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

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

[Sponsored Post] The Working Mom's Survival Kit

My work desk, as of this morning.
Since the birth of my youngest son, I have heard many asking something along the line of "Woah, 3 kids and working! How did you manage? It must be tough, no?" Well, No. Not because it has been a breeze, rather, cos it would have been tougher otherwise.

Most women thought long and hard about how best she can juggle between work and home when they were expecting. Many women thought long and hard about staying at home when they first held their babies in their arms. Some women couldn't leave their homes in the morning without a tear in their eye. While, some women couldn't wait to get some time off from the little ones. I was a little of all the above at one point or the other.

Emotions aside, becoming a FTWM (or whatever they call a mom who happens to work outside home) wasn't a choice for me; it was my only option. Now, don't get my wrong, I love my profession and the satisfaction I get from my work. But I love my kids more, way more. If there need to be a choice, I would choose my kids. But since there isn't a choice(for now), I would choose to make the best of what I have.

Does it take super powers to juggle between kids, work and home?
Nah, I have super kids but I'll never consider myself a super mom. If you are like me, a regular woman, trying to bring home the dough while striving to be a mother to your child, here's some tips that might help you along the way:

1. Know your worth
So, your neighbour home-schools her kids and cooks the best dishes using only organic ingredients, while you, drop your kids in the childcare in the morning, half the time you wonder if they even finishes their lunch. And, what was on the menu yesterday? Humm.. not sure but certainly nothing organic. Now, your neighbour's a great mom. But chill, so are you!

Do we all want the best for our kids? Duh!  But think about it, how many people can afford the best of everything for their children even with double income? Well, money is not everything, but let's face it, many things don't happen without it. Just because you are not always at home, doesn't mean that you are not contributing to the growth of your child.

2. Know yourself
Dear superwomen, you have my admiration but that's about it. No offence, but you see, you are exceptional, that's why you are super. Now, for the rest of the regular female homosapien who fall in the average band, please, for your own good, do not attempt to be super. Not, if you intend to stay alive and watch your kids grow up.

Everyone has their own limits, there is just this much you can do in a day. If you can clean up the house after work everyday, that's great. If you can only tidy up the house on weekends, that's great too. Work your schedule to the best of your limits, but stay within your limits so that you won't get burned out.

Yes, my dear, you are tougher than you think, and guess what, your kids are tougher than you think too. Chill! A little mess won't kill your kid.

3. Know who's the bigger boss
So your colleague works late nights and over weekends, while you, watch the clock and leaves on the dot. Keep it up! You did good. Just because you prioritize your family doesn't make you a bad worker. In today's economy, there are many ways to get work done. I, for one, packs up at 6(as often as I can) and work on the needful after my kids' bedtime. If however, your job is too hectic for you, maybe it's time to move on. Nobody needs a job that is destructive to their lives.

Who are you really working for?
I work for myself and my kids. Sure, I am responsible for the job that pays the bills and I have full respect for my boss at work, but what makes me walk into the office every morning are my kids, my dreams and of course, the bills I need to pay.

4. Love finds a way
If being home for your child is your ultimate goal, then work on making it a reality. If it isn't, what about finding other ways to be involved in your child's life even when you are not always around. My 5 years old loves to doodle and scribble, so I got her a note book and told her to copy down the words that interest her so that she can share them with me when I am home. Sometimes, I would write a little note for her in her notebook and read it to her in the evening. It was fun for both of us and it helped to fill me in on the things that happened during the hours we were apart.

5. Make the best of what you have! 
 It's always easier to look at our lack and focus on what we are missing. But that takes time and effort too, so why not channel your energy to better what you have? Free up your evenings for some time together, make an effort to tuck the kids into bed, or fill the weekends with fun activities. Make the best of the time you have with the kids. Exhaust every opportunity you have to create good memories with them. If quantity is not what you can afford, then work on quality. As much as possible, leave those unpleasant emotions from work at in the office, where they should be. Don't let them affect your time at home, after all, your child deserves the best of you.

6. Catch your forty winks!
We all know that sleep is important for our little ones. We read extensively on bedtime routines, research on best overnight diapers (ie Pampers) and count the hours of our kids' shut eye. Sometimes, we are so busy trying to help our baby sleep that we forget that we too, need to sleep. Given that rest is so very precious to moms with young children, maybe it's time to cut down on late night cable tv and midnight net surfing. Your skin will thank you for that too!

7. Pamper yourself (Pun intended)
Give your child a happy mom. Take care of yourself, so that you be your best self to your child. Sometimes, investing in quality products for your child is also a good way to pamper yourself. It works both ways - when baby is happy, mommy is happy too!

My little bosses

DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post and I am proud and happy to do it for Pampers. Pampers Active Baby and Pampers Active Baby Pants were provided for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, April 29, 2013

[Sponsored Post] Mommy's guide to baby's first road trip

When was your first road trip? Mine(what I can remember) was when I was 7 or 8. My dad drove our family of 5 to Malacca in his little red Honda. I am not good with details but I remember it was fun and I looked forward to having my first stamp on my passport! Since then, road trip is very much in my blood. Though I cannot drive, I am very blessed with a hubby who does. 

I took my little man for his first road trip when he was slightly over 1 year old. It was a big operation for hubby and me to travel with 3 little ones.  The destination was Lego Land Malaysia which wasn't too far away from home, thankfully.  Traveling with little children can be very taxing on the parents, especially on road trips when daddy/mommy needs to drive and navigate on top of attending to the little ones onboard.

If you are planning on a road trip with your little ones, here are some useful tips you may like to consider:

1. Plan ahead
Get your little one's passport and other travel documents ready.
If you are Singaporean, get it done via APPLEs to save time and cost. 
Still, it will take about 2 weeks before you can collect your baby's passport so be sure to plan ahead. 

2. Know your way, ahead
It's always good to get know where you're going and how to get there before embarking on a journey. It is especially so when you are traveling with little children. After all, you will want to spend the time onboard on better things like answering their many questions, cuddling them for naps, milk feeds and the list goes on. 

3. Work your travel schedules around your baby's routine
This is the golden rule to happy family trips - Always work around your baby's schedule. Ensure baby gets the rest and feeds they need, otherwise, be prepared for tantrums and drama. So, go slow and travel at your baby's speed. Remember, it's his first road trip so be sure to make it an enjoyable one for him and you.

4. Stock up on your baby's necessities
Be sure to come up with a laundry list of necessities and check through them before setting off. 
Pack toys, snacks and favourite music for some entertainment onboard. Don't forget the comfort items to help your baby sleep get used to the new environment and sleep better at night. 

Bottled baby food, jackets, warm water flask, wet wipes and diapers are among the quintessential for road trips, so be sure to pack them in. It always helps to have a good diaper on hand so you won't need to change them so often during the time onboard. If you are looking for a good diaper for road trips, Pampers is a good choice. Read product review here.


DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post and I am proud and happy to do it for Pampers. Pampers Active Baby and Pampers Active Baby Pants were provided for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.
 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

[Sponsored Post] Fun-time idea - Make your own Panda Diaper Pants. Great for play-pretend!

Hello! It's Super baby and his favourite diaper pants(again). Now, before you walk away, please stay a little longer as we've got something fun to share today. ;)

If you have switched to Pampers, you would have experienced the blissful relief from constant diaper change (Pampers Active Baby keeps baby dry up to 12 hours!), painful nappy rash and diaper-change battles. 

That's right, a good diaper would save you the time spent on unpleasant ordeals so you can have more time for the things that matter more. For me, that could be a ball game in our living room, a few more snuggles in bed, a slice of cake we share for tea, a weekend craft activity, that one more story before bedtime or that few more moments for me to experience my children's childhood. 

For today, we took some time in the afternoon to play-pretend. 
Hello Baby Panda!
Here's my little boy and his happy panda pants
Running around the house and playing hide-and-seek with a little animal twist was lots of fun for him and his older siblings too. 

Like our Pampers Panda Pants? Here's how it's done.

You will need:
  • Pampers Active Baby Pants
  • Beige and Black paper. 
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape


Step 1: Draw and cut out the features of panda.
Here's a quick tip: Fold the paper into half and draw one eye and ear. Keep the paper folded when you cut. This way, you'll get 2 identical pieces of each.

Step 2: Assemble and stick them together on the diaper.
Ta-dahhh! And we are done! Easy peasy and all ready in less than 10 minutes.

Once done, hang it up or put it somewhere for your toddler to find it himself. That would add to the fun factor for him. Now, you're all set for a ball of a time! Let your imagination take flight. You could play panda catching and go running round the house or opt for a little story time with a panda story book. 

DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post and I am proud and happy to do it for Pampers. Pampers Active Baby and Pampers Active Baby Pants were provided for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

Teach yourself: Hair styling for little girls - Princess Style

I love make-pretend games. It's fun, easy on the pocket and gives me an opportunity to enter into my kids' imaginary world. Child play is no trivial matter, children learn through play and play takes a message beyond the books, to where lessons cannot reach. In a child's imagination, anyone could be a princess, any dress could be a gown and anywhere could be a castle, even the sky is not the limit. 

If you have a little princess at home who enjoys playing dress-up. Here's a fun activity you can try it out at home. We played Royal Mama Salon this afternoon and here's the result - my pretty little princess in her comfy cotton dress and princess style hair. 


Keen to try out this hair style yourself? Here's the step-by-step guide.

Part hair in the center and braid the top hair of her hair for both sides. 
Tie braided hair together in the middle. 
Part bottom half into 2 and lift it up above the knot... 
... and tie. 
Tuck the top knot under the braided hair. 
Finish off with pretty ribbons to cover the rubber bands.  

Here's my very satisfied customer.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

[Sponsored Story] My kids have turned my life up-side down and around!

I am not (and have never been) a very organised person. Having 3 kids and a demanding full-time job outside home, very much turned my already not-quite-organised world, upside down. Think messy home, untidy work desk, meeting schedules in between kids' time table, vaccination appointments and enrichment classes... Yup, you got it.

It didn't take me long into motherhood to know that having children is a full-time job. Whether you are a SAMH, WAHM or FTWM (or whatever other types of mom), a Mom is a Mom, period. I am a mom who happens to work outside home and like any other moms out there, it isn't easy.

Walking into my office every morning is very much like an out-of-body experience. Imagine, going to work with your head intact and your heart very much at home running around after the kids. In between 9 to 6, I drank coffee, run in and out of meeting rooms, make notes, read and wrote many emails. Had quick lunches, drank coffee and sped up my steps back to office. Drank more coffee and worked doubly hard, so as to make it home in time to spend the very precious few hours I have with the children before bedtime.

As much as I try to keep the stress and problems I face at work away from home, it's not as easy as it seems and sometimes, it shows.

I must have been frowning much lately, like this:

My little boy must have noticed and decided to see things differently. Like this:
"Cheer up mama!
By the way, I poo-ed. Please change my pampers." 
Have you tried looking at a sad face upside down? Try it! It actually looks kinda happy! My kids have taught me to smile in the face of adversity. Many times, they taught me to see things from a new perspective and gave me strength to see beyond my challenges. Sometimes, dealing with adversity is like playing Peep-a-boo - Now you see it coming, then you don't. Laugh or cry the problem exist, so why not smile and work on it? :)

PS: Ahem, allow me to add this at the end of today's post. 
This post is proudly brought to you by Pampers. Yup, baby's wearing Pampers Active Baby Pants in the picture above. Nice fit and very comfortable. If you are keen to find out more, read product review here.


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DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post and I am proud and happy to do it for Pampers. Pampers Active Baby and Pampers Active Baby Pants were provided for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.
 

Friday, April 26, 2013

When Mommy says sorry...

There are good days and there are bad days. There are the not-too-bad days and the not-too-good days too. Today however, was a down-right-bad day for me.

I survived a bad-mom day today. I totally lost it this afternoon. Meimei's senseless screaming in the ladies' threw me off the scale and I was all ready to slam my head into the toilet bowl and flash myself away.

Don't get me wrong. I love my kids. Will I die for them? You bet. Do I enjoy motherhood? Of course! But do I enjoy every moment of motherhood? Erm, no. Sorry, but no, and especially when they scream in the public toilet for absolutely no rhythm or reason.

Being a mom has made me realised that I can do a lot more than I thought. I learnt that although I cannot take a pin-prick, I could handle labour pain. And though I have no flair for cooking, I could whip up decent and nutritious baby food. I can wake up at wee hours to make milk or feed medicine. I can sing the silliest song in the middle of the street if that's what it takes to sooth my baby back to sleep. I can run, faster than I thought, especially when I am after my kids. I can tell the darnest bedtime story and sleep with a toddler on my chest...

But I cannot take senseless screaming. It is something that I have not grown any immunity to. So when meimei melted down in the ladies toilet today over who got to use the toilet first(jiejie went first), I snapped. Yet even after I snapped, she did not stop, but continued to wail. I was convinced that if she were to continue any further, security would come and we would make headlines on Straits Times and broke some Guinness Record for the loudest crying kid in public toilet.

She was like a broken recorder, repeating the same set of meaningless words "I want to xu xu (urinate)!" when she is already on the toilet bowl. Everyone was staring at us. I wanted so badly to stop this insanity but it was beyond my control. I slammed the door behind me and smacked her as if trying to wake her to her senses. It worked. But I was broken. It was the very thing I promised her I would not do. "No one lift a hand on another in this house" that was my rule and I broke it.

I HATE myself. WHY WHY WHY? WHY did I do that? Trying to savage the situation, I apologized to my little girl. She was clearly disappointed with me. "Mommy, why are you behaving like that?"

Baby, I don't know. But I am really sorry. Let's work on this together. You, stop wailing for nothing and me, stop smacking and us, both happier.

Friday, April 19, 2013

[Sponsored Post] WHERE DID MY BABY GO? - Mommy's guide to out and about with your toddler

When my  baby was little, I couldn't wait for him to grow up. I looked forward to his first month celebration, fussed over his first pearly white tooth, cheered and celebrated his first step... and sooner than I thought, he was running around.  Now that he is a little bigger, I am starting to panic. Looking at how fast my little man is growing up, gives me the same o' bitter-sweet feeling within, akin to how I felt with my 2 elder kids- WHERE DID MY BABY GO?

Somewhere under the bed or behind the curtains! Sometimes, hiding behind a tree near the playground or running around in the mall. Not always in my arms anymore(ouch!), but nevertheless, always in my heart. 

Though I will always miss his (and his sisters') baby-ness, nothing beats the joy of growing up with the kids! If you have a toddler at home, you would agree with me that it's lots of fun. With so much energy to spare, it's a shame to coop up at home. The little explorer is now ready to see the world! No longer satisfied being pushed around in a pram or cuddled in a sling, he is now ready for action, so let the outdoor fun begin! 

Out and about with a toddler is often an experience unique to the other - you'll never know what he is up to next! Nevertheless, being well-prepared always helps. 

If you are looking for kid's friendly places to visit, why not check out what these lovely parent bloggers have to recommend:

and the list goes on... try googling a little and you'll find more. You won't find much of such content in my blog though. Outdoor activity post ain't my specialty, fine - I am not quite capable of it. Seriously, I salute the bloggers who does such reviews. Imagine running after the kid with a huge nappy bag, while pushing a pram and trying to snap a good picture and make mental notes of the place... It takes more than talent. For a mommy of my level + 3 little ones, it would require special powers to accomplish the mission.

What I am capable of are little add-on tips, like...

What to pack in you nappy bag (duh). Okay, how to pack a less bulky nappy bag (better?) 
1. Only pack what you and your child need. 
If that pack of baby biscuit has been left untouched for 1 week, it is likely to remain so till it expires, so take it out and put it back on the shelve.

2. Go for travel packs
Keep the "FREE 20 sheets more" wet tissue at home. Opt for travel packs for your outings. Your back will thank you for that.  

3. Go for thin diapers
Diaper can take up substantial space in your bag, especially if you are going for a longer trip as you'll need to pack more. So go for thinner diapers.

If you are looking for a good diaper for outings, why not consider Pampers Active Baby and Pampers Active Baby Pants?
Pampers Active Baby Pants is our favourite!

Here's why?

As depicted by the toilet sign, this is how I would like diaper change to be.

 This is what I experience in reality... 
  
 My Super Baby is no longer an infant. He is a little man and he wears the pants(pun intended). With all due respect for his independence (and the lack of it) and to save myself the pain of diaper-change fight, I go for Pampers Active Baby Pants. You can imagine me holding it up like a white flag. You win baby! Now, let's go out and play. =)

Not convinced? Read what Super Baby have to say:

DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post and I am proud and happy to do it for Pampers. Pampers Active Baby and Pampers Active Baby Pants were provided for the purpose of this review. I have also received a token of appreciation from OMY for a series of 8 posts. All opinions are my own. If it seems a little too exaggerated, it's a norm 'cause that's my style.

Brownie in a cup

This post is at least 2 weeks late! I've been so busy lately, I almost forgot about it until I saw the pics in Picasa last night while I was clearing the photos in my phone.

This was a little activity I did with the kids prior to my flight to Stockholm some time back. I'd jot down the recipe from Electrolux Newsroom to try it at home. As the recipe was meant for microwave cooking. I've tweaked the baking time so that it would work with my conventional oven.

Here's the recipe: 
Jiejie begged me to let her copy the recipe into her notebook. Not a bad way to get my pre-schooler learning new words.
It's really easy, Just put all the ingredients together in a cup...

...and mix.
It got a little messy for the kids to mix in a small cup so I gave them a bowl instead.
Put in oven and bake for 25 minutes at 140 degree and it's done! 
Nice moist and yummy brownie.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

[Sponsored Post] Mommies' guide to good night rest

Whoever came out with the idiom, "Sleeping like a baby" is unlikely to be a human parent. I am serious. I mean, whose baby slept like a log during the early years of their childhood? Please, drop me a comment, I want to interview you.

If you are not among the lucky few in a million parent who have a good sleeper, don't fret, that makes you the majority. While there is no sure-work recipe to a good night rest, here are some not-too-bad pointers you might want to try:

1. Start a bedtime routine and stick to it
Consistency is the key to successful bedtime routines. Be it a warm bath, a bedtime story, or a soft lullaby, sticking to the same sequence of events daily establishes a recognisable routine and helps your child to ease in to "sleep mode". Don't be discouraged if it didn't work for the first few days, press on and you are likely to be well rewarded for the effort.

2. Cut down on sugary snacks
Cut out the sweets if you want sweet dreams. Yes, sugar is your enemy. Sugar converts to energy which keeps your child active. So, cut down on sugary snacks and sweet drinks, especially in the evening.

3. Slow down
While tiring out your child might be a good way to induce sleep, over-stimulating your child may be counter- effective. Your child may find it difficult to tune in to "sleep mode" albeit being very tired. Sometimes, it causes nightmares and disturbed sleep, which is undesirable even if you child turns in early for the day.

4. Creating a conducive environment for sleep
Play some soothing music, check the temperature(make sure it's not too cold or too hot) and dim the lights.
Turn off the TV in the living room if it is a destruction for your child. Make it clear to your kid that there is absolutely nothing else to look forward to after bedtime and bedroom is the best place to be.

6. Check the nappy
Having put in 101 effort to ensure a good night's rest. Be sure not to lose the battle to nappy woes.
Yes, always change the diaper before tucking your child into bed. A good diaper is definitely of good help.

If you are looking for good over-night diapers, why not give Pampers Active Baby a try? It locks in moisture and prevents leaks, keeping your baby dry up to 12 hours. Another feature, which is not often known, but earns it a A-Star is the hypoallergenic lotion with aloe vera extract which helps protects baby's skin and reduces nappy rash - Definitely a bonus for overnight use.

 

DISCLOSURE: Yay, this is a sponsored post and I am proud and happy to do it for Pampers. Pampers Active Baby and Pampers Active Baby Pants were provided for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. If it seems a little too exaggerated, it's a norm 'cause that's my style. 

 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

[Product Review] Pampers Active Baby Pants

Erham! Mommy, baby rights please. the pampers very comfy but I want my pants back! 
Hello everyone! I am Super Baby and I love to run around the house making everyone super busy. I hope you can tell by now that I cannot say many words yet, least to blog. But, I am definitely the best person to do this product review. I mean how can you trust my mom, it's been many many years (lost counting my fingers) since she last wore diapers. So please, take it from me. YAY!

From experience (and you have to trust me, I've been wearing diapers ALL my life!), a good diaper should keep me happy. Don't listen to my mom talking about the extra locking layer which locks away wetness and the cottony material that makes Pampers O'so breatheable... these are great... provided you can catch me and keep me still for diaper change. I love my mother very very much but I think she needs exercise, so I would make her run around the house, up and down the sofa, in and out the kitchen with  Pampers Active Baby Pants in her hands before I finally (give chance) let her catch me. I love it when she does, cos she would cuddle and tickle me, pretend to look very angry then quickly change my diapers for me. We would end up laughing really hard and that makes us both very happy. Before  Pampers Active Baby Pants, diaper change battles were a constant struggle. Let's just say, I am a BIG kid now, I've got things to do, toys to play, places to explore, I really do not have the time and patience to stop for mundane things like diaper change.

I love  Pampers Active Baby Pants because it's comfortable and it does not restrict my movement. It's soft waist stretch material also prevents pressure markings and provides extra comfort. It's important for babies to look good too. I am very appreciative that  Pampers Active Baby Pants is so thin and does not make my bum looks fat. 
Okay. I am done with this review... off to play again!
DISCLOSURE: Yay, this is a sponsored post and I am proud and happy to do it for Pampers. Pampers Active Baby and Pampers Active Baby Pants were provided for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. If it seems a little too exaggerated, it's a norm 'cause that's my style. 

I don't want to be a supermom

"I want mommy to eat breakfast with me in school".
Glad to have fulfilled her little appeal this morning, albeit I was running late for work. It was the least I could do for my little girl who would spend the rest of the day away from home.

For the rest of the mom-is-not-around hours. She may learn a new word. She may make a new friend. She may laugh. She may tear.  She may miss me but I won't be there.

I, for all I can do, can only live these very precious moments vicariously.
I do not aspire to be a supermom. I just want to be, my kids' mom.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Where did all the time go?

Here we are, 6 years since we tied the knot. From friends to lovers, we've gone through good times and bad times together.

Since it was our wedding anniversary last weekend (yes, it's rather late), I would like to celebrate our many encounters, together:

At 10, we met in school and went for classes TOGETHER
At 12, I took a holiday job at your family's bakery and there we were, working TOGETHER
At 14, you started chasing skirts, and we shopped for your then girlfriend's gift TOGETHER
At 19, you won my heart and there we were, in the middle of the night, after your platoon gathering, TOGETHER
At 22, I was with someone else. Yet when you called to say you were leaving for Australia, nothing could stop me meeting you for lunch TOGETHER.
At 24, I was pregnant! You held my hand through the storms and down the red carpet. You were my prince and I was your princess, there in the presence of all our witnesses, we got TOGETHER......

Now, at 31, we were at our anniversary tea. Seated facing each other in a cosy cafe and having tea TOGETHER. 

Things may not be all bright and rosy at the moment. But what's bigger than trials and piling bills is this - You and me, TOGETHER. Holding on together, fighting together and growing together. 

Here's to our togetherness! and for many more to come. I love you, dear.

I love my strawberry shortcake but his chocolate earlgrey cake was better. hump!

love the furnishing. It felt like we were in a different part of the world.

take your pick. Quick!

I want this in my house!!!

Here's what my mom got for minding the kids for the evening... LOL.







Sunday, April 7, 2013

[Sponsored Post] Mommies' guide to keeping your toddler dry

If parenting was taught in universities, then diapering would be one of the mandatory modules. 
The fight against nappy rash and other bum-zone infections is a constant battle for any parent during the early years of our little ones.

There is only 1 way to keep nappy rash away - Keep your baby dry.
Easy peasy! How tough could that be? From experience, a piece of cake compared to trying to photoshop the photo below.




Unless you intend to air dry the kid(erham), here are some useful pointers for your consideration:
1. Change your baby's diaper every 2 to 3 hours
2. Keep bum-zone clean - wash or use wet wipes to remove any dirt, solid or spills for every change.
3. Use nappy cream for further protection
4. Exercise a good dose of common sense- ie, if its smelly, change the nappy.

If you are using disposable diapers, look out for qualities such as, breathability (very important), good absorption and elasticity(for comfort). 

For me, Pampers Active Baby fits the bill and beyond. Here's why:
  • Breathability - Soft cotton-like outer cover with great breathability.
  • Good Absorption - Extra-locking layer helps lock away wetness to keep baby dry.
  • Comfort - Elastic sides expand and contract for a comfortable fit.
  • Extra protection -Hypoallergenic lotion with aloe vera extract helps protect baby’s skin and reduces diaper rash.

DISCLOSURE: Yay, this is a sponsored post and I am proud and happy to do it for Pampers. Pampers Active Baby and Pampers Active Baby Pants were provided for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. If it seems a little too exaggerated, it's a norm 'cause that's my style. 

Please do not attempt to hang any child on a laundry line. Not a strain of hair was hurt for the production of the image. The photo was heavily edited in photoshop, I'll show you how it's done soon. So stay tuned =)

Friday, April 5, 2013

Hello! Swee Swenden

Finally! Got down to blog about my recent work trip to Stockholm. The title said it well - Sweden was really very Swee (beautiful in hokkien). 

The journey from Singapore to Bangkok and then to Arlanda Airport is not that perfect though. I was on board a red eye flight for 13 hours! and on economy class (cry). Well, my boss had warned me about it and I did tried to apply for economy premium seats but they were all sold. 

It was not that bad, really
I was seated right behind a lovely couple and their gorgeous toddler who did not cry throughout the flight; she cried throughout the time she was awake. In between, the stewards and stewardess walked up and down the aisle and in and out of the food preparatory section which was strategically located just beside me. But what tops it all was my much coveted window seat (check out the magnificent view from the window), the elderly folk seated by the aisle was very sick, he could not stand nor walk without support. In order not to trouble him, I've kept my bladder tight for a good 10 hours throughout the long haul from Bangkok to Stockholm. Miserable was an understatement. 
The awe-inspiring view of the morning from 1158km altitude. AWWWWW!
The flight ended and my day began at 6.30am CET, Arlanda Airport, Stockholm. 
That is 11.30pm in Singapore (OMG). Sleep deprived? I was beyond. I went through the ordeal of custom checks and baggage pick-up, it felt almost like an out-of-body sort of experience until the sobering moment when I pushed open the heavy glass door at the exit. COLD BREEZE! It was -6 degrees in Stockholm that morning. 

Where I rested my head for that 3 nights
I took a taxi to the Courtyard Marriot Hotel, which is about a 5 minutes walk away from my office in Stockholm. It was a cosy and nice place to put up for a work trip. Nothing too fancy or posh but comfortable and warm enough for me. Basic shower toilet with no bath tub (much to my disappointment but still), that was fine. What was not so fine was that toothbrush was not provided(I thought it's a given). And silly me, did not check the souvenir corner at the hotel lobby (they actually sold toothbrush and toothpaste at the lobby!) before venturing out to the town area after work that day just to buy toothbrush. 
Cosy room with bed and desk.
I did my work on the bed most of the time. 
Breakfast at the hotel cafe.
Off to office for meeting at 9am CET. 
I couldn't figure out if I was more worried than excited or the other way around. I wasn't too sure if I could indeed complete everything on the agenda for the trip within a short 3 work days. Thankfully, things somehow all fell in place. 
Electrolux Head Office
Reception area.
Pantry area where the folks there have fika (tea break in Swedish)
Out and about
Albeit, the very severe schedule. Somehow, in between work, jet lag, more work and sleep, I took some time out to see the city. All the while, I was looking out for snow. Despite it was very cold throughout the trip, there was no falling snow, just patches of melting snow on the ground.
Red bus and some snow along the street.
I thought this look really retro.
Once upon a time, I think I saw it in Singapore or was it Malaysia. 
Retro phone post at Old Town.

Subway. It costed me about 75SEK(to and fro) to travel a distance of about 8 train stations. That is more that 10SGD! 
Me in my pretty pink down jacket on board the subway.
Upclose with the royal palace. 

I love the Old Town. It feels like I've traveled back in time and I could the splendor of this kingdom in the olden days. The Old Town is within walk-able distance from the Gamla Stan Subway Station.

At the other end of the Gamla Stan Subway Station. Check out the frozen lake! 
Evening, on my way back to hotel

I love the pastries in Stockholm. You'll be spoiled by the choices of bread and cakes. 
Dinner at hotel cafe. Meatballs with mashed potatoes, lingo cherries and pickles. Yummy! Worthy a note, the meatballs are about 1.5 times bigger that those we get at Ikea in Singapore.
In between the many conscious, subconscious and unconscious moments away from home. I was missing the kids real bad. I bought postcards and wrote to them at the hotel cafe. I know they would received the postcards prior to my return, but I wanted to let them know that they were on my mind even when we were miles apart and I supposed, it would be fun for them to receive mails from far far away.

The trip ended with hugs and goodbyes from warm-hearted friends in the head office. The journey home seemed longer, I think it was the anticipation to be home, to embrace the people that I missed. I recall, looking out from the plane, seeing our lovely island on the canvas of blue (okay, I know the sea we see at east coast an sentosa aint that blue but it seems blue-er from a distance) waters. Stockholm was beautiful, but nowhere in this world makes me feel more at home then my home itself. So yup, I love my humid, sunny, and mostly air-conditioned Singapore.

VERY IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: The trip was meant for work and work was what I did, mostly. I did not skive nor sneak out of office when I was not supposed to. I did not abduct my colleague (who had a leg injury) to risk her health in the cold to wander around the city with me. Absolutely,  no work related matters suffered in the process.