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Baby Brie : Yes, I have finally found THE hand!

27 August 2011 | Posted in: Pregnancy & Babyhood | No Comment

Fingers. Thumb. Fist.

Our 14 week old Brie has been putting them into her mouth in the past week or so.

I imagine, if babies could speak their mind, they probably would say, ‘The journey of exploring the world begins with the exploration and taste of one’s own tiny finger.’



Here’s some useful info from on ‘Why babies put everything into their mouth‘:

– Until a baby is about 7 months old, he can’t really use his hands and fingers to explore objects. So, since he can control his lips and tongue, he’d mouth and gum objects as he pleases.

– A baby’s mouth has more nerve endings per square  millimetre than any other part of her body!

– If a baby really wants to find out what something feels like, he’d put it in his mouth. So, if you don’t want something to go into your baby’s mouth, don’t leave it where he can get hold of it!

So, Do You CHECK where Your Milk Product is from?

24 August 2011 | Posted in: Advertorial | 36 Comments

If you are a family with kids, then MILK is definitely in your grocery shopping list, yes? =)

And, if they’re ‘bigger kids’ (like mine, who are 7yo and soon-to-be 5yo), then my guess is … you have stopped buying powdered milk in tins?

Anya and Vai have been drinking fresh milk since they’re about 3 years old.

I’d usually pour some to the kids’ mugs and let them drink their milk cold. They’d have it with their breakfast cereals too.

As for me and Wilson, we either drink it cold too like the kids, or mix it with Milo =)

Recently, I was asked if I’ve ever CHECKED where the milk product I buy is actually from.

THAT made me stop and think, because hey … come to think of it, I have NEVER checked!

I know very few people who actually check the product labels (and expiry dates) whenever they go and buy something.

But err, I’m not quite like that.

When it comes to buying milk for the family, I have a few brands in mind and usually I’d just scan the rows of milk, look for our usual brands, and … grab the ones on sale, haha!

So, just recently, the kids and I spent a little more time at the supermarket.

We looked at a few different ‘fresh milk’ brands and checked out the labels.

And hey hey … interesting findings!

You see, I personally prefer ‘Australian Fresh Milk’, simply because I feel the milk from Australian cows are … better =)

I mean, the cows there are exposed to green pastures, fresh air and sunshine, and I somehow believe milk from such cows are higher in quality and somewhat tastes better! =)


After checking out the different labels, I actually found out that apparently, NOT ALL that I thought are ‘from Australia’ are actually ‘100% fresh milk from Australian dairy cows’!

Okay, check this out:

The pack (and its promoters) says that it’s milk from Australian dairy cows. Naturally, consumers assume Greenfields milk is from Australia.

But, a closer look at the product reveals that it is in fact ‘fresh milk from dairy cows IMPORTED from Australia’.

Now, I never knew that!

They ARE apparently Australian cows, that are farmed in Indonesia!

– I then took a closer look at MEIJI.

I’m sure I’m like many others who are under the impression that Meiji is made in Japan. But, hey hey … after a quick check on its label, it actually says, ”Made from 100% Fresh Milk’ and is ‘Product of Thailand’ (though it’s under ‘License and strict quality control by Meiji Dairies Corporation, Japan’).

Ah. So it is NOT made in Japan then?


– I checked out MARIGOLD Fresh Milk as well.

Frankly, I’ve never read their labels closely, well … not until that day at the supermarket. All this while, at the back of my mind, I sort of ‘assume’ that it’s probably from Malaysia or something.

But then the label says, ‘Ingredient: Fresh Milk’ and ‘100% Australian’!


I went on to check and I found out that MARIGOLD Fresh Milk IS from Australia, and it contains 100% fresh milk from Australian cows (Click the link to read more about it)

What a nice surprise!

The ones that I thought are from Australia and Japan are not really ‘fresh milk from those countries’, and the one that I thought is from Malaysia actually is fresh milk from Australian dairy cows, that are farmed in Australia!

(I wouldn’t have noticed all these facts / misconceptions, if I hadn’t checked the labels more closely)

If you haven’t taken a closer look at your milk products’ details all this while, I’d really recommend that you go and check them out before you grab your next bottles / cartons of milk.

And perhaps, just like me, you’ll be surprised too by what you’ll find!

Extra info to share :

– Singapore does not have a milk farming industry apart from the goat farms in Lim Chu Kang.

– Most milk found on our supermarket shelves are apparently imported in bulk from countries like Malaysia and Australia, and packed in Singapore, while some others are packed and imported from Thailand.

– Sometimes, the same brand of milk in 1-litre cartons and 2-litre bottles may come from different countries!

Our Hands. HIS hands.

23 August 2011 | Posted in: Inspirational | 2 Comments

I know it’s the ‘third time round’, but I still can’t help but love holding Brie’s little hands, watching her little fingers wrapped around mine. They’re all so tiny, so fragile, seemingly ‘in need’ of our protection and care.

This shot reminds me of the Bible verses that we read out together last Sunday though. They’re taken from John 10:27-29 :

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.

My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.

As much as I love our little Brie, and as much as we care and watch over her, nothing can truly beat having (and placing) our lives in the hands of the unchanging, holy and everlasting Almighty who loves and cares for us so much,

so much so … that HE died for us.

Making : Banana Bread

22 August 2011 | Posted in: Food & Health | 5 Comments

This is one simple recipe you can surely try out!

No mixer needed!

Just sift the flour, mix the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl, and plonk the pan / tin into the oven. That’s it!

And, enjoy the home-made banana bread aroma while waiting for the nice little ‘ding’ sound from the oven =)

We had this on Saturday night, while we all enjoyed our Family Movie Nite together in bed!

Here’s the recipe!
(Thanks to Nic for sharing it with me)


1 3/4 cups self-raising flour

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons grated orange rinds

2 medium-sized bananas, mashed (I used 3! =)

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used unsalted butter)

1. Sift flour into bowl

2. Add sugar, orange rinds and mashed bananas. Mix.

3. Stir in egg, orange juice and oil / butter

4. Pour into tin / pan. Bake at 180deg celsius for about 45 mins.

5. Stand 5 mins, turn onto wire rack to cool.

[Trying serving it nice and warm with butter. Yumm!]

Three Good Reasons Why a Book can be Better than TV

18 July 2012 | Posted in: Parenting, Photography | 4 Comments
siblings time

… It allows the older siblings play the ‘siblings role’ to the little one, allowing them to interact with one another too
… Books let the reader wind down, imagine, think and process what they’re reading …

The emotional roller coaster of my 3-year-old girl

9 June 2007 | Posted in: Daily, Parenting | One Comment

I don’t know if this happens to other little girls. All I know is that it happens – occasionally, not that frequently though (thank goodness!) – to Anya.
She can wake up crying in the morning, …

Parenting : One of the (many) Questions I AVOID Asking Kids

20 April 2011 | Posted in: Inspirational, Parenting | 10 Comments

When it comes to conversations with kids (ie. With my own AND with all other children), there are certain questions which I personally avoid.
My reasons? Well, it’s because I feel the questions will encourage the …

The Reality of Marriage

10 July 2008 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships | 6 Comments

We had our seventh wedding anniversary three days ago. Right on the seventh of the seventh month!
To some, seven years of marriage may seem like a long time. To some others on the other hand, …

Together for SIX years

7 July 2007 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships | No Comment

And that’s how long Wilson and I have been married for. As of today *smile*
I still remember the day when quite a few of our friends (mostly older and married couples) got together before our …

Through thick and thin for the past eight years

7 July 2009 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships | 12 Comments

This is my Facebook status today :
… and so today marks the day when I’ve gone through thick and thin with the same man for EIGHT years … and they say, it’ll only get better!
[and …