Tuesday, December 31, 2013

39 Reasons to be Happy

Today it’s my birthday!

With one more year left (in fact one more day) to be 40, one must learn to be thankful and treasure the people around us. So I want to be thankful and grateful for all the things and people around me.
In no specific order, 39 reasons to be happy (pardon for the long post):

1. Celebrated my Grandma’s 90th birthday. Praying for her to stay healthy for many more years to come.


2. Sponsored trip for the family to Bintan.


3. I became my own model for a day, courtesy of Celio*.


4. After more than 10 years, I am finally back in HK with great friends.


5. I’m still able to play futsal with friends (Simon & Wee Lee), and we have been doing so for 4 years now.

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6. Got a sponsor to review the new Backbeat GO 2 earbuds. Have been part of my daily accessories since then.


7. First time bringing my in-laws to Gardens by the Bay. A precious family photo!


8. Re-visit of the Night Safari.


9. For great friends who share parenthood joy and pain with one another.


10. Attended the first ever live concert in my life and it’s to watch SNSD! Pretty!


11. I am still part of City Harvest Church, my spiritual family and home.

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12. For the dearest girls in this world! I love you Joey! I love you Jayne!

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13. For being so blessed to have one of the most gifted and willing guitarist in the cell group.

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14. I am a Liverpool fan and this season is looking great for us. YNWA!

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15. For all the massages I had this year. Enjoyed every session and especially when friends do it together.

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16. The team that made it all possible.

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17. Joey had a nasty fall which scared the h*** out of us, but now she is recovering very well, by God’s grace.

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18. We completed 4 rounds of ‘Making Marriage Work’ workshops. Happy for all the couples who came.

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19. The office initiative for ‘work zero’ where colleagues get a day off to enjoy some recreation and bonding time.

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20. Another sponsored product review, where I get to experience for the first time in my life, a facial treatment.

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21. The best Father-in-law one can ask for. Always so caring and loving towards us.

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22. I have a great group of leaders in the team, they serve tirelessly and always so willing.

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23. Crazy moments with the cell group members. You guys are awesome!

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24. To my ‘crazy’ and fun-loving lunch partner – Joyce Tan.


25. The group of cool brothers in office. Let’s have more outings in the coming year!

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26. The once in a lifetime experience, staycation in an aquarium, the SEA Aquarium.


27. A group of Daddies started a group for support and exchanging of ideas. Super cool! Dads can be fun too!

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28. We had our first ever combined meeting with the team. Awesome!


29. Travelled to Cambodia for the first time. What an experience for all of us.


30. Thank you Ps. Tan for being my discipler and mentor.

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31. Getting to know a group of bloggers who love sports. My first try on Floorball. Fun.

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32. My Dad who is always so doting over the kids. Though silent but I know you love us all.


33. My wife, ever so cute and pretty! I love you the most!!!

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34. The chance to eat all the nicest food in Singapore and overseas.

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35. I went to Bangkok with 5 ladies!


36. Both Joey and Jayne had a chance to learn in-line skating. Thanks to Angela for being so nice and kind.

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37. The Kuan Family. We may be imperfect but nonetheless we will always be family.


38. My mother, whom without you there will not be me. I love you.


39. I am one day away from 40 and I still have pimples. (photo credit to Aaron Ling)


Thanks for scrolling down the long list.

Happy New Year everyone!!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Joys @ POLW

Port of Lost Wonder is fast becoming one of the girls’ favourite place. Partly because of the huge Pirate Ship water play ground, but also there are always new activities planned to keep the fun going. Especially activities with colouring, drawing, and various art & craft.


A makeshift tent becomes Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, where the kids can ‘dirty’ their hands and have a try to mix some Christmas Punch and bake gingerbread man.


Small cups of fruit punch with different colours (red, green, white) were given to the kids to try out the skill of mixing their own Christmas Punch.


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Jayne really put in her effort to mix the best drink for me. Even with a cherry in it =)

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Making gingerbread man is a bit more interesting. Pressing of the dough and getting it flat for the mould.

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After 30mins later, we have the most delightful and colourful gingerbread lady. On the right, Joey’s creation even has hair, so cute.

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While we waited for the gingerbread to be baked, next stop was to design a Christmas card for friends. Rudolph’s Backyard – Christmas Card Making.


Draw . Cut . Send.
Initially Joey wanted to mail to Santa, we managed to convince her that it would be nicer to send to herself.

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When we were back from our holiday, the mail was in. We actually forgotten about it. So it was a good idea to send to ourselves after all.

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This is the first time we tried to create our own candles. It was actually a very good idea (not too difficult too) for future home art & craft.


Prepare lots of colourful pebbles and allow the kids to write their names and wishes, the self-made candle is complete.


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Another 30-40mins wait for the wax to slightly solidify and the girls’ first ever candle creation is done. So pretty right?


Elves at Work – DIY Trinkets.
When it comes to art & craft with glittering powder, it is the girls’ favourite but my personal nightmare. It’s very difficult to wash off when it gets stained on the hands or even faces. But I guess, the girls’ fun is more important.


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When it is completed, the girls can write down their Christmas wish and hang the creation on the Christmas tree. Joey wished for snow in Singapore, I secretly prayed that she can have her wish granted.


Last station and always a place I have harboured hope that it will be opened for adults in future. The Frosty Pool House – Bubble Party. They definitely enjoyed it the most too!



And if you are planning to visit Sentosa, do catch the 3D Video Mapping @ Sentosa Merlion. It would definitely be a time worthy idea.


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Click on the following link to watch a preview of the show.


Happening until 1 Jan 2014, the timing for the show will be as follows:
7.30pm, 8.30pm & 9.30pm (Fri & Sat)
7.30pm, 8pm, 8.30pm, 9pm, 9.30pm (Sun-Thu)