Friday, February 17, 2017

Olivia's 1st Birthday

Months prior to Olivia's 1st birthday, I was already busy planning her birthday party.
Nowadays, planning birthday parties are just as tiring as planning for a wedding.

Sometimes, I do miss the days when parties were way simpler like having a birthday cake and a few buckets of KFC.

I know that ultimately, I do have a choice to throw a simple party if I wanted to but honestly, sometimes I tend to succumb to "societal pressure" of how 1 year old birthday parties are thrown in this current generation.

Now being a parent, I don't want my child to miss out on experiences that other parents provide for their children. 

It can get pretty toxic and unhealthy when one doesn't know when to draw the line. 

I didn't want to spend "too much" on a birthday that Olivia won't possibly remember hence I opted to DIY the dessert table and deco bits (that I can possibly do on my own).

However, "DIY" isn't as cheap as it seems though or perhaps, everything is just so expensive these days. 

The reason why I picked a rubber ducky theme is because Olivia loves the song 5 Little Ducks.

Unsurprisingly, apart from her first word being Da Da, the second was DUCK!

Although the dessert table looks pretty simple, it was hard work for me because I was spending a lot of my time trying to source for the best "value for money" items! 

Would have been way easier if I didn't compare prices.

I managed to get a lot of wonderful ideas from Pinterest!

Birthday cake was sponsored by the sister.

Duck table cloth that I purchased from Aliexpress. Initially, I had wanted to use it as a table cloth for the dessert table but it was way too small.

I cut out the ducks during my free time as stuck it on paper bags that I purchased from Daiso.

One thing about DIY is the need to be resourceful - knowing where to source for items!

Just to share, Kaison is AMAZING for those of you who are in need of party decorations.
Daiso as well, as we all know.

Happy1st birthday darling!

I baked a cake for Olivia's cake smash and my sister helped me to ice it.

It took a long time for Olivia to smear her entire hand with cream.

I am beginning to suspect that most "cake smash" pics are fake - especially those with perfectly smeared cream on the cheeks. LOL.

I had to wait for her to poke and prod the cake for a long time.
She didn't even "smash" the cake or eat it! -_-"

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Stuffed like a turkey

In December, I was pretty busy making preparations for Olivia's 1st birthday in Jan.

I wondered where the year went and there were moments when I still feel as though I didn't do "enough" for Olivia.

Often at times, guilt still kicks in even whenever I get my domestic helper to babysit Olivia while I take a couple of hours break to unwind myself by reading online or watching Korean dramas. Still a K-drama addict since 2007. LOL.

At the same time, if I do take care of Olivia the whole day, I'll be super tired at the end of the day.

I remember an ex colleague always gushing about her son in the office and how she misses him and how cute he is BUT she WANTS to come to work because she will go crazy if she were to stay at home taking care of him.

Back then, I never understood her contradicting statement but now I totally do.

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I backdated this post because it's already February 2017 and I have been too busy to blog.

The high tea @ Ritz Carlton on weekdays is pretty worth it.

Managed to go for L + A's Christmas dinner.

The picture totally says everything.

I would never be able to pull off what Alicia cooked single handedly.

Attended our cell's Christmas party.

It was a pot luck party with lots of yummy food!

Simple Chrismas Eve dinner @ The Fongs

Fried chicken, pasta, roast pork and salad.

Ice cream with an orange Christmas pudding

Olivia's first Christmas :)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Turning 30

Celebrated my birthday at Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya in Melbourne.

Earlier in the day, I could sense the awkwardness of family members not wishing me on my birthday.

I thought to myself, urgh - this must be one of those "surprises" again and true enough, when I asked my mum about it - she said "I told everybody that the birthday dinner is a surprise."

I'm too old for surprises -_-"

When this sashimi platter came out, it was treated almost like a celebrity at our table. LOL.

Love love love Le Petit Gateau cakes!

Couldn't ask for more at 30 when I have everything that I need, and more.