November was the month Ronald switched sides…. From being employed and enjoying a comfortable, secure 9-5pm job, to waking up everyday facing the unknown that comes with running his own business. The first, and biggest challenge in being your own boss is being disciplined. Suddenly, there seems to be so much time and freedom and the temptation to do what you want often pulls you to the dark side – sleeping, lounging around, playing games, going out, waking up late, pottering around. Of course, it also comes with new-found energy and capacity to do some things you’ve always wanted or» Read More
Born and raised in Singapore, lover of words and music, Pei Fen is a radio DJ with the number one radio station in Singapore, Mediacorp Radio Y.E.S. 93.3 FM, a Mandarin pop music station. Other than her weekday evening drive time radio show from 5-9pm, she hosts TV shows and events in English, Mandarin, or both. Voicing, acting, photography and writing are some of the other fun stuff she gets to do because of her job. She’s also seen in Mediacorp Channel U’s youth talk show Let’s Talk or Channel 5’s infotainment programme Secret Singapore. She’s a curious and (reasonably)» Read More
When people came to know that I was carrying a girl during my pregnancy with Coco, some would inevitably quip, “First baby – doesn’t matter if it’s a boy or girl.” Inherent in that statement was that gender would matter when it came to subsequent children. Worse, some would say outright, “Never mind. Can try again for a boy next time.” One of my colleagues even insisted on dispensing advice on when to have sex so as to guarantee that we’d have a boy. “Sure work one,” she affirmed, “that’s what I did with my husband.” Mmmkaaaay. Ugh. Enough info» Read More
I absolutely love watching Masterchef Junior! Have you caught it yet? Featuring Gordon Ramsey and little home-cooks aged 8 to 12, it offers a dosage of inspiration while delivering a kick in (your) butt! Contestants of the cooking competition reality show – as Gordon likes to say – “might be small in size but pack a punch!” (He usually uses this on chillies though). The kids are challenged to cook restaurant-quality dishes. This means pink-centered steaks, perfect fried eggs, seafood, pies, 3-tiered cakes and even cooking in real restaurants! All under the pressure to think fast, think creative and act» Read More
I’ve been blogging most recently about the pregnancy, and Coco and I picking up the cello. Let’s bring a little attention back to our second – and soon to be middle – child. (As I write this, I’m realising that the more kids you have, the more you have to juggle your resources to give them an equal amount of time and attention – even on this blog!) Back in January this year, I wrote about the sudden leap in Coco’s language development when she turned two and a half. At the end of the same entry, I noted that» Read More
Expectations. Every parent has them, even if we try our best not to impose it on our children. And now that Cristan is getting older and his personality is becoming more defined, I’ve come to realise that I might have some mismatched expectations. All this introspection was triggered by Cristan’s preschool’s Christmas concert last week. I was really looking forward to watching his performance, and hoping that there would be some improvement from last year (when he stood stock still for the entire show). I mean, that shouldn’t be a tough act to top! But actually, I had already half-suspected» Read More
As many of us may know, Singapore will be celebrating her 50th birthday next year. There are several SG50 initiatives going on now and one of them is the SG50 Baby Jubilee Gift. Every Singaporean baby born in 2015 will be given an SG50 Baby Jubilee Gift to celebrate their birth alongside with Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. This is a ground up initiative led by the National Population and Talent Division, meaning the gift ideas were contributed and selected by Singaporeans. This made the Gift a very meaningful one as it symbolises our collective blessings for the newborns next year. I have the great» Read More
I guess by now most readers would have learnt that Dannie has, ahem, coughed up an entry on how we somehow managed to make a baby without the help of IVF. It’s been almost a month and a half since we first found out – a moment that remains fresh in my memory. It was around mid-October and I had been anticipating the onset of yet another dreaded seizure, which tended to coincide with the arrival of my period. I had commented to a colleague one Friday that my period was unusually late and she said, “Could you be…. pregnant?”» Read More
Jim is a father of 3 lovely children – Ethan (7 years old), Chloe (4 years old) and Brandon (2 years old) and blissfully married to his wife, Joanne for 10 years. Social Work brought him and his wife together as they met each other while pursuing their degrees in NUS. It was interesting that as neither of them wanted to be a Social Worker when they began our studies there! Although Jim had a difficult childhood, he always wanted to be a father when he was young. But he was also very afraid of what kind of father he» Read More
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