Charley is officially ONE!

Entire July went by in a whim! We were so busy that the only place I was updating about me and Charley was on Instagram. We shifted into our new place and Charley celebrated her first birthday at our new place! Definitely what I’ve hope for for her first party! I’ve wanted a cosy place and private/ intimate setting and everything went exactly as planned. Thanks to my girls for helping out. Couldn’t have thanked them enough.

So what did we have for Charley’s big ONE?

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If I had the time, I would love to be able to bake my own dessert table. It is quite horrible how the real world is charging exorbitant prices just for cupcakes and cakes. Maybe next year, when my dear daughter learns not to cling on to my legs while I wash the dishes, I could bake something nice for her. I’ve went through quite a fair bit of pastry vendors to get to the chosen one. Many of these vendors are charging an overrated pricing from $500 onwards and I think that’s totally uncalled for, plus it’s way over my budget. I’ve even came across one that’s asking for $1k plus with just a few items. So I’ve went along with this newly established pastry shop called Edith patisserie. The cakes are done by Ethel and Shaun (I think?) and they are charging a fairly reasonable pricing for what I’m asking for. Moreover, their bakes are child-friendly (less sweet in my opinion) and their service is pretty good. Love their raspberry choco cake, praline tarts and passionfruit mango tarts! They tasted awesome!

Decors: I’ve only got a few decors up for the house. There is a photo bunting on one wall and pinwheels on the other side of the wall – for photo taking purposes. The craft paper are bought randomly at Daiso and another shop which I’ve forgotten the name but it’s somewhere at Wheelock.

Dessert table: The blue polka dot tablecloth is provided by Edith Patisserie and the table runner is bought from ikea. The transparent sealable jugs/ container are also from ikea. The floral trays are from Daiso and I’m currently using them to place fridge items so that the condensed water won’t form on the base. The ribbon for the containers are from Popular bookstore.

For real food: a dear friend SY helped to buy fried bee hoon and old Chang kee just in case some of my guest turns up hungry. She has bought 30 pax worth of beehoon and we ended up giving some away to the workers under my block. 30pax worth of beehoon was a lot! No joke! Some of our guest also left with beehoon takeaway for the night. My mum made two trays of curry and I’ve also had fried rice cooked for the occasion so we ended up with a lot of leftovers. Not forgetting almond and konnyaku desserts. Burped.

Drinks: I’ve made Ribena and detox lemon drink in the fridge. Quite amazed that my guest drank the lemon water because I didn’t plan that for the party, it was actually for personal consumption but I’ve no complaints about that! They probably needed to clean up abit from eating too much sweets! 😛 Another gf sponsored more packeted drinks and now they are sitting in my fridge! 😀

All the craft works are made with love by Charley’s BFF, misschua. Even the photos are taken by her. She’s not professional but if you would like to engage her services, do leave a comment/email!

Did I miss out anything? If you see something there that I’ve not mentioned and you would like to find out how we got it, please leave a comment and I will revert soonest! 🙂

With that, with a lot of love, Happy Birthday again my munchkin.

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Fanning the heat/haze down.

20130625-125057.jpgIt’s been a whopping 34 degrees for the past few days. Quite a spoilt brat to start complaining about the weather when some of the other parts of the world experiences even worse temperatures. But well, being pregnant meant that your body temperature is higher..and that can get really unbearable for me. I can shower and come out perspiring again, I hate that feeling. I have been trying to survive without aircon for the day when I have my off days at home and keeping night time aircon temperatures to a good 25 degrees in an effort to be more environmental friendly. But I finally broke my record last night, I switched the aircon to 23 degrees and oh my, I must say I had quite a good sleep minus the frequent trips to the toilet.

That said, I do feel bad about not being environmental friendly but at this point, I should concentrate on my well being right? This lack of sleep will make me a cranky woman and become very sensitive, or maybe even emotional. Not great feelings for bean to absorb. In an effort to cope with the rising temperature for day time, I have also made this awesome fan (not from scratch) by replacing the ugly poster that was promoting some taxi stuff which dropped off by itself because the glue was too lousy. Now I’m so proud to use this in the public, on the trains and while I walk..not caring if people thinks I’m aunty. I’m a fashionable (delusional) aunty if that matters.

The recent haze saga is also contributing to the poor air quality that is deemed as super unhealthy/ hazardous for many. I’m sure you’ve read and I don’t have to bore you with such old news. I just want to reiterate that it’s not just PSI you should be concerned about. You should also be more aware and concern about PM2.5 instead. As far as I’ve came to understand, this is the killer that resides in your lungs and may potentially threaten your health. Please people, try to wear your mask even the public thinks you look stupid with a bra pad N95 on your face. Better to be safe than sorry!

PS. From my knowledge, if you are as pregnant as I am now (third trimester), you should not be wearing N95 for prolonged periods of time. Keep it to 15 – 20 mins to prevent shortness of breath. It’s not that you cannot wear, just be extra attentive to your body needs and react accordingly.