Friday, October 30, 2015

Bangkok - Oct 2015

This is Ollie's 4th flight and I'm glad all went well!
I'm so used to flying to Bangkok monthly that
somehow I feel so... so... so insufficient?
Don't know how to put it but I miss Bangkok.
Never get enough of our 3rd home.
This is the first time I tried to do colour-theme packing.
It will also be my last time!
Then again, maybe it will be easier to do it just
for Ollie and myself.
Till then, see you again in December,
Chiang Mai & Bangkok!

Thursday, October 29, 2015


I am Xiaoxin.
Mummy's daughter.

Just watching the trailers was enough to send the tears running down.
What made it worse was the fact that the lyrics also reminded me of Mummy.
I spent a lot of my teenage days with her.
Helping out with the business.
Chatting in during our car rides.
Lots, lots time with her.
I am definitely blessed and lucky to be her daughter.

忙著微笑和哭泣 忙著追逐天空中的流星
是誰風裡 雨裡 一直默默守護在原地

原來你是 我最想留住的幸運
原來我們 和愛情曾經靠得那麼近
那為我對抗世界的決定 那陪我淋的雨
一幕幕都是你 一塵不染的真心

(Mummy is always there for me.
Which mother doesn't do that right?
Only a mother's love is unlimited.)

來不及感謝 是你給我勇氣 讓我能做回我自己

(Mummy is always the one who gives the best advice.
She is the one who tells me to just do it,
because they will always be there for me.)

與你相遇 好幸運

(I don't think of Mummy every moment of my life.
But she is definitely in my heart, our hearts all the time.
Blessed I really am, to be her daughter)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

More Surprises and Happiness

I am Ollie aka Olympia Toh aka Future Olympic Champion. 
Birthday everyday. 
Christmas everyday. 
I woke up this morning to see the surprise Papa &  Mama got me. 
My personal playground! 
We headed out to Lavender to chill and... 
I came home to another surprise! 
They got me a new and bigger pool! 
It couldn't fit into the bath room anymore, so we decided to put it in the porch. 
What a great day! Yay! 
I shall go visit gong gong and then ah gong today to spread the joy. 
I'm sure they love having me with them! 

Ollie's Personal Indoor Playground

I am Xiaoxin. Ollie's Mama. 

Dear Ollie, 
It's 0044 as I'm typing this. 
You should be awake around 0900?
We hope you like your surprise! 
We're slowly by surely building your personal indoor playground. 
Initially, we wanted it to be at level 2's living area, but we find it a bit too constraint. 
Papa decided to give you the entire living room at level 1 then. 
(Dear friends, coffee sessions, chill out sessions will now be at level 2. Adults have no place at level 1's living room anymore.) 
Now that the slide and swing are up, we'll fix up your ball pool soon. 
Mama wanted these outside the house actually, but considering dust and the current haze situation, well, you shall have it, the living room!

Love, Us! 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Breastmilk Bread

Disclaimer: If you cannot accept using breastmilk to make bread, too bad. Keep your comments to yourself. However, we love it! Haha. 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Great Day!

I'm sure I did Mama proud today! 
Two solo drives and she did it! 
No, I think I did it! 
I didn't cry. 
I didn't whine. 
I just ate my (many, many)  puffs. 
I just drank from my water bottle. 
I just watched the videos. 
I just enjoy the scenery. 
Mama is happy! 
She is thrilled! 
Before that, Mama and Kakak also took me to Giggles to meet Scarlett and Arissa. 
Giggles is so much more fun than Gymboree. 
I told Mama, no more Gymboree! 
Meixian Jie Jie and Shaun Kor Kor also came to pass Mama and Auntie Sennett things. 
Well, I'm heading to dinner with Papa and Mama now.
I'm sure it's a great day for them, no meltdown from me!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Spoilt Mama...

I am Xiaoxin,
Ollie's Mama.
Dear Ollie,
You have a spoilt Mama.
Blessed she is to be spoilt by all the loved ones around her.
Now she is also spoiling you.
I was telling Laogong about how 
we have given Ollie the best that we can.
How can we then ensure she has the best in future too?
Precisely, we cannot. 
In future, she has to do it on her own.
Which is why now, I give her all the best.
I spoil her.
She gets what she wants.
She gets whatever I (we) think I (we) want to give her.
Penguin Papa and Mummy gave Boy and I the best too.
They are the best and that is how much
I want to give Ollie.
That is how much I want to be for Ollie.
The best.
Of course, the best that will be given
will definitely be complemented with
teaching her how to grow up from a girl to
a woman of grace and substance.
(Other than great memories and great friendships,
the very meaningful vision from CHIJ will always
be in my mind)

Every time I think about Mummy, it is rather emotional.
The first five months of the year, or rather actually, 
till now, it is constantly an emotional roller coaster. 
Just that the first five months, it is even more emotionally
 and physically tiring. 
Ollie has been and I'm sure will continue to be a fantastic baby. 
MIL has been very helpful also. 
Ollie allows us a lot of sleep, compared to many other parents. 
She sleeps well, drinks well, eats well, grows well, shops well, plays well 
(but well, sometimes, I find her overwhelming, 
or maybe just a little bit like me - 大姐大wannabe). 
This might also be because of her Leo Mama and Leo Popo. 
Mummy and I are both Leos. Very strong Leos. 
Leos who do as much as we can for our family, 
Leos who lead a life as glamorous and fine as we want. 
Much as Ollie is not a Leo (now now, what is she? I better check it up), 
she displays strong characteristics like Mummy and me.

Everyday, I look at Ollie, Laogong looks at Ollie, and we go, 
"Very cute hor. Very clever hor." 
Note, those are statements, not questions. 
I'm sure all parents feel the same way. 
My child is da best! 

Watching Ollie turn, flip, crawl, stand and now, almost cruising, 
is quite emotional too. 
This little champion who was doing the same in my womb last year 
is now doing all these right in front of me! 
Soon, Ollie will be One.

I will continue to spoil her.
Giving her the best,
being the best I can for her.

PS1: Verbal vomit. I didn't draft. I didn't edit. 
Simply typed all these out.
Which kind of explain the flow, or rather no flow of words.

PS2: Ollie is not having a Onederful Party.
She is not able to tell me who she wants to invite
or what will be the the theme she desires.
Till she can verbalise what she wants 
(and yes, she gets whatever she wants),
there is no party.
I predict we will have one when she is 3 or 4.

PS3: If you're still reading, you're good!
Haha, I seldom do a verbal vomit.
(but I'm in the mood today, two entries!)
I doubt Laogong will read till here too!


A Typical Day At Home (but Mama woke up late!)

Just because Mama woke up early yesterday, 
she woke up late this morning!
10.30 a.m.!
No more such things please, Mama.
Luckily nowadays, I know how to go to Mama 
and obtain fresh milk on my own.
Also luckily Mama had an idea what to cook 
this morning already.
She rushed down to the kitchen... no, wait...
I think she sauntered down, I didn't hear
rushed footsteps.
Whatever, I got my breakfast.
She decided to give me her improved version 
of steamed egg again.
Less broccoli.
Added pork.
More water.
Yes, I ate most of them.
It was definitely much better than the previous meal.
She also headed to bed last night with the 
ingredients all in the breadmaker.
She set the delayed timer so the bread was 
still warm when she cut them for Papa and herself.
I also had yoghurt for dessert.
Finally, after settling my meal, she sat down 
for her coffee and started planning for my lunch.
Papa and Mama took me up for water play
and then it was nap time!
Papa napped too!
Mama cleaned up the room and kitchen a abit.
Decided to give Mama more time,
I napped for about two hours!
Good girl, right!
I can smell porridge cooking now!
I overheard Papa and Mama calling
锅妈 to make reservation for early dinner.
They have been craving for the 麻辣锅and卤肉饭
since they had them on Monday.
Seems like I'm going to smell of 麻辣锅again today.
Looking out of the window, I guess I can't head 
to the pool again. Hazy, hazy.
Shall make Mama read to me the new set of Clifford's books!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Steamed Egg for Breakfast

I woke up earlier than usual this morning and
 started to play around the room. 
Got really hungry and I started to disturb Mama and Papa. 
Papa was really tired about his 20km run last night, 
so I concentrated on disturbing Mama. 
Mama had an early night with me last night, so she gave in, 
woke up and prepared breakfast for me. 
Finally she got out of the routine of my usual food:
-Pork Porridge
-Cod Porridge 
-Spinach Noodles 
I have something new today! 
Steamed Egg! 
It's not chawanmushi smooth yet but I'm sure Mama can do better. 
She added in a tad too much broccoli. 
Well, not too bad Mama, I finished my share! 
Keep up the good work! 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Worrying Time Level Up Up Up!

I Am Xiaoxin:

Today Ollie stood up on her own!
No support!
Boy, we were surprised!

She went on to try to climb the sofa at the cafe we were at.
When we got home, she sat on her favourite chair,
and then turn around to start climbing!
So, we know, we have to be mindful and watchful and careful.
Eagle Eyes Mode On!

We are as good a set of parents as you are.
Of course we're watching and very nearby as we took the photos.

Bread #06 (Strawberry Bread)

Success again!
The whole house was filled with sweet smelling strawberries!
Ok, not that Mama used them.
We didn't have any egg left at home.
Thanks to Aunty Lynn 师傅,
she shared with Mama an eggless recipe.
Mama modified it and made us Strawberry Bread!
Can't wait to eat it in the morning!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bread #05 (Mango Yoghurt Bread)

Mama stocked up lots of ingredients to 
bake many flavours and many loaves of bread.
Papa loves mango.
She decided to bake Mango Yoghurt Bread today.
It didn't rise up as high as the previous loaves and Mama
is kind of sad. 
Well, she told Papa they might have Mango Cake 
tomorrow instead.
Anyway, Auntie Lynn 师傅 told Mama to modify the recipe a bit.
270g flour and 200ml liquid.
Mama will try again tomorrow!