 14 days challenge is a success!

Priced at $9.55, it is easily affordable. Would recommend NIVEA UV Body Whitening Serum since it is the ONLY body serum with SPF25++ out in the market in the current moment.

It only takes 5 minutes of your time to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun rays. DO IT, before it gets too late!

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Fashion Friday: Despicable Me Minions Nail Art

One of the games that Hiroshi is crazy about is Minion Rush. How can you not like all these adorable gibberish-speaking Minions from Despicable Me?!?!?

It’s Despicable Me Minions Nail Art for Fashion Friday this week!

Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh Despicable Me Minions Nail Art

A Yellow Base with Blue French Manicure.
Both from products are from TheFaceShop.
I am actually pretty impressed with the product which only cost S$2.90.
It glides on well, has great color pigmentation and it stays on well too!
Details of minions were painted freehand with acrylic paints.

Are you also playing Minion Rush?
Which is your Favorite Scene from Despicable Me 2?

Linking up with Princess and the Rock:

Princess and The Rock
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Escaping Haze Part 3.2: The Battle of Ipoh White Coffee (怡保白咖啡)

{{Back Posting: 21 June 2013 – 30 June 2013}}

Ipoh White Coffee is a popular coffee drink that originated from Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

Traditionally, Malaysian style “black” coffee roast (Kopi-O) is produced by roasting the beans with sugar, margarine and wheat.
“White” coffee, on the other hand, is produced with only margarine and without any sugar, resulting in a less dark roast.

The term white coffee, has nothing to do with the colour of the coffee, but is rather a reference to the way how the coffee is roasted. The word white simply means ‘without, or unadulterated’, nothing has been added to the coffee during the roasting process.

Sin Yoon Loong White Coffee is the founder of traditional style of white coffee.

I check out the traditional Sin Yoon Loong against it’s immediate rival Nam Heong.

My Verdict:
Sin Yoon Loong holds the charm of a traditional old coffee shop. Other than it’s Ipoh White Coffee, we strongly recommend the kaya toast too. Bread toasted to crisp perfection, with aromatic kaya spread and a slab of butter. Irresistible!

Sin Yoon Loong’s Ipoh white coffee is full bodied with strong aroma. I personally like it and can’t get enough of it.

Nam Heong on the other hand looks enterprising, with franchises of its coffee business into the popular Old Town White Coffee chain throughout Malaysia and Singapore. There were even sales of Instant Old Town White Coffee right behind the sale counter. Do check out the pipping hot egg tarts when you are at Nam Heong. Nam Heong’s Ipoh White Coffee is well balance and smooth, just the way Kitson likes it.

What about you?
Which is your Favorite Ipoh White Coffee?

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