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Time for my March update!! I turned another year older last week, hehehe. And I’m blessed enough to have my whole family celebrate my birthday with me this year! 😍

Since I don’t get to spend my birthday with my family very often, I decided to treat everyone to something good this year β€” the new and luxurious Epicurean premium buffet in Crown Perth. 🀀

Ate all the stuff I’m not supposed to! πŸ™„

With my little naughty!!!

Family portrait taken at our front lawn that morning. Matching twinsies outfit with Naomi!!! Too old to be wearing a tutu dress now to be honest so I’ve now given it to my sister, hahahaha!

My bump is also getting soooo big nowadays I already look like I’m about to pop!! 😡

Strawberry Fields Forever

Last weekend, we celebrated Mr S’ birthday in advance with a couple of our close friends over dinner and strawberry picking the following morning. Had a really good time with our friends since it’s been a while since we had a get-together πŸ™‚

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Argh, making myself so hungry looking at these photos again! >_<

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Hungry guests!! Nom noms!

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Why are babies soooo cute?!? Arghhhh!!! Kyden!!!!!!! πŸ’™ He was super guai that night compared to chichapo Naomi, lol!!

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But chichapo also okay, because daddy and mummy love you all the more! πŸ’–πŸ’˜πŸ’Β You make daddy soooo happy this year on his birthday because there’s you in our lives now! 😘

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Gross fly on baby’s face, hahahahahahahaha!!!

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There were much bigger ones which I didn’t take photos of. It was quite hard to bend/squat down carrying a bag of rice in front of me. 😐

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Sleeping baby, WOOHOO!!

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Best photobomb of the year. 😏

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Strawberry top to go with the strawberry theme for the day!! 😍

Last but not least, an oldie to share with you all here. Enjoy!

Break for Mama Bear

Guess what? Mama bear finally got her well-deserved three-hour break today, hahahaha! Mr S finally decided to bite the bullet and agreed to stay home and babysit the baby while I head out for a high tea session with someΒ colleagues this afternoon.

It was great to be having adult conversations with the girls today. 😏 Although our topics did steer back to parenthood still, but that’s inevitable since most of usΒ have kids now. I had a good time catching up with the girls and three hours flew by just like that.

Throughout the three hours there, I was checking my phone for urgent messages/calls from the husband from time to time, lol.Β But, I didn’t hear anything from him up till 1.5 hours later.

Mr S sent me this video:

They were on a swing in a park and she was fast asleep in daddy’s arms! *Melts* 😍

Apparently, she didn’t eat much of her lunch, bawled her lungs out, then drank a little bit of milk. Mr S then figured that she might be tired so he took her out for a walk to a local park.

Two minutes into the swaying motion on the swing, she fell asleep, lol!!! πŸ˜‚ Mr S then had to ninja walk to the nearby bench and sat there, not daring to make any significant moves which might wake her. She ended up sleeping for about an hour!! Well done, daddy!! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

When I finally got home, they were playing happily in the living room and she was laughing! She was well and intact (LOL!!) and they seemed to be having so much fun together, hehehe… Reckon I can have more day-off’s now? πŸ˜›

Before I sign off for tonight, recent photos and video for your viewing pleasure!!!

Out shopping for daddy with mummy today. ✌🏼️

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Growing too fast!!! 😱

Naomi at Tea Garden

Taken this morning during breakfast!

I could easily watch this 283,749,561 times a night. The πŸ‘… and booty-shaking parts are just 😍😍😍

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Video taken last week during dinner. She was having pear purΓ©e – her favorite thus far!

Goodnight!!

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Birthday Dinner

Fine dining in the comfort of my own home last night, lol!!! Mr S was the chef for the night and I’m so proud that he prepared everything from scratch!

Loved the atmosphere last night – we were tuning in to jazzy tunes during dinner and Naomi gave mummyΒ andΒ daddy a quiet time together, sleeping through our entire dinner time, hehehe.

A big thank you to everyone who sent me your warm greetings on my birthday! Love y’all! ❀

 

June/Winter Update

Hello peeps! Yours truly have some free time on my hands tonight so why not write a blog post?

So, it’s June already! Winter is officially here. The weather’s been chillingly cold in Perth for the past few days, especially in the morning at 2-3 degree Celsius! Which makes getting out of bed soooo much harder 😦 I also dread stepping out of the hot shower each day. But thanks to my trusty toilet seat cover, my precious butt doesn’t have to suffer in the winter, hahahaha! πŸ˜†

Everyone close to me knows and acknowledges the fact that I have a huge appetite when it comes to food. The fact that the weather is so cold these days doesn’t help my situation at all. I’m constantly thinking about food, food, food all the time. Hence, I made THIS!

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Sarawak kolomee yo!!!

*Clears throat* I’m proud to say that it was a tremendous success this time, muahahahahaha! πŸ˜€ My first attempt was kinda bleh ‘cos it turned out too dry and lacked taste. This time around, it turned out near perfect!! The noodles were homemade by a church-friend of my aunt’s friend (were you repeating that? Lol!). It was cooked with pork lard, which I made myself (not from my own fats okay, from pork fats alright hahahaha!!) and that really completed the whole dish! Would’ve scored a perfect ten if I had some barbecued pork to go with the minced meat, hahaha!

Sigh, I just get so happy when I talk about food πŸ˜›

Moving on to the next topic, Mr S and I took our pre-wedding photos last, last Sunday!!! 😎 I did my hair & make-up trial on the same day so I can be “dolled up” for the shoot that afternoon. I can’t really say that I was entirely pleased with how I looked after the “mini makeover” as it was too heavy for my liking (I actually went home and blotted the red lipstick off as much as I could and applied a layer of nude gloss on myself). But I’m pretty sure my make-up artist can do much better! I just need to tell her what I want on the wedding day itself. I only have myself to blame because when she asked me what I liked I just said, “Anything! Anything to go with the dress I’m gonna wear later *shows dress*. What do you think? Just do whatever you think is nice.” 😐 I think I should know better which look I’d prefer rather than letting her guess, lol! Anyway, fingers crossed I won’t go crazy on the wedding day itself because I end up looking super horrible LOLLL!!!

So, our photographer showed me a few photos of the lot that she took that day AND I LOOKED SOOOO ROUND AND OLD!!! Or should I rephrase, SOOOO ROUND AND MATURE!!! T_T I definitely need to photoshop ALL the photos of my round faces or else they’ll never be photo-album-worthy LOL!!! Don’t get me wrong, the photos look beautiful in general! Our photographer is so much fun to be around with and she’s been amaaaazing thus far! I just can’t stand looking at myself in photos, that’s all lol! It’s true when they say that you put on a few pounds in photos when you have foundation on! -_-”’ (I blame the foundation for making my face so round and losing all contours! LOL!) Oh, not to mention I had a really old-looking hairstyle for the photoshoot that day too 😦 The makeup artist curled my hair for me but I think they made me look five years older, if not ten.

ARGGHHH, I’m such a whiner. In fact, these are all excuses lol! The truth is, it’s just the way I really look right now. I’m no longer 21 but I still expect myself to look like how I looked when I was 21 -_-

My 3-Day Juice Fast with Pressed Earth

Recently I went on a three-day juice fast with Pressed Earth after reading this post written by Deborah. I was so amazed after reading about her juice-cleansing journey and got curious enough to want to try it out myself! I was ready for a detox!

I then came across Pressed Earth, founded by The Beare brothers. Pressed Earth is “your local cold-pressed juice company, offering healthy juices and multi-day juice cleanses to the people of Perth.”

It was my very first attempt at a multi-day juice cleanse program and I couldn’t decide between doing a three-day program or a six-day program with another cold-pressed juice company from Melbourne. Finally, I decided to go with Pressed Earth as supporting local businesses is always good. Plus, that means my juices will be fresher because they’re produced locally and delivered to my door within the shortest time frame.

Pressed Earth Juices

So, these were my “meals” for three days last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The juices are numbered and they recommend us to consume them in that order, but you don’t necessarily have to. But being the law-abiding citizen that I am (haha!), I went with the sequence they’ve pre-arranged for us:

  1. Greens Kale & Apple – For Iron
    (granny smith apple, kale, silverbeet, cos lettuce, cucumber, celery, lemon)
  2. The Jungle –Β For Electrolytes
    (pear, pineapple, cucumber, mint)
  3. Greens Broccoli & Apple – For Strength
    (granny smith apple, broccoli, cos lettuce, cucumber, celery, lemon)
  4. Appetite – For Hunger
    (lemon, pear, cayenne, mineral water)
  5. Alphabet – For Circulation
    (pink lady apple, carrot, beetroot, lemon, ginger)
  6. Coco Nuts – For Recovery
    (almonds, coconut water, mineral water)

All the juices tasted good, way better than expected! My favorite was no. 2 “The Jungle” and my least favorite was no. 5 “Alphabet” as the ginger taste was really strong.

I must say that I did fairly well for those three days. I was only hungry by around 8pm every night but by then, I’d be sipping my last juice of the day “Coco Nuts” so it was alright. I wasn’t craving for food or anything. Things weren’t quite the same with Mr S though, haha! Oh yes, he did the juice cleanse with me! Mr S was super hungry even from Day 1 already!

During my Day 1, I got super gassy by around 11:30 am after my second juice. I constantly felt the need to pass gas, which wasn’t very good considering I was in the office during then, hahahahaha!!! The same goes with Day 2. By Day 3, it was much, much better.

There was not much problem with my bowel movement either. It was perfectly normal every morning for the three consecutive days. Had a little bit of diarrhea in the afternoons on the second and third day though, but it wasn’t like bad or anything.

Physical wise, I think I did lose some fats around my waist area. Unfortunately, I don’t have a scale at home so I couldn’t weigh myself before and after the juice cleanse. But, I did take some snapshots of the morning-afters.

From left to right: Morning after Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.

I think my love handles have shrunk by a little (see bottom row). The hip bones also seemed more defined in the top right photo.

All in all, I think my juice-fast went pretty well! It’s not a vast difference but it was still evident. Plus, I felt healthy, great and so refreshed afterwards!

And well, the bad news is, my tummy has gone back to its original size if not bigger after feasting non-stop during the long weekend! LOL.

Birthday Bash!

Oh hey!! I’m in the mood to blog tonight since I just had one of the most amazing birthday celebration the last weekend!

Yours truly turned a year wiser last Sunday, hehehe… It was a long weekend here in Perth so it made my birthday even better! Pre-birthday celebration started on Saturday afternoon with a picnic with a small group of family and friends at Beelu National Park in Mundaring, hahaha! The weather was… scorching hot – it was around 38 degree Celsius when we reached!

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I actually thought there would be fields of green grass and a running stream, LOL!

I must say, although there wasn’t much view/scenery where we decided to camp, the food and company was great! πŸ™‚ We had pizzas a while after at Little Caesar’s. The last time I went there was in May 2009! How time flies!

Anyway, fast forward to the birthday bash on Sunday evening!! Hip, hip, hooray!

Birthday banner

Fiona made me this beeeeaaauuuutiiifulll banner for my birthday!!! I love, love, love the colors! They’re soooo pretty and I simply love it! Did I mention that it’s a rather significant birthday for me this year as it’s my last year celebrating asΒ Miss Voon and the last year of my twenties!! *Gasps*

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So. Much. Good. Food!!! The dining table was filled with delicious food and we were all very well-fed that night, hahahaha!! Thanks to all the chefs and bakers for the night!!!

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We used to think that our dining table is too big for the house and for the two of us. But, I always knew it’d be great for entertaining guests! Look how cozy it is having everyone gathered around the table!! Awww…… We should definitely host more parties/gatherings in the future, hehehe…

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Birthday cupcakes

There’s always room in our tummies for CUPCAKES!!! Fiona made these super cute and pretty looking cupcakes! Most of all, they taste as good as they look! Those mini Oreos are just too cute! ❀

Tiramisu birthday cake

And this ladies and gentlemen, is my birthday cake – tiramisu chocolate berry cake, made by Mr S!!! I know it looks a little “wobbly” here (lol!!) but trust me when I say it actually tastes divine!! It’s his first time making a cake from scratch (yup, including lining the baking tin!) and yet, it’s a tremendous success! Gotta give it to the man!! Thank you Mr S! I LOVED MY BIRTHDAY CAKE!!! β™₯ β™₯

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This is a very happy birthday girl. I seriously felt like a kid once again that night… to be surrounded by so many loved ones – family and friends and my husband-to-be!

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This is me thinking of what wish to make after everyone sang me the birthday song (both English and Cantonese versions, hahahahaha awwww… <3)..

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Β Hair NEEDS to be fixed. -_-

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Very happy men, hahahaha!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who attended, who sent me birthday wishes from afar, who kept me in your prayers…… I can’t thank you all enough. Thank you for continuing to be part of my life, continuing in loving me and giving me so much joy! A big thanks to my mum, who endured all the pain in giving birth to me 29 years ago, without whom I wouldn’t be here today!! I love you mummy! Most of all, praise be to God for all His blessings upon me all these years and for every second of my life! THANK YOU!!!

Taipei Trip 2013

Hi everyone! I’m back with a lengthy update! We just got back from our 2-weeks holiday a few days ago. I managed to squeeze in some time in editing some photos for this blog post so *pats my own back* , “Thanks Jess for the effort and time that you put in for this update!”, haha!

So, Mr S and I joined my family and relatives for this 6 days trip to Taipei, Taiwan (there were 13 of us!!!). We then headed back to our hometown, Miri for a couple more days since it’s been 3 years since Mr S last went home! Poor dude. He missed all our local food and delicacies dearly!

On the first day of our holiday, Mr S and I flew to Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Lumpur. We reached KK at around 9:35pm. It was about 10pm when we reached the hotel motel to meet up with the rest of my family. We were both knackered and couldn’t wait to check in and have a good night’s rest before the early flight to Taipei the next morning.

But guess what Miss Bimbo did?

I accidentally left one of our hand-carry luggage in the cab!!! Ahhhhh…… The nightmare! Mr S was so frustrated and I could almost see him fuming with anger whilst I explained to my mum that I was too tired to remember. Sigh, I’m always full of excuses… 😦

Mr S then proceeded to search for the cab driver back at the airport with one of the staff members of the hotel motel. THANK GOD he found the cab driver! Kudos to Mr S for always being so good at saving the day, hahaha! The cab driver wasn’t even at the airport but at a shop nearby the airport and Mr S actually spotted his cab. Geez I couldn’t even remember the car plate number of the cab alright? Mr S… β™₯ β™₯

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Eating & Shopping on a Saturday

Heeeelloooo Saturday!!! I’m so happy that it’s the weekend again, yipee!!! The weather’s sooo good right now although we had a rainy morning. I’m eating moon-cake whilst typing up this post, haha! The mooncake festival is just around the corner I think so we bought a box of moon-cake from the oriental store just then. It’s so yummy!!! But it’d be even better if they had kuachi inside the filling… 😦

Mr S and I headed to Typika Artisan Roasters at Claremont for breakfast this morning. LOVE the interior decor of Typika!! The place was packed with people and there were people queuing up when we first got there. But we only had to wait for 15 minutes or so before we were seated. Food was served pretty quickly and the staff were very friendly! I must go back and try their lunch menu next since my office is within walking-distance away.

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This is what I had – mushroom filled crΓͺpe, which was delicious by the way!

After breakfast, we headed to Claremont Quarter for a stroll. Haven’t been there for a long, long time although it’s so near my work place. Used to do all my grocery shopping there when I was still renting at Claremont. We grabbed lots of Blu-Ray discs from JB-Hifi ‘cos they having a “Buy 2 get 1 free” promo at the moment. The Blu-Ray discs were selling for $15.98 but it’s now $10.65 each after discount! Yay!!!

Afterwards, we headed over to Recollections by Lost Souls to meet up with Sophia, who is also a seamstress. I needed her help in altering my dress for my cousin’s wedding in September. Sophia has her own fashion label – Rosie & Broken and her label is available at Recollections by Lost Souls. It’s always lovely to see Sophia because she’s so bubbly and silly πŸ˜›

And guess what else I did whilst I was there? S-H-O-P!! Amazingly, Recollections by Lost Souls stocks pre-loved and brand new designer goods in store at affordable prices!!

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Yours truly came home with a shopping bag!

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Anxious to open this up! *Cues dramatic soundtrack*

Gucci Cardigan B&W

My very first Gucci cardigan! Now before you scoff and complain that I’m such a spendthrift, this beautiful number only costs me $150 and it’s BRAND NEW with tags and extra buttons and all!!! SCORE!!!