Chubby Anecdotes | Singapore Parenting and Kids' Art Blog: September 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

How to be a head turner (Note: This is a toddler's guide. Also note: There's a GIVEAWAY at the end of this post)

Dear fellow boys (sorry girls, we need a little men's talk here)

Have you ever felt left out at parties, especially when mommy was busy chatting with her friends?
Were you ever worried that you might not fit in at gatherings and playdates?
O and how are you faring with the girls? Have you ever eyed on a charming candy in a whiny girl's possession and wondered how you could have it without a melt down?

Fret not, buddies! Here's the ultimate guide to turning heads and scoring some brownie points with mommy's friends (think hugs, candies and most importantly, happy mommy means happy baby! *erham*)

Tip #1: Get a ride and put on your sunnies
Having observed my sisters watching their barbie cartoons and my mom glued to her k-dramas, I have concluded that all female (regardless of age) are crazy over men (and boys) who drives and wears shades. It's true! My mom and sisters said so.

Tip #2: The wind is your best friend
To succeed (in life), one should make the best of the circumstances. If the wind is messing your hair up, turn the situation around by facing the wind bravely. Make it work to your advantage- show off those soft shiny hair of yours in style (think shampoo commercial. Yup, you've got it!)

Tip #3: Keep calm and be cool!
Everyone loves a cool baby. So try to keep those tantrums away, as much as possible. Smile! and be cool!

Tip #4: Be at your best! Go for comfort and quality.
Do not blindly go after fashion- go for comfort and quality as well. It's hard work to be at our best behaviour, so don't make things tougher with bad quality products. Feeling comfortable is key to keeping those tantrums and melt downs away.

Now you can, for FREE!
The good folks at Sophie and Friend have sponsored 3 pairs of grey KI ET LA Sunglasses to be won by our readers! Keen to participate in this giveaway? Here's what it takes and it's as easy as 1, 2, 3...

Step 1: Like both Sophie and Friend and ChubbyAnecdotes FB Page
Step 2: Either leave a comment on this blog post or find the giveaway post on ChubbyAnecdotes FB Page (Starting from 22 September 2013 till 28 September) and leave a comment there. Remember to provide your name, email address and age of your child (so that our sponsor knows which size of sunglasses to send you if you win)
Step 3: Share the good news on fb (and let me know you did so in the comments. Nope, I won't know if you really did, but I'll trust you when you say you did) and get double the chances - I'll duplicate your ID once (so that it makes 2 counts) for the draw. This is regardless of the number of shares you made.

Now, before you get all excited about the giveaway (cos I am super excited about it), please read these very important Terms and Conditions:

  • This giveaway starts on 22 September 2013 and closes on 28 September 2013. Only participation within this said period will be considered for the giveaway. 
  • This giveaway is open to readers in Singapore (with local address) only.
  • Winners will be announced on ChubbyAnecdotes FB page on 29 September 2013 and notified through email (please provide a valid email in your comment). 
  • The winners are required to reply with their mailing addresses within 3 working days from the date of our winner notification email (what a mouthful, but very important). Otherwise, we will pick a new winner. So, please check your mailbox regularly. 

  • Disclaimer: Thank you Sophie and Friends for this stunning pair of KI ET LA Sunglasses. We have received a pair of  Ki ET LA sunglasses for purposes of this review. All opinion in this post are my own (by this I meant me, yup the mom). I'll be delighted if Nat can write a review on his sunglasses but he is only 2. So, until he learns his ABCs and then to write, I shall take the liberty to blog on his behalf.:)

    Here's what another mom blogger (a darn good one, at that!) has to say about KI ET LA Sunglasses:

    Friday, September 20, 2013

    Not-so-sweet Lemon Meringues

    Fancy a flourless cookie treat?
    You have to try making some meringues. All it takes is basically sugar, egg whites and air, plus a little help from the weather.

    Why does weather matters? Erm, well, 'cos humility is meringues' arch enemy and so baking them in our humid (especially if it's raining) climate can be quite tricky. Nevertheless, the reward is nothing less than elegance and pure sweetness.

    Here's what you'll need:

    • 2 egg whites
    • a pinch of salt
    • 1 tsp vanilla essence
    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 1 lemon (juiced) 
    1. Preheat oven to 140 degree celsius
    2. With an electric mixer, whip egg whites and salt till smooth and foamy
    3. Softly whip in sugar in parts 
    4. I got the girls to help juice the lemon while I whip the batter till it forms a long peak.

    5.  Little by little, fold in lemon juice and vanilla essence
    6. Spoon or pipe batter onto a baking tray (be sure to cover baking tray with baking sheet. the batter really sticks)
    6. Turn oven down to 120 degree celsius and bake for an hour or till meringues are dry thoroughly. 

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    Friday, September 13, 2013

    "Where is God when it hurts?"

    Somewhere beyond the blue
    Somewhere between my wound and the thrusting spear
    Somewhere between two sides of the truth
    Somewhere picking up tear drops
    Somewhere in the silence
    Somewhere at the corner of my heart

    The very reason that saved my soul became the very weapon that pierced my heart. 
    I can only sit in shadow and wait for my piece of the clear sky.

    If I had tasted grace and rejoiced in good times, I cannot whine now that it is shown to another.
    I can only sit in shadow and wait for my piece of the clear sky.

    Like a bird wailing for sunshine on a day the farmer desires rain.
    I can only sit in shadow and wait for my piece of the clear sky.

    I do not wish to harm the farmer though my existence may seem like a threat to him. 
    I can only sit in the shadow and wait for my piece of clear sky.

    My wings are frail and my heart is weary. I couldn't fly on a rainy day.
    I can only sit in the shadow and wait for my piece of clear sky.

    Where is God when it hurts?
    Somewhere in another's excuse
    Somewhere in tomorrow
    Somewhere in the shadow
    Waiting for my piece of clear sky.

    Big birds don't cry.
    Image taken from book cover of "Don't cry, Big Bird"

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

    Easy Premix Snowskin Mooncakes

    A couple of weeks ago, my sister started a series of experiments in her new kitchen. The goal was to make some snowskin mooncakes for mid autumn festival. It took 3 painful attempts weighing glutinous rice and boiling greenbeans for this science teacher to finally work out the formula. Hence, you can imagine her reaction when she saw the results of our first attempt (see picture below).

    Not too pretty, but not too bad for our first attempt :)
    Erham. As you can see, I probably had more flair - not in the kitchen department though, but definitely in the shopping department. Why so? Well, I managed to find premix snowskin before she did. Haha!
    Less than a total damage of 30 bucks to make more than 1 kg worth of mooncakes! 
    Working with premix was lotsa fun. Having saved the hassle of measuring, weighting and counting green beans, we'd save more time for kneading and wrapping and shaping. Which was lotsa fun for the kids and their dad. What's better than play dough is an edible dough!

    And we brought a box of it to share with the grandparents.
    Glad to have managed to pick some of the better looking ones for the grandparents.  :)
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    Friday, September 6, 2013

    What would I be - (otherwise known as "My Ambition - at age 31")

    When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother, what would I be...

    I recall my mom said something to the effect of:
    "Be a doctor, be a lawyer. Study hard, my girl. Don't take the easy way out. The future is yours to be. Work hard so you can earn lots of money."

    And so, I believe, I must have almost-wanted to be a doctor when I was little.

    I had a few other ambitions in between ponytails to makeup. And by 16, I've written a handful of "my ambition" compositions (This must be the teacher's favourite topic for compos) to know what I wanted to be (ha!).

    I wanted to be:
    A Teacher – some time before I entered Primary school and before it (some of them) became the middle name for horror.
    A Pastor/Missionary sometime between age 14 to 16
    A housewife – well, sometime between age 15 to 19, I was kinda love-sicked. Wanted to be a good wife (yup, not kidding), like many of the happy wives I met in church.
    A nurse or combat medic – for a short while when I was 16. Gave up on it shortly after it became a joke to my classmates. “O no! you’d feed the wrong medicine and maybe discharge a baby to the wrong parents!” and  “Please let me know which hospital you’ll be working in. Why? So I would NEVER go there!” were among the comments I got. You see, they were concerned. I was quite infamous for being blur like sotong. I concluded then, that high risk jobs ain't really suitable for me.

    I eventually, became a designer (much to my mom's dismay). I'd manage to 'run away’ from JC and got myself a place in Visual Comms at Temasek Poly. It was as if the sky had fell down on my mom. But somehow, I got by with my choice.  After an avalanche followed by a period of cold war, that was.

    Ironically, now at 31, I find myself revisiting the topic every now and then. Only to find myself more unsure than ever.

    I've since ventured out of designing and carved out a career in digital marketing - nothing quite near (or too far away) from what I set up to be. I enjoy all things digital and so I am definitely in the right field. Work however, takes me away from my children for most part of the day. When they were younger, they’d cry and make a fuss while I struggle to wear my shoes and leave home for work. It wasn't easy for me and I could only take comfort in the knowledge that they were in good hands. Looking into the future,  I could only hope that as the children grow older, they would gain more independence and I wouldn't need to be physically around as much.  

    Now that they are older and more capable of expressing themselves, it became clearer to me, that they need mommy to be more involved in their lives. 
    Note written by Jiejie (going to be 6 years old) on our whiteboard.
    This is how I read this picture: The line between us depicts that we are apart. She was probably doing her homework while feeling sad that I wasn't around. She envisioned me to be smiling (glad it wasn't an angry face) :) 
    Back to the question, what would I want to be? I want to be too many things. I want to be a good mother to the kids, a successful career woman, an illustrator and a blogger. And I am trying to do them all at the same time. I hope I am not being too idealistic, but I do hope that by me working harder and sleeping lesser, I would be able to achieve my goals while not compromising my time with the kids. 

    Every now and then, whenever I reach a cross road, I did wonder "What if I can't be everything?" Then what would I be? Giving up my full time job would mean shaking the household finance, but that would mean more time with the kids. Would that be the best for the kids? Wanting the best for the children would also require money to groom them and provide them with quality care and proper insurance coverage (think university fees and unforeseen medical fees), which unfortunately wouldn't be likely for the unemployed me. What then is the best for the kids? Honestly, I do not know. Not all the time. While I may know my priorities, more often than not, I do not know what is right. Fight for promos or knock off on time? Both are not wrong but may not seem as right as the other, depending from which perspective we'd look at the matter. 

    It would be easier for me to work out a work-from-home arrangement if I were to switch my profession. Perhaps becoming an insurance or property agent would be ideal. But honestly, I am not sure if I can handle those. What about freelance writing while taking in baking orders? Or perhaps starting a blog shop? Sounds like a plan, but I am not sure if I'd bring in enough dough. 

    What would I be? All in all, I couldn't decide, or rather, I am too frighten to make a choice. Until I finally decide to take a step forward, I'll sing to the tune of "Que Sera Sera"- Whatever will be, will be.