Celebrating our 8th Valentine’s Day

We had a simple dinner at Museo at Sentosa Cove. It was my first time at Sentosa Cove and it is quite a lovely and quiet place. Sentosa has always been a special place for us as this is the place where we first met and got to know each other during a church youth camp.

It was a Mon night (17 Feb). We chose not to celebrate on the actual day itself as it would cost so much more to eat out on that day. Also, the last week had been pretty hectic for both of us at work.  I had purchased a Museo groupon deal so we had good food at a nice place and at a reasonable cost. Ivan had cod fish and I had steak. As it was a Monday night, it was pretty quiet at the restaurant and we were able to enjoy nice view and ambience.

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There is much to be thankful for as we celebrate our 8th valentine’s together. 8 years together is not a very long time, but it is still a significant amount of time to have shared your life with someone. We are grateful to the Lord for bringing us together and for His grace that has kept us through the ups and downs of life the past 8 years. We are thankful for the shared experiences and look forward to more to come as we continue to journey together as a couple and family.

It was nice to have some quiet moments we can spend as a couple, though it was only for about 2 hours before we had to hurry to my parent’s place to pick up Daniel and bring him home. After dinner, we had some yummy gelato from Note di Sicilia and took a leisurely walk along the waterfront admiring the lovely yachts parked at the marina. It was a simple yet special moment to remember – just enjoying each other’s company and being away from the hustle and bustle of life for a while. I really enjoyed the tranquility of the night especially after a long and hectic day at work.

 

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Baking with the husband

This Christmas, we decided to bake big, soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies for Ivan’s colleagues and Daniel’s teachers.

And so we had a baking date 🙂 Daniel was carted away by the grandparents and we spent a whole afternoon baking.

We have always liked the soft and chewy kind of chocolate chip cookies – the Subway kind, so we decided to do those instead of the usual crunchy chocolate chip cookies which we usually do. We decided to use this recipe by Martha Stewart.

They turned out to be quite yummy. However, we noticed that the cookies do not keep that well and go soft and crumbly quite quickly so we had to refrigerate them.

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Birthday date at Dozo

This is our second time back at Dozo. The first time was on Valentine’s Day in 2011. Obviously the food was good enough for us to decide to come back a second time. It was the birthday boy’s choice. He has been wanting to come back again for some time and we finally had the chance.

This time we came for lunch. Dozo serves French-Jap fusion food. For lunch, they serve a 6 course lunch and for dinner 7 course. Diners get to select from various options for each course. Here’s a glimpse of what we ate.
My favourite for the night were the escargots and the crab bisque which were really yummy and rich in flavour. Ivan of course ordered the lava cake which he loves and which has since set the benchmark for all other lava cakes!

Complimentary drinks to start off the 6 course lunch:

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First course for me and him:

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2nd course: Escargots for me and Soft shell crab for Ivan

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3rd course: I chose Crab Bisque and Ivan chose Clam soup.

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Fourth course: My duck and his Kurubuta Pork.

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5th course: Matcha ice-cream and Lava cake

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6th course: Ice Fruit tea

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After that, we went to catch Thor:The dark world. Pretty much enjoyed the movie though it was more of Ivan’s kind of movie.

Dozo Restaurant

#02-02/03, Valley Point Shopping Centre, 491 River Valley Road

Hello Kitty Circus of Life

Got my first birthday present last weekend from the hubs.

He had hid it in the house and asked me to search for it. So I went around the house with Daniel searching for my present. Lo and behold, it was in our storage bed.

Honestly, I was pretty stunned by the gift. It was nothing I expected! I do like Hello Kitty …. I am not crazy passionate about it. I most certainly will not queue for it. But to me, Hello Kitty is like my all time favourite character since young and I am still rather fond of it. So,  to get Hello Kitty for my birthday at my age was quite a pleasant and unexpected surprise. But I think Daniel was more excited than me to see 5 boxes of toys waiting to be opened! It even came with free alphabet flashcards for him. Really useful as we are currently trying to get him to recognize alphabets.

This is not the full collection though. There are still two more that can only be obtained through MacDonald’s delivery order which are missing – Hello Kitty Magician (Limited Edition) and Hello Kitty Daredevil(Limited Edition).

Had Hello Kitty overdose that night!

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Hello Kitty Animal Tamer

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Hello Kitty Trapez (My favourite!)

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Hello Kitty Clown

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Hello Kitty Elephant Jumbo

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An interesting and meaningful National Day

KDF Outreach

On Fri, we were up early as we had to be at KDF Bishan by 830 for our outreach. We were all decked in red in the National Day Spirit. Spent a heartwarming morning reaching out to the patients and encouraging them. What a meaningful way to spend National Day. Was really blessed to be able to be a blessing to the community. Great too that we were able to participate in this as a cell group.

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Steph’s birthday celebration

After that, we proceeded for lunch at Bishan Park. Found this restaurant called ‘The Cornerstone’! We had tried making reservations at ‘Grub’ and ‘Garden Canopy’ but was not successful. Food was not too bad 🙂

After lunch, we went exploring around Bishan Park. It was my first time at Bishan Park and it was quite a lovely find in this part of the island which I hardly explore. It is quite a big park … we were only in Bishan Park 2. It was a pretty sight to behold … with the ponds, shrubs and river plains. Too bad Daniel wasn’t with us…. but he had his own exciting programme with grandparents  today – zoo and NDP!

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Movie date

Since Daniel had his own programme with grandparents, it was a great opportunity for Ivan and I to go on our own date. We wanted to catch the last few showings of Indespicable Me 2. Unfortunately, tickets were sold out. In the end, we watched Smurfs 2. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it. Thought that it was a nice movie with themes that I enjoyed – identity, family and the father figure. Ivan found it boring and said he almost fell asleep!

What a day! Nice to be toddler-free for a day 🙂

5th Anniversary celebration

We had planned to celebrate our anniversary on the Vesak Day public holiday and to leave Daniel with either of our parents

As it turned out, Ivan’s parents were going for a short vacation to Hanoi and my parents had a lunch engagement. Thus, it looked like our anniversary celebration would have to include Daniel and it would be more like a family outing on this public holiday!

Anyway, my plans for the day were ruined due to the rain. I had planned to bring Daniel to see the horses at Pasir Ris stable and also for a swim at Pasir Ris Swimming Complex where there were pretty cool slides. Ivan suggested going to the Science Centre. I reluctantly agreed as I had no better plan. Since young, I have never been a fan of Science centre as I am no Science lover and the exhibits there never really excite me.

So we set off the Science centre which was far far away in the West. On the way, my mum whatsapped me to say they would be back mid afternoon and could help look after Daniel. Adora was also in and she could help watch him while he napped before they returned. We gladly decided to take up the proposal.

Science Centre was pretty enjoyable. I saw my favourite exhibition since young – the one with the chicks hatching. Yup – that’s the only exhibit that excites me since young. The others were interesting enough. There were some up to date information on the recent natural disasters, the exhibits and write-ups on the body and genes were also interesting. It was also interesting for Daniel as there were lots of stuff for him to touch and play with though he may not understand much.

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Daniel was so tired that he fell into a deep sleep on the way to my parents’ place after lunch. He did not stir even when we carried him up and changed his diapers. We left him with my sister and took off for our couple time! It is rare indeed to have a good half the day left to spend together. Usually, if we do go out, it would be a quick movie after dinner and then have to rush back to pick Daniel up and bring him home for bed.

There was not much that we were interested in watching at the movies, so we decided to head down to Orchard for shopping. Haven’t been to Orchard for ages so I was quite excited about it. Also, it was the long weekend and there were some sales going on. I needed new shoes. Also looking for a new work bag for Ivan. The one I got him for V day this year broke barely 2 months into use 😦 ….so wanted to replace it with a new one.

First stop – chill out at Coffee Bean at 313 Orchard. I got my ice Latte. Ivan got a tea latte and a brownie to share.

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After my caffeine shot, I was ready to shop. We headed to OG which was having 20% storewide. Spent a good amount of time there. Found 2 pairs of shoes and a bag that Ivan liked. Decided to check out Robinsons to see if there were better discounts before getting them.

We didn’t find much at Robinsons except some pretty placemats. Wandered by chance into a GAP store having a sale and found a pair of pants for just $30! We headed back to OG and got my shoes. Ivan still wanted to look around for a bag that he really liked. My husband is pretty picky and has to find a bag that he really really likes! I thought the selection at OG and Robinsons were pretty good compared to other departmental stores. But he still can’t find his bag!! He said that a bag is not important to him but since I want to get him one, it has to be something he really likes! What sort of logic is that??

We had dinner at a nice Ramen restaurant in OG that we happened to come across. It’s called Hachifukumaru. It really is a hidden find. The Ramen there is really yummy – one of the best I have eaten in Singapore.

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We continued with our shopping after dinner. Went to check out H&M. I have heard much about it but never had the chance to check it out. Love the style. It’s similar to cotton on – trendy, stylish, casual and affordable. And they women’s, men’s and even kids’ collection I am wondering why their ads are so provocative when their clothes are actually pretty decent.

We headed for our last stop which is Takashimaya and I am hoping and praying that Ivan can find his bag here!! He took a long time here but he did find his bag!!

Was a really enjoyable day and we had a good time enjoying one another’s company without Daniel around. Really thank God for giving us half a day by ourselves to celebrate our 5th anniversary 🙂 Am grateful to my parents and sister Adora for babysitting Daniel and making this day possible!

 

Some interesting sightings at OG Orchard and Robinsons:

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It’s been 5 years

This month, Ivan and I celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary.

Am thankful to the Lord for all that He has brought us through these 5 years. Though it is not a long period of time, it is a significant period through which the Lord has been good to us and has taught us how to dwell with one another. Through this 5 years, we have learnt very early on that we are both imperfect and that love is a choice that we have to constantly choose to continue to love one another despite our flaws.

Some things that I have been so blessed through our marriage:

1) Friendship. Over the last few years, we have come to trust and open up to one another progressively. And it is a joy to be able to talk and confide with one another on the things that are upon our hearts and to know that one is accepted. Friendship is also about being there for one another and to walk together through life situations together. It is also about supporting and encouraging one another and to give honest feedback that will help the other grow knowing that it is done out of love. I can always depend on Ivan to point out my rough edges and while that is sometimes very painful, it helps me to take the much needed steps towards change or point me in the area that I need to be renewed in.

2) Co-labourers. One of the joys of our relationship is co-labouring together. For now, it is particularly in the area of cell ministry. We will read through each other’s cell sharing preparation and give feedback, consult each other on our song set for cell worship, discuss about how the cell meeting went, share our heart/hopes/dreams/concerns for the people in cell and keep them in prayer.

3) Family. Since Daniel came along, life has been very different. Raising a child is tough but there are many moments of joy and experiences which we will never have just being a couple. We are thankful to God for entrusting us with the privilege of raising up Daniel. Daniel’s arrival has also brought us closer to our parents as we need their help and support since we are both working. We have had to make adjustments to our lifestyle and God has been good through it all. Certainly, parenthood was not as daunting as I imagined it to me. More often than not, it is actually fulfilling though not without sacrifices!

Just a short song that I penned 🙂

I am so blessed

That you’re here in my life

Everyday, you are here by my side

Let us take time today

To give thanks to the One

Who gave us each other

And He gave us His Son

There’s no greater love

That a man would give His life for a friend

Let us never forget

His amazing love for us

As we journey together in this life

I am praying

That we’ll always be true

To the call that He has for our lives

Let us always remember

To seek His face

And to live for His glory

Till we meet Him face to face