October Blitz – Giveaway Week 1

I’ve had a busy past few weeks. Like, really busy. In the short amount of time I have to myself in the day (when the kids are all in school & childcare), it’s usually a mad rush of trying to get some laundry done, trying to get dinner prepped (though I must confess I’ve taken to take-out for many-a-day), and trying to get my new Jamberry Nails sideline up and running.

And it has been a lot of work. A lot of things to prepare, and while there are a lot of resources out there, still, a lot depends on your OWN preparation and work. Lots and lots of work. Did I mention work yet? Haha! As with any job that is commission-based, really, what you put in determines what you will get out, and there won’t be any sudden windfall from the sky, but there will be a lot of perspiration, late nights, and hard work (there’s that word again!)

In the midst of my preparation, I did have one plan in mind – and that is to do a full month of giveaways! Rather than approaching the big guns, I decided, given my rather unique position of being both a blogger, having my own online clothing store, and also in network marketing, I would approach people “just like me” – yup, the small business owners and the direct sellers!

And so I’m happy to bring you my very own October Blitz: Four weeks of giveaways, four happy-clappy winners!


For the very first week, I’ve put together a package that will be a pampering experience for sure! From head to toe, here’s what you can win:


#1: A $50 Esy Jewellery voucher.

A girl’s got to have her bling, don’t you agree? I first stumbled across this Australia-based company a few months back & I’ve purchased from them too. My favourite piece from them remains the Botany Bay bracelet (which is still available!). I love the statement pieces – because they are exactly just that – statement pieces! The unique thing about Esy is that they have representatives in the major states, so you can put a “face” to the company and have someone to chat to and recommend pieces for you. It makes the whole experience of merely “shopping online” a more personal and enjoyable one, I reckon!

Oh, and check out their latest charity venture, in support of Cancer Research, here!


#2: Scentsy’s Black Raspberry Vanilla Washer Whiffs.

Have you heard of Scentsy? I must admit, I didn’t, till I landed in Australia. Think: gorgeous warmers, beautifully scented melts that melt at room temperature and won’t scald you even if you (or the little ones) touch the melted wax, Scentsy Buddies (cute stuffed toys with a Scent Pak in each) which works great to calm kids and help with separation anxiety.


Well, if you aren’t familiar, have a chat with Victoria, who’s kindly sponsored this item for the giveaway, or check out her website for the full range of the items Scentsy offers! Zoie has about… 6, no, 7, maybe 8 Buddies and her “friends” (her words, not mine) follow her to bed. Every. Single. Night.

#3: Younique 3D+ Mascara & a Moodstruck Precision Pencil in Proper

Younique was a make up company I stumbled upon when I came to Sydney. I am not really a make-up snob. Okay, maybe just a tad. But I am always game to try new things, and the promises of eyelashes that would look like falsies? Take my money now!

I have since used about 2 packs of the 3D mascara in the last two years. Sure, it seems quite little, but considering the number of times I even bother to paint my face, this number is phenomenal~!

If you’ve never tried this mascara before – this is a GOOD chance to get started! Naomi D is the sponsor for this prize, and she’ll be happy to get more to you if you didn’t win this pack!


#4: A $25 Gift Card from GorgeousJam.com, my own Jamberry sideline!

I love Jamberry and I hope you will to. One lucky winner will walk off with a $25 e-Gift Certificate in this bundle, that can be used in my store. Pick from 300+ nail wrap designs, or our range of nail lacquers, gel enamels or nail care products!

Alright, now that you know the goodies, here’s the drill:

  • This giveaway is only for Australian residents only.
  • To win, simply comment on this blog post, and tell me, of the items listed in this Giveaway, what is the one thing you’d absolutely LOVE to try and have for yourself, and why? The most creative answer will win!
  • Don’t forget to leave your email so I can contact you if you’re the lucky winner!
  • I’ve listed the Facebook Pages of the companies involved in this giveaway – please send some love their way too, by visiting, liking or sharing their Pages. Remember, they are regular Aussies trying to provide for their families too!
  • Giveaway ends on 10/10, midnight, and winner will be decided shortly after.

Here’s the Rafflecopter app with all the info. And don’t forget to check back next week for another round of giveaway! Total retail value of this pack is more than A$150! Good luck!

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Planning a flight with young kids in tow? Here’s some tips to help!

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I took an 8-hour flight. With just my 3 kids (aged 2, 4 and 7). Yes, just me. Two 8-hour flights, to be exact. And I’ve lived to tell the tale. It’s been a week since we’ve come back to Sydney (after a short visit back to Singapore), and I think I’ve *about* recovered enough to blog. Barely.

Are you insane planning for a plane journey with your young kids too? We’ve been pretty blessed and have been travelling to and fro Sydney and Singapore a couple of times over the last 2.5 years, and Zoie, especially, has been clocking her airmiles since she was just 5 weeks old (when we made the first move to Sydney).

Travelling with kids is one thing. But where the number of children outnumber the number of adults, it makes things a lot more challenging. Normally, we’d travel as a family, but for the last trip, knowing that I would be doing the trip solo, I had to make a couple of changes, as I could not count on a man-slave husband to bear the heavy load.

So here’s my 5 tips for surviving a plane journey with kids in tow.

#1: Pack light.

And I mean light. For our 2-week trip back to Singapore, I was fully intending to only bring 1 large suitcase, but in the end, I brought two (the second one being very much lighter) as I brought back a new pram for a good friend, and packed my normal Babyzen Yoyo into the luggage. But check-in luggage is one thing…

#2: Lean, mean, carry on luggage.

I am not a backpack person. Like, seriously. I stopped using one of those since I graduated from Secondary School. But for the trip, I decided to use my son’s school backpack (a trusty Ikea computer backpack), where I could stow my MacBook, the kids’ iPads, spare nappies and wet wipes. Fashion sense? Leave it till you go for a romantic getaway with the hubby.

#3: No Trunki. I repeat, no Trunki.

Now, I love my son’s Trunki. It’s so cute, it’s so adorable, it means I don’t have to pack any toys in the main luggage. But unless you have some kind of death-wish, LEAVE THE TRUNKI AT HOME. Jayvon whined and pouted, but I put my foot down. No cute riding-on-the-Trunki-up-and-down-the-airport. Nope. Jayvon got a backpack, which I made sure only had the bare essentials and light enough that he won’t be asking me to carry it. And nope, Xavier didn’t get one, because he WOULD bug me to carry it once he gets too tired.

#4: Wear comfy shoes, but NO BOOTS.

I had this vague recollection of having to remove my boots the last time. And I still wore mine this time. Getting my boots off while piling everything before boarding was one thing. Having to balance while putting them back on, while trying to put one kid back on the stroller, repacking the Macbook and iPads back into the backpack, while the 4 year old waves the bag and goes “Mummy! This is yours” and takes the bag belonging to the person BEHIND? Not. Fun. At. All.

#5: Get a GOOD airline.

I am not affiliated with Singapore Air. I wish they would see this and pay me (haha…), but this is not a sponsored post. I made the rash crazy decision to do the solo flight as I happened to see the lower airfare offered by SQ as part of the SG50 promotions (Singapore celebrates its 50th year of independence!).  So while not as cheap as budget fares, it was the best decision ever. The seats more comfortable, and the kids were happy with the attention by the stewardesses, and the constant flow of food and snacks and apple juice.

And this.


This is how their new TV/Gaming console looks like (lousy phone, lousy pic, sorry!). Awesome to the max. And touch screen on BOTH the handheld AND the main screen. (Yes, I was catching up on the Insurgence movie). My 3 kids, all iPad-savvy (yes, even 2 year old Zoie. Judge me not) easily understood how to swipe to the program of their choice.

There you go! 5 tips on travelling with kids. Oh, and a #6 bonus tip: Make sure you clear your calendar for the 2 days AFTER your return trip. Cos you will need it. Oh, yes you will. You’re welcome.

Cracked Screen? Find Fynd!

I am a huge user and lover of smartphones, and I have gone through a few over the last few years. HTC, Samsung, Blackberry and my current one – the iPhone. No, I am not loyal to any one brand or phone, though when I was still working full-time and had the luxury of a regular paycheck, I would upgrade to the newest model every year or so.

But now, I’m stuck with my trusty iPhone 5S.

Or at least, it was trusty. Till about 6 months ago, when it slipped past my little girl’s hands and came crashing screen first. Onto the concrete floor. SMAAAAASH! There went… the screen and my heart. And this is a common site for most of us touchscreen, smartphone users. Yes, our phones are wonderful, awesome… till something happens to the screen, and send it straight back to the Dark Ages. Swiping… to no avail. Poking… and no response. And all the while, in danger of giving yourself a cut on the shattered glass.

I was living in Sydney and reluctantly brought my phone in to change that cracked screen. It should have been a quick affair, except after they removed the screen, they realised that… oopsie, they just used up their last piece of replacement screen. And since my phone was lying naked there, I couldn’t find another place to do the replacement. So I had to leave my phone, and came back later that afternoon to pick it up. Inconvenient, yup. But more importantly… it was freakishly expensive! It cost me $240 to get a new phone screen. Yes. $2…4…0.

I did (or rather, the hubby nagged me into it) a lot of “preventive” work. I got a better iPhone casing to guard against more accidental concrete floor encounters. I tried to not let my kids play with my iPhone unless they were sitting down.

But alas… it wasn’t meant to be. And my iPhone ended up getting dropped, once more, onto the tiled floor of the shopping centre. This time, it met the floor at an angle – and this time, instead of having the screen smashed into a million smithereens, now where the screen met the rest of the body of the phone, there was now a gap. A miniscule gap. Enough to see the light off the LED shining out from that gap.

The beginning of the end, really. The touchscreen that sometimes doesn’t respond. Every smartphone user’s nightmare!

Thankfully, it was a week to Singapore, and I decided to see if I could source for a cheaper alternative here. And I did!

Meet Fynd.

Your one-stop repair shop… that goes right up to your doorstep. Yes, like a house doctor. But for mobile phones! It’s a brilliant idea, and perfect for busy executives who are glued to their desks, busy mom whose kids are glued to them, or people who find it inconvenient to travel.

I hopped on their website, and took advantage of their Singlish SG50 promo to book myself a home consult on the very next working day. Depending on your phone model and the extent of your problem, you can easier get a quote – and there won’t be any nasty surprises or hidden cost!

Shaun popped by my house, as arranged, and he managed to change my screen, and was done in under 15 minutes. It was pretty perfect, and I’d definitely recommend Fynd’s services to anyone needing some repair work done to their phones!


Here’s my repaired phone – and the new LED screen which now gives a few more precious months of “life” to this lil’ device!

Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was received for this post, though I was so impressed by the service & wanted to blog about it, the owner decided to waive off my service fee as his thanks to me!

The Importance of Mummy “Me-Time”


I have three gorgeous kids. I love spending time with them. I do. They make me laugh, they make me giggle, they amuse me with their cute antics, and I thank God daily for my three healthy, beautiful babies.

They also frustrate me, irritate me, and have a knack of bringing out the “nagger” in me.

When I was still working full-time, I missed having time with the kids.

And now that I am at home the whole day (and night with them), I got to admit… I miss being alone. You know, I would be able to go to the bathroom without a little boy knocking on the door, screeching, “But I need to peeeeee nooooooooooowwwww Mummy!!” I would like to be able to savour a good meal, instead of having to shovel spoonfuls of my Japanese curry rice down my throat while trying to keep up to Zoie’s pace of swallowing her favourite ramen noodles (which is just one mode – non-stop). I would love to be sitting in a hair salon for 3 or 4 hours, just getting my hair done. I would love to go for a pedicure and a manicure. My friends back in Singapore would be shocked I reckon – but my poor nails haven’t seen the inside of a nail salon for more than a year! *cue the melodramatic music* I have been thinking about getting those adult colouring books, but I’ve put that off, cos I know it will probably sit on my shelf, taking up valuable space, as I don’t really think I have the luxury of sitting down and doing nothing but colouring.  As tempting as that sounds. I have that basket of dirty laundry to do. And that other basket of clean laundry to fold and keep. And once that’s done… whatd’ya know? Another basket of dirty laundry pops up!

But I have to admit, it was easier getting “me-time” back in Singapore. It was a combination of having the security of a monthly, fixed salary, coupled with a LOT of family support to help me look after the kids so that I could sneak off to my favourite hairdresser for a fix, or to have a facial, or to have a cup of Starbucks. Even while working, I enjoyed time with ADULTS (as opposed to, you know, mini-adults) and having proper, stimulating, engaging conversation.

So carving some me-time while here in Sydney has been challenging. Not impossible. Just challenging.

Yes, I am a mummy. But I am also me. And to be a good mum, I also need to be a good me. So having some alone, me-only recharging and renewing and rejuvenating time is important, for my mental state of being.

So how do I manage? On a shoestring budget and in a place where my closest friends are an ocean away?

Well, that’s just it. I manage. Sometimes, “me-time” isn’t about the quantity of time away from kids, it’s really about the quality of time.

A long, hot shower. (And I make sure everyone knows I am going to bathe, and if they need to use the toilet, they’d better do it noooooooow!)

I catch my favourite shows on TV. And getting the Apple TV was probably one of our best buys. That, coupled with a few choice apps on our iPads means that we have access to shows like Suits & Criminal Minds (two of my favourite), catching up on the latest episodes of Masterchef Australia, or even watching Running Man (my favourite TV game show, even if I can’t understand a word of Korean haha!)

Grocery-shopping / window-shopping on my own. And the words “on my own” being the operative ones here. It may just be in my neighbourhood shopping centre, but just walking on my own, without having to constantly keep an eye out for a wandering toddler is heavenly. In fact, grocery shopping with the kids in tow is often an expensive and unproductive one – we spend too much time in the snack aisle and not enough time in the “proper food” aisle. And trying to think of what to cook for the week’s meals can be challenging when your 4-year-old gags when you pick up a tomato, and goes, “Eww, mummy, are you buying a tomato?”

How about you? How is your Mummy “me-time” like?


This post is written as part of an ongoing blog train, hosted by PrayerFull Mum, and you can catch up on the full list of other mummy bloggers and how they spend their “me-time”!


Waiwai is a full-time-working-mum to a 7-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy. She blogs about her parenting journey at PeiPei.HaoHao. Hop over her blog tomorrow to find out how she tries to find some me-time!

Marriage Equality – And Being A Christian Parent

The U.S. Supreme Court has made a history-changing ruling, legalising same-sex marriages.

I am a Christian. I came to church when I was 18, met my husband, had my 3 kids, had a career, made lifelong friends… all within the compounds of the church. The church, God, worship, the teaching, the values have all shaped my life, my outlook on life and my value system.

Wedding Bouquet - mine!

And yes, that’s my wedding bouquet!

So much has been talked about this topic. And emotions are running high, and sometimes some reactions are so ill-balanced, it gives me a perpetual frown while reading it. Like the Canberra couple who’ve announced that they plan to divorce if same-sex marriages are legalised in Australia – but yet, they still intend to live like they’re married, but they apparently feel that such a move in Australia means the very thing that makes a marriage now “has an altogether different sense and purpose”.


Or the recent news about same-sex couples who are forcing or suing their way to ensure they get the wedding that they want, having scant regard for the religious beliefs of these same business owners who might not feel comfortable to provide said service.


What is my stand?

If same-sex marriage is allowed in Australia, and if I have friends who wish to get married, will I go to their wedding? It took probably a minute of reflection, and my answer would be yes. My Christian beliefs might mean that I don’t subscribe to their lifestyle, but as a friend, I can certainly celebrate their “big day” with them. After all, we had close friends who flew in to Singapore, sat in our church, and they are a lesbian couple who didn’t subscribe to our Christian beliefs, and yet thought it fitting and justifiable to blow a huge expense to celebrate our “big day” with us.

There will be some same-sex couples who’d be more than happy to sign on a piece of paper to stamp their commitment to each other. There are some heterosexual couples that do that too. But I also know of other heterosexual couples who are very happy NOT being married, and just being together. Marriage? No thanks, for them. And similarly, I think there will be same-sex couples who are also happy with the status quo.

When Nic & I got married, we had a total of three different “ceremonies”, each to fulfill “marriage” in different aspects. We had the solemn signing of the marriage certificate, so that in the eyes of the law, we were now legally married. We said our marriage vows, exchanged our rings, served communion to one another, lit the unity candle, had a prayer of blessing said over us by our pastor, in front of our church mates and friends… and we were married in the eyes of God. We had a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony, offering tea to our parents and relatives, we held a huge dinner at Orchard Hotel, to also announce to our relatives that hey – yeah, we’re married!

More than just a signature, marriage is still marriage – it is a commitment to stay put, and to stay true. Can a Supreme Court ruling threaten the sanctity of marriage? Only if you let it. I look at my husband, at my kids, and my life has not changed one iota from the ruling.

Do you want to show your kids what marriage is, how to respect your partner, what God intends for a marriage? Well, then show them. By your own marriage, by your own actions, show and teach them.

But let’s not impose. Let’s not impose our religious beliefs on others. Yes, I believe marriage is sacred, it is between a man and a woman – but some people don’t, and they too have a right to live their lives how they want. A country may have  “Christian values” or be steeped in Christian history… but it doesn’t mean that the rights of non-Christians should be overlooked. On the flip side, you can live where, say, polygamy is an accepted practice, but if you do not personally subscribe to it, that is fine too.

As a parent, this is how I will broach this with the kids (as with many other topics). Different people choose different paths. In God’s word, it says we should do this. Not everyone agrees with God (or agrees there is a God), so not everyone does it. But we do believe, and therefore we do.

Everything has changed.

And nothing has changed at the same time.

Parenting is still a matter of instilling right values, and sometimes society doesn’t help. Say, sex before marriage? Others may, others do, but we will teach abstinence. Will the kids listen? I hope so. I hope our love and support and guidance helps them make the right decision, when the time comes. But it is their decision to make, and as parents we can only pray they will make the right one.