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#KarMiePhuket2019 First time dropping off #SiennaSkyler at a kids club! The hotel have scheduled kids activities all throughout the day... (you can drop off n pick up anytime) We (the parents) were quite anxious in the beginning but the kiddos ended up loving it and wanting to stay back every day!!! ๐Ÿ˜ Find out what the kiddos did n what the parents did during our FREE(dom) time!!!โœŒ๏ธ
#KarMiePhuket2019 After a very disappointing local Thai food (which was a very rare experience), the "angmoh" Mr. Hubby @karthik_naga n half American kiddos #SiennaSkyler were craving for pizzas ๐Ÿ•... @thepizzacompany1112lovers It was so so good! Totally worth all the calories ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘ We had to order another one as 1 was just not enough ๐Ÿ˜‹โœŒ๏ธ Highly recommended!!! This mommy was a happy momma as I ended my meal with my Thai ice milk tea...
#KarMiePhuket2019 One of the many activities we enjoyed as a family on our Phuket vacation is the turtle feeding ๐Ÿข๐Ÿฅฌ It was #SiennaSkyler (n the parents) first time ๐Ÿ’• What made the experience even more special is that the Mao Khao Marine Turtle Foundation rescued and patiently cared for these 2 turtles who were born blind and one of them lost its flippers due to fishing nets! ๐Ÿ˜ข The kiddos were asking lots of questions and eventually led to how we should be responsible to mother earth n save these turtles by reducing our carbon footprints ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ’– (p/s: Do you know how to feed blind turtles? Find out how SiennaSkyler did it in the videos)
#KarMiePhuket2019 When in Phuket, it is a MUST to head to the beach ๐Ÿ–๏ธโ›ฑ๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ We managed to catch the sunset on our 1st day of arrival ๐ŸŒ…๐ŸŒด This private beach is so peaceful with clear waters, powdery sand and overall very clean ๐Ÿ‘
#KarMieBlog updated The iconic Marina Bay Sands in the background... It looks like a ship ๐Ÿ›ณ๏ธ that landed on 3 towers n got stucked there!!! This scenic tour will give you a totally different feel at night time too...๐ŸŒƒ๐Ÿ‘ Find out more ~> Link in profile๐Ÿ‘† http://karmie080808.blogspot.com/2019/03/trails-of-tan-ah-huat-singapore-1920s.html?m=1
#KarMieBlog updated Wanna know what #SiennaSkyler did for 4 full hours of educational FUN around Singapore? By the end of the 4 hours, the kiddos (+ parents) didn't want it to stop!!! They kept saying GO GO GO ๐Ÿ›ด๐Ÿ›ด๐Ÿ›ด Find out more ~> Link in profile๐Ÿ‘† http://karmie080808.blogspot.com/2019/03/trails-of-tan-ah-huat-singapore-1920s.html?m=1 โค๏ธ Special thanks to @letsgotoursingapore and @atmcbizexpert for this wonderful experience! The whole family agreed that this is by far the most FAMILY FUN experience we have had (so far) in Singapore โค๏ธ
First thing first... When in Thailand MUST eat local food!๐Ÿฝ๏ธ๐Ÿš (it's my top most favourite cuisine in the world) But this is the WORST Thai food we have ever had n very expensive too (tourists price ๐Ÿ˜ฉ) What more, we did not even order any seafood... Thankfully the Thai iced tea from 7 eleven (30baht) and banana fritters (20baht) from the street vendor saved the day!!! ๐Ÿ˜‹
First thing first, pics of the rooms before it gets messed up... Lols! P/s: that's Skyler trying to blink with one eye ๐Ÿ˜‰... Need to master it from "jie jie" Sienna! Even this momma can't do it without looking like I'm constipated ๐Ÿฅด
BYE little red dot Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ and HELLO the land of smiles Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
#Repost @karthik_naga (@get_repost ) ใƒปใƒปใƒป Phuket, Thailand! Siennaโ€™s first vacation getaway was to Phuket at 3 months of age... and now we celebrate her early 7th birthday again in #phuket ! Weโ€™ve been to many countries but nothing beats #thailand for vacation: relax, eat cheap good food, cheap massages, nice beaches! #siennaskyler #KarMiePhuket2019
Phuket, Thailand! Siennaโ€™s first vacation getaway was to Phuket at 3 months of age... and now we celebrate her early 7th birthday again in #phuket ! Weโ€™ve been to many countries but nothing beats #thailand for vacation: relax, eat cheap good food, cheap massages, nice beaches! #siennaskyler #vacation
My 2 kids #SiennaSkyler love animals especially cats n dogs!!! They have been asking for one ever since I could remember ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿˆ... This momma has always wanted a small little puppy but after having 2 little kiddos, I surrendered on the idea. But of course, in the future when the kids are bigger n more responsible, we might get one but it HAS to be an adopted one from the local shelter!!! But for now let's join me in this worthy cause. Japan IPL Express @japaniplexpress will be donating to a local animal shelter @exclusivelymongrels by either options :- A) donating $1 for every like on your post or B) donating $1 for repost / post under #OTGCharity2019 Every bit counts... Do YOUR part! #japaniplexpresssg #iplsg
Spot the ODD one out!!! ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿง’๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿง‘ Look who came to visit us from Malaysia? โค๏ธ Gong gong with ALL his grandkids โค๏ธ
We, as women can be so hard on ourselves (and at times, to one another). Let's all do our best and be supportive of one another and not bring each other down. Let's strive to be a better woman! The next time you see a WOMAN, REMEMBERย that a woman is someone's daughter, daughter in law, mother, sister, wife, friendย but, first and foremost, she is someone with inherent value of HER OWN! โค๏ธLet's L.O.V.E & be kind to one anotherโค๏ธ Happy Internationalย Women'sย Day!!!
This is my first Partipost... If you like trying new things and new experiences, you should totally check out the Partipost app (link in bio๐Ÿ‘†) @Karthik_Naga ย @enlivening_international ย  @chimpsmummy My son loves it too as there's lots of fun activities for kids too!!! @partipost ย  #partipost #partipostxpartipost #myfirstPartipost #app
While we were still recovering from jetlag, we came straight to see our ex-neigbour @peifunglow perform a Christmas show on the aerial hoops... #SiennaSkyler were mesmerized the entire time especially glued towards the "Rudolph the Reindeer" ๐Ÿ‘€ This momma was on my toes n on the verge of heart attack the entire time as there were no safety nets ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ™ˆ (this will never be the case in USA) It's different when ur friend is performing, it just feels surreal... ๐Ÿ“ท Credit : @writetokelvin
#Repost @karthik_naga (@get_repost ) ใƒปใƒปใƒป The fun #mookata gang #4yearchallenge #neighbors
Thank you ex-neigbours (Jasmine n Kelvin) + Jen (their new housemate) for having us + our current neigbour a.k.a Jasmine n Kelvin's ex-housemate (May) over at your new spacious lovely crib... ๐Ÿก It's a very complicated relationship we have a.k.a very "Rojak"!!! But all Malaysians except the "angmoh" Mr. Hubby @karthik_naga And the highlights were the yummy assorted homemade breads including Kelvin's famous sourdough bread dip in dahl... Soft bread with homemade kaya...Homemade fruit+veg "yu sheng" n homemade milo cake...๐Ÿ˜‹ Thanks for feeding us... BTW, how come we didn't know u guys were good cooks when we were still neighbours??? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„
What was supposed to be a 1-2 hours max family outing turned out to be a 4 hours of fun!!! @cissingapore STEAM Fair 2019 was a success ๐Ÿ‘ Lots of activities were lined up (all for FREE) !!! Those Carnival rides were the icing on the cake apart from all the STEAM activities. Too many to mention, so let the videos n pics do the talking...๐ŸŽข๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽก๐ŸŽช N look who we bumped into! 2 days in a row, Karen ๐Ÿ˜œ @enlivening_international
Met up for brunch at Mr. Pratha... All of us had, what else... pratha of course! All sorts: plain, egg, cheese, cheese n onion... There were tons of variety to choose from. (Sorry no food pics, we were busy catching up n devouring our yummy food n drinks ๐Ÿ˜‹โ˜•) Karen used to be a career women (Cummins, Singapore) working typical Singapore office hours (long!!!) turned stay at home mom + entrepreneur (@enlivening_international ) working on her own timing all while caring for her 2 young kids! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ’ช
Small kids n BIG kids reunited... ๐Ÿค— (Mr. Hubby's ex colleagues from Cummins, Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ) Happy 1st bday Aaron!!!ย ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‚ Thanks Kiky for inviting us! Kiddos #SiennaSkyler enjoyed ur homemade cupcakes ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿง
Throwback to last week when both kids were down with a serious case of stomach flu. It was our 1st time experiencing it and it wasn't a pleasant one at all!!! Puking, fever n watery diarrhea nonstop, one after another... N gas in their stomach causing churning, uneasiness n pain...๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿคข๐Ÿ˜ต Glad it is over n hoping no kids (or adults) will ever experience it again... Kids were happy to see a Singapore doctor for the first time (other than my gynae of course ๐Ÿ˜œ) He's super funny n best of all he knows about Charlotte... Panthers ๐Ÿˆ n Hornets ๐Ÿ€ as he used to study in US (Tulsa, Oklahoma) n practiced medicine in UK n now back to his homeland Singapore... We even bumped into him at the hawker next to his clinic...n he followed up on the kids... ๐Ÿ‘ (p/s: The Doc quickly said it was an instagram worthy pic when both kiddos were on his examination bed... So this mamarazzi seized the opportunity n snapped a pic ๐Ÿ˜ when I wasn't even planning to!)
First time stepping my Malaysian foot back in my homeland Malaysia... Not my hometown but good enough!!! (whereas Mr. Hubby has been to Johor many times for work ๐Ÿ˜ฌ) Johor, Malaysia is just across the border from Singapore (by bridge)! Went to get my passport renewed but ended up to be a ME trip doing all the fun stuff n trying to eat EVERYTHING in my path! ๐Ÿ˜‹ Malaysia has the same food as Singapore but way WAY better!!! Not being biased. The unbiased "angmoh" American hubby agrees too! If you are a Malaysian born n raised in Malaysia, you are automatically a foodie... We love to eat nonstop all day anytime of the day!!! So here's my food diary in just less than a day (few hours)... Out of the 3 main cuisines (Malay, Chinese, Indian) I chose Malay food... Spicy n yummy!!! Can't get yummy Malay food in Singapore ๐Ÿ‘Ž .Malay mixed rice with my fav. fish (RM9=USD 2.22) .Teh Tarik Ais (pulled iced milk tea)... Wanted to get bubble tea but got the local tea instead โ˜• (RM2=USD 0.49) .Tom yum kuey teow soup extra spicy (RM10=USD2.46) "Tapao" these home: .Samosa a.k.a potato pastry (for Mr. Hubby) . Taiwanese bubble tea .Buns from Roti boy .Assorted Kuihs a.k.a local desserts .Portuguese egg tart Wanted to get a hair wash n hair cut but no time!!! Instead, snuck in to get a 30mins foot massage (RM25=USD6.15) while waiting for my passport to be ready!!! Felt soooo good after lots of nonstop walking n eating... Did grocery shopping... Wished I had a car so I can buy everything... Hahaha very aunty!!! ๐Ÿ˜… Everything is cheaper in Malaysia... Malaysia boleh ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‘
When we moved from USA to Singapore (a few months ago) , Sienna decided NOT to bring a single toy with her whereas Skyler only brought 3 tiny Super Mario cars (due to baggage constraints... Lols)... Mr. Hubby and I also decided no TV cable as well!ย โŽ๐Ÿ“บ The whole reason being we want our kids #SiennaSkyler to enjoy outdoor fun and take advantage of being outdoors since Singapore has only 2 seasons all year round (Hot or Hot+rain!)... ๐ŸŒžโ˜” Did you know thatย Singapore is the myopia capital of the world.ย By 2050, half of the world's population (5 billion) will be myopic and with an average of 3.3 devices per Singaporean, spends 50hrs/week on screen time and starts as young as 6 months old!!! That's mind boggling...and I'm already seeing lots of kids in glasses here in Singapore more specifically Sienna's schoolmates. To raise social awareness about the rise in unhealthy device usage and threatening levels of myopia, we (together with Singapore Health Promotion Board supporting this initiative @hpbsg @planoapp ) want to send the message that there is more to life than looking at our screens.ย #seepastthescreen I have to admit it is very challenging to put down our phones but let's challenge ourselves and head outdoors for gadget-free activities and playdates!!! We as parents need to set an example to our kids...ย ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘
Thank you "ge ge" @kenhan10 for inviting #SiennaSkyler to watch a basketball game between Singapore Slingers (@singaporeslingers ) VS. Malaysians Dragons (@wmdragons ) ... after a week of the kiddos being couped up in the house due to stomach flu!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ The kiddos including Isaac had a great time but more specifically the big kid American sports fan @karthik_naga... ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿˆ๐ŸฅŽ๐ŸŽพ Was nice seeing my childhood church friends @francism27 & @kenhan10 again... N we bump into Sarah from the Slingers cheerleaders!!! Thanks for lending the poms poms ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ
This guy @keep_on_chewing is a Malaysian just like me! We met while working in Cummins, Columbus Indiana. But before that he graduated from the same university as Mr. Hubby @karthik_naga at West Virginia University. Now he moved his family to Singapore while working for Cummins Singapore! Sounds ALL too familiar??? ๐Ÿค” De ja vu of us, KarMie (Karthik+Jamie) 10 years ago!!! What more... now he lives on the west side of Singapore, closeby to us... I wonder where we will end up next? Lols!!!
Thank you @xincilovesyou for my virgin eyelash extension experience... Yup, it was my 1st time ๐Ÿ™ˆ. Seems like it's an in thing here in Singapore where most ladies have it or at least have done it before. I'm so late in the game... Aunty already, still wanna act young. Lols! But it was a pain freeย 2 hours procedure that I managed to sneak inย a little cat nap. Pros: . Mr. Hubby @karthik_naga says I look more Indian now ๐Ÿ™„ can fight with his n kiddos #SiennaSkyler eyelashes! . I look made up and ready without having to put any eye makeup! Saves time n hassle. Cons: . Don't think I have the time or luxury to upkeep this routine (every 2-4 weeks!) ๐Ÿ˜ฒ . My eyes feel heavy n half opened... Need to get use to the "extra baggage" ๐Ÿ˜… . Nowhere to go looking all dolled up. Need to find somewhere to go other than the usual grocery shopping, wet market, library, pickup Sienna from school. ๐Ÿค” Lols...
Clearing out the last of Chinese New Year pics from my phone ...I promise ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ˜œ ๐ŸŠ ๐ŸŒธCNY decorations ๐Ÿต๏ธ ๐ŸŠ
Today is the 15th day and it officially marks the end of Chinese New Year! ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿงจ Giving red envelopes containing money or "Hongbao"๐Ÿงง is a custom during Chinese New Year and are given, most commonly, to kids from their parents, grandparents, and others as Chinese New Year gifts. The meaning behindย givingย ofย red packetsย is a way for married working adults to share their wealth and blessings with the young ones. I'm glad we are able to celebrate this CNY with my family and especially for #SiennaSkyler to be immersed in Chinese culture โค๏ธ
Visited the famous n most talked about Japanese discount chainย store Don Don Donkiย which sells everything from Japanese groceries, cosmetics, household products, etc... Felt like I was transported back to my flying days where I frequented Japan a lot! Can I just say I love almost "everything" Japanese... Especially their food packaging, super kawaii! We can't go to "Japan" without eating Japanese food right? Made a pitstop at their food court but the ramen ๐Ÿœ was a disappointment, it was just okay... But the pork katsu saved the day!!! ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘Œ
Chinese New Year is still ongoing but let's take a break from eating Chinese food...๐Ÿ˜ Free Happy Meals from McDonald's for kids below 12 this weekend ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ” + ice cream too ๐Ÿฆ The catch: your kid need to order their happy meal in Mandarin ๐Ÿ‘ This momma learnt how to order n can survive ordering food a.k.a happy meals in China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ˜‰ "Wo yao Yi Fen kai xin can, xie Xie ๐Ÿ˜„" Great initiave by Chinese Language education centre Xin Zhong Wen (ๆ–ฐไธญๆ–‡) @xinzhongwensg who teamed up with McDonald's to encourage practical learning of Chinese for children. Tomorrow is the last day to have ur kids practice their Chinese n enjoy their happy meals... Win win ๐Ÿ‘ Do note that the promotion will only be available at four McDonaldโ€™s outlets โ€” NEX, JEM, Great World City, United Square from 11am onwards till 1000 happy meals given out per location!
Thank you to the cousins Ha-Min n Ha-Jun for #SiennaSkyler 1st LEGO set ever... Yes, this momma has OCD for playdohs (color can't be mixed) n LEGOS (small pieces everywhere n missing)...๐Ÿ™ˆ But looks like the kiddos are old n responsible enough now. They got it done the next morning. Sienna didn't need any supervision n was determined! Only wanted to stop n have a snack break... Took the kiddos n their cousins to @cooldesacsg right before dinner ...not many pics as this momma was enjoying a cuppa coffee โ˜• with the rest of the fam bam (Daddy was on paparazzi duties) ๐Ÿ“ธ
Happy birthday "chiu chiu" Jeffrey & Skyler!!! ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿฐ Waited for "chiu chiu" Jeffrey n po po to come to Singapore so we can celebrate together!!! TRIPLE celebrations including Chinese New Year. Can I just say we have not had any fast foods or pizzas ever since we came from the USA to Spore... (2 months now). Intentionally, as this momma is on a mission to eat everything local that we can't get in USA.... This was the first time... Since the birthday boys requested for pizzas... Oh boy it was one of the best pizzas I've ever had... EVERYBODY enjoyed it. 2 XXL pizzas ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•, 2 baskets of wings, 1 basket of fries n 1 lasagne... N the not overly sweet birthday cake!!! Everything was yummy in my tummy.... ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ Highly recommended ๐Ÿ‘ @peperonipizzeria p/s:ย Took the opportunity to take a pic of us 3 siblings (Me n my 2 brothers) since we all 3 live in 3 different countries.... Who looks like who? N who looks like mama/papa/mixture of both ???
1/3 of all our favorite CNY goodies imported from Malaysia (thanks po po) was already in our bellies... Need to constantly remind the kids n myself to space it out ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ™„ My 2 weaknesses are pineapple tarts n arrowhead chips (last pic)! ๐Ÿ˜‹ My orders everytime whenever we are in Asia for CNY... Oh yeah, we choose not to have any TV cable as one of our goal is more outdoor play... Well the kiddos don't watch much TV anyways back in the States but on the other hand, this momma is the Netflix queen ๐Ÿ™ˆ so far so good... No TV!!! Kiddos #SiennaSkyler especially love the "Heong Peng" a.k.a fragrant caramel pastries (in the red bag)
A trip to Orchard Road is not complete without trying the famous traditional Singapore ice cream sold from a pushcart uncle!!! It was #SiennaSkyler 1st time trying it n everyone loved it. ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿง๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ˜‹ You can have it on a wafer like these... Or on a slice of bread or in a cup! Lots of flavors to choose from... It used to be $1 but now $1.50! Worth it ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘
Sharing the beautiful moments shared by @jamiechaw , SG mummy Influencer!! #Repost @jamiechaw โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข Reminiscing the time when I conquered THE GREAT wall of China with a "bun in the oven" (5 months preggo!!!) It was a BOLD move indeed but a very memorable trip with Mr. Hubby @karthik_naga ... life doesn't stop when you are pregnant!!! I'm glad we did LOTS of travelling before the babies were born... DURING and even now after having 2 kids, we still love travelling!!! Let us grow old and keep travelling TOGETHER ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿ‘ชโœŒ A textbook can never teach u as much until u hop on a plane โœˆ and discover LIFE through your own eyes ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ OK who am I kidding??? This momma had enough of packing n unpacking for now... Especially with 2 kiddos #SiennaSkyler and the extra excess baggages in tow ๐Ÿ˜… A staycation at @villageHotelAtSentosa would be perfect to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary!!! Of coz the kiddos are gonna be tagging along too....๐Ÿ˜‰#myGatewayToGetaway #globalinfluencersnetwork #sgmom #sgmummy #sginfluencer #featured #parentblogger #motherhood
2nd day of Chinese New Year... Just like a tourist we conquered the famous shopping street ~ Orchard Road @orchardroad.sg to soak in the CNY decorations n atmosphere ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ–๐ŸŠ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’ฎ๐Ÿต๏ธ + snacking + coffee + drinks all the way!!! This year is the year of the ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ– Can you spot those cute little piggys??? We walked from mall to mall but instead of the usual walking indoors sheltered all the way, we decided to brave the heat n sun ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒž just for photo opp ๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ˜… A few stores were either closed or closed early that day since it was the 2nd day of CNY...
Reminiscing the time when I conquered THE GREAT wall of China with a "bun in the oven" (5 months preggie!!!) It was a BOLD move indeed but a very memorable trip with Mr. Hubby @karthik_naga ... life doesn't stop when you are pregnant!!! I'm glad we did LOTS of travelling before the babies were born... DURING and even now after having 2 kids, we still love travelling!!! Let us grow old and keep travelling TOGETHER ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿ‘ชโœŒ A textbook can never teach u as much until u hop on a plane โœˆ and discover LIFE through your own eyes ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ OK who am I kidding??? This momma had enough of packing n unpacking for now... Especially with 2 kiddos #SiennaSkyler and the extra excess baggages in tow ๐Ÿ˜… A staycation at @villageHotelAtSentosa would be perfect to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary!!! Of coz the kiddos are gonna be tagging along too....๐Ÿ˜‰#myGatewayToGetaway
The CNY feasting continues... ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜…
The feasting continues ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ Chinese new year small reunion dinner...
A trip to @chinatownsingapore is not complete without having Hong Kong Chinese desserts... Yummy!!! ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ These are the things that I miss when we are in USA!!! Can't get it in Charlotte ๐Ÿ˜ฉ Gonna be making many more trips to eat these kinda desserts here in Singapore ๐Ÿ˜
What better way to soak in the CNY festivities, by paying Chinatown @chinatownsingapore a visit! So a few weeks before that, I booked a Chinatown Chinese new year free walking trail thinking that instead of us walking aimlessly, let's have the tour guide do the work for us while teaching #SiennaSkyler n Mr. Hubby some Chinese culture n history... But it was too hot, sweaty n crowded that they decided to leave me on my own!!! ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜… But this momma made the most of it... had fun exploring every nook n cranny n bought back lots of CNY goodies ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹
The first of many feasting sessions... Did you know that Chinese New Year is 15 days long or is it short? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคฃ Treating the VIP guests "po po" and "chiu chiu" Jeffrey imported all the way from Malaysia... Missing "gong gong" back in Malaysia!!! Don't worry "po po" is happily eating on ur behalf ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜
Yesterday's heavy rain did not stop us from attending the @riverhongbao River Hongbao Festival at the Float, Marina Bay to ring in Chinese New Year!!! (It's been a yearly tradition for Singapore since 1987). This lively festival offers a special Chinese cultural experience. It was raining nonstop but as soon as we arrived, the rain stopped n we enjoyed every moment of it!!! Weather was cooling, lots of giant larger than life size lanterns, kids were glued to the performances from both local n overseas (Chinese acrobats, lion dance, dragon dance, Chinese classical instruments, wushu martial arts, etc...), โ€“from giant lanterns to mouth-watering foodโ€“that is a feast for your senses. But the highlight was the 12 minutes grand finale of the fireworks display at the stroke of midnight to usher in CNY!!! ๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠโœจ๐Ÿ’ฅ Still not too late to catch it as it's ongoing every night from 3-10th February...
#SiennaSkyler wishes everyone Happy Chinese New Year... Xin Nian Kuai Le... Gong Hei Fat Choy... ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿท๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽŠ
Happy birthday to "chiu chiu" a.k.a manny Jeffrey!!! ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ Any guesses who's giving who "angpao" ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜„ Thank you for always keeping the kiddos #SiennaSkyler entertained or is it the other day round? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
Kiddos #SiennaSkyler enjoyed watching the premiere of The LEGO Movie 2 at @vivocitysingapore ! What made it even better was "po po" came to visit us from Malaysia n was able to join in... You can catch the sneak peak of the movie from 4th-6th Feb and it will be release in theaters on 7th Feb!!! Thank you @theasianparent ๐Ÿ’•
Counting down to Chinese New Year!!! 4 more days to go... Any guesses which animal will represent this year's CNY?
This boy deserves all the kisses in the world, especially today coz it's his birthday!!! Extra extra kisses from mommy ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹ He's a big fan of anything with wheels n combine it with his fav. Super Mario, even better! We added Bowser to his collection since he's got mostly all... Now he's only left with the princesses Peach, Daisy and Rosalina which "jie jie" Sienna is super excited about next!!
(31st January 2019) Happy 5th Birthday Skyler...๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ My forever baby Skye!!! Mommy's prayer ever since you were in my belly: "May you always be happy, healthy and content, Amen! ๐Ÿ™" We celebrated Skyler's birthday on his last few days at his preschool back in Charlotte, USA... He misses all his wonderful teachers and friends, n talks about them ever so often!!! He keeps asking when he will go to kindergarten ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ n can't wait to go on the big yellow school bus with "jie jie" Sienna!!!
Today's topic... Airing out dirty laundry talk! Lols Can I just say I miss my super UPSIZE laundry machine n DRYER back in the States!!! Yes, everything is bigger in USA. Lols n it ain't a bad thing... So our laundry machine in Singapore of 8? years just R.I.P n most people in Singapore don't own a dryer as we use the natural dryer (๐ŸŒž sunโ˜€๏ธ) n we don't have physical space for it plus it's expensive!!! I have been doing laundry nonstop for the past 2 weeks... Didn't realised we left behind most of our summer clothes (mine, mostly ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿคซ๐Ÿ™ˆ) N some I can't fit into it anymore ๐Ÿคจ need to loose weight but eating nonstop ain't helping n Chinese new year is soon approaching...how to say no to all the yummy goodies??? Just give me all the pineapple tarts... Oh yeah last picture is not our home but just for reference... We never air our laundry outside coz all the "yummy" "water" drips from upstairs... Oh NoOOoOooooo.... NEVER!!! ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜
My childhood friends... Shasha (@natasha_basheer ) n Apek (@rizzney ) !!! Thank you for bringing pieces of home, Malaysia (you guys) and spending ur holiday time with me !!! ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พโค๏ธ Known Shasha since we were 7? Years old. Same school since primary school up till secondary school... We were in the same class (Science stream) all of secondary school. Played for the netball team under the scorching sun every single day after school (tournaments in school n between schools). Were in the same hiking adventure club together n went camping - highlight was climbing Mount Kinabalu at the age of 15!!! Were in the running team together. We've practically spent every weekday sometimes weekends together too... In the evenings, we would walk to the "pasar" a.k.a market to snack on street food or go hang out at her house! She's never changed... Same old Shasha that I've known! Down to earth n always so happening n easy to talk to....she's like our mother leader in our gang... She always knew what she wanted to be ever since young - a lawyer n I wanted to be an air stewardess!!! Now she's a powerhouse lady boss owning her own law firm!!! You go girl... Girl power lady boss! Proud of u babes ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’• Oh yeah n she married our childhood friend, Apek who use to be super annoying to us... N still is till today!!! Lols...
โค๏ธ My spiritual family โค๏ธ Since we live away from our families, my spiritual family has been with us since the first year we first moved to Singapore (10 years ago!) We grown all together spiritually n have been each other support system while having lots of fun n food together! Not only spirituality but we've also grown physically too... ๐Ÿ˜œ They seen us grow from newly weds, to baby Si, to baby Skye... N we've seen a few of them from kids to adults (some getting married/just married) ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ Missing some of them who's moved away... N am glad to meet new ones too! We are thankful n grateful for their friendship and felt so welcome when we came back to Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ as if we've never left... ๐Ÿ’•
#SiennaSkyler 1st time meeting Pikachu & Eevee from Pokรฉmon n they loved it! Not sure how long more till they outgrow this kinda thing but in the meantime let's just enjoy it coz they won't stay tiny for long ๐Ÿ˜ข
#KarMieBlog ย updated If the Swedish Ambassador of France left a rave review: "...In my eyes, even the ballet stars in Paris are not comparable to those in the National Ballet of China..." And if Sienna & Mommy double triple confirmed it... Then this show is definitely a MUST watch for everyone! Find out what Sienna & Mommy thought ~> Link in profile๐Ÿ‘† http://karmie080808.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-nutcracker-by-national-ballet-of.html?m=1 ๐Ÿ“ท Credit : My China Channel
Next one to get her haircut...๐Ÿ’‡ Total cost S$2 which equals to USD $1.50 Can't even cover the cost of just TIPS in the USA???!!! Looks like this momma can temporarily retire as my family hairstylist ??? Lols... (p/s: here in Singapore public schools, the girls hair should be kept neat, tidy and simply styled. Hair touching the collar must be either tied up or cut...Brings back memories of my school days back in Malaysia ๐Ÿ˜„)
Perks of being home school: Skyler gets to "skip" school and tag along with mommy Or is it mommy gets to tag along with Skyler? Lols... Today the theme for the outdoor fun was "Little Outdoor Explorers" at the Outdoor Discovery Centre, Canadian International School (@cisSingapore ) Skyler had a fun time exploring all 5 stations while mommy was trying to hide in the shade ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿคฃ โœ…Muddy madness: Have fun in the mud kitchen making tasty mud pies, ice cream, muddy roads and rivers โœ…Eco pond exploration: Enjoy spotting all the different fish, turtles, dragonflies and plants in the enchanting eco pond โœ…Obstacle challenge: Boost coordination and motor skills navigating the fun obstacle course โœ…Little picassos: Unleash artistic skills drawing colourful pictures and contributing to a group mural on the outdoor art walls โœ…Green finger magic: Learn how plants grow by planting your very own pot plant and then taking it home to watch what happens โค๏ธ Thank you @HoneykidsAsia for always organizing fun filled activities โค๏ธ This momma got to enjoy my coffee (2 cups actually โ˜•โ˜•๐Ÿ˜‰) n got my pineapple tart fix ๐Ÿ˜‹ @ Canadian International School
Skyler's 2nd professional haircut ever!!! ๐Ÿ’‡โ€โ™‚๏ธ (He went once when he was a toddler n cried the entire haircut so this mommy has been cutting his hair ever since...) But looks like this momma can retire for now... ๐Ÿ˜ He went from a ChinDian boy to a Chinese boy within 5 mins ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Can't complain for a $2 haircut... Daddy @karthik_naga chose his hairstyle by pointing to another Chinese boy getting his haircut due to language barrier as the hairstylist only speaks Mandarin ๐Ÿ˜†
Thank you @onefabergroup for sponsoring a wonderful 10th wedding anniversary for @jamiechaw and me! Check out our blog article (link in profile) about it and let us know if you are interested to visit any of these areas of Singapore! http://karmie080808.blogspot.com/2019/01/karmies-10-th-anniversary-in-sentosa.html?m=1
#KarMieBlog ย updated Guess what made Sienna twirling and posing like a little ballerina??? Special thanks to @atmcbizexpert for making Sienna's dream come true even for 1 day ๐Ÿ˜˜ Find out more ~> Link in profile๐Ÿ‘† http://karmie080808.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-nutcracker-by-national-ballet-of.html?m=1
Asians are Asians... We need our rice ๐Ÿš๐Ÿš๐Ÿš Especially my kiddos #SiennaSkyler (rice ๐Ÿš n noodles ๐Ÿœ) So I brought my USA rice cooker all the way to Singapore but sadly I'm not able to use it as the plug is different. Yes, I know that the US n Spore plugs are different but usually u just use an adapter n voila, it works! (as most up-to-date appliances have internal voltage converter) But this out-of-date appliance didnt have it. It started to have the burning smell...๐Ÿ™Š Yikes!!! Sighhhh looks like it's gonna be cooking rice the old fashion way (stove top) for now. But so far it's been going well... I think I've mastered it ๐Ÿ‘ Shoutout to my 1st ever new pink pot... Thanks to my papa for getting my 1st PINK pot... It's starting to grow on me!!! Lols... #KarMieCooks
#KarMieBlog updated Our family was able to enjoy a meal at Arbora, in Mount Faber Singapore, on KarMie's 10th wedding anniversary.ย  Not only was the food great, but so was the view! Find out more ~> Link in profile๐Ÿ‘† http://karmie080808.blogspot.com/2019/01/karmies-10-th-anniversary-in-sentosa.html
โ—พC.O.U.S.I.N.Sโ—พ Came to support cousin Ha-min (half Korean half Malaysian) performed drums for his Chinese New Year school performance...๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŽถ Was impressed by foreigners including "angmohs" talking, reading n speaking fluently in Chinese Mandarin ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜ "Xin Nian Kuai Le" Happy Chinese New Year ๐Ÿท๐ŸŠ (p/s: kiddos #SiennaSkyler first pineapple tarts for 2019... More to come as "po po" n "gong gong" will be bringing more from Malaysia)
่ฟ‡ๅนดTheย Nutcracker was such a mesmerizing and enjoyable show...๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ‘ Perfect mommy-daughter date ๐Ÿ’• From the costumes, props, hair, makeup, music, lightning, etc... above and beyond, the classical ballet performanceย by Chinaโ€™s professional was to the PERFECTION ๐Ÿ‘Œ Glad to be seated next to familiar faces, (another mommy blogger) @xavvylicious... The girls, Vera n Sienna had fun watching in awe and adoraration at all the pretty ballerinas ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ (p/s: didn't manage to take many pics n videos during the show as to keep you all in suspense, so go watch it for yourself ๐Ÿ˜‰) It's not too late... 2 more days to catch this amazing show!
KarMie having a photo shoot session at the beach without the kids??? Where are the kiddos #SiennaSkyler ?? Find out in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGrU2ipg8wE (link in bio ๐Ÿ‘†)
Getting the kiddos #SiennaSkyler excited for this Friday's Chinese Version of '่ฟ‡ๅนด The Nutcracker! ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ•บ But before that, this momma made them sit through a seminar about The National Ballet of China at the China Cultural Centre to learn from the ballet master himself, Xu Gang. It is a comprehensive introduction of Chinese ballet, especially the 60 years of Inheritance and Innovation, vividly presented with lecture, pictures, text, video and live performances. Glad Mr. Hubby could join in as well n he throughly enjoyed it even though it was conducted all in Mandarin Chinese... This "banana" mama was sweating bullets too... Lols! ๐Ÿ˜… Glad Sienna was our translator for the day ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ After the show we headed to dinner n I was happy to get my very Chinese dinner... Mala beef noodles ๐Ÿœ, super spicy the way I like it ๐Ÿ˜‹
#KarMieBlog updated Who says it's not fun to spend a wedding anniversary WITH kids tagging along?ย  WE did it (KarMie's 10th wedding anniversary) and we loved it โค๏ธ (almost as much as the kids)! Special thanks to @OneFaberGroup for sponsoring our family to a full day of fun in @sentosa_island ! If you plan to visit Sentosa, do read about our family's experience Find out more ~> Link in profile๐Ÿ‘† http://karmie080808.blogspot.com/2019/01/karmies-10-th-anniversary-in-sentosa.html
Super happy to meet up with my ex crew turned good friend during my flying days. If you worked in a highly populated female environment n being stucked in small tube โœˆ๏ธ with raging hormones for hours n days, you just wanna hide in ur hotel room as soon as you reached your destination for some quiet ALONE time. So I was super surprise that she asked me to bunk in with her for the whole trip!!! It was the best 10 days ever... Chit-chatting till the wee hours, learning makeup n hair tricks from her, shopping, eating n stuffing ourselves with junk food ๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ’„ She's like a sister that I never had! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜ We continued where we left off just like the good ol' days but this time with another lil' addition in her tummy...congrats @elly.song !!! So happy for ur bundle of joy ๐Ÿ‘ถ P/s: The kiddos took a little while to warm up ... Only after our dinner were they inseparable but we had to head home ๐Ÿ™„ (Parents with kids would understand this, right?) BTW, Sienna said she remembers "mei mei" Elsa as she was her first friend ever in Singapore ...
Despite the pouring rain, #SiennaSkyler still had a "swinging" good time at the Discover Golf Carnival at @SentosaGolfClub ! โ›ณ
This show is not your usual traditional Nutcracker... But it is the Chinese version of the original Nutcracker which is a world-class ballet performance -ย '่ฟ‡ๅนด - The Nutcracker'-, staged by the renowned National Ballet of China.ย It is a fusion of the West meets East. Perfect family entertainment as Chinese New Year is soon approaching because this performance showcases the story of a Chinese family celebrating the Chinese New Year! And what more when the Swedish Ambassador of France made this review, it is definitely a MUST watch: "...In my eyes, even the ballet stars in Paris are not comparable to those in the National Ballet of China..." Book your tickets on SISTIC,ย and there's a 25% discount if purchasing using ICBC card or Mastercard. https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cballet0119 (Link in bio ๐Ÿ‘†)
Making full use of "Gong Gong's" visit... FREE private 1-on-1 Mandarin Chinese tutor! Since I'm a "banana", I've always been an advocate of having my parents (and constantly having to remind them as sometimes they naturally switch to English) to constantly speak to the kiddos #SiennaSkyler in Mandarin ever since they were born. Since we live in different countries, any chance they get is very precious... (p/s: my guess is Sienna ended up teaching "gong gong" instead ๐Ÿ˜œ)
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