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Why I take calcium everyday.

Most people who know me and my husband would know that we are quite obsessive when it comes to researching products that we use in our daily lives. That’s why I am absolutely thrilled whenever I get approached to do reviews on products that I am already using myself. As I know that they are genuinely great products, I just feel the extra drive to promote them, you know.

So one of these brands is Blackmores. They had asked me to write about their Calcium + vitamin D3 supplement and guess what, I am already taking their Bio Calcium product since 2013 (when I found out that I got pregnant).

My faithful bottle of Blackmore’s Bio Calcium which I take with folic acid every day.

I am taking calcium because from all the reading about pregnancies that I have done, the lack of calcium seems to be a top issue in a woman’s health, particularly those who are pregnant or have been pregnant.

Babies, before they’re born, require a lot of calcium to build their bones and teeth. So if a mother doesn’t have enough calcium in her diet, calcium will actually be drawn from the mother’s bones and teeth to nourish the baby. If you don’t want to get osteoporosis or bone problems when you’re older, please, please, please take calcium supplements now.

So the Calcium + Vitamin D3 supplements I received from Blackmores is an even better version of the ones I was taking. It has 600mg of calcium with 500 IU of Vitamin D3, while my previous one only has 500mg of calcium with 200 IU of Vitamin D3.

You must be wondering, why vitamin D? Well, if you don’t know already, vitamin Ds aid the absorption of calcium :)

The more potent Calcium + D3 from Blackmores.

The pill size is standard (same size as the pills from my old bottle) and I don’t have issues with swallowing it. I like the flip-up lid cause knowing me if it was a screw-on cap I would have lost the cap by now, speaking from experience.

After giving birth, it’s all the more important that I continue taking calcium as I am breastfeeding. Guess where the calcium in breastmilk comes from? Yeap, from the mommy! So as a woman, it’s really important to keep taking calcium supplements.

Yeah, mummy’s given all my calcium to you boy! Do find out more about Calcium + D3 here.

As long as I am breathing, I will continue to take calcium supplement everyday. Hopefully I will have healthy bones all the way into my twilight years!

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6 things I wish I had done more before becoming a mummy

Sometimes I look back and wonder if there’s anything I should have done more before becoming a mom.

The answer is: Hells yeah!!!! There are so many okay!

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret being a mummy. I have no regrets about motherhood – I enjoy being a mom, I love it and I thrive at it.

But, I believe there are many things that non-parents should do a lot more before becoming parents, not because you lose out after becoming parents (okay maybe just a little bit lol) but because I feel that you should maximise your time as a single.

I am not remotely suggesting that parenthood is lacking in anything (I lied, you lack of sleep like all the time). In fact, I have never felt so sure about my position in life after giving birth to Liam. But you, know I am #justsayin

Anyway here are the things that I wish I had done a lot more before popping out a mini human:

1. Travel more

I wish we had travelled a lot more before having a baby. Before Liam, our only consideration was whether we could afford the holiday.

# – And having 11kg resting on your legs for hours in a cramped plane. Nice!

Now, there are many considerations before going anywhere. From “Have I downloaded enough videos and brought enough toys to keep the bub occupied for the entire duration of the flight?, “Are there bassinet seats available in the plane?”, “Does the hotel bathroom have non-slip mat so that neither of us could accidentally fall and crack open our heads while wrangling a toddler in the shower?”, “Is there a a swimming pool?”, “Is swimming pool shaded?”, “Are there non-spicy food available?”, “Is there king-sized bed?” (omg king sized please always forever if you’re co-sleeping) and many, many more things that you would have to consider as a parent in foreign territories.

Once in Belgium, we were ejected from a bread and breakfast after a long drive because it did not allow anyone under 12…so read hotel description properly before booking.

2. Sleep more

I can’t emphasise this more. Sleep as much as you can. Don’t take your 12-hour sleep for granted because once you’ve got kids, 4 hour straight of snoozing is a gawddamn miracle.

# – Sleep is for the weak, says Liam.

There’s a thing called STTN that’s pretty popular in the parent community; it means “Sleeping Through The Night”. Some people claim to have achieved it, while some wonder if their 8 hours sleep with three brief waking-ups to soothe a toddler is considered STTN (it’s not). Well, let me tell you that shit is as real as a bloody unicorn.

3. Dive more

I wish I had gone on more dive trips with the husband. We do fantasise about going on island trips and sneak in a couple of dives but taking turns while one of us watches the baby. How fun? -__-

# – This is as close to scuba diving as it gets for me now.

It’ll be 8 more years before Liam is even old enough to get his own dive certification. I suppose we could do snorkelling trips instead so we don’t have to wait so long for him to join us in the water.


4. Go to the cinema more

We haven’t been to a cinema for almost 2 years now. As with scuba diving, we also considered taking turns to go to cinema alone while the other person watches baby.

# – Now permanently stuck with an annoying audience who obstructs the screen.

To think that we watched a film at IMAX almost every other week pre-Liam. Thankfully our movie setup at home is decent and we could still continue watching movies, albeit with many pauses to tend to a needy toddler. A 2-hour movie could easily become a 3.5 hour affair.

5. Earn more money

I don’t think I am as financially secure as I like. I wish I was better with investing my money when I was younger instead of spending them all on frivolous shit.

# – Liam making it rain.

Having a child is expensive if you want the best for him or her. From the monthly doctor visit during pregnancy to food, clothings, etc now. My main concern is education and since sending Liam to a government school is completely out of the question and private education in Malaysia is going to cost a kidney and a liver, I better win the friggin’ lottery.

6. Go on more romantic dates

I remember being overjoyed being able to go grocery shopping with the husband when my mom-in-law was visiting 8 months after Liam was born!

If you don’t have hired help or a close family support (aka babysitters), your life will pretty much involve baby ALL THE TIME. I do enjoy spending all my time with Liam but I also miss having a quiet dinner with just my man where I get to dress up and all.

# – Managed to palm Liam off to my friend Ally who watched him for a few hours while we celebrated husband’s birthday in March. What a treat!

I am lucky that my husband is understanding and he’s into attachment parenting as much as I am, but we both still really value and appreciate getting some precious couple time. That said it’s just the two of us for like 8 years before Liam came so I shouldn’t complain, right?

Nooooo, can never have too much romance!

Does my post make you feel like you don’t want to have children at all? LOL

Well, parenthood on paper is like the single most stupid thing that one could do to self. It’s expensive, it’s time consuming and it’s bloody emotional. Don’t do it!!!!

But I am also going to be very cheesy and truthful and say it is the single most fulfilling thing I have ever done. No amount of work success or material gain could ever top the pleasure I get from having Liam.

All that said, of course I can still do all these things that I say I am missing with Liam around, just that it will involve a lot more planning, creativity, and patience. If you don’t have those qualities while you’re single, trust me you will gain those in record time once you got a baby.

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Our 2016 Trip to Singapore

In January, we went to Singapore for a quick holiday. I was really looking forward to the trip as I haven’t been to Singapore for ages! We decided to drive down as we wanted to do some shopping and we needed the boot space.

Anyway, we started our journey as we do with all road trips; switched on Google Maps and let it lead the way. The journey was pleasant, smattering of rain but nothing too scary. We made a couple of stops to relieve ourselves and to stretch our legs.

My boys having a walk.

Liam was a gem! It always surprises me at how well he travels, so much so we don’t really have qualms bringing him anywhere. Anyway, back to our trip.

We started around 2pm and was expecting to reach Singapore by 7pm….but by nightfall, we found ourselves at some Ferry Terminal in Johor, a ferry terminal with all its lights switched off. What the hell?

Turned out husband forgot to untick “No ferry” and Google led us all the way to some god forsaken ferry terminal, which name I don’t even remember anymore, to take a ferry to our hotel which was located near the Singapore’s east coast. It’s technically the shortest route……if it wasn’t for the ferry that would only set sail 8am the next day (information conveyed to us by a night shift guard).

Seriously, has anyone taken a ferry to Singapore? Hahaha.

Oh man, I was hungry and Woodlands was 2 hours drive away. Gareth drove as though he’s Hamilton, hitting a pigeon dead on the way and we reached Johor Bahru in 1 hour 15 minutes. Not too bad? Bye bye birdy, rest in peace.

As soon as we were in JB, hubs drove straight to San Low where we had probably the best fried meehoon I’ve ever eaten. We also had wild boar curry (amazing) and fried baby octopuses (standard once you pop you can’t stop).

The meehoon from heaven – crispy and soft at the same time.

The best thing about San Low is that it’s only 5 minutes drive from Woodlands. It’s almost 10pm then so there wasn’t much traffic and we got into Singapore pretty quickly. From the border, it’s about 30 minute drive to our hotel – Village Hotel Changi. Checking-in was quick and pleasant and they even gave me vouchers for bowling and cycling!

I would have so used them if Liam were older. Cue hypothetical scenarios of baby being crushed by bowling ball and baby dropping off a bicycle lol.

We were just so chuffed to be finally in Singapore and in the comfort of our hotel room.

There’s even fresh fruits waiting for us. Loved it!

Chuffed Liam :)

After resting for a bit, we decided we needed more food. We walked out to the hawker centres that were only 5 minutes walk from our hotel. Another great plus point about Village Hotel Changi – FOOOD!

I had Singaporean Hokkien Mee.

And I have to say, it’s grown on me! I like the savoury shrimpiness of the broth and the ever so slightly alkaline taste of yellow noodles actually worked quite well with it. We went back to hotel happy and satiated. Had really good sleep on the king sized bed.

We all woke up happy and ready to take on the world. Just kidding, we planned on doing absolutely nothing lols.

Liam fooling around in bed. This would mean something entirely different when he is a teenager.

Having his first milk of the day before we had lunch.

Lunch was at the hotel at Saltwater Cafe as we decided to just have a day chilling at the hotel.

The spread was really good! Very varied and also delicious.

For carbo loading.

For health conscious.

For a taste of Land of Rising Sun.

Liam doing in a yaucharkway from the rojak section.

For people with sweet tooth.

Attention, meat lovers!

I was in love with all the Nyonya kuihs and French pastries.

After lunch it was swim time. The main reason we wanted to stay at this hotel is for the pool (besides proximity to beach and food)! What a beautiful, beautiful swimming pool!

I mean, just look at this! It overlooks the sea <3.

We had so much fun and we must have been in the water for hours.

My boys, my life :)

We spent another night at the hotel before checking-out. Really enjoyed our stay as it has more of a resort feel and is a great warm-up to our stay in the city.

Thanks for a wonderful stay Village Hotel Changi! Till we meet again soon!

From Changi, we moved nearer to the city and our hotel of choice was Village Hotel Katong!

Why?

Because of this. What a lovely room…I loved it so much!

The Peranakan influences are really beautiful and give the hotel such a character. Definitely not another bland, modern hotel.

I even loved the bathroom!!!

Right about then, Liam was at the peak of his telephone phase.

And Village Hotel Katong is located right above a shopping mall! And it’s basically about 10 minutes from everywhere…Orchard, Chinatown, Singapore Expo, Changi, Novena, Turf Club, Geylang etc. Ubers are in abundance here too!

Except for Orchard, we pretty much hit everywhere from our hotel in Katong.

Met some friends in Chinatown. Ate frog porridge in Geyland. Had a Japanese omakase in Novena. Had an afternoon feast at PasarBella in Turf Club. Had Ramen in Liang Court. Went to Baby Expo in Singapore Expo (I couldn’t resist when I found out a baby expo was going on, hehe).

My ginormous seehum in PasarBella, a London’s Borough Market style food court.

You should have seen the spread we had, we ate so much just the two of us and by the time we finished I noticed we forgot to take picture. We had steamed fresh seafood, 8 different cheeses, foie gras on toasts, truffle cheese sandwich, bacon and cheese sandwich, and pork done 3 ways.

Liam being nosey and eating a cracker from our massive cheese spread.

At the sushi bar called 510 Sake Bar in Novena.

The sushis were outstanding!

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In Chinatown.

Having a craft beer at SmithStreet in Chinatown.

All in all a wonderful trip :) Can’t wait to be back, Singapore!

Directory:

Accommodation
Village Hotel Changi
1 Netheravon Road Singapore 508502 (Formerly known as Changi Village Hotel)
+65 6379 7111

Village Hotel Katong
25 Marine Parade S449536
+65 6344 2200

Food
San Low Seafood Restaurant
Jalan Merah 1, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Malaysia

PasarBella
200 Turf Club Rd, Singapore 287994

Lor 9 Frog Leg Porridge
Lor 9 Geylang, Singapore 388752

501 Sake Bar
273 Thomson Rd, #01-06 Novena Gardens, Singapore 307644

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