Sunday, February 28

Happy Lunar New Year! 2021 edition

 Happy Lunar New Year, folks! Hope you had a fun, crowd-control festive break. This year sure was a lot different - ie quieter - than past years. Out with the 50+ pax family gatherings or house-hopping; though it was less boisterous, I've to admit I kind of like this year's pace. And instead of doing the usual photo dump, I thought of listing out my top 5 favourite moments of Lunar New Year celebrations.

1. Our annual family photo

Yup, got to keep up with this tradition. Every year, it gets a tad trickier as the boys are not fans of photo-taking and their cheekiness gets the better of them. Nonetheless, it is always worth shouldering on and capturing these memories.

2. Smaller gatherings

It was hard to pull off a steamboat without a substantial crowd but I am so glad we managed to have steamboat at my parents' place this year. A couple of gatherings with colleagues-turned-friends and cousins also livened up the otherwise-quieter-than-usual mood. Second time to Empress and I still love it!

3. CNY flower arrangements

I was sooo close to forgoing this year's arrangements. Work was absolute crazy and I thought of ordering some flowers for my mum and mother-in-law instead. However, I decided not to let the stress get the better of me and gamely trooped down to the nursery on CNY eve. There wasn't a huge selection left to be honest but I think I made good use of what I managed to grab.

4. Quiet time with the family

Less visiting and house-hopping meant more time with our immediate loved ones. We made an impromptu trip to my uncle's place which had a legit treehouse and organic vegetable plot.

5. Taking the Monday off

Oh, to take Monday off is such a luxury - and awesome idea! We took the kids to Jewel which was exceptionally lovely with the usual crowds and even managed to have a fantastic lunch at queue-less Shake Shack (gasp!). Love love love the 'shroom burger!

Hope you all had a lovely Lunar New Year break!

Sunday, January 31

Jan 2021

My baby turned 6! OMG, truly a little man.
We celebrated with his favourite food - a laksa bar and grilled chicken wings 😁

The weekend couldn't come soon enough for some weeks as work was intense!

But not all was lost - colleague S invited us over to his place for a homemade Vietnamese meal and I had the most incredible Vietnamese spring rolls.

Our friends and their little ones came over - we haven't seen then in over a year. KW made an awesome slow-roasted beef short rib and I made a cous cous salad plus Japanese curry lasagna

Painted these for the boys' room

Our first weekend at Jewel, with my fav. dessert Sticky Date Pudding

A lot of Netiflixing going on, including Bridgeton!

Welcome Mochi to the fam!  We love you so much xoxo 

We are so ready for Chinese New Year! My lovely cousin, Celia, hosted a small dinner with the most indulgent lo hei. No chants were spoken - we used the DJ Ah Beng app. 
Hope you all had a great start to the year!