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Just a note to say, I miss this space.

So many things and events– big and small, life changing and the day-to-day– since the last entry more than 4 months back, but I just couldn’t find the time nor energy to update any of them. I blame it on Instagram for making it so easy and fuss free to upload a photo and scribble some notes. That, and the fact that I had a baby and we are all trying to settle into a new routine as a family of four. Over time, the inertia to blog became stronger and I proscrastinated further. To the extent that I entertained thoughts of abandoning this place and switch to Instagramming completely.

Tonight I finally mustered all my will and pulled myself out of bed after putting the baby to sleep. The screen flickered on and I checked in once more. 6 solid years of memories all stored here, photos and words and all. And I remember why I blog in the first place.

4 months late but better than never. It’s good to be back.

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Before Phuket

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The original plan was Danang in central Vietnam. We scrapped it when the airline took forever to confirm our mileage redemption. So we cast our eyes over several nearby Southeast Asia destinations and settled for Phuket. It was a no brainer really, with its cheap airfare and endless accommodation options though the deal breaker is the under 2 hours flight time, not to mention we’ve NEVER been there before. I know, we have a lot of catch up to do in the SEA department.

So yes, our usual traveling party of four is hitting the beach this Friday! Am really looking forward to 5D4N of complete chilling, cheap and good Thai food, shopping, relaxing and well just zoning out. But before that, there’s a lot of catching up to do on the blog sphere, AND the urgent need to offload tons of photos taken since the beginning of the year from my iPhone.

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You know what they say about being pregnant the second time round. Well, it’s mostly true.

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For one, this pregnancy passes much quicker. Of course there was the usual first trimester morning sickness and a general sense of queasiness and lethargy but once out of the wood, the weeks seem to just zoom by! I find it hard to believe that at the time of writing, I’m just a month shy of the third trimester mark? *GULP* I guess when you are busy chasing after a demanding child around the house there is less time to navel gaze and daydream.

Some time during the middle of week 17, I began to feel the tiny flutters or quickening, a good 3 weeks earlier than the previous. Though contrary to the norm, I don’t find the bump significantly bigger this time at the same gestational age. I think it really popped from around week 20 and I felt and looked pregnant from then. But those much dreaded muscle and pelvic aches came way before I even reached the halfway point. Suffice to say, it hasn’t been very fun getting up and moving around these days.

Unlike the luxury of a first pregnancy when I had time to myself to just curl up with a magazine, or go for pre-natal yoga classes, I get my daily dose of exercise from sending DZ to school in his stroller. Point-to-point, it typically takes less than 15 minutes but given my current state now, I say we take about 20 minutes or so. Weather and the day’s schedule permitting, I had intended to walk at least 3 times a week but DZ is completely digging this new mode of transportation that he requested we take the stroller to school every day, well almost. ;)

From the things I’ve heard and read, well, the second child inevitably gets lesser attention, having to share with the older sibling from day one. Not only that, they also seem to have fewer pictures taken and receive lesser accolades and gifts. I also get the impression that more often than not number twos tend to have completely different personalities from the firstborns and that they also seem to “grow up faster”. It makes me really curious about the little being growing inside me now and I can’t wait to meet and get to know my number two. For a start, this pregnancy already feels a whole lot different from the last but I’ll leave the details for a separate entry.

I do hope that when my turn comes, I can find the energy, time and effort to take photos and document the various milestones of the second child, like I did for my first. To kick things off, here’s a bump shot of me 23 weeks 1 day along. :D

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Get ready world- this kid is going to be a big brother!! I am due with our second child in early August and could not be more thrilled. As a matter of fact, the siblings share the EXACT same EDD, what a happy coincidence!?!

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Which means by the time Baby arrives, our little boy will be 3. Bub in belly, are you ready for this big brother? :D

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Tweaking the original with an additional layer of fresh banana silces, real rum instead of essence this time, combination of 58% and 90% dark chocolate topped with generous sprinkle of cocoa powder. May I present chocolate tart version 2.0. The smoothness of the ganache blend nicely with the taste of just ripened banana, bringing the flavour to a whole new level. Even I can’t help but give this a BIG thumbs-up myself! :D

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No second helping, the downside (or upside?) of coming from a big family… ;)

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When it comes to the name game, it was pleasantly easy and straightforward process for us.

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Neither a fan nor detractor of the iconic Paul Frank brand, the Dad and I had no idea this guy’s name is Julius too, when we decided to use it for our son. It sounds endearing, well at least to us(!) for a little boy, and yet strong and masculine enough for a grown up man we thought. Being an avid history buff, he was thinking more of Caesar than this world famous primate but I guess it doesn’t hurt to be associated with a monkey with the wide grin cute as this eh?

To date, we’ve received a fair share of PF merchandise and I suppose this will not be his last. Thank you Aunty CY for this Super Julius shirt! :D

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Walking past the florist yesterday, these fresh cut flowers caught my eyes. Two bucks to brighten up my home, why not? Not only the blooms but the wrapper that came along brought a smile to my face.

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Breakfast the next morning. You can’t go wrong with a Nutella and banana panini, can you?

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My mother took a pic of this rare, pretty sight during her morning walk around the estate and sent it over to the family group chat in WhatsApp. These trees, according to her are called 风铃木, and have been flowering all over Singapore the past week or so. Coinciding with the cherry blossom season in Japan this year, it seems (albeit at a sweltering 33 degrees) like spring has arrived in Singapore too.

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