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top of the M

nite scene from Top of the M

Captured on the night when we had our very first dining experience at Top of the M. The occasion: celebrate Jon's Birthday. It's Seth very first experience, but obviously to him, it's just like any kind of dinner. As for me, I've to wait for 3 decades to be able to have such an experience! bwhaahhaha....what a funny thought. The restaurant has such a quiet ambience and at certain times, Seth was bubbling so loudly that we were so embarrassed. The waiters and waitresses were so nice to come over and play with Seth. One even offered chocolate truffles filled with mint ice cream for Seth! Too bad, my darling son don't know how to appreciate and those went into our tummies instead. (**,)
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You can see he enjoyed himself loads. Playing and being entertained. He was even entertained by the live strings group (or whatever you call that) with "You are my sunshine" and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars". That amazed him! We had a dinner set for 4 of us. Seth simply enjoyed the onion soup (how luxury is it, as the onion soup cost SGD28 if to order by itself!) He practically chomped the bread which was served. Fine dining indeed and the food served does meet the reputation of the restaurant. (thumbs-up) I managed a photo of the dessert, ice cream sorbet (yummy) with fruits in wafer basket.

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After the dessert, we almost blow our tummies. ("o) By the time we completed our dinner course, we almost complete one revolution of the restaurant. Seth was pretty up-tied and kept pestering us to bring him around. He just want to climb up the spiral stairs... (faint). How can a celebration of birthday be complete without a birthday cake? We wanted to sing birthday song, but the old bro of mine, refuse. hee... pai sei. So it was just simply candles blowing, a minute of secret wishes and cake cutting. Somehow, we managed to stomach a slice (small slice) of cake each despite the sumptuous dinner. It was definitely a night to remember with lots of laughters and enjoyment. Thanks to Marg for inviting us.

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Random Pics

Taken during our escapade.

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Seth-lingo…

Seth: {Scratching his buttocks...} Seth: "Jia Lat... Pain Pain." Me: {Shocked and rolling my eyes! (What have he been learning??)}

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seth&barneyFor the past week or so, I've been spending time scrapbooking or if not, with Seth. To me, it's precious time to capture his everyday's life and speech which always brings smiles and surprises. He has grown so much! Especially when I see his younger days photos. These days, he speaks so much more and learn to pretend play a lot. He is able to think and construct simple sentences. eg. "mommy, take horse horse." (his rocking horse from the room), "daddy, buy bread." Just yesterday, he starts to tell me, "I love love mommy." AWE!! That truly touches me! It is tough to leave him to even go back to work. Oh btw, I am on leave again. I guess I needed the rest and also have been feeling quite a fair bit of tightening in tummy area. This pregnancy, I become so much sensitive compared to preggy with Seth. Hope I do get much better physically and mentally soon. I have to say that Seth's really a darling when it comes to loving us, he is not afraid to show his simple affection, I always like the way he cuddle my hands, in car, on bed, as he is about to sleep. In a lot of ways, we kinda of put him to such a position that it means, "we are spoiling him!!" Nonetheless, we will also discipline him at the moment he commit his mischief. Somehow, I kinda of worry that we could have neglected baby Rui En. Comparing to my 1st pregnancy, Olive Tree was much more caring and proactive in the preggy process. But for this pregnancy, he seems to be totally oblivious. I was thinking back, how he has behaved when it was our firstborn. Sorry for comparing, but I think I felt neglected for this pregnancy. I neglect, and likewise, the daddy as well. So in a way, it's kinda of unfair for baby Rui En. She's actually very sweet and active in my womb. I enjoy the kicks she does inside. Whenever, I see the U/S scan, seeing her face always bring bright smiles to me, as to me, she's such a dearie beauty. I wish that I have all the time to nurture the little one and be rid of any stress that I am currently going through, be it at work, at home. I felt the worry freak in me being so hard to tame. Sometimes, so sick that I think to much, but is that the preggy hormones at work? My prayers always goes to having a happy baby, always smily and enjoying the life's moments. Intelligent and healthy. I prayed the same for both of our kids and God's grace and faithfulness always prevails. Yes, maybe now I am so sensitive and touchy but I hope the wild imagination of mine about how Olive Tree is treating me will not be blurring my mind too much so that I continue to feel loved. Insecurity?? Oh, and the nonsense I am spouting here, do bear with me, cause I have no avenue to vent them out except on my own blog. hee.... have a great week ahead. Be blessed with little things in life.

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a simple meal

We have been cracking our brains what to eat for Mother's Day dinner. So, on Friday night, out with Jon and Marg for dinner at Quality Hotel porridge buffet, I spontaneously suggested to cook for our mom. They were game about it and so we planned the pot luck session.

Early morning on Saturday, Olive Tree and I woke up at 5am to go to the Fishery Port to get the freshest catch, hoping to get pomfret, prawns and crabs. However, we reached there a tad bit late as most of the good stuffs were wholesaled out and we manage to purchase only the pomfret which was a good buy at S$25.00 for 2 big and fresh fish. Thereafter, we went to Chong Pang market for more marketing, got the crabs and prawns there. Talking about prawns, we had a bad experience with one stall at the Fishery Port. We came across this fella, at mid 30s, who seems to have quite a fair bit of prawns left. So I asked him, "How much are you selling for 1kg of prawns?" He said, "S$15.00". I asked Olive Tree how much we want to get, so I replied back to the fishmonger, "how about half a kg?" He shot me a look, condescendingly answered me, "HALF KG?" You go next door that guy and buy from him lar...half kg... minimum you have to buy 3KG!!" Then he turned to one of the fellow fishmonger and mocked at me..... I was darn pissed about it. Com' on, it's not that he is selling me cheap or anything and he still say I have to buy 3KG at least!!?? Crap manz! I should have told him this, "Hey! You always sell fish, maybe should take a break, after work, go out and get a kite to fly!!!!" Olive Tree said we just leave and go to Chong Pang Market to get the prawns.

At the market, we checked out the prawns, which is exactly the same type, and asked the auntie, she quoted us the same price!!! I just gladly buy from her 1KG! The fish we bought were of a bargain, compared to the market. It was some experience to have gone to the Fishery Port and check out the catches, but if you are the kind who can't take fishy smell, better not venture else u might get all fishy when you leave the place! hahaha! We went home, Olive Tree did the de-intestines work for the fish and here what we have to share... (",)

fishguide


While Olive Tree is doing that, this is what Seth's busy about.....

Seth's style


Isn't that funny!?

We went to mom's place for lunch and head to TVC open house where I got some SB stuffs. Thereafter, home to cook the dishes. It was meant to be a surprise for my mom and I asked dad to join us as well since he isn't working now. Jack was to picked them up and send them to Jon's place for dinner. So by 7.45pm, we had the dinner ready on the table......

dishes of love



Jon did the cereal buttered prawns, while Olive Tree cooked the black pepper prawns and fried the beancurds stuffed with mincede port, fishballs and fish cakes. I did the Coke Pork Ribs and fried broccoli with capsicums and carrots. Fish was steamed (least effort!) by Jack (If he really did it!) Fried Chicken was by Marg. Mom's curry was on the table.... (which was cooked in the day). There we have a sumptuous meal with total ingredients value of not more that S$105! haha! Effort is : Priceless!

dad and mom


There's our parents eating at the table. Hope they love the food we prepared. (",)

It was tiring but fulfilling to have cooked for the family. Especially to Olive Tree, who never fancy fish, especially can't take the fishy smell, accompanied me to the fishery port and de-intestines the fish! Love you heaps!


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handling the tantrums…

Part 2. Oh manz, it's really not easy to keep your cool with a coming to 2 year old throwing his tantrums. Seth is at it again.... He was whiny and really difficult especially during bed-time. Before Labor Day, he would cry till his eyes were so swollen and all mucus running on the face. Regardless of how we try to carry, sway, or whatever. Takes his time to cool off. This few days were much better with him in his happy mood. Especially after the Labor Day crop, he was more smooth tempered. He had a fun day playing with the Jie Jies and Aunties... 🙂 Here are some pics from the crop.

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Thanks, gals for coming by and I had fun and enjoyed the time we spent together. Especially to bring back the mojo to scrap! 😀 Completing my album for I AM, Woman soon... will post later. Small Talk: Here's a hilarious video on kiddy talk... Enjoy! Will Farrell's The LandLord Video