Monday, January 15

Hello, Spring?


Oh my word, we just experienced the loveliest weekend in Singapore. Mid 20s temprature. Drizzly, breezy and slightly chilly. This is the dream, I tell you. 

Tuesday, January 9

Retirement Dreams Are Made of These


When I grow up old, I want to be a florist.

Recently, I used up my SkillsFuture credit and took floral arrangement classes at this little shop of flowers called Bloomers & Makers. I think KW is lucky he doesn't have to get me flowers since I get more satisfaction from creating my own bouquets.

Friday, January 5

Love You To The Moon & Beyond




 That face!

3 years ago, we welcomed this little boy 3 weeks unexpected early. Today, Lucas turns 3 with the cake of his planetary dreams.

Lucas, you would never imagine how you changed our lives. Mama, Papa and Kor Kor love you very much!

Monday, January 1

New Year Eve Weekend

Hello, hope everyone is having an awesome start to their year! We had ourselves a rather eventful New Year Eve weekend. I'm not quite ready to head back to work/reality/#life tomorrow, but I'm sure I will be fine once we get there.

On Saturday, we celebrated my cousin Andrea and Kenneth's wedding at The Summerhouse. As you might already know, I LOVE attending weddings - it's the combination of getting dressed up, attending a party where people are generally on good behaviour and the unbashed gushing of love.

It was a sweet and fun event, and if you saw my instagram, you would have seen a blast from my past - Jack and Rai who performed live. Super awesome to watch them live without having to fend off crowds and Russell was enthralled by the dymanic duo.

 
 

On New Year Eve, we went to our family friend's place and you can alway count on Auntie CM and Uncle PG to throw an amazing party. The food, entertainment and door gifts... it's always a treat to be invited over. 

As Lucas turns three in a few days, we brought a 5-eyed monster cake to celebrate with everyone. For whatever reason, Lucas and Russell were totally in love with the monster cake when they saw it on the internet and I was super glad it turned out so well too. Kudos to Kushu Cakes for the delicious treat!


May your 2018 be the best year just yet!

Sunday, December 31

2017, it's been a good year

To totally re-phrase Heidi Klum's signature line, one day you are up, another you are a crumbling mess. 2017 has been amazing and a whirlwind of emotions. Of course, there were many times I was morbidly frustrated and demanding, and I have said and done things I'm not proud of. However, in such times, the most important thing is to be kind to yourself. I feel one of the biggest lessons I was learnt this year was how to mother myself. It's not about mollycoddling or giving into your ways, but recognising the less than desirable traits of myself and situations and from there, accepting that it's part of one's growth journey.

Now whenever I think of the year in retrospect, I always think of the time with the people who mean the most to us. Here are my top moments from 2017: 


Fukuoka in Spring: Travelling with the boys is a huge thing for me as I travelled frequently with my parents throughout my childhood and singlehood, and the time spent is truly invaluable. This year, we went to Fukuoka for the first time and we had a wonderful time. Ain’t Japan always lovely? I’m trying to stay away from annual trips as there are so many more places to discover and it’s just so darn hard to stay away. Besides, we have never been to Hokkaido and it’s just calling out to us, or maybe just me.


California in Summer: We also went to California this year to visit my brother-in-law and his family. I guess this trip is particularly meaningful for several reasons – we had a terrible first trip 4 years back which really put us off from making another trip – but this trip was the trip that righted the wrong. KW gets to catch up with his elder brother and only sibling, the boys get to hang out with their cousins and we had an amazing time just being away from it all. Trips to California will probably be a bi-annual trip – one that we whole-heartedly embrace.

Our photography session with Anna: Getting a professional photographer might seem kitschy or pretentious, but I'm super glad we got Anna Wu to help capture some lovely memories of the entire family when we were in California. [Link to Anna's blog]


Russell’s 5th Birthday: And just like that, our first born turned 5. We celebrated his love and obsession for atlas maps and country flags with an adventure theme party. 5 years old with a relentless thirst for knowledge.Crazy times! This Sunday, we will be celebrating Lucas’ birthday on New Year Eve no less.


Being married for 6 years: Maybe this is KW's claim to fame. I'm not an easy person to deal with and he's stuck with by me.  We celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary at the ever amazing Odette.


Watching Lucas become a little human with huge personality: To be honest, our second born was always a space cadet - easy going and pretty much in his own little world. These days, he’s been expressing his preferences and even more assertively, HIS DISDAIN for our poor decisions and lack of thought. #threenager


Reindeer baking with Russell: The boy’s love for deers (since our trip to Nara) is truly en-deer-ing! I knew baking baking cupcakes would totally be up his alley and his joy is infectious.


Brotherhood game is strong: The boys are well and happy – sometimes, that’s all that really matters. The boys are each other’s biggest fan though the squabbles grow with age. We are waist-deep in toddlerdom (best age ever!) and lapping up all the lovey-dovey-ness that comes with its fair share of tantrums. 

Settling into my new job: 2017 started out with a bang loud enough – I changed jobs and am liking it so far *crosses fingers* I don’t really talk about work here as there is a line drawn between my professional and personal life, and I would really like to preserve my blog for my personal life. But I’ll say I’m up for more in 2018 so we will see how to make that happen.

There is so much to be thankful for, I need to really be present and grateful. I'm not quite sure what 2018 would bring but I sure am looking forward to it. See you all next year!

Wednesday, December 27

Koji Sushi Bar, Pickering Street


Salmon & roe atop mixed grain rice
Wowza!!!

Monday, December 18

Xmas at 76 2017

And it’s a wrap!

We did our Christmas shebang last weekend, intentionally a little earlier to space out the festivities. It's alot of working planning and making food for 30 people, but our Christmas parties have been a ritual we have come to take alot of pride in. There is just something about party planning that I absolutely love. I think it's really a creative outlet for me and once the party is done, I'm thinking about the next.

On top of that, KW and I are considered introverts, so these occasions are really special for us because the people we have over are special to us and have been with us along the way for so many years. 

 
Open bar


Say Cheese

 This year I wanted to create a cheese board and just so happens, KW recently bought back a couple of cheese from a business trip to Amsterdam.  
 
Arugula salad

Christmas greens with a dash of nutritional yeast. I know it sounds totally weird but I love that stuff. The boys love it too and it's super healthy so check check and check!

 
Avocado almond cous cous salad

Avocado, honey roasted almonds, cranberries and cous cous - what's not to like? Classic Ina Garten line. Thankfully, you don't need to have the culinary chops of Ina Garten to pull off this salad.


Black garlic truffle pasta

I just love this dish and a couple of friends asked for the recipe after the party. Black garlic is such a unique and healthy ingredient that is just so underrated. I know a few of you dropped me comments on the recipe too, so if you would like it, please email me at yixiaoaixiy@gmail.com.
Roasted zataar chicken

I really wanted to do a different 'Roast Chicken' dish and the spice zataar popped up on my radar. Again, if you have never tried zataar or sumac, go for it. You will be surprised.

 
 5kg hunk of Glazed Jerk Ham

 

The ham was just sooo good, it deserves a left and right profile.  


I think this is defnitely one of KW's top 3achievements, right up there with St Louis ribs and Wagyu steak.


Plus Xmas cakes from Mezza9 – Grand Hyatt Singapore (thanks to my sister!), paired with pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Have you guys tried Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Toffee? OMG, I have always been Team Haagen Daaz but this is my new favourite.

 

We are incredibly lucky to have family and friends who let us feed them.