We have all these trendy cafes springing up like cotton which are perfect for pictures but lousy for the palette. Here at Halia, we savoured both good food and ambience. After brunch, the weather stayed perfect for a bicycle run. We brought Ewan’s Christmas present from Dad and Pat to Botanic Gardens and had fun watching him try the balance bike out for the first time! I shall be sharing the experience soon in another entry. It is the coolest balance bike I could find in Singapore!
The festive menu was delectable. We enjoyed every tier of it. It was free-flow but one serving was already too much for two of us to handle. I love it that we are out without the kids two meals in a row!
EEKS! Ewan and Faye! It’s not that we don’t want you with us but daddy and mommy needed to sip tea, hold hands and listen to what we’ve got to say to each other. It’s been too long a while. Your daddy’s my best friend and he had been tolerating my nonsense for the longest time. I should start thinking of him first. It’s going to take some adjustments and mindfulness because I’ve always put you both in first place. I shall make this 2015’s resolution. Daddy first ok? Do not be jealous like I was of my own father. Grandma puts Grandpa first in their relationship and I was jealous. Especially the breakfast part. He was always getting the heartier meal. Note: The love I have for the three of you are uniquely different but I promise you, they are genuinely full with affection.
The father-in-law never eats until all of us had our fill. He always volunteers to take care of the baby or any grandkid that happens to be going through a meltdown. Whenever we push him to have his dinner first, he would say, “Never mind I’m not hungry.” and he continues watching over the children while we eat in peace.
I aim to be great grandparents and in-laws like them! The most delightful part of the whole birthday celebration was the children. They made singing “Happy Birthday” a fun affair! They transported me back to my childhood. I love our Yo Yeo Kids!
Now now now, who wouldn’t want to grow old with a group of faithful friends? I mentioned briefly to some friends that music had been robbed off me ever since we had children. [So have savouring a mouthful of melt-in-your-mouth pan-fried foie gras. Ah Huh I swallowed a top grade foie gras because I wanted good food yet was in a rush to finish my meal.] Singing used to be second nature. I sang to Meyer on our nightly telephone calls, I sang when I browsed the internet, I was a professional toilet singer *haha*, I sang and sang and sang. It doesn’t matter if I went out of tune. I just love to sing! But now, I am totally deprived of it. Funny for a woman but I cannot multi-task when I am caring for my children. So don’t suggest me singing while I am cleaning up a puddle of pee in my living room. I am probably too pissed off to sing!
So! We spent the whole of New Year’s Eve with Xiao Bin! We went Salt Grill and Sky Bar for lunch, headed off to Karaoke and rounded the night with Nicholas and Shy at Brussel Sprouts. As we dined, we caught up on gossips, recollected old memories, laughed at our silliness and most importantly, enjoyed every bite of our meal. We left the children at home! I haven’t had a meal with friends without kids before! Seriously! Sounds poisonously unhealthy but this meal shall be the start of more to come.
After lunch, we picked Faye up for Karaoke. Our 7-month old baby rejects the bottle and when it comes to sleeping, she needs to be nursed. So, we brought her along. She did great! She could even fall asleep in Meyer’s arms while he sang Mack The Knife. We were amazed!
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