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If some of you had caught my earlier post, you would know that I am not such an easy eater afterall and that I am still sourcing for a caterer for my confinement meals. The journey back to desktop search can be overwhelming viewing through different confinement meal caterers and deciding on which caterer to next select for my trial meal. I am thankful to a fellow mummy who introduced me to RichFood Catering which she has tried during her first pregnancy after I told her about my preference for traditional confinement food.
There are several factors that drew me to RichFood Catering; (1) the variety of confinement meal packages, (2) confinement menu and (3) reasonable price package. Therefore, I wasted no time in contacting RichFood Catering to arrange for a trial meal as I treaded closer to my EDD. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the excellent customer service provided by Nigel, particularly in his prompt replies to my queries and help in arranging for my trial confinement lunch on a Sunday (as trial meals are only on Saturdays).
Further commendable about RichFood Catering is that the food was delivered before the stipulated delivery time of 1pm despite of bad weather which comforts me that I will still be able to have my meal on time even on bad weather days. With food delivered in RichFood Catering’s personalized food warmer, you do not have to worry about getting your food wet on a rainy day.
Here is a sneak peek on the postnatal trial meal I had: Dang Gui Huang Qi pork ribs soup, Chinese motherwort with chicken, Stir-fry French Beans with Fish Maw, white rice and red date soup. I really love the way the food is cooked as it reminded me of home cooked confinement meals I had when I was pregnant with Ashley.
Luckily for me, RichFood solved my headache of going through more trial confinement meals and I have finally checked off another tick off the task list before Baby Kingsley’s arrival.
* The postnatal confinement trial meal was complimentary in return for the review to be conducted. No other compensation was provided.
I believe BabiesBellies is not a name unfamiliar to pregnant mummies. Having seen BabiesBellies in several baby fairs since my first pregnancy, I have not had the opportunity to try out their services. However, this pregnancy has not been as easy given the constant backaches and leg cramps since 2nd trimester. Therefore, prenatal massages have been constantly on my mind even before I turned 20 weeks. BabiesBellies is not the first prenatal massage I have tried. In my first pregnancy, I went for a trial session with Mother and Child Wellness at Forum Shopping Centre and found it to be underwhelming and there was little effect to speak of which subsequently led to the decision to forgo prenatal massages altogether.
For this pregnancy, BabiesBellies is the second prenatal massage service that I have sought as I have earlier purchased a prenatal massage package with Mums & Babies in Suntec. On comparison of both centres, I would have to say that I would most definitely have signed up with BabiesBellies if the location was closer to my workplace/home and I had not signed on any prenatal massage packages.
There are several factors that made me prefer BabiesBellies over the other prenatal massages I have had so far; (1) traditional Javanese massage which focuses on a fuller body massage that greatly relieved my aching body, (2) soothing lemongrass/olive oil used for massage which leaves a nice after scent and (3) reasonable and attractive pricing that makes weekly massages affordable. I cannot stress enough how important the therapist’s skills are to prenatal massages as I felt the knots in my neck, shoulder, back and legs untie and how relaxed and light I felt walking out of BabiesBellies today. If one has done sufficient research for prenatal massages, you would definitely agree that BabiesBellies offers one of the most reasonable packages for prenatal massages at $60 per session. Furthermore, for people who would prefer massage at the comfort of their own homes, they can opt for house call at $65 per session (excluding transport) which is still going to be a much better deal than the prenatal massages offered by other centres.
Being a satisfied customer, I would definitely head back for more pain-relieving prenatal massages and am looking forward to my soothing and relaxing postnatal massages with BabiesBellies upon delivery. So do stay tuned for updates on my postnatal massage experiences with BabiesBellies in a couple of months.
After much procrastination, I have finally embarked on my mission to look for a confinement meal caterer. I have always thought of myself to be a non-picky eater who does not have much requirements so I thought,” How long do I need to decide a caterer? I should be able to decide on the first try.” However, reality turns out to be otherwise. Tian Wei Signature happens to be the first caterer that I decided to give it a go given the wide publicity and good reviews circulating in Facebook.
The customer service was prompt in responding to the online order whereby they called to confirm the trial meal the next working day. Similarly, they are quick in responding to Facebook messages.
My trial lunch meal was delivered at 11 am and the food was warm on delivery. The $30 trial meal consisted of barley millet rice, Tian Wei Signature Coq Au Vin, papaya white fungus dessert and longan red date tea. I must be frank that I was surprised with the trial meal as it doesn’t look like the typical confinement food that I had in my first pregnancy. So, if you have a tastebud for traditional confinement food, the food might not fit the bill. The chicken meat in the signature coq au vin tasted dry and the sauce tasted more like ketchup than red wine. The longan red date drink was also a little sourish for my liking. For mummies-to-be who have sweet tooth, this might be something you might want to take note of as well. Of the entire meal, the papaya white fungus is the only food that tasted the norm for me. In a nutshell, if you are one who prefers traditional confinement meals, I would suggest having a go at the trial meal before you commit yourself to the confinement food package.
It is time of the year for us to escape the hot weather in Singapore and this year, we have decided to venture to Perth (somewhere I have not been in decades). As usual, planning a road trip with a little one is never easy especially with the need to have toilet breaks and leg stretches (for a 6 month preggie mum and a 4 yo girl off diapers) at appropriate intervals.
Given Ashley’s traveling habits, it always seemed wise to take the night flight out in which she can sleep through the journey. Bearing in mind that Colin is the only licensed driver of the family, I planned for a weekend stayover in Fremantle so that little driving is required on arrival. Fremantle can be a little tad boring for the adventurous individual but for families with young kids, it can be leisurely to just travel around town on the free CAT bus and visit the Fremantle Market, Round House, WA Shipwreck Museum and Fremantle Prison. Alternatively, one can choose to travel down an hour to John Forrest National Park to visit the National Park Falls and Hovea Falls for a nice breezy walk.
Our second accommodation of the trip was Ferguson Farmstay which was about 2 hours drive away from Fremantle. Ferguson Farmstay is a working farm managed by a friendly family. We stayed two nights in Chalet 1 (double room can be a little squeezy if your little one is bunking in with you). At 8.30am every morning, farm activities commence which includes animal feeding (goats, kangaroo, emu, Lenny the sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens), a pony ride for the kids (Fred is a real gentle pony) and a tractor ride to the cows for feeding. Ashley repeated the farm activities over both mornings and she enjoyed every moment of it. However, there are little attractions around Ferguson Valley on weekdays (wineries are closed between Mon-Wed) except Gnomesville, Wellington Dam and St. Aidan Winery.
After 2 nights at Ferguson Farmstay, we headed south towards Margaret River to our third accommodation, Ramada Resort Dunsborough located right next to the sea. Given the short 1 hour plus drive, you will have ample time to visit the wineries, farm gates and providores in the vincinity such as Bettany Wines and Margaret River Nougat Co (not to be missed, the nougats and sparkling non-alcoholic and alcoholic wines are just yummy), Margaret River Chocolate Co, Margaret River Nuts and Cereal, Margaret River Dairy Company and Gabriel’s Chocolates (for a hot chocolate drink) on the same day.
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Planning for a road trip with a toddler is never easy and requires many thoughts and considerations. This year, we planned yet another 2 weeks long road trip around Sydney to escape the 365-day long summer in Singapore.
Upon arriving in Sydney Airport on the first day, we drove on to our first pit stop of the trip, Martys at Little Beach located at Nelson Bay which took around 2 hours 45 minutes. This was not a very wise choice as we realized that (1) there is nothing much at Nelson Bay for a toddler to do and (2) accommodations around Port Stephens and Newcastle have strict regulations that children between 2-12 of age are required to have a bed of their own (most other hotels/motels typically allow children of the same age to stay for free if they are sharing the existing bedding). Fortunately, we only had to spend one night before we proceed on to Port Macquarie the next morning.
Port Macquarie is a beautiful place to visit for families with young children with its local attractions such as Koala Hospital and Roto House. There is a big grass area around Roto House that the little one can run around freely. Another place in Port Macquarie that shouldn’t be missed by young children is the Pancake Place. There is a nice corner set up for children with stuffed toys and story books during their time there.
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