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Hosting DJ Violet Fenying’s Birthday Party 2014

I’ve calculated my odds.
My chance of emceeing a popular Love 97.2 DJ’s Birthday Party
was pretty much close to NEVER.

But, I did!
This is why I am always thankful
for the many opportunities blogging and friendship brings me.

The M.I.C.E Mom Bloggers hosted DJ Violet Fenying’s Birthday Party
at Sakura International Buffet (Yio Chu Kang)
a little over 2 weeks ago and we had so much FUN!

Sakura International Buffet offers over 200 varieties such as sashimi, sushi, prawns, scallops, mussels & clams, as well as the mouth-watering grills at the Teppanyaki & Charcoal Grill stations. Signature Durian Puff and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream at the dessert station is a DIE DIE MUST HAVE!

Estella and myself took on the role of emcees.

I am usually pretty chillax when it comes to emceeing. I’ve always loved the limelight ever since I was a little child! But, this gig saw me nervously writing and memorizing scripts. Because, for the first time EVER, I am emceeing in Mandarin!!

Even my kids finds it pretty amusing to see me emceeing in mandarin.

Played a couple of games while waiting for Violet Fenying’s arrival. We felt pretty loved by the crowd! Totally amazed by the high level of enthusiasm!

Then it was restaurant tour of all the yummy goodies that were in stored for us.
Tommy; Head Chef of Sakura International Buffet, Agnes Tay of ATMC,
& The M.I.C.E mom Bloggers! (Mabel, Irene, Cherie & Estella)

Finally, the long awaited moment of Violet Fenying’s arrival!
She was MOBBED the moment she steps in the restaurant. The level of interaction between her and her fans was simply fascinating. An unique relationship; which feels like a gathering of old friends. She remembers every single one of them by name! Can you even beat that?!?!? I am definitely impressed!

What is a Birthday Celebration without the cake?!?!?
Violet Fenying with her huge loving “family”

The next most anticipated moment has got to be the Lucky draw segment!
I was secretly hoping to win HelloLuLu’s Bags & Camera Accessories or
Owell’s BIO-Ge Titanium Health Pendants!

But, I didn’t win any….
Oh well, better luck the next time round perhaps!!

But, I did bring home a bag full of goodies from the generous sponsors…..

A couple of my favourite items from the goodie bag:
1. You C1000 Lemon Drink + Ocean Spray CranGrape Juice,
2. Kwan Long Refresher oil. In a niffy bottle with roller tip,
3. Huiji Fruity Lite Extra,
4. and Beautiful Magnetic Bookmark by PartyFavors.Sg!

Thank goodness I survived my first Mandarin emceeing gig with Estella!

Happy Belated Birthday Violet Fenying!
Wishing you the best in health, wealth and happiness.

Through Violet Fenying,
I’ve learnt ONE SIMPLE Life Lesson of Successful Celebrities.
You’ve shown me that humility is a virtue.
The higher we’re placed, the more humbly we should walk.

ROCK ON! We love you Fenying!

Full Disclosure: We were invited to this event by ATMC and received a small fee for transport + complimentary dining. No further compensation were given, and all opinions reflected above are my own.

Mealtime Rituals | Inculcate Manners and Gratitude in our Kids

Mealtimes are Important to me.
While many around the world are dying of hunger,
in Singapore, we are fortunate enough to live in abundance!
I make the most out of mealtime,
hoping to inculcate manners and gratitude in our kids.

1. Families that eats together stays together.
Using Mealtime to Inculcate Manners and Gratitude in our Kids
As chinese, food holds huge importance for us.
Even our casual greeting to one another involves food.
你好! 吃饱了吗? (How are you? Have you eaten?)

Food bridge cultural differences and draw people closer,
making mealtime is the best time to bond and communicate.
Besides if I make it a habit today,
I am making a safe bet that I won’t have to eat dinner all alone
when the kids are all grown up!

2. Acknowledge
Using Mealtime to Inculcate Manners and Gratitude in our Kids
I might look Orang Cina Bukan Cina,
but I strongly believe that we should preserve
what is left of the Chinese Customs and Traditions.

We are big on respecting our elders.
Before mealtime, the younger ones acknowledge the elders by asking them to eat.
(Grandma, Grandpa, Daddy, Mommy, Brother, Sister, Please Eat!)
And the meal starts when the elders reply, “Everybody, eat!”

3. Appreciate
Using Mealtime to Inculcate Manners and Gratitude in our Kids
Food does not magically appear on table.
So give thanks to the one who prepares your sumptuous meal.

4. Compliment
Using Mealtime to Inculcate Manners and Gratitude in our Kids
As compared to the angmos, the typical Asians hardly compliment.
Your compliments will make a difference and brighten up someone’s day.
So learn to Compliment Freely!

What’s your family mealtime ritual?

A Journey of Rediscovery: Finding your Inner Blogging Voice…..

I bet you’ve realised the SMB badge by the side bar. I am indeed associated with Singapore Mom Bloggers. In fact, I am darn proud to be part of such a dynamic bunch of active mom bloggers who are ever so passionate to their cause of blogging.

We had our first SMB Blogger Event last Sunday. The insightful workshop not only benefited us with skills to blog effectively, but also provided us with networking opportunities to know one another better!

Photo Credits to Mabel Lee of AmazinglyStill.com

And since it was a Mom Exclusive Event, for the first time in 18 months, I had time out from all 3 kids for 6 LONG HOURS! It started with me feeling guilty, then to a sudden realisation that I was actually talking to another adult without any kid tugging onto my clothes shouting “mummy mummy” or crying! Even with that being said, I can’t help but have my thoughts stray off from time to time wondering about the kids during the entire workshop.

A few topics discussed during the workshop hit homebase and resonated with me.

After 9 long years of blogging, I seem to have lost it. Where’s my purpose in blogging? My voice became so distant that I can’t even recognise myself! A couple of months ago, even Kitson gave me a brutally honest feedback that he couldn’t “feel” me in my blog postings. Sharing your life in public is NEVER an easy journey!

Right at this moment, I am struggling. I battle with myself everyday because I am not the mom I set out to be. How do you even write an insightful parenting blog when you are bad at the topic.

I need to go into mommy rehabilitation!

I’ve reorganised my thoughts and decided that this blog will be about sharing raw parenting experience.

It will continue to share food reviews and recipes because I LOVE food!

I will start to devote more time writing about fashion, style and beauty for busy mom because I strongly believe when you look good and feel good, your inner mommy confidence will shine from within.

And finally, I hope to use this blog to promote social good. Perhaps, join hair for hope again and rally everyone’s support on it. *wink*

Huge thank you to the speakers Rachel, Chrystal, Dominique, and Sarah.
And also to the organising committee;
Christy, Meiling, Winnie, Jacqeline, Summer, Lynn & Agatha Lee.

Always look forward to attending events
coz I get to meet the rest of M.I.C.E mom bloggers.
Photo Credits to Mabel Lee of AmazinglyStill.com

Kitson Survived a day of Solo Parenting
(which I am not even surprised, coz he has always been a hands-on daddy since day 1!)

Linking up With Mabel from AmazinglyStill.com for Timeout Thursday:

Amazingly Still

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{Giveaway Alert!} Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Review

What can you say about frozen yogurt?
This popular great tasting dessert
has always been the healthier choice with people all across the world.

In contrary of my deceiving small waistline,
I love food and especially desserts!

We’ve recently been invited to Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt,
and like a true blue dessert lover,
I accepted the invitation,
proudly declaring that “There’s always room for desserts!”

And Boy, did it turned out to be a heaven for frozen yogurt lovers.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
1 HarbourFront Walk
Vivo City #01-113/114
Singapore 098585
Tel: 63769323

Operating hours:
10am – 10pm (last Order 9.45pm)

Grab a Cup. Or a Freshly made Waffle Bowl.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt contains live and active cultures.
They are made from the milk of “smiley” California Cows
which have not been treated with artificial growth hormones.

I am a sucker for smaller details. Like dietary information on individual flavours

It is the largest Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt selection in Singapore
that offers a variety of 12 yummy flavours at any one time
(with more than 100 other flavours put in on a rotational basis!)

With a choice of 44 delicious toppings to make your dessert a sweeter deal!
Other than the usual, nuts, sprinkles and fresh fruits toppings,
I like Popping Boba!!
Go try it and let me know what you think of it.

Mix-Weigh-Pay Scheme. $3.40/100g (excluding GST)
Since it is a Pay by Weigh Scheme,
you can have as much or as little of everything you want.

James Simply Can’t Wait No More!
Let’s Diggin’ Lickin’!

There is even a separate party room that could be reserved for private functions.
The design of the entire store was vibrant and inviting.

Girl Power! Check out our tattoo of Menchie and his sweet friends;
Barry, Mellow, Kiwi, Sprinkle, Mookie, Chip & B.P.

Sophia enjoying colouring activities in the Private Party Room.

Our Verdict:
Sophia likes tutti Frutti Sorbet,
Hiroshi likes Strawberry tart,
And James would gladly take anything that comes his way!

Kitson like it overloaded with plenty of fresh fruits,
while I like mine with a tad of everything!
There is bound to be something for everyone.

But then again,
Frozen Yogurt is Frozen Yogurt.
Any good product can always be replicated,
but the friendliness of the staff makes the in-store experience one of a kind.

After all these talk of yummy Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt,
I bet you would want some too…..

The very awesome people over at Menchie’s Singapore is giving away $30 worth of Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt each to 3 lucky families!

To enter this giveaway and win yourself $30 worth of Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, simply follow the steps below! Good luck!

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Disclaimer: We were invited to a frozen yogurt tasting session at Menchie’s Singapore for the purpose of this review. No additional compensation was given. All opinions reflected in this post are my own.

The Upcycle Project: DIY Knotted T-Shirt NecklaceTutorial

Since the success of the last upcycle project,
I’ve been rummaging through my wardrobe for old clothes.

Found another amazing tutorial by tutplus: DIY Knotted T-Shirt Necklace Tutorial.
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh does DIY Knotted T-Shirt NecklaceTutorial

Instead of just cutting up individual stripes of fabric like the last time round, I made some continuous T-Shirt yarn from an old maternity top that got stained by bleach.
Singapore mom Blogger IRene Soh does DIY Knotted T-Shirt NecklaceTutorial

Great youtube tutorial about making continuous T-Shirt yarn:

This project was suppose to be done with double strands of yarn,
but unfortunately, my maternity top could not yield enough yarn.
So I’ve made mine using only single yarn.
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh does DIY Knotted T-Shirt NecklaceTutorial

It is less chunkier, but still, equally as pretty.
With all honesty, I’m Lovin’ It.
Another statement necklace to dress up boring old clothes!

Upcycle is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.

Looking forward in creating more upcycle projects in the future!

Linking up with Ai Sakura for Wordless Wednesday: