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Review: Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat

If there is anything we learnt from Ashley’s babyhood, it is that we should always start belting the baby into the car seat as soon as they are born. I understand that as parents, we love our little ones very much and it always feels great cuddling them but as we all know, this is not safe for the babies as well as the parents. Therefore, Colin and I made it a point to belt Kingsley into his carseat right from the first time he got into the car. As Ashley has upgraded to a booster carseat then, Kingsley naturally inherited his big sister’s baby car seat. However, our downunder trip ended with the baby car seat being damaged on our flight home and there came the opportunity to source for a brand new baby car seat for Kingsley.

The search for a new baby car seat had to be fast as we needed it on every weekend when we send Ashley for dance classes. I must say there was no effort on my part in this process and Colin took on full responsibility in doing that and I am extremely pleased with his choice. Parents can always rave about how great their choice of car seats is but the baby’s response is by far the best indication of how comfortable the car seat is. In comparison to the previous baby car seat we had, Graco Extend2Fit is much wider and Kingsley would always fall asleep during the car ride. Furthermore, the 5 point safety harness is also simpler to use on the baby as compared to the 3 point safety harness in the previous car seat. What is good about Graco Extend2Fit resides in the versatility in which the 10-position headrest and 6-position recline can be adjusted to fit the height of the baby and Kingsley can sit in comfortably in this car seat for quite a while. Furthermore, there is also the 4-position extension panel which will provide 5″ additional leg room as he grows taller. Therefore, in a way, it was a blessing in disguise that the previous car seat was damaged in the final leg of the trip to make way for a better seat for Kingsley’s car ride around town.

Below are some photos of Kingsley’s new “throne” in the car.

First Downunder Holiday for Baby Kingsley – Brisbane Gold Coast

Although it has been less than a year since our last holiday to Australia, Ashley has been asking us when would we be able to bring her for another holiday to Australia. I must be honest that I would not be that enthusiastic in planning yet another holiday to Australia that soon upon considering the long 8 hour flight with a baby and a child in tow. However, such thoughts do not taunt us for long as Colin and I quickly got down to plan a week long holiday to Brisbane and Gold Coast as the thought of spending quality time with the little ones outweighs all hesitation and uncertainty. From our past experiences travelling with Ashley, we noticed that red eye flights were the best for the little ones as the timing would coincide with their bedtime and hopefully, they would be able to sleep through the bulk of the flight time. This holiday was no exception as we selected the 8.45pm outbound flight and boy were we glad that Kingsley slept through at least half of the journey in the bassinet or in our arms.

As I was planning the itinerary for the trip, I decided against accommodation hopping given that (1) the holiday was only going to be 7 days and (2) majority of the attractions being nested within an hour’s ride from Gold Coast. Next question that might pop up in one’s mind is, “Where is the best place to stay in Gold Coast then?” I believe Surfers Paradise is no stranger to many and some may reply, “Where better to stay in Gold Coast other than Surfers Paradise?” I would definitely agree to that statement as F&B outlets are aplenty in that area. However, budget wise, accommodation in Surfers Paradise are generally pricier given the prime location and since I needed a 2-bedroom apartment with proper laundry and kitchen facilities, it made sense for me to source outside of Surfers Paradise. If you have chanced upon our earlier post on our holiday to Sydney 2 years ago, you might have heard the name Meriton Suites. Given our good experience staying with them, it was no hesitation for us to return to another Meriton Suites for our holiday. There are 2 Meriton Suites located along the Indian Ocean in Gold Coast, of which they are situated at Broadbeach and Southport. As we were planning to drive around as usual, we decided on the Meriton Suites Southport for our week long stay for the following reasons; (1) there is a Woolsworth located in the same building which makes it convenient for marketing and (2) competitive pricing as compared to Meriton Suites Broadbeach while still offering a beautiful view of the Indian Ocean. Even if you do not rent a car in Gold Coast, it is relatively easy to commute around the Gold Coast city street scape with the G:link Gold Coast Light Rail network.

Here are some photos of our 2 bedroom ocean suite at Meriton Suites Southport.

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Recharging at My Melody Cafe, Suntec City

Having heard from a friend that My Melody Cafe has opened at Suntec City, we decided to bring Ashley to try out the new cafe today as we figured there would not be a crazy queue at 11 plus in the morning after Ashley’s ballet class. Expectedly, we were the first in line and quickly got our table within 5 minutes. The cafe is relatively small with about 10 tables therefore the wait might take a while if the queue is long so be prepared to stand in the queue or alternatively, one can hop over to the Gudetama Cafe just next door.

Similar to the Hello Kitty Cafe, there is a limited variety to their menu but who cares if the patron is into My Melody. And for Ashley, anything pink goes. Being the indulgent daddy, Colin ordered On Cloud Nine, a mixed berries tea with cotton candy garnished with fresh strawberries, mint leaves and My Melody macaron and instead of having a sweet berries tea, I had a berries tea with no sweetness as my cheeky girl finished all the cotton candy. Being drawn to the beautiful colour, I ordered Butterfly Splendour, a butterfly pea flower tea with juicy lychees and blueberries infused with thyme leaves. Other than the beautiful colour, it did not wow-ed me further as I do not really taste the blueberries and lychee in the tea and I must say butterfly pea flower tea is not really my cup of tea. Food wise, we ordered Princess Bunny and “I Heart You” chicken waffles. For kids who love Japanese curry rice, Princess Bunny would be a good choice as it is not spicy and sweet. For little girls, this would be a great hit with the cute My Melody design. As for the chicken waffles, I have to be honest that I have tasted better chicken waffles and this would only be average in terms of the taste. To round off the meal, we gave in to Ashley’s request for Little Cutie, a vanilla soft serve on crisp waffle basket topped with marshmallows, crunchy strawberry sticks, butter biscuits and My Melody cookie. Although it may taste like any ordinary sundae, the cutesy appearance makes it appealing to patrons.

If you were to ask if we would return for another visit, we would probably say yes as Ashley loves pretty stuff and given the outlook of the dishes served at the cafe, we wouldn’t be surprised if we were to give in to Ashley’s request again. But if it were to be just Colin and I, I guess we would not take the effort to go through the queue just for the food.

At Cloud Nine

Butterfly Splendour

Princess Bunny

“I Heart You” Chicken Waffles

Little Cutie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Richfood 20 Day Confinement Meal Package

For those following our blog, this is a follow up review on my 20 Day Confinement Meal Package with Richfood Catering. Do note that the 20 Day package includes weekends as I mistook the package to only include weekdays and I had to waste food on one of the Saturdays when I headed out for Ashley’s dance class. With this, I would like to give special mention to Nigel, my contact over at Richfood catering who has provided nothing but exceptional customer service from day 1, helping me to reschedule my tingkat delivery every now and then throughout the 20 days even when I have informed him one day before the actual day of delivery.

Moving on to the quality of the delivered food, food is always warm upon delivery and you do not have to worry about eating cold food. Previously mentioned, I have decided on RichFood Catering as I am not so adventurous with food and prefer the traditional confinement food prepared by RichFood. In particular, I love the cod fish which tasted really soft and fresh and I would always look forward to seeing the dish during lunch. There was also a meal that I had my favourite pig trotters with vinegar. It might not be as spicy as what my confinement lady had prepared for me previously but nevertheless it still tasted pretty decent for a caterer. For mummies who are keen on engaging RichFood, you can pop on over to their website to check out their menu.

Here are some of the dishes that I had over the 20 days of confinement food catering with them.

Review: Spectra 9+ Double Breast Pump

For mummies on the go, I want to recommend the Spectra 9+ double breast pump. Having gone through the experience of lugging the heavy and bulky Medela PISA out during Ashley’s time, the thought of doing it once more dreads me. I first got to know of Spectra 9+ through a colleague who showed me how light the pump was and then on, the thought of purchasing it has been lingering on my mind even before Kingsley was delivered.

Purchasing a second pump for outdoor use might be costly to many but for Spectra 9+, one can opt to purchase the Korea set from Qoo10 which easily cost less than $150. I purchased my Spectra 9+ off Qoo10 at less than $110 with shipping which is a good buy for a double breast pump. A full charge of Spectra 9+ can last for 3 pump sessions of 15 – 20 minutes each. On comparison to my Medela PISA, Spectra 9+ is more efficient in emptying my breasts. For example, it took me 30 min to pump using Medela PISA whereas it took a mere 15-20 min for Spectra 9+ to achieve the same volume of expressed breastmilk. However, one has to take note that during the start of the pump session to adjust the suction power of the breast pump to the lowest power as the higher suction power from the previous pump session might cause pain to your breasts which have yet to acclimatized to the high suction power. In a short note, Spectra 9+ is an efficient portable breast pump that mummies can consider for on-the-go purposes, particularly for mummies who do not want to lug heavy breast pumps out with them to work on a daily basis.