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Sunday night baking

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Sunday night baking activity with Saitaoha. Also trying out my cheapo $70 Aldi kitchen mixer which looks like a Kitchenaid. I have a lovely Kitchenaid which I received as a birthday gift, but I leave that at my mother’s place because their kitchen space and brand new oven are so much nicer for baking. My plastic Sunbeam mixer served me really well for years but I destroyed it a couple of months ago when I was being a Daitaoha. It’s handy to have a mixer at home for impromptu baking sessions. I can’t wait till we finally get round to renovating our kitchen so I can get a new oven though. We’ve been doing up our laundry and I’m so pleased with the results so far. For a non handy geek, R is proving to be very handy nowadays, he’s getting so good at D.I.Y. even though the amount of tools he is amassing is scary.

Papa getting a kiss from his first love whilst his second love only has eyes for the cake.

Saitaoha’s smile 😅.

Cutting cake time, the kids were very keen to eat the cake even though Saitaoha only wanted to eat the sprinkles and strawberries 😓. R’s birthday isn’t till Tuesday though, I just thought Saitaoha would like to bake and decorate a cake for her favourite papa. She did enjoy herself thoroughly and I think papa was happy too.

I still plan to buy a proper cake for the real day, any excuse for cake right?

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Saitaoha is 3

I’m a tad embarrassed that my parents are still driving me to and fro from work occasionally. In my 30s! But I have to admit, I love our little chats in the cars and it’s so nice to see the little ones and my ah pa and ah ma at the end of a work day.

It was Saitaoha’s 3rd birthday yesterday and the doting yee yee stopped by with a cake even though she’s already had two!

Her third birthday cake.

The second one that we had the past weekend during a family gathering.

Her giant birthday cake from Secret Recipe, their cakes are so huge and affordable compared to Aussie ones. Her grandparents were mighty pleased with her sitting in front of the cake by herself, as if it were a great feat #grandparentslens #thekidcandonowrong

I didn’t even get to eat this cake because it was our last night in Kuching where I had severe cramps and threw up all night.

I love these series of photos of my two, they were so happy playing together :). I love it that they will have each other to grow up together.

Three years of motherhood, it feels a lot longer sometimes. But I also know it will go by in a flash and I will miss her early years so much. I already miss her as a baby and cheeky toddler. She’s so good at communicating and expressing herself nowadays, we can have long conversations and she always surprises us with her vocabulary. I guess no expectations is a good thing, we are thrilled with all her little developments and milestones.

I pray that my little girl will continue to grow up healthy and happy, surrounded and loved by her family and friends.

Happy 3rd birthday Saitaoha 💕💕💕

Takoyaki birthday

Impromptu dim sum brunch with my family. I love dim sum, I think because I’m greedy and I get to eat lots of different things in small portions haha. The egg tart was so good I wish I bought some home!

This girl enjoyed her dim sum session very much! Stuffing her mouth with bao and wiggling her legs in joy. She’s so easy to bring out…

In contrast to this one who was so naughty. Didn’t eat properly and didn’t want to stay in her high chair. I had to bring her out of the restaurant to scold her but she still acted up at home. Sigh.

New oven at ah ma’s house! Her old compact oven went kaput after Saitaomei’s birthday party. I didn’t want to get it fixed because that particular French brand is super hard to fix (we experienced this with the coffee machine) so we got a brand new big one instead. Looking forward to try it out!

It’s my sister’s birthday today and we went over to crash her takoyaki party. She received a Bruno pan for her birthday and we got to try it straight away.

BIL ladling on the batter which is really easy to make.

Hehe so many helpers. It wasn’t easy and we didn’t get it perfect but it was so fun! I want to do it again. I also have a takoyaki pan which R bought for my bday maybe 2 years ago? It’s not as handy as a Bruno but I’m longing to crack it open now.

Looks quite legit right? We were hiding the ugly sides 😂.

So yummy when fresh and piping hot though. Saitaoha liked it a lot too.

Then the kids had a song and dance session, really enjoyed themselves. We also had birthday cake which was a nice end to the night.

See Saitaomei was very pleased! Also because she ate loads of birthday cake 😅.

A lovely night, I hope my sister had a nice birthday and all her birthday wishes come true!

Tristan is 6

My nephew is six years old today! I believe he had a fantastic birthday as his doting mummy took the day off to bring him out for a day of fun.

They ended the day at my parents’ house where we all had yummy takeaway pizza, Korean fried chicken and birthday cake of course.

I didn’t take any pictures because I was helping my sister to man her camera.

But here is one of a determined looking Saitaomei who was really eyeing the birthday cake.

Of course she had a bite or two! Tamchiak baby. She’s always hovering around my ah pa’s legs when he’s cutting fruit, hoping to get a bite. She needn’t worry because flying Gung Gung will have prepared her bite size pieces of fruit. My kids have the best lives really.

So no pictures of birthday boy, but heres wishing the little boy the best of health and an abundance of happiness :).

Saitaoha is two

From this

To this …

In a blink of an eye, my Saitaoha turns two.

The two years have been tough on my physical and mental self, my bones are weary, my eyes are bloodshot and my back is breaking. Mentally, I am exhausted, I forget things easily, I feel guilty and stressed all the time. But my heart is full. Yes it’s been tough but it’s also been easy, so easy to love this child, so simple to be happy the instance you hear her laugh, or wrap her in a cuddle, or smooth her hair.

Saitaoha is a monkey, she’s so cheeky and bright. Once she passed one, I stopped recording her milestones nor do I know what they’re supposed to be. But it amazes me that she knows her numbers, shapes, colours and the entire alphabet. She learns new words everyday and it’s so fun to hear her talk her toddler language. I hope we always applaud her little achievements and encourage her to keep learning and developing.

Character wise she is well on her way to terrible twos. She is demanding, stubborn and strong willed. She is also generous, sweet and funny. I am struggling to keep my patience and anger at bay when she misbehaves. It troubles me that I forget she’s only two especially with the arrival of Saitaomei. It’s like I expect her to grow up and be the big sister overnight because I now have less time for her. But she’s only just turned two, I need to remind myself to stop being so hard on her. And to be more patient.

Like now when it’s almost midnight and she refuses to sleep! I try not to get angry and coax her to sleep. She climbs on me, plants kisses on my cheeks and grins at me in the dark. Where did she learn to do that? Heart melts instantly.

Today it was all about Saitaoha. We bought her a little strawberry cake and she loved it. ‘Cake mummy!! Cake!!’ She loves blowing candles and we had to stop her from blowing them out before the birthday song was sung.

Gung gung helps to blow out candles. Her gung gung dotes on her so much, perhaps too much.

Eating cake is a serious job. Later on Mah Mah ‘helped’ to finish her unfinished cake which she left on her plate for ages. But she was upset and looked at Mah Mah in dismay ‘caaaake!!’ she wailed. Poor Mah Mah was so guilty she gave her a pack of nuts. Which her mummy ended up finishing and she looked at her mummy and wailed ‘nuuts!!’ Oops.

A happy girl and her cake. She knows how to say happy birthday but sometimes she gets it mixed up and says ‘happy day!!’ which is even better. May you always be happy my dearest Saitaoha. Love you to pieces 💕.

Happy birthday ah pa

Happy birthday to the best ah pa and gung gung ever. I am so lucky to have been blessed with the most kind and considerate ah pa ever. I hope the kids will grow up to appreciate and love their gung gung who showers them with such love and care.

I was always a bit of a daddy’s girl. But when I grew older and especially during my rebellious teenage phase, I caused my father much angst and worry. I remember when I was young I loved sitting on my father’s lap and feel his big hands patting my head. It is heartwarming to see these tender gestures now doled out to my kids, ah pa warming Saitaoha’s hands with his big hands during winter, carrying Saitaomei and giving her a kiss.

May you always be happy and healthy ah pa. Happy birthday.

Another one Yee Yee?

It’s been the best April ever! Starting with our great Singapore trip, to the glorious Easter long weekend (endless fun Easter egg hunts with Kaka ) which just ended with birthday celebrations for Andy, HC and Jo. Life is just so much better with more family being in Perth and I really really love being an aunty!

Before I start on my food laden Singapore posts, I just wanted to end this post with a hot off the press photo of Jo and HC’s birthday tonight.

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Tristan had a whole piece of cake to himself!


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