For the Mommy: Lark and Peony

Oh! Before I start, I’d just like you to know that I’m an S size mommy.

Mommies have all been too busy chasing after Chinese New Year launches for our children! Have we forgotten that we need to be dolled up as well for the new year? As much as I want my kiddiewinks to look their best, I want to look like a million bucks as well! For stay-at-home-moms, weddings and festivities are the only excuse to powder up. You won’t catch us flashing mascara-combed lashes on normal days because we don’t want smudged panda eyes when we struggle to put our babies down for afternoon naps!

I am giving a shout out for Lark and Peony, modern cheongsams for me this Goat year. I am inclined to support local designers and why shouldn’t we? We have talents here waiting to be discovered and Junie, Lark and Peony‘s designer, is one brilliant fashioner. So off I went with Faye on a ladies morning out to their private showcase. Ooooo *rubbing palms* I got to try on some of their amazing prints yet to be launched and those limited edition prints are absolutely unconventional. Who would put pineapples on cheongsams? Junie!

Check out the prints I’ve tried on this morning. They use beautiful quality fabrics mainly from Japan, Australia, USA and other parts of Asia. What I like about them is that they do not resemble those Chinese qipaos we see in Chinese restaurants. Oh Good Lord. I won’t be caught looking like a waitress over a wedding!

Tonight [8 January 2015 at 8pm] they will be launching the Rhapsodie Bohemienne range and The Princess in Red, Blue and Hot Pink on their website! I had the honour of trying them in today’s fitting and they are charming!

The Yokihi in Majorelle is detailed in cotton with a concealed back zipper. What I love about this fully lined bodice and skirt are its hidden pockets on both sides! Blue, the colour of royalty, never fails to catch my eye. I fell in love with this one immediately but I contemplated on it because I owned too many blues. A quick flashback at my wardrobe and shoe rack reminded me that I have one too many blues. Still, my heart yearns for this one.

The Princess in Crimson with Shippo Accents is indeed more than just a fair maiden. The Chinese collar stands up, giving the neck a beautiful lengthy converge. Fold it down and you will be treated with a patterned collar, ready for a casual day out with friends. Suited for work or play. The puffy sleeves are very feminine and to me, that’s even more of a feature that the ingenious collar. If you were me, would you go for the princess red, pink or blue?

The #fall4vintage in Orange Blossom is a relaunch! I am not giving this a miss this time, no no no. Lark and Peony had always leaned their designs towards traditional floral prints for their box pleated Yokihi modern cheongsams and I see why they do! The prints are beautiful! They are vintage and the colours bright to perfection. Great for modern women who want that old-world charm with a twist of sexiness. Let you in a secret … it features a modest peekaboo on your back.

The next two cheongsams are limited editions and newly launched on 8 January 2015. Either you sit and wait or you contact Ruth [ruth@larkandpeony.com] now! Milk boxes and Popsicles. Even if you do not like them, your children will! I think there is no loss to being more than adventurous after being a mother. Skip those boring, safe designs and go frolicky! I think we deserve to treat ourselves with fun more than ever. I want to be playful and that shall be my resolution. Away with the serious May! I love Pop Arts anyways.

The Pop Art series is characterized by bold, simple, everyday imagery, and vibrant block colours, it is interesting to look at and has a modern “hip” feel. The bright colour schemes also enables this form of avant-garde art to emphasise certain elements in contemporary culture, and helped to narrow the divide between the commercial arts and the fine arts.

Pop Art: Yokihi in Milk Carton (Black) has ran out of stock now but you may consider the off-white version.

Pop Art: Yokihi in Ice Cream (Blue)

Which ones do you like on me and which do you think would dress well on you? Oh stop THINKING and start making appointments for a fitting yourself!

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I would like to send my heartfelt thanks to Ruth and Aunty Janet for being so warm during my visit. They offered to play with Faye, carried her, took photos of us and even sent us off to car with my barang-barangs. Faye arrived like Cinderella, losing one side of her Heirloom Moccasins. Aunty Janet was so kind to do a track back on my path, checked both lifts and even informed the janitor to look out for a baby shoe if she saw one on the floor. This is the reason why Lark and Peony does not have a shopfront. They want to preserve this personal touch to our shopping experience with them.

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Discount: MyBabyGift Premium Hampers

Our dearest friend had finally delivered two beautiful girls called Charlie and Chelsea. They are sisters and they are twins! Oh what a whole lot of fun and mischief these two will conjure – ganging up on their big brother and driving everyone crazy at their cuteness in shopping malls. Congratulations Tiffany and Bikai to their new happy family!
The twins deserve nothing less than a personalised hamper. Embroidered names on their bibs, bodysuits and blankets. Honestly, this is for the sake of grandparents, relatives and friends who could yet differentiate them! Perfect gift in my opinion for a pair of look-a-likes. 
MyBabyGift Premium Hampers are beautifully presented on delivery in their signature grey and blue striped gift boxes. They are tied in either baby-blue or baby-pink satin quality ribbon with a greeting tag depending on the gender of your new-born. The items inside the hamper are also carefully wrapped in matching quality ribbons presenting the baby’s name when opening the box. It did make me go “wow” when I opened the package. Added into the hampers for the young ladies were 2 soft bunny blanket toys which added a sweet touch to the gifts.

They also carry leading baby brands such as Petit Bateau, Sophie the Giraffe, aden + anais, Gaia, Jelly Cat, Pepite pour Enfantes to add into your gift boxes. Which is an impressive tie-up don’t you think? What astonished me most was the turnaround time for delivery! I received these hampers the very next day! The only reason they could produce and pack so quickly is, MyBabyGift Premium Hampers are dispatched from Singapore. This is perfect for gifting new-borns in the hospitals even before they are discharged.

They currently deliver hampers to Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, S. Korea, Singapore and Thailand. Should you have friends popping babies this year, you could order your gift from MyBabyGift Premium Hampers and have it shipped free of charge to the above countries! The price of each hamper includes all standard international delivery costs.

There are 15 different choices of hampers to choose from with themes like My Sweet Dreams hamper which includes personalised baby’s pillow and blanket or The Baby and Mummy hamper which caters to the needs of both mother and child. Because this is a personalised gift, you may even choose the Create Your Own hamper to bring your gift up to another level!

I cannot wait to see Charlie and Chelsea fit into their bodysuits and bibs!

The kind folks at MyBabyGift Premium Hampers has also generated a discount code for your shopping pleasure! Take $10 off your orders with 

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Valid till 30 June 2015

Note that the discount code applies to purchases made in the Singapore Website only.

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Ewan on a Balancing Act

I had been thinking about riding. Riding a bicycle that is. In our time, we learnt how to ride a bicycle with training wheels. Four wheels to a bicycle will surely keep us in balance. They were later removed when our dads thought we were ready to take falls. That could be mmmmm 5 years of age? Maybe 6? When that happens, a few things might result from it:
– we fall and rise again, several times before we succeed
– we get frightened of cuts and bruises from the falls
– we cannot accept failure and stop trying
We introduced swimming to Ewan without aids. No waist or arm floats as we believe skills should be taught as they are. If the final outcome of a swimming lesson is to swim independently without floats, then we should start as such. It might take more than a couple of tries to remove the float a child had been dependant on when we think they are old enough to do without. Even when we do, they might need to reinstate water confidence all over again.
So, should we shove him a bicycle and let him figure it out himself?
I did my fair share of research trawling the internet and talking to cycling friends. To learn to bike, two problems must be solved: Pedalling and Balance. Ewan has been pedalling on all sorts of cars and tricycles. His next task is to work on that balancing act. A burning question: Is a 2.5 year old ready for cycling? Watching Ewan handle his ball games so well and showing no signs of water resistance in the pool, I thought he could be ready to own a bicycle of his own. He has a good sense of coordination and the athlete in him could push him to greater heights in the Sports department. 
Then one December day, my father called and told me, “Hey May. Can you look for a balance bike for Ewan? I’d like to buy it for him this Christmas.”
So there, I went out hunting for balance bikes. You know? Those two-wheeler pedalless ones? Besides its practicality and functionality, I would also prefer a good-looking ride. One that is timeless which can be deemed vintage 30 years later. *cough cough* The Garang-Guni in me starts talking.

I liked the wooden body and shapely 12″ inch 5-spoke wheels. Daddy was impressed with its high quality retro saddle with Rebel Kidz Embroidery. It weights 2.9 kg which allows a 2 year old child to carry and handle it with ease. It comes in a box like this and is 85% pre-assembled. Note that you will have to install the fork, front wheel and handlebars. The final assembly takes about 10 minutes no more. Easy.

I found Rebel Kidz from Sunkiss Babies. It is hands down the coolest bike around (from the list of balance bicycles I’ve found). The Rebel Kidz wooden runner bikes are lightweight and feature an adjustable seat and handlebar. Which means, it will “grow” together with Ewan as he grows taller. Balance bikes promises a very easy transition to a pedal bicycle without the need for training wheels. I believe so. That is why Ewan owns one Rebel Kidz Le Mans Bike today.

We took it out for his first ride on January First in Botanic Gardens. We made sure he brought his matching Le Mans helmet along in case he bumped his head. I was excited to watch what comes out of this session. Will he throw the bike in anger when he fails to balance or will he keep on trying till he makes some kind of headway with his new toy?

Ewan did throw a fit when he couldn’t figure the bike out and yes, he threw the bike on the ground and wailed. After a few encouragements from his father, grandfather and Pat, he picked up speed, lifted both legs and glided. His eyes sparkled with pride and it gave him a huge boost in confidence when we went “Oh WOW Ewan! Great Work!” Thereafter, whenever he manoeuvred around us, he would make sure our eyes were on him. If we weren’t, he would go, “Look Daddy Look! I Did It!”

His first day was a success. I would say that lift off the ground for 1 second was a big ego booster. His second day out with daddy and his bike made him even more confident than before. We are eager to see him transit to a proper bicycle by Christmas this year!

So what are we going to do with this $180 balance bike? It will be pass on to Faye and then Mommy will be keeping it forever! It will be such a classic number for a home decor. I shall sit on my rocking chair and reminisce the days my children were small. Remembering that proud smile on their faces when they made their first ride.

Sunkiss Babies are selling these matching helmets and bikes on the website with free delivery within Singapore. Unfortunately, they have only the Flames and Butterfly left in stock. Ewan’s blue Le Mans are no longer available on the website but you may be able to find the lasts of it at Kids Walk in Tanglin Mall or Great World City.

Ewan is 90cm tall at 2.5 years of age. When he sits on the Rebel Kidz bike (with the lower seat setting), he could touch the ground comfortably with both feet. If you are still thinking about the balance bike, stop procrastinating! Give it a try tomorrow!

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Terrific Thirty-Three

I remember lamenting about having a January First birthday when I was little. It meant, No-Celebrations-in-School-with-Classmates! I liked big celebrations with friends and quiet birthdays with adults were boring. Then again, my parents were amazing. They threw me yearly home parties that left me with big hauls of presents each time. I was a very lucky girl growing up. An ignorant one though because the importance of friends unfailingly overwrite the importance of parents. Doesn’t that sound instinctively familiar for a rebellious teenager?
As I become a parent myself, I give thanks to the opportunity to celebrate my birthdays with my family. Unfortunately, I cannot share my gratitude towards my mother for giving birth to me on New Year’s Day. I want to hear all about her birthing process but she is no longer here to tell me how frightening it had been. I remember brief outlines of how I was born but after going through it twice myself, I would like to know the details of her experience. I want to tell her I finally understood how much love a mother could give to her child. I owe 33 years of my life to her. Hey Dad! You played a part too I know but erm… don’t be jealous ya? Talking about how I can finally relate to Mommy and all her controlling antics. It is all out of love
We woke up to a beautiful breezy morning on New Year’s Day and had brunch at Halia, Botanic Gardens. It was recently revamped and looking all sophisticated in the midst of a ginger garden. I enjoyed the company of my dad and Pat. They are crazy over Ewan and would take him home every day if they could. Joy of being grandparents we will understand only after we become one ourselves. I must admit though he is one cool tot to hang around with. They do say the darndest things.

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! 

I love beautiful setups. Lush floral, romantic chandeliers, a jazzy song in the background and polished silverwares make my day. Clearly, the food has got to be of a certain grade as well. We had high-tea at The Clifford Pier in Fullerton Bay Hotel. The notion that we will be dining on that exact grounds where hopeful immigrants arrived in Singapore to settle down intrigues me. 1933 – some 82 years ago.

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.

Dinner was painstakingly prepared by my mother-in-law. Every good cook has their place in the kitchen. It probably wasn’t that difficult a task for her to put together this birthday dinner but for a non-cook like me, it meant a lot. Steamboats are my least favourite but what’s on the table isn’t as important as the people sitting around it. The Yeo grandparents are heaven-sent. They put everyone of us before themselves, all the time. My mother-in-law always makes sure we have food on the table. She will cook at least one dish to satisfy each of us. The father-in-law doesn’t take meat, the brothers love meat, I do not take spicy and the children themselves have different preferences in food. What a tough job!

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!

I enjoyed this birthday more than the last. I had personal time with my husband, I dined with my friends, sang to my heart’s content, own two beautiful children and even celebrated two meals with the maternal and paternal grandparents. It was … Wholesome. I had  a Terrific Thirty-Third birthday.


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Rounding Up 2014

This has got to be the most eventful year. We’ve got the biggest milestones nailed with several little ones from the children. We rode through the toughest blizzards and celebrated the most gleeful moments. The stones we’ve peppered along our 2014 road could easily see us to Tokyo! 
Looking back at the year, I cannot help but express admiration for our remarkable resilience as a family. We bounced back rather quickly from difficulties and took on new [curve-ball] tasks at stride.

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” ― Charles Darwin

Our Year in a Glance

Ewan entered Pre-School | We Moved House | Pregnancy House [Hospital] Arrest | Married for 9 yearsFather and Son Tattoo | Birth of Faye | HFMD | Court Hearing | Singapore Blog Awards 2014 | New Car, Sad DadGrandpa Re-Marries | Celebrated Christmas after a 3 Year Hiatus | Pay it Forward
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January 2014 – It wasn’t part of our plan to have Ewan enrolled into pre-school at 19 months old. If we could hold back school for as long as possible, we would. As it was not part of the plan, I felt challenged to send him away. However, circumstances did not allow me to give Ewan as much attention as I could have. We decided school would be the saving grace. Saving him from boredom at home and me from fainting at his feet. I was pregnant with Faye – nauseating, feeling lethargic and so very drained. Going to school for the first time is a big episode! At least for me it was! To think I went to school only at four years old.

This new arrangement seemed to work pretty well after reality set in for mother and son. I enjoyed putting my feet up for half a day, connecting with baby Faye and indulging in Celine Dion’s Miracle in the background. Ewan, he came home with new social and developmental skills, was eager to go to school every morning and spoke fondly of his teachers. As for the daddy, he can finally set his mind at ease knowing I wasn’t overworked from running after Ewan. Guess who adapted the quickest? Our Little Ewan. He took 10 days to settle into his new environment and routine while I probably took a couple more days to let him go without feeling guilt-strickend.

[Blogged on Jan 12, 2014 – Kickstart 2014 with a Milestone]

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February 2014 – As much as I didn’t want Ewan to go to school, I couldn’t accept the fact that we will need to move to a bigger house to accommodate Faye when she arrives. We’ve been married for 9 years and moved 3 times. I felt like an expatriate with no expatriate’s monetary benefits. It’s irritating really. People (my husband included) don’t quite understand what’s the big fuss about moving. But hey! It is ranked pretty high on the scale of stress indicators. I was in denial when he broached the subject. I dodged it for as long as I could but we still moved. Even though I needn’t lay a finger over the physical move, it was still a demanding task just by thinking about it. With a pregnant belly and in a hormonal imbalance state, I was so close to seeking help from a counsellor. My head was bursting from anxiety! I dread change. It throws me out of line and adjusting to new living quarters is a sizeable change. Moving is usually an exciting event but really? Not when you are exhausted and just got attuned to a lifestyle with your baby off to school.

Oh well. We made it happen and I got preoccupied with the redecorating of the children’s bedrooms and our extensive patio. They were the only reasons we moved – More Space.

Reminder: “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” ― Charles Darwin

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April 2014 – When we were finally all accustomed to our new lifestyle and awaiting for the next big thing, I was shoved into a hospital after a regular gynae’s check. Little did we know this admission had me admitted for ONE MONTH until Faye was born. April 17th to May 17th. It had to be so perfect when it comes to numbers with this daughter. It was a preemie scare for us all with almost no amniotic fluid left to keep Faye in safely. Every day in the hospital was a torture because:

– I was not allowed to leave the bed
– toilet visits were on bed pans
– I had to sleep in an inclined position for a prolonged period of time
– which gave me aches everywhere
– I couldn’t see my son and husband
– my IV drip had to be changed every 3 days
– which meant my hands were poked 10 times for 30 days
– my buttocks were jabbed twice daily to control contractions
– those ctg monitoring are extremely uncomfortable
– I could not sleep properly for a month

I was tormented! Not to mention how trying it was for Meyer too as he shuffled between work, home and hospital. Before he could even recover from all the house-moving, he was thrown into the deep.  That said, we are full of gratitude to so many people who stepped up and gave us a lending hand whenever we needed. Our parents, our extended families, Ewan’s teachers, my gal pals, the nurses and my incredible doctor, Maurine Tsakok. If not for her decisiveness and experience, I wouldn’t dare imagine what life might be like now. No one doctor I know would have dared administered anti-contraction jabs, patch and oral medicine on top of a 24-hour IV drip to keep Faye in. Not to mention, deliver a breeched baby vaginally even though Ewan was born C-sectioned.

[Blogged on April 17, 2014 – Preemie Scare]

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May 2014 – We celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary in the hospital. My oh my, we’ve clocked 9 years in a flash. I was 25 when we vowed, “Till Death Do Us Part” on First of May. Our vows centred around our promises to one another with unwavering love. As the years passed, I shamefully admit that I became the self-centred partner who took for granted the comfortable life he had given me. After having children, we became his responsibilities to be loved and cared for and in exchange for that, he gave up his personal time and space. I couldn’t ask for more (erm.. maybe less aggressive when you get mad dear). I am penning this down to serve as a reminder that I need to be mindful about how I care for our marriage and family. As we move on to a new chapter in our lives, as a wife and stay at home mother, I should

– be more Frugal
– complain Less so he needs to Fix Less
– put my Husband First
– speak his Love Language
– keep the house as messy as its current state when he returns from work (inside joke)

Marriage vows should be renewed for these reasons. Happy 9th Anniversary and many more.

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May 2014 – When Meyer first tattooed Ewan‘s name on his arm, I questioned his decision repeatedly. It is permanent and not something you can regret after. His reply was simple, “My son is my blood. He is forever. What’s there to regret?” and so he went on with Faye on the other arm. So Mommy had to ask, “How about me?”

Daddy surprised me in the hospital (ya, we celebrated quite a few occasions in the hospital) with a masculine I Love Mum tattoo on Ewan’s arm! It was the sweetest Mother’s Day gift from the boys! No pain was instilled in the making. Crayola Washable Markers were used on Ewan.

[Blogged on 11 May, 2014 – Ewan, Faye and the Eleventh of May]

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May 2014 – Faye was born! Sweet darling, you were born and you complete me. There is no need to express in words the total euphoria of your birth. It is indescribable. 

[Blogged on May 19, 2014 – No Longer Pregnant]
May 2014 – Do you believe in that good begets good and suay-ness begets suay-ness? *hearty laughter* As if we hadn’t had enough challenges for the first half of 2014, Meyer and I contracted Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. It was the ultimate curveball of the year. We were home and serving my confinement notice when we both became infected with this infectious disease! Every day we dread the day Ewan will come home from school with HFMD. Yet, mommy and daddy were the ones that brought it home. Thankful to grandparents who took Ewan in, we were able to quarantine ourselves and keep him protected. Faye, however, was fully breastfed. We took all necessary precautions to ensure her safety as well.

This was also the period Meyer and I quarrelled the most. We were sick, worn-out, exasperated and easily irritable. Many door-slamming moments, tears and heartaches. Relieved that our confinement nanny was around to pep talk us behind closed doors. *haha* She was a gem.

[Blogged on June 12, 2014 – Adult HFMD]
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July 2014 – This is the most brainless, dumbest and time-wasting event of the year. We were summoned to court by two Indian expatriates for failing to get back their deposit after pulling out on the rental of our HDB flat. They had signed the papers and was stated clearly in black and white that deposit placed were non-refundable. Of course, it was the discretion of the landlords to supersede all contract terms and I’ve decided to go by the books. They felt that we were not being compassionate and sent us a letter to a court hearing. Thank goodness the judge agreed with us that they were as ridiculous as we thought they were! However, the countless times we had to return to Small Claims Tribunal Court, the paperwork put into the hearing, the time and energy spent troubling over this matter drained everyone involved out. What an unlucky streak of events for the year! Hospital and Court! Year of the Rooster needs a change of luck in 2015 boyz!

July 2014 – WooHoo! I received an email from the SBA team that A Million Little Echoes was selected as a finalist for Singapore Blog Awards 2014 Best Family Blog category! What an honour considering I started blogging only for a year as a Singapore Mom Blogger. It was indeed an encouragement to motivate more inspiring entries.

We had fun at the awards ceremony with the family. Me especially because I got to meet other mommy bloggers as well! I was finally able to put a face to the name. We were judged into the top 10 slots – 50 points for inspiring and entertaining content, 20 points for presentation and 70 points from the judges. Thereafter, the winner was chosen via online votes which constituted to 30% of our total score. Congratulations to Mum in the Making for clinching the 2014 Best Family Blog Award!

[Blogged on July 7, 2014 – Best Family Blog Finalist – Singapore Blog Awards 2014]

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September 2014 – Daddy dearest decided to give up his coupe for a family SUV. Head over Heart. It was probably the saddest decision he made this year. We used to own a SUV (for only a year) when Ewan was born. Meyer said, “I am a father now. I should at least drive a car which can transport monster strollers and big-item purchases.” We changed so many cars within 2013 and 2014, it sounds as if we were car dealers. From an Audi A4 (Sports) to a BMW X3 (SUV). Then he decided that one child does not need too much car space so we sold off the X3 for a BMW 335i (Coupe) to fulfil his need for speed. Since then, my husband’s been living a life he had always wanted. He tracked and tracked and tracked. Tracked till the coupe broke down (thrice!) and I refused to let him track no more. I want a husband and our children need their father! I cannot take the risk of losing him from racing unless he buys a first-hand track car. It is a pity he does not have extra cash to fund this hobby so it will have to wait a couple more years when we can afford a proper racing car and a second family car.

Alas! The poor husband agreed after much resistance. We went back to an SUV. A Volvo XC60 this time. I gave up my darling vintage beetle for the family too right? We are quits. I promise you, we will live your dreams when the children are older. You will track again.

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October 2014 – My father turned 60 and he re-married! Will you rejoice or will you reject? Naturally, it will be hard to swallow at the beginning but after thinking through, what is more important than the happiness of your loved ones. We are always harping on our lack of freedom as a teenager (and sometimes through our adulthood). We do not like it when our parents intrude. Nor do we want to live their lives for them. We want to Live our Life as we want it to be. Sometimes because of our Asian values, our wings are clipped from living away from our parents. It’s a filial piety thing. 

I believe it is no difference for our parents. They are our parents but they are also an individual. My father wanted to move on after my mother passed on and I should give him my blessings. This is his life and he has only one shot at it. What right have I to resist? And no matter what path he has chosen, he will always be my father. I, as a daughter, should know to respect that. As long as they are happy.

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December 2014 – We are finally celebrating Christmas! We took a three year hiatus from Christmas because:

2011 – Trimester One pregnancy blues with Ewan
2012 – Post-natal shag-ness from taking care of Ewan
2013 – Trimester One pregnancy blues with Faye

I swore to put up a Christmas tree this year and made sure it was one so outstanding, it will make everyone go WOW! Our 8ft live Christmas tree was bought to make up for the three years we had lost. If I could throw more than the two Christmas parties we did, I would! *haha* However, our weekends were so packed with other activities that we could only accommodate two.

This year, we added a new Christmas tradition to involve the children in counting down to the 25th of December. An advent calendar. It is a special calendar used to celebrate the days in anticipation of Christmas. I planned activities or gifts for the children and placed them in dated pockets. We took a boat ride down Singapore river, played memory games, finger-painted Christmas cards and many more! They were really fun activities that even I enjoyed! Well… I planned it so it’s obviously fun? I especially love Christmas mornings when the children enter the living room in their jammies and go Wow at the sight of Santa’s visit the night before. I love Christmas. Don’t you?

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To round the last day of 2014 up, we bought a New Year’s Banana Chocolate cake for the ground staff of our condominium. They were full of gratitude when they received it and it made their working atmosphere (the condominium’s dump site) more celebratory. Yup, I dropped the cake at the cleaner’s quarters where the dumpster was. What better way than to show our sincerity by hand-delivering a cake to their doorstep. They kept it so clean it doesn’t stink a wee bit. It was our way to say “We appreciate you” for keeping where we live safe and clean. I am so glad we made this decision to pay it forward.

Singapore Kindness Movement has a Kindness Drive going on right now! For every hashtag used in your social media share, a pack of Super NutreMill 3-in-1 Original Cereal will be donated to a needy family. Start hashtagging #NationOfKindness now and remember to set it to Public in Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Find out more Here.

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Stepping into 2015, we bring forth a brand new year! Happy Thirty-Third Birthday to me and my wish for the year is for a happier Meyer! As long as our pillar of strength is happy, so will we! We deserve a better year after all these storms in Twenty Fourteen but I am sure we will survive any storms as long as we know how to adapt to change.


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GIVEAWAY: KidsSTOP

EDIT 29.12.14: Congratulations Irene Fock and Cynthia Lau! You have both won yourselves a 2 adult and 2 children tickets each to KidsSTOP!

Rainy! This December had been exceptionally rainy and we are restricted to staying indoors for play. Regretfully, indoor playgrounds are not my favourite after Ewan fell terribly ill from one play. I had wanted to make a trip to KidsStop but was procrastinating the visit until Ewan was slightly older. I had this impression that a two year old would not be able to appreciate every exhibit thoroughly. Was I right about it? 

It had been a long time since I came across such kiddy-elaborated ticketing booth. There were at least 50 brightly-coloured thinking hats overhead and it attracted not only the children but the adults too. I felt young at heart again! While parents wait in line to purchase the tickets, they would be pleased to find a slide in the same holding area their children can play on.

The look on Ewan’s face was priceless when we entered the doors into the Omni Theatre building. He stood rooted to the ground with mouth wide open. I kid you not! He was spellbound by the architecture of this huge indoor Edu-tainment centre. We had to call out to him several times before he heard us. The next thing he said was, “I want to go in there!”

The moment we walked in, we embarked on an imaginary tour of discovery. The exhibits are categorised by zones: Imagination, Experience, Discover and Dream.

We spent most of our time at the Imagination zone. Children get to role-play as construction workers, archaeologists and finally know how it feels like to take charge of grocery shopping. We took a step back and observed Ewan as he transported himself into his self-made realms of fantasy and wonder. Although he knew the drills at the Building Environment and Supermarket, he had no idea what to do with those dino bones hidden underneath the earth (sand). He was filling the bucket full of sand and pouring it over the bones instead of discovering them. That too was a kind of play! His way of play.

The Experience zone is hidden right at the back, towards the left. Many visitors fail to visit this area because it is inconspicuous. So head that way if you want to watch the incubation of chicken eggs and direct your own animation films in a movie laboratory. I found this zone done up quite haphazardly. It shouts, “Hey! We still have space so how about just put more things together to fill the rooms.” Then again, that’s an adult point of view. My son enjoyed his time here and even returned to visit his feathered friends on the way out.

The Discover zone is where all the children are exposed to Science. Our children have a million questions that need answers to. Here, they will learn about their body, temperature, food chain and energy by engaging them through hands-on activities. Ewan got to match baby animals to their parents, rode in a rocket, look into a magnified mirror to find his facial features and brushed a dummy set of teeth with gigantic toothbrush. These were age-appropriate for him and it looks to me he was engrossed with these activities.

The last and most exciting zone of them all is the Dream zone. It features a two-story climbing structure which has hanging doors and flying fish which leads you right up to a music room. It looks so whimsical and I was tempted to do the climb myself! It was totally out of bounds for Ewan because he is too young. It has a minimum age of five years and above. Same as the Giant J where it teaches children what gravity means by experiencing the fall for themselves, Ewan could only watch on the side.

Even though we felt that KidsSTOP will be better appreciated by children five years and above, Ewan seemed to enjoy his two hour journey with them. He was reluctant to leave when we had to. However, to make your entry tickets worth every cent, we would still recommend KidsSTOP to older children who can fully enjoy all that it has to offer.

WHO WANTS TO ENTER FOR FREE!? 

Two Winners will walk away with 2 adult and 2 children tickets each to KidsSTOP
Steps to win the Facebook giveaway: 
1) like A Million Little Echoes Facebook page 
2) like KidsSTOP Facebook page 
4) like the Facebook post
3) leave your email address in the blogpost comment and pray to be picked!

Giveaway ends on 28 December 2014, 2359 hours and the winners will be announced on 29 December 2014 at A Million Little Echoes Facebook page. Remember to set your share to Public!

Address: 21 Jurong Town Hall, Omni Theatre Building
Opening Hours: Click Here
Admission Charges: Click Here
TIP: BRING SOCKS


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GIVEAWAY AND DISCOUNT: MommyGrabs

EDIT 22.12.14: Congratulations Adeline Yang! You have won yourself a Minnie Mouse Large Toy Storage Shelf! 

MommyGrabs.com is an online private sale store featuring daily deals of top quality brands for moms, babies and kids. It is a member-exclusive shopping club and your doorway to affordable designer products. Unlike other online retail stores which advertise sale event items for one to three days, MommyGrabs.com advertises sale event items for a month or more. It gives mommy procrastinators like me a chance to think about my purchases and still be in time to put in my order before the event closes.

When you join their Facebook page, you will be treated with FLASH DEALS that may last 2 to 6 hours and start as early as 6am. These kind of shopping can make a seemingly boring scroll through Facebook very thrilling!

ONGOING DEALS are all posted on the main page of MommyGrabs.com and they boost a wide range of products to cater to the needs of all mommies. There are products for maternity needs, new-borns, toddlers, tweens, teens and even moms who want to throw a pretty tea party over a playdate.

You can add all your shopping from different brands into your shopping cart and check out as a single order at a flat fee of S$7. To support confidence in shopping with MommyGrabs.com, they accept returns within 7 days of goods received in exchange for store credit. Items must not have been worn, soiled, washed or altered with original packaging, tags and documentation still intact. Any returns that do not meet these guidelines will not be accepted for return. Do note though that items indicated as FINAL SALE cannot be returned.

MommyGrabs.com wants to be part of a very Jolly Christmas this year and is giving away ONE LARGE TOY STORAGE SHELF worth S$299 to a lucky child!

Each storage shelf comes with 6 big boxes and 3 small boxes for storage as shown in the images below. There is a hook by the side to hang your bag and a writing whiteboard as well.

Measurements:
Weight – 13kg
Dimension – 104*30*104cm

Choice:
Mickey or Minnie Mouse

Steps to win the Facebook giveaway: 
1) like A Million Little Echoes Facebook page 
2) like MommyGrabs Facebook page 
3) register as a Member at MommyGrabs.com
4) comment in the Facebook blogpost with:

i. the email address you have registered under 

ii. include this sentence with your choice of storage shelf: “I think _______ will love to receive a Mickey/Minnie Toy Storage Shelf for Christmas because _______.”

iii. tag 3 friends along 


Giveaway ends on 21 December 2014, 2359 hours and the winner will be announced on 22 December 2014 at A Million Little Echoes Facebook page. 

The kind folks at MommyGrabs.com has also generated a discount code for your shopping pleasure! Don’t lose the code! Valid till 30th April 2015: 

Discount Code: MML10OFF 
10% off with minimum purchase of $20

Discount Code: MML15OFF 
15% off with minimum purchase of $100



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Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is Family-Focused

Legend:
Children Activities in RED
Adult Recreation in BLUE

KIDS FOR ALL SEASONS is open from 0900 to 1700 hours daily and welcomes children of all ages. Only to note that juniors under 4 years of age are to be parent-accompanied. There are daily activities for the older children we can sign them up for and mind you, they are not just boring indoor activities. Action-packed ones! Walk right up to their Kids’ Club, which they had aptly branded it to Kids for All Seasons, and be thrilled to find your children taken care of for the day with rock climbing and catamaran sailing. Let the children go while you reawaken to the Four Seasons magic between yourself and your other half.

To the left of the resort, couples will find a tranquil oasis to where they can unwind from the bustles in their lives. While you, the one coming for a family getaway, will find yourselves whisked away to the other part of the resort where Kids for All Seasons and the Family Pool sit. It makes perfect sense to be accommodated adjacent to where our children may find Fun at. The vivid murals, overhanging traditional kites, bright ball pit and interactive playground attracted not only Ewan but me as well!
I was eager to work on a BATIK PAINTING when I saw the studio at Kids for All Seasons. While Ewan was determined to figure it out on his own, I find it hard to refrain myself from lending him a hand. As he dotted the paint in (mostly greens), I wanted so much to colour in the parts with colours I wanted! The novelty of doing a Malayan traditional art and craft is too compelling. I wanted to have the rights to walk into Kids for All Seasons to play to my hearts’ content as well.

Batik painting was not recommended for children below four years of age because they do not have the stability and technique to hold a paint brush correctly. Needless to say, a delicate artwork that required patience. It was a privilege for two-year-old Ewan to have a go at it. Art has no rules; that’s what makes it art. I admire with pride Ewan’s work of art. 

The PLAYGROUND at Kids for All Seasons is neither small nor large. It is a great size for a group of eight to fully utilise it without clashing into one another. I liked it that it boosts creativity with its wobbly bridge, “treehouse”, climbers, slide and a wooden swing. It has been a while since we frolicked a playground filled with sand. Our playgrounds of yesteryears are now replaced by rubber mats. It felt different, for me at least, that we are at one that is made out of wood instead of plastic with a whole lot of sand to dig our toes into.

As our children are not of age to be put independently at Kids for All Seasons, Four Seasons Resort has the option of family excursions and activities. We did everything as a whole and although it was exhausting (I kid you not with very little ones), the experiences were unique on its own. Many of which were our firsts even as adults!

The itinerary planned for us was a well-rounded one. It not only encompassed activities that would make Ewan go wild, there were adult recreations for mommy and daddy as well. They wait no longer than the first day to show us how we could enjoy the best of both worlds at the Four Seasons Resort. After we ran down the beach to FLY OUR FIRST KITE as a family, we were buggy-ed off to Rhu Bar for EVENING COCKTAILS to catch the sunset.

There is no schedule to kite-flying. If you felt like flying a kite any time, just let the staff know and they will hand you one for a fun time on the beach. There are different sizes to suit different kids. The younger ones would get smaller, manageable-sized kites while the older ones have the privilege to try those large impressionable ones.

To be honest, I was there at Rhu Bar to quench my thirst. It was hard to catch the sun setting while we kept a watchful eye on the children. In a split second, the sun went behind the mountains. Nevertheless, the ambience was an unforgettable one. You should never give sunset cocktails a miss.

We made sure we timed ourselves well for breakfast so as not to miss the morning PONY RIDES outside Serai restaurant. These are scheduled daily at 1000 hours for 30 minutes. If you missed it because you slept in or met with an unfortunate downpour, you would have to wait till tomorrow. There will always be two ponies on site to cater to more than one child. In fact, they are two different sized ponies in case a parent decided to join in the fun which we did!

I expected a reluctant Ewan but he showed enthusiasm mounting the pony. His first! The boys did a few rounds with their ever-smiling guides. They made me felt very comfortable leaving Ewan in their good hands without having to chase after him with my hands open wide lest he falls. We were lucky to experience this newly-added land activity. Of course, if you are a seasoned rider and would love to bring a horse out cantering alongside the crashing waves, you are welcomed to make a booking for it.  We are just happy to ride the complimentary ones at 1000 hours outside Serai.

It seemed like this holiday marked a whole lot of Firsts for the family! It was Faye’s first swim in the FAMILY POOL. She was hesitant and insecure, especially when she could not recognise her daddy behind those dark sunglasses. After soaking in the cheerful atmosphere of children splashing around in euphoric giggles, she started to feel a lot more settled in the wading pool. Shortly after, we moved to the main part of the pool for those thunder-thigh kicks.

The family pool overlooks the beach and the Andaman Sea. Four pools in one, its unique design incorporates different areas and depths for maximum privacy and safety for all ages, alongside waterfalls, fountains and underwater jets.

Every morning was fun-filled to the brim, we anticipated 3-hour naps from the children in the afternoon. With that, mommy and daddy sneaked out for a 120 minute SPA SESSION each on two separate days. The Four Seasons team were optimistic about having us in for their couple’s retreat, leaving behind our toddler and baby in the care of their babysitters. As much as we would like to give Raja & Ratu a try, we thought it would be less stressful on every one if we took our turns on separate days to watch the kids.

Raja & Ratu (King & Queen) is a 120 minute designed for couples to experience together. This ritual focuses on three specific chakras – sacral, heart and crown – to maximise emotional and sexual connection, love and universal blessing. Exquisite oils of mawar (the oil of love), bunga limau (bliss) and bunga melur (for stimulating the flow of love) result in a beautiful union of mind, body and spirit. This journey of love concludes with a traditional blessing ceremony.

Regretfully, it is a ritual that needs to be done as a couple. So, we had to give it a miss and experience an individual treatment from The Geo Spa instead. Spas after Spas after Spas I had patronised but none like what I experienced at Four Seasons Resort. As if I was hypnotised, I fell into a sleep so serene I woke up felling invigorated. The kneads and gentle touches from my therapist took all my tensions away. It was then that I realised that I much needed this break from the daily routines at home. It felt like a dream.

Mommy’s Geo Spa Experience includes a massage and a facial.

URUT MELAYU | Long, rhythmic strokes, kneading and the use of grounding oils epitomise the urut technique, used by Malays for generations to relieve tension, release endorphins and lull stressed bodies and minds into peaceful slumber.

ANANDA FACE THERAPY | Meaning “divine bliss” in Sanskrit, this delicate yet nourishing treatment uses purest ayer mawar, an essential oil that is deeply regenerative for both body and mind. Gentle connection with specific energy points removes tension and toxins, opening the energy centres of the face and working with the body’s blissful higher energy to restore inner harmony and glowing skin.

Daddy’s Geo Spa Experience, the MASCULINE VIGOUR AND VITALITY is a ritual that uses powerful indigenous herbs and targeted techniques to strengthen and boost male vigour and virility. Purification with kemenyan smudging is followed by an invigorating scrub, a steam and a deep tissue Keringanan Massage using tongkat ali oil, an indigenous testosterone-enhancing herb known to promote masculine energy. Strengthening shilajit, cedarwood, akar wangi and chendana support the process, while kidney packs and a tongkat ali and fresh ginseng cell wrap intensify healing blood flow to the body’s centre of reproductive control.

There are six “floating” spa pavilions flanked by towering limestone cliffs. The dramatic spa complex draws on an abundance of natural resources long revered by Langkawians for their healing benefits. It reconnects guests to the Geopark’s natural heritage. To the left of the spa, we will be treated with pavilions situated in the setting of lush rainforests. To the right, pavilions give out an earthly aura with ancient rock formations as its backdrop.  The Geo Spa experience is always unique, depending on each therapist and pavilion.

Now tell me. Have you heard of any Spas that welcome children? This one does! FAMILY “KELUARGA” RITUAL is a family bonding Geo Spa treatment! A nurturing and unifying ritual for parents and children that is both beneficial and fun, comprising a salt scrub, mud wrap, cleansing bath, crystal massage and special celebration of togetherness. I am more than pleased to find out that children are always treated as guests, even at their spa.

With all these pampering we received, we got more energetic by the day. These action-packed activities are catered to older children and they were uncertain [as much as we were] if Ewan would want to have a go at ARCHERY, ROCK CLIMBING AND JET-SKI. Despite that, they still planned it into our stay for the experience. Even if Ewan backed out, daddy could have some great fun as well.

Within the resort lies a quiet bend into a canopy of luscious greenery that they had transformed into an archery range and rock climbing site. Azmani, our archery and rock-climbing instructor, took us by a buggy to scale an impressive 12-metre limestone cliff and a hit bulls-eyes onto the target. Not as simple as it sounds!

The archery range enables beginners and intermediates alike to shoot with a recurved longbow and a full-sized target board. Azmani guided both Ewan and daddy to a quick game of a dozen arrows. At an impressionable age of two, it is not easy to keep Ewan’s attention for too long so everything we do, it needs to be engaging and accelerated. He was intrigued by the colourful arrows and could not stop playing with them. When it came his turn, Azmani took him right in front of the target board and showed him how to hold, aim and shoot! It must had been a pretty amazing experience for him.

Located at the same site sits a limestone outcrop with four different levels to suit varying abilities. A brief walk across the cliff followed by a thrilling abseil back to terra firma completes this unique two-hour experience. Ewan could not try this because the harness was too large for him. Children as young as five can become intrepid jungle explorers during mini rock-climbing and abseiling activities, scrambling up and down heights of up to five metres under the watchful eye of highly experienced staff. Azmani allowed daddy to choose his “level” and guess what he chose! The Kids’ Level! *hahhaha* Oh well, I cannot blame that big strong man can I? It was his first try at rock-climbing. First step, second step, *OUCH* his knee was scrapped! Ewan supervised the climb as though he was worried for his father’s safety and deserved an award as Best Supporter. When Meyer finally came down, Ewan gave him his loudest applause with a “YAY!”.

Then the son said, “Daddy I want to climb too!”

WATER SPORTS is a Must-Do if you are going on a beach holiday. It was also our first try on the Jet-Ski. We prepared Ewan for the ride on land, bringing him to the water-sports hut where all the vehicles and gears were kept. He pretend-played on the stationary jet-ski, climbing all over it and holding onto the handles as if he was really riding it. When daddy was ready to hit the waters, Ewan screeched with delight that he was allowed to follow. He watched intently as the jet ski was brought down the beach and into the crashing waves; took precautionary steps into the sea and grabbed onto the handle bars really tightly. I photographed the father and son duo as they jet off further away from me. I thought to myself how brave my toddler was and he impressed me time and time again this holiday with all the new sport he was willing to try.

I could not stop laughing when daddy came back saying, “Your son kept telling me to slow down and when I am only riding at 30km/hr! I’m leaving him here with you and heading out myself. Ciao!”

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is located in Southeast Asia’s first UNESCO Geopark, home to ancient rock formations, mysterious mangroves, precipitous rainforest and endless beaches. Backed by towering cliffs and flourishing rainforest, is beach is just a short boat ride from the world-renowned mangroves of the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, offering incredible up-close encounters with monkeys, eagles, mudfish, bats and fiddler crabs. We even saw a snake resting on a branch at arms’ length. It was an eye-opener for us. What more did it meant for a boy like Ewan. The MANGROVE AND EAGLE SAFARI was an educational trip for the family. It is the highlight of many a family vacation.

A conversation daddy held with Ewan over ice-cream by Boat Quay in Singapore showed us how this boat trip had left a mark on him.

Daddy: Look at the boats Ewan!
Ewan: Where are the eagles daddy?

We took a five days four nights vacation to Four Seasons Resort in Langkawi. If we had one more day, we would explore Langkawi’s rural landscape by bicycle for a unique glimpse into the local kampong life on a guided tour and probably join the Asian Cooking Class & Junior Masterchef programme for a cook-out.

There are kid-specific, adult-only and family-friendly activities all within one resort. As they would call it, a multifaceted family fun resort. They did it for us and we are sure they will for you.

Four Seasons Resort, Langkawi
Web: http://www.fourseasons.com/langkawi
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FourSeasonsResortLangkawi
Instagram: @fslangkawi

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GIVEAWAY: A.Muse Christmas Party Pack

EDIT 16.12.14: Congratulations WenTing Chiam (Facebook winner) and Jamie Chaw (Instagram winner)! You have both won yourselves a Christmas Party Package each from A.Muse!

A.Muse puts the fun into party planning, and makes every party AWESOME! Their customized products are conveniently themed and packaged for easy selection, catering to every event and occasion.


After my first experience with A.Muse‘s National Day party package this year, I decided that they shall deck all my festive parties from hereon. I loved the Singlish banter and originality the artist created in the National Day package. It made me smile from the inside that we are celebrating Singapore’s birthday as how it should be! Celebrating our roots with words only we Singaporeans are familiar with. Needless to say, Red and White was the colour theme to every sticker, invitation card and bunting. Topping a cupcake with a “Hor Jiak!” flag made the sweet treat even more delectable. The set up was a hit with the children! I, the perfectionist mother, was on my toes the whole time worrying about them messing up my dessert table. *haha* but I’ve also learnt to Let It Go. 





We had the privilege to hang up a specially created backdrop for our rendezvous that became the photo booth for the evening! The material used to print this backdrop is durable and sturdy with metal rings inset at the top corners to hang it from the ceiling. However, we chose to use two glass suction hooks (easily available at any hardware store) onto our patio’s sliding door and hung it up against it making it a more convenient set up and tear down process. This photo booth backdrop is not included in the package but you are most welcome to have one specially designed for your event.


Buntings add an sweet touch to a party venue. If you run out of ideas to a dessert table set up, just put up a bunting and wa la! It prettifies the table immediately. A.Muse‘s buntings are one of the best quality triangles I’ve ever come across. They are weather-proof! Their homegrown designers work with local suppliers to create products that are 100% Made in Singapore, ensuring the utmost quality for us. Because my parties are held mainly in my patio, I cannot take paper or cloth buntings that may discolour or wrinkle after a downpour. I put the bunting to the test for a week’s worth of hard rain and shine. The Reds stayed crimson, the flags did not crumple, there was no discolouration and I have a bunting I can use for next year’s National Day party! They proved themselves worthy of my money.



May I entice you on what they have in store for the upcoming holiday cheers? Each Christmas Party Package include 16 items: a set of 14 flags, 10 invitation cares and envelopes, a set of table poster with frame, 10 favour treat bags,  8 food tent cards, 9 cupcake toppers, 12 food flags, 15 name tags, 10 bottle stickers, 10 plates, 10 cups, 10 straws, 20 serviettes, 1 marker, 2 12″ pom poms and an 8″ pom pom.

There! You have your entire Christmas party covered! There is no need to live with boring white serviettes and paper plates anymore. Matching coloured disposal utensils will cheer up the Christmas table and aid with clean up after the party. We don’t have to spend thousands of dollars just to create a home party that will make it look as though we’ve hired an event planner for it!



Two Wins! Each winner will walk away with one comprehensive Christmas party package worth S$180 from A.Muse

One winner will be chosen from Instagram and another from the Facebook contest. Read carefully the instructions to win!

To the Instagrammers, check us out at @mmlittlee to find out more!

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Steps to win the Facebook giveaway: 
1) like A Million Little Echoes Facebook page 
2) like A.Muse Facebook page 
3) like and share the blogpost with “I want to throw a party with A.Muse this Christmas!”
4) leave your name and email address in the comment box below

Giveaway ends on 14 December 2014, 2359 hours and the winner will be announced on 15 December 2014 at A Million Little Echoes Facebook page. Remember to set your share to Public!

For those who cannot wait, these party packages are available for purchase at A.Muse website.

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