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.
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.
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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).
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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.