Holiday’s Over, Now Back To Work

Crazy crazy month it had been, with so many things and changes to my own routine I got kinda messed up and doing things that are out of the norm. Despite the craziness, I also took the chance to think and regroup my thoughts and life goal. Here’s an update from me.

This Singapore Mum Blog is Evolving

This blog is changing, it’s going to be slow, going to be personal and going to be more focused. Social media and blogging has been going on for the past 9 years or so now for me and I’ve seen greatness and also many negativity in this whole scene. I am still very active and am always finding news ways on how I can do better things, giving more and sharing actively back to the community.

Having spent almost a decade of my life growing and learning and experiencing social media, I do not think I will ever be able to draw a complete stop to doing work and good surrounding this active digital life of mine. Because I feel that blogging, to be more exact, independent blogging (like trying to maintain this blog personally) is coming to an end soon. Of cos blogging as a personal journal is never going to die, but if one wants to actively engage readers, grow readership and do bigger things online, running a blog like this alone will eventually lead to no where. Unless you already have got a high six figures following after years of building your personal blog. Then again, if you’ve noticed, many established fashion and food blogs have also evolved to become more a content site than a blog blog.

Moving to Getgo Parents, a better place for modern parents

The new place I’ll be hanging out more is at Getgo Parents, a startup which my co-founder and I have been working (and still is working very hard) on for the past 3 months plus. A question directed to me just yesterday at NYP Business Lecture talk with graduating students from the school of business is probably one of the most common one I get when I introduced Getgo Parents. “There are so many lifestyle and parenting website out there now, what makes you different from the rest? How do you plan to compete with the more established names in the market?” And the student at NYP even asked from the floor what is my business model.

Well, let’s just say there can never be too many content sites for parents, just like how there can never be too many parent magazine in stores. It’s how you stand out and offer something unique that the other competitors are currently not, what is that one winning element that you (as a parent/ user) will be thankful for because we are making it so simple and fuss free for them to use. THAT is our USP and that will be coming soon to Getgo Parents.

Me, my body and I

If you are my friends on Facebook or have been stalking my Instagram account, you would have noticed that I’ve recently turned somehow narcissistic – taking photos of my reflection in the fitting rooms, posting selfies and even attempted doing #OOTD posts while walking on the road. That my friend is because I am super happy and proud of my getting fit success thanks to the waited-for-so-many-years-it-finally-is-me kinda opportunity – to be on a sponsored slimming program with Absolute Slimming. Being leaner (I am still far from calling myself SLIM) and looking a little better because of the whole slimming program, I am more confident and for the second time in my life after more than 10 years I am able to not hold my breath when standing in a crowd of better looking women just so I can blend in better. (Ok I’m being a little extreme here but you know what I mean right?) I will be sharing more of my personal journey and updates on my progress soon.

The above are the three personal highlights and updates for the past month. Besides doing all the above with minimum time spent because it was the school holiday, the bulk of my June was spent with family. Here’s a quick round-up of our Joyful June holiday,

We did lots of drawing, crafting and painting at home.
Ayra completed three holiday workshop with Heart Studio and she’s very proud of her paintings which now hangs in the girls’ playroom. And we played LEGOs A LOT in June, then there’s also some random puzzles we do together.
Also took the girls to our neighbourhood mall to do what they like to do.
And we had our first experience at ZOUKidISCO! They probably won’t be going back again anytime soon cos they were more jumpy and being their happy self when we visited Elmo and friends…
We also visited our family’s favorite happy place, Universal Studio Singapore TWICE in June! And because the girls are loving the place so much we have extended our season pass to an annual RWSinvite card. Think we’ll probably be heading there every weekend just so the girls can see their favorite characters from Sesame Street.
And lastly we had a wonderful staycation with Jen at Hotel Jen OrchardGateway in June. Hope we’ll be back again soon.

Garfield Run 2014 – The Girls first Fun Run

Last weekend we ended our first 3KM Fun Run together! The run itself was quite fun for us all. The girls were in high spirit, especially Ayra who had been chanting “Ayra want to go Garfield Run!” since two days before the event day.

But we were there too early, arrived at 4ish while our flag-off was at 6.30pm. Not knowing what to expect, we didn’t quite enjoy the long wait and the different waves at the flag-off. Before we even reached the Start point, the first two groups in the same category were already back!

But Ayra did have fun running around against the wind and showing us her tail…

The queue to enter the flag-off point was rather cramp, with many prams and other participants. Poor girls in pram were sweating due to the none existence of wind during flag-off.

The 3KM Fun Run was the most popular category that evening.

We brisk walked most of the 3KM, with occassion chase/ run with the girls. At the second water point after the U-turn, we took a break and hydrated.

Been years since I last went for a jog, that evening was quite a challenge! And I was in the wrong pants and shoes! I really should get myself a pair of running shoes and proper running shorts soon. Just cos I think I will have more time soon to take things at my own pace, with more leisure time I hope to get some exercise routine going with my family.

Being our first mass run event, I have to say the experience was alright. Next time, we should not arrive more than an hour before our designated flag-off time, and we should make sure we have got fans on standby if the kids are tagging along.

Thank you Pink Apple for organising and we look forward to more fun (evening) runs with our family!

Ayra turns two!

It was a cosy celebration for Ayra’s second birthday. As Mummy was still doing her confinement, we gathered at home and spent loving time together as a family. We had the cake you picked from Swensen’s and ordered pizzas for dinner. You had fun opening your presents, and we had fun watching you getting excited about them.

Baby you’ve grown so much and everyday you matured a little bit more, understands life a little more, grows to love, forgive and give. There is nothing more to ask for in a daughter than who you already are.

Ayra, Mummy loves you very much.

Welcome Zara our second precious girl!

It has been 9 days since the arrival of our no. 2, Zara. She’s such a tiny precious darling, and has been behaving well since the first day. Life at home still needs a little getting used to, trying hard to balance our love and attention between our soon-to-be two-year-old Ayra and Zara. Since the day they both met, we felt the change in Ayra and it was as expected. We know she will grow over this period soon and both girls will be the bestest sisters ever!

There are so much to blog and remember, until I find a good hour or two to sit in front of the keyboard, these memories will have to be stored in my mind for now.

So this is Zara…

Happy Dreams on Day 09

Big Changes to Our Routines

I’ve been working for myself for the past 4 years, then there was no big commitments and no family that I have to provide for. Those were the days when I was younger and powered with limitless energy and gusto. Fast forward two years and things changed. I got married, became a mother, directions and priorities in life changed. Running my own businesses with a baby to take care of was a great challenge. There was a lack of push power for me to persists on with my businesses. Things slowed down and eventually sustaining the businesses was just too tough and almost impossible.

Since the birth of Baby Ayra, I’ve been the sole caregiver and companion. We spend everyday and every minute together. I am blessed to be able to spend a good 17 months with her while wrapping up on-going projects from home. It was the most precious, loving and memorable 17 months, witnessing many milestones and developments in my baby girl. We have both gotten very dependent on one another, knowing we will always be there in bed in the morning when we open our eyes.

Soon reality hits. With another big change coming soon in our family, we need to ensure we will be able to live comfortably and be able to support our children through education and their lives. It is just not possible to sustain one family and house and the living standards in Singapore with a single income. Decision was made that I have to get a job. Lucky enough, a few came knocking on my door immediately when I posted my search for new career on Facebook. In less than two weeks, I got employed and started work the following week. I thought I was mentally and emotionally prepared for it. I thought it was going to be easy. But I was wrong.

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BB’s first present!

Look what Uncle bought for you from Bangkok! You lucky baby! Only at Week 10+ and already you’ve got a present! I’m jealous! 😛

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