Motivational Mondays – Cherishing Family Moments

How was your weekend? My usual lament of a short weekend will not apply for me, because lucky for me we’re heading for a beach vacation to Phuket this week. Truth be told, I was in two minds about the trip as I’m not completely out of the red, so to speak and the bleeding continued though I’m on a 21-days hormone medication.

But since this short getaway is not just for me but also for the family, I decided to see another gyne as suggested by my friends just to ensure that everything is fine as my regular gyne was still away. And I glad I did because this private gyne was able to diagnosed the cause of the heavy bleeding, unlike KKH  (what a waste of time and money, $^)&)#).

Anyway according to her, there is just one fibroid that’s causing this problem and she recommended an operation to solve the issue otherwise the same problem will just keep plaguing me every month. And since my health comes first, I’ve decided to have it done next month. Meanwhile, I’ve been prepped up with stronger medicine for the trip and hope I do get the chance to chill in the pool. Otherwise, I’ll just have to take comfort that at least I’m away on a vacation with the family (a third one for us this year) with lots of time to just rest and relax with a coconut in hand.

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Sophie counting down to Phuket

My family has been nothing but supportive during this rather demoralizing period. So they definitely deserve to enjoy themselves. As for me, being with family is more than I can ask especially one that sees me through thick and thin.

On a happier note,  here’s sharing our wonderfully taken family photos by Steph Tan. Steph is a local photographer whom I got to know from my community of mum bloggers. Every year, she does a charity Pass it On campaign to raise money in support of WorldVision’s Sponsor a Child Programme. This year, I made an appointment with her and we were not disappointed.

The venue was at Bishan Park, and the theme was inspired by the movie Up where she used lots of colourful helium balloons. 

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Always Daddy’s little girl

While I love being behind the camera to capture precious family moments, I’m usually not in most of the photographs. So I’m really glad we did the photoshoot because Steph captured this most treasured moment between Sophie and myself where we were sharing a good laugh.

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A daughter is someone you laugh with, dream with and love with all your heart.

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No matter how old you’ll be, you’ll always be my little baby girl

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Family is what happens when two people are in love

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My favourite photo of us three where little Sophie was squeezed like  an orange in her words!

We hope you’ll always have cherished family moments in your homes.

 

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3M LED5000 Polarizing Task Light {Review and Giveaway}

Besides blogging, another thing that keeps me up at night is working on my crafts. It’s been a therapeutic way for me to unwind especially when I’m doing what I enjoy. This can be working on my project life, scrapbooking, making cards, creating rainbow looms or just crafting in general.

And because these are usually done after Sophie is asleep at night, it can be very straining on my eyes especially when I stay up late into the night t steal some me-time for myself. But the ceiling lamp in my craft room is not sufficiently bright and to add to my woes, my lamp was too “yellow” causing my eyes to be tired from the strong glare. With prolonged usage, I was starting to get concerned that it would waken my eyesight too.

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But these day, blogging and crafting is a lot more enjoyable with my favourite companion, my new 3M LED 5000 Polarizing Task Light.

Not all lamps are created equal

According to a survey from 3M,  70% of Singaporeans do not understand the need for a task light during various task activities, preferring to rely solely  on ambient light which may be harmful for the eyes.

Understanding the strain we put our eyes through daily, 3M introduced the new LED5000 Polarizing Task Light. Equipped with it’s trademark Polarizing Filter Technology, it effectively reduces harmful glare, making reading, crafting and even using the computer less straining on my eyes.

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Instantly lights up my craft area with a touch of a button

Adjusted to suit your needs with just one touch

With the LED5000, I’ve learnt that brightness levels are measured in illuminance (lux), and not wattage (which refers to the amount of energy used by the bulb). And for more detailed activities such as studying, scrapbooking and using the laptop, these tasks requires higher lux levels to perform the task comfortably.

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It’s fuss-free touch sensor panel with 5 lux levels setting

And to help me switch effortlessly between the 5 different lux levels, all that’s needed is a simple touch on it’s touch sensor panel.

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Using lux level 5 when I scrapbook

Working on my crafts is so much more comfortable now. Hopefully, it will save my eyesight from deteriorating too fast.

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Using lux level 2 for a much softer glow to light up the room when I use my computer

Sleek, minimalistic design

Another reason why I’m loving my LED5000 is because of it’s slim and sleek design. Not only is it super lightweight at only 0.8kg, the lamp is also retractable so you can easily store it away without taking up space on your work station when it’s not in use.

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Sleek & minimalistic design to suit every work station

It’s compact design also gives me more flexibility to bring it around the house depending on my need and it’s especially useful to brighten the surrounding when I’m taking photos of somrthing for my blog or instagram too.  #signsofbeingasocialmediaaddict

Saves your eyes and your money too

Besides saving your eyes, any reason why the LED5000 is an ideal lighting companion is because it can save you money in the long-run as LED light bulbs lamps are more durable and energy saving.

 

The 3M LED5000 Polarizing Task Light is available in Best Denki, Popular Bookstores and other leading retailers and retails at $239. Do check out their Facebook page for on-going promotions too. (Psst, we heard they are having a promotion right now!)

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Seeing Red

{This post may contains information about a lady’s time of the month that may be too graphic for some readers. Please read at your discretion}

Seeing red

Last week, I had an awful scare when I saw red. Too much red to be exact.

It was like any other day in the office when my colleague noticed that blood was flowing down my legs. I froze for a moment and knew that something was wrong… I rushed to the ladies and to my horror found my sanitary pad completed soak and there were blood clots. This was already the fourth day of my period and by right, it shouldn’t be so heavy.

And as I sat in the toilet, I could feel myself hyperventilating and feeling faint both from the shock of seeing so much blood loss and losing blood at the same time. I think I saw there for a long time, at a loss for what to do as I was still bleeding profusely. Fortunately, I had my handphone with me and managed to get a colleague who rushed back from her lunch to rescue me from an awkward situation. But things didn’t improve and I had to rush to the toilet every hour as the the heavy flowed continued the whole day. By the end of the day, I was feeling dizzy from the excessive loss of blood, I had to ask Alexis to rush me down to KKH as my regular gyne is away for two weeks. They gave me a progesterone jab and I was given tranexamic acid tablets for the next three days to treat the heavy period.

The next day, the bleeding eased up and all was looking better. Thank God for mummy. After I told her that happened, she went marketing and came over to cook an iron rich lunch for me to boost and replenish what I had lost.

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By the end of the day, the bleeding was back to normal and I also went back to work the next day.

But on Sunday, a day after I finished my last dosage of medicine, the bleeding continued and it was accompanied by bad cramps. I think I must have sacred little Sophie because there were almost tears in her eyes as she saw me wincing in pain. It was already day nine, so the bleeding was definitely out of the ordinary. So we made another trip to KKH and this time, they attended to me quickly after they saw how pale and ghostly I looked. This time I was given another jab and my head was spinning. So they wheeled me out in a wheelchair in case I fainted there and told me not to go home so soon.

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Sorry if I scared everyone with the photo of it on Facebook. Thankfully, it didn’t warrant any hospitalisation but I was asked to come back again the next day for an ultrasound to see what might be causing the heaving bleeding.(Yes, they refused to do an ultrasound for me on the spot unless it was a life threatening condition at the A&E).

Cause of the bleeding

Back in my head, I suspected it had to do with fibroids as I’ve a long history since 10 years ago. I’ve done two ops before to remove them, once in 2004 and another in 2011. And the ultrasound confirmed that it was the fibroids which most likely caused the heavy bleeding. The doctor advised me to monitor and see if the heavy bleeding resumes next month and if so, then I may have to discuss with my gyne on the next steps. But meanwhile the hormone pills should help to regulate my period and I shouldn’t experience anymore bleeding until the next cycle.

Next steps

This whole episode left me feeling super emo. As it is, each month is a huge disappointment when I get my period, a sign that I’m not pregnant.

And seeing so much red, not only was another let down but a blow that things are not getting better in this trying journey for us to have a second child. In fact, we’ve embarked on TCM and for three months and we thought that things are looking up when this episode happened which really crushed my spirits.

All these while, I already knew about the fibroids which has resurfaced but I chose not to go for another op as we wanted to try… But nothing has been happening and the fibroids are growing bigger and growing more. At this stage, the biggest one is about 5cm. Not going for the op also has its risks as they may multiply quickly (which was what happened the last time) and even if I do get pregnant, it is not without it’s risks…. But going for the op, means more cuts and wound which makes the uterus even weaker and there’s be down time to recover from an op. Plus, I’m still having nighmares from the last op as it was even more painful than a caesarean delivery. Though I don’t need to take any action now, an operation may be inevitable as it is recommended by my gyne earlier.

I’m thankful for the many well-meaning advices from friends who have shared their personal experiences or even encouraged me that our hearts desire may come true after the op. I don’t know what the future holds, but for now, I’m thankful that we already Sophie. Thankful, that all is back to normal now.

Let God

So I’m just taking it one step at a time and letting go of what I think is best and letting God take control. Do continue to keep me in your prayers and thoughts and thank you all for your concern and support.

 

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I wrote about my fibroid removal operation expereince in an older post. if you ar keen to find out more, you can read it here.

The Little Flower Shop Cafe & Bar at Lau Pa Sat

Lau Pa Sat, is one of Singapore’s most iconic food centers. Located in the heart of the CBD, it offers a wide variety of local delights as well as international food choices. I cheered when it finally reopened in June this year as there is finally a convenient place to settle my dinner on days that I’m too lazy to cook after work.

I recently discovered an interesting shop in Lau Pa Sat and I can’t wait to share it with you.

The Little Flower Shop is a florist cum cafe and bar that just opposite of Wendy’s. You wouldn’t be able to miss this pretty shop front that stands out from the rest of its neighbours.

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Once you step inside, you’ll forget that you’re even in Lau Pa Sat as the scent of aromatherapy permeates the shop and puts you right at ease. As a visual person, my eyes are immediately drawn to the many floral details that the owners have put in it’s deco and interior.

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Bouquets, cards and even aromatherapy that makes wonderful gifts

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Hand sewn plush figures that can be purchased too

There is something that catches my attention everywhere I turn. From pretty vases, to greeting cards, plush toys and of course flowers and plants.

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How cute is this love bird letter box

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As I stumbled upon this place after lunch with my colleagues, we opted for their macron set which came with three macarons and a cup of tea.

I’m usually not a tea person but they have a nice selection of teas. The floral infused macarons that I’ll recommend are the lavender and sakaru flavoured ones which are not too sweet on the taste buds with a hint of floral sweetness. But each macaron can be pretty pricey at $3.80 per piece.

Another note worthy item to try on their menu is their tau huay. I know a pretty odd combination coming from this cafe but theirs is pretty unique as it is also tea flavoured, while also serving flavours like chocolate and gula melaka ta huay, a bane for the traditionalist at heart.

But at a very value-for-money price of $1.50, their tau huay has soon become one of our favourite dessert after lunch.
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They also serve canapes and sandwiches at lunch time. But accordingly to my colleagues who has them, they were too petite sized.

So my suggestion is to have a quick bite and head over to My Little Flower shop to grab a good seat as they have very limited seats. Unless you’re planning on dining alfresco, which may not be a good idea with our crazy hot weather and haze.

 

The Little Flower Shop Cafe & Bar
18 Raffles Quay #01-42, Lau Pa Sat,
Telok Ayer Festival Market
Singapore 048582
Opens Monday to Sundays 10am- 8pm
The Little Flower Shop Facebook page

DIY Cereal Box Mailbox

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Remember how we did the Love Language quiz to uncover Sophie’s love language? Another of her love language is words of affirmation. Beyond praises, words of affirmation could also mean affirmation, appreciation and encouragement.  I know that nothing lights Sophie up more than hearing specific praise for something that she overcome especially when she gave her 101%.

One thing that I’ve read about praising kids is that it has to be genuinely meaningful for it to have a positive impact on your child. Otherwise, saying good job will just backfire as being hollow and insincere.  You can read more about it here.

Since Sophie is starting to learn to read and write, I thought it would be a good idea for us to write love letters and notes to each other as a way for us to show our love. I’m sure she’ll be delighted to receive hand written letters from daddy and mummy and I’m also looking forward to receiving her notes and drawings.

So to get us started, we did a simple craft work with our DIY mailbox from a cereal box, an idea inspired by A Happy Mum.

Ready to make one too? Here’s what you need.

DIY Cereal Box Mailbox

Materials

  • Cereal box
  • Coloured paper
  • Stickers and embellishments
  • Scissors
  • Pen knife
  • Scotch tape
  • Washi tape

Steps

1. Get a cereal box and lay it out flat. Using a pencil, mark out a slot for mails on one side and use a pen knife to cut it out

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2. Wrap the cereal box with colored paper. Here you can see that I cheated and only wrapped the front of the box since the other side will be stuck to the wall.

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3. Next it when you can get the kids involved and decorate the box with stickers and embellishments. I used letter stickers, stickers and ribbon.

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Sophie decided to add her drawings on it too though it looks a little too faint to be seen.

4. Once it’s ready tape your cereal box together inside out with scotch tape.

5. To enable us to get the letters out easily, I sealed the bottom of the box with washi tape.

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6. Finally, mount  it up at a prominent place and start writing those love letters.

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I even added an envelope as an indicator whenever there is mail waiting for us :)

 

Sophie writing her love note to mummy! *Yippee*

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I folded my note to her in a shape of a heart to surprise her. Do you remember doing this as a student with your bus tickets too?

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A love note to mummy and daddy ready to be mailed!

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I can’t wait to receive more love letters from Sophie!

 

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