Kingsley’s Journey

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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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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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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.

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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