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Family Photoshoot with Face SG

It has been almost one and a half years since Kingsley’s newborn photoshoot with Studio Memories and we decided it is time to have another family photoshoot before he turns 18 months. Well, as much as we wanted to be fair in letting the kids have photoshoot at the same age (Ashley has her first photoshoot at 8 months with StudioPlay), it proved as a challenge as (1) we wanted Ashley to have a photoshoot with Kingsley when he is a newborn and (2) Kingsley’s eczema condition was quite serious up till recently that he could be off mittens for most parts of the day.

As with all the previous photoshoots, we went hunting for a photography studio in the baby fair as it usually would have the best deals housed in one location given the competition and this time round we decided to go with Face SG family photography studio. If there is anything distinctly different for Face SG, it would be the use of home theme setups for their photo backgrounds and the reason for being our choice this photoshoot. 

For the package we signed up in the fair, we  were given the choice of 2 themed backgrounds and a white background for the 1 hour photography. On the day of the photoshoot, the photographer showed us their in-house themed backgrounds for selection (these could also be found on their Facebook page) and our little princess chose the Sakura Pink Blossom theme without any hesitation.

Sakura Pink Blossom

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Ashley’s First Runway Show at the MaxToon Holiday Carnival

There is a first time for everything and this March school holiday, Ashley participated in her first ever runway show during the MaxToon Holiday Carnival at Suntec City North Atrium (the perfect location in which Ashley can have her dance lessons in between the fashion runway sessions). I must confess that I was not a avid follower of MaxToon and they came to my notice last November when Ashley’s dance school asked if we were interested in registering Ashley for an audition to participate in the Nutcracker performance with the National Ballet of China. However, Ashley was unable to join in that audition as the audition day coincided with Kingsley’s 1st birthday celebration and Ashley, being the ever loving sister, would never miss his birthday celebration for anything in the world.

Nevertheless, this event made me notice the emails I received from MaxToon and as fate would have it,an email arrived from MaxToon on an opportunity for Ashley to build her confidence on stage before her solo dance competitions for the year. Before this year (excluding the Xpress Dance Challenge held earlier in March), Ashley has always had her friends on stage with her in every performance and we were unsure if she would still be her bubbly self when she is alone on stage. Therefore, we are taking any opportunity we could have to get her used to going on stage by herself. This holiday season, she was lucky enough to join other kids in strutting down the fashion runway organised by MaxToon with apparel sponsored by KidStyle.

Here are photos taken of Ashley during the fitting session and runway day.

It’s a wrap for 2018!

Today is the start of a brand new year and I have managed to steal a few moments to sit down and compile some of the highlights we had in 2018.

Work wise, the past one year has been kind to us with Colin and I achieving new heights and pursuing new direction in our careers respectively. With Colin swamped in work, I was lucky to have the opportunity to have a change in environment to not only learn new things but to also devote more time to the 2 cheeky little babies at home.

Switching gear to the little ones, nothing delights us more than seeing the growth of the sibling bond between Ashley and Kingsley and we hope this bond will continue to grow stronger as they grow up and even grow old. Here are some sneak peeks of the little ones together.

Kingsley at 1 month with Ashley

Kingsley at 6 months in Aussie with Ashley

Kingsley at 12 months with Ashley

Kingsley at 13 months with Ashley

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Ashley’s 1st Overseas Performance with Jody Marshall Dance Company in Hong Kong

It has been ages since I have updated about Ashley’s dance curriculum and this makes an excellent opportunity for me to share on her dance journey thus far. Since mid last year, we have switched Ashley to Jody Marshall Dance Company (JMDC) as we realised that she was not learning much from her previous dance school which operated more like a multi-chain school which does not demonstrate dedication to individual students’ need. In May this year, she joined the JMDC 6 and under dance troupe upon completion of her TTA exam and the first item that caught our eye for their events in 2018 was he year end performance in Hong Kong Disneyland. Of no surprise, Ashley showed no hesitation in wanting to participate in the event when we asked her and went through months of training with her fellow JMDC dance mates for this Hong Kong trip.

After months of hard work from all the kids in JMDC, we finally set off on 6th December 2018 for their Hong Kong dance journey. Despite an early flight out at 7.40am, the kids were all bright and cheery on the day of departure (Daddy Colin is absent from the group photos as he readily stepped up to the role of the official photographer to capture the beautiful moments of the trip).

Departing early morning for HK

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Celebrating Kingsley’s 1st Birthday

With a blink of an eye, Kingsley has joined our family core for almost a year and time seems to slip past so quickly even if it meant many sleepless nights filled with frustration particularly with his eczema condition. Today we celebrate little Kingsley’s first birthday, joined by family and friends in this joyous occasion.

As compared to many of the mums out there who go the extra mile in planning their little one’s birthday, I am considered to be rather laid back in organising the little one’s first birthday. However, to be fair to Kingsley, we decided to throw a 1st birthday party for him and what I mean by being fair, we even decided on a Mickey Mouse theme in contrast of a Minnie Mouse theme we did for Ashley when she was one. After checking out a few locations for the birthday party, we decided on Triple Three Restaurant in Mandarin Orchard as it is conveniently nested in between Somerset and Orchard MRT stations which would make it accessible for our guests who were not driving today. The staff at Triple Three were really prompt in every of my email queries and even on the day itself, they were very helpful in accommodating to our requests such as rearrangements of the tables to accommodate the cake display table.

As for Kingsley’s birthday cake, I am glad I engaged Bake Mama which is managed by my fellow TKGian softball friend. Unlike many of the home bakers out there, Ginger came up with not one, but three cake designs for us to choose from (with no obligation!) when all she had from me is the theme I wanted. Furthermore, she was extremely accommodating to my last minute request of customised Mickey cookies for the kids at the party. Below are snapshots of Kingsley’s birthday cake and cookies.

Here are more snapshots of Kingsley’s 1st birthday celebration.