Thursday, March 23, 2017

BUY THEM A BIRTHDAY EXPERIENCE




We’ve been invited to yet another kid’s birthday party this month. The dread increases by the day. I see disaster in my head already, wound up children, helium balloons everywhere, catching by the pool side. I never understood why adults had to be invited to children’s parties. Unfortunately, our daughter really enjoys such occasions, free food and heaps of friends to play with, what’s not to love. And so, we shall brace ourselves and go.

There’s also the problem of getting a suitable gift. Humblet hardly plays with her toys because she’d much rather be rummaging through the recycling bin or spinning her stuffed animal friends around the washing machine. So we’ve come to realise that toys have little value in a child’s life, much less gadgets, don’t even get me started on those. This makes the problem worst because we have no idea what to get other kids. Buying books was our solution for awhile, but this was only deemed acceptable by the adults and not the young recipients, who were more than likely to toss these ‘gifts’ into their growing pile of wrapping papers while grabbing yet another victim to rip open.  

Then we one day, we had an epiphany when a close friend asked us to take her son out somewhere for his birthday. Truly, a light bulb moment! We’d buy these kids an experience, rather than crack our heads over what gift to buy. A complete win-win. The child gets an unforgettable fun day out, not to mention a MacDonald’s Happy Meal while the parent gets to have a break from parenting for a bit!






Here’s what we did with this birthday boy if you’d like to read –

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

BABY BUMPS: EIGHTEEN MONTHS OLD

Ever in her element, humblet and her frown turn 18 months old!



This little eating machine is now eighteen months old. Running, jumping and chasing birds all over the place. Read about her insane transformation in the full post below - 


Monday, February 6, 2017

MONDAY MUSINGS: CYCLING WITH BABY

Jewel Bridge Punggol


     In Singapore, Park Connectors link up everywhere, one can get a good 5-10km without ever needing to go on the road. We have the privilege of living right next to the entrance of the Buangkok Park Connector and we did enjoy some cycling before Mya came along. We're so pleased that she enjoys cycling too! For those who've been asking about our equipment and the distances we've covered, you may read the full post below -


Saturday, February 4, 2017

BAD START TO A GOOD YEAR

photo source


Humblet and I have just gone through a very harsh start to this new year, but we are as happy and chirpy as sick people can be and we are on slowly on the mend. Here's what happened - 


Saturday, December 24, 2016

GIFT ONE GIVE ONE



The Christmas Post


We can hardly believe it's humblet's second Christmas with us! No more eating gift wrappers and staring enviously at Christmas feasts this year. Our little toddler is walking around demanding to try everything on your plate and taking the initiative to rip open her own presents (before Christmas morning, unfortunately) Last year, she received so many gifts, but she was only so little. So we kept them in their wrappers and let her have gifts all throughout the year instead.

This year, she's slightly older and understands exponentially more. At shopping malls, pointing out the Christmas Trees and swaying her little body to familiar Christmas tunes, clapping occasionally. We thought, we'd let her participate in our family Christmas tradition this year, if you'd like to read more about it -


Monday, December 5, 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016

TRAVELLING TODDLER: TAIWAN PART ONE

Taroko National Park

Travelling with a baby wasn’t easy, and it’s certainly tougher now that she’s a toddler, but that does not mean we intend to travel without her. A little more luggage weight, a little less on the itinerary, but a whole lot more laughter and love from the people around us. Humblet points out things we would not have noticed, and she brought us lovely surprises, like seeing the sunrise since she was up at half past five in the morning. Here’s Part One of the Taiwan post, and I must say, it’s a wonderful place to bring your children.