Vacation mode – ON

IMG_2248Well, the moment that we have been waiting for!! Fam Bam Vacay!!! A long one this time round! 15 days with this little munchkin!! I don’t know if it will be called a holiday! Packing for the little human already has taken a toll on us with me worrying about what we have left behind and whether we have brought enough for her.

Gone are the days where the Man and I will each have a luggage. It’s usually me that takes up more space in the luggage with my bags and shoes. This trip, however, a stark contrast. I’m just bringing one pair of dress shoes and one handbag. The others are replaced by baby shoes and a diaper bag. Wow, indeed!

IMG_2259But I guess, we wouldn’t want it any other way. This is true-blue fam bam bonding time. Time away from work for a bit and then to enjoy spending time with her and watching her grow.

So, here’s us signing out for a bit.. got a flight to catch in less than 30 minutes time and talk about drama, our luggage was locked and we couldn’t get it opened using our normal combo lock! YIKES!! Thankfully the store was still opened so the Man rushed down to get that sorted out.

Will be back with updates on our holiday if there is wifi so stick around here, won’t you? :)

No more choked drains with GES Plus at home

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It’s been 2 weeks since we put GES Plus to use at home. What sort of results are we looking at? First of all, I was surprised how easy it was to actually use the product. Hey, if I can use it, it must be easy! All I needed to do is simply pour approximately 1/2 cap of GES Plus directly to each sink and/or gully trap (drain) and leave it overnight.

If you find leaving it overnight a little challenging, I guess you can leave pour GES Plus in the day provided that no one utilises the taps and sink for a good 6 to 8 hours for the solution to work its magic.

IMG_8978For existing conditions such as odours (yikes!) and slow water flow, you will need to repeat this for 3 to 5 days consecutively to help soften/ remove debris from the pipes and thereafter, once a week for maintenance.

Why choose GES Plus when I guess you can choose the off-the-shelf slightly cheaper alternatives available in the supermarket?

Well, for one GES Plus releases millions of beneficial bacteria (lost to caustics, bleach and antibacterial products) scientifically chosen for their enhanced ability to digest grease, fats, oils, proteins, starches, detergents and other organic wastes that accumulate in drain pipes, septic tanks and drain fields. This 100% biodegradable formula works fast to replenish natural populations and contains a powerful odor counteractant to freshen the lines & system while it is working. In an easy-to-pour bottle, GES Plus will help;

  • Reduce build-up on pipes
  • Replenish beneficial bacteria populations
  • Protect drain fields
  • Reduce odors


What it really means for you and your home?

  • Fewer blockages due to grease, sugars and starches in the lines
  • No more nasty, sewage-like odors when you run the shower, water taps (whilst brushing teeth, shower)
  • Eco-Friendly, Chemical Free, Safe to use, Non-Toxic

IMG_8980When we first started using GES Plus, we did see some slight improvement the next day and water seemed to have drained off faster than it usually did. I decided to use it a little more regularly for the next 2 weeks to help clear our the pipes so as to improve the drainage system further.

Now when I see water draining a lot slower than before, GES Plus to the rescue! So quick and effective to see water draining faster than before. I also really like how this biological product helps to eliminate grease in the drainage system for our home, safe on all plumbing and best of all, harness the power of ‘Mother Nature’ to clear slow-flowing drains naturally.

The Man now thinks I’m a tad bit nuts going to all the toilets in the house and pouring the GES Plus down the sink. But because there has been improvement in our drainage system which is why I’m convinced this product works. No more physical unchoking of the man-hole now! Yay for that!

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Enjoy a 5% discount on GES Plus (Usual Price: $79.90) when you use the promo code: ladyj to place your order on Our Lifestyle Shop .  Promo ends on 16 October 2015.

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Disclaimer : lady J’s musings received a bottle of GES Plus from Our Lifestyle Shop to test and review.  No additional monetary rewards were given.  All views expressed are purely of my own and written according to my experience in using the products/services. Any queries on the product  should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

FamBam Vacay

IMG_9577In less than a week, we are headed to Geneva for a short trip to visit our friends plus work for the Man and then to a wedding in Tuscany plus a road-trip to Siena and Milan.

There are bags that I have yet to pack and outfits that I have yet to plan for both Bubba and myself. There are also tons of work to clear with a sick Bubba that needs tender-loving care because she’s down with diarrhoea. Not to mention, a trip that I have left the entire booking in the Man’s care simply because I’m just too tired to move at the end of the day after work and caring for tiny human.

Okay.. time to get off my butt and try to book ourselves a few restaurants for the trip (that’s hopefully child-friendly)!

If you have any tips on places to head to in Milan, Siena and Tuscany that are child-friendly, do send them over here. Also tips on how to survive a 12-hour flight with a 16 month toddler will be greatly appreciated as well. Wish us luck!!! <Fingers and toes all crossed!>

Another year (older)

For a good number of years, we usually like to celebrate my birthday overseas. Not that it was intentional but it usually coincided with a long trip that we will take that spanned across 1.5 to 2 weeks if we can help it. This year, our upcoming holiday is a lot later so we stayed in the country to celebrate the occasion. A rather muted one but that’s fine because I just needed a little break before the upcoming not quite know it’s going to be a holiday – holiday (haha).

IMG_1813Decided to take the day off and we had plans. Grand plans in fact. But we had to activate BCP when hazy conditions persisted. Woke up in the morning and greeted with a kick from Bubba who cried in the middle of the night and landed up in our bed because the Man said, she wants to be close to Mama on her birthday. It was actually cute because the Man snuck a birthday card that he had done up on Bubba’s behalf documenting how she has been with us for the past 15 months. Aww.. indeed.

IMG_1903 And the grand plan originally included a quiet dinner for two but we changed it to lunch for two. The company was all that mattered and the food at Wild Rocket (my first time there in like 5 odd years) was lovely.

Part of the plan was also to pick Bubba up from school and head down to Gardens by the Bay to check out the floral displays. But when we went to school, her teacher shared that Bubba appeared to be having the runs. The Man was afraid that it was something more serious as the night before she vomited her food out. So we headed to the clinic instead to have her checked out. Turns out she could possibly be having a mild case of food poisoning, so we decided to just head back home after running a couple of errands.
IMG_1951And it was a happy mail day too! I received this pineapple dress from White Filly which I had purchased from Kookies and Milk. Love the quirky design and you know, it would be great for Chinese New Year despite it being white with black graphics because it has pineapples all over the dress. Pineapples signify wealth so this would totally fit in for the occasion. Haha! It’s still too big for Bubba for now as she’s literally sweeping the floor with the dress but in a couple of months time, hopefully it will fit her better.

IMG_1949And we fooled around for a bit before heading to a simple home-cooked meal and a birthday cake blow-out. :)

IMG_1993As for presents, I’m blessed! The WC Tula that I scored just under 2 weeks ago arrived on my birthday exactly! Coupled with online purchases that I made for Bubba, a rainbow swirl power-charger I scored at an Instagram contest and lovely gifts from my family and friends, I’m one happy Mama!

Now am looking forward to our trip to Italy where the real shopping begins! I’m making out my list and picking out my birthday presents then. Hehe…

It’s all about the chicken

Yes, it’s all about the chicken this time round. Exposing Bubba to a variety of different meats and flavours is something that we are quite keen to do at home. Maybe there is a slight rush to do so as we are going on a 2 week break to Geneva and Italy and Mama her is just worried about Bubba’s mealtimes.

Nope, we ain’t going to bring at electric cooker or lug along a rice-cooker for the trip. I will probably just rely on outside meals plus our thermos flask which I hope can keep the cooked rice warm on-the-go.

Okay.. digressing.. back to topic! Here are some recent tried-and-tested chicken recipes that seem to go down well with Bubba. Best part? It taste quite  yummy for the adults too. So we went a little lighter-handed on the seasoning for Bubba’s portion and added truffle salt on ours.

Bookmarking here in case I forget the recipe (this tends to happen a lot! Haha).
IMG_9797Baked chicken thigh meat seasoned overnight with some honey, rosemary and garlic. We laid the chicken in a shallow baking dish, threw in cherry tomatoes (for sweetness), added some water into the dish and baked it in a pre-heated oven of 190 degrees for about 20 minutes.

IMG_9796And here’s the adult version for both the Man and myself. You can refer to the original recipe over at A dollop of Me. This dish is definitely a crowd-pleaser for both kiddos and adults alike.

Next up, I gotta perfect my food photography skills better. Actually, I do miss the days where I can spend more time photographing my food. Nothing makes me happier than cooking something yummy and then capturing the food-shot perfectly so I can share with others. But these days, everything that comes out of the kitchen almost needs to get served immediately to Bubba. So gone are the days where I can spend time plating and then beautifying the dish.

I had contemplated whether I should even share this picture as it doesn’t quite show anything. Yup, it looks like a black dish of mess. But to be honest, this black dish of mess was actually quite tasty. Most importantly, picky Bubba enjoyed it. So I decided to just include this (until I make it again and can dish plus photograph it properly).

IMG_0610Steamed Chicken with Wolfberries and Red Dates (recipe adapted from Food for Tots)


  • 1 whole chicken thigh (chopped into pieces)
  • 5 red dates (with seeds removed)
  • 10 – 12 wolfberries


  • 1 teaspoon of handmade mushroom powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of handmade garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cornflour diluted with some water


  1. Clean the chicken leg and pat dry. Remove bones and skins and trim the fat. Cut into 4 pieces.
  2. Marinate all ingredients with the seasoning for at least 30 mins.
  3. Steam at high heat for 15-20 mins or until the chicken is cooked.
  4. Dish up and serve hot.

We fed Bubba this with her usual rice as well as vegetable soup which made for a wholesome meal.

Water play 

IMG_0236Throwback to a water play-date that was hosted at home last week for these little lovelies and the even more awesome Mama Mag and Mama Libby. Was originally worried about the haze but it didn’t turn out quite as bad, so we turned our play-date into water-play. It need not be elaborate either. All I did was to bring out our portable pools (from Early Learning Centre), filled them with bubble-bath and then took all of Bubba’s bath-time toys and viola! Made for a quick respite in the heat.
IMG_0512 This was after a breakfast of hearty noodles, coffee followed by Mimosas for the Mommas while the Bubbas were contented to just splash around for a bit before curiosity got the better of them and they came over to try out our Mimosas.
IMG_0235Note: No child was harmed, we thought it was cute holding the champagne glass and taking a photo of the bubs drinking. :)

IMG_0210IMG_0513While it wasn’t a full-fledged huge swimming pool but it did make for a lot of fun. The bubs were moving from pool to pool and simply splashed around. It’s so nice to see these little girlies kinda growing up together.
IMG_0379Time flies.. I’ve known this bunch for almost a year already! :) Motherhood ain’t easy and that’s why Mama friends like Mag and Libby are dearly cherished. Our group chats are filled with bubba talk or chatter about Jujubes + Tulas. And on several occasions, I’ve been known to eat up my own words. Just like I said, “I’m done with diaper bags and Tulas!” These Mamas come along and have me poisoned deeply and before I know, I fell into the rabbit hole and it’s almost impossible to crawl out.

So I ended up with I think 2 more new diaper bags.. cannot blame me, have you seen the Jujube PerkyToki collection? It’s seriously cute! Very irresistible! I was very surprised when Mama Mag who doesn’t look like she adore cutesy characters also went ahead to buy some from the collection. I will do up another diaper bag review soon on the BFF bag. It’s such a cute bag to have!

And last but not the least, I scored myself a toddler WC Tula at the recent Tula Stocking. This must have been my 7th attempt trying very hard to score a WC Tula because it’s always FFF (fastest fingers first) and you are but just one of the many people trying to score a WC Tula from all over the world. I still recalled my first few times trying to score a WC, I was a total noob! Thankfully, Mama Mag shared her tips with me.

But it was more like my poor heart couldn’t take the disappointment. Almost every other week, I would awake from my sleep, feeling all excited about the stocking but zilch, nothing happened. By the third or fourth stocking, I was about to give up hope. Then on the one time, I decided to sleep through the stocking, I actually dreamt that Mama Libby scored and she did. Inspired, I tried again but failed miserably (the page couldn’t load proper). Darn, so on my 7th attempt, my heart was probably hardened quite sufficiently that I almost couldn’t believe my eyes when I finally saw the page flash ‘Your order is successful.’ When I shared the news with Mama Libby, she said she dreamt that I scored hours before the stocking! Wow indeed! :)

IMG_0489Waiting for this baby to join my Tula family and I think I’m officially ‘stashified’! :)

Simple activities to do with your toddler

With a good part of Singapore being clouded by the pesky haze over the weekend, we have been either stuck indoors or bringing Bubba to indoor places to escape from the haze. To prevent Bubba from cabin fever, I decided to think of some ways to keep her little hands occupied. After all, there is only so much of pretend play cooking that one can do with her at this point in time.

Here are some activities that you could try with your little one:

a) Cashing in with a piggy bankIMG_9750I got this idea from Mama Libby and so happened to have a piggy bank lying around. So I took some coins and got Bubba to drop them into the slot of the piggy bank. She had fun trying to slot them in and the various sizes in the coins helped her to perfect her pincer grip.

How does this game help little ones? Well, this simple game of slotting coins into the piggy bank strengthens eye-hand coordination as baby sorts the coins and places them in the bank. It apparently also teaches them patience and I guess it really does help to ‘kill’ time in a fun way.

b) Drawing and scribbling 
IMG_9749Encourage your toddler’s fine motor skills by introducing them to crayons for scribbling, doodling — and building manual dexterity. So I got a set of large washable crayons for Crayola for Bubba to just doodle on a large sheet of white paper.

And when can you do this? Well, as soon as your toddler can hold a crayon quite comfortably, that’s a sign that she’s ready to scribble. It’s a fun thing to do with your child as well. I sat down and doodled with Bubba, showed her how to write her name and drew different shapes for her to look her. I don’t know if it make a big difference for she was more interested in just scribbling. Nevertheless, it’s good to provide her with these opportunities to doodle to her heart’s content as it helps her develop strength and control in her fingers now — and eventually, helps her understand that these lines and marks that she doodle can represent objects, shapes and letters.

A note of advice – She might get so excited about making her mark that she is contented to scribble everywhere else except on the paper. This is why washable markers are good!

That’s about all that we did one afternoon. Not a lot to begin with but at least it’s a start! If you have more tips to share on crafting or simple things to do with a young toddler, please do send them over. :)