National Day BBQ + Chloe 3rd Birthday

o after our celebration in KL in my house and my in law place on the actual day we planned a mini bbq section with close friends very mini one indeed i didn’t even invite my relatives/cousins in SG or Chloe classmates. Because i paiseh have to trouble people to come and i prefer to host small party. I’m glad i did that because i manage to spend equal time with each guest and keep them occupied.

One thing about bbq was to get everybody can involve in food preparation however feel bad to them as they need to work a little to get food haha..This bunch of guest very kind and helpful they take turn to help or babysit kids without asking! Even my friend commented your guest all so kind!

A small area for kids to hang around and play with toy i brought it down, it does kept them occupied for awhile after that they are running everywhere.

Cuties taking photos together, this Chloe really petite la. Just went for 3 years old assessment at Polyclinic this morning, nurse say she on the small size but grow according to her own pace and totally normal asked me not to worried but still … She suggested me to give her more snack time to increase her intake on food to see if that help her to grow some fat.DSC05635-18With our princess for cake cutting! Ming look tired from all the bbq, thanks for the hardwork in preparing the food.

They looking happy and excited for the cakes! Keep taking their photos and forget about our group photos!! blame my prawn head!

Thanks to all my kind guests who make it happen!DSC05675.JPG

Gift from everyone from friend in Kl to SG, let her unwrap them one by one then i kept all in the store room, next morning i give her the barbie from my boss to unbox first she’ve been playing with it for 1 week + now not sign of getting bored, see how long can this barbie last till next new toy.

We didn’t brought her any present this year but this party memory shall be the one.

May God’s love always surrounds you, and may the path that you walk on each day give glory to our God. May God always be with you today and all the days of your life.

I love you so much, my darling daughter.

You are my life’s biggest blessing. Happiest birthday!

#mkcrib – Home Inspo

We had total 2 IDs + 2 contractors meeting back to back over the weekend also some documents work with our agent for resale flat. We are more a less set with this house, home loan approved, OTP exercised and another 4k deposit paid. There’s no backing out anymore, Ming also went rejected the offer i mentioned earlier even before knowing the package. It’s all God’s timing, we are really amazed how God works! just 2 days right after we register the ITP, the cooling measure took place, where there’s decrease of another 5% for housing loan from the previous 80% to 75% only. If we didn’t apply the OTP earlier we need to fork-out another 26k cash for the down payment meaning our renovation fund will be much lower. Really we did nothing and deserved nothing, all praises to Jesus His’s timing is always so perfect, we are beyond blessed!

We may not be able to move in before Christmas due to the HDB procedure may take longer than expected but that’s not a big issue as the lease at our current place is flexible. The next tenants are not in rush and very friendly, yes somebody already booked this place for next year’s lease! Super hot selling ok!

Back to our meeting with IDs and contractors, these contacts are friend’s recommend. They are yet to come back with quotations but tomorrow i’m meeting one for it. Let’s hope it fit my expectation and budget, Ming leave the whole decisions to me whether to alias with IDs or contractors as long it doesn’t exist his budget. This house required a few major hacking and change of layout, re-tiling for kitchen and toilet which gonna cost most of the renovation fees, but no choice it’s a old flat and we brought it for the layout not the designs.

The main theme of the house – Minimalist + Scandinavian 

i’m always a fan of white furniture since my first concept for our bedroom/study at my in-laws picture here with full white and clean layout, so i’m able to change the color theme/concept over the times. It’s more sustainable, uncluttered and simple that fit Minimalist life style! I don’t want too much build-in for flexibility and also limited storage so i got no reason store/keep too much junks.

Living Room

We obmit the idea of featured/storage wall so it’s gonna be all loose furniture that i can add from time to time.

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I want it full white with a lot natural sunlight that i hope this house can achieve because it come with a whole lot of windows , light vinyl flooring, plant here and there and shelve for display and decorative items. Just something simple. Oh we have a very cute walkway/corridor from the main gate before entering the living room, that’s the place for shoe cabinet, place to get ready and bench to wear shoe.

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Kitchen

same white and clean finishing maybe some light wood elements. Minimal wall cabinet but a lot of counters, some greens too for refreshing mood and a kitchen island! My dream of kitchen island hopefully can be fulfill i always wanted to cook more with Chloe in the kitchen, be it baking or have her helping with food preparation. It would be very fun!

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Also the space will be main concern for an island but most of them say doable just see what size we can afford to have with the kitchen’s space.

Toilets

The cons of this house is the small toilets, both master and common toilets are relatively small in size. So to make it looking spacious it’s to minimalism the tiles design and elements used.  The luxury of double sink is totally impossible.

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i really love this designs clean line of black, white tiles, black shower screen/water tap/ toiletries.

Rooms

Same to master room (i’m boring like that) only one build-in wardrobe the rest are loose furniture. i like my full white hospital bedsheet (according to my mum) so i’m gonna stick with that with hint of light grey, woody color.

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i think its easier to achieve with some light styling and a lot of sun!

While Chloe will be of course dusty pink maybe with my fav black polka dot and lotsa of white. No inspiration yet it’s all about girly fun and flexibility.  Another room will be my working space cum study room for the moments, we are still thinking whether it is necessary to have a build-in wardrobe.

Wake up call

Ming have been sharing about this article with me and friends we met over the weekend, it was about limiting screen time not for children but adult. While we are busy controlling our kids screen time for various reason – brain development, self-control, encourage real play and all but what about our own screen time? i must admit this is a wake up call to me even my mummy friend who’s on fasting on social-media sharing her thoughts on this to me God really want me to look into this part of my life.

Our phone/computer are stealing so much of our attention draw us away from our children, there’s many times that i’m suppose to spend that little time give full attention to Chloe i find myself checking on my phone chatting with my friends or checking email and social media.

How does technology interfere with our relationships with our kids?

Kids don’t need our undivided attention all the time, but they need to know that they matter to us and that there are certain times of the day and certain situations where they have our attention. There need to be times where parents can really be fully available to their kids. (source)

 Now that Chloe had completely off screen time but i found myself guilty in this screen time thingy, i’ve been trying to limit mine too in order to provide a good example to Chloe. I don’t want her growing up feeling her parents are “hypocrites” for spending so much time in front of a screen while so strictly limiting kids’ access.  (source)

These are steps i started to control my screen time.

First step: Keep phone at not-easy-to-reach position aka a corner in the bedroom instead of living room.

Second step: Set a schedule whenever Chloe is around no phone for us unless urgent, other than that i will only use my pc or phone whenever she nap or sleep at night.

Third step: Media curfew at bedtime for me and Ming, no phone on the bed. We used to spend so much time on screen for social media before bed, by the time we’re done with phone it was too late for a chat so we have to straight to bed, which is so unhealthy.

Fourth step: Reduce social media attachment, i deleted dayre and facebook app in my phone because i do not contribute on these platform anymore so instead of kepo people life i should focus and what’s really matters : my life. That’s why i write more in wordpress because this is not a social media platform to me but a platform could talk freely about your daily life or share things i do. This few day i spent some time to write after i done with work when Chloe haven’t wake up from her nap.

Fifth step: more indoor activities like reading, craft and maybe drawing which i can do together with Chloe.

The idea of going device free may be nearly impossible but i’m sure doing so can improve relationships, time management, and even sleep! Let’s hope this baby steps will help to limit our adult screen time!