Sweet Cherry Warehouse Sale 15-18 July 2017

This is our first time surveying and going to Sweet Cherry Warehouse sale; as we are looking for a lightweight stroller that can fit at least one of the two kids! The warehouse is located at their factory or headquarter somewhere in Seri Kembangan (just followed waze to get there).

This is a rather small warehouse sale compared to My Dear warehouse sale. There were limited baby clothes and more on bulky purchases like baby cots, bath tub and strollers. Most customers were there looking for strollers, which indeed going much more cheaper compared to their normal retail price (also online sites – we did a survey on Lazada to make price comparison).


We finally got this stroller! Besides the lower price, with Public Bank credit card we get an additional 5% off.


They also provide the service of fixing up the strollers for the purchases. 


And finally one mission completed βœ… 


It actually fits up to 15kg (though Noelle now weighs 15.7kg). 

You’re having another baby?

When Noelle was still the only child, we were bugged on when are we going to have our next kid? Then after Nikki came along, just within a month after full moon, one Aunty even questioned that again! 
So, when we are now having our third kid and then announced it, some questioned:

– you two didn’t take prevention ah? 

– how many kids do you two plan to have ah?

– seems like the economy is getting better

– how you two can handle more than two kids? (Then come the ‘I salute you ahhhh!i don’t know how I could handle if I were you.)

– etc

(Some were too ‘shocked’ and started questioning the wrong stuff – ‘so will be born in which year?’ Lmao) 
Some who didn’t know yet I am pregnant and cheekily asked ‘when are you going to have the next kid?’ few months back, my replied was ‘I am pregnant NOW!’ That totally shut them down – and from there we could gauge their ‘sincerity’ in questioning us! They are just pure nosy! 
From all these, I know who are the truly happy ones for us and who aren’t! People who are truly happy will just give us the warmest wishes- without a single question; some will give the greatest support that things will go through as it is.
Anyway, family planning is between the husband and wife (plus immediate kids). We don’t have to explain to anyone! It is our choice and not everyone is blessed with this choice!

Good article to read <here>

Critics will be critics…so why bother?

While some may say ‘eat little bit never mind’; I would flip the coin and say ‘don’t eat also won’t die!’ 
Kids need to learn make their own choices? Yes, of course as they do need to – but only when they are fit to make healthy choices. Let’s say ‘some of the kids of their age already smoking’ and my kids have intention to do so – ‘so I shall agree to allow them make the choice of smoking’? (I know I make ‘ridiculous’ analogy, but it is a fact!) 
‘Ask mummy first.’ – Always sound like I am the one restricting and the one who is ‘spoiling their childhood’! But with early training ground, I do see the wise choices that Noelle (especially) is making these days! 
Yes I do prepare bento lunches for my kids when we dine out (still for Noelle who will be reaching 5 this year end) – but as if we eat out that often! 
Moreover, if ever I prepare food for them, I never trouble anyone – my ‘choice’. Some even question why I take ‘trouble’ to prepare – errr…I don’t find it troublesome at all; ‘you will spend less time with them with food preparation’ – errr…I usually do it when they are still asleep or when hubby is here to look after them (papa also need to spend time with them what)! 
‘Your kids are not smart at selecting good food!’ Again, what’s the definition of ‘smart’ and ‘good food’. I actually feel good that they are ‘not so smart’ in choosing ‘rich food’ (as in so high quality- five star food – as though we can afford it.) Some even say their ‘choices’ are limited) and they still like ‘bland’ food – as in they need the least seasoning but most flavouring are from natural ingredients. Anyway if one thinks eating healthy (or with natural ingredients) is cheap, try find out how much we spend on fruits itself in a week! 
I know their meals and health have been scrutinized every now and then – whether with good or ‘not so’ good intention. In fact, when I posted Noelle taking her first meal outside, it was such an alarm for some people – it is either ‘wa…you finally not preparing/ allowing outside meal?’.
Critics will be critics…so, why bother? 
My kids my choice; your kids your choice. 

While they may not be 100% perfect in health, they are overall healthy, happy and active kids. My objective is still to help them build a healthy self immunity system and guiding them to making healthy choices – not a foodie. Food is for survival and there are many, many more life choices that need to be guided – especially when they grow older. (I know I am repeating 😝 but I am clear with my objectives – and not shifting them for my own convenience!)
**i am not a perfect mum, but trying to do my ‘best’.

Great article to read: https://www.lifecoachcode.com/2017/05/19/kid-never-eaten-sugar/

Trusting your kid

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#throwback story told by hubby

On one fine day, papa brought Noelle to buy a cake for mama! At the cake shop, papa asked Noelle if they should pick chocolate cake (since it was mama’s favourite).

Noelle: No. I can’t eat chocolate cake!

And so they chose a mango cake instead!

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Nothing interesting….but I seriously didn’t expect this from her! She was given an opportunity to ‘choose’ and even was given the suggestion on something she might have alot of intention to try – but she remembers our ‘rule’ now – anything chocolatey is limited to chocolate chips (be it waffle or cupcakes or cakes).

It is a surprise to me but I think I need to learn to trust her more that she knows how to differentiate what is good and bad for herself.

The ‘starvation’ lesson!Β 


Noelle and I were in ‘cold war’ since this morning – for her saying ‘yucks’ to my banana cake. Not that I cannot accept criticism but it was the feeling of unappreciated (it is a real feeling I had since young – people who seem unappreciated on food and think they are proud foodies who can be choosy while so many others are deprived on even basic food – just get me on nerves.) and she did it on purpose – she was excited when seeing the cake but ‘yucks’ out with just the mention of ‘banana cake’ – it was just the ‘flavour’ that she didn’t like. πŸ˜’

I decided to give her a ‘lesson’. I told her I ain’t cooking lunch for her (of course I did, but just set it aside where she can’t see it) and bla bla her on why she should be appreciative of food! She was ignorant initially. Then when she tried speaking to me, I ignored her! I just let her do whatever she wanted except watching YouTube. But she was happily playing by herself even through Nikki’s morning nap. At some points, she did come tell me that she was hungry but I continued to ignore her while i finished up my work.


Finally, after Nikki woke (about 1.45pm), I fed Nikki. It was then Noelle became teary and telling me she was hungry. I asked her what does she do when she hurts others’ feelings and how it feels to be in hunger. She then apologized! Thereafter, she had her lunch and we were almost ‘cool’ over it! 

Video of her today <here>

I don’t think this will be remarkable enough to stop her for being unappreciative – but hopefully it will be a short reminder to her! πŸ˜’πŸ˜’ ok, now let the papa ‘lecture’ her tonight!


She then took a try on the banana cake that she mentioned ‘yucky’ and then said ‘yummy’ instead – though I am not totally sure if this is sincerely yummy! 🀣


And she showed less fuss during dinner!

**yes, she is free to express her views but she needs to learn to be empathetic

Learning the spirit of giving

Mama used to have a childhood best friend, who was her neighbour’s daughter (not sure if you gonna read this, not going to tag you here – Angelynn Koh) 🀣! 
And looking at how Noelle and Jessica (now, neighbour’s daughter) little friendship flourish- it does bring back memories. It all started with an ‘exchange’ of gift – Noelle’s being sand art thingy and Jessica gave her a ‘mentos’ after that. They then have casual meet up every night (short 1-2 minutes when Jessica passes by).
Lately, Jessica gave her gummies (πŸ™„πŸ™„ not something ‘ideal’ that I would like Noelle to receive/ accept 😝 but as long as Noelle knows ‘it is not for eating’ – but for experimenting – she has been opening them to feel the texture – how sticky they are – which give her additional hint how that will be bad for her tooth)! 


To be grateful of what she has been receiving, today I suggested to Noelle that we make a little jar of cereal with nuts for Jessica! 


With this little give and take, hopefully she is learning the spirit of giving (which she takes it as ‘exchange’) – which I believe she does! 
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Our first visit to Shah Alam Lake Garden

Being stranded at home almost on a daily basis with one or two days out to the supermarket/mall, we find it important for the kids to do some outdoor activities – especially Noelle who has outburst of energy in her! πŸ™„ We prefer outdoor because it is usually less crowded, does give us fresh air and allows us to sweat it all out. Also, outdoor activities are usually free – making use of the amenities established by developers or local councils! 


With some research, we found Shah Alam Lake Garden or more well known as Taman Tasik Shah Alam. If not mistaken, the children playground was nearly renovated/built last year. And yes, it has the best of equipments compared to the few outdoor playgrounds we frequent in Klang Valley. However, I would say that it is more suitable for kids above 3-4 years old. So, Noelle really enjoyed herself there. 


Probably the younger ones can play bubbles at the park (there are some stalls selling bubble solutions).


Besides ‘challenging’ herself to completing ‘challenge course’ at the playground, Noelle also made friends! So, we ended spending quite some time there! We forego feeding the fishes though we brought the fish feed. Also, there were other activities such as canoeing and boat paddling (which is the other side of the park) that we did not took park. We also see few families picnicking at the park that has quite a beautiful landscape. We only bought mineral water and ice creams from the stalls at the park. We will be sure to come back again as Noelle repeatedly said that ‘I like this playground!’ 

Video of Noelle enjoying herself <here>


As mentioned, entrance is free but parking is limited. Parking is free on weekends and public holidays. There are public toilets available with minimal fee. 
The wet water park is next door and we saw a long queue there!