And worse is I have no one who has a neutral view on it to talk with.
Thats why I am penning my thoughts here, which hopefully helps T___T
First, a selfie of my little monster and me!
He is now coming to 9 months old in another week or so.
And it has come to the cross junction for me to make a decision.
To send him to childcare or not to?
So here's the story,
Initially, before we got married, I was certain that I can care for my own baby.
So we planned and worked towards sustaining life with only one income.
And I am proud to say, we are doing very well so far, we even managed to save!
My first 3 months of being a SAHM (stay at home mum) was horrific.
I almost broke down, but picked myself up with great helps around me.
Now everything (especially physical stuffs) has gone on track, new problem arise.
My little monster now sticks to me like glue!
Everyone tells me that's because I am his main care taker, ok I agree.
He is extremely insecure, he cries like he's being abused if I just turn my back.
He can be happily playing with his toys when le hubs put him to play area...
But cries so hard the moment he spots me! And what everyone says?
Babies are like that... that... doesnt really solve anything I think.
Because he behaves like this and only to me! I have a really hard time doing chores.
Now, people will tell me chores arent important and the baby is, but but...
I have a husband working hard enough outside and I would be this lazy shit
if I even leave plates and pots for him to clear for me or wash the laundry.
I am not the lucky person who's husband is the favourite son to have help from MIL
Nor am I lucky enough to hold a job that could pay my 4k earning mum to take care of him.
Also no luck with threatening my MIL to quit her 20years job just to help me like some thick skinned selfish human did.
I need to do chores
I need to at least cook for my baby
I need to pee and shit
But I cant because my baby relies on me way too much then normal.
Look at his frantic crying just because he was left to play in his cot for 5mins?
I am starting to feel it's not good for him because my time for him is not quality.
We had SIL's helper over for a week last month and my baby learnt how to crawl with helper's guidance.
I was surprised because with me, my son only wants to be on me and refuses to even sit beside me on his playmat.
Then on a few occasions I found him enjoying his toys with another companion as long as it is not me.
So I guessed that maybe going to an infant care would do him good.
I know this is gravely debatable and I would just lose my point cause you know...
Some parents (esp mums on forums) nowadays are crazy!
Like really cray cray! :(
But infant care was not only thought of now~
When he was this tiny, 2 months old, I had already put him on waiting list.
Back then was only because I couldnt handle this whole new life in general.
Now that I think of IFC again, is based on a thought that it will be better for my baby.
I have no idea how this little monster develop such insecurities.
I don't think it's normal to cry like going into fits just because I dont carry him.
Thou, I agree that my care for him is the best I can ever give, but is that truly enough?
I am also aware of the cons of sending my baby to an IFC.
He would fall sick often, he would have divided attention, he might get bullied.
But I am determined to not raise my child into the new durian generation.
And so my husband says I should overlook these and 既来之则安之!
Which is, we'll deal with it when it comes, the problems~
So now what is bothering me? I guess the comments that I would get~
How should I justify myself and be proud of my decision to send him into IFC?
Hais, I am just this stubborn pool of shit, I always feel the need to justify!
Just like my decision for elective csec! I die die dont wanna lie to outsiders
who doesn't support elective csec and want to stand up for my decision!
End up I had myself feeling stressful about how to counter
every negative comments that came straight at me about this decision~
Then, I am also slightly reluctant to wean my baby off latching for breastmilk.
No fathers would understand this thou, it's a bond only mums would feel for.
It would be hard and tiring to change and adapt all over again too.
I am in such dilemma.
What should I do that is best? Hmmm.
Hello World, little shane is more then 150 days old now!
And I seriously dont even have ample time to sleep, less say blog :(
But I really wanna document my elective caesarian section process!
So here we go!! ..｡.:*･'(*ﾟ▽ﾟ*)'･*:.｡
On the 10th April evening, we decided to have a good meal to end our last alone time!
We went to SHINJUKU at Cuppage Plaza for some authentic Japanese food.
Afterwhich we chilled at a Starbucks to pass time!
We checked in at 11pm, admission took us 30mins in a room behind reception.
Think it's considered fast, middle of the night and 2 more couples were with us.
Thought we had many barangs but sorry hor! We weren't the most kiasu one!
We had two bags, one backpack and one side carried but!!
Another couple had a luggage, a backpack and a handcarry!! Lol~
Paid in full of $5850 of the estimated amount as deposit! Oh my moolahs~
We were led to ward by the administration staff and handed over to a nurse.
The nurse on duty then took my weight before I headed into my room.
I was 65kg! OMG! That is like a 20kg weight gain for the pregnancy~
But it's okay... we can worry about losing those fats & weight later on.
My room was right beside the nursery! Which initially I didn't like!
Thought it might be too noisy because of the traffic but then, it turned out good~
I guess the room is extremely sound proof! Didnt hear much footsteps.
And it is very convenient for us cause we keep sending baby back!
The nurse who came in and took my blood pressure gave hubs an ipad to order food!
We paid $97 (inclusive of gst) for 5 meals a day and +1 accommodation~
Which according the le hubs, food good sofa bed also good! Haha!
That marks the start of our 4D3N staycation with Mt. Elizabeth Novena!
Really... Is... So.... FIVE STAR HOTEL-ISH! hahahaha!
There's a wall mounted television~ and a mini fridge underneath.
A wardrobe with drawers and a safe box!
Just like a hotel ya?
I changed up a while after and settled down but cant get to sleep until 3am!
The reason why we came as early as it is opened for admission is just this
I know no matter where we stay thru, it is going to be a sleepless night.
So I'd rather come early and not have to rush in the wee wee morning!
My safe delivery amulet from Asakusa Shrine! Tied onto my ward bed :)
Woke up at 6:30am and had my last shower but not because of superstition.
I was just unsure if I could take the pain and go for shower after ops.
At 7am sharp as per told the previous night, the nurse came in to give enema.
That is to clear the bowels fyi! Lol! And its effects almost immediate! Lol!
My mum then came and shortly there after alice came too~
We chit chatted for a couple of mins and the ops team came in around 8:30am!!
The lady from the operation theatre team checked on my medical condition.
Took about 5mins before I was pushed out of my room, down to ops floor.
Hehe, Shawn changed into suit that looks like astronaut at the wait area too.
We were chatting, giggling totally enjoying the wait!
Shortly I was briefed by the anaesthetist on the what is going to happen next!
My feelings? Excitement was topping all of the mixed emotions then.
Fear was really minimal at that point, I trust Singapore's medical advancement!
Le hubs was not allowed to come along until after the ops started.
So yes, I was alone the whole of my epidural process :(
Why did I chose epidural over GA (general anaesthesia)??
I don't know why but I begin to fear waking up in pain after the ops!
And I would actually like to have le hubs with me witnessing the birth~
But then, little did I know he wasn't allowed during the injection of epidural.
When I was wheeled into the ops theatre away from them~
The nurses informed me that the system was down, things are going manual!
I don't really understand how manual but it did create some nervousness!!
Then the next moment I am inside and under the ops table~
The nurses were all really kind and encouraging which is so important.
It was rather painful when the anaesthetist insert the needle for drip on my hand. But I survived!
I was then held to sit up and given a pillow to hug, bending downwards.
And I was told umpteen times to not move an inch during the jab!
By this time, I was already shivering so much I couldn't keep my teeth close!
May be the cold temperature or I was just very scared already~ haha~
The needle went into my spine and it was OMG PAINNNNNNNFUL!
My anaesthetist, Sean was super encouraging that I appreciate so much!
He gave me a hell lot of emotional support when le hubs is not around.
It took 2 go and about 10s to finish inserting the jab *sweats*
When we were done, with what seems like forever epidural process~
It was pretty fast that the meds worked on me, soon I couldn't feel my legs!
Then I hear my gynae Dr Hii's fatherly voice coming over my head.
Next thing I know he is probably cutting me up cause he asked if I could feel!
Soon enough, I saw le hubs beside me, it was all blurred~
The epidural made me a little dizzy a little sleepy and weak...
But the mind is very very conscious! I can hear the team chit chatting!
A little while later, the team of nurses started pushing my tummy~
Le hubs and I were in the midst of a conversation when they start pushing!
It was sounding like some commotion going on, noisy and tense!
Then yes! Next moment we hear our little boy crying, kicking well too.
According to the nurses, it was a good first cry and he was kicking all over~
He looks like a piglet ya! Lol!!
Skin to skin time! Le hubs carried him to me from the nurses who wrapped him up.
We were given a good 5mins to have some family time.
Then the baby was sent away to the nursery, hubs had to go!
From there, I can only remember being really tired! I even dozed off!
After Dr Hii done with stitching me up, I was sent to the recovery room.
Was in the recovery room for an hour! And all I know is it is coooold!
I shivered so hard I had 2 warm blankets on me! But still feeling cold!
Then later part I realised it was probably the side effect of the epidural~
While I was in the recovery room, le baby was cleaning up in the nursery!
Weighing 2.975kg, 52cm long, kicking like a kungfu panda! Lolol!!
The little piglet boy! Muahaha! This is his favourite pose now too~
Before he came out, he was a small baby and I was kinda worried.
But turn out still has 3kg, still small on graph but normal for a healthy boy!
Freshly done up! Pushed into the room once I return from recovery room~
It's feeding time! OMG, talk about breastfeeding is another whole chapter!
This little guy here managed to latch properly at the beginning...
But from the second and third day on, lol, the engorgement nightmare comes!
Lets save the breastfeeding drama for another post! Lolol~
I can write another 10000 words essay post on that! Hahahaha!
Papa Shawn's first few photos with his son! Hehe.
Some photos of le tiny baby the bff took!
Alice took half a day leave to come accompany me! So grateful!!
The grandma who doesnt bear to go home!
My dad seems happy too :)
My grandma with her great grandson!
It's a blessing to live to see your great grand children i think :)
My in laws, one new family member added!
The girls who came!
And brought me some pretty flowers plus balloon!
Btw, the flowers are dried in my living room now~ hahaha!
See, I look fine ya? I really am quite fine by the first night~
After the first feed, which was guided by a nurse, the baby was left with us.
As for me, I am starting to feel my feet!
The nurses keep telling me to wriggle my feet and legs~ I did it diligently ok!
Wanna prove to people all around that cesarean mums can recover fast too.
Nurses also gave me some milo saying that I can try to have some if hungry.
Though I am on drips, but the hunger pangs still comes yah~
Somewhere mid noon, I tried the milo!
But I threw them up so nurses say my stomach's not ready for food yet!
Haven had solid food for a good 40 hours! Lol~
By dinner time, I didnt throw up my milo intake already!! YEAY FOOD!
So they grant me some fish veggie soup for the night!
The food there was actually very decent! Some even yummy!!
One thing about caesarian section is the inconvenience to move around.
I was off the drips on 2nd day noon, before that I can only lay in my bed~
So there was the urine cathedral, no poop cause no food so thats ok!
But! You know there are blood flowing after delivery that is called Lochia.
So it's like heaving an extremely heavy period and not able to change yourself!
The nurses will come in every few hours to check and change you!!
Yes, change your pad, wipe your vaginal clean and clear your urine bag! :(
That said, I initially thought it would be quite awkward but... Surprisingly not! :)
Speaking of which, I am so super grateful to the team of nurses who took care of me!
And and!!! OMG, they need to clear excessive blood in my uterus~
So they had to PRESS HARD ON MY WOMB where the wound was!!
That was OMG PAIN! Pain! Very painful! 2nd to engorgement still...
Anyway, I didnt stop them from doing so because I kept telling myself...
They are doing what is good for me and I want to recover ASAP! So yup! Suck it up!
After they removed my urine cathedral after Dr Hii came and check on 2nd day~
I was pretty eager to walk around! I could sit and stand up the night before.
So I tried to GO TO THE TOILET MYSELF! with le hub's supervision!
And I did! I am so proud of myself, I underestimated myself so much!
Not sure if it's a mother's instinct or what, I just somehow managed it~
By the end of second day, my pain was only a mild 6/10 or so~
Because I was on painkillers, I decided to be nice to myself and just eat it!
If they can give it to me and still super encouraging of breastfeeding then...
I am sure it's perfectly fine to eat them and still give my milk to the baby~
So, It was all easy on the wound, but damn hard on the engorgement pain! :(
I guess I'm lucky, I am one of those speedy recoveries cases of c-section!
This is taken on the 3rd day morning after we discharge from Mt.E Novena
We were heading for a tongue-tied release surgery for my baby in town...
If you ask about the pain level, it has gone down to a light 2/10 (with painkillers)
2 weeks after we discharge, I am already doing light housework and fit enough!
My husband did my confinement, he just cooked me confinement foods~
Neither I nor hubs believed in more then having confinement (good nutritious) food.
Like some old chinese saying, cannot shower, cannot this cannot that *sweats*
So I did quite alot during that one month! I am happy to be doing so!
I bathed my baby, cut his nails, cleaned his nose, burped him and washed his clothes!
As if the wound never affected me! Lol, no lah, first two weeks were still tough!
But moving around more rather then just lying down in the bed helps so much!
Now if you ask, if I am to have a 2nd baby would I chose caesarian again?
Totally yes! And I would again choose to have epidural despite the pain!
It was kinda fun to go thru birth in this manner (my honest opinion~)
And if you ask me, would I try out natural birth? Still a firm NO! Hahaha!
8 more days to a 6 month old baby shane!
Hello dusty blog space! I am back!
Haven been able to post, yes, motherhood is too overwhelming!
Give me 100 more post and I still wouldn't be done telling you about this new life!
And yes, that's my little monster who just turned 5 months old 3 days back!
His name is Shane and we call him 翔翔 or 宝宝 at home *beams*
I have been continuously writing on my caesarian experience ever since my baby was 3mo!
And now it is still saved as draft, incomplete with much more to add :p
So actually, this post is to...... YES! RANT!
But not so much lah. Hahaha! I am just upset that some things had to change.
That, am I thinking too much of somethings that may not be happening~
Or am I just not sensitive to the hints that a dear friend gave indicating the desire to drift.
I want the best for this relationship, I love how we have this relationship.
But I cant help but feel sad that maybe, this thought wasnt mutual to start with.
Please just let it be me... the paranoid me thinking too much 🙏🏻
WILL UPDATE SOOOOOON! 😘💕
Making full good use of my $100 sewing machine, I SEW ALOT! *smugs*
I've made a couple of baby bibs! 2-sided~
A few pairs of mitttens 🐱🐱🐱
Knee pad protector for baby rei~
The little one's bean pillow with 2 pillow cases!!
Just in case he spill he milk and needs to change for laundry~
Matching cover for his sleeping pillow~ Because his blanket is marine too!
Sewing up his head cushion for pram and carrier with my starry cloth!
Because it's a cheap one so the original material is kind of horrendous~
Now it looks so much more decent 🙊🙊🙊
A couple of teething pads!
Which probably still has half a year more before he needs them~
And other then baby stuffs, I've made a tissue holder for my mum!
Sanitary Pad Pouch for the girls~ 👯👯
Altering my pre-wed shoot gown into my maternity shoot dress!
And with plans, to make a fluffy red skirt too!
Anyway, enough of my sewing~ le grandma (my mum)'s first present for baby!
One piece of apparel is more expensive the. My one dress from taobao!
Parent's money are so easy to earn these days~ hahaha 😂😂😂
Last two weeks, we went to TMC for the FA scan~
The fetal assessment scan was arranged by Dr Hii with a choice of TMC or MNH.
It took a good half an hour and $200 approximate I guess...
It was a very good experience because it's like a live streaming of his life!
Thanks to his activeness ya~ we're like peaking into his life! 🙊🙊🙊
And end up we received a CD with lots of his scans in it...
I'm surprised TMC actually print my name on it!
With him at 5 months old, I am sure of his movements now!
All the fluttering butterflies and hunger pangs, just like what I read on google!
Despite me eating like a cow, the baby is still slightly smaller then usual.
But Dr Hii says he is very healthy, assured us ti worry not 😑
Foodwise, Lots of fibre lots of tofu calcium for the little one~
And my MIL is starting to make chicken essence, black chic soup for me~
I have no specific cravings yet, lucky le husband hor?
Even my previous addiction for coke died down already~ back to healthy plain water!
Now, I have a very good appetite! I can eat 5 small meals a day!
Of course, my weight! I am 10kg heavier then before pregnancy! Orz
I know I shouldn't be bothered by these but seriously? A vainpot like me?
Will definitely run my ass off after delivery, expecting alot of hardwork 😭
Btw, the green beans are still sun drying 🙊
Now in our room instead of the corridors, lolol~
I knew you will pop by to read the yearly resolution written by a younger you!
This year started off with us moving back with my in laws!
Thou we're housed in a balcony converted room with blaring hot sun...
that never fails to wake us up every 9am during weekends without an air-con!
But still, it's a good experience living with the in-laws before our new house comes!
Went on a company trip to Chiang Mai in May!
My first time planning for company overseas excursion!
And it's a damn tough one *sweats*
Chopped off my long hair, shortest ever in 10 years since I was 13!
Visited Hokkaido in August for the first time!! JAPAN ❤️❤️❤️️
Watched Takki in Singapore for the first time!!
Prayed for a baby shawn or baby yui in Hokkaido~
And he came! We got a BABY SHAWN! And it's MIJ 😝😝😝
Bought a sewing machine and learnt a new skill: sewing!
First garment done! Baby Yukata for le baby rei!! *wipes tears*
I'm so proud of myself! Never thought I could do that~
Officially turned 27! 3 more years to 30 😭
2015 was a good year in general~ or that I learnt to appreciate life more.
The best of it is fate bringing the little one to us, after much tries! :p
Wishing 2016 for...
- A healthy baby's arrival in April
- Moving into our new house
- Motherhood! Lol, hahaha!
- Healthy parents, family and friends
- Cheesy-ness to never end btw le husb and myself 😂
Not too much to ask for right? Hehe...
I hope the future me reading this is nodding with approval~
That's all, HAPPY 2016! あけましておめでとう!♡
It's Christmas again! Time really does flies!
I was invited by my very kind boss to the company's Xmas Party!!
Thou no longer working with them, I am glad she thinks of me! 🎉
As usual, The Pressie Exchange!
I bought 2 thermal bottles (500ml) from Taobao which makes exactly $20 :p
Cause we were supposed to buy within range of $20-$30~ Call me taobao queen!
We finally have a christmas tree this year~
And no, I had none of those alcohol 🙊🙊🙊
The best bud at work~ 👯👯👯
The best boss I've ever met~ 👸🏻👸🏻👸🏻
My loots from the party! So many presents!!!
It has since became a tradition that most of us will prepare a small gift for everyone~
So in return, everyone has quite some loots to bring home!
I received so many Loccitane products!
Thou I really love this brand but I only have a pair of hands! 🙊
Gave one to le bestie and using the rest as a moisturiser on my belly!
So 奢侈 right? But Singapore really doesnt require handcream~
And I no longer am the OL who stays 8 hours in the air con room so.... Lol~
On the actual christmas day itself~ we had steamboat at home!
When everyone is having turkey 😂
And then in the night, we had a family dinner to celebrate my mil's bday~
So it calls for MAKE UP! Hahahaha~ and selfie!
That pretty much sums up my Christmas for 2015!
🎁🎄 Merry Christmas Peeeeps! 🎄🎁
Ohayo! It's a JB trip post! Me in JB doesnt need make up! Will kena robbbbb!
At first I was really skeptical about going into JB to source for furnitures.
Although many raved about the super economical price you can find~
One thing for sure, it's not going to be easy for a pregnant me to cross custom!
I cannot take the heat while waiting for bus and the squeezing part 😭
But after much consideration, we decided to do it before my tummy gets bigger!
A few photos of items we got~
A dining set for $530 inclusive of transport and taxes~
Bed set with mattress for $1120 inclusive of transport and taxes!
Other items we got includes 18 lights & 5 fans in total!
8.5ft Sofa, Coffeetable, TV Console for our master bedroom~
And we ended up saving more then 5k as compared if we buy here.
After seeing what the huge savings it makes, I think the trip is worth!
We stayed at the parent's house and drove their car around.
If we didnt had this support, I doubt we could managed this saving!
And and... How can a JB trip be less of good cheap food?!
We had so many dimsum in 2 days!! LOL!✨
It's hospital tour day again! 2nd of my pregnancy~
Today, we went to Mt. Elizabeth Novena Hospital!
Located just behind Square2 Mall at Novena MRT station...
Was totally impressed by them
Photo of the ward taken from their official website.
Firstly, it was so not easy to get a spot in their maternity tour!
Had to schedule it 2 months in advance, managed to book their last of the year~
When we got there, surprisingly late at 5mins we're the 2nd couple who arrived.
So the warm and friendly receptionist (YES! LIKE A 5-STAR HOTEL RECEPTION OKAYS!)
Guided us to the private blood bank room to wait for other participants.
Meanwhile having the people persuade us to bank our baby's blood cord with them~
I did my homework on that so... I'm not the easily persuaded one!
Then the host of our tour came in after everyone arrived.
Brought us to their delivery suite which is not much of my concern :p
Even so I listened carefully to what they say ya... and imho, Thomson was better~
Thomson has better facilities in the delivery suite then Mt. Elizabeth has.
If I opted for normal delivery, I would probably choose Thomson despite their bad reviews!
After touring the delivery suite, we're sent to the single wards.
Their lowest grade of maternity ward! Which is what I really liked.
Having in mind that this may be my only pregnancy, I want a comfy one!
Will not be able to stand sharing room especially at my weakest state!
Imagine my neighbour's relative and family comes and visit day & night??
And you cannot control elderly from talking like they are in the market right??
I, too cannot control mine from disturbing someone else...
So ya, a single ward is the only pampering I give myself in this pregnancy! *nods*
But having that said, it is going to cost me 6k before deducting medisave...
To have a caesarian section operation, 4 days 3 nights stay (LOL STAYCATION!),
have my husband stay with me (includes his 5 meals a day! STAYCATION!!)
Compared to 5.3k in Thomson, who has pretty high ratio of bad reviews :(
Convincing myself that I pay 700 bucks more to not risk having a bad nurse!! Haha!
But well, we still have time to think it through...
After the tour, hungry me brought le husband to MUJI cafe!!
Tried their curry rice! I like the muji concept!
Le husband tried a 4-deli set meal and I'm glad he like it...
It's really happiness to find someone alike you in little things like this!
Maybe puzzle-like people in this sense are meant to be together 🙊🙊🙊
Random selfie to end because MAKEUP IS SO RARE NOW!!! 😆
Last weekend, le husband suggest that we head for a swim!
Such impromptu date! Hahaha~
So I dug out my long kept swim wear~ surprisingly, I can still fit!
Everyone says it's good for pregnant woman to swim~
That there is less pressure of the belly felt in the water...
Since we're pretty free over the weekends, we decided to go swimming!
At the sister's new bought condominium~
Look! Haha, still fits! Only difference is my belly!
Still passing off as a shoujo ne? Hahahaha!
Glad that I still have my waistline after a 7kg weight gain~
I am now weighing 52kg! Never before in my entire life~
And the little one is only 400 grams out of the 7kg I gain!! Orz Orz Orz
But but! I still feel good in my bikini~ hahaha!
Not sure where this high self esteem came from~ I just felt good!
It's weird how pregnancy can change some views and beliefs I used to have~
So thankful to the most caring husband! He deserves a best husband award!
He didn't swim and only went down the water to aid me swim~
To be precise, aid me in kicking the water only loh! Hahaha!
It was indeed very comfy to go into the pool, it eased the back stress!
And le baby likes it when I am in the water! He kept tossing around~ lol~
The revised 3D drawings from our contractor is finally out!
I totally cannot apprehend why editing for a handful of drawings...
CAN TAKE A FREAKING THREE WEEKS! 😒😒😒
But anyway, lets be subjective, the drawings turned out pretty well!
So much nearer to what I had pictured in mind, looks much decently like my house!
Thou not exactly but it has more then 80% hitting the jackpot now~
Nice storage wall, just had to change every surface to mirror~
Changing the colours to white and wood for tv storage console~
And we will be all good!! I am so happy with the design!
Made an appointment to choose our laminates and paint colours~
Everything seems to be settling down! I feel so much relieved now!
Some other stuffs I've started looking at online... A low bed frame!
We feel that without a bed frame, the master bedroom doesn't feel official!
Hahaha! Lame theory right? We have a platform many people told us not to~
But I dont really care cause I'd like to have one! :p
A cheap TV console for my master bedroom too~
And some nice single colour bedsheets...
Hopefully we can hear from HDB soon!
And hopefully we can settle everything before March 2016~
Where I'm in my last month of pregnancy~
There was this day we headed down to IKEA on Tampines~
With intention to source for suitable items for our new home!
Christmas is coming! Everywhere are xmas decorations~
Twintail for the day~ Simple 10mins make up without falsie...
I hope the weight gain never appears but sadly, its a wishful thinking on my part :(
My face now is like a pear shape, like ham ham!! :(
So pardon me for the heavy editing! :p
It is always fun to walk IKEA, i think IKEA boss is a genius~
And now they have delish curry puffs other then the so famous meatballs!
Since young I have fantasised about my future home while walking ard IKEA~
Kind of want to buy every nice stylish stuffs in there!!! :p
I like this dining set! The colours goes perfectly with the house~
Also looking at having IKEA curtains too, they are so damn cheap!
Even getting JB contractors to come in for custom making is not that cheap~
Then again, I know cheap things all has it's down side by nature!
So well, wish me luck!! 🙊
Other stuffs I've seen and will likely buy... Laundry Basket!
Considering Sofa Set! This grey looks so sleek!
And honestly cheap lah, le husband feels it's quality is not as good~
But I really like the colours they have for choice!
And Place Mats! Le husband says this is so redundant~
But I dont really care! Hahahahaha~
Ended the trip with some 50cents Ice Cream Cone!
Now we're only waiting for our revised 3D drawings to make decision!
And she tried it on on the spot!! 👘👘👘
Little rei looks so cute in it!!! *spazzes*
I am so happy and proud of myself! A sense of achievement!
We're gonna bring her out somewhere to do a shoot! Looking forward to it!
Speaking of which, I am currently making her a knee pad guard!
With daiso socks and fabric from taobao!!
Also made the girls some xmas present with my left over cloth...
It's a sanitary pad pouch! Practical right? They would need it~
A while ago, I was making baby bib and mittens for my dad's son~
These bib are super easy to make! And looks cuter then traditional ones!
Later on I'll make more for my baby boy! Muahaha!
Here's the mitten (one set) handmade by yours truly too! XD
It was exceptionally easy to made as well! Thou not very good workmanship!
So this was my gift set to my "stepbrother" LOL!!
I personally like that colourful bunny fabric very very much~
Some time ago, I attempted paddlepop nails again but failed too.
I just cannot grasp the hang of making paddlepop / marble nails :(
And recently, I made christmas nails!
Inspired by one of the set Jill & Lovers made these days~
Jill & Lover is a nail salon in Shibuya that I Have been following...
They have very creative and pretty nail designs I must say!
But nail designs in Japan are generally better then those in SG~
And also, doing a gel nail in Japan is generally cheaper then Singapore!
Unbelievable ya?! I did mine in Japan for only $45 (with designs & stones)
Not sure if it's the skill or what, I can never find a good nailist in SG.
Recently I think I found one near the standards of Japanese!
Amellia Nails that is located in Sembawang! But! She is expensive...
So... do it myself :p Decent enough lah, judging I am not skilled.
I like the Snowman drawn by my right hand! The xmas tree is a bit cui thou!
This is gonna be a long post I think 🙊🙉🙈
On 19th November, we went for our routine check up...
The doctor did an ultrasound scan as usual and showed us his little xxx again!
In this scan, we can clearly see his tailbone (cartilage)!!
It's said that he has hands and legs and eyes (thou closed) already~
Doctor also said that he is very active! He kept tossing around while we scan!
He is such a monkey! (It's the year of monkey in 2016!) hahaha~
As for my diet and appetite now, everything got on track!
I have stopped feeling nauseous and started to eat well enough!
Making sure I have green veggie, tomato, onions, cucumber for the greens~
And they appear almost everyday in my either lunch or dinner...
This is how I chew my everyday tomato! Haha~
I grew to really like tomatoes alot nowadays, never think I would~
They are so tasty! Especially when I dip them with ketchup!! 🍅🍅🍅
That's one of our weekend dinner, we made Gyudon! Hehehe~
So I also take chicken, pork-bone soups, red meat and fish for meat intake~
Included in my diet at least once a week not forgetting dairies.
I have a cup of Meiji Milk everyday now and drink lots of plain water~
Also plenty of fruits or fresh fruit juices, my fav is Red Apple with Lemon!
I am indeed feeling better for now, before the baby is big enough~
Thou, going to the toilet every half an hour is a plain nuisance!! Very annoying!
And sleeping flat on my back is a problem now, I can only sleep side ways!
On the 3rd December, we had a routine check up with scans again...
Here's the little one laying sideways too with his elbow at the face!
Little one is now 14cm long, that is bigger then my iphone 6 already!!
And weighing 280grams! Haha, growing well the doctor says...
Though he is still shorter then the chart says he should be~ Maybe is my genes 😛😛😛
Being in the 20th week (5 months) marks the start of many privileges~
Like the obvious baby bump would give me priority to reserved seats LOL!
Thou I dont normal run for it but I feel safer seating there 名正言顺-ly~
And with many nice peeps giving their seats on train to me.
Also when we dine out there are some very kind service crew who take note
They would pull tables out for me to enter or help me when I stand.
Very kind society I would say, Singapore is still not too bad lah afterall~
The doctor also said I have dry skin at the belly! But lucky me, no stretch marks~
I have been using the Olive Oil le bestie got me, not diligently thou :x
But now I will! Haha~ sometime I just spam my hadalabo lotion too~
Hopefully I can be stretch mark freeeeee! Muahaha!
Recently, I have been drinking this caffeine free herb tea Misa bought me~
Adding some sugar and milk to it makes a good milktea! Good for rainy days!
It's said to revitalise and makes a pregnant woman feel fresh~
But I just plainly find the taste yummy to my likings~ LOL~
Speaking of rainy days... It has been raining so much recently!
I have been trying to sun dry some green beans since a month ago~
Until now it's not dry enough, the colour still looks green :( *le sighs*
Having in mind to make my own bean pillow for the little one~ My fabrics are all ready!
And many said that I should use taugeh (bean sprout) husk cause it's lighter~
But I also heard that older generation uses sun dried green beans~ So I did!
Looking forward to the day my beans are ready for the pillow making... :3
I have 4 more months to sun dry it! Haha~
And what have I done for my little boy?? I have so many plans~
But only his blanket is complete! Hehe~ I am so proud of myself!
It is made of 2 layers of swaddle cloth-like fabric with furry stars~
And the marine printed fabric which both I bought from taobao (cheap cheap)
I also got some other fabric to make teething pad, mattress covers etc...
Then then, since it's my update on my pregnancy...
Here's the load of baby stuffs we already bought, so fast right? Haha!
We already have Baby cot, pram, carrier, breastpump and clothes!!
About 50pcs of new plus hand-me-downs Newborn-3mths clothes~
About a dozen over pairs of mittens, booties and beanie!
All stuffed into the space above our wardrobe! Packed max already~ 😂😂😭
But it's not too early imo, if not it will clash with our new house renovations~
So... This is my pregnancy journey for the past month! 😎😎😎
I NEED TO RANT!
Previously in 2013, I blogged about signing my new house lease.
Yes, It is finally going to be done with construction and inspecting!!!
WE ARE FINALLY MOVING INTO OUR OWN HOUSE!!
In less then 6 month's time at the very most!!! 🏡🏠
That said~ not until you go through the stage in life do you know that...
It can be so tiring! Planning for a new house is tiring!!!
Both mentally and physically, oh! Making decisions too...
Neither le husband nor I am the kind who leave all up to people~
We hold our fate and decision strong by our own beliefs.
We talked to two Interior Designers and one Renovator (referred)~
Before we decide to let the renovator company take our nest into hands!
For 90% of the same things, the renovator quoted 20% cheaper!
I guess, ID has cost to cover like having on house designers~
Whereas this renovator company seems to work like a coordinator...
He is the point connecting different contractors for the renovations to be done.
They provide "free" 3D drawings, paint and painting service & freebies.
Sounds like a good deal right? But wait...
Let's not talk about any other thing that has not happened yet.
Take a look at my 3D drawings of the first conceptualised stage:
Living Room 1
Living Room 2
View of Living Room from Kitchen over counter
That is my food counter aka dining table after hacking a wall.
View of Kitchen from Living Room over counter
Master Bedroom 1 (bedside)
Master Bedroom 2 (wardrobe)
Master Bedroom WC
Ok, that's all for show thou I have more of my common rooms and wc.
Look nice right? Very well designed with many decorations ya~
But! Here are the problems & questions:
1) Drawings are less then 50% accuracy
I understand that these 3D drawings are and will not be 100% accurate. But less then 50% is rather incredible, in a negative way. I am especially mindful about the colours used.
2) Black window grills? Really?
I know it's the in-thing to use black track lights and have black frames of windows and doors to go with nowadays. But it was not requested on our part, not quoted on how it's going be coated black too (original from hdb is silver) if we don't oppose, will they take it as we are having black frames and charge us after work is done based on drawing?? And most importantly we specified our preference of using normal white lights. Idk how it ended up looking like that.
Seriously, I dont know why "simple" is so hard to apprehend. I wanted a Muji style kind of look, in their industrialised term "contemporary" mixed with "resort style" design. Well, to each's own imagination, I can close one eye to it.
4) Too much accessories around, everywhere!
It is also understandable that a 3D drawing with the purpose to beautify the image in your mind to have decorations and accessories added. However this is genuinely not just a pinch of colours added, it's all over and so messy! Totally obstructs my view of the house. Again, this is very subjective so... I'll close another eye if they can amend. *nods*
5) WC aka Toilet
Put aside that I have knowledge on shower screens and that it was very badly drawn with wrong hardware used. We paid a deposit for the quotation quoting us a overlaying of our toilet floor and wall titles. However, the wall of this drawing turns out to be like the original given by hdb! It was precisely the mosiac titles inside the shower screen that irks me so much that I am willing to throw in 4k (heartpain) in to have them changed!! And now, I see them in my 3D drawing, idk how am I supposed to be happy with that~
So, there is a reason why we met up for hours for discussion right?
Talking about our preferred style and colour and design beforehand.
So we can see a drawing somewhat near to expectations of the reno~
I mentioned that these drawings he provide is "free" right?
He also did mentioned we can have a couple of changes done...
Let's not take advantage (thou most customers do) of him and say twice?
I feel rightful to claim a two times editing chance in view of these~
But his respond was pretty disappointing!
Nothing specifically saying we "cannot" edit but many excuses were given~
Like, not able to edit the lights because it is not carpentry work under him.
Not able to remove accessories because it's a "design" (oh wow, I am awed)
Adding to these misfortune, we waited for more then 3 weeks for it!
To be exact, a good 20 days excluding weekends for 3D drawing!
Really? I know of people who can use 3D Max, none say it would take this long!
Within 2 weeks promised but mentioned that it was peak period after 2wks
Saying other clients got their keys altogether and needs urgent amendments.
I know we are not his only clients, totally understandable!
But this is not the right attitude to try to put your clients because it's free.
Other places charge for drawing amendments after specifically how many changes.
The only reason I find him reluctant to accept our request is it's free.
He must have been collaborating with either. Freelancer (charge by per drawing)
Or someone who is earn extra out of his/her work time as a ID too.
It's not a big sum that he is earning out of us but neither is it small too~
At the bottom line, it's really not our problem as a client that he has problems!
Especially with his suppliers, it's something he has to work out earning our money!
Le husband has a few rounds of talks with him before he said ok to amend.
And it has been 2 weeks since he agreed to talk to his designers on the changes!
Nothing is back yet, no news from him! How responsible~
Well, I just needed to rant! I know it's inevitable...
Problems with contractors etc... I just hope all turns out well!
Especially when we get our keys and is super urgent in reno to move in!
I hope he puts off his other clients like what he is currently doing to us now...
So as to serve his other "urgent" clients first *rolls eye*
END OF RANT!
Le husband and I have been talking about going to AFA for ages~
Ever since we know each other, I have been trying to go with him.
I am so lucky that my husband is a otaku in a way... HAHAHA!
He is literally a manga encyclopaedia, reads manga every free min he has!
He likes Japanese food, culture and me who is crazily in love with Japan~
So this year~ we finally went together!! ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ♡
One big push for me to decide this is the year mainly due to Kyudotsg!
They had a space in a booth to exhibit some of his amazing works~
And I am hanged on the wall! Wahahaha~ of course must go support!
Since it's such a huge exposure, a great stage to show his photos~
His has one of the few very exquisite Japanese photobook-like works!
Good that many people realising his talents and asking for his service~
Please keep up the decent great job so far!! You'll be famous soon! Haha!
Here's the boss of Kyudotsg~ 🙊🙊🙊
After AFA, we were so hungry we can swallow cows...
So that's us with our already empty plates at Tokyo Soup Stock.
Initially wanted to bring le husband to try Mujicafe at Paragon~
But they ran out of food at 8:30pm! So we had no choice :(
Here's a Makeup of the day!
Photo edited obviously, lolol~ I am too fat now you know!
And my Hair of the day!! French Braids!
It took me 45 mins to complete my hair and make! Thats long!
I used to be able to finish my full gyaru make up in 15mins~
And a simple french braid in 10mins at the very most! Now all rusty!
Especially the make up part, I've slowed down quite abit...
But it's ok! Practice makes perfect! I'll practice harder in future!
When I am ready to head back to the society~ maybe 3 years later?
Le husband is 5 days older then me!
But we didnt celebrate much, just a steamboat dinner~
On my birthday, le husband bought me a Strawberry Shortcake!
From FLOR PATISSERIE
Got an ang bao from the MIL~
We went to UMA yakitori for a little birthday treat~
Despite me having not yet recovered cold and fever :p
Le BFF got me some macarons from TWG!! My all time favourite!
And Boon Eng'a handwritten birthday message on my print~
It's my 7th birthday spent together with the husband~
And the first that we're no longer just two of us!
So I have turned 27th it still feels surreal that I am old...
And going to become a mother of a child~ haven got use to it :/
A few days ago~ I met up with my Misa chan!!
It has been a year since I last seen her around~
We went for taitai lunch the last round too :p
Had lunch in newly open MUJIcafe at Paragon~
I had a 3-deli set and ordered a Iced Ryukyu Chai Tea for $18.90
My choice of Veggie Gratin for hot deli is super nice!!! *yums*
I like the Pickles Salad too but the omelette is quite futsu~
There was so much to talk about so lunch was totally not enough.
We bought desserts set slightly after we finished our lunch...
Misa chan can really eat alot for a girl!! Hahaha~
Had the Mugicha Pudding and Earl Grey Chiffon Cake!
Mugicha Pudding is sweet but a very creative dessert imo~
Replacing sweeten mugicha as caramel in normal pudding...
We chatted over a good 3 hours about everything a girl can think of~
It was a good catch up with her, it's good seeing her living well!
Feels great to have a small handful of real quality friendship at this age!
I am thankful for the people who stayed with me *emos*
LOL! the pregnancy hormones
I went back to work for a day~ for a presentation...
Lucky me, I can still fit into my blazer after the 5kg weight gain!
And the secondhand dress I bought in Hokkaido finally came to use~
It hides my baby bump perfectly!! Wahaha!
Rare make up chance calls for selfie!!
I think I look old and aged recently especially with my fat face! :(
This selfie angle looks younger :3
Randomly~ My mum made us a present for our new home!
A crystal puzzle that she handmade, stick on one by one~
It's so much eye power for a 50 year old person! Lol!
I think it's a perfect gift!
Wayyyy before we got pregnant, le husband and I discussed alot on babymoon!
We have talked about the responsibility as parents and mutually agreed...
That we will not leave out baby alone in Singapore (with our parents)
While we go out there enjoy life, our parents bearing our part of hard work!
So we both know that of we don't go for a babymoon while I still can~
It's gonna be a long wait, of at least 3 years!
*Photo taken during the end of my Hokkaido Trip in August*
Then we talked about so many destination but I still favor Japan over anywhere else!
There are still so many parts of Japan that I have never been to!
But but but! The over protective husband says NO! T_______T
Because there is radioactive, and he deem it as 100% harmful to baby!
And I am so incapable of talking this through him..........
Le husband suggest Bangkok, but I said NO!
Like if I cant eat street food in bangkok then what is point in going?
I bet le protective husband is not going to allow me to~
He doesnt even allow me to take sashimi from a reputable restaurant.
I think we can totally strike off street food from the list now...
So we end up with no conclusion which silently meant, NO BABYMOON!
In compensation, he bought me many Japanese cakes!!
Strawberry Shortcake is my all time favourite!
We bought it from Isetan in Westgate Mall, and he even bought me milktea!
The expensive-like-drinking-gold Kirin Milktea!
I kind of just tried my luck saying I want that and he just took and paid for it!
We are never folks who spemd money like this, I guess he really wants to make it up~
One of another cake, a cream swiss roll~
We bought these from one of our weekend trip down to Jurong~
Cause le husband wants to go and look at the babyfair at bigbox.
Also to look at some mattress sales and furnitures for the new house~
We walked into Isetan and I literally started to say I want everything on shelve!
And surprisingly le husband says ok to everything single thingy!
You know how Isetan sells these Japanese products at like x3 price~
I know he wants to make me happy through getting me something Japanese.
So it makes me feel a whole lot better about giving up my babymoon.
Which is also my last chance of holiday for a long period of time T___T
Some long time back, in August after I came back from Hokkaido.
We had a picnic! And the main star was little rei!
She was still wobbling when she ran, she was just a year old!
Now she is no more little, she is a toddler *wipes tear*
Got her own thinking got her own preferences got character!
I love this photo! Three angels!
Last weekend, we met up again! Rei is so grown up now!
She can munch on a sugar bread now! And drink packet milk!
And you know 3 woman makes a market, we have 5! Haha!
I so wish I have a daughter! I can dress her like this!!!
Photo courtesy of the dad who edited her into a little princess~
The dress itself cost $60 from hongkong disneyland!!
Photo courtesy again from the mum~
Aww this little cheeky thingy! I wanna pinch her cheeks!! *punipuni*
So after my sewing machine came, I was preparing to start!
And it really doesnt just take a few days :(
The pregnant me gets tired and backaches easily now...
I started with measuring and cutting the fabric I want.
Then I sew the inner sides to make it look pretty on day one!
Day two started with completing the Obi.
The cloth was a free gift from the fabric seller and it is really of good quality!
On day three, the yukata somewhat took shape already!!
I am so happy with my progress, although it's not consecutive days~
With some help from my mother in law who is a professional seamstress.
I think i made it quite fast for an amateur in sewing, wahaha!
Day four was completing the yukata itself and the start of ribbon making~
The ribbon was a challenge! Racked my brains to made it look so~
It has many handsewn parts to do, I am happy with the end product!
I hope little rei looks good on it 😍😍😍
Topping it up with a ribbon hair clip!
And mini uchiwa from DAISO!
My baby yukata project is finally completed!!
Now we are left with putting it on on little rei for photoshoot!
Despite leaving my company, I was still invited to join them!
For a dinner at the Glass Association Annual D&D last weekend~
Le partner in crime! My chopstick at work~
The very caring purchaser, whom is one of the best PRC I ever met~
The little sister who can eat double of a guy!
It was really nice to have met them up!
I was getting so bored at home, chatting with them makes me happy!
And most of them are mothers already they shared quite alot with me!
Maybe of I had been able to endure the toughest first trimester~
I would be happier working now! Haha! But I dont regret my choices.
Rare times now that I put on a make up! So must selfie!!
Selfie with le husband too~
I made a new specs!! From the Japanese chainstore, OWNDAYS!
It's the air series that weighs super light!
And said to be bendable, it will not snap into half!
They did tests and there's even warranty for that aspect~
Le husband made a new pair of specs too!
Since it is claimable under his company, it's a good benefit I think~
In total we spent about $440 for two specs and got it 20mins later...
Maa maa~ Japanese can come up with all kinds of concept, haha!
On the 2/11 we went for our routine check up with Dr Hii~
The little one is now 15 weeks old, 9.4cm long and weighing 121 grams!
All is fine and I got back the physical blood test report...
Dr Hii says I have a high immunity in my body against measles for the baby!
And the Thyroid level of the baby is low too~ thats a relief for me...
Because both my mum and her mum has Thyroid :(
The alien like is his face (HAHA!) and further down his body!
Dr Hii scanned for a good long 5 mins, looking through every parts~
And also, he showed us the little bird bird so we can now confirm his gender!
Prior to that, we went for Thomson Medical's hospital tour last sat!
Since it's free and no harm going to listen to what they have to offer~
The presenter was very nice, warm and welcoming...
Although I would very much not like to choose them for my delivery :p
It is not exactly cheap to have a caesarian section with them!
And especially I insist to have my husband with me for the nights~
I would have to choose single bedded wards, thats my only choice.
So adding those cost up, it's about the same as my first choice MNH!
Recently, I have been researching on cord blood banking too.
I am a believer that my baby has low chances of using his own cord blood.
That is after researching on the topic that I came to conclusion~
So we will for sure, not do private cord blood banking that is super ex!
And probably buying insurance is a better idea and solution...
Throwing it away is such a waste because I am O+ blood type
There may be the chance that my baby is a blood O person too!
His cord blood will then have higher chances to help more people~
So I studied on donating it to our one and only cord blood bank.
Sadly, I very much disagree with the way they work, it feels uncomfy.
Firstly, it's at our expense that we head down to their center to apply.
Secondly, upon applying they interrogate you! Like dubious of you!
Suspect what is your motive to donate the cord blood, like duh?! Really~
I feel a little foolish to go through the trouble of making way down...
To be interrogated for a kind deed that I want to make on behalf!
So, I am reconsidering the whole donation thingy! >.<"
Settling into my second trimester, I am gradually feeling ok!
I am almost, ALMOST, free of the morning sickness~
A week or so ago, I still feel sick mainly after dinner in the evenings.
Now it's only when I eat too much! Thou, I still eat in mini portions :(
Earlier, I couldn't drink plain water but now it became alright!
I am starting on the DHA (fish oil for brain & eye development)
Lucky enough, my body doesn't hate it! I feel fine having them!
Pregnancy makes me study alot! I almost can be a nutritionist now~
And here is my... Erm... Stepbrother? Lolol!!
My dad's wife who is a year younger then me delivered this morning!
I was the one who sent her in to the labour ward yesterday noon~
And listening to her natural birth process today makes me sure!
I am sure I will never have the courage to go thru natural birth!!
But somehow their episode made me more looking forward now~
I am getting more excited to see my baby boy 5 months later!!! :3
When I first stopped work, I ordered TINGKAT delivery~
Mainly because I was feeling too unwell to move and get lunch...
And then the haze came so suddenly that it became bad to go out!
My choice was 3 dishes with 1 soup (4 in total), skipping rice~
The quantity was sufficient judging that I dont have a big appetite.
But the quality... Hmm, the first week was still not too bad~
Mentally, I guess it was new and interesting so I didnt reject them.
Gradually, the coldness of dishes, not well cooked hardness...
and the repeating menu is making me really turned off by it!
At the last few meals, I nearly threw all away! Rather eat plain bread!
What's more is that a 20 meals cycle is not cheap, $140 per cycle~
That makes each lunch meal a freaking $7!! Expensive caifan... Lol
So now that I am getting better, I've decided to make my own!
This was yesterday's lunch! Salad with dressing!
Dressing was salad cream with lemon & black pepper~
I would add more pepper and salt to the dressing so I'll use less!
Money saving tricks! Lol~ I scrimp and save alot after pregnancy~
Of course, I do eat meat too! And I still eat junk food like Macdonals!
Choose salad because I found out tomato, onions and cucumbers...
Contains lots of various nutrients that the baby needs~
And this is today's jumbo sandwich! Wahahaha!
With all the veggies above and cheese plus egg! It was good!!
Attempted to make it into club sandwich but it was too fat to cut~
At times, I eat sweet potato, steamed cod fish with enoki mushrooms...
Chinese snacks like chee chong fun, char siew bun and lor mai kai~
Various menus decided on sundays, le husband shops with me for it~
We would spend some time in the supermarket to plan my week's lunch!
This saves us quite alot of money too! ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ
Last week, my baby yukata cloth is finally here!!!! *spazzes*
I love the prints so much! Le bff and I both fell in love at first sight~
But the seller was so problematic it took a whole freaking month...
From paying to having it on my hands finally! Luckily it still came~
The white cloth is a free gift from the seller which seems pretty~
And good enough to make an Obi for the Yukata!
Originally my plan was to have a mint green sash Obi (floating here)
But this looks good, so the sash will become the ribbon of Obi!
After washing the cloth, it's good to know colour stays!
It is indeed a good quality cloth for yukata! The hard kind~
But my sewing machine has not reach me yet so I did planning!
Doing it reminds me of the pre-work for D&T in secondary sch days!
The drawing, measuring, labelling and ideal conceptualisation~ haha!
I hope everything goes well! *prays*
Meanwhile, while waiting for my sewing machine to come~
The free me did some kira kira decorating! On my old cover...
I know it's all not on trend anymore, but who cares!!
Passing off time and not everyone can manage to complete a deco!!
My aim was to complete it before my machine comes but then...
It came!!! My early birthday present from le husband~
Although my main motive buying it is to make my baby yukata...
But le husband sees this as an investment! How clever of him~
You know it cost $8 per alteration now if you bring to a seamstress?
And alterations are inevitable in life especially with children!
So, it's good that I take my free time now to learn how to sew~
I'm so happy with my new toy! (=ﾟωﾟ)ﾉ♡
There, there, again~
The free me has done an update of a makeup post!
I remember doing my first showing half half face in 2009~
And in 2011, I had a post showing my before & after makeup face~
Last year, I did a byoujyaku face post! So here is the 2015 version!
Total naked "before" face
I have many pimple outbreaks recently due to pregnancy hormones~
They left some pretty obvious scar at the chin :(
Before pregnancy, I have a pimple-free complexion!! Arghhh!
The sacrifices of a woman
Also, I have very serious dark circles which I think may be genetic!
No matter how much I sleep it doesn't really gets better~
I sleep an average of 10 hours per day for the past one month ya!
And no eyecream or however amount of tomato-lemon juice helps~
Came to read about it on google, and it says some people are genetically like this!
And and~ my scarred eyebrow! They are kinda troublesome
My make up routine now starts from this bottle of miracle water!
Not ALBION but works like it and is 10 times more economical~
HATOMUGI KESHOUSUI, Skin Conditioner is a COSME No.1 product!
Skin conditioners works like moisturisers lotions toners all in one!
I would use it as a mask and as a wipe to clear pores~
Realised it helps accelerate my hadalabo moisturiser to settle into my skin!
This keshousui can be found in Guardians I think, for $10 or so~
I bought it for 650yen (appx. $7) so I think it's worth refilling from Guardian!
肌プルプルンになったわぁ～( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ♡
After my new love, I would still put on my usual Hadalabo moisturiser~
I never realised the importance of moisturising your face before make~
Until I joined Waston's tv program in 2010 introducing the then new Hadalabo!
That day of my life has changed my skin for good! Lol~ 陈年往事!
Until then, I would just cake my face with foundation
Now, I wouldn't be able to carry on makeup without these lotions!
It makes the whole look dewy and glowy and whatever you call it~
Personally, with or without makeup base and primer does no difference to me.
So I think makeup has no one right way to go by, it's customised to each individual!
Meet my another new love, BCL Skin Flat CC Gel!!! *throws confetti*
Not gel exactly, it is just CC foundation cream with sunscreen & primer~
It topped the recent COSME foundation cream rankings so I wanted to get it!
Searched for it like hell in Hokkaido! Only to find it in Tokyo my last day!
So thankful right?! So I thought~ but coming home to find Waston selling it too!
I so remember there wasn't before I flew to Hokkaido *grumps*
And apparently this drugstore baby appeared on 女人我最大 recently too~
This is my first tube of CC cream, which I have no tries on others yet~
But of my 10 years of make-up experience, I think I found my favourite!
Although I always say so when I am using it, but it's really better then KATE!
These two tiny bits can cover my entire face with ample coverage!
Yes, I apply to all the areas on my face~ I think it looks more natural~
All because I am naturally dark skinned so to apply on only certain area....
And after applying it becomes a matte finish, totally natural~
Not forgetting, it smells really good and doesn't dry my skin up!
Right after CC cream, I would conceal~
My favourite concealer is still KATE's stick concealer! 変わらずに♡
Concealer is also another item that only came in half way my makeup journey!
I used to not care and think that concealing is time wasting~ how silly!
But with practice, I am proud to say I can conceal to perfect skin now!
Bwahahaha! Cosmetic is really a girl's life saving jacket! so deceiving!
My concealing journey started from a Canmake liquid one~
It is often too thick and requires alot of dabbing using fingers!
Then I changed to using gel-like concealer it solves that problem but!!
They dry up really quickly even in the bottle and it's difficult to dig them~
All my problem got solved when I found KATE's Stick Concealer (also gel-like)
Using brush to apply & only dab with fingers very lightly~ Fast and easy!
The usual spot to conceal for me are T-zone, dark circles and scars~
Concealing T-zone would allow me to skip the bronzers contouring part! Lol~
Yes, I'm a lazybumbum
After my base is done, I would pat some Hadalabo over again!
I've started Hadalabo since 2010 and has never stopped using it~
Only changing from the white super moisturising series to the blue one~
I'm more into whitening nowadays, I hope this really helps! Lol~ 垂死挣扎(･･;)
So sometimes, I really wonder how girls can have 4829273 brands of skin care~
Using them all at the same time and still know which is really effective~ haaa!
Next step, Foundation Powder!
I know some girls thinks this is so redundant but I just cannot get rid of it~
Mainly I feel, this item can cover up more flaws and leave porcelain like skin!
At good complexion times, I'll skip this and go directly for loose powder~
But patting a little of foundation at the dark circles part is a MUST!
My favourite is still Canmake's Blessed Natural Foundation cake!
I've tried their other series but they doesn't seem to suit my skin as well~
Prior to this, I've tried Majolica Majorca's and I loved it too (still have it's golden case)
But Canmake wins totally hands down in the coverage so... ごめんね、魔女～ｗ
Again, I'll pat some Hadalabo on the powdered face so it stays moisturised~
The nose looks bright because I have used the foundation powder on it too.
Hehe, really does save my money on buying bronzers for contour~
That's the basic concept jyan? You darken a part so another looks bright~
So instead of darkening, I'll just brighten the part that should look bright!
And and and~ my dark circles Orz It is so beyond cure!!
New found love too! Canmake's Glow Fluer Highlighter~
It's cheap and good, probably only $14.90 in Wastons! Or so i think...
Previously using same brand, the plain white highlighter until this came by!
It's said that different colours can cover different symptoms on skin~
Like... Greenish conceals redness, pinkish conceals blue/purple eyebags~
Orange conceals general dark circles and Purple conceals yellow bruising!
So a mixture of these can suit each and every individual's skin colour easily~
When a highlighter gets too matte, it looks "hard" and "fake"
When it gets too shinny, it looks so exaggerating and oily~
The reason I like this is for the glow it creates!
Not too matte not too shinny, it's just right for me~
My usual highlighting spot is heavily at the cheeks and t-zone!!
Occasionally, I would also apply some at the chin, depending on occasions!
A bright cheek is super important, it brightens up your look instantly!
Now comes the drawing part!
Makeup is a skill of art too, I had always believed in that~
It has also been a long long time since I use black as my shadow colour.
Recent years I have been using brown and the shade gets lighter & lighter!
I started with Black, because when I started makeup, I was so into J-rock!!!
That was so 2005! When I was 17! Hahaha! The rebelling age~
Then a couple of years later it became dark chocolate that still looks black~
That was when the J-rock love faded, and I stepped into the society in 2007.
In 2010, I explored shades of brown but never really took a liking to them~
In 2011, I started using dollywink early palettes but always the darkest shade!
Only in 2012, then I grew to like the mocha shade of brown~
Graudually, until now, I can almost make do with any brown shade given to me!
I find this a grow in confidence too because I came to accept who I am~
Lol~ 我的眼影进化史（−＿−；‼︎ Hahahaha!
久しぶりな黒シャドウ‼︎ Top, bottom, side of eye and even eyebrows!
Didnt use a eyeliner for this, I just had a line drawn using darkest shade.
My current eyeliner is Dollywink, Heroine Make and SANA Super Quick~
In both black and brown for different look! And they are all pretty good!
I am super lazy and cheapskate to buy and apply too much cosmetic~
Now I would even use eyeshadow as eyebrow powder! It works lah~
Times where I am not lazy, I would still draw a pretty end with my pencil!
Speaking of eyebrow pencils, tadaaaa! Here it is! My poorly abused piece~
I have been using cheap cheap $1 eyebrow pencils from Aries for ages!
Trust me, even mediacorp makeup artist uses and has lots of them!
Don't tell me about counter brand makeup artist, they obviously works ya?
There is truly no much difference unless you sweat even at your brows...
They save you so much money! So many usage on just A DOLLAR!
Other then brows, I use them most frequently to draw my "double eyelid"
I am born single eyelid-ed and no tape, glue or fiber works on my lids~
My single eyelids are just as stubborn as me!
But there's slight creases that has gotten there over my pro-long falsie wearing
So to make it obvious, I would draw on the crease with a brown pencil!
Sometimes, I would draw on the end of my eyes to create a sharper shape~
Or I can draw on the line between my lips & side of my nose...
And then smear it with my fingers to make a contour of face features~
Then comes blusher! I have this love for orange blushers! Hehe~
My new love again, Candydoll's Cheek & Lip cream!
My first time using it as a lip colour~ the effect was not too bad.
Considering I don't really know what is good~ hahahaha!!
As a blusher it is smoother and easier to apply then Canmake's cream.
So 一分钱 一分货 and that's the only conclusion I got
But Canmake's cream blusher is really good for the price you pay! 580yen!
That is like approximately SGD$6 that you cant even buy a Mac Value Meal~
I have stocked up this same shade of pink and a blood red from my trip!
This pink is so essential because somehow, it can brighten my dark circles!
Yes, my pink blusher is patted around my dark circles before I apply blusher~
My dark circles will look extremely outstanding if I don't do so...
Somehow orange and red blushers applied directly at cheeks does that!
Following to lips, on general occasions I dont apply lip colour~
Le husband doesn't like and I dont like define lip shape and colour!
Also because I have different colour lips, top and bottom so it's a hassle!
If I really have to do it, it's either a lazy red or pink tint for convenience~
But I do keep glosses and lipstick (yes I have one) lol~ for what Idk too!
I first had my lip colour adjusted a little with my stick concealer...
Then the candydoll lip colour plus the LB glosses~ which is nice!
I really like this LB lipgloss~ it makes a healthy natural pinkish lip~
After all colouring completes, I'll lightly pat some loose powder.
Generally all over face avoiding the eyes only~ followed by Hadalabo!
Everytime I pat some base powder I feel the need to moisturise it.
And by then, the blusher will look faded again so I'll touch that up~
This Diamond Beauty loose powder is good and affordable!
Works better then a few other brands I have tried, only candydoll's better.
Undeniably I only choose Japanese cosmetics because It's what I believe~
And Canmake being my top favourite also due to it's affordable price!!
Cheap cosmetic doesn't equate to them being less quality worthy~
These drugstore brands can be really effective for asian skin and colour...
It will be good if more woman grow to accept and go less of branded.
Lol~ my twenty cents again...
Last step! FALSIE! つけまつけま付けまつげ～( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ
I remember myself arrogantly discussed with my use-to-be best friend Rika...
That if we can fan out lashes so nicely and long with mascara why flasie?!
How it sounded like a slap on the future me? Hahaha! Eating my words~
But really I used to be really good at mascara! I am so proud of that~
I would heat my curler with a lighter for my lashes to last long curling!
So I can brush them upwards and make them look obvious and pretty~
But the way I curl my lashes is kind of intimidating~ I pull them hard!
I know it's gonna hurt them loads but that's not why I moved on to falsie :p
Obviously, falsie is even prettier lah!! So 101% honest in my change~ lol
I am using Diamond Lash Secret Eye for this makeup~
But my favourite lashes are still Dollywink for it's unbeatable quality!
No matter how many Japanese lashes being tried none feels like Dollywink.
The falsie's texture and the long lasting band that can be cleans easily~
And my favourite glue is still Dollywink as well but the mini glue in flasie~
Those are really "peel-off-at-ease" kind of glue that confirm wont hurt~
Both your eye and the falsie... And your wallet too! Lol~ Dollywink so expensive!
Those mini glue are not easy to get even from taobao (yes, people sells them! And crazy people grabs them too!)
So I had gradually made Eyetalk my first option, it's not too bad either~
All is on par other then the ease in cleaning part...
Now all is done! Wahaha! Please forgive my last chance to "act-cute"
After becoming a mother, I doubt very much to still have the chance to~
I yearn very much to keep being a Shoujo, deep down I don't want to grow up!
But as reluctant as I am, I need to let go of what I have been.
Of course, I will find a way to stay young! But cute is surely gonna leave me :(
Having said, this picture was taken to sell off my newly bought top!
This sweet top I bought in Hokkaido, I've not even had a chance to wear~
And it's time to say goodbye to it...
Day 2: 02/08/2015, Sunday, Uphill Noboribetsu Onsen!
Second morning in Hokkaido! We had our breakfast at a sharing hall~
Also serving style, not the buffet kind (i dont like buffet, btw)
Breakfast! I love natto with rice for breakfast! Never fails!
There's two portion of mentaiko here! One seared one raw~
Only realised at the later part it's for our ochazuke!
Surprisingly, le husband like mentai chazuke! Shall try making at home!
After breakie, I went to the onsen while le husband went backyard!
He's going out to smoke and so damn suay, got some mosquito bites back!
Dress up after onsen in like 10mins! Cause the car is waiting for us~
They are sending us back to the Noboribetsu station...
So here we are~ waiting for the roundtrip bus uphill!
There is a famous onsen place uphill called Noboribetsu Onsen.
It's a little onsen town with shops and ryokan and a bear park!
That is the Oni (demon) of Jigokudani (Hell Valley)~
And the Bou (demon stick) he's holding, diff colours has diff meaning!
Pretty wild flowers everywhere! It's a good flower season there~
We took the roundtrip bus up and missed our stop! www
Our ryokan is at the second last stop and we didnt press the bell >.<
So we walked back, down a slope with little streams and greens!
It was too early to check in, we had our luggage rest and headed out!
Heading back to the way we came down from, up a slope again~
Because that's where one of the attraction is located at...
Along the way~ another oni statue spotted! Oyako Oni!
Our destination: Taisho Jigoku, Oyunuma Tennen Ashiyuu
And the walkway inside is exactly like walking a forest~
3 mins of walking and tadaaa! We're here!
There were so many people! Taking up all the spaces~
So we took selfies first! And took photo of the surrounding!
This ashiyuu (foot bath) river is the source of Oyunuma Onsen
And the temperature of the onsen depends on the season~
Awhile later, a big group of chinese tourist left so we had a good seat~
Imo, that seat could take the best photos of this place! Hehe~
The water is grey in colour and has a very heavy sulphur smell~
It was difficult to get use at first but all got better a while later~
You can feel your body warming up just ten mins into the foot bath!
Such a pretty place! Like commercial ad scene!
I was glad I wore such short dress!
Looked troublesome for those who wore jeans~
And le husband attempts to walk to the middle of the river~
For a photo! Hahahaha~
Last selfie before we leave~ i took a similar one in Chiang Mai!~
Walking out of the forest~
Bought this pink frilly wedge specially for this Hokkaido trip!
Because I expected tons of walking!
After passing by our ryokan, out to the main road~
We have come near to the shopping town (turn left from this photo)
But our next destination is the Jigokudani (Hell Valley)~ heading straight!
Getting near! And more Oni statues as expected! Lol~
They are the Hell Valley Demon mah~ wahahaha!
Jigokudani~ the sulphur smell is so many times heavier then ashiyuu!
It's an active volcano and the very source of the Oyunuma Onsen~
That flows to the Oyunuma Tennen Ashiyuu...
Of course, as tourist, we must take wefie!!! Hehe
All thanks to le husband's superior for the selfie stick last Xmas!
But in the end we lost it somewhere on a bus~ lol! the short life of it!
Last photo of it!
And we headed back, I cant stand the smell anymore! Lol~
At the entrance, there is a pretty small hut selling souvenirs~
And milk!!! Hokkaido is famous for their dairy products!
Milk, Ice Creams, Puddings, Cheese!! I wanna try all!
They have two vending machine selling only milk!
Different brand different flavor of milk to choose from!~
In the end, le husband's choice was a better milk brand~
You dont get this good quality of milk in Singapore :(
Not even Meiji or Farmhouse can taste the same!
Walking out of the Hell Valley, you find many pretty Ajisai (Hydrangea)!
All shades of Blue and Purple! All so pretty!
We have walked into town to find food~
The town is more crowded in the night with more restaurants opened~
so given a late afternoon we have no much choice...
Settle for this Onsen Ichiba seafood resturant~
It is pretty busy inside~ we nearly had to wait for tables!
They had live seafood in two huge tubs and a few big aquarium!
Settled for some Salmon Sashimi first while we think of main!
Salmon is a super cheap & unpopular fish in Japan unlike Singapore~
While waiting for our food, le husband read manga~
He can read his manga anywhere anytime! Lol~ otaku jyan?
He had settled for Yakisoba (expecting the taste we had in kyoto)
But then it was a disappointment as well~ www
I had a Negitoro Don! It's so yummy with raw egg and shoyu!!
Something I cannot eat now :( I miss Japanese food :(
After lunch we had their homemade Ice Cream!
Yums yums! Ice cream in Hokkaido is very rich!
Macdonald's soft serve on good days can taste like that too! Lol~
While I enjoy my Ice Cream softserve, le husband eats~
He doesnt like sweet stuffs so he only taste mine a little always.
Munching his all time favourite Korokke (Croquette) from Combini~
Just a min walk away, there is this little park (really small one)~
With huge Oni Bou (demon stick), each colour has one meaning...
Of which there's good luck, for studies, for fertility etc~
And all souvenir shops sells the mini version plushie!
Or keychains, decorative, prints of it on note books or hanky!
We took a photo with the red stick cause it's for fertility!
Then we headed back up to our ryokan~ pass by this little cottage.
The ryokan we booked is called [雅亭, MIYABITEI]
Checked-in at about 4pm! It's a big scale ryokan!
Almost being hotel like, unlike the usual ryokan we often go to~
But it's not too bad cause it is very comfy! And cheap among all!
Our room at the highest level! Level 10~
Room view! Mountains and little streams down there~
It's so difficult to take photos that do justice to the view we see~
The little stream down there is really clear and pretty in real life!
The smoking area beside window has a full length mirror!
Just nice for my selfies~ wahahaha!
Our room's teaset! Looks more luxurious then the previous ryokan~
Changing up to their yukata~
The lightings at the window is just so damn good!!
Hehe, my le hunsum husband in his yukata too~
Headed out for onsen first since we have ample time before dinner.
Dinner at miyabitei is buffet style~ which is not my favourite kind.
But then the food they provide was quite good~
Look at the amount of salmon we took! That's only 1st round!
The yuzu udon was so super good! But I'm not the udon person~
Soba was good too!! And the little black bowl is Mozukusu~
What's more... SNOW CRAB BUFFET! Legs only thou~
We had three mountain full plates of it! Lol~
Had some melon too~ it's so sweet and nice!
Oni statue outside of the dining hall Shiki~
When we are back at the room, they had our futon laid out nicely!
Headed to onsen again, thou sadly they dont have private bath~
Previously I always make an effort to book ryokan with it...
Cause it's not fun to go into onsen alone! With friends are ok~
Ended my day with the Noboribetsu Pudding!
And a packet of veggie juice! Taste more like tomato juice to me~
But it's healthy and to make sure I dont constipate~ (erm, pardon me)
So I drink at least a packet everyday! :3
Day 1: 01/08/2015, Saturday, Singapore - Hokkaido (Noboribetsu)
ヤッホー！Finally after 8 months, we're on a holiday again!!
And for the first time, we are flying by JAL!
August is summer and most places are really hot~
We came to decision knowing that Hokkaido is still at about 24deg!
But then, it's all lie!!!! It is freaking 29deg so like Singapore!!! :(
It's a long journey too~ 7hours from Singapore to Tokyo Haneda.
With a flight delay and we have to run for our connecting plane!
1 & half more hour from Tokyo to Hokkaido Chitose~
Upon reaching, we waited for an hour at a run-down looking JR station.
It's a connecting station like Bishan called Minami Chitose...
I think less then 10 people are waiting for the same train as ours~
It's a 18 hours journey before we checked-in at our ryokan *sweats*
But we made fun out of the long journey~ I am so used to have him.
I think I cant travel alone now~ ahahaha
Upon reaching Noboribetsu station awaits us staircase!
Which is the norm in Japan anyway, we were not surprised~
We reached the station earlier then expected...
And the ryokan was supposed to send a car to pick up us at 5pm!
So we waited kiasi-ly and didn't dare to walk too far away~
Bear statues at the station entrance~ there's a bear park there up the hill.
Waited and waited after past 5pm!
We were told to wait at this post box! But no one came, no calls, no email!
I was angry that they forgot about this and note to myself to ask later!
So we thought, we might as well walk there~
Before they offered the car service, we already planned to walk~
It's supposed to be a 20mins walk so it's still feasible ya?
And there were nice scenery along the way too so no complains~
No complains I thought, but there's so many slopes to climb!
And many crows on the electric cable above your head!
The crows in Japan are HUGE! like size of an adult cat *eww*
And seeing them in large numbers can be really gross they are super black!
Like seeing couple dozens of cockroaches squirming around! YES! Gross!
And it is surely not 20mins! We walked a 30mins journey!
Japanese people walk really fast!
We are finally here! Upon checking in I questioned them~
I think it's inappropriate for them to take it like nothing has happened!
And they didn't admit they forget until I showed then their email!
They apologised and arranged to send us out to the station the following day~
So I accepted (-___-;) I still cannot believe we find this in Japan!
Upon checking in, my mood hasn't changed for the better!
The yukata they provide has a smoke smell (-__-;) like unclean~
It's a smoking room so I know it's inevitable, didn't have non-smoking.
But my mood got instantly lit up when I opened the window door!
Connected to the backyard, we saw deers! And seagulls passing by!
Like strolling outside our room!!! And the seaview!!!!!
The sky and the sea joined, cant differentiate them anymore!
Our room's teaset :)
Since we didnt have much time for onsen already, I did mask!
Hokkaido limited edition Lavander Lululun Mask! Smell good!
Then we headed for dinner, shared a room with other occupants~
I love Kaiseki meals~ Even looking at it makes me happy!
Menu of our dinner! There's a kurobuta sukiyaki!
Sukiyaki is one of my favourite Japanese food!!!
I only take nama ebi in Japan~
Duly because I find the ones in Singapore not fresh enough :p
The dinner and the roomview totally lit up my day!
All the little hurdles during the journey suddenly seems all worth~ lol!
Here's my handsome husband
That's how we ended the day, after dinner onsen!!
And we bought some beer from the vending machine outside our room!
We think... Our baby boy... Is made this very day :p