Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Lunch at Central Perk Singapore! (FRIENDS cafe)

 So no one told you life was going to be this way.
Your job's a joke, you're broke, you're love life's DOA.
It's like you're always stuck in second gear,
Well, it hasn't been your day, your week, your month, or even your year.

But, I'll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour.
I'll be there for you, like I've been there before.
I'll be there for you, cause you're there for me too...

A lil introduction of Central Perk: It is the one and only iconic coffee house from the famous TV sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S, in which the characters were often seen hanging together. Located at Central Mall at Clarke Quay, Central Perk is a spacious and comfortable cafe with floor space of 3,300sq feet!! The best attraction of Central Perk is the ambience and environment as it is recreated exactly from the original sitcom. Some iconic features include Monica’s cosy kitchen, Chandler and Joey’s football table, Rachel’s runaway wedding dress, Phoebe’s cat (found in the guitar case), Pat the dog and Pacman machine (which Shayne had fun playing!).

So, here are some photos of us at the cafe! We reached the cafe at about 11am, before the lunchtime hour, hence it was quite empty. :)

sitting at THE couch! ;)
Natalie kept looking around and had no idea where we were at. Haha

$8 cappucino

 $10 Garlicky fries
$18 Ross Thanksgiving Sandwich

$24 Phoebe Vegetarian Pizza

Greedy Papa and Natalie :D

Happy Papa and Daughter!! :) :) :)

Wanna pinch both of their chubby cheeks!!! :D

At Monica's kitchen ;)


Chandler and Joey’s football table, which Papa and Shayne had tons of fun playing with :D

Haha silly Shayne

"Pat the dog is Joey's (and later Chandler's) ceramic dog. Joey first bought him when he moved in his new apartment in Season 2 after he got a role on Days of our Lives. When Joey was forced to sell everything in his home, Ross bought the dog back for him, it being the only item that Ross could afford to salvage. The dog remains a running gag over the rest of show, with several appearances."

We then headed to Clarke Quay Central and the Christmas trees were so beautifully decorated! Love the gigantic bow on each tree. <3
Say Cheese! :D

In a nutshell, Central Perk is definitely a place to hang out with your friends or family, over a cup of their specially brewed in-house coffee. I love that fact that there's a large screen showing re-runs of the FRIENDS sitcom, so you'll never feel bored. :) Unfortunately, their food is slightly overpriced given the standard and portion of it (we spent about $80 for the sandwich, pizza, fries, a cuppa coffee and sprite) but thankfully, the ambience of the cafe makes up for that.

Address: Central Mall 1 Magazine Road, #01-01, Singapore 059567 Magazine Rd, Singapore 059567
Tue to Sun, 10AM–10PM
(will blog about our staycation at Carlton hotel and our holiday trip to Bali soon. Ciao!)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Happy Half Birthday, Natalie! {A letter to my 6 months old daughter}

Dear Natalie, 

You're 6 months old now!!! :) I still can't believe you're halfway to your first birthday... I packed away your teeny tiny 0-6months old baby clothes last night and for once, I actually felt a sense of sorrow that time has passed so fast. You are my third child, my youngest child and quite possibly, my last baby.

I still remember the night when I was admitted into the hospital, all ready to deliver you. My waterbag started leaking that night at home and your papa wasn't around! He was out buying food with your big brother, Shayne. I called your papa immediately and your brother was the one who was all excited and kept telling me on the phone repeatedly that they'll be back soon. So I waited patiently at home (the contractions were not that painful yet) and after a few minutes, I heard running footsteps and it was your big brother who first appeared at the front door. He said "Mama, we are back!!" and even wanted to follow us to the hospital. I told him that we would call him once you were born and he was so upset. He really wanted to follow us and even said that he will not be scared when I'm giving birth to you. Haha! Nonetheless, we told him to stay at home and that he will be able to meet his baby sister in a few hours time. He agreed reluctantly and off we went, in a taxi, to the hospital.

After 4 hours, you were finally born! Your papa and I held you lovingly in our arms and you looked at us lovingly back. My heart swelled with joy and although you're our 3rd baby, it still felt like I was holding my 1st baby. :) You are our first baby girl, and most likely, our last baby girl too. So every moment that we spent with you is very much cherished and treasured.

Truthfully, there were times when I cried because I couldn't handle it all- looking after the 3 of you and answering business enquiries. It was really really tough initially. Thankfully, your papa and grandma will always support me emotionally and help me out whenever they see that I'm breaking down. It really does take a village to raise a child, and in our case, 3 children. I'm just extremely grateful for all the help that we've received these past few months (actually, the past few years) from our family. Without them, your papa and I would have gone mad by now. On most Sundays, we will gather at your Ah Ma's place for dinner and your cousins, Kayleigh, is completely smitten by you. She likes to "sayang" you and even talks to you (once, she told you not to show your armpits to others and even said "right??" to me after that. that was really funny :D)

Although my mind is filled with so many more words that I would like to share with you, some so overwhelming that are indescribable, I just want you to know that you're very much loved. You're very much loved by me, your papa, brothers, cousins, grandmothers, aunts and many more. :)

I'm looking forward to the next six months of your life, my precious baby girl. I look forward to your first crawl, your first teeth, your first words, your first steps, and all the joy that the future holds for you. You and your brothers are my love, and my life. I feel so privileged and lucky to call myself your Mother.

Happy half birthday, my little one. May you continue to smile and stay happy, always. :)


Your Mummy

Monday, June 20, 2016

3 Reasons Why I Love Being A Mompreneur!

Oh gosh, it has been nearly 7 months since I've last updated this blog.. Hahaha. Anyways, life has been pretty hectic and chaotic at times (well actually most of the time!!) but as weird as it sounds, I'm loving every minute of it! :) I'm just so thankful to be a Mummy of 3 healthy kids and wouldn't trade them for anything else in the world. I spend my days juggling between my work and kids, and truthfully, I'm glad that I'm able to run my business and take care of my little ones at the same time. It's an opportunity in life which I'm truly grateful for. :)

Being a Mompreneur certainly has its ups and downs. ("Mompreneur" is actually a term given to female entrepreneurs who build a business alongside raising a family.) Starting a business AND a family are two of the most challenging, but rewarding, endeavours one can have. Both are full-time commitments that demand lots of patience, perseverance, and love. Juggling a business and parental responsibilities is no easy task, but I'm trying my best and just like everything else, there are good days and there are bad days.

So here are my top 3 reasons why I Love Being a Mompreneur:

1) My kids can learn valuable, hands-on business lessons and work ethics.
The best thing about being a mompreneur is the message I'm sending to my children - that being an entrepreneur means hard work and lots of it.  My eldest son has seen how hard we have worked to make our centres successful and I want my children to understand that building a business is a slow process that takes time and energy. There are no shortcuts in life; you need to work hard. By running a business, I want my kids to learn that failure is only failure if you quit. Failure can be the best thing that happens to you if you pick yourself up, learn from your mistakes and persevere on. 

Sometimes, I discuss business, trends and the logistics of running a business with my eldest child and although he’s only 8 years old, he will still voice out his ideas or opinions that he thinks may help in our business. Hence, he’s constantly learning valuable business lessons from us and at the same time, he’s gearing himself up for the real world outside school.

2) My children are my business inspiration.
To be honest, BrightMinds Education would never have started without our kids, or more specifically, without our eldest child. My husband and I started our learning centre as we wanted to start a business which would ultimately benefit our children. Hence, our children are our business inspiration. Our eldest child is currently enrolled in one of our centres and so far, he’s enjoying all the lessons! 

After 8 years of running the business, we were recently awarded as one of the Best Learning and Enrichment Schools of 2015/16. This definitely wouldn’t happen if I didn’t have my kids; they’re the driving force behind our success. (On a side note, I can’t wait for Shayne to attend our award-winning PSLE Revision Course once he’s a little older! I know he’ll benefit so much from it.) 

Furthermore, when we make a business decision, especially if it’s a tough one, our kids are always at the back of our minds. If it ultimately benefits them, we will go ahead with it. If it doesn’t, we will not go ahead or continue with it.

3) I become a better person.
I have learned so many things in regards to communication, business, leadership and going for the gusto to pursue something I believe in. However, my children’s health and happiness are by far more important than any business decision I will ever make. Their well-being puts all of the stressful business moments into perspective, which is invaluable. My children are and always will be my number one. The joys, the difficult moments and the challenges of full-time parenting prepared me for perseverance in my business. Parenting has definitely taught me the grace of patience, and the strength to deal with all of the ups and downs of running a business.

In a nutshell, the flexibility of being a mompreneur has helped me to a better professional and a better mom. By being an mompreneur, I hope my kids learn that with hard work, passion and tenacity, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Most importantly, I want them to know that it's useless to dream about success. You have to work hard towards it. 

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