Saturday, November 15, 2014

This old cold

What have we been up to since our trip?
A seemingly never-ending cold has hit our family hard. :(
These are some of my favorite cold products that have been helping me out this past couple weeks.
And yes, I use the vapor bath myself, it's so nice. 
Shiloh's cold lingered for a good 13 days, she's on day 14 today but seems well enough now for me to say that she's pretty-much over it.
Vivi is the last one battling through it now.

Vivi did take time the other day to write down what she is thankful for (happiness, dad, mom, food, bed, and niceness) ;)
I found this awesome window covering that looks somewhat like stained glass.
I love it!
Our upstairs bathroom has a window right over the toilet and we like to keep the curtain open during the day.
Well, the girls couldn't manage to close the curtain when they "needed" to and it was getting tiring running upstairs to close it for them all the time.
This adhesive makes privacy so pretty. :)
Just hoping it lasts since this window gets a lot of steam and condensation on it. 

Monday, November 03, 2014

Flight photos

We are home!
So happy to be home!!

Here are some pictures of our flights.

Waiting to board our plane and take the first leg of our journey home.
Enjoying the in-flight entertainment on our 2nd flight.
They watched "How to train a Dragon 2" and "Marmaduke" a few times.
It was Vivi's turn for the window seat. 

Vivian eating her dinner.
She often opted for the vegetarian pasta dish.
We used to special order the lactose-free dish for her but she prefers having options.

One of my meals. This was actually one of the better meals. Braised beef!

They also had actual real gingerale (not ginger "beer") on the flight which was nice...especially since my stomach did not behave on the first flight. :(

Shi is battling a bad cold now so she's not been eating too much. It's so hard to stay healthy with all the travel despite the copious amounts of vitamins we ingested.
We're also battling jet-lag and the time change too so a lot of sleeping going on.

Vivian lost a few pounds on our trip but given the amount that she normally eats, it is hard to keep that up while away from home.
She ate THREE muffins, a banana, a yogurt stick...and probably more stuff that I can't remember just for breakfast this morning.
She's back on track. :)

I lost more than a few pounds but my awesome Mom made an awesome beef stew, and stocked my pantry so I am eating well now and my stomach is starting to feel much better! :)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ready for home

Today the girls were watching "Berenstein Bears"cartoons while eating bear crackers...while Mama gets started on the packing.
Vivi wanted to take a picture of me is a little heavy for her to hold and push the button at the same time. My expression is not knowing when or if she was going to be able to push the button. lol
Looking a little worse for the wear. My ribs and abs still hurt from being sick so much!
Still can't eat much but I am feeling better!

I saw a bit of actual blue sky today. It was awesome.
It is so hazy here and day after day of gray skies (with or without rain) is so dreary.
Sick of the haze and waking up with a sore throat all the time.

Ready for home!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Visiting Japan and Chinatown in one mall.

We went to a really big Mall (Jurong Point) the other day.
They have a lot of little Lego stores. The sets are the same as what we have at home...just more expensive.
But they also have lots of displays where they set up the Lego scenes, or create a giant Lego Friends Cat, Dog, and Girl!
The mall has one long aisle that was just Japanese food. Breads, sushi, and restaurants.
It was decorated with ninjas...
And (of course) Maneki Neko!
They also had a China town street inside the Mall too.
And yes, the Malls are always crowded like this...on a weekday.
Triple that amount in the evenings. Crazy crowds.

Pretty sure this Mall is where I got food poisoning/stomach flu, But thankfully, one Doctor trip later, and I am finally starting to feel better.
And counting down the days to home!

Thursday, October 23, 2014


We took DH's Mom out to the mall this week.
It was her first time out shopping since she broke her leg, (which happened just before we left to come here).
The Mall was insanely crowded due to "Deepavali" which is an Hindu/Indian and National Holiday here.
We ate at a fancy restaurant there.
These were our drinks. DH drank the barley water...because nobody else liked it, haha.
The girls and I drank the "Sour Plum Sprite" which was just Sprite with lemon slices and two sour plums dropped in.
It makes a sour/sweet combo.
On a different mall trip, we stopped at the Food Court and got a steamboat.
Shi was apprehensive about the flames on the table.
We also had some Korean food and found the girls really like that.
While waiting for DH, the girls and I saw this cute "Sushi Girl" outside of a Japanese restaurant so we had to take a picture.
Vivi wanted to hold her hand. :)

More toys from Kinder Joy eggs.
Vivi got a water squirter, and Shi got this little parrot figurine...he's supposed to be part of some space set that you can collect if you open the right eggs.
This time Vivi only ate half of her candy though and gave the rest to we're definitely in it for the toys now. :)
The chocolate reminds of Ferrero Roche, that Nutella flavor...which makes sense since the Eggs are made by Ferrero.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kinder Joy

 Kinder Joy is (reading from label) Crispy cocoa specialties on milky and cocoa-hazelnut creams plus a surprise. It's made by Ferrero Asia.

When you open the egg you have your treat on one side, a white spoon/spatula stuck to the other side and under the orange foil is your "surprise".
As you can see the candy and the toy are really separated, but I will admit that both of the girls toys were made of tiny pieces that I put together before I took the photo so I definitely would say it's not for kids of a young age.

Shiloh got these 3D glasses with 3D picture. They actually fit/stay really well on her!

Vivian's contained this little alien or ninja dude (?), whose little tuft of hair is supposed to serve as a paintbrush for the two little watercolor pictures that it came with.
How cute it that?!

Of the actual candy, Shiloh gobbled hers down but Vivian thought it was too sweet so she had to take a break before she could finish hers.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Playgrounds and Water parks

They have different play equipment here at the playgrounds.
The girls...and I...didn't know what to do with about half of it.  Do you sit on it?
Rock it? Um...spin it?
Sometimes it was all of the above.

Kinda feel dumb when you can't figure out playground equipment. Honestly our playground stuff blows them away.
It's so hot and muggy though that the kids don't want to play too long anyways.

This was some net ball thing...thankfully we didn't have to rescue anyone from the center of it.
Shiloh and a couple of her cousins
Vivian testing out her cousin's scooter.

Water park

DH and Vivian at the water park

I had to buy the girls some Kinder Joy eggs!
Believe it or not. These are banned in the USA.
Confiscated by the TSA, interrogation, the whole deal.
Dangerous, dangerous little eggs.
Because...they have a little toy inside.

Just so you know, I'm not breaking the law! ;-)
 I'll have the girls eat them here...the chocolate, not the toy. It's really not hard to tell the difference. lol
If I can, I will take a picture when they open them.
It's too late here for them to eat them now.

I love you enough to eat your cabbage

In Asia, it is common for everyone to receive a bowl of rice.
Then in the center of the table there are usually a minimum of three dishes, which are meant to put on top of the rice.

The other day those choices were a cauliflower/carrot mixture...which had been sauteed in an oil, then a cabbage/bean sprout mixture, and I don't remember the 3rd option.
Anyways, the girls dishes were piled up with this oily cabbage and cauliflower and I immediately knew this was not going to be good for their stomachs.
So I did what I had to, I scooped most of their cabbage and cauliflower onto my dish and told them to just eat the rice.

Then guess who had the stomachache? :-S

But then they got to sleep so sweetly, so how could I do anything else? ;-)
This is a photo of them helping DH's Mom with preparing the bean sprouts for dinner.
The same prep as we did all Summer for our green beans so the girls were Pros. :)

I found this List of  Local Foods in Singapore.
I have eaten quite possibly everything on the list over the years, and here are some of my thoughts on some of the dishes.

#2 Wanton Mee is very common. We usually eat this several times per visit.
It's quite good.

#3 Fried Carrot Cake - DH's Mom makes this. I was so disappointed the first time they told me we were having carrot cake and I was anticipating a sweet carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
Needless to say this has rather dimmed my appeal to the Singapore version.

#5 Kaya Toast- Very common breakfast though we've only ever had it at a restaurant...never at home.
I actually just bought some Coconut Kaya to bring home and have on toast there.
It's a nice simple breakfast...but I find it not too filling.

#12 Satay - One of Shi's favorite dishes. We often eat this back home too as DH makes it for Shi often in the Summer when we can grill. We don't do the peanut dip at home though as the girls won't eat it.

#14 Tau Huay - Popular dessert. I'm not a fan. Just too much tofu, since it's tofu.
Basically tastes like tofu and honey.

#15 Ice Kachang - I am a fan of this! :)

#16 Chwee Kway - pretty good, You usually only get a couple when it's order for a group, so it's more like a side dish. It's a bit oily so I wouldn't eat more than that anyways.

#17 Durian - Ugh. The smell. If I plug my nose and eat it...I can tolerate it.
Then you smell your breath and wish you hadn't unplugged your nose.
It reeks...tons of places around here reek of it. Even famous Andrew Zimmerman (Bizarre Foods) couldn't stand it. If that tells you anything.
The guy eats bugs.

#20 Mee Siam - I can't eat very much of this. Too spicy and oily.

#22 Roti Prata - Very good! The girls like it, I like it. It's served with a spicy curry which doesn't seem to go with it to me. I like it sprinkled with sugar....tastes like a thin fried dough then. Yum!
I'd be interested in seeing if I could make this at home. :)

#24 Rojak - It stinks! It's tastes okay. But it stinks. If it's offered to me, I turn it down.
If it's put on my plate, I will eat it.
Fermented sauce just stinks...especially in the heat.

#25 Chicken Rice - Very common, We've already eaten this at least a handful of times this visit alone.
I peel off the skin since I hate eating skin. The people here look at me weird...then they eat the skin I peeled off. Ew!

BTW: We had pizza for a late lunch today.
(Shiloh was bouncing around she was so excited for familiar food!! :-D )
Over $54 for 2 large pizzas, and tiny box of fried seafood.
American food is expensive here! (Though technically the restaurant is called "Canadian Pizza" which is mystifying because who ever heard of Canadian pizza? Aye?) ;-)