Sunday, November 30, 2008

Oppsy Daisy.... BumPaDiBump on Sophia's forehead~~

Sophia tripped and fell flat on the floor hitting her forehead
at home last night before bed time....

She didn't scream the house down, 
just whimper a little, then picked up herself and ran again....

So I didn't think much about the fall and tuck her to bed.

This morning when I woke up,
I noticed that her eyes look somehow WRIED!
Yes indeed, it is!
There was swelling in the sinus region....
which spreads to the inner corners of her eyes....

Her once beautiful hidden double eye lid 
turned into a puffy lump...

Oh my poor little girl....
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During breakfast at MacDonald's, strangers walking by 
couldn't help it but steal a second glance at Sophia.....

Coz the bump was really OBVIOUS 
and it is affecting her appearance!

Some even told me to rub HOT hard boil egg 
wrapped in a cloth in the affected area....

Since it is Sunday, Dr Lilian our usual PD for the kids 
is not open for business...
And, I don't really want to see the doctors at KKH,
they usually makes my blood boil 
due to their incompetent attitude towards treating a patient!
(And the doctors in the emergency units usually looks like 
gong gong freshie that don't know what they are doing!) 
I had to call Dr Lilian on the emergency number.

After a short chat, she convinced me 
that everything was going to be fine.
Since there wasn't any sign of concussion.
What's define as a concussion?!?
-Can't be awakened
-Has one pupil (the black part of the eye) 
that's larger than the other
-Has convulsions or seizures
-Has slurred speech
-Seems to be getting more confused, restless, or agitated

And I was adviced to do 
on the affected area.

So the next time your kids gets a bump,
don't roll the HOT hard boil egg on the affected site!!
It's obviously not going help and it is making it worst!!

Please remember  
not hot!!!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Expected beginning, Eventful Ending....

I booked a makeover with  Majolica Majorca a couple of  days ago....
Started my day on a happy note 
that I will be pampered like a princess 
with a FREE makeover!!
(even got FREE lip gloss after makeover leh!!)

When I was attending professional make up lessons 
 many donkey years ago,
my makeup trainer, Ginn told me 
to never step out of the house without makeup....
Oh boy.... Now I'm sure you can see why!
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Make up artist and myself after the makeover....
Did I look any better?!?
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Myself and the EX Stomp Star Blogger, Nadia
She used to  be my makeup model 
for my makeup portfolio many donkey years back....
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After the makeover, I brought the kids to the playground at Paragon 
to burn off some excess pent up energy....
Now, the strategy is to get them dead tired, 
so that I could window shop in peace later.....

And, it is with such coincidence that I bump into my Aunty Pat!!
And the whole jing gang of aunties, cousins, niece, and nephews!!
So we ended up shopping and having dinner all together....

Hiroshi & Jayden
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Wilson, Hiroshi, Sophia, Lulu
(Thanks for sending us back!!)
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Lulu will be flying up to Abu Dhabi this wednesday 
to join Wilson who is posted there permanently for work......

Lulu, have a great trip!!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Hiroshi's Bento Box

Fragrant White rice
Stir fried Broccoli stem & Carrot, 
garnished with sesame seed
Butter thyme Salmon
Katsuo Furikake in little container
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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Hiroshi's Bento Box

Okay I am feeling arty farty today....
made Hiroshi some corny artwork in his bento....

a bed of white rice with carrot flowers blooming beautifully,
Broccoli tree with straw mushroom nest 
and a quail egg sitting comfortably in the nest,
2 slices teriyaki salmon sitting at the back....
Oh well... that was suppose to be sunrise 
till I almost burnt the salmon!
I dunno what to make of it now.....
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close up
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Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist; Dedicated to Kitson

This is dedicated to my love, Kitson,

When I met you,
You showed me way back into love,

I felt like I was on Top of the world basking in your love.....

When you proposed, I readily said I do,

You also showed me the Greatest Love of All
with our 2 beautiful children.....

I wanna grow old with you....

I love you!

Catch Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
opening 11th Dec 2008!
check out the trailer here: 

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hiroshi's Bento Box

Hiroshi forgotten to bring back 
his lunch box from school again yesterday,
so I am making use of the OCBC freebie lunch box again....
Oh well, I am not complaining 
about getting stuffs for FREE......

But this lunch box is obviously 
for my little boy!!

I obviously 

Top tier: stir fried lady's finger 
& straw mushroom with dried shrimps
Deep fried soya chicken drumettes
Katsuo Furikake in little cute container
Lower tier: White Rice
Steam Japanese Sweet Potato
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Katsuo Furikake is a dried seasoning mix 
usually sprinkled on cooked rice....
This one I used here consist of 
dried bonito, sesame seed and seaweed....
Instantly turning plain white rice 
into a yummy tasty meal!!
(In fact put it on anything you like, 
eg; vegetable, tofu, noodles and the list goes on!! 
Use abit of your imagination.....
Be daring.... Be adventurous!!)
Nagatanien : Katsuo Furikake (Rice Seasoning)

Close up on top tier
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Close up on lower tier
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How on earth can my petite 3 year old boy finish all these food?!?

Moral of the story: 
Time to shop for more lunch boxes

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

How to build a better bento: Goshiki & Goho

Based on traditional Japanese cuisine, 
the concept of goshiki (five colors) 
calls for the cook to include at least one dish from each color group, 
thereby creating a meal that meets various nutritional needs 
and is pleasing to behold.

Red or orange
Carrots, kabocha squash, red bell peppers, 
umeboshi (pickled apricots), kidney beans, dried cranberries, 
akajiso (also known as red shiso), kidney beans, adzuki beans, 
tomatoes, salmon, pork, beef, oranges, 
tangerines, watermelon, strawberries, 
raspberries, apples, salsa

Rice, enoki mushrooms, daikon, tofu and soy products, 
cauliflower, feta cheese, white beans, potatoes, bamboo shoots, 
turnips, renkon lotus root, white fish, chicken, onions, 
white sesame seeds, bean sprouts, pears, leeks, 
garbanzo beans, hummus, jicama

Black (also purple or brown)
Black olives, mushrooms (shiitake, maitake, portabello), 
sea vegetables of kombu, hijiki, wakame or nori, 
black sesame seeds, eggplant, gobo (burdock root), red cabbage, 
grapes, prunes, raisins, black cherries, grape leaves, figs, 
plums, blackberries, blueberries, purple cabbage, tapenade

Pineapple, yellow beans, eggs, sweet potatoes, sweet corn, 
grapefruit, nectarines, peaches, lemons, 
yuba, squash, plantains, banana

Broccoli, spinach, green beans, green bell pepper, cucumbers, 
asparagus, aojiso (also known as green shiso), fava beans, 
cabbage, sprouts, broccoli rabe, edamame, scallions, 
nira (chives), kiwi, celery, kale, 
Brussels sprouts, zucchini, pesto

The Second Rule
Try to employ goho, or five cooking methods
Choose from grilling, frying, simmering, 
steaming, pickling and boiling.

Source from

Hiroshi's Bento Box

Fried rice
Yakiniku chicken
Stir fried sweet peas, carrots and ikan bilis
Ketchup in birdie container 
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I am trying to apply the Japanese 3:1:2 bento rules here,
3 parts grains = Fried Rice
 1 parts protein = Yakiniku Chicken
2 part = Stir fried sweet peas with carrot & ikan bilis

Try to draw imaginary lines, diving your bento box into 6 parts,
and start filling them in with yummy food.....

I personally feel that there is no hard and fast rules 
in packing a bento box.
No point just "follow law" ,
and the kid comes home with food untouched.

You'll be surprised how quickly kids take their meals,
when it is served in a bento box....
(they even asked for MORE, MORE, MORE....
Be prepared,
Be forewarned!!
To be woken up by your kids every morning 
for that delicious bento lunch!)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Hiroshi's Bento Box

Stir fired sweet peas, carrots & lotus seed
Deep fried cheesy potato tuna balls in cute food picks
Stary rice ball
Mayo in green birdie container
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Thomas the train lunch box
(one of Hiroshi's many favourite characters)
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Lunch box wrap from Diaso
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Have you ever wanted to start on the bento making journey 
but didn't know where or how to?!?!

Let's start by getting the SIZE of the lunch box right....

As usual, the Japanese people are great in rigid stuffs....
especially when it comes to measurements....

In Japan, bento box size is described not by it's dimensions.
it' described in volume or capacity . 


Because a rule of thumb in Japan is that 
when you pack a bento box normally 
(A: 3 parts grain dishes, 1 part protein dishes, 
2 parts vegetable dishes;
 B: without candy, junk food or fatty food; 
and C: without empty space), 
calories correspond directly to capacity. 
So a 400ml box should hold 400-calorie meal.

Step 1:
Determine age & height

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1st column: Age
2nd column: Height
3rd column: Calories/Meal
4th column: Size of lunch box needed in ml

Step 2:
Final adjustment according to the level of physical activity & height

Physical activity:
Level 1: Low (spend most of your time sitting or quiet)
Level 2: Moderate
Level 3: High (lots of exercise, sports, etc.)

Adjust the size of the bento box for your height and physical activity:

Add 100ml to your bento box size for:
Taller than average height
High physical activity (Level 3)

Subtract 100ml from your bento box size for:
Shorter than average height
Low physical activity (Level 1)

Now that you know what size of a bento box you need....
Isn't it time to get your butt off that seat,
eyes off that screen...
and start shopping for a super KAWAII bento box?!?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

November Giveaway Winner

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Remember the November giveaway I had on my bog a week ago?!?
We have a winner!!


I'll like to thank everyone for taking part in the giveaway!
It's Christmas next month!!!
Therefore, I promising more fantastic giveaways.....

So, just keep checking this space for the December giveaways....

Better late than never.....

Remember how a while ago, I was telling you
that I was going to share some videos
on our Japan trip....

So now, here you go....
Oh well, better late than never right!!

Silly Sophia @ mealtime

Tokyo Disneyland Street Parade

Tokyo Disneyland Night Street Parade (Dream Lights)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Christmas Decoration: Takashimaya

Huge Christmas Tree @ Takashimaya
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me Oh my!
Christmas is coming soon!!
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Sophia flashing santa her cheekiest smile!
*I've been good and I can't wait*
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

A good reason to PONTENG!!

Grandma came to Singapore for  eye check up....
His favourite cousins tagged along....

So Hiroshi decided to ponteng school for a couple of days.....

Hiroshi @ Singapore National Eye Center
Accompanying Mama for her eye check up....
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Since it was going to take quite a while,
we decided to sneak out to vivo city to have some fun!

Sophia turning silly @ Daiso!!
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Even cousin Joey couldn't resist the cute headbands!!
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Sophia having a splashing good time.....
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This picture reminds me of
the famous `FOOTPRINTS' ....

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`One night a man had a dream.

He dreamt he was walking along the beach with the Lord. 
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.

For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: 
one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, 
he looked back at the footprints in the sand. 
He noticed that many times along the path of his life 
there was only one set of footprints.

He also noticed that it happened 
at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. 
This really bothered him 
and he questioned the Lord about it.

"Lord, You said that once I decided to follow you, 
You'd walk with me all the way. 
But I have noticed that 
during the most troublesome times in my life, 
there is only one set of footprints.

I don't understand why 
when I needed you most you would leave me."

The Lord replied,
"My son, My precious child, I love you and I would
never leave you. During your times of trial and
suffering, when you see only one set of footprints,

it was then that I Carried You."

Isn't it comforting to know that GOD is with us all the time?

Cousin Rachel, Cousin Christine, Cousin Joey and Sophia
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Happy Birthday Hiroshi!!

Back Posting 18th November 2008

Great day of fun @ Sentosa!!
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Giving Hiroshi a complimentary birthday sand spa!!
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Happy Customer!
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Beach bum who loves the sand and the sea!
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Dinner @ Swensen
Singing Happy Birthday Song to a SLEEPING Hiroshi!!


Kitson's birthday present to Hiroshi....
He loves it so much that he insists on hugging it to bed!
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Monday, November 17, 2008

It's been 5 years!!

It's been 5 years since we exchange our wedding vows....

It's funny how we often overlook this important day,
because tomorrow is another important day;

Kitson honeybear, Happy 5th Anniversary!!
I am looking forward to share 
more laughter, more joy and more tears 
in many more years to come.....

Dating Days...
We love sight seeing!!
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Couple-coding days
We STILL love sight seeing!!
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Some wedding pictures....
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I have bloated so much since then...
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But, it is all worth it.....
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Hiroshi's Bento Box

Mickey Mouse rice ball with Buttered Corn
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I brought fish paste and mixed in  
broccoli, carrot, mushrooms, chestnuts and prawns.....
It turned out pretty yummy....
We made fish balls 
and stuffed fish paste in the bean curd skin.

Broccoli, fish balls, carrots, quail eggs, fish paste in bean curd skin
toped with homemade ikan bilis gravy 
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