Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
While we can't travel conveniently like before, we can certainly count on authentic cuisine to ease our wanderlust a little. It was such a delight to try out some specially curated and high quality Japanese ingredients that RedManShop has brought into Singapore from Okinawa, Ishikawa and Kochi!
Each of the 3 Japanese prefectures is renowned for prized food exports distinctive to its geographical location. Ishikawa is renowned for fresh seafood from its abundant fishing grounds, Kochi boasts an exclusive variety of vegetables and Okinawa exports first-rate ingredients harvested from its nutrient-rich land and pristine seawater.
Chef Shunsuke Kusubashi has cleverly cooked us a 5 course meal to bring out the best of these fine ingredients that you can conveniently get from the RedManShop.
|with Momboss Calista|
We started off with Umeshu sparkling wine from Ishikawa. It's a plum sparkling wine, a refreshing drink with 7% alcohol.
The next course, Seafood Ceviche, looked so delicious! It's a pity that I couldn't get to taste it as I'm pregnant and refraining from raw food. It consisted a mix of flying squid/Todarodes from Ishikawa and Avocado. It's suitable for grilled and sashimi dishes. Chef used natural sea salt from Okinawa. It's a great alternative to table salt as it's rich in minerals and low in sodium.
Here comes the main course - Japanese-styled chilled tomato pasta. It looked simple but tasted really good! I could take another plate of it. You got to give this angel hair pasta and juicy cherry tomatoes from Kochi a try. The recipe can be found on RedManShop website.
Finally, we ended the meal on a sweet note with mango macaroon and brown sugar coffee from Okinawa.
Thank you RedManShop and the 3 prefectures for the wonderful gastronomical experience! I enjoyed it so much!
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Thursday, September 2, 2021
Looking to add some colours to your stay-home pandemic days?
Like many, our family has been staying home alot more than before. When I got to know about the Philip Hue outdoor lightstrips, I was intrigued! The outdoor lightstrips would definitely help to brighten our balcony and make our stay home days more colourful!
Few weeks back, we had a camping theme birthday party for Emmalyn's 8th birthday at home and took the chance to put the lightstrip to use! It was fun to see the lights switching from one colour to another!
We could easily achieve different feel with the different colours! The timing can also be set so that it gets switched on and off automatically.
What's the Philip Hue outdoor lightstrip?
It's a smart LED lightstrip that can be used in outdoor setting. It is weatherproof with an IP67 rating, meaning it can withstand any weather conditions throughout the year.
The lightstrip lights up in colours of your choice and can be controlled by using a bridge and Hue app.
It is flexible, bendable and comes in two length - 197 inches and 80 inches. Hence, it's easy to shape the light in bends or curves.
How's the installation like?
Installation is a breeze! The lightstrip can simply be switched on by plugging to a power source. It can be laid on the ground or mounted to features.
To maximise the lighting experience, it needs to be paired with a Hue bridge device that it connected to the WiFi router. After setting up the bridge, you will be able to control the brightness and colour of lightstrips through the Hue app. A revamped Hue 4.0 app was launched earlier this year which offers an even more user-friendly interface and greater customisation options. I found it very easy to use the app to change the lighting to whatever setting I wanted.
And what's more cool is that the Hue Bridge allows you to connect and control up to 50 lights and accessories in the house! You can then control all your lights from the Hue app. It's a great way to turn your home into a smart home!
Philip Hue lightstrips are really fun, easy and smart products to light up outdoor spaces like balcony, patio, carpark pouch or garden. Whether it is for a party, game or just chilling out, you can get the perfect lighting with a touch on the app. The possibilities are endless!
Hop over to Philip Hue website to find out more!
Friday, July 9, 2021
At 34 years old, I found out from Circledna test that I'm a carrier of pendred syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes early hearing loss in children.
It wasn't a surprise since both of parents had lost their hearing on one side since young and it's very likely that at least one of my parents have Pendred Syndrome. We were told that they lost their hearing after they fell sick so it never cross my mind that it could be genetic. They rely on one hear and speak in limited dialect since it was obviously hard for them to get by school in the past.
I always thought it wasn't a wise idea on my grandparents' part to matchmake both of them. They should get someone at least without hearing disabilities to make their life better right? How are they going to take care of 2 children? Whatever can go wrong, could go wrong. And now, we know that their children even have a risk to get pendred syndrome. It was challenging but they hold on to each other and pulled it through together. Looking back, they are made for each other. It's Him who brings my mother all the way from Indonesia to Singapore and matchmake them.
When I was young, I wish that they could be "normal" and we were more well to do. I wish we would be able to communicate better. But as I grew up, I slowly see how they are fearfully and wonderfully made, and deeply loved by God despite their hearing disabilities. They can't express their love in beautiful words but I could hear their love loud and clear. Life wasn't easy and was very CRAZY at some point of time. But God has been extra gracious and watching over our family. If it's not by God's protection, my brother and I wouldn't be what we are now.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. - Psalms 139: 14
We are all God's wonderful masterpiece. I thank God for loving us. He loves and walks with us through ups and downs even before we know him, when we didn't feel close to him or even run away from him. He will make things beautiful in his time. May the Lord continue to bless us and keep us.
that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him
should not perish but have eternal life.
- John 3:16
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
After changing into her sports wear from Gen Woo, she was even more hyped up! This latest launch at Gen Woo is her favourite set (crop top and leggings) and she wears it every other day! The material is really soft and comfortable for her to move about and do her stunts. I really love the pink camou prints and the colours really cheer up her active days.
Besides this set, Gen Woo also recently brought in a number of other stylish children sports and active wear.
Few months back, she came back one day telling me that "She has been selected for gymnastics by her PE teacher" along with some other students. That sounds cool! After checking in with her teacher, I learnt that she was only shortlisted and the PE teacher will make the final decision at the end of the year.
I didn't want to raise her hopes as I've heard much about children not being able to get into their preferred choice. I told her about it and asked her to pray for her CCA next year. Her school doesn't have ballet so the next choice might be Chinese Dance. I shared with her my own CCA journey and asked her to keep her options opened. Regardless, I trust that God has a perfect CCA for her.
Meanwhile, I'm really glad that she's very active and enjoying herself in various activities. She even joined me at the gym. She's looking really sporty in this "Just Dance" outfit (crop top and shorts)! This rib fitted tank top goes well with anything - shorts, tulle skirts and even leggings!
Some of us may be well aware of what excites our children but some might not have any clue. Sometimes these change for our children, as they do for us adults.
I’m not a parenting expert, but here's some ways that have been helpful to me along the way.
- Expose them. I believe in the mantra "you never know until you try!". It's only until they try it, they will truly know whether they like it. And until they try more, they truly know what their hearts beat for.
- Observe what they like and enjoy doing. It can sometimes be very obvious but it could also take a while for time to find out their interest.
- Let them explore and experiment within safe boundaries. If they enjoy an activity, give them some freedom to do it.
- Assess. There are so many factors to consider - their interest, potential, personality, family finances, academic performance and family lifestyle. To go for it or not? How far should we go?
- Build their interest. I do it by showing them videos and photos of how others do it. Emmalyn is blessed to know 5 other gymnasts at church. A number of them even represent Singapore!
- Build their ability through classes and home practice. Of course, it takes time, money, effort, perseverance and encouragements!
- Look for opportunities to learn, perform or showcase or even compete.
- Assess again. Eventually the children will grow up and make their own call.
Emmalyn started ballet in 2018 when she was 4 (turning 5) years old and it has been a very enriching journey. I don't know what it will lead to but I'm glad that she is enjoying herself and finding new interests. Gymnastics can be quite an investment so I am just praying that she could get to the school CCA if it's meant to be. Having known the 2 families who have gymnasts children, I know it is not an easy journey. I've unsure if I like her to take on that journey. They train almost everyday! By God's grace, their children are so outstanding!
Whatever interests, potential, ability or opportunities our children have, I'm reminded that every child is unique. Every family is different. God has his special plan and timings for each and every child. To some, it might be a childhood interests, others might be a lifelong passion. We parents, we do what we can and pray that our children will enjoy themselves, develop skills, build their character, make good friends and create precious memories.
Whether it is ballet, gymnastics or something else, I'm looking forward to supporting and seeing how the sisters grow and bloom in their special ways!!
Special thanks to Gen Woo for these lovely sets from their latest collection! Emmalyn loves these sets so much!
She is turning 8 and it is really getting harder to dress her up. No doubt, Tween is one of the most challenging groups to shop for because of the changing styles and trends they embrace. Gen Woo makes it easier than ever to find styles that girls will love at prices you can afford. It carries a wide range of apparels and masks for children up to 14 years old and ladies too!
Quote ASHLYNTHIA20 for 20% discount on all products, with a minimum spend of $20 (SGD) and cannot be combined with another promo code. It is open worldwide to everyone and can be used once by a customer.
Go check out their wide variety of styles now!! Happy shopping!